Tangerines

The last of 2015’s Best Foreign Language Picture nominees is finally coming to U.S. theaters. Directed by Zaza Urushadze, Tangerines follows two farmers (Lembit Ulfsak and Elmo Nüganen) who reluctantly get caught up in the 1992 war between Georgia and Abkhazia. A skirmish breaks out on their doorstep, leaving behind two badly wounded soldiers (Giorgi Nakhashidze and Mikheil Meskhi) from either side of the conflict.

Although Tangerines lost to Ida at the Oscars, it was still a major accomplishment for Estonian cinema — it was the first film ever from that country to make the list of nominees. Watch the Tangerines trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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Admittedly, French filmmaker Jacques Tati doesn’t get a lot of love on this site. We’re always so focused on the future, there’s not a lot of time to look into the past. But every once in a while there’s a big, bright, beautiful reason to celebrate the history of film and today is one of those days. (If you don’t know Tati’s work, check out this great Playtime trailer.)

Popular and talented artist Laurent Durieux has teamed up with Nautilus to do a series of prints based on the small but tremendously impactful career of Tati. The first is, predictably, for Tati’s first film, Jour de fête. The poster is called François à l’Américaine, it’s officially licensed and goes on sale Friday March 13 as a timed edition. See the full image below. Read More »

The Connection

The Connection seems like the vaguest of titles, but once you realize what the film is about it’s actually pretty perfect. It’s a new spin on William Friedkin‘s The French Connection, with the “French” part omitted because, well, the film is already French.

Jean Dujardin plays Pierre Michel, a real-life Marseilles magistrate. In 1975, he tried to take down Gaetano Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), the kingpin behind one of the biggest drug smuggling operations in history. Cédric Jimenez directs the film. Watch The Connection red-band trailer after the jump. Read More »

Alejandro Jodorowsky Kickstarter

Alejandro Jodorowsky is planning a new film, Endless Poetry, which will pick up where his last movie, Dance of Reality, left off. He’s raising funds for the project now, and has just launched a Kickstarter campaign to gather some of the financing. He wants to “exchange your money into Poetic Money to make his latest film,” which sounds like a pretty good bargain. And if you’re wondering about the exchange rate on the poetic money market, it’s basically 1:1, and the director is actually printing “poetic money” to send to backers, which is pretty neat. More details are below. Read More »

Wong Kar-Wai Will Direct ‘Blossoms’

Wong Kar-Wai Blossoms

Wong Kar-Wai was going to make The Ferryman as the follow-up to his movie The Grandmaster, but things changed, and now he’ll direct something else. While Wong remains attached to The Ferryman as a producer, he’ll put his real energy behind a film called Blossoms. Just as The Ferryman will be an adaptation of a short story, Blossoms is an adaptation of short stories by Jin Yucheng, set in Shanghai. Read More »

new Jodorowsky film

We were pleasantly surprised when the last couple years saw the return of Alejandro Jodorowsky both as the subject of a film (Jodovowsky’s Dune) and as writer and director of his own new film, The Dance of Reality. Now there’s a new Jodorowsky film in the works, and it follows directly on the heels of the last, both as a project and a story. Endless Poetry will continue the film adaptation of the director’s book, which was also the basis of his last feature. Read More »

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Timbuktu trailer

By now, you’re probably well acquainted with the of Best Picture Oscar nominees. (And if not, that 24-hour marathon has you covered.) The Best Foreign Language Film contenders, on the other hand, remain a more mysterious bunch.

Among this year’s crop is Timbuktu, Mauritania’s first-ever entry for the prize. Though it’s racked up praise on the festival circuit, it’s only now getting a proper theatrical rollout in the U.S. Get yourself ready by watching the Timbuktu trailer after the jump. Read More »

The Next Pedro Almodovar Film Is ‘Silencio’

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Pedro Almodovar has had a wild few years, dodging from the wild horror tale The Skin I Live In to the brightly colored comedy I’m So Excited!, which was also generally little-seen, at least in the US. Now he’s going to make a film called Silencio. Not to be confused with Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Silence, this Almodovar project is described by the director as “a return to the cinema of women” — that being a reference to his own body of work that is dominated by deeply-felt melodramas and comedies focused on the lives of women.

This new film will not be a comedy, but a serious drama — we’ve got what few details are currently public, after the break. Read More »

Big Game trailer

What if Escape From New York took place in a Finnish forest with a teen-aged Snake Plisskin out to rescue the President of the United States? In the film Big Game, which comes from Rare Exports director Jalmari Helander, Samuel L. Jackson is the POTUS, shot out of the sky when Air Force One is targeted. He is found by a young man played by Onni Tommila of Rare Exports — the kid is on a hunting adventure to prove his manhood, and stumbles into a very unusual sort of hunt. Check out the Big Game trailer below. Read More »

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