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Roskino to Showcase Russian Film at the 5th Beijing International Film Festival

Russia will present a total of six pictures at the 5th Beijing International Film Festival, to be held April 16th–23rd. Sergey Mokritsky’s "The Battle For Sevastopol" and Ramil Salakhutdinov’s "White, White Night" are included in the main competition while Andrey Konchalovsky’s "The Postman’s White Nights," Alexander Mitta’s "Chagall – Malevich" and Mikhail Kosyrev-Nesterov’s "Journey to the Mother" will be screened in the festival’s sidebar. Roman Prygunov’s "Downshifter" has been selected for the Gala Premiere section.

Among the Beijing festival jury members is Fedor Bondarchuk, the prominent Russian filmmaker, actor, producer, and Chairman of the Lenfilm studio Board of Directors. Roskino provides Public Relations support for the heavy Russian presence at the 5th International Festival in Beijing.

Katya Mtsitouridze, Roskino CEO: “From this year on, the Beijing Festival will be curated by Marco Mueller, previously at the helm of the Venice Festival. It is his ardent love of Russian culture that we have to credit for launching international careers of such stellar young filmmakers as Ivan Vyrypaev, Kirill Serebrennikov, Alexey German Jr., and Alexey Fedorchenko. Venice has also honored many a luminary from Russia, ranging from Nikita Mikhalkov to Alexey Balabanov. Alexander Sokurov’s Faust even took the Golden Lion in 2011. This tradition lives on as we can see already, in Marco Mueller’s first year, six Russian movies at Beijing. The governments of our countries are currently collaborating to expand the Russian quotas in Chinese theatres, and Roskino’s first business trip to Beijing, with any luck, should be the next step in this direction. Over the last couple of years, China has made tremendous progress undermining, by its rapid growth, the Hollywood monopoly in the film industry. There is still plenty of room for improvement for us.”

Alyona Shumakova, member of the Selection Committee, Beijing International Film Festival: “We were faced with the tall order of presenting Russian film as a vital artistic force which reflects, at the same time, a dramatically changed reality. It is also worth bearing in mind that the huge audience of these films will consist mostly of regular moviegoers, besides the usual festival crowd of film buffs. We are, mind you, dealing with a country that knows very little about Russian cinema and has yet to develop a concrete image of it. I believe that our picks, with their magnificent visuals and emotional intensity, more than rise to the challenge and accurately reflect the new world we live in.”

At the 2014 Cannes Iff, "The Battle for Sevastopol" was first pitched to industry professionals and international press at the Russian Pavilion opening ceremony. A Russian–Ukrainian co-production, this period drama tells the story of Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a legendary WWII sniper. The wide release in Russia is scheduled for April 2nd, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Liberation. The protagonist is played by the masterful thespian Yulia Peresild.

Sergei Mokritsky, director: “As I was making a movie about the most lethal female sniper of WWII, I didn’t even dare dream of an international premiere in Beijing. It is an honor as well as a huge responsibility. Overall, China is the closest in spirit, and yet most mysterious country for me as it is for every Russian. I’m really looking forward to the Chinese reception of my movie, because what I aspired to with it was a blend of Soviet war-film mythology, modern cinematic language, and typically Slavic zest for life.”

Ramil Salakhutdinov’s "White, White Night" tells the story of a young man who suddenly goes missing when he travels to Saint Petersburg for a concert. Sent over from Moscow, the private eye hired to locate him meets a lot of people during investigation, and gradually immerses himself in the bleak present-day atmosphere of the city he once lived in. Against his better judgment, the sleuth takes the guy under his wing, which ultimately validates him and boosts his own sense of self-worth. The movie first played in competition at the 2014 edition of Kinotavr.

Ramil Salakhutdinov, director: “I strove to understand––to feel––what it’s like to live in our trying times, in an era of profound change.”

Alexey German Jr., creative director: “It’s a huge victory for Ramil. He’s a wonderful filmmaker, a magnificent actor, and an artist of incredibly fine sensibilities. His recognition by the Biff proves yet again that Salakhutdinov’s work is appreciated internationally.”

