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11 items from 2011


The Artist Wins Only One European Film Award; Michel Piccoli Gets Impromptu Lifetime Achievement Award

3 December 2011 6:12 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Melancholia Tops European Film Awards, Lars von Trier Bypassed, Colin Firth Beats Jean Dujardin [Photo: Stephen Frears.] The Artist, a favorite for the 2012 Oscar, won a single Efa Award: Best European Composer, Ludovic Bource, who thanked the film's perky dog, Uggie, for providing the necessary inspiration. Writer-director Michel Hazanavicius wasn't even nominated; star Jean Dujardin lost to Colin Firth. Other Efa 2011 winners include Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne's screenplay for The Kid with a Bike; Wim Wenders' documentary Pina, Germany's submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar; Tono Errando, Javier Mariscal, and Fernando Trueba's bolero-rhythmed animated feature and potential Oscar contender Chico & Rita; Terry Gilliam's short The Wholly Family, about an American family visiting Naples; and Hans Van Nuffel's Dutch-Belgian drama Oxygen, the European Discovery of 2011. Oxygen tells the story of two young men in love — and suffering from incurable illnesses. Efa winners of non-competitive awards were »

- Andre Soares

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Studiocanal gets Daniel Monzon's El Nino thriller

12 September 2011 5:35 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Traffic-like El nino thriller set against the Gibraltar Straits drug trade, goes to Studiocanal. Toronto - Studiocanal has picked up the thriller which, according to Variety, is one of the most ambitious films going into production next year in Spain. Studiocanal's Harold Van Lier made the announcement for the deal where Studiocanal will substantially finance El nino. Daniel Monzon (Cell 211) helms from a script he co-wrote with Jorge Guerricaechevarria (The Oxford Murders). Van Lier said that Nino is "an epic story somewhere between Gomorrah and Scarface." The story tells of a small-time drug-trafficker nicknamed El Nino who, using his speed boat, traffics across the Straits and avoids »

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Studiocanal gets Daniel Monzon's El Nino thriller

12 September 2011 5:35 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Traffic-like El nino thriller set against the Gibraltar Straits drug trade, goes to Studiocanal. Toronto - Studiocanal has picked up the thriller which, according to Variety, is one of the most ambitious films going into production next year in Spain. Studiocanal's Harold Van Lier made the announcement for the deal where Studiocanal will substantially finance El nino. Daniel Monzon (Cell 211) helms from a script he co-wrote with Jorge Guerricaechevarria (The Oxford Murders). Van Lier said that Nino is "an epic story somewhere between Gomorrah and Scarface." The story tells of a small-time drug-trafficker nicknamed El Nino who, using his speed boat, traffics across the Straits and avoids »

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John Hurt: 'I'd be a rubbish spy'

7 September 2011 1:14 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

John Hurt makes a convincingly cerebral spook in the new film of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. But in real life, if he were in charge of MI6, we'd be in trouble. He's too gregarious, too eager and far too puckish

John Hurt doesn't think he'd have made a good spy. "I'd have been terrible! Too transparent by half!" He scoffs happily, gimlet eyes a-twinkle. But surely actors and operatives share certain skills?

A big wise head waggle. "Don't forget there are two sides to performing. Finding the truth, but you also have to be transparent enough for the audience to see it. How many times have you seen a performance and thought: well, it seems to be meaning a great deal to you but it ain't coming across to me? It is to be shared. This isn't a grief for your own pleasure … Ah, coffee!"

A waiter glides into the hotel suite, »

- Catherine Shoard

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Anna Massey: a career in clips

5 July 2011 9:55 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The actor Anna Massey has died aged 73. We look back at her career in clips, from Peeping Tom to The Machinist

Anna Massey, who has died aged 73, had two distinct stages to her career: first as the innocent victim in the films of two master directors trying their hand at horror, and then as a wily, wide-eyed staple of period TV drama. Yet the two seemed absolutely apiece: Massey was such a singular actor, with a constant, unafraid gaze and keen intelligence, that looking back it's hard not to be struck by her curious agelessness.

Her screen debut in 1960 was as the heroine of Michael Powell's once-loathed, now-lauded Peeping Tom. She doesn't get much airtime in this trailer, but her almost bolshie naivete is startling: a clang of reality beside Carl Boehm's killer.

