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The fifteenth entry in an on-going series of audiovisual essays by Cristina Álvarez López and Adrian Martin. Mubi will be showing Nanni Moretti's The Son's Room (2001) May 21 - June 20 in the United States.A water polo celebrity who freezes inexplicably before firing between the goal posts (Palombella rossa, 1989). A newly elected Pope who finds himself unable to address the faithful masses from the Vatican balcony, and instead furtively flees into the streets (Habemus Papam, 2011). A film director who can no longer hold it together on set, as her mother lays dying in hospital (Mia madre, 2015). Nanni’s Moretti’s films often address urgent issues of personal blockage, panic, fear, grief, and especially life-sapping depression—always within the ever-widening, intersubjective circles of family, work, community, and society. His wisdom recalls that of the militant psychoanalyst Félix Guattari, who commented in the 1970s that genuine political change will only occur “from »
I won’t spend too much time bemoaning the Competition prizes handed out last night by George Miller’s jury. Their decisions sucked, just as the Coen brothers’ jury’s did, just as Campion’s did, just as Spielberg’s kinda did, just as Moretti’s very much did, and okay fine I’ll stop there. The best film way more often than not goes home empty-handed from these things, and it rarely matters. Maybe a few less people sought out Holy Motors because Nanni Moretti thought Leos Carax didn’t spend enough time developing his characters, or a few more people were curious to discover whatever the […] »
- Blake Williams
In our final instalment before this year’s Cannes Film Festival, we look back at the highs and lows of Screen’s 2015 Jury Grid.
Last year, as ever, Screen’s Jury Grid of critics cast their judgements on the films in Competition at Cannes.
Haynes was awarded the festival’s Queer Palm for the adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1950’s lesbian love story ‘The Price of Salt’, and The Assassin won best director for Cannes first-timer Hsiao-Hsien. The films both scored 3.5 apiece out of a possible 4, but neither claimed the festival’s top prize.
As Cannes approaches, Screen casts its eye back at the winners and losers of 2012 according to our jury of critics.
Screen International’s jury of international critics has long been a strong indicator as to what will take the top prizes at the Cannes Film Festival – and 2012 was no different.
Both films scored 3.3 out of 4 and Amour went away with the festival’s coveted Palme d’Or.
Beyond the Hills also performed strongly, winning awards for best screenplay and best actress for its two leading ladies Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan. Director Mungiu has another shot at the Palme d’Or this year with Graduation (Bacalaureat).
It was a year for ties, with »
Based in London, the company will offer bespoke international licensing and executive production services to producers and financiers, and Westerhoff has negotiated a credit facility of up to €10 million with Paris-based indie sales force Films Distribution, sellers of films including Oscar-winner Son Of Saul, Nanni Moretti’s Cannes 2015 drama Mia Madre and Brillante Mendoza’s upcoming Cannes competition entry Ma’ Rosa.
Film Constellation will reveal the first films on its slate around Cannes with those expected to encompass “youth oriented commercial fare and talent-driven films for mature audiences”.
Speaking to Screen, Westerhoff confirmed that additional staff would likely be added after Cannes.
Westerhoff said of the new company: “This is a destination of expression for trusted filmmakers and emerging new talent, embracing new distribution »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Music Box Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Italian director Nanni Moretti’s comedy-drama “Mia Madre,” starring Margherita Buy, John Turturro, Giulia Lazzarini, Beatrice Mancini and Moretti.
The film won the prize of the ecumenical jury at the Cannes Film Festival in May and was acquired by Alchemy from Paris-based sales company Films Distribution. But Alchemy’s financial problems resulted in the rights reverting to Films Distribution, which re-sold “Mia Madre” to Music Box.
Moretti wrote the semi-autobiographical screenplay along with Francesco Piccolo and Valia Santella and produced the film through his Sacher Film banner along with Domenico Procacci of Fandango and Rai Cinema.
“Mia Madre” centers on a director, played by Buy, who is shooting an Italian film with a famous American actor (Turturro), who’s also a disruptive blowhard and buffoon. Away from the shoot, the director tries to hold her life together, despite her »
- Dave McNary
Another feature title is saved in the wake of Alchemy’s financial woes. Music Box Films has acquired U.S. rights to Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre, the Italian comedy from last year’s Cannes Film Festival that Alchemy snapped up. Mia Madre will now be released during the third quarter. The pic stars John Turturro as divo thespian Barry Higgins, the headache for his female director (Margherita Buy), who’s trying to balance the movie she’s making with the chaos in her life. Mia M… »
The distributor has taken Nanni Moretti’s winner of the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at last year’s Cannes Film Festival off the hands of embattled Alchemy.
