Alice and the Mayor (Alice et le maire) will open the 2019 AFI European Union Film Showcase, highlighting 46 films representing all 28 EU member states.
YOUNG AHMED (LE JEUNE AHMED)
NAME OF FILM: YOUNG AHMED (LE JEUNE AHMED)
DIRECTOR(S): Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
STARRING: Idir Ben Addi, Olivier Bonnaud, Myriem Akheddiou
GENRE: Drama Film
SYNOPSIS: The Dardenne Brothers won this year’s Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival for this brave new work, another intimate portrayal-in-furious-motion of a protagonist in crisis. The filmmakers’ radical empathy alights on a Muslim teenager (extraordinary first-time actor Idir Ben Addi) in a small Belgian town who is being gradually radicalized into extremism despite the desperate protestations of his single mother (Claire Bodson), and who winds up hatching a murderous plot targeting his beloved teacher (Myriem Akheddiou). Taking a serious view of a difficult issue—the effect of fanaticism on the body and soul—the Dardennes here remind viewers why they continue to be at the center of 21st-century cinema.
Destin Daniel Cretton’s JUST MERCY starring Michael B. Jordan will open the 28th Philadelphia Film Festival, with the outlandish mystery film, KNIVES OUT closing the festival.
The 57th New York Film Festival will host free events including the eighth edition of free talk series NYFF Live – featuring actors, directors, and other industry insiders participating in daily discussions.
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.
This year’s Main Slate of the 57th New York Film Festival, September 27 – October 13, showcases 29 films from 17 different countries.
The Melbourne International Film Festival unveiled its 2019 program – the largest in its 68 year, history, featuring 259 feature films, and Lulu Wang’s The Farewell as closing night film.
The South Korean film Parasite directed by Bong Joon-Ho won the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
2019 Cannes Film Festival Unveils Official Selection, with Films by Pedro Almodóvar, Xavier Dolan, Terrence Malic
The Official Selection of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival was unveiled this morning and includes new releases from Pedro Almodóvar, Xavier Dolan, Ken Loach, and Terrence Malick.