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The Noteworthy: Film Comment's Top 20, Malick Trailer, "Boogie Nights" Oral History

17 December 2014 6:23 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: One of the best short films of the year, Person to Person, directed by Dustin Guy Defa for The New Yorker.

  The surprise trailer for Terrence Malick's new film, Knight of Cups, dropped this week, as did news it would premiere at the Berlinale in 2015. Above: no, Godard's Goodbye to Language didn't top Film Comment's Best of 2014 list, it finished 2nd to Richard Linklater's Boyhood, but at this rate we'll be leading with pictures from Boyhood every week with how many lists it's topping. Below are Film Comment's Top 10 of 2014 as well as their Top 10 Undistributed films of 2014. They have larger lists for your perusal here and here.

"1. Boyhood (Richard Linklater, USA)

2. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard, France)

3. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, USA)

4. Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland)

5. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, UK)

6. Stranger By the Lake (Alain Guiraudie, France)

7. Citizenfour (Laura Poitras, USA)

8. Birdman (Alejandro G. »

- Notebook

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Les Arcs Fest Names Best Project And Work-in-Progress Movie

15 December 2014 10:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Les Arcs, French Alps– Nataliya Kudryashova’s “Pioneer Heroes” was named best work-in-progress at Les Arcs Film Festival’s 1950 Coproduction Village.

“Heroes was pitched along with nine other movies; the best work-in-progress award is sponsored by Digimage and includes 6,000 Euros’ worth in post-production services.

“The Voice” from Hungarian director Gyorgy Palfi nabbed Arte’s international prize for the best project in development.

One of the 26 projects pitched at Les Arcs, “The Voice” is an English-language movie following a thirtysomething Hungarian journalist on the trail of his father, who disappeared in the ’70s after being involved in a secret military research project for the U.S. government. Palfi compared the movie to “Man on Wire.”

Like most directors presenting their projects at Les Arcs, Palfi has a track record in the arthouse world. His last movie, “Free Fall,” won three awards (best director, special jury prize and label Europe Cinemas prizes) at Karlovy Vary. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Daily | Lists and Awards | Film Comment, Slant, Louis Delluc

15 December 2014 6:03 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Film Comment has polled "over 100 North American colleagues" to come up with two top 20s: the best films to hit theaters this year (#1-#3: Richard Linklater's Boyhood, Jean-Luc Godard's Adieu au langage and Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel) and those that have yet to see distribution in the Us (#1-#3: Alice Rohrwacher's The Wonders, Hong Sang-soo's Hill of Freedom, Abel Ferrara's Pasolini). We're also gathering lists from Slant and the Guardian (#1 for both: Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin), Little White Lies, the New Yorker's Richard Brody and many more. » - David Hudson »

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Best of Europe, Works-in-Progress Showcased at Les Arcs Film Festival

5 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following six successful editions and the discovery of a few gems such as Alice Rohrwacher’s Cannes-winning “The Wonders,” Les Arcs European Film Festival has established itself as a key European market that isn’t just popular for its French Alps ski runs.

The official program sports the best of Euro cinema, including “1001 Grams” from Bent Hamer and Peter Strickland’s “The Duke of Burgundy.”

The fest’s Arc 1950 Co-production Village will showcase 10 works-in-progress, as well as 26 projects, many of which are from seasoned European arthouse helmers including Gyorgy Palfi, Sophie Fiennes, Tom Shoval, Renaud Barret, Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurosson and Ivano De Matteo.

The selection, spearheaded by Vanja Kaludjercic, also features genre titles, such as Johnny Kevorkian’s “Hidden Folk” and Pascal Sid’s “The Island of the Dolls,” and is opening up to animation, with “Zombillenium,” Arthur de Pins’ edgy comicbook-based toon that takes place at an amusement park, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Iffr 2015. Official Lineup

4 December 2014 1:55 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The International Film Festival Rotterdam has begun unveiling its lineup. Watch this page for updates as more films and sections are announced.


Amour fou (Jessica Hausner)

Atlantic (Jan-Willem van Ewijk)

Big Eyes (Tim Burton)

A Blast (Syllas Tzoumerkas)

Charlie's Country (Rolf de Heer)

The Dark Horse (James Napier-Robertson)

Two Shots Fired (Martín Rejtman)

Eden (Mia Hansen-Løve)

Erbarme Dich - Matthaus Passion Stories (Ramón Gieling)

The Farewell Party (Sharon Maymon & Tal Granit)

Girlhood (Céline Sciamma)

Far From Men (David Oelhoffen)

Melody (Bernard Bellefroid)

The Wonders (Alice Rohrwacher)

Phoenix (Christian Petzold)

Next Time I'll Aim for the Heart (Cédric Anger)

Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako)

The Tribe (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy)

Tu Dors Nicole (Stéphane Lafleur)

Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund)

Between 10 and 12 (Peter Hoogendoorn) »

- Notebook

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‘Big Eyes,”Force Majeure’ and ‘Timbuktu’ Set for Rotterdam Limelight

3 December 2014 11:11 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes” (pictured above), Ruben Ostlund’s “Force Majeure” and Abderrahme Sissako’s “Timbuktu” are among the auteur-driven movies selected for the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s (Irrf) Limelight section.

