10 items from 2014
With its interlocking nonlinear narratives and obliquely recurring characters, Australian author Tim Winton’s 2005 short-story collection “The Turning” is already something of an artistic tangram; brought to the screen by 18 different filmmakers who scatter its unifying literary voice to the winds, it’s even harder to parse. Commendably ambitious and clocking in at three hours, this unwieldy portmanteau pic boasts a handful of standout contributions — none more striking than the writing-directing debut of actress Mia Wasikowska — amid a surfeit of gauchely literal ones in a composite meditation on forgiveness, family, firearms and the persistence of memory. Nothing if not a conversation piece, speckled with such famous faces as Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving and Rose Byrne, “The Turning” has been successfully marketed Down Under as a full-scale cultural event; away from home, it’s destined more for isolated repertory screenings, while its patchwork format is ideally suited to ancillary.
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The Sundance Film Festival has come to a close in snowy Park City, Utah, and the institute has announced its winners for 2014. The big winner on the night was a film called Whiplash starring Miles Teller. The film picked up the big Grand Jury prize as well as the Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. Whiplash sees Teller as a young musician who struggles to make it as a top jazz drummer (see main pic).
Dramatic effort The Skeleton Twins which stars comedy stars Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in serious roles, won the Waldo Salt Screening Award for writers Craig Johnson and Mark Heyman, while the big directing award, went to Cutter Hodierne and his drama Fishing Without Nets, which revolves around a young father who turns to pirating in Somalia to support his family.
Here’s the full release with the complete list of the 2014 winners:
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Park City, Utah — “Whiplash,” writer-director Damien Chazelle’s electrifying drama starring Miles Teller as a young jazz drummer and J.K. Simmons as his drill sergeant-like music teacher, won the grand jury prize and the audience award for U.S. dramatic features on Saturday night at the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival.
Coming on the heels of last year’s double-fisted win for “Fruitvale Station” (then titled “Fruitvale”), the triumph of “Whiplash” marks the second year in a row that the top two prizes for an American narrative feature have gone to the same film.
Acquired for distribution by Sony Classics, “Whiplash” proved an early critical favorite, screening to a strong reception on the first night of the festival and immediately setting a high bar for what was generally agreed to be a middling dramatic competition. The film began its winning ways at last year’s Sundance fest, where Chazelle’s »
- Justin Chang
Sundance Institute and Mahindra today announced the winners of the 2014 Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award, in recognition and support of emerging independent filmmakers from around the world. The winning directors and projects are Hong Khaou, Monsoon from Vietnam/UK; Tobias Lindholm, A War from Denmark; Ashlee Page, Archive from Australia; and Neeraj Ghaywan, Fly Away Solo from India.
The awards were presented at a private ceremony at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., by Rohit Khattar, Chairman, Mumbai Mantra, Michelle Satter, Founding Director, Feature Film Program, Sundance Institute, and Paul Federbush, International Director, Feature Film Program, Sundance Institute.
Now in its fourth year, the Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award is part of a multifaceted collaboration that exemplifies a commitment to and support of world cinema by the Mahindra Group, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in India known throughout the world for its »
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Neeraj Ghaywan, who has directed the award-winning short Shor, won the 2014 Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award for his feature film script Flying Away Solo (Ud Jaayega).
In Flying Away Solo, four lives intersect along the Ganges river: a lower-caste boy in a hopeless love, a daughter torn with guilt, a father sinking in greed, and a spirited kid craving a family, all yearning to escape the constrictions of a small-town.
Neeraj Ghaywan assisted Anurag Kashyap on Gangs of Wasseypur and Ugly. His short film Shor won the Satyajit Ray Foundation’s Short Film Award at the London Indian Film Festival 2012; and the Best Short Film awards at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (Iffla) 2012 and South Asian International Film Festival (Saiff) 2011.
