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Walter Salles, Laurie Anderson in San Sebastian’s Zabaltegi

10 August 2015 7:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marcia Tambutti’s “Beyond My Grandfather Allende,” Walter Salles’ “Jia Zhangke, A Guy From Fenyang” and Laurie Anderson’s “Heart of a Dog” figure among the highlights of the 63rd San Sebastian Festival’s Zabaltegi sidebar, which concentrates some of the most unclassifiable and suggestive proposals of the current international film scene.

Combining the showcase of the Spanish premieres by pics from reputed filmmakers with titles awarded at international festivals, Zabaltegi praises even more something that has become a hallmark of the San Sebastian fest: the rich breadth in film styles and countries of origin.

Part of a strong presence of documentaries and nonfiction features — 11 out of a total 24 titles announced — “Beyond My Grandfather Allende” will screen in Zabaltegi after winning the first L’Oeil d’Or for best documentary at the last Cannes fest.

In her feature debut, sold by Paris-based Doc & Film International, Marcia Tambutti delivers a »

- Emiliano De Pablos

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Khoo, Salles, Sokurov join San Sebastian line-up

10 August 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Zabaltegi strand of the festival will feature 24 titles.Scroll down for full list

The 63rd San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 18-26) has unveiled the features that will comprise its Zabaltegi programme, including Spanish premieres of new films from Laurie Anderson, Eric Khoo, Corneliu Porumboiu, Walter Salles and Alexander Sokurov.

The non-competitive strand includes features, documentaries, animation and shorts, and the first screening of all films in the section will run at the Tabakalera centre for contemporary culture and creation, the hub of Zabaltegi activities from this year.

Titles in the section that played at this year’s Cannes include Porumboiu’s black comedy The Treasure, which won the Un Certain Regard Talent Prize; Tambutti documentary Beyond My Grandfather Allende, winner of the L’Oeil d’Or award for best documentary; and Magnus Von Horn’s debut The Here After, which played in Directors’ Fornight.

Films that will first be seen at Venice (Sept 2-12) include Francofonia, from Russian »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Sarajevo Film Festival unveils full line-up

31 July 2015 5:54 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Newly announced strands include 1995-2015 Dealing With The Past.Scroll down for line-up

The Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 14-22) has unveiled the full line-up for its 21st edition, including new strand 1995-2015 Dealing With The Past.

The strand includes three documentaries that tackle Bosnia’s war-torn past: The Voices of Srebrenica; The Dvor Massacre; and The Diplomat.

The first two titles will be screened together. Nedim Lončarević’s The Voices of Srebrenica is the tale of survivors of the genocide that claimed the lives of more than 8,000 people in July 1995 during the Bosnian War.

The Dvor Massacre, directed by Kasper Vedsmand and Georg Larsen, centres on a Danish officer haunted by a decision not to intervene in a situation that ultimately saw nine people executed.

David Holbrooke’s The Diplomat, first shown at Tribeca in April, tells the story of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, whose career spanned 50 years of Us foreign policy - from Vietnam and Afghanistan to Bosnia »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Robert Zemeckis' 'The Walk' Will Open the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival

28 July 2015 7:19 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Watch: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a 'Man on Wire' in Thrilling 'The Walk' TrailerThe 28th Tokyo International Film Festival held a press conference today to announce this year's festival venues, Jury President and opening and closing films. Bryan Singer ("The Usual Suspects," "X-Men") has been selected as this year's Jury President, joining a list of respected filmmakers who have served at previous festivals.  The festival will open with Robert Zemeckis' drama "The Walk," starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit, and will close with Japanese director Tetsuo Shinohara's film "Terminal," starring Koichi Sato ("When the Last Sword is Drawn").  Additionally, directors Isao Yukisada, Sotho Kulikar and Brillante Mendoza announced the outline of their omnibus film project, "Asian Three-Fold Mirror." The three directors will be filming in various Asian countries and will premiere their completed »

- Sarah Choi

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Robert Zemeckis' 'The Walk' to open Tokyo film festival

28 July 2015 2:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Director Bryan Singer to head the main competition jury.

