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Jia’s ‘Sin’ Scores Top Abu Dhabi Nod

31 October 2013 12:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The seventh edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival has announced winners of its Black Pearl Awards, with Chinese helmer Jia Zhangke’s “A Touch of Sin” scoring the top nod for best narrative feature.

Touch of Sin,” which is based on true stories, mixes Jia’s signature docu-fiction style with Tarantino-esque moments and provides a hard-hitting vision of contempo China slowly consumed by violence. “Sin” won the $100,000 that goes with the top Adu Dhabi honors. Pic had been well received at Cannes, where it scored the screenplay prize.

Iraqi-Dutch director Mohamed Jabarah Al-daradji’s drama “In the Sands of Babylon,” about the brutality of Saddam Hussein’s genocide, won the prize for best narrative film from the Arab world, worth $50,000. The Special Jury Award, also worth $50,000, went to Kurdish director Hiner Saleem’s surreal Kurdistan-set Western “My Sweet Pepper Land.”

The best director from the Arab World nod, again with a $50,000 check, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Touch of Sin, Still Life win at Adff

31 October 2013 12:23 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Actor prizes go to Dame Judi Dench and Jesse Eisenberg; Enough Said, starring the late James Gandolfini, wins audience award.Scroll down for full list of winners

The 7th Abu Dhabi Film Festival handed out its Black Pearl awards at a closing ceremony tonight (Oct 31), including cash prizes amounting to around $700,000.

The Black Pearl for Narrative Feature, worth $100,000, went to A Touch of Sin (Tian zhu ding) directed by Jia Zhangke.

The film, which played in competition at Cannes where it won the best screenplay award, revolves around four threads set in vastly different geographical and social milieus across modern-day China and features random acts of violence.

The Narrative jury, presided over by two-time Oscar nominated actress Jacki Weaver, gave the special jury award ($50,000) to Hiner Saleem’s My Sweet Pepper Land, centred on a law man in a small town on the border of Iran, Iraq and Turkey.

In addition, Dame Judi Dench won best »

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

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Paul Miller Leaves Doha Film Institute

26 October 2013 3:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Doha Film Institute head of financing Paul Miller has stepped down after one year on the job during which he negotiated the Dfi’s deal with Participant Media to launch a five-year, $100 million revolving fund.

News of Miller’s resignation, which was swirling at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, has been confirmed by the Dfi in a terse statement that simply said Miller exited “to pursue other opportunities” and wished him the “very best.”

Indications are Miller’s departure will not impact the Dfi’s deal with Participant Media for a slate of 12-16 feature films, announced at the Berlin Film Festival in February. That deal, which had been in the works prior to Miller’s arrival at Dfi, was negotiated also by advisor/consultant Hal Sadoff with Participant Media’s chief operating officer Jeff Ivers.

Dfi’s pact with Participant also envisions creating an Arabic version of TakePart.com, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Abu Dhabi Film Fest Bows in Style With ‘Life of Crime’

24 October 2013 9:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 7th Abu Dhabi Film Festival kicked off Thursday with U.S. helmer Daniel Schechter’s “Life of Crime” getting a star-studded Middle East launch while also testifying to the cinematic ties between Hollywood, India, Abu Dhabi and, by extension, East and West.

Forest Whitaker, being honored this year, strutted down the truly regal Emirates Palace red carpet, upping the glam quotient along with lots of Arab talent including Tunisian actress Hend Sabri (“The Yacoubian Building”); Jordanian multihyphenate Eyad Nassar; Syrian actress Kinda Aloush; and Palestinian actress Manal Khader (“Divine Intervention”).

After Whitaker chanted briefly in Arabic upon receiving his Black Pearl Career Achievement award, Schechter and “Crime” actor Mark Boone took the stage with producer Ashok Amritraj and Michael Garin, topper of Abu Dhabi-based Image Nation which co-produced the Elmore Leonard adaptation.

Amritraj will be holding a masterclass about his inspirational career path from his roots in Chennai, India, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Abu Dhabi Ff to honour Forest Whitaker

23 October 2013 3:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival kicks off Thursday with gala screening of Daniel Schechter’s Life of Crime.

Forest Whitaker will be among the guests when the Abu Dhabi Film Festival kicks off Thursday evening. Whitaker will receive the festival’s Black Pearl Career Achievement award.

The festival will open with a gala screening of the Middle East premiere of Life of Crime with director Daniel Schechter and actor Mark Boone Junior both in attendance and participating in an audience Q&A.

Another career achievement award winner will be actress and director Hiam Abbass, who stars in festival world premiere Peace After Marriage.

International guests will include Danis Tanovic, Amma Asante, Jia Zhangke, Beeban Kidron, Emir Baigazin, Agnes B, Cedomir Kolar, Uberto Pasolini, Tao Zhao, Eugene Domingo, Louis Garrel, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Catherine Dussart.

