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Mysterious voyage by Anne-Katrin Titze

10 February 2016 7:47 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Atom Egoyan and Robert Lantos with Anne-Katrin Titze at the Museum of Tolerance

Robert Lantos, the producer of Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated films; David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises (Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Armin Mueller-Stahl); Richard J. Lewis's Barney’s Version (Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike); István Szabó's Being Julia (Annette Bening, Jeremy Irons, Michael Gambon) and Sunshine (Ralph Fiennes, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Weisz) joined Atom Egoyan for a post screening conversation on Remember. He is also the executive producer of Atom's double Oscar nominated The Sweet Hereafter (Ian Holm, Sarah Polley). Remember, written by Benjamin August, stars Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau with Bruno Ganz, Heinz Lieven, Dean Norris and Jürgen Prochnow.

Christopher Plummer as Zev Gutman: "I've worked with Chris on Ararat"

Wheelchair user Max Rosenbaum (Landau), who has a horrible cough, has prepared a letter for his friend Zev Gutman (Plummer), which is much more than a memory aide, »

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Mission impossible by Anne-Katrin Titze

4 February 2016 6:59 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Remember director Atom Egoyan: "Wagner is sort of embedded into the actual score at one point." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The last time I went to the restaurant in the Regency Hotel on Park Avenue was to meet Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth for their film 20,000 Days On Earth and Nick Cave stopped by for a greeting. Atom Egoyan's terrifically paced thriller Remember, written by Benjamin August, starring Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau with Bruno Ganz, Heinz Lieven, Dean Norris and Jürgen Prochnow is structured in the spirit of a cumulative tale. We spoke about the residual idea of The Sound Of Music, North By Northwest and Slavoj Žižek, meeting Son Of Saul director László Nemes in Sarajevo, Christopher Nolan's Memento and Leviticus.

Christopher Plummer as Zev Gutman

Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer's Still Alice stages an entrancing battle around the power of remembrance and how humans cope by covering up, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Exclusive: Alfonso Cuarón & Alejandro G. Iñárritu Endorse Emiliano Rocha Minter's 'We Are The Flesh'

2 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The next generation of Mexican filmmakers, Julio Chavezmontes of Piano Films, and Moises Cosio of Detalle Films, executive producer of Atom Egoyan’s “Remember," Jodorowsky’s “The Dance of Reality,” and Apichatpong Weersethaku’s “Cemetery of Splendor,” are premiering "We Are The Flesh” ("Tenemos la carne") in Iff Rotterdam’s Bright Future Section.

The directorial debut by 25-year-old Emiliano Rocha Minter has the support of Academy Award-winning directors Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Amores Perros”) and Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity), with Cannes-winning director Carlos Reygadas ("Silent Light", "Post Tenebras Lux”) involved as a co-producer. This makes "Tenemos la carne"/ "We are the Flesh" the first Mexican film, let alone a feature debut, to receive the endorsement of three of the most important directors working today. That is a film to see! It will also be on offer at the Berlinale’s Efm by its international sales agent, Reel Suspects.

In addition to Reygadas, Mexican director Sebastian Hofmann, of the Sundance New Frontier film "Halley," Yann Gonzalez, French director director of Cannes Critics’ Week Special Screening “You and the Night,” and Splendor Omnia’s Natalia Lopez, are co-producers of the film. Mexican associate producers are Simplemente’s Rune Hansen, Monica Reina and Celia Iturraga. "We Are The Flesh" was supported by the Mexican Film Institute's (Imcine) Foprocine fund.

"We Are the Flesh" takes place in a post-apocalyptic Mexico in which a brother and sister find their way into one of the last remaining buildings after years of wandering. Inside, they find a man who makes them a dangerous offer to survive in the outside world. You can view the trailer below:


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Inarritu, Reygadas Back Emiliano Rocha Minter’s ‘We Are the Flesh’ (Exclusive)

25 January 2016 12:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Revenant” director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu and Carlos Reygadas, whose 2002 debut “Japan” brought down the flag on a new generation of filmmakers that have revolutionized filmmaking in Mexico, are backing horror thriller “Tenemos la carne” (We Are the Flesh), a flagship title from another new wave of Mexican producers and directors.

Broadening its portfolio of envelope-pushing genre titles, Matteo Lovadina’s Paris-based sales company Reel Suspects has acquired world sales rights to “We Are the Flesh.” It will world premiere Feb. 2 at the Rotterdam Fest’s Bright Future section, with Reygadas on board as a co-producer and Inarritu committing to talk up the title to Mexico’s press. Post-production work was carried out at Reygadas’ Splendor Omnia ranch-facility nestling in the Mexican hills one-hour’s drive south of Mexico City. Apart from Reygadas, Splendor Omnia’s Natalia Lopez and Splendor Omnia take co-producer credits.

Mexican Emiliano Rocha Minter’s first feature, »

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Filming sex scenes: 13 directors and their approaches

20 January 2016 7:21 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »




Film directors and their crew discuss the techniques and approaches to capturing fruitiness on the big (and small) screen...

