STREAMING HIGHLIGHTS & PREMIERES
Now-Monday, February 18
My French Film Festival is an innovative concept aiming to throw the spotlight on new generation French filmmakers, allowing web users across the globe to share their enthusiasm for French cinema. From January 18 through February 18, 2019, movie lovers can stream eight French feature films with a Film Movement Plus subscription – the only SVOD platform in North America where cineastes have the ability to screen films such as KEEP AND EYE OUT, TOMORROW AND THEREAFTER, BLACK TIDE and GASPARD AT THE WEDDING.
Not a Film Movement Plus subscriber yet? You can still take part in MY FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL with 12 French short films available for FREE unlimited streaming; just visit filmovementplus.com and join in the global viewing event!
After viewing all the festival selections, world cinema aficionados can then go to myfrenchfilmfestival.com
, create a login and cast votes for the Lacoste Audience Awards!
Friday, February 1
Bulgaria’s Official submission for Best Foreign Language Feature for 2018, GLORY, the third collaboration between directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov (Jump, The Lesson) starts with a simple premise, but deepens into a portrait of a bureaucracy riven with cynicism, and a government happy to swallow its most idealistic citizens whole. When Tsanko Petrov (Stefan Denolyubov), a stuttering, scraggle-bearded railroad linesman discovers millions of dollars on some rural train tracks, he decides to turn the entire amount over to the police. The authorities, ever grateful, reward him with a televised ceremony and a new wristwatch. But when the glitzy new watch stops working, Julia Staikova (Margita Gosheva), the workaholic PR head of the corrupt Ministry of Transport, can’t seem to find Petrov’s old watch, a family heirloom. And, as Tsanko’s humble reality collides with a bureaucracy determined to use his “heroism” to distract the public from an emerging scandal, he desperately struggles to recover both his old watch and his dignity in this Capra-esque tale from the award-winning directors of The Lesson.
“Sometimes a simple premise leads to deep results. Such is the case with Glory, Buglarian directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s stirring third feature, which plays like a parable that keeps expanding its themes.”
— Eric Kohn, Indiewire
“Sharply executed, superbly performed.”
— Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
“incisive [and] funny”
— Glenn Kenny, The New York Times
GLORY – OFFICIAL US Trailer
Friday, February 8
MIDAQ ALLEY + VALENTINE’S DAY PROMOTION
This Valentine’s Day, grab your significant other or romantic interest for Salma Hayak’s steamy breakout performance in MIDAQ ALLEY, winner of more awards than any other film in the history of Mexican Cinema. Adapted from the 1947 novel “The Alley of the Miracles” by Nobel Prize laureate Naguib Mahfouz and winner of numerous international awards, MIDAQ ALLEY, from celebrated Mexican director Jorge Fons, follows a group of overlapping characters through four distinct episodes. Among them is local cantina owner Rutilio (Ernesto Gómez Cruz), a family man who gives in to latent homosexual desires. His son, Chava (Juan Manuel Bernal), yearns to emigrate to America, while the desperate spinster Susanita (Margarita Sanz) dreams of finding a husband. Finally, there is Abel (Bruno Bichir), a poor barber whose romance with the innocent beauty Alma (Salma Hayek) tragically ends after she is coerced into a life of debauchery.
“One of the best Mexican films since
Like Water for Chocolate…
A vibrant portrait of millennial Mexico City”
— Ed Morales, Village Voice
Film Movement Plus also invites viewers to get in the mood with a selection of romantic feature films from around the world:
A NY THING – Starring Greta Gerwig
HELENA FROM THE WEDDING – Starring Gillian Jacobs, Corey Stoll
IF YOU DON’T, I WILL – Starring Mathieu Amalric
MY ART — Starring Laurie Simmons, Lena Dunham and Parker Posey
MY LOVE DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER
MY MISTRESS — Starring Emmanuelle Béart
NOT ANOTHER HAPPY ENDING — Starring Karen Gillan
SENSATION — Starring Domhnall Gleeson
THE CHAMBERMAID LYNN — Starring Vicky Krieps
THE PILLOW BOOK — Starring Ewan McGregor and Vivian Wu
THE RAGE IN PLACID LAKE — Starring Rose Byrne
|MIDAQ ALLEY Film Movement Classics Trailer
Friday, February 15
BYE BYE GERMANY + BERLINALE PROMOTION
The prestigious Berlinale – or the Berlin International Film festival – runs from February 7-17 this year, and in conjunction with the 69th annual festival, Film Movement Plus salutes recent award-winners and finds, starting with the U.S. streaming premiere of BYE BYE GERMANY, a 2017 Berlinale Special Gala World Premiere.
From director Sam Garbarski, a Berlin Golden Bear nominee for Irina Palm, comes this bittersweet dramedy set in Post WWII Germany. David Bermann (Moritz Bleibtreu, Run Lola Run) is determined to make the most of the ravaged postwar era by recruiting some friends from a displaced persons camp to sell linens at inflated prices to unsuspecting Germans. Most of the group have a simple motivation: to raise the money necessary to leave Germany behind and move on to the United States. But David has a secret, and the beautiful American Army investigator Sara Simon (Antje Traue, Man of Steel) is determined to uncover it.
