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Ida is big winner at EFAs

13 December 2014 11:32 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Update: Pawlikowski is only third Polish director to win Efa’s top prize; Steve McQueen pays tribute to Jean Vigo; Ukrainian diector Oleg Sentsov gets an empty seat at the awards in Riga.

Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida was the big winner at this year’s European Film Awards in Riga, picking up five awards, including the top honour of European Film 2014 as well as the People’s Choice Award

“It’s been a fantastic night for us and a great night for Poland,” Pawlikowski said as he went up onto the stage of Latvia’s National Opera House for the fourth time on Saturday evening (December 13).

Earlier, when receiving the European Director 2014 trophy, the UK-based director explained that two of the film-makers competing for this honour — Turkey’s Nure Bilge Ceylan and Russia’s Andrey Zvyagintsev — are his favourite directors working today. “Thank you for being losers — this time,” he quipped »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘Ida’ Wins Best Film at the European Film Awards

13 December 2014 11:04 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Riga, Latvia — Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida,” which centers on a young Catholic nun in Poland who discovers her parents were Jewish and were murdered during the Nazi occupation, took the best film award at the 27th European Film Awards in Riga, Latvia.

Eric Abraham, one of the producers of the film, dedicated the award to the people whose relatives were victims of the Holocaust, which included members of his own family. He remarked on the fact that anti-semitism was again on the rise.

Pawlikowski won best director, and he and Rebecca Lenkiewicz took the screenplay prize for the black-and-white Polish-language film, which also won the People’s Choice Award, voted on by the public. The pic also took the award for its cinematographers, Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski. Pawlikowski thanked Abraham for taking on a “difficult” director.

The award for actor was collected by Timothy Spall for “Mr. Turner,” Mike Leigh »

- Leo Barraclough

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83 Submissions for Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards

11 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Every year Hollywood gets a curated batch of films from dozens of countries seeking an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. One film per nation is chosen to represent the best of its cinematic production during the previous year. Certainly the chosen film is not always the ideal candidate, but the reasoning behind the selection usually follows two patterns: there are countries that go with the best film even if this is not the most appealing choice and there are countries that go with the most ambitious, industry-friendly, and financially successful work. This year the astonishing number of submissions – a total of 83 – makes for an incredible list of films that range from those that sport festival pedigree of the highest caliber, unknown gems looking for an audience, expensive visual achievements, and obscure art house hopefuls.

This year more than most, there are a great number of films with serious possibilities. There is no unshakable front-runner, but there are numerous favorites. Yet, looking at last year’s 9 shortlisted films and eventual 5 nominees, nothing is written in stone. Critics and audience favorites like “ The Past” (Iran), “Gloria” (Chile), “Heli” (Mexico), and “Wadjda” (Saudi Arabia) were left out to include surprises like “The Missing Picture“ (Cambodia), “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker” (Bosnia & Herzegovina) or “The Notebook” (Hungary).

With Awards Season now in full swing and knowing that this is one of the most difficult races to follow, here is a comprehensive list that includes information for each of the 83 submissions. Below each poster you will find the title of the film linked to its page on IMDb Pro followed by the title in the original language; the director’s name also linked to his/her IMDb Page; the language the film is primarily in; the name of the U.S. distributor if there is one; the name of the film’s International Sales Agent (Isa) or Production Company (PC) linked to the film’s page on Cinando; and a link to the film’s trailer (most of them have English subtitles, others are only in the original language, and a few are videos related to the film because a trailer wasn't available). In addition, reviews and interviews with many of these filmmakers will be added regularly.

Before getting into the list, let’s take a look at some of the statistics and patterns among these 83 foreign language features.

Period Dramas/Biopics

Several countries selected films based on the lives of prominent local figures or great period pieces, both showcase the level of films being produced across the globe in terms of production value and scope. Mexico’s “Cantinflas,” Venezuela’s “The Liberator,” Kyrgyzstan “Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains,” Bolivia’s “Forgotten,” Indonesia’s “Soekarno,” Greece’s “Little England,” Macedonia’s “To the Hilt,” Hong Kong’s “The Golden Era,” Austria’s “The Dark Valley,” Switzerland’s “The Circle,” Bulgaria’s “Bulgarian Rhapsody,” Serbia’s “ See You in Montevideo,” Slovakia’s “A Step Into the Dark” and New Zealand’s “The Dead Lands” are some of the most expensive films ever made in their respective territories. All of them are epic productions that highlight an important historical period using impressive cinematography, a great number of extras, intricate costumes, lavish locations, detailed production design, as well as great battle sequences in several of them. Other more traditional biopics/period pieces on the list include France’s “Saint Laurent,” The Netherlands “ Accused,” Germany’s “Beloved Sisters,” Spain’s “Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed” and the Czech Republic’s “Fair Play

