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‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ ‘Custody,’ ‘Under the Tree’ to Compete in Zurich

‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ ‘Custody,’ ‘Under the Tree’ to Compete in Zurich
Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Xavier Legrand’s “Custody” and Hafsteinn Gunnar’s “Under the Tree” are among the 15 feature films set to compete at the 13th Zurich Film Festival.

“Three Billboards,” a darkly comic drama with Peter Dinklage and Frances McDormand, and “Custody,” a French drama exploring domestic strife, both world-premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won best screenplay and best director awards, respectively. “Custody” also picked up the Lion of the Future for best first film.

“Under the Tree” is an Icelandic dramedy which world-premiered in Venice and is playing in Toronto, where it was just acquired by Magnolia for North American distribution.

Zurich’s competition lineup also includes Joshua Z. Weinstein’s “Menashe,” Justin Chon’s “Gook,” Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato’s “The Desert Bride,” Julia Solomonoff’s “Nobody’s Watching,” Kirsten Tan’s “Pop Aye,” Constantin Popescu’s “Pororoca,” Matan Yair’s “Scaffolding” and Jaron Albertin’s “Weightless
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Olivier Assayas, Juliette Binoche to Reteam on Comedy ‘E-Book’ (Exclusive)

Olivier Assayas, Juliette Binoche to Reteam on Comedy ‘E-Book’ (Exclusive)
Locarno, Switzerland — Following on Kristen Stewart-starrer “Personal Shopper,” Olivier Assayas, president of Locarno’s main International Competition jury, will return to the French language for his next film, tentatively-entitled “E-book,” starring Juliette Binoche, Guillaume Canet, Vincent Macaigne, Christa Theret and Pascal Gregory.

Assayas’ films have been comedic at times, sometimes ironic. But, par for a director whose 17 features range from coming-of-age dramas, such as “Late August, Early September,” to “Demonlover,” set in a world of 3D manga pornography, or “Carlos,” a frenetic true-fact-based political thriller, or “Personal Shopper,” a ghost story, “E-book” once more explores new territory as a more full-blown comedy, here set in a Parisian publishing world. Charles Gilibert, Assayas’ regular producer, produces “E-book” for CG Cinema.

“‘Clouds of Sils Maria’ was a kind of comedy. This is a step further in that direction,” Assayas said at Locarno, ready for jury duty. The film will also be “very much actor and dialogue-driven, part
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Fantasia 2017 Review: Animals aka Tiere

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Discovering that your loved one has been cheating on you is scary. Confronting them while in the throes of a reality-distorting dream, where weeks pass in an instant and animals talk, is a little worse. This is the shamefully distilled premise of the surreal, unpredictable Animals (Tiere), which screened this week at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal.

A basic look at the film’s synopsis and motifs suggests a psychological thriller about infidelity—not exactly a new concept in cinema. Our protagonists, author Anna and her charming but devious husband Nick, move to a remote house in Switzerland for a getaway, but things soon start going wrong. Anna’s perception of time distorts as she seeks proof of Nick’s affair. Lies become dangerous. A locked door in their rented house might be hiding something. And since when did cats speak French? Are we being gaslighted along with Anna,
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Fantasia 2017 Review: Animals, A Mind-Bending Journey in Limbo

What is the temporal geography of pain and regret? If we remove ourselves from the physical space where something bad happened, do we distance ourselves from the pain? Or is that pain carried within, embuing each space a person enters? Greg Zglinski's Animals is a surreal dream/nightmare that looks at the pain of infidelity, the delicate matter of regaining/refinding trust and love, and the spaces which we occupy in our pleasure and pain. Anna (Birgit Minichmayr), a children's book author, and Nick (Philipp Hochmair), a celebrity chef, are taking a six-month break in the Swiss countryside; in part, to get over Nick's affair with their neighbour Andrea, and allow Anna to get back to work on her novel. An car accident on the way to their...

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Film Review: ‘Animals’

Film Review: ‘Animals’
If you can’t trust the talking cat — or perhaps the question should be if you can — whom do you trust? Such are brain-frying quandaries viewers may face deep into the darkness of “Animals,” a deliciously unhinged, blood-laced adult fairy tale from Swiss-Polish writer-director Greg Zglinski. Setting out with real-world levels of macabre nastiness as it wittily probes the marital faultlines between a bourgeois Viennese couple attempting a restorative Alpine getaway, the film takes a smooth, almost imperceptible left turn into Lynchian realms of illogic that will leave adventurous audiences both rapt and dazed, dreamily uncertain of where exactly they lost the plot. Unraveling this cat’s-cradle isn’t half as important or pleasurable as getting entangled in it to begin with; Zglinski’s espresso-dark humor and icy formal precision may nod to a host of expert cinematic mind-gamers, from Polanski to von Trier, at different intervals, but “Animals” gleefully
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Berlin Review: ‘Animals’ is a Playfully Moody Piece of Paranoia