Andrey Konchalovskiy's "The Postman’s White Nights" will play in the festival’s sidebar.

In 2014, the film was awarded Silver Lion for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival. It recounts the life of a real man, village postman Alexey Tryapitsyn, who resides in the Arkhangelsk region and portrays himself on screen. Though a work of fiction rather than a documentary, the film has only one professional actress in its cast.

Mikhail Kosyrev-Nesterov’s drama "Journey to the Mother" is also playing in the festival’s parallel section. It is the story of a Russian guy who goes to France to see his mother, and meets his sister for the first time. The film’s leading actress is Adele Exarchopoulos, the star of Palme d’Or-winning "Blue Is the Warmest Color" and co-recipient of the Cannes festival’s highest honor.

Aleksandr Mitta’s "Chagall – Malevich" will play in the Special Screenings section. Set during Marc Chagall’s “Vitebsk period,” the story of an all-consuming love between the great artist and his wife Bella plays out against the backdrop of a historic duel he fought with Kazimir Malevich, his genius contemporary and fierce opponent.

Roman Prygunov’s "Downshifter" is set to bow internationally in the Gala Premiere section of the festival.

A sequel to the highest grossing Russian movie of 2012, "Downshifter" continues with the adventures of Max Andreev, a senior executive forced by the vicissitudes of his life to wipe the slate clean. The star of the production is Danila Kozlovsky, one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation. Made for $4M, the movie recouped its budget over the first weekend in theaters. Fedor Bondarchuk, who produced the box-office smash, currently predicts a final take north of $9M.

Russian filmmaker and producer Fedor Bondarchuk, whose historical drama "Stalingrad" was a runaway success in China in 2013, has been appointed a jury member for the 5 Beijing International Festival. He will share his duty with such directors as Ki-duk Kim (South Korea) and Fernando Meirelles (Brazil); screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen (USA); producer and director Peter Chan (Thailand); and Chinese actress, star of "Cloud Atlas," Zhou Xun. French director and producer Luc Besson, whose output in both capacities has long transcended the confines of local fame, will serve as President of the Jury. The festival program comprises 930 films from 90 countries. The festival’s top prize Tiantan is awarded in ten categories, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Actor.

Fedor Bondarchuk, producer, filmmaker: “ I’m honored and humbled to be invited to serve as a jury member for the Beijing Iff. The strategic partnership between Russia and China is now reinforced not only in politics and economy but also in the cultural sphere, of which film is an integral part. Stalingrad’s impressive Chinese grosses show enormous demand for Russian filmmaking.”

Marco Mueller, Chief Adviser for the Beijing Iff: “Ever since Stalingrad dominated the Chinese box office in 2013 (it was the highest-grossing foreign film of the year, apart from the American “commercial heavy artillery”), the interest in Russian film has reached a new level in the country. I think that from this year on, our festival’s appreciation of Russian film will also move to the next level. This year our program boasts an amazing selection, and Fedor Bondarchuk has every chance to achieve cult status in China––he is, after all, already on the jury! I would also like to note that our cooperation with China is off to a highly professional start as the Russian presence at the festival is supported by the government-owned Roskino. It is this level of commitment that allows us to make serious plans for the future.”
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‘Moebius’ DVD Review

Stars: Jae-hyeon Jo, Eun-woo Lee, Young-ju Seo | Written and Directed by Ki-duk Kim

After watching Moebius I’ve taken a few days to write the review because I needed to consider just what I think about it. If you take it at face value it is a South Korean film about sex, guilt and family that pushes you to the edges of depravity then takes a few more steps just to see if it can shock you some more…all without a word being said.

When a housewife (Lee Eun-Woo) discovers her husband (Cho Jae-Hyun) is cheating she attacks him with a knife with the aim of castration in a move of jealous retribution. When the husband fights back and her attempt fails she turns to their son (Seo Young-Joo) as her victim, successfully attacking the teen and humiliating not only him but the father too, before disappearing off into the night.
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'Manos Sucias', the first Colombia-u.S. Coproduction of its Kind

Premiering in Cartagena Film Festival 2014 and then going to the filmmakers’ hometown, New York City, where " Manos Sucias" ("Dirty Hands") won Tribeca Film Festival’s Best New Narrative Director Award and 2nd place Audience Award, this film has not yet closed Us distribution, but has been acquired internationally by some of the best distributors.

