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Bingo: The King of the Mornings review – hectoring tale of porn star turned clown

Daniel Rezende’s version of the life of Brazil’s Bozo takes the myth for granted and is guilty of some lazy screenwriting tricks

Daniel Rezende is the Oscar-nominated editor who worked on Meirelles’s City of God and Malick’s The Tree of Life; now he makes his feature directing debut with this movie – Brazil’s official Academy Awards entry for best foreign film. It is a strangely heavy-handed and hectoring redemption drama, based on the true story of the former porn actor Arlindo Barreto, who in the 80s became a huge hit throughout Brazil as “Bozo”, a wacky clown on Saturday morning kids’ TV. But he was contractually obliged to keep his real identity a secret. Unable to taste the pleasures of celebrity, Barreto underwent a kind of drug-fuelled breakdown, after which he jettisoned his vanity and emerged spiritually enlightened.

The corporate brand identity of Bozo is apparently
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A More Open System Is Needed to Fix Oscar’s Foreign-Language Problem (Opinion)

A More Open System Is Needed to Fix Oscar’s Foreign-Language Problem (Opinion)
It’s time for the Academy to change the way it awards foreign-language film.

This year, 92 distinct nations have selected and submitted what the Academy blindly accepts as each country’s best film to compete for the foreign-language Oscar. However magnanimous the Academy’s intent, that’s an overwhelming number of movies that now need to be divided up and screened by a dedicated subset of the membership in an imperfect process that results in a shortlist of nine movies, from which a separate committee will choose the final five nominees.

Ironically, while 92 is a record-setting number for this category, the year’s best foreign language film may not even be among them. That’s because the system — a squirrely, ever-evolving set of rules — is based on a pair of outdated premises.

First, the award was created in 1945 to raise awareness for foreign cinema at a time when overseas movies were either dubbed or ignored in the
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Latin America Boasts Strong Oscar Entries

Latin America Boasts Strong Oscar Entries
A transgender woman is front and center in what many deem the strongest foreign-language Oscar contender from Latin America this year, Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” by Sebastian Lelio. Protagonist Daniela Vega could even be the first transgender thesp to receive a lead actress nod. Sony Pictures Classics snagged North American, Australian and New Zealand rights before its world premiere at the 2017 Berlin Film Fest, where it took home the Silver Bear for Screenplay and the Teddy Award, extended to Lgbt-themed pics.

“The press has commented that my recent films, ‘Gloria,’ ‘Disobedience’ and ‘A Fantastic Woman,’ form a trilogy, but it wasn’t a conscious decision on my part,” says Lelio. “But they all explore the lives of women that are somehow at the margins of society.”

Out of the record 16 Latin American films in the race — two more than last year — six, or 37.5%, are directed by women. That tops female representation in the category overall: women helmed
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The Best Coming-of-Age Movies Ever Made — IndieWire Critics Survey

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The Best Coming-of-Age Movies Ever Made — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” what is the best coming-of-age movie ever made?

Siddhant Adlakha (@SidizenKane), Birth.Movies.Death.

While it may not fit the western paradigm of a traditional coming of age film (neither a high school setting nor teenage angst or confusion find themselves the focus), “Lion” holds the distinction of being a rare modern movie that gets to the root of key questions of dual identity, questions that will only become more prominent in the age of globalism. It’s the most extreme version of having your feet in two cultures; Saroo Brierley (Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel) finds himself
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What ‘Bingo’ Director Daniel Rezende Learned From Being a Film Editor

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What ‘Bingo’ Director Daniel Rezende Learned From Being a Film Editor
“You look at it, you know it’s right.” That’s what Daniel Rezende came to realize when he was directing “Bingo: The King of Mornings.” Rezende is an Oscar-nominated film editor for “City of God” and has also worked on “The Motorcycle Diaries” and “The Tree of Life,” so he knows how to follow his instincts. And he told TheWrap’s Awards Editor Steve Pond how his experience as an editor shaped his work when directing his feature film debut. “There’s no such thing as a rule on how to make a movie,” Rezende said at The Wrap
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Versatile Boards International Sales to ‘The Sound of Animals Fighting’

Versatile Boards International Sales to ‘The Sound of Animals Fighting’
Versatile has boarded “The Sound of Animals Fighting,” Sibs Shongwe-La Mer’s sophomore feature, which will topline Emile Hirsch and Alice Braga.

