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Grand amour for British cinema by Richard Mowe - 2015-07-27 21:00:39

27 July 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Jean Rochefort to head the jury at the 26th Festival of British Cinema in Dinard

The French have always had a love affair with British cinema and they helped to sustain such directors as Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, hailed as auteurs no less, when nobody on these shores was particularly enthusiastic about their output.

Such passion is not always reciprocated yet any differences in temperament tend to melt away during the annual British Film Festival in Dinard, the resort on the Emerald Coast, close to St Malo which was founded by the English as a fashionable Belle Epoque watering hole at the end of the last century.

The festival lives up to its reputation as a convivial place for Anglo-French networking. Among the serious formal talkfests is the annual co-production meeting between British and French industry movers and shakers, followed by a pitching session during which different projects are run past potential production partners. »

- Richard Mowe

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Sarajevo to honour Benicio Del Toro

24 July 2015 8:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award for actor who is attending the festival with new film A Perfect Day.

The Sarajevo Film Festival (August 14-22) will this year present the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award to Oscar-winning actor Benicio Del Toro, who will present his latest film A Perfect Day.

In director Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s drama, which premiered in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight strand, Del Toro plays a veteran field aid worker trying to resolve a crisis in an armed conflict zone.

The film will be screened as part of Sarajevo’s Open Air Program, in front of an audience of up to 3000 guests.

Del Toro will also take part in a masterclass during the festival for the participants of the Talents Sarajevo initiative, a platform for emerging film professionals.

Previous recipients of the prize include Gael Garcia Bernal, Mike Leigh, Bela Tarr and Angelina Jolie Pitt. »

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Criterion Collection: Here is Your Life | Blu-ray Review

14 July 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Criterion brings Jan Troell’s masterful debut feature Here is Your Life into their fold. It’s the Swedish auteur’s second film to join the collection, following his beautiful 2008 film, Everlasting Moments, the title many contemporary audiences may recognize. Though his narrative features are rather few and far between, generally based on expansive novels or real life events (his last work to date is 2012’s The Last Sentence documenting a journalist’s quest to inform the Swedish public on Fascism in the 1930s), his expressive debut would launch his career as a notable European auteur in the 1970s, with his Oscar nominated epic The Emigrants (currently slated to be remade by Daniel Espinosa) leading a pack of titles finding Troell working continually with Max Von Sydow and Liv Ullmann, while crossing over internationally with films starring Gene Hackman and Mia Farrow.

Regarded as a masterpiece in Sweden, Troell based »

- Nicholas Bell

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Not one for the Romantics: why audiences were unimpressed by Mr Turner's sex scene

14 July 2015 9:27 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Film fans may have already been turned off by the complex narrative and length of Mike Leigh’s biopic, but it was Timothy Spall’s buttocks that prompted all the complaints

Age: The painter William Turner is 225. Director Mike Leigh’s film about him is a good deal more recent.

How much more recent? 224 years more recent to be precise.

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Timothy Spall's clenched bottom in Mr Turner tops list of complaints

14 July 2015 1:40 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Scene in which Spall’s (clothed) character has sex in Mike Leigh biopic helped make Mr Turner movie about which British Board of Film Classification received most complaints

It won star Timothy Spall an acting prize at the Cannes film festival and was nominated for four Oscars. But the Mike Leigh biopic Mr Turner has nevertheless been named 2014’s most complained-about film by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), thanks to a scene in which Spall “vigorously” clenches his clothed buttocks.

