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Director: Christophe Honore
Writers: Christophe Honore
Producer: Philippe Martin
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: George Babluani, Damien Chapelle, Sebastien Hirel
While his last film, 2011’s Beloved was unfairly criticized for being more of the same from the musically inclined provocateur, whose films sometimes feel like (in tone, not visual style) a sexually playful Jacques Demy, his latest effort, an adaptation of the Roman poet Ovid’s epic mythological narrative, sees Honore changing it up a bit. Continuing his penchant for adapting difficult literary works (his 2004 Isabelle Huppert headlined Ma Mere was an unfinished novel by Georges Bataille and 2008’s The Beautiful Person was inspired by a novel by Madame de La Fayette), Honore’s cast consists of mostly unknown actors, his first film in over a decade not to star either of his muses, Louis Garrel or Chiara Mastroianni. With such lofty aspirations, the enigmatic Honore’s latest »
- Nicholas Bell
Director: Mike Leigh
Writer: Mike Leigh
Producer: Georgina Lowe
U.S. Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
As he has proven on several occasions before, Timothy Spall is a great fit for period pieces and he just so happens to be a perfect fit for any role Mike Leigh deems fit. Leigh discovered the person in water colors and working alongside trusted visual adviser in cinematographer Dick Pope, we can expect this to look just as good as Topsy-Turvy.
Gist: This is a look at the life of British artist J.M.W Turner (Timothy Spall).
Release Date: Still await confirmation on the playdate – most likely hits will be fall release from Sony Pictures Classics. A festival playdate is either Cannes or Venice.
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- Eric Lavallee
The dust has settled. I've had an opportunity to go back and look at the Oscars telecast away from a work setting (let's finally leave poor John Travolta alone). The 86th annual Academy Awards are a memory, and today, Best Picture winner "12 Years a Slave" is available on DVD and Blu-ray (nice timing, folks). It was a wild ride, an unpredictable one, and one that started in the mountains of Colorado. I was talking recently with someone about how the groundwork for phase two of a given awards season — that period of time when ballots are in hand and winners are being decided — is really laid in phase one, if not earlier. By the time you get to phase two, more or less, everyone knows what they're voting for. It almost becomes a formality. Plenty of it has to do with the movies, of course. Studios like Paramount — which does »
- Kristopher Tapley
There's an opportunity for British film to flourish, writes ex Hammer Films chief Terry Ilott, but all will be lost if we don't sharpen our business skills
The successes of 12 Years a Slave and Gravity at this year's Oscars have given rise to self-satisfied crowing in sections of the British media. One could be forgiven for thinking that British film was in good health. But while the UK remains awash with astonishing talent both in front of and behind the camera, and while we continue to enjoy a patrimony that comprises a treasure chest of stories we can plunder, the fact remains that over the past thirty years it has become almost impossible to make even a decent living – never mind build a business or a career – in the British film industry.
The industry sucks the creative life out of our best creative talents, then throws them over the side, »
It's hard to pick from the Academy's stunning selection of Best Supporting Actress nominees: Sally Hawkins, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong'o, Julia Roberts, June Squibb. In honor of the nominees, Indiewire has compiled a list of scenes that commemorate the moment when these talented actresses first made it on the screen. Read More: Check Out the Best Supporting Actor Nominees in Their Debut Film Roles Sally Hawkins, nominated for "Blue Jasmine" - "All or Nothing" (2002) While Hawkins had two small roles on television, her premiere was in Mike Leigh's "All or Nothing." The film revolves around three working class families in London and Hawkins plays Samantha, an unemployed daughter of Phil, a minicab driver, and Carol, an out-of-work alcoholic. Jennifer Lawrence, nominated for "American Hustle" - "Monk" (2006) While not necessarily a debut on film, Jennifer Lawrence's first major appearance was a small role in the hit series "Monk." She »
- Luke Slattery
A seemingly freewheeling structure, full of impressions without much action, seeks to capture the way teens process time in “The Blue Wave,” an intriguingly ambitious venture that’s more convincing on paper than onscreen. Novice helmers/scripters Zeynep Dadak and Merve Kayan know in theory what they want to achieve, and their ability to reproduce teenspeak, not so much the vocabulary but the spurts and fragmented sentences jammed with half-formed ideas, is spot-on. Yet this glimpse into the life of a high-school junior on the brink of womanhood has a narrative formlessness unlikely to appeal outside fests.
Multiple awards at the Antalya Film Festival attest to the pic’s novel approach, and it’s certainly refreshing to see a Turkish film that’s neither glacially paced nor about silent traumatized men in the provinces. Instead, “The Blue Wave,” set in a nondescript, medium-sized city among middle-class teen girls who’ll »
- Jay Weissberg
3D space disaster movie wins six awards at Royal Opera House, including best director and best British film
It was a contest between two wildly different films – a 3D space disaster movie and an unflinching portrayal of 19th-century American slavery – and on paper it was the former, Gravity, which emerged as the biggest winner at the 2014 Bafta ceremony.
