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Brazilian Ministry of Culture selects family drama over festival favourite Aquarius.
Shot in Portuguese and English, Little Secret stars Marcello Antony, Júlia Lemmertz, Mariana Goular, Maria Flor, Erroll Shand and Fionnula Flanagan. It was co-written by Schurmann, Victor Atherino and Marcos Bernstein (Central Station).
The family drama, in which three interlocking stories are connected by a secret, was inspired by the true story of the director’s adopted sister, Kat.
“Little Secret is not just a personal or family project. It’s the dream of a huge, talented, and extremely professional crew. And that dream has been spreading to thousands of people. I’m so grateful to everyone who believes in Little Secret,” Schurmann recently posted on his Facebook page.
Its selection is not without some controversy, however, as some filmmakers »
Brazil has selected David Schurmann’s three-part drama “Little Secret” to represent the country at the 89th Academy Awards, defying protests from a slew of filmmakers who withdrew their own films from contention after the appointment of film critic Marcus Petrucelli to Brazil’s foreign Oscar selection committee.
Petrucelli had made remarks on social media denouncing “Aquarius” filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho and his team for protesting against Brazil’s then interim government under Michel Temer while competing for the Palme d’Or in Cannes.
“Brazil has been going through a tumultuous time, as you know,” Schurmann said in an interview with Variety. “I absolutely loved ‘Aquarius’ but there was pressure to compare the movie to what is happening in the country … Unfortunately, picking the Oscars in Brazil has fallen into a political trench, which may hurt films like ours, as people are being pushed to choose not the right film to go to the Oscars, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente and Kristopher Tapley
Friends of Don Ranvaud remember the recently passed producer-sales agent-academic. “He was guided by ideals in a world where this is becoming rarer,” Salles tells Geoffrey Macnab.
Don Ranvaud was one of the most colourful figures on the international film circuit, a globe-trotting producer-sales agent-journalist-academic whose methods were sometimes chaotic but who inspired enormous affection and loyalty. Following his death last weekend, figures from across the industry have paid tribute to him.
“Don was a passionate, inspiring friend, and all of us who had the privilege to collaborate with him in Brazil are shocked and saddened by his disappearance,” director Walter Salles told Screen. “Don’s whole life revolved around cinema, and it is telling that he passed away in a film festival [Ranvaud suffered a hear attack at the Montreal Film Festival on September 5].
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Sunday morning, I woke up to some terrible news. One of my oldest friends, comrades and fellow travelers, someone who not only moved and touched me deeply as a beautiful human being but whose opinions, views and philosophy hugely shaped my own views on life, cinema, art and many other things, had suddenly passed away.
Donald Ranvaud and I were both in Montreal at the film festival, me with a film in competition, he on the jury. He went to bed Saturday promising to call me in the morning to schedule dinner Sunday when his jury deliberations were over. He never made it to the jury meeting.
Don was a genuine uomo universale. He wrote for a number of international journals and newspapers, and taught English and comparative literary studies at British universities with passion and a childlike ability to approach almost any problem from an oblique perspective that allowed »
- Mike Downey
British film producer Donald Ranvaud, who made movies on four continents, including the Oscar-nominated “City of God,” died Monday in Montreal while attending the World Film Festival there as a juror. He was 62.
Ranvaud, considered an innovator on the global independent film circuit, was found dead in his hotel room on the last day of the festival. The cause was reportedly a heart attack.
Born in Florence, Italy, in 1953, Ranvaud taught English and comparative literature at the University of Warwick and the University of East Anglia and also had a distinguished career as a film journalist for Sight and Sound and Cahiers du Cinema, among other publications, before becoming a producer in the late 1980s.
In 1988, he set up the European Script fund with actress Renee Goddard as part of the then-nascent Media Program of the Commission of the European Community. A year later, he became a pioneering full-time producer in far-flung countries, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Donald Ranvaud, the British producer behind such films as Fernando Meirelles' City of God and Walter Salles' Central Station, has died while attending the Montreal World Film Festival as a competition juror. He was 62. A festival spokeswoman Monday confirmed Ranvaud's death without specifying the cause of his sudden passing. Radio Canada, the country's French-language public broadcaster, reported that Ranvaud had been discovered in his Montreal hotel room on Monday. The final-night awards ceremony Monday will be toned down and a moment of silence is to be observed after news of Ranvaud's death passed through a shocked festival.
