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London critics like the look of 'Blood'

15 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

LONDON -- Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood is nominated in a trio of major categories for this year's London Film Critics' Circle awards.

Anderson's tale of U.S. oil prospectors in a frontier town is nominated for film of the year and director of the year as well as actor of the year for Daniel Day-Lewis.

The nominations were announced Friday.

To win the best film award, Blood will have to fend off the mighty challenge of No Country for Old Men, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Zodiac and The Bourne Ultimatum.

Anderson will slug it out with Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others), Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men), David Fincher (Zodiac) and Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) in the fight for director of the year.

Up against Lewis in the actor category are the late Ulrich Muhe (The Lives of Others), Casey Affleck (Jesse James), George Clooney (Michael Clayton) and Tommy Lee Jones (In the Valley of Elah).

Vying for actress of the year are Laura Linney (The Savages), Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose), Maggie Gyllenhaal (SherryBaby), Angelina Jolie (A Mighty Heart) and Anamaria Marinca (4 Months).

The London Critics' Circle awards concentrate heavily on U.K. endeavors at the cinema, with eight of the 14 categories exclusively there to reward British talent.

The Attenborough Award for British film of the year will go to either Once, Control, Atonement, Eastern Promises or This Is England.

British director of the year might just go to Dutch-born Anton Corbijn for his stint behind the lens of Control, with challenges from Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum), Shane Meadows (This Is England), Joe Wright (Atonement) and Danny Boyle (Sunshine).

The awards will be given out at a ceremony in the British capital Feb. »

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N.Y. critics heap honors on Coens' 'Country'

11 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Joel and Ethan Coen's violent crime drama No Country for Old Men swept the New York Film Critics Circle awards Monday, taking home honors for best picture, director, screenplay and supporting actor for Javier Bardem.

The group named Sarah Polley's Alzheimer's drama Away From Her best first film, its star Julie Christie as best actress and Daniel Day-Lewis as best actor for Paul Thomas Anderson's oil baron saga There Will Be Blood, which also earned best cinematography honors for Robert Elswit. Charles Ferguson's Iraq War expose No End in Sight was named best nonfiction film.

NYFCC chairman and Newark Star-Ledger critic Stephen Whitty said the quickest vote was for >Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis as best animated feature, selected in just one round of paper ballots. The toughest calls, he said, were for Bardem as supporting actor and Amy Ryan (Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone) as supporting actress, each taking four ballot rounds when most awards took three.

In a surprise case of deja vu, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's The Lives of Others was named best foreign-language film. Although it won the same honor at the Oscars in the spring and at last year's Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. awards, it hadn't opened in New York before the end of 2006 and wasn't eligible for previous NYFCC honors.

Whitty said one factor contributing to its win might have been that this year's Festival de Cannes Palme d'Or winner and this weekend's LAFCA winner, Cristian Mungiu's Romanian abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, had no set New York opening. »

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'No Country for Old Men' Tops With Critics' Awards

10 December 2007 | IMDb News

As the awards season begins, no less than four critics' groups announced their awards over the past two days, with the highest-profile group, the New York Film Critics Circle, giving its top honor to emerging favorite No Country for Old Men. Quickly turning into the movie to beat this season, the Coen brothers movie also won the Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor (Javier Bardem) awards from the Gotham critics. Top acting honors went to Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood) and Julie Christie (Away From Her), with the supporting actress award going to Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone), who is appearing on as many winners' lists as the Coen brothers. Other winners included The Lives of Others (Foreign Language Film), Persepolis (Animated Film), and No End in Sight (Documentary).

In Los Angeles on Sunday, there was blood -- and lots of it -- as Paul Thomas Anderson's historical epic There Will Be Blood swept the awards, taking Best Picture, Director, and Lead Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) honors. Marion Cotillard of La Vie En Rose was named Best Actress, Vlad Ivanov of the Romanian abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days was the surprise supporting actor winner, and -- yes -- Amy Ryan was named best supporting actress for Gone Baby Gone as well as Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days also won the foreign language film award, and Tamara Jenkins's The Savages received best screenplay honors. No End in Sight was the documentary winner, with Ratatouille and Persepolis sharing the animated feature award.

