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Revered British director Mike Leigh will head the judging panel at next year's Berlin International Film Festival.
The Vera Drake legend's first feature film Meantime debuted at the festival back in 1984, and he only returned in 2008 when Sally Hawkins won Best Actress prize at the event for her starring role in his comedy Happy-Go-Lucky.
Leigh's big screen work has garnered great acclaim from critics throughout his career, and he's collected the top prizes at film festivals in Cannes, France, and Venice, Italy as well as being nominated for seven Oscars.
Now it has been announced he will use his expertise as the Jury President when the world's cinema greats return to the German capital in February.
Leigh and his fellow judges will chose which film will win the event's prestigious Golden Bear award. Last year's head judge was actress Isabella Rossellini. »
Berlin - Acclaimed British film director Mike Leigh will be the Jury President for the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival, which runs Feb. 9-19, 2012. Leigh, who has collected a Palme d'Or in Cannes, a Golden Lion in Venice and seven Oscar nominations in his 40-year film making career, will oversee the international jury that hands out Berlin's Golden and Silver Bears at the 62nd Berlin fest. Photos: 61st Berlin Film Festival Buzz Films Leigh's debut feature, Meantime premiered in Berlin's Forum sidebar in 1984 but he didn't return until 2008, when Happy-Go-Lucky bowed in competition, winning
- Scott Roxborough
British film director Mike Leigh will be the Jury President of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival.
Over the course of his nearly 40-year film career, Mike Leigh has distinguished himself as one of the most outstanding filmmakers of auteur cinema and protagonists of New British Cinema. His approach includes giving actors much leeway to improvise in order to develop their characters. Leigh portrays British society in a bluntly realistic but humorous style. His films have received countless international awards and several Oscar nominations.
Leigh has directed more than 20 films, as well as having made a name for himself as theatre director, dramatist and screenwriter. He first studied dramatic arts and then set design. Afterwards he attended the London Film School, of which he is now Chairman.
In 1972 he made his directorial debut with Bleak Moments, which went on to win the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. In »
"[A]lmost as long as there's been a Hollywood in Los Angeles, there has been an off-Hollywood too, the provenance of those toiling at the edge and far outside the mainstream," writes Manohla Dargis in a historical overview for the New York Times. "It's possible to follow one thread in the off-Hollywood story, its histories, productions and personalities in Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles 1945-1980, a six-month series coordinated by Filmforum, the longest-running avant-garde film organization in Los Angeles, and one of several moving-image programs in Pacific Standard Time. (Another, La Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema, was coordinated by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, where it runs until Dec 17.) An initiative of the Getty Institute, Pacific Standard Time is a sprawling collaboration of more than 60 Southern California cultural institutions that aims, as a Getty news release puts it, 'to tell the birth of the Los Angeles art scene »
Youth Culture History, Margate
The Turner Contemporary has already put Margate on the art map since it opened in its new home on the Kent coast in April, and now this spin-off from their current youth culture exhibition livens up the local film scene with two vintage double bills. First up is a skinhead pairing of This Is England and Mike Leigh's Meantime – the latter with a young Gary Oldman on fine, loutish form. Then on Sunday, the clock winds further back to the 1960s biker gangs of The Leather Boys and Liverpudlian thriller Violent Playground, both quality dramas and faithful records of the postwar teen scene.
Carlton Cinema Westgate, Sat & Sun
Document 9, Glasgow
This grassroots human rights documentary festival is Scotland's largest, and in no danger of running out of subject matter. This year's theme is A Year Of Protest and there are hundreds of long and short »
- Steve Rose
Actor Also Joins Peter Mullan In Hitman Flick 'The Liability' Tim Roth's got to be looking over at old pal and compatriot Gary Oldman with a little envy right now. Roth might have found moderate success on U.S. TV with "Lie To Me" (and he's been signed to a deal with Fox TV for another series), but his co-star in "Meantime" and "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead" is appearing in billion-dollar "Harry Potter" and "Batman" movies and looking like a serious potential to be a Best Actor nominee at the Oscars for his amazing performance in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."… »
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