The deal marks the latest film to be extracted from Alchemy, which has become beset by financial troubles. A24 recently took over Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire and another Cannes 2015 selection, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster.
“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to work with a filmmaker of Moretti’s stature, and to bring his latest to American audiences,” said Music Box managing director Ed Arentz.
“Mia Madre is quintessential Moretti: his wry humour, moral questioning and emotional honesty – with the added bonus of two wonderful actors »
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Rome — Italy’s film industry is reacting rather nonchalantly to the surprising absence of Italian movies in the Cannes competition for the first time in a decade and taking consolation in the expected presence of a robust contingent of young Italo directors set to screen across the fest’s other sections.
“One year you have three films in competition, the other you don’t have any. It’s normal,” says producer Riccardo Tozzi head of Italian motion picture association Anica.
“It doesn’t mean there aren’t good movies; it just means there aren’t any that fit the Cannes [competition] mold,” he adds.
“Bellocchio is not a Cannes protege like Nanni Moretti, »
- Nick Vivarelli
The Cannes Film Festival unveiled the Official Selection for its 69th edition today at a packed press conference in Paris.
There were few surprises in Competition – aside from the inclusion of Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann, the first German film in Competition since Wim Wenders’s Palermo Shooting in 2008 – and the news that this year’s Palme d’Or winner will be the closing film.
The more exploratory Un Certain Regard section, however, welcomed a number of newcomers including Romanian director Bogdan Mirica’s Dogs, Us filmmaker Michael O’Shea’s The Transfiguration, and Personal Affairs (Omor Shakhsiya) by Maha Haj, a Palestinian citizen of Israel.
Cannes Film Festival general »
Panama City — Paddy Breathnach’s Cuban-set “Viva,” set in Havana’s drag nightclubs and selected as Ireland’s entry in this year’s foreign language film Oscar race, will open the fifth Panama International Film Festival (Iff Panama), which bows this Thursday, April 7.
Director Pituka Ortega Heilbron and artistic director Diana Sanchez consider this year’s edition the strongest to date, given the breadth of films slated, the range of guests, the record number of industry events and – key — the unprecedented number of films screening from Central America and the Caribbean.
“There are incredible films now coming out of this region,” says Heilbron. “We’re fortunate to have the perfect prerequisites for a coordinated and well-functioning festival, given the location of Panama City, its connectivity, infrastructure, hotels, access and support from the government, private sector and the local business sector.”
In a mere four years, Iff Panama has carved out »
- Martin Dale
Georgia Poivre joins international sales team at Paris-based firm.
Sales agent Films Distribution has hired Georgia Poivre to join its international sales team ahead of Cannes.
Poivre joins from Wide Management, where she had been head of international sales since Oct 2014.
She previously worked at Wild Bunch Distribution, from Jan-July 2013, as marketing and acquisitions assistant for theatrical distribution and joined Studiocanal as marketing manager of the home entertainment division in Dec 2013.
Films Distribution co-founder and CEO Nicolas Brigaud-Robert said: “Georgia is a welcome addition to our sales team as we have significantly increased our investments in international titles these past months.”
In addition to its Paris office, Films Distribution has Berlin-based subsidiary Films Boutique, which handles special-interest movies and discoveries and, Be For Films, a sales agency set up in 2014 and based in Brussels »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
French Connection director highlights “challenging time” for the future of world cinema.
Us director William Friedkin is to deliver the Cinema Masterclass at the 69th Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22). Filmmakers to previously give the masterclass include Martin Scorsese, Nanni Moretti, Wong Kar-wai, Quentin Tarantino, Marco Bellocchio, Philip Kaufman and Jacques Audiard.
Accepting the invitation, the director of The French Connection (1971) and The Exorcist (1973) said: “This is the most challenging time I can recall for the future of world cinema. There are massive changes coming for production and exhibition, more than I’ve experienced in over 50 years.”
He added it would be “an honour to share my thoughts and ideas with an audience at Cannes, the home of world cinema.”
Friedkin, who won the Oscar for Best Director in 1972 for The French Connection, is also known for features including Sorcerer (1977), Cruising (1980), To Live and Die in La (1985), Rampage (1987), The Guardian (1990), Bug (2006) and Killer Joe (2011).
The Masterclass, which »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Iconoclastic director William Friedkin will give the cinema masterclass at this year’s Cannes film festival. The Exorcist director follows in the footsteps of Martin Scorsese, Nanni Moretti, Wong Kar-wai and Quentin Tarantino among others. The masterclass will be hosted by film critic Michel Ciment. Friedkin recently published his memoir The Friedkin Connection, the title a nod to his 1971 classic The French Connection, starring Gene Hackman as NY cop Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle… »
Nanni Moretti's stingingly beautiful examination of the hazards of movie making during a point in time of private pain, Mia Madre (My Mother) stars Margherita Buy, Giulia Lazzarini, John Turturro, Beatrice Mancini, Enrico Ianniello and Moretti himself.
