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8 items from 2008

Foreign-language Oscar entries unveiled

17 October 2008 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

A record 67 countries have submitted films for consideration for best foreign-language film for the 81st Academy Awards, Academy president Sid Ganis said Friday. Nominations will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 22, and the awards will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 22.

The complete list of foreign-language submissions follows. For more details on some of the films, visit

Afghanistan, "Opium War," Siddiq Barmak

Albania, "The Sorrow of Mrs. Schneider," Piro Milkani and Eno Milkani

Algeria, "Masquerades," Lyes Salem

Argentina, "Lion's Den," Pablo Trapero

Austria, "Revanche," Gotz Spielmann

Azerbaijan, "Fortress," Shamil Nacafzada

Bangladesh, "Aha!," Enamul Karim Nirjhar

Belgium, "Eldorado," Bouli Lanners

Bosnia and Herzegovina, "Snow," Aida Begic

Brazil, "Last Stop 174," Bruno Barreto

Bulgaria, "Zift," Javor Gardev

Canada, "The Necessities of Life," Benoit Pilon

Chile, "Tony Manero," Pablo Larrain

China, "Dream Weavers," Jun Gu

Colombia, "Dog Eat Dog," Carlos Moreno

Croatia, "No One's Son," Arsen Anton Ostojic

Czech Republic, "The Karamazovs," Petr Zelenka

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4th CentEast Market Warsaw – October 15-19, 2008

3 October 2008 4:36 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The 4th CentEast Market Warsaw, organized by the Warsaw Film Foundation October 15-19, 2008, is an event for film professionals involved and/or interested in films from Eastern Europe, held during the Warsaw Film Festival. Producers, sales agents, distributors, TV buyers, festival programmers, and representatives of film funds and institutions meet every year in Warsaw and attend: – screenings of completed films – screenings of works-in-progress – panel discussions – workshops.

The main theme of this year’s CentEast will be international distribution and sales of Eastern European films. The panel discussions will deal with the following subjects:

Oct. 17 – ‘Tricks’, the success story – with the team behind the Polish film, directed by Andrzej Jakimowski, which got numerous international awards and has been released theatrically in several countries;

Oct. 18 – The Sales of Eastern European Films – with the Europe’s leading sales agents;

Last year’s works-in-progress ‘Lejdis’ by Tomasz Konecki and ‘The Karamazov Brothers’ by Petr Zelenka (world premiere at Karlovy Vary 08) already opened theatrically, while ‘Boogie’ by Radu Muntean (world premiere at Cannes 08) will be presented at the Warsaw Film Festival.

Content of the market is by selection aiming for quality over quantity. By Eastern European is meant films from Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Poland.

Integrated in the CentEast Market Warsaw are the Warsaw Screenings, where professionals can watch selected new Polish films. Apart from the October dates, a summer edition of the Warsaw Screenings (June/July) is aimed at programmers of film festivals held in the autumn. This year , among others, the following films showed and were invited afterwards to the most important events: ‘33 Scenes From Life’ by Małgorzata Szumowska, ‘Four Nights With Anna’ by Jerzy Skolimowski, ‘Mr Kuka’s Advice’ by Dariusz Gajewski, ‘Scratch’ by Michał Rosa.

The full program of CentEast will be announced early October.

Contact: Katarzyna Nowicka, media department of WFF, tel: +48 605 289 794, e-mail: Dorota Kwint »

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The Class, Gomorra, and Waltz with Bashir among films to beat in Foreign Oscar nom process

30 September 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- So far, about one third (35 countries to be exact) of the 96 invited to submit their entry for the Academy Awards' Best Foreign Language Picture category have done so. While tomorrow's list will beef up the finally tally, there are three pictures that first caught everyone's attention at Cannes this year that are destined to make it to the final five. After last year's fiasco (the exclusion of Persepolis and 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days), I'm hoping that this year's measures (a new voting system broken into phases) will make sure that voting members don't mess up once again and If I'd had to handicap the race this early on, I'd say The Class, Gomorra and Waltz with Bashir -- all films that are currently being showcased at the 46th Nyff, will each be considered as top tier noms. I'd also love to see Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Three Monkeys in »

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'Karamazovs' reps Czechs for Oscar

29 September 2008 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Foreign-language Oscar guide

Moscow -- Petr Zelenka's "The Karamazovs" will be the Czech Republic's submission for the foreign-language Oscar, the Czech Film and Television academy said Monday.

"The Karamazovs" is a cinematic retelling of the novel "The Brothers Karamazov" by Fyodor Dostoevsky, based on a Polish theatrical dramatization staged in 2000.

