Rushes: Wes Anderson's "The French Dispatch," Oscar Movies, "Little Women" and Female Authorship

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NEWS
  • The first poster for Abel Ferrara's long-awaited Siberia, which will compete in the upcoming Berlin Film Festival. In 2015, Ferrara described the mysterious picture as a means of seeing "if we can really film dreams—our fears, our regrets, our nostalgia.”
  • This year's Academy Awards concluded with a Best Picture win for Parasite! Check out the rest of the winners here.
RECOMMENDED VIEWING
  • The trailer for Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch, about the final issue published by a fictional American magazine based in a French city.
  • Matías Piñeiro continues his Shakespeare series with Isabella. The film, which premieres at the upcoming Berlinale, features regular collaborators Maria Villar and Agustina Muñoz and circles the production of the play Measure by Measure.
  • The first trailer for Sally Potter's The Roads Not Taken, which stars Javier Bardem and Elle Fanning as a father and daughter who each consider the alternate lives they could've lived.
  • A first look at Undine, the latest by Christian Petzold, which follows the titular woman as she faces betrayal and a mythic curse.
  • The winner of the 2020 Tiger Award at this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam, Zheng Lu Xinyuan's The Cloud in Her Room, is the melancholy story of a woman who returns home for New Year's.
RECOMMENDED READING
Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch (2020)
  • An early look at Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch, its cast of fictional magazine editors and writers, and its arrangement of short stories, all loosely inspired by The New Yorker.
  • "Gerwig places herself in a long tradition of female creators in the commercial realm of American culture, where the successful appeal to female audiences authorizes expression and power not sanctioned elsewhere." Critic Patricia White investigates the act of adaptation and theme of authorship in Greta Gerwig's Little Women.
  • From the Film Comment archives, Andrew Sarris considers the 1980 Oscars and the decades of awards ceremonies preceding it, and predicts what may lie ahead.
  • For an overview of this year's "Oscar movies," look to A.S. Hamrah at The Baffler as he assesses the "Hollywood Anglophilia" of The Two Popes, the "unasked-for pop-culture critique" in Jojo Rabbit, and his "post-Marriage Story hangover."
  • So Mayer pens a poetic and powerful review of Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn's The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open.
RECENTLY ON THE NOTEBOOK
  • Ela Bittencourt gives Maria Alche's subdued and delicately staged A Family Submerged its Close-Up. The film, which is receiving an exclusive global online premiere on MUBI, is showing from February 6 – March 6, 2019 in MUBI's Debuts series.
  • In an interview with Notebook's Evan Morgan, Angela Schanelec discusses the theme of rootlessness in her films, her relationship to literature, and the significance of post-production sound design.
  • "There are places that one never forgets, and they change physically over time, but not for you." Andrew Northrop interviews Patricio Guzmán, whose latest film, The Cordillera of Dreams, concludes the trilogy that includes Nostalgia for the Light (2010) and The Pearl Button (2015).
EXTRAS
  • In more The French Dispatch news, here is the poster for the film (as designed by Javi Aznarez)!

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