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Daily | L’Acid 2015 Lineup and More

37 minutes ago | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The Association for Independent Film Distribution announced that it'll be screening nine features from May 13 through 23 in Cannes, five of them world premieres: Lionel Baier's La vanité, Emilie Brisavoine's Pauline s'arrache, Philippe Fernandez's Cosmodrama, Benoît Forgeard's Gaz de France, Julia Kowalski's Crache coeur, Nathan Nicholovitch's De l'ombre il y a, João Pedro Plácido's Volta a terra, Anna Roussillon's I Am the People and Patrick Wang's The Grief of Others. Plus: Ken Loach leads a protest against the Locarno Film Festival for its partnership with the Israeli Film Fund. And Toronto's jumping on the television bandwagon. » - David Hudson »

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Israeli Helmers Join Call On Locarno Fest To Drop ‘Israel Film Focus'; Tessa Ross Quits National Theatre: Global Briefs

17 April 2015 7:19 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

More than 200 filmmakers and industry professionals have signed a petition calling on the Locarno Film Festival to drop a planned Israel Film Focus, organised in partnership with the state-backed Israel Film Fund. Ken Loach, Mira Nair, Sally El Hosaini as well as Israeli filmmakers Simone Bitton, Eyal Sivan and Rachel Leah Jones were among the signatories, who expressed, “our deep concern with the fact that the Locarno festival is choosing to partner with the Israel Film… »

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Israeli Helmers Join Call On Locarno Fest To Drop ‘Israel Film Focus'; Tessa Ross Quits National Theatre: Global Briefs

17 April 2015 7:19 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

More than 200 filmmakers and industry professionals have signed a petition calling on the Locarno Film Festival to drop a planned Israel Film Focus, organised in partnership with the state-backed Israel Film Fund. Ken Loach, Mira Nair, Sally El Hosaini as well as Israeli filmmakers Simone Bitton, Eyal Sivan and Rachel Leah Jones were among the signatories, who expressed, “our deep concern with the fact that the Locarno festival is choosing to partner with the Israel Film… »

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Mike Leigh To Make Peterloo

16 April 2015 9:22 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Fresh from Mr. Turner and a different corner of the 19th century, Mike Leigh is back, back, back with a new film set in a similar timeframe but offering a whole different slate on the period. His new film, just announced, will be Peterloo, a first cinematic telling of Manchester's notorious Peterloo Massacre in 1819, an event writ large in the nation’s social history.The background to the event sounds like fertile terrain for Leigh, even if it sounds like a story Ken Loach might have had a beady eye on too. Viewing the forces of 19th century reform as seditious, the powers-that-be of the time unleashed a cavalry charge on a peaceful protest in St. Peter’s Field, Manchester, that left 18 people dead and 700 wounded. The result was a further swelling of popular unrest that would contribute to the passing of the Reform Act of 1832, arguably the most important national document since Magna Carta. »

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Locarno: filmmakers call to drop Israel focus

16 April 2015 5:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ken Loach, Simone Bitton, Walter Bernstein, Annemarie Jacir and Elia Suleiman among signatories of petition; Locarno Film Festival issues statement.

More than 200 filmmakers and industry professionals are urging the Locarno Film Festival to drop a planned focus on Israel this summer, being organised in partnership with the state-backed Israeli Film Fund

Ken Loach, a Locarno regular and recipient of its Leopard of Honour in 2003, is among the petitioners alongside screenwriter Walter Bernstein and composer Richard Horowitz.

Other protestors include Israeli filmmakers Simone Bitton, Rachel Leah Jones and Eyal Sivan, and Palestinian directors Annemarie Jacir, Elia Suleiman and Hany Abu-Assad.

But a statement from Locarno said the festival “has always been a place of freedom of expression” and that it would not drop the focus, which would “represent an important opportunity for debate and dialogue, within the context of cultural enrichment”.

