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Mumbai Film Fest Lineup Revealed, Catherine Deneuve Gets Lifetime Achievement Award

19 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London – Only days away from financial collapse late last month, the 16th edition of the Mumbai Film Festival will get under way next month (Oct. 14-21). It will feature 185 films from around the world.

Prominent selections include Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy,” Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner,” Ken Loach’s “Jimmy’s Hall,” Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” and Jean-Luc Godard’s “Goodbye to Language.” Films will vie for cash prizes totaling $200,000.

The festival’s continued existence is thanks to a rallying cry led by celebrity film critic (and former Variety correspondent) Anupama Chopra. Her agitation caused several sizeable financial donations to be made by celebrities including filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra, industrialist Anand Mahindra and actor Aamir Khan, among others.

This year, iconic French actress Catherine Deneuve will be given the festival’s lifetime achievement award. Masterclasses with cinematographer Christopher Doyle and filmmaker Mahamat Saleh Haroun have also been announced.

The festival’s market, »

- Naman Ramachandran

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Revived Mumbai fest unveils programme

20 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Mumbai Film Festival (Oct 14-21), recently saved by public donations following a funding crunch, unveiled its line-up today including the India Gold Competition and International Competition for first features.

The festival also announced that Catherine Deneuve will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award, while master classes will be held by DoP Christopher Doyle and director Mahamat Saleh Haroun.

The International Competition includes Benjamin Naishtat’s History Of Fear, Sudabeh Mortezai’s Macondo and Chaitanya Tamhane’s Court, fresh from its Venice success. The India Gold competition includes Bikas Mishra’s Chauranga, Avinash Arun’s The Fort (Killa) and Ms Prakash Babu’s Fig Fruit And The Wasps (see full list below).

Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic will head the India Gold jury, while the Dimensions Mumbai short film competition jury comprises directors Gauri Shinde  and Homi Adajania, actors Satish Kaushik and Huma Qureshi and critic Rajeev Masand.

Key films outside the competition sections include Xavier Dolan’s [link »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Pixel Market unveils 32 projects

17 September 2014 4:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Power to the Pixel event to include a major Nordic delegation.Scroll down for full list of projects

Power to the Pixel (PttP) has announced the 32 cross-media projects from across Europe, the Us, Canada, the Middle East, Australia and South America selected to participate in The Pixel Market (Oct 8-9).

The two-day finance and co-production market is run as part of 8th Power to the Pixel: The Cross-Media Forum (Oct 7-10), held in association with the 58th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 8-19).

From the 32 teams, PttP has selected the top eight to compete for the Arte International Prize for The Pixel Market, a €6,000 ($7,800) award sponsored by the French/German broadcaster.

The producers and creators will present to a panel of international commissioning executives, financiers and experts who will use these projects as a backdrop to discuss successful finance strategies, sustainable business models and the companies actively investing in new media.

The winning team will be »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Life's a Breeze Is a Bittersweet Working-Class Irish Comedy

16 September 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Irish director Lance Daly's Life's a Breeze faces a curious dilemma. How to depict the degrading effects of poverty when your central character, 79-year-old grandmother Nan (Fionnula Flanagan), lives in squalor by choice, having saved up close to a million euros? Her problems begin when her extended family, realizing that she's a virtual contender for Hoarding: Buried Alive, throws out most of her possessions, including the mattress where she's stashed the money. Led by her dim son Colm (Pat Shortt), they then go on a wild chase in search of it. Along the way, Nan and Colm's teenage niece Emma (Kelly Thornton) share many pleasant moments of conversation. Ken Loach's recent comedies of working-class life seem to be Daly's main inspiration here. Life's »

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Media moving house, Swiss cash for distribution

16 September 2014 2:57 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Creative Europe’s Media sub-programme is set to come under the responsibility of the Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society to reflect the future role of the digital shift in the development of the creative content industry in Europe.

Until now, the EU’s support programme for the audiovisual industry had been part of the  portfolio of the Commissioner for Education & Culture, most recently the Cypriot Androulla Vassiliou.

The European Commission’s President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has nominated the present Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger to take on the portfolio of Digital Economy and Society.

