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Cph:dox reveals competition line-up

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The documentary festival is also launching a fifth competition strand at its 2017 edition.

Scandi documentary festival Cph:dox (Mar 16-26) has unveiled the films in its usual four competitions as well as introducing a new competition section.

World premieres announced across the competitions include Bridgend director Jeppe Rønde’s The John Dalli Mystery [pictured], a Kafkaesque story with Mikael Bertelsen and Mads Brügger; Do Donkeys Act?, a film about unruly donkeys narrated by Willem Dafoe; Accidental Anarchist, about the British former diplomat Carne Ross who has transformed into an anarchist; Sigrid Dyekjær’s A Modern Man, about violinist and model Charlie Siem; and Ben Rivers’ Urth, about the failed ecosystem Biosphere 2.0 in Arizona.

Read Screen’s festival preview here.

Other high profile documentaries to screen at the event include Matthew Heineman’s Cartel Land follow up City Of Ghosts.

New competition Next:wave is launched to highlight international emerging talents “who have the courage to take chances and stand out.”

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‘The Yard’ to kick off 450 films in Goteborg

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Notable world premieres include Mads Matthiesen’s Teddy Bear follow-up The Model and Avalon director Axel Petersén’s Under the Pyramid.

Måns Månsson’s The Yard will open the 2016 Goteborg Film Festival (Jan 29 - Feb 8), which will screen some 450 films from 84 countries.

The film, which will have its world premiere at the Swedish festival’s Jan 29 opening, is adapted from Kristian Lundberg’s autobiographical novel about moving from cultural work to becoming a day laborer in Malmo harbour. Anders Mossling stars.

The festival’s closing film will be Henrik Ruben Genz’s Satisfaction 1720, Erlend Loe has written the manuscript for the film, about the post-war exploits of the “rock star of his day”, Vice-Admiral Tordenskjold.

Goteborg, the largest film festival in the Nordics and running for 11 days, is devoting special programmes to Italian cinema, Nigeria’s Nollywood and a new section on TV drama.

The eight films competing for the Dragon Award for Best Nordic film (which
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Cinephil takes world on Idfa title 'Snow Monkey'

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Documentary from Australian war artist George Gittoes centres on street kids in Afghanistan.

Tel Aviv-based sales company Cinephil has acquired the worldwide right to George GittoesSnow Monkey ahead of its international premiere in competition at Idfa (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) (Nov 18-29).

The film is a portrait of daily life in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, where art activist Gittoes recruited gangs of war-damaged children to shoot local, Pashto-style films - vibrant, colorful and infused with the violence they experience on a daily basis.

Gittoes will return to Idfa, which runs Nov 18-29, having previously screened Miscreants of Taliwood, shot in Peshawar with Taliban-besieged filmmakers, some of which have helped create Snow Monkey.

Cinephil MD Philippa Kowarsky negotiated the deal with producers Gittoes and Lizzette Atkins of Unicorn Films.

Executive producers are Norway’s Torstein Grude and Bjarte Mørner Tveit for Piraya Film.

Kowarsky said the film “offers an unprecedented understanding of the lives of the people of Jalalabad
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Iff Panama: Celebrating the Work of Brazil’s Karim Aïnouz

Iff Panama: Celebrating the Work of Brazil’s Karim Aïnouz
Panama ­– Iff Panama is celebrating the work of the highly acclaimed Brazilian director and visual artist Karim Aïnouz with a retrospective of his work. The focus sees the screenings of all five of his features: “Praia do Futuro,” “The Silver Cliff” (“O Abismo Prateado”), “I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You” (“Viajo Porque Preciso, Volto Porque te Amo”), “Love For Sale” (“O Céu de Suely”) and “Madame Satã.”

At the Panama Festival, Aïnouz will also introduce a restored print of “The Color of Pomegranates,” Sergei Parajanov’s 1969 biography of 18th century Armenian poet and musician Sayat Nova.

A first time visitor to Iff Panama, Aïnouz is no stranger to film festivals having used them as a very effective shop window to premier and display his work, and also to enjoy and embrace the work of other filmmakers as a member of festival juries.

In
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Syria project wins Cph:Forum pitch prize

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Syria project wins Cph:Forum pitch prize
On Screen Off Record from The Act of Killing producer Signe Byrge Sørensen.

On Screen Off Record, directed by Rami Farah and Lyana Saleh and produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen of Final Cut For Real, has won the second annual Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of €15,000 at Cph:forum - Cph:dox’s international financing and co-production event.

The jury said this project, reflective on the Syrian conflict in a media-saturated world, was awarded because of “the way familiar footage was presented, allowing deeper understanding of the complexities of the conflict that affects us on so many levels, for the quality of the project and the team, and the organic co-production structure.”

