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One of the key events in Africa and the Arab world, the Marrakech Fest has a large ability to attract significant actors and directors in a context where they are willing to talk to some length and with easier access about their careers. This year is no exception.
The 2015 edition will also pay tribute to Atom Egoyan, who will preside a Canadian delegation at the festival.
“The personalities receiving tributes and delivering masterclasses at the 15th edition represent, between them, a beacon of hope for the future, »
- Emiliano De Pablos
The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.
Mychael Danna is an Academy Award-winning film composer recognized for his evocative blending of non-western traditions with orchestral and electronic music. Among his body »
- Michelle McCue
The 15th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival will include "master classes" with world cinema titans Fatih Akin ("The Edge of Heaven"), Abbas Kiarostami ("Certified Copy," above), and Park Chan-Wook ("Oldboy"), continuing its tradition of attracting major figures such as Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. This year's festival runs from Dec. 4 to Dec. 12. Read More: "Scorsese's Marrakech International Film Festival Jury Winners Led by 'Han Gong-Ju' (Trailer)" In addition, Marrakech will pay tribute to performers Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray, and India's Madhuri Dixit; Moroccan filmmaker Kamal Derakaoui, and The Candian Cinema, with Atom Egoyan ("The Sweet Hereafter") presiding over the delegation. Marrakech may be long distance, but this line-up is enough to tempt anyone to book a last-minute ticket. »
- Matt Brennan
The Film Farm, the Toronto-based indie producer behind films by Atom Egoyan, Brian De Palma and Sarah Polley, will exec produce drama “I’m Not a Bad Person,” the sophomore pic by Canadian director Andrew Huculiak (“Violent”).
The deal was struck at Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival, where “I’m Not a Bad Person” was selected for the second edition of Cabos Discovery, the competitive forum for projects in development, made in or co-produced by Mexico, U.S. or Canada.
Media Darling’s Amy Darling and Welker House’s Nicole Irene Dyck negotiated the partnership on behalf of the filmmakers, with The Film Factory’s co-founders Simone Urdl and Jennifer Weiss signing on to preside over development and production.
The parties first met at Los Cabos last year, where brothers »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Los Cabos – Having sold holding BH5 Group, a producer of Atom Egoyan’s “Remember” and Rama de Teatro, Gatica and Muffelmann partnered with Moises Cosio to launch this March Panorama Global, an indie conglom integrating nine companies and ranges from development to film to theater, TV, commercials, production services and the production of digital content.
Panorama companies take in Cosio’s production outfit Detalle Films, whose credits include “Remember,” to Panorama Films, with Gatica as prexy, a company created to engage with Latino audiences, in Mexico and abroad, with more commercial titles; and micro-budget production house Endemia, to bring on new talent.
There are multiple projects in preparation. Up first at Panorama Films: “The Patriarch,” with a Mexican star cast.
“We need to reconcile good cinema with commercial cinema. There will probably be some key players outside Panorama who will make the project with us,” said Gatica.
Several top Mexican »
- John Hopewell
Early Friday morning, I awoke early on a glorious, sunny day to attend a press screening of Atom Egoyan's Remember at the Los Cabos International Film Festival in Baja California Sur, Mexico. By the time I returned to my hotel room early in the evening, the world had turned very dark. While I have no intention of turning this into a political commentary, it is indeed sobering to contemplate the scale of human tragedy that was unleashed in Paris yesterday. In view of such real-life horrors -- which certainly did not begin yesterday, nor will they end tomorrow -- is it appropriate to share comparatively minor notes about a movie and its maker? We each have our means of processing and dealing with such issues...
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Imcine director and Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund promoter Jorge Sánchez Sosa presented the awards at the Los Cabos International Film Festival gala event.
The Fund honours outstanding cinematographers, offers support every year for projects in development and, in collaboration with Labodigital, supports films in post.
A jury comprised of Molly O’Keefe from the Tribeca Film Institute, Ségolène Roederer of Québec Cinéma and Mirsad Purivatra of the Sarajevo Film Festival awarded second prizes in the amount of $5,000 to seven development projects.
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The fourth Los Cabos Film Festival kicked off Wednesday evening, with the always-colorful Jared Leto sporting scarlet-red hair as he presented a career tribute to director Jean-Marc Vallee.
Festival director Alonso Aguilar said Vallee’s films, including “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Young Victoria” represent a “cinema of possibilities,” with underdogs who are trying to find their happiness one of his key themes. That’s certainly the case with “Demolition,” in which Gyllenhaal plays a man who comes unhinged and must find his way back to equilibrium after a tragedy.
