Charlotte Sally Potter is an English film director and screenwriter. Potter was raised in London, her mother was a music teacher and her father was an interior designer and a poet. Her younger brother Nic became the bassist for the rock group Van der Graaf Generator; when asked about her background, which influenced her work as a filmmaker, she responds, "I came from an atheist background and an anarchist background, which meant that I grew up in an environment, full of questions, where nothing could be taken for granted." Potter began making amateur films, with an 8 mm camera given to her by an uncle. She dropped out of school at age 16 to pursue filmmaking. From 1968–1970 she worked as a kitchen worker and a picture researcher for BBC in order to support herself and her work, she had joined the London Film-Makers' Co-op and began making experimental short films, including Jerk and Play. She trained as a dancer and choreographer at the London School of Contemporary Dance, she made both film and dance pieces, including Combines, before founding Limited Dance Company with Jacky Lansley.
Potter became an award-winning performance artist and theatre director, with shows including Mounting and the Maiden and Berlin. In addition, she was a member of several music bands working as a singer, she collaborated with composer Lindsay Cooper on the song cycle Oh Moscow, performed throughout Europe and North America in the late 1980s and commercially released. Potter continued as a composer, she wrote the score for the film, The Tango Lesson, for which she sang "I am You" in the final scene. Her most recent music work is as producer and co-composer with Fred Frith of the original tracks for Yes and Rage. Referring to her career as a choreographer, Potter said, "Choreography was the perfect'poor theatre.' All you needed were some space. So it was as a choreographer that I learnt how to direct and it was as a dancer that I learnt how to work."Potter returned to filmmaking with her short film Thriller, a hit on the international festival circuit. This was followed by The Gold Diggers, starring Julie Christie.
She directed The London Story. As director of the internationally distributed Orlando, Potter received greater appreciation for her writing and direction. Starring Tilda Swinton, the film was based on Virginia Woolf's novel by the same name and adapted for the screen by Potter. In addition to two Academy Award nominations, Orlando won more than 25 international awards, including the Felix, awarded by the European Film Academy for the best Young European Film of 1993; the novel had been considered impossible to adapt for the screen, because it took place over 400 years and followed a character whose sex changes from a man to a woman. Funding the feature proved difficult, Orlando took seven years to complete. Filming and editing took 20 weeks. Preparation for the film, including adapting the novel, funding the film, scouting locations, etc. took four years. Orlando is considered a feminist film. However, Potter denies that label, she explained in an interview: I have come to the conclusion that I can't use that term in my work.
Not because of a disavowal of the underlying principles that gave birth to that word – the commitment to liberation, equality. But it has become a trigger word. You see people's eyes glaze over with exhaustion when the word flashes into the conversation. Potter claims that the story shows the difficulties both of a being a woman, she next directed the film, The Tango Lesson, in which she performed with renowned dancer Pablo Veron. First presented at the Venice Film Festival, the film was awarded the Ombú de Oro for Best Film at the Mar del Plata Film Festival, Argentina; the Tango Lesson is semi-autobiographical, based on Potter's experiences learning Argentinian Tango with Veron while writing the screenplay for Rage. The Tango Lesson marks Potter's first time performing on screen. Regarding this decision she stated, "I knew that I had to perform in this one because the impetus for the film came out of my own desire to dance." Potter's professional collaborations with Pablo Veron continue in The Man Who Cried and the stage production of Carmen.
