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One of the key events in Africa and the Arab world, the Marrakech Fest has a large ability to attract significant actors and directors in a context where they are willing to talk to some length and with easier access about their careers. This year is no exception.
The 2015 edition will also pay tribute to Atom Egoyan, who will preside a Canadian delegation at the festival.
“The personalities receiving tributes and delivering masterclasses at the 15th edition represent, between them, a beacon of hope for the future, »
- Emiliano De Pablos
In today's roundup: A conversation about films by—and recommended by—Pedro Costa; the work of Gena Rowlands, film by film; Nelson George on Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman's documentary about Ousmane Sembene; an appreciation of Satyajit Ray; Aki Kaurismäki Day at DC's; interviews with Abbas Kiarostami and Sean Baker; a new book on Dario Argento's Suspiria; a call to save Anne Carlisle and Slava Tsukerman's Liquid Sky; fashion by Kenneth Anger; Illeana Douglas on Robert De Niro; and Francesca Coppola's Jonny Come Lately, featuring Deragh Campbell, Kentucker Audley and Evan Louison, has premiered online at Filmmaker (18'43"). » - David Hudson »
It’s suntory time folks. Park-Chan Wook, Abbas Kiarostami and Fatih Akin will be giving master classes while two members of the Team Zissou faction in Willem Dafoe and Bill Murray will be honored with career tributes at the upcoming 2015 Marrakech Int. Film Fest (December 4th to the 12th). The star-studded attendees already include a who’s who jury. Dafoe has Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall, Hector Babenco’s My Hindu Friend and Tommy Wirkola’s What Happened to Monday? coming up while Murray has recently added a brand pair to his filmography with Barry Levinson’s Rock the Kasbah (a subpar effort from the director) and Sofia Coppola’s star-studded side project between features in A Very Murray Christmas. »
- Eric Lavallee
The 15th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival will include "master classes" with world cinema titans Fatih Akin ("The Edge of Heaven"), Abbas Kiarostami ("Certified Copy," above), and Park Chan-Wook ("Oldboy"), continuing its tradition of attracting major figures such as Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola. This year's festival runs from Dec. 4 to Dec. 12. Read More: "Scorsese's Marrakech International Film Festival Jury Winners Led by 'Han Gong-Ju' (Trailer)" In addition, Marrakech will pay tribute to performers Willem Dafoe, Bill Murray, and India's Madhuri Dixit; Moroccan filmmaker Kamal Derakaoui, and The Candian Cinema, with Atom Egoyan ("The Sweet Hereafter") presiding over the delegation. Marrakech may be long distance, but this line-up is enough to tempt anyone to book a last-minute ticket. »
- Matt Brennan
Jonathan Rosenbaum's posted entries on three of the films on the Asian Cinema 100 list: Lee Chang-dong's Poetry, Abbas Kiarostami's The Wind Will Carry Us and Edward Yang's A Brighter Summer Day. Also in today's roundup: A guide to Alfred Hitchcock's "visual proclivities," two interviews with John Carpenter and one with Sion Sono, Charles Mudede on why Alien is not a horror movie, Mike D'Angelo on what makes It Follows an instant classic of the genre and news of projects in the works: Jennifer Jason Leigh joins Twin Peaks, Adrian Lyne returns to direct Nicole Kidman—and more. » - David Hudson »
Martin Scorsese lit up the Lumiere Film Festival, receiving the festival’s tribute award on Friday night. Emily Mortimer, Berenice Bejo, Michel Hazanavicius, Clemence Poesey, Francois Cluzet, Max von Sydow, and Jane Birkin were among those that joined festival director Thierry Fremaux in his hometown of Lyon to honor the legendary director. Salma Hayek presented him with the award. Hayek’s husband Francois Pinault, who heads luxury group Kering and supports Scorsese’s film restoration group The Film Foundation through its Gucci brand, was also in attendance. Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami was also in attendance. The Palme d’Or winner debuted a short film he
- Rhonda Richford
Lyon, France — An echo of his prolific career, colorful personality and enduring passion for movies, Martin Scorsese was celebrated by an impressive delegation of French and international film figures on Friday night in Lyon, where he received the Lumiere tribute.
The ceremony was emceed by Thierry Fremaux, the artistic director and general delegate of both Cannes and Lyon Lumiere film festivals. Fremaux, who created the festival seven years ago with vet French helmer Bertrand Tavernier to showcase heritage films, said the pair had dreamt of honoring Scorsese even since the festival was launched.
“This festival was created to celebrate the history of cinema, as well as passion and knowledge and Martin Scorsese embodies all these things in an absolute way,” Fremaux told Variety before the fest kicked off. Previous Lumiere tributes were awarded to Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodovar and Clint Eastwood.
