Saturday, July 31, 2010

GET HIM TO THE GREEK

USA/Japan
2010
108 minutes

An overeager record company employee is assigned to pick up an over-the-hill British rock star from London and bring him to Los Angeles for a live concert, but things start going wrong from the beginning. Raucous, careening farce that at once pays tribute to and sends up rock mores with manic glee but not much in the way of visual flair; most of it will probably fly over the heads of less music-oriented viewers as juvenile, if conveniently energetic, toilet humor.

Universal Pictures presents, in association with Relativity Media and Spyglass Entertainment, an Apatow Productions production; in association with Dentsu.
Starring Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Elizabeth Moss, Rose Byrne, Colm Meaney; and Sean Combs.
Directed by Nicholas Stoller; produced by Judd Apatow, Mr. Stoller, David Bushell, Rodney Rothman; written by Mr. Stoller, based on characters created by Jason Segel; music by Lyle Workman; director of photography (colour), Robert Yeoman; production designer, Jan Roelfs; costume designer, Leesa Evans; film editors, William Kerr, Mike Sale.
Screened: distributor advance press screening, Zon Lusomundo screening room (Lisbon), July 23rd 2010.

Friday, July 30, 2010

KYNODONTAS

Dogtooth


Greece
2009
91 minutes

A couple keeps his three young adult children completely isolated from the outside world in a remote house, telling them the world outside is too dangerous for them to survive in. Surreal, provocative nightmarish fable that is remarkably presented and generated quite a buzz in the festival circuit.

A Boo Productions production, in co-production with Greek Film Center, Yorgos Lanthimos, Horsefly Productions.
Starring Christos Stergioglou, Michelle Valley, Aggeliki Papoulia, Christos Passalis, Mary Tsoni, Anna Kalaitzidou.
Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos; produced by Yorgos Tsourgiannis; written by Mr. Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou; director of photography (colour, widescreen), Thimios Bakatakis; production and costume designer, Elli Papageorgakopoulou; film editor, Yorgos Mavropsaridis. 
Screened: distributor advance press screening, Medeia King 3 (Lisbon), July 14th 2010. 

Thursday, July 29, 2010

TOY STORY 3

USA
2010
103 minutes

Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Andy's other toys await with trepidation what will happen after their owner's departure for college, and end up donated to a daycare center that isn't the paradise it was advertised as. By turns funny, suspenseful and unexpectedly emotional and poignant, the third and final entry in the series that started off the computer-animation wave is another stellar family comedy capable of effortlessly engaging audiences of all ages.

Walt Disney Pictures presents a Pixar Animation Studios film.
With the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen; Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris; Ned Beatty, Michael Keaton, Jodi Benson, John Morris.
Directed by Lee Unkrich; produced by Darla K. Anderson; screenplay by Michael Arndt, from a story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Mr. Unkrich; music by Randy Newman; directors of photography (Technicolor), Jeremy Lasky (camera), Kim White (lighting); production designer, Bob Pauley; film editor, Ken Schretzmann; effects supervisor, Michael Fong.
Screened: advance distributor screening, Zon Lusomundo Colombo 10 (Lisbon), July 2nd 2010. 

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

LES DERNIERS JOURS DU MONDE

international title, Happy End


France/Spain/Taiwan
2009
135 minutes

As the world hurtles towards apocalypse, an obsessed man travels through France and Spain to find the woman he loved and lost. Strange, interminable combination of gloomy sci-fi, character study and wry comedy, very reminiscent of 1970s dystopian fictions, wasting a superb cast and a disquieting sense of mood in a rather aimless series of events.

Soudaine Compagnie presents a co-production of Soudaine Compagnie, Arena Films, France 2 Cinéma, Mallerich Films, Estrategia Audiovisual, in co-production with Filmagic Pictures; in association with Sofica Coficup 3, Sofica La Banque Postale Image 2 and Sofica Cofinova 5; with the participation of Canal Plus, Cinécinéma, France Télévisions and Televisió de Catalunya; with the support of Région Midi-Pyrénées in partnership with Centre National de la Cinématographie, Région Aquitaine, MEDIA programme, Procirep, ANGOA, Institut Català de les Industries Culturals, Instituto de Crédito Oficial, ICAA, Taichung City Government, Taichung City Cultural Foundation. (French distributor, Wild Bunch; world sales, Studiocanal.)
Starring Mathieu Amalric, Catherine Frot, Karin Viard, Sergi Lopez, Clotilde Hesme, Omahyra Mota; with the friendly participation of Sabine Azéma.
Directed by Arnaud Larrieu and Jean-Marie Larrieu; produced by Bruno Pésery; screenplay by Arnaud Larrieu and Jean-Marie Larrieu, with the collaboration of Frédéric Videau, Hélène Fillières, based on the novels by Dominique Noguez, Les Derniers jours du monde and Amour noir; director of photography (LTC, Panavision), Thierry Arbogast; production designers, Ana Alvargonzález, Riton Dupire-Clément; costume designer, Caroline Tavernier; film editor, Annette Dutertre.
Screened: Curtas Vila do Conde 2010 In Focus sidebar screening, Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde, screen 1, July 4th 2010.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

