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Sorrentino’s Cannes hit wins at Tallinn’s Black Nights Film Festival.
Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) was awarded the $13,500 (€10,000) EurAsia Grand Prix in the main international competition of this year’s Black Nights Film Festival (Nov 15-Dec 1) in Tallinn.
Italy’s Oscar entry also received the Best Cinematographer award for Luca Bigazzi’s camerawork which the international jury described as being “musically dynamic”.
The jury, which included The White Ribbon’s DoP Christian Berger, Armenian director Harutan Khacahtryan and German actress Franziska Petri, gave its Best Director award to the Japanese director Koji Fukada for Au revoir l’été for its “sensitively observed scenes”.
The jury decided to award the Special Jury Prize ex aequo to two films:
Taiwanese film-maker Tsai Ming-Liang »
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New projects from Pakalnina, Louhimies and Kilmi at Tallinn market.
New films from Laila Pakalnina (Dawn), Aku Louhimies (True) and Jaak Kilmi (Heroes from the East) are among 12 projects from 11 countries selected for this year’s Baltic Event co-production market which will be held in Tallinn from November 27-29.
Local Estonian film-maker Kilmi will be at the Baltic Event for the second year in a row after presenting another feature project, The Hoppers, which won the Screen International Best Pitch Award last year.
As the Baltic Event’s organisers point out, the 2013 line-up has a large number of feature debutants – six in total – ranging from Romania’s Botond-Csaba Püsök (Miracle in Cluj) through Ukraine’s Marysia Nikitiuk (When The Trees Are Falling) to Finland’s Jussi Hiltunen (Law of the Land).
In addition, Julietta Sichel, the former programme director of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, is coming to Tallinn with her company 8Heads Production and Stanislav Babic of Croatia »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
Above: The music video for "Suit & Tie".
Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" video—which premiered online way back in February—is part retro menswear fantasy, part razzle-dazzle tech demo. Directed by David Fincher and photographed by Matthew Libatique, "Suit & Tie" was the first widely-seen work to have been shot on Red's Epic Monochrome, a sensor that only images in black & white.
The Monochrome isn't the first dedicated black & white sensor. Sweden's Ikonoskop introduced one—called, no joke, the A-Cam dll Panchromatic Carl Th. Dreyer Edition—last year. The Monochrome does, however, have the distinction of being 5K—about as high-end as you can get. It represents the cutting edge of anachronism.
Last year, the Academy Award for Best Picture went to a black & white film—The Artist. Additionally, at least five major 2012 arthouse releases were in black & white: Hong Sang-soo's The Day He Arrives, Guy Maddin’s Keyhole, Béla Tarr's The Turin Horse, »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Adopt Films has taken all U.S. rights to Caroline Link’s relationship drama “Exit Marrakech,” following the pic’s U.S. preem at the Hamptons Film Festival. Deal was inked with the pic’s sales agent and co-producer, Arri Worldsales.
The film centers on the difficult relationship between a respected theater director and his rebellious teenage son during a trip to Marrakech, which is followed by a cathartic road trip across Morocco.
It is the second collaboration between Link and producer Peter Herrmann, who also produced Link’s Oscar-winning family drama “Nowhere in Africa.” As in that film, Link again dramatically blends exotic locations with intensely personal stories, layering a visual and emotional journey with depictions of the haves and the have-nots.
- Leo Barraclough
Elitist and pretentious, or an endangered species? Whatever your feelings, there's no doubt that arthouse movies are among the finest ever made. Here the Guardian and Observer critics pick the 10 best
• Top 10 romantic movies
• Top 10 action movies
• Top 10 comedy movies
• Top 10 horror movies
• Top 10 sci-fi movies
• Top 10 crime movies
Peter Bradshaw on art movies
This is a red rag to a number of different bulls. Lovers of what are called arthouse movies resent the label for being derisive and philistine. And those who detest it bristle at the implication that there is no artistry or intelligence in mainstream entertainment.
For many, the stereotypical arthouse film is Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal. Sergei Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin was a classic art film from the 1920s and Luis Buñuel investigated cinema's potential for surreality like no one before or since. The Italian neorealists applied the severity of art to a representation »
The skein has been licensed to Czech Republic (Ceska Televize), Slovenia (Rtv Slovenija) and Slovakia (Slovenska Televizia), while Russian distributor Mauris Film has picked up all rights and is considering a theatrical release in early 2014.
The series, which is in post-production, will air as this year’s Christmas highlight on German pubcaster Ard.
The original story, penned by Italian writer Carlo Collodi, has been transformed by director Anna Justice into a cute, modern adventure, which is suspenseful but always humorous and entertaining, according to Global Screen.
The cast is headed by Mario Adorf (“The Tin Drum,” “Rossini”) and Ulrich Tukur (“The White Ribbon,” “The Lives of Others”), while Pinocchio’s character is digitally animated by B Water Studios and Gradient FX.
