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10 Notable Filmmakers Who Work In Both Documentary & Fiction

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 7, 2013 1:31 PM
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10 Filmmakers Who Work In Documentary And Fiction
Truth may or may not be stranger than fiction, but both impulses certainly exert a powerful pull on the filmmaking instinct. With so many established narrative directors over the years turning their hand to documentaries, whether it’s “making of,” band documentaries, or passion projects that they use to create greater awareness of the issues that are closest to their hearts, it’s a well-trodden path. And while they’re treading that path, they get to wave at the men and women coming in the opposite direction: documentarians make the crossover into narrative just as frequently. This week’s release of “How I Live Now” (our review is here) from Kevin Macdonald is another example of how, for some directors, the dividing line between fiction and non-fiction is one they can criss-cross time and again throughout their careers—it’s a fiction film, but Macdonald’s been alternating between the formats evenly for the last decade or so.

Air Scoring Norwegian Thriller 'Pioneer,' Mychael Danna Tuning Up 'Queen Of The Night' & Claire Denis' 'Bastards' Gets Soundtrack Release

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 30, 2013 7:28 PM
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Queen Of The Night Ryan Reynolds
Mychael Danna, who has scored all of Canadian director Atom Egoyan's features for the last twenty years (including the as-yet-unreleased "Devil's Knot," starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon), will, unsurprisingly, contribute music to Egoyan's new film, "Queen of the Night." The thriller, starring Ryan Reynolds (mercifully away from any kind of comic book adaptation), Bruce Greenwood, Scott Speedman and Rosario Dawson, is about the search for a missing child and, like every other movie in the known universe, will be premiering at this fall's Toronto International Film Festival. Read on for more about new scores from Air and soundtrack details for Claire Denis' controversial "Bastards."

Cannes Review: Claire Denis Destined To Divide With Disturbing, Salacious 'The Bastards'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 21, 2013 11:59 AM
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The Bastards, Claire Denis
If all art is only ever about sex and death, Claire Denis’ Un Certain Regard film “The Bastards” may be the most "artistic" one we’ve seen in Cannes to date, as it rolls around positively shamelessly in the musk of both. Or it may be a grubby little exercise in exploitation, depending on who you talk to. Whichever magnetic pole your opinion is drawn to (and it seems likely even this early on that very few of the responses to the film will share our relative middle ground -- it's a film that has so far not so much divided as cleaved), what’s for certain is that while in its elliptical, fragmentary, non-linear storytelling it bears the hallmarks of a Claire Denis film, in it the filmmaker strays into territory we’d never normally have associated her with, with peculiar and deeply unsettling effect. Fans of her dreamier, long-take, composed photography will be shocked by the choppy, disorienting close-ups we get here (slow opening scene aside), while those expecting any hint of her recurring post-colonialist themes and extraordinary sense of place will be disappointed by a film that eschews all wider politics and geography in favor of an almost generic psycho-sexual thriller plot, which of course ends up anything but generic in Denis’ hands.

'Only God Forgives,' 'Nebraska,' 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' 'The Past' & More Lead Official Selection For 2013 Cannes Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 18, 2013 5:56 AM
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As usual, sifting the actual fact from the speculation when it comes to the line-up of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival has been a little tricky. We know the opener -- Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," the closer -- "Zulu," with Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom, and as of yesterday, the Un Certain Regard headliner, in the shape of Sofia Coppola's "Bling Ring."

Constellation Records To Release Tindersticks Box Set For Claire Denis Films On April 26

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 16, 2011 5:02 AM
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Band Will Perform Live To Claire Denis Films At The SF Film Festival In MayIt's unquestionable: if you're a discerning connoisseur of artful music, movies and their soundtracks, Christmas is arriving eight months early this year.

Criterion April Titles Announced: 'White Material,' 'Blow Out' & 'Kes' (Oh My!)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 15, 2011 5:26 AM
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'Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas,' 'Le Cercle Rouge' & 'Sweetie' Go BluYesterday, Criterion announced their stellar April line-up of DVDs and high-definition Blu-rays. We can't say there were too many surprises in the announcement, but they are all really, really great.

Claire Denis And Isabelle Huppert Talk Inspiration And Structure Of 'White Material'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 20, 2010 3:06 AM
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If there ever were a body of work that not only begged but necessitated repeated viewings, it would be the oeuvre of Claire Denis. With an output that is often thematically dense and structurally fragmented, Denis is one of the few directors going today whose films will guarantee a best-of slot in any given year. Her latest releases, "35 Shots of Rum" and "White Material," have been some of her strongest works yet with the latter nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and opening this week through IFC Films. 'Material' marks the first collaboration between her and the brilliant thespian Isabelle Huppert, and we had the chance to speak to the actor and director about the film.

The Films Of Claire Denis: A Retrospective

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • November 19, 2010 5:56 AM
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The IFC Center in New York City recently ran a retrospective of French director Claire Denis’s laudable films—the most expansive retrospective of her work that NYC has ever seen—to commemorate the theatrical release of “White Material” this Friday. On the occasion, we have also decided to look back at some of her most noteworthy features.

Review: 'White Material' Another Strong Entry By Claire Denis

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • November 19, 2010 3:03 AM
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They don't come along as often as they should, but Claire Denis's "White Material" is exactly the kind of film that not only doesn't belittle the role of a woman, but empowers it. Externalized effortlessly by the great Isabelle Huppert, the two prove to be a force to be reckoned with in this atmospheric film focusing on feminism, colonialism, family, and politics.

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