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‘Soul’ reviews: Pixar’s first feature with a black lead is ‘visually glorious’ and ‘contemplates the root of all human experience’

‘Soul’ reviews: Pixar’s first feature with a black lead is ‘visually glorious’ and ‘contemplates the root of all human experience’
Pixar Animation Studios’ highly anticipated film, “Soul,” isn’t set to premiere on Disney+ on December 25, but early critics’ reviews indicate the “visually glorious” animated feature will be worth the wait. Oscar-winning director Pete Docter (“Up” and “Inside Out”) is at the helm of this “densely packed, exquisitely executed” feature that recently screened at BFI London Film Festival.

As of this writing the film, which is Pixar’s first with a black lead character, has a MetaCritic score of 91 based on seven reviews. Over at Rotten Tomatoes, “Soul” has a perfect 100% freshness rating based on 13 independent reviews to date. Kaleem Aftab from “IndieWire” writes, “Like some of the best jazz compositions, it uses traditional framework to veer off in many unexpected directions, so that even the inevitable end point feels just right.”

This Oscar contender for Best Animated Feature follows middle school band teacher Joe Gardner (voiced by Jamie Foxx
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Pixar’s ‘Soul’ Is an ‘Utterly Mind-Blowing,’ ‘Genuinely Profound’ ‘Captivating Journey,’ Critics Say

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Pixar’s ‘Soul’ Is an ‘Utterly Mind-Blowing,’ ‘Genuinely Profound’ ‘Captivating Journey,’ Critics Say
The pandemic may have pushed “Soul” out of theaters, but if critics’ reviews of Pixar’s latest film are any indication, it is on its way to becoming known as one of the animation studio’s finest films.

While only a handful of reviews have been published so far from the film’s screening at the London Film Festival, “Soul” has been effusively praised as one of Pixar’s most visually and thematically ambitious stories yet. The film follows Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx), a music teacher who risks his financially stable job to fulfill his dream of a jazz career.

But just when he nails the audition, a freak accident hurtles him into a dimension of souls, where he is offered a chance to return to his life if he can teach a stubborn soul-in-training named 22 (Tina Fey) that life is worth living.

Under special rules instituted by the Academy
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Letitia Wright, Riz Ahmed and Tilda Swinton to lead free Screen Talks at the 64th BFI London Film Festival

Letitia Wright, Riz Ahmed and Tilda Swinton to lead free Screen Talks at the 64th BFI London Film Festival
The 64th BFI London Film Festival (Lff) in partnership with American Express has today announced a programme of Screen Talks and events that will take place across the 12-day Festival period and free to access via YouTube and the BFI social channels.

Actors Riz Ahmed and Letitia Wright will join filmmakers Michel Franco, Miranda July, Tsai Ming-liang, Christian Petzold, musician and performer David Byrne and artist Es Devlin (as part of Lff Expanded), for a series of Lff Screen Talks offering audiences a unique opportunity to learn about the careers of these renowned creatives. . In addition to Screen Talks, the Lff will also host live salons and discussion events tackling subjects emerging from the films.

A series of in-depth talks will also take place virtually during the Festival designed to get audiences thinking and engaged in debate around the pressing issues explored in a number of the Festival titles this year: Anna Bogutskaya,
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Lff Speakers Include Riz Ahmed, Tilda Swinton, David Byrne; ITV Game Show Adaptation; Banijay Group Chief Legal Officer — Euro Briefs

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Lff Speakers Include Riz Ahmed, Tilda Swinton, David Byrne; ITV Game Show Adaptation; Banijay Group Chief Legal Officer — Euro Briefs
The London Film Festival’s Screen Talks and events program will include speakers Riz Ahmed, Letitia Wright, Michel Franco, Miranda July, Tsai Ming-liang, Christian Petzold, David Byrne and artist Es Devlin, who will each talk about their most recent work. Anna Bogutskaya, co-founder of horror film collective The Final Girls, will lead a conversation exploring the female horror renaissance; British filmmaker Yemi Bamiro, will discuss One Man And His Shoes, a documentary that tells the story of the phenomenon of Air Jordan sneakers; film critic Kaleem Aftab will discuss issues of identity in the depiction of the British Asian experience with After Love director Aleem Khan, Hardeep Pandhall (Happy Thuggish Paki) and Dawinder Bansal (Jambo Cinema). Talk ‘Reflections On Friendships’ Death’ will see actors Bill Paterson and Tilda Swinton, producer Rebecca O’Brien and cinematographer Witold Stok discuss Peter Wollen’s Friendship’s Death, which has been newly restored by the BFI National Archive.
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Sarajevo’s CineLink ponders “Imagining a Radically New Way to Curate and Review” - Sarajevo 2020 - CineLink Industry Days

