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Venice: Memento Takes France, World to Rodrigo Pla’s ‘A Monster’ (Exclusive)

26 August 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gearing up for the 72nd Venice Film Festival, Memento Films, the Paris-based production-distribution-sales house, announced Wednesday its acquisition of both French distribution and world sales rights to “A Monster With a Thousand Heads,” from Rodrigo, a leading light of Mexico’s new wave cinema.

A social thriller as Pla’s debut, “The Zone,” “A Monster” plays Venice’s Horizons. It marks the third collaboration between Pla and Memento, whose credits as a producer, distributor or sales agent include two Palme d’Or winners, 2008’s “The Class” and 2014’s “Winter Sleep.”

In France, Memento Distribution released “The Zone” in 2008 to a robust 130,000 admission trawl – over $900,000 in B.O. gross; Memento Films Intl’s world cinema arthouse label Artscope took world rights to Pla’s third feature, “The Delay,” a fest hit, winning the Ecumenical Jury Prize at 2012’s Berlin. “Monster” marks a full-blown pick-up by Memento Films Intl.

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- John Hopewell

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Venice 2015. Lineup

1 August 2015 9:58 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The full lineup for the Venice Film Festival has been revealed, and includes new films by Martin Scorsese, Jerzy Skolimowsky, Frederick Wiseman, Marco Bellocchio, Tsai Ming-liang, Aleksandro Sokurov and more.CompetitionFrenzy (Emin Alper, Turkey/France/Qatar)Heart of a Dog (Laurie Anderson, Us)Blood of My Blood (Marco Bellocchio, Italy)Looking for Grace (Sue Brooks, Australia)Equals (Drake Doremus, Us)Remember (Atom Egoyan, Canada/Germany)Beasts of No Nation (Cary Fukunaga, Us)Per amor vostro (Giuseppe M. Gaudino, Italy/France)Marguerite (Xavier Giannoli, France/Czech Republic/Belgium)Rabin, the Last Day (Amos Gitai, Israel/France)A Bigger Splash (Luca Guadagnino, Italy/France)The Endless River (Oliver Hermanus, South Africa/France)The Danish Girl (Tom Hooper, UK/Us)Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman/Duke Johnson, Us)L'attesa (Piero Mesina, Italy)11 Minutes (Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland)Francofonia (Aleksandr Sokurov, France/Germany/Netherlands)The Clan (Pablo Trapero, Argentina/Spain)Desde alla (Lorenza Vigas, Venezuela/Mexico)L'hermine (Christian Vincent, »

- Notebook

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2015 Venice Film Festival: Guadagnino, Sokurov, Kaufman, Bellocchio & Fukunaga Compete for Golden Lion

29 July 2015 4:35 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

With the exception of Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation and Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, the nineteen other films in Venice Film Festival’s contention for the Golden Lion won’t be mentioned during awards season, but who cares when you have the likes of Aleksander Sokurov, Luca Guadagnino and Marco Bellocchio in the line-up. Not unlike previous years, the 2015 edition has a good numbers of films from Italy and the U.S., with several France co-productions littered throughout and the addition of fresh faces with first time works from composer Piero Messina and artist/musician Laurie Anderson.

While non comp offerings in the shape of Scott Cooper’s Black Mass and Thomas McCarthy’s Spotlight are sure to receive a fair amount of trade news attention it’s the docus that are especially rich this year: Frederick Wiseman is joined by Sergei Loznitsa makes back to »

- Eric Lavallee

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Oz films set to shine in Venice and Toronto

29 July 2015 3:03 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Writer-director Sue Brooks' Looking for Grace will be the first film by a female Australian director to screen in competition at the Venice Film Festival since Clara Law's The Goddess Of 1967 in 2000.

Australia will have an unprecedented profile at the festival with Michael Rowe.s Early Winter and Simon Stone.s The Daughter selected for the Venice Days sidebar and Bentley Dean and Martin Butler.s Tanna screening in Venice Critics. Week.

This is the first time Australian films will be represented in all three Venice categories. That adds to the prestige of The Daughter having its North American premiere in the Special Presentations section of the 40th Toronto International Film Festival, where Jocelyn Moorhouse.s The Dressmaker will have its world premiere in the Gala Presentations section.

