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How Director François Girard Captured Montreal’s History in ‘Hochelaga: Land of Souls’

  • The Wrap
How Director François Girard Captured Montreal’s History in ‘Hochelaga: Land of Souls’
Montreal is celebrating its 375th anniversary this year. And to mark the occasion, the celebration committee turned to François Girard, the art house director of “Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould” and “The Red Violin,” to tell the story of Hochelaga, the 16th century city that resided in modern day Montreal. Though Girard has worked in film, opera and with Cirque du Soleil, he said at TheWrap’s Awards and Foreign Screening Series of his film “Hochelaga: Land of Souls” that he’s never truly captured his home in his artwork. “For my own sake, I needed to dig into my own roots,
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AFI Fest Adds 13 Foreign Language Oscar Contenders, Including ‘Foxtrot,’ ‘Thelma,’ and ‘A Fantastic Woman’

AFI Fest Adds 13 Foreign Language Oscar Contenders, Including ‘Foxtrot,’ ‘Thelma,’ and ‘A Fantastic Woman’
This year’s AFI Fest will play home to some major contenders, thanks to a sterling World Cinema lineup that boasts no less than 13 official Best Foreign Language Film Oscar entries from around the globe. The annual Los Angeles festival has announced its latest picks, including a World Cinema section rounded out by 30 films from 39 different countries. Of those films, over a dozen are already in contention for Oscar attention, from festival favorites like “A Ciambra,” “Foxtrot,” and “A Fantastic Woman” to new works from modern masters like “Happy End” and “Thelma.”

The full list of Oscar contenders includes: Jonas Carpignano’s “A Ciambra,” Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman,” Samuel Maoz’s “Foxtrot,” Michael Haneke’s “Happy End,” François Girard’s “Hochelaga, Land of Souls,” Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade,” Ziad Doueiri’s “The Insult,” Andrey Zvyagintsev’s “Loveless,” Amit V. Masurkar’s “Newton,” Ildikó Enyedi’s “On Body and Soul,
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Othello

Othello

Blu-ray

Criterion

1952 / Black and White / 1:33 / Street Date October 10, 2017

Starring Orson Welles, Suzanne Cloutier, Micheál MacLiammóir

Cinematography by G.R. Aldo, Anchise Brizzi, George Fanto, Alberto Fusi, Oberdan Troiani

Written by William Shakespeare (Adapted by Orson Welles)

Edited by Jenö Csepreghy, Renzo Lucidi, William Morton, Jean Sacha

Produced by Orson Welles, Julien Derode

Directed by Orson Welles

Shakespeare didn’t invent Orson Welles but he did define him; it can be said that if any one director took arms against the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, it was the man behind Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil and Chimes at Midnight. The 1952 production of Othello is exhibit A.

Filmed over a turbulent three year period in and around Morocco, Venice and Rome, Welles was bedeviled by an ever-changing cast and crew resulting in reshoots by five different cinematographers and assembled by four different editors. The sound recording was a joke.
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Oscars: Record 92 Countries Submit for Foreign-Language Race

Oscars: Record 92 Countries Submit for Foreign-Language Race
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday that 92 countries have submitted films for consideration in this year’s foreign-language Oscar race. The number marks a new milestone and record for the category.

Among the first-time entrants are Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal, and Syria.

Asghar Farhadi’s “The Salesman” won the prize at February’s Oscars ceremony. The director refused to attend the ceremony in protest to Donald Trump’s travel ban on a number of predominantly-Muslim countries. In his stead, Iranian-American engineer Anousheh Ansari accepted the honor.

High-profile contenders in this year’s race include Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” from Cambodia, Michael Haneke’s “Happy End” from Austria, Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman” from Chile, Robin Campillo’s “Bpm (Beats Per Minute)” from France, Samuel Maoz’s “Foxtrot” from Israel, Joachim Trier’s “Thelma” from Norway, and
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Oscars 2018: The Academy Lists Record 92 Foreign Language Contenders

Oscars 2018: The Academy Lists Record 92 Foreign Language Contenders
The final deadline for submitting each country’s film for consideration for the foreign-language Oscar was October 2. Last year 85 were finally deemed eligible by the Academy; this year the number is a record 92. Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal and Syria are first-time entrants. These films are vying for the initial shortlist of 9, and final five nominations to be announced on January 23. See the final list below.

Read More:Oscar Announces Changes for Foreign-Film Voting: Now Simpler! (Sort Of.)

