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Tiff 2017. Lineup

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ThelmaA selection of films from the 2017 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has been unveiled, with new films by Sebastián Lelio, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Darren Aronofsky, Greta Gerwig, Guillermo Del Toro, Joachim Trier, Wim Wenders, and many more.Special PRESENTATIONSOpening Night: Ladybird (Greta Gerwig)Closing Night: Sheikh Jackson (Amr Salama)Battle of the Sexes (Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton)Bpm (Beats Per Minute) (Robin Campillo)The Brawler (Anurag Kashyap)The Breadwinner (Nora Twomey)Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino)Catch the Wind (Gaël Morel)The Children Act (Richard Eyre)The Current War (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon)Disobedience (Sebastián Lelio)Downsizing (Alexander Payne)A Fantastic Woman (Sebastián Lelio)First They Killed My Father (Angelina Jolie)The Guardians (Xavier Beauvois)Hostiles (Scott Cooper)The Hungry (Bornila Chatterjee)I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie)Mother! (Darren Aronofsky)Novitiate (Maggie Betts)Omerta (Hansal Mehta)Plonger (Mélanie Laurent)The Price of Success (Teddy Lussi-Modeste)Professor Marston & the Wonder Women
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Twin Peaks and Film as Ritual: Sam Kuhn’s Cannes Diary, the Coda

Director, screenwriter and boatbuilder (!) Sam Kuhn is in Cannes premiering his short film, Möbius — described as “a moth-eaten tale of magic and mutation half remembered by a teen poet who’s beloved lies lifeless in a stream” — in Critic’s Week. Filmmaker asked Kuhn, who hails from the Pacific Northwest, to keep a diary of his experiences, which rapidly went from jet-lagged to deeply strange. Here is his final entry; click here for them all. Coda Full night sleep. First in what feels like forever. Hit the 4:00 Pm day-after-screening of Twin Peaks in a Toronto Raptors jacket gifted […]
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Crying Seagull Tears Above the Croisette: Sam Kuhn’s Cannes Diary, Part Six

Director, screenwriter and boatbuilder (!) Sam Kuhn is in Cannes premiering his short film, Möbius — described as “a moth-eaten tale of magic and mutation half remembered by a teen poet who’s beloved lies lifeless in a stream” — in Critic’s Week. Filmmaker asked Kuhn, who hails from the Pacific Northwest, to keep a diary of his experiences, which rapidly went from jet-lagged to deeply strange. Here is his sixth entry; click here for them all. Day 8 Eight and it’s full circle, which seems fitting as “8” is a basic Möbius-like shape. Woke and walked immediately to the “morning […]
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“Wing Tip to Wing Tip, Across the Miramar”: Sam Kuhn’s Cannes Diary Part 5

Director, screenwriter and boatbuilder (!) Sam Kuhn is in Cannes premiering his short film, Möbius — described as “a moth-eaten tale of magic and mutation half remembered by a teen poet who’s beloved lies lifeless in a stream” — in Critic’s Week. Filmmaker asked Kuhn, who hails from the Pacific Northwest, to keep a diary of his experiences, which rapidly went from jet-lagged to deeply strange. Here is his fifth entry; click here for them all. Day 7 Up at 7:00 for Coppola’s Beguiled, should’ve taken note of the name for I was indeed beguiled. Not a single brave or […]
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Sam Kuhn’s Cannes Diary, Part 4: The Fatigue Edition

Director, screenwriter and boatbuilder (!) Sam Kuhn is in Cannes premiering his short film, Möbius — described as “a moth-eaten tale of magic and mutation half remembered by a teen poet who’s beloved lies lifeless in a stream” — in Critic’s Week. Filmmaker asked Kuhn, who hails from the Pacific Northwest, to keep a diary of his experiences, which rapidly went from jet-lagged to deeply strange. Here is his fourth entry; click here for them all. Day 6 Woke up late on account of having actually slept. I bailed on the morning Kawase screening, which is a major faux pas […]
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Crystals, a Severed Head and “the Cannes Experience”: Sam Kuhn’s Cannes Diary, Part Three

Director, screenwriter and boatbuilder (!) Sam Kuhn is in Cannes premiering his short film, Möbius — described as “a moth-eaten tale of magic and mutation half remembered by a teen poet who’s beloved lies lifeless in a stream” — in Critic’s Week. Filmmaker asked Kuhn, who hails from the Pacific Northwest, to keep a diary of his experiences, which rapidly went from jet-lagged to deeply strange. Here is his third entry; click here for them all. Day 5 The Hungarian ghost emailed producer L to ask, “What was the end destiny of the rock?” Her last post to Facebook, “Life, […]
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The Search for Black Rock: Sam Kuhn’s Cannes Diary, Part Two

