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'Blade Runner 2049,' 'The Crown' Win ASC Awards for Cinematography

'Blade Runner 2049,' 'The Crown' Win ASC Awards for Cinematography
Blade Runner 2049” cinematographer Roger Deakins won the top prize for theatrical motion pictures at the 32nd annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards Saturday night.

While the 68-year-old lenser continues to be a bridesmaid at the Oscars, where he is currently 0-14 (with this year’s bid still pending), he’s an old favorite with the Asc: Deakins’ win for Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi sequel is his fifth honor from the organization. He previously won competitive prizes for “The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There” and “Skyfall,” and received the group’s Lifetime Achievement award in 2011.
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Anne Thompson’s Top 12 Films of 2017, Including Five Directed By Women

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Anne Thompson’s Top 12 Films of 2017, Including Five Directed By Women
Track my film passions of the past year and the result is this list. These are the films that wowed and moved me, that turned me into a rabid champion, that gave me hope that brilliant cinematic storytelling — and a rebel spirit — is alive and well. It turned out to be a strong year for women directors (five), romances (three), World War II dramas (two), Angelina Jolie movies (two), animation (one), and documentaries (one).

See More:The Best Movies of 2017, According to IndieWire Critic Eric Kohn 12. “The Breadwinner” (GKids)

Directed by Nora Twomey of Cartoon Saloon (“The Secret of Kells”) and executive produced by Angelina Jolie, Irish-Canadian “The Breadwinner” is based on Deborah Ellis’s Ya novel about 11-year-old Parvana (voiced by Canadian actress Saara Chaudry), a strong-willed Afghan girl who disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family and save her father under threat from the Taliban.
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Hungary’s ‘On Body and Soul’ Wins Top Award at Camerimage Film Festival

Hungary’s ‘On Body and Soul’ Wins Top Award at Camerimage Film Festival
Poland’s Camerimage fest wrapped Saturday with the Golden Frog top prize for “On Body and Soul,” a Hungarian story of shared dreams filmed by Mate Herbai and directed by Ildiko Enyedi.

The jury, headed by British director Michael Apted, honored Russian family drama “Loveless,” with cinematography by Mikhail Krichman and directing by Andrei Zvyagintsev (“Leviathan”), with a Silver Frog, while the Bronze Frog went to Angelina Jolie’s account of the Cambodian guerilla war, “First They Killed My Father,” filmed by Anthony Dod Mantle.

The jury honored Warwick Thornton’s “Sweet Country,” an Australian outback thriller filmed by Dylan River and Thornton, with the Fipresci award, while “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” shot by Ben Davis and directed by Martin McDonagh, won the fest’s first-ever audience prize.

The gala closing ceremony at the Opera Nova hall in Bydgoszcz topped a week of 283 film screenings and scores of workshops, filmmaker talks and
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‘First They Killed My Father’: How Angelina Jolie Captured a Child’s View of War

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‘First They Killed My Father’: How Angelina Jolie Captured a Child’s View of War
When Angelina Jolie needed a new cinematographer on the eve of shooting “First They Killed My Father” (Netflix), Cambodia’s Best Foreign-Language Oscar entry, the director called on the Dp she wanted in the first place: Oscar-winner Anthony Dod Mantle (“Slumdog Millionaire”). It turned out to be a trial by fire of the most creative kind.

Based on the celebrated memoir by Loung Ung, who, with her family, was forced into a work camp by the Khmer Rouge at the age of five, the historical thriller was shot totally from her perspective.

“I only had three days of prep and the first background action had a crowd between 400 and 600 extras,” said Dod Mantle, who’s presenting the film this week in competition at the 25th Camerimage festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Capturing Her Pov

Shooting with the Sony F55 with lots of hand-held and Steadicam shots, Dod Mantle first learned to
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How Angelina Jolie's New Film Captured a Child's View of Horror and Heartbreak

How Angelina Jolie's New Film Captured a Child's View of Horror and Heartbreak
Director Angelina Jolie wanted audiences watching First They Killed My Father, based on Loung Ung's memoir set during the Cambodian genocide, to see through the eyes of a child — young actress Sareum Srey Moch, who gives a remarkably expressive performance as Loung.

