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Alfonso Cuarón Is the Best Director of the 21st Century, According to Metacritic — See the Top 25

22 July 2017 10:14 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Using the proprietary powers of the Metascore, everyone’s favorite review aggregator (sorry, Rotten Tomatoes) has ranked the 25 best directors of the 21st century. The results were found by averaging the reviews of filmmakers who have released at least four movies since January 1, 2000, and thus represent more of a number crunch than a subjective list.

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As the two lowest-ranked auteurs are tied with an average Metascore of 78.4, essentially anyone who’s released at least one movie that received middling reviews didn’t make the cut — meaning that everyone from Quentin Tarantino and Terrence Malick to Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson won’t be found here.

Topping the list is Alfonso Cuarón, whose average score of 87.5 comes from four highly acclaimed movies: “Gravity” (96), “Y Tu Mamá También” (88), “Children of Men” (84), and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban »

- Michael Nordine

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Artificial Eye co-founder Pamela Engel dies aged 82

17 July 2017 9:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Engel also co-founded UK distributor New Wave Films.

Art-house “trailblazer” Pamela Engel, known for co-founding distributor Artificial Eye and programming London cinemas including the Lumiere, Chelsea Cinema, Camden Plaza and the Renoir, has died aged 82.

A huge figure in the UK’s independent film business, Engel’s death has sparked messages of praise across the distribution and exhibition sectors.

Born Pamela Balfry in 1934, the UK executive started out in the late 1950s as a secretary for then Sight and Sound editor Penelope Houston.

She would go on to work as an assistant to Richard Roud at the London and New York Film Festivals before joining Derek Hill’s art-house venue Essential Cinema in the late 1960s.

Odyssey

Balfry and first husband Andi Engel established distributor Artificial Eye in 1976, thus “beginning an odyssey of distribution and exhibition unlikely ever to be surpassed,” in the words of former London Film Festival director Sheila Whitaker.

Despite separating »

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

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Arik Reviews Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan [Criterion Collection Blu-ray review]

23 June 2017 12:27 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

My grandparents were refugees. My grandfather died when I was very young, but my grandmother was around until only a few years ago. Growing up I asked her many questions about what life was like before, and what she experienced when she came to this country. In this film I saw things that reminded me of some of the things she said. Of course, her life was real, not the over-the-top action-thriller this turns into, but underneath I think the film grapples with many of the same issues that real refugees face.

The film tells a story from the end of the twenty-six year long Sri Lankan Civil War. An ex-resistence soldier, a young woman, and an orphan are paired together because they match the identities of a dead family who can get out. The three principles have never met before, and are suddenly forced to pretend to the world that they are a family unit. They end up in a housing project in France, one that’s completely controlled by a gang of drug dealers. Initially they attempt to quietly make the best of things, but quickly it all falls apart.

My grandparents story was very different from the characters in this film. They weren’t pretending to be in a fake family with assumed identities to start with. Still, some of the themes resonated strongly with what I heard about their experiences. On the surface this is a sad film, and then a surprisingly gritty film, and then a thoughtful film. All of those pieces are reflected in memories from childhood stories, as well as in some of the lingering effects of those experiences.

The biggest issue the film raised for me was that of developing and maintaining identity, during unfathomable circumstance. I’m a big fan of films that use extreme genre-like storytelling mechanics to make otherwise potentially preachy points. That’s why the criticism I’ve seen of this film, that the final act is unrealistically extreme, is missing the point. Audiard is using the trappings of genre films in order to tell a much more sophisticated story. Without them this is a sermon, with them we have something that sticks. The film forces us to decide how we feel.

How do we maintain ourselves when our entire world changes? Is that even the goal? Is it better to assimilate as quickly as possible, or can we find a balance between new and old? All of that is examined in this film, and often in subtle and brilliant ways. It’s in glances, or a few lines of dialogue, or a recited poem. It’s in the way that the characters react to their ever-changing circumstance by simply finding a path through.

The flip-side is that perhaps people who are less familiar with the message will miss the subtler points. Instead they’ll find another superhero film. I think that’s ok. This is where the genre style really helps the film. Those people, the ones who miss the point, can still really enjoy this. If their enjoyment causes them to re-watch it, or even just to keep thinking about it after it’s over, than that’s a win. The power of the subtleness is that it can seep in through the cracks, until a fundamental truth has been absorbed by the viewer.

Our future is one of more and more unexpected mass movements of people. Given that truth, anything that helps society process the effects will be hugely valuable. France is one of the countries that has been most affected in recent decades by immigration and refugee migration. It’s therefore much less of a surprise that this film originated there. This is what European society is currently experiencing, and it’s coming to the USA quickly. I would expect that we’re going to see far more films dealing with these issues, and for that reason alone this definitely has a place in the collection.