The festival will welcome a flurry of filmmakers who will be on hand to present their movies, notably Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (“The Tribe”), Rolf de Heer (“Charlie’s Country”), Alice Rohrwacher (“The Wonders”), Martin Rejtman (“Dos Disparos”), Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit (“The Farewell Party”) and Syllas Tzoumerkas (“A Blast”).

The Limelight selection includes various French movies, including Mia Hansen-Love’s “Eden,” Celine Sciamma’s “Girlhood,” David Oelhoffen’s “Far From Men” and “Timbuktu.”

The section will also play some Cannes standouts such as “The Tribe,” which world premiered at Critics’ Week and won three awards. It recently won the best feature film award and the Young Jury nod at the BFI in London. Pic is also »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Rotterdam unveils Limelight titles

3 December 2014 6:49 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Force Majeure, Big Eyes, Phoenix and The Tribe among films to be screened at upcoming 44th edition of Iffr.

International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) has unveiled the selection for its Limelight programme at Iffr 2015, which runs Jan 21-Feb 1.

Aimed at highlighting the major upcoming independent film releases of 2015, the line-up includes Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, Christian Petzold’s Phoenix, Peter Hoodendoorn’s Between 10 and 12 and Abderrahme Sissako’s Timbuktu.

All films will be receiving their Dutch premieres during the festival.

Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (The Tribe), Rolf de Heer (Charlie’s Country) and Alice Rohrwacher (The Wonders) are among the film-makers set to attend the festival to present their films in the section.

The full list of titles is as follows:

Amour Fou - Jessica HausnerATLANTIC. - Jan-Willem van EwijkBIG Eyes - Tim BurtonA Blast - Syllas TzoumerkasCHARLIE’S Country - Rolf de HeerTHE Dark Horse - James Napier-RobertsonDOS Disparos - Martín »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Rotterdam: Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes' to Screen in Limelight Section

3 December 2014 4:25 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Tim Burton's Big Eyes, a biopic of 1960s painter Margaret Keane starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, will screen at the 2015 Rotterdam Film Festival as part of the fest's Limelight section. Video Full Uncensored Actress Roundtable with Amy Adams, Resse Witherspoon and Julianne Moore Other high-profile art-house titles confirmed for the Limelight sidebar include Ruben Ostlund's Force Majeure, Jessica Hausner's Amour Fou, Phoenix from Christian Petzold, Alice Rohrwacher's The Wonders and Timbuktu from Abderrahmane Sissako. Unlike Rotterdam's main competition program, which only includes films from first- and second-time directors, the Limelight section is meant to highlight

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- Scott Roxborough

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‘Come To My Voice’ Tops Argentina’s Mar del Plata Fest

29 November 2014 5:16 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mar Del Plata, Argentina – Huseyin Karabey’s “Come to My Voice” topped the 29th Mar del Plata Fest on Saturday night, winning the Golden Astor for best film in International Competition. Karabey accepted the award from Paul Schrader, International Competition president.

Elsewhere, top plaudits in major sections had the virtue of shining a light on titles that threaten, like “Voice,” to be lost in the big festival title surfeit at a festival which, with hiked attendance, classy international guest master classes, federal government backing, stable management and dates pushed back to just before Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur, has laid the foundations for further growth in the future.

Framed in a bard’s song and set in a Kurdish village, “Voice” tells a Kafkaesque tale of an ageing woman and young granddaughter forced to come up wuth non-existent guns that they can turn into Turkish authorities in the hope of freeing »

- John Hopewell and Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Mar del Plata Fest Mixes Auteurs, New Talent, Looks to Build Industry Heft

17 November 2014 1:57 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Some things don’t change. Graced by Viggo Mortensen and Paul Schrader, the International Competition jury prexy, Argentina’s 29th Mar del Plata Festival will bow Nov. 22 with Abel Ferrara’s “Pasolini.”

Its choice as Mar del Plata’s opening night movie is pretty well a declaration of principles that Latin America’s only “A” grade festival will go on through thick and thin – and, with only 29 editions in 60 years, there’s been much of both – to forefront latest titles from and here even about heavyweight auteurs.

