Jumat, 27 April 2012

2012 German Film Awards Winners

About an hour ago the Academy finished their award ceremony and even if winners are not yet at the official site here they are from press sources. Winners are in *BLUE

To check all winners at the facebook official page go here, available only in German but you can translate to English with Bing.  Also can check winners in all categories here.


A few minutes ago the Deutsche Filmakademie announced the nominations for the famous Lola’s and here they are for main categories. Christian Pertzold’s Barbara leads with eight nominations.

Best Film
Anonymus, Roland Emmerich
*Barbara, Christian Petzold BEST FILM IN SILVER
Dreiviertelmond (Three Quarter Moon), Christian Zübert
*Halt Auf Freier Strecke (Stopped on Track), Andreas Dresen BEST FILM IN GOLD
Hell, Tim Fehlbaum
*Kriegerin (Combat Girls), David Wnendt  BEST FILM IN BRONZE

Best Director
*Andreas Dresen for Halt Auf Freier Strecke (Stopped on Track)
Christian Petzold for Barbara
Hans Weingartner for Die Summe Meiner Einzelnen Teile (Hut in the Woods)

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Sandra Hüller in Über uns das All (Above Us Only Sky), Jan Schomburg
Steffi Kühnert in Halt Auf Freier Strecke (Stopped on Track), Andreas Dresen
*Alina Levshin in Kriegerin (Combat Girls), David Wnendt

Best Actor in a Leading Role
*Milan Peschel in Halt Auf Freier Strecke (Stopped on Track), Andreas Dresen
Peter Schneider in Die Summe Meiner Einzelnen Teile (Hut in the Woods), Hans Weingartner
Ronald Zehrfeld in Barbara, Christian Petzold

To check nominees in all categories go here in German only. Can’t deny that is surprising that Petzold’s Barbara got so many nominations but Nina Hoss was not nominated for Best Actress; hope to see movie ASAP and maybe then will learn the reason why. Award ceremony will be on April 27, 2012

3rd Cannes Queer Palm News

Organizers announced the Jury for the award that every year becomes more established with this year not only giving the Palm to a feature film but also to a short film, so now we will have two palms that will be announced at the awards ceremony on May 26. I have already identify a couple of gay interest feature films, let's hope that some lesbian interest will appear too beyond the short films category, sigh.

These are the jurors.

President: Julie Gayet, actress and producer, France
Sam Ashby, Little Joe founder and designer, UK
Jim Dobson, publicist, USA
Sarah Neal, Head of Programming at Brisbane Queer Film Festival, Australia
Frederic Niolle, assistand director and film journalist, France
Moira Sullivan, film critic, promoter and experimental filmmaker, USA and Sweden

To read more about each juror go here.

An interview with Julie Gayet and Franck Finance-Madureira, the award founder; available only in French.

Kamis, 26 April 2012

2012 Cannes Classics Selection

As the relationship between contemporary cinema and its own memory was disrupted by the advent of the digital age, in 2004 the Cannes Film Festival created the Cannes Classics program showcasing restored prints of classic films and masterpieces of film history. Now an important part of the Official Selection, Cannes Classics is also a means to honor the work carried out by production companies, rights-holders, film libraries or national archives around the world.

The Cannes Classics 2012 program includes 13 feature films, two shorts, a mini-concert and four documentaries. All these films will be world premieres.

The Film Foundation (USA), chaired by Martin Scorsese, will present a 4K restored and reconstructed print of ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA by Sergio Leone (1984, 245'), with 25 minutes of additional scenes, based on the first cut by Sergio Leone in 1984. Restoration by the Cinematheque of Bologna at the Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory, in association with Andrea Leone Films, The Film Foundation and Regency Enterprises. The restoration was funded by The Film Foundation and Gucci.

Pathé presents TESS (1979, 171') by Roman Polanski, in a 4K restoration which he himself supervised and was "very impressed" by the laboratory work. Roman Polanski and Nastassja Kinski will be in attendance. A Pathé restoration, image restored by Eclair Group and Le Diapason for the audio restoration.

To celebrate its centenary, the Hollywood studio Universal will present a restored print of this emblematic film in the studio's recent history: JAWS by Steven Spielberg (1975, 124'). The restoration was carried out by Universal Studios Digital Services and the post-production team of Amblin Entertainment.

