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Tuesday, 18 December 2012
The film won different awards, for example the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Berlin International Festival.
"English-language East-West domestic dramas usually tip the scales in favor of modernity... But A Fond Kiss is equally sympathetic to each side". Stephen Holden. New York Times. 29/11/2004.
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRPNPUuGQEM
The song by Robert Burns: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByMgD1ErF4k
Thursday, 13 December 2012
This movie won the award for the Best film at the 2004 Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival. Apart from that it was quite well received by the critics.
"Writer-directors Dominic Harari and Teresa Pelegri have penned an amusing script and, as directors, inject a delicate human texture into the story's intermixing of capricious zaniness, frank sensuality and Mideast politics." Desson Thomson. Washington Post. 15/02/2012.
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEbixHEVmWY
Monday, 3 December 2012
This documentary has been directed by Ross Ashcroft and it lifts the lid on how the global economy really works. Living in the age of consequence unfettered growth and profit seeking have pushed humanity to the brink. Today's Four Horsemen - socially organised violence, debt, iniquity and poverty control all of our lives. They're gathering momentum, decimating communities and compromising future generations if they are not arrested the planet will gallop to a logical conclusion.
23 international thinkers, like Noam Chomsky or Joseph Stiglitz, come together and break their silence about how the world really works and why there is still hope in re-establishing a moral and just society. Four Horsemen is free from mainstream media propaganda, doesn't bash bankers, criticize politicians or get involved in conspiracy theories. The film ignites the debate about how we usher a new economic paradigm into the world which, globally, would dramatically improve the quality of life for billions.
More information about the film. http://www.fourhorsemenfilm.com/
Interview with the director: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H--0xHLOcQ&feature=BFa&list=SP07AE1842FAD6AC6E
More information about SEED: http://seed-learning.blogspot.co.uk/p/seed-2012.html
The Apartment received 10 Academy Award nominations and won 5 Academy Awardsat the 1960 Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Motion Picture. Nowadays it is considered a classic.
"A comedy of men's-room humours and water-cooler politics that now and then among the belly laughs says something serious and sad about the struggle for success, about what it often does to a man, and about the horribly small world of big business. " TIME Magazine. 18/02/2009.
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4OXm9-E8OQ
Carey Mulligan won the award for the Best Actress at The British Independent Award. The film was well accepted by the film critics.
"Lovely and melancholy, poignant and chilling, Never Let Me Go is an old school sci-fi dystopia with lovely, wistful performances that never quite overcome the fatalism that hangs over the whole affair." Roger Moore. Orlando Sentinel. 06/10/2010.
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Elias starts a friendship with Christian (William Jøhnk Juels Nielsen), who has just moved from London with his father and has his own problems, his mother recently died from cancer.
In a better world was selected as one of the final five nominees and won as the Danish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. It has been also well-acclaimed by critics.
"Bier, when she allows herself, loves the peripheral as much as the portentous. She understands that an image can tell more than words, more than even 1,000." Nigel Andrews. Financial Times. 18/08/2011.
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPuqCFOgeFc
Wednesday, 31 October 2012
The Changeling won the first ever Genie Award for Best Canadian film. When Martin Scorsese was asked to make a list of the films that he considered the scariest ones, he chose, among others, The Changeling.
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTzgXVosQOU
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
As this month it is the Month of the Black History, in the Cinema Club we have decided to screened this movie. You will see in Colle the powerful woman that the Senegalese writer Leopold Senghor, father of the negritud, described in his poem Black Woman
Naked woman, black woman.
Clothed with your colour which is life,
with your form which is beauty!
In your shadow I have grown up; the
gentleness of your hands was laid over my eyes.
And now, high up on the sun-baked
pass, at the heart of summer, at the heart of noon,
I come upon you, my Promised Land,
And your beauty strikes me to the heart
like the flash of an eagle.
Naked woman, dark woman
Firm-fleshed ripe fruit, sombre raptures
of black wine, mouth making lyrical my mouth
Savannah stretching to clear horizons,
savannah shuddering beneath the East Wind's
Carved tom-tom, taut tom-tom, muttering
under the Conqueror's fingers
Your solemn contralto voice is the
spiritual song of the Beloved.
Naked woman, dark woman
Oil that no breath ruffles, calm oil on the
athlete's flanks, on the flanks of the Princes of Mali
Gazelle limbed in Paradise, pearls are stars on the
night of your skin.
Delights of the mind, the glinting of red
gold against your watered skin
Under the shadow of your hair, my care
is lightened by the neighbouring suns of your eyes.
Naked woman, black woman,
I sing your beauty that passes, the form
that I fix in the Eternal,
Before jealous fate turn you to ashes to
feed the roots of life.
The filn won Prix Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004. A part from that, it was well acclaimed by the critics.
