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16 items from 2016


2016 Berlin Intl. Film Festival: Nicholas Bell’s Top 5 Most Anticipated Films

2 hours ago | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Returning with another diverse, auteur heavy line-up with their 66th edition, the Berlin International Film Festival continues to impress just as much with selections available outside of the titles competing for the coveted Golden Bear (including the festival’s second edition of a Critics’ Week, where the latest titles from Andrzej Zulawski and Philippe Grandrieux are playing). New items from Bence Fliegauf, Eugene Green, Anna Muylaert, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Doris Dorrie are also significant highlights, but here’s a glance at my top five most anticipated.

#5. An Outpost of Progress – Dir. Hugo Vieira da Silva

Portuguese director Hugo Vieira da Silva returns with this adaptation of a Joseph Conrad story (the author considered this his best work), a tale of two colonial officials in a remote ivory trading post on the Congo. Conrad remains a difficult author to translate to the screen (some great exceptions from Coppola, Patrice Chereau, and »

- Nicholas Bell

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Piff 39: Five Films Criterion Collection Fans Should See at the Portland International Film Festival

14 hours ago | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Tomorrow night, the Northwest Film Center kicks off their 39th annual Portland International Film Festival. They’ll be screening Klaus Härö’s The Fencer as the opening night film (unfortunately the screenings are sold out, but there will be an additional showing on Sunday the 14th).  Over the course of the next sixteen days there will be over 90 feature films shown around town at various theaters.

This is one of my favorite festivals that I’ve had the privilege of attending, and I cannot wait to see a some of the films that they have programmed.

As usual, we here at the site will be covering a number of the films throughout the festival, but I wanted to make sure that any local Criterion Collection fans were alerted to some of the treats that we have in store. While there are many films at the festival that will align with »

- Ryan Gallagher

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"A Matter of Visibility" at First Look 2016

22 January 2016 9:38 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Her Silent SeamingPerhaps more than most other forms of cinema, experimental film and video is an auteur’s medium through and through. Since the production model for avant-garde work is almost exclusively artisanal, with a single individual (or possibly a duo or an artists’ collective) making the work from a studio context similar to that or a sculptor or photographer, it only makes sense to consider these works are expressions of an artist’s point of view. As such, those of us who regularly engage with experimental work will inevitably use the artist as the primary mode of categorization—who to keep track of, who seems promising, etc.But there’s a bit more to it. One of the greatest joys of avant-garde filmgoing, as any fan will tell you, is seeing an expertly curated program of films, be they new short works, recontextualized classics, or some combination thereof. A »

- Michael Sicinski

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Berlin completes Panorama programme

21 January 2016 9:02 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Films include Shepherds and Butchers with Steve Coogan; Don’t Call Me Son from Anna Muylaert; and a documentary about a director and actress who were kidnapped by Kim Jong-il.

The Berlinale (Feb 11-21) has completed the selection for this year’s Panorama strand, comprising 51 films from 33 countries. A total of 34 fiction features comprise the main programme and Panorama Special while a further 17 titles will screen in Panorama Dokumente.

A total of 33 films are world premieres, nine are international premieres and nine European premieres. The 30th Teddy Award is also being celebrated with an anniversary series of 17 films.

Notable titles include Shepherds and Butchers from South Africa, which is set toward the end of Apartheid and stars Steve Coogan as a hotshot lawyer who faces his biggest test when he agrees to defend a white prison guard who has killed seven black men. What ensues is a charge against the death penalty itself, in a case »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Berlin completes Panorama programme; Steve Coogan's 'Shepherds and Butchers' among line-up

21 January 2016 9:02 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Films include Shepherds and Butchers, starring Steve Coogan; Don’t Call Me Son from Anna Muylaert; and a documentary about a director and actress who were kidnapped by Kim Jong-il and forced to make films.

The Berlinale (Feb 11-21) has completed the selection for this year’s Panorama strand, comprising 51 films from 33 countries. A total of 34 fiction features comprise the main programme and Panorama Special while a further 17 titles will screen in Panorama Dokumente.

A total of 33 films are world premieres, nine are international premieres and nine European premieres. The 30th Teddy Award is also being celebrated with an anniversary series of 17 films.