One of the definitive joys of covering the Berlinale is combing through the vast program of its sidebar sections. Featuring literally hundreds of movies this side of the glamorous competition, it’s often where programmers get to be creative and screen some of the best-kept secrets of the festival. The queer-licious Panorama section won us over with such titles as God’s Own Country, Close-Knit and Skins. Meanwhile, the more experimental-leaning Forum section served up the expected oddities including Somniloquies and Animals, a trippy mindf*ck from Switzerland/Austria.

The setup seems straightforward enough: Nick (Philipp Hochmair) is a chef, about to take six months off to travel the Swiss countryside and collect regional recipes with wife Anna (Birgit Minichmayr), a children’s book author suffering from a case of jealousy and possibly also writer’s block. On the eve of their departure, Nick brings home a good-looking acquaintance
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Maren Ade’s ‘Toni Erdmann’ Sweeps 29th European Film Awards

Maren Ade’s ‘Toni Erdmann’ Sweeps 29th European Film Awards
Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann’ swept five awards, including film, director and screenwriter at the 29th European Film Awards during a ceremony held in Wroclaw, Poland.

Toni Erdmann” also won best actress for Sandra Hüller and best actor for Peter Simonischek.

Ade, who dedicated her screenwriting prize to her father, won best director over Ken Loach, Pedro Almodovar, Paul Verhoeven and Cristian Mungiu.

“It’s the first time a film made by a woman wins this award and it’s 2016!” said Ade, drawing a rowdy applause. “I feel great luxury to make films at a time when we’re going through such crisis but I believe films can cross borders and easily transform the unfamiliar into empathy,” added the director.

A richly-layered dramedy centering on a fragile father-daughter relationship, “Toni Erdmann” is Ade’s third film. Her directorial debut “The Forest for the Trees” won the special jury prize at Sundance,
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Berenice Bejo, Alexander Fehling to Star in Rohfilm’s ‘Three Peaks’

Berenice Bejo, Alexander Fehling to Star in Rohfilm’s ‘Three Peaks’
Leipzig-based Rohfilm, whose Forum screener “Deadweight” unspooled at the Berlin Film Festival on Sunday, has unveiled a number of upcoming productions, including, “Three Peaks,” starring Germany’s “Homeland” star Alexander Fehling and French-Argentine actress Berenice Bejo (“The Artist”).

Jan Zabeil (“The River Used to Be a Man”) is directing the €2.5 million ($2.8 million) film, a family drama set in the Tirolean Alps. Echo Film in Italy and German pubcaster Swr are co-producing.

Also scheduled to shoot this year is Lothar Herzog’s Belorussia-set debut feature “Woods.” Pubcasters Wdr and Arte are onboard as co-producers.

In addition, Rohfilm is putting together financing for Emily Atef’s “Three Days in Quiberon,” about famed Austrian-born actress Romy Schneider, starring Marie Baeumer, Birgit Minichmayr and Charly Huebner.

The company is currently finishing up Raoul Peck’s previously announced “The Young Karl Marx,” starring August Diehl, which is currently in post-production in Belgium and Germany.

Axel Koenzen’s “Deadweight,
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'Carol' producer Elizabeth Karlsen to head Zurich jury

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The Missing Picture producer Catherine Dussart to head documentary jury.Scroll down for titles in competition

The juries for the 11th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 24-Oct 4) have been unveiled.

Elizabeth Karlsen, producer of Todd HaynesCarol, will head the international feature film jury, which will comprise ‘71 director Yann Demange; French producer Rosa Attab; German actress Maria Furtwängler; and German director Katja von Garnier.

The international documentary film jury will be presided over by Catherine Dussart, the French producer of Rithy Panh’s Oscar-nominated The Missing Picture, which won the Un Certain Regard award at Cannes 2013.

The doc jury includes French director Abbas Fahdel, Belgian editor Joelle Alexis, German director Alexander Nanau and UK director/producer Havana Marking.

The Focus: Switzerland, Germany, Austria jury will be headed by German producer Nico Hofmann (The Physician), also co-ceo of Ufa Group.

The jury comprises German writer/director Anika Decker, German actor Alexander Fehling, Austrian actress
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'Jack' to open Oldenburg fest

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'Jack' to open Oldenburg fest
True story of the notorious killer and poet also set to screen at Toronto.

