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In 2009 when Mumbai Film Festival wanted to screen Lars von Trier’s Antichrist, the world sales agent advised the festival to get an Noc from Palador Pictures, an Indian “world cinema” company. Palador had pre-booked its Indian rights that it never exercised for obvious reasons.
In 2008, the festival director had to spend hours convincing the Indian distributor of 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 days (the 2007 Palme d’Or winning Romanian film) to allow the film to screen at the Mumbai Film Festival. The distributor, a company called Baba Digital, thought that the film would lose its commercial viability if it was screened at the festival.
Such was the excitement among Indian companies around world cinema from 2007-2009. There were all kinds of “world cinema” distribution companies emerging out of nowhere. There was Palador Pictures claiming to have a library of one thousand films, the best of world cinema. Utv World Movies, »
- Bikas Mishra
August is hot and sticky, to the point where many days it gets too uncomfortable to go outside even after the sun has gone down. That’s where a reliable air conditioner and a Netflix account come in handy. There’s bound to be at least a couple days out of this month where you just want to draw the shades, crank up the AC and avoid the sun. But what movies to stream while you’re in seclusion? Start with this list of new additions to the service, which are all worth a look. As always, click on the films’ titles in order to be taken to their Netflix page, where you can add them to your My List. Pick of the Month: Like Father, Like Son (2013) Writer/director Hirokazu Koreeda’s latest film, Like Father, Like Son, got a small theatrical release in the Us at the beginning of the year, but »
- Nathan Adams
The sixth issue of desistfilm, the bilingual journal from Peru, features a dossier on the diary film and articles on Hirokazu Kore-eda, Jean-Marie Straub, James Gray and more. Also in today's roundup of news and views, Jason Sperb explains why Disney should never re-release Song of the South, Christopher Nolan argues the case for watching movies in theaters and Steve Johnson explains why "There are two John Landises." » - David Hudson »
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
"Like Father, Like Son"
What's It About? Two families are thrown into upheaval when it's discovered there was a mistake at the hospital where their respective sons were born. Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama) has to decide what's more important to him, the relationship he's developed with the six-year-old child he thought was his biological son or his "real" son. Hirokazu Kore-eda explores what it means to be a family and a father in this intimate drama.
Why We're In: Kore-eda's a critically acclaimed filmmaker and beloved arthouse auteur whose work deserves to be seen on a wider scale. Don't let the subtitles scare you -- check it out!
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
- Jenni Miller
DreamWorks is moving ahead with its remake of Japanese child-swap drama “Like Father, Like Son,” bringing on the writing team of Paul and Christopher Weitz.
DreamWorks acquired English-language remake rights to “Like Father, Like Son” last year following the Cannes film Festival, where the film won a jury prize in competition and a commendation from the Ecumenical Jury.
DreamWorks has not set the remake with producers. U.S. rights to the Kore-eda film were acquired by Sundance Selects.
The Weitz brothers teamed on directing and writing “American Pie” and “About a Boy”; Paul directed “In Good Company,” “Admission,” “Being Flynn” and “Little Fockers” while Chris directed “The Twilight Saga”: New Moon, »
- Dave McNary
Based on a best-selling, award-winning comic by Akimi Yoshida that has been serialized in the Flowers monthly magazine since 2007, the film will depict the lives of four sisters in the title city.
Nagasawa, Ayase and Kaho will play three sisters living together in their grandmother’s house in Kamakura when a 13-year-old half-sister, played by Hirose, appears on the scene. The former three are established stars with long lists of credits, while Hirose is a newcomer cast by Kore-eda in an audition.
“Kamakura Diary” is scheduled for a summer 2015 release, with Gaga and Toho jointly distributing.
Given Kore-eda’s track record, which includes a jury prize at Cannes last year for his family drama “Like Father, Like Son” (pictured), festival interest is sure to be keen. Also, with “Like Father, Like Son” earning $31 million in Japan, »
- Mark Schilling
A new $100,000 prize for an Arab film in pre-production will be launched during the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival (Diff), financed by the United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of the Interior.
The conspicuous prize – consisting of enough cash to possibly jump start production of an Arab art film – is being called the Best Societal Screenplay Award. While exact criteria are still being decided, it will go to a project with a script that has elements that can inspire audiences to make their world a better place. The jury will be announced at a later date.
Eligible projects will be selected from either submitted projects or projects recommended by Diff which runs the Arab world’s only real film market (pictured). A call for entries is expected to be announced shortly.
