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San Sebastian: ‘Ciel,’ ‘One Hundred and Fifty,’ ‘Porto’ Will Compete at New Directors

17 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Peter Monsaert’s “Le Ciel Flamand,” Yu Liu’s “One Hundred and Fifty Years of Life” and Gabe Klinger’s “Porto,” featuring one of the last performances by Anton Yelchin, will contend in San Sebastian’s New Directors competition, whose 2016 lineup was announced Tuesday.

Also featuring, Federico Godfrid’s “Pinamar” and Jean-Gabriel Periot’s “Summer Lights” which complete the list of five second features at New Directors edition, following their director’ prizewinning debut at international festivals.

Framing films from Germany, Argentina, Belgium, China, France, Greece, Israel, Moldavia, Portugal, South Korea, Spain and the U.S., this year’s New Directors competition addresses themes such as women relationships, family feuds and coming-of-age.

With 2012’s “Offline,” a drama about second chances in life, Belgium’s Monsaert won a best film award at the Amiens Festival and a Jury Special Prize in Festroia, among other plaudits.  In his new film, “Le Ciel Flamand, »

- Emiliano De Pablos

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New to Streaming: ‘Sing Street,’ ‘Equals,’ ‘Belladonna of Sadness,’ ‘Mustang,’ and More

15 July 2016 7:22 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Belladonna of Sadness (Eiichi Yamamoto)

It all begins with Once Upon a Time. Such a simple introduction for Belladonna of Sadness, a 1973 Japanese animated feature whose newfound legacy includes a decades-long disappearance, a dramatic re-emergence, and a growing reputation as a frenzied, pornographic freakout. The final entry in anime elder statesman Osamu Tezuka‘s erotic Animerama trilogy has remained largely unknown to even the most die-hard cult cinephiles, »

- The Film Stage

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How IFC Films Got Into the Kristen Stewart Business

8 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

During the past four years, New York-based distributor IFC Films and its Sundance Selects label have released six films starring Stewart that together have redefined her post-“Twilight” career.

Stewart broke out at Cannes 2012 in Walter Salles’ adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road,” followed by 2014’s Sundance war drama “Camp X-Ray,” Olivier Assayas’ Cannes competition title “Clouds of Sils Maria,” for which she was the first American woman to win France’s Cesar award, and Kelly Reichardt’s upcoming “Certain Women,” which debuted in Sundance 2016. Stewart was back at Cannes headlining not only Woody Allen opener “Cafe Society” (Amazon), but Assayas’s supernatural Paris mystery “Personal Shopper” (IFC), affirming her reputation for working with a diverse group of brainy directors in films that span genres, budgets and languages.

In other words, Stewart and IFC are both in the smart movie business. “I can’t think of another actress »

- Graham Winfrey and Anne Thompson

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Joshua Reviews Walter Salles’ Jia Zhangke: A Guy From Fenyang [Theatrical Review]

27 May 2016 12:53 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Over the last handful of years, really ever since the debut of 2013’s A Touch Of Sin, director Jia Zhangke has become something of a household name within film circles that don’t lean towards the more esoteric of world cinema releases. A realist filmmaker of sorts, this 47 year old auteur has become a leading figure in the Sixth Generation movement in Chinese cinema, taking a clear eyed look at modern day Chinese culture and politics, often embedding rich themes within genre cinema tropes. With an interest in time and space, Zhangke is one of world cinema’s most interesting voices, and thankfully, with a new film in theaters this year in the form of the superb Mountains May Depart, it doesn’t look like he’s slowing down. And now he’s even the subject of a superb new documentary from a filmmaker worth his own weight in celluloid. »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Doc Corner: Jia Zhangke Gets a Tribute in 'A Guy from Fenyang'

24 May 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Glenn here. Each Tuesday we bring you reviews and features on documentaries from theatres, festivals, and on demand. This week we’re looking at Walter Salles' doc about Chinese film giant Jia Zhangke.

In the opening scene of Jia Zhangke’s sublime Mountains May Depart, characters dance to the Pet Shop Boys’ euphoric rendition of “Go West”. The song may have been a demand for a gay utopia, but it is also an apt choice for a movie in which characters slowly shift from rural China to the blue skies and bright lights of Australia. Zhangke’s characters are often caught between two worlds, travelling down a road (literal of metaphorical) to an unknown future and it is these pervading themes that have made him the unofficial cinematic chronicler of modern day China. They are also what makes Jia Zhangke: A Guy from Fenyang such a fitting tribute to the man. »

- Glenn Dunks

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China’s Indie Icon Jia Zhangke Launches Commercial Venture Fabula (Exclusive)

15 May 2016 9:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In an opportunistic swerve from his indie film roots, Chinese film maker Jia Zhangke is going to start making commercial movies.