Masters and Festival Winners

Not surprisingly many of the films on the list come into this race after winning important awards at international festivals. Furthermore, a handful of them are from master filmmakers, masters in the making, or unique new voices. These films include Belgium’s “Two Days, One Night” (Cannes, Telluride, Tiff, Nyff, AFI Fest) by the Dardenne Brothers, Canada’s “Mommy” (Cannes, Telluride, Tiff, AFI Fest) by prodigy Xavier Dolan, Chile’s “To Kill a Man” (Sundance, Rotterdam, Cartagena) by Alejandro Fernandez Almendras, Hungary's "White God" (Cannes) by Kornél Mundruczó, Norway’s “1001 Grams” (Tiff) by Bent Hamer, Poland’s “Ida”(Tiff, Sundance) by Pawel Pawlikowski, Russia’s “Leviathan” (Cannes, Telluride, Tiff, AFI Fest) by Andrey Zvyagintsev, Sweden’s “Force Majeure” (Cannes, Telluride, Tiff) by Ruben Östlund, and Turkey’s “ Winter Sleep” (Cannes, Telluride, Tiff) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. All of these films have played at renowned international festivals and most have earned important recognition there.

Out of the Box

Whether they are aware of their actual possibilities at a nomination or not, each year a few countries take the risk of sending a film that defies convention despite having more safe choices. But that is not say they are entirely out of the race, films like “The Missing Picture” and “Dogtooth” prove that sometimes there is room for daring and unique filmmaking. With “Rocks in My Pockets” Latvia is the only country to submit an animated film this year. The film is an inventive and colorful look at depression. Then there is the almost-silent and highly poetic Ecuadorian entry “Silence in Dreamland” and Singapore’s musically driven drama “Sayang Disayang.” However, the boldest selection has to be the Philippines’ “Norte, the End of History” by acclaimed auteur Lav Diaz, which runs over four hours and is inspired by Dostoyevsky Crime and Punishment.

Documentaries

Only two countries chose to go with non-fiction entries. One of them is Panama’s “Invasion,” which deals with the aftermath of the U.S. intervention in that country in 1989. This is the Central American nation’s first ever Oscar submission. The other documentary contending is Portugal’s “ What Now? Remind Me,“ a self-portrait by filmmaker Joaquim Pinto exploring his struggles living with HIV. One should note that Portugal is one of the few countries in Western Europe to have never obtained a nomination in the category despite entering films consecutively for several decades.

Lgbt

Films with stories that highlight sexual diversity occasionally make their way into this list. Last year the only Lgbt title submitted was “ Soongava: Dance of the Orchids,” which surprisingly came from Nepal and dealt with the relationship between two young women in the traditional Asian society. This time around two countries selected films with similar themes. Brazil’s festival darling “ The Way He Looks” – a sweet coming-of-age tale- was an audacious choice among the many other films the South American country produces every year. Then there is Switzerland’s “The Circle” about a pioneering gay publication during the 1940s/1950s in Zurich and the real life relationship between two of its prominent members.

Surprising Choices

As it usually happens, some countries go against what the industry expects and decide to send films that weren’t on most people’s radars. Bulgaria for example selected “Bulgarian Rhapsody” by veteran director Ivan Nitchev over Sundance’s “Viktoria” by young female director Maya Vitkova. Similarly, Ukraine overlooked Cannes favorite “The Tribe”- a powerful drama entirely in sign language - and decided to go with “The Guide” by Oles Sanin. Nevertheless, the most shocking decision came from China. Instead of selecting a Chinese-directed film like Berlin’s Golden Bear winner “Black Coal, Thin Ice” or Zhang Yimou’s “Coming Home,” the Chinese selection committee chose “The Nightingale” by French director Philippe Muyl. Despite having a European helmer the film is authentically Chinese in terms of language and story, but it was still an unexpected move from the traditionally patriotic country.

First Timers

The unprecedented number of entries is in part due to the addition of countries submitting for the first time. Besides aforementioned Panama, there are three other debutant nations in the mix. Kosovo- a tiny Balkan state often associated with the rampart war that afflicted the region a few decades ago - is finally showcasing its film production. Their entry titled “Three Windows and a Hanging” is said to be a high quality, affecting drama. Malta - a European island nation near Italy - is often used as astonishing location for big budget studio films. This year, however, “ Simshar,” a great immigration drama will represent the country. Lastly, Mauritania – a prominently Muslim nation in Sub-Saharan Africa – selected Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu,”which played in competition at Cannes,as their inaugural submission. Although Sissako has had several successful films at international festivals, this is the first time his country decides to participate.

Female Directors

Out of the 83 films, 14 were directed by women. That’s 17% of all entries. What’s more interesting is the fact that some of these films come from countries that are often seen as traditionally patriarchal societies. 3 Latin American entries were created by female directors: Colombia’s “Mateo,” Costa Rica’s “Red Princesses” and the Dominican Republic’s “Cristo Rey.” 4 from Asia: Hong Kong’s “ The Golden Era,” India’s “Liar’s Dice,” Japan’s “The Light Shines Only There,” and Pakistan’s “Dukhtar.” 2 from the Middle East: Israel’s “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem” (Co-directed) and Palestine’s “Eyes of a Thief.” Lastly, 5 films from Europe: The Czech Republic’s “Fair Play,” Finland’s “Concrete Night,” Latvia’s “ Rocks in My Pockets,” Malta’s “Simshar” and the Netherlands’ “Accused.”

