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Berlinale 2015. Correspondences #6

11 February 2015 9:12 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

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Balikbayan #1 Memories of Overdevelopment Redux III

Dear Danny,

How silly is it that, as cinephiles, our happiness is so bound up with the films we watch? My mood fluctuates at festivals, often based on what film I watched last. One recent morning exemplified this. You and I went to see the press screening of Chilean director Pablo Larraín’s new film, The Club. I was keen on this one as his last film, No (2012), was superb (I recall the mysterious Celluloid Liberation Front wrote on it for us from Cannes). Unfortunately, this film was entirely different, not just in style, but in its relationship to its subject matter, its characters, the world. Where No was invested in people, The Club takes on a very heavy topic with a level of disdain that left me feeling cold. The film is about a group of priests, »

- Adam Cook

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Berlin: New U.K. Distributor Neo Picks Up ‘Closer to the Moon,’ ‘Perfect Obedience’

11 February 2015 9:07 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin — New U.K. film distributor Neo has acquired two movies at Berlin’s European Film Market.

The company has picked up Celluloid Dreams’ “Closer to the Moon,” which is produced by Michael Fitzgerald (“The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada”). The film is an English-language comedy drama from director Nae Caranfil. It stars Vera Farmiga, who was Oscar nommed for “Up in the Air” and Emmy nommed for “Bates Motel,” and Mark Strong (“The Imitation Game”).

The film is a co-production between Italy’s Ugo Tucci, Poland’s Alessandro Leone and Romania’s Bobby Paulescu. It was picked up by IFC in the U.S., where it is set for a June release. Poland’s Ultra+Monolith releases it on March 13.

Neo also bought Luis Urquiza’s controversial Mexican pic “Obediencia perfecta” (Perfect Obedience) from Media Luna.

Neo, which stands for New Entertainment Organization, has three partners: vet programmer Martin Myers, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Sundance Review: The Forbidden Room

11 February 2015 8:00 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

The Forbidden Room debuted at Sundance Film Festival, and a significant portion of the audience left the screening within the first 15 minutes of the opening credits. This polarizing film is a symphonic cacophony of visual and aural stimulation, with interludes of absurd humor to relieve the pressure. Co-directors/writers Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson along with co-writers Robert Kotyk, John Ashbery and Kim Morgan crafted the story like a traditional Russian nesting doll, with tales within tales -- and sometimes within inanimate objects such as a urine stain within which a battle rages. Lovers, murderers, chanteuses, vampire bananas, motorcycle girls and skeletons are just a few of the macabre players in this delightfully demented and disturbing tale.

The challenge of The Forbidden Room is to follow the threads of each of the stories that are interwoven in a crudely but lovingly handcrafted tapestry. After a brief introduction on "How to Take A Bath, »

- Debbie Cerda

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Berlin: Andrew Haigh on Surprising With '45 Years' and the Future of 'Looking'

11 February 2015 7:55 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It's only been four years since British writer-director-producer Andrew Haigh came out of seemingly nowhere to floor the world with his sophomore feature "Weekend," which first premiered at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival and soon went on to become one of the most acclaimed gay-themed films of all time. He's since helped launch HBO's comedy-drama television series "Looking," which is currently in the midst of its second season and directed his third feature, "45 Years," starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay. The devastating drama, playing in competition at the still underway Berlin International Film Festival, stars the two screen icons as a long-married couple whose relationship is put under severe stress following the discovery of the body of the husband's long lost first love. The film is based on a short story by poet David Constantine. Indiewire spoke with Haigh in Berlin shorty following the film's world premiere. Caught. »

- Nigel M Smith

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Broadchurch series 2 episode 6 review

11 February 2015 5:33 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Episode six leaves one candidate clearly in the frame for the Sandbrook murders now, but did they really kill Pippa Gillespie?

This review contains spoilers.

The unravelling personality of Claire Ripley was the meat of this week’s Broadchurch episode. Is Eve Myles’ character psycho, nympho, klepto, or drongo, boyo? (One thing she obviously isn’t is a decent hairdresser – Ellie’s ‘do hadn’t changed a lick despite all her al fresco twiddling and prodding.)

Claire spent the episode demonstrating the many and varied ways she could be the Sandbrook killer. First, she took out her post-eviction stress on a box of Cornflakes in a violent tantrum that almost certainly lost Hardy his deposit from Massive Cottages For Hobbyist Witness Protection Programmes R Us. Next, she and Lee punctuated their angry, abusive sex with vague comments alluding to how they “had a plan” and “can’t do this”. And »

- louisamellor

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Neo closes first two acquisitions at Efm

11 February 2015 3:52 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New UK distribution company Neo has made its first two acquisitions in Berlin.

