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Ica Cinema adds four to distribution slate including 'Tranny Fag' (exclusive)

’Tranny Fag’ will have its UK premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest.

London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (Ica) has added four features to its UK release slate, including Berlinale documentary Tranny Fag.

Through its Ica Cinema banner, which was relaunched as a distribution label in 2016, the organisation has taken all UK rights to Claudia Priscilla and Kiko Goifman’s Tranny Fag ahead of the film’s UK premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest on June 9. The documentary follows Mc Linn Da Quebrada, a black trans woman, performer and activist living in impoverished São Paulo.

The Ica will release the film in
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The Best Cinematographers of the 21st Century, From Roger Deakins to Ellen Kuras

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The Best Cinematographers of the 21st Century, From Roger Deakins to Ellen Kuras
The cinematography of an individual movie is oftentimes a difficult thing to judge, not only because it can be tough to separate the work of the cinematographer from the overall visual storytelling, but also because most viewers react to the look and style of a film through the lens of how we felt about the movie itself. Looking at a cinematographer’s body of work, however, can be a very different exercise, as it reveals what aesthetic aspects are specific to the cinematographer and how they impact the storytelling of the films they’ve shot.

When doing these lists, there is always a nagging feeling that we might be under-representing the great international filmmakers from around the world simply based on our own U.S.-centric viewing habits. The interesting thing about modern cinematography, though, is so many of great talents from around the world eventually feel the pull of
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Japanese Director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Shoplifters’ Wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

Japanese Director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Shoplifters’ Wins Palme d’Or at Cannes
Cannes — Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda won the Palme d’Or at the 71st Cannes Film Festival for his film “Shoplifters,” marking just the second time this century that an Asian film has claimed the festival’s top prize (the other being Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” in 2010). A moving portrait of a self-made family whose secret ultimately jeopardizes their ability to stay together, the widely praised drama represents Hore-eda’s fifth time in competition, making him one of the few veterans in a lineup weighted toward less established directors.

American director Spike Lee won the Grand Prix for his blaxploitation-styled anti-racism satire “BlacKkKlansman,” one of just two American films in the official competition. After accepting the prize “on behalf of the People’s Republic of Brooklyn, New York,” Lee told the press, “Cannes was the perfect launchpad for this film. I hope the film
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Ten Years Thailand’

“Ten Years Thailand” an anthology of shorts by Thai directors Aditya Assarat, Wisit Sasanatieng, Chulayarnnon Siriphol and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, imagines what happens to their country, ruled by a military junta since 2014, a decade from now. Opening with George Orwell’s famous line in “1984”: “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past,” a common theme in the anthology is mind control for the purpose of producing homogeneity. Drolly absurdist, but only average in inventiveness, and lacking the truly pungent satirical wit of a similar dystopian omnibus like “Tales From the Golden Age,” these vignettes will nonetheless make the rounds at plenty of festivals thanks to the cache of 2010 Palme d’Or winner Weerasethakul.

The Thai, Hong Kong and Japanese co-production is spearheaded by the producers and sales agents of Hong Kong omnibus “Ten Years,” whose dystopian vision of post-handover Hong Kong was banned in
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‘Changeland,’ ‘Triple Threat’ First to Access Thailand Incentives

Thailand has announced the first foreign movies to have successfully accessed the country’s new filming financial incentive scheme: comedic drama “Changeland,” directed by and starring Seth Green, and multinational action film “Triple Threat,” directed by Jesse Johnson. The two productions tapped into the new scheme and received payment after shooting in locations and studios in Thailand.

The incentive system was announced in Cannes in 2016 after years of lobbying at different levels of the Thai and international industry. The incentive for qualifying productions starts at 15% of Thai production spend and can rise to 20% under certain conditions.

The first two successful films were announced at an event in Cannes by Thailand’s deputy prime minister Wissanu Kreangam.

“Coordinating with other government departments and ministries before launching the incentive measures, we took a great deal of time to ensure that our incentives are rock-solid. We are delighted that the process went smoothly for the first two productions,
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Cannes Review: ‘Ten Years Thailand’ Offers a Largely Bleak Vision of the Country’s Future

In the 2015 omnibus film Ten Years, five Hong Kong filmmakers offered visions of what their country might look like in 2025. Dystopian and fiercely critical of China’s interference in Hong Kong politics, it proved a massive public hit despite the Chinese government’s efforts to suppress its distribution. In light of that success, the Ten Years International Project was born with the intention to export the concept and give voice to filmmakers from other Asian nations. The first of these to be completed is Ten Years Thailand – two more from Japan and Taiwan are in the works – featuring contributions by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Wisit Sasanatieng, Aditya Assarat, and Chulayarnnon Siriphol.

Aditya’s opening short could easily take place in the present. Shot in black-and-white, it is set in a small art gallery that is hosting a photography exhibition. A group of soldiers arrive and order the pictures to be taken down
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Palme d'Or winners – ranked!

As the Cannes film festival celebrates its 70th anniversary, here are the 10 best winners – from Viridiana and La Dolce Vita to Taxi Driver and Pulp Fiction

Uncle Boonmee is a sublime film, a realist fantasy that plays with the ideas of the spiritual and the supernatural – but does so in such a remarkably calm and matter-of-fact way that it almost persuades you that these things are natural phenomena. Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s film is about a dying man who has retreated to the forests of north-eastern Thailand to make his peace with the world, and it offers its visions and conceits in such a calming and quiet spirit that it is impossible to refuse them.
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Our 20 Most-Anticipated Films of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival, cinema’s most esteemed yearly event, begins in just a few days. While we’ll soon be on the ground providing coverage, today brings a preview of what we’re most looking forward to among the eclectic line-up, ranging from films in competition to select titles on the various sidebars. Check out our most-anticipated features below and follow our complete coverage here throughout the month. Make sure to also follow our contributors on Twitter: Giovanni Marchini Camia and Rory O’Connor.

20. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (Terry Gilliam)

Hopefully a genuinely worthwhile film rather than a curio as it relates to its long-plagued production history, it’s still not precisely confirmed that Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote will actually be legally approved to premiere at the festival. Let’s hope those issues get ironed out in the next few days,
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Cannes 2018. Lineup

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The Festival de Cannes has announced the lineup for the official selection, including the Competition and Un Certain Regard sections, as well as special screenings, for the 71st edition of the festival:COMPETITIONEverybody Knows (Asghar Farhadi)At War (Stéphane Brizé)Dogman (Matteo Garrone)Le livre d'images (Jean-Luc Godard)Netemo Sameteo (Asako I & II) (Ryūsuke Hamaguchi)Sorry Angel (Christophe Honoré)Girls of the Sun (Eva Husson)Ash Is Purest White (Jia Zhangke)Shoplifter (Hirokazu Kore-eda)Capernaum (Nadine Labaki)Burning (Lee Chang-dong)BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee)Under the Silver Lake (David Robert Mitchell)Three Faces (Jafar Panahi)Cold War (Pawel Pawlikowski)Lazzaro Felice (Alice Rohrwacher)Yomeddine (A.B. Shawky)Leto (Kirill Serebrennikov)Un couteau dans le cœur (Yann Gonzalez)Ayka (Sergei Dvortsevoy)The Wild Pear Tree (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)Out Of COMPETITIONSolo: A Star Wars Story (Ron Howard)Le grand bain (Gilles Lelouch)The House That Jack Built (Lars von Trier)Un Certain REGARDGräns (Ali Abbasi
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Ica forms think tank with Tilda Swinton, Laura Poitras, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

13 members join advisory body.

London’s Institute Of Contemporary Arts (Ica), the organisation dedicated to showcasing indie and artist filmmakers, is forming the Independent Film Council, a body of experienced industry that will advise on the Ica’s activities.

There are 13 members of the inaugural council: Tilda Swinton, producer Stanley Buchtal, filmmakers Gerald Fox, Laura Poitras, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Naeem Mohaeimen, James Richards, Martine Syms, academics Erika Balsom and Laura Mulvey, editor Walter Murch, the Nfts’ head of Screen Arts Sandra Hebron, and Sundance Institute’s documentary programme director Tabitha Jackson.

The council will convene once a year as a think
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Cannes 2018: Official Selection in full

Cannes 2018: Official Selection in full
The selection includes films by Jean-Luc Godard, Matteo Garrone, Eva Husson, Spike Lee and Pawel Pawlikowski.

The films chosen for the Cannes Film Festival 2018 Official Selection have been announced.

Festival President Pierre Lescure and General Delegate Thierry Frémaux revealed the line-up at a press conference, which was live-streamed on YouTube. More films will be added closer to the festival.

The selection includes films by Jean-Luc Godard, Matteo Garrone, Eva Husson, Spike Lee and Pawel Pawlikowski.

The 71st Cannes Film Festival is scheduled to run from May 8-
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Cannes 2018 Lineup Includes New Films from Jean-Luc Godard, Spike Lee, Jia Zhangke, Bi Gan, and More

With a jury headed by Cate Blanchett, the main lineup for the 71st Cannes Film Festival has been unveiled, including Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition, Midnight, and Special screenings. This year’s competition lineup features some of our most-anticipated films of the year, including Jean-Luc Godard’s Le livre d’images, Lee Chang-dong’s Burning, Jia Zhangke’s Ash is Purest White, Spike Lee’s BlackKkKlansman, Jafar Panahi’s recently unveiled Three Faces, David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, and more. The Un Certain Regard section also includes one title we hoped might make it into competition: Bi Gan’s Kaili Blues follow-up Long Day’s Journey into Night.

While it’s clear there was going to be no Netflix films, there were a handful of rumored films that didn’t make the cut, though there’s the possibility of being added later.
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Cannes Lineup Includes New Films From Spike Lee, Jean-Luc Godard

Cannes Lineup Includes New Films From Spike Lee, Jean-Luc Godard
New movies from Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”), Jean-Luc Godard (“The Image Book”) and Oscar-winning “Ida” director Pawel Pawlikowski (“Cold War”) join previously announced “Solo: A Star Wars Story” at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, making for a lineup that’s considerably less starry — at least by Hollywood standards — than in years past.

At the press conference in Paris, Cannes artistic director Thierry Frémaux suggested that several more titles may be announced in the days to come, reminding that 2017 Palme d’Or winner “The Square” was a late addition last year.

Scheduled to kick off a month after the inaugural television-focused Cannes Series event, the festival will unspool from May 8-19 — which is the earliest the festival has taken place in more than 20 years. The parallel Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week programs will take place during the same dates, but technically fall outside the “official selection,” and as such, will announce their lineups later in April.
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2018 Cannes Film Festival Lineup: Spike Lee, Jean-Luc Godard, and More to Compete for Palme d’Or

2018 Cannes Film Festival Lineup: Spike Lee, Jean-Luc Godard, and More to Compete for Palme d’Or
The 71st Cannes Film Festival has announced its official lineup in a morning press conference. The festival revealed the films in this year’s Competition lineup, as well as in sidebars such as Un Certain Regard, Midnight Section, and Special Screenings.

Read More: Asghar Farhadi to Open Cannes 2018 With ‘Everybody Knows,’ Starring Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem

The festival previously announced that the 2018 edition will open with the world premiere of Asghar Farhadi’s “Everybody Knows.” The director’s first Spanish-lanugage drama stars Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem.

The official selection for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival is below. Additions will be made in the coming days.

