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    Of Gods and Men (2010)

    In Algeria in the early 1990's eight French Cistercian monks are told to accept military protection and to leave the country. They must decide whether to do that or obey their convictions and duty to the villagers and remain. Based on true events. Winner of the Grand Prix (second prize) at Cannes (after Weerasethakul's UNCLE BOONMEE) at Cannes.

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    Thanks for your coverage of the fest. I subscribe to the notion advanced by Hoberman in his Voice piece that "the key to the festival’s significance for local film culture is the number of movies that arrive at Lincoln Center without distribution". Consequently he recommends 4 undistributed films (out of 6 total recommendations) and they are FILM SOCIALISME, AURORA, POST MORTEM and MYSTERIES OF LISBON. For a lot of people there is something alluring about being amongst the first to see movies that will eventually be distributed. I understand that, but it just doesn't matter to me.

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    Of course Jay Hoberman is right to champion obscure unreleased films, and you are right to echo him. However I like both them and hot new ones like THE SOCIAL NETWORK, and I not only am glad to have (somewhat late) seen it in time to get out a review before the NYFF opening night showing and definitely in time for the release in a week, but also to have seen it with other movie people and writers and get to hear the stars Jesse, Andrew, and Justin and Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher talk about it and answer questions. Likewise Julie Taymor and Clint Eastwood are movie icons and seeing them in person will be fun. Indifference to what everybody is talking about is not a superiority to which I aspire. Those three are part of the Nyff, and help sell tickets and get promotion and publicity. They are also well chosen, unlike some of the Cannes stuff that is featured. Aside from those three, not only the four films Hoberman has singled out but, most of the other Nyff selections are not going to be showing at a theater near you.

    I'll be interested to see BLACK VENUS. I don't know if MYSTERIES OF LISBON will get a theatrical release or not. Often it's just a matter of time. It has big European stars in it.
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    Apropos of the above exchange, coming today is my review of the most talked about film of the New York Film Festival, THE SOCIAL NETWORK (David Fincher), seen today. And also of the less talked about and even less understood FILM SOCIALIME (Jean-Luc Godard), also seen today. Those were the two Nyff P&I screenings for Friday.

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    The Facebook movie

    David Fincher: THE SOCIAL NETWORK (2010)

    Sony Columbia's release of the Aaron Sorkin-David Fincher collaboration about the founding of Facebook and the battles that ensured. It's one of the year's best American films and also one of the most significant. It's got a grip on the zeigeist.

    Click on the title for the festival review. Also will be in the general forum because this is a general release that is getting reviewed.

    Opening Night film of the New York Film Festival, October 24, 2010

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    First reviews of THE SOCIAL NETWORK are very enthusiastic. See former chief Variety critic Tood McCarthy's on his IndieWIRE blog "Deep Focus" here. I like the way he opens up the implications in his conclusion:
    “The Social Network” is about so many things—the primacy of an idea, the things that define a generation, ambition and drive fomented by rejection and anger, the limitations of orthodoxy versus unbridled imagination, simultaneous creative and destructive impulses, the fluidity of what’s considered an outsider and insider, rebel and establishment—that it provides almost an unlimited number of things to think about, while also providing a viewing experience of continual stimulation. Everything about it is rich.

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    Jean-Luc Godard: FILM SOCIALISME (2010)

    "The first hour is wonderful," blogs the Voice's J Hoberman. "Unfortunately, as with much Godard, the movie is unsustainable. Film Socialisme goes on the rocks once it lands somewhere in the south of France, where the children of a gas station owner put their parents on trial and advise the world to both liberate and federate."--MUBI.

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    Cristi Puiu: Aurora (2010)


    Another relentless Romanian exploration of the quotidian, this time in a tale of multiple murder. Puiu's second feature, in which he stars, lacks the moral outrage and black humor of his 2005 debut feature (shown at NYFF 2005), The Death of Mr. Lazarescu.

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    Manoel de Oliveira: THE STRANGE CASE OF ANGELICA (2010)

    The venerable Portuguese filmmaker returns to his theme of doomed love in this tale he first thought of in the Fifites of a Sephardic Jewish photographer living beside the Douro river who falls under the spell o a beautiful woman who has just died when he is asked to take her picture before burial. The two lovers float into the sky as trasmogrified spirits as in a painting by Chagall. Music; a Chopin sonata. Balm to the spirit after Cristi Puiu.

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    Abdellatif Kechiche: BLACK VENUS (2010)

    Kechiche dramatizes with painful vividness the story of the woman from South Africa who was humiliated in carnivals in London and Paris as a wild savage and ended life as a prostitute.

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    Pablo Larraín: POST MORTEM (2010)

    Larraín's TONY MANERO depicted a creepy hoodlum who exemplified the Pinichet regime in Seventies Chile. Now in a film that's equally haunting and macabre the same actor, Alfredo Castro, embodies a morgue functionary who was present at the autopsy of Salvador Allende a few years earlier.

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    Charles Ferguson: INSIDE JOB (2010)

    Narrated by Matt Damon, Inside Job is a documentary film that describes and analyzes the world financial crisis. With this film and his 2007 Iraq war and occupation film No End in Sight Ferguson establishes himself, along with Errol Morris of The Fog of War, Alex Gibney of Taxi to the Dark Side, Adam Curtis of The Power of Nightmares, the team of Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott of The Corporation and a very few others, among the best of the new investigative political filmmakers who lay out a large, controversial topic for us in terms so compelling and lucid that the result becomes a definitive film statement.

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    Screened Sept. 29. Shown in the festival Oct. 1 and 4.

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    Jorge Michel Grau: WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (2010)

    From Mexico, a genre-bending film about cannibals with family, sexuality, and poverty issues in Mexico City. The director's first feature, it debuted at Directors Fortnight at Cannes.


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    Julie Taymor: THE TEMPEST (2010)

    Taymor's new version of Shakespeare's last play is strong on image, not so strong on ideas. The NYFF Centerpiece with some well known movie actors and a couple of relative newcomers, with Helen Mirren as Prospera, who's had a sex change.


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    Mike Leigh: ANOTHER YEAR (20100

    A mellow older couple have friends who need their attention and help. They must decide how much trust they can offer and how much help they can give. Wonderful acting and warm humanity balance the schematic structure.

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