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The Conversation: Producer Vincent Maraval

8 hours ago | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Since its inception in the late 1990s as a subsidiary of Studiocanal, before breaking off on its own in 2002, French distribution company Wild Bunch has been one of the most high profile titans at the Cannes Film Festival (in 2016, they had five projects on the Croisette, including competition titles The Neon Demon, Graduation, and Palme d’Or winner I, Daniel Blake — as a side note, five Wild Bunch titles have snagged this honor since 2000, including items by Nanni Moretti, Michael Moore, Cristian Mungiu, and Abdellatif Kechiche).

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- Nicholas Bell

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Graduation Review

13 hours ago | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Stefan Pape

 

Since the turn of the 21st century, Romanian cinema has thrived, as a new wave of filmmakers crafting distinctively naturalistic, minimalist endeavours, mostly casting a harsh light into working class society. And they’ve been recognised too, with Child’s Pose taking home top prize at the Berlinale back in 2013, and Christian Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days doing the same in Cannes by winning the Palme d’Or. The helmer of the latter production returns now with his latest picture Graduation, and it’s completely, both tonally, and narratively, within this same movement, as fans of the Romanian New Wave are sure to find plenty to admire about this nuanced character drama.

Adrian Titieni plays Romeo Aldea, a doctor who strives, tirelessly, to give his teenage daughter Eliza (Maria-Victoria Dragus) a life he never had, hoping she will pass her forthcoming exams and be granted a »

- Stefan Pape

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Romanian Director Cristian Mungiu Named Jury President of Shanghai Film Festival

23 March 2017 11:37 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Romanian director Cristian Mungiu will preside over the jury that decides the winner of the 20th Shanghai International Film Festival's Golden Goblet Award, event organizers revealed Friday.

Considered one of the leading lights of the Romanian New Wave, Mungiu burst onto the international scene in 2007 with his second feature, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. The film won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, marking the first time the prize was awarded to a Romanian filmmaker. He later won the best screenplay award at Cannes for his 2012 drama Beyond the Hills.

"I have tremendous respect for Asian films, so »

- Patrick Brzeski

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Olivier Assayas & Kristen Stewart Talk The Making & Mysteries Of ‘Personal Shopper’ & More On ‘Charlie Rose’

22 March 2017 10:19 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Divisive movies are often the most interesting to discuss, and “Personal Shopper” certainly fits the bill. The latest from “Clouds Of Sils Maria” team Olivier Assayas and Kristen Stewart took home Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival last year (tied with Cristian Mungiu for “Graduation“) and has been praised by many, but there have been just as many voices who didn’t roll with the movie.

Continue reading Olivier Assayas & Kristen Stewart Talk The Making & Mysteries Of ‘Personal Shopper’ & More On ‘Charlie Rose’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Cristian Mungiu to preside over Cannes Cinéfondation jury

21 March 2017 5:18 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Monica Belluci named master of ceremonies.

For the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival (17-28 May), Cristian Mungiu will preside over the Cinéfondation and short film jury.

The Romanian new wave director has strong ties with the festival having won the Palme d’Or for his second feature film, 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days, the best screenplay and best actress prizes for Beyond the Hills and the best director prize for Graduation.

The director was a member of Steven Spielberg’s jury in 2013.

The Cinéfondation and short films jury award prizes to films submitted by film schools to the Cinéfondation selection, as well as the short film Palme d’Or.

“Value and originality have never achieved easy recognition in the cinema,” said Mungiu. “And it’s even harder to recognise the value and originality of very young directors. But the Cinéfondation is known for having succeeded in doing just that to great effect.

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- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Cristian Mungiu to Preside Over Cinefondation, Short Film Jury at Cannes; Monica Bellucci Set to Host

21 March 2017 5:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Romanian director, screenwriter and producer Cristian Mungiu has been tapped to preside over the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury of the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, following in the footsteps of Naomi Kawase, Abderrahmane Sissako, Abbas Kiarostami and Jane Campion.

Meanwhile, Italian actress Monica Bellucci will succeed French actor Laurent Lafitte as host of the opening and closing ceremonies of this year’s festival, the event’s 70th edition.

