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Film Review: ‘By the Rails’

Film Review: ‘By the Rails’
A young couple’s relationship coalesces and fragments repeatedly, for cloudily motivated reasons, over the course of one fraught night in the diffuse and often frustrating third feature from Romanian director Catalin Mitulescu (“The Way I Spent the End of the World,” “Loverboy”). With episodic pacing despite the controlled one-night time frame, the film lacks any real buildup of momentum; in fact, the stakes seem to dwindle as the sky lightens and the ceaselessly turning wheel of make-up and break-up just keeps on spinning. The performances are committed, and nearly the whole middle section of the film is taken up with an entertainingly rambunctious wedding party that feels authentic in its random outbursts of violence and excessive sentimentality, but “By the Rails” stumbles hard in making its characters’ moody behaviors relatable, or even particularly interesting to anyone but, apparently, each other.

The solipsism of the central relationship essentially derives from
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'It's Not The Time Of My Life' triumphs at Karlovy Vary

'It's Not The Time Of My Life' triumphs at Karlovy Vary
Hungarian drama won best film and best actor, while Czech features also saw success.

Szabolcs Hajdu’s Hungarian drama It’s Not the Time Of My Life was the major winner at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, which handed out its awards on Saturday night (July 9).

The film took the Crystal Globe for best feature film, which comes with a $25,000 prize, as well as best actor for director Hajdu, who also stars.

Ivan Terdovskiy’s surreal drama Zoology took the special jury prize, while Slovenian director Damjan Kozole took best director for his dark thriller Nightlife. Two Czech features also triumphed: Zuzana Mauréry won best actress for her performance in Jan Hrebejk’s school comedy The Teacher, and the final feature of the late Jan Nemec, who passed away in March this year, The Wolf From Royal Vineyard Street, received a special mention.

A further special mention went to Catalin Mitulescu’s Romanian-Swedish-Italian
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Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2016: Full List of Winners

Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2016: Full List of Winners
The full list of prizes awarded at the 2016 Karlovy Vary Film Festival:

Grand Prix

It’s Not the Time of My Life

Szabolcs Hajdu


Special jury prize


Ivan I. Tverdovskiy

Russia, France, Germany


Damjan Kozole, “Nightlife”

Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina


Zuzana Mauréry, “The Teacher”

Jan Hřebejk

Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, 2016


Szabolcs Hajdu, “It’s Not the Time of My Life”

Szabolcs Hajdu


Special mentions

“By the Rails”

Catalin Mitulescu

Romania, Sweden

“The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street”

Jan Nemec

Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, France

East of the West award

“House of Others”

Rusudan Glurjidze

Georgia, Russia, Spain, Croatia

Jury prize

“The Days That Confused”

Triin Ruumet


Documentary prize


Alma Har’el


Special mention


Cláudia Varejão

Portugal, Switzerland, Japan

Pravo audience award

Captain Fantastic

Matt Ross


Fipresci prize

“Original Bliss”

Sven Taddicken


Ecumenical jury prize

“The Confessions”

Roberto Ando

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Hungarian Indie ‘It’s Not the Time of My Life’ Wins Top Prize at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

Hungarian Indie ‘It’s Not the Time of My Life’ Wins Top Prize at Karlovy Vary Film Festival
Szabolcs Hajdu’s sharply observed portrait of dysfunctional Hungarian couples “It’s Not the Time of My Life” scored the Grand Prix in Karlovy Vary Saturday — plus best actor nod for Hajdu’s perf — at a glitzy gala in the western Czech Republic town marked by dancers swimming through zoetrope-inspired images in the Thermal Hotel.

The Crystal Globe, along with a $25,000 check, was doled out for pic’s expert handling of complex and bittersweet character interactions.

“Zoology,” an ironic look at nonconformity in Russia, took special jury prize and a $15,000 kitty for writer-director Ivan I. Tverdovskiy.

The jury tapped Damjan Kozole for the intrigue “Nightlife,” a Slovenia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina co-production, for best director, while Zuzana Mauréry won actress honors for “The Teacher,” a Czech-Slovak look at insidious corruption by Jan Hřebejk.

“By the Rails,” a tense Romanian-Swedish relationship study by Catalin Mitulescu, won special jury mention, as did
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Karlovy Vary Film Festival Unveils Crystal Globe Lineup

The Wolf from Royal Vineyard Street,” the final feature of Czech filmmaker Jan Nemec, who died in March at the age of 79, will have its world premiere as part of the Official Selection competition at this year’s Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival. The film is one of 12 international features announced on Tuesday that will vie for the Crystal Globe during the fest, which runs July 1-9.

