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Venice reveals starry 2016 line-up

28 July 2016 3:29 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, Pablo Larrain’s Jackie, Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge and Michael Fassbender romance The Light Between Oceans among line-up.Scroll Down For Line-up

The 73rd Venice Film Festival (Aug 31 - Sept 10) has unveiled the 55 features – mixing star vehicles and international auteurs – that will make up this year’s official selection.

A total of 20 films will play in competition, 18 will play out of competition and 19 will play in Horizons.

Venice is on a roll having played host to the Best Picture Oscar winner two years in a row while three years ago Gravity went on to score seven Oscars.

Ahead of the world’s oldest festival, the buzz is palpable once again.

Competition titles include Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, Pablo Larrain’s Jacqueline Kennedy biopic Jackie (seemingly a last minute confirmation) and Michael Fassbender romance The Light Between Oceans.

Auteur directors among the line-up include Terrence Malick, Lav Diaz, [link »

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Venice Film Festival Lineup Includes Mel Gibson, Tom Ford, Terrence Malick Movies

28 July 2016 2:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — The Venice Film Festival’s 73rd edition will feature a batch of star-studded English-language dramas directed by Mel Gibson, Tom Ford, Pablo Larrain, Antoine Fuqua and Damian Chazelle, as well as promising new titles by big-name international auteurs such as Emir Kusturica, Francois Ozon, and Wim Wenders, plus plenty of potential discoveries.

This year’s selections look likely to reinforce the Lido’s status as a discerning and effective awards-season platform. Last year, the festival launched “Spotlight,” and, before that, “Birdman” and “Gravity” — all of which went on to win multiple Oscars.

The Gibson-directed “Hacksaw Ridge” stars Andrew Garfield as Desmond T. Doss, an army medic who never carried a gun during World War II. Doss was the first conscientious objector in U.S. history to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. The topical drama, which is screening out-of-competition, is slated for a Nov. 4 U.S. release via Lionsgate. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Venice Film Festival: Lido To Launch Pics From Ford, Gibson, Malick & More As Awards Season Starts To Buzz – Full List

28 July 2016 2:10 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Update: The 73rd Venice Film Festival has set a strong lineup of world premieres including anticipated films from such helmers as Denis Villeneuve, Pablo Larrain, Derek Cianfrance, Tom Ford, Terrence Malick — and in an out of competition slot, the latest from Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge. They join the previously announced opener, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land. The festival has been dedicated to two recently deceased directors: Michael Cimino and Abbas Kiarostami. Artistic… »

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Marni Nixon, Famous Playback Singer For Movie Musical Actresses, Dies at 86

25 July 2016 10:24 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Marni Nixon, American soprano and playback singer for actresses in movie musicals, has died at the age of 86 of breast cancer. She is survived by two daughters from her first marriage, three sisters, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Read More: Damien Chazelle’s Ryan Gosling- and Emma Stone-Starring Awards Contender ‘La La Land’ Lands a Venice Premiere

Throughout the 1950s and ’60s, Nixon was the singing voice for stars in a variety of acclaimed Hollywood films. She dubbed Deborah Kerr in “The King and I,” Natalie Wood in “West Side Story,” and Audrey Hepburn in “My Fair Lady.” She also sang for Jeanne Crain in “Cheaper by the Dozen,” Janet Leigh in “Pepe,” and Ida Lupino in “Jennifer.” Her performances were frequently uncredited, but she was considered by the press to be “the ghostess with the mostest.” Though Nixon had to sign contracts that stipulated she wouldn’t »

- Vikram Murthi

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Palme Thursday: Abbas Kiarostami shared Cannes glory with another departed master

20 July 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Palme Thursday is A.A. Dowd’s monthly examination of a winner of the Palme D’Or, determining how well the film has held up and whether it deserved the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival.

Taste Of Cherry (1997) and The Eel (1997)

Abbas Kiarostami made difficult films. That’s not a criticism, just an observation—one that hasn’t been made too often since we lost the great Iranian director to cancer a couple of weeks ago. Critics, grieving colleagues, and other eulogizers have understandably focused on his humanism, his formal prowess, and the eclecticism of his body of work. But the difficulty of that work is key to its vitality, its importance. Kiarostami challenged. His movies sometimes omitted the kind of plot elements—backstory, resolution, normal character psychology—that audiences almost innately expect. And there were times when they seemed to contradict the very definition ...