That is not necessary If Variety’s reviewers are to go by, 2014 in general has caught some of the great auteurs in world cinema at the top of their game. If Cannes Festival sales had any narrative this year, it was how fast its big art film winners sold – think “Leviathan,” “Winter Sleep” – compared to bigger budget U.S. indie projects.

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- John Hopewell

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Euro filmmakers "in shock" over training threat

12 November 2014 4:07 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Film-makers across Europe are “in shock” after learning the news that the Nipkow Programm has not received backing from the EU’s Creative Europe programme for 2015-2016.

 Speaking exclusively to ScreenDaily, Nipkow Programm managing director Petra Weisenburger explained that the Berlin-based training initiative had not been successful in the latest round of funding for the next two years and would explore alternative strategies for a survival plan.

In the current financial year, Creative Europe had provided nearly 46% (€180,400) of Nipkow’s overall budget, with the remaining €215,543 coming from Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (Mbb) and Germany’s State Minister for Culture and the Media (Bkm).

Weisenburger said that Mbb’s CEO Kirsten Niehuus had already indicated a desire to see the Nipkow Programm continue to exist, but the situation remains unclear about the funding from Bkm for 2015 onwards.

She added that the Nipkow Programm jury of experts will meet during the next Berlinale in February to discuss the initiative’s future »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Adam Driver & Alba Rohrwacher Co-Star in 'Hungry Hearts' Trailer

10 November 2014 1:16 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"A suspense in line with Roman Polanski and Alfred Hitchcock." With the American Film Market underway in Santa Monica, some deals and projects are coming together, or getting additional announcements. IFC Films recently picked up Us distribution rights to this one, an eerie New York-set domestic drama called Hungry Hearts from Italian director Saverio Costanzo (of In Memory of Me, The Solitude of Prime Numbers) starring Adam Driver, last seen in What If and While We're Young, and Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher, sister of filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher. The two won the Best Actor & Actress Awards at the Venice Film Festival this year, where this film first premiered. This is a very odd trailer but it's worth a look. Here's the official international trailer for Saverio Costanzo's Hungry Hearts, direct from IFC Films: A young married couple in New York City engage in a fateful struggle over the life of their newborn child, »

- Alex Billington

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“Labour of Love” wins Special Mention at Abu Dhabi Film Festival

31 October 2014 10:09 PM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Labour of Love, directed by Aditya Vikram Sengupta, won a Special Mention of the Jury in New Horizons Competition section at the 8th Abu Dhabi Film Festival that came to a close on Friday.

The Wonders directed by Alice Rohrwacher took the top award in this category while Stations of the Cross by Dietrich Brüggemann won the Special Jury award.

The New Horizons Jury was made up of Qissa director Anup Singh, Paris-based film producer Catherine Dussart, Syrian actor Bassel Al Khayat, Moroccan filmmaker Leila Kilani, and Charles Tesson, Artistic Director of Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival.

In the Narrative Competition section, Leviathan directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev won the Black Pearl award and Test directed by Alexander Kott won the Special Jury prize. Indian actor Irrfan Khan was on the Jury.

Labour of Love which recently screened at Mumbai Film Festival, was the only Indian film at Abu Dhabi this year. »

- NewsDesk

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‘Leviathan’ Scores Double Win At Abu Dhabi Film Fest

31 October 2014 12:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Russian auteur Andrey Zvyagintsev’s stinging satire “Leviathan,” about how messed up Russia is under Vladimir Putin, was the big winner at the 8th Abu Dhabi Film Festival, taking the top Black Pearl Award, while its protag, Alexey Serebryakov, scored the best actor nod. The black social comedy’s win at Abu Dhabi comes after “Leviathan” recently emerged victorious at the London Film Festival.

Russia scored twice with Alexander Konstantinovich Kott’s “Test,” a silent love story set against the backdrop of Russia’s first hydrogen bomb tests, scooping the Special Jury nod. “Test” previously took the top prize at the Kinotavr Film Festival in Sochi.

The best actress award went to Maria Bonnevie for her role as an emotionally fragile woman in Susanne Bier’s baby-snatching drama “A Second Chance.”

“Memories on Stone,” a drama about two childhood friends on a quest to make a movie about genocide in post-Saddam Kurdistan, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Leviathan wins in Abu Dhabi

31 October 2014 9:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Other double winners include Theeb, Sivas and In Her Place.

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan followed up its recent victory at the London Film Festival by winning the Black Pearl Award at the 8th Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

As well as claiming the festival’s top prize, actor Alexey Serebryakov won the best actor prize in the narrative competition.