The film, now in development, will be a production between Syria, Denmark and France. There will be 55-minute and 90-minute versions.The story is about several young people in Syria who became citizen journalists and have filmed the turmoil since the beginning, putting their lives
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Syria project wins Cph: Forum pitch prize

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Syria project wins Cph: Forum pitch prize
On Screen Off Record from The Act of Killing producer Signe Byrge Sørensen.

On Screen Off Record, directed by Rami Farah and Lyana Saleh and produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen of Final Cut For Real, has won the second annual Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of €15,000 at Cph:forum - Cph:dox’s international financing and co-production event.

The jury said this project, reflective on the Syrian conflict in a media-saturated world, was awarded because of “the way familiar footage was presented, allowing deeper understanding of the complexities of the conflict that affects us on so many levels, for the quality of the project and the team, and the organic co-production structure.”

The film, now in development, will be a production between Syria, Denmark and France. There will be 55-minute and 90-minute versions.The story is about several young people in Syria who became citizen journalists and filmed the turmoil since the beginning, putting their lives
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Tokyo to screen Big Eyes footage

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Tokyo to screen Big Eyes footage
The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) has announced its Special Screenings line-up of high-profile films from Japan and abroad.

Aside from previously announced opening and closing films - Big Hero 6 and Parasyte - world premieres in Special Screenings include Mamoru Oshii’s Japan-Canada coproduction Garm Wars The Last Druid, a “hybrid animation fusing pioneer CG and live-action technologies”.

Also, Isshin Inudo’s romance Miracle: Devil Claus’ Love And Magic, Sebastian Masuda’s The Nutcracker 3D and Kiyotaka Taguchi’s The Next Generation - Patlabor - Episode 10, a live action version of Mobile Police Patlabor with special footage to screen with commentary from general director Oshii.

The line-up will also include a look at footage from upcoming Tim Burton feature Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. It opens in the Us on Dec 25.

The festival will run Oct 23-31.

Special Screenings

Title/country/director, Wp - World Premiere

Big Hero 6 (Us) Don Hall, [link
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Line-up announced for Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014

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The full line-up has been announced for this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, which runs from Wednesday 18th to Sunday 29th June. In total, 156 features from 47 countries will be screened, with 11 world premieres, 7 European premieres and 95 UK premieres.

The festival opens with the world premiere of British drug trafficking thriller Hyena from writer-director Gerard Johnson, starring Peter Ferdinando, Stephen Graham, Neil Maskell, and MyAnna Buring. The closing night gala is the international premiere of romantic comedy We’ll Never Have Paris, directed by husband and wife team Jocelyn Towne and Simon Helberg (best known for The Big Bang Theory). Written by and also starring Helberg, it features Melanie Lynskey, Maggie Grace, Zachary Quinto, and Alfred Molina in its cast.

We’ll Never Have Paris

The American Dreams strand highlights cutting-edge new works from American independent cinema. Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring featured last year, and now Gia Coppola
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Cathedrals of Culture’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Cathedrals of Culture’
Wim Wenders was bitten by the 3D bug when he made his 2011 dance docu, “Pina,” and he expands the possibilities of the format still further with “Cathedrals of Culture.” Giving all new meaning to the expression “if these walls could talk,” this conceptual six-part omnibus invites half a dozen international helmers to imagine the personalities of various cultural institutions, lending voices to their unique designs while allowing cameras to explore the buildings’ unique architectural features in all their multidimensional glory. Such an overlong and only intermittently absorbing project wouldn’t suffer in the slightest if broken up across several nights for non-3D arts TV, where the otherwise taxing presentation will likely find its broadest audience.

If Walt Disney can delight children by making forest animals talk, who’s to stop Wenders from entertaining adults by anthropomorphizing six of the world’s most magnificent modern structures? The German director kicks
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Berlin: Download THR's Day 6 'Daily'

Berlin: Download THR's Day 6 'Daily'
The Hollywood Reporter's sixth issue from the Berlin Film Festival features a lively interview with seven directors attending this year's festival, plus more reviews and news from the market. Directors Roundtable This year's director roundtable featured: Michel Gondry, Volker Schlondorff, Stuart Murdoch, David Wenham, Fisher Stevens, Feo Aladag and Margreth Olin. They sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss heartbreak, histrionics and learning to trust your gut. Aquamen Entertainment A collective run by Internet mogul Robin Li -- China's richest man -- is backing a new film production venture that will be run by Korean filmmaker Jeongjung Kim and Chinese producer

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Kosslick talks Berlinale challenges

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Kosslick talks Berlinale challenges
Exclusive: The return of the Zoo-Palast cinema to the Berlinale’s roster of screening venues is “the greatest challenge facing us this year,” according to festival director Dieter Kosslick.

