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Film Review: ‘The Judgment’

Film Review: ‘The Judgment’
The sins of the father come home to roost — at times a little drowsily — in “The Judgment,” a solemn, sincere slab of Eastern European domestic miserablism addressing the paired crises of economic downturn and illegal immigration. The stabs at social consciousness in Bulgarian helmer Stephan Komandarev’s film, however, pierce less deeply than the classical father-son melodrama at its heart. The immigrants in question remain a wholly anonymous plot device, arguably underlining the more privileged European public’s indifference to the issue, but muffling the pic’s human impact. Submitted as Bulgaria’s foreign-language Oscar entry but missing the pre-nomination shortlist (unlike Komandarev’s 2009 film “The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner”), this well-traveled fest item will count on its political topicality in the distribution game.

Though “The Judgment’s” festival premiere preceded the international headlines prompted last year by the Syrian refugee crisis, Komandarev’s film
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Cannes: Wild Bunch Reteams With Emir Kusturica for ‘On the Milky Road’ (Exclusive)

Continuing its relationship with Palme d’Or-winning Serbian director Emir Kusturica, Wild Bunch has snatched up international sales to “On the Milky Road,” a romance-adventure film with Monica Bellucci.

On the Milky Road” is produced by Alex Garcia for Ag Studios, Lucas Akoskin for Bn Films, Paula Vaccaro for Pinball London and Kusturica for Rasta Intl.

Kusturica, who directed and wrote the movie, stars in the lead role. Sergej Trifunovic (“A Serbian War”) and Predrag Manojlovic (“Black Cat White Cat”) complete the cast.

Pic unfolds as a three-part narrative recounting three periods in the life of a man (Kusturica): his time as a lucky milkman during the war; evading perilous escapades and blossoming romance with the woman he loves (Bellucci); and his later life as a monk, looking back over the tumultuous past.

The film shoots on location in the Balkans, across the Republic of Srpska, Serbia and Montenegro.
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‘McFarland USA’ To Close Santa Barbara Film Festival: Full Lineup

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The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled its 2015 line-up which includes films representing 54 countries, 23 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres. The U.S. premiere of Niki Caro’s McFarland USA will close out the 30th fest. Based on the 1987 true story and starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello, the film follows novice runners from McFarland, an economically challenged town in California’s farm-rich Central Valley, as they give their all to build a cross-country team under the direction of Coach Jim White (Costner), a newcomer to their predominantly Latino high school. The unlikely band of runners overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring legacy as well.

The festival runs from January 27-February 7.

Below is the list of World and U.S. Premiere films followed by the list of titles by sidebar categories.

World Premieres

A Better You, USA

Directed by Matt Walsh

Cast: Brian Huskey,
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'McFarland, USA' will close out 30th annual Santa Barbara Film Festival

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'McFarland, USA' will close out 30th annual Santa Barbara Film Festival
A self-acknowledged "showcase for Academy Award frontrunners," the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is often overlooked for the actual films that earn it festival status. An amalgamation of international discoveries and ’merica’s circuit highlights, the Sbiff curates a week of best-of-the-best to pair with their star-praising. The 2015 edition offers another expansive selection, bookended by two films that aren’t on any radars just yet. Sbiff will open with "Desert Dancer," producer Richard Raymond’s directorial debut. Starring Reece Ritchie and Frieda Pinto, the drama follows a group of friends who wave off the harsh political climate of Iran’s 2009 presidential election in favor of forming a dance team, picking up moves from Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev thanks to the magic of YouTube. The festival will close with "McFarland, USA," starring Kevin Costner and Maria Bello. Telling the 1987 true story of a Latino high school’s underdog cross-country team,
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Mira Fornay project among Sofia Meetings

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New films by Mira Fornay, Radu Jude and Stephan Komandarev are among the projects to be pitched at this year’s Sofia Meetings (March 13-16).

The Plus Minus One line-up of eight projects includes the third feature from Slovakian filmmaker Mira Fornay. Cook, F—k, Kill (Frogs With No-Tongues) is an absurdist drama about domestic violence.

