Archive for May 26th, 2011

26/05/2011

Il ragazzo con la biciletta, The Kid With A Bike, Le gamin au vélo

by Marianne Wi

Director : The Kid With A Bike is directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, you will have heard about them recently as they also wrote the screenplay for this charming film, winning “Best Screenplay” at Cannes last week (24.05.11). The Dardenne brothers are from Belgium, they have been writing screenplays, producing and directing films since 1978 and have a number of great films behind them, “Rosetta” won the Palme d’Or in 1999, “The Child” got a Palme d’Or in 2005 and now their 3rd Palme d’Or for “The Kid With A Bike”, unique and a great class act. Jean-Pierre the older brother is known for his many quips, one being “We are not Spielberg. Spielberg is successful, not us.”  The Kid With A Bike will surely change that and take them out of Europe and worldwide, it cannot fail to be picked by International Film Festivals and I hope sold independently, it is a co-production between Belgium, France and Italy, a film not to be missed.

Cast: Thomas Doret, Cecile De France, Jeremie Reiner, Fabritzio Rongione, Egon Di Mateo

Synopsis: Cyril (Thomas Doret) is a 12 year old boy living in a care-home from which he repeatedly try to escape, looking for his father Guy (Jeremie Reiner) who has moved on without leaving a forwarding address. Cyril’s single-minded approach to find his father is touching yet matter of fact, this little boy is not a victim, he is a resourceful little tyke who will get his way, a fighter. Cyril teams up with Samantha (Cecile De France) with whom he builds a warm yet detached rapore, she becomes his weekend foster parent, a parent with natural parental skills. When Cyril finds his father, a weak self-centred egoist, and has to accept his total rejection, you catch a glimt of Cyril’s well hidden emotions, running deep underneath the matter and fact exterior, although understated and lasting only a few moments, I reached for my hanky, you are not allowed by the Dardenne borthers to dwell in this moment of misery for long, it is upwards and onwards. Cyril get a new best friend Wess (Egon Di Mateo) teaching him the road to crime, the inevitable downfall were felt by us and a few ” mamma mia, no Cyril” was heard in the dark. Cyril, is a strong character something he did not inherit from his father, there will be no spoiler alert….. suffice to say, I left the cinema feeling that despite all the worlds problems there is hope, hope for all of us and most of all hope for Cyril. The Bike, what about the bike I hear you cry…… Cyril, loved his bike, dad sold it, Samantha bought it back , it was stolen a number of times, formed part of many scenes and was his to the end, go see the film.


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26/05/2011

Il Nastro d’argento speciale, The Special Silver Ribbon the votes are in.

by Marianne Wi

Il Nastro d’argento, The Silver Ribbon Europa’s oldest film industry award, will be presented during the Taormina Film Festival on the 25th June 2011. The Festival will be running from the 11th of June until the 18th June 2011. We do already have the name of the recipient of Il Nastro d’agento speciale, The Special Silver Ribbon it will be going to Pupi Avati for his film Sconfinata giovinezza, Endless Youth (possible English title) it was a good film with a daring subject; Lino’s (Fabrizio Bentivoglio) decent into childhood, after being diagnosed with Alzheimer was played with great depth and sensitivity by Bentivoglio a solid performance, even though he must have felt frustrated playing to Francesca Neri’s frozen face, neurotoxin Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane and Juvederm should be used exclusively by models and wifes of rich oil magnets not actors and actresses, she was dreadful, of course it is not entirely her fault, Italian actresses are all doing it, the fault lies with casting, to be fair, if an actress cannot display simple emotions such as happy, sad, worried and angry, they should not be booked, simple really. Pupi Avati, is an awesome director with a diverse catalog of films behind him and he has more awards than most of his contemporaries, to follow is a list of  films he has directed :

Courtesy of   Wikipedia

  • Balsamus l’uomo di Satana (Blood Relations, 1968)
  • Thomas e gli indemoniati (Thomas and the Bewitched, 1969)
  • La mazurka del barone, della santa e del fico fiorone (The Mazurka of the Baron, the Saint and the Early Fig Tree, 1974)
  • Bordella (House of Pleasure for Women, 1976)
  • La casa dalle finestre che ridono, The House with the Laughing Windows, (1976)
  • Tutti defunti… tranne i morti (1977)
  • Le strelle nel fosso (1979)
  • Aiutami a sognare (Help Me Dream, 1981)
  • Zeder (1983)
  • Una gita scolastica (A School Outing, 1983)
  • Noi tre (We Three, 1984)
  • Impiegati (1984)
  • Festa di laurea (Graduation Party, 1985)
  • Regalo di Natale (Christmas Present, 1986)
  • Ultimo minuto (The Last Minute, 1987)
  • Sposi (Bride and Groom, 1987, first segment)
  • Storia di ragazzi e di ragazze (The Story of Boys and Girls, 1989)
  • Bix (1991)
  • Fratelli e sorelle (Brothers and Sisters, 1991)
  • Magnificat (1993)
  • L’amico d’infanzia (The Childhood Friend, 1994)
  • Dichiarazioni d’amore (Declarations of Love, 1994)
  • Festival (1996)
  • L’arcano incantatore (The Mysterious Enchanter, 1996)
  • Il testimone dello sposo (The Best Man, 1998)
  • La via degli angeli (A Midsummer Night’s Dance, 1999)
  • I cavalieri che fecero l’impresa (The Knights of the Quest, 2001)
  • Il cuore altrove (The Heart Is Elsewhere, also known as The Heart Is Everywhere, 2003)
  • La rivincita di Natale (Christmas Rematch, 2004)
  • Ma quando arrivano le ragazze? (2005)
  • La seconda notte di nozze (2005)
  • La cena per farli conoscere (2007)
  • Il nascondiglio (The Hideout, 2007)
  • Il papà di Giovanna (Giovanna’s Father, 2008)
  • Gli amici del bar Margherita (The Friends at Margherita Café, 2009)
  • Il figlio più piccolo (2010)
  • Una sconfinata giovinezza (2011)


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