Horse Money (2014)
Welcome—or perhaps welcome back—to the world of Pedro Costa, the austere Portuguese director behind Colossal Youth (2006), In Vanda’s Room (2000), and other haunting works with which to grapple. His latest is titled Vitalina Varela and picks up where last year’s Horse Money left off, focusing on the eponymous character who first appeared as a supporting player in Money while also persisting in Costa’s unmistakable style: slow static shots set up like minimalist plays; stark white lighting from far above,
The Costa Expanded Universe stems back to 2006’s “Colossal Youth,” when Costa first began exploring the Cape Verdean residents of Fontainhas by casting members of the immigrant community as themselves. Costa’s ravishing blend of light and shadow captures the characters as they wander the claustrophobic interiors of their ramshackle homes and muse about their wandering lives. Costa’s dour, humorless aesthetic takes time to settle in and
And yet, it’s a somewhat understandable assumption to make with Diane, the narrative feature debut of prolific film critic and programmer Kent Jones. Best described as a character study with a metaphysical lean, the autumnal Diane’s life is defined by routines; regular reminiscing breakfasts with her dwindling friends, visits to a coterie of relatives and grandchildren, check-ins on her in-and-out of recovery son, Brian (Jake Lacy), and volunteer shifts at the local soup kitchen.
Led by the great character actress Mary Kay Place, her performance is
Portuguese director returns to Fontainhas for his seventh feature, Vitalina Varela (which has been previously listed as the title Daughters of Fire). Starring the actress for which the film is named, she is joined by two other actresses from Horse Money (2014), Costa’s last feature, including Ventura and Isabel Cordoso (who was also in his 2006 film Colossal Youth). The project also influenced a recent art installation from Costa. Known for filming with non-professionals who are usually playing variations of themselves, while shooting on a micro budget in digital, Costa is Portugal’s premiere art-house auteur, ever since his 1989 debut Blood.…
The Apr’s note accompanying the selection stated that Portugal’s cinema is “persistent and resilient, and despite production difficulties, it invents its own conditions to continue to exist and create.”
Portuguese films in at Cannes this year include Un Certain Regard-player “The Dead and the Others” by João Salaviza and Renée Nader Messora, acquired for sales by Paris-based Luxbox; Carlos Diegues’ “The Great Mystical Circus”, sold by Latido Films; soccer-themed “Diamantino”, by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, which could be a break out in Critics’ Week; and short film “Amor, Avenidas Novas”, by Duarte Coimbra, again playing in Critics’ Week; and Terry Gilliam’s closing pic,
Portuguese director Pedro Costa is ready for his fire walk and back with his first narrative project since 2014’s Horse Money.
That will change this fall as Grasshopper Film release Casa de Lava on Blu-ray and DVD, in advance of which there is a brief, appropriately enigmatic teaser that gives
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City of Women (Federico Fellini)
Federico Fellini‘s epic 1980 fantasia introduced the start of the Maestro’s delirious late period. A surrealist tour-de-force filmed on soundstages and locations alike, and overflowing with the same sensory (and sensual) invention heretofore found only in the classic movie-musicals (and Fellini’s own oeuvre), La città delle donne [City of Women] taps into the era’s restless youth culture, coalescing into nothing less than Fellini’s post-punk opus. Marcello Mastroianni appears as Fellini’s alter
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• The Assassin
• Clouds of Sils Maria
• The Duke of Burgundy
• Inside Out
• Li’l Quinquin
• Mad Max: Fury Road
• A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
• Sean Baker – Tangerine
• Bruno Dumont – Li’l Quinquin
• Todd Haynes – Carol
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• The Assassin
• Hard to Be a God
• La Sapienza
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It hasn’t been a great year for domestic movie poster design. Yes there are always a handful to admire each month, but that’s not saying much when you’re comparing them to absolute dreck.
Whereas most years I’m collecting 15-20 images and find myself exasperated trying to cull them down into a Top Ten, 2015 had me struggling to fill the #10 slot. Only maybe three or four were “musts” and the rest ended up waging a war of attrition to
Everest (Baltasar Kormákur)
Curtain raisers seldom come more bombastic than the last two films to open the Venice Film Festival, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity in 2013, and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman last year. Attempting to maintain that level of volume this year on the Lido is Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest, a grand-scale, by-the-numbers 3D epic about the doomed 1996 expedition to climb the titular peak.
Take a look at the complete list below and then wonder, didn't these critics see "Star Wars: The Force Awakens?"
Film Comment's Top 20 Films of 2015
2. "The Assassin"
3. "Mad Max: Fury Road"
4. "Clouds of Sils Maria"
5. "Arabian Nights"
9. "Inside Out"
10. "The Look of Silence"
11. "Hard to Be a God"
13. "In Jackson Heights"
14. "Son of Saul"
15. "Horse Money"
19. "The Diary of a Teenage Girl"
20. "Bridge of Spies"
Film Comment's Best Undistributed Films of 2015
1. "Right Here, Right Now"
3. "The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers"
4. "The Academy of Muses"
5. "Don't Blink . Robert Frank"
7. "Journey to the Shore"
8. "Happy Hour"
9. "Lost and
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