Also handing out awards on Sunday was the Boston Society of Film Critics, which jumped on the No Country for Old Men bandwagon, naming it their best picture and Javier Bardem as the supporting actor winner. While Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose) was the lead actress winner, the group threw a couple curveballs with awards to lead actor Frank Langella for the acclaimed but little-seen drama Starting Out in the Evening, and to director Julian Schnabel for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (which also won cinematography and foreign language film honors). Once again, Amy Ryan won the supporting actress award for Gone Baby Gone. Other winners included Ratatouille (screenplay) and Crazy Love (documentary).

And sharing in the fun was the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association, which along with Boston and New York named No Country for Old Men as their Best Picture, and giving the Coen brothers directing honors and Javier Bardem the supporting actor award; to exacerbate the sense of deja vu, Amy Ryan was again the supporting actress winner for Gone Baby Gone. A bevy of usual suspects rounded out the DC awards, with George Clooney (Michael Clayton) and Julie Christie (Away From Her) nabbing lead acting awards, and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly taking the foreign language film honor. Other winners included Michael Moore's Sicko (documentary), Ratatouille (animated film), Charlie Wilson's War (adapted screenplay) and Juno (original screenplay and breakthrough performance for Ellen Page).

Following up these critical honors will be the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations this Thursday morning; the Academy Award nominations will be unveiled next month on Tuesday, January 22. --Mark Englehart, IMDb staff


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And Along Come Tourists

26 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

MUNICH -- Young German director Robert Thalheim's second feature film, And Along Come Tourists, is a quiet triumph. Thalheim's original script -- loosely based on his own experiences working at Auschwitz's International Youth Meeting Center -- economically blends modern life's truths, such as the fragility of 20-something love affairs, with universal themes, such as the search for meaning and the human need to expiate guilt.

Buoyed by understated and compelling performances from newcomers Alexander Fehling and Barbara Wysocka alongside the stalwart of Polish cinema Ryszard Ronczewski, Tourists should have a good arthouse run as well as solid DVD sales. It has a lower-budget feel than the Oscar-winning The Lives of Others, but it is no less well-made.

Fehling plays Sven, who has opted out of the compulsory German military service in order to do a year of community work at Auschwitz, the modern Polish city of Oswiecim. From the first moments of the film, director of photography Yoliswa Gaertig explodes the usual visual cliches associated with the grim recent history of this centuries-old locale, confining barbed-wire fences to one side of the screen and showing us the neat gardens and lace-curtained windows of the homes across the street.

Among Sven's duties is looking after a former Polish political prisoner, now in his 80's, who still lives at the camp. Irascible and haughty, Stanislaw Krzeminski (Ryszard Ronczewski) has devoted his life to building up the conservation department at the Auschwitz museum, preserving suitcases taken from Jews upon their arrival at the camp and then ransacked by the Nazis while their owners were sent to the gas chambers.

Sven is no do-gooder, and his general lack of enthusiasm for everything he encounters in Oswiecim infuses his every body movement. Only the pretty, highly intelligent local tour guide, Ania (Barbara Wysocka), provides a ray of light. As time passes, Sven and Ania fall in love and the young German learns compassion for his difficult elderly charge. But when the scientists at the conservation department start worrying that Krzeminski's old-fashioned methods are doing more harm than good to the suitcases, Sven is forced to choose between the emotional well-being of one survivor and keeping history alive for future generations.

Almost casually, Thalheim leaves no moral stone unturned while maintaining an honest, keenly observing distance from his characters. Tourists cements his position as one of Germany's top up-and-coming directors.


23/5 Filmproduktion GmbH, ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel


Director-screenwriter: Robert Thalheim

Producer: Britta Knoeller, Hans-Christian Schmid

Director of photography: Yoliswa Gaertig

Production design: Michal Galinski, Rita-Maria Hallekamp

Music: Anton K. Feist, Uwe Bossenz

Editor: Stefan Kobe


Sven Lehnert: Alexander Fehling

Stanislaw Krzeminski: Ryszard Ronczewski

Ania Lanuszewska: Barbara Wysocka

Krysztof Lanuszewski: Piotr Rogucki

Klaus Herold: Rainer Sellien

Andrea Schneider: Lena Stolze

Running time -- 85 minutes

No MPAA rating


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Canada sends Arcand's 'Darkness' to Oscars

20 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

TORONTO -- "L'Age des tenebres" (Days of Darkness), Oscar-winning director Denys Arcand's latest film, will represent Canada in the foreign-language film competition at the upcoming Academy Awards.

