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‘The Projectionist’ Film Review: Celluloid Romanticism Drives Dominican Road Trip Movie

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‘The Projectionist’ Film Review: Celluloid Romanticism Drives Dominican Road Trip Movie
Celluloid romanticism and 35mm nostalgia aren’t merely exploited to validate cinematic purism in Dominican director José María Cabral’s most accomplished feature to date, “The Projectionist,” which had its world premiere at the Miami International Film Festival. Instead, the tangible format is put at the service of a fiction that is cleverly intuitive about the narrative value of analog technology and conscious of the socioeconomic situation of its location.

Showing greater stylistic ambition, this substantially more mature work differs from Cabral’s previous drama, “Woodpeckers” (which screened at Sundance 2017), in that the filmmaker suppresses melodramatic outbursts, exchanging them for more symbolic and subdued character construction. Relationships in “The Projectionist” are not grounded on survival instincts, unlike in his last movie, about a prison love triangle. On the contrary, unresolved conflicts and ambiguous attractions take center stage.

Resourceful but lonesome Eliseo (actor-filmmaker Félix German) honors his late father’s laborious
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Film News Roundup: AMC Sets Free Screenings of Martin Luther King Documentary

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In today’s film news roundup, AMC sets free screenings of a Martin Luther King documentary, Participant comes on board “Monos,” and David Glasser’s 101 Studios hires three execs.

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AMC Theatres will honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with free showings at 100 locations of the documentary “King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis.”

The film will play at 6 p.m. on April 4, the 51st anniversary of King’s death. The Oscar-nominated film was selected in 1999 by the Library of Congress to be preserved and included in the National Film Registry. Prior to its 2013 theatrical re-release with Gathr Films and Kino Lorber, it was rarely seen since its 1970 “one-time only” theatrical premiere.

Guests can obtain their free ticket at the box office of participating AMC theatres. Tickets also can be reserved in advance here. In addition to the screening, AMC will be financially supporting the work of the King Center,
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8 Must-See Films From Emerging Filmmakers at This Year’s New Directors/New Films

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8 Must-See Films From Emerging Filmmakers at This Year’s New Directors/New Films
Dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent, this year’s New Directors/New Films festival will screen 35 features and shorts from 29 countries across four continents, with 10 North American Premieres and two World Premieres, 15 films directed or co-directed by women, and 11 works by first-time feature filmmakers.

The Opening, Closing, and Centerpiece selections are the New York premieres of three Sundance award winners: opening the festival is Chinonye Chukwu’s “Clemency,” which won the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and features a masterful performance from Alfre Woodard as a prison warden struggling with her work; Centerpiece is Alejandro Landes’ “Monos,” a new reimagining of “Lord of the Flies” and winner of a World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Prize; and closing Nd/Nf is Pippa Bianco’s “Share,” a contemporary portrait of a sexual assault victim, which took home U.S. Dramatic prizes for Breakthrough Performance and Screenwriting.
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Teaser Trailer for Festival Favorite Colombian Jungle Thriller 'Monos'

Get a first look at a trailer for the acclaimed Colombian thriller Monos, which played at both the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals to excellent reviews from critics all over. Monos is made by filmmaker Alejandro Landes, born in Brazil to Colombian & Ecuadorian parents, he infuses much of the social-political elements of those areas into the film. Monos is one of those beautifully strange, abstract films where this isn't any real explanation given, but you're compelled to follow along anyway. On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted cow. Starring Moisés Arias, Julianne Nicholson, Sofía Buenaventura, Karen Quintero, Laura Castrillón, Deiby Rueda, Julián Giraldo, Paul Cubides, and Sneider Castro. It's one of the best I've seen out of the festivals this year, one of my favorites as well. Here's the first festival promo trailer for Alejandro Landes' Monos, direct from Film Society's YouTube: Patagrande,
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FilMart: Arthouse Distributor Times Vision Steps Into Sales (Exclusive)

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This year’s FilMart marks the international sales debut of Beijing-based distributor Times Vision, which brings to Hong Kong a slate led by crime thriller “Savage” and animated feature “Nezha.” The company will be presenting nine live action films, including one documentary, and seven animated titles.

Times Vision is led by CEO Nathan Hao, who co-founded Chinese indie distributor Lemon Tree and led its international division before joining the newly established Times Vision in 2017. Times Vision imports foreign titles – primarily arthouse films, but it also has begun delving into the remake rights market – and is now getting into production as well. It is currently at work with Chinese partners on pre-production for a remake of 2016 Japanese Oscar entry “Her Love Boils Water.”

“We are famous for being good buyers of festival titles,” Hao told Variety. “Tvod is a new thing for Chinese audiences for foreign films. Streaming is a better
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‘Five Feet Apart’ Film Review: Terminal-Teen Tale Brings No New Ideas to Heartbreak Hospital

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‘Five Feet Apart’ Film Review: Terminal-Teen Tale Brings No New Ideas to Heartbreak Hospital
The latest entry in the terminal-illness teen romance canon — shockingly, not based on a Ya novel, although the screenplay became the basis for a novelization — “Five Feet Apart” is like a new strand of the same formulaic disease, only this time featuring a set of specific symptoms that make physical contact between the sick lovers literally fatal. (Call it “The Fault in Our Lungs.”)

Within this sub-genre of doomed adolescent relationships, “Five Feet Apart” is more John Green-generic than “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”-clever. What “Five Feet Apart” — the directorial debut of “Jane the Virgin” actor Justin Baldoni, from a screenplay by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis — has going for it is how it uses the mechanics of the condition at its center as the basis for the plot, which saves it from being a copy-paste refurbishing of other, similar entries.

Hospital-bound Stella (Haley Lu Richardson
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‘Five Feet Apart’ Review: Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse Breathe Life Into Teen Tearjerker

‘Five Feet Apart’ Review: Haley Lu Richardson and Cole Sprouse Breathe Life Into Teen Tearjerker
It’s almost irrelevant that Justin Baldoni’s “Five Feet Apart” is atypically urgent for a Ya-flavored romantic drama about the impossible love between two star-crossed teenagers. Or that Haley Lu Richardson manages to pump some blood into even the most contrived moments of Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis’ script, reaffirming the “Columbus” and “Support the Girls” actress as a generational talent on the rise. It doesn’t really matter that the movie uses emotionally pornographic M83 songs and The Postal Service covers to pave over its bumpy stretches, or even that its climactic swing for the fences is an exhausting whiff at the end of a film that just needed to get the ball in play.

What’s important about “Five Feet Apart” is that it’s the first widely accessible Hollywood movie ever made about cystic fibrosis, and that it’s good enough to guarantee at least small
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Another Record for ‘Captain Marvel’: It’s the Top-Grossing Movie Scored by a Woman

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Another Record for ‘Captain Marvel’: It’s the Top-Grossing Movie Scored by a Woman
Over a single opening weekend, composer Pinar Toprak smashed all previous box-office records for women composers in film. She scored “Captain Marvel,” which made $153 million domestically.

Until now, the top-grossing films by women composers were Rachel Portman’s “The Vow,” which made $125 million domestic in 2012, and Deborah Lurie’s “Dear John,” $80 million back in 2010 — and those sums were for the theatrical lifetime of the films, not just a weekend.

The lack of work for female composers has been a frequent topic of conversation in film-music circles since the 2014 formation of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, which now boasts more than 400 members.

According to the latest “Celluloid Ceiling” statistics from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, just 6 percent of the 250 top-grossing films of 2018 had scores by women — but that number was double the 3 percent found in the list of 2017 films.

Last year’s 15-film Oscar
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Berlinale 2019: Favorite Films & Coverage Roundup

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Photo courtesy of Pablo Ocqueteau and Berlinale 2019Below you will find our favorite films of the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, as well as an index of our coverage.AwardsFAVORITE Filmsdaniel KASMANHeimat Is a Space in Time (Thomas Heise)Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream (Frank Beauvais)Fourteen (Dan Sallitt)I Was at Home, But... (Angela Schanelec)Synonyms (Nadav Lapid)The Plagiarists (Peter Parlow)Delphine and Carole (Callisto McNulty)Holy Beasts Years of Construction (Heinz Emigholz)Bait (Mark Jenkins)Giovanni Marchini CAMIASynonyms (Nadav Lapid)I Was at Home, But... (Angela Schanelec)The Plagiarists (Peter Parlow)Just Don't Think I'll Scream (Frank Beauvais)The Blue Flower of Novalis (Gustavo Vinagre & Rodrigo Carneiro)The Portuguese Woman (Rita Azevedo Gomes)The Last to See Them (Sara Summa)Earth (Nikolaus Geyrhalter)Heimat Is a Space in Time (Thomas Heise)Ms Slavic 7 (Sofia Bohdanowicz & Deragh Campbell)Jordan Cronki Was at Home, But... (Angela Schanelec
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‘Clemency’: Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner Goes to Neon for U.S. Release

‘Clemency’: Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner Goes to Neon for U.S. Release
More than a month after taking the top prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Chinonye Chukwu’s Grand Jury Prize-winning drama “Clemency” has finally landed itself a home. Variety reports that Neon will release the lauded new film later this year, joining Neon’s other big Sundance pickups, including “Luce,” “Little Monsters,” “The Lodge,” “Monos,” and yet another Grand Jury Prize winner: Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov’s “Honeyland,” which won in the world documentary section.

