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Watch Recent Masterclasses From Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Jia Zhangke

9 November 2015 10:23 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Naming both of their latest films some of our favorites from this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Jia Zhangke are two of the most accomplished directors working today, so it’s with great pleasure we can now gain a deeper insight into their process. With The Assassin and Mountains May Depart each touring the fall festival circuit, both directors have recently given masterclasses on their filmography. With a pair coming from BFI (one featuring Jia Zhangke talking with Walter Salles, who directed Jia Zhang-ke: A Guy from Fenyang) and one coming from Nyff, they are essential viewing for fans of the directors.

“To be honest, I don’t mind if people don’t understand my films,” Hou Hsiao-Hsien told us during Nyff. I could’ve edited in a way that’s much more linear, so people would understand it, but I don’t worry — this is my vision, »

- Leonard Pearce

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Pope Francis Biopic ‘Call Me Francesco’ Set For Vatican World Preem

4 November 2015 3:38 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – The Vatican has given the thumbs up to the first Pope Francis biopic set to hit Italian movie screens.

Italian director Daniele Luchetti’s “Call Me Francesco,” depicting Jorge Maria Bergoglio’s path from Jesuit priest to groundbreaking pontiff, will world preem in Vatican City on December 1 prior to its wide release on 700 Italian screens on December 3. Though it is not known whether the Pope himself will attend, it’s clear that the pic has his pontifical seal of approval.

The world preem will take place in the Paul VI audience hall where papal audiences are held.

Young Argentinian thesp Rodrigo De la Serna, who played alongside Gael Garcia Bernal in Walter Salles’s “The Motorcycle Diaries,” stars in the title role as the former Buenos Aires bishop, a son of Italian immigrants. Chilean thesp Sergio Hernandez (“Gloria”) plays the future pontiff in his later years.

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- Nick Vivarelli

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Mar del Plata: ‘Paz’ Competes At Argentine Sidebar

3 November 2015 4:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mar Del Plata — Argentine first-timer Francisco Varone directs a belated coming-of-age story in “Road to La Paz”, a road movie winding from Argentina to Bolivia and taking in two different cultures and generations. Starring Rodrigo de la Serna (Walter Salles’ “The Motorcycle Diaries”) and vet stage actor Ernesto Suarez, “Paz” tells the story of an old man (Jalil) whose last desire in life is to go to Mecc. Before that, however, he has to pick his 95 year-old brother in Bolivia. For this 1,800 miles trip, Jalil hires Sebastian, who has just become a driver and is deep in a thirtysomething crisis. Having won prizes for commercials at Cannes and San Sebastian, Varone shared Colombia’s 55th Cartagena Festival inaugural PuertoLab prize, its first post-production plaudit. “Paz” is a productiomn of Buenos Aires’ Gema Films Productions, in partnership with  Argentina’s No Problem Cine, Concreto Films, Netherlands’ Habbekrats, Germany’s Protestant film subsidy org, »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Mar del Plata: Seven Argentine Directors Debut At Fest

30 October 2015 3:40 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mar Del Plata–  Seven Argentine helmers debut in Argentine competition section at the 30th Mar del Plata International Festival.

The twelve-features section offers a current prospect of Argentina’s industry muscle. Showcase features dramas, comedies, four docus, a thriller. Interestingly, four pics are helmed by director duos.

First-timer Francisco Varone directs a medium-age coming-of-ager, a road movie from Argentina to Bolivia gathering two very different cultures in “Road to La Paz,” starring Rodrigo de la Serna (Walter Salles’ “The Motorcycle Diaries”) and stage actor Ernesto Suarez. Having won prizes for commercials at Cannes and San Sebastian, Varone shared the 55th Cartagena Festival’s inaugural PuertoLab prize, its first post-production award, with “Paz,” a co-production between Argentina, Netherlands, Germany, and Quatar. L.A.-based Figa Films handles sales.

Also working a road-movie frame, Fernando Salem’s pop-art feel-good comedy “How Most Things Work” offers a portrait of Celina, who searches for »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Morelia: Tim Roth Takes on Mexico

25 October 2015 4:42 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tim Roth’s love affair with Mexico is just beginning. In Morelia, where he received a tribute, and to support the two notable Mexican films he stars in, Michel Franco’s ”Chronic” and Gabriel Ripstein’s “600 Miles,” Roth has announced plans to direct his own film in Mexico, in Spanish. But he’s first producing Franco’s next film, in partnership with Lucia Films, the company founded by Franco with producer Moises Zonana, and where Ripstein is a creative partner. The location is to be decided, but Roth is pushing for it to be made in Mexico.

