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The L.A. Times just posted film critic Betsy Sharkey's Pick of the Week for 24 DAYS: "24 DAYS a Harrowing, Fact-Based Kidnap Drama" "With the growing focus on hate crimes, consider checking out the reality-based drama "24 DAYS," which details a French family's agony when their son is kidnapped, days pass and hope dies. French director Alexandre Arcady brings a gritty, bare-bones approach to the story of Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old Parisian taken and tortured in 2006 by a group that would come to be known as the Gang of Barbarians. It is chilling hearing the group's mastermind, an unbalanced Fofana (Tony Harrisson), scream irrational dema [...]
From Sarah Moroz's New York Magazine piece about SAINT LAURENT, which we open at the Royal on May 8 and the Town Center and Playhouse on May 15: As far as films about designers go, Yves Saint Laurent is having a moment. A documentary, L’Amour Fou, about the designer’s history with his once-lover and long-term business partner Pierre Bergé came out in 2010, and Jalil Lespert’s Yves Saint Laurent opened in January, for which Bergé — now the keeper of the designer’s estate — granted its filmmaker complete access to the house’s archives. Now comes this year's “other” Saint Laurent film: SAINT LAURENT, the unauthorized biopic directed by Ber [...]
Indiewire on the Hit Swedish Comedy THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED: "This Film Is Like the Unruly Nordic Cousin of 'Forrest Gump'"
On May 8 we'll be opening a film with what may very well be the longest title of any film we at Laemmle Theatres have shown in our 77-year history: THE 100-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED. Powered by the antics of a mischievous centenarian on the run, this blockbuster comedy abounds with irreverent charm. After a long and colorful life working in munitions and getting entangled in the Spanish Civil War, the Manhattan Project, and other definitive events of the 20th century, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home. Determined to escape on his 100th birthday, he leaps out of a window and onto the nearest b [...]
Albert Maysles 1926-2015: "I happily place my fate and faith in reality." We open his penultimate film, IRIS, on May 1st.
Prolific, pioneering documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles passed away last month. With his late brother David he made such acclaimed films as Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter. He described himself this way: "As a documentarian I happily place my fate and faith in reality. It is my caretaker, the provider of subjects, themes, experiences – all endowed with the power of truth and the romance of discovery. And the closer I adhere to reality the more honest and authentic my tales. After all, the knowledge of the real world is exactly what we need to better understand and therefore possibly to love one another. It’s my way of making the world a bett [...]
FELIX AND MEIRA is a calling card for its young director, Maxime Giroux; a story of an unconventional romance between two people living vastly different realities mere blocks away from one another. Each lost in their everyday lives, Meira (Hadas Yaron), a Hasidic Jewish wife and mother and Félix (Martin Dubreuil), a secular loner mourning the recent death of his estranged father, unexpectedly meet in a local bakery in Montreal’s Mile End district. What starts as an innocent friendship becomes more serious as the two wayward strangers find comfort in one another. As Felix opens Meira’s eyes to the world outside of her tight-knit Orthodox commu [...]