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Film Review: ‘Staff Only’

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Marta (Elena Andrada) is 17, from Barcelona and alternately bored and mortified to be on a Christmas vacation to Senegal with her estranged dad, Manel (Sergi López), and annoying little brother, Bruno (Ian Samsó). For her, the freedoms of imminent adulthood, such as the occasional poolside mojito, are tantalizing close but still technically forbidden, rather like the employees’ section of their resort hotel that is quarantined from the guests’ domain by a doorway marked “Staff Only.”

Catalan director Neus Ballús, in her calm, intelligent second feature after 2013’s docudrama “The Plague,” allows Marta’s coming of age to sensitively parallel, in unexpected ways, a clear-eyed critique of tourism in post-colonial regions. The film is mediated through a white Westerner’s experience rather than that of a local, but it is no white-savior narrative; if anything, it is a gentle dismantling of that myth from the inside, revealing the myopia and self-deluding
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Berlin: The Match Factory Boards Competition Titles From Fatih Akin, Emin Alper (Exclusive)

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Berlin: The Match Factory Boards Competition Titles From Fatih Akin, Emin Alper (Exclusive)
German indie powerhouse The Match Factory will handle world sales on two Berlin Film Festival competition titles: German director Fatih Akin’s serial-killer chiller “The Golden Glove” and Turkish director Emin Alper’s family drama “A Tale of Three Sisters.”

Akin, a Hamburg native whose “Head-On” won the Golden Bear in 2004, is returning to the Berlinale with provocative “Glove,” which is based on a bestselling book. It chronicles the true story of Fritz Honka, a physically and psychologically scarred serial killer who murdered four women in Hamburg’s red-light district between 1970 and 1975. Akin has told Variety that the killer, played by rising German actor Jonas Dassler (“Lomo: The Language of Many Others”), used to live a couple of streets from where he grew up.

Honka picked up his victims at a dive bar called Zum Goldenen Handschuh (The Golden Glove in German), where he was a regular. The chiller’s
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Sarajevo unveils Competition line-up

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Sarajevo unveils Competition line-up
Feature film competition five world premieres and four regional premieres, including multi award-winner In Bloom.

The Sarajevo Film Festival (Sff), running August 16-24, has announced the Feature, Short and Documentary Competition titles comprising 50 films.

Selectors and the Sff team viewed 750 films from the region, including 200 feature films, 150 documentaries and 400 short and animated films.

Across the three Competition sections are 15 world, seven international and 18 regional premieres.

The main competition will feature five world premieres including Carmen, the first feature by Romanian director Doru Nitescu.

It is a family drama co-written by Tudor Voican, known for Periferic and Medal of Honour. The Filmex Romania production stars Doru Ana from Principles of Life, Adrian Titieni from Child’s Pose and Maia Morgenstern.

Greek director Dimitris Bavellas’ debut feature Runaway Day is a black-and-white film exploring how young Greeks feel lost in modern day Athens, a city under financial occupation. It starts Maria Skoula from Wasted Youth.

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Film Review: 'Paradise: Love'

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★★★☆☆ The inaugural part of Austrian provocateur Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy (with all three films receiving staggered releases in the coming months), Paradise: Love (Paradies: Liebe, 2012) is a bitter first dose of squirm-inducing realism. Focusing on one rotund holiday-goer's adventures as a sex tourist on the Kenyan coast, Seidl certainly doesn't shy away from the controversial, exploring themes of racial exploitation and societal injustice within a beach community bloated by its own troubling contradictions. Thankfully, this first entry still somehow manages to remain as enthralling as it is excruciating, despite its languid pace.

