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Ida is big winner at EFAs

13 December 2014 11:32 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Update: Pawlikowski is only third Polish director to win Efa’s top prize; Steve McQueen pays tribute to Jean Vigo; Ukrainian diector Oleg Sentsov gets an empty seat at the awards in Riga.

Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida was the big winner at this year’s European Film Awards in Riga, picking up five awards, including the top honour of European Film 2014 as well as the People’s Choice Award

“It’s been a fantastic night for us and a great night for Poland,” Pawlikowski said as he went up onto the stage of Latvia’s National Opera House for the fourth time on Saturday evening (December 13).

Earlier, when receiving the European Director 2014 trophy, the UK-based director explained that two of the film-makers competing for this honour — Turkey’s Nure Bilge Ceylan and Russia’s Andrey Zvyagintsev — are his favourite directors working today. “Thank you for being losers — this time,” he quipped »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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European Film Awards: ‘Ida’ Best Picture; Timothy Spall, Marion Cotillard Top Actors

13 December 2014 12:55 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Update, 12:55 Pm Pt: Pawel Pawlikowski’s Polish drama Ida took the Best European Film prize at the European Film Awards tonight in Riga, Latvia. The movie also won for Best Director, Cinematographer and Screenwriter, as well as being the People’s Choice honoree; missing out only in the Best Actress category. The European Film Awards have become something of a harbinger for what’s to come later in the season. The last two years’ winners — The Great Beauty and Amour — went on to scoop the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. It’s undeniable that Ida has a lot of heat on it, but tonight’s wins don’t make Academy glory a foregone conclusion — there are also a lot of other contenders from outside Europe.

Pawlikowski’s black-and-white shot Ida follows a young woman who is about to take her holy orders to become a nun when she »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Mother, Modris big winners at new Riga festival

12 December 2014 3:43 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New Riga Meetings platform welcomes projects including two projects by Finnish film-maker Aku Louhimies.

Janis Nords’ second feature Mother I Love You and Juris Kursietis’ debut Modris were the big winners at the ¨Great Christopher¨ (¨Lielais Kristaps¨) National Film Competition held during the first edition of the Riga International Film Festival (December 2-12).

Nords, who graduated in film directing from the UK’s Nfts, received the top honour of best film as well as the trophy for best feature film director and best actress (for Vita Varpina’s performance as the single mother trying to make ends meet).

On presenting the direction prize to Nords, the competition jury’s chairman, veteran film director Janis Streics, said that he saw “a bright future ahead for Latvian cinema” on the strength of the line-up for this edition of the national film awards.

Mother I Love You, which is handled internationally by New Europe Film Sales, premiered at the »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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European Film Awards Offer Latvia Chance to Push Co-productions

2 December 2014 7:27 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The National Film Center of Latvia is to launch the Riga Meetings, a platform for 40 international film industry and press guests to meet with 22 of their Latvian colleagues, in the days leading up to the European Film Awards, which takes place in Riga on Dec. 13.

The Riga Meetings, which run Dec. 12-13, serves as the country’s gateway for international co-productions, offering one-on-one meetings, location tours and information on tax incentives.

Latvia is the only Baltic country to offer two cash rebates, which can be used in tandem, on a national and city-wide level.

“We wanted to maximize the synergy potential offered by Riga’s hosting of the Efa awards,” said Dita Rietuma, the National Film Center’s director. “With the Riga Meetings, we are in an excellent position to let the European industry and press know what is happening in Latvia and what the co-production possibilities are.”

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- Leo Barraclough

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Black Nights to focus on Poland

9 October 2014 8:01 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Tallinn’s Black Nights Film Festival (Nov 13-30) will include a focus on Polish cinema with two dozen Polish films taking centre stage, including opening film Warsaw 1944 by Jan Komasa.

Polish films in the Black Nights programme will include Family Life and The Foreign Body by Krzystof Zanussi, Field of Dogs by Lech Majewski and Last Floor by Tadeusz Krol as well as films by Jerzy Hoffman, Elwira Niewira, Kasia Adamik, Andrzej Waja, Aleksander Scibor-Rylski and Agnieszka Holland.

Following its 2013 debut the festival will also bring back its industry Confab strand.

