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‘The Salesman’ (Courtesy: Habib Majidi)
By: Carson Blackwelder
It might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but we’re well on our way to seeing how the best foreign language film race will shape up at the Oscars in 2017. Leading the pack of the shortlist is The Salesman from Iran, which could land filmmaker Asghar Farhadi a rare second win in the category. How often do we see someone with more than one win in this worldwide competition?
The shortlist of nine films — more about those here — will, on January 24, be trimmed down to the official five nominees that will eventually face off at the Oscars on February 26. This site’s namesake, The Hollywood Reporter’s Scott Feinberg, lists the current frontrunners as: Germany’s Toni Erdmann (written and directed by Maren Ade), Denmark’s Land of Mine (written and directed by Martin Zandvliet), Sweden’s A »
- Carson Blackwelder
The 4th edition of Festival Lumière, which harbors the first and only classic film market in the world, included a round-table on “Heritage films: promotion, marketing, communication – what means, what challenges?” moderated by film executive and journalist, Anthony Bobeau.
The round-table encompassed various topics, including “Distribution of Heritage Films,” with Malavida’s Anne-Laure Brénéol and MK2 Films’ Victoire Thévenin; “Communication, Media Relations and Print Press,” with Gaumont’s Ariane Toscan du Plantier and Studio Ciné Live’s Thomas Baurez.
Anthony Bobeau started by emphasizing the growth of classic films in the European market, citing the example of France, where 126 classic films were released in 2014, 140 films in 2015 and forecast to attain a record level in 2016.
He added that whereas in the 1980s, certain classic films could secure 100,000 or 150,000 spectators in France, the classic film market is now smaller but can still generate significant admissions.
In 2015 the biggest re-release of a classic »
- Martin Dale
Why film a love story from 1912? That’s one of the questions asked by Swedish actress-writer-director Pernilla August when talking about her latest feature, “A Serious Game,” adapted from Hjalmar Söderberg’s novel. Film screened at the Norwegian Intl. Film Festival, which ran Aug. 20-26 in Haugesund, Norway.
August has a good answer for that: “Söderberg’s novel is a real classic, and everybody who has been in love will emotionally recognize the characters. It is also existential, about how we make our choices in life; I have been around for a long time, so I can identify both with Lydia, Arvid and Dagmar,” said August at the Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund.
Set in Stockholm at the beginning of the 20th century, the film follows the love-at-first sight love story of Lydia, the daughter of a landscape painter, and Arvid, a young journalist. But the time is wrong: »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
The Norwegian Intl. Film Festival handed out its prizes Aug. 25, with Norwegian director Benjamin Ree’s documentary “Magnus” nabbing the Ray of Sunshine prize from the the Norwegian Exhibitors’ Assn. A hit at several international festivals, “Magnus” tells the story of 26-year-old Norwegian chess champion Magnus Carlsen’s rise to the top.
For the first time the International Film Critics Assn. presented its Fipresci prize at Haugesund, with Danish director Jesper W. Nielsen’s “The Day Will Come” taking the honors. The Norwegian Film Critics’ favorite was Maren Ade’s Cannes hit and German B.O. hit, “Toni Erdmann,” while “Perfect Strangers,” from Italy’s Paolo Genovese, took the Audience Award.
Swedish actress-writer-director Pernilla August was presented at the Norwegian Intl. Film Festival Aug. 24 with Ullmann Award, named after the legendary actress-director Liv Ullmann and presented to August by the trophy’s namesake, for “her significant contribution to film art, »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
Swedish star Pernilla August made her directorial debut in 2010 with “Beyond,” which won Critics’ Week in Venice. Now, her second feature, “A Serious Game,” unspools in the Berlinale Special.
”I’ve been longing for a love story. So when I re-read the novel I was quite easily drawn into the project,” says August.
Set in Stockholm at the turn of the last century, “A Serious Game” is a tale about love, adultery and the choices people make in life. Arvid and Lydia fall in love but marry others due to social circumstances and other issues. When they meet again 10 years later – both married and with children – they have a fiery affair.
To manage the demanding setting of a beautiful Stockholm backdrop, August reunited with her close friend Anna Asp, »
- Jon Asp
5 items from 2016
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