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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
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:
- 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: »
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Buenos Aires – Paul Hudson’s L.A-based Outsider Pictures, both a U.S. distribution and international sales house, has acquired North American distribution rights to a trio of Latin American titles from Udi – “Natural Sciences,” “El Mudo” and “Roa” – plus “Voiceover,” from its Chilean producer, Jirafa Films.
Adding to Outsider’s pick-up on David Trueba’s “Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed,” Spain’s Oscar entry, the most recent Outsider distribution pick-ups confirm Outsider as one of the most consistent buyers of Spanish-language films for the U.S. market.
Ventana Sur’s 2013 Primer Corte winner, which was picked up by Udi at the Buenos Aires market last year, Matias Lucchesi’s “Natural Sciences” – a deft mix of a road movie and character-driven drama, turning on a daughter’s search for her estranged father – went on to world premiere at Berlin’s Generation, racking up multiple territory sales.
“El Mudo,” Daniel »
- John Hopewell
The Palm Springs International Film Festival has increasingly become an important stop on the awards calendar for foreign language films. While the desert fest hands out an international critics prize, it’s more about the filmmakers getting a chance to rub shoulders with Academy members just before nominations ballots are due. The upcoming 26th annual fest is running January 2-12 and has announced the movies that will compete for the Fipresci prize in its Awards Buzz section. Fifty of the 83 official submissions for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar are on the list with the titles chosen believed by festival programmers to be the strongest entries in this year’s Academy Awards race. A special jury of international film critics will screen the films and hand out a Fipresci for an individual title as well as Best Actor and Best Actress. While the fest doesn’t always match the eventual Oscar winner, »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The organisers of the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will screen 50 of the 83 foreign-language Oscar submissions.
A jury of international film critics will be convened to bestow the Fipresci Award for best foreign language film of the year, as well as best actor and best actress in this category.
Further film programmes will be announced in the coming weeks. Psiff is set to run from January 2-12.
The Awards Buzz selections in alphabetical order of country are:
Charlie’s Country (Australia), Rolf de Heer;
The Dark Valley (Austria), Andreas Prochaska;
The Way He Looks (Brazil), Daniel Ribeiro;
To Kill A Man (Chile), Alejandro Fernández Almendras;
The Nightingale (China), Philippe Muyl;
Cowboys (Croatia), Tomislav Mršić;
Behavior (Cuba), Director [link=nm »
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Spain’s David Trueba, whose latest feature is the 6 Sales-sold “Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed,” an Outsider Pictures U.S. pick-up and Foreign-Language Oscar entry, is prepping a now rare addition to Spanish premium pay TV fiction: an ongoing once-every-five-years franchise development of “¿Que Fue de Jorge Sanz? (lit. “Whatever Happened to Jorge Sanz?).
Bowing Sept. 2010 on Canal Plus España, Spain’s biggest feevee service, “Que Fue,” a large critical hit, has been to date one of the very few original series financed and aired on a paybox in Spain by a pay TV operator, though Telefonica’s purchase of Canal Plus, now awaiting anti-trust clearance, may change that.
As on “Eyes Closed” – which also won the 2014 Palm Springs Fest Cine Latino award, beating out higher-profile foreign-language Academy Award contenders, and took best actor and the Tonino best screenplay prize at Italy’s San Marino Fest – Trueba is set to write and direct. »
- John Hopewell
Fury, which stars Pitt as the leader of a tank crew fighting its way across Germany in the spring of 1945, captured nearly $2.6 million in its first four days in Australia.
That.s below the $3.05 million debut in 2009 of Quentin Tarantino. brutal drama, which wound up earning a potent $13.8 million.
And Fury.s ensemble cast of Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal isn.t as stellar as Basterds. Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth and Diane Kruger.
The box-office remains in a trough as takings totalled $9.8 million, a »
- Don Groves
“Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed” is an easygoing seriocomic flashback starring Javier Camara as a Beatles-obsessed schoolteacher who pursues a chance to actually meet John Lennon in 1966 Spain. Purportedly inspired by a true story, David Trueba’s latest feature nonetheless throws most of its narrative weight behind a conventional if appealing fiction about its protagonist’s rural road trip with a gaggle of misfits, including two runaway youths. Selected to represent Spain in the foreign-language Oscar race after sweeping most of the major Goya Awards earlier this year, this low-key crowdpleaser will require some nurturing to make sure it catches the attention of those nostalgic older auds it’s targeting. After a weeklong December qualifying run in Los Angeles, Outsider plans a limited U.S. theatrical release for early 2015.
After a brief, too archly narrated faux newsreel showing the Beatles at the height of their fame (with rumors of »
- Dennis Harvey
A record 83 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards. Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania and Panama are first-time entrants.
