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'I Am Not Madame Bovary' wins top prize at Asian Film Awards

21 March 2017 8:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Feng Xiaogang’s comedy won best film, actress and cinematography, while The Handmaiden picked up four awards.Scroll down for full list of winners

Feng Xiaogang’s I Am Not Madame Bovary won best film, best actress for Fan Bingbing [pictured accepting her award] and best cinematography at the Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong on Tuesday night (March 21).

Fan plays a rural woman battling the authorities to restore her honour in the comedy-drama, produced by Feng’s Dongyang Mayla, Sparkle Roll Media and Huayi Brothers. Luo Pan was awarded best cinematography for the film, which was mostly shot in a circular frame.

Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden picked up the most awards of the evening – four in all, including best supporting actress for Moon So-ri and best newcomer for Kim Tae-ri. The erotic period drama was also awarded best production design (Ryu Seong-hie) and best costume design (Cho Sang-kyung).

Best director went to Korean filmmaker Na Hong-jing for supernatural horror »

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The Salesman review – Oscar-winning excellence

19 March 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This Iranian domestic drama from the director of A Separation lays its symbolism on with a trowel – but it works

Asghar Farhadi is not a director who hides his symbolic subtext. The imagery in this engrossing drama, about a couple of actors whose marriage is tested when she is violently assaulted in their new home, is so overt, Farhadi might as well be sounding a klaxon. There’s the choice of the play within the film – a Persian translation of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Willy Loman’s impotence and frustration permeate the film like cheap aftershave. And there’s the reason that Rana (Taraneh Alidoosti) and Emad (Shahab Hosseini) have to move house in the first place – their original apartment building is collapsing. The cracks in their home life are literal as well as figurative.

With a writer-director less skilled than Farhadi, this occasional lack of subtlety might be a problem. »

- Wendy Ide

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The Salesman review – Asghar Farhadi's potent, disquieting Oscar-winner

17 March 2017 1:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The film caught up in the travel ban row tells the story of a sexual assault that exposes the emotions seething beneath the surface of Iranian bourgeois life

Asghar Farhadi’s sombre new movie is the story of a shocking and mysterious event which shatters the wellbeing of a middle-class couple. It is about male pride, male violence, male privilege – but since its first appearance at Cannes last year, the film has outgrown its own immediate significance. It became a totem for cultural resistance to Donald Trump when the proposed travel ban threatened to exclude this Iranian director from the Academy Awards, where The Salesman was nominated for best foreign language film (Farhadi had already won an Oscar in this category for his 2011 film A Separation). The ban was overturned, but Farhadi stayed away in protest anyway. His film had a hugely well-attended free outdoor screening on the night in London, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Movie Theaters and Filmmakers Team Up Against Islamophobia With The Seventh Stand Initiative

16 March 2017 3:03 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In May, some 30 locations, including movie theaters, community centers and museums, across the United States will be screening films from the countries affected by the Muslim travel ban, as part of The Seventh Art Stand initiative. The goal of this initiative is “to elevate the cinemas and stories” of the people from the countries affected by the travel ban set by President Donald Trump: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Filmmakers Ramin Bahrani and Jonathan Demme, and actors Woody Harrelson, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro and Debra Winger are among the supporters of The Seventh Art Stand.

Read More: ‘The Secret Life of Muslims:’ Reza Aslan and Iqbal Theba Sound Off on Hollywood’s Portrayal of Muslims — Watch

“We believe it is crucial to build a tradition of sharing more stories, voices, and faces on our screens,” lead organizers Courtney Sheehan, Executive Director of the Northwest Film Forum (Nwff), and Richard Abramowitz, »

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Woody Harrelson joins anti-Islamophobia arts initiative

16 March 2017 3:03 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Stars align for The Seventh Art Stand series of events in Us set for May.

A coalition of theatres across the Us announced on Thursday a series of screenings of films from countries affected by Islamophobia including those covered by President Trump’s second travel ban that has been blocked by a district judge in Hawaii.

At time of writing it was understood more than 30 venues in 18 states were confirmed in The Seventh Art Stand, organised by distributor and Abramorama founder Richard Abramowitz and executive director Courtney Sheehan of Seattle-based film arts organisation Northwest Film Forum.

Participating theatres, community centres and museums will screen films from the six countries listed in Trump’s revised travel ban: Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen.

