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Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem Denounce Israeli 'Genocide' in Open Letter

3 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Madrid – Dozens of Spanish film stars, directors, musicians and writers, led by Oscar winners Penelope Cruz, husband Javier Bardem and director Pedro Almodovar, have denounced Israel’s incursion into Gaza. In an open letter published on Tuesday, they described Israel’s actions as "genocide." Story Talk About Anything Political in Hollywood...Except Gaza The entertainment industry representatives also called on the European Union to "condemn the bombing by land, sea and air against the Palestinian civilian population in the Gaza Strip." In the open letter, they demanded a ceasefire by the Israeli military and urged Israel to "lift the

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- Ben Jones

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Cannibal is Beautiful and Relentessly Creepy [Review]

24 July 2014 12:09 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

It was obvious from the trailer for Manuel Martín Cuenca's award winning Cannibal that this was not going to be the story of a raging, murderous, crazy man who goes around killing and then eating people. There was a restraint and beauty to the trailer which suggested a different kind of cannibal story and Cuenca's movie is exactly that: a quiet contemplation of a man with a dark secret.

Antonio de la Torre (most recently seen in Pedro Almodóvar audacious I'm So Excited), makes a complete left turn here and provides a commanding performance as Carlos, a handsome, well respected and admired tailor who makes his living dressing some of the most important men of Granada. By [Continued ...] »

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Ukrainian Director Oleg Sentsov Denied Bail by Russian Court

9 July 2014 7:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Despite calls for his release by Pedro Almodovar, Ken Loach and Mike Leigh,  imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov (“Gamer”) has been denied bail at a Russian court hearing. He will now remain in prison until his trial Oct. 11.

Sentsov was arrested by Russian Fsb security forces in his house in Simferopol in the Crimea on May 11 and taken to Moscow. On May 30, the Fsb announced that Sentsov – who had actively opposed Russia’s annexation of Crimea, delivering food supplies to Ukrainian army troops trapped in their barracks – would be charged with planning to bomb two World War II monuments and setting fire to other buildings.

Sentsov made a speech in court from behind iron bars this week. (http://tvrain.ru/articles/ja_ne_krepostnoj_chtoby_s_zemlej_menja_peredavat_rech_ukrainskogo_rezhissera_olega_sentsova_v_sude-371693/)

In a summary by U.K. producer Mike Downey, who is spearheading the European »

- John Hopewell

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The Definitive Foreign Language Horror Films: 50-41

7 July 2014 12:45 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

English language film has long been a place for some of the greatest horror film directors of all time. All the way back to Alfred Hitchcock, we have seen the genre grow and develop sub-genres, thanks to the public’s ongoing thirst for fear and the possibility of danger around every turn. But, for every Saw or Hostel or terrible remake of classic English-language horror films, there are inventive, terrifying films made somewhere else that inspire and even outdo many of our best Western world horror films. This list will count down the fifty definitive horror films with a main language that isn’t English; some may have some English-language parts in them, but they are, for the most part, foreign. Enlighten yourself. Broaden your horizons. People can get murdered and tortured in every language.

50. Kuroneko (1968)

English Title: Black Cat

Directed by: Kaneto Shindo

Japanese for “Black Cat,” Kuroneko is »

- Joshua Gaul

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Lfs's Ben Gibson to join Aftrs

3 July 2014 5:46 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Outgoing director of the London Film School to join Australian Film School.

Ben Gibson, the departing director of the London Film School, has been appointed to a new senior role at Aftrs, the Australian Film Television & Radio School, as director, degree programs. He will start work in Sydney in September.

Gibson will play a key leadership role in ensuring the successful delivery and development of a new three-year Aftrs Bachelor of Arts (Screen) degree and Aftrs Screen and Screen Business Masters degrees, which are being restructured and relaunched for 2015.

Prior to joining the Lfs in 2001, Gibson worked as a film distributor and independent producer, and as head of production at the British Film Institute (BFI) from 1988 to 1998.

His production and executive production credits include Terence DaviesThe Long Day Closes, Derek Jarman’s Wittgenstein, John Maybury’s Love is the Devil, Carine Adler’s Under the Skin and Jasmin Dizdar’s Beautiful People, as well as »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Kathleen Turner Q&A as it happened

2 July 2014 6:10 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Hollywood star, currently appearing in the play Bakersfield Mist in the West End, joined us live to talk about Ken Russell, King Lear and the joys of playing Chandler Bing's dad

2.09pm BST

We're wrapping up! Thanks to everyone who posted questions and to Kathleen for kindly answering as many as she could. We hope you enjoyed this!

