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Wong Kar-wai to Receive 2017 Lumiere Award

Wong Kar-wai to Receive 2017 Lumiere Award
Paris – Chinese filmmaker Wong Kar-wai will receive the Lumiere Award at the 9th edition of the heritage film festival set in Lyon, France, following in the footsteps of Martin Scorsese and Catherine Deneuve.

Run by French director Bertrand Tavernier and Cannes artistic chief Thierry Fremaux, the festival said it was paying tribute to Wong for “his unclassifiable films, each with countless flares of beauty, for the trace he is leaving upon cinema history, for all that is glorious and lingering in his work, for the neon lights of Hong Kong and the snows of Manchuria, and because, after all, dark glasses” – Wong’s trademark look – “are undeniably classy.”

The festival, organized by Lyon’s Institut Lumiere, added that Wong’s films, which include “Happy Together” and “Chungking Express,” have “reached beyond the circle of moviegoers and critics, attracting a public drawn to his search for the aesthetic and poetic.”

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Wong Kar-Wai’s My Blueberry Nights Screening Thursday at Webster University

“When you’re gone, all that is left behind are the memories you created in other people’s lives or just a couple of items on a bill.”

Director Wong Kar-Wai’s My Blueberry Nights (2007) screens Thursday May 11th at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood). The movie starts at 7:30pm.

Elizabeth (Norah Jones) sets out on a journey across America, leaving behind a life of memories, a dream and a soulful new friend; a cafe owner–all while in search of something to mend her broken heart. Waitressing her way through the country, Elizabeth befriends others whose yearnings are greater than hers, including a troubled cop and his estranged wife and a down-on-her luck gambler with a score to settle. Through these individuals, Elizabeth witnesses the true depths of loneliness and emptiness, and begins to understand that her own journey is part of a greater exploration within herself.
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Wong Kar-Wai’s Color Obsession Honored in One Mesmerizing Supercut — Watch

Wong Kar-Wai’s Color Obsession Honored in One Mesmerizing Supercut — Watch
Legendary Chinese filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai is renowned for his vivid use of color, which the kind folks over at Glass Distortion have made abundantly clear in a sweeping new compilation titled simply, “Wong Kar Wai: Color Obsession.” As the filmmaker’s varied spectrum of bright hues and darker tones splash across the screen, one can see how crucial this colorful aesthetic is to creating the distinct mood and atmosphere for which his films are known.

The Chinese auteur’s obsession with color is well documented, as in this 1998 interview with Bomb Magazine, when he compared “Chungking Express” (1994) to “Fallen Angels” (1995) by discussing both films’ palettes: “Whereas ‘Chungking’ was sunshiny and suffused with bright, lovely daytime colors, ‘Fallen Angels’ is more about neon, and night time, and grunge.”

Read More: Supercut Guru Kogonada: How He Leapt from Small Screens to Sundance Next with the Mysterious ‘Columbus

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Film Review: ‘See You Tomorrow’

Film Review: ‘See You Tomorrow’
Overkill feels like an understatement when it comes to “See You Tomorrow,” a star-spangled, chintz-tinseled dramedy co-written and produced by Wong Kar-wai, featuring Tony Leung Chiu-wai as a barman who moonlights as a love doctor. Though China’s Zhang Jiajia takes billing as writer-director, it’s impossible to miss Wong’s pet themes of nostalgia, unrequited love, and numerology scribbled all over the frame. And yet without the Hong Kong auteur’s usual sense of subtlety, this boozy mix of screechy characters, splashy visuals, and trite tales will likely leave audiences feeling the cinematic equivalent of a hangover.

Despite dramatically overtaking Matt Damon starrer “The Great Wall” when it first opened, the film has since leveled off at the local box office. In fact, together with Zhang Yimou’s monster blockbuster, it has provoked such a virulent backlash from bloggers and disappointed audiences in China that the state newspaper the
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Wong Kar-wai to Direct ‘Gucci’ Biopic Produced by Annapurna Pictures

After finally releasing his long-gestating action epic The Grandmaster a few years back, Wong Kar-wai has stayed fairly quiet. That is until this summer, when we learned he teamed with the powerful Chinese production company Huanxi Media Group to fund an original, 18-episode drama series to produce and direct a few episodes of. With production not kicking off until next year for that series and details being scant so far, we now have word of a promising new feature film he will reportedly direct.

Buried at the bottom of a THR article about Megan Ellison‘s Annapurna Pictures and how they plan to have a “content empire” is the news that the In the Mood For Love director will helm Gucci for the company. Years ago it was attached to Ridley Scott with Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead — as well as Penelope Cruz circling at one point — but that talent has left,
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Safc hires former TWC exec

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Former Miramax and The Weinstein Company executive Michelle Krumm has been named head of production, development and studio at the Safc.