U.S. Distribution

Another interesting fact is the number of these films that already have U.S. distribution. Several of them have actually already opened theatrically here, and others are set to open early next year. Out 83 films, 24 already have U.S. distribution. That’s 29% of all films. Hopefully that number increases by the end of the season. The films are: Argentina’s “Wild Tales,” Austria’s “The Dark Valley,” Belgium’s “Two Days, One Night,” Brazil’s “The Way He Looks,” Canada’s “Mommy,” Chile’s “To Kill a Man,” France’s “Saint Laurent,” Germany’s “Beloved Sisters,” Hungary’s “White God,” Israel’s “ Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” Italy’s “Human Capital,” Latvia’s “Rocks in My Pockets,” Mauritania’s “Timbuktu,” Mexico’s “Cantinflas,” Norway’s “1001 Grams,” The Philippines “Norte, the End of History,” Poland’s “Ida,” Portugal's "What Now? Remind Me," Russia’s “Leviathan,” Spain’s “Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed,” Sweden’s “Force Majeure,” Switzerland’s “The Circle,” Turkey’s “Winter Sleep,” and Venezuela’s “ The Liberator.”

To see which distribution company has each of these films please refer to the list below.

Afghanistan

"A Few Cubic Meters of Love" (چند متر مکعب عشق)

Dir:  Jamshid Mahmoudi

Language:  Persian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Dreamlab Films

Trailer

Argentina

"Wild Tales" (Relatos Salvajes)

Dir:  Damián Szifrón

Language:  Spanish

U.S Distribution:  Sony Pictures Classics

Isa:  Film Factory Entertainment

Trailer

Austria

"The Dark Valley" (Das finstere Tal)

Dir:  Andreas Prochaska

Language:  German

U.S Distribution:  Film Movement

Isa:  Films Distribution

Trailer

Australia

"Charlie's Country"

Dir:  Rolf de Heer

Language:  Yolŋu Matha/English

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Visit Films

Trailer

Azerbaijan

"Nabat"

Dir:  Elcin Musaoglu

Language:  Azerbaijani

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Dreamlab Films

Trailer

Bangladesh

"Glow of the Firefly" (Jonakir Alo)

Dir:  Khalid Mahmood Mithu

Language:  Bengali

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Impress Telefilm

Trailer

Belgium

"Two Days, One Night" (Deux jours, une nuit)

Dir:  Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne

Language:  French/Arabic

U.S Distribution:  Sundance Selects

Isa:   Wild Bunch

Trailer

Bolivia

"Forgotten" (Olvidados)

Dir:  Carlos Bolado

Language:  Spanish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Flor de Loto Pictures

Trailer

Bosnia & Herzegovina

"With Mom" (Sa mamom)

Dir:  Faruk Loncarevic

Language: Bosnian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Scca/pro.ba

TraileR

Brazil

"The Way He Looks" (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho)

Dir:  Daniel Ribeiro

Language:  Portuguese

U.S Distribution:  Strand Releasing

Isa:  Films Boutique Trailer

Bulgaria

"Bulgarian Rhapsody" (българска рапсодия)

Dir:  Ivan Nitchev

Language:  Bulgarian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Cinepaz Eood

Trailer

Canada

"Mommy"

Dir:  Xavier Dolan

Language:  French/English

U.S Distribution:  Roadside Attractions

Isa:  Seville International

Trailer

Chile

"To Kill a Man" (Matar a un Hombre)

Dir:  Alejandro Fernández Almendras

Language:  Spanish

U.S Distribution:  Film Movement

Isa:  Film Factory Entertainment

Trailer

China

"The Nightingale" (夜莺/Le promeneur d'oiseau)

Dir:  Philippe Muyl

Language:  Mandarin

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Kinology

Trailer

Colombia

"Mateo"

Dir:  Maria Gamboa

Language:  Spanish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Alpha Violet

Trailer

Costa Rica

"Red Princesses" (Princesas Rojas)

Dir:  Laura Astorga

Language:  Spanish 

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Latido Films Trailer

Croatia

"Cowboys" (Kauboji)

Dir:  Tomislav Mrsic

Language:  Croatian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Wide

Trailer

Cuba

"Behavior" (Conducta)

Dir:  Ernesto Daranas

Language:  Spanish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Latido Films

Trailer

Czech Republic

"Fair Play"

Dir:  Andrea Sedlácková Andrea Sedlácková

Language:  Czech

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  IntraMovies

Trailer

Denmark

"Sorrow and Joy" (Sorg og glæde)

Dir:  Nils Malmros

Language:  Danish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Nordisk Film Production  

Trailer

Dominican Republic

"Cristo Rey"

Dir:  Leticia Tonos

Language:  Spanish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  The Little Film Company

Trailer

Ecuador

"Silence in Dreamland" (El Silencio en la Tierra de los Sueños)

Dir:  Tito Molina

Language:  Spanish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  La Facultad  

Trailer

Egypt

"Factory Girl" (فتاة المصنع )

Dir:  Mohamed Khan

Language:  Arabic

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  DayDream Art Production

Trailer

Estonia

"Tangerines" (Mandariinid)

