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TIFF Review: Mia Hansen-Løve’s French DJ Drama ‘Eden’ With Greta Gerwig & Brady Corbet

  • By Nikola Grozdanovic
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  • September 6, 2014 1:13 PM
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Eden, Mia Hansen-Løve
Her career as a director may still be considered short, but Mia Hansen-Løve already has a reputation for capturing the intimacy of relationships. This year, she’s following up 2011’s festival darling “Goodbye First Love” with a much more personal story, intimate in a wholly different way than her previous pictures. “Eden” is a portrait of a young DJ, partly based on her younger brother Sven’s DJ-ing aspirations, and according to the director, who was on hand to introduce the film at its world premiere at TIFF, it wasn’t an easy project to finance, but was one that she was determined to see through till the end. With its slow pace, tricky setting and plotless attitude, it’s not hard to understand why she had some troubles, but we are thankful that she overcame them.

Watch: First Trailer For Mia Hansen-Løve’s ‘90s-Set French DJ/Dance-Scene Drama ‘Eden’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 4, 2014 6:03 PM
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Eden, Mia Hansen-Løve
While Daft Punk center heavily in this new trailer for “Eden,” filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve’s fourth feature effort, there were many other fondly remembered groups from the '90s French House explosion. There was Dimitri from Paris, Cassius Stardust, Alan Braxe & Fred Falke, Mr. Oizo, DJ Falcon and the American Felix da Housecat really took off in Europe during that era. Those acts were each successful in one way or another, but there were some that never broke out of obscurity, and that’s part of the story of Hansen-Løve’s new film.

The Playlist's 15 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 2, 2014 2:03 PM
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15 Most Anticipated, TIFF 2014
The Telluride International Film Festival is done for another year (read all our coverage here), and though the Venice Film Festival has some big movies still yet to unspool, it too is starting to wind down (catch up with our ongoing coverage here). Which can only mean one thing: it's time to head north for the Toronto International Film Festival.

New Photos: Jeremy Renner In ‘Kill The Messenger,’ Mia Hansen-Løve's ‘Eden’ & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 19, 2014 2:00 PM
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Kill The Messenger
The Toronto International Film Festival made its final announcement this morning and so the fall film festival circuit geography is basically set, other than waiting for the day-of Telluride announcement, which has already been largely telegraphed by the status of TIFF and the New York Film Festival and whatever Fantastic Fest has left to offer, of course.

NYFF 2014 Main Slate Includes Films From Olivier Assayas, David Cronenberg, Bennett Miller, Mike Leigh & Much More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2014 11:26 AM
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Foxcatcher
Boasting world premieres of two of the highest profile movies coming this fall —David Fincher's "Gone Girl" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice"— along with landing Alejandro G. Iñárritu's "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance" for the closing night slot, the New York Film Festival had done enough to impress its cinephile constituency. But today the fest has unveiled their main slate, and attendees are going to have a lot to enjoy this year.

'Touchy Feely' Director Lynn Shelton's Top 10 Favorite Films Of 2013 Include 'Her,' 'Short Term 12' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 1, 2014 10:37 AM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix
2014 is here but that doesn't mean the tabulating of 2013 will end just yet. Everyone is still using the holiday season to catch up on the year that was before jumping into the year ahead, and yet another Top 10 is upon us.

Mia Hansen-Love Helming Dance World Saga 'Eden' Starring Brady Corbet and Greta Gerwig

  • By Ben Brock
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  • September 4, 2013 12:15 PM
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Seemingly every generation's zeitgeist-capturing musical movement has its correlating cinematic interpretation (usually about an arty director with some experience in said movement). Whit Stillman's “The Last Days of Disco” attempted to be that film for the early '80s and the waning days of the '70s musical fad of choice; Michael Winterbottom's “24 Hour Party People” captured the Factory records heyday of the late '80s; and now, behold, Mia Hansen-Love is bringing us "Eden," a chronicle of the electronic music boom of the '90s.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? Gain 'Admission' To 'The Croods' & 'Olympus Has Fallen'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • March 22, 2013 5:35 PM
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This weekend's release docket may inspire even the most cynical of cinephiles to wax a little nostalgic about their younger days. The reminiscence upon past events, eras and moments which we paint with the strokes of simplicity and unadulterated joy is one we all deign to indulge in once in a while. And with so many vehicles to quench that thirst so close at hand, we recommend dropping all pretense and just letting the nostalgia wave crash over you in the darkness of the theaters. Stories are here to spark memories of your first love, your transition to adulthood, your successes and failures as a young adult, your first hostage crisis in the White House.

Review: 'Eden' Is A Gripping Sex Slavery Drama That Isn't As Dour As It Sounds

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 21, 2013 6:01 PM
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Often the problem when making an 'issue' movie, wherein you tackle some far-reaching social, systemic, or religious injustice, is that scope often becomes too burdensome, with the given topic often begging for thoughtful, intimate conversation and not the broad strokes that cinema offers. The best issue movies, things like Steven Soderbergh's multi-layered "Traffic," make the central concern seem both universal and incredibly personal, often setting aside crass moralization (the stuff "Crash" was mired in – hey, racism still exists, everybody!) for actual entertainment. "Eden," the Narrative Feature winner at SXSW in 2012, similarly tackles the issue of sex slavery, but it does so in a way that never feels too clumsy or overarching. Instead, it's a character study with thriller elements; it exposes you to a horrible underworld without ever beating you over the head with it.
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Watch: Trailer For SXSW Audience Award Winning Sex Slavery Drama ‘Eden’ Starring Jamie Chung

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • February 26, 2013 6:34 PM
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Jamie Chung-starring “Eden,” the based-on-a-true-story drama about a Korean-American girl kidnapped and held in sex slavery for two years and 2012 SXSW Audience Award winner has just dropped its first trailer. While the film supposedly revolves around Chung’s manipulation of her captors and rise to power in the trafficking underworld leading to her eventual escape, the trailer leaves the plot details relatively hazy and instead provides provocative snapshots of her abduction, her introduction into a warehouse where prostitutes are kept like cattle, and her transformation into a pistol-aiming intimidator -- explanation (apparently) unnecessary. Some of us have already seen the film and concluded that it delivers everything a thrill-seeking, human rights-concerned moviegoer could hope for.

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