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The 2015 Palm Springs International Film Festival will present the world, international, North American or U.S. premieres of films featuring James Franco, Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson, Annette Bening and many others, as well as films directed by Michel Hazanavicius and Peter Bogdanovich, Psiff organizers announced on Thursday.
Psiff world premieres will include “Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha,” a collaboration between James Franco and eight writers and 11 directors from »
- Wrap TV Team and Wrap Film Team
“Nightcrawler” marks the first acquisition of Paris-based Selective Films, the outfit launched by former Wild Bunch Distribution Jean-Philippe Tirel and his partner, the producer Maya Hariri (“Under the Bombs”).
Selective co-acquired the movie at script stage last year with its partner Orange Studios and got Paramount France on board to distribute it in Gaul.
“Nightcrawler,” which stars Gyllenhaal as a Los Angeles denizen who takes pleasure in shooting gritty crimes to feed news networks and make ends meet, has grossed approximately $1.5 million from 187,000 admissions in France since opening Nov. 26 on 255 screens.
Compared with other Nov. 26 releases, the pic — titled “Night Call” in France — ranks second behind the franchise-based toon feature “Asterix, The Mansions of the God.” It beat out Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Search, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Buenos Aires — In what may prove a prototype for more ventures around the globe, Cannes topper Thierry Fremaux will program and present the first Cannes Festival Film Week in Buenos Aires with Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist,” “The Search”) and Berenice Bejo in attendance.
The Semana de Cine del Festival de Cannes, as it is called in Spanish, runs Dec. 1-7.
But the Cannes Festival may not now stop at Buenos Aires, or Bucharest, where a similar event has taken place since 2010.
“We have projects to bring films all over the world. Cristian Mungiu is already organizing a showcase in Bucharest. It’s not so important for us as for the films,” Fremaux said, explaining that the Cannes Festival Film Week was not an attempt to launch a second Cannes Festival outside France.
But Cannes was “looking at territories where it would be beneficial to have a Cannes presence,” Fremaux added. »
- John Hopewell
Richard Linklater is a visionary! His "Boyhood" is easily my favorite movie of 2014 for its creativity and heartfelt storytelling. It's very appropriate that the auteur us receiving the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival. He will be joining other recipients such as Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, J.K. Simmons, and Rosamund Pike.
Here's the full press release:
Palm Springs, CA (November 26, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present two-time Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Awards Gala. Past recipients of the Sonny Bono Visionary Award include Academy Award® winning filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, and Michel Hazanavicius. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.
.Richard Linklater.s latest feature film is the critically acclaimed Boyhood, »
“Boyhood” writer-director Richard Linklater will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s awards gala on Jan. 3. The festival runs from Jan. 2-12.
“Richard Linklater’s latest feature film is the critically acclaimed ‘Boyhood,’ a one-of-a-kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast,” said fest chairman Harold Matzner. “For his creative innovations in filmmaking, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Richard Linklater with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.”
Linklater’s past work includes “Slacker,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Before Sunrise,” “Waking Life,” “Tape,” “School of Rock,” “Before Sunset,” “A Scanner Darkly,” “Bernie,” and “Before Midnight.” “Before Sunset” and “Before Midnight” nabbed Linklater Oscar nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay.
The Psiff Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees »
- Laura Prudom
Richard Linklater’s Boyhood received five Indie Spirit Award noms yesterday including best feature and director, and now Linklater can add another kudo to the list. He will receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival’s awards gala on January 3. The fest runs January 2-12.
“Richard Linklater’s latest feature film is the critically acclaimed Boyhood, a one-of-a-kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “For his creative innovations in filmmaking, The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Richard Linklater with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.”
- The Deadline Team
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Boyhood writer-director Richard Linklater will receive this year’s Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s 26th annual Psiff Awards Gala on Jan. 3. The fest will run Jan. 2-12.
