Frameline 42: The San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival

LIGHTS, CAMERA, TAKE ACTION.945032_613784285307207_919209939_nJune, is San Francisco’s Pride month of many celebrations. One celebration that is not just recognized country-wide but garners international recognition and that is Frameline: 42  the world’s longest-running and largest showcase of queer cinema. Frameline42: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival will take place June 14-24, 2018 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Expected attendance is estimated at 60,000 . With 52% of all films directed by women, 39 countries are represented, including Brazil, Japan, Lebanon, Norway, Paraguay, Kosovo, South Africa, and Malaysia. The lineup—featuring 153 narratives, documentaries, episodics, and short films—also includes 25 World Premieres.

OPENING NIGHT FILM & GALA:
TRANSMILITARY
Directed by Fiona Dawson & Gabriel Silverman
West Coast Premiere. The U.S. military is the nation’s largest employer of transgender people. But now, the careers of some 15,000 transgender military personnel are in peril. This captivating documentary—fresh off its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival where it won the Audience Award—tells the inspiring stories of four transgender troops who are the visible front lines of America’s fight for LGBTQ rights. Supported by the Frameline Completion Fund, TRANSMILITARY is also the first feature film to receive funding from GLAAD media institute.

CLOSING NIGHT FILM:
STUDIO 54
Directed by Matt Tyrnauer
Bay Area Premiere
Studio 54 is about the most famous disco of all time. (And what a time it was, a time that will never repeat itself. A time personally in my life that I will never forget.)  Featuring never-before-seen archival footage and photos as well as candid interviews with co-founder Ian Schrager, STUDIO 54 is one of two feature-length documentaries from director Tyrnauer at Frameline42; Toronto International Film Festival favorite SCOTTY AND THE SECRET HISTORY OF HOLLYWOOD will also screen in the Documentary section. Neither film was available for screening prior .

CENTERPIECE PRESENTATIONS:
WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY – Centerpiece US Feature
Directed by Madeleine Olnek
Bay Area Premiere. Starring Molly Shannon, she embodies poet Emily Dickinson as a driven writer, a target of obsessive envy, an ardent lover, and a woman who suffered no fools. This delightful account of creative passion and longing tells only the truth but tells it with an ingeniously subversive slant.  Emily was gay and had an on going relationship with her brother’s wife Susan . Forget the spinster status! A great fun romp with a wry twist.  RATED: 3 Honey  🐝🐝🐝

AND BREATHE NORMALLY – Centerpiece World Cinema
First feature from director Ísold Uggadóttir
West Coast Premiere,Winner of the Best Director – World Cinema prize at Sundance. A struggling single mom whose life unexpectedly collides with that of a female refugee in this intensely moving drama from Iceland. As the two women find themselves falling outside society’s safety nets, they turn to one another to find a way out of their predicaments.

WHEN THE BEAT DROPS – Centerpiece Documentary
Directed by Jamal Sims, Famed and prolific choreographer Sims directs this bold, energetic documentary exploring “bucking,” a dance subculture popular within the black LGBTQ community in the South, from its beginnings at historically black colleges and universities, through its evolution at underground clubs, and on to fierce competitions at large venues.
West Coast Premiere

BONDING – Centerpiece Episodic
Directed by Rightor Doyle
North American Premiere
First ever Episodic Centerpiece for Frameline42, and eligible for Frameline’s inaugural Episodic Audience Award this year.

Struggling to pay his rent, a shy, aspiring stand-up comedian teams up with his best friend—who moonlights as a dominatrix—in this laugh out loud , touching, and kinky new episodic. BONDING made its world premiere at the inaugural Cannes International Series Festival in April.

Fresh & deliciously wicked, it leaves you wanting more. This is THE one to binge watch. RATED: 3 1/2 Honey 🐝🐝🐝

MAPPLETHORPE (dir. Ondi Timoner) — Starring Matt Smith (The Crown, Doctor Who), this vibrant biography dramatizes the life and legacy of visionary photographer and sexual outlaw Robert Mapplethorpe—from the early days of his friendship with Patti Smith to his success as an artist and provocateur and then to his ultimate struggle with AIDS.  RATED: 4 Honey 🐝🐝🐝🐝

YOURS IN SISTERHOOD (dir. Irene Lusztig) — West Coast Premiere — The letters to Ms. magazine were signed, “In sisterhood”—but never published. Forty years later, women across the U.S. read them aloud and react, on camera, to their secrets, rants, and pleas. The result is an eye opener who were not part of the history of 1970s feminism: For those that were it was a remembrance from once we came. Intersectional, personal, & political.

