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10 features and 10 shorts will be on offer.
UniFrance is launching the fourth edition of myFrenchFilmFestival.com, which will run Jan 17 to Feb 17.
Last year’s festival saw 750,000 viewings in 189 countries.
New for the 2014 edition are the addition of platforms including iTunes in 80 territories. SpectiCast will make the selections available to more than 1,000 cinemas worldwide, and 400 airlines will offer the films via partner Skeye.
The festival will showcase 10 first and second features and 10 shorts.
The jury for the filmmakers award will be led by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and also include Lynne Ramsay, Marco Bellocchio and Anurag Kashyap. A press award, audience award and social networks award will also be handed out.
The films are:
In a Rush, directed by Louis Do Lencquesaing
Little Lion, directed by Samuel Collardey
Maddened by His Absence, directed by Sandrine Bonnaire
The Virgin, the Copts and Me, directed by Namir Abdel Messeeh
The Rendez-Vous of Déjà-Vu, directed by Antonin »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
Marrakech, Morocco– Alice Winocour’s period drama “Augustine,” Jean-Christophe Dessaint’s artsy toon “The Day of The Crows,” and Marc Fitoussi’s comedy “Pauline Detective” are among the 10 pics set to compete at Unifrance’s fourth edition of MyFrenchFilmFestival.com, an online fest.
U.K.’s Lynne Ramsay (“We Need to Talk About Kevin”), Italy’s Marco Bellocchio (“Vincere”) and India’s Anurag Kashyap (“Ugly”) have come on board to serve on the filmmakers’ jury which will be presided by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (“The Young And Prodigious T.S. Spivet,” who succeeds “The Artist” helmer Michel Hazanavicius.
Pics will also vie for the international press, audience and social networks nods.
Web users will have access to 10 feature-lenghts and 10 shorts subtitled in 13 languages and available across 20 platforms, including iTunes, in 80 territories.
Fest was created by Unifrance to promote French films that are still available in many international territories. Although the initiative is not exactly lucrative, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Helps the Medicine Go Down: Golino’s Winning, Striking Debut
Actress Valeria Golino hinges an intriguing character study around the thorny topic of euthanasia, with her directorial debut, Honey. Jasmine Trinca stars as an assisted suicide activist, a beautiful harbinger of oblivion, and it would seem that death certainly becomes her in this meditative tale that avoids polemics in favor of self-discovery and exploration. Light in narrative events, choosing to focus instead on her protagonist’s work interactions, which are always conveyed with a muted, yet respectful empathy, Golino’s film is an adept and engrossing debut, enhanced by a hypnotizing soundtrack and striking visuals.
Irene (Jasmine Trinca), masquerades as Honey, an operative in a secret ring of professionals that specialize in assisted suicide with terminally ill patients. She gets her assignments from her ex-lover (Libero Di Rienzo), a hospital physician. It’s Irene/Honey’s job to meet with »
- Nicholas Bell
A total of 24 co-production projects and sections devoted to China, digital and remakes help make up Rome’s industry events.
The 8th Rome Film Festival (Nov 8-17) has revealed details of its International Film Market ahead of its launch next week.
Rome’s key industry initiatives – the informal The Business Street (TBS) screenings market and the New Cinema Network (Ncn) co-production market – will run from Nov 13-17.
Organisers are expecting distributors and producers from 45 countries and 700 accredited visitors as well as 24 selected projects, a China Day and a new initiative dedicated to remakes as well as meetings, panel discussions and conferences.
Single venue; digital focus
But for the first time both TBS and Ncn will be held in a single venue, the Hotel Bernini Bristol.