The film is being produced by South Africa’s Fireworx Media and Brazil’s Los Bragas, and is repped by Versatile in international markets. Xyz represents the project in the U.S. Both companies will start shopping the project at the American Film Market.

Shongwe-La Mer made his feature debut with “Necktie Youth,” which premiered at the Berlinale, then played at the Tribeca, AFI, Sydney, and London festivals, and at Durban International, where it won best film and best director awards.

“The Sound of Animals Fighting” follows two young brothers, James and Mickey, who flee their homeland after their close friend dies during a decadent night in Johannesburg. Seeking refuge in the grand metropolis of Sao Paulo, Brazil, they are instantly thrust into a world of hedonism and danger as they navigate the world of organized
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Loco Films Boards Brazil’s ‘Bingo’ From ‘The Tree of Life,’ ‘City of God’ Editor Daniel Rezende (Exclusive)

Paris-based Loco Films has acquired sales rights to “Bingo – The King of the Mornings,” a pulsating tragicomic take on the cost of fame in the Brazilian TV world of the ‘80s which marks the feature debut as a director of editor Daniel Rezende, Academy Award-nominated for Fernando MeirellesCity of God” and editor of Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life.”

Loco Films will be introducing “Bingo” to buyers at next week’s American Film Market.

Written by Luiz Bolognesi, whose screenwriting credits include 2017 Berlin Panorama hit “Just Like My Parents,” “Bingo” also represents Brazil in 2018’s foreign-language Oscar race. It is inspired by the true-life story of Arlindo Barreto, who played Bozo the Clown on Brazilian TV giant Globo in the early ‘80, helping to convert the program into a ratings and tamest behemoth which at one point lasted 10 hours.

Bursting with period pop aesthetics and energy, “Bingo” charts the ascent to stardom of Augusto, a TV clown
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Stranger Things’ Noah Schnapp to star in Abe

Deadline is reporting that young actor Noah Schnapp, who plays the character of Will Byers in Netflix’s Stranger Things, has signed on for the title role in Abe, an indie drama about a twelve-year-old boy who loves to cook.

Abe is being directed by Fernando Grostein Andrade (Wandering Heart, Quebrando o Tabu), and will see Schnapp joined in the cast by Seu Jorge (City of God) and Mark Margolis (Breaking Bad). Filming on the project is underway now in New York.

Schnapp, whose other credits include Fox’s Peanuts movie and Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, will be seen this week in the second season of the acclaimed supernatural drama Stranger Things, which hits Netflix on Friday.
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‘Stranger Things’ Noah Schnapp To Star In ‘Abe’ From Director Fernando Grostein Andrade

‘Stranger Things’ Noah Schnapp To Star In ‘Abe’ From Director Fernando Grostein Andrade
Exclusive: Noah Schnapp, of Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things, has been tapped for the title role in Abe, an indie drama that tells the story of Abraham, a 12-year-old boy who loves to cook. Brazilian director Fernando Grostein Andrade (Wandering Heart, Quebrando o Tabu) is attached to direct the film, which is shooting in New York. Seu Jorge (City of God) and Mark Margolis (Breaking Bad) co-star. Spray Filmes and Gullan are producing the pic while Fj Productions (Like…
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The Best Child Performances in Movie History — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best Child Performances in Movie History — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of “The Florida Project,” which has just started its platform release across the country, what is the greatest child performance in a film?

