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Santiago CINEMA July 1, 2017

 

By Maite Plimmer

 

“Movies touch our hearts, awaken our vision and change the way we see things. They take us to other places, they open doors and open our minds. Movies are the memories of our lifetime; we need to keep them alive.” ~ Martin Scorsese

 

 

am writing this article before the much expected event; I have however one wish for this Oscars 89th ceremony: Please avoid politics! In times like the current one, in which opinions are a dime a dozen and it seems extremely loud, it would be refreshing to escape to Wonderland for a couple of hours and forget it all.

 

‟La La Land stole my breath away. Not in the same way ‟The Revenant” did last year of course, but instead in an enthralling and ‟let me fall in love kind of way. My heart was literally singing throughout the whole movie and my feet couldn’t keep up the pace. A modern day Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers kind of couple; I recommend the considerable efforts from both Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Ryan Gosling learned all his piano scenes by practicing for two weeks straight, at least six hours per day. I believe the movie will get 5 Oscars for best movie, best actress, best director, best main song “Audition” and best music.

‟Lion is emotionally charged and based on a true story; it brings our attention to the lost boys of India. Sunny Pawar, the young Saroo who gets lost and subsequently embarks on an odyssey of dangers until adopted by an Australian couple, merits a mention. Dev Patel could very well get an Oscar for best actor having played the role of an older Saroo. My vote, however, goes to Casey Affleck in ‟Manchester by the Sea. The movie is real, raw and clumsily beautiful. Michelle Williams has a short part but moves us to the core. The floor is Affleck’s though, from start to finish. A true comeback for him.

I am expecting Viola Davis to get an Oscar for best supporting actress in the movie ‟Fences, as Troy’s wife Rose. What a performance! So private, so exposing, intense and real. She didn’t get one for ‘The Help’ but I do believe this is her moment!

The Foreign film from Iran, ‘The Salesman,’ is about honour and the terrible violence against women in a society ruled by men and the overall lack of trust in the system. Very moving, some superb acting and meriting the statuette in my eyes.

‘Hidden Figures’ for best writing adapted screenplay. What a great casting! One of my favorite movies this year, highlighting times gone by that should never be again. With humor and a very big message, I urge anyone and everyone to see it and remember history, to learn from the past so as not to allow the same atrocities to take place again.

‘Silence’ – Rodrigo Prieto deserves Best Cinematography. A Historical drama that took Scorsese twenty-eight years to bring to fruition. A story of a Jesuit Priest in 1643 Japan where Christians were severely prosecuted. It is truly a superb piece of art.

‘White helmets’- Best Documentary Short film. A Netflix original set in Syria where a group of men heroically enter war torn areas to rescue people from the destruction and ruble. “They are all a very diverse and disparate group of individuals, all of whom made individual choices … They all had the choice whether or not they wanted to pick up a gun, to become a refugee – but they’ve all made a choice to instead pick up a stretcher,” – Le Menusier.

Jungle Book for Best Visual Effects. A wonderful revival of Rudyard Kipling’s beautiful classic, this time in 3D. Its visual effects are complemented by a great cast of voices (Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Scarlett Johansson and the likes of Christopher Walken).

‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,’ for best Production. A pure magical film for all ages.

‘O.J Made in America,’ directed by Ezra Edelman, is my award winning Documentary Feature. It really shows the rise and the fall of a symbol. Race, Media, Sports, domestic violence, predominately male with a few key people missing, it still manages to, quite faithfully, portray the reality of a life gone terribly wrong.

Jeffrey J Haboush for best sound mixing in thirteen hours. Probably the movie that angered and frustrated me the most. A true story of a bunch of brave, stoic heroes that were abandoned to their fate until the very end.

Some nominations that probably won’t win, but that I would like to mention anyway, are: the song ‘The Empty Chair’ written by J. Ralph and Sting, featured in ‘Jim: The James Foley Story,’ for its simplicity and beautifully touching lyrics. Natalie Portman for her portrayal of Jackie; ‘Faultless’ was outstanding and ‘Zootopia’ deserves a mention for its political satire.

Reading now post- Oscars and right before the magazine goes to print, I think I didn’t do so badly with my predictions. Unfortunately though, my wishes were not granted…What’s new? And political it was. Long gone are the days in which decorum reigned…

VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2016

Santiago CINEMA December 5, 2016

by Monika Bacardi

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Every year, Venice Film Festival takes place in late August or early        September on the island of the Lido, Venice. This location is breathtakingly beautiful, which makes the festival one of the most attractive in the world. Screenings take place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi and in other venues nearby.

