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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.

Adding cache »

- 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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Abu Dhabi scores nine world premieres

29 September 2014 4:57 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Adff to present 197 films from 61 countries.

The 2014 Abu Dhabi Film Festival (Adff), backed by twofour54, will present nine feature world premieres, eight of them from the Arab world. The short film sections will host 48 world premieres.

The festival will open with Ali Mostafa’s From A to B [pictured], and festival director Ali Al-Jabri said: “It is the first time in the festival’s history that we opening with an Emirati film and we ares very proud about this landmark event.”

The festival runs October 23 to November 1 and presents 197 films from 61 countries.

For the second year, the festival host the Child Protection Award organised with the Child Protection Centre of the Ministry of Interior, to spotlight films that raise awareness about abused or neglected children. Films competing for that prize include Zerensenay Mehari’s Difret, Albert Shin’s In Her Place, and Cyprien Vial’s Young Tiger.

The Showcase section includes films such as ‘71, A Pigeon Sat on »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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Zurich launch pad for Swiss films

27 September 2014 4:38 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Eleven Swiss films and five Swiss co-productions will screen during the 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25-Oct 5).

This year two local films will be vying for the Golden Eye in the festival’s International Feature Film Competition: Simon Jaquemet’s well-received debut Chrieg, which had its world premiere last week in San Sebastian, and Bruno Deville’s comedy Bouboule.

The Swiss films to screen in the festival’s new competition Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria comprise: Children Of The Arctic by Nick Brandestini, who won the Golden Eye at the Zff in 2011 with his documentary Darwin; Dark Star – Hr Gigers Welt by Belinda Sallin; Die Demokratie ist los! by Thomas Isler; and Zu Ende leben by Rebecca Panian.

Out of competition titles include Claudio Fäh’s epic Northmen: A Viking Saga and co-production The Wonders, directed by Alice Rohrwacher, which premiered in Cannes.

Daniel von Aarburg’s documentary Carl Lutz – Der Schweizer Schindler will be screened in the »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Nyff: A Swarm of Surrealism

26 September 2014 8:20 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Our coverage of the 2014 New York Film Festival, which opens today, continues - here's Jason with an askance look at some of the unsung heroes of The Wonders and their cinematic precedents...

Earlier this week Glenn wrote up a review of Alice Rohrwacher's really very fine film The Wonders, which I also heartily endorse. I was sitting next to him at the press screening and besides being communally delighted (that sounds dirty but I mean it in the most innocent way possible) by the movie together we squirmed, writhed, and let out little moans of discomfort (alright it sounds dirty again, just bear with me here) when the screen repeatedly filled with bees - so many bees! If I'd given it any thought beforehand I might have skipped the film because despite not having an allergy I am a total melissophobic and watching them crawl on human skin is »

- JA

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12 Foreign-Language Oscar Entries You Should Know

26 September 2014 2:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Can’t tell the players without a scorecard?

So far, about 60 countries have submitted entries for Oscar’s foreign-language race, with the Oct. 1 deadline looming. Most of the titles are unseen outside their country of origin or the festival circuit. So Variety asked its critics and pundits for insights, to help get a little insight into some of the submissions.

General consensus: Poland’s “Ida” is a front-runner, while many of the other films are notable either for their quality or their oddness. Or both.

At this point, the tally is far below the record 76 submissions last year. But there are still several days to go, and powerhouses including China and Russia haven’t yet named their submissions. But Mauritania and Kosovo have proudly made their first submissions ever.

Here’s a look at a dozen entries that are building buzz.

Argentina: “Wild Tales,” Damian Szifron. Critic Jay Weissberg praised »

- Tim Gray

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Movie Poster of the Week: The Posters of the 52nd New York Film Festival

26 September 2014 5:11 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The New York Film Festival kicks off this evening, though not with Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner (that comes next weekend), even though I couldn’t resist leading off this year’s round-up with this glorious sunburst of a poster for that film’s German release. 

