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How Wenders and Father and Son Salgado Brought 'Salt of the Earth' to Life

15 December 2014 12:08 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

You've seen Sebastião Salgado's photographs, even if you did not know who shot them. The Brazilian photographer has been wandering the globe, seeking out some of the most benighted places on earth and finding hideous beauty there. Even more than some war photographers, he has seen the worst of humanity. And after decades he did burn out on The Horror and had to go home to the plantation where he grew up to find renewal. German filmmaker Wim Wenders, who has been experiencing his own artistic renewal via documentaries that serve to showcase other people's art, such as 3D masterpiece "Pina," joined forces with Salgado's filmmaker son Juliano on "The Salt of the Earth," which debuted at Cannes and went on to play the fall festivals to much acclaim. Juliano shot much of the footage of his father at work, while Wenders interviewed him about the amazing stories behind the photos, »

- Anne Thompson

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Ebert, Snowden and Wim Wenders on High-Profile Documentary Shortlist

2 December 2014 10:26 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Academy has announced the 15-wide documentary shortlist and apart from one title, it's is a very high-profile group of names. At least they are if you follow the world of documentary. I had discussed with a friend recently that last year's field may go down as the greatest in the category's history, but depending on how the branch votes this year they may just surpass it. I have already seen nine of the 15 and can vouch for almost all of them. Let's take a look.

Art and Craft The Case Against 8 (review) Citizen Koch Citizenfour (podcast | Glenn's review) Finding Vivian Maier The Internet's Own Boy Jodorowsky's Dune Keep On Keepin' On The Kill Team Last Days in Vietnam (review)

Life Itself The Overnighters The Salt of the Earth Tales of the Grim Sleeper (Nyff review | AFI review) Virunga

There are some big names in here. Apart from the »

- Glenn Dunks

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Cannes Pics Vie For Delluc Prize; China Plans 6 ‘Three Body’ Films: Global Showbiz Briefs

28 November 2014 5:30 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The shortlist for France’s Louis Delluc Prize, one of the country’s highest film honors, has been released with 14 films making the cut across two categories: Best Film and Best Debut Feature. Among the eight main movies, six hail from this year’s Cannes crop. Saint Laurent – which is France’s entry for the Foreign Language Oscar – by Bertrand Bonello; Olivier AssayasJuliette Binoche/Kristen Stewart-starrer Clouds Of Sils Maria; veteran Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D Goodbye To Language; Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu; Pascale Ferran’s Bird People, starring Josh Charles; and Claus Drexel’s Au Bord Du Monde will vie alongside Venice pics Trois Coeurs, by Benoît Jacquot, and Robin Campillo’s Eastern Boys. Godard, Ferran and Jacquot are all former Delluc laureates. The Debut Feature shortlist is made up of Thomas Cailley’s well-received Fortnight film Love At First Fight; Camera d’Or winner Party Girl; Virgil Vernier »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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‘American Friend’ to Lead Berlin’s Wim Wenders Homage

27 November 2014 4:26 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Berlin Intl. Film Festival has revealed the 10-strong lineup of Wim Wenders movies that will screen as part of its Homage to the German filmmaker. Seven of the films will be shown in newly digitally restored versions.

The fest also revealed that the Museum of Modern Art in New York is set to honor Wenders in March with a comprehensive retrospective, which will include many of the films shown in Berlin’s Homage program.

As announced in August, the director will also receive an honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement, which will be awarded on Feb. 12 in the Berlinale Palast. The ceremony will include the premiere screening of the digitally restored print of “Der amerikanische Freund” (The American Friend, 1977).

The thriller, based on a book by Patricia Highsmith, is set in Hamburg, Paris and New York, and tells the story of a fatal friendship between two highly dissimilar men, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Berlin's Wim Wenders homage line-up revealed

27 November 2014 3:50 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ten strong line-up of titles unveiled; Wenders to take part in on stage conversation.

The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 5-15) has revealed the ten titles that will make up its Homage to German filmmaker Wim Wenders.

As previously announced, Wenders will also be awarded an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement at the 65th Berlinale.

The award ceremony on Feb 12 in the Berlinale Palast will include a new digitally restored screening of The American Friend, Wenders’ 1977 thriller based on a book by Patricia Highsmith, which tells the story of a fatal friendship between two men, played by Bruno Ganz and Dennis Hopper.

The American Friend was Wim Wenders’ international breakthrough film. And we were so impressed by the brilliance of the recently completed digital restoration that we decided to premiere it as part of the award ceremony for the Honorary Golden Bear,” said festival director Dieter Kosslick.

