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Rome – “Boyhood” protag Ellar Coltrane will be feted by Italy’s Capri-Hollywood film festival dedicated to launching Oscar hopefuls and establishing a creative and business bridgehead between Hollywood and the Italian film and showbiz communities.
The young actor from Texas, chosen by director Richard Linklater after an extensive casting process to play Mason Evans Jr. from age six through 18, will receive the Capri Family Award during the informal event on the Italo isle off the coast of Naples. Capri is gaining increasing prominence as a platform for Academy Awards campaigns.
“Capri, Hollywood is more and more focusing its attention on giving recognition to young movie stars,” said Pascal Vicedomini, the Italo journo who heads the fest and also runs its sister event Ischia Global, and the L.A. Italia Italo cinema showcase.
- Nick Vivarelli
Aditya Vikram Sengupta won the Best Director award for his debut feature Labour of Love at the recently concluded Marrakech International Film Festival.
The Jury, headed by French actress Isabelle Huppert, comprised of Indian director Ritesh Batra, Danish director Susanne Bier, French filmmaker Bertrand Bonello, Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu, English actor Alan Rickman, Moroccan filmmaker Moumen Smihi, French actress Melanie Laurent and Italian filmmaker Mario Martone.
The film was also awarded the Netpac Award for Best Asian Film at the Bengaluru International Film Festival recently.
Set in the crumbling environs of Calcutta, Labour Of Love is a lyrical unfolding of two ordinary lives suspended in the duress of a spiralling recession.
Shining a light on two new European talents to track, the 14th Marrakech Film Festival awarded its top prize, the Golden Star, to Russian Ivan Tverdovsky’s “Corrections Class” while Swiss Simon Jacquemet’s “Chrieg” scooped both its Jury Prize and best actor nod for Benjamin Lutzke.
Feature debuts, both deliver bleak, but not unsparing, takes on the fortunes of Europe’s youth, leavened by their protagonists’ vitality.
Post Cannes Critics’ Week winner “The Tribe,” yet another withering portrait of special needs education in Eastern Europe, here lacerated via a callously indifferent teaching staff, bullying and attempted gang rape, “Corrections Class,” Tverdovsky’s first fiction feature, already won Karlovy Vary’s East of West Award and the Thessaloniki Fest’s Audience Award. »
- John Hopewell
“A film is the reflection of the soul of its creator,” said jury President and actress Isabelle Huppert at the opening press conference for the Marrakech International Film Festival, setting an insightful, philosophical tone for the proceedings. That’s just the style of the legendary Huppert, deeply knowledgeable and reverent for the craft and spectatorship of cinema, and introspective about her her role in the process. The jury she heads up this week is made up of international cinema luminaries including Alan Rickman, Melanie Laurent, Christian Mungiu, Ritesh Batra, Betrand Bonello, Moumen Smihi, and Mario Martone. We had a chance to sit down with Mme. Huppert at the spectacular La Mamounia hotel in Marrakech to talk about her favorite directors, her approach to characters, and some of her favorite movies of the year. Huppert has said in the past that the director is the first priority for her in choosing her projects, »
- Katie Walsh
On Saturday’s press conference at the 14th edition of the Marrakech film festival, the jury, presided by Isabelle Huppert, talked about their motivations for attending the festival, their views on cinema and also their relationship with the city of Marrakech.
Asked about what led her to accept to be jury president, after other high-profile engagements, such as serving as jury prexy of Cannes in 2009, Isabelle Huppert explained that she was particularly attracted by Marrakech’s emphasis on auteur cinema and the high number of films by new directors – 8 out of the 15 films in Official Selection are freshman outings.
“For any film that is worth being called a film of cinema, each work reflects the soul of the director and the difference from one film to another reflects the different personal identity of the creator,” she explained.
Huppert stated that she thinks that this year’s Official Selection is very rich, »
- Martin Dale
Marrakech — At Saturday’s press conference, which took place at the 14th Marrakech Film Festival, the jury, presided over by Isabelle Huppert, discussed motives for attending the festival, their views on cinema, as well as their relationship with Marrakech.
Asked what led her to accept to be jury president, after other high-profile engagements, such as a similar role at the Cannes Festival in 2009, Huppert explained that she was particularly attracted by Marrakech’s emphasis on auteur cinema and the high number of films by new directors: Eight of the 15 films in the Official Selection are freshman outings.
“For any film worth being called a film of cinema, each work reflects the soul of the director, and the difference from one film to another reflects the different personal identity of the creator,” she explained.
Huppert stated that she thinks this year’s Official Selection is very rich, from five continents, including national cinemas that interest her. »
- Martin Dale
Batra, who recently served on the International Jury of Mumbai Film Festival, will be accompanied by Danish director Susanne Bier, French filmmaker Bertrand Bonello, Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu, English actor Alan Rickman, Moroccan filmmaker Moumen Smihi, French actress Melanie Laurent and Italian filmmaker Mario Martone .on the Jury. The Jury will be headed by French actress Isabelle Huppert.
