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11 items from 2014

‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Joins Europe’s Shooting Stars Showcase

11 December 2014 3:36 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Riga, Latvia — European Shooting Stars, an event at the Berlin Film Festival that helped launch the careers of “James Bond” star Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Daniel Bruhl, has selected the up-and-coming actors for February’s showcase, including Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark in “Game of Thrones.”

European Film Promotion, the organization that stages the showcase, has revealed that the 10 thesps are Denmark’s Joachim Fjelstrup, Germany’s Jannis Niewöhner, Finland’s Emmi Parviainen, Iceland’s Hera Hilmar, Ireland’s Moe Dunford, Lithuania’s Aistė Diržiūtė, The Netherlands’ Abbey Hoes, Spain’s Natalia de Molina, Switzerland’s Sven Schelker and U.K.’s Williams.

The thesps were selected from a long list of 23 actors nominated by the Efp member organizations. A jury that included casting director Nathalie Cheron, whose credits include Luc Besson’s Scarlett Johansson starrer “Lucy,” and director Malgorzata Szumowska, whose film “In the Name Of” won »

- Leo Barraclough

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Maisie Williams, Joachim Fjelstrup among 2015 Shooting Stars

11 December 2014 12:24 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

10 European actors to be celebrated by Efp in Berlin.

The UK’s Maisie Williams and Denmark’s Joachim Fjelstrup are among ten European acting talents to watch who have been selected for the line-up of European Film Promotion’s (Efp) Shooting Stars showcase at the 65th Berlinale (Feb 5-15).

An international jury of film professionals comprising Slovenian producer Danijel Hocevar, Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska, Swedish actress Eva Röse, UK film journalist Damon Wise, and French casting director Nathalie Cheron made its selection of six actresses and four actors from 23 nominations submitted by Efp member organisations.

The line-up for the 18th edition of Shooting Stars - with their nominated films - is as follows:

- Denmark: Joachim Fjelstrup (Itsi Bitsi)

- Finland: Emmi Parviainen (The Princess Of Egypt)

- Germany: Jannis Niewöhner (Sapphire Blue)

- Iceland: Hera Hilmer (Life In A Fishbowl)

- Ireland: Moe Dunford (Patrick’s Day)

- Lithuania: Aistė Diržiūtė (The Summer Of Sangaile)

- Spain: »

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

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Shooting Stars, Event That Helped Launch ‘James Bond’ Star Daniel Craig, Names Jury

19 November 2014 1:49 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bydgoszcz, Poland – European Shooting Stars, an event at the Berlin Film Festival that helped launch the careers of “James Bond” star Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz and Daniel Bruhl, has selected the jury for next year’s actors’ showcase.

Previous Shooting Stars, which spotlights rising European thesps, have included “The Great Gatsby’s” Carey Mulligan, “Testament of Youth’s” Alicia Vikander and “Birdman’s” Andrea Riseborough.

The 2015 jury includes casting director Nathalie Cheron, whose credits include Luc Besson’s Scarlett Johansson starrer “Lucy,” and director Malgorzata Szumowska, whose film “In the Name Of” won the Teddy Award at the Berlin film fest last year. The other members are Danijel Hocevar, the producer of Sundance winning pic “Circles,” actress Eva Rose, and Empire magazine journalist Damon Wise.

The 23 organizations that form European Film Promotion, the event’s organizer, have nominated actors from their countries, from which the jury will select 10 finalists. Those »

- Leo Barraclough

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Boyhood wins top Fipresci critics award

5 September 2014 4:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Richard Linklater’s 12-year project beats Ida, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Winter Sleep.

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood has been named the best film of the past year by the members of the International Federation of Film Critics, Fipresci.

The poll for the Fipresci Grand Prix 2014 - Best Film of the Year gathered votes from 553 members throughout the world.

In the first phase, participants nominated feature-length films that received their world premiere no earlier than July 1, 2013. This led to a final round between the four finalists: Boyhood by Richard Linklater, Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski, The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson, and Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

This is the first Linklater has won the prize, which has previously gone to Michael Haneke, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jafar Panahi, Pedro Almodóvar, Jean-Luc Godard and Nuri Bilge Ceylan, among others, since its establishment in 1999.

Boyhood will have a special screening at the San Sebastián Film Festival on Sept »

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

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San Seb unveils Eastern Europe focus

8 August 2014 5:13 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Retrospective to include films from Danis Tanovic, Cristi Puiu, Mira Fornay and more.

A total of 50 films are to make up the retrospective Eastern Promises: Autobiography of Eastern Europe at the 62nd San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 19-27).

The line-up includes movies produced since 2000 in the countries that lived under Soviet influence after the Second World War and include some that were never released theatrically in Spain.

Several directors of films in the retrospective will attend the festival to present their works including Sarunas Bartas (Lithuania), Kristina Buožytė (Lithuania), Marian Crisan (Romania), Mira Fornay (Slovakia), Bohdan Sláma (Czech Republic), Malgorzata Szumowska (Poland) and Anna Viduleja (Latvia).

A book will be published to accompany the retrospective with contributions from journalists and critics across Europe.

The titles are:

Kruh In Mleko / Bread And Milk

Jan Cvitkovic (Slovenia) 2001

A modern classic of Slovenian cinema, the tale of a man who went out for bread and milk and lost himself to alcohol »

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

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Polish Cinema: Female Filmmaker Tackles Tough Issues

14 May 2014 11:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Of the notably healthy crop of women filmmakers emerging in Poland, few have found stronger resonance abroad recently than Malgorzata Szumowska, (pictured)who took a feature Teddy at last year’s Berlinale for her thoughtful and moody study of a gay priest’s turmoil, “In the Name Of.”

