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Days of Heaven: Treasures of Cinema Under the Midnight Sun

17 June 2015 2:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If you happened to attend this year’s Midnight Sun Film Festival in northern Finland — one of those bucket-list destinations for the handful of globe-trotting movie lovers who’ve heard of it — you might have allowed yourself to be hypnotized by all five-and-a-half hours of “From What Is Before,” Lav Diaz’s black-and-white historical epic about the collapse of a barrio in his native Philippines. Then again, you might have opted for the more manageable endurance test of “L’il Quinquin,” Bruno Dumont’s 197-minute comic miniseries about murder in a small French village, or perhaps sampled one of three two-hour installments of Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes’ “Arabian Nights,” a recent critical sensation at Cannes.

These are films that, if you give yourself over to their dense narratives and marathon running times, can dramatically alter how you experience the passage of time. As such, they made for ideal viewing at »

- Justin Chang

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‘Ida’s’ Oscar Inspires Poland’s Next-Gen Filmmakers

17 May 2015 9:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The creative juices of the Polish film industry have been stirred by the foreign-language film Oscar win of Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida” (pictured), as well as short doc nods for “Joanna” and “Our Curse.” As the Polish Film Institute caps its first decade of existence, it can speak of a measurable success in each of its initial goals: increasing domestic production, improving quality of the films and boosting box office sales for Polish films both at home and abroad.

With many eyes directed now at the Polish scene (as well as with many international producers seeking co-production opportunities), it’s becoming clear that there are strong new Polish voices to reckon with. Some, such as Malgorzata Szumowska (in her Silver Bear-winning “Body”) and Grzegorz Jaroszuk (in his quirky satire “Kebab & Horoscope”) prefer to deal with contemporary subjects, while others plunge head-first into Poland’s troubled 20th century history (Jan Komasa »

- Michal Oleszczyk

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Polish Film Institute-Backed Films Find Fans at Home and Abroad

17 May 2015 9:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Arguably the leading player in the rapidly expanding world of Polish film production, the Polish Film Institute has become a hub of activity in the decade since it was established. The institute was founded with the mission of revitalizing the country’s production sector, with a focus on art films.

Funding for production is derived from a 1.5% tax on the revenue of broadcasters, distributors and movie theaters, with the government paying for the org’s overhead.

Now, having co-financed more than 500 films made by directors ranging from first-timers to international lions such as Andrzej Wajda (Oscar-nommed “Katyn”) and Jerzy Skolimowski (“Essential Killing”), and after partnering on prestigious international productions such as Lars von Trier’s “Antichrist,” it’s clear that the org has found its calling, crowned by the foreign-language Oscar win for Pawel Pawlikowski’s 2014 “Ida.”

That film not only earned international accolades, but the black-and white-film about a »

- Will Tizard

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Agnieszka Odorowicz on Polish Film Institute’s Decade of Change

17 May 2015 8:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Agnieszka Odorowicz has been general director of the Polish Film Institute since it was set up 10 years ago. She talks with Variety’s Leo Barraclough about the aspirations and achievements of the Institute.

How would you describe the state of the Polish film industry in 2005? Was it in good health?

It was in poor health. The production level was about 20 films per year. Now, it’s twice as many. But the film industry was united; we all wanted to implement the new cinema law as we knew that strength lies in a solid financing structure. The new cinema law put a tax on distributors, television and cable TV operators, saying that 1.5% of their income should be devoted to the Polish Film Institute. Every year we have about $44 million to spend, mostly for production but also for promotion, both national and international, and educational programs.

Ten years later, what would you »

- Leo Barraclough

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'Goat' wins at Vilnius Film Festival

7 April 2015 7:32 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ivan Ostrochovský’s boxer drama Goat (Koza) has been named Best Film at the 20th Vilnius International Film Festival.

The film, which had its world premiere in the Berlinale’s Panorama section in February, won the ¨New Europe - New Names¨ competition at the festival, which ran from March 19 to April 2.

The film, about a former Olympic boxer who goes on a punishing ‘tour’ to raise some fast cash, also took home the Cicae Art Cinema Award.

Goat (Koza), which won the works in progress prize at last year’s Karlovy Vary, is handled internationally by fledgling sales company Pluto Film.

The ¨New Europe - New Names¨ jury, which included Chilean director Cristián Jiménez, Israeli actress Hadas Yaron, and Romanian actor Vlad Ivanov, gave its award for Best Director to Ukraine’s Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy for The Tribe and its acting honours to Hungary’s Márton Kristóf (Afterlife) and Bulgaria’s Margita Gosheva (The Lesson).