Robert ZemeckisThe Walk, a 3D biographical thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the French high-wire artist Philippe Petit, will open the 28th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival (Oct 22-31). 

The festival, to be held in Roppongi Hills and other venues, will close with Tetsuo Shinohara’s Terminal, a romance drama based on the novel by Shino Sakuragi.

Tiff is lengthening this year’s festival by a day and adding screening locations at theatres in Tokyo’s bustling Shinjuku district, as well as the Kabukiza Theatre for a second year, saying it needed more time and space due to an expansion of its programme.

“We’d like to give more wide ranging screenings so that more people can come,” said Tiff managing director Nobushige Toshima in presenting the festival outline.

The festival has added three new sections to its programme: Panorama, Japan Now and »

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Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Walk’ Set as Tokyo Festival Opener

28 July 2015 1:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo – Robert Zemeckis drama “The Walk,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as wire-walker Philippe Petit, has been set as the opener of the Tokyo International Film Festival.

“The Terminal,” Tetsuo Shinohara’s drama about a man and woman who restart their lives on the northern island of Hokkaido, has been set as the closer.

The 28th edition will unspool Oct. 22-31 at the Roppongi Hills shopping and entertainment complex and other venues around the Japanese capital, including three new ones in Shinjuku.

U.S. director Bryan Singer, returning to the festival for the eighth time, will be head of the main competition jury.

Tiff will debut three new sections: Panorama, new films in genres, including animation and horror; Japan Looks, a showcase for Japanese films of the past year; and Japanese Classics.

One special screening highlight will be a 4K digitally restored version of the Akira Kurosawa samurai drama “Ran,” which screened »

- Mark Schilling

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'Taxi', 'Tikkun', 'The Lobster' make Sarajevo Kinoscope cut

20 July 2015 9:58 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Non-competitive sidebar features 19 films; Brillante Mendoza tribute on festival slate.

The Sarajevo Film Festival’s (Aug 14-22) non-competitive strand Kinoscope will feature 19 films, 12 of which come from first or second-time feature directors.

The eclectic selection includes festival favourites such as Jafar Panahi’s Taxi, Andrew Haig’s 45 Years, Yorgos LanthimosThe Lobster, Martti Helde’s In The Crosswind, Ciro Guerra’s Embrace Of The Serpent, and Jerusalem Film Festival winner Tikkun.

Also featured are documentaries Killing Time by Lydie Wisshaupt-Claudel, Chad Gracia’s The Russian Woodpecker, and Benedikt Erlingsson’s archive footage collage The Greatest Shows On Earth: A Century Of Vaudeville, Circuses And Carnivals.

Genre fare is represented by Green Room, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, and Takashi Miike’s Yakuza Apocalypse.

The strand’s programmers, Protagonist Pictures’ CEO Mike Goodridge and Festivalscope’s Alessandro Raja and Mathilde Henrot, said: “In programming Kinoscope this year, we found ourselves unconsciously veering towards work from young »

- vladan.petkovic@gmail.com (Vladan Petkovic)

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Filipino Auteur Brillante Mendoza to Receive Tribute at Sarajevo Film Festival

16 July 2015 11:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Sarajevo Film Festival is set to pay tribute to Filipino auteur Brillante Mendoza, who won the director prize at Cannes with his ultra-violent “The Execution of P” in 2009.

Mendoza was 45 when he first directed a feature film, but in the following decade directed 16. “Those films were not only a gust of fresh air in an art that constantly seeks for new, unique forms, they quickly became recognizable as a crucial part of the cinematic legacy of our time,” said the festival.

Mendoza does not shy away from difficult subjects, Sarajevo said. In his films, he has tackled issues such as incest, bigamy, crime and prostitution.

