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Doha Film Institute Moves Forward on Regional Events

19 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With ties to the Tribeca fest in the rearview mirror, Doha Film Institute took time at December’s Ajyal Youth Film Festival to outline its radically reconfigured plans for Qatar’s evolving efforts to foster a local film industry.

The pragmatic new vision in the small petroleum-rich Persian Gulf peninsula is now to lose the glitz, learn from its misguided movie investments, and sever Hollywood ties that don’t serve a specific strategic purpose.

Institute topper Fatma Al-Remaihi told Variety that the Dfi and Participant Media recently dissolved the $100 million joint revolving-fund partnership they announced in 2013 at the Berlin fest, a partnership that did not spawn a single title among its planned five-year slate of 12-16 English-language films.

“They are a great company that has great vision, but I think we’ve decided together that we are in a time and place where we’ve been focusing on regional filmmakers and regional projects, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Doha Film Institute Unveils Qumra Initiative For Emerging Filmmakers

8 December 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Doha Film Institute has unveiled plans for the inaugural edition of its Qumra initiative for first- and second-time filmmakers. Directors and producers attached to up to 25 projects in development or postproduction, including those with funding from Dfi, will be invited to participate in the event. The program will feature industry meetings designed to assist projects to their next stages of development, as well as a program of public screenings curated with input from the Qumra Masters.

Qumra will be supported by the Sarajevo Film Festival. Filmmaker Elia Sulieman will continue in his role as artistic adviser to Qumra and Dfi. Paolo Bertolin and Violeta Bava are on board as programming and industry advisors.

The event is set to take place in Doha from March 6-11. The announcement comes as the second edition of Dfi’s Ajyal Youth Film Festival was brought to a close with the Middle East premiere »

- Ali Jaafar

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Doha Film Institute Unveils New ‘Qumra’ Event

6 December 2014 10:02 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Doha – The Doha Film Institute has unveiled the configuration of its long-gestating Qumra event dedicated to fostering first and second works from around the world within an innovative framework blending creative workshop and festival elements.

At the core of the event will be in-depth master classes for young filmmakers to be held by top-notch global talents. Booked to date as “Qumra Masters” are Mauritanian maverick helmer Abderrahmane Sissako (“Timbuktu”); Romanian Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu (“4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days”); foreign-language film Oscar winner Danis Tanovic (“No Man’s Land”); and pluriprized Iranian actress Leila Hatami (“A Separation”).

The first edition, set to take place in Doha from March 6-11 2015, will

seek to serve as a creative laboratory/production springboard for directors and producers of up to 25 projects, some of them shorts, all of which already within the Dfi fold. Selected projects will be either recipients of its grants program »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Mungiu, Tanovic, Sissako & Hatami Named ‘Masters’ for Doha’s Inaugural Qumra Event

6 December 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

When Doha Tribeca was dissolved in 2012, the initial conception for Qumra was as a festival focused on the works of first and second-time directors, but that has been abandoned in favour of a hybrid festival/filmmaker lab made up of 25 hand-picked candidates and ‘Masters’ who will impart their wisdom in daily mentoring sessions. The first four Masters confirmed for Qumra’s inaugural program are Cristian Mungiu (“4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days”), Danis Tanovic (“No Man’s Land,” Abderrahmane Sissako (“Timbuktu”) and Iranian actress Leila Hatami, star of “A Separation.” At least one, and possibly two or three more Masters will be announced prior to the March 2015 launch. The 25 candidates, to be chosen by Qumra’s artistic advisor Elia Suleiman and the Dfi team headed by Acting CEO Fatma Al Remaihi, will be a mix of emerging Qatari filmmakers, and Middle Eastern and international directors and producers already in the Dfi fold through their grant programme. »

- Matt Mueller

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Dfi unveils plans for Qumra

6 December 2014 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Abderrahmane Sissako, Leila Hatami, Cristian Mungiu and Danis Tanovic are the first names confirmed to participate.