In Cannes, Marina de la Fuentes’ international sales agency, 6 Sales, sold it to Paris-based Pretty Pictures who acquired not only France – its usual home territory – but also Germany, Austria, Benelux and Switzerland. James Velaise of Pretty Pictures screened the film at Tribeca and “immediately fell madly in love with it,” he said.

“It came totally out of the blue, we were mesmerized by the filmmaking. As a first-time film 'Manos Sucias' is outstanding, as good as anything we’ve seen coming out of Latin America in a long time,” said Velaise.

Shot on location in Colombia, using local actors who speak the patois of Buenaventura, "Manos Sucias" reflects years of painstaking research by Josef Wladyka.

“What is fascinating is that the filmmaker spent five years in Buenaventura learning what was going on there and building up the trust of people. The average filmmaker would never take the time to do that. You feel that in the film: There a sense of genuineness which you don’t get in 99% of indie films today,” said Velaise.

At the same time, 'Manos Sucias' is “incredibly tight: On paper, it has some breakout potential to it, because it is a thriller, ” he added.

Pretty Pictures will now seek to sell the film on to distributors in the other four territories, all significant distributors for arthouse films. Velaise reasons that companies exist in these territories that often buy the same films as Pretty Pictures, and share similar tastes. (e.g., "La Jaula de Oro", premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard 2013 and was acquired by Belgium-Fourcorners Distribution, France-Pretty Pictures, Germany-Films Boutique, Hong Kong (China)-Encore Inflight Limited, Hungary-Cirko Film Kft., Italy-Parthenos S.R.L., Mexico-Canibal Networks, Netherlands-Wild Bunch Benelux, Norway-As Fidalgo Film Distribution, Poland-Art House, Puerto Rico-Wiesner Distribution, Switzerland-Xenix Filmdistribution Gmbh, Taiwan-Maison Motion, Inc., U.K.- Peccadillo Pictures or "Love is Strange" by Ira Sachs premiered at Sundance 2014 and was acquired by U.S.-Sony Pictures Classics, Australia-Rialto Distribution (Australia), Canada-Métropole Films Distribution, Canada-Mongrel Media Inc., France-Pretty Pictures, Italy-Koch Media, Mexico-Cinemas Nueva Era, Portugal-Midas Filmes, Spain-Golem Distribución, Switzerland-Xenix Filmdistribution Gmbh, Turkey-Kurmaca Film, U.K.- Altitude Film Sales). These distributors are all likely candidates to acquire rights to "Manos Sucias" as well.

U.S. rights to "Manos Sucias" are handled by Wme Global’s Mark Ankner and Christine D’Souza. Distributors seeking to win over the booming Latino audience, and who have an affinity for gritty, action-packed, arthouse thrillers, or any of Pretty Pictures’ recent acquisitions (see below) owe it to themselves to check out this film.

This pioneering U.S.- Colombia production was the debut feature by writer-director, Josef Kubota Wladyka and co-writer-dp Alan Blanco. It was produced by Elena Greenlee, Márcia Nunes, Mirlanda Torres Zapata and Carolina Caicedo and exec-produced by U.S. Film Director Spike Lee.

"Manos Sucias" follows two estranged brothers, both Afro-Colombian fishermen, who embark on a fishing-boat from Buenaventura, Colombia’s biggest Pacific Coast port and a violent drug trade emporium. Their mission is to tow underwater a “narco-torpedo” packed with 100 kilos of cocaine to Panama. En route, they must circumnavigate marauding paramilitaries and impoverished villagers eager for their cargo.

In Cartagena, I interviewed the director, Dp, and producers. Josef Wladyka is a U.S. citizen who is the son of a Japanese mother and a Polish father. He received the Spike Lee Fellowship while attending the Tisch School of the Arts at Nyu.

Josef:

You could say this is a drug story, but you should know it is much more than that. In a fisherman’s village the Afro Colombians are confronted with drug traffic taking place on their ancestral beaches where they have lived for generations.