Sarajevo’s CineLink ponders “Imagining a Radically New Way to Curate and Review” - Sarajevo 2020 - CineLink Industry Days
The session, moderated by Pinball London producer Paula Vaccaro, looked at how film programmers and film reviewers are joining forces to support a shift in power. If gatekeeping begins with festivals and reviewers, how can we demand that selections understand intersectionality and a plurality of voices? This was one of the questions pondered by panellists Kaleem Aftab, Cineuropa’s UK Correspondent, Faridah Gbadamosi, writer, producer and filmmaker; Elma Tataragić, scriptwriter and curator; and Bedatri Choudhury, writer and curator, at an online panel during Sarajevo Film Festival's CineLink Industry Days entitled "Imagining a Radically New Way to Curate and Review”, which looked at how Bipoc film programmers and film reviewers are joining forces to support a shift in power. The session began with the panellists talking about obstacles in the industry stopping them from doing the work that they want to do. Choudhury pointed to a...
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BFI Southbank announces reopening programme

BFI Southbank announces reopening programme
The BFI Southbank, which reopens on 1 September with new health and safety measures in place to protect staff and audiences, has announced their full reopening schedule which includes a season exploring the influence of ‘La Haine’ (1995).

The programme for September will resonate with the now, drawing on the themes that have dominated our lives during lockdown. These include Redefining Rebellion, a season programmed by film journalist and critic Kaleem Aftab, which draws its inspiration from Mathieu Kassovitz’s trailblazing ‘La Haine’. Re-released in a 4K restoration in selected cinemas by the BFI on 11 September, ‘La Haine’ maybe 25 years old, but its themes of social and economic divide and discontent, make it just as distinctive now as it was then.

Also in news – 2020 Toronto Film Festival Line-Up announced

During September the BFI will continue to host BFI at Home events for free on BFI YouTube, with guests for the Redefining Rebellion
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Seven Conversations About Race, Inequality & Black Lives Matter With Those At The Heart Of The UK Industry

Seven Conversations About Race, Inequality & Black Lives Matter With Those At The Heart Of The UK Industry
Six years ago I wrote a piece titled “All White At The Top,” asking why the UK film industry was painfully bereft of Black, Asian and minority ethnic executives.

I drew up a list of more than 75 leading companies in production, sales, exhibition, distribution, post-production, public and private finance, VFX, talent agencies and physical studios. None of the companies were led by professionals from an ethnic minority and few had ethnic diversity in their most senior ranks.

Among the reasons for imbalance were class, nepotism, access, lack of regulation, complacency, stigma, stereotyping, unconscious bias and public funding “jobs for life.”

The piece was written during a wave of industry soul-searching, whose cultural breakthrough was expressed globally by the #OscarsSoWhite anger that surfaced in the same year. The outrage led to reforms on both sides of the pond.

Six years on, a survey of the industry’s leading film and TV
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The Best Movies of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, According to 50 Critics

The 2019 Cannes Film Festival wrapped its 72nd edition on Sunday by awarding director Bong Joon-ho with the Palme d’Or for “Parasite,” his dark comedy about a lower-class family that schemes to overtake a wealthy household. It was the first time that the Palme d’Or went to a Korean director, and many critics felt that it was the right decision: “Parasite” topped IndieWire’s annual critics survey of the best films at Cannes, with 50 critics participating from around the world.

The outcome marked the second year in a row that a Korean film topped the survey, following the first-place finish for Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning” in 2018.

Parasite” also topped the category for best screenplay. For best director, however, another Cannes favorite ranked highly. French director Celine Sciamma topped that category with “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” which stars Adèle Haenel and Noémie Merlant as covert lovers in the 18th century.
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Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Hollywood’ Wins First Cannes Honor: A Palm Dog for Pitbull Star Brandy

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Hollywood’ Wins First Cannes Honor: A Palm Dog for Pitbull Star Brandy
Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is going to have to wait until tomorrow to see if his latest, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” walks away with the Palme d’Or, but the Competition title has already racked up one big festival win: a Palm Dog for its canine star Brandy. First awarded by journalist Toby Rose in 2001 (and adorably inspired by his own French Fox Terrier Muttley), the Palm Dog is traditionally handed out on the penultimate day of the annual festival to the canine stars (and human directors) of some of the festival’s most woof-centric films.

Pitbull Brandy, who plays Brad Pitt’s character Cliff Booth’s pup in the film (and reportedly has a very juicy role in the final act) joins a long line of distinguished Palm Dog winners, including Uggie from the Oscar-winning “The Artist” and Ken Loach for casting three-legged dog Shae in his Palme d’Or-winning “I,
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Quentin Tarantino Accepts Palm Dog Award For Best Cannes Canine Performance In ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’

Quentin Tarantino Accepts Palm Dog Award For Best Cannes Canine Performance In ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’
Quentin Tarantino made a surprise appearance at today’s Palm Dog awards in Cannes, the annual celebration of the best dog performances in the Cannes selection. His film, Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, features blockbuster bowser Brandy, owned by Brad Pitt’s Cliff Booth character in the film.

First awarded by journalist Toby Rose in 2001, inspired by his own French Fox Terrier Muttley, the Palm Dog has become an annual treat on the penultimate day of the Cannes Film Festival. Now in its 19th year, the award to Tarantino had been long coveted by the director. “I have to say I am so honored to have this,” Tarantino said in a barnstorming speech on stage as he accepted the golden collar bestowed on the winner. “I’ve told everybody, I have no idea if we’re going to win the Palme d’Or. I feel no entitlement. But I
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Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Gets a 7-Minute Standing Ovation at Cannes, Here's a Review Roundup

Quentin Tarantino premiered his latest film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at the Cannes Film Festival and the lucky people who were able to attend loved it! After the movie ended the audience gave it a seven-minute standing ovation!

After the screening Tarantino thanked the audience saying, “Thank you for being such a fantastic audience for the first time we’ve ever showed it to an audience.” Shortly after the reviews and reactions started popping up online and almost every thing I’ve read sings its praises.

The acting in the movie is praised and it’s said to be, “Brilliant,” “Dazzling,” “Unsettling”, and features one “Holy Fuck” finale. I can’t wait to see this film for myself! It’s cool to see so many people loved it.

The film is set in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, and it follows the lives of actor Rick Dalton
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Tarantino’s ‘Hollywood’ Rocks Cannes in First Reactions: ‘Brilliant,’ ‘Dazzling,’ and One ‘Holy Fuck’ Ending

Tarantino’s ‘Hollywood’ Rocks Cannes in First Reactions: ‘Brilliant,’ ‘Dazzling,’ and One ‘Holy Fuck’ Ending
The first screenings of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” have touched down at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and the reactions coming in from film critics and the press are mostly ecstatic. Considerable praise is being directed towards Brad Pitt, whose last leading role was the 2017 Netflix movie “War Machine.”

“Hollywood” reunites Tarantino with his “Django Unchained” and “Inglourious Basterds” actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, respectively. The two star as a popular television actor and his stuntman trying to break big in the Hollywood movie business during the changing era of 1969. DiCaprio and Pitt’s characters live next door to Sharon Tate (played by DiCaprio’s “Wolf of Wall Street” co-star Margot Robbie), who is also trying to make a name for herself in Hollywood. Everyone’s fates get mixed up with Charles Manson and his cult. The supporting cast includes Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Lena Dunham,
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UK Film Centre in Cannes 2019: Full line-up of events revealed

UK Film Centre in Cannes 2019: Full line-up of events revealed
Ken Loach, Jessica Hausner, Asif Kapadia all to give talent talks.

Talent talks from directors Ken Loach, Jessica Hausner and Asif Kapadia all feature on the UK Film Centre’s programme of industry events at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25).

Each will discuss their respective films, which are having world premieres at the festival.

Loach will be joined by screenwriter Paul Laverty and producer Rebecca O’Brien on Friday, May 17 to discuss Competition title Sorry We Missed You, hosted by Screen’s Wendy Mitchell.

Hausner will talk alongside co-writer Geraldine Bajard and producers Geradine O’Flynn and
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Rotterdam ’19, Iffr: ‘The Day I Lost My Shadow’ in Bright Future Section

Rotterdam ’19, Iffr: ‘The Day I Lost My Shadow’ in Bright Future Section
This first film of Soudade Kaadan, a Paris-born Syrian woman won the Luigi de Laurentiis Award for a debut film in Venice Film Festival’s Orizzonti section, a suitable prize after seven years of struggling to make the film where it finally took part in 2017 in the Venice Gap-Financing Market and raising financial support from every conceivable film fund all the way from the large French Cnc to Hubert Bals Fund, World Cinema Fund, Women Make Movies, Aide aux Cinémas du Monde (Fr), Doha Film Institute (Qa), Hbf+Europe Minority Fund, Arab Human Rights Fund, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Prince Claus Grant, Sanad, Asian Cinema Fund and Cinereach.

