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Deniz Gamze Erguven’s ‘Mustang’ Takes Top Prize at Sarajevo Film Festival

Deniz Gamze Erguven’s ‘Mustang’ Takes Top Prize at Sarajevo Film Festival
London — Deniz Gamze Erguven’s “Mustang” has won the Heart of Sarajevo Award for best feature film at the Sarajevo Film Festival, which is South-East Europe’s leading movie event.

The film, which is set in a village in Turkey, centers on five sisters who are forced to stay home rather than go to school due to an allegation of impropriety. Marriages are arranged for them. The girls, driven by the desire for freedom, fight back against the limits imposed on them.

The actress prize was shared by “Mustang’s” lead actresses — Gunes Sensoy, Doga Doguslu, Tugba Sunguroglu, Elit Iscan and Ilayda Akdogan.

Sarajevo’s Special Jury Prize went to Laszlo Nemes’ “Son of Saul,” which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival. The film is set in 1944 in Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Saul is a member of the Sonderkommando, the group of prisoners forced to assist the Nazis in the extermination.
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Atom Egoyan Joins Launch of Sarajevo Film Festival’s CineLink Industry Days

Atom Egoyan Joins Launch of Sarajevo Film Festival’s CineLink Industry Days
Sarajevo Film Festival’s industry program, CineLink, kicked off Wednesday. But it wasn’t all work, and no play. Socializing started with drinks at the Industry Terrace at Hotel Europe, hosted with HBO Adria, and culminating with a party at Aquarius Vils, co-hosted by Slovenian Film Center and with Variety magazine as the media partner.

Among the festival guests mingling with the industry crowd were director Atom Egoyan, who is being honored at the festival with a tribute, Michel Franco, director of “Chronic,” Cedomir Kolar, producer of “Tigers,” and Laszlo Nemes, director of “Son of Saul,” and they were joined by Sarajevo festival director Mirsad Purivatra.

Laszlo Nemes, director of ‘Son of Saul’

At the party at Aquarius Vils until the early hours in the morning were several members of the festival jury: Romanian director Calin Peter Netzer, Diana Bustamante, artistic director of Cartagena International Film Festival in Colombia, the
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Musicals hit a deeper note as directors bring serious themes to the stage

A new wave of productions forgoes the feelgood factor and focuses instead on issues such as poverty and homelessness

"Musicals can tackle anything," says Rufus Norris. As the director who set to music the events surrounding the murder of five prostitutes in Ipswich in 2006, Norris should know.

His production, London Road, which is poised to transfer to the cinema screen, is part of a new wave of stage productions that are breaking the traditional feelgood musical mould and successfully pushing the genre into new, sometimes darker, territory.

London Road may not be in the Les Misérables league, but it was, nevertheless, a critical success. The production began as an experiment in 2011 by writer Alecky Blythe, who interviewed people in Ipswich, and composer Adam Cork, who turned their speech into music. It quickly transferred to the National Theatre's Olivier stage last year, when sell-out performances were seen by a total of 57,000 people.
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Awards Avenue 2010 -- Compiling All the Nominees, Winners Leading Up to the Oscars, So You Don't Have To!

As we walk down towards the Super Bowl of the movie awards season aka the Academy Awards, all the various critics associations and guilds release their own kudofest. It can get confusing and beguiling, so I created a nifty package for you -- I compiled all the nominees, winners of various award-giving bodies so you can make informed decision when it comes to predicting the Oscars.

And here we go:

AFI Honorees

African-American Film Critics

Annie Awards

Boston Film Critics

Broadcast Film Critics Association (Critics Choice)

Chicago Film Critics Association

Detroit Film Critics

European Film Awards

Golden Globe Awards

Gotham Awards

Houston Area Film Critics

International Documentary Association Awards

Independent Spirit Awards

Indiana Film Journalists. Association

La Film Critics Association Awards

London Critics' Circle Awards

National Board of Review Awards

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

New York Film Critics Online Awards

Producers Guild Documentary Awards

San Diego Film Critics
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Berlinale announces first titles

Berlinale has unleashed the first few titles from its 2010 line-up. The recently announced titles aren’t anything to write home about but I’m sure we’ll be seeing a few more announcements (including some titles we can get excited about) over the next few weeks.

First titles after the break.

Bal (Honey) Turkey / Germany

by Semih Kaplanoglu (Süt/Milk, Yumurta/Egg, Melegin Düsüsü/Angel’s Fall)

with Bora Altas, Erdal Besikcioglu, Tülin Özen, Alev Ucarer, Ayse Altay

World premiere

Der Räuber (The Robber) Austria / Germany

by Benjamin Heisenberg (Sleeper, Max-Ophuels-Preis 2006)

with Andreas Lust, Franziska Weisz

World premiere

My Name Is Khan India

by Karan Johar

with Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol

Out of competition

Na Putu (On the Path) Bosnia and Herzegovina / Austria / Germany / Croatia

by Jasmila Zbanic (Grbavica, Golden Bear 2006)

with Zrinka Cvitesic (Shooting Star 2010), Leon Lucev, Ermin Bravo, Mirjana Karanovic

World premiere

Shekarchi (The Hunter) Germany / Iran

by
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Shooting Stars without French, German actors

Shooting Stars without French, German actors
Cologne, Germany -- For this first time since its launch in 1997, next year's Shooting Stars event will not include an actor from either Germany, France or Spain.

The Shooting Stars jury on Wednesday announced the 10 young acting talents that will take part in the event, which runs Feb. 13-15 during the Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 11-21, 2010).

And, with the exception of British actor Edward Hogg ("White Lightnin") and Italy's Michele Riondino ("The Past is a Foreign Land") all of the talents come from smaller European countries.

Central and Eastern Europe is well represented, with four Shooting Stars including Poland's Agata Buzek ("Within the Whirlwind"), Czech actor Krystof Hadadek ("Three Seasons in Hell"), Romanian actor Dragos Bucur ("The Way Back) and Croatia's Zrinka Cvitesic, who stars in "Nat putu" the new film from Golden Bear winner Jasmila Zbanic ("Esma's Secret -- Grbavica") which is widely expected to compete in Berlin next year.
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

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