In a mission letter to Oettinger, Juncker said that he wanted him ¨to ensure that the right conditions are set, including through copyright law, to support cultural and creative industries and exploit their potential for the economy.¨

Oettinger will be expected to focus, among other things, on preparations for ¨ambitious legislative steps towards a connected Digital Single Market¨ within the first six months and support »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Film Review: 'Pride'

14 September 2014 11:59 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆Following the minor disappointment of Ken Loach's somewhat lethargic Jimmy's Hall (2014), left-leaning political activism returns to UK cinemas, but this time in the much livelier and fun-filled exuberance of Matthew Warchus' Queer Palm-winning agit-comedy Pride (2014). It's 1984, in the depths of the miners' strikes, and gay activist Mark Ashton (Ben Schnetzer) is inspired to start raising money for the miners, arguing that the two apparently disparate groups have common interests. Like the miners, the gay and lesbian community is harassed by the police and demonised by the media. Lgsm's persuasive argument - if the miners didn't fuel the power stations, "You couldn't listen to Banarama at three in the morning."

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- CineVue UK

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10 Most Important September 11 Movies

11 September 2014 1:58 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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The September 11 attacks, which took the lives of 2,977 innocent people, are the defining moment of the 21st Century thus far. The world was irreversibly changed and although over a decade has passed, the attack still cuts deep.

The tragedy had a big effect on popular culture. Suddenly wide-spread terror wasn’t an abstract concept. The mass-monument destruction of Independence Day only a few years before wasn’t the realm of sci-fi and movies increasingly found themselves skewing close to reality, with War Of The Worlds and Cloverfield being two noteworthy examples of films that utilised visual elements from the tragedy to create a sense of realism.

On top of providing some new cinematic language, the events of September 11, 2001 themselves have been prominent in the medium over the past thirteen years. Whether they’re representing the day’s events, delving into the politics of what happened »

- Alex Leadbeater

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Picturehouse acquires David Hockney doc

2 September 2014 12:23 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Satellite event planned live from Hockney’s Los Angeles studio.

Picturehouse Entertainment has acquired Randall Wright’s feature documentary on artist David Hockney and will open it across the UK on Nov 28.

The launch of Hockney will be driven by an exclusive preview at cinemas around the UK, followed by a satellite Q&A with David Hockney live from his studio in Los Angeles on Nov 25.

The 77-year-old artist granted unprecedented access to his personal archive of photographs and films for the documentary for the first time.

An important contributor to the Pop Art movement of the 1960s, Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century and is perhaps most famous for his series of paintings of swimming pools, including 1967 work A Bigger Splash.

The documentary chronicles Hockney’s career, from his early life in working-class Bradford, where his love for pictures was developed through his admiration for cinema, to his relocation »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Picturehouse acquire David Hockney doc

2 September 2014 12:23 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Satellite event planned live from Hockney’s Los Angeles studio.

Picturehouse Entertainment has acquired Randall Wright’s feature documentary on artist David Hockney and will open it across the UK on Nov 28.

The launch of Hockney will be driven by an exclusive preview at cinemas around the UK, followed by a satellite Q&A with David Hockney live from his studio in Los Angeles on Nov 25.

The 77-year-old artist granted unprecedented access to his personal archive of photographs and films for the documentary for the first time.

An important contributor to the Pop Art movement of the 1960s, Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century and is perhaps most famous for his series of paintings of swimming pools, including 1967 work A Bigger Splash.

The documentary chronicles Hockney’s career, from his early life in working-class Bradford, where his love for pictures was developed through his admiration for cinema, to his relocation »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Andrew Scott interview: Pride, Sherlock, Statham

2 September 2014 7:43 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Andrew Scott chats to us about Pride, Moriarty, choosing his roles, and his clear love of Jason Statham movies...

Andrew Scott's career is a varied one. Whilst his portrayal of Moriarty in the TV show Sherlock is his highest profile role, he's consistently picked an interesting variety of roles, working across theatre and screen.

His most recent is in the incoming Pride, a brilliant new comedy that finally gets to cinemas later this month. And in advance of that, he spared us some time for a chat about the film, his career, and the mighty Jason Statham....

This is the second time this year - after The Stag - I've seen you in a comedy where you have to take on some of the serious, heavy lifting work, while others get the comedy lines.

[Laughs, nods].

