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Locarno: ‘Birds Are Singing in Kigali’ Wins First Look For Polish Pics in Post

8 August 2016 11:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Locarno, Switzerland — “Birds Are Singing in Kigali,” an upcoming drama revolving around the Rwandan genocide by prominent Polish writer-director duo Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze, is the winner of the top prize at the Locarno Film Festival’s First Look event dedicated to pics in post.

The industry initiative is focused this year on Poland, which is currently an Eastern European cinematic hotbed.

The prestigious jury panel comprising Toronto artistic director Cameron Bailey, Rotterdam fest topper Bero Beyer, and Istanbul International Film Festival director Kerem Ayan, awarded the second prize to “Zgoda,” a first work by Maciej Sobieszczanski about a concentration camp where Germans were imprisoned following their 1946 World War Two defeat, and allegedly tortured by Jews and Poles.

“Birds Are Singing” (pictured) turns on a young Tutsi girl and a European ornithologist who saves her life in 1994 during the slaughter in Rwanda in 1994. Tensions between the two women ensue. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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All-Women Short Film Omnibus 'Together Now' Announced: Robin Wright, Catherine Hardwicke & More to Direct

15 May 2016 2:32 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

We Do It Together, a nonprofit production company, has announced the short-film omnibus "Together Now" as its inaugural feature. Each segment will be directed by and starring a woman, with Robin Wright, Catherine Hardwicke, Katia Lund, Patricia Riggen, Haifaa Al Mansour, Malgorzata Szumowska and Melina Matsoukas slated to direct. Freida Pinto and Juliette Binoche, meanwhile, have been confirmed as the first two actresses. Read More: Federal Investigation Launched Into Hollywood's Lack of Gender Equality Female empowerment will serve as the overarching theme of the project, with each individual segment being shot in a different country. Carol Polakeff, Shelby Stone and Chiara Tilesi are producing "Together Now," which begins shooting this July. Wdit in general and this film in particular are aimed toward closing the gender gap and achieving at least a semblance of parity — male filmmakers outnumber their female counterparts in Hollywood by 9-to-1. Read More: »

- Michael Nordine

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Female-Driven We Do It Together Sets ‘Together Now’ To Be Helmed By Robin Wright, Catherine Hardwicke & More – Cannes

15 May 2016 2:50 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Non-profit production company We Do It Together has set its first feature project, Together Now. An omnibus of short films, it will see each segment directed by a woman with a prominent actress in a lead role. Robin Wright, Catherine Hardwicke, Katia Lund, Patricia Riggen, Haifaa Al Mansour, Malgorzata Szumowska and Melina Matsoukas will each helm one of the seven installments. Freida Pinto and Juliette Binoche are the first two actresses confirmed. The theme will be… »

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Cannes: Robin Wright, Freida Pinto and Juliette Binoche Join Forces for 'Together Now'

15 May 2016 2:42 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Robin Wright, Catherine Hardwicke, Freida Pinto and Juliette Binoche are joining forces for a new omnibus film Together Now, to be produced by the nonprofit production company We Do It Together. The company’s first feature, Together Now, will be comprised of seven short films, each of which will pair a woman director with a prominent actress to tell what producers promise will be an inspiring story. The directors who have come on board include Wright, Hardwicke, Katia Lund (All the Invisible Children), Patricia Riggen (The 33), Haifaa Al Mansour (Wadjda), Malgorzata Szumowska (Elles) and Melina Matsoukas (Beyonce’s Formation). Pinto and

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- Gregg Kilday

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United States of Love | 2016 Berlin Intl. Film Festival Review

26 February 2016 12:05 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Certain Women: Wasilewski Explores Enlightenment and Despair

