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Despite calls for his release by Pedro Almodovar, Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov (“Gamer”) has been denied bail at a Russian court hearing. He will now remain in prison until his trial Oct. 11.
Sentsov was arrested by Russian Fsb security forces in his house in Simferopol in the Crimea on May 11 and taken to Moscow. On May 30, the Fsb announced that Sentsov – who had actively opposed Russia’s annexation of Crimea, delivering food supplies to Ukrainian army troops trapped in their barracks – would be charged with planning to bomb two World War II monuments and setting fire to other buildings.
Sentsov made a speech in court from behind iron bars this week. (http://tvrain.ru/articles/ja_ne_krepostnoj_chtoby_s_zemlej_menja_peredavat_rech_ukrainskogo_rezhissera_olega_sentsova_v_sude-371693/)
In a summary by U.K. producer Mike Downey, who is spearheading the European »
- John Hopewell
The premiere for A Nightingale Falling takes place tomorrow at the Galway Film Fleadh, and unless you’ve got your ticket, you won’t get one now as it’s been sold out for well over a week. However, we have the first trailer below and it looks great. It has a fantastic authenticity about it (the visuals are superb), and it’s very reminiscent of something the great Ken Loach would do. Some tense and powerful performances by the cast here too and this is something we’re looking forward to seeing! Best of luck to Garret Daly and all the cast and crew ahead of their premiere! Synopsis: Set in Ireland during the War of Independence, two sisters' lives are changed forever as they care for a wounded soldier. What transpires is a tragic love story of a household & its inhabitants, caught in the crucible of dark deep »
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Estonian film Cherry Tobacco has its World Premiere in Karlovy Vary. Laurence Boyce talks to the married director Andres and Katrin Maimik about influences, first love and dumpling faces.
Married directing duo Andres and Katrin Maimik mark their debut feature together with Estonian film Cherry Tobacco, due to have its World Premiere in Karlovy Vary’s East of the West Competition.
For Katrin Maimik, it represents her first foray into the world of feature film after directing well-regarded shorts such as Foto. For Andres Maimik, known to Estonian audiences as an actor and journalist, it represents a return after such films as documentary Kuku: I Will Survive and the popular domestic hit Farts of Fury.
Cherry Tobacco follows young girl Laura who embarks on a camping holiday in the Estonian countryside. There she falls for the charms of 40-something Joosep and young love blossoms.
A lyrical and moving piece about first love, the film drips »
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The Golden Dream is a stunning first feature by Diego Quemada-Diez, who has previously worked camera for, among others, Alejandro Inarritu, Oliver Stone, and, most influentially, for Ken Loach. The Golden Dream has recently become the most awarded Mexican film in history, scooping up awards from Thessaloniki to Tallinn, including Un Certain Regard at Cannes. Juan (Brandon Lopez), Sara (Karen Martinez), and Chauk (Rodolfo Dominguez) are three Guatemalans, barely burgeoning on adulthood, who leave the poverty of their slum and head for a treacherous dream, a life—a fantasy better life—in the United States. First as illegal immigrants in Mexico, they must make their way west and then up, to become illegal immigrants in Los Angeles, joining a river of migration through an incredibly hostile environment. Besides robbery (if it’s not bandits, it’s the police who rob them), hunger, »
- Dr. Garth Twa
French director to receive the Pardo d’onore at the Locarno Film Festival next month - only the second woman to receive the honour.
French director Agnès Varda is to receive the Pardo d’onore (honorary Leopard) at the 67th edition of the Locarno Film Festival (Aug 6-16).
The festival’s tribute to her will be accompanied by screenings of a selection of her films: the features Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962), The Creatures (1966), Lions Love (…and Lies) (1969), Documenteur (1981), Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi, 1985), The Gleaners and I (Les glaneurs et la glaneuse, 2000) and The Beaches of Agnes (Les Plages d’Agnès, 2008), and the short film Oncle Yanco (1967), as well as the five episodes of the TV series Agnès de ci de là Varda (2011).
