Showing posts with label european cinema. Show all posts
Showing posts with label european cinema. Show all posts

3 September 2012

Watch The UK Trailer For Rust&Bone (De rouille et d'os)

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Studiocanal have released the stunning new UK trailer for Rust & Bone. A new romantic drama from the director of A Prophet Jacques Audiard and starring Oscar award winning actress Marion Cotillard(The Dark Knight Rises).The film also stars Matthias Schoenaerts and tells the story of an unlikely relationship between a couple whose relationship blossom thanks to an unlikely accident.

Jacques Audiard, acclaimed director of A Prophet and The Beat That My Heart Skipped, returns with this powerful, tender romantic drama about two people from very different worlds seeking redemption in each other. Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose, Inception) stars as Stephanie, a killer whale trainer who late one night meets Alain (Matthias Schoenaerts, Bullhead) in a fracas at the nightclub where he works as a bouncer. Put in charge of his young son, Alain has come from Belgium to Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain’s bond with Stephanie grows deeper after she suffers a horrible accident, bringing the two together once more.

Since winning her Oscar for La Vie en Rose, Marion Cotillard has certainly excelled herself in Hollywood with some fantastic and at times challenging roles.So it's always refreshing to see and actor return to their homeland and act in their native tongue, Rust & Bone looks potentially another strong film which could see her possibly challenge for Oscar glory once more.Since  Rust & Bone opened away back at Cannes(Audiard missing out on Michael Haneke for the Palme d'Or) it has been lapping up critical praise where ever the film has been been shown and this trailer highlights the beautiful cinematography, heartfelt powerful performances from it's lead pair. If there's one reason to finally check out foreign language films for first time, Rust & Bone may just be that film when it arrives in UK&Ireland November 2nd.
source: MSN

31 July 2012

Hawks And Sparrows (Uccellacci e uccellini) - Masters Of Cinema Review

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★★★★


Hawks and Sparrows is another in Masters of Cinema’s continuing series of Pasolini re-issues with more to come later in the year. The film stars Toto who not know to most people outside of Italy know who he is but he was the huge star in Italy and was sort of the Italian Chaplin. The fim co-stars Pasolini’s collaborator and lover Ninetto Davoli.

The film’s story is a rather strange crossbred of a fairy tale and mid 60s leftist filmmaking. It’s about these 2 characters who meet a talking Marxist crow. The crow tells them the story of these 2 old Franciscan Monks (naturally played by Ninetto and Toto) and they preach to the Hawks and Sparrows and try to convert them to Christianity. They rest of the film consist of them wandering having episodic adventures includes meeting beautiful girls, they get chased away by angry farmers and dancing teenagers.

The film touches on Life, Religion, Birth, Sex, Aging and Death. It’s all done with humour and a touch of almost Monty Python silliness. The talking crow talks almost like thrift store Godard revolutionary speak but The Crow symbolize death eventually. The film features a wonderful Ennio Morricone score, which features Domenico Modugno singing the opening credits in an ironic fashion. The score itself is almost a Leone score which is unsurprising cause it was done around the same time as his scores for Leone.

The film is an extremely enjoyable if very strange piece of Bunuelian esq comedy even though the humour at time is very broad. The film seems to be considered a lesser work of Pasolini’s even though he considered it the only film of his that he wasn’t disappointed with. A knowledge of mid 60s Italian politics may help for some but for a person like me who has no knowledge it stills works as a very enjoyable film.

Ian Schultz

Rating: PG
UK Re-release Date: July 2012
Directed By: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Cast: Totò, Ninetto Davoli , Femi Benussi
Buy:Hawks and Sparrows [Masters of Cinema] On DVD [1966]