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Canneseries: 8 Things It Said About International Drama

Cannes — Canneseries suggested we are “living in a golden age of global television,” said Harlan Coben, emphasizing the world “global.” Here, extrapolating from its series , are 8 trends in global drama:

1.Women Power

Women are sticking it to men. Sometimes quite literally, as in “Killing Eve,” where Jodie Comer’s Villanelle, a brilliant, if nonchalant, female assassin, finds an original use for a hair-pin and an Italian mobster’s left eye. “Bullets,” from Finland’s Vertigo, which won the sneak-peek MipDrama Buyers Summit Coup de Coeur, forefronts two strong women – an undercover cop, an ex-terrorist – in a series which is both
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‘When Heroes Fly,’ ‘State of Happiness’ Top Canneseries

‘When Heroes Fly,’ ‘State of Happiness’ Top Canneseries
Cannes — Omri Givron, co-creator of famed Israeli series “Hostages,” proved the big winner at the first Canneseries festival taking Best Series for the fast paced Israel/Colombia-set drama-thriller “When Heroes Fly,” which he created, wrote and directed.

Produced by Eitan Mansuri’s Spiro Films (“Foxtrot” and “Lebanon”), “When Heroes Fly” is sold by Keshet Intl. It turns on a former 2006 Lebanon war combatant who reunites with his estranged commando unit comrades to rescue the love of his life, abducted by a cartel in Colombia, and who’s disappearance, exacerbating the impact gov his war experience, has reduced her to a guilt ridden psychiatric case,
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The 2018 Oscar Winners In Full

Last night, at the prestigious Kodak Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, the 90th annual Academy Awards were dished out. It was Hollywood’s biggest night and it didn’t disappoint.

In traditional style, the first award dished out on the night was Best Actor In A Supporting Role, which went to the hot favourite Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Dunkirk picked up a few technical awards – Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing and Best Editing. Blade Runner 2049 was awarded the Best Visual Effects awards.

The superb A Fantastic Woman picked up Best Foreign Language Film, while Coco won Best Animated Feature.

Call Me By Your Name was awarded Best Adapted Screenplay for James Ivory, while Get Out bagged Best Original screenplay for Jordan Peele. Roger Deakins finally won the award for Best Cinematography after the 14th time of trying for his outstanding work on Blade Runner 2049.
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‘A Fantastic Woman’ Wins Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film

‘A Fantastic Woman’ Wins Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film
A Fantastic Woman” won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Accepting the award, which was presented by Rita Moreno, director Sebastián Lelio called the Oscar “an amazing gift.” He gave special mention to Daniela Vega, calling her “the inspiration for this movie.”

The story of a young transgender woman who’s forced to contend with her lover’s hostile family after his sudden death, “A Fantastic Woman” is the second Chilean feature ever nominated for Best Foreign Language Film (the other being 2012’s “No”), and the first to win the prize. It was heavily favored to walk away with the Oscar, especially after nabbing the same trophy over a different crop of movies at yesterday’s Indie Spirit Awards.

Earlier in the evening, star Daniela Vega became the first openly transgender person to ever present an award the Oscars. While Vega was often discussed as being a possible Best
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‘Foxtrot’ Film Review: Israel’s Oscar Entry Doesn’t Dance Around the Complexities of War

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‘Foxtrot’ Film Review: Israel’s Oscar Entry Doesn’t Dance Around the Complexities of War
Samuel Maoz’s Israeli drama “Foxtrot” is willfully confusing, emotionally chaotic, and occasionally anarchic. It makes complete sense from one angle, but no sense at all from another. In other words, it reflects its subject perfectly. As the movie opens, Michael Feldmann (Israeli superstar Lior Ashkenazi, “Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer”) has just learned that his soldier son was killed on duty. But is Jonathan (Yonaton Shiray) actually dead? No. Maybe. Yes? Maoz (“Lebanon”) isn’t going to make this easy for anyone. He shoots the story in three uncomfortably interconnected acts, with multiple perspectives and...
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Chaos theory by Anne-Katrin Titze

Director/screenwriter Samuel Maoz on Foxtrot: "The hero is creating his own punishment. And fights against anyone who tries to save him." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Foxtrot, Silver Lion winner at the Venice Film Festival and Israel's shortlisted Oscar submission, begins with every parent's worst nightmare happening to the Feldmann family. We see a mother fainting because she knows that the Israeli military officers who have come to her home are here to inform them that their son Jonathan (Yonaton Shiray) had fallen in service.