Doha Film Institute (Dfi) has unveiled plans for Qumra.

Abderrahmane Sissako, Leila Hatami, Cristian Mungiu and Danis Tanović are the first names confirmed to participate as Masters at the inaugural edition.

The aim of Qumra is to contribute to the development of emerging film-makers from Qatar and around the world, with a special focus on first and second-time film-makers.

Directors and producers attached to up to 25 projects in development or post-production will be invited to participate in the event. The programme will feature industry meetings designed to assist projects to their next stages of development, as well as a programme of public screenings curated with input from the Qumra Masters.

Qumra is led by the Dfi team, with the support of the Sarajevo Film Festival. Film-maker Elia Sulieman will continue in his role as artistic advisor to Qumra and the Dfi »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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The 50 Definitive Relationship Dramas: 30-21

1 December 2014 5:16 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

30. The Lovers on the Bridge (1991)

Directed by: Leos Carax

A romance the way only Leos Caraz could do it. “The Lovers on the Bridge” is a love story between an alcoholic, drug-addicted street performer named Alex (Denis Lavant) and a vagrant painter named Michele (Juliette Binoche) who lives on the streets after a previous relationship ended. She now suffers from an unkown disease that is slowly making her blind. The two live on the Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris, closed for repairs for the duration of the film. As Michele loses more and more of her sight, she has to depend on Alex to get her through the days. After a treatment is discovered, Michele’s parents try to find her using posters on the street and radio announcements. Alex, realizing that her health would remover her dependence upon him, does everything in his power to keep Michele »

- Joshua Gaul

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Spectators as Characters: Close-Up on Abbas Kiarostami’s “Shirin”

19 September 2014 11:12 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Shirin (Abbas Kiarostami, 2008) is playing on Mubi Us through October 7, 2014.

As Abbas Kiarostami's 2008 Shirin begins, viewers hear a gate open or close, followed by dripping water and slow, deliberate footsteps. One might imagine a dark and musty dungeon with the faint shadow of an unseen figure sweeping across the stone wall. But the scene is a mystery and this would only be speculation. A close-up shot reveals a woman in a room so dark her hair and hijab almost disappear. She stares forward with a look of tempered curiosity as she pops a snack into her mouth. The footsteps continue and it’s immediately clear that the woman is in a theater watching the film to which the sounds belong.

The next scene is similar, with a different woman who appears to be patiently anticipating plot development. »

- Matthew Harrison Tedford

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Cannes Coverage is a Wrap

28 May 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Leila Hatami, Jane Campion, and Nicolas Winding Refn finishing up their jury duties at the closing ceremony2014 marked our most Cannes coverage ever, with one team member on the ground as well as retrospectives and tidbits from afar (mostly NYC). We hope you enjoyed. Here's the index of our two week-long cinephile dream that is the Cannes Festival...

Diana in Cannes

Arrival - Opening night

Grace of Monaco - Nicole's troubled princess movie

Mr Turner & Timbuktu -two reviews

Amour Fou & The Blue Room -deadly unrequited love

The Homesman Press Conference - Tommy Lee Jones, curmudgeon

The Homesman -reviewed

Maps to the Stars, Two Days One Night, Mommy - Best Actressy reviews

Foxcatcher & Sils Maria - two reviews

Leviathan, Lost River, The Rover - three reviews 

Cannes Specials & Retros

Top Ten Palme d'Or Winners - Team Experience on the greatest films to ever win the festival from La Dolce Vita and »

- NATHANIEL R

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Wet Hot Linky Monday

26 May 2014 8:11 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Things That Are Not Cannes-Related

Vanity Fair Leonardo DiCaprio in space: the auction! I love it whenever Katey Rich's inner Titanic fangirl comes out.