Dir:  Zaza Urushadze

Language:  Estonian/Russian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Cinemavault

Trailer

Ethiopia

"Difret"

Dir:  Zeresenay Mehari

Language:  Amharic

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Films Boutique Trailer

Finland

"Concrete Night" (Betoniyö)

Dir:  Pirjo Honkasalo

Language:  Finnish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Film Republic Trailer

France

"Saint Laurent"

Dir:  Bertrand Bonello

Language:  French

U.S Distribution:  Sony Pictures Classics

Isa:  Europacorp

Trailer

Georgia

"Corn Island" (სიმინდის კუნძული)

Dir:  George Ovashvili

Language:  Georgian/Abkhazian/Russian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Arizona Productions

Trailer

Germany

"Beloved Sisters" (Die geliebten Schwestern)

Dir:  Dominik Graf

Language:  German /French

U.S Distribution:  Music Box Films

Isa:  Global Screen

Trailer

Greece

"Little England" (Μικρά Αγγλία)

Dir:  Pantelis Voulgaris

Language:  Greek

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Black Orange

Trailer

Hong Kong

"The Golden Era" (黄金时代)

Dir:  Ann Hui

Language:  Mandarin

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Edko Films

Trailer

Hungary

"White God" (Fehér isten)

Dir:  Kornél Mundruczó

Language:  Hungarian/English

U.S Distribution:  Magnolia Pictures

Isa:  The Match Factory

Trailer

Iceland

"Life in a Fishbowl" (Vonarstræti)

Dir:  Baldvin Zophoníasson

Language:  None Yet

U.S Distribution: None Yet

Isa:  Films Boutique Trailer

India

"Liar's Dice" (लायर्स डाइस)

Dir:  Geethu Mohandas

Language: Hindi

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Jar Pictures Trailer

Indonesia

"Soekarno"

Dir:  Hanung Bramantyo

Language:  Indonesian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Mvp Pictures  

Trailer

Iran

"Today" (امروز )

Dir:  Reza Mirkarimi

Language:  Persian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Dreamlab Films

Trailer

Iraq

"Mardan"

Dir:  Batin Ghobadi

Language:  Kurdish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Versatile Trailer

Ireland

"The Gift" (An Bronntanas)

Dir:  Tom Collins

Language:  Irish/English

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC: Rosg/De Facto Films  

Trailer

Israel

"Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem" (Gett: Le Procès de Viviane Amsalem)

Dir:  Ronit Elkabetz ♀ & Shlomi Elkabetz

Language:  Hebrew/French/Arabic

U.S Distribution:  Music Box Films

Isa:  Films Distribution

Trailer

Italy

"Human Capital" (Il Capitale Umano)

Dir:  Paolo Virzì

Language:  Italian 

U.S Distribution:  Film Movement

PC:  Indiana Production Company  

Trailer

Japan

"The Light Shines Only There" (そこのみにて光輝く)

Dir:  Mipo Oh

Language:  Japanese

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Open Sesame

Trailer

Kosovo

"Three Windows and a Hanging" (Tri Dritare dhe një Varje)

Dir:  Isa Qosja

Language:  Albanian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  CMb Productions

Trailer

Kyrgyzstan

"Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains" (Курманжан Датка)

Dir:  Sadyk Sher-Niyaz

Language: Kirghiz

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Aitysh Film

Trailer

Latvia

"Rocks in My Pockets" (Akmeņi manās kabatās)

Dir:  Signe Baumane

Language:  Latvian

U.S Distribution:  Zeitgeist Films 

Isa:  New Europe Film Sales

Trailer

Lebanon

"Ghadi" (غدي)

Dir:  Amin Dora

Language:  Arabic

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Fortissimo Films

Trailer

Lithuania

"The Gambler" (Lošėjas)

Dir:  Ignas Jonynas

Language:  Lithuanian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Wide

Trailer

Luxembourg

"Never Die Young"

Dir:  Pol Cruchten

Language:  French

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  EastWest Distribution

Trailer

MacEdonia

"To the Hilt" (До балчак)

Dir:  Stole Popov

Language:  Macedonian/French/English/ Turkish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Triangle Film- Skopje

Trailer

Malta

"Simshar"

Dir:  Rebecca Cremona

Language:  Maltese

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Kukumajsa Productions

Trailer

Mauritania

"Timbuktu"

Dir:  Abderrahmane Sissako

Language:  French/Arabic/Bambara/English/Songhay/Tamasheq

U.S Distribution:  Cohen Media Group

Isa:  Le Pacte

Trailer

Mexico

"Cantinflas"

Dir:  Sebastian del Amo

Language:  Spanish/English

U.S Distribution:  Pantelion Films

Isa:  6 Sales

Trailer

Moldova

"The Unsaved" (La Limita de Jos a Cerului)

Dir:  Igor Cobileanski

Language:  Romanian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Insomnia World Sales Trailer

Montenegro

"The Boys from Marx and Engels Street" (Djecaci iz ulice Marksa i Engelsa)

Dir:  Nikola Vukcevic

Language:  Serbian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Artikulacija Production

Trailer

Morocco

"The Red Moon" (القمر الأحمر)

Dir:  Hassan Benjelloun

Language:  Arabic

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Bentaqerla 

Trailer

Nepal

"Jhola" (झोला)

Dir:  Yadav Kumar Bhattarai

Language:  Nepali

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Media for Culture

Trailer

The Netherlands

"Accused" (Lucia de B.)

