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11 items from 2017


An Open Letter to President Trump: Watch Some Iranian Movies, They’re Good For You

7 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Dear President Trump,

On a recent Saturday, as you were watching your first movie in the White House, an unprecedented wave of protests swept across the country in opposition to your decision to impose a ban on visitors from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

I am not going to focus on the striking irony of foreign travelers being detained in the U.S. airports as you were enjoying Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” the story of a migrant fish detained in this country and aided by aquatic friends of different colors to find her parents.

Instead, I would like to bring to your attention an event of a smaller scale that was eclipsed by the news of the national uproar over your travel ban: the limited opening of an Iranian film, “The Salesman,” inspired by an American play to rave reviews and strong box office numbers.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong »

- Eric Kohn

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Us Briefs: Sundance, Will and Jada Smith announce two-year pact

23 January 2017 11:44 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

In a two-year commitment with the Sundance Institute unveiled in Park City on Monday, The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation will support the Institute’s Screenwriters Intensive and year-round work with diverse independent filmmakers and artists.

The Screenwriters Intensive is part of the Institute’s Feature Film Program and provides ten emerging screenwriters from underrepresented communities the opportunity to participate in a two-day workshop focused on the creative process.

The Initiative encompasses efforts to reach new communities of storytellers and artists across regions, genres, ethnicities, genders and orientations.

“Sundance is proud to work with storytellers from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, both at the festival and in our artist development programmes,” said Keri Putnam, executive director of Sundance Institute. “We are so grateful for the generous support of The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation. Together, we will build momentum and awareness about the need to create a film and media landscape that reflects the full »

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Iranian Filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami to Receive WGA International Screenwriting Honor

23 January 2017 10:53 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami will receive the Writers Guild of America, West's 2017 Jean Renoir Award for International Screenwriting Achievement. 

The late Iranian writer-director, who passed away in July, was known for such films as Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us and his Koker trilogy, among others. Kiarostami was a pioneer of the Iranian New Wave and also was an accomplished photographer and painter. His last film was 2012’s Like Someone in Love, a romantic drama set in Japan, which was nominated for a Palme d’Or at Cannes.

His son, Ahmad Kiarostami, will accept the guild’s honorary award on his »

- Mia Galuppo

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Abbas Kiarostami Honored by Writers Guild of America West

23 January 2017 10:41 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Writers Guild of America West has selected the late Iranian screenwriter-director Abbas Kiarostami as the recipient of the Jean Renoir Award for International Screenwriting Achievement.

The filmmaker, who died last July, will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Feb. 19. His son, Ahmad Kiarostami, will accept the  award on his father’s behalf.

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Abbas Kiarostami was, as Martin Scorsese put it, ‘one of those rare artists with a special knowledge of the world,'” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman. “As a founding father of the New Iranian Cinema, Kiarostami navigated tricky political and cultural terrains with courage and grace. Yet the impact of his work – and his life – is felt far outside the borders of his native land. Kiarostami’s films were fiction, were documentary, were transcendent. He expanded cinematic narrative for all of us, »

- Dave McNary

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Berlinale Adds New Films Starring Catherine Deneuve, Geoffrey Rush

20 January 2017 6:57 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New films from Stanley Tucci, Martin Provost and China’s Liu Jian complete the Berlinale’s competition lineup and will see their world premieres at the next month’s festival.

Only Liu’s film, the animated “Have a Nice Day,” will actually compete for the Golden Bear. “Final Portrait”, Tucci’s biopic of Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti with actor Geoffrey Rush, and “Midwife,” starring Catherine Frot and Catherine Deneuve, are part of the official competition section but will not actually vie for the main awards.

In all, the competition lineup features 24 films, all but two of which will have their world premieres at the festival and 18 of which will compete for the prestigious Golden and Silver Bears.

The festival also announced the Berlinale Special, which will once again present a selection of television series as part of the official program. It marks the third time TV programming has featured at Berlin, »

- Robert Mitchell

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Berlin sets competition, adds Amazon and BBC drama premieres

20 January 2017 5:32 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Stanley Tucci, Catherine Deneuve dramas join competition; TV dramas and Oleg Sentsov doc set to get world premiere.

The Berlin International Film Festival has finalised its competition and Berlinale Special strands.

