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‘Call Me by Your Name’ Pulled From Beijing Film Festival

‘Call Me by Your Name’ Pulled From Beijing Film Festival
Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name,” which just won an Oscar for adapted screenplay, has been pulled from the Beijing Film Festival by the event’s organizers.

The festival’s removal of the gay-themed coming-of-age film – first reported by Reuters – comes as Chinese authorities tighten their control over media content. Earlier this month, China’s rubber-stamp parliament voted to allow the Communist Party’s propaganda department to have control over film, news and publishing.

Call Me by Your Name,” which is handled by Sony Pictures Entertainment, follows the romance between a teenager and a graduate student over a summer in the Italian countryside. The film was pulled from the Beijing festival after the screening proposal submitted was not approved by regulators, Reuters said, citing a source with knowledge of the matter. The movie had originally been set for a sidebar that featured standouts from other festivals, alongside “The Square,
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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 9 Movies from the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival

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Memo to Distributors: Buy These 9 Movies from the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival
For all of its well-documented troubles, the Berlin International Film Festival is still a veritable smorgasbord for adventurous distributors who might be willing to take a chance on some exciting arthouse cinema. Most of the approximately 400 movies that play at the massive annual showcase will never see the light of day in the United States, either in theaters or even on streaming platforms, but the ones that are scooped up for domestic release tend to make an outsized impact once they land on these shores. Two of the current nominees for Best Foreign Language Film premiered at last year’s Berlinale (“On Body and Soul” and “A Fantastic Woman”), while other standouts from the 2017 edition like “Félicité” and “The Other Side of Hope” eventually became highlights of the fall movie season.

As always, the 2018 festival was completely overwhelming, and offered a handful of buried treasure that American audiences deserve to see.
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'Isle Of Dogs', 'Dovlatov' set early pace on Screen's Berlin jury grid

'Isle Of Dogs', 'Dovlatov' set early pace on Screen's Berlin jury grid
Both films record strong ratings on the 2018 edition of the grid.

Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs, which opened the 2018 Berlin Film Festival, and Alexey German Jr’s Dovlatov are setting the early pace on this year’s Screen Berlin jury grid.

Screen’s international jury of critics awarded both films a respectable 3.1 stars from a possible 4.

For Isle Of Dogs, two critics, Sight & Sound’s Nick James and Screen’s own, awarded the film a maximum four stars.

Dovlatov also received two maximum ratings, from Nicholas Wenno of Dagens Nyheter and Anton Dolin from Meduza.

At last year’s Berlin Film Festival, only two titles from the Berlin competition topped a score of 3.1 – Have A Nice Day and chart-topper The Other Side Of Hope.

Nine films have registered scores so far on the 2018 edition, which will amass scores for every film in the festival’s competition. Eva (on 1.3) and Damsel (on 1.4) are the two films to register
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Film Review: ‘The Eternal Road’

Film Review: ‘The Eternal Road’
Nations, like superheroes, have origin stories. And it’s understandable why, in the centenary year of its independence, Finland would want to enshrine some of the history foundational to its national identity in the closest thing cinema has to statuary: the prestige historical drama. Finnish director Aj Annila’s previous two features fell squarely in genre territory — his debut was billed as “the first Finnish kung-fu movie,” while his second was a horror movie with the unmistakably Nordic title of “Sauna” — but here he steps up to the plinth of the expensive pan-regional co-production (the film was financed through Finland, Estonia, and Sweden, and has Danes, Finns, Estonians, and Swedes in its cast). And while he mostly succeeds, along with Dp Rauno Ronkainen, in generating grand style — all granite jaws, period-accurate detailing, and silhouettes against sunsets — the focus on a rather blank, unsympathetic lead character means its heart is hollow.

