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Mood Indigo, by Michel Gondry

Visionary French filmmaker Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind, The Science of Sleep) finds inspiration from Boris Vian’s cult novel (L’Ecume des Jours) to provide the foundation for this romantic love story starring Audrey Tautou (Amélie, Coco Before Chanel) and Romain Duris (The Beat that my Heart Skipped). Set in a charmingly surreal Paris, Mood Indigo is an imaginative, eccentric, strange, sometimes weird and out-of-control but often magical and beautiful film.

UK release: 1st August / Distributed by StudioCanal

Ida, by Pawel Pawlikowski, with Agata Trzebuchowska

How can you capture a nation’s spirit by telling a singular story? By making every shot as definitive as an icon. “I’m not emotionally excited by the power of cinema’s tricks anymore,” Pawlikowski has said. The director and his fledgling cinematographer, Lukasz Zal, shot the movie in hard-focus black and white; they have produced images so distinct and powerful that they sharpen our senses.

One can trace possible influences—Carl Theodor Dreyer, very likely, and Robert Bresson, and European art films from the sixties and early seventies like François Truffaut’s “The Wild Child,” and also Polish movies made in the period in which “Ida” is set.

There is a long time we haven’t seen a film as beautiful as this one.

UK release: 26th September / Distributed by Artificial Eye

'Ida,' by Pawel Pawlikowski: A Film Masterpiece - The New Yorker

'Ida,' by Pawel Pawlikowski: A Film Masterpiece - The New Yorker

"There are perhaps a handful of films whose imprint on the psyche is so great, that a viewing will be forever remembered and their mere mention enough to evoke an intense emotional - even physical - response." 

SOHK.TV review THE PIANO (dir. Jane Campion), words by Kate Ingram →

#Cannes2014 - The Jury Prize was awarded to Xavier Dolan for Mommy, in a tie with Jean-Luc Godard. The young Canadian director saluted Jane Campion and her work, a source of inspiration for him ever since The Piano: “You have written magnificent roles for women, with a soul, neither victims nor objects.” #JuryPrize #XavierDolan #Mommy #JaneCampion #AnneDorval #AntoineOlivierPilon

#Cannes2014 - The Jury Prize was awarded to Xavier Dolan for Mommy, in a tie with Jean-Luc Godard. The young Canadian director saluted Jane Campion and her work, a source of inspiration for him ever since The Piano: “You have written magnificent roles for women, with a soul, neither victims nor objects.” #JuryPrize #XavierDolan #Mommy #JaneCampion #AnneDorval #AntoineOlivierPilon

Winter Sleep wins the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Directed by Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, with Demet Akbag #PalmedOr #WinterSleep #NuriBilgeCeylan #DemetAkbag #Cannes2014

Winter Sleep wins the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Directed by Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, with Demet Akbag #PalmedOr #WinterSleep #NuriBilgeCeylan #DemetAkbag #Cannes2014

#Foxcatcher “When you make a film with actors, you are incredibly grateful to them” says Bennett Miller, director of Foxcatcher, in official competition this year at #Cannes2014 with #ChanningTatum #MarkRuffalo and #SteveCarell #BennettMiller #Capote #PhilipSeymourHoffman

#Foxcatcher “When you make a film with actors, you are incredibly grateful to them” says Bennett Miller, director of Foxcatcher, in official competition this year at #Cannes2014 with #ChanningTatum #MarkRuffalo and #SteveCarell #BennettMiller #Capote #PhilipSeymourHoffman

The Past cements Farhadi’s reputation as a master of the unspoken truth. Tiny details reveal whole histories in the blink of an eye.

SOHK.TV review THE PAST (dir. Asghar Farhadi), words by Avalon Lyndon →