Wayne Blair's Us thriler Septembers Of Shiraz, which stars Salma Hayek, Adrien Brody and Shohreh Aghdashloo, will also screen in Gala Presentations. »

- Don Groves

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2015 Venice Film Festival Lineup Announced

29 July 2015 8:29 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

On the heels of yesterday's Toronto Film Festival announcement, this morning we get the lineup for the 2015 Venice Film Festival and, as always, there's a little crossover with some films set to premiere on the Lido ahead of their Toronto (and/or Telluride premieres). Some of the titles not screening at Toronto (at least not yet) that will premiere at Venice include Baltasar Kormakur's Everest, which is serving as the opening night film, Drake Doremus' Equals starring Kristen Stewart, A Bigger Splash from Luca Guadagnino, Go With Me directed by Daniel Alfredson, Dito Montiel's Man Down, Amy Berg's Janis as well as a new, 16-minute short film from Martin Scorsese titled The Audition and a Brian De Palma documentary directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow. There's also buzz building for The Childhood of a Leader directed by Brady Corbet and starring Robert Pattinson and Berenice Bejo. »

- Brad Brevet

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The Venice Film Festival announces its lineup for the 2015 incarnation

29 July 2015 7:27 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Venice Film Festival has become one of the longest-running events on the festival circuit, its veteran status giving it a level of prestige that has only been heightened by the films that have screened at the event. Having first started in 1932, a number of movies that have gone on to be classics have won prizes at the festival, including Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, Satyajit Ray’s Aparajito, and Alain ResnaisLast Year at Marienbad. Interest in the festival’s lineup announcement has thus grown over the years, with many film fans curious to see what the organisers select to play at the event, due to its stature. The full lineup for the 2015 incarnation of the festival, the 72nd one in the festival’s history, has now been announced. The festival itself will run from September 2nd to the 12th, with a jury that includes Alfonso Cuarón, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Venice film festival reveals 2015 line-up

29 July 2015 3:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne, and Atom Egoyan’s Remember among the 21 competition titles.Scroll down for full line-up

The 72nd Venice Film Festival (Sept 2-12) has unveiled the 55 features – mixing star vehicles and international auteurs – that will make up this year’s official selection.

Venice director Alberto Barbera and Biennale president Paolo Baratta announced the line-up this morning.

As previously announced, Baltasar Kormakur’s mountaineering thriller Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, will open the festival on Sept 2. The Universal release will play out of competition.

Birdman, last year’s opening night film, went on to be named best picture at this year’s Academy Awards, while multiple Oscar-winner Gravity bowed at the 2013 edition.

Venice also revealed that Guan Hu’s Mr Six will close the festival on Sept 12. Feng Xiaogang plays the title character, a former gangster living alone with various illnesses, who is tempted back into the business by his son.

Competition titles »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Full line-up announced for 2015 Venice Film Festival

29 July 2015 3:41 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The official line-up for the Venice Film Festival has been announced this morning by the festival chief Alberto Barbera.

The festival will gives us our first glimpses of some of the films who hope to do battle in this year’s Oscar race. In the competition, some of the films vying for glory include Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, which stars last year’s Oscar winner for Best Actor Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything); Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba (Star Trek Beyond), which debuts in the Us on Netflix; and Equals, the sci-fi drama directed by Drake Doremus (Breathe In) starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult.

You can see the full list of films and their catagories below, and we shall update the titles when announcements are incoming:

In Competition

Frenzy, Emin Alper (Turkey, France, Qatar)

Heart of a Dog, Laurie Anderson (U.S.)

Blood of My Blood, »

- Scott J. Davis

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'The Danish Girl,' Kristen Stewart and more set sail for the 2015 Venice Film Festival

29 July 2015 2:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Some of the most anticipated movies of the Fall will make their debut at the four major festivals that annual suck up the movie world's attention during a five-week period beginning in September.  The New York Film Festival has already revealed that "The Walk," "Steve Jobs" and "Miles Away" will be its major galas.  The 40th Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of selections on Tuesday giving away many of the "secret" premieres at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend.  Earlier this month Venice announced it would open with Universal Pictures' "Everest" and debut Scott Cooper's "Black Mass" with Johnny Depp out of competition. Now, the festival has unveiled a majority of its slate with some very exciting surprises. The biggest news is that Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl" will have its world premiere in Venice. The highly anticipated drama has already generated »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Venice film festival 2015: full lineup

29 July 2015 2:28 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

All the films screening at this year’s Venice film festival. This list will be updated as more titles are announced

Frenzy, Emin Alper (Turkey, France, Qatar)

Heart of a Dog, Laurie Anderson (U.S.)

