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9 items from 2016


Munich Filmfest wrap: Florian Eichinger named best director

4 July 2016 7:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Eichinger’s Hands Of A Mother won three prizes at the German Cinema New Talent Awards.

Florian Eichinger’s third feature Hands Of A Mother (Die Hände meiner Mutter) was the big winner at this year’s German Cinema New Talent Awards held during the 34th edition of Filmfest München (23 June - 2 July) which ended at the weekend with the international premiere of Matt RossCaptain Fantastic.

Eichinger received the £33k (€30k) award for Best Direction, while his lead actor Andreas Döhler was named Best Actor for his performance as a man who breaks his self-denial to recall having been sexually abused as a child by his mother.

The co-production by Kinescope Film and Bergfilm with Zdf’s Das kleine Fernsehspiel unit, which is the final part of Eichinger’s trilogy about violence within the family after 2008’s Bergfest and 2013’s Nordstrand, will be released theatrically in German cinemas by Farbfilm Verleih on 1 December. International sales are »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Munich Film Festival Spotlights Best of German, World Cinema

20 June 2016 6:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Munich Film Festival kicks off June 23 with some 180 feature films, documentaries and TV movies, including Maren Ade’s Cannes competition title “Toni Erdmann,” which opens this year’s event. Festival closes July 2. Germany’s second-biggest film fest offers an ideal summer platform for world cinema, cutting-edge German films, and new discoveries while also showcasing young talents. “We have a fantastic line-up with well-known directors, but also discoveries from countries like Vanuatu or Nepal, which are in our program for the first time,” says festival director Diana Iljine. Matt Ross’ “Captain Fantastic” closes the event.

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The Spotlight sidebar is known for presenting lavish productions, big-name filmmakers, and major stars. This year is no different. The lineup includes: Paul Schrader’s “Dog Eat Dog,” starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe; Jason Batemen’s “The Family Fang,” with Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken; Werner Herzog’s documentary “Lo and Behold, Reveries »

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Cannes hit 'Toni Erdmann' to open Munich festival

2 June 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The event will host 19 world premieres in its New German Cinema strand.

This year’s Filmfest München (June 23 - July 2) will open with Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann, the Cannes Competition title that topped Screen’s Jury Grid last month.

The event will also stage a retrospective of films by German director Christian Petzold.

Titles by Dani Levy, Sven Taddicken, Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu and Oliver Rihs are among 19 world premieres being presented in the festival’s New German Cinema sidebar.

Swiss-born director Levy will be coming to Munich with Wunderlich’s World, starring Katharina Schüttler, Hannelore Elsner and Toni Erdmann’s Peter Simonischek, while Taddicken’s adaptation of A.L. Kennedy’s novel Original Bliss will be shown in the Bavarian capital before having its international premiere in Karlovy Vary’s official competition a week later.

This year’s line-up also includes a number of co-productions such as Moldovan filmmaker Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu’s Anishoara, a second »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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'Toni Erdmann' to open Munich festival

2 June 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The event will host 19 world premieres in its New German Cinema strand.

This year’s Filmfest München (June 23 - July 2) will open with Maren Ade’s Cannes competition title Toni Erdmann.

The event will also stage a retrospective of films by German director Christian Petzold.

Titles by Dani Levy, Sven Taddicken, Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu and Oliver Rihs are among 19 world premieres being presented in the festival’s New German Cinema sidebar.

Swiss-born director Levy will be coming to Munich with Wunderlich’s World, starring Katharina Schüttler, Hannelore Elsner and Toni Erdmann’s Peter Simonischek, while Taddicken’s adaptation of A.L. Kennedy’s novel Original Bliss will be shown in the Bavarian capital before having its international premiere in Karlovy Vary’s official competition a week later.

This year’s line-up also includes a number of co-productions such as Moldovan filmmaker Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu’s Anishoara, a second collaboration with Germany’s Wiedemann Bros., Romanian-born [link=nm »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Tales from Refugee Camp: ‘Life on the Border’ Offers a Kids-Eye View

29 March 2016 11:02 PM, PDT | International Documentary Association | See recent International Documentary Association news »

March 30, 2016 Tales from Refugee Camp: ‘Life on the Border’ Offers a Kids-Eye View

This year's Berlin International Film Festival presented a special screening of Life on the Border, a gripping project initiated and produced by Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi. Over the past years Ghobadi has tirelessly narrated stories of the Kurds, the largest ethnic group without a state; their population spans from southeastern Turkey to northwestern Iran, northern Iraq and northern Syria.

