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In a different light by Anne-Katrin Titze

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Tilda Swinton and Neal Huff in Moonrise Kingdom

Neal Huff, who plays Phil Saviano in Tom McCarthy's Spotlight, co-written by Josh Singer, discussed working with Wes Anderson on The Grand Budapest Hotel with Mathieu Amalric's sister's head, over breakfast at Cafe Orlin. We talked about Moonrise Kingdom with a thread of Bob Balaban to Kent Jones' documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut, which screens at this year's Glasgow Film Festival. Plus a family connection to Kimberly Levin's Runoff and an encounter with Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.

Anne-Katrin Titze: Let's start with Wes Anderson. You said you were in Berlin while filming The Grand Budapest Hotel?

Neal Huff, Reese Schonfeld, Kimberly Levin, Philippe de Montebello on Runoff Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Neal Huff: I was in Görlitz. We filmed The Grand Budapest Hotel there, which is about two and a half hours south of Berlin and two and a half hours north of Prague. »

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Sweet smell of success by Anne-Katrin Titze

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Derek Lam with Ava Raiin: "I would say, all the Robert Altman movies." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Catfish and the upcoming Nerve (starring Emma Roberts, Juliette Lewis and Dave Franco) co-directors, Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman of Supermarché, hosted a cocktail party and special screening at the Angelika Film Center of 10 short films, written by Rightor Doyle, that were inspired by Derek Lam’s upcoming fragrance line 10 Crosby.

Derek Lam 10 Crosby fragrances Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Benjamin Dickinson's Rain Day (Jennifer Westfeldt, Greta Lee), Ellipsis (Langston Kerman, Alia Shawkat), 2am Kiss (Aya Cash, Josh Safdie, Eva Tolkin, Kelsey Lu, Sam Jacober, Jen Kim, Lee, Kerman); Celia Rowlson-Hall's Silent St (Paul Lazar, Hailey Gates, Anthony Ramos, Westfeldt, Cash), Afloat (Jason Kittleberger, Xavier) and Looking Glass (Rowlson-Hall, Kittleberger); Andrew Zuchero's Drunk on Youth (Sofia Black-d'Elia, Christopher Trinidade), Blackout (Devhynes, Lindsay Burdge, Kate Lyn Sheil, Kevin Barnett, Kim, Jacober) Something Wild (Celia Rowlson-Hall »

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No holds barred by Amber Wilkinson

5 February 2016 4:51 AM, PST

Van Groeningen: "What inspired me was, why do people go out? What is attractive about nightlife? What sensations do you have, how does music play with people? How does it get people extremely excited and make people want to jump and scream?" Felix van Groeningen's Belgica was one of the Day One films at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where it competed in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. It recounts the story of two brothers, Jo (Stef Aerts) and Frank (Tom Vermeir) who take on shared ownership of the titular bar. Their success with customers brings with it personal problems, as Frank begins to enjoy the hedonistic lifestyle a bit too much, causing tensions with his wife Isabelle (Charlotte Vandermeersch), while Jo's relationship with his girlfriend Marieke (Helene De Vos) also hits the rocks.

Music played a key part in Van Groenigen's previous film, the Oscar-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown, »

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Antichrist banned in France by Jennie Kermode - 2016-02-05 11:39:57

5 February 2016 3:39 AM, PST

Willem Dafoe in Antichrist

In a decision which has shocked cineastes across France, the Administrative Court of Paris has banned the exhibition or distribution of Lars Von Trier's critically acclaimed 2009 film Antichrist pending it being given a higher age rating. The film was originally approved as suitable for persons aged 16 or over by the Classification Commission and the Minister of Culture, and there is outrage at the idea that a court can overturn this.

The case against the film was brought by Catholic family values group Promouvoir, which campaigns to reduce the amount of sex and violence on French screens. It is partly the relationship between the two which has sparked criticism, with Gaspar Noé, whose film Love was targetted by the group, noting that a lot less fuss is made over guns than over penises, which are generally less dangerous.

