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Ben Kingsley, Monica Bellucci to Star in Espionage Thriller ‘Spider in the Web’

Ben Kingsley, Monica Bellucci to Star in Espionage Thriller ‘Spider in the Web’
Oscar-winning actor Ben Kingsley (“Gandhi,” “Schindler’s List”) and Monica Bellucci (“Spectre”) will co-star in “Spider in the Web,” a counterespionage thriller helmed by Eran Riklis (“Lemon Tree”). The movie will shoot in Belgium and the Netherlands this spring.

The story follows a once-lauded but aging secret agent, Adereth (Kingsley), who is deemed past his prime by his superiors. Itay Tiran (“Lebanon”) stars as a young operative sent to track Adereth and Bellucci’s enigmatic character blurs the lines, as who is hunting whom becomes the question in a world of intrigue and deception.

Set in modern-day Europe and inspired by true events, “Spider in the Web” was written by Gidon Maron and Emmanuel Nakkache. Michael Sharfshtein of Topia Communications and Eran Riklis produce alongside brothers Moshe and Leon Edery of United King Films, Jacqueline de Goeij for Cine Cri de Coeur, Sabine Brian and Ronald Versteeg for Nl Films, and [link=nm
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The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

Directed by: Terrence Malick

Cast: Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken, Sean Penn

Running Time: 2 hrs 18 minutes

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: June 3, 2011 (Chicago)

Plot: The story of a midwestern family in the 1950′s, and a boy’s (McCracken) struggle to connect with his father (Pitt).

Who’S It For?: Fans of the Days of Heaven and Thin Red Line filmmaker shouldn’t need any persuasion to invest two and half-hours into the latest visual opus from Terrence Malick. Moviegoers unfamiliar with his work should wear their art house fan caps and be prepared for a spiritual experience. Religious audiences are a curious gamble, as the movie does have a lot of elements concerning god and creation, but the movie doesn’t aggressively associate itself with any particular religion or definite meaning.

Expectations: Malick movies are such a rare event that even if he had directed
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Directed by: Julian Schnabel

Cast: Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbass, Alexander Siddig

Running Time: 1 hr 55 mins

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: April 15, 2011 (Chicago)

Plot: After discovering fifty-five orphans in the streets of a tumultuous East Jerusalem, a young woman named Hind opens up a facility to take care of many Palestinian children, while teaching them the ways of peace. Years later, a young girl named Miral (Pinto) is sent to the school by her father, Jamal (Siddig). Miral begins to question the political chaos surrounding her when she encounters violence in her work at refugee camps and during her daily life.

Who’S It For?: Fans of movies that cover hot topics in international politics, not so much those who gravitate towards biopics. The movie was purposely rated PG-13 to appeal to younger adults, but they’ll find this movie pretty boring.

Expectations: Some controversy about some possible bias
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Lemon Tree (Etz Limon)

Lemon Tree (Etz Limon)

Directed by: Eran Riklis

Cast: Hiam Abbass, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Ali Suliman

Running Time: 1 hr 45 mins

Rating: Unrated

Release Date: June 5, 2009

Plot: When the Israeli Defense Minister moves in next to a woman’s lemon grove, the Secret Service determines it must be cut down for national security, but Salma Zidane (Abbass) refuses to allow that to happen. She takes her neighbors to court in an effort to preserve her trees, which make up her livelihood as well as a connection to her past.

Who’s It For? You don’t have to be interested in Israeli/Palestinian politics to enjoy this film. It’s for anyone who likes a well thought out drama.

Expectations: I expected a slow melodrama about the inability of Israelis and Palestinians to get along.

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Hiam Abbass as Salma Zidane: Abbass does an excellent job as a widow who
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Lemon Tree (Etz Limon) - Movie Review

A near perfect allegory of the deadlocked struggle for peace in the Middle East, this is rising star Hiam Abbass. best performance to date Emerging director Eran Riklis won the lottery when he signed up rising star Hiam Abbass for the lead in this great political drama. Abbass, winner of the Israeli Film Academy Best Actress award for her work in this film, is coming off her smashing supporting role with Richard Jenkins in .The Visitor. in 2008 (an Oscar nomination for him). In that film she plays the mother of a Syrian national who is flying under the radar as an illegal alien in the USA. In this film she plays Salma Zidane, the Palestinian owner of a
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Buzz from Europe