"Sembene provides not only a fascinating glimpse into the culture of tropical Africa, but also a powerful account of the social turmoil which bubbles beneath the surface." Jamie Woolley. BBC. 31/05/2005.
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCgCZVPQk7s
Saturday, 13 October 2012
In 1995, the film won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design at the 67th Academy Awards.was ranked at 7th on Logo's 50 Greatest Films with an LGBT theme, and 10th on AfterElton's Fifty Greatest Gay Movies list. Despite the fact that the film has been criticised for perceived racist and sexist stereotyping, it was noted for helping to bring Australian cinema to world attention and for its positive portrayal of LGBT individuals, helping to introduce LGBT themes to a mainstream audience.
"It's often very funny, looks great and is played to perfection." David Parkinson. Empire Magazine. 01/01/2000.
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MV-Zzasrky8
More information about LGBT: http://www.lgbthealth.org.uk/
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
The film won the People´s Choice Award at 2004 Toronto Film Festival. It also received good reviews.
"The emotion comes from Don Cheadle's thrilling portrait of ordinary heroism, a performance that's matched only by the magnificent Sophie Okonedo as his wife Tatiana". Paul Arendt. BBC. 22/02/2005
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2vMvyQeb1U
Be awere that the film contains violent scenes.
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
The film was well acclaimed and it got several awards, for instance Alexander Korda for the Best Film at the British Academy Film Award.
"The writer-director brilliantly juxtaposes the personal and the political, bookending a stirring coming-of-age drama with the provocative opening and an equally affecting end sequence." Kevin Thomas. Los Ángeles Times. 02/08/2007.
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0jkv2bRFgQ
The film received almost universally positive reviews and it won the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. It also won a BAFTA Film Award for the Best Not in English Language.
"Taking a longish tale, "Babette´s Feast, from Isak Dinisen´s last collection "Anecdotes of Destiny" (1958), Gabriel Axel has made a very handsome, very literary movie". Vicent Canby. New York Times. 01/10/1988.
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&v=fDbQ6ktcFPQ
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 81st Oscars in 2009 and the Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year at the 32nd Japan Academy Prize. Apart from that it has received good reviews.
"Even as it gently insists on the normalcy, the inevitability, the meaningfulness of mortality, it leaves you feeling so familiar with death you may want to wash your hands and change your clothes afterward." Philip Kennicott. Washington Post. (19/06/2009).
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtdENmR6jKw
Tuesday, 5 June 2012
The film has been well acclaimed by critics.
"Works marvel after marvel in expressing the bewildering beauty and existential horror of being trapped inside one's own addled mind, and in allegorising the self-preserving amnesia of a broken but hopeful heart." Jessica Winter. Time out. (26/01/2006)
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GiLxkDK8sI
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
The film won Academy Awards for Best Music, Original Score (Giorgio Moroder) and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Oliver Stone).
"A solid prison film that feels so real that if you heard a voiceover you'd swear it was a documentary". James Plath. Movie Metropolis. 19/07/2009.
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAY4aADKk08
Please be aware that the film contains strong sex and violence.
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
Since its release, the film has been acclaimed and nowadays is a classic. It won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Giulietta Massina got the Best Actress Award at Cannes Film Festival for her performance as Cabiria, one of the most unforgettable and endearing characters the history of the cinema.
"Through Masina's unforgettable performance, Cabiria will endure as long as anyone cares to watch transcendence projected on a screen". Kenneth Turan. Los Ángeles Times. 13/02/2001
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfy2GAppCSM&feature=endscreen
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Missing won the Academy Award for Writing Adapted Screenplay. The film also won the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, where Lemmon was awarded Best Actor for his performance.
"And the best scenes in MISSING (...) are the ones in which Spacek and Lemmon hack their way through a bureaucratic jungle in an attempt to get someone to make a simple statement of fact. Those scenes are masterful." Roger Ebert. Chicago Sun-Times. 23/10/2004.
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7rMVneWfto
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
The film was a success. It won several prizes: Best Director at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and Best European Actor at the 2005 European Film Awards among them. It was also highly acclaimed by the critics.
"Don't bother getting comfortable when you sit down for Michael Haneke's Hidden (Cache). Soon as this quietly terrifying film starts, the unease starts to fester." Matthew Leyland. BBC. 23/01/2006.
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w0J9myz14I
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
A pale blue dot. Carl Sagan. 1994.
Being inspired by the TV serie Cosmos by the astrophysicist Carl Sagan, Alejandro Amenábar directed Agora. The biopic stars Rachel Weisz as Hypatia, a female mathematician, philosopher and astronomer in late 4th century Roman Egypt, a transforamtive and tumultuous period that was in many ways (cultural, social, religious and political) the end of the Ancient History.
