11 items from 2011
We're digging the latest trailer for the dramatic, classically-scored sushi documentary one early reviewer called "food porn par excellence." "Jiro Dreams Of Sushi" tells the story of Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old sushi master who runs what is considered to be the best sushi restaurant in Japan, a small 10-seater housed in the basement of an office building. The doc is director David Gelb's debut feature, and holds the distinction of being the first of this year's Tribeca Film Festival films to be bought by a studio (Magnolia Pictures).
Aside from the glistening shots of sushi and the aptly grandiose soundtrack, we're intrigued by what looks to be an interesting father-son career negotiation. Jiro's son, who unlike his father, divides his passion for sushi (with car racing and flying), must be "twice as good just to be equal," we're told, so influential is Jiro's work. The other relationship running through »
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I’ve never been a fan of sushi, but viewing an upcoming documentary may result in a change of habit. Director David Gelb captured the life of one of the world’s best sushi chefs, the 85 year-old Jiro Ono, in Jiro Dreams of Sushi. He followed his quest for perfection as well as his tenuous relationship with his son. The film recently picked up the world cinema audience award at AFI Fest and has played at Stockholm, Tribeca and more. I’m always fond of documentaries that excel just beyond the subject at hand, and this looks to do so. Check out the trailer below via Apple.
Jiro Dreams Of Sushi is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, »
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AFI Fest 2011 presented by Audi announced today the features and short films that are the recipients of this year.s Audience and Jury Awards. The films will screen today in an encore run at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, CA.
.It has been an exciting year for world cinema and emerging international filmmakers,. said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director of AFI Fest presented by Audi. .We’ve had incredibly enthusiastic audiences for all of the screenings at AFI Fest. It’s wonderful to discover the films that especially resonate with audiences and put a spotlight on filmmakers as part of awards season critical acclaim.. .It has been eight fantastic days of screenings here in Los Angeles with over 150 filmmakers from around the world attending to present their works,. said Lane Kneedler, Associate Director of Programming for AFI Fest presented by Audi. .What a wonderful way to end AFI Fest.s 25th Edition »
- Melissa Howland
Ruth Vega Fernandez, Liv Mjönes, With Every Heartbeat Rwanda Genocide, Sushi Chef, Matthias Schoenaerts: AFI Fest 2011 Awards Audience Awards Breakthrough Section (award accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize) With Every Heartbeat by Alexandra-Therese Keining New Auteurs Section Bullhead by Michaël R. Roskam World Cinema Section A tie: Jiro Dreams Of Sushi by David Gelb and Kinyarwanda by Alrick Brown Young Americans Section Wuss by Clay Liford Live Action And Animated Short Film Section Jury Awards As in previous years, a jury determines the AFI Fest 2011 Live Action and Animated Short Film Section Awards. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences recognizes each winner as a qualifier for the annual Academy Awards. The Short Film Jury — comprised of filmmakers Barry Jenkins and Gerardo Naranjo (AFI Conservatory Class of 2001) and festival programmer Kim Yutani — announced the awards with their statements. Live Action Short Film Section Grand Jury Prize: Frozen Stories from »
- Andre Soares
As this year’s AFI Fest presented by Audi winds to a close with this evening’s Closing Night Gala of The Adventures of Tintin, it’s time to start celebrating the films and talents that made this year’s festival such a massive success. The festival announced their full listing of award winners and prize recipients at their annual awards brunch, held this morning. There are a number of winners here that have already racked up some wins and notice throughout the festival season, including Michael R. Roskam‘s Bullhead, Athina Rachel Tsangari‘s Attenberg, and Clay Liford‘s Wuss, but the festival also paid special notice to Bullhead star Matthias Schoenaerts, along with their selections of shorts. The festival ends this evening with that very special Tintin screening, which both Ms. Loring and I will be attending, with animated bells on. Look for Allison’s review of the film tomorrow, one »
- Kate Erbland
