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The Lesson review [Frightfest 2015]: “Kes, the torture years”

31 August 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Lesson review: A brilliantly written and superbly acted twist in the torture film genre. The Lesson review

Director: Ruth Platt

Cast: Robert Hands, Evan Bendall, Dolya Govanski

Caertificate: 18

Running Time: 97 minutes

Synopsis: Awkward teen Fin (Bendall) finds himself in the worse school lesson of his life when his teacher Mr. Gale (Hands) snaps.

Remember that teacher at school that always seemed a little nervous around the boisterous kids? Well now imagine that one day he snapped and decided to fight back with knowledge (and power tools), and you have the basic premise of The Lesson.

The Lesson review

One of the few Frightfest offerings this year to be directed by a female, The Lesson is a grounded and grisly study of the relationship between teachers and pupils in today’s chav-riddled society. Set in an underprivileged part of Britain, The Lesson starts off channelling Ken Loach‘s Kes before »

- Kat Smith

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Fall Festival Season Promises Eclectic Entertainment

26 August 2015 10:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

World festival roundup: Highlights of the upcoming fall and winter season promise a wide range of cinematic treats around the world. Festivals listed in chronological order.

Aug. 27-Sept. 7

Montreal

World Film Festival

Fest will open with the world premiere of “Muhammad,” the 171-minute epic from Iranian director Majid Majidi, shot by Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. Mwff has received a record number of short films — over 1,200 (an increase of 42% over 2014) from some 64 countries, “evidence of the vitality of today’s young filmmakers,” notes Mwff president Serge Losique. Fest is adding a Chinese Cinema section with more than 10 new features.

ffm-montreal.org

Sept. 4-7

Telluride

Film Festival

The fest, above, nestled in the mountains of Colorado, has always been an intimate, casual, carefully curated event that isn’t just a competition but also a celebration of the best in film. Even though the festival doesn’t announce its lineup until the day before it begins unspooling, »

- Iain Blair

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Chris Menges to receive Camerimage honour

25 August 2015 4:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oscar-winning cinematographer worked on Kes, The Killing Fields and The Reader among others.

British cinematographer Chris Menges is to receive a lifetime achievement award at Camerimage (Nov 14-21), the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography.

Menges will attend the 23rd edition of Camerimage in the Polish city of Bydgoszcz to accept the award, introduce screenings of his films and will meet with the festival’s audience.

Across a 50-year career, Menges has won two Academy Awards for Roland Joffé’s The Killing Fields in 1985, for which he also won a BAFTA, and The Mission in 1987.

More recently, he was Oscar-nominated (with Roger Deakins) for his work on Stephen Daldry’s The Reader in 2010.

Menges began his career in the 1960s as camera operator for documentaries by Adrian Cowell and for films like Poor Cow by Ken Loach and If… by Lindsay Anderson.

He returned to work with Loach on Kes, which marked »

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

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Wim Wenders, Mike Leigh, Béla Tarr and More Want Oleg Sentsov Freed

24 August 2015 1:48 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

After being arrested in May 2014 by the Russian Federal Security Service on suspicion of terrorist plotting and entanglement in a Ukrainian paramilitary group, Oleg Sentsov could be sentenced to 23 more years in prison Tuesday. So in the face of this week's verdict, which would exile the Ukrainian filmmaker to a high-security penal colony, the European Film Academy has gathered over 1,000 signatures calling for his release from Russia, whose accusations remain shadowy after the retraction of a key witness testimony last month. Petitioning supporters (listed here) come from all over Europe, including film academies in Poland, Germany, Austria and Czech Republic, and the Union of Russian Filmmakers—who aren't strangers to censorship. Filmmakers on the list include: Stephen Daldry, Mike Leigh, Mike Downey, Agnieszka Holland, Dariusz Jablonski, Aki Kaurismäki, Ken Loach, Wojciech Marczewski, Béla Tarr, Bertrand Tavernier, Andrzej Wajda and Wim Wenders. Read More: »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Oscars: Some Modest Proposals for the Governors Awards

22 August 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

August 25 will be a big night for Academy board members: That’s when they select 2015 recipients of the Governors Awards.

According to the website, AMPAS encourages members of the Academy to weigh in. They didn’t say anything about non-members, but why not? Movie fans have strong ideas too.

So here are some proposals: Michael Apted, whose range includes the “Seven Up!” docus to “Coal Miner’s Daughter”; Tsui Hark, a key figure in Asia’s action films; Richard Lester, the influential director; documaker extraordinaire Frederick Wiseman; and actress-director Jeanne Moreau. Incredibly, none has ever been nominated for an Oscar. And how about activist Rob Reiner for the Hersholt?