The Terrace will host the buyers and sellers »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The Vesuvius of social-psychological potboilers. All the screaming and twice the anguish of the average Italian movie. Marco Bellocchio’s angst-fest received a prominent screening at the recent Open Roads: New Italian Cinema film festival at Lincoln Center in New York. Some Italian films err on the lighthearted side, some on the heavy. This film is so laden with emotion soaked evocation the average American viewer may want a divorce after the first fifteen minutes. The story, written by the director, is loosely based on the real life tragedy of the comatose Eluana Eduardo. Her father wanted to remove life support after there was no longer significant hope she would wake up. In 2008, political conservatives joined forces with the »
- Ron Wilkinson
Italian screenwriter, novelist and poet who formed a successful partnership with the film director Roberto Benigni
Although he was a respected novelist and poet, Vincenzo Cerami, who has died aged 72 after a long illness, was perhaps best known as a screenwriter, thanks to his long partnership with the director Roberto Benigni. The pair co-wrote six films and had their greatest success with La Vita è Bella (Life Is Beautiful, 1997), which starred Benigni as a Jewish internee in a concentration camp, desperately pretending to his young son that it is all a game. The film won three Oscars and had a further four nominations, including for best screenplay. "Knowing Vincenzo was a gift," said Benigni, "because he taught people's hearts to beat."
On their early films together, Cerami was not able to totally sublimate Benigni's excesses as an actor. Nevertheless, Il Piccolo Diavolo (The Little Devil, 1988), Johnny Stecchino (1991) and Il Mostro (The Monster, »
- John Francis Lane
Rome – Italian screenwriter, author, and playwright Vincenzo Cerami, who was Oscar-nommed for penning Roberto Benigni’s “Life is Beautiful” and worked with top Italo helmers, including Marco Bellocchio and Gianni Amelio, died on Wednesday in Rome.
He was 72. The exact cause was not disclosed, but Cerami had been sick for some time.
Born in Rome to Sicilian parents, Cerami had the good fortune of having Pier Paolo Pasolini, not yet a film director at the time, as high-school teacher in Ciampino, just outside the Italian capital.
In 1976 Cerami published his first novel “Un borghese piccolo piccolo,” the tale of a lower-middle-class Joe who joins a masonic lodge to ensure his son will get his ministry desk job. The book was adapted in »
- Nick Vivarelli
The Summer 2013 issue of Cineaste has hit shelves, and features interviews with Carlos Reygadas and Sarah Polley. Online you'll find the conclusion to "Film Criticism: The Next Generation" and other exclusives. The Human Rights Watch Film Festival begins tomorrow in New York. Co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the IFC center, the doc fest features acclaimed films such as The Act of Killing (pictured above) and Camp 14 – Total Control Zone (which I wrote on here). Takashi Miike is in talks to make The Outsider, his first English language film, with Tom Hardy set as the prospective lead. The film tells "an epic story set in post-World War II Japan, chronicling the life of a former American G.I. who becomes part of the Japanese yakuza."
Vulgar Auteurism is being hotly debated on Twitter, blogs and other publications. The term, which originated with Andrew Tracy and Cinema Scope, »
- Adam Cook
At the end of the Open Roads: New Italian Cinema luncheon at Barbetta in midtown Manhattan, following espresso and dessert, Daniele Cipri, director of It Was the Son (È stato il figlio) enlightened me about ambiguity and Vertigo, objects of desire, a mastermind grandma, and the celebration of nothing. Cipri's presence at this year's gathering is of double importance as he is also the cinematographer for Marco Bellocchio's exquisite Dormant Beauty.
Cipri's incongruous tale is framed by waiting. In a room, where numbers flash to announce an open window, we meet a character, down on his luck, who talks to the strangers next to him. "They found a 90-year-old with a hole in his neck," is followed by a flashback of the lightning bolt that did it. "Someone killed his father for a scratch on a car," turns out not just to be another snippet of »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
On a rainy Friday at high noon in New York City, I met for a conversation with Marco Bellocchio on his latest film, the provoking Dormant Beauty (Bella addormentata), which screens in this year's Open Roads: New Italian Cinema at the city's Lincoln Center. His drama, starring Isabelle Huppert and Toni Servillo, explores Italian concerns in the wake of the famous real-life euthanasia case of Eluana Englaro. We discussed how he used Hillary Clinton as a marker of time, what it takes to awaken a sleeping giant, and Isabelle Huppert. We talked about the contrast in style and form of his 2009 film Vincere and the socio-political religious climate of a more contemporary Italy through sleeping beauties.
