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By The Grace Of God – Review

By The Grace Of God opens in St. Louis Friday November 22nd at Landmark’s The Tivoli Theater.

Review by Stephen Tronicek

When something terrible has happened to you, it leaves an impression in your brain. Sometimes those things are so strong that the mark that is left seems to spoil the mood of your being. Francios Ozon’s By the Grace of God submerges you in this through its subject matter and the strength of its vetern director. Structurally, it’s a film built to wade you into it’s sickening and scarring subject matter. The film starts following the true story of Alexandre Guerin (Melvil Poupaud), a family man of devout Catholicism, revealing that he was molested as a child by a pastor at his camp Bernard Preynat (Bernard Verley). As his complaints fall on deaf ears, he takes action eventually drawing another victim Francios Debord (Denis Menochet) into the cause.
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Sliff 2019 Review – By The Grace Of God

By The Grace Of God will screen at The Plaza Frontenac Cinema (1701 South Lindbergh Boulevard # 210 Plaza) Sunday, Nov 10 at 8:15pm and Monday, Nov 11 at 8:00pm as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival.Ticket information can be found Here and Here

François Ozon — the celebrated director of “8 Women,” “Swimming Pool,” and “Young and Beautiful” — offers a distinct change of pace from the satirically witty explorations of sexuality that comprise most of his work. Instead, in “By the Grace of God,” he mounts a gripping drama that follows three men who band together to dismantle the code of silence that continues to protect a priest who abused them decades ago. Based on events from the 2019 conviction of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon for concealing the conduct of a predatory priest, “By the Grace of God” compassionately illustrates the effects of trauma on survivors and their
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Berlinale 2019: ‘Max mon amour’

Berlinale 2019: ‘Max mon amour’
By Alex DeleonCharlotte Rampling in the Festival SpotlightThe first film seen at the festival in the homage to Charlotte Rampling retro was somewhat of a disappointment. I had seen this picture when it first came out in Japan and was favorably impressed at the time by its outrageous sense of the absurd, especially as made by a serious A level Japanese director like Nagisa Oshima (died 2013 at age 80). This time around the humor, at least for me, did not hold up and I was rather bored most of the way.

Today it is of little more than passing historical interest

There is, however, an interesting background to this very offbeat Franco-Japanese co-production from the year 1986 by which timeNagisa Ôshima was regarded as a first class Japanese iconoclast. Outside of Japan he was highly regarded in France where his mainstream hardcore porno films In the realm of the Senses (1976) and Empire of Passion
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10 Must-See Films at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival

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10 Must-See Films at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival
With more than 300 films in its program and 500,000 attendees coming to watch them, the Berlinale is the world’s largest film festival. The 69th edition — the last under the guidance of festival director Dieter Kosslick, who’s overseen the launch of major recent movies like Mia Hansen-Løve’s “Things to Come,” Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs,” and Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation” — is set to kick off this Thursday with the world premiere of Lone Scherfig’s star-studded “The Kindness of Strangers,” and will continue until the following weekend, when Juliette Binoche’s jury awards the prestigious Golden Bear to the film that emerges victorious from the festival’s Competition section.

While the Berlinale has become one of the most eclectic events of its kind, and an unparalleled opportunity to discover fresh and exciting work from all corners of the globe, this year’s program also includes new work
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Berlinale 2019. Lineup

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Ghost Town AnthologyThe titles for the 69th Berlin International Film Festival are being announced in anticipation of the event running February 7-17, 2019. We will update the program as new films are revealed.COMPETITIONThe Ground Beneath My FeetThe Golden Glove (Faith Akin, Germany/France)By the Grace of GodThe Kindness of StrangersI Was at Home, but A Tale of Three SistersGhost Town Anthology (Denis Côté, Canada)Berlinale SPECIALGully Boy (Zoya Akhtar, India)BrechtWatergate (Charles Ferguson, USA)Panorama 201937 Seconds (Hikari (Mitsuyo Miyazaki), Japan)Dafne (Federico Bondi, Italy)The Day After I'm Gone (Nimrod Eldar, Israel)A Dog Called Money (Seamus Murphy, Ireland/UK)Waiting for the CarnivalChainedFlatland (Jenna Bass, South Africa/Germany/Luxembourg)Greta (Armando Praça, Brazil)Hellhole (Bas Devos, Belgium/Netherlands)Jessica Forever (Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel, France)AcidMid90s (Jonah Hill, USA) Family MembersMonos (Alejandro Landes, Columbia/Argentina/Netherlands/Germany/Denmark/Sweden/Uruguay) O Beautiful Night (Xaver Böhm,
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Charlotte Rampling To Receive Honorary Berlin Golden Bear; Macao Winners — Global Briefs

