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Lea Seydoux reportedly set to return for Cary Fukunaga's Bond 25

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When Daniel Craig returns for his fifth and final James Bond film, he'll be bringing a group of familiar faces along with him. According to The Daily Mail (confirmed by Variety), one of those familiar faces will be Lea Seydoux, who played Dr. Madeleine Swann in Spectre. The character was the daughter of the villainous Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) and worked as a psychologist…
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'Amanda', 'A First Farewell' take top prizes at Tokyo film festival

Festival’s 31st edition built bridges to China and Southeast Asia.

French director Mikhael Hers’ Amanda was awarded the Tokyo Grand Prix at the close of this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff), while A First Farewell from China’s Lina Wang won best film in the Asian Future competition.

Amanda, about a young man who looks after his niece following his sister’s sudden death, also took the Wowow-sponsored best screenplay award. Danish drama Before The Frost took the Special Jury Prize and best actor for Jesper Christensen. Best director went to Italian filmmaker Edoardo De Angelis for The Vice Of Hope,
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‘Amanda’ Claims Tokyo Festival Grand Prize

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‘Amanda’ Claims Tokyo Festival Grand Prize
The Mikhael Hers-directed drama “Amanda,” about a man who ends up caring for his seven-year-old niece when her mother is killed, was awarded the Tokyo Grand Prix at the Tokyo International Film Festival’s closing ceremony today. The film also took the best screenplay award in the festival 31st edition, which runs Oct. 25 to Nov. 3.

“Amanda” premiered in competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival. But it left without a prize. It will release in Japan next year, through distributor Bitters End, the director said in a video message.

The second-place special jury prize went to Michael Noer’s “Before the Frost.” Unfolding in the 19th Century Danish countryside, the film previously screened in the contemporary world cinema section at Toronto.

Italy’s Edoardo De Angelis was named best director for “The Vice of Hope,” a drama set in the Naples sex industry. The best actress honors went to Pina Turco,
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Film News: ‘Happy as Lazzaro’ Takes Top Prize at 54th Chicago International Film Festival

Chicago – The Chicago International Film Festival is competitive, and the 54th edition presented its awards on October 19th, 2018, at the AMC River East Theatre in Chicago. The winner of the Gold Hugo as Best Film was “Happy as Lazzaro” (Italy/Switzerland/Germany/France), directed by Alice Rohrwacher.

The 54th Chicago International Film Festival Awards Night was October 19th, 2018

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The awards event was hosted by entertainment reporter Bill Zwecker. Presenters included Artistic Director Mimi Plauché, programmers Anthony Kaufman and Sam Flancher, plus various jury members. Festival CEO Michael Kutza presented his “Founder’s Award.” The Festival’s highest honor is the Gold Hugo, named for the mythical God of Discovery.

International Feature Film Competition

’Happy as Lazzaro,’ Directed by Alice Rohrwacher

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The Gold Hugo for Best Film: “Happy as Lazzaro,” (Italy/Switzerland/Germany/France) Directed by Alice Rohrwacher

The
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Off Set 2018 Tiff Portrait Series: Before the Frost

Making it two for two, with the premiere of Before the Frost following 2017’s Papillon as Tiff premieres, Michael Noer landed in Toronto with players Jesper Christensen (vet actor who most recently appeared in the 007 films as Mr. White and who we’ve noticed him in Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia and Nymphomaniac: Vol. I) and Clara Rosager – a model turned actress also from Denmark. This fifth feature is about a one family’s survival in the worst of seasons.

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‘Before The Frost’ Doesn’t Quite Thaw Its Full Dramatic Possibilities [Tiff Review]

They say a good compromise is an agreement where neither side is completely satisfied. However, sometimes that outcome is preferable to a deal with the devil in which the unseen consequences tragically override any of the benefits. It’s a hard lesson learned in “Before The Frost,” an efficiently and professionally assembled period drama, that remains passably compelling, even as it marches through its predictable story beats.

Read More: Toronto International Film Festival: 22 Most Anticipated Movies

Jens (Jesper Christensen) is a proud farmer in 19th century Denmark, who is doing his best to retain his dignity during troubled times.

