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Habemus Papam by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2015-07-29 19:50:09

29 July 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit in The Walk

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that the New York Film Festival Alice Tully Hall Opening Night Gala screening of Robert Zemeckis’s The Walk in 3D, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit with Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon and Ben Schwartz, has been rescheduled due to the New York City visit of Pope Francis.

The Walk will now have its world premiere on Saturday, September 26 for "logistical and security reasons." The New York Film Festival is looking to program free screenings for the opening day on Friday. Nanni Moretti's We Have A Pope (Habemus Papam) would make for an interesting choice.

Tickets for the 53rd New York Film Festival will go on sale in early September.

This year's New York Film Festival runs from September 25 through October 11. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Israeli artists sound alarm over growing censorship

24 July 2015 4:29 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

According to local filmmakers, the recent suppression of documentary Beyond The Fear is just one episode in a quickening erosion of artistic freedom in Israel.

As Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre began to roll on the opening night of the Jerusalem Film Festival in the picturesque Sultan’s Pool amphitheatre in early July, another screening was kicking off just metres above the spectators’ heads.  

On a terrace overlooking the event, some 50 film-makers and producers had gathered for a protest screening of Maria Kravchenko and the late Herz Frank’s Beyond The Fear.

They included The Kindergarten Teacher director Nadav Lapid; Keren Yedaya, who won Cannes’ Camera d’Or for her debut work Or; Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, whose credits include the award-winning The Law In These Parts; and Shlomi Elkabetz, co-director of the Golden Globe-nominated Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem which premiered in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in May 2014 and went on to win best film at »

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Õunpuu's 'Roukli' to world-premiere in Palić

17 July 2015 4:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Estonian director’s new film will be part of Serbian festival’s 14-strong competition including My Mother, 45 Years and Heil; festival to fete five Spanish directors.

Roukli, the new film by Estonia’s Veiko Õunpuu, will have its world premiere in the 22nd edition of European Film Festival Palić (July 18-24).

This year’s festival will open with Magnus von Horn’s The Here After, while the main competition consists of 14 films, including recent Karlovy Vary titles The World Is Mine by Nicolae Constantin Tanase and Heil by Dietrich Brüggemann, as well as Cannes entries Rams by Grimur Hakonarson, Nanni Moretti’s My Mother, Panama by Pavle Vučković and Berlin title 45 Years.

The perennial Underground Spirit Award will be bestowed upon five Spanish film-makers: Ion de Sosa, Chema Garcia Ibarra, Luis Lopez Carrasco, Miguel Llanso, and Velasco Broca.

“At the time the world economic crisis struck Spain, leaving behind negative impacts on its cinema, a group of »

- vladan.petkovic@gmail.com (Vladan Petkovic)

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Õunpuu's 'Roukli' to world-premiere at European Film Festival Palić

17 July 2015 4:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Estonian director’s new film will be part of Serbian festival’s 14-strong competition including My Mother, 45 Years and Heil; festival to fete five Spanish directors.

Roukli, the new film by Estonia’s Veiko Õunpuu, will have its world premiere in the 22nd edition of European Film Festival Palić (July 18-24).

This year’s festival will open with Magnus von Horn’s The Here After, while the main competition consists of 14 films, including recent Karlovy Vary titles The World Is Mine by Nicolae Constantin Tanase and Heil by Dietrich Brüggemann, as well as Cannes entries Rams by Grimur Hakonarson and Nanni Moretti’s Panama by Pavle Vučković and Berlin title 45 Years.

The perennial Underground Spirit Award will be bestowed upon five Spanish film-makers: Ion de Sosa, Chema Garcia Ibarra, Luis Lopez Carrasco, Miguel Llanso, and Velasco Broca.

“At the time the world economic crisis struck Spain, leaving behind negative impacts on its cinema, a group of »

- vladan.petkovic@gmail.com (Vladan Petkovic)

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‘Tikkun’ Wins Big at Jerusalem Film Festival

16 July 2015 1:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Avishai Sivan’s “Tikkun,” a stirring portrait of an ultra-Orthodox man in Jerusalem grappling with questions of faith, took top honors at the 32nd Jerusalem Film Festival Thursday evening.

Sivan’s pic was awarded the Haggiag Family Award for Israeli Cinema for best feature. Best documentary honors from the Van Leer Foundation went to “Hotline,” Silvina Landsmann’s look at a tiny Ngo grappling with a major issue: the flood of African migrants and asylum seekers struggling to make it as undocumented workers in the gritty recesses of Tel Aviv.

The Anat Pirchi Award for best Israeli debut feature went to “Wedding Doll,” Nitzan Gilady’s look at a young mentally challenged woman who works in a toilet paper factory and finds an unexpected romance; and the Anat Pirchi Award for best Israeli feature script was given to Sivan for “Tikkun.”

