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European Filmmakers and Producers Protest Sacking of Polish Film Institute Director

8 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

European film producers are voicing outrage over what they allege was the politically motivated sacking of the head of the Polish Film Institute, the nation’s key funding and international networking hub for cinema production.

Magdalena Sroka’s ouster, announced Oct. 9 by Poland’s culture minister, Piotr Glinski, prompted street protests at the Warsaw film festival this week. Filmmaker Wim Wenders, the head of the European Film Academy, said in an open letter that the organization’s members were “deeply disturbed” by the right-wing Polish government’s move to fire Sroka.

“The Polish Film Institute is financed by private sources, and the director can only be dismissed by the government if she has broken the law, which she hasn’t,” Wenders wrote. He described Sroka’s removal as “an expression of disrespect for culture and artistic freedom, and that, indeed, concerns us as a European Academy. It shows how shortsighted governments are when trying to subjugate culture »

- Will Tizard

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Wim Wenders, Agnieszka Holland Criticize Firing of Polish Film Institute Head Over Letter to MPAA

16 October 2017 2:12 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Wim Wenders and Agnieszka Holland are among more than 600 filmmakers who have written to Poland's culture minister criticizing the dismissal of the head of the Polish Film Institute.

They claim that Polish law only allows the institute head to be dismissed by the government as a whole if it is proven that he or she has broken the law, which they claim is not the case so far.

Magdalena Sroka, who had been in office two years, was fired last week for alleged breaches of professional responsibilities and "violations of legal regulations" in a letter the Institute sent to »

- Nick Holdsworth

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Henri Alekan and the Shifting Technology of Film Lighting

12 October 2017 6:45 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

By Jacob Oller

Cinematography owes much to the French master. enri Alekan was the cinematographer behind movies like Jean Cocteau’s magical La Belle et la Bête, William Wyler’s Roman Holiday, and Wim WendersWings of Desire. But his book on cinematography is perhaps his greatest legacy. Des lumières et des ombres has been a biblical tome for those […]

The article Henri Alekan and the Shifting Technology of Film Lighting appeared first on Film School Rejects. »

- Jacob Oller

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Backup Enlists New Partner; Jean-Baptiste Babin to Leave Company (Exclusive)

9 October 2017 7:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Backup Media Group has upped current COO Guillaume Lirondiere to become a partner in the Paris-based company, along with co-founders David Atlan-Jackson and Joel Thibout.

Jean-Baptiste Babin, one of Backup Media Group’s founding partners, will be stepping down from his operational role at the company by the end of the year to take another high-profile industry job. Babin will remain a shareholder in Backup and will also continue overseeing MovieChainer, Backup’s film-financing app.

Babin recently executive-produced Wim Wenders’ “Submergence” with Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy, and “Brimstone” with Dakota Fanning. He will soon announce his next career move.

“I am so proud of what we have achieved over the past 15 years, and I’m convinced Backup’s slate will carry on shining with ambitious films which hit the market strong,” said Babin.

“I have no doubt [Lirondiere] has the skills, experience and talent to fully take over productions for backup,” Babin said, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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61st BFI London Film Festival Review – Lucky (2017)

9 October 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lucky, 2017.

Directed by John Carroll Lynch

Starring Harry Dean Stanton, David Lynch, Barry Shabaka Henley, Beth Grant, and Tom Skerritt.

Synopsis:

The spiritual journey of a ninety-year-old atheist.

Late, lamented Hollywood legend Harry Dean Stanton had the sort of face the camera practically keeled over for. Less a visage than an ordnance survey map of Hollywood history, Dean Stanton’s features were testament to his extraordinary 60 year career as a ubiquitous, scene-stealing support player in the likes of Alien and Repo Man.

Small wonder that debut director John Carroll Lynch makes such sublime use of the actor’s wonderfully weathered features in his lyrical small town drama Lucky. Indeed, Stanton’s face practically is the entire story, competing with the sun-baked, cactus-strewn landscapes for sheer ruggedness.

Named after Stanton’s central character, Lucky is that rare movie that gifts the actor a juicy lead role, comparable to his iconic desert-trekking loner in Wim Wenders’ Paris, »

- Sean Wilson

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International Newswire: HBO Nordic, Turner Launch New Ott Toonix Brand

3 October 2017 10:44 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In today’s International Newswire, Turner and HBO launch a new Ott family brand in Scandinavia; Lionsgate UK re-teams with Noel Clarke; and as the TV industry builds up for mid-month’s Mipcom trade fair, Keshet Intl. revealing its Mipcom slate, a report suggests television remains the preferred screen of choice  for viewing programs.

