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Istanbul unveils line-up amid charged atmosphere, Ian McKellen to attend

Istanbul unveils line-up amid charged atmosphere, Ian McKellen to attend
Istanbul Film Festival unveils line-up and Meetings On The Bridge details.

The İstanbul Film Festival (April 5-15) has unveiled the programme for its 36th edition.

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Despite intensive political campaigning ahead of the Turkish constitutional referendum on April 16 and an ongoing state of emergency in the country following last year’s July putsch, festival director Kerem Ayan revealed the line-up at a relatively relaxed press conference in Istanbul.

The festival will host a total of 203 films in 21 categories from 61 countries in nine venues on both sides of the Bosphorous. Among those are 13 Turkish features getting their world premieres.

Among films to compete in the international competition are Toronto hit Lady Macbeth and French immigration drama This is Our Land.

While the number of international guests set to attend the festival is expected to be down on previous years due to a series of terror attacks in the city, notable guests
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Istanbul unveils lineup amid charged atmosphere, Ian McKellen to attend

Istanbul unveils lineup amid charged atmosphere, Ian McKellen to attend
Istanbul Film Festival unveils line-up and Meetings On The Bridge details.

The İstanbul Film Festival (April 5-15) has unveiled the programme for its 36th edition.

Scroll down for lineups

Despite intensive political campaigning ahead of the Turkish constitutional referendum on April 16 and an ongoing state of emergency in the country following last year’s July putsch, festival director Kerem Ayan revealed the line-up at a relatively relaxed press conference in Istanbul.

The festival will host a total of 203 films in 21 categories from 61 countries in nine venues on both sides of the Bosphorous. Among those are 13 Turkish features getting their world premieres.

Among films to compete in the international competition are Toronto hit Lady Macbeth and French immigration drama This is Our Land.

While the number of international guests set to attend the festival is expected to be down on previous years due to a series of terror attacks in the city, notable guests
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'Diamond Island', 'Lady Of The Lake' scoop top prizes in Mumbai

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'Diamond Island', 'Lady Of The Lake' scoop top prizes in Mumbai
Other winners included Ralitza Petrova’s Godless and The Narrow Path, directed by Satish Babusenan and Santosh Babusenan.

Davy Chou’s Diamond Island won the Golden Gateway Award in Mumbai Film Festival’s international competition, while Haobam Paban Kumar’ Lady Of The Lake scooped the same honour in India Gold.

Diamond Island, a co-production between Cambodia, France and three other countries, received its world premiere in Critics Week at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and premiered in Cambodia this week. Lady Of The Lake, a Manipuri-language drama about fishermen being driven from their homes, recently premiered at Busan.

Other winners in Mumbai’s international competition included Bulgarian filmmaker Ralitza Petrova’s Godless, which took the Silver Gateway Award, and Mexican director Natalia Almada’s Everything Else, which took the Jury Grand Prize. Special mentions went to Alba, directed by Ecuador’s Macarena Arias, and UK-Peruvian drama When Two Worlds Collide.

In the India
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Singapore Film Festival unveils 2016 line-up

Upcoming 27th edition to open with Asian premiere of Dain Iskandar Said’s Interchange on November 23.

The 27th Singapore International Film Festival (Sgiff) has unveiled its full line-up, comprising 161 titles from 52 countries across 13 sections.

The selection includes 16 world premieres, nine international premieres and 18 Asian premieres.

Among them are new features by masters such as Garin Nugroho, Lav Diaz, Tran Anh Hung, Naomi Kawase, Fruit Chan, Anurag Kashyap, Reha Erdem, Trinh Minh-ha, Kirill Serebrennikov, Kelly Reichardt and Ken Loach, many of whose earlier works were previously screened at the festival, according to programme director Zhang Wenjie.

In addition to the masters, Wenjie adds that a number of new filmmakers from Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Mongolia, Japan, Nepal, Turkey, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Latin America, Taiwan, Singapore and the Us are featured across various sections.

