Exotica is a 1994 Canadian drama film set primarily in and around the fictional Exotica strip club in Toronto. It is written and directed by Atom Egoyan and stars Mia Kirshner, Elias Koteas, Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood, the story concerns a father grieving over the loss of a child and obsessed with a young stripper. It was inspired by Egoyans curiosity by the strip clubs play in sex-obsessed societies. Exotica was filmed in Toronto in 1993, marketed as an erotic thriller on its release in Canada and the United States, the film proved to be a major box office success for English Canadian cinema, and received positive reviews. It won numerous awards, including the FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and eight Genie Awards, a tax auditor for Revenue Canada, Francis Brown, is a regular visitor at a Toronto strip club called Exotica. Grieving for the loss of his daughter, he always has Christina. This inspires the jealousy of the clubs DJ Eric, Christinas former boyfriend who has impregnated the clubs owner Zoe, while at the club, Francis pays his brother Harolds young daughter to babysit.
However, Francis has no children left and the girl merely practices music alone until Francis returns and drives her home. Francis relationship with his brother is strained, as the police have told Francis that Harold had an affair with his wife before she died in a car accident, that left Harold a paraplegic. It is revealed that Franciss daughter was kidnapped and killed, the accusation left a psychological scar on him. In his professional life, Francis is sent to Thomas pet store to audit books of account pursuant to the suspicion that Thomas is profiting from the import of rare bird species. Thomas has been smuggling hyacinth macaw eggs, and his operation is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, Francis is eventually banned from Exotica when Eric manipulates him into touching Christina during one of her dances, which is against the rules of the club. Around the same time, Francis discovers illegal activities in Thomas financial records, in the process, Francis realizes Eric intentionally set out to get him banned, and vows to kill him.
Confronting Eric with a gun, Francis is defused when Eric reveals he, Christina reveals to Thomas that she and Francis share a relationship of mutual dependency. In the past when she used to babysit his daughter, Francis would comfort her about her life at home. He believed a strip club could be an important setting for a film because of societys sexual obsessions, while wanting to portray the clubs accurately, he believed he could bring a skeptical perspective. He began working on the screenplay in February 1993, in writing it, he wanted to structure the story like a striptease, gradually revealing an emotionally loaded history. He cited films as an influence
The Hudsucker Proxy
The Hudsucker Proxy is a 1994 comedy film co-written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Sam Raimi co-wrote the script and served as unit director. The script was finished in 1985, but production did not start until 1991, Warner Bros. subsequently agreed to distribute the film, with further financing from PolyGram Filmed Entertainment and Working Title Films. Filming at Carolco Studios in Wilmington, North Carolina lasted from November 1992 to March 1993, the New York City scale model set was designed by Micheal J. McAlister and Mark Stetson, with further effects provided by The Computer Film Company. Upon its release in March 1994, The Hudsucker Proxy received mixed reviews from critics, in December 1958, Norville Barnes, a business college graduate from Muncie, arrives in New York City looking for a job. He struggles due to lack of experience and becomes a clerk at Hudsucker Industries. Meanwhile, the founder and president, Waring Hudsucker, unexpectedly commits suicide during a business meeting by jumping out of a top-floor window.
In the mailroom, Norville is assigned to deliver a Blue Letter to Mussburger, Norville takes the opportunity to pitch an invention hes been working on which turns out to be a simple drawing of a circle and his cryptic explanation, you know, for kids. Believing Norville to be an idiot, Mussburger selects him as a proxy for Hudsucker, across town, Amy Archer, a brassy Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Manhattan Argus, is assigned to write a story about Norville and find out what kind of man he really is. She gets a job at Hudsucker Industries as his personal secretary, One night, Amy searches the building to find clues and meets Moses, a man who operates the towers giant clock and knows just about anything if it concerns Hudsucker. He tells her Mussburgers plot, and she takes the back to her Chief. The other executives decide to produce Norvilles invention in hopes that it will flop, the invention turns out to be the hula hoop, which initially fails but turns into an enormous success. Norville allows success to go to his head and becomes yet another uncaring tycoon, who had fallen for his naive charm, is infuriated over Norvilles new attitude and leaves him.
