Month: February 2008

Berlinale 2008 | Madonna, Scorcese & The Stones

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“But no first-time filmmaker received a bigger spotlight than Madonna, whose directorial debut, “Filth and Wisdom,” screened out of competition, in the Panorama section. While her public appearances drew fans and paparazzi, the press screening attracted a throng of rubbernecking journalists, anticipating a vanity disaster of epic proportions. Madonna’s last film as an actress, after all, was the universally maligned “Swept Away,” directed by her husband, Guy Ritchie, a punching bag for critics. Her “director’s statement,” in which she declared herself eager to follow in the footsteps of Godard, Pasolini and Fellini, was not going to help her cause.

But “Filth and Wisdom,” while often broad and corny, is by no means a disaster. In fact this comedy about three struggling London roommates, whose respective aspirations broadly reflect the Madonna career (singing, dancing, helping African orphans), has a surprising sweetness and a charismatic lead performance by Eugene Hutz, frontman of the Gypsy-punk band Gogol Bordello. In a quite unexpected development, Mrs. Guy Ritchie just might turn out to be the best filmmaker in her family.”

Wars Past and Present, Rockers Evergreen
By DENNIS LIM
Published: February 16, 2008
At the Berlin International Film Festival, the subjects range from Abu Ghraib to the Rolling Stones.

Filth & Wisdom | Dir: Madonna 2008

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Madonna premieres ‘Filth and Wisdom’ in Berlin

Posted: 13 February 2008

Madonna is in Berlin today, attending the 58th edition of the Berlinale Festival and the screening of her first short movie as a director, Filth and Wisdom. Madonna arrived in Berlin with the movie’s crew yesterday night and attended the screening before answering the European press’ questions during a devoted press conference. Talking about her first experience as a director, she explains “I have always been inspired by the films of Godard, Visconti, Pasolini and Fellini and hope that I may one day make something that comes close to their genius”. The movie, which stars Gogol Bordello’s singer Eugene Hutz, also features several music clips from the band as well as a clip of Madonna’s Erotica song.