Posts Tagged ‘Foreign Film’

AT FIRST SIGHT: ‘TAXIDERMIA’

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Taxidermia

I found this charming press photo with a little ’18′ censor circle over his package – for you sensitive folks out there.

Oh, foreign film. How I love thee. I was wandering around the Apple trailers site and stumbled across Hungarian filmmaker Gyorgy Palfi’s Taxidermia. Wow. It’s like Delicatassen meets Amelie, horrifying and charming all at once. The synopsis? Why sure:

TAXIDERMIA contains three generational stories, about a grandfather, a father, and a son, linked together by recurring motifs. The dim grandfather, an orderly during World War Two, lives in his bizarre fantasies; he desires love. The huge father seeks success as a top athlete — a speed eater — in the post-war pro-Soviet era. The grandson, a meek, small-boned taxidermist, yearns for something greater: immortality. He wants to create the most perfect work of art of all time by stuffing his own torso. Historical facts and surrealism become intertwined as magical realism, like in the works of Gabriel García Marquez or the Hungarian writer Lajos Parti Nagy; the script is based on two of the latter’s stories. Palfi added the third story, that of the grandson the taxidermist.

- From Apple trailers website

It’s set for limited release here in the States on August 14th. I’ll be catching it at the Nuart on the Westside.

Here’s the official website (worth checking out for sure) and here’s the trailer:

IN LOVE: Audrey Tautou in ‘Coco Avant Chanel’

Friday, July 10th, 2009

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Scenes from ‘Coco Avant Chanel’ with Audrey Tautou as Coco. I’m bubbling over with excitement. (Photos courtesy IMDB)

Oh Audrey, how I’ve missed you! And now I hear you’re back and Frenchy fabulous. Yes, I will forgive you for accepting The Da Vinci Code script so long as you don’t do anything like THAT ever again. What’s that? Coco Avant Chanel? YAY!

Since I’m about as far from a fashion diva as you can get, this film has done its job – it’s pulled me into getting totally hyped about a fashion film. While I know that Chanel is THE design classic, I would not have cared so much about her until Audrey Tautou portrayed the darling Coco in a biopic. The day is mine. After reading about the new flick, I now know that Coco’s actual first name is Gabrielle and that she earned the nickname ‘Coco’ as a singer, not a designer. I know that hers is a rags-to-riches story and that fact only adds to her fabulousness.

It has a limited release here in the U.S. on September 25th. Luckily, everything shows somewhere in LA. I simply cannot wait. Yay Audrey. Yay Coco. Here’s the trailer. There’s one in English, but I don’t care. This Francophile is posting the French one: