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Isabelle Huppert Talks About Her Recent U.S. Productions

7 December 2014 7:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marrakech’s jury prexy, Isabelle Huppert, has just completed a four-month stint in the United States, where she co-starred with Cate Blanchett in the Sydney Theater Company production of Jean Genet’s “The Maids,” at the Lincoln Center Festival, followed by her film roles in Joachim Trier’s “Louder than Bombs,” alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Gabriel Byrne, and in Guillaume Nicloux’s “The Valley of Love,” with Gerard Depardieu.

In an interview at the Marrakech film festival she explained that her recent intensive U.S. experience is a pure coincidence of back-to-back projects.

She then talked about her upcoming projects with directors such as Paul Verhoeven, as well as other helmers with whom she would like to work, including Christopher Nolan and David Cronenberg.

Huppert explained that she’s very happy with the roles that she has been offered recently and is not overly concerned about being typecast, for example »

- Martin Dale

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Will a Foreign-Language Film Ever Win a Best Pic Oscar?

4 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Will a foreign-language film ever win an Oscar for best picture? The odds looked a bit more favorable when, in 2009, the Academy opted to increase its top category to 10 nominees — a tactic that was clearly aimed at better accommodating the Christopher Nolan movies of the world, but also one that, some of us dared to hope, might have the happy side effect of allowing a subtitled offering to slip into the running.

Since that overhaul (during which the Academy has gone from 10 best picture nominees to a more flexible “between five and 10”), exactly one offshore production, Michael Haneke’s French-language “Amour,” has benefited from the expansion. Progress of a sort, perhaps, especially considering that before “Amour,” the Academy had seen fit to nominate only eight such films for its top prize (roughly one per decade).

Yet it’s still disappointingly paltry, given the rich bounty of first-rate imports we’ve »

- Justin Chang

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Oscars: Big 3 Film Festivals Tower Over Foreign-Language Film Race

4 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Just as Telluride, Toronto and, increasingly, New York are now viewed as the go-to launchpads for best picture contenders, the foreign-language race has its own key festivals — and they lie a bit further afield. About 70% of foreign-language film nominees in the past decade made either their world or international premieres at one of the so-called Big Three European fests: Cannes, Berlin and Venice.

Foreign-lingo films seem to appreciate the long-lead of sustained festival buzz. Almost every nominee in the category comes to the Academy’s attention via some variety of fest appointments — whether voters are aware of its provenance or not.

Among the record-breaking 83 titles submitted by individual nations for Oscar consideration this year are multiple established sprocket opera successes, from Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Winter Sleep” (Turkey’s submission) to Sundance Grand Jury Prize champ “To Kill a Man” (Chile’s pick).

“With any foreign-language movie, festivals are more than critical, »

- Guy Lodge

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The 50 Definitive Relationship Dramas: 30-21

1 December 2014 5:16 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

30. The Lovers on the Bridge (1991)

Directed by: Leos Carax

A romance the way only Leos Caraz could do it. “The Lovers on the Bridge” is a love story between an alcoholic, drug-addicted street performer named Alex (Denis Lavant) and a vagrant painter named Michele (Juliette Binoche) who lives on the streets after a previous relationship ended. She now suffers from an unkown disease that is slowly making her blind. The two live on the Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris, closed for repairs for the duration of the film. As Michele loses more and more of her sight, she has to depend on Alex to get her through the days. After a treatment is discovered, Michele’s parents try to find her using posters on the street and radio announcements. Alex, realizing that her health would remover her dependence upon him, does everything in his power to keep Michele »

- Joshua Gaul

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Film Review: ‘Radiator’

21 November 2014 5:36 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The personal experience of looking after one’s aging parents rings achingly true in “Radiator,” the directorial debut of Tom Browne, co-writer of 2001’s “The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz.” Depicting an adult son trying to support his long-suffering mother as she deals with her unraveling yet domineering husband, this family drama echoes Michael Haneke’s “Amour” in its subject matter, although the grotty setting couldn’t be further from that film’s chic Paris apartment. Flashes of dark humor and deeply resonant performances by the two senior actors (Richard Johnson, Gemma Jones) should help sell this specialty item to select audiences following a well-received London Film Festival bow.