The Quebec film completes a trilogy by Arcand that began with "Decline of the American Empire" and includes "Les Invasions barbares" (The Barbarian Invasions), which won the Oscar for best foreign-language film in 2005.

Produced by Denise Robert, "L'Age des tenebres", a portrait of a Walter Mitty-like everyman who uses fantasy to endure life, bowed In Competition at Cannes and recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The film was selected to represent Canada at the Oscars by a committee headed up by Telefilm Canada, the federal government's film financier.

In 2006, Deepa Mehta's "Water" was nominated in the foreign-language film category at the Oscars, but lost out to Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's "The Lives of Others". »

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Intimate formula keeps Telluride riding high

4 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

TELLURIDE, Colo. -- It was business as usual at the 34th edition of the Telluride Film Festival, which came to a close on Labor Day after screening 33 features (plus an additional half-dozen bonus "sneaks") over the course of its four-day run.

Although it was the first year without co-founders Bill and Stella Pence, who announced their retirement at the end of last year's event, co-founder Tom Luddy and his new co-director, Gary Meyer, stuck with the intimate communal formula that has made Telluride one of the world's most unique, and consistently praised, film festival destinations.

While regulars cited the absence of a "wow" film on the level of last year's The Lives of Others, which was discovered at Telluride and rode that initial buzz right into Oscar night when it was named Best Foreign Language Film, there was no shortage of festival favorites.

Among those titles receiving particularly enthusiastic response from audiences were Julian Schnabel's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, both Cannes award-winners, as well as Sean Penn's Into the Wild, Austrian filmmaker Stefan Ruzowitzky's The Counterfeiters and the animated Persepolis, based on Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel about coming of age in Tehran under the rule of Ayatollah Khomeni.

Audiences were also unanimously charmed by Cannes crowd-pleaser The Band's Visit, by Israeli filmmaker Eran Kolirin.

But they were decidedly split on I'm Not There, Todd Haynes' highly original take on the life and times of Bob Dylan during the height of his career. »

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'Lives of Others' star Ulrich Muhe dies

26 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

COLOGNE, Germany -- German actor Ulrich Muhe, star of the Oscar-winning Stasi drama The Lives of Others, has died. He was 54.

The veteran stage and film actor died Sunday of stomach cancer at his home in Walbeck, Germany.

Muhe's greatest success was his role as the gray, professional Stasi officer Hauptmann Gerd Wiesler in Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's Lives. The actor won wide acclaim for his performance and picked up a trophy case of awards, including best actor at the German and European Film Awards.

After Lives won the best foreign film Oscar in February, Muhe seemed on the cusp of an international career. His agency in Berlin confirmed they had been swamped with scripts and offers for Muhe, many from U.S. producers.

But Muhe's cancer had already begun to worsen.

After returning from Los Angeles, he had a major stomach operation. He stopped working, breaking off an engagement to play Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie in an upcoming feature film.

In an e-mail to The Hollywood Reporter, Henckel von Donnersmarck said that the original cause of Muhe's stomach ailment was anxiety resulting from his period as a conscript in the East German military. »

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German Star Mühe Dies

26 July 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

German actor Ulrich Mühe has died. He was 54. Mühe, the star of Oscar-winning film The Lives Of Others, died at his home in Saxony-Anhalt Germany, on Sunday. He had been receiving treatment for stomach cancer. Despite his illness, Mühe flew to Hollywood with director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck in April to see The Lives Of Others win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. He also won the Best Actor prize at the European Film Awards in 2006. He is survived by his wife and their two children, plus another child from his earlier marriage to actress Jenny Grollmann. »

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Feels like Euro trashed

16 May 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

CANNES -- The movies selected In Competition at this year's Festival de Cannes make for depressing reading for the old countries of Europe if you discount French efforts, which has "home-field advantage" when it comes to selection.

There isn't a movie from British shores making the journey for a slot, and no titles from Spain and Italy, either. And the one German title is a co-production with Turkey, with the Turks responsible for 60% of Fatih Akin's The Edge of Heaven.

