13 items from 2016
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Amy is genuinely moving because it asks what you would do if you were a loved one witnessing Amy Winehouse’s demise. It’s a question many of us would like to pose an answer to, but the reality is that you were dealing with a woman who was fully independent and had more money at her fingers than many could imagine. This »
- TFS Staff
Days after it was revealed that Hail, Caesar! and Anomalisa would act as bookends, opening and closing respectively, the full programme for this year's Glasgow Film Festival (17-28 February) has been announced by co-directors Allan Hunter and Alison Gardner - and there's plenty for cinema enthusiasts to look forward to. Not only are the likes of Richard Gere, Ben Wheatley and Natalie Dormer confirmed to attend the festival, but there's also masses of films to be seen. And those primed to set tongues wagging include: High-Rise, Wheatley's latest directorial effort that premièred to mixed reactions last year; Time Out of Mind, starring Gere as a homeless man; the latest release from Disney, Zootopia; Miguel Gomes' sprawling three-parter Arabian Nights; Miles Ahead, which sees Don Cheadle star as Miles Davis; and Jean-Marc Vallée's Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts.
- CineVue UK
Mubi is on the move.
Earlier this month, Efe Cakarel’s streaming platform inked a deal with producer Dong Ping’s Huanxi Media to launch a Chinese version of the platform, which focuses on arthouse films. Huanxi will invest $40 million in Mubi China for a 70% stake in the joint venture, and a further $10 million in Mubi itself for an 8% stake in the company, valuing it at $125 million.
The deal follows a hectic 2015 in which Mubi had raised $15 million in additional funding, and changed its direction to put a greater emphasis on English-language films. The company also struck a series of deals, including its first Hollywood pacts, with Sony, Paramount and Miramax; signed its first all-rights agreement, for Miguel Gomes’ “Arabian Nights”; and staged the world premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Junun.”
Turkey-born, London-based digital entrepreneur Cakarel founded the site, originally know as the Auteurs, in 2007; he renamed it in 2010. Mubi specializes in independent, »
- Leo Barraclough
Read More: Watch: Epic 'Arabian Nights' Trailer Introduces This Year's Most Ambitious Film Premiere Mubi, the online curated platform for indie films, and London-based film distributor New Wave Films have announced that they will exclusively release Miguel Gomes' "Arabian Nights" in UK cinemas and online. When the film first premiered at last year's Cannes Film Festival, it captivated audiences with its surreal tone and eroticism. Mubi's new deal follows in the footsteps of their release strategy for Paul Thomas Anderson's "Junun" and the Dennis Hopper documentary "This American Dreamer." Both films had select theatrical runs while debuting on Mubi's streaming platform for a select screening window. The film will be released in UK theaters on April 22 before it hits Mubi in May. "Arabian Nights" will have a DVD and On Demand release beginning on July 11. Read More: Paul Thomas Anderon Music Doc 'Junun' to Stream Exclusively on. »
- Elle Leonsis
Glasgow Film Festival (Gff) has announced its full programme for its upcoming 12th edition, running Feb 17-28.
This year’s festival will host 60 UK premieres, 59 Scottish premieres, four European premieres and three world premieres among its line-up of 174 films. As previously announced, it will be bookended by the UK premieres of Hail, Caesar! and Anomalisa.
Richard Gere will attend Glasgow for the UK premiere of his new film Time Out Of Mind, while other guests include Ben Wheatley for the Scottish premiere of High-Rise, Game Of Thrones star Natalie Dormer for the UK premiere of The Forest, Joachim Trier for the UK premiere of Louder Than Bombs, veteran director Peter Greenaway and stuntman Vic Armstrong.
“The festival keeps moving forward, with new developments like our Industry Focus conference, whilst also maintaining our roots as an audience-focused festival where everyone can come »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
Exclusive: Dong Ping’s Huanxi Media Group invests in subscription streaming service, which could beat Netflix to the punch in China.
Online subscription streaming service Mubi is set to launch in China later this year following a $50m investment from Huanxi Media Group, the media investment firm run by entrepreneur and former ChinaVision chairman Dong Ping.
In a game-changing investment for the curated film platform, Huanxi will invest $40 million in joint venture Mubi China for 70% of the local business. The remaining 30% will be owned by Mubi.
As part of the agreement, Huanxi will make an additional strategic investment in Mubi of $10 million for an 8% ownership of the growing global service, which could now beat out mega rivals such as Netflix to become the first known UK or Us film subscription platform to launch in China.
