Film show: Chloé Zhao's Oscar-winning movie 'Nomadland'
FRANCE 24's film critic Lisa Nesselson shares her thoughts on "Nomadland" and why it wouldn't have been one of her top choices for the Academy Awards. Frances McDormand plays the lead role in Chloé Zhao's feature film. It won the Best Picture, Best Director and Best Female Lead gongs at the 2021 Oscars. McDormand portrays a widow who leaves a now-desolate former company town in Nevada and takes up life as a modern-day nomad.
Why Facebook is celebrating African creatives
Facebook recently launched a global campaign titled ‘Made by Africa, Loved by the World’. The series of short films unveiled the stories of eight phenomenal creatives and small business owners from across the continent breaking ground across the world. Among these select few were three Nigerians – Mai Atafo, Mark Angel, and Lola Pedro. Kezia Anim-Addo, Facebook Africa’s head of communications, explains why the technology conglomerate decided to celebrate these creative.
Film show: Politics, persecution and pain in 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday'
In 'The United States vs. Billie Holiday', director Lee Daniels focuses on a period of Holiday's life that was marred by government persecution. The blues singer persisted in performing protest song "Strange Fruit", a wrenching description of the racist and murderous practice of lynching. Her act of resistance attracted unwanted attention from the authorities. FRANCE 24's film critic Lisa Nesselson tells us how the biopic argues for Holiday's rightful place as a civil rights activist as well as a gifted entertainer.
Adele is eyeing up a career as a film star
Adele has reportedly asked her record label to scout out acting roles for her to make her acting debut.
Film show: 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' looks headed for Oscar success
We look at the major contenders for this year's Academy Awards, as film critic Lisa Nesselson gives us her assessment of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom", which is nominated for five Oscars. The screen adaptation of August Wilson's 1982 play stars Chadwick Boseman as a talented young horn player in the actor's last movie performance before his death last year.
Temi Ami-Williams & Cynthia Ebijie: Beyond Eyimofe sisterhood
The friendship between Temi Ami-Williams and Cynthia Ebijie is reminiscent of their on-screen characters, the sister's Rosa Temi Ami-Williams and Grace Cynthia Ebijie in the film Eyimofe. Two sisters struggling to survive the harsh realities of Nigeria, all they have is themselves and their hope for a better future by seeking greener pastures. The characters of Rosa and Grace as sisters have obviously transcended beyond the screens to reality.
Esiri Brothers on making Eyimofe and their plans for the future
Arie Esiri and Chuko Esiri, directors of the film 'Eyimofe' (This Is My Desire) talk about the making and execution of the film. They also spoke about their plans for the future.
Culture vs Covid: The film world awaits the final credits on Covid-19
As part of our week-long series about how the arts are dealing with Covid-19, Eve Jackson speaks to the award-winning, Chinese-born, New York-based filmmaker Nanfu Wang, who won the jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival two years ago for "One Child Nation". She presented her film "In the Same Breath" at this year's virtual festival. It draws parallels between misinformation about the pandemic in China and America. Also on the programme, film critic Lisa Nesselson and film producer Marc Missonnier discuss how film-loving France is continuing to support the industry like never before.
Film show: The best French films of the year
As the Lumières, France's equivalent to the Golden Globes, announce their winners, film critic Lisa Nesselson and Eve Jackson review the selection, which includes a documentary made up of footage shot during the Yellow Vest protests, "The Monopoly of Violence"; as well as "Two of Us," a secret lesbian romance; Maïwenn's ensemble cast dramedy "DNA", plus the animated feature "Josep", about a real-life artist who survived the Spanish Civil War only to end up in a concentration camp in France.
Netflix reveals entire 2021 film lineup
With movie premieres remaining up in the air due to the pandemic, Netflix decided to drop the names of every film they’ll release this year.