Outsider Pictures Handling Sales on Small is Biutiful Title ‘1,200 Souls’ (Exclusive)

Outsider Pictures Handling Sales on Small is Biutiful Title ‘1,200 Souls’  (Exclusive)
Paris — Paul Hudson’s L.A. based Outsider Pictures has boarded “1,200 Souls,” a fantasy thriller set in the high Pyrenees, and one of the highlights at the 10th Spain-Ile de France Small is Biutiful in Paris, a prestigious boutique Spain-France co-production forum which unspooled June 23.

Outsider Pictures is handling international sales rights on “1,200 Souls,” the latest movie from the Zaragoza-based producer-director tandem of Marta Cabrera and Pablo Aragues whose “Novatos,” also repped by Hudson, was a Netflix worldwide distribution pick-up.

In his first two features, Aragues tackled sects (“Vigilo el camino”) and hazing (“Novatos”). Backed by the Aragon Film Commission, “1,200 Souls” is set in a small town in the lap of the Pyrenees, to which a young woman, Carla, returns to scatter her mother’s ashes, only to be confronted by violence, deaths and the seemingly supernatural, such as spontaneous combustion.

A film about “a girl looking for her origins,” Cabrera told Variety,
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Iff Panama: Patricia Velázquez on ‘Two Waters,’ the ‘Huge Contradiction’ of Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast

Since founding production company Tiempo Liquido in 2007 with Oscar Herrera, director Patricia Velásquez has worked on commercials, music videos, short films and features in her native Costa Rica. Velásquez’s short films “Cualquiera” (2008) and “Matias” (2010) gained her attention on the Latin American festival circuit. “Two Waters” (“Dos Aguas”), Velasquez’s first major feature film, is the story of a young man who dreams of attending a special school for soccer that his family cannot afford, and his brother, who goes to drastic lengths to procure those funds. The film showcases the natural beauty of the Caribbean and the perseverance of its people.

What inspired you to tell this story?

The Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is a region I got to know well and carry in my heart. Once I graduated from the university I moved there. I wanted to escape the city and its mundane life. There, I discovered a paradise,
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France’s Pyramide Intl. Takes Guatemala Drama ‘Seven Hours’ (Exclusive)

France’s Pyramide Intl. Takes Guatemala Drama ‘Seven Hours’ (Exclusive)
Madrid – One of Europe’s most prestigious arthouse companies, Paris-based production-distribution-sales house Pyramide whose sales slate includes the Oscar-nominated “Leviathan,” has taken world sales rights to Chema Rodriguez’s feature film project “Seven Hours,” a portrait of the devastating psychological ravages of Guatemala’s Civil War.

Co-penned by Rodriguez (“Nightfall in India,” “The Railroad All Stars”) and Mexico’s Francisco Vargas (“The Violin”), “Seven Hours” is now scheduled to shoot late October, said “Seven Hours” producer Jose Nolla.

“I am delighted to sign one more Latin American film which is a cinematography we care a lot about here at Pyramide. ‘Seven Hours’ is a beautiful script, poetic and political; we were deeply moved by the story and the way this very contemporary subject is handled. We believe it is going to be a strong film in the vein of ‘La jaula de oro’ and ‘Ixcanul,’” said Pyramide head Eric Lagesse.
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Feelmakers Eyes Latin American Market

Looking to strengthen its presence among Latin American film audiences, new international VOD web portal Feelmakers makes a presentation Wednesday at a industry/press event in Ventana Sur.

Launched by a group of Spain’s enterprising young directors and movie execs, the platform offers a catalogue of nearly 400 films from different countries that – a key point – can be seen throughout the world, with some 50% of them currently being Spanish-language titles.

One of the newest moves at Feelmakers, the Special Feel section, is dedicated to the Spanish Academy Goya Awards’ 2015 edition, allowing online access to 27 of the 35 short films contending in the fiction, animated and documentary categories.

Spanish feature films include Spain’s 2013 Foreign-Language Oscar entry, “15 Years and One Day,” by Gracia Querejeta, and films from left-of-field auteur Javier Rebollo – a triple San Sebastian film festival winner, including best director in 2012 for “Woman Without Piano” – and some leading lights of Spain’s youngest waves of filmmakes,
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Mexico’s Camara Carnal and France’s Noodles Join Chema Rodriguez’s ‘Seven Hours’ (Exclusive)

Mexican filmmaker Francisco Vargas, the driving force behind international fest hit “The Violin,” is teaming with Spanish companies Producciones Sin Un Duro and Jose Nolla’s Iconica plus French outfit Noodles Prods to co-produce Spaniard Chema Rodriguez’s Guatemalan civil war drama “Siete horas” (Seven Hours).