The Russian film, which explores one man’s fight against corruption, debuted at Cannes where it won Best Screenplay.

This year’s Narrative Features jury was led by Mumbai-based actor Irrfan Khan (The Lunchbox, Life of Pi)

The winner of the Black Pearl in the New Horizons category was Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders. The director had been due to attend Adff but had to cancel. Her sister, actress Alba Rohrwacher who plays the matriarch in The Wonders, was in attendance to accept the award.

The winner of the Black Pearl in the Documentary strand was Orlando Von Einsiedel’s [link »

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

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Leviathan wins top Abu Dhabi award

31 October 2014 9:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Other double winners include Theeb and Sivas.

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan followed up its recent victory at the London Film Festival by winning the Black Pearl Award at the 8th Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

As well as claiming the festival’s top prize, actor Alexey Serebryakov won the best actor prize in the narrative competition.

The ceremony at Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace, where the festival has been based for the past nine days, was followed by the 3D premiere of Disney animation Big Hero 6, which received its world premiere (in 2D) at the recent Tokyo International Film Festival.

Narrative Competition Winners 2014

Black Pearl Award


directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Special Jury Awards


directed by Alexander Kott

Best Actor

Alexey Serebryakov

from the film Leviathan directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

Best Actress

Maria Bonnevie

from the film A Second Chance directed by Susanne Bier

Best Film from the Arab World

Memories On Stone

directed by [link »

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

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Morelia Festival Celebrates Mexican Helmers, Opens With ‘Birdman’

17 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When the Morelia Intl. Film Festival, Mexico’s premiere showcase for local talent, kicks off Oct. 18 with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” it will be the second time in two years the fest hosts the same opener as in Venice, after Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity.”

But the festival’s creative director isn’t worried about following Venice’s lead — he’s happy the festival is a big draw for Mexican filmmakers, both emerging talents and established Hollywood helmers.

Inarritu, like Cuaron last year, will come down for the gala screening, a point of pride for Morelia’s creative director Daniela Michel.

“I think it’s critical that we’ve become the most important meeting point for Mexican filmmakers,” Michel says. The festival runs Oct. 17-26 in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico.

Last year, Morelia opened the main feature competition to more seasoned directors, introducing separate prizes for feature and new work, making it possible to have, »

- James Young

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'The Treasure Is Already On Your Back': The Wonders Director Alice Rohrwacher Interview

4 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Alice Rohrwacher's The Wonders (Le Meraviglie), a dramedy about a rural Italian agrarian community, took home the Grand Prix at this years Cannes Film Fest. It's an amazing feat considering it's only the second feature of a 33 year old director. So I was expecting a mousy, serious artist type. Bur Rohrwacher turns out to be a bright, spunky, rambunctious young woman with a great sense of humor. As we talked about her filmmaking, it was hard not to fall for her. Thank you Alice, you made my day.Twitch: There always seems to be a sibling rivalry in your films. How much of it is based on your relationship with your older sister (Alba Rohrwacher of I Am Love, Dormant Beauty)?Alice Rohrwacher: Not so much....

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Daily | Nyff 2014 | Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders

3 October 2014 4:37 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"Set in rustic central Italy, The Wonders revolves around a family that bears traces of writer-director Alice Rohrwacher’s own," writes Melissa Anderson for Artforum. "The filmmaker, like her adolescent protagonist Gelsomina (Maria Alexandra Lungu), the oldest of four girls, is the daughter of a German father and an Italian mother who make their living as beekeepers. Similar to its predecessor, Corpo Celeste, an Nyff selection in 2011, The Wonders is an uncommonly graceful coming-of-age story, rooted as much in the fantastical as the material." We've got more reviews and two clips. » - David Hudson »

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Nyff 2014. Alice Rohrwacher's "The Wonders"

2 October 2014 5:20 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

I must admit upfront that I turned off Alice Rohrwacher's previous film, 2011's Corpo celeste, after an hour or so, made frustrated and fidgety by the lack of mise en scène (to appropriate Jacques Rivette's definition of the much-contested term, used drolly in reference to the cinema of Joseph L. Mankiewicz). So I certainly may be approaching her follow-up, The Wonders—playing in the New York Film Festival after being well-regarded and award-winning in competition at Cannes this year—with a bias. But indeed I found much of the same problems here that I found in the earlier film, and while her Cannes Grand Jury Prize winner is an improvement in imagemaking, it still has a way to go in filmmaking.

Much of the slovenly camerawork and garbled, unmotivated editing remains, draining an already naturally lackadaisical story of any sense of urgency, but with these more forceful images »

- Daniel Kasman

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