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Stockholm to welcome Mike Leigh, Uma Thurman

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The Stockholm International Film Festival has unveiled the programme for its 25th edition, with more than 200 films from 60+ countries screening from Nov 5-16.

The festival opens with Mikael Marcimain’s hotly anticipated adaptation of Klas Östergren’s postwar Swedish classic Gentlemen [pictured].

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman will be the centerpiece film of the festival and Jean-Marc Vallee’s Wild will close.

“We are extra proud to present a record breaking program when celebrating our 25th anniversary,” said festival director Git Scheynius.

This year’s spotlight theme is hope, and films selected in that programme include Richard Raymond’s Desert Dancer, Hong Khaou’s Lilting, Shira Geffen’s Self Made and Stephen Daldry’s Trash.

Uma Thurman will be honoured with the Stockholm Achievement Award and give a public talk followed by a screening of Kill Bill 1 & 2.

Mike Leigh will also be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award and will give a talk and screen Mr. Turner.

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- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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"Stephen Daldry’s Brazilian Answer To 'Slumdog Millionaire' ": First Reviews For 'Trash' With Rooney Mara Roll In

20 October 2014 1:39 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While producers, filmmakers, and distributors hustle to get their movies in one of the major fall film festivals—Venice, Telluride, Toronto, New York—one movie that casually sidestepped all of them was Stephen Daldry's "Trash." The Brazil-shot film premiered at the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival (naturally), hit the Haifa Film Fesitval, then the Rome Film Festival, with the Abu Dhabi Film Festival coming later this week, and the Stockholm International Film Film Festival next month. Now the first reviews are starting to roll in. While the movie features names like Rooney Mara, Wagner Moura, and Martin Sheen, it actually pivots around three boys (Rickson Teves, Eduardo Luis, and Gabriel Weinstein) and a wallet full of cash found while trash-picking in the local dump. With a reward out for its return, they turn to a pair of missionaries who may just be able to help them solve the mystery, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Rome Film Festival: Rooney Mara on Language Challenges in Portuguese Film 'Trash'

19 October 2014 10:44 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry explored the underbelly of Brazil in his latest film Trash. The film, which had its European premiere in Rome Saturday night, follows three teenagers who find a wallet while sorting through landfills. The wallet has grave consequences for a corrupt politician and his equally corrupt police force who are intent on recovering it from the boys. The movie is shot in Portuguese, and Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen play the only Americans in the film, an Ngo worker and a priest, respectively. Mara’s character is able to help the boys by getting their story out

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- Ariston Anderson

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'Trash': Rome Review

18 October 2014 9:29 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The film may be set in the lively, and sometimes deadly, favelas of Rio de Janeiro, but the story couldn’t be more Hollywood than in Trash, director Stephen Daldry’s Brazilian crowdpleaser about three penniless teenage boys who battle corruption in their own crafty ways. Filled with numerous plot twists, street chases and upbeat vibes that will conquer the hearts of Western viewers seeking a safe foray into Third World territory – and one for which they’re accompanied by the do-gooding Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara – this energetic cross-cultural affair resolves local issues in a manner that only

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- Jordan Mintzer

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Stockholm to honour Uma Thurman

16 October 2014 8:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The festival’s 25th edition will feature a contribution from Ai Weiwei and competition titles including Whiplash, Nightcrawler and Foxcatcher.

The Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 5-16) is to present its Achievement Award to Us actress Uma Thurman.

The Kill Bill star will will visit Stockholm to receive the prestigious Bronze Horse and meet the audience during an exclusive “Face2Face”.

Thurman will also take part in the inauguration ceremony, which will include the unveiling of an ice sculpture by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

Weiwei was a Stockholm jury member last year but since he wasn’t allowed to leave China, he sent an empty chair named ”The Chair for Non-attendance” as symbol of his absence.

He is still not allowed to leave China so will send a design that will be portrayed in the form of a large ice sculpture symbolising this years’ Spotlight theme - Hope.

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Marco Mueller on Rome challenges

16 October 2014 4:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival veteran discusses this year’s “pop mix” and a “very challenging” year.

Rome Film Festival (Oct 16-25) artistic director Marco Mueller hails this year’s line-up as a “pop mix”, which combines eclectic genres and nationalities, despite significant festival budget cuts.

“We have a very interesting pop mix,” says the respected veteran, who will depart the festival after this, his third year in charge.