Chukwu is the first black woman to win the festival’s biggest prize, the Grand Jury Prize for her U.S. Dramatic entry. Chukwu both wrote and directed the death row drama, which stars Alfre Woodard as a prison warden struggling with the emotional demands of her job. The film will next screen as the opening night selection of New York City’s upcoming New Directors/New Films festival.

In IndieWire’s review,
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Chinonye Chukwu’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner ‘Clemency’ Acquired By Neon

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Neon has taken U.S. rights to this year’s Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner Clemency from filmmaker Chinonye Chukwu and starring Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard.

Woodard plays female prison warden Bernadine Williams, who after years of carrying out death row executions, comes up against one inmate who forces her to confront the psychological and emotional demons her job has created. The Ace Pictures Entertainment production also stars Aldis Hodge (Hidden Figures), Richard Schiff and Wendell Pierce. The film was also produced by Bronwyn Cornelius Productions and Julian Cautherley.

“Making Clemency has been a life-changing soul journey,” said Chukwu, who also wrote the feature, “and I am thrilled to partner with the team at Neon to share the film with audiences across the country.”

The deal was negotiated by Neon and Paradigm on behalf of the filmmakers.

At Sundance,
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New Directors/New Films 2019 Full Lineup: ‘Clemency,’ ‘Monos,’ ‘Share,’ and More Festival Hits — Exclusive

The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center has revealed the complete lineup for the 48th annual New Directors/New Films (Nd/Nf), running March 27 – April 7 in New York City. Throughout its rich, nearly half-century history, the festival has celebrated filmmakers who represent the present and anticipate the future of cinema, daring artists whose work pushes the envelope in unexpected ways.

This year’s lineup boasts 35 features and shorts from 29 countries across four continents, with 10 North American Premieres and two World Premieres, 15 films directed or co-directed by women, and 11 works by first-time feature filmmakers.

The Opening, Closing, and Centerpiece selections are the New York premieres of three Sundance award winners: opening the festival is Chinonye Chukwu’s “Clemency,” which won the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and features a masterful performance from Alfre Woodard as a prison warden struggling with her work; Centerpiece is Alejandro Landes’ “Monos,
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Scandinavia's NonStop goes on buying spree for 14 titles (exclusive)

Scandinavia's NonStop goes on buying spree for 14 titles (exclusive)
Deals include Alejandro Landes’ Sundance and Berlinale hit Monos; Peter Strickland’s In Fabric and Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale.

Scandinavian distributor NonStop Entertainment has closed a record 14 deals during Sundance and Berlin’s European Film Market.

The titles (full details below) are: Monos, The Nightingale, Colour Out Of Space, In Fabric, The Hole In The Ground, The Brink, Shooting The Mafia, Cold Case Hammarskjöld, Hail Satan, We Intend To Cause Havoc, Galveston, Out Of Blue, Charlie Says and Mid90s

“It’s noteworthy that 7 out the 14 films are directed by women and that they come from some of the
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Sundance Award Winner ‘Honeyland’ Bought by Neon

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Neon has acquired the North American rights to “Honeyland,” the award-winning documentary from Macedonian filmmaking duo Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska.

The deal marks Neon’s fifth acquisition out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where “Honeyland” received the world cinema grand jury prize: documentary, world cinema documentary special jury award for cinematography, and world cinema dramatic special jury award for originality.

The documentary is set in an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans, where a beekeeper lives with her ailing mother in a village without roads, electricity or running water. She’s the last in a long line of wild beekeepers, eking out a living farming honey in small batches to be sold in the closest city, four hours’ walk away. Her peaceful existence is thrown into upheaval by the arrival of an itinerant family, with their roaring engines, seven rambunctious children, and herd of cattle.

Guy Lodge
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Neon Acquires Sundance Award-Winning Documentary ‘Honeyland’

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Neon has acquired the North American rights to “Honeyland,” a documentary that premiered at Sundance Film Festival last month, the distributor announced on Monday.

Honeyland” is a documentary by Macedonian filmmaking duo Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska. Following its world premiere at the festival, “Honeyland” received three jury prizes including World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Documentary, World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography and World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Originality.