In choosing to set his film at the real Cumbria stone cottage of his deceased parents, Browne takes advantage of a striking Lake District location and a chaotically jumbled interior, which no set decorator could ever hope to match. It’s »

- Charles Gant

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‘Ida’, ‘Winter Sleep’ and ‘Leviathan’ Lead European Film Awards Noms

8 November 2014 6:59 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida leads the field for the 27th European Film Awards with five major nominations including Best European Film, Director, two Best Actress nods for co-leads Agata Trzebuchowska and Agata Kulesza, and Best Screenplay.

Close behind are Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev‘s Leviathan and Turkey’s Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep, a pair of Cannes winners. Both films have been chosen to represent their country in the Academy Awards foreign language category.

The European Film Awards has increasingly become a bellwether for awards season, with previous Efa Best European Film winners Paolo Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty and Michael Haneke’s Amour going on to win the Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars.

Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tom Hardy, Stellan Skarsgard and Timothy Spall are among the acting nominees.

The European Film Awards ceremony will be handed out in Riga, Latvia on »

- Ali Jaafar

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Death, Illness, Art and Oil: 87th Academy Awards' Documentary Short Semi-Finalists

21 October 2014 5:33 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Best Documentary Short Films Oscar 2015: Illness and death are top subjects (photo: 'White Earth' by J. Christian Jensen) Eight films — most of them featuring illness and/or death as their focus — remain in the running for the 2015 Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced. Of those eight semi-finalists, three to five titles will be shortlisted for the 87th Academy Awards. (Scroll down to vote in our Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar 2015 poll.) The remaining eight Oscar 2015 contenders are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their directors and, in parentheses, their production companies: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, directed by Ellen Goosenberg Kent (Perry Films) Joanna, directed by Aneta Kopacz (Wajda Studio). Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace, directed by Jeff Dupre (Show of Force) The Lion's Mouth Opens, directed by Lucy Walker (Tree Tree Tree) One Child, »

- Steve Montgomery

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Isabelle Huppert to head Marrakech jury

21 October 2014 3:47 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

French actress known for roles in The Piano Teacher and Amour to preside over festival jury.

Isabelle Huppert is to head the competition jury at the 14th International Film Festival of Marrakech (Dec 5-13).

The French actress said: “I will take great pleasure in meeting the Moroccan audiences, and sharing their curiosity, enthusiasm and thirst to discover films from around the world - the way the festival has in its previous selections.”

Huppert’s breakthrough came in 1977 with her performance in Claude Goretta’s The Lacemaker. The following year, she won the Best Actress award in Cannes for her lead role in Claude Chabrol’s Violette.

The actress has since worked with French filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Godard, Maurice Pialat and Benoit Jacquot, as well as international directors such as Michael Cimino, Andrzej Wajda, Marco Ferreri and Joseph Losey.

She also has a special relationship with Michael Haneke, whose film The Piano Teacher won her a second »

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

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Cohen Media Group Inks Eight-Film Gaumont Classics’ Deal for North America (Exclusive)

18 October 2014 8:12 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lyon – In a deal involving two key players in the two key markets for classic film, Charles S. Cohen’s New York-based Cohen Media Group has acquired North American rights to eight films from Gallic mini-major Gaumont for release via the Cohen Film Collection.

The agreement is led by five titles from French master Maurice Pialat, including three Cannes competition players, plus Jean-Luc Godard’s “A Married Woman” and Federico Fellini’s “City of Women.”

The deal was closed at the Lyon Lumière Festival’s Classic Film Market (Mfc), which wrapped Friday in France’s Lyon, by Tim Lanza, VP of Cohen Film Collection, and Virginie Royer, Gaumont international sales manager.

Titles will be released via Cmg’s Cohen Film Collection, created by Cmg’s acquisition in 2012 of the 700-plus Rohauer Film Collection. Twinned with Cmg’s purchase, concluded August, of New York’s four-screen Quad Cinema arthouse, and its upcoming renovation and technical upgrade, »

- John Hopewell

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2014 Wndx Festival of Moving Image: Official Lineup

23 September 2014 11:25 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

The 9th annual Wndx Festival of Moving Image will showcase new experimental media from all over the world — including short films, installations and live cinematic performances — at several locations across the city of Winnipeg on September 24-28.