- A.A. Dowd

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Watch: Martin Scorsese Remembers Abbas Kiarostami

18 July 2016 10:48 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

At New York’s School for the Visual Arts last Friday, Martin Scorsese spoke in remembrance of the late Abbas Kiarostami. He’d known him for some 14 years, and in this speech recalls both the last time they met — when they spoke about collaborating on a project next year — and the first, when they were both serving as Cinefondation honorary presidents at Cannes in 2002. Of Close-Up, he recalls how the film helped him “see the world again.” »

- Filmmaker Staff

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Watch Martin Scorsese’s Rememberance of Abbas Kiarostami, an ‘Elegant, Eloquent’ Friend

18 July 2016 9:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Among the many filmmakers mourning Abbas Kiarostami is Martin Scorsese, who over the weekend delivered a 12-minute remembrance at New York City’s School of Visual Arts. Scorsese, who’s long stood out as one of Hollywood’s most eclectic, devoted cinephiles, was a friend of the revered Iranian filmmaker for more than a decade and said during his remarks that he was “still prepping for the meeting next year” that the two planned to have. Kiarostami died on July 4 at the age of 76.

Read More: Abbas Kiarostami Remembered: Why He Was Iran’s Essential Filmmaker — Critic’s Notebook

Scorsese recalls first meeting Kiarostami at the Cannes Film Festival while both serving on the Cinéfondation jury, which he was “a little cautious” for, as the icon of Iranian cinema’s reputation preceded him. Once meeting him, Scorsese found Kiarostami to be “elegant, eloquent, very quiet, very careful with his words »

- Michael Nordine

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Watch: Martin Scorsese Remembers Abbas Kiarostami’s Friendship and Impact In Touching Tribute

18 July 2016 8:54 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With the recent passing of legendary Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, fellow directors have been sharing their condolences — including Martin Scorsese, who recently expanded his thoughts in a tribute at New York City’s School of Visual Arts this past weekend. In the 12-minute remembrance, he reveals how a friendship between the two of them fostered over the last decade-plus, as well as the profound impact Kiarostami’s films had on him.

“In a way, I’m still prepping for the meeting next year,” Scorsese states, after recalling their time together last fall. Comparing his work to how he felt when seeing the classics of Italian neo-realism, Scorsese says, “After I saw four or five of his films together over a period of a few months, I found that I experienced that same impact 65 years later. It was something that changed my way of looking at the world.”

See the full tribute below, »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Abbas Kiarostami death sparks debate on patient's right to be informed in Iran

14 July 2016 7:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Iranian film-maker had undergone four operations but did not know severity of his illness until shortly before he died in Paris

The death of the legendary film-maker Abbas Kiarostami has sparked an intense debate in Iran over the right of patients to be told the truth about their illness after claims that the director did not know the severity of his condition until shortly before he died.

The Palme d’Or winner underwent four operations in Iran before his death last week aged 76 but had resisted his family’s attempts to transfer him to Paris for treatment until it was too late, relatives said.

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- Saeed Kamali Dehghan Iran correspondent

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Weekly Rushes. Locarno Lineup, "Loving" Trailer, Gena Rowlands, Kiarostami Tributes

13 July 2016 2:33 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

NEWSThe lineup for the 69th Locarno Film Festival has been announced, with new movies by Yousry Nasrallah, Matías Piñeiro, João Pedro Rodrigues (O Ornitólogo, above) and Axelle Ropert in the International Competition, short films by Thom Andersen and Jia Zhangke, and more.Recommended VIEWINGThe trailer for Jeff Nichols' new film Loving, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May.A new exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, "It's All True," is devoted to American avant-garde director Bruce Conner. The Museum has generously put online the 1996 version of Conner's film Looking for Mushrooms.Recommended Reading"American Horror Story": Ezekiel Kweku's brief, moving and must-read analysis of trying to analyze the proliferating videos of deaths at the hands of the American police:The postmortem, the part we’re going through now, is also tiring. The videos of the death go viral, everyone talks about how shocking it is, which »

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Glenn Close Zombie Pic ‘The Girl With All the Gifts’ to Open Locarno Fest, Lineup Announced

13 July 2016 3:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — The world premiere of Scottish director Colm McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic thriller “The Girl With All the Gifts,” starring Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, Paddy Considine and newcomer Sennia Nanua, will open the 69th Locarno Film Festival.