Based on the
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Berlinale 2018: Christian Petzold's 'Transit' is Peculiar & Fascinating

We take for granted how easy it is to travel between countries nowadays. But it wasn't always so easy. And it might not be so easy in the future. The latest film from German filmmaker Christian Petzold (Jerichow, Barbara, Phoenix) is a feature titled Transit, which is premiering at the Berlin Film Festival. The film feels similar to something Aki Kaurismäki would make, specifically his most recent film The Other Side of Hope, and even feels like it would play nice with Ai Weiwei's documentary Human Flow. Transit is about refugees and transit papers, and the lives of people who are just trying to find a way out, a way to somewhere else. They're just trying to move on. It's the kind of film you need to sit on and think about for days or weeks, and not instantly process, because there's so much more going on beyond just what's presented on the surface.
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‘Midnight Cowboy,’ ‘Graduation,’ ‘Au hasard Balthazar,’ and More to Join the Criterion Collection

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‘Midnight Cowboy,’ ‘Graduation,’ ‘Au hasard Balthazar,’ and More to Join the Criterion Collection
May is going to be a good month for fans of the Romanian New Wave, as Cristian Mungiu’s two most recent films are both joining the Criterion Collection. “Graduation” and “Beyond the Hills” will be released alongside new additions “Midnight Cowboy,” “The Other Side of Hope,” and “Moonrise”; “Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters” and “Au hasard Balthazar,” which have already been released on DVD, are getting Blu-ray upgrades.

“Au hasard Balthazar”

“A profound masterpiece from one of the most revered filmmakers in the history of cinema, director Robert Bresson’s ‘Au hasard Balthazar’ follows the donkey Balthazar as he is passed from owner to owner, some kind and some cruel but all with motivations outside of his understanding. Balthazar, whose life parallels that of his first keeper, Marie, is truly a beast of burden, suffering the sins of humankind. But despite his powerlessness, he accepts his fate nobly.
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Göteborg: Eyewell Picks Up Antti-Jussi Annila’s ‘The Eternal Road’ (Exclusive)

Goteborg, Sweden — Stockholm’s Eyewell has acquired world sales sales to Finnish director Antti-Jussi Annila’s historical drama “The Eternal Road,” which has just been nominated for a record 13 Jussis, Finland’s national film award.

The acquisition announcement was made at the Göteborg Intl. Film Festival by Eyewell managing director Michael Werner. “The Eternal Road” is one of four new films which Eyewell will introduce to buyers at this month’s Berlin International Film Festival.

Part of Finland 100, the celebration of Finnish independence from Russia in 1917, the film adapts Finnish author Antti Tuuri’s 2011 bestselling novel, based on true events, and starring Tommi Korpela (“The Other Side of Hope”) and Sidse Babett Knudsen (“Borgen”). It follows Jussi Ketola, who returns to Finland from the Great Depression but in 1930 is abducted by right-wing extremists and forced to walk so-called The Eternal Road to the Soviet Union, where he starts working on a collective farm. With Stalin
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Jordan Raup’s Top 10 Films of 2017

A year of uncertainty–to put it lightly–at every waking moment, 2017 won’t be remembered fondly. Offering brief moments of solace, the best cinema of the year included both escapism and a glimpse of humanity that was undetectable when looking at headlines. It was also the rare year that didn’t ramp up in quality in latter months; in fact, only one film in my top 10 actually premiered in the fall, with a trio of others getting theatrical releases during that time.

It hurt to leave off Lady Bird, The Untamed, The Other Side of Hope, Ex Libris – The New York Public Library, and the year’s best blockbuster, Okja, but when all is said and done, here are the 15 films that most resonated with me this year. Along with the below feature, one can see a vague ranking of all ~150 films I’ve viewed here, as well as
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Criterion hints at 2018

Chris here. With the new year brings another instalment of our favorite cinematic visual puzzle: the Criterion Collection's animated hints at the films coming to their lineup this year! While the cat's already out of the bag that this year we will see Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides and Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man will get the cineaste luxury treatment, the always charming and coy drawing below provides some brain teasers of what else we might see. The more obvious guesses include Aki Karismäki's The Other Side of Hope and Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine - can you spot any other titles coming soon from Criterion?
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Joshua Reviews Aki Kaurismaki’s The Other Side Of Hope [Theatrical Review]

Sometimes, the best things in life are worth waiting for. 2017 has seen the return of filmmakers like Lucrecia Martel after 9 years since her previous feature film, and while he may not have made a film as awe-inspiring or formally groundbreaking as the stunning Zama, six years is much too long to wait for yet another winner from director Aki Kaurismaki.

Over half a decade since his brilliant 2011 film Le Havre, Kaurismaki has returned with arguably his most formally inventive and politically driven film to date. Entitled The Other Side Of Hope, the director introduces viewers to the pair of Khaled and Wikstrom, two men who couldn’t have led more different lives. Sherwan Haji stars as Khaled, a man hailing from Aleppo who is seeking asylum in Helsinki. He encounters Sakari Kuosmanen’s Wikstrom, a salesman who goes from leaving his wife to ostensibly winning a restaurant in a card game.
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All of the Films Joining FilmStruck’s Criterion Channel This December

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This December will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

To sign up for a free two-week trial here.