Twelve years later she accepted Alfred Hitchcock's invitation to all but reprise her role in "necktie murders" chiller Frenzy. »

- Catherine Shoard

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Anna Massey Dead at 73: Worked for Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Powell, Otto Preminger

4 July 2011 4:07 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Anna Massey, a Tony nominee who played supporting roles in more than 40 movies, died of cancer on Sunday, July 3, in London. Massey was 73. The daughter of Academy Award nominee Raymond Massey (Abe Lincoln in Illinois) and sister of another Oscar nominee, Daniel Massey (Star!), Anna Massey began her acting career in the late '50s. She was nominated for a Tony for her performance in The Reluctant Debutante (1958), which was made into a movie that same year. Directed by Vincente Minnelli, the movie version starred Sandra Dee as an Americanized version of the role Massey had originated in the West End and on Broadway. Massey's first film appearance also took place in 1958, in John Ford's crime drama Gideon's Day, starring Jack Hawkins. Other notable film roles, invariably supporting bigger names, include those in Michael Powell's controversial Peeping Tom (photo, 1960), with Karl Böhm as a fetishistic serial killer; Otto Preminger »

- Andre Soares

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The Last Circus

3 July 2011 4:00 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Two clowns become embroiled in a tug of war for the heart of an acrobat.

The cult director of 90s trash epics Accion Mutante, Day Of The Beast and Perdita Durango beats a desperate retreat from his recent brush with respectability via The Oxford Murders. Alex de la Iglesia's latest opus is as nuttily unpredictable as the films that made his name, veering from surreal action to nicely played romance and on to a farcically apocalyptic second half that will probably alienate as many as it will titillate.

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Mildly Insane Red Band Trailer for The Last Circus

17 June 2011 4:10 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

A red band trailer for director Alex de la Iglesia's (The Oxford Murders) The Last Circus has landed online and it is borderline insane. The film begins in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War and centers on a circus clown who joins a militia and begins dispatching people with max prejudice. From there, the pic moves ahead to 1973 and begins following a "twisted love triangle" involving both Sad Clown and Happy Clown. There really isn't a lot else to be said about the cut except that it succeeds in peaking my interest in the film (a fact that makes me really question the type of things I'm interested in). Unless you're already afraid of clowns (in which case, I apologize for the dual-wielding one pictured above), I suggest you watch the restricted trailer after the jump. Magnolia is releasing The Last Circus, starring Carlos Areces, Antonio de la Torre, and Carolina Bang, »

- Jason Barr

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Elijah Wood is The Metrosexual ‘Saucy Gay Lover’ in Celeste & Jesse Forever

27 May 2011 10:17 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Outside of Sin City, unless you are a fan of indie cinema you won’t have seen much of Lord of the Rings lead Elijah Wood on your screens in the eight years since that trilogy came to a close. He’s mostly spent the near decade since floating around from indie fare to box office flops that lived or died by his star power (films like Green Street and The Oxford Murders which all died, sadly) and no doubt there will be some already writing him off as the new generation’s Mark Hammil.

However the 30 year old’s failing career might be about to get something of a revival next year when he briefly reprises his role of Frodo Baggins for a nostalgic scene or two in Peter Jackson’s Middle-Earth comeback movie The Hobbit and of course before that he leads his own offbeat FX comedy titled »

- Matt Holmes

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Magnet Attracts The Last Circus (Balada Triste de Trompeta)

4 April 2011 11:44 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Have you seen The Day of the Beast? The incredible film by director Álex de la Iglesia, who also helmed the recent The Oxford Murders? No? Well, that could be because we're still waiting for a proper release of it here in the States. Oh well, at least his latest movie is on its way!

Magnolia Pictures' Magnet Releasing label has acquired Álex de la Iglesia's Spanish-language The Last Circus (Balada Triste de Trompeta) for release later this year. Check out the plot crunch and trailer below.

Synopsis

1937, Spain is in the midst of the brutal Spanish Civil War. A "Happy" circus clown is interrupted mid-performance and forcibly recruited by a militia. Still in his costume, he is handed a machete and led into battle against National soldiers, where he single-handedly massacres an entire platoon. This absurd and disturbing scenario raises the curtain on a twisted tale of love, »

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Alex de la Iglesia's Last Circus Comes to the U.S.

4 April 2011 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

The Day of the Beast and Accion Mutante 's Alex de la Iglesia's 2010 effort The Last Circus , a bizarre-looking romp, is coming to the U.S. courtesy of Magnet Releasing. Written by Iglesia, the film kicks off during the Spanish Civil War, where members of a circus are forced to fight a platoon, in full circus garb. The story picks up many years later to focus on the rivalry that simmers between a sad clown (the son of one of the circus performers who saw combat) and a happy clown and what the two will do to win the affections of a woman. Nice to see Iglesia back in this sort of territory after The Oxford Murders . Stay tuned for release date news as it comes in. »

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