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Cannes Film Review: ‘The High Sun’

Cannes Film Review: ‘The High Sun’
Ingrained Serbo-Croat hatreds cause ongoing pain across three decades and three storylines in Dalibor Matanic’s strongest film to date, “The High Sun.” Using the same talented actors to represent different characters in the trio of narratives, the helmer engages with love across ethnic divides, from doomed to traumatized to hesitantly optimistic. For international cinephiles, the main selling point will be the filmmaking: It’s handsomely mounted and expertly edited, offering rewards quite apart from the too cliched but well-meaning script. “Sun” could become Matanic’s most popular film at home, provided local auds don’t stay away from war-themed topics; limited Euro theatrical exposure is also likely after fest play.

Two villages in sun-drenched late summer — one Croatian, the other Serbian. It’s 1991, and tensions between the two communities are high, with everyone on edge in anticipation of that one spark that will set everything aflame. Serbian Jelena (Tihana Lazovic
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Mira Fornay project among Sofia Meetings

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New films by Mira Fornay, Radu Jude and Stephan Komandarev are among the projects to be pitched at this year’s Sofia Meetings (March 13-16).

The Plus Minus One line-up of eight projects includes the third feature from Slovakian filmmaker Mira Fornay. Cook, F—k, Kill (Frogs With No-Tongues) is an absurdist drama about domestic violence.

It follows her 2009 feature debut Little Foxes and 2013’s My Dog Killer, which won a Tiger Award at last year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam and was Slovakia’s submission for for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar.

Romanian Radu Jude’s Scarred Hearts, inspired by author Max Blecher’s eponymous novel and other writings, will be produced by his regular collaborator Ada Solomon of HiFilm Productions.

Greek director Rinio Dragassaki’s coming of age film Cosmic Candy is also in the line-up. Her short, Schoolyard, screened in the Generation 14plus at this year’s Berlinale.

In addition
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Fantasia 2010: First Event Information and Films Announced!

Several press releases went out today featuring some huge news coming out of Canada's Fantasia Film Festival including the first batch of films that will be populating this massive three-week long event. Pull up your chair, kids! You're gonna be here for a while!

Dig on the wealth of information below from today's releases and look for more announcements and of course full coverage soon!

Spotlight: Between Death And The Devil

Recent times and crimes have seen extraordinary levels of disillusionment with organized religion, particularly with the Catholic Church, and genre cinema has mirrored this anger with startling impact. In the face of this, we’ve put together this troubling spotlight focused on the abuse of faith, the horrors of ideology and the corruption of Godliness. Several of these films will absolutely stagger you.

Black Death (UK) Dir: Christopher Smith – North American premiere. Hosted by Director Christopher Smith

With the Black Death sweeping across England,
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Fantasia 2010 Brings The Best Of The World To Montreal!

You want the best of genre film from Canada, the Us and around the globe? Fantasia is the place.

Montreal, June 29, 2010 - For its fourteenth edition, the Fantasia Film Festival is proud to present over 50 titles from Asia. Once again, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China are widely represented, demonstrating the great quality and diversity of their industries. And, as always, the programming team is also dedicated to exposing several hidden gems hailing from emerging national cinemas. Through these, audiences can discover new visions and new sensibilities. Therefore, the public will be privy to works hailing from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and - a first for the festival - Indonesia. The filmic multicultural feast prepared by the 2010 Fantasia Film Festival promises to satisfy film lovers of all kinds.

Fantasia's 2010 occidental lineup of World Cinema is once again on fire with an astounding kaleidoscope of styles and sensibilities.
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Fantasia 2010 Presents Subversive Serbia!

The Fantasia 2010 announcement onslaught continues ...

Montreal, June 29, 2010. Serbia's terrifying recent history has birthed a confrontational new generation of filmmakers who are using the medium to express their wounded psyches in ways the Western World can barely get its head around. Our spotlight, which we are calling Subversive Serbia showcases the key entries in this intelligently transgressive and politically-charged filmmaking scene. We're also going to showcase a string of retro Serbian genre films never before screened here, programmed in association with Dejan Ognjanovic and the Belgrade Cinematheque.

Beyond the screenings, Mr. Ognjanovic will be presenting a multimedia presentation and panel discussion - An Introduction To Serbian Horror Cinema - where he will be joined by the makers of many of the films showcased in our spotlight.

Your eyes are about to be opened. Wide.

"The voices emerging from the new wave of independent Serbian cinema are some of the rawest and
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Foreign-language Oscar entries unveiled

Foreign-language Oscar entries unveiled
A record 67 countries have submitted films for consideration for best foreign-language film for the 81st Academy Awards, Academy president Sid Ganis said Friday. Nominations will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 22, and the awards will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 22.

The complete list of foreign-language submissions follows. For more details on some of the films, visit THR.com/foreignoscars.