Promouvoir has also challenged Fifty Shades Of Grey and. »

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The Assassin dominates Asian Film Award nominations by Jennie Kermode - 2016-02-04 21:23:53

4 February 2016 1:23 PM, PST

Shu Qi in The Assassin

The nominations for this year's Asian Film Awards were revealed today, and Hou Hsiao-hsien's The Assassin has taken a clear lead with Best Film and Best Director nominations as well as nod in several other categories, including Best Actress for Shu Qi. The actress, who plays a woman challenged to prove her mettle by killing her betrothed in the Taiwanese epic, has been nominated for a major award almost every year since 2005, when she won Best Actress at the Golden Horse Film Festival for her performance in Three Times. The Assassin may prove a controversial choice, attracting scorn from some critics after it premiered at Cannes last year, but Shu Qi has defended it vigorously and has received widespread praise for her acting in it.

Also making a big impression this year is Philip Yung's first film as both writer and director, Port Of Call, »

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Mission impossible by Anne-Katrin Titze

4 February 2016 6:59 AM, PST

Remember director Atom Egoyan: "Wagner is sort of embedded into the actual score at one point." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The last time I went to the restaurant in the Regency Hotel on Park Avenue was to meet Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth for their film 20,000 Days On Earth and Nick Cave stopped by for a greeting. Atom Egoyan's terrifically paced thriller Remember, written by Benjamin August, starring Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau with Bruno Ganz, Heinz Lieven, Dean Norris and Jürgen Prochnow is structured in the spirit of a cumulative tale. We spoke about the residual idea of The Sound Of Music, North By Northwest and Slavoj Žižek, meeting Son Of Saul director László Nemes in Sarajevo, Christopher Nolan's Memento and Leviticus.

Christopher Plummer as Zev Gutman

Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer's Still Alice stages an entrancing battle around the power of remembrance and how humans cope by covering up, »

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Eiff to present Et with live orchestral score by Amber Wilkinson - 2016-02-03 11:46:26

3 February 2016 3:46 AM, PST

E.T. - The Extra Terrestial will be screened at Eiff 2016 with a live score. Edinburgh International Film Festival will join forces with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to present the UK Premiere of Steven Spielberg’s legendary E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial, accompanied by John Williams’ iconic score performed live by the Rsno on Saturday, June 25, at the Edinburgh's Festival Theatre.

Steven Spielberg's tale of a boy who befriends a stranded alien had its UK premiere at the festival in 1982, where it was the opening night film.

Eiff artistic director Mark Adams said: “We are delighted to continue our relationship with the Rsno for this wonderful film and music event. The fact that E.T. and Steven Spielberg have such a strong link to Eiff makes this magnificent screening in our 70th edition all the more special. Certainly not an event to be missed.”

Rsno Chief Executive Krishna Thiagarajan added: »

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Human Rights Watch announces London titles by Amber Wilkinson - 2016-02-03 07:55:44

2 February 2016 11:55 PM, PST

Sonita - if 18-year-old Sonita had a say, Michael Jackson and Rihanna would be her parents and she'd be a rapper who tells the story of Afghan women and their fate as child brides. She finds out that her family plans to sell her to an unknown husband for $9,000. Photo: Behrouz Badrouj The 20th edition of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival will run in London from March 9 to 18, featuring 16 documentaries and dramas. The films include George Amponsah’s The Hard Stop about Mark Duggan and the Tottenham riots, Sundance World Documentary Grand Jury and Audience award winner Sonita, and Dalibor Matanić’s Cannes Film Festival winner The High Sun.

To celebrate this 20th anniversary edition the festival also includes four additional special programmes combining visual media with in-depth discussions about filmmaking and human rights between Human Rights Watch experts and independent human rights advocates including Charif Kiwan, spokesman for a Syrian film collective, »

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Immortal images by Anne-Katrin Titze

2 February 2016 6:15 AM, PST

Jane Birkin on Jacques Rivette: "I went to see Céline et Julie vont en bateau." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin are being celebrated in New York with 19 films and a series of conversations. After a screening of Agnès Varda's Jane B. Par Agnès V., Birkin spoke about working with Jacques Rivette on L’Amour Par Terre with Geraldine Chaplin, 36 Vues Du Pic Saint Loup, La Belle Noiseuse with Michel Piccoli, and taxidermy.

