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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ARAB TIMES, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
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                                      People & Places

       Film

         Crisis unites

   Young talent
   earns praise
   ATHENS, Sept 14, (AFP): As
   Greece sinks deeper into a debt
   crisis that has brought sweeping
   layoffs, wage cuts and tax hikes,
   a group of young film-makers
   are among the few giving the
   country something to smile
   about.
      At the forefront is Yorgos
   Lanthimos, a TV commercials
   veteran who made a stunning
   dash from near-obscurity in
   2009 to an Academy Award for-
   eign film nomination earlier this
   year for his film ‘Dogtooth.’
      With his next project, ‘Alps,’ a
   movie about a company that
   hires out impersonators to stand
   in for dead people, he added
                       another
                       feather to his
                       cap, winning
                       the       best
                       screenplay
                       prize at the
                       Venice film
                       festival
                       Saturday.
                          Fellow
                       director
       Lanthimos       Rachel
                       Athina
   Tsangari, a co-producer of ‘Alps,
   last year turned heads with
   ‘Attenberg,’ another offbeat
   drama about an eccentric young
   woman who has a belated sexual
   awakening in a small Greek
   town.
      “We’re a generation who
   mostly studied abroad, live in                                            British actor Colin Firth and his wife Livia arrive for the UK film premiere of ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ at the BFI Southbank in London, Sept 13. (AP)
   Greece and are finely attuned to
   the country’s present climate,”
   Tsangari told AFP.
      “The Greek crisis unites us,”
                                                                                                                   Film
   she said.
      The latest crop of Greek film-
   makers are busily exploring new
   ground in a clear break with the
   home industry’s standard fare.
                                                                                                                                            ‘Motherly instinct pushed me to write this story’
               Feel-good
      Until the Seventies, Greek
   cinema mainly produced feel-
   good family comedies from a
   stable of directors and actors
   milked for over two decades.
                                                                                                  Labaki new face of Lebanon
                                                                                                  PARIS, Sept 14, (AP): Lebanon may            ing.                                      sage, the film pays homage to the           — so I started developing a special
      In the Eighties, when the                                                                   be known more for its civil strife              “I’m a little bit anxious,” the 37-    powerful women of the Middle East           relationship with my TV,” she said.
   country’s best-known auteur                                                                    than its fledgling movie industry,           year-old raven-haired beauty told         — a group often overlooked by the           “Very soon, I understood that to be
   Theo Angelopoulos began his                                                                    but Nadine Labakih hopes to change           The Associated Press in an inter-         West.                                       able to create these worlds that were
   rise to prominence, the mood                                                                   all that.                                    view in Paris. “Now everybody’s             Labaki was writing the movie              very different from my reality was
   became darker and more ideo-                                                                      The director-actress is out to            expecting this one, and they’re           when she was pregnant with her first        to become a filmmaker. Very early,
   logical, shifting the emphasis to                                                              transform the way the world sees her         expecting it to be even better” than      child, a boy now 2 1/2 years old.           everybody in my family knew this
   Greeks coming to grips with                                                                    native country.                              “Caramel.”                                                                            was the thing I wanted to do.”
   urbanism and the scars of the                                                                                                                                                                        Facing
                                                                                                     So far, so good. Her debut feature           Labaki needn’t fret. “Where Do                                                        Because only a handful of movies
   country’s postwar civil strife and                                                             film “Caramel” did more to over-             We Go Now?” garnered rave                    “(That) motherly instinct pushed         are made in Lebanon each year, after
   a subsequent army dictatorship.             Indian Bollywood actress Priyanka                  haul Lebanon’s bullet-punctured              reviews at this year’s Cannes Film        me to write this story. It pushed me        film school, Labaki tried her hand at
      But the new generation of                Chopra (center), gestures as she                   image than a dozen million-dollar            Festival, where it screened on the        to want to talk about mothers facing        the one visual medium that does
   Greek cinema has entirely differ-           attends celebrations for the Ganesh                public relation campaigns.                   margins of the official competition,      this absurd situation,” she said.           flourish locally — music videos.
   ent pursuits.                               Chaturthi Festival in Mumbai late                     A sweet love story set in a Beirut        and won a lengthy standing ovation           She says the movie — shot on             She made clips for stars including
      Along the way, the notion of                       Sept 13. (AFP)                           beauty salon, “Caramel” was a sur-           at the Toronto Film Festival.             location in three remote Lebanese           Lebanese supernova Nancy Ajram
   family — a paramount institu-                                                                  prise hit, seducing audiences from              Earlier this week, the movie was       villages with cast made up nearly           that manage to tell a story in three
   tion in Greece — is often                                                                      New York to Buenos Aires, a sur-             selected as Lebanon’s 2011 entry for      entirely of nonprofessional actors —        minutes of singing and dancing.