Arab stars set to attend Adff include Mervat Amin, Hend Sabri, Ahmad Ezz, Basel Khayat, Eyad Nassar, Kinda Aloush, Abed Fahad, Manal Khader, Nesrine »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Abu Dhabi Film Festival to welcome Forest Whitaker

23 October 2013 3:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival kicks off Thursday with gala screening of Daniel Schechter’s Life of Crime.

Forest Whitaker will be among the guests when the Abu Dhabi Film Festival kicks off Thursday evening. Whitaker will receive the festival’s Black Pearl Career Achievement award.

The festival will open with a gala screening of the Middle East premiere of Life of Crime with director Daniel Schechter and actor Mark Boone Junior both in attendance and participating in an audience Q&A.

Another career achievement award winner will be actress and director Hiam Abbass, who stars in festival world premiere Peace After Marriage.

International guests will include Danis Tanovic, Amma Asante, Jia Zhangke, Beeban Kidron, Emir Baigazin, Agnes B, Cedomir Kolar, Uberto Pasolini, Tao Zhao, Eugene Domingo, Louis Garrel, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Catherine Dussart.

Arab stars set to attend Adff include Mervat Amin, Hend Sabri, Ahmad Ezz, Basel Khayat, Eyad Nassar, Kinda Aloush, Abed Fahad, Manal Khader, Nesrine »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Merzak Allouache: Variety’s Middle East Filmmaker of the Year

16 October 2013 9:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In many ways, Merzak Allouache, Variety’s Middle East Filmmaker of the Year, is the cinematic face of Algeria, the most recognizable son of that nation’s film industry and an establishment gadfly ever since his feature debut in 1976 with the justly acclaimed “Omar Gatlato.” So it’s fitting that he’s being honored in Abu Dhabi just one year after celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Algerian independence, even though, or especially because, the helmer has always cast a critical light on his country’s institutions while revealing the humanity of its people.

It also helps that he’s had an exceptional run these past two years, with “The Repentant” preeming in Cannes in 2012 and “The Rooftops” in competition at Venice just a couple months ago. Throughout his career, whether making social dramas or comedies, Allouache has looked presciently at the problems facing a young nation defined, at least in the 20th century, »

- Jay Weissberg

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Lff 2013: 'The Rooftops' review

14 October 2013 8:40 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ One of several African efforts to screen at this year's London Film Festival, Merzak Allouache's The Rooftops (2013) presents a day in the life of Algiers as seen through the lives of a wide cast of characters and from a distinctly privileged perspective. Playing like an Algerian Short Cuts, the drama recounts the various lives of the people who use and live on the rooftops. Some do so out of necessity, squatting in makeshift shacks, or colonising the wash room and charging people to use the rooftop. In a number terraces spread throughout different quarters of the city - from the Casbah to Bab El Oued - the rooftops are crammed with life.

There's a boxer working out with his punch bag; a band rehearsing, watched on by an admirer; a gangster and his thugs torture a building contractor and a documentary film crew search for a panorama of the city. »

- CineVue UK

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Life Of Crime opens Abu Dhabi

1 October 2013 3:43 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The full line up has been unveiled for the 7th edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Daniel Schechter’s Life Of Crime will open the 7th edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, which runs Oct 24- Nov 2.

13 Arab feature films (seven of which are world premieres) will compete across different sections of the festival, including Rani Massalha’s Giraffada and Nejib Belkhadi’s Bastardo in the New Horizons Competition, Ahmed Abdallah’s Rags And Tatters and Hicham Ayouch’s Fevers in the Narrative Feature Competition, and Sherief Elkatsha’s Cairo Drive and Mohammad Soueid’s The Boy From Aleppo in the Documentary Feature Competition.

Tobe Hooper’s UAE horror Djin will screen in the festival’s Showcase section.

Films competing in the Narrative Feature Competition include Jun Robles Lana’s Barber’s Tales, Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, Danis Tanovic’s An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker, Jasmila Zbanic’s [link »

- sarah.cooper@screendaily.com (Sarah Cooper)

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Life Of Crime to open Abu Dhabi Film Festival

1 October 2013 3:43 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The full line up has been unveiled for the 7th edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Daniel Schechter’s Life Of Crime will open the 7th edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, which runs Oct 24- Nov 2.

13 Arab feature films (seven of which are world premieres) will compete across different sections of the festival, including Rani Massalha’s Giraffada and Nejib Belkhadi’s Bastardo in the New Horizons Competition, Ahmed Abdallah’s Rags And Tatters and Hicham Ayouch’s Fevers in the Narrative Feature Competition, and Sherief Elkatsha’s Cairo Drive and Mohammad Soueid’s The Boy From Aleppo in the Documentary Feature Competition.

