Posts Tagged ‘La robe du soir’

The Last-Minute ND/NF 2010 Preview, Part 3: The Oath to Zanan-e badun-e mardan

March 24, 2010

Don’t cry no tears. All good things come to an end. So do our tardy previews. The New Directors/New Films festival lights up the spring season by bringing to New York the best debuts from festivals like Cannes and Sundance. In the final assortment, there’s a lauded love letter to cinema from Mia Hansen-Løve, the welcome return of Judy Berlin director Eric Mendelsohn and a notable French addition to the “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” genre.

Read the first part of our New Directors/New Films preview.
Read the second part of our New Directors/New Films preview.

The Oath

Abu Jandal and Salim Hamdan are buddies who took very different routes through al-Qaeda’s militant network. Jandal now works with Yemeni youth to temper their fundamentalism. Hamdan sits in Guantanamo, notorious as Osama bin Laden’s onetime chauffeur. The latest film from My Country, My Country director Laura Poitras is another unique look at the Middle East.

Le Pere de Mes Enfants (The Father of My Children)

French film producer Humbert Balsan helped bring works by Bela Tarr and Claire Denis to the public. His life and death inspired this acclaimed new feature from Mia Hansen-Løve, partner of Olivier Assayas. It’s a fresh take on Day for Night, with an overworked producer (Louis-Do de Lencquesaing) juggling family and the fact that there isn’t enough hours in the day to achieve cinematic greatness.


Trailerama: La robe du soir (Evening Dress)

January 11, 2010

Belgian pop singer Lio might seem a little too hot to be teaching in a smalltown school. But this is France, which has a higher beautiful teacher to pupil ratio than any other European country. Mme. Solenska becomes the fixation of one 12-year-old pupil (Alba Gaia Bellugi), jealous of the attentions she appears to lavish on another. Who could blame her? Still, Myriam Aziza’s drama isn’t just about a teacher in trouble. It’s also about the sheer hell of being on the cusp of womanhood. Aziza co-wrote the script with Sophie Bredier, a professor at the La Femis state film school.