Nemec’s film is an adaptation of the celebrated director’s own quasi-autobiographical short stories, resulting in what the fest describes as “a dejected comedy, an unsentimental reminiscence and a nonchalant settling of scores in punk regalia. Both the movie and its maker defy categorization.”

Also in the running is Italian director Roberto Ando’s “The Confessions,” a suspense drama about a charismatic monk (Toni Servillo) who shows up at a meeting of G8 finance ministers on the Baltic coast, where a financier is subsequently murdered.
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Cannes: Films Jockeying for Position in Ultra-Competitive Lineup

Cannes: Films Jockeying for Position in Ultra-Competitive Lineup
Jim Jarmusch’s “Paterson” and Bruno Dumont’s “Slack Bay” are in, Bertrand Bonello’s “Paris Is Happening” is out, and a few other key titles remain too close to call as the Cannes Film Festival prepares to announce its biggest and most tightly packed official selection lineup in recent memory.

While many of the titles reported in Variety’s recent in-depth festival overview remain on the docket as expected, one can expect any number of surprise last-minute decisions and switcheroos as the selection process goes down to the wire. Although the buzzy likes of Jodie Foster’s “Money Monster” and Steven Spielberg’s “The Bfg” were locked in for out-of-competition slots weeks ago, the fate of Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, remains up in the air.

The competition is said to be maxed out, and will likely exceed its usual volume of 20 titles or fewer. As a result,
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Caine, Rampling Take Home 2 Efa Awards Each

2015 European Film Awards winners and nominations Best European Film A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. En Duva Satt På En Gren Och Funderade På Tillvaron. Sweden, France, Germany, Norway, 96 min. Written and directed by: Roy Andersson. Produced by: Pernilla Sandström. Mustang. France, Germany, Turkey, 100 min. Directed by: Deniz Gamze Ergüven. Written by: Deniz Gamze Ergüven and Alice Winocour. Produced by: Charles Gillibert. Rams. Hrútar. Iceland, Denmark, 93 min. Written and directed by: Grímur Hákonarson. Produced by: Grímar Jónsson. The Lobster. U.K., Ireland, Greece, France, Netherlands, 118 min. Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos. Written by: Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou. Produced by: Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Ceci Dempsey and Yorgos Lanthimos. Victoria. Germany, 138 min. Written and directed by: Sebastian Schipper. Produced by: Jan Dressler. * Youth. Youth – La Giovinezza. Italy, France, U.K., Switzerland, 118 min. Written and directed by: Paolo Sorrentino. Produced by: Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima and Carlotta Calori. Best
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'Youth' leads EFAs nominations

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'Youth' leads EFAs nominations
Youth leads with five nominations; A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence and The Lobster each have four.

Paulo Sorrentino’s Youth leads the nominees for the 28th European Film Awards (EFAs), which will be presented on December 12 in Berlin.

Youth has five nominations including film, directing and screenplay, as well as acting nominations for Rachel Weisz and Michael Caine.

Closely on its heels with four nominations each are Roy Andersson’s surreal comedy A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, and Yorgos LanthimosThe Lobster.

Following with three nominations each are Sebastian Schipper’s Victoria and Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years.

The noms for the European Film of the Year are Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Mustang (France/Turkey) and popular Icelandic drama Rams directed by Grimur Hakonarson.

Documentary nominees are A Syrian Love Story by Sean McAllister; Amy by Asif Kapadia; Dancing With Maria by Ivan Gergolet; The Look of Silence by [link
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Hotspots: Romanian New Wave

Apart from some isolated names and titles, Romanian cinema remained virtually unknown to the rest of the world until the 2000s, when the so-called Romanian New Wave emerged. In 2004, a series of internationally awarded shorts—Cristi Puiu’s Cigarettes and Coffee, Catalin Mitulescu’s Traffic, Corneliu Porumboiu’s Liviu’s Dream and Constantin Popescu’s The Apartment, among others—placed Romania firmly in view... >> -Cristina Álvarez López
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Hotspots: Romanian New Wave

Apart from some isolated names and titles, Romanian cinema remained virtually unknown to the rest of the world until the 2000s, when the so-called Romanian New Wave emerged. In 2004, a series of internationally awarded shorts—Cristi Puiu’s Cigarettes and Coffee, Catalin Mitulescu’s Traffic, Corneliu Porumboiu’s Liviu’s Dream and Constantin Popescu’s The Apartment, among others—placed Romania firmly in view... >> -Cristina Álvarez López
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If I Want to Visit, I Visit: Florin Serban Setting Sights on “America”

With Box completed (starring filmmaker Catalin Mitulescu and actresses Fatma Mohamed and Hilda Péter who are both from Peter Strickland’s Katalin Varga and Berberian Sound Studio) and simply awaiting a film festival premiere (our Nicholas Bell is thinking Cannes is a strong possibility), Florin Şerban in already settings his sights on his third film for a 2016 shoot. Picking up grant funds, Cineuropa reports that the Romanian filmmaker should be visiting America next. The helmer who broke out at the 2010 Berlin Film Fest with a pair of awards for If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, has been chipping away at the screenplay since Y2K.

