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European Film Awards 2017 select 15 documentaries

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European Film Awards 2017 select 15 documentaries
Titles include films by Sergei Loznitsa and Barbet Schroeder.Scroll Down For Full List

The European Film Academy has unveiled the 15 documentaries that have been recommended for nomination for the 2017 European Film Awards.

They include Austerlitz from Palme d’Or nominated director Sergei Loznitsa, which premiered at Venice; Sonia Kronlund’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight title Nothingwood; and Barbet Schroeder’s The Venerable W, which played out of competition at Cannes.

Also nominated is Ziad Kalthoum Taste Of Cement, winner of the Best Feature-Length Film in the international competition at Switzerland’s Visions du Réel, and Andreas Dalsgaard & Obaidah Zytoon’s The War Show, which won best film in the Venice Days section at last year’s Venice Film Festival.

Efa Members will now vote for five documentary nominations ahead of an awards ceremony on December 9 in Berlin, Germany.

Ten documentary festivals each put forward one film, which received its world premiere at the respective festival’s latest
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'Ida', 'Sieranevada' producers to pitch at Cottbus Connects

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FilmFestival Cottbus co-pro event will feature ten projects this year.

Cottbus Connects, the east-west co-production market held at FilmFestival Cottbus in Germany, has revealed the ten projects that will be pitched at its next edition, November 10-11.

The projects participating this year include Berliner from Romanian producer Anca Puiu, producer and husband of Cristi Puiu, who produced 2016 Cannes competition title Sieranevada, which is Romania’s submission to this year’s Oscar race. The film will be directed by Marian Crisan, whose 2008 short Megatron (produced by Puiu) won a Palme d’Or for best short film.

Also being pitched this year will be The Return, from BAFTA-winning Ida producer Piotr Dzięcioł. The film will be directed by Krzysztof Rzączyński and also produced by Maciej Rzączyński.

The Best Pitch Award comes with a $1,700 (€1,500) prize and accreditation to the Cannes Producer Network in 2017. Also up for grabs is the Post Pitch Award, which comes with $28,000 (€25,000) and is designated by a jury
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Jerusalem: Yair, Yedaya scoop Pitch Point prizes

Matan Yair’s Scaffolding [pictured] and Keren Yedaya’s Red Fields were among the winners at the 11th edition of the event.

The winners of the 11th edition of Pitch Point at Jerusalem Film Festival (July 7-17) have been revealed, with Matan Yair’s Scaffolding taking the $5,200 Van Leer Award.

The drama depicts a 17-year-old student whose life is thrown into turmoil when his literature teacher and role model commits suicide.

The jury, which included Dylan Leiner of Sony Pictures Classics, Vanessa Saal of Protagonist Pictures and Remi Burah of Arte France Cinema, commended the project for its “passion and inspiration” that will help it “cross all borders”. The film already has support from the Israeli Film Fund and the Polish Film Institute and was produced by Gal Greenspan, whose previous projects include Tom Shoval’s Youth.

Read: Pitch Point in focus

The event, aimed at connecting Israeli productions with international partners, presented the $17,000 Cinelab
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Keren Yedaya to revive Israeli anti-war musical 'Mami'

Keren Yedaya to revive Israeli anti-war musical 'Mami'
Exclusive: Production to start rolling in November.

Israeli director Keren Yedaya is gearing up to shoot a big-screen version of cult 1980s Israeli anti-war rock opera Mami, which she has provisionally entitled Red Fields.

The 1986 original created political waves for its exploration of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, discrimination against residents of southern Israel and the country’s military aggression.

Yedaya is joining forces with Israeli rock star Dudu Tassa, his musical partner Nir Maimon and rising singer Neta Elkayam, best known for her fusion of traditional Moroccan-Jewish music with a modern vibe, to update the work to fit contemporary Israel.

Elkayam is set to play the titular Mami, a downtrodden young woman from southern Israel who moves to Tel Aviv with her war-damaged husband and is propelled to a position of power after an eccentric inventor rewires her brain.

The surreal story sees Mami, after she is elected to power, advocating for one
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Tarantino touches down at Jerusalem fest

Tarantino touches down at Jerusalem fest
The director is at the 33rd Jerusalem Film Festival to accompany a screening of Pulp Fiction.

Iconic Us film-maker Quentin Tarantino is one of a number of high-profile international guests attending this year’s Jerusalem Film Festival (July 7-17). Tarantino is in town to accompany a screening of his 1994 feature, the Palme d’Or and Oscar-winning neo-noir black comedy Pulp Fiction. The film will be projected from a restored 35mm print from Tarantino’s personal archive.

