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Daily | Goings On | Visconti, Varda, Suzuki

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A new 4K restoration of Luchino Visconti’s Rocco and His Brothers opens today. More goings on include a Robert Zemeckis retrospective in New York, Agnès Varda in Chicago, Seijun Suzuki in Austin, Pier Paolo Pasolini in Bologna, and the guest list for the 2015 edition of Festival Lumière includes Martin Scorsese, Nicolas Winding Refn, John Lasseter, Géraldine Chaplin, Sophia Loren, Alexandre Desplat, Mads Mikkelsen, Jacques Audiard, Costa-Gavras, Salma Hayek, Alice Rohrwacher, Michel Hazanavicius, Vincent Lindon, Dario Argento, Pablo Trapero, Rolf de Heer, Michel Franco and on and on. » - David Hudson »

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Daily | Nyff 2015 | Thomas Bidegain’s Les Cowboys

30 September 2015 12:01 PM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

When Les Cowboys premiered in Cannes in the independent Directors' Fortnight section, the trades were, on the whole, upbeat. The Hollywood Reporter's Boyd van Hoeij called it a "promising feature debut of celebrated French screenwriter Thomas Bidegain." Lisa Nesselson took it up a notch in Screen, calling it "an exciting debut in every sense of the word." For Variety's Peter Debruge, Bidegain, "the muscle behind Jacques Audiard’s scripts," had made "a pared-down, elliptical art film that’s tough to watch, yet continues to haunt in the weeks that follow." But going by the latest reviews, it looks like the going will be tougher in New York. » - David Hudson »

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The Breakouts: 8 Up-and-Coming Actors and Directors to Watch For at the New York Film Festival

25 September 2015 11:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: 13 Events You Won't Want to Miss At This Year's New York Film Festival Thomas Bidegain (Director, "Les Cowboys") Why You May Know Him: Best known for writing screenplays for Jacques Audiard — from "A Prophet" to Palme d'Or winner "Dheepan" — Bidegain has also written on features like "Where Do We Go Now?" and "Saint Laurent," along with possessing an impressive background in screenplays for assorted shorts. "Les Cowboys" is his first crack at directing and, oddly enough, it comes from a script he didn't pen himself. What He's Bringing to Nyff: Already nominated for the Camera D'or at Cannes, Bidegain's directorial debut "Les Cowboys" follows a father who sets out to find his wayward daughter with the help of his own son. Billed as a modern spin on "The Searchers," the film is rooted in contemporary concerns told with classic storytelling. What's »

- Kate Erbland

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24 September 2015 8:46 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »


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Martin Scorsese’s 5 Biggest Influences, Paul Verhoeven Reflects on ‘Showgirls,’ and More

23 September 2015 1:44 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

A 20th anniversary screening of Edgar Wright’s little-seen debut A Fistful of Fingers will take place in London in November.

Watch Martin Scorsese discuss his five biggest influences:

Now available on Criterion, Geoffrey O’Brien analyzes Moonrise Kingdom:

The phrase “adventure movie” was food, in childhood, for the most pleasurable kind of anticipation. The excitement wasn’t ever about the particular exploits that were ostensibly to be celebrated. The promise was of dreamlike freedom of movement through a world at once concrete and mysterious, and shaped for unsupervised play. Moonrise Kingdom (2012) is an adventure movie in the true sense. It breathes an air of freedom and »

- TFS Staff

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Watch: Five Sisters Fight Back in Evocative Trailer for French Oscar Bid 'Mustang'

23 September 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: For Your Consideration: How the Foreign Language Oscar Race is Shaping Up A new trailer has just been released for the highly anticipated coming-of-age tale "Mustang," which was announced yesterday as France's Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film. Despite being primarily in Turkish, "Mustang" beat out other French contenders, including Jacques Audiard's Palme D'Or winner "Dheepan" and Stéphane Brizé's "The Measure of a Man."  The almost wordless trailer paints a stirring portrait of five free-spirited sisters who are locked in their grandmother's seaside house in Northern Turkey for the summer. Over the course of the emotional trailer, the rebellious girls struggle for freedom in the increasingly conservative society that surrounds them. The trailer promises an intimate and beautiful film that touches on the bond of sisterhood and the pains of growing up under difficult societal »

