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Composer Yoshihiro Hanno to Direct ‘Paradise Next’ (Exclusive)

Acclaimed Japanese music composer Yoshihiro Hanno is turning director again for “Paradise Next,” a road movie involving two hit men on a journey of atonement. He previously got behind the camera with 2015 title “A Woman Wavering in the Rain.”

The Taiwan-set film is a co-venture between Taiwan’s Joint Pictures and Japan’s Shimensoka. The partners will handle distribution in their respective territories and are currently looking for a sales agent to handle business overseas. Additional finance comes from the exhibition and new tech sectors.

The project was announced at the Cannes Film Festival. The film’s stars Satoshi Tsumbuki and Etsushi Toyokawa will be presented at the Taiwan industry party on Saturday.

Production is due to begin in late June, and delivery is tentatively scheduled for the second quarter of 2019.

Hanno has managed to attract the services of Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto to compose the film’s theme song.
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2018: #78. Lech Majewski’s Valley of the Gods

Valley of the Gods

Polish writer/director Lech Majewski, who received story credit on Julian Schnabel’s 1996 Basquiat, has garnered acclaim for his own directorial efforts, such as 2004’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, and more recently, the international co-production The Mill and the Cross (2011), a beautiful production aiming to flesh out the lives of a dozen characters of figures depicted in Bruegel’s famed painting, which starred Rutger Hauer and Charlotte Rampling.

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Dante’s Divine Comedy Gets Modern Interpretation in Field Of Dogs [Trailer]

If you've seen any of writer/director Lech Majewski's previous movies, I'm particularly fond of The Mill and the Cross (review), you know more or less what to expect from Field of Dogs: a movie that will be beautiful, contemplative and sometimes downright slow to the point where your mind starts to wander. I think there's a certain magic to the flow of thoughts that emerge from watching Majewski's work but it's not for everyone.

His latest, inspired by a modern reading of Dante's "Divine Comedy," is a tale of mirroring tragedies: that of Adam, a poet suffering through sorrow after the love of his life dies in a car crash and the national tragedies th [Continued ...]
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Lech Majewski to direct 'Valley of the Gods'

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Principal photography is set to commence this summer on the fantasy sci-fi.

Lech Majewski is to direct Valley of the Gods for Angelus Silesius, Royal Road Entertainment and The Safran Company.

Principal photography on the fantasy sci-fi is set to commence this summer in Poland, Italy and Utah.

Produced by Filip Jan Rymsza for Royal Road Entertainment and Majewski for Angelus Silesius, the film entwines Navajo lore with a reclusive trillionaire and his would-be biographer.

Royal Road’s Carla Rosen-Vacher is co-producing, with financing being provided by the Polish Film Institute.

Majewski’s The Mill and the Cross, starring Rutger Hauer, premiered at Sundance in 2011.
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Lech Majewski’s ‘Valley of the Gods’ Ramping Up

Angelus Silesius, Royal Road Entertainment and the Safran Company are teaming on Lech Majewski’s fantasy-science fiction project “Valley of the Gods” with filming set for summer in Poland, Italy and Utah, Variety has learned exclusively.

Majewski’s 2011 film “The Mill and the Cross” starred Rutger Hauer, Michael York and Charlotte Rampling.

Producers on “Valley of the Gods” are Filip Jan Rymsza for Royal Road Entertainment and Majewski for Angelus Silesius. Financing is being provided by the Polish Film Institute and Royal Road Entertainment out of Luxembourg. Royal Road’s Carla Rosen-Vacher is co-producing.

“Valley of the Gods” entwines Navajo lore with a reclusive trillionaire and his would-be biographer.

Royal Road secured all the rights and is completing Orson Welles’ last film “The Other Side of the Wind.” Its most recent project, “Blue Blood,” won best picture, director and supporting acttor at the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival and
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Restored Deluge to open Gdynia

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Restored Deluge to open Gdynia
Restored, re-edited version of The Deluge to open Michal Oleszczyk’s first year at Gdynia

Michał Oleszczyk’s first outing as the artistic director of the Gdynia Film Festival (Sept 15-21) will open tonight with the restored and re-edited version of Jerzy Hoffman’s 1974 classic The Deluge.