Friday, December 1

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World*: Criterion Collection Edition #692

Stanley Kramer followed his harrowing Oscar winner Judgment at Nuremberg with the most grandly harebrained movie ever made, a pileup of slapstick and borscht-belt-y one-liners about a group of strangers fighting tooth and nail over buried treasure. Performed by a nonpareil cast, including Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Jonathan Winters, and a boatload of other playing-to-the-rafters comedy legends, Kramer’s wildly uncharacteristic film is an exhilarating epic of tomfoolery. Supplemental Features: an audio commentary featuring It’s a Mad,
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The Other Side Of Hope takes Fipresci prize by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-09-07 10:41:00

The Other Side Of Hope Fipresci, the International Federation of Film Critics has named Aki Kaurismäki's The Other Side of Hope (Toivon Tuolla Puolen) as the best film of the past year.

The Finnish director will receive the Fipresci Grand Prix 2017 during the opening ceremony of the San Sebastián International Film Festival on September 22.

The prize was voted on by hundreds of film critics around the world. It is the second time Kaurismäki has taken home the critics' highest accolade, after The Man Without A Past (Mies Vailla Menneisyyttä) was awarded the Grand Prix 2002.

The film was one of three finalists for the award, alongside Oscar-winner Moonlight, by Barry Jenkins, and Berlinale Golden Bear winner On Body And Soul (Testrol és Lélekrol) by Ildikó Enyedi. ...
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Sarajevo Film Festival kicks off 23rd edition

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Sarajevo Film Festival kicks off 23rd edition
The 23rd edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival kicked off last night with a screening of Aki Kaurismaki’s The Other Side Of Hope.

The event took place in two traditional festival locations: the city’s National Theatre, and 3,000-seat Raifeissen Bank Open Air cinema.

Attendees on the night included documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer – whose credits include the Oscar-nominated The Act Of Killing and The Look Of Silence – who is in Sarajevo for the duration of the festival to participate in the True Stories Market, part of the CineLink programme.

Also in attendance were members of the 2017 jury, including Edinburgh International Film Festival artistic director Mark Adams.
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New York Film Festival 2017 unveils full line-up

New York Film Festival 2017 unveils full line-up
25 films comprise the main slate of 55th edition set to run from September 28-October 15.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the 25 films for the main slate of the 55th New York Film Festival.

This year’s selection showcases films honoured at Cannes such as Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or-winner The Square, Robin Campillo’s Critics’ Prize winner Bpm, and Agnès Varda and Jr’s Faces Places.

From Berlin, Aki Kaurismäki’s Silver Bear winner The Other Side Of Hope and Agnieszka Holland’s Alfred Bauer Prize-winner Spoor mark the returns of two New York Film Festival veterans, while Luca Guadagnino makes his debut with Call Me By Your Name (pictured).

As previously announced, the opening night screening is Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, while Todd HaynesWonderstruck is the Centerpiece, and Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel will close the festival.

Nyff Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said: “Every year, I’m asked
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Nyff 2017 unveils full line-up

Nyff 2017 unveils full line-up
25 films comprise the main slate of 55th edition set to run from September 28-October 15.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the 25 films for the main slate of the 55th New York Film Festival.

This year’s selection showcases films honoured at Cannes such as Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or-winner The Square, Robin Campillo’s Critics’ Prize winner Bpm, and Agnès Varda and Jr’s Faces Places.

From Berlin, Aki Kaurismäki’s Silver Bear winner The Other Side Of Hope and Agnieszka Holland’s Alfred Bauer Prize-winner Spoor mark the returns of two New York Film Festival veterans, while Luca Guadagnino makes his debut with Call Me By Your Name (pictured).

As previously announced, the opening night screening is Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, while Todd HaynesWonderstruck is the Centerpiece, and Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel will close the festival.

Nyff Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said: “Every year, I’m asked
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Nyff Announces 2017 Main Slate, Including ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ and More

Nyff Announces 2017 Main Slate, Including ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ and More
It’s beginning to look a lot like fall festival season. On the heels of announcements from Tiff and Venice, the 55th edition of the New York Film Festival has unveiled its Main Slate, including a number of returning faces, emerging talents, and some of the most anticipated films from the festival circuit this year.

