16 items from 2013
Top brass at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) have announced a new programme on Canadian Cinema as well as the traditionally strong roster of foreign-language films eligible for the Fipresci Award in the Awards Buzz section, and Modern Masters.
The festival will screen 45 of the 76 official foreign-language Oscar submissions under the umbrella of Awards Buzz.
“We’ve selected Canadian films for a special focus at this year’s festival for many reasons, not the least of which is the wealth of talent emerging from its relatively small, indigenous film industry, and the depth and richness of story and character portrayal its films exemplify,” said festival director Darryl Macdonald.
“Whether it’s established auteurs like Denis Coté, Denis Villenueve and Atom Egoyan, gifted actor-directors like Don McKellar and Sarah Polley or newly emerging talents like Chloé Robichaud, Craig Goodwill and Sébastien Pilote, Canadian creative ingenuity is on abundant display in its films. All of this »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The following interview was initially published at the time of the film’s world premiere at Hot Docs 2013. This week, The Manor plays as part of Doc NYC. The titular subject referred to in Shawney Cohen’s debut feature has nothing to do with ladies and lords, but with the Cohen family business – a combo strip club/motel in a small Canadian town. And The Manor has nothing to do with in the ins and outs of the sex industry, so to speak, but with the inner workings of the Cohen family, which includes Shawney’s 400-pound father (who bought the place when […] »
- Lauren Wissot
Shawney Cohen is a filmmaker, but he also works at the family business, which wouldn't be so unusual if the business wasn't a small town strip club in Canada. Following in the footsteps of other personal documentarians like Ross McElwee and Doug Block, Cohen delves into the story of his dysfunctional family in his debut feature "The Manor," which opened the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in April and makes its N.Y. premiere at Doc NYC on Friday night. Cohen spent three years shooting the film and 15 months editing down the more than 200 hours of footage. Of course, he was concerned about the critical response, but more important than the reviews was his family's response. While Cohen's film depicts his family with love and respect, it doesn't gloss over difficult elements, including his father's struggle with obesity, his mother's anorexia and their strained relationship. Here Cohen provides tips »
- Shawney Cohen
Janos Szasz’s Le Grand Cahier walked away with the Crystal Globe at the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.Scroll down for full list of winners
The Hungarian film impressed jury and industry alike with its depiction of 13-year-old twins sent to their grandmother during the Second World War (it is based on Agota Kristof’s award-winning novel The Notebook).
The producer of the film, Sandor Soth [pictured], picked up the award in front of a delighted audience. Le Grand Cahier was co-produced with Austria (Amour Fou), France (Dolce Vita) and Germany (Intuit), and it is the first completed feature to be backed by the new Hungarian Film Fund (the Hungarian production company was Hunnia Film Studio.
The Kviff top prize comes with $25,000 to be split by director and producer. The film also won the Europa Cinemas Label.
Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo (L’écume des jours) was a surprise no-show in Cannes this year (his film debuted theatrically in France the previous month) but the stage is set for an opening gala opening ceremony for the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Among the slew of titles that were announced today, at the top of must see list we find Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England making its world premiere in the Main Competition category, a pic we thought would end up showing on the Croisette. Another item we had short-listed for a Cannes showing but will be shown in the Spa village backdrop, we have János Szasz’s The Notebook, and making it’s international debut after a stellar Tribeca debut, Lance Edmands’ Bluebird will compete against a pack that also includes hometown favorite Jan Hřebejk and his his psychological thriller Honeymoon. In the Docu »
- Eric Lavallee
The psychedelic horror film, set during the English Civil War in the mid-17th century, will screen at the festival in the Czech Republic on July 4.
As previously reported, it will be the first UK film to be released simultaneously in cinemas, on DVD, free TV and VoD. This will take place on July 5.
