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Awakenings, part 1 by Anne-Katrin Titze

24 November 2014 2:24 PM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

The Sleepwalker director/writer Mona Fastvold and co-writer/actor Brady Corbet: "Yes, juxtapositions are what we've been looking for." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Director/writer Mona Fastvold and co-writer/actor Brady Corbet of The Sleepwalker, starring Gitte Witt, Christopher Abbott, Stephanie Ellis and Corbet, connect Michael Haneke's Caché and Funny Games, in which Corbet starred with Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Michael Pitt, to Ingmar Bergman's Hour Of The Wolf and Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris. We discussed Borderline Films' productions of Sean Durkin's Martha Marcy May Marlene and Simon Killer by Antonio Campos and how it began for Corbet. Lars von Trier's love of Douglas Sirk and Melancholia led the discussion to the films of Claire Denis, Bruno Dumont, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne. Scarlett Johansson's performance in Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin in contrast to an Aki Kaurismäki film conjures up choices for all filmmakers to consider. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Film Review: ‘Radiator’

21 November 2014 5:36 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The personal experience of looking after one’s aging parents rings achingly true in “Radiator,” the directorial debut of Tom Browne, co-writer of 2001’s “The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz.” Depicting an adult son trying to support his long-suffering mother as she deals with her unraveling yet domineering husband, this family drama echoes Michael Haneke’s “Amour” in its subject matter, although the grotty setting couldn’t be further from that film’s chic Paris apartment. Flashes of dark humor and deeply resonant performances by the two senior actors (Richard Johnson, Gemma Jones) should help sell this specialty item to select audiences following a well-received London Film Festival bow.

In choosing to set his film at the real Cumbria stone cottage of his deceased parents, Browne takes advantage of a striking Lake District location and a chaotically jumbled interior, which no set decorator could ever hope to match. It’s »

- Charles Gant

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Film Review: ‘Melbourne’

18 November 2014 1:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Why give an Iranian film an Australian title? In the misleadingly named “Melbourne,” the distant city is but an abstract idea — like Michael Haneke’s “The Seventh Continent” — of a new life far removed from the hassles and stress that hound its central couple. Set almost entirely in a Tehran apartment, where the action unspools virtually in real time, Nima Javidi’s unnerving debut takes an incredibly relatable premise (impossible to discuss without revealing the surprise) and invites auds to speculate what they might do in the characters’ shoes, effectively minimizing the distance that can sometimes limit Western interest in Iranian cinema.

Melbourne” debuted at the Venice Film Festival, where it kicked off the Intl. Critics’ Week sidebar, but has since managed to confuse potential champions as it travels the circuit, the title inadvertently disguising its true cultural identity. Fest programmers are constantly on the hunt for strong new Persian voices, »

- Peter Debruge

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The 30 Best Horror Movies of the Past 30 Years

10 November 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The slasher movie, if we'll admit it to ourselves, is about our fears of teen sexuality. Whether you're a teen made nervous by your own hormones or a parent afraid of what trouble those hormones will get your kid into, the slasher-movie villain is your fears made flesh. But with the release 30 years ago this week (November 9, 1984) of Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street," the slasher film entered a new dimension.

With the creation of Freddy Krueger (played indelibly by Robert Englund), who could kill teens in their dreams, the slasher villain proved there was no place that was safe, not even the subconscious.

In retrospect, the genre may have peaked with the release of this film; after all, how many other slasher villains since have been anywhere near as memorable? Unlike his predecessors, Jason Voorhees (of the "Friday the 13th" movies) and Michael Myers (of the "Halloween »

- Gary Susman

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‘Ida’, ‘Winter Sleep’ and ‘Leviathan’ Lead European Film Awards Noms

8 November 2014 6:59 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida leads the field for the 27th European Film Awards with five major nominations including Best European Film, Director, two Best Actress nods for co-leads Agata Trzebuchowska and Agata Kulesza, and Best Screenplay.

Close behind are Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev‘s Leviathan and Turkey’s Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep, a pair of Cannes winners. Both films have been chosen to represent their country in the Academy Awards foreign language category.

The European Film Awards has increasingly become a bellwether for awards season, with previous Efa Best European Film winners Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty and Michael Haneke’s Amour going on to win the Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars.

Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tom Hardy, Stellan Skarsgard and Timothy Spall are among the acting nominees.