Before I started Grad Film School at Nyu, I spent several months backpacking with a close friend in South America. We traveled along the Pacific coast of Ecuador and Colombia, and went through these towns that were under siege by narco-trafficking. The locals would tell us stories about homemade submarines, narco-torpedoes, and different armed groups that would fight to control these areas. I became very interested in the subject and wanted to immerse myself more in the world. With the help of a friend from the region, I went back several times to Buenaventura, Tumaco, and other parts of the Pacific coast of Colombia to continue researching and collecting stories.

I also got permission to go to Malaga Naval Base where I saw confiscated narco-torpedoes and submarines first hand. I always had a camera with me and shot lots of footage during my travels. I used that footage to make a pitch video for raising money from Kickstarter and private equity.

The film is an official Colombian production, recognized by the Ley de Cine (The Cinema Law). It is a 50-50 coproduction with Colombian producers Carolina Caicedo and Mirlanda Zapata. With our U.S. producers, Márcia Nunes and Elena Greenlee, that makes four female producers on this film.

Cine Colombia , Colombia’s largest distributor and theater owner, one of the Cartagena Film Festival sponsors as well, invested in the film, as did Caracol, one of Colombia’s top two broadcasters.

Márcia knew Cine Colombia from her previous life in international sales with Goldcrest. Elena, Alan and I scouted in October 2012, one week in Bogotá and through Proimagenes we met many possible co-producers and visited locations. We chose young producers who were hungry for their first film; they were not rigid.

The U.S. producers wanted to do the film U.S. indie style, not in the usual Colombian style. We shot it in Buenaventura, Colombia’s largest port, which has been hit very hard by narco traffickers and violence.

This was the first feature for everyone. Except for Márcia, who got her Masters of Film Business at Gallatin School of Nyu, the others all got their MFAs from Tisch, though some graduated two years ago and others four years ago.

How we, as foreigners, were able to make this film, opening up delicate, sensitive and violent stories, was based on my having no assumptions. And our own cross-cultural backgrounds helped.

We had a great premiere in Cartagena. The festival permits people to see films for free and we were able to test the Colombian audience’s reaction. The film explores the international issue of drug trafficking and the social-exclusion of the Afro-Colombian community on the coast from the mainstream economy in Colombia. The film is genre bending; it is not too arty and is not fully a genre movie. The audience of 800 to 1,000 Colombians laughed and cried, even danced in their seats. Three of the actors also saw the film for the first time, as did the crew. When the actors came up for the Q & A they received a standing ovation from the crowd. It was a beautiful moment.

We offered free audiovisual workshops for the community before we shot the film, and found many of our actors and crewmembers through that process. We used Kickstarter to raise Us $60,000 to greenlight production and fund our community workshops in Buenaventura.

Film Independent bestowed the Canon Filmmaker Award upon the film’s two producers, who are also Film Independent Producing Fellows. The Canon Filmmaker Award Program is a program for Film Independent Fellows, alumni of the Los Angeles Film Festival and Spirit Awards Nominees and Winners. Producers Elena Greenlee and Márcia Nunes who had participated in the Find Producing Lab with the project were awarded with the loan of a Canon camera package for their production. Further support was granted by the San Francisco Film Society, who, together with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, awarded the film with two grants, one during the production phase, and one during post-production.

Jennifer Kushner, Director of Artist Development at Film Independent spoke with Elena and Márcia in those early days about Manos Sucias and its upcoming shoot, and here’s what they had to say then:

Manos Sucias, Canon Filmmaker Award Winner Round 2

"The social exclusion of the Pacific coast — home to much of the Afro-Colombian population — is felt throughout the country, echoed in the sentiment that Colombia “doesn’t really have a black population.” While popular culture glamorizes cocaine “cowboys,” and the Us takes a tough stance in the “war on drugs,” few people acknowledge the oppression and resilience of these citizens.

Our goal is for the film to inspire change in our audience, and in the region. We want audiences to realize that people like Jacobo and Delio are not perpetuating the drug trade, they are trapped in it; and to reflect on the impact their personal choices have on the situation.”