The “idea “of what this was supposed to be was so much better in concept than what the final film turned out to be because of the direction and editing . RATED: 2  Honey 🐝🐝 for effort.

IDEAL HOME (dir. Andrew Fleming) GENRE: Comedy | Drama | Gay | Parenting/Family — Pink Saturday 6:30 PM at the Castro — Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd star as a glamorous professional TV food star and his TV Producer, a couple whose lives are turned upside-down when a secret 10-year-old grandson shows up on their Santa Fe doorstep and threatens to change their lives forever, in this hilarious bantering and endearing comedy. Look for cameo’s at a fabulous foodie dinner of real star chef’s;  Susan Feniger , Alex Guarnaschelli, & well you play the game “oh that is “.

Don’t miss this one. RATED : 4 Honey 🐝🐝🐝🐝

“50 Years of Fabulous”  Director: Jethro Patalinghug
2018 | USA | 82m
GENRE: Activism | Documentary | Gay | Latino/a | Leather/Kink | Lesbian | Local Interest/Subjects
SECTION: Documentary

San Francisco is known as “the gay capital”. Do you know how that came about? Do you know who is Jose’ Sarria ? Have ever heard of “the Imperial Council”?  If you answered NO to any of these questions, then “50 Years of Fabulous” is a must see.  Knowing the gay history of San Francisco and how it became the city of LGBTQ a beacon of equality is history that should not be forgotten, especially in the Trump era.

Founded in San Francisco by activist and drag queen José Sarria, the first openly gay man to run for political office in the United States, in 1961, the Council has helped shape LGBTQ life and history in San Francisco. Each year, the colorful Council crowns an Emperor and Empress who become the fabulous faces of the non-profit group. Celebrating unity, pride, and an unadulterated dedication to helping others, the Imperial Council advocates for human rights, hosts rousing events, and generates tons of cash for Bay Area charitable organizations.

Combining captivating historical footage and photos with contemporary interviews and delightful performances, 50 Years of Fabulous is an exhilarating chronicle of the City’s gay culture that conveys the group’s epic impact, as well as some of the challenges it currently faces. You’ll leave the theater smiling, crying, and feeling proud to live in a place where people take care of each other, know how to have fun, and—most importantly—are able to be themselves.

RATED: 4 Honey 🐝🐝🐝🐝

Here is the link  https://www.frameline.org/festival  for all the information you will want and need to maximize the cornucopia of  film with the mission to change the world through the power of queer cinema. We are so fortunate to be able to have Frameline : San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, so don’t miss out on this once a year gift offering !

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“The Gospel According To ANDRE’ “Film Review

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Who is Andre’ Leon Talley? Oh, if you are into fashion in any shape or form, read Vogue , W,  Women’s Wear Daily, then you have heard the name Andre’ Leon Talley, or you have seen the pictures of a towering  presence of an individual man with original style. A big black southern man in a white man’s fashion game. How did this 68 year old man get to be so revered in a uniquely transient and creatively fleeting industry.  Director Kate Novack, preys open the private inner sanctum of the larger than life persona of Andre” Leon Talley.

Andre’ moved to New York City in the 70’s it was the garment center’s golden years. The fashionable department stores like Henri Bendel, Bergdorff Goodman, Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor and a spattering of a very few fashion designer’s individual boutiques were on Fifth and Madison Avenues. The nuts and bolts of the fashion industry that included ready to wear to haute couture were housed between west 35th & 42nd streets and 7th and ninth avenues.

Each address had its own clientele’ of resident designer’s and visiting “Store Buyer’s” & “Reps”, fabric cutter’s, sewers’, draper’s , button sellers and other notions, hand truck operators and the Garment Center’s Trucking industry. Thousands of working class men and women made up the embodiment of the thriving NY working class in order to adorn the country’s population in clothing that was fashionable for every price point.