Mungiu, who won last year’s Cannes director prize for his film “The Graduation” (pictured above), served on Steven Spielberg’s competition jury in 2013.

A Cannes favorite, Mungiu won the Palme d’Or with his sophomore outing “4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days.” His “Beyond the Hill” went on to garner screenplay and actress prizes.

Cristian Mungiu is a glorious member of that Romanian school showcased by Thierry Frémaux in the 2000s,” said Gilles Jacob, president of Cinéfondation. “Just to look at the intelligence »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Cristian Mungiu Named President Of Cannes Cinéfondation & Short Film Jury; Warner Pacts With iQiyi – Global Briefs

21 March 2017 4:25 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The Cannes Film Festival has set Romanian director Cristian Mungiu as President of the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury. The helmer of Palme d’Or-winning 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days as well as last year's Baccalauréat, for which he won Best Director, previously sat on Steven Spielberg's main festival jury in 2013. Mungiu said today, "Value and originality have never achieved easy recognition in the cinema. And it's even harder to recognize the value and originality of… »

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Cristian Mungiu Named President Of Cannes Cinéfondation & Short Film Jury; Warner Pacts With iQiyi – Global Briefs

21 March 2017 4:25 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Cannes Film Festival has set Romanian director Cristian Mungiu as President of the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury. The helmer of Palme d’Or-winning 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days as well as last year's Baccalauréat, for which he won Best Director, previously sat on Steven Spielberg's main festival jury in 2013. Mungiu said today, "Value and originality have never achieved easy recognition in the cinema. And it's even harder to recognize the value and originality of… »

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Cannes: Cristian Mungiu to Head Short and Student Film Juries

21 March 2017 4:07 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Palme d’Or winner Cristian Mungiu will oversee the student and short film juries at this year’s 70th anniversary Cannes Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday.

The Romanian director is a Cannes regular, having won the Palme for his 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days in 2007, as well as the best screenplay prize for Beyond the Hills in 2012 and the best director prize for Graduation last year.

He also served on Steven Spielberg’s main festival jury in 2013.

Mungiu follows Japanese director Naomi Kawase and Oscar-nominated director Abderrahmane Sissako as head of the juries.

The Cinefondation selects 15 to 20 »

- Rhonda Richford

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Brit New Wave Classics ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ ‘Alfie’ and More Get Swinging at New Festival — Watch Trailer

15 March 2017 8:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

British cinema probably isn’t the main cultural wave that most people associate with the ’60s, but New York City’s own Film Forum is seeking to rectify that with their upcoming film festival, The Brit New Wave. Spanning over 16 days with 30 films on the slate, the festival is honoring an eclectic and varied time in film history.

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The festival will screen films such as the Beatles classic “A Hard Day’s Night,” Laurence Olivier’s “The Entertainer,” Michael Caine’s “Alfie,” Anne Bancroft’s “The Pumpkin Eater,” as well as films from Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Burton, and the debuts of Albert Finney, Julie Christie, and Alan Bates.

Additionally, the theater will also give a special run to the new restoration of John Schlesinger’s debut feature, the rarely-seen kitchen sink drama “A King of Loving, »

- Allison Picurro

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The Future Is Forever Changed In New Trailer For Cristian Mungiu’s Cannes-Winning ‘Graduation’

14 March 2017 12:21 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

One moment can change everything, and the journey to try to adjust a life that’s forever been rerouted can be perilous. This is what Cristian Mungiu explores in his upcoming “Graduation,” which won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

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The latest from the mastermind behind “4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days” and “Beyond The Hills” stars Adrian TitieniLia BugnarMaria-Victoria Dragus, and Malina Manovici in the story of a young woman headed for college, but whose future is changed when she’s attacked.