10 Asian films are vying for the Silver Screen Awards, including the world premieres of Abdulla Mohammed Saad’s Live From Dhaka and Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo
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Bollywood Big Names Bolster Mumbai Festival Opening

Bollywood Big Names Bolster Mumbai Festival Opening
Mumbai – The cream of Bollywood was out in force at the opening of the 18th Mumbai Film Festival on Thursday. Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan inaugurated proceedings and called for a permanent hub for the festival that is currently spread out at venues across the city. The opening was at the newly restored 104-year-old Royal Opera House that had fallen into disrepair decades ago.

The festival opened under the shadow of the current tense political relationship between India and Pakistan, resulting in the pulling of 1959 Pakistani classic “The Day Shall Dawn” (“Jago Hua Savera”) from the program. Acknowledging this, festival director Anupama Chopra spoke of living in an atmosphere that is “fractured and confused”. “I won’t lie. It has been difficult,” Chopra said during her opening remarks.

But as is often the case in Mumbai, Bollywood rode to the rescue, papering over the fractures. Veteran actress Jaya Bachchan presented the
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Antalya: Turkish Filmmakers Dazzle on the International Stage

Antalya: Turkish Filmmakers Dazzle on the International Stage
Despite the turbulence and terror surrounding the July 15 attempted coup in Turkey, the country’s filmmakers rose to new heights on the international fest circuit. And even after the failed coup, Turks have continued to win accolades — most recently at the Venice Film Festival, where Reha Erdem won the Horizon section’s Special Jury nod with his fable-like “Big Big World.”

As prominent film industry multihyphenate Ahmet Boyacioglu puts it, these titles “are all very critical of Turkish society,” but “they are still being made,” the film fest programmer, producer, and promoter notes.

They were until recently, at least. Now the hope is that the Turkish government’s current crackdown against writers and academics who don’t toe its line won’t also mean a muzzle on filmmakers and the topics they depict such as the Turkish-Kurdish conflict, which has always been a cinematic hot potato.

Variety looks at recent Turkish arthouse standouts,
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The Jio Mami with Star unveils its programming line-up for 2016

The Jio Mami Mumbai Film Festival with Star is less than a month away from offering the city a movie extravaganza unlike any other. In its 18th edition, the festival announced its stellar line-up for the year at its annual press conference held on Thursday, 29th September in Mumbai. The festival is set to kick off on 20th October. The press conference began with the announcement of the festival’s new brand identity.

Jio Mami with Star, Festival Co-Chairperson, Kiran Rao said, “It’s been a very exciting year for the Academy. Firstly, we are now a year around presence. We launched the Mami Film Club in May with a conversation between Sir Ian McKellen and Aamir. We’ve followed that up with India premieres of films such as Brahman Naman and India in a Day. The Academy is committed to bringing you great film content and conversations not just
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Gomes, Erdem to head Mumbai film fest juries

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Gomes, Erdem to head Mumbai film fest juries
Miguel Gomes [pictured] and Reha Erdem to head international competition and India Gold juries, respectively; fest also unveils line-up and Jia Zhangke award.

Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes (Arabian Nights) is heading the jury for the international competition at this year’s Mumbai Film Festival, while Turkish director Reha Erdem will preside over the jury for the India Gold section.

Gomes will be joined by filmmakers Tala Hadid and Anurag Kashyap, producer Christine Vachon and Hot Docs president Chris McDonald. Titles selected for the International Competition for first-time filmmakers include Israeli filmmaker Elite Zexer’s Sand Storm and Diamond Island, from French-Cambodian filmmaker Davy Chou (see full line-up below).

Erdem recently won the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize at Venice for Big Big World. He will be joined on the India Gold jury by composer Mychael Danna (Life Of Pi), Hong Kong director Yonfan (Peony Pavilion), Polish director Tomasz Wasilewski (United States Of Love) and critic Stephanie Zacharek.

The festival
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Beineix to head Tokyo competition jury

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Beineix to head Tokyo competition jury
French filmmaker Jean-Jacques Beineix to head jury for Tokyo competition section, which includes five world premieres.

French filmmaker Jean-Jacques Beineix will head the jury of this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff), which has unveiled its 16-strong competition section, including five world premieres.