Pioneering “Fashion Video’s ” in the penthouse loft of 1400 Broadway, my creative partner and myself  were right in the thick of all the hustle and bustle. We could count on seeing Andre’ through our video camera’s eye on shoots for: Michael Korr’s, Donna Karen, Emmanuel, Givenchy to name a few. His larger than life personality, style and warm big hello! was comforting and yet scary as to his stage whisper that could be negative or positive to the designer’s line.  After all, Dahling he was Vogue and he was Andre’ Leon Talley. Whether at Studio 54, Halston’s townhouse parties, in the mix of musicians and ground breaking models like pioneering cover girl Naomi Sims, Patty Cleveland, Sterling Saint Jacque & Beverly Johnson, who broke through the modeling color barriers like Andre’.  Andre’ was there with his big loving smile of a hello! greetings.

Thanks, to Kate Novak and her producer / husband, Andrew Rossi (“The First Monday in May” ).  I now know and finally understand what lies under the designer Kaftan unveiling the ultra private  life of Andre’ Leon Talley . The man who has survived the south’s Jim Crow era , AIDS epidemic and the rise and fall of “The Garment Center” with even a bigger voice today and with the same amount of passion for fashion with even more knowledge and wisdom, thank you, God. “The Gospel According to Andre’ ” is only the perfect title for this film.

Today all you have to do is win a reality show IE: “project runway” and presto your a designer in the length of one season’s episode. Or you can be a blogger and  pretend to know fashion and feature the free products you are given to do so. You can accumulate “likes” and followers which eventually will get you into an actual fashion show. You can parle that into advertising money to pontificate some more on the free swag you are getting.

But you’ll never be an Andre’ Leon Talley!

How prophetic David Bowie was with his song “Fashion” :

Fashion! turn to the left, Fashion turn to the right, Ooooh fashion We are the goon squad and we are coming to town beep beep. Listen to me -don’t listen to me. Talk to me-don’t talk to me. Dance with me-don’t dance with me, beep beep”.  Or is it blog blog.

Official Selection – 2017 Toronto International Film Festival – World Premiere
Official Selection – 2018 Tribeca Film Festival
Featuring Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford
Opens June 1st
Landmark Embarcadero in San Francisco
Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley

RATED: A bigger than life 3 1/2 Honey 🐝🐝🐝’s

 

 

 

 

“The Seagull” Film Reveiw

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As you can see by the poster above ,”The Seagull”  has a star studded cast. The star that stands out this year is Annette Bening. She is on a roll as a lead actress with ” Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” 2017 and the Chekov inspired “The Seagull”.

Bening’s family moved to San Francisco at an early age (born May 29, 1958). Bening, graduated from San Francisco State University. She began her acting career with A.C.T. American Conservatory Theatre here in San Francisco.  Maybe, it’s the sour dough bread or our dungeons crabs that have given her soul that extra illuminating star presence no matter what she is in. “The Seagull” is no exception, she lights up the screen.

Co-Staring two strong talented actress’s that can hold their own on the screen with Bening are  Elizabeth Moss, fresh off “The Handmaidens Tale”  and

Saoirse Ronan, academy award nominee for best actress 2017 “LadyBird”.

THE SEAGULL tugs at the romantic heart while being amusing for its  friends, family and lovers, all of whom are in love with the wrong person. The movie is timely in its depiction of the heartbreaking consequences of (selfie era) narcissism, especially on young dreams and romantic love.

One summer at a lakeside Russian estate, friends and family gather for a weekend in the countryside. While everyone is caught up in passionately loving someone who loves somebody else, a tragicomedy unfolds about art, fame, human folly, foibles and the eternal desire to be the best they can be.

The estate is owned by Sorin (Brian Dennehy), a retired government employee, and his sister Irina (Annette Bening), a legendary actress of the Moscow stage. Irina is domineering, narcissistic and selfish. Calculating how to handle her own insecurity about holding on to her star status and affections of her younger lover, Boris Trigorin (Corey Stoll). Trigorin is a successful writer in his own right. Irina constantly belittles her aspiring writer son Konstantin (Billy Howle), maybe because he is a grown man which reminds her that age is catching up with her. While he adores his mother despite her cruelty, Konstantin acts out his insecurity and anger by rejecting both her style of theatre and Boris’s writing, declaring them old-fashioned and banal. A dreamer, Konstantin declares he will create bold and superior new forms of theatre and literature.