Co-penned by Rodriguez (“Nightfall in India,” “The Railroad All Stars”) and Vargas, project has just won a Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund award for Mexican projects in development stage at the 3rd Los Cabos International Film Festival.

Set in the early ’80s in the GuatemalaN village of Rio Negro, during the country’s ghastly civil war, “Seven Hours” turns on the last days that a small boy, called Jesus Tecu Osorio, lived as “adopted son” in the house of one of the men who killed his family and another 177 women and children.

In wrenching detail, “Seven hours” records Jesus lying on his stomach, listening to
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Feelmakers Full-Launches Global Docu, Toon, Short VOD Portal

San Sebastian – In a new international thrust from Spain, a group of enterprising young directors and movie execs are launching Feelmakers, a new international VOD web portal specializing in animation, documentaries and shorts from around the world.

Feelmakers has been online since early 2014. Its full-blooded launch has begun, however, just before vthe 62nd San Sebastian Festival where a industry/press presentation was headed by Feelmakers development head Millan Velazquez. Also on hand: Distinguished helmers Gracia Querejeta, director of Spain’s 2013 Foreign-Language Oscar entry “15 Years and One Day,” and Javier Rebollo, a triple San Sebastian winner, taking Best Director for “Woman Without Piano” in 2012.

Further presentations will be made at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, Europe’s best-known short film event, and at December’s Ventana Sur, Latin America’s biggest movie market.

The first VOD service dates back to the mid ‘90s. What sets Feelmakers apart from most services is its
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Cannes: Directors Fortnight Gets Political

Directors' Assembly

In 2013, the Directors’ Assembly became the exceptional platform of worldwide filmmakers, where they exchange with professionals and share with the public their experiences and their ideas. The event takes place in the frame of the Directors' Fortnight.

Edition 2014

What do Filmmakers want for tomorrow's Europe?

Last year, many filmmaker, from different backgrounds, came together for cultural diversity, demanding the exclusion of audiovisual and film services from the commercial agreements between the European Union and the United States. One of the interesting timing coincidences of 2014 is the European elections taking place directly following the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, which gives a unique opportunity to directors to discuss their expectations from the future European Commission and Members of Parliament

With the support of the following directors

Clio Barnard, David Cronenberg, Joe Dante, Amat Escalante, Emmanuel Finkiel, Stephen Frears, Matteo Garrone, Costa-Gavras, Valeria Golino, Anurag Kashyap, Naomi Kawase, Ágnes Kocsis, Joachim Lafosse, Pablo Larraín, Ken Loach, Sergei Loznitsa, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Cristian Mungiu, Yousry Nasrallah, Raoul Peck, Christian Petzold, Nicolas Philibert, Javier Rebollo, Walter Salles, Andrea Segre, Silvio Soldini, Bertrand Tavernier, Pablo Trapero, Joachim Trier, Felix van Groeningen, Andrey Zvyagintsev

The Assembly will be held

Sunday, May 18 - 5 Pm

Fnac Cannes (83 rue d'Antibes)

Open to all

Follow the Assembly on
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Cannes: Minarro Launches ‘Shooting Star’

Cannes — Luis Minarro, one of Spain’s best-known arthouse producers, is making his fiction directorial debut with political parable “Shooting Star.”

“Star” turns on the short-lived reign as King of Spain of Italy’s Duke Amadeo of Savoy. Invited to govern Spain in 1870, he suffered Carlist rebellions, mounting republicanism, dissension among his supporters’ ranks and corruption. Unable to put through plans to modernize Spain, he abdicated in 1873, declaring Spain ungovernable.

Amadeo’s eloquent abdication speech to Spain’s parliament, in which he lamented the country’s fratricidal infighting, could well have been written about Spain in 2013.

“Star” was penned by Minarro and Sergi Belbel, one of Spain’s most important dramatists, and toplines Alex Brendemuhl, who stars in Lucia Puenzo’s Un Certain Regard entry “Wakolda.”

