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Los Silencios,’ ‘Luciérnagas’ Top Toulouse’s Films in Progress

Madrid — Two films from women directors – Brazilian writer-director Beatriz Seigner’s “Los Silencios” and Bani Khoshnoudi’s “Luciernagas” – beat out strong competition Friday night at Toulouse’s 33rd Films in Progress to take between them its three top awards.

One of two annual Films in Progress, with San Sebastian’s September event, the Toulouse Cinelatino Fest’s pix-in-post competition often serves as a launchpad for selection at Cannes or other subsequent big fests – the Films in Progress’ 2017 winner, “The Desert Bride,” went on to score a berth at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard.

Held in France’s Toulouse, nestling in the northern lap of the Pyrenees, Films in Progress also highlights key concerns of Latin American arthouse cinema. It is noteworthy, for example, that five of the six films this year turn on some form of dislocation, whether caused by civil conflict, homophobia, poverty, violence or disease.

Seigner’s second feature after 2009’s “Bollywood Dream,
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Guadalajara: Ignacio Juricic on ‘Enigma,’ Living, Dealing with Pain

Guadalajara: Ignacio Juricic on ‘Enigma,’ Living, Dealing with Pain
The opening scene in “Enigma” seems to be set in a police station where the officer in charge, his back to the camera, explains to a woman that they want to re-open the case on her murdered daughter. But it turns out that the woman he’s interviewing isn’t the mother and when Nancy, the film’s protagonist sits before him, that he isn’t P.D- but a TV producer. Shot for the most part at Nancy’s family home, “Enigma” marks the awaited feature debut of Chile’s Ignacio Juricic, whose 2015 short, “Lost Queens,” won a Queer Palme and was runner-up for the Cinefondation Award at 2015’s Cannes Festival. “Enigma” turns on Nancy, a 40-something hairdresser, as she debates whether to go onto the TV show which may throw light on the night, 10 years prior, when her daughter was beaten to death after leaving a Lgbt club.
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Guadalajara Construye Showcases ‘Enigma,’ ‘Miriam Lies,’ ‘Perro Bomba’

Ignacio Juricic’s “Enigma,” Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada’s “Miriam Lies,” and Juan Caceres’ “Perro Bomba” will screen at the 12th Guadalajara Construye, the Mexican festival’s pix-in-post competition which screens seven titles that reflect in one way or another on Latin American realities.

In that way, they conform to the grand tradition of the region’s cinemas. But, reflecting one development in Latin American cinema this century, many of the titles look to be as interested in psychological observation as social commentary, and all the better for it.

Enigma,” the awaited debut feature of Chile’s Ignacio Juricic, whose 2015 short “Lost Queens” won a Cannes Festival Queer Palme, tracks Nancy, a middle-aged hairdresser, as she debates whether to go on a cold case TV show which may throw light on the night, 10 years prior, when her daughter was beaten to death after leaving a gay club. It is a murder-mystery,
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Michael Apted Receiving Another Honor: DGA Honorary Life Membership

Michael Apted Receiving Another Honor: DGA Honorary Life Membership
The Directors Guild of America is awarding Michael Apted its DGA honorary life member award on Saturday at its 70th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel — the latest in a long line of honors.

The award is given in recognition of leadership, contribution to the guild and the profession of directing, and outstanding career achievement. Apted currently serves as DGA secretary-treasurer but he’s also received a Grammy, a British Academy Award, a DGA Award and the International Documentary Association’s highest

honor, the Ida Career Achievement Award.

By the order of Queen Elizabeth II, he was also made a Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George for his work in the film and television industries. In 2013, Apted received the DGA’s Robert B. Aldrich Award for extraordinary service to the Guild and its membership.

“Michael is a game changer for our guild and our industry,” said DGA President
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Michael Apted to Receive Directors Guild’s Honorary Life Member Award

Michael Apted to Receive Directors Guild’s Honorary Life Member Award
The Directors Guild of America has awarded Michael Apted its DGA honorary life member award in recognition of leadership, contribution to the guild and the profession of directing, and outstanding career achievement.

The award will be presented to Apted, who currently serves as DGA secretary-treasurer, at the 70th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Feb. 3 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“Michael is a game changer for our guild and our industry,” said DGA President Thomas Schlamme. “Whether having the foresight as a young man to conceptualize the revolutionary documentary series “7 Up” — still going on decades later — or guiding Hollywood through a digital revolution, he is a fearless, visionary leader, and we are all the beneficiaries.”