“His great skill is in portraying the everyday hardship of Filipino people with authenticity and originality, thereby also successfully resisting the pitfalls of banality. Taking full advantage of what new possibilities lightweight cinema has to offer, he imbues his films with a sensuality »

- Leo Barraclough

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‘Taklub’ Dramatizes Typhoon Haiyan Disaster With Gritty, Documentary Feel (Guest Blog)

23 June 2015 7:11 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Filipino director Brillante Mendoza has made a feature movie that tells the story of ​a group of ​ survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 that recently screened in Cannes. The film, titled “Taklub,” might even be up for an Oscar early next year in the best foreign film category — it’s that good.​ ​Typhoon Haiyan, called “Yolanda” by the Philippines​ Central Weather Bureau, hit ​Tacloban City that November and left over 7,000 people dead​. Asked by several government agencies to make an “advocacy film” in a feature film format, Mendoza ​hired veteran actress Nora Aunor to anchor the film and ​put a »

- Dan Bloom

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Cannes: Nanni Moretti’s ‘Mia Madre’ Set to Travel Worldwide (Exclusive)

27 May 2015 5:05 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Nanni Moretti’s “Mia madre,” which world premiered in competition at Cannes and won the Ecumenical Jury prize, set to travel worldwide.

Paris-based Films Distribution has closed Canada (eOne), Germany (Koch Media), Australia (Palace), Korea (T-cast), Taiwan (Maison Motion), Czech Republic (Film Europe), Fidalgo (Norway), Columbia (Cineplex), Denmark (Camera Film), Turkey (Filmarty), A One (Cis) and Mexico (Mantarraya), among others.

Earlier in the festival, Alchemy snapped up “Mia madre” for U.S. distribution.

Echoing Moretti’s own experience and weaving drama with comedy, “Mia Madre” focuses on a film director who struggles to cope with her mother’s fatal illness.

The film protagonist — said to be Moretti’s alter ego — is played by Margherita Buy (“The Caiman,” “Days and Clouds”). Buy stars along with John Turturro.

Films Distribution had managed to pre-sell “Mia madre” to Japan (Kino Films), Brazil (California Filmes), Sweden (Folkets Bio), Benelux (Cineart), Austria (ThimFilm), Israel »

- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell

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Cannes: 21 Films That Stood Out at the 2015 Festival

25 May 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Variety critics Scott Foundas, Justin Chang, Peter Debruge, Guy Lodge, Jay Weissberg and Maggie Lee weighed in with their choices for the 21 best films at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (listed in alphabetical order):

1. “Amy.” British director Asif Kapadia followed up his 2010 “Senna” with this even more daring and revealing portrait of the brilliant but tragic jazz diva Amy Winehouse. Drawing on a wealth of professional and user-generated video, Kapadia again eschews the usual talking-heads interview format to keep WInehouse front and center for two harrowing hours, during which we come to understand how thoroughly the troubled singer lived her life under the camera’s relentless and unforgiving gaze. The result is an unforgettable portrait of the cult of celebrity in the iPhone era. (Scott Foundas)

2. “Arabian Nights.” Even this year’s most impressive competition films couldn’t match Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes’ magnum opus for brazen ambition and conceptual heft. »

- Variety Staff

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Cannes: Will ‘The Assassin’ Slay the Competition?

23 May 2015 5:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Given the number of films in competition (19), the correspondingly infinite number of possible award/talent configurations, and the sheer impossibility of guessing at the individual and collective tastes of nine jurors, predicting the major award winners at the Cannes Film Festival is obviously a fool’s errand — and one that our critics on the Croisette have gladly undertaken.

