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Mad Max: Fury Road wins critics' best film of 2015

23 hours ago | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road has been named best film of year by the International Federation of Film Critics.

The federation, comprised of 500 of the world's top critics, will honour Miller its Fipresci Grand Prix 2015..

The award will be presented to the Australian writer/director/producer at the opening ceremony of the 63rd Annual San Sebastián International Film Festival on September 18 in San Sebastian, Spain.

Since its early 2015 release, Mad Max has become one of the best-reviewed films of this or any year, earning a 98 per cent fresh rating on the online review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which lists Mad Max: Fury Road as the 12th best-reviewed film of all time.

Miller said he was proud of the Aussie cast and crew, "big time".

"Their skill set, their unfailing grace under pressure. This was a tough movie to make. It's so lovely to have our many labours acknowledged in this way. »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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Mad Max: Fury Road Named Best Movie Of The Year By Critic Group, Even Though It's September

1 September 2015 10:23 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Without fail, as the end of the year approaches, we, as film fans, have a collective discussion about awards season getting earlier and earlier. Well, this year that chatter is going to begin sooner than you might have expected, as one critics group has already named their best movie of the year: George Miller.s action opus Mad Max: Fury Road. According to The Hollywood Reporter, 493 members of the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) have voted to award Fury Road with their Grand Prix. In the past the prestigious award has gone to directors like Michael Haneke, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jean-Luc Godard, and Pedro Almodovar. Miller, who now finds himself in rare company, will accept the award at the San Sebastian Film Festival, which begins on September 18. If September 1 seems a wee bit early in the going to start handing out awards, Fipresci goes on a different calendar than »

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'Mad Max: Fury Road' Voted Best Movie of 2015 Worldwide

1 September 2015 9:55 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Mad Max: Fury Road wasn't the biggest blockbuster of the summer, in the states or worldwide. It didn't even come close to earning the same kind of box office as other summer movies like Jurassic World and Avengers: Age of Ultron. But none of that nonsense seems to matter now. The film has just earned its keep on an international scale. Yes, critics across the globe have voted it the best movie of the year.

George Miller, who created the character of Mad Max and directed the first three movies in the franchise, returned this summer with the apocalyptic action thriller Mad Max: Fury Road. It quickly went onto earn rave reviews in the states, from critics and fans alike. Now, the film has gone onto beat out some very coveted art house titles, including Jafar Panahi's Taxi and Laszlo Nemes' Son of Saul, to be awarded the best »

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'Mad Max: Fury Road' wins Fipresci Grand Prix

1 September 2015 2:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Director George Miller to collect critics prize at San Sebastian Film Festival.

Mad Max: Fury Road has been voted best film by the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci) and director George Miller will collect the Grand Prix at the San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 18-26).

The vote for the Fipresci Grand Prix 2015 saw the participation of 493 Federation members around the world, who made their choice from among films to have premiered after 1 July 2014.

The four finalists included László Nemes’ Son Of Saul, Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin, Jafar Panahi’s Taxi and Mad Max: Fury Road.

Mad Max: Fury Road was screened in the Official Selection out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Miller said: “You could have knocked me over with a feather!  It’s lovely to have this great cohort of critics acknowledge our collective labours in this way.”

The action film will receive a special screening on Sept 18 at »

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

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Mad Max wins Fipresci Grand Prix by Amber Wilkinson - 2015-09-01 10:02:35

1 September 2015 2:02 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

In a post-Apocalyptic world, a survivor hooks up with a mysterious woman to face off against murderous gangs in Mad Max: Fury Road, which is screening Out Of Competition in Cannes. Mad Max: Fury Road has been voted best film by the International Federation of Film Critics, Fipresci. The vote for the Fipresci Grand Prix 2015 saw the participation of 493 Federation members around the world, who made their choice from among films to have premiered after July 1, 2014.