Schlamme noted that Apted has served as either president or co-chair for every major new media and Svod negotiation.

“Michael has skillfully navigated the DGA through times of great change, setting the path for our members and our industry to flourish. His search
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Watch a Zombie Shamble Out of the Shadows in Exclusive Clip from The Rezort

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In the aftermath of a brutal war between the living dead and the strictly living, a zombie safari offers a unique type of therapy and closure for traumatized survivors, but as our exclusive clip from the new horror film The ReZort shows, a new battle may just be beginning within the shores of the eerie island attraction.

Today, Content Media released The ReZort on digital platforms in the Us, and as a special treat for Daily Dead readers, they provided us with the exclusive clip below. (Fear The Walking Dead fans will especially want to keep an eye out for Dougray Scott as Archer.)

We also have the official press release with full details, and in case you missed it, check out this image gallery from The ReZort.

Press Release: Jurassic World” meets “The Walking Dead” in The Rezort, releasing on all major digital platforms in North America on January 17th 2017, courtesy of Content Media.
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Horror Highlights: Atomica, The Bye Bye Man Soundtrack, The Rezort, Hostage To The Devil

The theatrical and VOD / Digital HD release of Dagen Merrill's Atomica from Syfy Films is slated for mid-March, and casting as well as a synopsis for the film kicks off today's Horror Highlights. Also: info on The Bye Bye Man soundtrack from the Newton Brothers, images and release details for the zombie film The ReZort, and a trailer for Hostage to the Devil.

Atomica Release Details & Still: Press Release: "New York, NY -- January 11, 2017 -- Syfy Films is pleased to announce the release of the anticipated sci-fi thriller Atomica, in theaters on March 17, 2017, and on VOD and Digital HD on March 21, 2017. The film is directed by Dagen Merrill (“Beneath,” “Broken Hill,” “Murder in the Dark”) and written by Kevin Burke (“Ultimate Spider-Man,” Marvel’s “Avengers Assemble,” “Beneath”), Fred Fernandez-Armesto and Adam Gyngell. The cast includes Dominic Monaghan (the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, “Pet”), Tom Sizemore (“Saving Private Ryan,
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The Rezort Offers a Trip to a Zombie Safari

The Rezort is a blend of Jurassic World (2015) with zombie films. A remote park allows zombie safaris, until something goes wrong. The Rezort is slated to show in Edinburgh, Scotland - today. The film will have several showings, this week. And, the film stars: Dougray Scott (Enigma), Jessica De Gouw (These Final Hours), Martin McCann, Elen Rhys, Claire Goose and Jassa Ahluwalia. Several stills, from the film, are available here, along with the official trailer and an effects reel. The story, from writer Paul Gerstenberger, talks of a "controlled zombie safari retreat." After a plague has decimated the world, survivors can pay for the right to hunt the undead. But, these zombies still have a bit of bite. When the security measures go down, these zombie tourists are put on the run, again. A number of stills have been released for the film, recently. They show the island, on which the tourists hunt the undead. Events take a turn for the worse in a control room. Three of the stills are...

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Gimme celluloid: a history of Mick Jagger on film

Ahead of HBO’s rock drama Vinyl, which the Rolling Stones singer executive-produced, we take a look at his small screen and big screen exploits, which range from a terrible Ned Kelly to a sterling Performance

Mick Jagger’s role as executive producer on HBO rock drama Vinyl – the idea for which he first dreamed up in the mid-90s – is only the latest in a surprisingly meaty list of involvements in film and television for the Rolling Stones frontman.

He has utilised his star clout to serve as a producer on two films about one of his heroes, James Brown (the biopic Get on Up and documentary Mr Dynamite), as well as Michael Apted’s second world war thriller Enigma, from 2001. Jagger, who owns an Enigma code-breaking machine himself, had a cameo as an Raf officer at a dance. He’s also been a driving force as a producer
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‘Rev’ Star, Co-Creator Tom Hollander, Hannah Pescod Launch Bandstand

‘Rev’ Star, Co-Creator Tom Hollander, Hannah Pescod Launch Bandstand
Writer-actor Tom Hollander, who is best known for BAFTA-winning comedy series “Rev.,” but has also appeared in two “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies and “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” and producer Hannah Pescod, who won a BAFTA for “That Summer Day,” have launched production company Bandstand Prods.

