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Emilia Perez ~ Surrender

Emilia Perez ~ Surrender

Emilia Perez surrendered a lot to get the results she was wanting. The surrendering allows Manitas to become the woman he has always wanted. This musical brings the transformation of cartel boss Manitas to reality he always wanted.

Emilia Perez Synopsis

Mexico, today. Overqualified and exploited, lawyer Rita is wasting her talents working for a large firm far better at whitewashing criminal garbage than serving justice. But an unexpected way out appears, the sort of offers you can’t refuse : to help feared cartel boss Juan “Little Hands” Del Monte – aka Manitas – retire from his business and disappear forever. Manitas has a plan he’s been fine-tuning in secret for years : to become, at last, the woman he’s always dreamed of becoming.

This film premiered at Cannes Film Festival.

Emilia Perez Staring Karla Sofía Gascón

Director Jacques Audiard brings his talents to the development of Karla Sofía Gascón as cartel boss Juan “Little Hands” Del Monte – aka Manitas and transformed to Emilia Perez. Gascón states about the characters, “It was a real gift from Jacques. It was wonderful to work with all these actors and to be a person in the film like that. I did not want to give on this opportunity. I threw myself into the character.”

This is Pérez’s first roll following transition in 2018. The film is the first film with all women as leads.

Emilia Perez Musical

Composers Camille and Clément Ducol with choreographer Paul Guilhaume brought this musical with a fluid acting and singing. Clément Ducol states, “There are lost of technical means at our disposal which enable us to make the music more of a part of the narrative.” The choreography needed to be apart of the script not just an obstacle. Damien Jalet says that it took some time to work how the choreography would fit in the story. Jalet states, “we needed to find a language that really worked for this story and something that all the actors could espouse as something real.”

The Opera

Audiard states, “It’s an opera . . . people sing and dance so why not against the background of a tragedy.” The films inspiration for the idea of the musical from a chapter in a novel about a drug trafficker who yearns to change his identity. The story brings forward the struggle of violence, femicide, regions that are crumbling, and missing people everywhere.

Adriana Paz states, ” I live in Mexico and every day I live with fear you can’t go out of your house at night alone. . . you have to be very careful in terms of your children as well. . . It is such a beautiful country with so much in terms of culture landscapes and worth many wonderful people. . . Jacques show with great mastery he mixes together the music and dancing. . . but you can sense the as the inner fiber.”

The release date is August 28, 2024.


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Megalopolis ~ Time Stood Still

Megalopolis ~ Time Stood Still

Megalopolis time stands still int this film. Francis Ford Coppola always discussed making time stand still. Laurence Fisher (Fundi Romaine) speaks on time, “Francis would say I could stop time. I can stop time. . . It’s so wonderful to see it, on the screen. The way it’s depicted in this great film that we saw last night. I am so proud of you.” Artist do control time Nathalie Emmanuel states, “Adam said, ‘you taught me, all artists control time.'” Francis states, “painters freeze it, dancers move in space with it. Gerta said ‘architecture is frozen in it.’”

Synopsis Megalopolis

Megalopolis is a Roman Epic set in an imagined Modern America. The City of New Rome must
change, causing conflict between Cesar Catilina (Adam Driver), a genius artist who seeks to leap into a
utopian, idealistic future, and his opposition, Mayor Franklyn Cicero, who remains committed
to a regressive status quo, perpetuating greed, special interests, and partisan warfare. Torn
between them is socialite Julia Cicero, the mayor’s daughter, whose love for Cesar has divided
her loyalties, forcing her to discover what she truly believes humanity deserves.

Francis Ford Coppola

Francis known for film such as Apocalypse Now, The Godfather (first 3 films), and many more. He is the recipient of 5 Academy Awards, 6 Golden Globe Awards, 2 Palmes d’Or, and a British Academy Film Award. Presents Megalopolis world premier at 77th Cannes Film Festival.

Francis started this film, Megalopolis 40-years ago. Francis states, “I want to do a Roman Epic but set in modern America. A lot of people said well why and I would say because America was founded on the ideas of the Roman Republic.”

This dream project screened at 77th Cannes Film Festival to a 10-min standing ovation. Francis stated about the ovation, “It was a beautiful feeling. . . It was joy and relief after abandoning the project and then realizing I shouldn’t abandon the film.”

Megalopolis Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet
MÉGALOPOLIS film cast – Red steps © Neilson Barnard / Getty

Cannes Film Festival

Francis speech after the film premiere and standing ovation he dedicates this to his wife and family. Francis talks about “hope/speranza” during his speech. Giancarlo Esposito (Mayor Franklin) state regarding hope, “There was a sense of hope on set. . .It’s supposed to inspire us to a new way of thinking and in the end that inspiration is supposed to allow us to have hope for our world and believe me, I do because of you.”

Esposito read for this film 37-years ago. He states “Francis explained to me what my character represented and that is the old guard. . . And as I walked myself through the movie in my dreams last night. I realized the genius of what Francis does is, is allows me to be a channel and to channel what he’s shared with me. He allowed for us to be free and then gave us directive. . . I am not suppose to know the answers.”

The cast shared what it is like working on set with Francis. Talia Shire (Coppola’s sister) States, “He is creative courage. . . he is a visionary. . . When you’re with Francis you go forward.” Aubrey Plaza says, “For me it was a dream come true. . . Francis really likes actors. His method, my takeaway was that he like to inspire actors and he’s very playful, and he trusts the people that he’s cast.”

The end of the film discusses problem solving. Jon Vaight(Hamilton Crassus) states, “human beings are capable of solving every problem we get ourselves, into we can do it. That’s what the last moment of the film with Cesar beautifully saying it.”

Megalopolis Future

When asked about financing the film himself, Coppola states, “The money doesn’t matter. What’s important? Our friends. Because a friend will never let you down money may evaporate.” This film has mixed reviews. There is no American distributor for the film at this time. Recently IMAX will show this. film 20 U.S. cities in late September with or without a distributor.

This film my bring thought provoking ideas on time, utopia, and hope, if the film can find a distributor or streaming service to present the story in America.

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