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Toni Erdmann wins top prize in Brussels

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Toni Erdmann wins top prize in Brussels
Mirjana Karanovic’s A Good Wife wins best first film; audience award goes to Iciar Bollain’s The Olive Tree.

The 14th edition of the Brussels Film Festival closed with the Golden Iris award going to Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann, with a prize of €10,000 to distributor September Film. The film also won best screenplay and the Rtbf Vt Prize of best film.

The jury was comprised of Flemish actress Natali Broods, Italian director Emanuele Crialese, Belgian actor Pierre Dherte, Dutch actor Derek De Lint and Croatian director Ivona Juka.

The White Iris award for best first film in competition went to A Good Wife by Mirjana Karanovic.

The jury award went to Callback by Carles Torras; best photography went to Giorgos Arvanitis for Blind Sun; the Cineruopa award went to Pikadero by Ben Sharrock; Ups cinephile award went to Suntan by Argyris Papadimitropoulos.

The audience award went to The Olive Tree by Iciar Bollain, which also won
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Cannes 2016: Full jury announced

Today, the full jury for the 69th Cannes Film Festival was announced. The announcement comes after George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) was confirmed to head up the jury for this year’s festival, which kicks off in the south of France in just a couple of weeks.

Joining Miller are:

Arnaud Desplechin (Director, Writer – France), Kirsten Dunst (Actress – United States), Valeria Golino (Actress, Director, Writer, Producer – Italia), Mads Mikkelsen (Actor – Denmark), László Nemes (Director, Writer – Hungaria), Vanessa Paradis (Actress, Singer- France) ,Katayoon Shahabi (Producer – Iran), and Donald Sutherland (Actor – Canada).

Keep it Thn over the newxt few weeks for extensive Cannes coverage, which kicks off from May 11th, 2016.

Here’s the full press release.

Cannes has always sought to adopt a universal and international approach, and in tune with this tradition, George Miller will be surrounded by eight luminaries of world cinema, from Iran, Denmark, United States, Italia, France,
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Cannes reveals Competition jury

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Cannes reveals Competition jury
Donald Sutherland, Arnaud Desplechin, Vanessa Paradis among those to join president George Miller.

The 69th Cannes Film Festival jury, presided over by Mad Max director George Miller, will be made up of eight luminaries of world cinema, from Iran, Denmark, United States, Italy, France, Canada and Hungary.

The jury, made up of four women and four men, will comprise a collection of directors, actors and writers. They will decide on the prizes for the 21 films in Competition.

The jury:

George Miller – President

(Director, Writer, Producer – Australia)

Arnaud Desplechin (Director, Writer – France)

Kirsten Dunst (Actress– United States)

Valeria Golino (Actress, Director, Writer, Producer – Italia)

Mads Mikkelsen (Actor – Denmark)

László Nemes (Director, Writer – Hungaria)

Vanessa Paradis (Actress, Singer – France)

Katayoon Shahabi (Producer – Iran)

Donald Sutherland (Actor – Canada)

Arnaud Desplechin, Director, Writer (France)

Arnaud Desplechin became an official competitor at Cannes with The Sentinel, his first feature film. He then made My Sex Life… or How I Got
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Cannes reveals 2016 jury

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Cannes reveals 2016 jury
Donald Sutherland, Arnaud Desplechin, Vanessa Paradis among those to join president George Miller.

The 69th Cannes Film Festival, presided over by Mad Max director George Miller, will comprise eight luminaries of world cinema, from Iran, Denmark, United States, Italy, France, Canada and Hungary.

The jury, made up of four women and four men, comprises directors, actors and writers.

The jury:

George Miller – President

(Director, Writer, Producer – Australia)

Arnaud Desplechin (Director, Writer – France)

Kirsten Dunst (Actress– United States)

Valeria Golino (Actress, Director, Writer, Producer – Italia)

Mads Mikkelsen (Actor – Denmark)

László Nemes (Director, Writer – Hungaria)

Vanessa Paradis (Actress, Singer – France)

Katayoon Shahabi (Producer – Iran)

Donald Sutherland (Actor – Canada)

Arnaud Desplechin, Director, Writer (France)

Arnaud Desplechin became an official competitor at Cannes with The Sentinel, his first feature film. He then made My Sex Life… or How I Got into an Argument, which introduced a new generation of actors. The artists in his films have regularly been awarded the most
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Cannes 2016 Reveals Competition Jury With George Miller, Kirsten Dunst, Mads Mikkelsen & More

We have what should now be the full line-up for the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, featuring many of our most-anticipated films of the year. Coming next in line is the announcement of the competition jury, which director George Miller will be presiding over, returning to Cannes after delivering one of the best films of the festival last year, Mad Max: Fury Road.