Jordan Hoffman (@JHoffman), The Guardian, Vanity Fair

I can agonize over this question or I can go at this Malcolm Gladwell “Blink”-style. My answer is Tatum O’Neal in “Paper Moon.” She’s just so funny and tough, which of course makes the performance all the more heartbreaking. She won the freaking Oscar at age 10 for this and I’d really love to give a more deep cut response, but why screw around? Paper Moon is a perfect film and she is the lynchpin.
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'American Made' Review: Tom Cruise Can't Save This Generic Drug-Smuggling Drama

'American Made' Review: Tom Cruise Can't Save This Generic Drug-Smuggling Drama
Meet Barry Seal (Tom Cruise), a Twa pilot and family man who became a drug smuggler for the Medellín cartel, led by Pablo Escobar (Mauricio Mejía). The Louisiana-born Seal ran narcotics, guns and money between Central America and an airport in Mena, Arkansas in the late Seventies and early Eighties – then the CIA recruited him as an informant so he could keep doing it and bring them back key intel in the War on Drugs. It's lucrative work if playing both sides against the middle doesn't get you killed.

It's all true – but so what?
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San Sebastián: Gullane Boards Marco Bellocchio’s Mafia Thriller ‘The Traitor’ (Exclusive)

San Sebastian — Brazil’s Gullane has joined Italy’s Ibc Movie, Kavac Film and Rai Cinema, Germany’s The Match Factory Production and France’s Ad Vitam to produce Marco Bellocchio’s “The Traitor.”

Michael Weber’s The Match Factory will also handle international sales rights. Set to shoot in Italy, Brazil, the U.S. and Germany, “The Traitor” is a biopic of Tommaso Buscetta, the first high-ranking Mafia boss to turn informant on the Cosa Rostra in what Bellocchio regards as a an act of heroic betrayal.

Buscetta’s testimony led to the first big trial against organized crime and the conviction of hundreds of Mafia members.

Buschetta, who had a Brazilian wife, was living in Brazil when two of his sons and brothers were killed by the Corleonesi mob, which encourages him, when extradited to Italy, to collaborate with Italian prosecutors, becoming Cosa Nostra’s first high-ranking informer.

“The
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‘Beyond the Sun,’ in Which Pope Francis Plays Himself, Gets Vatican Premiere

‘Beyond the Sun,’ in Which Pope Francis Plays Himself, Gets Vatican Premiere
Vatican City – “Beyond the Sun,” a simple but effective English-language children’s adventure film in which Pope Francis plays himself, premiered Wednesday at the Vatican, signaling a clear attempt by the pontiff and his communications advisors to use movies as a medium to spread the Catholic message to the young.

The pic, in which Francis appears for roughly six minutes, marks the first time that a pope has appeared in a motion picture.

Shot in Patagonia and Vatican City, “Beyond the Sun” is about five kids who run away from home after catechism class and take to the woods to look for Jesus in a hilltop sanctuary. The multi-ethnic cast features child actors Aiden Cumming-Teicher, Cory Gruter-Andrew, Emma Duke, Kyle Breitkopf, and Sebastiάn Alexander Chou.

Co-directed by Graciela Rodriguez (pictured), an Argentine psychiatrist whose rapport with Francis goes back a long way, and Charlie Mainardi, who has shot commercials for Coca Cola, the
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Jonathan Pryce to star as Pope Francis in Netflix’s The Pope

Netflix has acquired a new feature film along with some star talent. Deadline has revealed that Jonathan Pryce has been cast as the current Pope Francis in the feature film The Pope. The film will be directed by City of God’s Fernando Meirelles from a script by Anthony McCarten, who will adapt the script from his stage play.

Pryce will star alongside Westworld’s Anthony Hopkins, who will play Pope Francis’ predecessor Pope Benedict XVI. The Pope will tell the story of Pope Benedict’s election and his resignation from the papacy nearly a decade later. This allowed Jorge Mario Bergoglio to become elected as the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas and the first Pope from outside Europe since the 8th Century. The film will show Pope Francis’ reluctance to take the position in 2013. Since becoming the Pope, his humility and devotion to the poor and
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‘City of God’s’ Fernando Meirelles to Direct Pope Movie for Netflix Starring Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins

‘City of God’s’ Fernando Meirelles to Direct Pope Movie for Netflix Starring Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins
Netflix has set Fernando Meirelles to direct an untitled film centered on the relationship between Pope Benedict and Pope Francis.

Benedict will be played by Anthony Hopkins and Francis will be played by Jonathan Pryce.

The movie will begin shooting in Argentina this November. Meirelles’ long time cinematographer Cesar Charlone will also join him on the shoot.

