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To mark the release of Lava on 12th October, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD. Lava: Comedy? Thriller? Drama? For a film that has orbited from being championed by Mike Leigh to being beloved by the macabre comedy creators Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, Lava is still as mercurial these 15
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Laconic depiction of a man who resorts to theft during financial strife is so downsized it feels like a shrug
The French title for The Measure of a Man is La Loi du Marche, which translates to “Market Law.” But if they were taking suggestions I might offer, “What, I Don’t Have My Own Problems?” For 93 minutes, director Stéphane Brizé takes us on a tour of modern economic frustration. Our hero Thierry (Vincent Lindon) has been downsized from his machinist position, and the drama in this social realist portrait has been downsized with it. Whereas film-makers like the Dardenne Brothers or Mike Leigh have taken similar material to devastating conclusions, Brize’s distant approach feels more like a shrug.
Lindon’s kind face and soft-spoken manner is the best thing going in this slowly paced film. We watch him patiently explain to an employment agent that the crane-operating training »
- Jordan Hoffman
Meet some of the best directors working today, who haven't gone down the blockbuster movie route...
Ever find it a bit lame when the same big name directors get kicked around for every high profile project? Christopher Nolan, Jj Abrams, maybe the Russo Brothers? With so much focus on blockbuster films these days, getting a major franchise job seems like the main acknowledgement of success for a filmmaker. And yes, both the financial and creative rewards can be great. But there are plenty of other directors out there, doing their own thing, from art house auteurs to Dtv action specialists.
Here are 25 examples.
Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen Lee Hardcastle’s ultraviolent claymations shared on social media. He first started getting noticed for his two-minute remake of The Thing, starring the famous stop motion penguin Pingu. Far from just a cheap one-joke mash-up, »
Read More: Mike Leigh To Receive Zurich Film Fest Honor Cast and crew alike got to witness the first glimpse of the Kurzfilmtage Short Film Festival's official trailer last night, which will be available to television watchers in Switzerland, Austria and Germany over the next few weeks. In alignment with the Zurich Film Festival, the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur celebrates short film's exploration of storytelling in regards to toying with perception. This year's selection of trailer was no exception. Swiss filmmaker Benny Jaber unveiled a stylized short that seamlessly fools the viewer's assumptions with a dolly pull that reveals entirely new frames. Jaberg, known for his short documentary "The Green Serpent – of vodka, men and distilled dreams," also won the Best Short Documentary Award at both the Zurich (2013) and Swiss Film Awards (2014). The Zurich Film Festival launched September 24 and ends October 4. »
- Elle Leonsis
It’s a testament to the quality of his work and seemingly unparalleled knowledge in the field that a key part of the press tour for Sicario are interviews with cinematographer Roger Deakins. We recently had an extensive chat with him about the making of Denis Villeneuve‘s latest thriller and now today we have a few more conversations to share. Notably, the longest features a conversation with Dick Pope, the great cinematographer behind Mr. Turner and many Mike Leigh films.
When we talked to Deakins last week, he said, “I mean, we were certainly looking for shots that told the story without a lot of cutting. Again, going back to Jean-Pierre Melville. His action scenes were not really action scenes in the sense of a modern film where you cover a scene from a lot of objective angles and cut it together very fast. That’s kind of a device, »
- Jordan Raup
For A 1000 Lives
San Sebastian International Film Festival director José Luis Rebordinos has announced the festival's backing for the For A Thousand Lives: Be Human campaign, which was launched September 2. The campaign calls for people fleeing war, terror, or political persecution to be provided with legal means of receiving protection from the EU. It calls on EU countries to work in solidarity, repealing the Dublin convention that says refugees mus seek asylum in the first country they reach, and ensure better distribution of those in need between different nations. The emphasis mus be on showing respect and giving people the chance to work, study and rebuild their lives, it argues.
The campaign already has the support of over 5,000 film industry professionals, including Brits Daniel Craig, Jonathan Pryce, Ken Loach and Mike Leigh. Other big names involved include Isabella Rossellini, Michael Haneke, Bertrand Tavernier, Agnieszka Holland, Thomas Vinterberg and Michel Hazanavicius. »
- Jennie Kermode
Director and chairman of London Film School says ad for role on shoot school had part-funded is regrettable error, and he strongly opposes unpaid labour
A job advert seeking a producer to work unpaid for six months on a London Film School-funded shoot has been withdrawn after an intervention by the institution’s bosses, including the filmmaker Mike Leigh.
Leigh, who has campaigned against low pay in arts institutions and who is the school’s chairman, said the ad was a regrettable error and reiterated that he was strongly opposed to the use of unpaid labour. The school’s director and chief executive, Jane Roscoe, echoed his sentiments, adding that it was against the school’s policy and would be removed.