Under Hoffman’s supervision, the editor Marcin Kot Bastkowski has created Deluge Redivivus, a new, shortened version of the Oscar-nominated adaptation of the Henryk Sienkiewicz novel.

Speaking exclusively to ScreenDaily ahead of the festival’s 39th edition in the Polish city, Oleszczyk says that he has made “two significant changes” this year.

“I reinforced the Young Cinema Competition, which puts emphasis on film directors who have just graduated from film schools - I strongly believe that it’s very important to support the new generation of filmmakers,” he said.

“I have moved this competition into the main festival cinema venue of the Musical Theatre, so that, currently
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Raro Video and Kino Lorber Release Bankers of God: The Calvi Affair on Blu-ray & DVD August 5th

So, I’ll be the first to admit that I have never seen this film, nor have I ever heard it mentioned, even on the corners of the internet where friends are obsessed with Italian cinema. However, this is a Raro Video Blu-ray, which means it will be part of my collection. I don’t know if you that are reading have ever purchased a Raro Blu-ray before, but they are fantastic releases, and serve a great purpose of exposing us to some of the best of the criminally ignored entries into the Italian genre film scene. On August 5th, Raro Video, in partnership with Kino Lorber will release the new Raro Video Blu-ray release of Bankers of God: The Calvi Affair, and if you’re a fan of what Raro and Kino do, then you should probably hit this link and pre-order a copy for yourself. Check out the press release below.
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Camerimage unveils competition juries

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Hunger Games DoP Tom Stern and 12 Years a Slave cinematographer Sean Bobbitt among those chosen for jury duty.

The 21st Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (Nov 16-23), has revealed the competition jurors who will judge entries at this year’s event in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Jury members of the main competition jury are:

Tom Stern, cinematographer (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, The Hunger Games);Ed Lachman, cinematographer (Erin Brockovich, The Virgin Suicides, I’m Not There);Todd McCarthy, journalist and film critic;Denis Lenoir, cinematographer (Paris, je t’aime, Righteous Kill, 88 Minutes);Adam Holender, cinematographer (Midnight Cowboy, Smoke, Fresh);Timo Salminen, cinematographer (The Man Without a Past, La Havre, The Match Factory Girl);Franz Lustig, cinematographer (Don’t Come Knocking, Land of Plenty, Palermo Shooting);Jeffrey Kimball, cinematographer (Top Gun, Mission: Impossible II, The Expendables).Polish Films Competition

Jost Vacano, the cinematographer behind several Paul Verhoeven films including Total Recall, RoboCop and [link
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DVD Review: ‘Young Goethe in Love’ Enchants With Bittersweet Romance

Chicago – “Young Goethe in Love” is not the sort of title guaranteed to send American audiences to the theater in droves. For one thing, the title sounds too much like “Shakespeare in Love,” though its original German title, “Goethe!” sounds like a giddy musical along the lines of “Oliver!” Perhaps Goethe’s name should’ve been cut from the title altogether and relegated to a snappy tagline like, “Love Can Cometh and Goethe in an Instant.”

Thankfully, a poorly titled and under-marketed cinematic gem can find the audience it deserves with the help of good critical buzz, and here’s hoping that will happen to Philipp Stölzl’s irresistible 2010 period romance upon its DVD realease. The future master of Weimer Classicism was a mere 23-year-old when he first penned 1774’s “The Sorrows of Young Werner,” which heavily influenced the subsequent Romantic literary movement, as well as inspire a wave of
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Daily Briefing. Sf Int'l Asian American Ff 2012 + More

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The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, opening today and running through March 18, turns 30 this year. "Highlights of 2012's anniversary line-up include an in-person tribute to Joan Chen, a pair of world premieres from the talents behind Colma: The Musical, and Patrick Wang's In the Family, one of the most acclaimed American indies from last year," writes Michael Hawley in an extensive overview. And Michael Guillén interviews Wang at the Evening Class.

For the Bay Guardian's Kimberly Chun, Sfiaaff "seems to be in the throes of a youth movement." More previews come from Peter Martin (Twitch) and Kelly Vance (East Bay Express).

