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El día de la bestia (The Day of the Beast)
Directed by Álex de la Iglesia
Considered one of Spain’s hottest directors in the late 1990s, Alex de la Iglesia hasn’t slowed down one bit over time. He’s continuously directed genre-bending, imaginative films, laced with black humour and often sharp satire for over two decades. His tongue-in-cheek sci-fi thriller The Day of the Beast won no fewer than six of the Oscar equivalent, the Goyas. Best described as a comic precursor to End of Days, The Day of the Beast follows a Catholic priest and professor of theology (Alex Angulo) who tries to thwart the coming of Satan on Christmas Eve. In a rather slapdash manner, he befriends a metalhead record store clerk (Santiago Segura) and the host of a paranormal-themed TV talk show (Armando DeRazza) to help him on his quest. »
The release of Cinema Paradiso was the point at which foreign-language film developed a new sheen for global audiences – complete with heartwarming stories and a hint of the exotic
• Cinema Paradiso: watch the trailer for the 25th anniversary edition
From the start, Cinema Paradiso carries itself like one of the classics its adorable scamp gazes at, open-mouthed, from the projection room. It has an adorable scamp, for starters – and plenty besides: the timeless Sicilian locations, the Felliniesque social carnival, the thunderbolt love affair, humanism lashed about as freely as olive oil. Giuseppe Tornatore's film is a cosy passeggiata down a celluloid Möbius strip looping art into life. When it arrived in the Us in February 1990 – all gilded sequences and grand themes – it seemed like the distillation of the idea of classic foreign cinema.
The two-hour cut – simplifying the characterisation, »
- Phil Hoad
Canadian pop outfit Metric journeys to Mexico City for its new video "Lost Kitten," a single off its 2012 album "Synthetica." But don't expect to see the band anywhere in this video that is stylized like a Pedro Almodóvar film and chronicles the story of a lost, voguing dancer. Check it out here or below. The song "Lost Kitten" recalls Metric in its angsty-pop "Grow Up and Blow Away" period, with frontwoman Emily Haines chirping sassy lines like "they got it, they want it, they give it away." The video takes a literal approach to the song's plea for home »
- Whitney Phaneuf
There are top ten lists, and then there are top ten lists by John Waters. Each year, everyone's favorite cult filmmaker delivers his list to Artforum, and it's usually a surprising blend of arthouse oriented pictures and left field surprises. And 2013 is no different with Waters naming fellow provocateur Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" as the best of the past twelve months. As for the rest of the list, it's driven by auteurs with Bruno Dumont (x2), Catherine Breillat, Cristian Mungiu, Woody Allen and Pedro Almodovar dominating. But sneaking in there are hot button docs "Blackfish," about the questionable practices of SeaWorld, and "After Tiller" focusing on doctors that perform late stage abortions. Take a look at the full list below and let us know what you think of John Waters' choices. [Indiewire] John Waters' Top 10 Films Of 2013 1. Spring Breakers 2. Camille Claudel 1915 3. Abuse Of Weakness 4. Hors Satan 5. After Tiller 6. Hannah Arendt 7. Beyond. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A who's who of European cinema is expected to grace the red carpet for the 26th European Film Awards on Dec. 7 in Berlin. Among the A list names scheduled to attend are Germany's Diane Kruger, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace and British star Kristin Scott Thomas, according to organizers. Other luminaries attending include Oscar-nominated directors Agnieszka Holland and Wim Wenders and Oscar winners Volker Schlondorff and Pedro Almodovar. Almodovar will receive a lifetime achievement honor for his contribution to European cinema. The European Film Academy will also honor legendary French actress Catherine Deneuve. A whole fiesta of Spanish stars
- Scott Roxborough
It's December, so various top ten films of the year lists are currently being drawn up by critics, filmmakers and film lovers. Two regular early starters are the UK's Sight & Sound Magazine and cult filmmaker John Waters.
Today, both have released their Top 10 lists for the year, and not a single film from either has crossed over with each other. Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary "The Act of Killing" and Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" topped the respective lists.
Both however feature some films not in the awards race but have scored acclaim elsewhere such as the gay cruising serial killer drama "Stranger by the Lake," the Chinese crime film "A Touch of Sin," the late term abortion doco "After Tiller," and Pedro Almodovar's raucous air steward comedy "I'm So Excited".
