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Criterion Collection: La Dolce Vita | Blu-ray Review

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“The most miserable life is better, believe me, than an existence protected by a society where everything’s organized and planned for and perfect,” says Steiner (Alain Cuny), Marcello’s (Marcello Mastroianni) only friend with seemingly any moral fiber or family values in the Rome of upper-class debauchery in which they surf throughout Federico Fellini’s groundbreaking critical masterpiece on the vacuous Roman high-life of the late 50s, La Dolce Vita. Steiner’s fleeting suggestion stands as an epiphanic thesis of Marcello’s own internal struggle to find love and stability while carrying out a career in journalism that takes him gallivanting with royalty and movie stars throughout all the ancient and newly minted quarters of Rome. The final frames of the film featuring Paola’s (Valeria Ciangottini) subtle glance to the audience suggest that in this new hodge-podge of old and evolving culture, only the innocence of youth has »

- Jordan M. Smith

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All About His Mother: Pedro Almodóvar Bares His Heart in Lyon

18 October 2014 8:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lyon – Accepting the sixth Lumière Award at Lyon’s Lumiére Festival in France, Pedro Almodóvar spoke with his heart, as Quentin Tarantino had a year before, about what really drives his filmmaking career.

Reading his acceptance speech, translated by Juliette Binoche, he was accompanied on stage brother Agustín, his producer of nearly 30 years standing, and emblematic actresses from his films: Marisa Paredes (“High Heels,” “The Flower of My Secret”), Elena Anaya (“The Skin I Live In”) and Rossy de Palma (“Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”).

In the audience were, Keanu Reeves and director John McTiernan, Michael Cimino, Paolo Sorrentino (“The Great Beauty”), Berenice Bejo (“The Artist”), Isabella Rossellini, Vanessa Paradis, Gaspard Ulliel (“Saint Laurent”), Italy’s Valeria Golino, Jaime Rosales, and, among industry figures Pathé’s Jerome Seydoux, Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval, Pierre Ange Le Pogam, Samuel Haddida plus Sony Pictures ClassicsMichael Barker.

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- John Hopewell

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Pedro Almodovar Feted As Thierry Frémaux’s Lumière Fest Nears Close

18 October 2014 8:07 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Lumière Festival was created by Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux and Lumière Institute President Bertrand Tavernier six years ago here in Lyon, the birthplace of cinema. As the week-long event that wraps tomorrow has grown, it has become a favorite stop on the calendar for filmmakers, film buffs and friends of Frémaux to attend. It includes restorations, masterclasses and retrospectives, but no competition. And it’s not just art-house either — tonight’s program includes an Alien marathon presented by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and a screening of Die Hard with John McTiernan hosting. Last year’s Prix Lumière winner, Quentin Tarantino, spent several days soaking up the scene here in 2013. This year’s recipient of the Lumière Prize, which has previously also gone to Milos Forman, Gérard Depardieu, Ken Loach and Clint Eastwood, was Oscar-winning Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar.

On Friday night, a two-and-a-half hour tribute to Almodovar concluded with a rousing »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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'La Dolce Vita' (Criterion Collection) Blu-ray Review

16 October 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I've made no secret when it comes to my love for the work of Federico Fellini's films, especially his classic La Dolce Vita, which was the first entry in my Best Movies section earlier this year. For the longest time I've owned the Koch Lorber, 2-Disc DVD edition of La Dolce Vita, continuously awaiting the day Criterion would be given the chance to add it to their esteemed collection with a transfer the film most definitely deserved. I speculated as to whether it would finally happen once Paramount had been granted exclusive rights last June and lo and behold, it is finally here and the result is exactly what fans of this film have been waiting for with visuals and sound so rich it will be almost as if you are seeing it for the first time. When it comes to the film itself, I'll point you to my »

- Brad Brevet

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Thierry Fremaux on Pedro Almodóvar, Film Docs, Lumière Festival Growth

14 October 2014 1:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

He who dares, wins. Now entering its sixth edition, Gran Lyon’s Lumière Festival, launched by Thierry Fremaux and Bertrand Tavernier from the Institut Lumière, is firmly established on the festival calendar as one of the two major meets in Europe for classic film specialists, with the Bologna Cineteca’s Il Cinema Ritrovato, and also, remarkably, a major hit with the people of Gran Lyon who flock to its screenings. There seems nothing like it in the rest of the world. Having added a Classic Films Market (Mfc) in 2013, its rise is now not only a reflection of, but also a driver of the heritage movie business. Variety talked to Fremaux, the Lumière Festival director – as well as head of the Cannes Festival – days before its the 6th edition.