The Man Who Cried, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2000. It was followed by Yes, with Simon Abkarian and Sam Neill. Yes was written in response to the attacks in the United States of 11 September 2001; the screenplay is written in verse and the film's budget was much smaller than that for The Man Who Cried. Regarding the film's budget and stylistic approaches, Potter said: Originally I was trying to figure out how we could shoot this film without any lights, because there didn't seem to be enough money in the budget to have any. One solution was to shoot at six frames a second, or three. You print each frame four (or eigh
British Film Institute
The British Film Institute is a film and charitable organisation which promotes and preserves filmmaking and television in the United Kingdom. It was established by Royal Charter to: Encourage the development of the arts of film and the moving image throughout the United Kingdom, to promote their use as a record of contemporary life and manners, to promote education about film and the moving image and their impact on society, to promote access to and appreciation of the widest possible range of British and world cinema and to establish, care for and develop collections reflecting the moving image history and heritage of the United Kingdom; the BFI maintains the world's largest film archive, the BFI National Archive called National Film Library, National Film Archive, National Film and Television Archive. The archive contains more than 50,000 fiction films, over 100,000 non-fiction titles, around 625,000 television programmes; the majority of the collection is British material but it features internationally significant holdings from around the world.
The Archive collects films which feature key British actors and the work of British directors. The BFI runs the BFI Southbank and London IMAX cinema, both located on the south bank of the River Thames in London; the IMAX has the largest cinema screen in the UK and shows popular recent releases and short films showcasing its technology, which includes 3D screenings and 11,600 watts of digital surround sound. BFI Southbank shows films from all over the world critically acclaimed historical & specialised films that may not otherwise get a cinema showing; the BFI distributes archival and cultural cinema to other venues – each year to more than 800 venues all across the UK, as well as to a substantial number of overseas venues. The BFI offers a range of education initiatives, in particular to support the teaching of film and media studies in schools. In late 2012, the BFI received money from the Department For Education to create the BFI Film Academy Network; the BFI runs the annual London Film Festival along with BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival and the youth-orientated Future Film Festival.
The BFI publishes the monthly Sound magazine as well as films on Blu-ray, DVD and books. It runs the BFI National Library, maintains the BFI Film & TV Database and Summary of Information on Film and Television, which are databases of credits and other information about film and television productions. SIFT has a collection of about 7 million still frames from television; the BFI has co-produced a number of television series featuring footage from the BFI National Archive, in partnership with the BBC, including The Lost World of Mitchell & Kenyon, The Lost World of Friese-Greene, The Lost World of Tibet. The institute was founded in 1933. Despite its foundation resulting from a recommendation in a report on Film in National Life, at that time the institute was a private company, though it has received public money throughout its history—from the Privy Council and Treasury until 1965 and the various culture departments since then; the institute was restructured following the Radcliffe Report of 1948 which recommended that it should concentrate on developing the appreciation of filmic art, rather than creating film itself.
Thus control of educational film production passed to the National Committee for Visual Aids in Education and the British Film Academy assumed control for promoting production. From 1952–2000, the BFI provided funding for new and experimental filmmakers via the BFI Production Board; the institute received a Royal Charter in 1983. This was updated in 2000, in the same year the newly established UK Film Council took responsibility for providing the BFI's annual grant-in-aid; as an independent registered charity, the BFI is regulated by the Charity Commission and the Privy Council. In 1988, the BFI opened the London Museum of the Moving Image on the South Bank. MOMI was acclaimed internationally and set new standards for education through entertainment, but subsequently it did not receive the high levels of continuing investment that might have enabled it to keep pace with technological developments and ever-rising audience expectations; the Museum was "temporarily" closed in 1999. This did not happen, MOMI's closure became permanent in 2002 when it was decided to redevelop the South Bank site.
