Although cinemas were permitted to open in England from 4 July, actually finding one to visit proved challenging. By the middle of the month, there will be more choices, with a gradual opening of most of the Odeon chain, and a couple of Curzon cinemas back in business. However, Cineworld and Vue have postponed reopening until 31 July, a response to the rescheduled releases of Disney’s Mulan and Christopher Nolan’s hotly anticipated Tenet, now both bumped to August. The experiences of cinema operators in other countries suggest that audience return will be a trickle rather than a flood. Safety protocols vary from country to country – social distancing is obligatory in Rome, but “advised” in Paris; masks are required at all times in Hong Kong, and not at all in Denmark. … [Read more...] about The future of film: can cinema survive Covid-19?
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Biju’s debut short, Adyathe Maravi, based on forgetfulness, was screened at short film festivals including the Kolkata Micro Film Festival, and earned a couple of awards too. Shot with minimal resources and a five-member cast and crew, the 14-minute film is available to stream on Disney+ Hotstar. “OTT platforms are great for emerging directors like me. If the content is honest and has quality, the film would eventually find its audience,” says Biju, who left a tech job in Bengaluru to work in films. … [Read more...] about A short film on what Bev Q, the app for booking liquor, meant to a village
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At the heart of it all is Kulig, who previously worked with Pawlikowski on The Woman in the Fifth and Ida, and who here delivers a star-making performance of astonishing range and depth. Before our eyes we see Zula transform from not-so-innocent young woman (she candidly confesses to spying on Wiktor for state security) to sultry jazz singer and raddled showgirl; from faux “pure Polish” belle to smoky Parisian chanteuse; from victim to victor and back again. Since Cold War’s rapturous debut at Cannes, Kulig has been widely compared to Jeanne Moreau, although her intelligence and tough sensuality reminded me more of Léa Seydoux; like her, Kulig could doubtless slip with ease between accomplished artist actor and badass Bond girl. Coincidentally, Kulig’s co-star, Tomasz Kot, was reportedly Danny Boyle’s choice for the next Bond villain – a possible source of the “creative conflicts” that led to Boyle’s recent departure from that … [Read more...] about Cold War review – love in a communist climate
The debt renegotiation may clean up its balance sheet and help AMC avoid a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but the theater chain still faces significant challenges. It is banking on coronavirus infection rates falling sufficiently, so it can start reopening, and it is hoping that the new cleaning and safety measures it has implemented will give consumers the confidence they need to return to cinemas. … [Read more...] about AMC Announces Debt Deal to Keep Theater Chain Afloat