“We move between an unusual Italian comedy [Alessandro Genovesi’s opener Soap Opera], amazing genre films, a large presentation of Latin American cinema – in a strong year for the region, Asian films and some of the key English-language films of the coming awards season.”

Line-up

This year’s line-up comprises 24 world premieres, including Aleksey Fedorchenko’s drama Angels Of Revolution, Christoph Hochhausler’s German thriller The Lies of the Victors and Afghan/German director Burhan Kurbani’s We Are Young. We Are Strong.

English-language titles in the line-up include the European premiere of Stephen Daldry’s Trash, [link »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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‘Trash’ World Preems in Rio to Applause, Gleeful Laughter

9 October 2014 8:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rio De Janeiro — Stephen Daldry’s Rio-set, young-adult thriller “Trash” — a groundbreaking movie in concept, financing and distribution — world premiered Tuesday night at the swish Cinepolis Lagoon in Rio de Janeiro to large applause.

There was also gleeful local appreciation of Daldry’s swings, from a Richard Curtis screenplay, at Brazil’s corruption-sodden elite, the police, its religious powers, even a Brazilian soccer association.

Such appreciation matters. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Kris Thykier at Peapie Productions produced “Trash,” in association with Fernando Meirelles’ Sao Paulo-based O2 Filmes in Brazil. Distributed by Universal Pictures Intl., it adapts a novel by Brit Andy Mulligan. Martin Sheen – as the tippling world-weary Father Julliard – and Rooney Mara – Olivia, a learning-the-ropes Ngo worker – co-star.

All that said, “Trash” weighs in as maybe the first film from a major U.K. director – helmer of “Billy Elliot,” “The Hours,” “The Reader,” “Extremely Loud, »

- John Hopewell

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Lirio Ferreira’s “Blue Blood” Tops Rio Festival

9 October 2014 6:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rio De Janeiro — Lirio Ferreira’s “Blue Blood,” the story of a circus performer’s attempted reconciliation with his family past, topped the 2014 Rio de Janeiro Intl. Film Festival, winning three Redentor Prizes: Best film, director and supporting actor (Romulo Braga).

Top plaudits in the Rio Fest’s centerpiece Premiere Brasil panoarama rep vindication for Ferreira, who has made just three fiction features in 17 years, his previous movie, “Dry Movie,” dating from 2005.

Set up at Drama Filmes, and produced by producer-director-screenwriter Renato Ciasca, a longtime associate of Beto Brant, with whom he co-directed “I’d Receive the Worst News From Your Beautiful Lips.”

Chico Teixeira’s “Absence,” a big city coming of age story produced by BossaNovaFilms, won a special jury prize.

A vast 41-feature section, including docus and more avant-garde plays, Premiere Brasil works as an effective new talent platform. By their prize count, a clutch of new directors »

- John Hopewell

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Stephen Daldry's 'Trash' applauded at Rio Film Festival for its non-Brazilian Brazilianness

8 October 2014 9:44 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Are we ready for the "Brazilian answer to 'Slumdog Millionaire?'" Rio Film Festival audiences quickly granted "Trash," the latest from "The Hours" director Stephen Daldry, that label after the the film pleased crowds with comedy, child wonder, and "offshore" energy (as trades love to refer to it). Polling attendees after the film's applause-filled premiere, a Variety reporter found many locals agreed that, despite "Trash" not being a true Brazilian movie, "it is not non-Brazilian in the best sense." Many praised it for being more entertaining than most "favela" (or, Latin America slum) dramas. Whether Americans will ever see it is up in the air. Based on Andy Mulligan's young adult novel of the same name, "Trash" tells the story of three “dumpsite boys," who "make a living picking through the mountains of garbage on the outskirts of a large city." Their lives spiral out of control when »

- Matt Patches

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Film Review: ‘Trash’

7 October 2014 7:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cleanly scripted in pure Hollywood fashion by Richard Curtis (with Felipe Braga translating it into Portuguese), Stephen Daldry’s “Trash” won’t be confused for a real Brazilian production: Its storyline, staging and inevitably positive spin unmistakably mark it as offshore, notwithstanding the participation of Fernando Meirelles’ 02 Filmes. A South American answer of sorts to “Slumdog Millionaire,” the pic features a trio of charismatic kids living next to a Rio garbage dump who stumble upon evidence certain to bring down a corrupt politico. Audience-friendly to a fault, “Trash” should be a modest money earner for Universal Intl., which will no doubt pitch it along “Slumdog” lines.