This redevelopment was itself further delayed. The BFI is managed on a day-to-day basis by its chief executive, Amanda Nevill. Supreme decision-making authority rests with a board of up to 14 governors; the current chair is Josh Berger, who took up the post in February 2016. He succeeded Greg Dyke, who took office on 1 March 2008. Dyke succeeded the late Anthony Minghella, chair from 2003 until 31 December 2007; the chair of the board is appointed by the BFI's own Board of Governors but requires the consent of the Secretary of State for Culture and Sport. Other Governors are co-opted by existing board members; the BFI operates with three sources of income. The largest is public money allocated by the Department for Culture and Sport. In 2011–12, this funding amounted to £20m; the second largest source is commercial activity such as receipts from ticket sales at BFI Southbank or the BFI London IMAX theatre, sales of DVDs, etc. Thirdly and sponsorship of around £5m
Salma Hayek Pinault is a Mexican and American film actress and former model. She began her career in Mexico starring in the telenovela Teresa and starred in the film El Callejón de los Milagros for which she was nominated for an Ariel Award. In 1991 Hayek moved to Hollywood and came to prominence with roles in films such as Desperado, From Dusk till Dawn and Wild Wild West, her breakthrough role was in the 2002 film Frida, as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, for which she was nominated in the category of Best Actress for an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe Award. This movie was a critical and commercial success, she won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special in 2004 for The Maldonado Miracle and received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2007 after guest-starring in the ABC television comedy-drama Ugly Betty. She guest-starred on the NBC comedy series 30 Rock from 2009 to 2013.
In 2017, she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her role in Beatriz at Dinner. Hayek's recent films include Grown Ups, Puss in Boots, Grown Ups 2, Tale of Tales and The Hitman's Bodyguard. Salma Hayek Jiménez was born in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, her younger brother, Sami, is a furniture designer. Her mother, Diana Jiménez Medina, is an opera talent scout, her father, Sami Hayek Domínguez, is an oil company executive and owner of an industrial-equipment firm, who once ran for mayor of Coatzacoalcos. Her father is Mexican of Christian Lebanese descent, with his family being from the city of Baabdat, Lebanon, a city Salma and her father visited in 2015 to promote her movie Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, her mother is Mexican of Spanish descent. In a 2011 interview with V magazine, Hayek mentioned that she was once an illegal immigrant in the United States, although it was not for a long period of time. In an interview in 2015 with Un Nuevo Día while visiting Madrid, Hayek described herself as fifty-percent Lebanese and fifty-percent Spanish, stating that her grandmother/maternal great-grandparents were from Spain.
Raised in a wealthy, devout Roman Catholic family, she was sent to the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, at the age of twelve. In school, she was diagnosed with dyslexia, she attended university in Mexico City, where she studied International Relations at the Universidad Iberoamericana. At the age of 23, Hayek landed the title role in Teresa, a successful Mexican telenovela that made her a star in Mexico. In 1994, Hayek starred in the film El Callejón de los Milagros, which has won more awards than any other movie in the history of Mexican cinema. For her performance, Hayek was nominated for an Ariel Award. Hayek moved to California, in 1991 to study acting under Stella Adler, she had limited fluency in English, dyslexia. Robert Rodriguez, his producer and then-wife, Elizabeth Avellan, soon gave Hayek a starring role opposite Antonio Banderas in 1995's Desperado, she followed her role in Desperado with a brief role as a vampire queen in From Dusk till Dawn, in which she performed a table-top snake dance.
Hayek had a starring role opposite Matthew Perry in the 1997 romantic comedy Fools Rush In. In 1999 she co-starred in Will Smith's big-budget Wild Wild West, played a supporting role in Kevin Smith's Dogma. In 2000 Hayek had an uncredited acting part opposite Benicio del Toro in Traffic. In 2003, she reprised her role from Desperado by appearing in Once Upon a Time in Mexico, the final film of the Mariachi Trilogy. Around 2000, Hayek founded film production company Ventanarosa, through which she produces film and television projects, her first feature as a producer was 1999's El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba, Mexico's official selection for submission for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars. Frida, co-produced by Hayek, was released in 2002. Starring Hayek as Frida Kahlo, Alfred Molina as her unfaithful husband, Diego Rivera, the film was directed by Julie Taymor and featured an entourage of stars in supporting and minor roles and cameos, she earned a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her performance.
