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Danis Tanovic in Doha producer pledge

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Danis Tanovic in Doha producer pledge
The Bosnian Oscar winner has offered his services as producer to a Middle Eastern project at the Doha Film Institute’s inaugural Qumra Masters sessions.

Speaking to Screen, Tanovic said he was so impressed by one project he mentored that he wanted help it get made. He declined to name the project until his involvement was confirmed.

“Most of the stories we’ve seen on screen from the Middle East have been made by European or American film-makers…it’s so important for them to develop their industry,” said Tanovic.

“I think the Gulf and the Middle East is a goldmine that hasn’t been investigated yet.”

Tanovic, who served as a mentor at the Qumra event connecting film-makers with industry experts, said he had seen how an event like the Sarajevo Film Festival helped local film-makers in the Balkans, particularly the co-production market CineLink.

“Now that is what this region needs; you’re building something from the
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Toronto Sets World Cinema Film Lineup

The Toronto International Film Festival has set its Contemporary World Cinema lineup featuring the best in cinema from around the globe. Here are the films: A Place In Heaven (Makom be-gan eden) Yossi Madmony, Israel North American Premiere. Jewish religious law permits the trade of a seemingly non-transferrable concept: another person’s place in heaven. This is the story of a highly-decorated retired general who, in a moment of arrogance during his youth, sold his place in heaven to an army cook for a plate of shakshouka. A Wolf At The Door (O Lobo atrás da Porta) Fernando Coimbra, Brazil World Premiere. A child is kidnapped. At the police station, Sylvia and Bernardo, the victim’s parents, and Rosa, the main suspect and Bernardo’s lover, give contradictory evidence which will take audiences to the gloomiest corners of desires, lies, needs and wickedness in the relationship of these three characters.
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This Week In DVD: Gina Carano Faces Off Against Felicity and We All Win

Welcome back to This Week In DVD! It’s a light release week, but some of the titles include Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, the WB’s Felicity, a Bosnian dramedy, a really bad Sammo Hung movie and more! As always, if you see something you like, click on the image to buy it. Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Movie Ric Meyers brings his book, Films of Fury: The Kung Fu Movie Book, to life in a documentary that feels alternately like a home-made passion project and a fun, informative and enthusiastic look at martial arts cinema. Narrator Yuri Lowenthal talks with a casual and spirited voice as he walks us through the history of kung fu movies and the filmmakers both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. Clips from dozens of classic movies, new movies and movies you’ve probably never heard of are spread liberally throughout alongside animation, knowledge
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DVD Release: Cirkus Columbia

DVD Release Date: May 1, 2012

Price: DVD $27.99

Studio: Strand Releasing

Miki Manojlović (r.) takes flight in Cirkus Columbia.

The foreign-language comedy-drama Cirkus Columbia is the fourth movie from the Bosnian filmmaker Danis Tanović, whose 2001 film No Man’s Land won an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Cirkus Columbia takes place after fall of the Communist regime in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1991 where Divko Buntic (Miki Manojlović, The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch) returns to his former home after a 20-year exile in Germany. Returning with an attractive young girlfriend (Jelena Stuplijanin), a flashy new Mercedes, a pocketful of cash, and a lucky black cat, things are looking good for Divko. When his cat goes missing things begin to fall apart: his relationships with his girlfriend and his estranged son (Boris Ler) are strained, while the entire town scrambles to find his cat to collect the cash reward. Divko’s personal tumult finds
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The Real Thing: A Bosnian Tackles Family And War In “Cirkus Columbia”

The reliable and gifted director of fluid, sometimes baroque films, known here mostly for his Oscar-winning opera prima No Man’s Land (2001), Bosnian filmmaker Danis Tanovic deftly addresses two subjects others flirt with but rarely grasp, and certainly not when broached in a single film: family and war. With a relatively conventional but appropriate style, Tanovic skillfully weaves together the two topics in his most recent film, the powerful Cirkus Columbia, highlighting their reciprocal impact.

He co-wrote the script with the source novel’s Croatian author, Ivica Djikic. Tanovic examines kinship up front, with the impending war between Croats and Serbs (in Croatia and in Herzegovina, a gorgeous region of mixed ethnic population that is part of Bosnia) coloring the intimate links between family members.

