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André Turpin

“I’ve shot a lot of commercials with Alexas, and also Reds, but I’ve shot all my features in film. I think film is especially good when you’re going to extremes: when you’re shooting skies or window with bright exteriors, when it’s 7 stops over, film handles that more gracefully than digital. The other thing about film is that you have much more latitude in color correction. That’s something I know about, and I’ve spoken to color timers a lot about this. They love film for that reason. If you’re trying to do a bleach bypass or ENR look, it looks artificial on digital. But there are great movies shot on digital. The thing I find about the digital format, is that it looks great when you time it a certain way, meaning dark and desaturated. When you try different approaches, you will choose what looks best, and what looks best in digital is often very sober, dark, desaturated images. They look great. But try to do 3 Kings or The City of Lost Children, or Seven on digital! So I think that digital media is actually guiding aesthetics right now.”

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    MATTHIAS & MAXIME

    Xavier Dolan Canada, 2019

    Premiering in Cannes, Xavier Dolan’s heartfelt new film sees the return of the beloved director before the camera. This sparkling drama is the story of a friendship between men from different classes that is challenged by the possibility of separation—and attraction. A director Q&A follows the film.

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    MAELSTRÖM

    Denis Villeneuve Canada, 2000

    Weaving a cosmically-charged web of connections from its privileged protagonist all the way to a talking fish, Denis Villeneuve’s boldness of vision took a giant leap with this dark, philosophical comedy. Prefiguring his later work on Enemy, Maelström is an early great from the blockbuster auteur.

    While not your typical anthology film, Cosmos does feature six stories from as many directors, woven together into an interconnecting whole. The most artful segment comes from an up-and-coming Denis Villeneuve, 25 years before he ventured into a less metaphorical cosmos with his adaptation of Dune.

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