There is an Austrian film this year, just to ensure envious German eyes, with Ulrich Seidl's "Import/Export" carrying Austrian hopes.

But as long as business is good, Germans aren't too bothered about the lack of Competition entries.

"Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's 'The Lives of Others' had its premiere at the market in Cannes last year and went on to conquer the world and win the Oscar," says Christian Dorsch, managing director of export agency German Films. "The sale of German films is booming worldwide and German directors are getting recognition, whether or not that gets reflected in the Cannes lineup."

The absent U.K. -- which provided last year's Palme d'Or winner Ken Loach and Jury Prize winner Andrea Arnold's Red Road -- only has Brit director Michael Winterbottom flying the flag in an Out Of Competition slot in the main section with A Mighty Heart.

No one from across the English Channel is panicking, though.

Pathe U.K. managing director Cameron McCracken, whose company produces movies at home and in France, puts it down partly to a mix of coincidence and the cyclical nature of filmmaking. "Many of Cannes' favorite European filmmakers simply don't have films that are ready. There are sudden flourishes of talent that occur in some parts of the world, while in others strong voices appear to wane." »

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German Oscar Winner Set for Hollywood Remake

4 May 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Oscar-winning Best Foreign Film is to be remade as a Hollywood movie. German espionage drama The Lives Of Others will be revamped as an English-language film with moviemakers Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella coming together for the project. Pollack tells trade paper Daily Variety, "We would just desperately love for that film to be something that reaches more people. We haven't gotten locked into making it yet, but we're working hard at trying to get it going." The film's writer/director Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck claimed Oscar gold for the film in February. »

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Forging ahead: SPC picks up 'Counterfeiters'

20 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- Sony Pictures Classics has nabbed North American rights to German drama The Counterfeiters, a true story about a money-manufacturing operation set up by the Nazis.

The film, from writer-director Stefan Ruzowitzky, last week received seven Lola nominations, including best feature.

Ruzowitzky, whose credits include 1998's The Inheritors and 2000's Anatomie, adapted the film from Adolf Burger's memoirs The Devil's Workshop.

The film stars Karl Markovics, who plays the head of a counterfeiting operation, and David Striesow, who plays the superintendent who arrests Markovics' character and then puts him in charge of an effort to produce fake foreign currency.

The film was produced by Nina Bohlmann, Babette Schroeder and Josef Aichholzer and co-produced by Caroline von Senden, Henning Molfenter and Carl L. Woebcken.

The acquisition reteams SPC with Beta Cinema, with which it made a deal for the German film The Lives of Others, which won the Oscar last month for best foreign-language film.

SPC's Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Dylan Leiner negotiated the deal with Dirk Schuerhoff of Beta Cinema. »

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French filmgoers get spring fever

20 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

PARIS -- French filmgoers have spring fever, as over 1.2 million cinephiles headed to Gallic movie theaters on Sunday, the first day of the country's 8th annual discount cinema fest, the Printemps du Cinema.

The event, organized by the FNCF, France's national cinema foundation, had its highest attendance ever, with an 8% increase from last year.

For three days, the French public can enjoy their favorite films for a reduced ticket price of just €3.50 ($4.65). Zhang Yimou's Curse of the Golden Flower topped the day's box office with 41,366 admissions, a 40.9% increase from the previous day, followed by U.S. comedy Music & Lyrics with 34,361 tickets sold and Gallic thriller Counter Investigation with 19,598.

German Oscar-winner The Lives of Others was a crowd-pleaser with 15,006 tickets sold, and audiences also enjoyed home-grown fare including Edith Piaf epic La Vie en Rose (12,516 admissions), Andre Techine's The Witnesses (11,347 admissions) and Francois Ozon's English-language coming-of-age story Angel (10,056 admissions).

U.S. imports really benefited from the ticket price reduction with attendance for both Breaking and Entering and Freedom Writers increasing over 60% from Saturday to Sunday and A Night at the Museum seeing a 109.1% jump in admissions from the day before. »

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New 'Lives' for Mirage

1 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Weinstein Co. has renewed its exclusive first-look deal with Mirage Prods., the production company run by Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella. The first new project under the pact, which has been extended for three years, will be an English-language remake of The Lives of Others, the German film by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck that won the Oscar for best foreign-language film Sunday.

