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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Lady MacBeth DVD – Stars Florence Pugh

The dark, dangerous, Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh™ twisted thriller, Lady Macbeth, arrives on Digital HD October 3 and on DVD and On Demand October 17 from Lionsgate. Up-and-comer Florence Pugh smolders as a young woman in a loveless marriage who embarks on a passionate and forbidden affair, which unleashes an unquenchable thirst for power within her. The “jaw-dropping debut” (Rolling Stone) of theater director William Oldroyd, and written by Alice Birch, Lady Macbeth is adapted from Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 novel “Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk” and is what Indiewire compares to “Alfred Hitchcock directing Wuthering Heights.” The Lady Macbeth DVD includes a behind-the-scenes featurette and will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Now you can own Lady MacBeth on DVD. We Are Movie Geeks has four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie with the word ‘Lady’ in the title?
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Andrea Arnold Named Jury President of BFI London Film Fest’s Official Competition

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Fish Tank” director Andrea Arnold is heading to the 61st BFI London Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that the Oscar-winning filmmaker will lead the official competition’s jury. Arnold will preside over a jury that includes actress Lily Cole (“Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie”) and producer Emma Thomas (“Dunkirk”), amongst others.

Arnold isn’t the only woman who will serve as a jury president. “The Trip” producer Melissa Parmenter is heading the first feature competition.

Red Road,” “Wuthering Heights,” and episodes of “I Love Dick” and “Transparent” are among Arnold’s directing credits. She screened her most recent feature film, “American Honey,” at last year’s edition of BFI London Film Fest. The Cannes’ Jury Prize and British Independent Film Award-winning flick follows a group of teens and young adults who travel through the Midwest selling magazine subscriptions.

“We’ve grown up mainly on male stories, and most of the films have been written and directed by men — and that’s only half of the human race,” Arnold has said. “I remember going to a women’s film festival and feeling a slight amount of trepidation, but actually it was fantastic. Some of the films made me cry because they really spoke to me. It was then I realized up till then I had mostly been spoken to by men in cinema.”

Arnold won an Oscar in 2005 for her short film “Wasp.”

The BFI London Film Fest begins Wednesday, October 4, and will run through October 15. “Battle of the Sexes,” Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s biopic about the famous Billie Jean King v. Bobby Riggs tennis match, will make its European premiere as the fest’s American Express Gala on October 7. Among the other films screening are Guillermo del Toro’s dark fairy tale “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Tiff’s People’s Choice Award winner starring Frances McDormand as a grieving mother hell-bent on justice.

Andrea Arnold Named Jury President of BFI London Film Fest’s Official Competition was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Lady MacBeth Starring Florence Pugh Available on Digital HD October 3rd and on DVD October 17th

The dark, dangerous, Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh™ twisted thriller, Lady Macbeth, arrives on Digital HD October 3 and on DVD and On Demand October 17 from Lionsgate. Up-and-comer Florence Pugh smolders as a young woman in a loveless marriage who embarks on a passionate and forbidden affair, which unleashes an unquenchable thirst for power within her. The “jaw-dropping debut” (Rolling Stone) of theater director William Oldroyd, and written by Alice Birch, Lady Macbeth is adapted from Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 novel “Lady Macbeth of Mtsenk” and is what Indiewire compares to “Alfred Hitchcock directing Wuthering Heights.” The Lady Macbeth DVD includes a behind-the-scenes featurette and will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.98.

Lust, power, and murder meet in this sexy, critically acclaimed thriller. Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age, whose family is cold and unforgiving. When she embarks on
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'Adult Life Skills' casting exec launches UK company with Nicolas Cage thriller

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Exclusive: Former Des Hamilton exec launches film and TV outfit Lara Manwaring Casting.

UK casting director Lara Manwaring, who has worked on projects including Nymphomaniac, Adult Life Skills and War Machine, has launched new film and TV casting outfit Lara Manwaring Casting.