The 22nd Oldenburg International Film Festival (Sept 16-20) is to open with Elisabeth Scharang’s true life drama Jack.

The screen adaptation based on the life of the notorious killer and poet Jack Unterweger will open the festival as a German premiere

Austrian director Scharang’s second fiction feature after 2011 Holocaust drama In Another Lifetime charts the true story of Unterweger, a convicted murderer whose road to redemption, while imprisoned, was to write stories and poems.

The film stars Johannes Krisch in the leading role opposite Birgit Minichmayr and Corinna Harfouch, the film’s talent will attend the gala premiere.

Jack is a production of Epo and its worldwide sales are handled by Picture Tree International.

Following its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival (Aug 5-15), Jack will receive its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20).
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Locarno Film Review: ‘Jack’

Though true-crime character study “Jack” has the nerve to call notorious Austrian killer-turned-literary-sensation Jack Unterweger by his first name, writer-director Elisabeth Scharang never lets audiences get close enough to feel such familiarly. Unterweger was and remains an enigma, elevated to celebrity status and acclaimed for his underworld-plunging poetry and fiction before being charged with the murders of 11 prostitutes in Austria and abroad. Did he commit the crimes, or was the reformed criminal unfairly typecast for earlier transgressions? No one could reasonably answer such questions of the basis of Scharang’s impressionistic portrait, a poisonous psycho-thriller guilty of distorting the facts for artistic effect without creating any semblance of a relatable human being in the process.

Surely, it would help to be Austrian — or at least relatively well versed in Unterweger’s case — in order to appreciate what Scharang is trying to do, and though festival bookings at Locarno and beyond
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Ganz's Memorable Hitler Has Become the Stuff That Parodies Are Made Of

'Downfall' movie: Bruno Ganz as Adolf Hitler 'Downfall' movie: Overlong and overwrought World War II drama lifted by several memorable performances Oliver Hirschbiegel's German box office hit Downfall / Der Untergang is a generally engrossing psychological-historical drama whose emotional charge is diluted by excessive length, an overabundance of characters, and a tendency to emphasize the more obvious aspects of the narrative. Several key performances – including Bruno Ganz's now iconic Adolf Hitler – help to lift Downfall above the level of myriad other World War II movies. Nazi Germany literally goes under In Downfall, which by the end of 2004 had been seen by more than 4.5 million German moviegoers, Nazi Germany is about to lose the war. In his underground bunker, Adolf Hitler (Bruno Ganz) grows increasingly out of touch with reality as he sees his dream of Deutschland über alles go kaput. Some of those under his command are equally incapable of thinking coherently.
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Us majors eye Ukrainian blockbuster

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Us majors eye Ukrainian blockbuster
Speaking at the Odessa Film Festival the producer of Sergey Mokritsky’s war drama Unbroken said that the project had now completed principal photography.

20th Century Fox and Universal are among the Us majors ¨in talks¨ to take on worldwide distribution for Sergey Mokritsky’s € 3.7m biopic/war drama Unbroken.

Speaking at this week’s Works in Progress showcase at the Odessa Film Industry Office, producer Egor Olesov of Kiev-based Kinorob said that the Ukrainian-Russian co-production - which had previously previously gone under the working title of The Battle Of Sevastopol - completed principal photography in Kiev on last Tuesday (July 15).

Expected to be a blockbuster success in Ukraine, the film recounts the story of student Lyudmila Pavilchenko who was a legendary sniper during the Second World War with 309 shots to her credit and later became friends with the First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

In an interview with Russia’s Ria-Novosti , producer Natalia Mokritskaya said that the film
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Patrick Cassavetti boards Lenin?!

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Patrick Cassavetti boards Lenin?!
Exclusive: Veteran UK producer Patrick Cassavetti has boarded Marat Alykulov’s black comedy Lenin?!.

Cassavetti, producer on Terry Gilliam’s Brazil and Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas - agreed to become executive producer on the Kyrgyzstani project following talks in Cannes last month.

Speaking exclusively to ScreenDaily at this year’s Moscow Business Square (Mbs), producer Joanna Bence of Curb Denizen Productions said that Cassavetti will also offer new ‘perks’ to the ‘Help Bury Lenin?!’ crowdfunding campaign by giving burgeoning filmmakers the chance to receive personal feedback on their past or upcoming productions.

Bence also revealed that German-born, London-based DoP Stephan Bookas - who has worked on Maleficent and the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy - is confirmed as cinematographer for the project, which was pitched at the Mbs’s co-production forum last year after having been presented at Busan’s Asian Project Market and Connecting Cottbus in autumn 2012.

