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Writer-Director Agnieszka Holland on Early Work in ‘Pictures of Life’

28 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In her long and celebrated career, Polish writer-director Agnieszka Holland has written films for legendary helmers such as Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Kieslowski, and garnered Oscar and Emmy nominations for films like “Europa, Europa” as well as series such as “Treme.” This year, Holland earned raves for directing episodes of “House of Cards.” But it was her work on the Polish omnibus film “Pictures of Life” in 1976 that brought her first mention in Variety.

Your section in “Pictures of Life” is one of nine short films. Was it a big step in your career?

In 1976 Andrzej Wajda was the most talented director working in Poland, and he became head of a creative group that he called “X.” After 1970, there was a liberalization, so he had a large degree of freedom of development, but (the shorts) still had to pass through official censorship and communist party censorship. Most of Wajda’s »

- Steven Gaydos

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Oleg Sentsov sentenced to 20 years by Jennie Kermode - 2015-08-25 17:46:24

25 August 2015 9:46 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Oleg Sentsov, the Ukranian film director behind Gámer, was today sentenced to 20 years in prison after a military court in Rostov-on-Don convicted him of plotting to commit terrorist acts in Crimea. He has already served over a year in Lefortovo prison after being detained following a protest against the Russian presence in the region.

Sentsov's arrest prompted an international campaign spearheaded by filmmakers like Mike Leigh, Pedro Almodóvar, Agnieszka Holland and Stephen Daldry, who were convinced that it was politically motivated. The Ukrainian government has argued that he is being punished for his pro-Ukraine views. Setsove himself has refused to recognise the authority of the court and has alleged that he was beaten and threatened with rape in an attempt to make him confess to a plot to bomb war memorials and set fire to government buildings.

The official convictions were for terrorism, organising a terrorist group and arms trafficking. »

- Jennie Kermode

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Wim Wenders, Mike Leigh, Béla Tarr and More Want Oleg Sentsov Freed

24 August 2015 1:48 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

After being arrested in May 2014 by the Russian Federal Security Service on suspicion of terrorist plotting and entanglement in a Ukrainian paramilitary group, Oleg Sentsov could be sentenced to 23 more years in prison Tuesday. So in the face of this week's verdict, which would exile the Ukrainian filmmaker to a high-security penal colony, the European Film Academy has gathered over 1,000 signatures calling for his release from Russia, whose accusations remain shadowy after the retraction of a key witness testimony last month. Petitioning supporters (listed here) come from all over Europe, including film academies in Poland, Germany, Austria and Czech Republic, and the Union of Russian Filmmakers—who aren't strangers to censorship. Filmmakers on the list include: Stephen Daldry, Mike Leigh, Mike Downey, Agnieszka Holland, Dariusz Jablonski, Aki Kaurismäki, Ken Loach, Wojciech Marczewski, Béla Tarr, Bertrand Tavernier, Andrzej Wajda and Wim Wenders. Read More: »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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European Filmmakers Call on Putin to Release Ukrainian Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov

19 August 2015 1:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sarajevo, Bosnia — A group of prominent European filmmakers, including Wim Wenders, Stephen Daldry, Agnieszka Holland and Mike Leigh, has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to order the release of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, whose trial resumes in Russia today.

Sentsov, who is accused of having committed “crimes of a terrorist nature,” faces up to 20 years in prison. The prosecution’s main witness has retracted his statement, but the trial continues nonetheless.

The letter states that the filmmakers have been “deeply worried” since Sentsov was arrested by Russia’s Federal Security Service (Fsb), the successor to the Kgb, in his house in Simferopol, Crimea, on May 11, 2014. It adds: “Having observed the trial and especially the fact that the key witness for the prosecution has retracted his testimony as ‘given under pressure and duress,’ we are shocked that the accusation of Oleg Sentsov having committed ‘crimes of a terrorist nature’ is still being upheld. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Industry renew call for Sentsov release

18 August 2015 7:58 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ukrainian director faces 20 years in jail despite retraction of key witness testimony.

European filmmakers including Mike Leigh, Agnieszka Holland, Stephen Daldry and Wim Wenders have penned a new letter to Russian authorities calling for the immediate and unconditional release of detained Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.

The letter also asks for the safety of Sentsov to be assured and for an investigation to be launched into circumstances surrounding the acquisition of witness testimony.

