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The Western drama, directed by Jones, premiered at Cannes in May and had its U.S. premiere at the Telluride Festival. Roadside Attractions and Saban Films will release the movie on Nov. 14.
AFI Fest has already announced that it will open with “A Most Violent Year” on Nov. 6 and close with “Foxcatcher” on Nov. 13, along with galas for “The Gambler” and “Inherent Vice” and a Sophia Loren tribute.
The festival also announced its special screenings lineup Monday: Robert Kenner’s documentary “Merchants of Doubt,” Olivier Assayas’ “Clouds of Sils Maria,” Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy,” Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent,” Mike Leigh’s “Mister Turner,” Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s “Still Alice,” Nick Broomfield’s “Tales of the Grim Sleeper” and the Dardenne brothers’ “Two Days, »
- Dave McNary
Tommy Lee Jones’ Cannes competition film, The Homesman has been added as an additional Centerpiece Gala to this year’s growing lineup for the AFI Fest. The film which he directed and also co-stars in with Hilary Swank and Meryl Streep among others will screen on Tuesday November 11th. AFI also announced a series of “Special Screenings” including a number of other films that initially debuted at Cannes in May : Olivier Assayas’ Clouds Of Sils Maria, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Xavier Dolan’s Mommy, Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent and the Dardenne brothers’ Two Days,One Night. The latter three are also the official entries from their respective countries (Canada, France, Belgium) for Oscar’s Foreign Language Film race this year. Other special screenings are the documentary Merchants Of Doubt, Tales Of The Grim Sleeper and the Alzheimer’s drama, Still Alice which has been drawing strong Oscar »
- Pete Hammond
Lyon – Accepting the sixth Lumière Award at Lyon’s Lumiére Festival in France, Pedro Almodóvar spoke with his heart, as Quentin Tarantino had a year before, about what really drives his filmmaking career.
Reading his acceptance speech, translated by Juliette Binoche, he was accompanied on stage brother Agustín, his producer of nearly 30 years standing, and emblematic actresses from his films: Marisa Paredes (“High Heels,” “The Flower of My Secret”), Elena Anaya (“The Skin I Live In”) and Rossy de Palma (“Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”).
In the audience were, Keanu Reeves and director John McTiernan, Michael Cimino, Paolo Sorrentino (“The Great Beauty”), Berenice Bejo (“The Artist”), Isabella Rossellini, Vanessa Paradis, Gaspard Ulliel (“Saint Laurent”), Italy’s Valeria Golino, Jaime Rosales, and, among industry figures Pathé’s Jerome Seydoux, Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval, Pierre Ange Le Pogam, Samuel Haddida plus Sony Pictures Classics’ Michael Barker.
“I was born in the ’50s, »
- John Hopewell
The Lumière Festival was created by Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux and Lumière Institute President Bertrand Tavernier six years ago here in Lyon, the birthplace of cinema. As the week-long event that wraps tomorrow has grown, it has become a favorite stop on the calendar for filmmakers, film buffs and friends of Frémaux to attend. It includes restorations, masterclasses and retrospectives, but no competition. And it’s not just art-house either — tonight’s program includes an Alien marathon presented by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and a screening of Die Hard with John McTiernan hosting. Last year’s Prix Lumière winner, Quentin Tarantino, spent several days soaking up the scene here in 2013. This year’s recipient of the Lumière Prize, which has previously also gone to Milos Forman, Gérard Depardieu, Ken Loach and Clint Eastwood, was Oscar-winning Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar.
On Friday night, a two-and-a-half hour tribute to Almodovar concluded with a rousing »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Paolo Virzi, the veteran Italian director of the new film Human Capital, got his coffee, and upon sitting down at our small table at the Jw Marriott Suite, peaked over my shoulder, proceeded to guess the first question I was about to ask and then lovingly pinched my cheek in jest like a warm Italian uncle from Old Country. This is acceptable behavior when you’ve done hundreds of interviews and you’re twice the interviewer’s age.
Virzi’s 12th film is his darkest yet, a three-part story of intersecting narratives surrounding two families hurt by the financial crisis and an accident involving a biker who was killed in a hit and run. Across each of the three chapters, Virzi experiments with tone and genre, first sticking to his roots of social commentary and bitter, ironic comedy, then paying homage to Antonioni and finally concluding with more of a noir thriller. »
- Brian Welk
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.
The festival will focus this year on Brazil »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
“Foxcatcher” (pictured) “The Imitation Game,” and Jean-Marc Vallee’s Reese Witherspoon-starrer “Wild,” are among buzzed awards season pics set for a Middle East launch from the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival.
The World Cinema Section at the Dubai fest will also comprise Italian debut director Andrea Di Stefano’s “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” toplining Benicio del Toro as the Columbian drug lord; Canada’s foreign-language Oscar contender “Mommy” by Xavier Dolan; and British actor Paul Bettany’s directorial debut “Shelter,” among other titles.