Click here for the petition in fullScroll down for Locarno’s statement

The Swiss lakeside, summer festival »

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Cannes 2015 line-up comment and reactions

16 April 2015 2:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Join us for Screen’s Cannes line-up live blog…Cannes 2015Full line-upNEWS: Cannes Competition shows attempt to shake things upCOMMENT: surprises and no-shows

Ever so quiet from the film PRs this morning. Is there something going on that we should know about?

Yes, yes, of course….it’s that sacred event: Cannes lineup day!

Time to put to bed weeks of speculation about the chosen few and reveal which films have made it into the most prestigious film festival competition known to man.

You can follow the entries as they come in here or stick with me for some idle speculation and gossip punctuated with genuine near-insight.

[Cannes is currently showing a very jaunty and occasionally stirring promo video of the fest. Very ‘Euro’].

Onto business….

Most prediction stories kept it tight, only mentioning about 75 possible entries. Every auteur from here to Timbuktu seems to have been tipped for a slot…

Screen towers did its own crystal ball gazing in the shape of Melanie Goodfellow’s excellent and comprehensive piece:

In case you don »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Live Blog: Cannes 2015 line-up comment and reactions

16 April 2015 2:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Join us for Screen’s Cannes line-up live blog…Click here for the line-up of titles as they are announced

Ever so quiet from the film PRs this morning. Is there something going on that we should know about?

Yes, yes, of course….it’s that sacred event: Cannes lineup day!

Time to put to bed weeks of speculation about the chosen few and reveal which films have made it into the most prestigious film festival competition known to man.

You can follow the entries as they come in here or stick with me for some idle speculation and gossip punctuated with genuine near-insight.

[Cannes is currently showing a very jaunty and occasionally stirring promo video of the fest. Very ‘Euro’].

Onto business….

Most prediction stories kept it tight, only mentioning about 75 possible entries. Every auteur from here to Timbuktu seems to have been tipped for a slot…

Screen towers did its own crystal ball gazing in the shape of Melanie Goodfellow’s excellent and comprehensive piece:

In case you don’t know Mel »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Benedict Cumberbatch calls for support of independent cinema

14 April 2015 10:41 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Imitation Game and Sherlock star issues call for support after backing the UK’s oldest operating purpose-built cinema.

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has called for people to “keep supporting independent cinema” after being confirmed as a patron of the Phoenix Cinema in the East Finchley area of London.

He joins the likes of director Ken Loach and critic Mark Kermode in supporting the venue, where the Sherlock star will attend special events, introduce screenings and take part in Q&As.

Cumberbatch, who will be seen in the upcoming Marvel movie Doctor Strange and heard as the voice of Shere Khan in Jungle Book: Origins, described the century-old cinema as “a special place”.

“We are all so lucky to be part of the magic that is cinema (on both sides of the screen) and it’s so important that we all work to preserve and develop it for generations to come,” he added.

“I »

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

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2015 Summer Movies Heading To Your Local Cinemas

13 April 2015 2:37 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The middle of Spring actually means a new selection of summer blockbusters to look forward to, and with a ton of big-budget films slated to come out within the next few months and beyond, the summer of 2015 looks like one to remember.

From the new Mad Max (which is already on our end-of -year top ten list event though we haven’t yet seen it) to Avengers, Poltergeists, male strippers, talking teddy bears, and a reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, this summer’s trips to the theaters will be jam-packed with sequels and new tales. From May 1st right through to the end of August, some of the movies on our list could wind up on year-end “best of” lists or even receive some Oscar talk by December.

Grab your calendar, because Wamg has a rundown of this summer’s films we’re most excited about, so check them out below! »

- Movie Geeks

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European Filmmakers Rally to Protect Copyright Law

9 April 2015 11:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — European filmmakers including Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”), Wim Wenders (“Every Thing Will Be Fine”), Paolo Sorrentino (“La Grande Bellezza”), Ken Loach (“Jimmy’s Hall”) and Abderrahmane Sissako (“Timbuktu,” pictured above) have rallied to protect copyright laws, which the European Commission is now considering replacing with a Digital Single Market (Dsm) measure.

During the Rome Rendez-Vous with New French Cinema, about 20 directors got together to protest the European Commission’s proposal to swap existing copyright laws with the so-called Digital Single Market, a measure allowing for audiovisual and film works to circulate freely across Europe via pan-European licenses.

