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Song of My Mother triumphs at Sarajevo

25 August 2014 3:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Debut film of Turkey’s Erol Mintas wins best film, best actor. Special Jury Award and best actress go to Brides

The 20th Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 15-23) wrapped on Saturday night with Turkish writer-director Erol Mintaş ‘s first film Song of My Mother winning the main award Heart of Sarajevo for the best feature film and €16,000 provided by the Council of Europe.

In addition, the film’s lead Feyyaz Duman won best actor and €2,500.

The co-production between Turkey’s Mintasfilm, France’s Arizona Production and Germany’s mîtosfilm world-premiered at Sarajevo.

A mother-son relationship film set among Kurds in Istanbul, it was finished in June thanks to the 1000 Volt Post-Production Award the project won at the Istanbul Film Festival’s Meetings on the Bridge in April.

The Berlinale Panorama title Brides by Tinatin Kajrishvili won the Special Jury Prize and €10,000 from Agnes B., and first-timer Mari Kitia won the Heart of Sarajevo for best actress and €2,500.

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- vladan.petkovic@gmail.com (Vladan Petkovic)

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Turkey’s ‘Song of My Mother’ Takes Top Prize at Sarajevo Film Festival

23 August 2014 1:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina — Erol Minta’s debut feature “Song of My Mother,” which was a Turkey-France-Germany co-production, won the top award, the Heart of Sarajevo, at the Sarajevo Film Festival, which comes with €16,000 ($21,200).

The jury said it appreciated “the courageous simplicity, the pure cinematic language, the choice to show the daily life in a manner that makes us understand and love the characters. We are delighted that the filmmakers were capable to resist the temptation of mainstream cinema.”

The film also picked up the prize for actor for Feyyaz Duman’s perf.

The pic centers on a teacher, Ali, who lives with his mother, Nigar, in a Kurdish area of Istanbul. They are forced to move to a soulless suburb, where his mother pines for the Kurdish village of her youth.

The Special Jury Prize went to Tinatin Kajrishvili’s “Brides,” a Georgia-France co-pro. The film received €10,000 ($13,200).

The jury said the »

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Busan's Asian Project Market line-up

19 August 2014 5:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Directors include Brillante Mendoza, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Yeon Sang-ho.Scroll down for full list

Busan’s Asian Project Market (Apm) has announced this year’s line-up including films from directors Brillante Mendoza, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Yeon Sang-ho and July Jung.

Winner of the 2005 Cannes Film Festival Camera d’or, Vimukthi Jayasundara (The Forbidden Land) will present Sri Lankan project Hair Of The Dog That Bit You.

The drama is about a female tourist guide’s loss of memory and identity, and her struggle to come to terms with what is left of her life and an unknown future.

Cannes 2009 Best Director winner Brillante Mendoza (Kinatay) has Philippines-France-Germany co-production Fowl in the Apm line-up.

The story follows Ramon, a Filipino contract worker working at Singapore Post. When his wife Jenny suddenly dies, he has to travel back to the Philippines with her as if she were one of the many parcels he is so used to handling.

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Busan reveals Asian Project Market lineup

19 August 2014 5:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Directors include Brillante Mendoza, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Yeon Sang-ho.

Busan’s Asian Project Market (Apm) has announced this year’s line-up including directors Brillante Mendoza, Vimukthi Jayasundara, Yeon Sang-ho and July Jung.

Winner of the 2005 Cannes Film Festival Camera d’or, Vimukthi Jayasundara (The Forbidden Land) will present Sri Lankan project Hair Of The Dog That Bit You.

The drama is about a female tourist guide’s loss of memory and identity, and her struggle to come to terms with what is left of her life and an unknown future.

Cannes 2009 Best Director winner Brillante Mendoza (Kinatay) has Philippines-France-Germany co-production Fowl in the Apm line-up.

The story follows Ramon, a Filipino contract worker working at Singapore Post. When his wife Jenny suddenly dies, he has to travel back to the Philippines with her as if she were one of the many parcels he is so used to handling.

Korean directors include July Jung, the [link=nm »

- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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Sarajevo readies Industry Days

17 August 2014 6:39 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Screen previews the Sarajevo Film Festival’s industry events, which includes a UK focus, the annual Regional Forum and highlights of the Work in Progress and CineLink projects.