His admiration for Mexican cinema is passionate, to say the least: He compares it to France’s New Wave. Asked what he feels is special about the new wave of Mexican cinema, he says: “I think it’s the energy; there’s a whole new group of young filmmakers whose cinematic vocabulary is extraordinary. »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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BFI London Film Festival reveals 2015 attendance figures

19 October 2015 4:41 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Diminishing screen sizes and closure of a key venue led to 4% dip in numbers, festival director Clare Stewart tells ScreenDaily.

The BFI London Film Festival has recorded attendance of 157,000 across film screenings and events and an additional UK-wide audience of more than 10,000 for its 59th edition, which closed last night with Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs.

The festival, which ran Oct 7-18, could not match last year’s record-breaking attendance of 163,300, plus 12,000 UK-wide.

However, festival director Clare Stewart told ScreenDaily that a number of factors had led to this 4% drop in numbers, including the closure of a key venue and diminishing screen sizes.

“The challenge for us with attendance this year was losing Odeon West End, which is now being developed as a luxury hotel,” said Stewart, who has helped grow numbers at the Lff since taking charge of the festival in 2012.

“This venue generated 23% of our attendance in our record-breaking 2014 results. Whilst we have »

- (Michael Rosser)

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BFI London Film Festival attendance reveals 2015 figures

19 October 2015 4:41 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Attendance down 4% as festival closes with Steve Jobs.

The BFI London Film Festival has recorded attendance of 157,000 across film screenings and events and an additional UK-wide audience of more than 10,000 for its 59th edition, which closed last night with Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs.

The festival, which ran Oct 7-18, could not match last year’s record-breaking attendance of 163,300, plus 12,000 UK-wide.

This year’s Lff screened a total 238 fiction and documentary features (down from 248 in 2014), including 16 world premieres, eight international premieres, 40 European premieres and 11 archive films including five restoration world premieres. The line-up also included 182 live action and animated shorts.

Year of the strong woman

Lff 2015 was branded “the year of the strong woman” and opened with Sarah Gavron’s period, political drama Suffragette, which saw feminist protesters storm the red carpet.

More than 10,000 people across the UK attended simultaneous screenings of Suffragette and Steve Jobs, and the opening night red carpet event was live streamed online »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Mia: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre On Sundance-supported Debut ‘Mustang’ (Exclusive)

18 October 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris-based filmmaker Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre arrived at Mia with a feature film project expanding on a short that earlier this year saw her competing in the Sundance film festival’s U.S. Narrative Short Film Competition. Called ‘Rabbit,’ that film told the story of a female prisoner entrusted with the titular animal as part of a correctional facility’s ‘pet partnership’ program. Building on her experiences, the director is now developing a feature called ‘Mustang’, in which a similar program encourages inmates to tame wild horses.

Said De Clermont-Tonnerre, “I read an article a few years ago about animal therapy in prison and I was very intrigued, so I decided to follow a therapist in a prison in a France. I kept researching, and I found out they were doing the same thing with wild horses in a prison in Nevada. First I did the short film, and ‘Mustang is »

- Damon Wise

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Mumbai Festival Reveals Weighty International, Indian Selections

7 October 2015 2:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Songs My Brothers Taught Me,” “Sworn Virgin” and “Mina Walking” are among the titles announced Wednesday as joining the international competition section of the upcoming Mumbai Film Festival.

“Umrika,” “The Fourth Direction” and “Song of the Horned Owl” join the festival’s India Gold competitive section for locally-made titles.

As previously announced, the festival will open with Hansal Mehta’s “Aligarh” and run Oct. 29 – Nov. 5.

The festival, now in its 17th edition, has this year been bolstered by a crowd of heavyweight Bollywood personalities and the sponsorship commitment of Reliance Jio, part of Mukesh Ambani’s corporate giant Reliance Industries. That followed a cash crunch last year that necessitated a partially crowd-funded scramble for funding only weeks before curtain up.

