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16 items from 2016


Berlin: Strand Grabs North American Rights To Sundance-Winning ‘Spa Night’ (Exclusive)

12 February 2016 7:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Berlin — Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights to Andrew Ahn’s feature debut “Spa Night” which world premiered at Sundance.

A critically-acclaimed pic, “Spa Night” earned its star Joe Seo a special jury prize for breakthrough performance in Park City.

Set in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, “Spa Night” explores a Korean-American family’s dreams and realities as each struggles with the overlap of personal desire, disillusionment and sense of tradition. It centers on a closeted Korean-American teenager who takes a job at a Korean spa where he discovers an underground world of gay sex.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Strand Releasing. They have championed daring independent films by world class directors for over two decades. We are honored to be a part of this legacy,” said Ahn.

Strand Releasing’s Jon Gerrans and Marcus Hu said, “Andrew is a bright new voice for Asian American filmmakers — he’s truly an original, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Berlin: Strand Grabs North American Rights To Sundance-Winning ‘Spa Night’ (Exclusive)

12 February 2016 7:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Berlin — Strand Releasing has acquired all North American rights to Andrew Ahn’s feature debut “Spa Night” which world premiered at Sundance.

A critically-acclaimed pic, “Spa Night” earned its star Joe Seo a special jury prize for breakthrough performance in Park City.

Set in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, “Spa Night” explores a Korean-American family’s dreams and realities as each struggles with the overlap of personal desire, disillusionment and sense of tradition. It centers on a closeted Korean-American teenager who takes a job at a Korean spa where he discovers an underground world of gay sex.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Strand Releasing. They have championed daring independent films by world class directors for over two decades. We are honored to be a part of this legacy,” said Ahn.

Strand Releasing’s Jon Gerrans and Marcus Hu said, “Andrew is a bright new voice for Asian American filmmakers — he’s truly an original, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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[Sundance Review] Embrace of the Serpent

1 February 2016 8:24 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With its focus on the effects of exploration by white men on foreign lands, Ciro Guerra’s Oscar-nominated Embrace of the Serpent will inevitably be compared to Werner Herzog’s stories of savage nature, and while Guerra is investigating some of Herzog’s most well trodden themes, the chaos of man exists in the background, while the unspoiled sit front and center here.

Embrace of the Serpent centers on two explorers, separated by decades in time, searching for Yakruna – a fictional sacred plant with hallucinogenic qualities – but the movie is more about how outsiders – whether consciously or unconsciously – exert control. The repercussions of colonialism hover over the text even as these characters have “noble” intentions.

Loosely based on the adventures of real life explorers, Richard Evans Schultes and Theodor Koch-Grünberg, Theodor (Jan Bijvoet) and Evan (Brionne Davis) are men of science who do their best not to step on the toes of outside cultures. »

- Michael Snydel

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2016 Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners revealed

31 January 2016 3:20 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners 2016 – The Birth Of A Nation

Well, Sundance has finally drawn to a close for another year and last night, the Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners were announced in Park City, Utah.

We’ve listed the Sundance Film Festival Awards Winners below, including an official synopsis supplied by the organisers, but the clear winner and toast of the festival this year was Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation, the film that was picked up for a record-breaking $17.5 million earlier on this week. ‘Birth Of A Nation’ scored The U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award.

Elsewhere, Asif Kapadia presented the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary to Sonita, a film about an 18-year-old who discovers that her family plans to sell her to an unknown husband for $9,000. The film also picked up Audience Award: World Cinema Documentary. The Audience Award: U.S. »

- Paul Heath

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Daily | Berlin Critics’ Week 2016 Lineup

28 January 2016 8:24 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Berlin Critics' Week returns this year for a second edition, running from February 11 through 18. We've got notes on the lineup, which includes Zahra Vargas's Homer, a Hunter's Fate, Pablo Agüero's Eva Doesn't Sleep, Sara Fattahi's Coma, Philippe Grandrieux's Malgré la nuit, Denis Côté's Que nous nous assoupissions, Andrej Zulawski's Cosmos, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Vapour, Igor Minaev's Blue Dress, Lewis Klahr's Sixty Six, Isiah Medina's 88:88 and Marita Neher and Tatjana Turanskyj's Disorientation Isn't a Crime. » - David Hudson »

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Full Us Trailer for Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 'Cemetery of Splendor'

27 January 2016 7:39 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Cinema as the stuff dreams are made of..." Strand Releasing has unveiled an official Us trailer for Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's latest film Cemetery of Splendor, which has been playing at film festivals since last year. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, played at Tiff and the New York, Busan, Vancouver and Denver Film Festivals, and is now playing at the Sundance Film Festival this year, arriving in theaters in March. This dream-like, mesmerizing Thai film is about a lonely housewife (Jenjira Pongpas) who tends to a soldier with sleeping sickness that "falls into a hallucination that triggers strange dreams, phantoms, and romance." Those who are fans of "Thai Joe" and his films - this is his latest must-see feature. Here's the official Us trailer for Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Cemetery of Splendor, high def on Apple: Soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. »

