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‘Gagarine’ Filmmakers Bring Humanity to Depiction of Life in Banlieue

It’s been 25 years since “La Haine” made the banlieue a staple of French cinema. On the back of Mathieu Kassovitz’s cinematic Molotov cocktail, movies such as “Girlhood,” “Divines,” “Cuties” and “Les Miserables” have made the concrete jungles on the outskirts of Paris a haven for cineastes. But none of them are quite like Fanny […]

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire review – mesmerised by the female gaze

Writer-director Céline Sciamma’s entrancing historical romance about a young painter and her subject is a perceptive, erotic exploration of powerWhat a thrillingly versatile film-maker Céline Sciamma has proved to be. Having made an arthouse splash with the Euro-hits Water Lilies and Tomboy, she wrote and directed Girlhood (Bande de filles), a breathtaking portrait of modern […]

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Xavier Dolan Hails ‘Magnificent’ Cannes Competitor ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’: A ‘Powerful Piece of Cinema’

Cannes whiz kid Xavier Dolan may be readying to premiere his latest film, “Matthias & Maxime,” at the French festival that helped put him on the map, but the Québécois creator appears to have already picked a winner for this year’s Palme d’Or. In a moving and effusive Instagram post, the “Laurence Anyways” and “Mommy” […]

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Paolo Moretti to Helm Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight Starting in 2019

Paolo Moretti is set to replace Edouard Waintrop at the helm of Directors’ Fortnight, the section that runs parallel to the Cannes Film Festival, starting in 2019.Moretti will join Directors’ Fortnight for its 50th edition from the Roche-sur-Yon Festival, where he has been artistic director since 2014. The 42-year-old Italian executive previously worked for many […]

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Berlin Film Review: ‘L’Animale’

With the buzzing of tires across the gravelly bottom of a small quarry bitten into a hillside, Austrian sophomore director Katharina Mueckstein (“Talea”) kickstarts her coming-of-age story in promisingly high gear. And when one of the helmeted motocross riders, clad in light, Imperial Stormtrooper-style body armor, is revealed, against expectations, to be a girl, there […]

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