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20 items from 2012


Best Soundtracks of 2012 (part two)

21 December 2012 8:41 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

What makes some film soundtracks transcend from mere background music to helping a director tell a story and help invoke an emotional response? Is it a clever mix of well chosen tunes that capture the zeitgeist or an eclectic mix of older material that either captures a time and place or sets a tone of nostalgia? The answer varies depending on the feature film. 2012 was a fantastic year for original motion picture movie scores but not so good for soundtracks. Still, Simon and I have managed to pull a list of what we feel were the very best.

 

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Tabu

The second half of Tabu by Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes, is the direct opposite of what came before. Gomez effortlessly shifts gears omitting any audible dialogue except for a persistent (but suave) voice-over narration from one of the characters – combined with lush synchronized ambient sounds, a few sparse foley effects, and »

- Ricky

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Best Movie Moments of 2012 (part one)

17 December 2012 8:50 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

I don’t’ share the popular opinion that 2012 has been a terrible year in film. It hasn’t been as strong as previous years but 2012 gave us such gems as Holy Motors, The Master, Berberian Sound Studio, Tabu, Skyfall and Moonrise Kingdom, to name a few. As with every year, I thought it appropriate to highlight some of the year’s most memorable individual moments, scenes, and sequences, from movies that may or may not have made our individual year-end lists. Which is no small feat considering just how insane the release calendar has become.

We are keeping out credit sequences since we feel it is an art form in itself.

Honourable Mentions:

The Deep Blue Sea – The underground flashback.

Oslo, August 31st – The cafe scene.

Miss Bala – The extended take during the shoot out .

Universal Solider 4 – The opening shotgun sequence.

Universal Solider 4 – The fight in the sport retail store. »

- Ricky

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Keeping It Local it the Ifi, Dublin

4 December 2012 11:13 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

To celebrate the release of Kirsten Sheridan’s new film Dollhouse, The Factory and the Ifi have collaborated to host a very special Keeping It Local day on Wednesday 5 December with directors Kirsten And Jim Sheridan in attendance at the Cinemobile, North Wall Quay, Campshire, Dublin 1 (across from Wapping Street junction) To kickstart the day, we will host a programme of films made in and around Sheriff Street from the 1930s – 1970s from the Ifi Irish Film Archive.  These special screenings begin at 10.30am and will be introduced by Jim Sheridan who was brought up in Sheriff Street, along with his brother, renowned writer & playwright, Peter Sheridan and will be attended by local active retirement groups, Alone charity workers and community groups. There will be a photocall with Kirsten and Jim Sheridan at 11.45am Following the Archive footage, a preview screening of Dollhouse will take place in the Cinemobile »

- noreply@blogger.com (Vic Barry)

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Festival du Nouveau Cinema: Reygadas, Franco, Ozon, Vinterberg, Larrain, Mungiu and Sarah Polley Headline 41st Edition

25 September 2012 10:25 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Montreal’s Festival Du Nouveau Cinema (10.10 – 10.21) announced their line-up today for their 41st edition and among the smorgasbord of subtitle offerings dating back to this year’s Rotterdam, Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Venice and Tiff editions, we’re knee-deep in avant-garde world cinema from the established auteurs Assayas, Vinterberg, Ozon, Sang-Soo, Joao Pedro Rodriguez, Larrain, Loach, Reygadas, Ghobadi, Mungiu and Miguel Gomes. Heavy on offerings from Quebec and France, the fest also manages to offer a stellar snapshot of the up-and-comers from all corners of the globe. Among the notable titles in the (Competition category) International Selection we’ve got Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves, Ursula Meier’s Sister, Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky’s Francine (which received its theatrical release earlier this month) and Rodrigo Plá’s La Demora. Loaded in Cannes items, the Special Presentations is the fest’s A-list selections (see filmmakers named above) and the one pic »

- Eric Lavallee

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Complete Lineup of 14th Mumbai Film Festival 2012

24 September 2012 6:59 AM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

14th Mumbai Film Festival (Mff) announced its complete lineup today in a press conference. Mff will be held from October 18th to 25th at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (Ncpa) and Inox, Nariman Point, Liberty Cinemas, Marine Lines as the main festival venues and Cinemax, Andheri and Cinemax Sion as the satellite venues. Click here to watch trailers and highlights from the festival.

