OVID.tv – AUGUST PROGRAMMING: “Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present,” “Xu Bing: Phoenix” documenting work at MASS MoCA and more!

OVID.tv Announces Films Starting to Stream at the End of July and 

Throughout August From Partners Music Box Films and Icarus Films 

Highlights Include César Award-Winning Tell No One,

 Academy Award®-nominated A Man Called Ove, 

Three-time Oscar®-nominated Carlos Saura’s Flamenco, Flamenco and more.

Representing the Music Box Films collection on July 23 is multiple César Award-winning Tell No One directed by Guillaume Canet (Winner, Best Director), starring François Cluzet (Winner, Best Actor), based on Harlan Coben’s international best selling thriller. July 24 brings two thrillers directed by Jean-Francois Richet starring Vincent Cassel as the title character in both Mesrine: Killer Instinct and Mesrine: Public Enemy #1. Coming August 7 is the Academy Award®-nominated Best Foreign Language feature from Sweden, A Man Called Ove, based on the bestselling novel and directed by Hannes Holm. Also debuting that day is Roger Michell’s France/UK co-production Le Week-End. August 14 is three-time Oscar®-nominated director Carlos Saura’s Flamenco, Flamenco with cinematography by three-time Oscar®-winner Vittorio Storaro. Aug. 21 brings Matthew Aker’s documentary Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present. And wrapping up August from Music Box Films on Aug. 28 is We Are Twisted F***ing Sister directed by Andrew Horn and Viva Riva! directed by Djo Tunda Wa Mung.

The Icarus Films collection on Aug. 14 sees Marius Petipa: The French Master of Russian Ballet directed by Denis Sneguirev about the prolific choreographer whose works would become his masterpieces: Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. On Aug. 21 comes Xu Bing: Phoenix directed by Daniel Traub who documents the process of creating the work through to its installation at MASS MoCA, and Chris Marker’s Bestiary, an anthology of five of the avant garde filmmaker’s short films.

Thursday, July, 23

Tell No One

Directed by Guillaume Canet; Music Box Films, Thriller

France

Tell No One is based on Harlan Coben’s international best selling thriller about pediatrician Alexandre Beck who still grieves the murder of his beloved wife Margot Beck eight years earlier. When two bodies are found near the scene of the crime, the police reopen the case and Alex becomes a suspect again.

The mystery deepens when Alex receives an anonymous e-mail with a link to a video clip that seems to suggest Margot is somehow still alive and a message to Tell No One.

Winner! César Awards 2007 – Best Actor, François Cluzet

Winner! César Awards 2007 – Best Director, Guillaume Canet

Winner! César Awards 2007 – Best Editing, Hervé de Luze

Winner! César Awards 2007 – Best Music Written For a Film, Mathieu Chedid

Friday, July 24

Mesrine: Killer Instinct

Directed by Jean-Francois Richet; Music Box Films, Thriller

France/Canada

Mesrine: Killer Instinct introduces us to Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel), a loyal son and dedicated soldier back home and living with his parents after serving in the Algerian War. Soon he is seduced by the neon glamour of sixties Paris and the easy money it presents.

Mesrine: Public Enemy #1

Directed by Jean-Francois Richet; Music Box Films, Thriller

France/Canada

After escaping a courtroom and kidnapping the judge at gunpoint, Mesrine is declared Public Enemy Number 1 and is eventually condemned to a maximum-security prison where he writes his memoirs, establishing himself as a household name and the anti-hero across France.

Friday, Aug. 7

A Man Called Ove 

Directed by Hannes Holm; Music Box Films, Narrative

Sweden

Ove, an ill tempered, isolated retiree who spends his days enforcing block association rules and visiting his wife’s grave, has finally given up on life just as an unlikely friendship develops with his boisterous new neighbors. Based on the bestselling novel.

Nominee, 2017 Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language

Nominee, 2017 Academy Award® for Best Makeup and Hair

Le Week-End

Directed by Roger Michell; Music Box Films, Narrative

France/UK

Nick and Meg, a long-married British couple revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon attempt to rekindle their relationship.

Friday, Aug. 14

Marius Petipa: The French Master of Russian Ballet

Directed by Denis Sneguirev; Icarus Films, Documentary

France

Marius Petipa was an unlikely artistic revolutionary. A middling dancer, he bounced around European cultural centres until he finally washed up in St. Petersburg in 1847 at age 29 – hired, sight unseen, by the Imperial Ballet as a principal dancer.

Marius Petipa: The French Master of Russian Ballet traces Petipa’s career from his early, crowd-pleasing choreography to the works that would become his masterpieces: Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake. Their stunning choreography and Tchaikovsky’s music elevated ballet for the first time to one of the world’s great art forms.

Flamenco, Flamenco

Directed by Carlos Saura; Music Box Films, Documentary

Spain

An evolutionary musical journey through the light, song and dance of a dynamic and alive art form.

Friday, Aug. 21

Xu Bing: Phoenix

Directed by Daniel Traub; Icarus Films, Documentary

USA

The film Xu Bing: Phoenix documents the process of creating the work through to its installation at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).

International Film Festival of Cinematic Arts 2013

Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present

Directed by Matthew Akers; Music Box Films, Documentary

USA

Seductive, fearless, and outrageous, Marina Abramovic has been redefining what art is for nearly forty years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her physical and mental limits––and at times risking her life in the process––she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us.

Chris Marker’s Bestiary

Directed by Chris Marker; Icarus Films, 5 Short Films

France

Animals in Chris Marker’s films often function as cultural or political metaphors (“A cat is never on the side of power,” Marker has explained). In this anthology of short films, however, Marker avoids the commercial cinema’s tendency to anthropomorphize animals in favor of a simple celebration of their exotic beauty, primal nature and mystery.

Friday, Aug. 28

We Are Twisted F***ing Sister

Directed by Andrew Horn; Music Box Films, Documentary

USA

The mesmerizing, wickedly appealing and never-before-told story of the ten grueling years leading up to the band’s legendary career, recounted directly by the band themselves, their managers and their biggest fans. 

Viva Riva!

Directed by Djo Tunda Wa Munga; Music Box Films, Narrative

Belgium/Congo

Riva is a small time operator who has just returned to his hometown of Kinshasa, Congo after a decade away with a major score: a fortune in hijacked gasoline. Wads of cash in hand and out for a good time, Riva is soon entranced by beautiful night club denizen Nora, the kept woman of a local gangster. Into the mix comes an Angolan crime lord relentlessly seeking the return of his stolen shipment of gasoline.

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