13 items from 2015
The Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov first came to the attention of the international film world in 2012 with “Gamer,” which screened to great acclaim at the Rotterdam Film Festival. Inspired by a computer and videogaming club for kids that Sentsov had founded, “Gamer” was shown in the Bright Future section of the festival for talented newcomers.
Today the “bright future” that Sentsov is looking at is 20 years in a Russian prison, accused of being a terrorist.
Sentsov was arrested in his home town of Simferopol, Crimea, in May 2014. Since then he has been tortured, locked up on false charges in Moscow’s notorious Lefortovo prison and refused access to representatives of the Ukrainian government.
A campaign by the European Film Academy for Sentsov’s release, »
- Mike Downey
The Burning Kiss, a new Australian feature film, is nearing completion. The film has drawn inspirations from southern gothic psychodrama, poolside chic, pop art and the French New Wave. A set of VFX stills has been made available exclusively to TwitchFilm. Director Robbie Studsor, a firm believer that VFX should serve a film and not the other way around, talks about his film and the use of VFX:"Firstly, the film is obviously a little more Ken Russell than Ken Loach, so I wanted to push the VFX in a way that's quite lurid and fun. This requires talent, bravery and insanity on the part of our head VFX artist and he has totally over delivered! I couldn't be happier.It's a cliché but it's true, the...
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Seville Intl., the indie sales arm of Entertainment One Films Intl., has pounced on world sales rights to “The Olive Tree,” directed by Iciar Bollain (“Even the Rain”). Pic was produced by Spain’s Morena Films and Germany’s Match Factory Prods., and written by Ken Loach’s regular scribe Paul Laverty.
Deal excludes Spain and Germany.
“The Olive Tree,” which was inspired by a newspaper article Laverty read, turns on a family in a village in Eastern Spain, where a father and uncle decide to sell its more-than-1,000 year old olive tree to a some a property developer down on the coast, despite the opposition of the grandfather and 8-year-old daughter, through whose eyes the events are portrayed.
Currently casting, “The Olive Tree” will shoot from May in Castellon and Germany.
“The film is a bit like a children’s tale, but a modern one for adults: There’s a grandfather, »
- John Hopewell
London — BBC Films, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, will receive the outstanding British contribution to cinema award at the Ee British Academy Film Awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb. 8.
Previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt and Tessa Ross. Last year’s recipient was Peter Greenaway.
Nik Powell, chairman of BAFTA’s film committee, said: “I cannot think of a more deserving institution for this award than BBC Films, unbelievably in its 25th year and with more than 250 predominantly British films in its catalog. With a wide range of films from populist British box office hits like ‘Billy Elliot’ and ‘Mrs. Brown’s Boys D’Movie’ and an enviable collection of ground-breaking films, I hope that this award will be not simply a recognition of past and present achievements, »
- Leo Barraclough
BBC Films to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Awards next week.
BBC Films is to receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at the BAFTA Awards at London’s Royal Opera House on Feb 8.
The prize is presented annually in honour of Michael Balcon, with previous recipients including Mike Leigh, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Mary Selway, Ridley and Tony Scott, Working Title Films, Lewis Gilbert, the Harry Potter series of films, John Hurt and Tessa Ross.
Last year’s recipient was British writer-director Peter Greenaway.
Christine Langan, head of BBC Films, said: “For the past 25 years, great effort has gone into establishing BBC Films as a nurturing and collaborative home for filmmakers - one which showcases British talent to the world and deepens the impression of the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The 2009 film Great Directors from doc filmmaker Angela Ismailos is a great introduction to the work, creative philosophies and personalities of ten directors: Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater and John Sayles. The film presents conversations and clips from the work of those filmmakers, […]
- Russ Fischer
There's a lot of buzz surrounding director Richard Linklater right now, because of his stellar, ambitious indie project Boyhood. The film won the Golden Globe for Best Drama and it's nominated for Best Picture at the 87th Academy Awards with Linklater getting a Best Director nomination too. And if you want to know a little bit more about Linklater, you may want to check out a Angela Ismailo's feautre-length documentary called Great Directors, which features in-depth interviews with the Boyhood director as well as nine other respected auteurs such as David Lynch, Bernardo Bertolucci, Stephen Frears and others. Here's the full documentary Great Directors available to watch from Vimeo (via The Playlist): Great Directors features a collection of in-depth interviews with Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater and John Sayles, all conducted by Angela Ismailo. But since »
- Ethan Anderton
Documentary filmmaker Angela Ismailos’s 2009 documentary “Great Directors” was a satisfactory first step for burgeoning film buffs to not only learn about what goes into becoming a director but to hopefully become inspired to seek out the brilliant works of the directors interviewed for the film. Today you can watch the whole thing for free, thanks to the good people at Anisma Films. For her doc, Ismailos sat down with some of the most revered and influential names in film history, including Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, Agnes Varda, Ken Loach, Todd Haynes, Catherine Breillat, Richard Linklater and John Sayles, each expounding on their influences and artistic processes. Upon its release, “Great Directors” got mixed reviews. Many critics praised Ismailos’ ability to extract honest and candid interviews with her subjects but criticized the fact that she inserted too much of her own thoughts on these directors and their films via voice-over. »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
In “Discount,” a seemingly motley crew of five workers at a drab supermarché are told all but one of them will be replaced by automatic check-out machines. Reacting, they band together to swipe produce from the discount store’s shelves, soon doing a roaring trade as an alternative store in perishable fruit and vegetables destined for the trash. The flagship first feature of director Louis-Julien Petit and producer Liza Beguigui at Elemiah, a company focused on young auteurs, alternative social-issue cinema, “Discount” has found strong backing – Wild Bunch Distribution for France, which releases Jan. 21; the Other Angle for international.