Opening Night Film

Everybody Knows,” Asghar Farhadi (In Competition)

Competition

“At War,” Stéphane Brizé

“Dogman,” Matteo Garrone

“The Picture Book,” Jean-Luc Godard

“Asako I & II,” Ryusuke Hamaguchi

“Sorry Angel,” Christophe Honoré

Girls of the Sun,” Eva Husson

“Ash Is Purest White,” Jia Zhang-Ke

“Shoplifters,
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Del Toro to head Un Certain Regard jury in Cannes by Richard Mowe - 2018-04-04 10:32:19

Benicio Del Toro, president of Un Certain Regard jury in Cannes: 'There are a lot of doubts - and you have to stay focused with what you want. I never put a time limit on me being successful or not. I just cared about the work as an actor' Photo: BAFTA He is the epitome of cool allure combined with an acting prowess that has won him scores of awards and the approval of his peers. Now Sicario and Star Wars star Benicio Del Toro scales the heights of a different kind of challenge by taking on the presidency of this year's jury of the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival.

Making the announcement, Cannes organisers described him as “an artist who knows no boundaries". Del Toro has previous form on Cannes jury service. Eight years ago, along with Tim Burton and other members of the main Competition jury,
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Cannes: Benicio Del Toro to Head Un Certain Regard Jury

Cannes: Benicio Del Toro to Head Un Certain Regard Jury
Benicio Del Toro has been named president of the jury for Un Certain Regard in Cannes.

Hailing him as “not only a film lover but a brilliant actor,” the Cannes Film Festival said Wednesday that Del Toro was “an artist who knows no boundaries” and a performer who “throws himself like no other into his roles.” He won a supporting actor Oscar in 2001 for his performance in Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic.”

Del Toro succeeds Uma Thurman in presiding over the jury for Un Certain Regard, the sidebar at Cannes that focuses on films with unusual themes or storytelling techniques. About 20 works compete in the section.

Del Toro has had a long association with Cannes. He served on the main competition jury eight years ago, which awarded the Palme d’Or to Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.” In 2008, Del Toro won the best
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Cannes: Benicio Del Toro To Preside Over Un Certain Regard Jury

Cannes: Benicio Del Toro To Preside Over Un Certain Regard Jury
Benicio Del Toro will preside over the jury of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard strand eight years after he served on the Cannes Competition jury which selected Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle Boonmee (The One Who Can Recall His Past Lives) as the winner of the Palme d'Or. In 2008, Del Toro received the award for Best Actor in Cannes for his role as Che Guevara in Steven Soderbergh's two-part film Che. He has attended the festival in the past for screenings of The…
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Interview: Christopher Makoto Yogi – I Was a Simple Man | 2015 January Screenwriters Lab

Having just held the world premiere to August at Akiko in Rotterdam, Christopher Makoto Yogi has a slate full of feature film projects including I Was a Simple Man. In what feels like an Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee type set in Hawai’i. This was my sit down with the USC filmmaker back in 2015.… Read the rest

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Highlights from New Directors/New Films 2018

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Hale County: This Morning, This EveningFor a critic, the annual New Directors/New Films festival offers an opportunity not just for discovery, but also for introspection. Curated by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the festival’s spotlight on the emerging, as-yet-unheralded voices of world cinema invites a headlong dive into the selection with little advance knowledge or baggage. The results, although expectedly uneven, are often revelatory, prompting a re-examination of one’s traditional notions of film language and form. This year’s Nd/Nf runs from March 28 to April 8, with a slate of 25 features culled from all over the globe. Some of the most remarkable entries in the line-up, including Khalik Allah’s Black Mother, Hu Bo’s An Elephant Sitting Still, and Kantemir Balegov’s Closeness have already been covered by the Notebook. Here are some more highlights. *** The festival’s Closing Night selection,
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New to Streaming: ‘Daughter of the Nile,’ ‘Roxanne Roxanne,’ ‘The Beguiled,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

A.W. A Portrait of Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Connor Jessup)

As part of the Meet the Filmmakers series, A.W. A Portrait of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, is now screening on the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck. Directed by Connor Jessup, who will be most familiar to viewers as a cast member on Falling Skies and American Crime as well as his breakthrough lead performance in Stephen Dunn’s Closet Monster, he is
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