The Dubai selection “offers everything from sneak previews of big-budget Hollywood films to no-budget films that are breaking new ground, films from first-time filmmakers through to the some of the most established directors working today,” boasted the fest’s artistic director Masoud Amralla Al Ali in a statement.
Rounding out the first-round of announced titles in Dubai’s World Cinema Section are Argentinian director Damian Szifron’s »
- Nick Vivarelli
Xavier Dolan is enviable for his body of work to date but when you consider the Canadian director is only 25 and look at the work he's produced it's staggering to consider. Dolan lost me with Heartbeats (review) and Laurence Anyways (review) but his genre turn with last year's Tom at the Farm marked not only a new direction for the young director but also a new maturity; Dolan emerged as a director who could take a personal story and add new dimension to it.
News that Mommy was another masterpiece had to be taken with a grain of salt. Can [Continued ...] »
He who dares, wins. Now entering its sixth edition, Gran Lyon’s Lumière Festival, launched by Thierry Fremaux and Bertrand Tavernier from the Institut Lumière, is firmly established on the festival calendar as one of the two major meets in Europe for classic film specialists, with the Bologna Cineteca’s Il Cinema Ritrovato, and also, remarkably, a major hit with the people of Gran Lyon who flock to its screenings. There seems nothing like it in the rest of the world. Having added a Classic Films Market (Mfc) in 2013, its rise is now not only a reflection of, but also a driver of the heritage movie business. Variety talked to Fremaux, the Lumière Festival director – as well as head of the Cannes Festival – days before its the 6th edition.
After five editions, to what extent do you think that the Lumière Festival is now a global event?
The Lumière Festival »
- John Hopewell
A record 83 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards. Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania and Panama are first-time entrants.
The 2014 submissions are:
Argentina, “Wild Tales,” Damián Szifrón, director;
Australia, “Charlie’s Country,” Rolf de Heer, director;
Austria, “The Dark Valley,” Andreas Prochaska, director;
Azerbaijan, “Nabat,” Elchin Musaoglu, director;
Bangladesh, “Glow of the Firefly,” Khalid Mahmood Mithu, director;
Bolivia, “Forgotten,” Carlos Bolado, director;
Bosnia and Herzegovina, “With Mom,” Faruk Lončarevič, director;
Brazil, “The Way He Looks,” Daniel Ribeiro, director;
Chile, “To Kill a Man,” Alejandro Fernández Almendras, director;
China, “The Nightingale,” Philippe Muyl, director;
Colombia, “Mateo,” María Gamboa, director;
Costa Rica, “Red Princesses,” Laura Astorga Carrera, director;
Croatia, “Cowboys,” Tomislav Mršić, »
- Michelle McCue
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday the final submissions for the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th annual Academy Awards. A record 83 countries have entered a film for consideration, including Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania, and Panama for the first time. Notable selections include Xavier Dolan's Canadian drama Mommy, a favorite at this year's Cannes, Sweden's Force Majeure, and the Russian retelling of the Book of Job, Leviathan, winner of the Best Screenplay award at Cannes. Nominations will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 15, ahead of the live telecast on ABC Sunday, Feb. 22, from Hollywood. Last »
- Jake Perlman
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released the list of submissions for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. According to the Academy's press release, a record 83 countries have submitted films for consideration, including first-timers Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania, and Panama. Now, if only all those movies were made available for online viewing — or at least on DVD (outside of their respective countries). The 2015 Oscar nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, at 5:30 a.m. Pt in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The 2015 Oscar ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 22, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. In the United States, the Oscarcast will be televised live by ABC; additionally, the Oscars will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. See below the full list of 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submissions. Afghanistan, A Few Cubic Meters of Love, »
- Steve Montgomery
The Academy has announced the complete list of 2015 Foreign Language Oscar contenders for the 2015 Oscar awards and again its a new record, topping last year's record 76 submissions, this year the list reaches 83 total submissions. Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania and Panama are first-time entrants. I've seen a few more on the list than I did last year and I actually have to assume with the buzz from those I've seen they may end up being major players. I'm particularly happy to see Xavier Dolan's Mommy in the field from Canada and it's great seeing the hilarious Wild Tales submitted by Argentina. The Russian submission of Leviathan (Leviafan) came, I think, as a bit of a surprise to everyone considering its subject matter, which could be looked at as critical of its native country. The Dardennes' Two Days, One Night has received a lot of acclaim everywhere it has played and we »
- Brad Brevet
We pointed out yesterday that we already had a record number of submissions for this year's Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. Well, the Academy released the official list this afternoon and we actually ended up blowing past last year's record of 76: 83 countries have submitted for consideration in the 2014-2015 Oscar race. Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Iraq, Malta and Moldova were the outliers. And Malta, in fact, joins Kosovo, Mauritania and Panama as first-time entrants this year. We've covered much of this in the lead-up to the official announcement, but to reiterate, frontrunners for nominations include Cannes Palme d'Or winner "Winter Sleep" from Turkey; Xavier Dolan's "Mommy" from Canada, another Cannes prize winner; Poland's striking black-and-white entry "Ida"; and Russia's surprising choice, given the politics of the film, "Leviathan." Also formiddable are Mauritania's first-time selection, "Timbuktu," and Argentina's boisterous "Wild Tales." We'll keep an eye on the race as it unfolds, »
- Kristopher Tapley
A record 83 countries have submitted films for consideration in the foreign-language film category for the 87th Academy Awards. That easily tops record 76 that were under consideration last year.