Coming Soon Wet Hot American Summer to be a series on Netflix now. And, much better news: its now middle aged original cast members will all be playing high school versions of themselves. Love it. Can't wait to see Paul Rudd's sloppy french-kissing again. That movie is such a scream

Playbill oooh, here's a fun unexpected list. Ten artists that are a Tony Award short of the Egot  from Kate Winslet through Julie Andrews and on to um... Martin Scorsese?

Comics Alliance on how Quicksilver, not a major fan favorite superhero, was suddenly a hot property with two major motion pictures in the space of a year

Star-Ledger interviews Dan Callahan on that Vanessa Redgrave book we told you about a couple of weeks ago »

- NATHANIEL R

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Iranian Actress Leila Hatami Apologizes for Cannes Kiss After Flogging Threat

24 May 2014 1:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following threats of flogging, Iranian Actress Leila Hatami has issued an apology for publicly kissing Cannes Film Festival president Gilles Jacob on the cheek.

“I am so sorry for hurting the feelings of some people,” she wrote in a letter to the Iran Cinema Organization. “My pre-emptive action of hand shaking was fruitless.”

Hatami, who starred in the Oscar-winning foreign language pic “A Separation,” said she respects Islamic rules of behavior, which prohibit unrelated men and women from touching in public. She said Jacob “had forgotten the aforementioned rules, which comes with old age.”

“In my eyes, he is certainly like an old grandfather who was also my host,” she wrote of the 83-year-old.

Jacob gave Hatami a peck on the cheek at the opening night of Cannes during the world premiere of “Grace of Monaco” on May 14. She was a Cannes jury member this year.

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- Maane Khatchatourian

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Winter Sleep Wins the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival; Foxcatcher’s Bennett Miller Takes Best Director

24 May 2014 12:17 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan is the winner of the coveted Palme d'Or at the 64th Xx Cannes Film Festival for his three-hour twenty-minute film Winter Sleep. The director had fierce competition... with better films - mainly Mr. Turner by Mike Leigh, Mommy by Xavier Dolan, Foxcatcher by Bennett Miller, The Homesman by Tommy Lee Jones and the critically-acclaimed Still the Water by Naomi Kawase. Alice Rohrwacher's Le Meraviglie (The Wonders) won the Grand Prize, while Bennett Miller takes home the best direction Palme for another favorite amongst critics, Foxcatcher. Julianne Moore won the best actress award for her performance as a C-list actress in David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars and Timothy Spall the best actor award for his unforgettable rendition in the title role in Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner.  Hit the jump for more, including the full list of winners. There was a wave of »

- Talia Soghomonian

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"Winter Sleep" Wins The Palme d'Or

24 May 2014 11:58 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Winter Sleep" has won the coveted Palme d'Or at the 67th Cannes Film Festival.

The runner-up Grand Priz prize went to Alice Rohrwacher's "The Wonders", whilst a special Jury Prize was given to both Jean-Luc Godard's "Goodbye to Language" and Xavier Dolan's "Mommy".

Actor Timothy Spall won Best Actor for his work in Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner," Julianne Moore took Best Actress for her role in David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars," and Bennett Miller won Best Director for the highly acclaimed "Foxcatcher".

Screenplay honors went to Andrei Zviagyntsev and Oleg Negin for "Leviathan," and cinematography honors to "Party Girl".

Earlier, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's "The Tribe" won the Critics' Week sidebar, whilst Kornel Mundruczo's "White God" took the Un Certain Regard prize.

Jane Campion led this year's jury which included the likes of Willem Dafoe, Gael Garcia Bernal, Sofia Coppola, Nicolas Winding Refn, »

- Garth Franklin

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Cannes: Alice Rohrwacher’s ‘The Wonders’ Wins Grand Prix

24 May 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The jury of the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival handed out its awards on Saturday night.

Jane Campion served as president of the jury, which also included Willem Dafoe, Carole Bouquet, Gael Garcia Bernal, Jeon Do-yeon, Jia Zhangke, Leila Hatami and Nicolas Winding Refn.