NOWHERE BOY

Great Britain
2009
97 minutes

In late 1950s Liverpool, snarky schoolboy John Lennon finds out the mother who gave him up lives nearby and through her discovers the joys of rock'n'roll. Well-acted but run-of-the-mill biopic focusing on the early youth of Beatles founder John Lennon, whose solid acting and production values fail to mask the inherent banality of its coming-of-age tale.

Film 4 and The UK Film Council present, in association with Northwest Vision & Media, Lip Sync Productions and Hanway Films, an Ecosse Films production. (World sales, Hanway Films.)
Starring Aaron Johnson, Anne-Marie Duff; and Kristin Scott Thomas; David Threlfall, Thomas Brodie Sangster; and David Morrissey.
Directed by Sam Taylor-Wood; produced by Robert Bernstein, Douglas Rae, Kevin Loader; written by Matt Greenhalgh; music by Will Gregory, Alison Goldfrapp; additional music by John Gosling, Emre Ramazonoglu, Ben Parker, Ben Lee; director of photography (DeLuxe, Panavision), Seamus McGarvey; production designer, Alice Normington; costume designer, Julian Day; film editor, Lisa Gunning.
Screened: Curtas Vila do Conde 2010 Da Curta à Longa sidebar screening, Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde, screen 1, July 3rd 2010.

Monday, July 26, 2010

UN HOMME, UN VRAI

international title: A Man, a Real One


France
2003
121 minutes

An aspiring film director's life is turned upside down when he falls in love with an executive at the call center that just panned his company ad. Charmingly whimsical romantic comedy-cum-musical about a man struggling to define himself, told in a roundabout way that benefits from an extraordinary lead performance.

A Les Films Pelléas presentation/production, in co-production with France 3 Cinéma, Haut et Court, Gimages Développement; with the participation of Sofica Gimages 6, Sofica Sofinergie 5; with the participation of Canal Plus, Centre National de la Cinématographie. (French distributor, Haut et Court; world sales, Flach Pyramide International.)
Starring Mathieu Amalric, Hélène Fillières; Pierre Pellet, Philippe Suner, Daniel Cuker, Silvie Laguna, Jocelyne Desverchère, Cécile Reigher, Eva Ionesco, Antonio Cantos, Marie-Pierre Chaix, Christophe Paou, Electra Weston, Pia Camilla Copper, Dalil Pliot, Marjane Pliot; with the participation of Aitana Sánchez-Gijón; and the friendly collaboration of Michel Piccoli.
Directed by Arnaud Larrieu and Jean-Marie Larrieu; produced by Philippe Martin and Géraldine Michelot; written by Arnaud Larrieu and Jean-Marie Larrieu, with the collaboration of Ms. Fillières and Frédéric Videau; music and songs by Philippe Katerine; director of photography (GTC), Christophe Beaucarne; production designer, Brigitte Brassart; costume designer, Laurence Struz; film editor, Annette Dutertre.
Screened: Curtas Vila do Conde 2010 In Focus sidebar screening, Teatro Municipal de Vila do Conde, screen 1, July 3rd 2010.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

THE KILLER INSIDE ME

USA/Great Britain/Sweden
2010
108 minutes

In 1950s smalltown Texas, a sheriff's deputy hides his true identity as a psychopathic killer. Valiant but unsatisfying attempt at adapting a classic novel long deemed unfilmable; everything is in the right place, including the period feel, the untenable graphic violence and a superb leading performance, but it never really comes together.