- Alex Billington

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Watch: New U.S. Trailer Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 'Cemetery Of Splendour'

27 January 2016 1:46 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Landing on the Sight & Sound and Cahiers Du Cinema best of the year lists, as well as making the rankings of the Best Of 2015 from our own writers Jessica Kiang and Oliver Lyttelton, for those of us who weren't able to catch Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "Cemetery Of Splendour" on the festival circuit, the good news is that it's finally coming to cinemas. And even more, a new trailer is here.  Read More: Cannes Review: Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 'Cemetery Of Splendour' Starring Banlop Lomnoi, Jenjira Pongpas, and Jarinpattra Rueangram, the film is another journey into the director's unique world where drama and magic seem to fold over on themselves, and he's once again spinning a story that falls somewhere between memory and fairy tale. Here's the official synopsis:  Soldiers with a mysterious sleeping sickness are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. The memory-filled space becomes a »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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U.S. Trailer for Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s ‘Cemetery of Splendor’ Takes Us to the Great Unknown

27 January 2016 1:31 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Now here is a fine motion picture. Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul has left a lasting impression with his most recent feature, Cemetery of Splendour, the slow, deceptively simple story of a soldier-filled hospital afflicted by some mysterious sleeping sickness that may or may not be connected to the warring spirits of long-deceased kings. But the meat of this thing, really, is a many-pieced consideration of Thai social custom, the beauties of nature, and why those things (as well as erections) can be so funny.

The film is soon hitting the U.S., minus a “u” in its title, and so a domestic trailer — a slightly deceptive one, selling Weerasethakul’s slow and whimsical picture as a bit tense — has arrived. You’ll be well-served skipping the preview and waiting for this one to hit theaters. As I said in my review, “24 hours after an initial viewing, individual shots — none of which are wasted, »

- Nick Newman

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German Films at Sundance 2016

21 January 2016 8:00 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Germany is well represented at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival with films by both debutants and returning filmmakers. Scattered around the festival's program, German films are among the most daring productions and co-productions that will premier this week in Park City to eager audiences.

Here is a list of German films at Sundance this year:

German Productions

World Cinema Dramatic Competition

"Wild"

by Nicolette Krebitz

Producer: Heimatfilm

World sales: The Match Factory

Press contact: Required ViewingSteven Raphael

Us Dramatic Competition

"Morris from America"

by Chad Hartigan (De/Us)

German producers: Lichtblick Media & Indi Film

World sales: Visit Films

Press contact: Brigade Marketing, Adam Kersch

World Cinema Dramatic Competition

"Halal Love (And Sex)"

by Assad Fouladkar (De/Lb)

German producer: Razor Film

World sales: Films Distribution

Press contacts: Required ViewingSteven Raphael & Denise Sinelov

World Cinema Documentary Competition

"Sonita"

by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami (De/Ir/Ch)

German producer: Tag/Traum

World sales: Cat & Docs

Press contact: Entertainment Communications, David C. Magdael

German Co-productions

World Cinema Documentary Competition

"The Light of the Enlightened"

by Pieter-Jan de Pue (Be/Nl/Ie/De)

"The Settlers"

by Shimon Dotan (Fr/CA/Il/De)

Documentary Premieres

"Eat That Question- Frank Zappra in His Own Word"

by Thorsten Schütte (Fr/De)

Spotlight

"Cemetery of Splendour"

 

by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Th/Gb/De/Fr/My)

"Land of Mine"

 

by Martin Zandvliet (Dk/De) »

- Sydney Levine

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Metrograph, New York City’s Newest Indie Theater, Unveils Impressive First Slate of Programming

20 January 2016 8:54 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Each weekend we highlight the best repertory programming that New York City has to offer, and it’s about to get even better. Opening on February 19th at 7 Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side is Metrograph, the city’s newest indie movie theater. Sporting two screens, they’ve announced their first slate, which includes retrospectives for Fassbinder, Wiseman, Eustache, and more, special programs such as an ode to the moviegoing experience, and new independent features that we’ve admired on the festival circuit (including Afternoon, Office 3D, and Measure of a Man).

