El Cantante (2006)

LEON ICHASO Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.5.    USA, 2006.  Nuyorican Productions, R-Caro Productions.   Story by David Darmstaeder, Todd Bello, Screenplay by Leon Ichaso, David Darmstaeder, Todd Bello.   Cinematography by Claudio Chea.   Produced by Julio Caro, Simon Fields, Jennifer Lopez, David Maldonado.  Music by Willie Colón, Andres Levin.   Production Design by Sharon Lomofsky.   Costume…

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Climates (2006)

NURI BILGE CEYLAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Iklimler Turkey/France, 2006.  Pyramide Films, Co Production, Imaj, NBC Film.  Screenplay by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.  Cinematography by Gokhan Tiryaki.  Produced by Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan.  Film Editing by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ayhan Ergürsel.  Cannes Film Festival 2006.  Toronto International Film Festival 2006. Nuri Bilge Ceylan shoots in digital for the first time and the images are…

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Lights In The Dusk (2006)

AKI KAURISMAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.   Original title:  Laitakaupungin valot Finland/Germany/France, 2006.  Sputnik.  Screenplay by Aki Kaurismaki.  Cinematography by Timo Salminen.  Produced by Aki Kaurismaki.  Music by Melrose.  Production Design by Markku Pätilä.  Costume Design by Outi Harjupatana.  Film Editing by Aki Kaurismaki.  Cannes Film Festival 2006.  Toronto International Film Festival 2006.  Aki Kaurismaki goes for film noir in this gorgeously shot piece, played in a minor…

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Private Fears In Public Places (2006)

ALAIN RESNAIS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  Original title:  Coeurs France/Italy, 2006.  Soudaine Compagnie, StudioCanal, France 2 Cinema, Societe Francaise de Production, BIM Distribuzione, Banque Populaire Images 6, Canal+, TPS Star, Centre National De La Cinematographie, Eurimages, Region Ile-de-France.  Screenplay by Jean-Michel Ribes, based on the play by Alan Ayckbourn.  Cinematography by Eric Gautier.  Produced by Bruno Pesery.  Music by Mark Snow.  Production Design…

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Syndromes And A Century (2006)

APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  Sang Sattawat Thailand/France/Austria, 2006.  Anna Sanders Films, Backup Media, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Fonds Sud Cinéma, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Illuminations Films, Kick the Machine, Ministere de la Culture et de la Communication, New Crowned Hope, TIFA.  Screenplay by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.  Cinematography by Sayombhu Mukdeeprom.  Produced by Charles de Meaux,…

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Seraphim Falls (2006)

DAVID VON ANCKEN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  B.  USA, 2006.  Icon Productions.  Screenplay by David Von Ancken, Abby Everett Jaques.  Cinematography by John Toll.  Produced by Bruce Davey, David Flynn.  Music by Harry Gregson-Williams.  Production Design by Michael Z. Hanan.  Costume Design by Deborah Lynn Scott.  Film Editing by Conrad Buff IV.  Toronto International Film Festival 2006.   Liam Neeson and his posse chase Pierce Brosnan relentlessly through the forests…

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I Don’t Want To Sleep Alone (2006)

TSAI MING-LIANG Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Hei Yan Quan Malaysia/China/Taiwan/France/Austria, 2006.  Centre National de la Cinématographie, Dama Orchestra Malaysia, EMI Music Taiwan, Government Information Office of the Republic of China, Homegreen Films, New Crowned Hope, Soudaine Compagnie.  Screenplay by Tsai Ming-liang.  Cinematography by Pen-jung Liao, Tsai Ming-liang.  Produced by Bruno Pesery, Vincent Wang.  Production Design by Siong-king Gan, Tien-chueh…

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Born And Bred (2006)

PABLO TRAPERO Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  Original title:  Nacido Y Criado Argentina/Italy/United Kingdom, 2006.  Axiom Films, Matanza Cine, Sintra S.r.l..  Screenplay by Mario Rulloni, Pablo Trapero.  Cinematography by Luis Chomicz, Palo Pandolfo.  Produced by Douglas Cummins, Pablo Trapero.  Music by Luis Chomicz, Palo Pandolfo.  Production Design by Pablo Maestre Galli.  Costume Design by Marisa Urruti.  Film Editing by Ezequiel Borovinsky.  Toronto International Film Festival 2006.  …

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All The King’s Men (2006)

STEVEN ZAILLIAN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Germany/USA, 2006.  Columbia Pictures Corporation, Relativity Media, Phoenix Pictures, VIP 3 Medienfonds, VIP 4 Medienfonds, Rising Star.  Screenplay by Steven Zaillian, based on the novel by Robert Penn Warren.  Cinematography by Pawel Edelman.  Produced by Ken Lemberger, Mike Medavoy, Steven Zaillian.  Music by James Horner.  Production Design by Patrizia von Brandenstein. Costume Design by Marit Allen.  Film…

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Alatriste (2006)

AGUSTIN DIAZ YANES Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Spain, 2006.  Estudios Picasso, Origen Producciones Cinematograficas S.A., NBC Universal Global Networks.  Screenplay by Agustin Diaz Yanes, based on characters created by Carlota Perez-Reverte and the novels of Arturo Perez-Reverte.  Cinematography by Paco Femenia.  Produced by Alvaro Augustin, Antonio Cardenal.  Music by Roque Baños.  Production Design by Emilio Ardura.  Costume Design by Francesca Sartori.  Film…

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Requiem (2006)

HANS-CHRISTIAN SCHMID Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Germany, 2006.  23/5 Filmproduktion GmbH, Arte, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Südwestrundfunk, Westdeutscher Rundfunk.  Screenplay by Bernd Lange.  Cinematography by Bogumil Godfrejow.  Produced by Hans-Christian Schmid.  Production Design by Christian M. Goldbeck.  Costume Design by Bettina Marx.  Film Editing by Bernd Schlegel, Hansjorg Weissbrich.  Toronto International Film Festival 2006.   The true story of Anneliese Michel, who died of starvation after…

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Summer Palace (2006)

YE LOU Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Original title:  Yihe Yuan China/France, 2006.  Centre National de la Cinématographie, Dream Factory, Flying Moon Filmproduktion, Fonds Sud Cinéma, Laurel Films, Ministère des Affaires étrangères et du Développement International, Norman Rosemont Productions, Rosem Films.  Screenplay by Ye Lou, Yingli Ma, Feng Mei.  Cinematography by Qing Hua.  Produced by Nai An, Sylvain Bursztejn, Li Fang, Ye…

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