Gist: Taking place in the during the 1990s, this is about a high-school teacher named Anton who lives in a provincial town. His dream is to emigrate to the United States.

Worth Noting: The Columbia University grad saw his debut film play well on
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #84. Catalin Mitulescu’s Rumeno


Director: Catalin Mitulescu // Writer: Catalin Mitulescu

2015 is shaping up to be a big year for several of Romania’s most noted auteurs, and among them is the more obscure Catalin Mitulescu, whose first two features The Way I Spent the End of the World (2006) and Loverboy (2011) both premiered at Cannes, though the latter film never received Us distribution. His latest, Rumeno, stars Alexandru Potocean of 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days and reunites him with Loverboy actress Ada Condeescu (who also starred in the Mitulescu produced If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle and Love Island). Deserving of equal acclaim as his peers, we’re hoping his third feature secures a wider audience. The film revolves around Radu, a young man who returns to his Romanian family after working for one year in Italy. He is warmly welcomed by his wife Monica and his small son, Luca, but both seem very different.
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: An Introduction

In an effort to explain the criteria used to create our list of Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015, we must first explain what we consider to be foreign. We’ve included film projects that are in the English language, either from foreign auteurs making their first foray into Anglo-Saxon territory, or those that already speak it, such as Australians, Canadians, and our friends from the United Kingdom. But we’ve also included projects that are international co-productions, films being funded through sources outside of the United States, all technically foreign bodies within the American film industry.

With the love of subtitles ever on a seemingly increased decline, we wanted to devote a complete list to these ‘foreign’ entities, titles often untethered or uninterested in discernable ‘entertainment’ value. A quick glance at our menu will show a distinct leaning toward French auteurs, given that they have a very provocative and healthy domestic film industry.
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Venice Market to Showcase ‘Bang Gang,’ ‘Dead & Beautiful,’ ‘Sworn Virgin’

Venice Market to Showcase ‘Bang Gang,’ ‘Dead & Beautiful,’ ‘Sworn Virgin’
Madrid – Eva Husson’s “Bang Gang,” David Verbeek’s “Dead & Beautiful” and Laura Bispuri’s “Sworn Virgin” (pictured) will be presented at the first Venice European Gap-Financing Co-production Market, which runs August 29-30.

In its first edition, the Market looks set to bring to Venice a brace of Europe’s newest generation of producers, some with already buzzed-up or anticipated projects with sales agents attached.

10 of the 15 production companies behind the Market’s film have been up-and-running for just a decade or less.

The Market also looks set to pinpoint trends in European cinema: A diaspora in shoot locales which range, in a search for originality as much as lower costs, beyond Europe to Beijing and India; the still energetic social-issue focus of much European arthouse production as directors examine youth sexuality in an Internet age, politics as theater, the impact of immigration, social conformity and the abuse of authority.
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Buyers circle Aïnouz’s Sharks at Paris Copro Village

English-language thriller set on French Riviera in the 1950s due to shoot July 2015.

Brazilian director Karim Aïnouz’s upcoming thriller The Beauty of Sharks was one of the hot projects at the inaugural edition of the Paris Coproduction Village, which unfolded off the French capital’s Champs Elysees last week.

Two French buyers were rumoured to be circling the thriller about a group of Us expatriate hustlers living on the French Riviera, who are trying to get a piece of an elderly socialite’s millions.

It is based on an original screenplay by UK writer Rob Green who recently worked on Billy O’Brien’s horror romance Scintilla.

The feature is produced by Filip Jan Rymsza of Royal Road Entertainment, which is based out of Los Angeles with satellite offices in New York and Luxembourg. Rymsza, who has a dual Us and Polish nationality, also takes a co-writing credit.

“The plan is to raise finance both out
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Greenaway receives Cnc support

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Greenaway receives Cnc support
Other projects supported by Romania’s film fund include Cristian Mungiu’s Rmd and Tudor Giurgiu’s Apropierea.

Romania’s Centrul National al Cinematografiei (Cnc) has become the latest European film fund to be raided by the ubiquitous film-maker Peter Greenaway for a future project.

