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The Lunchbox continued its winning spree by winning the Best Screenplay award. The film was nominated in six categories.
The Best Picture award went to Japanese film Like Father Like Son while director Kore-eda Hirokazu won the Best Director award.
The 56th Asia-Pacific Film Festival was held from December 13-15, 2013 in Macau.
Full list of awards:
Best Picture: Like Father Like Son [Japan]
Best Director: Kore-eda Hirokazu; Like Father Like Son [Japan]
Best Actor: Lee Kang-sheng; Stray Dogs [Taiwan/France]
Best Supporting Actress: Yeo Yann Yann; Ilo Ilo [Singapore]
Hong Kong – Japanese film “Like Father Like Son” was named as the best film at the Asia Pacific Film Festival awards ceremony in Macau.
The picture, about the families of two boys who were swapped at birth, also won best director for Kore’ eda Hirokazu.
“The Grandmaster” also claimed the best cinematography award.
The Asia Pacific Film Festival is in its 56th edition. It has often moved venue to different locations around the region, but this year and last has settled in Asia’s gambling capital Macau.
- Patrick Frater
The awards will be announced on December 15 in Macau. The Asia-Pacific Film Festival (Apff) is an annual event hosted by the Federation of Motion Picture Producers in Asia-Pacific (Fpa).
“The Grandmaster” (Hong Kong)
“Like Father Like Son” (Tokyo)
“The Lunchbox” (Mumbai)
“Stray Dogs” (Taipei)
“Ilo Ilo” (Singapore)
“In Bloom” (Tbilisi)
Tsai Ming-liang, “Stray Dogs” (Taipei)
Bong Joon-ho, “Snowpiercer” (Seoul)
Jafar Panahi and Kamboziya Partovi, “Closed Curtain” (Tehran)
Nick Cheung, »
I was happy to be invited for the second year to serve on the jury for narrative features with Dan Mirvisch, indie filmmaker and founder of Slamdance, Dana Harris, editor in chief of Indiewire, Morrie Warchawski, author of Shaking the Money Tree and former Executive Director of the Bay Area Video Coalition and The Media Project. We had a spirited discussion about the films we saw, drank a lot of great wine at marvelous receptions and had a superb dinner in the dining room of the Black Stallion Winery which is on the former site of the famous Napa Valley Equestrian Center and has been owned by three generations of the Indelicato family. Chef Misty Phelps prepared a wonderful meal which we shared with invited guests, Hollywood Foreign Press members Patricial Danaher from Ireland and Dierk Sindermann who was on the doc jury and is a correspondent for 10 European publications. It was the second great dinner I had with Hfp folks, the previous one being at Spago after the screening of Japan's Like Father Like Son. These Hollywood Foreign Press people live a nice life because they love films so much! Their love of film is proven because the small indies, foreign language and doc films are not what their employers pay them to see or review. Their love of film brings them to see these films in addition to the star studded blockbusters. I digress because I am beginning to love the Hfp members, sharing dinners as we do, there are always interesting conversations as well. Other filmmakers and jury members were served equally special dinners at the Alpha Omega and Chappellet Reserve, Beaulieu Vineyards, Bello Family Vineyards and Cardinale. Films, food and wine truly served as catalysts for conversation.
We awarded The Best Narrative Feature Prize to Hank and Asha (www.hankandasha.com) directed by James E. Duff. It had previously won the Audience Award at Slamdance and won at Portland, Brooklyn, Rhode Island and Woods Hole Film Festivals. It was a beautifully shot near-romance of an Indian film student in Prague who connects via webcam with a New York based filmmaker whose film she admired when she was the the Prague Film Festival. Their intercultural exchange leads to a love and affection which is never culminated by a meeting.
The Audience Favorite for Documentary Feature went to Finding Hillywood (www.findinghillywood.com) directed by Christopher Towey and Leah Warshawski (the daughter of our own jury member, Morrie Warchawski). This film has played in numerous festivals and garnered many awards and much attention as it shows the fledgling Rwandan filmmaking community.
Here are the other awards!
