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America's Summer European Hits

 by Sandy Mandelberger, Coming Attractions Editor While it is never simple to release a foreign language film in a market dominated by Hollywood, a few European films have managed to become critical and public hits as America moves into its final days of summer before next weekend’s Labor Day. While such films as The Dark Night, Iron Man and the latest installment of the Indiana Jones series have dominated both domestic and international box office, a certain late summer has emerged among s...

Film In Focus: A JIHAD FOR LOVE

 Friday, May 23---------To acknowledge the theatrical release of the new documentary film A JIHAD FOR LOVE, I am re-printing my origiinal article and interview when the film had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2007. A JIHAD FOR LOVE has opened in New York this week in anticipation of a nationalwide release in the coming weeks and months by distributor First Run Features. There are very few words in our contemporary culture that are as charged as the word "jiha...

Michael Haneke Remake Opens In US

 Friday, March 21-------It is a very rare thing indeed for a European director to have the opportunity to remake a small art film in another language (the only other recent example was Dutch director George Sluizer’s THE VANISHING). But Michael Haneke is that rare director. The English-language version of his domestic thriller FUNNY GAMES, originally shot in his native Austria in the German language and starring Ulrich Muhe (the Stasi spy in THE LIVES OF OTHERS) has just opened in the United ...

High Definition Broadcasts From New York's Metropolitan Opera

 Monday, December 10----------After last year's introduction, New York's prestigious Metropolitan Opera has announced that it has expanded its program of live high definition digital transmissions to move theaters of a new season of opera highlights. The second season of METROPOLITAN OPERA: LIVE IN HIGH DEFINITION, will premiere on December 15 with a live broadcast of Gounod's ROMEO ET JULIETTE, performed by the opera diva Anna Netrebko and the Spanish tenor Roberto Alagna, conducted by opera s...

Marty Does George: Scorsese To Present Documentary on George Harrison

 Tuesday, November 20---------Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese will direct a documentary film on the life of George Harrison, the youngest member of the Beatles, who died of lung cancer in 2001 at the age of 58. This is Scorsese's last excursion into music-based documentary and concert films, which memorably includes THE LAST WALTZ (1979), about the final concert of The Band, NO DIRECTION HOME (2005), about troubadour Bob Dylan, and the upcoming SHINE A LIGHT, a film portrait of Rollin...

THE CAKE EATERS Stops In Florida On Film Festival Road Trip

 Thursday, November 8----------THE CAKE EATERS, the directorial debut of actress Mary Stuart Masterson, had its World Premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. Since then, it has been making the rounds of the US and International Film Festival circuit, as it moves towards a theatrical release in the near future. Tonight, the film will screen as the Centerpiece Film of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, which is entering into its star-studded final weekend with a host of spec...

SAVAGE GRACE: Crossing Moral Boundaries

 Monday, October 29----------In these sangfroid days when nearly everything is acceptable on the big screen, the sight of a mother giving a handjob to her son is still, please excuse me, a little controversial. That scene, that serves as the kind of climax (no pun intended) of SAVAGE GRACE, the long gestating project from American indie director Tom Kalin, may be one of the reasons that the project has taken more than a decade and a half to reach the big screen. However, the London Film Festiva...

LIONS FOR LAMBS Opens Worldwide Next Week

 Thursday, October 25---------It was quite a coup for the London Film Festival to snag the World Premiere of the hotly anticipated LIONS FOR LAMBS, the latest directorial (and acting) effort of the Sundance Kid himself, Robert Redford. Heading an all-star cast that includes Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep, the highly topical drama is Redford's pointed commentary on the zeitgeist of wartime America, the complicity of politicians and the press, and the indifference of the general public who are not b...

Buzz Begins At The Burns

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 Wednesday, October 17---------In this busy theatrical film season, as many as a dozen films premiere every Friday at local multiplexes. Many films that would benefit from a slow build up and the essential qualities of  "word of mouth" fail to ignite fire on their intial weekend openings and often disappear without a trace in a scant week or two. In the ferocious environment of theatrical distribution, if one's opening weekend is below expectations, the results can be disasterous. Di...

Magical Realism In The Mountains of Mongolia

 Friday, October 12-------In a busy season of Fall premieres, one of the most unique films in the pipeline has to be KHADAK, the feature debut of writers-directors Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth. The film won the prestigious Lion of the Future Award at the Venice Film Festival, following its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. It opens theatrically today at New York's Cinema Village, to be followed by a national release by LifeSize Entertainment.The film is set in the frozen st...

Kenneth Branagh's New Version Of A Stage Stunner

 Monday, October 8-------SLEUTH, the stage thriller by Anthony Shaffer that has more twists and turns than an amusement park ride, is coming back to the big screen, 25 years after its original film incarnation. That version, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and released in 1972, was toplined by Sir Laurence Olivier (who received his final Oscar nomination for one of his last substantial film roles) and Michael Caine, who played, respectively, a wealthy novelist whose wife had left him for a muc...

The Spirit of the Sixties Lives On At Woodstock Film Festival

Tuesday, October 2--------For those who actually attended the famous Woodstock Music and Arts Festival in 1969 (or just claim to) or have visited it in their dreams, the word "Woodstock" evokes a fabled time of flower power, sexual revolution, drug-fueled ectasy and a time when youth culture subsumed the status quo. It is becoming increasingly harder to find that spirit of the Sixties in contemporary America (where we have our own Vietnam, but nary a student protest), but that freewhee...

Music and Movies Mix In Tropic Island Paradise

 Tuesday, September 25-------The Third Annual Turks & Caicos International Film Festival (TCIFF), which celebrates the fusion of cinema and music, will screen 28 films in the resort paradise of Providenciales from October 16-21, 2007.  For this year's edition, the Festival will present an intriguing mix of new international films, mixed with beloved music-driven classics, as well as events, panels, musical performances, and more on the tantalizing white sands of Turks & Caicos.The m...

