Star-studded ‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’ panned by critics
24 March 2019 | 10:43 am
Film show: Star-studded 'The Death and Life of John F. Donovan' panned by critics.
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6 Feb 2022
Film critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about the week's film news, including "Red Rocket", the story of a washed-up porn star from indie powerhouse director Sean Baker. He's known for his movies about the often impoverished members of the American underclass. Baker's film "Tangerine", shot on an iPhone, centered on Black transgender sex workers, while Oscar nominee "The Florida Project" offered a look at life living in a motel.
12 Feb 2022
The 94th Academy Awards have whittled down their selection and announced the nominees for this year's Oscars. Film critic Lisa Nesselson considers the frontrunners and tells us why "The Power of the Dog" and "Dune" are competent, if curious, frontrunners.
19 Feb 2022
It's Europe's most accessible, edgy and – often – political film festival. The Berlinale has kicked off in the German capital with François Ozon's "Peter von Kant", a gender-swapped reimagining of German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1972 feature "The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant".
20 Feb 2022
French actress Isabelle Huppert has appeared in over 120 films and was just awarded a Golden Bear for lifetime achievement at the Berlin International Film Festival. FRANCE 24 film critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Alison Sargent about Huppert's new film "Les Promesses", an involving and entertaining look at contemporary French politics. The thriller sees Huppert star alongside Reda Kateb as a mayor in suburban Paris forced to choose between personal ambition and loyalty to her working-class constituents.
27 Feb 2022
Prolific actor Gérard Depardieu takes on the role of iconic French inspector Jules Maigret in Patrice Leconte's latest take. FRANCE 24's film critic Lisa Nesselson tells us why she thinks Depardieu was born to play this role.
17 Mar 2022
When fiction is portrayed as fact: a French film is hijacked to stir anti-Ukrainian sentiment in Chechnya. In this edition of Truth or Fake, we also debunk yet more claims that President Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife have fled the country.
18 Mar 2022
Ukrainian writer-director Maryna Er Gorbach and film critic Lisa Nesselson join Eve Jackson in the studio to discuss a timely tale that's all too real about a pregnant woman refusing to leave her home on the Ukraine-Russia border when faced with war. Er Gorbach's award-winning feature "Klondike" shows the toll of war on ordinary people amid the Donbas conflict in 2014. She explains why she's part of a group of seven Ukrainian directors calling for a complete boycott of Russian artists.
3 Apr 2022
A new film paints a portrait of the woman known in South Sudan as the "mother of the nation". The film follows Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, who is the widow of revolutionary leader and national hero John Garang de Mabior, in her role as the country's vice president amid a fragile peace deal in the country. The portrait is remarkable for its intimate access as its director is also her daughter, Akuol de Mabior. She joined us for Perspective to tell us more about "No Simple Way Home".
2 Apr 2022
Critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Marjorie Hache about the latest on the big screen and streaming platforms. We begin with the new adaptation of French verse play "Cyrano de Bergerac". British director Joe Wright has made a musical version starring Peter Dinklage as the would-be suitor. We also discuss the new super villain "Morbius", as well as French film "Petite Nature" or "Softie", the story of a 10-year-old boy who has a crush on his teacher.
10 Apr 2022
Film critic Lisa Nesselson speaks to Eve Jackson about the week's film news, including first-time director Omar El Zohairy's award-winning Egyptian feature "Plumes", or "Feathers". They also discuss iconic French director Cedric Klapisch’s ballet drama "En Corps", or "Rise", as well as Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz’s "Inexorable" and Jean Renoir's restored 1939 classic "The Rules of the Game".
16 Apr 2022
Hot on the heels of the success of "Drive My Car" at the Academy Awards, Ryusuke Hamaguchi returns with a three-part feature that puts his talent for dialogue and visual storytelling in the spotlight. Lisa Nesselson extolls the charms of "Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy" and tells us why the prolific Japanese filmmaker should be receiving armfuls of awards in the years to come.
15 Apr 2022
We look at British papers' reactions to a "bold" UK plan to process and resettle would-be migrants in Rwanda. Also, there's soul-searching in Senegal after the death of a pregnant woman who was refused a caesarean. Finland and Sweden accelerate their decision on joining NATO in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Finally, cult British film "Bend it Like Beckham" turns 20!
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