This was fun. Come to the show. And we'll enjoy each other more. Goodbye.

2.08pm BST

mhepton asks:

What is your favorite film and why?

My favorite film of mine would have to be Romancing the Stone because I really like how Joan Wilder changes. Change is what attracts me to a character and because I loved shooting in South America - it was like going home.

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JujuC31 asks:

I had the pleasure of seeing you and Mr McDiarmid last Friday and I thought it was such a rare »

- Guardian Staff

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Polish festival secures 20 Cannes titles

2 July 2014 5:20 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Damián Szifrón’s Cannes Competition film Wild Tales and Palm d’Or winner Winter Sleep to open the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw.

A total of 20 films from Cannes Film Festival have been secured for the 14th New Horizons International Film Festival (July 24-Aug 3), Poland’s largest film event.

The festival, held in Wroclaw, will comprise screenings of around 365 films, including 199 features.

The opening film will be Damián Szifrón’s Cannes Competition film Wild Tales, an Argentinian satire co-produced by Pedro Almodovar.

A second opening film will be this year’s Palme d’Or winner Winter Sleep, by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

Third, after the opening gala, will be Olivier Assayas’ Sils Maria starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart.

The festival will close with Cannes Grand Prix winner The Wonders by Italian director Alice Rohrwacher.

Main programme

The main programme will include Aleksey German’s Hard to be God, Naomi Kawase’s Still »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Music Box Madly in Love with Fabrice Du Welz’s “Alleluia”

26 June 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Definitely in the Godfather: Part II category of films where the second instalment might be the jewel of a proposed trio of films, Fabrice Du Welz’s Ardennes trilogy which began with The Ordeal and was seconded with Alleluia, frankly one of the best films to come out of Cannes this year, and perhaps the best item in the Directors’ Fortnight — has been picked up by the Music Box Films folks. We imagine this will spend more time on the fest circuit before its eventual theatrical release.

Gist: The film revolves around real-life 1940s serial killers and lovers Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez – known as “the honeymoon killers’ — who went on a frenzied killing spree across the Us.

Worth Noting: Lola Dueñas is spectacular here – she worked on four Pedro Almodóvar films.

Do We Care? The Ioncinema.com Cannes team of Nicholas, Blake and I, were pretty much in agreeance »

- Eric Lavallee

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Karlovy Vary to honour Mel Gibson

24 June 2014 3:08 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Other guests of the festival will include Hollywood actress Laura Dern and French actress Fanny Ardant as well as directors Alice Rohrwacher, Bong Joon-ho and David Mackenzie among others.

Mel Gibson is to receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema at the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff), which runs July 4-12.

The actor and filmmaker will attend the festival in the Czech Republic to receive the honour and present a screening of his most recent work as a director, the 2006 action-adventure Apocalypto.

The Crystal Globe is the festival’s highest award and has been presented in previous years to John Travolta and Helen Mirren.

Gibson is best known for his roles in Mad Max and the Lethal Weapon series as well as for his award-winning turns as director of Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ. He will next be seen in action sequel The Expendables 3.

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Pedro Almodovar To Receive 6th Lumiere Award

19 June 2014 3:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid — Following in the illustrious footsteps of Clint Eastwood (2009), Milos Forman (2010). Gerard Depardieu (2011), Ken Loach (2012) and Quentin Tarantino (2013), Pedro Almodovar will receive the 6th Lumiere Award at France’s 2014 Lumiere-Grand Lyon Festival.

A unique film event, organized by the Lumiere Institute’s Bertrand Tavernier, the celebrated French cineaste, and Cannes Festival topper Thierry Fremaux, the Lumiere Festival is held in France’s city of Lyon. Its program is made up almost entirely of theatrical screenings of movie re-runs, restorations and re-issues.

As Tarantino before him, Almodovar will program a selection of films at the festival, under the section title, Almodovar: Mi Historia del Cine.

Almodovar’s Lumiere Prize ceremony will take place Friday Oct. 17.

2014’s 6th Lumiere Fest will also host its second Classic Film Market after a debut 2013 edition that saw deals – Twilight Time’s pacting with London-based Protagonist Pictures on U.S rights to a package of Film »

- John Hopewell

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Erotic Thriller Cannibal Gnaws into Theatrical and VOD Release

18 June 2014 11:02 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Ever since NBC's "Hannibal" wrapped up its second season a few weeks back, we've been craving some sexy cannibal action, and so we're quite delighted to hear that the Spanish flick Cannibal has just been handed a release date. Read on for all the details about the day and date roll-out!