The disc isn’t overloaded with special features, but there are new interviews with the director Jacques Audiard, and star/real life Tamil ex-child soldier Antonythasan Jesuthasan. There are also some deleted scenes to check out. The transfer looks perfect, which is hardly surprising given that it won at Cannes in 2015. All in all I think this is an extremely worthy experience. This was my first exposure to the films of Audiard, but it definitely won’t be my last. »

- Arik Devens

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo reteaming with Nightcrawler’s Dan Gilroy

22 June 2017 4:32 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Deadline is reporting that writer-director Dan Gilroy is set to reteam with his Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhall and Rene Russo for a new project set in the art world.

According to the site, the project is being shopped to interested parties, with multiple buyers said to be interested. A deal is expected to be closed soon.

Gilroy, a screenwriter on the likes of Real Steel and The Bourne Legacy, made his directorial debut with 2014’s Nightcrawler. He is following that up with a legal drama entitled Inner City, which stars Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo and Nazneen Contractor.

Gyllenhaal is currently shooting Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers, and will soon move on to the David Gordon Green-directed Stronger. Russo meanwhile recently completed filming on Villa Capri, which is directed by Ron Shelton. »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Nightcrawler’ Director Dan Gilroy Reteaming With Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo for New Film

20 June 2017 1:46 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Director Dan Gilroy has a new script making the rounds in Hollywood that has two of the leads of his 2014 film “Nightcrawler,” Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo, attached to star, Deadline reports. Gilroy’s directorial debut about a con man (Gyllenhaal) navigating the world of Los Angeles crime journalism attracted an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay.

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Few details about the new project are known, aside from the fact that it is set in the art world. Gilroy’s second film as a director, 2018’s “Inner City,” stars Denzel Washington as Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action, according to IMDb. The film co-stars Colin Farrell and Carmen Ejogo.

In addition to writing and directing “Nightcrawler, »

- Graham Winfrey

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European Arthouse Movie Channel, Streaming Service Expands to Belgium, Netherlands

19 June 2017 4:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Arthouse and festival film fans in Belgium and the Netherlands will get a new service this week with the launch of the Film Europe Channel.

The linear channel and streaming service will launch Tuesday on Canal Digitaal in the Netherlands and TV Vlaanderen in Belgium, both pay-tv platforms owned by the M7 Group.

Film Europe Channel was established in Eastern Europe in 2009 and is programmed with festival and arthouse films from around Europe.

Titles on the channel include Paolo Sorrentino’s Oscar winner “The Great Beauty,” Abdellatif Kechiche’s 2013 Palme d’Or winner “Blue Is the Warmest Colour,” and 2015 winner “Dheepan” from France’s Jacques Audiard.

Film Europe also runs movie events, including Kino Film Europe in Bratislava and Crème de la Crème and the Be2Can in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, which show films from the major European festivals.

The company, which also handles theatrical distribution in central Europe, »

- Stewart Clarke

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Arthouse Movie Channel Launching in Belgium, Netherlands

19 June 2017 4:28 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Art house and festival film fans will in Belgium and the Netherlands will get a new service this week with the launch of the Film Europe Channel.

The linear channel and streaming service will launch on June 20 on Canal Digitaal in the Netherlands and TV Vlaanderen in Belgium, both pay TV platforms owned by the M7 Group.

Film Europe Channel was established in eastern Europe and is programmed with festival and art house films from Europe.

Titles on the channel include Paolo Sorrentino’s Best Foreign Language Oscar winner “The Great Beauty,” Abdellatif Kechiche’s 2013 Palme d’Or winner “Blue Is the Warmest Colour,” and 2015 winner “Dheepan,” from France’s Jacques Audiard.

Film Europe also runs movie events in Europe including Kino Film Europe in Bratislava and Crème de la Crème and the Be2Can in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, which show films form the major European festivals.

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- Stewart Clarke

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Denis Villeneuve, Sofia Coppola and More Filmmakers Pick the Best Films of the 21st Century

9 June 2017 6:38 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Picking the best movies of any century is hard, but it’s especially challenging when dealing with a century of cinema as boundary-pushing as the 21st. IndieWire critics Eric Kohn and David Ehrlich made their own top 10 picks last summer, with Leos Carax’s “Holy Motors” and Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation” taking the top spots, and now some of the best filmmakers in the business have weighed in with their own choices in a new survey from The New York Times.