An Angouleme Fest Audience Award winner, the film is a love song to community and to another all-important value. Via their store, the film’s heroes make a small bundle; more importantly, they regain their sense of self-respect. Variety and Louis-Julien Petit chatted a few days before his first film has »
- John Hopewell
In the first of a short series of articles in Variety’s UniFrance Rendez-vous Dailies on directors and French productions pushing the boundaries of freedom in the Arab world, Variety talks to French-Algerian director Lyes Salem about his second feature, “The Man From Oran,” sold at the UniFrance Rendez-vous by Films Distribution.
Buoyed by the spirit of the Arab spring, best director winner at Abu Dhabi’s New Horizons “The Man From Oran” is one of the most ambitious films to come out of the Arab world in the last 12 months. Playing out like “Once Upon a Time in Algeria,” it follows two friends –Hamid and Djaffar — from Algeria’s uprising against France to their total estrangement three decades later. Hamid becomes a minister after independence; Djaffar, played by Salem, originally a carpenter by trade, morphs into a (at first, reluctant) freedom fighter, then official war hero, a widower — his wife dies, »
- John Hopewell
Perry - former head of British Screen Finance and, more recently, the Irish Film Board from 2006-11 – has signed a two-year contract with the centre and started in his new job this week.
He replaces Swedish producer Jessica Ask, who left to join independent production company Anagram Film & TV.
“We are happy to welcoming Perry to Film i Väst, and look forward to a collaboration with one of the world’s most experienced co-producers on the international scene,” said CEO Tomas Eskildsson.
Film i Vast operates on an annual budget of $11.5m (Sek 93m).
Perry, a film journalist, independent filmmaker and producer with his own Umbrella Films, was head of state-financed development and production company British Screen Finance (later known as the UK Film Coucil) from 1991.
Since 2000 he has concentrated on teaching »
- email@example.com (Jorn Rossing Jensen)
Our friends over at Fetch have supplied us with this handy selection of DVDs to giveaway, to some of you lucky folk here in the UK!
Two winners will have the chance of picking up a selection from the intense Grand Piano starring Elijah Wood and John Cusack, Nacho Vigalondo’s uniquely entertaining Extraterrestrial, Ken Loach’s wonderful Jimmy’S Hall and crime-thriller The Hypnotist to get your 2015 going!
So, how’d you win? Just first watch the trailer for Vigalondo’s movie:
To be in with a chance of a bundle, just tell us: What did he think her name was?
Send your answer, with your name and address, to our box below with the subject ‘Fetch DVD Bundle‘. We’ll pick those winners on 1st February!
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UK Residents Only. The winners will »
- Dan Bullock
Madrid – Argentina’s “Natural Sciences,” Mexico’s “Gueros” and Spain’s “Magical Girl” and are among a record 27 titles — including “Wild Tales” and “Libertador,” both shortlisted for a foreign-language film Oscar nomination — that compete for the Cine Latino Award at the 26th Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival.
Prize goes to the best movie from Latin America, Spain or Portugal at the fest, which kicks off today. Sponsored by Mexico’s Guadalajara Festival, its biggest film event, and the University of Guadalajara Foundation in USA, the Cine Latino Award is now in its third year.
The Cine Latino Award’s cash prize has been raised to $10,000, Raul Padilla, president of the University of Guadalajara Foundation in USA, announced Friday. This recognizes and strengthens the fast-building bridges between the U.S. and Mexican film communities, seen in the number of companies operating out of both the U.S. and Mexico and the burgeoning number of U. »
- John Hopewell
13 items from 2015
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