New York Film Festival Highlights: “She Said,” A Journalistic Takedown Of Harvey Weinstein

The 60th New York Film Festival presents the world premiere of She Said, directed by Maria Schrader, the New York Times investigation into the abuse of Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein.

This is one of the first proposals of the festival this year, which ends this weekend.

Among the festival entrances seen during the press conference, here are the ones that stood out the most. (More highlights in Part 1 of our review.)

Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan, New York Times correspondents Megan Toohey and Jody Cantor on © CBS News Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan New York Times reporter Megan Toohey and Jody Kantor

"He Said" (World Premiere)

Director Maria Schroeder's journalistic ritual is a cinematic monster: a successful and critically acclaimed monster whose bullying, harassment, and sexual harassment of actresses, assistants, and service workers perpetuates a moneyless system. Incomprehensible chords and agreements. The terrorist identity of Harvey Weinstein may be an open secret to some members of the Hollywood community and represents views that are not unique to the film and television industry. But the fear he inspires in the women he offends, those who help him, and those who arrange financial payouts to keep women's stories secret is immeasurable.

In 2017, New York Times investigative reporters Jody Kantor and Megan Toohey began exposing decades of Weinstein's abuse . But finding women willing to post their accounts is like pushing the tide to find the women who have lost so much. Played by Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan, Kantor and Toohey's determination and tenacity to find Weinstein's victims as they combine the responsibilities of children and family expose the immorality of more than one person. The fear of speaking up for oneself is a corrupt force that fuels and promotes corruption.

And as Kantor and Toohey explore new territory with their reporting, they also learn to handle delicate stories that destroy people professionally and emotionally. As good young reporters as Kazan and Mulligan seemed, the most memorable performance was by Jennifer Ehle, a former Weinstein employee, who spoke about the attack on her in a hotel room. And Samantha Morton, as Weinstein's assistant, Zelda Perkins, who suffered the abuse she witnessed and was then kept secret by the NDA, of which she was not even allowed to keep a copy. As soon as only one woman agreed to act – actress Ashley Judd (she played herself) – the dam broke.

Schroeder's films owe much to the work of investigative reporters, most notably All the President's Men and Spotlight, and feature similar stories that celebrate vigilant victims and advocates for how they deal with opposition and competitive pressure from other media. . The smell of the area is the same. Kantor and Toohey survive here. As a result, they gave away Pulitzer Prizes for their covers and helped launch the #MeToo movement, which has (somewhat) rewritten the rules Hollywood uses to do business. Meanwhile, Weinstein is awaiting trial in Los Angeles after a jury in New York found him guilty of sex offenses and rape in 2020. Screenplay by Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Ida). Aired October 14, 15 and 16. At the box office November 18th. Universal image release.

"Corsage" (US premiere)

The action of the biopic of Maria Kreuzer "Empress Elisabeth" takes place in the Austro-Hungarian Empire of the late 19th century, full of anachronisms: musicians perform royal hymns to songs by Kris Kristofferson and The Rolling Stones; Moving images captured objects at least ten years before the invention of the camera. They prescribe heroin. But Elizabeth, played by the terrifying Vicki Cripps (Phantom Thread), is an anachronism in her own right that seems familiar to those who followed the taboos of the woman who challenged the monarchy in the 1870s. Life of Princess Diana.

Apart from her extraordinary beauty, her provocative sense of modesty, her personal habits (smoking and injecting drug use), her relationships with men who are not her husband, and her eating disorder (not to mention the anger she faces in tabloids about her). weight), Elizabeth felt very modern. , testing the limits of power, including loyalty to her husband-emperor, imposed on her because of her gender. He has views on the affairs of state, and he does not feel obliged to hide them. Tightening the corset chain must have strengthened her resolve to untie the knot.

