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The Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-23) has unveiled the guest list for its 20th edition.
Mexican actor Gael García Bernal will be the first guest to meet this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival audience, stepping in front of 3,000 cinemagoers at the Open Air Cinema before a screening of Alejandro González Inárritu’s Amores Perros.
Bernal will receive the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo on the opening night, as will designer and director Agnes B. who will screen her feature debut Je M’appelle Hmmm…
That same night, directors Cristi Puiu, Vladimir Perišić, Aida Begić, Marc Recha, Angela Schanelec and Isild Le Besco will present their short films, compiled as the omnibus feature Bridges of Sarajevo.
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Woody Allen’s 1920s feature to close Sarajevo at the city’s Open Air Cinema.
Allen’s Oscar-winning Blue Jasmine screened at Sarajevo’s Open Air Cinema during last year’s festival.
As previously announced, Sarajevo will open with three films to mark its 20th edition.
The first will be Alejandro González Inárritu’s 2000 feature Amores Perros and actor Gael Garcia Bernal will be in attendance to introduce the Open Air Cinema screening and accept the festival’s Honorary Heart of Sarajevo.
The second opening night film will be road movie Je M’appelle Hmmm…, the »
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The Sarajevo Film Festival is to mark its 20th edition next month with three opening films and honorary awards for three leading filmmakers. Actor Gael Garcia Bernal, designer and filmmaker Agnes B., and Oscar-winning Bosnian director Danis Tanovic (No Man's Land) will receive Heart of Sarajevo awards. Bernal and Agnes B. will receive their awards at the festival's opening on Aug. 15; Tanovic will be honored at the closing ceremony Aug. 23. Photos Titans of Comic-Con: Stars Re-Create Classic Characters In an unusual move, the festival will screen three opening-night films to mark its 20th
- Nick Holdsworth
Agnes B. and Garcia Bernal will receive their awards at the opening ceremony. Tanovic will receive his award in the National Theater on the last night of the festival.
Agnes B. will present her feature “Je m’appelle hmmm…” on the second day of the festival, which runs Aug. 15-23.
Three films will be screened on the opening night. In the festival’s largest venue, Ht Eronet Open Air Cinema, there’ll be a screening of “Amores Perros,” the debut feature of Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu.
Inarritu’s film plays as part of a tribute to Mexican cinema, and has been selected for two reasons. First, it heralded the emergence of the Mexican new wave cinema, and second, it introduced Garcia Bernal, who was only 20 at the time. »
- Leo Barraclough
There was a hugely upsetting story in the British news just a couple of years ago – of an Angolan stowaway who journeyed on the outside of a plane to seek a better future in England, only to tragically fall off when approaching South London. It provoked a huge range of emotions and questions; who was this man? What led to this act of pure desperation? While studying an entirely different case, the general purpose of Marc Silver’s documentary, Who is Dayani Cristal? explores a similar notion – yet discovering the answers to such questions is harder than you may envisage. Just as one officer says, “These people are invisible in life, and they’re invisible in death”.
The subject of this moving piece of cinema is an anonymous body discovered in the Arizona desert. The corpse, much like so many others, is initially unidentifiable, and emblematic of this desperation from »
- Stefan Pape
Stories of illegal migrants who die crossing the Mexico/Us border are nothing new (with Sin Nombre one of the best among them), but what is surprising is how the tragedy persists because, as this documentary highlights, the system of checks and balances is motivated by border control rather than social conscience. Gael García Bernal follows in the steps of one ill-fated man whose body is found in the Arizona desert, his death chalked up like any other statistic but who is also a pivotal figure in a startling human drama.
At the outset director Marc Silver also risks dehumanising the man by filming his body as it is analysed on site by a forensics team, with the enhanced objectivity that comes from using a Dv camera. Crucially, his face isn't shown until very late in the film, »
★★★★☆Marc Silver’s award-winning documentary Who is Dayani Cristal? (2013), co-produced by and starring Mexican actor Gael García Bernal, explores the identity and tragic fate of one economic migrant after he attempts to forge a life for himself in the United States. Every year, thousands of Mexicans, Central and South Americans illegally cross the Mexican-us border in search of work and at considerable risk to their own lives. One of the most inhospitable terrains that the desperate migrants have to navigate is the Sonora desert in Arizona, known as 'the corridor of death'. Here, decomposing corpses or body parts are regularly picked up by the border patrol.