In the words of its Oscar-winning cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire), the Netflix film, Cambodia's foreign-language Academy Award entry, is "an attempt, as full-on as possible, to project how a child will perceive these incidents around her, which were everything from beauty and happiness in the beginning to unadulterated chaos and darkness. That's the psychology behind...
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Asia Sends Serious Contingent to Oscar Foreign-Language Race

Asia Sends Serious Contingent to Oscar Foreign-Language Race
While the early frontrunners in Oscar’s foreign-language category appear to be from Europe, with the likes of Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” (Sweden), Agnieszka Holland’s “Spoor” (Poland), Michael Haneke’s “Happy End” (Austria), Jonas Carpignano’s “A Ciambra” (Italy), Joachim Trier’s “Thelma” (Norway) and Carla Simon’s “Summer 1993” (Spain) dominating conversations and awards, Asia has a few tricks up its sleeve.

Leading the Asian charge is Cambodia’s submission “First They Killed My Father,” directed by the very visible Angelina Jolie. Based on the memoirs of human-rights activist Loung Ung, the film is an unflinching look at the horrors wrought by the Khmer Rouge after the Cambodian civil war in the 1970s.

Told through the eyes of the 5-year-old Ung, played with wide-eyed winsome charm by Sareum Srey Moch, the film dispassionately looks at how she is separated from her parents and siblings and is thrust into the thick of the conflict. As with his
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Angelina Jolie Still Breaks the Rules: Why ‘First They Killed My Father’ is the Movie No Studio Would Make

Angelina Jolie is basking in a standing ovation at Telluride after the first screening of “First They Killed My Father.” It’s the film she wanted to make: Based on the 2000 memoir of Loung Ung, who was five when the Khmer Rouge forced her family into work camps, it required a $24 million budget, a 60-day shoot, a two-hour, 16-minute cut. The only place she pitched the film is the only one who would let her make it: Netflix.

“She had a very specific view of the story she wanted to tell,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “It’s very traditional. It’s just as resource-intense to make a small film as a big film, where there isn’t much infrastructure in Cambodia. It would have been difficult to get made anywhere, with all local talent. It all pays off on the screen.”

While Jolie’s film may be traditional in some ways,
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Angelina Jolie Still Breaks the Rules: Why ‘First They Killed My Father’ is the Movie No Studio Would Make

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Angelina Jolie is basking in a standing ovation at Telluride after the first screening of “First They Killed My Father.” It’s the film she wanted to make: Based on the 2000 memoir of Loung Ung, who was five when the Khmer Rouge forced her family into work camps, it required a $24 million budget, a 60-day shoot, a two-hour, 16-minute cut. The only place she pitched the film is the only one who would let her make it: Netflix.

“She had a very specific view of the story she wanted to tell,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “It’s very traditional. It’s just as resource-intense to make a small film as a big film, where there isn’t much infrastructure in Cambodia. It would have been difficult to get made anywhere, with all local talent. It all pays off on the screen.”

While Jolie’s film may be traditional in some ways,
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'First They Killed My Father': Angelina Jolie's Film Packs 'Visceral Impact'

'First They Killed My Father': Angelina Jolie's Film Packs 'Visceral Impact'
Will wonders never cease. A film about Cambodia told from a Cambodian perspective instead of through the heroic intervention of white outsiders. Yes, that's Angelina Jolie behind the camera, as director and co-writer, but First They Killed My Father, subtitled "A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers," steadfastly honors its first-person account. The film takes the point of view of Loung Ung (newcomer Sreymoch Sareum), who was only five years old when the Communist Khmer Rouge entered the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh in 1975, brutally executing fellow Cambodians with ties to the
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6 Things We Learned at Telluride, Including Oscar Chances for Greta Gerwig, Angelina Jolie, and Gary Oldman

The Telluride Film Festival is about a lot more than Oscars. Co-directors Tom Luddy and Julie Huntsinger certainly set out to program the year’s likeliest Oscar contenders, including Joe Wright’s Gary Oldman vehicle “Darkest Hour,” Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” starring Saoirse Ronan, Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” starring Sally Hawkins, and “Battle of the Sexes,” starring a luminous Emma Stone as real-life hero Billie Jean King.

But Telluride was also a crucible for conversations about the state of the motion picture industry throughout the weekend, as Netflix and Amazon threw parties and checked out several high-profile movies without distribution — including Francis Ford Coppola’s musically-enhanced “The Cotton Club Encore” — that banked on the festival boosting their critical and audience cred before top buyers.

