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5 items from 2008

'Rain' reigns at Mannheim-Heidelberg

17 November 2008 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Mannheim, Germany -- The Argentinean drama "Rain," from first-time director Paula Hernandez, won the top prize at the 57th annual Mannheim-Heidelberg film festival, which wrapped Sunday.

The international jury called the melanchoy romance set in a drenched Buenos Aires a "masterpiece of directing," praising its virtuosity and the surprising twists of its plot.

French director Stephanie Duvivier's cop thriller "A Police Romance," about passion and drug busts in the French suburbs, won Mannheim's Rainer Werner Fassbinder Prize.

Another big winner was Lyne Charlebois' "Borderline," a portrait of a woman on the edge of a nervous breakdown, which won both the Fipresci international film critics' prize and the Ecumenical film prize. »

- By Scott Roxborough

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Review: Sukiyaki Western Django

28 August 2008 6:03 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

By chance, two Takashi Miike movies, Dead or Alive and Audition, opened in my town with in a week of one another in 2001. It was pretty eye opening seeing the huge difference between them, the speedy carnage of the former and the slow suspense of the latter, and I became an instant fan. Since then I've managed to track down just six more Miike movies, and in that same time he has made over forty (including videos and TV shows). The speed of his production fits perfectly with the personality of his movies. They're often nonsensical; I couldn't make heads or tails of two of his more recent pictures, Gozu and The Great Yokai War. And they're very definitely energetic, verging on crazy. He reminds me of the great German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, who cranked out over 40 movies and TV shows in less than 15 years and died at the »

- Jeffrey M. Anderson

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From The Archives: Framed: A Hard, Wonderful Look At The Movies In Manny Farber's Film Class

20 August 2008 7:20 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine_Web Exclusives | See recent Filmmaker Magazine_Web Exclusives news »

This piece by filmmaker Barbara Schock appeared in our Summer, 2005 issue. The phenomenal painter, teacher and film critic Manny Farber called his film class “A Hard Look at the Movies.” It was the first upper-division college class I took. I’d transferred from a small college in the Midwest to the University of California at San Diego, and I’d never seen a foreign film, unless you count the Sergio Leone westerns. We watched the following films in a 10-week period, and it turned the way I looked at movies upside down: Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Max Ophuls’s The Earrings of Madame de…, Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past, Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity, Werner Herzog’s Aguirre: the Wrath of God, Joseph Lewis’s Gun »

- Scott Macaulay

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German directors take on episodic film

8 July 2008 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Cologne, Germany -- A who's who of German directing talent, including Tom Tykwer, Fatih Akin, Wolfgang Becker and Hans Weingartner have signed on for "Deutschland 09," an episodic feature film intended as a snapshot of Germany's current social and political climate.

Other directors shooting segments in the film include Sylke Enders, Dominik Graf, Romuald Karmaker, Nicolette Krebitz, Isabelle Stever and Hans Steinbichler.

The project, which on Tuesday received a 500,000 euro ($784,000) boost from state subsidy body Filmstiftung Nrw, aims to be a modern update of 1978 omnibus film "Deutschland im Herbst," which involved directors such as Wim Wenders, Volker Schlondorff and Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Tykwer will produce, together with Dirk Wilutzky and Berlin-based Piffl Medien, which will release "Deutschland '09" next year. »

- By Scott Roxborough

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SIFF readies 200-film lineup

24 March 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

SINGAPORE -- Despite facing a significant cut in its annual budget, the Singapore International Film Festival that kicks off Friday will welcome more than 200 films from 40 countries.

Now in its 21st year, SIFF saw its budget drop from S$850,000 ($611,372) in 2007 to S$400,000 this year.

The program opens with a Rainer Werner Fassbinder retrospective and a collection of human rights shorts, while the main 10-day festival will open a week later on April 4 with Wayne Wang's "The Princess of Nebraska", a story of a pregnant Chinese girl living in the U.S. Other films include the critically acclaimed Golden Bear winner "Tuya's Marriage", by director Wang Quan'An, along with "I'm Not There", Todd Haynes' unorthodox biopic in which Bob Dylan is played by a number of actors.

The festival also includes an Australian Focus segment, a tribute to the late Indonesian film director Sjuman Djaya (1934-85) and a retrospective of 55 years of Vietnam cinema, ranging from such classics as "Little Girl of Hanoi" and "Mrs. Tu Hai" to the recent "The Life" by Dao Duy Phuc, in competition along with another 11 films for the festival's Screen Awards for best Asian feature. »

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