Hero Entertainment presents a Muse Productions/Stone Canyon/Revolution Films production, in association with Curiously Bright Entertainment and Indion Entertainment Group; in association with Film4; co-produced with Bob Film and Film i Väst. (International sales, Wild Bunch.)
Starring Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Ned Beatty, Elias Koteas, Tom Bower; with Simon Baker; and Bill Pullman.
Directed by Michael Winterbottom; produced by Chris Hanley, Bradford L. Schlei, Andrew Eaton; screenplay by John Curran, based on the novel by Jim Thompson, The Killer Inside Me; music by Melissa Parmenter, Jake Cadbury; director of photography (Technicolor, Panavision), Marcel Zyskind; production designers, Rob Simons, Mark Tildesley; costume designer, Lynette Meyer; film editor, Mags Arnold.
Screened: Berlin Film Festival advance press screening, Berlinale Palast (Berlin), February 18th 2010.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

MAMMUTH

France
2010
90 minutes

In order to touch his benefits, a retired butcher returns to the many places he worked at throughout his life to bring back prove of his employment. Absurdist road-movie comedy with a surprisingly melancholy streak.

A GMT Productions/No Money Productions presentation/production, in co-production with ARTE France Cinéma, DD Productions, Monkey Pack Films; with the participation of Canal Plus, Cinécinéma, Banque Populaire Image 3.
Starring Gérard Depardieu, Yolande Moreau; with the special participation of Isabelle Adjani; Miss Ming; with the special participation of Benoît Poelvoorde.
Directed and written by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern; music by Gaëtan Roussel; director of photography (Cinédis), Hugues Poulain; production designer, Paul Chapelle; costume designer, Florence Laforge; film editor, Stéphane Elmadjian.
Screened: Berlin Film Festival advance press screening, Cinemaxx 9 (Berlin), February 18th 2010.

Friday, July 23, 2010

NA PUTU

On the Path


Bosnia/Austria/Germany/Croatia
2009
99 minutes

The romance between an air hostess and an alcoholic air traffic controller meets a stumbling block when he finds religion. Well-meaning but non-descript melodrama that never really achieves what it sets out to do.

A Deblokada presentation/production, in co-production with Coop 99 Filmproduktion, Pandora Film/Pola Pandora, Ziva Produkcija, ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel, ARTE; in cooperation with BHRT, HRT, ORF; with the support of Eurimages, Österreichisches Filminstitut.
Starring Zrinka Cvitesic, Leon Lucev, Erman Bravo; and Mirjana Karanovic.
Directed and written by Jasmila Zbanic; produced by Damir Ibrahimovic, Bruno Wagner, Barbara Albert, Karl Baumgartner, Raimond Goebel, Mr. Lucev; director of photography (Listo Film), Christine A. Maier; production designers, Lada Maglajlic and Amir Vuk; costume designer, Lejla Hodzic; film editor, Niki Mossböck.
Screened: Berlin Film Festival advance press screening, Berlinale Palast (Berlin), February 18th 2010. 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

INCEPTION

USA
2010
147 minutes

A damaged corporate spy capable of stealing a dreamer's deepest secrets through state-of-the art technology is challenged to plant an idea inside a tycoon's mind. Impeccably presented, narratively mindblowing combination of heist movie, spy caper and surreal sci-fi that manages to work simultaneously as a big-budget blockbuster and an intimate cerebral essay on perception.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Syncopy production.
Starring Leonardo di Caprio; Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger; and Michael Caine.
Directed and written by Christopher Nolan; produced by Emma Thomas, Mr. Nolan; music by Hans Zimmer; director of photography (Technicolor, Panavision), Wally Pfister; production designer, Guy Hendrix Dyas; costume designer, Jeffrey Kurland; film editor, Lee Smith; special effects supervisor, Chris Corbould; visual effects supervisor, Paul Franklin.
Screened: distributor advance press screening, UCI El Corte Inglés 9 (Lisbon), July 13th 2010.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

ROMPECABEZAS

Puzzle


Argentina/France
2010
89 minutes

A harried suburban housewife finds her world opening up unexpectedly when she discovers she is good at puzzles. Sensible, charming character study that effortlessly overcomes its slight narrative through attentive performances and handling.

A Carrousel Films/Las Niñas Pictures/Zarlek Producciones/Natalia Smirnoff presentation/production, with the support of INCAA, Fonds Sud Cinéma. (International distributor, Memento Films International.)
Starring María Onetto, Gabriel Goity, Arturo Goetz; special guest, Henny Troiles.
Directed and written by Natalia Smirnoff; produced by Gabriel Pastore, Caroline Dhainaut, Luis Sartor, Ms. Smirnoff; music by Alejandro Franov; director of photography (Cinecolor), Bárbara Alvarez; art director, Maria Eugenia Sueiro; costume designer, Julio Suárez; film editor, Natacha Valerga.
Screened: Berlin Film Festival advance press screening, Cinemaxx 9 (Berlin) February 17th 2010.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

SHAHADA

Germany
2010
89 minutes

Three Berliners, children of immigrants, are torn between their beliefs in the Muslim religion and their desire to live their lives the way they want to. Thoughtful mosaic melodrama that has something to say about contemporary Germany and says it very clearly and confidently.

