Applause For Café Cinematheque International

Earlier this week, independent film enthusiasts in South Florida got a sneak peek at Applause via a private screening for Café Cinematheque International in Delray Beach. World Wide was thrilled to receive the following glowing report:

When Shelly Isaacs, host and commentator for Café Cinematheque International, introduced Applause at a private screening to a sold-out audience at The Movies of Delray in Delray Beach Florida on March 29th, he warned them, “In the words of another great actress who portrayed an aging divaFasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!” And so, following the screening, with his commentary and discussion, the audience agreed that Paprika Steen turned in the performance of the year. Discussing Martin Peter Zandvliet’s direction and the script he co-wrote with Anders Frithiof August, Isaacs took the audience through the way they seamlessly edited in Ms Steen’s live performance as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe with Thea’s story, creating a powerful cinematic tableau which revealed all the nuances and subtleties to her character. “But it was definitely Paprika’s performance, warts and all, that was extraordinary,” he told the crowd that remained in their seats long after the film was over. “This is truly what great cinema, and great art is all about. She may not be somebody we want to know, but she was a character we won’t soon forget.” “I am honored that World Wide Motion Pictures Corporation gave me this opportunity to bring my audience this special film. Their team on this project put in a tremendous effort, and the result was up on the screen, and down in the seats.”

Since 2000, Shelly Isaacs and his Café Cinematheque have been bringing large audiences throughout South Florida the finest foreign language films. As host and commentator, his presentations include entertaining and enriching discussions following each screening. “There is nothing like experiencing these films in a theatrical setting and having the opportunity to discuss them while the great imagery is fresh in your mind.” Which is why he was excited about bringing Applause to his audience. “This is a great international film, with a performance that sets it apart, but even more importantly, it once again proves that sophisticated American audiences have no fear of subtitles.”

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“One of the best screen performances of the year.”

- Karen Durbin, The New York Times

"Deeply affecting ... unflinchingly real."

- Betsy Sharkey, The Los Angeles Times

“An extraordinary performance by Paprika Steen.”

- Roger Ebert,The Chicago Sun-Times

"[Steen] brings a thrilling emotional nakedness and...unsentimental honesty to the part."

- Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

“A fearless, tour-de-force performance by star Paprika Steen...extracts the essence of Cassavetes' A Woman Under the Influence.”

- Alissa Simon, Variety

"Taut and daring"

- Andrew O'Hehir,, 'Pick of the Week'

One of reviewer Neil Curry's four films to watch


“Quite notable, particularly for its intense, stripped-down lead performance by Paprika Steen.

- Peter Knegt,

“A terrific performance by Danish film star Paprika Steen.”

- Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily

“Though utterly convincing as a renowned theater actress, it's clear from her work in Applause that Paprika Steen has a face for the camera [and] considerable on-screen magnetism...[A] journey [of] melancholy self-realization.”

- Matthew Connolly, Slant magazine

"Paprika Steen is absolutely harrowing and brilliant."

 - Chris Kriofske, Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film