The film is not entirely historically accurate, but despite its brutality, it captures the rise and fall of Elizabeth in an interesting and vivid way: a challenge to the king and his people, a warning that the government must pave the way for a new age. . This is not a leap of faith, but desperation. In theaters October 16th. It was released in theaters on December 23rd. IFC movie release.

"Alcarraz" (first North American)

Spanish director Carla Simon 's latest film, Summer 1993, is a touching biography of a girl who lost her mother to AIDS and is forced to rebuild her world after her mother was taken away from her aunt and uncle, rebuilding her entire life. Tragedy. Simon places his latest film in the present and describes the dangerous and uncertain future of a Catalan family.

Working their land for generations, the Sole family learned that the landlord wanted to evict them by replacing the peach orchard with solar panels to harvest the sun. As farmers protest low prices and force many family farms to sell their land, loyal husband and anti-reform father Kumet (Jordi Pujol Dolque) has no choice and struggles to make ends meet in the remaining few months. . when family members collude to associate themselves with the "enemy".

With teenagers unsure of their future, a patient mother with a husband, and a grandfather who seems to have aged and doesn't trust their loyalty and dignity, this film is a touching family drama starring unprofessional, reserved actors. . . Key approaches hide a very powerful message: in modern society, even centuries-old traditions have an expiration date. Winner of the first prize at the Berlin Film Festival this year and the official Spanish nomination for the 2023 Oscars in Catalan with English subtitles. Showing October 15th. It will be released in US theaters in early 2023. MUBI release.

Michelle Williams as Artist in Kelly Richards © CBS News Michelle Williams as artist Kelly Richard.

Cast (North American premiere)

Kelly Richardt is a director who does a good job of capturing the dynamic dynamics between characters whose ambition can be interpreted in a secondary tone. She has used her talents in personal dramas such as Wendy & Lucy, Gentle Cutter, Some Women, and First Cow.

In his touching drama The Show, Reichardt is directing his longtime collaborator Michelle Williams, who plays a sculptor preparing for an upcoming solo exhibition. Cut it Cut it Cut it Cut it Size Q led his team. The owner refrained from repairing or caring for his family, who had a hard time caring for a bird that had been attacked by a cat. Williams' canine expressions and demeanor may indicate defeat, even the expectation of failure, but he continues through the quiet chaos in a show that pays homage to artists whose careers may be their only prize.

Reikard shot the film at a boarding art college in Portland, Oregon and filled it with artists whose incredible physical ability and abilities seemed to be trapped in a bubble. But, as Williams' brilliant performance makes clear, the purest creative impulse can be one that doesn't require a response from the audience, but simply an oven that can be boiled up and burned a little with one's own hands. . On air October 16th. Release date will be announced. Version A24.

Watch director Kelly Richardt and actor Hong Chow discuss Show Up:

"Cold Climate" (world premiere)

In this documentary, the 94-year-old actor talks about writer and director James Ivory (Oscar winner for films such as A Room with a View, Howard End, Maurice and Call Me by Your Name). Growing up through the lens of a life-changing event: trips to Afghanistan in 1960 to photograph everyday life in Kabul.

In his magnificent color photographs of Afghanistan, covered in film for 60 years, he relives the story of his youth, remembers his journey and emphasizes his desire to live. Seeking an alternative to his oppressed childhood in Oregon, he discovers his artistic life and his role as an outsider.

Ivory may be a bit reticent about her Proustian history (familiar to her generation), but her diary entries and letters combine familiarity with South Asian locations, heat, food, and potentially sexual experiences. In honor of the story of the Indian emperor Babur of the XVI century about his journey to the Ivory Coast in Afghanistan. The music of the Oscar-winning Alexandre Desplat sounds on October 14th. Release date not announced.

The festival will run until October 16 at Lincoln Center and partner venues in Staten Island (Alamo Drafthouse), Brooklyn (BM), The Bronx (Bronx Museum of Art), Harlem (Miles Documentary Film Center), and Queens (Museum of Animated Images). . .

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