The leather-jacketed Leto said, “Jean-Marc Vallee changes things. He changed me — from a chronically unemployed actor into an award winner,” referring to his “Dallas Buyers Club” role. Vallee “reminds us that there is a unique beauty »
- Pat Saperstein
The 15th edition of the Marrakech Intl. Film Festival – one of the biggest events in Africa and the Arab world – has announced the nine members of its festival jury, presided over by Francis Ford Coppola.
Coppola will be joined by helmers Anton Corbijn (Netherlands, “Life”), Jean-Pierre Jeunet (France, “The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet”), Naomi Kawase (Japan, “Still the Water”), Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark, “Far From the Madding Crowd”), actor-director Sergio Castellitto (Italy, “You Can’t Save Yourself Alone”), actress-producer Olga Kurylenko (Ukraine, “A Perfect Day”), and thesps Richa Chadda (India, “Gangs of Wasseypur”) and Amal Ayouch (Morocco, “The Gospel of Mark”).
In previous editions, jury members and guest directors have participated in master classes and talks to audiences comprising local film students.
In order to encourage budding »
- Martin Dale
Mar Del Plata – Having won the biggest prize at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, Colombian Ciro Guerra’s “Embrace of the Serpent” – a ravishing but unequivocal put-down of white invaders’ obliteration of the Amazon’s indigenous peoples – took the top Golden Astor at Argentina’s 30th Mar del Plata Festival on Saturday.
Fest wrapped with 120,000 spectators, and far more industry heft and presence thanks to a new LoboLab co-pro forum, which saw a select but high-caliber presence of potential co-producers, largely from Latin America, descend on Mar del Plata’s grandiose Hotel Provincial to review projects.
In a new kudo, Guillermo Francella, star of Pablo Trapero’s Venice director winner “The Clan” – where he plays Arquimedes Puccio, the patriarch of a well-to-do Buenos Aires family who was allowed to abduct and murder victims under and after Argentina’s dictatorship – received fest’s first Alfredo Alcon Award. Plaudit is a sign of fest »
- John Hopewell and Emilio Mayorga
Alyse Wax has been a horror community staple for years, formerly being the Associate Editor of FEARnet.com (Rip), and currently writing for an impressive roster of genre sites/publications including ComingSoon.net, Fangoria, ShockTillYouDrop.com, and Blumhouse.com. An accomplished and respected journalist, Wax now can add book author to her bio, with the recent release of Bear Manor Media’s Curious Goods: Behind The Scenes Of Friday The 13th: The Series, a comprehensive look back at the Friday The 13th spin-off TV series that ran for three seasons from 1987-1990 and took the mythology of the film series and brought to places completely different, telling the story of a shop which houses mysterious objects.
“Lewis Vendredi made a deal with the devil to sell cursed antiques, but he broke the pact, and it cost him his soul. His niece, Micki, and her cousin, Ryan, inherited the store, »
- Jerry Smith
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Chicago – The Red Carpet was well trod during the 51st Chicago International Film Festival. with film stars, directors and other personalities taking their walks in representing their films during the two weeks of the event. Photographer Joe Arce took the Exclusive Portraits, and Patrick McDonald got the soundbites.
Screenwriter Charlie Kaufman
Charlie Kaufman is the Oscar-nominated screenwriter known for his offbeat view of the world through films like “Being John Malkovich,” “Adaptation,” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” He presented his latest film at the Festival, “Anomalisa.”
HollywoodChicago.com: How would you describe yourself if someone asks you why you write the type of stories that you write?
Charlie Kaufman: I just try to be honest, because I think that’s my job description as a writer. I try to present something that is true, so »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Mar Del Plata — Opening with Arnaud Desplechin’s lauded “My Golden Years” – Variety’s Justin Chang called it “marvelously vivid” – Argentina’s 30th Mar del Plata Festival sees obvious change: A new executive management duo in artistic director Fernando Martin Peña and general producer Ignacio Catoggio. After backing on to Ventana Sur in a late November berth last year, fest runs Oct. 30-Nov. 7, to avoid a clash with potential second-round voting in Argentina’s upcoming general elections.
Overall however, the 30th edition of Latin America’s only “A”-grade fest aims for continuity, and continuity in growt, in its international interface and industrial heft.
Welcoming Johnnie To, Desplechin and Peter Sohn, in town to sneak peek extracts from “The Good Dinosaur,” at one at the same time, Mar del Plata is opening up to its own city, making use of a pristine multiplex, which looks set to boost fest attendance. »
- John Hopewell
Chantal Akerman, who died on October 5, 2015, will have UK premières of her 8 channel video installation Now and her last film No Home Movie on October 30. Now, commissioned for the 2015 Venice Biennale, is in surround sound with collected images by Akerman from "desert regions, specifically violently contested regions in the Middle East, her aim to present the current condition of violence and conflict as lived experience." Chantal Akerman: Now is curated by Michael Mazière of Ambika P3, Joanna Hogg and Adam Roberts of A Nos Amours, presented in association with Marian Goodman Gallery.
