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Glasgow unveils new strands

21 November 2013 3:36 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New strands include pop-up events, a focus on Chile and Oscar nominated Hollywood films from 1939.Scroll down for full list of strands

The Glasgow Film Festival has unveiled its line-up of strands for its 10th edition, which will run Feb 20 to March 2.

New strands include Pop-Up Cinema, comprising “boutique screenings and cinematic experiences” in a range of unusual locations.

Its builds on last year’s festival, where The Warriors screened in the Glasgow Subway system; Jaws and Dead Calm were shown in the cargo hold of the Tall Ship Glenlee; silent classic The Passion of Joan of Arc was accompanied by a live soprano soundtrack at Glasgow Cathedral; and Calamity Jane was played at the Grand Ole Opry country and western saloon.

At the 2014 festival, there will be a themed pop-up event on every night of the Festival apart from the opening and closing galas. Selected events will be announced next month.

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What to Watch: Nov. 17-23, 2013

20 November 2013 6:43 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – What to Watch is back! Miss us? Every week, we roll out 5-10 of the latest films and TV shows to be released on DVD, Blu-ray, and various streaming services. This week’s highlights include a few classics, a cult hit, a couple of recent comedies, and a family flick. In the order we’d advise buying or renting them…

The Vivien Leigh Anniversary Collection

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“The Vivien Leigh Anniversary Collection”

Another Wtw, another Cohen Media Group release. Seriously, the good folks at Cohen have been doing an amazing job of finding relatively obscure classics and recent foreign films and polishing them like they’re beloved worldwide. They’re rivaling Criterion and Scream Factory as studios for which every release truly matters. Their latest is a collection of four early films from the legendary Vivien Leigh, an actress best-known for “Gone with the Wind” and a true Hollywood icon. »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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New DVD Blu-ray: 'The World's End,' 'Planes,' 'We're the Millers'

20 November 2013 10:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week:

"The World's End"

What's It About? The third installment of Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy, following 2004's "Shaun of the Dead" and 2007's "Hot Fuzz," "The World's End" features a group of five reuniting friends. They embark on an epic drinking marathon in an effort to top their pub crawl from 20 years prior, only this time an unexpected alien invasion strikes.

Why We're In: A refreshing blend of comedy and sci-fi, "The World's End" is the perfectly charming film to spoof the apocalypse genre and keep you endlessly entertained. Plus, it features hilarious (as always) performances from Wright staples Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.

Watch: Go behind-the-scenes on "The World's End" (Video)

Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week:

"Tokyo Story" (Criterion Collection)

What's It About? Yasujirô Ozu's ("Late Spring") 1953 classic, "Tokyo Story," tells the sad story of elderly couple Shukichi (Chishu Ryu) and »

- Erin Whitney

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Life Kills Me Plays at Sliff 2013 This Friday

14 November 2013 9:33 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Director Sebastián Silva is now known for Sundance award-winner “The Maid” and the recent Michael Cera film “Crystal Fairy,” but before establishing his lofty international reputation, he debuted with “Life Kills Me,” which the Global Lens series springs from the vault for a welcome reassessment. Life and death come wrapped in a mutual embrace, both absurd and poignant, in this smart comedy about an unlikely friendship between a grieving cinematographer and a morbidly obsessed drifter. At work on a seriously schlocky, low-budget horror film, Gaspar is still reeling from the untimely death of his beloved older brother when he meets Alvaro at yet another premature funeral. A mildly sociopathic young man with an unyielding curiosity for the dark side, Alvaro soon coaxes Gaspar out of his shell in unexpected ways. The savvy film site Twitch calls “Life Kills Me” the “film equivalent of a Smiths song: the chirpy, stylish exterior »

- Tom Stockman

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Stockholm unveils 2013 line-up

22 October 2013 9:40 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave to open festival; director Peter Greenaway to receive Visionary Award.Scroll down for full line-up

Steve McQueen’s historic drama 12 Years a Slave is to open the Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 6-17) and is nominated in the Stockholm Xxiv Competition.

Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, the drama about free black man kidnapped from his family and sold into slavery in the 1850s debuted at Telluride and has received positive reactions throughout its festival tour of Toronto, New York and London among others.

It will be released in Sweden on Dec 20 by Ab Svensk Filmindustri.

Screenwriter John Ridley, who will be present during the festival, is nominated for the Aluminum Horse in the category Best Script.

McQueen’s Hunger won Best Directorial Debut at Stockholm in 2008.


The 24th Siff includes more than 180 films from more than 50 countries.

