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17 items from 2008


Awarded the Prix Eurimages

10 December 2008 5:35 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The Prix EURIMAGES, a prize for European film co-productions, has been awarded to Vibeke Windeløv, one of the best known independent film producers in Scandinavia, and Bettina Brokemper, an internationally acclaimed young German producer, on Friday 5 December 2008 in Copenhagen at the end of the European Film Academy’s General Assembly.

In additionm, two films supported by Eurimages have been rewarded during the ceremony of the European Film Awards which took place on Saturday 6 December in Copenhagen: Kristin Scott-Thomas won the Actress Award for her performance in the film 'Il y a longtemps que je t'aime' by Philippe Claudel, while the European Actor Award 2008 went to Toni Servillo for his performance in both films 'Il Divo' by Paolo Sorrentino and 'Gomorra' by Matteo Garrone. »

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Italy Scores Big in the European Film Award Nominations

11 November 2008 4:35 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

The Italian films Il Divo and Gomorra hogged the spotlight at Saturday's announcement of the European Film Award nominations, with five nods apiece, including best picture. "But wait," you might be saying if you're not European. "Why do the European Film Awards matter to me? I'm not European!"

They matter because you love foreign films, that's why. Ok, and also because the EFAs often presage the Academy Awards. Recent Efa best picture winners have included such Oscar-scented titles as The Lives of Others, Talk to Her, Amelie, and Dancer in the Dark. Gomorra -- which is apparently about skinny underwear models who shoot guns at the beach -- has been submitted as Italy's Oscar hopeful and now seems like a surefire nominee, thanks to its Efa attention. The other Efa best picture nominees are The Class (France's Oscar submission), Waltz with Bashir (Israel's submission), Happy-Go-Lucky (whose star, Sally Hawkins, has »

- Eric D. Snider

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Italy's Gomorra and Il Divo dominate European Film Academy Award noms

11 November 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- The Italians apparently do it better. Matteo Garrone's Gomorrah and Paolo Sorrentino's Il Divo grabbed 5 nominations each with Toni Servillo getting nominated as best actor (see above) for his parts in both films. Two films that I thought were worthy contenders in several categories in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Three Monkeys and Abdellatif Kechiche’s The Secret of the Grain were shut out while Steve McQueen’s Hunger got two noms but failed to grab a Best Film nom. Last year’s The Orphanage and Waltz With Bashir both receive four nominations. This year’s Palme d'Or winner walked away with noms for best film and best director. Other well represented films include Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky, Joe Wright's Atonement, Andreas Dresen's Cloud 9 and Eran Riklis' Lemon Tree. Winners will be announced on December 6th in Copenhagen. Here are the categories.: European »

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Paolo Sorrentino back on jury duty

24 October 2008 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Rome -- Paolo Sorrentino, the Neapolitan director who earned raves this year at Cannes for the drama "Il Divo," will head the jury for the Enel Digital Contest for young filmmakers, organizers said Friday.

The nomination, made on the sidelines of the Rome International Film Festival, is the latest in a line of post-Cannes invitations for Sorrentino, who also served as the president of the main competition jury at the Locarno Film Festival in August.

The Enel Prize will be presented during the Future Film Festival in January. »

- By Eric J. Lyman

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Garrone's Gomorrah gets Italy's vote for Oscar

25 September 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- I've often mentioned on this site how much I've been unimpressed by contemporary Italian films, but this year a pair of Cannes winners have restored my faith in this national cinema. Apparently, choosing the candidate for Italy's Foreign Language Oscar nomination wasn't as much as a head-scratcher as I would have thought.    Screen Daily reports that it was a hands down decision to rep the country -- the picture was selected unanimously because Matteo Garrone's Cannes Grand Prix winner is more accessible with its exploratory organized crime narrative over what was most likely the frontrunner in Paolo Sorrentino's Cannes Jury Prize winner Il Divo. The "fiction/non-fiction" bio discusses the life activities of a political madman who is an unfamiliar subject matter to those who know nothing about Italy's political system. Gomorrah will receive an early 2009 release. »

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Euro Film Academy unveils awards list

4 September 2008 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

London -- The European Film Academy unveiled the 44 movies on this year's long list for the upcoming European Film Awards, scheduled for Dec. 6 in Copenhagen.

The 44 titles come from 27 countries across the continent including four from the U.K.

Joe Wright's "Atonement," Nick Broomfield's "Battle for Haditha," Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky" and Steve McQueen's "Hunger" will all hope to make the nominations' list with titles such as Kornel Mundruczo's "Delta" from Hungary and Andrzej Wajda's "Katyn" from Poland vying for a place.

In the 20 countries with the most Efa Members, members have voted one national film directly into the selection list.

To complete the list, a selection committee consisting of Efa board members and invited experts have included 24 other titles.

Over the next few weeks, the 1,800 members of the European Film Academy will vote for the nominations in the different award categories.

The nominations will then be announced Nov. »

- By Stuart Kemp

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Spike Lee's 'Miracle' will bow at Toronto

7 July 2008 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Toronto -- Spike Lee, who made noise in Cannes in May trading jabs with Clint Eastwood while promoting "Miracle at St. Anna," will bow the war drama in Toronto.

Lee's latest is among several world premieres unveiled Wednesday for the Toronto International Film Festival's Special Presentations sidebar, including new films from Peter Sollett, Vincente Amorim and Steve Jacobs.

"Miracle," which chronicles the story of four black U.S. soldiers stationed in Tuscany during World War II, stars Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller, Matteo Sciabordi, John Leguizamo and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Toronto also has booked Australian director Jacobs' "Disgrace," a big-screen adaptation of the J.M. Coetzee novel that stars John Malkovich as a professor whose life comes apart after an impulsive affair, and the Viggo Mortensen starrer "Good," a British-German co-production from Amorim.

Toronto festival co-director Cameron Bailey said that the Special Presentations sidebar spotlights auteur-driven movies without sufficient star wattage to warrant a high-profile slot at Roy Thomson Hall.

Also receiving a world premiere in Toronto is U.S. helmer Sollett's "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist," a comedy about two people (Michael Cera and Kat Dennings) on a first date amid New York's indie rock scene.

Toronto also will give North American premieres to Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's "Il Divo," which bowed in Cannes, and Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker," an Iraq War thriller that stars Ralph Fiennes, Guy Pearce, David Morse, Jeremy Renner and Christian Camargo.

The 33rd annual Toronto International Film Festival is set for Sept. 4-13. »

- By Etan Vlessing

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'Miracle' in Toronto: Lee's War Epic won't Preem at Venice

2 July 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- It's the Toronto International Film Festival that have got dibs on Spike Lee's war drama which was set (and shot!) in Tuscany. I would have thought that because of its geographic proximity, that Miracle at St. Anna would have preemed in Venice, but Tiff will give the WWII pic a spot in the Special Presentations sidebar, a good three weeks before its September 26th theatrical release. Also, in the Special Presentations sidebar we find, Peter Sollett (the filmmaker behind the brilliant, slice of life, indie film Raising Victor Vargas) comes along with Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist. Based on the novel, the story revolves around two bridge-and-tunnel teenagers, nursing broken hearts, who fall in love during one sleepless night in New York while searching for their favorite band's unannounced show. With Michael Cera on board this might be seen as a second serving of Juno. Steve Jacobs' »

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'Gomorra' wins best film at Munich

27 June 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

COLOGNE, Germany -- Matteo Garrone's modern-day mafia expose "Gomorra" took the inaugural Arri-Zeiss prize for best film at this year's Munich International Film Festival.

The Munich jury named two runner-up films: Paolo Sorrentino's political biopic "Il Divo", about former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, and Carlos Reygadas' Mennonite drama "Silent Light".

Valeriya Gai Germanika teen drama "Everybody Dies but Me" won Munich's CineVision Award. The story of two Russian schoolkids preparing for their first ever disco night, "Everybody Dies but Me" was a surprise critical hit in Munich.

The 25th Munich Film Festival wraps up Saturday with a screening of Barry Levinson's "What Just Happened?" »

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Unlikely duo set for RomaCinemaFest

1 June 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ROME -- Popular Italian actors Toni Servillo and Carlo Verdone will appear together in the Extra sidebar at the third RomaCinemaFest, organizers announced Sunday, marking a rare co-appearance from two of Italy's most recognizable and contrasting big screen personalities.

The Extra sidebar is a series of informal encounters with well-known cinema figures, who discuss their profession and take questions of the public. Past guests have included Francis Ford Coppola, Sophia Loren, Bernardo Bertolucci, Sean Connery, and Harrison Ford.

