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Memory

Four fictions about memory

This week, four fictions about memory.

On the bilingual Movieintheair blog, I do for you a press review every Wednesday and keep the best of national and international audiovisual news.

Your movies and series to watch this week

about memory and The Oscars

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Chloé Zhao

 

This week, many films speak to us about memory: the Oscar-winning film Nomadland, where the heroine Fern has difficulty mourning her husband, The Father, the story of a man who loses his memory, the short film Two Distant Strangers, a tribute to the memory of victims of police violence, and Colette, on the memory of victims deported to concentration camps.

YOUR WEEKLY NEWS:

Chloé Zhao won the Oscar for Best Picture this yea for her movie Nomadland.

She becomes the second woman to be crowned best director.

Before her, only one woman had won the trophy for best feature film: Kathryn Bigelow for “Demineurs”. 

The French did not lose out with Florian Zeller and the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Father, Nicolas Becker won The Oscar for Best Sound for Sounds of Metal, and he is also known for his work on Gravity (2013) and the producer Alice Doyard who won an award for the documentary Colette, dedicated to the resistance fighter Colette Marin-Catherine and her brother who died in a concentration camp in Germany.

 

The Academy Award occured last week-end:

Netflix won 7 Oscars :

The Seachange project website

 

  • Best short animation movie  : If Anything Happens I Love You
  • And best short fiction movie : Two Distant Strangers
  • Best photography : Mank
  • And Best set up : Mank
  • Best costumes  :Ma Rainey Blues
  • Academy Award : Best  make-up and costumes : Ma Rainey Blues

 

  • Oscars: (bold characters: my choice; and underlines: click to read the review)

 

Meilleur film – BEST PICTURE

Nomadland

Mank (NETFLIX)
The Father
Judas and the Black Messiah
Minari
Promising Young Woman
Sound Of Metal
Les Sept de Chicago (NETFLIX)


Meilleur réalisateur – BEST DIRECTOR
Chloé Zhao (Nomadland)
David Fincher (Mank)
Thomas Vinterberg (Drunk)
Lee Isaac Chung (Minari)
Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman)

Meilleure actrice – BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Viola Davis (Le blues de Ma Rainey)
Frances McDormand (Nomadland)
Carey Mulligan (Promising Young Woman)
Vanessa Kirby (Pieces Of A Woman)
Andra Day (The United States vs Billie Holiday)

 

Meilleur acteur BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Chadwick Boseman (Le blues de Ma Rainey) (NETFLIX)
Anthony Hopkins (The Father)

Riz Ahmed (Sound Of Metal)
Gary Oldman (Mank)
Steven Yeun (Minari)

Meilleur scénario original – WRITING BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Les Sept de Chicago (NETFLIX)
Judas and the Black Messiah
Minari
Promising Young Woman
Sound Of Metal

Meilleure scénario adapté WRITING BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Nomadland
The Father
Borat 2
One Night In Miami (AMAZON PRIME)
Le tigre blanc

Meilleur film d’animation – BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Soul (DISNEY PLUS)

En avant
Shaun le mouton le film : la ferme contre-attaque
Le peuple loup
Voyage vers la lune

Meilleur film étranger BEST INTERNATIONAL PICTURE

Drunk

Better Days
Collective
L’homme qui a vendu sa peau
Quo Vadis, Aida ?

Meilleur documentaire – BEST DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

Collective
Crip Camp
The Mole Agent
My Octopus Teacher (NETFLIX)
Time

Meilleur second rôle féminin – BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Han Ye-Ri (Minari)
Maria Bakalova (Borat 2)
Glenn Close (Une ode américaine) (NETFLIX)
OIivia Colman (The Father)
Amanda Seyfried (Mank)

Meilleur second rôle masculin – BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah)

Sacha Baron Cohen (Les Sept de Chicago)(NETFLIX)
Leslie Odom JR. (One Night In Miami)
Paul Raci (Sound Of Metal)
Lakeith Stanfield (Judas and the Black Messiah)

Meilleure musique – MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
Soul
Minari
La mission (NETFLIX)
Da 5 Bloods (NETFLIX)
Mank

 

Meilleur documentaire court-métrage

Colette, d’Anthony Giacchino

 

 

Best short animation movie

If anything happens to you

 

Best song 

Fight For You – Judas & The Black Messiah

 

Best moments of the evening

 

 

Mémoire movieintheair

  • Festival du Film Policier 2021: the official online selection of the festival will take place online from May 26 to 30 and Sunny Side of the Doc will take place online as well from June 21 to 24.