Continue reading The Future Is Forever Changed In New Trailer For Cristian Mungiu’s Cannes-Winning ‘Graduation’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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New Us Trailer for Cristian Mungiu's Film 'Graduation' from Romania

14 March 2017 12:13 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"A father will do anything to save his daughter's future." Sundance Selects + IFC Films have debuted the official Us trailer for a film titled Graduation, made by acclaimed Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu. Mungiu won the Palme d'Or at Cannes a few years ago for 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days, and this new film also premiered in competition at Cannes last year. Graduation (or Bacalaureat in Romanian) is about a father and his daughter, who is just about to graduate and go to a university in the UK. But an attack against her jeopardizes everything. It's a complex film about compromises and the implications of the parent's role. The cast includes Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, Rares Andrici, Lia Bugnar, Malina Manovici and Vlad Ivanov. This received fairly positive reviews at Cannes, but it's not better than Mungiu's other films. Here's the new official Us trailer (+ poster) for Cristian Mungiu's Graduation, direct »

- Alex Billington

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‘Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana’ Trailer: Morgan Spurlock Presents Doc Explores Wild World of Amateur Wrestling — Watch

14 March 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

From Kerri Borsuk, Glen Zipper (“Undefeated”) and Ross Dinerstein (“Jiro Dreams of Sushi”), along with lauded documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, comes Ryan Harvie and John Paul Horstmann’s “Bodyslam: Revenge of The Banana.” And yes, that title almost speaks for itself.

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The film debuted at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival and was recently acquired by Virgil Films. You too can soon experience the power of The Banana.

Per the film’s official synopsis, it “follows a unique group of social outcasts who partake in an unfamiliar world of amateur wrestling via Ssp Wrestling (Seattle Semi-Pro Wrestling.) By day they are chefs, hairdressers, and delivery men, but by night these ‘cabaret combatants’ put on raunchy matches while rabid fans chant obscenities and hurl beer cans at their heads. The de-facto spokesman of the wrestling »

- Kerry Levielle

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9 Must-See Films From Emerging Indie Filmmakers At This Year’s New Directors/New Films

14 March 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent, this year’s New Directors/New Films festival will screen 29 features and nine short films. This year’s lineup boasts nine North American premieres, seven U.S. premieres, and two world premieres, with features and shorts from 32 countries across five continents.

The opening, centerpiece, and closing night selections showcase three exciting new voices in American independent cinema that all recently debuted at Sundance: Geremy Jasper’s “Patti Cake$” is the opening night pick, while Eliza Hittman’s “Beach Rats” is the centerpiece selection and Dustin Guy Defa will close the festival with “Person to Person.”

Read More: 2017 New Directors/New Films Announces Full Lineup, Including ‘Patti Cake$,’ ‘Beach Rats,’ ‘Menashe’ and More

Now in its forty-sixth year, Nd/Nf has played home early films from such heavy hitters as Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Chantal AkermanPedro Almodovar, »

- Chris O'Falt, Eric Kohn, Jude Dry and Kate Erbland

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‘Graduation’ Trailer: Cristian Mungiu’s Festival Favorites Explores Relationships Fraught With Sacrifice — Watch

13 March 2017 11:52 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After screening around the festival circuit — including turns at New York Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival (where it picked up Best Director accolades) — Cristian Mungiu’s lauded “Graduation” is finally bound for a theatrical release.

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According to the official synopsis, “Romeo Aldea is a physician living in a small mountain town in Transylvania, who has raised his daughter Eliza with the idea that once she turns 18, she will leave to study and live abroad. His plan is close to succeeding — Eliza has won a scholarship to study psychology in the UK. She just has to pass her final exams — a formality for such a good student.”

Yet, just hours before her first exam, something horrific happens. Per the synopsis, “Eliza is assaulted in an attack that could jeopardize her entire future. »

- Kerry Levielle

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‘Silence’: Martin Scorsese Discusses His Long-Gestating ‘Passion Project’ in Exclusive Digital Release Featurette — Watch

13 March 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Diehard fans of Martin Scorsese (Scorsese-heads? Scorseiacs?) may already know what a labor of love his most recent film “Silence” was, but it’s still always a joy to hear the director talk about his long-in-the-making “passion project” in a new featurette.

