Parasite took the top spot among films released in 2019 in Film Comment’s annual end-of-year survey, and State Funeral received the top rankings for non-distributed films.
NAME OF FILM: SYNONYMS (SYNONYMES)
DIRECTOR(S): Nadav Lapid
STARRING: Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, Louise Chevillotte
GENRE: Drama Film
SYNOPSIS: In his lacerating third feature, director Nadav Lapid’s camera races to keep up with the adventures of peripatetic Yoav (Tom Mercier), a disillusioned Israeli who has absconded to Paris following his military training. Having disavowed Hebrew, he devotes himself to learning the intricacies of the French language, falls into an emotional and intellectual triangle with a wealthy bohemian couple (Quentin Dolmaire and Louise Chevillotte), and frequently finds himself objectified, both politically and sexually. A powerful expression of the impossibility of escaping one’s roots, Synonyms is, even after the unforgettable Policeman (NYFF48) and The Kindergarten Teacher, Lapid’s boldest and most haunting work yet, a film about language and physicality, masculinity and nationhood.
The 8th Annual Key West Film Festival announced its official 2019 lineup including major fall films from Noah Baumbach and Destin Daniel Cretton.
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The Hamptons International Film Festival unveiled 2019 film lineup including spotlight films – THE AERONAUTS, HUMAN CAPITAL, THE REPORT, THE SONG OF NAMES, and concert documentary WESTERN STARS.
Shia LaBeouf’s HONEY BOY and Scarlett Johansson’s MARRIAGE STORY Bookend Woodstock Film Festival 20th Anniversary Lineup
The Woodstock Film Festival will celebrate its landmark 20th Anniversary with more than 50 feature films from around the world; opening with Honey Boy, and closing with Marriage Story.
The European Film Academy announced the 46 films on this year’s EFA Feature Film Selection, films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2019.
Toronto International Film Festival Rolls Out 2019 Contemporary World Cinema Lineup of Films from 48 Countries
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This year’s Main Slate of the 57th New York Film Festival, September 27 – October 13, showcases 29 films from 17 different countries.
43rd Hong Kong International Film Festival to Open with BODIES AT REST and Close with BY THE GRACE OF GOD
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