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Mad Max: Fury Road wins critics' best film of 2015

1 September 2015 4:09 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road has been named best film of year by the International Federation of Film Critics.

The federation, comprised of 500 of the world's top critics, will honour Miller its Fipresci Grand Prix 2015..

The award will be presented to the Australian writer/director/producer at the opening ceremony of the 63rd Annual San Sebastián International Film Festival on September 18 in San Sebastian, Spain.

Since its early 2015 release, Mad Max has become one of the best-reviewed films of this or any year, earning a 98 per cent fresh rating on the online review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, which lists Mad Max: Fury Road as the 12th best-reviewed film of all time.

Miller said he was proud of the Aussie cast and crew, "big time".

"Their skill set, their unfailing grace under pressure. This was a tough movie to make. It's so lovely to have our many labours acknowledged in this way. »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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Agathe Valentin heads to France's Pyramide

26 August 2015 2:58 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sales veteran to debut in new role at Venice Film Festival.

Agathe Valentin has been appointed head of sales at Pyramide International, the sales arm of Paris-based auteur film production and distribution house Pyramide Films.

Valentin arrives from Les Films du Losange where she spent eight years rising to the position of head of sales and handling prestige auteur titles such as Michael Haneke’s Oscar-winning Amour and Stranger By The Lake.

“After eight years at Films du Losange, I felt ready for a new adventure and a fresh challenge,” Valentin told ScreenDaily.

She will make her first outing in her new role at the Venice Film Festival (Sept 2-12) with two festival titles: Early Winter and Montanha.

Australian Michael Rowe’s Early Winter, starring Paul Doucet as a security guard fighting to keep his marriage afloat opposite Suzanne Clement as his wife, will premiere internationally in Venice Days.

It marks an English-language debut for Rowe whose »

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Criterion In November: The Apu Trilogy, In Cold Blood, Ikiru, And More

17 August 2015 7:02 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

After a limited run in select theaters, a restored version of The Apu Trilogy is heading to Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection in November. Also due out: Richard Brooks' In Cold Blood, which seems appropriate for the season (at least in the Northern hemisphere); Michael Haneke's chilly Code Unknown; Kurosawa Akira's Ikiru; and Don't Look Back, the still-startling, still-fresh documentary by D.A. Pennebaker on Bob Dylan. You can find all the details below, courtesy of the official Criterion email. Code Unknown - Blu-ray & DVD Editions One of the world's most influential and provocative filmmakers, the Academy Award-winning Austrian director Michael Haneke (Amour) diagnoses the social maladies of contemporary Europe with devastating precision and staggering artistry. His 2000 drama Code Unknown, the first of his...

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Locarno Film Review: ‘Floride’

9 August 2015 6:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Nearly four decades after winning his first Cesar, French star Jean Rochefort (whom Americans may recognize as the man Terry Gilliam intended to play Don Quixote) is still working steadily, though hardly ever in films of note. Simply put, projects like “Floride” — based on Florian Zeller’s prize-winning play “The Father” — rarely come his way anymore. Boasting a lead role as juicy as a sun-ripened orange, this late-career blessing may as well be Rochefort’s “Nebraska,” allowing the beloved character actor to adapt his persona — in which venerability leaves room for an almost childish streak of mischief — to that of a once-proud patriarch suffering from dementia. Sensitive without lapsing into sentimentality, “Floride” marks the sort of gently irreverent French film that elderly arthouse auds seem to love best, blending humor and pathos to crowd-pleasing effect.

Whereas Alexander Payne paid tribute to his personal corner of the American expanse in “Nebraska, »

- Peter Debruge

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Hiroshima 70th Anniversary: Six Must-Watch Movies Remembering the A-Bomb Terror

6 August 2015 10:38 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'The Beginning or the End' 1947 with Robert Walker and Tom Drake. Hiroshima bombing 70th anniversary: Six movies dealing with the A-bomb terror Seventy years ago, on Aug. 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima. Ultimately, anywhere between 70,000 and 140,000 people died – in addition to dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and most other living beings in that part of the world. Three days later, America dropped a second atomic bomb, this time over Nagasaki. Human deaths in this other city totaled anywhere between 40,000-80,000. For obvious reasons, the evisceration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki has been a quasi-taboo in American films. After all, in the last 75 years Hollywood's World War II movies, from John Farrow's Wake Island (1942) and Mervyn LeRoy's Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) to Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (1998) and Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor (2001), almost invariably have presented a clear-cut vision »

- Andre Soares

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Criterion Collection: Hiroshima Mon Amour | Blu-ray Review