“When Josef and Alan brought us the script in early 2012, we immediately fell in love with it. The characters jumped off the page, and we couldn’t stop thinking about it.”

Pretty Pictures roster of films illustrates their exceptional taste in films:

"The Dark Valley" ("Das Finstere Tal") By Andreas Prochaska (Acquired From Films Distribution In Feb 2014)

"Dancing In Jaffa" By Hilla Medalia (Acquired From K5 International In Apr 2013)

"Omar" By Hany Abu-Assad (Acquired From The Match Factory In Feb 2013)

"The Look Of Love" By Winterbottom Michael (Acquired From Studiocanal In Aug 2012)

"Pieta" By Ki-Duk Kim (Acquired From Finecut Co. Ltd. In Aug 2012)

"Wadjda" By Haifa Al-Mansour (Acquired From The Match Factory In May 2012)

"The Hunt" ("Jagten") By Thomas Vinterberg (Acquired From Trust In Apr 2012)

"Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present" By Matthew Akers (Acquired From Dogwoof In Feb 2012)
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Moebius is a Tale of Tragedy: Release Details

The Korean horror tile Moebius will have a North American release this August. As well, the film will release through video-on-demand formats August 29th, 2014. From director Ki-duk Kim, this Korean language films tackles torture and strange family bonds. Ram Releasing will distribute this horror title, beginning August 8th. Moebius offers a strange family dynamic. A husband has an affair and the mother castrates her own son. A tale of tragedy, destruction and dysfunction further separates each family member from the other, until grief is all that remains. The trailer for the film is just as horrifying as the story. The crazed mother acts as a voyeur, while the son appears unemotional. A suicidal character graces a few screens and Moebius promises to step into a surreal film landscape. Horror fans can view the strangeness below. As well, theatre looations and times are also listed. Release Date: August 8th (Limited Theatrical) and August 29th,
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The Most Universally Agreed Upon (Non Animated) Movies of the Last 11 Yearsc

An interesting list was posted on Reddit, listing the movies over the last eleven years that have earned at least a 95% on RottenTomatoes and have at least an average user rating of 8 or higher on IMDb. The list, understandably, doesn't take into account animated films and it includes some expected titles as well as a few I've still yet to see. Of those I haven't seen, they include Majid Majidi's The Song of Sparrows, Ki-duk Kim's Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring and Andrey Zvyagintsev's The Return. It's interesting to see the only repeat director is Richard Linklater with Before Sunset and Before Midnight, but anyone that knows my affinity for those two films also knows I'm not arguing they are two of the greatest movies of the last eleven years. I also find it interesting the only blockbusters included are Star Trek, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
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Stockholm unveils 2013 line-up

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Stockholm unveils 2013 line-up
Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave to open festival; director Peter Greenaway to receive Visionary Award.Scroll down for full line-up

Steve McQueen’s historic drama 12 Years a Slave is to open the Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 6-17) and is nominated in the Stockholm Xxiv Competition.

Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, the drama about free black man kidnapped from his family and sold into slavery in the 1850s debuted at Telluride and has received positive reactions throughout its festival tour of Toronto, New York and London among others.

It will be released in Sweden on Dec 20 by Ab Svensk Filmindustri.

Screenwriter John Ridley, who will be present during the festival, is nominated for the Aluminum Horse in the category Best Script.

McQueen’s Hunger won Best Directorial Debut at Stockholm in 2008.

Line-up

The 24th Siff includes more than 180 films from more than 50 countries.

As previously announced, the spotlight of this year’s festival is freedom but Chinese artist
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18th Busan International Film Festival

Showcasing the latest films from across the region, the Busan International Film Festival is undoubtedly one of the most influential film events in Asia. Besides the incredible amount of films from all over the world, highlighting the continent’s most prominent nations in the cinematic landscape (Japan, India, and South Korea itself), it also hosts the Asian Film Market. For it’s 18th edition taking place October 3rd to 12 th 2013, the festival has garnered an astonishing 299 films from 70 different countries, creating with this a fantastic gallery of autochthonous films from up-and-coming directors working in diverse Asian nations, but also infusing the mix with the best World Cinema has had to offer this year.