 

Here is the complete list of films to be screened during the festival (October 18-25)

 

International Competition for the First Feature Films of Directors

1. From Tuesday To Tuesday (De Martes A Martes)

Dir.: Gustavo Fernandez Triviño (Argentina / 2012 / Col. / 111′)

2. The Last Elvis (El Último Elvis)

Dir.: Armando Bo (Argentina / 2012 / Col. / 91′)

3. The Sapphires

Dir.: Wayne Blair (Australia / 2012 / Col. / 103′)

4. The Wall (Die Wand)

Dir.: Julian Pölsler (Austria-Germany / 2012 / Col. / 108′)

5. Teddy Bear (10 timer til Paradis)

Dir.: Mads Matthiesen (Denmark / 2012 / Col. / 93′)

6. Augustine

Dir.: Alice Winccour (France / 2012 / Col. »

- NewsDesk

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Toronto: Wme Signs ‘What Richard Did’ Star Jack Reynor

8 September 2012 1:24 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Irish thesp Jack Reynor has signed with Wme. He is the 20-year old star of the Lenny Abrahamson-directed What Richard Did, a film that has its world premiere on Sunday night at the Toronto International Film Festival. He plays a Dublin golden-boy and high school rugby star whose world unravels one summer night. Reynor is best known for a head-turning performance as the star of Dollhouse, directed by Oscar-nominated writer Kirsten Sheridan. Reynor is represented by Derick Mulvey in Ireland and Sue Latimer in the UK. Related: Toronto: UTA Signs ‘The Sapphires’ Helmer Wayne Blair »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Cillian Murphy's 'Broken' and Kirsten Sheridan's 'Dollhouse' Triumph At Odessa

24 July 2012 7:00 AM, PDT | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

Cillian Murphy's 'Broken' and Kirsten Sheridan's 'Dollhouse' were among the winners at the Odessa International Film Festival in Ukraine. 'Broken', adapted from Daniel Clay's novel of the same name by Irish screenwriter Mark O'Rowe (Intermission), won the festival's Grand Prix prize. The film was directed by Rufus Norris and features Murphy, Tim Roth and Rory Kinnear among its cast members. Meanwhile, the cast of Irish director Kirsten Sheridan's new drama, 'Dollhouse', were celebrating after winning the award for Best Actors. Set in Dublin, 'Dollhouse' follows a group of teenagers who break into a house and stars Seana Kerslake (Life's a Breeze), Johnny Ward (This Must Be The Place, Two Hearts), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did, Three Wise Men), Kate Stanley Brennan (Raw, Fair City), Shane Curry (Kisses) and Ciaran McCabe (What Richard Did). »

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Happy St. Paddy's Day: Irish Director Kirsten Sheridan On 'Dollhouse,' The Word "Random" And Using Ryan Gosling's Music

17 March 2012 1:19 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Continuing its festival run this week at SXSW, following its Berlin premiere, is a remarkable Irish film, "Dollhouse," directed by Kirsten Sheridan. The trippy, pulsing story of a home invasion scenario that is by turns scary, funny and surreal (you can read our review here), the film gained a special mention in Berlin, which is also where we caught up with its director.