- CineVue UK
Italian actor-director to receive Excellence Award.
Italian actor and director Giancarlo Giannini is to attend the 67th Locarno Film Festival (Aug 6-16) as one of the guests of honour of the Titanus retrospective and will receive an Excellence Award Moët & Chandon.
Giannini will receive the honour on the Piazza Grande on Aug 12. As per Locarno tradition, the next day the Festival audience will have the opportunity to attend an “In Conversation” session with the actor at the Spazio Cinema (Forum).
A series of screenings will accompany this tribute. In addition to Non stuzzicate la zanzara and Indian Summer, screened as part of the Titanus retrospective, there will also be a screening of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Lili Marleen (1981) in his honour.
Locarno 2014 line-up
An Excellence Award is also being presented to Juliette Binoche this year.
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Winner of Best Cinematography in Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, and Official Selection at HotDocs and the New York Film Festival 2013, ahead of its UK theatrical release on Friday July 25, Dochouse will host a preview screening of Pulse Films’ Who is Dayani Cristal? on Thursday July 24 at 8pm at the Rich Mix Cinema, which will be followed by a post Q & A with director Marc Silver.
A man’s body is found in the blistering heat of the Arizona desert with the words Dayani Cristal tattooed across his chest. With no identification the tattoo is the only clue to his identity. This area of Arizona, known as the ‘Corridor of Death’ is now the deadliest crossing point from Mexico into the Us. Director Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal, embedded with migrants, attempt to retrace the man’s steps; travelling across Central America they learn the perils that confront »
- Gary Collinson
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has announced its initial slate of galas and special presentations, which includes 37 world premieres and several films with Oscar ambitions. The Judge, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who reluctantly returns home and ends up defending his revered father (Robert Duvall) against criminal charges, will have its world premiere in Toronto. His Avengers pal, Chris Evans, will unveil his own directorial debut in Toronto, titled Before We Go.
- Jeff Labrecque
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing night film “A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman’s period pic starring Kate Winslet as a landscape gardener assigned to construct the garden at Versailles.
World-preeming Galas announced this morning at the Tiff Bell Lightbox also include “Pawn Sacrifice,” Ed Zwick’s biopic on the legendary Cold War-era chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), and “Black and White,” Mike Binder’s tale of a grieving widower (Kevin Costner) in a custody battle, as well as WB fall releases “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You.”
International titles world-preeming on the »
- Jennie Punter
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of 2014 premieres and galas this morning and it features some familiar awards titles, some big stars and some unexpected studio titles. Among the major studio films, David Dobkin's "The Judge" with Robert Downey Jr. and Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer" each received gala slots and should premiere over the festival's opening weekend. Other announced galas so far include Bennett Miller's acclaimed "Foxcatcher," which debuted at Cannes, and Mike Binder's "Black and White" starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie. Toronto has also scheduled special gala screenings for David Cronenberg's "Map to the Stars" with Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, François Ozon's "The New Girlfriend," Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" with Tobey Maguire, Lone Scherfig's "The Riot Club," Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's "Samba" and Shawn Levy's "This is Where I Leave You »
- Gregory Ellwood
Actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna are two of the co-founders behind Ambulante, a film festival that tours Mexico bringing documentaries to communities typically without access to such movies. Now they wish to spread the festival to the United States and tour across California, and they’ve turned to Kickstarter to help make it happen.
Their goal is to raise roughly $52K in order to schedule screening events and bring filmmakers and other guests across the state. If they raise the money, they say the California tour will act as a pilot program to be able to schedule future events across other parts of the country.
