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Exclusive clip and Q&A from acclaimed big game hunting documentary Trophy

We have an exclusive clip from the acclaimed documentary Trophy, which explores powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation through the eyes of impassioned individuals who drive them. In the clip, the world’s largest rhino breeder John Hume is out with his rhinos, talking about how he thinks they know they’re in danger. Check it out here, or watch it on our YouTube channel…

We also have an exclusive Q&A clip from the film’s Gala Screening featuring comments from Charlie Mayhew of Tusk Trust…

What if monetising animals is the only way to save them?

From an American trophy hunter to the world’s largest rhino breeder in South Africa, Trophy grapples with the consequences of imposing economic value on animals. It will leave you debating what is right, what is wrong and what is necessary in order to save the great species of the world.
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Gisele Bündchen Urges the Protection of Wildlife as Donald Trump Lifts Elephant Poaching Ban

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Gisele Bündchen Urges the Protection of Wildlife as Donald Trump Lifts Elephant Poaching Ban
Gisele Bündchen is the latest celebrity to speak out against President Donald Trump‘s controversial decision to reverse a ban on importing elephant kill trophies.

“Nothing justifies killing harmless animals to use its parts only as material goods, decoration or even worse as a trophy to satisfy someone’s ego or pride,” the supermodel and environmental activist wrote on Instagram. “If we want a better future, we must take care of the wildlife. When you hurt one species you are hurting them all, including us humans. We are all connected. #weareone #moreloveplease #BeKindToElephants.”

(Her post is particularly notable because Trump
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Watch An Exclusive Clip From The Documentary ‘Trophy’ – In Cinemas & Download On Friday

To celebrate the release of the applauded, upcoming documentary Trophy, which will open in UK cinemas and be available on digital download on 17thNovember 2017, we have an exclusive clip to share with you.

From an American trophy hunter to the world’s largest rhino breeder in South Africa, Trophy grapples with the consequences of imposing economic value on animals. It will leave you debating what is right, what is wrong and what is necessary in order to save the great species of the world.

Endangered species like elephants, rhinos, and lions march closer to extinction each year. Their devastating decline is fuelled in part by a global desire to consume these majestic animals. Trophy investigates the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation through the eyes of impassioned individuals who drive them.

What are the implications of treating animals as commodities? Do breeding, farming and hunting offer some
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Lonely Photo of Last Living Male Northern White Rhino Shows 'What Extinction Looks Like'

Lonely Photo of Last Living Male Northern White Rhino Shows 'What Extinction Looks Like'
Sudan leads a lonely life.

The 44-year-old is the last known living male northern white rhinoceros in the world. He and the two other known living females of his species live at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, where they are protected from poachers by a 24-hour armed guard.

While this has been Sudan’s reality for several years, his plight is coming back into focus following a viral Tweet.

Want to know what extinction looks like? This is the last male Northern White Rhino. The Last. Nevermore pic.twitter.com/o4obIQUpaR

Daniel Schneider (@BiologistDan) November 6, 2017

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These Adorable Otters Want You to Celebrate Sea Otter Awareness Week

These Adorable Otters Want You to Celebrate Sea Otter Awareness Week
For all the sea otter fans out there (and we know there are a lot of you), we have good news: it’s Sea Otter Awareness Week! And we’re here to tell you about some special otters who’ve been cared for by the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, California. In particular, we’d like to introduce you to Otto, an 8-year-old southern sea otter, who is one lucky and resilient guy.

The handsome and spirited otter was rescued on May 31, 2017, in San Luis Obispo. Upon admission and examination by the veterinary staff at the Marine Mammal Center, Otto
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Watch The UK Trailer For Acclaimed Sundance Documentary ‘Trophy’

It debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim and a nomination for the Grand Jury Prize, and now we have the official trailer for Trophy, which will open in UK cinemas and on digital download on 17th November 2017.

What if monetising animals is the only way to save them?

From an American trophy hunter to the world’s largest rhino breeder in South Africa, Trophy grapples with the consequences of imposing economic value on animals. It will leave you debating what is right, what is wrong and what is necessary in order to save the great species of the world.

