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With just a little over a month to go before the 2016 South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival, organizers have put the final touches on its impressive slate by announcing the remaining programs that will round out its 23rd edition, including Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts Programs and Special Events. The 10 genre movies playing the Midnighters section join the 13 Festival Favorites, 5 Special Events and additional feature titles as part of the 139 total features screening at SXSW Film 2016. Read More: Ethan Hawke, Jake Gyllenhaal and More Headline 2016 SXSW Features Lineup "Deep and dark character studies, crazy Japanese Manga come to life, daddy-issues, handicaps, survival, revenge and even a little remastering are all on display this year," said SXSW Producer & Senior Programmer Jarod Neece in an official statement. "You’ll hear from veteran directors and producers perfecting their craft to filmmakers that are about to burst »
- Zack Sharf
Goteborg– Swedish producer Tomas Eskilsson has since 1992 headed up Swedish regional film centre, Film Väst, in Trollhättan, one of Europe’s best-know regional film hubs.
He has masterminded the co-production of 450 features; this year he ranks No. 2 on the Göteborg International Film Festival’s list of the most powerful people in the Swedish film industry (No 1 is head of the Swedish Film Institute, Anna Serner).
This comes after one of the most successful year openings he has had. In 2015, Film Väst films won 14 Guldbagga awards – Sweden’s national film prize; one film sold more than 1.6 million domestic tickets, Swedish director Felix Herngren’s “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.” It was nominated for an Oscar (Love Larson and Eva von Bahr’s make-up and hairstyling). Recently, another, a film from another Swedish director ,Hannes Holm’s ”A Man Called Ove,” broke through the one-million-admissions mark in »
- Jorn Rossing Jensen
Pablo Larraín's latest release, The Club, has been the recipient of a variety of awards including the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize, Best Film at Fantastic Fest, Chile's official Academy Award submission for Best Foreign Language Film 2016. Diving into the secretive world of religious exile, Larraín investigates the shrouded lives of 4 men with existence-shattering pasts, whose futures are both stifled and protected by the Catholic Church.
These four priests, along with their care-taker, Hermana Mónica, live in seclusion in the small seaside town of La Boca, Chile, where they spend their days acting out a slew of both sacrilegious and holy activities. The laws of their outcast prevents most interaction with any of the townspeople, redirecting the men’s affection to training and betting on their beloved greyhound, Rayo.
The fathers, abandoned by the church, receive a newcomer to the house, a fellow priest who brings with him »
- Isabel Zayas
As we continue into the awards season in early 2016, more guilds are announcing their nominees/awards for the outstanding films of 2015. Next up is the Directors Guild of America, one of the heavy weights and usually strong indicators of what's to come. The DGA announced nominees for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film 2015, and they've chosen a near perfect set of nominees this year. To top it off, they announced an entirely new category - outstanding directorial achievement by first-time filmmakers, featuring some of my own favorite films this year: The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Son of Saul, Ex Machina, and The Gift. It's fantastic to see these films by budding filmmakers highlighted by the DGA. Full list below. The nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film 2015 (alphabetically): › Alejandro G. Iñárritu for The Revenant › Tom McCarthy for Spotlight › Adam McKay for The Big Short »
- Alex Billington
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