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The 10th edition of Asian Film Academy (Afa), an education program on filmmaking dedicated to mentoring Asian filmmakers, is calling for applications.
The Asian Film Academy will be held for 18 days from 25 September- 12 October, 2014 on the sidelines of Busan International Film Festival.
The deadline for the applications is April 30, 2014. The announcement for the application will be made on 10 July. Afa will be co-hosted by Dongseo University, Busan Film Commission and Busan International Film Festival.
After the online pre-production scheduled to take place from 1 August-24 September, selected participants will make short films during the program (25 September onwards).
Any person of Asian origin, of age greater than 18 and fluent in English, and has had experience in directing, producing, cinematography, editing, production design or sound in at least two short films is eligible for the program. The candidate must also not have attended any previous Afa and must be available for the all »
One of my favorite aspects of Abbas Kiarostami’s films is how thoroughly he realizes the world within and around his characters. You hear the “world of the film” used often to describe the visions of directors attendant to detail, but no other filmmaker manifests a world of the film at quite the intimate yet expansive scope that Kiarostami does. His films make the camera feel almost incidental, as if this is simply the character or the moment that Kiarostami decided to focus on amongst a great many incidents and possibilities happening around that character or that moment. The world of his films offers glimpses into the lives of supporting characters, any of whom could be the focus of a Kiarostami film all their own. Take his latest, Like Someone in Love, for example. At one point Akiko (Rin Tanakashi) has her cab driver circle a roundabout while she looks on at her grandmother at a transit »
- Landon Palmer
★★★★☆To coincide with the release of Mark Cousins' A Story of Children and Film (2013), Filmhouse Edinburgh are rolling out The Cinema of Childhood - a touring film season exposing audiences to some of the rarest film's covered in Cousins' passionate celebration of childhood and film. The season launches this week with Mohammad-Ali Talebi's Willow and Wind (1999), a poetic and beautifully realised allegory for the disquiet felt in Iran at the turn of the century. Written by Abbas Kiarostami, this simple tale of a young boy's quest to replace a pane of glass broken during a playground football match is transformed into an adventure of tremendous poignancy thanks to the brevity of Talebi's direction.
- CineVue UK
Abbas Kiarostami to head the Cinéfondation and Short Films jury.
With the Official Selection of features for the 67th Cannes Film Festival set to be revealed tomorrow (April 17), the line-up of Short Films has been unveiled in advance.
This year the Selection Committee received 3,450 short films, representing 128 production countries.
For the first time, an Azerbaijani and a Georgian film will take part in the Short Films Competition.
dir: Giovanni Aloi (Italy)
The Administration Of Glory
dir: Ran Huang (China)
dir: Dea Kulumbegashvili (Georgia)
dirs: Sato Masiko, Ohara Takayoshi, Seki Yutaro, Toyota Masayuki, Hirase Kentaro (Japan)
dir: Simón Mesa Soto (Colombia/UK)
The Last One
dir: Sergey Pikalov (Azerbaijan)
dir: Petra Szocs (Hungary/Romania)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Paris – A day ahead of the main competition films being announced for the Cannes Film Festival, the event's short film and Cinefondation juries, led by legendary filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, on Wednesday unveiled their selections. The short films section in Cannes will feature Giovanni Aloi’s A Passo D’Uomo (Italy), Ran Huang’s The Administration of Glory (China), Dea Kulumbegashvili’s Invisible Spaces (Georgia), Simon Mesa-Soto’s Leidi (Colombia and the U.K.), Sergey Pikalov’s The Last One (Azerbaijan), Petra Szocs’ The Execution (Hungary and Romania), Clement Trehin-Lalanne’s Aissa (France), Laura Wandel’s Les Corps Etrangers (Belgium), Hallvar Witzo’s Yes We Love
- Rhonda Richford
A boy's quest to repair the school window he broke with a football is a trance-like wonder that beautifully conveys the vulnerability of childhood
This unclassifiably mysterious picture from Iran, first released in 2000, and scripted by Abbas Kiarostami and directed by Mohammad-Ali Talebi, is part of the roadshow season of films mentioned in Mark Cousins's personal cine-essay A Story of Children and Film. It really is quietly bizarre, yet never behaves as if it is anything other than a realist study of a small child's woes. In fact, it is utterly unreal, like a lucid dream, of such stark plainness that it seems like a quest fable from the middle ages. Talebi's other films, such as Bag of Rice (1998) and The Boot (1993) have similar "quest" motifs, and they are perhaps indicative of the way in which Iranian film-makers found childlike parables to be a way of avoiding state scrutiny and censorship. »
- Peter Bradshaw
The first time we see Scarlett Johansson in Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin, she’s naked. In an all-white no-space, she takes the clothes off another girl—whose eyes are open and leaking tears but whose body is lifeless—for herself. Piece by piece, from belt to stockings to panties and back dressed up again, she takes over this other being’s character without a word. There are very few words throughout the film; most of the action, at least Johansson’s, can be described as looking. In fact, the majority of the first half of the film is this not-Scarlett driving a van around Scotland, looking—in effect, cruising.