The 2014 submissions are:
Argentina, “Wild Tales,” Damián Szifrón, director;
Australia, “Charlie’s Country,” Rolf de Heer, director;
Austria, “The Dark Valley,” Andreas Prochaska, director;
Azerbaijan, “Nabat,” Elchin Musaoglu, director;
Bangladesh, “Glow of the Firefly,” Khalid Mahmood Mithu, director;
Bolivia, “Forgotten,” Carlos Bolado, director;
Bosnia and Herzegovina, “With Mom,” Faruk Lončarevič, director;
Brazil, “The Way He Looks,” Daniel Ribeiro, director;
Chile, “To Kill a Man,” Alejandro Fernández Almendras, director;
China, “The Nightingale,” Philippe Muyl, director;
Colombia, “Mateo,” María Gamboa, director;
Costa Rica, “Red Princesses,” Laura Astorga Carrera, director;
Croatia, “Cowboys,” Tomislav Mršić, »
- Michelle McCue
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Thursday the final submissions for the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th annual Academy Awards. A record 83 countries have entered a film for consideration, including Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania, and Panama for the first time. Notable selections include Xavier Dolan's Canadian drama Mommy, a favorite at this year's Cannes, Sweden's Force Majeure, and the Russian retelling of the Book of Job, Leviathan, winner of the Best Screenplay award at Cannes. Nominations will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 15, ahead of the live telecast on ABC Sunday, Feb. 22, from Hollywood. Last »
- Jake Perlman
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released the list of submissions for the 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award. According to the Academy's press release, a record 83 countries have submitted films for consideration, including first-timers Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania, and Panama. Now, if only all those movies were made available for online viewing — or at least on DVD (outside of their respective countries). The 2015 Oscar nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, at 5:30 a.m. Pt in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The 2015 Oscar ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 22, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. In the United States, the Oscarcast will be televised live by ABC; additionally, the Oscars will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. See below the full list of 2015 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar submissions. Afghanistan, A Few Cubic Meters of Love, »
- Steve Montgomery
A record 83 countries have submitted films for consideration in the foreign-language film category for the 87th Academy Awards. That easily tops record 76 that were under consideration last year.
The entries include four first-timers: Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania and Panama.
Also new to the race: The name of the director will be engraved onto the Oscar statuette, in addition to the name of the country.
The five nominees will be announced Jan. 15, along with contenders in all the other categories. But a week before then, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will release a short list of nine foreign-language semi-finalists.
Each country can submit one film, determining on its own how this choice will be made. Any film that opens commercially in the U.S. in calendar 2014 will be eligible in other categories as well. The last foreign-lingo film to score a best picture nomination was the 2012 “Amour.” The category was »
- Tim Gray
The Academy has received a record 83 submissions for the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar.
Last year, a record 76 countries submitted features and the eventual winner was Italian entry The Great Beauty, directed by Paolo Sorrentino.
Nine finalists will be shortlisted, which will be whittled down to five nominees that will be announced on Jan 15, 2015.
The awards ceremony will be held on Feb 22, 2015 in the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood.
The 2014 submissions are (in alphabetical order of country):
Afghanistan, A Few Cubic Meters Of Love, Jamshid Mahmoudi
Argentina, Wild Tales, Damián Szifrón
Australia, Charlie’s Country, Rolf de Heer
Austria, The Dark Valley, Andreas Prochaska
Azerbaijan, Nabat, Elchin Musaoglu
Bangladesh, Glow Of The Firefly, Khalid Mahmood Mithu
Bolivia, Forgotten, Carlos Bolado
Bosnia and Herzegovina, With Mom, Faruk Lončarevič
Brazil, The Way He Looks, Daniel Ribeiro
Chile, To Kill A »
Spain has selected Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed, directed by David Trueba, as its Oscar contender in the best foreign-language film category. Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed was the big winner at this year's Goya Awards, the Spanish Oscars, in February. The movie, based on a true story, is about an English teacher's trip to meet John Lennon. The teached, played by Javier Camara, uses the lyrics of songs by The Beatles to teach English in 1960s.Spain. The film won six of the top prizes at the Goyas. Trueba's brother Fernando Trueba won the Oscar for
- Ben Jones
This year’s European Film Awards are officially out of the gates with a not so lean 50 film submissions to select from. The 27th edition collects titles that date back to last year’s Venice and Toronto Int. Film Festivals moving into Sundance-Rotterdam-Berlin and finally Cannes of ’14. Among the 31 European countries represented, we’ve got likes of the Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan leading the huge pack of contenders including Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida. Here’s the complete list of 50!:
Directed By: Milko Lazarov
Produced By: Veselka Kiryakova
Written & Directed By: Jessica Hausner
Directed By: Jaime Rosales
Produced By: Jaime Rosales, »
- Eric Lavallee
More than 30 European countries represented in the line-up.Scroll down for list in full
The 50 films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards (EFAs) have been unveiled.
