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London – A retrospective of Iranian cinema from 1933 to 2006 will be jointly mounted by the Fribourg International Film Festival (Fiff) in Switzerland and Scotland's Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff). The two events are collaborating on the retrospective called "The History of Iranian Cinema by Its Creators." Fiff will launch the retrospective program at its 28th edition, for which 14 major Iranian directors have named 27 titles, from 1933 to 2006. The 14 directors picking titles are Mania Akbari, Kaveh Bakhtiari, Bahram Beyzaie, Asghar Farhadi, Sepideh Farsi, Mahmoud Ghaffari, Bahman Ghobadi, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Shahram Mokri, Amir Naderi, Jafar
- Stuart Kemp
In the satirical road movie About 111 Girls. the debut feature from the sister of Bahman Ghobadi (“A Time for Drunken Horses”) and her husband, a government official travels across Iranian Kurdistan with his driver and a young guide on a mission to stop 111 young Kurdish women from committing suicide in protest against conditions that have left them spinsters. Carrying a message from Iran’s president, they race against the clock and travel into territory simmering with resentment at official neglect and the hardship it has sown among a proud people. Against a dramatically colorful physical and human landscape, wistful longing mingles with absurdist humor as the three travelers meander helplessly in a land riddled with contradictions.
The Hollywood Reporter says if 111 Girls:
“111 Girls is unsubtle in its message that Iraq’s destructive legacy and a recent penchant for conflict are among the roots of Kurdish distress. It’s not a new idea, »
- Tom Stockman
Members of The Yellow Dogs, an indie rock band formed in Tehran and based in Brooklyn were reportedly all found dead in their East Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment after one of the members, who had been kicked out of the band, allegedly carried out a murder-suicide. The Yellow Dogs were one of the bands featured in Bahman Ghobadi's "No One Knows about Persian Cats," which opened the Cannes Un Certain Regard section in 2009. The film is held together by a narrative that takes place in the Tehran underground music scene, and it takes breaks along the way to feature bands in the music scene there. Here's a segment from the film, that features The Yellow Dogs: »
- Bryce J. Renninger
D earCinema profiles the six screenwriters who are participating in Nfdc Screenwriters’ Lab at the ongoing Toronto International Film Festival.
Screenwriters’ Lab, a 2-part workshop conducted by the National Film Development Corporation (Nfdc) is designed to prepare screenwriters with original Indian stories for working with the international filmmaking community.
Shanker Raman answers five questions about his project “My Brother the Salesman, and I”:
Tell us about your project.
My project “My Brother the Salesman, and I” is a feature film set in the year 1984. It is an unflinching look at a middle class family’s dreams and aspirations. A large part of the story is from my memory of how things were during my early teens. We were a family of five, ever expanding, growing, trusting and hopeful through moments of change and peace. And then one day I felt alone. I was not a part of that environment any more. »
- Editorial Team
Locarno — Who said the French took the whole of August off?
Led by sales cos Wild Bunch and Memento Films Intl., broadcast net Arte France and promo org Unifrance, a huge cavalcade of French companies and institutions is beginning to descend on Switzerland’s Locarno Fest, which kicked off Wednesday.
Three Wild Bunch-sold movies play in major slots.
The Swiss lakeside resort confab closes Aug. 17, as already announced, with Wild Bunch-sold “On the Way To School,” from France’s Pascal Plisson, which screens in Locarno’s spectacular open air Piazza Grande.
Wild Bunch has also acquired international sales rights to two titles that world premiere in International Competition: “When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism,” from Romania’s Corneliu Porumboiu (“Police, Adjective”) ; and Guillaume Brac’s relationship dramedy “Tonnerre,” the feature debut of a cineaste who broke out with his theatrically-distributed Cesar-nommed medium-feature “Un Monde sans femmes” which »
- John Hopewell
Los Angeles hosts annual showcase featuring extensive array of work from contemporary and veteran film-makers
The annual celebration of Iranian cinema run by the University of California, Los Angeles, is a vital occasion for two dynamic and overlapping constituencies: cinephiles and Iranians in Los Angeles. The festival's screenings routinely draw large audiences, eager to see films from a nation distinguished by its rich and sustained contribution to world cinema. This year's programme underscored the depth and diversity of cinematic voices in Iranian life.