Every year, we work very hard, focusing a lot of time and attention, before attending Venice Film Festival as the results of this Festival are fundamental for our work in Europe. For us at AMBI Group, it is very important to present our company in the best light, showcasing the work we are busy with on our current projects as well as our future projects.

Over the last few years, Venice Film Festival is back on top after a scorecard that saw successful Oscar wins for Venice premieres three years in a row: Gravity, Birdman and, last year, Spotlight. Such success has allowed for a rise in show titles this year at the festival, bringing an abundance of A-list talent and glamour to our red carpet.

Me and my business partner Andrea Iervolino, as well as the team from AMBI Group, organized several events as well as attended some of the key events ourselves. We started the Venice Film Festival, on 1st September, with a special dinner that we organized for the actors Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber before the Premiere of our new movie The Bleeder. It was a small party but we had a great fun !

The day after we were on the Red Carpet for The Bleeder Premiere with the main actors Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, the Director Philippe Falardeau and producer Avi Lerner. The Premiere was a great success and we’re extremely proud and happy! We hosted an after party and we were happy to receive all the positive feedbacks from the screening of the film.

After this, on the 3rd September we participated at the photocall of our other new film In Dubious Battle directed by James Franco. Just after we attended all together Mimmo Rotella Award Ceremony. The Premiere of In Dubious Battle was an extremely exciting event! We attended the Red Carpet with the actress Ashley Greene, the actor Austin Stowell, the Director James Franco, the Producer Vince Jolivette and the Producer Scott Reed. The interest of In Dubious Battle premiere was huge and it was very important to us how the spectators will react and what will be the critics. At the end, it was a pure success so we’re totally satisfied!

I’m absolutely happy about our performance at 73rd Venice Film Festival! Since its inception the Venice Film Festival has grown into one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world and i’m very happy to be able to attend this amazing event every year! 

ZURICH FILM FESTIVAL 2016

Santiago CINEMA December 5, 2016

by Maite Plimmer

Zurich, a financial hub otherwise known as a tranquil and quite austere city surrounded by beautiful mountains and lakes, has been taken over by the glitz and glamour that accompanies the world of movies and lights.

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 24:  A general view during the IWC 'For the Love of Cinema' gala dinner held at AURA Zurich on September 24, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. During the event, actress Uma Thurman presented the second 'Filmmaker Award' worth CHF 100.000 in sponsorship. The award was set up by the Association for the Promotion of Film in Switzerland ('Verein zur Filmfoerderung in der Schweiz')  (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC)

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: A general view during the IWC ‘For the Love of Cinema’ gala dinner held at AURA Zurich on September 24, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. During the event, actress Uma Thurman presented the second ‘Filmmaker Award’ worth CHF 100.000 in sponsorship. The award was set up by the Association for the Promotion of Film in Switzerland (‘Verein zur Filmfoerderung in der Schweiz’) (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC)

The 12th edition of the Zurich Film Festival, that has been scaling up since October 2005, runs from the 22nd of September and ends on a high note on the 1st of October with the ZFF Glamorous Awards night.

The aim of the Zurich Film Festival is to offer audiences insight into the work of the most promising filmmakers from around the globe, and to promote the exchange of ideas between established film workers, creative talent and the public. Budding directors have the opportunity to present their films to the wide attention of the entire German-language market. Participants come from around the globe and include both emerging and renowned filmmakers as well as buyers, sellers, distributors, media professionals and industry leaders.

The International Competition sees emerging filmmakers compete for the coveted Golden Eye – the festival’s main award. In addition to the competition, the festival also presents the latest films from renowned filmmakers as exclusive “Gala Premieres” or “Special Screenings”. Furthermore, the “New World View” series focuses on the current cinematic oeuvre of a particular film producing region; “Border Lines” is a section dedicated to films dealing with border situations including territorial, social and individual conflicts; “TVision” focuses on the latest, most innovative TV formats; and finally, numerous side events, such as the “Zurich Master Class”, the “Zurich Summit” and the “Film Music Competition”, complete the festival programme.

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 22:  Director Garth Davis speaks at the 'Lion' press junket during the 12th Zurich Film Festival on September 22, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. The Zurich Film Festival 2016 will take place from September 22 until October 2.  (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Garth Davis

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Director Garth Davis speaks at the ‘Lion’ press junket during the 12th Zurich Film Festival on September 22, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. The Zurich Film Festival 2016 will take place from September 22 until October 2. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Garth Davis

The festival’s Co-Directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri are fully dedicated to the cause and their determination is clear to see.  In 2015 the festival had 85.000 visitors and five hundred press accreditations were issued.