Like a rock star, Scorsese walked into the jam-packed »
- Elsa Keslassy
Read More: New Book Explores Contemporary Iranian Cinema Having pointed the spotlight on the cinema of Turkey, Sweden, Brazil and India in previous editions, the Zurich Film Festival continued its traditional "New World View" section by focusing on the recent work of Iran's young talent. Iranian cinema conjures many indelible images and notable filmmakers: Abbas Kiarostami's documentary-fiction hybrids, Jafar Panahi's militant neorealist beginnings, Mohsen and Samira Makhmalbaf's rebellious tales of an upset population, Asgar Farhadi's provocative moral conundrums, and the political symbolism of Dariush Mehrjui. In other words, it opens up an incredibly rich history of filmmaking whose constant potency — especially given the country's severe restrictive policies on culture – make it one of the major epicenters of Middle Eastern cinema. Under constant threat of state censorship, Iranian filmmaking has shown little signs of waning, but it continues to battle an oppressive »
- James Berclaz-Lewis
Riding in Cars with Directors: Panahi’s Continued Cinema of Resistance
Sanctioned Iranian auteur Jafar Panahi’s Taxi took home the 2015 Berlin Film Festival’s top prize, the Golden Bear, is the third consecutive secret project from the filmmaker, still in the early stages of his twenty year ban from directing. The global cinematic audience has vehemently championed Panahi’s compromised works he’s valiantly managed to assemble and sneak out of the country, beginning with 2010’s angry This is Not a Film and the equally ruminative Closed Curtain in 2013.
Surprisingly, his latest projection is quite jovial by comparison, perhaps due to Panahi’s ability to adapt to these filmmaking prohibitions, replacing his standing prison with a mobile one this time around, roving around Iran within the confines and anonymity afforded transportation vehicles. Potentially inspired by fellow Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who frequently films sequences in moving vehicles, including the entirety of his 2002 film Ten, »
- Nicholas Bell
James Quandt in the new issue of Artforum on Jafar Panahi's Taxi: "That the director of such teeming, expansive works as The Circle (2000) and Offside (2006) should find himself limited to the confines of a car may seem lamentable, but Taxi has illustrious cab-bound ancestors, most obviously Ten (2002) by Panahi’s mentor, Abbas Kiarostami, as well as Jim Jarmusch’s Night on Earth (1991). And with the intrepid Panahi in the driver’s seat as both novice cabbie and veteran filmmaker, spatial restrictions predictably provide ample opportunity for formal innovation." Also today: David Bordwell on Edmund Goulding's Nightmare Alley, La Furia Umana on Manoel de Oliveira—and more. » - David Hudson »
Read More: Berlin Review: Jafar Panahi's 'Taxi' is a Unique Cinematic Masterpiece Despite living in Tehran with a 20-year ban from filmmaking, Jafar Panahi continues to produce at a more prodigious rate than most other filmmakers. "Taxi," Panahi's third feature film since his arrest by the Iranian state, sees the defiant director posing as a humble cab driver. "Taxi" is a snapshot of modern Iran, filmed entirely with dashboard cameras. While Panahi's 2011 self-reflexive "This is Not a Film" was made under house arrest, "Taxi" depicts a more mobile and playful Panahi as he continues to creatively maneuver around his ban from filmmaking. Perhaps taking after his Iranian counterpart, Abbas Kiarostami, who has also explored the public/private space of the automobile in films like "Ten," Panahi appears set to once again blur the boundaries between what is real and what is staged in "Taxi." The humorous »
- Tarek Shoukri
Everywhere you look, filmmakers are talking about how they make films — from behind-the-scenes featurettes for each episode of a cable series to now-ubiquitous YouTube interviews with directors of even the most artless action movies. So perhaps it’s no wonder that the most august of fests, the 53rd New York Film Festival, is presenting documentaries on filmmakers Brian De Palma, Nora Ephron, Haskell Wexler, Robert Frank, Jia Zhang-ke and even one-time producer Ingrid Bergman. It’s a bigger reflexive lineup than at any Nyff in recent memory.
No film embodies this trend better than “Hitchcock/Truffaut,” which examines the two legendary auteurs through interviews with Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Richard Linklater and other filmmakers. Yet in a strange twist, despite garnering acclaim in Cannes, Telluride and Toronto, it was overtly snubbed by Nyff’s director, Kent Jones — who also happens to be the director of “Hitchcock/Truffaut.”
As Jones wryly notes, »
- Gregg Goldstein
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.Above: Xiao Kang, a new short film by Tsai Ming-liang starring Lee Kang-shen, made as a trailer for the 2015 Viennale.Fall festival season is about to begin, and our local favorite Mill Valley Film Festival (October 8 - 18) has revealed its lineup, which includes such Notebook favorites as 45 Years, The Assassin, and Taxi.Speaking of festivals, the New York Film Festival is set to begin this weekend, and Notebook contributor Ricky D'Ambrose is premiering a new short there.Above: terrific fan posters for films by Hong Sang-soo made by Choi jee-woong. (Coincidentally, in the Us we're currently showing Hong's In Another Country and The Day He Arrives.)We love it when A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis dig into the contemporary movie climate at the New York Times. And we love even »
Venice – U.S.-based Iranian auteur Amir Naderi (“The Runner”), who is a Venice fest aficionado, will shoot his first feature in Italian, titled “Mountain,” set in a semi-abandoned village at the foothills of an Alpine peak. It follows his Japan-set “The Cut,” and “Vegas: Based on a True Story,” in competition on the Lido in 2008.