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'Before the Frost' ('For Frosten'): Film Review | Tiff 2018

'Before the Frost' ('For Frosten'): Film Review | Tiff 2018
A tour-de-force performance from veteran Danish actor Jesper Christensen (Melancholia, Casino Royale) fully anchors Before the Frost (For Frosten), an immersive rural period piece that has the feel of a dreary, rain-sodden 19th century novel. The fifth feature from writer-director Michael Noer, whose Papillon remake from 2017 failed to impress, this weighty return to form follows a struggling paterfamilias trying to keep food on the table in a relentless and godforsaken part of backwoods Denmark. Premiering in Toronto’s Contemporary World Cinema section, the film may not be the easiest sell outside of Scandinavia, but its intensely played study of agrarian hardship is ...
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Claes Bang, Jesper Christensen join Danish #MeToo project

Claes Bang, Jesper Christensen join Danish #MeToo project
One hundred Danish actors have contributed to a Danish project presenting everyday people’s #MeToo stories.

One hundred Danish actors including Claes Bang (The Square), Danica Curcic (Silent Heart), Jesper Christensen (Casino Royale), Ghita Nørby (Babette’s Feast), Victoria Carmen Sonne (Holiday), and Mikkel Boe Følsgaard (A Royal Affair) have contributed to a Danish project presenting everyday people’s #MeToo stories.

Copenhagen-based production company Meta Film has launched the website dkmetoo.dk, where its ‘mosaic’ of 100 videos related to #MeToo can be streamed.

The videos – nearly all under 2 minutes each – will also be screened tonight (Friday) at the Scandinavian Terrace
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Goteborg works in progress line-up includes Sonja Henie biopic

17 projects selected for festival showcase.

A strong crop of works in progress projects are set to be presented at Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market, which runs Feb 1-4.

Source: Maipo Film

Queen Of Ice

The selection includes new films from Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men), Michael Noer (R), and Anne Sewitsky (Happy Happy).

Presentations of clips by the directors/producers will be made to the industry attendees in Goteborg.

Erlingsson will present his new film Woman At War, an “arthouse action film” about an Icelandic woman on an environmental mission. Noer will discuss his new Danish period drama A Better Life starring Jesper Christensen as an 1850s farmer. Sewitsky will unveil footage of her Sonja Henie biopic Queen Of Ice.

The 17 projects are:

Swoon, dir Mans Marlind and Björn Stein, prod Kristina Aberg (Swe) Bergman, dir Jane Magnusson, prods Mattias Nohrborg, Fredrik Heinig, Cecilia Nessen (Swe) Happy People, dir Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm, prod Jakob Høgel (Den
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Film Acquisition Rundown: IFC Films Picks up ‘Sweet Virginia,’ Oscilloscope Buys ‘Song of Granite’ and More

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

IFC Films has acquired the U.S rights to director Jamie M. Dagg’s thriller “Sweet Virginia,” starring Jon Bernthal, Christopher Abbott, Imogen Poots, Rosemarie DeWitt and Odessa Young. The film, which premiered at the recent Tribeca Film Festival, was written by Ben and Paul China from their Black List script, and was produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones for Automatik, Chris Ferguson for Oddfellows and Fernando Loureiro and Roberto Vasconcellos for Exhibit, who also financed.

Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Focus Features Picks Up ‘Tully,’ Electric Entertainment Buys ‘Lbj’ and More

Xyz Films is currently handling international sales and will screen the film at the upcoming Marché du Film at Cannes. “Sweet Virginia” is a riveting thriller that
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Samuel Goldwyn Films acquires 'The King's Choice'

True-life drama recounts early days of invasion of Norway.

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to Erik Poppe’s The King’s Choice and plans a theatrical release in August.

The King’s Choice is based on the true the story about three dramatic days in April 1940, where the King of Norway was presented with an unimaginable ultimatum from German armed forces: surrender or die.

The Royal Family fled Oslo to protect their family. However after three days King Haakon refused to capitulate, even if it would cost him, his family and many Norwegians their lives.