Things turn from complicated to ridiculous with the arrival of American actor Barry Huggins (Turturro) to be cast in Margherita's (Buy) new workers strike film. Creepy as hell and needy, he mimics phone calls from Stanley Kubrick and jokes about having a Kevin Spacey dream. "I'll kill you," is one of the first sentences we hear him mutter, three-quarters asleep on the backseat of her car after she picks him up at the airport herself. Putting up with Huggins' diva behavior is an extra burden, because she is worried about Ada (Lazzarini), her mother, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Finnish director to receive Carrosse d’Or from French Film Directors Guild.
The annual honorary prize is granted by the French film directors guild, Société des Réalisateurs de films (la Sfr), which also organises the parallel section.
In a letter to the director, the Sfr selection committee praised his work for its “economy, precision and grandeur”.
“Your stories are fairy-tales about the forgotten, the ignored, the excessive, those who do not have a users manual,” read the letter.
“By capturing these characters, you give them a place, you save them, for those who aren’t talked about don’t exist.”
The award will be presented at the Directors’ Fortnight opening ceremony.
A regular on the Croisette, Kaurismäki was last in Cannes in 2011 with the Palme d’Or contender Le Havre.
Cover art and release details have been revealed for John La Tier’s The Tell-Tale Heart. Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale of a man haunted by his heinous crime, The Tell-Tale Heart will be released on DVD and VOD on April 5th.
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA (March 23, 2016) — Alchemy is proud to announce the home entertainment release of the haunting, The Tell-tale Heart, directed by John La Tier. Starring Rose McGowan (Charmed, Scream, Grindhouse, Jawbreaker, The Blac), Patrick John Flueger (The 4400, The Princess Diaries, NBC’s Chicago P.D.), Academy Award® nominee Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, HBO’s The Sopranos), Jacob Vargas (Next Friday, Selena, Traffic, Jarhead), and Damon Whitake. The Tell-tale Heart has a running time of 82 minutes and is not rated. The Tell-tale Heart is available on DVD and VOD April 5th, 2016.
A haunting account of a tormented man, haunted by the heart of a man he murdered, »
- Tamika Jones
Lorenzo Vigas’ Venice Golden Lion winner From Afar and César Augusto Acevedo’s Cannes Critics Week France 4 Visionary Award winner Land And Shade will screen at the International Film Festival of Panama.
Both selections will play in the Ibero American Showcase under the auspices of Iff Panama 2016, which runs from April 7-13.
Italian actress Lucía Bosé will be guest of honour at the festival’s fifth edition when three of films will screen — Death Of A Cyclist, Story Of A Love Affair, and No Peace Under The Olive Tree. High Heels will screen in special presentation.
Ibero American Showcase entries include Anna Muylaert’s Brazilian foreign language Oscar submission My Second Mother, Álex de la Iglesia’s My Big Night (Spain), 3 Beauties (Venezuela) by Carlos Caridad-Montero, and Spy Time (Spain) by Javier Ruiz Caldera.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Screen rounds up the films from across the globe that could launch at Cannes…
With less than a month to go until the Cannes Film Festival announces its line-up at its annual Paris press conference on April 14, Screen looks at what could make it into Official Selection and the parallel sections of Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week.
UK and Ireland
The UK could have one of its strongest Cannes for years with hot favourites for a competition slot including Andrea Arnold’s Shia Labeouf-starring Us road movie American Honey and Ken Loach’s gritty Northern England-set drama I, Daniel Blake. It would be Loach’s 12th time in competition.
Ben Wheatley is also reportedly gunning for an Official Selection slot for his 1970s Boston-set, gangland thriller Free Fire, potentially Out of Competition or in Midnight Screenings. He was last in Cannes with Sightseers in Directors’ Fortnight.
Paris — Underscoring the diversity of this year’s Cesar lineup, Philippe Faucon’s “Fatima,” a tale of a Moroccan-born single mother, won best film, supporting actress and adapted screenplay at the 41st Cesar Awards ceremony which took place Friday night at the Chatelet Theater in Paris.
Although the big win for “Fatima” was unexpected, it resonates strongly with the current divide in France and sheds light on the second and third generations of North African immigrants in France. The country was hit by its deadliest ever terror attack in November and has seen the Far Right party gaining grounds in the run up to the 2017 presidential election.
A contemporary social drama loosely based on Fatima Elayoubi’s poems “Priere a la lune” (“Prayer to the Moon”), “Fatima” turns on a single mother who emigrated from Morocco and faces cultural challenges as well as prejudice in France, where she raises her »
- Elsa Keslassy
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