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‘Amy’ and ‘Senna’ Director Asif Kapadia Captures War in Trailer for ‘Ali & Nino’

Best known for his acclaimed, hit documentaries Amy and Senna (at least here in the United States), director Asif Kapadia actually began his career with narrative dramas. He returned to his roots this year at Sundance with Ali & Nino, a sweeping period epic set in around World War I. Picked up by IFC Films for a release this week, the first trailer has now arrived.

We said in our review, “There is nary a film genre more tried and true than the war-time romance. From Casablanca to Doctor Zhivago to The English Patient, the structure allows for a micro conflict injected into a macro scenario. From a script by Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liasons, Atonement), adapted from the novel under the pseudonym Kurban Said, and directed by Asif Kapadia (Senna, Amy), Ali and Nino strives for the status of epic but falls considerably short.”

Starring María Valverde, Mandy Patinkin, Adam Bakri,
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Watch: Jafar Panahi Pays Tribute to Abbas Kiarostami in 20-Minute Short Film

For whatever differences they may have had later in life, Jafar Panahi has displayed nothing immense grief over Abbas Kiarostami‘s recent passing. It’s initially strange to think that Instagram would be our primary source for these expressions, but ask yourself this: what format better fits a disenfranchised artist hoping to communicate with the world? It’s to our fortune that he’s expanded the response by producing his first (or first-seen) real follow-up to last year’s Taxi. Roughly titled Where Are You, Jafar Panahi?, it follows the filmmaker and Iranian director Majid Barzegar on a 20-minute drive to Kiarostami’s grave, during which time “the two friends speak appropriately of cinema, but also censorship and festivals, police power and ideology.”

From the significance of its concept — as both a continuation-of-sorts of Taxi‘s central conceit and an enactment of Kiarostami’s beloved car dialogues — to a tender
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Sundance Film Festival 2016 Premiere and Spotlight Movie Lineup and Special Events

Sundance 2016 is fast approaching. Last week we posted the movie lineup of Midnight and Competition film selections. We now have the complete lineup for the premieres in both the feature film and documentary categories. We also have their selections for the Spotlight and Kid films. I've also included a list of special events.

There are a lot of great films on this list that I'm excited about seeing because of the incredible talent involved. Viggo Mortensen and Frank Langella star in Captain Fantastic; Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams star in Certain Women; Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Kathy Bates and Danny Glover star in Complete Unknown; Paul Rudd and Selena Gomez star in The Fundamentals of Caring; John Krasinski directed a film called The Hollars which he stars in with Anna Kendrick, Margo Martindale, Richard Jenkins, Sharlto Copley, and Charlie Day; Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has made a new
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Sundance ’16: Reichardt, Marston, Sachs, Solondz, Stillman & Lonergan Among Premieres

Sundance programmers have unveiled what is a jaw-dropping, savoury Premieres line-up. With names such as Asif Kapadia (Ali & Nino), Kelly Reichardt (Certain Women), Joshua Marston (Complete Unknown), Ira Sachs (Little Men), Whit Stillman (Love & Friendship), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea), Todd Solondz (Wiener-Dog) and James Schamus’ directorial debut (Indignation), the 2016 edition could be considered a “gold” level edition that in the decade plus years we’ve been covering the fest easily rivals what we might find in the Main Comp in Cannes later that year. In addition to titan auteurs names mentioned above, the fest also have faves in Anne Fontaine, Taika Waititi, John Carney and Diego Luna on tap plus will showcase work from Matthew Ross (directorial debut – Frank & Lola) and Matt Ross (sophomore film – Captain Fantastic). Here is the Premieres line-up.

Agnus Dei / France, Poland (Director: Anne Fontaine, Screenwriters: Sabrina N. Karine, Alice Vial, Pascal Bonitzer) — 1945 Poland: Mathilde,
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Sundance 2016. Lineup

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Kate Plays ChristineThe lineup for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, taking place between January 21 -31, has been announced.U.S. Dramatic COMPETITIONAs You Are (Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, USA): As You Are is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation. Cast: Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton, Amandla Stenberg, John Scurti, Scott Cohen, Mary Stuart Masterson. World Premiere The Birth of a Nation (Nate Parker, USA): Set against the antebellum South, this story follows Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner, accepts an offer to use Nat’s preaching to subdue unruly slaves. After witnessing countless atrocities against fellow slaves, Nat devises a plan to lead his people to freedom. Cast: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Jackie Earle Haley, Gabrielle Union, Mark Boone Jr. World PremiereChristine (Antonio Campos,
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Sundance unveils Premieres, Spotlight