It won six awards, including best director and best British film. But 12 Years a Slave unquestionably picked up the biggest prize, best film, with Chiwetel Ejiofor named as best actor.
In a year when no one film swept the board, American Hustle also came away with three prizes.
Alfonso Cuarón was named best director and said you would not know it from his accent but he considered himself a part of the British film industry. He has lived in London for 13 years and joked: "I make a very good case for curbing immigration. »
- Mark Brown
The arthouse director says it is 'a pleasure and a delight' to be honoured for his years of effort and experiment
• Peter Greenaway: 'I plan to kill myself when I'm 80'
Peter Greenaway is to receive the outstanding British contribution to cinema award at this Sunday's Bafta film awards.
The director of The Draughtsman's Contract, Drowning by Numbers and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover will be honoured for more than three decades of film-making. He made his debut in 1980 with The Falls, a post-apocalyptic mock-documentary in 92 short sections.
Greenaway, who is known for his collaborations with the composer Michael Nyman, said: "Given the always complex effort involved, to be permitted in the first place to make films with so many collaborators always astonishes me, and to be permitted the licence to do so with such freedom to continually experiment even more so. Everyone agrees that »
- Ben Child
BAFTA has revealed that award-winning writer-director Peter Greenaway will receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the upcoming British Academy Film Awards on February 16.Greenaway (“The Pillow Book,” “Drowning By Numbers,” "The Draughtsman's Contract"), who originally trained as a painter, is known for his exploration in film of eroticism and death, and for his ability to integrate Renaissance art into his work. His latest film, “Eisenstein in Guanajuato,” is slated for release later this year.Previous recipients of the award include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, Lewis Gilbert, John Hurt and the "Harry Potter" franchise. Meanwhile, Helen Mirren will be the recipient of the Fellowship at the February 16 ceremony. »
- Beth Hanna
London — British helmer Peter Greenaway is to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the British Academy Film Awards at London’s Royal Opera House on Sunday.
Nik Powell, chairman of BAFTA’s film committee, said: “Peter Greenaway is an iconic British filmmaker who has worked with many of our most accomplished actors, including Michael Gambon, Tim Roth, Ewan McGregor and the recipient of this year’s BAFTA Fellowship, Dame Helen Mirren. I’d delighted that Peter is being recognized with this award for his distinctive and innovative filmmaking career.”
Peter Greenaway said: “Given the always complex effort involved, to be permitted in the first place to make films with so many collaborators always astonishes me, and to be permitted the license to »
- Leo Barraclough
Peter Greenaway will be honoured with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema prize at this weekend's BAFTAs.
"Given the always complex effort involved, to be permitted in the first place to make films with so many collaborators always astonishes me, and to be permitted the licence to do so with such freedom to continually experiment even more so," Greenaway said of his BAFTA honour.
"Everyone agrees that cinema is changing its characteristics very fast and to be awarded a BAFTA for »
British director to receive BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema.
BAFTA is to honour director Peter Greenaway, best known for 1989’s The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the Ee British Academy Film Awards ceremony in London on Sunday (Feb 16).
The award-winning British writer and director originally trained as a painter and worked at the Central Office of Information (Coi) for 15 years, during which time he directed and edited a series of short films, the first of which was Death of Sentiment.
Greenaway made his first feature film in 1980, entitled The Falls, and was the first of many collaborations with composer Michael Nyman. His critical breakthrough came in 1982 with 17th century drama The Draughtsman’s Contract and he went on to make the seminal The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover in 1989.
Over the course of his career, Greenaway has been »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
There are few filmmakers working right now who seem as set on the expansion of the very definition of "genre" as Ben Wheatley. Film after film, he throws curve balls at the audience, trusting them to be adventurous enough to follow him as he explores some truly dark and oddball corners of human experience. Anyone who saw his breakthrough film "Down Terrace" would probably be excused for thinking he was just another English filmmaker in love with working class criminals, a sort of collision of Mike Leigh and Shane Meadows. With "Kill List," though, he made it clear that whatever you »
- Drew McWeeny
Gaining just a limited big screen release in Britain, Sebastian Silva’s unique drama Crystal Fairy is now out and available to own on DVD (and to watch digitally) – and to mark the occasion, we spoke to the eponymous character herself, Gaby Hoffmann.
Playing Crystal Fairy – a hippie who embarks on a trip across Chile to take hallucinogenic drugs on the beach with her new friend Jamie (Michael Cera) amongst others, the former child actress – starring in films such as Uncle Buck and Field of Dreams – shows off a different side to herself that we’ve never seen before…
Crystal is one of those characters you never want to be off screen. Where did you get your inspiration from?
