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Weekly Rushes. 16 December 2015

Garrel remembers Akerman, Film Comment & the New York Times’ best of 2015, trailers for “A Touch of Zen,” “High-Rise,” and “The Treasure”.
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.

When Directors Collide
  • Left: Emigre directors Ernst Lubitsch and Fritz Lang take a dip in the pool. Right: John Ford visits Sam Fuller's Shock Corridor set.
Philippe Garrel Remembers Chantal Akerman
  • The essential read of the week is Craig Keller's translation of French filmmaker Philippe Garrel's reflections on Chantal Akerman, published in Cahiers du Cinéma in November:
"We only ran into one another with finished films, not in the factory. It was always one film under our arms, one new film under our arms. We weren't at all jealous of one another; just the opposite. I was laughing, saying if Chantal hadn't liked women, I would have married her. I thought she was an extraordinary woman."
Trailer for King Hu's A Touch of Zen
  • A new trailer for the new 4K restored version of Hu's wuxia classic from 1970, soon to be released on home video by Masters of Cinema.
Film Comment's Best Films (Distributed and Undistributed) of 2015
  • The two lists we most look forward to have been revealed by Film Comment, which has Carol, The Assassin and Mad Max: Fury Road leading list of films with distribution, and Hong Sang-soo's Right Now, Wrong Later, Chevalier and The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers topping the list of best films without distribution.
The New York Times' Best Movies of 2015
  • We promise we'll stop highlighting these lists soon, but another great one is over at The Times, and specifically Manohla Dargis's highlights, which include a Nathaniel Dorksy retrospective, Lewis Klahr's compilation Sixty Six, and wonderful commentary:
"At one point, you could feel the status quo shift as it became O.K. to talk about discrimination in the industry not just openly but also loudly."
"Imitations of Life: The Films of Douglas Sirk" Trailer
  • A nearly complete and almost entirely 35mm retrospective of Douglas Sirk is coming to New York, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center has a trailer for their much-anticipated series.
New Films from Todd Haynes and Abbas Kiarostami
  • Indiewire reports that Wonderstruck, Todd Haynes' follow-up to Carol starring Julianne Moore, will be produced and released by Amazon, as the company did with Spike Lee's current Chi-Raq.
  • And Variety reports that Kiarostami is finishing a three-years-in-the-making compilation titled 24 Frames Before and After Lumiere for 2016.
New Video Essay on Yasujiro Ozu
  • "The Depth of Simplicity" is a new video by Lewis Bond exploring the Japanese master behind Late Spring and Tokyo Story.
A Treasure of a Trailer
  • IFC Films has released the U.S. trailer for Corneliu Porumboiu's Un Certain Regard-winner The Treasure, which our editor Daniel Kasman at Cannes called "one of the festival's best and a real pleasure." (We also interviewed Porumboiu at Cannes in an extended discussion of his new film.)
New Podcasts
  • MUBI is very excited to collaborate with Monocle magazine to produce their latest podcast, The Cinema Show, whose inaugural episode includes an interview with Guy Maddin, a discussion on photographing Hong Kong, and an exploration on architecture in cinema:
  • The latest episode of The Cinephiliacs features the esteemed scholar and author David Bordwell on one of Otto Preminger's great (but perennially under-known) Daisy Kenyon.
Trailer for Ballard-Wheatley's High-Rise
  • Ben Wheatley "contemplates potential apocalypses still ahead with gleeful anticipation," critic Fernando F. Croce wrote about the director and his adaptation of J.G. Ballard's High-Rise when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Chantal Akerman Covers Cinema Scope
  • In a touching and beautiful tribute, the cover of the upcoming issue of the Canadian magazine is devoted entirely to Chantal Akerman.

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