Variety exec editor Steven Gaydos also offers some stellar names for consideration: Gilles Jacob, who led the Cannes Fest for decades; producer-casting pro Fred Roos, whose groundbreaking credits include “The Godfather” and “American Graffiti”; Brit filmmaker Ken Loach; American actress Gena Rowlands »

- Tim Gray

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Today in Movie Culture: Ken Loach's 'Star Wars,' New 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Toys and More

21 August 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   Movie Truth of the Day: The Film Theorists consider the scientific possibility of the title character from Hitman: Agent 47 having bulletproof skin:   Alternate Dimension Movie of the Day: Here's what Star Wars might look like if Ken Loach wrote and directed it (via Topless Robot):   Toys of the Day: Speaking of Star Wars, here's a gallery of all the new toys hitting stores on September 4, aka Force Friday (via /Film): Hasbro Force Friday Catalog   Fan Financial System of the Day: Speaking of Star Wars again, these coins are apparently legal tender in the island country of Niue. So are coins with Disney Princess and Doctor...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Jimmy’S Hall – The Review

20 August 2015 2:35 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

By Cate Marquis

Director Ken Loach delivers a nice, enjoyable little slice of Irish history in Jimmy’S Hall, a tale about one-time rural firebrand who returns to his native County Leitrim, Ireland, a decade after his leadership in the upheaval of the 1921 Irish Troubles forced him to flee. Jimmy Gralton (Barry Ward) only intends to care for his aging widowed mother Alice (Aileen Henry) and live a quiet life, yet the community almost immediately begins urging him to re-open the now-empty community center, Pearse-Connolly Hall. The elderly local priest, Father Sheridan (Jim Norton), is firming opposed to reopening the hall, fearing it will lead to a loss of Church control. He and the local authorities will do whatever is needed to prevent it.

This well-crafted, well-acted, fact-based film takes a light touch in dealing with the real historical events and social issues of the time. British socialist-realist director Ken Loach »

- Movie Geeks

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Frightfest 2015: ‘The Lesson’ Review

19 August 2015 8:35 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Robert Hands, Evan Bendall, Michaela Prchalová, Rory Coltart, Joshua Wedge | Written and Directed by Ruth Platt

Very much a reflection of modern society, especially given the film was inspired by a real life event when a teacher, after 20 years of teaching – with no prior episodes of anger or violence – suddenly lost it with a child in class; The Lesson tells the story of Fin and Joel, two teenage wasters running wild in an arid rural landscape. But their bad education is about to take a turn for the intellectual best as someone at the end of their tether has decided to teach both schoolboys a lesson they will never forget.

Now I don’t know about you, but I thought high school was torture… However The Lesson takes that idea to the extreme. Made on a budget of just £27k, this film is, at its most basic level, a »

- Phil Wheat

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European Filmmakers Call on Putin to Release Ukrainian Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov

19 August 2015 1:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sarajevo, Bosnia — A group of prominent European filmmakers, including Wim Wenders, Stephen Daldry, Agnieszka Holland and Mike Leigh, has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to order the release of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, whose trial resumes in Russia today.

Sentsov, who is accused of having committed “crimes of a terrorist nature,” faces up to 20 years in prison. The prosecution’s main witness has retracted his statement, but the trial continues nonetheless.

The letter states that the filmmakers have been “deeply worried” since Sentsov was arrested by Russia’s Federal Security Service (Fsb), the successor to the Kgb, in his house in Simferopol, Crimea, on May 11, 2014. It adds: “Having observed the trial and especially the fact that the key witness for the prosecution has retracted his testimony as ‘given under pressure and duress,’ we are shocked that the accusation of Oleg Sentsov having committed ‘crimes of a terrorist nature’ is still being upheld. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Zurich Film Festival to Honor Director Mike Leigh

18 August 2015 12:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

British director Mike Leigh, who has been Oscar nominated seven times, will receive the “A Tribute to…” Golden Eye award at the Zurich Film Festival, which runs Sept. 24 – Oct. 4.

Leigh will collect the award during a ceremony on Oct. 3 and also conduct a public masterclass during the festival. Additionally, the festival will screen a retrospective of some of his most notable works.