14 July 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Criterion digitally restores its previous edition of Alain Resnais’ landmark directorial debut, Hiroshima Mon Amour, a jagged cornerstone of the French New Wave, which forever associated the reluctant auteur with one of the most acclaimed cinematic movements to date. Roughly preceding the renowned debut of Jean-Luc Godard and released the same month as Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows (they competed against one another at Cannes), Resnais’ contribution changed the way we regarded linear narrative and flashback sequences, and much like those iconic works of his peers, now bears several decades worth of critical acclaim on its shoulders. Tragic, moody and ultimately a poetic exchange of present interludes shattered by ghosts of the recent past, Resnais begins with motifs he would remain fascinated with throughout his career, the nature of remembrance and recollection, instances as shattered as the narrative chronologies in his films.

Fourteen years after the atomic bomb laid waste to Hiroshima, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Blu-ray Review: “Hiroshima Mon Amour” (1959; Directed by Alain Resnais) (The Criterion Collection)

30 June 2015 6:02 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

“He Said/She Said—Reflections On Love, Unreliable Memories, And The Atomic Bomb”

By Raymond Benson

Director Alain Resnais achieved worldwide acclaim with his documentary short, Night and Fog (1955), which revealed to the world the true horrors of what went on in the Nazi concentration camps. For his first feature film, Resnais turned to fiction; and yet, he maintained a somewhat documentary approach in showing the world the true horrors of what occurred in Hiroshima, Japan when the first atomic bomb was dropped. Beyond that, Hiroshima mon amour (“Hiroshima, My Love”) is an art film that not only signaled the beginning of the French New Wave (although many film historians do not count it as an example of that movement), it also established Resnais’ singular, enigmatic and ambiguous style as an auteur. The director would go on to make even more thematically-mysterious pictures (namely Last Year at Marienbad) and become »

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Cast of ‘Brimstone’

24 June 2015 3:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington has joined the cast of “Brimstone,” which has just started principal photography. The film will shoot on location in Romania, Spain and Germany.

Also joining the cast are Paul Anderson (“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”), Jack Roth (“The Great Train Robbery”) and Carla Juri (“Wetlands”).

The film, which is written and directed by Martin Koolhoven (“Winter in Wartime”), stars Dakota Fanning (“Night Moves,” “The Runaways” and the upcoming “Franny”), Guy Pearce (“Memento,” “Lawless”) and Carice van Houten (“Black Book,” “Valkyrie”). Fanning stars as Liz, a heroine on the run from her past and chased by Pearce’s character, the diabolical Preacher. The movie is described as “a vivid and powerful epic of one woman’s defiant resistance.”

Els Vandevorst (“Winter in Wartime,” “The Surprise,” “Dogville”) of Holland’s N279 Entertainment produces, alongside Uwe Schott (“Cloud Atlas,” “Amour”) of X-Filme. Antonino Lombardo of Belgium’s Prime Time, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Michael Haneke’s 10 Favorite Films

9 June 2015 12:25 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Following up his Palme d’Or winner Amour, it was thought that Michael Haneke was hard at work on Flashmob, even courting a major actress to lead, but it looks like that project is no more. “I had a project under preparation but I abandoned it for several reasons which I will not discuss,” he recently told Le Parisien (via The Guardian). […] »

- Leonard Pearce

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Michael Haneke Won't Incite A 'Flashmob' but is Working On Something Else

9 June 2015 9:16 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Given that flashmobs, by nature of what they are, are designed to surprise, perhaps the unexpected news of writer/director Michael Haneke dropping his long-developed Flashmob is only fitting. The one-time theatrical follow-up to his Best Picture-nominated Amour may be dead, but that doesn't mean the 73-year-old filmmaker isn't cooking up something to replace it. In an interview with Le Parisien, via The Playlist, Haneke revealed he dropped his proposed new movie, about a group of characters who connect through the Internet and an ending event, but he's now researching a France-set movie as a replacement project. Nothing else about this new movie is known. In fact, he even refused to say why he is no longer making his previously-stated next project. But that's not shocking. Haneke isn't really the talkative type, especially on his own projects. As of last year, Flashmob was expected to begin production during the summer, »

- Will Ashton

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Flashmob in the pan: Michael Haneke cans planned internet-themed movie

9 June 2015 9:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Michael Haneke’s next film will no longer be his previously announced project about disparate online characters brought together

When Flashmob was announced, it seemed like an eccentric idea for Michael Haneke to take on. A drama about a group of online characters brought together by a flashmob wasn’t what you’d expect from the director of The White Ribbon and Amour.