The first film of the gate for the company will be Nicolas Cage action-thriller Mandy, currently in pre-production and set to shoot this summer in Belgium.

The film is produced by Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision, Xyz FilmsNate Bolotin and Umedia’s Adrian Politowski with finance from Umedia and Piccadilly Pictures.

Manwaring has been at Des Hamilton Casting since 2009, working on projects including Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives, Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur, Channel 4’s Top Boy and Andrea Arnold’s Wuthering Heights.

She served as casting associate on Netflix’s upcoming Brad Pitt satire War Machine and the recent BBC 1 three-part drama Gunpowder.

As casting
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Tribeca 2017 Women Directors: Meet Elina Psykou — “Son of Sofia”

“Son of Sofia”

Elina Psykou’s first feature, “The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas,” won the Works in Progress Award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2012 and premiered at the Berlinale Forum in 2013. Psykou is currently researching her first documentary, “To Live and Die in Europe,” and writing her third feature.

“Son of Sofia” will premiere at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival on April 21.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Ep: A boy who doesn’t yet know what life can be. A woman who tries to find her way of being a mother. An old man who regrets not being a father. Two countries who have to restart. A difficult coming of age for all of them.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Ep: The fact that this is a story where innocence is mixed with cruelty and, at the same time, reality is mixed with fantasy.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

Ep: I want them to think about their close relationships, expressing their real feelings, and destroying all these small and silly obstacles that keep them away from their emotions and their truth.

Finally, I’d like them to remember what they thought about and how they felt when they were kids.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

Ep: The biggest challenge was directing a film where most of dialogue is in a language I don’t speak — a language so different from my native one.

I decided to take some private Russian lessons only to discover that Russian is extremely difficult. But I insisted — I continued the courses, and I studied every single line of dialogue. Eventually, I managed to understand what I was listening to, and I could follow the actors and their feelings.

It was really difficult, yet so satisfying. I dared, and I finally achieved!

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

Ep: The film is a European co-production between Greece, France, and Bulgaria. It is supported by their respective film centers, Eurimages and Creative Europe, and also by the Greek public broadcaster.

Three weeks before our starting date, capital controls were introduced in Greece. We had to choose between cancelling the shoot and jumping into an adventure. We chose the latter, and here we are!

W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at Tribeca?

Ep: After such a long and tiring period of working on the film, it is such a relief that it will have its world premiere at one of the biggest festivals worldwide.

Our journey is just starting, and Tribeca offers the film a great opportunity to find its audience and communicate all these thoughts that have waited for so long to be discovered.

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

Ep: The best advice I have ever received was from my husband. He told me that not all directors manage to make films at the same pace. Some directors manage to quickly make the films they have been dreaming of — others not so much.

[He said that getting to make a film] has nothing to do with talent or inspiration, and advised me to be patient and just wait for my time to come. I didn’t follow his advice. Unfortunately, I continue to be impatient; I feel disappointed when I don’t manage to make my film-dreams come true as fast as I want.

The worst advice was also from my husband, and it was about shooting my first feature. I had no money at all, and I had to ask certain people to work on the film without pay. My husband advised me to quit and not shoot the film.

Again, I didn’t follow his advice. Fortunately, I shot the film and, because of its festival success, I managed to find money to shoot my second feature.

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

Ep: Keep working and being inspired. Don’t let any prejudices influence your work.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

Ep: I have a few favorite women-directed films. I still remember the screening of Lucrecia Martel’s first film, “The Swamp,” at the Thessaloniki Film Festival in 2001. I would’ve liked to have made Jessica Hausner’s “Lourdes.” I admire how Andrea Arnold managed to make “Wuthering Heights,” a period film, in such a modern way, as did Sofia Coppola with “Marie Antoinette.” And Tonia Marketaki made one of the best Greek films, “John the Violent,” in an era when Greek cinema wasn’t recognized or supported at all.

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have.

Ep: Yes, I am quite optimistic. It is difficult to know what happens in other countries, but I have a strong feeling that, at least in Greece right now, there are as many talented and recognized female directors as there are male.

