MyFrenchFilmFestival to Highlight 10 Films; Ira Sachs Presides Over Jury

MyFrenchFilmFestival to Highlight 10 Films; Ira Sachs Presides Over Jury
Guillaume Nicloux’s “To the Ends of the World,” Erwan Le Duc’s “The Bare Necessity” and Caroline Poggi & Jonathan Vinel’s “Jessica Forever” are among the ten French and French-language films set to compete at the 10th edition of MyFrenchFilmFestival, the online film showcase created by UniFrance.

Ira Sachs, the American director whose latest film “Frankie” competed at Cannes, will preside over the international jury which will comprise of the French actress Agathe Bonitzer (“Isadora’s Children”), Guatemaltec director Jayro Bustamante (“Ixcanul”), American actor-turned-director Brady Corbet (“Vox Lux”), Belgian director Judith Davis (“My Revolution”) and Czech director Michaela Pavlatova (“My Sunny Maad”). The other jury is made up of members of the international press.

To the Ends of the World,” which world premiered at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight last year, stars Gaspard Ulliel (“Saint Laurent”) as a young French soldier in Indochina, in 1945, who survives a brutal massacre in which
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Santa Barbara International Film Festival Lineup: 63 World Premieres

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Lineup: 63 World Premieres
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 34th edition, which takes place from Jan. 30 to Feb. 9. Sixty-three world premieres will debut at the California fest, which is also hosting 59 U.S. premieres from 48 countries. “Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy” will open the festival, with “Spoons: A Santa Barbara Story” closing it.

Sbiff also serves as an awards-season stop, and this year’s honorees include Viggo Mortensen, Glenn Close, Melissa McCarthy, Yalitza Aparicio, Sam Elliott, Elsie Fisher, Claire Foy, Richard E. Grant, Thomasin McKenzie, John David Washington, Steven Yeun, and Michael B. Jordan.

Here’s the lineup:

Babysplitters, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Sam Friedlander

Better Together, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Isaac Hernández

The Bird Catcher, Norway, UK – World Premiere

Directed by Ross Clarke

Cemetery Park, USA – World Premiere

Directed by Brandon Alvis

Diving Deep: The Life and Times of Mike deGruy,
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Berlinale co-production market to host Boo Junfeng, Uberto Pasolini projects

Berlinale co-production market to host Boo Junfeng, Uberto Pasolini projects
Total of 37 feature film projects headed to Berlin.

The Berlin International Film Festival’s annual co-production market has unveiled the 37 feature film projects that will form this year’s selection.

There are 22 projects taking part in the Official Selection, including new films from Boo Junfeng, whose The Apprentice premiered at Cannes in 2016, and Uberto Pasolini, whose credits as a director include Still Life and Machan, and as a producer include The Full Monty.

Also attending with a new project is Carla Simón, the director of Summer 1993, which was a hit at the Berlinale in 2017, and brothers Arab and Tarzan Nasser,
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Christian Schwochow, Shira Geffen, Santiago Mitre & Uberto Pasolini Line Up Berlinale Co-Pro Projects

Films from Nsu German History X director Christian Schwochow, BeTipul star Shira Geffen, 7 Days in Havana director Santiago Mitre and The Full Monty producer Uberto Pasolini are among the titles set for this year’s Berlinale Co-Production Market.

The co-pro market, which will see 600 international producers and financiers to come together to explore new partnerships, will host 37 feature film projects. Notably, 20 female filmmaker, 49% of selected titles, are represented.

Schwochow is hosting Je Suis Karl, which is produced by Germany’s Pandora Film Produktion; Geffen has A Responsible Adult, a family drama set against the backdrop of Israel’s mythical Masada plateau with Israel’s Marker Films; Mitre is shopping Petite Fleur from France’s Maneki Films and Argentina’s La Uniòn de los Rìos, and Pasolini is directing Nowhere Special from UK’s Red Wave Films.

