Jan 312013
 

french film festival 2013

The 24th annual Alliance Française French Film Festival will return to Palace Cinemas (Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelade & Perth) during March and April this year with a selection of 43 films and documentaries.

Foodies take note! The gastronomic delight, Haute Cuisine (Les Saveurs du Palais), screening courtesy of Transmission Films, will launch the Festival’s gala opening in Sydney on Tuesday 5 March with celebrated chef, Gabriel Gaté as the evening’s compère in the presence of Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch, the Festival’s guest-of-honour.

Presented by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia and the gracious support of Gold Sponsor Peugeot, the 24th Festival’s extensive highlights (many of which have received 2013 César Award nominations), include After May, Augustine, The Big Night, Camille Rewinds, Ernest & Celestine, Farewell My Queen, FEU by Christian Louboutin, Happiness Never Comes Alone, In the House, The Invisibles, Journal de France, Louise Wimmer, The Man Who Laughs, Our Children, Renoir, Sister, Thérèse Desqueyroux, and a restored version of Marcel Carné’s 1945 masterpiece, Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du Paradis), which will screen on closing night.

I am personally most excited about French Canadian film-maker Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Anways, which I have wanted to see for months.

Tickets for all locations are on sale now! For further information about Palace cinema locations, the great array of films screening and tickets, please visit the official festival website: http://www.affrenchfilmfestival.org/

For a taste of what is on offer, check out the trailer for Laurence Anways below.
 

 
By Sam McCosh

Jan 312013
 

flight-denzel-washington

If you saw the trailer for a film that included Denzel Washington as a badass pilot flying a plane upside down to avoid anyone being killed in a flight which is destined to end dramatically, would you buy your ticket right away? What if I changed ‘badass’ to ‘alcoholic and dead beat’ and that the movie mentioned above was really about addiction, would you still be running to the multiplex to catch it? My review after the jump.

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Jan 302013
 

complianceA belated Happy New Year film-lovers! Apologies for the lateness of this links post, but between moving house and work I have been swamped. This links post may be a little bit sporadic while I’m so busy, but I will attempt to get at least one up each month.

With the Academy Awards fast approaching, a large number of nominated films are being released or having their releases expanded and this is helping contribute to the large volume of great writing out there at the moment. I’m happy to shine the light on some of it after the jump.

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Jan 282013
 

argo

The Producers and Actors guilds have each given our their annual awards in ceremonies held over the weekend, with Argo fearing well in both. The Academy Award nominee for Best Picture picked up (for producers Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov) won the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures at the PGA Awards; while at the SAG Awards, Argo took home the honours for best ensemble cast. The winner of the PGA award for best film has won the Best Picture Oscar the last 5 years in a row [source], and all but 7 times in the last 24 years. Is Argo a certainty? No, of course not, but it is making the race for the big one even more exciting.

Jennifer Lawrence strengthened her chances in the Best Actress race, taking home the SAG for her role in Silver Linings Playbook. Daniel Day-Lewis won the Best Actor SAG and seems to be a certainty to win the Best Actor Oscar for his role as Abraham Lincoln.

Full feature film winners from each of the respective guild awards are listed below.
 

PGA Awards

Film: Argo
Animated Feature: Wreck-it Ralph
Documentary: Searching for Sugar Man
 

SAG Awards

Male Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Female Actor in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Argo

By Sam McCosh

Jan 272013
 

oscar-best-picture-nominees

The completist film nerd in me is very happy. I have now seen all of the 2013 Oscar nominees for best picture. I have to say that 2013 has been a very strong year, and a year where the Academy has actually nominated many of what I believe to be the best films of 2012. After the jump check out my ranking of the best picture nominees. Of course this list is purely based on my personal tastes…

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