A Bittersuess Pictures presentation/production, with the collaboration of ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg; with financial support from Hessen Invest. (International distribution, Memento Films International.)
Starring Maryam Zoree, Carlo Ljubek, Jeremias Acheaunpong, Marija Skaricic, Vedat Erincin, Sergej Moya, Anne Ratte-Polle, Burak Yigit, Nora Abdel-Maksoud.
Directed by Burhan Qurbani; produced by Susa Kusche, Uwe Spiller, Pepe Danquart, Robert Gold, Leif Alexis; written by Mr. Qurbani with Ole Giec; music by Daniel Sus; director of photography (colour), Yoshi Heimrath; production designer, Barbara Falkner; costume designer, Irene Ip; film editor, Simon Blasi.
Screened: Berlin Film Festival advance press screening, Berlinale Palast (Berlin), February 17th 2010.

Monday, July 19, 2010

KAK YA PROVEL ETIL LETOM

How I Ended This Summer


Russia
2010
125 minutes

An inexperient meteorologist in a remote Arctic weather situation receives an urgent message for his older, gruffer colleague, but doesn't know how to break it to him. Technically accomplished suspense two-hander, hinging on a somewhat misjudged plot twist and insufficient scripting; still, the remarkable location-shot visuals, confident handling and strong performances go a way to redressing some of the balance.

Russia 1, Koktebel Film Company, Roman Borisevich present, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Chukotka Autonomous Government, a Koktebel Film Company production in association with Startfilm Film Company. (International distributor, Bavaria Film International.)
Starring Grigori Dobrygin, Sergei Puskepalis.
Directed and written by Alexei Popogrebsky; music by Dmitry Katkhanov; director of photography (colour, widescreen), Pavel Kostomarov; production designer, Gennady Popov; film editor, Ivan Lebedev.
Screened: Berlin Film Festival advance press screening, Cinemaxx 9 (Berlin), February 16th 2010.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

SHEKARCHI

The Hunter


Iran/Germany
2010
92 minutes

After his wife and child are lost in a shootout during a political rally, an ex-con kills two policemen and runs away into the forest. Well-meaning but non-descript drama whose alleged reflection of the Iranian political events of the Summer of 2009 gets lost in an insufficiently scripted and turgidly handled revenge melodrama.

A Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion presentation/production, in co-production with Aftab Negarian Film Productions, Pallas Film, ZDF; in cooperation with ARTE; with the support of Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmförderungsanstalt, World Cinema Fund. (International distribution, The Match Factory.)
Starring Mitra Hajjar, Rafi Pitts, Ali Nicksaulat, Hassan Ghalenoi.
Directed and written by Mr. Pitts; produced by Thanassis Karathanos; director of photography (colour), Mohammad Davudi; art director, Malik Khazai; film editor, Hassan Hassandoost. 
Screened: Berlin Film Festival advance press screening, Cinemaxx 7 (Berlin), February 16th 2010.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

KYATAPIRA

Caterpillar


Japan
2010
84 minutes

At the end of WWII, a Japanese soldier returns home having lost all four limbs and his hearing; his wife, finding herself forced to take care of him, begins to chafe at her role and starts using the situation to her profit. Powerful and highly disturbing anti-war drama that puts a feminist spin on Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun; its surreal tone and relentless violence, whether graphic or emotional, make it a tough one to stomach, not just for squeamish viewers.

A Wakamatsu Productions production. (International distribution, Dissidenz International).
Starring Shinobu Terajima, Shima Ohnishi, Go Jibiki, Arata, Katsuyuki Shinohara, Ken Yoshizawa.
Directed and produced by Koji Wakamatsu; screenplay by Hisako Kurosawa, Deru Deguchi; music by Sally Kubota, Yumi Okada; directors of photography (colour), Tomohiko Tsuji, Yoshihisa Toda; art director, Hiromi Nozawa; costume designer, Masae Miyamoto; film editor, Shuichi Kakesu.
Screened: Berlin Film Festival advance press screening, Cinemaxx 9 (Berlin), February 14th 2010.

