10 items from 2017
Several dramas in recent years have attempted to fathom the mindset of a suicide bomber. Iraqi-Dutch director Mohamed Al-Daradji comes up with a different, emotionally accessible approach in “The Journey” by surrounding his fictive terrorist’s mission within a panoply of train-station humanity, a gambit that at times is strongly reminiscent of vintage neorealist slices of life. Expertly juggling suspense and various narrative strands, never quite succumbing to the sentimentality it sometimes flirts with, this compact microcosmic tale should win over audiences on the festival circuit, and quite possibly beyond.
A young woman who says she’s called Sara (Zahraa Gandour) removes her headscarf before entering Baghdad Central Station in late 2006, when the facility is about to re-open after years of devastation. The place is crawling with military, police and other security. Grim-faced, she does her best to blend into the crowd while examining those unlucky travelers, peddlers and others who are unknowingly about to become part »
- Dennis Harvey
Brazil has selected “Bingo – The King of the Mornings,” one of its most awaited debuts of 2017, as its entry for next year’s foreign-language Academy Award.
Produced by Brazilian production powerhouse Gullane, “Bingo – the King of the Mornings'” candidature also marks a victory for Warner Bros. whose Brazilian office co-produced the title, which will be distributed in Latin america by Warner Latin America.
The submission, voted on by a commission of over 200 film specialists, was announced by the Brazilian Film Academy. It appears to have avoided the polemics of last year’s choice when the publicly declared animosity of one member of the candidature jury towards Cannes competition title “Aquarius” caused three filmmakers to refuse to submit their film for consideration.
Long-anticipated, “Bingo – The King of the Mornings” was chosen from among 22 contenders. It marks the first feature as a director of Daniel Rezende, an award-winning editor on Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” José Padilha »
- John Hopewell
A woman enters Baghdad’s central railway station on a December morning in 2006, with a bomb strapped to her stomach and her finger twitching over the trigger. Whether she leaves the station alive is the question at the heart of “The Journey,” the latest feature by acclaimed Iraqi helmer Mohamed Al-Daradji. The film debuted at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival Sept. 13.
Set on the day of Saddam Hussein’s execution, “The Journey” is a tense and harrowing psychological thriller that unspools entirely within the world of the railway station and its environs.
The setting offers Al-Daradji a vivid tableau of Iraqi life writ small. Much like the lives passing through its bustling concourse, and the country as a whole, Baghdad Central Station provides a rich metaphor as Al-Daradji depicts “a smaller Iraq [and] a smaller Middle East” struggling to get back on track.
While the helmer’s acclaimed sophomore feature, “Son of Babylon,” took »
- Christopher Vourlias
The second annual Brics International Film Festival kicked off Friday in Chengdu, the Chinese capital of Sichuan province.
The festival, which runs June 23 to 27, aims to spotlight emerging talent and established filmmakers from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
The fest opens with “Where Has the Time Gone,” a multi-national five-part feature from Brazil’s Walter Salles, Aleksey Fedorchenko from Russia; Madhur Bhandarkar from India, Jia Zhangke from China, and Jahmil X.T.Quebka from South Africa.
The festival will showcase 30 films including a competition and selection of classic cinema from each nation, such as the Oscar-nommed “Central Station,” “City of God,” “The Monk and the Devil,” and “Happiness is a Four Letter Word.”
One nation will be highlighted each day of the event, starting with China on Friday and followed by Brazil, Russia, India, and South Africa.
After India hosted the first edition in 2016, next year’s event will take place in South Africa.
- Variety Staff
Our dear friend who died at the Montreal Film Festival September 2016 received hommage and love from his friends in Cannes this year.
Dan Ranvaud who was on the forefront of so many film developments, way before his “Central Station” and “City of God” broke out, was last seen in Montreal furthering the goals of Films4Climate, a global initiative of the World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate, growing the network by connecting the creative industries to advance sustainability in films and visual storytelling.
