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9 items from 2014

Berlinale 2015: Panorama titles revealed

16 December 2014 7:51 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New films from Hal Hartley, James Franco, Gus Van Sant among lineup.

Eighteen features - including seven documentaries - have been selected for the Berlinale’s Panorama programme.

Among the selection are new films from Hal Hartley, Doze Niu Chen-Zer, Jk Youn and The Yes Men.

Hartley concludes his filmic trilogy with Ned Rifle while Justin Kelly’s Gus Van Sant-produced debut I Am Michael stars James Franco as a gay activist in the 1980s.

54: The Director’s Cut


By Mark Christopher

With Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Mike Myers, Sela Ward, Mark Ruffalo

World premiere



By François Delisle

With Sébastien Ricard, Fanny Mallette, Pierre Curzi, Geneviève Bujold

European premiere

Der letzte Sommer der Reichen (The Last Summer of the Rich)


By Peter Kern

With Amira Casar, Nicole Gerdon, Winfried Glatzeder

World premiere

Dora oder Die sexuellen Neurosen unserer Eltern (Dora or The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents)

Switzerland / Germany

By Stina Werenfels »

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James Franco, Hal Hartley Films Feature in Berlin’s Panorama Lineup

16 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section has revealed its first 19 films, which include Hal Hartley’s latest “Ned Rifle,” and “I Am Michael,” in which James Franco stars as a gay rights activist.

Hartley, who presented “Henry Fool” in 1997 and “Fay Grim” in 2007, concludes his trilogy with “Ned Rifle,” which the section refers to as a masterpiece.

Justin Kelly delivers his directorial debut, “I Am Michael,” which was co-produced by Gus Van Sant. In it, Franco portrays a gay rights activist during the 1980s, who then tries to turn straight in the 1990s. Pic, which preems at Sundance, also stars Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts.

Director Mark Christopher presents “54 — The Director’s Cut,” 17 years after the film’s premiere. The original movie — about the legendary New York nightclub Studio 54 — was heavily edited by its investors.

Films from East Asia make a strong showing, with a number of modern history »

- Leo Barraclough

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The Goob wins Dinard's top prize

12 October 2014 7:54 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Other prize winners include ‘71, Catch Me Daddy and Lilting.

The 25th anniversary of Brittany’s Dinard British Film Festival gave its top prize, the Golden Hitchcock, to Guy Myhill’s The Goob. The prize comes with distribution assistance and direct support to the director, and promotion on the Cine + channels.

The jury was led by Catherine Deneuve and also included Emilia Fox, Jodie Whittaker, Kevin Macdonald, Penny Woolcock, Amira Casar, Rémy Bezançon, Jean-Pierre Daroussin, Suzanne Clément, Léa Drucker and Alexandre Mallet-Guy. A special mention went to Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank.

The Award for Best Cinematography, sponsored by Technicolor, went to Daniel Wolfe’s Catch Me Daddy, which also won the Allianz Award for best screenplay.

Hong Khaou’s Lilting won the Heartbeat Award Le Prix Coup de Coeur, awarded by l’association La Règle du Jeu.

The Audience Award, sponsored by Première, was awarded to Yann Demange’s ‘71.

The Best Short Film Award, chosen from submissions »

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‘Vikings’ Actor George Blagden to Play Louis Xiv in ‘Versailles’

25 August 2014 8:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– ‘Vikings’ thesp George Blagden is set to play Louis Xiv in “Versailles,” the high-profile series directed by “Yves Saint Laurent” helmer Jalil Lespert for French pay TV Canal Plus.

Repped by Zodiak Rights and produced by Paris-based Capa Drama, the English-language “Versailles” will also topline Alexander Vlahos (“Merlin et Privates”), Dominique Blanc,  Amira Casar. The international cast will be completed by Tygh Runyan, Stuart Bowman, Noémie Schmidt, Evan Williams, Anna Brewster, Sarah Winter, Anatole Taubman, Lizzie Brocheré, Elisa Lasowski, Maddison Jaizani, Peter Hudson and Gilly Gilchrist.

Versailles” was created by Simon Mirren (“Criminal Minds”) and David Wolstencroft (“The Escape Artist”) who also serve as showrunners and exec-producers on the series, along with Claude Chelli (“Braquo”) at Capa Drama and Anne Thomopoulos (“Rome,” “Borgia”). It’s co-produced by Fabrice de la Patelliere at Canal Plus Creation Originale,  Capa Drama, Zodiak, et Incendo.