The BFI National Archive (London) has carried out a three-year programme to restore all nine of Alfred Hitchcock's surviving silent films. THE RING (1927, 109') will be screened as a world premiere and a cine-concert with the musician Stephen Horne. The restoration was undertaken by the BFI National Archive, and funded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, The Film Foundation, Deluxe 142 and the Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the production and release of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA by David Lean (1962, 222'), Sony-Columbia have made a new restoration of the film in 4K. Restored by Sony Pictures Entertainment in 4K at Sony Pictures’ Colorworks.

Keisuke Kinoshita is a Japanese filmmaker born in 1912 and deceased in 1998. Having spent much of his career at the Shochiku studios, he will be celebrated by the current management of Shochiku with the projection of THE BALLAD OF NARAYAMA (1958, 98'). The digital version has been restored and funded by Shochiku Co., Ltd. and Shochiku Media Worx Inc.; digital restoration by Imagica Corp. and Imagica West Corp.

Cannes celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Dance Cinematheque (Paris). They will present three jewels from its collection: A GREAT DAY IN HARLEM (1994, 60') by Jean Bach and two "jazz shorties": AN ALL COLORED VAUDEVILLE SHOW (4') and JAMMIN THE BLUES (11'). These will be screened from new prints 35mm printed by Daems Laboratory.

In 2011, Cannes Classics welcomed the ambitious Rossellini Project, the result of a collaboration between Instituto Luce Cinecittà, Cineteca di Bologna, CSC-Cineteca Nazionale and the Co-Production Office (head of international sales). After presenting The Machine that Kills Bad People (1948, 70’) in 2012 we will present, as a restored print, VIAGGIO IN ITALIA / JOURNEY TO ITALY (1954, 97') by Roberto Rossellini. Print restored by Cineteca di Bologna with L'Immagine Ritrovata in collaboration with Istituto Luce Cinecittà, CSC-Cineteca Nazionale and The Co-Production Office.

As is the tradition, the Festival de Cannes will host the World Cinema Foundation, created in Cannes in 2007 by Martin Scorsese and many filmmakers, in order to restore world treasures. In this year’s programme there is an Indian film and an Indonesian film, as rare and little-known as they are beautiful and necessary.
AFTER THE CURFEW by Usmar Ismail, Indonesia (1954, 101'). Restoration carried out by the National Museum of Singapore and the World Cinema Foundation. In association with the Konfiden Foundation and Kineforum Jakarta Arts Council. The film was restored from the original print kept at the Indonesian Cinematheque. Special thanks to the family of Usmar Ismail.
KALPANA of Uday Shankar, India (1948, 155').Restored by the World Cinema Foundation from a copy of the original negative preserved by the National Film Archive of India. With thanks to Shivendra Singh and family of Uday Shankar. The print was restored by the Cinematheque of Bologna and the Immagine Ritrovata laboratory.

On the occasion of his presence in Cannes, the festival has asked Andrei Konchalovsky to present RUNAWAY TRAIN (1985, 111'). A new print has been struck courtesy of Metro Goldwyn Mayer/Park Circus.

Every year the CNC French Film Archives (Paris) exhibit a restoration, fruit of their year’s labor. For this edition, they chose CLEO FROM 5 TO 7 (1961, 90’) by Agnès Varda, who will be there in person to present the film. Digital print, restored by Ciné Tamaris, CNC French Film Archives.

An Homage to Georges Lautner: in the presence of his numerous friends, the director of the Crooks in Clover, Let’s Not Get Angry, Sink or Wwim, will be honored by the Cannes Film Festival. The film chosen for this evening of celebration is THE GREAT SPY CHASE (1964, 118'). Film restored by Gaumont and the Eclair Group

Documentaries on the filmmaking, which represent a different kind of cinema and which Cannes Classics regularly showcases, will honor four directors:

Woody Allen
WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY by Robert Weide (113'), produced for the American Masters series (PBS) by B Plus Productions, Whyaduck Productions, Rat Entertainment Mike's Movies and Insurgent Media, distributed in France by Memento Films Distribution and world sales by Hanway Films.

Jerry Lewis
METHOD TO THE MADNESS OF JERRY LEWIS by Gregg Barson (115'), produced for American television channel Encore by Mansfield Avenue Productions.

John Boorman
ME AND ME DAD (66’) by his daughter Katrine Boorman who also produced the film through her production company, Colourframe Ltd.

Claude Miller
A film by Emmanuel Barnault, CLAUDE M LE CINEMA (52') produced by Jean Fabrice Barnault of Movie Da Productions for the Ciné + television channel and sold by Catherine Chevassu-C&CO.

On Wednesday, May 23rd at the Plage des Palmes in Cannes, the CNC will host its annual lunch for Cinematheques and Archives around the world.