> Honorable Mention: Horsepower directed by Olivia Lai Shetler
Best Narrative Short: King of Norway directed by Sylvia Sether
Favorite Actor : Andrew Pastides, Hank & Asha
Favorite Actress : Mahira Kakkar, Hank & Asha
Favorite Animated Short : Horsepower directed by Olivia Lai Shetler
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- Sydney Levine
Although there’s no “Pardon Our Dust” sign adorning the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Wilshire Boulevard headquarters, even the casual observer will have noticed that the Academy has spent the past few years engaged in an extensive and seemingly endless home-improvement project.
And nowhere have Oscar’s renovations been more extensive than in the foreign-language film competition, where both the nominating and voting protocols have been extensively overhauled, with more changes possibly in the offing.
The latest and most significant foreign-language rule change, announced in spring and to be implemented this Oscar cycle, abolishes the longstanding requirement that Academy members have to see all five nominated films in a theatrical setting in order to cast ballots in that category. While that rule theoretically created a level playing field among the nominees (which might include a box office behemoth like “Amelie” alongside the relatively unknown Bosnian import “No »
- Scott Foundas
Glenn here. Rarely discussed by Oscar commentators for reasons unknown to me are the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Held annually on the Gold Coast in Australia, these awards recognise, well, cinema from Asian and Pacific regions. This year's batch of contenders are from a typically diverse group of nations with several high profile Oscar contenders in the mix. Amongst this year's roster of nominees are the foreign language submissions from Palestine (Omar), Iran (The Past), Saudi Arabia (Wadjda), China (Back in 1942), Hong Kong (The Grandmaster), Singapore (Ilo Ilo), New Zealand (White Lies), South Korea (Juvenile Offender) and Kazakhstan (The Old Man) as well as films amongst the long lists for animation (The Wind Rises) and documentary (The Art of Killing). Just imagine if Japan had chosen Like Father Like Son and India had chosen The Lunchbox!
Some history and this year's nominees after the jump.
- Glenn Dunks
The 13th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival (Nov. 29 - Dec. 7) has locked in the full slate of films set to play at the event. Over 110 films are set to screen, with Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Hindi romantic drama "Ram-Leela" serving as the opening night film, and Lukas Moodysson's Swedish coming-of-age film "We Are the Best!" closing the festival. Other highlights include James Gray's "The Immigrant," Jeremy Saulnier's acclaimed thriller "Blue Ruin," Kore-Eda Hirokazu's Cannes-winner "Like Father Like Son," and Terry Gilliam's latest mind-bender "The Zero Theorem." Below find the list of films playing in and out of competition. For more on the festival go here. Competition Again – Japan 1st film by Junichi Kanai starring Yoshikura Aoi and Yagira Yuya Bad Hair - Venezuela, Peru, Argentina and Germany by Mariana Rondón starring Samuel Lange and Samantha Castillo Blue Ruin – USA 2nd film by Jeremy Saulnier »
- Nigel M Smith
With a jury headed by Martin Scorsese and including Faith Akin, Patricia Clarkson, Marion Cotillard, Amat Escalante, Golshifteh Farahani, Anurag Kashyap, Narjiss Nejjar, Park Chan-wook and Paolo Sorrentino and with masterclasses conducted by Bruno Dumont, James Gray, Abbas Kiarostami, Nicolas Winding Refn and Régis Debray, the Marrakech Flim Festival certainly isn't slouching when it comes to attracting big name talent. And effort extends to the official lineup of the festival. Organizers unveiled their slate today which contains cream of the crop of the festival circuit over the past year. Celebrated and/or highly anticipated films like "The Immigrant," "Blue Ruin," "The Zero Theorem," "Like Father Like Son" are among the highlights with many more selections from across the world cinema scene. Check out the full list below. The Marrakech Film Festival runs from November 29th to December »
- Kevin Jagernauth
An intelligent drama from Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda about a baby mix-up is charming, but not his best work
Hirokazu Kore-eda is a film-maker from Japan about whom I have been enthusing and evangelising for 15 years. So it is disconcerting to realise that, even on a second viewing, I can't share the euphoric critical responses that have widely greeted his latest work. Like Father Like Son is a film of emotional poignancy, acted and directed with integrity, intelligence, lucidity and observational calm.
