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Berlinale 2018: First Competition & Special Films Announced

In den Gängen (In the Aisles)

The first ten films have been selected for the Competition and the Berlinale Special for next year’s Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale).

Alongside the previously announced opening film, Isle of Dogs by Wes Anderson, seven productions and co-productions from France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, Serbia, the Russian Federation, and the USA have been invited to take part in the Competition.

So far two productions have been invited to participate in the Berlinale Special. As part of the Official Programme, it screens recent works by contemporary filmmakers, as well as documentaries and works with extraordinary formats.

Benoit Jacquot, Gus Van Sant, Alexey German Jr., Ma?gorzata Szumowska, Philip Gröning, Thomas Stuber, and Laura Bispuri all feature in the Competition, while Isabel Coixet and Lars Kraume feature in the Berlinale Special.


Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot


By Gus Van Sant (Milk,
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Life Is Elsewhere: Close-Up on "That Most Important Thing: Love"

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Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Andrzej Żuławski's The Most Important Thing: Love (1975) is showing November 22 - December 22, 2017 in the United States.The DevilKiedy wszedłeś między wrony, musisz krakać jak i one.

(‘When among the crows, caw as they do.’)—Polish sayingAndrzej Żuławski’s That Most Important Thing: Love (1975) is unlike any film he ever made, and was certainly a departure in his visual sensibility relative to the feature films he had made previously in his native Poland: The Third Part of the Night (1971) and The Devil (1972). Narratively and visually, the film is at once an oddity and a turning point in Żuławski’s oeuvre, and in viewing it, it would benefit the viewer to understand the director’s experience with the French cinematic tradition and its effect on his own cinema.Żuławski was born into a well-known family of artists that spanned several generations in Poland,
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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ on 70mm, ‘On the Silver Globe,’ Double Features & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Museum of the Moving Image

Lawrence of Arabia and Patton have 70mm engagements.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

“’77” continues with films by Lynch, Zulawski, Cassavetes and more.


A queer utopia comes to Manhattan with On Fire Island, Joshua Encinias reports:

On Fire Island is programmed by Michael Lieberman, head of publicity at Metrograph, and
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Jeanne Moreau, French New Wave Icon, Dead at 89

Jeanne Moreau, a legend of French cinema and one of the French New Wave's leading actresses with roles in Jules & Jim and Elevator to the Gallows, died this weekend at the age of 89.

French authorities confirmed that the actress died at her Paris home; no cause of death was revealed, the BBC reports.

French president Emmanuel Macron tweeted of Moreau, "A legend of cinema and theater … an actress engaged in the whirlwind of life with an absolute freedom."

Pierre Lescure, president of the Cannes Film Festival, said in a statement,
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Newswire: R.I.P. Jeanne Moreau, French cinema legend

Jeanne Moreau, the French actress who starred in such films as Jules And Jim and Diary Of A Chambermaid and whose independence, sensuality, and vitality embodied the spirit of the French New Wave, has died. Her death was confirmed by the mayor of Moreau’s home district in Paris, Variety reports. She was 89.

Moreau was an established stage actress plugging away in a series of low-budget B-movies when director Louis Malle cast her in his feature-film debut, Elevator To The Gallows, in 1958. The pair immediately followed that film with another project, The Lovers (1958), the film that made Moreau an international star. She followed that role with starring turns in films like Roger Vadim’s Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1959), Michelangelo Antonioni’s La Notte (1961), and François Truffaut’s Jules And Jim (1962), the first of several collaborations between Truffaut and Moreau and one of the great classics ...
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French actress Jeanne Moreau dies aged 89

French actress Jeanne Moreau dies aged 89
French actress Jeanne Moreau has died aged 89.

She was found dead at her home in Paris, the district’s mayor told AFP.

Moreau’s hugely successful career included roles in Elevator To The Gallows and Lovers (both directed by Louis Malle), Michelangelo Antonioni’s La Notte and Beyond The Clouds, Luis Buñuel’s Diary Of A Chambermaid and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Querelle.

Her most famous role was perhaps in François Truffaut’s New Wave classic Jules et Jim, a hugely influential international hit.

Moreau won the best actress prize at Cannes for Seven Days… Seven Nights in 1960, a best foreign actress Bafta for Viva Maria! in 1965 and was awarded the Bafta Fellowship in 1996.

She was also honoured with a Cesar for best actress, for The Old Lady Who Walked in the Sea in 1992, and continued acting into her 80s.

