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Friend Request Trailer: Evil Is Trending

Friend Request Trailer: Evil Is Trending
Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures has released a new trailer for Friend Request, which hits theaters next month, just as school gets back in session. This new thriller takes fans through the dark side of social media, showing how one "friend" can turn someone's life upside down. While Jaws may have kept a generation away from the ocean, Friend Request may have the same affect on social-media obsessed youngsters in the 21st Century.

The story centers on popular college student Laura (Alycia Debnam-Carey), who has tons of friends, both on Facebook and Irl. She graciously accepts social outcast Marina's (Liesl Ahlers) online friend request, until Marina crosses the line and Laura unfriends her. To everyone's shock, Marina takes her own life in a ritual meant to torment Laura, which appears in a video posted on Laura's profile. Even though it wasn't Laura who posted the video, or other creepy content that begins appearing on her page,
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Munich: Zvyagintsev, Pinho and Lass among winners

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Munich: Zvyagintsev, Pinho and Lass among winners
Cannes competition title Loveless wins best international film.

Films by Andrey Zvyagintsev, Pedro Pinho and Tom Lass were among the winners at the 35th Filmfest München which came to a close on Saturday evening with a gala awards ceremony before the German premiere of Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest with actor Bill Nighy and producer Stephen Woolley in attendance.

The €50,000 Arri/Osram award for the best international film in the CineMasters sidebar went to Zvyagintsev’s Cannes competition film Loveless which opened in Russian cinemas through Wdssr on June 1 and will be released in Germany by Wild Bunch.

Producers Alexander Rodnyansky and Serguey Melkumov accepted the award in Munich from the hands of the international jury comprising German director Valeska Grisebach (whose latest feature Western premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in May), producer Markus Zimmer, and actress Nastassja Kinski.

This is the second time Zvyagintsev received the Munich award after his previous feature Leviathan had won
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Key Players in the 2011 Cannes Market: Rezo

The French Sales Agent, Theatrical Distribution and Production company based out of Paris comes to the fest with a pair of items (Cristian Jimenez's Bonsai and Liza Johnson's Return) but Rezo also got a pair of must sees in Julie Delpy's 2 Days in New York (which we could technically find at Tiff and will once again back a Stéphane Brize project -- his A Few Hours of Spring is currently in pre-production. Khodorkovsky by Cyril Tuschi - Completed Le Tableau by Jean-François Laguionie - Post-Production Resistance by Amit Gupta - Post-Production Return by Liza Johnson - Completed 2 Days In New York by Julie Delpy - Post-Production A Few Hours Of Spring by Stéphane BRIZÉ - Pre-Production BONSÁI by Cristian Jimenez - Completed Magic Valley by Jaffe Zinn - Completed Neon Flesh (Carne De Neon) by Paco Cabezas - Completed Prey (Proie) by Antoine Blossier - Completed Amigo by John Sayles
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Lff: Picco an Oscar Nominee

David of Victim of the Time reporting from the 54th BFI London Film Festival.

I'd like to stick some exciting star sightings into my little introduction here, but sadly the only famous body part I've laid eyes on (so far) is Freida Pinto's head. Before we get to the enticing capsules -two starkly different Foreign Film Oscar contenders and one harrowing prison drama that trumps them both - a bit on one of the highlights so far:

Meek’s Cutoff feels like the natural evolution of Reichardt’s attitude towards her filmmaking – it is broader than but not indistinct from her previous films, an experiment in how starkly different elements (of plot, of acting, of character) can be understood in the low-key shooting style many admire her for.More on Meek's here.

Now about that harrowing prison drama...