Set in 1991, when the various regions of Yugoslavia were seceding, and with trouble brewing in places like Bosnia and Croatia where Serbs constituted a substantial minority,
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Film: Movie Review: Cirkus Columbia

A decade after No Man’s Land, Bosnian director Danis Tanovic returns to his home turf with Cirkus Columbia, set in a Yugoslavian village on the eve of the war that split the country. The coming strife, however, is mere backdrop to the story of a man returning home after decades abroad with repatriation and revenge on his mind. Miki Manojlovic, the star of Emir Kusturica’s great Underground, has not-so-patiently spent 22 years waiting for the end of Communist rule, and now that the old guard is out and his cousin is the mayor, he can’t wait to ...
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St. Louis International Film Festival 2011: ‘Cirkus Columbia’: Human bonds ring true, with war just around the corner

Cirkus Columbia

Directed by Danis Tanovic

Written and Directed by Danis Tanovic and Ivica Djikic

Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2010

The situation is a familiar one; a middle-aged man returns to his former hometown with a beautiful young girlfriend and shows off his good fortune to his old friends. When Divko Buntic (Miki Manojlovic) pulls up in a luxury car into the small Bosnian town, the onlookers’ response is the expected mix of jealousy and hatred. After making it big in Germany, he returns triumphantly to showcase his power in the newly capitalist Bosnia region. His next step is to kick his estranged wife and young adult son out of their house and move right inside. This premise appears to set up an obvious family drama, but the actual result provides an interesting shift on our expectations.

Set in 1991 just prior to the Yugoslav Wars, Cirkus Columbia offers an intimate look at the
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Cirkus Columbia – Sliff Review

Review by Dana Jung

Ten years ago, director Danis Tanovic won nearly every major film award worldwide (including Golden Globe and Academy Awards) for his exceptional anti-war film No Man’S Land. Using the Bosnian/Serbian conflict in Herzegovina as a backdrop, No Man’S Land used tension, humor, satire, and excellent performances to set a new tone for war films. It has influenced nearly every war film since, most notably another Oscar-winner, The Hurt Locker

Now, in only his fourth feature film, Tanovic has returned to this incredibly tragic setting to tell another story with an anti-war theme. However, this one’s message is more oblique and unsettling, because it reminds us that war isn’t just about armies and politicians or beliefs and bureaucracies. It is also — maybe most importantly – about families.

Divko is a middle-aged man who has returned to his hometown after 20 years, and he has returned with gusto.
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Strand Take Rights to Danis Tanovic's "Cirkus"

Strand Take Rights to Danis Tanovic's
U.S. rights Oscar winner Danis Tanovic's latest, "Cirkus Columbia" have been picked up by Strand Releasing. The film is the fourth feature since his Academy Award winner, "No Man's Land," which took best foreign film in 2001. Strand plans a late fall 2011 roll out. Full release below: Strand Releasing has acquired all Us rights to Academy Award winner Danis Tanovic’s latest film "Cirkus Columbia." Set in the early 90’s, ...
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Foreign Film Oscars: International Beauty Pageant.

If you'd like to read about the now official Oscar submissions for Best Foreign Language Film, click away. But because you -- make that we -- can't see most of the films, due to the hideous state of international distribution, let us use this Academy press release as an excuse to take a different view, a sexytime view... a Beauty Break if you will. Let's gawk at the actors and actresses who are in the submitted films. We'll pretend it's like a Miss Universe pageant (how do you say "shallow" in Finnish?). Randomly selected hotties follow (it's not easy to find info/photos.) whether you're into the men, the women or other. Don't judge!

Beauty Knows No Borders

I presume you'll let me know your very favorites in the comments. Do I presume too much?

Handsome Guys...

Left: Bill Skarsgård a.k.a. Alexander's lil brö (20) for Sweden's Simple Simon.
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65 Countries Submit Films for 2011's Best Foreign Language Feature Oscar

I have been keeping track of all of the Foreign Language Oscar submissions in my "The Contenders" section of the site and today the official list of sixty-five films from sixty-five countries was unveiled by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for consideration for the 83rd Academy Awards. On January 20, 2011 a shortlist of nine contenders will be announced prior to the naming of the nominees on January 25, 2011.

