Claire Denis to be First Woman Director to Receive Stockholm’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Having had the pleasure of meeting Claire Denis in 2006, this comes as delightful news. It need not be repeated here, but being such a male dominated medium, and one in which women hardly ever receive the recognition they deserve, it is always lovely to hear about a strong, determined female director winning an award like this. If you have never seen a Denis film, I highly recommend you do (and not because I’m biased). Denis is notorious for brilliantly directing films about the human condition (in its many forms)–presenting the gritty, and sometimes ugly, facets of human life, while also remaining cognizant of its inherent beauty. My personal favorite is Friday Night, followed closely by Trouble Everyday and The Intruder. Of course, I have a proclivity for beautiful French Films, but I promise, whatever Denis film you see, there will be something about it you admire.




Claire Denis will be the first female director to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 24th Annual Stockholm International Film Festival.

Claire Denis will be the first female director to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 24th Annual Stockholm International Film Festival.

Claire Denis to be First Woman Director to Receive Stockholm’s Lifetime Achievement Award

by Kerensa Cadenas
October 9, 2013

Denis directed her first feature film in 1988, Chocolat. She’s also directed Nenette and Boni, 35 Shots of Rum and White Material amongst others. Her latest is Bastards, which will screen before Denis is awarded with the Bronze Horse.

The Stockholm jury released a statement about Denis.

Claire Denis refuses to close her eyes to the creative and destructive force unleashed by human weaknesses. A bold explorer of postcolonial Africa and the dark corners of modern society, who invites the audience to an exposed universe that is beautiful and raw. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to a filmmaker who continues to seek what others turn away from, always fearless and with a rare eye for visual poetry.

Denis will receive the award on November 7th. The Stockholm International Film Festival runs from November 6-17.

(Via IndieWire)


Literatours: Isle of Wight Literary Festival 2013

If you happen to find yourself anywhere near the Isle of Wight, make sure you attend the 2013 Isle of Wight Literary Festival. This year,  there will be an inaugural Isle of Wight Bus Tour, featuring the voices of Celia Imrie, Hugh Bonneville, Richard E Grant and many other fabulous actorly types. A literary festival is the stuff of our DREAMS here at BCM. Swoon! Perhaps we’ll be lucky enough to go one day. In the meantime, we’ll just have to live vicariously through those of you that are lucky enough to be there.

This post is short and sweet (that hardly ever happens around here), but BCM is off to a major socialite do this evening (stay tuned!). Ta-ta for now.



Congratulations to The Hollywood Black Film Festival!

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We would like to say congrats to Tanya Kersey, and the entire HBFF team (we rock!) for being featured in the LA Times. And don’t forget, the festival kicks off tomorrow, so make sure you’re ready! If you have yet to purchase tickets, it’s not too late.

Hollywood Black Film Festival: Movies, panels and a beauty lounge

By Susan King

October 1, 2013, 1:15 p.m.

The Hollywood Black Film Festival, which begins Wednesday and continues through Sunday at the Montalban Theatre and the W Hotel, includes an array of films and panels. But in what might be a first, the festival also features complementary beauty services Friday and Saturday for guests with all-access passes, so you can look good while attending the programs.

The festival,  founded in 1998 by Executive Director Tanya Kersey to help develop the careers of both emerging and established black filmmakers, is bookended by movies starring Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson (“Dreamgirls”). She stars in the opening-night film “Winnie Mandela,” which opened theatrically last month, and the closing-night feature, George Tillman Jr.s “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete,” which opens theatrically Oct. 11.

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Dubbed “The Black Sundance,” the HBFF is an annual 5-day celebration of Black Cinema drawing together established filmmakers, popular film and TV stars, writers, directors, industry executives, emerging artists, and diverse audiences from Hollywood and around the world. The festival began in 1998 (13th year!), and this year’s events will be held at the prestigious W Hollywood Hotel.

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