It was 1990, and the climate was changing. Or so begins Polish director Tomas Wasilewski’s third feature, United States of Love, which chooses to focus on four somewhat related women from the same apartment complex during significant political changes during the dissolution of the Soviet bloc. Accompanying their growing sense of freedom is a nagging element of dissatisfaction as they attempt to pursue fantasies and desires, often resulting in a disquieting mix of euphoria and despair. Arrestingly photographed in flat, sterile palettes with intermittent splotches of vibrant color, theirs is a universe just experiencing the tingle of life following deadening paralysis, with emotions like reawakened limbs still struggling to obtain an originally appointed purpose. Coldly observational, the film is sometimes curiously unsympathetic in its depiction of women experiencing glancing notions of freedom but hopelessly realized they’re still chained to incredibly limiting options. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Gianfranco Rosi’s 'Fire at Sea' wins Berlin's Golden Bear

20 February 2016 11:16 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gianfranco Rosi’s migrant documentary Fire At Sea (Fuocoammare) took home the Golden Bear for Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival, which handed out its competition awards on Saturday night.Click here for full list of winners

Italian-American Rosi - who won the Golden Lion in Venice for his documentary Sacro Gra in 2013 - spent months on the island of Lampedusa capturing the everyday lives of its 6,000-strong population.

Situated closer to Africa than Europe, the Italian island of Lampedusa is one of the first points of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees and migrants hoping to make a new life in Europe.

The film was a critics favourite during the Berlinale, leading the Screen Jury Grid into the final weekend of the festival, however during an interview with Screen director Rosi admitted a fear that his film might divide viewers.

Fire At Sea proved a hot seller for Doc & Film »

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

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Daily | Golden Bear for Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire At Sea

20 February 2016 10:59 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The International Jury of this year's Berlinale, the 66th—Meryl Streep (President), Lars Eidinger, Nick James, Brigitte Lacombe, Clive Owen, Alba Rohrwacher and Malgorzata Szumowska—has awarded the Golden Bear to Gianfranco Rosi's Fire at Sea. The Grand Jury Prize goes to Danis Tanović's Death in Sarajevo. Best Director: Mia Hansen-Løve for Things to Come. The acting awards go to Trine Dyrholm (The Commune) and Majd Mastoura for his performance in Mohamed Ben Attia's Hedi—which also wins the First Feature Award. Tomasz Wasilewski wins the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay for the film he also directed, United States of Love. An Honorary Golden Bear has been presented to cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, best known for his work with Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Martin Scorsese. We've got the complete of winners. » - David Hudson »

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Berlin: ‘Fire at Sea’ Wins Golden Bear for Best Film

20 February 2016 10:12 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Fire at Sea,” Gianfranco Rosi’s Italian documentary about the refugee crisis on the island of Lampedusa, won the 66th Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear for Best Film on Saturday.

The pic’s win came as no surprise. From the start of this year’s fest, taking place amidst the gravest refugee crisis facing Europe in modern history, the theme of displaced people, forced from their homes due to war, violence and economic necessity, has deeply defined the event.

“Fire at Sea” looks at the harrowing journeys undertaken by immigrants from Africa, the Middle East and Asia as they risk their lives to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa in the hopes of making it to mainland Europe.

“At this moment I have to think about all the people who did not survive the journey to Lampedusa,” Rosi said upon accepting the prize. “Lampedusa is a generous place. It is a place of fishermen, »

- Ed Meza

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Polish Party Rocks Berlin’s Homebase Lounge

15 February 2016 11:07 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On Friday, the Polish Party, hosted by the Polish Film Institute and Film Commission Poland, drew directors Tomasz Wasilewski, whose “United States of Love” is in Berlin Competition, Malgoska Szumowska, who won the Berlinale Silver Bear for best director last year with “Body” and serves on the festival’s international jury this year, and Agnieszka Holland, Ewa Puszczynska, the producer of Oscar winner “Ida,” Karel Och, head of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Eurimages chief Roberto Olla, and hundreds of other guests, many of whom were dancing into the early hours of the morning.

Magdalena Sroka, the chief of the Polish Film Institute, and Tomasz Dabrowski, head of Film Commission Poland, hosted the evening. Variety was the media partner.