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2017: #11. Benoit Jacquot’s Eva


Director: Benoit Jacquot

Writer: Benoit Jacquot, Gilles Taurand

Several months after premiering his Don DeLillo adaptation Never Ever out of competition in Venice last September, the prolific Benoit Jacquot returns to work with Isabelle Huppert (with whom he has collaborated five times prior, including The Wings of the Dove, The School of Flesh, False Servant, Keep it Quiet, and Villa Amalia) for a remake of Joseph Losey’s 1962 film Eva, which starred Jeanne Moreau (Jacquot recently remade Bunuel’s The Diary of a Chambermaid, which also starred Moreau).

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New to Streaming: ‘Kate Plays Christine,’ ‘Sully,’ ‘Frank & Lola,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Author: The Jt Leroy Story (Jeff Feuerzeig)

Author: The Jt LeRoy Story relives the literary hoax of the early aughts, the truly weird and out of control tale of Jt LeRoy. An allegedly gender-fluid HIV positive son of a West Virginia truck stop hooker, he rose to the heights of indie stardom befriending the likes of Courtney Love, Shirley Manson, Lou Reed, Michael Pitt, Billy Corgan and filmmakers Gus Van
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New to Streaming: ’13th,’ ‘Knight of Cups,’ ‘Cosmos,’ ‘Timecrimes,’ ‘Under the Shadow,’ and More

Editor’s Note: After a two-week vacation break, we are back with an expanded selection to catch up on what we missed! Enjoy below.

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

13th (Ava DuVernay)

Humanity gave birth to inequality. The American experience is rooted in institutionalized racial inequity. Our forefathers came to this nation either by choice or by force. Once here, this distinction coalesced into a convoluted caste system driven by notions of survival and supremacy,
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Swiss Army Man,’ ‘The Wailing,’ Criterion Halloween Sale, and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Swiss Army Man (Daniels)

It’s rare we’d offer a recommendation of a film we didn’t love, but the mere fact that you won’t witness any other film like Swiss Army Man in this calendar year — or any other, for that matter — makes it worth a watch. Affectionally dubbed the “farting corpse drama” at Sundance this year, it finds Hank (Paul Dano) on a remote island by himself after a boating trip stranded him. Seconds
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Efa to honour Jean-Claude Carrière

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Efa to honour Jean-Claude Carrière
Writer, actor and director to receive Lifetime Achievement Award.

French writer-director-actor Jean-Claude Carrière is to receive this year’s Efa Lifetime Achievement Award.

He will be honorary guest at the 29th European Film Awards Ceremony on 10 December in Wroclaw.

Carrière started out writing short novels based on the films of Jacques Tati. Through Tati he met Pierre Étaix with whom he made several films, among them the short Happy Anniversary (1962), which won them an Oscar.

Together with Luis Buñuel, the Frenchman wrote the screenplay for Diary Of A Chambermaid (1964), in which he also played the part of a village priest. This started a 19-year-collaboration on the scripts of almost all of Buñuel’s later films, including Belle De Jour (1967) and The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie for which they won the BAFTA for Best Screenplay.

He received another BAFTA for The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), which he co-wrote with the film’s director Philip Kaufman, and a French
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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Trailer: Vincent Cassel & Léa Seydoux Ignite An Unexpected Romance In The French Adaptation

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Trailer: Vincent Cassel & Léa Seydoux Ignite An Unexpected Romance In The French Adaptation
Back in 2014, “Beauty and the Beast,” or also known as “La Belle et La Bête,” premiered at the Berlin Film Festival to positive reviews. Now two years later, thanks to Shout! Factory, the Christophe Gans live-action French film will be hitting Us cinemas this September.

In this adaptation of the classic tale Léa Seydoux stars as Belle opposite Vincent Cassel as the Beast. Set in 1810, the story follows the unexpected romance that blooms after the youngest daughter of a merchant who is going through rough times offers herself to the beast to save her father.

Read More: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Trailer: Emma Watson Might Be The One In Disney’s Live-Action Remake

Shout! Factory acquired the movie in January of this year. The fantasy film, written by Gans and Sandra Vo-Anh, garnered around $28 million overseas when it was released two years ago.

It is produced by Richard Grandpierre and
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Daniel Battsek to head Film4 by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2016-06-22 12:49:15

Daniel Battsek with Catherine Deneuve, Charles S Cohen and Clo Cohen Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Cohen Media Group president Daniel Battsek will leave his current role to become the director of Film4. He will replace David Kosse, who is joining Stx Entertainment. Disney brought Battsek to the Us in 2005 to run Miramax when Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein left the company.

Les Cowboys director Thomas Bidegain Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Cohen Media's latest releases are Benoît Jacquot's penetrating Diary Of A Chambermaid starring Léa Seydoux with Vincent Lindon and Thomas Bidegain's soul searching Les Cowboys starring François Damiens, Finnegan Oldfield and John C Reilly.