Masaharu Fukuyama plays Ryota, a driven and ambitious salaryman, married to Midori (Machiko Ono), with a perfect house and a six-year-old son. His world is turned upside down by news that the hospital muddled up the babies six years ago: his biological boy is now being brought up by Yudai (Franky Lily), a cheerful underachiever, and Ryo has Yudai's son. It is a powerful theme, but however well acted, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Chicago – We’re sure that our loyal readers have been busy at the excellent 49th Chicago International Film Festival but the event is far from over. What should you see in the next three days? What are the highlights of part two of 2013 Ciff? Patrick McDonald and Brian Tallerico guide the way…
The Honor Diaries
Photo credit: Ciff
“The Honor Diaries”
Tuesday, 10/15, 5:30pm
A stark documentary about women in Muslim majority societies, and the misogyny that darken their existence. Director Paula Kweskin focuses on the activists fighting the cir-cumstance of this misogyny, brave and outspoken women who have battled through their own situations in the Muslim patriarchy. This is short but has impact, as example after example of women who disgrace the “honor” of a family – her indentured servitude is somehow tied into a family reputation – are punished for no reason. This film is part of a movement to »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The 57th BFI London Film Festival continued on into the weekend and here’s our round-up of what took place around town from Friday to Sunday.
Enough Said, the film which was to be The Sopranos actor James Gandolfini’s last role, premiered at the Odeon West End on Saturday evening. Director Nicole Holofcener and Julia Louis-Dreyfus also turned up for the screening for the film, which opens across the country on Friday.
A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter’s impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) – a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems “almost perfect” except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much. »
- Paul Heath
Disney’s “Planes” will launch into Italy as the opener of the Rome Film Festival’s independantly-run Alice in the City kiddie pics’ section which has unveiled a rich lineup with a strong Gallic accent.
The 3D “Cars” spinoff will get Rome red carpet treatment prior to a November 8 matinee screening, out-of-competition, in the Eternal City’s Auditorium theatre. Hollywood titles are often released late in Italy, due to a systemic summer box office lull.
Now at its tenth edition, Alice has assembled a showcase of standout pics for its Young/Adult category competition, comprising Finland’s Foreign-Language Oscar candidate “The Disciple,” by Ulrika Bengts, about the friendship and rivalry between two teenage boys on an isolated island in the Baltic Sea; Swedish helmer Kiell-Ake Andersson’s “Nobody Owns Me,” about a girl growing up with her single father; and “Juliette,” a first work by 24-four-year-old French director Pierre Godeau, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Everyone has heard about the phrase, 'Like father like son', but here for a change we have a 'Like son like father'. We all saw Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor dancing to the beats of 'Badtameez Dil' in his last blockbuster Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani alongside his ex-flame Deepika PadukoneBut now we have, veteran actor Rishi Kapoor, who too has been a heartthrob in his heydays, dancing to the tunes of the same song in the Abhinav Kashyap directed Besharam which release »
Last May, Hirokazu Kore-eda.s Like Father Like Son made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, where it played before an illustrious jury headed by Steven Spielberg. The Japanese drama nominated for the Palme d.Or ended up taking home the Jury Prize from the fest, and now it.s headed for an American remake courtesy of Spielberg, as THR reports that DreamWorks has officially acquired Like Father Like Son. Here's the film's festival synopsis: The "switched at birth" urban legend and the Nature-vs.-Nurture debate provide Hirokazu Kore-eda with a fresh opportunity to revisit his ongoing preoccupation with family dynamics and parent-child relationships in contemporary Japan. The life of go-getting workaholic architect Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama).one of comfort and quietly ordered affluence with his wife Midori (Ono Machiko) and son Keita (Keita Ninomiya).is violently overturned when hospital administrators reveal the unthinkable: Keita is not his biological »