Afghanistan, "Opium War," Siddiq Barmak

Albania, "The Sorrow of Mrs. Schneider," Piro Milkani and Eno Milkani

Algeria, "Masquerades," Lyes Salem

Argentina, "Lion's Den," Pablo Trapero

Austria, "Revanche," Gotz Spielmann

Azerbaijan, "Fortress," Shamil Nacafzada

Bangladesh, "Aha!," Enamul Karim Nirjhar

Belgium, "Eldorado," Bouli Lanners

Bosnia and Herzegovina, "Snow," Aida Begic

Brazil, "Last Stop 174," Bruno Barreto

Bulgaria, "Zift," Javor Gardev

Canada, "The Necessities of Life," Benoit Pilon

Chile, "Tony Manero," Pablo Larrain

China, "Dream Weavers," Jun Gu

Colombia, "Dog Eat Dog," Carlos Moreno

Croatia, "No One's Son," Arsen Anton Ostojic

Czech Republic, "The Karamazovs," Petr Zelenka

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Oscar Update: Best Picture Predictions, New Reviews and More

I haven't been moved at all to do an Oscar Update because nothing has happened that warrants any kind of real attention. Either predictions are being made on films that haven't been seen or much ado is being made about nothing. However, I can't make it seem like I have abandoned "The Contenders" section so I was able to pull a Ton of little tidbits together and bring you what I believe to be a rather impressive update if I may say so myself. We can start with a few of the Oscar contenders I saw recently. I reviewed Blindness (D), Appaloosa (B), The Duchess (C-) and Miracle at St. Anna (D+). Obviously I wasn't all that impressed with three of them and those three are going to struggle for an Oscar nom outside of costume and art noms for The Duchess. As far as any topline awards go, all four are out of contention.
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'Okuribito' tops Montreal fest

'Okuribito' tops Montreal fest
Toronto -- The Montreal World Film Festival on Monday gave its top jury prize to Japanese director Yojiro Takita's "Okuribito" (Departures), but saw its top audience awards go to Canadian documentary filmmaker Benoit Pilon's debut fiction drama "The Necessities of Life."

The Montreal jury, led by U.S. director Mark Rydell, gave the Grand Prix of the Americas prize to Takita's drama about an out-of-work cellist who leaves Tokyo to return to his hometown to become an undertaker.

At the same time, the festival jury also gave the Special Grand Prix award to Pilon's feature about an Inuit man suffering from tuberculosis in 1950s Quebec. The period drama also earned the most popular film nod, voted on by filmgoers, and the audience award for most popular Canadian film.

Other jury awards in Montreal include Serbian director Goran Markovic's prize as best director for "The Tour," which also grabbed the Fipresci prize.
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Montreal dances to 'Faubourg's' tune

Montreal dances to 'Faubourg's' tune
Montreal -- The Montreal World Film Festival got off to a tuneful start Thursday night with the world premiere of French director Christophe Barratier's "Faubourg 36" from Pathe Distribution.

Barratier strode up the red carpet to the "Chariots of Fire" theme, to introduce his drama about three Parisian dance hall veterans -- played by Gerard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac and Kad Merad -- who mount their own show amid a workers' revolt.

Declaring the fest's financial struggles of recent years behind him, festival director Serge Losique praised "Faubourg 36" as representative of "great cinema" and memorable music.

After the Montreal jury -- led by U.S. director Mary Rydell -- was introduced, festival co-director Danielle Cauchard thanked corporate sponsors who have thrown the event a lifeline.

The festival also paid tribute to veteran Hollywood producer Alan Ladd Jr., whose credits include the aforementioned "Chariots."

With Montreal bumping up against Toronto and Venice,
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'Cordon' offs rivals at Montreal

'Cordon' offs rivals at Montreal
MONTREAL -- "The Cordon", a film from Serbia/Montenegro by director Goran Markovic, picked up the Grand Prix of Americas at the 27th Montreal World Film Festival's closing ceremonies Sunday. The top prize-winning film is set in 1997 in Serbia and revolves around a citizen uprising against dictator Slobodan Milosevic. Milosevic contains the protesters with police cordons and a brutal police force. Now a teacher at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, Markovic directed such films as "Tito and Me" (1992), "Burlesque Tragedy" (1995) and "Serbia Year Zero" (2001). The runner-up prize in Montreal's main competition section, the Special Grand Prix of the Jury, was awarded to Canadian director Louis Belanger's "Gaz Bar Blues", which opened the festival. The $100,000 movie, the second feature by Belanger, is about a man who runs a gas station-cum-neighborhood cafe with the help of his three sons and a loyal friend. Belanger's first feature, "Post Mortem", won the best director prize in 1999 at Montreal.

Montreal draws American 'Gun'

MONTREAL -- Vladimir Alenikov's The Gun is the only American entry among the 19 films that will compete for top honors this year at the Montreal World Film Festival, festival organizers said Tuesday. A total of 224 feature-length films -- including 115 world premieres -- are to unspool at the festival, Aug. 27-Sept. 7. Alenikov's Gun is described as a dramatic thriller that documents a brief moment in the "life" of a gun and the people who must have it. Other films in the world competition section include Spain's 4th Floor, by director Antonio Mercero; Romania's Bless You, Prison, by director Nicolae Margineanu; and two films from Serbia/Montenegro, Dusan Kovacevic's The Professional and Goran Markovic's The Cordon.

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