At the Efm, Neo (New Entertainment Organisation) has acquired Closer To the Moon from Celluloid Dreams and producer Michael Fitzgerald.

The English-language comedy drama from Nae Carafil stars Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong. It is a co-production with Italy’s Ugo Tucci; Poland’s Alessandro Leone; and Romania’s Bobby Paulescu.

It has been picked up for Us release by IFC for release in June and Poland’s Ultra+Monolith.

The second pick up, from Media Luna, is Perfect Obedience (Obediencia Perfecta), the controversial Mexican winner of the 2014 World Film Festival Montreal (Ffm).

The film, written and directed by Luis Urquiza, is a biopic about disgraced priest Marcial Maciel who used drugs, abused boys, and fathered numerous children, who he also allegedly abused. The movie sparked controversy when released in Mexico.

Neo plans

Neo will handle quality foreign and indie fare in the UK »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Best and Worst of the 2015 Berlin Film Festival – So Far

10 February 2015 6:04 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Scott Foundas: Hi Peter. Well, we’ve officially reached the midpoint of the 2015 Berlin Film Festival, although the most hotly anticipated event in this cold, cold town is still another day away. I’m talking, of course, about the world premiere of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which isn’t the kind of movie one typically thinks of as festival fare, but which events like Berlin and Cannes need as a kind of palate cleanser from the steady parade of world-class arthouse cinema from countries like Iran, China and Chile. Those movies may get you lots of ink in Variety, but it’s only a “Fifty Shades” that can get your red carpet splattered all over the picture pages of Vogue and Vanity Fair.

Actually, the early days of Berlin haven’t exactly wanted for stars this year, with the likes of Christian Bale, Juliette Binoche, James Franco (surprise!), Nicole Kidman »

- Scott Foundas and Peter Debruge

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Hot projects on Screenbase

9 February 2015 6:23 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Hot projects on Screenbase this week include German-Canadian co-production In The Lost Lands, twin brothers Mohammed Abou Nasser and Ahmad Abou Nasser’s Dégradé, spy-thriller Damascus Cover and documentary Tomorrow.

Fantasy adventure In The Lost Lands

Milla Jovovich will star alongside Justin Chatwin in this new feature based on short stories from the creator of Game Of Thrones. The German-Canadian co-production is directed by Constantin Werner.

The story revolves around a series of magical and fantastic tales centring on a sorceress in search of a spell, a warrior girl on a quest and a young barbarian who encounters a witch in a spacecraft.

Steve Hoban, Oliver Luer and Nico Bruinsma produce. Myriad Pictures chief Kirk D’Amico will serve as an executive producer.

Terrence Malick’s Voyage Of Time

Malick’s documentary features the voices of Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. Dede Gardner, Nicolas Gonda, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad and [link »

- maud.le-rest@sciencespo-toulouse.net (Maud Le Rest)

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Berlin 2015: '45 Years' review

7 February 2015 6:53 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ Based on a short story by David Constantine, British director Andrew Haigh's poignant drama 45 Years (2015) is led by two terrific central performances from Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling. Kate and Geoff are preparing for their forty-fifth wedding anniversary. They have no children and live in a small rural village near the Norfolk Broads. They seem content with their lot and are happy together; they still talk about serious matters, laugh and attempt to have sex. Then Geoff receives a letter informing him that the body of his first girlfriend, Katya, missing for fifty years after a hiking accident, has been found frozen in the Swiss Alps.

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- CineVue UK

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Kino Lorber Acquires All Us Rights to Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room

6 February 2015 3:22 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Kino Lorber has announced the acquisition of all Us rights to Guy Maddin’s (My Winnipeg, The Saddest Music in the World) The Forbidden Room (2015), following the film’s world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

The Forbidden Room was produced by Phi Films, Buffalo Gal Pictures and the National Film Board of Canada (Nfb), with the participation of Telefilm Canada and with the financial investment of Manitoba Film & Music and Sodec.