Greenaway’s Walking To Paris (Mergand Spre Paris), which is being structured as a co-production between his regular producer Kees Kasander’s UK-based Cinatura, Switzerland’s Cobra Film, France’s Cdp Productions and Romania’s Abis Studio, received 291,000 Ron (€65,000) in the results of the 2013 call for projects.

Walking To Paris centres on the 27-year-old Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi who set off a month-long trek across Europe from Romania to Paris in 1903, and will show how Brancusi’s fight for survival and many adventures during his journey influenced his subsequent work.

Greenaway had previously accessed the Croatian Audiovisual Centre for Goltzius And The Pelican Company and the Polish Film Institute for Nightwatching, while
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The 2012 Seattle Film Festival Line-Up is the Best I've Seen in Years

I can't remember a time I went to the Seattle International Film Festival (Siff) press launch and looked over the list of films and saw so many I was interested in seeing. The claim to fame for over the years is to call it the largest and most-highly attended festival in the United States. This is a fact I've often taken issue with as I don't equate quantity with quality. Granted, there has been a large number of quality features to play the fest over the years, including Golden Space Needle (Best Film) winners such as Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985), My Life as a Dog (1987), Trainspotting (1996), Run Lola Run (1999), Whale Rider (2003) and even recent Best Director winner, Michel Hazanavicius's Oss 117: Nest of Spies in 2006. That said, looking over this year's crop of films I see a lot of films I will be doing my absolute best to see.
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Belgian filmmaker Dardenne to head Cinefondation and short films Jury in Cannes

Belgian filmmaker Dardenne to head Cinefondation and short films Jury in Cannes
Jean-Pierre Dardenne

Jean-Pierre Dardenne (Belgian director, scriptwriter and producer) will preside over the jury for the Cinéfondation and short films at the 65th Cannes Film Festival.

Dardenne shared the honours of the Grand Prix with his brother Luc for The Kid with a Bike in 2011, after winning two Palmes d’Or, first in 1999 for Rosetta and then in 2005 for The Child, and the prize for best screenplay in 2008 for Lorna’s Silence.

The jury comprises of five well-known personalities from the world of cinema and literature: Arsinée Khanjian (Canadian actress), Karim AÏNOUZ (Brazilian director and scriptwriter), Emmanuel CARRÈRE (French writer, scriptwriter and director) and Yu Lik-wai (Chinese director of photography and filmmaker).

The Jury will select three films presented in the Sélection Cinéfondation, composed of works by cinema-schools, to which they will award prizes of €15,000, €11,250 and €7,500 respectively.

The jury will also award the Palme d’Or for Short Films, to
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Wrapping Cannes 2011. Un Certain Regard

High time to round up the films at this year's Cannes Film Festival that never saw entries of their own and send them on their way. Today: Un Certain Regard.

"Bakur Bakuradze's The Hunter seems like a ficticious version of Raymond Depardon's Modern Life, a trilogy on farming that was screened in Cannes in 2008," finds Moritz Pfeifer, who also interviews the director for the East European Film Bulletin. "With no soundtrack, no professional actors, little dialogue and a minimalist plot, the film depicts the daily life of Ivan (Mikhail Barskovich) as he peacefully runs his pig farm in one of the less populous areas of northwestern Russia…. Clearly, Bakuradze wants to depict an alternative world, and the spirit of his film is more utopian than its hyper-realistic images suggest."

Grumbles the Hollywood Reporter's Kirk Honeycutt: "There is maybe 10 to 15 minutes of actual story located within this 124 minute slog,
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Cannes Cinéfondation Jury Announces Prizes

Cannes Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury President Michel Gondry, Copyright C. Fitte/Getty Images

Michel Gondry and his jury have announced the student filmmaker winners of Cannes’ Cinéfondation prizes for 2011.

In a ceremony at the Buñuel Theatre, the following films were awarded ahead of a screening of their films.

First Prize:

Der Brief (The Letter)

directed by Doroteya Droumeva

dffb, Germany

Second Prize:


directed by Kamal Lazraq

La fémis, France

Third Prize:

Ya-gan-bi-hang (Fly by Night)

directed by Son Tae-gyum

Chung-Ang University, South Korea

The awarded films will receive € 15,000 for the First Prize, € 11,250 for the Second and € 7,500 for the Third.

In the official correspondence, the press office noted the following about the Cinéfondation: Created in 1998, the Cinéfondation Selection has showcased student films by directors who are back in Cannes this year with a feature film: Frederikke Aspöck (Labrador), Catalin Mitulescu (Loverboy), Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra (Trabalhar Cansa), Roland Edzard
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