She will start on October 6 after relocating to Adelaide from Los Angeles where she.s been based for more than 20 years.

Her appointment is a key part of the restructure that followed the merger of the Adelaide Studios and production departments, which eliminated five positions and created several new executive positions.

Peter Hartley has joined as head of corporate services and finance after three years as finance manager and company secretary at the Australian Dance Theatre. Alison Bowman starts on September 28 as manager, communications.

After leaving TWC in 2008 Krumm formed her own production banner. In 2013 she produced James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now, which starred Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller. During her tenure with TWC as executive VP, head of acquisitions and co-productions she acquired numerous titles including Vicky Christina Barcelona,
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Michelle Krumm joins South Australian Film Corporation

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Michelle Krumm joins South Australian Film Corporation
Former The Weinstein Company and Miramax acquisitions executive has been named head of production development and studio at the Safc.

Krumm will start work on October 6 after relocating to Adelaide from Los Angeles where she has been based for more than 20 years.

She recently produced The Spectacular Now starring Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller.

During her tenure with The Weinstein Company as executive vice-president, head of acquisitions and co productions Krumm acquired films like Vicky Christina Barcelona, My Blueberry Nights, The Road and All Good Things.

She also acquired Australian films such as Wolf Creek, Rabbit Proof Fence, Rogue, The Silence, Death Defying Acts, Like Minds and Storm Warning.
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Cat Power to Narrate Amy Berg's 'Janis' Joplin Music Documentary

Cat Power to Narrate Amy Berg's 'Janis' Joplin Music Documentary
Read More: Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #4: Amy Berg Explores Brainwashing and Fear in 'Prophet's Prey' Chan Marshall, better known as Cat Power, will narrate director Amy Berg's upcoming Janis Joplin documentary, "Janis." Oscar-nominated Berg, who stunned audiences with "Deliver Us From Evil" and "West of Memphis," explores the rock star's life and stage persona through her own personal letters to her family and lovers and interviews with those who knew her. Cat Power gained popularity as a singer-songwriter for infusing a variety of sounds into her music. Some of her albums include "You Are Free," "The Greatest" and her most recent, "Sun." She has also had small acting roles, including Katya in "My Blueberry Nights" alongside Jude Law and Norah Jones.  "After attempting to get this film off the ground for 7 years, I am ecstatic that the film is finally ready to be seen," said...
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Cannes: Emmanuelle Bercot’s ‘La Tete haute’ to Open 68th Film Festival (Exclusive)

Cannes: Emmanuelle Bercot’s ‘La Tete haute’ to Open 68th Film Festival (Exclusive)
French actress-director Emmanuelle Bercot’s “La Tete haute,” starring Catherine Deneuve, has been selected to open the Cannes Film Festival on May 13, Variety has learned.

The film, which is being sold by Elle Driver and distributed in France by Wild Bunch, follows the experience of a juvenile delinquent named Malony from ages 6 to 18, with Deneuve playing a judge trying to intervene. It’s Deneuve’s second collaboration with Bercot after “On My Way,” which premiered in competition at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival.

It hasn’t yet been decided whether “La Tete haute” will premiere in or out of competition.

Bercot will be the first female director to open the festival since 1987, when Cannes kicked off with Diane Kurys’ “A Man in Love.” Although she began her career as an actress (with credits including “Class Trip,” “A tout de suite” and “Carlos”), Bercot has become better known in recent years as a writer-director.
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The Grandmaster review: Martial artistry lacking coherency

The Grandmaster review: Martial artistry lacking coherency
Director: Kar Wai Wong; Screenwriters: Kar Wai Wong, Jingzhi Zou, Haofeng Xu; Starring: Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi; Running time: 108 mins; Certificate: 15

There's plenty to recommend about Wong Kar-wai's martial arts drama, the Hong Kong auteur's long-awaited return to cinema after the disappointment of his first English language feature My Blueberry Nights in 2007. Yet The Grandmaster still falls far short of its potential, with the mesmerising visual sequences counterbalanced by the muddled and self-defeating narrative structure.

The sprawling tale is based on the true story of Ip Man (Tony Leung), the famous practitioner of close-range Chinese combat style Wing Chun, who once trained the great Bruce Lee. It chronicles his battles amidst the turbulent 1930s, rife with conflict between North and South China, through his flight to Hong Kong and relationship with the hugely skilled female fighter Gong Er (Zhang Ziyi).