Here’s what we learned over the Labor Day weekend:

1. Christian Bale is fat.

The subject of two well-deserved weekend tributes
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6 Things We Learned at Telluride, Including Oscar Chances for Greta Gerwig, Angelina Jolie, and Gary Oldman

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The Telluride Film Festival is about a lot more than Oscars. Co-directors Tom Luddy and Julie Huntsinger certainly set out to program the year’s likeliest Oscar contenders, including Joe Wright’s Gary Oldman vehicle “Darkest Hour,” Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” starring Saoirse Ronan, Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” starring Sally Hawkins, and “Battle of the Sexes,” starring a luminous Emma Stone as real-life hero Billie Jean King.

But Telluride was also a crucible for conversations about the state of the motion picture industry throughout the weekend, as Netflix and Amazon threw parties and checked out several high-profile movies without distribution — including Francis Ford Coppola’s musically-enhanced “The Cotton Club Encore” — that banked on the festival boosting their critical and audience cred before top buyers.

Here’s what we learned over the Labor Day weekend:

1. Christian Bale is fat.

The subject of two well-deserved weekend tributes
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Angelina Jolie: ‘A Lack of Dialogue, Diplomacy and Education is Dangerous’

Angelina Jolie: ‘A Lack of Dialogue, Diplomacy and Education is Dangerous’
Telluride, Colo. — Angelina Jolie made her first trip to the Telluride Film Festival this year with her fourth directorial effort, “First They Killed My Father.” Based on the memoir by Loung Ung, it tells the harrowing story of Ung and her family, who fled their home in Phnom Penh, Cambodia when the Khmer Rouge regime took over and moved from village to village, hiding their identity and former life of privilege. Ung would eventually even train as a child soldier in a work camp for orphans to survive.

The film is Jolie’s finest hour behind the camera, told with vibrant visuals from Ung’s unique, and evolving, point of view. Jolie and Ung sat down with Variety at the fest festival to discuss the film.

Variety: Luong, I suppose the obvious question is what was your reaction to seeing your life unfold on the screen the first time you saw the film?

Loung Ung
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Telluride Film Review: Angelina Jolie’s ‘First They Killed My Father’

Telluride Film Review: Angelina Jolie’s ‘First They Killed My Father’
For a brief moment at the beginning of “First They Killed My Father,” we glimpse a white reporter taking snapshots of the Khmer Rouge as they roll into Phnom Penh in April 1975, but for the rest of the movie, not a single Caucasian appears on screen in this appropriately Cambodian story. That alone represents a significant innovation in Angelina Jolie’s sprawling made-for-Netflix (but, if we’re really being honest, made-for-the-big-screen) adaptation of Loung Ung’s survivor’s memoir, considering that Western films like “The Killing Fields” have almost always privileged the white man’s Pov on this and other atrocities.

Still, like last year’s “Beasts of No Nation” (the film this most closely resembles), a lack of stars and surfeit of suffering will inevitably limit the reach of this essential story, though the involvement of Oscar-nominated expat Rithy Panh (“The Missing Picture”) lends it a heft that could make this difficult Cambodian production a factor
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‘First They Killed My Father’ Review: Angelina Jolie’s Cambodian Drama Is Her Best Film

‘First They Killed My Father’ Review: Angelina Jolie’s Cambodian Drama Is Her Best Film
“First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers” is the movie that Angelina Jolie has been working toward for the duration of her short filmmaking career. With each directing effort, Jolie has dismantled any semblance of the glossy stardom that burdens her reputation. Her slick 2011 debut “In the Land of Blood and Honey” was a grim tale of star-crossed lovers set against the Bosnian war, while 2014’s survival saga “Unbroken” had the scope and visceral intensity of a WWII epic. “By the Sea” was an uneven expressionistic romance in which she co-starred alongside then-husband Brad Pitt, but it hardly glamorized the couple’s insular world.

Now comes a more focused, involving work than any of her earlier efforts, a taut wartime tale about surviving the Khmer Rouge that’s rooted in a child’s perspective rather than a simplistic, westernized gaze. Despite a few missteps, it’s the
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Fall Film Festivals: Darren Aronofsky Will Shock Us, Angelina Jolie Will Surprise Us, and 4 More Predictions

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The year in cinema is about to get a whole lot busier. With the summer behind us, the big fall festivals are about to unleash a grab-bag of new movies that will launch awards season along with a range of conversations about filmmakers, actors and the future of the film industry.

Here’s what we’re expecting to learn in the next few days and weeks.

Read More:Telluride Reveals 2017 Lineup: ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Downsizing,’ Christian Bale Tribute, and Angelina Jolie 1. Gary Oldman will become an Oscar contender.

