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Rome Film Review: ‘Jia Zhangke: A Guy from Fenyang’

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

Auteur portraits of fellow auteurs don’t always make for illuminating films: The line between sincere mutual appreciation and smug mutual congratulation can be a fine one. Brazilian director Walter Salles, however, gets the balance just about right in “Jia Zhangke: A Guy from Fenyang,” an intelligent, restrained but warmly intimate cinematic conversation with the Sixth Generation Chinese trailblazer. Similarly simple in concept to Olivier Assayas’ 1997 study of Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Salles’ film follows Jia as he wanders the scarred streets of his hometown — many of them recognizable from his own films — and muses wryly on a politically fractious career. Unspooled in Rome as a “work in progress” (effectively complete, but minus closing credits) ahead of its world premiere at the Sao Paolo fest, this clip-heavy cinephile’s delight should get heavy play on the festival and repertory circuit.

There are few obvious points of identification between the burnished, gently »

- Guy Lodge

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Daily | Rome 2014

16 October 2014 3:27 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The ninth edition of the Rome Film Festival opens today and runs through October 25. There'll be 24 world premieres, and among those we're most anxious to hear about are Takashi Miike's Kamisama no iu tôri (As the Gods Will), Christoph Hochhäusler's Die Lügen der Sieger (The Lies of the Victors), Park Chan-wook's new short, A Rose Reborn, Aleksey Fedorchenko's Angels of the Revolution, Walter Salles's documentary on Jia Zhangke and more. We'll be gathering reviews as they appear and, in the meantime, have posted a few trailers. » - David Hudson »

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Rodrigo Santoro Helps Take Latinos Into the Mainstream (Exclusive)

9 October 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rio De Janeiro — One of Latin America’s highest-profile actors in Hollywood and beyond, Brazil’s Rodrigo Santoro, a memorable Xerxes in “30,” has hardly stopped.

But the parts he’s played of late not only underscore the illustrious thesping company he keeps, but just how far Latinos have come in sloughing off Latino type-casting.

Santoro wrapped two weeks ago his first TV series, playing an outlaw on the pilot for HBO’s “Westworld,” helmed by Jonathan Nolan for Bad Robot and Warner Bros. TV, and a series inspired in concept by the Yul Brynner movie classic.

He features in Steven Bernstein’s “brilliantly written” “Dominion,” produced by Richard Gladstein, with Rhys Ifans as Welsh bard Dylan Thomas, living out his last day on earth, and John Malkovich as his doctor, shot over the summer in Montreal. Santoro plays “a mysterious character who will reveal himself.” Santoro’s character is called Carlos, »

- John Hopewell

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Busan: Brazil’s Walter Salles Directing Jia Zhang-ke Documentary

4 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brazilian director Walter Salles (“The Motorcycle Diaries,” “Central Station”) is directing documentary “Jia Zhang-ke by Walter Salles.”

The film is a documentary with a distinctly personal view, in which Salles tracks Chinese director Jia through China on the sets of his films.

French production and sales company MK2 will open the film for business this week in Busan. MK2 says the picture is currently in post-production with a festival and releasing strategy that has yet to be finalized.

Jia is a darling of the international festival circuit thanks to film that include “Still Life,” “The World,” and “All Tomorrow’s Parties.” He remains a controversial figure in China, however.

Jia’s last completed picture “A Touch of Sin,” appeared in competition in Cannes in 2013, but, despite repeated official assurances that it has not been banned, it remains unreleased in China.MK2 describes the film as: “a touching portrait of »

- Patrick Frater

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Vania Catani’s Bananeira Filmes Launches New Gen Brazilian Talent, Primes Lucrecia Martel’s ‘Zama’ (Exclusive)

29 September 2014 7:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rio De Janeiro — Argentina has a New Argentine Cinema; Carlos Reygadas, Mantarraya and Canana ushered in a new era in Mexico; the Novissimo Cine Chileno exploded onto the scene at the 2005 Valdivia Festival.

Now, finally, in a year when Brazil has selected Daniel Ribeiro’s “The Way He Looks” as its Foreign-Language Oscar entry – a first feature for its director and producer alike – the Latin America giant may be sewing the seeds of a New Brazilian Cinema.

Several factors are in play: Hiked direct incentives, tabbed by president Dilma Roussef at $540 million for 2014, and open to new directors; new TV coin from pay TV players such as Canal Brasil and Telecine, again accessible for first features; a new generation of producers, such as Bananeira FilmesVania Catani.

Catani broke through producing actor-turned-director Selton Mello’s “Happy Christmas” and “The Clown,” a groundbreaking arthouse hit in Brazil. As she preps Selton Mello’s third feature, »

- John Hopewell

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Rome reveals 'slimmer' line-up

29 September 2014 6:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Name and focus changes for every section, which are now all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.