Visit the Montreal and Toronto Film Festival Dailies Sites

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For the two weeks, editorial focus will be on the Montreal World Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Check out all the excitement via the Online Dailies Sites.  Montreal World Film Festival Dailies: www.fest21.com/blog/montreal_world_film_festival    Toronto International Film Festival Dailies: www.fest21.com/blog/toronto_film_festival   Come back for more Coming Attractions coverage in 2 weeks.............Sandy Mandelberger, Comin...

Shades of 9/11, This Time in Los Angeles

 Friday, August 24-------Anyone who was in New York on the decisive date of September 11, 2001 will certainly be moved and shaken by some of the footage in the new film RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR. This doomsday thriller, written and directed by Chris Gorak, looks at the aftermath of a dirty bomb attack in Los Angeles, that leaves the city under a toxic haze. The long shots of the downtown area shrouded in billowing smoke certainly brings back unsettling memories of the World Trade Center disaster.We a...

Actors Go Behind The Camera

 Wednesday, August 22--------Oscar nominated actor Ethan Hawke and fellow thespian Justin Theroux are two of the latest actors  who have gone behind the cameras for their latest films. Hawke has adapted his own novel THE HOTTEST STATE for a wide screen version that had its world premiere at last year's Venice Film Festival. The film stars Mark Webber as a New York city actor (originally from Texas) who falls desperately in love with a singer (played by Oscar nominee Catalina Sandino Moreno, w...

Quebec Film To Open The Montreal World Film Festival

 Monday, August 20--------The Montreal World Film Festival will open on Friday, August 24th with the world premiere of a film from the local Quebec film industry.  BLUFF, by Marc-Andre Lavoie and Simon Olivier Fecteau, will open theatrically in Canada on September 7th. To view the film's website: http://www.bluff-lefilm.com/Follow films, filmmakers and special events at the Montreal World Film Festival by visiting the Online Dailies site: www.fest21.com/blog/montrealfilmfestival.Sandy...

Interview With Tom DiCillo, Director of DELIRIOUS

Wednesday, August 15---------Tom DiCillo is one of the original New York indies. He started making low-budget indie films in one of the first waves of the American independent film movement in the early 1980s, when independent was more of a lifestyle than a corporate brand. Beginning his career as a cinematographer, he brought his spare but powerful visual aesthetic to such envelope pushing films of the period as Jim Jarmusch's STRANGER THAN PARADISE, Eric Mitchell's UNDERGROUND USA ...

Journey Of A Haunted Writer

 Monday, August 13------Films with a Holocaust theme remain a bottomless pit of fascination for those who still attempt to comprehend the immensity of the tragedy nearly 70 years after the fact. As with any human experience, the power of an individual story is infinitely more moving, fascinating and haunting than the repetition of numbers (in this case, a staggering six million) that the mind can simply not comprehend. A worthy addition to the canon of Holocaust films is the new documentary, PR...

The French/American Divide

 Friday, August 10--------The division between real life and fantasy is not so clear in the newly released comedy 2 DAYS IN PARIS, written and directed by actress (now debut director) Julie Delpy. After years of working in both Hollywood and Paris, Delpy has been given the opportunity to direct her own project, one that draws on her real life confrontation with the French/American divide. That cultural, political and even psychological chasm has only grown in the last decade, as Americans and t...

A Feast Of Love For Robert Benton

 Monday, August 6-------Two-time Academy Award winner Robert Benton was especially eloquent as he was interviewed by film critic Janet Maslin at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Westchester County last Wednesday evening, following the screening of Benton's latest film, FEAST OF LOVE. The ensemble drama, based on Charles Baxter's acclaimed novel, features a superb cast headed by Morgan Freeman, Greg Kinnear, Jane Alexander and Radha Mitchell. The film will be released on September 28th by...

Debut Of A Portugese Minimalist

 Wednesday, August 1-----When COLOSSAL YOUTH, Portugese director Pedro Costa's minimalist mural of urban decay in contemporary Lisbon, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006, it was the kind of film that critics love to argue about. Some of the film's (and the director's) supporters declared the film to a meditative study of societal tensions, while others found its slow pacing and oversized length (nearly 3 hours) to be almost unbearable. Walk outs at Cannes (not to mention...

A Different View of Iran

 Monday, July 30------- With Iran very much in the news in the United States these days (mostly negative), it is a kind of act of artistic defiance for courageous film distributors to bring to the American public another view of the "axis of evil". Those in the know have long realized that Iranian cinema is among the most poetic, visually magnificent and humanistic.....a far cry from the way most Americans are taught to think of the country and its citizens. A new addition to the rost...

Revisiting The Guru of EST

 Friday, July 27--------In this 30th anniversary of the "1967 summer of love", one can wax nostalgic for the (naive) idealism of one's youth and the self-help movements of yore that focused on the internal transformation of the me-me-me. Among the most celebrated of these was EST, the philosophical treatise of transformational guru Werner Erhard, which exemplified the touchy-feely aesthetic of those wonder years. Now a new film appropriately titled TRANSFORMATION, revisits the li...

A Lavish Epic Of France's Most Celebrated Playwright

Wednesday, July 25--------He was and is the most prominent and well-known French playwright of his or any time, and his legacy continues nearly 400 years after his death. Now, for the first time, the focus is on the man himself, and not just his art, in the lavish period epic MOLIERE, which opens this Friday in US theatrical release from blue chip distributor Sony Pictures Classics. The film, directed by Laurent Tirard and co-written by Tirard and Grégoire Vigneron, focuses on the start of t...

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