Made up of four women and five men, they include Arnaud Desplechin (returning after last year’s My Golden Days), Kristen Dunst, Italian actress Valeria Golino, Mad Mikkelsen (Cannes Best Actor winner for The Hunt), Grand Prix-winning Son of Saul director László Nemes, actress/singer Vanessa Paradis, Iranian producer Katayoon Shahabi, as well as actor Donald Sutherland. Check out their biographies below as we look forward to seeing what they award the Palme d’Or, and beyond.

Arnaud Desplechin, Director, Writer (France)

Arnaud Desplechin became an official competitor at Cannes with The Sentinel,
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New York’s MoMA To Fete Italy’s Rai Cinema, Matteo Garrone’s ‘Tale of Tales’ U.S. Bow

New York’s MoMA To Fete Italy’s Rai Cinema, Matteo Garrone’s ‘Tale of Tales’ U.S. Bow
Rome – New York’s Museum of Modern Art will celebrate Italy’s Rai Cinema with a screening series set to kick off on December 4 with the U.S. bow of Matteo Garrone’s English-language fantasy/horror film “Tale of Tales” segued by nine other high-profile Italo titles co-produced by the powerhouse film production and distribution unit of Italian pubcaster Rai.

Garrone will be making the trek to New York for the U.S. launch of his freaky “Tales,” (pictured) which is based on folk myths collected and published by the 16th-century Neapolitan poet and scholar Giambattista Basile.

Pic, which made a splash in Cannes, stars Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones and John C Reilly. Its U.S. distributor, IFC, has yet to announce the stateside release date. Garrone will introduce the ambitious new work, which is emblematic of Rai Cinema’s support of visionary Italo auteurs, along with MoMA
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European Film Screenings Initiative Set To Kick Off In United Arab Emirates With ‘Song of the Sea’

European Film Screenings Initiative Set To Kick Off In United Arab Emirates With ‘Song of the Sea’
Irish animator Tomm Moore’s Celtic lore-inspired toon “Song of the Sea” will open the second edition of the European Film Screenings in the United Arab Emirates where standout titles from eighteen European countries will unspool for audiences in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, interspersed with Emirati shorts.

The unique October 21-31 event held in Novo Cinema multiplexes in both UAE cities has increased its raison d’être in the region, partly filling a gap left by the recent elimination of the Abu Dhabi film fest.

Song of the Sea” will kick things off presented by producer Stephan Roelants whose Luxembourg-based Melusine Production is co-producing Angelina Jolie’s upcoming animated pic “The Breadwinner.”

Hosts of the free-of-charge European screenings are the Luxembourg Embassy to the UAE and the European Delegation to the country. This year’s edition has been strongly supported by the Film Fund Luxembourg, directed by Guy Daleiden who is also making the trek.
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European Film Screenings Initiative Set To Kick Off In United Arab Emirates With ‘Song of the Sea’

European Film Screenings Initiative Set To Kick Off In United Arab Emirates With ‘Song of the Sea’
Irish animator Tomm Moore’s Celtic lore-inspired toon “Song of the Sea” will open the second edition of the European Film Screenings in the United Arab Emirates where standout titles from eighteen European countries will unspool for audiences in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, interspersed with Emirati shorts.

The unique October 21-31 event held in Novo Cinema multiplexes in both UAE cities has increased its raison d’être in the region, partly filling a gap left by the recent elimination of the Abu Dhabi film fest.

Song of the Sea” will kick things off presented by producer Stephan Roelants whose Luxembourg-based Melusine Production is co-producing Angelina Jolie’s upcoming animated pic “The Breadwinner.”