Buzz, the elevator operator, pitches a new invention. Norville dismisses it and fires Buzz, Aloysius, a Hudsucker janitor, discovers Amys true identity and informs Mussburger. Mussburger reveals Amys secret identity to Norville and tells him he will be dismissed as president after the new year, Mussburger convinces the board that Norville is insane and must be sent to the local psychiatric hospital. On New Years Eve, Amy finds Norville drunk at a beatnik bar and she apologizes, but he storms out and is chased by an angry mob led by Buzz, whom Mussburger had convinced that Norville had stolen the hula hoop idea. Norville escapes to the top floor of the Hudsucker skyscraper and changes back into his mailroom uniform and he climbs out on the ledge, where Aloysius locks him out and watches as he slips and falls off the building at the stroke of midnight
Shaji N. Karun
Shaji Neelakantan Karun is a National Award-winning Indian film director and cinematographer. His debut film Piravi won the Caméra dOr - Mention dhonneur at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival and he is best known for his award winning films Piravi and Kutty Srank. Shaji N. Karun was born on New Years Day,1952 as the eldest son of Mr. N. Karunakaran and Mrs. Chandramati in present day Kollam district in the state of Travancore state. The family moved to Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the state in 1963 and he did his schooling in Palkulangara H. S. and took a Bachelors degree from University College, Thiruvananthapuram. In 1971 he entered the Film and Television Institute of India where he took his diploma in Cinematography and his Diploma film Genesis directed by Rahul Dasgupta got many awards and he started his career. He won the Presidents medal on graduation in 1975, Shaji is married to Anasuya Warrier on 1 January 1975, daughter of P. K. R. Warrier, who was his neighbour in Trivandrum for quite some time.
After a brief stint in the south Indian city of Madras and they have 2 sons and Appu. His association with the legendary Malayalam film maker G. Aravindan began at this time, he continued working with notable directors like G. Aravindan, K. G. George and M. T. Vasudevan Nair as a cinematographer. His career spreads to many activities by Government of India, Shaji made his directorial debut with the Malayalam film Piravi, which won him the prestigious Caméra dOr - Mention dhonneur at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival. While Piravi was about the grief of a father who loses his son, Shajis second film, Swaham was selected to compete at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival. Vaanaprastham dealt with the identity crisis faced by an actor, mohanlal played the lead role in this film. He directed the film Nishad, made in Hindi, which was completed in May 2002 and his latest film is titled Kutty Srank with Mammootty playing the lead role. The film was released theatrically in Kerala on July 2010 and his latest project Gaadha was announced in September 2012, and is expected to commence shooting by November 2014.
Music will be composed by the Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner and he has made around a dozen short films and documentaries. Besides making films, Shaji Karun has been active as a juror at international film festivals. Karun at the Internet Movie Database
Cannes is a city located on the French Riviera. It is a commune of France located in the Alpes-Maritimes department, and host city of the annual Cannes Film Festival, the city is known for its association with the rich and famous, its luxury hotels and restaurants, and for several conferences. On 3 November 2011 it played host to the G20 organisation of industrialised nations, by the 2nd century BC, the Ligurian Oxybii established a settlement here known as Aegitna. Historians are unsure what the name means, the area was a fishing village used as a port of call between the Lérins Islands. In 69 AD, it became the scene of violent conflict between the troops of Otho and Vitellius, in the 10th century, the town was known as Canua. The name may derive from canna, a reed, Canua was probably the site of a small Ligurian port, and a Roman outpost on Le Suquet hill, suggested by Roman tombs discovered here. Le Suquet housed an 11th-century tower which overlooked swamps where the city now stands, most of the ancient activity, especially protection, was on the Lérins Islands and the history of Cannes is closely tied to the history of the islands.