Servillo, a former stage actor, is one of Italy's top dramatic acting talents, with a key role in both Paolo Sorrentino's "Il Divo", where he played iconic Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti, and in Matteo's Garrone's organized crime drama "Gamorra" -- both of which attracted critical acclaim in competition at the Festival de Cannes this year. He also won a David di Donatello Award for his protagonist role in last year's well-received "La Ragazza del Lago" (The Girl by the Lake). »

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Cannes 08: "The Class" Graduates With Honors

27 May 2008 3:49 PM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

The 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival wrapped this past Sunday, having been the scene of big Hollywood premieres like "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" and smaller but no less anticipated ones from filmmakers like the Dardenne brothers, Arnaud Desplechin and Atom Egoyan. In the end, it was a French film that won the Palme d'Or . the first homegrown feature to take the top prize since 1987's "Under Satan's Sun." The film, a late entry in the competition, was directed by Laurent Cantet, whose past work includes "Time Out" and "Heading South," and follows a year in the life of a teacher in an inner city Parisian school. Opening remarks from jury Sean Penn, who told the press that "We are going to feel very confident that the filmmaker of [the winning film] was very aware of the times within which he (or she) lives," had many guessing that one »

- Alison Willmore

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Day 12: Live from Cannes: Weighing in on the Worthy Winners?

26 May 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- It was with hurricane-like winds rocking the outside of the Palais, that the winners were announced for the 61st edition, and surprisingly, the winners weren’t as political as what one my have thought. Sean Penn’s jury had to wait until the end of the festival to find its winner for The Palme d'Or and it was director Laurent Cantet (Heading South) who took the top honors with a portrait of a “school” year in the life of a classroom of young teens and a prof still not at wits end. With a Dardenne’s like approach that blurs docu-reality with fiction, Entre Les murs (The Class) is actually the first French film to have won the top prized festival title in more than two decades. With a behind the scenes take of a teacher’s implication and devotion to these young adults’ lives and the title role »

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Complete 2008 Cannes Line Up: Main Comp, Ucr, Director's Fortnight & Critic's Week

14 May 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Here is the complete 2008 Cannes Line Up. Main Competition: Nuri Bilge Ceylan - Three Monkeys (Turkey-France-Italy) Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne - Le Silence De Lorna (France-Belgium)Arnaud Desplechin - A Christmas Story (France) Clint Eastwood - Changeling (Us)Atom Egoyan - Adoration (Canada) Ari Folman - Waltz With Bashir (Israel) Philippe Garrel - La Frontiere De L'Aube (France) Matteo Garrone - Gomorra (Italy)Charlie Kaufman - Synecdoche, New York (Us) Eric Khoo - My Magic (Singapore) Lucretia Martel - La Mujer Sin Cabeza (Argentina-Spain) Brillante Mendoza - Serbis (The Philippines) Kornel Mondruczo - Delta (Hungary-Germany) Walter Salles & Daniela Thomas - Linha de Passe (Brazil) Paolo Sorrentino - Il Divo (Italy) Pablo Trapero - Lion's Den (Argentina-South Korea) Wim Wenders - The Palermo Shooting (Germany) Jia Zhangke - 24 City (China)Steven Soderbergh - Che (Us-Spain-France) -- one four-hour competion title comprised of The Argentine and Guerrilla Out of competitionSteven Spielberg - »

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Best Bets Cannes 08: Main Competition

14 May 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- The heavyweights category (main comp) this year has a slew of great filmmakers - but it is the last experienced filmmakers that might make more of a splash. I'm guessing that the below five will send the buyers and critics into a frenzy...as well as get a sure shot at the Palme D'or... . Adoration (Atom Egoyan)Egoyan continues exploring themes of identity with a coming-of-age film in the age of the internet. Adoration may just be his best work since The Sweet HereafterLa Mujer Sin Cabeza (The Headless Woman) (Lucrecia Martel) Remaining with the theme of identity (a device found in her last picture Holy Girl, Argentinean director Lucrecia Martel brings a dramatic character study about a woman who believes to be guilty of something – but she is not sure what. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman)The only directorial debut given a slot in the prestigious section »

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Biopic's Cannes debut surprises subject

24 April 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ROME -- Sen. Giulio Andreotti, Italy's iconoclastic seven-time prime minister, hoped he'd be dead before a biopic of his life was released. Time to rethink that.