On July 31, crucial prosecution witness Hennady Afanasyev retracted his statement, claiming: “All testimony was given under pressure and duress”.

Despite this development, the charges are being upheld and the trial is set to continue.

The European Film Academy (Efa) board previously penned a letter to authorities fourteen months ago.

Sentsov, originally arrested in May 2014, is accused of plotting terrorist acts in Crimea. »

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Looking for Grace to compete in Toronto

13 August 2015 2:58 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Sue Brooks. Looking for Grace will screen in Platform, a new competitive section of the Toronto International Film Festival which showcases films that have a strong directorial vision. The road movie starring Richard Roxburgh, Radha Mitchell, Odessa Young and Terry Norris is the only Australian title in the running for the $C25,000 prize determined by the jury of filmmakers Jia Zhang-ke, Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland. That strengthens Australia.s profile at the event which runs September 10-20. Jocelyn Moorhouse.s The Dressmaker will have its world premiere in Gala Presentations,. Simon Stone.s The Daughter will have its North American premiere in Special Presentations and Jennifer Peedom.s Sherpa and Gillian Armstrong.s Women He.s Undressed will compete in Tiff Docs.

Young, who also stars in The Daughter, plays 16-year-old Grace, who has run away from home. Her exasperated parents head to the West Australian wheat belt »

- Don Groves

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2015 Tiff: Wheatley, Trapero, Lafosse, Verbeek & Sue Brooks in Platform Comp

13 August 2015 11:15 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Tiff folks have unveiled their slated dozen features for their spanking brand new competitive section and they’ve managed to lasso some high profile world preems that will compete alongside Int. and Na premieres. Claire DenisAgnieszka Holland and Jia Zhang-ke for which the name of the programme section is named after (Tiff referenced his 2000 film), will see a class comprised of the likes Joachim Lafosse and his piping hot The White Knights, David Verbeek (Full Contact starring Grégoire Colin – see pic above), Fabienne Berthaud and yet again actress Diane Kruger with Sky and Ben Wheatley‘s highly anticipated High Rise. Also included in the comp we find Pablo Trapero‘s Venice-bound The Clan, Eva Husson‘s hotly tipped directorial debut Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) and a docu entry that sounds absolutely brutal true story from Alan Zweig in Hurt. The winner will be announced on »

- Eric Lavallee

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Ben Wheatley's 'High-Rise' Lands in Tiff Platform Lineup

13 August 2015 10:11 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

In an effort to boost worthy acquisitions titles that might otherwise pale amid Toronto's higher-profile, awards-courting titles, the festival this year added the Platform sidebar, to be juried by auteurs Zhang-ke, Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland. Read More: Why the Toronto Film Festival is Adding 'Platform' Competition Sidebar "We want to provide a platform for special world cinema with strong voices and strong visions," Tiff Artistic Director Cameron Bailey told us in an interview. "This is a way to give a significantly higher profile to strong films that come to us without big red carpet hoopla." Thus, the festival launches its slate of 12 competition titles, below, including Ben Wheatley's highly anticipated "High-Rise" starring Tom Hiddleston and based on a novel by J.G. Ballard. One film will receive the Toronto Platform Prize of $25,000 in this lineup intended to offer a sort of North American analogue to the Cannes Palme d'Or. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Tiff 2015 announces its Platform programme lineup

13 August 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Toronto International Film Festival has, through its run, divided the films into numerous programmes to better identify and group together like-minded features. One of the new additions to the programme in 2015 will be the Platform selection, which will showcase films with a strong directorial vision. What is unique about this programme is that the selected films, twelve in total, will be judged by a three-person jury during the event, with the top film taking home a $25,000 prize. The first ever group of judges at the 2015 event will be comprised of filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke, whose 2000 film Platform was cited as the inspiration for the programme, alongside filmmakers Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland. The lineup for the Platform was announced today, and can be seen below, alongside their official synopses.

Bang Gang, directed by Eva Husson, making its World Premiere

Biarritz. Sixteen-year-old George, a beautiful high-school student, falls in love with Alex. »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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'High-Rise' to premiere in first Toronto Platform competition

13 August 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Twelve titles also include films by Pablo Trapero, Joaquim Lafosse, He Ping and Fabienne Berthaud.Scroll down for full list

The Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20) has unveiled the 12 titles that will comprise the inaugural line-up for Platform - the new juried programme that champions director-led cinema from around the world.