I have included the complete list directly below, which includes first-time entrants Ethiopia and Greenland. The only film that was originally thought to be under consideration, but didn't show up on the Academy's final list was Afghanistan's entry, Black Tulip, directed by Sonia Nassery Cole. IMDb doesn't list a release date for the film, which means it may not have met the release requirements in time.

I have linked each film to their corresponding IMDb page for those films not included
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The Foreign Film List Grows: Miki's Endurance, Maria's Acclaim

63 countries have now announced their Oscar submissions. Last year we had 65 films and the most ever, if my data is correct, was 2008 in which 67 countries competed for the coveted 5 slots. (If 10 is the number for Best Picture, shouldn't the corresponding prize for subtitled features, also be 10? ) In other words, numbers-wise, we're just about finished. The deadline has already passed but some countries are quiet about their submissions. The "official" official list will arrive any minute now... or next week depending on the speed with which AMPAS does their paperwork. Soon is the point.

A naked blue moment from Puerto Rico's Miente a.k.a. Lie. Spanish is the

language to know in this category. 11 of the 63 entries are in Spanish!

I've updated all the pages so you can see the info. The major contending countries, those frequently in the hunt, have all announced their representative films.

Afghanistan to France

(23 films.
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Toronto film festival: the UK Film Council's finest hour? | Adam Dawtrey

There is real strength in depth to the British showing at the crucial Canadian festival. The departing John Woodward must be proud and disappointed

It's a recurring irony in Hollywood that when a studio boss gets fired, or a company goes bust, the slate of films they leave behind often turns out to be their most successful.

So perhaps it was inevitable, in the week John Woodward quit as chief executive of the condemned UK Film Council, that British cinema would make one of its strongest ever showings at the Toronto film festival. It's not just the sheer volume of British films unspooling – 29 features, including 13 backed by the UKFC – but the strength in depth.

Toronto is America's most important film festival, even though it takes place in Canada, because it serves as the unofficial launchpad for Oscar season. Slumdog Millionaire began its all-conquering campaign there two years ago.

Oscar tipsters
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Cirkus Columbia by Danis Tanovic, Venice Film Festival 2010

Ok, here we are to continue our little chat about this year’s Venice Film Festival and some interesting titles that we’ll have a chance to see on its traditional home on the Venice Lido.

Mira Furlan and Miki Manojlovic in Cirkus Columbia

Danis Tanovic (No Man’s Land, Triage) and his project Cirkus Columbia is definitely one of them, which is already being described as a “romantic saga” which “covers the end of a century that tragically announced the arrival of a new era in the Balkans”.

Here’s the Cirkus Columbia synopsis: “A small town in south Herzegovina, in the wake of the war. After years of communist rule, a new democratic government is elected, and this means that all the sinners of the ex-system are suddenly forgiven.

This is a sign for Divko Buntic to return home and start a series of little revenges after years of exile.
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Tiff 2010 Guest List

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The following is a partial list of actors/celebrity guests expected to attend the 35th Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), September 9-19.

Aaron Eckhart, Abigail Breslin, Amanda Plummer, Amber Heard, Amy Madigan, Barry Pepper, Bill Gates, Bill Murray, Bill Pullman, Blake Lively, Bob Hoskins, Bruce Greenwood, Bruce Springsteen, Carey Mulligan, Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Rampling, Christopher Plummer, Clive Owen, Colin Firth, David Suzuki, Dwight Yoakam, Edward Norton, Ellen Page, Emma Roberts, Emma Stone, Fisher Stevens, Geoffrey Rush, Harvey Keitel, Helen Mirren, Hilary Swank, James Caan, James Franco, Jason Jones, Javier Bardem, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Connelly, Jeremy Renner, Jill Hennessy, Jon Hamm, Jon Lovitz, Keanu Reeves, Kelly Preston, Kevin Spacey, Laura Dern, Liv Tyler, Malin Akerman, Maria Bello, Marion Cotillard, Martin Sheen, Mary Steenburgen, Matt Damon, Megan Fox, Mélanie Laurent, Michael C. Hall, Michael Moore, Mickey Rourke, Milla Jovovich, Minnie Driver, Miranda Richardson, Molly Parker, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Olivia Newton-John, Paul Giamatti,
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Publicist to the Festival Films & Winners

