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Last year's Animated Oscar race is going to be a tough act to follow. In what was arguably the most competitive race of all 12 years of Oscar's newest category, there was precious little agreement about who might win and even less about who deserved to; Brave, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman and Wreck-It Ralph all had their loyal camps (Pirates! A Band of Misfits was the only "just happy to be nominated" contestant.) At the very last minute, buzz-wise, it appeared to boil down to Disney vs. Disney/Pixar. Big-fisted Ralph fought big-haired Merida and the Scottish lass won.
But what does 2013 have in store for us? It's looking like a much leaner year, and a least at first glance, a far less animated (heh) one. Monsters University might just be emblematic of what's going on. The prequel to the inaugural loser of this very category (Monsters Inc) is, like all the rest, »
- NATHANIEL R
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced on Wednesday that it will present its next year’s awards on February 16th, 2014. Unlike the U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the BAFTA has not decided to avoid competition with the Winter Olympics (which opens in Sochi, Russia, on February 7th and continues through the 23rd), it seems. Both the Olympics and the BAFTAs will be broadcasted by the BBC. Earlier last week, the U.S. Motion Picture Academy announced that it will push the date of the 86th Oscar ceremony from February 22nd to March 2nd, in order to avoid competition with the...
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- Vesna Sunrider
DVD Release Date: April 2, 2013
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Critically acclaimed, foreign movie White Elephant was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as others.
The drama film stars Ricardo Darin (The Secret in Their Eyes) and Jeremie Renier (Atonement) as Julian and Nicolas, priests working to help the local poor people in the slums of Buenos Aires. Julian is working hard to build a hospital, and Nicolas joins the project after another project he was working on failed when paramilitary forces killed members of the community.
Troubled, Nicolas finds peace with Luciana (Martina Gusman, Carancho), an atheist social worker. As his beliefs wane, tension and violence grows between drug-dealing cartels in the slums, and when a ministerial decree stops work on the hospital, the faith of the community is tested.
White Elephant didn’t hit theaters in the U.S. but was screened in the AFI Los Angeles, »
This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.
Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.
Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention. »
- Terek Puckett
Indiewire will provide regular updates of our predictions for the 85th Academy Awards through February 24th, when the winners are announced. It's perhaps a silly proposition to ever assume anything about the category where "Departures" beat "The Class" and "The Secret In Their Eyes" beat "The White Ribbon," but come on: How could they not give this to Michael Haneke's "Amour." He's a legend, he's never won (and was aforementionedly snubbed for "Ribbon"), and the film got 5 nominations including best picture, best director, best actress and best original screenplay. No foreign language film nominated for both in this category and for best picture has ever failed to win the former, so if there's no amour for "Amour" here, it will be a massive upset. Nominees and predictions below. Check out all predictions in all the categories here, and this list of all the Oscar-nominated films »
- Peter Knegt
I heard the theory from a consultant who often works with films in the running for Oscars in the Best Foreign-Language Film and Best Documentary Feature categories, and it made perfect sense: In the foreign-language category, Academy members vote with their hearts; in the doc category, they vote with their heads. The examples, it seems, are numerous. In recent years in the foreign race, Denmark's touching "In a Better World" beat the tougher, darker "Biutiful"; the finely wrought melodrama of "The Secret in Their Eyes" triumphed over the more critically acclaimed »
- Steve Pond
The combined predictions of our Oscar experts, editors, and users forecast only three nominations for "Amour": Best Foreign Language Film and, by close margins, Best Actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and Best Original Screenplay. Overall, we ranked the film 11th for Best Picture, and Michael Haneke a distant 9th for Best Director. Despite these odds, the film reaped all five of those nominations. Should we have seen it coming? -Insertgroups:8- It's difficult enough for foreign films to break through in major categories at the Oscars. Haneke, though a director of international renown, had up to now had not made a significant impact with the Academy. He appeared for the first time as a Foreign Language Film nominee in 2009 for "The White Ribbon" (losing to Argentina's "The Secret in Their Eyes"). Part of the reason for this delayed recognition may be his cold storytelling style, a far cry from the emotional warmth the Oscars usually. »
Back in October 2010, we reported that The Secret in Their Eyes director Juan José Campanella is making Metegol, which foosball fans will surely enjoy. Today, we have the first international trailer for this animated comedy that centers on a man who must face a world-famous soccer star in order to save his village. He gets help from the figures on a foosball table that magically spring into action to help the man fulfill his destiny. Take a look at the first footage from this bizarre comedy, which doesn't have a domestic release date set at this time.