Roberto Olla of Eurimages, Izabela Kiszka-Hoflik of Polish Film Institute, Tomasz Dabrowski of Film Commission Poland, Johannes Rexin of Heimat Film

Nikolaj Nikitin of the Berlinale, Magdalena Sroka of the Polish Film Institute, »

- Variety Staff

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Locarno Festival Selects Poland For First Look Pics-In-Post Sidebar

12 February 2016 4:14 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Locarno Film Festival has picked Poland, which is currently an Eastern European cinematic hotbed, for its First Look sidebar dedicated to works-in-progress.

Between five and seven Polish pics in post will be selected. Their producers will attend the fest to tubthump these works to sales agents, buyers, fest programmers, and post-production support fund representatives attending the fest.

The purpose of the initiative, which will run August 6-8, is to facilitate completion and attract distribution.

Prizes will be awarded by a prestigious jury panel comprising Toronto artistic director Cameron Bailey, Rotterdam fest topper Bero Beyer and Wieland Speck, director of the Berlinale’s Panorama section.

Poland scored the foreign language Oscar in 2015 for Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida,” while the Berlin Silver Bear last year, for best director, went to his compatriot Malgorzata Szumowska for “Body,” and “Brothers,” by Wolciech Staron, scooped the critics’ week nod in Locarno.

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- Nick Vivarelli

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George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Josh Brolin Open Berlin Film Festival

11 February 2016 1:47 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Hail, Caesar!” opened the Berlin Film Festival on Thursday, with Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum on the red carpet.

Jury president Meryl Streep, wearing an elegant black and silver snakeskin-print gown, appeared unfazed by the online controversy surrounding her “We are all Africans” statement earlier in the day at the jury press conference.

Streep received loud applause from the crowds, signed autographs and lingered 10 minutes or more with other members of the jury, including actors Lars Eidinger and Clive Owen, actress Alba Rohrwacher and director Malgorzata Szumowska. They were then greeted by festival boss Dieter Kosslick under a huge red bear silhouette at the entrance to the Berlinale Palast.

Opening night guests included “Hail, Caesar!” producers and Working Title chiefs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner; filmmakers Daniel Burman, Anton Corbijn, Doris Doerrie, Volker Schloendorff, Tom Tykwer and Wim Wenders; and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. »

- Leo Barraclough and Patrick Frater

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Meryl Streep on Diversity at Berlin Film Festival: ‘We’re All Africans’

11 February 2016 3:36 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hot button industry topics of equality and diversity were on the agenda at the opening day, jury press conference of the Berlin Film Festival.

“I have no idea how to run a jury,” said Meryl Streep, this year’s jury president, in response to the inevitable media question about criteria for judging the competition movies. “But in the end I have two votes and (the other jury members) only have one each.”

Berlin has a reputation for being a politically minded festival, and Streep did not shy away from promoting an agenda of equality and inclusion. “(Equality) of genders, races, ethnicities, religion,” she opined. “This jury is also evidence that women are included and can even dominate – that is unusual in bodies that make decisions.”

When asked if she understood films from the Arab world and North Africa, Streep said: “There is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture, »

- Patrick Frater

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Berlin Film Festival Announces Full Jury, Along With Tributes to David Bowie, Alan Rickman and More

2 February 2016 6:08 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With just nine days to go before opening night, the Berlin International Film Festival is putting the final touches on their 66th edition. Organizers have announced the official seven-person jury, which will be presided over by previously-announced president Meryl Streep. The actress will be joined by Clive Owen, German actor Lars Eidinger, Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher, Polish director and Silver Bear winner Malgorzata Szumowska, U.K. film critic Nick James and French photographer Brigitte Lacombe. Read More: Jeff Nichols' 'Midnight Special' Leads 2016 Berlin International Film Festival Competition Lineup Additionally, the festival has announced three special screenings that will pay tribute to David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Ettore Scola. Bowie, who appeared at the Berlinale in documentaries like "Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart" and "Scott Walker - 30 Century Man," will be honored with a showing of Nicolas Roeg's "The Main Who Fell to »

- Zack Sharf

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Clive Owen Joins Meryl Streep on Berlin Film Festival Jury

2 February 2016 3:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — U.K. actor Clive Owen, Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher and Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska have joined Meryl Streep on the international jury of the Berlin Film Festival.