The ninth Rome Film Festival (Oct 16-25) has revealed a diverse line-up including the Italian premieres for potential awards contenders including David Fincher’s Gone Girl. the world premiere of Takashi Miike’s As the Gods Will and Burhan Qurbani’s We are Young, We are Strong and European premiere of Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind, Toronto hit Still Alice and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.

This year for the first time the award-winners in each section of the programme will be decided by the audience on the basis of votes cast after the screenings.

Each section has changed name and focus for 2014 and are all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.

Italian comedies Soap Opera and Andiamo a Quel Paese bookend the line-up.

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

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Gay Teen Tale Is Brazil's Entry for the 87th Academy Awards

28 September 2014 10:45 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Way He Looks' movie: Gay teen love story is Brazil's entry for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar (photo: Fábio Audi and Ghilherme Lobo in 'The Way He Looks') In mid-September, The Way He Looks / Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho was selected as Brazil's entry for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Written and directed by 32-year-old São Paulo native Daniel Ribeiro, The Way He Looks (the Portuguese-language title literally means "Today I Want to Go Back Alone") won two awards at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival: the International Film Critics' Fipresci Prize for Best Film in the Panorama sidebar and the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or transgender characters. Based on Ribeiro's 2010 short I Don't Want to Go Back Alone / Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho, The Way He Looks tells the story of Leonardo (Ghilherme Lobo), a blind 15-year-old struggling to become »

- Andre Soares

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Versatile adds La Patota to Tiff slate

5 September 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Other new additions include Jerome Bonnell’s A Trois, On Y Va.

Paris-based sales agent Versatile has picked up Argentine Santiago Mitre’s social thriller La Patota about an idealistic lawyer who is attacked by a gang while doing charity work in an impoverished border-town. 

Other additions to Versatile’s Tiff slate include France’s Jérôme Bonnell’s upcoming A Trois, On Y Va, a love triangle comedy starring Anais Demoustier, Sophie Verbeeck and Félix Moati.

Mitre’s second film after The Student, which won the Locarno’s special jury prize in 2011, La Patota has just started shooting in Misiones in north-east Argentina, with Argentine actress Dolorès Fonzi in the lead role.

Inspired by late compatriot filmmaker Daniel Tinayre’s 1960 classic, it revolves around lawyer Pauline who ditches a glittering career in Buenos Aires to help the inhabitants of her impoverished hometown on the Argentine border with Paraguay and Brazil.

Within days of »

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Kristen Stewart Is A Giant On New Poster For Camp X-Ray

4 September 2014 1:33 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Who knew that Kristen Stewart would pull herself up by the bootstraps? Literally. The ex-vamp groupie who came under intense press scrutiny after her private life was made public, seems to be back on track. Since she ended her stint as mopey teen Bella in vampiric dreck Twilight, she’s got her act together. She’s worked with a stub of accomplished directors (Walter Salles (On The Road) and Olivier Assayas (Clouds Of Sils Maria)) and she’s landing rave reviews. For her next project, Camp X-Ray, which debuted at Sundance this year, it looks possible that she’s in line for more of the latter.

Taking on the role of a Guantanamo Bay detention camp guard for first time director Peter Sattler, Stewart’s made quite the impressive leap. Going on the slew of set photos and the trailer released so far, the movie looks set to catapult her »

- Gem Seddon

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New Poster & Photos Of 'Camp X-Ray' Starring Kristen Stewart

4 September 2014 9:06 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Okay, Taylor Lautner, it’s your move. The primary “Twilight” duo of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson have used their Ya-vampire cache as a stepping stone to work with extremely interesting filmmakers: Walter Salles, Olivier Assayas, David Cronenberg, David Michod and many, many more. Lautner has fallen behind in that regard, but it’s possible he might have been legitimately interested in “Abduction” and “Grown Ups 2” (and/or, he just hasn’t found the right roles yet). That’s neither here nor there, but it does remind us that Kristen Stewart has another intriguing looking project coming up. Titled “Camp X-Ray,” the movie is an indie that premiered at Sundance earlier this year, and features the actress as in an unlikely, but challenging role of a Guantanamo Bay detention camp guard. Written and directed by first-time feature helmer Peter Sattler, the movie co-stars Tara Holt, John Carroll Lynch, Lane Garrison, »

- Edward Davis

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Gullane Filmes Ups Brazil’s Ante (Exclusive)

11 August 2014 12:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Locarno – Talk about raising the bar. At Locarno, Brazil’s Fabiano Gullane, co-founder with brother Caio of Sao Paulo-based Gullane Filmes, is unveiling to sales agents and potential co-producers the biggest, most ambitious and most sophisticated movie production slate in modern Brazilian times.