Ambulante started in 2005 by Bernal, Luna, Pablo Cruz and Elena Fortes, travelling across 12 different states in Mexico. They’ve screened everything from Oscar winner Searching for Sugar Man to the critically acclaimed The Act of Killing and the LCD Soundsystem rock-doc Shut Up and Play the Hits. »
- Brian Welk
By Robert Welkos Name: Jeff Skoll Net Worth: $2.7 billion (TheRichest.com) to $3.8 billion (Forbes) Source Of Wealth: eBay ‘Bio: Born to a middle-class family in Canada, Skoll graduated with honors in electrical engineering program at the University of Toronto, then went backpacking around the world before entering Stanford Business School, where he earned an Mba degree. He was the first full-time employee and first president of eBay, the Internet auction firm. He sold a portion of his company holdings for $2 billion. In 1999. he created the Skoll Foundation, which quickly became the world’s largest foundation for social entrepreneurship. In 2004, he created the movie production company Participant Media. In 2009. he founded the Skoll Global Threats Fund, focusing on issues that could bring the world to its knees: climate change, water scarcity, pandemics, nuclear proliferation and Middle East conflict. Marital Status: Single Hollywood Connections: Participant Media seeks to make films that »
- Robert W. Welkos
Moving forward on its first official attempt to establish a long-term presence outside Latin America, Mexico’s Ambulante – an innovative itinerant docu fest created by Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, producer Pablo Cruz and Elena Fortes – has launched a Kickstarter crowd-sourcing campaign to back its first U.S. documentary tour in Los Angeles.
Running Sept. 21 to Oct. 4, Ambulante California will travel and tap into Los Angeles’ multi-ethnic neighborhoods to connect and activate audiences offering free docu screenings at different alternative venues, from universities to community centers, museums to parks and makeshift outdoor spaces.
One opening event wil be a screening of Eugenio Polgovsky’s 2004’“Tropico de Cancer,” about families surviving in Mexico’s San Luis Potosi desert by hunting animals. The documentary inspired Bernal and Luna to co-found Ambulante, said Luna.
The program will showcase U.S. and international documentaries, and offer a focus on Mexican docu highlights screened by Ambulante over the last decade. »
- John Hopewell
The Dutch airline that celebrated The Netherlands win over Mexico with a tweet that said, "Adios Amigos" -- coupled with a stereotypical pic of a man in sombrero -- is now apologizing. Klm has been under fire ever since the airline posted the message Sunday -- which featured an image of a mustached man in a poncho and a sombrero next to a sign that said, "Departures."The tweet pissed off a Ton of people »
- TMZ Staff
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Telefilm Canada has confirmed its financial support of nearly $13 million of Canadian tax payers' money towards the production of nine English-language feature films through the 'Canada Feature Film Fund', although there doesn't seem to be anything culturally 'Canadian' about most of their selections, other than the crews that will be working on them.
Among the films receiving money include a psycho horror with a demonic 'Santa Claus', a bio pic about a former Queen of Sweden, the 'relationship' between 'James Dean' and a photographer, a thriller involving a Satanic child abuse sex ring, and an inflatable Sex Doll drug smuggling story:
The films are "After the Ball" (Sean Garrity), "A Christmas Horror Story" (Steven Hoban, Grant Harvey, Brett Sullivan), "Aloft" (Claudia Llosa), "A Worthy Companion" (Jason Sanchez, Carlos Sanchez), "Life" (Anton Corbijn), "Regression" (Alejandro Amenabar), "Rest Home" (Michael Rowe), "The Girl King" (Mika Kaurismäki) and "Zoom" (Pedro Morelli »
- Michael Stevens
We’re still a week and change away from a new set of Oscar predictions, so I figured today I’d mix it up and give you all my first set of Golden Globe predictions. One of the most noteworthy (if not the most important) precursors in terms of testing out winners, the Globes are the second biggest show out there, so you have to take note of them. As such, they get this early treatment in a way that not ever other precursor does. The big difference you’ll see here between the Academy and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is that they sometimes go for the bigger names or the bigger production. As such, I’ve moved Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken ahead of Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher here, even though I have the opposite for Oscar. You also lose certain indies, as you’ll see by smaller nomination »
- Joey Magidson
Mexican stars Gael García and Diego Luna need your help. For almost a decade now, they have been known in Mexico not only for their acting but also as film producers and distributors. Together with Pablo Cruz, García and Luna founded in 2005 the film company Canana and the traveling documentary film festival Ambulante, which has brought to several Mexican states, during its latest editions, such docs as Searching for Sugar Man, Blackfish, and The Square. Canana itself has produced movies like Miss Bala and this year's Cesar Chavez, as well as been responsible of theatrical and home distribution in Mexico for such films as Only God Forgives and The Master. Now García and Luna are heading to Kickstarter, trying to expand their duties to...
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