The festival will open with the Bhutanese film Vara: A Blessing, which is the third feature film by lama-turned-director Khyentse Norbu, and deals with the love affair between a men and woman from different castes. Closing the festival will be Kim Dong-hyun’s The Dinner, a family drama that deals with the characters’ financial issues and interpersonal relationships.

Among several other relevant sections, the festival’s “New Currents” will display 12 films that represent innovative or bold storytelling that explore social issues in non-traditional ways. One of the standouts of this section is the Philippine feature Transit by Hannah Espia about Philippine immigrants working in Israel, which was recently chosen as the country’s official submission for next year’s Academy Awards. Also in this section is the experimental narrative The Story of an Old Woman by Kazakh director Alexey Gorlov, whose feature debut depicts the life of the elderly lead character in a single, unedited,continuous shot.

Honoring the festival’s home country are two section’s that collectively represent the current state of Korean Cinema. The “Panorama” section includes 14 films from some of the most renowned filmmakers in the Asian nation, among them Hong Sang-soo's two latest features Our Sunhi and Nobody’s Daughter Haewon, Ki-duk Kim’s Moebius, and Lee Jang-ho’s first film in 18 years God’s Eye View. On the other side of the spectrum, the “Visions’ section is conformed of 10 films from the fast-growing Korean independent film arena that feature stories from varied genres, from gangster films to comedies.

Other sections include the “Unknown New Wave Central Asian Cinema” which is designed to shine light on forgotten gems from the Central Asian nations, 8 films from Kazakhstan. Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan will be presented at the festival, many of them for the first time in decades as they were considered lost. Lastly, the World Cinema section will bring the best from Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, and many other important markets to the Asian landscape. Blue is the Warmest Color, Fruitvale Station, Heli, and Inside Llewyn Davis are among the outstanding collection of films that will make their debut outside the European and North American circuits.

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Pieta Review

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While Venice Film Festival is currently underway, it’s a triumphant entry from last year’s event that is, at long last, being granted a theatrical release in the UK – as British audiences are finally being given the chance to make up their own minds on the controversial, opinion-splitting Ki-duk Kim drama Pieta – the film that took home the immensely prestigious Golden Lion award (amongst others) in Venice last Autumn.

Jeong-jin Lee plays Gang-Do; a vengeful and sadistic loan shark, collecting debts in a violent fashion across the city of Seoul, as he cripples his victims, before cashing in on their insurance claims to make up for the money owed. With little conscience or moral code, his life is shaken upside down with the arrival of a mysterious woman called Mi-Son (Min-soo Jo), who claims to be the delinquent’s long-lost mother, abandoning him when only a baby. With such a groundbreaking discovery,
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Clearing debts with Pieta on U.K. DVD this October

Ki-duk Kim (3-Iron) directs this violent South Korean drama about a brutal debt collector who seeks redemption from a woman claiming to be his long-lost mother. Pieta made its world premiere at the 69th Venice International Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion. It is the first Korean film to win the top prize at one of the three major international film festivals (Venice, Cannes and Berlin) and is available for the first time in the U.K. from 14 October 2013. Synopsis: While working for ruthless loan sharks as an enforcer, Kang-do (Jeong-jin Lee) has built up a feared reputation amongst the debtors he threatens. Operating out of run-down factory premises, he employs gruesomely barbarous methods, including maiming, to retrieve handicap insurance from those who cannot meet their payments. When out of the blue he receives a visit from a middle-aged woman (Min-soo Jo) claiming to be the mother who abandoned him years previously,
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Venice Film Festival Line-Up Announced, Led by The Zero Theorem, The Wind Rises and More

Following the announcement that came earlier this week, launching yet another hugely impressive line-up at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the respective line-up has now been announced for what is in some ways its European counterpart, the 2013 Venice Film Festival.

The announcement shows that the two will continue to have a number of films overlapping, including Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity (the Opening Night Film in Venice), Peter Landesman’s Parkland, Stephen FrearsPhilomena, and more. But it also brings with its news of where a number of films will be making their debut, including Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem; the latest film from Hayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises; James Franco’s Child of God; Lee Sang-il’s Yurusarezaru Mono, the Japanese remake of Unforgiven; and Steven Knight’s Locke, led by Tom Hardy, and shot in one take.

