So happy to see Lupita Nyong’o winning the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, her acceptance speech moved us to tears here in the office
Pierre Niney in Yves Saint Laurent by Jalil Lespert
This month the Ciné Lumière at the French Institute in London will be hosting the UK premiere of Jalil Lespert’s biopic Yves Saint Laurent, with the entire cast of the film present for Q&A.
Pierre Niney in the title role is remarkable. The young actor began his career on stage and recently became the youngest member of the prestigious Comédie Française. In Yves Saint Laurent he perfectly captures the nuances and complexities of the famous designer’s personality; his unique elocution and mannerisms. Pierre Bergé, was so impressed by his performance that he was moved to tears when he first watched this biopic about his late long-term partner.
The film also features Guillaume Gallienne as Pierre Bergé. Another member of the Comédie Française, Guillaume Gallienne recently won 5 César awards for his first film Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table! (Me, Myself and Mum), including Best Film and Best Actor.
Yves Saint-Laurent has been picked up by Entertainment One (UK) and The Weinstein Company (US) for distribution later this year. UK release: 21st March 2014.
Yves Saint Laurent screening with Q&A including director Jalil Lespert, actors Pierre Niney and Guillaume Gallienne at Ciné Lumière, The French Institute, London: Wednesday 12th March 2014
Congratulations to Chiwetel Ejiofor for winning Best Actor at BAFTA, and to Steve McQueen and the whole team of 12 Years a Slave
GLORIA by Sebastián Lelio, with the wonderful Paulina García. She won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlinale last year. Visit our Facebook page to win a DVD copy of the film, we’ve got 3 of them up for grabs.
Director Claire Denis and actor Vincent Lindon in Bastards (Les Salauds)
I realised after watching Bastards that I am a Claire Denis fan. I appreciate her entire body of work and I knew early on she was one of my favourite directors. Each film she has made has moved me and stayed with me.
I like her way of filming a story. She never spells the story out for us, none of the characters come out and tell us how they are feeling; instead we have to find our own way into their worlds with visual clues. It is for us to see and follow, to be active in our observations. Somehow Claire Denis manages to reveal things to us in a soft, unassuming way, which then affects us when we read the intense and often deeply buried emotion that spills out.
For the making of Bastards, Claire Denis has returned to her team of long-time collaborators, including cinematographer Agnès Godard, indie band Tindersticks for their atmospheric soundtrack, and actors like Vincent Lindon, Gregoire Colin and Michel Subor.
With Bastards, Chiara Mastroianni (Beloved) joins this entourage, as does Lola Créton (Goodbye First Love, Something in the Air). While Mastroianni gives her best performance on screen, Créton reveals a lot of herself without ever actually saying more than a few words.
Viewers that have not seen any of her previous films may find it harder to appreciate the qualities and intensity of the movie. We are quickly drowning in a story where nearly every character is not likable - here the title Bastards feels very apt.
It’s a dark and raw film. It has the shadowy mystery of The Intruder, the emotional disturbance of Trouble Every Day, and the intimacy of Vendredi Soir. It’s a sordid and brutal revenge drama, but it’s also a true modern film noir. Enigmatic and detailed, with dark textures. Sharing with us the fragile and troubled human condition, the characters’ bodies are explored in close up, the texture of the skin, the marks and blemishes staring back at us.
But, ultimately, what Denis nails every time is the mood. The unseen, unheard mood. The impression we are left with, the vibrations of human energy. This is the real mark of a Claire Denis film.
A Story of Children and Film by Mark Cousins is the world’s first movie about kids in global cinema. A passionate, poetic portrait of the adventures of childhood – its surrealism, loneliness, fun, destructiveness and vitality – as seen through 53 great films from 25 countries.
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