As previously announced, the spotlight of this year’s festival is freedom but Chinese artist »

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’12 Years A Slave’ Kicks Off Stockholm Fest

22 October 2013 2:31 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stockholm film fest’s 24th edition is set to kick off with Steve McQueen’s critically-aclaimed “12 Years A Slave” and close with Stephen Frear’s “Philomena.”  The half-time film is Abdelattif Kechiche’s “Blue Is The Warmest Color.”

“Slave” is also one of the 20 films set to compete at the festival. The lineup includes numerous titles that world-preemed at Cannes (either in the official selection or at Critics Week or Director’s Fortnight), such as Amat Escalante’s “Heli,” Rebecca Zlotowski’s “Grand Central,” Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo,” Ryan Coogler’s “Last Stop Fruitvale Station,” Ritesh Batra’s “The Lunchbox,” Valeria Golino’s “Miele,” Clio Barnard’s “The Selfish Giant” and David Lowery’s “A Texas Love Story.”

Based on Solomon Northrup’s autobiography, the 1850′s-set drama chronicles the gripping journey of a free black man (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who was kidnapped from his family in New York and sold into slavery in Louisiana. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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First Look: Reese Witherspoon in 'Wild,' Plus Laura Dern Joins Cast Updated

21 October 2013 11:04 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Update: An official first image has been released of Reese Witherspoon in "Wild," where she plays a woman coming to terms with the death of her mother and her dissolved marriage by embarking on a thousand-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. It is adapted by Nick Hornby from Cheryl Strayed's memoir. Plus, Laura Dern has joined the cast. She joins the previously announced Thomas Sadoski ("The Newsroom") and Gabby Hoffmann ("Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus"). Earlier: Fox Searchlight's "Wild," starring Reese Witherspoon and Thomas Sadoski ("The Newsroom") in Nick Hornby's adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's bestselling memoir, has gone into production. The film, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee ("Dallas Buyers Club"), is shooting on location in Oregon and then California. Michiel Huisman ("World War Z"), Gabby Hoffmann ("Crystal Fairy and the Magical Cactus"), W. Earl Brown ("The Lone Ranger") and Kevin Rankin ("Dawn of the Dead") have also joined the cast. »

- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna

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Cannibals, Hallucinogens Help Chilean Pics Gain Traction in English

25 September 2013 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In Chile, as in much of the world, English is becoming the lingua franca among a growing number of filmmakers, as arthouse and genre helmers alike make it the primary language in films targeted to play beyond the country’s tiny film market.

The trend comes at a time when Chilean pics have been gaining recognition on the fest circuit: This year, Sebastian Lelio’s “Gloria” played in competition at Berlin and picked up three awards; it reps Chile in the foreign-language Oscar race. (Last year, Pablo Larrain’s “No” grabbed a foreign-language Oscar nom.)

And at this year’s Sundance, Sebastian Silva took home the directing award for his hallucinogenic drug-fueled romp “Crystal Fairy,” following his Grand Jury Prize for “The Maid” in 2009.

Jirafa Films’ founder Bruno Bettati notes that the move to English is especially strong “among directors who have made more than three films and have already gained some international recognition. »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Toronto: Kristen Wiig’s Ready to Get ‘Nasty’ with Silva (Exclusive)

7 September 2013 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bridesmaids” star and co-scribe Kristen Wiig has joined the cast of “Nasty Baby,” the next project from “Crystal Fairy” director Sebastian Silva, one of Chile’s top young helmers.

Juan de Dios Larrain and Pablo Larrain’s Chilean shingle Fabula (“Gloria,” “No”) is producing with Peter Danner at Funny Balloons and Pape Boye and Violaine Pichon at Versatile.

Versatile, an ambitious sales and co-production company that launched at Cannes, is handling worldwide distribution rights in association with Funny Balloons.

An edgy and colorful drama set in New York, “Nasty Baby” centers on a gay couple, Freddy (Silva) and Mo (Tunde Adebimpe), who embark on a doomed mission to have a baby with the help of their best friend, Polly (Wiig), a family practitioner.

On top of helming and starring in “Baby,” Silva penned the script.

Silva, who is one of the leading lights of Chilean cinema’s newest wave and its export boom, »

- Elsa Keslassy and Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Sebastián Silva’s ‘Magic Magic’ and ‘Crystal Fairy’ – Sordid Cinema Podcast #65

6 September 2013 4:58 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

On this episode, we discuss Sebastián Silva’s gut-wrenching psychological horror Magic Magic as well as his freewheeling comedy Crystal Fairy. In our week-in-review segment, we share our feelings on Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain, and Canadian filmmaker, Jason Lapeyre’s indie gems, I Declare War and Cold Blooded.