Competition Prizes

Palme d’Or: “Winter Sleep” (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)

Grand Prix: “The Wonders” (Alice Rohrwacher)

Director: Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher

Actor: Timothy Spall, “Mr. Turner

Actress: Julianne Moore, “Maps to the Stars

Jury Prize: “Mommy” (Xavier Dolan) and “Goodbye to Language” (Jean-Luc Godard)

Screenplay: Andrey Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin, “Leviathan”

Other Prizes

Camera d’Or: “Party Girl” (Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis)

Short Films Palme d’Or: “Leidi” (Simon Mesa Soto)

Short Films Special Mention: “Aissa” (Clement Trehin-Lalanne)

Ecumenical Jury Prize: “Timbuktu” (Abderrahmane Sissako, Mauritania-France)

Un Certain Regard Prizes

Un Certain Regard Prize: “White God” (Kornel Mundruczo, Hungary-Germany-Sweden)

Jury prize: “Force Majeure” (Ruben Ostlund, Sweden-France-Denmark-Norway »

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Winter Sleep wins Palme d'Or

24 May 2014 10:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep has won the coveted Palme d’Or at the 67th Cannes Film Festival, where Timothy Spall and Julianne Moore picked up Best Actor and Best Actress.

Led by Jane Campion, the jury comprised Jia Zhangke, Willem Dafoe, Leila Hatami, Carole Bouquet, Gael Garcia Bernal, Jeon Do-yeon, Nicolas Winding Refn and Sofia Coppola.

Cannes 2014: News, reviews, interviewsClick here for Screen’s analysis of the winnersPalme d’or

Winter Sleep, Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Grand Prix

The Wonders, Alice Rohrwacher

Best Director

Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Jury Prize

Goodbye to Language, Jean-Luc Godard

Mommy, Xavier Dolan

Best Screenplay

Leviathan, Andrei Zviagyntsev & Oleg Negin

Best Actor

Timothy Spall, Mr Turner

Best Actress

Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars

Camera d’Or

Party Girl by Marie Amachoukeli-Barsacq, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis

Palme d’Or Court Metrage (Short Film)

Leidi by Simón Mesa Soto

Short Film Special Distinctions

Aissa by Clément Trehin-Lalanne

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Cannes 2014: winners (Live)

24 May 2014 10:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The winners are now being announced at the 67th Cannes Film Festival. Find out the latest ahead of the winner of the coveted Palme d’Or.

After nearly two weeks of screenings, the 67th Cannes Film Festival comes to a close today and the winners are set to be revealed.

Led by Jane Campion, the jury comrpises Jia Zhangke, Willem Dafoe, Leila Hatami, Carole Bouquet, Gael Garcia Bernal, Jeon Do-yeon, Nicolas Winding Refn and Sofia Coppola.

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Jury Prize

Goodbye to Language, Jean-Luc Godard

Mommy, Xavier Dolan

Best Screenplay

Leviathan, Andrei Zviagyntsev & Oleg Negin

Best Actor

Timothy Spall, Mr Turner

Best Actress

Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars

Camera d’Or

Party Girl by Marie Amachoukeli-Barsacq, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis

Palme d’Or Court Metrage (Short Film)

Leidi by Simón Mesa Soto

Short Film Special Distinctions

Aissa by Clément Trehin-Lalanne

Yes We Love (Ja vi elsker) by Hallvar Witzo

Profiles of the 18 Cannes »

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Cannes: Radical Students Campaign to Have Iranian Actress Leila Hatami Flogged for a Kiss on the Cheek