Was Gethin always your role here, then? Or did you read the script and go 'that's the part I want'? »

- simonbrew

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Review: The First Lady of Iranian Cinema returns with dialogue-heavy 'Tales'

29 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Venice — Known as the "First Lady of Iranian Cinema", Iran's premier female director Rakhshan Bani-e'temad is a formidable chronicler of the day-to-day existence of Iranian people. Not a million miles removed from the outlook of the Dardennes brothers in Belgium or Ken Loach in the UK, she is concerned largely with so-called ordinary lives. "Tales (Ghesseha)" is a multistranded take on a dozen or so people's stories intersecting across a single city. Some characters are encountered once, never to return, others recur throughout, but it's not a film with a protagonist or supporting characters in the traditional sense; it's much more a slice of life/lives. Indeed, "Tales" is almost an anthology film, and was initially conceived as a series of shorts. Using an ensemble of actors she has worked with before, we meet the characters (some of whom apparently appeared in earlier works, but I'm afraid I'm not an »

- Catherine Bray

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Daily | Venice 2014 | Guy Myhill’s The Goob

28 August 2014 6:08 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Guy Myhill's debut feature, The Goob, premiering at Venice Days, "ostensibly borrows heavily from the Andrea Arnold school of contemporary working class miserablism," notes Adam Woodward at Little White Lies. "Stylistically and tonally, however, it blends the codeine reverie of Harmony Korine's Gummo with the cold-shower realism of early Ken Loach, although perhaps the film it best evokes is Shane Meadows's A Room for Romeo Brass. This is a tremendously assured portrait of an underprivileged if sporadically joy-filled childhood." And we've got more reviews and clips. » - David Hudson »

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Venice: Pyramide Strikes Early Sales on ‘Last Hammer Blow’ (Exclusive)

27 August 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tapping into France’s new generation of femme filmmakers, Pyramide Intl. has struck early sales on Alix Delaporte’s “The Last Hammer Blow,” which world premieres in competition at Venice.

Pyramide will also handle international sales on Lucie Borleteau’s Locarno competition hit “Fidelio: Alice’s Journey,” which Pyramide Distribution releases Dec. 24 in France.

In first “Hammer Blow” sales, Palace Films acquired rights to Australia and New Zealand, and Lumiere to Benelux territories.

Starring theater vet Gregory Gadebois and Clotilde Hesme,“Hammer Blow” turns, however, on a teen: Victor who, when he enters the Montpellier Opera House, knows nothing about music nor his father (Gadebois), who is about to conduct Mahler’s 6th Symphony. Music, however, allows their halting relationship to grow.

Hailed by France’s Telerama as a “true discovery,” actress-turned-director Borleteau’s debut “Fidelio” centers on Alice (Ariane Labed, “Before Midnight”), a 30-year-old sailor. She embarks as second mate on Fidelio, »

- John Hopewell

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Interview: Director Ira Sachs Reminds Us ‘Love is Strange’

27 August 2014 5:40 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One of the notable films to kick off the autumn film season is writer/director Ira Sach’s “Love is Strange.” The story of two men in a longtime gay relationship, who finally can marry – but whose lives go off track unexpectedly – features brilliant performances from veterans John LIthgow and Alfred Molina.

Ira Sachs is a veteran writer and director himself, on his sixth feature film. He first got noticed with “Forty Shades of Blue” in 2005 and “Married Life” two years later. The latter film featured Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Pierce Brosnan. After some great reviews for his fifth film “Keep the Lights On” (2012), he is back with “Love is Strange,” a personal and subtle character driven story.

Ira Sachs (center) with Leading Men Alfred Molina and John Lithgow of ‘Love is Strange

Photo credit: Sony Pictures Classics

HollywoodChicago.com sat down to interview Ira Sachs, as his »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Ken Loach Calls For Cultural Boycott Of Israel, Labels U.S. A “Bully”: Reports

22 August 2014 6:35 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Sarajevo Film Festival, which concludes Saturday, has been the scene of yet another hard stance from a filmmaker regarding the conflict in Gaza. Late Thursday, outspoken British director Ken Loach gave a speech at the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Award Ceremony honoring Palestinian directors Abdel Salam Shehadeh and Ashraf Mashharawi, and called for an “absolute boycott of all the cultural happenings supported by the Israeli state.” According to Screen Daily, he added, “Israel must become a pariah state.” Loach further referred to the U.S., saying, “My country, to its shame, follows the bully that is the United States. But we are not powerless. We can act together.”

