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New Riga Meetings platform welcomes projects including two projects by Finnish film-maker Aku Louhimies.
Janis Nords’ second feature Mother I Love You and Juris Kursietis’ debut Modris were the big winners at the ¨Great Christopher¨ (¨Lielais Kristaps¨) National Film Competition held during the first edition of the Riga International Film Festival (December 2-12).
Nords, who graduated in film directing from the UK’s Nfts, received the top honour of best film as well as the trophy for best feature film director and best actress (for Vita Varpina’s performance as the single mother trying to make ends meet).
On presenting the direction prize to Nords, the competition jury’s chairman, veteran film director Janis Streics, said that he saw “a bright future ahead for Latvian cinema” on the strength of the line-up for this edition of the national film awards.
Mother I Love You, which is handled internationally by New Europe Film Sales, premiered at the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Marking the first collaboration between two of the foremost prestige production houses of French – and European – 2D animation, Les Armateurs and Folimage, are teaming to develop and produce “Cheeky Anna.”
“Cheeky Anna” is also the first project to be put into development by Reginald de Guillebon since he took over the presidency of Les Armateurs from Didier Brunner early this year. De Guillebon is also the company’s majority shareholder.
A high concept fiction, with echoes of Quino’s Argentine comic-strip “Mafalda,” “Cheeky Anna” turns on a naughty girl who does everything she can to not go to school. Adding to the mix, in an intriguing interface, Anna interacts with an external voice that comments on the whole series.
In development, “Cheeky Anna” is directed by the Folimage-based Elena Pomares, whose 2010 “The Henhouse,” a hand-drawn short and graduation film from the National Film & Television School, won top prizes at the Alaska, »
- John Hopewell
French director Sylvain Chomet, best known for his animated films “Belleville Rendezvous” (a.k.a. “The Triplets of Belleville”) and “The Illusionist,” is set to premiere his first live-action feature in the U.K. next week. Though French trailers for the film have been circulating since last year, the English version has just recently been released at the 11th hour (we’re optimistic that’s not a bad sign, though). Here’s the official synopsis: Paul is in his thirties and lives in a Paris apartment with his aunts, a pair of elderly aristocrats who have raised him since the age of two, and who dream of him becoming a piano virtuoso. His life boils down to a daily routine spent at the grand piano in the salon, and his aunts’ dance classes where he works as an accompanist. Cut off from the outside world, Paul has grown old without ever having lived. »
- Zach Hollwedel
French director Sylvain Chomet has an incredible four Academy Award nominations to his name, renowned for his distinguishable, ingenious animations such as The Triplets of Belleville, and The Illusionist. He now returns with his very first live action feature with Attila Marcel, remaining faithful to his own brand, bringing that sense of enchantment and striking, vibrant visual experience to the viewer, as you feel that every single object, or colour implemented, has been done so meticulously, for a certain, desired effect.
Another similarity comes in the form of a silent protagonist, which had served Chomet’s preceding endeavour so well. This time the character is Paul (Guillaume Gouix), a piano virtuoso, who has never once spoken a word following the untimely, mysterious death of his parents when he was just a toddler. Now, living with his two eccentric aunts, he becomes spiritually entwined with his next door neighbour Madame Proust (Anne Le Ny), who, »
- Stefan Pape
The cycling movie is an expansive genre, covering everything from sports documentaries like the recent Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist to quirky comedies such as Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and fondly remembered children's adventure movies, like the oh-so-1980s BMX Bandits.
Cycling as a professional sport is also well represented on screen, whether it's the Indiana University Little 500 race in classic comedy-drama Breaking Away, an animated Tour de France in Belleville Rendez-vous or the Paris–Roubaix in Jørgen Leth's stunning documentary A Sunday in Hell.
With the Tour de France about to enter its final week, Digital Spy takes a look at the ten best cycling movies.
1) Breaking Away (1979)
Peter Yates' wonderful small town comedy-drama won an Oscar for Best Screenplay and was nominated for four more, including Best Picture. Dennis Christopher stars as Dave Stoller, an Indiana teenager obsessed with the Italian cycling team, who gets »
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Directed by Ignacio Ferreras, a disciple of Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville), and dubbed into English from Spanish, this animated gem tells a story of friendship in an old folks’ home. Emilio (Martin Sheen) is dumped there by his son after one too many senior moments, while Miguel (George Coe), a white-haired Randle McMurphy, cuts deals and runs the joint. The animation artfully transitions between what is real and what the aging residents think is real. Rare is the “cartoon” that penetrates and even haunts; Wrinkles is not easily forgotten. (Available on iTunes and VOD »
- EW staff
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
When it comes to animated films, most people here in the U.S. think of the big names: Pixar, Disney, DreamWorks, Blue Sky, perhaps Japan's Studio Ghibli. Of course, there's great animation coming out of studios around the world. Think Oscar-nominated "The Triplets of Belleville" or "Ernest & Celestine," not to mention such anime classics as "Ghost in the Shell." But most of those films either don't come to the states, or they don't get much play because they're not in English. In light of that, the multi-platform entertainment company Shout! Factory is bringing popular animated picture "Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart" to North American audiences--dubbed in English. The 2013 French film, directed by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla, is adapted from Malzieu's novel and a best-selling album by his band, Dionysos. It tells the story of a young boy with a clockwork heart who is forbidden from falling in love and. »
- Jacob Combs
Annecy — Sylvain Chomet, the Oscar-nominated French director of “The Illusionist” (pictured above) and “The Triplets of Belleville,” is moving forward with “The Thousand Miles,” teaming with London-based studio Th1ng to create the animation.