Pescod and Hollander first worked together on BBC show “Rev.,” which won a BAFTA for best situation comedy, and earned three BAFTA nominations for Hollander. The series was co-created by Hollander, who was also an executive producer, with writer James Wood. Pescod joined the “Rev.” team in the early stages of development, producing the first two seasons before becoming executive producer on the third and final season.

Former Shine Group chief Alex Mahon joins Bandstand as non-executive chair, and the company has entered into an exclusive first-look deal with leading distributor All3media International.

In a joint statement, Hollander and Pescod said: “We are excited to continue our creative collaboration,
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November VOD Releases Include MÉXICO Barbaro, The Hallow, Lavalantula

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Even though Halloween will soon be behind us, that doesn’t mean November is without a few terror-filled tricks up its sleeve, particularly when it comes to genre films arriving on VOD throughout the month. Things kick off in grand style with the release of the creature feature Lavalantula courtesy of Alchemy, as well as the latest anthology, Mexico Barbaro, featuring eight Mexican directors coming together to give us their unique takes on various folklore and traditions.

Other films hitting VOD in November include The Hallow, Wrecker, Condemned, Deep Dark, Uncanny, Crumbs, Applesauce and the social media inspired thriller, #Horror.

Lavalantula (Alchemy) - November 3rd

After a dormant volcano erupts miles outside of Los Angeles, something within the molten hot lava is awakened. Birthed from the bowels of the Earth itself, arachnid-like creatures with an obsidian-black exoskeleton swarm out. One man, Colton West, a washed-up, former A-list action star, suddenly
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The Imitation Game | Blu-ray Review

Shut out at the BAFTAs, and nominated for eight Academy Awards and winning Best Adapted Screenplay for screenwriter Graham Moore, Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game and all the awards glory surrounding its release has resulted in the film being representative as a sort of cultural marker. In a year that saw the Academy heavily criticized for its noticeably white nominees across every major category, the inclusion of Tyldum as Best Director and the title amongst the Best Picture nominees came as a bit of a surprise considering the film’s very routine, unavoidably square structure as a well-intentioned, noble biopic. Marketed with urgent desperation as a film exploring the persecution of homosexuality while making a marked statement about the recuperation of the facts concerning the genius of Alan Turing, the accolades bestowed on this otherwise well mounted but incredibly milquetoast production is the political statement that the film simply
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‘The Imitation Game’ Interview with Writer Graham Moore & Director Morten Tyldum

The incredible story of genius Alan Turing finally comes to public light with The Imitation Game, a revelatory representation of an essential chapter in World War II that was lost for horrific reasons. Benedict Cumberbatch leads the film as Turing with a fine performance, and stars opposite Keira Knightley playing a female companion of Turing, alongside talents like Matthew Goode and Mark Strong. The film is adapted from the Andrew Hodges book “Alan Turing: The Enigma” by Graham Moore, and directed by Morten Tyldum.

Moore is a debut screenwriter with Chicago roots, and received acclaim for his novel “The Sherlockian,” released in 2010. He is lined up next to adapt Erik Larson’s “Devil in the White City” into the highly-anticipated vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio.

Tyldum is a Norwegian director on the rise, who caught the attention of viewers with his bonkers adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s Headhunters, starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Aksel Hennie.
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Best Ensemble! "The Imitation Game" Set to Receive Palm Springs International Film Festival Award!

Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and company are receiving the Ensemble Performance Award at the upcoming Palm Springs International Film Festival. The cast will join previously announced recipients Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"), Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"), J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash"), and Reese Witherspoon ("Wild").

Here's the complete press release:

Palm Springs, CA December 5, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present its Ensemble Performance Award to the film The Imitation Game. The award will honor the film.s cast, which includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech, Matthew Beard, Charles Dance and Mark Strong. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Simmons. Presented by Cartier and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

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Upcoming British film cinema release calendar

Want to know what British films are coming out this month? Then look no further than our fabulous movie calendar...

Welcome to our new, regularly updated calendar of all the British movies due for release in UK cinemas over the coming months. So if you're keen to keep up-to-date on the latest in home grown cinema - from documentaries to dramas, and comedy horror to science fiction - this is the ideal post for you. 

