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Cate Blanchett to get BFI Fellowship

27 August 2015 7:50 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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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Oleg Sentsov Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

25 August 2015 10:39 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

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 »

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Ukrainian Director Oleg Sentsov Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison by Russian Court

25 August 2015 9:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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, »

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Oleg Sentsov sentenced to 20 years by Jennie Kermode - 2015-08-25 17:46:24

25 August 2015 9:46 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

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. »

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Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov sentenced to 20 years

25 August 2015 5:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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.

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Wim Wenders, Mike Leigh, Béla Tarr and More Want Oleg Sentsov Freed

24 August 2015 1:48 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

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: »

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Monday’s best TV

23 August 2015 10:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

All aboard the World’s Busiest Railway 2015, family getaways in Travel Guides and three women tell their harrowing stories in Escaping Scientology – And Escaping The Witnesses. Plus: Warhol and co examined in Soup Cans & Superstars, and a sensitive look at Muslim Drag Queens

The highbrow alternative to Bid-Up TV returns for a sixth series. Firstly, proving timing is everything, Sotheby’s boasts a rare offering indeed – a Turner landscape of Rome - coming up at the same time as Mike Leigh’s biopic of the artist and the Tate’s Turner exhibition. Elsewhere, pop impresario Pete Waterman parts with personally commissioned replicas of classic locomotives, each a work of art far beyond the Hornby sets that would crop up at the back of Whizzer and Chips. Tonight’s second episode includes a portrait of Mozart. Mark Gibbings-Jones

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- Mark Gibbings-Jones, David Stubbs, Andrew Mueller, Hannah J Davies, Ben Arnold, John Robinson, Hannah Verdier, Paul Howlett

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Sarajevo: Ran Huang receives Katrin Cartlidge bursary

22 August 2015 6:27 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Chinese film-maker’s short The Administration Of Glory was in competition at Cannes in 2014

Chinese film-maker and artist Ran Huang has received the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Bursary from this year’s award curator, Us actor-director Danny Houston, at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

“When I saw Ran’s films I knew I was watching the work of a visionary: he makes me see the world differently and I find that very exciting,” said Houston.

“Sarajevo Film Festival is all about international communication through Art and Ran is investigating the human condition.”

Ran Huang said he was delighted at the possibilities offered by the Bursary: “As an artist you work largely on your own but in film I really enjoy the openness to others’ ideas.

“I appreciate this opportunity to expand my vision, to explore a new language, a new community and a new way to connect with people.”

Huang came to film from fine art, and his conceptual »

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Benicio Del Toro accepts Sarajevo honour

21 August 2015 2:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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

Oscar-winning actor Benicio Del Toro has accepted the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo Award at the Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 14-22) , where he presented 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 screened last night (Aug 20) as part of Sarajevo’s Open Air Program, in front of an audience of around 3,000.

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

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

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Daily | Rosenbaum, Kubrick, Truffaut

19 August 2015 7:59 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

In today's roundup: Jonathan Rosenbaum's interviews with Mark Rappaport and Béla Tarr and his review of Peter Watkins's La Commune (Paris, 1871); two new books on Stanley Kubrick, one on The Shining, the other on 2001: A Space Odyssey; reviews of Criterion's new release of François Truffaut's Day for Night; "Straight Outta Compton’s revisionist history"; interviews with Jerry Schatzberg, Lily Tomlin, Joe Dante and John Magary; a tribute to Mike Leigh; Christopher Nolan's admiration for Stephen Quay and Timothy Quay; a listener's guide to Kenneth Anger’s Scorpio Rising—and more. » - David Hudson »

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European Filmmakers Call on Putin to Release Ukrainian Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov

19 August 2015 1:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sarajevo, Bosnia — A group of prominent European filmmakers, including Wim Wenders, Stephen Daldry, Agnieszka Holland and Mike Leigh, has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to order the release of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, whose trial resumes in Russia today.

Sentsov, who is accused of having committed “crimes of a terrorist nature,” faces up to 20 years in prison. The prosecution’s main witness has retracted his statement, but the trial continues nonetheless.