Organized in partnership with Independent Cinema Office (UK) the event sees leaders of the international film festival circuit brought together to discuss topics including competition between festivals, programming and censorship, sponsorship, fundraising, and the role of festivals in creative economies. »

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

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Movies This Week: September 26-October 2, 2014

26 September 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

We're in full-blown recovery mode from another amazing year of Fantastic Fest, but there is truly no rest for the wicked around here. Not only do we have a handful of intriguing new releases, but plenty of specialty screenings will have you racing back into the theater, no matter how many films you saw last week. 

Tonight, the Austin Film Society is hosting a selection of eight short films from this year's Sundance Film Festival. With a mix of fiction, documentary and awardwinning short films, this 94-minute program includes the acclaimed debut from actress Rose McGowan entitled Dawn. You can catch it this eveing at the Marchesa. Head back there on Sunday afternoon as programmer Lars Nilsen schools you about Lee Tso Nam's The Hot, The Cool & The Vicious and screens it in a 35mm print. Essential Cinema dives into the "Films Of Satyajit Ray" for October and it »

- Matt Shiverdecker

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Oscars: Canada Taps ‘Mommy’ For Foreign-Language Entry

19 September 2014 10:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Montreal filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy” will represent Canada in the nominee race for the best foreign-language film Oscar, it was announced today by Telefilm Canada.

The film, which shared the Special Jury Prize at Cannes earlier this year, follows the relationship between a troubled teenager (Antoine-Olivier Pilon) and his mother (Anne Dorval), a widow, who struggles to cope with her son’s volotile mood swings, and a shy neighbor who takes an interest in them.

“When you are aiming high you take risks to achieve things,” commented a thrilled Dolan at a media conference held in Montreal. “If we can make it all the way to the Oscars, it’s my honor and duty to give everything and all my energy to this campaign.”

This summer Roadside Attractions acquired U.S. rights, and at the time said it would release the film in 2015.

The 25-year-old Dolan’s previous features include “I Killed My Mother, »

- Jennie Punter

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Board of Governors Bias: Bacall, Garbo Among Rare Female Winners of Academy's Honorary Award

4 September 2014 2:58 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Honorary Oscars have bypassed women: Angela Lansbury, Lauren Bacall among rare exceptions (photo: 2013 Honorary Oscar winner Angela Lansbury and Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award winner Angelina Jolie) September 4, 2014, Introduction: This four-part article on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Honorary Awards and the dearth of female Honorary Oscar winners was originally posted in February 2007. The article was updated in February 2012 and fully revised before its republication today. All outdated figures regarding the Honorary Oscars and the Academy's other Special Awards have been "scratched out," with the updated numbers and related information inserted below each affected paragraph or text section. See also "Honorary Oscars 2014 addendum" at the bottom of this post. At the 1936 Academy Awards ceremony, groundbreaking film pioneer D.W. Griffith, by then a veteran with more than 500 shorts and features to his credit — among them the epoch-making The Birth of a Nation and Intolerance — became the first individual to »

- Andre Soares

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Efa renews call to free Ukrainian director

28 August 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Agnieszka Holland renews appeal to help free Oleg Sentsov.

Polish director Agnieszka Holland has issued a rallying cry to continue the fight for the release of Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov.

As chair of the board of the European Film Academy, Holland sent an email to Efa members calling on them to “show our solidarity” and “collect money to support his defence and help his children”.

The director of Gamer was arrested at his home in Crimea and accused of organising a terrorist attack, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

Last month, the campaign to free the film-maker from detention in Russia was taken to the European Court of Human Rights (Echr). A Moscow court ruled that Sentsov should remain in prison until Oct 11 when a trial is due to be held.

Holland, who recently directed HBO miniseries Burning Bush (which centres on a political protest), said: “Knowing the current political situation in Russia and the ongoing »

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

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Exclusive Rosemary's Baby Clip Honors the Grand Guignol

15 August 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

On tap right now we have an exclusive clip from NBC's home video release of "Rosemary's Baby" which takes a look at the flick's Parisian production design. Check it out!