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Review: Old Cats, The Best Sebastián Silva Film Of The Year

22 August 2013 2:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Sebastián Silva is a Chilean director, and maybe in this time and age, the most well-known director born in Chile today -- the best-known Chilean director ever award would go to the masterful Raúl Ruiz -- and it's easy to see why. His movies get releases and are usually accepted in important festivals, like Cannes and Valdivia, and more importantly, he has managed to premiere all his films, starting with 2009's The Maid (La nana), at Sundance, and always getting an award out of it.In 2013, we've seen releases of the two movies that he premiered at Sundance this year, first a theatrical release of the Michael Cera/Gaby Hoffman drug-fueled comedy Crystal Fairy, and later a home video release of his Michael Cera/Juno Temple psychological...

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Review: ‘Magic Magic’ Starring Michael Cera, Juno Temple & Emily Browning

15 August 2013 4:14 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Your film stars a who’s who of young, on-the-rise actors who carry brand-name recognition within the independent film world: Michael Cera (“Arrested Development”), talented and versatile British actress Juno Temple (“Killer Joe," “Jack And Diane," “The Dark Knight Rises,"“The Three Musketeers,” Emily Browning (“Sucker Punch,” "Sleeping Beauty") and Catalina Sandino Moreno (breakthrough actress and star of “Maria Full of Grace”). Your filmmaker, Sebastián Silva, is the celebrated director behind of 2009’s excellent indie “The Maid” (Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner), your cinematographer, Christopher Doyle, is well regarded as one of the most excellent DPs on the planet, and your film debuts at the prestigious 2013 Sundance Film Festival. So, bearing all those riches in mind, your movie goes straight to DVD...why exactly? Perhaps two films by the same director with the same actor (Silva's "Crystal Fairy" starring Cera also unspooled at Sundance — review »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Kristen Wiig and TV On the Radio's Tunde Adebimpe making Nasty Baby

15 August 2013 9:20 AM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

Fresh from directing Michael Cera in Crystal Fairy, director Sebastian Silva has decided to build a film around someone even younger and more self-absorbed: a baby. The baby in question is the aim of a gay couple, played by Silva and Tunde Adebimpe (TV On the Radio, Rachel Getting Married), who enlist their friend Kristen Wiig to help them have a baby. But when one man's sperm doesn't do the trick, and the other takes his shot, tensions arise. Nasty Baby also stars Alia Shawkat, Mark Margolis, Dennis O'Hare, and Reg E. Cathey. Filming hasn't started »

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DVD Review: Juno Temple Delivers Tour De Force in ‘Magic Magic’

15 August 2013 7:47 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – I suppose it was only a matter of time before Sebastián Silva delved into the brooding waters of psychodrama. There are countless moments in his previous pictures—from Catalina Saavedra’s piercing Bette Davis stare in “The Maid” to Michael Cera’s hallucinogenic agony in “Crystal Fairy”—that threaten to spiral into horrifying derangement.

How sad that Silva’s meticulously executed, visually stunning “Magic Magic” has been dumped on DVD by the unfeeling hands of Sony, while the director’s inferior “Crystal Fairy” scored a limited theatrical release. Not only is “Magic” an exponentially better film than “Fairy,” it’s also one of the most gripping portraits of a psychological meltdown in recent memory (it would’ve made a fine big screen double bill with Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine”). Relegating any film co-lensed by Christopher Doyle (“In the Mood for Love”) to a small screen premiere is a »

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Casting Net: 'Nasty Baby' for Kristen Wiig?; Plus, 'True Blood' actor cast as father in 'The Fault in Our Stars,' more

14 August 2013 6:51 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Kristen Wiig is reportedly in early talks to join Nasty Baby, a Brooklyn drama from Crystal Fairy director Sebastian Silva. The story follows a gay couple played by Silva and Tunde Adebimpe (Rachel Getting Married) who are trying to have a kid. Their friend Anna (Wiig, potentially) would carry the baby. The Bridesmaids star can be seen next in Anchorman: The Legend Continues (out Dec. 20) and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (out Dec. 25).  [The Wrap]

True Blood’s Sam Trammell has joined the cast of The Fault in Our Stars to play the part of Hazel Grace’s (Shailene Woodley) father. »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Kristen Wiig & TV On The Radio Frontman Tunde Adebimpe Will Make A 'Nasty Baby'