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Berlinale 2012. Miguel Gomes's "Tabu"

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In 2009, the best film in Competition at the Berlinale was Maren Ade's Everyone Else (Fwiw, it came away with 1.5 Silver Bears, the 1 for Best Actress Birgit Minichmayr, the .5 for tying with Adrián Biniez's Gigante for the Jury Grand Prix; the Golden Bear that year went to Claudia Llosa's The Milk of Sorrow). Three years on (!), the trio that made Everyone Else worth talking up to this day (see, for example, Kevin B Lee's new video essay on a key scene at Fandor; see, too, Mike D'Angelo on the same scene a year ago at the Av Club) is back in Competition, albeit in three different films. Lars Eidinger has drawn the shortest straw, taking on the lead in Hans-Christian Schmid's rather dismal Home for the Weekend. Minichmayr's fared better opposite Jürgen Vogel in Matthias Glasner's new film, though I seriously doubt many of us will
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Berlinale 2012. Ten More World Premieres Set for the Competition

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Nina Hoss in Christian Petzold's Barbara

"An additional ten world premieres will be screening in the Competition program of the Berlinale 2012," the festival's announced today:

Aujourd'hui

France/Senegal

By Alain Gomis (L'Afrance, Andalucia)

With Saül Williams, Aïssa Maïga, Djolof M'bengue

"What goes on inside the head of a man who knows he has only 24 hours to live?" begins a report from the Afp. "Franco-Senegalese director Alain Gomis takes viewers through this final day."

Barbara

Germany

By Christian Petzold (Yella, Jerichow, Dreileben)

With Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld

The synopsis from The Match Factory: "East Germany. Barbara has requested a departure permit. It is the summer of 1978. She is a physician and is transferred, for disciplinary reasons, to a small hospital far away from everything in a provincial backwater. Her lover, a foreign trade employee at Mannesmann that she met on a spring night in East Berlin, is working on her escape.
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2010: A Year in Review Part 1

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2010 was a very good year for film. Looking back at the number of films I saw, I can count at least 50 films that I would recommend with some sort of varying enthusiasm. It became very hard to make my top ten list this year because, especially towards the end of the year, there were so many good films that came out. In fact choosing a number one was hard enough and I was tempted to pull a Roger Ebert and not rank these films. However I gave in and after a bunch of waffling back and fourth between two films for my number one spot, I decided to go ahead and make it official. I could easily change this list tomorrow or a week from now.

1. Winter’s Bone

Directed by Debra Granik

I ultimately feel this was the best film of 2010. I have seen the film three times and
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10 Overlooked Films of 2010

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If there is anything that I love doing as a film buff, it is recommending overlooked films. Films that, for whatever reason, did not get a fair shot in theatres but are worth seeking out. They may not have played at a lot of places or their runs might have been cut short due to financial reasons. Whatever the reason is, these are those little buried gems that you want to promote to all your friends. These ten films, in no particular order, are films that you will not be seeing on most year end lists, with the exception of one film. However they are all deserve a chance, if not in the theatres, than on DVD.

Agora

Directed by Alejandro Amenabar

Movies about ideas rarely get any play in this marketplace so it would have been silly to think that Alejandro Amenabar’s ambitious film would get a wide release.
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Honor Roll 2010 | "Everyone Else" Actress Birgit Minichmayr

Honor Roll 2010 |
Editor's Note: This is part of a daily December series that will feature new or previously published interviews, profiles and first-persons of some of the year's most notable cinematic voices. "It was quite an accident, really," Birgit Minichmayr said of becoming involved in Maren Ade's "Everyone Else," the German relationship drama that earned rave reviews earlier this year. "I went to the casting. [Maren] did the casting together with the ...
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The Best Films of 2010

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The Best Films of 2010
Alison Willmore:

If 2010 has been the year of the fuzzy line between fact and fiction, it's also been the year in which the truth became subjective and, often, incidental. These past 12 months saw the arrival of the avowed documentary many suspect is staged "Catfish," and the admitted staged film that pretended to be a documentary "I'm Still Here," but as the dust has cleared, what remains is the question of their bona fides as stand alone films. Does Banksy's puckish "Exit Through the Gift Shop" lose some of the bite of its bitterly funny art world commentary if it turns out to be more engineered than it claims? Is it important that "The Social Network" elides and ignores details about Mark Zuckerberg and the website he founded? Would "Alamar" be less of a movie if it were populated by unrelated actors instead of a father and son?

Your answers may differ,
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