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Busy with the schedule of films, Amitabh Bachchan will be taking time out to attend the festival that celebrates the art of filmmaking, the 45th International Film Festival of India (Iffi) which will be held in Goa from November 20 to 30.
While Amitabh Bachchan will attend the ceremony as the chief guest, the festival will also honour the work of superstar Rajinikanth by conferring him with the Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year.
Moreover, the festival will have films coming from the globe whereby it will screen 170 films that have come from 75 countries. The President directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf will be screened at the opening ceremony and The Grandmaster by Wong Kar-wai will be a part of closing ceremony.
Wong Kar Wai’s Grandmaster will close Iffi 2014
Celebrated Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at the 45th International Film Festival of India (Iffi), to be held in Goa from November 20-30.
The festival will open with Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s The President. Superstar Amitabh Bachchan will be the Chief Guest of the opening ceremony of the festival to be held on November 20 which will be attended by Chinese film actress Zhang Ziyi and Swedish filmmaker Jan Troell. Polish film maker Krzysztof Zanussi will be the Guest of Honour of the ceremony.
Wong Kar Wai’s Grandmaster will close the festival on November 30.
Superstar Rajnikanth will be honoured with the Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year.
Bac Films has closed a raft of sales on Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s “The President,” a modern fable about dictatorship set in a fictional country. The pic, which world premiered at Venice, has sold to South Korea, India (Jiten), Spain (Alimpro), Southeast Asia (Astro) and former Yugoslavia (McF).
“The President” turns on a dictator who faces the people he previously ruled when his regime gets overthrown in a coup d’etat.
- Elsa Keslassy
Other winners include The Tribe, a documentary about Syria and Catch Me Daddy actress Sameena Jabeen Ahmed.
It saw off competition from the likes of Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy, François Ozon’s The New Girlfriend and Julius Avery’s Son of a Gun, starring Ewan McGregor (click here for full list).
Leviathan tells the tragic tale of conflict between an individual and a corrupt system in a small Russian town.
It marks the fourth feature from Zvyagintsev and is Russia’s submission for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar. The film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where many expected it to win the Palme d’Or, instead winning Best Screenplay.
It will be released in the UK by Curzon.
The award was announced at a glitzy ceremony held in London’s Banqueting Hall, Whitehall, and hosted »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Modestly tucked away below a Dunkin’ Donuts in Beirut’s built-up Ain el-Rammaneh district, the Abraj multiplex does not often play host to international movie stars. Yet while gracing its linoleum-floored halls on Oct. 1 for the Middle Eastern premiere of her film “Clouds of Sils Maria,” Juliette Binoche seemed sufficiently overwhelmed by the reception to tear up visibly before leaving the stage, reappearing in a more jovial mood for the more elegantly appointed afterparty.
The occasion was the opening night of the Beirut Intl. Film Festival, and Binoche’s reaction seemed appropriate for an event that aims for a delicate balance of glamour and gravitas. Pushing liberal social ideals and freedom of expression in a vibrant country still culturally scarred by the Lebanese Civil War, it’s a more intimate affair than other fests in the region like Doha or Dubai, which is how festival director Colette Naufal likes it: »
- Guy Lodge
At the Tuesday press conference for the Biff Gala Presentation “The President,” Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf explained how he first conceived the idea for a film about a deposed dictator (Georgian actor Misha Gomiashvili) forced go incognito in his own country, accompanied by his five-year-old grandson. “I was in the Darul Aman Palace in Kabul, where (Afghanistan’s) presidents had lived,” Makhmalbaf said. “I wondered how they looked at the city, how they played with their power.” He came up with the idea of a dictator turning off the city lights for fun – but realizing something is wrong when they fail to go on again. Used in the film, this scene signals the start of the coup and the beginning of the end for the once all-mighty hero.
Instead of a simplistic tale of how good (the coup) triumphs over bad (the dictator), Makhmalbaf said he wanted to show how »
- Mark Schilling
Exclusive: Biff’s distribution arm Cac (Center of Asia Contents) Entertainment has started picking up titles to launch distribution in Korea in step with Biff’s 20th anniversary next year.
Pick-ups include Emmanuel Shirinian’s It Was You Charlie and Ramiro Belanger’s Clydecynic – both from Canada, and the Russian film Intimate Parts, directed by Natasha Merkulova and Alexey Chupov. All three screened in Biff 2013.
At time of writing, titles hammering out their contracts with Biff included Tsai Ming Liang’s Stray Dogs (Taiwan-France) and Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s 1996 film A Moment Of Innocence and his 1991 film Time Of Love.
