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Ida is big winner at EFAs

13 December 2014 11:32 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Update: Pawlikowski is only third Polish director to win Efa’s top prize; Steve McQueen pays tribute to Jean Vigo; Ukrainian diector Oleg Sentsov gets an empty seat at the awards in Riga.

Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida was the big winner at this year’s European Film Awards in Riga, picking up five awards, including the top honour of European Film 2014 as well as the People’s Choice Award

“It’s been a fantastic night for us and a great night for Poland,” Pawlikowski said as he went up onto the stage of Latvia’s National Opera House for the fourth time on Saturday evening (December 13).

Earlier, when receiving the European Director 2014 trophy, the UK-based director explained that two of the film-makers competing for this honour — Turkey’s Nure Bilge Ceylan and Russia’s Andrey Zvyagintsev — are his favourite directors working today. “Thank you for being losers — this time,” he quipped »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Efa 2014 nominations revealed

8 November 2014 10:09 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Force Majeure, Leviathan and Nymphomaniac among nominees.

The nominations for the 27th European Film Awards have been announced at the Seville European Film Festival.

More than 3,000 European Film Academy members will now vote for the winners, who will be presented during the awards ceremony on Dec 13 in Riga.

Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida, Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan, Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac Director’s Cut - Volume I & II and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep will compete for European Film, with every director - apart from von Trier - up for European Director alongside Steven Knight for Locke and Paolo Virzi for Human Capital.

Roger Michell’s Le Week-End is up for European Comedy, alongside Paco León’s Carmina & Amen and Pierfrancesco Diliberto’s The Mafia Only Kills in the Summer.

The full list of nominations is as follows:

European Film 2014

Force Majeure (Sweden/Denmark/France/Norway)

Written & Directed By: [link »

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‘Ida,’ ‘Leviathan’ Top European Film Awards Nominations

8 November 2014 4:35 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

True to their big fest form, Turkey’s “Winter Sleep” and Russia’s “Leviathan,” both of which won at Cannes and are their countries’ foriegn-language Oscar entries, will face off for best picture at the 27th European Film Awards.

But they look to have stiff competition in Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida,” a Toronto prize winner, which scored the most major category nominations — five — including for best picture and two nods for its actresses: Agata Trzebuchowska and Agata Kulesza who play, respectively, a novitiate Catholic nun and her hard-drinking, worldly relative.

“Leviathan,” a Sony Pictures Classics U.S. pickup, nabbed four nominations. Also in the best picture five-pic cut are Swedish Ruben Ostlund’s “Force Majeure,” and Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac Director’s Cut – Volume 1 & 2,” with Charlotte Gainsbourg in the running for lead actress.

Nominations were announced Saturday at Spain’s Seville European Film Festival.

The previous two winners of »

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Caribbean mart to unite fresh voices

5 October 2014 3:02 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: One of the driving forces behind the upcoming Caribbean Film Mart has said the structure will provide a timely platform to allow the region’s dynamic “fresh voices” to connect with the global market.

Emilie Upczak, creative director at the trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff), said the market will launch in September 2015 with the backing of the European Union’s Belgium-based Acp (African Caribbean Pacific) body.

“It will be a boutique film mart that is very much project-based and we’re modeling it on [Rotterdam’s] CineMart,” Upczak told Screendaily following a presentation at the recent ninth edition of the festival.

“We will make a call for 10 Caribbean projects in March – mostly features but also open to docs. We will pair producers with industry professionals with the hope of kick-starting the feature film industry in the Caribbean. It’s really an emerging space.”

Upczak said the initiative, which will include the Regional Film Database, an archive »

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Watch “The Last Adieu” & “India 67″ at Vikalp Bengaluru

25 August 2014 1:41 AM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

What:

Vikalp Bengaluru looks back and ahead with two documentaries – one traces a young nation’s journey, the other a daughter’s. The two documentaries meet at Doc@Everest: The Last Adieu by Shabnam Sukhdev and India 67 by S. Sukhdev

Shabnam Sukhdev will be present for the screening along with Jabeen Merchant, the editor of the The Last Adieu.