Meanwhile, the Baltic »

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

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Critics Look Back on Berlin, Where Kink and Quality Collide

16 February 2015 1:36 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Scott Foundas: Well, Peter, another Berlin Film Festival has come to a close, ending on a high note with the awarding of its top prize, the Golden Bear, to Jafar Panahi’s “Taxi.” Panahi’s film screened right at the start of the festival and emerged as an early consensus favorite among critics here. As it turns out, the Darren Aronofsky-led jury felt the same way, and I’d like to think their decision was based solely on the movie’s artistic merits, rather than the unfortunate position in which its director finds himself in his native Iran, where he’s been under house arrest for the last four years. It’s impossible, of course, to watch “Taxi” without thinking about the unusual circumstances under which it was made — something this highly self-reflexive film very much invites you to do. But what makes “Taxi” a great movie, I think, »

- Peter Debruge and Scott Foundas

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Aronofsky hails Berlin's "incredible selection"

16 February 2015 9:31 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

“An incredible selection” was the verdict given by jury president Darren Aronofsky about the Berlinale’s 2015 competition line-up.

Speaking at the the closing gala, Aronofsky said: “Hats off to Dieter [Kosslick], the curators have made an incredible selection. It’s been incredibly difficult to decide on the prizes (…) there were so many quality films that it was hard not to award many, many of the films.“

In fact, the International Jury, which included actors Daniel Brühl and Audrey Tautou and the former Golden Bear winner Claudia Llosa from Peru, gave awards to nine of the 19 Competition titles by splitting two of the prizes, and showed the unanimity of its decisions by all being on stage together for the presentation of the awards in the Berlinale Palast.

Jafar Panahi’s Taxi became the second Iranian film in the Berlinale’s 65-year history to win the Golden Bear - after Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation in 2011 - and is Panahi »

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

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Berlinale 2015. Awards

14 February 2015 1:38 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Taxi

The Notebook's Adam Cook and Daniel Kasman have been covering the Berlin International Film Festival since its opening day, and the 2015 awards have just been announced. The jury this year consisted of Darren AronofskyDaniel Brühl, Bong Joon-ho, Martha de Laurentiis, Claudia Llosa, Audrey Tautou, and Matthew Weiner.

Golden Bear

Taxi (Jafar Panahi)

Our takes: 1, 2 

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize

The Club (Pablo Larraín)

Our takes: 1, 2

Alfred Bauer Prize 

Ixcancul Volcano (Jayro Bustamente)

Our take: 1

Best Director

Radu Jude (Aferim)

Malgorzata Szumowska (Body) 

Best Actress

Charlotte Rampling (45 Years)

Our take: 1 

Best Actor

Tom Courtenay (45 Years)

Our take: 1  

Best Script

Patricio Guzmán (The Pearl Button)

Our take: 1 

Outstanding Artistic Contribution

"Sturla Brandth Grøvlen for the camera in Victoria"

"Evgeniy Privin and Sergey Mikhalchuk for the camera in Under Electric Clouds" »

- Notebook

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Jafar Panahi's 'Taxi' wins Golden Bear at 2015 Berlin Film Festival

14 February 2015 11:31 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 65th annual Berlin International Film Festival has drawn to a close with Darren Aronofsky's jury settling on awards for films in competition. Jafar Panahi's "Taxi" walked away with top honors, while the "45 Years" duo of Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling won acting honors. Following big lifts for films like "Boyhood" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" at the 2014 edition, however, this year's fest didn't sound as loud a thunderclap. But the current Oscar season was still on the brain for reviewers who couldn't resist noting a film like "Victoria's" place in the wake of "Birdman" (the Sebastian Schipper heist thriller was filmed in one continuous take and picked up a prize Saturday for cinematography). Check out the full list of Berlinale winners below. Golden Bear (Best Film) Jafar Panahi, "Taxi" Silver Bear (Grand Jury Prize) Pablo Larrain, "El Club" Silver Bear (Best Director) Radu Jude, "Aferim!" Malgorzata Szumowska, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Taxi and 45 Years, top winners at Berlinale

14 February 2015 11:26 AM, PST | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Golden Bear: Taxi (Jafar Panahi) Best Actress: Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years Best Actor: Tom Courtenay, 45 Years Best Director: (tie) Radu Jude for Aferim! and Malgorzata Szumowska for Body Silver Bear Grand »

- Ryan Adams

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Jafar Panahi's Taxi drives off with Golden Bear by Amber Wilkinson - 2015-02-14 19:19:06

14 February 2015 11:19 AM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Jafar Pahani's Taxi wins Golden Bear Jafar Panahi's Taxi has won the Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear.

