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Anders Thomas Jensen’s “Men & Chicken,” Grimur Hakonarsson’s “Rams” and Kenneth Kainz’s “The Shamer’s Daughter” feature among 22 completed pics that will screen as part of 2015’s New Nordic Films, a mini-market hosted by Haugesund’s Norwegian Intl. Film Festival.
The 2015 New Nordic Films mini-market takes place Aug. 18-21. This year, of 22 film screenings, 16 will be market premieres, as part of an industry event that, since its launch in 1995, has consolidated as an important meeting place for everyone with a professional interest in Nordic films.
The Nnf selection represents a variety of genres, is based on quality and aims to please a wide-ranging market in the Nordic countries and beyond. The list of pics screening at Haugesund’s mart suggests more international titles than previous editions, forefronting general themes, often concerned with conflicts and relations, according to Gyda Velvin Myklebust, Nnf managing director.
Also, most of the films »
- Emiliano De Pablos
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 322 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 2015. “It’s gratifying to acknowledge the extraordinary range of talent in our industry,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “This year, our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization.” The 2015 invitees are: Actors Elizabeth Banks – “Love & Mercy,” “The Hunger Games” Choi Min-sik– “Lucy,” “Oldboy” Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Imitation Game,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” Martin Freeman – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” “Hot Fuzz” Heather Graham – “The Hangover,” “Boogie Nights” Tom Hardy – “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Inception” Kevin Hart – “The Wedding Ringer,” “Ride Along »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
'Munich' movie cover 'Munich' movie review: Steven Spielberg tackles political time-space continuum in wildly uneven but ultimately satisfying thriller Alternately intriguing and irritating, thought-provoking and banal, subtle and patronizing, the biggest surprise about Steven Spielberg's Munich is that it – however grudgingly – works. The film, which Spielberg himself has referred to as a "prayer for peace," follows five men contracted by the Israeli government to avenge the massacre of that country's athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Sizable chunks of this political thriller with a Message (capital "M") are simplistically written, clumsily acted, and handled with the director's notoriously heavy touch, but the old adage – blood begets blood – even if somewhat muddled, is too timely not to make an impact. Complex 'Munich' movie plot Based on George Jonas' 1984 book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, whose veracity has been questioned in some quarters, Munich begins as »
- Andre Soares
The French-Canadian director talks about conquering Hollywood and his latest gritty crime drama, tipped for recognition at the 2015 Cannes film festival
Canada is on a roll at Cannes. Last year it was Xavier Dolan, a young director who came with Mommy, an edgy Quebec family drama that won a world audience. This year it’s Denis Villeneuve, 21 years Dolan’s senior, bringing a Hollywood action thriller, his Tex-Mex drug war film Sicario. Prior to Mommy, the last time a Canadian film was selected for Cannes was The Barbarian Invasions, by Denys Arcand, in 2003.
The night before the announcement that Villeneuve was getting the nod, he and Dolan got together at the younger director’s place in Montreal to toast the nomination with champagne. The evening marked a transition of sorts – in reverse. Usually the older generation hands off the baton to the younger one, but this time the veteran was »
- Jeff Heinrich
Every generation believes that the generation to follow it, and possibly the generation to precede it, will, or already has, led to the deterioration of civilization.
In Denys Arcand’s 2003 film The Barbarian Invasions, 9/11 has just recently hit American soil, and the tension between the old and the young has been brought to new light. The incoming class are the “puritanical capitalists”, as the ageing Remy (Remy Girard) explains, himself a self-professed “sensual socialist”. But now in Arcand’s Quebec, Remy is dying and stuck in the bureaucratic, underserved system his generation helped create.
We’d hardly bat an eye for the philandering behavior and lifestyle that got Remy in this place to begin with, but The Barbarian Invasions is not the start of Arcand’s story. The Decline of the American Empire, from 1986, endears us to a young Remy and his equally promiscuous friends and lovers. The movie is »
- Brian Welk
Paris — Gaumont and Lgm, which partnered on Cesar-winning comedy hit “My, Myself and Mum,” are back on board with “We Were Young,” a ensemble dramedy by Philippe Guillard (“Jo’s Boy”).
Co-producing and handling international sales, Gaumont will unveil the project at the Unifrance Rendez-Vous in Paris.
The film will star Kad Merad (“The Chorus”), Benoît Magimel (“Little White Lies”), Charles Berling (“What’s in a Name?”) and Vincent Moscato (“Ruby & Quentin”) as middle-aged friends who set off to fulfill their teenage dreams.
The French release is scheduled for the second quarter of 2015.
Guillard’s last film, “Jo’s Boy” (“Le fils a Jo”), a tightly budgeted drama starring Olivier Marchal, was a sleeper hit in France, where it earned an estimated $9.3 million.
Lgm, one of France’s best-established outfits, »
- Elsa Keslassy
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
11 items from 2015
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