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11 items from 2016


Paul Haggis on Projects ‘Ship Breaker’ and ‘Ranger’s Apprentice’

9 December 2016 1:45 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marrakech, Morocco — The first screenwriter to pen two consecutive best picture Academy Award winners – “Million Dollar Baby” and “Crash” – Canadian Paul Haggis visited the 16th Marrakech Film Festival to provide a masterclass. Dividing his time between New York and Los Angeles, Haggis begun his career in TV, in the early 1980s. His career has breadth: Think Videogame “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3”, “007: Quantum of Solace” and “007: Casino Royale,” “72 Horas” and “In the Valley of Elah.”

That said, his works often include elements of social and political criticism, such as his jaundiced view of the Iraq war in “In the Valley of Elah,” starring Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, James Franco and Susan Sarandon, and criticism of stereotypical racist attitudes in “Crash.” Haggis is the founder of Artists for Peace and Justice, that has united artists to build schools and medical clinics in Haiti. At Marrakech, Haggis also talked »

- Martin Dale

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Marrakech: Europa International, Cinando Ready Launch of Festival Submission Applet

9 December 2016 11:42 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marrakech, Morocco — Europa International, the European sales agents’ organization, is advancing on the creation of a common entry form for sales agents aimed at streamlining festival submissions –  achieved via an applet integrated on the Cannes Film Market’s Cinando platform.

Tested at the Tribeca Film Festival and Luxembourg City Film Festival, the common entry form simplifies the workflow between sales agents and festivals. Up until now, the applet has worked as a closed system, only available to sales agents from Europa International, which has 45 members. The new common entry form includes all submission details, as well as items for a catalogue entry if a film is selected.

After Tribeca and Luxembourg City Fest trials, a second stage will be to test the digital entry form with ten festivals, which will be contacted in mid-December. The aim is to complete this test stage before Berlin in 2017.

“Once we have all the feedback, »

- Martin Dale

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‘Luna Park’s’ Pavel Lungin Plans ‘Esau’ Adaptation, Gulag Epic (Exclusive)

9 December 2016 10:26 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marrakech, Morocco —  Pavel Lungin (“Taxi Blues,” “Luna Park”), one of the key filmmakers of the new Russian cinema that emerged in the early 1990s after the collapse of the Soviet Union, is currently developing two new projects: an English-language project based on Israeli writer Meir Shalev’s 1991 novel “Esau,” and a film about a Soviet gulag labor camp.

“Esau’s” story is about two brothers. One left Israel and lives in the U.S. and then tries to rediscover his brother.

“Since I am Jewish, this story touches me a great deal,” Lungin explained at this week’s Marrakech Film Festival, which he attended for a country tribute to Russia.

He went on: “I think that Shalev is a wonderful writer. It doesn’t make sense to set this story in Russia. The question posed by the story is can you be Jewish when you’re living outside Israel and »

- Martin Dale

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Mosfilm’s Karen Shakhnazarov: ‘Russian Cinema Is Very Different From Soviet Cinema’

9 December 2016 4:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marrakech, Morocco — The Marrakech Film Festival has been organizing country tributes since its fourth edition in 2004, honouring such grand filmmaking traditions as France, the U.K, and India and in the last three editions, Scandinavia, Japan and Canada.

But choosing to organize a tribute to Russia – whose landmass spans from Europe to the Far East, and which launched the world’s first film school, Vgik, and has spawned key filmmakers, including Eisenstein, Tarkovsky, Sokourov and Zviaguinstev – is perhaps the festival’s most ambitious challenge to date.

Two Russian films have won Marrakech’s top prize, the Golden Star: Mikhail Kalatozishvili’s “Wild Field” in 2008, and Ivan Tverdovsky’s “Corrections Class” in 2014.  Tverdovsky’s coming-of-age drama “Zoology,” that won a Special Jury Prize at Karlovy Vary, is screening in Marrakech competition this year. It has been one of the most talked about pics at the fest.

An extensive delegation travelled to the red city, »

- Martin Dale

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Icflix Drives into Moroccan Originals with Noureddine Lakhmari’s ‘Burnout’

9 December 2016 2:05 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marrakech, Morocco — Icflix, the Dubai-based VOD platform founded by chairman Fadi Mehio and CEO Carlos Tibi in 2012, is finalizing its first Moroccan production – Noureddine Lakhmari’s “Burn Out”, the final part in a movie trilogy formed by “Casanegra” and “Zero.”

A two-minute trailer was screened during the Marrakech Film Festival, as icflix’s Cco, Amine Lalami outlined to Variety the platform’s further plans for Morocco and the Middle East-North Africa.

Icflix vies neck and neck with Starz as the leading VOD platform in the 370 million Mena market, that has a young and highly-wired demographic and is reinforcing its commitment to co-producing original content to secure its market share. In Morocco, Icflix has an exclusive strategic partnership with Maroc Telecom, and operates as its video-on-demand arm. The latter has launched a major TV and outdoor advertising campaign. Lalami said that subscriber growth in Morocco has been very buoyant in 2016.

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- Martin Dale

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Marrakech Jury President Bela Tarr: ‘Filmmaking is Like Hunting, You Have To Capture Life’

9 December 2016 1:50 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marrakech, Morocco — Following in the footsteps of Marrakech’s last three jury prexies – Martin Scorsese, Isabelle Huppert and Francis Ford Coppola – is no easy task. But iconoclastic Hungarian filmmaker, Bela Tarr, set a clear imprint on this year’s edition.