The series is produced by Ffp New Media for Wdr/Ard.
- Leo Barraclough
With nowhere else to go but back, Edgar Reitz continues his “Heimat” juggernaut with a black-and-white, early-19th-century-set prequel examining home as a place you want to leave. “Home From Home — Chronicle of a Vision” is still set in the fictional village of Schabbach, but the locale is hardly recognizable, a jumble of impoverished dwellings whose occupants are haunted by destitution and struggling with unfair land ownership. Reitz maintains his visionary sweep through history, favoring plot over development of characters, except as embodiments of large themes. Franchise fans will enjoy the ride, but “Home” is unlikely to excite newcomers.
No prior knowledge of the series is necessary, and at just under four hours, this is the shortest of the bunch (not including “Heimat Fragments: The Women”), making it (relatively) easy to digest in one sitting. Reitz’s idea of focusing on the urge to emigrate reps a novel approach, maintaining »
- Jay Weissberg
Madrid — Pedro Almodovar’s “I’m So Excited!”, Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina,” Francois Ozon’s “In the House” and Joachim Ronning and Espen Sanberg’s Oscar-nommed “Kon-Tiki” square off among 46 films for the 26th European Film Academy Awards in one of the most-open Efa races in years.
Glaringly absent from the long-list of recommended Efa contenders is Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Adele: Chapters 1 & 2″ which, like big Cannes winners before it – think Michael Haneke’s “Amour” and “The White Ribbon” and Matteo Garrone’s “Gomorra” – would have been heads-on favorite in many pundits eyes to have scooped a bevy of top Efa plaudits.
While “Adele” was eligible for contention, having played a big festival between July 1 2012 and July 1 this year, rights-holder Wild Bunch was reluctant, because of piracy concerns, to make VOD and DVD copies available to Efa members on an eagerly title which has yet to roll out commercially across Europe, »
- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough
International sales: Pathe
With his live-action debut, French animation auteur Sylvain Chomet has transposed the offbeat charm, singular characters and richly layered visual style of his Oscar-nommed hand-drawn toons, “The Triplets of Belleville” and “The Illusionist,” to “Attila Marcel.” A passion project for Chomet — who also penned the screenplay — the musical comedy stars French up-and-comer Guillaume Gouix as a traumatized orphan who gets help from a mysterious woman using herbal medicine and music. Anne Le Ny (“The Intouchables”) and Bernadette Lafont (“Paulette”) play eccentric twin sisters who raise him.
Budgeted at €8 million ($10.7 million), the film is repped by French mini-major Pathe and produced by Claudie Ossard (“Amelie”) at Paris-based Eurowide Film Prod. Pic’s crew includes art director Stephane Cressend (“Now You See Me”) and production designer Carlos Conti (“On the Road”).
It has pre-sold to Australia, Benelux, Brazil, France, Greece, Israel, New Zealand, South Korea and Switzerland. »
- Variety Staff
The 9th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 26 - Oct 6), will present its A Tribute to… award to Austrian screenwriter, TV, film, theatre and opera director, Michael Haneke
A retrospective of five productions will offer an insight into the ‘world of Haneke’. The ceremony will take place during the award night on Oct 5.
Haneke worked from 1967 as an editor and dramatic advisor for Südwestfunk in Baden-Baden, taking the step to independence just three years later.
His first international breakthrough came with the 1989 drama The Seventh Continent, about a family that turned to murder for no apparent reason. This was followed by international successes such as Benny’s Video (1992), Funny Games (1997), The Piano Teacher (2001), Cachè (2005), The White Ribbon (2009) and Amour (2011), which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Haneke’s films have also picked up awards including the Golden Globe, Golden Palm, César »
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Berlin – The Zurich International Film Festival will this year honor Oscar-winning director Michael Haneke with its A Tribute to… honor, the festival’s lifetime achievement award. Haneke, who won the best foreign language Oscar this year for Amour, a drama about love and dying, will attend Zurich to receive the award. Zurich will also screen a retrospective of Haneke’s work, including Amour, the Oscar-nominated and Palme d’Or-winning The White Ribbon, Funny Games, The Piano Teacher and Cache, in a retrospective titled "World Of Haneke." The Austrian filmmaker was born in Germany and raised outside of Vienna,
- Scott Roxborough
Michael Haneke is one of the most enigmatic writer/directors working today. Taking a look at his filmography, you’ll see such challenging films as Cache, which tells the story of a family being terrorized by strange videotapes, and the Palme d’Or-winning The White Ribbon, which revolves around odd happenings in a small village. However, Haneke has not been without his faults. He is also responsible for Funny Games, a dreadful film he remade in English ten years later. Now he continues his perplexing ways with his latest project, Amour, a film that not only won him the Palme d’Or at Cannes yet again, but also garnered the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar earlier this year.