The mother, Dafna (Sarah Adler) is given morphine to make her sleep, as we get to follow the father Michael's (Lior Ashkenazi) response to the devastating news. He descends into a private and national hell with fine subtleties of suffering and broad kicks of sadism. It is a marvelous, wickedly truthful performance because it balances so many emotions.

Michael Feldmann (Lior Ashkenazi) with his wife
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Best Foreign Language Film Oscar predictions: ‘A Fantastic Woman’ has best odds, but it’s still an open race

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar predictions: ‘A Fantastic Woman’ has best odds, but it’s still an open race
The five Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Language Film have been revealed and, as is usual for the foreign-language film branch, they’ve thrown us a few curveballs. When the shortlist of nine semi-finalists was revealed in December, Oscar pundits were surprised when Cannes favorite “Bpm (Beats Per Minute),” the French entry, was left off the list. But even more surprising when the final five nominees were announced was that the powerhouse Argentinian entry “Foxtrot” was snubbed, as well as this year’s Golden Globe winner “In the Fade,” starring Cannes Best Actress winner Diane Kruger.

Still, we have a strong race for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. So let’s take a closer look at the final five contenders for Oscars 2018, in order of their current Gold Derby odds.

1. “A Fantastic Woman” (Chile); current Gold Derby odds 4/9

Sebastian Lelio‘s acclaimed film from Chile focuses on
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Aarp The Magazine Announces Presenters For 17th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards

Aarp announced today the official presenters for the 17th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards.

Alfre Woodard, Jason Clarke, Mark Hamill, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn, Shari Belafonte, Willem Dafoe, Kelly Marie Tran, Doug Jones, Michael Gracey, Molly Bloom and others will join host Alan Cumming at the star-studded event that will be celebrated on Monday, February 5th at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills. The awards celebrate 2017’s standout films with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind and recognize the inspiring artists who make them.

“When the editors of Aarp The Magazine decided 16 years ago that is was time to challenge Hollywood’s perspective on aging, we hoped that the Movies for Grownups Awards would ignite a cultural change,” said Aarp CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “This year, it is clear that change has arrived. There’s been an explosion of movies that disrupt conventional thoughts on aging,
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Oscar Nominations Scoreboard: 2018 Academy Awards Nominees Number By Film & Distributor

Specialty distributor Fox Searchlight had a good day on Oscar nominations morning. (Disney take note.) Big hauls for “The Shape of Water” (13) and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (7) added up to a winning total of 20. With both films competitive in the big categories, Searchlight is in the pole position to be the big winner at the Academy Awards on March 4.

Arguably the big surprise today was Focus Features with 14 Oscar slots, as “Phantom Thread” scored an unexpected six nominations, including Best Picture and Paul Thomas Anderson for Best Director, on top of the Winston Churchill biopic “The Darkest Hour” landing six nods including Best Picture — a shock as it did not earn a PGA nomination. “Victoria & Abdul” also added two craft nominations.

Netflix earned eight Oscar nominations, a record for the streaming service, with narrative feature “Mudbound” nabbing four, two Best Documentary features (“Icarus” and “Strong Island”) and one
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Oscar Nominations 2018 Snubs and Surprises: ‘Phantom Thread’ Rises, James Franco Falls, and More

Oscar Nominations 2018 Snubs and Surprises: ‘Phantom Thread’ Rises, James Franco Falls, and More
We all expected Guillermo del Toro’s Producers Guild Awards and Critics Choice winner “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight) to lead the field; with 13 nominations, it nabbed support across the Academy. However, this is an unpredictable year and Academy voters leaned into inclusion, turned away from James Franco, and delivered some surprise Oscar nominations.

The love for “The Shape of Water” included the dominant Actors branch, which nominated Sally Hawkins and Oscar perennial Octavia Spencer (her third nomination ties with Viola Davis for most for a black actress). Despite its lack of a SAG ensemble nod, this charming fairy-tale romance between an Amphibian Man and a mute cleaning woman should dominate the Oscars March 4 with a Best Picture win.

Searchlight had a good day with a total 20 nominations, as Film4’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” considered a Best Picture frontrunner after its SAG Ensemble win, scored seven nominations including Picture,
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Oscar Nominations 2018 Snubs and Surprises: ‘Phantom Thread’ Rises, James Franco Falls, and More

Oscar Nominations 2018 Snubs and Surprises: ‘Phantom Thread’ Rises, James Franco Falls, and More
We all expected Guillermo del Toro’s Producers Guild Awards and Critics Choice winner “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight) to lead the field; with 13 nominations, it nabbed support across the Academy. However, this is an unpredictable year and Academy voters leaned into inclusion, turned away from James Franco, and delivered some surprise Oscar nominations.