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- Anjelica Oswald
Richard Linklater’s direction on "Boyhood" has won Berlin’s Silver Bear, and honors from the San Sebastián, Seattle, and SXSW film festivals, Gotham and Indie Spirits Awards nominations, and special honors from the Casting Society of America. And yet, this is just the beginning. With Oscars on the horizon, Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced that Linklater will receive another year-end prize: Sonny Bono Visionary Award. “Richard Linklater’s latest feature film is the critically acclaimed Boyhood, a one-of-a-kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner in a statement. “For his creative innovations in filmmaking, The Palm Springs International Film Festival is proud to present Richard Linklater with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award.” Linklater has two Oscar nominations to his name (Best Writing, Adapted for 2004’s "Before Sunset" and 2013’s "Before Midnight") and seven Independent Spirit Award nominations »
- Matt Patches
The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will give "Boyhood" filmmaker Richard Linklater the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at its annual Awards Gala on Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12. Past recipients include Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino, and Michel Hazanavicius. Nominated for two screenwriting Oscars for "Before Sunset" and "Before Midnight," Linklater wrote, produced and directed Oscar frontrunner "Boyhood," whose star Ellar Coltrane literally grew up on screen over 12 years of filming. Supporting actor and actress contenders Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette play his parents, and Lorelei Linklater is his sister. The film was produced by Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring and John Sloss, and was financed and released by IFC Films. Linklater also directed "Slacker," "Dazed and Confused," »
- Anne Thompson
The writer-director of Boyhood earned a Spirit Award nomination this week – one of five for the acclaimed coming-of-age feature.
“Richard Linklater’s latest feature film is the critically acclaimed Boyhood, a one-of-a-kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner.
Psiff is scheduled to run from January 2-12.
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Boyhood writer-director Richard Linklater will receive this year's Sonny Bono VIsionary Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival's 26th annual Psiff Awards Gala on Jan. 3. The fest will run Jan. 2-12. Previous recipients of Psiff's Sonny Bono Visionary Award include Oscar-winning filmmakers Tom Hooper, Danny Boyle, Quentin Tarantino and Michel Hazanavicius. See more Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films “Richard Linklater’s latest feature film is the critically acclaimed Boyhood, a one-of-a-kind epic undertaking shot over the course of 12 years with the same cast,” Psiff chairman Harold Matzner said in a statement. “For
- Scott Feinberg, Hilary Lewis
Described by our critic out of Cannes as "one of the more prominent disappointments of the festival," that seems to be the general consensus about Michel Hazanavicius’ "The Search." The film was the director's big turn toward drama after his beloved "The Artist," but by most accounts, it doesn't work. In fact, the director went back to the editing room and cut 20-minutes from the movie. Will the new version be any better? Well, French audiences will be the first to find out. A new international trailer for the movie, along with some fresh pics, have arrived. Starring Berenice Bejo and Annette Bening, the film follows an Ngo worker who bonds with a young boy in war-torn Chechnya. This is essentially a shorter cut of the promo that dropped at Cannes, but it nonetheless presents a movie that depicts the horrors of war, particularly as they affect children. It looks like bracing stuff, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
By Robert W. Welkos Joey Berlin, who co-founded the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. in 1995 and continues to oversee its day-to-day operations and its televised Critics’ Choice Movie Awards each year, likes to say that his membership seems to be satisfied with the job he’s doing because he’s been repeatedly re-elected every two years as its president. The nonprofit group’s latest tax filings show that Berlin also is handsomely paid for his work. The Bfca’s latest IRS Form 990 tax filing shows that Berlin Entertainment, Inc., a company 100 percent owned by Berlin, received $859,077 for production services in 2012, a jump from $376,270 listed on tax forms the previous year. To read article about Crackpot Of The Month – David Poland – Bfca Between 2009 and 2012, Berlin Entertainment was paid a total of $1,851,347, according to federal tax documents filed by the nonprofit. Meanwhile, Berlin’s base compensation and benefits totaled $478,350 in 2012, according to the IRS filing. »
- Robert W. Welkos
On paper, it all looked so promising. After his triumphant, Oscar-winning "The Artist," Michel Hazanavicius pivoted toward serious drama and arrived at Cannes this year with "The Search," a loose remake of Fred Zinneman's 1948 film of the same name. The war drama stars Berenice Bejo and Annette Bening in the tale of an Ngo worker who bonds with a young boy in war torn Chechnya. The ingredients were there for something powerful, and the 2 hour and 40 minute runtime suggested something epic. But the result was, as our critic put it, "one of the more prominent disappointments of the festival, and indeed of the year as a whole." Reviews out of Cannes were largely negative, but Hazanavicius has gone back to the editing room to try fix the film. We missed the report last month during the crush of festival coverage, but La Parisien reported that Hazanavicius snipped 17-minutes from the film. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Paris– Chicago-based Music Box Films and U.K.’s Soda Pictures have acquired Anne Fontaine’s “Gemma Bovery,” a romantic comedy toplining British rising star Gemma Arterton, on the heels of its Special Presentation premiere at Toronto.