Richard Lormand does it again. This time for Venice. Greetings! I've been all work and no play this summer. Yet I'm strangely not too grumpy. Well, not more than usual. But I'm sure that the Lido will take care of that!... Once again I'm proud to share some info on a group of very fine films (in order of appearance): Cirkus Columbia marks Oscar-winning Bosnian director Danis Tanovic's return home. This is a charming summer's end film, full of bittersweet nostalgia and wise notions about human nature. A wonderful cast featuring Miki Manojlovic and Mira Furlan. Produced by Razors Edge.…
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The Complete 2010 Toronto International Film Festival Line-up

Rachel Weisz in The Whistleblower The Toronto International Film Festival has added even more films to their line-up today as the complete line-up was announced, which ended up causing the festival's server to crash, but I was lucky enough to get in and get out before missing out on the information.

First off, the festival's Mavericks line-up is quite interesting, which includes a series of guest presentations and this year will see Edward Norton interview Bruce Springsteen, NBA All-Star and native Canadian Steve Nash will present his hour-long film Into the Wind, Apichatpong Weerasethakul will talk with the audience as his Cannes Palm d'Or-winning film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall his Past Lives was just added to the Masters programme, Ken Loach and Paul Laverty will be interviewed by Michael Moore on politics and cinema and Philip Seymour Hoffman will have his own panel. Also on hand will be Bill Gates,
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The Updated 2010 Toronto International Film Festival Line-Up

The organizers at the Toronto International Film Festival have put together one hell of an impressive line-up that has grown significantly since my first list announcing the Galas and Special Presentations, a pair of lists that have also grown since then.

The lists have grown to include Massy Tadjedin's Last Night starring Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet, which will serve as the closing night film.

It's also grown to include Danny Boyle's 127 Hours starring James Franco. Boyle recently spoke about the film at Movie Con and told the audience there it may be a challenge to watch saying, "It's a lovely way of doing a new kind of filmmaking, really. We want it to be a challenge to you [the audience] to see if you can sit and watch it."

In the film Franco plays real-life mountain climber Aron Ralston who ended up trapped under a
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2010 Toronto Film Festival Line-Up

The 35th annual Toronto International Film Festival kicks off shortly and 51 of the major titles to screen at the eleven day event have just been announced.

Sundance and Cannes this year had a few bright spots amidst otherwise bland looking line-ups, Toronto however has the opposite situation with only a few weak entries amongst an extremely strong array of films.

Here's the full list of what's set to screen - makes me wish I could be there to cover it.

North American Premieres:

Richard J. Lewis' "Barney's Version"

Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan"

John Madden's "The Debt"

• Im Sang-Soo's "The Housemaid"

Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech"

• Francois Ozon's "Potiche"

Ben Affleck's "The Town"

Mike Leigh's "Another Year"

Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger"

• Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Biutiful"

Julian Schnabel's "Miral"

Stephen Frears' "Tamara Drewe"

Sylvain Chomet's "The Illusionist
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'Black Swan' and 'The Debt' Among Toronto Film Festival 2010 Line-Up

The 35th Annual Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled the line-up of movies that will take part in the festival. About 50 films from all over the world are mentioned on the list, including Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan", which stars Natalie Portman, as well as "The Debt" which is directed by John Madden and starring Sam Worthington.

"Black Swan" and "The Debt" are joined by the likes of Ben Affleck's "The Town", Richard J. Lewis' "Barney's Version" and George Hickenlooper's "Casino Jack" as Gala movies which will have their world or North American premieres during the event. As for Special Presentation films, the list includes "Biutiful", "Blue Valentine", "Buried", "Easy A", "It's Kind of a Funny Story", "Never Let Me Go" and many others.

This year's Toronto International Film Festival will be kicked off on September 9 and last until date 19 of the same month. For more information
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