This year’s Main Slate showcases a number of films honored at Cannes including Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or–winner “The Square,” Robin Campillo’s “Bpm,” and Agnès Varda & Jr’s “Faces Places.” Other Cannes standouts, including “The Rider” and “The Florida Project,” will also screen at Nyff.

Read MoreTIFF Reveals First Slate of 2017 Titles, Including ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Downsizing,’ and ‘Call Me By Your Name

Elsewhere, Aki Kaurismäki’s Silver Bear–winner “The Other Side of Hope” and Agnieszka Holland’s Alfred Bauer Prize–winner “Spoor” come to Nyff after Berlin bows.
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Nyff 2017 Main Slate Includes ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘Zama,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ and More

Following their gala selections of Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, Todd HaynesWonderstruck, and Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel, the New York Film Festival have now unveiled their full Main Slate. Their picks include Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name, Lucrecia Martel’s Zama, Greta Gerwig’s debut Lady Bird, as well as the Palme d’Or-winning The Square and more favorites from Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, and Sundance.

“Every year, I’m asked about the themes in our Main Slate line-up, and every year I say the same thing: we choose the best films we see, and the common themes and preoccupations arise only after the fact,” Nyff Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones says. “As I look at this slate of beautiful work, I could just make a series of simple observations: that these films come from all over the globe; that there is a
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New York Film Festival 2017 Slate Dominated by Amazon, Netflix (Full List)

New York Film Festival 2017 Slate Dominated by Amazon, Netflix (Full List)
The New York Film Festival has announced the full list of films on its tightly curated main slate — and the roster shows just how quickly streaming services have become major players in the film industry, with all three of the previously announced gala screenings — Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying,” Todd HaynesWonderstruck” and Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel” — distributed by Amazon, and two more slate additions — Noah Baumbach’s ensemble comedy “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” and Dee Rees’ period drama “Mudbound” — coming from Netflix.

Also among the the 25 titles on the lineup are festival-circuit favorites including Robin Campillo’s AIDS drama “Bpm,” Luca Guadagnino’s romance “Call Me by Your Name” and Sean Baker’s childhood drama “The Florida Project.”

Presented annually by Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Nyff has over the years garnered a reputation for rigorous programming choices slanted toward international and often challenging work, although
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The Berlin International Film Festival and the European Film Market, Part 3

The Berlin International Film Festival and the European Film Market, Part 3
Closing Night, Remarks, WinnersInternational Jury: Olafur Eliasson, Artist (Iceland); Dora Bouchoucha Fourate, Producer (Tunisia), Julia Jentsch, Actress (Germany); Maggie Gyllenhaal, Actress, Producer (U.S.); Paul Verhoeven — Jury President — Director, Screenwriter (The Netherlands); Wang Quan’an, Director, Screenwriter (People’s Republic of China); Diego Luna, Actor, Director (Mexico)

A new tradition of sharing a “coup de champagne” on Closing Night of the Berlinale seems to be in the making with Ben and Stephanie Gibson and us. Last year we found ourselves together at the Hyatt for pre-Closing Night Drinks; this year we shared a coup at the Berlinale Palast before the crowd arrived.

Closing Night Before the Crowds Arrive

Ben, btw, is the director of dffb, the German Film School in Berlin. Read more in my previous blog here. He and his wife Stephanie could make a great TV series with the stories of their families. Once the crowd took over,
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Berlin sets competition, adds Amazon and BBC drama premieres

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Berlin sets competition, adds Amazon and BBC drama premieres
Stanley Tucci, Catherine Deneuve dramas join competition; TV dramas and Oleg Sentsov doc set to get world premiere.

The Berlin International Film Festival has finalised its competition and Berlinale Special strands.

Joining the festival in Out Of Competition berths are Stanley Tucci-directed Final Portrait and Catherine Deneuve drama Sage Femme.

James Gray’s The Lost City Of Z will have its interntional premiere while documentary The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov will have its world premiere.

Among TV world premieres are Amazon’s Patriot and BBC One’s SS-gb.

In total, 18 of the 24 films selected for Competitionwill be competing for the Golden and the Silver Bears. 22 of the films will have their world premieres at the festival.

For the third time, Berlinale Special Series will present a selection of TV series in the official programme. Six German and international productions will have their world premieres at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele this year
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