Founded in 1988, the European Film Academy currently unites 1,850 European film professionals with the common aim of promoting Europe’s film culture. Their annual awards will be December 8 in Copenhagen. ACE (Ateliers de Cinema Europeanne) which operates out of France and is a network of producers in the process of developing scripts, which become the films everyone loves at festivals, has 12 producers in the network who have received European Film Awards Nominations. Congratulations to ACE producers for their nominations at the 2008 European Film Awards and… good luck! WALTZ WITH BASHIR by Ari Folman, produced by Roman Paul (ACE producer / Razor Film Produktion): Nominated for European Film, European Director, European Screenwriter & European Composer categories. THE CLASS by Laurent Cantet, produced by Carole Scotta (ACE producer / Haut & Court) & Caroline Benjo (Haut & Court): Nominated for European Film & European Director categories. LEMON TREE by Eran Riklis, produced by Bettina Brokemper (ACE producer / Heimatfilm GmbH): Nominated for European Actress & European Screenwriter categories. WOLKE 9 by Andreas Dresen, produced by Peter Rommel (ACE producer / Rommel Film e.K): Nominated for European Director & European Actress categories. MOSCOW, BELGIUM by Christophe Van Rompaey, produced by Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem (ACE producer / A Private view): Nominated for European Composer category. DELTA by Kornel Mundruzco, produced by Viktoria Petranyi (ACE producer / Evolution Films): Nominated for European Film Academy Prix d’Excellence 2008

Also 10 ACE producers’ films are among the 67 vying for the 2008 nominations for 2007 Best Foreign Language Oscar. ALGERIA: MASQUERADES by Lyes Salem, produced by Isabelle Madelaine (Dharamsala, FR) BELGIUM: ELDORADO by Bouli Lanners, produced by Jacques-Henri Bronckart (Versus Production, BE) and Jerôme Vidal (Noodles Production, FR) ESTONIA: I WAS HERE by René Vilbre, produced by Riina Sildos (Amrion Oü, EST) and Aleksi Bardy (Helsinki Filmi, FI) FRANCE: THE CLASS by Laurent Cantet, produced by Carole Scotta & Caroline Benjo (Haut & Court, FR) ISRAEL: WALTZ WITH BASHIR by Ari Folman, produced by Roman Paul (Razor Film Produktion, DE) KAZAKHSTAN: TULPAN by Sergey Dvortsevoy, co-produced by Thanassis Karathanos (Twenty Twenty Vision / Pallas Film, DE) LATVIA: DEFENDERS OF RIGA by Aigars Grauba, produced by Andrejs Ekis (Plat Forma Filma, LET) - Developed at the ACE Workshop! MACEDONIA: I’M FROM TITOV VELES by Teona Strugar Mitevska, co-produced by Diana Elbaum (Entre Chien et Loup, BE) THE NETHERLANDS: DUNYA & DESIE by Dana Nechushtan, co-produced by Joost de Vries (Lemming Film, NL) and Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem (A Private View, BE) SWEDEN: EVERLASTING MOMENTS by Jan Troell, co-produced by Christer Nilson (GötaFilm, SE), Sigve Endresen, (Motlys AS, NO) and Tero Kaukomaa (Blind Spot Pictures, FI)

3 ACE producers’ films have been nominated for France’s prestigious Louis Delluc Award. THE CLASS by Laurent Cantet, Palme d’Or 2008, produced by Carole Scotta & Caroline Benjo (Haut et Court, FR), SERAPHINE by Martin Provost, produced by Milena Poylo and Gille Sacuto (TS Productions, FR) and VERSAILLES by Pierre Schoeller, produced by Philippe Martin (Les Films Pelléas, FR) are nominated for the 2008 Louis Delluc Prize.

And finally The Class by Laurent Cantet has hit a record 1.5+ admissions in France.

European Film Awards

Eleven ACE features (Ateliers du Cinema European) have been recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards to be announced December 6, 2008! 'Moscow, Belgium' by Christophe Van Rompaey, produced by Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem (A Private View), 'Eden' by Declan Recks, produced by Martina Niland (Samson Films), 'The Class' by Laurent Cantet, produced by Carole Scotta (Haut & Court), 'Giorni e nuevole' by Silvio Soldini, produced by Tiziana Soudani (Amka Films Productions), 'Home' by Ursula Meier, produced by Denis Delcampe (Need Productions) and Helena Tatti (Box Productions), 'I am from Titov Veles' by Teona Strugar Mitevska, produced by Diana Elbaum (Entre chien et loup), 'Lemon Tree' by Eran Riklis, produced by Bettina Brokemper (Heimatfilm), 'Love and Other Crimes' by Stefan Arsenijevic, produced by Herbert Schwering (Coin Film), 'Black Ice' by Petri Kotwica, produced by Steffen Reuter (Schmidtz Katze Filmkollektiv), 'Waltz with Bashir' by Ari Folman, produced by Roman Paul (Razor Film Produktion), 'Wolke 9' by Andreas Dresen, produced by Peter Rommel (Rommel Film).