Viewed by many in his homeland as a dissenter, Tarr brought a distinctive Eastern European outlook to a fest that is paying tribute to Russian cinema, and whose career tributes and masterclasses include other outspoken filmmakers who have been dubbed as “trouble-makers” such as Pavel Lungin, Paul Verhoeven and Paul Haggis.

Tarr’s appointment as jury prexy was also a statement by the Marrakech Festival of its unswerving support for world cinema and in particular of distinctive auteur cinema.

Tarr has carved out a career of slow-paced art films, including “The Turin Horse,” “The Man from London,” and his seven-hour epic, “Satantango.”

After winning the Silver Bear at the Berlin »

- Martin Dale

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Lumière Festival: Mosfilm’s Karen Shakhnazarov Talks Economic Challenges of Film Restoration

11 October 2016 11:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One of the world’s oldest and largest film production companies, Russian studio Mosfilm, set up in 1923, was the powerhouse of film production during the Soviet Union era, producing more than 3,000 films. It continues to be a major film producer, with over 1,200 employees. Leveraging the company’s extensive film library, Mosfilm has been a pioneer in the field of restoration of classic films, restoring around 7-8 titles per year, using intensive frame-by-frame restoration.

In 2010, the company launched a partner channel with Youtube featuring a large number of Soviet-era films, many of which were unknown in the West, including a substantial number with English-language subtitles.

Titles available on the Youtube channel include well-known films by Andrei Tarkovsky and Sergei Eisenstein and lesser-known titles such as “Zerograd,” (Gorod City), directed by Karen Shakhnazarov, who has served as Mosfilm’s General Director and Chairman since 1998.

In last year’s Lumiere Film Festival in Lyon, »

- Martin Dale

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Venice 2016 Classics line-up unveiled

25 July 2016 4:58 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Titles this year range from Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai to John Landis’s An American Werewolf In London.

The selection of restored titles screening at this year’s Venice Film Festival (Aug 31 - Sept 10) have been revealed.

Italian director Roberto Andò (The Confessions) will oversee the strand’s jury of cinema history students which will award two prizes: Best Restored Film and Best Documentary On Cinema (the line-up of the latter will be revealed at a later date).

Now in its fifth year, this year’s selection includes Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, Woody Allen’s Manhattan, John Landis’s An American Werewolf In London, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker, and George A Romero’s Dawn Of The Dead amongst a host of other restorations.

The full Venice Film Festival line-up will be revealed on Thursday (July 28).

Venice Classics 2016 line-up:

1848, Dino Risi (Italy, 1948, 11’, B/W)

restored by: Archivio Nazionale Cinema Impresa-csc-Cineteca Nazionale and Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano »

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Cannes Classics line-up includes Tavernier documentary

20 April 2016 11:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Section to include world premiere of Bertrand Tavernier doc; a cinema masterclass with William Friedkin and a tribute to documentary giants Raymond Depardon and Frederick Wiseman.

Bertrand Tavernier’s documentary about French cinema Voyage à Travers le Cinéma Français will receive a world premiere at the Cannes Classic section of the Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22).

The revered French filmmaker has described his latest work as an expression of “gratitude to all the filmmakers, writers, actors and musicians that have appeared suddenly in my life.”

Voyage à Travers le Cinéma Français is a Little Bear-Gaumont-Pathé co-production and was made in participation with Canal+, Cine+ and the Sacem, with the support of Région Ile-de-France and Cnc. Gaumont will handle international sales and Pathé have distribution in France. The film will be released in theaters in October 2016.  

As in previous years, Cannes Classic will also feature nine documentaries about cinema and restored prints of 20 international classics including rare gems »

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Cannes Classics line-up revealed; world premiere of Bertrand Tavernier documentary

20 April 2016 11:10 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Section to include a cinema masterclass with William Friedkin, the 70th anniversary of the Fipresci prize, a tribute to documentary giants Raymond Depardon and Frederick Wiseman and the double Palme d’Or of 1966.

Bertrand Tavernier’s documentary about French cinema Voyage à Travers le Cinéma Français will receive a world premiere at the Cannes Classic section of the Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22).

The legendary French filmmaker has described his latest work as an expression of “gratitude to all the filmmakers, writers, actors and musicians that have appeared suddenly in my life.”

Voyage à Travers le Cinéma Français is a Little Bear-Gaumont-Pathé co-production and was made in participation with Canal+, Cine+ and the Sacem, with the support of Région Ile-de-France and Cnc. Gaumont will handle international sales and Pathé have distribution in France. The film will be released in theaters in October 2016.  

As in previous years, Cannes Classic will also feature nine documentaries about cinema and restored »

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2016 Cannes Classics Line-Up Includes Restored Films By Kieślowski, Tarkovsky, Godard & More

20 April 2016 8:42 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Now that most of the Cannes Film Festival 2016 line-up has been settled when it comes to new premieres, their Cannes Classics sidebar of restored films is not only a treat for those attending, but a hint at what we can expect to arrive at repertory theaters and labels like Criterion in the coming years.

Today they’ve unveiled their line-up, which is toplined by Bertrand Tavernier‘s new 3-hour and 15-minute documentary about French cinema, Voyage à travers le cinéma français. They will also be screening William Friedkin‘s Sorcerer following his masterclass. Along with various documentaries, both classics in the genre and ones about films, they will also premiere new restorations of Andrei Tarkovsky‘s SolarisJean-Luc Godard‘s Masculin féminin, two episodes of Krzysztof Kieślowski‘s The Decalogue, as well as films from Kenji Mizoguchi, Marlon Brando, Jacques Becker, Mario Bava, and more.

Check out the line-up below. »

- Jordan Raup

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