Others included Asian Cinema Fund support recipients Murali Nair’s Virgin Goat (India), Weng Shou Ming’s Fujian Blue (China), Woo Ming Jin’s Woman On Fire Looks For Water (Malaysia), Tongpong Chantarangkul’s I Carried You Home (Thailand/Singapore) and Khoroldorj Choijoovanjig’s Yellow Colt (Mongolia).
Ellie Jo, acquisitions manager »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean Noh)
Ann Hui is a quiet, unflashy type whose merits — honesty, diversity and lack of pre-conceptions — are the kind of humane, long-lasting values that rise to the surface over time, rather than in a bubble of manufactured PR.
She receives the Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award from the Busan Intl. Film Festival. That is an award that in previous years has gone to giants of the Asian scene including Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Yash Chopra.
Hui receives the award having recently made one of her most commercially successful films, “A Simple Life,” and one of her biggest-budget, “The Golden Era,” which premiered last month as the closing film of the Venice festival.
- Patrick Frater
The Emperor’s New Clothes: Makhmalbaf’s Conspicuous Allegory
Early on in Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s grimly steadfast The President, you may start by racking your brain for specific references to the ‘unnamed country’ that ends up undergoing a coup, wondering who that omniscient narrator was guiding us through a spectacularly lit city square. We are told that yet another capital punishment is about to transpire under the tyranny of a dictator, a man referred to only by his euphemistic occupation. Signing off on these death sentences, the grizzled leader plays a silly game with his young grandson to show off his spectacular authority by turning the lights on and off in the entire city, and then the lights literally go out on his regime. But as the film progresses, you’ll realize it doesn’t really matter where this is happening as this is an allegory, an unspecified country standing in for many. »
- Nicholas Bell
Fury (David Ayer)
[via the BFI]
The programme for the 58th BFI London Film Festival launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. The lineup includes highly anticipated fall titles including David Ayer’s Fury, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, the Sundance smash Whiplash, Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D, The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children and Jean-Marc Vallee’s Wild.
As Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals, it introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience, offering a compelling combination of red carpet glamour, engaged audiences and vibrant exchange. The Festival provides an essential profiling opportunity for films seeking global success at the start of the Awards season, promotes the careers of British and »
The Telluride Film Festival is over and done with and Venice is coming to a close, but we’ve got the Toronto International Film Festival on the way and the New York Film Festival coming up right after. On top of that, the lineup for the 58th BFI London Film Festival was just announced. The list includes a bunch of titles that are already making the festival rounds like the event opener, The Imitation Game, as well as Gala selections Foxcatcher, Whiplash, Wild and Mr. Turner. In addition, we’ve also got Testament of Youth starring Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Hayley Atwell, Emily Watson and Dominic West making its world premiere as well as The Falling with Maisie Williams, Silent Storm with Andrea Riseborough and Damian Lewis, and Serena with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. Hit the jump for more on the 2014 BFI London Film Festival lineup. The event begins »
- Perri Nemiroff
The line-up for the 58th London Film Festival (Oct 8-19) has been revealed this morning and it is packed with awards contenders and the best of this year’s festivals.
Click here for full line-up
Titles already generating awards buzz that will receive gala screenings at Lff include Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, and Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, which proved the breakout hit at Sundance.
Other galas will give European premieres to Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children, starring Adam Sandler and Ansel Elgort with a racy voiceover by Emma Thompson, and biopic Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon and directed by Jean-Marc Vallee.
Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner will also feature among the main gala screenings as will the world premiere of Testament of Youth, a First World »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Among the Headline Gala screenings are the thriller “Whiplash,” about a young jazz drummer under the tutelage of a ruthless maestro, starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women & Children,” starring Adam Sandler and Ansel Elgort with a voiceover by Emma Thompson, and real-life drama “Wild,” starring Reese Witherspoon, adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby from Cheryl Strayed’s account »
- Leo Barraclough
The 19th Busan International Film Festival (Biff) (Oct 2-11) today announced its line-up with the international premiere of Chen-Zer Doze Niu’s Taiwanese film Paradise In Service as the opening film.
Niu and cast members will be on hand at the opening ceremony on Oct 2, to be emceed by Moon So-ri and Ken Watanabe.
Lee Bo-Cheung’s Hong Kong-China film Gangster Pay Day will receive its world premiere as the closing film on Oct 11. The director as well as stars Anthony Wong and Charlene Choi will be on hand to present the film.
Biff will screen 314 films from 79 countries with 98 world premieres and 36 international premieres.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean Noh)
Seoul – This year’s Busan International Film Festival has set Taiwanese director Chen-Zer ‘Doze’ Niu’s “Paradise in Service” as its opening film.