Guy Lodge

Palme d’Or: “The Assassin.” Word on the street — and among British bookies — is that my own favorite film of the fest, Yorgos Lanthimos’ high-wire relationship fantasy “The Lobster,” is the one to beat, though whether that’s based on honest hearsay or a projection of the Coen brothers’ taste for dryer-than-dust comedy, I can’t say. As much as it would thrill me to see such a singular combination of concept-y formalism and perverse heart-tugging take the prize, I have a hard time seeing it as the unifying consensus »

- Guy Lodge and Justin Chang

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Cannes: ‘Son of Saul’, 'Masaan', 'Paulina' win Fipresci prizes

23 May 2015 1:21 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Other prizes go to My Mother, Masaan and Paulina.

Hungarian Holocaust drama Son of Saul has been named the best film in the main Competition section of the 68th Cannes Film Festival by Fipresci, the International Federation of Film Critics.

Review: Son of Saul

Laszlo Nemes directorial debut - the only debut in this year’s Competition line-up - is about a Hungarian prisoner assigned to work in one of the crematoria of Auschwitz who, finding a body he believes is his son, sets out to find a rabbi to bury him.

Sold by Films Distribution, it was snapped up during the festival by Curzon Artificial Eye for the UK, Sony Pictures Classics for the Us and several other territories.

It ranked joint second on Screen’s Cannes Jury Grid, with no prizes as yet for joint leaders Carol and The Assassin.

Nemes previously worked as assistant director to Bela Tarr on The Man From London (2007).

Masaan »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Cannes: ‘Son of Saul’ Wins Fipresci Competition Award

23 May 2015 8:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes – Delivering early verdicts on Cannes Palme d’Or contenders, Fipresci and Ecumenical Jury Awards went to Laszlo Nemes’ “Son of Saul” and Nanni Moretti’s “My Mother,” respectively.

Fipresci’s competition nod vindicates Cannes’ selection of Holocaust drama “Son of Saul,” the only first feature in competition that has gone on to abundant international sales for Films Distribution.

A French press Palme d’Or frontrunner, “My Mother,” again sold by Films Distributiion, has scored well with overseas reviewers, as was the case with “Saul.” Neither Fipresci nor Ecumenical jury plumped for either of Cannes’ competition frontrunners, according to critics’ polls at least: Todd Haynes’ “Carol” and Hou Hsiao-hsien’s “The Assassin.”

Announced Saturday, further kudos from the Fipresci Intl. Federation of Film Critics were won by Un Certain Regard entry “Masaan,” directed by Neeraj Ghaywan, and Santiago Mitre’s Versatile-sold “Paulina,” which already topped Critics’ Week on Thursday. »

- John Hopewell

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Taklub’

19 May 2015 4:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Taklub,” Filipino auteur Brillante Mendoza’s portrait of three surviving families a year after Typhoon Yolanda ripped through the city of Tacloban, is more concerned with their emotional devastation than with the physical aftermath. Shot in a no-frills documentary style that echoes its subjects’ deprivation, the film is at once intimate and detached in its dramatic economy, though the finale will leave many viewers saddened yet humbled. Without the provocative content of films like “Serbis” or “Kinatay,” it will be hard for this quiet work to make a dent in European arthouse circles. Domestic response will be much warmer, given its relevance, but mostly thanks to the reverence that lead actress Nora Aunor commands.

“A time to tear down and a time to build”: Quoting Ecclesiastes 3:1-6 in the closing credits, Mendoza reflects on the material and spiritual hurdles facing disaster reconstruction efforts, questioning whether faith, charity, stoicism »

- Maggie Lee

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Tokyo Festival To Celebrate Filipino Cinema

14 May 2015 10:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Tokyo International Film Festival will this year organize a special section on the films of Filipino director Brillante Mendoza in particular, and the films of the Philippines in general. Mendoza’s latest film “Taklub” has its premiere this week in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard.

The section is the second year that Tokyo has organized its ‘Crosscut Asia’ showcase, after its launch year focused on Thai cinema. The initiative is the joint effort of the Japan Foundation Asia Center and the Tokyo Festival (Oct 22-31, 2015).

