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12 August 2021, 10:01

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Still from the film “Annette”. Directed by L. Karax. 2021 year

We leave for Paris in the 1990s, the opera house and one of the first fairy tales of Hayao Miyazaki.

This week, two films were released at once – the prize-winner of the International Cannes Film Festival of different years: the unhappy musical by Leos Carax, which opened the last festival, and the black-and-white drama “Hate”, which brought the first great success to director Mathieu Kassowitz. Fans of classic anime will enjoy Hayao Miyazaki’s Laputa Castle, and those interested in independent filmmakers’ short films will be shown screenings at the KONIK festival.

In the cinema halls of the Moschino network, smart seating is organized to maintain a social distance between the audience. When buying a ticket, the system blocks seats around and makes sure that the hall is not more than 50 percent full. You can buy tickets on the site and in the mobile application “Moschino”.

The new film by Leos Carax, who returned to big cinema after a long hiatus, opened the International Cannes Film Festival in 2021 and brought its creator a directing prize. Annette is Karax’s first musical experience. The script and all the songs were written by brothers Ron and Russell Meil, known as the founders of the Sparks, an eccentric pop-rock band from the 1970s.

At first, the plot seems straightforward: comedian Henry McHenry (Adam Driver) falls in love with the beautiful opera diva Anna (Marion Cotillard). They marry, soon they have a daughter, Annette … But soon the songs that the characters sing become sadder and more desperate: it turns out that Henry is not Annette’s father, Annette is not quite a child, and Anna is terminally ill.

Time of action – mid-1990s, place – Paris and its ghetto suburbs, heroes – three teenagers who have nothing but love for rap, a found gun and hatred. Vince (Vincent Cassel), Hubert (Hubert Kunde) and Said (Said Tagmawi) travel from their dysfunctional neighborhood to the center to avenge a friend who has suffered police brutality.

Mathieu Kassowitz wrote the script for Hate in 1993, when he himself was not much older than his characters. Then the whole of France was discussing the tragic incident that happened in the capital: a 17-year-old native of Zaire was inadvertently killed by a police inspector. Two years later, the film was featured in the main program of the Cannes Film Festival, and its 28-year-old director won the Director’s Prize. As many critics have noted, Kassowitz managed to capture the spirit of the Parisian suburbs, although he himself grew up in very different conditions.

Good news for fans of classic Japanese animation: one of Hayao Miyazaki’s first and most beautiful films is being re-released. The story of the girl Sita and the boy Pazu, who have a stone pointing the way to a magical island, and a multitude of enemies trying to take away a miraculous object, partly grew out of Gulliver’s Travels. Miyazaki came up with it after reading in a book by Jonathan Swift about the flying island of Laputa, whose inhabitants devoted themselves to the study of philosophy.

The music for the film was written by Miyazaki’s permanent composer, Jo Hisaishi. In 1983 he wrote the music for Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds and has worked on all of the director’s films ever since.

Short Film Festival, 18+

From August 11, the cinema “Fili” hosts the festival of short public independent feature films KONIK. It will end this weekend. Admission to the screenings is free, by prior registration.

Among the films are comedies about musicians of a small brass band and a crazy clinic, stories of enmity between two schoolchildren and the rivalry of villagers for the spirit of a dead woman – more than 20 films in total, lasting from 10 minutes to half an hour.

Every day is a separate program. This Saturday, for example, you can watch program “Thin connections”, Which included five films about difficult relationships, and on Sunday – the program “Entry and Exit”, consisting of five films about people making important choices.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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