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Abu Dhabi scores nine world premieres

29 September 2014 4:57 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Adff to present 197 films from 61 countries.

The 2014 Abu Dhabi Film Festival (Adff), backed by twofour54, will present nine feature world premieres, eight of them from the Arab world. The short film sections will host 48 world premieres.

The festival will open with Ali Mostafa’s From A to B [pictured], and festival director Ali Al-Jabri said: “It is the first time in the festival’s history that we opening with an Emirati film and we ares very proud about this landmark event.”

The festival runs October 23 to November 1 and presents 197 films from 61 countries.

For the second year, the festival host the Child Protection Award organised with the Child Protection Centre of the Ministry of Interior, to spotlight films that raise awareness about abused or neglected children. Films competing for that prize include Zerensenay Mehari’s Difret, Albert Shin’s In Her Place, and Cyprien Vial’s Young Tiger.

The Showcase section includes films such as ‘71, A Pigeon Sat on »

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Toronto 2014: 'Return to Ithaca' review

15 September 2014 9:20 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆One of two films at Toronto 2014 that take in a group of friends over the course of one balmy Cuban evening, Return to Ithaca (2014) is the new film from French director Laurent Cantet. After the Palme d'Or-winning The Class (2008) and 2012's somewhat clunky Foxfire, this is another dialogue heavy character piece. Though more intentionally languid affair than both of those two films, it retains a political edge, exploring the country's recent history through the diverging lives of these five comrades. It is slow going for the majority of its runtime, but with such a fine ensemble cast, patience does pay dividends as rifts and secrets surface amidst pensive self-reflection and regret, both national and personal.


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Return to Ithaca | 2014 Tiff Review

6 September 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Shared Tendencies: McGowan’s Debut an Understated Navigation

Palme d’Or winning director Laurent Cantet continues a tour outside of France with his latest feature, the carefully constructed and gently understated Return to Ithaca, which sees the director returning to Cuba, the same lieu where he previously contributed to the 7 Days in Havana ominbus. A dialogue driven character study of several old friends reuniting after some years, the film’s minimalist focus on the everyday dramas that inform our lives is very much in line with Cantet’s earlier pieces, which often deal with life’s tendency to be defined by occupation and income. Yet this marks the first time Cantet examines the perspective of a group of people preoccupied exclusively with happenings of the past.

On a rooftop terrace overlooking Havana’s ocean avenue, the Malecon, a quintet of five middle aged friends reunite for the first time since their youth. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Venice Separate Sidebar Prizes Announced

5 September 2014 10:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Venice – The Venice Film Fest has announced prizes for its independantly run sidebar sections.

Italo helmer Ivano De Matteo’s “The Dinner,” pictured, scored the Europa Cinemas nod for best European film in the Venice Days section. Inspired by Dutch writer Herman Koch’s best-selling novel, “The Dinner” stars Alessandro Gassman, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, and young rising Rome-based American actress Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (Game of Thrones) in a drama about rivalry between brothers, spoiled kids, and difficult moral choices. The prize, given by a jury of four exhibitors, will give the pic promotional push and better exhibition circulation thanks to an EU financial incentive for the Europa Cinemas network of cinemas to include it in their programming schedule.

Gallic auteur Laurent Cantet’s “Return To Ithaca,” about five friends who reunite on a rooftop terrace in contempo Havana when one of them unexpectedly reappears after a 16-year exile, took the newly »

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Return to Ithaca wins Venice Days

5 September 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Laurent Cantet’s Spanish-language feature wins cash prize.

This year’s Venice Days Award has been won by Laurent Cantet’s Return to Ithaca.

The latest film from 2008 Palme d’Or winning director Cantet centres around a group of friends in Cuba celebrating the return of an exiled friend. The film, handled by Funny Balloons, also plays in Toronto Special Presentations.

The jury, headed by Argentinian filmmaker Diego Lerman, comprised participants of the European Parliament’s 28 Times Cinema programme. 

A statement from the jury said: “With limited conditions of time and space the film-maker succeeds to deliver an emotional and complex take on dealing with the secrets of the past.”

