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Ricardo Darín to be honoured with Silver Shell by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-06-24 17:31:12

24 June 2017 9:31 AM, PDT

Ricardo Darín in The Summit Argentinian star Ricardo Darín will receive a Donostia Award on September 26 at the 65th edition of the San Sebastian Festival, in the framework of presentation of his latest film The Summit (La cordillera). The award recognises the career of the 60-year-old star, who has worked with filmmakers including Adolfo Aristarain, Juan José Campanella, Fabián Bielinsky, Fernando Trueba, Pablo Trapero and Cesc Gay.

The Summit, written and directed by Santiago Mitre, is set at a Latin American presidential summit in Chile. Darín stars alongside Dolores Fonzi, Érica Rivas, Elena Anaya, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Alfredo Castro, Paulina García and Christian Slater. It had it's premiere in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes.

Darín is a regular attender of San Sebastian and has already been honoured by the festival, taking home the acting Silver Shell in 2015 for [filmid=28105]Truman[/film], about a terminally ill man spending four days with a friend. »

- Amber Wilkinson

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A nice cup of tea and a murder by Jennie Kermode

24 June 2017 7:49 AM, PDT

Getting down to business in The Book Club Photo: Redshirt Films

What would happen if a quiet little village in Yorkshire managed to secede from the rest of the UK and made murder legal? That's the question behind Jamie McKeller's current project, The Book Club. He's currently crowdfunding for the film but intends to make it no matter what happens, and has star Andrew Lee Potts already attached. We caught up with him to find out more about this tale of cups of tea, buttered scones and homicide.

Pinpointing where ideas come from is tricky, he says; this is one that developed over time. "It actually evolved from an old romantic comedy we'd written which we were thinking of making into a web series. It was originally about a community of swingers where everybody was very free and easy and then we thought, why not make it about a »

- Jennie Kermode

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55th New York Film Festival poster revealed by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-06-23 13:45:38

23 June 2017 5:45 AM, PDT

The 55th New York Film Festival takes place at Lincoln Center Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced yesterday, June 22, that Richard Serra has designed the poster for the 55th New York Film Festival. The festival will open on September 28 with the World Premiere of Richard Linklater's Last Flag Flying, starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne.

Richard Serra's 55th New York Film Festival poster

Recent New York Film Festival posters were designed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2016) and Laurie Anderson (2015).

Richard Serra’s work has never stopped growing in my mind and memory,” said New York Film Festival Director of Programming and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones. “During every one of my many visits to MoMA’s 2007 retrospective and to the permanent installations in Dia:Beacon, alone or with loved ones, I could feel everyone’s sense of the possible opening a couple of clicks wider. I was excited that he agreed to design this year’s Nyff poster, but when I »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Red carpet rolls out for Eiff's 71st edition by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-06-22 08:11:21

22 June 2017 12:11 AM, PDT

Ian Hart, Manon Ardisson, Josh O' Connor, Francis Lee, Alec Secareanu and Gemma Jones on the red carpet for God's Own Country Photo: Courtesy of Eiff The 71st edition (and 70th anniversary) of Edinburgh Film Festival got under way last night, with the UK premiere of God's Own Country.

The film, which charts the gay romance between a Yorkshire sheep farmer and a migrant farmhand, has featured at a string of festivals since it had it's world premiere in Sundance.

It is the feature debut of actor-turned-director Francis Lee, who was in attendance along with cast members Josh O'Connor, Alec Secareanu, Ian Hart and Gemma Jones.

Richard E Grant Photo: Courtesy of Eiff Mark Adams, Eiff artistic director, said: "In the Festival's 70th Anniversary Year, we're proud to be showcasing some of the most exciting, accomplished material from around the world and are looking forward to hosting these talented filmmakers and artists."

Among the other stars in attendance at the opening night were actors Richard E Grant, Bernard Hill and Ewan Bremner, along with a wealth of other Scottish talent including Swallows And Amazons »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Scottish short selected for Oscar-qualifying film festival by Jennie Kermode - 2017-06-21 16:45:47

21 June 2017 8:45 AM, PDT

Lynn Shaw in Borderline Photo: George Geddes / Magic B Films

After screening at the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival last year and the Glasgow Short Film Festival earlier this year, Scottish short Borderline has been picked up by the Palm Springs International Shortfest, it was announced this week. The festival is important because films screened there are eligible for Oscar consideration.

Centred on dancer and chreographer Lynn Shaw, the film explores the subject of borderline personality disorder (Bpd) through the medium of dance. Director Lyndsay Goodall says she took this approach for two reasons. "I wanted Lynn to be the focus of film and I felt that it should have her voice. I didn't want to speak to medical professionals or do anything that might undermine her experience. She's very articulate and self aware and I think listening to her is more powerful than having lots of different voices. Dance plays a massive part in her »

- Jennie Kermode

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Production Growth Fund is a winner for Scotland by Jennie Kermode - 2017-06-21 12:41:42

21 June 2017 4:41 AM, PDT

Churchill Photo: Salon Pictures/Getty Images

Figures released today show that Scotland's Production Growth Fund has been a success in economic as well as creative terms. Speaking at a gathering to mark the opening of this year's Edinnburgh International Film Festival, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop announced that it has generated £10 for every £1 spent, generating a total of £17.5m in the two years since its inception.

"The fund has underpinned strong demand for our crew and our services, cemented trust in the excellence of our work and strengthened Scotland’s reputation as a base for big budget productions. It is attracting major productions to showcase Scotland and our breathtaking locations to audiences around the world, with clear knock on benefits for our tourism sector," said Ms Hyslop, who went on to announce that a further £250k is to be added to the fund, taking it to £3.25m.

Films that have benefited from the fund so far »

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Daniel Day-Lewis announces retirement by Jennie Kermode - 2017-06-20 23:21:56

20 June 2017 3:21 PM, PDT

Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood

Daniel Day-Lewis, the English-born star who won Best Actor Oscars for his roles in My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln, is retiring from acting, according to Variety. A spokesperson produced a short statement expressing his gratitude to his collaborators and audiences and noting that this was a private decision on which there will be no further comment.

Day-Lewis, who made a splash early on in his career with supporting roles in films like My Beautiful Laundrette and A Room With A View, has previously expressed concern about the level of press intrusion he has faced because of his profession. His final film, Phantom Thread, is directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and will be released later this year. »

- Jennie Kermode

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Picturing a life by Anne-Katrin Titze

19 June 2017 5:25 AM, PDT

Maudie director Aisling Walsh on Maud Lewis: "She found her freedom in painting." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In my conversation with Aisling Walsh in New York, we discussed Everett (Ethan Hawke) and Maud Lewis's (Sally Hawkins) house in Maudie, her paintings, being stuck in the Thirties, Kari Matchett as a Katharine Hepburn sounding, Peggy Guggenheim-like character named Sandra, transcending time, and what it means to be labeled a Folk Artist.

The small hovel without running water or electricity (that stands now in a museum in Halifax, Nova Scotia) was Everett and Maud Lewis's home their entire life together. Without having to rely on sentimental escapism, one could say that these "odd socks" make more sense as a couple than much of what is presented as becoming a relationship in most mainstream Hollywood fare.

Everett (Ethan Hawke) and Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins)

Slowly - and Walsh is particularly good with time - »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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