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Japan is big winner in Moscow

29 June 2014 1:17 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Japan was the big winner at this year’s Moscow International Film Festival which ended on Saturday evening with the Golden St. George trophy for best film going to Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s My Man (Watashi-No Otoko) [pictured].The film, which also received the Silver St. George best actor honours for Tadanobu Asano, had its international premiere in Moscow and was the first Japanese film to win the grand prix since Kaneto Shindo’s Will To Live received the honour

Japan was the big winner at this year’s Moscow International Film Festival which ended on Saturday evening with the Golden St. George trophy for best film going to Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s My Man (Watashi-No Otoko) [pictured].

The film, which also received the Silver St. George best actor honours for Tadanobu Asano, had its international premiere in Moscow and was the first Japanese film to win the grand prix since Kaneto Shindo’s Will To Live received the honour in 1999.

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

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Red Army, Apes to bookend Moscow

12 June 2014 2:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

35th edition of the festival runs June 19-28.

The Us documentary Red Army about the Soviet Red Army hockey team will open the 36th edition of the Moscow International Film Festival (Miff), which runs from June 19-28.

Directed by Gabe Polsky, the film was first shown at last month’s Cannes Film Festival and will be released in the Us by Sony Pictures.

Speaking at this week’s press conference, programme director Kirill Razlogov exxplained that documentaries have always played “a special role” at the festival - “documentaries are practically in all of the programmes” - and said that it was “symbolic” to open with a documentary.

The festival will be rounded off on June 28 at the Pushkinsky Cinema with a screening of Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

Veteran Russian actor-director Gleb Panfilov (Vassa) will head the international jury for the main competition and will be joined by the German actress Franziska Petri, Georgian »

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

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German Titles Buzzing at Cannes

13 May 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

German Productions/Co-productions in the Cannes Film Festival

Competition

“Clouds of Sils Maria,” director: Olivier Assayas (France/Germany/Switzerland)

“Winter Sleep,” director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey/Germany/France)

“Maps to the Stars,” director: David Cronenberg (Canada/France/Germany)

Le Meraviglie,” director: Alice Rohrwacher (Italy/Switzerland/Germany)

Un Certain Regard

“Amour fou,” director: Jessica Hausner (Austria/Luxembourg/Germany)

“Away From his Absence,” director: Keren Yedaya (Israel/Germany/France)

“The Bridges of Sarajevo” (omnibus) (France/Bulgaria/Switzerland/Portugal/Germany/Italy) (pictured)

Directors’ Fortnight

“Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsallem,” directors: Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz (France/Germany/Israel)

Refugiado,” director: Diego Lerman (Argentina, Poland, Colombia, Germany)

German Films Screening in the Cannes Market

(By Sales Agent)

Alpha Violet

“Daughters,” director: Maria Speth

Arri Worldsales

“The Little Ghost,” director: Alain Gsponer

“Home From Home,” director: Edgar Reitz

The Whole Shebang,” director: Doris Doerrie

Exit Marrakech,” director: Caroline Link

“Zurich,” director: Frederik Steiner

Atlas Intl. »

- Leo Barraclough

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Out of the Furnace review: brothers in yawns

11 March 2014 10:09 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A pungent reek of testosterone stinks up this high-toned apologetic for vigilantism and revenge. Still: great performances! I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): the trailer looked like the film was treading well-worn ground

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

First scene: Woody Harrelson rape-ily shoves a hot dog down a woman’s throat, and then beats up a guy who points out that, hey, buddy, not cool. Woody (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) is the villain, so this is “okay,” but that’s the sort of movie you’re in for here. The pungent reek of testosterone off screen is deafening. Oh, is that a mixed metaphor? Kinda like the title of the film: out of the furnace… and, what? into the frying pan?

Writer (with Brad Ingelsby) and director Scott Cooper follows up his first film, Crazy Heart, with a similarly familiar tale of manly dysfunction, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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