The entries include four first-timers: Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania and Panama.
Also new to the race: The name of the director will be engraved onto the Oscar statuette, in addition to the name of the country.
The five nominees will be announced Jan. 15, along with contenders in all the other categories. But a week before then, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will release a short list of nine foreign-language semi-finalists.
Each country can submit one film, determining on its own how this choice will be made. Any film that opens commercially in the U.S. in calendar 2014 will be eligible in other categories as well. The last foreign-lingo film to score a best picture nomination was the 2012 “Amour.” The category was »
- Tim Gray
Films from a record 83 countries have been submitted for consideration for the foreign-language film Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. The list of countries throwing their hat into the Oscar ring continues to grow. In 2012, there were 71 submissions, and last year 76 films were submitted. The submissions include a number of films that claimed prizes at the Cannes Film Festival like this year's Palm d'Or winner, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep, from Turkey; best screenplay winner, Andrey Zvyagintsev's Leviathan, from Russia; and Jury Prize winner, Xavier Dolan's Mommy, from Canada. The brothers
- Gregg Kilday
The Academy has received a record 83 submissions for the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar.
Last year, a record 76 countries submitted features and the eventual winner was Italian entry The Great Beauty, directed by Paolo Sorrentino.
Nine finalists will be shortlisted, which will be whittled down to five nominees that will be announced on Jan 15, 2015.
The awards ceremony will be held on Feb 22, 2015 in the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood.
The 2014 submissions are (in alphabetical order of country):
Afghanistan, A Few Cubic Meters Of Love, Jamshid Mahmoudi
Argentina, Wild Tales, Damián Szifrón
Australia, Charlie’s Country, Rolf de Heer
Austria, The Dark Valley, Andreas Prochaska
Azerbaijan, Nabat, Elchin Musaoglu
Bangladesh, Glow Of The Firefly, Khalid Mahmood Mithu
Bolivia, Forgotten, Carlos Bolado
Bosnia and Herzegovina, With Mom, Faruk Lončarevič
Brazil, The Way He Looks, Daniel Ribeiro
Chile, To Kill A »
The number of countries submitting for the foreign language Oscar keeps going up; all with different ways of picking and choosing. Last year saw 76 entrants. Following the October 1 submission deadline, the Academy has released the final tally of a whopping 83 foreign language submissions for the 2014 Oscar, a record by a mile. Malta, Mauritania and Panama are among the first-time countries. But there are clear frontrunners that stick out from the pack, films that benefit from increased visibility in NY and La with private Academy screenings and New York Film Festival play. We're not betting the farm yet, but Cannes winners "Force Majeure" and Russia's Putin-bashing pick "Leviathan," along with Marion Cotillard starrer "Two Days, One Night," Argentine comedy hit "Wild Tales" and recent Nyff entry "Timbuktu" all stand tall. There is of course Xavier Dolan's "Mommy" playing like gangbusters in his native »
Spimf programmers have chosen to go bold, opening with Xavier Dolan’s "Mommy," a movie not intended to go down easy with opening night smoked fish and champagne at the city’s Old Stock Exchange. The Media Forum’s General Producer Ekaterina “Katya” Mtsitouridze, who is also the Editor-in-Chief of Variety Russia, told me she chose the movie with her gut. And, after seeing it a second time, I realized that I was emotionally gutted by the dysfunctional mother-son drama that is Canada’s pick for the Oscars in a way that few contemporary films deliver. Bold, too, were the choices to screen two more Cannes favorites, both exploring gay themes despite considerable contemporary Lgbt controversy in Russia. During the recent Olympics, the New Yorker‘s David Remnick reported “there reigns a disdainful and intimidating unanimity: homosexuals are a threat to morality, to the family, and to the state.” But, »
- Thelma Adams
Canada's enfant terrible Xavier Dolan is set to visit a Mexican film festival for the first time! Los Cabos is the festival that took the cake as it will host the Latin American premiere of Dolan's latest picture, Mommy, with the 25-year-old director in person. This gala is happening during the second day of Los Cabos 2014 (Thursday, November 13). Dolan's previous effort, Tom at the Farm, was warmly received in Mexico earlier this year when it was part of Cineteca Nacional's Muestra 56. Mommy itself had a very successful appearance at the Cannes Film Festival back in May, where it ended sharing the Jury Prize with Jean Luc-Godard's Goodbye to Language (our own Jason Gorber considers it as one of the best films of the year). Eventually,...
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