Director George Miller says: “You could have knocked me over with a feather! It's lovely to have this great cohort of critics acknowledge our collective labours in this way”

Mad Max: Fury Road was screened in the Official Selection out of competition at the last Cannes Festival. This is the first time that a film by George Miller has won the Fipresci Grand Prix, presented since its creation in 1999 to Richard Linklater, Michael Haneke, »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Hitchcock + Haneke: Dp Edu Grau on The Gift

27 August 2015 10:03 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Amongst a summer movie season awash in sequels, remakes and presold tentpole properties, it’s rare to find a sleeper at the multiplex, an unknown quantity with the ability to surprise an audience. Such is The Gift, an unnerving psychological thriller that begins as a post-Fatal Attraction variant before veering into the domain of Roman Polanski and Michael HanekeJason Bateman and Rebecca Hall star as a married couple leaving behind personal tragedy in Chicago to start a new life in Los Angeles. Shortly after their arrival, Bateman bumps into former high school classmate Joel Edgerton, who begins to insinuate himself into […] »

- Matt Mulcahey

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Pattinson to Play E.T. Spaceman in Mystery Sci-Fier for Veteran Auteur Denis

26 August 2015 8:24 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Robert Pattinson: Actor to play E.T. astronaut. Robert Pattinson to star for Claire Denis If all goes as planned, Robert Pattinson will get to star in French screenwriter-director Claire Denis' recently announced – and as yet untitled – English-language sci-fier, penned by Denis and White Teeth author Zadie Smith and her novelist husband Nick Laird, from an original idea by Denis and writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau. Among Claire Denis' credits are the interracial love story Chocolat (1988), the sociopolitical drama White Material (2009), and the generally well-regarded Billy Budd reboot Beau Travail (1999), winner of the César Award for Best Cinematography (Agnès Godard). Robert Pattinson, for his part, is best known for playing the veggie vampire in the wildly popular Twilight movies costarring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. Robert Pattinson, astronaut In Claire Denis' film, Robert Pattinson is slated to play an E.T. astronaut. But what happens to said astronaut? Does »

- Zac Gille

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TV Is Not the New Film, But It’s Ok That Festivals Are Blurring the Lines

26 August 2015 6:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Peter Debruge: Looks like Toronto is the latest film festival to add a television section to its lineup. These days, everywhere from Sundance to SXSW to the Canadian “festival of festivals,” smallscreen content is getting a big push, which is intriguing — and even ironic — for all sorts of reasons (ironic because the state of distribution being what it is, many of the films in Toronto will end up trickling down to VOD, rather than ever getting a commercial theatrical run). On one hand, the trend isn’t exactly new: Classy longform features like “Carlos” (which premiered at Cannes in 2010), “Top of the Lake” (Sundance 2013) and “Olive Kitteridge” (Venice 2014) made their bows at top-tier film fests before going on to air as miniseries on Canal Plus, BBC Two and HBO, respectively.

But Toronto’s Primetime program — like SXSW’s Episodics, which launched last year — represents something different: Rather than expanding the »

- Justin Chang and Peter Debruge

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TV Is Not the New Film, But It’s Ok That Festivals Are Blurring the Lines

26 August 2015 6:56 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Peter Debruge: Looks like Toronto is the latest film festival to add a television section to its lineup. These days, everywhere from Sundance to SXSW to the Canadian “festival of festivals,” smallscreen content is getting a big push, which is intriguing — and even ironic — for all sorts of reasons (ironic because the state of distribution being what it is, many of the films in Toronto will end up trickling down to VOD, rather than ever getting a commercial theatrical run). On one hand, the trend isn’t exactly new: Classy longform features like “Carlos” (which premiered at Cannes in 2010), “Top of the Lake” (Sundance 2013) and “Olive Kitteridge” (Venice 2014) made their bows at top-tier film fests before going on to air as miniseries on Canal Plus, BBC Two and HBO, respectively.

But Toronto’s Primetime program — like SXSW’s Episodics, which launched last year — represents something different: Rather than expanding the »

- Justin Chang and Peter Debruge

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Agathe Valentin heads to France's Pyramide

26 August 2015 2:58 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sales veteran to debut in new role at Venice Film Festival.

Agathe Valentin has been appointed head of sales at Pyramide International, the sales arm of Paris-based auteur film production and distribution house Pyramide Films.

Valentin arrives from Les Films du Losange where she spent eight years rising to the position of head of sales and handling prestige auteur titles such as Michael Haneke’s Oscar-winning Amour and Stranger By The Lake.

“After eight years at Films du Losange, I felt ready for a new adventure and a fresh challenge,” Valentin told ScreenDaily.

She will make her first outing in her new role at the Venice Film Festival (Sept 2-12) with two festival titles: Early Winter and Montanha.

Australian Michael Rowe’s Early Winter, starring Paul Doucet as a security guard fighting to keep his marriage afloat opposite Suzanne Clement as his wife, will premiere internationally in Venice Days.

It marks an English-language debut for Rowe whose »

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The Criterion Collection announces line-up for November

18 August 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Criterion Collection has this week announced it’s Blu-ray release line-up for November, which includes Michael Haneke’s Code Unknown, Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru, Richard BrooksIn Cold Blood, Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy, and D. A. Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back. Details on all the releases, including cover-art and special features are listed below.

