Jia Zhangke (President of the Torino 36 Jury) continues to recount China as it changes, by returning to his own film, to his own story and that of his country. Once again, the protagonist is his wife, Zhao Tao, who in this film portrays a woman who remains by her companion, completing a pathway that is 17 years and 7,000 kilometers long. A grand, sinuous, and shimmering film which begins like a gangster movie, continues like a melodrama, and turns into an existential drama.
Played out on three temporal planes and entrusting the story to music, moments, and moods, the third film directed by Ethan Hawke recounts the life and opus of the misunderstood country singer-songwriter Blaze Foley: his relationship with Sybil Rosen (who wrote the screenplay with Hawke), his refusal to compromise, and his death at only 39 years of age. An unusual and alcoholic biopic, murky and intense, which reveals a great talent. Cameos by Sam Rockwell and Kris Kristofferson.
After journeying through the Italy of the “musicarelli” from the 1960s with Nessuno mi può giudicare, Della Casa turns his attention to post-WWII archives. The result is an X-ray of a different country: narrated by the politicians Togliatti and De Gasperi, by the cinema of Germi and Castellani, by the ironical social analysis of Eduardo and Zavattini, by the cultural brutality of Bianciardi, and the wild rhythms of boogie-woogie. A biography through images of an unusual Italy, in constant transformation.
When the editorial world increasingly shifts toward simpler and more slapdash books, the author Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) finds herself out of a job. Her many books dedicated to people such as Katharine Hepburn and Estée Lauder can’t save her from an economic meltdown. Thus, she turns her hand to profitable literary scams: she fakes letters by deceased celebrities. Starring Richard E. Grant, a bitter comedy based on Israel’s memoirs. False and original, copies and collectibles, a reproducibility which is more intellectual than technical.
Keira Knightley plays one of the most revolutionary female figures of the 20th century. From her marriage at a young age to her extramarital relationships with men and women, passing by way of books, theatre, cinema, and fashion, Colette provoked, scandalized, and laid claim to her art and her name (her books were published using the name of her husband Willy, portrayed by Dominic West). By the director of Still Alice, the story of the emancipation of an icon, in a meticulous reconstruction of the brazen Belle Époque.
Leningrad, 1971: Sergej Dovlatov wanders through hostile newsrooms and smoke-filled cafés but his disenchantment grows. Aleksej German, Jr. recounts six days in the life of the author and journalist, who was so opposed by the KGB that he decided to emigrate to New York. Fluid sequence shots and foggy images for a powerful portrait of the stagnation of the USSR. Silver Bear in Berlin in 2018.
In a theatre in Hong Kong, preparations are underway for the opening of a show: a star from long ago is returning to the stage. With her, the trans author/director and a young actress who is already a movie star. A brain-teaser of rivalry and memories, which studies the identity (sentimental, compassionate, artistic) of its characters. The dazzling return of one of the masters of Hong Kong cinema, Stanley Kwan, who combines a blazing style and a melodramatic soul.
A chamber Aunt Sally for the director of Kill List, High-Rise, and Free Fire: Colin has rented a country villa and has invited his large extended family for a New Year’s Eve celebration. But not all his relatives love each other (or him). Confined to the rooms of the mansion and the few hours before midnight, a taut exchange of spite, insults, confessions, and revenge, with a heartfelt grand finale. A fantastic cast.
A researcher from the University of Ferrara goes to Trieste to find information about a woman buried in the Jewish cemetery. This leads to research conducted by several people in Italy and Slovenia, as various people gradually create the outlines of the story. Linguistic experimentation and political and human geographies of borders, past and present, reality and fiction, all mix in the new story by Elisabetta Sgarbi. Written with Eugenio Lio, music by Franco Battiato.