Known on the glistening white beaches of Kenya's coastlines as 'sugar mamas', numerous predatory European women have made a habit of embarking on sex tourist vacations, seeking out the attentions of young African men who sell love (well, sex) in order to earn a living and provide for their dependants. Fifty-year-old Austrian single mother Teresa (an oddly
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Seidl Tackles Sex Tourism in Daring Film

Sugar Mama sex tourism depicted in Ulrich Seidl’s ‘remarkable’ Paradise: Love (photo: Margarete Tiesel, Peter Kazungu in Paradise: Love) Sugar Mama sex tourism is the subject of Paradise: Love / Paradies: Liebe. Aside from the fact that this is a real thing, which is fascinating, director Ulrich Seidl’s remarkable film about the subject is deeply affecting in a number of ways. Paradise: Love is at once sad and ebullient, disturbing and invigorating, beautiful and grotesque. It is a daring investigation on the part of the filmmakers — especially its players, among them several novice Kenyan actors and several veteran Austrian actresses, all of whom, quite literally, bare themselves for all to see, know, and judge. It’s brilliantly done. Sugar Mama sex tourism involves middle-aged European women traveling to Kenya, ostensibly for lovely beach-resort-style vacations in paradise. True, Kenya offers resorts, it looks lovely, and perhaps it’s even a
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Notebook's 5th Writers Poll: The Ferroni Brigade's Double Trouble Set of 2012

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For the rest of the Notebook's Fantasy Double Features of 2012, see the poll's main index.

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New: Far from Afghanistan (John Gianvito, Jon Jost, Minda Martin, Soon-Mi Yoo, Travis Wilkerson)

Old: Allons enfants... pour L'Algerie (Karl Gass, 1961)

Two works of international(ist) solidarity made exactly half a century apart (Far from Afghanistan was already shown on the net last year in the so-called October Version), both dealing with a colonial war and its ramifications for the victim—as well the aggressor and collaborator state. Two works, also, of fragmentation, multitudes of voices, dialectic pluralism; Gass sub-divided his film into three parts (actually, it's more like two halves and a coda), while the Gianvito-masterminded project consists of five quasi-independent segments (working also quite well as stand-alone shorts) plus half a dozen interludes. Yet, in one—maybe the most—crucial way they're light years apart: Gass lays it down smack from the center
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European Film Awards 2012 Nominations: Old and New in Competition

Best European Film Amour (Love) Austria/France/Germany, 127 min Written & directed by Michael Haneke Produced by Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka & Michael Katz Barbara Germany, 105 min Written & directed by Christian Petzold Produced by Florian Koerner von Gustorf & Michael Weber Cesare Deve Morire (Caesar Must Die) Italy, 76 min Directed by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani Written by Paolo & Vittorio Taviani, in collaboration with Fabio Cavalli Produced by Grazia Volpi Intouchables (Untouchable) France, 108 min Written & directed by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano Produced by Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou & Laurent Zeitoun Jagten (The Hunt) Denmark, 111 min Directed by Thomas Vinterberg Written by Thomas Vinterberg & Tobias Lindholm Produced by Morten Kaufmann & Sisse Graum Jørgensen Shame UK, 96 min Directed by Steve McQueen Written by Steve McQueen & Abi Morgan Produced by Iain Canning & Emile Sherman European Director 2012: Nuri Bilge Ceylan for B?R Zamanlar Anadolu’Da (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia) Michael Haneke for Amour
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BFI London Film Festival 2012: 'Paradise: Love' review

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★★★☆☆ Michael Haneke has made a career out of misanthropic, if brilliant grumpiness, yet it seems fellow Austrian director Ulrich Seidl is making a good fist of competing for him in the line of stern, unflinching gazes at the darker side of humanity. Import/Export screened at the London Film Festival back in 2007 and featured scenes of humiliation and exploitation, and Seidl returns this year with the first part of a projected trilogy, Paradise: Love (Paradies: Liebe, 2012), to be followed by Paradise: Hope and Paradise: Faith. Margarete Tiesel stars as Teresa, a German house frau on a trip to Kenya, where the main attractions are the Kenyan men who loiter on the beach, on the other side of a strictly patrolled demarcation line.

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Miff 2012: bask in warm, exploitative gaze of “Paradise: Love”

Paradies: Liebe (Paradise: Love)

Directed by Ulrich Seidl

Written by Ulrich Seidl and Veronika Franz

2012, Austria, Germany, France

Anyone who has had an email account for long enough will attest to the tsunami of lude messages that clog the spam folder until they overflow into the inbox. They advertise magical ways to elongate your cock, bulk up in two fortnights or earn your retirement by sitting at home on your computer pressing a button. Then there are the messages written in endearingly broken English by exotic Eastern Bloc women who claim to have been captivated by a profile that you do not have (unless you’ve opened so many that half have been forgotten) and would like to start a new relationship with a real man. As you peruse these for curiosity’s sake or for a cynical laugh, you wonder who exactly might respond to these in the hope of finding love and companionship.
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Marion Cotillard: Cannes Best Actress Predictions

Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schonhaerts, Rust & Bone Marion Cotillard is the odds-on Best Actress favorite at the Cannes Film Festival 2012 for her performance as an invalid in Jacques Audiard’s De rouille et d’os / Rust & Bone. Cotillard has already won a Best Actress Academy Award, a British Academy Award, and two Césars, but she has never won a Cannes Award in the Official Competition. Barring an upset, this will be her year. [See also Cannes Best Actor Prediction.] Now, who could be the "upsets"? Well, there are a number of possibilities (and of course, ties aren’t infrequent at Cannes). Veterans Isabelle Huppert and Emmanuelle Riva, the two female stars in Michael Haneke’s acclaimed Amour / Love, could share the Best Actress Award — as was the case with the nearly all-female Volver cast in 2006. Or perhaps Huppert and Riva might share a "Best Ensemble" Award with fellow Amour player Jean-Louis Trintignant. That has (sort of) happened
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Cannes 2012: The Hunt by Thomas Vinterberg Clips

Here’s something from Thomas Vinterberg‘s upcoming The Hunt movie, which is scheduled to compete for Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival this month. As you already see, we have three new clips from the whole thing, and I must tell you guys – Mads Mikkelsen never looked so serious to me… But, serious or not, [...]

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Sex Tourism in Africa: Paradise: Love

Ulrich Seidl‘s Paradise: Love movie Cannes Film Festival 2012: Reviews for Ulrich Seidl‘s Paradies: Liebe / Paradise: Love, in which an Austrian woman (Margarethe Tiesel) and her friends travel to Kenya for a good time with the young locals, have been overwhelmingly negative. (To the best of my knowledge, this Paradise: Love has nothing to do with the song "Paradise Love" from the movie Wild Orchid.) [If you're not offended by the human body, check out this beautiful Paradise: Love nude.] Some of the commentaries reek of moralistic outrage: the chief complaint being that Seidl’s film doesn’t take a "morally acceptable" stance against sex tourism — even if those involved, as seems to be the case here, are all too willing. (Though no less moralistic, Allan Hunter’s review at Screen International has a different take on how Paradise: Love depicts sex tourism.) Others have found Seidl’s handling of the various goings-on either abhorrent or dull — sometimes both. And finally, some have
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Cannes Review: 'Paradies: Liebe' Is About Sex, But It's Torture

Cannes Review: 'Paradies: Liebe' Is About Sex, But It's Torture
There is always the one movie in Cannes that you wish you could unsee. Last year it was "Michael," the day-to-day meditation of a pedophile with a boy in his basement.  This year, it has to be "Paradies: Liebe," Ulrich Seidl's film about middle-aged white women who go to Kenya to exploit poverty stricken males by paying them for sex.  While the topic is vital and worth exposing, it's mighty hard to sit through a solid two hours of this torture. Most women of a certain age who have "let themselves
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Cannes 2012: Paradies: Liebe by Ulrich Seidl Clips

Ulrich Seidl brings a completely new drama to Cannes this year. And he sure has some good chances to win Palme d’Or, because his Paradies: Liebe is one of the titles that will compete for a Golden Palm statue at 65th Cannes Film Festival. We have three new clips from the whole thing – and [...]

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Key Players in the 2012 Cannes Film Market: Coproduction Office

Founded by Philippe Bober in the late 80′s, the Coproduction Office - a Sales Agent/Production Company based out of Paris comes to Cannes with only one item in the Main Competition in a filmmaker they’ve repped before in Ulrich Seidl and his part one of the trilogy, Paradise: Love. They’ve also got a restored print for Rossellini’s 1954 classic and of course, all eyes are on Cannes 2013 for the potential release of Dau by Ilya Khrzhanovsky.

