Ed Rampell: The 12th annual South East European Film Festival kicked off with a gala screening at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills of writer/ director Rajko Grlić’s The Constitution, a stellar must-see movie full of humor and humanity that set the tone for this filmfest.
Editing together archival footage, Esther Shub chronicles the czarist doomed dynasty from 1913 until 1917 in this 1927 nonfiction work. Historical figures including Czar Nicholas II, Czarina Alexandra, Aleksandr Kerensky and V.I. Lenin are shown.
Ed Rampell: The Locarno Film Festival “is marked by bold, eclectic programming that doesn’t make its way elsewhere as reliably as selections from the likes of Cannes and Sundance.”
Eric A. Gordon: What writer and director Danièle Thompson focuses on in her new work Cézanne et moi (Cézanne and Me) is the almost lifelong friendship Zola shared with the painter Paul Cézanne.
Robin Menken: As part of the annual Global Francophone month, Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, in partnership with TV5Monde and the consulates of France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and Quebec Government Office presents five francophone movies, all shown In French with English subtitles.