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The newspaper reached out to the likes of Coppola, Denis Villeneuve, Antoine Fuqua, Alex Gibney and more to pick their brains on what is the best cinema has been over the last 17 years, and their answers are as expected (of course “No Country for Old Men” and “There Will Be Blood” have a »

- Zack Sharf

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Criterion Collection: Dheepan | Blu-ray Review

6 June 2017 10:05 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Almost exactly two years after he won the Palme d’Or for Dheepan at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Jacques Audiard finagles his way into Criterion’s corridors for the first time with his celebrated seventh feature.

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- Nicholas Bell

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Cannes 2017: the seven major talking points

30 May 2017 8:07 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

From Netflix to China, Screen runs down the key talking points from this year’s festival and market.

Netflix, natch

Netflix was possibly the best drama to play at Cannes this year.

Streaming giants continue to shake up the film and TV ecosystem, and this year it was Netflix’s turn to dominate the Croisette and column inches. But while Amazon was last year’s festival darling, the Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories backer had a bumpier ride on the Riviera.

After the festival rule change and unfortunate tech glitches, a number of high-profile creatives came out in support of the online titan but jury head Pedro Almodovar put a flag in the sand early on and his colleagues didn’t reward either of the company’s Competition entries.

Will Netflix’s Cannes experience have dented or enhanced its movie ambitions and will it look to deliver more ‘cinematic’ works going forward? News that the »

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

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Cannes 2017: seven major talking points

30 May 2017 8:07 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

From Netflix to China, Screen runs down the key talking points from this year’s festival and market.

Netflix, natch

Netflix was possibly the best drama to play at Cannes this year.

Streaming giants continues to shake up the film and TV ecosystem, and this year it was Netflix’s turn to dominate the Croisette and column inches. But while Amazon was last year’s festival darling, the Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories backer had a bumpier ride on the Riviera.

After the festival rule change and unfortunate tech glitches, a number of high-profile creatives came out in support of the online titan but jury head Pedro Almodovar put a flag in the sand early on and his colleagues didn’t reward either of the company’s Competition entries.

Will Netflix’s Cannes experience have dented or enhanced its movie ambitions and will it look to deliver more ‘cinematic’ works going forward? News that the »

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

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Blu-ray Review: Dheepan is Given the Royal Treatment by Criterion

26 May 2017 2:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

This week The Criterion Collection released Jacques Audiard's Palme d'Or winning drama, Dheepan, and it's a film everyone needs to see. Dheepan, a Sri Lankan refugee and former Tamil Tiger, is on the run for his lafe after the Sinhalese government in his homeland attempts to wipe out the rebel forces following the end of the Sri Lankan civil war in 2009. In order to find a home away from the violence, he takes a Sri Lankan woman and orphan child and cobbles together a makeshift family for appearances sake. The trio end up in France, where they soon discover that even though they've left the battlefield at home, they've landed in a new warzone. The film tells the story of one immigrant family's experience...

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Security and Netflix row dominate Cannes 2017

23 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The festival was forced to react to anger over the inclusion of Netflix titles, then the Manchester terror attack.

Monday’s night’s devastating attack in Manchester cast a pall over the final throes of a sluggish Cannes market and a festival selection that has lacked exuberance heading into its final stretch.

Flags flew at half-mast on Tuesday and there was a minute’s silence out of respect to the victims of the atrocity.

Swift messages of condolences came from the festival and the local mayor while Pixar cancelled a Cars 3 media event.

Security was never far from the agenda in Cannes. Heavily armed police were a constant presence and Cannes’ heightened state of alert kicked into action on Saturday when an ultimately harmless suspect package resulted in an evacuation of the Debussy during a press screening of Michel Hazanavicius’ Redoubtable.

The sudden death, aged 57, of Busan deputy director Kim Ji-seok at the start of the »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Annapurna swoops on Jacques Audiard's 'The Sisters Brothers'

19 May 2017 12:11 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna will co-produce, co-finance and has Us rights.

Annapurna has come on board to co-produce and co-finance Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers.

The company has also taken domestic distribution rights for the film.

Why Not Productions will co-produce and co-finance the film alongside Annapurna with Page 114 also on board as producers.

CAA negotiated the deal on behalf of Why Not and Audiard. Chris Corabi negotiated the deal on behalf of Annapurna.

John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Riz Ahmed are set to star in the noir Western, written by Audiard and Thomas Bidegain, with production scheduled to begin this summer.

The Sisters Brothers, based on Patrick deWitt’s acclaimed novel of the same name, follows two brothers — Eli and Charlie Sisters — who are hired to kill a prospector who has stolen from their boss.

The story, a genre-hybrid with comedic elements, takes place in Oregon in 1851. The film is Audiard’s follow-up »

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

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Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal Frontier Thriller ‘The Sisters Brothers’ Lands at Annapurna

19 May 2017 11:49 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Annapurna will co-produce and co-finance Jacques Audiard’s “The Sister Brothers,” it was announced today. John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Riz Ahmed are attached to star in the thriller.