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Charlotte Rampling To Receive Honorary Berlin Golden Bear; Macao Winners — Global Briefs
Charlotte Rampling (45 Years) will receive an Honorary Golden Bear at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival. The festival will also present a homage to the feted British actress’s career: movies will include The Damned, The Night Porter, The Verdict, Swimming Pool and Stardust Memories. Rampling presided over the festival’s jury in in 2006 and in 2015 she won the Silver Bear for Best Actress for 45 Years, for which she was also Oscar-nominated. “I’m very happy that this year’s Homage is dedicated to the sublime actress Charlotte Rampling,” said Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick. “She is an icon of unconventional and exciting cinema.” The prolific Rampling, whose career spans six decades, has recently played in Red Sparrow, The Little Stranger and Michel Blanc’s Kiss & Tell. She will next be seen in Paul Verhoeven’s film Benedetta, scheduled for release in 2019.

The third International Film Festival and Awards Macao handed
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Berlin Film Festival: Charlotte Rampling to Receive Honorary Golden Bear

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Berlin Film Festival: Charlotte Rampling to Receive Honorary Golden Bear
Oscar-nominated actress Charlotte Rampling, whose career has spanned more than 100 film and television roles, will be honored with a special Golden Bear at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival.

The fest will also pay homage to Rampling by screening a selection of her work, including Sidney Lumet’s “The Verdict” (1982), Francois Ozon’s “Swimming Pool” (2003) and Andrea Pallaoro’s “Hannah” (2017). The honorary Golden Bear will be presented to the veteran performer Feb. 14 at a ceremony featuring a showing of Liliana Cavani’s “The Night Porter” (1974).

“I’m very happy that this year’s homage is dedicated to the sublime actress Charlotte Rampling,” said Dieter Kosslick, the director of the Berlinale. “She is an icon of unconventional and exciting cinema.”

Rampling won the Silver Bear in 2015 for her performance in “45 Years” opposite Tom Courtenay; she also received an Academy Award nomination for the role. She served as president of the Berlinale
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Berlin Film Festival: New Films by Francois Ozon, Fatih Akin, Denis Cote in Competition

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Berlin Film Festival: New Films by Francois Ozon, Fatih Akin, Denis Cote in Competition
New films by Francois Ozon, Fatih Akin and Denis Cote are among the titles that will compete for the Golden Bear at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival.

German director Akin’s “Der Goldene Handschuh” (“The Golden Glove”) and French helmer Ozon’s “Grâce à dieu” (“By the Grace of God”) were announced by the Berlinale in its first batch of competition films Thursday. Akin won the Golden Bear in 2004 with “Head-On.”

The lineup also includes “Der Boden unter den Fuessen” (“The Ground Beneath My Feet”) by Austrian director Marie Kreutzer; “Répertoire des villes disparues” (“Ghost Town Anthology”) by Canadian director Cote; “Ich war zuhause, aber” by German director Angela Schanelec; and “Kız Kardeşler” (“A Tale of Three Sisters”) by Turkish helmer Emin Alper.

All six competition films unveiled Thursday will have their world premieres in Berlin with the exception of “By the Grace of God,” which gets its international premiere at the festival.
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Francois Ozon Set to Make Sexual-Abuse Drama ‘By the Grace of God’

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Francois Ozon Set to Make Sexual-Abuse Drama ‘By the Grace of God’
Francois Ozon, whose latest film, “Double Lover,” competed at the Cannes Film Festival last year, is now making “By the Grace of God,” a drama looking at a real-life case of sexual abuses allegedly committed by a French priest in the late 1980s.

“By the Grace of God” is produced by Mandarin Production, in co-production with Playtime, which is also handling international sales. Mars Films will distribute the movie in France on Feb. 20. A world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival is likely.

Now in post-production, the film is inspired by the scandal surrounding Bernard Preynat, a Roman Catholic priest who was accused of having abused scouts from 1986 to 1991, and was only recently indicted after several victims decided to file lawsuits.