14 August 2013 5:34 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You've got to hand it to director Sebastian Silva... he has certainly defied all expectations. After scoring a little arthouse hit with 2009's festival fave "The Maid," Silva didn't cash in those chips for something mainstream, but instead pivoted around and let his freak flag fly. He teamed up with Michael Cera for two movies that dropped this year, the druggy road trip "Crystal Fairy" and the Polanski-esque thriller "Magic Magic." His next move? How about a comedy about two gay men looking to have a baby? Yep, that's the premise of the bluntly titled "Nasty Baby," and even more, Silva is working a pretty serious Rolodex in casting this one. He's nabbed hot comedienne Kristen Wiig and TV On The Radio frontman and sometimes actor Tunde Adebimpe (you probably recognize him from "Rachel Getting Married") for the movie that will see two men (Adebimpe and Silva himself), who enlist »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Magic Magic Review

11 August 2013 2:57 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Writer/director Sebastián Silva already “Wow’ed” me this year with his independent road-trip “comedy” Crystal Fairy, so I happily jumped at the chance to tackle his other summer release, Magic Magic. Also taking place in Chile, this story of a vacationing American is a much darker, sinister, and psychologically abusive tale, with Michael Cera returning to play an awkwardly terrifying exchange student named Brink. Silva trades laughs for tension this time around, shooting for his version of a grounded horror film, which is apparent through his indistinguishably independent delivery yet again. I absolutely loved his psychedelic take on the comedy genre, but how did his first foray into “horror” go? As quirkily as you would have imagined.

Alicia (Juno Temple) is a weary American tourist visiting her cousin Sarah (Emily Browning) while she’s studying in Chile, marking her first time outside the United States. After arriving, she meets »

- Matt Donato

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'Magic Magic' Star Juno Temple Talks Losing Her Mind, The Polanski Influence, 'Sin City 2,' 'Maleficent' & More

7 August 2013 2:00 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Earlier this year at Sundance, Chilean director Sebastian Silva ("The Maid") made a splash with two very different movies. The first, "The Crystal Fairy," was a trippy road comedy that starred Michael Cera and Gabby Hoffman and saw a limited theatrical release this summer from IFC Films (read our review here). The other Silva joint was an equally trippy but far darker film that also co-starred Michael Cera called "Magic Magic," which will be released on DVD this week from Sony. It stars Juno Temple as a young girl who descends into madness while visiting her sister abroad (it involves many sleepless nights, hypnotism, a memorable use of a Knife song and finally some kind of witchcraft). We got to talk to Temple about what it was like working with Silva, what her reference points were for the character, and asked about what she's got coming next—Robert Rodriguez's »

- Drew Taylor

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New DVD Blu-ray: 'The Place Beyond the Pines,' 'Oblivion,' 'Mud'

6 August 2013 5:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week

"The Place Beyond the Pines"

What's It About? In "A Place Beyond the Pines" Derek Cianfrance ("Blue Valentine") weaves together three vignettes starring Ryan Gosling as a bleach blonde, motorcycle-riding bank robber, Eva Mendes as a tough single mother, and Bradley Cooper as a conflicted cop. The first part of the film follows Luke (Gosling) as he robs banks to support his unexpected child and to win back the mother Romina (Mendes). Halfway through "Pines" breaks off to tell the story of Avery (Cooper), a wounded cop who discovers corruption in his department.

Why We're In: While "Pines" breaks off suddenly in various directions, the film's audacious screenplay and structure are what make it so powerful and compelling. Cianfrance's drama is one of novelistic proportions and definitely worth its long running time.

Rt & Follow to win @FocusFeatures' Place Beyond The Pines Combo Pack! #BeyondThePines »

- Erin Whitney

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Exclusive: Sebastian Silva Talks Magic, Magic DVD

6 August 2013 1:25 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Writer-director talks about his talented cast and shooting in Chile for Magic, Magic, debuting on DVD August 6

Chilean director Sebasti&#225n Silva first made his presence known stateside with the 2009 dramatic comedy The Maid, which he followed up the next year with Old Cats. Three years later, the filmmaker returns with not one, but two movies, both starring Michael Cera. Crystal Fairy was released earlier this summer, and the second, Magic, Magic, debuts on DVD August 6. The story follows a young American named Alicia (Juno Temple) who visits her cousin (Emily Browning) in Chile, and has to deal with her cousin's strange friends (Michael Cera, Catalina Sandino Moreno, and Agust&#237n Silva) while trying to maintain her own sanity. I recently had the chance to speak with Sebasti&#225n Silva over the phone to discuss shooting in his homeland of Chile, working with the talented cast, and much more. Here's what he had to say. »

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