The buzzed-about zombie pic, which unfolds in an underground bunker where children are being examined by scientists hoping to find a cure for a fungal spore that has infected the planet, will kick off the Swiss fest dedicated to indie cinema on August 3. “Girl” will screen on Locarno’s 8,000-seat Piazza Grande venue with talents Arterton and Nanua, who is 13, in tow. Nanua plays a uniquely gifted child in the lead role.

Based on the novel by M.R. Carey, “Girl” is financed by the BFI (British Film Institute), Creative England, and Altitude Film. Camille Gatin and Angus Lamont produced. U.S. rights were acquired in Cannes by Saban Films. Warned Bros. is releasing in the U. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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2016 Locarno Film Festival Announces Full Lineup

13 July 2016 3:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Locarno Film Festival is known for an eclectic lineup that combines newcomers and veterans of international cinema alongside mainstream fare that screens in its massive outdoor space. The newly announced 2016 edition, which runs August 3 – 13, looks to be no exception. In addition to featuring 16 titles in the Piazza Grande section, 15 in the international competition and another 15 in the Filmmakers of the Present section, the Swiss event will also honor a range of talent.

RelatedHere Are the Participants For the 2016 Locarno Critics Academy

Bill Pullman will visit the festival this year to receive the Excellence Award Moet & Chandon, while the Visions Award will go to “The Lord of the Rings” composer Howard Shore. Participant Media CEO David Line will receive the Premio Raimondo Rezzonico. Locarno will also host tributes to filmmakers Alejandro Jodorwsky, Jonas Mekas, Roger Corman and the late Abbas Kiarostami. Additionally, seven short films produced at Kiarostami’s filmmaking »

- Eric Kohn

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Best Jump Scares, Alan Arkin’s Top 10 Criterions, Remembering Cimino & Kiarostami, and More

11 July 2016 1:13 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

See the 40 greatest movie jump scares:

RogerEbert.com‘s Matt Zoller Seitz talks to Gena Rowlands about her career:

I get a lot of questions about John and how he started doing films. Independent films. A lot of the people asking these questions are young people who are interested in doing their own films. I like knowing that there are people out there who admire the work we did together, and still consider John an example of how this can be done. And he still is. He still is an example.

Listen to Michael Cimino and Kris Kristofferson discuss Heaven’s Gate and its revival at Nyff in »

- The Film Stage

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Images in haiku by Anne-Katrin Titze

11 July 2016 12:32 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Abbas Kiarostami (June 22, 1940 - July 4, 2016) Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Composer Grégoire Hetzel (Catherine Corsini's Summertime, Anne Fontaine's The Innocents, Arnaud Desplechin's My Golden Days), filmmaker Roberto Andò (The Confessions, Long Live Freedom), and cinematographer Ed Lachman (Todd Solondz' Wiener-Dog, Todd Haynes' Carol and Far From Heaven) salute Abbas Kiarostami, who passed away in Paris on Monday, July 4, 2016.

Abbas Kiarostami's final film, Like Someone In Love, was screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where in 1997 he shared Palme d'Or honours for Taste of Cherry with Shohei Imamura's The Eel.

Grégoire Hetzel: "Kiarostami forced entry into my childhood memories by retrospective invasion." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Grégoire Hetzel, Roberto Andò and Ed Lachman remember Abbas Kiarostami:

"Kiarostami is one of my most beloved filmmakers. On hearing the news of his loss, I was instantly reminded that his films like The Traveler, Homework, Where is the Friend's Home? »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Abbas Kiarostami’s Body Returns to Tehran, Iranian Filmmakers and Artists Gather to Pay Tribute

10 July 2016 10:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The film world has been mourning Abbas Kiarostami this week, and on Friday the filmmaker’s body was returned to his birthplace of Tehran. Kiarostami, who won the Palme d’Or in 1997 for “Taste of Cherry,” died of cancer last Monday, July 4 at his home in Paris; he was 76 at the time of his passing and had been an icon of world cinema for decades.

Read More: Abbas Kiarostami Remembered: Why He Was Iran’s Essential Filmmaker — Critic’s Notebook

His sons Ahmad and Bahman attended a funeral service in Paris on Friday, but Ahmad was unable to travel to Iran due to security concerns related to his involvement in dissident organizations. He asked all those who were able to attend that, “if you are going to say goodbye to my father, wear your best attire that would be appropriate for a celebration of my father’s productive and creative life. »

- Michael Nordine

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11 Good Movies to Watch This Month on Hulu

8 July 2016 4:06 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Satire, serial killers, swords, and Shannyn Sossamon.