Mirage has had a long-standing relationship with Weinstein Co. co-heads Bob and Harvey Weinstein. Most recently, the Weinstein Co., Mirage and Miramax Films produced Minghella's Breaking and Entering, a drama in release starring Jude Law, Juliette Binoche and Robin Wright Penn.

Other Mirage projects included in the renewed deal are I Don't Know How She Does It, a comedy based on Allison Pearson's best-selling novel, which will reunite The Devil Wears Prada screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna and director David Frankel; The Amulet of Samarkand, based on the first novel in Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy, which screenwriter Hossein Amini is adapting; The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, based on a novel by Liz Jensen, which Minghella will write and direct; The Reader, a love story based on the Bernard Schlink novel; and a potential TV series. »

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The Departed Wins Big at the Oscars

26 February 2007 | IMDb News

The Departed was the big winner at this year's Academy Awards, taking home four awards including Best Picture and Best Director for Martin Scorsese. The crime drama also won Best Screenplay and Editing, making it the narrow victor on a night that honored many films. Pan's Labyrinth was the second highest winner, taking home three awards, though surprisingly it lost Best Foreign Language Film to The Lives of Others. As expected, Helen Mirren (The Queen) and Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) were named Best Actor and Actress, while Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) and Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) nabbed Supporting Honors; each of their films picked up another award as well. Other winners for the night included An Inconvenient Truth (Best Documentary and Song) and Happy Feet (Best Animated Feature).

Get all the Academy Award winners and photos from the awards in our Road to the Oscars section.


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The Departed Wins Big at the Oscars

25 February 2007 | IMDb News

The Departed was the big winner at this year's Academy Awards, taking home four awards including Best Picture and Best Director for Martin Scorsese. The crime drama also won Best Screenplay and Editing, making it the narrow victor on a night that honored many films. Pan's Labyrinth was the second highest winner, taking home three awards, though surprisingly it lost Best Foreign Language Film to The Lives of Others. As expected, Helen Mirren (The Queen) and Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) were named Best Actor and Actress, while Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) and Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine) nabbed Supporting Honors; each of their films picked up another award as well. Other winners for the night included An Inconvenient Truth (Best Documentary and Song) and Happy Feet (Best Animated Feature).

Get all the Academy Award winners and photos from the awards in our Road to the Oscars section. »

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'Perfume' highlights EFM's German showcase

26 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

COLOGNE, Germany -- Oscar-nominated Stasi drama The Lives Of Others, fragrant blockbuster Perfume: The Story of a Murderer and controversial comedy "Mein Fuehrer: The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler" are among the titles selected for the Berlinale's European Film Market's German Cinema showcase.

The lineup, which provides a cross-section of the most successful and critically acclaimed German-language films of the past year -- along with a few new titles -- includes Marcus H. Rosenmueller's sleeper hit Grave Decisions; Chris Kraus' award-winning 4 Minutes; Matthias Luthardt's Pingpong, which won the screenwriting award in Cannes; and Ralf Westhoff's speed-dating comedy Shoppen, which was snapped up for German release by X Verleih following its debut at the Hof Film days.

The 17 titles picked for this year's showcase will be screened at the CinemaxX 1 cinema Feb. 9-17.

A full list of German Cinema titles follows.

A Friend Of Mine Sebastian Schipper (sales: Telepool)

Emma's Bliss Sven Taddicken (sales: The Match Factory)

4 Minutes Chris Kraus (sales: Beta Cinema)

Grave Decisions Marcus H. Rosenmueller (sales: Beta Cinema)

Mein Fuhrer Dani Levy (sales: Beta Cinema)

Neandertal Ingo Haeb, Jan-Christoph Glaser (sales: Rommel Film)

Offset Didi Danquart (sales: Bavaria Film International)

"Perfume: The Story of a Murderer" Tom Tykwer (sales: Summit Film Sales)

Pingpong Matthias Luthardt (sales: Media Luna Entertainment)

Shoppen Ralf Westhoff (sales: Drife Prods.)