The frontrunners include Sweden selected Ruben Östlund’s hilarious Palme d’Or-winner “The Square” (October 27, Magnolia Pictures), an art-world satire shot in majority Swedish with some English from stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, and Dominic West, thus giving Östlund another shot after “Force Majeure” was a surprise 2015 Oscar omission.

Germany’s choice, Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade” (December 27, Magnolia Pictures), won Best Actress for Diane Kruger at Cannes.
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Oscars 2018: The Academy Lists Record 92 Foreign Language Contenders

Oscars 2018: The Academy Lists Record 92 Foreign Language Contenders
The final deadline for submitting each country’s film for consideration for the foreign-language Oscar was October 2. Last year 85 were finally deemed eligible by the Academy; this year the number is a record 92. Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal and Syria are first-time entrants. These films are vying for the initial shortlist of 9, and final five nominations to be announced on January 23. See the final list below.

Read More:Oscar Announces Changes for Foreign-Film Voting: Now Simpler! (Sort Of.)

The frontrunners include Sweden selected Ruben Östlund’s hilarious Palme d’Or-winner “The Square” (October 27, Magnolia Pictures), an art-world satire shot in majority Swedish with some English from stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, and Dominic West, thus giving Östlund another shot after “Force Majeure” was a surprise 2015 Oscar omission.

Germany’s choice, Fatih Akin’s “In the Fade” (December 27, Magnolia Pictures), won Best Actress for Diane Kruger at Cannes.
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Francois Girard’s ‘Hochelaga’ Is Canada’s Pick For Best Foreign-Language Film

  • ET Canada
Historical drama “Hochelaga” has been selected as Canada’s pick for the best foreign-language film category at next year’s Oscars. Telefilm Canada said today François Girard’s movie will be submitted for consideration at a news conference in Montreal. Read More: Those responsible for Academy Awards mix-up won’t work Oscars again Finalists will be announced in December and five films […]
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‘Hochelaga, Land Of Souls’ Director François Girard’s On Depicting 750 Years Of Montreal History — Toronto Studio

‘Hochelaga, Land Of Souls’ Director François Girard’s On Depicting 750 Years Of Montreal History — Toronto Studio
One of Canada’s most revered filmmakers, known for The Red Violin and Silk, François Girard stopped by Deadline’s Toronto Studio to discuss his latest epic project, Hochelaga, Land of Souls, alongside actor Vincent Perez. Spanning 750 years of Montreal’s history, the film pays tribute to the filmmaker’s homeland, which he had somehow shot little of on prior projects. “I do have a tremendous affection for Montreal. I lived most of my life in Montreal, that's my hometown…
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Toronto Film Review: ‘Hochelaga, Land of Souls’

Toronto Film Review: ‘Hochelaga, Land of Souls’
French-Canadian writer-director François Girard’s sixth feature over nearly three decades — during which he’s also worked extensively in other media — “Hochelaga, Land of Souls” proves a worthy return to the strengths and ambitions of “Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould” and “The Red Violin.” Like those two earlier art-house successes, “Hochelaga” is trickily structured and flamboyantly staged almost to a self-conscious fault, but nonetheless likewise rewards with a rich cinematic banquet. In this case the menu sprawls across some eight centuries of Quebec history, tying together present and various pasts through the framing device of a modern-day archaeological dig.

The national specificity of this subject may result in more limited commercial exposure than Girard’s prior successes have enjoyed, but if any movie is going to lure international audiences in for a Canadian history lesson, this is it.

The somewhat overly-showy opening movement involves both the gruesome aftermath of a 13th-century Native Peoples battle, and
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Toronto Film Festival Adds Aaron Sorkin, Brie Larson, Louis C.K, Michael Jackson, Mark Felt Pics To Roster

Toronto Film Festival Adds Aaron Sorkin, Brie Larson, Louis C.K, Michael Jackson, Mark Felt Pics To Roster
The Toronto Film Festival continues to round out its slate for next month. Today the fest named six more gala premieres and 32 special presentations, bringing the roster to 48 world premieres, 10 international premieres, 19 North American premieres and 10 Canadian premieres to run September 7-17. Here are the additions: Galas 55 Steps Bille August, Germany/Belgium, World Premiere Chappaquiddick John Curran, USA World Premiere Hochelaga Terre des Âmes François Girard
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Toronto: Aaron Sorkin, Brie Larson Directorial Debuts Added to Lineup

Toronto: Aaron Sorkin, Brie Larson Directorial Debuts Added to Lineup
The Toronto Film Festival has added to its 2017 edition world premieres for Aaron Sorkin's and Brie Larson's directorial debuts.