Director, screenwriter and boatbuilder (!) Sam Kuhn is in Cannes premiering his short film, Möbius — described as “a moth-eaten tale of magic and mutation half remembered by a teen poet who’s beloved lies lifeless in a stream” — in Critic’s Week. Filmmaker asked Kuhn, who hails from the Pacific Northwest, to keep a diary of his experiences, which rapidly went from jet-lagged to deeply strange. Here is his second entry; click here for them all. Day 3 I’m now feeling foolish, and looking foolish too with my cherry red nose. Without Black Rock things went from bad to — […]
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Cannes Critics’ Week 2017: Enter to Win Online Festival Pass to Screen Short Films

Cannes Critics’ Week 2017: Enter to Win Online Festival Pass to Screen Short Films
Read More: The 2017 IndieWire Cannes Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

The 2017 Cannes Film Festival is underway, and IndieWire is partnering with Festival Scope for a second year in a row to give readers the chance to bring a part of the event straight to their own homes. This year, our Critics’ Week sweepstakes features 9 short films and one feature in competition. If you aren’t in Cannes, this is your only chance to watch them all.

Now through Thursday, May 25, IndieWire readers have an exclusive opportunity to register for a chance to win an online Festival Pass to screen the 9 short films and one feature in competition. Click Here for the registration form — all you need to enter is your first and last name and a valid email address — and make sure to enter by May 25 for a chance to win. Festival Scope has
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The Curse (?) of Black Rock: Director Sam Kuhn’s Cannes Diary

Director, screenwriter and boatbuilder (!) Sam Kuhn is in Cannes premiering his short film, Möbius — described as “a moth-eaten tale of magic and mutation half remembered by a teen poet who’s beloved lies lifeless in a stream” — in Critic’s Week. Filmmaker asked Kuhn, who hails from the Pacific Northwest, to keep a diary of his experiences, which rapidly went from jet-lagged to deeply strange. Here are his first two entries; click here for them all. Day 1 First day of the festival in truth and after months of confusing-as-hell email chains with the French, surprise re-edit of the […]
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‘Möbius’: First Look at Cannes Critics’ Week Only American Short Film Is Positively Lynchian — Watch

‘Möbius’: First Look at Cannes Critics’ Week Only American Short Film Is Positively Lynchian — Watch
It’s only natural that the sole American short film to play in this year’s Cannes Film Festival Semaine de la Critique (Critics’ Week) be inspired by another American filmmaker who has made their mark on the festival over and over: David Lynch.

Sam Kuhn’s short “Möbius” is billed as visually arresting film that dips in and out of the consciousness of Stella, a high school girl in the Greater Northwest who is coping with the sudden passing of her true love Sebastian. While re-reading his love notes (all of which end with “Stella, she makes my heart soar,” never discount the emotionality of teens), Stella realizes that she needs to give her love the final send-off that he truly deserves. Will this involve some truly weird, thought-provoking stuff? Believe it.

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Kuhn and his
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Ifp unveils 2017 Narrative Labs selections

Year-long fellowship awarded to 10 first-time filmmakers.

The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) has announced the projects selected for the 13th Ifp Narrative Labs.

Ifp’s year-long fellowship provides an all-encompassing mentorship and resources for 10 first-time filmmakers currently in post-production on their debut narrative feature.

The selected fellows for the 13th Ifp Narrative Labs are:

American Thief Miguel Silveira writer-director, Melissa Hernandez co-writer, Michel Stolnicki writer-producer;

Cubby Mark Blane writer-director, Carolina Gimenez producer, William Colby editor;

Dead Pigs Cathy Yan writer-director;

The Garden Left Behind Flavio Alves director, Roy Wol producer, Alex Lora editor;

Geppetto Z Behl writer-director, Sam Kuhn director of photography, Justin Cox music supervisor;

Jinn Nijla Mu’min writer-director, Avril Z. Speaks producer, Collin Kriner editor;

Jules Of Light And Dark Daniel Laabs writer, director and editor, Jeff Walker producer, Judd Myers producer-editor;

Kids Go Free To Fun Fun Time Ben Hicks writer-director;

Nancy Christina Choe writer-director, Amy Lo producer, David Gutnik editor
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2017 Cannes Critics’ Week Announces Lineup, Including ‘Brigsby Bear’ and Animation From Iran

2017 Cannes Critics’ Week Announces Lineup, Including ‘Brigsby Bear’ and Animation From Iran
The 56th edition of the Cannes Critics’ Week sidebar has announced its main program, including seven films screening in competition. The sidebar is dedicated to films coming from first- and second-time filmmakers, and always promises a fertile ground for discovering new and emerging talent. Last year’s breakout title was Julia Ducournau’s horror film “Raw,” which sold to Focus World.