In what I can only understand as an inheritance from Abbas Kiarostami, Glazer roots this “cruising” sequence of the film in a largely static mise-en-sceneof blunt actuality. When not focused on Johansson from one of the artful-odd angles around the cab of the van, »
- Ryland Walker Knight
For the past forty years, Abbas Kiarostami has been the biggest force in the Iranian filmmaking industry, making such heralded films as "Close-Up," "Where is the Friend's Home?," and "Ten." Honored by numerous film festivals and other organizations, he's one of the true greats of modern cinema. For the next two weeks, Kiarostami will appear at Syracuse University as a Visiting Artist, and will work with undergraduate and graduate students at the College of Visual and Performing Arts to produce a short film. Among the other events scheduled are screenings of his films "Taste of Cherry," "Certified Copy," and "Like Someone in Love." Indiewire was present at the screening of the Palme d'Or-winning "Taste of Cherry," in which a man drives around Tehran looking for someone to bury him following his suicide. Here are ten highlights from Kiarostami's post-screening Q&A. Opening statement. "I don't believe in having to talk »
- Max O'Connell
Mark Cousins is a man who knows his cinema. His impressive encyclopaedic knowledge of cinema makes his films a must see for any cinephile. HeyUGuys spoke to Mark ahead of the release of A Story of Children and Film, a study of the relationship between children and cinema.
A Story of Children and Film is very similar to The Story of Film in style. What made you decide to choose children as a subject matter?
Well I didn’t intend to choose children to be honest, I was determined not to make another film about cinema, because A Story of Film had taken 6 years and I was tired. But even to relax, I have a little camera and I shoot stuff, and I was shooting stuff with my niece and nephew in my flat, and you know sometimes when you switch off, that’s when you’re brain starts to go, »
- Nia Childs
The Moon, the opposite of the sun, hovers over us by night, the opposite of day.
And indeed, when Matahi chases after her, the moon spreads its path on the sea.
He runs and swims after her, moving faster than a normal human being, defying the laws of gravity.
Miraculously, he catches up to the boat.
Thus, he must die, sinking back into a void…
…while ghost ships linger on in the distance…
…carrying another hopeless romantic, and a moving corpse—A second Nosferatu.
The moon is absent in Murnau’s earlier film, made nearly ten years before Tabu, but it is in the one he made nearly five years after Nosferatu, when George O’Brien leaves his wife for a midnight rendezvous with another woman.
And indeed, »
- Neil Bahadur
Cannes has selected Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami (“Certified Copy,” “Like Someone In Love”) to be president of the Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury at the 2014 edition of the fest, running May 14-25.Also serving on the jury are directors Noémie Lvovsky of France (“Camille redouble”), Daniela Thomas of Brazil (“Linha de passé”), Mahamat-Saleh Haroun of Chad (“Grigris”) and Joachim Trier of Norway (“Oslo, August 31”).They will be awarding three prizes to films submitted by students from film schools around the globe, which will be presented in the Cinéfondation Selection, to be announced at a later date.Meanwhile, the Cinéfondation prizes will be announced May 22, with the Short Film Palme d’Or to be awarded on May 24.Jane Campion is set to be the feature film jury president. »
- Beth Hanna
The 2014 Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury at the Cannes film festival will be headed by acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami.
He will be accompanied by French director, screenwriter and actress Noémie Lvovsky, Brazilian director and visual artist Daniela Thomas, Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and Nowegian director Joachim Trier.
They will be tasked with awarding three prizes to films submitted by students from film schools the world over, which will be presented in the Cinéfondation Selection, to be announced at a later date.
The Jury will also decide the Short Film Palme d’or to be awarded in the award ceremony on May 24.
Kiarostami has presented a number of his films at Cannes, including five in Competition: Through the Olive Trees (1994), Taste of Cherry (Palme d’or 1997), Ten (2002), Certified Copy (2010) and Like Someone in Love (2012).
Paris – Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami is returning to Cannes in 2014, this time as the president of the short film and Cinefondation jury. The Palme d’Or-winning director will head the five-member jury of Noemie Lvovsky, Mahamat-Saleh Haround, Joachim Trier, and Daniela Thomas. Photos: 50 Never-Before-Seen Portraits From Cannes (Exclusives) Kiarostami’sTaste of Cherry won the festival’s top prize in 1997, while his other works have consistently appeared in competition, with Ten in 2002, Like Someone in Love in 2012, and Certified Copy, which won Juliette Binoche the best actress prize, in 2010. He was a member
- Rhonda Richford
Paris – Renowned Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami will preside the Cannes Festival’s Cinefondation and Short Films jury, whose other members are French hyphenate Noemie Lvovsky and three directors: Brazil’s Daniela Thomas, Chad’s Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and Norway’s Joachim Trier.