The historical drama stars Jesper Christensen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Karl Markovics, Tuva Novotny , Arthur Hakalahti, and Katharina Schüttler.

Jan Trygve Røyneland and Harald Rosenløw Eeg wrote the screenplay. Finn Gjerdrum and Stein B. Kvae of Paradox Film 1 As produced.

Nordisk Film Production, Newgrange Pictures, Film Väst and Copenhagen Film Fund og Zentropa International Sweden co-produced The King’s Choice
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Berlin's Panorama lineup rounds out with UK, Italian, Lebanese titles

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Berlin's Panorama lineup rounds out with UK, Italian, Lebanese titles
Berlin’s Panorama lineup also includes new films from Us, China and Brazil.

Berlin’s Panorama strand is now complete following the addition of 24 additional titles.

A total of 51 works from 43 countries have been chosen for screening in the section, including 21 in Panorama Dokumente and 29 feature films in the main programme and Panorama Special. 36 of these films will be getting their world premieres at the Berlinale.

The German production Tiger Girl by Jakob Lass will open this year’s edition of Panorama Special at Berlin’s Zoo Palast cinema, along with the previously announced Brazilian production Vazante.

Among newly confirmed films are UK Sundance title God’s Own Country, Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome, feminist fairy tale The Misandrists by Berlinale regular Bruce Labruce, Erik Poppe’s The King’s Choice and Belgian-French-Lebanese co-production Insyriated which stars Hiam Abbass as a woman trapped in an apartment during war.[p
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The Many Different Faces Of Jessica Chastain: From Miss Sloane To Zero Dark Thirty

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Jessica Chastain is a two-time Academy Award nominee who has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses of her generation. She has received numerous nominations and accolades for her work from the La Film Critics, British Academy of Film and TV, Broadcast Film Critics, HFPA, National Board of Review, Screen Actors Guild, Film Independent and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, to name a few.

The actresses’ latest film, Miss Sloane, opens in cinemas on December 9, 2016.

In the high-stakes world of political power-brokers, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is the most sought-after and formidable lobbyist in D.C. Known equally for her cunning and her track record of success, she has always done whatever is required to win. But when she takes on the most powerful opponent of her career, she finds that winning may come at too high a price.

Chastain can soon be
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Oscars: Norway picks 'The King's Choice'

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Oscars: Norway picks 'The King's Choice'
Erik Poppe’s war drama opens in Norway later this month.

Norway has selected Erik Poppe’s The King’s Choice as its contender for this year’s best foreign language film Oscar race.

The war drama stars Jesper Christensen, Kon-Tiki’s Anders Basmo Christiansen and The CounterfeitersKarl Markovics. It opens in Norway on Sept 23.

Based on true events, The King’s Choice is set in 1940 when a fleet of Nazi warships attacked Oslo and King Haakon of Norway (Christensen) is faced with a choice that will change the nation forever, as a race against time between mediation and warfare ensues.

It was selected from a three-strong shortlist that also included Erik Skjoldbjærg’s The Pyromaniac (Pyromanen) and Rune Denstad Langlo’s Welcome To Norway.

Norway have never won in the foreign language Oscar category. Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg’s Kon-Tiki was the last film to be nominated in the category in 2012.

Beta Cinema handles international
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'Land Of Mine' dominates Danish Film Awards

'Land Of Mine' dominates Danish Film Awards
The historical drama triumphed with six awards, while Oscar-nominated A War had to settle for one.Scroll down for full list of winners

Martin Zandvliet’s Land Of Mine triumphed at the 2016 Danish Film Awards, scooping six prizes including Best Film.

The historical war drama, which premiered in the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival’s Platform section, also took home Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and the Blockbuster Audience Award.

The night’s other major awards were split between several titles.

Tobias Lindholm’s Oscar-nominated modern war-drama A War took the Best Actress prize for star Tuva Novotny, while Ulrich Thomsen won Best Actor, his third, for his performance in Kasper Barfoed’s football comedy Summer Of ’92.