Executive Dong Ping, who launched Huanxi last year after selling a controlling stake in film and TV company ChinaVision to e-commerce giant Alibaba »
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Director: Maren Ade
Writer: Maren Ade
Though many be unfamiliar with her work, which is a pity since both her previous films are available in the Us, director Maren Ade happens to be one of the most vibrant new voices in German cinema. Her 2003 debut The Forest For the Trees received a rather hushed festival debut in Germany before going to collect a Special Jury prize at Sundance. Her powerful and exquisite follow-up was 2009’s Everyone Else, which took home the Silver Berlin Bear at that year’s Berlin film festival. Generally taking a long time between projects, we’ve been patiently waiting for her third feature, Toni Erdmann, which was initially announced back in 2012. With filming at last completed, we’re hoping to finally catch a glimpse of the film which we know little about except that it’s about a father trying to connect with his adult daughter. »
- Nicholas Bell
London — The Berlin Film Festival has added another nine titles to its competition lineup, including Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Commune,” Danis Tanovic’s “Death in Sarajevo,” Andre Techine’s “Being 17” and Mia Hansen-Love’s “Things to Come.”
Danish helmer Vinterberg is best known for “The Celebration,” which was BAFTA and Golden Globes nominated, and won Cannes’ Jury Prize, and “The Hunt,” which picked up nominations at the Globes, BAFTAs and Oscars.
“The Commune,” whose ensemble cast is lead by Trine Dyrholm and Ulrich Thomsen, centers on the clash between personal desires, solidarity and tolerance in a commune in the 70s. TrustNordisk is handling international sales.
Bosnian director Tanovic is best known for “No Man’s Land,” which won best screenplay at Cannes, and a Golden Globe and an Oscar for best foreign-language film. “Death in Sarajevo,” which is being sold by The Match Factory, is based on a play, “Hotel Europe, »
- Leo Barraclough
The gargantuan-sized Arabian Nights, presented in three 2-hour volumes, has been playing festivals around the world and rolling out commercially as well. The second part of the trilogy is even Portugal's submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. When I caught the film in its 6-hour+ roadshow format back in September, it was only a fraction into the film when I knew this would be the best cinema experience I had in 2015. Sitting here in the new year, on the eve of the Toronto release of the film (at Tiff Lightbox), this has borne out to be true.Thus, when the opportunity arose, it was a pleasure to be able to converse with director Miguel Gomes via Skype from across the Atlantic in Lisbon. Patient,...
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Marília Rocha’s “Where I Grow Old,” Elisabeth Subrin’s “A Woman, a Part” and Pablo Lamar’s “La ultima tierra” are among the eight movies set to premiere and compete for the Hivos Tiger Awards at Rotterdam international film festival (Iffr).
The 45th edition’s competition lineup spans Brazil, Thailand, USA, Paraguay, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Rocha’s debut, “Where I Grow Old” centers around the friendship between two Portuguese young women who emigrate in Brazil. U.S. helmer Subrin’s feature debut, “A Woman, a Part” turns on an exhausted and workaholic middle-aged actress who abruptly quits her recurring TV role and goes to New York to reinvent herself. “La ultima tierra,” previously presented at the Cinefondation’s Atelier in Cannes, turns on an old couple living isolated on a hill.
The other pics set to compete are Fiona Tan’s hybrid fiction-docu depicting Europe in turmoil, “History’s Future, »
- Elsa Keslassy
International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) has revealed the eight titles that will compete in the revamped Hivos Tiger Awards Competition at this year’s 45th edition (Jan 27-Feb 7).
The titles are:
History’s Future - Fiona Tan (Neth)The Land Of The Enlightened - Pieter-Jan De Pue (Bel-Neth-Ire-Ger)Motel Mist - Prabda Yoon (Thai)Oscuro Animal - Felipe Guerrero (Col-Arg-Neth-Ger-Gre)Radio Dreams - Babak Jalali (Us)La Ultima Tierra - Pablo Lamar (Par-Neth-Chi-Qat)Where I Grow Old - Marília Rocha (Bra-Por)A Woman, A Part - Elisabeth Subrin (Us)
All are world premieres, except The Land Of The Enlightened, which will receive its European premiere at Iffr after screening at Sundance in the world cinema documentary competition.
Other notable titles include Us drama A Woman, A Part, which »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2015?Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2015—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2015 to create a unique double feature.All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2015 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »
It’s that time of year. Sleigh bells have been rung, gifts have been given and we have officially closed the door on what was 2015. A year that saw us once again take a journey into a galaxy far, far away, revisit the post apocalyptic landscape of Mad Max and the ever expanding reach of world and documentary cinema, 2015 has been one of the greatest of film years, arguably the very best since 2007 (probably cinema’s greatest year?) and as one has likely already one hundred top [insert arbitrary number] films list, why not make it one hundred and one? Be it a group of young women attempting to break free of the backwards patriarchy that has them oppressed or a bravura, epic-length satire from one of world cinema’s foremost artists, these are the ten best films that 2015 had to offer.
Honorable mention: Have you heard about this new thing called television? »
- Joshua Brunsting
13 items from 2016
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