Yes, sometimes it is difficult to be a woman in the film industry, but this is changing, and I think the most powerful weapon against any prejudice is our movies.

Tribeca 2017 Women Directors: Meet Elina Psykou — “Son of Sofia” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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The Cinematic Universe of Andrea Arnold

A new video essay explores the acclaimed filmmaker’s exquisite usage of atmosphere.

When asked which female director he would most like to see direct a Star Wars film, Gareth Edwards said “I’d be first in line for Andrea Arnold.” Although it’s highely unlikely Arnold would ever trade in her gritty, uncompromising indie career for one directing tentpoles, the pairing makes sense: no one is quite as skilled and effective when it comes to building a unique, lived-in atmosphere as she is.

The English filmmaker broke onto the scene in 2003 with her Oscar-winning short Wasp, before following up with the widely acclaimed lo-fi indies Red Road and Fish Tank, the latter winning the Grand Prix at Cannes. In recent years, she has directed an adaptation of Wuthering Heights, as well as the new A24 cult classic American Honey.

This informative video essay courtesy of Fandor does a great job of giving you the skinny on
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See How Andrea Arnold Visualizes Loneliness In This Video Essay

There few filmmakers out there whose work is as visceral as Andrea Arnold‘s. Her body of work is diverse as well, ranging from the bleak housing estates of “Red Road” and “Fish Tank” to the brooding moors of “Wuthering Heights” and the sun-dazzled highways of “American Honey.”

In her Fandor video essay “Andrea Arnold’s Women in Landscapes,” Jessica McGoff looks at the ways Arnold presents the loneliness of her female protagonists in different yet similarly affecting ways.

Continue reading See How Andrea Arnold Visualizes Loneliness In This Video Essay at The Playlist.
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Casting Lisbeth Salander: 11 Actresses Who Deserve to Be ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’

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Casting Lisbeth Salander: 11 Actresses Who Deserve to Be ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’
Sony Pictures has confirmed Lisbeth Salander will finally return to the big screen in “The Girl in the Spider’s Web.” The adaptation of the fourth novel in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series goes into production this September with “Don’t Breathe” director Fede Alvarez. Rooney Mara, who earned an Oscar nomination for playing Salander in David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” will not be back, which means all eyes are now watching closely to see which actress ends up taking on the iconic role.

Read More: ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ Sets October 2018 Release Date, But Rooney Mara Won’t Be Back As Lisbeth Salander

Sony has also announced that a global casting search is currently underway to find the perfect Lisbeth Salander, while Variety is reporting that A-list names like Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson are already in contention.

Part of what made
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Rising star Florence Pugh stars in brooding trailer for Lady Macbeth

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Author: Zehra Phelan

You could be forgiven in thinking, with a title such as Lady Macbeth, we are about to get yet another film adaptation based on Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth and in particular his wife. Most recently the play adapted for the big screen in 2015 with Michael Fassbender playing Macbeth and Marion Cotillard as his long-suffering wife Lady Macbeth. From the recently released trailer of this new film from director William Oldroyd, it has the same brooding tone but that’s where the similarities end.

Related: Lady Macbeth Lff Premiere Interviews

This story of Lady Macbeth is an adaptation loosely based on the nineteenth century novella called Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov, with the title role played by the rising talent of Florence Pugh, who won the Evening Standard British Film Award for Breakthrough of the Year for this role.

In this film she stars alongside
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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Wuthering Heights,’ Philippe Garrel, Best Picture Winners & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Film Society of Lincoln Center

The many adaptations of Wuthering Heights — from Buñuel to Andrea Arnold to Rivette — are highlighted in a new series.

Metrograph

A restoration of Philippe Garrel’s Les Hautes Solitudes begins playing.

Films from Wilder, Scorsese, Minnelli, and Hitchcock play as part of a Best Picture series.

