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South Korean festival grows focus on alternative, experimental and “adventurous” cinema.
Held in a sunny Southern city with traditional houses and some of the hands-down most delicious food you’ll find in Korea, the Jeonju International Film Festival (Jiff) is celebrating its 16th edition with multiple sold out cinemas.
The fest has always been focused on supporting and promoting alternative, experimental and “adventurous” cinema. From its inception, Jiff put its money where its mouth is - producing a different triptych of digital films every year. Directors such as Jia Zhang-ke, Pedro Costa, Bong Joon Ho, Eric Khoo, Claire Denis and Bahman Ghobadi have participated.
Last year, Jiff went from producing three shorts annually to three features with an aim to help get them more festival play and theatrical releases.
“We wanted to heighten out rate of involvement and let the directors unfold their creativity as much as they wanted,” said Jiff programmer »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean Noh)
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Time's inimitable critic, Richard Corliss (1944 - 2015), pictured above. Visit David Hudson's roundup at Keyframe Daily for coverage. In the past week there's been more additions to the Cannes Film Festival lineup, including new movies by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Naomi Kawase and Gaspar Noé.When Manoel de Oliveira died earlier this month, word spread that he had made a film that would be released only upon his death, Memories and Confessions. Now word has come that its premiere screening will be on the 4th of May in Porto.Above: We're on the fence whether we should be excited for this, but the trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit certainly has us intrigued.New York's essential film listing site Screen Slate has turned to Kickstarter to help fund its project. Speaking of New York, this May the Museum of the Moving »
Gonçalves’ last work was hailed as one of the great Portuguese films – of the 1980s. Why has it taken him nearly three decades to make his next, The Invisible Life?
Swedish slowcoach Roy Andersson took seven years to complete A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, the third part of his “existence” trilogy. But that’s nothing compared to the glacial progress of Portuguese auteur Vítor Gonçalves – whose second feature film, The Invisible Life, is about to be released in the UK 29 years after his first, Uma Rapariga no Verão (A Girl in Summer). Gonçalves, now 64, rivals Andersson in his commitment to uncompromising, old-school art cinema, and his extended gap between features – interrupted only by a TV movie, Meia Noite (Midnight) in 1988 – must be some kind of record.
Rather like Andersson, Gonçalves turns out to be a genial, self-deprecating presence: soft-voiced, and prone to occasionally losing himself in his own train of thought. »
- Andrew Pulver
The Hollywood Reporter calls Josh Karp's Orson Welles's Last Movie: The Making of The Other Side of the Wind "an early contender for this year's best book about Hollywood"—and Vanity Fair's running a generous excerpt. Meantime, Jonathan Rosenbaum's posted his 2006 review of Simon Callow's biography of Welles. Also in today's roundup: Seven philosophers each pick a film to address an essential question. Zach Lewis on Jean-Luc Godard's Adieu au langage. A talk with Pedro Costa. Clayton Dillard on Preston Sturges's Sullivan's Travels. Steven Boone on Shirley Clarke's The Connection. Yusef Sayed on Sidney Lumet's The Offence. Kim Morgan on Stanley Kubrick's The Killing. And more. » - David Hudson »
"There truly is no such thing as a bad Guy Maddin interview," writes editor tag>Mark Peranson, introducing the new issue of Cinema Scope, which also features the magazine's top ten of 2014 (#1 is tag>Pedro Costa's tag>Horse Money). Issue 62 also features pieces on new work by tag>Kidlat Tahimik, tag>Kevin Jerome Everson, tag>Michael Mann, tag>Luo Li, tag>Rick Alverson, tag>Kornél Mundruczó and more. The Nation's 150th anniversary issue is full of treasures from the archive, including tag>James Agee's 1946 review of tag>Frank Capra's tag>It's a Wonderful Life. Also in today's roundup of news and views: tag>Adrian Martin on tag>Better Call Saul and much more. » - David Hudson »
Madrid – Opening with awaited Colombian title “Alias Maria” (pictured), threading the concept of memory – including fest’s own past – throughout its program, the 55th Cartagena International Film Festival, Latin America’s oldest fest, bows today under a new artistic director, Diana Bustamante, one of Colombia’s leading international producers (“The Wind Journeys,” “Crab Trap,” “La Playa D.C.,” “Refugiado” ).
It shows. The 55th Ficci, as it is known in local parlance, picks up, via a section dubbed 5 + 5 Ficci, on signature past Cartagena Fest titles from Latin America, and with a second sidebar, Gabo: The Films of My Life, on movies which impacted Colombia’s Nobel-prize novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a writer who studied cinema, taught cinema at Cuba’s San Antonio de los Baños Film School and whose novels inspired some 20 films. Arguably, his finest film creation, son Rodrigo Garcia, closes Ficci with “Last Days in the Desert.”