 

  • Serena Williams signs with Amazon: of a documentary series on Serena Williams. The American tennis player will be associated with other productions, in documentary and fiction.

 

 

TRIBUTE

YVES RENIER

 

 

 

MOVIES AND SERIES

ALL YOU WANT TO KNOW

YOUR  FILMS

ABOUT MEMORY

 

Mémoire

RUSHMORE, by WES ANDERSON

 

SYNOPSIS

In the late 1960s, fifteen-year-old Max Fisher (Jason Schwartzman) loves his school, Rushmore, and repeats every year, much to the chagrin of the principal. But he’s hyperactive in school, chairing all the clubs, creating plays, and rallying for or against subjects depending on whether he loves them or hates them. He chose to do what he loves: stay in this school.

And then he falls in love…with teacher Rosemary Cross (Olivia Williams).

He falls in love with Herman Blume (Bill Murray), who takes a liking to Max. And Herman also falls in love with Rosemary.

 

THE FILM

Wes Anderson’s second film is, in my opinion, one of his best films. It is not especially beautiful (as Grand Budapest Hotel can be) but all the characters are endearing in this deeply human story, linked to memory, remembrance and grief.

The character of Max is complex. Hyperactive and insistent, Max is desperate to be loved, having lost his mother when he was only seven. His father owns a barbershop, but Max tells everyone he is a neurosurgeon. 

This is Jason Schwartzman’s first role as Max, and together with Bill Murray, they make such a strong duo that it’s hard to leave them. 

The character of Herman is crucial in the transformation of Max and I have rarely seen Bill Murray so talented, so deep in this role that he played for the minimum wage of 9000 dollars so much the scenario pleased him. Unlike other films where he plays with a kind of detachment (this phlegm that characterizes him), Bill Murray is totally involved in this film and it shows. The dialogues, rich, alternate between humor and sadness. The soundtrack, composed of songs from rock bands associated with the British Invasion, is totally crazy.

A real moment of cinematographic pleasure.

TO BE SEEN ON YOUTUBE

 

Mémoire

 

TWO DISTANT STRANGERS, written by Travon Free, and directed by Rice and Martin Desmond Roe

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Carter, a young African-American comic book artist, wakes up in the bed of Perri, a young woman he met the night before. He leaves to find his dog to feed it with the intention of seeing her again but shortly after he dies in the street suffocated by a policeman who found him suspicious.

Then Carter wakes up again in the young woman’s bed.

 

AN ACADEMY AWARD WINNING SHORT FILM

Breathless, oppressive, creepy, this film made in the form of a time loop pays tribute to the memory of George Floyd and to the many victims of police violence African-Americans, killed while they were doing simple tasks: shopping, sleeping (yes, they were!), simply walking in the street … And there are so many!

In thirty minutes, we get a glimpse of the hell of the situation as it is now and it is simply frightening and unbearable.

A deserved Oscar that allowed me to discover this film currently available on NETFLIX.

The two actors Joey Badass3 (rapper and actor) and Andrew Howard (seen in Limitless and Tenet) are impressive.

A must-see.

Two distant strangers won the Oscar for Best Short Fiction this year and the African-American Film Critics Association Award.

 

 

 

Mémoire

 

THE FATHER, DE FLORIAN ZELLER, SCÉNARIO DE FLORIAN ZELLER (adapté de sa propre pièce) ET CHRISTOPHER HAMPTON

SYNOPSIS

Anthony (Anthony Hopkins) is almost eighty and lives alone in his large London apartment. His daughter Anne (Olivia Colman) takes care of him as he rejects sick day after sick day. One day, she tells him that she has met a man and is moving to Paris…

 

THE MOVIE, THE PLAY

Like Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s movie Still Alice and Amour by Michael Hanecke’s, The Father deals with Alzeihmer’s disease but from a totally different point of view.

It doesn’t take long to realize that we don’t understand anything because we are immersed in Anthony’s brain with all that this implies in terms of loss of memory, meaning and connection with the world.