It’s part of the festival experience to overload your schedule,
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“Picco“ (Film Review)

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It’s a cliché in prison movies (or any films involving incarceration) that you get to know the bad guys right away. In writer/director Philip Koch’s debut movie Picco, which plays like a cross between the 2001 German psychological shocker Das Experiment (remade this year as The Experiment) and the 1979 British classic drama Scum, the interesting thing is that you never know who’s going to turn nasty, or why.
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‘Black Swan’, ‘King’s Speech’ And ‘Never Let Me Go’ Vying For Lff Best Film

Mike Leigh’s Another Year, Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, Joanna Hogg’s Archipelago, Alexei Popgrebsky’s How I Ended This Summer, Kelly Reichhardt’s Meek’s Cutoff, Xavier Beauvois’ Of Gods and Men, Catherine Breillat’s The Sleeping Beauty and Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives are also competing. It’s the 2nd year that the BFI London Film Festival has run an awards ceremony. Actress Patricia Clarkson chairs this year’s Best Film jury, which includes actor Gabriel Byrne, costumier Sandy Powell and director Shekhar Kapur. Jacques Audiard's powerful crime drama, won Best Film last year. Best British Newcomer will choose from writer/director Richard Ayoade (Submarine), writer/director Clio Barnard (The Arbor), producer Michelle Eastwood (In Our Name), actor Conor McCarron (Neds), producer Tracy O'Riordan (The Arbor), actor Craig Roberts (Submarine),actress Manjinder Virk (The Arbor) and writer
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Key Players in the Cannes Market: Rezo

Last year the sales/production/distribution company hit a triple (in the prize category) with Dolan's I Killed My Mother, this year they move up a section into the Ucr with Heartbeats (see pic above). Worth noting in the sales department is Antoine Blossier's debut horror film Prey (which I was hoping would find a spot in Cannes this year) and Julie Delpy is calling up her parents for a sequel to her rom com, 2 Days in Paris. with 2 Days in New York. - Rezo started off the year by grabbing international headlines with their controversial doc film about ordinary folk playing with kilowatts in a social experiment designed game show. Now they hit the Croisette once again by pairing off with wunderkid Quebecois helmer Xavier Dolan for 2 in 2. Last year the sales/production/distribution company hit a triple (in the prize category) with Dolan's I Killed My Mother,
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Key Players in the Cannes Market: Rezo

Rezo started off the year by grabbing international headlines with their controversial doc film about ordinary folk playing with kilowatts in a social experiment designed game show. Now they hit the Croisette once again by pairing off with wunderkid Quebecois helmer Xavier Dolan for 2 in 2. Last year the sales/production/distribution company hit a triple (in the prize category) with Dolan's I Killed My Mother, this year they move up a section into the Ucr with Heartbeats (see pic above). Worth noting in the sales department is Antoine Blossier's debut horror film Prey (which I was hoping would find a spot in Cannes this year) and Julie Delpy is calling up her parents for a sequel to her rom com, 2 Days in Paris. with 2 Days in New York.  Heartbeats (Les Amours Imaginaires) by Xavier Dolan - Completed Magic Valley by Jaffe Zinn - Post-Production Picco by Philip Koch -
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Directors' Fortnight and Critics' Week 2010

The artistic directors of both Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine de realisateurs) and Critics' Week (La Semaine de la critique) have stated they did not want to pick from Sundance titles. "We try to show films that don't pass through Sundance first", Critics Week’s Artistic Director Jean-Christophe Berjon said, “although U.S. indie entries are well represented this year." "I wanted to change things up and not take any Sundance films unless they were exceptional," said Frederic Boyer said in an interview. Considering how many Sundance titles went to the Berlinale, and that Cannes is 6 months later, singling out Sundance is somewhat odd. We in Us already know that Sundance has a certain sort of American film, and that other films are continually being made that might be just as good but not to the taste of Sundance programmers or simply not timed for the Sundance slot. That the two Cannes
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Cannes 2010: Directors' Fortnight lineup announced

Sorry, we're a day late on this one, been busy, but there's some great stuff coming our way, that is if you like arthouse fare.

Among other things will be a story about two violent teenage girls in France called Des filles en noir, along with Christoffer Boe's incredible looking Everyting will be fine (trailer).

There's a couple more gems we'll be reporting on shortly.

Full list after the break.