“I feel fantastic about Richard Lorber and his team handling The Forbidden Room,” wrote director Guy Maddin. “When we first met, before he saw the movie, I felt that rare pleasure of tastes synching up every second moment, but immediately after the screening we connected with wondrous electrified crackles! It was like we were giddily letting this film finish each other’s sentences for us! Our movie instantly galvanized a shared experience. It’s only right, and extremely thrilling, »

- Michelle McCue

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Berlin Review: Charlotte Rampling is Stunning in Andrew Haigh's Powerful '45 Years'

6 February 2015 2:41 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Before he created the HBO show "Looking," writer-director Andrew Haigh showed a refined talent for capturing the nuances of a young relationship with his tender gay romance "Weekend." Following that up in between the first two seasons of "Looking," Haigh furthers his unique ability to explore the deeper meanings beneath gentle exchanges with much older, more melancholic characters in "45 Years." Anchored by a sensational Charlotte Rampling as its lead, the movie combines Haigh's perceptive style with shades of Mike Leigh's "Another Year" to create a quietly moving and deceptively tragic look at aging romance haunted by past mysteries. Based on a short story by David Constantine, "45 Years" revolves around a single metaphorically-charged hook and runs with it. The movie stars Rampling as Kate, a woman who lives in the British countryside with her longtime husband Geoff (Tom Courtenay) and has plans for them to celebrate »

- Eric Kohn

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Daily | Berlinale 2015 Diary #2

6 February 2015 1:30 PM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

In today's Berlinale Diary: Thoughts on Jafar Panahi's remarkable Taxi, the third film he's made and seen premiere at a major European film festival since Iranian authorities slapped him with a 20-year ban on filmmaking. Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert with Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Robert Pattinson, Damien Lewis and Jenny Agutter has its moments but is overall surprisingly bland; and Andrew Haigh's moving 45 years with Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay is an accomplished followup to 2011 breakthrough, Weekend. » - David Hudson »

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Berlin Film Review: ‘45 Years’

6 February 2015 1:15 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following his youthful gay-themed films “Greek Pete” and “Weekend,” and HBO’s “Looking,” British writer-director Andrew Haigh ventures onto fresh ground with his maturely assured third feature, “45 Years.” Depicting a retired rural Norfolk couple questioning their relationship in the run-up to their titular wedding anniversary, this admirable Berlin competition entry will inevitably draw comparisons, at least for its somewhat privileged milieu, with the English middle-class dramas of Joanna Hogg (“Archipelago”). And by arriving so soon after Guy Myhill’s Venice entry “The Goob” and Martin Radich’s Rotterdam premiere “Norfolk,” it also completes a surely coincidental trilogy of current British indie features set in England’s flattest county.

While British stories featuring characters of retirement age, such as “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and “Quartet,” are resonating with large audiences at home and abroad, “45 Years” shirks many of the pandering pleasures that have helped define the genre. And lacking any »

- Charles Gant

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Berlin Review: Andrew Haigh's '45 Years' Starring Charlotte Rampling & Tom Courtenay

6 February 2015 1:15 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Hold still, I found myself thinking during Andrew Haigh's "45 Years," hold still. Not for fear that the film, so precisely calibrated, weighted, and measured, might falter, but because if I moved, I might break. In "45 Years" Haigh has given Charlotte Rampling the best role of her life, has given the Berlin International Film Festival its first unqualified success, and had given me my first great film of 2015. And he has done all that wrapped in a movie so simple, so elegant, and yet so devouringly empathetic that you might not notice its full magic until a few hours later. Or until the following morning when, on a bus ride through icy Berlin, you find yourself tearing up like a sap, just thinking about its minute, enormous final scene. Geoff (Tom Courtenay) and Kate Mercer (Rampling) have been married for 45 years, and are planning a party, as their 40th anniversary »

- Jessica Kiang

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A Rundown Of Buzzy Berlin Titles As Market Begins To Roll

6 February 2015 8:34 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The halls are starting to hum softly here in Berlin as the European Film Market swings into gear. The first deals were announced yesterday before the event officially opened, with The Weinstein Co notably boarding Im Global’s The Man Who Made It Snow. This morning, FilmNation unveiled a series of offshore output deals for titles from Open Road, which will kick off with the Jamie Foxx/Michelle Monaghan-starrer Sleepless Nights.

Though it’s not likely to be a frenzy, and with currency concerns in the market internationally, Berlin should see more action in the coming days. Distributors are looking for product for 2016 and beyond, and some memorable buys have emerged here in recent years. In 2014, The Weinstein Company made a record-setting $7M deal for The Imitation Game which has now made about $140M worldwide and has an armful of Oscar nominations to boot.