Dir:  Paula van der Oest

Language:  Dutch

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Fortissimo Films

Trailer

New Zealand

"The Dead Lands"

Dir:  Toa Fraser

Language:  Maori

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Xyz Films

Trailer

Norway

"1001 Grams" (1001 Gram)

Dir:  Bent Hamer

Language:  Norwegian/French/ English

U.S Distribution:  Kino Lorber

Isa:  Les Films du Losange

Trailer

Pakistan

"Dukhtar" (دختر، بیٹی)

Dir:   Afia Nathaniel

Language:  Urdu

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Zambeel Films

Trailer

Palestine

"Eyes of a Thief" (عيون الحراميه)

Dir:  Najwa Najjar

Language:  Arabic   

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Ustura Films Trailer

Panama

"Invasion" (Invasión)

Dir:  Abner Benaim

Language:  Spanish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Apertura Films Trailer

Peru

"The Gospel of the Flesh" (El Evangelio de la Carne)

Dir:  Eduardo Mendoza de Echave

Language:  Spanish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  La Soga Producciones

Trailer

The Philippines

"Norte, the End of History" (Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan)

Dir:  Lav Diaz

Language:  Tagalog/English

U.S Distribution:  The Cinema Guild

Isa:  M-Appeal World Sales

Trailer

Poland

"Ida"

Dir:  Pawel Pawlikowski

Language:  Polish

U.S Distribution:  Music Box Films

Isa:  Portobello Film Sales

Trailer

Portugal

"What Now? Remind Me"  (E Agora? Lembra-me)

Dir:  Joaquim Pinto

Language:  Portuguese

U.S Distribution:  The Cinema Guild

PC:  C.R.I.M Productions

Trailer

Romania

"The Japanese Dog" (Câinele Japonez)

Dir:  Tudor Cristian Jurgiu

Language:  Romanian/Japanese

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  M-Appeal World Sales

Trailer

Russia

"Leviathan" (Левиафан)

Dir:  Andrey Zvyagintsev

Language:  Russian

U.S Distribution:  Sony Pictures Classics

Isa:  Pyramide International

Trailer

Serbia

"See You in Montevideo" (Montevideo, vidimo se!)

Dir:  Dragan Bjelogrlic

Language:  Serbian/Spanish/ English

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Intermedia Network

Trailer

Singapore

"Sayang Disayang"

Dir:  Sanif Olek

Language:  Malay/Indonesian  

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  ReelJuice  

Trailer

Slovakia

"A Step Into the Dark" (Krok do tmy)

Dir:  Miloslav Luther

Language:  Slovak

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Trigon Production Trailer

Slovenia

"Seduce Me" (Zapelji me)

Dir:  Marko Santic

Language:  Slovenian

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Radio-Television Slovenia

Trailer

South Africa

"Elelwani"

Dir:  Ntshaveni Wa Luruli

Language:  Venda 

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  EastWest FilmDistribution  

Trailer

South Korea

"Haemoo" (해무)

Dir: Sung Bo Shim

Language: Korean

U.S Distribution: None Yet

Isa: Finecut

Trailer

Spain

"Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed" (Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados)

Dir:  David Trueba

Language:  Spanish 

U.S Distribution:  Outsider Pictures

Isa:  6 Sales

Trailer

Sweden

"Force Majeure" (Turist)

Dir:  Ruben Östlund

Language:  Swedish/English

U.S Distribution:  Magnolia Pictures

Isa:  Coproduction Office (Paris)

Trailer

Switzerland

"The Circle" (Der Kreis)

Dir:  Stefan Haupt

Language:  Swiss German/ German/ French

U.S Distribution:  Wolfe Video

Isa:  Wide House

Trailer

Taiwan

"Ice Poison" (冰毒)

Dir:  Midi Z.

Language:  Burmese/Chinese

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Flash Forward Enterteinment

Trailer

Thailand

"The Teacher's Diary" (คิดถึงวิทยา)

Dir:  Nithiwat Tharathorn

Language:  Thai  

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Gth

Trailer

Turkey

"Winter Sleep" (Kis uykusu)

Dir:  Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Language:  Turkish/English

U.S Distribution:  Adopt Films

Isa:  Memento Films International

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Ukraine

"The Guide" (Поводир)

Dir:  Oles Sanin

Language:  Ukrainian/Russia/English

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

PC:  Pronto Film

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United Kingdom

"Little Happiness" (Uzun Yol)

Dir:  Nihat Seven

Language:  Turkish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  7&7 Producers' Sales Services

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Uruguay

"Mr. Kaplan"

Dir:  Álvaro Brechner

Language:  Spanish

U.S Distribution:  None Yet

Isa:  Memento Films International

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Venezuela

"The Liberator" (Libertador)