The film was controversional.
"I went to see "Agora" expecting an epic with swords, sandals and sex. I found swords and sandals, some unexpected opinions about sex, and a great deal more. This is a movie about ideas, a drama based on the ancient war between science and superstition." Roger Ebert. Chicago Sun-Times. 22/07/2010.
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbuEhwselE0
Be ware that the film contains some violent scenes.
Thursday, 12 April 2012
The film won several awards, in San Sebastian Film Festival of 2007 it received Youth Award , TCM Audience Award and Sebastiane Award. On the other hand, it has had good reviews.
"It is sweet but not saccharine, an intimate film that doesn't stint on the desperation and anxiety that go along with the search for love." Kenneth Turan. Los Angeles Time. (01/02/2008).
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbKy__9g4MQ
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
Edward Norton was nominated for an Academy Award for the Best Actor for his performance and the film received critical acclaim.
"Though its story elements are all too easily reduced to a simple outline, ''American History X'' has enough fiery acting and provocative bombast to make its impact felt. For one thing, its willingness to take on ugly political realities gives it a substantial raison d'etre. For another, it has been directed with a mixture of handsome photo-realism and visceral punch." Janet Maslin. New York Times. 01/01/2000
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXaZENPQrsw
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
In this aim, Skeeter has the support of Aibileen Clarck (Viola Davis), the black woman who brought up her when she was a child.
The film won several awards including The Oscar for Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer).
"Airbrushed fairytale it may be, but The Help's account of the push for racial equality in 1960s Mississippi is rousingly effective" Xan Brooks. The Guardian. 27/10/2011.
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Take my eyes tells the story of Pilar (Laia Marull), who one night, fleeing her violent husband Antonio (Luis Tosar), leaves home with just a suitcase and her young son. Taking refuge in her sister's flat, she wavers in the face of her son's desire to see his father and the fact that she still loves her husband.
It won seven Goyas Awards, including Best Film.
"Victimising Pilar for the sake of tension, the thriller elements threaten to overturn the drama. Fortunately, Bollain realises that this gripping film is intense enough without resorting to too many cheap tricks. Building on an electric performance from Marull and a terrifying turn from Toscar (whose raging eyes and too-taut facial muscles suggest a man who's capable of exploding at any moment), Take My Eyes hints at the inescapable complexities of loving an abuser." Jamie Russell. BBC Movies. 14/11/2004.
Read the full review in http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2004/11/09/take_my_eyes_2004_review.shtml
More information about Shakti Women´s Aid: http://www.shaktiedinburgh.co.uk/index.html
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
"The ever astonishing Coen brothers say their film was inspired by the spirit of James M. Cain's novels about ill-fated dopes. But the Coens transcend Cain. If this were not such great American-vernacular moviemaking--hilarious yet hypnotic--one would be tempted to see something Greek in the tragedy that Ed never comprehends." Richard Shickel. TIME Magazine. (13/10/2009)
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htxvLcSnOU0
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
It won different prizes in India, including Best Actress in the National Film Award.
"An exciting movie that brings Devi's story to life with passion but without passing judgment." Richard Corliss. TIME Magazine. 01/01/2000.
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66uIVFb6ATA
Wednesday, 29 February 2012
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM. 100´ (United Kingdom, 1966)
This wild Stpehn Sondheim comedy about a raucous gaggle of ancient Romans is a flip, glib and sophisticated, yet rump-slappingly bawdy and fast-paced look at the seamy underside of classical Roma through hipster´s shades.
When a wily, witty, lying, lazy, cheating slave discovers that his master´s son is in love with the girl next-door - a virgin courtesan- he promises to help win her heart in exchange for his freedom. But the road to romance is blocked with stunning surprises, cunning disguises.
The film was nominated for a Golden Glove as "Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy" in 1967, and it won Oscar "Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment" that year.
"Perhaps the first modern film musical -- breaking with and even making sport of the theatrical artifice that had been bogging down the genre for nearly a decade". Ken Hake. Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) 21/07/2002.
See one of the scenes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPds0-hZ1tM&feature=endscreen
THE SEVENTH SEAL. 96´ (Sweden. 1957)
Maybe one of the most famous films by Ingmar Bergman, it tells the story about knight (Max von Sydow) who returns from the crusades to his plague-ridden homeland and engages Death (Bengkt Ekerot) in a game of chess. This leads the knight to ponder the question of whether or not God exists and about a possible afterlife.
The film won the Special Jury Prize at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival. Even, it has been regarded since its release as a masterpiece of cinematography, it was Ranked #8 in Empire magazines "The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema" in 2010.
"The Seventh Seal was always my favourite film, and I remember seeing it with a small audience at the old New Yorker Theatre. Who would have thought that the subject matter could yield such a pleasurable experience?" Woody Allen, "Through a Life Darkly," New York Times Book Review (1988).
