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Buttercup Bill, 2015
Directed by Remy Bennett and Emilie Richard-Froozan.
The psycho-sexual romance of Patrick and Pernilla- mutually obsessed soul mates clinging to childhood secrets. Closer to twins separated at birth than friends or lovers, they express love through sexual games of jealousy and subversion and seek escape from a reality they believe has no place for them.
Buttercup Bill, the sexually-charged pseudo-romance from first time directing duo Emilie Richard-Froozan and Remy Bennett (who also stars) is, to put it lightly, not a film for everyone. Nor does it want to be, or try to be. There are always smaller, interesting films coming out in and around the blockbusters occupying the summer season – some of them good, and well worth checking out over much of the big budget fodder; others, well, less so. Unfortunately Buttercup Bill slides unwillingly into the latter, »
- Edward Gardiner
The 59Th BFI London Film Festival Announces Full 2015 Programme
You can peruse the programme at your leisure here.
The programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. BFI London Film Festival is Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals. It introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience. The Festival provides an essential platform for films seeking global success; and promotes the careers of British and international filmmakers through its industry and awards programmes. With this year’s industry programme stronger than ever, offering international filmmakers and leaders a programme of insightful events covering every area of the film industry Lff positions London as the world’s leading creative city.
The Festival will screen a »
The BFI has announced the full line-up for the 59th London Film Festival, which runs from October 7th until October 18th in Central London.
The festival will show a total of 238 films, including 16 world premieres, 40 European premiere and 8 international premieres, as well as 11 archival films that will be screened that include five world premieres of restored features. There will also be 182 short films including live-action and animation.
Previously, the festival announced it’s opening and closing galas in the form of Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, and Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, retrospectively, both of which receiving their European premieres.
Brooklyn – directed by John Crowley, »
- Scott J. Davis
BFI London Film Festival 2015 full programme
The BFI London Film Festival is always a highlight on our film calendar, and the full programme for this year’s even, which takes place in the capital from 7th-18th October, has just been unveiled at an announcement presentation at the Odeon Leicester Square.
We’ve just stepped away from the famous cinema and have taken with us some thoughts on what this year’s festival has in store. As well as the previously announced opening film, Suffragette and the closing gala, Steve Jobs, a whole host of other films have caught our eye. This year’s programme is actually quite exciting.
BFI London Film Festival 2015 full programme – Steve Jobs will close this year’s festival
- Paul Heath
The full line-up for the 59th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18) has been unveiled this morning, including the titles set to compete in its four competitions.
The festival will screen a total of 238 fiction and documentary features, including 16 world premieres, eight international premieres, 40 European premieres and 11 archive films including five restoration world premieres. The line-up also includes 182 live action and animated shorts.
As previously announced, the festival will open with Sarah Gavron’s period drama Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan, and will close with Danny Boyle’s biopic Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender as the home computer pioneer and Apple co-founder. Both are European premieres.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
London — Netflix’s “Beasts of No Nation” is set to continue its festivals run with a slot in the official competition section of the BFI London Film Festival, which runs Oct. 7-18.
The full program for the 59th edition of the Lff was revealed Tuesday by festival director Clare Stewart, and will include the European premieres of Jay Roach’s “Trumbo,” John Crowley’s “Brooklyn” and Nicholas Hytner’s “The Lady in the Van” as sponsor gala screenings. Ben Wheatley’s “High-Rise” and Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass” were also announced to receive sponsor galas, while the festival will see special presentations of Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s “The Forbidden Room” and the European premiere of Davis Guggenheim’s documentary “He Named Me Malala.”
- Robert Mitchell
Madrid — It’s official: For the first time ever, Guatemala is submitting a film to bid for a spot in the Oscars’ foreign-language film category — and it’s one of the most talked-up first features this year from Latin America at that: Jayro Bustamante’s “Ixcanul” (Volcano).
A Guatemala-France drama-thriller sold by Film Factory, which jumped on the title when it played in rough cut at San Sebastian’s Films in Progress, “Ixcanul” has already run up noteworthy kudos credentials: It won the Berlinale’s Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize, then topped Guadalajara and Cartagena, Mexico and Colombia’s biggest fests, respectively. It has also struck spirited initial international sales for Film Factory.
