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The action takes place in the middle of the twentieth century, in the midst of the Cold War - with all the consequences: an arms race, desperate espionage, hard labor in secret military laboratories, which contains a monster captured in Amazonia, and the heroine works as a cleaner.The important role belongs to Michael Shannon - he plays an infernal sadistic guard who personifies all earthly evil and intolerance to creatures unlike ordinary, "normal" people.
Winner of the undisputed prize for the script, McDonagh is one of the greatest playwrights of our days (his plays are readily staged in Russia; among the most significant performances is The Pillow Man by Kirill Serebrennikov at the Chekhov Moscow Art Theater); while the majority of Hollywood hacks frankly boiled around, he comes up with cool stories - with real flesh and blood."Three Billboard", where there is a place and the tragedy, and farce, and thriller - the story of one strange revenge. Mildred Hayes (Francis McDormand; no association with the movie “Fargo”) —the mother of the girl whom an unknown scum raped and burned alive — rents three billboards on the border of her deaf town to put the question on them - how to inactive justice, and to the sky permitting such atrocities. Residents of Ebbing who sympathized with Mildred Mothers, take hostile actions against Mildred the rebels. Moreover, not only the police, the cancer patient Sheriff Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) and the object of ridicule, Officer Dickson (Sam Rockwell), but also ordinary people revolt against the woman. Mildred is one against all. For the sake of such an ephemeral thing as justice.
The plot is breathtaking, the characters are colorful (McDonagh, like no one else, knows how to fall in love with his characters, without embellishing them), but it’s still unfair to celebrate only the director’s dramatic achievements: “Three Billboards” are just the movies that you want to watch, but retell. One of the most powerful, wise and paradoxical works of the year.
A film bypassed by an award-winning jury, but instantly acquiring an almost cult status. 1994, the south of France, boys and girls (local, mostly - people from Tunisia, like the director Keshish himself, and vacationers - mainly young tourists) spend their holidays in a series of beach get-togethers and parties. Dancing, the sun, eroticism, spread in the air, and pleasure in every frame (and every frame too). The protagonist - a young man Amin, who drove into a small homeland from Paris, an aspiring screenwriter, photographer and director, watches a merry love carousel on which his peers ride, but does not sleep with anyone else, speaking to numerous friends and friends.
However, everything can change in “Song of the Second,” which has already been filmed: in contrast to the film “Adele's Life. Chapter One, "left without a continuation, the story Keshish intends to tell to the end. In the meantime, the incompleteness of this cinematic poem about the joys of the flesh gives the project additional charm.The Arabic word in the title means destiny - although the film itself looks spontaneous and unpredictable.
A 87-year-old American classic documentary - 197 minutes about how and how the New York Public Library lives. The name does not confuse anyone, Wiseman sees and fixes, without obvious author's comments. It seems that it must be hellishly boring: a library? Phew But the screen does not come off: NPL (abbreviation of the New York Public Library) is not silent pages in reading rooms and archives (although there are some main topics in the film), it is a huge, complexly arranged, multi-headed organism. Its branches are scattered throughout the city, and the movie about New York, which Ex Libris turns into, cannot be boring by definition.But first of all, this film is about civic activism, about the work of the brain, about living social activities, the engine of which turns out to be the NPL - with its lectures, discussions, concerts and performances. America, something so similar to Russia (even old women who flock to free library activities, surprisingly resembles Moscow), remains a model for imitation: we still only dream of such social non-indifference.
Ethan Hawke appears in the role of heavily drinking holy father Toller. After the death of his son in Afghanistan, Toller, himself a former military chaplain, is experiencing a crisis of faith. Amanda Seyfried plays a simple American girl Maria - her young husband, whom Koller tried to reconcile with everyday problems, committed suicide. Not a very ordinary duet - as unusual and this thick existential drama, to the final mutates into a nervous thriller.
The director of The First Reformed, Paul Schroeder, once the permanent screenwriter of Martin Scorsese (and The Taxi Driver, And The Raging Bull, And The Last Temptation Of Christ) Is His Job, repeatedly in his directorial works addressed to religious topics prequel "Exorcist") and restless heroes on the narrow line between despair and hope. The new film - one of the most confident of his work over many years (the loudest Schroeder film, filmed in the new millennium, remains delightfully and outrageously kitsch "Canyons"), with confident access to the territory of Bergman and Tarkovsky - without prejudice to the sharp, 100% Hollywood story .