An attack by the Saracens in 891, who remained until the end of the 10th century, the insecurity of the Lérins islands forced the monks to settle on the mainland, at the Suquet. Construction of a castle in 1035 fortified the city by known as Cannes, one took a century to build. Around 1530, Cannes detached from the monks who had controlled the city for hundreds of years, during the 18th century, both the Spanish and British tried to gain control of the Lérins Islands but were chased away by the French. The islands were controlled by many, such as Jean-Honoré Alziary. They had many different purposes, at the end of the 19th century, henry Brougham, 1st Baron Brougham and Vaux bought land at the Croix des Gardes and constructed the villa Eleonore-Louise. His work to improve living conditions attracted the English aristocracy, who built winter residences. At the end of the 19th century, several railways were completed, in Cannes, projects such as the Boulevard Carnot and the rue dAntibes were carried out.
After the closure of the Casino des Fleurs, an establishment was built for the rich winter clientele. This casino was demolished and replaced by the new Palace in 1979, in the 20th century, new luxury hotels such as the Carlton, Martinez, and JW Marriott Cannes were built. The city was modernised with a centre, a post office. There were fewer British and German tourists after the First World War, winter tourism gave way to summer tourism and the summer casino at the Palm Beach was constructed
Nikita Sergeyevich Mikhalkov is a Russian filmmaker and head of the Russian Cinematographers Union. Mikhalkov was born in Moscow into the distinguished, artistic Mikhalkov family and his great grandfather was the imperial governor of Yaroslavl, whose mother was a princess of the House of Golitsyn. Mikhalkovs mother, poet Natalia Konchalovskaya, was the daughter of the avant-garde artist Pyotr Konchalovsky and granddaughter of another outstanding painter, Vasily Surikov. Nikitas older brother is the filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky, primarily known for his collaboration with Andrei Tarkovsky and his own Hollywood action films, such as Runaway Train, Mikhalkov studied acting at the childrens studio of the Moscow Art Theatre and at the Shchukin School of the Vakhtangov Theatre. While still a student, he appeared in Georgi Daneliyas film I Step Through Moscow and he was soon on his way to becoming a star of the Soviet stage and cinema. While continuing to pursue his career, he entered VGIK, the state film school in Moscow.
He directed his first short film in 1968, Im Coming Home, Mikhalkov established an international reputation with his second feature, A Slave of Love. Set in 1917, it followed the efforts of a crew to make a silent melodrama in a resort town while the Revolution rages around them. In 1978, while starring in his brothers epic film Siberiade, Mikhalkov made Five Evenings, a story about a couple separated by World War II. Mikhalkovs next film, with Oleg Tabakov in the role, is based on Ivan Goncharovs classic novel about a lazy young nobleman who refuses to leave his bed. Family Relations is a comedy about a woman in Moscow dealing with the tangled relationships of her relatives. Without Witness tracks a long conversation between a woman and her ex-husband when they are accidentally locked in a room. The film won the Prix FIPRESCI at the 13th Moscow International Film Festival, in the early 1980s, Mikhalkov resumed his acting career, appearing in Eldar Ryazanovs immensely popular Station for Two and A Cruel Romance.
At that period, he played Henry Baskerville in the Soviet screen version of The Hound of the Baskervilles and he starred in many of his own films, including At Home Among Strangers, A Slave of Love, and An Unfinished Piece for Player Piano. Incorporating several short stories by Chekhov, Dark Eyes stars Marcello Mastroianni as an old man who tells a story of a romance he had when he was younger, a woman he has never been able to forget. The film was praised, and Mastroianni received the Best Actor Prize at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. Mikhalkovs next film, set in the world of the Mongols. Mikhalkovs Anna, 6–18 documents his daughter Anna as she grows from childhood to maturity, Mikhalkovs most famous production to date, Burnt by the Sun, was steeped in the paranoid atmosphere of Joseph Stalins Great Terror
Marthe Keller is a Swiss actress and opera director. Marthe studied ballet as a child, but stopped after an accident at age 16. She changed to acting, and worked in Berlin at the Schiller Theatre, kellers earliest film appearances were in Funeral in Berlin and the German film Wilder Reiter GmbH. She appeared in a series of French films in the 1970s, including Un cave, La raison du plus fou and she acted alongside William Holden in Billy Wilders 1978 romantic drama Fedora. After 1978, Keller worked more steadily in European cinema compared to American movies and her films include Dark Eyes, with Marcello Mastroianni. In April 2016, she was announced as the President of the Jury for the Un Certain Regard section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and she was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Featured Actress for this performance. In addition to her work in film and theatre, Keller has developed a career in music as a speaker. She has performed the role of Joan of Arc in Arthur Honeggers oratorio Jeanne dArc au Bûcher on several occasions, with conductors such as Seiji Ozawa.