Summer '04 Stefan Krohmer (sales: Bavaria Film International)

The Cloud Gregor Schnitzler (sales: Bavaria Film International)

The Last Train Joseph Vilsmaier, Dana Vavrova (sales: Telepool)

The Lives Of Others Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (sales: Beta Cinema)

Warchild Christian Wagner (sales: Christian Wagner Film)

While You Are Here Stefan Westerwelle (sales: Kunsthochschule fuer Medien KHM) »

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Nine on foreign-pic Oscar shortlist

23 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Nine of 61 films that originally qualified for consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the foreign-language film Oscar have advanced to the final voting phase.

The rules for the category changed this year. Instead of several hundred members of the foreign-language film committee selecting the five nominees, this year -- during what the Academy calls Phase I -- their ballots selected nine finalists for nomination.

A Phase II committee of 30, comprised of 10 randomly selected members of the larger group and two 10-member contingents from New York and Los Angeles, will choose the final five nominees.

The films are Algeria's Days of Glory, directed by Rachid Bouchareb (distributed in the U.S. by the Weinstein Co.); Canada's Water, by Deepa Mehta (Fox Searchlight); Denmark's After the Wedding, by Susanne Bier (IFC Films); France's Avenue Montaigne, by Daniele Thompson (ThinkFilm); Germany's The Lives of Others, by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Sony Pictures Classics); Mexico's Pan's Labyrinth, by Guillermo Del Toro (Picturehouse); the Netherlands' Black Book, by Paul Verhoeven (Sony Pictures Classics); Spain's Volver, directed by Pedro Almodovar (Sony Pictures Classics); and Switzerland's Vitus, by Fredi M. Murer »

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Complete list of Oscar nominations

23 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »



The Departed

Letters from Iwo Jima

Little Miss Sunshine

The Queen


Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Babel

Martin Scorsese, The Departed

Clint Eastwood, Letters from Iwo Jima

Stephen Frears, The Queen

Paul Greengrass, United 93


Leonardo DiCaprio, Blood Diamond

Ryan Gosling, Half Nelson

Peter O'Toole, Venus

Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness

Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland


Penelope Cruz, Volver

Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal

Helen Mirren, The Queen

Meryl Streep, The Devil Wears Prada

Kate Winslet, Little Children


Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine

Jackie Earle Haley, Little Children

Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond

Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls

Mark Wahlberg, The Departed


Adriana Barraza, Babel

Cate Blanchett, Notes on a Scandal

Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine

Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls

Rinko Kikuchi, Babel


After the Wedding, Denmark

"Days of Glory (Indigenes)," Algeria

The Lives of Others, Germany

Pan's Labyrinth, Mexico

Water, Canada.


Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Peter Baynham & Dan Mazer & Todd Phillips, Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"

Alfonso Cuaron & Timothy J. Sexton and David Arata and Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby, Children of Men

William Monahan, The Departed

Todd Field & Tom Perrotta, Little Children

Patrick Marber, Notes on a Scandal


Guillermo Arriaga, Babel

Iris Yamashita & Paul Haggis, Letters from Iwo Jima

Michael Arndt, Little Miss Sunshine

Guillermo Del Toro, Pan's Labyrinth

Peter Morgan, The Queen



Happy Feet

Monster House



The Good Shepherd

Pan's Labyrinth

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

The Prestige


The Black Dahlia

Children of Men

The Illusionist

Pan's Labyrinth

The Prestige



Blood Diamond


Flags of Our Fathers

"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"



Blood Diamond

Flags of Our Fathers

Letters from Iwo Jima

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest


Babel, Gustavo Santaolalla

The Good German, Thomas Newman

Notes on a Scandal, Philip Glass

Pan's Labyrinth, Javier Navarrete

The Queen, N0006035">Alexandre Desplat.


I Need to Wake Up from An Inconvenient Truth, Melissa Etheridge

Listen from Dreamgirls, Henry Krieger, Scott Cutler and Anne Preven

Love You I Do from Dreamgirls, Henry Krieger and Siedah Garrett

Our Town from Cars, Randy Newman

Patience from Dreamgirls, Henry Krieger and Willie Reale. »

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Spanish May Be the Language of the Oscars

17 January 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Spanish-language movie hits Pan's Labyrinth and Volver are shortlisted for Oscar gold at the upcoming Academy Awards. Nine films from 61 hopefuls were selected as possible nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 79th Oscars. As well as Mexico's Pan's Labyrinth and Spain's Volver, other potential nominees are Days Of Gloria (Algeria), Water (Canada), After The Wedding (Denmark), Avenue Montaigne (France), Black Book (The Netherlands), Vitus (Switzerland) and Lives Of Others (Germany). The final five films in contention will be announced at the officials nominations on January 23. »

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My Fuehrer -- the Really Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler

9 January 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

BERLIN -- The marketing concept is a sound one: Sixty years after the end of World War II, Germans want to forget the shame and guilt of the Third Reich and be able to laugh about Hitler.