Screenings will include recent Oscar-winner The Salesman by Iranian Asghar Farhadi, Fishing Without Nets from Somalia, Karama Has No Walls and The Mulberry House from Yemen) and About Baghdad from Iraq, which is no longer »

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Review: Here Comes the Rain Again—Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “After the Storm”

16 March 2017 12:56 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Many critics accuse directors like Terrence Malick, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and Asghar Farhadi of making the same movie each time out. The inherent laziness of this argument says more about the writer than the artist, but it also easily disregards stylistic and thematic motifs that are still evolving within a body of work. Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda regularly experiences such reductive forms of analysis. Quietly patient and wise, his films are breezy dramatic miniatures that examine the nuances of everyday life. Most impressively, they challenge preconceptions about dramatic redemption, giving conflicted characters the opportunity to grieve, learn, rejoice, and evolve at their own pace. Kore-eda’s After the Storm follows a similarly measured trajectory. It appreciates the present moment even as its lead protagonist continues to dwell on the past. Once a successful novelist, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) moonlights as a private detective using the job’s free-ranging latitude to »

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Rooney Mara Drops Out of Leos Carax’s ‘Annette,’ Acquired by Amazon Studios

14 March 2017 12:34 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

This year, Rooney Mara will star in an epic-sounding arthouse music-centered drama shot across the world — but it won’t be Leos Carax‘s Annette. We heard rumblings of this earlier this year, but now Variety has confirmed that “other commitments” (i.e. production on Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux) has caused the Song to Song actress to drop out of Carax’s Holy Motors follow-up, which stars Adam Driver and Rihanna.

While producers are currently looking for another lead, there is some good news to go with the disappointment. Amazon Studios, coming off working with Jim Jarmusch, Kenneth Lonergan, Asghar Farhadi, Park Chan-wook, and James Gray, have picked up the film. Annette, marking Carax’s English-language debut, is a musical telling the tragic story of a stand-up comedian whose opera singer wife is deceased. He finds himself alone with his 2-year-old daughter who has a surprising gift.

Featuring music from Sparks, »

- Jordan Raup

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The Salesman review: Dir. Asghar Farhadi (2017)

14 March 2017 7:38 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Salesman review: Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winner finally makes it to British soil, but will you buy into it?

The Salesman review by Paul Heath, March 2017.

The Salesman review

After competing in-competition for the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, and walking away with the award for Best Screenplay and Best Actor for the formidable performance of Shahab Hosseini, The Salesman‘s success has grown and grown, culminating in Oscar triumph in the Best Foreign Language Film category at last month’s ceremony.

Asghar Farhadi‘s film comes to UK screens nearly a year after its high-profile debut, British audiences waiting with baited breath to see what all of the fuss is about. The Salesman opens with groups of people seen fleeing a crumbling apartment block; cracks starting to appear all around them as chaos unfolds. Amongst them is the aforementioned Hosseini playing the lead as Emad Etesami, »

- Paul Heath

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Oscar winning film The Salesman, ready to hit Indian theaters

13 March 2017 11:04 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

The Salesman, written and directed by prominent filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, is all set to release in India on 31st March 2017. The Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini starrer, in association with Alliance Media & Entertainment & PVR Pictures, have launched the trailer of the film. The trailer is so well-crafted, it will keep you gripped from beginning to end.

Having premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016, winning awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Shahab Hosseini), the film has received immense appreciation globally. The Salesman also won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Commenting on the same, Mr. Sunil Doshi, Director, Alliance Media & Entertainment stated, “In the world of excess, attention deficit disorder, recommendation algorithms imposed by technology, I would like to offer handpicked and curated choices to the audience like a boutique instead of super/hyper market of content! This is what I endeavor to do at Sunil Doshi presents! »

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Director Asghar Farhadi Says Making A Comedy Is One of His “Greatest Wishes”

10 March 2017 3:11 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Acclaimed filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who is known for his finely constructed dramas, may add a comedy to his already distinguished roster of films. The writer-director revealed in an interview with European website Cineuropa that making a comedy is on his bucket list.

“That is one of my greatest wishes. I hope to do a comic film one day, to deal with our humanity through comedy. That would be a very difficult task, but I hope to do it soon, maybe next time I come back to work in Iran.