What defines family: shared blood or shared experiences? This is the complicated question posed in Hirokazu Kore-eda's thought-provoking drama Like Father Like Son (or Soshite Chichi ni Naru in its native Japan). As you might suspect, the film, which has already drawn notice at Cannes, taking home the Jury Prize at the prestigious film festival, gives no simple answer. Instead Kore-eda creates a narrative that is intellectually sharp and emotionally profound by exploring this tricky terrain across gender, class and generational lines. Like Father Like Son centers on the struggle two families encounter when a hospital confesses that their six-year-old boys where switched at birth. While this premise might easily lend itself to melodrama and a string of heart- wrenching scenes of hysterics, Kore-eda keeps things calm by focusing on one of the fathers, Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama), who is dedicatedly pragmatic and stern. These attributes plus an undying diligence »
Lord knows that, over the years, Hollywood has plundered its fair share of Japanese cinema. From the appropriation of "Godzilla," "Seven Samurai" turning into "The Magnificent Seven," to the long run of J-horror re-dos, to—only last week—the announcement of a DreamWorks version of Cannes film "Like Father Like Son," there aren't many major and successful Japanese movies that haven't been at least developed as a remake. So it only seems fair that the favor should be returned at some point, and what could be a better way of doing so than by remaking one of the greatest films by Clint Eastwood, whose own star was launched when "Yojimbo" was remade as "A Fistful Of Dollars." "Unforgiven" is, as the name might suggest, a remake of Eastwood's 1992 Oscar-winning revisionist Western, which we'd still argue is probably his finest hour as a director and as an actor. Here, Lee Sang-il, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The full lineup for the 57th BFI London Film Festival has been announced.
The festival takes place from October 9 to October 20, 2013, and screenings include Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave, Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, Joel and Ethan Coen's Inside Llewyn Davis and Jason Reitman's Labour Day.
Other films include James Franco's As I Lay Dying, Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves starring Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning and Enough Said, which features Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the last screen performance of The Sopranos star James Gandolfini.
Also showing at the festival are Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive - starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as reunited vampires - Alexander Payne's Nebraska, starring Bruce Dern, plus recent festival hits Gloria and Blue is the Warmest Colour.
Steven Spielberg’s production company, Dreamworks, has set about acquiring the movie rights to Japanese drama Like Father Like Son, after the Director saw the film at the Cannes. The studio is in negotiations with Fuji TV to remake director Hirozaku Kore-Eda’s Palme d’Or nominated feature.
It’s not unusual to see Spielberg buying rights to almost anything and everything but there’s certainly an intrigue to the idea of him directing this one, despite Dreamworks officials denying that he might take on that role. While an intriguing film for Spielberg to take on, it may have result in some protest given the quite negative reaction to speculation he would be remaking Chan Wook-Park’s South Korean thriller Oldboy.
Like Father Like Son tells the story of an overly ambitions couple who discover that through a accident at the hospital, that they’ve raised a child that isn’t his own. »
- James Byiers
Welcome to my coverage of the Melbourne International Film Festival. I aim to bring you daily updates over the next 17 days of the definitive films that certainly got my attention, as well as links to past Twitch reviews to ensure you have all the information you need regarding your Miff picks. Check out Twitch for the previous five days of dispatches, including our first review for Like Father Like Son here.Today escalated from quiet, observed, somber films to extreme sport and extreme violence - a strange bell curve but that is how festivals sometimes go.I started my cinematic outing with Irish sobering teen drama What Richard Did and followed that up with Wang Bing's minimally observed rural Chinese documentary Alone. After a much needed...
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Welcome to my coverage of the Melbourne International Film Festival. I aim to bring you daily updates over the next 17 days of the definitive films that certainly got my attention, as well as links to past Twitch reviews to ensure you have all the information you need regarding your Miff picks. Check out Twitch for the previous four day dispatches.Today started after class and a particularly grueling day and alas it was to be just one film; I took the sure-bet Kore-eda's latest Like Father Like Son, which played wonderfully at Cannes and has not had a single negative review yet. No regrets there.Like Father Like Son is about a very busy rich, arrogant father Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama) who simply is not there for...
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