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FC @ Cannes 2019 – Almodóvar’s exquisite ‘Pain and Glory’, plus ‘Little Joe’

May 19, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/almodovar-pain-and-glory-little-joe-movie-reviews-cannes-film-festival-2019-baradwaj-rangan/ The first half plants the seeds that bloom beautifully in the second, which contains one astonishing scene after another.  An early scene in Pedro Almodóvar’s exquisite Pain and Glory shows a gay filmmaker named Salvador (Antonio Banderas) reminiscing about his childhood. His mother (Penélope Cruz) and […]

FC @ Cannes 2019 – The ho-hum ‘Rocketman’, plus Mati Diop’s haunting ‘Atlantique’

May 18, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/cannes-film-festival-2019-rocketman-movie-review-mati-diop-haunting-atlantique/ Instead of focusing on one track, this biopic wants it all. The man is blotted out by all the bling. I was a bit bummed when I found myself in a nosebleed seat for Dexter Fletcher’s Elton John biopic, Rocketman — Piano Man would have been […]

FC @ Cannes 2019 – A Parisian incarnation of Pa. Ranjith, plus ‘A Brother’s Love’

May 17, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/cannes-film-festival-2019-pa-ranjith-les-miserables-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan/ Clashes between police and public aren’t new, but like in Pa. Ranjith’s films, the divide is also that of class and what passes for a caste hierarchy. Before talking about Ladj Ly’s Les Misérables, it may be necessary to talk about Ladj Ly himself. I hadn’t […]

Remembering a classic film with Alain Delon, recipient of the honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes 2019

May 16, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/cannes-2019-remembering-a-classic-film-with-alain-delon-recipient-of-the-honorary-palme-dor-6643761.html/ For a brief while, it appeared that Alain Delon might not receive the honorary Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Melissa Silverstein, the founder of the American organisation Women and Hollywood, tweeted that Delon “has publicly admitted to slapping women. He has aligned himself with […]

FC @ Cannes 2019 – Jim Jarmusch makes a zombie movie, plus fighting words from the jury president

May 16, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/cannes-film-festival-2019-jim-jarmusch-the-dead-dont-die-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan/ Despite the George Romero name-drop and the genre trappings, this is not exactly a genre film. It’s more a wry meditation on death. With every movie, even in a Marvel movie, Tilda Swinton keeps making you think: “This is the most quintessentially Tilda Swinton role.” With […]

FC @ Cannes 2019 – A piquant problem of plenty

May 15, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/cannes-film-festival-2019-what-to-watch-baradwaj-rangan/ In which I try to explain what it’s like to pick odd little films from emails and the festival brochure. I’ve landed in Cannes at an odd time, the end of Day 1. So I’ve missed the opening film, Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die. I’ll […]

FC @ Cannes 2019 – Ten films by not-so-famous filmmakers

May 13, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/cannes-film-festival-2019-10-films-by-not-so-famous-filmmakers Cinephiles will recognise these names, but these filmmakers deserve to be known in the circles beyond. Here’s my list of hotly anticipated less-than-mega films. See Keep the Lights On and Love is Strange and especially Little Men, and you’ll see the exquisite, low-key textures Ira Sachs […]

FC @ Cannes 2019 – Ten films by famous filmmakers

May 11, 2019

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Read the full article on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/cannes-film-festival-2019-10-films-by-famous-filmmakers When I say ‘famous’, I mean people like the Dardenne brothers, who are the equivalents of a Spielberg at Cannes. Here’s my personal list of hotly anticipated biggies. I’ll begin with Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. They have won the Palme d’Or twice (for Rosetta and […]

The Cannes classics line-up includes a tribute to Lina Wertmüller’s Oscar-nominated ‘Seven Beauties’

May 9, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/cannes-film-festival-classics-line-up-includes-a-tribute-to-lina-wertmullers-oscar-nominated-seven-beauties-6598261.html/ The biggest ticket at Cannes Classics 2019 is undoubtedly  the midnight screening of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, remastered in 4K and presented by Alfonso Cuarón. It’s the film you want to brag about, with a tweet like “Braved the mad rush and got a seat for The […]

Notes on cinematography and the ‘Amélie ’ cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, who will be honoured at Cannes