The competitive strand includes the world premiere of Ben Wheatley’s highly-anticipated High-Rise, a dystopic depiction of a society that starts a class war in a high-rise apartment. The adaptation of Jg Ballard’s 1975 novel stars Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss.

Also receiving its world premiere is Fabienne Berthaud’s Sky, a France-Germany co-production that star Diane Kruger, The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus and Girls star Lena Dunham.

Kruger plays Romy, a married woman on holiday in the Us who storms out on her French husband (Gilles Lellouche) after an argument and wanders into the desert outside of Las »

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

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Daily | Toronto 2015 Lineup, Round 4

13 August 2015 7:18 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced the inaugural lineup for Platform, "the new juried program that champions director’s cinema from around the world." And the jury's pretty damn illustrious: Claire Denis, Agnieszka Holland and Jia Zhangke. Among the highlights: The world premiere of High-Rise, Ben Wheatley's adaptation of J.G. Ballard's novel, starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans and Elisabeth Moss; and Joachim Lafosse's The White Knights with Vincent Lindon and Valérie Donzelli. » - David Hudson »

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Poland Selects Magdalena Sroka to Lead Film Institute

10 August 2015 6:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Polish Film Institute, which backed Oscar winner “Ida” and Berlin Silver Bear winner “Body,” has a new chief. Magdalena Sroka will take over in October from Agnieszka Odorowicz, who steps down after 10 years at the helm.

Sroka was appointed by Minister of Culture and National Heritage Malgorzata Omilanowska, following a recommendation by a committee of film professionals, whose members included Agnieszka Holland, Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Zanussi.

During Sroka’s pitch for the job, she emphasized “the role and significance of the regional film funds and local film commissions and how cooperation with the Polish Film Institute could help them develop,” she told Film New Europe.

Sroka is serving as deputy mayor of Krakow, where she is responsible for culture and promotion. Sroka was responsible for several cultural projects that took place when Krakow was the “European Capital of Culture” in 2000. From 2008-2010 she was the director of the Krakow Festival Office, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Toronto: Festival Slate Brings Fall Landscape Into Focus

28 July 2015 11:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Scott Foundas: Well, the cat is really out of the bag now. After weeks of intense blogosphere speculation about the fall festival season and palate-whetting gala announcements from the New York Film Festival, the Toronto Film Festival kicked things into high gear this morning when it announced more than 40 titles that will comprise the festival’s Gala and Special Presentations categories come September. It’s a typically starry list, full of A-list names in front of and behind the camera, some very obvious Oscar bait, and a few Toronto stalwarts to satisfy the requisite quota of local Canadian talent, including Atom Egoyan, who makes a bid for a comeback (after the career-pummeling one-two of “Devil’s Knot” and “The Captive”) with “Remember,” starring Christopher Plummer as a Holocaust survivor trying to track down the former Nazi guard responsible for murdering his family.

Egoyan’s film is listed by the »

- Scott Foundas and Justin Chang

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Daily | Poitras, Serra, Wiseman

15 July 2015 9:47 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Jia Zhangke, Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland will serve on the first jury for the Toronto International Film Festival's new competitive program, Platform. Laura Poitras, director of the Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour, is suing the U.S. government for having been subjected to "Kafkaesque harassment." Kristin Scott Thomas has been named an officer of the Legion d’Honneur in France. Someone's stolen F.W. Murnau's skull. Also in today's roundup: Jonathan Rosenbaum on Leos Carax, Robert Greene on Joshua Oppenheimer and Adam Curtisç, Grady Hendrix on Kazuhiko Hasegawa's The Man Who Stole the Sun—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Toronto Film Festival Announces Jury for New Director Program Platform

15 July 2015 9:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Acclaimed international directors Claire Denis, Agnieszka Holland and Jia Zhang-ke will serve as the inaugural jury of Platform — the Toronto International Film Festival’s new program showcasing roughly a dozen films by mid-career directors — it was announced today.

The jury will award $25,000 to the best film in Platform at the fest’s awards ceremony on September 20.

“We have a long history with Zhang-ke, Claire and Agnieszka,” said festival director and CEO Piers Handling. “They are master filmmakers with unique voices that we have championed throughout the years, both at the festival and in our year-round programming.”

