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Interview: Ann Hui on 'The Golden Era' and her career so far

6 December 2014 12:57 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

Ann Hui's presence and voice is uncommon in world cinema. Probably the most acclaimed of the Hong Kong New Wave directors, Hui began her career in the late 1970s in a film industry then dominated by Kung Fu movies. She continued to make films in Hong Kong for over 30 years, striking an almost impossible balance between art, politics and commercial success. She has been described as an ‘innovator within the mainstream’, working on relatively low budget productions with Hong Kong stars such as Andy Lau and Chow Yun Fat, and even bringing the legendary Deanie Ip out of retirement to star in her recent film A Simple Life (2011). Her latest The Golden Era (2014), a period film about the Chinese writer Xiao Hong premiered as the closing film at this year’s Venice Film Festival.

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50 Foreign Language Oscar Hopefuls Set For Palm Springs’ Awards Buzz Section

2 December 2014 6:01 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Palm Springs International Film Festival has increasingly become an important stop on the awards calendar for foreign language films. While the desert fest hands out an international critics prize, it’s more about the filmmakers getting a chance to rub shoulders with Academy members just before nominations ballots are due. The upcoming 26th annual fest is running January 2-12 and has announced the movies that will compete for the Fipresci prize in its Awards Buzz section. Fifty of the 83 official submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar are on the list with the titles chosen believed by festival programmers to be the strongest entries in this year’s Academy Awards race. A special jury of international film critics will screen the films and hand out a Fipresci for an individual title as well as Best Actor and Best Actress. While the fest doesn’t always match the eventual Oscar winner, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Psiff announces Awards Buzz

2 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The organisers of the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will screen 50 of the 83 foreign-language Oscar submissions.

A jury of international film critics will be convened to bestow the Fipresci Award for best foreign language film of the year, as well as best actor and best actress in this category.

Further film programmes will be announced in the coming weeks. Psiff is set to run from January 2-12.

The Awards Buzz selections in alphabetical order of country are:

A Few Cubic Meters Of Love (Afghanistan), Jamshid Mahmoudi:

Wild Tales (Argentina), Damián Szifrón;

Charlie’s Country (Australia), Rolf de Heer;

The Dark Valley (Austria), Andreas Prochaska;

Nabat (Azerbaijan), Elchin Musaoglu;

Two Days, One Night (Belgium-France-Italy), Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne;

The Way He Looks (Brazil), Daniel Ribeiro;

Mommy (Canada), Xavier Dolan;

To Kill A Man (Chile), Alejandro Fernández Almendras;

The Nightingale (China), Philippe Muyl;

Mateo (Colombia), Maria Gamboa;

Cowboys (Croatia), Tomislav Mršić;

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Golden Horse Gets a "Blind Massage"

23 November 2014 10:13 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

It's your annual report of the Oscars of the Chinese world, the 51st annual Golden Horse Awards. Unfortunately this year had little crossover in terms of what made it into Us theaters. There's generally at least a few winners/nominees that opened in the Us. This year only one as far as I can tell - the Oscar submission The Golden Era though the Gong Li vehicle Coming Home will be distributed by Sony Pictures Classics supposedly at some point. 

It was a big night for Lou Ye's Blind Massage, a rough night for acclaimed festival hit Black Coal Thin Ice and just your regular Saturday night for Ann Hui who took home her third (third!) Best Director prize for the Oscar submission The Golden Era. It wasn't a good year for the internationally recognizable acting contenders:  Tang Wei (The Golden Era) and Gong Li (Coming Home) lost to »

- NATHANIEL R

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Blind Massage sweeps Golden Horse awards

22 November 2014 10:12 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Lou Ye’s Blind Massage was the big winner at this year’s Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan, scooping six prizes including best film and best new performer for Zhang Lei.Scroll down for full list of winners

The mainland China production also won best adapted screenplay (Ma Yingli), best cinematography (Zeng Jian), best film editing (Kong Jinlei, Jolin Zhu) and best sound effects (Fu Kang).

Ann Hui won best director for historical biopic The Golden Era, while best original screenplay went to Yee Chih-yen for Meeting Dr Sun.

Chen Jianbin won best new director and best actor for A Fool, along with best supporting actor for Paradise In Service, which also took the best supporting actress prize for Regina Wan’s performance. Chen Hsiang-chi took best actress for Exit.