The sold-out screening will take place at the Cinematheque tomorrow at 10pm. The director will participate in a live on-stage conversation following the film. Tarantino, who last visited Israel in 2009 to promote his Second World War thriller Inglourious Basterds, will also be presented with a lifetime achievement award at the festival’s opening ceremony tonight.

Another high-profile director attending the festival is Whit Stillman, who will participate in a Meet The Filmmaker event after a screening of his latest feature, the Kate Beckinsale
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Ronit Elkabetz (1964-2016)

Terrible news to report today. The great Israeli actress Ronit Elkabetz has passed away at only 51 years of age. 

Her last film proved to be her biggest hit (Gett: The Trial of Viviane Absalem) -- we interviewed her right here -- but that courtroom drama was far from her only gem. We first fell (and fell hard) for the intense raven haired beauty in the astounding Late Marriage (2001) where she played the older woman in a sexually intense love affair with a slightly younger man (Lior Ashkenazi) whose parents were eager to marry him off to a "proper" bride and end his long-standing bachelordom. She won the Ophir (Israel's Academy Award) for that film, one of three wins for her as Best Actress.

If you've never seen "Late Marriage," you really must.She also starred in Or (My Treasure) (2004), the international hit The Band's Visit (2007), and other films in both France and Israel.
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Ronit Elkabetz, Israeli actress and filmmaker, dies aged 51

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Ronit Elkabetz, Israeli actress and filmmaker, dies aged 51
The star and director of Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem has passed away following a prolonged battle with cancer.

Ronit Elkabetz, Israeli leading actress and director, has passed away at the age of 51, following a prolonged battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband and two three-year-old twins.

The daughter of a hairdresser and a postal employee, Elkabetz didn’t study acting, but broke into the profession in 1990 after an earlier career as a model.

In 1997 she moved to Paris to study acting with Ariane Mnouchkine, supporting herself as a waitress before she was invited to the famous Avignon Theatre Festival to do a one woman show on the life Martha Graham.

Her strong, powerful, outspoken personality and remarkable camera presence left an indelible mark from her very early films and TV performances. She threw herself into every part she assumed with a fierce, desperate commitment, that seemed to take possession of her whole
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Ronit Elkabetz, Actress and Filmmaker, Dies at 51

Ronit Elkabetz, Actress and Filmmaker, Dies at 51
Tel Aviv – Ronit Elkabetz, one of the great luminaries of the Israeli film industry, died Tuesday morning after a private battle with cancer. She was 51.

The actress and filmmaker was known equally for her striking dark looks and immense emotional vulnerability onscreen. Her life ended just as her career flourished at an all-time high: In 2014, Elkabetz’s film “Gett: The Trail of Viviane Amsalem,” which she co-wrote and co-directed alongside her brother Shlomi Elkabetz, was awarded the Israeli Ophir Award for best film, the Jewish State’s equivalent of the Academy Award. “Gett” went on to serve as Israel’s 2014 entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards, and also earned a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2015 Golden Globes.

Gett” was the third installment in a trilogy about a woman trapped in an unhappy marriage. The Elkabetz siblings began telling the story of shackled Viviane Amsalem,
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Israeli artists sound alarm over growing censorship

Israeli artists sound alarm over growing censorship
According to local filmmakers, the recent suppression of documentary Beyond The Fear is just one episode in a quickening erosion of artistic freedom in Israel.

As Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre began to roll on the opening night of the Jerusalem Film Festival in the picturesque Sultan’s Pool amphitheatre in early July, another screening was kicking off just metres above the spectators’ heads.

On a terrace overlooking the event, some 50 film-makers and producers had gathered for a protest screening of Maria Kravchenko and the late Herz Frank’s Beyond The Fear.

They included The Kindergarten Teacher director Nadav Lapid; Keren Yedaya, who won Cannes’ Camera d’Or for her debut work Or; Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, whose credits include the award-winning The Law In These Parts; and Shlomi Elkabetz, co-director of the Golden Globe-nominated Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem which premiered in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in May 2014 and went on to win best film at
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Cannes: Isabella Rossellini to discuss sexism

Cannes: Isabella Rossellini to discuss sexism
Isabella Rossellini to discuss on and off camera sexism in cinema at Cannes’ Women in Motion event; other female-focused Cannes events include #SeeHerNow twitter campaign.

Film-maker and actress Isabella Rossellini will kick off the inaugural edition of the Women in Motion programme in Cannes on Thursday (May 14).

A joint initiative between the festival and its new sponsor the luxury goods group Kering, the new event is aimed at highlighting women’s contribution to the film industry.

Alongside French producer Claudie Ossard, the Italian-American actress will discuss the subject of female representation in the film industry and sexism in cinema, both on screen and behind the scenes.