Sight & Sound Top 10 of 2013:
The Great Beauty
- Garth Franklin
Despite competition from Doctor Who, the fantasy saga's latest instalment enjoyed the third biggest UK opening of 2013
• More on the UK box office
• Donald Sutherland: 'I want Hunger Games to stir up a revolution'
It always looked to be one of the most anticipated films of the year, and so it has proved. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opened in the UK with a mighty £12.19m, including Wednesday midnight and Thursday takings of £2.07m. That compares with £4.90m (including £431,000 in Thursday midnight previews) for the original Hunger Games. Comparing like-for-like Friday to Sunday figures, Catching Fire is 126% up on The Hunger Games, rising from £4.47m to £10.12m.
Including previews, the biggest openings of 2013 are Despicable Me 2 with £14.82m and Iron Man 3 (£13.71m); Catching Fire takes third place. Going strictly by Friday to Sunday takings, the biggest openings »
- Charles Gant
Bringing together several of the cast members from Pedro Almodóvar's camp 2013 delight I'm So Excited! with emerging director Nacho G. Velilla, To Hell with the Ugly is a hilarious, heartfelt comedy about love and acceptance in rural Spain. To celebrate the home entertainment release of To Hell with the Ugly on Monday 11 November, we've kindly been offered Three DVD copies of Velilla's laugh-out-loud farming farce to give away to our ever-growing fanbase, provided by the film's UK distributor Matchbox Films. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
Although there’s no “Pardon Our Dust” sign adorning the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Wilshire Boulevard headquarters, even the casual observer will have noticed that the Academy has spent the past few years engaged in an extensive and seemingly endless home-improvement project.
And nowhere have Oscar’s renovations been more extensive than in the foreign-language film competition, where both the nominating and voting protocols have been extensively overhauled, with more changes possibly in the offing.
The latest and most significant foreign-language rule change, announced in spring and to be implemented this Oscar cycle, abolishes the longstanding requirement that Academy members have to see all five nominated films in a theatrical setting in order to cast ballots in that category. While that rule theoretically created a level playing field among the nominees (which might include a box office behemoth like “Amelie” alongside the relatively unknown Bosnian import “No »
- Scott Foundas
The Golden Globes’ category for Best Foreign Language Film could sport an eye-catching slate of nominees this year, according to the list of eligible entries obtained by TheWrap: the Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Blue Is the Warmest Color” and Jury Prize winner “Like Father, Like Son”; India’s beloved “The Lunchbox”; master animator Hayao Miyazaki’s swan song “The Wind Rises”; Pedro Almodovar’s “I’m So Excited”; the top-grossing Mexican film “Instructions Are Not Included”; and even the martial arts epic directed by Keanu Reeves, “Man of Tai Chi.” Those films have one thing in common: They’re »
- Steve Pond
Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Blancanieves and The Great Beauty head up the list of films nominated for Best Picture at this year's European Film Awards, with the winners due to be announced at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele in Berlin on December 7. It's the first year that the event will include a comedy award, with Pedro Almodóvar's I'm So Excited the front runner.
The full set of nominations is as follows:
Best European Comedy I'm So Excited Love Is All You Need The Priest's Children Welcome Mr President!
Best European Director Pablo Berger, Blancanieves Abdellatif Kechiche, Blue Is The Warmest Colour François Ozon, In The House Paolo Sorrentino, The Great Beauty Giuseppe Tornatore, The Best Offer Felix Van Groeningen, The Broken Circle Breakdown
Best European Actress Veerle Batens, »
- Jennie Kermode
The nominations for the 26th annual European Film Awards have been announced today, with Felix van Groeningen's The Broken Circle Breakdown leading the charge with nominations for European Film, European Director (van Groeningen), European Actress (Veerle Baetens), European Actor (Johan Heldenbergh) and European Screenwriter (van Groeningen and Carl Jooes). Meanwhile The Best Offer, In the House, Oh Boy! and Anna Karenina also pulled in three nods apiece, while Blue Is the Warmest Color picked up two.
Check out all the nominations right here....