“The best German-language film Joel and Ethan Coen never made”
— Sherilyn Connelly at SF Weekly.
“Charmingly made… a just-out-of-World War II Ocean’s 11“
— Karen Han, The Village Voice
In addition, beginning February 15 and running through the month, Film Movement Plus will highlight past acclaimed Berlinale award-winners, including:
ARCADIA (2012, Director Olivia Silver) – Winner, Crystal Bear
CAROL’S JOURNEY (2002, Director Imanol Uribe) – Winner, Crystal Bear
GIGANTE (2009, Director Adrián Biniez) – Winner, Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize
HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMER (2010, Director Aleksey Popogrebskiy)-Winner, Silver Bear Best Actor, Winner, Best Cinematography
IF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLE (2010, Director Florin Serban)-Winner, Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize
IN THE NAME OF (2013, Director Malgorzata Szumowska)-Winner, Teddy Award
LAKE TAHOE (2008, Director Fernando Eimbcke) – Winner, Alfred Bauer Prize
STATIONS OF THE CROSS (2014, Dietrich Brüggeman) – Winner, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
STORM (2009, Director Hans-Christian Schmid) – Winner, Amnesty International Film Prize
WELCOME(2009, Director, Philippe Lioret) – Winner, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
WITNESSES (2003, Director Vinko Bresan) – Winner, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
BYE BYE GERMANY – OFFICIAL US Trailer
Friday, February 22
On Sunday, February 24, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will assemble at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre for the 91st Academy Awards honoring the best films and performances of 2018.
In conjunction with the show, Film Movement Plus proudly honors past Oscar winners in their library:
From Director Bille August, PELLE THE CONQUERER captured the Best Foreign Language Film in 1989, and Max Von Sydow was nominated for Best Actor for this Danish epic, that also captured the Pamle d’Or at Cannes. In the sweeping drama, Lasse (von Sydow), an elderly and widowed farmer, and his young son Pelle (Pelle Hvenegaard), join a boat-load of immigrants to escape from impoverished rural Sweden to Denmark’s Baltic island of Bornholm. There, they’re employed at a large farm, where they are treated as the lowest of the low. It is ultimately their loving relationship which sustains them through a difficult year in a film that Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times called “a towering achievement, grueling in its portrayal of a harsh existence yet ultimately an exhilarating experience unlikely to be forgotten.”
Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film in 1996, ANTONIA’S LINE is the multi-generational story of a strong-willed Dutch matron (Willeke van Ammelrooy) who returns to her small hometown in the wake of WWII where she has inherited her mother’s farm. Joined by her free-spirited artist daughter Danielle, they ingratiate themselves with the town’s tight-knit and eccentric community. And, as the years unfold, love and tragedy come to Antonia and Danielle and the pair foster a vibrant circle of strong, liberated women in Marleen Gorris’ acclaimed drama, of which James Berardinelli of ReelViews calls “a rare and wonderful world capable of provoking both laughter and tears – sometimes at the same time.”
The harrowing TOYLAND, which captured the Live-Action Short Film Oscar in 2009, takes place in 1942 Germany. In order to protect her son, Marianne Meissner tried to make him believe that the Jewish neighbors are going on a journey to “Toyland”. One morning her son has disappeared, and the Jewish neighbors, too. The 14-minute film was directed and co-written by Jochen Alexander Freydank.
About FILM MOVEMENT PLUS
FILM MOVEMENT PLUS
opens up a world of provocative, compelling and award-winning films from Film Movement’s singular library. Priced at $5.99 per month with a free 14-day trial, the SVOD subscription service, currently available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, mobile (iOS and Android), and Chromecast, offers consumers immediate access to 250 festival favorite feature films and 100 short films, including: THEEB, the 2016 Academy Award® nominee for Best Foreign Film; AFTER THE STORM, a powerful family drama from 2018 Palme d’Or winner Hirokazu Kore-eda; HUMAN CAPITAL, a political thriller from Paolo Virzi (The Leisure Seeker
) that was Italy’s Best Foreign Film submission for the 87th
Academy Awards® and MY LOVE, DON’T CROSS THAT RIVER, an unforgettable documentary about true love that transcends generations and cultures and is South Korea’s most successful film of all time. Classics from the Film Movement catalog include Bille August’s PELLE THE CONQUEROR, an Academy Award® winner for Best Foreign Language Film in 1996 and much more.
About Film Movement
Founded in 2002 as one of the first-ever subscription film services with its DVD-of-the-Month club, Film Movement is now a North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films based in New York City. It has released more than 250 feature films and shorts culled from prestigious film festivals worldwide. Film Movement’s theatrical releases include American independent films, documentaries, and foreign art house titles. Its catalog includes titles by directors such as Hirokazu Kore-eda, Maren Ade, Jessica Hausner, Andrei Konchalovsky, Andrzej Wajda, Diane Kurys, Ciro Guerra and Melanie Laurent. In 2015, Film Movement launched its reissue label Film Movement Classics, featuring new restorations released
theatrically as well as on Blu-ray and DVD, including films by such noted directors as Eric Rohmer, Peter Greenaway, Bille August, Marleen Gorris, Takeshi Kitano, Arturo Ripstein, Sergio Corbucci and Ettore Scola. For more information, please visit www.filmmovement.com
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