Much of the pre-buy buzz »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Kino Lorber Grabs Guy Maddin's Delightfully Demented 'Forbidden Room'

5 February 2015 10:50 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Kino Lorber has acquired all Us rights to Guy Maddin's "The Forbidden Room," planning a Fall theatrical release for the Sundance premiere, which heads to Berlin this week and more fests throughout 2015. Co-directed by Evan Johnson, Maddin's 11th feature-film foray into avant-weirdness stars a top-drawer cast including Mathieu Amalric, Udo Kier, Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, Roy Dupuis, Clara Furey, Louis Negin, Maria de Medeiros, Jacques Nolot, Adèle Haenel, Amira Casar & Elina Löwensohn as a clown car of misfits, thieves and lovers. Inspired in part by American modernist poet John Ashbery and structured like a Russian nesting doll, "Forbidden Room" is the highwire cinematic equivalent to LSD, giddily juggling multiple film stocks and kooky set pieces involving cavemen, wolf-hunters, skeletons, bloodsucking bananas, damsels in distress and the memories of a dead man's mustache. To name a few. The film was produced by Phi Films, Buffalo »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Berlin 2015: The 9 Films Indiewire Can't Wait to See

5 February 2015 6:56 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

"45 Years"It's been four years since Andrew Haigh blew us away with his SXSW award-winning love story "Weekend." He's since helped launch the HBO show "Looking," which is also fantastic, so anticipation is high for his follow-up feature "45 Years" to deliver. The filmmaker is tackling a very different type of story in "45 Years," by adapting a short story by poet David Constantine about a long-married couple's relationship that's put under severe stress by the discovery of the body of the husband's long lost first love. With Charlotte Rampling headlining his cast, Haigh is in good hands. This has the makings of something special. "Aferim!"Romanian director Radu Jude's dark comedy of domestic abuse, "Everybody in Our Family," was a sleeper hit on the festival circuit following its Berlin premiere in 2012. Now he returns to the festival with a far more sophisticated effort, the period drama »

- Eric Kohn and Nigel M. Smith

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Match Factory sells Berlin titles

4 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: German indie powerhouse signs slew of deals.

German sales outfit The Match Factory will be at the Berlinale with a typically strong line-up, which has already piqued plenty of buyer interest.

Four of the company’s titles compete for the Golden Bear, two will premiere in Panorama and one in Forum.

45 Years, the Golden Bear contender starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay by Weekend director Andrew Haigh has recently sold to Benelux (ABC Cinemien), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Australia/ New Zealand (Madman) and Germany (Piffl Medien).

The Match Factory previously secured a deal for the UK (Artificial Eye).

Competition title As We Were Dreaming, which continues The Match Factory’s relationship with director Andreas Dresen and producer Peter Rommel, has been sold to France (Sophie Dulac), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Greece (Ama Films) and ex-Yugoslavia (McF Megacom).

Pandora Film Verleih will release the drama in Germany after its Berlinale premiere.

Meanwhile, Laura Bispuri’ s debut film Sworn Virgin, also in competition »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Match Factory pre-sells Berlin titles

4 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: German indie powerhouse signs slew of deals.

German sales outfit The Match Factory will be at the Berlinale with a typically strong line-up, which has already piqued plenty of buyer interest.

Four of the company’s titles compete for the Golden Bear, two will premiere in Panorama and one in Forum.

45 Years, the Golden Bear contender starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay by Weekend director Andrew Haigh has recently sold to Benelux (ABC Cinemien), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Australia/ New Zealand (Madman) and Germany (Piffl Medien).

The Match Factory previously secured a deal for the UK (Artificial Eye).

Competition title As We Were Dreaming, which continues The Match Factory’s relationship with director Andreas Dresen and producer Peter Rommel, has been sold to France (Sophie Dulac), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Greece (Ama Films) and ex-Yugoslavia (McF Megacom).

Pandora Film Verleih will release the drama in Germany after its Berlinale premiere.

Meanwhile, Laura Bispuri’ s debut film Sworn Virgin, also in competition »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Deneuve is César Award Record-Tier; Stewart Among Rare Anglophone Nominees in Last Four Decades

30 January 2015 1:36 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Catherine Deneuve: César Award Besst Actress Record-Tier (photo: Catherine Deneuve in 'In the Courtyard / Dans la cour') (See previous post: "Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve Make César Award History.") Catherine Deneuve has received 12 Best Actress César nominations to date. Deneuve's nods were for the following movies (year of film's release): Pierre Salvadori's In the Courtyard / Dans la Cour (2014). Emmanuelle Bercot's On My Way / Elle s'en va (2013). François Ozon's Potiche (2010). Nicole Garcia's Place Vendôme (1998). André Téchiné's Thieves / Les voleurs (1996). André Téchiné's My Favorite Season / Ma saison préférée (1993). Régis Wargnier's Indochine (1992). François Dupeyron's Strange Place for an Encounter / Drôle d'endroit pour une rencontre (1988). Jean-Pierre Mocky's Agent trouble (1987). André Téchiné's Hotel America / Hôtel des Amériques (1981). François Truffaut's The Last Metro / Le dernier métro (1980). Jean-Paul Rappeneau's Le sauvage (1975). Additionally, Catherine Deneuve was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category »

- Steve Montgomery

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