Kosslick spoke exclusively to ScreenDaily less than three weeks before the 64th edition (Feb 6-16) kicks off with the world premiere of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel on Feb 6, explaining that the festival will now have three centres throughout the city: at the Zoo-Palast where the Berlinale was based until 1999; at the Berlinale-Palast at Potsdamer Platz; and at the Friedrichstadtpalast in the former East Berlin.

“We now have a focus in the Western part of the city which is something we had always wanted: the Berlinale is back in the West! We have a balanced cinema situation in the whole of the city,” he said.

“We had to abandon the original idea of having the Friedrichstadtpalast only as a temporary venue while the Zoo-Palast was being
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Berlinale 2014. Panorama and Special

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Hoàng Phi in Nước (2030) by Nghiêm-Minh Nguyễn-Võ

The following titles join the previously announced films screening as part of the Panorama section:

Asabani Nistam! (I'm Not Angry!), (Reza Dormishian), Iran - International Premiere

Blind, (Eskil Vogt), Norway / Netherlands - European Premiere

Difret, (Zeresenay Berhane Mehari), Ethopia - European Premiere

Fieber (Fever), (Elfi Mikesch), Luxembourg / Austria - World Premiere

Güeros, (Alonso Ruízpalacios), Mexico - World Premiere

Highway, (Imtiaz Ali), India - World Premiere

Ieji (Homeland), (Nao Kubota), Japan - World Premiere

In Grazia di Dio (Edoardo Winspeare), Italy - World Premiere

Love Is Strange, (Ira Sachs), USA - International Premiere

Mo Jing (That Demon Within), (Dante Lam), Hong Kong, China - World Premiere

Na kathese ke na kitas (Standing Aside, Watching), (Yorgos Servetas), Greece - European Premiere

Night Flight, (LeeSong Hee-il), Republic of Korea - World Premiere

Nước (2030), (Nghiêm-Minh Nguyễn-Võ), Vietnam - World Premiere

Patardzlebi (Brides), (Tinatin Kajrishvili), Georgia / France

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Berlinale Special nabs nine world premieres

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Berlinale Special nabs nine world premieres
World premieres include A Long Way down, starring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and Pierce Brosnan, and The Two Faces of January, the directorial debut of Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac.

The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 6-16) has unveiled the 18-strong line-up for its Berlinale Special strand, including nine world premieres.

Stand-outs in the list include the world premiere of A Long Way Down, an adaptation of Nick Hornby’s bestseller about four people who meet on New Year’s Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives. It stars Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette and Imogen Poots.

Also receiving its world premiere will be con artist thriller The Two Faces of January, the directorial debut of Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini, which stars Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Inside Llewyn DavisOscar Isaac.

Mexican actor Diego Luna
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Berlin Film Festival Unveils Berlinale Special Lineup

Berlin Film Festival Unveils Berlinale Special Lineup
London — The Berlin Film Festival has unveiled its Berlinale Special program, which contains 18 pics, including nine world premieres.

As previously announced, the selection includes the world premiere of comedy “A Long Way Down” (picture), directed by Pascal Chaumeil, who had a breakout hit with “HeartBreaker.”

A Long Way Down,” which toplines Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette, starts with a chance encounter between several people who plan to commit suicide on New Year’s Eve. It is adapted from the novel by Nick Hornby, and produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, who also produced “An Education.”

Also world premiering is World War II drama “Diplomacy” from director Volker Schlondorff, who won an Oscar with “The Tin Drum.” It centers on the efforts of Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling, played by Andre Dussollier, to persuade German general Dietrich von Choltitz, played by Niels Arestrup, to ignore Adolf Hitler’s orders to destroy
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Foreign Language Oscar List

While I do not think that something as edgy or unusual as Giorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth (pictured above) will make the 'final five' short list, but kudos to Greece for throwing it out there.  Perhaps something like Tetsuya Nakashima's Confessions will make the cut despite its similarly unsettling subject matter.  Either way, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did put out a big release yesterday with all of their Foreign Language film submissions, 65 of them in total even Greenland, from various countries.  Many of these films have reviews in our archives.

Albania, East West East, Gjergj Xhuvani

Algeria, Hors la Loi ("Outside the Law"), Rachid Bouchareb

Argentina, Carancho, Pablo Trapero

Austria, La Pivellina, Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel

Azerbaijan, The Precinct, Ilgar Safat

Bangladesh, Third Person Singular Number, Mostofa Sarwar Farooki

Belgium, Illegal, Olivier Masset-Depasse

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Circus Columbia, Danis Tanovic

Brazil, Lula the Son of Brazil,
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65 Entries In The Foreign Language Film Category For The 83rd Academy Awards

65 Countries Enter Race for 2010 Foreign Language Film Oscar®

Beverly Hills, CA: Sixty-five countries, including first-time entrants Ethiopia and Greenland, have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 83rd Academy Awards®.