With a base in Shanghai, he has established Fabula Entertainment (the Chinese name translates as “warm currents”) and raised money for a slate of movies that he will produce.

China Minsheng Bank and online giant Tencent, have provided some $4.5 million (RMB30 million) in return for a 10% stake. That gives Fabula an implied value of $45 million (RMB300 million.)

Fabula will operate across two sectors: production of commercial movies and vocational training for the film industry. “We chose these two areas because, frankly, too many Chinese movies are s**t, and we’d like to show a way forward that is based on quality,” Jia told Variety. “And training has become increasingly important now that China’s film production has risen from about 100 titles per year only a few years ago, »

- Patrick Frater

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Elisabeth Moss Joins ‘Force Majeure’ Director Ruben Ostlund’s ‘The Square’

14 May 2016 11:24 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Elisabeth Moss has wasted little time in putting her “Mad Men” acclaim to good use in the TV and film world. She’s lined up projects with Jane Campion, Alex Ross Perry, Walter Salles, and Ben Wheatley among others, and now she’s adding another auteur to her increasingly impressive film resumé. Read More: Elisabeth Moss Will […]

The post Elisabeth Moss Joins ‘Force Majeure’ Director Ruben Ostlund’s ‘The Square’ appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Official Trailer for Documentary 'Jia Zhangke, A Guy From Fenyang'

5 May 2016 5:46 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"This shot carries a memory within it." Kino Lorber has debuted a trailer for the documentary called Jia Zhangke, A Guy From Fenyang, directed by Walter Salles, taking a look at the life of famed Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke. It looks like a fantastic documentary with some incredible footage of Jia Zhangke in China, and all over the world. Salles last directed the Jack Kerouac adaptation On the Road, but returns to docs to make this stunning feature on another very talented filmmaker/storyteller - Jia Zhangke, of films like A Touch of Sin, Mountains May Depart, Still Life, 24 City, The World and many others. This is a rather beautiful trailer with some poetic imagery, it really makes me want to see this documentary. Watch below. Here's the trailer for Walter Salles' doc Jia Zhangke, A Guy From Fenyang, in high def on Apple: And here's a Q&A »

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Trailer for Walter Salles’ ‘Jia Zhangke, A Guy From Fenyang’ Follows One of the World’s Great Directors

5 May 2016 10:22 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Within the wide-ranging international conversation surrounding contemporary cinema, few names land on best-working-filmmaker lists as often as Jia Zhangke — a natural result when so few filmmakers are at all like Jia Zhangke. A dramatist (of melodrama, neorealism, action, sci-fi, the semi-musical), a documentarian, and a social chronicler in either mode, he’s built one of this era’s most consistent and, in the scope of his native China, revealing oeuvres. And now the camera is turning on him, for Walter Salles‘ (The Motorcycle DiariesOn the Road) has fashioned yet another chronicle with Jia Zhangke A Guy From Fenyang.

It seems his efforts have befitted a cinematic showcasing: following its strong slate of reviews from the past 18 months, A Guy from Fenyang will be released by Kino Lorber later this month. A surprisingly revealing and intimate preview has landed, and in just two-and-a-half minutes it’s turned this Jia fan »

- Nick Newman

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15 Films to See in May

2 May 2016 12:38 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The summer has arrived — at least if you’re going by Hollywood’s calendar. Our comprehensive preview for all four months will give you a hint as to what we most anticipate — but, for a more in-depth look, today we have our first monthly feature of the season. It should be noted that theatrical re-releases of the Jean-Luc Godard classic Band of Outsiders and Eiichi Yamamoto‘s animation, Belladonna of Sadness, both arriving on May 6th, as well as Fritz Lang‘s Destiny (on May 20th), are essential.

Getting to the new features, perhaps our most-anticipated studio release of the entire summer arrives, along with some of our festival favorites from the last year. To those lamenting the lack of superhero films: we figured it was best not to waste the space, as they are certainly already on your radar if you’re planning to buy a ticket. Check out »

- Jordan Raup

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Cannes 2016: Full jury announced

25 April 2016 10:50 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Today, the full jury for the 69th Cannes Film Festival was announced. The announcement comes after George Miller (Mad Max: Fury Road) was confirmed to head up the jury for this year’s festival, which kicks off in the south of France in just a couple of weeks.

Joining Miller are:

Arnaud Desplechin (Director, Writer – France), Kirsten Dunst (Actress – United States), Valeria Golino (Actress, Director, Writer, Producer – Italia), Mads Mikkelsen (Actor – Denmark), László Nemes (Director, Writer – Hungaria), Vanessa Paradis (Actress, Singer- France) ,Katayoon Shahabi (Producer – Iran), and Donald Sutherland (Actor – Canada).