Chocolat,” “Trouble Every Day” and “Bastards” are among several Denis films that have screened at the festival over the past 16 years. Denis is currently cowriting, with Zadie Smith, an English-language sci-fi pic. Holland’s Toronto Festival movies include “Europa Europa,” “Washington Square” and “In Darkness.” Almost all of Zhang-ke’s films, including “Platform, »

- Jennie Punter

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Jia Zhang-ke, Claire Denis & Agnieszka Holland On Jury For Toronto’s Inaugural Platform Program

15 July 2015 8:16 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The Toronto International Film Festival today announced that filmmakers Jia Zhang-ke, Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland will make up its inaugural Platform jury. The new section will champion directors' cinema from around the world, with the winning film receiving a $25,000 prize at the September 20 awards ceremony.  "We have a long history with Zhang-ke, Claire and Agnieszka," said Tiff director and chief exec Piers Handling. "They are master filmmakers with unique… »

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Denis, Jia, Holland to lead first Tiff Platform jury

15 July 2015 5:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Festival selects trio to judge first competitive section, aimed at ‘auteur films’; Cameron Bailey talks strand.

The Toronto International Film Festival (September 10-20) has selected directors Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin), Claire Denis (Beau Travail) and Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness) as the jury for its new auteur-focused programme Platform, the festival’s first competitive strand.

Speaking exclusively to Screen, Cameron Bailey, artistic director of Toronto International Film Festival, said of the inaugural jury: “For me this is a dream team. Platform is named in part after Zhang Ke’s film of the same name, it’s an inspiration for the kind of cinema that we wanted to highlight.”

“Denis has been at our festival many times before with her films, she’s also worked with our talent lab,” he continued. “We highly admire her cinema and her cinematic mind, the way she thinks about film.”

“Holland has worked through so many different generations and styles »

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Denis, Zhangke, Holland to lead first Tiff Platform jury

15 July 2015 5:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Festival selects trio to judge first competitive section, aimed at ‘auteur films’; Cameron Bailey talks strand.

The Toronto International Film Festival (September 10-20) has selected directors Jia Zhangke (A Touch of Sin), Claire Denis (Beau Travail) and Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness) as the jury for its new auteur-focused programme Platform, the festival’s first competitive strand.

Speaking exclusively to Screen, Cameron Bailey, artistic director of Toronto International Film Festival, said of the inaugural jury: “For me this is a dream team. Platform is named in part after Zhang Ke’s film of the same name, it’s an inspiration for the kind of cinema that we wanted to highlight.”

“Denis has been at our festival many times before with her films, she’s also worked with our talent lab,” he continued. “We highly admire her cinema and her cinematic mind, the way she thinks about film.”

“Holland has worked through so many different generations and styles »

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Criterion Collection Adding 'Moonrise Kingdom,' A Room with a View,' and More in September

17 June 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: What We Learned from Watching (Almost) the Entire Criterion Collection A mixture of equally romantic and creative dramas will become available for cinephiles in the Criterion Collection's September 2015 collection. All of the films will be released on Blu-ray and DVD and will include special bonus features such as interviews with stars like Agnieszka Holland, Edward Woodward, Pierce Brosnan and Helena Bonham Carter. Check out all of the titles hitting the Criterion Collection in September below: Synopses are courtesy of Criterion.  "The Blind Chance" (1981) Before he stunned the cinematic world with the epic "The Decalogue and the "Three Colors" trilogy, the great Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski made his first work of metaphysical genius, "Blind Chance," a compelling drama about the difficulty of reconciling political ideals with personal happiness. This unforgettable film follows Witek (a magnetic Boguslaw Linda), a »

- Kaeli Van Cott

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U.K. Government Supports Campaign to Free Ukrainian Filmmaker (Exclusive)

23 May 2015 9:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — A leading member of the newly elected Conservative Party government in the U.K. has thrown his support behind a campaign to free a Ukrainian film director held in a Russian jail as campaigners redoubled efforts to secure his release.

U.K. secretary of state for culture John Whittingdale has sent a message pledging to push for the freeing of Oleg Sentsov, who has been imprisoned in Moscow’s notorious Lefortovo jail for over a year on what he claims are trumped up terrorism charges. Whittingdale’s message is one of his first public statements since he was elevated to culture secretary in Prime Minister David Cameron’s post-election cabinet reshuffle.

Whittingdale said: “Freedom of media and artistic expression are vital elements of an open, democratic society. I remain deeply concerned by the continuing detention without trial of filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who has been imprisoned in Russia for over a year, »

- Variety Staff

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