The letter states that the filmmakers have been “deeply worried” since Sentsov was arrested by Russia’s Federal Security Service (Fsb), the successor to the Kgb, in his house in Simferopol, Crimea, on May 11, 2014. It adds: “Having observed the trial and especially the fact that the key witness for the prosecution has retracted his testimony as ‘given under pressure and duress,’ we are shocked that the accusation of Oleg Sentsov having committed ‘crimes of a terrorist nature’ is still being upheld. »

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Mike Leigh to Receive Zurich Film Fest Honor

18 August 2015 2:01 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Mike Leigh, director of such classic films as "Secrets & Lies," "Vera Drake," "Topsy-Turvy," and "Happy-Go-Lucky" is gaining long overdue awards recognition at this year's Zurich Film Festival The longtime writer and film director is set to receive the Golden Eye award on October 3rd. In conjunction with the festival award, Leigh will also be teaching a master class to the public, and a retrospective of his most notable works will play during the festival's Sept. 24th — Oct. 4th run. Other distinguished winners of the Golden Eye award include filmmakers Oliver Stone, Stephen Frears and Michael Haneke. Leigh previously won the Palme d’Or for “Secrets & Lies,” and the Director Award at Cannes for "Naked."  »

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Zurich Film Festival to Honor Director Mike Leigh

18 August 2015 12:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British director Mike Leigh, who has been Oscar nominated seven times, will receive the “A Tribute to…” Golden Eye award at the Zurich Film Festival, which runs Sept. 24 – Oct. 4.

Leigh will collect the award during a ceremony on Oct. 3 and also conduct a public masterclass during the festival. Additionally, the festival will screen a retrospective of some of his most notable works.

Leigh was Oscar nominated twice each for “Secrets & Lies” and “Vera Drake,” and also for “Happy-Go-Lucky,” “Topsy-Turvy” and “Another Year.” He won the director award at Cannes for “Naked” and the Palme d’Or for “Secrets & Lies,” and Venice’s Golden Lion for “Vera Drake.” Along with fellow directors Ken Loach and Stephen Frears, he was part of the New British Cinema movement, which has provided a social critique of Britain over the past three decades.

Previous winners of the Golden Eye award include Frears, Oliver Stone and Michael Haneke. »

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Industry renew call for Sentsov release

18 August 2015 7:58 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ukrainian director faces 20 years in jail despite retraction of key witness testimony.

European filmmakers including Mike Leigh, Agnieszka Holland, Stephen Daldry and Wim Wenders have penned a new letter to Russian authorities calling for the immediate and unconditional release of detained Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.

The letter also asks for the safety of Sentsov to be assured and for an investigation to be launched into circumstances surrounding the acquisition of witness testimony.

On July 31, crucial prosecution witness Hennady Afanasyev retracted his statement, claiming: “All testimony was given under pressure and duress”.

Despite this development, the charges are being upheld and the trial is set to continue.

The European Film Academy (Efa) board previously penned a letter to authorities fourteen months ago.

Sentsov, originally arrested in May 2014, is accused of plotting terrorist acts in Crimea. »

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Mike Leigh to receive Zurich honour

18 August 2015 12:29 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

BAFTA Award-winning director to deliver a masterclass at the festival, which will programme a retrospective of his work.

British director Mike Leigh is to receive the Zurich Film Festival’s A Tribute to…award.

The director of Mr. Turner, Vera Drake and Secrets And Lies will collect Zurich’s Golden Eye trophy during the festival’s awards ceremony on Oct 3.

Leigh will also deliver a public masterclass at the festival, which will screen a retrospective of his productions, details of which have yet to be announced.

Previous recipients include Michael Haneke, Oliver Stone, Stephen Frears and (last year) Claire Denis.

In a statement, the festival described Leigh as “an important exponent of so-called New British Cinema, a genus of filmmaking that has performed a filmic analysis of and cast its critical lens upon social developments in Britain since the 1980s”.

