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The Beijing Intl. Film Festival wrapped its fifth edition April 20, and despite its substantial resources — reportedly a budget of $13 million — and the recent appointment of festival veteran Marco Mueller as a special adviser, it remains more of a work in progress than a film lover’s treasure trove, or a film executive’s essential destination.
The hiring of Mueller, a Mandarin-speaking intellectual, seemed to signal a shift from the festival’s bombastic first years toward something more film-focused and user-friendly. Working with his established programming team, Mueller, in the space of just 40 days, was able to put on a credible competition and gala section, including Jean-Jacques Annaud’s “Wolf Totem” and Tsui Hark’s “The Taking of Tiger Mountain.” Indeed, the festival opened with Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s “Wondrous Boccaccio” (oddly, the film didn’t screen at the official opening-night gala, which featured plenty of spectacular stagecraft and Arnold Schwarzenegger »
- Patrick Frater
Mexican director Bernando Arellano’s Beginning Of Time won best film in the Tiantan Awards of this year’s revamped Beijing International Film Festival, while Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Wolf Totem won best director and best visual effects.
Slovakian filmmaker Jaro Vojtek’s Chilren (Deti) won awards for best supporting actress (Eva Bandor), best screenplay and best cinematography. Best supporting actor went to Tony Leung Ka-fai for his role as the villain in Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain, while best music went to German filmmaker Marie Kreutzer’s Gruber Geht.
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
It’s curious how veteran filmmakers like the Taviani brothers could have taken “The Decameron,” one of the greatest books about storytelling, and turned out a narrative as blandly conveyed as “Wondrous Boccaccio.” The classic 14th-century compendium, so full of subversive humor and joyful licentiousness as its plague-escaping narrators entertain each other with bawdy tales, is robbed of its piquancy here, and even its vibrancy is reduced to something artificial. More was expected from this pairing, and despite a strong cast, the pic has struggled to find a home audience following its late February release. The Tavianis’ international standing means offshore bookings will materialize (including forthcoming festival berths at Tribeca and Beijing), but even die-hard fans will be disappointed.
- Jay Weissberg
The Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff) has unveiled the 15 competition titles and four gala premiees that will screen at this year’s edition (April 16-23), including opening film Maraviglioso Boccaccio, directed by Italian auteurs Paolo and Vittorio Taviani.Scroll down for full list
The Tiantan competition section include two Chinese titles – Tsui Hark’s The Taking Of Tiger Mountain and Jean-Jacques Annaud’s China-France co-production Wolf Totem – along with films from 13 different countries that will screen as a world or international premiere at the festival.
The line-up includes Italian director Michele Placido’s La Scelta, German director Marie Kreutzer’s second feature Gruber Geht, Japanese director Sono Sion’s Love & Peace, Us filmmaker Michael Almereyda’s Experimenter and Indian director M S Prakash Babu’s Fig Fruit And The Wasps (see full list below).
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
The festival runs April 16 – 23, 2015, which means that Beijing will give the film its international premiere ahead of Tribeca, where it is set to unspool on April 20. “Boccaccio” had its world premiere in Italy in February.
The selection of the celebrated Italian auteurs’ work immediately carries the imprint of Marco Mueller, who was appointed as the Beijing festival’s general advisor in February.
The festival’s 15-strong competition selection includes a more contemporary and wider range of titles than the four previous editions of the festival have enjoyed.
- Patrick Frater
The 14th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival taking place from April 15 to April 26 in New York City has announced the films selected for screening in the Spotlight screening section.
Co-sponsored by Brookfield Place and The Lincoln Motor Company, Spotlight is destination for today’s most talked about themes and filmmakers and will feature 40 films: 23 narratives and 17 documentaries with 24 of those films being world premieres. Debuting new work from master directors such as the Taviani Brothers (Caesar Must Die), Michael Winterbottom (The Trip To Italy), and Neil Labute (Death At A Funeral), audiences will also be introduced to new voices like first time director Henry Hobson’s Maggie and Pray The Devil Back To Hell producer Abigail Disney’s directorial debut The Armour Of Light.
- Sacha Hall
Title: Maraviglioso Boccaccio Director: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani Starring: Lello Arena, Paola Cortellesi, Carolina Crescentini, Flavio Parenti, Vittoria Puccini, Michele Riondino, Kim Rossi Stuart, Riccardo Scamarcio, Kasia Smutniak, Jasmine Trinca and Josafat Vagni. The Taviani Brothers, have decided to tribute one of Italy’s greatest Renaissance humanist, Giovanni Boccaccio. The “Decameron” which has had many screen adaptations – the most memorable was by Pier Paolo Pasolini - lives again through the subtle direction of the Tuscan sibling filmmakers, who chose Giotto and Masaccio to inspire their cinematography, scenography and costume design. The book by Boccaccio is structured as a frame story containing 100 tales, told by a group of seven young [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Berlin –Launching its biggest promo push in the last 15 years, the Italian film industry is driving into Latin America, kick-starting its surge with a multifaceted and mass presence at March’s 30th Guadalajara Film Festival. This will play out through sections, tributes and an important market presence.
Highlights at Guadalajara, which runs March 6-15, include the award of a its International Mayahuel Award to Bernardo Bertolucci, who will attend the festival. Honor recognizes Bertolucci’s contribution to world cinema and acknowledged influence on many of Latin America’s most important filmmakers.
Also on the agenda: a Bruno Bozzetto retrospective, a 34-pic recent Italian cinema panorama, and a major Guadalajara market attendance of producers, institutions and sales agents of Italian films. Among the latter are Rai Com, Rai Cinema, Adriana Chiesa Enterprises, Intramovies, The Match Factory, Domenico Procacci’s Fandango Distribuzione, Hengameh Panahi’s Celluloid Dreams, Doc & Film, The Open Reel, »
- John Hopewell
Joel and Ethan Coen first made their mark on the Cannes Film Festival in 1991, when they strolled home with the Palme d’Or for the remarkable Barton Fink. Since then, they have won the event’s Best Director prize twice – for Fargo and The Man Who Wasn’t There – and more recently, the Grand Jury Prize for Inside Llewyn Davis. The 68th Cannes Film Festival – scheduled to run from May 13th to May 24th, 2015 – will be a chance for the legendary duo to view the proceedings from the other side of lectern, however, as they jointly preside over the Festival Jury for the first time.
To celebrate its announcement, the Cannes Film Festival organizers issued a press release, detailing its plans.
- Sarah Myles
This is the first time the festival has appointed two presidents
The festival press release:
For the first time in the history of the Festival de Cannes, not one but two leading figures will chair the Jury.
Indeed, American filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen have accepted the invitation from President Pierre Lescure and General Delegate Thierry Frémaux to become the Presidents of the 68th edition of the Festival.
“We look forward to returning to Cannes this year »
- Steve Pond
Joel and Ethan Coen will be making their tenth trip to the Cannes Film Festival in 2015 after having found their films in the fest over the last 18 years beginning with Raising Arizona (1987) along with Palme d'Or winner Barton Fink, Best Director winner Fargo and Grand Prix winner Inside Llewyn Davis. Only this year it won't be a film they'll be presenting at the festival, this year they'll serve as Presidents of the 68th edition of the Festival. This marks the first time in the fest's history that two will chair the Jury. Quoted from the set of their their new film Hail Caesar!, "We look forward to returning to Cannes this year," the brothers said. "We welcome as always the opportunity to watch movies there from all over the world. Cannes is a festival that has been important to us since the very beginning of our career. Presiding over the Jury is a special honour, »
- Brad Brevet
11 items from 2015
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