Finally, it is the “montage film” Final Cut - Hölgyeim És Uraim by György Pálfi (Hungary), produced by Béla Tarr, which will close Cannes Classics on Saturday, May 25th.

To read the announcement at the official site go here.

20th L’ACID Selection

A couple of days ago L’Association du Cinéma Indépendant pour sa Diffusion announced the selection that will be screened at this parallel activity that also happens at Cannes. These are the nine (9)films in the 2012 selection.

Feature Films
Casa Nostra, Nathan Nicholovich, France
The End, Hicham Lasri, Morocco
Ini Avan, Asoka Handagama, Sri Lanka
Noor, Çagla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti, France
Room 514, Sharon Bar-Ziv, Israel
Sharqiya, Ami Livne, Israel, France and Germany
Stalingrad Lovers, Fleur Albert, France
La Tête la première, Amélie van Elmbt, Belgium
La Vierge, les Coptes et Moi, Namir Abdel Messeeh, France, Qatar and Egypt

Special Screenings
Ab Irato, sous l'empire de la colère, Dominique Boccarossa, France
L'été de Giacomo, Alessandro Comodin, France, Belgium and Italy
El Puesto, Aurélien Lévêque, France

Carte blanche à des cinéastes de l’ACID Screening
Le cinéma français se porte bien, Stéphane Arnoux, Aurélia Georges, Jean-Baptiste Germain and Chiara Malta

To read about each film go here, available only in French. The program runs from May 17 to 26 and this year celebrates its 20 years with some special activities.

Jean-Baptiste Germain talks about the selection in the following video available only in French.

Cannes 2012 Trailer

As every year TVFestival de Cannes prepares a trailer with images of past festival, this year the trailer has many images from last year with all the glamour, the drama and the great filmmakers plus actors that populated the fest. Here is the 2012 Trailer. Please pay attention to what Catherine Deneuve says, very funny but somehow true! LOL. Enjoy!

If you wish to watch trailer at official site go here.

Bande Annonce - TV Festival de Cannes 2012 by TVFestival

Also around with some images from 2011 fest from AKA Media. Enjoy!!! Not allowed to be embed so have to go here to watch.

Jumat, 20 April 2012


Hi Friends,
We are having a great winter so far,this week has been windy as hell,everyday 3,7 non stop and good size waves,today swell was bigger, up to 3 meters set but wind was lighter than the days before but still really good fun outthere,some good rides,,,,let's see what we get in the next days.
Jonas Ceballos

Selasa, 10 April 2012

2012 Cannes Quinzaine des Réalisateurs Carrosse d’Or

A few minutes ago the Société des Réalisateurs de Films (SRF) announced that this year’s Carrosse d’Or goes to extraordinary master filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan and he’s to receive the honor at the 44th Directors’ Fortnight opening ceremony on May 17.

As you all know I highly admire Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s master oeuvres, especially the excellent 2011 Cannes Grand Prix winner Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da (Once Upon a Time In Anatolia) that if you have not seen you should as soon as possible.

Since 2002 the Carrosse d’Or recognizes a film director chosen for innovation in their films, for their boldness and intransigence in directing and production; so we know that this great honor is extremely well-deserved as his movies absolutely fit the award requisites well-above the norm.

To check the official announcement at the SRF site go here.

My sincere congratulations to Nuri Bilge Ceylan and hope to see the Quinzaine opening ceremony to enjoy the celebration of a great master filmmaker.


Minggu, 08 April 2012


Extraordinary second movie by Steve McQueen, after also extraordinary Hunger, that is a strong felted cinematic experience that will blow your eyes, your senses and impressively is a movie that shows lots of sex, but is NOT about sex at all. Is about a horrendous inferno.

Movie tells about a damaged sibling relationship where Brandon (Michael Fassbender) expresses no feeling towards everyone and when he tries to feel, he can’t perform sexually; where Sissy (Carey Mulligan), his sister, is auto-destructive. Both are attractive, good at what they do but also dry, empty, and living life in automatic drive. Viewers can speculate about how they got so damaged (childhood abuse?) but actually whatever you guess is irrelevant as what we see is the actual today inferno and the whys’ are not as impactful as the hows’. How both express their neurosis and dysfunction. Intense.