May 2, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/notes-on-cinematography-and-the-amelie-cinematographer-bruno-delbonnel-who-will-be-honoured-at-cannes-6555231.html/ The focus at film festivals is typically so director- and actor-centric that technicians almost become an afterthought. That’s why it’s important to highlight the Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography honour at the Cannes Film Festival, named after the French engineer and innovator. (Today’s zoom lenses use the […]

‘Touki Bouki’, hailed by Scorsese and appropriated by Beyoncé, is a highlight among African films at Cannes

April 25, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/touki-bouki-hailed-by-scorsese-and-appropriated-by-beyonce-is-a-highlight-among-african-films-at-cannes-6515711.html This week, let’s talk about films from Africa. How many are you able to name, off the top of your head? I plead guilty, too. I’ve heard of the names — say, Ousmane Sembène (“the father of African cinema”) — but the films themselves are hard to […]

#AskBR – Is World Cinema important to Indian moviegoers?

April 23, 2019

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The only major award Bibi Andersson won for her indelible work with Ingmar Bergman was at Cannes

April 18, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/bibi-anderssons-only-major-award-for-her-indelible-work-with-ingmar-bergman-was-at-cannes-for-brink-of-life-6472111.html When news came of Bibi Andersson’s passing, I Googled up the celebrated actress to see how many acting awards she’d won in her career. I expected to find a host of nominations and wins for her collaborations with Ingmar Bergman alone (Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal, The […]

FC Recco: ‘Winter Light’

April 18, 2019

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A weekly series where I recommend a film-based book, a foreign film or an Indian movie. For more, subscribe to FILM COMPANION SOUTH: http://bit.ly/2xoNult Copyright ©2019 Film Companion.

‘Capharnaüm’, directed by Un Certain Regard jury president Nadine Labaki, questions the ethics of having children

April 11, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/capharnaum-directed-by-un-certain-regard-jury-president-nadine-labaki-questions-the-ethics-of-having-babies-6430631.html The Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival, second in importance only to the Competition, was created in 1978 by Gilles Jacob, former (and long-time) President of the festival. The aim was to showcase and reward more offbeat fare, or as the festival puts it: […]

Agnès Varda passes away: Cléo from 5 to 7 is one of the most famous films of veteran French filmmaker

April 4, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/agnes-varda-passes-away-cleo-from-5-to-7-is-one-of-the-most-famous-films-of-veteran-french-filmmaker-6382611.html In the September/October issue of Film Comment, Agnès Varda said, “There is only one old friend left now, Jean-Luc Godard.” As a reader, I felt sad, but Varda was probably being very matter-of-fact about it. She said, “Although I’m quite happy to be old, my whole body […]

On Jafar Panahi’s ‘The Circle’, which, in a small way, sparked the creation of ‘Super Deluxe’

March 28, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/on-jafar-panahis-the-circle-which-in-a-small-way-sparked-the-creation-of-super-deluxe-6342361.html/ Super Deluxe opens this Friday, and in a long-ago interview, the director Thiagarajan Kumararaja told me about watching The Circle, the 2000 Iranian film by Jafar Panahi, where the narrative is handed over from one character to the next – a number of independent-yet-interconnected stories adding up […]

On World Poetry Day, remembering the friendship between Pablo Neruda and a postman

March 21, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/on-world-poetry-day-remembering-the-friendship-between-pablo-neruda-and-a-postman-6301721.html Ardiente paciencia (Burning Patience), by the Chilean writer Antonio Skármeta, was published in 1985. The story, set in Chile, imagined a fictional friendship between Pablo Neruda and a shy postman named Mario. The #poetryRocks conceit was as Romantic as it gets. The entire village (fisherfolk, mostly) is […]

As Xavier Dolan completes 10 years in cinema, a look at ‘Tom at the Farm’

March 15, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/as-xavier-dolan-completes-10-years-in-cinema-a-look-at-tom-at-the-farm-6259701.html In 2009, I Killed My Mother, a Canadian drama by a first-time filmmaker, premiered in the Director’s Fortnight programme of the Cannes Film Festival. It won three awards. Typically, this wouldn’t be major news — first films win awards all the time. But the director, Xavier Dolan, […]

For Women’s Day, an obvious “women’s film” versus a not-so-obvious one

March 7, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/international-womens-day-2019-decoding-an-obvious-womens-film-versus-a-not-so-obvious-one-6213591.html The very term “women’s film” is a problematic one, though it has its uses. American film critic Molly Haskell wrote in her classic book From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies, “A film that focuses on male relationships is not pejoratively dubbed a […]