This film is adapted from the play by Florian Zeller (whose plays are performed all over the world) who states in an interview with Le Monde:

“The complexity of my plays has the will to reach something very simple. He knows how to find a combination, like for a safe. I wish to put the spectator in an active position in order to solve himself what he does not understand at first sight. It’s a feeling I had when I saw David Lynch’s film Mulholland Drive: an incomplete narrative to get the viewer to find the meaning of the story himself.”

That’s exactly what it feels like to see The Father which won the Oscar for Best adapted screenplay.  

Of course, the performance of Anthony Hopkins (and whose hero’s first name – Andre – has been changed) who is also called Anthony in the film is extraordinary. The actor of the film Silence of the Lambs (among others) is at the height of his art and the Academy has not been mistaken in awarding him this year the Oscar for Best Actor.  He is completely overwhelming.

 

To be seen soon in theaters.

 

 

mémoire

Six Feet Under created by  Alan Ball

 

SYNOPSIS

The series begins with the death of father Nathaniel Fisher (played by Richard Jenkins), head of a Los Angeles funeral home, Fisher & Sons.

Nathaniel Fisher was married to Ruth (Frances Conroy) and had three children, Nathaniel Jr. (Peter Krause), who always said he never wanted to take over his father’s business, and David (Michael C. Hall), an introverted homosexual who has been in the family business forever.  His daughter, Claire (Lauren Ambrose), the youngest of the family, is struggling to find her place and wants to stop her studies.

When he discovers the father’s will, it is a shock. Will the father’s death bring them together?

 

THE SERIES

 

Broadcast between 2001 and 2005 on HBO, I had completely missed this series which has become a cult among the series.

And I discover it with happiness. It talks about death, respect for the dead, their memory in a half humorous and half sad tone and it is a series that I recommend to everyone.

Death is approached in a different way in each new episode, since each episode begins with a person who dies and whose family must take care of him.

The dead are not really dead as they live on in the memories of the characters.

It’s a real therapy in itself.

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TO BE SEEN ON OCS & CANAL PLUS.

 

 

 

2. YOUR MOVIES

AND SERIES TO COME 

Movies about the past

 

TRAILERS

West Side Story, by Steven Spielberg

 

La Loi de Teheran, by Saeed Roustayi

 

Here Today, by Billy Cristal with him & Tiffany Hadish

 

 

Siberia, by Abel Ferrara

 

 

3.

WEEKLY TIPS & OPINIONS

FROM PROFESSIONALS

 WRITERS, SCREENWRITERS, DIRECTORS, COMPOSERS…

 

 

L’historien français Marc Ferro est mort

Your Memoir Should Tell a Story That Only You Can Tell | by Bobi Conn | Creators Hub | Apr, 2021 | M

10 Screenwriting Skills and Traits You Need | by Scott Myers | Apr, 2021 | Go Into The Story

“Exterminate All the Brutes,” Reviewed: A Vast, Agonizing History of White Supremacy | The New Yorker

Paul Schrader on Making and Watching Movies in the Age of Netflix | The New Yorker

 

4.

YOUR WEEKLY PROGRAM

APRIL 28th to May 5th

 

Mémoire

 

 

Wednesday 28

Arte : La Horse

C8: Le Pigeon

 

Thursday ,22

Arte : Salamandre

M6: Ratatouille

Chérie 25: Le cercle des poètes disparus

 

Friday 23

Je sais tomber By Alain Tasma – In the countryside of Picardy, a young man looking for his way falls in love with a circus artist.

 

Saturday 1st

Napoleon-la-destinee-et-la-mort– Mathieu Schwartz

 

Sunday  2

Death on the Nile

De John Guillermin . Avec Peter Ustinov (Hercule Poirot)Jane Birkin (Louise Bourget) Bette Davis (Mrs. Van Schuyler) Mia Farrow (Jacqueline de Bellefort)David Niven (Colonel Race) Jocen Finch (Ferguson)

France 2: American Sniper

 

Monday 3

Breve-rencontre/ – David Lean – Trevor Howard (Dr. Alec Harvey) – Celia Johnson (Laura Jesson) – Tanley Holloway (Albert Godby)

France 5: Cheval de guerre

TMC: Jurassic Park 3

 

Tuesday 4

Les-proces-de-rastatt-des-criminels-de-guerre-devant-la-justice-francaise/ – By Judith Voelker

 

Wednesday 5

https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/099538-000-A/les-beaux-jours/

A recent retiree has an affair with a younger man. A bittersweet film about the passage of time, carried with mastery by Fanny Ardant. Marion Vernoux Fanny Ardant (Caroline).