“By the Grace of God” follows Alexandre, a man in his 40s living in Lyon with his wife and children, who discovers that the priest who abused him decades
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Review: 88rising Celebrate Hip-Hop Globalism on ‘Head In the Clouds’

The streaming age has – happily – broadened hip-hop’s boundaries, allowing U.S. and English-speaking listeners to easily discover how other cultures have put their own spin on the genre. The New York-centered collective 88rising is representative of hip-hop’s ascendant globalism: It includes acts from Indonesia (rapper Rich Brian and R&B singer Niki), Japan (R&B singer Joji), China (the rap/pop group Higher Brothers) and South Korea (rapper Keith Ape), as well as L.A. artist August 08. The crew’s debut echoes of-the-moment sounds, particularly on the thumping trap of Higher Brothers,
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10 New Albums to Stream Now: Lori McKenna, The Internet and More Editors’ Picks

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Editors’ Pick: Lori McKenna, The Tree

One of modern country’s greatest songwriters, the author of Tim McGraw’s winning “Humble & Kind” echoes its themes here, musing on verities of family and community with matter-of-factly hard-earned, time-ripened wisdom. The craft is remarkable and deceptively understated, with fine-turned phrases glinting like dewdrops. Highlight: “The Lot Behind St. Mary’s,” a song about getting busy in blue jeans while in the literal (and figurative) shadow of the local church. Parlor game: Guessing which songs will get remade by mainstreamers wanting an artistic upgrade.
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Ethan Hawke Joins Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Next Film

Coming off his Palme d’Or win for Shoplifters (our review), Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda is embarking on his French-language debut, featuring two of France’s greatest stars. Earlier this year it was confirmed that Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve would be leading his new feature, and now another actor has joined the project, which is now titled La Verite (aka The Truth).

Ethan Hawke, currently in the midst of a stellar year with First Reformed and Blaze, will join the film, also starring Ludivine Sagnier. A meta story involving a star of French cinema (Deneuve) and the relationship with her daughter, played by Binoche, Hawke will play the role of Binoche’s husband. Shot by cinematographer Eric Gautier, who most recently worked on Jia Zhangke’s stellar Cannes premiere Ash Is Purest White, production begins this October and November in France.

Producer Vincent Maraval told Screen Daily, “It’s
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Hirokazu Kore-eda’s New Drama Starring Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve Gets Title and Synopsis

After winning the Palme d’Or for his latest drama Shoplifters (our review), the always-prolific Hirokazu Kore-eda is already embarking on his next project, and it’s perhaps fitting after his win on the Croisette that he’ll be directing two of France’s greatest stars. Last month it was confirmed that Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve would be leading his new feature, and now a title, synopsis, and additional cast & crew have been unveiled.

Titled The Truth About Catherine, actress Ludivine Sagnier, has also joined the film, which marks Kore-eda’s first film set outside Japan and it will be shot by cinematographer Eric Gautier, who most recently worked on Jia Zhangke’s stellar Cannes premiere Ash Is Purest White.

“Kore-eda’s another member of the Wild Bunch family who is back… this film is completely different from his past works,” producer Vincent Maraval told Screen Daily. “It’s
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'Hannah' Review: Charlotte Rampling Drama Runs Gamut From Cold to Subzero

'Hannah' Review: Charlotte Rampling Drama Runs Gamut From Cold to Subzero
It's not easy to watch the slow deterioration of a good person, especially a woman as intelligent and complex as Hannah (Charlotte Rampling). Her husband (André Wilms) has been carted off to prison in their native Belgium for reasons unknown. But Hannah carries on, trying to live life as she knows it. Then life starts to squeeze her out.

At least, that's the premise of this slow, deliberate film, directed and co-written by Andrea Pallaoro, following a striking 2013 debut with Medeas. He refuses to coddle audiences or fill in the
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‘Double Lover’ Film Review: François Ozon’s Perverse Thriller Features One Woman, Two Shrinks

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‘Double Lover’ Film Review: François Ozon’s Perverse Thriller Features One Woman, Two Shrinks
You might think that a movie that opens with a close-up of a cervical exam (that dissolves into a shot of the heroine’s eye, filmed sideways) has nowhere left to go, but in “Double Lover,” French filmmaker François Ozon (“Swimming Pool,” “8 Women”) is just getting started. While the film’s obsession with twins (and occasional moments of body horror) might call to mind David Cronenberg’s darkly brilliant “Dead Ringers,” this new film focuses less on a pair of twin psychiatrists (both played by Jérémie Renier) and more on the patient-turned-lover (Marine Vacth) whose obsession with them mounts to dangerous levels. This...
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'Double Lover' Review: French Thriller's Two Sides of Same Steamy, Kinky Coin

