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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 15 September 2018
FILM 20 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2018 Lanthimos’ film The Favourite lives up to its title at The Venice Film Festival The Greek director’s historical comedy took out two major prizes at the prestigious festival Cinematographer Thimios Bakatakis. PHOTO: LUX ARTISTS Thimios Bakatakis behind the lens of US fashion label’s new short The Greek cinematographer’s aesthetic marries well with Rag & Bone in the soon to be released short film, Time of Day Thimios Bakatakis has teamed up with Rag & Bone, to create a short film for the fashion label. Titled Time of Day, the film's release next week in New York will coincide with the brand's new Fall/ Winter 2018 collection. Known for his work on award-winning films The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Bakatakis shot the production in New York and Los Angeles over six weeks on a handheld camera using 16 mm film. Aside the pre-selected locations, the process was rather organic, with Bakatakis using only the light available at the time, and the acting all improvised. Set to an original soundtrack by Thom Yorke, the short features actors Kate Mara, Boyd Holbrook, Pom Klementieff, Lakeith Stanfield, Reed Morano, Lake Bell, Jon Hamm and Emma Roberts. Each of the eight characters is captured living out a moment individually, which when edited together, come to form the course of one full day, the vignettes interwoven to connect a series of events. The Greek cinematographer was set the task of piecing together the brand's story and characteristics. For example, the first actor is shown on First Avenue in East Village where the concept behind the label was born, followed by another actor finishing a night out in Williamsburg where founder Marcus Wainwright first started selling the brand. Once officially launched, Time of Day will be available for viewing on the Rag & Bone website. To watch the recently launched official trailer, visit https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=xTZ0_HHZBHU Director Yorgos Lanthimos is continuing to make a name for himself, his latest film The Favourite taking out two major prizes at The 75th Venice International Film Festival. The historical comedy was awarded the Grand Jury Prize, which is considered the silver medal. The film also saw Olivia Colman awarded the Volpi Cup for Best Actress in a leading role as Queen Anne. "We are absolutely delighted with the Venice awards for the brilliant Olivia Colman and the extraordinary Yorgos Lanthimos," Ed Guiney, producer of The Favourite and cofounder of Element, told Irish newspaper The Irish Times. "Combined with a terrific response at the Telluride Film Festival and a 100 per cent score on Rotten Tomatoes, this positions the film wonderfully for its release in the US later this year." The Favourite, which had its world premiere at the film festival in Venice, has received rave reviews, Variety referring to the film as "a perfectly cut diamond of a movie". "A finely executed, coldly entertaining entry in the genre of savage misanthropic baroque costume drama," they added. Yorgos Lanthimos receives the Silver Lion - Grand Jury Prize for The Favourite at the Venice Film Festival. The film is based on an original screenplay by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, and is set during the reign of Queen Anne in the early 18th century. It goes behind-the-scenes of the politics between two cousins, Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz) and Abigail Masham (Emma Stone) in a bitter rivalry to be the Queen's favourite. The Favourite is due to be released in the US on 23 November. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Polyxeni is Greece’s official contender for the Oscars Dora Masklavanou’s feature film will compete in the Best Foreign-Language category for 2019 Emma Roberts in Time of Day. Polyxeni, a period drama about a 12-year-old orphan Greek girl who was separated from her younger brother in 1955 when a prominent Greek Constantinopolite couple adopted her, is Greece's selection for the Oscars. The movie, directed by Dora Masklavanou, will compete in the Best For- eign-Language Film category for 2019. Polyxeni is in fact Masklavanou's third feature film, which was first released in Greece in December 2017. The judges and audiences were mesmerised by the heroine's journey and challenges while she receives an education, comes of age and falls in love, unsuspect- ing of the plot against her, targeting the large fortune her adoptive father leaves her. Earlier this year, Polyxe- ni was awarded the Grand Prix at the Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival while it has also won the Best Feature Film Youth Jury Award at the 58th Thessaloniki Inter- national Film Festival. It is the fifth time a Greek film has been nominated for an Academy Award, with the most recent being Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth that did not receive a statuette. Will, Katia Gulioni's heart- felt yet dynamic performance as Polyxeni make a difference? We certainly hope so.
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