The director shot the film - which sees him interview people in a cab - in secret as he is currently banned from making movies by the Iranian government. It also won the Fipresci competition jury critics prize.

It was a good night for British stars after Andrew Haigh's tale of cracks in a marriage, 45 Years, saw co-stars Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling win the best actor and actress Silver Bears.

The Silver Bear Grand Jury prize was awarded to Pablo Larraín for his Catholic church critique, The Club, while the best director Silver bear was shared by Romanian director Radu Jude for his black and white historic road trip Aferim! and Malgorzata Szumowska's father and daughter drama Body. Perhaps surprisingly, it was a documentary - Patricio Guzmán's The »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Berlin: Jafar Panahi's Taxi wins Golden Bear

14 February 2015 11:13 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Other prizes saw British actors Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling wins Silver Bears for their roles in 45 Years.Scroll down for full list of winners

Banned Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s Taxi won the Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear on Saturday (Feb 14).

The film captures life in contemporary Iran through interactions with passengers in a Tehran cab. Taxi is Panahi’s third feature since the Iranian authorities banned him from making films at the end of 2010, following This is Not a Film and Closed Curtain, which was in competition in Berlin 2013.

Panahi, who was also banned from travelling and giving interviews in 2010 sentence, was not able to travel to Berlin for the premiere of his film. 

This time around, Panahi has circumvented the ban by turning a yellow cab into a mobile film studio with a camera placed on the dashboard. As the cab drives through the vibrant and colourful streets of Tehran, it picks up »

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

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Jafar Panahi’s ‘Taxi’ Wins Golden Bear at Berlin Film Fest

14 February 2015 10:58 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin — This year’s Berlinale Golden Bear was won by Jafar Panahi’s film “Taxi,” in which the Iranian director posed as a taxi driver and rode through the streets of Teheran, engaging his passengers in running dialogues, capturing the spirit of Iranian society.

It was a particularly emotional moment as jury president Darren Aronofsky and festival director Dieter Kosslick reminded the audience of the empty chair that was left onstage for Panahi when he was a jury member in 2011 and not allowed to attend. Absent yet again this year, he was represented by his family onstage.

His little daughter accepted the award for him and was so choked up with tears of happiness that she could barely speak, saying, “I can’t say anything, I’m so moved.”

At the start of the ceremony, Aronofsky remarked that the jury had a hard time choosing the award-winning films, despite the »

- Andrew Horn

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Memento racks up Body sales

13 February 2015 6:19 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Film premiered in competition in Berlin

Memento Film International has sealed a slew of deals on Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska’s Body following its premiere in competition at the Berlin Film Festival (Feb 5-15).

Paris-based Mfi has sold the film to Switzerland (Trigon), Hungary (Vertigo Media), Turkey (Bir), Taiwan (Encore Film), Israel (Shani), ex-Yugoslavia (McF Megacom), Bulgaria (Bnt) while Cineplex has picked it up for Colombia and Central America.

Set in contemporary Poland, Body revolves around the intertwined stories of a tough criminal prosecutor, his anorexic daughter, who is pining for her late mother, and her therapist who claims she can communicate with dead loved ones. »

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Kosslick talks ticket dilemma, VOD

12 February 2015 3:05 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Berlinale director discusses ticket sales, VOD platforms and the spirit of ‘Baumi’.

The 65th Berlinale (Feb 5-15) will be remembered in many respects as a Berlinale in the spirit of ‘Baumi’“, according to festival director Dieter Kosslick with reference to the late producer-distributor Karl ‘Baumi’ Baumgartner.

Speaking to Screen as the festival enters its final days, Kosslick recalled that “many of the films shown this year reflect his philosophy: ‘Baumi’ was the pioneer of those so-called ‘little’ films which make a really big impression, and he was a great inspiration for so many film-makers through his co-productions.“

Indeed, as just one example, Malgorzata Szumowska, whose latest feature Body is showing in the Berlinale’s competition this year, said during the goEast Film Festival that Baumgartner – who died at the age of 65 in March 2014 - had been the guiding inspiration for her career as a film-maker.