The supporting awards went to Trine Dyrholm for Long Story Short and Nicolas Bro for Men & Chicken.

Kenneth Kainz’s children’s adventure film The Shamer’s Daughter was another big winner on the night, taking five prizes:
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Spectre gets the Honest Trailer treatment

Screen Junkies has released an Honest Trailer for James Bond’s latest big screen adventure Spectre; which we have for you here…

See Also: Spectre set for Blu-ray release in February, special features revealed

See Also: Watch previous Honest Trailers here

Spectre sees Sam Mendes (Skyfall) directing Bond veterans Daniel Craig as James Bond, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M and Jesper Christensen as Mr. White, alongside franchise newcomers Andrew Scott (Pride) as Denbigh, Lea Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour) as Madeleine Swann, Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Mr. Hinx, Monica Bellucci (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) as Lucia Sciarra, Stephanie Sigman (The Bridge) as Estrella and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) as Oberhauser.
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Spectre Stalks Home VIdeo with February 9 Release

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Los Angeles, CA (January 5, 2016) –The 24th James Bond adventure Spectre, from Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, will be available to own on Digital HD™ January 22, and on Blu-ray™ & DVD February 9 it was announced today by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Taking in more than $850 million (Usd) worldwide, Spectre dominated the worldwide box-office making it one of the most successful Bond movies ever, shattering records in nearly every market it was released, led by a historic performance in the UK. The latest installment from one of the longest-running film franchises in history gives fans never-before shared insight into the complexities that made James Bond the man he is today.

In Spectre, a cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful
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Revealed: Spectre Blu-ray & DVD release details

It seemed that pretty much everyone loved 007s’s 24th outing as Spectre went global, as always, but the critics loved it as well. Daniel Craig has hit the spot for many with a much more balanced Bond, finding that gap between super spy and super sleek quite effortlessly. Today we’ve got all the details of the Blu-ray and DVD release, set to hit the shops on 22 February and available on digital download HD on 18 February.

Here’s more info of what we’ll be getting including all the details of those extras:

The 24th James Bond adventure Spectre took in more than $850 million (Usd) worldwide and dominated the worldwide box-office making it one of the most successful Bond movies ever, shattering records in nearly every market it was released, led by a historic performance in the UK. The latest installment from one of the longest-running film franchises in
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James Bond Spectre Blu-ray Release Date in February, Digital Later This Month

The latest James Bond 007 big-screen adventure Spectre from director Sam Mendes is coming to home video sooner than you might think, assuming you want to download it before getting your hands on the physical disc version.

Fox Home Entertainment has announced a January 22, 2016 release date for Spectre starring Daniel Craig, Monica Bellucci, Andrew Scott, Ralph Fiennes, Léa Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Jesper Christensen and Christoph Waltz. The Spectre Blu-ray release date, as well as DVD, falls a few weeks later on February 9.

Spectre has earned over $850 million at the worldwide box office as the latest run of Bond movies starring Craig in the titular role continues to outperform expectations. Its success paves the road for many more Bond films in the future, including a villain who will carry forward into future installments.

You can pre-order Spectre on Blu-ray or DVD for a discounted price at Amazon.com right now
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Spectre set for Blu-ray release in February, special features revealed

MGM and Twentieth Century Fox have announced that the 24th James Bond adventure Spectre is set for a Blu-ray and DVD release here in the UK from February 22nd, while it will also be available to own on Digital HD from February 18th.

Pre-order Spectre Via Amazon UK Or Amazon Us

Blu-ray™ Special Features:

Spectre: Bond’s Biggest Opening Sequence

Video Blogs

Director – Sam Mendes

Supercars

Introducing Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci

Action

Music

Guinness World Record

Gallery

DVD Special Features

Video Blogs

Director – Sam Mendes

Supercars

Day of the Dead Festival

Introducing Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci

Action

Music

Guinness World Record

Spectre sees Sam Mendes (Skyfall) directing Bond veterans Daniel Craig as James Bond, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Ralph Fiennes as M and Jesper Christensen as Mr. White, alongside franchise newcomers Andrew Scott (Pride) as Denbigh, Lea
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