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As Oscar nominations near, nations from across the globe have submitted their selection for what film will hopefully bring them awards glory come that broadcast early next year. However, as with any year’s submissions, sometimes countries can think, for lack of a better term, outside the proverbial box with their respective selections. And sometimes, one of film’s greatest and most influential locales not only gives people a swerve with their selection, but brings to light a new and profound cinematic voice.
That’s exactly what has happened this year with France and their shocking selection of a little talked about film, Mustang. Director Deniz Gamze Erguven’s superb motion picture comes out of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, specifically its Director’s Fortnight sidebar, and despite this otherwise great resume, it faced stiff competition on the French film scene. With a Palme d’Or winner in Jacques Audiard »
- Joshua Brunsting
Turkish born, French-raised writer/director Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s “Mustang,” named after the wild horse, is a confident debut focused on female oppression and liberation. The story is Turkish and set in Turkey, yet it carries out unapologetically feminist motives with universal resonance—no surprise from a filmmaker with the kind of multinational upbringing Ergüven had, in France, Turkey, and the U.S. In Turkey, she is considered an outsider. But her rare perspective has tapped universal responses around the world. The French Academy controversially selected the French-financed award-winner to contend for the Oscar over a strong roster of festival hits including Jacques Audiard’s Palme d’Or-winning "Dheepan" and Xavier Giannoli's "Marguerite." Yet, an assured female point of view is always a welcome addition to the Oscar race. "Mustang" is playing well for Academy members and is considered a Best Foreign film »
- Tomris Laffly
Long-buried truths are exhumed, and a foreign-language Oscar winner gets a clever but workmanlike Hollywood retooling, in “Secret in Their Eyes,” a time-shuffling tale of murder, corruption, paranoia and the many varieties of obses sion. Neatly swapping in post-9/11 counterterrorism for late-’70s Argentinean political upheaval, writer-director Billy Ray’s thriller-procedural plays like a serviceable feat of narrative surgery, though it does boast one masterstroke in the reworking of a key role, played here by Julia Roberts with a piercing restraint that silences any lingering doubt that she was born to be more than just America’s sweetheart. This second major release from Stx Entertainment (after the recent sleeper hit “The Gift”) should parlay its cast names, including Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor, into solid year-end counterprogramming.
- Justin Chang
Now in its 28th year, the AFI European Union Film Showcase will feature more than 50 films representing all 28 European Union member states.
This year’s AFI European Union Film Showcase is supported by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States as the presenting partner through the EU’s Getting to Know Europe grant.
Click here for the full line-ip. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Migration is in the spotlight at the Stockholm Film Festival. A wide range of films dealing with migration, displacement and exile — from the pan-European thriller “One Breath” to the world premiere of “In Pursuit of Better Life,” a story about two Romanian women in Sweden, to the Liberian immigration tale “Out of My Hand” — are unspooling in a special section.
”We have to tackle and to reflect on today’s refugee and migration crisis, and we also have the films telling the stories behind the headlines,” said festival director Git Scheynius.
Olivier Guerpillon, a French-Swedish producer based in Stockholm (2010’s ”Sound of Noise,” 2013’s “Broken Hill Blues”), is competing at Stockholm with his short film on migration, “in/out,” which he directed. He’s also the co-writer of the upcoming Swedish feature “Banjul,” being screened as a work-in-progress at Stockholm.
Guerpillon sees a historical shift in films tackling the subject of migration, »
- Jon Asp
Claudia Cardinale launched an appeal for tourists to return to Egyptian destinations in the wake of the recent Russian plane crash as the iconic Italian actress, unafraid of travelling to Egypt, received a lifetime achievement prize from the Cairo Film Festival which kicked off its 37th edition with Jonathan Demme’s Maryl Streep-starrer “Ricky and the Flash” sans talent in tow.
“Egypt is a peaceful country and it will rise again,” the Tunisian-born star, best known for her roles in Luchino Visconti’s “The Leopard” and Federico Fellini’s “8 1\2,” said from the stage of the Cairo Opera House on Wednesday evening, prior to the fest’s official opening ceremony, Italian news agency Ansa reported.