The European Film Academy and Efa Productions revealed the titles at a press conference in Riga, Latvia where this year’s 27th EFAs will take place on Dec 13.
A total of 31 European countries are represented. In the 20 countries with the most Efa members, these members have voted one national film directly into the selection list.
To complete the list, a selection committee consisting of Efa Board Members and invited experts have included further films. Those experts include Screen International chief film critic and reviews editor Mark Adams (UK), Marit Kapla (Sweden), Stefan Kitanov (Bulgaria), Paz Lázaro (Spain), Christophe Leparc (France) and Elma Tataragic (Bosnia & Herzegovina).
In the coming weeks, more than 3,000 members of the European Film Academy will vote for the nominations in the categories European Film, Director »
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Madrid –Carlos Marques-Marcet’s “10.000 Km,” Daniel Monzon’s “El Nino” and David Trueba’s “Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed” have made Spain’s short-list for its Oscar submission. The country’s final Academy Award candidate will be announced on Sept. 25.
Though all hits, the submissions could hardly be more different, underscoring the breadth of Spanish production, now ironically gravely challenged by a government-funding crisis – and the difficulties of calling Spain’s official Oscar entry this year.
A first fruit of Spain’s youth diaspora, in this case to Los Angeles, “10.000 Km is produced by Barcelona’s Lastor Media and L.A.’s Panda Prods, a fast-rising force in the Latino production sector.
A chronicle of a long-distance relationship – she’s in L.A., he’s in Barcelona, and technology as much an obstacle as a facilitator of communication, the Visit Films-sold “10.000 Km” won Natalia Tena (“Game of Thrones,” “Harry »
- John Hopewell
Panama City – One of the U.S.’ major specialists in Spanish-language film distribution, Paul Hudson’s Outsider Pictures will release David Trueba’s Goya winner “Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed” in the U.S.
Deal was closed between 6 Sales CEO Marina Fuentes, “Living’s” sale agent, and Hudson and announced at the Panama Festival, where Hudson presided over the Meets industry jury.
Outsider Pictures will open “Living” theatrically this summer. Following the theatrical release, “Living” will bow on Outsider’s digital streaming site, Todo Cine Latino (tclonline.com), which is dedicated to releasing the best in Latin cinema in North America.
Featuring an inspired lead performance by Javier Camara, – who starred in Pedro Almodovar’s “Talk to Her” and “I’m So Excited” and is now recognized as one of the best Spanish actors of his generation – “Living Is Easy” swept February’s 29th Spanish Academy Goya Awards, taking picture, »
- John Hopewell
Any film lovers looking for some pre-Easter sun may want to head over to First Choice and book themselves a bargain flight to the glorious Spanish island of Lanzarote, deep in the heart of the Canary Islands, where the Festival Internacional de Cine de Lanzarote – a.k.a. the Lanzarote International Film Festival – is currently in full swing.
According to the official site for the festival, the focus of this year’s programme of films is on storytelling - the need to tell a story and talk about our memories, fears and dreams, in addition to answering questions such as: What is happening all around us? What is our perception of life? And how should we describe it?
Over the years, the Lanzarote International Film Festival has screened over 2400 short films from more than 100 different countries, offering a true taste of the very best that world cinema has to offer, »
- Gary Collinson
Guadalajara – Mexican Nicolas Echeverria’s “Echo of the Mountain” and Argentine Matias Lucchesi’s “Natural Sciences” topped the 29th Guadalajara Festival on Saturday scooping respectively its Mezcal Prize and best picture, screenplay and actress in fest’s Ibero-American Competition.
The Mezcal Prize is awarded to best Mexican movie at Guadalajara.
Brazil also had a strong run with Fernando Coimbra’s “A Wolf at the Door” taking director in the Ibero-American section, Marcelo Gomes and Cao Guimaraes “Man of the Crowd” its special jury prize and cinematography (for Ivo Lopes Araujo), and Daniel Ribeiro’s “The Way He Looks” its audience award. Actor went to Gustavo Sanchez Parra for “Perpetual Sadness.”
In all, five of Guadalajara’s eight top prizes went to feature debuts, a sign of just how much a new generation of filmmakers is emerging with force in Latin America.
A talking point of the festival, “Echo” is produced by Michael Fitzgerald, »
- John Hopewell
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