Varda will also take part in an on-stage coversation at the festival.
After working as a theatre photographer, Varda began directing in 1954 with the feature-length film La Pointe Courte, starring [link=nm »
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The Belgian-born Varda, 85, has directed more than 30 films over a career spanning more than six decades, starting with her 1954 “La Pointe Courte,” with Philippe Noiret, also at his debut. Edited by Alain Resnais, this pic about a young Parisian couple spending a few days in a village on the Mediterranean coast to decide whether to stay together or not became a defining influence on the next generation of Gallic directors.
The tribute to Varda from the Swiss fest dedicated to indie and cutting-edge cinema will comprise screenings of a wide selection of her films, including “Cleo from 5 to 7,” (1962); “The Creatures” (1966); “Lions Love (…and lies),” (1969); “Documenteur,” (1981), “Vagabond” (1985); “The Gleaners and I” (2000); “The Beaches of Agnes” (2008); and the »
- Nick Vivarelli
Festival, whose lineup was unveiled Wednesday in Zagreb.
Among competish titles are Jessica Hausner’s “Amour Fou,” Tudor Cristian Jurgiu’s “Japanese Dog,” Ken Loach’s “Jimmy’s Hall,” Xavier Dolan’s “Tom at the Farm,” Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo,” Ralph Fiennes’ “The Invisible Woman” and “Bridges of Sarajevo,” which has multiple directors.
The Croatian program includes Darko Lungulov’s “Monument to Michael Jackson,” Branko Istvancic’s “The Bridge at the End of the World,” Darko Suvak’s “Happy Endings,” Filip Peruzovic’s “Walk the Dog,” and Peter Kerekes, »
- Variety Staff
Fridriksson [pictured] will serve on a jury and be the subject of a retrospective including his films Rock in Reykjavik, Children of Nature, Devil’s Island, Angels Of The Universe, and Falcons.
The Pula Pro Industry section will include masterclasses from PR expert Charles MacDonald, marketing veteran John Durie, sound expert Ray Gillon of G-Minor and Nik Powell of the UK’s National Film and Television School (Nfts).
The festival boasts a new artistic team of Mike Downey, Hrvoje Puksec and Tanja Milicic, who took over in April.
The Pula Cinematheque section, under special advistor Rajko Grlic, will focus on the year 1965.
One new strand at the festival will be Dizalica, aimed at cinephiles aged 16-21; selections include We Are The Best! and Bitch Hug. This is added »
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British actress Justine Waddell, who learnt Russian for her role in Alexander Zeldovich’s Target (Mishen), will join the competition’s international jury, including Moscow Film Festival programme director Kirill Razlogov, Russian actress Olga Sutulova, and Armenian-French actor-director-producer Serge Avedikian, with writer-director Svetlana Proskurina as jury chairperson.
The competition line-up of 10 first and second features are as follows:
Life Feels Good, dir: Maciej Pieprzyca, PolandStill Life, dir: Uberto Pasolini, UKClass Enemy, dir: Rok Bicek, SloveniaBlind, dir: Eskil Vogt, NorwayStereo, dir: Maximilian Erlenwein, GermanyThe Art Of Happiness, dir: Alessandro Rak, ItalyWolf, dir: Jim Taihuttu, The NetherlandsTo See The Sea, dir: Jirí Mádl, Czech RepublicWhen Animals Dream, dir: Jonas Alexander Arnby, DenmarkSkinless, dir: Vladimir Beck, Russia.
