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5 items from 2015


Iff Panama: Guillermo Arriaga Presents Panama with ‘Words with Gods’

10 April 2015 4:43 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Panama – On Sunday, April 12, the Oscar-nominated Mexican scribe-helmer Guillermo Arriaga will present “Words With Gods” at Panama City’s National Theater, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Arriaga, who was the Fipresci Latin American Personality of the Year in 2014, boasts a filmography that includes three collaborations as a screenwriter with three-time Oscar-winner Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Love’s a Bitch,” “21 Grams” and “Babel”), as well as “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada” with Tommy Lee Jones, which won the best screenplay prize for Arriaga at Cannes; “The Night Buffalo” with Jorge Hernández Aldana; and “The Burning Plain,” which Arriaga also directed, premiered in Venice in 2008 and starred Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger and Jennifer Lawrence.

He has also written the novels “The Guillotine Squad” (1991), “A Sweet Scent of Death” (1994), “Night Buffalo” (1999) and the book of short stories “Retorno 201” (2006). His novels have been translated into 18 languages.

Based on Arriaga’s concept »

- Christopher Pickard

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Iff Panama: Building Central America, the Caribbean

8 April 2015 11:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Running April 9-15, and now celebrating its fourth edition, the International Film Festival of Panama reps one of the world’s most quickly consolidating festivals in two of its nascent but fast-growing film regions: Central America and the Caribbean.

There’s a relationship. Launched in 2012, Piff has a mission, in industry and international terms, to serve as a platform for Central America and the closer Caribbean countries, and as a driver for further growth, said Pituka Ortega Heilbron, Iff Panama director, who runs the festival with Diana Sanchez, the Toronto Fest programmer for Latin America, Spain and Portugal, serving as its artistic director.

That is an exciting mission. Boosted by multiplex construction, Central America box office was $94.8 million in 2012 and soared 13% in two years to $107.2 million in 2014, per Luis Vargas, Rentrak managing director for Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, Colombia and Venezuela.

Central America’s 2014 top 10 was packed out exclusively by Hollywood family and action fare, »

- John Hopewell

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Istanbul Film Festival unveils 2015 lineup

13 March 2015 3:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Taking place April 4-19, the festival will feature over 200 films, including recent world premieres from Sundance and Berlin.

Istanbul Film Festival has unveiled the lineup to its upcoming edition, taking place from April 4-19.

This year will feature over 200 films from 62 countries, as well as free talks and workshops by film-makers and masterclasses. New sections at this year’s festival include a special focus on cinema of the Balkans and a focus on German animation.

The festival’s international competition includes the likes of Cédric Kahn’s Wild Life, Quentin Dupieux’s Reality, Francesco Munzi’s Black Souls and Thomas Vinterberg’s Far from the Madding Crowd, while the national competition will screen Ali Atay’s Lemonade, Selim Evci’s Secret and Mehmet Eryılmaz’s The Visitor, among others.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, Jc Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years and Matthew WarchusPride are among this year’s Akbank Gala screenings »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Gff 2015: Batin Ghobadi’s ‘Mardan’ is an elusive, guilt-ridden debut

24 February 2015 9:16 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Mardan

Written and directed by Batin Ghobadi

Iraq, 2014

Batin Ghobadi’s debut feature is an elusive crime drama that unfolds in the mountainous borderland of Iraqi Kurdistan. The younger brother of Bahman Ghobadi, best known for A Time for Drunken Horses, the writer-director was born in the region, albeit on the Iranian side of the border, and its troubled history resonates obliquely throughout the film. It is suggested that the region is engaged in a period of modernisation, through major construction projects and crackdowns on corruption, but its landscape remains rugged and primal, its men desolate and wracked with guilt.

The title character (Hossein Hasan) is a troubled police officer, suffering from a secret illness and haunted by a traumatic childhood memory. He is called on to investigate the sudden disappearance of a site worker, Morad (Feyyaz Duman) who was travelling home after completing a short-term contract, carrying his earnings with him. »

- Rob Dickie

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Irrfan Khan paired with Iranian Body Of Lies stunner Golshifteh Farahani

20 February 2015 2:18 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Irrfan Khan continues to do Indian cinema proud all over the world.

Just when he is covering himself with another round of high encomium for his performance in Anup Singh's Qissa, news comes that Irrfan is all set to do another international project to be directed by the very talented Qissa director Anup Kumar.

In the film, Irrfan Khan will be paired opposite the stunning Iranian beauty Golshifteh Farahani.

Apart from her mesmerizing looks, the rebellious actress is known for her presence in internationally celebrated movies including Dariush Mehrjui's Santouri (The Santoor Player), Bahman Ghobadi's Half Moon (winner of the Golden Shell at the 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival), and the late Rasool Mollagholipoor's M for Mother (Iran's nominee for the 2008 Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category)

After posing nude for a French magazine Farahani was apparently banned from entering her home-land Iran.

Her coming »

- Subhash K. Jha

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