- Tarek Shoukri

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Hamptons Film Festival Adds ‘Bridge of Spies,’ ‘Room,’ More to 2015 Slate

22 September 2015 9:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” will close the 2015 Hamptons International Film Festival, which also has added movies to its slate that include buzzy titles “Room,” “Anomalisa,” “Brooklyn,” “Suffragette” and  “Experimenter,” among others.

Meanwhile, the festival’s series of public conversations will feature Emily Blunt, already set to be honored at the festival; Michael Moore, whose “Where to Invade Next” is part of the fest’s lineup, and Dan Rather, who is the subject of the festival’s opening night film, “Truth.”

Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies,” which stars Tom Hanks in a Cold War-era spy drama, will screen in the Hamptons Oct. 12, the week after the film’s world premiere as part of the New York Film Festival. The addition of the title was announced along with the films in the festival’s Spotlight series and its World Cinema programs.

The features added to the slate of the 2015 Hamptons »

- Gordon Cox

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Oscars: France submits 'Mustang'

22 September 2015 7:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Debut feature set in Turkey to represent France. 

France has selected Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang as its entry to the Best Foreign-Language Film Category at the 88thAcademy Awards.

The debut feature, which premiered at Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight this year, revolves around five sisters growing up in a remote Turkish village. 

The film - sold internationally by Paris-based Kinology - was picked up by Cohen Media Group for the Us and the UK’s Curzon Artificial Eye following its Cannes premiere.

It was announced on Monday that Mustang was also in the running for the European Film Awards’ European Discovery prize aimed at first-time films.

Other films on the shortlist included Catherine Corsini’s Summertime (La Belle Saison), Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan, Stéphane Brizé’s The Measure of a Man (La Loi du Marché) and Xavier Giannoli’s Marguerite.

Mustang’s selection was greeted with surprise by many in the French film industry who were expecting »

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Oscars: France to submit 'Mustang'

22 September 2015 7:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Debut feature set in Turkey to represent France. 

France has selected Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang as its entry to the Best Foreign-Language Film Category at the 88thAcademy Awards.

The debut feature, which premiered at Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight this year, revolves around five sisters growing up in a remote Turkish village. 

Other films on the shortlist included Catherine Corsini’s Summertime (La Belle Saison), Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan, Stéphane Brizé’s The Measure of a Man (La Loi du Marché) and Xavier Giannoli’s Marguerite.

Selection Process

France’s National Cinema Centre (Cnc) and its president Frédérique Bredin oversaw the work of the selection committee

This year the committee comprised actress Nathalie Baye, Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux, Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius; actress and director Mélanie Laurent, Unifrance president Jean-Paul Salomé, Alain Terzian, president of France’s Oscar equivalent the Césars, and Serge Toubiana, president of the Cinématheque Francaise as well as head of the Cnc’s advance »

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France Submits ‘Mustang’ For Foreign-Language Oscar Race

22 September 2015 7:16 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– France has chosen Deniz Gamze Erguven’s critically-aclaimed debut “Mustang” to vie for a foreign-language Oscar nomination.

The socially-engaged movie portrays the youth of five sisters who are raised in a conservative household in Turkey. Winner of Directors’ Fortnight’s Europa Cinemas nod, “Mustang” highlights the conditions of women in contemporary Turkey.

The movie, which is led-produced by Charles Gilibert’s CG Cinema, was chosen by a selection committee comprising Cannes’ artistic director Thierry Fremaux, Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”), film body UniFrance’s president Jean-Paul Salome, French Academy president Alain Terzian, Cinematheque Francaise director Serge Toubiana and thesps Nathalie Baye (“Laurence Anyways”) and Melanie Laurent (“By the Sea”).

