The lineup includes new films by Sally Potter, Kelly Reichardt, Abel Ferrara, Christian Petzold, Hong Sangsoo and Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof who is banned from traveling outside of Iran by the country’s regime. Scroll down for the lineup in full and refresh for updated analysis. … [Read more...] about Berlin Film Festival Competition Lineup Revealed: Kelly Reichardt, Sally Potter, Abel Ferrara & Christian Petzold
The Dude: The mannerisms are extremely close. Jeff nailed that entirely. The clothes are pretty close. In the original script for the Big Lebowski, there's a line that describes him as "casualness runs deep." That would be very true. In terms of the story, not very much. I mean; it's very based on my personality during the 70s. It's as if they froze me in time. I drank White Russians for a while. Yes, I was part of the Seattle Seven. I didn't join in on the "Poor Hero" Statement. I wasn't that old. I was very much a part of society. And I was the road manager for Metallica. Ironically, I ended up helping out on their movie "Some Kind of Monster." That was a wonderful movie. And I got to know the guys. But speaking truthfully, they created a character by taking another kind of character. Then they added Walter, and it became a buddy movie. Walter is always getting the Dude in trouble. It's just like in any movie. All the other characters are created. The Donnys and the Jesuses. All … [Read more...] about Lebowski, The Big Retrospective: An Interview with Jeff ‘The Dude’ Dowd [Exclusive]
Titles from female helmers scored several mentions today including Céline Sciamma’s Portrait Of A Lady On Fire, in Director and Film among its 10 nominations that also include two in the Best Actress race for Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant. Mati Diop’s debut Atlantics was also named in the Best First Film category along with two more. … [Read more...] about César Awards Nominations: Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer And A Spy’ Leads With 12; Ladj Ly’s ‘Les Misérables’ Scores 11 – Full List
Martel took a different stance, saying, “I don’t separate the man from the art. I think that important aspects of the work emerges in the man.” Referring to Polanski’s 1977 conviction for unlawful sex with a minor and the case’s aftermath, Martel said, “A man who commits a crime of this size who is then condemned, and the victim considers herself satisfied with the compensation is difficult for me judge… It is difficult to define what is the right approach we have to take with people who have committed certain acts and were judged for them. I think these questions are part of the debate in our times.” … [Read more...] about Roman Polanski, Gender Parity & Quandary Of Quotas Dominate Venice Film Festival Opening Press Conference
“Alberto [Barbera] is not buying into optics,” one festival head told us. “But it’s a fantasy that there are not enough good movies directed by women,” this person added. “If you look at the top European festivals, they tend to be run by older white men. It’s about the lens you’re looking through. It’s nuanced. Personally, I’m looking forward to Roman Polanski’s movie. But I can also understand why Toronto wouldn’t program it. This is the new normal.” … [Read more...] about Should Film Festivals And Distributors Steer Clear Of Controversial Directors In The #MeToo Era?