With Laurent Lafitte (Julien), Patrick Chesnais (Philippe), Jean-François Stévenin (Roger), Fanny Cottençon (Chantal)

 

 

5.

ON YOUR PLATFORMS

(memory)

ARTE

Memory

 

DOCUMENTARY

Martha-cooper-icone-du-street-art/

Black-mother/

Edda-moser-reine-de-la-nuit/

Ihuman-l-intelligence-artificielle-et-nous/

La-rencontre-des-peuples-des-mers/

Tchernobyl-35-ans-apres/

SERIES

Bron

Baghdad Central – Avec Waleed Zuaiter (Homeland, Omar) et Corey Stoll (House of Cards). Nouvelle série, adaptée du roman d’Elliot Colla et réalisé par Stephen Butchard

Le Prix de la Paix

 

MOVIE 

Bandits Bandits

Class action By Michael Apted, with  Gene Hackman (Jedediah Tucker Ward) Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (Maggie Ward)

I-got-my-things-and-left– Philbert Aimé Mbabazi – Kigali, in Rwanda, young people gather to mourn their friend.

The Guilty : a must-see movie !

Bandits Bandits

The Rider, by Chloé Zhao (Academy Award Winner)

 

La Chaîne Parlementaire

LCP offers you a lot of good documentaries: here

 

La Cinémathèque Française

 

All retrospectives are postponed.

On Henri plateform, a cult movie everyday

 

 

Your movies and series to watch

 on NETFLIX

(memory)

(CLICK ON THE LINK TO WATCH THE TRAILER)

 

A documentary on the Shoah produced by Spielberg 

“The Last Days,” , by James Moll, about the history of Hungarian Jews, will be remastered before being released for streaming on May 19.

The documentary, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Film in 1998, tells the stories of five Hungarian Jews who survived the genocide.

One of them is Tom Lantos, who was to become a member of the California Congress from 1981 to 2008.

 

 

On Thursday: Dans les angles morts by Robert Pulcini & Shari Berman

 

 

Fatma

 

Professor Marston and the wonder women, by Angela Robinson

 

 

Yasuke, the story of an African Samouraï , by Takeshi Koike on April 29th

 

 

Monster, by Anthony Mandler, starring Kelvin Harrison, adapted from the novel of the same name by Walter Dean Myers, on May 7.

 

 

S is for Stanley, on May 12th

 

 

Your movies and series to watch

on Prime Video

(memory)

 

The Underground railroad, by Barry Jenkins, on May 14th

 

 

Without remorse, by Stefano Sollima, with Michael B. Jordan, on April 30th

 

Belgravia, by Julian Fellowes, as from April 27th

 

 

Your movies and series to watch

on Canal+

(memory)

 

 

The Flight Attendant, now, adapted from Chris Bohjalian’s novel.

 

 

The Handmaid’s Tale, season 4, on April 29th

 

 

Une fille facile, by Rebecca Zlotowski

 

Tenet, by Christopher Nolan

 

Antidisturbios, by Rodrigo Sorogoyen

 

La Guerre des Mondes, Chapitre II, created by Howard Overman, in May

 

 

 

 

Your movies and series  to watch on 

Starzplay

(memory)

 

Death and Nightingales, by Allan Cubitt

 

 

We are who we are (review here), by Luca Guadagnino.

 

The Luminaries, adapted from the eponymous novel by Eleanor Catton with Eva Green

 

 

 

Your movies and series to watch on

Apple Tv

(memory)

 

 

Fathom, by Dr Ellen Garland & Dr Michelle Fournet

 

 

The year earth changed, by David Attenborough, directed by Tom Beard

Mosquito Coast, on April 30th, by Neil Cross.

 

 

 

Your movies and series on 

DISNEY PLUS

(memory)

 

In May

 

Big Shot, created by David E Kelley (The Big Sky, Pretty Little Liars…) with John Stamos: a feel-good series about basket.

 

Cruella, by Craig Gillespie, with Emma Stone

 

 

 

Loki, created by Michael Waldron, with Tom Hidelston & Owen Wilson

 

 

Stay safe !

 

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