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Big World Pictures
Founded in 2013 and run almost single-handedly by Jonathan Howell, Big World Pictures is a non-profit distribution outfit dedicated to bringing the best in world cinema to film enthusiasts across the United States.
“As an expansion of the mission of our critically-acclaimed short film distribution wing, The World According to Shorts, Big World Pictures is dedicated to bringing the best in world cinema to film enthusiasts across the United States. We acquire only three to four feature films annually for theatrical release, in addition to several short films (to be released through The World According to Shorts), and ten to twelve feature films annually for video/VOD/TV release.”
Opening at Laemmle’s Royal in L.A. day and date with New York’s Lincoln Plaza Cinemas on June 23, Luc Bondy’s modern-day adaptation of the classic Marivaux play, “False Confessions”, starring Isabelle Huppert, Louis Garrel and Bulle Ogier »
- Sydney Levine
My Happy Family also wins two awards at Wiesbaden festival.
Bojan Vuletic’s second feature Requiem For Mrs J. has become the first Serbian film in the history of the goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film’s 17 years to win the top award, the €10,000 Golden Lily, for best film in Wiesbaden’s competition.
The co-production between Serbia’s See Film Pro, Bulgaria’s Geopoly Film, Fyr Macedonia’s Skopje Film Studio, France’s Surprise Alley and Russia’s Non-Stop Production had had its world premiere at the Berlinale’s Panorama section in February and is in the sales line-up of Belgrade-based Soul Food Films.
Vuletic, who had attended his film’s screenings and last night’s awards ceremony with lead actress Mirjana Karanovic (both pictured, top, alongside filmmaker Hana Jusic and festival director Gaby Babic), is no stranger to goEast after his feature debut Practical Guide To Belgrade With Singing And Crying had its »
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The fast-track rise of dozens of film festivals in Eastern and Central Europe has created a proving ground for scores of emerging filmmaking talents, creating tight competition for fests striving to present the brightest new visionaries in the region.
One event that draws the attention of scouts despite freezing winter weather, the Black Nights fest in Tallinn, Estonia, offers a handy overview of Baltic talent.
Tallinn-born helmer Tanel Toom, whose 2010 short “The Confession” was Oscar-nommed and screened in the festival’s shorts sidebar, is now prepping his feature debut, sci-fi thriller “Gateway 6,” according to its programmer Hannes Aava, who is eagerly awaiting a look.
Another Estonian filmmaker to watch, musicvideo maker Triin Ruumet, won the jury prize last year for her debut “Days That Confused,” a wild ride through teenage wasteland, at Karlovy Vary’s East of West section, which focuses on films from the former East Bloc.
Estonian Vallo Toomla, »
- Will Tizard
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