Enter:, Nina (Saoirse Ronan), a beautiful and naïve local girl who dreams of being an actress. Masha (Elisabeth Moss), a self-medicating daughter of Sorin’s estate manager Shamrayev (Glenn Fleshler) and his wife Polina (Mare Winningham), Medvedenko (Michael Zegen), a school teacher and country doctor Dorn (Jon Tenney) round out the cast of lovelorn players in “The Seagull”.

Adapted by Tony-winning playwright Stephen Karam (“The Humans”) from Anton Chekhov’s classic play and directed by Tony-winner Michael Mayer (“Spring Awakening”),

Directed by: Michael Mayer . Starring: Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan, Corey Stoll, Elisabeth Moss, Mare Winningham, Jon Tenney, Glenn Fleshler, Michael Zegen, Billy Howle, Brian Dennehy

Rated: 3 1/2 Honey 🐝🐝🐝 “Oh what a web we weave when we conspire to deceive”

World Premiere – Tribeca Film Festival 2018

Opens May 18th
Landmark Clay in San Francisco,, CA

Opens May 25th
Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley, CA
Landmark Albany Twin in Albany, CA.
Century 16 Downtown in Pleasant Hill, CA
Regency Cinemas Six in San Rafael , CA.

“The House of Tomorrow ” Film Review

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Here’s a threesome of a premise for you : Buckminster Fuller “Bucky” meets The Evangelistic church’s teachings with a Punk Rockers modality? Whaaaat ya say?  Say yes, to one of the freshest coming of age screenplays.

16 year old Sebastian (Asa Butterfield) has spent most of his life with his Nana (Academy Award Winner Ellen Burstyn) in their geodesic dome home tourist attraction where she raises him on the futurist teachings of her former mentor Buckminster Fuller in hopes that one day Sebastian will carry Fuller’s torch and make the world a better place.

Sebastian befriends Jared (Alex Wolff), a chain-smoking, punk-obsessed 16 year old with a heart transplant who lives with his bible-thumping, single father Alan (Nick Offerman) and teenage sister Meredith (Maude Apatow). Sebastian and Jared form a punk rock band in spite of their parental wishes. Sebastian must decide if he wants to become the next Buckminster Fuller, the next Sid Vicious, or something else entirely.

Director Peter Livolsi’s insight’s to this film say’s it best.

“When I first read Peter Bognanni’s novel The House of Tomorrow, I immediately clicked with the story of two outsiders looking to connect. Doing that through creating art – in their case with a punk band, reminded me of the no-budget films I made in high school that were an excuse to bond with others and share in something as intimate as creative discovery.

The work of futurist, architect, and philosopher Buckminster Fuller, whose beliefs are engrained in our 16-year old hero Sebastian, can be boiled down to Fuller’s view that of the world as a place where everything and everyone is connected. From Fuller’s energy efficient three-wheeled car, to his Dymaxion map, to his geodesic dome that embodied green-living long before that was a term, all of his work was born from a mission to make the most efficient use of earth’s resources so everyone, not just the elite, could live well.

Between Fuller’s work on a global scale, two boys making a punk song, and their parents’ struggle to raise them, The House of Tomorrow is about connections—big and small. My goal was to present all of it with a style that never gets in the way or is concerned if it’s a comedy or drama, as long as it’s always honest.”

Ellen Burstyn is an honest actress. She is a brillant Academy Award Winner,  no matter what part she undertakes throughout her whole career.

RATED: 4 Honey 🐝🐝🐝🐝

Exclusive Engagement Opens Friday, May 25th
Landmark’s Opera Plaza
601 Van Ness Avenue near San Francisco’s Civic Center – (415) 771-0183
& Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas
2230 Shattuck Avenue one block from UC Berkeley – (510) 644-2992

Director Peter Livolsi in person for Q&A on Friday 5/25 at the Opera Plaza after prime evening show
& at the Shattuck on Saturday 5/26 after the late afternoon matinee

 

 

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami

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“AMAZING GRACE” JONES that is!