Sidebars include the out-of-competition European section with such films as The Great Beauty »
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Rochdale-born actor Christine Bottomley graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before landing her first TV acting role in 2001. She has since appeared in several prominent BBC productions including the Emmy- and Bafta-winning drama The Street (2006), as well as Land Girls and Hope Springs (both in 2009). She has also starred in ITV's Great Night Out and appeared alongside Peter Firth in recent crime drama Undeniable. In 2010, Bottomley was nominated for best supporting actress at the London Critics' Circle awards for her role in Clio Barnard's The Arbor, which was followed by further film roles in Nigel Cole's All in Good Time and Frances Lea's Strawberry Fields. Bottomley is in Keeping Rosy, in cinemas now, and will return to the small screen for Kay Mellor's »
- Leah Harper
All great debut features come from a place of true inspiration. For Diego Quemada-Diez, those places are dotted all over; with his knockout first film, The Golden Dream, which follows the lives of a group of teenagers as they embark on a mission from Guatemala to the U.S., the elements of his work can be traced back to the director’s influences (of which there are many) while also standing entirely on their own.
He sat down with HeyUGuys for a lengthy chat about the movie, and the political, social and deeply personal aspects that came to shape not only The Golden Dream, but his life.
Warning: this interview contains spoilers.
I found the film to be very powerful, but very sad as well. Did you have any inspirations? Were you thinking of other films while you were making this one?
I’ve been a cinephile all my life, »
- Gary Green
Omar is a movie that toes the line between different genres and different directions in narrative. Nothing is as it seems; the same can be said of its director, Hany Abu-Assad, who strikes a modest figure but is a veritable fountain of knowledge on all things cinema. Similarly, Waleed Zuaiter, who plays Agent Rami – the ‘villain’, for want of a better word – is an unassuming character, speaking about his craft with much passion and with zero pretension.
Between the two, HeyUGuys got a glimpse inside what makes Omar such a fantastic thriller; we talk about its unwillingness to focus on more specific genre tropes, how the Cannes film festival affects films of such a scale, and how the complexities of human condition makes for endless storytelling possibilities.
I personally couldn’t decide whether Omar was a love story or a war story. Is that kind of the combination that you »
- Gary Green
The biggest Slovak film festival, Art Film Fest, will soon open its gates (21-27 June) in the scenic spa town of Trenčianske Teplice. The films from prestigious festivals such as Venice, Sundance and Cannes will be concentrated on screens in Trenčianske Teplice and the nearby city of Trenčín. The festival will boast 132 offerings from world cinema. A batch of films from Cannes comprises the allegedly last film of British legend Ken Loach, Jimmy´s Hall, which will be opening the festival on Saturday, 21 June. Loach offers a portrait of radical and free thinker, Jimmy Gralton, in 30s Ireland in a clash of church and community. The lauded unconventional canine allegory by Hungarian filmmaker Kornel Mundruczo, The White God, will drag viewers among a pack of...
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Madrid — Following in the illustrious footsteps of Clint Eastwood (2009), Milos Forman (2010). Gerard Depardieu (2011), Ken Loach (2012) and Quentin Tarantino (2013), Pedro Almodovar will receive the 6th Lumiere Award at France’s 2014 Lumiere-Grand Lyon Festival.
A unique film event, organized by the Lumiere Institute’s Bertrand Tavernier, the celebrated French cineaste, and Cannes Festival topper Thierry Fremaux, the Lumiere Festival is held in France’s city of Lyon. Its program is made up almost entirely of theatrical screenings of movie re-runs, restorations and re-issues.
As Tarantino before him, Almodovar will program a selection of films at the festival, under the section title, Almodovar: Mi Historia del Cine.
Almodovar’s Lumiere Prize ceremony will take place Friday Oct. 17.
2014’s 6th Lumiere Fest will also host its second Classic Film Market after a debut 2013 edition that saw deals – Twilight Time’s pacting with London-based Protagonist Pictures on U.S rights to a package of Film »
- John Hopewell
The BBC's Antiques Roadshow has some unlikely fans. First shadow chancellor Ed Balls claimed that the programme made him "incredibly emotional", now leftwing film director Ken Loach has come out as a fan, reports the Daily Mail. It quotes him as saying it's his "guilty pleasure", and as adding: "The format where the owner is meant to look delighted by the valuation is tedious but I do like hearing about the history of each object." Monkey can't help but wonder who'll turn out to be a fan of the show next Katie Price?