In the Time of the Butterflies is a 2001 feature film based on the Julia Álvarez book of the same name, covering the lives of the Mirabal sisters. In the movie, Salma Hayek plays one of the sisters and Edward James Olmos plays the Dominican dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo whom the sisters opposed. In 2003, Hayek produced and directed The Maldonado Miracle, a Showtime movie based on the book of the same name, winning her a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Children/Youth/Family Special. In December 2005, she directed a music video for Prince, titled "Te Amo Corazon" that featured Mía Maestro. Hayek was an executive producer of Ugly Betty, a television series that aired around the world from 2006 to 2010. Hayek adapted the series for American television with Ben Silverman, who acquired the rights and scripts from the Colombian telenovela Yo Soy Betty La Fea in 2001. Intended as a half-hour sitcom for NBC in 2004, the project would be picked up by ABC for the 2006–2007 season with Silvio Horta producing.
Hayek guest-starred on Ugly Betty as a magazine editor. She had a cameo playing an actress in the telenovela within the show; the show won a Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Series in 2007. Hayek's performance as Sofia resulted in a nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Se
The Man Who Cried
The Man Who Cried is a 2000 Anglo-French drama film written and directed by Sally Potter, starring Christina Ricci, Cate Blanchett, Johnny Depp, Harry Dean Stanton and John Turturro. The film tells the story of a young Jewish girl who, after being separated from her father in Soviet Russia, grows up in England; as a young adult, she moves to Paris. This is the last film worked on by the French cinematographer Sacha Vierny. Fegele Abramovich, a Russian Jew is separated from her father as a child in 1927, her father has travelled to America to seek his fortune and plans to send for Fegele and her grandmother. Before leaving, he sings "Je Crois Entendre Encore" from the Bizet opera Les pêcheurs de perles to her. After her father leaves, the village is burned in a pogrom. Fegele escapes with the help of neighbours. Upon arrival, an English official places her with foster parents. English students at school taunt her by calling her a "gypsy", but she does not yet understand English. A teacher at the school overhears her singing "Je Crois Entendre Encore" in Yiddish, teaches her to sing and speak in English.
Time passes, Suzie auditions for a singing dance troupe heading for Paris. There, she meets an older Russian dancer named Lola, they share an apartment as friends. At a formal party, both women perform as dancers alongside a mysterious performing horseman, Cesar, a Romani to whom Suzie is attracted. After their performance outside, they overhear a tenor inside singing "Je Crois Entendre Encore". Lola falls for his charms, enticed by his wealth and success. Dante, Lola and Cesar all work for an opera company directed by Felix Perlman. Dante is an imperious follower of Mussolini. Meanwhile, Cesar introduces Suzie to his "family", they fall in love. One day, Dante is rifling through Suzie's things after a dalliance with Lola in the apartment, deduces her Jewish heritage after finding her father's photo. An elderly Jewish neighbour downstairs, Madame Goldstein knows that Suzie is Jewish and has warned her of the dangers on the horizon as the Germans invade Poland; the following year, as the Germans invade France and approach Paris, an exodus begins of Jews and other people threatened by Nazism.
Crowds for the operatic show dwindle, the only cast members left are Dante and Suzie. When Dante attempts to seduce Suzie, she rebuffs him, he lashes out at her for her heritage and her relationship with Cesar, whose heritage he scorns. Perlman comes to her defence. Perlman closes down the show. Dante reluctantly returns to his earlier role as minstrel. After another rebuff from Suzie, Dante reveals to a German officer. Lola overhears informs Suzie that she is in danger and must leave Paris. Lola has decided to leave Dante and has purchased tickets for Suzie and herself on an ocean liner headed for America; the same night of the party, the Nazis kill a child. When Cesar comes to her apartment to say goodbye, Suzie expresses her desire to stay and help Cesar fight the Nazis for his family, but he tells her she must flee and find her father, they share a tender last evening together. Suzie searches for her father and discovers that he changed his name, gave up singing, moved west after hearing about the attack on his home village, which he assumed killed all the members of his family.