“The Cut,” which was an homage to yakuza movies, opened the fest’s Horizons section in 2011. Nader was also in Venice last year with “Mise En scene: A Conversation with Arthur Penn,” which was in the fest’s classics section.
The highly symbolic “Mountain” is set centuries ago in a village under Mount Latemar, in Italy’s Alto Adige region, where a farmer and his wife struggle with the fact that the 2,500-meter tall peak keeps the sun from shining on their crops.
“The film is one hundred percent in Italian, though, like my other movies, »
- Nick Vivarelli
South Korea’s 20th Busan International Film Festival (Biff) has announced iconic Taiwanese actress and filmmaker Sylvia Chang will lead this year’s New Currents jury.
The Golden Bear-nominated 20 30 40, which Chang directed and acted in, screened in Busan’s A Window on Asian Cinema section in 2004.
Joining her on the jury: Indian director Anurag Kashyap, whose critically-acclaimed innovative works include Black Friday, Dev.D and Gangs of Wasseypur I & II; German actress Nastassja Kinski, whose films include Roman Polanski’s Tess and Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas; Korean director Kim Tae-yong, whose films include Memento Mori, Family Ties and Late Autumn; and Village Voice chief film critic Stephanie Zacharek.
The jury will award $30,000 each to two films in the competition for new Asian directors.
Biff will run Oct 1-10 with the Asian Film Market running Oct 3-6 this year.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean Noh)
The “Asian Cinema 100” initiative was a joint venture by the festival and the Busan Cinema Center. They called on the opinions of 73 prominent film professionals including film critics such as Jonathan Rosenbaum, Tony Rayns and Hasumi Shigehiko, as well as festival programmers, and film directors Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Bong Joon-ho and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Each was asked to recommend his top 10 films. That resulted in 113 selections and 106 directors (including joint rankings) for the final 100 list.
The festival will screen the top 10 films (actually 11, including equally ranked titles) and also publish a book.
Busan said it will repeat the exercise every five years. »
- Patrick Frater
In the aftermath of the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran, the Zurich Film Festival will make Iran the guest country of its New World View section, which will spotlight the latest generation of Iranian filmmakers.
The nuclear deal was hammered out in the Swiss city of Geneva.
The Swiss fest will showcase a dozen new features and docus by young Iranian filmmakers, who “despite strict state controls and censorship” have taken it upon themselvs “to tackle and question in an intelligent and entertaining manner the burning topics and taboos occupying Iranian society today,” it said in a statement.
While Iranian cinema draws international attention largely due to established names like Abbas Kiarostami (“Taste of Cherry”), Asghar Farhadi (“A Separation”) and Jafar Panahi, who won this year’s Berlin fest top prize for “Taxi,” Zurich aims to provide a platform for emerging Iranian helmers.
This younger generation includes hot young auteur Shahram Mokri, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Festival to highlight features and docs from the new generation of Iranian filmmakers.
The 11th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 24 - Oct 4) has named Iran as the guest country in its New World View section.
The programme will contain around 12 new features and documentaries from the latest generation of Iranian filmmakers.
The New World View section will also include an Iranian short film block. Further details regarding the programme have yet to be announced.
Iran has garnered international attention through the work of auteurs including Palme d’Or winner Abbas Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry), Oscar-winner Asghar Farhadi (A Separation) and Jafar Panahi, who won the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlinale with Taxi.
Taking the lead from those masters - and in spite of strict state controls and censorship - the latest generation of Iranian filmmakers tackle taboos in their current society. »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
With the continual rise of social networking and apps like Skype, what has become of the “long distance relationship”? At the click of a mouse or the touch of anyone’s iPhone screen, you can be in touch with a loved one in mere seconds. Gone are the days of waiting anxiously to receive a letter or even the short amount of time one would take to get an e-mail. What is the nature of the modern long distance relationship?
That’s the question that director Carlos Marques-Marcet tries to dig deeply into in his newest film, entitled 10,000 km. The film introduces us to a loving young couple, Alexandra and Sergi, in the midst of making love. They’ve decided to try and have a child, only to, in the same roughly 20 minute long opening take, discover that Alexandra has been offered a gig 10,000 km away in La. Both have been moonlighting as teachers, »
- Joshua Brunsting
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.Above: Nastassja Kinski & Jean-Pierre Léaud are on the poster for the 2015 Venice Film Festival.At the New York Times, A.O. Scott and Manohla Dargis are in dialogue reflecting on feminism and summer movies.There's a new festival in the works from producer/distributor Karin Chien, critic/curator Shelly Kraicer, and filmmaker/anthropologist J.P. Sniadecki: "Cinema on the Edge! Bestof the Beijing Indie Film Festival." With the 2014 Biff thwarted, these three are essentially transposing the festival and its films to New York this summer. They've launched a Kickstarter to support the venture.Above: Lauren Bacall in a 1943 issue of Harper's Bazaar. Via bettybecallbeauty.Film Comment's latest issue is out, and much of it is available to read online, including Kent Jones on Horse Money, reports from Cannes and Tribeca, »
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