Remembering the "Exorcist Devil", it's time to turn to a new documentary film of the father of this franchise (in Venice, he participated in the out-of-competition program).The “exorcist”, the revolutionary horror of 1971, influenced many, but most of all, as it turned out, on the director William Friedkin himself: he still has not left the power of his own work. When I was shooting, I didn’t know about the procedure of exorcising the devil, neither dream nor spirit, but now I got carried away in earnest. The result is the documentary “The Devil and Father Amarth”, shot out of curiosity, which brought Fridkin to an amateurish investigation of the real procedures of exorcism.
The Cuban hit parallel to the Venetian Days of Authors program. Candelaria and Victor Hugo are an elderly couple leading a half-solemn existence in Havana: in 1994, after the disappearance of the USSR, the island of liberty was left without customary support, which affected the plight of its citizens. Old people are undernourished, but not discouraged. In any case, try not to be discouraged. Once Candelaria, in the evenings, sings for the soul in a cafe, and during the day working as a maid in a hotel, finds a video camera accidentally caught in dirty laundry. Victor Hugo secretly removes his naked wife and records the rare marital sex. When the camera falls into the hands of the local barges, the old business offers it: porn for sale.Without much thought, the spouses agree.
Damn warm tragicomedy with a slightly provocative plot, in which all provocation is removed by the naturalness of the heroes and performers - thanks to such people, Cuba has the right to wear the proud title of the island of freedom.
Five teenagers from good families are distinguished by very bad behavior - and they are forcibly sent for re-education to a ship led by a brutal Dutch captain: there is no guarantee that all boys will be alive. The voyage brings the heroes to a mysterious island, where the old captain's friend, or sorceress, or Seerina, the seer (cult actress Elina Lowenson), fills; the flora here is similar to the genitals and offers the heroes a variety of sexual contacts; exposure to strange island juices leads to miraculous bodily metamorphoses ...
“Wild Boys,” a participant in the Venetian Week of Critics debuts program, is a sophisticated surrealistic madness reminiscent of both Kenneth Enger and F.J. Ossanga, an eccentric game with gender ambivalence: all the boys, distinguished by their unusual androgynous beauty, are played by gorgeous actresses, from the very beginners to the new star of the French cinema Vimaly Pons.
Is VR technology a new word in cinema or a dead-end attraction in terms of art? In Venice, they are sure that a new word, and therefore took the whole island of Lazaretto (and a separate jury headed by John Landis) for a huge program of VR projects. The first great director who dared to shoot a full-length film in a virtual reality format was Tsai Minlian, a Taiwanese man - and it seems that this format was designed specifically for his contemplative world, where there are lonely people among the ruins,confused and sometimes frantically copulating heroes, water flows from the sky, from taps and almost everywhere, and sadness and desire become synonymous. “Abandoned” is Cai's proprietary film, which now can be literally immersed in the head and examined every crack in the wall and pore on the skin; for fans - a fantastic gift.
One of the areas of VR-technology - what can not be called just a film; unique experience; A special combination of cinema, interactive computer games and theater. In the Venetian program several VR installations were assembled; The prize was La Camera insabbiata, made by American singer and artist Laurie Anderson in collaboration with Taiwanese media artist Juan Xing-Chen - dizzy (literally!) The ability to fly through a maze of magic rooms.But we are finishing our top project with a young Dane David Vedel. "Separate silence" is designed for two spectators; Everyone is in a hospital bed, because the heroes of the project, in the shoes of which it is proposed to be us, are brother and sister, who are in a coma after a car accident. The beam of a gigantic ghostly beacon projects their memories directly onto the sky (and this is a magnificent image from a traditional, cinematic perspective); sometimes a horrible black man from the other world invades the fantasy of the heroes - and we smell the smell of burning, just as we smell the smells of beer and coffee that the characters drink. Moreover, the extras involved in the installation touch us at the moment the nurses touch the heroes, do a heart massage and injections (do not be afraid, there is no injection, the skin is touched by the blunt end of the dropper). Viewers communicate with each other - the outcome (who will survive and who will not) depends on this communication.