From the Press Release

Film Movement, the New York-based film distribution company, announces three new independent films premiering on digital platforms in July.

Cannibal, Les Apaches, and I Am Yours are the latest critically-acclaimed, award-winning independent films to be made available to audiences nationwide.

Erotic thriller Cannibal is the chilling, poetic tale of a man who has long been compelled to kill as he slowly awakens to the possibility of human connection and love. Winner of the Goya Award for Best Cinematography, Cannibal opens in select theaters nationally on July 25th and will be released day and date on »

- John Squires

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'Crouching Tiger,' 'Howards End,' 'Talk to Her': the best of Sony Pictures Classics

16 June 2014 10:07 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sony Pictures Classics honchos Michael Barker and Tom Bernard have been feted up one side and down the other lately. The duo celebrated 20 years of Spc in 2012 and have received awards from the Museum of the Moving Image and the Gotham Awards as of late. Tonight they will receive the Los Angeles Film Festival's Spirit of Independence Award as the love keeps pouring in. Given that we recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of Fox Searchlight — another crucial entity in the indie film space — it seemed like we were over due for a similar appreciation of Sony Classics' 22 years of output. The interesting thing, though, is that unlike Searchlight, there isn't necessarily anything outwardly identifiable about Sony Classics films as, well, "Sony Classics films." They all have a strong whiff of good taste but they don't have the heavy marketing footprint of some of the studio's contemporaries. Barker and Bernard's cinephile passion is always evident, »

- Gregory Ellwood, Guy Lodge, Kristopher Tapley

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Curzon acquires eight Cannes titles

16 June 2014 6:32 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Titles include Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz, and Damian Szifron’s Wild Tales.

Curzon has acquired a raft of titles showcased at the Cannes Film Festival for release in UK and Eire.

The films include Palme d’Or nominated Clouds of Sils Maria, Olivier Assayas’ follow up to Something in the Air, which stars Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart and Chloe Grace Moretz. The deal was negotiated with MK2.

Set in the Swiss alpine lake district of Sils Maria, Binoche stars as an actress at the peak of her fame who is thrown into turmoil after a younger woman is signed to play a role that made her famous two decades previously.

Another Cannes competition contender acquired by Curzon is Damian Szifron’s Argentinean dark comedy Wild Tales, co-produced by Pedro Almodovar. The deal was negotiated with Film Factory.

Curzon negotiated with Coproduction Office for Ruben Ostlund’s dark »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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European Filmmakers Write to Putin about Ukrainian Director

10 June 2014 8:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Some of Europe’s top filmmakers — Pedro Almodovar, Ken Loach, Aki Kaurismaki and Mike Leigh, among them — have called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to clarify the status of detained Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov.

In a letter sent Tuesday to Putin, other leading Russian politicians, including Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky, and the head of Russia’s security service Fsb, Alexander Bortnikov, a group of 19 leading European directors and producers asked the Russian government to ensure the safety of Sentsov, and to make known his exact whereabouts.

They also asked that Sentsov be charged with a “recognizable offence or released,” and that the government “instigate a full, prompt and impartial investigation into the apparently arbitrary detention by the Fsb in order to bring all those responsible to justice.”

The letter, which was the idea of the board of the European Film Academy, was also signed by helmers Stephen Daldry, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Efa Board initiates Sentsov letter

10 June 2014 5:09 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

In a letter to Russian authorities, European film-makers have expressed their worry about the fate of Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov

The Board of the European Film Academy has initiated a letter to Russian authorities about Oleg Sentsov.

Sentsov was arrested last month [see separate story here] and European film-makers have signed the letter to express their worry about the fate of the Ukrainian film-maker.

The letter states that “we are deeply worried and cannot stop wondering how he is and what his future will be,” and goes on to call upon the Russian authorities to ensure the safety of Sentsov and to make public his whereabouts.

Pedro Almodóvar, Ken Loach, Béla Tarr and Wim Wenders are among the film-makers to have signed the letter.

