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At an intimate press launch earlier this evening, the programme for the 2014 Glasgow Film Festival – which boasts a vast array of UK, European and World premieres and runs February 20 – March 2 – was announced.
The festival, which this year celebrates its tenth anniversary, will open on February 20 with the UK premiere of Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, before closing on March 2 with the Scottish premiere of Under the Skin, which was partly shot in and around the city itself.
Over the course of the festival’s ten day run, films old and new will screen at various venues across the city, while unique, once-in-a-lifetime events, such as a mysterious descent into the unexplored depths of Glasgow Central Station, will award film fans the opportunity to make some everlasting memories.
New films scheduled to screen include 20 Feet from Stardom, The Double, A Long Way Down, Mood Indigo and Starred Up, while classics »
- Jamie Neish
Industry delegation will go to Beijing film festival in April.
The BFI is unveiling a year-long special collaboration between the UK and China, which will include business, trade, creative and cultural initiatives.
This news comes as a UK-China Co-Production Treaty is being finalised.
The BFI, which will bring its Chinese activities together under the banner Electric Shadows, is working alongside a range of key partners including the British Council, Dcms, Ukti and the Great Britain Campaign.
China is a key priority in the BFI’s International Strategy. The news today was announced at the BFI’s final Film Forever Roadshow at BFI Southbank in London.
Electric Shadows will include Feng Xiaogang [pictured] visiting the BFI in February, including a gala screening of Back to 1942 with an on-stage interview with Feng on Feb 21. Other films by Feng, including If You Are The One, Assembly and Aftershock, will be programmed as part of the BFI’s Spectacular China season.
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Dancin' Dan here with a fun bit of Oscar trivia after nominations. When Wong Kar-Wai's gorgeous The Grandmaster didn't make it into the Best Foreign Language Film category. I wasn't surprised. Wong hasn't had much luck with the category (his masterpiece In The Mood for Love was also submitted but Oscar passed on it) and the new film, based on the life and work of Ip Man, has been divisive. I feared that this would spell doom for Philippe Le Sourd's stunning cinematography, thought Nathaniel had been predicting its nomination there for some time, but was heartened by its somewhat surprise inclusion in the Asc's seven-wide field. To my delight, upon looking at the full list of nominations, not only was Le Sourd nominated, but so was William Chang for the film's sumptuous costumes!
Which sets the mind racing... How many films that missed out on a Best »
Park City – Intriguing relationship dynamics and an intensely moving performance from Ben Whishaw as a bereaved gay man drive Lilting, an intimate drama about two strangers unable to communicate but drawn together by the common language of grief. Delicate and unhurried almost to a fault, though also hauntingly sexy and even humorous at times, this debut from Cambodian-born, London-based writer-director Hong Khaou wears its stylistic debt to In the Mood for Love on its elegant sleeve. But the gentle study of loss builds quiet emotional power, shifting between uncomfortable reality and a sorrowful memory-plane that
- David Rooney
The American Society of Cinematographers has gone deep art house in its sensibilities, having chosen the d.p.’s behind “Renoir,” “Ida” and “Winter Nomads” as the nominees for its inaugural Asc Spotlight Award.
“Ida” lensers Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski recently won the Golden Frog, the top prize for features at Poland’s cinematography fest Camerimage in November. The Polish-set 1960s drama follows an 18-year-old orphan who must confront a family secret, dating from the Nazi occupation, before entering a convent. It also won the Fipresci special presentation award at Toronto and also nabbed the top prizes at Gdynia, Warsaw and London.
Mark Ping Bing Lee, who lensed “Renoir,” also has collaborated with noted visual stylist Wong Kar-wai (“In the Mood for Love”) and Wen Jiang (“New York, I Love You”). France’s pick for this year’s foreign-language Oscars, “Renoir” is a biopic on painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, his son and their shared muse. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 6-16) has named Us producer and writer James Schamus as president of the international jury, whose members will decide the winners of the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the 2014 Berlinale Competition.
In his work with Ang Lee, Schamus has won awards as a screenwriter (The Ice Storm) and producer (Brokeback Mountain). He was also the chief executive of Focus Features - the company he co-founded - before it merged with FilmDistrict.
The strong line-up of filmmakers and actors that make up the rest of the jury including Barbara Broccoli (Us), Trine Dyrholm (Denmark), Mitra Farahani (Iran), Greta Gerwig (Us), Michel Gondry (France), Tony Leung (China) and Christoph Waltz (Austria).
Broccoli is best known for co-producing the James Bond films while Danish actor Dyrholm recently »
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Hong Kong filmmaker Wong kar-wai ("In the Mood for Love"), 57, is an engaging and articulate man. He's happy that after two years of research travel around Asia meeting the grandmasters of martial arts, his film "The Grandmaster" is not only his second film to be submitted by Hong Kong for the best foreign Oscar, but made the shortlist of nine. The final five will be picked by committee this weekend and announced on January 16. (Metacritic reviews here.) Of the foreign shortlist, Wong's "The Grandmaster" is by far the most-seen in the U.S. ($6.6 million) and around the world, and marks his most successful box office hit to date ($58 million worldwide). Wong does not set out to please audiences. He's a dazzling visual artist through and through. But in this case he did seek to share his passion for this "fading tradition," especially with young people, without resorting to the usual »
- Anne Thompson
Kelvin K. Chan, Associated Press
Hong Kong (AP) - Run Run Shaw built a Hong Kong movie and TV empire that nurtured rising talents like actor Chow Yun-fat and director John Woo, inspired Hollywood filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and produced the 1982 sci-fi classic "Blade Runner."
Shaw's prolific studio helped bring kung fu films to the world but he also passed on the chance to sign one of the biggest names in that genre: the young Bruce Lee.
The missed opportunity was a rare misstep for Shaw, who died Tuesday, according to a statement from Television Broadcasts Limited (Tvb), which he helped found in 1967. No cause of death was given.
His studio gave his age as 107, but his age according to the Western counting method may have been 106 because Chinese traditionally consider a child to be 1 at birth. Tvb said he was born in 1907, but would not provide his birth date. »
- The Associated Press
The man behind the incredibly inspirational studio known as The Shaw Brothers, Run Run Shaw, has passed on at the glorious age of 107 years old. While he never worked directly within the horror genre, we'd be remiss if we didn't take a moment to honor this true legend of cinema.
From the Official Release
No cause of death was given in a statement from Television Broadcasts Limited (Tvb), which Shaw helped found in 1967.
His Shaw Brothers Studios, once among the world's largest, helped launch the careers of powerhouses including director John Woo and churned out nearly 1,000 movies. His television empire helped actors including Chow Yun-fat rise to fame. He also produced a handful of U.S. films, including the 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner. »
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He was 107.
His Shaw Brothers Studios, once among the world’s largest, helped launch the careers of powerhouses including director John Woo and his television empire helped actors including Chow Yun-fat rise to fame.
Other stars rose to fame through Shaw’s television station Tvb, which remains a dominant force in Hong Kong. Wong Kar-wai, the director behind critically acclaimed art-house movies like “Chungking Express” and “In the Mood for Love,” got his start through a Tvb training course and worked at the station briefly as a production assistant.
Ironically, one actor who slipped through Shaw’s grasp, Bruce Lee, went on to become the world’s biggest kung fu star.
On December 3, 2013, BAFTA presented a Special Award to Sir Run Run Shaw Cbe, »
- Michelle McCue
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