'Double Lover' Review: French Thriller's Two Sides of Same Steamy, Kinky Coin
French filmmaker François Ozon can tackle subjects of the utmost gravity (see Under the Sand, Frantz and a host of other solemn dramas). But my favorite Ozon movies are the ones that blend seriousness with erotic mischief – works like 8 Women, Swimming Pool and In the House. Just as irresistible is the dangerously sexy and perversely funny Double Lover, a psychological thriller that concerns two psychologists ... well, actually their twins.

At first, Chloe, beautifully played by Marine Vacth, doesn't know this; neither, for that matter, does the audience. The ex-model is in therapy with Dr.
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Promo images for The Lego Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures Series 2 revealed

Lego has released a batch of official promotional images for the second series of The Lego Batman Movie minifigures which are set to go on sale January 1st, the wave includes Friends and Family Harley, Friends and Family Alfred, Clock King, Hugo Strange, Mermaid Batman, Swimming Pool Batman (With Dolphin), Tropical Joker, Vacation Robin, Vacation Batgirl, Vacation Alfred, Soccer Mom Batgirl, Killer Moth, Jayna, Zan, Apache Chief, Jor-El, General Zod, Doctor Phosphorus, Black Canary, and Black Vulcan; click on any of the images for hi-res versions, and let us know in the comments below which of these you’re most excited to get your hands on…

See Also: The Lego Batman Movie 2018 sets revealed, including the Bat-Space Shuttle and Justice League Anniversary Party

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made “The Lego® Movie” a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble – Lego Batman – stars in his own big-screen adventure.
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First look at The Lego Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures Series 2

Back in October it was announced that The Lego Batman Movie would be getting a second wave of Collectible Minifigures in 2018, and now thanks to The Brick Fan, we’ve got a promotional image which gives us our first glimpse at the new wave.

Series 2 is set to feature 20 minifigures in total:

Friends and Family Harley

Friends and Family Alfred

Clock King

Hugo Strange

Mermaid Batman

Swimming Pool Batman (With Dolphin)

Tropical Joker

Vacation Robin

Vacation Batgirl

Vacation Alfred

Soccer Mom Batgirl

Killer Moth

Jayna

Zan

Apache Chief

Jor-El

General Zod

Doctor Phosphorus

Black Canary

Black Vulcan

See Also: The Lego Batman Movie 2018 sets revealed, including the Bat-Space Shuttle and Justice League Anniversary Party

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The Lego Batman Movie Collectible Minifigures Wave 2 revealed

Last month it was revealed that a new wave of Collectible Minfigures based upon The Lego Batman Movie is set for release in 2018, and while we don’t have any promotional images just yet, the folks at EuroBricks have revealed a list of the twenty Lego Minifigures which will be included in the series:

Friends and Family Harley

Friends and Family Alfred

Clock King

Hugo Strange

Mermaid Batman

Swimming Pool Batman (With Dolphin)

Tropical Joker

Vacation Robin

Vacation Batgirl

Vacation Alfred

Soccer Mom Batgirl

Killer Moth

Jayna

Zan

Apache Chief

Jor-El

General Zod

Doctor Phosphorus

Black Canary

Black Vulcan

Are you excited about this wave? Are there any figures in particular you’re looking forward to adding to your collection? Let us know in the comments below…
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François Ozon on the Playfulness of ‘L’amant double,’ Criticism, and Jury Fights

Ever since making his feature debut with the darkly comical Sitcom, French writer/director François Ozon has been making the world feeling horny and shocked with his films, often at the same time. With a body of work that also includes Water Drops on Burning Rocks, Under the Sand, In the House and the glorious one-two punch of 8 Women and Swimming Pool, you’d think the prolific provocateur might soon be running out of tricks.

Think again. His latest erotic thriller, L’amant double, which premiered in competition at Cannes this year, proved to be the film scandaleux of the festival. Starring Marine Vacth as Chloé, a young woman who one day discovers her psychiatrist partner Paul (Jérémie Renier) might have an evil twin brother and gradually loses herself in a web of deceit and kinks, it’s the kind of dangerously sexy farce at which Ozon excels.

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