15 items from 2010
This has been a great year to engage with Peruvian cinema. Not only did I have the chance to speak with Claudia Llosa whose film La Teta Asustada (The Milk of Sorrow, 2009) was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Academy Award®, but I was able to follow-up with Dr. Kimberly Theidon, whose research informed Llosa's film. Also, I had the opportunity to speak with Javier Fuentes-León, whose Contracorriente (Undertow, 2010) has seductively haunted the hearts of festival-goers the world over and earned the honor of being Peru's official submission to the foreign language category for the 2011 Academy Awards®. Further, I was fortunate to sit down with Diego Vega--half of the brother team behind Octubre (October, 2010)--upon the occasion of October's North American premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff). October's full dance card on the festival circuit required filmmaker brothers Daniel and Diego Vega to divvy up rounds. »
The German sales co. known for providing the fest circuit and art-house plexes with subtitled stuff from around the globe will set fire to the Director's Fortnight section this year. If I'm counting right, the Match Factory supply the section with a trio of titles (five total in the fest) including the much discussed on this site Cam Archer's sophomore feature, and they nabbed a Main Comp spot for one of the most celebrated directors of the decade in Apichatpong Weerasethakul latest – a sort of “ghost” story. - The German sales co. known for providing the fest circuit and art-house plexes with subtitled stuff from around the globe will set fire to the Director's Fortnight section this year. If I'm counting right, The Match Factory supply the fest with a five titles including The Light Thief (see pic above), The City Below, the including the much discussed »
The German sales co. known for providing the fest circuit and art-house plexes with subtitled stuff from around the globe will set fire to the Director's Fortnight section this year. If I'm counting right, The Match Factory supply the fest with a five titles including The Light Thief (see pic above), The City Below, the including the much discussed on this site Cam Archer's sophomore feature, and they nabbed a Main Comp spot for one of the most celebrated directors of the decade in Apichatpong Weerasethakul latest – a sort of “ghost” story. Everything Will Be Fine (Alting Bliver Godt Igen) by Christoffer Boe - Completed Shit Year by Cam Archer - Completed The City Below (Unter Dir Die Stadt) by Christoph HOCHHÄUSLER - Completed The Light Thief by Aktan Arym Kubat - Completed Uncle Boonmee Who Nn Recall His Past Lives (Loong Boonmee Raleuk Chaat) by Apichatpong Weerasethakul - »
Sony Pictures Classics wins! Wrong film though. - The Noms: “Ajami” Israel “The Milk of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada)” Peru “A Prophet (Un Prophète)” France “The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)” Argentina “The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band)” Germany Who Will Win: The White Ribbon Who Should Win: A Prophet Who Won: The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos) Commentary: Sony Pictures Classics wins! Wrong film though. Update after the backlashing: I'm happy to see there are so many passionate defenders for The Secret in Their Eyes! For the record: I'm a fan of the film, fan of White Ribbon (though it doesn't rank among my Haneke favorites) and loved Audiard's three past films. Kudos to Campanella, three cheers for films with subtitles, hooray for Argentinean »
Well, there weren't many major surprises nor many particularly memorable moments, but we still had a lot of fun watching the Oscars here tonight. Thanks to all of you who tuned in for the live podcast and joined us in the live chat over at Ustream . As you may have heard, The Hurt Locker cleaned up, taking home a total of 6 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, making Kathryn Bigelow the first female director to ever win the award. James Cameron's Avatar, on the other hand, won only for visual effects, art direction and cinematography. All of the acting categories went off as expected, with Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock winning Best Actor and Best Actress, while Christoph Waltz and Mo'Nique won the supporting trophies. If there was an upset at all, it was probably The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos), which beat »
Forget the media-initiated battle between ex-husband and wife, the real face-off at this year's Oscars was between new technology and old-fashioned storytelling... and the victor, we're happy to report, is the latter.
As the dust settles on the gong-giving broo-ha-ha that was the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, it's Kathryn Bigelow's brilliant and brave The Hurt Locker that has emerged the big winner with golden baldies for Best Picture and Best Director among its five statuette haul, while former hubbie James Cameron's Avatar was left holding his rightful prizes for technical prowess in the Art Direction, Cinematography and Visual Effects categories.
After the Academy made its big decision about which movie to put their weight behind (and we do think they went with the right one!), the rest of the big winners were fairly predictable with the likes of Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock walking away with Best Actor »
The five Oscar-nominated directors in the Foreign Language Film Award category for the 82nd Academy Awards were on the Red Carpet at the Kodak Theatre on Friday. Pictured (from left to right): Jacques Audiard, “A Prophet (Une Prophete)”, Michael Haneke, “The White Ribbon (Das Weisse Band)”, Yaron Shani, “Ajami”, Foreign Language Film Award Committee Chair Mark Johnson, Claudia Llosa, “The Milk Of Sorrow (La Teta Asustada)”, Scandar Copti, “Ajami”, Juan Jose Campanella, “The Secret In Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)”.
As you can see, the media was there in full force to hear from the directors and their respective actors and actresses.
Claudia Llosa, The Milk Of Sorrow
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2009 will be presented on Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, »
Congratulations to directors Claudia Llosa, Yaron Shani and Scandar Copti on the Oscar nomination for the Best Foreign Language Film 2010. The winner of the Golden Bear 2009, La Teta Asustada (Milk of Sorrow) by Claudia Llosa from Peru, and Ajami by Yaron Shani and Scandar Copti (Israel) were both funded by the Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund.
