Spotlight: Pedro Almodóvar

  Pedro Amodóvar Caballero, one of Spain’s most prolific film directors, producers and screenwriters has managed to yield – over his tremendous forty-year career – strikingly consistent critical and commercial success, as well as an intensely dedicated cult-following that only a figure of his directorial prowess and catalogue of cinematic excellence could maintain. His films […]

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Spotlight: François Ozon

  François Ozon has been producing highly transgressive and idiosyncratic films back-to-back, roughly once a year since the late 1990s. His eclectic catalogue varies from comical and satirical works like Sitcom (1998) and 8 Women (2002), to dark yet spiritedly mischievous films like In the House (2012) and the mysterious and beguiling Young & Beautiful […]

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Spotlight: Andrea Arnold

  What differentiates Andrea Arnold’s directorial abilities from those of her contemporaries is not an innovative portrayal of unconventional subject manner that delves into the world of the non-human and the unknown, as exhibited by present-day directors trailblazing the popularized trends of futuristic sci-fi films or vampire and werewolf folkloric storylines. Arnold’s prowess is in […]

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Spotlight: Anton Yelchin

Anton Yelchin’s sudden death in a freak accident involving asphyxiation after being crushed by his car at his home in California is as tragic and unexpected as the recent passing of numerous astonishingly talented actors – Philip Seymour Hoffman in 2014, Paul Walker in 2013 and Heath Ledger in 2008. His passing also places him […]

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Spotlight: Matteo Garrone

Matteo Garrone was born on October 15, 1968 in Rome in a family of artists: his father is a theatre critic and his mother a photographer. Although he has been making feature films since 1996—Terra di mezzo (1996), Guests (Ospiti) (1998), Roman Summer (Estate romana) (2000), L’imbalsamatore (The Embalmer) (2002), and First Love (Primo amore) […]

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Spotlight: Tom Hooper

Français An English boy from a loving, successful Anglo-Australian family, Tom Hooper has become one of the brightest British directors. Since he started making his own films at the tender age of 13, it’s not hard to see why. Born in 1972, to the producer, businessman and Open University founder Richard Hooper and the writer […]

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Spotlight: Mads Mikkelsen

Français Once an unknown with unconventional roots, the chiselled features of Mads Mikkelsen have now captured the hearts of fans world-wide with his role on the American show, Hannibal (2013-2015), and a variety of international roles. A television adaptation of the Hannibal Lecter series, this show and these high profile films have propelled the former […]

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Spotlight: Wes Anderson

“I don’t know what is in store for the movie business any better than anybody else does, but it does seem like my kind of movies are a little trickier than it used to be – or maybe a lot trickier.” Wes Anderson In contrast to most blockbuster films today, it is impossible to to […]

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SPOTLIGHT – JENNIFER KENT

Français Jennifer Kent, the director of the horror sleeper hit The Babadook (2014), originally received a training as an actor, graduating from NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) in Australia. During her acting career, she worked in theater, film, and TV. After deciding to pursue a career in filmmaking to follow her passion, she went through an […]

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SPOTLIGHT – STAN BRAKHAGE

Français Stan Brakhage( January 14, 1933 – March 9, 2003) was an influential American avant-garde filmmaker that explored the frontiers of  artistic expression and visual perception through the medium of film. During fifty years of filmmaking, he produced roughly 400 films of varying lengths. His films are always painfully alive, the uncontainable kinetic energy brimming over […]

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SPOTLIGHT – GUILLERMO DEL TORO

Français The Spanish writer/director Guillermo del Toro was born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1964. After he finished his study at the film school Centro de Investigación y Estudios Cinematográcios, del Toro went on to work as a special effects make-up designer for about ten years, which is an experience that is reflected in many of […]

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SPOTLIGHT – ELLEN PAGE

Français Canadian actor Ellen Page started out her acting career as a child actor, her first major role being Magie MacLean in a TV series called Pit Pony (1999-2000). And unlike many child actors who disappear after their short-lived fame, she continued to perform and had built an interesting body of work on both independent […]

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SPOTLIGHT – DOMHNALL GLEESON

Français If you have seen even only a few of the acclaimed films of 2015, the chances are that you have seen him. A hint: he is a ginger. Yes, we are talking about none other than the Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson. It was a very productive year for him. For starters, Gleeson starred in a brilliant sci- fi thriller […]

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SPOTLIGHT – VALERIA BRUNI TEDESCHI

Français If it wasn’t for her last name, and, maybe, the elegant, irresistible smile, would you be able to tell that actress, director and screenwriter Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was the sister of Nicholas Sarkozy’s première dame and top model Carla? I bet at least more than half of you wouldn’t. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi was born […]

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SPOTLIGHT – MARTIN SCORSESE

Français Nobody can personify better than Martin Scorsese the realization of the American dream. Born in Queens, he grew up in a poor family watching neorealist movies with his grandparents (native of Italy) and going to the cinema with his dad (the director often says that those were his favourite moments and the only ones […]

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SPOTLIGHT – HOU HSIAO HSIEN

Français At the Cannes Film Festival in 2015, Hou Hsiao-hsien won his first Award director for “The Assassin.” After being nominated six times to Cannes, this award comes late for him. At 68 years old, Hou Hsiao-hsien is one of the most important Asian filmmakers of this generation. Hou Hsiao-hsien began his film career in 1973. […]

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SPOTLIGHT – JONATHAN LEVINE

Français What is happy, sad, and weird at the same time? Above all things, life. And with these things comes director Jonathan Levine, who can tackle multi-dimensional layers and churn them with a gooey center of complexities when he tries. A native New Yorker, Levine honed his faceted style in agreement with a Jewish upper-middle […]

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SPOTLIGHT – SEBASTIAN SCHIPPER

Français Is it possible to shoot a full-feature film in one single take and still succeed to make a broad audience watch it and like it? German filmmaker and actor Sebastian Schipper proved you can do it! When his newest film “Victoria” came out this summer, it blew the spectators mind’s twice. Firstly, by delivering […]

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