10 items from 2016
The best-known films of director Lenny Abrahamson, Frank and the quadruple Oscar-nominee Room, follow sad, and in some cases, broken souls as they search and fight for even the tiniest glimpse of happiness. Frank follows a band with an intentionally unpronounceable name, whose lead singer (Michael Fassbender) always wears a fake plastic head, concealing his scarred face from the world. In Room, a mother (Brie Larson) and her young son (Jacob Tremblay) survive a tragic fate, held prisoner in a single room for years on end.
The two films share an acute sensitivity to the lives of characters who struggle to make the best of the often brutal fates with which they’ve been burdened. Abrahamson listed the following ten films as his favorite in 2012’s Sight and Sound poll, a brilliant mixture of stories which as he laments in his quote, could have contained far more than a mere ten selections. »
- Tony Hinds
We’ve got just over a week until the 66th Berlin Film Festival kicks off in Germany. We’ll be in Berlin for full coverage of this year’s festival, a first for The Hollywood News.
Today, the full Berlinale International Jury was announced. Meryl Streep will be serving as Jury President this year, and the Berlinale International Jury will decide who will receive the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the 2016 Berlinale Competition.
Berlinale International Jury 2016
The other members of the International Jury will be actor Lars Eidinger (Germany), film critic Nick James (United Kingdom), photographer Brigitte Lacombe (France), actor Clive Owen (United Kingdom), actress Alba Rohrwacher (Italy) and director Ma?gorzata Szumowska (Poland).
Here’s their respective career essentials.
Meryl Streep, Jury President, USA
Meryl Streep has appeared in over 40 films and is considered one of the world’s most talented and versatile actresses. She has received countless awards and nominations, »
- Paul Heath
Confirming its status as a driving force on France’s animation scene, Mikros Image Group, the Paris and Montreal-based animation/VFX house, is working on a new “Asterix” animated feature project that follows up its 2014 hit “Asterix: The Mansion of the Gods.” Details are being kept under wraps but the movie is once again expected to be directed by Louis Clichy – who worked as an animator on Pixar’s “Wall-e” and “Up” – and Alexandre Astier, “Mansions’” screenwriter.
Produced by M6 Studios and distributed in France, and sold abroad by Snd, “Mansions” sold 3 million tickets – about $24 million in gross box office – in France from a Nov. 2014 bow.
The group’s Montreal operation – that delivered “Mune” and “The Little Prince” in 2015 – is also working on two further animation movies: a yet undisclosed toon feature and “Sahara,” directed by Pierre Coré and produced by La Station Animation.
Produced by On Ent., “The Little Prince, »
- Martin Dale
In the delicate art of list-making, sometimes a slight trim can make all the difference. When the pre-nomination shortlist for the foreign-language film Oscar was announced in December, complaints were heard in many quarters not about the collective quality of the selections, but about what a Euro-centric group it was. Seven of the nine films came from European Union member states — Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary and Ireland — with only Jordan’s “Theeb” and Colombia’s “Embrace of the Serpent” representing the planet’s remaining territories.
Needless to say, the Academy’s foreign-language category was never intended to be a U.N. Assembly; members should vote with their hearts, not their atlas. But the Euro bias was nonetheless disappointing in a year that saw a flurry of creative energy in Latin American cinema — Colombia’s entry representing the crest of a wave that included Brazil’s “The Second Mother, »
- Guy Lodge
The director of Michael H - Profession: Director, the documentary about Michael Haneke which features Jean-Louis Trintignant, Susanne Lothar, Josef Bierbichler, Béatrice Dalle, Juliette Binoche, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert, is off to Beijing, Taipei and Tokyo. Yves Montmayeur has his sights on Shu Qi (Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin), Michelle Yeoh and Cheng Pei-Pei (Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Zhao Wei (Ma Jingle and Dong Wei's Mulan: Rise Of A Warrior) and Eihi Shiina (Audition, Tokyo Gore Police) for his "new documentary film on 'Amazons in the Asian Pop Culture'! Or how Asian warrior women are dealing with martial arts and feminism."
The 1000 Eyes Of Dr Maddin director Yves Montmayeur Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
- Anne-Katrin Titze
On image: "People’s perception of you is strange and makes me laugh. I think it is associated with the roles you do …” Photo: Richard Mowe
As one of France’s most revered and prolific actresses, Isabelle Huppert never seems to stop working. Last year, at 62, she was in Cannes with two films - French director Guillaume Nicloux’s Valley Of Love (released on DVD and Blu Ray release next month) and Norwegian Joachim Trier’s Back Home (also known as Louder Than Bombs), both made in English. Nicloux’s film reunited her with Gérard Depardieu after almost two decades as parents mourning the death of a son while in Trier’s film it is about how her husband (Gabriel Byrne) and two sons cope with her death as a war photographer. She will appear with her Amour co-star Jean-Louis Trintignant in the new Michael Haneke project about Calais migrants. »
- Richard Mowe
Director: Michael Haneke
Writer: Michael Haneke
In mid-2015, Michael Haneke officially confirmed he would be abandoning a project known as Flashmob and focusing on different film to be set in France. As usual, the auteur was rather terse as concerns details on either endeavor. In October, while being honored at the International Film Festival of Morelia, Isabelle Huppert (who has starred in three Haneke productions, The Piano Teacher, Time of the Wolf and Amour) announced she’d be re-teaming with Haneke for a fourth time. Finally, major news broke on the project the last week of December with the news of Amour star Jean-Louis Trintignant joining Huppert in Haneke’s Happy End. Plot details are still unconfirmed, but the focus of the film will be the notion of family while migrants will serve as a subtext.
Production Co./Producer(s): Pictanovo
- Nicholas Bell
We begin today's roundup of goings on around the world in New York with notes on revivals of Todd Solondz's Welcome to the Dollhouse, Claire Denis's Trouble Every Day, Donald Cammell's White of the Eye, Freddie Francis's Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, John Ford's How Green was My Valley and Jean Eustache's The Mother and the Whore. Plus: Raya Martin and Mark Peranson's La última película and works by Sharon Lockhart, Manoel de Oliveira and Lewis Klahr in Los Angeles, Michael Haneke in London, fresh filmmakers in Switzerland and Hong Kong—and more. » - David Hudson »
After highlighting 50 films that are most certainly worth seeing this year, it’s time we venture into the unknown. While a multitude of 2016 previews simply regurgitate a list of dated releases, we’ve set out to focus on 100 films we’re genuinely looking forward to, regardless of their marketing budgets. While some might not have a release date — let alone any confirmed festival premiere — most have wrapped production and will likely debut at some point in 2016, so make sure to check back for updates over the next twelve months and beyond.
It should be noted that there are a number of films we’re greatly looking forward to, but whose release we aren’t confident about, including the next features from Claire Denis and Michael Haneke. (Rest assured, however, that we’ll have updates as they come in.)
Lastly, despite not coming out last year, as was planned, Orson Welles »
- TFS Staff
After taking on his biggest-budgeted film yet with Noah, Darren Aronofsky is getting back in business with Paramount, but this time for a smaller-scale project. Over the last few months, we got word that Jennifer Lawrence was looking to star in the project, but no details emerged beyond that — until today.
With the studio announcing to Variety they’ve picked up the still-untitled film for a 2017 release, the trade also reports that Javier Bardem is in talks to star in the drama, beating out Idris Elba (who is committed to The Dark Tower), among others. They also have the first plot details for the story which “centers on a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.”
With Aronofsky writing, directing and producing the feature, set to shoot this spring, it should be an interesting return to form for him. From that brief logline, »
- Jordan Raup
10 items from 2016
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