Endangered species like elephants, rhinos and lions march closer to extinction each year. Their devastating decline is fuelled in part by a global desire to consume these majestic animals. Trophy investigates the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation through the eyes of impassioned individuals who drive them.
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Venice Film Review: ‘Endangered Species’

Venice Film Review: ‘Endangered Species’
The short-story composite is among the most athletic feats of literary adaptation. In the best of them, like Robert Altman’s “Short Cuts,” a sense of temporal and cosmic connection is forged between scattered narratives bound only by an authorial voice; once viewed, it should be hard to imagine the strands unbraided. Drawn from an entire collection by American author Richard Bausch, relocated to the coastal city of Nice, Gilles Bourdos’s wriggly, mutable “Endangered Species” doesn’t quite pull off the trick, but it’s charged and vibrant all the same. Variously reflecting on the turbulent power dynamics between parents and adult children, its unequally weighted story threads range from gut-wrenching to glib, never fully woven into the same world. Making up for the film’s structural wobbles, however, is its gorgeous, agile visual language: Thanks to cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing’s indelible image-making, the material gains a tactility distinct from what the written word can
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Venice Film Review: ‘Lean on Pete’

Venice Film Review: ‘Lean on Pete’
In case you were wondering, Lean on Pete is the name of a horse. Not a special one, just your average American quarter horse — a doomed beast stuck racing for small-stakes bets at second-tier tracks in and around Portland, Oregon. Based on Willy Vlautin’s novel of the same name, “Lean on Pete” is the story of said horse and of the boy who saves him from the glue factory, or from being sent down to Mexico to be slaughtered. And, depending on how corny you want to get, how the kid saves himself in the process.

What “Lean on Pete” is not is a children’s movie, or a crowd-pleaser, or an uplifting coming-of-age story. Directed by Andrew Haigh, who previously told the relatively artful grown-up modern romances “Weekend” and “45 Years,” it’s a serious-minded, unvarnished glimpse into how it feels to be 15 and completely alone in the world. But
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House on Fire Boards ‘Under the Sun,’ ‘Family Tree,’ ‘Overgod’ (Exclusive)

Vincent Wang’s Paris-based banner House on Fire, which has Alireza Khatami’s debut feature “Oblivion Verses” playing at Venice in the Orizzonti section, has come on board “Under the Sun” by Chinese filmmaker Qiu Yang, as well as Zhang Tao’s “Family Tree” and Gabriel Mascaro’s “Overgod.”

Satire “Family Tree” marks Tao’s sophomore film following “Last Laugh,” which played in Cannes’ Acid section this year. The film centers on a desperate mother using many remedies to make sure sure her eldest son and his wife produce a male heir, while her other son is in love with his 25-year-old distant aunt.

Set to shoot next spring in China, “Family Tree” is co-produced by Chinese banners Butong Pictures and Tender Madness.

Under the Sun,” meanwhile, expands on the plot and characters of Yang’s 2015 student short by the same name that had played at Cannes’ Cinefondation, AFI Fest and Slamdance. Yang
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Ziad Doueiri Follows ‘The Insult’ With ‘Ghost Element’ (Exclusive)

Ziad Doueiri Follows ‘The Insult’ With ‘Ghost Element’ (Exclusive)
Ziad Doueiri, whose Lebanon-set “The Insult” is competing at Venice Film Festival, is set to direct “Ghost Element,” a supernatural thriller that will mark his most ambitious film to date.

Reteaming Doueiri with his producer Jean Brehat at Paris-based banner Tessalit Prods., “Ghost Element” is based on “Le Tambour d’angoisse,” a novel written by B.R. Bruss and published by Marabout in 1973. The film will partly shoot in English.

Samuel and Victor Hadida at Metropolitan Filmexport, which worked with Brehat on Rachid Bouchareb’s “Belleville Cop,” are co-producing the film and will be distributing in France. They’re also taking international sales rights.

The story, adapted to present times, centers on a group of 12 scientists from different nationalities, ethnic backgrounds and religions, who are sent on a doomed mission to the Australian desert in order to find Thorium, a precious fuel. As the mission goes wrong, the group gets stuck in the desert and finds refuge
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Venice Production Bridge Kicks Off With Robust Attendance

Venice Production Bridge Kicks Off With Robust Attendance
Venice, Italy — The Venice Production Bridge, the Lido’s concept market, kicked off Wednesday with more than 1,800 accredited industry execs, a slight increase from last year’s final number. This year’s edition is marked by a strong presence of streaming companies, including Netflix and Amazon, and the introduction of virtual reality works.