Repped by Paris-based Kinology, the movie was acquired by Cohen Media Group for the U.S. after its applauded Directors’ Fortnight premiere.

“Mustang” beat out Jacques Audiard’s Palme d’Or winning “Dheepan,” Stephane Brize’s “The Measure of »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Bille August To Head Cairo Film Festival Jury, Omar Sharif To Be Honored

22 September 2015 6:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oscar-winning Danish Director Bille August (“Pelle the Conqueror”) will head the main jury of the 37th Cairo Film Festival which will pay tribute to the memory of the late great Omar Sharif and also honor popular Egyptian actor Hussein Fahmy with a lifetime achievement award.

August (pictured) a double Palme d’Or winner, also known for “Smilla’s Sense Of Snow,” “The House of Spirits,” and “Les Miserables,” will bring his latest film, “Silent Heart,” to the Cairo fest which will run November 11-20.

The tribute to Omar Sharif, who died aged 83 in July, will take place November 12 and involve onstage testimonials from several international and Egyptian artists who worked with the first Arab actor to achieve worldwide fame.

Besides classics Sharif starred in, such as “Lawrence of Arabia,” the Cairo fest will also screen lesser known gems such as a restored version of French director Jacques Baratier’s 1958 romancer “Goha, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Mannheim to honour Olivier Assayas

22 September 2015 4:24 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Clouds of Sils Maria director to receive Master of Cinema Award.

French director Olivier Assayas is to receive the Master of Cinema Award at this year’s Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival (Oct 9-24) following previous recipients such as Wim Wenders, Atom Egoyan and Zhang Yimou,

Festival director Michael Kötz said: “Assayas’ directorial work has an intelligent depth to it which make his films more captivating with every viewing. He has a unique and distinctive style that is all his own.”

Assayas has directed films including Carlos – Der Schakal, Irma Vep and Clouds of Sils Maria.

The award will be presented to Assayas on Oct 10 before a screening of his 2012 film Après MaiSomething in the Air.

World/international premieres

Kazakh filmmakers Ruslan Magomadov and Serik Abishev’s  Once at an Orphanage will have its world premiere in the festival’s 22-title International Competition for the Grand Newcomer Award Mannheim-Heidelberg.

Iranian director Vahid Qazimirsaeid’s Road to Shahriyar »

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

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France Shortlists Oscar Contenders; Will They Get It Right This Time?

17 September 2015 1:34 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

France has been aplenty repped at the Academy Awards recently with a 2008 Best Actress win for Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose and a nomination last year for Two Days, One Night. The Artist of course took Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director, among others, in 2012. But the country that literally invented cinema hasn’t had a horse in the Foreign Language Oscar race since 2009’s A Prophet, directed by Jacques Audiard. It did not win. The last time France won an… »

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Celluloid Dreams first to score A-list festival hat-trick

14 September 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Paris-based seller handles films that have won Berlin’s Golden Bear, Cannes’ Palme d’Or and Venice’s Golden Lion.

Celluloid Dreams has scored an A-list festival hat-trick following this weekend’s Golden Lion win for Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas’s From Afar about the relationship between a middle-aged gay man and a tough street kid.

It was the third top prize at an A-list festival for a film on the Paris-based Celluloid this year after the Berlin Golden Bear for Jafar Panahi’s Taxi and the Cannes Palme d’Or for Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan, which it co-sold with Wild Bunch.

It is the first time a sales company has achieved the feat - although Germany’s Match Factory came close in 2010, only missing out at Venice.

“It’s very exciting to have achieved the ‘grand slam’ of this year which I think no-one has ever managed to do because it’s so hard to have »

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Adele Exarchopoulos, Matthias Schoenaerts Star in Drama ‘The Faithful’

12 September 2015 5:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Adele Exarchopoulos (“Blue Is the Warmest Color”) will star opposite Matthias Schoenaerts in Michael R. Roskam’s “The Faithful,” a noirish romance thriller set against the backdrop of crime gangs in Brussels.

