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Cinema Eye has named 10 filmmakers and 20 films that have been voted as the top achievements in documentary filmmaking during the past 10 years. Founded in 2007 to “recognize and honor exemplary craft and innovation in nonfiction film,” Cinema Eye polled 110 members of the documentary community to determine the winning films and filmmakers just as the organization kicks off its tenth year.
Read More: Behind the Scenes of Cinema Eye’s Secret Field Trip for Nominees
Among the films chosen are Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing,” Laura Poitras’ Oscar-winning “Citizenfour” and Banksy’s “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” Poitras and Oppenheimer were both also named to the list of the top documentary filmmakers, joining Alex Gibney, Werner Herzog and Frederick Wiseman, who recently won an honorary Oscar and will be saluted at the annual Governors Awards on November 12.
“It’s fantastic that he is being recognized by the Academy for a »
- Graham Winfrey
Perhaps I just live in a bubble, assuming that everyone’s exhaustion with the Gallagher brothers had, among some other things — e.g. the sense that nostalgia was what mostly fueled their contemporary interest — made Oasis a thing of the past. At least not something that encourages a big distributor to buy a documentary. Yet here we are with Oasis: Supersonic, an A24-released look at the English band’s astronomic rise and gradual descent into inebriated, half-ironic karaoke renditions of their greatest hits — though the trajectory being put into those terms isn’t entirely expected.
A24 is making an event out of the release, putting the film into U.S. theaters for one night only (i.e. before the inevitable VOD release) on October 26. Mat Whitecross (of the Ian Dury documentary Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll) has directed the picture, while Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna) executive produces, and its first »
- Nick Newman
“We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
Continuing creative collaborations that began over a decade ago, premier specialty label Focus Features is reteaming with both Working Title Films, one of the world’s leading film production companies, and director Joe Wright on Darkest Hour. Focus will hold worldwide rights to the film as part of the company’s renewed global initiative; Focus will release Darkest HOURdomestically on November 24th, 2017 in the U.S. and Universal Pictures International (Upi) will distribute the film around the world, beginning with the U.K. on December 29th, 2017.
Production on Darkest Hour begins this fall.
- Michelle McCue
Following their impressive success with Senna and the Oscar-winner Amy, James Gay-Rees and Asif Kapadia are bringing Mat Whitecross’s latest love song to modern music to the big screen with the release of Supersonic. Taming the beast of Oasis’s almost mythic rise and fall in the 90s and beyond is no easy feat. Their legends […]
- Jon Lyus
The price of these fountain pens take “cost per word” to a whole other level.
Nowadays, fountain pens are often considered luxury goods, even though there are now pens on the market that can mimic the writing quality of fountain pens.
Fountain pens are a favorite for calligraphy enthusiasts and even professional artists in need of perfect ink distribution for their artwork. Others buy the most expensive fountain pens in order to relieve themselves from stress from writing with a normal ball point pen.
These pens are also works of art, making them a favorite item for collectors everywhere, because each collector wishes to showcase the artwork used in the design of the pen’s body and the structure of the inkwells which makes the fountain pen work.
Out of all the available fountain pens on the market today, here are 10 of the most expensive fountain pens money can buy »
The Amy producer discussed his upcoming Oasis documentary at an event in London.
“[Liam and Noel Gallagher are] brilliant to work with, both completely insane and hysterically funny,” said Gay-Rees, speaking today at the Base [formerly Bva] Insight Forum in London.
“It’s a really interesting anatomy of how two complete chancers - in their own words - became the biggest band in the world from a standing start in just two years, despite themselves.”
The producer revealed that brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher - whom he admitted “can’t be in the same room as each other” - approached him and Asif Kapadia (who is exec producing) with the idea for the film, which Mat Whitecross (The Road To Guantanamo) will direct.
“Noel got in touch. He asked: ‘Where have all the rock and roll heroes gone? Where’s all the »
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Jessica Chastain, Juliette Binoche, Freida Pinto, Catherine Hardwicke, Amma Asante, Marielle Heller, Ziyi Zhang, Haifaa Al Mansour, and more women have launched the company We Do It Together to produce films and TV that boost the empowerment of women, Variety reports.
Though The Graduate upholds some of the classic tropes of Hollywood romantic comedy dating back to the 1930s—especially in its climactic deployment of a runaway bride—Benjamin’s paralyzing emotional disconnect from the world around him is what makes his story both fresh and particular to its own time.