Sold and co-produced by Gaumont, “Gemma” was warmly received at Toronto where it steered a standing ovation and proved one of the fest’s arthouse crossover highlights. A satirical take on Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel “Madame Bovary,” “Gemma” also sparked two offers from Australian buyers.
“Gemma” stars Arterton as a passionate young British woman who moves with her husband to a small Norman town where she meets a quirky French baker, played by popular Gallic thesp Fabrice Luchini.
- Elsa Keslassy
Three years ago Jean Dujardin became the first French actor ever to win a Best Actor Oscar, for The Artist. That charming film, meticulously designed in the style of a late-1920s black-and-white silent film, was transformed from an ingenious stunt into something more by Dujardin’s brilliance as a swashbuckling Hollywood star circa 1928. A pastiche performance, yes, particularly paying homage to Douglas Fairbanks, but nonetheless one with delicacy and emotional depth. Few Americans heard of him before The Artist’s sleeper triumph. Fewer still of its writer-director Michel Hazanavicius. Yet they were already something of a signature creative duo in France, on the basis of two movies that got just moderate arthouse exposure in the U.S. but were big commercial hits abroad. Some of us who had seen them enjoyed The Artist very much—but semi-guiltily still preferred the brassier, vulgar, laugh-out-loud joys of Oss 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006) and its sequel, »
The 16th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival announced its line-up in a press conference today.
Here is the complete list of films which will be screened at the festival:-
Dir.: Zeresenay Berhane Mehari (Ethiopia / 2014 / Col / 99)
History of Fear (Historia del miedo)
Dir.: Benjamin Naishtat (Argentina-France-Germany-Qatar-Uruguay / 2014 / Col / 79)
With Others (Ba Digaran)
Dir.: Nasser Zamiri (Iran / 2014 / Col / 85)
The Tree (Drevo)
Dir.: Sonja Prosenc (Slovenia / 2014 / Col / 90)
Next to Her (At li layla)
Dir.: Asaf Korman (Israel / 2014 / Col / 90)
Dir.: Alex Sampayo (Spain / 2014 / Col / 87)
Dir.: Raphaël Neal (France / 2014 / Col / 81)
Dir.: Chaitanya Tamhane (India (Marathi-Gujarati-English-Hindi) / 2014 / Col / 116)
Dir.: Sudabeh Mortezai (Austria / 2014 / Col / 98)
India Gold Competition 2014
The Fort (Killa)
Dir.: Avinash Arun (India (Marathi) / 2014 / Col / 107)
Unto the Dusk
Dir.: Sajin Baabu (India (Malayalam) / 2014 / Col / 118)
Names Unknown (Perariyathavar)
Dir.: Dr. Biju (India (Malayalam) / 2014 / Col / 110)
Buddha In a Traffic Jam
Once again today I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be truing to do that, time will still tell. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright, here goes nothing: Best Picture – Moneyball The nominees here for this ceremony were The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse. »
- Joey Magidson
By Anjelica Oswald
Some pictures headed to the Toronto International Film Festival already with a domestic distributor — such as, The Judge (Warner Bros.) and Nightcrawler (Open Road Films) — but others are hoping to garner some bids and make some deals during the 11-day festival.
Among the recent acquisitions is The Last 5 Years, which was picked up by the Weinstein Co.’s RADiUS label.
Here are 10 acquisition titles to keep an eye on as of Monday morning:
While We’re Young
Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, along with Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried, play two sets of New York couples who become unlikely friends in Noah Baumbach’s new film. These couples have similar interests — both Stiller and Driver are documentary filmmakers — but live vastly different lifestyles. The older couple is more intune with the modern world, whereas the younger couple are into the hipster lifestyle, obsessed with vinyls and vintage. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Michel Hazanavicius will take on Toronto armed with a new version of his Chechnya-set drama The Search. After receiving mixed reviews in Cannes, the Artist Oscar winner shaved 17 minutes off what he characterizes as an “angrier” version. “When we went to Cannes, the movie was not 100 percent ready,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “So the press was mixed — we had some good reviews and some bad reviews. But when I saw the movie, I wanted to recut it. I knew that the editing process was not completely done, and the reviews helped me to find
- Rhonda Richford
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