Anthology Film Archives

Films from Cronenberg,
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The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2016

Our 22 Favorite Movies Directed by Women in 2016Looking to support great female-directed films? Start here.

Over the years, we’ve heard from our readers that one of the most important things we can do is to help you discover movies that may have slipped by mainstream audiences. And often just as important, our readers ask that we highlight voices that are in the minority in Hollywood. While we’re known for not taking ourselves very seriously, we take this part of our work seriously. Because as many studies have shown, there are some voices that aren’t as well-represented as others. Them’s the facts.

Beyond that, our team has a passion for seeking out and celebrating films directed by women. This is where we often find, as you’re about to see in this list, some of the most unique and interesting stories in the whole of cinema. Another thing we hear often from readers is
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Fabulous teaser trailer for Lady Macbeth starring Florence Pugh

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Author: David Sztypuljak

Here’s the first look teaser trailer for Altitude Films’ new movie Lady Macbeth which played at London Film Festival. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this movie is based on the Shakespeare play but there’s no connection there.

Lady Macbeth is loosely loosely based on a nineteenth century novella called Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk District by Nikolai Leskov and was later adapted as an Opera. Lady Macbeth is a tragic portrait of a beautiful, determined and merciless young woman seizing her independence in a world dominated by men.

The cast and filmmakers of Lady Macbeth at the London Film Festival 2016

We attended the premiere for the movie which had it’s premiere at the London Film Festival in October last year as well as playing at the Toronto Film Festival. You can see our interviews with director William Oldroyd in his debut feature and stars Florence Pugh,
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Una Trailer: Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn Share a Torrid Secret

Una Trailer: Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn Share a Torrid Secret
A forbidden affair that ruined the lives of a man and a young girl is explored by both parties once again in the first trailer for Una. Rooney Mara stars as the title character, with Ben Mendelsohn starring as Ray, the man she ran away with 15 years ago, before their affair came to a sudden end. As you can see in this trailer, the re-emergence of Una threatens to destroy the new life that Ray has built for himself in the years following the affair.

Una, based on David Harrower's play 'Blackbird', follows a young woman's journey to reclaim her past. Fifteen years earlier, Una (Rooney Mara) ran away with an older man, Ray (Ben Mendelsohn), a crime for which he was arrested and imprisoned. When she comes across a photo of him in a trade magazine, Una tracks him down and turns up at his workplace. Her abrupt
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A Year with #52FilmsByWomen

Year in Review. Every afternoon, a new wrap-up. Today Glenn on his year with #52FilmsByWomen

The hashtag ‘52FilmsByWomen’ was started by Women in Film as a means of getting people to consciously watch at least one film a week directed by a woman. It seems like a simple mission considering the number of films many of us watch for both work and pleasure, but I have no doubt that of the 10,000+ people who pledged to do it, many didn’t reach the goal. That’s all right, though, because I saw enough for two.

No, really. In 2016, I watched 105 titles including feature films, shorts, and documentaries. They cover classics, new releases, hidden gems, animations, comedy, horror, and from all over the world. Here are...

Ten Observations From My Year Of #52Filmsbywomen

Subverting Toxic Masculinity

We don’t just want more women making films for their fine-tuned insights into the lives
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The Furniture: The Exuberant Fandom of Florence Foster Jenkins

"The Furniture" is our weekly series on Production Design. Here's Daniel Walber...

Florence's beloved Verdi sports her sensible chapeau.

Florence Foster Jenkins was a woman of grand exuberance. She’s mostly remembered for her terrible voice, which I suppose is fair. It’s worth noting, however, that she didn’t exactly intend to make comedy albums. It was her irrepressible love of music that drove her to the stage, the recording studio and, by way of generations of blithe dinner parties, into the 21st century.