Special events at Wndx this year include the fest’s annual One Take Super 8 Event, where 30 filmmakers will screen their in-camera edited masterpieces for the first time along with the audience. Plus, there’s a two-part celebration of the work of Denis Côté, featuring his two films Joy of Man’s Desiring and Bestiaire, with the filmmaker in attendance.

There will also be a live film performance by filmamker Karl Lemieux with sound artists Roger Tellier-Craig and Alexandre St-Onge; and Freya Björg Olafson’s dance/film hybrid HYPER_.

Short films to be on the lookout throughout the fest include Mike Olenick‘s Red Luck, which won the Best Looking Film award at the »

- Mike Everleth

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Unhappily ever after? 10 great films about struggling romances

12 September 2014 9:03 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is about a couple, but it isn’t necessarily a love story: Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and Conor (James McAvoy) are happily married until a tragic event shakes them and separates them. It’s no Blue Valentine, but it’s no The Notebook either—the movie depicts two people united by marriage and trauma dealing with their grief in very different ways.

That plot alone might not sound entirely intriguing at first glance, but director Ned Benson created three separate films out of the story to create three different experiences. There’s Them, which opens Friday »

- Ariana Bacle

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Zurich unveils 2014 line-up

11 September 2014 7:42 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

International and documentary competitions include The Skeleton Twins, ‘71 and The Look of Silence. A total of 17 world premieres secured for the festival, which has received a budget boost.

The 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 – Oct 5) has revealed its full line-up, which comprises 145 features – up from 122 last year – from 29 countries.

Co-director Nadja Schildknecht revealed a rise in budget for the festival as well as growth in anticipated guest numbers.

“This year, we expect some 500 guests (previous year 450) from around the world to accompany their films,” she said.

“And the budget has increased accordingly to CHF6.9m ($7.4m) (previous year CHF6.1m/$6.5m).”

As previously announced, Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic Get On Up will open the festival on Sept 25. The closing film has yet to be revealed.

International competition

The International Feature Film Competition includes 14 titles, some of which have received critical acclaim at previous festivals such as Yann Demange’s action thriller ‘71, which debuted at the »

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

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Val Kilmer, Susanne Bier on Zurich jury

9 September 2014 3:42 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Susanne Bier to head international competition jury at Zurich Film Festival, which also includes Us actor Val Kilmer, Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanic and more.Scroll down for full jury line-ups

Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier is to preside over the international feature film jury at the 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 - Oct 5).

The Danish filmmaker, who won her Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar for In A Better World in 2011, is currently on the festival circuit with A Second Chance and Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper drama Serena.

She will oversee a jury that includes Us actor Val Kilmer, best known for roles in Heat, Batman Forever and Top Gun, and Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić, who won the Berlin Golden Bear in 2006 with Grbavica.

Also on the jury is Marie Masmonteil, the French producer of Party Girl, which picked up prizes at Cannes in May, and Jerusalem Film Festival winner Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, currently playing »

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

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Venice Film Review: ‘The Farewell Party’

4 September 2014 7:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home construct a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help a terminally ill pal in “The Farewell Party,” a poignant, provocative dramedy from Israeli helmers Sharon Maymon and Tal Granit. with dignity. Theatrical returns in Israel should be, er, out of this world, while offshore, positive word of mouth should smooth the way for this compassionate handling of inherently depressing material.

The opening scene cleverly riffs on the underlying theme of who has the right to play God, as retired inventor Yehezkel (Ze’ev Revah) phones an ailing nonagenarian, and speaking through a device that infuses his voice with a celestial grandeur, claims to be the Almighty and tells her not to give up on life. It’s typical of the kindly Yehezkel, who, with his inveterate tinkering, tries to come up with new and original ways to improve the lives of his neighbors and his pretty, »

- Alissa Simon

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Norway Sends ‘1001 Grams’ To Oscar’s Foreign-Language Race

4 September 2014 4:17 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bent Hamer’s “1001 Grams” is set to represent Norway in the foreign)language Academy Awards’ race.

Pic will play in the Masters sidebar at the Toronto film fest.

“1001 Grams stands out with a clear international profile – in Hamer’s unique way it depicts sorrow, love and the small and big challenges of life,” said Sindre Guldvog, who chairs the Norwegian Oscar Committee and runs the Norwegian Film Institute. “It is a compelling addition to Hamer’s impressive filmography that has previously represented Norway internationally.”