- TFS Staff
A young Azerbaijani nobleman falls for a Georgian princess, crossing religions (he’s Muslim, she’s Eastern Orthodox), cultural backgrounds and even ambitions for their country’s future in “Ali and Nino,” and though we take it on faith that this photogenic couple love each other very deeply, director Asif Kapadia’s handsome yet relatively heartless big-screen adaptation confuses romance for beautiful imagery, leaving us cold. Perhaps Kapadia, having delved so deeply into the real-world dreams of “Senna” and “Amy,” simply couldn’t resist the opportunity to simplify Kurban Said’s pseudonymous 1937 literary classic, stripping the material of all but its most David Lean-ian grandeur. Unfortunately, the Oscar-nominated nonfiction helmer’s return to fable-like narrative filmmaking captivates more with its exotic landscapes than with anything that occurs between its characters.
Admittedly, the landscapes in question seldom grace American screens, and despite the fact that the average moviegoer couldn’t locate Azerbaijan on a map, »
- Peter Debruge
Read More: Cannes: Why Asif Kapadia Wants His Amy Winehouse Documentary to Anger You Altitude Films has bought all UK rights to "Maradona," the feature-length documentary about the legendary football player Diego Maradona, who set the world transfer fee record twice (to Barcelona for £5 million and later to Ssc Napoli for £6.9 million). The Argentinian native then led Napoli to their first-ever title, winning over a nation as an outsider. The filmmakers behind "Maradona" are no strangers to biographic storytelling, as Asif Kapadia, James Gay- Rees and Chris King are the team that brought audiences "Senna," "Ronaldo" and current Oscar frontrunner "Amy." The partnership between the filmmakers and Altitude Films marks their second collaboration. Altitude Films oversaw the distribution of "Amy," which grossed £3.76 million and became the single most profitable British documentary the UK box office »
- Elle Leonsis
There is nary a film genre more tried and true than the war-time romance. From Casablanca to Doctor Zhivago to The English Patient, the structure allows for a micro conflict injected into a macro scenario. From a script by Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liasons, Atonement), adapted from the novel under the pseudonym Kurban Said, and directed by Asif Kapadia (Senna, Amy), Ali and Nino strives for the status of epic but falls considerably short.
Starring Adam Bakri as Ali Khan Shirvanshir, a young Muslim Azerbaijani man who falls in love with Nino Kipiani (María Valverde), a Georgian princess, the film is set in and around Baku, the capital city of Azerbaijan on the brink of the Bolshevik Revolution. The couple hopes to marry quickly, but the rumblings of war postpone everything. Nino’s parents (Mandy Patinkin and a woefully-miscast Connie Nielsen) are convinced the conflict will be over in months. Ali won’t have it, »
- Dan Mecca
Given his God-like status in his native Argentina, his legendary play on the soccer field, and an arguably equally highlight filled life off the pitch, it's remarkable there hasn't been a biopic about Diego Maradona yet. There's hasn't even been a decent, comprehensive documentary (don't even bring up "Maradona By Kustrica," Emir Kusturica's filmsy hangout video that he called a movie). But that's all about to change from a director who has been behind some of the most acclaimed docs in recent years. Read More: 'Amy' Director Asif Kapadia To Helm Martin Scorsese-Produced Rolls Royce Drama 'Silver Ghost' "Senna" and "Amy" director Asif Kapadia will helm "Maradona." Production is already underway on this one, which has access to Maradona's personal archive of videos, which promises to help paint the portrait Maradona deserves. Even if you're not familiar with soccer, his story is fascinating, a literal rags to riches tale that also has shades of. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Following in the wake of Kapadia's acclaimed docos about Aryten Senna and Amy Winehouse, the latter the favorite to take the documentary Oscar next month, Kapadia will helm the project along with his "Amy" collaborators James Gay-Rees producing and Chris King editing.
Maradona was a member of the Italian club Napoli and has often been considered the greatest soccer player of all time, one who even has a religion – Church of Maradona – created in his name. Yet he was also a controversial figure with scandals involving an illegitimate son, mafia ties and a cocaine habit - ultimately leading him to retire in disgrace in 1992.
Like Kapadia's previous films, this will utilise hundreds of hours of never-before-seen footage taken from his personal archive.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Silver Ghost will be directed by Kapadia, whose film Amy is up for best documentary at this year’s Oscars, and produced by Scorsese. Unlike the majority of Kapadia’s previous work, which also includes Senna, the film will be a narrative feature.