It is important to have an insight or remembrance as to who Grace Jones is before seeing: GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT and BAMI.

Born in Jamaica, the singer, supermodel, and actress  Grace Jones moved with her family to Syracuse, New York . She also attended Syracuse university where she was  a theatre major. In her late teens in the 1960s, she was quickly invited into the NYC social scene. By 18, she had a modeling contract with Wilhelmina and began working with designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Claude Montana and Kenzo Takada to name a few.  In Paris she was a photographers muse for Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Hans Feurer, who fell for her androgynous style and bold features.  Vogue and Elle  are just two of the many covers she graced.

From the moment Jones arrived in Paris in 1970, she was a part of the nightlife’s elite. Whether she was sharing a Parisian flat with Jessica Lange and Jerry Hall, getting photographed by Antonio Lopez  or taking to the dance floor at Club Sept with Karl Lagerfeld , Jones was a part of the conversation.

In the late ’70s, she had a successful singing career,  where she would become the patron saint of both disco music and style. Grace, quickly found herself in the seductive vortex of the most glamorous discotheque of all time, New York’s Studio 54, where her greatest fans were the star-studded clientele, all were forever dazzled by her unique goddess-like, image, including Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, along with numerous actors and disco magnates. All eyes were on Grace. She was the “Get” to have at your booth. All vied to have her Grace their presence. Grace, didn’t just sit and be a voyeur, No! she was on the dance floor with the people who were anointed to be let in past the velvet ropes.  Her energy on the floor was infectious! It carried over to the best Gay/straightish disco’s in N.Y.C, Brazil, Paris, LA, London, Fire Island. She was the queen of a once in a lifetime nightlife.

Only extraordinary artists keep transforming and keep fascinating others, and Grace Jones is a real expert at that! She started her career tearing down the stereotypes about what models should look like, quickly discovering her true love – music. In 1977 her debut album, ‘Portfolio’ was released, it contained her first big hit single, ‘La Vie en rose’ by the famous Edith Piaf. The success of her first album prompted her to release her next album in quick succession. ‘Fame’ was out in 1978. The album’s lead single was ‘Do or Die’ became a huge club hit on the U.S. and Canadian dance charts. In 1979 she released the album ‘Muse’. The first side of the album contained a continuous medley of four songs and a narrative about someone who has sinned; the second side had disco songs. The most successful album of her career, ‘Nightclubbing’ was out in 1981. It spawned the hits ‘Pull Up to the Bumper’ and ‘I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango)’. After the success of her previous album, next came  ‘Living My Life’ in 1982. It was a commercial success and reached Top 20 in several countries.

Grace is a living part of the “Alien Club” of artists who leave their unique mark on Earth before they physically leave, such as David Bowie, Prince and Michael Jackson. She was the first to introduce avant-garde art and high fashion in the world of music, way before Madonna, Lady Gaga or Rihanna. Vogue itself proclaimed her as the “ultimate fashion muse,” and the music authority Rolling Stone calls her the “compelling artist and a symbol.” What would the music scene be around the world, as well as contemporary art, look like without her influence, is almost unimaginable, as numerous artists state Grace as their role model or inspiration. It has been written about the attempts of Lady Gaga wanting to work with Grace Jones, who refused it with a clear message: “Young pop stars like to play the pioneer without taking the actual risk.” Whether we are talking about musical or fashion transformation, provocations or remarkable live performances, one thing is certain – Grace did it first!

Ten years later, she would land her first major acting role as a Bond girl in “A View to a Kill” alongside Roger Moore, proving that she really could do it all. Today, at the age of 69, she’s still as bold and busy as ever, with new music in the works and a documentary film. The connection of glamour and an unstoppable force, forged into “glamazon” the expression that describes her genuine authenticity and strength of a warrior that appears alongside Schwarzenegger in the Conan movie saga, or a fatal “ Bond woman” who can take on agent 007.

Her commanding presence broke down the walls of the limited idea of femininity, as well as gender stereotypes, destroyed through her androgyny, empowering the entire LGBTQ community whose everlasting icon she remains to this day.

In the beginning of her book memoir, she writes “If you want me, this is me. Not the caricature of me. This is the deeper me, the other me, and there are other me’s I’ve not even thought of. But I’ll get to them. I’ll keep following the trail I left behind and find out where I’m going next. I’ve got one life to work with and I’ll squeeze it dry before I’m through.”  What you see is what you get with Grace, that is what we admire the most.