So here's what's coming up in the future. 

12 September 2014

Pride

Director: Matthew Warchus

Cast: Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Andrew Scott

Details: A drama about a group of gay and lesbian activists donating to people in need during the 1984 miners' strike.

Jack To A King - The Swansea Story

Director: Marc Evans

Cast: Tbc

Details: A documentary about Swansea football fans.

19 September 2014

Night Will Fall

Director: Andre Singer

Cast: Alfred Hitchcock, Sidney Bernstein

Details: A documentary
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‘Fury’, ‘Foxcatcher’, ‘Mr. Turner’ headline BFI 58th London Film Festival 2014

Fury (David Ayer)

[via the BFI]

The programme for the 58th BFI London Film Festival launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. The lineup includes highly anticipated fall titles including David Ayer’s Fury, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, the Sundance smash Whiplash, Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D, The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children and Jean-Marc Vallee’s Wild.

As Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals, it introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience, offering a compelling combination of red carpet glamour, engaged audiences and vibrant exchange. The Festival provides an essential profiling opportunity for films seeking global success at the start of the Awards season, promotes the careers of British and
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Telluride Film Review: ‘The Imitation Game’

Telluride Film Review: ‘The Imitation Game’
Nothing is too heavily encrypted in “The Imitation Game,”, rendered in such unerringly tasteful, “Masterpiece Theatre”-ish fashion that every one of Turing’s professional triumphs and personal tragedies arrives right on schedule and with nary a hair out of place. More than once during the accomplished (but not particularly distinctive) English-language debut for Norwegian director Morten Tyldum (“Headhunters”), you can catch the ghost of the late Richard Attenborough nodding approvingly over the decorous proceedings. And yet so innately compelling is Turing’s story — to say nothing of Benedict Cumberbatch’s masterful performance — it’s hard not to get caught up in this well-told tale and its skillful manipulations. Likely to prove more popular with general audiences than highbrow critics, this unapologetically old-fashioned prestige picture (the first of the season’s dueling studies of brilliant but tragic English academics, to be followed soon by “The Theory of Everything”) looks and
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Toronto Film Festival lineup announced -- Breaking

Toronto Film Festival lineup announced -- Breaking
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has announced its initial slate of galas and special presentations, which includes 37 world premieres and several films with Oscar ambitions. The Judge, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who reluctantly returns home and ends up defending his revered father (Robert Duvall) against criminal charges, will have its world premiere in Toronto. His Avengers pal, Chris Evans, will unveil his own directorial debut in Toronto, titled Before We Go.

Also noteworthy: James Gandolfini’s final film, The Drop, which also stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace; another Jason Reitman Toronto world premiere,
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Toronto Film Festival Lineup Includes Denzel Washington’s ‘Equalizer,’ Kate Winslet’s ‘A Little Chaos’

Toronto Film Festival Lineup Includes Denzel Washington’s ‘Equalizer,’ Kate Winslet’s ‘A Little Chaos’
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing night film “A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman’s period pic starring Kate Winslet as a landscape gardener assigned to construct the garden at Versailles.

World-preeming Galas announced this morning at the Tiff Bell Lightbox also include “Pawn Sacrifice,” Ed Zwick’s biopic on the legendary Cold War-era chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), and “Black and White,” Mike Binder’s tale of a grieving widower (Kevin Costner) in a custody battle, as well as WB fall releases “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You.”

International titles world-preeming on the
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'Wild,' 'The Judge' and 'The Equalizer' among initial 2014 Toronto Film Festival premieres

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'Wild,' 'The Judge' and 'The Equalizer' among initial 2014 Toronto Film Festival premieres
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of 2014 premieres and galas this morning and it features some familiar awards titles, some big stars and some unexpected studio titles. Among the major studio films, David Dobkin's "The Judge" with Robert Downey Jr. and Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer" each received gala slots and should premiere over the festival's opening weekend. Other announced galas so far include Bennett Miller's acclaimed "Foxcatcher," which debuted at Cannes, and Mike Binder's "Black and White" starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie. Toronto has also scheduled special gala screenings for David Cronenberg's "Map to the Stars" with Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, François Ozon's "The New Girlfriend," Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" with Tobey Maguire, Lone Scherfig's "The Riot Club," Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's "Samba" and Shawn Levy's "This is Where I Leave You
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