HBO Nordic, which operates in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark, has launched Turner’s brand-new children and family Ott service Toonix. Created by Turner Emea, Toonix is targeted at 3-12-year-olds and their families. The service will offer a mix of kids’ series and movies, including popular content from Turner’s Cartoon Network Studios and Warner Bros. Animation. Among its key shows are “The Amazing World of Gumball,” “Lego Ninjago,” “Looney Tunes” and “The Powerpuff Girls,” all of which are fully localized, with offerings in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Finnish. Toonix will be available for consumers on www.hbonordic. »

- Ed Meza

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‘Lucky’ Review: A Fitting Swan Song for Harry Dean Stanton

29 September 2017 12:22 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The late Harry Dean Stanton was the ultimate character actor. He's given us 60-plus years of acting credits across film and television from cameos to supporting roles, but rarely the full blown lead. His biggest role, in terms of screen time, was Wim Wenders' lyrical Paris, Texas about a man who seeks atonement for his sins against his wife and child by wandering the desert completely alone sickened to temporary muteness at what he allowed himself to become. John Carroll Lynch, a character actor in his own right (he's still "not the Zodiac" and if he was … »

- Brian Formo

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San Sebastian: Movistar +, Basque Standouts Bring New Energy to Spanish Fest

29 September 2017 8:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

San Sebastian — Competition frontrunner “Pororoca,” Co-production Forum standout “My Tender Matador” and Films in Progress winner “Rust” led later trading at a vibrant 65th San Sebastián Festival graced by considerable star wattage – headed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, in town to tubthump “Wonders of the Sea 3D.”

Glenn Close arrived Thursday, hitting the fest circuit for “The Wife”; Alicia Vikander talked the press through Wim Wenders’ romantic drama-thriller “Submergence”; Antonio Banderas accepted a National Cinema Prize; Penelope Cruz will present “Loving Pablo” on Saturday; James Franco triumphed with “The Disaster Artist,” leading a Spanish critics’ poll with just two movies left to screen in competition.

The highest-profile world premiere at San Sebastián, and also critically lauded- “Constantin Popescu’s study of a missing-person crisis hits with direct emotional force,” Variety announced – “Pororoca” has sold to Hualu in China, Barton Films in Spain, Discovery Film (Former Yugoslavia territories) and Mirada Distribución (Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, »

- John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos

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Why ‘Lucky’ Should Earn the Late Harry Dean Stanton His First Oscar

28 September 2017 7:31 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Lucky” was never the first word that came to mind when you saw Harry Dean Stanton. On the contrary, it always seemed like he had survived something terrible. Even in the movies he shot during the ’60s and ’70s, it already looked like 90 years of life had swept through him like a windstorm, leaving just enough skin on his bones to keep the cigarette smoke from blowing out through his teeth. Stanton wasn’t cast as lucky men, but as men who appeared to have been sucked dry at some point along the way. He was typecast that way from birth, a living synonym for emptiness, and his hollowed out performance in “Paris, Texas” would eventually seal the deal.

Stanton didn’t have a problem with that. Although he died with more than 200 credits to his name, it often felt like he wasn’t playing his characters so much as his characters were playing him, »

- David Ehrlich

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San Sebastián: Film Factory Swoops on Witchcraft Thriller ’Akelarre’ (Exclusive)

23 September 2017 11:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

San Sebastian — In one of the early deals to be announced out of the 65th San Sebastian Film Festival, which bowed Sept. 22 with the European premiere of Wim Wenders’ “Submergence,” starring Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy, Film Factory Entertainment has swooped on “Akelarre,” a flagship Basque project at this year’s Festival.

Currently in development, “Akelarre” will be presented Sunday at San Sebastian’s 2017 Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum, where it weighs in as one of the Forum’s highest-profile projects.

A thriller, Akelarre is directed by Pablo Agüero, whose first short, “Primera Nieve,” won a 2006 Cannes Festival Jury Prize; “Salamndra,” his first feature, made the 2008 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight cut: “Eva Doesn’t Sleep” was selected for San Sebastián’s 2015 main competition.

Akelarre is produced by Sorkin Films, a new joint tax break investment vehicle launched last year by Koldo Zuazua’s San Sebastián-based Kowalski Films and Iker Ganuza co-headed Lamia Producciones, based out of Zarauz. »

- John Hopewell

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Canon Of Film: ‘Paris, Texas’

23 September 2017 1:30 PM, PDT | Age of the Nerd | See recent Age of the Nerd news »

This week, we will be looking at Wim Wenders‘ classic, ‘Paris, Texas‘ in honor of Harry Dean Stanton, who recently passed. For the genesis of Canon Of Film, you can click here.