Putting the emphasis strongly on Greater China, the South Korean festival (Oct. 3-11, 2014) will close with “Gangster Pay Day,” a Hong Kong comedy actioner directed by Lee Po-Cheung.
“Paradise” is a romantic drama about a group of people trapped on an island in the 1960s preparing for a war that may never happen. While location scouting for the picture, Niu was formally indicted for breaking Taiwan’s military laws by bringing his mainland Chinese cinematographer Cao Yu into a restricted naval area.
Two of the festival’s four gala presentations also hail from the Chinese-speaking world: Zhang Yimou’s “Coming Home,” which had its debut in Cannes in May, and the previously announced “The Golden Era” by Ann Hui.
Other galas go to veteran Korean helmer Im Kwon-taek’s “Revivre, »
- Nemo Kim
★★★★☆Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's opens Venice's Orizzonti sidebar with The President (2014), which attains the open force of a parable while at the same time maintaining the excitement and tension of a political thriller. Georgian actor Misha Gomiashvili plays the President of the title, who reigns over an unnamed country. His grandson (Dachi Orvelashvili) sits on his knee, dressed in a military uniform and asks for ice cream, which he's not allowed for health reasons. To distract the boy, the President has him order by telephone that all the lights in the city be turned off. It's a brilliantly absurd moment showing the childishness, flippancy and immorality of absolute power.
- CineVue UK
The company is at the fest for Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s “The President,” which it co-produced and which opened Venice Horizons Wednesday. Bac is also selling the pic and will distribute in France. That level of involvement in a production looks increasingly to be the norm as Bac Films drives to “create (itself as) a boutique major or mini-major involved in all stages of movies’ life-cycle: Development, financing, production, local and international distribution,” Grumbach said just before Venice.
With Bac Films Distribution’s Mathieu Robinet running all aspects of its French operation, Bac is bringing in staffers and offering one-stop film financing. As many French companies are downscaling, Bac is building, emerging as an ever-more active player on the international film scene.
Bac Films used to acquire four to »
- John Hopewell
An allegorical lesson about dictatorships and the cycle of violence they breed, Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s “The President” unfortunately offers a simplified and simplistic reduction, akin to an ancient morality tale without the ancients’ brevity — rather than sophistication cloaked in innocence, the pic feels like didacticism submerged in naivete. Set in an unnamed country reminiscent of many recent despotic nations, the story follows a fallen autocrat and his artless grandson fleeing murderous revolutionaries bent on vengeance. Some may champion the film’s topicality while pointing to the master filmmaker’s familiarity with authoritarian regimes, yet more was expected from such a source. The Makhmalbaf name ensures fest exposure and limited international sales.
Perhaps it’s the Georgian location that make “The President” seem styled on autocratic former Soviet republics like Kazakhstan, though Makhmalbaf claims particular inspiration from recently fallen Arab dictatorships, and certainly a scene toward the end comes straight out of Gaddafi’s story. »
- Jay Weissberg
UK industry representatives arrive in Sarajevo as part of CineLink Partner Country initiative
Sarajevo’s CineLink Partner Country Initiative has been running for more than a decade, systematically strengthening the working relationship between the Southeast European film industry and its international counterparts.
This year’s Partner Country is the UK, and a delegation of around 20 British producers, sales agents, distributors, agents and festival representatives will be present at CineLink for four intensive days of meeting regional film makers and promoting the possibilities of cooperation with the UK.
As an introduction for the producers from Southeast Europe attending the festival, Isabel Davis, the head of international film fund at the BFI, held a presentation of its recently established minority co-production fund.
“The UK has had a good, long-standing relationship with this festival and this region, and it felt very timely to come here as a partner country,” Davis said.
“While the UK is very talent-driven and actually getting »
- email@example.com (Vladan Petkovic)
While a Venetian touch (gondolas, art, architecture, margherita pizzas) certainly adds to the charm of the Venice Film Festival experience, for a third year straight, cinephiles can skip the packing their suitcases portion of a trip and bring the Lido into their own screening rooms. Venice Biennale’s Sala Web has reteamed with Festival Scope folks to offer an appetite whetting total of eleven features (8 Orizzonti section & 3 Biennale College – Cinema). Announced yesterday, digital tickets for the Sala Web screenings (4€ each) can be grabbed at www.boxoffice.festivalscope.com – but don’t throw your popcorn into the microwave just yet. The 2014 sampling of world cinema/72nd Venice Film Fest is only available during a period of 5 days beginning at 9 pm (Italian time) on the day of each film’s official presentation.
Among the headliner items we find Kandahar helmer Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s The President tells a story set in a fictional »
- Eric Lavallee
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