The company also holds the domestic distribution rights for the film. Why Not Productions will co-produce and co-finance the film alongside Annapurna with Page 114 also on board as producers.

The noir Western, written by Audiard and Thomas Bidegain, is scheduled to shoot this summer. Read More See Megan Ellison's latest Power Move. PowerRank: 22 “The Sister Brothers” based on Patrick deWitt’s »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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Jacques Audiard’s ‘The Sisters Brothers’ To Annapurna With Strong Group Of Acting Talent

19 May 2017 11:15 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Annapurna will co-produce and co-finance award-winning filmmaker Jacques Audiard's The Sisters Brothers with Why Not Productions, and Megan Ellison’s indie also has domestic distribution rights for the film. Page 114 also is on board as a producer. The film is Audiard's follow-up to his Palme d'Or-winning Dheepan, which premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. It also will be his first shot completely in English. John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal, and… »

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Annapurna Nabs Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal Western ‘Sister’s Brothers’

19 May 2017 11:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annapurna is boarding Jacques Audiard’s “The Sister’s Brothers,” a noir-ish western with Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal.

The indie label will produce and co-finance the film with Why Not Productions. Production begins this summer.

John C. Reilly and Riz Ahmed co-star in the film. It’s an adaptation of Patrick deWitt’s novel of the same name and follows two brothers in 1850s Oregon who are hired to kill a prospector. The deal was announced at the Cannes Film Festival. Audiard was at the gathering in 2015 where he captured the Palme d’Or, the festival’s highest honor for “Dheepan.” “The Sister’s Brothers” is his first project shot in English.

Reilly originally optioned the novel and will produce alongside Michael De Luca, Rosa Attrab, and Alison Dickey. Annapurna’s Megan Ellison will serve as an executive producer for the project. The international rights are being handled by Imr International. »

- Brent Lang

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Film Acquisition Rundown: The Orchard Buys ‘Kings,’ Lionsgate Acquires ‘Dragged Across Concrete,’ and More

19 May 2017 10:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– The Orchard has acquired the rights to “Kings,” the drama starring Halle Berry and Daniel Craig and directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Deadline reports. The film focuses on a foster family in South Central a few weeks before the city erupts in violence following the verdict of the Rodney King trial in 1992.

Ergüven previously directed “Mustang,” which received an Oscar nomination in 2015 for Best Foreign Language Film. Charles Gilbert and Vincent Maraval served as the producers on “Kings.”

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: IFC Films Picks up ‘Sweet Virginia,’ Oscilloscope Buys ‘Song of Granite’ and More

Lionsgate has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the crime-thriller “Dragged Across Concrete” The film will be released by the »

- Graham Winfrey

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Wild Bunch reveals 'Prayer Before Dawn' director's next project

18 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire set to direct Addicted To Violence.

Wild Bunch is unleashing sales on French director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s Addicted To Violence, an English-language project about a young photojournalist who develops a deadly obsession with hardcore situations during an assignment in Central America.

It will be Sauvaire’s third narrative feature after 2008 debut Johnny Mad Dog, which premiered in Un Certain Regard, and kick-boxing thriller A Prayer Before Dawn [pictured], which bows in Midnight Screenings tonight (May 19) after going down a storm in early Cannes screenings.

“He is the hot new director to sign,” commented Wild Bunch head of sales Vincent Maraval.

Wild Bunch is producing and handling world sales in all territories apart from North America, where the project is represented by CAA, which is also financing and casting the film. No actors have been confirmed yet. 

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Wild Bunch is also kicking off sales on Lorenzo Mattotti’s The Bears’ Famous Invasion Of Sicily »

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Wild Bunch launches 'Prayer Before Dawn' director's next project

18 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire set to direct Addicted To Violence.

Wild Bunch is unleashing sales on French director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s Addicted To Violence, an English-language project about a young photojournalist who develops a deadly obsession with hardcore situations during an assignment in Central America.

It will be Sauvaire’s third narrative feature after 2008 debut Johnny Mad Dog, which premiered in Un Certain Regard, and kick-boxing thriller A Prayer Before Dawn [pictured], which bows in Midnight Screenings tonight (May 19) after going down a storm in early Cannes screenings.

“He is the hot new director to sign,” commented Wild Bunch head of sales Vincent Maraval.

Wild Bunch is producing and handling world sales in all territories apart from North America, where the project is represented by CAA, which is also financing and casting the film. No actors have been confirmed yet. 

Further titles

Wild Bunch is also kicking off sales on Lorenzo Mattotti’s The Bears’ Famous Invasion Of Sicily »

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