The 2010 submissions are:

.Albania, .East, West, East,. Gjergj Xhuvani, director;

.Algeria, .Hors la Loi. (.Outside the Law.), Rachid Bouchareb, director;

.Argentina, .Carancho,. Pablo Trapero, director;

.Austria, .La Pivellina,. Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, directors;

.Azerbaijan, .The Precinct,. Ilgar Safat, director;

.Bangladesh, .Third Person Singular Number,. Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, director;

.Belgium, .Illegal,. Olivier Masset-Depasse, director;

.Bosnia and Herzegovina, .Circus Columbia,. Danis Tanovic, director;

.Brazil, .Lula, the Son of Brazil,. Fabio Barreto, director;

.Bulgaria, .Eastern Plays,. Kamen Kalev, director;

.Canada, .Incendies,. Denis Villeneuve, director;

.Chile, .The Life of Fish,. Matias Bize, director;

.China, .Aftershock,. Feng Xiaogang, director;

.Colombia, .Crab Trap,. Oscar Ruiz Navia, director;

.Costa Rica, .Of Love and Other Demons,. Hilda Hidalgo, director;

.Croatia, .The Blacks,
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65 Countries Submit Films for 2011's Best Foreign Language Feature Oscar

I have been keeping track of all of the Foreign Language Oscar submissions in my "The Contenders" section of the site and today the official list of sixty-five films from sixty-five countries was unveiled by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for consideration for the 83rd Academy Awards. On January 20, 2011 a shortlist of nine contenders will be announced prior to the naming of the nominees on January 25, 2011.

I have included the complete list directly below, which includes first-time entrants Ethiopia and Greenland. The only film that was originally thought to be under consideration, but didn't show up on the Academy's final list was Afghanistan's entry, Black Tulip, directed by Sonia Nassery Cole. IMDb doesn't list a release date for the film, which means it may not have met the release requirements in time.

I have linked each film to their corresponding IMDb page for those films not included
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Toronto Buyers Club: The Entire List of Available Titles for Tiff

  • Following my top ten Tiff list of titles available piece that I published a couples of hours back, Tiff released the lengthy list of titles that are looking for deals. Among those that I didn't mention in my top ten but could have easily have been there is the omission of Micmacs à tire-larigot (I wasn't sure if Warner Bros. only had domestic rights for France and not world rights), and titles such as Neil JordanNeil Jordan
[/link]'s Ondine, Atom Egoyan's Chloe, Oliver Parker's Dorian Gray, Aaron Schneider's Get Low, Derrick Borte's The Joneses and Michael J. Bassett's Solomon Kane should be generating key interest from the buyers as well. Without further ado, here is the list. L’Affaire Farewell Christian Carion, France Ahead of Time Bob Richman, USA The Angel Margreth Olin, Norway/Sweden/Finland The Art of the Steal Don Argott, USA Baaria Giuseppe Tornatore,
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Tiff titles for Vanguard, Discovery and Special Presentations

Curioser and Curioser.. First off, the world premier of road trip comedy Bunny & The Bull which we reported on a Long time ago. Next is Gaspar Noé's Cannes premierer Enter the Void which didn't fare too well.. I'm betting this is a new edit. The winner of the grand jury prize at Cannes, Un Prophete will have a special screening. Hugo Weaving's gritty Aussie thriller Last Ride (we'll have a review up soon, got a screener!) is also playing along with another flick from down under we've been clocking, Beautiful Kate. Let's not forget the world premier of Yoichi Sai's ninja flick Kamui.. plus so many more!

Full listing of films added by section after the break.

Vanguard

Accident Soi Cheang, Hong Kong, China

North American Premiere

Gripping and smartly constructed, this unconventional crime thriller/psychological drama, revolves around assassins who commit murder by making perfectly staged crimes look like unfortunate accidents.
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Olin's The Angel and Samantha Morton's The Unloved among Tiff's 21 Discovery Titles

  • It's world cinema at your fingertips. Tiff have announced 21 offerings for their Discovery sidebar mostly gathered from international film festivals not including Berlin, Venice or Cannes. Among the 21, we find seven world premieres from the likes of Margreth OlinMargreth Olin
[/link] (The Angel) and J.Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed). Here is the full list of titles including Samantha Morton's directorial debut, The Unloved. The Angel Margreth Olin, Norway/Sweden/Finland World Premiere A young mother (played brilliantly by Maria Bonnevie) struggles with a history of drug abuse in this exquisitely rendered and deeply compassionate piece, the first fiction film from one of Norway’s most respected documentary filmmakers. Applause Martin Pieter Zandvliet, Denmark North American Premiere Paprika Steen delivers a tour-de-force performance in this devastating drama about an alcoholic actress trying to put her life back together. Bare Essence of Life Satoko Yokohama, Japan International Premiere In this original fusion of black comedy,
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