Wenders’ early work The Goalie’s Anxiety at the »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Berlin: Wim Wenders Homage to Trace Director's Legacy

27 November 2014 3:45 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Berlin Film Festival has unveiled details of its previously announced homage to Wim Wenders, with 10 titles set to screen at next year's festival as part of its lifetime achievement tribute to the groundbreaking German director. Wenders will receive an honorary Berlinale Golden Bear for his work on Feb.12 in Berlin. The homage will trace Wenders' work from his New German Cinema days of the 1970s through his acclaimed American films to his return to Germany with the Oscar-nominated 3D dance film Pina. Among the early work on display will be 1972 feature The Goalie’s Anxiety at

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- Scott Roxborough

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Making the Switch From Documentary to Narrative (and vice versa)

23 September 2014 9:44 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Where feature filmmakers head into a project with a script and a plan, the path for documentarians is unpredictable. They follow real subjects and real issues often in real time — and sometimes for years at a time — and piece everything together as the footage comes along. Sometimes, things fall apart or the subject has to change, such as it with Alex Gibney’s The Armstrong Lie (2013). Though different skill sets go into the distinct film forms, some documentary filmmakers choose to transition to narrative features and vice versa, such as Spike Lee, whose next release will be a documentary titled Go Brasil Go!.

Rob Epstein and Jeff Friedman have made the jump from documentaries to feature films and have said that they intend on continuing to make both types of film. Epstein and Friedman won an Oscar for their first co-directed documentary, Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Jeremy Thomas to head London Film Festival jury

23 September 2014 5:39 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Other jurors across London’s competitions include Sally Hawkins, James McAvoy, James Corden and Dexter Fletcher.

British producer Jeremy Thomas to to head the Official Competition jury at the 58th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 8-19).

Thomas’s career as producer and executive producer spans Nicolas Roeg’s Bad Timing (1978), Bernardo Bertolucci’s Oscar-winner The Last Emperor (1987), David Cronenberg’s Crash (1996), Wim Wender’s Pina (2011) and Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive (2013).

He will preside over a jury that comprises last year’s Best Film Award nominee Ahmad Abdalla (Rags & Tatters), actress Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), film producer and programme advisor Lorna Tee (Postcards from the Zoo), actor James McAvoy (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and film critic Scott Foundas.

Jury members who will present work at the festival include Abdalla, whose film Decor receives its world premiere; Hawkins, who features in Morgan Matthews’ debut feature X + Y; and James McAvoy who stars in The Disappearance »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Berlin Sets Wim Wenders Homage; BBC Two Orders ‘Stonemouth’ & UK’s First Transgender Series; More

21 August 2014 10:04 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The 65th Berlin International Film Festival will dedicate an homage to Wim Wenders and present him with an Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement. Since his 1970 debut Summer In The City, the Germany native has made about 50 films including Alice In The Cities (1973), Kings of the Road (1976), Paris, Texas (1984) Wings Of Desire (1987), The State Of Things (1982), The Million Dollar Hotel (2000) and Pina (2011). Ten films from Wenders’ feature and documentary repertoire will be shown, with titles to be announced in the fall. “In dedicating the homage to Wim Wenders, we honor one of the most noted contemporary auteurs,” said Dieter Kosslick, Director of the Berlinale. “His cross-genre and multifaceted work as a filmmaker, photographer and author has shaped our living memory of cinema, and continues to inspire other filmmakers.” The festival runs February 5-15.

BBC Two has commissioned Stonemouth, based on the novel by Iain Banks. A BBC Scotland/Slate »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Berlin Film Festival to Honor Wim Wenders with Honorary Golden Bear

21 August 2014 3:51 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The 65th Berlin Intl. Film Festival is to fete German filmmaker Wim Wenders with an homage and present him with an honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement.

Ten Wenders films will be shown as part of the homage, including “Wings of Desire,” which will play on Feb. 12 at the Berlinale Palast.

“In dedicating the homage to Wim Wenders, we honor one of the most noted contemporary auteurs. His cross-genre and multifaceted work as a filmmaker, photographer and author has shaped our living memory of cinema, and continues to inspire other filmmakers,” said Dieter Kosslick, director of the Berlinale.

Wenders is described by the festival as one of cinema’s great innovators. Since his feature debut in 1970, “Summer in the City,” Wenders has made around 50 films.

In the 1970s, Wenders was part of a young generation of filmmakers who heavily influenced New German Cinema. Working against the backdrop of the »

- Leo Barraclough

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Berlin to honour Wim Wenders

21 August 2014 3:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ten films from the Wings of Desire director to be shown as part of a homage at the next Berlinale.

The 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 5-15) is to dedicate the Homage strand to German filmmaker Wim Wenders and present him with an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement.

Ten films from Wenders’ feature and documentary repertoire will be shown as part of the Homage, the line-up of which will be revealed this autumn.

In the 1970s, Wenders was part of a young generation of filmmakers who heavily influenced New German Cinema, working against a backdrop of the economic and artistic crisis in commercial film of that time.

Since feature debut Summer in the City in 1970, Wenders has made roughly 50 films.

Following his international breakthrough with the early road movies Alice in the Cities (1973) and Kings of the Road (1976) he worked in Europe, the Us, Latin America and Asia, and has received »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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10 Criterion Documentaries You Should Buy This Month

12 July 2014 8:42 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Few things are more exciting for hardcore cinephiles than the semi-annual Barnes and Noble Criterion sale. For a few precious weeks a year, super high-quality Blu-Rays of obscure and influential classic films are on the relative cheap. Most noteworthy: they look really, Really pretty.

Most Criterion-heads are lining up to pick up A Hard Day’s Night, Red River, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and other newer (fiction) releases—as they should because they’re all awesome releases. But how about a little love for the documentary?

Maybe you don’t think docs have a ton of rewatch value, and maybe you’re right in some cases. Criterion’s A+ supplements and video quality—not to mention the timelessness of the films they choose—ought to be enough to sway you in the right direction. But if they aren’t, we’re diving a little deeper into ten of the best Criterion documentaries ever. »

- John Gilpatrick

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The Noteworthy: "Gradiva", Dior Addict Fragrance, Ozu's Cinephilia

11 June 2014 5:41 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Leos Carax has a new short film, Gradiva, made in conjunction with the opening of Galerie Gradiva. Watch it here! Only a few hours remain to help fund Fireflies, a new film zine, on Indiegogo. They've put up a preview of their interview with Apichatpong Weerasethakul:

"Gmc: You also revisit certain techniques, for example the Pov shots from inside moving cars. One of our contributors [Vadim Rizov] wrote a lovely text about those shots, actually. What is it you so like about them?

Aw: It’s just that I really like straight angles. I don’t like angles from the diagonal, so I mostly shoot from the side or the front. And for me, the driving of the car, this direct perspective, really accentuates the frame itself. It creates a journey where you almost feel hypnotised. That’s the basic purpose of cinema, to hypnotise, and I think this direction works best. »

- Adam Cook

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Don't Miss Chantal Akerman's Study of Pina Bausch at Lincoln Center

3 June 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

'I was overcome by an emotion I can't quite define — something to do with happiness," Chantal Akerman says during her sole, fleeting onscreen appearance in the sublime One Day Pina Asked . . ., the 1983 documentary she made on Pina Bausch and her dancers. The director is attempting to elucidate the feelings stirred by watching one of the works by the mighty, if blade-thin, choreographer; what Akerman can't express in words, she makes piercingly specific with her images.

Bausch revolutionized the art with her Tanztheater ("dance theater"), her choreography emphasizing big emotions, Sisyphean gestures, and the pleasingly absurd. Akerman and her crew — including her frequent cinematographer Babette Mangolte, who shot Judson Dance Theater cofounder Yvonne Raine »

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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Salt of the Earth’

21 May 2014 6:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Wim Wenders’ mastery of the documentary form is again on display in “The Salt of the Earth,” a stunning visual ode to the photographer Sebastiao Salgado, co-directed by the shutterbug’s docu-helmer son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. Long recognized as one of the camera’s great artists, Sebastiao’s sculptural use of light and space is combined with a deep empathy for the human condition, resulting in richly complex black-and-white images that capture the dignity within every subject. “Salt” guides the viewer on a visual odyssey through the photographer’s career, enriched by Wenders’ monochrome footage and Juliano’s color. More traditional than “Pina,” the docu may not quite reach that film’s heights but will still play strongly worldwide.

Wenders hit upon an exceptionally clever, cinematic way of filming Sebastiao discussing his work, by projecting the master’s photographs onto a semi-transparent mirror that allows audiences to see both image and man. »

- Jay Weissberg

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Cannes Q&A: Director Alice Rohrwacher Explains Mix of Languages ‘Le Meraviglie’

17 May 2014 3:29 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Italian director Alice Rohrwacher at 32 is the youngest Italian to vie for a Palme d’Or in recent memory, with her “Le Meraviglie,” which screened Saturday, only her second work. Her debut “Corpo celeste” was in Directors’ Fortnight in 2011.