The film explores the relationship and opposing visions between two of the most powerful leaders in the Catholic Church, both of whom must address their own pasts and the demands of the modern world in order to move the church forward. Anthony McCarten is penning the script.
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Jonathan Pryce To Play Pope Francis In Netflix’s ‘The Pope;’ Anthony Hopkins Is Pope Benedict

Jonathan Pryce To Play Pope Francis In Netflix’s ‘The Pope;’ Anthony Hopkins Is Pope Benedict
Exclusive: Add Pope Francis to Netflix’s continually growing TV and movie roster names. The streaming service is moving forward with the feature film The Pope, with Jonathan Pryce tapped to play the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, and Anthony Hopkins in talks to play his predecessor Pope Benedict. The film will be directed by City of God helmer Fernando Meirelles, has a script by Anthony McCarten, who wrote The Theory of Everything about Stephen Hawking and the…
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The 7 Best Movies Coming to Netflix in September 2017

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The 7 Best Movies Coming to Netflix in September 2017
August is finally over, the summer movie season is in the rear-view mirror, and we’re entering that magical time of year when the studios actually care about the quality of the films they put out into the world. Netflix, always eager to provide the public with a good reason to stay home, is responding to the sudden uptick in must-see Hollywood fare by busting out the big guns and releasing an absolutely killer line-up of modern classics (click here for the complete list).

From the defining indie of the 21st century to the greatest romance of the 21st, these are the seven best films that are coming to Netflix in September.

Read More:7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in September 2017, and The Best Episodes of Each 7. “Vincent N Roxxy” (2016)

Unfolding like a Nicholas Winding Refn-directed remake of “Shotgun Stories,” Gary Michael Schultz’s “Vincent N Roxxy” is a nasty
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New to Streaming: ‘Carrie,’ ‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘It Comes at Night,’ ‘Bottle Rocket,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson)

Wes Anderson’s feature debut, the slyly comedic Bottle Rocket, positions its heroes, three young wannabe criminals with an eye for small-scale robberies, as blind innocents, lost in the unfamiliar world of adulthood. As part of his 75-year plan, Dignan (Owen Wilson) forms a gang, consisting of himself, Anthony (Luke Wilson) who’s fresh out of a voluntary psychiatric hospital, and Bob (Robert Musgrave) who
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‘American Made’ Review

Review by Matthew Turner

Stars: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright Olsen, Alejandro Edda, Caleb Landry Jones, Jayma Mays, Jesse Plemons, Lola Kirke | Written by Gary Spinelli | Directed by Doug Liman

Tom Cruise reteams with Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman for this slickly entertaining, if slightly familiar comedy thriller based on the true story of pilot-turned-drug smuggler-slash-cia conscript Barry Seale.

American Made begins in 1978, with bored Twa pilot Seale (Cruise) being tapped by CIA agent Schafer (Domhnall Gleeson) to fly covert surveillance missions over Central America. When those missions involve Colombia, Seale is approached by the Medellín Cartel, who offer him large sums of cash if he smuggles cocaine into America.

Things quickly spiral out of control as the CIA task Barry with running Russian guns to the Contras in Nicaragua, only for the Cartel to make him a better offer for them, which he cheerfully accepts. Meanwhile,
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‘Carol’ Comes to Netflix: See the Full List of Films to Binge in September 2017

‘Carol’ Comes to Netflix: See the Full List of Films to Binge in September 2017
Netflix may be in massive debt, but that hasn’t changed much for the streaming giant, which announced a robust list of new additions today. Todd Haynes’ “Carol” is heading to Netflix, as well as two other masterpieces from provocative auteurs: Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” and Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream.” As the summer movie season winds down, Netflix has plenty of gems to carry you into fall.

Other titles heading to the streaming service include the entire “Jaws” franchise, Martin Scorsese’s Daniel Day Lewis vehicle “Gangs of New York,” and Noah Baumbach’s “The Squid and the Whale.” Check out the complete list of all the new films joining Netflix in September, 2017 below, including our 7 must-see choices.

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September kicks off with “Amores Perros,” the breakout feature from “Birdman” and “The Revenant” director Alejandro González Iñárritu.
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