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6 items from 2016

Bradford International Film Festival cancelled

9 February 2016 11:12 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Move by National Media Museum signals concern over regional provision in the UK for the arts.

As a furore brewed in the UK over the decision to move much of the National Media Museum’s photography collection to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London it was also announced by museum director Jo Quinton-Tulloch that the Bradford International Film Festival would not be returning.

The festival, which began in 1995, had slowly carved itself a reputation as a well-regarded event on the national and international circuit. With a number of significant premieres during its history – include a widely publicised UK premiere of Chris MorrisFour Lions in 2010 – the festival also welcomed numerous guests over the years including Kenneth Branagh, Brian Cox, Ken Loach, Richard Attenborough, John Hurt, and Terry Gilliam amongst many others.

The festival was also seen as a key component in helping Bradford being named the very first Unesco City of Film.

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Variety Unveils 10 Europeans to Watch for 2016

21 January 2016 6:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety has unveiled its second 10 Europeans to Watch list, throwing a spotlight on diverse talent across the continent. The group will be honored Feb. 13 at a reception hosted by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg at the upcoming Berlin Intl. Film Festival.

The 2016 10 Europeans to Watch:

Joel Basman


Swiss thesp and 2008 Efp Shooting Star has appeared in many critically acclaimed projects, including Martin Zandvliet’s “Land of Mine.”

Paula Beer


German thesp earned critical praise for her turn in the Alpine Western “The Dark Valley,” and will next star opposite Pierre Niney in Francois Ozon’s “Frantz.”

Mea dols de Jong


The Dutch filmmaker’s doc “If Mama Ain’t Happy, Nobody’s Happy” screened at the Idfa festival and at Slamdance.

Omer Fast


Israeli transplant to Germany whose directorial feature debut, the adaptation of Tom McCarthy’s “Remainder,” plays in Panorama.

Roman Kolinka

He toplines Berlin Competition film “L’Avenir” from Mia Hansen-Love, »

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UniFrance’s Rdv Q&A: Thomas Lilti On ‘Irreplaceable’

13 January 2016 12:02 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Rolling off “Hippocrate,” which world premiered at Cannes’ Critics Week to warm reviews, doctor-turned-filmmaker Thomas Lilti delved once again in the medical world with “Irreplaceable” (‘Medicin de campagne’) which Le Pacte will unveil at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous in New York. The social dramedy stars Francois Cluzet (“Intouchables”) as a devoted and revered countryside doctor whose life gets rocked by a middle-age woman who’s come from the city hospital to earn her chops. Challenging each other with opposite views on medicine, the pair eventually bonds and learns from one another. Le Pacte has already scored a flurry of deals with Athena (Benelux), Caramel (Spain), Mantarraya (Mexico), Sky digi (Tawain), Filmcoopi (Switzerland).

Variety: It’s the second feature you’ve made that’s set in the medical world. What is it about doctors that triggers your inspiration so much?

Thomas Lilti: Since I am a doctor it’s a »

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Olivier Loustau on ‘The Boss’s Daughter,’ Rugby and the End of a Working Class Era

13 January 2016 6:48 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In one of the most memorable scenes in “The Boss’s Daughter,” a humor-laced across-the-tracks love drama, Vital, a factory foreman and its rugby team coach, asks his wife what she wants from life. And she can’t remember.

In another, Vital is at a party of the friends of Alix, the factory boss’s daughter whom he falls in love with.  A bumptious young friend of Alix’s asks if Vital has ever been to Nepal. He might as well have asked if Vital had ever been to the moon.

The directorial debut of actor-turned-director Olivier Loustau “The Boss’ Daughter” presents a caring and knowing portrait of working class life in France: Its solidarity and, for all its bonhomie, limited prospect. Lead-produced by Julie Gayet and Nadia Turincev at Rouge International, an enterprising French production house, and wrapped around the factory’s rugby team, it is the story of »

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #87. Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake

6 January 2016 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

I, Daniel Blake

Director: Ken Loach

Writer: Paul Laverty

Many assumed British auteur Ken Loach‘s 2014 film Jimmy’s Hall would be his last, mostly because Loach himself was expressing the idea before the film went into production. But he’s forged on with another feature, titled I, Daniel Blake, penned by Paul Laverty (who penned Hall plus Loach’s 2012 The Angels’ Share and his Palme d’Or winning The Wind That Shakes the Barley). Starring Hayley Squires and Dave Johns, the film focuses on a middle aged carpenter who requires state welfare after injuring himself, and is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario.

Cast: Hayley Squires, Natalie Ann Jamieson, Colin Coombs, Dave Johns

Production Co./Producer(s): Sixteen Films’ Rebecca O’Brien, Why Not Productions, Wild Bunch, BFI, BBC Films

U.S. Distributor: Rights available. Tbd (domestic) Wild Bunch (international).


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Film Review: 'Hector'

1 January 2016 4:47 PM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ Hector, a heartfelt road movie driven by a tremendous performance from Ken Loach regular Peter Mullan, is an assured debut feature from writer-director Jake Gavin. The photojournalist turned filmmaker lovingly constructs the tale of homeless nomad 'Hec' who, estranged from his family in Glasgow, has roamed the UK’s highways and byways for nearly fifteen years. A methodical, gently simmering family drama, it serves up a bittersweet realist alternative to standard festive fare.


- CineVue UK

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