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- Benjamin Lee
London — Asif Kapadia, the director of the Oscar-nominated “Amy,” is to helm a feature documentary about the soccer player Diego Maradona. The film will be handled internationally by Altitude Film Sales and introduced to buyers at Berlin, with U.S. sales being handled by Cinetic Media.
Altitude Film Distribution has taken U.K. rights to the film, titled “Maradona.” The company also distributed “Amy,” which took £3.76 million ($5.39 million), making it the highest-grossing British documentary of all time at the U.K. box office.
The Maradona movie has the same filmmaking team behind it as “Amy” and their previous documentary “Senna” — Kapadia, James Gay-Rees and Chris King. Those three will be joined as producers on the film by Paul Martin, the producer of “Ronaldo.” It is being fully financed by Julian Bird’s Lorton Entertainment.
Kapadia will have access to hundreds of hours of never-before-seen footage from Maradona’s personal archive. »
- Leo Barraclough
Amy distributor Altitude pre-buys new documentary ‘Maradona’ for the UK, Cinetic to handle Us sales.
UK rights have been acquired by Altitude Film Distribution, who released Amy to £3.76 million in the UK, making it the highest grossing British documentary at the UK box office.
The film is being fully financed by Julian Bird’s Lorton Entertainment, the new financier-distributor »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Having already chronicled the lives and untimely deaths of both Aryten Senna and Amy Winehouse to international acclaim (Amy is currently frontrunner to win this year's documentary feature awards at both the Oscars and BAFTAs), British filmmaker Asif Kapadia has set his sights on another cultural icon for his next doc. This time, however, he’s very much alive (also he’s sadly come close to death on a couple of occasions). Maradona, as the titles suggests, will focus on Diego Maradona, the legendary Argentinean soccer player often considered the greatest the sport has ever produced and a man whose prowess on
- Alex Ritman
Fresh off the debut of his latest feature, Ali & Nino, at the Sundance Film Festival, Amy and Senna director Asif Kapadia is getting the pieces in place for his next project. And it sounds like a good one: Kapadia is teaming up with Martin Scorsese for Silver Ghost, which will chronicle the true history […]
- Angie Han
Going where many a documentarian have gone before, and often to poor results, Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna) has been tapped for the fiction feature Silver Ghost. It’s perhaps fitting that this also concerns the world of automobiles, albeit in a more relaxed area than Formula 1 racing, being the story of “the creation of the [Rolls-Royce], the odd-couple relationship between Charles Stewart Rolls and Henry Royce, the early days of the aviation industry and a passionate romance.” [Screen Daily]
It’s a passion project-of-sorts for producer Martin Scorsese, who’s been involved since the late Richard Attenborough was developing it. There’s no further word at this moment, but with the director’s Sikelia Productions at the helm (Zuma Productions and Anthony Haas are also involved on that front), one expects it’ll move along quickly.
- Nick Newman
From the pulse-pounding Senna to his intimate (and button-pushing) Amy Winehouse documentary, filmmaker Asif Kapadia has developed a knack for transitioning real-life events on the silver screen with aplomb. It’s a talent that hasn’t gone unnoticed, either, and the director’s next project will pave the way for an exciting collaboration with Martin Scorsese.
Getting behind the wheel of Rolls Royce origins drama Silver Ghost, Kapadia’s next foray behind the lens will be brought to life in partnership via Sikelia Productions and Zuma Productions, with Scorsese on board to produce. First hatched back in 2012 by the late, great Richard Attenborough, Scorsese has been attached to the feature film for years, and now that Silver Ghost has landed a director, the wheels will surely creak into motion.
Held up as two mavericks that dared to be different in the hyper-competitive world of car manufacturing, Charles Rolls and Henry Royce, »
- Michael Briers
Though perhaps not on the scale of Ridley Scott, Martin Scorsese also tends to put his name to projects that sometimes disappear down the rabbit hole of development never to be seen again. And so it's not quite surprising that four years after "Silver Ghost" was first announced, not much was heard about it. But the project is now back on track, with a director going behind the camera for the Scorsese produced joint. Read More: Review: Asif Kapadia's Powerful Amy Winehouse Documentary 'Amy' "Amy" and "Senna" director Asif Kapadia will helm the project that will detail the origins of the Rolls-Royce, and likely also detail Rolls-Royce collaborator Lord Montagu of Beaulieu's affair with his secretary, Eleanor Thornton, who was the model for the signature Rolls-Royce hood ornament, “The Spirit of Ecstasy.” Fun fact: many years ago, this movie almost happened with Christian Bale starring, and Lord Richard Attenborough directing. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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