Hosts of the free-of-charge European screenings are the Luxembourg Embassy to the UAE and the European Delegation to the country. This year’s edition has been strongly supported by the Film Fund Luxembourg, directed by Guy Daleiden who is also making the trek.
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Terraferma | Review

Solid Ground: Crialese’s Heartfelt Message Movie

In his fourth feature film, Emanuele Crialese tackles issues of immigration and the inhumanity that transpires from man-made laws in Terraferma, a film that just as scrappily begs one to look past the heavy-handed message to be moved at the plight of the individuals it depicts. And, for those sentimentally inclined, those moments may be quite easy to forgive, even if they’re increasingly hard to ignore in its final lead up to the grand finale. Fortunately, there’s a poetic rhythm to the arresting visual compositions that couch on magical realism, and its bittersweet melancholic tone, no matter how bluntly delivered, is still an effectively realized portrait of tenuous humanity.

On Linosa, a small island off the coast of Italy, Filippo (Filippo Pucillo) is the third generation of a family of fishermen, and the industry has slowly dwindled into nothing, leaving his remaining family beleaguered.
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Predictability and Heavy-handed Storytelling in Terraferma

Predictability and Heavy-handed Storytelling in Terraferma
Save them, or let them drown? This is the question facing a fisherman on the tiny Italian island of Linosa, whose waters have become an arrival point for North African refugees seeking asylum. In this subtle-as-a-brick issue picture from director Emanuele Crialese (Respiro), an old fisherman (Mimmo Cuticchio) and his 20-year-old grandson, Filippo (Filippo Pucillo), rescue Sara (Timnit T.), a pregnant Ethiopian woman, and her son from the sea, and sneak them home, where Filippo's mother, Giulia (Donatella Finocchiaro), delivers Sara's baby. From here, Crialese shifts ungracefully between scenes of the locals bickering among themselves, partying tourists ravaging the shoreline, and policemen hauling—in slow motion—weakened refugees off to jail (as the tourists snap pho...
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My French Film Festival Announces 2013's Winning Films and Sets 2014 Dates

The fourth edition of My French Film Festival has been set for January 17 through February 17, 2014. This year's edition of the worldwide online fest, which saw 750,000 registrants from 189 countries streaming the fest's selection of 10 competition films, three non-competition and 10 short films (all French, naturellement), has announced its five winners. The five award-winning film will be shown on Air France for six months starting this summer:Public Prize: A Bottle in the Gaza Sea, directed by Thierry Binisti (feature) International Director’s Prize (jury composed of Emanuele Crialese, Lucrecia Martel and Wang Xiaoshuai, presided by Michel Hazanavicius): Leader-Sheep, directed by Christian Rouaud (feature) International Press Prize (jury composed of Corless Kleron (Sight & Sound, UK), Cristina Piccino (Il Manifesto, Italy), Dennis Lim (Moving Image Source, USA), Diego Batlle (La Nacion, Argentina), Julie Rigg (freelance, Australia), Laisa Yusipova...
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Tokyo International Film Festival Celebrates Ridley Scott, Kyoko Heya

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The Japanese production designer Kyoko Heya has been named to the five-member jury of the international competition section of the Tokyo International Film Festival, the festival announced on Thursday. The American director/producer Roger Corman is heading up the jury, which also includes the British producer Luc Roeg, the Japanese director Yojiro Takita, and the Italian director/writer Emanuele Crialese. Running from October 20-28, the festival will open with two films this year, including Ridley Scott's "Japan in a Day," which has been selected as the special opening film for the 25th Tiff. It
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International Sales Agent: Memento, We Are What We Are

One of my favorite international sales agent is Memento. I wrote of them last year (See blog). Now they are representing the film of one of my favorite people in the biz, the hyphenate director-producer-writer who also was put into the role of casting director by Steve Soderbergh while casting Che.

Rodrigo (Rigo to his friends) Bellot began his career's path from his native Bolivia to U.S. with Sexual Dependency, produced by Ara Katz (Howard Zinn doc The People Speak and George Romero's Survival of the Dead).

Screen Daily recently announced Memento and Rigo's upcoming picture, We Are What We Are, a picture that actors Riley Keogh and Julia Garner will be sinking their teeth into as two sisters forced into cannibalism by their father. Read the article which is full of interesting tidbits, such as the factthat Riley Keough is the granddaughter of Elvis Presley and she has plenty of fat and juicy roles lined up already.