Bidegain co-wrote Jacques Audiard's Dheepan, A Prophet, and Rust And Bone. He won the Michel d'Ornano Award at the Deauville American Film Festival for his directorial debut Les Cowboys following its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

After three years at Cohen Media,
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Arthouse Audit: ‘Tickled’ Leads Long List of Modest Openers

It’s only June and it already feels like the dog days of summer. No breakouts. A slew of niche titles, including several documentaries. This week’s standout is Sundance doc hit “Tickled” (Magnolia), which is showing some potential.

This week’s range of titles is wide and diverse. Some boast high festival and/or review pedigrees, and many come from distributors who aren’t reporting numbers (we offer estimates; “Parched,” an Indian indie from Wolfe Releasing and “2016 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour” remained elusive).

Meantime, “Love & Friendship” (Roadside Attractions) and “The Lobster” (A24) continue to thrive ahead of other recent releases and “Maggie’s Plan” (Sony Pictures Classics) keeps going, along with doc standout “Weiner” (IFC).


“Tickled” (Magnolia) – Metacritic: 77; Festivals include: Sundance, San Francisco, Seattle 2016

$24,000 in 2 theaters; PTA (per theater average): $12,000

After its strong reaction contending at Sundance’s World Documentary competition, this expose of the
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Conjuring 2 Beats Warcraft at the Box Office with $40.3M

Conjuring 2 Beats Warcraft at the Box Office with $40.3M
Over the past two weeks, a pair of different sequels took the top spots at the box office, although both were far behind their predecessors. Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse took in $65.7 million, far below the $90.8 million haul of 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Last weekend, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows won at the box office with $35.3 million, nearly half of 2014's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which earned $65.5 million. This weekend brought two new sequels, The Conjuring 2 and Now You See Me 2, along with the video game adaptation Warcraft, but it was The Conjuring 2 that came out on top with $40.3 million.

According to Box Office Mojo, The Conjuring 2 pulled in an impressive $12,070 per-screen average from 3,343 theaters. The $40.3 million tally is just slightly below the The Conjuring's $41.8 million debut in the summer of 2013, where it went on to make $137.4 million domestically and $318 million worldwide, from just a $20 million budget. The Conjuring 2 has also earned an additional $50 million in international markets for a global total of $90.3 million, from a $40 million budget. This weekend's other new releases, Warcraft and Now You See Me 2 came in second and third places respectively, with Warcraft earning $24.3 million with a $7,164 per-screen average from 3,400 theaters and Now You See Me 2 taking in $23 million with a $7,124 per-screen average from 3,232 theaters.

Of these three new releases, only The Conjuring 2 is a hit with the critics, earning a solid 74% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while Now You See Me 2 has a middling 36% rating and Warcraft has a 27% score, although it did rise from its dismal 16% score earlier this week. Despite these negative reviews, Warcraft is already a big hit internationally, where it has earned $286.1 million in select global markets. The video game adaptation was reportedly produced with a massive $160 million budget.

Director James Wan brings The Conjuring 2 to the screen with another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson star as Lorraine and Ed Warren, who, in one of their most terrifying paranormal investigations, travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits. The supporting cast includes Davis Thewlis, Frances O'Connor, Franka Potente, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Sterling Jerins, Simon McBurney and Javier Botet.

Warcraft comes from Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures, an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based on Blizzard Entertainment's global phenomenon. The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: Orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people and their home. So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something.

Now You See Me 2 is set one year after the Four Horsemen outwitted the FBI and won the public's adulation with their mind-bending spectacles. The gang resurfaces only to find themselves face to face with a new enemy who enlists them to pull off their most dangerous heist yet.&#160Lizzy Caplan replaces Isla Fisher as one of the Four Horsemen, with Daniel Radcliffe joining the cast alongside returning stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. It's worth noting that the original Now You See Me opened with $29.3 million in 2013, en route to $117 million domestic and $351 million worldwide, from a $75 million budget. Rounding out the top 5 will be Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 with $14.8 million and X-Men: Apocalypse with $10 million.

The top 10 will be rounded out by Me Before You ($9.2 million), The Angry Birds Movie ($6.7 million), Alice Through the Looking Glass ($5.5 million), Captain America: Civil War ($4.3 million) and The Jungle Book ($2.7 million). Also opening in limited release this weekend is Reliance Films' crime thriller Te3n, which earned $284,040 from 104 theaters for a $2,731 per-screen average. A24's documentary De Palma earned $30,856 from three theaters for a $10,285 per-screen average, Cohen Media Group's drama Diary of a Chambermaid earned $11,067 from two theaters for a $5,534 per-screen average, Roadside Attractions' drama Genius took in $6,517 from 16 theaters for a $407 per-screen average and Focus World's comedy Puerto Ricans in Paris took in $25,000 from 41 theaters for a $610 per-screen average. No box office data was released for Electric Entertainment's thriller Blackway, Starz Media's thriller Careful What You Wish For or Music Box Films' horror-comedy Therapy for a Vampire. We don't know if any of these films plan to expand in wide release throughout the coming weeks.