The jury also includes Spotlight producer Nicole Rocklin, Japanese director Hideyuki Hiayama, Italian actor Valerio Mastandrea and Hong Kong director Mabel Cheung.

World premieres in competition include Japanese director Kiki Suginos’ Snow Woman, Chris KrausThe Bloom Of Yesterday (Germany-Austria), Jun Roble Lana’s Die Beautiful (Philippines) and two films from China – Mei Feng’s Mr. No Problem and Roy Szeto’s Shed Skin Papa.

The competition section includes one other Japanese title – Daigo Matsui’s Japanese Girls Never Die (see full competition line-up below).

This year’s Crosscut Asia section is focusing on Indonesia, screening three films by Teddy Soeriaatmadja, along with works from Nia Dinata, Ifa Isfansyah, [link
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Film Review: ‘Big Big World’

Film Review: ‘Big Big World’
Reha Erdem is one of the most distinctive directors working today: no one else’s films look quite like his (thanks in part to his symbiotic partnership with Dp Florent Herry), nor are anyone else’s movies populated with the kinds of people inhabiting his universe. Erdem conjures characters in broad strokes, exploring the feral nature that lies embedded inside children and young adults who’ve not yet learned how to encase themselves in the norms of “civilized behavior.” His ninth feature, “Big Big World,” is a counterpart to his beautiful penultimate film “Jin,” as both are largely set in an Edenic forest where animals act as silent spectators in a parallel, unbreachable domain. Unabashedly opaque in a very Erdem manner, the film took home the special jury prize in Venice’s Horizons competition and deserves robust festival and showcase play, though arthouse release is unlikely.

There’s a strong
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Tokyo Festival Unveils Six World Premieres in Competition

The Tokyo International Film Festival unveiled six world premieres in the competition section of its upcoming 29th edition.

Among the six in the 16-film competition section are Chris Kraus’s Holocaust-themed drama “The Bloom of Yesterday” (Germany/Austria), Jun Robles Lan’s transgender drama “Die Beautiful” (Philippines), Mei Feng’s wartime drama “Mr. No Problem” (China) and Roy Szeto’s comedy “Shed Skin Papa” (Hong Kong/China). The sole U.S. representative in competition is the Adam Leon comedy “Tramps,” which premiered at Toronto. They join the two previously announced Japanese titles, Daigo Matsui’s “Japanese Girls Never Die” and Kiki Sugino’s “Snow Woman.”

Other competition highlights are Croatian director Hana Jusic’s debut feature “Quit Staring at My Plate,” which premiered in Venice’s Venice Days section, Turkish director Reha Erdem’s “Big Big World,” which scooped a special jury prize in Venice’s Orrizonti section, and Romanian
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The Best Films at the 2016 Venice Film Festival

With the jury winners announced this past weekend (see at the bottom), the 73rd Venice International Film Festival has now come to an end. As always, it was a strong kick-off to the fall festivals, with some premieres of dramas that we’ll see over the next few months, as well as a great many that won’t arrive until next year (or perhaps later, pending distribution). We’ve wrapped up the festival by selecting our 9 favorite films, followed by our complete coverage. Check out everything below and let us know what you’re most looking forward to.

Austerlitz (Sergei Loznitsa)

Having experimented with feature-length fiction films, shorts, and archival-footage documentaries in the course of his career, Sergei Loznitsa’s output since his 2014 Ukrainian crisis documentary Maidan has both garnered him greater acclaim than before and zeroed in on cinema as a collectively generated form. – Tommaso T. (full review)

Hacksaw Ridge
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'The Woman Who Left' wins Venice Golden Lion

'The Woman Who Left' wins Venice Golden Lion
Lav Diaz’s The Woman Who Left from the Philippines won the Golden Lion at the 73rd Venice Film festival on Saturday while Emma Stone claimed the Coppa Volpi best actress prize for La La Land and Oscar Martínez took actor honours for El Ciudadano Ilustre.

The Silver Lion – grand jury prize went to Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals and the Silver Lion award for best director was a tie between Andrei Konchalovsky for Paradise and Amat Escalante for The Untamed.

Noah Oppenheim prevailed in the screenplay category for Jackie, while Ana Lily Amirpour earned a special jury prize for The Bad Batch.