Story is common, often portrayed in movies but I can assure you that never like in McQueen’s film that with his outstandingly peculiar style plus tremendous performances by Fassbender and Mulligan puts screen on fire, the kind of fire that you just imagine habits in hell. Ah! film is slow paced, has excellent long shots, outstanding indoors and outdoors compositions, mostly deadpan performances that with small expressions tell all, everything that excellent non-commercial movie has to have … and yes, lots of sex, naked bodies, duos, trios, homosexuality, etc. just like many European movies have in their stories but that seems to appall and attract as borderline porn to those that live in the other side of the ocean. So, no, it is not for all adult audiences.

I believe to know why movie, McQueen, Fassbender and Mulligan didn’t got more accolades and had no awards at top awards like Oscar and BAFTA. See, what most people seem to see in film is the sex, that Brandon is a sex addict; most see the evident story as probably movie hits them so hard that do not dare to go deeper into what’s really story about. Obviously top world awards will not easily recognize great performances in what most consider soft-porn. I’m crazy about Fassbender and know that he will get his BAFTA, his Oscar as he is so darn good. Same goes to Mulligan. Still, during the 2011 award season movie collected 21 wins and 41 nominations, all extremely well-deserved, especially Fassbender wining La Copa Volpi at 2011 Biennale.

You cannot love this type of story as there is nothing to love in what is shown, but I do love the actors’ performances plus the amazing style in McQueen technique and as such I recommend film to those that do not mind nudity in their films, especially when is not gratuitous and is integral part of the nightmarish story.


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Sabtu, 07 April 2012


Baltasar Kormákur is a director I like and follow his work since his first film 101 Reykjavík, so was interested in checking his latest Hollywood movie even when I was expecting to be very different to his Icelandic productions I was hoping that at least his cinematic style was preserved. Well, no, film is like many action packed Hollywood movies starring Mark Wahlberg with the difference that here is sort of the bad guy doing stuff that feels and looks really like fantasy truly far-away from possible reality.

Film tells about Chris Faraday (Wahlberg) once a illegal smuggler that went legit only to be forced to go back to his old trade to save his family. Story is really bad and even ridiculous, especially all that happens in Panama. To be fair film has in some moments Kormákur particular visual style, but as soon as the action starts you have no time to pay attention to anything else but whatever is happening in story. Sigh.

So now I’m looking forward to watch Kormákur latest Icelandic film, Djúpið, that I know has to be more interesting visually and story-wise than his Hollywood incursions.

If you do not mind stories that make not much sense but have Hollywood star power and enough noise and action to kill time, then maybe you will enjoy this movie. I really did not like the story, the style, actors’ performances –didn’t understood why Kate Beckinsale did this role- and the movie in general, so cannot recommend it.


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Black Gold

There was one reason why I wanted to watch this Qatar, Italian and French production: Tahar Rahim that mesmerized me in A Prophet. Oddly enough Rahim role in this movie is quite similar to the one that had in A Prophet, which allows understanding how a director plus a good script can make the difference in a good actor performance as definitively his performance in this movie doesn’t look or feel as good as in Jacques Audiard film.

Jean-Jacques Annaud directing style doesn’t succeed handling this epic story set in the 1930s when oil was discovered in the Arab peninsula but the script does not help him either and above average production specs does not save movie that becomes like a pastiche of too many underdeveloped situations. It’s a shame as the dawn of the Arab oil boom is a story that hasn’t been told that many times and learning about the beginnings might help to understand whatever is happening today. Sigh, but this film will not give you much info anyway.

So only if you’re in the mood to watch good production values in some war fighting plus outdoor scenery and do not mind much following a fragmented story with below average actors performances, then maybe you will enjoy this movie as an escape moment. Yes there are good or well-known actors here like Rahim, Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto and Mark Strong but maybe if producers had chosen unknown actors, viewers could enjoy more the story and pay less attention to how non-credible are their performances.


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Kamis, 05 April 2012

L'effrontée (The Hussy)

Today after a long illness Claude Miller died. He surely will be missed but I know that he will live through his magnificent body of work, especially two movies that touched me more than the others, 1981 Garde à vue with Romy Schneider and 1985 L'effrontée with 14-year-old Charlotte Gainsbourg.

To honor Claude Miller life and work decided to watch again L'effrontée even do I knew that probably my movie memories were going to be better than what I will see with today eyes. Definitively what I remember was better than what I saw today, but still film and story are compelling thanks to an outstanding Charlotte Gainsbourg performance and a director that deals with the most difficult time in a girl –between childhood and adolescence- by telling us about the summer of her first disillusion, all told with the most luminous images and compositions.