Blood of My Blood, Marco Bellocchio (Italy)

Looking for Grace, Sue Brooks (Australia)

Equals, Drake Doremus (Us)

Remember, Atom Egoyan (Canada, Germany)

Beasts of No Nation, Idris Elba (Us)

Per amor vostro, Giuseppe M. Gaudino (Italy, France)

Marguerite, Xavier Giannoli (France, Czech Republic, Belgium)

Rabin, the Last Day, Amos Gitai (Israel, France)

A Bigger Splash, Luca Guadagnino (Italy, France)

The Endless River, Oliver Hermanus (South Africa, France)

The Danish Girl, Tom Hooper (UK, Us)

Anomalisa, Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson (Us)

L’attesa, Piero Messina (Italy)

11 minutes, Jerzy Skolimowski (Poland)

Francofonia, Aleksander Sokurov (France, Germany, Netherlands)

The Clan, Pablo Trapero (Argentina, Spain)

Desde alla, Lorenzo Vigas (Venezuela, Mexico)

L’hermine, Christian Vincent (France)

Behemoth, Zhao Liang (China, »

- Guardian Staff

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Venice Fest Reveals Robust Lineup Featuring Hollywood Stars and International Auteurs

29 July 2015 2:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — The Venice Film Festival has unveiled a potentially strong lineup with enough studio/specialty titles toplining A-list stars — including Jake Gyllenhaal (“Everest”), Johnny Depp (“Black Mass”) and Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”) — to boost its role as a classy awards-season platform, plus new works by Charlie Kaufman, Alexander Sokurov, Amos Gitai, Marco Bellocchio and many other high-caliber international auteurs.

As previously announced, Baltasar Kormakur’s mountain-climbing thriller “Everest” from Universal, starring Gyllenhaal, will open Venice out of competition on Sept. 2 — a nice coup for artistic director Alberto Barbera, segueing from “Birdman” as opener last year, and sci-fi thriller “Gravity” in 2013.

With Toronto less aggressive in its push to secure more world preems, Venice is bowing several hot titles — including Cary Fukunaga’s child-soldier drama “Beasts of No Nation,” Atom Egoyan’s “Remember” and Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” featuring Michael Keaton’s first post-“Birdman” screen appearance — that are subsequently Toronto-bound. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Venice Film Festival: Johnny Depp’s ‘Black Mass’ And New Works From Charlie Kaufman, Alexander Sokurov Expected At 72nd Edition

20 July 2015 10:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – With less than ten days to go before the Venice Film festival reveals its lineup, several high-profile U.S. studio/specialty titles appear to be secured, including Scott Cooper-directed Johnny Depp gangster drama “Black Mass,” from Warner Bros., and Luca Guadagnino’s Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton-starrer “A Bigger Splash, which Fox Searchlight is releasing stateside.

Also likely to be Lido-bound are Charlie Kaufman’s stop motion animation “Anomalisa” and new works from international heavyweight auteurs Alexander Sokurov, Amos Gitai, and Marco Bellocchio, as well as younger directors like Argentinian Pablo Trapero’s hot crimer “The Clan,” which Fox will release in Latin America.

Word on what pics will surface at Venice is more muted than usual this year, with artistic director Alberto Barbera believed to be making down to the wire decisions and several potential contenders, including Sean Penn-directed Liberia-set romance “The Last Face,” thought instead not to be ready. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Cannes Unveils 2015 Official Selection Lineup

16 April 2015 3:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Star-studded English-language dramas from Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, Denis Villeneuve, Justin Kurzel, Paolo Sorrentino and Matteo Garrone will vie for the Palme d’Or alongside new films by Valerie Donzelli, Jacques Audiard, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Jia Zhangke at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup on Thursday.

While there are only two U.S. directors in competition — Haynes with “Carol,” a 1950s lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett, and Van Sant with his suicide drama “The Sea of Trees,” pairing Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe — this year’s Palme race looks to feature more high-profile Hollywood talent than any in recent memory. Canada’s Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Enemy”) will bring his Mexican drug-cartel drama “Sicario,” with Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, while Australia’s Kurzel (“The Snowtown Murders”) secured a Palme berth for “Macbeth,” his Shakespeare adaptation toplining Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. »

- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy

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Memento, Binoche board Bruno Dumont’s 'Slack Bay'

7 April 2015 2:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Ensemble cast features Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi; sales to launch at Cannes Marché.

Memento Films International (Mfi) has secured sales rights to Bruno Dumont’s Slack Bay (Ma Loute), co-starring Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi.

The quirky, dark comedy revolving around an investigation into a series of mysterious disappearances on the beaches of northern France.

The film follows Dumont’s Li’l Quinquin, the four-part TV series that premiered at Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight last year to rave reviews and marked a change in genre for the director of Cannes Grand Prix winners Humanité and Flanders. Some 1.4 million viewers watched the series when it was broadcast in France in September 2014.

Bruno Dumont’s brilliant and hilarious script is a breath of fresh air,” said Mfi sales chief Tanja Meissner.

“We’ve always loved Bruno’s cinema but Li’l Quinquin truly surprised us, becoming a cult »

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Memento boards Bruno Dumont’s 'Slack Bay'

7 April 2015 2:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Paris-based sales company, which recently handled Still Alice and Winter Sleep, set to launch sales at Cannes.