Venice Winners In Full

Golden Lion for best film

The Woman Who Left (Ang Babaeng Humayo; Philippines) by Lav Diaz

Silver Lion – grand jury prize

Nocturnal Animals (USA) by Tom Ford

Silver Lion award for best director (tie)

Andrei Konchalovsky, Paradise (Cis)

Amat Escalante, The Untamed (La Región Salvaje, Mexico-Denmark-France-Germany- Norway-Switzerland
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‘The Woman Who Left’ Wins Venice Film Festival: Complete List of Winners

‘The Woman Who Left’ Wins Venice Film Festival: Complete List of Winners
Venice, Italy — “The Woman Who Left,” a revenge drama by Filipino auteur Lav Diaz about the struggle of a wrongly convicted schoolteacher in the outside world after 30 years behind bars, is the winner of the 73rd Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion.

Shot in black and white and lasting nearly four hours “Woman Who Left” was praised by Variety critic Guy Lodge as a “powerful and, by his [Diaz’s] standards, refreshingly contained moral study.”

“This is for my country, for the Filipino people; for our struggle and the struggle of humanity,” said Diaz, as he thanked the jury headed by Sam Mendes.

Tom Ford-directed romantic noir “Nocturnal Animals,” set in the L.A. art scene and the Texas criminal underworld, took the fest’s Jury Grand Prize. It is the second film directed by the fashion designer, following “A Single Man” which premiered in Venice in 2009.

“I have a very beautiful
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Venice Film Festival 2016 Winners: Emma Stone And Tom Ford Earn Major Prizes

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Venice Film Festival 2016 Winners: Emma Stone And Tom Ford Earn Major Prizes
The 73rd Venice International Film Festival comes to a close this evening with their annual awards ceremony. The festival ran from August 31st through September 10th, with Sam Mendes as the President of the Jury for the main competition. You can watch the winners accept their awards live with the Venice Film Festival live stream. Follow the link to watch the ceremony and check in on the winners list below.

Read More: Venice Film Festival Reveals First Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Voyage of Time,’ ‘The Bad Batch,’ ‘Jackie’ and ‘Nocturnal Animals

This year, Viff screened many high-profile films, including such anticipated fall features like Damien Chazelle’s musical “La La Land,” Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi film “Arrival,” and Terrence Malick’s “Voyage of Time.” They also premiered more more mainstream fare outside of competition, like Mel Gibson’s latest “Hacksaw Ridge” and Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven.”

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Venice 2016 Industry Closer: Buzz, Deals and Hiked Attendance

Venice 2016 Industry Closer: Buzz, Deals and Hiked Attendance
Venice, Italy — With “La La Land,” “The Light Between Oceans,” “Arrival,” “Nocturnal Animals,” “The Bleeder,” and “Hacksaw Ridge” all screening in its first five days, the Venice Film Festival arguably saw its strongest start in recent years. On Wednesday, the Natalie Portman-starrer “Jackie,” directed by Chilean Pablo Larrain and hailed by Variety as an “extraordinary English-language debut,” gave the fest another boost.

Artistically, those films have strengthened Venice’s status as a prime Oscar springboard. Commercially, this year’s festival, has also proved robust, with attendance at the official market, which closed Monday, surging about 20% to 1,800 delegates. The festival as a whole ends Saturday.

In its opening five or six days, “the festival has really delivered in terms of diversity and the variety of movies, as well as interesting titles to distribute,” said distributor Ignas Scheynius of Sweden’s Edge Entertainment. “It looks like Venice 2016 will go into the books as an excellent year.
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Venice Film Festival: Enter To Win Online Festival Pass For Venice Sala Web

Venice Film Festival: Enter To Win Online Festival Pass For Venice Sala Web
The oldest film festival in the world is turning 73 this year, and IndieWire is partnering with Festival Scope to give 10 lucky readers the chance to win an online festival pass to the Venice Film Festival’s Sala Web program. Can’t make it all the way to Venice this year? Fortunately, you won’t have to.