Keep it Thn over the newxt few weeks for extensive Cannes coverage, which kicks off from May 11th, 2016.

Here’s the full press release.

Cannes has always sought to adopt a universal and international approach, and in tune with this tradition, George Miller will be surrounded by eight luminaries of world cinema, from Iran, Denmark, United States, Italia, France, »

- Paul Heath

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Cannes reveals Competition jury

25 April 2016 10:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Donald Sutherland, Arnaud Desplechin, Vanessa Paradis among those to join president George Miller.

The 69th Cannes Film Festival jury, presided over by Mad Max director George Miller, will be made up of eight luminaries of world cinema, from Iran, Denmark, United States, Italy, France, Canada and Hungary.

The jury, made up of four women and four men, will comprise a collection of directors, actors and writers. They will decide on the prizes for the 21 films in Competition.

The jury:

George Miller – President

(Director, Writer, Producer – Australia)

Arnaud Desplechin (Director, Writer – France)

Kirsten Dunst (Actress– United States)

Valeria Golino (Actress, Director, Writer, Producer – Italia)

Mads Mikkelsen (Actor – Denmark)

László Nemes (Director, Writer – Hungaria)

Vanessa Paradis (Actress, Singer – France)

Katayoon Shahabi (Producer – Iran)

Donald Sutherland (Actor – Canada)

Arnaud Desplechin, Director, Writer (France)

Arnaud Desplechin became an official competitor at Cannes with The Sentinel, his first feature film. He then made My Sex Life… or How I Got »

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

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Cannes reveals 2016 jury

25 April 2016 10:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Donald Sutherland, Arnaud Desplechin, Vanessa Paradis among those to join president George Miller.

The 69th Cannes Film Festival, presided over by Mad Max director George Miller, will comprise eight luminaries of world cinema, from Iran, Denmark, United States, Italy, France, Canada and Hungary.

The jury, made up of four women and four men, comprises directors, actors and writers.

The jury:

George Miller – President

(Director, Writer, Producer – Australia)

Arnaud Desplechin (Director, Writer – France)

Kirsten Dunst (Actress– United States)

Valeria Golino (Actress, Director, Writer, Producer – Italia)

Mads Mikkelsen (Actor – Denmark)

László Nemes (Director, Writer – Hungaria)

Vanessa Paradis (Actress, Singer – France)

Katayoon Shahabi (Producer – Iran)

Donald Sutherland (Actor – Canada)

Arnaud Desplechin, Director, Writer (France)

Arnaud Desplechin became an official competitor at Cannes with The Sentinel, his first feature film. He then made My Sex Life… or How I Got into an Argument, which introduced a new generation of actors. The artists in his films have regularly been awarded the most »

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

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Cannes 2016 Reveals Competition Jury With George Miller, Kirsten Dunst, Mads Mikkelsen & More

25 April 2016 10:06 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

We have what should now be the full line-up for the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, featuring many of our most-anticipated films of the year. Coming next in line is the announcement of the competition jury, which director George Miller will be presiding over, returning to Cannes after delivering one of the best films of the festival last year, Mad Max: Fury Road.

Made up of four women and five men, they include Arnaud Desplechin (returning after last year’s My Golden Days), Kristen Dunst, Italian actress Valeria Golino, Mad Mikkelsen (Cannes Best Actor winner for The Hunt), Grand Prix-winning Son of Saul director László Nemes, actress/singer Vanessa Paradis, Iranian producer Katayoon Shahabi, as well as actor Donald Sutherland. Check out their biographies below as we look forward to seeing what they award the Palme d’Or, and beyond.

Arnaud Desplechin, Director, Writer (France)

Arnaud Desplechin became an official competitor at Cannes with The Sentinel, »

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Woody Allen’s Cafe Society To Open Cannes 2016 As First Official Image Surfaces

29 March 2016 8:49 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Continuing his time-honoured love affair with the Cannes Film Festival, it’s been confirmed that Cafe Society, Woody Allen’s latest directorial effort, will descend on the Croisette come May.

It’s a streak that began all the back in 1979 with the seminal release of Manhattan and now, almost four decades later, the prolific filmmaker will be introducing Cafe Society to George Miller and the remainder of the Jury on May 11. News arrives alongside the first official image for the drama, whisking both Kristen Stewart and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice star Jesse Eisenberg back to the ’30s.