It follows her 2009 feature debut Little Foxes and 2013’s My Dog Killer, which won a Tiger Award at last year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam and was Slovakia’s submission for for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar.

Romanian Radu Jude’s Scarred Hearts, inspired by author Max Blecher’s eponymous novel and other writings, will be produced by his regular collaborator Ada Solomon of HiFilm Productions.

Greek director Rinio Dragassaki’s coming of age film Cosmic Candy is also in the line-up. Her short, Schoolyard, screened in the Generation 14plus at this year’s Berlinale.

In addition
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The Real Thing: A Bosnian Tackles Family And War In “Cirkus Columbia”

The reliable and gifted director of fluid, sometimes baroque films, known here mostly for his Oscar-winning opera prima No Man’s Land (2001), Bosnian filmmaker Danis Tanovic deftly addresses two subjects others flirt with but rarely grasp, and certainly not when broached in a single film: family and war. With a relatively conventional but appropriate style, Tanovic skillfully weaves together the two topics in his most recent film, the powerful Cirkus Columbia, highlighting their reciprocal impact.

He co-wrote the script with the source novel’s Croatian author, Ivica Djikic. Tanovic examines kinship up front, with the impending war between Croats and Serbs (in Croatia and in Herzegovina, a gorgeous region of mixed ethnic population that is part of Bosnia) coloring the intimate links between family members.

Set in 1991, when the various regions of Yugoslavia were seceding, and with trouble brewing in places like Bosnia and Croatia where Serbs constituted a substantial minority,
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Film: Movie Review: Cirkus Columbia

A decade after No Man’s Land, Bosnian director Danis Tanovic returns to his home turf with Cirkus Columbia, set in a Yugoslavian village on the eve of the war that split the country. The coming strife, however, is mere backdrop to the story of a man returning home after decades abroad with repatriation and revenge on his mind. Miki Manojlovic, the star of Emir Kusturica’s great Underground, has not-so-patiently spent 22 years waiting for the end of Communist rule, and now that the old guard is out and his cousin is the mayor, he can’t wait to ...
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Film Review: ‘The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch’ is Cliché Drowned in French Style

Rating: 2.5/5.0

Chicago – From what I understand, the name Largo Winch is a household one in Europe. While it may mean nothing here, a French spy thriller with a name like “The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch,” based on a European comic book, might sound like the perfect alternative for arthouse movie goers looking for something different this holiday weekend. Sadly, from the very beginning, “Largo Winch” feels like nothing different at all. It’s surprisingly generic, clichéd, and often dull, with only a few set pieces and dashes of French style to separate it. Far from a complete disaster, but forgettable in nearly every way.

“The Heir Apparent” opens as a number of thrillers have – with the death of a very rich man. One minute, Mr. Nerio Winch (Miki Manojlovic) is lounging in his bathrobe on a boat, the next he’s being pulled underwater and drowned by a silent assassin.
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Indie Trailer Sunday: Jérôme Salle's 'The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch'

"You're a Winch, Largo. What matters is your future." Today's indie trailer, the first in a little while, is for another awesome Belgian graphic novel adaptation other than Tintin, this one titled The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch, based on the Largo Winch series. Tomer Sisley, who also stars in our French favorite Sleepless Night, plays Largo Winch. The cast also includes Miki Manojlovic, Kristin Scott Thomas and Mélanie Thierry. This looks somewhat like if a corporate CEO's heir was an action movie superstar, with a tinge of Michael Bay. One thing is for sure - this confirms that Tomer Sisley is truly badass. Check this out! Watch the official Us trailer for Jérôme Salle's The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch, in HD via Apple: When billionaire financier Nerio Winch (Manojlovic) and head of the W Group is murdered, his second in command (Scott Thomas) must locate his only heir -
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The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch Clip

The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch Clip
When billionaire financier Nerio Winch (Miki Manojlovic) and head of the W Group is murdered, his second in command (Kristin Scott Thomas) must locate his only heir: A heretofore unknown adopted son, Largo (Tomer Sisley). But first the heir, a twentysomething adventurer, must overcome an onslaught of drug traffickers, assassins, corporate raiders and double-dealing insiders to fulfill his destiny in this twisty, fast-paced corporate thriller. We have a look at The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch with a new clip. Check it out below. The film is in select theaters and available on VOD today!