Novelties on Gullane’s 14-title slate include two new Hollywood studio link-ups: Tomas Portella’s “Love Stories,” co-produced by Disney’s Buena Vista Intl., and romcom “Incompatible,” with co-production from Fox, which has acquired worldwide distribution rights.

The portfolio – two movies in post-production, including the Anna Muylaert’s anticipated “Where Is She?” which plays Locarno’s pix-in-post Carte Blanche Monday, and 12 in development – rolls off the phenomenal success of Gullane’s to-date-two-pic comedy franchise, “Till Luck Do Us Part,” which gave Gullane the biggest local movie hit in Brazil in 2012 and 2014, grossing a combined $36.1 million at Brazilian wickets.

The announcement also comes just weeks after Brazilian president »

- John Hopewell

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In the War Zone: Trailer for Guantanamo-Set Drama Starring Stewart, Maadi

8 August 2014 4:56 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Camp X-Ray’ trailer 2014: Kristen Stewart and Payman Maadi in Guantanamo’s ‘war zone’ (photo: Kristen Stewart in ‘Camp X-Ray’) The official Camp X-Ray trailer is out. "Make no mistake about it. This is a war zone," a male voice tells the recruits (and us) at the start of the movie trailer, set in Guantanamo’s temporary detention center Camp X-Ray. A "war zone" in more ways than one; he’s referring not only to the physical danger faced by the U.S. military guards (and their Muslim prisoners — or rather, "detainees"), but also, and more ominously, to a war of minds and mindsets between the two groups, who may have more in common with each other than is apparent on the surface. Private Amy Cole aka Kristen Stewart is forewarned: "You can talk to ‘em, but do not let these guys learn anything about you. Do not let them get inside your head. »

- Andre Soares

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‘Sight & Sound’ releases 50 greatest documentary films list

1 August 2014 1:09 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As reported over at The Dissolve, highly respected British film magazine Sight & Sound is famous for its list of the greatest films off all time released once every decade. Since 1952, Citizen Kane held the number one spot until Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo dethroned it in the 2012 poll. Now for the first time Sight & Sound has released a list of the 50 greatest documentary films of all time. The list was compiled after polling from over 200 critics and curators and 100 filmmakers, including “John Akomfrah, Michael Apted, Clio Barnard, James Benning, Sophie Fiennes, Amos Gitai, Paul Greengrass, Jose Guerin, Isaac Julien, Asif Kapadia, Sergei Loznitsa, Kevin Macdonald, James Marsh, Joshua Oppenheimer, Anand Patwardhan, Pawel Pawlikowski, Nicolas Philibert, Walter Salles, and James Toback”.

The top 10 are:

Man With A Movie Camera, (Dziga Vertov, 1929) Shoah (Claude Lanzmann, 1985) Sans Soleil, (Chris Marker, 1982) Night And Fog (Alain Resnais, 1955) The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris, 1989) Chronicle Of A Summer (Jean Rouch & Edgar Morin, »

- Max Molinaro

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Silent film tops documentary poll

1 August 2014 4:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

More than 200 critics and 100 filmmakers take part in poll.

Dziga Vertov’s silent film Man with a Movie Camera (1929) has topped Sight & Sound magazine’s first major poll of the world’s best documentaries.

More than 1,000 films were nominated by 200 critics and 100 filmmakers with more than 100 voting for Man with a Movie Camera.

Vertov’s surrealist classic in which a man travels around a city with a camera documenting urban life was shot in Odessa, Kiev and Khadliv.

Vertov also topped the critics’ list of top doc filmmakers while Frederick Wiseman is number one according to his fellow directors.

Participating filmmakers included Kevin Macdonald, Walter Salles, Joshua Oppenheimer, James Toback, Asif Kapadia, Carol Morley and Mark Cousins.

Critics’ Top 10 documentariesMan with a Movie Camera, dir. Dziga Vertov (Ussr 1929) [pictured]Shoah, dir. Claude Lanzmann (France 1985)Sans soleil, dir. Chris Marker (France 1982)Night and Fog, dir. Alain Resnais (France 1955)The Thin Blue Line, dir. [link »

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

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Man with a Movie Camera tops Sight & Sound doc poll

1 August 2014 4:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

More than 200 critics and 100 filmmakers take part in poll.

Dziga Vertov’s silent film Man with a Movie Camera (1929) has topped Sight & Sound magazine’s first major poll of the world’s best documentaries.

More than 1,000 films were nominated by 200 critics and 100 filmmakers with more than 100 voting for Man with a Movie Camera.

Vertov’s surrealist classic in which a man travels around a city with a camera documenting urban life was shot in Odessa, Kiev and Khadliv.

