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13 items from 2014


Cinema One 2014 Review: Dodo Dayao's Violator Is A Masterful Exercise In Mounting Dread

22 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

A storm is coming and its bringing with it to Manila a rapidly escalating sense of dread. There would be panic, perhaps, were there any outlet for such an emotion but with the city on lockdown as water levels rise there is simply no opportunity for such a thing. Instead it brings with it anxiety of a sweaty, feral intensity and the sense that the entire city is simply stewing in its own sins and that those sins will soon consume all.Filipino blogger and critic Dodo Dayao makes his feature debut with Violator, a gorgeously executed and tightly controlled exercise in religious dread. It is a film that takes very seriously the notion that evil is all around and within us. Like Brillante Mendoza's Sapi...

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The Best of New Southeast Asian Cinema: Four Busan Film Fest Highlights

28 October 2014 9:43 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Shut out of the fest hits currently circuiting Europe and Asia ("Winter’s Sleep," "Mommy", "Leviathan") which all sold out before the Busan International Film Festival (Biff) homepage could even load, I headed for the festival's Southeast Asian offerings. Here are the highlights of my visit to this under-seen nook in world cinema: three fictional films that transported me from Hoang Lien National Park in Northern Vietnam to the Agusan del Sur marshlands in Mindanao to the apartment flats of Singapore along with a documentary which surveyed Southeast Asian cinema as a whole. Southeast Asia "Southeast Asian Cinema: When the Rooster Crows" follows four directors from four different countries: Brillante Mendoza from the Philippines, Eric Khoo from Singapore, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang from Thailand, and Garin Nugroho from Indonesia. Confronted with budgeting censorship and an overall lack of independent filmmaking in these nations, Leonardo Cinieri »

- Paul Keelan

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Busan’s Asian Project Market Unveils Co-Production Friendly Lineup

19 August 2014 10:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Seoul – Top-flight international directors including Brillante Mendoza (“Kinatay”), Bangladesh’s Mostofa Sarwar Farooki (“Television”), Thailand’s Pen-Ek Ratanaruang (“Invisible Waves”) and Cannes laureate Vimukthi Jayasundara (“The Forsaken Land”) of Sri Lanka will seek funding for their new films at the Asian Project Market.

They were among the 30 selected by the project market wing of South Korea’s Busan Intl. Film Festival.

Market organizers said the world is increasingly looking to Asia for co-productions. “Over 70% of the final section are co-productions. Boundaries are becoming increasingly blurred,” said Susan Chae, an selection committee member.

High-profile producers accompanying projects by less well-known directors also make up a significant portion of the market line-up. They include India’s Guneet Monga (“The Lunch Box”), Marianne Slot (“Antichrist,” “Melancholia”), Palestine’s Hany Abu-Assad and Paris-based Behrooz Hashemian (“Waiting for the Clouds”).

Korean projects include new efforts from Shin Suwon (“Circle Line,” “Pluto”), Yeon Sang-Ho (“The King »

- Nemo Kim

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Busan's Asian Project Market line-up

19 August 2014 5:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Directors include Brillante Mendoza, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Yeon Sang-ho.Scroll down for full list

Busan’s Asian Project Market (Apm) has announced this year’s line-up including films from directors Brillante Mendoza, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Yeon Sang-ho and July Jung.

Winner of the 2005 Cannes Film Festival Camera d’or, Vimukthi Jayasundara (The Forbidden Land) will present Sri Lankan project Hair Of The Dog That Bit You.

The drama is about a female tourist guide’s loss of memory and identity, and her struggle to come to terms with what is left of her life and an unknown future.

Cannes 2009 Best Director winner Brillante Mendoza (Kinatay) has Philippines-France-Germany co-production Fowl in the Apm line-up.

The story follows Ramon, a Filipino contract worker working at Singapore Post. When his wife Jenny suddenly dies, he has to travel back to the Philippines with her as if she were one of the many parcels he is so used to handling.

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- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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Busan reveals Asian Project Market lineup

19 August 2014 5:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Directors include Brillante Mendoza, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Yeon Sang-ho.

Busan’s Asian Project Market (Apm) has announced this year’s line-up including directors Brillante Mendoza, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Yeon Sang-ho and July Jung.

