14 items from 2011
If today's political activists are seeking inspiration from history, they should look no further than the 16th-century Spanish historian, social reformer and Dominican friar Bartolomé de las Casas. As one of the early Spanish settlers in the West Indies, Las Casas participated in many of the atrocities -- slavery, torture and murder -- the settlers committed against the indigenous peoples. But Las Casas later saw the error of his ways, gave up his slaves, and devoted his life to fighting for the rights of the Indians, whom his fellow colonists considered less than human. Through his writings and activism, Las Casas is considered one of the first advocates for universal human rights.
Sadly, Las Casas probably would be very disillusioned by the state of today's world, where oppressed peoples continue to suffer in so many ways. But he also might find hope, for his modern-day activist brethren are still raging against their oppressors. »
- Don Clinchy
El Infierno, Chicogrande, and the other nominations of the 2011 Premio Ariel (Ariel Awards) have been announced. The 53rd Annual Premio Ariel (Ariel Awards) are presented by the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences. “The Ariel is the Mexican Academy of Film Award. It has been awarded annually since 1947. The award recognizes excellence in motion picture making, such as acting, directing and screenwriting in Mexican cinema. It is considered the most prestigious award in the Mexican movie industry.” The 53rd Annual Premio Ariel (Ariel Awards) “ceremony will take place on May 7 [, 2011] at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City.” The full listing of the 2011 Premio Ariel (Ariel Awards) nominations is below
El infierno (Hell)
Mónica del Carmen, Año bisiesto (Leap Year)
Úrsula Pruneda, Las »
The International Women's Film Festival in Dortmund Germany has announced the eight films that will be in competition for International Feature Film Competition for Women Directors. The Oscar nominated También la lluvia (Even The Rain) directed by Icíar Bollaín, will be the opening film. Other films include: Attenberg - Athina Rachel Tsangari Brownian Movement - Nanouk Leopold Dom - Zuzana Liová La mosca en la ceniza (The Fly in the Ashes) - Gabriela David Lo spazio bianco (The White Space) - Francesca Comencini Noir Océan (Black Ocean) - Marion Hansel Rich Ting West (Heading West) - Nicole van Kilsdonk Here's… »
Nader and Simin, a Separation and the other winners of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival have been announced. The 61st Annual Berlin International Film Festival, often called the Berlinale, is “one of the world’s leading film festivals and most reputable media events.With 274,000 tickets sold and 487,000 admissions it is considered the largest publicly-attended film festival worldwide. Up to 400 films are shown in several sections, representing a comprehensive array of the cinematic world.” The full listing of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival winners is below.
Golden Bear for Best Film
Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation) by Asghar Farhadi
Silver Bear – The Jury Grand Prix
A torinói ló (The Turin Horse) by Béla Tarr
Silver Bear – Best Director
Silver Bear – Best Actress
to the actress-ensemble in Jodaeiye Nader az Simin (Nader And Simin, A Separation) by Asghar Farhadi
Silver Bear – Best »
The 61st Berlinale is nearly at an end with last night seeing the coveted Golden Bear being handed to only the worthiest. So who walked away with a gold bear? Who got a silver and who got… well nothing. A side note before we start, well done to Tomboy for winning the Teddy Jury Award, Night Fishing and Broken Night for best short films and an honourable mention for The Guard in the first feature category. Here’s the winners;
Nader And Simin, A Separation by
Jury Grand Prix-Silver Bear
The Turin Horse by Bela Tarr
Silver Bear for Best Director
Ulrich Kohler for Sleeping Sickness
Silver Bear for Best Actress
To the ‘actress-ensemble’ in Nader And Simin, A Separation
Silver Bear for Best Actor
To the ‘actor-ensemble’ in Nader And Simin, A Separation
Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Achievement in the Categorycamera
Wojclech Staron »
- Paul Koren
We haven't mentioned the Berlinale at all in the heat of Oscar week. So let's do that, shall we? Better late than never. The festival closes tomorrow but the awards were handed out over the past two days.
"Nader and Simin: A Separation" Golden Bear
Asghar Fahradi, who got a lot of Oscar buzz a couple years back (though no nomination) for About Elly, won this year's Golden Bear for Nader & Simin: A Separation (2011). The Hollywood Reporter explains the film like so.
Farhadi's drama traces the breakup of a Iranian family set against the political tensions in Tehran. While not overtly political, Nader and Simin is starkly critical of conditions in Iran, notably the country's huge class divide. It was widely tipped to win Berlin's top prize, not least because of the current upheaval in the Middle East.