Memento Films International (Mfi) describes We Are What We Are as a "re-imagination" of Mexican director Jorge Michel Grau’s Somo Lo Que Hay (U.S. IFC) about a family of cannibals in Mexico City.

The director, Jim Mickle, best known for his cult vampire picture Stake Land which won Toronto’s Midnight Madness sidebar in 2010, has transposed the story to a poor part of the Catskills region in New York State.

Principal photography will begin in the Catskills on May 29. The picture will wrap the first week of July with delivery slated for January of 2013, just in time for Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin.

Mfi has already presold the project at Berlin’s Efm to E1/ Artificial Eye for the U.K. , Canada, France, Scandinavia and South Africa. Cinema Mondo prebought the film for Finland; Koch Media and Alamode have German rights, Cinefil has Hungary, Canana has Mexico, Calinos has Turkey.

A real winner as is Memento itself and Rigo too!

Memento is a select arthouse company for high-profile, director-driven independent films. They choose only 8 projects a year and offer tailor–made synergies and business expertise through four companies; from production (Memento Films Production & La Cinefacture), International Sales (Memento Films International) to French distribution (Memento Films Distribution), according to the specific needs of each project. They have recently worked with renowned and award-winning filmmakers such as Francis Ford Coppola, Laurent Cantet, Emanuele Crialese, Hiner Saleem, Jia Zhang-ke, Ramin Bahrani, Gilles Marchand, Julie Bertuccelli, Aditya Assarat, Pawel Pawlikowski and Olivier Assayas.

Memento's young and dynamic team is devoted to promoting the projects with a maximum of commitment, rather than merely selling. Whether it is high-end arthouse fare with a medium-sized budget or cutting-edge low-budget projects from emerging talents, they value originality, whether narrative or the cinematographic vision of the director.

You can see Memento's Cannes lineup on Cinando. Look for them in Cannes at 25 la Croisette - Bagatelle. Or call them at 33 4 93 38 68 19.
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Michael Fassbender, “The Artist” win big in Rome – Awards Alley

By Sean O’Connell

hollywoodnews.com: Busy week on the books here at Awards Alley, with several guilds expected to single out their choices for “Best of 2011” as we inch closer to the Oscar nominations on Jan. 24. The Producers Guild will be up first, and we’ll cover those 10 selections once they are revealed.

In the meantime, we have noticeable wins from the Capri, Hollywood – the International Film Festival in Rome for contenders who hope to hear their names called on Oscar morning. And as we have been saying, every little bit of recognition leading up to Oscar nominations matters.

Best Actor at the fest went to Michael Fassbender, who delivered an amazing performance in Steve McQueen’s “Shame” but still needs to overcome the film’s controversially frank approach to hardcore sex.

Best Actress winner Berenice Bejo, meanwhile, continues to ride a wave of goodwill for her involvement in her husband’s winning picture,
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Michael Fassbender, Berenice Bejo Win Acting Prizes at Capri, Hollywood - The International Film Festival

Michael Fassbender, Berenice Bejo Win Acting Prizes at Capri, Hollywood - The International Film Festival
Rome -- Michael Fassbender and My Week With Marilyn were among the hits of the Capri, Hollywood - the International Film Festival, which concluded Monday. The festival, which is the last film festival of each year and the first of the following year, got underway Dec. 26. Photos: The Making of 'The Artist' Among the festival's highlights: Ben Kingsley was given the festival's Legends career honor; Emanuele Crialese, was given the Capri Peace prize for his work as the director of Terrafirma, Italy's candidate for the foreign language Oscar this year; and Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist was selected as the film of

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63 Countries Fight for Best Foreign Language Oscar Nomination

From Albania to Vietnam, 63 countries are hoping that their film entry will get picked to fill one of the five slots for Best Foreign Language Film for the 84th Annual Academy Awards.

Five slots, 63 countries, the competition is fierce! Is your country of choice one of the 63 hopefuls?

I'm happy that my home country, the Philippines, has an entry, the dramedy "The Woman in the Septic Tank" from director Marlon N. Rivera. Released in the Philippines on August 3rd, the film became the highest grossing independent movie in my country's cinema history. So keeping my fingers crossed for this movie!

The shortlist will be released in January and then it will be whittled down to five contenders when the nominations are announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. The winner will be announced on Oscar night on Sunday, February 26, 2012.

