Archive for the ‘Film’ Category
Was lucky enough to nab a ticket to one of the advance previews of this film, which opens across France and Belgium on 27 June. A release in English is previewed for later this year. During the Q&A after the film, Marjane Satrapi was asked whether she would like to see the film released on the big screen in Iran. She said yes, but appreciated that with many Hollywood films, pirate DVDs are in circulation in the Middle East within 24hrs of the film opening in the USA, with unofficial dubbed copies appearing soon after. When pressed on whether she was advocating the pirating of her film so that it could be seen in Iran, she said (my translation) “only if the dubbing is done well”.
Youtube discovery of the week is this trailer for an ‘upcoming’ (someone smack the director with a dictionary) film, including an interview with Ben Katchor, author of Julius Knipl: Real Estate Photographer and Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: The Beauty Supply District.
An unexpected last minute phone call from a friend inviting me out this evening meant that I finally managed to watch the 2006 film Renaissance in its entirity. SUAS presented it earlier this year in Sheffield as part of our occasional film night series, but after setting up the evening I only got to see part of the film. Christain Volckman’s thriller is a dark (literally) animated thriller brought to life on the screen with a rich monochromatic comic book feel. The animation is superb, part based on live-action shots and part derived from fantastical visions of Paris in the year 2054. If Blade Runner was a revealing insight into eighties’ visions of a futuristic North America, then Renaissance is a similarly fantastical vision of what France might be like in the next century.
The film has now been widely released with two soundtracks, the original in French with Patrick Floersheim, Laura Blanc and Gabriel Le Doz providing the voices, and in English with Daniel Craig, Catherine McCormack and Jonathan Pryce. It is definitely worth hunting down.