The Jury will announce its Cinefondation Selection prizes on Thursday, May 22, and Cannes’ best short the following Saturday.
A seminal director who broke through with the 1987-1994 “Koker Trilogy,” and won Cannes’ Palme d’Or with 1997’s “Taste of Cherry,” Kiarostami was instrumental in helping to convince established film industry that not just good but great directors could come from any part of the world, which is much the spirit of the Cinefondation where 15 to 20 shorts and medium-length films – chosen from more than 1,600 applications – from students at film schools in 41 countries spread over the planet compete for its First, Second and Third prizes at the Cinefondation Selection.
Having won, »
- John Hopewell
Abbas Kiarostami is to head the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury of the 67th Cannes Film Festival.
The Iranian director and screenwriter has been nominated for the Palme d’Or five times and won in 1997 with Taste of Cherry.
They will be tasked with awarding three prizes to films submitted by students from film schools around the world, which will be presented in the Cinéfondation Selection, to be announced at a later date.
The Cinéfondation Prizes will be announced by the Jury on May 22, at a ceremony to be followed by a screening of the winning films.
The Jury will also decide the Short Film Palme d’or to be awarded at the prize-giving ceremony on May 24.
Kiarostami rose to international fame with Where is the Friend’s Home (1987) and went on to present »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: May 20, 2014
Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.95
At first glance, his sly 2012 drama Like Someone in Love, which finds the filmmaker in Tokyo, may appear to be among Kiarostami’s most straightforward films. Yet with this simple story of the growing bond between a young part-time call girl (Rin Takanashi) and a grandfatherly client (Tadashi Okuno), Kiarostami has constructed an enigmatic but crystalline investigation of affection and desire as complex as his masterful Close-up and Certified Copy in its engagement with the workings of the mercurial human heart.
Like Someone in Love was released to theaters around the world in 2012 and 2013 following its premiere at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Presented in Japanese with English subtitles, »
Another month, another reason to break open the piggy bank as The Criterion Collection unleashes another slate of films. And this May, they are unveiling their usual mix of classic titles, foreign fare and contemporary faves. First up, Howard Hawks' western "Red River" starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift arrives in a couple of different cuts. The 90-odd minute theatrical cut—the director's preferred version—gets the full blown 4K restoration, while the longer, two-hour-plus version gets the 2K treatment, and both are included. As for the extras, it's mostly a slew of interviews providing more context to the 1948 film. Abbas Kiarostami's odd tale of romance between an elderly professor, "Like Someone In Love," gets the wacky C treatment. It will be a fairly bare bones affair, with a 45-minute documentary providing the meat of the extra material. Capping off the unusually lean month for Criterion are a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Criterion has announced their lineup of new releases for May 2015 and leading the way is Howard Hawks' Red River (5/27) starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift. I've only seen Red River once and it was not an impressive transfer so I'm really looking forward to seeing what Criterion has done with this new 4K digital restoration of the original theatrical release version, plus a 2K restoration of the longer version, though the original is said to be Hawks' preferred cut. Additionally the release includes new interviews with Peter Bogdanovich, critic Molly Haskell and western scholar Lee Clark Mitchell and more. Get the full details here. The next release I'm most interested in is Stuart Cooper's 1975 film Overlord (5/13), which is getting a Blu-ray upgrade after being released on Criterion DVD back in 2007. The film apparently interweaves archival war footage and a fictional narrative as it follows one twenty-year-old's journey from »
- Brad Brevet
Sometimes a career made up of rich, complex work can arrive at a masterpiece so simple it seems strange to place it on the same pedestal as what came before. After years of amazing works in narrative cinema, Abbas Kiarostami's Five (2003) seems so unambitious—and yet, for me, it is his most pure, moving film. The same can be said of Tsai Ming-liang's Journey to the West, which runs under an hour, the sixth of a (sort-of) series following Lee Kang-sheng's slow-walking monk (that first appeared in Walker, and most recently in Walking in Water)—and now a dormant Denis Lavant that eventually joins in on the slow-mo journey. A remix of sorts of the Chinese myth of the same name transported to nooks and crannies of Marseille, the film's supposed mini-discourse on East-meets-West, was, admittedly, hardly my entry point into the film. Rather, it was the film's immediate, »
- Adam Cook
The Criterion Collection has announced two new titles and three Blu-ray upgrades set for release in May. Check out the new cover art along with a full list of extra features for each in the gallery viewer below! Debuting in the collection are both Howard Hawks and Arthur Rosson 1948 western classic Red River and Abbas Kiarostami's 2012 drama Like Someone in Love while HD upgrades of earlier Criterion releases include Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole , Stuart Cooper's Overlord and Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (the only film left from the director that hasn't been issued in HD). Special features for the new releases are listed as follows: Red River - New 4K digital restoration of the rarely presented original theatrical release version, the »
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