The Last Adieu is the recipient of National Award for Best Biographical Film 2014.

When:

Thursday, 28th August 2014, 6 pm

Entry:

Entry fee, donations welcome

Venue:

Everest Theatre

No 1, Kenchappa Road,

Opp East Grounds, Frazer Town,

Bengaluru, India

560005

About the film

The Last Adieu

90 minutes, 2014, English-Hindi with English sub-titles

Synopsis – The Last Adieu is a personal quest of a filmmaker daughter to unravel the past and make a connection with her filmmaker father, S. Sukhdev, who died suddenly at the age of 46, leaving behind a huge body of work and an unresolved relationship with his daughter. »

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Happy Birthday 'Eyes Wide Shut'! Watch Vintage 20 Minute TV Special Featuring Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman & More

16 July 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Fifteen years ago today, Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" landed in theatres and promptly confused the world. One of the most sexually charged Christmas movies ever, the film found Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in the midst of a potential breakdown in their marriage, leading a surreal swirl of fantasy and a penetrating deep dive into New York's erotic underbelly. Overshadowed by Kubrick's passing just before release, and the real life relationship between the two leads (they separated two years later), it perhaps wasn't given a fair look at the time. And this vintage TV special is interesting capsule of what is like at the time the movie was unveiled. This twenty-minute episode of "Film '99" explores how the myth of the "reclusive" Kubrick already made every movement he took towards production an event, along with how wild reports about the two stars led to lawsuits for libel. But »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Annecy-Showcased ‘Heart of Darkness’ Moves To Rio

12 June 2014 9:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Brazil’s Karmatique Imagens is set to produce a toon mini-series and feature that is freely inspired by Joseph Conrad’s legendary novel “Heart of Darkness.”

Project made its market bow this week at Annecy’s Intl. Animation Film Market (Mifa) as part of its Feature Film 2014 Mifa Pitches Progam, a section that is fast emergizing as the key new talent focus at the cartoon confab.

Running around 75 minutes, the movie is accompanied by a a mini-series made up of four half-hours. Total project is budgeted at $3 million.

Targeting teens/young adults, “Darkness” has been created Rogerio Nunes. He helms and co-writes with Sergio Nesteriuk.

Lieutenant Marlowe’s story takes place this time round in a near-future Rio de Janeiro near future. Corruption-sodden, racked by riots, it is pretty much cut off from the rest of the world

A renowned –and honest – Rio cop, Marlowe is assigned to a mission of locating Captain Kurtz, »

- Emilio Mayorga

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New cult film festival launched for the south of England

6 June 2014 7:03 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The unlikely location of Eastleigh is now the home of a geek-friendly film festival…

News Rob Leane

Ever wanted to hit the lanes in your dressing gown after seeing The Big Lebowski? Well, now you can. The newly launched Eastleigh Film Festival in Hampshire boasts an impressively geeky line-up, including a chance to see the Coen brothers’ hilarious dark comedy across the lanes of a real bowling alley.

Other interactive experiences throughout the week (which kicks off on Monday 22nd September) include enjoying an authentic Italian meal during Stanley Tucci’s ristorante-set drama Big Night and, perhaps best of all, a rare screening of George A Romero’s original Dawn Of The Dead in the spooky Swan shopping centre after dark. Count us in.

Danny Leigh, of BBC Film 2014 fame, has helped organise the event by picking his top ten genre movies, three of which will make up the »

- rleane

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Interview: Tom Petch, writer-director of The Patrol

20 April 2014 2:22 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Villordsutch chats to Tom Petch, writer-director of The Patrol

Tom Petch  is both writer and director of The Patrol (Soda Pictures),  which follows a physically and mentally exhausted British Patrol in Afghanistan as both ammunition and morale run dangerously low.  Tom himself spent 8 years within the British armed forces and later the Special Forces, and was able to draw on his experiences and other solider accounts to form the story of The Patrol.   A winner of the Raindance Best Film 2013 and described as “A Must-Watch” by the London Film Festival, Villordsutch managed to catch-up with Tom to ask him a handful of questions about his time he spent involved in the film.