Directors' Fortnight

"All Good Children," U.K., Alicia Duffy

"Benda Bilili!," France, Renaud Barret, Florent de la Tullaye (opening film)

"Cleveland vs. Wall Street," Switzerland-France, Jean-Stephane Bron

"Des filles en noir," France, Jean-Paul Civeyrac

"Everything Will Be Fine," Denmark-Sweden-France, Christoffer Boe

"Illegal," Belgium-Luxembourg-France, Olivier Masset-Depasse

"The Invisible Eye," Argentina-France-Spain, Diego Lerman

"Joy," Brazil, Marina Meliande, Felipe Braganca

"Le quattro volte," Italy-Germany-Switzerland, Michelangelo Frammartino

"Leap Year," Mexico, Michael Rowe

"The Light Thief," Kyrgyzstan, Aktan Arym Kubat

"Lily Sometimes," France, Fabienne Berthaud
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Director's Fortnight 2010: Lerman, Koch, Berthaud, Frammartino, Archer and Grau

La Mirada invisible (The Invisible Eye) - Diego Lerman. Winner of the Sundance/Nhk Int. Filmmakers Award and part of Cannes' Atelier de la Cinefondation, this is set in 1982's Buenos Aires, close to the end of the military dictatorship and focuses on the tensions between teachers and students. Picco - Philip Koch. German debut from Koch is actually based on true events, Picco is the first picture to shed light on the every-day life of youth prison inmates in Germany and shows in a gripping and merciless way that the contemporary judiciary system is by no means able to properly re-educate these lost youths... - La Mirada invisible (The Invisible Eye) - Diego Lerman Winner of the Sundance/Nhk Int. Filmmakers Award and part of Cannes' Atelier de la Cinefondation, this is set in 1982's Buenos Aires, close to the end of the military dictatorship and focuses on the tensions between teachers and students.
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Cannes 'Directors' Fortnight' 2010 announces lineup

Cannes 'Directors' Fortnight' 2010 announces lineup
The lineup for the 2010 edition of Directors’ Fortnight has been announced. There are eleven first films in the lineup which will compete for the Camera d’Or prize which goes to a first film from across all the sections.

In 2010 Directors’ Fortnight, the Carrosse d’Or award will be awarded to Agnes Varda, the celebrated woman auteur-director of the french independant cinema. The Carrosse d’or (Golden Coach) Prize is a tribute to a director chosen from the international filmmaking community for the innovative qualities, courage and independent-mindedness of his or her work. Since its creation in 2002, this prize has been given to Jacques Rozier, Clint Eastwood, Nanni Moretti, Sembene Ousmane, David Cronenberg, Alain Cavalier, Jim Jarmusch and Naomie Kawasé in 2009.

Directors’ Fortnight will run from May 13 to 23 on the sidelines of the official selection at Cannes International Film festival.

Feature films

(* denotes films competing for Caméra d'Or Prize)

Alegria,
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Start Me Up!: Cannes Director's Fortnight Selections

In the list we find three items on my "Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of the Year in: Fabienne Berthaud's Pieds nus sur les limaces (see pic of Diane Kruger above), Cam Archer's Shit Year and Alistair Banks Griffin's debut film, Two Gates Of Sleep. Also included in the section is a doc-essay film from Michelangelo Frammartino that I'll be itching to see as well. Of the veteran auteurs, we have works from Christoffer Boe, Jean-Paul Civeyrac, old school High School doc filmmaker Frederik Wiseman and look for the Rolling Stones to be on hand for Stephen Kijak's Stones In Exile.. - You can say that there'll be plenty of virgins in this year's Director's Fortnight section. Quickly looking at the list of 22 feature films, Frédéric Boyer's very first edition appears to be heavy on first time works - exactly half of the section are newbies.
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Start Me Up!: Cannes Director's Fortnight Selections

You can say that there'll be plenty of virgins in this year's Director's Fortnight section. Quickly looking at the list of 22 feature films, Frédéric Boyer's very first edition appears to be heavy on first time works - exactly half of the section are newbies. In the list we find three items on my "Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of the Year in: Fabienne Berthaud's Pieds nus sur les limaces (see pic of Diane Kruger above), Cam Archer's Shit Year and Alistair Banks Griffin's debut film, Two Gates Of Sleep. Also included in the section is a doc-essay film from Michelangelo Frammartino that I'll be itching to see as well. Of the veteran auteurs, we have works from Christoffer Boe, Jean-Paul Civeyrac, old school High School doc filmmaker Frederik Wiseman and look for the Rolling Stones to be on hand for Stephen Kijak's Stones In Exile. Here are
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