“The Ministry of Interior wants to utilize the power that cinema can have on its audience,” the UAE interior ministry said in a statement. »
- Nick Vivarelli
The film business veteran will be heading acquisition and sales, and is in Cannes with Mongrel Intl.’s first pickup, “Maudie,” from director Aisling Walsh and starring Sally Hawkins. She’s be selling worldwide rights, excluding Canada, where Mongrel Media will distribute.
Mickie was most recently executive vice president of eOne Films Intl., which she joined in 2008 after it acquired Maximum Films, where she had been serving as managing director.
At eOne, she represented pics such as “Beasts of the Souhtern Wild,” “Incendies” and “Animal Kingdom.” Prior to Maximum Films, Mickie was managing director of Celluloid Dreams, where she handled films by the Dardenne brothers, Michael Haneke, Hirokazu Kore-eda and François Ozon. She oversaw international sales at Alliance Atlantis and founded the Alliance Independent division.
“Maudie,” which is set for a Newfoundland, Canada, »
- Carole Horst
Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's critically-acclaimed, tender and playful family drama Like Father, Like Son (2013) was the winner of the Jury Prize at last year's Cannes Film Festival and also played in competition for the Best Film award at 2013's BFI London Film Festival. To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of Kore-eda's latest moving masterpiece this coming Monday (5 May), we have Three Blu-ray copies of Like Father, Like Son to give away to our world cinema-loving readers, courtesy of the team at UK independent distributor Arrow Films. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
★★★★☆Continuing his highly praised and numerously explored focus on the intrinsic role and challenges of family life in contemporary Japanese society, Hirokazu Kore-eda's Like Father, Like Son (2013) is another tenderly observed and emotionally fraught depiction of an all too real occurrence. Taking as its subject matter the universally recognised problem of children being switched at birth, and subsequently being raised, unwittingly, by the wrong families, this is another jewel in the crown that is Kore-eda's extraordinary body of work, once again treating a delicate topic with both a contemplative style and the emphasis firmly embedded on the familial unrest brought about by such a startling revelation.
- CineVue UK
When a family is having a baby one thing they do is trust the hospital they choose to look after the mother and baby. What if something happens in that hospital though and the babies are swapped? I know this is something we often see in “true life story” movies, but when the film comes from Japan and is from globally acclaimed director Hirokazu Koreeda you know get the feeling that you may be in for something just a little special. That is what you get with Like Father, Like Son (Soshite Chichi Ni Naru).
- Paul Metcalf
Powerful Japanese film about children switched at birth who challenge the love and hope of their rediscovered parents six years later. Beautiful and heartbreaking, from the masterful Hirokazu Koreeda. I’m “biast” (pro): adore Hirokazu Koreeda’s films
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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(My Ratings posts are a quick way for me to share my reaction to a film. This post will be updated if/when I ever write a review. Feel free to discuss the movie in depth in the comments section.) »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Running Time: 121 minutes
Koreeda has given us some of the most phenomenal films of the last 20 years. Whether he’s exploring real life situations with the likes of Still Walking or Nobody Knows, or if he explores more fantastical stories such as After Life or Air Doll, he is always grounded and understanding of his subject matter in a very complete way. Like Father, Like Son is his latest film, and this time it fits within the former category. It presents a family who discover their son was switched at birth. As they meet the family and their biological son the question becomes whether parentage and family is in the blood or comes from being brought up.
The entire film is handled with such simplistic maturity that every second of film is absorbing. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The award was made at the 16th edition of the Far East Film Festival in Udine. The prize was presented on stage by Marco Mueller, artistic director of the Rome Film Festival, and by Sabrina Baracetti and Thomas Bertacche, co-heads of the Udine festival.
The presentation was made ahead of a screening of “The Midnight After,” the hit politically-tinged sci-fi film by Hong Kong director Fruit Chan. Fortissimo handles international sales of both “Midnight” and “Black Coal, Thin Ice,” the cutting edge Chinese thriller that won Golden and Silver Bears in Berlin in February, both of which screen in Udine.
“Michael and Fortissimo have been guiding lights of Asian films for us in the West and for film festivals like ours,” said Baracetti. “Michael’s willingness »
- Patrick Frater
Teenagers and young adults flocked to the latest Spider-Man adventure while females sparked to a comedy about women seeking retribution against their cheating husband/lover during the Easter break.