Read Neeraj Ghaywan’s interview here
The Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award is given in recognition and support of emerging independent filmmakers from around the world. »
Sundance Institute and Mahindra have chosen Hong Khaou’s “Monsoon” (Vietnam/U.K.), Tobias Lindholm’s “A War” (Denmark), Ashlee Page’s “Archive” (Australia) and Neeraj Ghaywan’s “Fly Away Solo” (India) as the winners of the fourth annual Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award.
The annual awards, which were presented at Sundance on Tuesday, spotlight emerging independent international filmmakers.
The partnership also includes the establishment of India’s Mumbai Mantra/Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab. The Lab, which will announce the selection for its third session in March, teams eight Indian screenwriters with seasoned screenwriters to help develop their blossoming projects.
“Sundance Institute shares with Mahindra Group a joint global commitment to nurturing new artists,” Robert Redford, Sundance’s president and founder, said in a statement. “India is one of the most extraordinary cultures in the world, with the support of Anand Mahindra and his group, Sundance Institute screenwriters’ lab »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Sundance Institute and Mahindra have announced the winners of the 2014 Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award.
The winning directors and projects are Hong Khaou with Monsoon (Vietnam-uk), Tobias Lindholm with A War (Denmark); Ashlee Page with Archive (Australia); and Neeraj Ghaywan with Fly Away Solo (India). Khaou’s Lilting is currently playing in the festival’s World Dramatic programme.
The awards were presented at a private ceremony at Sundance. Each of the four winning filmmakers will receive a $10,000, cast award, attendance at Sundance Film Festival for targeted networking, year-round mentoring from Institute staff and creative advisors, eligibility to participate in a Sundance Institute Lab, and ongoing creative and strategic support from Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program.
Now in its fourth year, the Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award is part of a multi-faceted collaboration that exemplifies a commitment to and support of world cinema by the Sundance Institute and the Mahindra Group, one of the »
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Hoàng Phi in Nước (2030) by Nghiêm-Minh Nguyễn-Võ
The following titles join the previously announced films screening as part of the Panorama section:
Asabani Nistam! (I'm Not Angry!), (Reza Dormishian), Iran - International Premiere
Difret, (Zeresenay Berhane Mehari), Ethopia - European Premiere
Güeros, (Alonso Ruízpalacios), Mexico - World Premiere
Mo Jing (That Demon Within), (Dante Lam), Hong Kong, China - World Premiere
Na kathese ke na kitas (Standing Aside, Watching), (Yorgos Servetas), Greece - European Premiere
Night Flight, (LeeSong Hee-il), Republic of Korea - World Premiere
Nước (2030), (Nghiêm-Minh Nguyễn-Võ), Vietnam - World Premiere
Patardzlebi (Brides), (Tinatin Kajrishvili), Georgia / France
World premieres include A Long Way down, starring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and Pierce Brosnan, and The Two Faces of January, the directorial debut of Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac.
The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 6-16) has unveiled the 18-strong line-up for its Berlinale Special strand, including nine world premieres.
Stand-outs in the list include the world premiere of A Long Way Down, an adaptation of Nick Hornby’s bestseller about four people who meet on New Year’s Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives. It stars Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette and Imogen Poots.
Also receiving its world premiere will be con artist thriller The Two Faces of January, the directorial debut of Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini, which stars Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Inside Llewyn Davis’ Oscar Isaac.
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London — The Berlin Film Festival has unveiled its Berlinale Special program, which contains 18 pics, including nine world premieres.
“A Long Way Down,” which toplines Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette, starts with a chance encounter between several people who plan to commit suicide on New Year’s Eve. It is adapted from the novel by Nick Hornby, and produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, who also produced “An Education.”
Also world premiering is World War II drama “Diplomacy” from director Volker Schlondorff, who won an Oscar with “The Tin Drum.” It centers on the efforts of Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling, played by Andre Dussollier, to persuade German general Dietrich von Choltitz, played by Niels Arestrup, to ignore Adolf Hitler’s orders to destroy »
- Leo Barraclough
10 items from 2014
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