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BFI inks content deal with Chinese VOD giant

24 March 2016 4:32 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

iQIYI, which reports 10m subs, will host a curated selection of titles from the BFI London Film Festival.

The British Film Institute (BFI) has struck a commercial deal with China’s largest VOD platform iQIYI for the latter to carry a selection of films that have previously premiered at the BFI London Film Festival.

The titles are a mixture of UK independent and world cinema. Terms of the deal were not made available.

Curated into four categories – Growing Pains, Foreign Adventures, Family Anecdotes, Social Perspectives – the BFI has programmed 20 titles specifically for the new collection, including Michael Haneke’s Oscar-winning Amour, Carol Morley’s The Falling, and Haifaa Al-Mansour’s Wadjda.

The BFI negotiated rights to those 20 titles with sales agents, while the full line-up also includes a further 11 films that had previously struck deals to be on iQIYI but will now become a part of the collection, including Steve McQueen’s Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave and [link »

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The never-ending story: why are Oscar movies often so long?

22 January 2016 6:43 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

At 156 minutes, The Revenant is a challenge. At 187 minutes, The Hateful Eight is only to be approached with full stomach and empty bladder. It’s time film-makers realised epic doesn’t have to mean eternal

The Revenant, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Oscar-hunting epic, is a film that does many unique and wonderful things, but perhaps its greatest feat is how it manages to be simultaneously breathtaking and yawn-inducing.

Make no mistake: the film contains sensational moments. But at heart it’s a simple man-v-nature yarn that runs along much the same lines as Touching the Void, All Is Lost or Gravity. The difference is that the latter three all had the good sense to appreciate that nerve-shredding intensity tends to sag at around the 100-minute mark. The Revenant obliges us to sit watching Leonardo DiCaprio’s beard accumulate frost – as fine a sight as that is – for over two and »

- Alex Hess

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang’

21 January 2016 9:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The spectacular visual displays of the Chinese-born artist Cai Guo-Qiang — firecrackers igniting the perimeter of a massive installation, an army of pyrotechnic pixels bursting in unison over a desert landscape — lend an undeniably cinematic razzle-dazzle to “Sky Ladder.” Those eye-catching elements aside, Kevin Macdonald’s latest documentary is a slender but involving portrait of this internationally renowned figure, touching on how the difficulties of growing up and working in his home country have informed a style at once uniquely dynamic and deeply rooted in classic Eastern traditions. Sifting lightly through several decades of history, but tethered to the present day by Cai’s recent attempts to realize the soaringly ambitious project of the title, this diverting 76-minute profile should easily climb its way into theatrical and small-screen berths.

A brief prologue recounts how the Chinese discovered gunpowder while searching for an elixir that would grant them immortality — an irony that »

- Justin Chang

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UK producer John Smithson to attend Aidc 2016

18 January 2016 4:17 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The Australian International Documentary Conference has confirmed that John Smithson - producer of Touching the Void, 127 Hours and Sherpa - will attend Aidc 2016.

Smithson will participate in a Feature Documentary Masterclass before a screening of Sherpa, which he will attend alongside director Jennifer Peedom and producer Bridget Ikin.

He will also co-present Keynote in Conversation: The Rise of the Superdoc with Phil Craig (Head of ABC Factual, 2012-2015).

Smithson is the co-founder of the UK production company Arrow Media and has produced Deep Water, The Falling Man, The Beckoning Silence and Thrilla in Manila among numerous other projects.

Aidc 2016 takes place at Acmi in Melbourne from February 28-March 2. »

- Staff Writer

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