Related: Not coming soon: the films still stuck in purgatory

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- Benjamin Lee

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Cannes Awards Contenders, from the Weinstein Slate to 'Son of Saul'

25 May 2015 2:18 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Cannes Film Festival often yields year-end awards contenders, from eventual Best Actor-winner Roberto Begnini ("Life is Beautiful") and "The Piano" and "The Pianist" to Michael Haneke's "Amour" and Best Picture-winner "The Artist." Last year's "Foxcatcher" wound up grabbing a few nods, more than Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner," and the festival introduced several foreign film contenders, while "Clouds of Sils Maria," which didn't opened stateside until 2015, could provide a Supporting Actress shot for well-reviewed Kristen Stewart. So what of this year's crop of awards hopefuls? Weinstein Co. has a full slate this year: "Carol." This is a strong contender on many fronts. Most likely are its two leads. Rooney Mara shared the Cannes Best Actress jury award, which will help her going forward and lends support for a Best Actress slot along with Cate Blanchett. Mara was nominated once »

- Anne Thompson

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Cannes: Complete list of winners includes 'Dheepan,' 'Carol,' 'The Lobster,' ...

24 May 2015 3:51 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Winners were announced on Sunday for the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, and the top prize, the coveted Palme d'Or, went to Jacques Audiard's French film "Dheepan." This is the first time Audiard has won the award following three unsuccessful attempts ("A Self-Made Hero" in 1996, "A Prophet" in 2009 and "Rust and Bone" in 2012), though he did previously win a screenwriting award for "Self-Made Hero" and the Grand Prix for "A Prophet." -Break- His last two entries lost to films by Michael Haneke –  "The White Ribbon" in 2009 and "Amour" in 2012 – so in his speech, Audiard thanked Haneke "for not making a film this year." Oscars next for Cannes winners Rooney Mara, Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Lindon? This year, Oscar-winning directors Joel and Ethan Coen presided over the jury, which also included international actors Rossy de »

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Chronic’

22 May 2015 5:35 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The smallest and subtlest film in the main competition at Cannes this year, Mexican director Michel Franco’s “Chronic” offers a measured portrait of a hospice nurse (played by Tim Roth) who tends to terminally ill patients, respectfully observing his difficult and emotionally draining job while bluntly asking the question: Who cares for the caregiver? Echoing Michael Haneke’s “Amour” in key aspects of style and theme without achieving nearly the devastating impact of that Palme d’Or winner, Franco shifts the emotional center of his film away from the bond between a dying woman and her closest loved one, zeroing in on the uncomfortable truth that, in many cases, the people who connect most closely to such patients in their final days are not immediate family members, but their nurses. Needless to say, the subject is anti-commercial in the extreme, and the approach even more so, relegating this sensitive portrait primarily to festivals. »

- Peter Debruge

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Alchemy Gets Busy at Cannes, Grabs Nanni Moretti’s 'Mia Madre,' Gaspar Noé's 3D 'Love'

19 May 2015 10:55 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Indie distributor Alchemy has just scooped up Cannes perennial Nanni Moretti's "Mia Madre" out of the competition. This semi-autobiographical seriocomedy centers on a director (Margherita Buy) who's shooting an Italian film with an unruly and famous American actor (John Turturro). Meanwhile, she's trying to keep her own life together, despite her mother's (Giulia Lazzarini) illness and daughter's (Beatrice Mancini) budding adolescence. Moretti, who also stars in the film and won the 2001 Palme d'Or for "The Son's Room," co-penned the script with Francesco Piccolo and Valia Santella. In 2012, he served as the Cannes jury president when Michael Haneke's "Amour" took the Palme. Read More: Indiewire's Cannes Review of "Mia Madre" Moretti produced "Mia Madre" through his Sacher Film banner along with Domenico Procacci of Fandango and Rai Cinema. While no release date has been set, the film has so far met acclaim and interest »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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'Brimstone' inks France, Germany deals ahead of shoot

14 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Mia Wasikowska thriller goes to France, Germany ahead of June 15 shoot.

Writer-director Martin Koolhoven’s (Winter in Wartime) upcoming thriller Brimstone, starring Mia Wasikowska (Maps to the Stars), Guy Pearce (The Hurt Locker), Robert Pattinson (Twilight Saga) and Carice van Houten (Black Book), has closed key deals and added finance ahead of its June 15 shoot.

Among pre-sales to close for Embankment Films are Germany (Koch Media) and France (The Jokers Films) with savvy French outfit Back-Up Media and Holland’s N279 Entertainment arranging financing on the film with London-based New Sparta Films and Filmwave.

