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Following a challenging local opening Fire At Sea (Fuocoammare) has been significantly boosted by its Golden Bear win.
The film opened on February 18 across 47 screens but managed only $27.5k (€25k) in its first three days.
However, 01 Distribution’s charge about the migrant crisis and life on the Italian island of Lampedusa was mightlily boosted at the box office by its Golden Bear win in Berlin on Saturday night. Sunday profits spiked +166%. Tuesday’s take was 40% up on Monday’s box office.
By Wednesday the film had taken $169.5k (€154k) and this weekend 01 will almost double screens to 76.
“Fuocoammare was released with a limited, controlled investment, similar to other movies of its kind,” explains Luigi Lonigro, managing director at 01 Distribution. “The advertising budget wasn’t big, but it reflected »
Biopics are best when focused on segmented portions of emotional turmoil, professional escalation or some perfect combination of the two, rather than trying to collapse entire lives into just a couple hours time. Hal Ashby’s 1976 retelling of Woody Guthrie’s popular ascent from dust bowl deadbeat to socially conscious folk music figurehead in Bound For Glory coolly pursues the latter with genuinely endearing, authentic feeling results. With David Carradine aptly filling the role of the humbly charismatic, musically driven drifter and a fully stocked catalog of Guthrie songs adapted for the screen by Leonard Rosenman, Ashby’s oddly conventional mid-period picture was in competition for the Palme d’Or, but ultimately lost to Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s Padre Padrone.
- Jordan M. Smith
"I owe a good part of my sensibility, if not my career, to the films of Mark Rappaport, an American director who now lives in Paris," writes Matt Zoller Seitz at the top of his interview for RogerEbert.com. We've also gathered interviews with Mike Ott and Nathan Silver, Ben Rivers, Sean Baker, Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani, Philippe Grandrieux (Malgré la nuit), Peter Greenaway (with Elmer Bäck and Luis Alberti), cinematographer Edward Lachman, Frances Bodomo (Afronauts), Lee Grant, Gregory Crewdson, Jean-Claude Carrière, Michael Winterbottom, Owen Wilson—and in Interview, you'll find Peter Dinklage talking with Paul Dano. » - David Hudson »
Editor's Note: The modern concept of a film director is being the one person who guides a film with his or her vision, yet the current film landscape is filled with sibling directing pairs who we think of as a singular auteur: Lana and Andy Wachowski, Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Joe and Anthony Russo, Bobby and Peter Farrelly, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, David and Jerry Zucker, Mark and Jay Duplass, Paul and Chris Weitz, Albert and Allen Hughes and, of course, Joel and Ethan Coen. So what is it about the sibling bond that has resulted in so many successful directing teams? We asked the The Goetz Brothers — award-winning directors of hundreds of commercials, two feature films ("Scenic Route" and "Martyrs") and who are managed by the sharp talent eyes at Anonymous Content — to tell us about their working relationship and how it started. Read »
- The Goetz Brothers
I Never Sang for My Father: The Taviani Brothers and the Prison of Patriarchy
For many, Italian directing duo Paolo and Vittorio Taviani are best remembered for their output from the late 70s to late 80s, coming to prominence on the international circuit and unveiling a string of notable titles before falling out of critical favor by the mid-1990s. In 2012, the brothers made a resurgence winning the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, which resulted in bringing their old classics back to new, contemporary audiences. A retrospective featuring new restorations of three important titles begins with one of their most lauded films, 1977’s Padre Padrone, which took home the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival (notably, Roberto Rossellini was the jury president, whose 1946 film Paisan inspired the brothers as filmmakers). Based on a memoir (Gavino Ledda’s The One That Got Away) and originally intended for television, »
- Nicholas Bell
“The Danish Girl” will have its Swedish premiere at the festival. The London-born helmer, who won an Oscar for “The King’s Speech” in 2010, will be present in Goteborg to receive the honorary prize.
As previously announced, Susanne Bier will receive the Nordic Honorary Dragon Award. As part of the tribute, Bier will host a masterclass and present two of her best-known movies: Oscar-winning “In a Better World” and “Freud Leaving Home.”
Goteborg will also showcase eight directorial debuts which will compete for the Ingmar Bergman award for best debut. The lineup of first films comprises Brady Corbet’s “The Childhood of a Leader,” Yaelle Kayam’s “Mountain” and Senem Tüzen’s “Motherland.”
- Elsa Keslassy
6 items from 2016
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