Leigh was Oscar nominated twice each for “Secrets & Lies” and “Vera Drake,” and also for “Happy-Go-Lucky,” “Topsy-Turvy” and “Another Year.” He won the director award at Cannes for “Naked” and the Palme d’Or for “Secrets & Lies,” and Venice’s Golden Lion for “Vera Drake.” Along with fellow directors Ken Loach and Stephen Frears, he was part of the New British Cinema movement, which has provided a social critique of Britain over the past three decades.

Previous winners of the Golden Eye award include Frears, Oliver Stone and Michael Haneke. »

- Seth Kelley

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Pixels review: You're better off watching a game of Pong

12 August 2015 8:39 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Chris Columbus; Screenwriters: Tim Herlihy, Timothy Dowling; Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Sean Bean; Running time: 106 mins; Certificate: 12A

The prospect of a new Adam Sandler movie hitting cinemas instills the same sense of trepidation as the theme from Jaws. Shivers down the spine. Heart palpitations. A cold sweat. Can the intriguing blockbuster premise of Pixels prove to be that bigger boat and offer us salvation?

No.

Scarily similar in concept to a 2002 episode of Futurama, Pixels revolves around an attack on Earth by aliens who have received a signal beamed into outer space that includes classic arcade games from the 1980s. They interpret it as a declaration of war and use a giant size Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and other such characters to launch a wave of destruction.

It's left to childhood video game champion and adulthood loser Sam (Sandler), his »

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Daily | Welles, Malick, Brando

10 August 2015 5:17 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Jonathan Rosenbaum reviews two new DVD/Blu-ray releases highlighting the work of Orson Welles—who'll be feted in Venice the day before the festival begins. Also in today's roundup: Terrence Malick on making Days of Heaven, John Waters on his influences (including Pier Paolo Pasolini), Spike Jonze as an actor, Shane Meadows as a successor to Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, Andrew Haigh on 45 Years with Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, Marc Maron's interview with Lynn Shelton, Woody Allen in Los Angeles, Greta Gerwig's solo directorial debut—and more. » - David Hudson »

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Locarno: Sarah Calderon On New Distrib Models

9 August 2015 12:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Locarno – Worldwide day-and-date releases surged from 60 in 2012 to 233 in 2013, The Film Agency CEO Sarah Calderon said in a Locarno Fest master class, Classic & Alternative Distribution, citing a E.U. Media Program report, Circulation of Films in the Digital Era.

At Locarno for Puentes, the Europe-Latin America co-pro training facility, Calderon’s spoke on the first of Locarno’s three Industry Days, running Aug. 8-10.

The U.S drive the spike, with D & D releases soaring from just 46 to 166 in 2013, a year later. In Europe, in the biggest sign of a day-and-date push, though more reluctant, in U.K. synched bows climbed from 2012’s 5 to 28 in 2013.

Calderon, CEO at the The Film Agency, a Madrid-based, marketing consultancy, both traditional and emerging new online models have pros and cons.

Classic distribution – via a sales agents and distributors – works like a filtered ntermediary market that imposes exclusivity, territoriality and a window chronology: Release in theatrical, »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Why Vittorio de Sica is one of Europe’s greatest tragic film-makers

8 August 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

While his 1960s sex comedy Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, is charming, Vittorio De Sica’s early films offer marvellous explorations of defeat. A forthcoming retrospective season shows how the Italian director captured people as they are

Vittorio De Sica’s films contain much of the aching sadness of life, and much of the beauty, too. It is one of the small mysteries of cinema how De Sica, a lightweight actor (and very handsome man) accustomed to playing sentimental leads, should go on to become one of Europe’s greatest tragic film-makers. It’s as if Hugh Grant were to suddenly metamorphose into Ken Loach. Yet links remain between the comedic ham and the neorealist tragedian. De Sica enthusiastically carried his actor’s talent into his directing style, instructing his amateur performers on the way to perform, enacting the parts to show them how things should be done. There is a »

- Michael Newton

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Why Vittorio de Sica is one of Europe’s greatest tragic film-makers

8 August 2015 2:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

While his 1960s sex comedy Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, is charming, Vittorio De Sica’s early films offer marvellous explorations of defeat. A forthcoming retrospective season shows how the Italian director captured people as they are

Vittorio De Sica’s films contain much of the aching sadness of life, and much of the beauty, too. It is one of the small mysteries of cinema how De Sica, a lightweight actor (and very handsome man) accustomed to playing sentimental leads, should go on to become one of Europe’s greatest tragic film-makers. It’s as if Hugh Grant were to suddenly metamorphose into Ken Loach. Yet links remain between the comedic ham and the neorealist tragedian. De Sica enthusiastically carried his actor’s talent into his directing style, instructing his amateur performers on the way to perform, enacting the parts to show them how things should be done. There is a »