Anne-Katrin Titze: I would like to start with the fascinating structure of your film. You interweave three or four stories around the real life case of Eluana Englaro, who had been »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Italian actor, director and screenwriter Sergio Castellitto is to be honoured at the 66th edition of the Locarno Film Festival (August 7-17).
The tribute to Castellitto will include a conversation with him that is open to the public, and screenings of five films spanning his career: Jacques Rivette’s Va Savoir (Who Knows?) (2001), Marco Bellocchio’s My Mother’s Smile (2002), Alessandro Angelini’s Raise Your Head (2009), as well as Love & Slaps (2010) and the Swiss premiere of Twice Born, directed by Castellitto.
Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian said: ”This recognition of actor and director Sergio Castellitto is a way to honour a career that has bridged two distinct eras in Italian cinema - that of the ‘sacred monsters’ (Monicelli, Ferreri, Mastroianni…) and the new (Amelio, Bellocchio, Virzì) - before finding his own creative trajectory.
“Whether in the service of Italian or foreign filmmakers, or involved in his own productions, Sergio Castellitto represents the kind of quality Italian cinema »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Rome — The 66th Locarno Film Festival will fete Italo multihyphenate Sergio Castellitto with a Golden Pard for Lifetime Achievement and a mini-retro of his works both as thesp and helmer.
Castellitto pics set to unspool at the Swiss lakeside fest dedicated to indie fare include Jacques Rivette’s “Va savoir” and Marco Bellocchio’s “The Religion Hour,” both toplining him as protag, and also Castellitto-directed drama “Twice Born,” starring Penelope Cruz.
Newly installed Locarno artistic topper Carlo Chatrian praised the thesp-turned-auteur “for representing a type of quality Italian cinema that has a lot to say even beyond national borders; the same type of filmmaking I want to bring to Locarno,” he said.
Fest will run Aug. 7-17. »
- Nick Vivarelli
★★☆☆☆ Italian-Greek actress Valeria Golino - perhaps most familiar to international audiences as Tom Cruise's girlfriend in Rain Man - makes her directorial debut in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes with Miele (2013). Irene (Jasmine Trinca) lives a double life. To her father and her boyfriend she 's a university student, endlessly working on her thesis with a professor in Padua. However, she also has another mobile phone and another name - Miele or 'honey'. She flies to the United States and then enters Mexico by bus. With her short punkish haircut she looks like Anne Parillaud from Luc Besson's Nikita. Could she be a hitwoman?
It turns out that Irene/Miele has been helping terminally ill people end their lives, painlessly and with dignity. The topic of euthanasia has been a recurring one in Italy, with Marco Bellocchio's Dormant Beauty (2012) covering the infamous Eluana Englaro case »
- CineVue UK
Paris-based arthouse shingle Rezo has come on board to co-produce, distribute and handle international sales on Ralph Fiennes starrer “Two Women,” a Russian costume drama that will be helmed by Vera Glagoleva.
Now in pre-production, the pic is based on a play by Russian writer Ivan Turgenev. Set in the Russian countryside at the end of the 19th century, drama turns on the wife of a rich landowner who falls in love with her son’s tutor.
“Ralph Fiennes is the Hollywood star who stars in a Russian film, and that’s speaks volume about the universal quality of the script and the creative vision of Vera Glagoleva,” said Laurent Danielou, managing director at Rezo.
Pic is produced Russia’s Horosho Prod.,U.K. distributor Soda Pictures and UK producer David P. Kelly, Gvi Group, Jps. Russian »
- Elsa Keslassy
A petition that wants film and TV industries excluded from trade talks between the European Union and the U.S. — known as the “cultural exception” — has reached 5,000 names.
A statement issued Tuesday by bodies repping all sectors of the industry, including Eurocinema, Europa Cinemas, Europa Distribution and Europa Intl., said the European Commission “continues to maintain a dangerous position for the future of culture in Europe. These European organizations encourage (EU) member states and European leaders to take into account the issues and risks such a large negotiation mandate holds for cultural diversity.”
They also called on members of the European Parliament to adopt a draft opinion voted on by the European Parliament’s Intl. Trade Committee that excludes the cultural and audiovisual sectors from the trade negotiations.