Fruit Chan’s The Midnight After won best visual effects and Liu Qiang was awarded best art direction for Black Coal, Thin Ice. Brotherhood »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Blind Massage Sees Success At Golden Horse Awards

22 November 2014 9:33 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Lou Ye's Blind Massage won six prizes at last night's Golden Horse awards in Taipei, including Best Feature Film, Best New Performer and Best Adapted Screenplay. Hong Kong's Ann Hui was named Best Director for The Golden Era, while Chen Jian-bin won the Best Actor prize for A Fool and Chen Shiang Chyi won Best Actress for Exit.Regarded as the most prestigious awards ceremony for Chinese language cinema, the Golden Horse awards are now in their 51st year, and were handed out at a star-studded affair last night in the Taiwanese capital. While Blind Massage also collected awards for Best Editing, Best Cinematography and Best Sound Effects, actor Chen Jian-bin enjoyed a fantastic night. He was named Best New Director as well as Best Actor for...

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‘Blind Massage’ Is Surprise Winner of Golden Horse Awards

22 November 2014 8:03 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

China’s “Blind Massage” was the surprise winner at the 51st Golden Horse Awards, the Taiwan-based competition open to all Chinese-language films.

The Lou Ye-directed film won in six of the seven categories for which it was nominated, including the best feature prize.

It beat another mainland Chinese title “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” which had been the favorite going in to the ceremony with 8 nominations, ahead of 7 for “Blind Massage,” and 6 for Taiwan’s “Kano.”

But “Black Coal” finished a miserable evening winning only for best art direction.

Broadcast of the ceremony was blocked in China because of the inclusion of “Kano,” a period film which casts a benign eye on the Japanese colonial period. Despite its multiple nominations the film came away with no prizes.

Awards were decided by a jury chaired by Joan Chen that also included Stanley Kwan, Aaron Kwok, Chen Po-Wen, Hwarng Wen-Ying and Stephen Fung. »

- Patrick Frater

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Tokyo Film Festival Review: Ann Hui’s Visually Lustrous, Dramatically Lax Biopic ‘The Golden Era’

25 October 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If you already know your oats about 20th-Century Chinese literature, you will no doubt already know of Xiao Hong, the immensely respected female novelist, poet, and short story writer, and may indeed be anxious to glimpse behind the veil of her canonical works at the woman within. If you do not, however, you may wonder why you are spending three-hours of your life trundling after this painfully self-serious character as she is buffeted by the fickle winds of fate and her own, often self-defeating, will across the divided, war torn, and finally occupied China of the 1930s and ‘40s. Ann Hui’s film "The Golden Era" was an odd choice to close the Venice Film Festival (to muted reaction), but feels like it may play a little better in the context of the Tokyo International Film Festival, with its focus on pan-Asian cinema. But it still does not work for »

- Jessica Kiang

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The Golden Era | Review

17 October 2014 1:35 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

A Complicated Life: Hui’s Sprawling Biopic as Malcontented as Its Subject

Hong Kong director Ann Hui’s extensive filmography has been largely unavailable, though she’s steadily been making films since 1979. Her 2011 film, A Simple Life, received raves and awards after premiering at the Venice Film Festival, and perhaps paved the way for this epically extensive biopic, The Golden Era, which explores the life of famed essayist and novelist Xiao Hong. Though the film has been tipped as Hong Kong’s entry for this year’s Foreign Language Oscar submission, Hui’s zeal to capture the often degrading circumstances of Hong’s short existence often overwhelms her own subject, so much so that Xiao Hong often feels like a supporting player to Hui’s historical depths.

Born in 1911 to a family of landowners in Manchuria, Xiao Hong (Tang Wei) breaks the fourth wall to relate the basics of her »

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‘Birdman,’ ‘Dear White People,’ ‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’ Lead Weekend’s Specialty Debuts

16 October 2014 3:46 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Perched at the top of this week’s flock of specialty film debuts is Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance), a possible Oscar contender starring Michael Keaton. Though it’s a limited release, Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s complex film about a fading action-hero trying to reclaim his mojo on Broadway nevertheless combines elements of a superhero franchise that could tap fans well beyond the art house.

It’s part of yet another big flock of specialty film debuts coming this weekend, including the controversy-minded Sundance award-winner Dear White PeopleWilliam H. Macy‘s directorial debut RudderlessKristen Stewart‘s Camp X-Ray, Jason Schwartzman‘s Listen Up Philip, The Golden Era, Summer Of Blood, and one great revival, Alain Resnais’ 1959 landmark Hiroshima Mon Amour.

To get a sense of Fox Searchlight’s ambitions for Birdman, the film closed the New York Film Festival last weekend to strong reviews, but then »

- David Bloom

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Stockholm to honour Uma Thurman

16 October 2014 8:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The festival’s 25th edition will feature a contribution from Ai Weiwei and competition titles including Whiplash, Nightcrawler and Foxcatcher.

The Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 5-16) is to present its Achievement Award to Us actress Uma Thurman.

The Kill Bill star will will visit Stockholm to receive the prestigious Bronze Horse and meet the audience during an exclusive “Face2Face”.

Thurman will also take part in the inauguration ceremony, which will include the unveiling of an ice sculpture by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

Weiwei was a Stockholm jury member last year but since he wasn’t allowed to leave China, he sent an empty chair named ”The Chair for Non-attendance” as symbol of his absence.

He is still not allowed to leave China so will send a design that will be portrayed in the form of a large ice sculpture symbolising this years’ Spotlight theme - Hope.

Brazil

The festival will focus this year on Brazil »

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

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China Box Office: ‘Guardians’ Wins Weekend, ‘Buddies’ Is Best Over Week

13 October 2014 9:12 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – Chinese comedy “Breakup Buddies” and “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” took the honours at the Chinese box office.

In its second frame the Ning Hao-directed “Breakup Buddies,” claimed $48.7 million, giving it first place over the full week. After 13 days on release, it stands on a massive cumulative total of $151 million, according to data from local tracker EntGroup.

Over the more narrowly defined Friday to Sunday weekend the belated release of “Guardians” was the winner, scoring $30.1 million, compared with an estimated $13 million for “Buddies.”

The score for “Guardians” was the third best premiere for any Disney film in China, behind “Iron Man 3? and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

Chinese child kidnapping drama “Dearest” held its own in third place for the second successive week, clocking up $11.7 million in its third week of release and moving on to a cumulative of $47.5 million after 18 days.

Actioner, “Black And White Episode 2,” which ranked second last week, »

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83 Countries In Competition For 2014 Foreign Language Film For 87th Oscars

10 October 2014 6:26 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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A record 83 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards. Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania and Panama are first-time entrants.

The 2014 submissions are:

Afghanistan, “A Few Cubic Meters of Love,” Jamshid Mahmoudi, director;

Argentina, “Wild Tales,” Damián Szifrón, director;

Australia, “Charlie’s Country,” Rolf de Heer, director;

Austria, “The Dark Valley,” Andreas Prochaska, director;

Azerbaijan, “Nabat,” Elchin Musaoglu, director;

Bangladesh, “Glow of the Firefly,” Khalid Mahmood Mithu, director;

Belgium, “Two Days, One Night,” Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, directors;

Bolivia, “Forgotten,” Carlos Bolado, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “With Mom,” Faruk Lončarevič, director;

Brazil, “The Way He Looks,” Daniel Ribeiro, director;

Bulgaria, “Bulgarian Rhapsody,” Ivan Nitchev, director;

Canada, “Mommy,” Xavier Dolan, director;

Chile, “To Kill a Man,” Alejandro Fernández Almendras, director;

China, “The Nightingale,” Philippe Muyl, director;

Colombia, “Mateo,” María Gamboa, director;

Costa Rica, “Red Princesses,” Laura Astorga Carrera, director;

Croatia, “Cowboys,” Tomislav Mršić, »

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Record 83 countries to compete for Foreign Language Oscar

9 October 2014 4:23 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday the final submissions for the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th annual Academy Awards. A record 83 countries have entered a film for consideration, including Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania, and Panama for the first time. Notable selections include Xavier Dolan's Canadian drama Mommy, a favorite at this year's Cannes, Sweden's Force Majeure, and the Russian retelling of the Book of Job, Leviathan, winner of the Best Screenplay award at Cannes. Nominations will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 15, ahead of the live telecast on ABC Sunday, Feb. 22, from Hollywood. Last »

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Submissions for 87th Academy Awards in Foreign Language Film Category Announced

9 October 2014 3:49 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released the list of submissions for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. According to the Academy's press release, a record 83 countries have submitted films for consideration, including first-timers Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania, and Panama. Now, if only all those movies were made available for online viewing — or at least on DVD (outside of their respective countries). The 2015 Oscar nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, at 5:30 a.m. Pt in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The 2015 Oscar ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 22, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. In the United States, the Oscarcast will be televised live by ABC; additionally, the Oscars will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. See below the full list of 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submissions. Afghanistan, A Few Cubic Meters of Love, »

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2015 Oscars: Complete List of Foreign Language Submissions Hits a New Record