Notable titles include Shepherds and Butchers from South Africa, which is set toward the end of Apartheid and stars Steve Coogan as a hotshot lawyer faces his biggest test when he agrees to defend a white prison guard who has killed seven black men. What ensues is a charge against the death penalty itself »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Watch: In Chilling Trailer for Berlin Selection 'On the Other Side,' Many Questions, Few Answers (Exclusive)

20 January 2016 7:05 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

In Zrinko Ogresta's "On the Other Side," Vesna (Ksenija Marinković), a middle-aged nurse in Zagreb, Croatia, finds her tranquil life interrupted when her husband, Žarko (Lazar Ristovski), reappears following a prison sentence for crimes committed in wartime during the early 1990s. Indeed, this enigmatic trailer raises more questions about the characters'—and the region's—past than it answers. "Why," Vesna asks at one point, "are you doing this to me?" Read More: "Berlin's Panorama Section to Feature Chantal Akerman, Rebecca Miller, More"  Using history as a lens through which to view the present is nothing new to Ogresta, who also works as a professor of film directing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb—he received a European Film Award nomination in 1991 for Best Young Director for his first feature, "Fragments: Chronicle of a Vanishing," about a family torn apart by World War II and the Communist »

- Matt Brennan

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Movie Poster of the Week: “The Man Who Fell to Earth” and David Bowie in Movie Posters

16 January 2016 12:20 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: UK one sheet for The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicolas Roeg, UK, 1976). Designed and illustrated by Vic Fair.David Bowie, who left our planet this week, appeared in some 20 movies, but his appearances on movie posters are restricted to just a handful of films. Many of his roles, especially in later years, were cameos or small, but significant, character parts. He memorably played Pontius Pilate in Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Andy Warhol in Julian Schnabel’s Basquiat (1996), and Nikola Tesla in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige (2006); he appeared as himself in films as varied as Christiane F. (1981), Zoolander (2001) and Bandslam (2009); and he was endearingly strange as an FBI agent in the opening section of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992).His most important and iconic film role by far is his starring role as the titular alien in Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth »

- Adrian Curry

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Philippe Garrel in Conversation

13 January 2016 11:49 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Philippe Garrel. Photo by Darren Hughes.There’s no exact equivalent in film history for Philippe Garrel’s “family cinema,” as he calls it here. To immerse oneself in his work is to watch Garrel and those he loves (parents, partners, children) be transformed by age and experience, while their passions and preoccupations—that particular Garrelian amour fou—persist.After several decades during which Garrel’s films saw limited distribution and exhibition in North America, he's now experiencing something of a revival. Over the span of three days at the Toronto International Film Festival I enjoyed an impromptu Garrel family retrospective. In the Cinematheque program, Tiff debuted its recently-commissioned 35mm print of Jacques Rozier’s first film, Adieu Philippine (1962), which features a middle-aged Maurice Garrel in a supporting role. Actua 1 (1968), Philippe Garrel’s long-lost short documentary of the May ’68 protests, screened in the Wavelengths section, also in a new print. »

- Darren Hughes

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Spotlight Takes Top Honors As The Alliance of Women Film Journalists Announces 2015 Eda Awards

12 January 2016 10:42 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the winners of the 2015 Eda Awards.

Spotlight was the top winner with four including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Ensemble Cast.

Carol and Mad Max: Fury Road were each awarded two EDAs.

Awfj Eda ‘Best Of’ Awards

These awards are presented to women and/or men.

Best Film

Spotlight

Best Director (Female or Male)

Tom McCarthy for Spotlight

Best Screenplay, Original

SpotlightJosh Singer, Tom McCarthy

Best Screenplay, Adapted

CarolPhyllis Nagy

Best Documentary

AmyAsif Kapadia

Best Animated Film

Inside OutPete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen

Best Actress

Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Kristen Stewart in Clouds Of Sils Maria

Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Paul Dano in Love & Mercy

Best Ensemble Cast (tie)

Spotlight

Straight Outta Compton

Best Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road »

- Michelle McCue

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Awfj 2015 Eda Awards winners announced

12 January 2016 12:24 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Update 01.12.16:

And the winners are…

Awfj Best Of Awards

These awards are presented to women and/or men without gender consideration.

Best Film: Spotlight

Best Director: Tom McCarthySpotlight

Best Screenplay, Original: SpotlightJosh Singer, Tom McCarthy

Best Screenplay, Adapted: CarolPhyllis Nagy

Best Documentary: Amy

Best Animated Film: Inside Out

Best Actress: Charlotte Rampling – 45 Years

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Kristin Stewart – Clouds of Sils Maria

Best Actor: Leonardo Di CaprioThe Revenant

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Paul DanoLove & Mercy

Best Ensemble Cast: Spotlight and Straight Outta Compton (Tie)

Best Editing: Mad Max: Fury RoadMargaret Sixel

Best Cinematography: CarolEdward Lachman

Best Film Music or Score: The Hateful EightEnnio Morricone

Best Non-English-Language Film: Son of Saul

Eda Female Focus Awards

These awards honor women only.

