Directed by Alain Guiraudie
Written by Alain Guiraudie
Though Stranger by the Lake premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival (and appeared on Sound On Sight’s best of 2013 list), it finally reached North American audiences in January of this year. Alain Guiraudie’s stunning noir-tinged thriller is set entirely against the backdrop of a secluded lake–known to locals as a popular gay cruising spot. A tale of murder complicated by intense sexual obsession (garnering equal parts praise and criticism for its frank depiction of unsimulated gay sex) it accomplishes the rare feat of subtly guiding the way we pay attention to details as we watch. The film’s deceptively simple geography is mapped out as much aurally (and orally) as visually. By the time of the pulse-pounding climax, Guiraudie has masterfully taken hold of all of our senses in an ever-tightening claustrophobic grip.
Written by Richard Menello and James Gray
Directed by James Gray
Coming to America in the early 1920′s was supposed to signify a new start and generate fresh cultural experiences for Polish sisters Ewa Cybulski (Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard, “La Vie en Rose”) and Magda (Angela Sarafyan) in co-writer/director James Gray’s elegant, sweeping and moody melodrama The Immigrant. Gray’s (“The Yard”, “We Own the Night”, “Little Odessa”, “Two Lovers”) character-driven expose of the American dream turned nightmarish hard knocks has some guaranteed richness in its vintage soap opera-esque sophistication.
The Immigrant echoes the lost ambitions, evasive opportunities and seedy-minded expectations of people roaming around but not quite reaching their intended destinations. Gray and his screenwriter collaborator Richard Menello create a tawdry, sullen and cluttered universe in an early turn of the century New York City where foreign visitors gravitate to Ellis Island looking to share
James Gray’s “The Immigrant” does, too. It’s a film that takes the story of a Polish woman traveling through the course of Ellis Island and deconstructs her tale as an American nightmare.
While both films are set in different past periods, they speak to alternative contemporary struggles within America, especially as its citizens and hopeful citizens struggle for their own opportunities in the land of the free.
The title character is played with excellence by Marion Cotillard, a woman who travels to Ellis Island with her sister Magda (Angela Sarafyan) from Poland after witnessing the murder of their parents. When her sister is
The period drama stars Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner.
The latest teaser showcases Cotillard as troubled Polish immigrant Ewa in the 1920s, who is forced into the world of prostitution by a charming but evil man called Bruno, played by Phoenix.
Cotillard finds hope when she sets her eyes on a magician by the name of Orlando (Renner).
Unfortunately, Orlando is the cousin of Bruno, giving Ewa a narrow escape from her nightmarish world.
The film's screenplay was written by Gray and Ric Menello (Two Lovers).
The Immigrant is currently on the festival circuit with its next debut at Newport Beach International Film Festival later this month.
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Directed by James Gray
Written by James Gray and Ric Menello
Release Date: Tbd
Having screened at Cannes and at Nyff to overwhelming praise, James Gray’s latest period drama starring Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Renner has found itself in distribution limbo over the past few months. Previously titled Lowlife, the film takes place in New York in 1921, tracking the allure of the American dream
Written by Ric Menello and James Gray
Directed by James Gray
The Immigrant, set in the dusty landscape of 1920s Manhattan, focuses on young Polish immigrant Ewa (Marion Cotillard). She’s separated from her sick sister at Ellis Island. After being denied from her uncle and struggling to raise money for her sister’s medical bills, Ewa finds herself at the doorstep of shady burlesque manager Bruno Weiss (Joaquin Phoenix), who grows fond of her innocence. After charming street magician Orlando (Jeremy Renner) reenters Bruno’s life, he too is captivated by Ewa’s appeal. What results, in a sideswiping devastation of a climax, is the result of a battle between love and survival. Although a beautifully nostalgic portrait, with great performances, Gray’s The Immigrant plays a bit mediocre for populous taste. What starts out having all the right ingredients to make a gangbusters watch, turns
The trailer for Ben Stiller’s newest directorial effort is life-affirming, anthemic, and seems like a heartstring-puller in the best possible way. Trailers are often misleading. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is occasionally satisfying white-guy wish fulfillment, as if Network’s Howard Beale were in a 2-hour, beautifully choreographed fantasy sequence. Depending who you are, this might sound like the best possible scenario for a trip to the multiplex, and that’s exactly what Twentieth Century Fox is banking on with its Christmas Day release.