Andreotti, the subject of Cannes' Competition title "Il Divo", claimed Thusday that director Paolo Sorrentino promised to wait until after his death to release the film.

Sorrentino -- twice nominated for Cannes' Palme d'Or -- said Thursday there had been no agreement to release the film after Andreotti's death. The film will premiere next month in Cannes and then go into wide release in Italy the following week.

The 89-year-old Andreotti, famous for alleged ties to both the Mafia and the Vatican, is the last political leader in Italy elected to the country's first post-war parliament, in 1946. He remains one of the country's most influential figures.

When the project was announced last year, Andreotti first denied having met Sorrentino, and then backtracked, saying that the project was taking place without Andreotti's blessing. »

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2008 Cannes Selections Announced: Soderbergh to show four hour Che film

23 April 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Surprise, surprise! Last week’s misleading speculations of titles pulling out and the odd closer for the 61st edition of the Cannes film festival were indeed debunked. Soderbergh's pair of Che films (The Argentine and Guerrilla) come as a possible four-hour epic (hopefully with at least one pee break), Woody Allen takes another out of comp slot with Vicky Cristina Barcelona and so far, there are no opening or closing titles announced. Unlike last year’s edition, this is a loaded with world preems year with the exception being Marina Zenovich's Roman Polanski docu. Films that were to be expected were confirmed, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s comes with a differently titled film that will take some getting used to from the former "Daydreams" to Three Monkeys, Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York was a shoe-in since it was first introduced at last year’s Cannes, native Arnaud Desplechin »

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Cannes unveils Competition lineup

23 April 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

UPDATED 7:07 p.m. PT April 23, 2008

PARIS -- Organizers of this year's Festival de Cannes might have pulled a magic rabbit out of their berets Wednesday with an Official Competition lineup jammed with hotly anticipated films including several that prevailing wisdom dictated wouldn't be ready in time to unspool at the Palais.

The idea of such North American directors as Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, Atom Egoyan and Woody Allen rubbing shoulders with Turkey's Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Brazil's Walter Salles, Germany's Wim

 Wenders and Hong Kong's Wong Kar Wai certainly raises the bar of anticipation to that of the 2002 lineup, which produced "The Pianist", "About Schmidt" and "City of God".

As Festival de Cannes president Gilles Jacob and GM Thierry Fremaux announced the majority of the lineup in Paris for the 61st edition that runs May 14-25, they said that there will be fewer films than last year's 60th anniversary blowout.

Spielberg will have his "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" at Cannes, but the film won't open the festival as previously announced, Fremaux said. The closing-night film is expected to be Barry Levinson's Hollywood-set "What Just Happened?"

The festival's biggest coups came with films still in frantic postproduction. Despite fears that his "Changeling" might not be finished in time for Cannes, Eastwood reportedly rushed to complete the Angelina Jolie starrer in time for a festival slot. Ditto Steven Soderbergh, who will bring "Che", his four-hour biopic about Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara, to the Competition.

"It's not a typo -- the film really does last four hours." Fremaux said.

Charlie Kaufman will fly the stars and stripes alongside Eastwood and Soderbergh, with the writer's first outing in the director's chair, "Synecdoche, New York", set to unspool.

French screen influence will be as strong as ever as Catherine Deneuve heads to the red carpet with Arnaud Desplechin's family drama "A Christmas Tale". The film co-stars a who's who of Gallic talent including Mathieu Amalric, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Melvil Poupaud and Deneuve's daughter, Chiara Mastroianni.

French presence on its home turf also was bolstered as director Philippe Garrel landed a Competition slot for the first time in his 40-year-plus career. His "La Frontiere de l'aube" stars his son Louis alongside another famous offspring, Nathalie Baye's daughter, Laura Smet.

A third French title will be added to the Competition lineup in the coming days, Fremaux said.

Riviera regulars the Dardenne brothers are back with their sixth film, "Le Silence de Lorna", about a young Albanian woman hoping to realize her dreams in Belgium.

DreamWorks' animated "Kung Fu Panda" will bring comedy and martial arts to an Out of Competition slot alongside Allen, who comes with "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", and South Korean Kim Ji-woon, who arrives with "The Good, the Bad, and the Weird."

Also In Competition, Matteo Garrone's "Gomorra" takes an inside look at Italy's modern-day Mafia, while Paolo Sorrentino's "Il Divo" tells the story of Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti. »

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