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- Sevara Pan

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Miami: Monica Bellucci on ‘Ville-Marie,’ Kusturica’s Latest and Defying Ageism

9 March 2016 3:15 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The timing may be coincidental, but it feels apt that I interviewed Monica Bellucci on International Women’s Day, March 8. One of the most restlessly globe-trotting stars in world cinema, the Italian model-turned-actor refuses to let her filmography be dictated either by national borders or imagined age brackets: Now in her fifties and defying the industry’s oft-decried shutout of women over 40, she has recently worked with Iranian auteur Bahman Ghobadi on “Rhino Season,” lent otherworldly luster to fellow Italian Alice Rohrwacher’s rural fable “The Wonders” and struck sparks with Daniel Craig in last year’s 007 outing “Spectre.” She’ll be hitting TV screens, too, with a role in Neil Jordan’s French-set crime series “Riviera,” which starts rolling in June.

Fresh from shooting a lead role in “On the Milky Road,” the long-awaited — and Cannes-tipped — new feature from two-time Palme d’Or winner Emir Kusturica, Bellucci arrived at »

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Rotterdam festival supports beleaguered Busan

2 February 2016 4:01 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Staff and industry attending the CineMart co-production market sent a public message of support to the beleaguered Busan International Film Festival (Biff)

Joining in a worldwide photo campaign, International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) festival director Bero Beyer, programmer Gerwin Tamsma (who oversees the selection of Korean titles) and scores of industry professionals posed on the steps of Iffr festival hub de Doelen for a group photo, holding banners proclaiming “We Support Busan”. 

Lee Yong-Kwan has come under unrelenting pressure to step down as Biff director from Busan City Council officials angered by his decision to screen controversial ferry-sinking documentary The Truth Shall Not Sink With Sewol in 2014, against their wishes.

He has thus far refused to leave, but is gearing up to fight charges filed against him by the city, accusing him of mismanagement of festival sponsorship fees, on the basis of an audit of Biff’s books carried out last year following the documentary dispute.

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[Sundance Review] A Flag Without a Country

24 January 2016 7:59 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

A Flag Without a Country comes across less as a documentary than a based-on-a-true-story movie in which everyone plays themselves. Indeed, protagonists Nariman Anwar and Helly Luv are credited as “cast.” Watching Anwar walk up to an apartment building to call upon an inhabitant and getting into an argument with an old woman is shot in (and bears “the feel of”) an independent drama. And then there are the obvious reenactments, such as when Anwar or Luv recount their youths. The so-called line between fact and fiction isn’t blurred — it’s gently set aside because director Bahman Ghobadi has no need for it.

Anwar and Luv are both Kurds on a mission to recruit children. Anwar, a pilot, needs students for his flying school. Luv, a singer, needs actors for a music video she’s putting together. Both of them find what they need in the population of Syrian »

- Daniel Schindel

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'The Diary Of Anne Frank', Bahman Ghobadi title join Berlin strand

22 January 2016 5:03 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Bahman Ghobadi’s Life On The Border, Hans Steinbichler’s The Diary Of Anne Frank join Generation special screenings.

Hans Steinbichler’s The Diary Of Anne Frank is among two special screenings added to the Berlin Film Festival’s (Feb 11-21) Generation strand, aimed at teenagers and children.

The film, which will be distributed by co-producers Universal Pictures International in Germany and gets its world premiere in the strand, stars Lea van Acken (Heil) as Anne Frank, alongside Martina Gedeck (The Lives Of Others) and Ulrich Noethen (Downfall).

The latest project from Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi (Turtles Can Fly) will have its European premiere in the strand.

The documentary, produced by Ghobadi, sees eight children from Syrian refugee camps handed cameras and given the encouragement to tell their personal stories.

The juries for the Generation programme’s two sections - Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus – have also been revealed.

The Generation 14plus International Jury - which presents »

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