   stretched to new limits.                                                                       prise for a country with almost no           the Academy Award for Best                was born out of Lebanon’s precari-             “Where Do We Go Now?” honors
      Lanthimos’ ‘Dogtooth’ is a                                                                  film industry to speak of.                   Foreign Language Film. It remains         ous reality.                                that tradition with a handful of old-
   surreal journey into the claustro-                                                                “I don’t know one (Lebanese)              to be seen whether it will make the          “In Lebanon, we are always on            school song-and-dance numbers that
   phobic life of two sisters and a                                                               person who doesn’t travel with four          cut to be among the five movies           the verge of something happening.           buoy the mood. Labaki didn’t have
   brother ensconced in a villa by                                                                or five DVDs of ‘Caramel’ and they           shortlisted for the prize.                We are capable of living for a few          to look far for inspiration — she is
   their parents.                                                                                 give it to all the people they know             Set in a remote village where the      years in an apparent peace and then         married to the movie’s composer,
      ‘Strella’ by Panos Koutras,                                                                 abroad,” said Labaki, who wrote,             church and the mosque stand side by       something would happen and then             Khaled Mouzannar.
   another offering of Greece’s so-                                                               directed and starred in the 2007             side, “Where Do We Go Now?” fol-          people can easily take weapons and             The film opens in France on
   called ‘weird wave’ released in                                                                movie. “It has become a sort of              lows the antics of the town’s women       go down to the street and start             Wednesday and throughout much of
   2009, is a drama about a trans-                                                                ambassador for Lebanon.”                     folk to keep their blowhard men           killing each other again,” she said.        the Middle East on Sept. 22 The US
   sexual seeking his son.                          Webber                Mackintosh                 So it was with some trepidation           from starting a religious war.            “I want to propose an alternative           release date has not been set yet.
      “The explosion of new Greek                                                                 that Labaki undertook her follow-up          Women heartsick over sons, hus-           way of thinking.”                              Labaki hopes her very Lebanese
   cinema started in 2009 with                        ‘Phantom’ show                              project “Where Do We Go Now?,” a             bands and fathers lost to previous           Labaki said her own career path          movie will have a universal appeal.
   ‘Dogtooth’        but     ‘Plato’s                                                             bittersweet comedy about women               flare-ups unite to distract their men     was a direct result of the Lebanon’s           “Maybe I’m talking about
   Academy’ in 2008 started the                Because most people can’t get to                   bent on keeping their hotheaded              with clever ruses, from faking a mir-     bloody recent past.                         Christians and Muslims in the film,
   show,”          said      Yiannis           Royal Albert Hall, the famed London                men out of harm’s way. As the                acle to hiring a troop of Ukrainian          “Because of the war, we used to          but I could have been talking about
   Zoumboulakis, a film critic at To           theater is coming to most people.                  movie’s Sept 22 Lebanese debut               strippers.                                spend a lot of time at home as kids         two neighbors, two families, she
   Vima weekly, referring to a bit-               On Sunday, Oct 2, movie theaters                approaches, the pressure is mount-              With its proudly feminist mes-         — no school, nothing to do, bored           said. “It could happen anywhere.”
   tersweet 2009 comedy about a                around the US will show a simulcast
   Greek shopkeeper who fears he               of “The Phantom of the Opera” —
   might have Albanian roots.                  live from Royal Albert. Andrew Lloyd
      “Between 1980 and 1990 fil-              Webber and Cameron Mackintosh’s                Angeles after a lengthy illness, said Steve       Calley came to Sony Pictures as the      “The King of Queens” and “Dawson’s            president Bill Clinton since he left the
   makers were trying to copy                  musical will play at 11 am PT (2 pm            Elzer, a spokesman for Sony Pictures           studio was coming off a tumultuous peri-    Creek,” and it saw growth in its home         White House, organizers announced
                                               ET).                                           Entertainment.                                 od under the former leadership of Peter     entertainment and international business-     Tuesday.
   Angelopoulos, and generally it                 Event producers NCM Fathom and
   was a bad photocopy. His shad-                                                                The Hollywood executive described by        Guber. During Calley’s tenure at the stu-   es, the studio said. (RTRS)                      The music fest, including an acoustic
                                               Omniverse Vision will replay the               colleagues as erudite and humorous was         dio, he oversaw the production of a num-                                                  performance by the U2 stars, will take
   ow was very big. And the films              show at 7:30 pm local time Oct 5, Oct                                                                                                                     ❑     ❑   ❑                   place at the Hollywood Bowl on October
   then had a little bit of local              6 and Oct 11.                                  hired at Sony Pictures in 1996 as president    ber of box office hits, such as “Men in
                                                                                              and chief operating officer. He was pro-       Black” (1997), “As Good As It Gets”         NEW YORK: Activist rock stars includ-         15 under the title “A Decade of
   prospective, they wanted to stay               The musical, now in its 25th year,
                                                                                                                                                                                         ing Lady Gaga and U2’s The Edge and           Difference: a concert celebrating 10 years
                                               will star Ramin Karimloo as the                moted in 1998 to become the studio’s           (1997) and “Spider-Man” (2002).
   here in Greece. Since 1991,                                                                chairman and chief executive officer, and         Under his leadership, the studio also    Bono will give a concert next month cele-     of the William J. Clinton Foundation.”
   things        are      changing,”           Phantom and Sierra Boggess as                                                                                                                                                              The foundation works around the world
                                               Christine. (RTRS)                              retired in 2003.                               produced hit television shows such as       brating global aid work by former US          to promote and organize improvements to
   Zoumboulakis said.
