Ash Is Purest White (2018)

ZHANGKE JIA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Original title:  Jiang hu er nü China/France/Japan, 2018.  Arte France Cinema, Beijing Runjin Investment, Huanxi Media Group, MK2 Productions, Office Kitano, Shanghai Film Group, Xstream Pictures.  Screenplay by Zhangke Jia.  Cinematography by Eric Gautier.  Produced by Shozo Ichiyama, Nathanael Karmitz.  Music by Giong Lim.  Production Design by Weixin…

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Cold War (2018)

PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.   Original title:  Zimna wojna Poland/United Kingdom/France, 2018.  Opus Film, Apocalypso Pictures, MK2 Productions, Arte France, BFI Film Fund, Canal+ Polska, Cinestaan Film Company, City of Lodz, City of Warsaw, EC1 Lódz – Miasto Kultury, Eurimages, Film4, Kino Swiat, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, MK2 Films, Maziowiecki Fundusz Filmowy, Mazovia…

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Radiance (2017)

NAOMI KAWASE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.   Original title:  Hikari Japan/France, 2017.  Comme des Cinémas, Kino Films, Kumie, MK2 Productions.  Screenplay by Naomi Kawase.  Produced by Naoya Kinoshita, Masa Sawada, Yumiko Takebe.  Music by Ibrahim Maalouf.  Film Editing by Tina Baz.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017. Ayame Misaki is excellent as a woman who has been assigned the…

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Kedma (2002)

AMOS GITAI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Italy/Israel/France, 2002.  Agav Hafakot, Arte France Cinema, BIM Distribuzione, MK2 Productions, MP Productions, R&C Produzioni.  Screenplay by Amos Gitai, Mordechai Goldhecht, Marie-Jose Sanselme, based on the novel by Haim Hazaz.  Cinematography by Giorgos Arvanitis.  Produced by Amos Gitai, Marin Karmitz, Alain Mamou-Mani, Laurent Truchot.  Music by David Darling, Manfred Eicher.  Production Design by Eitan…

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It’s Only The End Of The World (2016)

XAVIER DOLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Original title:  Juste La Fin Du Monde Canada/France, 2016.  Sons of Manual, MK2 Productions, France 2 Cinema, 120 Films, Canal+, Centre National du Cinema et de L’Image Animee, Cine+, Fonds Quebecor, France Televisions, The Harold Greenberg Fund, Ministere de la Culture et de la Communication, My Unity Production, Radio Canada, Societe…

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Mountains May Depart (2015)

ZHANGKE JIA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  Original title:  Shan he gu ren China/France/Japan, 2015.  Shanghai Film Group, MK2 Productions, Bitters End, Arte France Cinéma, Bandai Visual, Beijing Runjin Investment, Centre National de la Cinématographie, L’Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, Office Kitano, Xstream Pictures.  Screenplay by Zhangke Jia.  Cinematography by Nelson Lik-wai Yu.  Produced by Shozo Ichiyama.  Music by Yoshihiro…

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The Fish Child

LUCIA PUENZO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Original title:  El Niño Pez Argentina/France/Spain, 2009.  Historias Cinematograficas Cinemania, Ibermedia, Instituto Nacional de Cine y Artes Audiovisuales, Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales, MK2 Productions, Televisión Española, Wanda Visión S.A..  Screenplay by Lucia Puenzo, based on her novel.  Cinematography by Rodrigo Pulpeiro.  Produced by Jose Maria Morales, Luis Puenzo.  Music…

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Signs And Wonders

JONATHAN NOSSITER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.  France, 2000.  Goatworks Films, Ideefixe Productions, Industry Entertainment, MK2 Productions, Sunshine Amalgamedia.  Story by James Lasdun, Screenplay by James Lasdun, Jonathan Nossiter.  Cinematography by Giorgos Arvanitis.  Produced by Marin Karmitz.  Music by Adrian Utley.  Production Design by Anastasia Arseni, Daphni Kalogianni.  Costume Design by Kathryn Nixon.  Film Editing by Madeleine Gavin.  Toronto International Film Festival 2000.   In…

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Paranoid Park (2007)

GUS VAN SANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France/USA, 2007.  MK2 Productions, Meno Films, Centre National de la Cinématographie.  Screenplay by Gus Van Sant, based on the novel by Blake Nelson.  Cinematography by Christopher Doyle, Rain Li.  Produced by David Allen Cress, Neil Kopp.  Music by Rachel Fox.  Production Design by John Pearson-Denning.  Costume Design by Chapin Simpson.  Film Editing by Gus Van…

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On The Road (2012)

WALTER SALLES Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBB.  France/USA/United Kingdom/Brazil/Canada, 2012.  MK2 Productions, American Zoetrope, Jerry Leider Company, Vanguard Films, Film4, France 2 Cinema, France Televisions, Canal+, Cine+, VideoFilmes.  Screenplay by Jose Rivera, based on the novel by Jack Kerouac.  Cinematography by Eric Gautier.  Produced by Roman Coppola, Charles Gillibert, Nathanael Karmitz, Rebecca Yeldham.  Music by Gustavo Santaolalla.  Production Design by…

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Like Someone In Love (2012)

ABBAS KIAROSTAMI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   France/Japan, 2012.  Centre National du Cinéma et de L’image Animée, Euro Space, MK2 Productions.  Screenplay by Abbas Kiarostami.  Cinematography by Katsumi Yanagijima.  Produced by Abbas Kiarostami.  Music by Elise Luguern.  Film Editing by Bahman Kiarostami.  Cannes Film Festival 2012.  Toronto International Film Festival 2012.   Abbas Kiarostami had such success with his first film outside his native…

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Slow Motion (1980)

JEAN-LUC GODARD Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Sauve Qui Peut La Vie Alternate title:  Every Man For Himself France/Austria/West Germany/Switzerland, 1980.  Sara Films, MK2 Productions, Saga-Productions, Sonimage, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, Télévision Suisse-Romande, Österreichischer Rundfunk.  Screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Mieville.  Cinematography by Renato Berta, William Lubtchansky, Jean-Bernard Menoud.  Produced by Jean-Luc Godard, Alain Sarde.  Music by Gabriel…

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