“Unlike Cannes and Berlin, this is not a sell and buy market,” said Bridge manager Pascal Diot, adding, “Our philosophy is [that] we are about projects.”

More than 1,000 curated one-on-one meetings have been scheduled tied to the 47 feature films, documentaries, TV series and virtual-reality projects that have made the cut for the Venice Gap Financing Market, which helps European and international producers secure the final portion of financing for their projects, roughly half of which are from Europe. The meetings are between the teams from the selected projects and potential investors, including producers, financiers, bankers, distributors, sales agents, TV
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Venice Film Review: ‘Human Flow’

Venice Film Review: ‘Human Flow’
Some time ago, Ai Weiwei’s fame eclipsed his art, so what he does with that fame really does matter. In his first feature-length documentary (he’s made video installations in the past), the Chinese dissident stamps the international refugee crisis with his imprimatur, lending his name to the cause in the hope of raising awareness of just how serious the calamity has become. This leads to several problems, not least of which is that if you need a celebrity to tell you there’s a crisis, you really haven’t been paying attention. Perhaps Ai knew that, because “Human Flow” is basically Refugees for Dummies, a primer on global displacement with theatrical releases all lined up and an Amazon deal that’s bound to see significantly more traffic than box office cash registers or, crucially, refugee NGOs.

The numbers are impressive: shot in more than 20 countries, with 25 film crews and featuring a score of experts involved
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Venice Film Festival 2017: Enter to Win Free Online Festival Pass to Stream Movies

Venice Film Festival 2017: Enter to Win Free Online Festival Pass to Stream Movies
The 2017 Venice Film Festival kicked off on August 30, and for anyone who can’t make it all the way to Italy this year, IndieWire has a solution for you. Between now and Thursday, September 7 at noon Et, IndieWire readers can register using this form to win one of 5 online festival passes, which will give you the opportunity to stream five Venice titles for free online. All of the streaming titles will be from this year’s Orizzonti competition (Horizons), Biennale College and a few other sections. The movies include the following titles:

Endangered Species, by Gilles Bourdos – Online on August 31

Under The Tree, by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson – Online on August 31

Strange Colours, by Alena Lodkina – Online on August 31

West Of Sunshine, by Jason Raftopoulos – Online on September 1

Martyr, by Mazen Khaled – Online on September 1

Nato A Casal Di Principe, by Bruno Oliviero – Online on September 1

Beautiful Things, by Giorgio Ferrero – Online on September 2

No Date,
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'Endangered Species' ('Especes menacees'): Film Review | Venice 2017

'Endangered Species' ('Especes menacees'): Film Review | Venice 2017
Three stories set in Nice, on the French Riviera, in winter weave in and out of each other in Endangered Species (Especes menacees), French director Gilles Bourdos’ ambitious adaptation of material from The Stories of Richard Bausch. The overarching narrative here centers on Josephine, a young bride, and the problems she has with her potentially aggressive groom; the other two main story threads involve Josephine’s new neighbor, his pregnant daughter, her future husband and the latter’s PhD student, whose mother ends up in a mental institution.

This gorgeously shot exploration of power relationships and broken families has several very incisive...
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Haugesund: Yellow Affair Falls for ‘Maya Dardel’ (Exclusive)

Haugesund: Yellow Affair Falls for ‘Maya Dardel’ (Exclusive)
Scandinavian sales outfit The Yellow Affair has picked up all rights outside North America and South America on the Lena Olin vehicle “Maya Dardel.”

The feature marks the directorial debut of U.S. poet/novelist Zachary Cotler who shares the directing and writing credits with Polish-born but U.S.-based Magdalena Zyzak. The duo just won best screenplay for the film earlier this month at the Prague Independent Film Festival, while Lena Olin (“Chocolat”) picked up best actress.

Olin plays Maya Dardel, an internationally respected poet and novelist, living in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. One day she announces on the radio that she intends to end her life and that young male writers may compete to become the executor of her estate. They are challenged intellectually, emotionally and erotically, until one of them begins to fathom Maya’s end game.