Sheridan was previously nominated for an original screenplay Oscar (for co-writing her father Jim Sheridan's "In America"), and gained a lot of positive notice for her debut feature, the Cillian Murphy breakout "Disco Pigs." Following that was a perhaps ill-advised foray into Hollywood for the schmaltzy "August Rush" (about which she speaks candidly below). With "Dollhouse" only her third feature, and a startling departure from both of her previous outings, we sincerely hope the Dublin-based filmmaker won't leave it so long till her next. As our »

- Jessica Kiang

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Berlinale 2012 Review: Kirsten Sheridan's 'Dollhouse' Is A Dynamic, Delirious But Ultimately Downbeat Social Allegory

19 February 2012 6:51 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As we all are with films set in cities we know well, this writer is particularly critical of films set, partially or wholly, in Dublin. So it's no mean praise when we state that Kirsten Sheridan's third feature, "Dollhouse," by turns riotous and menacing, is as accurate a portrait of the interactions, language and attitudes of a particular segment of Irish youth as we have seen on screen, probably ever. Set in a single location over the course of a single night's bacchanalian partying, the improvisational approach brings real authenticity to the proceedings, even as the film nods to "Lord of the Flies" and "A Clockwork Orange." Twists and surprises abound right up to the (somewhat problematic) ending, but the throughlines are clear: this is a film about youth, the tension between feeling disaffected and disenfranchised and feeling exuberantly, indestructibly alive; and it is a film about class, the warring instincts of admiration, »

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Kirsten Sheridan And The Factory: Assembling Ireland’S Actors

16 February 2012 8:16 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Talk to Kirsten Sheridan, director of August Rush and her latest Dollhouse (pictured and premiering in the Panorama section of the 2012 Berlinale) about The Factory, the collective she co-founded with fellow filmmakers John Carney (Once) and Lance Daly (Kisses), and it soon becomes apparent that Ireland’s recent financial woes have done little to dampen Dublin’s Diy spirit. If anything the collapse has, ironically, helped artists, Sheridan theorizes, by making their outsized dreams affordable. Indeed, in a thriving economy just meeting the rent on a space big enough to house everything from production studios, to a fully equipped camera department and editing facilities, to a digital cinema and a recording studio, would leave no time for these Factory friends to actually collectively create.

Which is exactly what they’ve been doing in this one-stop, mom-and-pop shop since 2009. And now that Carney’s The Rafters is also due to be released, »

- Lauren Wissot

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Sheridan's 'Dollhouse' selected for SXSW Festival

16 February 2012 7:00 AM, PST | IFTN | See recent IFTN news »

Irish director Kirsten Sheridan's latest film 'Dollhouse' is to have its North American premiere at the South by South West festival in Austen Texas this March in the 'Emerging Visions' category. The title along with 17 others was whittled down from 570 international films entered to the festival. 'Dollhouse' a drama set in Dublin follows six street kids who break into a house in Dalkey and stars Seana Kerslake (Life's a Breeze), Johnny Ward (This Must Be The Place, Two Hearts), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did, Three Wise Men), Kate Stanley Brennan (Raw, Fair City), Shane Curry (Kisses) and Ciaran McCabe (What Richard Did). »

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South By Southwest 2012 Lineup Features 65 World Premieres

2 February 2012 8:55 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Sound On Sight will once again be covering the SXSW Film Festival this year, making it our second time attending. 130 feature films will screen at the Austin, Texas fest taking place March 9-17, including 65 World Premieres, 17 North American Premieres and 10 U.S. Premieres. As previously announced, Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods will have the honours of opening the festival, and now they have released the full list of films – and it’s looking pretty amazing. Enjoy!

Narrative Feature Competition

This year’s 8 films were selected from 1,112 submissions. Each film is a World Premiere. Films screening in Narrative Feature Competition are:

Booster

Director/Screenwriter: Matt Ruskin

When Simon’s brother is arrested for armed robbery, he is asked to commit a string of similar crimes in an attempt to get his brother acquitted.