Also on the jury are French photographer Brigitte Lacombe, “Sight & Sound” editor Nick James and German actor Lars Eidinger. As previously announced, Streep is the president of the jury.

Owen, who stars in Steven Soderbergh’s TV series “The Knick,” will appear in Luc Besson’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” which starts to shoot in the spring.

Rohrwacher’s credits include Luca Guadagnino’s “I Am Love,” Marco Bellocchio’s “Dormant Beauty” and Alice Rohrwacher’s “The Wonders.” She also starred in Laura Bispuri’s 2015 Berlinale competition entry “Sworn Virgin.”

Szumowska has had several films in Berlin, including “Elles,” which opened Panorama, and “In the Name of,” which was in competition and won the Teddy Award. She was in competition again with “Body, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Clive Owen, Alba Rohrwacher Join Meryl Streep On Berlin Jury; Honors Set

2 February 2016 2:37 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Clive Owen and Alba Rohrwacher will join Meryl Streep as part of the seven person International Jury at the Berlin Film Festival, which opens February 11 with the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar!. Also on the panel will be German actor Lars Eidinger; French photographer Brigitte Lacombe; Polish film director Malgorzata Szumowska; and Sight & Sound editor Nick James, also known as Il Commandante by his legion of devotees. The imperious Streep will preside over the jury, as prev… »

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Clive Owen, Alba Rohrwacher join Meryl Streep on Berlin jury

2 February 2016 2:09 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival to honour David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Ettore Scola through special screenings; security to be tightened.

Actors Clive Owen, Alba Rohrwacher and Lars Eidinger are to join Meryl Streep in the International Jury of this year’s Berlinale (Feb 11-21) which kicks off next week with the international premiere of the Coen brothers’ Hail Caesar.

The seven-person jury deciding on the Bears, revealed this morning at a press conference in Berlin, also includes the UK film critic Nick James, French photographer Brigitte Lacombe and the Polish film director Malgorzata Szumowska whose last film Body won a Silver Bear for Best Direction at last year’s Berlinale.

Owen is no stranger to Berlin as he was in town and at Studio Babelsberg in 2008 for the shoot of Tom Tykwer’s The International which opened the Berlinale in 2009, while Eidinger is well known to Berlin theatre-goers as part of the Schaubühne ensemble as well as his film and »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Cilve Owen, Alba Rohrwacher join Meryl Streep on Berlin jury

2 February 2016 2:09 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Festival to honour David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Ettore Scola through special screenings; security to be tightened.

Actors Clive Owen, Alba Rohrwacher and Lars Eidinger are to join Meryl Streep in the International Jury of this year’s Berlinale (Feb 11-21) which kicks off next week with the international premiere of the Coen brothers’ Hail Caesar.

The seven-person jury deciding on the Bears, revealed this morning at a press conference in Berlin, also includes the UK film critic Nick James, French photographer Brigitte Lacombe and the Polish film director Malgorzata Szumowska whose last film Body won a Silver Bear for Best Direction at last year’s Berlinale.

Owen is no stranger to Berlin as he was in town and at Studio Babelsberg in 2008 for the shoot of Tom Tykwer’s The International which opened the Berlinale in 2009, while Eidinger is well known to Berlin theatre-goers as part of the Schaubühne ensemble as well as his film and »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Berlin Festival Names Full Jury, Including Clive Owen, Alba Rohrwacher

1 February 2016 9:52 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Berlin International Film Festival on Tuesday named the full seven-person jury that will judge the lineup for the event's 66th edition. Previously announced jury president Meryl Streep will be joined by actors Clive Owen and Germany's Lars Eidinger, Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher, Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska (winner of a Silver Bear for her feature Body at last year's Berlinale), U.K. film critic Nick James and French photographer Brigitte Lacombe. { "nid": 857489, "type": "news", "title": "Berlin Completes Competition Lineup", "path": "http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/berlin-completes-competition-lineup-857489", "relative-path": "/news/berlin-completes-competition-lineup-857489" } Three-time

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