Paris, Texas (1984)

Director: Wim Wenders

Screenplay: Sam Shepard, adapted by L.M. Kit Carson

As much as I admire the leader of the New German cinema movement of the sixties and seventies, R.W. Fassbinder, and as much as I admire, probably the best and most important director in that movement Werner Herzog, if I actually had to pick a favorite New German Director, and one of my favorite directors of all-time, it’d have to be Wim Wenders. I rank his film ‘Wings of Desire‘ among the Ten best films ever made, and all his films–even his less-than-stellar ones–all have this intuit sense to them. It’s not empathy; it’s almost spiritual. While Herzog is constantly »

- David Baruffi

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San Sebastian Film Festival Boosts Emerging Talent

22 September 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Spain’s San Sebastián Film Festival, among the high-profile movie events in the Spanish-speaking world, is framing a revolution, in both its role as a film festival and the vision of key new films of the young from Colombia, to the U.S. to southernmost Chile rebelling against a powerless, inept or tyrannical establishment and forging their own destinies.

Both moves, plus San Sebastian’s multiple sections focusing entirely or largely on rising talent, look increasingly important as arthouse cinema, aside from festival attendance, appears to have lost much of its young-adult audience.

“In my opinion, film festivals are undergoing deep transformation,” says José Luis Rebordinos, San Sebastian director since 2011.

The biggest events — Cannes, Berlin, Venice — can still play the traditional role of hosting world premieres. Others, however, such as San Sebastián, while showcasing new films, will have to “work other fields” becoming “a year-round event,” he adds.

Already, San Sebastián co-organizes a six-week Ikusmira Berriak residency »

- John Hopewell

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San Sebastián: Alicia Vikander on ‘Submergence,’ Modern Love and Women in Cinema

22 September 2017 9:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In an early flashback in “Submergence,” Wim Wenders’ latest film starring Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy, McAvoy’s James More, a British spy, jogs manfully past Vikander’s Danielle Flinders on a romantic Atlantic beach in France.

He suggests lunch. And that is about the last time in their courtship and seduction that he, a prototype man of action, really makes the moves. It’s Danny who keeps him waiting for lunch, because of her work, moves their table conversation from professional to personal, squeals “chicken!” when she has opened her hotel bedroom door and he doesn’t react, pulls him gracefully into her bedroom; and leads in their foreplay.

That, Vikander said presenting the film at San Sebastian with Wenders, was however par for the course for modern love. “Maybe for a young generation that is reality in the sense that it can be both ways. It’s about personality not gender.”

At »

- John Hopewell and Jamie Lang

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‘Beyond the Sun,’ in Which Pope Francis Plays Himself, Gets Vatican Premiere

20 September 2017 1:13 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Vatican City – “Beyond the Sun,” a simple but effective English-language children’s adventure film in which Pope Francis plays himself, premiered Wednesday at the Vatican, signaling a clear attempt by the pontiff and his communications advisors to use movies as a medium to spread the Catholic message to the young.

The pic, in which Francis appears for roughly six minutes, marks the first time that a pope has appeared in a motion picture.

Shot in Patagonia and Vatican City, “Beyond the Sun” is about five kids who run away from home after catechism class and take to the woods to look for Jesus in a hilltop sanctuary. The multi-ethnic cast features child actors Aiden Cumming-Teicher, Cory Gruter-Andrew, Emma Duke, Kyle Breitkopf, and Sebastiάn Alexander Chou.

Co-directed by Graciela Rodriguez (pictured), an Argentine psychiatrist whose rapport with Francis goes back a long way, and Charlie Mainardi, who has shot commercials for Coca Cola, the »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Criterion Reflections – Episode 2 – Winter 1969 Part 2

20 September 2017 5:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Criterion Reflections is David Blakeslee’s ongoing project to watch all of the films included in the Criterion Collection in chronological order of their original release. Each episode features panel conversations and 1:1 interviews offering insights on movies that premiered in a particular season of a year in the past, which were destined to eventually bear the Criterion imprint. In this episode, David is joined by Martin Kessler, Jordan Essoe, Doug McCambridge, Jason Beamish and Trevor Berrett to discuss six titles from the Winter of 1969: Jaromil Jires’s The Joke, Juraj Herz’s The Cremator, Wim Winders’s Silver City Revisited, Fellini: A Director’s Notebook, Luis Bunuel’s The Milky Way and Pierre Etaix’s Le Grand Amour.

Episode Time Markers: Introduction: 0:00:00 – 0:09:47 The Joke: 0:09:48 – 0:36:30 Silver City Revisited: 0:36:31 – 0:54:30 The Cremator: 0:54:31 – 1:17: »

- David Blakeslee

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International Newswire: San Sebastian Bids to Become Sales Mecca

19 September 2017 12:19 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s International Newswire, fall festivals like San Sebastian bid to become movie rights biz bazaars; Disney’s Patagonik and Adrián Suar score another box-office victory in Argentina with soccer comedy ‘My Love or My Passion’; and Modern Times Group conspires with Pinewood TV and Eccho Rights on global arms trade thriller ‘Conspiracy of Silence.’