Joining the festival in Out Of Competition berths are Stanley Tucci-directed Final Portrait and Catherine Deneuve drama Sage Femme.

James Gray’s The Lost City Of Z will have its interntional premiere while documentary The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov will have its world premiere.

Among TV world premieres are Amazon’s Patriot and BBC One’s SS-gb.

In total, 18 of the 24 films selected for Competitionwill be competing for the Golden and the Silver Bears. 22 of the films will have their world premieres at the festival.

For the third time, Berlinale Special Series will present a selection of TV series in the official programme. Six German and international productions will have their world premieres at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele this year »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Berlin finalises competition, adds TV premieres

20 January 2017 5:32 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Stanley Tucci, Catherine Deneuve dramas join competition; TV dramas and Oleg Sentsov doc set to get world premiere.

The Berlin International Film Festival has finalised its competition and Berlinale Special strands.

Joining the competition are

18 of the 24 films selected for Competition will be competing for the Golden and the Silver Bears. 22 of the films will have their world premieres at the festival.

The Berlinale Special will present recent works by contemporary filmmakers, documentaries, and extraordinary formats, as well as brand new series from around the world.

Berlinale Special Galas will be held at the Friedrichstadt-Palast and Zoo Palast. Other Special premieres will take place at the Kino International. Moderated discussions will follow the screenings at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

For the third time, Berlinale Special Series will present a selection of TV series in the official programme. Six German and international productions will have their world premieres at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele this year. Audiences »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Abbas Kiarostami to be Honored as Art Basel Expands Film Component

17 January 2017 4:25 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cinema will take a center stage at Art Basel, the giant Swiss art fair that holds its Hong Kong edition in Spring. It is due to be held place shortly after FilMart and the Asian Film Awards.

In addition to its existing film activities, the Swiss fair Tuesday announced that it will introduce the Kabinett sector to the Hong Kong show. Abbas Kiarostami, the Iranian auteur who died last year, will be commemorated through an exhibition of his final photography series, presented by Rossi & Rossi gallery.

The impact of early cinema on the tradition of Chinese opera will be examined in works by Singaporean artist Ming Wong, while Hong Kong’s Lee Kit will present video installation “It Was a Cinema” (2016.) China’s Wang Qingsong will show a five-minute video work called “Happy Bed” (2014.) Most works on show at the fair are for sale.

Adeline Ooi, Art Basel’s director Asia, »

- Vivienne Chow

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Movie Poster of the Week: “Singin’ in the Rain” and 2016 In Memoriam

14 January 2017 12:03 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

December 28, 2016. R.I.P. Debbie Reynolds, actress and singer. Age 84.There is a nice moment in the documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds where Carrie’s brother Todd is showing the filmmakers a wall in his living room that tells the story of his mother’s life through movie posters. When Debbie Reynolds passed away on December 28—the day after her daughter Carrie in what was certifiably the last straw of 2016— I tried to find a great poster to commemorate her, but I couldn’t find anything really worthy of her (she was rarely the star of her own posters for one thing). I had forgotten, however, about this lovely Italian poster for Singing’ in the Rain which captures her as the burst of sunshine she always was.More often than I would have liked last year I found myself using my Movie Poster of the Day Tumblr as a memorial, »

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New to Streaming: ‘Cameraperson,’ ‘Aquarius,’ ‘Christine,’ ‘It Follows,’ and More

13 January 2017 8:46 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Aquarius (Kleber Mendonça Filho)

The staggeringly accomplished debut feature by Brazilian critic-turned-director Kleber Mendonça Filho, Neighboring Sounds, announced the arrival of a remarkable new talent in international cinema. Clearly recognizable as the work of the same director, Mendonça’s equally assertive follow-up, Aquarius, establishes his authorial voice as well as his place as one of the most eloquent filmic commentators on the contemporary state of Brazilian society. – Giovanni M. »

- The Film Stage

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2017: #49. Abbas Kiarostami’s 24 Frames

5 January 2017 8:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

24 Frames

Director: Abbas Kiarostami

Writer: Abbas Kiarostami

Passing away at the age of 76 in July of 2016, the cinematic community mourned the surprise loss of Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami, who had been working on several projects, including a proposed narrative film set in China and a project set in Apulia which he co-wrote with Jean-Claude Carriere..

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- Nicholas Bell

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