Related: Sex, violence and swearing on film: 100 years of the BBFC

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- Ben Child

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A Little Chaos at the Monkey Bar reception by Anne-Katrin Titze

21 June 2015 8:34 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

A Little Chaos with Kate Winslet and Alan Rickman Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Producer Gail Egan, who has worked with Mike Leigh on Mr. Turner, Vera Drake and Happy-Go-Lucky, with Anton Corbijn on A Most Wanted Man, Philip Seymour Hoffman's last role, and with Film4Climate’s Creative Producer Donald Ranvaud on Fernando Meirelles' The Constant Gardener, was celebrated by Alan Rickman. As was his cinematographer, Ellen Kuras, of Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and Be Kind Rewind as well as first-time composer, Peter Gregson, whose music is well placed in the landscape. Cédric Anger, when I spoke with him on his composer, Grégoire Hetzel, for Next Time I’ll Aim For The Heart, told me he had wanted the music in the forest sound like a cathedral. Hetzel also composed the score for Mathieu Amalric's The Blue Room and the positioning in A Little Chaos »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Days of Heaven: Treasures of Cinema Under the Midnight Sun

17 June 2015 2:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If you happened to attend this year’s Midnight Sun Film Festival in northern Finland — one of those bucket-list destinations for the handful of globe-trotting movie lovers who’ve heard of it — you might have allowed yourself to be hypnotized by all five-and-a-half hours of “From What Is Before,” Lav Diaz’s black-and-white historical epic about the collapse of a barrio in his native Philippines. Then again, you might have opted for the more manageable endurance test of “L’il Quinquin,” Bruno Dumont’s 197-minute comic miniseries about murder in a small French village, or perhaps sampled one of three two-hour installments of Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes’ “Arabian Nights,” a recent critical sensation at Cannes.

These are films that, if you give yourself over to their dense narratives and marathon running times, can dramatically alter how you experience the passage of time. As such, they made for ideal viewing at »

- Justin Chang

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Marianne Jean-Baptiste: 'It's not a sob story - I could have stayed in the UK and fought it out'

15 June 2015 11:10 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

She was brilliant, she was versatile, she was Oscar-nominated for Secrets and Lies. So why couldn’t Marianne Jean-Baptiste make it in British movies? It’s something she really, really doesn’t want to talk about

There’s an elephant in the room. There’s always one in the room with Marianne Jean-Baptiste. That same old elephant; where have you been all these years? Actually, the answer is simple. The actress, Oscar-nominated for her quietly heart-breaking Hortense in Mike Leigh’s Secrets & Lies, has been living in Los Angeles, working away (notably as an FBI agent in the long-running television series Without a Trace, and bit parts in movies), bringing up her family, living the good life. It’s the question that is more delicate – why did she leave in the first place?

I can't tell you why I've not been invited to a party. You need to go to the host and say, »

- Simon Hattenstone

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New on Netflix: The best films & shows this week - Red Dwarf, Happy-Go-Lucky

15 June 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Want to keep up with all the great new content arriving on Netflix? Then you're in luck, as we'll be bringing you a round-up of the best TV shows, films, documentaries and stand-up arriving on Netflix UK every week.

Here are the latest additions to Netflix:

Red Dwarf (Seasons 1-8)

Dave Lister wakes up aboard the mining ship Red Dwarf after three million years in stasis. With his fellow crewmen long dead, Lister is joined by hyper-evolved feline Cat, socially inept android Kryten, and a hologram of his long-time nemesis Arnold Rimmer on the quest to get back to Earth or - at the very least - to find a decent chicken vindaloo.

Watch the first eight seasons of the British comedy classic on Netflix from June 15.


Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan star in the acclaimed UK comedy from director Mike Leigh (creator of Abigail's Party).

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Reviewed: Suburban Hell

9 June 2015 12:54 AM, PDT | | See recent Kasterborous news »

Peter Shaw is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

We asked some very special guest reviewers to take a listen to Suburban Hell, the fifth release of the fourth series of Fourth Doctor adventures from Big Finish. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s only Keith and Candice Marie Pratt from Mike Leigh’s Nuts in May! Last seen on screen camping out in Dorset in 1976, we...

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- Peter Shaw

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Film-makers ask cinemas and Bafta to boycott London Israeli film festival

8 June 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

More than 40 artists and film-makers write to Guardian to accuse cinemas of becoming ‘silent accomplices’ to persecution of Palestinian people

Film-makers including Ken Loach, Mike Leigh and Peter Kosminsky have called on the Curzon and Odeon cinema chains and Bafta to drop screenings for an Israeli film festival opening this week.