 

After five editions, to what extent do you think that the Lumière Festival is now a global event?

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- John Hopewell

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83 Countries In Competition For 2014 Foreign Language Film For 87th Oscars

10 October 2014 6:26 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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A record 83 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards. Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania and Panama are first-time entrants.

The 2014 submissions are:

Afghanistan, “A Few Cubic Meters of Love,” Jamshid Mahmoudi, director;

Argentina, “Wild Tales,” Damián Szifrón, director;

Australia, “Charlie’s Country,” Rolf de Heer, director;

Austria, “The Dark Valley,” Andreas Prochaska, director;

Azerbaijan, “Nabat,” Elchin Musaoglu, director;

Bangladesh, “Glow of the Firefly,” Khalid Mahmood Mithu, director;

Belgium, “Two Days, One Night,” Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, directors;

Bolivia, “Forgotten,” Carlos Bolado, director;

Bosnia and Herzegovina, “With Mom,” Faruk Lončarevič, director;

Brazil, “The Way He Looks,” Daniel Ribeiro, director;

Bulgaria, “Bulgarian Rhapsody,” Ivan Nitchev, director;

Canada, “Mommy,” Xavier Dolan, director;

Chile, “To Kill a Man,” Alejandro Fernández Almendras, director;

China, “The Nightingale,” Philippe Muyl, director;

Colombia, “Mateo,” María Gamboa, director;

Costa Rica, “Red Princesses,” Laura Astorga Carrera, director;

Croatia, “Cowboys,” Tomislav Mršić, »

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Competition: Win 'Omar' on DVD *closed*

9 October 2014 3:37 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at last year's Academy Awards (where it narrowly missed out to Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty), Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad's Omar (2013) follows the story of an honest baker who becomes a freedom fighter against occupying Israeli forces. To celebrate the long-awaited home entertainment release of Omar this coming Monday (6 October), we have Three DVD copies of Abu-Assad's deeply topical drama to give away to our loyal and returning readers, kindly provided by the team at UK distributor Soda Pictures. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.

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Oscar draws record 83 countries

9 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Academy has received a record 83 submissions for the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar.

Last year, a record 76 countries submitted features and the eventual winner was Italian entry The Great Beauty, directed by Paolo Sorrentino.

Nine finalists will be shortlisted, which will be whittled down to five nominees that will be announced on Jan 15, 2015.

The awards ceremony will be held on Feb 22, 2015 in the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood.

The 2014 submissions are (in alphabetical order of country):

Afghanistan, A Few Cubic Meters Of Love, Jamshid Mahmoudi

Argentina, Wild Tales, Damián Szifrón

Australia, Charlie’s Country, Rolf de Heer

Austria, The Dark Valley, Andreas Prochaska

Azerbaijan, Nabat, Elchin Musaoglu

Bangladesh, Glow Of The Firefly, Khalid Mahmood Mithu

Belgium, Two Days, One Night, Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne

Bolivia, Forgotten, Carlos Bolado

Bosnia and Herzegovina, With Mom, Faruk Lončarevič

Brazil, The Way He Looks, Daniel Ribeiro

Bulgaria, Bulgarian Rhapsody, Ivan Nitchev

Canada, Mommy, Xavier Dolan

Chile, To Kill A »

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Rome reveals 'slimmer' line-up

29 September 2014 6:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Name and focus changes for every section, which are now all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.

The ninth Rome Film Festival (Oct 16-25) has revealed a diverse line-up including the Italian premieres for potential awards contenders including David Fincher’s Gone Girl. the world premiere of Takashi Miike’s As the Gods Will and Burhan Qurbani’s We are Young, We are Strong and European premiere of Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind, Toronto hit Still Alice and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.

This year for the first time the award-winners in each section of the programme will be decided by the audience on the basis of votes cast after the screenings.

Each section has changed name and focus for 2014 and are all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.

Italian comedies Soap Opera and Andiamo a Quel Paese bookend the line-up.

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- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Palestine submits Eyes of a Thief to Oscars

25 September 2014 1:11 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Only the seventh time Palestine has submitted film to the Academy Awards.

The Palestinian Ministry of Culture has submitted Najwa Najjar’s Eyes of a Thief for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the Academy Awards.

The timely drama explores the impact of the Middle East conflict on Palestinian life through the tale of a West Bank man searching for his lost daughter following his release from an Israeli jail.

Egyptian actor Khaled Abol Naga, whose credits include Villa 69 and Microphone, plays the protagonist Tareq – an enigmatic figure with a violent past – opposite Algerian actress and singer Souad Massi, as a woman who knows the whereabouts of his child.