“The concept »
- John Hopewell
Madrid – Argentine Damian Szifron’s “Wild Tales,” Chilean Alejandro Fernandez Almendras’ “To Kill a Man” and Spaniard Alberto Rodriguez’s “Marshland” face off with 54 other candidates in the submission longlist for best film at the 2nd Platino Ibero-American Film Awards, Ibero-America’s highest-profile attempt to date to create a regional Oscars-style kudos ceremony.
Moving from spring to summer, the sophomore Platino Awards will take place on July 18 2015 at Nagueles’ natural outdoor auditorium, once a quarry, in Marbella, on Spain’s southern Andalusia coast. The Platinos kudoscast kicks off the town’s Starlite Festival, a music/fashion event known for its Antonio Banderas charity gala.
CNN’s Juan Carlos Arciniegas and Mexican singer-actress Alessandra Rosaldo will once more m.c. after a successful first outing at the 1st Platino Awards, held in Panama City last April.
Spain’s Egeda producers rights collection society is once more teaming with Fipca, the Ibero-American »
- John Hopewell
Chang was previously named as the Filmmaker in Focus at this year’s Hkiff, which will screen 14 of her films. Murmur Of The Hearts, in which she goes back to her Taiwanese roots, stars Isabella Leong, Joseph Chang, Lawrence Ko and Lee Sinje.
Other Hong Kong films receiving their world premiere at Hkiff include Lau Ho-Leung’s Two Thumbs Up, starring Francis Ng, Simon Yam and Leo Ku, and Fruit Chan’s documentary My City about well-known local writer Xi Xi.
Hkiff has also collaborated once again with Youku on an omnibus film, which will receive its receive its world premiere at the »
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
Restored, color versions of “Daughters, Wives and a Mother,” and “Scattered Clouds” are set to be the highlight of a film season at next month’s Hong Kong International Film Festival which will celebrate the life and work of the late great Japanese film maker Mikio Naruse.
The festival will also show “Repast” (1951), and “Floating Clouds” (1955). A further eight more Naruse films will unspool at the Hkiff’s Cine Fan program during April and May.
Naruse, who was director, screenwriter and producer, made some 89 films spanning the end of the silent film era to 1967. And is best known for movies that reflect emotionally and profoundly on the social condition of women, especially in the post-war era.
This year is the 110th anniversary of Naruse’s birth and the 60th anniversary of “Floating Clouds.”
The festival has previously announced that Hong Kong-based Taiwanese director and actor Sylvia Chang will be its ‘film maker in focus. »
- Patrick Frater
The stars are currently aligning auspiciously for Katherine Waterston, who quickly supplements her attention-grabbing performance as the not-so-missing person in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" with a startlingly impressive co-lead turn opposite small-screen favorite Elisabeth Moss in Alex Ross Perry's "Queen of Earth". The fourth feature from the Pennsylvanian writer-director - whose Sundance-premiered "Listen Up Philip" nabbed the runner-up prize (splitting Lav Diaz and Pedro Costa, no less) at Locarno last August - this janglingly unsettling, darkly comic psychological drama proved to be the hottest ticket at the Berlin International Film Festival's parallel Forum section. With Perry confirmed as a critically-lauded leading light among younger U.S. indie filmmakers, the enigmatically-titled "Queen of Earth" can expect plentiful festival exposure and appeals as a provocatively debate-sparking candidate for niche theatrical »
- Neil Young
Iffr reveals Big Screen Awards nominees and the complete line-up for its Bright Future and Spectrum strands, including world premieres from the Us, China and the Netherlands.
The UK film, written and directed by Debbie Tucker Green, will be vying for a prize of €10,000 ($12,000) awarded specifically to support theatrical distribution of the film in The Netherlands
The 10 nominees are from Iffr’s Bright Future and Spectrum programmes with the winner chosen by a specially selected audience jury. Other titles include Lisandro Alonso’s Cannes Fipresci winner Jauja and Carlos Vermut’s San Sebastian winner Magical Girl.
The nominees are:
I Swear I’ll Leave This Town, Danial AragãoJauja, Lisandro AlonsoKey House Mirror, Michael NoerThe Lesson, Kristina Grozeva, Petar ValchanovMagical Girl, Carlos VermutA »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2014?
Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2014—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2014 to create a unique double feature.
All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2014 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »
12 items from 2015
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