Winner of the 2005 Cannes Film Festival Camera d’or, Vimukthi Jayasundara (The Forbidden Land) will present Sri Lankan project Hair Of The Dog That Bit You.

The drama is about a female tourist guide’s loss of memory and identity, and her struggle to come to terms with what is left of her life and an unknown future.

Cannes 2009 Best Director winner Brillante Mendoza (Kinatay) has Philippines-France-Germany co-production Fowl in the Apm line-up.

The story follows Ramon, a Filipino contract worker working at Singapore Post. When his wife Jenny suddenly dies, he has to travel back to the Philippines with her as if she were one of the many parcels he is so used to handling.

Korean directors include July Jung, the [link=nm »

- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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‘White Knuckles,’ ‘The Beauty of Sharks’ and ‘White Shadows’ Among Standouts at Paris Coproduction Village

16 June 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Pia Marais’ South African drama “White Knuckles,” Karim Ainouz’s French Riviera-set thriller “The Beauty of Sharks” and Fabio Mollo’s psychological suspenser “White Shadows” were the standout projects pitched at the inaugural of Paris Coproduction Village.

“Knuckles” tells the tale of an Australian stuntwoman who returns to her native South Africa after her mother is brutally attacked. As the young woman starts to investigate the crime, she discovers the bleak reality: Violence perpetrated against women and organized crime run rampant among the white Afrikaners living in post-apartheid Africa.

Trish Lake at Australian shingle Freshwater Pictures is producing the €2.3 million ($2.7 million) film. A Swedish-South African helmer, Marais last directed “Layla Fourie,” which played at Berlin in 2013.

Lake, who was pitching the project with Marais at the Paris Coproduction Village, said Freshwater Pictures is in discussions with a well-known young Australian actress for the role.

Lake added Marais’ reference for »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Buyers circle Aïnouz’s Sharks at Paris Copro Village

16 June 2014 5:42 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

English-language thriller set on French Riviera in the 1950s due to shoot July 2015.

Brazilian director Karim Aïnouz’s upcoming thriller The Beauty of Sharks was one of the hot projects at the inaugural edition of the Paris Coproduction Village, which unfolded off the French capital’s Champs Elysees last week.

Two French buyers were rumoured to be circling the thriller about a group of Us expatriate hustlers living on the French Riviera, who are trying to get a piece of an elderly socialite’s millions.

It is based on an original screenplay by UK writer Rob Green who recently worked on Billy O’Brien’s horror romance Scintilla

The feature is produced by Filip Jan Rymsza of Royal Road Entertainment, which is based out of Los Angeles with satellite offices in New York and Luxembourg. Rymsza, who has a dual Us and Polish nationality, also takes a co-writing credit.

“The plan is to raise finance both out »

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Paris Coproduction Village Unveils Lineup

21 May 2014 10:52 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes–  Paris Coproduction Village, a new development and financing platform organized by the team behind Les Arcs Film Festival and hosted by the Champs-Elysees film festival, has unveiled its projects lineup.

Brillante Mendoza’s “The Embroiderer,” Karim Aïnouz’ “The Beauty of Sharks,”Fabio Mollo’s “White Shadows” and Andrea Segre’s “40%,” as some of the 12 projects set to be presented at the two-day mart, which will take place June 12 and 13.

Open to international titles, the selection, which is spearheaded by Vanja Kaludjercic, head of industry, and Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin, CEO of Les Arcs’ and Paris’ Co-production Villages, comprises four European projects, three from Asia, two from the Middle East, one from the U.S. and one from Latin America. Budgets range from less than half a million Euros to more than 10 million Euros.

The Paris forum will follow the winning receipe of Les Arcs’ event, mixing up films from emerging helmers with movies by well-established filmmakers. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Paris Copro Village unveils line-up

19 May 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Inaugural edition of the new co-production market will run June 12-13.Scroll down for full list of projects

Pia Marais, Andrea Segre and Brillante Mendoza [pictured] are among the directors who will be presenting their new projects at the inaugural Paris Coproduction Village in June.

Organised by the same team that runs Les Arcs European Film Festival, in association with the Champs-Elysees Film Festival, the event will take place off Paris’ most famous boulevard on June 12 and 13.