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtkFei4wRjE
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
The idiots by Lars von Trier.
Set in present-day Denmark, it begins with a chance encounter between the timid Karen and a group of drop-outs engaged in a strange, informal experiment where they pretend to be mentally disabled. Initially shocked, Karen finds herself compelled to stay and eventually joins them in the experiment. However, as the group's acts of 'idiocy' grow more extreme, and the reality of the outside world becomes more intrusive, the border between liberation and self-destruction begins to blur.
The film is influenced by the realist Dogme 95 movement. This movement was an avant-garde filmmaking movement started in 1995 by the Danish directors Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg, who created the "Dogme 95 Manifesto" and the "Vow of Chastity". These were rules to create filmmaking based on the traditional values of story, acting, and theme, and excluding the use of elaborate special effects or technology. They were later joined by fellow Danish directors Kristian Levring and Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, forming the Dogme 95 Collective or the Dogme Brethren. Dogme is the Danish word for dogma.
The genre gained international appeal partly because of its accessibility. It sparked an interest in unknown filmmakers by suggesting that one can make a recognised film of a quality to gain recognition, without being dependent on commissions or huge Hollywood budgets. The directors used European government subsidies and television station funding instead. If you want to know more about Dogme 95 check: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dogme_95
The idiots was nominated for Best Film, for instance Cannes or Valladolid, and won the FIPRESCI prize in Lodon Film Festival (1998).
The film provoked a storm of publicity and debates.
"The Idiots suggests that if Danish iconoclast Lars von Trier's filmsare getting tougher, they're also continuing to reward the patient". Kevin Thomas. Los Angeles Times. 14/02/2001.
See the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lr1vPnJebgk
Tuesday, 14 February 2012
The film was presented in the Toronto Film Festival (2005) and Sundance Film Festival (2006), its aesthetic has stuned public and press.
"This Australian western, written by the darkly moody musician and author Nick Cave, tells a story of murder in the outback that is as cruel as it is aesthetically flamboyant." Manohla Dargis. New York Times. 4/05/2006.
"Why do you want to see this movie? Perhaps you don't. Perhaps, like Bloom, it will take you more than one try to face the carnage. But the director John Hillcoat, working from a screenplay by Nick Cave, has made a movie you cannot turn away from; it is so pitiless and uncompromising, so filled with pathos and disregarded innocence, that it is a record of those things we pray to be delivered from." Roger Ebert. Chicago Sun-Times. 19/05/2006.
Tuesday, 7 February 2012
This movie has been nominated and won a lot of awards, among them the Golden Globe Award for the Best Foreign Language Film. It has also received good reviews.
"The animated documentary Waltz With Bashir is a memoir, a history lesson, a combat picture, a piece of investigative journalism and an altogether amazing film." A.O. Scott. New York Time (29-12-2008).
Monday, 30 January 2012
Thursday, 26 January 2012
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Directed by Nagisa Oshima, the film has explicit sex scenes. It was edited and registered in France in order to avoid the strict Japanese censorship regulations. Despite this, some scenes were cut in Japan.
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
Loach rejects the supercharged style of film-making that a Hollywood kind of director might have employed. The keynotes are clarity and simplicity, even shouting confrontations and violence are shot in a calm, detached way. The film explore moral and ethical issues such as the wide use of torture by Iraq occupying armies and whether it is right that warfare should be gradually privatised without public debate which would mean those at the heart of warfare are only answerable to shareholders rather than a government.
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
The Social Network is a 2010 American drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Adapted from Ben Mezrich's 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires, the film portrays the founding of social networking website Facebook and the resulting lawsuits. It stars Jesse Eisenberg as founder Mark Zuckerberg, along with Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake as the other principals involved in the website's creation. Neither Zuckerberg nor any other Facebook staff were involved with the project, although Eduardo Saverin was a consultant for Mezrich's book. The film was released in the United States by Columbia Pictures on October 1, 2010.
The film received widespread acclaim, with critics praising it for its editing, acting, score and screenplay. Some people, including Zuckerberg himself, criticized the film for its many inaccuracies. The Social Network appeared on 78 critics' top 10 list for 2010; of those critics 22 had the film in their number one spot. Rolling Stone's Peter Travers said "The Social Network is the movie of the year. But Fincher and Sorkin triumph by taking it further. Lacing their scathing wit with an aching sadness, they define the dark irony of the past decade." It received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director (Fincher), and Best Actor (Eisenberg) and won three for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Film Editing. It also won the Best Motion Picture – Drama Golden Globe at the 68th Golden Globe Awards. The film also won Golden Globe awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Original Score, making it the film with the most wins of the night.