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The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch was released November 18th, 2011 and stars Tomer Sisley, Kristin Scott Thomas, Miki Manojlovic, Mélanie Thierry, Gilbert Melki, Karel Roden, Steven Waddington, Anne Consigny. The film is directed by Jérôme Salle.
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Exclusive Clip From The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch

ComingSoon.net has received a clip from Jerome Salle's The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch , opening in theaters and available on VOD today, November 18th. In the film, when billionaire financier Nerio Winch (Miki Manojlovic) and head of the W Group is murdered, his second in command (Kristin Scott Thomas) must locate his only heir . a heretofore unknown adopted son, Largo (Tomer Sisley). But first the heir . a twentysomething adventurer . must overcome an onslaught of drug traffickers, assassins, corporate raiders and double-dealing insiders to fulfill his destiny in this twisty, fast-paced corporate thriller.
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The Heir Apparent Largo Winch Movie Review

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The Heir Apparent Largo Winch Movie Review
Title: The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch Directed by: Jerome Salle Starring: Tomer Sisley, Kristin Scott Thomas and Miki Manojlovic It’s always a tricky business with trying to adapt a comic properly onto the big screen. You have to deal not only with aiming to please the fans of the comic but also being able to gain mass appeal from the general audience. And here you have “Largo Winch,” a Belgian comic book hero that is basically the combination of Bruce Wayne and James Bond rolled into one, minus the secret spy and superhero aspects of those two. When billionaire financier Nerio Winch (Miki Manojlovic) and head of the W Group...
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St. Louis International Film Festival 2011: ‘Cirkus Columbia’: Human bonds ring true, with war just around the corner

Cirkus Columbia

Directed by Danis Tanovic

Written and Directed by Danis Tanovic and Ivica Djikic

Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2010

The situation is a familiar one; a middle-aged man returns to his former hometown with a beautiful young girlfriend and shows off his good fortune to his old friends. When Divko Buntic (Miki Manojlovic) pulls up in a luxury car into the small Bosnian town, the onlookers’ response is the expected mix of jealousy and hatred. After making it big in Germany, he returns triumphantly to showcase his power in the newly capitalist Bosnia region. His next step is to kick his estranged wife and young adult son out of their house and move right inside. This premise appears to set up an obvious family drama, but the actual result provides an interesting shift on our expectations.

Set in 1991 just prior to the Yugoslav Wars, Cirkus Columbia offers an intimate look at the
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ActionFest '11: The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch Review

[With an upcoming sequel, and its North American Premiere at ActionFest, it's high time we revisit James Marsh's review.] Who would have thought there was a Belgian comic book hero out there to rival Tintin? I will come clean on this one right away and admit that I had never heard of Largo Winch before watching this film. However, a quick trip to Wikipedia exposes him as having a legacy spanning several decades, including numerous chronicled adventures, in both novel and comic book form, as well as a previous film incarnation and even a TV series to his name. Largo Winch is the secret, adopted son of business mogul Nerio Winch (Miki Manojlovic), who heads his empire out of the impressive W Group tower in...
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The Foreign Film List Grows: Miki's Endurance, Maria's Acclaim

63 countries have now announced their Oscar submissions. Last year we had 65 films and the most ever, if my data is correct, was 2008 in which 67 countries competed for the coveted 5 slots. (If 10 is the number for Best Picture, shouldn't the corresponding prize for subtitled features, also be 10? ) In other words, numbers-wise, we're just about finished. The deadline has already passed but some countries are quiet about their submissions. The "official" official list will arrive any minute now... or next week depending on the speed with which AMPAS does their paperwork. Soon is the point.

A naked blue moment from Puerto Rico's Miente a.k.a. Lie. Spanish is the

language to know in this category. 11 of the 63 entries are in Spanish!