Keyart doesn’t seem to have been created yet for some of the newest films like Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, Mia Hansen-Løve’s Eden, the Safdies’ Heaven Knows What, Pedro Costa’s Horse Money, Eugene Green’s La Sapienza, Nick Broomfield’s Tales of the Grim Sleeper, and Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind, but I have managed to find posters for the other 23 films in the Main Slate of the Festival. Some are repeats from my Cannes Competition round-up earlier this year, though I have tried to find newer designs if possible (like that striking Saint Laurent). Posters are presented »

- Adrian Curry

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Italy submits Human Capital to Oscars

24 September 2014 4:26 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Italy hopes to repeat last year’s win in the Best Foreign-Language Film category with Paolo Virzi’s family thriller.

Italy has submitted Paolo Virzi’s Human Capital for consideration in the Best Foreign-Language Film category of the Academy Awards.

Italy holds the record for the most foreign-language Oscars, with 14 wins including the statuette for Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty earlier this year.

Human Capital centres on two families, irrevocably tied together after a cyclist is hit off the road by a jeep on the night before Christmas Eve. The film was based on the Us novel by Stephen Amidon, relocating from Connecticut to Northern Italy.

It won seven trophies at the David di Donatello awards, beating The Great Beauty for best film, and six Nastri d’Argento Awards.

Human Capital has also proved a box office hit in Italy

Italy’s Oscar shortlist also include Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders, Francesco Munzi’s Black »

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

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Italy Picks Paolo Virzi’s ‘Human Capital’ As Its Foreign Oscar Contender

24 September 2014 3:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paolo Virzi’s stylish economic crisis murder mystery “Human Capital” is Italy’s candidate for the foreign-language Academy Award race.

“Capital” transposes U.S. novelist Stephen Amidon’s eponymous novel about capitalist greed from Connecticut to Italy’s wealthy region of Brianza, near Milan. Pic has been a hit at the local box office scoring around $7.5 million via Rai Cinema’s 01 Distribuzione.

It will be released in the U.S. via Film Movement, which snapped it up right before its North American preem at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won the best actress nod for Valeria Bruni Tedeschi for her role as the unhappy neurotic wife of a hedge-fund bigwig.

A character-driven thriller, which is also a class critique drama, “Capital” revolves around two families from different social classes who become entangled after a cyclist is bumped off a road by an SUV in a hit and run on the night before Christmas eve, »

- Variety Staff

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Nyff: Growing Up, Italian Style in 'The Wonders' and 'Misunderstood'

23 September 2014 8:36 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The New York Film Festival begins this Friday. But our screenings have already begun. Here is Glenn on two Italian films, "The Wonders" and "Misunderstood"

If Paolo Sorrentino’s Oscar-winning The Great Beauty (2013) was an ode to the fantastical visions of Federico Fellini's Italy, then Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders is an appropriate return to the world of the country’s famed neorealist movement of the 1940s and ‘50s, concerning itself with the economic and moral quandries of so-called everyday Italians. Coming in second place at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, it follows a family in rural Italy who scrape by due their honey farming, but an encounter with a television production in their hometown spearheads the eldest daughter’s desire to lift herself and her family out of the poverty line that they barely manage to survive above.

Perhaps Rohrwacher’s greatest achievement with The Wonders is »

- Glenn Dunks

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Wild Tales, Gone Girl bookend Athens

17 September 2014 8:11 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The 20th edition of the festival includes competition titles ’71 and Blind.

The Athens International Film Festival (Sept 17-28) kicks off its 20th edition today with 241 titles selected by artistic director Orestis Andreadakis.  

The festival will open with Damian Szifron’s hit Wild Tales, which has proved a critical hit since its world premiere in competition at Cannes, and will close with David Fincher’s Us crime drama Gone Girl, marking its European premiere.

This year’s international competition includes Yann Demange’s Berlinale title, ’71, and Eskil Vogt’s Blind, which has picked up awards in Berlin and Sundance among others.

‘71, Yann Demange (UK)10,000 km, Carlos Marques-Marcet (Spa)Blind, Eskil Vogt (Nor)The Canal, Ivan Kavanagh (Irel)Manos Sucias, Josef Wladyka (Us-Col)The Mend, John Magary (Us)Natural Sciences, Matías Lucchesi (Arg)Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, Josephine Decker (Us)The Way He Looks, Daniel Ribeiro (Bra)When Animals Dream, Jonas Alexander Arnby (De)

A five-member Youth Jury, comprised »

- alexisgrivas@yahoo.com (Alexis Grivas)

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