Bursting with thematic potential about the dueling paths of happiness and vengeance,
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Watch: Wong Kar-Wai Talks 'In The Mood For Love' In 20-Minute Interview

Eyes on Cinema —the prolific YouTube channel that posts frequent investigations into film and filmmakers— has just released a 21-minute interview with Shanghai-born writer/director Wong Kar Wai. American audiences might know him best as the man behind last year’s “The Grandmaster” (about Bruce Lee’s martial arts instructor, Ip Man) and 2007’s “My Blueberry Nights” (which starred Norah Jones, Jude Law, and Natalie Portman). In the video, Wong talks about making his 2000 release “In the Mood for Love.” Even moviegoers unfamiliar with that film are likely to find the (fairly uncut and definitely unpretentious) discussion illuminating, especially when the filmmaker talks about the rationale behind various artistic choices that led to the finished product. He begins with funding problems that plagued production, which oddly afforded him an opportunity to work simultaneously on “2046,” which shared a number of cast members and would open four years later. The interview is also.
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Alibaba pacts with high-profile trio

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Alibaba pacts with high-profile trio
ChinaVision Media Group, which will soon be renamed Alibaba Pictures Group, has signed production deals with Wong Kar Wai’s Block 2 Pictures, Angie Chai and Giddens Ko’s Star Ritz International Entertainment and Peter Ho-sun Chan’s We Pictures.

The deals emerged in a profit warning filed by ChinaVision on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Friday. ChinaVision is being rebranded as Alibaba Pictures Group, following ecommerce giant Alibaba’s acquisition of a controlling stake in the company in April.

Alibaba has also reportedly hired China Film Group vice president Zhang Qiang to head Alibaba Pictures Group. However the company has not confirmed or responded to the reports.

ChinaVision reported expected losses of $12.5m (Hk$97m) to $23m (Hk$180m) for the six months to June 30, 2014. However it added that losses were due to a lack of films released during this period, and that business was expected to pick up in the second half of the
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China’s Alibaba to Finance Wong Kar-wai Movie Slate (Exclusive)

China’s Alibaba to Finance Wong Kar-wai Movie Slate (Exclusive)
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has struck a deal to be involved with the upcoming films of top auteur Wong Kar-wai.

The company revealed the deal in a regulatory filing by Chinavision, the Hong Kong stock market listed company that is soon to be renamed Alibaba Pictures Group.

“The Group has entered into several motion pictures development cooperation agreements with leading movie producers and directors, including cooperations with (i) Block 2 Films Limited and Mr. Wong Kar Wai (王家衛), a highly acclaimed and nationally renowned director, producer and script writer,” the Chinavision statement said.

Block 2 is a Hong Kong-based film production investment company that has been involved in several of Wong’s movies including “In The Mood For Love,” and “My Blueberry Nights” as well as others produced by Wong’s main company Jettone, including Taiwanese pictures “Miao Miao,” and “Touch of the Light.”

A spokesman for Wong confirmed the Alibaba deal
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5 unreleased movies we're dying to see: Enemy, Snowpiercer, Spectacular Now

5 unreleased movies we're dying to see: Enemy, Snowpiercer, Spectacular Now
Every now and then, a film falls through the cracks. Independent dramas in particular are susceptible to a weird phenomenon we'll call the Distribution Bermuda Triangle – they're made, they play at a film festival or two, they rack up some early buzz and movie fans get excited.

And then... nothing. A gaping void where the release date ought to be.

The UK has been especially bad for this of late, with a slew of 2013's most buzzed-about dramas still without distribution. Below, Digital Spy rounds up the five we're most desperate to finally see on this side of the pond

The Spectacular Now

In the wake of Shailene Woodley's recent box office double whammy (Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, if you've been snoozing), our hopes were high that this sophisticated teen drama would finally see the light of day in the UK. But as yet, there's been no word.
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Wong Kar Wai To Adapt ‘Ferryman’

Wong Kar Wai took 6 years to give us The Grandmaster after his first English language film in 2007, My Blueberry Nights, but it looks hopeful that we won’t be waiting as long for his next project. Wong will be taking a short story from Zhang Jiajia’s collection I Belonged To You. The author confirmed the news on Weibo saying that he and Wong have collaborated closely on the project, but did not specify if Wong would be directing or producing.