I've updated all the pages so you can see the info. The major contending countries, those frequently in the hunt, have all announced their representative films.

Afghanistan to France

(23 films.
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World Cinema: Largo Winch (2008)

Largo Winch, 2008

Directed by Jérôme Salle

Starring Tomer Sisley, Mélanie Thierry, Kristin Scott Thomas, Miki Manojlovic and Steven Waddington.

Synopsis:

When a wealthy business tycoon is found dead his adopted son and heir suspects foul play and sets out to protect his father's estate and avenge his death.

Prior to viewing this film I’d never heard of Largo Winch - star of illustrator Philippe Francq and writer Jean Van Hamme’s popular Belgian comic-book series, along with Van Hamme’s own series of novels from the 1970s - both of which serve as the inspiration for writer-director Jérôme Salle’s second feature. However, with annual sales of half a million in Salle’s native country, it seems that a lot of Frenchmen are familiar with the character and as such, they’ve been rewarded with an ambitious European attempt at a Hollywood-style action thriller. And, unless the theatrical adaptation
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Cirkus Columbia by Danis Tanovic, Venice Film Festival 2010

Ok, here we are to continue our little chat about this year’s Venice Film Festival and some interesting titles that we’ll have a chance to see on its traditional home on the Venice Lido.

Mira Furlan and Miki Manojlovic in Cirkus Columbia

Danis Tanovic (No Man’s Land, Triage) and his project Cirkus Columbia is definitely one of them, which is already being described as a “romantic saga” which “covers the end of a century that tragically announced the arrival of a new era in the Balkans”.

Here’s the Cirkus Columbia synopsis: “A small town in south Herzegovina, in the wake of the war. After years of communist rule, a new democratic government is elected, and this means that all the sinners of the ex-system are suddenly forgiven.

This is a sign for Divko Buntic to return home and start a series of little revenges after years of exile.
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Publicist to the Festival Films & Winners

Richard Lormand does it again. This time for Venice. Greetings! I've been all work and no play this summer. Yet I'm strangely not too grumpy. Well, not more than usual. But I'm sure that the Lido will take care of that!... Once again I'm proud to share some info on a group of very fine films (in order of appearance): Cirkus Columbia marks Oscar-winning Bosnian director Danis Tanovic's return home. This is a charming summer's end film, full of bittersweet nostalgia and wise notions about human nature. A wonderful cast featuring Miki Manojlovic and Mira Furlan. Produced by Razors Edge.…
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13th Annual EU Film Festival Highlights, Week Four: ‘The Secret of Kells,’ ‘Hadewijch’

Chicago – We have now reached the fourth and final week of the 13th Annual European Union Film Festival at the Siskel Film Center, and what a fantastic festival it has been. From international sensations to critically acclaimed gems rarely available in the Us, the EU annual line-up is consistently one of the finest offered by any festival in the Windy City.

The first three weeks were loaded with highlights that just seemed to get better as the days progressed. Some of the selections, such as Austria’s diabolical delight “The Bone Man” and the Netherlands’ beguiling documentary “Rembrandt’s J’Accuse,” were more entertaining than the majority of mainstream Hollywood releases. Both France and Italy had several exceptional entries this year, including Amos Gitai’s spellbinding “Disengagement” and Luca Guadagnino’s ravishing “I Am Love.” Read more here, here and here.

The final week is somewhat of a letdown in comparison,
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Why Bulgaria Might Become an Oscar Winner.

Jose here with a take on the Foreign Language Film Oscar race.

The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner (read my review here) not only has the coolest name in AMPAS' foreign film shortlist, it might also go ahead and get Bulgaria its very first Oscar win.

First we must consider that this whole post might be irrelevant come Tuesday, but for now indulge me while I explain why I think this movie might make it to the final five and snatch the damn thing.

The movie doesn't have even have a Stateside release date yet (except for a film festival in Florida) but I've read many articles that proclaim they'd nominate the film merely because of its awesome title. AMPAS of course can't do that, because the people who vote for this category need to have seen all the movies.

Fortunately for them, they won't have to do that much thinking,
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