All the week’s video on demand releases.
Each week, we invite you to find new VOD products on the brand new Première Max by Videofutur service, available on Mac and PC, Android and iOS. Here are the urls to access it:
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The Night of the Kings
This film by Franco-Ivorian filmmaker Philippe Lacôte (Run…), which borrows its name from a Shakespearean comedy, is a staggering dive into an overcrowded Abidjan prison. This is where the young Roman arrives, whose name predestines him to tell stories. In any case, this is what the godfather of the place, Blackbeard, imposes on him. The red moon forces the new inmate, like a hero of the Thousand and one Night, to embark on a long story to ensure its survival. The stunningly powerful staging and the formidably structured scenario cause dizziness. Here the classic tragedy meets the fantastic, the biblical story, the documentary … Suffice to say that this cinematographic experience spotted among others in Venice and Sundance, is one of the peaks of this year 2021.
Three things to know about… The Night of the Kings
A great regular at the theater, whom he worked with in 1998 with his first play Beginners presented at the Festival Off d’Avignon, Christophe Honore start with his Guermantes a new part of his career on the boards. The director films the troupe of the Comédie Française during the summer of 2020 while they are rehearsing a play after Marcel Proust. When the members are suddenly told that the show is canceled, they choose to continue playing anyway. Serge Bagdassarian, Dominique Blanc, Loïc Corbery and Laurent Lafitte then settled in the premises of the most famous French theater, for improvised life scenes that blur the border between reality and fiction. Making-of, amateur documentary or fashionable fiction? Guermantes offers a fresh take on culture in times of COVID-19 epidemic.
Guermantes, on France 5 then in the cinema: Everything is true, everything is false, everything is allowed [critique]
Y, a tormented Israeli filmmaker, palm down in the Arava desert, dreaming of challenging his country with a film about Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi … Second Cannes selection (his second feature, The teacher, was at Critics’ Week in 2014) for Nadav Lapid who (already) delivers his Eight and a half, a mirror film in ultra angry, theatrical, cerebral and boneless political pamphlet mode: the official competition for the Palm has taken a good turn Knee where it is needed, and the director left the 2021 Cannes Film Festival with the Jury Prize, tied with Memoria, by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Cannes 2021: Ahed’s Knee, Nadav Lapid’s fascinating cry of rage [critique]