Los Angeles. The Beauty of the Long Day: An In-Person Terence Davies Tribute happens Sunday and Monday at the Aero Theater and Doug Cummings has a preview in the La Weekly.

Seattle. In the Stranger, Charles Mudede argues (briefly) that the Dreileben trilogy, Christian Petzold's Beats Being Dead,
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A Separation, Tom Cullen: International Cinephile Society Awards

Chris New, Tom Cullen in Andrew Haigh's Weekend Anna Paquin, Terrence Malick: Cinephile Society Winners Best Picture 01. A Separation 02. The Tree of Life 03. Mysteries of Lisbon 04. Certified Copy 05. Weekend 06. Margaret 07. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 08. Drive 09. Meek's Cutoff 10. Hugo 11. Melancholia Best Director Terrence MalickThe Tree of Life Runner-up: Asghar Farhadi – A Separation Best Film Not In The English Language 01. A Separation 02. Mysteries of Lisbon 03. Certified Copy 04. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 05. The Skin I Live In 06. Poetry 07. House of Pleasures 08. Le Havre 09. Le Quattro Volte 10. Of Gods and Men Best Actor Tom CullenWeekend Runner-up: Peyman Moaadi – A Separation Best Actress Anna PaquinMargaret Runner-up: Juliette BinocheCertified Copy Best Supporting Actor Brad PittThe Tree of Life Runner-up: Shahab Hosseini – A Separation Best Supporting Actress J. Smith-CameronMargaret Runner-up: Jessica ChastainTake Shelter Best Original Screenplay A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
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The Mill and the Cross

Reviewer: Jeffrey M. Anderson 

Ratings (out of five): *** 1/2

Sometimes movies are called "painterly," but it's not often that a movie is based on an actual painting. The Quince Tree Sun (1993) and Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) come to mind. Also Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark (2002), which is about a museum rather than a specific painting, but uses a "painterly" quality of its own.

Now we can add Lech Majewski's The Mill and the Cross to that short list. Based on Pieter Bruegel's painting "The Way to Calvary," from 1564, the movie patiently and delicately outlines many of the themes in the painting, even though the film itself can be somewhat drifting and opaque. It's quite unlike the anchored, physical quality of a painting; it's something rather different.
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Matthew Lee's 2011 In Film: Fashionably Late

What's that? It's been 2012 for weeks already? Christ, I'd better get this list finished, hmmm?It was a strange year for film, to be honest, at least from my point of view. I don't think I saw a single mainstream release in the cinema, and most of the recent films I saw were when I was playing catchup for everything I missed in 2010. Still, it was an eventful twelve months - I might not have rated this top ten quite as highly as previous years, but whether through festival screenings or import DVDs it still featured some unforgettable movies.Matthew Lee's Top Ten of 201110: The Mill and the Cross (Lech Majewski, Poland, 2011)It's all too easy for filmmakers to get carried away with exploring...
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GoDigital Ramps Up Digital Distribution Plans

Digital and video-on-demand distribution company GoDigital said Tuesday it was acquiring one of their primary VOD competitors, Might Entertainment.

As part of the deal, GoDigital will absorb Might Entertainment’s library, as well as the company’s cable, satellite and and broadband VOD distribution deal with Lionsgate Entertainment, giving the company a combined library catalog of over 1,000 films.

GoDigital currently distributes over 300 titles a year through its distribution relationships with platforms that include iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, Playstation and Vudu. It
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Daily Briefing. New Journals and Lists

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Marthe Keller in Black Sunday (1977)

Catherine Grant's post-holiday return to blogging and tweeting has reminded me that some of her invaluable pointers to online resources over the past couple of weeks slipped right on past me during the year-end crunch. High time to catch up:

The new World Picture, #6, bears the ominous title "Wrong."

"The Disgust Issue" of Film-Philosophy. In her introduction, guest editor Tina Kendall notes an increasing interdisciplinary "concern with thinking through the relations between bodily sensation, emotion, and cognition (especially as these are mediated by films and other cultural forms), and with probing the political, moral, and ethical implications that arise from those particular conditions of embodiment."

The second issue of Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image.