      Ironically, Greece’s newest                                                                                                                                                                                                      healthcare, education, small business
   cinema hero is already looking              the outside world. It’s a real joy,” Vedder                                                                                                                                             finance and other causes.
   for ways to make films abroad.              told The Associated Press in a recent                                                                                                              Toronto festival                        The foundation and Yahoo!, which will
                                               interview.                                                                                                                                                                              provide live streaming of the concert, said
      “The common thing is we                                                                                                                                                                                                          “an all-star group of the most influential
                                                  Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and
   have no funds, so we have to
   make our own very cheap, very
                                               Jason Baldwin were convicted in 1993
                                               for the murders of three 8-year-old boys
                                                                                                                                                                                           ‘Mausam’ pulled                             and socially responsible artists in music,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       film, and television will come together to
   small films,” Lanthimos told the            in Arkansas, but always proclaimed their                                                                                                    TORONTO, Sept 14, (AFP):                    celebrate” Clinton’s work.
   Guardian in a rare interview last           innocence. Their story was told in the                                                                                                      Veteran Indian actor Pankaj                    “I am proud that some of today’s most
   month.                                      HBO documentary “Paradise Lost,” which                                                                                                      Kapur’s eagerly awaited direc-              influential performers are coming together
                                               brought attention to the trial and made a                                                                                                   torial debut “Mausam” was                   to raise awareness about the work of my
                                               case that the guilty verdicts were unjust.                                                                                                  pulled from the Toronto film fes-           foundation,” Clinton said in a statement.
                                               Echols was sentenced to death, while the                                                                                                    tival line-up on Tuesday, one               (AFP)
                                               others got life sentences.                                                                                                                  day before it was to premiere.                             ❑     ❑      ❑
                                                  Vedder says Pearl Jam’s efforts for their                                                                                                   Organizers said in a state-              NEW YORK: Caroline Kennedy says
                                               release began at least 15 years ago. He                                                                                                     ment they were informed by the              her daughters were “horrified” listening to
           People                              just decided to keep it “under the radar,
                                               because the last thing that they needed
                                                                                                                                                                                           studio that the film had not
                                                                                                                                                                                           received regulatory approvals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       taped interviews of grandmother
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ old-fash-
                                               was a rock band supporting them.”                                                                                                           in India in time to screen the              ioned views on the role of women.
TORONTO: Even though they’ve now                  He even visited them in prison.                                                                                                          film this week in Toronto.                     In the 1964 interviews with Arthur
been released, the three men who com-             “It was really difficult to visit someone                                                                                                   “We ran into a delay getting             Schlesinger Jr., the young widow
prise the so-called “West Memphis Three”       in prison, and then have to leave, and                                                                                                      approvals from the Indian Air               described her marriage as “a rather terri-
are still getting support from Eddie           knowing how they were still going to be                                                                                                     Force and the Board of Film                 bly Victorian or Asiatic relationship” and
Vedder and the rest of Pearl Jam.              there,” Vedder said. (AP)                                                                                                                   Certification in India,” producer           said she got all her opinions from her hus-
   The three men were convicted in the                         ❑     ❑      ❑                                                                                                              Sheetal Talwar said.                        band, President John F. Kennedy.
slayings of three Cub scouts nearly two                                                                                                                                                       The studio Eros International               Caroline Kennedy said Wednesday on
decades ago, but were recently released
                                               LOS ANGELES: Hollywood executive                                                                                                            Media Limited had granted the
                                               John Calley, who held high-level posi-                                                                                                                                                  ABC’s “Good Morning America” that her
— after spending 18 years behind bars —                                                                                                                                                    Indian Air Force final approval             two daughters were “absolutely horrified”
                                               tions at three studios and later produced                                                                                                   on the film prior to clearing the
after years of questions about the evidence    “The Da Vinci Code” movie among many                                                                                                                                                    when they listened to that portion of the
in the case.                                                                                  Indian Bollywood cast for the forthcoming Hindi film ‘This Weekend’ (from left)              Indian     censor     board     in          tapes.
                                               others, died Tuesday at age 81, his repre-                                                                                                  exchange for using its image.
   “Now we are helping them regain their       sentatives said.                               actor Rajneesh Duggal, actress Sayali Bhagat and actor Arjun Sarja pose dur-                                                                She said they asked: “Did she really
footing, and it’s fascinating to see them on      Calley passed away at his home in Los         ing a ceremony for the film’s music launch in Mumbai late Sept 13. (AFP)                                                               think that?”

				
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