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The main section of Karlovy Vary will include a further six world and seven international premieres, with new films from six returning directors – two of whom have already won Crystal Globes for Best Film at the festival in recent years.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
It's been over a year since Toronto's historic Bloor Cinema was renovated and revamped as a year round cinema for Hot Docs -- North America's largest documentary film festival. Playing nonfiction films almost exclusively, the cinema has proven in the 14 months since it's opened that there is indeed a market for this sort of specifically branded art house. And in it's in the midst of having one of it's greatest success stories. First-time filmmaker Shawney Cohen's "The Manor" is a portrait of his own family, who just so happen to run the strip club noted in the film's title. "The Manor" opened Hot Docs' annual festival last month to strong reviews and packed theaters, and then started its theatrical run a week after Hot Docs ended, at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, as it is now called. Read More: Riveting Strip Club-Set Family Saga 'The Manor' Opens »
- Peter Knegt
For his 13th birthday, Shawney Cohen received a lap dance. Gifted to him by his father. It didn’t seem that abnormal for a kid who grew up around strippers. His family owns and operates a gentleman’s club outside of Toronto, and as a kid Cohen often stayed at its adjoining hotel. If he awoke in the middle of the night and needed a glass of water, he would head to the bar like it was no big deal. Decades later, he has now made an irresistible film about the family business, where he also works part time. Named after the club, The Manor presents the place like any of us might share our own childhood backdrop. In a way it’s merely a common setting in the context of Cohen’s life, yet it’s also quite significant to the story of his parents, both of whom have an eating disorder. Over »
- Christopher Campbell
After spending a decade as a film animator, Shawney Cohen got burnt out and decided it was time to take a break from his career to spend some time working at the family business. It just so happens that business was The Manor, a strip club located 40 miles west of Toronto, Canada. "I reached a point in my early thirties where I was just kind of trying to figure out what to do," Cohen said. "But I always kind of avoided the strip club. It was part of my life, but I just reached a point where my parents were in their sixties and I didn't spend much time with my brother, so it seemed like a good idea to try working there. In retrospect, just jumping into that business was a bit naive because I had no experience. I thought it would be an easy gig, but it wasn't. »
- Peter Knegt
There’s more than a faint echo of “Grey Gardens” resonating within “The Manor,” documaker Shawney Cohen’s Canadian-gothic portrait of his family business: a struggling strip joint and hotel in a suburb outside Toronto. Self-delusion and denial are as plentiful as the bare flesh undulating inside the Cohen clan’s showcase of pole dancing, oil wrestling and “foxy boxing,” but the director himself, who narrates, provides a healthy dose of skepticism, expressing misgivings about not just the club but the whole family dynamic. Theatrical exposure seems uncertain, but the Hot Docs opener could flourish as a VOD title.
It’s hard not to sympathize with a narrator who recalls how he asked for hockey pads for his bar mitzvah and got a lap dance instead. The thirtysomething helmer has grown up with the Manor, which his father, Roger, bought 30 years earlier. Roger, too, has grown: Now in his 60s, »
- John Anderson
Polemic Crisis: Cohen Turns Camera On His Fam
Having flown the coop over a decade ago to work in the film industry as a digital effects artist, first time feature director Shawney Cohen decided to return to his Jewish roost to help out with the family owned strip joint and motel in times of turmoil. It seems his parents, a life long couple who now seem to share nothing in common except an incendiary relationship with food, are now slaves to their sustenance. Presently 400 pounds, his kingpin father can do little but delegate from behind his desk, while his mother, only a mere 85 pounds, can barely stomach more than a few bites in a sitting. Within Cohen’s deeply personal, thematically complex docu debut, The Manor, their contradictory comestible issues turn out to be deeply seeded in the dirty business they’ve built their lavish lives upon.
Long before the »
- Jordan M. Smith
Amir here, with my first dispatch from Hot Docs, North America’s biggest documentary film festival.
My friends had parents who were dentists or ran stores. My parents own a strip club.”
