Wednesday, March 20, 2019

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” New Trailer Makes the Internet Go Nuts

By José Alberto Hermosillo
The highly anticipated Quentin Tarantino ninth feature “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” has a new trailer, and the fans of its A-plus cast are breaking the internet.

The time period where the story is taking place may concern mostly the baby-boomers, but many millennials, who may not be familiar with Tarantino’s movies, are big fans of its terrific cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino, Luke Perry, Margot Robbie, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Kurt Russell, and Clifton Collins Jr.

Set at the end of Hollywood Golden Age – in 1969, the anticipated film tells the story of a TV actor (Leonardo) and his stunt-double (Brad) struggling to achieve success in a very competitive, and at the same time debauched industry.
During the early 1970s, Hollywood was in the process of transformation, but always a few bad apples fall from the tree. 

The scandals of child abuse by Roman Polansky played in the film by the Polish actor Rafal Zawierucha (“Afterimage”), and the infamous murders committed by Charles Manson, incarnated by Australian actor Damon Herriman are also a few of the story-lines to follow in this intricate script.

"Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" is written by the two times Oscar winner writer/director Quentin Tarantino, who is one of the first American directors looked upon by European filmmakers as auteur.
Michael Madsen and Tim Roth, Tarantino’s regular actors, complement the fascinating cast.

The film is still in the cutting process and is expected to be ready for its world premiere at Cannes 2019. Quentin Tarantino already won the Palme d’Or in 1994 for “Pulp Fiction.” 


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Friday, March 1, 2019

Makeup & Hairstyling Symposium 2019

By José Alberto Hermosillo

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling Symposium


The Oscar Week consists of a series of panels and symposiums hosted by the Academy in the days preceding the Awards. 

Those events focus on the work of the Oscar® nominees in seven categories: Documentaries - Short Subject and Feature, Shorts - Animated and Live Action, Animated Feature, Makeup & Hairstyling, and Best Foreign Language Film. 

Most of the nominees speak about their arts and crafts, and above all... their experiences making those remarkable films worth a nomination.
 Oscar Week 2019, programs. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
Every branch of the Academy has specific guidelines to nominate a particular film accordingly to its achievements. 

The Oscar did not have the Best Makeup & Hairstyling category until the early 1980s. Before that, the Academy gave two Honorary Awards: One in 1967 to William Tuttle for “7 Faces of Dr. Lao,” and the second one to John Chambers for “Planet of the Apes” in 1968.
 
The Makeup & Hairstyling category is relatively new. It was established until the year 1981. The Academy honored the work of Rick Baker for “An American Werewolf in London” as the first Makeup Oscar winner.
 Oscar Week, Makeup & Hairstyling 2019 program. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA

Since then, three outstanding films are chosen each year: A time-period piece, a contemporary work, and a Sci-fi/fantasy project.

The Makeup Branch values the quality of the work of a single character or to the task done on the entire cast in a production.

For example, the branch celebrated the job done in the characterization of: Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady” (2011), Salma Hayek as the iconic Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in “Frida” (2002), Marion Cotillard as the legendary French singer Edith Piaf in “La Vie en Rose” (2007), and Gary Oldman as the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in “The Darkest Hour” (2017).

Recently, the epic productions that gained the Academy’s recognition are: “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” (2003), “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015), and “Suicide Squad” (2016).

Fantasy films also have the voters’ attention. They recognized the work of Guillermo del Toro in “Pan's Labyrinth” (2006), “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008), and “Star Trek” (2009).
Makeup & Hairstyling. Photo Jose A. Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
And the nominees for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling of 2019 are: 

“Border,” Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer.
“Mary Queen of Scots,” Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher and Jessica Brooks.
“Vice” Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney, (WINNER).

"Mary Queen of Scots" nominees: Jenny Shircore, Marc Pilcher, Jessica Brooks
Jenny Shircore and Marc Pilcher, "Mary Queen of Scots." Film critic José Alberto Hermosillo (center) ©2019 Festival in LA
"Mary Queen of Scots" makeup display. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
"Mary Queen of Scots" makeup display. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
"Mary Queen of Scots" makeup display. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
"Mary Queen of Scots" makeup display. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA

"Mary Queen of Scots" makeup display. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
"Vice," Oscar nominee for Best Makeup & Hairstyling