Cast: Nico Stone, Adam DuPaul, Seymour Cassel, Kristin Dougherty, Brian McGrail (World Premiere)

Eden

Director: Megan Griffiths, »

- Ricky

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SXSW Announces 2012 Feature Film Lineup

1 February 2012 4:28 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is thrilled to announce the features lineup for this year's Festival, March 9 - 17, 2012 in Austin, Texas. We are also pleased to reveal the world premiere of Emmett Malloy's documentary Big Easy Express as our Closing Night Film, which follows a train ride unlike any other with Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show. Big Easy Express will screen on Saturday, March 17. The program will also include the world premiere of Columbia Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures' 21 Jump Street, screening in the Centerpiece slot on Monday, March 12. The 2012 lineup continues the SXSW tradition of celebrating ambitious experimentation with risk takers both in front of and behind the camera, and a deep immersion into cultural touchstones. The Midnighters feature section and the Short Film program will be announced on February 8.

"SXSW has long been a haven for bold »

- MovieWeb

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SXSW 2012. Features Lineup

1 February 2012 3:46 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry, shot by Bob Gruen in 1977

Rock 'N' Roll Exposed: The Photography of Bob Gruen

screens as part of 24 Beats per Second

SXSW Film has just announced its features lineup for the 2012 edition, running March 9 through 17. We already knew that the Opening Night Film would be Drew Goddard's The Cabin in the Woods. For its Closing Night Film, the festival will host the world premiere of of Emmett Malloy’s documentary Big Easy Express (more below). The lineup, with descriptions from the festival:

Narrative Feature Competition

Booster

Director/Screenwriter: Matt Ruskin. When Simon’s brother is arrested for armed robbery, he is asked to commit a string of similar crimes in an attempt to get his brother acquitted. Cast: Nico Stone, Adam DuPaul, Seymour Cassel, Kristin Dougherty, Brian McGrail. (World Premiere)

Eden

Director: Megan Griffiths, Screenwriters: Richard B. Phillips, Megan Griffiths, Story by: Richard B. Phillips & Chong Kim. »

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SXSW 2012 Line-Up Includes ’21 Jump Street,’ ‘The Raid,’ ‘Casa de mi Padre’ & More

1 February 2012 12:32 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With Sundance 2012 Film Festival over, the next big one on the horizon is South by Southwest, which we’ll be heavily covering. The biggest chunk of the line-up has been announced today, which has some great premieres including 21 Jump Street, Tiff and Sundance hit The Raid, Will Ferrell‘s Casa de mi Padre, the documentary Girl Model (which we liked at Tiff), as well as the next from Broken Lizard, The Babymakers. There are many other promising titles included and you can see them all below. Check back for our coverage for the fest, kicking off March 9th.

Narrative Feature Competition

This year’s 8 films were selected from 1,112 submissions. Each film is a World Premiere. Films screening in Narrative Feature Competition are:

Booster

Director/Screenwriter: Matt Ruskin

When Simon’s brother is arrested for armed robbery, he is asked to commit a string of similar crimes in an attempt to get his brother acquitted. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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South By Southwest 2012 Lineup Features World Premiere Of ’21 Jump Street,’ ‘God Bless America,’ ‘The Raid’ and Much More

1 February 2012 12:01 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Attendees of South by Southwest 2012 are in for a treat. 130 feature films will screen at the Austin, Texas festival taking place March 9-17. Among them are 65 World Premieres, 17 North American Premieres and 10 U.S. Premieres. The organization already announced [1] Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon's The Cabin in the Woods would open the festival (the movie is phenomenal [2]) and today the majority of the remaining line up has been revealed. One of the highlights is the unbelievably smart and hilarious 21 Jump Street, directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller. Both of those are World Premieres. Other highlights include The Hunter, Killer Joe, The Babymakers, frankie goes boom, God Bless America, The Imposter, The Raid, Bernie and Casa de mi Padre just to name a few. After the jump, read descriptions of all the films that have been announced so far. Before I copy and paste the rest of the list, a few minor notes. »

- Germain Lussier

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[First Look] Diane Kruger and Lea Seydoux In Berlinale Opener ‘Farewell, My Queen’

4 January 2012 8:25 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Following up the initial announcement of titles, the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival revealed it will open with the period drama Les Adieux à la reine (Farewell My Queen) today. From director Benoît Jacquot, the drama stars Inglourious Basterds lead Diane Kruger, as well as Léa Seydoux who broke-out in Midnight in Paris and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol this year. Based on, Chantal Thomas’ novel we have the first stills of the film (from Lumiere via The Playlist) that follows the “first few days of the French Revolution from the perspective of the servants at Versailles.”

