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Visit Venice Film Festival without leaving home by Amber Wilkinson - 2015-07-29 20:05:19

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Following three successful years incorporating an online screening experience into the regular programming of the Venice Film Festival, the Biennale has announced that its innovative Sala Web initiative will return this year for the 72nd edition of the Mostra, in collaboration with Festival Scope, the online platform for film professionals.

Sala Web will serve as a parallel online showcase for films officially selected at the Orizzonti Competition and Biennale College. These films will be available for streaming during a full five days, on the same days as their world premières on the Lido.

Sala Web is the virtual screening room that takes the Venice Film Festival’s official selection beyond the confines of its traditional venues and makes some of the Mostra’s most groundbreaking programming directly accessible to audiences worldwide.

Venice Film Festival Director Alberto Barbera said: “We are committed to making the Mostra even more accessible for anyone »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Habemus Papam by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2015-07-29 19:50:09

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit in The Walk

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that the New York Film Festival Alice Tully Hall Opening Night Gala screening of Robert Zemeckis’s The Walk in 3D, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Philippe Petit with Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon and Ben Schwartz, has been rescheduled due to the New York City visit of Pope Francis.

The Walk will now have its world premiere on Saturday, September 26 for "logistical and security reasons." The New York Film Festival is looking to program free screenings for the opening day on Friday.

Tickets for the 53rd New York Film Festival will go on sale in early September.

This year's New York Film Festival runs from September 25 through October 11. »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Anchoring the New York Film Festival by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2015-07-28 16:16:07

28 July 2015 8:16 AM, PDT

Robert Zemeckis’s The Walk and Don Cheadle's Miles Ahead to open and close 53rd New York Film Festival. Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Three world premières about three men - Steve Jobs, Miles Davis and Philippe Petit - anchor the 53rd New York Film Festival.

Announced yesterday, Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle's biopic, written by Aaron Sorkin, will be the Centerpiece. Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston and Michael Stuhlbarg comprise the all-star cast.

The Walk in 3D, based on Philippe Petit's To Reach The Clouds, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Petit with Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon and Ben Schwartz, will open the festival. In 2012, Ang Lee’s majestic Life Of Pi was the first 3D movie screened as an Opening Night Gala.

Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle's directorial debut, in which he stars as Miles Davis, opposite Emayatzy Corinealdi, Ewan McGregor and Michael Stuhlbarg, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Grand amour for British cinema by Richard Mowe - 2015-07-27 21:00:39

27 July 2015 1:00 PM, PDT

Jean Rochefort to head the jury at the 26th Festival of British Cinema in Dinard

The French have always had a love affair with British cinema and they helped to sustain such directors as Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, hailed as auteurs no less, when nobody on these shores was particularly enthusiastic about their output.

Such passion is not always reciprocated yet any differences in temperament tend to melt away during the annual British Film Festival in Dinard, the resort on the Emerald Coast, close to St Malo which was founded by the English as a fashionable Belle Epoque watering hole at the end of the last century.

The festival lives up to its reputation as a convivial place for Anglo-French networking. Among the serious formal talkfests is the annual co-production meeting between British and French industry movers and shakers, followed by a pitching session during which different projects are run past potential production partners. »

- Richard Mowe

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Chinese film breaks box-office records by Jennie Kermode - 2015-07-27 20:34:02

27 July 2015 12:34 PM, PDT

Monster of the moment Huba

A few years ago, China's Ministry of Culture stressed its disapproval of fantasy films, arguing that its people needed to see more films about the country's history or day to day life. Now, however, a fantasy film has smashed box office records, making over 1.317bn yuan (£137m) in just over a month. The country has fallen in love with its non-human star.

Monster Hunt, whose domestic box office performance outshines the likes of Rio 2 and Angels And Demons in their native Us, is a comedy based around the story of a woman who gives birth to a baby monster. Because the baby, Huba, is heir to the monster throne, everybody is out to get him. A female warrior agrees to protect him if she can sell him later, but Huba's charm is more than she was prepared for.

The film's success, way ahead of previous record holder Lost In. »

- Jennie Kermode

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