It was one of the Czech Republic's two entries at this year's Karlovy Vary international film festival, where it received the special jury mention and the Fipresci prize. »

- By Vladimir Kozlov

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Euro Film Academy unveils awards list

4 September 2008 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

London -- The European Film Academy unveiled the 44 movies on this year's long list for the upcoming European Film Awards, scheduled for Dec. 6 in Copenhagen.

The 44 titles come from 27 countries across the continent including four from the U.K.

Joe Wright's "Atonement," Nick Broomfield's "Battle for Haditha," Mike Leigh's "Happy-Go-Lucky" and Steve McQueen's "Hunger" will all hope to make the nominations' list with titles such as Kornel Mundruczo's "Delta" from Hungary and Andrzej Wajda's "Katyn" from Poland vying for a place.

In the 20 countries with the most Efa Members, 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 24 other titles.

Over the next few weeks, the 1,800 members of the European Film Academy will vote for the nominations in the different award categories.

The nominations will then be announced Nov. »

- By Stuart Kemp

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'Terribly Happy' tops Karlovy Vary fest

13 July 2008 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic -- The modern Danish Western "Terribly Happy" was named best film in the official competition at the 43rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which ended Saturday.

The film, directed by Henrik Ruben Genz, took home the Grand Prix Crystal Globe. A special jury prize was given to "The Photograph," a story set in Indonesia directed by Singapore's Nan T. Achnas. Russia's Alexey Uchitel was named best director for his war picture "Captive."

The best film award in the major sidebar East of the West went to Kazakhstan director Sergey Dvortsevoy's "Tulpan," which won the top prize in Un Certain Regard at this year's Festival de Cannes.

Nikita Mikhalkov's "12," a modern Russian version of "12 Angry Men" that was nominated for a best foreign-language Oscar, won the audience award and British director James Marsh's "Man on Wire" was named best feature documentary.

Special jury mentions went to Polish/Czech film "The Karamazovs," directed by Petr Zelenka, and Hungary's "The Investigator," directed by Attila Gigor. Martha Issova and Jiri Madl were named best actress and actor for the Czech film "Night Owls."

Actors Robert De Niro, Danny Glover, Christopher Lee and Armin Mueller-Stahl were among those who received awards for outstanding contributions to world cinema. Czech director Ivan Passer, who was chairman of the jury for the official competition, was similarly honored. »

- By Ray Bennett

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Karlovy Vary preps 43rd edition

3 July 2008 1:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Moscow -- The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff) will launch its 43rd edition in the Czech spa town on July 4.

Over the years, the festival has earned a reputation as the largest film event in Central and Eastern Europe, which it will reinforce this year with films from the region’s best-known directors accounting for a large part of the official selection.

Many of the directors whose movies are among the 14 competing for the Crystal Globe have already won prizes at Karlovy Vary or elsewhere. Croatia’s Zrinko Ogresta, the director of “Behind the Glass,” won Kviff’s special jury prize five years ago with “Here,” while Russia’s Alexei Uchitel, who is presenting his most recent film, “Captive,” was the winner of 2005’s Moscow International Film Festival with “Dreaming of Space.”

Petr Zelenka, one of the most renowned young Czech directors and winner of the 2002 Crystal Globe with his “Year of the Devil”, is also participating with his new feature, “The Karamazovs.”

Robert De Niro is due to collect the Crystal Globe for outstanding contribution to world cinema at the opening ceremony, and “What Just Happened,” in which he stars will be the opening night movie. »

- By Vladimir Kozlov

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Karlovy Vary unveils competition lineup

23 June 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MOSCOW -- The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival took the wraps off its 43rd edition Monday, unveiling a competition lineup true to its Central and Eastern European roots.

While this year's festival, set for July 4-12, will feature an array of international titles, organizers still managed to preserve the event's focus on its home region.

The Czech Republic has a pair of films in the official competition. Considered one of the up-and-coming voices of Czech cinema, Petr Zelenka brings "Karamazoi", a cinematic retelling of Dostoevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov" based on Evald Schorm's theatrical production.

Also featured in competition is Czech helmer Michaela Pavlatova's contemporary Prague love story "Night Owls".

Other Eastern European titles among the official selection include Croatia's Zrinko Ogresta's psychological drama "Iza stakla" (Behind the Glass) and "Plennyj" (Captive) by Russian director Alexey Uchitel, a struggle-for-survival story set during a recent war in the Caucasus.

"The Guitar", the directorial debut of Amy Redford, daughter of Robert, is the sole U.S. entry in competition. »

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