It is therefore fitting that this year’s Berlinale edition provided the setting »

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

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Body’

9 February 2015 1:15 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Three characters with fundamentally different perspectives on loss converge in Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska’s “Body,” whose peculiar sense of humor and competing points of view make for an almost cubist fruitcake comedy. Alternating among a widowed coroner desensitized to the corpses he sees on a daily basis, his ever-dwindling anorexic daughter, and the family physical therapist, who believes she can communicate with the dead, this odd Berlin offering from the director of Teddy-winning “In the Name of” doesn’t seem to take any of its angles all that seriously, offering wry thematic observations for an extremely limited festival crowd.

Instead of constructing an elegant narrative around her three vantages, Szumowska whips up a semi-overlapping series of scenes involving this central trio. At work, the weary undertaker (Janusz Gajos) hardly pays the dead bodies any mind, to the extent that in an early crime-scene call, he doesn’t even bother »

- Peter Debruge

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Berlin: Polish Film Institute Celebrates 10th Anniversary at House of Weekend

8 February 2015 12:21 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin — The Polish Film Institute celebrated its 10th anniversary at its party at House of Weekend in Berlin, where guests included the director of Berlin competition film “Body,” Malgorzata Szumowska, and the film’s co-writer and d.p., Michal Englert.

Agnieszka Odorowicz, the Pfi’s general director, said: “We’re happy to celebrate our anniversary with ‘Body’ in Berlinale competition. This marks the fabulous beginning of the year, and we trust the current achievements are the announcement of the future success.”

Other attendees included Jacek Bromski, president of the Polish Filmmakers’ Association, Dirk Schuerhoff, managing director of Beta Cinema, Nikolaj Nikitin, head of the School of Film Agents, and Piotr Dzieciol, one of the producers of Oscar nominee “Ida.”

Also among the guests were actor-producer Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Katriel Schory, executive director of the Israel Film Fund, and the team of Berlinale Special movie “Breathe — Umphefumlo,” composer Mandisi Dyantyis, actor Mhlekazi “Wha Wha” Moseia, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Berlin: Polish Pics Find Success With Wide Range of Voices

6 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The recent oscar nominations underscored the role that Polish movie talent plays on the world stage, with “Ida” nabbing nods for foreign-language film and cinematography, and Polish costume designer Anna Biedrzycka-Sheppard recognized for “Maleficent.” Two Polish shorts were also nominated: “Our Curse” and “Joanna.”

Polish films have consistently featured in the lineups of the major festivals over the past few years, and this year’s Berlinale includes two Polish films in the main sections: Malgorzata Szumowska’s “Body” plays in competition, and Marcin Malasz­czak’s “The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills” is in Forum. Szumowska’s last film, “In the Name Of,” played in Berlin competition in 2013, and won two prizes.

According to Nikolaj Nikitin, who is in charge of the selection of films from Eastern Europe for the Berlinale, the strength of Polish cinema lies in its variety.

“Whenever we talk about a country’s cinematography, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Berlin: Polish Film Institute Enters Second Decade With More Co-Productions

6 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Not so long ago, co-production traffic in Europe was mostly one way: Eastern European producers looking to the West for financing. Now it’s starting to move in the other direction, with Western Europeans seeking partners in the East, and Polish producers are leading the way, with films like German director Fatih Akin’s “The Cut” attaching a Polish co-producer.

According to Nikolaj Nikitin, who is in charge of the selection of films from Eastern Europe for the Berlinale, this change is due to the increased confidence that international producers have in the Polish film funding system.

“In my eyes, it is one of the most stable, interesting and active countries we have right now in Europe,” Nikitin says. “Polish film professionals are seen as equal players in Europe.”

The pivot for the turnaround is the Polish Film Institute.

When the Pfi was set up 10 years ago, its strategic goals »

- Leo Barraclough

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Berlin: Lineup Delivers Auteurs and Alluring Assortment of World Cinema

5 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Don’t know where to start with the jumbo-sized Berlin festival lineup? Join “The Club,” as the latest film from Oscar-nominated “No’s” director Pablo Larrain is called. The good news is that this year’s program offers plenty of enticing titles, clustered around a few intriguing trends.

A Platform for Hollywood

Last year, Berlin set “The Grand Budapest Hotel” off on the right foot. The film went on to become the highest-grossing film of Wes Anderson’s career. Universal has even bigger expectations for “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which plans to seduce its first crowds in Berlin. On the more demure side, Disney will unwrap its live-action, Kenneth Branagh-made “Cinderella,” while “Twilight” director Bill Condon offers a low-key, late-life look at suddenly ubiquitous Sherlock with “Mr. Holmes.”

Films We Expected to See in Park City

There are a handful of titles that skipped U.S. fests to premiere in Berlin. »

- Peter Debruge

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