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Grand amour for British cinema by Richard Mowe - 2015-07-27 21:00:39

27 July 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Jean Rochefort to head the jury at the 26th Festival of British Cinema in Dinard

The French have always had a love affair with British cinema and they helped to sustain such directors as Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, hailed as auteurs no less, when nobody on these shores was particularly enthusiastic about their output.

Such passion is not always reciprocated yet any differences in temperament tend to melt away during the annual British Film Festival in Dinard, the resort on the Emerald Coast, close to St Malo which was founded by the English as a fashionable Belle Epoque watering hole at the end of the last century.

The festival lives up to its reputation as a convivial place for Anglo-French networking. Among the serious formal talkfests is the annual co-production meeting between British and French industry movers and shakers, followed by a pitching session during which different projects are run past potential production partners. »

- Richard Mowe

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Daily | 25 New Faces, Robbe-Grillet

24 July 2015 10:57 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Trey Edward Shults (Krisha) and Britni West (Tired Moonlight) are among the "25 New Faces of Independent Film" Filmmaker has chosen to highlight this year. Also in today's roundup: Film International on Peter Bogdanovich and Ken Loach; David Cairns on Alain Robbe-Grillet; an interview with Patrick McGilligan, author of, most recently, biographies of Orson Welles and Clint Eastwood; more interviews with Pedro Costa, Shinya Tsukamoto, Judd Apatow, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Parker Posey; Film Comment on Frank Sinatra; and news of upcoming premieres in Venice (Scott Cooper's Black Mass) and New York (Don Cheadle's Miles Ahead). » - David Hudson »

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Tavernier warns of EC's "carte blanche for Us cinema"

23 July 2015 6:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Veteran director Bertrand Tavernier has criticised vice-president Andrus Ansip’s intentions for the Digital Single Market.

Veteran French director Bertrand Tavernier has expressed concerns about the European Commission giving a carte blanche to Us cinema and the English language in its Digital Single Market (Dsm) strategy after meeting with vice-president Andrus Ansip.

Tavernier welcomed the fact that the commissioner spent more than an hour discussing the Dsm plans for copyright reform with him and UK filmmakers Roger Michell and Hugh Stoddart, who are fellow patrons from the board of the Society of Audiovisual Authors (Saa), but also raised concerns in a subsequent letter to Ansip.

“We have sometimes had the impression that, for some members of the European Commission, authors and creators hardly count and that their concerns are less important than the desires of industrialists,”  Tavernier observed in the letter.

“That pipe manufacturers are better listened to and taken more seriously than all those who create »

- (Martin Blaney)

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Samba in New York by Anne-Katrin Titze

18 July 2015 4:44 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's Samba, stars Omar Sy, Tahar Rahim (Grand Central) and Charlotte Gainsbourg Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At The Paris Theatre, the greats of the past - Ernst Lubitsch, Billy Wilder, Charlie Chaplin and Frank Capra - and Italy's recent past - Dino Risi, Ettore Scola and Mario Monicelli - blended with Ken Loach, Michel Gondry and Woody Allen as Samba co-director Olivier Nakache and Omar Sy spoke with me on the red carpet. Sy also starred in Nakache and Eric Toledano's The Intouchables. Omar Sy will soon be seen in John Wells' (of August: Osage County fame) Adam Jones with Bradley Cooper and Alicia Vikander and is filming Ron Howard's Inferno with Tom Hanks, Ben Foster and Felicity Jones.

Samba co-director Olivier Nakache: "We like to discover something about society, but with humor." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Omar's wife, Hélène Sy, was joined by guests Michael Avedon, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Karlovy Vary Festival President Jiri Bartoska Looks Back on Early Acting Career

17 July 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Star of stage, screen and TV for five decades in the Czech Republic, Jiri Bartoska is best known outside his home country as president of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, which wrapped its 50th edition July 11. Bartoska, 68, has overseen the fest since its privatization a little over 20 years ago. But long before that,Variety noted his presence in Frantisek Vlacil’s “Shadows of a Hot Summer,” which took top honors at Karlovy Vary in 1978.

What were things like for Czech actors in 1978?

There was a different situation for theater actors and film actors. Theater actors did classic repertoire. At that time, the theater filled in for all the media outlets, which were entirely at the service of the regime. It was usually sold out, because people could compare their current situation with those classic scenes, and find truth in them. With film it was a bit different: Film was a »

- Steven Gaydos

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‘Downton Abbey’ Star Brendan Coyle Joins Irish Drama ‘The Rising’

16 July 2015 3:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Downton Abbey” star Brendan Coyle has come on board “The Rising” to play the role of politician Augustine Birrell in “The Rising,” the upcoming film about Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising.