Seret 2015, the London Israeli film and television festival, is due to open with a gala screening at Bafta of the film Hill Start on Thursday. There will then be screenings at cinemas including Curzon Soho and Odeon Swiss Cottage in London.

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- Mark Brown

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Screen Talk: After Cannes, What's Next for Fall Fests and Oscar Race?

30 May 2015 12:31 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Cannes Film Festival often yields year-end awards contenders. Last year's "Foxcatcher" wound up grabbing a few nods, more than Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner," and the festival introduced several foreign film contenders, while "Clouds of Sils Maria," which didn't open stateside until 2015, could provide a Supporting Actress shot for well-reviewed Kristen Stewart. So what of this year's crop of awards hopefuls? We also debate the critical pile-on of Cameron Crowe's derided "Aloha," which opens Friday.  Read More: 5 Reasons to See Cameron Crowe's "Aloha" »

- Anne Thompson

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Cannes Awards Contenders, from the Weinstein Slate to 'Son of Saul'

25 May 2015 2:18 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Cannes Film Festival often yields year-end awards contenders, from eventual Best Actor-winner Roberto Begnini ("Life is Beautiful") and "The Piano" and "The Pianist" to Michael Haneke's "Amour" and Best Picture-winner "The Artist." Last year's "Foxcatcher" wound up grabbing a few nods, more than Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner," and the festival introduced several foreign film contenders, while "Clouds of Sils Maria," which didn't opened stateside until 2015, could provide a Supporting Actress shot for well-reviewed Kristen Stewart. So what of this year's crop of awards hopefuls? Weinstein Co. has a full slate this year: "Carol." This is a strong contender on many fronts. Most likely are its two leads. Rooney Mara shared the Cannes Best Actress jury award, which will help her going forward and lends support for a Best Actress slot along with Cate Blanchett. Mara was nominated once »

- Anne Thompson

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Cannes Review: 'After Lucia' Director Michel Franco's English-Language Debut 'Chronic' Starring Tim Roth & Sarah Sutherland

23 May 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In the 1980s and 1990s, Tim Roth was one of the most exciting of a new generation of British actors. He worked with everyone from Robert Altman to Mike Leigh before playing Mr. Orange in Quentin Tarantino's breakout "Reservoir Dogs," which brought him to the attention of an even wider audience, landing him parts in everything from major blockbusters to auteurist pictures like James Gray's "Little Odessa." Things have been more mixed recently: Roth moved into U.S. TV for the procedural show "Lie To Me," and has struggled to book the right kind of roles since it ended, with disasters like last year's Cannes opener "Grace Of Monaco" and the unintentionally hilarious FIFA movie "United Passions" on his recent résumé. But with a reunion with Tarantino coming up in "The Hateful Eight," and with his leading role in the first English-language film from Mexican director Michel Franco »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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De Paolis takes 'Suffragette' for Italy

16 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Veteran is acquiring for Wild Bunch-owned Bim as well his fledgling boutique Cinema.

Distribution veteran Valerio De Paolis has acquired Italian rights for Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette from Pathé International.

Rome-based De Paolis is in Cannes acquiring for both Bim, which has been fully owned by Wild Bunch since June 2014, as well as his new boutique label Cinema.

“I’m contracted to acquire four titles a year for Bim for the next three years, until 2017 and then we’ll see where I am and they are,” explained De Paolis, who founded Bim 30 years ago before selling it off progressively to Paris-based Wild Bunch from 2007 onwards.

Other recent pick-ups include Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan and Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner.

For his own boutique label, De Paolos has recently acquired Jafar Panahi’s Taxi, which will be Cinema’s first release at the end of August, as well as documentary Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words »

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Cannes: Diaphana Closes France on Films Boutique’s ‘Embrace of the Serpent’ (Exclusive)

13 May 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin-based sales company Films Boutique has closed its first deal on Colombian Ciro Guerra’s Directors’ Fortnight player “Embrace of the Serpent,” with Michel Saint Jean’s Diaphana Distribution acquiring distribution rights for France.