How do you feel about being in the Cannes competition so young and with your second work?

We thought we were going to be in Un Certain Regard and we were very happy about that. Then the night before the lineup announcement we got the call. It was a really great surprise. I’m particularly happy because we all worked really hard in complicated situations involving things like bees and a camel, which aren’t easy and might make you wonder whether it’s worth it.

Corpo celeste” had a child protagonist. But in “Le Meraviglie” there are lots of children from whom you managed to draw such powerful performances. How did you do it? »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Wim Wenders Sets Sail for Cannes, But Where Is 'Every Thing Will Be Fine'?

18 April 2014 9:28 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Among the many surprises in the yummy Cannes Film Festival lineup is the absence of German auteur Wim Wenders' eagerly awaited 3D redemption drama "Every Thing Will Be Fine," once thought to be a Main Competition candidate. But we will see "The Salt of the Earth," a documentary Wenders codirected by Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, screening in the Un Certain Regard sidebar, which makes room for edgier fare. Plus, the Cannes vet and two-time Fipresci prize winner's Palme d'Or-anointed classic "Paris, Texas" (1984) will also screen in the Classics section. It could be that "Every Thing Will Be Fine" will take the alternative, late-summer route to Venice, especially given that one of his upcoming projects is a 3D tribute to Venetian architecture. Or, even later, it could head to Telluride, where Wenders likes to hang with buddy Werner Herzog, or even his home town festival Berlin next February, where his first foray into 3D documentary, »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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James Cameron Calls on Bolder Use of 3D by All Filmmakers

13 March 2014 2:19 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Cameron called on his fellow filmmakers to be bolder in their use of format on day two of the international 3D Creative Summit in London. The “Avatar” director was the two-day event’s biggest draw taking part via an exclusive pre-recorded interview to talk about his upcoming 3D docu “Deepsea Challenge” and the current state of the format.

“The best work has been done by confident filmmakers like Ang Lee, Martin Scorsese and Alfonso Cuaron,” Cameron said. “They are confident so they didn’t worry about asking questions, and there are no dumb questions. Ask questions on day one and two and go nuts on day three.”

In the session preceding Cameron, Steve Schklair, CEO of 3ality and 3D producer on Russian Imax hit “Stalingrad,” noted that helmers were starting to make better use of 3D’s capabilities. “One of the changes I’m seeing is depth budgets getting bigger, »

- Robert Mitchell

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Alex Gibney, Wim Wenders to Produce ‘Timbuktu’ Doc (Exclusive)

4 March 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alex Gibney and Wim Wenders have partnered with director Michael Meredith for the documentary “Return to Timbuktu,” centered on Manny Ansar’s efforts to restore peace to Mali via music.

Gibney has come board as producer and Wenders as an exec producer. Meredith and Wenders have been following Festival au Desert organizer Ansar around the world as he campaigns for international awareness of the Malian crisis, encourages refugees to return to their homes and rallies musicians to use their voices to reunite a war torn country.

Mali was hit with a military coup in 2012, which turned Timbuktu into a violent war zone with militants imposing Sharia law and forcing more than a million Malians to flee. The French military reclaimed control of the city last year.

Ansar is working to restore Festival au Desert to Timbuktu next year. He initiated a procession of traveling musicians in January, culminating at the »

- Dave McNary

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #56. Wim Wenders’ Everything Will be Fine

26 February 2014 7:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Everything Will Be Fine

Director: Wim Wenders

Writer: Bjorn Olaff Johanessenn

Producers: Gian-Piero Ringel, Erwin M. Schmidt

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Cast: Rachel McAdams, James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marie-Josée Croze

Initially, Sarah Polley had been attached in the role that went to McAdams (we’re hoping it’s because Polley is hard at work on her adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace), but even still, for Wim Wender’s first fiction feature since 2008′s Palermo Shooting, it’s got quite the exciting cast (and yes, it bears the same title as a 2010 film from Danish filmmaker Cristoffer Boe). The 2011 documentary Pina apparently gave Wenders the 3D bug, so we are curious to see how that technology will further influence the art house auteur.

Gist: While driving aimlessly after a quarrel with his girlfriend, a writer accidentally runs over and kills a child. The accident and its aftermath deeply traumatizes him. »

- Nicholas Bell

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