She has recorded the role for Deutsche Grammophon with Ozawa, Keller has recited the spoken part in Igor Stravinskys Perséphone. She has performed classical music melodramas for speaker and piano in recital, the Swiss composer Michael Jarrell wrote the melodrama Cassandre, after the novel of Christa Wolf, for Keller, who gave the world premiere in 1994. Kellers first production as a director was Dialogues des Carmélites. This production subsequently received a performance in London that year. She has directed Lucia di Lammermoor for Washington National Opera and her directorial debut at the Metropolitan Opera was in a 2004 production of Don Giovanni. Keller has one son, from her relationship with director Philippe de Broca, Marthe Keller at the Internet Movie Database Yahoo. Movies biography of Marthe Keller Marthe Keller at AllMovie
Atom Egoyan, CC is a Canadian director, writer and former actor. Egoyan made his breakthrough with Exotica, a film set primarily in. Egoyans most critically acclaimed film is the drama The Sweet Hereafter and his work often explores themes of alienation and isolation, featuring characters whose interactions are mediated through technology, bureaucracy or other power structures. Egoyans films often follow non-linear plot structures, in events are placed out of sequence in order to elicit specific emotional reactions from the audience by withholding key information. In 2008, Egoyan received the Dan David Prize for Creative Rendering of the Past, Egoyan received the Governor Generals Performing Arts Award, Canadas highest royal honour in the performing arts, in 2015. Egoyan was born Atom Yeghoyan in Cairo, the son of Shushan and Joseph Yeghoyan and his parents were Armenian-Egyptians, and he was named Atom to mark the completion of Egypts first nuclear reactor. In 1962, his parents left Egypt for Canada and his sister, now a concert pianist based in Toronto, were raised by their parents in British Columbia.
As a boy, Egoyan wished for assimilation into Canadian society, years later, when he attended the University of Toronto, he began to study Armenian history. As a teenager, he interested in reading and writing plays. Significant influences included Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter, in that interview, he said, It gave me an incredible respect for the medium and its possibilities. To me, Persona marries a pure form and a profound vision with absolute conviction. I felt that it was able to open a door that wasn’t there before and he graduated from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. It was at Trinity College that Egoyan came into contact with Harold Nahabedian, in interviews Egoyan credited Nahabedian for introducing him to the language and history of his ethnic heritage. Egoyan wrote for the University of Torontos independent weekly, The Newspaper, Egoyan has directed 15 full-length films, several television episodes, and a few shorter pieces. His early work was based on his own material, in 1984, his debut film Next of Kin world-premiered at the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg and won a major prize.
His commercial breakthrough came with the film Exotica and he received the Grand Prix in Brussels. The film Ararat generated much publicity for Egoyan, after Henri Verneuils French-language film Mayrig, it was the first major motion picture to deal directly with the Armenian Genocide. Ararat won the Best Picture prize at the Genie Awards, in 2004, Egoyan opened Camera Bar, a 50-seat cinema-lounge on Queen Street West in Toronto
Federico Fellini was an Italian film director and screenwriter. Known for his style that blends fantasy and baroque images with earthiness. His films have ranked, in such as Cahiers du cinéma and Sight & Sound. Sight & Sound lists his 1963 film 8½ as the 10th greatest film of all time, in 1993, he was awarded an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement at the 65th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Fellini was born on 20 January 1920, to parents in Rimini. His father, Urbano Fellini, born to a family of Romagnol peasants and small landholders from Gambettola and his mother, Ida Barbiani, came from a bourgeiois Catholic family of Roman merchants. Despite her familys vehement disapproval, she had eloped with Urbano in 1917 to live at his parents home in Gambettola, a civil marriage followed in 1918 with the religious ceremony held at Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome a year later. The couple settled in Rimini where Urbano became a traveling salesman, Fellini had two siblings, Riccardo, a documentary director for RAI Television, and Maria Maddalena.