From the Press Release

Evil is brought to life in this psychological thriller starring Zoe Saldana (Avatar) and Patrick J. Adams ("Suits"). The miniseries event "Rosemary's Baby" premiered on NBC and arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), and Digital HD August 19 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Based on the best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin, "Rosemary's Baby" features a teleplay by James Wong ("American Horror Story") and Scott Abbott (Queen of the Damned) and is directed by Agnieszka Holland (HBO's "The Wire"). Also starring Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter franchise) and Carole Bouquet (For Your Eyes Only), the "Rosemary's Baby" Blu-ray and DVD each include two featurettes and will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.99 and $19.98, respectively. »

- Steve Barton

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Nicholas Bell’s Top 10 Best of 2014 So Far…

22 July 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

#10. The Grand Budapest Hotel

Without a doubt, Anderson’s darkest film to date, this also has to be the richest and most complex of his films. A starry supporting cast whirls around the delectable Ralph Fiennes, treading throughout the director’s glorious off beat style. By now, many perhaps take Anderson’s visual mastery for granted, or even dismiss him, yet his work has only become more thrillingly accomplished.

#9. Locke

A film completely set in a moving car with only the visage of Tom Hardy to interact with disembodied voices (one of which is Olivia Colman)? Abandon all fear of tediousness as you experience one of the most inventive and engaging experiments you’ll see this year. Hardy, if you’ve seen Bronson, obviously has no hard time sharing the screen with himself, and while it’s a more subdued performance here, this one’s not to miss.

#8. Burning Bush »

- Nicholas Bell

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Lyle | 2014 Outfest Los Angeles Lgbt Film Festival Review

14 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Devil’s Due: Satan is an Equal Opportunity Baby Snatcher in Thorndike’s Debut

Credited as a ‘sinister ode to Rosemary’s Baby’ (though, there probably is no other kind of ode to extend to the material), Stewart Thorndike’s directorial debut, Lyle arrives with surprising straight faced self-seriousness (pun intended) as it contends to enlighten us with another dose of the dark one’s endless fascination with collecting human babies. It’s been a grand year for a resurgence in odes and homages to Levin’s horror classic, originally adapted in 1968 and starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes. We’ve just experienced an American television miniseries remake directed by Agnieszka Holland, and then there was that found footage garbage, Devil’s Due, a film that only serves to highlight the difference between homage and blatant rip-off. But Thorndike goes for something a little different, removing the terror from the »

- Nicholas Bell

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TV News: Tyrant, CW, Cards, Greenlight, Strain

25 June 2014 3:39 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »


FX's big-budget Middle Eastern drama "Tyrant" premiered to decent numbers last night. 2.1 million viewers tuned in for the premiere which ultimately had a 3.46 million total viewership for the night.

That's 20% less than the "Fargo" pilot had, but the series doesn't have that show's in-built reputation or star power. Most promising, the show retained 99% of its 18-49 viewership from the first half hour to the show’s last 22 minutes - a good sign they liked what they saw. [Source: Deadline]

The CW

The CW have announced their Fall premiere dates which are being staggered throughout October. The new season and series premiere dates are:

Thursday October 2nd: "The Vampire Diaries," "Reign"

Monday October 6th: "The Originals"

Tuesday October 7th: "The Flash, "Supernatural"

Wednesday October 8th: "Arrow"

Monday October 13th: "Jane the Virgin"

Friday October 17th: "America's Next Top Model"

Wednesday October 22nd: "The 100"

House of Cards

Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland ("In Darkness, »

- Garth Franklin

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Natpe Europe: Agnieszka Holland to Direct Third Season of 'House of Cards'

25 June 2014 9:28 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Oscar-nominated Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness) has signed on to helm two episodes of Netflix political drama House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. Holland, whose latest Us television work was the 4-part Rosemary's Baby miniseries for NBC, did not reveal much detail about the episodes she will shoot, except to say they would be mid-season. “Netflix started the shoot in the summer and I didn't want to do that, so the episodes I do will be later,” she said during a Q&A session at television market Natpe Europe in Prague. Photos THR's

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Rosemary’s Baby Miniseries Blu-ray Release Details

23 June 2014 2:41 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This past May on NBC saw a reimagining of Rosemary’s Baby, the 1967 novel by Ira Levin, with a miniseries adaptation of the same name. Now that the baby has been delivered to the world, it could be dropping by your house for a visit via home media.

Set for an August 19th release on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD from Lionsgate Home Entertainment, the Rosemary’s Baby miniseries comes with a couple of bonus features:

Press Release - “Evil is brought to life in this psychological thriller starring Zoe Saldana (Avatar) and Patrick J. Adams (TV’s “Suits”). The miniseries event Rosemary’s Baby premiered on NBC and arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD August 19, from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Based on the best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin, Rosemary’s Baby features a teleplay by James Wong (TV’s “American Horror Story”) and »

- Derek Anderson

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Rosemary's Baby to Be Delivered on Home Video in August

23 June 2014 1:11 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

NBC's "Rosemary's Baby" adaptation came and went with little fanfare and extremely weak ratings. Now it's headed to home video, and we have all the details you need to prep this little angel's spot on your shelf.