The €20,000 cash prize will be split equally between the filmmaker and the film´s international distributor, which will use the sum received to promote the winning film internationally. »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Daily | Laurent Cantet’s Return To Ithaca Wins Venice Days Award

5 September 2014 7:52 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Venice Days has announced that Laurent Cantet's Return to Ithaca, which'll be screening as a Special Presentation in Toronto, has won the top award. Says the jury, headed by Diego Lerman: "With limited conditions of time and space the filmmaker succeeds to deliver an emotional and complex take on dealing with the secrets of the past." It's "a film whose educational value outweighs its dramatic heft," grants Jessica Kiang at the Playlist. "Your experience will depend entirely on your tolerance for learning social history lessons through the anecdotal reminiscences and recriminations of a group of fifty-something Cubans. Ours, however, was surprisingly high." » - David Hudson »

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Boyhood wins top Fipresci critics award

5 September 2014 4:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Richard Linklater’s 12-year project beats Ida, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Winter Sleep.

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood has been named the best film of the past year by the members of the International Federation of Film Critics, Fipresci.

The poll for the Fipresci Grand Prix 2014 - Best Film of the Year gathered votes from 553 members throughout the world.

In the first phase, participants nominated feature-length films that received their world premiere no earlier than July 1, 2013. This led to a final round between the four finalists: Boyhood by Richard Linklater, Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski, The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson, and Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

This is the first Linklater has won the prize, which has previously gone to Michael Haneke, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jafar Panahi, Pedro Almodóvar, Jean-Luc Godard and Nuri Bilge Ceylan, among others, since its establishment in 1999.

Boyhood will have a special screening at the San Sebastián Film Festival on Sept »

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Venice Review: Laurent Cantet’s ‘Return To Ithaca’ A Mild But Insightful Look At Cuba's Castro Generation

4 September 2014 11:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

A noble, though not entirely successful attempt to glimpse behind the veil of a society that if not quite closed, is at least shuttered to outsiders, Laurent Cantet’s talky “Return to Ithaca” is a film whose educational value outweighs its dramatic heft. And for many viewers, that will be off-putting. Your experience will depend entirely on your tolerance for learning social history lessons through the anecdotal reminiscences and recriminations of a group of fifty-something Cubans. Ours, however, was surprisingly high. While there’s no way we can say the film made a particularly visceral or emotional impact, we were nonetheless absorbed by its thoughtful rhythms and the gradual patchwork impression it builds of a particular generation of Havana-ites. In fact, it mines lesser-seen territory twice over, as a picture of life in Castro’s Cuba, but also as a portrait of friendship within an age group who, being beyond »

- Jessica Kiang

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Venice Film Festival’s U.S. Presence Subdued, Art Pics Dominate

31 August 2014 12:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Venice — The absence of hefty U.S. fare is beginning to be felt as the Venice Festival enters its second stretch.

Many of this year’s really big guns — the Weinstein Co.’s Oscar hopeful “The Imitation Game,” Denzel Washington starrer “The Equalizer,” David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” — are now firing off at Telluride, Toronto and even, in Anderson and Fincher’s case, the New York Film Festival.

Ethan Hawke starrer “Good Kill,” sold by Voltage Pictures and on paper Hollywood’s biggest indie commercial play at Venice, has still to world preem on the Lido. Given the high costs of opening a film on the Lido, especially for star-studded U.S. movies, however, Venice’s 71st edition raises the question of whether the balance of fest power is shifting to North America.

In the past two decades, Venice has held world premieres for several hundreds of U. »

- John Hopewell

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Venice Film Review: ‘Return to Ithaca’

31 August 2014 5:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Old farts’ gatherings don’t interest the young,” muses one of five reunited friends in Laurent Cantet’s tragicomic character study “Return to Ithaca.” It’s debatable, however, whether more seasoned viewers will be much more compelled by this thoughtful but rather lethargic examination of dreams deferred and relationships interrupted in politically fragile Cuba. Taking place over one balmy Havana evening and barely leaving the city-center roof terrace where the bittersweet, middle-aged get-together is being held, whose personal histories take the film’s entire duration to assemble. A letdown from the Frenchman following the imperfect daring of 2012’s English-language debut “Foxfire,” “Ithaca” should nonetheless secure select arthouse distribution.

While superficially appropriate to a story of a long-delayed homecoming, the Homeric symbolism of the title might strike some as a tad grandiose  for a film that trades principally in intimate personal grievances. Inspired chiefly by one character’s arc in Cuban »

- Guy Lodge

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Why France Has Become a More Formidable Player at Film Festivals

30 August 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The French movie industry has been fiercely debating key issues: Exorbitant movie budgets, release windows, the difficulties of domestic distribution. But as a formidable festival force, France reigns near supreme in the sheer quantity of quality production.

Its presence has grown in the second half of 2014. At major festivals, only the U.S. bests France — quite obviously — at Toronto and Sundance.