The documentary showcases an isolated mountain region deep within the Balkans where Hatidze Muratova lives with her ailing mother in a village without electricity or running water. She comes from a long line of beekeepers and sells honey in a city four hours’ walk away. When a new family arrives with their engines and a herd of cattle, Hatidze’s life is changed.

Also Read: Inside Upstart Neon's Big Return to Sundance With 4 Major Acquisitions (So Far
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Berlinale 2019: Alejandro Landes' Stunning, Vigorous Thriller 'Monos'

One of the international highlights at both the Berlin and Sundance Film Festivals this year is a Colombian thriller titled Monos, the second feature film from director Alejandro Landes. The strength of this fantastic film lies in its simplicity, and its stunning dream-like feel that makes it a rush to watch. The official description is just as vague as the film: On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow. We follow as they progress deeper and deeper, yet nothing is revealed (in an obvious way) about the context of what they're doing or why they're doing it. And that vagueness works well when the film itself is as vigorous and compelling as this one, making it all the more enthralling to experience on the big screen. Monos opens with a group of kids, mainly teens of various ...
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Peter Webber's reggae doc 'Inna De Yard' lands UK deal (exclusive)

Picturehouse adds to recent buying spree.

Picturehouse Entertainment has taken UK rights to Inna De Yard, Peter Webber’s documentary featuring several legendary voices of reggae.

Paris-based outfit Charades is handling sales on the title at this week’s European Film Market in Berlin. The film had its market premiere screening yesterday (Feb 8).

Director Webber’s credits include Girl With A Pearl Earring, which was nominated for three Oscars. For Inna De Yard, he followed reggae legends Ken Boothe, Winston McAnuff, Kiddus I and Cedric Myron as they reunite to revisit their staple songs and record an unplugged album in Jamaica.
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Sundance 2019: Alex's Favorite Films - The Best of This Year's Festival

The 2018 Sundance Film Festival has finally come to an end and to put a wrap on the fest and finalize our nearly two weeks of coverage, it's time to present our Best of the Fest list. I was able to see a total of 44 films across 10 days, but I couldn't catch everything and missed a few films getting lots of good buzz from critics. I saw around 12 documentaries this year, so instead of separating docs and features this year, I decided to present one big list of my 8 favorite films - a mix of docs and features. All of these films below are worth seeing, and I highly recommend seeking them out. I am so happy that Sundance continues to program some of the best films all year, as well as more innovative, unique, challenging, fascinating, and enchanting features from all over the world. Below ...
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Inside Upstart Neon’s Big Return to Sundance With 4 Major Acquisitions (So Far)

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Inside Upstart Neon’s Big Return to Sundance With 4 Major Acquisitions (So Far)
Neon left Park City, Utah, last year after lighting up the 2018 Sundance Film Festival with four acquisitions, including a splashy $10 million check for the technology dystopian thriller “Assassination Nation” — that wound up grossing just $2 million in theaters last fall.

You might think the 2-year-old company would be gun-shy in Park City this year, but instead it emerged with four films at this year’s festival — second only to the free-spending Amazon Studios.

Neon partnered with Hulu to win a bidding war for the buzzy Lupita Nyong’o comedy thriller “Little Monsters,” in a deal worth mid-seven figures, and bought the thriller “The Lodge” for just under $2 million, Latin American survival thriller “Monos” and partnered with Topic Studios to acquire rights to “Luce,” starring Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer.

In addition, Neon was also locked in pricey bidding wars for high-profile titles including Mindy Kaling’s “Late Night,” which Amazon bought for $13 million,
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Death Penalty Drama ‘Clemency’ Wins Sundance Grand Jury Prize

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Death Penalty Drama ‘Clemency’ Wins Sundance Grand Jury Prize
Chinonye Chukwu’s “Clemency,” a drama starring Alfre Woodard as a prison warden agonizing over capital punishment, has won the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic films at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, which handed out its awards at a ceremony in Park City on Saturday evening.

Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang’s “One Child Nation” won the Grand Jury Prize for documentaries.

The directing awards in the U.S. dramatic and documentary competitions went to Joe Talbot for “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” and Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert for “American Factory,” respectively.

Also Read: Sundance's Haves and Have Nots: Can Traditional Indie Distributors Still Compete?

The Grand Jury Prizes in the World Cinema Dramatic competition went to Joanna Hogg’s “The Souvenir,” while in the World Cinema Documentary competition it went to “Honeyland” by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska.

Audience awards went to “Paul Downs Colaizzo’s “Brittany Runs a Marathon
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