- Etan Vlessing
The British journalist, football fanatic and producer died on Sunday night in his hotel room while serving as juror at the Montreal World Film Festival.
The festival said a minute’s silence would be held at Monday night’s closing ceremony.
He was keen to champion artistry and emerging talent all over the world and was a frequent participant at workshops and discussion panels.
Often supportive of new initiatives to create greater efficiencies for his fellow film professionals, Ranvaud was behind several ventures, most recently launching in 2011 the Italy-based production and sales outfit Buena Onda International.
Ranvaud was in typically lively form during the Cannes Film Festival last May when he took part in a Screen International seminar on Panama. »
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We'll update the Oscar charts when Cannes wraps up but for now let's talk about the buzziest actresses of the festival. We should note, however, that Cannes juries are notoriously hard to predict and there are still a few competition films left to premiere. What's more, every year people say "this is a shoo in for that!" and it does not come to pass -- especially when it comes to the acting prizes.
But here are five gorgeous and talented actresses at their premieres* who have garnered enough buzz to make us go "hmmmmm"
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Sandra Hüller stars in the nearly 3 hour comedy Toni Erdmann about a prank loving father and his overly serious daughter. The film comes from German director Maren Ade who had a critical hit several years back with Everyone Else (2009). Hüller's chief claim to fame is the drama Requiem (2006) for which she won Best Actress in Germany. »
- NATHANIEL R
The first English-language feature from Norwegian director Joachim Trier takes its title from an American compilation album by Brit band the Smiths, who in turn lifted it from Canadian writer Elizabeth Smart’s prose-poetry novel By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept. With its suggestion of what Trier calls “the incomparability of pain”, the phrase “louder than bombs” perfectly sums up this flawed yet intriguingly off-kilter oddity, a quiet tale of battlefields at home and abroad that drew somewhat misleading comparison with Robert Redford’s Ordinary People when it played in competition at Cannes last year.
Isabelle Huppert is typically mesmerising as war photographer Isabelle Joubert Reed, whose life and work is to be the posthumous subject of a major exhibition and newspaper retrospective, and whose »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
As it embraces TV’s digital revolution – VOD, shorter-form series – Brazil’s Globo, Latin America’s biggest TV group, is attempting not to lose the baby with the bathwater: Super Bowl-sized audiences every night of the year on its main Globo free-to-air channel, still driven by telenovelas.
Its latest play, “Velho Chico,” with big star-wattage, marks a new twist in its big novela lineup: the telenovela comeback of Luiz Fernando Carvalho (“The King of the Cattle”), nominated for an Intl. Emmy in 2014 for year-end special “Alexandre and Other Heroes” and one of Brazil’s most celebrated super-soap auteurs. Though Carvalho won a slew of prizes with his 2001 movie “To the Left of the Father,” he has spent much of his life battling to prove that Brazilian soaps can be a worthy successor of a great narrative tradition.
Bowing at 9 p.m. peak prime time on main channel Globo as Globo’s big new novela, »
- John Hopewell
Marília Pêra: Actress starred in Brazilian movie classic 'Pixote.' Marília Pêra: Brazilian film, TV and stage star Remembering Brazilian stage, television, and film star Marília Pêra, whose acting and singing career spanned more than five decades. Pêra died of lung cancer on Dec. 5, '15, in Rio de Janeiro. Born Marília Soares Pêra on Jan. 22, 1943, in Rio, she was 72 years old. 'Pixote' prostitute Internationally, Marília Pêra is best known as the loud, vulgar prostitute Sueli, who becomes acquainted with São Paulo street kid Fernando Ramos da Silva in Hector Babenco's well-received social drama Pixote / Pixote: A Lei do Mais Fraco (1981), a fierce indictment of Brazilian society's utter disregard for its disadvantaged members. In one pivotal – and widely talked about scene – she lets the titular character (da Silva, at the time 12 years old) suckle her breast. In another, she pulls down her panties and sits in »
- Andre Soares
“The Man in the Rockefeller Suit” tells the true story of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, an imposter who conned his way into various jobs on Wall Street by posing as a member of the Rockefeller family. A Los Angeles state court jury found him guilty in 2013 of the 1985 murder of John Sohus, the 27-year-old son of his former landlady. Gerhartsreiter buried the remains in the backyard of Sohus’ mother’s home.
Trapero won a »
- Dave McNary
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