Villordsutch: Tom can you tell us a small bit about your 8 year career within the armed forces?

Tom: I joined the army in ‘89 and left in ‘97 so I didn’t do Afghanistan. I joined a tank regiment »

- Villordsutch

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Barry Norman Empire Podcast Special

14 April 2014 2:03 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The Film programme. That theme tune. This 48-minute podcast. And why not? The movie journalist legend that is Barry Norman stopped by the Empire Podcast booth to talk about his new book, his extraordinary career and just how close he came to punching Robert De Niro.P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally. »

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Matthew McConaughey: best actor Oscars glory beckons for slimline star

2 March 2014 1:09 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Matthew McConaughey is being hailed for his role as an HIV sufferer in Dallas Buyers Club and for his part in HBO's acclaimed series True Detective. He has escaped his romcom image and is tipped to take the best actor award tonight

By the end of the night, west coast time, it could all have been worth it for Matthew McConaughey. If he nets the best actor Oscar for his portrayal of the Aids sufferer Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club, then his dramatic weight loss, his bold choices and the careful repositioning of his screen talent will have paid off.

Many of the stars lining up with him outside the Dolby Theatre, following their annual red carpet stroll down Hollywood Boulevard, will have nothing more to worry about than the forecast of heavy rain. But for those in the running for a major prize at the academy's 86th awards, »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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12 Years a Slave joins Gravity, The Great Beauty … and Alan Partridge on the Guardian Film Awards shortlist

19 February 2014 4:38 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Oscar favourites mingle with little-known movies on the reader-voted shortlist for the Guardian Film Awards

Its Oscar prospects may be looking shakier following Gravity's triumphant haul at Sunday's Baftas, but 12 Years a Slave does dominate the shortlist for the Guardian Film Awards. Steve McQueen's slavery drama has converted every one of its longlist mentions into a place among the final five in each category, meaning it's in the running for best film, best director, best scene, best line of dialogue and biggest game-changer. It also scores two nominations in the best supporting actor group - for Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o.

The Guardian Film Awards, currently in their inaugural year, differ from traditional awards ceremonies both in criteria and eligibility. The best director and best film categories are open to fact, fiction and foreign language, while the best actor and best supporting actor categories follow Guardian style in referring »

- Catherine Shoard

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Difret, Circle win Berlin audience awards

15 February 2014 6:42 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Angelina Jolie exec produced film wins at Berlin Film Festival.Scroll down for full list of winners

Ethiopian film Difret, directed by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, has won the best fiction film prize in the 16th Panorama Audience Awards, in which Swiss feature The Circle (Der Kreis), Stefan Haupt, has also been named best documentary.

Voted for by the public, the award is presented by the Berlinale’s Panorama section in collaboration with radioeins of Berlin-Brandenburg’s public radio and television station rbb, and tip Berlin, Berlin’s city magazine.

The official award ceremony will be held on Berlinale Kinotag - a day of screenings for the public - on Sunday (Feb 16).

Difret, executive produced by Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, centres on a young teenage girl who has to defend herself in court after killing her would-be husband during an attempt to abduct her into marriage.

The film, which won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award at the »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Matthew McConaughey: from prince of the romcom to Oscar contender

8 February 2014 12:58 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor known for swashbuckling, wisecracking roles has muscled in on Hollywood's top table with role in Dallas Buyers Club

With the Academy Awards taking place on 2 March, a once almost unthinkable name has edged to the front of the best actor pack: Matthew McConaughey, once the bronzed clown prince of the romcom. His film Dallas Buyers Club, which hits British cinemas this weekend, has already won him top prizes at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild awards. The Oscar narrative, for what it's worth, has his name pencilled in.