Read More: ‘Silence’ Featurette: Martin Scorsese and Rodrigo Prieto on the Religious Drama’s Arresting Visuals (Exclusive)

The featurette, which will be included on the upcoming “Silence” Digital HD release, features Scorsese, Andrew Garfield, co-screenwriter Jay Cocks, and consultant Father James Martin, S.J. talking about the thirty years it took to make the film.

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“What kept me going during those years was finding the theme of the picture,” Scorsese said. “Which really is a theme in my life.”

Silence” debuts on Digital HD on March 14. Check out our exclusive featurette below. »

- Allison Picurro

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Isabelle Huppert Talks Paul Verhoeven Film That Made Her Want to Make ‘Elle’ in Home Video Release Featurette

13 March 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Isabelle Huppert gave one of the most dynamic and memorable performances of last year in Paul Verhoeven’s “Elle,” spinning gold out of a tricky character in an even trickier film. But it was Huppert’s familiarity with Verhoeven’s work — specifically “Turkish Delight” — that helped prepare her for it, as she reveals in this exclusive clip ahead of the film’s DVD and Blu-ray release.

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In a recent career-spanning talk with the Hollywood Reporter’s Stephen Galloway, Huppert discusses how her love for “Turkish Delight” was a major part of why she signed on for “Elle” in the first place. She explains how the film “struck her forever” with its balance of comedy and melodrama, and how she found something similar working on “Elle.”

Read More: ‘Isabelle Huppert: A Tribute’ Is Essential Viewing »

- Allison Picurro

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The shivers by Jennie Kermode

25 February 2017 3:04 PM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Chilling out before The Thing Photo: Ingrid Mur

Thursday morning at the Glasgow Film Festival saw a surprising number of people admitting that they’d never seen Chinatown. Doing so on a big screen was a great way to start the day, and they certainly saw what the fuss was about. It opened a day of morally challenging films that really got audiences talking, though they didn’t manage to scandalise people the way Elle and Original Bliss did earlier in the festival. Troubling Romanian tale Graduation made quite an impression; director Cristian Mungiu recently told us that he sees it as a story about consciousness and honesty, with lots of different levels – and documentary Angry Inuk surprised a lot of attendees by prompting them to change their minds about seal hunting, an issue they had considered morally straightforward, as it explored the impact of bans on Inuit communities.

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- Jennie Kermode

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Film Review: ‘2017 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action’

24 February 2017 5:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When it comes to the Oscars, the Academy fiercely defends its definition of movies as a theatrical experience, disqualifying those that debut on home video or VOD from consideration in all the feature categories. For years, the short films were the exception, though in a happy twist, despite the fact that most have been seen exclusively at festivals prior to nominations, they now enjoy a healthy theatrical run after the fact thanks to the efforts of all-shorts-all-the-time network ShortsHD. This year’s live-action offerings are unusually strong across the board, with nary an English-language one among them.

An ambitious idea elegantly compressed into a tight dramatic package, Hungarian director Kristóf Deák’s “Sing” captures the moment when a young person’s faith in the inherent fairness of authority ruptures. A transfer student arrives at a public elementary school, where she is drawn to join the award-winning choir, overseen by the school’s beloved music teacher. »

- Peter Debruge

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‘Elle’ Star Isabelle Huppert Wins Best Actress, Xavier Dolan Wins Best Director at France’s Cesar Awards

24 February 2017 3:01 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert won best actress at the 42nd Cesar Awards, the country’s top film prize.

Out of 16th Cesar nominations, Huppert had only won once for her performance in Claude Chabrol’s “La Ceremonie.”

Huppert has been on a laureled path since “Elle” competed at Cannes: she notably won the Golden Globe award. Set in France and produced by Said Ben Said and Michel Merkt, “Elle” has been described as a powerful rape-revenge thriller laced with dark humor. The movie was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics at Cannes.

The biggest surprise of the night was Xavier Dolan winning best director and editing with “It’s Only The End of the World” which also earned Gaspard Ulliel the best actor prize. Dolan is currently shooting “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” in Prague.

Dolan won over Paul Verhoeven (“Elle”), Houda Benyamina (“Divines”), François Ozon (“Frantz »

- Elsa Keslassy

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