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The 46th edition of the International Film Festival of India, Goa will kick off Friday with Matthew Brown’s biopic of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons.
The festival (Nov. 20-30) will close with Pablo Trapero’s “The Clan,” Argentina’s submission in the Oscar foreign-language category. Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl,” starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander, will be the mid-festival gala.
Easily the richest film festival in India, the festival hands out cash awards totaling $200,000 across various competitive segments. The international competition section will have 15 features competing, including Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Journey to the Shore,” Peter Greenaway’s “Eisenstein in Guanajuato,” Stephane Brize’s “The Measure of a Man,” Grimur Hakonarson’s “Rams” and a brace of Indian features – Debesh Chatterjee’s “Natoker Moto” and Kaushik Ganguly’s “Cinemawala.”
The international jury will be chaired by filmmaker Shekhar Kapur »
- Naman Ramachandran
UK sales outfit Embankment Films has boarded international sales on the $20m feature, which will now be directed by actor-director Saul Rubinek (True Romance) who has taken over from Sliding Doors filmmaker Peter Hewitt.
Also new to the English-language production is financier Tien Ran Media Group, a subsidiary of e-commerce giant Alibaba, which is making its first foray into international film production.
Tien Ran replaces Show + Share Investment as the film’s primary Chinese financier.
The Golden Era distributor Stellar Mega Films is due to release locally.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Robert Enrico's literally searing terror tale from the French occupation is not for the faint of heart. Fearing reprisals, surgeon Philippe Noiret sends his wife Romy Schneider out of harm's way of the retreating Germans -- but things go horribly wrong. What follows is an ordeal of vengeance even more brutal than Straw Dogs, fought to the finish in a medieval castle. The Old Gun MGM Limited Edition Collection DVD-r 1975 / Color / 1:78 enhanced widescreen / 102 87 min. / Le vieux fusil / Street Date September 8, 2015 / available through Screen Archives Entertainment / 19.95 Starring Philippe Noiret, Romy Schneider, Jean Bouise, Joachim Hansen, Robert Hoffmann, Karl Michael Vogler, Madeleine Ozeray, Caroline Bonhomme, Catherine Delaporte, Daniel Breton, Jean-Paul Cisife, Antoine Saint-John. Cinematography Étienne Becker Film Editor Ava Zora Original Music François de Roubaix Written by Robert Enrico, Pascal Jardin, Claude Veillot Produced by Pierre Caro Directed by Robert Enrico
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
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- Glenn Erickson
Cannes –Vincent Cassel (“Black Swan”) stars in “A Movie Life,” the third feature from Brazilian megastar-turned-director Selton Mello, which wraps production in South Brazil on May 29. Variety has had exclusive access to images from the highly anticipated film.
Mello’s follow-up to “The Clown” Brazil’s Oscar entry, and one of Brazil’s most notable breakout arthouse hits in recent years, “A Movie Life” adapts the book “A Distant Father,” from Chilean Antonio Skarmeta, one of whose other novels was turned by Michael Radford into the Academy Award-winning “The Postman.”
A rites-of-passage and family drama of big dreams in small-town Brazil, whose landscapes look set to capture the tone of a heartwarming tale of family reconciliation, it turns on Tony, »
- John Hopewell
Director: Michael Radford
Running Time: 93 mins
The elderly have been getting a pretty raw deal from the media in recent years. Seemingly every film, TV show or advert will tolerate them, as long as they’re taking off their cardigans, putting down their cups of tea and doing everything they can to act like “the youth”. Growing old disgracefully has never been so popular, so it was with trepidation that I approached Elsa & Fred, a remake of a European film about an elderly pair stoking the embers of love against the recurring visual backdrop of Fellini’s La Dolce Vita.
- Steve Palace
Produced by Vania Catani’s Bananeira Films and helmed by Brazilian actor-turned-director Selton Mello, whose “The Clown” was Brazil’s Oscar entry, “A Movie Life” adapts the book “Un padre de pelicula” by Chilean Antonio Skarmeta, one of whose other novels was turned by Michael Radford into “Il Postino.”
A rites-of-passage story of big dreams in 1960s small-town Brazil, it turns on Tony, who returns from college to his home town in the sleepy sierras of southern Brazil. His father has fled home. Tony becomes a teacher, courts a local girl, and frequents a cinema in a neighboring town that harbors a shocking surprise.
- John Hopewell
By Anjelica Oswald
With the addition of Marion Cotillard’s lead actress nomination for the Belgian film Two Days, One Night, 32 actors and actresses have been nominated for their performances in foreign-language films. Cotillard was nominated for her role as a young mother and wife struggling to salvage her job in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardennes’ film, which was chosen as Belgium’s submission to the foreign-language category but failed to secure a spot on the Oscar shortist.
Though her performance did land a Critics’ Choice Award nomination, the Oscar nomination did come as a surprise for many pundits.
Cotillard was previously nominated for the French foreign-language film La Vie En Rose (2007) and won. She is one of six actors or actresses to win for a non-English role and is also the most recent winner.
The first acting nomination for a foreign-language performance went to Sophia Loren in 1962 for »
- Anjelica Oswald
7 items from 2015
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