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12 items from 2015


Appeal rejected for jailed Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov

26 November 2015 3:41 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The 20 and 10-year sentences meted out to Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov’s and his co-defendant Aleksandr Kolchenko have been upheld by the military division of the Russian Supreme Court.

A three-judge panel of the Moscow court decided that the sentences passed at the end of August should remain “unchanged”.

Sentsov’s lawyer Dmitry Dinze said after the ruling that defence would make another appeal.

Independent of this, Sentsov is suing the Russian security services Fsb and mass media for defamation.

The chances of Sentsov and Kolchenko’s sentences being overturned by the Supreme Court had not augured well after the appeal by activist Gennady Afanasyev had been summarily rejected.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin condemned the court decision, saying that it was proof of the absence of justice in the Russian Federation and an example of the cynical policy currently being adopted.

On the eve of the Tuesday appeal hearing, Polish actor Daniel Olbrychski »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Jailed Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov could be traded in prisoner exchange

23 November 2015 2:39 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The possibility of a prisoner exchange has been mooted ahead of the Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov’s appeal against his 20-year sentence before Russia’s Supreme Court tomorrow (Nov 24).

According to a report by the Ukrainian website joinfo.ua, Yuri Grabovsky, the lawyer of one of two Russians captured in the Luhansk region last May, told the TV channel 24 that Sentsov and political activist Oleksandr Kolchenko might be exchanged for his client Alexander Alexandrov and Evgeny Evrofeev.

“It will definitely not be [the detained Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda] Savchenko. From what we heard, the discussion was only about Sentsov and Kolchenko,” Grabovsky said, suggesting that the chances of an exchange taking place were at 50:50.

Earlier this month, the Russian Defence Ministry had confirmed that Alexandrov and Evrofeev had not been Russian servicemen at the time of their detention, but were in the service of the militants of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic.

Filmmakers implore Mikhalkov to act

The impending appeal »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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European Filmmakers Call on Putin to Release Ukrainian Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov

19 August 2015 1:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sarajevo, Bosnia — A group of prominent European filmmakers, including Wim Wenders, Stephen Daldry, Agnieszka Holland and Mike Leigh, has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to order the release of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, whose trial resumes in Russia today.

Sentsov, who is accused of having committed “crimes of a terrorist nature,” faces up to 20 years in prison. The prosecution’s main witness has retracted his statement, but the trial continues nonetheless.

The letter states that the filmmakers have been “deeply worried” since Sentsov was arrested by Russia’s Federal Security Service (Fsb), the successor to the Kgb, in his house in Simferopol, Crimea, on May 11, 2014. It adds: “Having observed the trial and especially the fact that the key witness for the prosecution has retracted his testimony as ‘given under pressure and duress,’ we are shocked that the accusation of Oleg Sentsov having committed ‘crimes of a terrorist nature’ is still being upheld. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Cannes '15: Abderrahmane Sissako and the Jury Announced the Winners of the 18th Cinéfondation

25 May 2015 6:08 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Besides the renowned auteurs being awarded yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival, other filmmakers who could soon be part of the main competition were also recognized. The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Abderrahmane Sissako and including Cécile de France, Joana Hadjithomas, Daniel Olbrychski and Rebecca Zlotowski, awarded the 2015 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films.

The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 18 student films, chosen out of 1 593 entries coming from 381 film schools around the world.

First Prize:

"Share" directed by Pippa Bianco

AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, USA

Second Prize:

"Locas Perdidas" directed by Ignacio Juricic Merillán

Carrera de Cine y TV Universidad de Chile, Chile

Joint Third Prize:

"The Return of Erkin" directed by Maria Guskova

High Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors, Russia

Joint Third Prize:

"Victor Xx" directed by Ian Garrido López

Escac, Spain

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

The First Prize winner is also guaranteed that her first feature film will be presented at the Festival de Cannes. »

- Sydney Levine

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Cannes: Cinéfondation winners revealed

22 May 2015 11:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Timbuktu director Abderrahmane Sissako led the jury.

The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Abderrahmane Sissako and including Cécile de France, Joana Hadjithomas, Daniel Olbrychski and Rebecca Zlotowski, has awarded the 2015 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films.

The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 18 student films, chosen out of 1,593 entries coming from 381 film schools around the world.

First Prize:

Share directed by Pippa Bianco

AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, Us

Second Prize:

Locas Perdidas directed by Ignacio Juricic Merillán

Carrera de Cine y TV Universidad de Chile, Chile

Joint Third Prize:

The Return Of Erkin directed by Maria Guskova

High Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors, Russia

Joint Third Prize:

Victor Xx directed by Ian Garrido López

Escac, Spain

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

The First Prize winner is also guaranteed that her »

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

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Cannes 2015: Cinéfondation winners revealed

22 May 2015 11:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Timbuktu director Abderrahmane Sissako led the jury.

The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Abderrahmane Sissako and including Cécile de France, Joana Hadjithomas, Daniel Olbrychski and Rebecca Zlotowski, has awarded the 2015 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films.

The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 18 student films, chosen out of 1,593 entries coming from 381 film schools around the world.

First Prize:

Share directed by Pippa Bianco

AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, Us

Second Prize:

Locas Perdidas directed by Ignacio Juricic Merillán

Carrera de Cine y TV Universidad de Chile, Chile

Joint Third Prize:

The Return Of Erkin directed by Maria Guskova

High Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors, Russia

Joint Third Prize:

Victor Xx directed by Ian Garrido López

Escac, Spain

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

The First Prize winner is also guaranteed that her »

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

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AFI’s Pippa Bianco Wins Cannes Cinefondation with ‘Share’

22 May 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes – A woman has topped a competition at this year’s Cannes, and with a stirring woman’s drama to boot.