The key crew is led by set designer Katia Wyszkop (“Saint-Laurent, »

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Film Review: Age Of Uprising: The Legend Of Michael Kohlhaas (2013)

8 June 2014 10:14 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

  Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (2013) Film Review, a movie directed by Arnaud des Pallieres, and starring Mads Mikkelsen, Melusine Mayance, David KrossBruno GanzDenis Lavant, Roxane DuranDavid BennentSergi LopezAmira CasarJacques Nolot The slow, steady beat of drums pounds against the pitch-black background, which slowly opens up to a march of horses across the [...]

Continue reading: Film Review: Age Of Uprising: The Legend Of Michael Kohlhaas (2013) »

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Here Are All the Movies Opening Today, May 30th. What Will You See?

30 May 2014 8:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

These days, the number of indies premiering on a weekly basis can be both thrilling and intimidating. To help sift through the number of new releases (independent or otherwise), we've created the Weekly Film Guide. Below you'll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for today's fresh offerings.  Happy viewing! Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, May 30th. (Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.) Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas Director: Arnaud des PallièresCast: Mads Mikkelsen, Mélusine Mayance, Delphine Chuillot, David Kross, Bruno Ganz, Denis Lavant, Roxane Duran, Paul Bartel, David Bennent, Swann Arlaud, Sergi Lopez, Amira Casar, Jacques Nolot, Christian Chaussex, Jean-Louis Coulloc'h, Laurent Delbecque, Guillaume DelaunaySynopsis: "With the age of feudalism in decline, Europe rests at a tense crossroads between the old world and the new. Respected, well-to-do horse merchant Michael »

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Not My Type | 2014 Colcoa Review

28 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A Game of Give and Take: Belvaux Examines Le Pompatus de L ’amour

Known for a number of genre tinged thrillers that tend to examine the darker aspects of human nature, the subject matter of Lucas Belvaux’s latest feature, Not My Type, seems almost shocking in that, on the surface, it appears to be a bittersweet romantic comedy. But the film is an adaptation of a novel by Philippe Vilain, an author whose work is primarily centered on “love consciousness,” or, in other words, the many facets of love that unify and (mostly) separate us. Without having that in mind, however, there’s a definite unease snaking through the careful build-up of Belvaux’s film, a literary minded work that takes great pains to develop its two central characters as particular types, which creates an oddly distancing effect in our attitudes toward them. It’s as if, at any minute, »

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #22. Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent

5 March 2014 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Saint Laurent

Director: Bertrand Bonello

Writers: Bertrand Bonello & Thomas Bidegain

Producers: Mandarin Cinéma’s Eric and Nicolas Altmayer

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Léa Seydoux, Louis Garrel, Jérémie Renier, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Jasmine Trinca, Helmut Berger, Dominique Sanda, Amira Casar

Coming off his career high-point in L’Apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close) aka House of Tolerance (which our Blake Williams placed high above his 2011 Best List (here is our interview with the filmmaker), Bertrand Bonello curiously decided to move towards biopic terrain for his sixth feature film and it just so happens embark on a non-battle of dueling portraits on the fashion guru.

Gist: The film will focus on the period running 1965 to 1976 when Yves Saint Laurent was at the peak of his powers, culminating with the 1976 Russian collection, considered by many as his most influential.

Release Date: An October 1st release date in place in France easily »

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #35. Guy Maddin’s Spiritisms

3 March 2014 7:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »


Director: Guy Madden

Writers: Evan Johnson, Robert Kotyk, Kim Morgan, Guy Maddin

Producers: Centre Pompideu

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Charlotte Rampling, Gerladine Chaplin, Udo Kier, Mathieu Amalric, Maria de Medeiros, Ariane Labed, Amira Casar, Elina Löwensohn, Adèle Haenel, Mathieu Demy

While we thought this would be a 2013 title, the year has come and gone without much word on this project until a recent interview with Charlotte Rampling revealed that this was more of a project rather than a film, perhaps to be released online, but no details have been released one whether this will survive as one entire film. We’re thinking Guy Maddin’s 2014 will revolve around this project and another short he’s been working on, “Seances,” as he preps his long gestating The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman.

Gist: A portmanteau-style anthology of reenactments, recreations or reinventions from various lost or abandoned films (the film »

- Nicholas Bell

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