Related: Russell Brand Video Says 6 Companies Should Divest Israeli Holdings Over Gaza

The Sarajevo festival was founded during the 1992-95 Bosnian War. Per Screen, Loach said: “I know the people here will know the struggle and bravery you need when you are under siege, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Ken Loach calls for Israel boycott

22 August 2014 10:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Honouring two Palestinian filmmakers at the Sarajevo Film Festival, British director Ken Loach branded the Us as a “bully” and said cultural happenings supported by the Israeli state should be boycotted.

British filmmaker Ken Loach has called for the “boycott of all the cultural happenings supported by the Israeli state” at an awards ceremony honouring two Palestinian directors.

The director of Kes and The Wind That Shakes The Barley gave an impassioned speech at the Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-23) last night, where he presented the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Award to Palestinian directors Abdel Salam Shehadeh and Ashraf Mashharawi.

Loach branded the directors as “probably two of the greatest filmmakers in the world today, because they are making films in Gaza.”

Stirring memories of Sarajevo’s four-year siege from 1992-96, Loach said: “I know the people here will know the struggle and bravery you need when you are under siege, and you feel »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Film4’s New Chief David Kosse Speaks to Variety About Challenges of Role

4 August 2014 11:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 revealed today that the new chief of its filmmaking division, Film4 — which has backed Oscar-winning pics like Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” and Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” — would be David Kosse, who is president, international, at Universal Pictures. Variety spoke to Kosse about his new role.

Kosse, who joins Film4 on Nov. 1, said it was a bit early to speak about specific plans for Film4, but added that he had no intention of changing the “creative remit” of the production unit. “There continues to be a focus on emerging filmmakers, young talent and creative risk-taking,” he said.

Recent pics from emerging U.K. talent backed by Film4 include Yann Demange’s feature debut “’71,” which premiered in Berlin competition, and Daniel Wolfe’s first film “Catch Me Daddy,” which bowed in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight.

See Also: David Kosse Named Chief of Channel 4 »

- Leo Barraclough

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David Kosse Named Chief of Channel 4’s Movie Production Arm Film4

4 August 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — David Kosse has been appointed as director of Channel 4’s feature filmmaking division Film4.

Kosse joins from Universal Pictures where he is president, international, and will take up his new post on Nov. 1.

Kosse will oversee the development, financing and green-lighting of all feature films, and support for the production and distribution of all Film4-backed releases both in the U.K. and internationally.

Kosse replaces Tessa Ross, who announced her departure in March to become chief executive of the National Theatre. Kosse will report directly to Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham.

See Also: Film4’s New Chief David Kosse Speaks to Variety About Challenges of Role

Recent films backed by Film4 include Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave,” Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner,” Ken Loach’s “Jimmy Hall” and Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin.”

Upcoming pics include Lone Scherfig’s drama about a boisterous Oxford student dining club, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Ioncinephile of the Month: Andrew Droz Palermo’s Top Ten Films of All Time

1 August 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile, we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten favorite films of all time. Currently filming his debut narrative feature One & Two, Andrew Droz Palermo (read here) took some time out to unveil the films that make up that list as of August 2014. Andrew’s Rich Hill gets released theatrically (Aug.1st) via The Orchard. Here are his top ten in his own words.:

Apocalypse NowFrancis Ford Coppola (1979)

“What can I possibly add that hasn’t already been said? It’s a masterpiece.”

Come and SeeElem Klimov (1985)

“Eerie. Heartbreaking. Surreal. Just amazing control of tone. Dying for Kino Lorber to release a Blu-ray.”

George Washington – David Gordon Green (2000)

Rich Hill” gets compared to this film pretty often. I definitely take that as a compliment. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Brand? Oh…

29 July 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | Hope for Film | See recent Hope for Film news »

As the democratization of film has made it possible for just about anyone to make a film, it has conversely made it more difficult for the individual filmmaker and his or her films to stand out. Online content platforms now offer a hundred times more films in their catalogs then the films cataloged by IMDb from the inception of film (1,764,727 titles as of 14 Jan 2011). So despite assertions to the contrary, branding is more important than ever.

Filmmakers Are Brands, Their Films Are Products Though difficult for some in a creative pursuit to accept, in the words of Moonstruck (1987): “Snap out of it!” The music world has brands Madonna Louise Ciccone and Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known by their much more memorable brand names, Madonna and Lady Gaga.

Consistency Counts When your audience knows what they can expect from your “brand”, even if it is to be continually surprised, you’ve »

- David K Greenwald

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