The love for “The Shape of Water” included the dominant Actors branch, which nominated Sally Hawkins and Oscar perennial Octavia Spencer (her third nomination ties with Viola Davis for most for a black actress). Despite its lack of a SAG ensemble nod, this charming fairy-tale romance between an Amphibian Man and a mute cleaning woman should dominate the Oscars March 4 with a Best Picture win.

Searchlight had a good day with a total 20 nominations, as Film4’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” considered a Best Picture frontrunner after its SAG Ensemble win, scored seven nominations including Picture,
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Oscars 2018: Logan Nominated For Best Adapted Screenplay, Wonder Woman Snubbed

The votes have been counted, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has officially unveiled its nominations for the 90th Academy Awards.

Needless to say, the Powers That Be have cherry-picked the crème de la crème of 2017, though there are one or two surprises (and glaring snubs!) to digest. Announced earlier this morning, the Academy rolled out pre-taped category introductions from a host of big-name guests, including Priyanka Chopra (Baywatch), Rosario Dawson (Daredevil), Gal Gadot (Justice League), Salma Hayek, Michelle Rodriguez, and Zoe Saldana (Avengers: Infinity War).

Unsurprisingly, The Shape of Water is leading the field, after Guillermo del Toro’s gothic fantasy scooped up 13 nominations – Best Picture included – and is now a hot favorite for some of the industry’s greatest accolades. WWII epic Dunkirk falls into second place with eight nominations, while Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri nabbed a total of seven. Greta Gerwig has become
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Full List of 2018 Oscar Nominations Led by ‘The Shape of Water’

The Oscar nominations for the 90th Academy Awards have been unveiled this morning with Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water leading the pack with 13, followed by Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk with 8. Best of all, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread surprised with six nominations, including being part of an excellent Best Director line-up alongside Nolan, del Toro, Greta Gerwig, and Jordan Peele. In other excellent news, Sufjan Stevens and Jonny Greenwood are both now Oscar nominees.

Check out the full list below ahead of the ceremony on March 4th.

Best Picture

Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director

Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk

Jordan Peele for Get Out

Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird

Paul Thomas Anderson for Phantom Thread

Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water

Best Actor
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Oscars: Lebanon Gets First Foreign-Language Nomination

Lebanon is going to the Academy Awards. 

The Insult, Ziad Doueiri's tense Beirut-set courtroom thriller, has become the first Lebanese film to nominated in the Oscars' foreign-language category, being named to the final shortlist of five on Tuesday. 

The film, which picked up the best actor award for Kamel El Basha in Venice, was the 14th film to be submitted by Lebanon since 1978 (and Doueiri's second, after his 1998 debut West Beirut). Other notable titles include Nadine Labaki's 2011 drama Where Do We Go Now?, which was widely expected to be nominated. 

The nomination is all the...
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Senegalese Oscar-shortlisted 'Félicité' earns Psiff Fipresci prize

Senegalese Oscar-shortlisted 'Félicité' earns Psiff Fipresci prize
Daniela Vega wins Fipresci best actress award for A Fantastic Woman.

Alain Gomis’ Félicité, Senegal’s first Oscar foreign-language submission and recent shortlist addition, has won the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) Fipresci Prize for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year.

The Fipresci Prize for the best actor in a foreign language film went to Nakhane Touré from The Wound (South Africa), and Daniela Vega from A Fantastic Woman (Chile) earned the best actress prize.

In other major honours handed out at the California festival over the weekend, the New Voices New Visions Award went to The Charmer (Denmark) directed by Milad Alami, with an honourable mention for exceptional direction going to Léa Mysius for Ava (France).

The John Schlesinger Award presented to the director of a debut feature documentary went to Viktor Jakovleski for Brimstone And Glory (Us-Mexico, and the Cine Latino Award for best Ibero-American was presented to Killing Jesús (Colombia-Argentina) by Laura
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Senegalese Oscar-shortlisted 'Félicité' earns Psiff Fiprseci prize

Senegalese Oscar-shortlisted 'Félicité' earns Psiff Fiprseci prize
Daniela Vega wins Fipresci best actress award for A Fantastic Woman.

