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Cannes 75 Frère et Soeur press conference with director Arnaud Desplechin, actress Marion Cotillard et cast, Sketch by Nesta '22

After the screening of Frère et Soeur, feature film in competition at The 75th edition of Cannes Film Festival 2022 (Why Not Productions and Arte France Cinema FR), there was a 5 minute standing ovation. It would appear that Chekhov's own words "There is nothing new in art except talent" resound for this event!  Frère et Soeur, a story of an actress and a teacher poet who no longer speak to each other, the film is perceived as a caricature of french cinema,...

Disney's Newest Pixar Film Onward: Press Conference

(Kori Rae, Dan Scanlon, © Lindsay Bellinger) by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Director Dan Scanlon and Producer Kori Rae were in high spirits after the press screening of the newest Pixar film Onward, starring the ever-so-talented vocal skills of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Octavia Spencer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Ali Wong, Tracey Ullman, Lena Waithe and John Ratzenberger (Cliff from Cheers & Hamm from the Toy Story films). The journalists were fed off of Scanlon and Rae's p...

Journalists focus in on Johnny Depp as W. Eugene Smith: Minamata Press Conference

(Johnny Depp, Aileen Mioko Smith, © Lindsay Bellinger) by LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The press conference for Minamata was delayed more than thirty minutes, allowing journalists and photographers ample time to get pumped for Johnny Depp's much anticipated arrival. Depp not only took on the lead role of W. Eugene Smith but he also served as a producer, having backed the project from very early on according to director Andrew Levitas. The film is based on the book written by Ai...

A Hidden Life Press Conference with August Diehl and Valerie Pachner

(Cannes Film Festival Press conference room, 20 May 2019, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)  By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   When August Diehl was asked how he thinks that this Terrence Malick film can uplift society he had this to say: "This is something that I will know better once I see the film more and more...Being someone who says no and not really judging others, if there were more people like this especially in Europe with all of the political developments maybe that is t...

Best 25 photos from Berlinale 2019: A man and his golden camera

(Nora Fingscheidt, Helena Zengel and Albrecht Schuch with their Silver Bear for System Crasher, © Antonio Castello 2019)     By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The man with the golden camera. I first noticed photographer Antonio Castello during a press conference, due to his old-timey looking camera with a golden vintage lens. He captured over two thousand photos over the course of the massive eleven-day film festival. Looking through his snaps of festival director Di...

Marighella press conference: directorial debut from Wagner Moura

(Marighella cast and crew, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Director/co-writer Wagner Moura revealed that it wasn't really his intention to make the film feel exactly as if it takes place in the 1960s, rather he preferred that it felt like it didn't feel like a specific year since this type of story is still very relevant today.   (Wagner Moura, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   (Wagner Moura, Seu Jorge, ...

South Korean film Woo Sang (Idol): world premiere and press conference

(Sol Kyung-gu, Chun Woo-hee, Lee Su-jin, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Lee Su-jin's second directorial feature Woo Sang (Idol) made its world premiere in the Panorama section at this year's Berlinale. For those fans of more offbeat Korean cinema, not just romantic comedies or straight dramas then this film might be right up your alley. Politics, familial bonds, illegal immigrants, newlyweds, brothels and a hit-and-run are all part of...

Photograph: press conference with Ritesh Batra and stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui & Sanya Malhotra

(Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, Ritesh Batra, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Sanya Malhotra have an understated chemistry on-screen in Ritesh Batra's Photograph, without any unnecessary sentimentality that could have made this film feel a bit kitschy. Batra's script has so much heart it's very hard not to walk out of this film without some sense of self-reflection and wonderment.    (Naw...

World Premiere: the cast and crew of Synonymes shine on the red carpet

(Jonathan Boudina, Tom Mercier, Dieter Kosslick, Navid Lapid, Quentin Domaire, Louise Chevillotte, Synonymes team, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The cast and crew of Israeli filmmaker Navid Lapid's wonderfully splendid film Synonymes (Synonyms) were all smiles as they hit the red carpet for the world premiere of their film on February 13, 2019.      (Tom Mercier, Navid Lapid, Jonathan Boudina, Quentin D...

Guy Nattiv's remarkable film SKIN: press conference with Jamie Bell and Danielle Macdonald

(SKIN press conference, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The oh-so-talented cast and crew of Guy Nattiv's intense and emotional film Skin were very open to questions and comments about their remarkable film. Jamie Bell and Danielle Macdonald joined their director fielding questions about their experiences dealing with such a heavy topic, such a relevant topic not just in the United States but elsewhere in the world. Skin is one of a handful of f...

Jonah Hill's great style: Mid90s press conference

(Jonah Hill, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Jonah Hill looked great in his stylish coat and red sneaks. The writer/director/producer was animated as he answered questions about his impressive directorial debut Mid90s, which opened in the Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival. A younger crowd of journalists seemed particularly interested in this film. The soundtrack takes you back to the 90s as does the entire feel of his film,...

Safy Nabbou & Juliette Binoche: press conference for Who You Think I Am

(Safy Nabbou and Juliette Binoche, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   The press conference for Celle que vous croyez (Who You Think I Am), the new film written and directed by filmmaker Safy Nabbou was revealing. The film stars Berlinale Jury President Juliette Binoche and throughout the conference it was quite apparent that this filmmaking team really enjoyed working with one another. The laughs were aplenty. At Ms. Binoche's prompting, Nabbou re...

Packed house for Fatih Akin: The Golden Glove press conference

(Jonas Dassler and Fatih Akin, © Lindsay Bellinger 2019)   By LINDSAY R. BELLINGER   Many journalists were grumbling as they chatted with one another about their first impressions of Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin's Der Goldene Handschuh (The Golden Glove), which runs in competition this year at the Berlin International Film Festival. It seems that some felt that there was unnecessary gore and violence with a plot that was not that substantial. That makes me wo...