In Competition

Es-Stouh – Merzak Alloucache (Algeria, France, 94’) L’Intrepido – Gianni Amelio (Italy,
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Stacked 2013 Venice Edition Includes Latest Miyazaki, Ki-Duk, Ming-liang, Dolan and Frederick Wiseman

With still several films not yet announced for the behemoth Toronto Int. Film Festival, it appears that 2013 will be a significant cross-over year for Venice titles (Joe, Night Moves, Parkland, Philomena, Tracks, Under the Skin) landing in the Canadian capitol and from the get-go, it appears that Toronto programmers have indeed stole some of the thunder from the Alberto Barbera’s Lido, specifically in the case where they grabbed world premiere rights to Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave with the Fox Searchlight folks possibly looking to keep the film on North American soil. However, for the time being that are titles that are worth salivating over that will be making their preems on the Lido – along with a grab bag of Euro and Asian titles we have the highly anticipated showings for Hayao Miyazaki’s Kaze Tachinu, Tsai Ming-liang’s Stray Dogs, Xavier Dolan’s Tom a la Ferme
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Venice 2013 line-up announced

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Venice 2013 line-up announced
Competition titles include new films from Reichardt, Morris, Miyazaki, Glazer, Gitai, Gilliam, Frears.See below for full lists

The 70th Venice International Film Festival includes an array of exciting new features, including films from Kelly Reichardt, Errol Morris, Jonathan Glazer, Terry Gilliam, Amos Gitai and Stephen Frears.

As previously announced Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity will open the festival and Thierry Ragobert’s Amazonia will close.

Director Bernardo Bertolucci will head the jury at the event, which runs from August 28 to September 7.

A total of 20 titles in all will compete for the festival’s Golden Lion award.

Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem stars Christoph Waltz playing a reclusive computer genius, and also features Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, Melanie Thierry and David Thewlis.

Glazer is launching anticipated sci-fi Under the Skin, starring Scarlett Johansson, while Reichardt’s thriller Night Moves stars Jesse Eisenberg, Peter Sarsgaard and Dakota Fanning as three environmentalists who plot to blow up a dam. Frears
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Pieta

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013

Price: DVD $27.97, Blu-ray $29.97

Studio: Drafthouse Films

A big winner at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, Pieta is written and directed by the acclaimed Korean filmmaker Ki-duk Kim (Samaritan Girl).

In Pieta, Lee Jung-jin (Wonderful Radio) stars as a loan shark who uses violent methods to collect his debts. His life changes, however, when a mysterious woman (Cho Min-soo) shows up claiming to be his long-lost mother. After at first rejecting her, he accepts the addition to his life and quits his cruel job. But he quickly discovers a dark secret from his past and it might be too late to escapte the consequences from his previous life.

As well as winning four awards at the Venice Film Festival, Pieta won Best Picture trophies at the 2012 Blue Dragon Awards, 2013 Fantasporto Festival and the 2012 Satellite Awards, as well as Best Director nods at the 2012 Dubai International Film
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Exclusive: Three Pieta Photos

Exclusive: Three Pieta Photos
Min-soo Jo and Jung-jin Lee are prominently featured in three exclusive photos for director Ki-duk Kim's Pieta, which is currently available through VOD formats before its theatrical debut May 17. This searing drama follows a ruthless loan shark (Jung-jin Lee) who gets the shock of a lifetime when a woman claiming to be his mother (Min-soo Jo) pays him a visit, years after she abandoned him. Take a look at how contentious a family reunion can be.

Pieta comes to theaters May 17th, 2013 and stars Min-soo Jo, Eunjin Kang, Jae-rok Kim, Jung-jin Lee, Jin Yong-Ok. The film is directed by Ki-duk Kim.
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Pieta (2012) Movie Trailer: Loan shark Jeong-jin Lee meets His Mother

Pieta Trailer. Ki-duk Kim‘s Pieta (2012) movie trailer stars Jeong-jin Lee, Cho Min-soo, Min-soo Jo, Eunjin Kang, and Jae-rok Kim. Pieta‘s plot synopsis: “Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, Pieta is the acclaimed film from the celebrated and controversial Korean director Kim Ki-Duk (Bad Guy; Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… [...]