Code Unknown

One of the world’s most influential and provocative filmmakers, the Academy Award–winning Austrian director Michael Haneke diagnoses the social maladies of contemporary Europe with devastating precision and staggering artistry. His 2000 drama Code Unknown, the first of his many films made in France, may be his most inspired work. Composed almost entirely of brilliantly shot, single-take vignettes focusing on characters connected to one seemingly minor incident on a Paris street, Haneke’s film—with an outstanding international cast headlined by Juliette Binoche—is a revelatory take on racial inequality »

- Scott J. Davis

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Mike Leigh to Receive Zurich Film Fest Honor

18 August 2015 2:01 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Mike Leigh, director of such classic films as "Secrets & Lies," "Vera Drake," "Topsy-Turvy," and "Happy-Go-Lucky" is gaining long overdue awards recognition at this year's Zurich Film Festival The longtime writer and film director is set to receive the Golden Eye award on October 3rd. In conjunction with the festival award, Leigh will also be teaching a master class to the public, and a retrospective of his most notable works will play during the festival's Sept. 24th — Oct. 4th run. Other distinguished winners of the Golden Eye award include filmmakers Oliver Stone, Stephen Frears and Michael Haneke. Leigh previously won the Palme d’Or for “Secrets & Lies,” and the Director Award at Cannes for "Naked."  »

- Ruben Guevara

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Zurich Film Festival to Honor Director Mike Leigh

18 August 2015 12:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British director Mike Leigh, who has been Oscar nominated seven times, will receive the “A Tribute to…” Golden Eye award at the Zurich Film Festival, which runs Sept. 24 – Oct. 4.

Leigh will collect the award during a ceremony on Oct. 3 and also conduct a public masterclass during the festival. Additionally, the festival will screen a retrospective of some of his most notable works.

Leigh was Oscar nominated twice each for “Secrets & Lies” and “Vera Drake,” and also for “Happy-Go-Lucky,” “Topsy-Turvy” and “Another Year.” He won the director award at Cannes for “Naked” and the Palme d’Or for “Secrets & Lies,” and Venice’s Golden Lion for “Vera Drake.” Along with fellow directors Ken Loach and Stephen Frears, he was part of the New British Cinema movement, which has provided a social critique of Britain over the past three decades.

Previous winners of the Golden Eye award include Frears, Oliver Stone and Michael Haneke. »

- Seth Kelley

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November Criterion Collection Additions Include Satyajit Ray's 'The Apu Trilogy'

18 August 2015 7:02 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: 10 Films That Should Be in the Criterion Collection After touring the country earlier this year courtesy of Janus Films, the 4k restoration of Satyajit Ray's acclaimed "The Apu Trilogy" is finally coming to the Criterion Collection this November. The trilogy, made up of "Pather Panchali" ("Sons of the Little Road"), "Aparajito" ("The Unvanquished") and "Apur Sansar" ("The World of Apu"), is famous for bringing India into the golden age of international arthouse cinema. Based on two books by Bibhutibhusan Banerjee, it follows a free-spirited child in rural Bengal who matures into an adolescent urban student and a sensitive man of the world. The Criterion release will include bonus interviews and audio recordings.  Joining Ray's masterpiece is Michael Haneke's "Code Unknown," starring Juliette Binoche. The film will be released in a new 2k print and have a ton of bonus features, »

- Zack Sharf

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Mike Leigh to receive Zurich honour

18 August 2015 12:29 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

BAFTA Award-winning director to deliver a masterclass at the festival, which will programme a retrospective of his work.

British director Mike Leigh is to receive the Zurich Film Festival’s A Tribute to…award.

The director of Mr. Turner, Vera Drake and Secrets And Lies will collect Zurich’s Golden Eye trophy during the festival’s awards ceremony on Oct 3.

Leigh will also deliver a public masterclass at the festival, which will screen a retrospective of his productions, details of which have yet to be announced.

Previous recipients include Michael Haneke, Oliver Stone, Stephen Frears and (last year) Claire Denis.

In a statement, the festival described Leigh as “an important exponent of so-called New British Cinema, a genus of filmmaking that has performed a filmic analysis of and cast its critical lens upon social developments in Britain since the 1980s”.