So says Shawney Cohen, the director of The Manor, the Canadian film that opens the festival tonight. Advertised with images of the invitingly neon-lit entrance of a strip club and scantily-clad dancers, The Manor seems to have been chosen as the opening night film based on an old adage we know all too well: sex sells. It’s a risky move by the festival’s programmers because anyone going in to buy sex will surely leave the theatre disappointed. Those of us going in not based on the marketing material but on the promise of a great opener had nothing to worry about. The Manor is an intimate family portrait that explores universal themes of familial bonding through »
- Amir S.
Toronto — On the eve of the 20th edition of Hot Docs, Kinosmith has sparked sales action nabbing Canuck rights to world-preeming opener “The Manor” and to Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s Sundance hit “Blackfish,” which is distribbed by Magnolia in the U.S.
North America’s largest doc fest, mart and confab kicks off in Toronto Thursday with Shawney Cohen’s voyeuristic soul-searching debut feature “The Manor,” which confronts the odd dynamic behind his family’s Ontario strip club.
Kinosmith opens “Manor” at Hot Docs’ year-round docu cinema hub The Bloor on May 10, with other Canuck cities to follow, while “Blackfish” opens at the Tiff Lightbox July 19.
Over 11 days Hot Docs will unspool 205 docs (44 world preems) from 43 countries, including 75 U.S. pics, with Toronto’s doc-savvy auds eager to take in non-fiction features that go deeper than daily news feeds, and buyers searching for potential evergreen fare.
With an expected 2,000-plus international delegate roster, »
- Jennie Punter
Hi everyone! Amir here, to bring you exciting festival news at month's end. Nathaniel is heading to the Nashville Film Festival as a jury member and for the first time at The Film Experience, we’re also going to cover the Hot Docs Festival, North America’s largest documentary fest, which is held in Toronto. It’s a record breaking year for their ever-expanding programme: there are 205 documentaries screening, 44 of which are world premieres.
The Manor, Hot Docs' opening film
Hot Docs hits two important milestones this year. First, the festival turns 20: “It’s not a teenager anymore” as the director announced at the press conference; it's a major triumph for a niche festival to become a mainstay. Second, Bloor Cinema, the theatre that hosts most of the screenings turns 100! It’s one of Canada’s oldest and most nostalgia inducing cinemas. Had it not been for their incredibly »
- Amir S.
Far from stripped down, the massive 2013 edition will kick off with the world premiere of The Manor, a documentary by first-time Canadian director Shawney Cohen, about a Jewish family running a Guelph strip club. Growing in popularity and acclaim with each edition, the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival is one of North America’s most anticipated film festivals and a haven for lovers of great documentaries — its sold-out screenings and long line-ups attest to the festival’s ever-growing importance and impressive status. Yesterday, Hot Docs unveiled its full line-up (which runs April 25th to May 5th) of 205 official selections from 43 countries, chosen from over 2,300 submissions, with 44 World premieres.
If the subjects and titles are any indication, it promises to be yet another fascinating year in documentaries. 2012 was highly successful for the festival with 9 of its selections making up the 15 documentaries shortlisted for the Best Feature Documentary at the recent Academy Awards. »
- Moen Mohamed
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival has announced the full film line-up for its 20th edition -- running April 25 to May 5 in Toronto, Canada -- at a press conference yesterday at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. From 2,386 film submissions, this year’s slate will present a whopping 205 titles from 43 countries in 11 screening programs. "This year’s festival is about looking back and celebrating our 20th anniversary, and also looking forward,” said Hot Docs director of programming Charlotte Cook. “This year we are celebrating, big ideas, innovation and the future. We will have many new and exciting experiences at the festival to give back to the local, and filmmaking, community that have supported us for two decades. This festival is for them." The festival will open with the world premiere of Shawney Cohen’s "The Manor," a first-time filmmaker’s intimate tragi-comic family portrait. Cohen was a strip club manager before taking on the film. »
- Peter Knegt
16 items from 2013
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