The film has drawn strong audiences in the West Bank and Jerusalem since its release there at the beginning of September.

“We had quite an overwhelming opening on September 9 at the Ramallah Cultural Palace. 850 people came to a space meant for 700,” Najjar told ScreenDaily »

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Italy submits Human Capital to Oscars

24 September 2014 4:26 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Italy hopes to repeat last year’s win in the Best Foreign-Language Film category with Paolo Virzi’s family thriller.

Italy has submitted Paolo Virzi’s Human Capital for consideration in the Best Foreign-Language Film category of the Academy Awards.

Italy holds the record for the most foreign-language Oscars, with 14 wins including the statuette for Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty earlier this year.

Human Capital centres on two families, irrevocably tied together after a cyclist is hit off the road by a jeep on the night before Christmas Eve. The film was based on the Us novel by Stephen Amidon, relocating from Connecticut to Northern Italy.

It won seven trophies at the David di Donatello awards, beating The Great Beauty for best film, and six Nastri d’Argento Awards.

Human Capital has also proved a box office hit in Italy

Italy’s Oscar shortlist also include Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders, Francesco Munzi’s Black »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Italy Picks Paolo Virzi’s ‘Human Capital’ As Its Foreign Oscar Contender

24 September 2014 3:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paolo Virzi’s stylish economic crisis murder mystery “Human Capital” is Italy’s candidate for the foreign-language Academy Award race.

“Capital” transposes U.S. novelist Stephen Amidon’s eponymous novel about capitalist greed from Connecticut to Italy’s wealthy region of Brianza, near Milan. Pic has been a hit at the local box office scoring around $7.5 million via Rai Cinema’s 01 Distribuzione.

It will be released in the U.S. via Film Movement, which snapped it up right before its North American preem at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won the best actress nod for Valeria Bruni Tedeschi for her role as the unhappy neurotic wife of a hedge-fund bigwig.

A character-driven thriller, which is also a class critique drama, “Capital” revolves around two families from different social classes who become entangled after a cyclist is bumped off a road by an SUV in a hit and run on the night before Christmas eve, »

- Variety Staff

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Oscars: Italy Selects 'Human Capital' for Foreign-Language Category

23 September 2014 11:24 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Can Italy repeat its Oscar magic after Paolo Sorrentino became a national hero with his 2014 win for The Great Beauty? The country is placing its bets on Human Capital for its bid for the best foreign-language nomination at next year's Academy Awards. Paolo Virzi's Human Capital earned a slew of national awards this year with his neo-noir thriller, including seven wins at the David di Donatello awards, beating out The Great Beauty for the best film honor, and six Nastri d’Argento Awards. The film was a box-office smash in Italy, widely hailed for its fast-paced unraveling of a wealthy family who bet on Italy's downfall, all-

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- Ariston Anderson

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Nyff: Growing Up, Italian Style in 'The Wonders' and 'Misunderstood'

23 September 2014 8:36 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The New York Film Festival begins this Friday. But our screenings have already begun. Here is Glenn on two Italian films, "The Wonders" and "Misunderstood"

If Paolo Sorrentino’s Oscar-winning The Great Beauty (2013) was an ode to the fantastical visions of Federico Fellini's Italy, then Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders is an appropriate return to the world of the country’s famed neorealist movement of the 1940s and ‘50s, concerning itself with the economic and moral quandries of so-called everyday Italians. Coming in second place at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, it follows a family in rural Italy who scrape by due their honey farming, but an encounter with a television production in their hometown spearheads the eldest daughter’s desire to lift herself and her family out of the poverty line that they barely manage to survive above.

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- Glenn Dunks

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Canada submits Mommy for Oscar

19 September 2014 12:21 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Metafilms and Sons Of Manual drama premiered in Cannes where it earned Xavier Dolan the jury prize.

eOne/Les Films Séville distributes the film directly in English and French Canada and sales agent Séville International has licensed to more than 50 countries.

Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon and Suzanne Clément star in the story that takes place in a fictional Canada where a law allows distressed parents to abandon troubled children to the hospital system.

“We are proud and honoured to represent Canada in the Oscar race and we sincerely hope that Mommy will take us as far as possible,” said producer Nancy Grant.

Submissions for best foreign-language film for the 87th Academy Awards will continue to trickle in until October 1.

The selection committee will whittle down the submissions to a shortlist of nine before the five nominees are announced on January 15, 2015.  