Theatre, Television, Cinema

Leigh was born in 1943 in Salford, North West England. He began training »

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

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Criterion In November: The Apu Trilogy, In Cold Blood, Ikiru, And More

17 August 2015 7:02 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

After a limited run in select theaters, a restored version of The Apu Trilogy is heading to Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection in November. Also due out: Richard Brooks' In Cold Blood, which seems appropriate for the season (at least in the Northern hemisphere); Michael Haneke's chilly Code Unknown; Kurosawa Akira's Ikiru; and Don't Look Back, the still-startling, still-fresh documentary by D.A. Pennebaker on Bob Dylan. You can find all the details below, courtesy of the official Criterion email. Code Unknown - Blu-ray & DVD Editions One of the world's most influential and provocative filmmakers, the Academy Award-winning Austrian director Michael Haneke (Amour) diagnoses the social maladies of contemporary Europe with devastating precision and staggering artistry. His 2000 drama Code Unknown, the first of his...

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Satyajit Ray's 'Apu Trilogy' Leads Criterion's November Releases

17 August 2015 3:27 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While The Criterion Collection has other releases coming in November, let's just face it — Satyajit Ray's "The Apu Trilogy" is the centerpiece treat and crown jewel, so let's start there, shall we? Read More: The Essentials: Satyajit Ray's 'Apu' Trilogy Plus 3 Other Must-See Ray Films Available Now Yep, as long expected and wished for the, the boutique label is finally putting "Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road)," "Aparajito (The Unvanquished)," and "Apur Sansar (The World of Apu)" into one must have set. These aren't just barebones releases: given spiffy 4K restorations, they come with extras (interviews, documentary excerpts, audio recordings) and basically anything and everything someone who has been waiting for these movies to get officially released stateside could want. It's the cinephile must-have holiday gift this year. Elsewhere, Michael Haneke's "Code Unknown" will mark his first entry into Criterion. The »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Locarno Film Review: ‘Floride’

9 August 2015 6:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nearly four decades after winning his first Cesar, French star Jean Rochefort (whom Americans may recognize as the man Terry Gilliam intended to play Don Quixote) is still working steadily, though hardly ever in films of note. Simply put, projects like “Floride” — based on Florian Zeller’s prize-winning play “The Father” — rarely come his way anymore. Boasting a lead role as juicy as a sun-ripened orange, this late-career blessing may as well be Rochefort’s “Nebraska,” allowing the beloved character actor to adapt his persona — in which venerability leaves room for an almost childish streak of mischief — to that of a once-proud patriarch suffering from dementia. Sensitive without lapsing into sentimentality, “Floride” marks the sort of gently irreverent French film that elderly arthouse auds seem to love best, blending humor and pathos to crowd-pleasing effect.

Whereas Alexander Payne paid tribute to his personal corner of the American expanse in “Nebraska, »

- Peter Debruge

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Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Aug. 3-7, 2015)

9 August 2015 2:35 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fantastic Four

Joining Spider-Man in the annals of dizzyingly rapid reboots, Fox’s second stab at “Fantastic Four” comes just eight years after the first try and its sequel, which didn’t set the bar inordinately high. Yet if this latest version, with a significantly younger cast (one’s tempted to call it “Fantastic Four High”), clears that threshold, it’s just barely, drawing from a different source to reimagine the quartet’s origins without conspicuously improving them. All told, the movie feels like a protracted teaser for a more exciting follow-up that, depending on whether audiences warm to this relatively low-key approach, might never happen. (Brian Lowry)

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Ricki and the Flash

Like David Bowie joining Bing Crosby for a medley of Christmas carols, “Ricki and the Flash” combines a number of promising elements that don’t seem to have any business being anywhere near each other, »

- Variety Staff

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The Gift review: Don't judge this film by its terrible trailer

6 August 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Joel Edgerton; Screenwriter: Joel Edgerton; Starring: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton; Running time: 108 mins; Certificate: 15

Well that was a turn up for the books. Warrior and Zero Dark Thirty star Joel Edgerton's directorial debut The Gift comes across like a naff slasher movie from its trailer (the presence of Blumhouse Productions on the credits does nothing to allay these fears), but in reality it's a nifty little psychological thriller that asks if it's possible to run away from buried secrets in your past.

Ostensibly a three-hander between Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Edgerton, the story revolves around a married couple who up sticks for a fresh start. Bateman's Simon is a corporate hotshot, while Hall's Robyn is a work-at-home designer keen to have a family. Their marriage is seemingly perfect, until the arrival of Edgerton's Gordo, an old schoolmate from Simon's past who carries with him deep-rooted emotional scars. »

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