GRACE JONES:
BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI
Directed and Edited by Sophie Fiennes
With Grace Jones, Jean-Paul Goude, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Ivor Guest

If you are of a certain age that has lived through and experienced the “Studio 54 disco” nightlife years, then you were part of the Grace Jones phenomena.  If not, that is why it was important to have given you this insight as to who Grace Jones is.  You will not get this in Sophie Fiennes film. Her direction and editing does not measure up to the privileged access she had to the legendary Grace Jones. The slice of life footage, Fiennes shot in telling of the “behind the scenes” of Grace Jones life on a family holiday trip back to Jamaica, where she was born. Showcasing the artist, daughter, sister, mother and grandmother, Fiennes, tried to do all of it in a raw “artistic” way which simply did not work (for Me). Too much screen time spent on footage shot through a truck or car windshield traveling on dirt roads. Jones, always eating something! If it wasn’t for the fact that no matter what Grace does or says she holds your attention in spite of the direction, poor editing rhythm and choices of footage that she shot. You almost feel sorry for Jones, knowing the artistic perfection that Grace has used to guide her career, to have ended up with this film version. In Jamaican patois,”Bloodlight” is the red light that illuminates when an artist is recording and “Bami” means bread, the substance of daily life. Like the title of this film you already need to be in the know or you won’t get it.

Grace, knows her own captivating power and says in the film “even if the lights and power went out on stage and the theatre was black I could still hold and audience without them leaving”

Truer words were ever spoken.  You will probably need them if you see this film.

Opens April 27th
Landmark Embarcadero in San Francisco
Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley

One Show Only April 28th
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael

RATED: 2 Honey 🐝🐝’s for being part of the studio 54 Grace Jones era

 

 

“The Final Portrait” Film Review

Alberto Giacometti was Swiss born and educated at the Geneva School of Fine Arts.

He moved to Paris in 1922 to study sculptor under Antoine Bourdelle, an associate of Rodin. It was there that Giacometti experimented with Cubism and Surrealism. He was regarded as one of the leading Surrealist sculptors. Among his associates were Miro,

Max Ernst, Picasso, Bror Hjorth and Balthus.  Between 1936 and 1940, Giacometti concentrated on the human head, focusing on the sitter’s gaze. He preferred models that were close to him, his sister and the artist Isabel Delmer. One of his favorite models was his artist brother Diego Giacometti. His statues of Delmer became stretched out and her limbs elongated. Obsessed with creating his sculptures exactly  as he envisioned them through his unique view of reality, he often carved until they were as thin as nails and reduced to the size to a pack of cigarettes, much to his consternation.

His paintings underwent a parallel procedure. The figures appear to be isolated and severely attenuated, as a result of continuous reworking. In 1962, Giacometti was awarded the grand prize for sculpture at the Venice Biennale. This honor brought with it worldwide fame and popularity. Not being satisfied with his own work he often reworked the models, often destroying them or setting them aside for years.

“I rediscovered the wish to make compositions with figures. For this I had to make one or two studies from nature, just enough to understand the construction of the head, of a whole figure, and in 1935 I took a model. This study should take, I thought two weeks and then I could realize my compositions…I worked with this model all day from 1935 to 1940…Nothing was as I imagined. A head, became for me an object unknown and without dimensions” Alberto Giacometti.

In “The Final Portrait”, American author and Giacometti biographer, James Lord ( Armie Hammer)  is asked by his friend Alberto Giacometti ( Geoffrey Rush), to sit for a portrait. Lord is extremely flattered to sit for him but informs Giacometti he is in Paris for only a few days. He is assured by Giacometti that it will only take him that amount of time to complete.

“The Final Portrait” is an in depth study of the genius behind the artist’s creative process. Giacometti’s  life style is viewed and experienced through James Lord eyes . Lord has had to extend his Parian trip several times in order to fulfill Giacometti’s critical eye of his own work. According to Giacometti his work is never finished. Learning first hand Lord   experiences the surreal vision of the artist’s portrait of himself as the model.

