11 items from 2013
Sunday Update: Summer 2013 just keeps sizzling here and abroad. The sixth installment of the Universal Pictures franchise is looking to successfully transition from street racing to heist action to terrorist plot and kicked off this weekend in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Fast & Furious 6 is opposite Warner Bros’ The Great Gatsby (including Thursday previews) and the second week of Paramount’s Star Trek In Darkness. But F&F6 is set in London and had its world premiere there. It scored a record breaking #1 opening and grossed $13.8M (£9M) at 460 dates for Universal’s biggest 3-day opening weekend in that territory. (Smashing the previous record set by Les Miserables of $13.1M). It is the franchise’s biggest opening weekend in the UK as well as the highest opening weekend for Vin Diesel and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. F&F6 is now the 2nd biggest opening weekend of 2013 there behind IM3‘s $17.6M. »
- NIKKI FINKE, Editor in Chief
Wojciech Smarzowski (Drogowka, Roza, Wesele), one of the most prolific Polish directors of the 21st century, is about to finish shooting his latest film entitled Aniol, a hard-hitting drama about alcoholism and its overpowering ability to destroy a person's life. Robert Wieckiewicz (Vinci, In Darkness) plays Jurus, a writer who finds himself on the verge of a moral breakdown due to the destructive disease that's alcohol addiction. Based on the controversial novel Pod Mocnym Aniolem, written by Jerzy Pilch, Aniol might come as a haunting tragicomedy that's also an intriguing cautionary tale, with a bold social commentary on the condition of the whole Polish society. The first images give the impression of a minimalistic stage play, carefully orchestrated by Wieckiewicz during his time defying drinking...
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★★★★☆ Opening to a heart-racing chase sequence upon a rather volatile, volcanic planet, the tone for J.J. Abrams' summer sci-fi sequel Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) is ruthlessly and efficiently set from the off. This time around, the crew of the USS Enterprise are able to forgo the rudimentary establishing of back stories, allowing for a more mature offering, yet one still laced with enjoyable quips and boyish fun. Abrams' command of spectacular CGI set pieces provides the perfect backdrop for Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine) and his motley crew, even if the comical overuse of lens flare still proves to be his Achilles' heel - more so in unnecessary 3D.
Following on the thrilling, aforementioned lava-filled opening, Kirk is demoted as captain of the Enterprise after the ever-logical Spock (Zachary Quinto) reports his cocksure superior for breaking Starfleet protocol. Cutting to a futuristic London - all polished steel and spotless glass, »
- CineVue UK
Once again film makers have mined the histories and stories of World War II for another fascinating, little known tale of survival. The best known story may be that of Anne Frank, who was back in the news recently thanks to a pop music star visiting her museum. Two years ago the St. Louis International Film Festival was wowed by In Darkness, a dramatic feature that told the story of Polish Jews who lived in the city’s sewers to avoid arrest by the occupying Nazi forces. In release now is No Place On Earth, a similar story told in a very different way. Earth is basically a documentary that uncovers a new survival story that’s every bit as moving and dramatic as the former film.
- Jim Batts
The 48th Annual Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Czech Republic announced today that American auteur Oliver Stone will be honored with the Crystal Globe Award for outstanding artistic contributions to world cinema. While Stone's last film was the less-than-outstanding "Savages" in 2012, the writer-director has won three Oscars and helmed many memorable classic films, from "Salvador," "Born on the Fourth of July," and "Platoon" to "Nixon," "JFK" and "Wall Street." In addition, thrice-Oscar nominated Polish director Agnieszka Holland (holocaust drama "In Darkness") will serve as president of the jury. Holland and her jury will give out Crystal Globe Awards for Best Feature, Actor, Actress, Director and a Special Jury Prize. The festival runs June 28 to July 6, and the lineup will be announced in June. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Oliver Stone, filmmaker and provocateur, will be honored for his contributions to cinema by the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
In addition, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival announced that Agnieszka Holland will head its international jury.
Holland is the director of "Europa, Europa" and " In Darkness." Three of her films have been nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
- Brent Lang
The Guardian Teacher Network has resources this week to help you explore the Holocaust and the stories of its survivors
The proposed changes to the history curriculum leave the study of the Holocaust more or less intact. One approach to introducing and further exploring the subject is via individuals' stories, told through film and visual history.
The Guardian Teacher Network has thought-provoking teaching resources to share, with the focus on a set of resources centred on Steven Spielberg's award-winning film Schindler's List, created by www.schindlerslegacy.co.uk to mark the film's 20th anniversary. The film, which tells the story of a group of Jewish people saved by the actions of a German businessman, Oskar Schindler, has been much used in schools all over the world.
Spielberg used the profits of the film to set up the Shoah Foundation to collect Holocaust survivors' stories. It has so far captured »
- Emily Drabble
Directed by: Janet Tobias
Running Time: 1 hr 24 mins
Release Date: April 19, 2013 (Chicago)
Plot: A documentary about an extended family who hid in two different caves to elude the Gestapo during World War II. Partially told with dramatic reenactments.
Who’S It For? One does not need to be a fan of history, or even directly drawn to Holocaust survival stories, to enjoy No Place on Earth. This movie can easily appeal to and entertain any audience member who likes discovering a great true story.
To paraphrase a point by critic comrade Bill Stamets, “It’s not the survivors’ fault they survived.”
No Place on Earth is evidence that while cinema seems to have a soft spot for stories of survival during the Holocaust, such fascination often comes within reason. »
- Nick Allen
Cannes - Germany's Beta Film has picked up international distribution rights to Burning Bush, the three-part historic miniseries from HBO Europe directed by Oscar-nominee Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness). The series, which premiered across HBO Europe's pay-tv channels in 15 countries earlier this year, tells the story of Jan Palach, the Czech student who, in 1969, set himself on fire in Prague’s Wenceslas Square to protest the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. Story: Miptv: Sundance Spy Series 'Restless' Heading to Scandinavian TV The drama focuses on the largely untold story of defense attorney Dagmar Bureova, who headed up a legal battle
- Scott Roxborough
The Descent: Tobias Brings Recently Discovered Holocaust Tale to Light
For her directorial debut, producer Janet Tobias documents a harrowing discovery made by a spelunker in the early 90s with No Place on Earth, which makes for one very fascinating and incredible Holocaust survival story. Through a series of interviews with survivors of this living history as well as combination of narration from one of the survivor memoirs and various physical reenactments, Tobias paints a portrait of perilous survival that’s difficult to comprehend.
In 1993, spelunker Chris Nicola discovered evidence of human dwelling in the expansive gypsum caves of Ukraine. Evidence seemed to indicate that a group of people had lived in them for quite some time. In asking the locals for information, he found that most people were unwilling to speak with him, which was no surprise due to the current political climate, with a group of people coming »
- Nicholas Bell
The 2013 Academy Awards took place on Sunday and "Amour" won Best Foreign Language Film.
It was a big night for "Amour" as the film was up for five Oscars, including Best Picture. The film, which focuses on an aging couple, was also nominated for Best Director and Best Writing - Original Screenplay for Michael Haneke, and Best Actress for Emmanuelle Riva.
Last year, Iran won its first Oscar when "A Separation" took the award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th annual Academy Awards. The movie beat out Belgium's "Bullhead," Israel's "Footnote," Poland's "In Darkness," and Canada's "Monsieur Lazhar."
- Madeline Boardman
11 items from 2013
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