Continue reading Director Asghar Farhadi Says Making A Comedy Is One of His “Greatest Wishes” at The Playlist. »

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French Auteur Bruno Dumont on His Upcoming Joan of Arc Musical ‘Jeanette’

10 March 2017 3:16 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

French director Bruno Dumont early in his career made dour naturalistic dramas “La Vie de Jesus” and “L’Umanité,” set in the Opal Coast in Northern France, and more recently broadened his palette to comic crime and slapstick comedy in the same setting. This week the versatile auteur attended the Doha Film Institute’s Qumra event to give a master class and mentor young Arab directors. He spoke to Variety about his rapport with Arab cinema; the second season of his TV series “Li’l Quinquin,” which he expects to start shooting in May; and his upcoming musical movie “Jeanette,” about Joan of Arc’s childhood transition from peasant girl to God’s warrior, which is tipped to premiere soon in Cannes. Excerpts from the interview.

How has your experience at Qumra been? What was your prior rapport with Arab cinema?

It was very interesting to meet the young directors here, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Asghar Farhadi sets Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem drama for September

7 March 2017 7:59 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oscar-winning director reveals more details about his upcoming Spanish-language project.

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, the two-time Oscar-winning director of The Salesman and A Separation, has confirmed his next film will start shooting in Spain in September, with a cast including Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. It should be ready for next year.

However Farhadi revealed the high-profile, real-life couple will “not necessarily” play an on-screen couple in the Spanish-language feature.

Once again there are different couples in my film, not only one,” Farhadi told Screen, of what is a recurring theme of his work.

“The film is again about family and family relationships. But there are also some new aspects in it. Yes [Cruz and Bardem] are in the film but they are not necessarily a couple in the film.”

The non-Spanish speaker said he has written the script for the new film in Farsi and it has been translated into Spanish. “I don’t speak Spanish,” he explained »

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Asghar Farhadi Breaks Silence on Oscar Victory, Talks Movie He’s Making in Spain

7 March 2017 6:11 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi gave a master class Tuesday at the Doha Film Institute’s Qumra event and subsequently also spoke to a small group of journalists, all via Skype from Madrid where he is in pre-production on his untitled next project toplining Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. In his first interview since recently winning his second Academy Award for best foreign language film for “The Salesman,” the auteur spoke about his Oscar victory; his new Spanish-language film which will feature no Iranian actors; and his desire to make a comedy in Iran. Excerpts from the interview.

How do you feel about winning your second Oscar?

I had already won an Oscar for “A Separation,” but it was a little different this time. I have a different distributor, Amazon [and Cohen Media Group], and I had less reason to go to the U.S. to do promotion there. The film was already well known, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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New York’s Quad Cinema Will Reopen on April 14

6 March 2017 10:19 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Quad Cinema will reopen on Friday, April 14, Cohen Media Group announced today. The city’s first multiplex, which has been closed since 2015 and is now under the ownership of Cmg, has completed a multi-million-dollar renovation that includes state-of-the-art seating, a video wall in the lobby, a wine bar and a retooled aesthetic.

Read More: Christopher Wells Joins Quad Cinema as Director of Repertory Programming

“Not only was the Quad New York’s first multi-screen cinema, it was also a true neighborhood theater, drawing Village audiences with its sophisticated art-house fare,” said Charles S. Cohen in a statement. The Quad first opened in 1972 and, under Cmg, seeks to recapture the spirit that used to define it.

“The new Quad will preserve both the welcoming, communal atmosphere and the cultural cachet of the original theater while updating — and upgrading — the moviegoing experience for contemporary cinephiles,” added Cohen. “The redesign will be intimate and luxurious, »

- Michael Nordine

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New York’s Historic Quad Cinema to Reopen in April

6 March 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Quad Cinema, the Greenwich Village theater that was New York City’s first multiplex, will reopen in April with upgrades and renovations to its facilities, tech, seats and branding.

The four-screen venue, which opened in 1972 and has been closed since 2015, has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation under the ownership of Charles S. Cohen, the film-loving real estate developer who is also the head of Cohen Media Group. The updates to the facility include a new modern design; the capability to screen films in 35mm, 16mm, 4K digital and 3D formats; and a wine bar adjacent to the lobby.