AFI Fest 2011 wraps up tonight with the closing gala premiere of The Adventures of Tintin. Awards were handed out this morning to a crowded Roosevelt Ballroom which attendees were informed hosted the very first Academy Awards ceremony. There was only a bit less fanfare (and no Muppets) for this morning's ceremony where the following films were recognized: Young Americans section - Audience Award Wuss - Director: Clay Liford Breakthrough section - Audience Award With Every Heartbeat - Director: Alexandra-Therese Keining World Cinema section - Audience Award Kinyarwanda - Director: Alrick Brown (Tie) Jiro Dreams Of Sushi - Director: David Gelb New Auteurs section - Audience Award Bullhead - Director: Michael Roskam New Auteurs section - Critics Special Acting Prize Matthias Schoenaerts - Bullhead New »
Jean-Marc Vallée's Café du Flore Chantal Akerman, Joseph Cedar, Béla Tarr, Nuri Bilge Ceylan: AFI Fest 2011 World Cinema Selections Arirang: Traumatized by a near-fatal accident during filming, director Kim Ki-duk offers a visionary self-portrait of a troubled artist reeling from an emotional breakdown. Dir Kim Ki-duk. South Korea. U.S. Premiere. CAFÉ Du Flore: In his follow-up to C.R.A.Z.Y., Jean Marc Vallée tells two parallel stories connected by music about a Montreal D.J. and a mother devoted to her special-needs son. Dir/Scr Jean-Marc Vallée. Cast Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent, Hélène Florent, Evelyne Brochu, Marin Gerrier. Canada. U.S. Premiere. Extraterrestrial: Timecrimes director Nacho Vigalondo’s surprising second feature finds an alien invasion providing the backdrop for one of the most delightful romantic comedies in years. Dir/Scr Nacho Vigalondo. Cast Julian Villagran, Michelle Jenner, Raul Cimas, Carlos Areces, Miguel Noguera. Spain. Faust: Russian Ark director »
- Andre Soares
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A handful of stellar titles with Oscar aspirations have been programmed into this year’s Austin Film Festival schedule, which begins on Oct. 20 with an as-yet-unnamed Opening Night selection.
In between, Aff audiences will get their first looks at Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants,” Steve McQueen’s “Shame,” Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” Rodrigo Garcia’s “Albert Nobbs” and Sean Durkin’s “Martha Marcy May Marlene” – all films with awards hopes that will screen as part of the festival’s Marquee category.
“We’re proud to be taking our program in some exciting new directions while maintaining our focus on strong writing and engaging stories,” said new Film Programmers Stephen Jannise and Stephen Belyeu.
- Sean O'Connell
For the Sales Agent stationed in the Netherlands, 2011 could be considered an off year with only two titles (Leila Kilani's Sur La Planche and Corman's World gets some replay value) in Cannes. Put they have a solid selection of Asian titles in the pipeline and two Brit titles in Kevin MacDonald's Marley and Michel Winterbottom's The Promised Land which we look forward to with much anticipation. Here are some features to watch out for. Cairo 678 by Mohamed Diab - Completed Come Rain, Come Shine by Yoon-Ki Lee - Completed Mama Africa by Mika KAURISMÄKI - Completed Corman’S World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel by Alex Stapleton - Completed Jiro Dreams Of Sushi by David Gelb - Completed Last Romance by Yonfan - Completed Magic Trip by Alex Gibney - Completed Silent Sonata by Janez Burger - Completed Sur La Planche by Leila Kilani - Completed Vampire by »
Ahead of its North American premiere tomorrow at the Tribeca Film Festival, Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to David Gelb's directorial debut, "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," a documentary that about the life and work of master sushi chef Jiro Ono. The company plans for a theatrical release later this year. Below is the full press release: Magnolia Pictures Acquires North America Rights to Jiro Dreams Of Sushi New »
Kevin Macdonald's documentary Marley goes to Roadshow Films for Australia and New Zealand. According to Variety, Fortissimo Films has sold the Tuff Gong Films and Shangri-la-produced film which includes Latin America, Portugal and numerous other territories. Marley which focuses on late reggae legend, is executive produced by Marley's son Ziggy as well as Steve Bing and Chris Blackwell and has already been sold to Germany (Kinowelt), Gaul (Wild Side Films), Switzerland (Ascot Elite) and South Africa (Nu Metro). Other films sold previously by Fortissimo include David Geib's documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi. »
11 items from 2011
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