The filmmakers argue that the E.U.’s proposal would scrap the notion of territorial exclusivity, strip right-holders and solely benefit multiterritory platforms, like Netflix and Google. Abolishing existing copyright laws would also threaten the entire financing system that has allowed film industries and culture across Europe to flourish.

“Our films are a form of hope, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Europe’s Top Directors Come Together To Fight Proposed Digital Single Market

9 April 2015 9:10 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Some of Europe’s top directors have come together to issue a statement offering alternatives to the European Commission’s proposed Digital Single Market that could revolutionize — and decimate — the European film business. The likes of Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Mike Leigh (Mr Turner), Ken Loach (The Wind That Shakes The Barley) and Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah) have all signed a declaration, released during the Rome Rendez-Vouz, claiming they “want to redefine how… »

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Top directors suggest copyright reform alternatives

9 April 2015 5:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Bolster European players and force global internet giants to adhere to local fiscal and financial obligations related to culture, say directors.

Europe’s top filmmakers are urging the European Commission to consider alternatives to its proposed Digital Single Market (Dsm) to bolster the circulation of creative works across borders within the European Union.

“As copyright’s core principals are being questioned by some who erroneously think they hinder culture’s availability, we want to set out a new way of exhibiting cinema,” read the statement.

Their proposals come in response to the European Commission plans for a Digital Single Market (Dsm), which would involve overhauling copyright legislation – a move TV and film professionals across the region argue will destroy current financing models and leave Europe’s creative industries in tatters. 

More than 20 top directors signed the proposals, including Oscar-winning Michel Hazanavicius and Paolo Sorrentino as well as Palme d’Or laureates Ken Loach and Cristian Mungiu.

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Cannes face of a free-thinker by Richard Mowe - 2015-04-07 11:17:54

7 April 2015 3:17 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

The poster for 2015's Critics' Week

As the many and myriad elements of this year’s Cannes Film Festival start to come together ahead of next week’s launch of the official selection, the Critics’ Week (La Semaine de la Critique) today (7 April) unveiled this year’s poster image.

The designers have used a still from last year’s entry - Respire, the second film by actress turned director Mélanie Laurent. It depicts actress Lou de Laâge who played the heroine and who, in the words of the organisers, sums up “the vivacity, audacity, and free-thinking” of the selectors who concentrate on emerging talents.

Since its creation in 1962 the Critics’ Week has thrown a sharp focus on new talents in world cinema with a selection comprised mainly of first or second features as well as shorts.

Among those to have featured in previous editions are: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Ken Loach, »

- Richard Mowe

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Film Review: ‘Young Tiger’

30 March 2015 5:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Although immigrant stories abound in French cinema, Cyprien Vial’s impressive debut, “Young Tiger,” about an illegal Punjabi teen in France, ranks as something of an anomaly in that it deals with the nation’s seldom-seen Indian Sikh community. Closer in tone to the Dardennes’ “La Promesse” or Ken Loach’s “It’s a Free World … ” than to its Gallic brethren, the drama arises not from cultural alienation, but from mutually exclusive loyalties and conflicted moral imperatives. Vial’s coming-of-ager builds seamlessly as emotional stages of the hero’s roller-coaster trajectory play out in closeup; although well received at festivals, it seems a long shot to claw its way into arthouse release Stateside.

Scared, confused and locked in a basement with other illegal immigrants, 15-year-old Many (newcomer Harmandeep Palminder) expects to begin working immediately so he can send money back to his parents, who have gone into debt to smuggle him into France. »

- Ronnie Scheib

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‘Jimmy’s Hall’ Trailer: A Dance Hall Becomes a Political Rallying Point

26 March 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Jimmy’s Hall, from acclaimed director Ken Loach, begins with the story of an Irish community already feeling the tension that would shortly erupt as the Irish Civil War, and then picks up with that community a decade later, after the war divided the country. As the Jimmy’s Hall trailer shows, the focal point of the […]

The post ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ Trailer: A Dance Hall Becomes a Political Rallying Point appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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New on Netflix: The best films & shows this week

23 March 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Want to keep up with all the great new content arriving on Netflix? Then you're in luck, as we'll be bringing you a round-up of the best TV shows, films, documentaries and stand-up arriving on Netflix UK every week.

