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The films of Aki Kaurismäki tend to focus on outsiders, those on the fringes of mainstream society, though any politics have been suggested rather than explicitly stated. However, for his next feature, the title alone won't make any mistake about what it's about. The director behind "The Man Without A Past," "The Match Factory Girl," and "Drifting Clouds," among others, will next get behind the camera for "Refugee." It's a working title for now, but it will mark second chapter in the filmmaker's "port city trilogy," following 2011's lovely and hilarious "Le Havre." And the picture will draw on the current refugee crisis for inspiration. Read More: New Films From James Franco, Paul Verhoeven, And Aki Kaurismäki Added To Rome Film Festival “The situation in Tornio – a border town in north-eastern Finland – roused something in me. I developed the project just last week,” the director told TV-Maailma »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Lucrative prize goes to Iceland for second year in a row.
Iceland has claimed the lucrative Nordic Council Film Prize for the second year running, as Dagur Kari’s Virgin Mountain (Fusi) captured the award for the best Nordic Film of the Year.
The prize - which comes with $55,000 (Dkk 350,000) cash — was announced on Tuesday night at the Nordic Council’s annual autumn session, held this year in Reykjavik.
The story is about an obese man living with his mother who breaks out of his shell after he goes to a dance class.
The jury described Virgin Mountain as, “A simple and visually inventive tale about preserving your goodness and innocence in a seemingly impenetrable world. Dagur Kári’s artistic ascent of a male virgin mountain results in a deeply moving and captivating film, offering a dignified portrait of its gentle giant of a man, as well as poignant depictions of the women around him.”
Iceland-born Kari also »
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By Anjelica Oswald
The nine foreign-language films shortlisted by the Academy hail from three continents: South America, Europe and Africa. From South America, Argentina’s Wild Tales and Venezuela’s The Liberator made the list. From Africa, Mauritania’s Timbuktu did as well. From Europe, Estonia’s Tangerines, Georgia’s Corn Island, the Netherlands’ Accused, Poland’s Ida, Russia’s Leviathan and Sweden’s Force Majeure all made the top nine.
This year could mark the first Oscar nomination for Estonia, Georgia, Mauritania (whose film was the country’s first Oscar-submitted film) and Venezuela. Argentina, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden have each received two Oscar nominations in the past 14 years. Of those four countries, Argentina is the only one to win an Oscar, which it did in 2010 for The Secret in Their Eyes. If Russia lands a nomination, it will be the country’s second in the 21st century. »
- Anjelica Oswald
3 items from 2015
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