Organizers calculate that Filipino cinema is currently in a third golden age, after two earlier periods of glory, one in the early 1950s and, a second, in the 1970s and 1980s. The latter was exemplified by angry indie auteurs including Lino Brocka, Ishmael Bernal, and Kidlat Tahimik.

“Now, in the 21st-century era of digital film making, young independent creators are appearing in droves, gaining worldwide »

- Patrick Frater

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Tiff’s Crosscut Asia to focus on the Philippines

14 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) and Japan Foundation have announced they will focus on the cinema of the Philippines for the second edition of the festival’s Crosscut Asia sidebar.

The line-up includes a special programme of the work of Brillante Mendoza who won best director at Cannes in 2009 for Kinatay. Mendoza’s Taklub is screening in Un Certain Regard this year.

“I am delighted to be a part of this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival where my film as well as other works from the Philippines will be shown,” said Mendoza.

“The Tokyo International Film Festival is a great occasion for everyone as it showcases not only movies from the Philippines but a variety of works from around the globe that are not available at everyday cinemas. I hope everyone will have a chance to appreciate these works.”

The first Crosscut Asia at last year’s Tokyo International Film Festival focused on Thai cinema »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Cannes ’15 completes lineup with Gaspar Noé’s ‘Love’

23 April 2015 3:42 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Cannes 2015 lineup wasn’t done quite yet. Today, several films were added to the Un Certain Regard and In Competition categories, bringing the final, completed lineups of each up to 19 films.

Chief among them is Gaspar Noé’s Love, “a sexual melodrama about a boy and a girl and another girl. It’s a love story, which celebrates sex in a joyous way.” Originally it was presumed the film would be In Competition, but now they’ve slotted the controversial filmmaker into a Midnight Movie screening. Also of note is Cemetery of Splendour, which is Thai director Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul’s follow-up to the Palme D’Or winner from 2010, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. That film will be shown as part of the Un Certain Regard.

Other films on the slate, via Deadline: Guilliaume Nicloux’s The Valley of Love, Michel Franco’s Chronic, an English language debut starring Tim Roth, »

- Brian Welk

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Cannes Expands Official Selection With Latest From Noe, Mendoza, Kawase, Weerasethakul And More

23 April 2015 3:15 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

An immediate reaction for many following the first Cannes lineup announcement was, "Where's Gaspar Noe's Love?" Answer: It's in Cannes. The massive French festival has just announced a second volley of selections in the official program - presumably rounding out the full selection - including the latest from Noe, Brillante Mendoza, Naomi Kawase, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and more. Here's the full assortment of new selections:As announced at the press conference held on 16th April, the Festival de Cannes has completed its Official Selection with the inclusion of the following films:in COMPETITIONCronic by Michel FrancoValley of love by Guillaume NiclouxUN Certain Regard Alias Maria by José Luis Rugeles GraciaTaklub by Brillante MendozaLamb by Yared Zeleke - 1st film, first entry of Ethiopia in Official SelectionCemetery of Splendour...

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“Love” Spreads Her Arms…Gaspar Noe, Guillaume Nicloux, Michel Franco & Thai Joe Are Going to Cannes

23 April 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Thierry Frémaux wasn’t done adding to the official festival selections, and in the same token, wasn’t done in shaking up a certain Main Comp status quo. By programming the latest from Main Comp mainstay filmmakers Naomi Kawase, Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Brillante Mendoza in the Un Certain Regard section and giving Gaspar Noe a more suitable Midnight showing for sizzler Love, Frémaux is using his film god powers to give the Main Comp section a fresh coat of paint with an overwhelming number of filmmakers who’ve previously been programmed elsewhere on the Croisette. Basking in the Main Comp glow, today’s two add-ons are Michel Franco (Cronic our #41 most anticipated foreign film) and Guillaume Nicloux (The Valley of Love – our #5 most anticipated foreign film of 2015 – this makes it two Mc titles for Isabelle Huppert). Here is the last batch:

Main Comp

Cronic by Michel Franco »

- Eric Lavallee

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