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Silver Linings Playbook actress to lead Narrative Competition jury.
The juries of the 7th Abu Dhabi Film Festival (Oct 24-Nov 2) have been revealed.
The Narrative Competition jury president is Australian actress Jacki Weaver, best known for her Oscar-nominated performances in David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom and David O. Russell’s The Silver Linings Playbook.
Joining her on the jury are Israeli actress Hiam Abbass, chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission Adrian Wootton, Tunisian producer Dora Bouchoucha and Sandra den Hamer, current CEO of Eye Film Institute Netherlands.
The New Horizons Competition jury is lead by Yeşim Ustaoğlu, director of Turkish drama Araf.
Ustaoğlu is assisted by Irene Bignardi, co-founder of daily newspaper La Repubblica and former director of the Locarno Film Festival (2000–05), Moroccan filmmaker Nour-Eddine Lakhmari, Ukrainian director Valery Todorovsky and Lebanese director Michel Kammoun.
President of the Documentary Competition is the co-director and artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff »
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Rome – Paolo Sorrentino’s Cannes Palme d’Or-nominated drama La grande bellezza (The Great Beauty) was named Wednesday as Italy’s official candidate for the foreign language Oscar race. The film, which explores Rome’s decay through the eyes of an aging writer played by acclaimed Italian actor Toni Servillo (a veteran of five Sorrentino films), is one of the most decorated films in Italy so far this year: it took home five awards from Italy’s Nastri d’Argento (Silver Ribbon) honors and the best cinematography prize at the Globi d’Oro, Italy’s Golden Globes. The Hollywood Reporter critic Deborah Young praised the film,
- Eric J. Lyman
Umbrella Entertainment is renewing its relationship with Fred Schepisi after releasing the director.s first two movies, The Devil.s Playground (1976) and The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978), on DVD.
At the Toronto International Film Festival Umbrella MD Jeff Harrison went to the world premiere of Words and Pictures, Schepisi.s Us-set romantic comedy/drama starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche.
Harrison made an offer for the Australian rights and a deal was negotiated with the international sales rep, Nicolas Chartier.s Voltage Pictures. Roadside Attractions subsequently bought the Us rights.
Owen plays Jack Marcus, an English teacher at a New England prep school. Jack is a former literary star who hasn.t had a book published in years. Estranged from his son, he takes refuge in booze, which gets him banned from the local pub.
His life changes when he meets art instructor Dina Delsanto (Binoche), who.s been forced »
- Don Groves
I can't ignore the fact the Telluride and Venice Film Festivals -- the latter of which is still underway -- have had an impact on the Oscar race, but at the same time I don't think it would be wise to begin updating my Oscar predictions based on the films that were seen considering I'll be seeing each and every one of them at the Toronto Film Festival beginning Thursday, September 5. That said, I felt it necessary to at least offer up some preliminary thoughts, especially with standouts such as 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Philomena and Prisoners making rather large splashes so far and Cannes standouts Nebraska, All is Lost and Inside Llewyn Davis enjoying their second major peek-out. I should note, I didn't devour any of the reviews that were written as much as I skimmed headlines and caught snippets here and there on Twitter. So this analysis is merely fringe analysis. »
- Brad Brevet
The first few reviews generally are pretty positive, paying tribute to Mclean.s direction and the performances of John Jarratt as Taylor and Ryan Corr as his principal victim. However all found fault with aspects of the film, which Roadshow will release in February.
.Though showing a smidgen of mercy to female members of the cast, possibly to counteract accusations of misogyny in No. 1, Wolf Creek 2 knows better than to deviate from the classic scenario of a mad »
- Don Groves
Screen International’s Tim Grierson writes, “A consistent charmer, the Indian omnibus Bombay Talkies is vibrant and colourful, that rare portmanteau film where the whole is more than the sum of its likeable parts.”
On the other hand, The Hollywood Reporter’s Deborah Young writes, “Maybe the most impressive thing about this uneven film is its interminable end credits, which give audiences a clue about the manpower that goes into making Hindi films today.”
An excerpt from Screen Review:
Arguably, Bombay Talkies’ strongest international value will be in showing outsiders that contemporary Indian cinema doesn’t entirely consist of song-and-dance musicals. While there are fun pop tunes included on the soundtrack, only the first short feels overly dependent on music to enhance its story. »
“Amit Kumar’s bold noir set amongst corrupt cops in Mumbai acts as a brash, blockbusting corrective to Cannes’s more sombre excesses”, writes Guardian’s film critic Peter Bradshaw in his first look review from Cannes.
Bradshaw calls the film “rainy noir” and concludes in his review, “It’s an entertaining popcorn-movie with a twist, for which commercial success is on the cards. There should be space for pictures like it in Cannes.”
The Hollywood Reporter’s Deborah Young has also given the film a thumbs up. She writes, “The Fortissimo release should make good headway in territories open to India and exotic genre fare and put Kumar on festival radar.”
Here is an excerpt from The Hollywood Reporter Review:
A cunningly intricate first film from India, Monsoon Shootout combines the best of two worlds – a ferocious Mumbai cops and gangsters drama, »
Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly has received extreme responses from critics after its Cannes premiere on Friday. Twitchfilm’s Brian Clark Found it better than some of competition titles while Screen International’s Lee Marshall found its characters “hastily-sketched”.
International film website Twitchfilm.com’s European Editor Brian Clark was all praises for the film in his review. Here is an excerpt from his review:
…this Fargo-meets-Mumbai-police-procedural is compulsively watchable, thrilling, darkly funny and extremely well-directed.
Kashyap also gets a lot of mileage out of the locations, which emphasize the mood of the action rather than functioning as exotic foregrounds, and the way he depicts the sheer scope of a hunt for a single girl in Mumbai is pretty stunning. The performances too are all strong, with a touch of stilted, manic-intensity that blends seamlessly with the mood of the film.”
At two hours and eight minutes, Ugly runs a bit long (though of course, »
The Hollywood Reporter is pleased to announce the addition of three new writers to its international team. Based in Luxembourg, Boyd van Hoeij will begin immediately from Cannes. Formerly the Paris- and Luxembourg-based critic of Variety, Van Hoeij also was the film editor of Dutch magazine Winq and a regular contributor to indieWIRE. Jonathan Holland is a Spain-based journalist who has reviewed Spanish and Latin American films for Variety since 1997. His work has appeared in a range of publications in the U.S. and Europe including Conde Nast Traveler and The Guardian. Both will report to THR international film editor Deborah Young,
- THR Staff
DVD Release Date: April 2, 2013
Price: DVD $27.99
Studio: Strand Releasing
Critically acclaimed, foreign movie White Elephant was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as others.
The drama film stars Ricardo Darin (The Secret in Their Eyes) and Jeremie Renier (Atonement) as Julian and Nicolas, priests working to help the local poor people in the slums of Buenos Aires. Julian is working hard to build a hospital, and Nicolas joins the project after another project he was working on failed when paramilitary forces killed members of the community.
Troubled, Nicolas finds peace with Luciana (Martina Gusman, Carancho), an atheist social worker. As his beliefs wane, tension and violence grows between drug-dealing cartels in the slums, and when a ministerial decree stops work on the hospital, the faith of the community is tested.
White Elephant didn’t hit theaters in the U.S. but was screened in the AFI Los Angeles, »
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