From the Press Release

Evil is brought to life in this psychological thriller starring Zoe Saldana (Avatar) and Patrick J. Adams ("Suits"). The miniseries event "Rosemary's Baby" premiered on NBC and arrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital), and Digital HD August 19 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

Based on the best-selling suspense novel by Ira Levin, "Rosemary's Baby" features a teleplay by James Wong ("American Horror Story") and Scott Abbott (Queen of the Damned) and is directed by Agnieszka Holland (HBO's "The Wire"). Also starring Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter franchise) and Carole Bouquet (For Your Eyes Only), the "Rosemary's Baby" Blu-ray and DVD each include two featurettes and will be available »

- Steve Barton

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HBO Europe Expands Non-English Language Original Dramas

13 June 2014 9:33 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

American audiences know HBO for its premium programming: TV shows like "Game of Thrones," "Girls," "Veep" and films like "The Normal Heart."  What they probably don't know is that HBO produces original content abroad--original content, it's worth noting, in languages other than English. Last year, HBO Europe released its first original show, "Horici ker (Burning Bush)," a Czech language miniseries set during the Ussr's 1969 occupation of Czechoslovakia.  It had a serious pedigree--the series was helmed by Polish director Agnieszka Holland (an Oscar nominee for "Europa Europa")--and it debuted in January 2013 to critical acclaim and numerous awards. Holland has also directed HBO series such as David Simon's "The Wire" and "Treme." "HBO as an American and as an international brand is associated with original and innovative work," Antony Root, HBO Europe's Executive VP of Original Programming and Production, told The Hollywood Reporter at New Europe Market »

- Jacob Combs

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, June 13th. What Will You See?

13 June 2014 8:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

These days, the number of indies premiering on a weekly basis can be both thrilling and intimidating. To help sift through the number of new releases (independent or otherwise), we've created the Weekly Film Guide. Below you'll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for today's fresh offerings.  Happy viewing! Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, June 13th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Burning Bush Director: Agnieszka Holland Cast: Tatiana Pauhofová, Jaroslava Pokorná, Petr Stach, Vojtech Kotek Synopsis: "This epic, long-form docudrama by acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland (made for HBO Europe as a three-part miniseries) chronicles the political, legal, and moral fallout that followed after Czech student protestor Jan Palach set himself on fire in protest against government repression in 1969." Criticwire Grade Average: A (8 reviews) Theatrical Release: New York 22 Jump »

- Steve Greene

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Epic drama Burning Bush Reveals Prague Freezing Over

10 June 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

As a movie, Agnieszka Holland's four-hour Cold War drama Burning Bush makes for first-rate TV. That's no swipe. Rather, it's an acknowledgment that, no matter how sophisticated cable serial storytelling has become, or how episodic the latest superhero flicks, movies remain something different.

Burning Bush trembles with hushed urgency, with officials and apparatchiks desperate to re-sublimate the conflicts that student revolutionaries have laid bare. It's tense, pained, unfailingly intelligent, and distinguished by the occasional visual flourish: young people rioting in the streets of Prague; a cleaning woman at a government ministry mopping blood off a grand staircase. Yet in surveying its far-flung cast, advancing its layered intrigues, and soaking vie »

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Burning Bush | Review

10 June 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Time to Burn: Holland’s Magnificent Mini-Series Event Well Worthy of Big Screen Treatment

Realized as a three part mini-series for television, Polish director Agnieszka Holland’s latest enterprise, Burning Bush, revisits a late 60’s historical moment in Czech history, when the country was occupied by Soviet forces. Holland has a broad wealth of war time period pieces under her belt, and her most championed titles generally deal specifically with the Holocaust, such as the brilliant Angry Harvest (1985), Europa Europa (1990), and even most recently, In Darkness (2011). While this latest endeavor has premiered at film festivals and will receive a limited run in New York on the big screen, Holland specifically formatted this richly observed narrative for television. Obviously, it’s an extensive format that inspired Holland, for she directed an American mini-series revamp of Rosemary’s Baby not long afterwards (and not to mention several episode credits of popular Western »

- Nicholas Bell

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