Andy Mulligan’s source novel was geared toward adolescents, but the film feels like more adult fare simply because young teens aren’t exactly known for their attraction to subtitles. English makes up a small percentage of the dialogue, mostly coming from Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara, »

- Jay Weissberg

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F&Me Completes Production on ‘Breathe – Umphefumlo’ (Exclusive)

1 October 2014 3:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rio De Janeiro — With productions spread around much of the globe, and an enduring focus of social issues, Film and Music Ent. (F&Me), the London-based production company set up 15 years ago by Mike Downey and Sam Taylor, has concluded production in Cape Town on one of its flagship titles: Mark Dornford-May’s South Africa-set and shot “Breathe-Umphefumlo.”

It features the Isango Company, a famed opera company which has drawn rave reviews on its U.S. tour; Dornford May whose feature debut, “U-Carmen e-Khayelitsha,” won Berlin’s Golden Bear in 2005,

Meanwhile, on the other side of the southern Atlantic, F&Me is also nears completion of post-production on “Streetkids II- The Girls From Rio,” exec-produced by Stephen Daldry and Beeban Kidron, and announced at the 2013 Rio Festival.

This year at Rio, Downey will serve on the jury of fest’s centerpiece Premiere Brasil, where F&Me also has three »

- John Hopewell

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Katniss Is Subversive Revolutionary Leader in Thg Trailer

29 September 2014 8:35 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay' trailer (image: Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' poster) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay trailer — or more specifically, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer — has been around for a little while. So this is one of those better-late-than-never posts. Directed by Francis Lawrence, who also handled the previous film in the franchise, Catching Fire, Mockingjay – Part 1 brings back Best Actress Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne. Below you can watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay trailer titled “The Mockingjay Lives.” As you can see in the trailer, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 revolves around subversive revolutionary and freedom fighter Katniss Everdeen, who sets out to rescue Peeta, a sort of prisoner whose "uniform" is a funky white costume. Four-time Academy »

- Zac Gille

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Oscar Season Preview

29 September 2014 12:32 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Now that summer movie season is over, it’s Oscar season. During winter and fall many Oscar-hopeful movies are released. This is our overview of what you can expect leading up to the 2015 Oscars. 

For fans of film, fall and winter are the best times of the year. This is when, typically, some of the most well-received films are released. Unofficially, we call it Oscar Season, and there’s good reason that the year’s best films are saved for last. Any film released before the end of the year is eligible for Oscar nomination. Therefore, if you release your film towards the end of the year, it will be fresher in audience and critic minds when awards time rolls around in early March/late February (February 22nd, 2015 to be exact).

In preparation for the fall and winter movie season, we’ve put together this preview of films that have been getting lots of attention. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Billy Elliot the Musical to get encore screenings of special performance

29 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Billy Elliot the Musical has been scheduled for further encore screenings, following the success of this weekend's mash-up performance.

The special performance saw all three original Billy Elliot actors - James Lomas, George Maguire and Liam Mower - taking part in a finale dance. The performance, which took place at the musical's West End home of the Victoria Palace Theatre, was broadcast live to eight countries.

Two screenings also took place at the Easington Social Welfare Centre (formerly the Easington Colliery Miners Institute), which was one of the settings for the story.

Billy Elliot: The Musical will now be screened to a further nine countries across four continents, with encore screenings taking place in 350 cinemas across the UK on October 2, 3, 4 and 5.

The musical will be available on DVD and blu-ray on November 24.

The performance featured stars including Ruthie Henshall, Deka Walmsley, Chris Grahamson and Ann Emery. It also starred a »

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UK Producers Liza Marshall, Kris Thykier Launch Archery Pictures

29 September 2014 8:13 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Former Scott Free London exec Liza Marshall and Kick-Ass and One Chance producer Kris Thykier are partnering in new UK-based production company, Archery Pictures. The pair will work across film and television with Thykier shuttering his PeaPie Films and moving both the staff and development slate over to Archery. He’s currently in post on Woman In Gold with Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds, is producing Kasper Barfoed’s Summer of ‘92, and exec producing John WellsBradley Cooper-starrer Adam Jones for The Weinstein Company. Upcoming releases, Stephen Daldry’s Trash, and Asif Kapadia’s Ali & Nino will go out under the PeaPie banner.

