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Brazil has selected “Bingo – The King of the Mornings,” one of its most awaited debuts of 2017, as its entry for next year’s foreign-language Academy Award.
Produced by Brazilian production powerhouse Gullane, “Bingo – the King of the Mornings'” candidature also marks a victory for Warner Bros. whose Brazilian office co-produced the title, which will be distributed in Latin america by Warner Latin America.
The submission, voted on by a commission of over 200 film specialists, was announced by the Brazilian Film Academy. It appears to have avoided the polemics of last year’s choice when the publicly declared animosity of one member of the candidature jury towards Cannes competition title “Aquarius” caused three filmmakers to refuse to submit their film for consideration.
Long-anticipated, “Bingo – The King of the Mornings” was chosen from among 22 contenders. It marks the first feature as a director of Daniel Rezende, an award-winning editor on Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” José Padilha »
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David Crow May 9, 2017
Clarence Darrow is certainly one of the most famous lawyers in American history. A leading figure in the Aclu’s infancy, Darrow was the defence lawyer during the first 'Trial of the Century' in 1925 regarding the killers Leopold and Loeb, and he famously defended the right to teach evolution against William Jennings Bryan in the Scopes Trial that same year. It hence stands to reason that more films about the legendary figure’s career would eventually make it to the screen beyond the fictionalised account of Scopes in Inherit the Wind (1960).
Thus enter Arc Of Justice, a new budding courtroom drama that explores the turbulent and still vital struggle of race in America during the NAACP’s early days. As according to Variety »
Sierra/Affinity represents international sales and UTA and CAA packaged the project and jointly handle Us rights.
Oyelowo will play real-life African American doctor Ossian Sweet, who was made to stand trial for murder after he took up arms to defend his new home against a white mob in 1925 Detroit.
The fledgling NAACP funded Sweet’s defence case and assigned him the celebrated lawyer Clarence Darrow.
José Padilha of Narcos and Elite Squad fame will direct Arc Of Justice, which Max Borenstein and Rodney Barnes adapted from historian Kevin Boyle’s book Arc Of Justice: A Saga Of Race, Civil Rights, And Murder In The Jazz Age.
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Deadline is reporting that director Jose Padilha (Elite Squad, RoboCop, Narcos) has signed on to helm an adaptation of historian Kevin Boyle’s award-winning 2004 non-fiction book Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age.
Arc of Justice “tells the true story of a racial incident in 1925 Detroit that put African American doctor Ossian Sweet on the stand for murder. His defense was funded by the nascent NAACP and was led by legendary lawyer Clarence Darrow.”
Brazilian filmmaker Padilha has recently wrapped filming on Entebbe, which stars Rosamund Pike and Daniel Bruhl and explores the 1976 hijacking of an Air France plane at Entebbe Airport in Uganda, and the Israeli commando raid to free them. »
- Gary Collinson
That impossible bind in which many career women finds themselves, forced to juggle the roles of wife, mother, and housekeeper together with a vocation, tends to be discussed more in women’s magazines than movies, so it’s refreshing to see Laís Bodanzky tackle the subject in “Just Like Our Parents.” Nicely told, with an eminently likable lead turn from Maria Ribeiro (“Elite Squad”), the film is a sympathetic portrayal of the conflicts between mothers and daughters, wives and husbands, and the eternal desire for a room of one’s own. Bodanzky (“The Best Things in the World”) and her co-scripter husband Luiz Bolognesi occasionally get as bogged down with conflicted loyalties as their protagonist, but the story’s universality and warmth could translate into modest worldwide sales.
Rosa (Ribeiro) wants to be writing plays rather than portfolios for a bathroom ceramics company, but she’s convinced herself her family »
- Jay Weissberg
The film, temporarily called Untitled Entebbe Project, stars Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Daniel Brühl (Captain America: Civil War). The cast also includes Eddie Marsan, Ben Schnetzer, Lior Ashkenazi, and Denis Ménochet.
The story is inspired by the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and depicts ‘Operation Entebbe’, the rescue mission carried out by Israel commandos to free the hostages. The film promises to take a nuanced look at both sides of the conflict.
Since the dawn of the 21st century, action cinema has undergone a bigger change than perhaps any other genre. As the tools with which filmmakers craft their works have continually advanced, a sort of renaissance has begun wherein action films stepped firmly into their own. Often put in the same category as horror — not taken seriously as a form of artistic expression outside of its core fanbase — action has had to boldly announce itself as a viable medium through which big set pieces, but also big ideas, can be presented and explored.
With the highly anticipated John Wick: Chapter 2 arriving in theaters this Friday, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium’s action films that have most excelled. To pick our top 50, we’ve reached out to all corners of the globe, choosing an array of films ranging from grand to gritty, brutal to beautiful. The result »
- The Film Stage
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