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Three Academy Award winners – Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Volker Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum) and Danis Tanovic (No Man’s Land) – are among 20 film-makers joining the protest against the European Commission’s plans to reform copyright law.
In their statement, also signed by Chantal Akerman, Luc Dardenne, Costa-Gavras, Jaco van Dormael and Julie Bertuccelli, they declared: “We are Europeans who still hear the echo of [European Commission] President Juncker saying that he would never accept creators being ‘treated like plastic manufacturers’, but now his College compare our work with selling a car or a tie.”
“We are Europeans shocked to hear of ‘breaking down national silos in copyright’, yet nothing to condemn ongoing violations of copyright, which hinder the development of online legal services.”
Commission declares backing for Digital Single Market
The film-makers’ joint declaration was issued ahead of the first debate held by the »
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Two days cut from festival, competition titles reduced and line-up almost halved in the face of tough economic circumstances.
Russia’s crumbling economy has forced the organisers of this year’s Moscow International Film Festival (Miff) to make swingeing cuts to the number of films shown and the festival’s duration.
Speaking to Russian daily newspaper Izvestiya, Miff programme director Kirill Razlogov revealed that the 37th edition will run from June 19-26, two days shorter than in 2014.
While Miff will retain its three competition sections for feature films, shorts and documentaries, the number of titles in the main international competition is likely to be reduced from 16 to 12, although the Free Spirit documentary competition will still have seven films in its line-up.
Razlogov suggested that the number of films invited to screen in Miff’s programme outside of the three competitive sections will be slashed by almost half - from 2014’s 250 to 150 at best.
Although the global »
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The U.S. premiere of Alan Rickman’s “A Little Chaos,” starring Kate Winslet as the landscape gardener commissioned to construct the grand gardens at Versailles, and Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Search,” an update of the 1948 film to war-torn Chechnya starring his wife, “The Artist” actress Berenice Bejo, will bookend the 18th Sonoma Intl. Film Festival, March 25-29.
“A Little Chaos” will open the fest, which takes place in Northern California’s wine country, and “The Search,” which also stars Annette Bening, will close the fest, which boasts fine wine and locally sourced cuisine as part of its allure, if not a key component of its programming in years past.
The event will present more than 100 films — from independent narrative features to documentaries to shorts to world cinema from 25 countries — shown at eight venues, all within walking distance of Sonoma’s downtown plaza.
Other highlights include the world premiere of “California High, »
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A Little Chaos will receive its Us premiere as the opening film of this year’s Sonoma International Film Festival (Siff), which runs March 25-29.
This year’s Siff will show over 100 films from 25 countries across eight venues. Highlights include Kristian Levring’s The Salvation, Franco Lolli’s Gente de Bien, Kim Seong-hun’s A Hard Day and the world premiere of Barnaby & Matthew O’Connor’s California High.
Kevin W. McNeely, executive director, commented: “We are very proud of this year’s program celebrating the best in film, food and wine. Films ranging from thought-provoking documentaries on environmental and social issues, to the best in animation, world cinema, art and music, coupled with panels, parties and our »
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In the years since his Academy Award-winning performance in Michel Hazanavicius' The Artist, actor Jean Dujardin has had the opportunity to work with some brilliant American filmmakers - including Martin Scorsese and George Clooney. He has not left behind his roots, however, and his next big release comes from his native home in France. This film is The Connection, and you can watch its badass red band trailer below: Based on a true story, The Connection centers on Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin), a French investigator who worked to dismantle the notorious drug smuggling operation known as The French Connection back in the 1970s. Along with his task force of expertly trained police officers, he sets his sights on taking down Gatean "Tany" Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), the kingpin of the operation. As precisely planned and executed as Michel's strikes are, the heroin-dealing criminal is constantly able to evade his grasp. »
Title: The Search Director: Michel Hazanavicius Starring: Bérénice Bejo, Annette Bening, Maksim Emelyanov, Abdul-Khalim Mamatsuiev, Zukhra Duishvili. Oscar director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) returns with an epic film tackling the humanitarian disaster of the Second Chechen War. ‘The Search,’ explores the effects of this war on youngsters, through a story that leads to a happy ending and a tale of doom. Hadji is a nine-year-old Chechen boy (Abdul-Khalim Mamatsuiev) who escapes when his parents are murdered by Russian soldiers. He is so traumatised he becomes mute, but manages to make his way to a border town, where he establishes a wary relationship with EU official Carole (Bérénice Bejo). Meanwhile, Hadji’s [ Read More ]
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Congratulations Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu, winner of the Oscar for Best Director! This is now four years in a row that I've interviewed the Best Director winner. Though at the time, I wasn't thinking about awards or anything else besides what to ask about the film and their process as a filmmaker. In an industry that loves data and obsessing over success, I can't help but notice a bit of a pattern here. Not that I am any indicator or predictor or grand wizard of the Oscars, but if anything I have my eye trained on very talented filmmakers and outstanding films. With Iñárritu winning this year, that makes four years in a row of winners interviewed, including Alfonso Cuarón, Ang Lee, even Michel Hazanavicius (of The Artist). Now here's the thing, behind-the-scenes there's a lot going on. Within my own realm, getting interviews is not as easy as it seems. »
- Alex Billington
As 21 of our 29 Oscars Experts predicted, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu won Best Director for "Birdman" on Sunday night. Though his chief rival Richard Linklater ("Boyhood") picked up a number of directing honors throughout the season, Inarritu won the Directors Guild Award, which has matched Oscar all but seven times in the DGA's 67-year history. -Break- This is the first Best Director Oscar for Inarritu, who earned one previous bid in the category for "Babel" (2006). That film started its derby strong by winning the Golden Globe for Best Picture, but ultimately Inarritu was no match for an overdue Martin Scorsese, who won his first ever Oscar for helming "The Departed." Inarritu's win is significant for another reason. The Mexican director is now the fifth consecutive non-American to win Best Director, following British Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech," 2010), Frenchman Michel Hazanavicius ("...' »
By Anjelica Oswald
With the DGA Award in hand, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has become a frontrunner in the best director Oscar race for Birdman.