The film tells the story of Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva), an elderly couple who are retired music teachers. Their lives are very simple, periodically attending concerts by their formers »
- Jeff Beck
Hungary has chosen Janos Szasz's "Le Grand Cahier" ("The Notebook") as its official submission for the 2014 Foreign-Language Oscar catetory. Winner of the Crystal Globe and European Cinemas Label Award at the 48th Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic earlier this year, the film centers on 13-year-old twin boys (Ulrich Thomsen and Ulrich Matthes) sent to live with their malevolent grandmother during World War II. Szasz and co-writer Andras Szeker adapted the film from the 1986 novel of the same name by Hungarian author Agota Kristof. "The Notebook" was shot by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Christian Berger ("The White Ribbon"). Watch the compelling trailer below. Hungarian entries haven't been nominated for best foreign language film since 1988's "Hanussen," directed by Istvan Szabo, who won in 1981 for "Mephisto." Last week, Romania submitted "Child's Pose," winner of Berlinale's Golden Bear, to the Oscars. The deadline for all foreign language submissions »
- Ryan Lattanzio
London — “Le Grand Cahier” (The Notebook) has been selected as the official Hungarian entry for the Academy Awards‘ foreign-language film category.
Janos Szasz’s pic, which won the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival’s Crystal Globe, is an adaption of Agota Kristof’s best-selling novel. Although superficially a coming-of-age tale set in World War II Hungary, it is also a dark fairytale, the Brothers Grimm’s “Hansel and Gretel” brought into the modern era, in which innocent twins must learn to survive unceasing cruelty when they are sent to live with their evil grandmother, called a “witch” by her neighbors, in a village full of twisted, morally corrupt individuals.
Pic was lensed by Christian Berger, who was Oscar nommed for “The White Ribbon.” It was produced by Hungary’s Hunnia Film Studio and Germany’s Intuit Pictures, and was co-produced by Austria’s Amour Fou Filmproduktion and France’s Dolce Vita Films. »
- Leo Barraclough
Frances Ha was a something of a problem for me. On the one hand I've never much liked the work of writer-director Noah Baumbach, finding it awash in NY-boho insularity and parochialism. For all its nouvelle vague flourishes, its Raoul Coutard-ish black-and-white cinematography, and its quintessentially French directorial obsession with its leading lady, Frances Ha is bedevilled by a vignette-based shapelessness that it never quite overcomes and a self-absorption it can't shake. On the other hand, it stars – indeed, almost fetishises – Baumbach's partner and co-writer Greta Gerwig, whom I've liked since I first saw her in Hannah Takes The Stairs, absent-mindedly looping a luminous green thread around her nipple. It is her charm, beauty, daffiness and combination of smarts and unself-awareness that give the movie what energy it has. »
- John Patterson
Palme d'Or-winning film ineligible for award as it will be released too late in native France
The winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes, Blue Is the Warmest Colour, will be ineligible for nomination for this year's best foreign language film Oscar, it has emerged.
Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche and starring Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux, Blue was expected to follow in the footsteps of the previous year's Palme winner, Michael Haneke's Amour, and feature strongly at the Academy awards.
However, one of the regulations states that a film must have opened in its home country by the end of September to be put forward for nomination. Blue is due to be released in France on 9 October, thereby missing the deadline, and its French distributors Wild Bunch are not willing to give up the prime spot in the domestic release schedule.
- Andrew Pulver
Distinctively photographed and chillingly atmospheric, Hungarian helmer Janos Szasz’s “The Notebook” follows inseparable teen twins dispatched to the countryside by their parents during WWII; they survive by assiduously exterminating all human sentiment within themselves. While the accumulation of horrors they experience — and their resulting depravity — won’t win the disturbing pic any awards for congeniality, it nabbed the top prize at Karlovy Vary, as well as a nod from the Europa Cinemas label jury, which supports theatrical exhibition in Europe. Additional fest travel is a given and modest arthouse play possible in other territories.
Opening in 1944 amid quiet, civilized surroundings that are revisited later, the action unfolds in short, increasingly nightmarish vignettes. Everything is filtered through the eyes of the 13-year-old brothers (Laszlo Gyemant, Andras Gyemant), who narrate in flat, precise and objective-sounding tones.
Left with their cruel grandmother (Piroska Molnar), who starves, beats and otherwise abuses them, the »
- Alissa Simon
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its 276-member-strong class of 2013.
The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.
Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.
"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be. »
- Laura Larson
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today the 276 members of the entertainment industry invited to join organization. The list includes actors, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, producers and more. Of those listed below, those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2013. "These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today," said Academy President Hawk Koch in a press release. "Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy." Koch also told Variety, "In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn't. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy just added 276 Oscar voters.
That’s 100 more than last year, and part of an easing of a longstanding cap on the number of new members allowed to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences each year.
AMPAS usually adds between 130 and 180 new members, replacing those who have quit or passed away. The membership now stands around 6,000.
- Anthony Breznican
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