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Since its inception in 1991, Germany’s Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg has not only become a leading international film school but is also home to the country’s renowned Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Post-production.
Among the Filmakamie’s alumni are such diverse industryites as Oscar-winning vfx supervisor Volker Engel, who won an Oscar for “Independence Day” and re-teamed with Roland Emmerich on “Independence Day: Resurgence”; European Film Award-winning cinematographer Franz Lustig (“How I Live Now”); Anne Zohra Berrached, whose acclaimed drama “24 Weeks” screened in competition at this year’s Berlin Film Festival; and Tanja Krampfert, technical director in Pixar Animation Studios’ character department.
Diversity and learning by doing have been key factors in making the Filmakademie one of Germany’s premiere film schools since its foundation by Albrecht Ade in 1991, according to Managing Director Thomas Schadt. The Filmakademie encourages its students to work and create together and its track record »
- Ed Meza
Chloë Grace Moretz battles teen-hating space invaders in this clunky adaptation of a Ya fantasy
This sci-fi fantasy, from the first book in Rick Yancey’s ongoing Ya series, mimics the riffs (feisty heroine, hunky boys, dystopian setting, devious adult corporations, potential love triangles etc) but lacks the cinematic legs of The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner. Chloë Grace Moretz is the likable teenager who finds herself fighting a guerrilla war when space invaders (“we call them ‘others’”) terrorise the planet and the army starts rounding up kids to fight in an ugly war. The British director J Blakeson, who worked low-budget wonders on The Disappearance of Alice Creed, handles the shifts and twists of the plot efficiently enough, but the result remains lumpen and crucially lacking in surprise.
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Ronan is playing a high-school senior in the film set in Sacramento. Gerwig will direct from her own script. Iac Films is financing “Lady Bird” with Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill producing.
The 21-year-old Ronan just receiving an Academy Award best actress nomination. She also nabbed Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG nods for “Brooklyn,” in which she portrays a young Irish woman who emigrates to New York City in the early 1950s. She also received an Oscar nom for best supporting actress for the 2007 drama “Atonement.”
Ronan’s other credits include “I Could Never Be Your Woman,” “City of Ember,” “The Way Back,” “The Host,” “How I Live Now” and Wes Anderson’s comedy “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Ronan will make her Broadway debut this spring in Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” which Rudin is also producing. »
- Dave McNary
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