The 71st Venice edition has made up for a lack of glam with early, well-received films from France and the U.S. such as Fox Searchlight’s “Birdman” and Ramin Bahrani’s “99 Homes” from Hyde Park Intl., Xavier Beauvois’ “La Rancon de la gloire” and Benoit Jacquot’s “Three Hearts.”

With still-to-play productions in Venice sections — Abel Ferrara’s “Pasolini,” produced by Paris’ Capricci Prods., Amos Gitai’s “Tsili,” Laurent Cantet’s “Return to Ithaca” — France has also made the most moves in the build-up to the Venice Film Market. »

- John Hopewell

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Market support for 39 European films at Toronto

29 August 2014 5:03 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Nearly 30 sales companies receive financial backing to market their films in Toronto.

A total of 28 sales companies from eight European countries are to receive financial backing from to market their films at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14) from European Film Promotion’s Film Sales Support scheme.

More than €150,000 ($200,000) in total is being reserved by Efp for Europe’s attending sales companies.

European films eligible for Fss support have to run in the festival and need to be available for Canada. Of the 39 supported films, 27 are receiving their world premiere in Toronto.

Amongst them are François Ozon’s The New Girlfriend, Bent Hamer’s 1001 Grams and Susanne Bier’s A Second Chance.

Michael Winterbottom The Face Of An Angel sees German actor and former European Shooting Star Daniel Brühl in a lead role.

Foreign Body by Krzysztof Zanussi, a co-production between Poland, Italy and Russia with one-time European Shooting Star Agata Buzek in a main role »

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Toronto plans acquisitions push

22 August 2014 10:37 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: In a bid to drive acquisitions, Toronto top brass are understood to be collaborating with select sales agents to allow festival staff and volunteers to attend four early-stage private buyers screenings.

Screendaily has learned the move is being orchestrated to replicate the buoyant atmosphere of public screenings in an effort to stir up sales.

The timing of the move is dictated by a growing recognition that most decision-makers at distribution companies will have left town by the time these films officially premiere in the second week, despite Toronto’s efforts to spread its riches across the duration of the festival.

That strategy was informed in part by the festival’s new and well documented policy of holding back until the second week premieres of anticipated films that will receive their actual world premiere in Telluride.

Two cases in point are North American premieres of The Weinstein Company’s Benedict Cumberbatch starrer The Imitation Game and Fox »

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San Sebastian unveils Pearls titles

14 August 2014 6:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cannes winner Winter Sleep and Berlin victor Black Coal, Thin Ice amongst line-up.

The 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival (Sep 19-27) has released the line-up for its Pearls strand.

Among the selected films are the winner of the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale, Black Coal, Thin Ice by Yinan Diao, and the film that received the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep.

The section also features new works from directors such as Isao Takahata, Xavier Dolan, Wim Wenders, Abel Ferrara, Laurent Cantet, Naomi Kawase and Mathieu Amalric.

All of the films in the Pearls Section will compete for the Audience Award, with votes cast by spectators at the first public screenings of each film in the section.

The Audience Award is split into two prizes: a First Prize for Best Film, with €50,000 ($67,000), and a Second Prize for Best European Film, with €20,000 ($27,000). The »

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UniFrance Courts Exhibition Sector, Youth, E.U.(Exclusive)

10 August 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Locarno –Designing a brace of novel industry initiatives that may well be taken on board by other major international film powers, Gallic promotion org UniFrance Films is forging ahead with new industry alliances.

Banner focuses feature novel exhibition link-ups, a play for young target groups, a presence in key and underserved markets and a constant lobby presence in Brussels, tne seat of the E.U.’s all-powerful Commission.

Delivered at the Locarno Festival by Jean-Paul Salome and Isabelle Giordano, UniFrance president and managing director, the drill-down on UniFrance policy comes as Luc Besson’s “Lucy” powers toward $100 million Stateside and France accounts for 13 of the 50 movies playing Locarno’s main three sections – a reminder of France’s central position in both mainstream and arthouse filmmaking in Europe.

Agnes Varda, Juliette Binoche and Jean-Pierre Leaud receive Locarno awards.

