April 28, 2007
Weekend fests and events."Entering closing weekend in Toronto, juries at Hot Docs have announced this year's honorees, with Best International Feature Documentary going to Ulrike Franke & Michael Loeken's German film Losers and Winners," blogs AJ Schnack. "A special jury prize went to Michael Skolnik's Without the King. In the category of Best Canadian Feature Documentary, the award went to Bryan Friedman's The Bodybuilder and I." For the Financial Times, Nigel Andrews sketches a brief history of the Cannes Film Festival and then asks, rhetorically: Why is it the most resonant annual junket in the world (measured by media coverage) after the Oscars and the Olympics? Because it exists as a unique set of paradoxes fashioned by a unique race, the French.... The contrariness works because of Descartes and Pascal. The Cartesian principle that thinking demonstrates existence is enacted every time we grapple with great art in Cannes, heedless of the beckoning sun and sea. (Those spurned temptations only make us feel more righteous and revelation-graced.) The Pascalian principle that wagering on a notional truth is as good as treating it as a certainty holds for the determination we have at Cannes to outstare a basilisk movie, or to die in the attempt. Via Movie City News. The Seattle Theater Group presents a Harold Lloyd retrospective - 9 films in 5 nights, starting Monday - and David Jeffers previews the series for the Siffblog. Nathaniel R previews a few features lined up for the Indianapolis International Film Festival. Susan King heralds another revival of "the Star Wars for young women," Dirty Dancing, "returning to theaters nationwide" on Tuesday and Wednesday. Also in the Los Angeles Times, Christopher Knight recommends WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary through July 16. Over at ScreenGrab, Bryan Whitefield wishes he could go to the "Futuro Presente Festival in picturesque Rovereto, along the Northeast coast of Italy, where they will be honoring legendary filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci." May 3 through 12.
Posted by dwhudson at April 28, 2007 9:31 AM