Alain Gomis’ Félicité, Senegal’s first Oscar foreign-language submission and recent shortlist addition, has won the 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) Fipresci Prize for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year.

The Fipresci Prize for the best actor in a foreign language film went to Nakhane Touré from The Wound (South Africa), and Daniela Vega from A Fantastic Woman (Chile) earned the best actress prize.

In other major honours handed out at the California festival over the weekend, the New Voices New Visions Award went to The Charmer (Denmark) directed by Milad Alami, with an honourable mention for exceptional direction going to Léa Mysius for Ava (France).

The John Schlesinger Award presented to the director of a debut feature documentary went to Viktor Jakovleski for Brimstone And Glory (Us-Mexico, and the Cine Latino Award for best Ibero-American was presented to Killing Jesús (Colombia-Argentina) by Laura
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10 Directors to Watch: Samuel Maoz Tackles Tricky Issues in Oscar-Shortlisted ‘Foxtrot’

10 Directors to Watch: Samuel Maoz Tackles Tricky Issues in Oscar-Shortlisted ‘Foxtrot’
Eight years after winning the Golden Lion at the Venice film festival with debut “Lebanon,” Maoz is stirring things up again with his second feature, Israel’s “Foxtrot,” which has been shortlisted for the Academy’s foreign-language Oscar.

As a youngster growing up in a small town outside of Tel Aviv, Maoz attended films with his father, who bought him an 8mm camera for his bar mitzvah. By the time of his mandatory military service, the young cinephile had already made dozens of amateur films.

Maoz’s stint in the Idf coincided with the 1982 war in Lebanon, a traumatizing experience that colors his two features.

But, Maoz says, “As far as I’m concerned, ‘Lebanon’ is not a war movie, and ‘Foxtrot’ is not a film about grief. I use extreme scenarios like war or grief to explore the human soul, to try to understand why we behave as we do — as individuals and, as a result
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The Best Films, TV Shows, and More of 2017, According to IndieWire

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2017 was a year that… well, it wasn’t boring. But as we witnessed one of the most insane news cycles in recent history create a discussion which could fundamentally change the entertainment industry and beyond, there was one constant: The talented minds working both within the Hollywood system and outside it who created film, television, and more which inspired us, challenged us, healed us, or all of the above.

The IndieWire staff represents an eclectic set of points-of-view, which is why many of their individual Top 10s of the year represent unique approaches to the concept. But the one constant is a celebration of the media that keeps us devoted to the cause, and got us though the year.

Eric Kohn, Deputy Editor and Chief Critic

At a time when the world is changing at an unquantifiable pace, when menacing world powers threaten everything we hold dear, we often look
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U.S. Trailer for Israel’s Oscar Contender and Venice Winner ‘Foxtrot’

Returning almost a decade after his Golden Lion-winning drama Lebanon, Samuel Maoz premiered Foxtrot on the fall film festival circuit to major acclaim. Israeli’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film and winner of the Silver Lion at Venice, it follows a couple coping with the death of their son, who was serving in the military. While it had a one-week qualifying run for Oscar contention, Sony Classics won’t officially release it until this March and now the first trailer has arrived.

Zhou-Ning Su said in our review, “If Maoz’s feature debut Lebanon (winner of the Golden Lion in 2009) offered up a relentlessly gritty if somewhat one-dimensional contemplation on war, with Foxtrot he further proved himself capable of adding musical flourish and poetry to the portrayal of a most profound sadness. The result is something thoughtful, melodic, and devastating.”

See the trailer and poster below.

Michael and
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9 Foreign Film Finalists for the Oscar Race

by Nathaniel R

"The Wound" from South Africa might be the biggest surprise on the finalist list.The Academy's foreign film nominating committees have whittled down the 92 contenders to 9. If you've forgotten or never heard the procedure it involves multiple volunteers watching a certain number of entries to be eliglble to vote on them. The top six films advance from those ballots and the executive committee chooses another three which makes the 9 finalists. Then a final committee watches the nine finalists and votes to determine the five nominations. We correctly predicted 7 of the 9 finalist (you can peak here though we'll be updating that chart to reflect the official standings shortly)

A Fantastic Woman directed by Sebastián Lelio for Chile

In the Fade directed by Fatih Akin for Germany

On Body and Soul Ildikó Enyedi for Hungary

Foxtrot directed by Samuel Maoz for Israel

The Insult directed by Ziad Doueiri for
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