Stoffel Debuysere has collected and posted hours of video from Goodbye Cinema, Hello Cinephilia, an event that took place in October in Brussels. The talks and discussions are led by Adrian Martin,
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Cinema Eye And Filmmaker Announce 2012 Heterodox Award Nominees

Here’s the just issued press release announcing the nominees for the 2011 Heterodox Award, given by Cinema Eye Honors and sponsored by Filmmaker.

New York – The Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking today announced the five nominees for its second annual Cinema Eye Heterodox Award, sponsored by Filmmaker Magazine. The 2012 Heterodox Award will be presented at the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking on January 11 at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens, New York.

The Cinema Eye Heterodox Award honors a narrative film that imaginatively incorporates nonfiction strategies, content and/or modes of production. These films illuminate the formal possibilities of nonfiction filmmaking while raising provocative questions about on-going documentary orthodoxy and the perceived boundaries between narrative and nonfiction filmmaking. Last year’s inaugural Heterodox Award went to Matt Porterfield’s Putty Hill.

“As more and more nonfiction films integrate artistic fictional devices and narrative structures, and
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The Best Films of 2011

Making lists is not my favorite occupation. They inevitably inspire only reader complaints. Not once have I ever heard from a reader that my list was just fine, and they liked it. Yet an annual Best Ten list is apparently a statutory obligation for movie critics.

My best guess is that between six and ten of these movies won't be familiar. Those are the most useful titles for you, instead of an ordering of movies you already know all about.

One recent year I committed the outrage of listing 20 movies in alphabetical order. What an uproar! Here are my top 20 films, in order of approximate preference.

1. "A Separation"

This Iranian film won't open in Chicago until Jan. 27. It won the Golden Bear at Berlin and was just named the year's best foreign film by the New York Film Critics Circle. It is specifically Iranian, but I believe the more specific
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Roger Ebert’s Top 20 Films of 2011

As 2011 comes to a close, we are getting a flood of top lists coming from the best film critics and aficionados in the business. One of them coming from Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert. As usual, this list contains some of the biggest indie flicks, under appreciated foreign films, and explosive blockbusters. While his number one film is an obscure one, Ebert has managed to add films like Drive, The Tree of Life, Shame, Midnight in Paris, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 to the list. Below are the top Roger Eberts top 20 films of 2011.

1. A Separation

2. Shame — “Michael Fassbender’s brave, uncompromising performance is at the center of Steve McQueen’s merciless film about sex addiction.”

3. The Tree of Life

4. Hugo

5. Take Shelter

6. Kinyarwanda

7. Drive — “‘Drive’ looks like one kind of thriller in the ads, and it is that kind of thriller, but also another and a
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Roger Ebert's Top 20 Films of 2011

I have very different taste in films than Roger Ebert. I know he is a big shot movie reviewer, but I tend not to agree with him most of the time. For example only two of the films in his Top 10 are in my Top 10. I won't say which ones because that will ruin the surprise! Another example is that he put The Tree of Life in his number 3 slot, and I hated that movie. We all have different tastes, but it's really interesting to see everyone's list of favorite films at the end of the year. It makes for good conversation.

Each movie on his list comes with a little thought from Ebert's article. To read his thoughts in full, go to his blog and check it out!

Go throught the list and tell us your thoughts! Do you agree with his choices? Do you disagree?

1. A Separation — “‘A
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Roger Ebert’s Top 20 Movies of 2011

Roger Ebert’s Top 20 Movies of 2011
[1] With just days to go until the end of 2011 (Where did the year go???), legendary film critic Roger Ebert has announced his top 20 movies of the year. Just as you'd expect from Ebert, his list runs the gamut from mainstream blockbusters to more obscure foreign or arthouse projects -- with enough in the latter category to offer up some useful suggestions for your Netflix queue. Read his list after the jump. I'm including the list itself alongside snippets from Ebert's post below; to read his more detailed descriptions, head over to his blog [2]. 1. A Separation -- "'A Separation' will become one of those enduring masterpieces watched decades from now." 2. Shame -- "Michael Fassbender's brave, uncompromising performance is at the center of Steve McQueen's merciless film about sex addiction." 3. The Tree of Life -- "A film of vast ambition and deep humility, attempting no less than to encompass all
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