16 items from 2015
Lucrative prize goes to the Indian director of Parched.
Leena Yadav, the Indian director of drama Parched, has been chosen as the winner of the new Stockholm Impact Award, from the Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 11-22) and the City of Stockholm.
Yadav is given $114,000 (1 million Sek) to support upcoming film projects.
Parched, which had its world premiere in Toronto Special Presentations, is set in a rural Indian village, where three women begin to break from misogynistic traditions.
The jury for the award included artist Ai Weiwei (who designed the trophy), filmmaker Ida Panahandeh, and Linus Tunstrom director of Uppsala City Theatre.
The jury said, “Through superb acting, giving a unique insight into the minds and hearts of women in rural India, told with colorful, sensual cinematography, this film is a paradoxical celebration of life, in spite of tough circumstances, creating both anger and joy, giving fuel for debate as well as hope for change, when addressing »
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The India-set feminist drama nabbed a cash grant of 1 million Skr ($120K) to help finance her upcoming projects.
The prize was announced by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who presided the Impact jury which comprised Swedish theatre director Linus Tunstrom and Iranian film director Ida Panahandeh (”Nahid”). During the presser, Weiwei also unveiled a sculpture that he created for the winner.
”Through superb acting, giving unique insight into the minds and hearts of women in rural India, told with colorful, sensual cinematography, this film is a paradoxical celebration of life, in spite of tough circumstances, creating both anger and joy, giving fuel for debate as well as hope for change when addressing a burning question that affects, not half, but the whole of our society,” stated the jury.
Unfolding in a rural village in Northwest India, »
- Jon Asp
The 26th edition of Stockholm Intl. Film Festival opened last night, Nov. 10, with the gala screening of Jonas Carpignano’s “Mediterranea.” The film, about two Burkina Faso refugees struggling to survive in Italy, won Cannes Critics’ Week and makes an apt choice for Stockholm, not only because the director competed at Stockholm last year with his short “A Ciambra,” but also since Migration is this year’s spotlight at the festival.
Nine feature films are programmed in the special section, while other titles screening at the festival deal with similar issues.
During its Nov. 11-22 run, Stockholm will screen 200 films from more than 60 countries.
“Mediterranea” unspools in the main competition, where 21 first, second and third-time directors are vying for the Bronze horse, including Joachim Trier, who’s the most established helmer in the selection. His “Louder Than Bombs,” which competed at Cannes, is also festival’s mid-point film. Among newcomers »
- Jon Asp
France’s Oscar candidate, “Mustang” (pictured above) marks Turkish helmer Gamze Ergüven’s debut. It premiered at Cannes’ Directors Fortnight and won the Europa Cinema label. “Mustang” is a contempo drama depicting the childhood of five sisters in a conservative household in rural Turkey.
“Evolution,” which premiered at Toronto’s newly-launched Platform section, is a philosophical horror drama turns on a 10-year old boy living on a lonely island with his mother and a woman who performs rituals.
A thriller with Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger, “Maryland” centers around an ex-soldier-turned- bodyguard who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and has to protect the wife of a wealthy Lebanese businessman. Wincer’s follow-up to “Augustine,” “Maryland” opened at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Full line-up of the Stockholm film festival includes feature and documentary competition line-ups.Scroll down for full line-up
The Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 11-22) has unveiled the line-up for its 26th edition, comprising more than 190 films from over 70 countries.
It marks the first time Stockholm has a greater number of women than men competing for the Bronze Horse – the festival’s top prize.
The documentary competition includes Amy Berg’s An Open Secret, an investigation into accusations of teenagers being sexually abused within the film industry; and Cosima Spender’s Palio, centred on the annual horse race in Siena, Italy.
Announcing the programme, festival director Git Scheynius also revealed that Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will visit Stockholm for the first time as chairman of the jury for the first Stockholm Impact Award, which »
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If the biggest headlines from Toronto are usually reserved for the Hollywood stars and the upscale English-language movies poised for the upcoming Oscars race, there is much else in the selection worthy of discovery. The strong selection from Asia is a highlight.
Asia (and Australasia) is always strongly represented in Toronto, a reflection of the globe-trotting selectors’ determination to show the diversity of Far Eastern cinema, and also of the city’s multicultural mix. This year is no exception.
The Asian line-up ranges from the unashamedly commercial (“Veteran,” which last week became the 10th highest grossing Korean film of all time), to the experimental (Christopher Doyle’s “Hong Kong Trilogy,” a fiction film with a narrative strung together from documentary footage). It stretches from big-budget, starry Chinese drama (“Mr. Six” pictured) through to the low-budget miracles of Southeast Asia, where powerful features (Erik Matti’s “Honor Thy Father” or Joko Anwar »
- Patrick Frater
Anne Sewitsky‘s Sundance preemed Homesick, Cannes preemed Romanian imports from Radu Muntean‘s One Floor Below and Corneliu Porumboiu‘s The Treasure along with Athina Rachel Tsangari‘s Locarno shown Chevalier are just four of the film titles in the just announced Contemporary World Cinema programme for Tiff. Among the other noteworthy titles in what is mostly a mix of world preems and North American premieres we find Grímur Hákonarson‘s Rams (just picked up by Cohen Media), Alex van Warmerdam well-received Locarno comedy Schneider vs. Bax , the world preem for Sion Sono’s The Whispering Star, and the Oscilloscope Laboratories picked up Ciro Guerra‘s Embrace Of The Serpent. Here are today’s selections that were added to the already announced Canadian items.
