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9 items from 2016


2016 Berlin Intl. Film Festival: Nicholas Bell’s Top 5 Most Anticipated Films

2 hours ago | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Returning with another diverse, auteur heavy line-up with their 66th edition, the Berlin International Film Festival continues to impress just as much with selections available outside of the titles competing for the coveted Golden Bear (including the festival’s second edition of a Critics’ Week, where the latest titles from Andrzej Zulawski and Philippe Grandrieux are playing). New items from Bence Fliegauf, Eugene Green, Anna Muylaert, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Doris Dorrie are also significant highlights, but here’s a glance at my top five most anticipated.

#5. An Outpost of Progress – Dir. Hugo Vieira da Silva

Portuguese director Hugo Vieira da Silva returns with this adaptation of a Joseph Conrad story (the author considered this his best work), a tale of two colonial officials in a remote ivory trading post on the Congo. Conrad remains a difficult author to translate to the screen (some great exceptions from Coppola, Patrice Chereau, and »

- Nicholas Bell

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Snd Boards ‘An Indian Tale’ With Benoit Poelvoorde, Pitobash Tripathy

28 January 2016 10:09 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris-based Snd has boarded “An Indian Tale” (“Un conte Indien”), a culture-clash comedy starring Belgian thesp Benoit Poelvoorde (“The Brand New Testament”) and Hindi actor Pitobash Tripathy (“Shor in the City”).

Directed by Héctor Cabello Reyes, “An Indian Tale” is produced by Léonard Glowinski (“The Diving Bell & The Butterfly”) at 22h22 and Philippe Carcassonne (“Gemma Bovery”) at Ciné-@. UMedia Production (“The Artist”) in Belgium is co-producing.

“An Indian Tale” is a high-concept comedy set at the French/Belgium border and laced with a social undertone and absurd humor.

Poelvoorde toplines as a grumpy bachelor living in a small town in Northern France, who crosses path with a lost and lonely Indian man (Tripathy) after a cow falls from the sky. Alexandra Lamy (“Ricky”) also stars.

Poelvoorde, one of France’s leading actors who has earned three Cesar nominations, most recently starred in Jaco van Dormael’s Golden-Globe nominated “The Brand New Testament. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Snd boards Héctor Cabello Reyes’s 'An Indian Tale'

28 January 2016 7:19 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Cross-cultural tale features India’s Million Dollar Arm star Pitobash oppposite Benoît Poelvoorde.

Snd has boarded Chilean director Héctor Cabello Reyes’s debut feature An Indian Tale (Un Conte Indien), a French-language cross-cultural comedy about an unexpected friendship between a disgruntled French man and homesick Indian immigrant.

Benoît Poelvoorde actor is set to play Pierre, a grumpy bachelor living in a small town in the north of France, who strikes up a friendship with homesick Indian Ajit, played by Indian actor Pitobash, when a cow falling from the sky causes their paths to cross.

Popular Belgian actors Poelvoorde’s recent credits include The Brand New Testament and he is soon to be seen in Benoit Delépine and Gustave Kervern’s Saint Amour which will premiere at the Berlinale.

Indian actor Pitobash is best known internationally for his role in Craig Gillespie’s Million Dollar Arm about a sports agent who tries to recruit Indian cricket players to Us Major »

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Full competition line-up for the 66th Berlin Film Festival revealed

20 January 2016 8:02 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The full competition line-up for this year’s Berlin Film Festival has been revealed. The 66th annual Berlin Film Festival festival officially kicks off in Germany on 11th February. This year will mark the first time The Hollywood News will have covered the prestigious event, and our coverage kicks off in the city on the 11th.

Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq is amongst the new announcements, and will screen out of competition with its international premiere,.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Berlinale Palast on February 20 with Meryl Streep presiding over the jury. Here are the films playing.

24 Wochen (24 Weeks)

Germany

By Anne Zohra Berrached (Two Mothers)

With Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf, Emilia Pieske

World premiere

Chang Jiang Tu (Crosscurrent)

People’s Republic of China

By Yang Chao (Passages)

With Qin Hao, Xin Zhi Lei

World premiere

Chi-Raq

USA

By Spike Lee (Malcom X, Do the Right Thing)

With Nick Cannon, »

- Paul Heath

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Daily | Berlinale 2016 Lineup, Round 11

20 January 2016 5:57 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The Berlinale's announced that the Competition lineup for its 66th edition (February 11 through 21) is now complete. The titles added today are Anne Zohra Berrached's 24 Weeks, Yang Chao's Crosscurrent, Spike Lee's Chi-Raq, Dominik Moll's News from Planet Mars, Mohamed Ben Attia's Hedi, Lee Tamahori's The Patriarch, Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern's Saint Amour with Gérard Depardieu, Benoît Poelvoorde, Vincent Lacoste and Céline Sallette, and Rafi Pitts's Soy Nero. We're collecting notes on the new additions. » - David Hudson »

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Berlin completes Competition line-up; adds Spike Lee's Chi-Raq

20 January 2016 5:41 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New films from Lee Tamahori and Anne Zohra Berrached also added.