”Art and creativity can beat the culture of hate and death espoused by terrorism,” Cardinale added. “I hope tourists come back soon.”
The Metrojet Airbus A321 crash, which on Oct. 31 killed 224 people on board – and is »
- Nick Vivarelli
Read More: Christopher Nolan, Steven Spielberg and 14 More A-List Directors Share Filmmaking Stories with Sam Mendes French streaming website La Cinetek has just dropped a huge cinephile treat for its users in the form of 26 curated lists by some of the most internationally acclaimed directors working today. Each filmmaker has offered up his or her 50 favorite films of all time, and although you need to have a subscription in order to view the films, American audiences can still take a look at each list in full to see what films have caught the eye of each director. Directors taking part on the streaming website include Arnaud Desplechin, Ira Sachs, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Agnes Varda, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Costa-Gavras, Michel Hazanavicius, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Lynne Ramsay, Jacques Audiard and Bong Joon-ho. Take a look at some of the highlights for two of our favorite directors below, and check out each list in »
- Zack Sharf
We've seen streaming services spend money hand over fist to acquire content, but few take a curator's approach to the titles in their catalog. You'll often find Adam Sandler comedies sitting alongside foreign films with little rhyme or reason. For viewers of more discerning taste, the folks at France's La Cinetek have taken a bold approach. Read More: The 20 Best Films Of 2014 Télérama reports that the streaming service asked distinguished filmmakers to provide their own lists of the Top 50 films made before 2000 (in no particular order), and La Cinetek is sourcing the movies for their platform from those choices. Smart As you'll see among the selected lists from James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Lynne Ramsay, Jacques Audiard and Bong Joon-ho below, it's wide ranging but definitely cinephile friendly. There are lots of shorts, foreign films and the classics you'd expect, but also John McTiernan's "Predator" and Clint Eastwood's "Honkytonk. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Directed by Jacques Audiard
Philadelphia Film Festival
Dheepan (Jesuthasan Antonythasan) is a Tamil fighter. He flees war-torn Sri Lanka with Yalini (Kalieaswari Srinivasan) and Illayaal (Claudine Vinasithamby), posing as his wife and daughter. The makeshift family arrives in France and Dheepan finds work as a caretaker for an apartment building that is also a drug front.
Jacques Audiard’s follow-up to Rust and Bone took home the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Dheepan thrives on silence. A nearly wordless opening showing the eponymous character’s tragic departure, the desperate meeting of Dheepan, Yalini, and Illayaal, and the voyage west is particularly effective. Audiard jumps smoothly through time and forces the audience to catch up with only the barest context, producing a beautifully mysterious prologue.
The director gets phenomenal performances from the three leads, who are all essentially non-actors (Antonythasan has one other credit »
- Neal Dhand
Though there are many issues regarding the problematic process in deciding the roster of nominees for the annual onslaught known as the Academy Awards, the selecting of the nominations for Best Foreign Language film remains an easy target to critique. With specific guidelines regarding theatrical release to qualify and only one sole entry allowed for each ‘competing’ country, by the time a list of titles is announced for Academy voters, who’s to say every voter gets a chance to sample even half the selections? This year, 81 countries provided submissions (which is actually a lower number from the past two years, with 2014 holding the record of 83 entries), and much like other categories, titles arriving with a higher degree of critical buzz are likely to reach a broader range of voters.
This year’s offering includes an exciting range of titles, and at least twenty of these are worthy of the »
- Nicholas Bell
Dijon, France– The National Film Board, Cnc, presented a long-gestated subsidy fund for international sales agents at the 25th annual confab hosted by Arp, the guild regrouping auteurs, directors and producers on Friday. The fund, which is expected to reach an estimated 15 million Euros per year, has yet to be greenlit by the European Commission.
