Alice – Eiff 2019 Review

In Josephine Mackerras’s French language drama Alice, Emilie Piponnier stars as an ordinary middle-class young mother and housewife who discovers that her husband has been living a double life. The film, which won the SXSW Grand Jury Prize earlier this year, has been a real passion project for Mackerras who also wrote and oversaw every aspect of the production. With next to no money and unable to find a producer with the same vision as her, the filmmaker convinced 22 actors and 27 technicians, who were touched by the story of Alice, to work for free.

On the surface, Alice Ferrand (Piponnier) appears to have it all. Adored by her husband Francois (Martin Swabey) and envied by their friends for their seemingly perfect relationship, the mother-of-one couldn’t be happier with her lot in life. Alice’s cookie cutter lifestyle starts to unravel when it transpires that Francois has spent all
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‘Iron Sky: The Coming Race’ Review

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Stars: Lara Rossi, Vladimir Burlakov, Kit Dale, Tom Green, Julia Dietze, Edward Judge, Martin Swabey, Emilt Atack, Udo Kier, John Flanders, Stephanie Paul, James Quinn | Written by Timo Vuorensola, Dalan Musson | Directed by Timo Vuorensola

Iron Sky: The Coming Race is the long-anticipated and multi delayed eight-year follow up to its original predecessor released in 2011. Once again directed by Timo Vuorensola, Iron Sky: The Coming Race follows a group of space Nazis as they try and survive on the lunar base after a nuclear war has devastated earth, but with another distinct twist we’re now introduced to the Vril, who have been living inside the hollow earth since the dawn of time for chaos and absurdity to ensue.

Iron Sky: The Coming Race is one of those typical sequels in which it fails to find a balance of evolution and originality. It drastically changes shape to create a new distinctive layer,
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Tribeca, SXSW award-winners 'Initials S.G.', 'Alice', 'Tito' on Visit Films Cannes slate (exclusive)

Ryan Kampe to show teaser footage fromupcoming adventure doc The Sanctity Of Space, punk rock doc White Riot.

Ryan Kampe’s Visit Films heads to the Croisette with a bumper sales slate led by Tribeca Film Festival Nora Ephron Award winner Initials S.G.

The roster includes Tribeca selection Crshd, SXSW winners Alice, Saint Frances and Tito, SXSW selection The Wall Of Mexico, and Sundance selection Adam.

Visit will screen Lucía Garibaldi’s Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Competition best award-winner The Sharks, about a girl’s sexual awakening in a small beach town. Kampe will also present teaser footage from
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Roobla Podcast Ep 3: Josephine Mackerras

Hello everybody, what’s up? You’re listening to the Roobla Podcast with me, Tom Salmon! The show that dives into music, film and games and everything else in between.

My guest on this week’s episode is Josephine Mackerras, who wrote, directed and produced her debut feature film Alice (2019) starring Emilie Piponnier and Martin Swabey. The film had its world premiere at the South By Southwest Film Festival on the 10th of March and won the SXSW Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature and CherryPicks Female First Feature Award.

We jumped into Josephine’s filmmaking career, the double standard women face within society and what her dream film project would be, all right before she headed off to SXSW and her debut film stormed the festival!

You can read L Steed’s glowing review of Alice right now!
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Video: Josephine Mackerras’ Alice | 2019 Sxsx Film Festival

Josephine Mackerras’ Alice, winner of SXSW 2019’s Best Narrative Feature prize, tells the story of a mild-mannered Parisian woman who becomes a sex worker to save her home. When Alice (the magnifique Emilie Piponnier) discovers that her husband Francois (the detestable Martin Swabey) has squandered their funds on prostitutes, she becomes one herself—not out of revenge, but as an act of self-empowerment, controlling her own fate by defying the males in her life who, until then, controlled her.

Impactful performances by Piponnier, Swabey and Chloe Boreham are central to this microbudget study in gender stereotypes—as is the heartfelt heft of writer/director Mackerras.…
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SXSW Awards: 'Alice,' 'For Sama' Win Top Prizes

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SXSW Awards: 'Alice,' 'For Sama' Win Top Prizes
Josephine Mackerras' marital drama 'Alice' won the top prize for best narrative feature at the South by Southwest Awards on Tuesday night at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas.

The French film is Mackerras' feature directorial debut and explores the collapse of a seemingly perfect marriage. Emilie Piponnier stars as the title character who becomes a sex worker after discovering that her husband Francois, played by Martin Swabey, has taken all of their money and spent it -- including her inheritance from her father.

'Alice' also won the inaugural CherryPicks Female First Award, presented to a first-time female filmmaker.

The best documentary award went to the British production 'For Sama,' directed by Waad al-Khateab and Edward Watts. 'For Sama' tells the story of al-Khateab's journey through love, war and motherhood across five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria.
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SXSW 2019 Lineup Includes New Films from Harmony Korine, Chris Morris, Riley Stearns & More

Following the news they would open with the world premiere of Jordan Peele’s Us, the 2019 South by Southwest by Southwest Film Festival have announced their features and episodic premieres lineup.