World Cinema Fund Day at the Berlinale: Feb 17, 2010, 11am-2 pm at the Filmhaus, Potsdamer Str. 2, 4th floor
“Strategy makes sense, and passion does, too…”
The Wcf Day will once again provide an opportunity to learn more about the programme, successes, funding strategies, films, initiatives, and partners of the Wcf. On this occasion the World Cinema Fund will present its »
2 February 2010 8:07 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Groundbreaking, first-time nominee Kathryn Bigelow was prepping for an appearance on the "Today Show" with two of her "Hurt Locker" actors Tuesday morning when the best director noms were announced. "These situations get framed as a competition," she said. "I don't see it that way. I see it as being honored in this incredible mix of filmmakers with these incredible films, and it's a great compliment to the entire 'Hurt Locker' cast and crew. We shot this movie under very difficult conditions in the summer in the Middle East -- windstorms, sandstorms -- using a crew from Lebanon and Israel, so it was no small feat. It's pretty heady stuff, let's put it that way, to be in the same conversation with these other films." Although she's aware of the magnitude of her nomination, the fourth for a female director, Bigelow is focused more on the potential impact on aspiring filmmakers. »
Despite it being stupidly early in the morning in Los Angeles, the fine folks at The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences have wiped the sleep our of their bleary eyes, put on their best power suit and stepped up to the podium to announce the runners and riders for this year's Oscar ceremony.
Presented by Academy president Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar-nominated actress Anne Hathaway, the nominations for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards were finally revealed after an interminable wait and unfortunately yielded very few surprises.
As predicted by every other awards ceremony this year, Up In The Air, Avatar and Precious gained numerous nods, with the former being nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actor and Supporting Actress (for both Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick).
Avatar unsurprisingly got nods for Best Picture and Best Director amongst others, while the critically lauded Precious was tagged for Best Supporting Actress (Mo'Nique »
Terribly Happy (Frygtelig lykkelig), the Danish entry into the Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film, is opening in New York this Friday. Though writer/director Henrik Ruben Genz did not garner an Oscar nomination for his film (that honor went to Ajami [Israel], El ecreto de sus ojos [Argentina], La teta asustada [Peru], Un Prophète [France], and The White Ribbon [Germany]), it's still a must-see for fans of the noir, the Coen Brothers, or films set in quirky towns that don't take well to outsiders. The film kicks off with Robert (Jakob Cedergren), a cop from Copenhagen, being exiled to service in a small outpost in Jutland, a remote Danish hinterland. From the moment he arrives, the landscape (complete with a life-sucking bog) and the people are forbidding, wary, and just plain odd. As in any good noir thriller, there's a mysterious dame (Lene Maria Christensen), with a thuggish cowboy of »
"The arc of history is long, but it bends towards justice."--Martin Luther King, Jr.
As Claudia Llosa indicated in her Q&A session at the PSIFF10 screening of La Teta Asustada (The Milk of Sorrow, 2009), a book entitled Entre Prójimos: El conflicto armado interno y la política de la reconciliación en el Perú written by American medical anthropologist Kimberly Theidon, Ph.D. provided the inspiration for her second film. Dr. Theidon's study compiled testimonies of women who were mistreated or violated during the political violence that took place in the Andean highlands in the 1980s. In some of these testimonies the women spoke of an illness "la teta asustada"--wherein trauma experienced by women who were raped by members of the Maoist group Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) was passed on to their children through breast milk. These captivating testimonies motivated Llosa to research further and to eventually script The Milk of Sorrow. »
Peruvian director Claudia Llosa's sophomore feature La teta asustada (The Milk of Sorrow, 2009) stars Magaly Solier--with whom she worked on Madeinusa (2005)--and addresses the fears of abused women during Peru's recent history. It won both the Golden Bear award and Fipresci prize at the 2009 Berlinale, as well as the award for best movie in the 24 Festival Internacional de Cine de Guadalajara in Mexico. It is Peru's official submission to this year's Academy Awards®. In that capacity, it made an appearance in the Awards Buzz program at the 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival, with Llosa in attendance to address questions from her audience at the film's first Psiff screening.
Jose here with some European awards news.
The nominees for the 24th annual Goya Awards were announced this past Saturday with Daniel Monzón's Celda 211, a prison drama, leading the field with 16 nominations including Best Picure and Best director. Alejandro Amenábar's Ágora followed with 13 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress (Rachel Weisz).
The big news was the snub of Pedro Almodóvar's Broken Embraces in the top categories. This makes it the first Almodóvar movie of the past decade not to be nominated for Spain's Best Picture (Volver won in the top categories three years ago and Bad Education and Talk to Her were nominated but lost in their respective years).
Joining Cruz and Weisz in the Best »
8 January 2010 8:06 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Mexico City -- Canana Films, the Mexican shingle owned by actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, has set a Mexico cross-platform release for Claudia Llosa's award-winning drama "The Milk of Sorrow."
Winner of the Golden Bear and the Fipresci international critics prize at last year's Berlin International Film Festival, the Spain-Peru co-production marks the sophomore feature of Peruvian writer-director Llosa. Her first film, the drama "Madeinusa," took home the Fipresci prize at the Rotterdam film fest in 2006.
"Sorrow" will hit Mexican theaters on 15 prints next Friday and producer-distributor Canana will later release the picture on DVD format and VOD via Televisa-owned cabler Cablevision.
Despite sharing a common language, Peruvian titles rarely land distribution deals in Mexico. "Sorrow," titled "La Teta Asustada" in Spanish, is Peru's foreign-language Oscar submission. Cologne, Germany-based the Match Factory handles international sales. »
- By John Hecht
15 items from 2010
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