Here are the latest additions to Netflix, as well as news and events worth keeping an eye on over the coming week:

The King's Speech

Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter star in Tom Hooper's engrossing historical drama film about the life of George VI and his struggle to overcome the stammer not fit for a king.

The King's Speech cleaned up at the BAFTAs and Academy Awards, including the Best Picture Oscar and Best Actor for Firth's pitch-perfect portrayal. Watch it from today (March 23).

Better Call Saul (Episode 8) - 'Rico'

We're nearing the end of season one, and Jimmy isn't the same washed-up lawyer we saw in episode one. »

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Ken Loach Gets Footloose In U.S. Trailer For ‘Jimmy’s Hall’

23 March 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If the fairly recent Footloose remake didn’t satisfy your prohibited dance cravings, then look no further as Ken Loach looks to be putting an Irish spin on the story with his latest feature. Jimmy’s Hall, which premiered nearly a year ago at the Cannes Film Festival, will finally be arriving in the U.S. shortly thanks to Sony […] »

- Jordan Raup

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The Conversation: Drew Morton and Landon Palmer discuss ‘Blow-Up’

19 March 2015 7:12 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Conversation is a new feature at Sound on Sight bringing together Drew Morton and Landon Palmer in a passionate debate about cinema new and old. For their third piece, they will discuss Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up.

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Landon’s Take:

The cultural impact of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up would be very difficult to overemphasize. Upon release, Andrew Sarris referred to the film as “a mod masterpiece” and ‘Playboy’ critic Arthur Knight went so far as comparing the film to Hiroshima mon amour, Rome Open City, and Citizen Kane in its potential influence on filmmaking. The film was also a massive hit worldwide and the tenth highest grossing film in the United States in 1966 – a memento of a brief window in time in which an art film by an Italian auteur could also do boffo box office. And, having been denied a seal by the Production Code Administration, Blow Up »

- Drew Morton

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Wild Bunch launches e-Cinéma with Department Q

18 March 2015 5:32 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Digital distribution operation inspired by innovative models of Us distributors Radius, A24 and IFC to go live next week. 

Wild Bunch is set to officially kick off its new digital distribution operation e-Cinéma next week with the first film in Danish Mikkel Norgaard’s hit thriller Department Q franchise, The Keeper of Lost Causes.

The thriller, which topped the Danish box office at the end of 2013, will be released in France under new initiative on March 27.

Wild Bunch said the film would be available for download on a variety of VOD platforms including its own FilmoTV as well as Club Video Sfr, Google Play, iTunes, MyTF1VOD, Orange, Pluzz Vad, Videofutur and Wuaki.TV.

“The film is available on all the digital service providers — Bouygues, Free, Numéricable, Orange and Sfr – as well as most the Ott operators. It will be available in more than 80% of French households,” said Wild Bunch in a statement.

The second »

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Tff 2015: Tribeca Film Festival Announces 2015 Line-up For Spotlight Program

14 March 2015 5:16 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The 14th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival taking place from April 15 to April 26 in New York City has announced the films selected for screening in the Spotlight screening section.

Co-sponsored by Brookfield Place and The Lincoln Motor Company, Spotlight is destination for today’s most talked about themes and filmmakers and will feature 40 films: 23 narratives and 17 documentaries with 24 of those films being world premieres. Debuting new work from master directors such as the Taviani Brothers (Caesar Must Die), Michael Winterbottom (The Trip To Italy), and Neil Labute (Death At A Funeral), audiences will also be introduced to new voices like first time director Henry Hobson’s Maggie and Pray The Devil Back To Hell producer Abigail Disney’s directorial debut The Armour Of Light.

Audiences will also see familiar performers taking on unique and challenging roles such as Jessica Biel’s turn as a yoga instructor in Bleeding Heart, »

- Sacha Hall

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