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The Source Review


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Strikingly well-made on a big scale, this film takes on some important issues without ever preaching at us. Instead, the filmmakers remain rooted in the vivid characters, which adds depth to the involving story and the pointed message.

Leila (Bekhti) is an outsider in her village, married to the suspiciously intelligent schoolteacher Sami (Bakri). And when she speaks out about the injustice, and danger, of women scaling a treacherous path every day to get water, everyone tells her to remain quiet. Eventually, she manages to convince the women to go on a "love strike", withholding sex until their husbands stop sitting around and get water piped into the village.

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Malick's Tree Of Life To Be Planted At Cannes


Brad Pitt Gilles Jacob John C Reilly Kiefer Sutherland Kirsten Dunst Lars Von Trier Radu Mihaileanu Sean Penn Tilda Swinton Cannes Film Festival

Terrence Malick's much awaited The Tree of Life , starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, is among the films selected to compete for the Palme d'Or, the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, which opens on May 11. (The film had been expected to compete at the festival last year but was not completed in time.) Festival President Gilles Jacob and Thierry Frémaux, who has the title of General Delegate but whose official capacity is that of head of the selection committee, announced the lineup at a news conference in Paris today (Thursday). Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In , another highly anticipated film among cineastes, is also among the films participating in the competition. Danish director Lars Von Trier will also be returning to the Croisette with his Melancholia , starring Kirsten Dunst and Kiefer Sutherland, while British director Lynn Ramsay, who first visited the festival in 1999 with her debut feature Ratcatcher will return with We Need to Talk about Kevin , starring Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly, who play the parents of a boy who massacred fellow students at his high school. Belgian directors the Dardenne Brothers (Jean-Pierre and Luc) who have already won the Palme d'Or twice, will enter their The Kid with the Bike/ aka Set Me Free in this year's competition. Other directors whose films were selected by Frémaux's committee include Japan's Naomi Kawase ( Hanezu no Tsuki) , Romania's Radu Mihaileanu ( The Source ), Australia's Julia Leigh ( Sleeping Beauty ), and France's Maïwenn ( Polisse ).

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The Concert Review


Excellent
This riotous French farce stirs in both Russian mob action and some strong emotion in a way that kind of defies both description and expectation. But it's brilliantly held together by the music at the centre of the story.

Andrei (Guskov) was a great conductor until he clashed with Brezhnev in 1981.

He's now a cleaner at Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre, and when he intercepts a fax he decides to reclaim his reputation by gathering his old orchestra buddies and illicitly taking a high-profile gig in Paris with the help of his pal Sacha (Nazarov) and their pushy old manager Ivan (Barinov). Meanwhile, Andrei will also need to face up to his past, most notably to Tchaikovsky's violin concerto, as well as rising-star French violinist Anne-Marie (Laurent) and the high-spirited orchestra members.

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Mihaileanu Triumphs At Copenhagen Film Festival


Radu Mihaileanu Bent Hamer Nicolas Roeg

Romanian director Radu Mihaileanu is the big winner at this year's (05) Copenhagen International Film Festival, picking up accolades for his latest movie LIVE AND BECOME.

Mihaileanu's tale about an Ethiopian boy adapting to life in an Israeli society was named Best Movie and Best Script at the climax of the Danish festival on Sunday (28AUG05).

Fellow Romanian CRISTI PUIU was honoured with the Grand Jury Special Prize for THE DEATH OF MR LAZARESCU, with his leading man IOAN FISCUTEANU winning Best Actor.

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