Bengali-language film Labour of Love (Asha Jaor Majhe) directed by Aditya Vikram Sengupta is part of the International Competition. Having premiered at Venice Days where it won Sengupta the award for Best Director of a Debut Film, Labour of Love also recently won a Jury Special Mention at Abu Dhabi Film Festival. Set in the crumbling environs of Calcutta, the »
Paris– Marrakech Film Festival has unveiled an international competition roaster rich in first and second movies, ranging from Bong Joon Ho-penned genre pic “The Sea Fog” to Sara Klein’s “Things People Do” with Wes Bentley and Daniel Barber’s Civil War drama “The Keeping Room” with Brit Marling and Sam Worthington.
Other directorial debuts include Max Currie’s “Everything We Loved,” a New Zealand-set drama about filiation and grief, Vuk Rsumovic’s “No One’s Child,” following a wild boy raised amongst wolves in the Bosnian mountains and Aditya Vikram Sengupta’s “Labour of Love” (“Asha Jaoar Majhe”), tuning on a modern day couple caught in the downward spiral of recession.
Alix Delaporte will rep France with “The Last Hammer Blow,” her follow up to “Angele and Tony.” Only one Morrocan film will compete at Marrakech: “L’orchestre des aveugles,” Mohamed Mouftakir’s sophomore pic. Other movies heading from »
- Elsa Keslassy
Alan Rickman and directors Bertrand Bonello and Cristian Mungiu, who won the Palme d’Or in 2012, are set to join jury president Isabelle Huppert at the Marrakech International Film Festival in December. Oscar-winning Danish director Susanne Bier (Serena), French actress Melanie Laurent (Inglorlious Basterds), Indian director Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox), Italian director Mario Martone (We Believed) and Moroccan director Moumen Smihi (44 Bedtime Stories) will round out the panel. Daniel Barber’s Civil War drama The Keeping Room, starring Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Sam Worthington, and Oscar-nominated editor Saar Klein’s directorial debut Things People Do will be among
- Rhonda Richford
Rome – The Rome Film Festival’s Business Street mart is prompting a burst of biz, with several sales and new projects announced, including Italy’s first co-prod with China, and U.S. helmer Joe Dante’s new Rome-set project.
Dante (“Gremlins”) (pictured) and producer Elizabeth Stanley attended Rome’s New Cinema Network to pitch “Ombra Amore,” a love story with Romeo and Juliet overtones between a vampire and a werewolf set in contempo Rome. The werewolf belongs to a ferocious clan of stock market speculators, some of whom bear great responsibility for Italy’s current economic crisis.
“It’s got some [local] political elements,” Dante said . “We are kind of interested in what responses we’ll get to that aspect of the story.” Locations for what aims to be Dante’s first international co-production include the Roman catacombs and the Villa Borghese.
The first Italian co-prod with China, inked at the informal mart, »
- Nick Vivarelli
As this year's Toronto International Film Festival comes to a close, we gather one last round of notable reviews of notable films: new work by Liv Ullmann, François Ozon, Isao Takahata, Denys Arcand, Sophie Barthes, Alan Rickman, Im Kwon-taek, Anne Fontaine, Ken Jacobs, Manoel de Oliveira, Bent Hamer, Ann Hui, James Franco, Andrew Lau, Andrew Niccol, Wang Xiaoshuai, Claire Denis, Michael Winterbottom, Lone Scherfig, Peter Chan, Mario Martone, Zhang Lu, Naji Abu Nowar and more. » - David Hudson »
Mario Martone is among Italy’s most influential cultural figures, active as a director in theatre as well as in film. His “Leopardi,” at Venice in competition and also in Toronto, is a classic biopic of Italian Romantic poet and thinker Giacomo Leopardi, played by hot thesp Elio Germano, who won the acting nod at Cannes in 2010, in a tour-de-force perf. Martone spoke about his passion for 19th century Italy and Leopardi in particular with Variety’s Nick Vivarelli. Excerpts:
Q: “Leopardi,” and your previous film “We Believed,” are both classic historical costumers set in the 19th century during the leadup to Italy becoming a unified nation. Is that what drew you to them?
A: The Italian 19th century is not a known period outside Italy, and is also unknown in Italy. But it’s a turbulent time full of “inconvenient” incidents, some of which very tough, that have been »
- Nick Vivarelli
Despite considerable enthusiasm among international cognoscenti for the 19th-century Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi, his fame remains largely at home; Mario Martone’s “Leopardi” may briefly expand his name abroad, but is unlikely to inspire a fresh wave of readers. In his short life, the tormented poet elevated melancholy beyond his own twisted body, presenting it as the overwhelming attribute of the human condition; turning such existential sadness into a biopic is a difficult task, and Local arbiters of culture will boost home marketing, while offshore will be limited to fests and Italo showcases.
