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Austrian Director Michael Glawogger Dies from Malaria

Austrian Director Michael Glawogger Dies from Malaria
London — Austrian filmmaker Michael Glawogger has died while shooting in Africa. He was 54.

His production company Lotus-Film said Glawogger, who was in Liberia, died from malaria.

Glawogger has been travelling with two others in a red Volkswagen van on a year-long trip, starting in Eastern Europe, and also taking in Sierra Leone, Gambia and Senegal.

Austrian Film Institute chief Roland Teichmann said Glawogger “never allowed himself to be pigeonholed and leaves behind a cinematic oeuvre that has gone into the canon of world cinema.”

His gritty docus included “Megacities,” which looked at people struggling to survive in four cities, “Whores’ Glory,” about prostitution, and “Workingman’s Death,” on the extremes people go to earn a living in the developing world.

He also shot a comedy about Yuppies, “Slumming,” which played in competition at Berlin.

He also contributed a film to the 3D docu series “Cathedrals of Culture,” which played this year at Berlin.
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Michael Glawogger dead at 54

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Michael Glawogger dead at 54
Austrian director of award-winning documentaries Whores’ Glory and Workingman’s Death died while filming in Africa from malaria.

Michael Glawogger, the Austrian director, screenwriter and cinematographer, has died aged 54 in Africa. Production company Lotus-Film confirmed that Glawogger died this morning (April 23) in Liberia from malaria.

He was best known for documentaries including Megacities, which won the Vienna film award in 1998; Workingman’s Death, which picked up the Grierson Award at the London Film Festival in 2005; and Whores’ Glory, which won the Austrian Film Award at the 2012 Viennale.

Glawogger recently directed the National Library of Russia segment of omnibus 3D documentary feature Cathedrals of Culture, which debuted at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

A statement from Lotus-Film said: “We have lost a long-time friend. Michael Glawogger influenced our work in a unique way and he was significantly involved in the creative orientation of the way we produce films.

“Michael went on a journey to find out what
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Austrian Director Michael Glawogger Dies During African Shoot

Austrian Director Michael Glawogger Dies During African Shoot
Acclaimed Austrian director Michael Glawogger, famed for his hard-hitting documentaries on the lives of the desperate poor, has died while on a shoot in Africa. Glawogger, whose work includes his documentary trilogy into the world of work: Workingman's Death, Megacities, Whores' Glory as well as dramas such as Slumming and Kill Daddy Good Night apparently died in Liberia after contracting Malaria. Gallery: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 Glawogger had been in Africa gathering material for a new project. “With horror and great dismay we have received the news of the sudden death of Michael Glawogger,” industry association Film

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Ridm 2012: The Sound on Sight Staff Preview

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal – Ridm) starts on Wednesday, November 7th. My Dad worked for the National Film Board for 30 years in Montreal, Ottawa, Fredericton, Halifax and Montreal (again). Growing up as an Nfb brat was to grow up breathing the language of cinema and to believe passionately that the divisions between animation, documentary, short films and features were artificial – like pretending that vanilla ice cream and chocolate ice cream weren’t different flavours, but completely different species of frozen milk-based desserts.

That said, there is no denying that the general public believes in that artificial division and that documentary film suffers from it, so Ridm, Québec’s only documentary film festival is our best local opportunity to show some love to documentaries. I would urge anyone in Montreal to take a chance and check out some of the films that Ridm is programming.
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Daily Briefing. Cannes Jury, Czech New Wave, More

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Presenting single-paragraph biographies of each member, the Cannes Film Festival's announced the Jury of the Competition for its 65th anniversary edition, running May 16 through 27: Nanni Moretti (President), Hiam Abbass, Andrea Arnold, Emmanuelle Devos, Diane Kruger, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Ewan McGregor, Alexander Payne and Raoul Peck.

"Ebertfest, the annual film festival founded by the venerable Chicago Sun-Times critic in 1989 and running April 25-29, 2012, has always had the core mission of spotlighting underappreciated films." A preview from Michael Fox at Keyframe.

With its tenth anniversary edition, the Independent Film Festival Boston "continues the tradition of mixing renowned filmmakers and unknown artists, celebrity speakers and thoughtful in-depth panels," notes Not Coming to a Theater Near You, introducing a special section where it'll be collecting reviews throughout the festival's run from today through May 2. The Globe's Ty Burr and Wesley Morris present a batch of capsule previews.