Liam Neeson’s son Michael has been set to play the Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, reprising the role his father made famous in 1996’s “Michael Collins.” Colin Morgan is playing the lead role of Sean McDermott — who masterminded the Easter Rising — and David O’Hara is playing revolutionary leader James Connolly.

The historical drama-thriller will be produced and directed by Kevin McCann from a screenplay by McCann and co-writer Colin Broderick. The story will form a prequel to the events covered in Neil Jordan’s “Michael Collins” and Ken Loach’s 2006 Palme d’Or winner “The Wind That Shakes the Barley.”

The Irish Film Board and Northern Ireland Screen are providing partial financing. Shane MacGowan of the Pogues will write »

- Dave McNary

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Slfs Interview – Brian Jun: Director/Writer of Sleep With Me

16 July 2015 10:24 AM, PDT | | See recent news »


Sleep With Me screens Sunday, July 19 at 6:30pm at The Tivoli Theater as part of this year’s St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase. Ticket information can be found Here

Writer/Director  Brian Jun’s Sleep With Me is a dark suburban drama focusing on Paul (Cliff Chamberlain) and Gabi (Danielle Camastra), a young couple unsuccessfully striving to start a family. Paul lives in the shadow of his overbearing father (played by veteran character actor Raymond J. Barry), and Gabi copes by engaging in risky activities that threaten to break up their marriage. Helmed by acclaimed regional filmmaker Brian Jun — whose previous features include “Joint Body” and Sundance competition film “Steel City” — this ensemble drama explores themes of sex, infidelity, and black-market drug use.

Brian Jun took the time to answer some questions about his film for We Are Movie Geeks in advance of its screening at the St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase. »

- Tom Stockman

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Catch Me Daddy | Review

16 July 2015 10:00 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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2015 Fantasia Film Festival Unleashes Very Impressive Lineup; World Premiere of Antisocial 2 Included!

9 July 2015 2:22 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Always a film festival that prides itself on giving its audiences a hell of a lineup, filled to the brim with standout titles every year and world premieres for films that are greatly anticipated, the 2015 Fantasia Film Festival has now revealed its final lineup. Like we’ve all come to appreciate, this year is no exception, with films such as Tales Of Halloween, Ant-Man, the greatly anticipated Cop Car (which will be screened with Kevin Bacon in attendance!!) and Jeruzalem all being standout films to look out for, along with a pretty epic list of other films that are sure to leave viewers entertained and excited throughout the entire event (July 14th-August 4th).

If the full lineup wasn’t already enough to make your horror loving heads explode, the new announcement that Fanstasia will host the July 30th premiere of Cody Calahan’s sequel to 2013’s Antisocial,  Antisocial 2, »

- Jerry Smith

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Michael Cimino to Get Lifetime Achievement Award From Locarno Film Fest

8 July 2015 7:22 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — Michael Cimino will be feted by the Locarno Film Festival where the reclusive director of “The Deer Hunter” will receive a lifetime achievement nod and hold an onstage conversation.

The Swiss fest dedicated to indie cinema will award Cimino a Pard of honor Swisscom career nod in a ceremony on its open-air Piazza Grande on August 9. A mini-retro of his work will also unspool, comprising his 1974 directorial debut “Thuderbolt and Lightfoot,” starring Clint Eastwood and a young Jeff Bridges; “The Deer Hunter,” which won five Oscars in 1978; “Heaven’s Gate” (1980); and “Year of the Dragon” (1985).

Previous recipients of the award include Samuel Fuller, Jean-Luc Godard, Ken Loach, Sidney Pollack, William Friedkin, Jia Zhangke, Alain Tanner, Werner Herzog and Agnes Varda last year.

Fest’s 68th edition will run August 5-15.


- Nick Vivarelli

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Barry Ward to star in ‘Never Walk Alone’

7 July 2015 2:34 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The star of last weekend’s Us release Jimmy’s Hall from Ken Loach has come aboard Kpi Entertainment and Deadpan Pictures’ Ireland-set contemporary generational drama.

Evzen Kolar and Deborah Kolar of La-based Kpi Entertainment and Paul Donovan of Dublin’s Deadpan Pictures have targeted a late 2015/early 2016 start outside Dublin and in Liverpool on the sub-€4m UK-Ireland co-production.