Friday, July 16, 2010

KNIGHT AND DAY

USA
2010
108 minutes

A vintage cars restorer traveling back to her sister's wedding in Boston finds herself dragged by a mysterious secret agent into a whirlwind adventure. Lively but uneven screwball comedy in the guise of a tongue-in-cheek throwback to 1960s spy capers; stronger handling would have evened it out, as would a different, more easygoing male lead. Still, a smart time-passer.

Twentieth Century-Fox and Regency Enterprises present a Pink Machine/Todd Garner/Tree Line Film production; made in association with Dune Entertainment.
Starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz; Peter Sarsgaard, Viola Davis, Jordi Mollà, Paul Dano.
Directed by James Mangold; produced by Steve Pink, Todd Garner, Cathy Konrad; written by Patrick O'Neill; music by John Powell; director of photography (DeLuxe prints, Panavision), Phedon Papamichael; production designer, Andrew Menzies; costume designer, Arianne Phillips; film editors, Michael McCusker, Quincy Z. Gunderson; visual effects supervisor, Eric Durst.
Screened: distributor advance press screening, Castello Lopes screening room (Lisbon), July 1st 2010.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

THE GHOST WRITER

France/Germany/United Kingdom
2009
129 minutes

A ghost writer assigned to help a former British prime-minister finish his memoirs after his predecessor shows up dead finds himself involved in a political conspiracy he can't quite understand. Lively Hitchcockian mystery thriller, sharply written, performed and handled.

A RP Productions/France 2 Cinéma/Elfte Babelsberg/Runteam III co-production, with the participation of Canal Plus, Studiocanal and France Télévisions, and the support of Deutscher Filmfernsehfonds, Filmförderungsanstalt and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.
Starring Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams; with Tom Wilkinson; and with Eli Wallach.
Directed by Roman Polanski; produced by mr. Polanski, Robert Benmussa, Alain Sarde; screenplay by mr. Polanski and Robert Harris, based on the novel by Robert Harris, The Ghost; music by Alexandre Desplat; director of photography (Duboicolor/LTC, widescreeen), Pawel Edelman; production designer, Albrecht Konrad; costume designer, Dinah Collin; film editor, Hervé de Luze.
Screened: Berlin Film Festival press screening, Berlinale Palast (Berlin), February 12th 2010.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP

Great Britain
2010
86 minutes

Thierry Guetta, a Frenchman based in Los Angeles, decides to document the nascent movement of “street art” but, faced with a wealth of footage he can't make heads or tails of, decides to become a street artist himself. Ingenious meditation on the value and significance of art disguised as an engaging documentary that, having been assembled by an artist who is himself a master of manipulation, always makes the viewer wonder what is fact and what is fancy.

A Paranoid Pictures Film Company presentation/production; produced in association with Keo Films.
A Banksy film; narrated by Rhys Ifans; produced by Jaimie d'Cruz; music by Geoff Barrow; film editors, Chris King, Tom Fulford; sound, Jim Carey.
Screened: Berlin Film Festival advance press screening, Cinemaxx 6 (Berlin), February 13th 2010. 

Thursday, July 08, 2010

SHREK FOREVER AFTER

USA
2010
93 minutes

Disappointed and bored with his life as a husband and father, Shrek unwittingly signs a Faustian pact with the trickster Rumpelstiltskin and finds himself thrown into an alternate Far Far Away in which he was never born. The final animated adventure of the green ogre is a lively variation on It's a Wonderful Life, its tone more mature and less frantic than the two previous sequels, providing an adequate ending to the series.

A Dreamworks Animation presentation/production, distributed by Paramount Pictures.
With the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas, Julie Andrews, John Cleese, Walt Dohrn.
Directed by Mike Mitchell; produced by Gina Shay, Teresa Cheng; screenplay by Josh Klausner, Darren Lemke, based on the characters created by William Steig; music by Harry Gregson-Williams; (DeLuxe/Technicolor, widescreen, Tru3D); production designer, Peter Zaslow; film editor, Nick Fletcher; visual effects supervisor, Doug Cooper.
Screened: distributor advance press screening, Zon Lusomundo Colombo 10 (Lisbon), June 30th 2010.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

