the best and worst of movie premieres

New Friday, new movie premieres! Now that the good weather is beginning to appear ahead of Easter —although this implies an official welcome to spring with allergies as a flag— it may be difficult for some to consider spending a couple of hours in a movie theater; but this review of the news of the weekend It is possible that it will whet your appetite and invite you to put a good feature film between your chest and back.

The premieres of April 8, 2022

‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ (‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’, 2022)

  • Steve Kloves, screenwriter of the ‘Harry Potter’ saga, has returned to the magical universe after ten years to sign the script for the film with JK Rowling.

  • The film was in jeopardy after the cold reception that ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’ received, being delayed for a year that was used to polish the script.

  • It is the longest installment of the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ saga, with a total duration of 2 hours and 22 minutes, so now you can choose a cinema with comfortable seats…

  • Before leaving the ship, Johnny Depp came to shoot a scene to later be replaced by Mads Mikkelsen “who, by the way, has done an excellent job as Grindelwald.”

  • There is a somewhat strange relationship between Hannibal Lecter’s universe and JK Rowling’s Wizarding World. Now that Mads Mikkelsen is part of the franchise, it is the fourth time that an actor who has been part of a production derived from the work of Thomas Harris has participated in a Potter film. Before him were Ralph Fiennes, Gary Oldman and Rhys Ifans.

Criticism in Espinof: ‘Fantastic animals: The secrets of Dumbledore’ close ties with ‘Harry Potter’ but the spell does not finish working

‘PARIS, District 13’ (‘Les Olympiades’, 2021)

  • This is Jacques Audiard’s first film shot in black and white.

  • Three days before the start of shooting, the film was shown in a Parisian theater as a rehearsal for two reasons: the first was to check that the narrative and performances were working, while the second was to speed up future shooting and limit exposure to the team’s COVID-19.

  • It is an adaptation of several short stories contained in Adrian Tomine’s graphic novel ‘Killing and Dying’.

  • The original title of the film ?’Les Olympiades’? It refers to the Parisian district in which the action is set, built in the 70s and known as the largest “Chinatown” in all of Europe.

  • ‘PARÍS, Distrito 13’ went through the official section of the Cannes Festival, was nominated for 5 César Awards and won the award for best actress at the last edition of the Seville Festival in recognition of the work of Lucie Zhang.

Criticism in Espinof: Cannes 2021: Audiard portrays modern relationships in black and white in ‘Paris, 13th district’, ‘The story of my wife’ is a captivating romantic drama by Enyedi

‘The man who sold his skin’ (‘L’Homme qui a vendu sa peau’, 2020)

  • ‘The Man Who Sold His Skin’ was nominated for the Oscar for best international film in 2020, which it lost to Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘Another Round’.

  • It is the first film in the history of Tunisia to receive an Oscar nomination.

  • Although the translated title is ‘The man who sold his skin’, the original Arabic title means ‘The man who sold his back’.

Criticism in Espinof: ‘The man who sold his skin’: the only Tunisian film nominated for an Oscar is an imperfect satire of the art world inspired by a true story


‘Ariaferma’ (2021)

‘Love letters don’t exist’ (‘Chère Léa’, 2021)

‘The Earth Orchestra’ (2022)

‘Cow’ (‘Cow’, 2021)

‘The Prayer’ (2021)

‘An armed orchestra’ (2022)

‘This rain will never stop’ (‘This Rain Will Never Stop’, 2020)

More recommendations in File Espinof

If this week’s releases don’t catch your eye or you want to recover titles that have been in theaters longer, remember that you can take a look at the films in theaters from last week and the previous one. And if you still want even more recommendations, don’t forget that in our weekly Newsletter ‘Expediente Espinof’ we offer you a selection of movies and television for all palates curated by our editors.

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