Pic marks Hamer’s third submission for the Oscars, following “Kitchen Stories” (“Salmer fra kjøkkenet) in 2003 and “O’Horten” in 2007.

Sold by Paris-based Les Films du Losange, “1001 Grams” stars Ane Dahl-Torp as a recently divorced, work-obsessed woman scientist in her late 30s, who travels to Paris to attend a seminar about the actual weight of the kilogram. While there, she falls in love with a French colleague. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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The 85th Academy Awards: If I had been a voter

28 August 2014 9:32 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Today I’ll be going back once again and looking at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories. I mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be doing that here and there, there’s a chance that this could turn into a long running thing. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright, here goes nothing: Best Picture – Argo The nominees here for this ceremony were Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty. »

- Joey Magidson

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Foreign Film Oscar Watch: Denmark, Germany, Venezuela, Nepal

27 August 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The trickle of foreign film submission info has become and soon it will be a flood. Over the new few days I'll be filling out a lot more of the foreign language submission charts which are written by me and my multi-lingual friend A.D. who knows so much about foreign cinema in so many atypical places he sometimes makes my head spin. But before all that charty speculation a handful of actual news items. 

Jhola from Nepal

New Official Submissions

Jhola is the official submission from Nepal. Nepal enjoyed one previous nomination in this category for Caravan (1999) but they haven't submitted regularly. Jhola is a period piece about the Nepali society custom of the wife having to set herself on fire when her husband dies and go with him. Horrific! Actress Kanchi Garima Panta is said to be very good in the lead role.

Beloved Sisters was announced today to represent Germany. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Telluride Film Festival 2014: Most Anticipated

26 August 2014 8:17 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Main Street during The Telluride Film Festival

The Telluride Film Festival seemingly appears overnight against the gorgeous backdrop of rugged mountains. It lasts just four days but in fact it takes more than a month of intensive labor to transform the elementary school, high school, hockey rink, library, the park in the middle of town and a masonic temple into theaters. Now in its 41st year,up until recently this hallowed Labor Day weekend event has long been a quiet fixture on the festival circuit. As most of the festival world knows, the escalating word of mouth about the quality of Telluride’s unofficial premieres caused the Toronto International Film Festival to issue an ultimatum to those hoping to land choice spots in the fall line-up: if you choose to screen at Telluride first, your film will be pushed back on Tiff’s slate. Realistically- Toronto has little to fear from Telluride besides buzz. »

- Lane Scarberry

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French Film Festival UK reveals highlights by Amber Wilkinson - 2014-08-15 10:08:25

15 August 2014 2:08 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Gustave Kervern and Catherine Deneuve in Pierre Salvadori's In The Courtyard The French Film Festival UK has unveiled its selection for its 22nd edition this November - with highlights featuring some of the brightest lights of French cinema, including Catherine Deneuve, Isabelle Huppert, Isabelle Carré, Jean Reno, Guillaume Canet, Mathieu Amalric, Albert Dupontel and Jean-Pierre Darroussin.

In locations across the country stretching from Inverness to London via Edinburgh and Glasgow, the event styles itself as “a celebration of Francophone cinema in all its guises.”

As well as an eclectic selection of contemporary titles from the past 12 months, the Festival will pay tribute to the late Alain Resnais who died earlier in the year, with screenings of a restored copy of his first feature Hiroshima Mon Amour with Oscar-nominated Emmanuelle Riva (from Amour) and Eiji Okadan, and the director’s last film Life of Riley (Aimer, boire, et chanter), his »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Film Review: ‘Hercules’

23 July 2014 6:20 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

On paper, Brett Ratner sounds like such an improbable choice to direct a large-scale ancient Greek epic that, going into his “Hercules,” one could only hope for a less aggressively preposterous affair than Renny Harlin’s bargain-basement “The Legend of Hercules” from earlier this year. The happy surprise is that Ratner’s “Hercules” is more than a mere improvement on its predecessor. It’s a grandly staged, solidly entertaining, old-fashioned adventure movie that does something no other Hercules movie has quite done before: it cuts the mythical son of Zeus down to human size (or as human as you can get while still being played by Dwayne Johnson). The result is a far classier pic than Paramount’s frenetic trailer — and decision to hide the film from reviewers until the eleventh hour — foretold, albeit one that will struggle to find its sea legs at a crowded and underperforming summer box office. »

- Scott Foundas

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