Over the last ten years, Southeast Europe’s most important film event Sarajevo Film Festival has also become its main industry hub.

What started in 2003 with CineLink, a co-production market initially modeled after Rotterdam’s CineMart, has developed into an increasingly wide array of industry events, simultaneously expanding from the region towards Caucasus countries, and in recent years aiming to spread its activities and networking overseas, in partnerships with the Doha Film Institute, the Arab Fund for Arts & Culture, and from this year, Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía (Imcine).

While the Industry Days peak in the final part of the festival, from August 20-23, its activities started on Sunday [17], with the presentation of the newly established Sarajevo City of Film Fund.

In addition to CineLink, the heart of »

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Sarajevo unveils CineLink 2014 line-up

3 June 2014 3:59 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New projects from Kutlug Ataman, Bogdan Mustata, Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross among the 14 titles.

The Turkish film industry, buoyed by the Palme d’Or win for Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep, dominates Sarajevo Film Festival’s upcoming co-production market, CineLink (Aug 20-23).

The selection committee has shortlisted a total of 14 projects from over 200 submissions from 18 countries across South-Eastern Europe. These have been split between the CineLink and CineLink Plus sections.

Turkey has four projects across the two strands included Hilal, Feza And Other Planets by Kutlug Ataman (The Lamb) and producer Emre Yeksan’s directing debut The Gulf.

Romania has three projects including In Between by Bogdan Mustata (last year in Sff competition with Wolf) and Lemonade, produced by Cristian Mungiu and directed by Ioana Uricaru (Tales From The Golden Age).

Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross, who directed 2012 festival hit In Bloom,will present their new project My Happy Family.

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Bounce TV Greenlights 2 New Comedies and Renews 2 Series

5 May 2014 9:58 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Multicast digital channel Bounce TV, which targets African-American viewers, has unveiled two new original series for the upcoming season and handed renewals to two others.

David Mann (“Madea’s Big Happy Family”) and Tamela Mann (“Sparkle”) will star in the new show, “Mann & Wife.” Series creator and director Roger Bobb (“The Rickey Smiley Show”) describes the comedy as “a black Brady Bunch.” “Mann & Wife” will debut winter 2015.

“Sisters,” the second new original series, centers around a once-famous R&B group called the “Ladies of Essence” who, after life has thrown each of them a few curve balls, find themselves forced to live under the same roof. The series will premiere summer 2015.

Bounce TV has renewed “Family Time,” which will return for a second season, and “Off the Chain,” which will enter its third season.

Bounce TV also announced Monday that showrunner Ri-Karlo Handy has joined the Atlanta-based operation as veep of original programming. »

- Francesca Bacardi

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Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig on His Early Influences, the Continued Oxford Comma Debate, and the Most Important Hometown Shows

28 March 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

As told to Jennifer Vineyard My dad is a massive music fan, so even just growing up in the house, he was buying new cool music, up through when I was born. So I was very familiar with the Ramones, Run Dmc, Blondie—core New York music. My parents would often play the Ramones song “We’re a Happy Family,” so I remember when I was 9 or 10, learning the lyrics and trying to understand. At first I didn’t grasp the irony of the song, but then I got it. When you’re a little kid, you just remember the “We’re a happy family / me, mom, and daddy” part, and then when you’re older, you get how sarcastic it is. By the time I got to high school, I had some older friends who were really obsessed with hip-hop, De La Soul, Tribe Called Quest. There’s something »

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Tyler Perry Now Free Agent as Long-Running Lionsgate Pact Ends

28 February 2014 4:16 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tyler Perry is now on the market.

The multi-hyphenate has parted ways with Lionsgate after working with the studio for nine years on theatrical releases. He’d been under a first-look deal with the studio since 2008. Perry has been approached by many distribs over the years after demonstrating the value of his B.O. brand, but he was never able to pursue other options — until now.

The end of the Lionsgate deal coincides with Perry’s decision to close the Los Angeles office of his 34th Street Films banner and consolidate operations at his Atlanta headquarters. Perry owns studio facilities there that are home to his four TV series, among other projects.

Several sources indicated the non-renewal was a mutual decision. But it’s no secret that Perry had been frustrated at times by the marketing of his movies, and by the limits of Lionsgate’s international reach. Now that he’s unencumbered, »

- Dave McNary

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