Artistic and Programming Director Jacob Perlin says in a press release, “Jean Eustache in a Rocky t-shirt. This is the image we had in mind while making this first calendar. Great cinema is there, wherever you can find it. The dismissed film now recognized as a classic, the forgotten box-office hit newly resurrected, the high and the low, »

- Jordan Raup

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Watch: Sleep is a Hallucinatory Epidemic in Exclusive Poster and Trailer for 'Cemetery of Splendor'

19 January 2016 8:36 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read: Watch: New International Trailer For Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 'Cemetery Of Splendor' Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "Cemetery of Splendor" was lauded on last year's festival circuit, starting with an acclaimed debut in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival. The film, a haunting tale which explores the familial, societal and economical issues of Thailand through the lens of a sleeping sickness that has begun plaguing the people, marks the director's return to producing films in his native tongue. The spiritualistic film tells the story of an aging woman who finds solace, comfort, revelations, magic and healing in the world of comatose victims. The enigmatic tale is one that incorporates notes of magical realism and tales of redemption and empathy. These thematic issues that Weerasethakul tackles are not ones that he is unfamiliar with, having been known to explore the dilemmas of Thailand's society in his previous »

- Riyad Mammadyarov

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Mosquito lands on Rotterdam title 'Motel Mist'

18 January 2016 7:58 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Prabda Yoon’s feature debut will play in Rotterdamn’s Hivos Tiger Awards Competition.

Thai sales outfit Mosquito Films Distribution has picked up worldwide rights to Thai writer-director Prabda Yoon’s Motel Mist, the only Asian entry at the upcoming International Film Festival Rotterdam’s (Jan 27 - Feb 7) revamped Hivos Tiger Awards Competition.

The new film marks the feature debut of Yoon, an award-winning author and screenwriter most notably for Pen-Ek Ratanaruang’s Last Life In The Universe and Invisible Waves.

His new thriller is set entirely in a ‘love motel’ where five lives connect in unexpected ways and mysterious powers are at play. The characters include two school girls, a motel staff member, a man obsessed with sexual fetish and a former child actor who believes aliens are chasing him.

“In a country where justice and basic human rights are fragile and can be easily violated by ‘higher powers’ with absurd and often comical logic, it seems »

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Jon Hamm, Lena Dunham, Keegan-Michael Key Tapped for Sundance Juries

12 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Sundance Institute has selected Jon Hamm, Lena Dunham, Keegan-Michael Key and Kerry Bishé for its competition juries at the upcoming festival, Variety has learned.

Other notable jury members include “The Cove” director Louie Psihoyos, “The Hunting Ground” director Amy Ziering, Black List founder Franklin Leonard and “Amy” director Asif Kapadia.

The festival opens Jan. 21 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The winners will be announced Jan. 30 from the six juries along with five audience awards.

Filmmaker and Sundance Institute alum Taika Waititi, director of “What We Do in Shadows,” will host the awards ceremony. Waititi will be premiering his latest film “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” at the festival and will direct the upcoming “Thor 3.”

Films that have won Sundance awards in recent years include “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” “Whiplash,” “Fruitvale Station,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild, »

- Dave McNary

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North American briefs: Miami fest, Google set seminar series

12 January 2016 3:07 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: The Little Prince to open Santa Barbara fest; former Screendaily head critic on Sundance jury; and more…

Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival has struck a partnership with Google on a seminar series addressing gender and racial gaps in the film industry. Festival top brass additionally announced 21 features in the line-up, all of which are directed by women. The 33rd edition of the festival runs from March 4-13. Click here for the full roster.

The Us premiere of The Little Prince and Marguerite bookend the Santa Barbara International Film Festival presented by Ugg, set to run from February 3-13. The festival will present 52 world premieres and 53 Us premieres and the programme includes the Us premiere of Terrance Malick’s Knight Of Cups. For the full line-up of films and honourees click here.Sundance Institute has announced the festival juries featuring Edinburgh International Film Festival artistic director and former Screen International head critic Mark Adams on the »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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The 30 Most Anticipated Films From 2016 We've Already Seen

6 January 2016 9:20 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You're poring through our 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016 list. You repeat that process several times over, perusing ever more closely each time. But each time you grow a little more aghast. Finally you realize: It Isn't Bloody There. Spitting coffee all over your computer screen in rage, you scream, to the alarm (and incomprehension) of your office-mates, "Where the Hell is Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 'Cemetery of Splendour'?" Every year we have an odd kind of limbo problem in that there are films we get to see in 2015 at festivals that do not have releases till 2016. It means we can't technically call them "Anticipated," because we've already seen them, and they're somewhat known quantities. That said, some of them are so amazing we want to make sure you hear about them, and some of them are so dire we want to warn you away from them. And so this »

- Jessica Kiang and Oliver Lyttelton

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Notebook's 8th Writers Poll: Fantasy Double Features of 2015

4 January 2016 6:41 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

How would you program this year's newest, most interesting films into double features with movies of the past you saw in 2015?Looking back over the year at what films moved and impressed us, it is clear that watching old films is a crucial part of making new films meaningful. Thus, the annual tradition of our end of year poll, which calls upon our writers to pick both a new and an old film: they were challenged to choose a new film they saw in 2015—in theatres or at a festival—and creatively pair it with an old film they also saw in 2015 to create a unique double feature.All the contributors were given the option to write some text explaining their 2015 fantasy double feature. What's more, each writer was given the option to list more pairings, with or without explanation, as further imaginative film programming we'd be lucky to catch »

- Notebook

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