Watch on Cineuropa: Immortal stars, timeless talents
- To celebrate the extraordinary legacies of the actors and directors who left us in the 2010s, here’s a few of their gems for you to watch on Cineuropa!
We’ve spent the past few weeks spotlighting some of the most exciting new voices and faces in independent cinema that rose to fame through the 2010s. Sadly, the decade has also marked the passing of many among the world’s most glorious filmmakers, actors, and artists - icons who’ve helped shape the medium’s history.
To celebrate their legacies, our last list of the month will give you a chance to watch - or re-watch - some of their most indelible films. Here’s to their memory, and their timeless talents.
These titles are brought to you in partnership with eyelet (read the news), a streaming platform designed to give cinephiles around the world access to the very best in independent cinema. In conjunction with eyelet, we are now able to showcase films we’ve been reviewing over the years - titles you can stream and read about on Cineuropa. Stay tuned for the new movies coming your way soon!
It All Started at the End
Few figures have shaped the history of Colombian cinema quite like Luis Ospina, a veritable iconoclast who contributed, together with Carlos Mayolo and other legends, to craft what came to be known as “Caliwood,” Colombian cinema’s golden age. Don’t know much about it? Here’s your chance to fix that: an elegiac and lilting docu-memoir where Ospina reflects on his work and the country’s cinematic history.
A Very Curious Girl
Nelly Kaplan passed away - to COVID, no less - only a few days ago: a ground-breaking director, writer and theorist, she’s perhaps best known for her subversive revenge tale starring a sex worker wreaking havoc inside a rigidly patriarchal small town. So subversive for its time it was nearly banned from theatres…
The void Agnès Varda’s death left us grappling with will never be filled. In a career spanning over six decades, paved with all kinds of masterworks and accolades, the legendary French director has left behind plenty of films way ahead of their time, as this summery tale of domestic horrors.
Another gem by Varda, and a wonderful entry point into her sprawling body of work: a summing-up of her life and work by the mother (and later, grandmother) of the French New Wave.
Close-up, Taste of Cherry, and the posthumous 24 Frames: in a filmography stashed with astounding gems, one of the late Abbas Kiarostami’s most confounding and scintillating is Certified Copy, a meditation on love unlike any other you’ll ever see.
Anton Yelchin was only 27 when he passed away, and god knows how many more fulminating performances he could have gifted us. Here, he stars as one half of an expat duo who share one night in the Portuguese city of Porto, and remain haunted by those powerful few hours they shared.
Emmanuelle Riva, French New Wave icon and legendary actress, left us in 2017. Amour, Cannes’s 2012 Palm d’Or, was one of a the very last few films she starred in, and what a way to end an extraordinary career: her turn as an Alzheimer-afflicted wife was one of the decade’s most indelible performances.
One of Argentina’s finest directors and most enduring cultural icons, Fuad Jorge Jury, aka Leonardo Favio, passed away in 2012: for those looking to get started with the director’s films, this period piece on the life of a legendary Argentine outlaw is a great place to begin.
Jules and Jim
Good luck narrowing the late Jeanne Moreau’s staggering body of work down to one film. Her singing talents where just as impressive as her acting bravado, and in Jules and Jim, Truffaut’s iconic love triangle tale, her rendition of “Le Tourbillon de la Vie” is an indelible moment - an arresting scene in a film full of them.
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
The late Chantal Akerman was only 25 when she made her groundbreaking Jeanne Dielman… a portrait of a widowed housewife, the kind of masterwork that created a new way of making films, and changed the medium’s history forever.
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