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4 items from 2016

Watch Abbas Kiarostami’s 1989 Feature ‘Homework’

21 January 2016 10:52 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While perusing YouTube the other night — I can’t remember what, exactly, I was looking for, what with the site’s rabbit-hole effect yet again in play — I came across a full, subtitled copy of Abbas Kiarostami‘s Homework. There’s a good chance that you haven’t seen it, which isn’t a sign of its quality: this 1989 feature is like much of his work for being fairly well-regarded and widely unavailable, and, as far as I can tell, lacking in any proper rights-holding.

So although I’d normally be hesitant about sharing a full-length copy of any film — and YouTube is full of can’t-possibly-be-legal uploads that clearly go unregulated — this makes for a special exemption. It helps to have something that’s both rather good on its own and representative of a crossroads for Kiarostami. As the feature produced between Where Is the Friend’s Home? and Close-Up, »

- Nick Newman

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #25. Abbas Kiarostami’s 24 Frames Before and After Lumiere

12 January 2016 11:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

24 Frames Before and After Lumiere

Director: Abbas Kiarostami

Writer: Abbas Kiarostami

We’ve been expecting an update on Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami’s mysterious Chinese project for some time now, and after a recent masterclass at this year’s Marrakech Film Festival, the director unveiled some news. The Chinese project, titled Walking in the Wind, he hopes to begin lensing in May, 2016 with a lead Iranian actress. But in the meantime, he’s completed a compilation project titled 24 Frames Before and After Lumiere, comprised of twenty-four four and a half minute films he’s been directing over the last three years.

Cast: Na

Production Co./Producers: Na

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Tbd (domestic) Tbd (international).

Release Date: Kiarostami aims to have the film ready for mid-2016, so chances are high this may appear in some form at Cannes, perhaps as an out-of-competition selection. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Berlin Film Festival Adds Nine Films to Competition Lineup

11 January 2016 4:20 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Berlin Film Festival has added another nine titles to its competition lineup, including Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Commune,” Danis Tanovic’s “Death in Sarajevo,” Andre Techine’s “Being 17” and Mia Hansen-Love’s “Things to Come.”

Danish helmer Vinterberg is best known for “The Celebration,” which was BAFTA and Golden Globes nominated, and won Cannes’ Jury Prize, and “The Hunt,” which picked up nominations at the Globes, BAFTAs and Oscars.

“The Commune,” whose ensemble cast is lead by Trine Dyrholm and Ulrich Thomsen, centers on the clash between personal desires, solidarity and tolerance in a commune in the 70s. TrustNordisk is handling international sales.

Bosnian director Tanovic is best known for “No Man’s Land,” which won best screenplay at Cannes, and a Golden Globe and an Oscar for best foreign-language film. “Death in Sarajevo,” which is being sold by The Match Factory, is based on a play, “Hotel Europe, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Joshua’s Top Ten Films Of 2015

4 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

It’s that time of year. Sleigh bells have been rung, gifts have been given and we have officially closed the door on what was 2015. A year that saw us once again take a journey into a galaxy far, far away, revisit the post apocalyptic landscape of Mad Max and the ever expanding reach of world and documentary cinema, 2015 has been one of the greatest of film years, arguably the very best since 2007 (probably cinema’s greatest year?) and as one has likely already one hundred top [insert arbitrary number] films list, why not make it one hundred and one? Be it a group of young women attempting to break free of the backwards patriarchy that has them oppressed or a bravura, epic-length satire from one of world cinema’s foremost artists, these are the ten best films that 2015 had to offer.

Honorable mention: Have you heard about this new thing called television? »

- Joshua Brunsting

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