European Film 2013
The Best Offer (dir: Giuseppe Tornatore)
The Great Beauty (dir: Paolo Sorrentino)
Blue Is The Warmest Color (dir: Adellatif Kechiche)
European Comedy 2013
I’m So Excited! (dir: Pedro Almodóvar)
Welcome Mr President! (dir: Riccardo Milani)
Love Is All You Need (dir: Susanne Bier)
The Priest »
- Gary Collinson
European Film 2013 The Best Offer, Giuseppe Tornatore Blancanieves, Pablo Berger The Broken Circle Breakdon, Felix van Groeningen La Grande Bellezza, Paolo Sorrentino Oh Boy! Jan Ole Gerster La Vie D »
- Sasha Stone
The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Great Beauty and Adele: Chapters 1 & 2 among nominees.
The nominations for the 26th European Film Awards have been announced at the Seville European Film Festival.
More than 2,900 European Film Academy members will now vote for the winners who will be presented during the awards ceremony on Dec 7 in Berlin.
European Film 2013
The Best Offer
Italy, 130 min
Written & Directed By: Giuseppe Tornatore
Spain/France, 104 min
Written & Directed By: Pablo Berger
Belgium, 100 min
Directed By: Felix van Groeningen
Produced By: Dirk Impens
The Great Beauty
Italy/France, 140 min
Directed By: Paolo Sorrentino
Germany, 83 min
Written & Directed By: Jan Ole Gerster
La Vie D’Adele: »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Pedro Almodovar's I'm So Excited (Los Amantes Pasajeros) is one of four films competing for the inaugural best European comedy honor during the upcoming 26th edition of the European Film Awards. Among other big-name nominees for various honors unveiled on Saturday are Keira Knightley and Jude Law in the acting categories. The comedy category is being introduced this year at the awards dished out by the European Film Academy at a ceremony to be held in Berlin on Dec. 7. Almodovar's film is up against Riccardo Milani's Welcome Mr President! (Benvenuto Presidente), Susanne Bier's Love is All You Need
- Stuart Kemp
Francois Ozon, one of Gaul’s bestselling auteurs whose latest film “Young & Beautiful” bowed in competition at Cannes, is set to helm “The New Girlfriend,” a drama toplining Romain Duris (“Chinese Puzzle”), Anais Demoustier (“Therese Desqueyroux”) and Raphael Personnaz (“The Princess of Montpensier”).
Paris based sales shingle Films Distribution has signed international rights to the pic and will start pre-sales at the Afm.
Penned by Ozon (pictured above) and based on a novel by British auteur Ruth Rendell,” Girlfriend” turns on Claire, a young woman who falls into depression after her best girlfriend’s death. She eventually finds the strength »
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.
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Here's a fact of which not all awards-watchers are entirely aware: Michael Haneke hasn't won an Oscar. Neither has Francois Truffaut, nor Luis Bunuel. Pedro Almodovar has one for writing, but that's it. Ang Lee has two for directing, but nothing for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” And Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini and Akira Kurosawa each won honorary Oscars, but no competitive ones between them. At this point, some of you might be crying foul. You expressly remember Haneke accepting his Oscar only a few months ago. You've definitely seen Almodovar give two acceptance speeches. And you know your Oscar history: Fellini »
- Guy Lodge
Have you ever wondered what you would do if you found out mid-flight your plane had a mechanical problem? Oscar-winning Spanish director Pedro Almodovar has, and with hilarious results. In his latest film, Los Amantes Pasajeros a.k.a. I’m So Excited! (2013), the flight crew discover their plane has a [...]
Continue reading: Home Entertainment News: October 29, 2013: I’M So Excited! You’Re Next »
- Romney J. Baldwin
Pedro Almodóvar last weekend slammed Spain's right-wing governing party, the People's Party (Pp), for deliberately killing the nation's film scene as part of a political war against it. Talking with Spanish website infoLibre, the writer and director took aim at what he believes is a systematic extermination of the country's filmmakers.Almodóvar's criticisms are in line with other prominent industry insiders. Just last month during the 61st San Sebastian festival, the new head of the producers' lobby, Joxe Portela, called for proposed financing reforms to be cemented to help the beleaguered sector. A move from a subsidy model to tax break model are mooted. Meanwhile, Enrique Gonzalez Macho of Spain's national film and arts academy had previously echoed Almodóvar's sentiments. Pp traditionally has been at...
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