I’m here to tell you that there’s a cinematic streaming goldmine available on Hulu that includes recent hits, older classics, domestic releases, and foreign imports. It’s even home to hundreds of Criterion titles (for now). Sure there’s plenty of filler and seemingly thousands of titles I’ve never heard of before, but I’m not here to talk about possible gems like Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell… I’m here to recommend some good movies to watch this month on Hulu.

Pick of the Month: In the Loop (2009)

These are rough, troubling, and disappointing times we’re living in, and while it’s no cure, laughter is most definitely a medicine for the blues. To that end, Armando Iannucci’s In the Loop — a feature film riff on his series, The Thick of It — is like an epic dose of comical vitamin C. Incredibly »

- Rob Hunter

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IndieWire’s Movie Podcast: Why Every Film Lover Should Know Abbas Kiarostami

8 July 2016 2:38 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We lost a legend this week with the death of legendary filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. Not every moviegoer may know his name, but anyone serious about this art form should. That’s one of the key points discussed in this week’s episode of Screen Talk, in which deputy editor and chief critic Eric Kohn is joined by senior film critic David Ehrlich (subbing for Anne Thompson, who’s on vacation). The duo also discuss Ehrlich’s recent experiences at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival and why Steven Spielberg’s “The Bfg” flopped at the box office.

Listen to the full episode above.

Screen Talk is available on iTunes. You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter or sound off in the comments. Browse previous installments here, review the show on and be sure to let us know if you’d like to »

- Indiewire Staff

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The Humanity and Hope of Abbas Kiarostami Explored in New Video Essay

8 July 2016 9:29 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With the recent passing of Abbas Kiarostami, fellow filmmakers and fans alike have been sharing their appreciation for one of cinema’s greatest directors. Now, a new video essay by our friend Scout Tafoya from No Film School titled “What Abbas Kiarostami Taught Us About Heaven” posits that Kiarostami proves “all around us is paradise; we just can’t appreciate it.” It also talks about modernity and Kiarostami’s fascination with technology, and how things such as earthquakes and excavations keep his characters apart, while simple things (e.g. cars and phones) force people to communicate.

It goes on to touch upon the dignified, respectful, childlike wonder of a woman’s visage staring at a movie in a darkened theater, the face a stand-in for our own as the enjoyment and power of the movie overtakes an onlooker. Kiarostami cared about these faces, and he hopes we do, too. He »

- Mike Mazzanti

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Jafar Panahi Remembers Abbas Kiarostami: ‘His Vision Will Live Forever’

7 July 2016 10:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Editor’s note: With the death of renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami over the weekend, IndieWire has been reaching out to some of his friends and collaborators to reflect on his significance. The following thoughts from fellow Iranian director Jafar Panahi — who is currently restricted to traveling within the country and banned from filmmaking by his government — were provided to IndieWire by way of journalist and translator Jamsheed Akrami. Panahi’s most recent film, “Taxi,” was released last year.

Mr. Kiarostami, My Teacher

My most vivid recollection of all the years I spent with Mr. Kiarostami is probably the first one. As an aspiring filmmaker, I desperately wanted to work with him. When I learned he was in preproduction for “Through the Olive Trees,” I just picked up the phone and left him a message saying that I was a film graduate employed by the Iranian Television and was interested »

- Indiewire Staff

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Abbas Kiarostami’s Next Career Move Would Have Taken the Director Away From Traditional Cinema

7 July 2016 6:56 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Abbas Kiarostami had one of the most acclaimed filmographies of any working director when he died Monday at the age of 76, but the godfather of the Iranian New Wave was expected to make a major change during the next chapter of his career by exploring more experimental work like art installations and performance art.

Read More: Here’s What It’s Like to Make A Short Film with Abbas Kiarostami in 10 Days

Kiarostami had told former MoMA senior curator Laurence Kardish, who first met the filmmaker at the Cannes Film Festival in 1992, that he was very serious about moving beyond traditional cinema and being accepted by the art world. “He was thinking about ways of expressing himself in installation art and performance,” Kardish told IndieWire, adding that Kiarostami had written multiple live performance pieces that resembled plays. “He was very interested in new modes of expression.” The filmmaker has also »

- Graham Winfrey

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