The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 11-21) has completed the line-up of its Competiton programme, of which 18 out of 23 will vye for the Golden and Silver Bears. A total of 19 titles of the films are world premieres.

Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq will receive its international premiere as part of the strand, but will play out of competition.

The film stars Nick Cannon, Teyonah Parris and Wesley Snipes, and is a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.

Germany’s Anne Zohra Berrached, who premiered Two Mothers at the Berlinale’s Perspektive Deutsches Kino in 2013, returns with 24 Weeks (24 Wochen). The film centres on the dilemma faced by a woman who is already six months pregnant when she learns that her unborn child will have Down‘s syndrome as well as a serious heart defect »

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

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Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’ to Play at Berlin Film Festival, Competition Lineup Complete

20 January 2016 5:20 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The 66th Berlin Film Festival has completed its Competition program, and has added Spike Lee’s satire “Chi-Raq” as an out-of-competition title. Among the world premieres added Wednesday are Lee Tamahori’s “The Patriarch” and Dominik Moll’s “News from Planet Mars.”

Eighteen of the 23 films in the Competition program will be vying for the Golden and Silver Bears; 19 films are world premieres. The awards ceremony will take place at the Berlinale Palast on Feb. 20.

The following films have been added to the Competition program lineup:

24 Wochen (24 Weeks)

Germany

By Anne Zohra Berrached (Two Mothers)

With Julia Jentsch, Bjarne Mädel, Johanna Gastdorf, Emilia Pieske

World premiere

Chang Jiang Tu (Crosscurrent)

China

By Yang Chao (Passages)

With Qin Hao, Xin Zhi Lei

World premiere

Chi-Raq

U.S.

By Spike Lee (Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing)

With Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes, Teyonah Parris, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett, John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson »

- Leo Barraclough

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #41. Gustave Kervern & Benoit Delepine’s Saint Amour

10 January 2016 3:00 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Saint Amour

Directors: Gustave Kervern, Benoit Delepine

Writers: Gustave Kervern, Benoit Delepine

Eclectic Belgian directing duo Gustave Kervern and Benoit Delepine have created a variety of bizarre scenarios together ever since their 2004 debut Aaltra. Notable titles also included 2010’s Mammuth starring Gerard Depardieu and Isabelle Adjani, as well as their not-to-be-missed 2012 title Le Grand Soir, which won the top prize out of Directors’ Fortnight. In Venice 2014, they unveiled Near Death Experience while Kervern has been appearing on other French projects in front of the camera, opposite Catherine Deneuve in In the Courtyard (2014) as well as 2015’s delightfully offbeat Ashphalte from Samuel Benchetrit (unveiled out of competition at Cannes). They often recycle the same cast mates in their feature, and a few of them populate their next feature, Saint Amour (previously known as The Wine Route), with leads Depardieu and Benoit Poelvoorde (The Brand New Testament; 3 Hearts) as father and son »

- Nicholas Bell

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Hilarious Oscar Shortlisted and Golden Globe-Nominated 'The Brand New Testament' at Psiff

6 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

"The Brand New Testament" is absolutely hilarious. And yes, the great Catherine Deneuve falls in love with a big gorilla and they have a passionate affair. Who'd have thunk it?

God exists. He lives in Brussels today. He’s odious to his wife and daughter. He's a real jerk who has a talented computer and thus he gets to create reality - at his stupid whims.

We know a lot about his son, the famous Jc, but very little about his daughter. Her name is Ea and she’s 10 years old. One day, she rebels against her father, hacks his computer and texts everyone in the world the date they will die. Then she escapes out their apartment door to Earth / reality, where she recruits six really strange Apostles to create a Brand New Testament.

Laugh-out-loud funny, this is from Jaco Van Dormael ("Toto the Hero" and "Mr. Nobody") mixes religious satire and ironic fantasy to hilarious effect.

No longer subject to God’s all-seeing eye, the general populace feels free to act on their basest instincts and hidden desires.

For Catherine Deneuve, that means going to bed with a gorilla.

Meanwhile, now outcast, the former God is a snarling Benoit Poelvoorde playing God as a grumpy bastard, formerly given to managing Earth’s affairs while clad in a bathrobe and pajama bottoms.

Wonderful French comedienne Yolande Moreau is his mild wife who comes into her own when given God like powers (e.g. the design she decides on for the sky above - hilarious!!)

Dormael's latest is one of nine shortlisted films in the running for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award and is nominated for a  Golden Globe as Best Foreign Language Film.

Isa: Le Pacte. U.S. Distribution : None Yet.

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- Peter Belsito

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