25 April (New Zealand), Leanne Pooley Wp
3000 Nights (Palestine-France-Jordan-Lebanon-uae-Qatar), Mai Masri Wp
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- Eric Lavallee
Filipino helmer Erik Matti's latest crime thriller Honor Thy Father (pictured above), Sono's arthouse scifi offering The Whispering Star, Cesc Gay's Truman, and Alex Van Warmerdam's dark hitman comedy Schneider Vs Bax are among the latest additions to the Toronto International Film Festival, both included as part of the sprawling Contemporary World Cinema program. Check the full announcement below and let us know what you're looking forward to!Contemporary World Cinema Programme Presents 60 Outstanding Films From Across The Globe Films from countries including Ethiopia, New Zealand, Peru, Israel, Indonesia , Germany, Australia, Spain, China, France, Japan, Iceland and Morocco in Festival spotlight Toronto -- A diverse and fascinating selection of 60 films from countries across the globe were announced today in the Toronto International Film...
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Due to the large volume of films that the Toronto International Film Festival screens every year, participants often find themselves unsure of how to decide what to see. To that end, festival organisers often distribute the films into numerous programmes to reflect commonalities among them. The Contemporary World Cinema Programme, to that end, looks at the features from filmmakers from around the world, showcasing the talents being displayed from numerous countries.
The full lineup for the 2015 Tiff Contemporary World Cinema Programme has now been announced, adding to the previously announced slate of Canadian Films in the Programme. The films, as well as their official synopses, can be seen below.
25 April, directed by Leanne Pooley, making its World Premiere
Award-winning filmmaker Leanne Pooley utilizes the letters and memoirs of New Zealand soldiers and nurses along with state of the art animation to tell the true story of the 1915 battle of Gallipoli. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Potential awards season contenders Truth from James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham’s I Saw The Light starring Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams land world premiere slots, while Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right will close the festival.
London is the subject of the seventh annual City To City programme that features world premieres of Tom Geens’ Couple In A Hole starring Paul Higgins and Kate Dickie and Michael Caton-Jones’ Urban Hymn with Letitia Wright and Shirley Henderson. Elaine Constantine’s Northern Soul gets a North American premiere.
Tiff top brass also unveiled the Contemporary World Cinema section, featuring »
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David Gordon Green’s “Our Brand Is Crisis,” starring Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton; James Vanderbilt’s CBS scandal film “Truth,” starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford; and “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke’s “Miss You Already,” starring Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette, will world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, it was announced Tuesday.
In all, Toronto added almost 100 films (including more than 40 world premieres) across its Gala, Special Presentations, City to City, Contemporary World Cinema and Wavelengths programs. It also added 38 international short films to Short Cuts.
Special Presentations added 19 titles, »
- Jennie Punter
Quinn, David, Huck and Charlie desperately tried to salvage their case against B-613 after Jake refused to testify against Command in Scandal’s “Honor Thy Father.” Scandal 4×18 Recap Liv (Kerry Washington) was focused on her case of the week – a Congressman trying to clear his father of murdering the math teacher who preyed on […]
The post ‘Scandal’ Recap: Huck, Charlie, Quinn And David Fight To Save The Case Against B-613 appeared first on uInterview. »
- Olivia Truffaut
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t seen Thursday’s episode of “Scandal”) There is never any lack of Omg moments in “Scandal” but Thursday night’s episode of the ShondaLand drama on ABC pulled out all the stops. The tone was set early on in “Honor Thy Father” with the introduction of Mellie’s (Bellamy Young) half-sister Harmony, who was aptly described as “fifty shades of angry.” Elizabeth North wisely advised the presidential hopeful that she needed to make peace with her volatile sibling in case she jeopardized her political aspirations. The inevitable explosions ended »
- Debbie Emery
This week on ABC’s Scandal, Jake looked bloody guilty, aspiring senator Mellie nearly got kinfolk’d over and just as Olivia began moving on into the future, she got a blast from the past.
RelatedMay Sweeps Scorecard 2015: Weddings, Deaths, Breakups, Sex, Resurrections, Firings and More!
Scandal has never been an easy show to recap, make no mistake. The end of Season 1, all of Season 2, patches of Season 3… there was so much going on, it was a skill to in any way capture it all, to condense those visceral thrills with mere words.
And then there’s the other kind of “hard to recap, »
Recently, ABC delivered the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Scandal" episode 18 of season 4. The episode is entitled, "Honor Thy Father," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting stuff take place as David continues his plot to go after B613. Meanwhile , Olivia gets a request to help save a man from getting the death penalty, and more. In the new, 18th episode press release: David Continues His Plan To Take Down B613. Press release number 2: David will try to recruit former B613 agents to strengthen his case. In the meantime, a congressman will ask Olivia to help his father escape his looming death penalty. Guest stars feature: Portia de Rossi and George Newbern. The episode was written by Severiano Canales ,and it was directed by Jeannot Szwarc. Episode 18 is set to air on Thursday night, April 2nd at 8pm central time on ABC. »
- Andre Braddox
It's shaping up to be a busy year for On The Job director Erik Matti, with multiple projects on his slate. Up first - and now in production - is crime thriller Honor Thy Father, the story of a family caught in financial ruin due to their involvement in a ponzi scheme. John Lloyd Cruz takes the lead in the picture and while there's no trailer as of yet we do have a gallery of the first stills from the set. Take a look below!...
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16 items from 2015
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