Martone is on a crusade to kindle interest in Italy’s complex 19th-century past via films meant to go beyond the kind of rote history lessons that too often benumb uninspired students. “Leopardi” is more successful than his previous “We Believed,” yet both suffer from dialogue that uncinematically conveys concepts more than character. Leopardi the man has often been classified with Byron, »
- Jay Weissberg
As previously reported by my HitFix colleagues, 2014’s fall festivals represent something of a battle royale for various heavyweight Oscar hopefuls. The oldest fest in the big four, venerable Venice, is up against younger North American counterparts Toronto, Telluride and New York in the perennial fight to deliver a truly memorable Competition. Which films will be left standing once the critics have had their way with them? Contenders hoping to emerge victorious from La Biennale’s royal rumble include Alejandro González Iñárritu’s opening nighter "Birdman" starring Michael Keaton, David Gordon Green’s Al Pacino vehicle "Manglehorn" and Andrew Garfield vs Michael Shannon in Ramin Bahrani’s real estate showdown "99 Homes." As far as awards season goes, for me the big hitter to beat from Cannes is "Foxcatcher," an extraordinary and illuminating piece of filmmaking from Bennett Miller, a director I’ve not been personally persuaded by before now. In the documentary category, »
- Catherine Bray
Namely, the cinematic cold war between the Toronto and Telluride festivals, which escalated after Toronto organizers announced they will screen only world or North American premieres during its first four days.
“If there has to be this frenzy to have a world premiere at all costs, meaning that you’ll take a film just so that you can have the world premiere, that’s a game I’m not playing,” Barbera says.
If he can have certain studio titles, fine. But if he can’t, “That’s Ok too,” he says. “There are plenty of great movies out there around the world,” the Venice topper philosophically points out.
Despite his indifference, 54 of the 55 films in the lineup are world preems. And of course Barbera is delighted that the Lido opener is Alejandro Gonzalez »
- Nick Vivarelli
If you wanted a snapshot of worldly issues then Tiff’s Contemporary World Cinema programme would certainly serve as a whirlwind passport. Loaded in Cannes Film Festival preemed items receiving their North American Premiere debuts (Jessica Hausner’s Amour Fou, Mélanie Laurent’s Breathe , Bruno Dumont’s P’tit Quinquin and Pascale Ferran’s Bird People are are just the tip of the iceberg) Tiff programmers have landed world premiere items from the likes of Cristián Jiménez, Ole Christian Madsen, Alex Holdridge & Linnea Saasen (we pic above) and Baran bo Odar. Along with the Canadian items mentioned last week, Here is the largest section’s offerings for 2014.
- Eric Lavallee
This morning the Toronto Film Festival added several more films to their lineup including the world premiere of Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler which stars Adam Sandler as a New York City cobbler who, disenchanted with the grind of daily life, stumbles upon a magical heirloom that allows him to step into the lives of his customers and see the world in a new way. The film co-stars Method Man, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi and Dustin Hoffman. Additionally, Sundance standouts Infinity Polar Bear and Laggies starring Keira Knightley and Chloe Grace Moretz were added to the Gala selection. Joining The Cobbler as new additions to the Special Presentations field include Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria starring Kristen Stewart and Juliette Binoche and Two Days, One Night from Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and starring Marion Cotillard. Both films made a splash at Cannes earlier this year, »
- Brad Brevet
Toronto film festival organisers have programmed features from 42 countries in the Contemporary World Cinema (Cwc) programme and unveiled eight South Korean selections in the City To City.
For the third year, Tiff (Sept 4-14) has partnered with the University of Toronto’s Munk School Of Global Affairs on the Contemporary World Speakers series, pairing five films in selection with expert scholars.
The Contemporary World Speakers series is programmed in conjunction with the Tiff Adult Learning department.
Contemporary World Cinema
Wp = World premiere / Nap = North American premiere / IP = International premiere / Cp = Canadian premiere.
Charlie’s Country (Australia), Rolf de Heer Nap
*John Stackhouse »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The Toronto International Film Festival added more than 100 features to its 2014 slate today, with pics starring Dustin Hoffman, Kristen Wiig, Benicio del Toro, Diane Keaton, John Travolta, Keira Knightley, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Connelly and Arnold Schwarzenegger among the two-dozen titles joining the Gala and Special Presentations programs.
Contemporary World Cinema adds 51 (22 world preems), City to City shines the spotlight on Seoul with eight pics (two world preems), and Wavelengths delivers 46 titles, including 13 features.
Gala world preems “Boychoir,” which marks the return of Quebec helmer Francois Girard (“Silk”) to the big screen and stars Hoffman as the tough conductor of a world-class music school, as well as Italian multi-hyphenate Andrea Di Stefano’s feature bow “Escobar: Paradise Lost,” starring del Toro as the notorious Colombian drug lord.
- Jennie Punter
The Venice International Film Festival is in the process announcing the lineup for its 71st edition. Here's what we know so far:
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson)
99 Homes (Ramin Bahrani)
Tales (Rakhshan Bani E'temad)
La rancon de la gloire (Xavier Beauvois)
Le dernier coup de marteau (Alix Delaporte)
Three Hearts (Benoît Jacquot)
Sivas (Kaan Mujdeci)
Anime Nere (Francesco Munzi)
Loin des hommes (David Oelhoffen)
The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer)
Nobi (Shinya Tsukamoto)
Red Amnesia (Wang Xiaoshuai)
Out Of Competition
Joe Date. Photo by Evan Dickson.
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