The Blue Velvet actress is in Cannes this year as the president of the Un Certain Regard jury.

Industry veteran Ossard has produced numerous films over the last 30 years including Jean-Jacques Beineix’s Betty Blue and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amélie.

Other speakers at the inaugural edition of Women in Motion will include
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Cannes: Critics’ Week unveils 2015 line-up

Elie Wajeman’s The Anarchists, starring Palme d’Or winner Adele Exarchopoulos and Cesar winner Tahar Rahim, to open Critics’ Week

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Cannes Critics’ Week, devoted to first and second features, has unveiled the line-up for its 54th edition (May 14-22).

In total, 1,750 shorts and 1,000 features were submitted for consideration.

Artistic director Charles Tesson said this year’s poster - showing actress Lou de Laâge, seemingly embracing the air on a beach - captured the spirit of the parallel section.

“On the poster the actress Lou de Laâge embraces the open horizon in front of her,” he said. “This wonderful energy and amazing life force it carries embody the desire leading us to discover the new breath of fresh air in cinema worldwide.”

The section will open with French Elie Wajeman’s second film The Anarchists (Les Anarchistes) set in Paris in 1899, starring the reportedly sizzling on-screen couple of Tahar Rahim and Adèle Exarchopoulos
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Elkabetz to preside over Critics' Week jury

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Elkabetz to preside over Critics' Week jury
Actress and filmmaker joined by four including Katell Quillévéré and Andréa Picard.

Israeli actress and filmmaker Ronit Elkabetz will preside over the jury of the 54th Semaine de la Critique in Cannes (May 14-22).

Elkabetz is something of a Critics’ Week regular having starred in Keren Yedaya’s 2004 feature Or and directed 2008 drama 7 Days (Shiva).

Her third film Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem, selected at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2014, was nominated for the Golden Globes 2015 in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Also on the jury are director Katell Quillévéré, DoP Peter Suschitzky, Toronto programmer Andréa Picard and journalist Boyd van Hoeij.

The jury will award three prizes: the Nespresso Grand Prize and the France 4 Visionary Award for feature films, the Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize for short films.
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Cannes Names 2015 Critics' Week Jury President

Cannes Names 2015 Critics' Week Jury President
Ronit Elkabetz, with her brother Shlomi Elkabetz, recently co-directed the 2015 Golden Globe nominee "Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem," Israeli's official foreign Oscar submission which is still in theaters. She will award three prizes: the Nespresso Grand Prize and the France 4 Visionary Award for feature films, and the Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize for short films. Elkabetz broke out as an actress in "Or" by Keren Yedaya, which was selected at La Semaine de la Critique in 2004 and won the Caméra d’Or. In 2008 she came back to open La Semaine as the director of "7 Days," the second film in a trilogy rounded out by 2014 Directors' Fortnight entry "Gett." Read More: Cannes 2015 Poster Sends a Love Letter to Ingrid Bergman Cannes Critics' Week offers a lavish week of exposure for first and second-time filmmakers. Last year's entry "It Follows" is doing quite nicely at the box office right now. This year,
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Ronit Elkabetz To Preside Over Cannes’ Critics’ Week

Ronit Elkabetz To Preside Over Cannes’ Critics’ Week
Paris — Israeli filmmaker Ronit Elkabetz will serve as president of Cannes’ Critics Week, the festival’s sidebar dedicated to first and second films from up-and-coming helmers.

Elkabetz’s jury — made up of French director Katell Quillévéré (“Suzanne”); Peter Suschitzky, a cinematographer; Andréa Picard, Toronto film fest programmer; and Boyd van Hoeij, a film critic — will hand out three awards, the Nespresso Grand Prize, the France 4 Visionary kudo for feature films and the Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize for short films.

An actress-turned-director, Elkabetz presented her latest film, “Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” at Directors’ Fortnight. The movie, in which she had the leading role, was also nominated for a foreign-language Golden Globe.

Critics’ Week revealed Elkabetz in Keren Yedaya’s “Or,” which world premiered at Critics Week and won the Caméra d’Or. She was back at Critics’ Week in 2008 with her film “7 Days (Shiva).”

