Ashes and Blood (2009)

FANNY ARDANT Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Original title:  Cendres Et Sang France/Romania/Portugal, 2009.  Alfama Films, Arte France Cinema, Hirsch, DD Productions, Libra Film, Clap Filmes, Canal+, CineCinema, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Romanian National Center for Cinematography, Radiotelevisão Portuguesa.  Screenplay by Fanny Ardant, based on the novel by Ismail Kadare.  Cinematography by Gerard de Battista.  Produced by Paulo Branco, Tudor…

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Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)

RAOUL RUIZ Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.   Original title:  Misterios de Lisboa Portugal/France, 2010.  Clap Filmes, Alfama Films, Arte France, Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Cofinova Développement, Câmara Municipal de Oeiras, Camara Municipal de Sintra, Câmara Municipal de Vila do Bispo, Egeac.  Screenplay by Carlos Saboga, based on the novel by Camilo Castelo Branco.  Cinematography by Andre Szankowski.  Produced by Paulo Branco.  Music by…

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In Paris (Dans Paris) (2006)

CHRISTOPHE HONORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  France/Portugal, 2006.  Gemini Films, Clap Filmes, Centre National de la Cinématographie, CinéCinéma, Canal+, Cofinova 2.  Screenplay by Christophe Honore.  Cinematography by Jean-Louis Vialard.  Produced by Paulo Branco.  Music by Alex Beaupain.  Production Design by Samuel Deshors.  Costume Design by Pierre Canitrot.  Film Editing by Chantal Hymans. It’s a glamorous life when you are Louis Garrel, your brother…

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1900 (1976)

BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Novecento Italy/France/West Germany, 1976.  Produzioni Europee Associate, Les Productions Artistes Associés, Artemis Film.  Screenplay by Franco Arcalli, Giuseppe Bertolucci, Bernardo Bertolucci.  Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro.  Produced by Alberto Grimaldi.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Production Design by Maria Paola Maino, Gianni Quaranta.  Costume Design by Gitt Magrini.  Film Editing by Franco Arcalli. Robert De Niro and Gerard…

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Lines Of Wellington (2012)

VALERIA SARMIENTO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  France/Portugal, 2012.  Alfama Films, Clap Filmes, France 3 Cinéma.  Screenplay by Carlos Saboga.  Cinematography by Andre Szankowski.  Produced by Paulo Branco.  Music by Jorge Arriagada.  Production Design by Isabel Branco.  Costume Design by Lucha d’Orey.  Film Editing by Luca Alverdi, Valeria Sarmiento.   Raoul Ruiz was in pre-production of this epic examination of Napoleon’s invasion of Portugal in 1810…

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Our Paradise (2011)

GAEL MOREL Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.5.  Original title:  Notre Paradis France, 2011.  Alfama Films, Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, Région Rhône-Alpes, Centre National de la Cinématographie.  Screenplay by Gael Morel.  Produced by Paulo Branco.  Music by Camille Rocailleux, Louis Sclavis.  Costume Design by Helena Goncalves.  Film Editing by Catherine Schwartz.   More unapologetically realized naughtiness from France, this time the steamy love story between an aging…

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My Mother (2004)

CHRISTOPHE HONORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5 Original title:  Ma Mere France/Portugal/Austria/Spain, 2004.  Gemini Films, Amour Fou Filmproduktion, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Arte France Cinéma, Audiovisual Consulting, Canal+, Filmfonds Wien, Les Films du Camélia, Les Films du Lendemain, S2 International, Österreichischer Rundfunk.  Screenplay by Christophe Honore, based on the novel by Georges Bataille.  Cinematography by Helene Louvart.  Produced by Paulo…

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Love Songs (2007)

CHRISTOPHE HONORE Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB Original title:  Les Chansons D’Amour France, 2007.  Alma Films, Flach Film, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Canal+, CinéCinéma, Coficup, Backup Media, Cofinova 3, Cofinova 4.  Screenplay by Christophe Honore.  Cinematography by Remy Chevrin.  Produced by Paulo Branco.  Music by Alex Beaupain.  Production Design by Samuel Deshors.  Costume Design by Pierre Canitrot.  Film Editing by Chantal Hymans.   Christophe Honore…

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Two (2002)

WERNER SCHROETER Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBB Original title:  Deux France/Germany/Portugal, 2002.  France 2 Cinema, Gemini Films, Madragoa Filmes, Road Movies Filmproduktion.  Screenplay by Cedric Anger, Werner Schroeter.  Cinematography by Elfi Mikesch.  Produced by Paulo Branco, Ulrich Felsberg.  Production Design by Alberte Barsacq.  Costume Design by Alberte Barsacq.  Film Editing by Juliane Lorenz.   Werner Schroeter dedicates this madness to Isabelle Huppert explicitly…

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The Rose King (1986)

WERNER SCHROETER Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BB.5 Original title:  Der Rosenkonig West Germany/Portugal/France/The Netherlands, 1986.  Werner Schroeter Filmproduktion, Juliane Lorenz Filmproduktion, Futra Film.  Screenplay by Magdalena Montezuma, Werner Schroeter.  Cinematography by Elfi Mikesch, Wolfgang Pilgrim.  Produced by Paulo Branco, Udo Heiland.  Production Design by Caritas de Witt.  Film Editing by Juliane Lorenz.   Compile every standard of pretentious arthouse film iconography and this…

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A Talking Picture (2003)

MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB Original title:  Um Filme Falado Portugal/France/Italy, 2003.  Madragoa Filmes, Gemini Films, Mikado Film, France 2 Cinéma, Instituto do Cinema, Audiovisual e Multimédia, Radiotelevisão Portuguesa, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Canal+, CinéCinéma, Eurimages, Interlinea Films.  Screenplay by Manoel de Oliveira.  Cinematography by Emmanuel Machuel.  Produced by Paulo Branco.  Production Design by Ze Branco.  Costume Design…

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I’m Going Home (2001)

MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.    Original title:  Je Rentre A La Maison France/Portugal, 2001.  Madragoa Filmes, Gemini Films, France 2 Cinema, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Canal+, Instituto do Cinema, Audiovisual e Multimédia, Radiotelevisão Portuguesa.  Screenplay and dialogue by Manoel de Oliveira, scenario consultant Jacques Parsi.  Cinematography by Sabine Lancelin.  Produced by Paulo Branco.  Production Design…

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