In recent years, the archive has expanded the scope to include older films, working with Iran's national film archive and exiled filmmakers such as Parviz Sayyad to present seminal works such as The Lor Girl (Dokhtar-e Lor; 1933), directed by Ardeshir Irani; Masoud Kimiai's Caesar (Qaisar; 1969); and Sayyad's own Dead End (Bon Bast; 1977). This year, the festival began with a screening of Bahram Beyzaie's first feature film, »
The past few years have seen many musicians trying their hand at scoring movies -- Daft Punk, Trent Reznor and Jonny Greenwood, among others -- but it’s a trend that extends past the current crop of critically-acclaimed musician-turned-film-composers. In 1988, Peter Gabriel provided the score for Martin Scorsese’s adaptation of the controversial “The Last Temptation Of Christ” -- it was his second score after the little-seen “Birdy” -- and now it looks like the Genesis founding member is going back to the world of religion for his next scoring gig. THR is reporting that Gabriel will compose the score for the religious-themed anthology film “Words of Gods.” Produced by Alex Garcia and Guillermo Arriaga, the film will feature nine different segments directed by names like Bahman Ghobadi (“Turtles Can Fly,” "No One Knows About Persian Cats"), Emir Kusturica (“Underground”), Hideo Nakata (“Dark Water”) »
- Cain Rodriguez
Mexico City, July 1 (Ians/Efe) Religion is the central theme of the new film by Mexican director and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, in which a group of outstanding filmmakers, including Mira Nair, took part along with Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and British musician Peter Gabriel.
Arriaga's short is one of several segments that make up the feature-length film "Words with Gods", which explores the religious views held by a group of directors that includes Serbian Emir Kusturica, Argentina's Hector Babenco, Australian Warwick Thorntonel, Bahman Ghobadi from Iran, India's Mira Nair, Japan's Hideo Nakata, Amos Gitai of France,. »
- Abhijeet Sen
Karlovy Vary, Central Europe’s leading film fest, is to pay tribute to Jerry Schatzberg.
The helmer, who was one of the leading lights of New Hollywood, will present three of his early works: his 1970 debut “Puzzle of a Downfall Child,” 1971 drug drama “The Panic in Needle Park” and tragicomedy ”Scarecrow,” which starred Al Pacino and Gene Hackman and won Cannes’ Palme d’Or in 1973. Schatzberg recently revealed that he was planning to make a sequel to “Scarecrow.”
Karlovy Vary’s artistic director Karel Och said: “Jerry is one of the seminal directors of his age — occupying an exceptional position alongside the generation of talented filmmakers credited with the renaissance of American film during the 1970s.”
British helmer Mark Cousins will screen “The First Film,” which took him to the Kurdish village of Goptapa, »
- Leo Barraclough
Fat Shaker, a surreal film about an obese and oppressive father and his son, is a refection on wider frustrations and corruption
There is something about the way he breathes, about the way he carries the weight around his waist, and the way his lips hang from his face.
Levon Haftvan's physique is as heavy as his acting, and he is ideally cast in Mohammad Shirvani's latest feature, Fat Shaker (2012). The strange, frustrating, dreamlike story of the relationship between a father (Haftvan) and his deaf son (Hassan Rostami), unsettled by the entrance of a young woman (Maryam Palizban), defies expectations and exercises a daring liberty in the process. The film gained international attention when it won one of the Hivos Tiger awards at the Rotterdam film festival, and it became the first Iranian feature to be screened at the Sundance film festival.
Although the plot may sound recycled »
The announcement of the Asian Movie Awards has just been released with some big films and actors going against against each other to win the big awards. Some of these include Drug War (Louis Koo), Outrage Beyond, actors such as Choi Min-sik and Tony Leung Ka-fai, to Directors such as Takeshi Kitano and Lou Ye.
I do have a few favorites in this list and i feel best movie could go to Drug War and best actor should fall to Choi Min-sik (just brilliant in every movie).
Here is the list of nominations below, feel free to write your favorites in the comment box at the bottom of the page.
“Drug War” (Mainland China)
“Gangs of Wasseypur, Part 1 & 2″ (India)
“Mystery” (Mainland China)
“Outrage Beyond” (Japan)
“Pieta” (South Korea)
Kim Ki-duk, »
Four Indian films have been nominated for the 7th Asian Film Awards with Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur leading the pack with four nominations: Best Film, Anurag Kashyap for Best Director, Wasiq Khan for Best Production Designer and Rajeev Ravi for Best Cinematographer.
In other nominations, Nawazuddin Siddiqui will compete for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Talaash, Anand Gandhi contends for Best Screenwriter for his debut film Ship of Theseus and Pritam Chakraborty vies for Best Composer Award for his melodies in Barfi!.
Andy Lau, a noted actor of Hong Kong will head the judging panel. A total of 30 films from nine countries will compete under 14 categories at the award function to be held on 18th March, 3013. The annual event is organised by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society.
Full List of Nominations:
Drug War (Mainland China)
Gangs of Wasseypur, Part 1 & 2 (India)
Mystery (Mainland »
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