Read More: 2016 Venice Film Festival: The Lineup So Far

This year’s Sala Web lineup includes titles from the festival’s Orizzonti section and from Biennale College, in addition to a select group of titles picked from various other sidebars. Highlights include “The Orchard Seller,” by 2015 Golden Lion winner Lorenzo Vigas, and new features from international directors like Wang Bing, Parviz Shahbazi, Tim Sutton and Jessica Woodworth. Sala Web screenings will be hosted on a secure site operated by Festival Scope on behalf of the Venice Film Festival. Digital tickets for Sala Web screenings
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The 2016 Venice Film Festival Line-Up

The full list of this year's Venice Film Festival has been announced with high-profile titles from Mel Gibson, Tom Ford, Terrence Malick, Derek Cianfrance, Pablo Larrain, Denis Villenueve, Antoine Fuqua, Damian Chazelle, Emir Kusturica, Antoine Fuqua, Ana Lily Amirpour, Francois Ozon, and Wim Wenders all making the grade.

Amongst the films in competition are Chazelle's Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone-led musical "La La Land," Ford's second film "Nocturnal Animals," the high-profile book adaptation "The Light Between Oceans," the mysterious sci-fi title "Arrival," and Malick's doco "Voyage of Time". Screening outside of competition are Gibson's "Hacksaw Ridge," Fuqua's "The Magnificent Seven," and the first two episodes of Paolo Sorrentino's "The Young Pope". Here's the full line-up:

In Competition

"The Bad Batch," Ana Lily Amirpour (U.S.)

"Une Vie," Stephan Brizé (France, Belgium)

"La La Land," Damien Chazelle (U.S.)

"The Light Between Oceans," Derek Cianfrance (U.S., Australia, New Zealand)

"El ciudadano ilustre,
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Venice 2016. Lineup

The selection for the 2016 Venice Film Festival has been announced, with new films by Terrence Malick, Pablo Larraín, Lav Diaz, Wang Bing, Amat Escalante, Tom Ford, and more.COMPETITIONVoyage of TimeThe Bad Batch (Ana Lily Amirpour)Une vie i (Stéphane Brizé)La La Land (Damien Chazelle)The Light Between Oceans (Derek Cianfrance)El ciudadano ilustre (Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat)Spira Mirabilis (Massimo D'Anolfi, Martina Parenti)The Woman Who Left (Lav Diaz)La región salvaje (Amat Escalante)Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford)Piuma (Roan Johnson)Paradise (Andrei Konchalovsky)Brimstone (Martin Koolhoven)Jackie (Pablo Larraín)Voyage of Time (Terrence Malick)El Cristo Ciego (Christopher Murray)Frantz (François Ozon)Questi Giorni (Giuseppe Piccioni)Arrival (Denis Villeneuve)Les beaux jours D'Aranjuez (Wim Wenders)Out Of COMPETITIONSafariOur War (Bruno Chiaravolloti, Claudio Jampaglia, Benedetta Argentieri)I Called Him Morgan (Kasper Collin)One More Time with Feeling (Andrew Dominik)The Bleeder (Philippe Falardeau)The Magnificent Seven (Antoine Fuqua
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Venice Film Festival Reveals First Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Voyage of Time,’ ‘The Bad Batch,’ ‘Jackie’ and ‘Nocturnal Animals’

Venice Film Festival Reveals First Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Voyage of Time,’ ‘The Bad Batch,’ ‘Jackie’ and ‘Nocturnal Animals’
Is there a best picture winner in the bunch? The Venice Film Festival has unveiled its 2016 lineup, including both in competition and out of competition offerings, and with the festival’s strong track record of debuting recent best picture winners — from “Spotlight” to “Birdman” — there might be another big winner among the slate’s ranks.

As had been previously announced, the festival will open with Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land,” which will later hit Toronto (and, presumably, also Telluride). The festival will close with Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven,” which kicks off its own festival run days earlier, when it will open Tiff.

Read More: Tiff Reveals First Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Magnificent Seven,’ ‘American Honey,’ ‘La La Land’ and ‘Birth of A Nation’

Other picks that will also do the Venice-tiff two-step include Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals,” Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival,” Francois Ozon’s “Frantz,” Nick Hamm
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