TIFF also added another six titles to its gala lineup with world premieres for John Curran's Ted Kennedy drama Chappaquiddick, starring Jim Gaffigan and Olivia Thirlby, and the Richard Gere-starrer Three Christs, director Jon Avnet's film about a doctor treating three paranoid schizophrenic patients who all believe they are Jesus Christ.

The festival will also feature world-premiere screenings of Bille August's 55 Steps, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Hilary Swank; Francois Girard's Hochelaga, Terre des Ames; and Tali Shalom-Ezer's My Days...
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Seville moves for poultry doc 'Pecking Order'

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Seville moves for poultry doc 'Pecking Order'
Exclusive: Canadian sales outfit is representing the project at the Efm.

Seville International arrives at the European Film Market (Efm) with international rights to a feel-good documentary about competitive poultry shows.

Slavko Martinov’s Pecking Order follows members of the Christchurch Poultry, Pigeon and Bantam Club as they strive to overcome internecine warfare and triumph at the New Zealand National Poultry Show.

The New Zealand Film Commission supported the film, which Martinov produced alongside Mike Kelland and David Brechin-Smith.

“This out-of-the-box, hilarious project is pure fun for me and the team at Seville,” said Seville International senior vice-president of international Sales Anick Poirier.

“We are so excited to work with Slavko to bring this creative ‘flockumentary’ to the world and show audiences just how to ruffle some feathers. Buyers will flock.”

Seville’s Berlin sales slate includes the historical epic Hochelaga, Land Of Souls starring Vincent Perez and French-Canadian rapper Samian from The Red Violin director [link=nm
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Efm: Seville International boards 'Hochelaga, Land Of Souls'

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Efm: Seville International boards 'Hochelaga, Land Of Souls'
Shooting underway in Montreal on historical drama features Vincent Perez and French-Canadian rapper Samian.

Anick Poirier and her team will launch sales in Berlin next week on the story that François Girard (The Red Violin) directs from his own screenplay.

Roger Frappier, whose credits include Two Lovers And A Bear and Jesus Of Montreal, produces through his Max Films.

Hochelaga spans 750 years and five stories set on the site of Montreal that link an Iroquoian massacre in 1267, Jacques Cartier’s first voyage in 1535, the purple fever epidemic in 1687, the Patriots uprising in 1837 and brain surgery at the Montreal Neurological Institute in 1944.

Perez and Samian are among an ensemble that includes Naiade Aoun, Raoul Trujillo, Emmanuel Schwartz, David La Haye, Karelle Tremblay, Caroline Dhavernas, Linus Roache, and Sian Phillips.

Seville International senior vice-president of international sales Poirier described the project as “a sweeping, beautiful and unique story that we’re excited to launch in Berlin and bring to audiences
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DVD Review: 'The Choir'

  • CineVue
★★★☆☆ This handsome-looking Canadian feature boasts an impressive cast and director François Girard is well-versed in musical milieu (Girard was behind the unconventional but highly acclaimed 1993 biopic Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould), but The Choir (2014) is a fairly airless coming-of-age tale whose exquisite, ethereal soundtrack often manages to tug at those heartstrings even if the unfolding narrative doesn't. It's the type of drama which looks like it was commissioned primarily with the grey pound firmly in mind.
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Say What You Will About the Academy - But Some Cool International Names Among 2015 New Member Invitees

Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has
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Oscar News: 322 Invited To Join; The Academy Museum Receives Approval

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.

“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”

“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy
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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar

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Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Hart, Emma Stone and 319 others invited to vote for Oscar
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club.
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Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity

Academy Invites Record 322 New Members in Push for More Oscar Diversity
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.

Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.

Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically
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Record shattered by critic-proof Marvel blockbuster

Some critics derided Avengers: Age of Ultron as bloated, bombastic and nonsensical, but Australian moviegoers clearly dismissed or didn.t read the reviews

The Marvel blockbuster directed by Joss Whedon captured $15.7 million last weekend and $17.1 million including Wednesday night previews.

That.s the third biggest 4-day opening of all time behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

The superhero adventure starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo eclipsed the 2012 debut of The Avengers, which raked in $13.3 million.

To be fair, the original opened on a Wednesday, Anzac Day, making $6 million on that day, and finished up with a towering $53.2 million.

The Disney release accounted for a whopping 71% of the entire market as nationwide receipts shot up by 34% to $22.1 million, according to Rentrak.s estimates. The four-day tally was up 18.5% on last year.

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