Best Woman Director: Marielle HellerThe Diary of a Teenage Girl

Best Woman Screenwriter: Emma Donoghue »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards 'Spotlight' Best Film, Three Other Prizes

12 January 2016 10:57 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Erstwhile Oscar frontrunner "Spotlight"—now facing challenges from "The Big Short" and "The Revenant," among others—received Best Film, Best Director (Tom McCarthy), Best Original Screenplay (McCarthy and Josh Singer), and Best Ensemble (in a tie with "Straight Outta Compton") from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Carol" came second, with two prizes apiece. The group's Eda Awards, which also features categories that highlight the contributions of women to the year in film, honored first-time director Marielle Heller ("The Diary of a Teenage Girl"), first-time screenwriter Emma Donoghue (for the adaptation of her novel, "Room"), and the late Chantal Akerman. "Carol" screenwriter Phyllis Nagy took home Best Adapted Screenplay in the main competition, while Margaret Sixel won Best Editing for "Mad Max."As for the Alliance's coveted Best Nudity award, »

- Matt Brennan

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Weekly Rushes. 6 January 2016

6 January 2016 7:04 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.Vilmos ZsigmondNEWSVilmos Zsigmond, 1930 - 2016: In December we lost Haskell Wexler, and now another one of cinema's great photographers has passed. Zsigmond was paramount to such films as Altman's McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Spielberg's Close Encounter of the Third Kind, Cimino's Heaven's Gate, De Palma's Blow Out, and many more. Keyframe has a roundup.After many, many years under construction the new home of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Bampfa) will open in Berkeley, CA on January 31. "For the first time in sixteen years, Bampfa film screenings will take place under the same roof as the institution’s art galleries." Included in the announcement is the terrific news that the Pfa "will expand the number of film screenings it presents, hosting programs 52 weeks per year." Retrospectives devoted to Maurice Pialat, »

- Notebook

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"Carol" Leads Eda Awards Nominations by Alliance of Women Film Journalists!

5 January 2016 7:39 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the nominees for their 2015 Eda Awards recognizing the amazing work done by and about women -- both in front and behind the camera. According to their site, "the EDAs are named in honor of Awfj founder Jennifer Merin.s mother, Eda Reiss Merin, a stage, film and television actress whose career spanned more than 60 years. A dedicated foot soldier in the industry, Eda was one of the founders of AFTRA and a long-standing Member of AMPAS."

Todd Haynes' "Carol" led the pack with nine nominations, followed by "Mad Max: Fury Road" with six, "Room" and "Spotlight" with five each, and "The Martian" with four.

I wish I can vote for the Eda Awards because their Special Mention Awards are just too darn fun with categories like "Best Nudity," and "Actress Most In Need of a New Agent!"

Winners of the 2015 Eda »

- Manny

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Daily | Kurosawa, Akerman, Mizoguchi

4 January 2016 7:50 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Pico Iyer considers how his view of Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru (1952) has evolved over the years. Also in today's roundup: Remembering Chantal Akerman and Natalie Cole, Kenji Mizoguchi in New York, short pieces on Lionel Atwill and Zasu Pitts, Wim Wenders in Austin, Sergei Eisenstein in London, a video essay on Bong Joon-ho's Memories of Murder, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Michael Mann discuss The Revenant—and we have a fresh round, and quite a huge one it is, too, of best-of-2015 lists. » - David Hudson »

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Notebook's 8th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2015

4 January 2016 6:41 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2015?Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2015—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2015 to create a unique double feature.All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2015 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »

- Notebook

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Joshua’s Top Ten Films Of 2015

4 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

It’s that time of year. Sleigh bells have been rung, gifts have been given and we have officially closed the door on what was 2015. A year that saw us once again take a journey into a galaxy far, far away, revisit the post apocalyptic landscape of Mad Max and the ever expanding reach of world and documentary cinema, 2015 has been one of the greatest of film years, arguably the very best since 2007 (probably cinema’s greatest year?) and as one has likely already one hundred top [insert arbitrary number] films list, why not make it one hundred and one? Be it a group of young women attempting to break free of the backwards patriarchy that has them oppressed or a bravura, epic-length satire from one of world cinema’s foremost artists, these are the ten best films that 2015 had to offer.

Honorable mention: Have you heard about this new thing called television? »

- Joshua Brunsting

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