Tobe Hooper’s UAE horror Djin will screen in the festival’s Showcase section.

Films competing in the Narrative Feature Competition include Jun Robles Lana’s Barber’s Tales, Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, Danis Tanovic’s An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker, Jasmila Zbanic’s [link »

- sarah.cooper@screendaily.com (Sarah Cooper)

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Abu Dhabi Fest To Open With ‘Life of Crime’

1 October 2013 2:27 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Abu Dhabi Film Festival has unveiled its lineup featuring a wide range of works from emerging and established Arab filmmakers, comprising nine world preems from the Middle East unspooling alongside selected entries from the cream of this year’s international fest circuit crop.

Fest will open with a gala screening of U.S. helmer Daniel Schechter’s Elmore Leonard adaptation “Life of Crime,” getting its Mid-East preem after bowing in Toronto.

Abu Dhabi’s seventh edition — the second headed headed by Ali Al Jabri — will also fete Palestinian multi hyphenate Hiam Abbas with its Black Pearl Career Achievement Award.

Abbas, who starred in Steven Spielberg’s “Munich,” Thomas McCarthy’s “The Visitor,” and Eran Riklis’ “Lemon Tree,” among other films, made her directorial debut in 2012 with Palestinian frontier zone family saga “Inheritance.” The latest pic in which she stars is Ghazi Albuliwi’s “Peace After Marriage,” which will world »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Venice Film Review: ‘The Rooftops’

7 September 2013 9:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following the 2012 Cannes-preemed “The Repentant,” the man considered Algeria’s most important living director is on a roll with “The Rooftops,” easily one of Merzak Allouache’s best. Encompassing five different Algiers neighborhoods organized according to the five calls to prayer, Allouache presents a microcosm of Algerian society to expose the nation’s sharp class and religious divides, including a metaphoric representation of the country itself that’s astonishingly bold even if the symbolism borders on the heavy-handed. While some nuances will work best for locals, “Rooftops” combines choral complexity with accusatory critique, and deserves fest attention along with Francophone theatrical play.

After years in the director’s seat, Allouache has earned the right to tackle multiple stories, proving he can juggle them all in a manner that satisfies each point and every character. Like most of his best works, this is without question an issue film, and rather than »

- Jay Weissberg

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Viff 2013 – Es-Stouh (The Rooftops) Review

7 September 2013 11:44 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The solitude of primary numbers. Merzak Allouache’s Es-Stouh (The Rooftops) is the last in competition and focuses on five rooftops in five different parts of Algiers. The action is broken up by the five calls to prayer heard from the city’s minarets.

As dawn breaks on the city the audience is introduced to the different groups of people who make up the rooftop stories of this interesting and arresting film. We meet the layabout who squats in the washroom of his apartment block, making money from some very dodgy deals, and the property developer and his thugs giving someone a little water board treatment. Light relief is brought by a band and a camera crew. We watch a lonely housewife, spreading her rug out to beat. Perhaps the oddest group is the family living in a ramshackle hut, which we later discover was built with the help of »

- Jo-Ann Titmarsh

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Full line-up for the BFI London Film Festival announced

4 September 2013 11:03 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With Venice underway and Toronto beginning this week, festival season is in full swing, and next month it's the turn of the UK capital for the 57th BFI London Film Festival. This morning the BFI's Clare Stewart announced the full line-up for the festival, which is set to include a total of 234 fiction and documentary features, including 22 World Premieres, 16 International Premieres, 29 European Premieres and 20 Archive films. Here's the press release in full....

Galas

Opening & Closing Night Galas

The Festival opens with the European Premiere of Paul GreengrassCaptain Phillips a high-stakes thriller based on true story of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates with Tom Hanks playing the eponymous lead role.

The European Premiere of Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks will close the festival, the film which tells the untold story of how Mary Poppins was brought to the »

- Flickering Myth

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London Film Festival 2013: full line-up

4 September 2013 4:04 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Browse all the sections of the 57th London Film Festival (Oct 9-20) including the galas, competition titles and individual sections.

Alphabetical list of titles by section including feature premiere status

Wp = Wp

Ep = European Premiere

IP = International Premiere

UK = UK Premiere

Gala’s

Opening Night

Captain Phillips, Paul Greengrass (Us) Ep

Closing Night

Saving Mr Banks, John Lee Hancock (Us/UK) Ep

Philomena, Stephen Frears (UK) UK12 Years A Slave, Steve Mcqueen (UK) EPGravity, Alfonso Cuaron (Us) UKInside Llewyn Davis, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen (Us) UKLabor Day, Jason Reitman (Us) EPThe Invisible Woman, Ralph Fiennes (UK), EPThe Epic Of Everest, John Noel (UK) WPBlue Is The Warmest Colour, Abdellatif Kechiche (France) UKNight Moves, Kelly Reichardt (Us) UKStranger By The Lake, Alain Guiraudie (France) UKDon Jon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Us) UKMystery Road, Ivan Sen (Australia) UKOnly Lovers Left Alive, Jim Jarmusch (Us) UKNebraska, Alexander Payne (Us) UKWe Are The Best!, Lukas Moodysson (Sweden) EPFoosball 3D, Juan Jose Campanella (Argentina »