Vertov also topped the critics’ list of top doc filmmakers while Frederick Wiseman is number one according to his fellow directors.

Participating filmmakers included Kevin Macdonald, Walter Salles, Joshua Oppenheimer, James Toback, Asif Kapadia, Carol Morley and Mark Cousins.

Critics’ Top 10 documentariesMan with a Movie Camera, dir. Dziga Vertov (Ussr 1929) [pictured]Shoah, dir. Claude Lanzmann (France 1985)Sans soleil, dir. Chris Marker (France 1982)Night and Fog, dir. Alain Resnais (France 1955)The Thin Blue Line, dir. [link »

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

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Jason Bateman to Direct, Star in FBI Wedding Comedy at Universal

27 June 2014 11:57 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jason Bateman will direct and star in an untitled FBI wedding comedy for Universal Pictures.

He’ll lens from a script written David Bar Katz. Previous drafts were written by David Flebotte and Phil Alden Robinson.

Bateman and James Garavente will produce for their Universal-based Aggregate Films banner. Bob Cooper will also produce for his Landscape Entertainment shingle.

Universal did not provide a logline for the project, which had been set up in 2011 as a starring vehicle for Steve Carell, after being picked up out of turnaround from Warner Bros.

It’s the third directing gig for Bateman, who made his feature helming debut with “Bad Words.” He’s in pre-production on “The Family Fang,” which he will direct and star in opposite Nicole Kidman and Christopher Walken, with shooting commencing mid-July in New York City.

He will be seen next in a pair of Warner Bros. titles — “This is »

- Dave McNary

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Walter Salles’ VideoFilmes Boards Santiago Mitre’s ‘La Patota’

6 June 2014 1:20 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Madrid – VideoFilmes, the Rio de Janeiro-based production house owned by Walter Salles (“Central Station,” “The Motorcycle Diaries”), will co-produce social thriller “La Patota,” the much-anticipated second film by Argentina’s Santiago Mitre.

Based on Daniel Tinayre’s 1960 modern movie classic “La Patota,” which played in competition at Berlin, Mitre’s sophomore outing has won $250,000, announced Friday, from an dedicated Argentina-Brazil film fund launched in 2010 to finance four co-productions a year between the two countries.

“We’re very happy to co-produce Santiago Mitre’s ‘La Patota.’ I’m a great admirer of his first film, “The Student,” and believe that Santiago is one of the most talented young directors in Latin America today,” Salles said Friday.

With VideoFilmes on board, and principal photography skedded for August in Misiones, in Argentina’s extreme northeast, “La Patota” now has one of the strongest international co-production structures of any Argentine film going into production this year. »

- John Hopewell

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Latin Beat: Luis Villegas Talks Vitae, Lima Fest Opens With El Mudo, Walter Salles Plans Animated Noah's Ark

30 May 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

In this week's column, Chilean filmmaker Luis Villegas talks about his upcoming film Vitae; we also have the trailer. From Peru, we hear about the opening night presentation of the Lima Independiente Film Festival, El Mudo; we share the trailers for both the festival and the movie. And out of Brazil, via Cannes, we hear about Walter Salles' plans for an animated feature, Noah's Ark. Click through the gallery below to read all about it!...

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Robert Pattinson and Robert De Niro Headline Cast Of Idol’S Eye

27 May 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Benaroya Pictures has announced today that they are now on board to produce and finance director Olivier Assayas’ Idol’S Eye, with a confirmed cast that includes Robert Pattinson and Robert De Niro.

Charles Gillibert developed and produced the project with CG Cinema, Bluegrass FilmsScott Stuber, Film 360’s Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan and Michael Benaroya, with Ben Sachs executive producing for Benaroya Pictures. The film is scheduled to begin principal photography in October in Chicago and Toronto.

The plot elements are currently under wraps, but it has been described as a sophisticated, heist action/thriller.

International Film Trust, which was co-founded by Benaroya, will be handling foreign sales of the title heading into the summer and the Toronto International Film Festival under the helm of Ift President, Christian De Gallegos. CAA, which arranged financing for the film, will represent domestic rights along with Wme.

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- Michelle McCue

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Wme Signs Brazilian Helmer/Scribe Gabriela Amaral

27 May 2014 9:44 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Wme has signed Gabriela Amaral, the Brazilian writer/director and director who received buzz coming out of this past January’s Sundance Writing Labs for her horror-drama The Father’s Shadow. She was just selected for the Directing Labs in June and will shoot her feature debut in Brazil in January 2015. Rodrigo Teixeira and Rt Pictures is producing alongside Acere Film’s Rodrigo Sarti and Rune Tavares. As a scribe, Amaral is currently writing a script for Walter Salles and is also in post on Freeze, a genre short that will play festivals in the fall. »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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