Co-stars include Rosanna Arquette (“Crash”), Joardan Gavaris (“The Sea of Trees”), Nathan Keyes (“Britney Ever After”) and
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One Year Later, Cecil the Lion's Legacy Lives on Through His Cubs

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One Year Later, Cecil the Lion's Legacy Lives on Through His Cubs
It's been a year since the death of Cecil the lion, the 13-year-old, black-maned animal who was lured out of the Hwange National Park animal reserve in Zimbabwe on July 1, 2015 and killed by American dentist and trophy hunter Dr. Walter Palmer. But Cecil's legacy has continued at the Hwange National Park, with the help of Cecil's non-biological "brother" Jericho, who is now ruling his pride. "Cecil's three females and seven cubs are still all alive and well and still within their normal home range," Andrew Loveridge told the Chicago Tribune in May. He was part of the team who tracked
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‘Septembers of Shiraz’ Exclusive Clip: Adrien Brody Discuss Faith with a Masked Man

‘Septembers of Shiraz’ Exclusive Clip: Adrien Brody Discuss Faith with a Masked Man
Taking place in post-revolutionary Iran, Wayne Blair’s “Septembers of Shiraz” stars Adrien Brody and Salma Hayek as a Jewish couple who give up their possessions to the cause but still find themselves enemies of it. A new clip from the adaptation of Dalia Sofer’s 2007 novel, which comes to theaters next week, gives a sense of Blair’s brand of suspense.

Read More: Salma Hayek: Why European Cinema Is Much Kinder To Aging Actresses Than Hollywood

In it, an accented Brody finds himself inside an empty cell lit only by the flashlight of the masked man who enters and offers him water. The two have a brief chat about the cathartic power of tears before the interrogator hands Brody a Quran: “You might find it helpful,” he tells him through the burlap sack covering his face. “You have to believe that you will make it. Have faith.”

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Nicolas Noxon, 1936-2016

May 5, 2016 Nicolas Noxon, 1936-2016

The Ida mourns the passing of beloved former board member Nicolas Noxon, one of our original founding members, as well as an Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who wrote, directed and produced more than 40 National Geographic specials.

Noxon won the Ida's Strand Program Award in both 1998 and 1999, for his work on America's Endangered Species: Don't Say Goodbye and The Dragons of Galapagos.

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Cannes: Wild Bunch to launch new Hazanavicius, Desplechin, Loznitsa

Exclusive: Slate includes films starring Louis Garrel, Marion Cotillard,

Wild Bunch will kick-off pre-sales at Cannes on Oscar-winner Michel Hazanavicius’s [pictured] new project Redoubtable revolving around the relationship between Jean-Luc Godard and actress Anne Wiazemsky in the late 1960s.

Based on Wiazemsky’s autobiographical account Un An Après, the production will star Louis Garrel as Jean-Luc Godard and Stacy Martin, last seen in High-Rise, as the director’s young muse.

The script kicks off with the 1967 shoot of La Chinoise – about a group of students who try to live by Maoists principles - and follows the couple through the late 1960s when Godard went through his so-called “revolutionary period”.

Wiazemsky – who met Godard when she was just 17-years-old and he was on the rebound from Anna Karina – was married to the filmmaker for more than a decade.

Like Hazanavicius’s Oscar-winning The Artist, the aesthetics and style of Redoubtable will take inspiration from the films around which the
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Comic Book Review – Brit-Cit Noir

Villordsutch reviews Brit-Cit Noir…

I’ve stepped into Brit-Cit Noir with a bit of trepidation I’ll be honest. My last piece of Brit-Cit I recall was reading it in The Heavy Mob over in the Judge Dredd: Mega Collection back in April last year. The titles were Brit-Cit Brute and Trilogy, albeit from Robbie Morrison and Co., and I really wasn’t overly impressed. What I wasn’t aware of that I’d actually recently read some more Brit-Cit in the Megazine a month or so earlier and bloody loved it! So instantly the doubt I had was dampened down straight away.

Sat in this book we have two pieces of collected works, Strange & Drake: New Blood from the pen of John Smith with art by Colin MacNeil, and also Storm Warning: Relic written by John Reppion & Leah Moore with the art being handled by Tom Foster.
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