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Zama triumphs in Ics Awards by Amber Wilkinson - 2019-02-04 16:18:53

Zama Argentinian director won the awards for best film and director for her Spanish colonial satire Zama at the 16th International Cinephile Awards. She also won the award for best non-English language film, while star Daniel Giménez Cacho was named best lead actor.

Other films to make the winners' list included Lee Chang-dong's Burning, named best adapted screenplay and First Reformed, which saw Paul Schrader pick up the award for best original screenplay.

Shoplifters’ multigenerational cast playing a ramshackle family of misfits, won the ensemble award, while one of its stars Sakura Andô tied for lead actress with debut performer Helena Howard in Madeline’s Madeline.

If Beale Street Could Talk won supporting actor for Brian Tyree Henry and Rachel Weisz, was named best supporting actress in The Favourite.

RaMell Ross earned two awards, for best documentary and film editing, with his lyrical journey into the lives of the ommunity of [film]Hale County.
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Movie Review – Shoplifters (2018)

Shoplifters, 2018.

Written and Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda.

Starring Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Kirin Kiki, Jyo Kairi, Miyu Sasaki, Sosuke Ikematsu, Chizuru Ikewaki, Akira Emoto, Kengo Kora, Yôko Moriguchi, Yuki Yamada, Moemi Katayama, and Naoto Ogata.


A family of small-time crooks take in a child they find on the street.

Rendering a band of criminals as likeable and empathetic without resorting to glorification or romanticizing their actions is quite the balancing act to nail. With that said, writer and director Hirokazu Kore-eda has specialized in thoughtful examinations of family over the course of his filmmaking career, that he stands out as the right auteur to not only confront the importance of bloodline in relation to familial love, but how career criminal behavior fits into that mold.

It’s best left to the viewer to connect the dots as to how all of the six individuals living off the
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Variety Critics Name the 12 Best Movies From Cannes 2018

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Variety Critics Name the 12 Best Movies From Cannes 2018
The 71st Cannes Film Festival may have gotten off to a bumpy start, underwhelming audiences with Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s Spanish-language “Everybody Knows” and taking several days to serve up anything that felt universally praised (eventual Palme d’Or winner Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters”), but by the end, even those who had arrived skeptical seemed to agree that the overall quality of this auteur-thin, American-light edition was higher than usual. Looking back on 12 days of discovery, here are a dozen films that most impressed Variety chief critics Owen Gleiberman and Peter Debruge.


Spike Lee has made three extraordinary films that toss incendiary racial firecrackers: the classic “Do the Right Thing” (1989), the majestic “Malcolm X” (1992), and the wild (and insanely underrated) black-face satire “Bamboozled” (2000). Here, for the first time since then, he creates a scalding zeitgeist spectacle of American bigotry laid bare. Set in Colorado Springs in the early ’70s,
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Sion Sono, Coast to Coast

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Sion Sono, whose Himizu sees its world premiere in Venice next week before screening in Toronto, wasn't much known outside of Japan "until 2002's Suicide Club, which famously opened with a chorus line of angelic schoolgirls cheerfully leaping into the path of a subway train," writes Dennis Harvey in the San Francisco Bay Guardian. "Since then he's made the first of two projected Suicide sequels, the surreal psychosexual nightmare Strange Circus (2005), and deadly-'do J-horror exercise Exte: Hair Extensions (2007), to name a few. Though not in the Miike league of complete unpredictability (let alone productivity), Sono's films have been a diverse lot, not excluding an exercise or two in straight-ahead naturalism. The mega-dose of Sono that the Roxie offers this month, however, feels like two very large pieces cut from the same pie. Opening Friday is 2008's Love Exposure, clocking just under four hours (not counting intermission); next up is 2010's Cold Fish (starting Sept.
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Japan Cuts 2010: Sweet Little Lies Review

[Our thanks to Chris Bourne for this review.]

"Whether you're together or alone, it's lonely." This line delivered by an elderly woman (Akiko Kazami) could also have been spoken by any of the other characters of Hitoshi Yazaki's Sweet Little Lies, as ruthless a dissection of marriage as Ingmar Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage. The film's title expresses the deceptions necessary to keep up appearances for the outside world, especially when it comes to intimate relationships. The title also refers to the deceptions within these relationships, avoiding the painful truths that, if spoken aloud, can destroy cherished illusions.