 "Vice" nominees:  Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe and Patricia Dehaney.
"Vice" makeup display. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
Greg Cannom, Kate Biscoe, Best Makeup Oscar nominees, "Vice." Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
"Vice" makeup display. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
"Vice" makeup display. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
"Vice" makeup display. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
"Vice" makeup display. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
"Vice" makeup display. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
Border - Gräns. Oscar nominee for best Makeup & Hairstyling
"Border" nominees:  Göran Lundström and Pamela Goldammer.
Eva Malanger, the actress from the Swedish film "Border" and the fantastic makeup transformation as Tina, the border agent. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA.
Eva Malanger, Border.
Film critic José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
Ali Abbasi, director, "Border." Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
Border, makeup display. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
Border, makeup display. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
Border, makeup display. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
Border, makeup display. Photo José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
 Pamela Goldmmaner, Göran Lundströn, Makeup Oscar Nominees "Boder." Film critic José Alberto Hermosillo (center). ©2019 Festival in LA
Lois Burwell, moderator and Oscar winner Makeup Artist. 
Film critic José Alberto Hermosillo ©2019 Festival in LA
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Saturday, February 16, 2019

69 BERLINALE AWARDS - WINNERS!

By José Alberto Hermosillo

PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY - 
BERLINALE 2019

The members of the Jury of the Berlinale 2019 honored the French/German/Israeli co-production “Synonyms,” a film about the life of a young Israeli living in Paris, who relies on his dictionary to emancipate and feel part of the French society without forgetting his Hebrew roots.
Members of the Jury: Juliette Binoche (Jury President), Justin Chang, Sandra Hüller, Sebastián Lelio, Rajendra Roy and Trudie Styler.


Golden Bear Winner "Synonyms" directed by Nadav Lapid

GOLDEN BEAR FOR BEST FILM

“Synonyms.”

Director: Nadav Lapid



SILVER BEAR GRAND JURY PRIZE

“The Grace of God

Director: François Ozon

SILVER BEAR ALFRED BAUER PRIZE
“System Crasher
Director: Nora Fingscheidt

SILVER BEAR FOR BEST DIRECTOR
Angela Schanelec
“I Was at Home, But

SILVER BEAR FOR BEST ACTRESS
Yong Mei
“So Long, My Son

SILVER BEAR FOR BEST ACTOR
Wang Jing Chun
“So Long, My Son
Silver Bear Best Screenplay, Piranhas
SILVER BEAR FOR BEST SCREENPLAY
Maurizio Braucci, Claudio Giovannesi and Roberto Saviano
"La paranza dei bambini"
“Piranhas

SILVER BEAR FOR OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION
Rasmus Videbæk, Cinematography
“Out Stealing Horses

GLASHÜTTE ORIGINAL - BEST DOCUMENTARY
“Talking About Trees
Director: Suhaib Gasmelbari

GOLDEN BEAR FOR BEST SHORT FILM
“Umbra
Directors: Florian Fischer and Johannes Krell
Silver Bear Short Film "Blue Boy"
SILVER BEAR JURY PRIZE (SHORT FILM)
“Blue Boy
Director: Manuel Abramovich

AUDI SHORT FILM AWARD
“Rise
Directors: Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca

SPECIAL MENTION
“Omarska
Director: Varun Sasindran

BERLIN SHORT FILM CANDIDATE - EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS:
“Watermelon Juice”
Director: Irene Moray

PRIZES OF THE JURIES GENERATION 

CRYSTAL BEAR - Best Film
“A Colony
Director: Geneviève Dulude-De Celles

SPECIAL MENTION
"Daniel"
Director: Marine Atlan

CRYSTAL BEAR - Best Short Film
“Just Me and You
Director: Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers

SPECIAL MENTION
“#bullyingstory
Director: Eef Hilgers


CRYSTAL BEAR - Best Short Film
“Just Me and You
Director: Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers



THE GRAND PRIX GENERATION K-PLUS  

Best feature-length film

“A First Farewell
Director: Wang Lina

SPECIAL MENTION
“My Extraordinary Summer with Tess
Director: Steven Wouterlood

THE SPECIAL PRIZE OF THE GENERATION K PLUS
El Tamaño de las cosas - Berlin 2019
INTERNATIONAL JURY - Best short film,
“El tamaño de las cosas.”
“The Size of Things
Director: Carlos Felipe Montoya

SPECIAL MENTION
“Dad
Directors: Atle Blakseth, Einar Dunsæd

CRYSTAL BEAR for the Best Film
“Stupid Young Heart
Director: Selma Vilhunen

SPECIAL MENTION
“We Are Little Zombies
Director: Makoto Nagahisa

HONORARY GOLDEN BEAR
Charlotte Rampling, actress.