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- Kevin Rawlinson
The Outnumbered star on roles for women, tackling Alzheimer’s in The Father – and playing someone with no chldren
Born in Hemel Hempstead in 1965, the daughter of a shopkeeper and a secretary, Claire Skinner hid her shyness by doing impersonations. She went on to study at Lamda and joined the RSC, after which Mike Leigh cast her in the films Life Is Sweet and Naked. On stage she has appeared in Pinter’s Moonlight and as Desdemona in Othello at the National. Best known as the mother in BBC1’s Outnumbered, she is married to director Charles Palmer, son of actor Geoffrey Palmer, and has two sons. She next appears in the West End transfer of The Father, opposite Kenneth Cranham, after successful runs at the Ustinov Studio, Bath, and the Tricycle, London.
The Father was written by French playwright Florian Zeller about the devastating effect of Alzheimer’s. Are »
- Interview by Liz Hoggard
San Sebastian — Ivana Baquero, a child star in Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and Spanish-u..S actor Julio Perillan (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”) topline family drama “Sister of Mine,” the third feature of up-and-coming Pedro Aguilera (“Influence,” “Naufragio”), one of Spain’s more prominent art film directors who can score major fest berths.
“Sister of Mine” is also the latest production from Colombia’s Cannes-winning Ciudad Lunar. “Sister” has now initiated principal photography. Shooting will run through mid-October.
Pic was presented as a project at the 2013 San Sebastian Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum, whose fourth edition takes place from Monday at the 63rd San Sebastian Festival, which kicks off today in the Basque Country resort. “Sister” was unveiled in Paris at the Small is Biutiful co-pro meet.
- Emilio Mayorga
Director of The Program to receive Lifetime Achievement Award.
This year’s Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award is to be given to British director Stephen Frears.
Frears will visit the 26th Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 11-22) to receive the Bronze Horse, famously the heaviest film award in the world at 7.3kg (16lb).
In a statement, the festival said: “British director Stephen Frears never shies away from taking on people’s dark and tragic sides, doing so with warmth, passion and a sense of humor.
“This year’s receiver of the Lifetime Achievement Award is a filmmaker who is not afraid to take a stand for those who exist at the margins of society. His filmmaking ranges from political films with social pathos to grand »
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“This year’s receiver of the Lifetime Achievement Award is a filmmaker who is not afraid to take a stand for those who exist at the margins of society. His filmmaking ranges from political films with social pathos to grand epics with the biggest stars,” stated the festival. “Regardless of what form the story takes, Stephen Frears shows us that he is a director with a genuine curiosity for people’s life stories.”
Frears presented his previous movie, “Philomena” at Stockholm in 2013 and earned a warm critical response.
Pic stars Ben Foster as »
- Elsa Keslassy
As German filmmakers continue to make their mark on global cinema, they increasingly embrace a film industry that transcends borders.
Indeed, only seven of the more than 30 German pics or co-productions screening at Toronto are in German.
Germany’s deep talent pool, skilled crews and high-quality facilities — not to mention generous production subsidies — have lured filmmakers from abroad to shoot in Germany or partner with German companies that excel in international co-productions.
At the same time, Teuton filmmakers are looking beyond their local market. “There is a group of German producers that would probably describe themselves as I do: International producers that happen to be based in Germany and that are looking to make films that have international relevance,” says Malte Grunert, head of Amusement Park Films.
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Daniel Brühl, the German star of A Most Wanted Man, Rush and Marvel’s forthcoming Captain America: Civil War, is set to become a partner at Hamburg/Berlin-based production company Amusement Park Film.
Brühl will join forces with Malte Grunert and Klaus Dohle as a producer with the aim of finding, developing and producing material across both film and television. Their focus will be on English-language products.
Brühl and Grunert are both attending the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20) this coming week with their own projects.
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From the co-writer of the classic La crime movie L.A. Confidential, Brian Helgeland, comes a re-telling of the story of the famous Kray brothers, Ronnie and Reggie. in a bold move, British actor Tom Hardy assumes both roles in the gangster epic Legend, which also stars Christopher Eccleston, Paul Bettany and Australian actress Emily Browning.
Legend is set in mid-1960s London, the city bursting with creativity. The Beatles have taken the pop world by storm, Carnaby Street is swinging its tits off, and the fashion, film and photography worlds have exploded. Helgeland’s film is immersed right in the middle of that world, and concentrates on the Krays at the height of their grip on London where the brothers have transferred from the East End to run clubs in »
- Paul Heath
Oscar-winning Australian actor and theatre director to be honoured at London film festival for her outstanding achievement in film
Australian actor Cate Blanchett is to be awarded a BFI Fellowship by the UK’s lead film agency, the British Film Institute, at this year’s London film festival.