Marshall is a respected exec who recently stepped down from her role as head of Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London which she established in 2009. Her producing and exec producing credits include Before I Go To Sleep with Nicole Kidman, Welcome To The Punch starring James McAvoy »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Rome Film Fest Unveils New Concept Lineup Comprising Twenty Four World Preems

29 September 2014 8:04 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – The Rome Film Festival, in its enth reconfiguration, has unveiled a decidedly disparate lineup for its ninth edition with a more marked populist accent comprising comedies and genre pics along with promising auteur fare – including 24 world preems – all in artistic director Marco Mueller’s self-described “suitably schizophrenic” signature style.

Contending with impediments dictated by Italian politics and the economy, Mueller in little over three months has assembled an attractive, if less abundant, mix of goods made of 51 pics innovatively divided in five sections: competition, out-of-competition, gala, mondo genre, and Italian perspectives.

The competition sees world bows of Russian auteur Aleksey Fedorchenko’s “Angels Of Revolution,” which had been announced; and also Italo helmer Claudio Noce’s Alps-set thriller “The Ice Forest,” (pictured) marking Emir Kusturica’s first lead thesping role; German helmer Christoph Hochhausler “The Lies of the Victors,” a thriller about the dark underbelly of contempo politics in »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Kris Thykier, Liza Marshall launch Archery Pictures

29 September 2014 7:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Thykier’s Peapie to merge into new company Archery Pictures.

Former Scott Free London head Liza Marshall has joined forces with Kris Thykier in new film and TV production company, Archery Pictures.

Marshall who recently stepped down from her role as head of Scott Free London will become joint managing director of the new company with Thykier, who will shutter his company PeaPie Films, and move his staff and slate across to the new outfit.

Key executives at Archery Pictures will include Pip Williams, senior development and production executive, Mairi Bett, head of physical production, and development executive Kitty Kaletsky.

Marshall established Scott Free London four and half years ago and went on to produce films including Before I Go To Sleep starring Nicole Kidman, Welcome to the Punch starring James McAvoy and the upcoming Get Santa starring Jim Broadbent

Marshall’s television projects include BBC2’s Britain in a Day, Labyrinth and the »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Marshall, Thykier Set Up Film and TV Production House Archery Pictures

29 September 2014 7:25 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Liza Marshall, former chief at Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London, has joined forces with Kris Thykier to set up film and television production company Archery Pictures.

Marshall will become joint managing director of the company with Thykier, who will shutter his company PeaPie Films, and move his staff and slate across to the new entity.

Key executives at Archery will include Pip Williams, senior development and production executive, and Mairi Bett, head of physical production.

Thykier, whose films have grossed over $325 million at the worldwide box-office, has two films in production: “Summer of ‘92,” directed by Kasper Barfoed, and “Adam Jones,” which he is executive producing for The Weinstein Company. Thykier is also in post-production on “Woman in Gold,” starring Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.

Thykier produced Stephen Daldry’s “Trash,” alongside Working Title, which will close the Rio Film Festival on Oct. 7. Further films Thykier has produced include David Frankel’s “One Chance, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Rome reveals 'slimmer' line-up

29 September 2014 6:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Name and focus changes for every section, which are now all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.

The ninth Rome Film Festival (Oct 16-25) has revealed a diverse line-up including the Italian premieres for potential awards contenders including David Fincher’s Gone Girl. the world premiere of Takashi Miike’s As the Gods Will and Burhan Qurbani’s We are Young, We are Strong and European premiere of Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind, Toronto hit Still Alice and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.

This year for the first time the award-winners in each section of the programme will be decided by the audience on the basis of votes cast after the screenings.

Each section has changed name and focus for 2014 and are all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.

Italian comedies Soap Opera and Andiamo a Quel Paese bookend the line-up.

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- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Brazilian Milestones Energize Rio Film Festival

25 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Rio de Janeiro Film Festival unspools against a background of three milestones: the Oct. 5 general elections; a 2014 $540 million governmental funding package for film/TV, unveiled by president Dilma Rousseff in early July; and the impact of new 2012 TV regs, obliging pay TV channels to air 3.5 hours of Brazilian content weekly. All three factors galvanize the Rio Fest and RioMarket.

The festival, which closes with the world premiere of Stephen Daldry’s teen thriller “Trash,” boasted 250,000 spectators in 2013 and bows 350 films this year on 30 screens across Rio. It is one of Latin America’s biggest film events — and is a powerful gateway into Brazil’s ever-growing movie and TV markets, and ever more powerful industry.

No other Latin American festival suggests such a sense of a country in the throes of deliberate industry change. Take Rio’s centerpiece, the 41-feature Premiere Brasil competition: It’s the world’s biggest Brazilian film panorama. »

- John Hopewell

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