Dir:  Alberto Arvelo

Language:  Spanish/English/ French

U.S Distribution:  Cohen Media Group

Isa:  Mundial

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- Carlos Aguilar

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European Film Awards: Vogt, Östlund, Pawlikowski, Zvyagintsev
, Glazer & Ceylan Among 50 Contenders

16 September 2014 3:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

This year’s European Film Awards are officially out of the gates with a not so lean 50 film submissions to select from. The 27th edition collects titles that date back to last year’s Venice and Toronto Int. Film Festivals moving into Sundance-Rotterdam-Berlin and finally Cannes of ’14. Among the 31 European countries represented, we’ve got likes of the Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan leading the huge pack of contenders including Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin and Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida. Here’s the complete list of 50!:

Alienation

ОТЧУЖДЕНИЕ (Otchujdenie)

Bulgaria

Directed By: Milko Lazarov

Written By: Milko Lazarov, Kitodar Todorov & Georgi Tenev

Produced By: Veselka Kiryakova

Amour Fou

Austria/Luxembourg/Germany 


Written & Directed By: Jessica Hausner

Produced By: Martin Gschlacht, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner, Bady Minck, Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu & Philippe Bober

Beautiful Youth

Hermosa Juventud

Spain/France

Directed By: Jaime Rosales

Written By: Jaime Rosales & Enric Rufas

Produced By: Jaime Rosales, »

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'Manos Sucias', the first Colombia-u.S. Coproduction of its Kind

18 July 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

Premiering in Cartagena Film Festival 2014 and then going to the filmmakers’ hometown, New York City, where " Manos Sucias" ("Dirty Hands") won Tribeca Film Festival’s Best New Narrative Director Award and 2nd place Audience Award, this film has not yet closed Us distribution, but has been acquired internationally by some of the best distributors.

In Cannes, Marina de la Fuentes’ international sales agency, 6 Sales, sold it to Paris-based Pretty Pictures who acquired not only France – its usual home territory – but also Germany, Austria, Benelux and Switzerland. James Velaise of Pretty Pictures screened the film at Tribeca and “immediately fell madly in love with it,” he said.

“It came totally out of the blue, we were mesmerized by the filmmaking. As a first-time film 'Manos Sucias' is outstanding, as good as anything we’ve seen coming out of Latin America in a long time,” said Velaise.

Shot on location in Colombia, using local actors who speak the patois of Buenaventura, "Manos Sucias" reflects years of painstaking research by Josef Wladyka.

“What is fascinating is that the filmmaker spent five years in Buenaventura learning what was going on there and building up the trust of people. The average filmmaker would never take the time to do that. You feel that in the film: There a sense of genuineness which you don’t get in 99% of indie films today,” said Velaise.

At the same time, 'Manos Sucias' is “incredibly tight: On paper, it has some breakout potential to it, because it is a thriller, ” he added.

Pretty Pictures will now seek to sell the film on to distributors in the other four territories, all significant distributors for arthouse films. Velaise reasons that companies exist in these territories that often buy the same films as Pretty Pictures, and share similar tastes. (e.g., "La Jaula de Oro", premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard 2013 and was acquired by Belgium-Fourcorners Distribution, France-Pretty Pictures, Germany-Films Boutique, Hong Kong (China)-Encore Inflight Limited, Hungary-Cirko Film Kft., Italy-Parthenos S.R.L., Mexico-Canibal Networks, Netherlands-Wild Bunch Benelux, Norway-As Fidalgo Film Distribution, Poland-Art House, Puerto Rico-Wiesner Distribution, Switzerland-Xenix Filmdistribution Gmbh, Taiwan-Maison Motion, Inc., U.K.- Peccadillo Pictures or "Love is Strange" by Ira Sachs premiered at Sundance 2014 and was acquired by U.S.-Sony Pictures Classics, Australia-Rialto Distribution (Australia), Canada-Métropole Films Distribution, Canada-Mongrel Media Inc., France-Pretty Pictures, Italy-Koch Media, Mexico-Cinemas Nueva Era, Portugal-Midas Filmes, Spain-Golem Distribución, Switzerland-Xenix Filmdistribution Gmbh, Turkey-Kurmaca Film, U.K.- Altitude Film Sales). These distributors are all likely candidates to acquire rights to "Manos Sucias" as well.

U.S. rights to "Manos Sucias" are handled by Wme Global’s Mark Ankner and Christine D’Souza. Distributors seeking to win over the booming Latino audience, and who have an affinity for gritty, action-packed, arthouse thrillers, or any of Pretty Pictures’ recent acquisitions (see below) owe it to themselves to check out this film.

This pioneering U.S.- Colombia production was the debut feature by writer-director, Josef Kubota Wladyka and co-writer-dp Alan Blanco. It was produced by Elena Greenlee, Márcia Nunes, Mirlanda Torres Zapata and Carolina Caicedo and exec-produced by U.S. Film Director Spike Lee.

"Manos Sucias" follows two estranged brothers, both Afro-Colombian fishermen, who embark on a fishing-boat from Buenaventura, Colombia’s biggest Pacific Coast port and a violent drug trade emporium. Their mission is to tow underwater a “narco-torpedo” packed with 100 kilos of cocaine to Panama. En route, they must circumnavigate marauding paramilitaries and impoverished villagers eager for their cargo.

