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The Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival, a new event pioneered by Chinese auteur Jia Zhangke and renowned festival programmer Marco Mueller, has shifted the dates of its inaugural edition.
The festival will now be held from Oct. 28 to Nov. 4 in the historic northern Chinese town of Pingyao, where a 1,500-seat open air venue is being constructed. The Pyiff was previously announced as taking place Oct. 19-26. No explanation was offered for the date switch.
Jia said the Pyiff would bring more possibilities to the creative community and be a stimulus for the Chinese film industry. He unveiled a new logo for the festival and announced that Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing would be the festival ambassador.
“Pyiff aims to be an innovative and beneficial balancing act that will introduce international filmmakers and film genres to young Chinese audiences and new Chinese films and filmmakers to the world,” said Mueller, the »
- Patrick Frater
Rome – The Locarno Film Festival will pay homage to Todd Haynes with its Pardo d’Onore Manor lifetime achievement award.
The Oscar-nominated U.S. director will also be celebrated by the prominent Swiss fest with screenings of his latest film “Wonderstruck” and also his first feature “Poison,” which competed in Locarno in 1991.
Haynes is expected to make the trek to Locarno for the Aug. 7 tribute.
“In his seven feature films to date Todd Haynes has shaped out an original universe in which his familiarity with U.S. and European cinema, his passion for the films of Sirk and Fassbinder, go hand in glove with a modern sensibility,” Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian said in a statement.
“His characters – often with extraordinary performances by the female leads – bring back the magic of great cinema, of art that achieves the sublimation of reality without lapsing into disenchantment,” Chatrian added.
“Poison,” a triptych of stories about transgression and persecution inspired »
- Nick Vivarelli
The following missive comes from one of the several filmmakers in Qatar that I have been writing about when I asked how it was going there.It’s been nearly a month since the blockade happened. This first came as a huge shock to us. I always thought that the Gcc was a united brotherhood, we have so much in common and we have been through history together.I’m currently in Qatar and there’s a real sense of community here. We are all doing well and coping the best way we can.I personally felt shocked and hurt about the news in the beginning. I don’t have family from the countries leading the blockade, but I have very close filmmaker friends that I saw as my film-making community, we support each other and wanted to work on projects together.Unfortunately now it’s becoming harder and if »
- Sydney Levine
Films from Qatar in Cannes belie the events taking place that seem beyond our control. Pictures and moving real time actions are being projected before our eyes that are slowly torturing us and bending us into to a new, unaccustomed and contorted state of being.Revered Russian filmmaker Aleksandr Sokurov © with (L-r) Doha Film Institute Senior Programmer Chadi Zeneddine, Doha Film Institute Artistic Advisor Elia Suleiman, Qumra Deputy Director Hanaa Issa and Doha Film Institute CEO Fatma Al Remaihi at a screening of ‘Russian Ark’ on day four of Qumra, an industry event by the Doha Film Institute dedicated to the development of emerging filmmakers on March 7, 2016 in Doha, Qatar.
The so-called president of my country gave a huge push this month (and credited himself for it) to grant Saudi Arabia’s newish young leader, Mohammed bin Salman, his blessing to put a chokehold on the feisty little brother Qatar, »
- Sydney Levine
There have been a lot of lists about the best films of the 21st century. IndieWire has been digging through the last two decades one genre at a time; meanwhile, the New York Times’ top movie critics provided their own takes. J. Hoberman, the longtime Village Voice film critic who now works as a freelancer, decided to join the fray. Here’s his take, also available at his site, and republished here with permission.
People have been asking me, so I thought I might as well join (or crash) the party initiated by the New York Times and put in my two cents regarding the 25 Best Films of the 21st Century (so far). I don’t see “everything” anymore and I haven’t been to Cannes since 2011.
There is some overlap but this is not the same as the proposed 21-film syllabus of 21st Century cinema included in my book “Film After Film.” Those were all in their way pedagogical choices. Begging the question of what “best” means, these are all movies that I really like, that I’m happy to see multiple times, that are strongly of their moment and that I think will stand the test of time.
My single “best” film-object is followed by a list of 11 filmmakers and one academic production company (in order of “best-ness”) responsible for two or more “best films,” these followed by another eight individual movies (again in order) and finally four more tentatively advanced films (these alphabetical). I’m sure I’m forgetting some but that’s the nature of the beast.
Jean-Luc Godard: “In Praise of Love” & “Goodbye to Language”
Sensory Ethnology Lab: “Leviathan,” “Manakamana,” & “People’s Park”
“The Strange Case of Angelica” — Manoel de Oliviera
“Corpus Callosum” — Michael Snow
“West of the Tracks” — Wang Bing
“Carlos” — Olivier Assayas
“Che” — Steven Soderbergh
“Ten” — Abbas Kariostami
“Russian Ark” — Aleksandr Sokurov
“The World” — Jia Zhangke
“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” — Nuri Bilge Ceylan
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- J. Hoberman
The Doha Film Institute has recruited Argentinian director Lucrecia Martel and Portuguese producer Paulo Branco as masters for their 2017 Qumra event, which blends creative workshop and festival elements.
Martel, whose works include “The Swamp,” “The Holy Girl,” and “The Headless Woman,” is considered one the most prominent Latin American film directors of the past decade. Branco has produced works by a slew of top auteurs, including David Cronenberg, Wim Wenders, and Olivier Assayas.
They will join Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (“A Separation”), French auteur Bruno Dumont (“Slack Bay”), and Cambodian-born documentary filmmaker Rithy Panh (“Exile”), who are this year’s previously announced Qumra masters.
The Dfi also announced that 34 projects from 25 countries have been selected for mentoring through the masterclasses and networking opportunities for the projects and talents who made the cut for Qumra.
They will include feature doc “The Man Behind the Microphone,” by Anglo-Tunisian director Claire Belhassine, »
- Nick Vivarelli
They will join previously announced mentor-speakers Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, French auteur Bruno Dumont and creative documentarian Rithy Panh at the third edition of the bespoke event, running March 3 to 8, 2017.
Colourful Portuguese producer Paulo Branco – who is based between Paris and Lisbon – has more than 300 producing credits to his name, amassed over four decades, working with the likes of David Cronenberg, Wim Wenders, Chantal Akerman, Alain Tanner, Werner Schroeter, Olivier Assayas, and Cédric Kahn.
“Paulo Branco is one »
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