HOUSE OF WAX

USA
1953
85 minutes

In turn-of-the-century New York, a disfigured artist seeks his revenge on society by killing those who drove him to despair and exhibiting their bodies as wax figures. A remake of 1933's The Mystery of the Wax Museum, this smart B thriller effectively launched the 1950s 3D craze and started his star on a long-running horror movie career, but remains well above most other disposable 3D entries thanks to no-nonsense handling, a well-placed sense of eerie atmospherics and surprisingly painterly visuals for such a modest endeavour.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Warner Bros.-First National picture.
Starring Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones, Paul Picerni.
Directed by Andre de Toth; produced by Bryan Foy; screenplay by Crane Wilbur, based on the play by Charles Belden, The Wax Works; music by David Buttolph; directors of photography (Warnercolor, NaturalVision 3D), Bert Glennon, Peverell Marley; art director, Stanley Fleischer; wardrobe, Howard Shoup; film editor, Rudi Fehr; make-up artist, Gordon Bau.
Screened: Curtas Vila do Conde advance DVD screener, Lisbon, June 26th 2010.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

LA TETA ASUSTADA

The Milk of Sorrow


Peru/Spain
2008
98 minutes

A Peruvian teenager, born during the country's civil war and terrified of any male contact, accepts to work as a housemaid to earn enough money to bury her mother in their native village. Spare, oblique coming-of-age melodrama, with the handling and writing smartly integrating both documentary and poetical textures into what could otherwise be misconstrued as neo-realism or satire.

Wanda Visión presents an Oberon Cinematografica/Wanda Visión/Vela Producciones production, with the participation of Televisión Española; with the collaboration of Televisión de Catalunya, Ministerio de Cultura/ICAA, Institut de Credit a les Industries Culturels/Generalitat de Catalunya, Consejo Nacional para el Cine, Ibermedia Programme, Visions Sud Est; with the support of World Cinema Fund, Media Programme.
Starring Magaly Solier, Susi Sánchez, Efraín Solís, Marino Ballón, Delci Heredia, María del Pilar Guerrero.
Directed and written by Claudia Llosa; produced by Antonio Chavarrías, José María Morales, Ms. Llosa; music by Selma Mutal; director of photography (Citres, Image Film), Natasha Braier; art directors, Patricia Bueno, Susana Torres; costume designer, Ana Villanueva; film editor, Frank Gutiérrez.
Screened: Berlin Film Festival advance press screening, Berlinale Palast (Berlin), February 12th 2009; distributor advance press screening, UCI El Corte Inglés 12 (Lisbon), June 21st 2010.

Friday, July 02, 2010

LOUISE-MICHEL

France
2008
93 minutes

After the factory she works in is shut down overnight without warning, a destitute, illiterate worker convinces her laid-off colleagues to pool their indemnities and hire a contract killer to dispose of the boss. Politically incorrect black comedy that pushes the boundaries most other black comedies never even get near in a low-budget, often improvisational style, even at the risk of being occasionally offensive or missing the targets; but, remarkably, it's never offhand or gratuitous, and there's a genuine style at work here.

MNP Entreprise presents an MNP Entreprise/No Money Productions/ARTE France Cinéma production, with the participation of Canal Plus, Cinécinéma and Centre Nationale de la Cinématographie.
Starring Yolande Moreau, Bouli Lanners; with special guests Benoît Poelvoorde, Albert Dupontel and Mathieu Kassovitz.
Directed and written by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern; produced by Mr. Kassovitz and Benoît Jaubert; music by Gaëtan Roussel; director of photography (GTC), Hugues Poulain; production designer, Paul Chapelle; costume designer, Cécile Roullier; film editor, Stéphane Elmadjian.
Screened: distributor advance press screening, Medeia King 1 (Lisbon), June 11th 2010.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

WHISKY

Uruguay/Spain/Argentina/Germany/Japan
2004
97 minutes

When his successful brother returns from Brazil for a brief visit, the solitary owner of a small sock business asks his most trusted employee to pose as his wife for the duration. Melancholy, austere comedy-drama of lives that don't fulfill their promise, smartly written and handled.

Wanda Visión presents a Control Zeta Films production, in co-production with Rizoma Films, Pandora Filmproduktion, Wanda Visión; with the participation of Canal Plus España; with the support of FONA, MVP Socio Audiovisual, INCAA, The Global Film Initiative, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen; in cooperation with NHK Enterprises 21.
Starring Andrés Pazos, Mirella Pascual, Jorge Bolani.
Directed by Pablo Stoll, Juan Pablo Rebella; written by Mr. Stoll, Mr. Rebella, Gonzalo Delgado Galiana; music by Pequeña Orquesta Reincidentes; director of photography (Cinecolor), Barbara Álvarez; art director, Mr. Delgado Galiana; film editor, Fernando Epstein.
Screened: distributor advance press screening, Medeia King 1 (Lisbon), May 28th 2010.