SPOTLIGHT: TOM HARDY

    You will probably have no problem recognising the man in this picture. He is now indisputably one of Hollywood’s biggest actors, but before he rose to fame Tom Hardy was just an actor of humble beginnings, living in London.  Tom’s steady rise to fame began after being cast in the WW2 miniseries Band […]

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SPOTLIGHT: PAUL DANO

  This week’s spotlight is dedicated to indie film darling Paul Dano. Born in 1984 in New York City, he’s been an actor for over two thirds of his life, across a plethora of mediums, depicting a wide spectrum of characters. But one thing remains constant across his dozens of roles: passion. Dano got his […]

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SPOTLIGHT: JIA ZHANGKE

  Jia Zhangke is a prominent name in Chinese independent film industry, whose films have received critical praise and have been recognized internationally. In his films, Jia tends to focus on humanity and narrate stories in a documentary way rather than using magic realism. His films treat themes of alienated youth, contemporary Chinese history and globalization. […]

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SPOTLIGHT: ABDELLATIF KECHICHE

  Whether you idolize him, vilify him, or are torn about your views on him — there is no denying that Abdellatif Kechiche has made a profound and lasting mark on the French filmmaking world. With his characteristically long yet ambitious takes, his search for beauty in realism, and his passionate political engagement, Kechiche has become […]

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SPOTLIGHT: HOUDA BENYAMINA

  Houda Benyamina is a French writer/director/actress/all-around amazing woman. She was born into a Moroccan family, in Viry-Châtillon in 1980. She remembers her  childhood fondly, recalling her middle school experience as the “best years of her life.” She credits her neighborhood for “sharpening her tongue.” It was then and there, in the southern suburbs of Paris, […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Lone Scherfig

  What makes Lone Scherfig special is her way of making romantic, humorous films that make you compassionate for other people. She shows vulnerability within her characters and makes us see them and feel the same. She is inspired by her Nordic heritage and believes that it helps one learn to live contentedly with what […]

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SPOTLIGHT: ELISABETH MOSS

  “Acting is not stupid, but it’s a very strange profession, honestly,” confessed Elisabeth Moss more than three years ago, when the last season of Mad Men was about to air. “My job is to get up, and get dressed in someone else’s clothes, and go and pretend that I’m someone else. Who does that?” […]

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SPOTLIGHT: SHANE MEADOWS

  It’s impossible to talk about UK independent film directors without at least mentioning Shane Meadows’ film “This is England”. It is considered as one of the best UK independent films and is basically compulsory viewing if you consider yourself British. In fact, the film was so successful that three television sequels were made, each […]

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SPOTLIGHT: HENRI LANGLOIS

  We couldn’t imagine cinema without the name of Henri Langlois, but somehow not many people know him. He really is a big deal and he might just be the reason why we are able to see À Bout de souffle on Netflix today. It all started when Henri Langlois (1914 – 1977) began a […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Pilou Asbæk

  Pilou Asbæk is known for his amazingly convincing performances in Danish cinema and recently his work has appeared on the international screen. As a foreign actor of a small nation, Asbæk has had to leave the traditional mindset of Nordic countries, known as “Jantelov” behind him to embrace his own success and receive recognition […]

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SPOTLIGHT: Laetitia Dosch

  New to fame, and not yet well enough known, Lætitia Dosch has peaked our interest. Her biographies are short and sweet and the details of her life remain much a mystery. Despite the lack of information, there is clearly no lack in interest in this up and coming actress. In July 2017, during Champs-Elysées […]

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Spotlight: Gleb Panfilov

It would be almost impossible to leave Gleb Panfilov’s name out of a considered list of East Europe’s most influential living directors. Indubitably, he is one of few filmmakers around who have been able to so adroitly illustrate the collective and individual, material and psychological disposition of the region in its pre- and post-Soviet era, […]

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Spotlight: Gleb Panfilov

Il serait presque impossible d’abandonner le nom de Gleb Panfilov d’une liste réfléchi des réalisateurs vivant les plus influentes de l’Europe de l’Est. Indubitablement, il est l’un des rares cinéastes qui ont été capables d’illustrer si habilement la disposition collective et individuelle, matérielle et la psychologique de la région dans sa période avant- et après […]

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Spotlight: Catherine Breillat

Not only is Catherine Breillat is a bestselling novelist, professor of Auteur Cinema and Bertolucci drama-starring actress – she is also one of France’s most influential modern-day directors, with a directorial oeuvre of nearly twenty films. For over forty decades, Breillat’s viscerally jarring and sensorially perceptive dramas have had generations of cinema-goers on the edge […]

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Spotlight: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Jean-Pierre Jeunet is one of the most successful French directors of the modern era. His distinctive, whimsical style that can be described as a throwback to cinematic impressionism renders his oeuvre instantly recognizable. Of the several unique trademarks which characterize his films – including a focus on objects, the creation of quirky characters and the […]

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Spotlight: Nina Hoss

The first time Nina Hoss had been widely recognized was when she played a very famous German escort girl of the 1950s. The film was a so-called “event movie” played on a private television station in the 90s. So it wasn’t about the female emancipation which Rosemarie – the escort girl’s self-chosen name – espoused, […]

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Spotlight: Ruben Östlund

BAFTA-nominated, Palme d’Or-winning Swedish filmmaker and screenwriter Ruben Östlund has directed a dozen films over the length of his remarkable filmic career, a unique journey which began in the early 1990s with a trio of skiing films – Addicted, Free Radicals and Free Radicals 2 – on the basis of which the young film-enthusiast was […]

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Spotlight: Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta’s provocatively vanguard, illuminatingly cross-cultural and visually exquisite filmic oeuvre – consisting of nearly twenty profound directorial projects – dealing with the intersection between the traditional and the modern and the tensions emerging from culturally rigid gender boundaries has garnered the helmer the well-deserved status of an internationally luminary in both Canadian and Indian […]

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