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Nominations for the 2015 European Film Awards announced

8 November 2015 1:52 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The nominations for the 2015 European Film Awards have been announced, with Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth and Yorgos LanthimosThe Lobster leading the pack with five nods apiece, including Best European Film and Best European Director. Check out a full list of the nominations here…

Best European Film

The Lobster


“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflection on Existence”




Best European Director

Malgorzata Szumowska, “Body”

Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Lobster

Nanni Moretti, “Mia Madre

Roy Andersson, “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflection on Existence”

Sebastian Schipper, “Victoria”

Paolo Sorrentino, “Youth

Best European Actor

Michael Caine, “Youth

Tom Courtenay, “45 Years”

Colin Farrell, “The Lobster

Christian Friedel, “13 Minutes”

Vincent Lindon, “The Measure of a Man”

Best European Actress

Margherita Buy, “Mia Madre

Laia Costa, “Victoria”

Charlotte Rampling, “45 Years”

Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina

Rachel Weisz, “Youth

Best European Screenwriter

Radu Jude and Florin Lazarescu, “Aferim!”

Alex Garland, “Ex Machina

Andrew Haigh, »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Youth,’ ‘The Lobster’ Lead European Film Award Nominations

7 November 2015 10:08 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It may have left Cannes empty-handed, and arguably hasn’t made quite the splash on the festival circuit that some were expecting, but Paolo Sorrentino’s florid old-age study “Youth” rallied with the announcement of this year’s European Film Award nominations. The Fox Searchlight awards hopeful scored bids in all five top categories — Best European Film, Director, Screenwriter, Actor (Michael Caine) and Actress (Rachel Weisz). They will be hoping that the European Film Academy is as Sorrentino-smitten as they were two years ago, when “The Great Beauty” swept the board.

Also landing five citations, including Best Film, Director, Actor and a previously announced technical win for costume design, was Yorgos Lanthimos’ darkly comic fantasy “The Lobster.” It’s been a great week for the offbeat Colin Farrell starrer: It also topped the British Independent Film Award nods on Tuesday.

Joining “Youth” and “The Lobster” in the top category are »

- Guy Lodge

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Les Arcs unveils 2015 line-up of 120 films

5 November 2015 4:31 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Competition titles include Couple In A Hole, Sparrows, A Bigger Splash; Norway will be in the spotlight country.

Tom GeensCouple in a Hole [pictured], Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Sparrows and Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash will be among the 10 titles competing at the seventh edition of the Les Arcs European Film Festival (Dec 12-19) in the French Alps.

Another 20 short films will compete in the Igloo Short Programme including British Bafta-winning animators Greg and Myles McLeod’s 365 and Dutch Edmond De Nina’s Gantz.

The shorts will be shown in an “ice cinema” built at an altitude of 2,200 metres and only accessible by skis or on foot. 

In total, some 120 films, selected to by the festival’s artistic director Frédéric Boyer, will screen across the week-long event, which drew nearly 20,000 spectators in 2014.

New Sidebars

In addition to the competitive selections, the Les Arcs team - led by co-founders Pierre Emmanuel Fleurantin and Guillaume Calop - has added »

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The Conversation: Finding Foreigners

2 November 2015 9:30 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Though there are many issues regarding the problematic process in deciding the roster of nominees for the annual onslaught known as the Academy Awards, the selecting of the nominations for Best Foreign Language film remains an easy target to critique. With specific guidelines regarding theatrical release to qualify and only one sole entry allowed for each ‘competing’ country, by the time a list of titles is announced for Academy voters, who’s to say every voter gets a chance to sample even half the selections? This year, 81 countries provided submissions (which is actually a lower number from the past two years, with 2014 holding the record of 83 entries), and much like other categories, titles arriving with a higher degree of critical buzz are likely to reach a broader range of voters.

This year’s offering includes an exciting range of titles, and at least twenty of these are worthy of the »

- Nicholas Bell

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The Conversation: 2015 Tiff Top 10 New Faces

19 October 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Film fests such as the Toronto Int. Film Festival afford us the best of opportunities to get instantly familiar with new faces in the world of cinema. With last week’s The Conversation, I gave you a rundown of the talent behind the camera with the 2015 Tiff Top Ten New Voices. Today, we look back at the best performances from fresh and relatively new crop of actors and actresses. Almost evenly split genderwise, we’ll surely look back on these early performances from these youthful players as the moment where they received their big break and if they’re not familiar now, they surely will be in the coming years. In deliberating this top ten list, I focused on offerings either unique to the festival or near concurrent premieres in Locarno and Venice.

#10. Karelle Tremblay – Les Etres Chers

After Podz’s Miraculum (2013) Stefan Miljevic’s Amsterdam (2013) and Mathieu DenisCorbo »

- Nicholas Bell

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Denver Film Festival’s First Wave of Programming Includes 35th Anniversary Screening of Friday The 13th

14 October 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Summer may be over, but with this year marking the 35th anniversary of Friday the 13th, it's never too late to visit the lake. Ahead of the event's November 4th start date, the folks behind the Denver Film Festival have announced the first wave of programming, including a special November 13th 35mm screening of Sean S. Cunningham's monumental slasher film.