“What we’re really pleased about is the diversity of the French presence, »

- John Hopewell

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Venice 2014. Lineup

25 July 2014 12:21 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Venice International Film Festival is in the process announcing the lineup for its 71st edition. Here's what we know so far:


The Cut (Fatih Akin)

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson)

99 Homes (Ramin Bahrani)

Tales (Rakhshan Bani E'temad)

La rancon de la gloire (Xavier Beauvois)

Hungry Hearts (Saverio Costanzo)

Le dernier coup de marteau (Alix Delaporte)

Pasolini (Abel Ferrara)

Manglehorn (David Gordon Green)

Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (Alejandro González Iñárritu)

Three Hearts (Benoît Jacquot)

The Postman's White Nights (Andrei Konchalovsky)

Il Giovane Favoloso (Mario Martone)

Sivas (Kaan Mujdeci)

Anime Nere (Francesco Munzi)

Good Kill (Andrew Niccol)

Loin des hommes (David Oelhoffen)

The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer)

Nobi (Shinya Tsukamoto)

Red Amnesia (Wang Xiaoshuai) 

Out Of Competition

Joe Date. Photo by Evan Dickson.

Words with Gods (Guillermo Arriaga, Emir Kusturica, Amos Gitai, Mira Nair, Warwick Thornton, Hector Babenco, Bahman Ghobadi, »

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Al Pacino, Ethan Hawke and Laika's 'Boxtrolls' are heading for Venice

24 July 2014 2:25 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Films by David Gordon Green, Andrew Niccol and Abel Ferrara will bring world premieres to the Lido di Venezia this year, as the Venice Film Festival has announced its selections for the 71st edition of the oldest such event in the world. Green's "Manglehorn" with Al Pacino, Niccol's "Good Kill" with Ethan Hawke and Ferrara's "Pasolini" with Willem Dafoe promise to bring a fair share of star power to the event, while actors such as Viggo Mortensen, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver feature in films sprinkled throughout the Competition. "The Act of Killing" director Joshua Oppenheimer will also continue his look at the Indonesian genocide with a new documentary, "The Look of Silence." Playing out of competition are films by Barry Levinson ("The Humbling," also starring Pacino), James Franco ("The Sound and the Fury") and Lisa Cholodenko ("Olive Kitteridge"), while Focus Features will bring the new Laika film, "The Boxtrolls, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Latest From Ozon, Bahrani, Baumbach, Gordon Green, Petzold & Hansen-Løve Heading to Tiff…Telluride & Venice

22 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Much like back to school sales in mid July, in our books, Tiff’s first announcement wave reminds us that the end of summer is upon us (we heart fall film festival bliss) and it also gets our team of journalists heading to Tiff in Charlie Foxtrot pickle of a situation as the Docs, Midnight Madness, Vanguard & Wavelengths get revealed in the weeks to come making for scheduling overload. Of star-struck, tickets sale friendly list of showy red carpet items mentioned today, we find our usual set of Oscar bait items (how odd that Quebecois helmers Jean-Marc Vallee and Philippe Falardeau both present tear-jerker items with Reese Witherspoon), acquisitions titles, and more importantly, our first look at items that are pretty much guaranteed a showing at this year’s Telluride and Venice Film Festivals. On tap, we have Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden, Christian Petzold’s Phoenix, Noah Baumbach’s While »

- Eric Lavallee

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Toronto 2014 unveils first wave

22 July 2014 8:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) has fired its awards season opening salvo, announcing a slew of world premieres for the September edition, which will close with Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos.Scroll down for full list

Not to be outdone by the New York Film Festival, which has staked a claim to the world premieres of Gone Girl and Inherent Vice, and Venice, which will open with Birdman, artistic director Cameron Bailey and his team announced on Tuesday (22) close to 50 galas and special presentations.

Two factors are certain to ratchet up the sense of anticipation heading into September. Most of these titles are without Us distribution and that said, it remains to be seen which films will qualify for a coveted first-weekend slot.

Tiff top brass made it clear earlier this year that any title that sneaks into Telluride will be forced to screen after the first four days of the festival. Tiff runs from »

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Venice Days unveils 2014 line-up

22 July 2014 8:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Shawn Christensen’s Before I Disappear in 12-strong competition line-up.Scroll down for full list

Venice Days (Aug 27 to Sept 6) has unveiled the line-up for its 11th edition, opening with Kim Ki-Duk’s One On One and closing with Alex de la Iglesia’s footballer documentary, Messi.

The 11-day event, which runs as an independent sidebar of the Venice Film Festival, will play 12 features in competition – the first time Venice Days has hosted a competitive element.

Those competing for the €20,000 ($27,000) Venice Days Award, split between the winning director and international distributor of the film, include Shawn Christensen’s SXSW winner Before I Disappear; Guy Myhill’s The Goob; and Laurent Cantet’s Return to Ithaca.

The jurors for the Venice Days Award will be 28 young participants – one from each of the 28 EU member countries.

A total of 678 feature films were submitted between January and July. Including films viewed at festivals and markets, a total of »

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