Giacometti’s artistic style and genius has many layers and dimensions that is carried over to his relationships. “The Final Portrait” Written and Directed By Stanley Tucci
was adapted from James Lord’s memoir ” A Giacometti Portrait”.
The film also Stars; Tony Shalhoub, (Diego Giacometti ) Sylvie Testud, (Caroline the artist’s obsession) and  Clémence Poésy ( his model).

It is the brilliant acting of both Geoffrey Rush in combination with Armie Hammer that

is the “portrait” of two leading men creating their artistic acting talent.  If this were a broadway play instead of a film as the vehicle for writer/director Stanley Tucci it would be a hit!

Opens March 30th
Landmark Clay in San Francisco

Opens April 6th
Rialto Cinemas Elmwood in Berkeley
Century 16 in Pleasant Hill
CineArts in Palo Alto
Regency Cinemas Six in San Rafael

RATED: 3 (for fine acting) Honey 🐝🐝🐝

 

 

 

 

“Back to Burgundy” Film Review

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Wine, is it just a by-product of grapes, that you order by the glass and drink to be social ?

Do you consider yourself a wine snob because you reside in the plentiful northern California wine regions?  Or do you actually own, run, harvest and  vintner for your own winery?  Even if you don’t drink wine ” Back to Burgundy” is a film to appreciate, for all it’s subtile complexities that engages all your senses. It provides a fascinating real life season to season, day-to-day view into the winemaking process. Rarely depicted on-screen and authentically filmed.

Not since “Sideways” 2004 that used wine as the premise for a buddy road trip through wine country for the film.  Or “Bottle Shock”2008 that did focus on the historic “Blind Paris Wine Tasting, 1976″ that pitted French wine against U.S., Californian,  Napa Vally wine.  This French, English subtitled film that Writer-director Cédric Klapisch known for (L’Auberge Espagnole, Russian Dolls, Chinese Puzzle)’s  newest film ” BACK TO BURGUNDY” that sets this wine themed film apart from the others. Klapisch, shot “Back to Burgundy” over a year in order to capture the four French seasons it took to grow and harvest a domain .

The film is so meticulously shot that you feel that you are part of the family, their extended family and the workers that contribute to their vineyard.

If you are engaged in the lives of the TV show cast “This is Us” you will love the relationship of these three French siblings.  If you don’t watch “This is Us” but you have a heart that beats, than you too will engage in the lives of Jean (Pio Marmai), the eldest and black sheep of the family. He unexpectedly returns home from a decade abroad to reconnect with his hospitalized father. He’s welcomed by his strong-willed beautiful sister, Juliette (Ana Girardot), who has taken over the reins of the vineyard after their father has fallen ill.  Jeremie (Francois Civil), is the youngest of the three who has recently married into one of the region’s more prestigious wine making families.

In an interview with Writer / Director Klapisch , “Back to Burgundy brings together many different subjects… Just like wine. What’s in a glass of wine? It contains the terroir, the combination of a particular climate, sunshine, rainfall, the geology of the soil. Each of these elements contributes an odor, a flavor, a particular density to the wine. There are also elements that result from human intervention – the choice of type of viticulture and growing methods. It’s fascinating to see how in Meursault (region) alone there are a hundred different proprietors and a hundred ways of “interpreting” this terroir. When a vintner makes a bottle of wine, it is like a director making a film. It’s the concept of authorship. All of this complexity is contained in a single glass of wine. There is time and space, history and geography. The marriage of man and nature. It’s an extremely sophisticated world and it was imperative that the film express all of this. That is why I wanted to speak about wine. In the film, we follow the production of wine over the course of one year. In parallel, we follow more than ten years in the life of a family of wine makers. I try to juxtapose the two, to follow the cycles of nature and the stages in the evolution of three individuals. First we are children, then adults, then parents. Are these human changes, these stages of life, comparable to the seasons of nature? In Back to Burgundy, not only do you film nature, but also the seasons…”

My advise, is to have a glass of your best wine by your side along with your favorite accompaniments  after taking the “Back to Burgundy” film trip.

RATED: 4 🍷🍷🍷🍷 satiated 🍯 🐝’s

Opens March 23rd
The Vogue Theater San Francisco
Christopher B. Smith Film Center in San Rafael
Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa