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Film Review: ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Film Review: ‘Blade Runner 2049’
The world as we know it has nearly caught up to the one Ridley Scott imagined when he directed the 2019-set “Blade Runner,” and yet, for all the influence the dystopian cult favorite has had on other sci-fi movies, Scott’s vision of Los Angeles still looks as mind-blowingly futuristic now as it did in 1982. That may well explain why its sequel, the Denis Villeneuve-directed “Blade Runner 2049,” doesn’t feel the need to reinvent the world in which it takes place, but instead is free to delve deep into the existential concerns suggested by the earlier film, as screenwriters Hampton Fancher (who also co-wrote the original) and Michael Green raise evocative questions about human-android relations and the nuances that will one day be used to tell them apart.

Sure as it is to delight “Blade Runner” fans, this stunningly elegant follow-up doesn’t depend on having seen the original — and like 2010’s “Tron: Legacy,” may
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International Newswire: Beta, Zdf Talk High-End Series Partnership

International Newswire: Beta, Zdf Talk High-End Series Partnership
In today’s International Newswire, Beta and Zdf’s commercial arm mull a partnership for upscale scripted series; Golden Globe-nominated director Klaus Haro delves into the shady side of the art-world; and A+ E’s Edward Sabin headlines Mip Cancun, a Latin American TV event that’s growing in importance.

Zdf Enterprises, the commercial arm of German public broadcaster Zdf, is in talks with Munich-based Beta Film, one of the key players in Europe’s scripted TV finance and sales, to create a joint venture to develop, finance and produce high-end scripted drama for the international market.

Details of the alliance have yet to be announced. Its rationale, however, is clear. Unlike Sweden or other smaller European countries, Germany has one of the biggest TV markets in Europe. So there’s less pressure to produce for international than, say, in Scandinavia, whose Nordic Noir was part born out of the necessity to reach beyond domestic. But
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International Newswire: Beta, Zdf Talk High-End Series Partnership

International Newswire: Beta, Zdf Talk High-End Series Partnership
In today’s International Newswire, Beta and Zdf’s commercial arm mull a partnership for upscale scripted series; Golden Globe-nominated director Klaus Haro delves into the shady side of the art-world; and A+ E’s Edward Sabin headlines Mip Cancun, a Latin American TV event that’s growing in importance.

Zdf Enterprises, the commercial arm of German public broadcaster Zdf, is in talks with Munich-based Beta Film, one of the key players in Europe’s scripted TV finance and sales, to create a joint venture to develop, finance and produce high-end scripted drama for the international market.

Details of the alliance have yet to be announced. Its rationale, however, is clear. Unlike Sweden or other smaller European countries, Germany has one of the biggest TV markets in Europe. So there’s less pressure to produce for international than, say, in Scandinavia, whose Nordic Noir was part born out of the necessity to reach beyond domestic. But
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Movie Review – Insyriated (2017)

Insyriated, 2017.

Directed by Philippe Van Leeuw.

Starring Hiam Abbass, Mohsen Abbas, Juliette Navis, Diamand Abou Abboud, and Moustapha Al Kar.

Synopsis:

As war rages outside in Damascus, a mother struggles to keep her family safe inside their barricaded apartment. But it’s only a matter of time before what’s happening outside finds a way into their sanctuary.

When the television news bombards us with the gunfire and explosions of civil war, the effect on civilians can easily be forgotten. Philippe Van Leeuw’s Insyriated opens the door on one single family who find themselves under siege on all sides.

The film’s opening birdsong rapidly gives way to the sounds of war: they’re not far away but, judging from the reaction of the chain-smoking grandfather, they’re a constant in his life and show no signs of abating. He’s just one of the last family still living in one particular apartment block.
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Mill Valley Film Festival is Celebrating 40 Years!!

Mill Valley Film Festival is Celebrating 40 Years!!
Showcasing the Best in Independent and World Cinema

Thursday, October 5–15, 2017Acclaimed Festival Films From Around the World And New Offerings from Bay Area Filmmakers Highlight First Slate of Films Announced at 40th Mill Valley Film Festival

The Mill Valley Film Festival (Mvff), presented by the California Film Institute, has announced the first set of films to premiere at the 40th edition of the Festival, returning to Marin County October 5–15, 2017. The Festival will present the Bay Area premiere of many acclaimed films from the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival.

Additionally, Mvff will launch many acclaimed Bay Area filmmakers’ latest films as part of the Festival’s effort to showcase the many established and emerging filmmakers in the Bay Area.

Early Confirmed films from the 2017 Cannes Film Festival at MVFF40:

Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or Winner and Swedish Oscar Submission The Square
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Film Movement, Bond/360 form doc alliance

Deal comes as Film Movement aims to expand footprint in documentary arena.

New York-based distributor Film Movement and documentary specialist Bond/360 have struck an alliance to broaden their reach into festivals and the educational sales arena.

Through Film Movement, Bond/360 will enhance the reach of their titles into festivals, community screenings, home entertainment and digital platforms, airlines, and hotels.

Bond/360 will assist in expanding the representation of Film Movement’s catalogue of documentaries and narrative films to educational institutions.

Film Movement has recently moved more aggressively into the documentary space, acquiring more than two dozen features in the last two years, including such titles as My Love, Don’t Cross That River, Randall White’s Hockney, Jack Riccobono’s The Seventh Fire, and Tanja Cumming’s Lodz ghetto film Line 41.

Bond/360 has more than 40 documentary features that will join Film Movement’s library of more than 300 features and 150 short films.

“We are pleased
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Seattle International Film Festival: ‘Sami Blood,’ ‘At the End of the Tunnel’ Come Out on Top

Seattle International Film Festival: ‘Sami Blood,’ ‘At the End of the Tunnel’ Come Out on Top
The 2017 Seattle International Film Festival announced its audience award recipients and official competition winners on Sunday. Films “At the End of the Tunnel” and “Sami Blood (Sameblod)” and documentaries “Dolores” and “Becoming Who I Was” were the standouts from the Washington-based competition.

Over 82,000 ballots were cast at Siff this year for the five official categories and six audience awards.

Amanda Kernell’s coming-of-age drama “Sami Blood (Sameblod)” from Sweden, Norway, and Demark was named the grand jury prize winner for the official competition. The jury chose the film as its main festival winner “for its beautifully nuanced and spare portrayal of the struggle to discover who you are, both because of and in spite of where you are from.” They also praised the inclusion of the Scandinavian setting’s rarely seen culture.

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Cannes Film Festival: Critics Pick Their 10 Favorite Films

Chang-Yong Moon and Jin Jeon’s “Becoming Who I Was
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Arab Cinema in Cannes

Two new film festivals in the Arab world — and not in the Gulf States region where Kuwait had its first festival last month — have announced their first editions. Jordan and Egypt, along with the first ever Arab Critics Awards casts a new light onto just what Arab cinema is.

What began several years ago in the recently oil-rich Gulf nations of Dubai, Abu-Dhabi and Qatar who first brought the notion of Arab cinema to the western world with expensive receptions (including a camel one year at the Toronto Film Festival) and ultra fancy festivals (Abu Dhabi has since bowed out of its Tribeca Ff partnership and pulled back on all but its film fund) has now come to a more balanced sharing of Arabic cinema as a multi-culturally wealthy medium.

With the growth of Cairo-based Mad Solutions which started as a public relations agency for Arab-content cinema and expanded into
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Film Movement takes Berlin winner 'In Syria'

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Film Movement takes Berlin winner 'In Syria'
Exclusive: Hiam Abbass leads Berlin Panorama winner.

New York distributor Film Movement has acquired Us rights to Belgian director Philippe Van Leeuw’s Berlin Panorama Audience Award-winner In Syria.

Films Boutique represents international rights to the film formerly known as Insyriated and screens it in Cannes tomorrow (May 18) and on Monday (May 22).

Israeli-Palestinian actor Hiam Abbass plays a mother of three who turns her home into a safe house for family and neighbours as Syria’s civil war rages outside.

As bombs fall in the street, snipers turn nearby courtyards into death traps and burglars loot hard-won belongings, maintaining a routine indoors becomes a matter of life and death over the course of one day.

The cast includes Diamand Bou Abboud and Juliette Navis.

Film Movement celebrates its 15th anniversary this year and president Michael E. Rosenberg is in Cannes to scout for acquisitions. The company plans a theatrical release this winter.

In Syria is a powerful
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Curzon swoops on Colin Farrell-Nicole Kidman drama

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Curzon swoops on Colin Farrell-Nicole Kidman drama
Exclusive: Pre-buys include Abdellatif Kechiche’s next film after Blue Is The Warmest Colour.

Curzon Artificial Eye has secured UK rights a trio of high-profile art-house titles in the shape of Yorgos Lanthimos’s anticipated drama The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, Abdellatif Kechiche’s follow up to Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Mektoub is Mektoub, and Berlin winner Insyriated.

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer reunites director Lanthimos with The Lobster star Colin Farrell who plays Steven, a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart and the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

Co-starring are Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone and former Screen Stars Of Tomorrow Barry Keoghan and Raffey Cassidy.

The pre-buy was negotiated with Gabrielle Stewart at HanWay and was completed in partnership with Madman Australia, in what is a first collaboration between the two companies. The latter
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Curzon swoops on hot trio including Colin Farrell-Nicole Kidman drama 'Deer'

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Curzon swoops on hot trio including Colin Farrell-Nicole Kidman drama 'Deer'
Exclusive: Pre-buys include Abdellatif Kechiche’s next film after Blue Is The Warmest Colour.

Curzon Artificial Eye has secured UK rights a trio of high-profile art-house titles in the shape of Yorgos Lanthimos’s anticipated drama The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, Abdellatif Kechiche’s follow up to Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Mektoub is Mektoub, and Berlin winner Insyriated.

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer reunites director Lanthimos with The Lobster star Colin Farrell who plays Steven, a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart and the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

Co-starring are Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone and former Screen Stars Of Tomorrow Barry Keoghan and Raffey Cassidy.

The pre-buy was negotiated with Gabrielle Stewart at HanWay and was completed in partnership with Madman Australia, in what is a first collaboration between the two companies. The latter
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Curzon swoops on hot trio including Colin Farrell-Nicole Kidman drama

  • ScreenDaily
Curzon swoops on hot trio including Colin Farrell-Nicole Kidman drama
Exclusive: Pre-buys include Abdellatif Kechiche’s next film after Blue Is The Warmest Colour.

Curzon Artificial Eye has secured UK rights a trio of high-profile art-house titles in the shape of Yorgos Lanthimos’s anticipated drama The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, Abdellatif Kechiche’s follow up to Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Mektoub is Mektoub, and Berlin winner Insyriated.

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer reunites director Lanthimos with The Lobster star Colin Farrell who plays Steven, a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart and the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

Co-starring are Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone and former Screen Stars Of Tomorrow Barry Keoghan and Raffey Cassidy.

The pre-buy was negotiated with Gabrielle Stewart at HanWay and was completed in partnership with Madman Australia, in what is a first collaboration between the two companies. The latter
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Berlin Film Festival 2017: Screen's top 11 movies

Berlin Film Festival 2017: Screen's top 11 movies
Screen critics recommend the top films at this year’s Berlinale.

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Berlin Film Festival 2017: winners revealed

A Fantastic Woman

Dir: Sebastián Lelio

Our critic said: “Driven by a powerhouse performance by mesmerising transgender actress Vega, the fifth feature from Sebastián Lelio combines urgent naturalism with occasional flickers of fantasy to impressive, and wrenchingly emotional effect.”

International sales: Funny Balloons contact@funny-balloons.com

Read the full review Here

Have A Nice Day

Dir. Liu Jian

Our critic said: “Liu Jian’s stunning animation is both a visceral thriller and astute political statement about China’s place in the modern world.”

International sales: International sales: Memento Films International sales@memento-films.com

Read the full review Here

Summer 1993

Dir. Carla Simón

Our critic said: “Entered in the Berlinale’s Generation Kplus sidebar but winner of the festival’s overall best first feature award, Catalan director Carla Simon’s debut is both tender and determined as it relates
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Berlin Film Festival 2017: Screen's top 12 movies

Berlin Film Festival 2017: Screen's top 12 movies
Screen critics recommend the top films at this year’s Berlinale.

Read more:

Berlin Film Festival 2017: winners revealed

A Fantastic Woman

Dir: Sebastián Lelio

Our critic said: “Driven by a powerhouse performance by mesmerising transgender actress Vega, the fifth feature from Sebastián Lelio combines urgent naturalism with occasional flickers of fantasy to impressive, and wrenchingly emotional effect.”

International sales: Funny Balloons contact@funny-balloons.com

Read the full review Here

Have A Nice Day

Dir. Liu Jian

Our critic said: “Liu Jian’s stunning animation is both a visceral thriller and astute political statement about China’s place in the modern world.”

International sales: International sales: Memento Films International sales@memento-films.com

Read the full review Here

Summer 1993

Dir. Carla Simón

Our critic said: “Entered in the Berlinale’s Generation Kplus sidebar but winner of the festival’s overall best first feature award, Catalan director Carla Simon’s debut is both tender and determined as it relates
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Berlin Film Festival 2017: the best-reviewed films

Berlin Film Festival 2017: the best-reviewed films
Screen critics recommend the top films at this year’s Berlinale.

Read more:

Berlin Film Festival 2017: winners revealed

A Fantastic Woman

Dir: Sebastián Lelio

Our critic said: “Driven by a powerhouse performance by mesmerising transgender actress Vega, the fifth feature from Sebastián Lelio combines urgent naturalism with occasional flickers of fantasy to impressive, and wrenchingly emotional effect.”

International sales: Funny Balloons contact@funny-balloons.com

Read the full review Here

Have A Nice Day

Dir. Liu Jian

Our critic said: “Liu Jian’s stunning animation is both a visceral thriller and astute political statement about China’s place in the modern world.”

International sales: International sales: Memento Films International sales@memento-films.com

Read the full review Here

Summer 1993

Dir. Carla Simón

Our critic said: “Entered in the Berlinale’s Generation Kplus sidebar but winner of the festival’s overall best first feature award, Catalan director Carla Simon’s debut is both tender and determined as it relates
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Berlin Film Festival 2017: the best films

Berlin Film Festival 2017: the best films
Screen critics recommend the top films at this year’s Berlinale.

Read more:

Berlin Film Festival 2017: winners revealed

A Fantastic Woman

Dir: Sebastián Lelio

Our critic said: “Driven by a powerhouse performance by mesmerising transgender actress Vega, the fifth feature from Sebastián Lelio combines urgent naturalism with occasional flickers of fantasy to impressive, and wrenchingly emotional effect.”

International sales: Funny Balloons contact@funny-balloons.com

Read the full review Here

Have A Nice Day

Dir. Liu Jian

Our critic said: “Liu Jian’s stunning animation is both a visceral thriller and astute political statement about China’s place in the modern world.”

International sales: International sales: Memento Films International sales@memento-films.com

Read the full review Here

Summer 1993

Dir. Carla Simón

Our critic said: “Entered in the Berlinale’s Generation Kplus sidebar but winner of the festival’s overall best first feature award, Catalan director Carla Simon’s debut is both tender and determined as it relates
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Berlinale 2017 Winners Include ‘On Body and Soul,’ Kim Min-hee, ‘The Other Side of Hope,’ and More

A certain mutant send-off may have gotten the most global attention out of the 2017 Berlin Film Festival, but if one retracts their claws, some of the finest in major international cinema comes into focus. Ahead of our picks of the best of the festival, the jury has delivered their awards.

Led by Paul Verhoeven, the jury made up of Dora Bouchoucha Fourati, Olafur Eliasson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Julia Jentsch, Diego Luna, and Wang Quan’an gave the Hungarian drama On Body and Soul the top prize of Golden Bear, while Aki Kaurismäki picked up Best Director for The Other Side of Hope and Kim Min-hee earned Best Actress for her latest Hong Sang-soo collaboration On The Beach At Night Alone.

Check out the winners below (with a hat tip to Deadline) along with links to reviews where available. One can also see our full coverage here.

Golden Bear for Best
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Berlin announces audience and independent jury awards by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-02-18 15:55:44

I Am Not Your Negro As the 67th edition of the Berlin Film Festival starts to wind down, the first award winners have been announced.

The Panorama audience awards were given to Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your NegroRaoul Peck's examination of Us race relations through the work of James Baldwin and his three assassinated friends - and Philippe van Leeuw's drama about a family under siege in war-torn Syria Insyriated.

The audience vote runners up in the audience vote were Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi's documentary portrait of singer Chavela Vargas, Chavela and Naoko Ogigami's drama Close Knit.

The independent jury awards were also announced.

Prizes Of The International Short Film Jury

Berlin Short Film Nominee For The European Film Awards

The Artificial Humours (Os Humores Artificiais) by Gabriel Abrantes

Prizes Of The Ecumenical Jury

Competition prize:

On Body and Soul (Testről és lélekről
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Berlin: 'I Am Not Your Negro' and 'Insyriated' Take Audience Awards

Berlin: 'I Am Not Your Negro' and 'Insyriated' Take Audience Awards
Two films that feel ripped-from-the-headlines have won the audience awards at this year's Berlin International Film Festival, the largest public fest in the world.

Insyriated, a drama from Belgian director Philippe van Leeuw about a Syrian household under siege during the civil war, took the top prize for fiction voted on by the festival's some 250,000 cinemagoers.

Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro, an examination of U.S. race relations told through the work of writer James Baldwin, picked up the audience award for best documentary. I Am Not Your Negro is already nominated for an Oscar in the best...
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‘Insyriated’ Awarded Europa Cinemas Berlinale Label — Berlin

‘Insyriated’ Awarded Europa Cinemas Berlinale Label — Berlin
French-Belgian produced drama Insyriated, which is set in Syria, has been awarded the Europa Cinemas Berlinale label after being named the Best European Film in the fest's Panorama sidebar. The film, which is directed by Belgian helmer Philippe van Leeuw, will now benefit from promotional support from European group Europa Cinemas, which comprises of 1,039 cinemas from 41 Euro countries, and better exhibition thanks to a financial incentive for network cinemas to include…
See full article at Deadline »
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