The awards ceremony takes place on February 22, 2015, in Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

Last year a »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Best Foreign-Language Film Academy Award submissions 2015

18 September 2014 3:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Entries for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the Academy Awards 2015.

Submissions for the Best Foreign-Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards are coming in and will continue until October, when the full list of eligible submissions will be revealed.

Last year, a record 76 countries submitted features and the eventual winner was Italian entry The Great Beauty, directed by Paolo Sorrentino.

This year’s nominations must be submitted by Oct 1.

Nine finalists will be shortlisted, which will be whittled down to five nominees that will be announced on Jan 15, 2015.

The awards ceremony will be held on Feb 22, 2015 in the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood.

Afghanistan, A Few Cubic Meters of Love, Jamshid Mahmoudi

Austria, The Dark Valley, Andreas Prochaska

Bolivia, Olvidados, Carlos Bolado

Brazil, The Way He Looks, Daniel Ribeiro

Bulgaria, Bulgarian Rhapsody, Ivan Nitchev

Chile, To Kill a Man, Alejandro Fernández Almendras

Colombia, Mateo, Maria Gamboa

Croatia, Cowboys, Tomislav Mršić

Czech Republic, Fair Play, Andrea »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Oscars: Italy Unveils Shortlist for Foreign-Language Category

16 September 2014 3:57 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

All eyes are on Italy this awards season after Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty earlier this year won the country’s first foreign-language Oscar since 1998’s Life is Beautiful. The country has unveiled a shortlist of seven films, of which one will be picked next week to represent the country in the Academy Awards' best foreign-language film race. Paolo Virzi’s Human Capital leads the pack among Italian film awards thus far. It took home seven wins at the David di Donatello awards this year, beating out The Great Beauty for best film. It also won six honors, out of eight

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- Ariston Anderson

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Binoche drama takes top Norway prize

18 August 2014 2:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A Thousand Times Good Night, Blind take spoils at Amanda Awards.Scroll down for full list of winners

Norwegian director Erik Poppe’s A Thousand Times Good Night, starring French actress Juliette Binoche, took home Best Norwegian Feature and two other prizes at Saturday’s (Aug 16) Amanda Awards in Haugesund.

The drama, which had already won the Special Jury Grand Prix in Montreal and Founders Award in Chicago, also scooped Norwegian national film awards for Best Cinematography (John Christian Rosenlund) and Best Score (Armand Amar).

Binoche stars alongside Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as a war reporter torn between her job and her family.

The other big winner on the night was Eskil Vogt’s feature debut Blind which collected four awards, including Best Director and Best Actress (Ellen Dorrit Petersen).

Blind, about a woman coming to terms with blindness, previously took the World Cinema Scriptwriting award in Sundance and the Europa Cinemas Label in Berlin.

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- jornrossing@aol.com (Jorn Rossing Jensen)

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Italy’s TV Producers Turn to Crime Series for Global Sales

8 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Boosted by the international sales success of mob series “Gomorrah,” Italy’s expanding TV production community, led by Sky Italia and shingle Cattleya, is hoping to spark a trend among buyers, much as Denmark’s “The Killing” prompted the Nordic Noir phenom. Call this one, perhaps, Italian Immorality.

The rise of high-quality TV dramas is not new. For the past decade, U.S. skeins energized global sales for Hollywood product, and pushed the international creative community to raise its game. According to the MPAA, U.S. global film and TV exports stand at $14.3 billion. Now an invigorated

Italian TV biz wants in on an international business that is surging in Europe, where 42% of viewers list drama series as their favorite type of programming, according to a recent Eurodata TV report.

Italy’s hourlong dramas are all English-language, and two feature narratives with shady protagonists: “ZeroZeroZero,” from author Roberto Saviano (on »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Anthony Bourdain Breaks Down Cinema History for ‘Parts’

5 August 2014 10:36 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s been well over a decade since Anthony Bourdain, former executive chef of Manhattan’s Les Halles and author of bestselling memoir “Kitchen Confidential,” became a TV star. With his Travel Channel series “No Reservations” and “The Layover,” Food Network’s “A Cook’s Tour” and stints on “The Taste” — for which he’s Emmy-nominated for his hosting duties for a second year in a row — and “Top Chef,” Bourdain is an old pro at this point. But when Bourdain and his longtime crew moved over to CNN to kick off the multiple-Emmy nominee “Parts Unknown,” they faced one big problem: How do you make something new while working in a genre — nonfiction television — that relies on repeating the same general formula every week?

“It’s a limited story that we’re telling, ultimately,” Bourdain says. “On every episode, I go someplace, I eat a bunch of stuff, and I come back. »

- Andrew Barker

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