Addressing a jam-packed audience of high-profile lawmakers, institution execs and other industry figures, Daniela Elstner, president of Paris-based Doc & Film Intl. and Adef (association of French export companies), unveiled a White Paper put together by Adef and explained the key role that sales agents play today in economic and cultural terms.
This year at Cannes, French sales outfits repped half of the movies playing in official selection and won six prizes, including the Palme d’Or with Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan” from Wild Bunch. Moreover, ticket sales for French films abroad reached 114.5 million admissions in »
- Elsa Keslassy
AFI Fest will take place November 5 – 12, 2015, in the heart of Hollywood. Screenings, Galas and events will be held at the historic Tcl Chinese Theatre, the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres, Dolby Theatre, the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, the El Capitan Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt.
World Cinema showcases the most acclaimed international films of the year; Breakthrough highlights true discoveries of the programming process; Midnight selections will grip audiences with terror; and Cinema’s Legacy highlights classic movies and films about cinema. World Cinema and Breakthrough selections are among the films eligible for Audience Awards. Shorts selections are eligible for the Grand Jury Prize, which qualifies the winner for Academy Award®consideration. This year’s Shorts jury features filmmaker Janicza Bravo, »
- Melissa Thompson
Festival top brass have unveiled the entire slate after they announced on Wednesday the World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight, Shorts and Cinema’s Legacy programmes set to screen from November 5-12.
World Cinema and Breakthrough selections are eligible for audience awards. Shorts selections are eligible for the grand jury prize that qualifies the winner for Academy Award consideration.
The 29 World Cinema selections include Pablo Trapero’s The Clan (pictured), László Nemes’ Son Of Saul, Marco Bellocchi’s Blood Of My Blood, Pablo Larraín’s The Club, Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan, Naomi Kawase’s Sweet Bean, Michel Franco’s Chronic, Radu Jude’s Romanian Western Aferim!, Ciro Guerra’s Embrace Of The Serpent, Ida Panahandeh’s Nahid, Gabriel Mascaro’s Neon Bull and Rams by Grímur Hákonarson.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The American Film Institute has completed its AFI Fest lineup: 127 films from 45 countries will screen from Nov. 5 to 12.
The festival includes 38 films directed/co-directed by women, 17 documentaries and 10 official foreign-language Oscar contenders, including Argentina’s entry “The Clan,” Hungary’s “Son of Saul” and Romania’s “Aferim!” along with Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan.” The screenings and events will take place at the Tcl Chinese Theatre, Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres, Dolby Theatre, Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, El Capitan Theatre and Hollywood Roosevelt.
AFI has already announced a trio of world premieres: the opening night film, Angelina Pitt Jolie’s “By the Sea,” on Nov. 5; the Will Smith drama “Concussion” on Nov. 10; and the closing night film, Adam McKay’s “The Big Short” on Nov. 12. It’s also scheduled galas for Michael Moore’s documentary “Where to Invade Next” on Nov. 7 and the Chilean miners drama “The 33” on Nov. »
- Dave McNary
The 2015 AFI Fest announced its full lineup on Wednesday, with 74 feature films and 53 shorts screening during the eight-day festival in Hollywood November 5-12. In addition to previously announced gala screenings of Angelina Jolie‘s “By the Sea,” Michael Moore‘s “Where To Invade Next,” Patricia Riggen’s “The 33,” Peter Landesman‘s “Concussion” and Adam McKay‘s “The Big Short,” the festival will feature a number of Oscar entries in the Best Foreign Language Film category, as well as Jacques Audiard‘s Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan,” Michel Franco’s “Chronic” with Tim Roth and Nicolas Hytner’s “The Lady in the Van, »
- Steve Pond
London — “Women in Film” wasn’t the official theme of last night’s London Film Festival awards dinner, but it may as well have been. Before any trophies were even presented at event, staged for the fourth year running at Whitehall’s grand Banqueting House, outgoing British Film Institute chairman Greg Dyke made a point of celebrating the contributions of female filmmakers to this year’s fest. It had, after all, opened with Sarah Gavron’s feminist historical drama “Suffragette” (and a surprise red-carpet demonstration by feminist action group Sisters Uncut).