Spain’s Barbara Lennie (“Childish Games”), Lola Duenas (“I’m So Excited”) and Alex Batllori (“REC2”), and Italy’s Lorenzo Balducci (“Io, Don Giovanni”) co-star.
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Guadalajara Ff Cine Latino Award at Psiff: The Ficg Kicks Off the Year with the Presentation of an Award in California

The Guadalajara International Film Festival (Ficg) is taking part in the year’s first celebration of the seventh art—the Palm Springs International Film Festival—where it is slated to present the Cine Latino Award to the best Iberoamerican film screened at the 24th edition of the California festival, which will run from January 3rd to 14th, 2013.

The award is accompanied by a cash prize of Us$5,000 contributed by the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the University of Guadalajara Foundation/USA located in Los Angeles, California.

The Cine Latino Award highlights the enormous creativity of new talents in the world of Iberoamerican cinema, at the same time underlining the commitment of the Ficg and the University of Guadalajara Foundation/USA to the consolidation of culture and the arts in the region and to the wider interchange of ideas within a global context.

I will have the pleasure of being on the jury along with Juan Carlos Arciniegas (Ccn en Español), a journalist with an established career in the area of motion picture and entertainment criticism and analysis—and Iván Trujillo Bolio, director of the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

Listed below are the 22 films eligible for the award. They include some of the productions from Iberoamerican countries nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the Foreign Language Film category of the 85th Academy Awards, to be held on February 24th, 2013.

7 Boxes (Paraguay), (Isa:Shoreline Entertainment)

Director: Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schémbori

After Lucia (Mexico), (Isa: Bac Films)

Director: Michel Franco

Beauty (Argentina), (Isa: Campo Cine)

Director: Daniela Seggiaro

Blancanieves (Spain/France) (Dreamcatchers)

Director: Pablo Berger

Checkmate (Dominican Republic)

Director: José María Cabral

Clandestine Childhood (Argentina/Brazil/Spain)

Director: Benjamín Ávil

The Cleaner (Peru) (Isa: Flamingo Films)

Director: Adrian Saba

The Clown (Brazil)

Director: Selton Mellobr

The Dead Man and Being Happy (Spain) (Isa: Udi)

Director: Javier Rebollo

Drought (Mexico) (Isa:imcine)

Director: Everardo González

The Girl (USA/Mexico) (Isa: Goldcrest Fims)

Director: David Riker

Here and There (Spain/USA/Mexico) (Isa: Alpha Violet)

Director: Antonio Méndez Esparza

La Playa D.C. (Colombia/Brazil/France) (Isa: Cineplex)

Director: Juan Andrés Arango García

Multiple Visions (The Crazy Machine) (Mexico/France/Spain)

Director: Emilio Maillé

The Passion of Michelangelo (Chile/France)

Director: Esteban Larraín

Sadourni’s Butterflies (Argentina)

Director: Darío Nardi

The Sleeping Voice (Spain) (Isa: The Match Factory)

Director: Benito Zambrano

The Snitch Cartel (Colombia)

Director: Carlos Moreno

Tabu (Portugal/Brazil/France/Germany)

Director: Miguel Gomes

The End (Spain)

Director: Jorge Torregrossa

Una Noche (Cuba/UK/USA)

Director: Lucy Mulloy

White Elephant (Argentina/Spain/France)

Director: Pablo Trapero

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Bolivian film “Pacha” to open 1st Kochi International Film Festival

Bolivian film “Pacha” to open 1st Kochi International Film Festival
Pacha, a Bolivian film by Héctor Ferreiro will open the first edition of the Kochi International Film Festival today. The festival that will run from December 16-23 will be inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy.

The festival will screen films from Latin America, Europe, Asia and USA, apart from films on the 100 Years of Indian Cinema and Centenary of Masters.

A total of 50 international films and 24 Indian films will be screened. Five films from Thailand, eight from Poland six films from Iran will be a part of the international section. While 18 Malayalam, one Tulu film and three Hindi films are in the line-up.

Line up of films:

100 Years of Indian Cinema

Malayalam Golden 10:

Elippathayam (The Rat Trap) by Adoor Gopalakrishnan

Chidambaram by G. Aravindan

Danny by T. V. Chandran

Amma Ariyan by John Abraham

Oppol by K. S. Sethumadhavan

Nirmalyam by M. T. Vasudevan Nair

Uppu by Pavithran

Olavum Theeravum by P.
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Javier Rebollo interview about The Dead Man And Being Happy

Meeting up with Javier Rebollo at a westside bistro, the week following the 50th New York Film Festival, where The Dead Man And Being Happy - which tells the story of an ageing hitman (José Sacristán) on an absurdist road to nowhere - had its North American premiere, he quoted Jacques Rivette to me: "You can't show death, without being an imposter." We spoke about the difference between the classic city and the modern city. Towns that survive men, and men who survive towns.