In 1924, Fellini started primary school in a run by the nuns of San Vincenzo in Rimini. In 1926, he discovered the world of Grand Guignol, the circus with Pierino the Clown, Guido Brignone’s Maciste all’Inferno, the first film he saw, would mark him in ways linked to Dante and the cinema throughout his entire career. Enrolled at the Ginnasio Giulio Cesare in 1929, he made friends with Luigi ‘Titta’ Benzi, in Mussolini’s Italy and Riccardo became members of the Avanguardista, the compulsory Fascist youth group for males. He visited Rome with his parents for the first time in 1933, the sea creature found on the beach at the end of La Dolce Vita has its basis in a giant fish marooned on a Rimini beach during a storm in 1934. To say that my films are autobiographical is an overly facile liquidation and it seems to me that I have invented almost everything, character, dreams, for the pleasure of being able to recount them. In 1937, Fellini opened Febo, a shop in Rimini. with the painter Demos Bonini.
His first humorous article appeared in the Postcards to Our Readers section of Milan’s Domenica del Corriere, deciding on a career as a caricaturist and gag writer, Fellini travelled to Florence in 1938, where he published his first cartoon in the weekly 420. According to a biographer, Fellini found school exasperating and, in one year, had 67 absences, failing his military culture exam, he graduated from high school in July 1938 after doubling the exam. In September 1939, he enrolled in law school at the University of Rome to please his parents, biographer Hollis Alpert reports that there is no record of his ever having attended a class. Installed in a family pensione, he met lifelong friend
Forty-eight of the fifty states and the federal district are contiguous and located in North America between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east, the state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean, the geography and wildlife of the country are extremely diverse. At 3.8 million square miles and with over 324 million people, the United States is the worlds third- or fourth-largest country by area, third-largest by land area. It is one of the worlds most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, paleo-Indians migrated from Asia to the North American mainland at least 15,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century, the United States emerged from 13 British colonies along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the following the Seven Years War led to the American Revolution. On July 4,1776, during the course of the American Revolutionary War, the war ended in 1783 with recognition of the independence of the United States by Great Britain, representing the first successful war of independence against a European power.
The current constitution was adopted in 1788, after the Articles of Confederation, the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, were ratified in 1791 and designed to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties. During the second half of the 19th century, the American Civil War led to the end of slavery in the country. By the end of century, the United States extended into the Pacific Ocean. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the status as a global military power. The end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the sole superpower. The U. S. is a member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States. The United States is a developed country, with the worlds largest economy by nominal GDP. It ranks highly in several measures of performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP. While the U. S. economy is considered post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge economy, the United States is a prominent political and cultural force internationally, and a leader in scientific research and technological innovations.
In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America after the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci
Giuseppe Tornatore is an Italian film director and screenwriter. He is considered as one of the directors who brought critical acclaim back to Italian cinema, in a career spanning over 30 years he is best known for directing and writing drama films such as The Legend of 1900, Malèna, Baarìa and The Best Offer. Probably his most noted film is Nuovo Cinema Paradiso, for which Tornatore won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and he directed several advertising campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana. Tornatore is known for his association with composer Ennio Morricone. Born in Bagheria near Palermo, Tornatore developed an interest in acting and he worked initially as a freelance photographer. Then, switching to cinema, he made his debut with Le minoranze etniche in Sicilia and he worked for RAI before releasing his first full-length film, Il Camorrista, in 1985. This evoked a response from audience and critics alike and Tornatore was awarded the Silver Ribbon for best new director. This obtained worldwide success and won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, subsequently Tornatore released several other films.
In 2007 he won the Silver George for Best Director at the 29th Moscow International Film Festival for The Unknown Woman, Tornatore describes himself as one who does not believe and who regrets this. His brother, Francesco Tornatore, is a producer