Festival director Clare Stewart extended Dyke’s point, numbering the female directors nominated for awards that evening. By the end of the evening, four of them had triumphed in three of the night’s competitive categories — with a BFI Fellowship presentation to Cate Blanchett bringing the night to a rousing finish.
Australian docmaker Jennifer Peedom won the Grierson Award for best documentary, »
- Guy Lodge
Chicago – As the 2015 edition of the 51st Chicago International Film Festival kicks into gear, the first week highlights include many award winning and international film offerings. All screenings are taking place at the AMC River North 21, 322 Illinois Street, Chicago, and the festival runs through October 29th.
HollywoodChicago.com contributors Brendan Hodges and Patrick McDonald have been sampling the festival offerings, and provides this preview to cover the first six days of the event. Over 50 countries are represented, and many of the films from the U.S. will be Oscar contenders. Each capsule is designated with Bh (Brendan) or Pm (Patrick), to indicate the author.
Photo credit: Chicago International Film Festival
A startling story of social displacement and the inevitability of violence, Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan” won the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. “Dheepan” tells a story about a three Sri Lankan »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The 51st Chicago International Film Festival opens tonight with Nanni Moretti's Mia Madre and presents 144 features and 54 short films through October 29. We've rounded up entries on several of the highlights, including Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Cemetery of Splendour, Jacques Audiard's Dheepan, John Crowley's Brooklyn, Arnaud Desplechin's My Golden Days, Philippe Garrel's In the Shadow of Women, Aleksey German's Under Electric Clouds, Peter Greenaway's Eisenstein in Guanajuato, Ciro Guerra's Embrace of the Serpent, Andrew Haigh's 45 Years, Todd Haynes's Carol, Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin, Jia Zhangke's Mountains May Depart, Kent Jones's Hitchcock/Truffaut, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's Anomalisa, Pablo Larraín's The Club, Gabriel Mascaro's Neon Bull, Tom McCarthy's Spotlight, Josh Mond's James White, László Nemes's Son of Saul, Corneliu Porumboiu's The Treasure, Paolo Sorrentino's Youth and »
The Dubai Film Festival has lined up Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan” (pictured) by Jacques Audiard; Paolo Sorrentino’s “Youth”; Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s “The Assassin”; and John Crowley’s “Brooklyn,” among a dozen recent standout titles that will be launching into the Middle East from its Cinema of the World section in December.
The first batch of pics announced by the Dubai section dedicated to the creme of the global cinema crop also comprises Matthew Brown’s “The Man Who Knew Infinity” bio-pic about a self-taught mathematical genius from India; Columbian helmer Ciro Guerra’s adventure epic “Embrace of the Serpent”; Deepa Mehta’s gang war saga ‘Beeba Boys’; and Thai auteur Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s new hypnotic pic “Cemetery of Splendour,” about a rural hospital volunteer who bonds with an infected soldier as he investigates an enigmatic sleeping sickness epidemic.
The selection by section topper Nashen Moodley aims »
- Nick Vivarelli
Chicago – One of the most exciting times of the Fall Season for Chicago film buffs is the Chicago International Film Festival. In 2015, the 51st edition takes place beginning this Thursday, October 15th through October 29th. With over 130 films, which ten are the contributors of HollywoodChicago.com anticipating? Read on…
The 51st International Chicago Film Festival offers films in many categories, with a Main Competition for feature films, a New Directors Competition, and awards for Documentary, short films, Lbgtq films (Q Hugo Award) and local filmmakers. The festival also offers a variety of short film presentations, Black Perspectives, Out-look (associated with the Q Hugo), U.S. Indies, World Cinema and the ever-popular After Dark series of films. Click here for a full schedule of events and ticket information.
HollywoodChicago.com welcomes a new contributor this year, who will be providing coverage and previews through the fest. Brendan Hodges will be that contributor, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
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