I said to Javier, there is no perversion without innocence. He agreed, "in fairytales you have both, innocence and perversion. They are like silent cinema".

Anne-Katrin Titze: You said after the press screening that you had your reservations about New York. How was the festival experience for you? What did you think of the audience's reaction to your film...
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Nyff: ‘The Dead Man And Being Happy’ Wavers in Tone But Succeeds in Taking Filmic Risks

Every hero of mythical proportions should have his own theme song. The Greatest American Hero had one, and so did Davey Crockett. Santos (José Sacristán), the mythic hero in Javier Rebollo’s The Dead Man And Being Happy, has his own theme song indeed, which plays over the film’s end credits. Santos is a veteran hitman who has offed many, and sets out on a journey across Argentina. Does he prove to be as epic as his song makes him out to be? While The Dead Man And Being Happy remains fairly bleak in tone and doesn’t establish enough of a rapport between its characters, it is quite successful, taking filmic risks with interesting narration and sound choices. Santos is terminally ill, with three cancerous tumors in his body. He also never went through with his last hit, leaving his target alive and taking the money anyway. His bosses are after him, so
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New York Film Festival - Léos Carax on Holy Motors, Sally Potter on Ginger & Rosa and Javier Rebollo

Our latest report from the New York Film Festival sees Holy Motors director Léos Carax say thank you to Henry James, Sally Potter provide visual clues with the cast of Ginger And Rosa and The Dead Man And Being Happy director Javier Rebollo discuss archiving images.

Holy Motors

Holy Motors - which follows a man on his shadowy journey from one life to the next - gives thanks to Claire Denis, Georges Franju and Henry James. The last one might puzzle you, but after all, Carax's 1999 film Pola X was based on Herman Melville's Pierre: Or, The Ambiguities. Maybe it isn't the author at all, and the dedication goes to Henry James Ford, Mr "Motor Man." Let one of the most intriguing day trips into our eros and psyche begin!

Anne-Katrin Titze: Thank you for a wonderful film about life. I have a question...
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LatinoBuzz: Gael Garcia Bernal and Lots of Latino Films at the New York Film Festival

The New York Film Festival is celebrating its 50th birthday this year while at the same time saying goodbye to Richard Peña, who served as Program Director for the last 25 years. This year’s festival is packed with films from all over the world, bringing the best of the best from Cannes, Berlin, and other renowned festivals to a New York audience. Peña, who also teaches in the Film Department at Columbia University, has long championed Latin American cinema, in particular. After traveling in the region as a young undergrad he decided to focus his academic research on Latin America. Peña has gone on to not only spotlight Latino films in the classroom but also carved out a space, year after year, for Latino films to shine at the New York Film Festival. This year is no exception. Now in its second week, the fest has some exciting Latino premieres that will close out its 50th edition.

Here and There

Aquí y Allá | Antonio Méndez Esparza (2012)

Mexico/Spain/USA | Spanish with English subtitles | Format: Dcp | 110 minutes

Having won the top prize at the Critic’s Week sidebar at Cannes, this debut feature from Antonio Méndez Esparza looks at immigration from a different point of view--what happens when you go back? Pedro returns home to his family in Mexico after a stint working in New York. When he arrives he is surprised to see how different things look, how things have changed. He has little to say to his daughters and has to get to know his wife all over again. He feels detached, lonely, alienated. He feels distant from his family--and in parallel, the camera stays far away from the characters. In a series of long takes, conversations amongst family and friends are seen from a distance and the camera remains stationary. People walk in and out of scenes, have their backs turned to the camera, or are just too far away to see clearly. We rarely get a glimpse of those who talk and without close-ups of their faces--miss out on facial expressions and the nuances of the nonverbal. Just like Pedro--the audience, as a result of the camera work--has trouble emotionally connecting with the people on the screen.


Pablo Larraín (2012)

Chile/USA | Spanish with English subtitles | Format: Dcp | 110 minutes

Pablo Larraín and Gael García Bernal in person at both screenings and at the SoHo Apple Store on Thursday, October 11 as part of NyffLive.