The European Film Awards ceremony will be handed out in Riga, Latvia on »

- Ali Jaafar

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Fools on a Hill: ‘Winter Sleep’ and ‘Leviathan’

2 November 2014 5:33 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Peculiarly, pathos has proven to be a more reliable element in comedies than in dramas. The pitiful man tends to incite a curious form of laughter than he would empathy, especially when his piteousness is welded with a muted strain of conceit. This is particularly a male phenomenon as well. By account of his built-in vanity and his lack of natural poise, the ultimate nonfulfillment of man, more than woman, almost seems deserved, as though karma has finally come forth to give the excessively proud its comeuppance. Since even in sadness these men refrain from grace, this blow to their vanity turns humorous, their every pretense conspicuous to a detached audience and their every lie palpable. We are prompted to engage with the work by laughing at the ignoble fool’s ignorance of everyone’s cognizance, as he lies and patronizes, while everybody sees through him except for himself. He »

- Morad Moazami

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Camerimage unveils competition line-up, juries

31 October 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Birdman, Fury and Leviathan among main competition titles; Roland Joffé to preside over main jury.

Alejandro G Ińárritu, Yimou Zhang, Mike Leigh and Jean-Marc Vallée are among the directors with films screening in competition at the 22nd Camerimage (Nov 15-22), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.

The main competition at the festival, held in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz, comprises:

Alejandro G Ińárritu’s Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance);  USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Emmanuel Lubezki

Yimou Zhang’s Coming Home (Gui lai); China, 2014; Cinematographer: Zhao Xiaoding

Richard Raymond’s Desert Dancer; UK, 2014; Cinematographer: Carlos Catalán Alucha

Lech J. Majewski’s Field of Dogs  - Onirica (Onirica - Psie pole); Poland, 2014; Cinematographers: Paweł Tybora and Lech J. Majewski

Krzysztof Zanussi’s Foreign Body (Obce cialo); Poland, Italy, Russia, 2014; Cinematographer: Piotr Niemyjski

David Ayer’s Fury; USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Roman Vasyanov

Tate Taylor’s Get on Up; USA, 2014; Cinematographer: Stephen Goldblatt

Łukasz Palkowski’s Gods (Bogowie); Poland, 2014; Cinematographer: »

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

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Daily | Welles, Tati, Scorsese

29 October 2014 8:33 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Orson Welles's legendary uncompleted final film, The Other Side of the Wind, featuring John Huston, Susan Strasberg, Lilli Palmer, Dennis Hopper and Peter Bogdanovich, will finally see the light of a projector, reports the New York Times. Also in today's roundup of news and views: Jonathan Rosenbaum on Jacques Tati and Abbas Kiarostami and Reverse Shot and The Believer on Martin Scorsese. Plus: Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Volker Schlöndorff, Margarethe von Trotta, Michael Haneke, Tom Tykwer, Nina Hoss and Christoph Waltz are among the more than 60 filmmakers and actors who have signed an open letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel protesting proposed cuts to the German Federal Film Fund. » - David Hudson »

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New Radicals frontman Gregg Alexander breaking his silence to talk 'Begin Again'

24 October 2014 7:57 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Beverly Hills — Gregg Alexander is enamored by movies. He grew up in a conservative household where television was "Satan's tool," but he'd sneak off to friends' houses to watch theirs instead. He talks passionately about filmmakers like the Coen brothers, Michael Haneke and Mike Leigh and seems eager to be a part of an industry he finds incredibly efficient. So it's perfectly fitting that he would eventually make his way there via a collaboration on John Carney's "Begin Again," and maybe even more understanding that after 15 years of being relatively reclusive away from touring and the media, he's finally speaking out again in support of the film and his work on tracks like "Lost Stars," which is primed for a Best Original Song Oscar nomination. "It's been exciting and to some degree emboldened me and been a reminder that film and music are amazing dancing partners," Alexander says of his experience. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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EW's Horror Quintessentials: The 5 best 'It Could Happen to You' movies

23 October 2014 12:10 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from one specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re ready to talk about those movies that hit a little too close to home. All horror movies prey on the psychological premise that there's beastliness roiling within everyone. But let's get real: You don't see news reports about werewolves, vampires, »

- Lanford Beard

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The Dark Valley | Review

22 October 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance: Prochaska’s Grimly Pleasing Revenge Yarn

Selected as Austria’s entry for this year’s Foreign Language Oscar submission, The Dark Valley is perhaps director Andreas Prochaska’s most accomplished narrative effort, as he’s generally steeped in television or pulpy genre. His latest, a by-the-numbers Western, captures a rather poetic ambience, even as it manages to neglect both its protagonist and rather garish details that skews the film into horror film territory. UK star Sam Riley headlines the feature to grant it an even more hybridized feel of this adaptation of Thomas Willmann’s novel.