Gus Van Sant & Joaquin Phoenix: Don't worry, he won't get far on foot

One of the most anticipated films of this year's festival, Don't worry, he won't get far on foot by Gus Van Sant premiered yesterday at the Berlinale Palast, part of this year's festival competition programme.  Joaquin Phoenix, who plays John Callahan, a renowned American cartoonist who was bound to a wheelchair after a car accident, became an alcoholic and later on dedicated his life to his art, published in numerous magazines, newpapers and publications. Gus Van Sant ad...

Isle of Dogs: Press Conference

A star-studded press conference opened the 2018 Berlinale, with the full cast of Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs in attendance for the tonight's premiere at the Berlinale Palast.  The stop motion animation takes us to near future Japan, where dogs are being extradited to a trash island away from humans, due to an infectious virus. When the mayor's nephew escapes in an attempt to find his dog Spots, the first that was sent away by his tyrannnic uncle, he sets off to a lifechanging...

NYFF54 Elle Press Conference Photos

By Maria Esteves The 54th New York Film Festival 2016 (NYFF54) U.S. Premiere ELLE, press conference with Dutch film director Paul Verhoeven, and French actress Isabelle Huppert moderated by director of programming Dennis Lim, NYFF, was held at the Walter Reade Theater Friday, October 14, 2016. Questions posed to director Verhoeven and actress Huppert by moderator Lim included "Tell us how this all came about? Isabelle, was your interest based on the book Oh... by Philippe Djian? ...

AAIFF16 A Tale of Three Cities Premiere Press Conference

By Maria Esteves – August 9, 2016 The U.S. Premiere Press Conference of A Tale of Three Cities, presented by director Steve Barclay, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, New York, with Award-winning Hong Kong filmmakers Mabel Cheung and Alex Law was held during 39th Asian American International Film Festival 2016 (AAIFF16), Friday, July 22nd. Directors Cheung and Law discussed the making of A Tale of Three Cities, a biopic about the life of Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan's parents. ...

39th Asian American International Film Festival Opening Press Conference

By Maria Esteves – July 29, 2016 The 39th Asian American International Film Festival 2016 (AAIFF16) Opening Press Conference was held at the Museum of Chinese in New York (MOCA), Wednesday, July 20, 1PM. Presented by Asian CineVision (ACV), executive director John C. Woo, the event highlighted this year’s ten day (July 21-30) celebration of diversity in cast and themes by emerging and established Asian and Asian American filmmakers from 18 countries includes TOTO, directed ...

United States of Love: Press Conference Highlights

by Martin I. Petrov  United States of Love is Tomasz Wasilewski's third feature film, premiering today at the Berlinale Competition. It tells the story of four women in post-communist Poland in early 1990. A dark and simultaneously humorous insight in the lives of female figures and their fights for love.  At the press conference, held early this morning, Wasilewski and the cast presented the film at the last day of competition screenings at the Berlinale.  Julia Kijows...

Berlinale 2016: Jury Press Conference

By Martin I. Petrov  The 66th Berlinale is opening tonight at the Berlinale Palast with Coen bros' "Hail, Caesar" premiere gathering an all star cast, along with the international jury of this year's festival. Meryl Streep, head of the jury will attend along with fellow jurors actor Clive Owen, actress Alba Rohrwacher, actor Lars Eidinger, film critic Nick James, director Malgorzata Szumowska and photographer Brigitte Lacombe.  The press conference for the interna...

NYFF53 The Assassin Press Conference

By Maria Esteves - October 15, 2015 The 53rd New York Film Festival 2015 (NYFF53) U.S. Premiere of The Assassin, directed by Hou Hsian-hsien was held at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, Friday, October 9th. The press conference with director Hsian-hsien, moderated by director of programming Dennis Lim, Film Society of Lincoln Center, translated by Dr. Vincent Cheng, BMCC, preceded the U.S. Premiere at the Walter Reade Theater, Thursday, October 8th. Questions posed to director Hsian-hsi...

NYFF53 Miles Ahead Press Conference

By Maria Esteves – October 14, 2015 The 53rd New York Film Festival 2015 (NYFF53) Closing Night Premiere of MILES AHEAD, press conference with actor/director Don Cheadle, cast members Emayatzy Corinealdi and Michael Stuhlbarg, moderated by festival director Kent Jones, NYFF, was held at the Walter Reade Theater Saturday, October 10, 2015. Questions posed to actor/director Cheadle, Corinealdi and Stuhlbarg by moderator Jones and members of the press included "Can you talk about findin...

Notable Quotes from the Mad Max Press Conference

                                                                 “Mad Max” opened todays events with an evaluative bang. The stars of the film, Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult joined Director George Miller on stage for a press confere...

NYFF52 Birdman Press Conference

By Maria Esteves – October 25, 2014 The 52nd New York Film Festival 2014 (NYFF52) Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), press conference with director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, cast members actor Michael Keaton, Academy Award nominated supporting actor Edward Norton, actor/stand-up comedian Zach Galifianakis, English actress Andrea Riseborough, Academy Award nominated actress Amy Ryan, actress/model Emma Stone and British actress Naomi Watts moderated by director of...

NYFF52 Gone Girl Press Conference

By Maria Esteves – October 22, 2014 The 52nd New York Film Festival 2014 (NYFF52) GONE GIRL press conference with director David Fincher, author/screenwriter Gillian Flynn, cast members two-time Academy Award winner Ben Affleck, English actress Rosamund Pike, Tony Award winning actor Neil Patrick Harris, and Award winning actor/author/screen playwright/producer/director/songwriter Tyler Perry moderated by director of programming/selection committee chair Kent Jones, Film Society of Lincol...


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