In Cartagena, I interviewed the director, Dp, and producers. Josef Wladyka is a U.S. citizen who is the son of a Japanese mother and a Polish father. He received the Spike Lee Fellowship while attending the Tisch School of the Arts at Nyu.

Josef:

You could say this is a drug story, but you should know it is much more than that. In a fisherman’s village the Afro Colombians are confronted with drug traffic taking place on their ancestral beaches where they have lived for generations.

Before I started Grad Film School at Nyu, I spent several months backpacking with a close friend in South America. We traveled along the Pacific coast of Ecuador and Colombia, and went through these towns that were under siege by narco-trafficking. The locals would tell us stories about homemade submarines, narco-torpedoes, and different armed groups that would fight to control these areas. I became very interested in the subject and wanted to immerse myself more in the world. With the help of a friend from the region, I went back several times to Buenaventura, Tumaco, and other parts of the Pacific coast of Colombia to continue researching and collecting stories.

I also got permission to go to Malaga Naval Base where I saw confiscated narco-torpedoes and submarines first hand. I always had a camera with me and shot lots of footage during my travels. I used that footage to make a pitch video for raising money from Kickstarter and private equity.

The film is an official Colombian production, recognized by the Ley de Cine (The Cinema Law). It is a 50-50 coproduction with Colombian producers Carolina Caicedo and Mirlanda Zapata. With our U.S. producers, Márcia Nunes and Elena Greenlee, that makes four female producers on this film.

Cine Colombia , Colombia’s largest distributor and theater owner, one of the Cartagena Film Festival sponsors as well, invested in the film, as did Caracol, one of Colombia’s top two broadcasters.

Márcia knew Cine Colombia from her previous life in international sales with Goldcrest. Elena, Alan and I scouted in October 2012, one week in Bogotá and through Proimagenes we met many possible co-producers and visited locations. We chose young producers who were hungry for their first film; they were not rigid.

The U.S. producers wanted to do the film U.S. indie style, not in the usual Colombian style. We shot it in Buenaventura, Colombia’s largest port, which has been hit very hard by narco traffickers and violence.

This was the first feature for everyone. Except for Márcia, who got her Masters of Film Business at Gallatin School of Nyu, the others all got their MFAs from Tisch, though some graduated two years ago and others four years ago.

How we, as foreigners, were able to make this film, opening up delicate, sensitive and violent stories, was based on my having no assumptions. And our own cross-cultural backgrounds helped.

We had a great premiere in Cartagena. The festival permits people to see films for free and we were able to test the Colombian audience’s reaction. The film explores the international issue of drug trafficking and the social-exclusion of the Afro-Colombian community on the coast from the mainstream economy in Colombia. The film is genre bending; it is not too arty and is not fully a genre movie. The audience of 800 to 1,000 Colombians laughed and cried, even danced in their seats. Three of the actors also saw the film for the first time, as did the crew. When the actors came up for the Q & A they received a standing ovation from the crowd. It was a beautiful moment.

We offered free audiovisual workshops for the community before we shot the film, and found many of our actors and crewmembers through that process. We used Kickstarter to raise Us $60,000 to greenlight production and fund our community workshops in Buenaventura.

Film Independent bestowed the Canon Filmmaker Award upon the film’s two producers, who are also Film Independent Producing Fellows. The Canon Filmmaker Award Program is a program for Film Independent Fellows, alumni of the Los Angeles Film Festival and Spirit Awards Nominees and Winners. Producers Elena Greenlee and Márcia Nunes who had participated in the Find Producing Lab with the project were awarded with the loan of a Canon camera package for their production.  Further support was granted by the San Francisco Film Society, who, together with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, awarded the film with two grants, one during the production phase, and one during post-production.

Jennifer Kushner, Director of Artist Development at Film Independent spoke with Elena and Márcia in those early days about Manos Sucias and its upcoming shoot, and here’s what they had to say then:

Manos Sucias, Canon Filmmaker Award Winner Round 2

"The social exclusion of the Pacific coast — home to much of the Afro-Colombian population — is felt throughout the country, echoed in the sentiment that Colombia “doesn’t really have a black population.” While popular culture glamorizes cocaine “cowboys,” and the Us takes a tough stance in the “war on drugs,” few people acknowledge the oppression and resilience of these citizens.

Our goal is for the film to inspire change in our audience, and in the region. We want audiences to realize that people like Jacobo and Delio are not perpetuating the drug trade, they are trapped in it; and to reflect on the impact their personal choices have on the situation.”

“When Josef and Alan brought us the script in early 2012, we immediately fell in love with it. The characters jumped off the page, and we couldn’t stop thinking about it.”