Developed and produced by U.K. outfit Savoy & Gregory, “Thousand Miles” is inspired by various works and unpublished writings/drawings of Federico Fellini. Demian Gregory and Tommaso Rossellini co-wrote the screenplay.
Italian prince Emanuele Filiberto will topline as a middle-aged count who takes part in Le Mille Miglia (the thousand mile), one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious car races. The journey transforms into a magical odyssey during which the count reminisces on his youth and life experiences.
The film will weave live action and hand-drawn animation to portray the count’s souvenirs, explained Chomet.
Filiberto will lend his voice, image to the film and will star in the live action scenes.
The cast »
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
Nearly every month, Netflix adds new films and TV shows while its licensing deals for others lapse. We recently listed all of the movies coming to Netflix this month, but here's a curated look at select indies that are new to the streaming service -- including the Sundance hit "Escape from Tomorrow" and the animated Noam Chomsky documentary "Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?" They're listed below in alphabetical order, along with their average Criticwire rating. Perfect weekend viewing! "The Art of the Steal" (Dir: Don Argott) Average Criticwire Rating: B+ "Beware of Mr. Baker" (Dir: Jay Bulger) Average Criticwire Rating: B+ "Escape from Tomorrow" (Dir: Randy Moore) Average Criticwire Rating: B- "Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?" (Dir: Michel Gondry) Average Criticwire Rating: A- "The Triplets of Belleville" (Dir: Sylvain Chomet) Average Criticwire Rating: N/A "These Birds Walk" (Dir: Omar Mullick, Bassam Tariq) Average Criticwire Rating: »
- Paula Bernstein
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
The Grand Budapest Hotel: the most Wes Anderson-y film ever, a delightful concoction that’s like a pop-up storybook for grownups; Ralph Fiennes is a sublime comic marvel [at Amazon Instant Video] 300: Rise of an Empire: Eva Green stalks this movie with pride and honor, and is almost the only thing worth watching amidst frenetic CGI cartoon battle action and endless ancient carnage [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to stream
The Pretty One: far too blithe and cheery, yet nowhere near madcap and comic enough, for its potentially powerful switched-twins conceit [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]
new to Prime
Stories We Tell: totally gripping, very personal documentary from filmmaker Sarah Polley about how various members of her family react to the revelation of a secret [at Amazon Instant Video] The X-Files: the alien-hunting adventures of FBI agents Mulder and Scully »
- MaryAnn Johanson
"...'Bart' is rescued from a confrontation with 'Springfield Elementary' bullies by 'Diggs' (Daniel Radcliffe), a recent transfer student and aspiring champion in the niche sport of falconry.
"But Bart soon discovers that Diggs harbors aspirations on a far more grand scale than wrangling falcons: he actually wants to take to the sky himself..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Simpsons: Diggs" couch gag...
- Michael Stevens
One of the most enduring aspects of the long-running animated show The Simpsons has been the couch gag that is present in the opening titles of every episode. Over the years, numerous artists have been tapped to create couch gags, including the elusive street artist Banksy. The newest artist to lend their talents to the show is French filmmaker Sylvain Chomet. Known for the animated features The Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist, Chomet’s couch gag will be featured in the upcoming episode of The Simpsons. The bit has also been released online ahead of its airing, and can be seen below.
(Source: Animation Scoop)
- Deepayan Sengupta
If you like your movies and TV shows drawn as opposed to filled with flesh-and-blood humans, these two stories will make your Friday. After 20-plus seasons on the air, you have to wonder if Matt Groening and crew ever feel like they’ve run out of funny couch gags to open each episode of The Simpsons. We don’t know if they have, but this Sunday’s episode hands the reins over to French animator Sylvain Chomet, who's crafted what some are calling the best opening couch sequence ever. Chomet -- who is best known for The Triplets of Belleville and The Illusionist – brings his signature style and French sensibilities to the Simpson clan. Watch as Homer snacks on snails, Bart tries to make his own goose-liver pate, and Marge launches a fruitless search for...
- Mike Bracken
So, what are people going to do on Monday when "True Detective" is over and parodies will quickly become dated? Well, "Game Of Thrones" and "Mad Men" are right around the corner, but before that, The Yellow King needs to be found, and "The Simpsons" have done just that. Okay, not quite, with the folks behind the show winking at fans by dropping Homer Simpson reclining with a sandwich, beer and a pair of antlers. Much more interesting is a new couch gag by "The Triplets Of Belleville" director Sylvain Chomet, which reinterprets America's nuclear family through his distinct lens, and it's pretty beautiful stuff. And following the Guillermo del Toro-helmed opening from last fall, we hope this is a trend that continues on the forever-running animated show. Check it all out below. [The Wrap/Vulture]
- Kevin Jagernauth
So, what are people going to do on Monday when "True Detective" is over and parodies will quickly become dated? Well, "Game Of Thrones" and "Mad Men" are right around the corner, but before that, The Yellow King needs to be found, and "The Simpsons" have done just that. Okay, not quite, with the folks behind the show winking at fans by dropping Homer Simpson reclining with a sandwich, beer and a pair of antlers. Much more interesting is a new couch gag by "The Triplets Of Belleville" director Sylvain Chomet, which reinterprets America's nuclear family through his distinct lens, and it's pretty beautiful stuff. And following the Guillermo del Toro-helmed opening from last fall, we hope this is a trend that continues on the forever-running animated show. Check it all out below. [The Wrap/Vulture] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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