Respected for decades for such colorful turns as “Sid & Nancy” and “Dracula,” Gary Oldman finally landed an Oscar nomination for “Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy,” and may get another shot to win the prize. So why the buzz on the British actor as Winston Churchill, a story we think we have seen before? Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour” does not give us the
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Fall Film Festivals: Darren Aronofsky Will Shock Us, Angelina Jolie Will Surprise Us, and 4 More Predictions

The year in cinema is about to get a whole lot busier. With the summer behind us, the big fall festivals are about to unleash a grab-bag of new movies that will launch awards season along with a range of conversations about filmmakers, actors and the future of the film industry.

Here’s what we’re expecting to learn in the next few days and weeks.

Read More:Telluride Reveals 2017 Lineup: ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Downsizing,’ Christian Bale Tribute, and Angelina Jolie 1. Gary Oldman will become an Oscar contender.

Respected for decades for such colorful turns as “Sid & Nancy” and “Dracula,” Gary Oldman finally landed an Oscar nomination for “Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy,” and may get another shot to win the prize. So why the buzz on the British actor as Winston Churchill, a story we think we have seen before? Joe Wright’s “Darkest Hour” does not give us the
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Angelina Jolie Captures Horrors in Cambodia in Trailer for ‘First They Killed My Father’

Excluding her romantic drama (or anti-romance, taking recent events into consideration) By the Sea, Angelina Jolie’s career as a director has been one built on solemnity as she tackles real-life historical dramas. After her debut In the Land of Blood and Honey and her WWII feature Unbroken, she’s back with First They Killed My Father, a drama which will premiere at Tiff and then hit Netflix almost immediately after.

Adapted by Loung Ung’s memoir, the story recounts the author’s horrifying childhood experiences under the murderous Khmer Rouge regime in her native Cambodia. The first trailer has now arrived, which is dialogue-free as it shows off cinematography from Anthony Dod Mantle and a series of harrowing situations. Perhaps most interesting is the involvement of Rithy Panh (The Missing Picture), who produces here. Check out the trailer below along with the poster.

First They Killed My Father premiered
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First trailer arrives for Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Angelina Jolie’s labour of Love and Netflix original film, First They Killed My Father, has a dialogue free,

yet powerfully emotive first trailer.

Directed, Produced and co-adapted for the big screen by Jolie and Cambodian author and human rights activist, Loung Ung from Ung’s memoir of the same name. The film depicts the indomitable spirit and devotion of Loung and her family as they struggle to stay together during the Khmer Rouge years.

The trailer starts through the eyes of the young Ung, with joyous children dancing and enjoying some quality family time at their home before the tone shifts abruptly as Us Marines enter the country with a lone helicopter flying over the house as TV coverage emerges of their arrival. It quickly shoots to scenes of Women and Child slavery as the Cambodian way of life under the Khmer Rouge regime, turns everything
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Watch The Trailer For Angelina Jolie’s ‘First They Killed My Father’

Netflix have debuted the new trailer for the Angelina Jolie-directed First They Killed My Father, which debuts on the streaming service in September and in selected cinemas.

The Netflix original film First They Killed My Father will launch on Friday, September 15 in theatres and globally on Netflix. Directed by Angelina Jolie, First They Killed My Father is the adaptation of Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung’s gripping memoir of surviving the deadly Khmer Rouge regime from 1975 to 1978. The story is told through her eyes, from the age of five, when the Khmer Rouge came to power, to nine years old. The film depicts the indomitable spirit and devotion of Loung and her family as they struggle to stay together during the Khmer Rouge years.

We also have the key art for the film, which is produced by Angelina Jolie and acclaimed Cambodian director and producer Rithy Panh,
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“T2: Trainspotting” is the sequel many fans have been waiting for

A staple of mid 90’s independent breakthrough cinema, Trainspotting has long been a movie that seemed poised to get a sequel. After all, author Irvine Welsh did write a sequel to his novel of the same name, that one called Porno. This week, the sequel does arrive, though this is with the slightly more multiplex friendly title of T2: Trainspotting. The film looks to recapture what people loved so much about the first one. Considering how long this next installment had been brewing before everyone signed on the dotted line, it would have to be in order to work. Luckily, that seems to be the case. Crisis averted! This sequel is a return to the world initially presented to us in Trainspotting, obviously. After having spent 20 years abroad following his escape in the first one, Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) makes a returns to Scotland. There, he reunites with his
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