Described by Variety’s Scott Foundas as “a transporting, hypnotically beautiful debut feature” and “downright Herzogian (far more Herzogian than Herzog’s own ‘Queen of the Desert’),” “Ixcanul” is produced by Guatemala’s La Casa de Produccion »
- John Hopewell
We've seen the lineups for the Main Slate and Projections, the Special Events and Revivals, and today: "Taken together, the twelve selections in this year’s Spotlight on Documentary represent the range and depth of nonfiction in our midst," says New York Film Festival Director Kent Jones. Highlights include new work from Laura Poitras, Frederick Wiseman, Joaquim Pinto and Nuno Leonel, Pamela Yates, James Solomon, Carmen Castillo, Michael Camerini and Shari Robertson, Jacob Bernstein, Stig Björkman's doc on Ingrid Bergman, and Walter Salles's portrait of Jia Zhangke. » »
With the 12 selections in Spotlight on Documentary, the New York Film Festival (September 25 – October 11) welcomes back Oscar-winner Laura Poitras’s new film and debuts Jacob Bernstein's "Everything Is Copy," a portrait of his late mother, writer-director Nora Ephron. Also in the sidebar is 85-year-old Frederick Wiseman’s 40th feature documentary set in a New York neighborhood, "In Jackson Heights" (a Toronto debut), as well as a new film, "A Guy from Fenyang," from Brazilian Walter Salles on auteur Jia Zhangke, whose film Mountains May Depart" is in the Nyff mainbar. Also in the lineup are films from Pam Yates ("Rebel Citizen" focuses on cinematographer-director Haskell Wexler), Stig Björkman on Ingrid Bergman ("Her Own Words" features Alicia Vikander reading from her letters and diaries as well as Bergman's own 8 mm films), Joaquim Pinto (Azorean island doc "Fish »
- Anne Thompson
The latest documentary by Laura Poitras, who won a 2015 Academy Award for “Citizenfour,” and a new film about Nora Ephron, directed by her son, are among the world premieres on tap for the 2015 New York Film Festival’s 2015 Spotlight on Documentary programming.
Also on the roster are “In Jackson Heights,” the new one from Frederick Wiseman about the Queens neighborhood, as well “Jia Zhangke, A Guy From Fenyang,” Walter Salles’ look at the Chinese director whose movie “Mountains May Depart” will screen as part of Nyff’s Main Slate this year.
Poitras’ work, “Field of Vision: New Episodic Nonfiction,” collects shortform works by the filmmaker, including a preview of her upcoming series “Asylum,” in which she follows Julian Assange as he publishes classified documents and seeks asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
- Gordon Cox
Wiseman’s 40th documentary feature In Jackson Heights (pictured) profiles the culturally diverse New York neighbourhood caught in the midst of economic development.
In Fish Tail, Pinto and husband Leonel document the artisanal work of small-scale fishermen in the Azorean island of Rabo de Peixe. Salles’ Jia Zhangke, A Guy From Fenyang profiles the Chinese director as he revisits his hometown.
Spotlight on Documentary line-up:
Field Of Vision: New Episodic Nonfiction (USA-Germany), Laura Poitras
North American premiere
Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) (Iraq-France), Abbas Fahdel,
Part 1: Before »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
'Sinister 2' poster. 'American Ultra,' 'Hitman: Agent 47' and 'Sinister 2': Weekend box office bombs American Ultra, Hitman: Agent 47, and Sinister 2 are the new entries at the North American box office this weekend, Aug. 21-23, '15. All three of them are expected to underperform – with American Ultra having a particularly disastrous bow, especially for a movie starring Best Actor Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and former Twilight star Kristen Stewart. Whether you blame it on a glut of movies targeting the same audience, a lack of major box office draws, or poor reviews, only one of the debutantes is expected to score more than $10 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters by Sunday evening. 'Sinister 2' According to early estimates found at Deadline.com, Ciarán Foy's Sinister 2 will lead the pack of newcomers with »
- Zac Gille
Locarno – Zeroing in on the latest film by one of Latin America’s most ambitious and successful production houses, Germany’s Films Boutique has acquired world sales rights outside Latin America and Portugal to Sergio Machado’s “The Violin Teacher,” which closes Locarno Saturday night.
“Teacher” is produced by Brazil’s Gullane whose “The Second Mother,” part of Gullane’s crusade to make “crossover projects” that score in Brazil and see theatrical B.O. traction abroad (see below) was a hit at Locarno – in pix-in-post section First Look – Sundance and Berlin. At Sundance, it won World Cinema actress kudos for leads Regina Case and Camila Mardila.
Fox Intl. Productions (Fip) co-produces “Teacher.” Fox has also acquired rights to Brazil, the rest of Latin America and Portugal, per producer Fabiano Gullane. Zurich-based Xenix Filmdistribution, whose pck ups include Stephane Brize’s “ Cannes best actor winner (for Vincent Lindon), “A Measure of »
- John Hopewell
Marcia Tambutti’s “Beyond My Grandfather Allende,” Walter Salles’ “Jia Zhangke, A Guy From Fenyang” and Laurie Anderson’s “Heart of a Dog” figure among the highlights of the 63rd San Sebastian Festival’s Zabaltegi sidebar, which concentrates some of the most unclassifiable and suggestive proposals of the current international film scene.
Combining the showcase of the Spanish premieres by pics from reputed filmmakers with titles awarded at international festivals, Zabaltegi praises even more something that has become a hallmark of the San Sebastian fest: the rich breadth in film styles and countries of origin.
Part of a strong presence of documentaries and nonfiction features — 11 out of a total 24 titles announced — “Beyond My Grandfather Allende” will screen in Zabaltegi after winning the first L’Oeil d’Or for best documentary at the last Cannes fest.
In her feature debut, sold by Paris-based Doc & Film International, Marcia Tambutti delivers a »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Zabaltegi strand of the festival will feature 24 titles.Scroll down for full list
The 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 18-26) has unveiled the features that will comprise its Zabaltegi programme, including Spanish premieres of new films from Laurie Anderson, Eric Khoo, Corneliu Porumboiu, Walter Salles and Alexander Sokurov.