In the late 19th century, a mysterious stranger, Grieder (Riley) rides into an Austrian mountain village. The people are unaccustomed to strangers, isolated high above everyone in the mountains. A photographer, his reasons for staying seem unclear, but he befriends a young woman, Luzi (Paula Beer) and her widowed »

- Nicholas Bell

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Isabelle Huppert to head Marrakech jury

21 October 2014 3:47 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

French actress known for roles in The Piano Teacher and Amour to preside over festival jury.

Isabelle Huppert is to head the competition jury at the 14th International Film Festival of Marrakech (Dec 5-13).

The French actress said: “I will take great pleasure in meeting the Moroccan audiences, and sharing their curiosity, enthusiasm and thirst to discover films from around the world - the way the festival has in its previous selections.”

Huppert’s breakthrough came in 1977 with her performance in Claude Goretta’s The Lacemaker. The following year, she won the Best Actress award in Cannes for her lead role in Claude Chabrol’s Violette.

The actress has since worked with French filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard, Maurice Pialat and Benoit Jacquot, as well as international directors such as Michael Cimino, Andrzej Wajda, Marco Ferreri and Joseph Losey.

She also has a special relationship with Michael Haneke, whose film The Piano Teacher won her a second »

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

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Daily | Chicago 2014

9 October 2014 7:34 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The 50th anniversary edition of the Chicago International Film Festival, running from October 9-23, will feature, as Ray Pride notes, "notable appearances and master classes, including Michael Moore presenting his restored version of Roger & Me, a film that was nearly lost; producer-turned-online distributor Ted Hope talking about his memoir-manifesto, Hope For Film, and Oliver Stone, with a director’s cut of Natural Born Killers and Alexander: Ultimate Edition, a fourth version of his 2004 epic, reportedly with a warm handful of homoerotic content restored to its 207-minute duration. An Isabelle Huppert tribute will trail four features, including Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher and Claire Denis’s White Material, both shown in 35mm." » - David Hudson »

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Sisterly love by Anne-Katrin Titze

4 October 2014 3:59 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Beloved Sisters producer Uschi Reich on Dominik Graf at the New York Film Festival: "It was very important for Dominik to work with the language." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Dominik Graf's Beloved Sisters (Die Geliebten Schwestern) starring Florian Stetter, Henriette Confurius and Hannah Herzsprung alongside Claudia Messner, Ronald Zehrfeld, Michael Wittenborn, Maja Maranow and Andreas Pietschmann, sharply re-invents the costume drama with an historical fiction centered around the ménage-à-trois love story between writer Friedrich Schiller (Stetter) and the sisters Caroline (Herzsprung) and Charlotte (Confurius) von Lengefeld.

I met up with producer Uschi Reich during the New York Film Festival to discuss her role in bringing the story to the screen. We also discussed Dominik Graf's voice and music, his relationship to Christian Kracht's novel Imperium and Frauke Finsterwalder's Finsterworld film, Caroline Link, the connection between Veit Heiduschka to Michael Haneke and Helge Sasse with Anton Corbijn's »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Ones Below begins shoot with Poesy, Morrissey

30 September 2014 3:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

David Farr’s psychological thriller starts shooting with Clemence Poesy, David Morrissey, Stephen Campbell Moore and Laura Birn.

Principal photography has started in London on David Farr’s directorial debut The Ones Below.

The psychological thriller is about two affluent couples living above and below each other, with both wives expecting babies. A tragic accident throws the couples into “a nightmare of psychological terror.”

The cast is led by Clemence Poesy, David Morrissey, Stephen Campbell Moore and Laura Birn.

Farr is the screenwriter of Hanna and a veteran of theatre including as artistic director of The Gate, Bristol Old Vic and Lyric Hammersmith and associate director of The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Nikki Parrott produces for Cuba Pictures in association with Tigerlily Films.  Executive producers are Dixie Linder with Nick Marston and Ben Hall of Cuba Pictures, Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer for BBC Films with Lizzie Francke as the lead executive for the BFI. The film is »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Ones Below begins shoot with Poesy, Morrisey

30 September 2014 3:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

David Farr’s psychological thriller starts shooting with Clemence Poesy, David Morrisey, Stephen Campbell Moore and Laura Birn.