Memento Films International (Mfi) has secured sales rights to Bruno Dumont’s Slack Bay (Ma Loute), a quirky, dark comedy revolving around an investigation into a series of mysterious disappearances on the beaches of northern France.

The film follows Dumont’s Li’l Quinquin, the four-part TV series that premiered at Cannes in Directors’ Fortnight last year to rave reviews and marked a change in genre for the director of Cannes Grand Prix winners Humanité and Flanders. Some 1.4 million viewers watched the series when it was broadcast in France in September 2014.

Bruno Dumont’s brilliant and hilarious script is a breath of fresh air,” said Mfi sales chief Tanja Meissner.

“We’ve always loved Bruno’s cinema but Li’l Quinquin truly surprised us, becoming a cult item at once. We’re very excited to work on this project »

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Cannes: New Movies From Pixar, Woody Allen Expected at 68th Film Festival

26 March 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).

In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »

- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy

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And the Cannes line-up is…?

26 March 2015 4:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.

With the unveiling of Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection now exactly three weeks away buzz over the titles that Thierry Fremaux and his team will select for the 68th edition is hitting fever pitch.

Official teaser announcements have started to roll this week, led by the confirmation on Wednesday that George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road would premiere in an Out of Competition screening on May 14.

Earlier the week, Cannes unveiled its poster featuring Ingrid Bergman to mark the centenary of the late big screen’s birth and it was announced that Stig Bjorkman’s documentary Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words would show in Cannes Classics as part of the commemorations.

For the rest of the Official Selection, except perhaps the opening film which is traditionally revealed in advance, Cannes watchers will have to wait for the announcement press conference in Paris on April »

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The Conversation: One Never Cannes Tell… 2015 Cannes Film Fest Predictions

9 March 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

With the world’s most prestigious film festival just around the corner, cineastes have been lasciviously salivating about what’s going to show up at Cannes, with wish lists appearing almost immediately after Berlin (a fest that had one of their most impressive line-ups ever) announced their awards. The remainder of the 2015 fest circuit looks to be a plentiful, diverse porridge, with many of the world’s most renowned auteurs’ sporting brand new titles. While many prognosticators will be sharing the same lists, more or less, hopes are incredibly high for a handful of sure bets, and a gaggle of hopefuls. The main competition always seems easier to postulate, though Thierry Fremaux always throws a few curves, (After the Battle in 2012, The Hunt in 2013 or last year’s Timbuktu, which won the Cesar for Best Picture recently, are a couple ready examples of under-the-radar titles).

Italy seems primed for saturation at the fest. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Buzz About the Cannes Lineup Hits Berlin

9 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Even before the Berlin festival is over, and the Oscars remain under wraps, the thoughts of many executives have turned to Cannes.

At this stage, the selectors of Cannes different sections have seen very little, so there is no such thing as a certainty.

Following some of the chatter and looking at which films might have the right credentials comes up with a strongly international selection for Thierry Fremaux and his team to choose from.

From Europe, two-time Grand Prix-winner Matteo Garrone’s period fantasy-horror, “The Tale of Tales,” seems a likely competition contender, with Salma Hayek and Vincent Cassel heading the cast.

Fellow Italian, and previous Palme d’Or-winner Nanni Moretti, has “My Mother” (aka “Mia Madre”) while Paolo Sorrentino’s Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel-starrer “Youth” (aka “La Giovinezza,” aka “In the Future”) is also a strong competition contender.

Buzz is strong for “The Lobster,” the English-language »

- Patrick Frater

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Memento sells Giannoli’s Marguerite worldwide

26 January 2015 2:54 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Paris-based sales agent does good business at Unifrance Rendezvous.

Memento Films International is reporting good sales on French director Xavier Giannoli’s upcoming Marguerite, starring Catherine Frot as an aspiring opera singer with a terrible voice.

The period drama – inspired by the real-life tale of the world’s worst soprano Florence Foster Jenkins – revolves around Marguerite Dumont, a wealthy 1920s chatelaine who believes she has a wonderful voice.

“Distributors were immediately impressed with the footage we showed, Catherine’s performance is outstanding and direction and photography are remarkably beautiful,” said Tanja Meissner, Mfi’s head of international sales and acquisitions

In Europe, the film has sold to Benelux (Imagine), Switzerland and Lichtenstein (Praesens Films), Poland (Kino Swiat), Spain (A Contracorriente), Germany (Concorde), Portugal (Alambique) and Hungary and Romania (Ads Service).

In Asia, it has been picked for Hong Kong and Macau (Edko), Japan (Kino Films), Taiwan (Maison Motion) and Korea (Green Narea).

Other territories include Israel »

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