From the hippest soundtracks to the most fashionable festival, here’s what’s heating up the silver screen.
In Antonia, four black women—childhood friends from the poor periphery of São Paulo—form a hip-hop quartet named Antonia. Hopes of success are dashed by violence and male chauvinism, and the women must fight to reassemble the group. Independently coproduced by Fernando Meirelles, director of the Oscar-nominated City of God, Antonia features real Brazilian hip-hop stars and rappers and should draw a big youth audience. Opens in 80 theaters nationwide in February. —Mike Kepp
Featuring some of the country’s best actors, The Lives of Others won seven awards at the 2006 German Film Prize, three categories at the European Film Prize, a nomination for the 2007 Golden Globe awards and was selected as Germany’s entry to the 2007 Oscars. Set in East Berlin in 1984, the film tells the story of a Stasi secret services agent and is scheduled for release in the U.S. in February. —Damien McGuinness
From Cruella de Vil to you-know-who in The Devil Wears Prada, fashion icons don’t get the kindest treatment in movies. Now London festival Fashion in Film wants to find out why. The festival features a program of sartorially influenced flicks and a bank of experts to unravel their meanings. Highlights of the London edition last May included a screening of Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? and a screening of Rear Window, followed by a talk on Hitchcock’s groundbreaking femme fatales. Fashion in Film will travel to New York’s American Museum of the Moving Image in March. —Nina Jones
For her role in La Vie en Rose, 31-year-old Marion Cotillard (A Very Long Engagement, A Very Good Year) endured an arduous makeup process to help her achieve a transformation into Edith Piaf. In her most challenging role yet, Cotillard plays the famous French singer from her 20s, when she sang in the streets, until her untimely death, at 48. La Vie en Rose is to be released on French movie screens on Feb. 14, and a U.S. release is scheduled for June 8. —Chantal Goupil