John Badham has written a couple of excellent books where he passed on advice about directing movies, and the lessons he's learned across his own career. In the latest, John Badham On Directing, he raises the spectre of filming sex scenes, and the problems that ensue.

Actors get really spooked when it comes to intimacy in a scene, even kissing", he wrote. "This is where the director has to be extremely patient with the actors and know that the emotional or intimate part of scenes don’t always shoot as easily as the production department thinks they should. The actors are not robots on a Toyota assembly line".

But just how do different filmmakers approach putting intimacy on film? In lots of different ways, is the answer...

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Brooklyn and Room among Canadian Screen Award nominees

19 January 2016 9:04 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Canadian film shines at the Canadian Screen Awards, the prestigious awards ceremony that honours Canadian produced feature film and television.  This morning the nominees were announced for the CSAs, by Canadian television actors Lyriq Bent ("Book of Negroes") and Aislinn Paul ("Degrassi"). 

Academy Award contenders Room and Brooklyn were recognized amongst films from Quebecois filmmakers and other prominent Canadian directors. Namely, Atom Egoyan’s RememberPaul Gross’ Hyena Road, and Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room have all been nominated in various categories.

Many titles that were included at the Canada’s Top 10 Film Festival, an honour awarded by a panel of judges who select the top 10 films produced in Canada, made by a Canadian director, and that were released either commercially or at a major film festival in Canada. Les Demons, Sleeping Giant, The Forbidden Room, Our Loved Ones, and My Internship in Canada all were honoured by the Tiff this year, »

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Napa Valley Film Festival Announces 2016 Call for Entries

18 January 2016 1:56 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The 6th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (Nvff) taking place November 9 - 13, 2016 is now accepting film submissions. Nvff showcases an outstanding presentation of independent filmmaking while also building a strong sense of community around the art of visual storytelling. The ultimate celebration of the best films and engaging filmmakers, accompanied by Napa Valley’s world-class food, wine and hospitality, Nvff is a five-day immersive experience that annually lights up the gloriously scenic towns of Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga.

Nvff welcomes submissions of any genre and will be selecting approximately 100 new independent films to be programmed alongside a dozen or so awards season contending films, presented courtesy of Nvff’s many studio partners. Submission categories include narrative features and shorts, documentary features and shorts, and short features (films with running times between 20 and 50 minutes). Organizers are looking for films that will best entertain, inspire, educate and intrigue audiences.

All of the films programmed from submissions are eligible for Audience Awards. Audience Awards presented each year include: Favorite Narrative Feature, Favorite Narrative Short, Favorite Documentary Feature, Favorite Documentary Short, Favorite Short Feature, Favorite Actress and Favorite Actor. The festival also offers a variety of Juried Awards. The jurors for 2016 will be announced at a later date. Three jurors will serve on each of the five juries: Narrative Features, Documentary Features, Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts, and The Lounge (a collection of bolder, edgier films curated from submissions). All juried and audience awards will be presented at an exciting Awards Ceremony on Nvff’s Closing Night, Sunday, November 13, 2016. All award winners will take home signed collectible magnums and/or double magnums of wine from Nvff’s Vintner Circle winery partners.

Feature length films (50 minutes or longer) can be programmed in one of the following sections: Narrative or Documentary Features Competition (U.S. productions only), The Lounge (foreign and domestic productions), or Special Presentations (foreign and domestic productions). An example of a curated film selection from Nvff’s 2014 Special Presentations was the Latino Spotlight, composed of three feature length films and four short films, all in Spanish language and/or dealing with Latino culture and heritage. Each film in the Special Presentations component of the program is up for Audience Awards.

Short films (narrative and documentary, under 20 minutes of running time) are programmed in curated collections. Shorts may be selected for the Narrative or Documentary Shorts competitions, for The Lounge, or as part of Special Presentations. Short Features (running times between 20 and 50 minutes) play in curated collections of 2-3 films.

The 20 films in Nvff’s U.S. feature competition categories (10 each) vie for the titles of Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature (as determined by our prestigious juries). Each award comes with a $10,000 cash prizes presented by Meadowood Napa Valley. The 20 directors of these films also participate in Nvff’s unique Artists-in-Residence program that includes a six-night stay at Meadowood Napa Valley, master classes with industry leaders, networking with and learning from each other, pairing with top festival patrons at lavish receptions and winemaker dinners, and enjoying the world-class hospitality of one of wine country’s most beautiful resorts. Past Faculty for the Artists-in-Residence Program have included producer Christine Vachon (Killer Films), composer Carter Burwell, writer-director Atom Egoyan, Cinetic Media’s John Sloss, indie distributor Kevin Iwashina, producer Nicolas Gonda, producer Michael de Luca, and Amazon’s Ted Hope.

Filmmakers can submit films through FilmFreeway or For early submission with discounted entry fees, the Earlybird Deadline is February 26 and the final extended submission deadline is June 24.



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