To all outside observers, Ruriko (Miki Nakatani), a teddy bear designer/gallery artist, and Satoshi (Nao Omori), an It professional, is a happy, serenely blissful couple. But peer a little closer, and that illusion quickly shatters. They live basically separate lives, only meeting for breakfast in the morning and dinner in the evening. When they are home, Satoshi
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Whack! Whack! B-hack

A bit of catchy kitsch from the Brocco Records YouTube channel - it's the theme song of Yu Irie's 8000 Miles 2: Girl Rappers performed by the film's cast (as B-hack).

8000 Miles is a (very) indie comedy from 2008 about a group of wannabe rappers living in a rural suburban town. Most of the comedy comes from how dead serious everyone is, often leading to cringe-inducing scenes such as a question and answer session in which a woman on the town's education committee politely asks them which schools they each attended so she can check to see if any adjustments need to be made.

The sequel seems to be much in the same vein, but with girls instead of guys, higher production values, and a more dramatic "follow your dreams" type of story -- as opposed to us just mercilessly laughing at their dreams for being so stupid. Nevertheless, the theme song is oddly hypnotic.
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Trailer for Yutaka Yamazaki's "Torso"

The recently-launched official website for Torso has been updated with a 2-minute trailer. The film was directed Yutaka Yamazaka, longtime cinematographer for Hirokazu Kore-eda, and premiered at the Hong Kong International Film Festival on March 25, 2009.

Makiko Watanabe stars as an ordinary woman named Hiroko who works for a clothing company. She lives a pretty mundane private life, save the fact that her lover is an armless, legless inflatable male torso. When her half sister Mina (Sakura Ando) moves in with her unexpectedly, Hiroko’s secret world begins to crumble around her.

“Torso” is distributed by Transformer and will get late show screenings at Shibuya EuroSpace from July 10, 2010.
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Fantastic Fest Review: Love Exposure

It turns out that selling this film to you, dear reader, is not a matter of convincing you that a movie about an expert upskirt picture taker is worthwhile. It's also not a matter of convincing you that an epic love story that explores cults and Japanese sub-cultures is worthwhile. It's a simple matter of convincing you that sitting down to watch a 4-hour movie isn't excruciating. Once you get over those hurdles, what awaits on the other side is a fantastic film about love, life, religion, belief and family made by an expert filmmaker at his best. Yu (Takahira Nishajima) is a young Catholic whose father Tetsu (Atsuro Watabe) has become a priest after his wife dies. Demanding his son repent his sins, and with no real sins to repent, Yu begins lying and then begins committing actual sins in order to have something to report back - the main sin of taking upskirt photos becoming
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Fantastic Fest 2009: Love Exposure

Love Exposure Directed by Shion Sono Sion Sono's new film covers a lot of territory. It's a romance, a revenge tale, a heartbreaking tragedy, a truly zany comedy, a blood-splattered action romp, a conspiracy thriller, and a twisted coming of age tale. Granted, the film has room to breathe: it runs for a breezy (I'm not being entirely sarcastic) 237 minutes. But if you're audacious enough to make a film this long, it had better be cohesive and riveting, and, despite the frequent genre-bending, Sion Sono succeeds admirably in both respects. Love Exposure is a deviant triumph. The hero of this tale is adolescent boy Yu Tsunoda (Takahiro Nishijima), whose father took the vows of Catholic priesthood following the death of Yu's mother. The film kicks off with young Yu's promise to his dying mother to find his "Virgin Maria," with the unspoken caveat that he will love no other woman beforehand.
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Love Exposure (Ai no mukidashi) | Review

Director: Shion Sono Writer(s): Shion Sono Starring: Takahiro Nishijima, Hikari Mitsushima, Sakura Ando, Makiko Watanabe, Atsuro Watabe Clocking in just shy of four hours, Love Exposure spends an obscene quantity of time building the back-story of the film’s protagonist, Yu (Takahiro Nishijima)…and gratuitously focusing on panty shots…but I’ll get back to that later. Yu’s mother dies while he is just a child. Before she dies, Yu’s mother gives him a statue of the Virgin Mary. Yu’s father becomes a Catholic priest, but then his fancy is tickled by another woman. Overburdened by the guilt of his own actions, Yu’s father forces Yu to confess on a daily basis. Yu’s dilemma is that he is a good person with little or nothing to confess. At first he makes up sins, but his father sees right through him; so Yu is
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