Pretty Pictures roster of films illustrates their exceptional taste in films:

"The Dark Valley" ("Das Finstere Tal") By Andreas Prochaska (Acquired From Films Distribution In Feb 2014)

"Dancing In Jaffa" By Hilla Medalia (Acquired From K5 International In Apr 2013)

"Omar" By Hany Abu-Assad (Acquired From The Match Factory In Feb 2013)

"The Look Of Love" By Winterbottom Michael (Acquired From Studiocanal In Aug 2012)

"Pieta" By Ki-Duk Kim (Acquired From Finecut Co. Ltd. In Aug 2012)

"Wadjda" By Haifa Al-Mansour (Acquired From The Match Factory In May 2012)

"The Hunt" ("Jagten") By Thomas Vinterberg (Acquired From Trust In Apr 2012)

"Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present" By Matthew Akers (Acquired From Dogwoof In Feb 2012) »

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Constantin retains German crown

2 April 2014 12:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Constantin Film has been named by the German Federal Film Board (Ffa) as the nation’s top producer of German films for the ninth consecutive year in 2013 and the top distributor for the tenth consecutive year.

The Munich-based producer-distributor was allocated around €2.2m ($3m) “reference funding” in total by the Ffa to invest in future film projects and theatrical campaigns.

The company attracted €1.6m ($2.2m) production “reference” funding based on the box office of such releases as Bora Dagtekin’s comedy Fack Ju Göhte (Suck Me Shakespeer) which was seen by more than 5.8 million cinemagoers last year, as well as Sherry Hormann’s 3096 Tage about the abduction of Natascha Kampusch, and the comedy Dampfnudelblues.

In addition, eight successful releases including Fack Ju Göhte, Fünf Freunde 2, Ostwind and Dampfnudelblues earnt Constantin’s distribution arm €633,000 ($875,000) in distribution “reference” support. 

Constantin Film subsidiary Rat Pack Filmproduktion, who was the main producer of  Fack Ju Göhte, received the second »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Constantin retains German producer crown

2 April 2014 12:35 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Constantin Film has been named by the German Federal Film Board (Ffa) as the nation’s top producer of German films for the ninth consecutive year in 2013 and the top distributor for the tenth consecutive year.

The Munich-based producer-distributor was allocated around €2.2m ($3m) “reference funding” in total by the Ffa to invest in future film projects and theatrical campaigns.

The company attracted €1.6m ($2.2m) production “reference” funding based on the box office of such releases as Bora Dagtekin’s comedy Fack Ju Göhte (Suck Me Shakespeer) which was seen by more than 5.8 million cinemagoers last year, as well as Sherry Hormann’s 3096 Tage about the abduction of Natascha Kampusch, and the comedy Dampfnudelblues.

In addition, eight successful releases including Fack Ju Göhte, Fünf Freunde 2, Ostwind and Dampfnudelblues earnt Constantin’s distribution arm €633,000 ($875,000) in distribution “reference” support. 

Constantin Film subsidiary Rat Pack Filmproduktion, who was the main producer of  Fack Ju Göhte, received the second »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Film Movement enters Dark Valley

18 March 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The distributor has acquired Us rights from Films Distribution to Andreas Prochaska’s revenge tale following its world premiere in Berlin.

Sam Riley stars as a stranger who arrives on horseback in an Alpine village ruled by a violent elder.

The Dark Valley is based on Thomas Willmann’s novel Das Finstere Tal.

Film Movement is distributing in association with Ram Releasing and plans n early 2015 theatrical release in the Us and Canada, followed by VOD and DVD release.

Warner Bros distributed in Germany.

Independent Lens will partner with film and music distributor The Orchard to distribute Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo’s Sundance 2014 grand jury documentary winner Rich Hill. Independent Lens acquired linear broadcast rights for the Us, while The Orchard acquired the film for all rights in the Us and Canada outside of linear broadcast and will release theatrically in 18 markets through its new documentary imprint, Opus Docs.WWE »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Berlinale Special nabs nine world premieres

17 January 2014 3:33 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

World premieres include A Long Way down, starring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and Pierce Brosnan, and The Two Faces of January, the directorial debut of Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac.

The Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 6-16) has unveiled the 18-strong line-up for its Berlinale Special strand, including nine world premieres.

Stand-outs in the list include the world premiere of A Long Way Down, an adaptation of Nick Hornby’s bestseller about four people who meet on New Year’s Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives. It stars Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette and Imogen Poots.

Also receiving its world premiere will be con artist thriller The Two Faces of January, the directorial debut of Drive screenwriter Hossein Amini, which stars Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Inside Llewyn DavisOscar Isaac.

Mexican actor Diego Luna »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Berlin Film Festival Unveils Berlinale Special Lineup

17 January 2014 3:24 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — The Berlin Film Festival has unveiled its Berlinale Special program, which contains 18 pics, including nine world premieres.

As previously announced, the selection includes the world premiere of comedy “A Long Way Down” (picture), directed by Pascal Chaumeil, who had a breakout hit with “HeartBreaker.”

A Long Way Down,” which toplines Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collette, starts with a chance encounter between several people who plan to commit suicide on New Year’s Eve. It is adapted from the novel by Nick Hornby, and produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, who also produced “An Education.”

Also world premiering is World War II drama “Diplomacy” from director Volker Schlondorff, who won an Oscar with “The Tin Drum.” It centers on the efforts of Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling, played by Andre Dussollier, to persuade German general Dietrich von Choltitz, played by Niels Arestrup, to ignore Adolf Hitler’s orders to destroy »

- Leo Barraclough

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