Press Release: October 9, 2015 (Denver, Colo.) - The Denver Film Festival (Dff), produced by Denver Film Society (Dfs), announced its first wave of programming. Recognized as the Rocky Mountain Region's premier film event, the festival will feature a focus on Polish Cinema, sidebars for CinemaQ, CineLatino, Late Night and Women+Film, as well as robust Shorts Packages and Music Spotlight programming.

"In keeping with our long and rich tradition of presenting the best in Eastern European cinema, we at the Denver Film Festival are proud to announce that this year's »

- Derek Anderson

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Gdynia Film Festival: The Past Flickers Faintly on Polish Screens

9 October 2015 6:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Like many cities in countries that fell under the sway of the former Soviet Union, the adjacent towns of Gdynia and Gdansk, on Poland’s beautiful Baltic coast, each have two faces. One is energetically modern, avid for tourism, its bustling center dotted with swank hotels and Western chain stores frequented by well-heeled shoppers. Not far away, but invisible to the stylish crowds flocking to this year’s 40th annual Gdynia Film Festival, lie architecturally brutal high-rises and bare-bones cafeterias, the grim remains of pre-capitalist Poland.

The extraordinary story of how this forward-looking country got here from there was made available to visiting film journalists on a guided tour of the Gdansk shipyards early on in the festival. There sits an impressive museum and memorial to the Polish workers who, in the early 1980s, joined forces with students and the Catholic Church to throw off Moscow’s yoke.

Poland has changed hands many times. »

- Ella Taylor

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The 44th Festival du nouveau cinéma announces lineup of nearly 400 films

29 September 2015 9:44 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The 44th edition of the Festival du Nouveau Cinema has just announced their entire lineup and it’s pretty insane! The festival which takes place in Montreal from October 7 to 18 is screening nearly 400 films and events in only 11 days. This includes 151 feature films and 203 short films from 68 countries – 49 world premieres, 38 North American premieres and 60 Canadian premieres. Give credit to the team of programmers: Claude Chamberlan, Dimitri Eipides Julien Fonfrède, Philippe Gajan, Karolewicz Daniel, Marie-Hélène Brousseau, Katayoun Dibamehr and Gabrielle Tougas-Frechette.

Below is the lineup. There’s a lot to process so take your sweet time!

Opening and closing

The whole New Testament directed by Jaco Van Dormael (Toto the Hero, Mr Nobody, The Eighth Day), will kick off this 44th edition.

After its world premiere at the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes last May, the new opus unconventional Belgian director, starring Benoît Poelvoorde (Three Hearts, Ransom of Glory), Yolande Moreau (Mammuth, »

- Ricky

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The Conversation: The Totality of Toronto (Plus 2015 Tiff Top Ten)

28 September 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

In the nine consecutive years I’ve attended the Toronto International Film Festival, it remains an elusive monstrosity of an event. With its hundreds of offerings, it’s a gluttonous buffet for the committed cineaste, a playground of auteurs mixed with unknown quantities. Even after having attended Sundance and Cannes, navigating the selections still somehow feels like ‘catching up’ with entries from Berlin, Locarno, and the concurrent Venice. And, therefore, everyone’s Toronto experience is bound to seem a bit different, even as streamlined as the festival is as it remains one of the most press and public friendly film festivals in existence.

Of course, there’s always complaints (or questions) as to what doesn’t make an appearance at the festival, and we’re always subject to the tastes of various programmers. For instance, why exactly room could not have been made for Polish master Andrzej Zulawski’s first »

- Nicholas Bell

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Toronto: Fresh Bounty of Polish Films Headed to Festival

12 September 2015 2:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Poland’s strong showing at Toronto with six pics screening from helmers at all career levels is no fluke, according to those in the emerging art film center of Eastern Europe.

Films such as Jerzy Skolimowki’s thriller “11 Minutes,” screening in the fest’s Masters section, continue flying the standard for respected Polish voices in the tradition of Krzysztof Kieslowski and Roman Polanski. Skolimowski’s project shares screening berths at Toronto with pics that show off rising talent on the global stage and voices still undiscovered outside of Europe.

The Polish-Israeli “Demon,” (pictured) an unconventional exploration of possession by Marcin Wrona, is screening in the fest’s Vanguard section and illustrates foreign co-prods, as does Magnus von Horn’s Polish-Swedish-French debut “The Here After.” Documentarian Wiktoria Szymanska’s Polish-u.K.-Danish-Mexican narrative debut “7 Sheep,” a short film exploring the meaning of family, loneliness and escape, screens in fest’s Short Cuts »

- Will Tizard

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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 »


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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