Metegol - International Trailer
Stateside, Argentinian director Juan José Campanella was best known for helming television series like Strangers With Candy, House, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit until 2009 when he revealed the chilling thriller The Secret In Their Eyes, which went on to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Though he's continued in television since then, this year will see his eagerly anticipated film follow-up, Metegol, which is nothing you'd expect from his credits above. The family-friendly movie that marks his first foray into directing animation centers on a young man named Amadeo, who has an ardent love for foosball and his best friend Laura, though she doesn't know. But when Amadeo's foosball skills are challenged by the best foosball player in the world, he has a chance to impress Laura.or fail miserably. Still, Amadeo's not alone in his quest for victory, as he discovers his foosball players are alive! »
Today we have a trailer for the upcoming Spanish-language animated film "Futbolin" (Metegol) that is directed by Juan Jose Campanella, who won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film for his 2009 "The Secret in Their Eyes" movie. Check out the trailer below. Plot: Tells the story of Amadeo and a foosball team that is trying to get back together after having been dismantled. With the help of the foosball players, Amadeo will have to face his most terrible rival, the Champ. Guided by their leader, the charismatic Right Winger, the foosball players and Amadeo will set off on a great adventure together, like a true team, to get back the dignity that the Champ stole from them. The new movie is based on a short story "Memoirs of a Right Winger," by Argentine writer Roberto Fontanarrosa. It's set to hit theaters on June 20th in Argentina. A Us release is unlikely. »
Check out this fun trailer for the CG animated feature film called Metegol or Foosball in English. The film comes from Academy award winner Juan J. Campanella (The Secret in Their Eyes and episodes of House and 30 Rock). The story is built around the great sport of Foosball! I used to play Foosball all the time, but the sport just got too intense and crazy for me, so I had to give it up for the greater good. Or maybe the Foosball table broke and I just never bothered to fix it or get a new one.
The movie may not be a Pixar or DreamWorks Animation film, but it still looks entertaining. Here's the synopsis:
Metegol, also known as Foosball and Futbolín (Spanish Title), is an upcoming 3D CG animated film directed by Academy award winner Juan J. Campanella (Juan José Campanella) of “The Secret in Their Eyes” (El secreto de sus ojos »
- Joey Paur
If it feels like you've been vaguely hearing about this movie forever, well, you have. First announced way back in the fall of 2010, with early footage leaking last spring, the first proper teaser trailer has arrived for "Metegol," the animated foosball movie you've been waiting for. Improbably directed by Juan Jose Campanella, the man behind the excellent Oscar-winning thriller "The Secret In Their Eyes," the story follows Amadeo, who lives in a small town, who with the help of some table top soccer players that have come to life, embarks on an adventure to save his love Laura... from something, and learns about sportsmanship, or something. In 3D. Certainly, it's far beyond your average Hollywood far, so we're curious. But with no U.S. distribution lined up, and given no one cares about soccer here, the chances of it landing stateside seem slim. But it opens in Argentina on June 20th, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After winning an Oscar for 2009′s El secreto de sus ojos (The Secret In Their Eyes), the Argentine director Juan Jose Campanella has turned his talent to something completely different, by taking on animation Metegol…wait, it’s called Foosball, hang on…it’s called Futbolin, they might want to make a decision there!
This 3D computer animated, Spanish language film, is undoubtedly going to appeal to a different kind of audience and seems like one rooted deeply in South American (and Spanish) passion, that very specific love for football. It’s set around Amadeo, a shy but talented boy, and of a foosball team that is trying to get back together after having been dismantled (for those who don’t know, that’s also table football!). With the help of the other foosball players, Amadeo will have to face his most terrible rival on the football pitch: the Champ. »
- Dan Bullock
Despite not having a cutting edge 3D animations like Pixar, Juan Jose Campanella has done a pretty good job.
Following his Oscar-winning drama The Secret In Their Eyes, the helmer decided to venture into animation.And after a first rough edit of teaser nearly a year ago, a much more polished look popped up.
Based on a short story called ‘Memoirs of a Right Winger’ by Argentine writer Roberto Fontanarrosa the 3D animated film follows Amadeo, a shy but talented boy, and a foosball trying to get back together after having been dismantled. With the help of the foosball players, Amadeo takes on the most terrible football rival: the Champ.
Here’s the new teaser trailer along with the teaser poster for Foosball.
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Metegol, also known as »
- Nick Martin
After being a the helm of the Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards in 2009, director Juan Jose Campanella decided to venture into animation. It's not a traditional route for a director, especially after winning an Oscar, but Campanella apparently felt drawn to this Spanish language film Foosball (or Metegol). The 3D computer animated film follows Amadeo, a shy but talented boy, and a foosball trying to get back together after having been dismantled. With the help of the foosball players, Amadeo takes on the most terrible football rival: the Champ. This is a much more polished tease than the first one. Watch below! Here's the new teaser trailer for Juan Jose Campanella's Foosball via Bleeding Cool: And here's the teaser poster for Foosball, which has a slightly different title: Foosball is directed by Juan Jose Campanella (The Secret in Their Eyes) and based on a short story called »
- Ethan Anderton
15 items from 2013
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