Stiller is a capable multi-hyphenate, proven by his successful Hollywood farce Tropic Thunder. He does double duty again here as the title character, a backroom photo editor at Life magazine who suffers flights of fancy when he often zones out mid-conversation. The dreams inside his head are much more fantastical than the ones he stifles in real life.
Oscar winner Marion Cotillard joins two Oscar nominees: Jeremy Renner and Joaquin Phoenix, a Gray regular, having also appeared in the director’s last three films. As with Gray’s last film, 2008′s Two Lovers, the director co-wrote the script with the late Ric Menello, famous for his hip-hop collaborations.
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Above: Harmony Korine discusses his approach to Spring Breakers. Speaking of Korine, in what will likely go down as one of the most entertaining Reddit AMAs ever, the filmmaker fielded questions (sort of) from curious fans, resulting in exchanges such as this one:
"tetegomme: was Spring Breakers at all influenced by Tree of Life?
The 66th issue of Senses of Cinema is now online, and features pieces on Chris Marker, David Lynch and Alfred Hitchcock—among many others. The Mark Rappaport-Ray Carney saga continues (if this is new to you, see here) with Carney's first time on record about his controversial decision to hold onto creative materials once (and, according to the filmmaker, still) belonging to Rappaport. We won't editorialize here, so we'll let you read the rather gigantic essay from Carney, and make up your own mind. In our forum, both Rappaport and Jon Jost (who has been actively bringing this issue to the public eye) have chimed in and others are joining into the conversation.
News via the "Free John McTiernan" page on Facebook: the filmmaker is working on developing a script for a project titled Warbirds, in spite of the upcoming jail time he's facing. Not a lot of details on the film,
Above: Filmmaker Andrei Ujică in conversation with Dennis Lim.
Dennis Lim is the new year-round Cinematheque programmer for the Film Society at Lincoln Center. Not too long ago we reported Robert Koehler had taken the position, but due to family health issues, he has stepped down. We congratulate Dennis Lim and our thoughts are with Robert Koehler. He may not be a household name, but he meant a lot to those who knew him: Ric Menello passed away at the age of 60 last week. Menello is known for co-writing Two Lovers and Lowlife with James Gray, and for directing this. Take a look at the Ditmas Park Corner blog's remembrance of Menello.
Editor of The Chiseler and Notebook contributor Daniel Riccuito has a new book coming out, and it's a humdinger: The Depression Alphabet Primer, with illustrations by Tony Millionaire. You can find a sample of the delights
Director: James Gray
Writer(s): Gray and Ric Menello
Producer(s): Gray, Anthony Katagas, Greg Shapiro, Christopher Woodrow
U.S. Distributor: The Weinstein Co.
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, Dagmara Dominczyk, Angela Sarafyan
There are some cinephile circles who’ve come to think that James Gray is in a class of his own or that he is on par with the likes of PTA, David Fincher, Darren Aronofsky and co. While there are several admirable strengths in Little Odessa and the three films that have followed (I’ve especially embraced the darker, more nuanced qualities that remind of 70′s American Independent cinema) but the filmmaker has yet to topple over into masterpiece category – perhaps it is in the year where his output is a total of two (he wrote Blood Ties) where we’ll see him receive accolades from all critics circles and not just the French.
James Gray directed the movie from a script he co-wrote with Ric Menello, and beside Phoenix and Cotillard, Nightingale also stars Jeremy Renner, Angela Sarafyan, Dagmara Dominczyk, Glenn Fleshler, Tom Stratford, Ilia Volok and Antoni Corone.
In case you’ve missed the official synopsis, here’s a little reminder:
1920. In search of a new start and the American dream, Ewa Cybulski and her sister Magda sail to New York from their native Poland.
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