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-- Federico Fellini
Nov 122018
 
 
STREAMING PREMIERES & HIGHLIGHTS
NOVEMBER 2018
 
Friday, November 2        
 
PREMIERE
EGON SCHIELE: DEATH AND THE MAIDEN
 
On the 100th anniversary of Schiele’s death, Film Movement Plus premieres this cinematic and award-winning bio-pic from director Dieter Berner. Young, brilliant and seductive, Schiele (Noah Saavedra) is one of the most provocative and scandalous artists in early twentieth century Vienna. His life and work are stimulated by eroticism and a Bohemian era that is quickly coming to a close. Two beautiful women drive his inspiration – his sister, Gerti (Maresi Riegner), and Wally Neuzil (Valerie Pachner), the sensual model he immortalizes in his most famous painting “Death and the Maiden.” But the outbreak of World War I threatens Schiele’s artistic pursuits and leads to his eventual betrayal of Wally, his muse and one true love in this passionate portrait of a 20th century master (2016, 110 minutes, German with English Subtitles)
“This film presents a fascinating biographical story as well as an 
interesting historical perspective on life in Austria and Vienna at the beginning of the twentieth century. The actors and actresses are 
refreshing young newcomers to film. “
— Pat Nevers, KinoCritics.com
 
Egon Schiele: Death and the Maiden - Trailer
Egon Schiele: Death and the Maiden Trailer
 

 
Friday, November 9
 
PREMIERE
WONDROUS BOCCACCIO
 
To celebrate legendary Italian director Paolo Taviani’s birthday (11/8) this month, Film Movement Plus premieres the lavish period comedy/drama based on Boccaccio’s masterpiece “The Decameron” that he directed with his brother Vittorio. Set against the backdrop of a 14th century, black plague-stricken Florence, ten young men and women escape to a country estate where they spend their days telling stories of love, fate, and resurrection. WONDROUS BOCCACCIO is a visual and poetic tribute to the stories that emerged from one of the darkest periods in Italian history, and to Boccaccio’s landmark of Renaissance literature. (2015, 120 minutes, Italian with English subtitles)
“…thrilling and packed with illuminating details and 
striking personalities…”
The New York Times
 
WONDROUS BOCCACCIO - OFFICIAL US Trailer
Wondrous Boccaccio Official US Trailer
 

 
Friday, November 16
 
PREMIERE
SCHNEIDER VS. BAX
 
From Dutch director Alex van Wermerdam (BORGMAN) comes this dark and absurd comedy of errors. Schneider, a hitman, gets a call from Mertens on the morning of his birthday. He has a last-minute assignment for Schneider who refuses the request because it is his birthday. When they meet in Mertens’ office, Schneider is told that the target is Ramon Bax, a writer. He lives alone in a secluded place. “It’s an easy job. With a little luck you’re back home before noon.” Schneider accepts the assignment. What was promised to be a simple hit, however, turns out to be much more than expected in this Official Selection from Toronto and Locarno. (2015, 96 minutes, Dutch with English subtitles)
“Putting the “dead” back in deadpan, the ninth feature of van Warmerdam is his most Coen brothers-like film yet, a western in the Dutch wetlands that’s as unpredictable as it is darkly funny.”
— Body van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
 
SCHNEIDER VS. BAX - Official U.S. Trailer
Schneider vs. Bax Official U.S. Trailer

 
Friday, November 23
 
HIGHLIGHT
AFTER THE STORM
 
Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s celebrated Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters opens today around the country. Cineastes interested in another of Kore-Eda’s acclaimed dramas should watch this Certified Fresh® award winner, an Official Selection of Un Certain Regard at Cannes, about which Robbie Collin of The Daily Telegraph said, “Even long-standing fans of the Japanese filmmaker might be taken aback by the supreme subtlety of his latest, achingly beautiful ode to the quiet complexities of family life.” Dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support. After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) – until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.
 
 
“[A] classic Japanese family drama of gentle persuasion and staggering simplicity…. [T]he filmmaking is so exquisite and the acting 
so calibrated it sticks with you.”
— Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
“The performances are brilliant throughout the ensemble and the script
is full of great one-liners. After the Storm is undoubtedly 
one of Kore-eda’s best.”
— John Bleasdale, Cine-vue.com
 
After the Storm Official U.S. Trailer
After the Storm Official U.S. Trailer

 


 
Friday, November 30
 
HIGHLIGHT
CORPO CELESTE
Film Movement continues to celebrate the contributions from women behind the camera as director Alice Rohrwacher’s third feature, Happy as Lazzaro, opens nationally. CORPO CELESTE, her debut feature, put her on the map as a filmmaker to watch, and this coming-of-age drama, an Official Selection at Cannes and Sundance, was called “captivating” by Drew Taylor of IndieWire.
Having recently returned to her native Italy after living in Switzerland for 10 years, quiet but curious 13-year-old Marta is left to her own devices while her loving but worn-out mother toils away at an industrial bakery. Marta’s only source of socialization is the local church, where she is told to attend preparatory classes for her confirmation. But the doctrines of Roman Catholicism offer little in terms of life lessons or consolation, and she quickly sees through the hypocrisy of the priest, who cares more about status than about his constituents. Eventually, Marta forges her very own way of the cross, which turns out to have much less to do with God than with her own climb towards adulthood. (2011, 100 minutes, Italian with English subtitles)
“A quietly impressive feature debut.”
— Lee Marshall, Screen Daily
 
Corpo Celeste Trailer
Corpo Celeste Official Trailer
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 10FILM MOVEMENT PLUS0 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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