Claude Miller's L'Effrontée; Michel Gondry's The Science Of Sleep (La Science Des Rêves); Andrew Birkin's The Cement Garden; Yvan Attal's My Wife Is An Actress (Ma Femme Est Une Actrice); Birkin's Boxes (Les Boites); Claude Miller's The Little Thief (La Petite Voleuse); Varda's Kung Fu Master! (Le Petit Amour); Serge Gainsbourg's Charlotte For Ever; Jacques Doillon's The Prodigal Daughter (La Fille Prodigue); Bertrand Tavernier's Daddy Nostalgia »

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Pope Francis to make film debut by Jennie Kermode - 2016-02-02 13:01:20

2 February 2016 5:01 AM, PST

Pope Francis Photo: Casa Rosada, licensed under Creative Commons

He's already known for his unconventional behaviour, but now Pope Francis is set to make his debut the silver screen. He will play himself in children's film Beyond The Sun, which is said to be spiritual in nature and based on the Gospels. It is understood to have been inspired by the Pope's request that filmmakers find innovative ways to present the story of Jesus Christ to young audiences.

Profits from the film, which is expected to be a hit with young Catholic viewers, will go to children's charities based in Argentina. Shooting will take place in Italy.

Despite what many commentators have suggested, Francis will not actually be the first pope to appear in a film. That honour goes to Pope Pius Xii, who appeared in Embezzled Heaven in 1958, also playing himself.

Pope Francis has often spoken about his love of film, »

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Mad Max director to be Cannes President by Richard Mowe - 2016-02-02 12:24:26

2 February 2016 4:24 AM, PST

Miller with his Mad Max star Tom Hardy at last year’s Cannes Film Festival Photo: Richard Mowe

Mad Max creator and director George Miller will be the president of the Cannes Film Festival jury, it was announced today by the Festival organisers.

The Australian director’s opus Mad Max Fury Road was shown out of competition at last year’s 68th edition which started it on a global career earning both BAFTA and Oscar nominations.

Miller, who emerged in what has been described as “the golden age of Australian cinema” in the 1980s alongside the likes of Peter Weir, Bruce Beresford and Phillip Noyce, said of his appointment "What an unmitigated delight! To be there in the middle of this storied festival at the unveiling of cinematic treasures from all over the planet. To spend time in passionate discourse with fellow members of the jury. Such an honour. I'll be there with bells on! »

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Funds sought for Scottish Moving Image Archive by Jennie Kermode - 2016-02-01 16:26:47

1 February 2016 8:26 AM, PST

Kelvin Hall, Glasgow - soon to be home to the Scottish Moving Image Archive. Photo: Rept0n1x, licensed under Creative Commons

The Scottish Moving Image Archive is getting ready to take a big step this year as it moves from its temporary base on a Hillington industrial estate to Glasgow's Kelvin Hall, where it will be housed in a purpose-built facility complete with a small cinema. In the final stages of fundraising for the move, it has won support from a host of industry celebrities, including Martin Scorsese, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming and Bill Paterson.

Martin Scorsese Photo: Georges Biard

The new facility is designed to make the archive, curated by the National Library of Scotland, easier for the public to access, and not just in terms of location. It will have enhanced research facilities and private viewing booths as well as a video wall where visitors can get »

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Birth Of A Nation and Sonita big winners at Sundance by Amber Wilkinson - 2016-02-01 07:02:58

31 January 2016 11:02 PM, PST

Birth Of A Nation and Sonita were the big winners at the Sundance Film Festival this week.

Nate Parker's biographical drama about Nat Turner's slave rebellion - which sold to Fox Searchlight earlier this week for a record-breaking $17.5m (£12.3m) - won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the Us Dramatic Competition.

Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami's portrait of an aspiring Afghan rapper in Iran, Sonita, also scooped both the Audience and Grand Jury Prize in the World Documentary Competition.

The Us Grand Jury Prize for Documentary went to Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg's campaign trail film Weiner - which charted the attempts of Anthony Weiner to run for New York mayor in the face of a sexting scandal. The World Cinema Dramatic prize went to Elite Zexer for her engaging family drama about a young woman who finds herself torn between tradition and love.

Morris From America was also a. »

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