Only seven winners of the DGA Award have not won the best director Oscar in the 66 years that the Directors Guild of America has given the award. The most recent case was two years ago, when Ben Affleck wasn’t even nominated for the best director Oscar for Argo, which won best picture.
No American has won for best director since 2011 and if Inarritu, who is from Mexico, takes the Oscar this year, the trend will continue. Inarritu could become the second Latin American director to win for best director, following Alfonso Cuaron’s win last year.
In the 86 years since the Academy Awards’ inception, 89 Oscars have been given for best director. Twenty-six awards (29 percent) went to non-American born directors.
At the first annual »
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Catherine Deneuve: César Award Besst Actress Record-Tier (photo: Catherine Deneuve in 'In the Courtyard / Dans la cour') (See previous post: "Kristen Stewart and Catherine Deneuve Make César Award History.") Catherine Deneuve has received 12 Best Actress César nominations to date. Deneuve's nods were for the following movies (year of film's release): Pierre Salvadori's In the Courtyard / Dans la Cour (2014). Emmanuelle Bercot's On My Way / Elle s'en va (2013). François Ozon's Potiche (2010). Nicole Garcia's Place Vendôme (1998). André Téchiné's Thieves / Les voleurs (1996). André Téchiné's My Favorite Season / Ma saison préférée (1993). Régis Wargnier's Indochine (1992). François Dupeyron's Strange Place for an Encounter / Drôle d'endroit pour une rencontre (1988). Jean-Pierre Mocky's Agent trouble (1987). André Téchiné's Hotel America / Hôtel des Amériques (1981). François Truffaut's The Last Metro / Le dernier métro (1980). Jean-Paul Rappeneau's Le sauvage (1975). Additionally, Catherine Deneuve was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category »
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In what is now a new and continuing tradition, the Golden Globe Awards have been revealed ahead of the Oscar nominations, which will be made public this Thursday. Of course, voting for the Oscar nominations was closed before the awards were revealed so don't think last night's wins will have any effect on the nominees. But this isn't an article designed to look at nominations, though we'll certainly get into a little of that. Instead we're looking at what chance last night's Globe winners have at winning the Oscar based on the recent Globe vs. Oscar history. This post serves as my ninth installment of my "Globes vs. Oscars" column (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) and we'll take a look at the past 30 years of Golden Globe winner history compared to the Oscars and see where last night's winners may gain an edge and where they most likely won't and we'll begin with the lead acting categories. »
- Brad Brevet
Paris — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are among the nearly 50 political figures who participated in France’s unity march staged Sunday in Paris. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is in India, and President Barack Obama did not attend.
Almost 3 million people peacefully demonstrated in Paris. Some were singing the National Anthem, the Marseillaise, others were shouting “I am Charlie,” “I am a Jew” and “I am a cop” to pay homage to the 17 people killed in the two terrorist attacks that hit satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket at Porte de Vincennes this week. About 3.7 million people marched across France on Sunday.
Here is a photo that captures the spirit of today's march for Freedom across Paris Courtesy of @Gary_Farkas pic.twitter.com/6yyuXAkEJc
— Elsa Keslassy (@ElsaKeslassy) January 11, 2015
Arp, the French guild of authors, »
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Two suspects on the run after French magazine massacre leaves 12 dead.
French cinema industry guild L’Arp and its counterparts in the Us have condemned a terrorist attack on the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in which 12 people were shot dead by two armed gunmen. At least four people were critically wounded in the attack.
At time of writing early on Thursday morning local time two men remained at large. They were identified as brothers Cherif Kouachi and Said Kouachi and are understood to be in their 30s.
Afp reported that a third man believed to be 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad surrendered close to the Belgian border.
“The cineastes of L’Arp learned with horror about the base attack on the newsroom of Charlie Hebdo and are devastated by this inexplicable act,” L’Arp said in a statement hours after the attack.
“They wish to express their full solidarity for the journalists and staff at Charlie »
Top satirical cartoonists among 12 people shot dead in attack on French magazine.
French cinema industry guild L’Arp has condemned a terrorist attack on the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in which 12 people were shot dead by two armed gunmen. At least four people were critically wounded in the attack.
“The cineastes of L’Arp learned with horror about the base attack on the newsroom of Charlie Hebdo and are wiped out by this inexplicable act,” the body said in a statement, just hours after the attack.
“They wish to express their full solidarity for the journalists and staff at Charlie Hebdo as well as their relatives and colleagues.
“Their historic bravery honours creation and freedom. Nothing, no threat or violent act, whatever the motive, whether it be political, religious or otherwise, will hinder the freedom of expression and freedom of creation.”
Filmmaker Claude Lelouche is currently the honorary president of L’Arp with »
14 items from 2015
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