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"I thought it was right," he says. "It is what I thought it was. How it happens came later." When you talk to him—as I did at Toronto a year ago when he premiered his ill-fated movie directing debut, "Are You Here," an amiable buddy comedy starring Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis, and again last week at L'Ermitage Hotel—you realize the USC film school grad loves movies. That's where he's coming from, in his references and inspirations. (His question "what's the one movie and song that always makes you cry?" launches a long detour on "Stella Dallas" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow.") Like any good writer, Weiner is curious about people, listens, observes. He's intuitive. He's easy to talk to. I found myself revealing things, which surprised me. He feels safe. Now that the show is done, he's enjoying being relaxed, writing alone, recharging, and hanging with his. »
- Anne Thompson
Stars: Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, Jay Gates, Jason Davis, Melissa Rauch, Melanie Ratcliff, Naomi Lavette, Lauren Lapkus, Alana De La Garza, Greg Cromer, Paul Schulze, Matt Cornwell, Bridget Gethins | Written and Directed by Matthew Weiner
Ben is likes to spend his days on a couch with his childish best friend Steve smoking weed. But when his father passes away, they travel back to their childhood home and their lives are turned upside down. On discovering his late father has left him a large sum of money and property in his will, Ben finds a new purpose in life. However, those around him are less supportive and as they all try to figure out what to do with the money, Ben and his family begin to re-examine their own lives as well.
- Richard Axtell
Asked by the evening’s host, Anke Engelke, whether it was difficult to enjoy watching movies as a filmmaker, Aronofsky said: “When movies are really good I still get lost. I know movies are working when I am not thinking about anything but what’s happening.”
Engelke joked that there were more than 400 films in the festival, and “you are going to love each and every film that North Korea allows you to see.”
- Leo Barraclough and Patrick Frater
Refresh for latest… Ahead of the Efm next week, Paris-based Films Distribution has picks up Italian box-office success An Italian Name (Il Nome Del Figlio) by Francesca Archibugi. The sales company will handle world rights on the film which is based on Pathé’s French hit What’s In A Name?. It tells the story of extrovert Paolo and the beautiful Simona who are expecting a child. At a dinner with friends, one question will lead to an argument that will shake the night: the name of Paolo and Simona’s soon-to-arrive son. In What’s In A Name? the moniker in question was Adolf. Here, it’s Benito. Sales commence in Berlin next week.
Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide rights (ex-South Africa) to Mark Dornford-May’s Breathe Umphefulmo which will world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. Based on Puccini’s opera, La Bohème, the film transports the story »
- Nancy Tartaglione
As previously reported, Darren Aronofsky will preside over seven-person group
Those six, bookended by the “Rush” star Brühl and the “Mad Men” creator, will join previously announced Darren Aronofsky as the jury at the 65th Annual Berlin International Film Festival. Aronofsky is the group’s president.
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- Tony Maglio
London — The Berlin Film Festival has revealed the names of the international jury, which is presided over by Darren Aronofsky, as previously announced. The international jury decides who receives the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the Berlinale competition.
The other members of the jury will be “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, “Rush” actor Daniel Bruhl, “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho, “Hannibal” producer Martha De Laurentiis, “The Milk of Sorrow” director Claudia Llosa, and “Amelie” actress Audrey Tautou.
Weiner is the creator, executive producer and writer of television series “Mad Men,” whose seventh and last season is running in the U.S. To date, he has received nine Emmys, two Baftas, three Golden Globes and numerous WGA awards. As a director, he has been nominated twice by the DGA for his work behind the camera. “Are You Here,” starring Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler, marks his feature film debut as a writer, »
- Leo Barraclough
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