Journey To Italy (New Restored Version) by Roberto Rossellini

Meteora by Spiros Stathoulopoulos

Paradise : Love (Paradies: Liebe) by Ulrich Seidl

Dau by Ilya Khrzhanovsky
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The competition's still a man's world

With new offerings from Audiard, Haneke and Loach, this year's festival will be another feast of quality film-making. Could have done with a few more women directors, mind

Once again, the Cannes film festival has unveiled a gorgeous list. The only disappointments, for some, will be the fact that Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master and Terrence Malick's new project were not included, reportedly because they were not ready in time – although the idea of Malick actually having a new film completed just one year after the last head-spinning epic is fantastically improbable: as if he had moved up to a Roger Corman level of productivity. Some observers will be disappointed that Stoker, by the South Korean director Park Chan-wook has not been selected, likewise Wong Kar-wai's The Grand Master – although the festival could sneak in a late entry here and there.

The relative absence of women in the list of directors is,
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Cannes 2012: line-up announced

Cannes 2012: line-up announced
New films by Michael Haneke, Jacques Audiard, Lee Daniels, Abbas Kiarostami, Ken Loach and Wes Anderson are in competition at this year's festival

Cannes 2012 is shaping up to be an auteurs' reunion, with new films from old Croisette stagers such as Jacques Audiard, Ken Loach and Michael Haneke vying for this year's top honour, the Palme d'Or. Joining them in competiton are the likes of Walter Salles, Leos Carax, David Cronenberg, Thomas Vinterberg, Lee Daniels and Wes Anderson, whose Moonrise Kingdom is the first opening night film to be also in competition since 2008's Blindness.

Rust and Bone, the latest from Audiard, whose A Prophet won the Grand Prix in 2009, was long a shoo-in for a competition spot; ditto Haneke with Love, which reunites him with Piano Teacher Isabelle Huppert, and Abbas Kiarostami with Like Someone in Love. Matteo Garrone's followup to Gommorah is another welcome inclusion. Loach returns with The Angels' Share,
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Cannes 2012. Lineup

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Cannes 2012. Lineup
Cosmopolis

So we've known for some time now that Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom will be opening the Cannes Film Festival (site) on May 16. Yesterday, the Festival announced that Thérèse Desqueyroux, Claude Miller's final film, will close this year's edition on May 27. Miller's adaptation of François Mauriac's novel Thérèse Desqueyroux features Audrey Tautou in the title role as well as Gilles Lellouche and Anaïs Demoustier.

And lineups for the Short Films Competition and the Cinéfondation Selection were unveiled on Tuesday. Jean-Pierre Dardenne will preside over the Jury.

Today, the Festival's announced the full lineup for the Official Selection of its 65th anniversary edition. This is a roundup-in-progress, obviously.

Competition

Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. The synopsis at the official site: "Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two 12-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact,
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Cannes 2012 Lineup Announced: Hillcoat, Haneke, Audiard Among Those in Competition

This morning the 2012 Cannes lineup was announced at a press conference in Paris and there’s a number of intriguing films in and out of competition this year.

John Hillcoat’s Lawless makes an appearance with Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain and Guy Pearce forming an excellent cast for the director’s follow up to The Road and Michael Haneke’s Amour will debut at the festival as will new films from Alain Resnais, Jacques Audiard and Jeff Nichols whose Take Shelter as one of my favourites of last year.

Twilight fans wil be well served, not by an earlier screening of the final part of Breaking Dawn thankfully but with stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson leading Walter SallesOn the Road and David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s Cosmoplis. Interestingly Cronenberg Jr. also has a film playing – son Brandon has his film Anitviral in Un Certain Regard.
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Cannes 2012 Line-Up Revealed With New Films From Dominik, Kiarostami, Nichols, Audiard, Haneke & More

After we got the news last night via a trailer that David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis would be joining the Cannes line-up, the rest of the titles have been revealed. It’s a strong one, with Andrew Dominik‘s Assassination of Jesse James follow-up being my most-anticipated of the bunch, along with the next features from Abbas Kiarostami (Certified Copy) and Jacques Audiard (A Prophet). We’ve also got new films from Michael Haneke, Take Shelter’s Jeff Nichols, Lee Daniels, Ken Loach, John Hillcoat and Walter Salles.

There are a good amount of rumored titles missing, as Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master, new Terrence Malick, Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines and Park Chan-wook’s Stoker are nowhere to be found. We’ll have to wait until fall festival debuts for that batch, most likely. Playing in other categories we’ve got midnight films from Dario Argento
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