"The Seattle International Film Festival (Siff), announced
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Daily Briefing. The Far East, Megacities and Music

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The Terracotta Far East Film Festival is on in London through the weekend, presenting, as Electric Sheep notes in the introduction to its newish issue, "the UK premiere of Sion Sono's Himizu [review: John Bleasdale], using a comic to tackle the fallout from Fukushima." Es takes "a look at manga adaptations with Takashi Miike's stylized, violent high school movie Crows Zero [comic strip review: Joe Morgan] and Toshiya Fujita's 70s revenge tale Lady Snowblood: Blizzard from the Netherworld [review: Virginie Sélavy]."

Hiroyuki Okiura's A Letter to Momo, seven years in the making, opens in Japan next week after a run through the festival circuit and, in the Japan Times, Mark Schilling gives it four out of five stars: "Hayao Miyazaki is the obvious point of comparison, but unlike many of Miyazaki's more fanciful landscapes, Okiura's port is vividly, recognizably real — so much so that you can almost smell the salt in the water and feel the warmth of the stones.
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Film Feature: The 15th Annual EU Film Festival Arrives at Chicago’s Siskel Center

Chicago – One of the annual gems of the Chicago movie scene is the Siskel Film Center’s unmissable European Union Film Festival. It provides local movie buffs with the opportunity to sample some of the finest achievements in world cinema. For many of the festival selections, their EU appearance will function as their sole screening in the Windy City.

This year’s edition, running from March 2nd through the 29th, includes high profile films from world renowned filmmakers like Andrea Arnold (“Wuthering Heights”), Bruce Dumont (“Hors Satan”), Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon (“The Fairy”), Abdellatif Kechiche (“Black Venus”) and John Landis (“Burke & Hare”). Moviegoers will have the opportunity to see the latest work from some of the world’s most acclaimed and beloved actors, including Léa Seydoux (“Belle Épine”), Tahir Rahim (“Free Men”), Colm Meaney (“Parked”), Noomi Rapace (“Beyond”), Andy Serkis (“Burke & Hare”), Isabella Rossellini (“Late Bloomers”) and Ewan McGregor
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Kino Lorber Will Release ‘Dogtooth’ Director’s New Film, ‘Alps;’ Watch a New Int’l Trailer

Since the film debuted at Venice, I've been trying to avoid reviews of Alps, the new film by Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos. I've seen headlines and brief quotes that are generally positive; those, a couple trailers and the basic synopsis [1] are all I'm willing to see before going into the film. (The synopsis is easy: a small group of people, led by a man who calls himself Mont Blanc, form a service to help people grieve by standing in for their departed loved ones.) Now we know that there will definitely be chances to see Alps on Us screens, as Kino Lorber has picked up the film for distribution. It won't be around until next spring, which is quite a while to wait, but better that than no distribution at all. If you're also eager to see the next effort from the Dogtooth director, check out a new trailer below.
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[Tiff Review] Whore’s Glory

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Concluding a trilogy that goes places even Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs could never go (not on a basic cable anyway), Michael Glawogger’s Whore’s Glory is lucid, exotic and heartbreaking, tracking the world’s oldest profession in three segments from Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico. The film is fascinating yet problematic: instead of hiring actors as some filmmakers choose to do, Glawogger hires the folks he has been documenting to participate in recreations of their lives (a scene in Mexico is the most obvious). He’s done this since has been since employing drug addicts and hustlers in early Giuliani-era Times Square to recreate prostitution related robberies in Megacities.

Glawogger’s two previous features – Megacities and Workingman’s Death are heavily aestheticized, the “traveling filmmaker” has a background amongst other things in experimental film. Whore’s Glory opens in hyper-real Bangkok – prostitutes dance high above the city on a bridge,
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Venice and Toronto 2011. Michael Glawogger's "Whores' Glory"

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"Michael Glawogger, Austria's most enigmatic filmmaker, continues his pendulum movement between fascinatingly diverse fictions — as evidenced by 2009's one-two yin-yang-punch of Contact High and Kill Daddy Goodnight — and globe-spanning documentaries like the 1998 Megacities or the 2005 Workingman's Death." Christoph Huber in Cinema Scope: "Following in the latter's footsteps, Glawogger's docu-essay Whores' Glory caps, as the press book biography dryly states, 'his trilogy about working environments.' … Thriving on contradiction and observational curiosity as usual, Glawogger still resolutely rejects social cause-pandering, but scratches for something deeper by contrasting the rituals of love (for sale) in three different cultures, religions and economies: a look not just at prostitution, but the relationships between men and women in contemporary society that yields telling and ambivalent insights. Another major work, and the only Austrian feature-length film of importance in the upper echelons of the festival circuit this year."

And Huber and Olaf Möller talk with Glawogger
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