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Second Pieta Trailer and New Mondo Poster

Second Pieta Trailer and New Mondo Poster
A ruthless loan shark's life is turned upside down by the arrival of the mother he never met in the new trailer for director Ki-duk Kim's Pieta. Jung-jin Lee stars as the loan shark Gang-Do, with Min-soo Jo portraying his long lost mother in this dramatic thriller that debuts on VOD formats April 12 before arriving in theaters May 17 from Drafthouse Films. The studio has also unveiled the new poster, which was created by Mondo artist Jay Shaw. Take a look at the new footage and the one-sheet, then read the official press release for more details on how you can purchase this poster.

Pieta - Trailer 2

Drafthouse Films and Mondo, the collectable boutique art division of the Alamo Drafthouse, are proud to unveil the new, official one-sheet poster for Ki-duk Kim's 2012 Golden Lion Winner Pieta designed by Mondo artist Jay Shaw. The poster will be available for purchase
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Brian Gallagher's Top Overrated / Underrated Movies of 2012

Brian Gallagher's Top Overrated / Underrated Movies of 2012
Back in June, I had only seen just over 20 movies that had been released in 2012. After deciding that was unacceptable, and thanks to Netflix Instant, Redbox, Amazon Instant Video, and of course, advanced screenings and my local Hollywood theaters, I devoted the last half of the year to seeing as many movies as I could, bringing my tally to around 150 for the year (check out the full list of all the 2012 movies I watched this year here). Since the Mayan apocalypse never came a few days ago, I figured it is a good time to break down my favorite movies of the year. Like last year, I have compiled three separate lists: the Most Overrated Moves of the Year, Most Underrated Movies of the Year, and my Top 10.

Now, there are a lot of great movies that you will not find on these lists, such as blockbusters Marvel's The Avengers,
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Oscars: 9 Films make Shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film

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The Oscars are almost upon us, and with just two weeks to go before we hear the final nominations, the race is on, with all the main categories wide open and still to play for. And now one of those categories, for the Best Foreign Language Film, is narrowing.

So far, we’ve had the shortlists for the Best Visual Effects, Best Documentary, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling categories, along with the list of eligible films for Best Original Score and Best Original Song, and twenty-one submissions for Best Animated Feature.

The Academy have given us one more shortlist to add to the list in the form of the Best Foreign Language Film. Back in October, we had a record seventy-one countries submitting for the category, and now that long list has been narrowed down to nine films ahead of next month’s nominations.

Most prominent on the list, which
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Pieta 'Forgive Me' Clip

Pieta 'Forgive Me' Clip
Drafthouse Films announced today that they have acquired the distribution rights to Pieta, the South Korean entry for the 85th Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film award. The studio has released the first clip and a new photo from director Ki-duk Kim's festival favorite, which centers on a loan shark who re-evaluates his hardened life after reuniting with his mother. Take a look at the clip and photo, then read the official press release for more details.

Pieta - Forgive Me

Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announced today the acquisition of North American rights to Pieta, from acclaimed Korean auteur Ki-duk Kim (Bad Guy; Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring; 3-Iron) following its world premiere at the 2012 Venice International Film Festival where it won the 'Golden Lion' Award for Best Film. Selected as South Korea's official entry into the 2013 Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category,
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Updated: 2013 Oscar Foreign Language Submissions Total a Record 71 Movies

Update: The official list has been revealed and the total is a record 71 movies. I have updated the list directly below or you can check it out here. The original article follows. I have been tracking the Oscar Foreign Language submissions again this year, as I have for the past several years, and it looks like we finally have a full field as I expect we will be seeing an official press release from the Academy some time this week. This year we have five more submissions already over last year as the total has now reached 68 submissions compared to last year's 63. This, despite, Iran boycotting the Oscars this year due to the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims, which has sparked so much controversy as of late. To reach the total of 68 films I have just finished adding 16 more titles to the list from the following countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina,
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