Theatre, Television, Cinema

Leigh was born in 1943 in Salford, North West England. He began training »

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Daily | Welles, Malick, Brando

10 August 2015 5:17 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Jonathan Rosenbaum reviews two new DVD/Blu-ray releases highlighting the work of Orson Welles—who'll be feted in Venice the day before the festival begins. Also in today's roundup: Terrence Malick on making Days of Heaven, John Waters on his influences (including Pier Paolo Pasolini), Spike Jonze as an actor, Shane Meadows as a successor to Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, Andrew Haigh on 45 Years with Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, Marc Maron's interview with Lynn Shelton, Woody Allen in Los Angeles, Greta Gerwig's solo directorial debut—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Shane Meadows, chronicler of England's public and personal stories

7 August 2015 8:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The director’s This is England ’90 may be the last in his series exploring Thatcher’s children; his work invites comparison to Ken Loach and Mike Leigh

Many directors have used television as a route to making movies. Shane Meadows, though, has maximised his career and impact by moving from big screen to small.

After a number of low-budget British films – including the coming-of-age stories A Room for Romeo Brass (1999) and Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) - Meadows made, in 2006, This is England, a drama exploring skinhead culture in the early 80s. It had some success in cinemas, but now seems most important as the platform for three TV sequels that revisited the young working-class characters – including Meadows’ alter-ego, Shaun Fields, played by Thomas Turgoose – in later parts of the Thatcher era: This is England ’86, This is England ’88 and – due on Channel 4 next month – This is England ’90.

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Shane Meadows, chronicler of England's public and personal stories

7 August 2015 8:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The director’s This is England ’90 may be the last in his series exploring Thatcher’s children; his work invites comparison to Ken Loach and Mike Leigh

Many directors have used television as a route to making movies. Shane Meadows, though, has maximised his career and impact by moving from big screen to small.

After a number of low-budget British films – including the coming-of-age stories A Room for Romeo Brass (1999) and Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) - Meadows made, in 2006, This is England, a drama exploring skinhead culture in the early 80s. It had some success in cinemas, but now seems most important as the platform for three TV sequels that revisited the young working-class characters – including Meadows’ alter-ego, Shaun Fields, played by Thomas Turgoose – in later parts of the Thatcher era: This is England ’86, This is England ’88 and – due on Channel 4 next month – This is England ’90.

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Danny Huston set for Sarajevo Film Festival return

6 August 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Us actor/director to curate the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation award and present new feature Tigers alongside director Danis Tanovic.

Danny Huston has been named the curator for the Sarajevo Film Festival’s Katrin Cartlidge Foundation and will present this years award.

The actor and director, currently in post production on The Last Photograph, will present the Foundation’s annual bursary to “a new voice in cinema” on Aug 21 in Sarajevo.

Previous curators include Charlotte Rampling, Emily Watson, Jeremy Irons, Danny Glover and Stellan Skarsgard, directors Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Simon McBurney and Danis Tanović, as well as John Lyons, Annie Nocenti and photographer Juergen Teller.

Huston will also present Danis Tanović’s Tigers, with the Director and Producers. The film will be screened within the Open Air Programme at the festival’s largest venue.

His other recent work in front of the camera includes Marc Forster’s “All I See Is You”, “Monster”, directed by Bernard Rose, “[link »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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London Film School withdraws from Barbican move

3 August 2015 3:13 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Private funding shortfall and tough economic climate halt move.

The London Film School has withdrawn from a deal with the City of London Corporation to relocate to the Barbican Centre in 2017.

The Lfs had secured a lease to convert Exhibition Hall 1 on Golden Lane/ Beech Street into a $19m-$22m (£12m-£14m) new film school. But a shortfall in private investment and the tough economic climate has led to the move being cancelled.

The proposed relocation was publicly announced in September 2013 with the lease signed in January 2015.

It is understood that the prestigious school, whose alumni include Mike Leigh, Michael Mann, Duncan Jones and Tak Fujimoto, had $2.8m (£1.8m) of pledged support from Creative Skillset and additional pledges from a number of private individuals and Trusts. However, it was unable to unlock the level of private funding required for the move.

A relocation from Covent Garden is still on the cards, according to Lfs »

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

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