Among the slate is a handful of our most-anticipated films of the year, including Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum, Chris Morris’s Four Lions follow-up The Day Shall Come starring Anna Kendrick, and Riley Stearns’ Faults follow-up The Art of Self-Defense. Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut Booksmart will premiere at the festival as will Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron’s new comedy formerly titled Flarsky.

“As we head into our 26th edition, we couldn’t be more excited to once again share a completely fresh SXSW 2019 slate with our uniquely smart and enthusiastic SXSW audience,” said Janet Pierson, Director of Film. “As always, we looked for a wide range of work, contemplating scale, style, tenor and tone. We
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Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Beach Bum,’ Olivia Wilde’s Directorial Debut to Premiere at 2019 SXSW Film Festival

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Matthew McConaughey’s ‘Beach Bum,’ Olivia Wilde’s Directorial Debut to Premiere at 2019 SXSW Film Festival
South by Southwest Conference and Festivals has announced its feature lineup for the 2019 film festival, which will include Matthew McConaughey’s “The Beach Bum,” Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut “Booksmart” and Shia Labeouf’s “The Peanut Butter Falcon.”

Jordan Peele’s “Us” was previously announced as the festival’s Opening Night film.

Annabelle Attanasio’s “Mickey and the Bear,” starring Camila Morrone and James Badge Dale, “The Highwaymen” starring Kevin Coster, Woody Harrelson and Kathy Bates, Logan Marshall Green’s “Adopt a Highway” starring Ethan Hawke and Elaine Hendrix, “The Day Shall Come” starring Anna Kendrick and Denis O’Hare, and “Villains” starring Bill Skarsgard and Maika Monroe have also been added to the lineup.

Also Read: SXSW 2019: Olivia Wilde, A$AP Rocky and Jeffrey Katzenberg Among Featured and Keynote Speakers

Nearly 8,500 films were submitted this year. Feature films in the lineup screen in the following categories: Narrative Feature Competition,
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SXSW to Premiere Harmony Korine’s ‘Beach Bum,’ Seth Rogen Comedy, Kathy Griffin Concert Film

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SXSW to Premiere Harmony Korine’s ‘Beach Bum,’ Seth Rogen Comedy, Kathy Griffin Concert Film
The 26th edition of the SXSW Film Festival will feature movies directed by Harmony Korine and Olivia Wilde, an untitled romantic comedy starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron and a concert film with comedian Kathy Griffin.

The annual gathering in Austin, Texas, which starts on March 8, will open with Jordan Peele’s “Us,” which was previously announced. The thriller stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss.

There will be 102 features and TV episodes featured over nine days.

In recent years, SXSW has upped its game as a festival that covers a lot of ground. It reliably launches a few spring studio hits, such as last year’s “The Quiet Place” and “Blockers,” and also discovers under-the-radar storytellers. For attendees, there’s also keynote addresses with filmmakers and actors.

The standouts in this year’s lineup include Korine’s “The Beach Bum,” a much-anticipated comedy starring Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg and Zac Efron.
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SXSW 2019 Unveils Features and Episodic Premieres, Including ‘Beach Bum’ and ‘What We Do in the Shadows’

SXSW 2019 Unveils Features and Episodic Premieres, Including ‘Beach Bum’ and ‘What We Do in the Shadows’
SXSW 2019 ias unveiled the current features and episodic premieres for the 26th edition of the film festival, running March 8 – 17, 2019 in Austin, Texas. Jordan Peele’s highly-anticipated “Get Out” follow-up “Us” was previously announced as the Festival’s Opening Night film, while Olivia Wilde, Jessica Brillhart, and Marti Noxon have already been announced as this year’s Film Keynotes.

Highlights of this year’s film lineup include a number of already-buzzed-about features, including Harmony Korine’s “The Beach Bum,” Wilde’s feature directorial debut “Booksmart,” and an untitled new feature from Jonathan Levine starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron (previously called “Flarsky”). A new documentary about Beto O’Rourke’s recent congressional run will debut in the documentary section, and Robert Rodriguez will screen his microbudget feature “Red 11” in the Visions section. The music-tinged festival will also screen new docs about David Crosby, Rick Rubin, Garth Brooks, and Taylor Swift.
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Jai Courtney & Lily James in Trailer for WWII Romance 'The Exception'

"Can an officer have a loyalty to anything greater than his country?" A24 has unveiled a trailer for a WWII romantic thriller titled The Exception, based on a novel by Alan Judd titled "The Kaiser's Last Kiss". The film stars Jai Courtney as a German soldier investigating the Dutch resistance in Holland, looking for a spy in the home of Kaiser Wilhelm. He meets a young Jewish Dutch woman played by Lily James and falls in love with her, hence the title (she's "the exception"). The full cast includes Christopher Plummer, Ben Daniels, Janet McTeer, Eddie Marsan, Mark Dexter, and Martin Swabey. This honestly doesn't look half bad, but I'm not sure it seems that good either. Lily James is great, but Jai Courtney not so much. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for David Leveaux's The Exception, originally from USA Today: A German soldier (Jai Courtney) tries to
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