After a number of documentaries about refugees, Soudade Kaadan made the transition to fiction with this compelling narrative. Her documentary background is clearly visible in the natural game, the handheld camera work and the hyperrealism of Sana’s panic journey,
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El Gouna Film Festival ‘18: Women in War and Peace: ‘The Day I Lost My Shadow’, ‘Divine Wind’, ‘The…

El Gouna Film Festival ‘18: Women in War and Peace: ‘The Day I Lost My Shadow’, ‘Divine Wind’, ‘The…
El Gouna Film Festival ‘18: Women in War and Peace: ‘The Day I Lost My Shadow’, ‘Divine Wind’, ‘The Heiresses’Apropos of the world today, genders divide the subjects of films here in the Arab world. As the three previous films were about men to the almost complete exclusion of women’s presence, the following films are about women, but in only one — the Latin American one — are men totally absent.

The Arab premiere of the Syrian film The Day I Lost My Shadow by Soudode Kaadan presents tragic aspects of a woman in the early days of the war in Syria, as she leaves Damascus and her eight-year-old son to go in search of a place to buy a cooking gas cylinder. Fearing arrest, her taxi driver abandons her in a small town. There, Sana discovers that it is normal for people to lose their shadows as they lose
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BFI announces 2018 finalists for £50k emerging filmmaker bursary

Award is for a filmmaker screening their first or second feature at London Film Festival.

The BFI has announced three finalists for the Iwc Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award, which comes with a £50,000 grant.

This year’s final three are: Richard Billingham, writer-director of Ray And Liz; Harry Wootliff, writer-director of Only You; and Nicole Taylor, writer of Wild Rose.

The award is designed ‘to support the future careers of exceptional new British film talent’; all three finalists will play at the upcoming BFI London Film Festival.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday October 9 at the Iwc gala dinner, chosen
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BFI announces 2018 finalists for £50k filmmaker emerging bursary

Award is for a filmmaker screening their first or second feature at London Film Festival.

The BFI has announced three finalists for the Iwc Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award, which comes with a £50,000 grant.

This year’s final three are: Richard Billingham, writer-director of Ray And Liz; Harry Wootliff, writer-director of Only You; and Nicole Taylor, writer of Wild Rose.

The award is designed ‘to support the future careers of exceptional new British film talent’; all three finalists will play at the upcoming BFI London Film Festival.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday October 9 at the Iwc gala dinner, chosen
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Shortlist Revealed For UK’s Biggest Filmmaker Bursary

Writer-director Richard Billingham (Ray & Liz), writer Nicole Taylor (Wild Rose) and writer-director Harry Wootliff (Only You) are the three names on the shortlist for the Iwc Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award worth £50k ($65k), which the eponymous luxury watch brand gives in conjunction with the BFI.

Photographer and Turner Prize-nominated artist Billingham’s well-reviewed first feature Ray and Liz is based on his memories of his parents Ray and Liz, their relationship, and its impact on Richard and his younger brother Jason.

Taylor recently wrote drama series, Three Girls for BBC1, which won five BAFTAs including mini-series and writer: drama. Prior to that, she wrote The C Word, starring Sheridan Smith for BBC1, which was also BAFTA-

nominated. Wild Rose, which was snapped up by Neon out of Toronto, is about a young woman from Glasgow who wants to escape Scotland for Nashville where she dreams of making it as a country singer.
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East End Film Festival to open with Basquiat doc (exclusive)

East End Film Festival to open with Basquiat doc (exclusive)
Festival hires new programming team for 17th edition.

The East End Film Festival (Eeff) has announced the programme for its 17th edition, which runs from April 11-29, moving back to its traditional spring slot.

Opening the London-based Festival is the UK premiere of Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years Of Jean-Michel Basquiat, a documentary about the pre-fame years of the enigmatic artist in New York. The gala opening will take place at Dalston’s Rio Cinema, with a Q&A with director Sara Driver and Studio 54 after party to follow.

Amongst the titles in competition for the best
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