The story chosen by Wong is Ferryman which is one of 38 collcted stories originally posted online as bedtime stories. The story follows an affair between a girl and a married artist, which certainly seems inline with Wong’s previous classics In The Mood For Love and 2046. Other stories from the collection have been sold to different film companies, so we may be hearing more about the works of Zhang Jiajia in the future.
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Wong Kar-Wai Next Adapting Zhang Jiajia's Story as 'Ferryman' Film

Another interesting project on the slate in 2015. The next project from filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai has been confirmed and kinda/sorta announced, with some actual specific information about what it is. The Chinese filmmaker last brought us the beautiful martial arts epic The Grandmaster, but he hasn't made much else since My Blueberry Nights in 2007. Now he's getting ready to direct another romance, to follow up many in his career (like 2046, In the Mood for Love, Chungking Express). This one is an adaptation of Zhang Jiajia's short story Ferryman, as this will be titled, from the collection I Belonged to You sold in China. Read on. Last week news was reported that we would see Wong Kar-Wai's next movie in 2015, a romance. After many more years of waiting, I'm glad to finally hear he's at it again. But it was finally Film Business Asia (via The Film Stage) that landed confirmation,
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Wong Kar-wai to Adapt 'Ferryman' Beginning Next Year

Wong Kar-wai to Adapt 'Ferryman' Beginning Next Year
It took five year's for Wong Kar-wai to release last year's "The Grandmaster" after 2007's "My Blueberry Nights," so it's good news to hear that he's beginning work on his new project next year, adapting author Jiajia Zhang's romantic short story "Ferryman." "Ferryman" is part of "I Belonged to You," a collection of Zhang's short stories, and tells the story of a love affair between a young girl and a married artist in Changchun.  Zhang will pen the screenplay for Wong Kar-wai's adaptation. Tantalizing details about the project have been creeping their way around the Internet lately: earlier this month, we heard that Hong Kong-based Mei Ah Entertainment would be backing the film, which its chief executive said would feature a male star that "all women are crazy about."  Cue the speculation machine! Zhang's "I Belonged to You" had an interesting genesis: the author published several of the "bedtime.
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Oscar-Nominated 'The Immigrant' Cinematographer Darius Khondji on Working with James Gray and Woody Allen

Oscar-Nominated 'The Immigrant' Cinematographer Darius Khondji on Working with James Gray and Woody Allen
The Iranian-French cinematographer Darius Khondji has worked with an impressive roster of international A-list directors including Bernardo Bertolucci ("Stealing Beauty"), David Fincher ("Seven"), Jean-Pierre Jeunet ("The City of Lost Children"), Danny Boyle ("The Beach"), Roman Polanski ("The Ninth Gate"), Woody Allen ("Midnight in Paris"), Wong Kar-wai ("My Blueberry Nights") and Michael Haneke ("Amour"). With his latest project, James Gray's "The Immigrant," hitting theaters last Friday, Indiewire spoke to Khondji by phone about working with Gray for the first time and about how it's different from his collaboration with other directors. Starring Marion Cotillard as a Polish immigrant arriving at Ellis Island in 1921, and Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner as the complicated men she encounters, "The Immigrant" exposes the darker side of the "American dream." The look of the film is simultaneously dingy and spectacular, a fitting depiction of both the wonder...
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Rachel Weisz and Jane Fonda join all-star cast of Paolo Sorrentino's post-Oscar project

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Rachel Weisz and Jane Fonda join all-star cast of Paolo Sorrentino's post-Oscar project
The last time high-style Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino attempted an English-language film, the results were interesting but muddled: starring Sean Penn as a past-prime goth-rock star crossing America in search of a Nazi war hunter, 2011's unabashedly odd Irish-Italian co-production "This Must Be the Place" had its champions, but was deemed enough of a misfire to send the director back to the safety of home. His follow-up, last year's Fellini-inspired Roman valentine "The Great Beauty" was as Italian as Italian can be, and his most universally acclaimed film to date -- even winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Bolstered by that success, Sorrentino is wading back into English-language waters. Boasting Italian, Swiss and British financing, "Youth" will tell the story of two septuagenarian men -- one a filmmaker trying to assemble his last masterwork, the other a composer being lured out of retirement -- holidaying together in the Alps,
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The Grandmaster ( Yi Dai Zong Shi ) Review

Plot76% Acting79% Directing73% Music71%Some very interesting segments, both action-wise and story-wise.Never quite reaches its full potential. 75%Overall Score Reader Rating: (4 Votes)91%Horizontal Vs Vertical

The Grandmaster” ( or “The Grandmasters” depending on your location ) is director Kar Wai Wong‘s first attempt at the kung-fu genre. His most notable successes have mostly been about the pain of lost romance ( “My Blueberry Nights“, “2046” and “In The Mood For Love” instantly come to mind ) so it’s no surprise that “Yi Dai Zong Shi” is a mixed bag of good and bad.

The story spans a few decades, starting in the early 1930′s. The premise of the movie is simple enough:Gong Yutian ( Qingxiang Wang ), a renowned master of China’s Southern and Northern styles of martial arts, comes to town to celebrate his eventual retirement. It’s at the Golden Pavilion, the number one brothel in the region, that he decides to make the big announcement.
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