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Audrey Hepburn’s Dolce Vita | The May 2013 Issue of Vanity Fair.

April is Audrey Hepburn month at Family Films!
Luis Buñuel’s surreal, Oscar-winning masterpiece is getting a week run at Film Society in honor of its 40th anniversary!

Polish poster for Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie / The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Buñuel, 1972)
BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO For his second feature, the young British director Peter Strickland (Katalin Varga) has created an alternately cheerful and caustic valentine to the low-budget “giallo” horror films that populated Italian cinema throughout the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. The year is 1976 and a mild-mannered British sound engineer named Gilderoy (the delightful Toby Jones) arrives in Rome to work on the post-synchronized soundtrack to The Equestrian Vortex, a tale of witchcraft and murder set inside an all-girl riding academy. Instead of showing us any scenes from this lurid movie-within-the-movie, however, Strickland keeps his focus squarely on the mayhem within the sound studio itself, as Gilderoy and his team plunge carving knives into fruits and vegetables, actresses try out various shrieks and screams in the recording booth, and a pompous director struts about comparing his schlock to high art. Then, gradually, the line between cinema and reality blurs, and Gilderoy can no longer tell if he is merely working on this movie or is perhaps its very subject. Decked out in fastidious period detail and a keen appreciation for the suggestive power of sound, Berberian Sound Studio is a creepy treat for cinephiles and horror fans alike. Winner: Best Film, Best Director (Peter Strickland) and Best Actor (Toby Jones) at FrightFest 2012!


Abbas Kiarostami at the New York Film Festival

yeah, so that moment when modern cinema’s most provocatively self-reflexive auteur stared down the lens of *my* camera… that was a trip. 

Kiarostami dropped by NYFF this morning for a Q&A after the press screening of his new film Like Someone in Love, and i took a whole bunch of pictures of him sitting in a chair, talking into a microphone (or, more often than not, talking *not* into a microphone… but you can’t blame the guy for assuming that his voice carries). he spoke in Farsi (the woman to his right is a translator), but it was nevertheless easy to see that he is / appears to be a jovial, witty, and not especially self-serious guy. 

newsy bits: it’s no secret that he plans on returning to italy for his next film, and he repeated as much this morning. on the other hand, i was delighted to learn that he has *several* scripts ready to go should Iran’s political climate allow him to resume working there, and he’s also very interested in making another film in Japan (this is good news, i promise).

p.s. yes, i’m displeased that my lens wasn’t long enough to get lots of *Close-Ups,* but it seems like i got to make a stupid joke about it anyway, so it’s all good. 

p.p.s. no one has ever seen Abbas Kiarostami without his sunglasses and lived to blog about it.

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Nicole Kidman at 50th NYFF, Pt. I - red carpet (featuring Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Lee Daniels, David Oyelowo, Macy Gray, and Naella Gordon) for The Paperboy at Alice Tully Hall; October 3rd 2012


Nicole Kidman at 50th NYFF, Pt. II - press conference (featuring Nicole Kidman, Lee Daniels and David Oyelowo) for The Paperboy at Walter Reade Theater; October 3rd 2012

U.S. poster for Leos Carax’s HOLY MOTORS!


Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, Carol Kane, Billy Crystal, and Rob Reiner on the red carpet for the 25th anniversary reunion of The Princess Bride at the 50th NYFF at Alice Tully Hall; October 2nd 2012


The legend Liv Ullman at the Q&A for Liv & Ingmar at the NYFF.

50th New York Film Festival Poster - Designed by Cindy Sherman
wow. well this sure is pretty, although i confess that i’m not entirely confident as to why Sherman picked this particular image to represent a film festival. nevertheless, as someone for whom NYFF is like Christmas + Kiarostami, i want this. i want it bad. and it can be mine (and yours) for a pretty decent price over at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s website.


Greta Gerwig and Mickey Sumner pose for their 20x24 Polaroid portraits before the red carpet premiere of Frances Ha at the 50th NYFF; September 30th 2012