Adding a frisson for copy editors, reputed Spanish screenwriter Jorge Guerricaechevarría and Brazilian cinematographer André Szankowski have joined the main competition jury of Spain’s San Sebastián Film Festival, headed by John Malkovich. The festival kicks off on Friday with Wim Wenders’ “Submergence,” starring James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander.

The highest-profile movie event in the Spanish-speaking world has already 1,611 industry participants, up 3% on 2016’s final figure and 64% on 2010.

Trading at Toronto looked slow on not only the U.S. domestic market but also on all but the biggest international titles with many sales agents leaving the Canadian festival still in desperate »

- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough

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International Newswire: San Sebastian Bids to Become Sales Mecca

19 September 2017 12:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In today’s International Newswire, fall festivals like San Sebastian bid to become movie rights biz bazaars; Disney’s Patagonik and Adrián Suar score another box-office victory in Argentina with soccer comedy ‘My Love or My Passion’; and Modern Times Group conspires with Pinewood TV and Eccho Rights on global arms trade thriller ‘Conspiracy of Silence.’

Adding a frisson for copy editors, reputed Spanish screenwriter Jorge Guerricaechevarría and Brazilian cinematographer André Szankowski have joined the main competition jury of Spain’s San Sebastián Film Festival, headed by John Malkovich. The festival kicks off on Friday with Wim Wenders’ “Submergence,” starring James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander.

The highest-profile movie event in the Spanish-speaking world has already 1,611 industry participants, up 3% on 2016’s final figure and 64% on 2010.

Trading at Toronto looked slow on not only the U.S. domestic market but also on all but the biggest international titles with many sales agents leaving the Canadian festival still in desperate »

- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough

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Tiff 2017. Top Picks & Coverage Roundup

19 September 2017 7:23 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Below you will find our favorite films of the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival, as well as an index of our coverage.Top Picksfernando F. CROCE1. First Reformed (Paul Schrader)2. Zama (Lucrecia Martel)3. Western (Valeska Grisebach)4. Ex Libris (Frederick Wiseman)5. Faces Places (Agnès Varda, Jr)6. Manhunt (John Woo)7. Jeanette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc (Bruno Dumont)8. Brawl in Cell Block 99 (S. Craig Zahler)9. The Day After (Hong Sang-soo)10. Let the Corpses Tan (Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani)Kelley DONG1. Rose Gold (Sarah Cwynar), Strangely Ordinary This Devotion (Dani Restack, Sheilah Wilson Restack)3. Good Luck (Ben Russell)4. Manhunt (John Woo)5. The Third Murder (Hirokazu Kore-eda), Angels Wear White (Vivian Qu)Daniel KASMAN1. Ex Libris (Frederick Wiseman)2. First Reformed (Paul Schrader)3. Zama (Lucrecia Martel)4. Strangely Ordinary This Devotion (Dani Restack, Sheilah Wilson Restack)5. I Love You, Daddy (Louis C.K.)6. Rose Gold (Sarah Cwynar)7. Brawl in Cell Block 99 (S. Craig Zahler)8. below-above (André »

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Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) : What was Hot and What Won

18 September 2017 10:49 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Tiff has come and gone. Masses of Canadians attend the festival which is what gives it such a special atmosphere. In Cannes, only the industry attends the festival; the public sets up chairs and ladders to watch the red carpet galas and take pictures. But here the public is as much a part of the festival as the industry.Tiff Bell Lightbox

The industry action which consists of buying and selling of film rights takes place at the Hyatt Hotel on King Street West. The screenings for both public and industry are down the street at the Tiff Bell Lightbox and around the corner at the Scotia Multiplex. The dense mingling of public and industry at these venues and on the street itself which is closed to traffic for the first weekend but is open to pedestrians, photo-op spots, food trucks creates a festive bevvy of activity to the city. »

- Sydney Levine

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Tiff Review: Wim Wenders’ ‘Submergence’ is Dead on Arrival

18 September 2017 5:21 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

I can’t really be held accountable for believing that the combined efforts of legendary German auteur Wim Wenders, Academy Award-winner Alicia Vikander, and the fervid James McAvoy would spawn a piece of cinema teeming with heartache and intrigue, can I? Well, as their supposed romantic thriller Submergence would have it, the thought should’ve been long purged from my mind using electroconvulsive therapy. Wenders’ deep sea exploration of love and separation, doesn’t generate enough of the former for the latter to ever matter. Dabbling in topical themes like climate change and terrorism, all while attempting to execute a Bond-esque, star-crossed lovers narrative. Submergence’s commentary ultimately conveys a whole lot of nothing.

Danielle Flinders (Vikander) is a bio-mathematician prepping for a dive into the bleakest depths of the Greenland Sea to gather specimens in a submersible. James More (McAvoy), a spy about to be shipped off to Somalia on a reconnaissance mission, »

- The Film Stage

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