That's the zeitgeist that almost certainly will make "My Fuehrer -- the Really Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler" (Mein Fuehrer -- Die wirklich wahrste Wahrheit ueber Adolf Hitler) a hit in Germany, where it opens Thursday, and it also provides a slogan ("Germany's first comedy about Hitler!") that will generate respectable ticket sales in art house theaters internationally.

The only problem is that "Mein Fuehrer" is not actually funny.

The film is being marketed as a comedy and is being compared to other great Third Reich comedies, from Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" to Roberto Benigni's "Life Is Beautiful". But it is not so much a comedy as a bland, politically correct fantasy about a Jew who teaches Hitler how to be Hitler.

As played by stand-up comedian Helge Schneider, Hitler is a lovable sad sack who has lost his will to triumph in the final months of the war at a time when the German people need him most. Goebbels has a great idea: We'll take a Jewish actor named Adolf Gruenbaum out of a concentration camp and get him to coach Hitler to make a single last-ditch effort inspire the Germans to support the war at an upcoming rally.

What follows is a chamber play between the two, in which Gruenbaum (played with quiet precision by Ulrich Muehe, fresh off his success in "The Lives of Others") devotes most of his time to therapy, getting Hitler to crawl around on hands and knees, barking, and to talk about his relationship with his father.

There are flashes of humor: Hitler in a track suit, Hitler playing with a toy battleship in a bubble bath or Hitler being humped by his dog Blondi. But director-screenwriter Dani Levy seems to avoid more opportunities for jokes than he takes. There are even flashes of controversy, as when the dictator tauntingly asks Gruenbaum why the Jews didn't fight back. (This question is mirrored in Gruenbaum's situation: Although the opportunity is repeatedly handed to him on a silver platter, Gruenbaum never has the nerve to kill Hitler.) But the theme is neither developed enough to inspire controversy nor funny enough to entertain.

Levy, a Swiss-born Jewish auteur who tackled German-Jewish issues in his recent hit "Go for Zucker!" seems less interested in comedy than he is in getting across a moral: We learn that Hitler had a small penis and was compensating for an unhappy childhood. That might be true, but we've heard it before, and from real historians. In the meantime, it has lost its allure as history or as potential for humor.

The final joke in the movie is a pun: When Hitler loses his voice, Gruenbaum has to bark the speech into a microphone while the Fuehrer lip-syncs it. Gruenbaum takes the opportunity to instruct the German nation to "Heal yourselves" (instead of "Heil Hitler", since heil also means "heal" in German). It's an important message but a weak pun.

The mood is light throughout, production values are excellent, and the film works as entertainment directed at an older set of viewers who are opposed to excitable fare. (Three state-funded public broadcasters, whose core audiences are largely older than 50, were involved in the production.) But to duplicate the success of "Life Is Beautiful", Levy would have done better to concentrate on the characters and comedy and leave the preaching to others.


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Director-screenwriter: Dani Levy

Producer: Marcos Kantis

Executive producers: Stefan Arndt, Barbara Buhl, Andreas Schreitmueller, Bettina Reitz

Director of photography: Carl-F Koschnick

Art director: Christian Eisele

Music: Niki Reiser

Costume designer: Nicole Fischnaller

Editor: Peter R. Adam


Adolf Hitler: Helge Schneider

Prof. Adolf Gruenbaum: Ulrich Muehe

Dr. Joseph Goebbels: Sylvester Groth

Elsa Gruenbaum: Adriana Altaras

Albert Speer: Stefan Kurt

Heinrich Himmler: Ulrich Noethen

Rattenhuber: Lambert Hamel

Martin Bormann: Udo Kroschwald

Running time -- 90 minutes

No MPAA rating


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