Hollywood personalities, as well as famous guests from around the world, have been attending the festival and we have been truly spoiled for choice. From the fringe events to the introductions to the premieres and screenings by the cast and Directors/Producers; everything has been done immaculately with the setup and general ambiance being one of great excitement and  professionalism across town.

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 24:  (L-R) Festival director Karl Spoerri, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, actress Shailene Woodley, director Oliver Stone and Festival director Nadja Schildknecht attend the 'Snowden' Premiere during the 12th Zurich Film Festival on September 24, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. The Zurich Film Festival 2016 will take place from September 22 until October 2.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Shailene Woodley; Oliver Stone; Karl Spoerri; Nadja Schildknecht

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 24: (L-R) Festival director Karl Spoerri, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, actress Shailene Woodley, director Oliver Stone and Festival director Nadja Schildknecht attend the ‘Snowden’ Premiere during the 12th Zurich Film Festival on September 24, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. The Zurich Film Festival 2016 will take place from September 22 until October 2. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Joseph Gordon-Levitt; Shailene Woodley; Oliver Stone; Karl Spoerri; Nadja Schildknecht

Opening night screened the European Premiere of the Australian drama LION and Garth Davis, Iain Canning and Harvey Weinstein were present for the introduction. Bringing to light, the serious issue India has with its “Lost children”. Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman are part of the cast with the plotline portraying a moving account of an Indian child that, after suffering uncertainty and many tribulations, gets adopted by an Australian couple allowing him to start a new life and his then subsequent quest for the old one…

Snowden had one of its first screenings here too and Oliver Stone, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley were in attendance. Whether you personally see Snowden as a hero or a criminal, this film shows one another side to the individual. In my eyes he comes across as immature yet spontaneous, naïve and slightly narcissistic, a complex character. The film is definitely worth watching.

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 27:  Hugh Grant presents his award at the 'Florence Foster Jenkins'  Premiere and Golden Icon award ceremony during the 12th Zurich Film Festival on September 27, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. The Zurich Film Festival 2016 will take place from September 22 until October 2.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 27: Hugh Grant presents his award at the ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ Premiere and Golden Icon award ceremony during the 12th Zurich Film Festival on September 27, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. The Zurich Film Festival 2016 will take place from September 22 until October 2. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Hugh Grant received a Golden Icon award for his part in ‘’Florence Foster Jenkins” and as usual was cheered and adored by his fans. He holds himself with such old fashioned British charm and his walk through the green carpet took much longer than anticipated as he was offered Swiss chocolates, kisses, flowers and many compliments…he seemed natural and thrives on the attention.

“War On Everyone” featured the Swedish heartthrob Alexander Skarsgard, who spoke to his fans together with Director John Michael McDonagh. This crude comedy had the public laughing hysterically and Alexander’s naughty boy charisma serves him well. I believe his attitude is going to grant him a reputable place in Hollywood.

Ewan McGregor made his first debut as a Director with ‘American Pastoral’, based on the book written by John Romano and the 1997 novel of the same name by Philip Roth. The cast includes McGregor, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Connelly, Rupert Evans and Valorie Curry. The critics haven’t been entirely positive about it but in truth he has chosen a challenging adaptation as a debut and personally I believe his cast followed his cue brilliantly. He might lack a bit of creativity, but he was determined in his attention to detail with an intense obsession on following Roth’s book and prose. This of course complicated matters and was certainly a brave challenge to take on.

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - SEPTEMBER 25:  Alexander Skarsgard and John Michael McDonagh pose for photographs at the 'War On Everyone' Press Conference during the 12th Zurich Film Festival on September 25, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. The Zurich Film Festival 2016 will take place from September 22 until October 2.  (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** John Michael McDonagh; Alexander Skarsgard

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – SEPTEMBER 25: Alexander Skarsgard and John Michael McDonagh pose for photographs at the ‘War On Everyone’ Press Conference during the 12th Zurich Film Festival on September 25, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. The Zurich Film Festival 2016 will take place from September 22 until October 2. (Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** John Michael McDonagh; Alexander Skarsgard

“Imperium” has an idealistic FBI agent (Daniel Radcliffe) going undercover to infiltrate a white supremacist group that’s plotting an act of terror. The casting was somewhat surprising but I came away thinking it was an excellent choice in the end. A very complex role to play as this particular agent had no field experience or combat skills and was rather a sensitive soul.  Kudos to Daniel Radcliffe for taking on such a challenging role and nailing it.

These are only a few of the top movies presented to give you a taste of the Zurich Film Festival. The standards were generally very high and I trust this festival will only grow and flourish in the years to come. It is admirable to see Zurich becoming a sought after destination for filmmakers across the globe. Well done Zurich!

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