With that in mind, a Meryl Streep movie seems like an inevitable conclusion. Florence Foster Jenkins’s director (Stephen Frears) and screenwriter (Nicholas Martin) clearly understand both pieces of the character, her fervent fandom and her wobbly voice. In fact, they so thoroughly embrace her passion for music that they suggest it’s what killed her.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Before Streep
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Lady Macbeth Review [Lff 2016]

Too often period pieces are about nothing but themselves – dusty time capsules that seek to recreate a time gone by, along with all the era’s quaint, outdated conventions and social mores. William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth is different. In keeping the year unchanged but updating the setting of Nikolai Leskov’s 1865 novel, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District, and taking the story from East to West – specifically, from Russia to Great Britain at its colonial peak – director Oldroyd and screenwriter Alice Birch are deliberately holding a mirror up to modern Western society and its own issues with gender and race.

Timely is the word here. Lady Macbeth first screened at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September but now, with America’s sexual and racial politics suddenly set back decades following the vote on November 8th, this Victorian-era melodrama feels crucially challenging.

At first, Lady Macbeth sets out
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Andrea Arnold: ‘I always aim to get under the belly of a place’

Fish Tank director Andrea Arnold talks about her new movie, American Honey, which stars Shia Labeouf and explores the Us phenomenon of ‘mag crews’ – rootless young outsiders who rove the midwest selling magazine subscriptions

In 2012, Andrea Arnold was en route to Salt Lake City airport after an intense two days of press interviews at the Sundance film festival in Utah, where her adaptation of Wuthering Heights had just had its American premiere. It was still dark as she left her hotel at five in the morning, but as the shuttle bus rounded a bend in the road, the sun rose and the elemental landscape around her was suddenly revealed. “I had a bit of an emotional moment,” she says now. “It just hit me that being in this beautiful place for only two days felt so wrong.”

I met kids from mag crews. I stayed in all the same places they would stay,
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Arthouse Audit: ‘Denial’ and ‘American Honey’ Jump-Start Fall Box Office

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Arthouse Audit: ‘Denial’ and ‘American Honey’ Jump-Start Fall Box Office
Fall has arrived. Two new limited releases opened at the $20,000 per theater level that used to be a regular feature for New York/Los Angeles initial platform releases.

Denial” (Bleecker Street) and “American Honey” (A24) – both from relatively new distributors who show an ability to navigate the arthouse market’s tough shoals – are the highest in this traditional release model in the two months since Roadside Attractions’ “Indignation.”

That’s a long stretch. Some distributors have chosen wider initial city play, such as Lionsgate/CBS Films’ niche leader “Hell or High Water.” But numerous films have fallen short, and neither of these new releases was an automatic sell. So these are encouraging results.

Going a bit wider, unusual for a subtitled film, Music Box’s “A Man Called Ove” sought immediate positive audience reaction to give Sweden’s Oscar submission a chance to thrive going forward.

Two recent festival doc debuts,
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'American Honey' Review: Teens Run Wild, Shia Labeouf Gets His Comeback

'American Honey' Review: Teens Run Wild, Shia Labeouf Gets His Comeback
"Steady as a preacher, free as a weed," goes the Lady Antebellum tune that gives filmmaker Andrea Arnold's teenage-island-of-misfit-toys road movie its title. You can see why those two things might be aspirations for Star (newcomer Sasha Lane), the teenager we first meet digging through the trash for food, grubby kid siblings in tow. Stability and liberation aren't things she comes across a lot. Her life is a wreck, her residence is a parody of Southern trashiness (ants on the counter, handsy stepdad in the living room, Dixie flag
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'American Honey': The Story Behind the Year's Best Road Movie

'American Honey': The Story Behind the Year's Best Road Movie
Around the time that she was putting the finishing touches on her 2009 drama Fish Tank, English writer-director Andrea Arnold stumbled upon a 2007 New York Times piece about the desperate lives of "mag crews." It was a frank look at the young runaways traveling in groups across America, hawking magazine subscriptions when they weren't sleeping on floors in motel rooms. "I was gonna do it after Fish Tank," Arnold says. "Then, after I finished my next movie" – an adaptation of Emily Brontë's classic novel Wuthering Heights – "I wanted to get back to this.
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