Also on board are two new programming execs, with Christopher Wells, formerly of the IFC Center, serving as director of repertory programming, and Gavin Smith, the former editor of Film Comment, tapped as senior programmer. The duo will devote »

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Another Writers’ Strike May Be Looming — Report

5 March 2017 10:39 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Ten years later, we may be headed for another writers’ strike. Deadline reported last week that, after the last of 11 meetings held by Writers Guild of America members before new negotiations, one TV writer joked that said group is “always ready for a strike…Television is in another Golden Age and the companies are reaping record profits, but writers aren’t sharing in that. Our incomes are going down, so it’s going to be a tough negotiation.” Now, the New York Post warns readers to “get ready for fewer new episodes of your favorite TV series.”

Read More: 2017 Writers Guild Awards Winners: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Atlanta’ and ‘The Americans’ Win Big

“We’re hearing Hollywood agents far and wide are bracing for another writers’ strike,” the article continues. The most recent WGA strike began in November 2007 and lasted 100 days, ending in February of 2008; many high-profile shows were either delayed or »

- Michael Nordine

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Another Writers’ Strike May Be Looming — Report

5 March 2017 10:39 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ten years later, we may be headed for another writers’ strike. Deadline reported last week that, after the last of 11 meetings held by Writers Guild of America members before new negotiations, one TV writer joked that said group is “always ready for a strike…Television is in another Golden Age and the companies are reaping record profits, but writers aren’t sharing in that. Our incomes are going down, so it’s going to be a tough negotiation.” Now, the New York Post warns readers to “get ready for fewer new episodes of your favorite TV series.”

Read More: 2017 Writers Guild Awards Winners: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Arrival,’ ‘Atlanta’ and ‘The Americans’ Win Big

“We’re hearing Hollywood agents far and wide are bracing for another writers’ strike,” the article continues. The most recent WGA strike began in November 2007 and lasted 100 days, ending in February of 2008; many high-profile shows were either delayed or »

- Michael Nordine

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Women and Minorities are Hired Less, Paid Less in L.A.'s Creative Sector (Guest Column)

3 March 2017 4:13 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

As Hollywood still reels from the best picture snafu at Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, somewhat lost in the noise is the fact that diversity may have been the night’s biggest winner, as movies made by and about minorities won major categories, including best picture for Moonlight, the story of a young man who grows up gay, black and poor.

People of color also won Oscars for best supporting actor and actress, best documentary and best adapted screenplay. Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who boycotted the ceremony to protest the U.S. ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, won for his foreign-language »

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Bruno Dumont, Asghar Farhadi to feature at Qumra talent event in Doha

3 March 2017 4:53 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Producer Michel Merkt, Cohen Media Group’s John Kochman and long-time The Simpsons writer-producer Mike Reiss will also attend.

The Doha Film Institute kicked off the third edition of its bespoke event Qumra on Friday bringing together up and coming film-makers and experienced cinema professionals from across the globe.

A total of 34 Dfi-backed projects from 25 countries at different stages of development are due to attend the six-day event featuring master-classes, screenings seminars and one-on-one sessions.

“Our focus remains to cultivate the exchange of knowledge, ideas, creativity and inspiration, and create a supportive and productive space for your projects to benefit from interactions with some of the most experienced industry professionals,” said commented Dfi CEO Fatma Al-Remaihi who welcomed the guests alongside the event’s artistic director Elia Suleiman.

Prolific Portuguese producer Paulo Branco will kick off the master-classes on Saturday (5), having chosen to screen Wim Wenders’s 1994 Lisbon Story as a work representative of his career.

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89th Academy Awards. That's a Wrap

2 March 2017 1:03 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Another Oscar season wraps up. It's all over but the memories and the future debates. Here is a complete guide to our coverage in case you missed any of these pieces...

• New Facts & Trivia Interesting developments

• Twist Ending & The Winners List Surreal but fascinating

• Jimmy Kimmel  How'd he do as host?

• Emma Stone ♥︎s Moonlight In the press room

• Pic / Director Split Is this the new normal? 

• Moonlight's Missing Speech What we lost in the snafu

• Oscar Packages they really biffed the craft presentations this year!

• Viola's Speech Great or too much?

• Best Oscar Tweets Fun 140 character reactions

• Oscar Stage Design They're obsessed with art deco

• Warren vs Faye Reader poll - Vote

• Only one "Woke" at a time - Oscar = always problematic

• Faces in the Crowd  So much variety in the surprise looks

• 5 Most Handsome Men Chris, Riz, Mahershala, Ryan, Dev

• Kevin O'Connell Wins! It only took 21 nominations

• 13 Fav »

- NATHANIEL R

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