Share,” a short from American Pippa Bianco, a student at AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, took the top prize Friday at the Cannes’ Cinefondation Selection, the world’s highest-profile film school student competition.

Also written by Bianco, and short by Cinefondation standards — only 11 minutes — “Share,” produced by Tyler Byrne, Carly Hugo and Danielle Oexmann, stars Taissa Farmiga (“American Horror Story”) as a 15-year-old girl who returns to school after someone shares an explicit video of her on the Internet.

Chile’s Ignacio Juricic Merillan, a student at the film and TV faculty of the Universidad de Chile, took the Selection second prize, for “Lost Queens,” about an 18-year-old who’s arrested in a televised raid of a club where he works as a drag queen, and fears his »

- John Hopewell

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Cannes: AFI Directing Workshop for Women Student Wins Cinéfondation's Top Prize

22 May 2015 10:15 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

A jury led by "Timbuktu" director Abderrahmane Sissako awarded the €15,000 top prize in the Cinéfondation Competition Friday to Pippa Bianco, of the AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, for her short film, "Share." Hers was among 18 student films, selected from 593 entries, to screen in the Cinéfondation section this year. An Indiewire "Project of the Day" last year, "Share" stars Taissa Farmiga ("American Horror Story") as a 15-year-old girl who returns to school after someone shares an explicit video of her. In addition to the cash prize, the award comes with a guarantee that Bianco's first feature will be presented at Cannes. This year's jury also included Cécile de France, Joana Hadjithomas, Daniel Olbrychski, and Rebecca Zlotowski. The 593 entries represent 381 films schools worldwide. Read the full list of winners and watch a teaser trailer for "Share" below: »

- Matt Brennan

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Cannes: Cinéfondation Short Film Winners Announced, Taissa Farmiga-Starring 'Share' Takes Top Prize

22 May 2015 8:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Here Are Some of the Best New American Short Films The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury, headed by Abderrahmane Sissako and including Cécile de France, Joana Hadjithomas, Daniel Olbrychski and Rebecca Zlotowski, has awarded the 2015 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films. The winner of the top prize, "Share," was one of our picks for the best new American short films earlier this month when we saw it at the Maryland Film Festival. We noted that "Share" had "long, engrossing takes on par with the Dardenne brothers and a voyeuristic quality reminiscent of Michael Haneke" and that it "portrays the distinctly modern fear of digital processes beyond our control — and yet, at the same time, with the potential to become dangerously personal." First Prize: "Share" Directed by Pippa Bianco AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, »

- Casey Cipriani

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Cannes: Isabella Rossellini to head Un Certain Regard jury

7 May 2015 10:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cinefondation and Short Films juries also announced.

Us-Italian actress and film-maker Isabella Rossellini is to preside over the Un Certain Regard jury at the 68th Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24).

The jury members include: the Saudi Arabian director of Wadjda, Haifaa Al-Mansour; Lebanese director-actress Nadine Labaki, who was at Cannes in 2011 with Where Do We Go Now?; Greek film-maker Panos H. Koutras, whose Xenia played in Un Certain Regard last year; and the French star of A Prophet, Tahar Rahim, who stars in Elie Wajeman’s Critics’ Week opener The Anarchists.

A total of 19 films will go head-to=head in Un Certain Regard, which opens on May 14 with a screening of Naomi Kawase’s An.

Running in parallel to the Competition, the Un Certain Regard selection winners will be announced by the jury on May 23.

The film awarded the Un Certain Regard Prize will be shown at the end of Cannes’ closing ceremony.

Last year’s »

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

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Cannes: Un Certain Regard And Cinefondation and Short Films Juries Announced

7 May 2015 8:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Saudi Arabian director Haifaa Al-Mansour, Lebanese director and actress Nadine Labaki, Greek director Panos H. Koutras, and French actor of Algerian descent Tahar Rahim will comprise the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard jury, presided by Isabella Rossellini.

This year’s Un Certain Regard jury has a strong female component and also a Middle East and North African accent.

Nineteen pics will unspool in the section, which will open May 14 with a screening of Japanese auteur Naomi Kawase’s An (“Sweet Red Bean Paste”).

The Cannes Cinefondation and Short Films Jury will comprise Lebanese director Joana Hadjithomas, French director Rebecca Zlotowski (France), Belgian actress Cecile de France and Polish thesp Daniel Olbrychski.

As previously announced, Mauritianian auteur Abderrahmane Sissako, whose “Timbuktu” played in competition at Cannes last year and wwas nominated for a foreign-language Oscar, will head this jury. It will award prizes to three of the 18 films made »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Cannes: Efp names 20 Producers on the Move

21 April 2015 5:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Denmark’s Katja Adomeit and Germany’s Ingmar Trost among upcoming European producers set to be showcased at Cannes.Scroll down for full list

European Film Promotion (Efp) has selected 20 emerging young European producers for the 16th edition of its Producers on the Move networking initiative, which will be held during the upcoming Cannes Film Festival from May 15-18.

The 2014 selection includes Danish producer Katja Adomeit, who produced and co-directed the hybrid film Not At Home with the Afghan director Shahrbanoo Sadat as well as co-producing Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure as a freelancer for the Copenhagen office of Philippe Bober’s The Coproduction Office.

Cologne-based Ingmar Trost of Sutor Kolonko has also been selected. His credits include Ilian Metev’s award-winniıng documentary Sofıa’s Last Ambulance, Latvian director Juris Kursietis’  Modrıs and Ingo Haeb’s The Chambermaid Lynn, and he has just completed production of his third feature, Isabelle Stever’s The Weather Inside.

Lithuania will be »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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