Critics’ Week will take place
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Interview: Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz on 'Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem'

Jose here. In Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, Israeli goddess Ronit Elkabetz returns to play a part she’s lived with for more than a decade. In 2004, Ronit and her brother Shlomi teamed up as writers and co-directors of a film trilogy that would concentrate on the experiences of a woman as seen through the roles society imposed on her. In the first installment, To Take a Wife, Viviane must deal with being trapped in a loveless marriage to her husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian), in 7 Days, Viviane must sit Shiva and come to terms with the fact that she is obligated to mourn despite not feeling pain. In Gett, which opened this weekend on the heels of its Golden Globe Foreign Film nomination (Oscar passed it by), Viviane is trying to gain her freedom from Elisha, but finds that practically impossible given that her husband hasn’t committed
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Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem | Review

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Horse & Carriage: The Elkabetzs’ Kafkaesque Interpretation of So-Called Sacred Institution

The third film in a trilogy examining the relationship between a husband and wife comes full circle with Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, a viciously astute examination of Israel’s divorce procedures. Brother and sister directing duo Roni and Schlomi Elkabetz began their enterprise back in 2004 with To Take a Wife, which continued with 7 Days in 2007, though it isn’t necessary to have seen either of these features to appreciate what they’re doing here with this deliciously crafted drama that’s as infuriating as it is highly engrossing. If on paper it sounds like a tedious slog of a subject matter, put aside those assumptions because the Elkabetzs’ have made an invigorating, emotionally charged powder keg, a film that simultaneously harpoons the misogynistic practices of the rabbinical courts just as it gives powerful agency to its highly determined female protagonist.
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Where to Watch This Year's Golden Globes Ceremony Online

Watch Golden Globes 2015 online - Red Carpet arrivals and awards ceremony George Clooney will be present at the Golden Globes 2015 ceremony to pick up his Cecil B. DeMille Award. Will Tina Fey and Amy Poehler sink or swim – or both, alternately? Well, the Golden Globes 2015 ceremony will begin shortly. Would you like to watch it online? Here are a few possibilities. First of all, when it comes to the Golden Globes 2015 Red Carpet arrivals, depending on where you are in the world you can watch them right now on the NBC website or here or here or on the Golden Globes website itself. According to various online sources – and, in all honesty, I can't vouch for their accuracy – you can watch the Golden Globes 2015 live streaming online here. That's supposed to be the actual ceremony, which kicks off at 8 p.m. Et / 5 p.m. Pt. So, will Selma and Into the Woods really win,
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Zero Motivation | Review #2

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Band of Girls: Lavie’s Acerbic, Confident Debut

Exacerbated ennui is explored to comedic effect in Tayla Lavie’s striking directorial debut, Zero Motivation, which explores life on an Israeli military base through the perspective of several female soldiers. Groups of humans not taken seriously and treated with demeaning abandon tend to disengage from rational behaviors, and Lavie explores the rampant pettiness born out of being kept in certain positions without any opportunity to grow. Some have criticized Lavie for abstaining from composing the film as a more complicated and transgressive portrait of the reductive nature of war, in general. Coming from an area where cinematic offerings are saturated and inflected with the constant, aggravated unrest transpiring there, Lavie’s film is already a subtly wicked statement, and her focus on the trivialities of one group of women on one military base serves as the subtle microcosm for the enduring
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2015 Oscars: Complete List of Foreign Language Submissions Hits a New Record

The Academy has announced the complete list of 2015 Foreign Language Oscar contenders for the 2015 Oscar awards and again its a new record, topping last year's record 76 submissions, this year the list reaches 83 total submissions. Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania and Panama are first-time entrants. I've seen a few more on the list than I did last year and I actually have to assume with the buzz from those I've seen they may end up being major players. I'm particularly happy to see Xavier Dolan's Mommy in the field from Canada and it's great seeing the hilarious Wild Tales submitted by Argentina. The Russian submission of Leviathan (Leviafan) came, I think, as a bit of a surprise to everyone considering its subject matter, which could be looked at as critical of its native country. The Dardennes' Two Days, One Night has received a lot of acclaim everywhere it has played and we
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European Film Awards: Vogt, Östlund, Pawlikowski, Zvyagintsev , Glazer & Ceylan Among 50 Contenders

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This year’s European Film Awards are officially out of the gates with a not so lean 50 film submissions to select from. The 27th edition collects titles that date back to last year’s Venice and Toronto Int. Film Festivals moving into Sundance-Rotterdam-Berlin and finally Cannes of ’14. Among the 31 European countries represented, we’ve got likes of the Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan leading the huge pack of contenders including Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida. Here’s the complete list of 50!:

Alienation

ОТЧУЖДЕНИЕ (Otchujdenie)

Bulgaria

Directed By: Milko Lazarov

Written By: Milko Lazarov, Kitodar Todorov & Georgi Tenev

Produced By: Veselka Kiryakova

Amour Fou

Austria/Luxembourg/Germany

Written & Directed By: Jessica Hausner

Produced By: Martin Gschlacht, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner, Bady Minck, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu & Philippe Bober

Beautiful Youth

Hermosa Juventud

Spain/France

Directed By: Jaime Rosales

Written By: Jaime Rosales & Enric Rufas

Produced By: Jaime Rosales,
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