Chantal Akerman: Now at Ambika P3, University of Westminster
Atom Egoyan's remembrance of Chantal Akerman after having returned from the world premiere of his film Remember at the Venice International Film Festival: "What a terrible shock. I will never forget the experience of watching Jeanne Dielman »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer plays Zev, a dementia-ridden 90-year old Jewish man who, following he death of his wife, is persuaded by Max (played by Academy Away winner Martin Landau), a wheelchair-bound fellow Auschwitz survivor, to hunt down and murder the Block Commander responsible for killing both their families. Fated to meet once more, only this time in a nursing home, the two men execute a plan where Zev is armed only with a detailed letter drawn up by Max laying out instructions for their retribution. Tasked with surviving his own physical frailty, ailing memory and "Breaking Bad’s" Dean Norris, Zev sets off on a cross-state Nazi hunt to exact revenge.
Infused with shades of 2010’s The Debt and 2000’s Memento, »
- Rob Lazar
Top brass at the Mexican festival have added a couple of prestige gala screenings and unveiled the World Highlights programme.
The Los Cabos International Film Festival runs from November 11-15. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Christopher Plummer is a marvel. At age 85, when most men his age have long ago settled into retirement, he’s acting full-time both on stage and in films. He holds the record as the oldest person — age 82 — to win an Oscar (his was a Best Supporting Actor nod for 2011’s Beginners), and this month he carries a heavy load as the star of director Atom Egoyan’s dramatic thriller Remember.
Plummer plays Zev, a Holocaust survivor suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s who sets out to find the Nazi guard who killed his family 70 years ago in Auschwitz. Plummer was at his Connecticut home when we spoke by phone about the daunting role, his own memories of the war and how he keeps his mind sharp.
What drew you to this role?
“Well, I had never really done this sort of thing before, a kind of victim. He »
- Ingrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine
Low-budget mavericks Atom Egoyan and Guy Maddin have been through the wringer. When Woodstock Film Festival director Meira Blaustein invited the filmmakers to share their trials and tribulations at this year's festival, there were stories abound — stories of failure, success, depression, revelations and 25 years of friendship. "Atom is one of the most amazing artists I’ve ever encountered," Blaustein told Indiewire. "From the days of 'Exotica,' he was one of my favorite filmmakers. He has the heart of a poet, the mind of a philosopher, and the soul of an artist. He lives and breathes the cinematic language. And Guy Maddin embodies our motto: 'fiercely independent.' These guys are what we’re about. That’s the Woodstock Film Festival." Egoyan's thriller "Remember" and Maddin's experimental epic "The Forbidden Room" both screened at the festival this year. The beginning of everything "As a student, I »
- Emily Buder
Festival favourite Mustang took the festival’s art cinema prize, while documentary Nice People won the audience award.
Festival favourite Mustang and the documentary feature Nice People were among the prize-winners at this year’s Filmfest Hamburg (October 1-10) which came to a close at the weekend with an awards ceremony before the German premiere of the Iranian film Paradise.
Turkish director Denize Gamze Ergüven’s debut Mustang – which premiered in Cannes this year - won the Cicae Art Cinema Award, including prize-money of $5,700 (€5,000) towards the promotion of the film’s German theatrical release next spring by Michael Kölmel’s Leipzig-based Weltkino Filmverleih.
Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion’s Alexander Ris and Jörg Rothe, the producer of Romanian director Radu Muntean’s One Floor Below, received the $28,400 (€25,000) Hamburg Producer Prize for European Cinema Co-Productions, while Romanian partner - Multimedia East - was awarded $17,000 (€15,000) worth of cinema grading by the Hamburg-based postproduction house.
After accepting »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
No Home Movie will play at New York Film Festival Chantal Akerman's death came when she was preparing to attend this year's New York Film Festival to present the Us premiere of No Home Movie. This is what she wrote to me on September 9: "I will come at the beginning of October. I don't know yet the exact date. Best. Chantal."
Upon hearing the very sad news, Richard Peña, Director Emeritus, New York Film Festival, filmmakers Catherine Breillat, Atom Egoyan and Fabien Constant, cinematographer Ed Lachman and film curator Delphine Selles-Alvarez sent me their remembrances this morning.
Catherine Breillat writes:
Chantal Akerman: 1950-2015 "I’m completely K.O. With the news of Chantal's disparition, I was friends with her, not very close, but friends with her and her cinema. When we met together at Egs [European Graduate School], they were very surprised how, far from being antagonistic, we held each other in great respect. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
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