Full list of recommended films: European Film Academy.

IFC Films gets 'Lemon Tree'

IFC Films gets 'Lemon Tree'
NEW YORK -- IFC Films has picked up all U.S. rights to Eran Riklis' Lemon Tree, an Israeli drama that won the Panorama section Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival last month.

Lemon is inspired by the true story of a Palestinian widow (Hiam Abbass) forced to stand up against the Israeli Defense Minister when he moves into his new house opposite her lemon grove and threatens to have it torn down.

Riklis is best known for his 2004 film The Syrian Bride (written with his Lemon co-writer Suha Arraf, ) which earned 18 international awards including best film at the Montreal World Film Festival.

Lemon will be released through the theatrical/VOD IFC In Theaters program.

IFC's Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Didar Domehri from Films Distribution, who represented Riklis.

Berlin Audience Award to 'Lemon Tree'

Berlin Audience Award to 'Lemon Tree'
BERLIN -- Eran Riklis' Lemon Tree has won the Audience Award for best film in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival.

Lemon Tree is the story of a Palestinian woman who inherits a lemon grove that borders on the land of the Israeli defense minister. More than 20,000 Berlin cinemagoers cast ballots for this year's Audience Award.

Second place went to Julian Shaw's documentary Darling! The Pieter-Dirk Uys Story about the famous South African satirist and AIDS activist Pieter-Dirk Uys. Another documentary, Samson Vicent's Erika Rabau -- Puck of Berlin, took third place. The film follows veteran Berlin Film Festival photographer Erika Rabau as she snaps her way through the 2007 event.

The Iranian-French co-production Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame by young Iranian director Hana Makmalbaf has won the Crystal Berlin Bear for best film running in Berlin's Generations sidebar. Set in Afghanistan, Buddha looks at the struggles of a young girl trying to raise the money to go to school. The Generations jury gave a special mention to the Norwegian film The Ten Lives of Titanic the Cat from Grethe Boe.

The Black Balloon from Australian director Elissa Down, a story of dealing with autism, took the best film prize in the Generations 14plus section. Nina Parley's animated feature Sita Sings the Blues, which is based on an Indian folk tale, received special mention from the jury.

The Grand Prize of children's charity association the Deutsche Kinderhilfswerk, went to Oliver Jean-Marie's comic-book adaptation Go West! Lucky Luke Adventure. A special mention went to the coming-of-age story Mutum by Brazilian director Sandra Kogut.

Sex, politics rife in Berlin fest Panorama

COLOGNE, Germany -- Sex, politics and rock 'n' roll are the themes running through this year's Panorama, the Berlin International Film Festival's main sidebar.

Parvez Sharma's A Jihad For Love, which will open Panorama's documentary section, Dokumente, looks at the conflict between sexuality and religion by examining the lives of devout Muslims who are homosexual. The film was produced by Sandi Dubowski, who looked at similar issues among gay orthodox Jews in Trembling Before G-d. That film debuted in Panorama in 2001 and won Berlin's Teddy award for the best film with a homosexual theme.

Sexual politics are at the core of several Dokumente entries including Dondu Kilic's The Other Istanbul, Suddenly, Last Winter from Italian directors Gustav Hofer and Luca Ragazzi, Jochen Hick's East/West and "Dead Gay Men and Living Lesbians" by Berlin's own Rosa von Praunheim.

Middle East politics is the focus of Eran Riklis' Lemon Tree, the drama that opens the Panorama Special section. The film looks at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the eyes of a Palestinian woman who inherits a lemon grove bordering on Israeli territory.

Other high-profile Panorama Special screenings include Brad Anderson's Transsiberian, featuring Woody Harrelson, Thomas Kretschmann and Ben Kingsley, and the world premiere of Madonna's directorial debut, Filth & Wisdom starring Richard E. Grant.

Madonna won't be the only pop star featured on this year's Panorama. Legendary punk princess Patti Smith will give a concert in the German capital to support the Panorama debut of Steven Sebring's documentary Patti Smith: Dream of Life. Ceri Levy's Bananaz follows Britpop regulars Damon Alban and Jamie Hewlett, creators of the virtual band Gorillaz.

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