Kruger, who plays Marie Antoinette here, has only appeared in one big film following her post-Basterds role with Unknown, but I look forward to her future work, especially with this film. I thought Seydoux was great as an action villain in Ghotocol and excited to see her career rise. Check out the stills below, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Berlinale 2012 announces Panorama section, gives Indian films a miss

3 January 2012 9:58 PM, PST | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival to be held from February 9-19, 2012 announced the list of films to be screened in Panorama section. The lineup includes renowned names such as Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Volker Schlöndorff, Cao Hamburger, Pen-ek Ratanaruang and Teona Strugar Mitevska.

No Indian film has yet found a place in Berlinale Panorama 2012. Last year Vishal Bhardwaj’s 7 Khoon Maaf, Kaushik Mukherjee’s Gandu and Phil Cox’s The Bengali Detective were presented in this section.

Feature films to date:

10+10 by Hou Hsiao-hsien,Taiwan

Death For Sale by Faouzi Bensaïdi, France

Die Wand (The Wall) by Julian Roman Pölsler, Austria/Germany

Dollhouse by Kirsten Sheridan, Ireland

Elles by Malgoska Szumowska, France/Poland/Germany

Fon Tok Kuen Fah (Headshot) by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Thailand/France

From Seoul To Varanasi by Kyuhwan Jeon, Republic of Korea

Hot boy noi loan – cau chuyen ve thang cuoi, co gai diem va con vit »

- NewsDesk

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Berlinale 2012. First Round of Panorama Titles

3 January 2012 7:05 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The Berlinale's announced today that 20 films are now lined up for its Panorama program. All in all, around 50 titles will make up the main program, Panorama Special and Panorama Dokumente.

10+10 by Hou Hsiao-hsien, Wang Toon, Wu Nien-Jen, Sylvia Chang, Chen Guo-Fu, Wei Te-Sheng, Chung Meng-Hung, Chang Tso-Chi, Arvin Chen, Yang Ya-Che and others, Taiwan — see a full report from the Taipei Film Commission: "Funded by the Golden Horse Film Festival and the Republic of China Centenary Foundation, 10+10 [is] a movie comprised of 20 short films by 10 renowned and 10 emerging Taiwanese filmmakers."

Death For Sale by Faouzi Bensaïdi, France

With Fehd Benchemsi, Fouad Labiad, Mouhcine Malzi, Imane Elmechrafi, Faouzi Bensaïdi

Die Wand (The Wall) by Julian Roman Pölsler, Austria/Germany

With Martina Gedeck — Synopsis from The Match Factory: "(1.) The wall is a highly unusual exploration of solitude and survival. (2.) It is the story of a woman who is separated from the »

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Berlinale Announces 20 Films For The Panorama

3 January 2012 7:17 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Berlin International Film Festival has announced the first 20 titles of its Panorama Program. Alongside directors like Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Volker Schlöndorff, Cao Hamburger, Pen-ek Ratanaruang and Teona Strugar Mitevska, this year’s feature films include new works by Ira Sachs, Cheryl Dunye, Kirsten Sheridan and Srdjan Dragojevic as well as by new filmmakers such as Umut Dag from Austria, Helena Klotz from France, Faouzi Bensiada from Morocco and Ngoc Dang Vu from Vietnam. The Panorama section, which contains the Main Programme, Panorama Special and Panorama Dokumente series, will screen some 50 films in all. The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival runs February 9-19. Full press release and announced titles below. Berlinale 2012: First Films in the Panorama Programme   After scouting extensively for films all around the world as well as viewing a major portion of the films sent to Berlin, a good third of the Panorama’s feature »

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