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Berlinale and Cannes winners competing in Odessa

11 June 2014 5:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Peter Webber to head jury, David Puttnam to deliver lecture during fifth edition of the Ukranian festival.

Golden Bear winner Black Coal, Thin Ice and the Camera D’Or recipient Party Girl [pictured] are among the 12 films selected for the International Competition at the fifth edition of the Odessa International Film Festival (Oiff), which runs July 11-19.

UK director Peter Webber will head the jury composed of Ukrainian film-maker Sergei Loznitsa, Israeli actress Jenya Dodina, Belorussian actress-director Olga Dykhovichnaya and French actor-critic Jean-Philippe Tessé.

The other films in the running for the Golden Duke award are:

Bryan Reisberg’s social and psychological drama Big Significant Things (Us)Levan Koguashvili’s feelgood film Blind Dates (Georgia)Director and painter Lech Majewski’s Field of Dogs (Poland)Alonso Ruizpalacios’ road movie debut Güeros (Mexico)Valentin Hotea’s social and psychological drama Roxanne (Romania)Anna Melikyan’s Kinotavr award-winner Star (Russia)Maximilan Erlenwein’s psychological thriller Stereo (Germany)Tribeca winner [link=nm »

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Thn’s Top 5 Cinematographers Who Became Directors

23 April 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

With Wally Pfister’s directorial debut Transcendence opening on April 25th this is the perfect time to take a look at some of the best cinematographers in movie history who’ve become successful directors.

Pfister has been working with Christopher Nolan since Memento (2000) and the two were inseparable up until this point, with Pfister being Nolan’s Director of Photography on Insominia (2002), The Prestige (2006), Inception (2010) and The Dark Knight (2005- 2012) Trilogy. He even found time for Moneyball (2011) and music documentary Marley (2012).

Transcendence is his first foray into the world of feature-film directing and he’s supported by an impressive cast that includes Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, and Kate Mara, plus Batman-alumni Cillian Murphy and Morgan Freeman. The film centres on terminally ill scientist Will Caster (Depp), who decides to upload his mind into a computer. Once achieved, it gives him power beyond his wildest expectations but then events »

- Dan Bullock

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Coen Brothers' Movie Tops Nsfc Awards; Last Major Critics' Awards of the Season

6 January 2014 4:13 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Joel and Ethan Coen movie ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ tops 2014 National Society of Film Critics Awards (Oscar Isaac in ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’) The National Society of Film Critics is the last major U.S.-based critics’ group to announce their annual winners. This year, their top film was Joel and Ethan Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis, a comedy-drama about a hapless folk singer. Inside Llewyn Davis also earned honors for the directors, star Oscar Isaac, and cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel. Additionally, the Coen brothers’ film was the runner-up in the Best Screenplay category. Inside Llewyn Davis is the first movie directed by Joel and Ethan Coen to win the top prize at the National Society of Film Critics Awards. Back in early 2008, whereas most critics’ groups — and the Academy Awards — went for the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men, the Nsfc selected instead Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood. »

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