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The worlds of football and cinema frequently collide, and judging by the number of great sportsmen who've tried their hand at acting, it's clear that Hollywood holds a strong allure for the professional athlete.
With the 2014 FIFA World Cup about to get underway, Digital Spy takes a look at a handful of actors who've made it to the big screen.
Arguably the greatest footballer of all time, Pelé lined up alongside fellow icons Bobby More and Ossie Ardiles (and a host of Ipswich Town greats!) in this inspiring blend of Great Escape-style war flick and underdog sports story.
2. Vinnie Jones (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels)
After retiring from the beautiful game, Wimbledon hardman Vinnie Jones established a second career for himself. »
London — Some of Europe’s top filmmakers — Pedro Almodovar, Ken Loach, Aki Kaurismaki and Mike Leigh, among them — have called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to clarify the status of detained Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov.
In a letter sent Tuesday to Putin, other leading Russian politicians, including Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky, and the head of Russia’s security service Fsb, Alexander Bortnikov, a group of 19 leading European directors and producers asked the Russian government to ensure the safety of Sentsov, and to make known his exact whereabouts.
They also asked that Sentsov be charged with a “recognizable offence or released,” and that the government “instigate a full, prompt and impartial investigation into the apparently arbitrary detention by the Fsb in order to bring all those responsible to justice.”
The letter, which was the idea of the board of the European Film Academy, was also signed by helmers Stephen Daldry, »
- Leo Barraclough
In a letter to Russian authorities, European film-makers have expressed their worry about the fate of Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov
The Board of the European Film Academy has initiated a letter to Russian authorities about Oleg Sentsov.
Sentsov was arrested last month [see separate story here] and European film-makers have signed the letter to express their worry about the fate of the Ukrainian film-maker.
The letter states that “we are deeply worried and cannot stop wondering how he is and what his future will be,” and goes on to call upon the Russian authorities to ensure the safety of Sentsov and to make public his whereabouts.
The letter in full
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin - President of Russia
Sergey Evgenyevich Naryshkin – Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation
Alexander Wassiljewitsch Bortnikow - Director of the Fsb
Vladimir Aleksandrovich Kolokoltsev - Russian »
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Screen International is today unveiling its 2014 UK Stars of Tomorrow, profiling rising actors, writers, directors, producers and heads of department.Click here for the digital edition [Subscribers]Gallery: UK Stars of Tomorrow 2014
The 2014 Class of Screen International UK Stars of Tomorrow are: (click on each name for individual profile)
The 20-year-old Manchester native is already a familiar face in the Us, where she stars in TV series Bates Motel.
At just 17, this Harrow teenager is a veteran of his own YouTube show and will star in three new features: Don’t Grow Up, Legacy and Montana.
The 20-year-old East Ender has just shot an episode of Babylon and will star »
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday May 30th to Sunday June 1st 2014…
Angelina Jolie returned to screens this past weekend as the Mistress of All Evil in Disney’s live-action fairy tale Maleficent, with the film pulling in a solid £6,590,071 (including £2.77 million of Wednesday and Thursday previews) to claim first place in the chart with the fifth biggest debut of the year so far. That’s an improvement on recent fairy tale-inspired movies Snow White and the Huntsman (£3.6 million) and Mirror Mirror (£2.4 million), as well as Disney’s own Oz the Great and Powerful (£3.7 million).
Unlike Maleficent, the week’s two other big releases struggled to make much of an impact, with the Tom Cruise-headlined sci-fi Edge of Tomorrow taking third with £1,886,096 despite strong reviews, and Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West earning £1,240,465 to finish up in fourth. »
- Gary Collinson
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