Movies and series to watch this week:
Lots of news this week, especially the return to the cinema theaters, and some announced film releases !
Movies which will come out on June 22nd : here
The online Champs Elysées Film Festival has begun. We are One World Film Festival is over but you can still watch some films, masterclasses, online short films and more… here.
SERIES OF THE WEEK
Fauda means chaos in Arabic.
It seems like everything’s working upside down. We’re following the missions of an Israeli Special Forces unit, Mista’arvim.
FAUDA Season 3 has been on Yes Action Channel since December 2019.
This time, Doron, the hero of the series (Lior Raz) is hidden in the West Bank and coaches a boxer in a club belonging to a Hamas member, whom he becomes friend with. It gets out of hand… Then, Doron and his team find themselves in Gaza, alone on the field…
The screenwriters did not spare the Israelis nor the Palestinians.
Doron says that he and his teammate are wild animals, who, once launched, don’t give up and go all the way to the end of their mission, whatever the price they have to pay. Doron’s team is made up of men who are totally devoted to each other, broken, in search of love, while the women pay a heavy price for their mistakes.
An intricate Israeli society
The creators of this series tackle the universal themes of fatherhood, the traumas that are transmitted from one generation to another, as well as the themes of expectation and confinement. We get a glimpse of Israeli society, so complex that it generates the best series (read my article on series here), dominated by men, where women struggle to find their place.
Finally, this series shows the absurdity of this conflict. The characters and their paths seem all forecast, caught in a rising violence that never stops.
And if what is at stake is on the territorial surface, we become aware that it is also about money. What would the men do if they stopped going to the army? What would the terrorists do if they were concerned about building their country. ?.. It seems that every politician has something to benefit from, alas…
Doron Kabilio : Lior Raz
Nurit : Rona-Lee Shim’on (he)
Hertzel “Steve” Pinto : Doron Ben David
Sagi Tzur : Idan Amedi
Avihaï Ben Haim : Boaz Konforty
Boaz : Tomer Kapon
Naor : Tsahi Halevi
Colonel Michael “Mickey” Moreno : Yuval Segal
Eli : Yaakov Zada Daniel
Capitaine Gabi Ayoub : Itzik Cohen (en)
Dana : Meirav Shirom
THE MOVIE OF THE WEEK
CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS
With Woody Allen, Martin Landau, Anjelica Huston, Mia Farrow, Alan Alda, Sam Waterston (today in the series Grace & Frankie)
Out in 1989, these three Oscars movies (best director, best original script and best supporting actor, Martin Landau), by Woody Allen precedes his change of directing, long before Match Point which came out in 2005.
Judah Rosenthal – a perfect name 🙂 – (played by Martin Landau) is being blackmailed by his mistress, meanwhile another man, Cliff Stern, (Woody Allen) is bored in his marriage… The stories mingle and the characters are seeking for a meaning of live and afraid to be confronted with loneliness.
Woody Allen asks us: do moral choices define us ? Will we pay the price for our immoral acts?
Both related to philosophy and crime stories, in reference to Crime et Châtiment by Dostoievski, this movie beautifully interpreted takes a subtle look at the meaning of life.
According to Woody Allen, life is absurd, and only love gives it meaning.
On that matter, Fauda and Crimes and Misdemeanors are very much alike.
2. MOVIE INDUSTRY TIPS
3. EVENING TV PROGRAMS
Arte : Série : Le Domaine (sur la révolution des oeillets, au Portugal)
TCM: L’Échange, de Clint Eastwood
Canal + : Homeland
M6: This is Us
W9: Michael Clayton
TMC: Coup de foudre à Notting Hill
Chérie 25 : The descendants
TCM: Le temps de l’innocence
OCS : Jarhead
Paramount : Le convoi
Arte : Billy Elliot
OCS : Cold War
M6: Les Évadés
France O : American Sniper
OCS : Les Doors
TF1 : Le Seigneur des Anneaux : Les deux Tours
Canal+ : Roubaix, une lumière suivi de El Reino (excellent! )
Arte: 21 nuits avec Pattie : a comedy by the brothers Larrieu with Karin Viard.
Movies – About cook
A comedy about cook by Ted Kotchieff, with Philippe Noiret and Jacqueline Bisset: La Grande Cuisine
Le festin de Babette, out in 1987, by Gabriel Axel, with Stéphane Audran.
Auguste Escoffier, the birth of gastronomy.
La Cinémathèque Française
Movies and series of the week
- FAUDA (read the review at the beginning of the article)
- New York Times: 50 best movies on Netflix
- A documentary on the great Quincy Jones
- A great rewarded documentary by Raoul Peck : I am not your negro. Alas, related to the news, the director chose some texts written by James Baldwin to tell the story of the Afro Americans fight for their civil rights.
To come on Friday by Spike Lee : DA 5 BLOODS
La nuit de la Glisse, on Friday
Le grand jeu: as from June 25th, by Nicolas Pariser withAndré Dussolier.
Suits, season 8 on July 5th
Movies and series this week
Timmy Failure, mistakes were made, by Tom McCarthy
Genius by Stephen Hawkins
Destino, short movie
Bao, short movie
Wind, short movie
Movies and series of the week
Chambre 212, by Christophe Honoré.
I may destroy you.
Zoey’s extraordinary playlist, first season on line. (read my previous article to know more)
Movies and series of the week
on Amazon Prime Video
7500 by Joseph Gordon Levitt (horror)
Birds of Prey, with Margot Robbie
Fringe, produced by JJ Abrams
The Sixth Sens
4. MOVIES’ NEWS
- MK2 Curiosity added a documentary, directed by Agnès Varda on the Black Panthers.
- A special Woody Allen in Transfuge review .
- To come: an Israeli series : LOSING ALICE
- A web series on grand mothers and their recipe: GrandMas project
- World Oceans Day on June 8th : A Plastic Ocean
- The movie section of The New Yorker
Now on VoD
This year, the festivals go digital.
The Champs Élysées Film Festival did its opening with the screening of Jumbo, the story of a young woman who fells in love with a carousel, first movie of Zoé Wittock, selected at the Berlin and the Sundance festivals.
Also: masterclass (today 6PM Stephen Frears, and a documentary by Davy Rothbart , 17 Blocks, as from June 10th (1500 on line seats) who followed during twenty years an Afro-American family who lives in a violent neighbourhood of Washington DC.
The first movie festival that will go live will take place in Marseille. It is the 31e édition of FID Marseille, as from July 6th to July 10th.
And The Deauville Film Festival will go on from September 4th till September 13th….
Stay safe and watch good movies !