The non-competitive strand includes features, documentaries, animation and shorts, and the first screening of all films in the section will run at the Tabakalera centre for contemporary culture and creation, the hub of Zabaltegi activities from this year.
Titles in the section that played at this year’s Cannes include Porumboiu’s black comedy The Treasure, which won the Un Certain Regard Talent Prize; Tambutti documentary Beyond My Grandfather Allende, winner of the L’Oeil d’Or award for best documentary; and Magnus Von Horn’s debut The Here After, which played in Directors’ Fornight.
Films that will first be seen at Venice (Sept 2-12) include Francofonia, from Russian »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
The Treasure (Comoara), directed by Corneliu Porumboiu Photo: Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival San Sebastian Film Festival has announced the Zabaltegi programme for this year's festival. The section - which aims to showcase the best work by established filmmakers, many of which have already won awards at festivals - features work by directors including Corneliu Porumboiu, Walter Salles, Benedict Erlingsson and Alexander Sokurov.
Films include Anca Damian's The Magic Mountain, which won the Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary, Corneliu Porumboiu's The Treasure, which won the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes and Marcia Tambuti's Beyond My Grandfather Allende, winner of the L'Oeil d'Or award for best documentary in Cannes.
Also featured is Salles' documentary portrait Jia Zhang-ke, A Guy From Fenyang, which premiered earier this year in Berlin, Sokurov's Francofonia, which will be fresh from competition at Venice and Erlingsson's documentary exploration of fairgrounds, The Show of Shows: 100 years of Vaudeville, »
- Amber Wilkinson
Connect4Climate's Francis James Dobbs: "In Cannes we met with the Cine-Regio, which is the film commissions in France and Belgium and Holland and Germany." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
At the official launch of Wild-Touch's Ice & Sky with Luc Jacquet and Marion Cotillard, I arranged to meet with Connect4Climate's Francis James Dobbs who discussed with me the Action4Climate competition that had jury members including filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci, Wim Wenders, Atom Egoyan, Walter Salles, Mira Nair, Fernando Meirelles, Bob Rafelson, Mika Kaurismaki, Marc Foster and Pablo Trapero, a meeting with Cine-Regio at the Cannes Film Festival, contacting Sony, Universal, and Paramount to come on board, what Yoko Ono said at the press preview for Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960 - 1971 at MoMA and looking forward to COP21 in Paris.
In Le »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Suffer the First Vision: Goddard’s Debut Anchored in Episode of Literary Distress
Doomed Welsh poet Dylan Thomas gets a contemporary biopic treatment in Set Fire to the Stars, taking its name from the last line of his poem “Love in the Asylum.” The film marks the feature debut of British television alum Andy Goddard (“Torchwood,” “Downton Abbey”) and is presented in striking black and white, giving the visual attributes a dramatic edge over the familiar succession of beats often evidenced in these portraits of mad artists. Told through the perspective of poet and literary critic John Brinnin, the man responsible for bringing Thomas to the Us for the first time, the treatment is based partially on his highly criticized account, Dylan Thomas in America. Goddard and co-writer Celyn Jones (who stars as Thomas) don’t appear to take many liberties and/or risks, despite some slight implications concerning Brinnin’s latent desires. »
- Nicholas Bell
Lenny Bruce: Dustin Hoffman in the 1974 Bob Fosse movie. Lenny Bruce movie review: Polemical stand-up comedian merited less timid biopic (Oscar Movie Series) Bob Fosse's 1974 biopic Lenny has two chief assets: the ever relevant free speech issues it raises and the riveting presence of Valerie Perrine. The film itself, however, is only sporadically thought-provoking or emotionally gripping; in fact, Lenny is a major artistic letdown, considering all the talent involved and the fertile material at hand. After all, much more should have come out of a joint effort between director Fosse, fresh off his Academy Award win for Cabaret; playwright-screenwriter Julian Barry, whose stage version of Lenny earned Cliff Gorman a Tony Award; two-time Best Actor Oscar nominee Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy); and cinematographer Bruce Surtees (Play Misty for Me, Blume in Love). Their larger-than-life subject? Lenny Bruce, the stand-up comedian who became one of the »
- Andre Soares
In today's roundup of news and views: A new journal on television narratives; a review of a book from Raymond Cauchetier, who photographed Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut and other French New Wave filmmakers at work; more long takes on Alex Garland's Ex Machina (and Joe Wright's interview with Alicia Vikander); Boris Nelepo on Manoel De Oliveira; John Powers on The Matrix; Bright Lights on Boyhood; a conversation about Don Hertzfeldt; an appreciation of Federico Fellini; Jaws at 40 and Total Recall at 25; in defense of Cameron Crowe's Aloha; and Bernardo Bertolucci, Wim Wenders, Fernando Meirelles, Walter Salles, Atom Egoyan, Bob Rafelson and Pablo Trapero are among the directors who have pledged their support to Film4Climate. » - David Hudson »
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