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Canada has selected Kim Nguyen's "War Witch" (aka "Rebelle") as its entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. Telefilm Canada chairs the pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee that chose the film. The film's star, Rachel Mwanza, won Best Actress at Berlin and at Tribeca, where the film also won Best Narrative Feature. Mwanza stars in a brutal tale of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the film was shot. Tribeca is releasing the film. Says Nguyen, "After 10 years in development and a production marked by many adventures that have provided me with everlasting memories of the Congo and its people, this recognition warms my heart." Canada has had six nominated films in the Oscar race for Best Foreign Language film since 1971, of which three were directed by Denys Arcand: "Jesus of Montreal," "The Decline of the American Empire" and its sequel, "The Barbarian Invasions," which won. »
- Sophia Savage
At least since the 1990s, Austria has commanded a central place within global cinema culture, certainly within that portion of it governed in a semi-official manner by film festivals and arthouses. Like many such European film scenes, many of its members have moved quite easily between fiction and documentary modes (Ulrich Seidl and Michael Glawogger, to cite the most obvious and prolific). Still, the documentary element remains too seldom remarked upon as a spiritual source for the unique, penetrating gaze that characterizes so many of key Austrian films. Generally speaking, fictional features by the likes of Michael Haneke, Jessica Hausner and Michael Schleinzer have drawn more attention from programmers and distributors than the documentaries of Nikolaus Geyrhalter. This is par for the course with nonfiction cinema. But it nevertheless seems worth mentioning here because, in terms of the tone, construction, and global attitude of Geyrhalter’s cinema, his work seems »
Generally you can find plenty of information about your favorite stateside filmmaker, and depending on who they are (see: David Gordon Green), you can find a long list of potential upcoming projects to investigate. But being head-over-heels for a foreign director is a different story -- without the Hollywood system or independent film cliques to generate word of mouth or gossip, you can spend years without hearing a peep from even the biggest festival sweethearts, and only last week were were discussing around the Playlist water cooler where some of our favorite international filmmakers had gone in the last few years.
As we were pondering the status of these auteurs, good news hit the trades: Arnaud Desplechin's adaptation of Georges Devereux's "Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian" found a star in Benicio Del Toro and would be shooting June 18th in Michigan. Titled "Jimmy Picard," Del Toro would play the »
- The Playlist Staff
With cinematic releases at the moment mostly involving the not-particularly inspiring likes of "That's My Boy" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," it's hard not to look to television for a little nourishment. The trouble is that the TV season has wrapped up for the year. While a few shows (namely "Girls") are still wrapping up, and others get underway shortly ("The Newsroom," "Breaking Bad," "Louie"), it's pretty quiet on the box, with cast and creatives focusing on making a hiatus movie, campaigning for Emmy, or just getting some sleep for once.
Still, with the 2011/2012 TV season done, we thought we'd shine a light on the small screen this week. Tomorrow, we're going to run down our ten favorite TV series of the last 12 months, but today, we wanted to pick a few stars of these shows that we think are set to break out as movie stars before too long, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Did you know that Michael Haneke originally turned his back on Palme d'Or-winning "Amour" because he had seen an unnamed Canadian film that treads the same ground? At the time, we came up with two possibilities for the work being referenced: Denys Arcand's "The Barbarian Invasions" or Sarah Polley's "Away From Her," but with Cannes now over, we're convinced as ever that the film in question is Polley's directorial debut.
In an roundabout way, it's a huge compliment to Polley, especially now that Haneke's film has gone on to take the top prize from the Croisette. But the Canadian actress-turned-helmer has her own new film, "Take This Waltz," starring Seth Rogen, Michelle Williams, Luke Kirby and Sarah Silverman, hitting this summer. Two new clips have arrived to give you a sneak peek at the picture, which has already earned much acclaim from the Playlist team.
Our review from »
- Simon Dang
Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schonhaerts, Rust & Bone Marion Cotillard is the odds-on Best Actress favorite at the Cannes Film Festival 2012 for her performance as an invalid in Jacques Audiard’s De rouille et d’os / Rust & Bone. Cotillard has already won a Best Actress Academy Award, a British Academy Award, and two Césars, but she has never won a Cannes Award in the Official Competition. Barring an upset, this will be her year. [See also Cannes Best Actor Prediction.] Now, who could be the "upsets"? Well, there are a number of possibilities (and of course, ties aren’t infrequent at Cannes). Veterans Isabelle Huppert and Emmanuelle Riva, the two female stars in Michael Haneke’s acclaimed Amour / Love, could share the Best Actress Award — as was the case with the nearly all-female Volver cast in 2006. Or perhaps Huppert and Riva might share a "Best Ensemble" Award with fellow Amour player Jean-Louis Trintignant. That has (sort of) happened »
- Andre Soares
6 items from 2012
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