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The 60th BFI London Film Festival 2016

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The 60th BFI London Film Festival will run 5-16 October 2016 and is launching a major new initiative to support British filmmakers.

A few spontaneous and candid interviews to after screening talks above herewith.

1-KING COBRA Interview with Justin Kelly> 2-JEWELs CATCH ONE Interview with Jewel> 3-THE HANDMAIDEN Introduction. 4-KILLS ON WHEELS After Screening Talk> 5-LADY MACBETH After Screening Talk> 6-INDIVISIBLE After Screening Talk> 7-Candid interview with Swedish filmakers & actors 

Copenhagen Opera Festival 2016

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Video 2:  EXODUS

68th Cannes Film Festival 2015 (Video log)

 Rough uncut spontaneous Segments/Footages filmed by JEJ for FACADES

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Welcome to the 68th Cannes Film Festival 2015

-A tour on the first day from a view opposite the International Village (by the marina)  and Palais du Festival and into it... From the theatre for films -'Un Certain Regard', to the red carpet in the main theatre on the opening ceremony of Festival de Cannes...

-Hollywood Domino 

-Generous People Ball

-Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) & Calvin Klien Party

-Cash & Rocket tour - Chopard closing dinner/party

-The Kering Talks (series): Introduction, Film BRAVE MISS WORLD, Film INDIA’S DAUGHTER (part 1 & 2), Film MUSTANG, Round Up, Claire Denis w/ Chinese Filmakers Shu Liu & Liang Ying (Part 1-3)

-Lavish after screening party: Soirée Le Petit Prince (Part 1 & 2) @ an Auditoire along the city’s quaint old port. Magnums of champagne flowed endlessly matched with a buffet of sweets, the best thing of the night was the band concert and the DJ...

-The Kering Talks (series): Claire Denis Shu Liu Liang Ying (Part 1, 2, & 3)

69th Cannes Film Festival 2016 #KerringTalks Women In Motion & Charities (Video Log)
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-Video 1: Jodie Foster -Video 2: Juliette Binoche -Video 3: Salma Hayek-Pinault -Video 4: Susan Sarandon & Geena Davis -Video 5: Chloe Savigny (Part 1) -Video 6: Chloe Savigny (Part 2) [videos 5 & 6 filmed by JEJ for FACADES]

-Video 7: Kerring Awards Night -Video 8: CineMoi Gala Charity Dinner  -Video 9: HP Global Citizen  & GirlRising Charity Event [videos 8 & 9 filmed by JEJ for FACADES]

Life in Progress: Sylvie Guillem (review)

The first time I ever saw Ms Guillem dance, my French boyfriend of the time remarked “great buns”...it was a pretty low-brow comment for the dance icon who was once the top ranking ballerina with the Paris Opera and who became a principal guest artist with the Royal Ballet. Famous for her roles in Nureyev’s staging of Swan Lake and Don Quixote, she was awarded the Legion d’honneur in 2009. Last November she announced her intention to retire at age 50 this year; she has been dancing for 35 years.

This week sees the first London performances of her farewell programme, entitled appropriately “Life in Progress”. Her intention with this was not to have some re-hashed repertoire of past glorious performance but to introduce new work and to lead forward into the future. The treat we therefore got was two UK premieres, the first by Bengali choreographer, Akram Khan, famous for his participation in the London Olympics. Entitled “Techne”, he claims that the work explores whether dance as art is the memory of movement. The show here was stolen by not only his musicians, led by an acclaimed Indian percussionist but by the lighting courtesy of Lucy Carter renowned for her work with the hot new modern choreographer of the Royal Ballet, Wayne McGregor. This meant the sight of Guillem overawed by an electronically controlled tree, suggesting that even her dance was eclipsed and yet in tune with nature. Khan is renowned for his complex rhythmic footwork as well as dynamic contrasts between speed and stillness and Guillem’s athleticism rose to the challenge.

The jewel of the evening however was another premiere by the famous Russell Maliphant, a graduate of both the Royal Ballet and Sadlers Wells. This mesmerising hypnotic piece turned out to be a duo for Guillem and also Emanulea Montanari, a star of Teatro alla Scala. While brazen and modern, this piece was again an acknowledgement of the past works of Guillem; the perfect showcase for Sylvie’s famous perfect lines and a tribute to feminine strength and elegance. The final piece of the evening was the aptly named “Bye”…first staged in 2011 and choreographed by the Swede, Mats Ek. It has already been praised for allowing Guillem to astonish in a neurotic edgy journey of self-doubt, discovery, loneliness and then inclusion. Indeed, it was the perfect reminder that Guillem has morphed over the years from a very classical ballerina to a contemporary and modern artist. A standing ovation at the end of the evening was “de rigueur” for such an iconic event.

So farewell to one of the greatest dancers of her generation. Guillem apparently jokes that she has a secret assassin who has a “license to kill” if she ever decides to make a comeback from retirement, but more seriously she is also quoted as saying: “Time is time, age is age. When you finish the book, you finish it”. LA FIN! Or is it?! 

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