The letter in full


Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin - President of Russia

Sergey Evgenyevich Naryshkin – Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation

Alexander Wassiljewitsch Bortnikow - Director of the Fsb

Vladimir Aleksandrovich Kolokoltsev - Russian »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Cannes 2014: ‘Wild Tales’ a worthy dissection of humanity’s more impassioned moments

5 June 2014 10:24 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Wild Tales

Written and directed by Damián Szifrón

Argentina/Spain, 2014

The beginning of Damián Szifrón’s Wild Tales plays out like a deleted scene from Pedro Almodóvar’s I’m So Excited!. As an airplane passengers flirts with his aisle-mate, they learn that they’ve both screwed over the same man some time in the past. Others get wind of their conversation, the pace of conversation and panic increasing as they all learn that they have somehow all made this man’s life miserable. A stewardess reveals that this man is the pilot, turbulence builds, and the plane shoots downward. It’s high-paced drama filled with many vaguely surreal moments that develop into its own force of humor and zany melodrama: if it sounds reminiscent of Almodóvar’s own work, that may be due to his own hand as a co- producer for this portmanteau of high-octane revenge.

There’s »

- Zach Lewis

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Top Ten: The Aughts

28 May 2014 8:49 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Last year I was throwin' up quickie top ten lists for each decade for archival and discussion purposes and tonight wI realized that I'd never finished the run skipping the Aughts and the 1920s and the 1910s (the latter two because I'd hoped to see more silent films before top ten'ing it). So herewith a revisit / rework of a "best of the aughts" list originally published in 2010 but many of you have joined us since!.

Care to share yours?

01 Moulin Rouge! dir. Baz Luhrmann (2001)

The party of the decade. The inspired mashup conductor (Baz) and his darling stars (Nicole, Ewan, Jim) put on the messiest craziest livelest funniest tearjerking "Spectacular! Spectacular!" show on earth. I'd never claim it's a perfect movie but flaws are endearing when you love madly and deeply. and Love Is All You Need.

02 Brokeback Mountain dir. Ang Lee (2005)

A love story for the ages. And one that quietly enrages. »


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Top Ten Most Exciting Directors Working Today

28 May 2014 9:44 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Quentin Tarantino, during his Cannes Film Festival press conference (watch it here), mentioned an email chain he was a part of where he and some friends discussed what they believed to be the ten most exciting directors working today. Among those listed he said only David Fincher and Richard Linklater where in everyone's top ten, he wasn't sure why Pedro Almodovar wasn't on everyone's list and he also qualified what he believed it meant for a director to be the "most exciting". Here's how he put it: "I think what that means is, you feel that their best work is still in front of them. That's what makes a filmmaker exciting, that's what makes you anticipate a new movie coming out. Because the new movie could be their best one. From this day on that will be the new barometer from which they're judged. We could be wrong, and their »

- Brad Brevet

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Alleluia | 2014 Cannes Review

25 May 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

In the Mood For Love: Du Welz Returns With Gloriously Dark Rendering of Insatiable Passion

His first film since 2008’s underappreciated Vinyan, Belgian director Fabrice Du Welz debuts the second installment in his proposed Ardennes trilogy, Alleluia. His 2004 directorial debut, Calvaire (aka The Ordeal) depicted a rather hellacious account of a singer whose car breaks down in the middle of the woods, stranding him in the midst of a very strange and terrifying rural community. Here, Du Welz bases his latest madness on the true account of serial killing couple Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, a case that famously inspired the 1969 film The Honeymoon Killers and 1996’s Deep Crimson, amongst others. But Du Welz hardly unveils a simple account of unhinged, obsessive love. His is a demonic hymnal of passion, a darkly droll exercise in the delusory notion of love as an unhealthy obsession told with aggressive flourish. But »

- Nicholas Bell

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Posterized: Xavier Dolan

23 May 2014 1:09 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Mommy, which spurred spirited conversation at Cannes (and really wowed our woman on the ground, Diana) and could walk away with a prize this weekend (as literally all of director Xavier Dolan's previous features have but for Tom at the Farm, which went the Venice/Toronto route instead).

Xavier Dolan at the photocall for "Mommy" at Cannes, 2014

I remain perplexed that an international star with this much critical cachet and this many easily marketable elements (young, hot, queer) hasn't found a deep pocketed patron in the world of Us distribution, in the way many auteurs do. Think of how Miramax used to favor certain directors or the way Sony Pictures Classics really invested in building the Pedro Almodovar brand. I keep hoping a younger edgier disribution company (my dream: A24) will fall in love with him because with the right promotion and cultivation, he'd have a devout following Stateside. »


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