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International Star You Should Know: Aiysha Hart

18 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Breakout Role 

Aiysha Hart’s exotic looks (her mother is English, her father Saudi Arabian) is the perfect mix for the BBC’s “Atlantis,” a fantasy series that plays on the legend of the undersea world. Her role as Ariadne, daughter of King Minos, grows in the show’s recently wrapped second season. “There’s a lot more for her and for me,” says the 26-year-old Hart.

Fast Start

Her family lived in Saudi Arabia for a while when she was a child, but she was raised mostly in Surrey, England, and speaks Arabic. She studied at King’s College London, and then went to drama school. While still a student, she landed roles in  Tobe Hooper’s horror film “Djinn,” then as a Muslim woman targeted by her ultraconservative family for an honor killing in Shan Khan and 108 Media’s “Honour”; Paddy Considine plays the hit man hired by her family. »

- Nikara Johns

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Film Review: ‘Honour’

11 July 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Earnest issue drama and pulpy B-thriller mechanics make awkward but not uncompelling bedfellows in “Honour,” a debut feature from BAFTA-nominated writer-director Shan Khan that exploits the perceived rise of Islamic “honor killings” in the U.K. to luridly tense ends. Identifying a social disease without delving terribly far into its warped psychology, Khan’s tricksily structured film has been positioned as a tough-guy starring vehicle for Paddy Considine — watchable as ever, if oddly cast as a bounty hunter hired by a conservative Muslim family to execute their nonconformist daughter. That may not seem the most sensitive way of bringing a horrifying feminist crisis to light, but sincere anger, plus excellent work from Aiysha Hart as Considine’s prey, burn through some of the contrivances. Following a quiet domestic release in the spring, “Honour” opens today on multiple platforms Stateside.

If “Honour” is remembered at all beyond 2014, it’ll probably be »

- Guy Lodge

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Fantasia Film Fest announces full line-up

10 July 2014 9:31 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Following previous announcements of their film lineup, the Fantasia International Film Festival has released their full lineup of movies to be shown at the 18th Annual festival, starting July 17.

New additions to the lineup include 2014 Cannes Selection When Animals Dream, directed by Jonas Alexander Amby and the return of Fantasia’s showcase of animated films, Axis.

Tickets for the festival go on sale starting July 16, and the festival runs through August 5.

View the whole press release of additional announcements below:



Fantasia Celebrates Its 18th Birthday

With Over 160 Feature Films Montreal, Thursday July 10, 2014 – 2014 is the year that Fantasia turns 18. We can’t believe it either. Fantasia’s 18th birthday means over 160 features and something in the neighborhood of 300 shorts, many being shown for the first time on this continent, a good number screening here for the first time anywhere in the world.In addition to being stacked with a multitude of breathtaking debut filmmaker discoveries, »

- Brian Welk

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Iggy Pop Joining Dario Argento for The Sandman

17 June 2014 1:02 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Some interesting news has come out of the recent Fantasia Frontieres Film Market Selections story that we posted an hour or so ago. One of the announced projects was Dario Argento's The Sandman, and there have been some developments regarding it.

Fangoria is reporting that Iggy Pop and his barrage of chest veins will star in the title role of the flick.

The Sandman was scripted by David Tully (who also wrote Tobe Hooper’s upcoming Djinn) and will be presented to potential backers at the Frontières International Co-Production Market at this summer’s Fantasia film festival in Montreal.

No word yet on plot details, but stay tuned for more as it comes.

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Fantasia Announces 2014 Off-Frontieres Film Market Selections

17 June 2014 11:08 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival, widely acclaimed as one of the largest and most influential genre film festivals in the world, has just announced the Off-Frontières selections of the fourth edition of its Frontières International Co-Production Market.

Read on for a complete listing of all the titles being pitched at the event!

From the Press Release

Following the selection of the official Frontières line-up of film projects for the Frontières International Co-Production Market, another 12 projects have been chosen for the return of the Off-Frontières selection, for the market’s 4th edition.

The Off-Frontières projects line-up features a predominance of Canadian projects, complemented by projects from American, Mexican, Irish, British, French, German and Australian directors and producers. Highlights include the next features by Dario Argento (Suspiria) and by Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky), as well as follow-up features by Fantasia alumni Rob Grant (Mon Ami), Pat Kiely (Who Is Kk Downey?), Kerry Prior »

- John Squires

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Cannes Festival: Full 2014 Lineup

14 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »


Grace of Monaco (1)

Olivier Dahan, France-u.S.-Belgium-Italy


The Captive

Atom Egoyan, Canada

Clouds of Sils Maria

Olivier Assayas, France-Switzerland-Germany


Bennett Miller, U.S.

Goodbye to Language

Jean-Luc Godard, Switzerland

The Homesman (2)

Tommy Lee Jones, U.S.

Jimmy’s Hall

Ken Loach, U.K.-Ireland-France


Andrei Zvyagintsev, Russia

Le Meraviglie

Alice Rohrwacher, Italy-Switzerland-Germany

Maps to the Stars

David Cronenberg, Canada-u.S.-France-Germany


Xavier Dolan, France-Canada

Mr. Turner

Mike Leigh, U.K.

Saint Laurent

Bertrand Bonello, France

The Search

Michel Hazanavicius, France

Still the Water

Naomi Kawase, Japan


Abderrahmane Sissako, France

Two Days, One Night

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Belgium

Wild Tales

Damian Szifron, Argentina-Spain

Winter Sleep

Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey-Germany-France

Out of Competition

Coming Home

Zhang Yimou, China

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (3)

Dean DeBlois, U.S.

Un Certain Regard


Party Girl

Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, France

Amour fou

Jessica Hausner, »

- Variety Staff

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Complete 2014 Cannes Film Festival Lineup

17 April 2014 7:50 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

This morning the 2014 Cannes Film Festival lineup was announced and while at least one Out of Competition title is still to be announced, along with the Critics' Week and Directors' Fortnight lineups, we have a look at what films make up the competition and it's largely a lot of the titles that were rumored heading into today's announcement. Among the competition titles you have Atom Egoyan's Captives, which we'll have to hope is better than Devil's Knot, Bennett Miller's highly anticipated Foxcatcher, Jean-Luc Godard's 3D feature Goodbye To Language, The Homesman from Tommy Lee Jones, Ken Loach's Jimmy's Hall and David Cronengberg's Maps to the Stars. I'm jealous I won't be there to see Xavier Dolan's first time in competition with Mommy, Mike Leigh is again at Cannes with Mr. Turner and Michel Hazanavicius returns to Cannes after The Artist took the fest by storm with The Search. »

- Brad Brevet

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International Star You Should Know: May El Calamawy

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

Claim To Fame

Born in Bahrain and raised in Houston and Doha, 27-year-old May El Calamawy is a rarity: an actress fluent in both Arabic and English. She’s been making her career in genre films, starting with helmer Tobe Hooper’s “Djinn,” the first chiller produced in the United Arab Emirates, where it has been a hit.

Designs On Acting

After completing high school in Bahrain, she began studying industrial design in Boston, because her Egyptian dad, a banker, wanted her to get involved in something other than acting. But halfway through the year, she applied to Emerson College, and stubbornly told her parents, including her Jordanian mom, “If I get in, I’m going.”

The New York-uae Connection

After attending Emerson, she took part in the New York Arab American Comedy Festival. But since 2009, she’s been back in the UAE, dividing her time between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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