Posts Tagged ‘Lola Duenas’

Sundance 2010 Preview: International Dramatic Competition

January 12, 2010

The enclave of American independent cinema is also a welcome haven for waifs and strays from around the world. Almost all the films in this year’s international competition have a scrappy air about them, whether it’s Greenland making its first foray into feature production or an award-winning performance from an actor with Down’s Syndrome. Other films of note include a punk take on Poland’s last quarter century, an Argentine pissing match that gets out of control, and Chris Morris’s eagerly anticipated Four Lions.

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All That I Love (Wszystko co kocham)

Where’s this from then? Poland. It’s about the country’s changing political fortunes, as seen through a young punk band.
I love a good musical. Well, this looks like it’s heavy on the interpersonal relationships. The four members of the band cross class lines. A pair of brothers are the sons of a navy man, while another is a member of the country’s upper class.
Wonder who the Pete Shelley of the group is. Any Nazis? There might be a few swastikas, but only in the ironic sense.
See also: DiG!

Animal Kingdom

Strewth, mate! You’ve obviously heard that this is from Australia.
Any sharks on the barbie? You might not recognize this part of down under if all you know about Australia is Kylie and Mental as Anything. It’s about a Melbourne teen torn between his family’s criminal involvement and the straight and narrow. Detective Guy Pearce reaches out to help him.
Mike from Neighbours! And one of our best actors, having given sterling performances in L.A. Confidential, Memento, and even Bedtime Stories.
See also: How to Recognize Your Saints


Trailerama: Yo, Tambien (Me, Too)

September 29, 2009

A Spanish beauty and a man with Down’s Syndrome? It could work, even if the trailer teases audiences with a cliched shot of its star sticking his head out of a moving car’s window. Lola Duenas was excellent in Volver, and for every joke about “going full retard,” there is the hope that this might be as wonderful as last decade’s Oasis.

Trailerama: Los abrazos rotos (Broken Embraces)

March 5, 2009

Nobody photographs Penelope Cruz quite like Almodovar. That’s good, because his latest exercise in melodramatic noir involves films within films and competing directors. The trailer hints at the formal complexities and visual pleasures present in this resume of his work so far.