23 May 2014 3:06 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A campaign to have Iranian actress Leila Hatami publicly flogged has been filed by radical students in her home country of Iran. Hatami, who is best known for starring in the Oscar-winning "A Separation," received a peck on the cheek from Cannes Film Festival president Gilles Jacob at the opening-night premiere of "Grace of Monoco" last Wednesday evening. Following the event, radical Hizbullah Students, a group of university students with links to Iran's Revolutionary Guard, filed a complaint against the actress and called for her to be flogged.  According to the Telegraph, the petition reads: "We, the undersigned, who are a group of student Muslim brothers and sisters, ask the cultural and media branch of the judiciary to prosecute Leila Hatami for her sinful act of kissing a strange man in public, which according to article 638 of Islamic Criminal Justice carries a prison sentence. Furthermore, the action of this film »

- Casey Cipriani

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Iranian Actress Could Face Public Flogging Over Kiss

23 May 2014 9:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Iranian actress Leila Hatami, star of Oscar-winning film “A Separation,” is causing a stir in her home country after publicly kissing Cannes president Gilles Jacob.

Unrelated men and women, according to Iran’s strict Islamic regime, are not allowed to touch or kiss in public.

The kiss, a simple peck on the cheek, took place at the world premiere of “Grace of Monaco” last Wednesday, May 14. It was also the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival in France.

Hizbullah Students, a group of university students linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, have since filed a complaint over the incident.

She must be flogged for “kissing a strange man,” they said in the petition.

The petition adds, “We, the undersigned, who are a group of student Muslim brothers and sisters, ask the cultural and media branch of the judiciary to prosecute Leila Hatami for her sinful act of kissing a strange man in public, »

- Variety Staff

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'Foxcatcher' Receives Early Oscar Buzz For Actors Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo And Steve Carell After Cannes Premiere

20 May 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Foxcatcher made a huge splash at the Cannes Film Festival and has inspired Oscar buzz for its stars Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell.

Foxcatcher premiered at Cannes on Monday, May 19, and is competing for the elusive Palme d’Or. The film was already a hot topic before its premiere. Many speculated about what Carell, known for his comedic work in The 40-Year-Old Virgin and The Office, would do in a dramatic role. Many more debated how Tatum, an actor who became famous for his pretty face and then surprised audiences with his impressive range – 21 Jump Street, Magic Mike – would fare with such serious, dramatic material.

An unforgettable night. #Foxcatcher #Cannes2014 pic.twitter.com/WaGOwIRYSY

Channing Tatum (@channingtatum) May 19, 2014

Foxcatcher Receives Rave Reviews

Directed by Bennett Miller, whose resumé includes the Oscar-winning Capote (2005) and the also Oscar-winning Moneyball (2011), the film debuted to stunning reviews, with many predicting it would »

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Cannes Day 7 Recap: 'Foxcatcher' Ignites Oscar Buzz, Iran Condemns Actress for Cheek Kiss, More

19 May 2014 10:20 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

An international culture clash cast a shadow over Cannes Monday, when Iranian authorities criticized actress Leila Hatami, who is serving on the Cannes jury, for greeting festival head Gilles Jacob with a customary kiss on the cheek, saying her actions were not in line with Iranian religious values and demonstrated a "bad image of Iranian women to the world" (Read the story). Jacob fired back via Twitter, saying "this controversy based on a normal Western custom is baseless" (Read the story). And on the sixth day, the Cannes Film Festival unveiled a serious Oscar contender, and the bloggers saw it

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Cannes President Gilles Jacob Fires Back at Iranian Authorities Over Actress' Kiss

19 May 2014 9:10 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

President of the Cannes Film Festival Gilles Jacob has responded to Iranian authorities who are outraged over a kiss on the cheek between himself and actress Leila Hatami, co-star of Asghar Farhadi's 2011 Oscar winner A Separation. "It was me who gave a kiss to Madame Hatami," Jacob wrote. "At that moment, she represented to me all of Iranian cinema. … This controversy based on a normal Western custom is baseless."  Cannes Photos: The Complete Official Selection Hatami, one of Iran's best-known screen stars, is serving on the jury for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. On Sunday,

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