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12 Years a Slave, Gravity, The Zero Theorem & More Lead BFI London Film Festival Line-Up

4 September 2013 3:13 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The 57th BFI London Film Festival line-up has officially been revealed, and it is led by a slew of incredibly promising films, many of which have already been buzzing on the festival circuit, and a number of which will be making their debuts here in London.

As previously announced, Paul GreengrassCaptain Phillips will open the festival next month, and John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks will close it, book-ending the festival with Tom Hanks leading two highly prominent, Oscar-primed movies.

Stephen FrearsPhilomena was also previously announced as the Lff American Express Gala, with The Epic of Everest announced as the Lff Archive Gala.

And leading the line-up alongside them this year will be some of the most Oscar-buzzed movies of 2013, including Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity (in 3D), Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem, »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Full Line-Up Revealed For The 57th BFI London Film Festival

4 September 2013 3:06 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Our own Sam Carey has been nestled in the Odeon Leicester Square for the last hour and a half where the full line-up for the 57th BFI London Film Festival has been revealed (you can see his live tweets over at the @thncom twitter feed). We can now provide you with the line up for this years festival in its entirety via the press release below.

Key films screening at the festival include Paul Greengrass helmed Captain Phillips, the George Clooney/ Sandra Bullock space epic Gravity, Tome Hanks starrer Saving Mr Banks, Stephen FrearsPhilomena, 12 Years A Slave from Steve McQueen, the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, Jason Reitman’s literary adaptation Labor Day starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes’ second directorial feature The Invisible Woman, Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon, Alexander Payne’s road-trip Nebraska and Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive. »

- Paul Heath

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Elle Buys Italian ‘Art’ at Venice Film Festival

29 August 2013 11:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris-based sales company Elle Driver has acquired all international territories outside Italy on ambitious Italo animation drama “The Art of Happiness,” by Alessandro Rak, which opened the International Critics’ Week here at Venice.

Pic for adult audiences about a about a Neapolitan cab driver and former musician searching for spirituality as he drives the city’s garbage-strewn streets, marks a rare case of a young Italian animation director managing to make his feature film debut.

“Italy lags behind in the animation sector, especially in terms of being able to adapt to changing storytelling forms for new media,” said producer Luciano Stella. “We are trying to change that.”

Rak is a graduate of Rome’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Film School and also a graphic novelist.

Pic is produced by Stella and Naples shingle Mad Entertainment, and will be distributed in Italy by Istituto Luce Cinecitta.

Elle Driver is emerging as a high-profile Venice player, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Venice: Elle Driver Buys Italian ‘Art’

29 August 2013 7:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris-based sales company Elle Driver has acquired all international territories outside Italy on ambitious Italo animation drama “The Art of Happiness,” by Alessandro Rak, which opened the International Critics’ Week here at Venice.

Pic for adult audiences about a about a Neapolitan cab driver and former musician searching for spirituality as he drives the city’s garbage-strewn streets, marks a rare case of a young Italian animation director managing to make his feature film debut.

“Italy lags behind in the animation sector, especially in terms of being able to adapt to changing storytelling forms for new media,” said producer Luciano Stella. “We are trying to change that.”

Rak is a graduate of Rome’s Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Film School and also a graphic novelist.

Pic is produced by Stella and Naples shingle Mad Factory, and will be distributed in Italy by Istituto Luce Cinecitta.

Elle Driver is emerging as a high-profile Venice player, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Venice 2013: Venezia 70 programme preview

28 August 2013 12:31 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

With the rise of the encroaching Toronto, the domestic competition offered by Rome and a hugely successful Cannes this year, the 70th Venice Film Festival - which begins on 28 August - is facing some pretty stiff competition. The lineup, however, is on the face of it relatively low-key, though there are some very interesting possibilities and potential surprises. Regular attendee George Clooney opens proceedings with Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity, whilst in the main competition lie a mix of old hands - Errol Morris with his Donald Rumsfeld documentary, Hayao Miyazaki's last fable - along with fresh talents such as Kelly Reichardt (Night Moves) and Jonathan Glazer (with his Birth follow-up, Under the Skin).

Terry Gilliam also returns after an elongated absence, his The Zero Theorem starring Christoph Waltz as a hacker searching for the meaning of existence. The film hopefully marks a return to form for a filmmaker who »

- CineVue UK

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