Setting sights on Hollywood during the fabled Golden Age, Eisenberg’s aspiring actor arrives in Tinsel Town with the hope of one day cracking into the film industry, where he falls head over heels in love with Stewart’s character. Blake Lively, Parker Posey and Steve Carell are also among the cast. »

- Michael Briers

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Woody Allen’s ‘Café Society,’ Starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, Will Open Cannes 2016

29 March 2016 3:59 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

As the rumors swirl when it comes to the line-up for the 69th Cannes Film Festival, today brings confirmation of one specific title. The festival announced today that Woody Allen‘s latest feature Café Society — which Amazon Studios is expected to release this summer — will open the event as an out-of-competition title, marking the third time one of his films has done so.

Led by Kristen Stewart (who we expect to also show up with Olivier AssayasPersonal Shopper) and Jesse Eisenberg, the announcement also comes with an official logline (following last week’s details from cinematographer Vittorio Storaro) and the first still, seen above. Check out the press release below in full and return for our review.

The 69th Festival International du Film de Cannes will launch with a screening of Woody Allen’s new film, Café Society, on Wednesday 11 May in the Palais des Festivals’s Grand Théâtre »

- Jordan Raup

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Woody Allen's 'Café Society' to open Cannes Film Festival

29 March 2016 3:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Period romance stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg.

Woody Allen’s new film, Café Society starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, is to open the 69th Cannes Film Festival on May 11.

Screening Out of Competition title, it marks a record-breaking coup for the New York director who has already opened Cannes twice, in 2002 with Hollywood Ending and in 2011 with Midnight in Paris.

Scroll down for full list of Woody Allen titles at Cannes over the years

The film tells the story of a young man (Eisenberg) who arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry, falls in love, and finds himself swept up in the vibrant café society that defined the spirit of the age. The cast also includes Blake Lively, Parker Posey and Steve Carell.

It marks the third time Eisenberg and Stewart have starred opposite each other after Adventureland (2009) and American Ultra (2015).

Twilight star Stewart previously walked the red carpet »

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

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San Sebastian's Zabaltegi gets competitive; changes name

23 February 2016 3:51 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Jury of three to award $22,000 prize in the “open zone” strand.

The 64th San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 16-24) is to make its Zabaltegi strand competitive and has changed the name of the section to Zabaltegi - Tabakalera.

At the upcoming edition, films will compete for the Zabaltegi - Tabakalera Award and a €20,000 ($22,000) prize, of which €6,000 ($6,600) will go to the director of the winning film and the remaining €14,000 ($15,000) to the distributor of the film in Spain.

The winner will be decided by a jury of at least three professionals from the world of film and culture.

The competition has been established following a pact between the festival and the Tabakalera - International Centre for Contemporary Culture.

The previously non-competitive strand was considered an “open zone” for a variety of films, documentaries, shorts and television - “works with no limitations as regards format or subject matter”.

Zabaltegi has included works by Alexander Sokurov, Laurie Anderson, [link »

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

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Brazil Animation Takes International Hue

12 February 2016 4:27 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brazilians ale abreu and Luiz Bolognesi, leading lights of Brazil’s vibrant animation scene, have teamed to co-produce “Voyagers of the Enchanted Forest” and “Immortals,” their respective next toon feature projects.

Move highlights the vitality and esprit de corps of a still-growing industry, thrust into the limelight by the Academy Award nomination for Abreu’s animated feature “Boy & the World,” which won Annecy’s Cristal Award. The previous year Bolognesi’s “Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury” also won at Annecy.

The fruit of the alliance of Abreu’s outfit Filme de Papel with Bolognesi and Lais Bodanzky’s Buriti Filmes suggests complementary and common ambitions. “It gives us much more strength on the international market and brings continuity of employment to talented young Brazilian artists,” Bolognesi says.

There are other developments on Brazil’s toon scene. Sao Paulo’s film-tv production company Glaz and Rio-based »

- Emiliano De Pablos

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Remembering National Society of Film Critics Award-Winning Brazilian Superstar Pêra

10 February 2016 7:28 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Marília Pêra: Actress starred in Brazilian movie classic 'Pixote.' Marília Pêra: Brazilian film, TV and stage star Remembering Brazilian stage, television, and film star Marília Pêra, whose acting and singing career spanned more than five decades. Pêra died of lung cancer on Dec. 5, '15, in Rio de Janeiro. Born Marília Soares Pêra on Jan. 22, 1943, in Rio, she was 72 years old. 'Pixote' prostitute Internationally, Marília Pêra is best known as the loud, vulgar prostitute Sueli, who becomes acquainted with São Paulo street kid Fernando Ramos da Silva in Hector Babenco's well-received social drama Pixote / Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco (1981),[1] a fierce indictment of Brazilian society's utter disregard for its disadvantaged members. In one pivotal – and widely talked about scene – she lets the titular character (da Silva, at the time 12 years old)[2] suckle her breast. In another, she pulls down her panties and sits in »

- Andre Soares

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