Take a look at the complete list of Best Foreign Language hopefuls:

Albania, "Amnesty,
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63 Countries Submit Films for Final List of 2012 Foreign Language Oscar Contenders

Yesterday the Academy finally released the full list of 2012 Foreign Language Oscar contenders adding four films I did not have on my previous list from the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, United Kingdom and a mysterious title I can't find anything about from Kazakhstan and now that the short list has been announced and everyone has posted the Academy's press release it's like searching for a needle in a haystack if you go looking for more information on it. That said, if anyone has a link to any information on Egor Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky's Returning to the 'A' I would love to share it as I have links and information for all other 62 films submitted for consideration. As I said in my last post addressing the category, I haven't seen any of these films, a rarity for me, but based on buzz the top contenders would seem to include Zhang Yimou's The War of Flowers,
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Oscar 2012: 63 Best Foreign Language Film Submissions

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Oscar 2012: New Zealand/First Samoan Feature Among Best Foreign Language Film Contenders Albania, Amnesty, Bujar Alimani, director; Argentina, Aballay, Fernando Spiner, director; Austria, Breathing, Karl Markovics, director; Belgium, Bullhead, Michael R. Roskam, director; Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belvedere, Ahmed Imamovic, director; Brazil, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, José Padilha, director; Bulgaria, Tilt, Viktor Chouchkov, Jr., director; Canada, Monsieur Lazhar, Philippe Falardeau, director; Chile, Violeta Went to Heaven, Andrés Wood, director; China, The Flowers of War, Zhang Yimou, director; Colombia, The Colors of the Mountain, Carlos César Arbeláez, director; Croatia, 72 Days, Danilo Serbedzija, director; Cuba, Havanastation, Ian Padrón, director; Czech Republic, Alois Nebel, Tomás Lunák, director; Denmark, Superclásico, Ole Christian Madsen, director; Dominican Republic, Love Child, Leticia Tonos, director; Egypt, Lust, Khaled el Hagar, director; Estonia, Letters to Angel, Sulev Keedus, director; Finland, Le Havre, Aki Kaurismäki, director; France, Declaration of War,
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One of These Sixty-Three Films Will Win The Best Foreign Film Oscar

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We gave you an update a few weeks ago, but The Academy now has its final list of the 63 films competing for Best Foreign Film Oscar. This list will get cut down as films screen and the committee decides on a final five when the nominations get announced late January. The notable films include Iran’s A Separation, which we adored and China’s massive budget The Flowers of War starring Christian Bale (which isn’t even complete to my knowledge).

Mexico’s Miss Bala (read our Cannes and Vancouver reviews) and Finland’s Le Havre (our Cannes and Toronto reviews) are also contenders. Lebanon’s Where Do We Go Now? is also in the mix, a drama that won the top prize at Toronto. There are many others we’ve seen at festivals, so follow that coverage here as we head into Oscar season. Check out the press release below.
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63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar(R)

Press Release:

Beverly Hills, CA - Sixty-three countries, including first-time entrant New Zealand, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 84th Academy Awards®.

The 2011 submissions are:

Albania, “Amnesty,” Bujar Alimani, director;

Argentina, “Aballay,” Fernando Spiner, director;

Austria, “Breathing,” Karl Markovics, director;

Belgium, “Bullhead,” Michael R. Roskam, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina,”Belvedere,” Ahmed Imamovic, director;

Brazil, “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within,” José Padilha, director;

Bulgaria, “Tilt,” Viktor Chouchkov, Jr., director;

Canada, “Monsieur Lazhar,” Philippe Falardeau, director;

Chile, “Violeta Went to Heaven,” Andrés Wood, director;

China, “The Flowers of War,” Zhang Yimou, director;

Colombia, “The Colors of the Mountain,” Carlos César Arbeláez, director;

Croatia, “72 Days,” Danilo Serbedzija, director;

Cuba, “Havanastation,” Ian Padrón, director;

Czech Republic,”Alois Nebel,” Tomás Lunák, director;

Denmark, “Superclásico,” Ole Christian Madsen, director;

Dominican Republic,”Love Child,” Leticia Tonos, director;

Egypt, “Lust,” Khaled el Hagar, director;

Estonia, “Letters to Angel,” Sulev Keedus, director;

Finland,
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