“In 1988, in an effort to extend and legitimize its rule, the Chilean military junta announced it would hold a plebiscite to get the people’s permission to stay in power. Despite being given 15 minutes a day to plead its case on television, the anti-Pinochet opposition was divided and without a clear message. Enter Rene Saavedra, an ad man who, after a career pushing soft drinks and soap, sets out to sell Chileans on democracy and freedom.” Gael García Bernal (Y Tu Mama Tambien, Motorcycle Diaries) stars as Rene Saavedra. His performance is said to be the major reason behind the standing ovation it received at the Cannes Film Festival, its world premiere. It also was just announced as Chile’s entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.

The Dead Man and Being Happy

El muerto y ser feliz | Javier Rebollo (2012)

Spain/Argentina/France | Spanish with English subtitles | Format: Dcp | 94 minutes

“For his third feature, the gifted Spanish director Javier Rebollo (Woman Without Piano) has decamped to Argentina and created a literate, screwball road movie that Borges surely would have loved. The “dead man” of the title is Santos (veteran Spanish screen star José Sacristán), a cancer-stricken hired killer who flees his Buenos Aires hospital bed and sets off on one last assignment. It is a journey that takes him through an interior Argentina rarely glimpsed in movies, from the Cordoba resort town of La Cumbrecita (with its disproportionate—and disconcerting—population of elderly Germans) to the northern province of Santiago del Estero. Along the way, Santos finds himself joined by Alejandra (the wonderful Roxana Blanco), an attractive middle-aged woman who impulsively jumps into his vintage Ford Falcon at a gas station and soon thwarts him from his intended path.”

Films from Portugal are often excluded from a discussion of Latin American or Latino films. But, in the same way that we include Brazilian films even though they are in Portuguese and Spanish films because of the country’s colonial ties to the Americas--i personally think that films from Portugal should also qualify as Latin American or Latino. Maybe, I’ll just start calling them Ibero-American films.


Miguel Gomes (2012)

Portugal | Portuguese with English Subtitles | Format: 35mm | 118 minutes

“Shot in ephemeral black-and-white celluloid, Tabu is movie-as-dream—an evocation of irrational desires, extravagant coincidences, and cheesy nostalgia that nevertheless is grounded in serious feeling and beliefs, even anti-colonialist politics. There is a story, which is delightful to follow and in which the cart comes before the horse: the first half is set in contemporary Lisbon, the second, involving two of the same characters, in a Portuguese colony in the early 1960s. “Be My Baby” belted in Portuguese, a wandering crocodile, and a passionate, ill-advised coupling seen through gently moving mosquito netting make for addled movie magic.”

The Last Time I Saw Macao

A Última Vez Que Vi Macau | João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata (2012)

Portugal/France | Portuguese with English Subtitles | 85 minutes

“This stunning amalgam of playful film noir and Chris Marker–like cine-essay from João Pedro Rodrigues (To Die Like a Man, Nyff 2009) and João Rui Guerra da Mata explores the psychic pull of the titular former Portuguese colony. After a spectacular opening scene, in which actress Cindy Scrash lip-synchs, as tigers pace behind her, to Jane Russell’s “You Kill Me”—from Josef von Sternberg’s Macao (1952), a key reference here—the film shifts to da Mata’s off-screen recollections of growing up in this gambling haven in the South China Sea.”

The New York Film Festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, runs through October 14.

Written by Juan Caceres and Vanessa Erazo, LatinoBuzz is a weekly feature onSydneysBuzzthat highlights emerging and established Latino indie talent and upcoming trends in Latino film with the specific objective of presenting a broad range of Latino voices. Follow@LatinoBuzzon twitter.
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Movie Poster of the Week: The Posters of the 50th New York Film Festival

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Above: Passion (Brian de Palma, France/Germany).

Tonight the 50th incarnation of the New York Film Festival gets underway at Lincoln Center, and for the third year running I have tried to find posters for all the films in the festival’s main slate (see 2010 and 2011). Poster art not being what it used to be, these inevitably pale in comparison to the posters I collected last week for the very first Nyff of 1963. For starters, most of those were illustrated, whereas only two of this year’s batch are hand drawn: the folk-art Filipino design for Bwakaw and Spanish artist Riki Blanco’s illustration for The Dead Man and Being Happy. But there are some other standouts, like the striking UK quads for Holy Motors and Ginger and Rosa, the near-abstract monochrome and gothic lettering of Leviathan, the unconventional titling for Barbara (coupled with that can’t-lose photo of Nina Hoss on a bike,
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New York Film Festival main slate includes films starring Bill Murray, Christina Hendricks, Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace

New York Film Festival main slate includes films starring Bill Murray, Christina Hendricks, Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace
The New York Film Festival announced its full slate of films on Thursday, a line up of 32 titles that largely serves as a catch-all compendium of standouts from other international festivals like Cannes, Berlin, Venice, and Toronto.