The Grand Budapest Hotel was the No.1 choice for mature cinemagoers, proving tough competition for a raft of limited new releases.
Australian B.O. takings rose by 13% to $20.6 million through Sunday and lucrative trading on Easter Monday boosted the 5-day total to just shy of $26 million, according to Rentrak.s estimates.
Sony.s The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro. raked in $5.3 million in its first four days, an impressive figure but trailing the predecessor which opened with $5.45 million in 2012 and wound up earning $17.4 million. With previews, the sequel nabbed $6.6 million..
- Don Groves
Dust On The Tongue [pictured], Marmato, To Kill A Man take home prizes.
The 54th edition of the Cartagena Film Festival wrapped tonight in Colombia, with the festival’s main Latin American competition prize going to a local film, Ruben Mendoza’s Dust On The Tounge (Tierra En La Lengua). The award comes with $15,000.
The film blends fake documentary and fiction in the story of a crude, violent patriarch (Jairo Salcedo) who brings his cityslicker grandchildren to his ranch to help him die.
Best actor was Fernando Bacilio for The Mute (El Mudo) by Daniel and Diego Vega from Peru. The special jury prize went to Celina Murga’s The Third Side of the River (La tercera orilla) from Argentina.
Best documentary »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wendy Mitchell)
The youngest of film awards for Asian cinema (they have quite a few) is the Asian Film Awards which are now in their 8th year. Unlike the prestigious Golden Horse which (mostly) goes to Chinese language cinema, these encompass just about anything Asian: Japan, China, India, South Korea, The Phillipines and so on. Their best picture nominees this year:
No Man's Land (Mainland China) The Grandmaster (Hong Kong - Oscar submission last year) The Great Passage (Japan - Oscar submission last year) The Lunchbox (India) Snowpiercer (South Korea - but extremely international with stars from the Us, Korea, and the UK. Can this just open already?!) Stray Dogs (Taiwan)
The near misses, we assume, are Ilo Ilo from Singapore (Oscar submission last year) and Hirokazu Koreeda's Like Father Like Son from Japan (the one Spielberg might remake) since they did well with nomination tallies in major categories. If you're »
- NATHANIEL R
The devastating plight of Fukushima citizens after the nuclear fallout gets short shrift in Nao Kubota’s ho-hum “Homeland,” which belittles the trauma of evacuees and dodges issues of gross government/corporate injustice in favor of a meek, generic domestic drama. Aping a long line of more illustrious helmers who contributed to the quintessentially Japanese shomingeki genre highlighting ordinary families, Kubota mistakes the prosaic for the universal, wasting his cast’s acting chops on humdrum activity and bland dialogue. The result is a narrative that perversely refuses to engage on a dramatic or emotional level, or to look its unavoidable political context in the eye. With big names like Hirokazu Kore-eda and Nobuhiro Suwa credited for “support,” “Homeland” could make it into festival sidebars.
Having left Fukushima for Tokyo as a teenager and broken off all contact with his relations since, Jiro Sawada (Kenichi Matsuyama) returns to the now-evacuated zone »
- Maggie Lee
In Spike Jonze's postmodern pastoral about a man who dates his operating system, digital affairs are as sensual – and heartbreaking – as the real thing
• Joaquin Phoenix on heartbreak, rejuvenation and talking to Siri
Spike Jonze's relationship comedy is set in a techno-perfect Los Angeles of the near future, a u-topia with the tiniest hint of dys-. Everything tends to be lit with a dreamy, woozy kind of afternoon sunshine and lens flare, in a place where a contented, diverse population mills happily around, rather like a TV ad spot for Apple computers directed by Douglas Coupland. Her is a really distinctive piece of work, which has drawn countless adoring notices and endless gags about Siri, the voice of Apple's iPhone. I wished I liked it more. It is engagingly self-aware and excruciatingly self-conscious, wearing its hipness »
- Peter Bradshaw
Nominations for The Grandmaster included best film, best director, best actor (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), best actress (Zhang Ziyi), best screenwriter and best cinemtographer (see full list below). Snowpiercer’s nominations included best film, best director, best screenwriter, best production designer and best costume designer.
Also nominated for best film are Chinese director Ning Hao’s No Man’s Land, which is screening at the Berlin film festival, The Great Passage from Japan, The Lunchbox from India and Taiwan’s Stray Dogs.
Multiple nominees also included No Man’s Land, Stray Dogs, Cold Eyes and Rigor Mortis which each picked up four »
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
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