The atmospheric and nuanced tale, co-written with lenser Michal Englert, was also co-produced by Szumowska and navigates deftly through waters of moral conflict that have dragged down many other Polish filmmakers. Although her focus is on complex and credible characters, Szumowska seems to relish taking on hot-button social issues and feels no compunction to steer clear of sensitive subjects; religious hypocrisy, the persistence of homophobia in conservative Polish communities and the occasional condescension of even liberal minded Poles all come under her examination.

Her latest project and sixth feature overall, “Body,” , is, like “In the Name Of,” a return to her roots »

- Will Tizard

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Greenaway receives Cnc support

14 April 2014 9:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Other projects supported by Romania’s film fund include Cristian Mungiu’s Rmd and Tudor Giurgiu’s Apropierea.

Romania’s Centrul National al Cinematografiei (Cnc) has become the latest European film fund to be raided by the ubiquitous film-maker Peter Greenaway for a future project.

Greenaway’s Walking To Paris (Mergand Spre Paris), which is being structured as a co-production between his regular producer Kees Kasander’s UK-based Cinatura, Switzerland’s Cobra Film, France’s Cdp Productions and Romania’s Abis Studio, received 291,000 Ron (€65,000) in the results of the 2013 call for projects.

Walking To Paris centres on the 27-year-old Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi who set off a month-long trek across Europe from Romania to Paris in 1903, and will show how Brancusi’s fight for survival and many adventures during his journey influenced his subsequent work.

Greenaway had previously accessed the Croatian Audiovisual Centre for Goltzius And The Pelican Company and the Polish Film Institute for Nightwatching, while »

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

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Japanese Dog wins at Vilnius

4 April 2014 1:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Romania was the big winner at Vilnius’ Kino Pavasaris (Cinema Spring) festival with Tudor Cristian Jurgiu’s feature debut Japanese Dog was named Best Film in the New Europe - New Names competition.

A Romanian producer present in Vilnius expressed the hope that this latest success - after winning veteran actor Viktor Rebengiuc a Gopo Award in Bucharest last month - would spur his national film fund Cnc on to showing more support for its filmmakers.

However, Romania’s filmmaking community is still waiting in vain for the Cnc to announce the results of its latest competition for funding of film projects.

Awards for Blind Dates, Ida

The competition jury of Japanese actress Kaori Momoi, Latvian film-maker Laila Pakalnina, and festival programmers Verena von Stackelberg, Ludmila Cvikova and Dimitris Kerkinos, gave their Best Director statuette to Levan Koguashvili’s Blind Dates.

The acting honours went to Igor Samobor, the new teacher in Rok Bicek’s Class Enemy, and »

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

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Most Anticipated Films for 2015: An Overview

24 March 2014 8:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Last month, we unveiled our all-encompassing, most anticipated films for the current year in film. Now we peer into a future that is a little past the limits of 2014 thus we find ourselves with a quickie overview of the Top 100 Most Anticipated Films for 2015. Curated by our Nicholas Bell, with a little luck, we might see less than a finger count on one hand sum of films break this year, but for the most part, a good deal of these projects have planned 2014/15 production start dates. Here are 100 projects/filmmakers worth keeping tabs on (picks 100 to 11)

100. The Double Hour – Dir. Joshua Marston

99. Lila & Eve – Dir. Charles Stone III

98. Legacy of Secrecy – Dir. David O. Russell

97. The Theory of Everything – James Marsh

96. Elvis and Nixon – Dir. Liza Johnson

95. Hier – Dir. Balint Kenyeres

94. Timeless – Dir. Vadim Perelman

93. Wonderful Tonight – Dir. Christine Jeffs

92. Rocketman – Dir. Dagur Kari

91. Passengers – Dir. Brian Kirk

90. Sweet Cheeks – Dir. »

- Nicholas Bell

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DVD Review: 'In the Name Of'

25 February 2014 5:35 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆In 1994, the late Antonia Bird paired up Linus Roach and Robert Carlisle for Priest (1994), the tale of a Catholic priest torn between the church and his homosexuality. Now, another female director, Malgorzata Szumowska tackles the same subject but from a different social perspective. In the Name Of (2013) is a poignant exploration of burgeoning homosexuality within both Polish society and the strict confinements of the Catholic Church. Adam (Andrzej Chyra), a charming but troubled man, arrives to take over a small parish in rural Poland. He soon becomes popular with his congregation and a pillar of the community.


- CineVue UK

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Guy Lodge's DVDs and downloads

24 February 2014 3:40 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy's stylish story of disappearance and changing identity in Singapore is the standout title in a week filled out by Norse gods and Welsh mythology

The Bafta awards have been and gone, and with them the eyebrow-raising announcement that Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón's marvellous Hollywood space spectacle, was the best British film of the year, a classification made possible by its UK-produced effects work. Make of that what you will, but the list of great British (or even part-British) films ignored entirely by awards voters this year is rather a long one, with the under-seen Irish co-production Mister John (Artificial Eye, 15) somewhere near the top.

Husband-and-wife duo Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy made a startling 2009 debut with Helen, and that film's thematic preoccupation with identities lost and assumed is extended in this even more accomplished follow-up. The superb Aidan Gillen (recently seen leering to delicious »

- Guy Lodge

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