Along with the previously announced opening night film (Ang Lee’s Life of Pi), centerpiece gala (David Chase’s Not Fade Away), and closing night film (Robert ZemeckisFlight) — all world premieres — the highlights of the festival include: Hyde Park on Hudson, starring Bill Murray as President Franklin D. Roosevelt; Ginger and Rosa, starring Elle Fanning as a girl growing up in 1962 London
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50th New York Film Festival announces film slate by Clayton Davis After a little bit of pondering on my part, the question of what will be playing this year at the New York Film Festival has now been answered. 32 films will comprise the main section of the fest, according to the Nyff website (here), and besides the movies already known about, we'll also be seeing 'Amour', 'Frances', 'Holy Motors', 'Hyde Park on Hudson', and 'Passion' represent some of the most notable entries. After the jump you can see the full lineup, but it's looking like a really stellar film festival (I'm especially interested in that new flick from Noah Baumbach). Amour (Michael Haneke, Austria/France/Germany) Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner of Cannes 2012 is a merciless and compassionate masterpiece about an elderly couple dealing with the ravages of old age. A Sony Pictures Classics release. Araf—Somewhere In Between (Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Turkey/France
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Nyff Unveil Excellent 2012 Lineup; Assayas, Kiarostami, Haneke, De Palma, Carax, and More to Appear

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After Venice and Toronto unveiled their strong assembly of titles, the 50th annual New York Film Festival have released this year’s primary lineup. Short answer: We won’t be left out in the cold this fall.

Though not necessarily on the same massive scale as last year, the Film Society of Lincoln Center look to be offering some of world cinema’s finest options for 2012. The biggest title would, unquestionably, have to be Michael Haneke‘s Palme d’Or winner, Amour, while “the rest,” if you’re so callous as to call it that, include some of our favorite Cannes selections — including Abbas Kiarostami‘s Like Someone in Love, or Leos Carax‘s Holy Motors. Sure, maybe Beyond the Hills was a flat bore that didn’t live up to its director’s last effort, but at least I get to find out for myself.

Past those obvious picks,
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AFI Fest 2009 Awards

AFI Fest 2009 Awards AFI Fest 2009: Hollywood/Santa Monica, Oct. 30-Nov. 7, 2009 Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank focuses on a working-class teenager (Katie Jarvis) frustrated that her mother has found a new beau (Michael Fassbender); Javier Rebollo’s Woman Without Piano is a dramatic portrait of 24 hours in the life of a Madrid housewife (Carmen Machi); and Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani’s Ajami (above) chronicles the day-to-day, anything-but-routine lives of several denizens of a tough neighborhood in Jaffa, where Muslims, Jews, and Christians are sworn to live in bloody disharmony. New Lights Competition Award Winner Fish Tank Dir: Andrea Arnold UK Woman Without Piano (La Mujer Sin Piano) Dir: Javier Rebollo Spain/France Special Jury Mention Ajami Dir: Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani Israel/Germany AFI Fest 2009 New Lights [...]
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'Life and Death' tops San Sebastian fest

'Life and Death' tops San Sebastian fest
San Sebastian -- Lu Chuan's controversial Chinese film "City of Life and Death," depicting the atrocities committed during the 1938 Japanese siege of China's former capital, Nanjing, won the Golden Shell Saturday at the 57th San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Spain's Javier Rebollo picked up the best directing award for his "Woman Without Piano," portraying the alienation of a Madrid housewife on the threshold of menopause.

The Silver Shell acting awards went to Spanish actors Lola Duenas and Pablo Pineda for their central performances in Alvaro Pastor and Antonio Naharro's "Me Too," focusing on a man with Down syndrome and his efforts to woo a woman without. Pineda is the first Down's sufferer to get a university degree in Europe.

Philippe Van Leeuw's look at the Rwandan massacre "The Day God Walked Away" won the coveted Kutxa-New Directors Award worth 90,000 euros to be equally divided between the director and the Spanish distributor.
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