Suzie goes to Hollywood, where her father was a studio head, discovers he has a new family and that he is dying. She goes to the hospital, walks past his new wife and children who are waiting outside the door to his room, is reunited with her father, he expresses joy at her appearance. She sits on the side of his bed and sings "Je Crois Entendre Encore" to him in Yiddish as tears roll down her face. Christina Ricci as Suzie Oleg Yankovsky as Father Claudia Lander-Duke as Young Suzie Cate Blanchett as Lola Miriam Karlin as Madame Goldstein Johnny Depp as Cesar Harry Dean Stanton as Felix Perlman John Turturro as Dante Dominio Josh Bradford as extraThe singing voices for the characters of Dante and Suzie were provided by Salvatore Licitra and Iva Bittova, respectively; the film was first presented at the Venice Film Festival on 2 September 2000. The film screened at the London Film Festival; the film received mixed to negative reviews holding a 35%'rotten' rating on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes.
The consensus, based on 69 reviews, says'The storyline is overwrought and awkward, the audience is distanced from the flatly drawn characters.' WinsNational Board of Review: NBR Award. Florida Film Critics Circle Awards: FFCC Award. NominationsVenice Film Festival: Golden Lion, Sally Potter; the Man Who Cried: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released 22 May 2001. It features new music composed by Osvaldo Golijov, was produced by Sally Potter and performed by the R
Rage (2009 American film)
Rage is a 2009 satirical mystery art film written and directed by Sally Potter, starring Jude Law and Judi Dench. The filmmakers said that the film created a new genre in filmmaking, called “naked cinema”. A young blogger at a New York fashion house shoots behind-the-scenes interviews on his cell phone. Jude Law as Minx Steve Buscemi as Frank Judi Dench as Mona Carvell John Leguizamo as Jed Dianne Wiest as Miss Roth Eddie Izzard as Tiny Diamonds Riz Ahmed as Vijay Bob Balaban as Mr. White Lily Cole as Lettuce Leaf Patrick J. Adams as Dwight Angel David Oyelowo as Homer Adriana Barraza as Anita de Los Angeles Simon Abkarian as Merlin Jakob Cedergren as Otto The film premiered at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear; the DVD was released on September 22, 2009, in the US, September 28, 2009, in the UK. A special edition version of the DVD was released through the official Rage website. Babelgum premiered the film on mobile phones and internet at the same time as the cinema and DVD release.
Babelgum released Rage in the UK, North America, Italy, France and Spain. Rage is the world’s first feature film to debut on mobile phones; the movie was to be shown in seven episodes, beginning on September 21, 2009. The online screening began on September 28, 2009. Rage had its New York screen premiere on September 21, 2009, at “The Box”; the film was panned by critics and audiences alike, with criticism focusing on its acting, plot and length, as well as that it did not achieve its satirical intentions. It holds a 17%'rotten' critical score on Rotten Tomatoes based on 6 reviews and a 40% audience score based on 469 reviews, together indicating negative reviews, it is not listed on Metacritic. It has been described as'lame' and an'indignant annoyance' by Leslie Felperin of Variety and'claustrophobic and ludicrous' by Richard Mowe of Boxoffice Magazine. In a rare positive review, Armond White of New York Press described the film as'a refreshing reminder of true cinematic values'. Official website Rage on IMDb Sally Potter at New York Times, accessed November 4, 2008.