Uwe Schott (Cloud Atlas, Amour) of X-Filme, Els Vandevorst (Winter in Wartime) of N279 and Belgium’s Prime Time will produce.

In Brimstone, Wasikowska will play a heroine on the run from her past, chased by a diabolical preacher played by Pearce. Set in the American West, Paterson is set to play an outlaw.

The film will shoot in Romania, Spain and Germany »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson Movie ‘Alone in Berlin’ Starts to Shoot

26 March 2015 1:49 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — “Alone in Berlin,” which stars Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson and Daniel Bruhl, will start to shoot on Friday on location in Berlin, Cologne and Gorlitz, Germany.

Pic is the English-language adaptation of Hans Fallada’s novel, based on the true story of a working-class couple who conducted a series of anonymous protests against the Nazi regime during World War II. The screenplay was written by Achim von Borries (“Good Bye Lenin!”) and Vincent Perez.

Joining the production team are cinematographer Christophe Beaucarne (“Irina Palm,” “Mr. Nobody”), production designer Jean-Vincent Puzos (“Amour,” “10,000 B.C.”) and editor Francois Gedigier (“On the Road,” “Yves Saint Laurent”).

X Filme’s Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott (“Cloud Atlas,” “Amour”) and Master Movie’s Marco Pacchioni (“Bluesbreaker,” “Bye Bye Blondie”) are producing together with James Schamus (“Brokeback Mountain,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”) and FilmWave’s Christian Grass and Paul Trijbits (“Jane Eyre,” “Saving Mr. Banks »

- Leo Barraclough

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Thompson, Gleeson, Bruhl begin 'Alone In Berlin' shoot

26 March 2015 5:08 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Second World War drama will shoot on location in Berlin, Cologne and Görlitz.

The English-language adaptation of Hans Fallada’s classic 1947 novel Alone In Berlin is set to begin shooting in Germany.

Based on the true story of a working class couple who conducted a series of anonymous protests against the Nazi regime during the Second World War, principal photography will begin tomorrow (March 27) on location in Berlin, Cologne and Görlitz.

Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) and Brendan Gleeson (Calvary) star as Anna and Otto Quangel, with Daniel Brühl (Rush) playing Gestapo inspector Escherich.

Producers are Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott for X-Filme, the German production outfit whose credits include Amour, The White Ribbon and Cloud Atlas.

Co-producers are Master Movie’s Marco Pacchioni together with James Schamus and FilmWave’s Christian Grass and Paul Trijbits.

French actor Vincent Perez will direct.

The screenplay was written by Achim von Borries (Good Bye Lenin!) and Vincent »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Les Films du Losange Boards Wrong Men’s ‘Prejudice’

6 March 2015 7:36 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Les Films du Losange, the Paris-based company behind Michael Haneke’s “Amour,” has boarded “Prejudice,” the feature debut of Belgian filmmaker Antoine Cuypers.

Prejudice” is one of the projects developed and produced by Benoît Roland’s Wrong Men, a Brussels-based, up-and-coming outfit that aims at supporting emerging Belgian talent and producing local movies for the international market.

The family drama features an international cast led by Nathalie Baye, Arno (pictured above with Cuypers), Thomas Blanchard and Ariane Labed, who recently won best actress at Locarno. The pic marks Cuypers’s follow up to the short film “A New Old Story.”

Prejudice” centers around a family celebration that unravels after a young women (Ariane Labed) announces to her brother Cedric (Thomas Blanchard) and parents (Nathalie Baye and Arno) that she’s expecting a baby. Cedric reacts to the news with anger and starts exposing the prejudice he claims to be facing. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Cunningham, Moreau join Bejo, Pattinson drama

6 February 2015 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Shoot underway on Childhood of a Leader.

Berenice Bejo, Robert Pattinson and Stacy Martin have been joined by Liam Cunningham (Game Of Thrones), Yolande Moreau (Amelie) and Sophie Curtis (Arbitrage) for Brady Corbet’s directorial feature debut The Childhood of A Leader, which is shooting now on location in Hungary.

The film charts the birth of a terrifying ego during the rise of fascism in the early 20thcentury.

Protagonist reps international sales, Wme handles North America.

Corbet, best known for his work as an actor in Melancholia, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Funny Games, co-wrote the script with Mona Fastvold.

The drama is a Unanimous Entertainment and Mact Films production in association with FilmTeam in Hungary. Funding comes from Media House Capital, Bow and Arrow Entertainment, Scope Pictures and Scion Pictures.

Producers are Chris Coen (Funny Games), Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Helena Danielsson (Beyond) and Istvan Major. Ron Curtis, Brian Young, Aaron L. Gilbert, [link »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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