One of France’s premier arthouse/crossover distributors, Diaphana’s recent lineup includes high-level arthouse films such as Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy” and Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner.”

The caliber of a film’s French deal is often used by foreign arthouse distributors to gauge a title’s potential market value, just as a U.S. sale guides mainstream distributors around the world.

Films Boutique’s CEO-partner Jean-Christophe Simon negotiated the deal with Cecile Salin from Diaphana Distribution.

Lead-produced by Cristina Gallego at Colombia’s Ciudad Lunar, “Embrace of the Serpent” tells the story of the first foreign ethnologists who explored the Amazon looking for a plant held sacred by its indigenous inhabitants. »

- John Hopewell

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The top 20 underappreciated films of 1987

13 May 2015 8:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From anime to pitch-black thrillers, here's our pick of the underappreciated movies of 1987...

Sometimes, the challenge with these lists isn't just what to put in, but what to leave out. We loved Princess Bride, but with a decent showing at the box office and a huge cult following, isn't it a bit too popular to be described as underappreciated? Likewise Joe Dante's Innerspace, a fabulously geeky, comic reworking of the 60s sci-fi flick, Fantastic Voyage.

What we've gone for instead is a mix of genre fare, dramas and animated films that may have garnered a cult following since, but didn't do well either critically or financially at the time of release. Some of the movies on our list just about made their money back, but none made anything close to the sort of returns enjoyed by the likes of 1987's biggest films - Three Men And A Baby, Fatal Attraction »

- ryanlambie

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Interviews: Two More Filmmakers at 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival

11 May 2015 12:58 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – The showcase and respect given to filmmakers at the recently completed 2015 Chicago Critics Film Festival (Ccff) meant that the top directors made appearances on behalf of their featured films. James Ponsoldt of “The End of the Tour” and Patrick Brice of “The Overnight” are two prime artists at the top of their game. also got a chance to talk to Ponsoldt and Brice after their screenings at the Ccff, and the insights provided context to their art.

James Ponsoldt, Director of “The End of the Tour”

James Ponsoldt is a great friend to the festival, having screened his film “The Spectacular Now” at the first Ccff in 2013. He returned with “The End of of the Tour,” a superior and poignant understanding of author David Foster Wallace (a career-defining role for Jason Segel), as he takes his last book tour promoting his famous novel, “Infinite Jest.”

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How will the 2015 Cannes Film Festival set the stage for this year's Oscar race?

11 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Last year's edition of the Cannes International Film Festival brought with it the usual early awards possibilities. Some went the distance (Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" in a number of categories). Others fell short (Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner"). But while Sundance is certainly stepping up its awards-relevance game, the Croisette is where people really start pondering how the film year will shake out once the Oscar drums start banging late in the fall. One person who has leaned into the fest heavily the last couple of years is Harvey Weinstein. He has consistently held an event showcasing materials for The Weinstein Company's upcoming releases there, but this year he has a pair of films actually in competition that could make waves on the circuit. And it all starts with one of the most long-awaited films of the bunch. Todd Haynes' adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's "Carol" is, along with »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Twitter reacts to Jessica Hynes's speech and Graham Norton's beard at the BAFTAs

10 May 2015 10:39 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The finest in television were rewarded for their hard work last night (May 10) at the 2015 BAFTA TV Awards.

Sherlock, Happy Valley and Saturday Night Takeaway were among the victors, and of course Twitter had something to say about it all. Digital Spy rounds up the best reactions below:

Jessica Hynes's anti-cuts message

The W1A actress not only earned praise for winning the Female Performance in a Comedy Programme award, but also won support for her impassioned BAFTAs acceptance speech, in which she raised concerns about cuts and austerity.

a proud friend of @JefficaHoons am so pleased she Won & raised awareness of increasing cuts tonight,Brave & true. xX

— lisa hammond (@lisahammondwhop) May 11, 2015

Celebrating Jessica Hynes' @BAFTA win by watching lots of Spaced. Speech of the night. #baftatv

— Maxime Pons Webster (@MQuetzal) May 11, 2015

You know when you think you couldn't love someone any more? & then they »

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