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Sundance unveils Premieres, Spotlight
Top brass at the Park City festival have rounded out the feature line-up with a dazzling selection on paper that includes new work from Asif Kapadia and other returning alumni such as Todd Solondz, Taika Waititi and Joshua Marston.Scroll Down For Full List

Road movie The Fundamentals Of Caring by Rob Burnett starring Paul Rudd will close the festival, while Maggie Greenwald’s Sophie And The Rising Sun is the Salt Lake City Gala Film. Heid Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You is a Day One Film.

The Premieres line-up introduces Indignation, the feature directorial debut from former Focus Features CEO and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon screenwriter James Schamus, and the latest world premieres from John Carney, Kenneth Lonergan, Ira Sachs and Diego Luna.

The Documentary Premieres section encompass latest films from Werner Herzog, Spike Lee, Liz Garbus and Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato.

The Spotlight
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Sundance unveils Premieres, Spotlight

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Sundance unveils Premieres, Spotlight
Top brass at the Park City festival have rounded out the feature line-up with a dazzling selection on paper that includes new work from Asif Kapadia and other returning alumni such as Todd Solondz, Taika Waititi and Joshua Marston.Scroll Down For Full List

Road movie The Fundamentals Of Caring by Rob Burnett starring Paul Rudd will close the festival, while Maggie Greenwald’s Sophie And The Rising Sun is the Salt Lake City Gala Film. Heid Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You is a Day One Film.

The Premieres line-up introduces Indignation, the feature directorial debut from former Focus Features CEO and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon screenwriter James Schamus, and the latest world premieres from John Carney, Kenneth Lonergan, Ira Sachs and Diego Luna.

The Documentary Premieres section encompass latest films from Werner Herzog, Spike Lee, Liz Garbus and Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato.

The Spotlight
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Sundance 2016 Adds ‘Manchester by the Sea,’ ‘Wiener-Dog,’ ‘The Lobster,’ and More

After unveiling what’s sure to be a great many discoveries with their competition, Next line-up, and more, Sundance Film Festival 2016 have now revealed their premieres line-up. “Many of our selections this year reveal that what resides at the core of captivating stories are fascinating, and at times heroic, characters,” programming director Trevor Groth says. “In shining light on these people, independent filmmakers are doing what they’ve always done best: connecting the dots of human existence with a deeply charged emotional current.”

Featuring new films from Kenneth Lonergan, Werner Herzog, Kelly Reichardt, Todd Solondz, Taika Waititi, Ira Sachs, Whit Stillman, and more, check out the line-ups below, along with images where available.

Premieres

A showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.

Agnus Dei / France, Poland (Director: Anne Fontaine, Screenwriters: Sabrina N. Karine, Alice Vial, Pascal Bonitzer) — 1945 Poland: Mathilde, a young French doctor,
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Mandy Patinkin joins Asif Kapadia's Ali & Nino

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Mandy Patinkin joins Asif Kapadia's Ali & Nino
Shoot begins on adaptation of bestselling love story; Danish star Connie Neilsen also joins cast.

Homeland star Mandy Patinkin and Danish actress Connie Neilsen (Nymphomanic, ‘The Following’) have been confirmed for the cast of epic love story Ali & Nino.

The announcement came as director Asif Kapadia (The Warrior, Senna) today began principal photography on the film, an adaptation of Kurban Said’s best-selling novel.

Adam Bakri (Omar) and María Valverde (Exodus: Gods and Kings) star as the titular star crossed lovers. Patinkin and Nielson play Nino’s parents.

Other confirmed cast include Riccardo Scamarcio, Homayoun Ershadi, Fakhraddin Manafov, Assaad Bouab, Numan Acar and Halit Ergenc.

The screenplay is by Oscar-winner Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement), producer is Kris Thykier (Trash, Woman in Gold) and executive producer is Leyla Aliyeva.

Im Global will handle international sales.

Since its initial publication in 1937, Ali & Nino has been translated into 33 languages worldwide with nearly 100 reprints.