Looking ahead to next weekend, two new movies hit theaters in wide release. Disney Pixar's long-awaited sequel Finding Dory will go up against Warner Bros.' action comedy Central Intelligence, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. Also opening in limited release is The Weinstein Company's horror-thriller Clown, Magnolia's action-adventure The Last King, Film Movement's documentary My Love, Don't Cross That River, First Run's documentary Argentina, Hannover House's romantic comedy A Remarkable Life and Magnolia's documentary Tickled. Be sure to check back on Tuesday for the new round of predictions. Until then, take a look at the top 10 for the weekend of June 10.

1The Conjuring 22Warcraft3Now You See Me 24Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows5X-Men: Apocalypse6Me Before You7The Angry Birds Movie8Alice Through the Looking Glass9Captain America: Civil War10The Jungle Book
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Docs ‘De Palma’ and ‘The Music Of Strangers’ Top Weekend: Specialty Box Office

Docs ‘De Palma’ and ‘The Music Of Strangers’ Top Weekend: Specialty Box Office
Two documentaries ruled the Specialty box office over the weekend. A24's De Palma topped the pack of newcomers, grossing nearly $31K in three theaters, while The Orchard's The Music Of Strangers took in just over $30K, also in a trio of locations. Other reporting openers were mixed. Lionsgate and Roadside opened Genius with Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law and Laura Linney in 16 theaters, averaging $6,580, while Cohen Media Group's Diary Of A Chambermaid bowed with…
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[Review] Diary of a Chambermaid

About halfway through both Jean Renoir’s and Luis Buñuel’s interpretations of Octave Mirbeau’s 1900 class satire, A Diary of A Chambermaid, there’s a scene where Joseph – the sociopathic valet – proclaims his obsession with Célestine. “We may be different on the surface, but we’re the same underneath,” Joseph slithers out as he grabs her.

For Buñuel, it’s the emergence of a pattern of wanton perversion, a moment that showcases the director’s personal fondness for abrasion, while also blurring his intentions with Célestine. For Renoir, it’s the Hollywood introduction of a sinister villain, a possessive sadist who covets Celestine for her perceived impurity. But in Benoît Jacquot’s psychologically sublimated adaptation, the scene never comes.

Joseph (Vincent Lindon) isn’t the hunter, he’s the prey, and as much as Célestine talks about being tangled in his lurid magnetism, she’s fully in control of both of their fates.
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‘Diary Of A Chambermaid’ Is For Lea Seydoux Completists Only [Review]

Promising a kind of raunchiness, or at least sauciness, never delivered upon, and a confessional, intimate tone never achieved, “Diary of a Chambermaid,” the latest title from French director Benoit Jacquot (“3 Hearts,” “Farewell My Queen“) is a film in search of a reason to exist, other than to set up unflattering comparisons between its […]

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Maid to measure by Anne-Katrin Titze

Benoît Jacquot: 'For me, there is something very specific with Vincent Lindon' Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze Having just completed À Jamais, based on Don DeLillo's The Body Artist, starring Mathieu Amalric and Jeanne Balibar with costumes by Raf Simons (Dior And I), Benoît Jacquot joined me in New York for a conversation on his penetrating Diary Of A Chambermaid (Journal d'Une Femme De Chambre), co-written with Hélène Zimmer and starring Léa Seydoux.

Vincent Lindon heads a formidable supporting cast that includes Clotilde Mollet, Hervé Pierre, Yvette Petit, Dominique Reymond, Mélodie Valemberg, Patrick d'Assumçao, Joséphine Derenne, Rosette and Vincent Lacoste. Costume designer Anaïs Romand, also known for Farewell My Queen, Léos Carax's Holy Motors and Guillaume Nicloux's The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq, captures the period with precision and grace.

Jacquot's adaptation of Octave Mirbeau's novel, focuses on the myriad ways female bodies were treated as commodities, as
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Les Affaires: Benoît Jacquot’s Diary of a Chambermaid

How to adapt a French epistolary novel relayed by a luscious servant from her point of view — itself a subversive proposition when it came out in 1900 — about the relationships she develops in assorted stately homes with both arrogant employers and beaten-down peers? To further complicate the project, how to insert into the mix a substantially larger contemporaneous issue: the shameful blemish on the national psyche that was the rabidly anti-Semitic Dreyfus affair? In the fourth movie version of libertarian author Octave Mirbeau’s groundbreaking Diary of a Chambermaid, director/co-screenwriter Benoît Jacquot has come up with some close-to-flawless strategies. The […]
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