Andrew Baird will direct Never Walk Alone from Christian O’Reilly’s screenplay that centres on three generations of men in an Irish community.

Ward (pictured in Jimmy’s Hall) will play Eamon, a man haunted by his childhood decision not to pursue trials with Liverpool Fc who pressures his talented teenage son into taking a similar opportunity.

The producers are scouting a name actor to play the estranged grandfather, whose timely return to the fold sparks a plan. Kpi and Deadpan are also reviewing potential sales agents.

Ward’s credits include Blood Cells and The »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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‘Attack on Titan’, Sion Sono, ‘Cop Car’ among full Fantasia ’15 lineup

7 July 2015 8:47 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 19th Annual Fantasia Film Festival is only a week away, beginning July 14 and running through August 4. And as promised for today, they’ve revealed their full line-up of films screening at 2015’s festival in Montreal.

This year’s line-up boasts 22 World Premieres, 13 International Premieres, and 21 North American Premieres. Both Marvel’s Ant-Man and the animated Miss Hokusai were previously announced, but now they’ve added the much anticipated Attack on Titan movie as their closing night film. Other highlights include the Sundance darlings Cooties, starring Elijah Wood and Rainn WilsonCop Car, starring Kevin Bacon and directed by the upcoming Spider-man director Jon Watts, and a trio of films from horror auteur Sion Sono.

See the full line-up announcement of films below via Fantasia’s Facebook page, and be sure to check out their website at for additional information.


Fantasia 2015:

36 Countries, 135 Features, and Nearly 300 Short Films

- Including 22 World Premieres, »

- Brian Welk

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What’s Up Doc?: Wiseman Rises to New “Heights” & Rivers Shooting “The Two Eyes Are Not Brothers” in Morocco

6 July 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s been a surprisingly interesting month of moving and shaking in terms of doc development. Just a month after making his first public funding pitch at Toronto’s Hot Docs Forum, legendary doc filmmaker Frederick Wiseman took to Kickstarter to help cover the remaining expenses for his 40th feature film In Jackson Heights (see the film’s first trailer below). Unrelentingly rigorous in his determination to capture the American institutional landscape on film, his latest continues down this thematic rabbit hole, taking on the immensely diverse New York City neighborhood of Jackson Heights as his latest subject. According to the Kickstarter page, Wiseman is currently editing the 120 hours of rushes he shot with hopes of having the film ready for a fall festival premiere (my guess would be Tiff, where both National Gallery and At Berkeley made their North American debut), though he’s currently quite a ways away from his $75,000 goal. »

- Jordan M. Smith

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Jimmy’s Hall Wins You Over Honestly

4 July 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Ken Loach’s new film starts off with archival footage of New York City in the 1920s — dense, concrete skylines, the streets awash with people, bread lines, homeless men sleeping in the streets, urban vitality giving way to urban despair. Then it slams right out of that opening credits sequence into a verdant expanse of road in rural Ireland. The immediate effect is one of relief, like someone just allowed us a deep breath of fresh air. An ironic way to kick off a story that’s all about running away and liberation and the looming presence of the past. Also, perhaps, an ironic way to start off a movie that’s more Footloose than The Wind That Shakes the Barley. But more on that in a bit.Jimmy’s Hall tells the story of Irish activist Jimmy Gralton (Barry Ward), who fled his wartorn country for America in the 1920s. »

- Bilge Ebiri

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Film Reviews: Opening This Week (June 29-July 3, 2015)

2 July 2015 3:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Terminator Genisys

“I’m old, not obsolete,” mutters Arnold Schwarzenegger’s aging android in “Terminator Genisys,” and his words could be a wishful mantra for this nervy, silly, almost admirably misguided attempt to give the 31-year-old franchise a massive cybernetic facelift. More or less rewriting everything we thought we knew about the Connor genealogy, the properties of liquid metal, and the rules of post-1984 time travel, this f/x-encrusted reboot feels at once back-to-basics and confoundingly revisionist, teeming with alternate timelines and rejiggered character histories (the most perplexing of which finds Sarah Connor now continually referring to Schwarzenegger’s Terminator as “Pops”). Consider it the 3D blockbuster equivalent of disruptive technology, and while online fans have already voiced their displeasure, the movie’s willingness to veer crazily off-course feels less objectionable than the monotony and sense of self-parody that kick in long before the whimper of a finish. (Justin Chang »