Parliament is due to vote on the issue on »
- Leo Barraclough
Italo auteur Marco Bellocchio will be back behind the camera this summer to shoot “La prigione di Bobbio,” which Gaul’s Rezo Films is selling at Cannes.
Bellocchio’s long-gestating project is based on the true tale of a 17th century noblewoman forced to become a nun, but whose free-spirited love affairs inside the convent lead to incarceration.
It’s Bellocchio’s first collaboration with Rezo, which has listed the pic as “La Monaca,” its international title.
Bellocchio said “Monaca” will be shot in “the free-flowing spirit” of his “Sorelle Mai,” which screened at Venice in 2010 and starred both pro and non-pro actors. Ukrainian thesp Lidia Liberman, a graduate of Rome’s Centro Sperimentale Film School, will play the lead.
Pic will be a costumer, but will shift into present-day mode in the epilogue “underlining its contemporary relevance,” Bellocchio said.
Low-budget passion project is being produced by Bellocchio’s Kavac »
- Elsa Keslassy and Nick Vivarelli
The coming-of-age story stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Annasophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph and Liam James. Fox Searchlight, which acquired the comedy at Sundance, is releasing “The Way, Way Back” on July 5.
The festival, now in its 19th year, also announced Wednesday gala screenings for Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station” from the Weinstein Co. and the North American premiere of Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives” from Radius-twc. James Ponsoldt’s “The Spectacular Now,” David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, ” Ava DuVernay’s “Venus Vs.” and Lake Bell’s “In a World …” will also screen as part of the summer showcase series.
The festival had previously announced that Pedro Almodovar’s “I’m So Excited!” will be its opening-night selection on June 13.
The festival, »
- Dave McNary
Paris — Hengameh Panahi’s Paris-based Celluloid Dreams, one of Europe’s most respected sales companies, and Brussels’ uMedia, a burgeoning Euro mini-studio, have tied the knot on an alliance that ranges across film financing, production, acquisition and international sales.
The partnership marks out uMedia’s status as one of the Europe’s fastest-growing go-to movie companies for European and U.S. indies alike. It also gives Celluloid Dreams the bigger company backing that specialty film sales agents, however well connected, now crave in tougher times.
UMedia’s sales arm uConnect and Celluloid shared offices at Berlin, with uConnect taking joint responsibility with Celluloid Dreams for the sale of Celluloid Dreams’ slate. Now sealing a long-term expanded alliance, uMedia and Celluloid Dreams can explore fully the options on an enviable range of film operations.
Raising a reported Euros110 million ($145 million) in tax shelter coin last decade, uMedia has diversified rapidly from 2010 into production, »
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
From Page To Screen | Bradford International Film Festival | Belfast International Film Festival | Italian Film Festival
From Page To Screen, Bridport
Curated by novelist Joe Dunthorne, this festival of literary adaptations takes in everything from Patricia Highsmith thrillers (Plein Soleil, Strangers On A Train) to comic-book films American Splendor and Ghost World, and films based on plays, like new vampire flick Byzantium, which comes with a masterclass from producer Stephen Woolley. Dunthorne introduces Richard Ayoade's adaptation of his own Submarine, and its key influence The Graduate, and there's a special screening of Kubrick's The Shining at the precarious, disused Burton Cliff Hotel.
Various venues, Wed to 14 Apr
Bradford International Film Festival
Bradford is rarely the first city that springs to mind when you think of British cinema, but it's home to our National Media Museum and is a Unesco City of Film, no less. And its festival is an embarrassment »
- Steve Rose
...And it runs through the 28th. An eclectic selection from old guard masters and young upstarts the world over, with a few little seen oldies in the mix, the 2013 edition of Film Comment Selects at The Film Society of Lincoln Center is bound to have something for every kind of Twitch reader. On one end of the spectrum there's Ben Wheately's Sightseers and on the other end we have the U.S. premiere of Phillipe Grandrieux's White Epilepsy, which on the title alone piques my interest. Dustin Chang was fortunate enough to catch the selections Gebo And The Shadow, from Portuguese master Manoel de Oliveria, as well as Marco Bellocchio's Dormant Beauty. Here are his thoughts on both: 105 year old Manoel de Oliveira's latest...
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