The event is now headed by former Variety writer Anupama Chopra as festival director, Nita Ambani as co-chair and director and activist Kiran Rao as chairperson. Other trustees include filmmakers Vikramaditya Motwane, »

- Patrick Frater

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Jia Zhangke Reveals How Charlie Chaplin and Vittorio De Sica Saved His Career

2 October 2015 8:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: How 'Mountains May Depart' Director Jia Zhangke Juggled Past, Present and Future in His Latest Epic In the first talk of this year’s HBO Directors Dialogue Series, the 53rd New York Film Festival welcomed renowned Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke back for the seventh (count ‘em) time. The director's 17-year filmmaking career has consistently yielded significant cinematic expressions of a changing China, with titles such as "Still Life," "A Touch of Sin" and "The World." The filmmaker is currently on the Main Slate of the New York Film Festival with his latest ambitious feature, "Mountains May Depart." In addition to being a director at this year’s festival, Jia Zhangke is also the subject of a documentary by Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles, entitled "Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang," which is playing in the Spotlight on Documentary section. At the event, Jia Zhangke spoke with Dennis Lim, the director of programming. »

- Tarek Shoukri

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Stars come out for the New York Film Festival by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2015-09-28 22:47:37

28 September 2015 2:47 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Greta Gerwig will present Maggie's Plan with Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke, Maya Rudolph, Travis Fimmel and Rebecca Miller Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Nanni Moretti, with John Turturro for Mia Madre, and The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos, Rachel Weisz and Ariane Labed will appear today, while Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson discuss The Forbidden Room on both nights.

Thomas Bidegain's take on John Ford’s The Searchers, Les Cowboys, and star Finnegan Oldfield plus Michel Gondry for Microbe & Gasoline (Microbe Et Gasoil) will appear later in the week. Jia Zhangke with Zhao Tao will present Mountains May Depart and Walter Salles for Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang.

Two documentaries with their subjects appearing - Robert Frank joins Laura Israel for Don't Blink: Robert Frank and Brian De Palma blow in with Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow for De Palma. Michael Moore for Where To Invade Next and My Golden Days »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Daily | Nyff 2015 | Jia Zhangke’s Mountains May Depart

27 September 2015 5:11 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Jia Zhangke returns to New York, where he'll be discussing his work during Tuesday's Directors Dialogue. On Wednesday and Thursday, the New York Film Festival screens Walter Salles's documentary, Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang. Before all that, Jia and Zhao Tao will be on hand for the Us premiere of Mountains May Depart, which saw its world premiere in Cannes before screening as a Special Presentation in Toronto. "Jia," writes Nyff director Kent Jones, "is the cinema’s great epic poet of drift—one is always aware of the movement of time in the span of a given narrative, the physical sensation of the ground shifting beneath our feet." We've got more reviews, the trailer and a clip. » - David Hudson »

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53rd Nyff Views Filmmakers In the Mirror

24 September 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Everywhere you look, filmmakers are talking about how they make films — from behind-the-scenes featurettes for each episode of a cable series to now-ubiquitous YouTube interviews with directors of even the most artless action movies. So perhaps it’s no wonder that the most august of fests, the 53rd New York Film Festival, is presenting documentaries on filmmakers Brian De Palma, Nora Ephron, Haskell Wexler, Robert Frank, Jia Zhang-ke and even one-time producer Ingrid Bergman. It’s a bigger reflexive lineup than at any Nyff in recent memory.

No film embodies this trend better than “Hitchcock/Truffaut,” which examines the two legendary auteurs through interviews with Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Richard Linklater and other filmmakers. Yet in a strange twist, despite garnering acclaim in Cannes, Telluride and Toronto, it was overtly snubbed by Nyff’s director, Kent Jones — who also happens to be the director of “Hitchcock/Truffaut.”

As Jones wryly notes, »

- Gregg Goldstein

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BFI London Film Festival reveals 2015 juries

23 September 2015 5:54 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Desiree Akhavan to head First Feature Competition jury; Jarvis Cocker to host annual awards ceremony.Scroll down for competition titles

The 59th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18) has revealed the full line-up of its competition juries and announced that presenter and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker will host this year’s awards ceremony on Oct 17.

