AWFJ Presents LINES OF WELLINGTON – Review by Jeanne Wolf

Lines of Wellington is an historical epic in the most sweeping sense, yet it includes stories (vignettes) of ordinary people that give the drama of war a very human dimension. Conceived by beloved Chilean director Raul Ruiz the film was completed by his wife, filmmaker Valeria Sarmiento. Perhaps, the best way to experience the nearly three hours that fill the screen with battles, suffering, privilege, love and the struggle to survive is simply to let yourself get lost in the stunning panorama and not worry too much about the plot.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Catherine Deneuve Honored at Venice Film Festival — Brandy McDonnell reports

French film icon Catherine Deneuve will receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 79th Venice International Film Festival. Her selection for the honor was made by the board of La Biennale di Venezia, which embraced the proposal of the festival’s director, Alberto Barbera.

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THE TRUTH – Review by Brandy McDonnell

The French-language family drama marks the first film written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda outside his native Japan. But “The Truth” has such an air of authenticity that it seems like the auteur, who won the 2018 Palme d’Or at France’s Cannes Film Festival for “Shoplifters,” has been making movies in Paris his whole life.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Odessa Film Fest Honors Catherine Deneuve – Brandy McDonnell reports

French film icon Catherine Deneuve will collect the Golden Duke, a lifetime achievement award at Odessa International Film Festival. Scheduled for July 12-20, the festival will include a retrospective of films Deneuve has starred in over her more than 60-year career.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK July 14-21: THE MIDWIFE

motw logo 1-35Two women, one old wound, and a whole lot of wine. Boiled down to its essential ingredients, Martin Provost’s new film The Midwife is diverting enough, filled with small pleasures, and sometimes that is enough. Continue reading…

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