The story centres
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‘A Most Wanted Man’ DVD Review

Stars: Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Daniel Brühl, Nina Hoss, Homayoun Ershadi, Vicky Krieps, Mehdi Dehbi, Kostja Ullmann, Martin Wuttke, Rainer Bock | Written by Andrew Bovell | Directed by Anton Corbijn

Gunther Bachman (Phillip Seymour Hoffman) is a German espionage agent stationed in Hamburg to head up a covert anti-terrorist unit tasked infiltrating and gaining intelligence from the local Muslim community. In particular, Bachmann is interested in Dr Abdullah, a local philanthropist who has some shady financial practices. He also learns of Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin), a half-Chechen half-Russian illegal immigrant that was found by Russian intelligence to be linked to terrorism after extensive ‘interrogation’. As he learns more about Karpov’s reasons for being in Hamburg, Bachmann sees an opportunity to finally nail his target.

I’ve got to say, A Most Wanted Man made time pass at double speed. The combination of a
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'A Most Wanted Man' (2014) Movie Review

Had a film the caliber of A Most Wanted Man been made in the late '60s or early '70s, with a name such as Jean-Pierre Melville or Alan J. Pakula, directing it would already be a part of the Criterion Collection, celebrated for the last 40 years as a classic. Whether it will stand so tall 40 years from now is a mystery, but digging into a film of this nature in the midst of today's modern cinematic age is pure joy for cinema lovers, and it's the third film in a row from director Anton Corbijn (Control, The American) deserving of such lofty praise. Adapted from John le Carre's novel of the same name by screenwriter Andrew Bovell (Edge of Darkness), A Most Wanted Man is a slow burn, spy thriller examining a post 9/11 world wherein the idea of friend or foe is a blurry, political mess and the
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A Most Wanted Man review: Philip Seymour Hoffman's final starring role

A Most Wanted Man review: Philip Seymour Hoffman's final starring role
Director: Anton Corbijn; Screenwriter: Andrew Bovell; Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Daniel Brühl; Running time: 122 mins; Certificate: 15

Philip Seymour Hoffman's still has two more appearances in The Hunger Games finale Mockingjay before he's gone from our screens forever, but his last starring role is this John le Carré adaptation about a German intelligence agent tracking a Chechen illegal immigrant in the port city of Hamburg.

Hoffman's Günther Bachmann is a man operating in the shadows and, like George Smiley (played superbly by Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), he can be low-key to the point of anonymity. Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin) is the refugee who arrives through the city docks and into the crosshairs of Bachmann, who believes he could be a terror threat.

Of course, this being a le Carré yarn, the web of intrigue spins out far and wide,
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Cambridge Film Festival Review – A Most Wanted Man (2014)

A Most Wanted Man, 2014.

Directed by Anton Corbijn.

Starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Grigoriy Dobrygin, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Brühl, Nina Hoss, Mehdi Dehbi, Homayoun Ershadi, and Martin Wuttke.

Synopsis:

A Chechen Muslim’s illegal immigration to Hamburg catches the attention of both the German and American intelligence services.

As Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final completed film, all the things I knew about A Most Wanted Man seemed like it would give him the tools for another great performance. In Günther Bachmann, a brilliant but tortured German spy, Hoffman completely owns every moment he is on screen. Günther’s energy to get the end result he wants drives the plot forward, contrasting with his quieter, drunker moments showing us both sides a man as complex and misunderstood as the actor himself.

A Most Wanted Man, based on the John le Carré novel, follows an off the books counter-terrorist
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Scarlett's Weekend. What Did You See?

Amir here, with the weekend’s Scarlett Johansson re Box Office report

‘twas a battle between two kickass heroes at the multiplex this weekend, and the The Rock’s old school muscles and sword and sandals fell to the fierce power of ScarJo and the wonder of technology. Lucy beat Hercules to top the weekend. Those weren’t the only new releases that entered the top ten: the anonymously titled And So It Goes starring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas started with a tepid $2k per screen average for the slightly older crowd, while A Man Most Wanted did really solid business on only 361 screens. Experts are currently analyzing whether the audience interest stems from Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final performance or the work of Iranian character actor Homayoun Ershadi.