He plays Ron Woodroof, a roguish character with Aids who starts importing drug treatments, and generated many faux-concerned tabloid headlines for his gaunt appearance. His performance is far more than mere body shock, however.

"It's such a compelling, grand performance, that it bursts out of the seams of the film," says Danny Leigh, of the BBC's Film 2014. "It's »

- Ben Beaumont-Thomas

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Extreme World, The Following

21 January 2014 1:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Ross Kemp: Extreme World: Sky1, 9pm

Now starting its third run, this hard-hitting documentary series follows Ross Kemp as he and his crew film and expose crime and destitution. In this series opener, Ross travels to India to investigate sex trafficking, and secretly filmed footage reveals the disturbing scale of the industry.

The Following: Sky Atlantic, 10pm

The hit Us thriller returns for a second season, as former FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) is called back in to investigate a series of murders eerily similar to those committed by Joe Carroll (James Hardy). But he died in the explosion at the end of the last season... didn't he?

Film 2014: BBC One, 11.25pm

Claudia's back! Winkleman and her partner in crime Danny Leigh return for a new series of film discussion. Reviewed tonight: the dark folk music drama Inside Llewyn Davis and CIA thiller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. »

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‘Grindhouse 12: Shadowzone’ Review

18 January 2014 7:32 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Louise Fletcher, David Beecroft, James Hong, Frederick Flynn, Shawn Weatherly, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Lu Leonard, Maureen Flaherty, Robbie Rives | Written and Directed by J.S. Cardone

Now this is more like it! One of Full Moon’s lesser-known movies, Shadowzone originally debuted in 1990, just after Puppet Master exploded on to the scene. It is also the second of three Full Moon Productions (the company name was later changed to Full Moon Entertainment) that were lensed between 1989 and 1991 – the others being Puppet Master and Meridian, both of which have already had the DVD, and in Puppet Master‘s case, Blu-ray, treatment from 88 Films.

Shadowzone sees a group of Nasa hyper-sleep researchers conducting tests in an abandoned underground facility in the Nevada desert. When one subject dies during the test, Nasa sends in Captain Hickock (Beecroft) to investigate. and what he finds is more horrific than the death itself. The scientists, »

- Phil Wheat

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Slackery News Tidbits: January 13, 2014

13 January 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Here's the latest Austin film news.

SXSW Film 2014 has announced its first film and programming lineup selections, including former Austinite Rob Thomas's highly-anticipated Veronica Mars; the horror comedy Creep, co-written and starring University of Texas alum Mark Duplass; and "A Conversation with Alejandro Jodorowsky," the subject of the Fantastic Fest 2013-screened documentary, Jodorowsky's Dune. The bulk of the rest of the film-fest lineup will be announced on January 30.In distribution news, the horror flick You're Next (Jordan's review), which screened at Fantastic Fest and SXSW, will be released on DVD, On Demand and Blu-ray Tuesday.Austin-based graphic designer and filmmaker Yen Tan's SXSW 2013-screened Pit Stop is now available On Demand. The drama tells the parallel stories of two gay men living in a small Texas town.Enjoy an evening of the best and worst that Texas westerns have to offer Thursday at 7 pm during the Bullock »

- Jordan Gass-Poore'

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Scorsese, McQueen, Cuaron & Greengrass Score DGA Nominations

7 January 2014 11:07 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

As we continue into the awards season in early 2014, more guilds are announcing their nominees/awards for the outstanding films of 2013. 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 2013, and included among them are many of the names we've been heralding as the best this year - Gravity's Cuaron, 12 Years a Slave's McQueen and The Wolf of Wall Street's Scorsese (earning his 11th nom). Noticably missing: Her director Spike Jonze and Nebraska director Alexander Payne. Things are getting interesting with the awards this year. Full list of 2014 DGA nominations below. The nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film 2013 (alphabetically): › Alfonso Cuarón for GravityPaul Greengrass for Captain PhillipsSteve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave › David O. Russell for American Hustle »

- Alex Billington

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