- Michael Newton

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Two Tunisian Projects Pulled From Locarno Fest’s Open Doors Lab In Protest Against Israeli Showcase

7 August 2015 2:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Locarno — The strained mix of art and politics was in the air Friday at the Locarno Film Festival, which stood firm on its policy of being a forum devoted to freedom of expression when two Tunisian filmmakers withdrew their projects from its Open Doors co-production lab focusing on Africa’s Maghreb countries in protest against a concurrent showcase of Israeli pics-in-post showcase organized in partnership with the Israel Film Fund.

Tunis-based producers Imed Marzouk and Badi Chouka’s Propaganda Pictures and the two directors said in a statement they decided to pull auteur Nejib Belkadhi’s third feature “Retina” and animation feature “Aller Simple,” by first-timer Nadia Rais, from the 12 projects in the Open Doors lineup.

They were responding to a call from the Tunisian branch of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (Bds) movement against Israel, an effort to pressure Israel to comply “with international law and Palestinian rights, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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What’s Up Doc?: Moore Docu Surprises, Locarno Begins, Telluride, Venice & Tiff Loom

7 August 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The fall festival rush is upon us. Locarno is currently ramping up. Venice has released their line-up and Thom Powers and the Toronto International Film Festival team have dropped a bomb with a previously unannounced new feature from powerhouse docu-provocateur Michael Moore. It is truly a miracle that the production of a film such as Moore’s upcoming Where To Invade Next (see still above) managed to go completely undetected by the filmmaking community until it was literally announced to world premiere at one of the largest film festivals in the world. Programmed as a one of the key films in the Special Presentations section at Tiff, the film sees Moore telling “the Pentagon to ‘stand down’ — he will do the invading for America from now on.” Also announced to premiere at Tiff was Avi Lewis’ This Changes Everything, which has slowly been rising up this list, as well as »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Shane Meadows, chronicler of England's public and personal stories

7 August 2015 8:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The director’s This is England ’90 may be the last in his series exploring Thatcher’s children; his work invites comparison to Ken Loach and Mike Leigh

Many directors have used television as a route to making movies. Shane Meadows, though, has maximised his career and impact by moving from big screen to small.

After a number of low-budget British films – including the coming-of-age stories A Room for Romeo Brass (1999) and Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) - Meadows made, in 2006, This is England, a drama exploring skinhead culture in the early 80s. It had some success in cinemas, but now seems most important as the platform for three TV sequels that revisited the young working-class characters – including Meadows’ alter-ego, Shaun Fields, played by Thomas Turgoose – in later parts of the Thatcher era: This is England ’86, This is England ’88 and – due on Channel 4 next month – This is England ’90.

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- Mark Lawson

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Shane Meadows, chronicler of England's public and personal stories

7 August 2015 8:08 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The director’s This is England ’90 may be the last in his series exploring Thatcher’s children; his work invites comparison to Ken Loach and Mike Leigh

Many directors have used television as a route to making movies. Shane Meadows, though, has maximised his career and impact by moving from big screen to small.

After a number of low-budget British films – including the coming-of-age stories A Room for Romeo Brass (1999) and Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) - Meadows made, in 2006, This is England, a drama exploring skinhead culture in the early 80s. It had some success in cinemas, but now seems most important as the platform for three TV sequels that revisited the young working-class characters – including Meadows’ alter-ego, Shaun Fields, played by Thomas Turgoose – in later parts of the Thatcher era: This is England ’86, This is England ’88 and – due on Channel 4 next month – This is England ’90.

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- Mark Lawson

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Catch Me Daddy | Review

7 August 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Family Matters: Wolfe’s Unsettling Debut a Thriller with a Mean Streak

Premiering in the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, director Daniel Wolfe’s directorial debut, Catch Me Daddy, is most likely to inspire awe or ire as a denuded genre thriller, pared down to the barest essentials of abject miserabilism. There’s no one to innately empathize with, beyond being exposed to a central victim whom we must logically root for given her ambitious rebellion against the patriarchal straightjacket she was weaned from. Unfolding with methodical calm, the first time filmmaker manages to instill a mounting dread thanks to surprising, even shocking moments of gruesome violence, and that’s despite its lack of emotional posturing. Down and out working class folks thrust into dire straits is the name of the game here, and though a bit of additional context would’ve enhanced the basic premise, »

- Nicholas Bell

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