Weekend Box Office

01 Lucy $44 *New* Trailer thoughts

02 Hercules $29 *New*

03 Dawn Of Planet Of Apes $16.4 (cum. $172) Review

04 The Purge: Anarchy $9.8 (cum.
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‘A Most Wanted Man’ features a superb Hoffman performance

A Most Wanted Man

Written for the screen by Andrew Bovell

Directed by Anton Corbijn

USA/UK/Germany, 2014

Throughout the beginning of Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, it is hard to ignore that there are only a handful of upcoming performances left from Philip Seymour Hoffman in this world. The actor’s untimely death earlier this year left a hole in the world of cinema, one that will not be filled anytime soon. Hoffman was a character actor who managed to become an A-lister, without ever losing his chameleon-like ability to channel whatever or whomever he wanted.

Günther Bachmann is more down-to-earth than other prototypical spy genre leading men, likely to flash a quick grin after a disparaging comment rather than take down an army of terrorists single-handedly. As Bachmann, Hoffman affects a German accent and an unwillingness to look anyone in the eye. Whether this gesture is
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A Most Wanted Man – The Review

John LeCarre’s A Most Wanted Man has the author’s usual trademarks: unique characters conveyed with shades of gray, an intricate and creative plot, and an appreciation for the complexities of international politics. The last LeCarre film adaption Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, with its meticulous Cold War details and labyrinthine cloak-and-dagger plot, required the viewer to maneuver a dense story through many twists and knots. A Most Wanted Man is more straightforward, yet no less engrossing and it’s anchored by a powerful performance from Phillip Seymour Hoffman in his last role.

The setting is Hamburg Germany – where some of the 9-11 hijackers had planned their attacks. Here’s where Issa Dobrygin (Grigori Dobrygin), a young, sickly, frightened Muslim from Chechnya (or is he?) washes up on shore seeking refuge after escaping from Russia. He enlists the help of mother and son Muslim émigrés from Turkey who, in turn
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Interview with Anton Corbijn about A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man director Anton Corbijn on Philip Seymour Hoffman getting it right: "When we had done a take and he wasn't sure he didn't want to look at the monitor, he would just listen." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man, with a script by Andrew Bovell, stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Nina Hoss (star of Christian Petzold's Barbara) and Grigoriy Dobrygin. Anton and I spoke about his supporting cast: Bernhard Schütz, terrific in Frauke Finsterwalder's Finsterworld, Martin Wuttke, Adolf Hitler in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, and Herbert Grönemeyer, who played Ian Curtis's doctor in Corbijn's debut feature Control and is the composer for The American and Anton's latest. Homayoun Ershadi, known for his work with Abbas Kiarostami rounds out the superb cast. We also discussed Wim Wenders' The American Friend and the character of Hamburg.
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A Most Wanted Man (2014) Movie Trailer: Rachel McAdams Aids Likely Spy

A Most Wanted Man Trailer. Anton Corbijn‘s A Most Wanted Man (2014) Us movie trailer stars Rachel McAdams, Nina Hoss, Martin Wuttke, Kostja Ullmann, and Homayoun Ershadi. A Most Wanted Man‘s plot synopsis: based on John le Carré‘s book, “When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns [...]

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A Most Wanted Man: review

Philip Seymour Hoffman provides the relish in this otherwise stodgy adaptation of the John le Carre terrorist thriller

Crumpled Philip Seymour Hoffman is our jaundiced guide through the Hamburg underbelly in Anton Corbijn's sombre adaptation of John le Carre's 2008 novel; a movie that is stately and well-structured almost to a fault. Hoffman plays Gunther Bachmann of German intelligence, leading us under the arches, past the soup kitchens, on his way to the bar. Gunther has seen it all. He has his scotch in one hand and his fag in the other. He's knackered and cynical and his air of gloom permeates the film like tobacco smoke.

Gunther is on the trail of a Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin), a Chechen asylum seeker and suspected terrorist, in town to access his dead father's bank account. Our hero thinks that his quarry is innocent, but that's beside the point. Karpov is the
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Stream Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry

Peter Bradshaw reveals the first of seven films to be offered for free to Guardian Extra members through Curzon on Demand.

Abbas Kiarostami's gripping tale of a man on a quest to end his life doesn't invite sympathy in the traditional way, says Peter, but is moving and wretched all the same

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Abbas Kiarostami's haunting and mysterious Taste of Cherry won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1997; I first watched it a couple of years after that. A drawn, careworn but handsome and elegant Iranian man called Badii, played by the Iranian actor Homayoun Ershadi, drives around a stark Beckettian landscape in his Range Rover. He is looking for someone to help him take his own life. Badii
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