Film tells the story of Charlotte, 13-years-old, living with her father, her brother and the housekeeper in a village; she only has one friend younger than her Lulu that worships her and bores her. But everything bores Charlotte who dislikes her mediocre milieu where everything is predictable like at school or the Saturday dance at Roule Roule; she wishes to have another life. Her chance comes when she learns that the same age girl, Clara, that mesmerized Charlotte while watching her playing the piano is coming to her little town and she decides to do whatever is possible to get close to her after meeting Clara in the street. These are the basic dynamics that will evolve into an interesting story while the music of Mendelssohn, Beethoven and the unbelievable sticky song (still have it in my mind) “Sarà perchè ti amo” by Richi e Poveri that of course I sang in those years, a song that tells about the essence of this story.

Can’t say that when I first saw this movie I clearly saw what I’m about to share with you but definitively today it was crystal clear to me that this movie has lesbian interest “undertones” or better in French, story is “crypto-lesbienne”. Let me start by saying that Céline Sciamma says that this film was his inspiration for her debut film Naissance des pieuvres (Water Lilies) and even Tomboy; don’t doubt it as both Sciamma’s films tell stories similar to the one told here plus the storytelling and cinematic techniques are quite outstandingly similar. As a matter of fact Lulu in this film looks very much alike to the lead character in Sciamma’s Tomboy. If you saw Sciamma’s films and you like them then this film is must be seen for you.

But there is more. The song Sarà perchè ti amo is constantly played at very key moments in the movie and can’t sing song for you here but check some of the lyrics in Italian (without accents).

Che confusione
sara perche ti amo
e un'emozione
che cresce piano piano
stringimi forte e stammi piu vicino
se ci sto bene
sara perche ti amo.

Goes something like this: “What a confusion, must be because I love you, is an emotion, that grows slowly slowly, hug me strongly and come close, if I feel good, must be because I love you”; which of course talks about what Charlotte surely feels for Clara… and Lulu for Charlotte! It’s a coming of age film but also is about Charlotte and Lulu first love, as well as about jealousy, disenchantment and reality acceptance. Quite nice story indeed.

But most of all Claude Miller's film is a very French movie, so I know is not for all audiences, much less for those that tend to have puritan views about sexuality. Still is a beautiful movie that I strongly recommend to those that love French cinema, like to revisit or visit for the first time movies by great French directors, wish to see the Prix Louis Delluc 1985 winner, wish to see great Charlotte Gainsbourg in the role that gave her the Cesar for Most Promising Actress in 1986, wish to watch non-traditional lesbian interest stories, and/or wish to have an excellent cinematic experience French style of course.

My humble homage to a great director, filmmaker and storyteller. Farewell Claude Miller.


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Rabu, 04 April 2012

The Hunger Games

I was going to watch this movie just because Jennifer Lawrence was in here as some of you recall I got very impressed with this young actress since her great performance (Oscar nod worthy) in Winter’s Bone. My expectations besides Lawrence performance were really low as no, I haven’t read the books, the idea of another “teen” franchise was not attractive to me, I’m no fan of scifi and well, I knew this was going to be more a mainstream blockbuster than good cinema. Last, I know actors have to pay their dues before being accepted in Hollywood and this had to be Lawrence turn to make money, get fame, become accepted by her peers, and hopefully continue doing great movies after.

So after that too big introduction feel so ridiculous when I say: I LOVED the movie! Not only is highly entertaining but also is NOT a movie to kill some time as after watching I’m sure what you saw will stay with you for a while, surely longer than what I imagined in my wildest dreams. Have to admit that is a good story and watching the first installment gives no real clue about what the next book will be about, so NO I’m not reading the books as don’t want to spoil the next movie installments. That’s how good this movie is. Surprise, surprise; yes was a huge surprise as after the two hours and half I wanted more, was so into the story that the end was a downer just because I didn’t want movie to end. Sigh. Hate the idea that now will have to wait two years –surely- to have seen the two next installments; that’s it if they don’t decide to split the last installment into two movies.

Enough rambling and let’s go to the point. Movie, story and performances are good, above average mainstream blockbusters and excellent production specs really enhance the entertainment experience. It’s a must be seen movie that will give you a little food for thought IF you haven’t read the books. Undoubtedly I do recommend it as great entertainment cinema as movie takes its time introducing characters (not many mainstream movies do that) and suddenly tension starts to build, thereafter is a rollercoaster with great rush adrenaline moments and the best of all, NO gratuitous violence.

I’m no teenager, so will not watch it twice or more and have too many movies pending, but I understand now what I read all over, yes this is like an old fashion movie, remember the ones that were for ALL audiences –against targeted to teens- as young, old and older audiences surely have already enjoy movie and will enjoy the series.


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