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The section will open with Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza’s latest feature, “Sicilian Ghost Story,” which combines the myths of Romeo and Juliet with the present day Sicilian mafia. Dave McCary’s debut “Brigsby Bear,” the Sundance comedy that sold to Sony Pictures Classics, will close out the section.

For the first time in its history, both a documentary and an animated film will screen in competition. Ali Soozandeh’s animated
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Cannes: Critics' Week unveils 2017 selection

Cannes: Critics' Week unveils 2017 selection
Mafia tale Sicilian Ghost Story to open sidebar, Sundance hit Brigsby Bear selected as closer.

Cannes Critics’ Week, devoted to first and second features as well as shorts, has unveiled the line-up of its 56th edition, running May 18-26.

Italian directors Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza will open the selection with their second feature Sicilian Ghost Story, a genre-mixing work following a teenage girl as she searches for the boy she loves after he is kidnapped by the Mafia.

It is inspired by the real-life tale of Giuseppe Di Matteo, the son of a former Mafia hitman-turned-informant, who was abducted in 1993.

Critics’ Week artistic director Charles Tesson described it as a “staggering crossover between cinema genres, combining politics, fantasy and terrible teen love.”

The directorial duo premiered their debut feature Salvo in competition in Critics’ Week in 2013, winning the €15,000 Nespresso Grand Prize.

The screenplay for Sicilian Ghost Story was developed at the Sundance Screenwriting Lab and went
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‘Pinocchio’s Candy Lust’ Takes a Fresh, Dreamlike Approach to the Classic Story

‘Pinocchio’s Candy Lust’ Takes a Fresh, Dreamlike Approach to the Classic Story
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress — at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Pinocchio’s Candy Lust

Logline: A 20-minute short about a female carpenter named Gepetto’s self-transformation into a reckless artist (Pinocchio) and her shifting relationship to the world of men. “Pinocchio’s Candy Lust” is a treatise on gender in relation to artistic identity.

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Raising questions about multiple selves and the commodification of “artist” and “woman,” Gepetto, a disgruntled female carpenter, is confronted with the choice between acting responsibly and hating her life or (re)producing herself as Pinocchio. Carving a paintbrush and painting her body with woodgrain she undergoes a transformation so wild she destroys her whole village.
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Watch for 24 Hours: In Search of the Miraculous and Friendship from the Eastern Oregon Film Festival

As part of this weekend’s Eastern Oregon Film Festival, Filmmaker is partnering with the fest to stream four online selections. Today, for an exclusive 24-hour window, you can view Sam Kuhn’s short film, In Search of the Miraculous and Nathaniel Bennett’s short feature, Friendship. Program notes for both are below, and check back tomorrow at 9:00 Am Est for Evamaria Shaller’s Die Wilder von Montafon and Brandon Colvin’s Sabbatical. In Search of the Miraculous from Lion Attack on Vimeo. In Search of the Miraculous (dir. Sam Kuhn) Technical Info 2014 / USA / 15min / Experimental Short Synopsis A seventeen-year-old […]
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Watch for 24 Hours: In Search of the Miraculous and Friendship from the Eastern Oregon Film Festival

As part of this weekend’s Eastern Oregon Film Festival, Filmmaker is partnering with the fest to stream four online selections. Today, for an exclusive 24-hour window, you can view Sam Kuhn’s short film, In Search of the Miraculous and Nathaniel Bennett’s short feature, Friendship. Program notes for both are below, and check back tomorrow at 9:00 Am Est for Evamaria Shaller’s Die Wilder von Montafon and Brandon Colvin’s Sabbatical. In Search of the Miraculous from Lion Attack on Vimeo. In Search of the Miraculous (dir. Sam Kuhn) Technical Info 2014 / USA / 15min / Experimental Short Synopsis A seventeen-year-old […]
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