The event was launched in March to replace the respected Paris Project co-production market, which folded after losing its city hall funding. 

“We pulled together the line-up in an incredibly short space of time,” said Vanja Kaludjercic, who spearheads the new event alongside Les Arcs CEO Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin.

“We were very proactive in terms of chasing projects we knew were coming together. Everyone did their bit and got on the phone. We’re pretty pleased with the resulting selection.”

Fleurantin said: “It »

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Qissa wins two awards at Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema

18 February 2014 8:34 PM, PST | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Qissa, directed by Anup Singh, won two awards at the 20th edition of the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema (Festival international des cinémas d’Asie) that concluded on February 18 in Vesoul, France.

The film won a Special Mention by the International Jury comprising Brillante Mendoza as Chairperson, assisted by Taraneh Alidoosti (Iran), Jocelyne Saab (Lebanon) and Philip Cheah (Singapore). The Jury said in its citation: “…Qissa by Anup Singh (India) for its brave fusion of the historical epic, the transgender film and most unexpectedly, a ghost story.”

The film also won the Inalco Jury Award (granted by the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, Paris) for “the beautiful script, the quality of acting and the beauty of the picture.” Qissa features Irrfan Khan, Tisca Chopra, Rasika Dugal and Tillotama Shome.

The films awarded at the festival will be screened at Guimet Museum of Asian Arts, Paris, from »

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Haf Project Mart Picks Pang, Mendoza, Benegal

27 January 2014 5:43 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong – Asian film-making talent including Brillante Mendoza, Dev Benegal and Jun Robles Lana will line up in March with projects at the Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (Haf).

Some 29 projects will be pitched to co-producers, investors and distributors over a three day period, Mar. 24-26, including four competing for the Haf/Fox Chinese Award, backed by Fox International Productions.

All of the Haf’s factual entries will be eligible for a new documentary prize.

The event takes place in Hong Kong as part of the Entertainment Expo that also incorporates FilMart and the Hong Kong Int’l Film Festival.

The Philippines’ Mendoza, 2009 best director at Cannes for “Kinatay,” has two projects at Haf: narrative feature, “The Embroiderer,” and “The Gay Messiah” a documentary questioning religion and belief.

Also hailing from The Philippines is Jun Robles Lana, whose “Bwakaw” and “Barber’s Tales” were recent hits on the international festival circuit, »

- Patrick Frater

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Haf unveils line-up of 29 projects

26 January 2014 9:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Hong Kong-Asia Film Financing Forum (Haf) has unveiled this year’s line-up of 29 projects, including two from the Philippines’ Brillante Mendoza.

The line-up includes four projects under the third annual Haf/Fox Chinese Film Development Award, which aims to support scripts from up-and-coming Chinese filmmakers (see full line-up below).

Mendoza is bringing feature film project The Embroiderer, about undying love, along with documentary Gay Messiah, which questions religion and belief. The Philippines’ Jun Robles Lana also returns to Haf this year with his project Our Father, after winning the 2013 Haf award for Barber’s Tales.

Hong Kong filmmakers are also strongly represented in the line-up, with five projects, including comedian Lam Tze-chung’s Game and actress-turned-director Carrie Ng’s Angel Whispers.

Hong Kong projects also include Jason Kwan’s A Nail Clipper Romance, produced by acclaimed director Pang Ho-cheung; Philip Yung’s The Sea, produced by Jia Zhang-ke’s regular producer Chow Keung; and Simon Chung »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Hawaii International Film Festival 2013

9 January 2014 10:52 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Bryan Cranston as a Polish gangster; Chuuk immigrants in Guam; a Japanese superhero dressed only in women’s panties; Honolulu transit controversies; a home run-hitting gorilla; and filmmaking initiatives from the Cook Islands — all these and more were on display during last month’s Hawaii International Film Festival. New films by Jia Zhang-ke, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Hayao Miyazaki, Brillante Mendoza and Dante Lam dominated the festival’s solid Asian lineup, while emerging talents such as Tze Chun and Steven J. Kung led its selection of American work. Casting its nets far closer to shore, the festival also highlighted local Hawaiian and Pacific Islander […] »

- Jason Sanders

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