9 October 2014 3:47 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Academy has announced the complete list of 2015 Foreign Language Oscar contenders for the 2015 Oscar awards and again its a new record, topping last year's record 76 submissions, this year the list reaches 83 total submissions. Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania and Panama are first-time entrants. I've seen a few more on the list than I did last year and I actually have to assume with the buzz from those I've seen they may end up being major players. I'm particularly happy to see Xavier Dolan's Mommy in the field from Canada and it's great seeing the hilarious Wild Tales submitted by Argentina. The Russian submission of Leviathan (Leviafan) came, I think, as a bit of a surprise to everyone considering its subject matter, which could be looked at as critical of its native country. The Dardennes' Two Days, One Night has received a lot of acclaim everywhere it has played and we »

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Oscars: Record 83 Films Submitted for Foreign-Language Prize

9 October 2014 3:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A record 83 countries have submitted films for consideration in the foreign-language film category for the 87th Academy Awards. That easily tops record 76 that were under consideration last year.

The entries include four first-timers: Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania and Panama.

Also new to the race: The name of the director will be engraved onto the Oscar statuette, in addition to the name of the country.

The five nominees will be announced Jan. 15, along with contenders in all the other categories. But a week before then, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will release a short list of nine foreign-language semi-finalists.

Each country can submit one film, determining on its own how this choice will be made. Any film that opens commercially in the U.S. in calendar 2014 will be eligible in other categories as well. The last foreign-lingo film to score a best picture nomination was the 2012 “Amour.” The category was »

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Oscar draws record 83 countries

9 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Academy has received a record 83 submissions for the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar.

Last year, a record 76 countries submitted features and the eventual winner was Italian entry The Great Beauty, directed by Paolo Sorrentino.

Nine finalists will be shortlisted, which will be whittled down to five nominees that will be announced on Jan 15, 2015.

The awards ceremony will be held on Feb 22, 2015 in the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood.

The 2014 submissions are (in alphabetical order of country):

Afghanistan, A Few Cubic Meters Of Love, Jamshid Mahmoudi

Argentina, Wild Tales, Damián Szifrón

Australia, Charlie’s Country, Rolf de Heer

Austria, The Dark Valley, Andreas Prochaska

Azerbaijan, Nabat, Elchin Musaoglu

Bangladesh, Glow Of The Firefly, Khalid Mahmood Mithu

Belgium, Two Days, One Night, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne

Bolivia, Forgotten, Carlos Bolado

Bosnia and Herzegovina, With Mom, Faruk Lončarevič

Brazil, The Way He Looks, Daniel Ribeiro

Bulgaria, Bulgarian Rhapsody, Ivan Nitchev

Canada, Mommy, Xavier Dolan

Chile, To Kill A »

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Equity crowdfunding still facing hurdles

7 October 2014 7:59 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Equity crowdfunding has the potential to become an important tool for filmmakers, but still faces regulatory hurdles around the world, said panellists at Busan’s Kofic Industry Forum (Oct 5-7).

During the “Future of Financing through Crowdfunding” panel, the speakers also compared crowdfunding strategies in the Us, UK, China and Korea, and advised filmmakers who use crowdfunding to adopt a hybrid approach.

Stephan Paternot, CEO of Slated, an online platform that brings together investors and projects, explained how equity crowdfunding legislation is slowly making its way through Us Congress. “The Jobs Act [Jumpstart Our Business Startups] will help crowdfunding evolve past donations and rewards, but the rules are still being defined and it hasn’t benefitted many people yet,” Paternot said.

He also explained how crowdfunding in any form still accounts for a tiny fraction of the $14bn spent on making independent movies in the Us each year: “You can raise around 10% through fans and have to raise 90% yourself. Crowdfunding does not »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Busan: Oscar Favorites Fill Festival’s Slate

6 October 2014 7:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Once again, the Busan festival is proving to be a good place for Oscar spotting.

Nearly half of the Asian films selected by their national committees to make a run at the foreign-language Academy Award play in different sections of the festival.

This year’s festival lineup gives house to Afghanistan’s “A Few Cubic Meters of Love,” Pakistan’s “Dukhtar” and Thailand’s “Teacher’s Diary” in its Window on Asian Cinema section.

Ann Hui’s “The Golden Era,” representing Hong Kong had a Busan gala earlier this week, while one of the favorites for Oscar nomination is Turkey’s “Winter Sleep.” Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the film plays in Busan’s World Cinema section, having played and won the main competition in Cannes earlier this year.

South Korea’s own national representative “Sea Fog,” (“Haemoo”) plays in the Korean Cinema Today section.

Two of this year’s »

- Patrick Frater

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