Principal photography has started in London on David Farr’s directorial debut The Ones Below.

The psychological thriller is about two affluent couples living above and below each other, with both wives expecting babies. A tragic accident throws the couples into “a nightmare of psychological terror.”

The cast is led by Clemence Poesy, David Morrisey, Stephen Campbell Moore and Laura Birn.

Farr is the screenwriter of Hanna and a veteran of theatre including as artistic director of The Gate, Bristol Old Vic and Lyric Hammersmith and associate director of The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Nikki Parrott produces for Cuba Pictures in association with Tigerlily Films.  Executive producers are Dixie Linder with Nick Marston and Ben Hall of Cuba Pictures, Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer for BBC Films with Lizzie Francke as the lead executive for the BFI. The film is »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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The Ones Below kicks off with Poesy, Morrisey

30 September 2014 3:16 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

David Farr’s psychological thriller starts shooting with Clemence Poesy, David Morrisey, Stephen Campbell Moore and Laura Birn.

Principal photography has started in London on David Farr’s directorial debut The Ones Below.

The psychological thriller is about two affluent couples living above and below each other, with both wives expecting babies. A tragic accident throws the couples into “a nightmare of psychological terror.”

The cast is led by Clemence Poesy [pictured], David Morrisey, Stephen Campbell Moore and Laura Birn.

Farr is the screenwriter of Hanna and a veteran of theatre including as artistic director of The Gate, Bristol Old Vic and Lyric Hammersmith and associate director of The Royal Shakespeare Company.

Nikki Parrott produces for Cuba Pictures in association with Tigerlily Films.  Executive producers are Dixie Linder with Nick Marston and Ben Hall of Cuba Pictures, Christine Langan and Joe Oppenheimer for BBC Films with Lizzie Francke as the lead executive for the BFI. The film is »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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French Legion of Honour ceremony for Michael Barker and Tom Bernard by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2014-09-24 11:15:55

24 September 2014 3:15 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Sony Pictures Classics founders Michael Barker and Tom Bernard - Chevalier of the Legion of Honor insignia at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Laurent Fabius, French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, held a reception in honour of Sony Pictures Classics founders Michael Barker and Tom Bernard as they were presented with the insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. Mamadou Diouf, Leitner Family Professor of African Studies and History at Columbia University was also honoured.

French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Laurent Fabius: "I am delighted to welcome you tonight to celebrate three men, … who will receive the highest distinction of French government, the Légion d'honneur."

In a video tribute, stars from Isabelle Huppert to Michael Haneke, from Marion Cotillard to Gerard Depardieu, Woody Allen »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Making Tracks by Anne-Katrin Titze

17 September 2014 2:13 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Tracks director John Curran on Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson: "She was pretty immediate about her enthusiasm." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

John Curran's astute and tender Tracks stars Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson with Adam Driver as photographer Rick Smolan and Rainer Bock as camel rancher Kurt Posel. Bock miraculously combines his roles in Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and Christian Petzold's Dreileben: Beats Being Dead and Barbara, into an Outback brute able to compete in attention with the growling beasts.

In New York, Curran and I discussed Wasikowska coming to him after Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive "in a state she needed to work through", an unrealised F Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful And The Damned project with Keira Knightley, The Wizard Of Oz, Stardust Memories, basic survival and basic relationships.

Mia Wasikowska as Robyn Davidson in the »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Variety Critics Pick the Best Films of Venice, Telluride and Toronto

15 September 2014 11:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Justin Chang

Birdman

Even when his choice of material has been suspect, Alejandro G. (formerly Gonzalez) Inarritu has never given us reason to doubt him as one of the most purely gifted filmmakers of his generation. For him, no less than for Michael Keaton, this ferociously inventive plunge into the corroded soul of American celebrity represents a career-reigniting comeback; for that wizardly cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, it’s the latest in a steady stream of digital long-take miracles, like “Black Swan” as directed by Max Ophuls. (Venice, Telluride, New York)

“From What Is Before”

The extreme length is inseparable from the power and conviction of Lav Diaz’s historical epic about the devastation of a small Filipino barrio amid the political and military unrest of the early 1970s. As a slow-burning study of social decay, this winner of Locarno’s Golden Leopard prize is both a thematic companion piece to Michael Haneke »

- Variety Staff

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