Sally Potter Official website Gallery Rage, sallypotter.com, accessed February 26, 2009. POLL: Which Actor Makes the Best Lady?, People posted February 4, 2009, accessed April 9, 2009. Kevin Maher, Sally Potter explains why her new film will go direct to our mobile phones, timesonline.co.uk, September 19, 2009. Melissa Silverstein, Interview with Sally Potter, Director of Rage, huffingtonpost.com, September 29, 2009
Yes is a 2004 film written and directed by Sally Potter. It stars Joan Allen, Simon Abkarian, Samantha Bond, Sam Neill, Shirley Henderson, Raymond Waring, Stephanie Leonidas, Sheila Hancock; the film's dialogue is entirely in iambic pentameter and rhymes. This artistic choice polarized film critics; the film opens as an unnamed Irish-American microbiologist discovers her English businessman husband Anthony is having an affair with their goddaughter's mother. Feeling fragile and alone at an elegant London dinner party, she meets a Lebanese Muslim chef who begins seducing her, they soon begin a torrid affair. He tells her of his past in Beirut, where he was a surgeon who became disillusioned after he saved a man's life moments before he was shot dead, she tells him about her childhood, which began in Belfast where she was raised by a loving Marxist aunt before she moved to America. After a racially driven argument in his restaurant's kitchen, the chef is fired, his connection with the microbiologist begins to implode as he questions the foundation for their relationship and cultural attitudes begin to pull them apart.
"From Elvis to Eminem, Warhol's art," he says, "I know your songs by heart. But do you know mine? No, every time, I make the effort, I learn to rhyme, in your English, and do you know a word of my language one? Have you heard that'algebra' was an Arabic man? You've read the Bible. Have you read the Koran?" She is called away to Belfast when her aunt is hospitalized. After the old woman dies, the microbiologist telephones the chef and invites him to travel with her to Cuba, to make the journey her aunt always wanted to make but never did. He, has returned to Beirut, she travels alone to Havana where she undergoes an physical renewal. When she prays to God for some kind of sign that life has meaning, she is interrupted by news that a man is there to see her; the film is punctuated throughout by commentaries and glances from various cleaners and maids who act as a sort of Greek chorus as they look and speak directly to the camera, most notably the microbiologist's housecleaner, who offers various metaphorical commentary about dirt and cleanliness and how much they are like the larger world.
Yes divided critics upon its release. It received an aggregate score of 55/100 on Metacritic and has a 58% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert assigned the film a full four stars. Jonathan Rosenbaum gave the work his highest rating, lauding it as "beautifully composed and deftly delivered". Desson Thomson of The Washington Post wrote, "For those who accept Potter's premise -- and why not embark on a challenging, enriching experience? -- this is a unique, bold adventure of the soul."Conversely, A. O. Scott of The New York Times, while admitting that "there is no denying Ms. Potter's skill at versifying -- or for that matter, at composing clear, striking visual images", disparaged her lines as doggerel and concluded that "her formal ingenuity is yoked to ideas of staggering banality". Ann Hornaday of The Washington Post was unfavorable, calling it "sporadically beautiful" but "belabored and inert. It's a bold exercise, an interesting experiment, but a movie it ain't." 2005 Brisbane International Film Festival: Interfaith Award for Promoting Humanitarian Values 2005 Seattle International Film Festival: Best Actress Official site Clip from the film Yes on IMDb
Bleecker Street (company)
Bleecker Street is an American film distribution company based in New York City. The company was named after Andrew Karpen's prior company, Focus Features' street address, 65 Bleecker Street. Bleecker Street was formed in August 2014 by CEO Andrew Karpen, the former co-CEO of Focus Features with backing from Manoj Bhargava. With the announcement of the company's formation, Bleecker had indicated an exclusive U. S. distribution output deal with Shivani Rawat's ShivHans Pictures, effective immediately. Initial plans have the distributor releasing three to five pictures in 2015 and expanding from there. Karpen hired four former Focus Feature employees as presidents in September 2014. At the September 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Bleecker Street made its first film deal for Pawn Sacrifice's North American rights. In January 2015 at Sundance Film Festival, Bleecker Street made its first acquisition of worldwide rights with the purchase of Brett Haley's I'll See You In My Dreams Also at the festival, the company signed on with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment for a multiyear Blu-ray, DVD, Electronic Sell-through and Video-on-Demand platforms deal.
That month, Bleecker signed a Canadian distributor multi-year deal with Elevation Pictures starting with Danny Collins. Bleecker followed that up with an exclusive subscription multi-year content licensing agreement with Amazon Prime. Official website Bleecker Street on IMDb