- Variety Staff

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Review: Ken Loach's 'Jimmy's Hall' Is Paint-By-Numbers Political Filmmaking

1 July 2015 3:02 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. It was announced here in Cannes that Ken Loach, who had long mooted this year’s Competition entry “Jimmy’s Hall” as his last film, had at least partially relented (possibly in the face of the general rending of clothes and gnashing of teeth that greeted the suggestion here: Cannes loves Ken), and is thinking of embarking on another project. Good thing too, because “Jimmy’s Hall” would be no great cap to a long, singular filmmaking career--it’s a twee and tweedy period “Footloose,” into which Loach’s trademark left wing sympathies are not so much woven as photocopied and stapled onto alternate pages of the script. The Robbie Ryan cinematography ensures everything looks tremendous, all emeralds and warm browns and autumnal Irish ochers, but it’s a richness and texture that isn’t matched by anything else in the film. »

- Jessica Kiang

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Elizabeth MacLennan obituary

29 June 2015 9:42 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor, writer and co-founder of 7:84, the touring company that left an indelible mark on British theatre

Elizabeth MacLennan, who has died of leukaemia aged 77, was an actor, writer and one of those passionate, pioneering women who periodically erupt to change the British theatre. In 1971 she joined forces with her husband, the playwright John McGrath, and her brother David, to form the 7:84 theatre company. Over the next 17 years, eventually creating two separate branches, it was to tour England and Scotland addressing political issues in a popular form with phenomenal success. After the demise of the companies and her husband’s death in 2002, MacLennan turned increasingly to writing and lecturing without ever abandoning her socialist convictions.

She was born in Glasgow into a distinguished medical family. Her father, Hector, was an obstetrician and her mother, Isobel, a public health doctor. Liz enjoyed an undeniably privileged upbringing, going first to Laurel »

- Michael Billington

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Jimmy’s Hall Movie Review

27 June 2015 9:05 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Jimmy’S Hall Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Ken Loach Screenwriter: Paul Laverty Cast:  Barry Ward, Francis Magee, Aileen Henry, Simone Kirby, Stella McGirl, Sorcha Fox, Martin Lucey, Mikel Murfi, Shane O’Brien Screened at: Sony, NYC, 4/9/15 Opens:  July 1, 2015 Ken Loach, who directed “Jimmy’s Hall,” is no mushy liberal who would waste too much of his valuable time pushing for a 25-cent wage hike for McDonald’s workers—however important that may be to them.  Loach is for the working class, but wants nothing less than radical change.  Giving workers a few more crumbs from the king’s table does nothing  [ Read More ]

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- Harvey Karten

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'Dark Horse' director Louise Osmond boards Ken Loach documentary

22 June 2015 3:34 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: BBC Films and BFI also set to board as core funders on theatrical documentary.

Louise Osmond, the UK director behind Sundance winner Dark Horse, is to direct Sixteen Films’ upcoming theatrical documentary exploring Ken Loach’s 50-year-old career through the battles fought around his films.

“Louise is a wonderful, observational filmmaker so she’s an ideal person to have come on board,” said Loach’s long-time producer Rebecca O’Brien at Sixteen Films.

Osmond replaces Loach’s son, Jim Loach, who was attached to the project when it was first announced last October.

“In the end, Jim decided not to do it and I can understand why - it’s too close to home,” said O’Brien.

In addition to signing Osmond, Sixteen Films has secured the backing of BBC Films and also expects the BFI (British Film Institute) to confirm its involvement at the beginning of July. 

In a smaller development, the title of »

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Dispatch from the La Film Fest 2015: ‘Jimmy’s Hall’

20 June 2015 4:47 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

After the foolish fondness of The Angel’s Share (2012), Ken Loach is back in familiar ground with the story of Jimmy Gralton, who built a community hall in Ireland’s County Leitrim in the early 1920s that enraged the local haves. Also involved with reinstating an evicted tenant farmer, he fled to America for ten years or so, before returning to do the same thing all over again. The heart of the film is expressed in the words of his mother, at the hearing on his deportation in 1933 (the only Irishman ever to be deported from his country): “Why is an old tin hall so dangerous?”

The first cause of all the trouble is that education is the preserve of the church, and Father Sheridan is royally pissed – the hall is a place (the only place) for local kids to learn drawing, literature, boxing, and so on. The priest »

- Tom Newth

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