The BFI Fellowship – not to be confused with a similarly titled honour given by Bafta (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) – is a lifetime achievement award given by the BFI board of governors and presented for “outstanding achievement in film and television”. There have been some 80 previous recipients, including Al Pacino, Judi Dench, Mike Leigh and, most recently, Mel Brooks.
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- Andrew Pulver
A legal battle dating back to May 2014 came to an end today when Russian court sentenced Oleg Senstov to 20 years in prison on suspicion of terrorist plotting. Sentsov was first arrested during a protest against Russia's annexation of Crimea and was imprisoned for over a year without trial in Moscow for reasons he, and his lawyers, argue are imaginary. (See BBC story here.) Read More: Wim Wenders, Mike Leigh, Béla Tarr and More Want Oleg Sentsov Freed The Guardian has posted the full transcript of Sentsov's final speech in court Tuesday. Here's an excerpt: I actually still hope this will not be my last word. Like [fellow defendant Oleksandr Kolchenko], I am not going to ask for anything from you. [...] A court of occupiers by definition cannot be just. Don’t take it personally, your honour!I would like to speak about something else. There was a man named Pontius Pilate. After he had »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. The filmmaker was found guilty on Tuesday by a Russian court on charges of terrorism.
The international film community, including Stephen Daldry, Mike Leigh, Bertrand Tavernier, Wim Wenders and Jean-Pierre, have rallied around the director of the 2011 film “Gámer.” Sentsov’s controversial trial has been littered with irregularities.
The European Film Academy sent a letter again last week with more than 1,000 signatures to Russian President Vladimir Putin urging for Sentsov’s release.
Despite bruises on his body, investigators have dismissed Sentsov’s claims that he was tortured in custody. The key witness in the case also recently retracted his testimony in court, claiming it been extorted under torture.
The prosecution had called for a 23-year sentence for Sentsov, 39. His co-defendant Alexander Kolchenko, received a 10-year sentence at the same trial.
Sentsov was imprisoned for over a year on charges including terrorism, »
- Variety Staff
Oleg Sentsov, the Ukranian film director behind Gámer, was today sentenced to 20 years in prison after a military court in Rostov-on-Don convicted him of plotting to commit terrorist acts in Crimea. He has already served over a year in Lefortovo prison after being detained following a protest against the Russian presence in the region.
Sentsov's arrest prompted an international campaign spearheaded by filmmakers like Mike Leigh, Pedro Almodóvar, Agnieszka Holland and Stephen Daldry, who were convinced that it was politically motivated. The Ukrainian government has argued that he is being punished for his pro-Ukraine views. Setsove himself has refused to recognise the authority of the court and has alleged that he was beaten and threatened with rape in an attempt to make him confess to a plot to bomb war memorials and set fire to government buildings.
The official convictions were for terrorism, organising a terrorist group and arms trafficking. »
- Jennie Kermode
Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov has been sentenced to 20 years in a verdict passed today (Aug 25) by a military court in Russia’s Rostov-on-Don.
His co-defendant, the activist and anti-fascist Alexander Kolchenko, was sentenced to 10 years.
The judge found Sentsov guilty of setting up a terrorist organisation and committing two terrorist acts.
When asked by the presiding judge Sergei Mikhailyuk whether they understood the verdicts, Sentsov and Kolchenko responded by defiantly singing the Ukrainian national anthem Ukraine Has Not Yet Died.
Sentsov, best known for his 2011 film Gamer, was arrested in May 2014 during a protest against Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula two months earlier.
The 39-year-old director was accused of plotting to blow up a monument to Lenin in Crimea and set fire to the Crimean offices of pro-Moscow political organisations.
The Ukrainian government said he is being punished for being a Crimea-based pro-Ukrainian activist. Russia denies claims he is a political prisoner.
Sentsov denies »
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After being arrested in May 2014 by the Russian Federal Security Service on suspicion of terrorist plotting and entanglement in a Ukrainian paramilitary group, Oleg Sentsov could be sentenced to 23 more years in prison Tuesday. So in the face of this week's verdict, which would exile the Ukrainian filmmaker to a high-security penal colony, the European Film Academy has gathered over 1,000 signatures calling for his release from Russia, whose accusations remain shadowy after the retraction of a key witness testimony last month. Petitioning supporters (listed here) come from all over Europe, including film academies in Poland, Germany, Austria and Czech Republic, and the Union of Russian Filmmakers—who aren't strangers to censorship. Filmmakers on the list include: Stephen Daldry, Mike Leigh, Mike Downey, Agnieszka Holland, Dariusz Jablonski, Aki Kaurismäki, Ken Loach, Wojciech Marczewski, Béla Tarr, Bertrand Tavernier, Andrzej Wajda and Wim Wenders. Read More: »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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