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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

Discovering the Israeli filmmaker whose ‘Synonyms’ won the Golden Bear at Berlinale

February 28, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/discovering-the-israeli-filmmaker-whose-synonyms-won-the-golden-bear-at-berlinale-6164361.html// Nadav Lapid announced himself on the world stage with Policeman (2011). This was his first feature, and the plot suggests a genre piece. Yaron (Yiftach Klein) is part of an anti-terrorism commando unit. There’s a cocky macho-ness about him. His wife is about to deliver their first […]

Looking for love at the Berlinale

February 21, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/the-berlinale-and-searching-for-love-amongst-the-golden-bear-winners-down-the-years-6125141.html/ Hah! Got you with that title, didn’t I? It’s basically the earlier idea I had for a Valentine’s Day-themed column, which is to go down the list of Golden Bear winners and see if there are any honest-to-goodness love stories in there. Yes, one title instantly springs […]

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these “love letters” from one filmmaker to another

February 14, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/on-valentines-day-filmmakers-love-letters-to-each-other-from-wes-anderson-on-ray-to-del-toro-on-hitchcock-6079151.html This Valentine’s Day, let’s celebrate love differently. Not with a list of films about love. Not with a list of great love scenes. Not with a list of great love stories between stars. So what then? Oftentimes, when a director achieves something great, he/she inspires envy, but […]

Bergman’s movie-watching, François Ozon, and Charlotte Rampling, recipient of the Honorary Golden Bear at the Berlinale

February 7, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/berlinale-2019-the-important-collaboration-of-francois-ozon-and-charlotte-rampling-recipient-of-golden-bear-6041891.html How did Ingmar Bergman watch movies? In the theatres, like everyone else? Apparently not, according to one of the chapters in Ingmar Bergman: Interviews, by the Swedish film critic Jan Aghed. He writes that the governing board of the Swedish Film Institute, the equivalent of the French […]

Celebrating Berlinale Jury President Juliette Binoche, and ‘The Widow of Saint-Pierre’, one of her more mainstream movies

January 31, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/celebrating-berlinale-jury-president-juliette-binoche-and-the-widow-of-saint-pierre-one-of-her-more-mainstream-films-5999081.html After Cate Blanchett was named President of the Jury at Cannes last year, another acclaimed actress, Juliette Binoche, is the President of the Jury at this year’s Berlinale. There are many reasons these picks make sense. These are extraordinarily talented actresses. Given the range of filmmakers they […]

The Classics section of the Berlinale finds a place for James Cameron as well as Carl Dreyer

January 24, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/berlinale-2019-the-classics-section-finds-a-place-for-james-cameron-as-well-as-carl-dreyer-5952021.html Many of us consider Terminator 2: Judgement Day a classic, but it’s heartening to know the Berlin Film Festival thinks so, too. The digitally restored 2K DCP version (in 3D) of the James Cameron blockbuster was world-premiered at the 2017 edition of the festival, whose film-history programme […]

As ‘Dogtooth’ turns ten, a look at Yorgos Lanthimos, who’s now an awards-season ‘Favourite’

January 17, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/as-dogtooth-turns-ten-a-look-at-the-greek-filmmaker-yorgos-lanthimos-an-awards-season-favourite-5912721.html For a while now, I’ve been meaning to write about Yorgos Lanthimos — and the time is right now, what with Dogtooth turning ten and The Favourite becoming an awards-season favourite. In an Indiewire piece, Eric Kohn summed up the Lanthimos phenomenon thus: “Not since the emergence […]

Demy and Truffaut and Kieslowski… these are a few of my favourite foreign films

January 10, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/la-strada-two-english-girls-three-colours-red-baradwaj-rangans-favourite-foreign-films-5869371.html My editor asked me to follow up last week’s column with a list of foreign-film favourites, and there are two ways to go about this. One is to follow the establishment-approved route, and talk about Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Jiří Menzel’s Closely Watched Trains, Fritz Lang’s M, […]

This new year, make a resolution to watch more foreign cinema (and here are some hacks)

January 4, 2019

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Read the full article on Firstpost, here: https://www.firstpost.com/entertainment/this-new-year-make-a-resolution-to-watch-more-foreign-cinema-here-are-some-hacks-5829521.html This new year, allow me to tempt you with a relatively easy resolution, that you will watch more foreign films. Many of you already do this, but maybe some of you have fallen out of the habit. Let’s face it:  it’s tough. With the glut of entertainment […]