Fahradi dedicated his prize to jailed filmmaker Jafar Panihi who was also »
- NATHANIEL R
The 61st edition of Berlinale kicked off late last week, and with the inclusion of four spanish films, four less than the last year. The already well known “También La Lluvia” (“Even The Rain”) by Icíar Bollaín, “Amador” by Fernando León de Aranoa and “Medianeras” by Gustavo Taretto, all presented out of competition at the panorama section. The fourth film, “Escuchando Al Juez Garzón”, by cult filmmaker Isabel Coixet (“My Life Without Me”) is a documentary shot on black and white based on a popular figure in a Spanish judge -- this will be showcased at Specials section of the Berlinale. Although we have covered before films like “También La Lluvia” and “Amador”, the film “Medianeras” comes from out of nowhere. Directed by Argentinian Gustavo Taretto, this is an adaptation of its 2005 short film of the same title that won over forty international awards. This coproduction between Spain and Argentina »
Black Bread, Buitful, and the other winners of the 2011 Goya Awards (Premios Goyas) have been announced. The 25th Annual Goya Awards “known in Spanish as los Premios Goya, are Spain’s main national film awards, considered by many in Spain, and internationally, to be the Spanish equivalent of the American Academy Awards.” The full listing of the 2011 Goya Awards (Premios Goyas) winners is below.
Pa negre (Black Bread)
David Pinillos, Bon Apetit
Marina Comas, »
Alex de la Iglesia's A Sad Trumpet Ballad Best Film Balada triste de trompeta / A Sad Trumpet Ballad Buried * Pan negro / Black Bread También la lluvia / Even the Rain Best Spanish-Language Foreign Film Contracorriente / Undertow (Peru) El hombre de al lado (Argentina) El infierno (México) * La vida de los peces (Chile) Best European Film * The King's Speech (UK) The Ghost Writer (France) The White Ribbon (Germany) A Prophet (France) Best Director Alex de la Iglesia for A Sad Trumpet Ballad Rodrigo Cortés for Buried * Agustí Villaronga for Black Bread Iciar Bollaín for Even the Rain Best Actress Elena Anaya for Room in Rome Emma Suárez for La mosquitera Belén Rueda for Los ojos de Julia / Julia's Eyes * Nora Navas for Black Bread Best Actor Antonio de la Torre for A Sad Trumpet Ballad * Javier Bardem for Biutiful Ryan Reynolds for Buried [...] »
- Steve Montgomery
Director Iciar Bollain's political drama También La Lluvia is up for fourteen Goya Awards, Spain's equivalent of the Academy Awards, and now American audiences will be able to see the must-see Spanish import.
Spanish director Bollain tells CineMovie, Alejandro Gonzales Iñarritu was attached to the project before he left to direct and write the Oscar nominated Biutiful and how she came to the project as well as casting Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal in her first big budget film.
Watch our video interview with the Spanish director.
Movie Clip: Gael Garcia Bernal in También La Lluvia
También La Lluvia's Goya nominations include Best Picture and Best Director for Bollain, and Best Actor for the film's Luis Tosar who will compete with Javier Bardem's performance in Biutiful. Bolivian and first-time actor Karra Elejalde also received a nomination for Best New Actor
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? También la lluvia (Even The Rain) Trailer Director, and native Spaniard, Icíar Bollaín certainly has picked someone unique to talk about the Bolivian Cochabamba water »
- Christopher Stipp
Nine films will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 83rd Academy Awards. Sixty-six films had originally qualified in the category.
The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are:
Mexico, Biutiful, Alejandro González Iñárritu, director
Spain, Tambien la Lluvia (Even the Rain), Icíar Bollaín, director
Foreign Language Film nominations for 2010 are again being determined in two phases.
The Phase I committee, consisting of several hundred Los Angeles-based members, screened the 66 eligible films between mid-October and January 13. The group's top six choices, augmented by three additional selections voted by the Academy's »
2010 was the weakest year at the Spanish box office in a decade – proof that the films with the most box office potential fell flat. Actually, very few have performed decently. Ironically the biggest flops and the most coldly received by critics films are the ones top lining the nominations for this year's Spanish Academy Awards, the Goyas. Alex de la Iglesia's “Balada Triste de Trompeta” gathered 15 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Antonio De La Torre), Best Supporting Actress (Terele Pávez) and Best Newcomer Actress (Carolina Bang). “Pan Nere” follows with 14 nominations, the surprise hit by Agustí Villaronga will compete for Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Sergi López), Best Actress (Nora Navas), Best Newcomer Actor (Francesc Colomer) and Best Supporting Actress (Laia Marull). Following Agustí Villaronga's film we find “También la Lluvia” by Icíar Bollaín with 13 nominations fighting for Best Film, »
See the trailer here. Today I was treated to, or better expressed, awarded, an intimate lunch where I got to sit at a table for six which included Even the Rain's director Iciar Bollain ♀ and its producer Juan Gordon, its U.S. distributor Vitagraph's David Schultz, and one of its most important theatrical exhibitors Landmark Theater's buyer David McAllister, Maya's Tonantzin Esparza and a critic (whose name I did not catch). The discussion was sociable, stimulating and sometimes acutely focused on the film itself. Luckily for Vitagraph, a small and very well connected distributor whose output is some 15 films… »
14 items from 2011
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