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San Sebastián: China's 'I Am Not Madame Bovary' wins Golden Shell

Debuts The Winter and The Giant, share the special jury prize; Hong Sang-soo wins Silver Shell for best director.

The San Sebastián International Film Festival (Sept 16-24) awards ceremony had a marked Asian flavour last night [24].

Feng Xiaogang’s I Am Not Madame Bovary - the social satire about a woman seeking to restore honour after a bitter divorce - won the Golden Shell for best film at the 64th edition of the festival.

I Am Not Madame Bovary, which had previously won the fipresci prize in Toronto, also earned Chinese star Fan Bingbing the Silver Shell in San Sebastián for best actress.

South Korea’s director Hong Sang-soo won the Silver Shell for best director for the love story Yourself And Yours.

The Special Jury Prize was shared between the Argentinian-French coproduction The Winter, a contemporary western set in a remote area in Patagonia by first time director Emiliano Torres, and the Swedish-Danish
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World Renowned Chef Tackles Hunger in ‘Theater of Life’ Trailer (Exclusive)

World Renowned Chef Tackles Hunger in ‘Theater of Life’ Trailer (Exclusive)
What if food waste could feed the hungry?

That’s the question posed in the new trailer for “Theater of Life,” exclusive to Variety.

The documentary follows chef Massimo Bottura, whose Osteria Francescana was named world’s best restaurant in 2016 and featured on Netflix’s “Chef’s Table,” as he embarks on an ambitious project. But instead of elites and gourmands, he’s serving refugees, recovering drug addicts, former sex workers, the homeless and the hungry.

Bottura created the soup kitchen featured in the doc, dubbed the Refettorio Ambrosiano, during Expo Milano 2015. Hundreds of pounds of uneaten food from the expo were saved from the waste bins, and a rotating lineup of 60 top international chefs, including Mario Batali, Ferran Adria and Alain Ducasse, crafted gourmet meals nightly from the scraps.

The title, “Theater of Life,” comes from the name of the venue — an abandoned theater in the working class neighborhood of Greco in Milan.
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Seville International to sell 'Parched' at Toronto

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Seville International to sell 'Parched' at Toronto
Vice-president of international sales Anick Poirier has assembled a sales slate that includes five festival selections including the world premiere of Leena Yadav’s tale of four ordinary women in India.

Parched (pictured) will screen in Special Presentations and stars Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, Adil Hussain, Lehar Khan, Riddhi Sen, Mahesh Balraj and Chandan Anand. Gersh represents Us rights.

The roster includes Special Presentation world premieres of Julio Medem’s Ma Ma starring Penélope Cruz as a woman with cancer, as well as Hany Abu-Assad’s The Idol, which Poirier and her team have sold widely.

André Turpin’s Endorphin gets its world premiere in Vanguard and weaves together the lives of three seemingly unconnected women all named Simone De Koninck.

Andrew Currie’s Contemporary World Cinema dysfunctional family drama The Steps also gets its world premiere and stars Jason Ritter, Emmanuelle Chriqui, James Brolin, Christine Lahti and Vinay Virmani.

Rounding out the
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What’s Up Doc?: Sheffield & AFI Docs Signal the Summer Fest Drought

Well folks, after a rather long and brutal winter (at least for me here in Buffalo), we are finally heading into the wonderful warmth of summer, but with that blast of sunshine and steamy humidity comes the mid-year drought of major film fests. After the Sheffield Doc/Fest concludes on June 10th and AFI Docs wraps on June 21st, we likely won’t see any major influx in our charts until Locarno, Venice, Telluride and Tiff announce their line-ups in rapid succession. In the meantime, we can look forward to the intriguing onslaught of films making their debut in Sheffield, including Brian Hill’s intriguing examination of Sweden’s most notorious serial killer, The Confessions of Thomas Quick, and Sean McAllister’s film for which he himself was jailed in the process of making, A Syrian Love Story, the only two films world premiering in the festival’s main competition.
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The 10 greatest Rutger Hauer films that aren’t Blade Runner

From the 70s to the present, we look back through the sterling work of Rutger Hauer to bring you the actor’s 10 finest films that aren't Blade Runner...

For some, Dutch actor Rutger Hauer will forever be associated with a certain rooftop speech about tears in rain. But although his turn as doomed replicant Roy Batty in Blade Runner was a classic one, Hauer’s output before and since has been stunningly prolific. This list, therefore, is designed to highlight 10 of Hauer’s finest non-Blade Runner movies, with a particular emphasis on those that are lesser known – which is why we've gone for some older pictures rather than the more recent and mainstream, such as Batman Begins. And since this is Den of Geek, expect to find lots of action movies, horror, and low-budget sci-fi in the entries below.

One thing they all have in common, though, irrespective of
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Nominations for Canada's Directors Guild Awards Announced

Today, the nominations for Canada's 2010 Directors Guild Awards have been announced. These awards are meant to give awards for some people who work behind the camera to give outstanding films and TV series. Besides, the gala will be hosted by Canadian comedian Dave Foley. So, without further ado, here are the nominations.

Best feature film:

* Cairo Time.

* Chloe.

* The Trotsky.

* Love & Savagery.

Best television movie/miniseries

* Darwin Darkest Hour.

* Keep Your Head Up, Kid: The Don Cherry Story.

* Sea Wolf.

* The White Archer.

Best dramatic TV series:

* Being Erica.

* Flashpoint.

* Sanctuary.

* The Bridge.

Best comedy TV series:

* The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town.

* G-Spot.

* Less than Kind.

* Little Mosque on the Prairie.

Best family TV series:

* Degrassi: The Next Generation.

* Heartland.

* How to Be Indie.

* Overruled!

Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary:

* Ballet High - Elise Swerhone (Director), Robert Lower (Picture Editor).

* The Experimental Eskimos -
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Lifetime fires up 'Everything' miniseries

Lifetime fires up 'Everything' miniseries
Lifetime has given the green light to "Everything She Ever Wanted," a four-hour miniseries starring Gina Gershon, Ryan McPartlin and Victor Garber.

The project, based on Ann Rule's book, centers on Pat (Gershon), who, with her younger husband Tom (McPartlin) at her side, is determined to become part of Atlanta's elite.

But her greedy thirst for power proves insatiable, ruining her marriage and putting those around her in danger.

Garber will play Tom's stern and overbearing father, who strongly disapproves of his son's choice for a wife.

Peter Svatek is set to direct from a script by Michael Vickerman ("Impact"). Nicholas Tabarrok is producing the mini, slated to begin production soon in Toronto.

McPartlin, who co-stars on NBC's "Chuck," is repped by Icm and Evolution.

Gershon recently appeared on episodes of ABC's "Life on Mars" and CBS' "Numbers." Garber co-starred on ABC's "Eli Stone." She is repped by Apa and Affirmative.
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Pair join Lifetime's 'Trace' telefilm

OTTAWA -- Amanda Detmer and Jonathan Scarfe have joined the cast of the Lifetime telefilm Trace Evidence, due to begin shooting in Ottawa on June 16. The thriller, produced by Montreal-based Muse Entertainment Enterprises and Ottawa-based Sound Venture Produs., sees Detmer play a scientist on the verge of discovering the genetic cause of addictive behavior. The TV movie already has been picked up by Lifetime Television for a late summer air-date, as well as Canadian broadcaster Chum Ltd. and European commercial TV distributor Granada International. Peter Svatek is directing. Producer credits go to David Patterson and Jesse Prupas.

Pair join Lifetime's 'Trace' telefilm

Pair join Lifetime's 'Trace' telefilm
OTTAWA -- Amanda Detmer and Jonathan Scarfe have joined the cast of the Lifetime telefilm Trace Evidence, due to begin shooting in Ottawa on June 16. The thriller, produced by Montreal-based Muse Entertainment Enterprises and Ottawa-based Sound Venture Produs., sees Detmer play a scientist on the verge of discovering the genetic cause of addictive behavior. The TV movie already has been picked up by Lifetime Television for a late summer air-date, as well as Canadian broadcaster Chum Ltd. and European commercial TV distributor Granada International. Peter Svatek is directing. Producer credits go to David Patterson and Jesse Prupas.

Film review: 'The Call of the Wild'

A well-received world premiere selection at last month's Palm Springs Film Festival, "The Call of the Wild" is a pleasant surprise. Much more faithful to Jack London's 1903 classic than the two Hollywood versions (1935, 1972), Peter Svatek's vigorously mounted adventure deserves to be seen on the big screen, although video and cable are its most likely venues for striking it rich.

A friendly movie for school-age children, although there is plenty of frontier violence and tragedy, the appeal of "Call" is not limited to young boys or families. Joining the likes of "The Secret Garden" and "Black Beauty", "Call of the Wild" takes a chance with old-fashioned storytelling and is heavily narrated by Richard Dreyfuss.

Like "Black Beauty", the period story is episodic and presents a credible scenario that romantically and realistically incorporates a four-legged hero who has a soul and destiny, friends and enemies, and a history that becomes a legend.

Filmed splendidly in Quebec, with many exteriors involving animals and frigid conditions, "Call" is the story of Buck, a Leonberger (a cross between a St. Bernard, Labrador and Great Pyrenees) who is shanghaied one day and put to work on a sled in the wild gold-rush era of Alaska and the Yukon.

Strong but not used to the cruelty of man and fellow animals, Buck learns rapidly that the harsh but fair laws of nature control the destinies of men and dogs. The howling of wolves in the forest and several encounters where Buck must fight and even kill his foes awaken primal instincts, but the stupidity and carelessness of greedy humans almost does Buck in.

Rutger Hauer as John Thornton, Buck's bearish friend in the wilderness, heads the fine cast, which includes Luc Morissette as the French-Canadian courier who first treats Buck with kindness.

Portrayed in the past by Clark Gable and Charlton Heston, Hauer's character is a dreamer and a survivor. When he saves Buck from a group of desperate gold-seekers and sure death, the injured dog learns of the power of love.

Proud of his new friend, loner Thornton wins a big bet in town when Buck pulls a heavily loaded sled. The pair then go in search of a lost gold mine. Buck's ultimate embracing of the wild life is beautifully evoked, but the kill-or-be-killed laws of the north are brutal.

Prague-born director Svatek ("Witchboard: The Possession"), who was raised and still lives in Montreal, and cinematographer Sylvain Brault provide many memorable scenes in the well-realized project.

THE CALL OF THE WILD

Hallmark Entertainment

Fries Schultz Film Group

Kingsborough-Greenlight Pictures

Blue Rider Pictures

A Peter Svatek film

Director Peter Svatek

Producers Pieter Kroonenburg, Julie Allan

Writer Graham Ludlow

Based on the novel by Jack London

Executive producers John Buchanan, Gary Howsam, Jeff Geoffray, Walter Josten

Director of photography Sylvain Brault

Production designer Michael Devine

Music Alan Reeves

Editor Denis Papillion

Costume designer Claire Nadon

Casting Vera Miller, Nadia Rona, Rosina Bucci

Color/stereo

Cast:

John Thornton Rutger Hauer

Narrator Richard Dreyfuss

Mercedes Bronwen Booth

Hal Charles Powell

Charles Burke Lawrence

Perrault Luc Morissette

Running time -- 91 minutes

No MPAA rating

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