Some friends of Donald included Giulia Camilla Braga of Films4Change, Bruno Chatelan of FilmFestivals.com, Jérôme Paillard of the Marché du Film, Nevina Satta of Sardinia Film Commission, with Pascal Diot of Venice Ff and Le Pole Image de Lieges, Ivan Trujillo of Ficg, Alan Franey of Vancouver Ff, Mimi Plauché of Chicago Ff, Peter Belsito of SydneysBuzz and many others
Warm farewellparty to Donald Ranvaud »
- Sydney Levine
This story originally appeared on Time.com.
(Stockholm) — A large beer truck crashed into an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday, killing at least two people, according to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who called the crash a terror attack. One person was arrested.
People in the downtown area fled in panic, and Stockholm’s Central Station for trains and the subway, which is a few hundred yards from the scene, was evacuated.
Broadcaster Svt said at least five people were killed in the attack while Swedish radio reported three dead, but police could not immediately confirm those reports. »
- David Keyton / AP
What a surprising city Rotterdam is and the Festival and Cinemart are full of surprises too.
Being in The Netherlands is like a homecoming for me. My first major job in the film industry was with 20th Century Fox International and City Fox Films in Amsterdam in 1975 which is when I first attended the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, three years after its founding by Huub Bals. It was much smaller then. Iffr’s logo is a tiger, loosely based on the M.G.M. lion as an alternative. From the beginning, the festival has profiled itself as a promoter of alternative, innovative and non-commercial films, with an emphasis on the Far East and developing countries. It has become one of the most important events in the film world, an integral part of the winter circuit of Sundance, Rotterdam and Berlin Film Festivals.
Except for my »
- Sydney Levine
Shah Rukh Khan, who boarded August Kranti Rajdhani Express from Mumbai Central Station on January 23 evening, has been receiving warm welcome from his fans at every station, the train takes its halt. During his travel, Srk sat down for a candid conversation where he talks about his old train journeys, favourite actresses and tells us why winning or losing is not important in one's life. Excerpts from the conversation: Read Also: Live Updates: Raees a.k.a Shah Rukh Khan's train journey from Mumbai to Delhi Do you watch your own films coz in an interview u said that you find yourself awkward onscreen? "Not only that. Because I see it more often in the making in bits and parts. I havent really sat through an entire film. I dont remember which was the last film I watched. I don't know if even I saw Chennai express. I havent seen any film I guess. »
Finally, Shah Rukh Khan has commenced his long train journey on January 23, 2017 evening for Delhi along with producer Ritesh Sidhwani and other team members to promote his much-awaited film Raees in the capital. He boarded the August Kranti Rajdhani Express from Mumbai Central Station where his fans gathered to catch a glimpse of the superstar upon his arrival. As Srk completes 25 years in Bollywood this year, the superstar is feeling nostalgic, excited and nervous at the same time since he is travelling by train after a long-long time. He used to travel by train during the initial stages of his struggle in the city of dreams, Mumbai. While leaving from Mannat, Shah Rukh Khan told reporters, "I came to Mumbai for the first time by train. It's a 16-17-hour journey so I am very excited and nervous as I am travelling by train after a very long time. I »
Dropping off the regular schedule of reaching the airport, boarding the flight and landing in the desired city, Shah Rukh Khan along with his film ‘Raees’ team, has locked the mode of railways to visit the capital to promote his much-awaited release, Raees. Producer Ritesh Sidhwani, director Rahul Dholakia and others will board the August Kranti Rajdhani Express from Bombay Central at evening 5 p.m. and will reach Hazrat Nizamuddin, Delhi at around 10:55 a.m. in the morning. The stop overs of the train are Andheri, Borivili, Wapi, Walsad, Surat, Baruch, Baroda, Ratlam, Kota, Savai Madhopur and Mathura. As Srk's character in the film Raees is very earthy and rooted, there is a subconscious connect with train as a mode of transport which serves masses. Check out all the live updates here: Jan 23, 23:45pm: Yusuf and Irrfan Pathan come to meet Srk at Vadodara station. Jan 23, 22:50pm: »
10 items from 2017
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