The two films continued their winning streak in the best actor categories, »

- Debra Kamin

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Alchemy Boosts Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival

13 July 2015 11:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Independent distribution specialist Alchemy has announced a trio of deals to boost its profile as the largest non-studio aggregator for Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Sam’s Club.

Alchemy has formed a strategic alliance with Arc Entertainment to distribute Arc titles and provide financial support for the growth of Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival as well as provide a larger framework for distribution of all titles — both physical and digital — that are associated with the festival.

Founded by Arc, Davis and Walmart, the Bentonville Film Festival launched its first edition in May with the theme of championing women and diversity. TriStar’s faith-based drama “War Room” opened the festival May 5 and Universal’s comedy “Pitch Perfect 2″ closed the festival May 9.

The deals also included the acquisition of the film distribution assets of ANconnect, the physical distribution arm of Anderson Media Corporation; and the acquisition of Anderson Digital, a digital »

- Dave McNary

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Turturro delivers masterclass in Jerusalem

11 July 2015 4:41 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The actor spoke about working with Michael Cimino, William Friedkin and Woody Allen in a masterclass at Jerusalem Film Festival.

Following his appearance at the Jerusalem Film Festival’s (July 9-19) opening night gala of Nanni Moretti’s My Mother, where he was also presented with an honorary award, John Turturro joined author and Columbia University professor Annette Insdorf for an on-stage conversation at the Jerusalem Cinematheque. Here are a few highlights.

On portraying a ‘bad actor’ in Nanni Moretti’s My Mother

“I didn’t see it that way because anybody can be bad. You can see the best actor in the world struggle and I’ve seen all kinds of behaviour. I’ve had arguments with directors over the years – I won’t name them – but you’re under a lot of pressure as an actor. I’ve seen great actors, if they stay up all night, if they’ve had too much to drink »

- matt.mueller@screendaily.com (Matt Mueller)

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Jerusalem Film Festival Opens With ‘Amy,’ ‘Jeruzalem’ and ‘Tikkun’

10 July 2015 3:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The curtain rose Thursday night on the 32nd Jerusalem Film Festival, one of the most prestigious stages for Israeli filmmaking and a fest whose content and character always serves as a barometer of the Israeli film scene at large.

The fest, which this year launches its first installment following the March death of its founder and champion Lia Van Leer, was at the uncomfortable center of scandal last month when it opted to pull a controversial documentary about Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin from the scheduled lineup. The decision came after Israel’s much maligned Minister of Culture Miri Regev threatened to block state funding for the festival unless the documentary, “Beyond the Fear,” was pulled.

“Beyond the Fear” was not scrapped from competition, but its screening date was rescheduled and it will now be screened privately.

Fest administrators, however, are eager to turn the spotlight back on »

- Debra Kamin

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Israeli culture minister jeered at Jerusalem Film Festival

10 July 2015 7:14 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Israel’s minister for culture and sport Miri Regev jeered during speech.

Speaking at the opening night of the 32nd Jerusalem Film Festival (July 9-19), Israel’s minister for culture and sport Miri Regev - who has been widely criticised on home soil for attempting to politicise Israeli culture - was booed by some sections of the audience at several intervals during her speech.

After initially calling for a dialogue around the topic of culture, Regev then proposed to “redefine and update the priorities of the cultural world in Israel”, which drew loud jeers.

Regev concluded her speech by promising a larger budget devoted to promoting Israeli culture, which she referred to as her “national mission”, a suggestion that is likely to appeal to her prominent support base outside of the major cities. This declaration stemmed the jeers and received muted applause.

In response to the crowd’s reaction, Regev later wrote on Facebook: “It’s a shame »

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Jerusalem Film Festival Unveils Full Lineup

23 June 2015 11:52 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Jerusalem Film Festival has unveiled the lineup of pics that will compete for the Haggiag Awards, Israel’s top movie kudos, at the upcoming 32rd edition.

Mixing socially/politically engaged movies and high-concept genre features, the Jerusalem festival’s roster includes “A.K.A. Nadia,” a U.K./Israeli film directed by Tova Ascher, the helmer of “Lemon Tree” and “The Human Ressources Manager”;  Hadar Morag’s “Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me”; Yoav and Doron Paz’s “Jeruzalem”; Evgeny Ruman’s “The Man in the Wall”; Avishai Sivan’s “Tikkun” and Nitzan Gilady’s “Wedding Doll.”

A.K.A Nadia” centers on Maya Goldwasser, who was born into a Muslim family and forged herself a new identity to become a Jewish career woman. But 20 years later, Maya’s past resurfaces, forcing her to face the intolerance and xenophobia within Israeli society.

“Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me” follows the journey of Muhammad, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Nanni Moretti's 'My Mother' to open Jerusalem fest

15 June 2015 8:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Actor John Turturro to visit Jerusalem and take part in opening ceremony

Nanni Moretti’s My Mother (Mia Madre) is to open the 32nd Jerusalem Film Festival (July 9-19).

The movie’s premiere in Israel will be screened at the Sultan’s Pool on July 9, following its world premiere in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival last month.

The opening ceremony will be attended by John Turturro, who stars in the movie.

Italian maverick Moretti’s latest film, which stars Margherita Buy alongside the director, is a return to the family drama he explored in 2001 Palme d’Or winner The Son’s Room.

This time it’s a mother’s slow decline that sparks the melodrama, leavened by comic touches courtesy of a film within the film featuring a Us actor played by Turturro.

Moretti’s previous film in Cannes Competition was 2011 papal dramedy We Have A Pope (Habemus Papam).

Jff director Noa Regev said the selection »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Saudi Entrepreneur Hani Farsi Opens Door for Arab Women Filmmakers

29 May 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While studies show that prospects for women directors are stunted in Hollywood, a program backed by a Saudi entrepreneur will create opportunities in the U.S. for Arab female filmmakers. In fact, according to the news from Cannes last week, Arab women are increasingly stepping out on the global stage in the business of moviemaking.

On May 19, Saudi philanthropist and film producer Hani Farsi announced a partnership with UCLA to fund a program that will offer three full four-year scholarships to Arab women, through the school of Theater, Film and Television, to earn graduate degrees in directing.

“I think we can bring about social change through this,” Farsi said at Cannes where, as co-owner of French distribution and sales company Le Pacte, he had eight films for sale this year, including Nanni Moretti’s “My Mother.”

Since 2007, Farsi also has been producing and distributing movies with Arab and Muslim themes via his Corniche Pictures. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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The Best, The Middling and the ‘What-Happened-Here?’ of Cannes 2015

27 May 2015 12:48 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Who knew that watching films can be this exhausting? The first thing any press person at Cannes will tell you is probably how tiring festival grind is – press screenings from  8.30 am till midnight, endless queueing sessions (variously put to use for writing up or sun-tanning), the adrenaline rush of the literal rush to the next screening.

What few filmmakers premiering their work at Cannes seem to realise – based on the average two-hour run of the majority of films this year – is that at a film viewing marathon such as Cannes, critics’ attention is yours during the first hour and twenty minutes and then you’d better start getting ready for a wow of an ending. The editor is your friend and if you want the press to be a friend too, it’s good to shed extraneous long-windedness and not irk the critics – unless you are Miguel Gomes, then you can go on forever… »

- Zornitsa Staneva

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Cannes: Nanni Moretti’s ‘Mia Madre’ Set to Travel Worldwide (Exclusive)

27 May 2015 5:05 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Nanni Moretti’s “Mia madre,” which world premiered in competition at Cannes and won the Ecumenical Jury prize, set to travel worldwide.

Paris-based Films Distribution has closed Canada (eOne), Germany (Koch Media), Australia (Palace), Korea (T-cast), Taiwan (Maison Motion), Czech Republic (Film Europe), Fidalgo (Norway), Columbia (Cineplex), Denmark (Camera Film), Turkey (Filmarty), A One (Cis) and Mexico (Mantarraya), among others.

Earlier in the festival, Alchemy snapped up “Mia madre” for U.S. distribution.

Echoing Moretti’s own experience and weaving drama with comedy, “Mia Madre” focuses on a film director who struggles to cope with her mother’s fatal illness.

The film protagonist — said to be Moretti’s alter ego — is played by Margherita Buy (“The Caiman,” “Days and Clouds”). Buy stars along with John Turturro.

Films Distribution had managed to pre-sell “Mia madre” to Japan (Kino Films), Brazil (California Filmes), Sweden (Folkets Bio), Benelux (Cineart), Austria (ThimFilm), Israel »

- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell

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Cannes: U.S., China Drive Cannes – Market Update

27 May 2015 4:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Originally written as a Cannes market closer for Variety’s last print daily, on May 19, this article has been updated through Tuesday, May 26:

 

Cannes – Five years ago, Cannes biz was powered by movies selling out worldwide. U.S. distribution pick-ups were something of a sideshow.

Now it’s the U.S. and China that are driving the train. One week after on-site trading at Cannes wound down, 2015’s edition still looks like a tale of four markets: U.S. and China, both galvanized by new players; Europe, depressed by eroding ancillary markets; arthouse, still a buyers’ market focused on star titles and ever more near completed films.