Thank you, that’s very nice. Sebastian [Silva], the director, had had a real experience with Crystal Fairy, who’s very similar to the one in the movie, about a decade before he made it. »
- Gary Green
Creative Europe Desk UK to be delivered through new partnership between the BFI and the British Council.
Creative Europe, the European Commission’s (EC) seven-year funding programme for the cultural and creative sectors, has launched in the UK today with 9% more funding available to creative businesses across Europe.
Creative Europe, which came into force on January 1, has a €1.46 billion budget over seven years. It combines the EC’s existing Culture and Media Programmes and claims it will benefit more than 300,000 cultural professionals.
It will also support the distribution of more than 1,000 European films in 2,500 cinemas and will translate 5,500 books.
Guarantee Fund worth €121m
The new Creative Europe programme features a new bank guarantee, the Cultural and Creative Sectors Guarantee Fund, which is set to be introduced in 2016.
The fund is worth €121million and will see Creative Europe underwrite bank loans to creative businesses, helping to unlock private finance in a bid to support the growth of the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Having made a name for himself with his double-Oscar winning debut Crazy Heart, young filmmaker Scott Cooper returns with his sophomore production Out of the Furnace – and we had the great pleasure in speaking to talented director on the phone.
Cooper discusses the pressure that comes with making your second feature in Hollywood, following on from a rousing triumph, and why he feels the title has been somewhat polarising in the States. He also tells us about the time that William Friedkin reached out to him, and about his next, untitled project, which he’s working on with Leonardo DiCaprio…
Crazy Heart was a huge success, winning two Academy Awards. Did you feel more of a pressure on you because of that?
Yes, for sure. Your second film after your first is always pressure filled, and you live with that burden of expectations, both from an industry standpoint, and also from a personal stand-point. »
- Stefan Pape
Above: Martha Stephens and Alex Ross Perry, two of the exciting talents featured in the Sundance Film Festival's "Trading Cards" series. Speaking of Perry, a new batch of images from his forthcoming film, Listen Up Philip, have been released (via Entertainment Weekly): Richard Linklater's 12-years-in-the-making Boyhood is slated to debut at Sundance:
"Filmed over short periods from 2002 to 2013, "Boyhood" is a groundbreaking cinematic experience covering 12 years in the life of a family involving a divorced couple (Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette). At the center is their son Mason (Ellar Coltrane), who with his sister Samantha (Lorelei Linklater), are taken on an emotional and transcendent journey through the years, from childhood to adulthood. The experimental production has largely been shrouded in secrecy as Linklater has returned to it each summer."
- Adam Cook
Interview Paul Weedon 21 Jan 2014 - 09:48
Having arguably created an entire film movement singlehandedly (and somewhat unwittingly), Andrew Bujalski is arguably one of today’s most exciting and unconventional filmmakers. Regarded by many as the ‘Godfather of Mumblecore,’ over the past decade his low budget, lo-fi features, often shot with non-professional actors, have amassed a dedicated following alongside the work of his peers, Joe Swanberg, the Duplass brothers and Lynn Shelton.
Bujalski’s latest offering, the brilliant Computer Chess, marks something of a departure from his previous work, as he turns his attention from the awkwardness of contemporary America to the visionary oddballs of the late 70s and 80s tech scene. We spoke to him recently about his influential body of work.
You’ve spoken before about mumblecore being this kind of accidental movement. »
The director recalled in 1988 how food can influence a character's development
In 1988 director Mike Leigh welcomed me into his Wood Green home with an "I'll put the kettle on". Tea abounds in his dramas: there were 29 references to it in 1980's Grown-Ups. It's also a tool when developing characters with actors ("How would she brew?"). That night, Leigh prepared our teas with a shrug and smile, remarking on a cheque for 5p his wife (Alison Steadman) had received from the BBC.
Leigh arranged a small plate of bourbon, digestive and Nice biscuits. "I might ask an actor, 'Has your character ever eaten a Mr Kipling cake?' An obvious example of food informing a character is Keith Pratt in Nuts In May. Keith chewed everything 72 times."
- John Hind
It had been less than 24 hours since Blue Jasmine actress Sally Hawkins returned from Los Angeles and the Golden Globes ceremony when she was throttled with the stunning news that she’d been nominated for an Oscar for her turn as Ginger, Jasmine’s working-class sister who reluctantly takes in the former socialite when she shows up on her doorstep penniless in Woody Allen’s latest film.
“I’m in a state of overwhelm, so thrilled and delighted,” said Hawkins, who had just returned from an unglamorous grocery-shopping outing to find herself bombarded with phone calls from family, friends, and her emotional agent. »
- Nicole Sperling
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