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Debut film of Turkey’s Erol Mintas wins best film, best actor. Special Jury Award and best actress go to Brides
The 20th Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-23) wrapped on Saturday night with Turkish writer-director Erol Mintaş ‘s first film Song of My Mother winning the main award Heart of Sarajevo for the best feature film and €16,000 provided by the Council of Europe.
In addition, the film’s lead Feyyaz Duman won best actor and €2,500.
The co-production between Turkey’s Mintasfilm, France’s Arizona Production and Germany’s mîtosfilm world-premiered at Sarajevo.
A mother-son relationship film set among Kurds in Istanbul, it was finished in June thanks to the 1000 Volt Post-Production Award the project won at the Istanbul Film Festival’s Meetings on the Bridge in April.
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The Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-24) launched its 20th edition on Friday night and staged a hat-trick of events to mark the occasion.
After the traditional welcome drinks reception on the Festival Square, festival director Mirsad Purivatra took to the stage of the city’s Open Air Cinema in front of an audience of thousands to award Gael Garcia Bernal with the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo.
“Since your appearance in Amores Perros, you have played different characters in many films that have made up part of our programme,” said Purivatra.
“We admire you as an actor, a film director and a person who is trying to change the world. It is an honour to welcome you to Sarajevo and to »
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The Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-23) has unveiled the guest list for its 20th edition.
Mexican actor Gael García Bernal will be the first guest to meet this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival audience, stepping in front of 3,000 cinemagoers at the Open Air Cinema before a screening of Alejandro González Inárritu’s Amores Perros.
Bernal will receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo on the opening night, as will designer and director Agnes B. who will screen her feature debut Je M’appelle Hmmm…
That same night, directors Cristi Puiu, Vladimir Perišić, Aida Begić, Marc Recha, Angela Schanelec and Isild Le Besco will present their short films, compiled as the omnibus feature Bridges of Sarajevo.
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The Sarajevo Film Festival is to mark its 20th edition next month with three opening films and honorary awards for three leading filmmakers. Actor Gael Garcia Bernal, designer and filmmaker Agnes B., and Oscar-winning Bosnian director Danis Tanovic (No Man's Land) will receive Heart of Sarajevo awards. Bernal and Agnes B. will receive their awards at the festival's opening on Aug. 15; Tanovic will be honored at the closing ceremony Aug. 23. Photos Titans of Comic-Con: Stars Re-Create Classic Characters In an unusual move, the festival will screen three opening-night films to mark its 20th
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Agnes B. and Garcia Bernal will receive their awards at the opening ceremony. Tanovic will receive his award in the National Theater on the last night of the festival.
Agnes B. will present her feature “Je m’appelle hmmm…” on the second day of the festival, which runs Aug. 15-23.
Three films will be screened on the opening night. In the festival’s largest venue, Ht Eronet Open Air Cinema, there’ll be a screening of “Amores Perros,” the debut feature of Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu.
Inarritu’s film plays as part of a tribute to Mexican cinema, and has been selected for two reasons. First, it heralded the emergence of the Mexican new wave cinema, and second, it introduced Garcia Bernal, who was only 20 at the time. »
- Leo Barraclough
While James Franco and the producers behind "Spring Breakers: The Second Coming" have been caught up in a war of words, director Harmony Korine had his own reaction to the news of the sequel that he posted to Facebook a little earlier, saying: "Like what the F$$$ so some guy decided to make spring breakers two without mine our James permission lame muthafuker!" But life continues for Korine. He has a possible project brewing with Robert Pattinson, and uh, he's designing handbags. For real. Fashion brand Agnes B. hired Korine to design a purse for them, and the result is perfectly Harmony Korine. He took their beautiful bag and then then scrawled a monster on the side, and stamped with his signature. Done. So much will it cost you ladies to walk around with this Korine embroidered nightmare on your shoulder? $395. Check it out below. [Bustle] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Whether you’re already a fan of world cinema or looking to expand your film horizons, the 2014 edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema is a must.
And what’s even better is that this year’s event isn’t just in London. Instead you can experience a little bit of France in various venues across the UK, including Bristol’s Watershed, Nottingham’s Broadway and Cambridge’s Arts Picturehouse.
So what’s lined up for 2014? Well, there’s a mixture of brand new cinema and restored classics for you to choose from.
Perhaps Albert Dupontel’s César Award winning comedy 9 Month Stretch will ignite your enthusiasm. Or maybe you’ll go for Agnes B’s directorial début My Name Is Hmmm… or Martin Provost’s literary biopic Violette. Internationally known director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (AMÉLIE, City Of Lost Children, Alien Resurrection) is also represented at the event with The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet. »
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Fifth edition of annual showcase of contemporary French cinema to take place in key cities across the UK from April 23-28.
Vernoux and lead actress Fanny Ardant will be in attendance at the Curzon Soho in London for a post-screening Q&A.
Run by UniFrance Films and the Institut français in London, the fifth edition of the annual showcase of contemporary French cinema will take place in key cities across the UK. As well as at the Curzon Soho and Ciné Lumière, films will screen in Bristol, Cambridge, Canterbury, Nottingham, Oxford and at the Duke of York’s in Brighton.
Speaking to Screen, Isabelle Giordano, executive director of UniFrance Films, says the focus of this year’s showcase is to highlight burgeoning talent in France.
“What I would like to do for this edition is to focus on the »
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Future Film Festival | Glasgow Film Festival | Deep Desires & Broken Dreams | Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival
Future Film Festival, London
This three-day festival is aimed at nurturing young film-makers, and there's plenty for them to be inspired by. The first day focuses on documentary as a tool for radical politics and social change (as in The Act Of Killing or Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer), and the second, on fiction, brings rebellious teen flick We Are The Freaks. The third day is on animation, with screenings, workshops (on how to make a short doc on your mobile)and professional advice, including wise words from Gravity's visual effects ace, Neil Corbould.
BFI, SE1, Fri to 23 Feb
Glasgow Film Festival
Where to start with this many-tentacled sprawl of a festival? How about Scarlett Johansson cruising Glasgow in a Transit van trying to pick up men? That's on offer in Jonathan Glazer's dark sci-fi Under The Skin, »
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9 items from 2014
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