The jury for the Sutherland Award for the First Feature Competition includes:

Desiree Akhavan, director/screenwriter (Appropriate Behaviour) (president)

Clio Barnard, director/artist (The Selfish Giant)James Kent, director (Testament of Youth)Allen Leech, actor (The Imitation Game)Kate Muir, film critic, The Times

The jury for the Grierson Award for the Documentary Competition includes:

Mark Cousins, director (I Am Belfast) (president)

Brian Woods, producer (The Dying Rooms)Charlie Phillips, head of docs, The GuardianAlex Cooke, filmmakerIain Forsyth, director (20,000 Days on Earth)Jane Pollard, director (20,000 Days on Earth)

The jury for the Lff’s first Short Film Competition includes:

Daisy Jacobs, director »

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Brazil Names Foreign Oscar Submission (Exclusive)

10 September 2015 10:22 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Read More: Foreign Oscar Submissions So Far Writer/director Anna Muylaert revealed to us Thursday morning that, as announced by Brazil's Ministry of Culture, the country has submitted her film "The Second Mother" to the 2016 Oscars. Now in Us theaters from Oscilloscope, the film was chosen from a group of eight Portuguese-language features. Regina Casé stars in this film about the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper who suddenly appears, throwing into disarray the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home. The film has won plaudits at Sundance, Berlin, Sarajevo and more fests. Brazil was last up for the foreign Academy Award for Walter Salles' 1998 "Central Station." Read More: Fest Hit "The Second Mother" Brings Success, and Pain »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Papandrea and Debicki to be honoured at Australians in Film Awards

8 September 2015 5:52 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Oscar winning producer Bruna Papandrea is set to recieve this year's Orry Kelly International Award at the Australians in Film Awards in Los Angeles.

On October 25, Australians in Film will host its annual AiF Awards and Benefit Gala at the Intercontinental Hotel in Los Angeles..

Actor, Elizabeth Debicki, has taken out the Breakthrough Talent of 2015 Award..

Presenter Carrie Bickmore will be master of ceremonies at this year.s awards, which celebrates the achievements of Australians working in Hollywood and also recognises the contribution of individuals to the Australian film industry.

.The Orry Kelly International Award is given to an Australian who has paved the way for other Australians in the entertainment industry and who has provided much support, mentoring and inspiration to others..

Papandrea's credits include Milk, Wild and Gone Girl.

Previous Orry Kelly honorees have included director Baz Luhrmann, film executive Greg Coote and filmmaking collective, Blue Tongue Films. »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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Mission Improbable as Jia Zhangke’s ‘Mountains’ Releases in China Against ‘Rogue Nation’

8 September 2015 6:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Going up against the release of Alibaba-backed “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” is a tall order for any film in China. That, however, is the challenge being taken up by Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke and “Mountains May Depart,” his drama which premiered in competition in Cannes.

For Jia, who has been acclaimed overseas as one of the most important directors of his generation, getting a release at all in his native China already represents progress. His previous film “A Touch of Sin,” was widely distributed abroad, but has been denied an outing in Chinese theaters.

“Mountains” releases Tuesday (Sept. 8) in a limited number of theaters in and around Shanghai, the same day that the Tom Cruise action vehicle “Rogue Nation” releases nationwide and is expected to dominate China’s charts.

The limited run for “Mountains” is intended to allow the film the commercial run necessary for it to qualify as China »

- Patrick Frater

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Emily Watson to receive San Sebastian honour

4 September 2015 4:31 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

British actress to receive career award; festival guest list includes Tom Hiddleston, Ellen Page, Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro.

Emily Watson, star of Breaking The Waves, The Book Thief and Everest, is receive the Donostia Award at the 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 18-26) in recognition of her 30 years in film.

The British actress will collect the award at a gala on Sept 25 in San Sebastian’s Kursaal Auditorium.  

The festival also unveiled some high-profile names and juries for its upcoming edition.

Actors attending include stars of Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, Sienna Miller, Tom Hiddleston and Luke Evans; Freeheld actress Ellen Page; Sicario stars Emily Blunt and Benicio del Toro; Tim Roth, at the festival with 600 Miles and Chronic; Louise Bourgoin, star of The White Knights; and Karin Viard and Isabelle Carré from 21 nuits avec Pattie.

Filmmakers in attendance include Pablo Agüero (Eva Doesn’t Sleep), Laurie Anderson (Heart of a Dog), Scott Cooper ([link »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Movie Review – Buttercup Bill (2015)

2 September 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Buttercup Bill, 2015

Directed by Remy Bennett and Emilie Richard-Froozan.

Starring Remy Bennett, Evan Louison, Mallory June, Pauly Lingerfelt and Monroe Robertson.


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

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BFI London Film Festival 2015 Line-Up announced with Gala screenings of Steve Jobs, High-Rise, Trumbo, Black Mass, Carol & Suffragette

1 September 2015 9:50 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

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 »

- John

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