Wild Bunch has come on board to take international sales while Pathe will handle distribution in France. Pierre-Ange Le Pogam’s Stone Angels is producing with Bart Van Langendonck’s Savage Films, who produced Belgian helmer’s Oscar-nominated “Bullhead.”

Although the plot of the film remains under wraps, the glamorous onscreen couple formed by Exarchopoulos and Schoenaerts and the track-record of Roskam will likely spark buyers’ anticipation for the project, which will start shooting next year.

The Faithful” is penned by Thomas Bidegain (“A Prophet”) and Noe Debre, the screenwriters behind Jacques Audiard’s Palme-d’Or winning “Dheepan.” Debre’s recent credits include “The Cowboys,” which marks Bidegain’s directorial debut and screens in Toronto.

Roskam made his »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Tiff Review: Jacques Audiard's Palme d'Or Winner 'Dheepan'

11 September 2015 10:18 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It's a family plot. At the start of Jacques Audiard's Tamil emigre drama "Dheepan," our title character (Jesuthasan Antonythasan) is thrust together with two strangers, young woman Yalini (Klieaswari Srinivasan) and a nine-year-old orphan she just collected at a Sri Lanka refugee camp (Claudine Vinasithamby) to form a makeshift, instant family unit. They are impersonating another dead trio, and take their passports in order to fly to Paris, where they are eventually settled as the caretakers of a rough gang-infested housing complex. All three are barely recovering from their battle scars and losses, while needing to survive in a foreign country with a language only the young school girl learns quickly. ("Don't all countries burn down schools?" the new parents ask each other after a confounding school entrance interview.)  Audiard, a gracefully instinctive director, uses meticulously researched detail (the rookie actors are natural and believable) to »

- Anne Thompson

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'Les Cowboys' lassoed for Us

11 September 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Cohen Media Group has swooped on Us rights to Les Cowboys ahead of tomorrow’s screening in Toronto’s Discovery strand.

Thomas Bidegain, who wrote the screenplay to Palme d’Or winner Dheepan as well as Jacques Audiard’s Rust And Bone and A Prophet, makes his feature directorial debut.

Les Cowboys premiered at Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight back in May and tells of an Old West enthusiast in modern day France who embarks on a 16-year odyssey to track down his daughter who has run away and converted to Islam.

Cohen Media Group plans a second quarter 2016 release after Svp John Kochman negotiated with Muriel Sauzay of Pathe, which represents international sales at Tiff.

Les Cowboys will screen again at Toronto on Tuesday (Sept 15). »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Dheepan Review [Tiff 2015]

10 September 2015 9:14 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

This is a capsule review. A full review will be posted closer to release.

The winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Jacques Audiard’s earthily sumptuous and deeply felt Dheepan has only gained resonance since premiering back in May. The tale of three refugees posing as a family in order to gain asylum is revealing and sympathetic to both the plight of those affected by Sri Lanka’s civil war, and the occupants of France’s government housing projects. Dheepan’s warmth and empathy are undeniably powerful, but some narrative choices complicate those feelings significantly.

Much of the best storytelling in Dheepan is done visually. The film’s title refers to the adopted name of Antonythasan Jesuthasan’s ex-Tamil Tiger, once he, Yalani (Kalieaswari Srinivasan), and orphaned 9-year-old Illayaal (Claudine Vinasithamby) immigrate to France using stolen passports. Moving into a squalid, crime-ridden apartment complex, »

- Sam Woolf

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Daily | Toronto 2015 Index

6 September 2015 7:05 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Even though this year's Toronto Film Festival won't be opening for a few more days, we already know quite a bit about dozens of the films that'll be screening there. We're indexing collections of reviews on Special Presentations such as Cannes Palme d'Or-winner, Dheepan by Jacques Audiard, Venice premieres such as Cary Fukunaga's Beasts of No Nation, Berlin winners such as Andrew Haigh's 45 Years and Sundance hits like Robert Eggers's The Witch. We've got entries on films from nearly every section and the index will carry on expanding throughout the month. » - David Hudson »

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