Trouble is, the U.S. is helping to make up for the weakness in the market but its growth is not yet at a par with the shortfall, doesn’t take up all of Europe’s slack, said Lotus Ent.’s Bill Johnson. »

- John Hopewell and Ramin Setoodeh

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Exude the Zen of John Turturro in These 7 Easy Steps

26 May 2015 7:57 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

John Turturro is such the ultimate Brooklynite that one sometimes forgets the 58-year-old has a lifetime of accumulated wisdom from globetrotting under his belt. Vulture met up with the veteran actor for a stroll along the beach to pick his brain on what he’s learned since his first of six trips to the Cannes Film Festival in 1991, when both Barton Fink and Jungle Fever debuted and Fink swept the top awards. Turturro was at Cannes this year as the comic relief for Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre, playing the disastrously unprepared, big-name American actor shipped in to star in an Italian film about labor unions directed by a woman (Margherita Buy) whose mother (Giulia Lazzarini) is dying. It’s Turturro at his zaniest, spouting off dreams he’s had about Kevin Spacey trying to kill him, singing Italian songs about milk with his head out the window of a moving car, »

- Jada Yuan

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Cannes: ‘Son of Saul’ Wins Grand Prix

24 May 2015 10:21 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — The jury of the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival handed out its awards on Sunday night.

Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien received the festival’s director prize for “The Assassin,” a visually dazzling martial-arts epic set in ninth-century China.

The actress prize was awarded, in a tie victory, to Rooney Mara for her performance as a 1950s shopgirl in Todd Haynes’ lesbian love story, “Carol,” and to Emmanuelle Bercot for her turn as a Frenchwoman in an emotionally destructive relationship in Maiwenn’s “Mon roi.” One of the most prominent faces of the 2015 festival, having directed the opening-night film, “Standing Tall,” Bercot gave an effusive speech during which juror Xavier Dolan could be seen brushing away tears.

Haynes accepted on behalf of Mara, who had already returned to New York from the festival. “She would be so completely blown away by this prize,” he said. “I’m just so proud of her work, »

- Justin Chang

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2015 Cannes Critics Panel: Todd Haynes’ “Carol” is Our Top Graded Film

23 May 2015 8:05 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Price of Salt is at a market high according to our critics. While Le Film Francais have Mia Madre in the pole position and Screen Daily have a pair in a tie among their voting clan, our sixteen strong have place Todd HaynesCarol firmly at the top of the leader board with average 3.8 grade. In a year where French cinema was a little off-balance, where Italy cinema didn’t disappoint, where Asian films were especially strong and where a first time work from Hungary stole the show, it is one portrait and one love story in 1950’s America that is tops.

In our inaugural year, our Cannes Critics’ Panel favored Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In by one point over the Dardenne’s The Kid With a Bike, von Trier’s Melancholia, Nicolas Refn’s Drive and Malick’s Palme d’Or winning The Tree of Life. »

- Eric Lavallee

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Cannes: Will ‘The Assassin’ Slay the Competition?

23 May 2015 5:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Given the number of films in competition (19), the correspondingly infinite number of possible award/talent configurations, and the sheer impossibility of guessing at the individual and collective tastes of nine jurors, predicting the major award winners at the Cannes Film Festival is obviously a fool’s errand — and one that our critics on the Croisette have gladly undertaken.

Guy Lodge

Palme d’Or: “The Assassin.” Word on the street — and among British bookies — is that my own favorite film of the fest, Yorgos Lanthimos’ high-wire relationship fantasy “The Lobster,” is the one to beat, though whether that’s based on honest hearsay or a projection of the Coen brothers’ taste for dryer-than-dust comedy, I can’t say. As much as it would thrill me to see such a singular combination of concept-y formalism and perverse heart-tugging take the prize, I have a hard time seeing it as the unifying consensus »

- Guy Lodge and Justin Chang

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Cannes: ‘Son of Saul’, 'Masaan', 'Paulina' win Fipresci prizes

23 May 2015 1:21 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Other prizes go to My Mother, Masaan and Paulina.

Hungarian Holocaust drama Son of Saul has been named the best film in the main Competition section of the 68th Cannes Film Festival by Fipresci, the International Federation of Film Critics.

Review: Son of Saul

Laszlo Nemes directorial debut - the only debut in this year’s Competition line-up - is about a Hungarian prisoner assigned to work in one of the crematoria of Auschwitz who, finding a body he believes is his son, sets out to find a rabbi to bury him.

Sold by Films Distribution, it was snapped up during the festival by Curzon Artificial Eye for the UK, Sony Pictures Classics for the Us and several other territories.

It ranked joint second on Screen’s Cannes Jury Grid, with no prizes as yet for joint leaders Carol and The Assassin.

Nemes previously worked as assistant director to Bela Tarr on The Man From London (2007).

Masaan »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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