The 20 female filmmakers include Marcela Said from Chile, Elina Psykou from Greece, Júlia Murat from Brazil,
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San Sebastian unveils New Directors titles

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San Sebastian unveils New Directors titles
The 13 films competing for a $55,000 prize include Scott Graham’s Iona and Hans Christian Berger’s After Eden.Scroll down for full line-up

The San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 18-26) has revealed the 13 films competing for the Kutxabank-New Directors Award, which includes a prize of $55,000 (€50,000).

The New Directors section, comprising first or second works by international filmmakers, includes Iona, Scott Graham’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed Shell, which world premiered at San Sebastian in 2012.

Iona stars Ruth Negga as the title character who takes her teenage son to the island where she was born so they can hide from a violent crime.

New Directors line-up

Synopses provided by the festival

After Eden

Hans Christian Berger (Canada)

A tale of love and temptation in the age of Internet pornography. A reclusive university student tracks down his favourite porn star in the real world and becomes her anonymous follower - until he finds the courage to connect in person
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Les Films du Losange boards Prejudice

Les Films du Losange boards Prejudice
Drama starring Belgian musician Arno (pictured) marks feature debut of filmmaker Antoine Cuypers.

Paris-based Les Films du Losange is to handle international sales and theatrical distribution in France of Prejudice, the feature debut of Belgian filmmaker Antoine Cuypers.

The film, currently in post-production, marks the first feature for Benoît Roland’s Brussels-based Wrong Men production company as main producer, having previously been involved with titles on a co-production basis.

The Benelux rights for Prejudice will be handled by Cinéart.

After his short film A New Old Story, Cuypers has turned to a ‘huis clos’ family drama featuring Nathalie Baye, Belgian musician Arno Hintjens and Cesar-nominated Ariane Labed, who won best actress at Locarno 2014 for her role in Fidelio, Alice’s Odyssey.

The drama begins during a family meal when 32 year-old Cedric (Thomas Blanchard) learns that his sister (Labed) is expecting a baby. While the news is met with genuine excitement by the whole family, Cedric, who still
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European Film Awards 2011: Nominations: Melancholia, The Artist, Le Havre

Melancholia, The Artist, Le Havre and the other nominations for the 2011 European Film Awards have been announced. The 24th Annual European Film Awards are presented “by the European Film Academy to recognize excellence in European cinematic achievements. The awards are given in over ten categories of which the most important is the Film of the year. They are restricted to European cinema and European producers, directors, and actors.” This year’s European Film Awards “ceremony will be held on December 3, 2011 in Berlin’s Tempodrom near Potsdamer Platz.”

The full listing of the 2011 European Film Awards nominations is below.

European Film 2011

The Artist, France

Written and Directed by: Michel Hazanavicius; Produced by: Thomas Langmann & Emmanuel Montamat

Le Gamin au Velo (The Kid with a Bike), Belgium/France/Italy

Written and Directed by: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne; Produced by: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd & Andrea Occhipinti

Hævnen (In a Better World), Denmark
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Cannes 2011. Critics' Week

Updated through 5/21 — with awards announcements.

As noted last week, with support from the 4+1 Film Festival, we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of Critics' Week with a free retrospective of some of the greatest films screened over the past 50 editions. What follows is a roundup of what the critics are saying about the films screening this year.

"Jonathan Caouette's film Tarnation — created for $300 (£185) on his iMac out of old Super 8 videos and family photos — created a stir at Cannes in 2004 for its original visual language," begins Charlotte Higgins in the Guardian. "In his latest he returns to Tarnation's material: his rich but intensely difficult family life. At the heart of Walk Away Renée is a road trip he takes with his mother, Renée, from Houston to New York State, as he helps her transfer from one assisted-living facility to another. Renée, who received electric shock therapy from the age
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50th Cannes Critics Week announces lineup

50th Cannes Critics Week announces lineup
The 50th edition of the Cannes Critics Week announced its lineup on Monday. War is declared by French director Valerie Donzelli will be the opening film of the Critics Week. Why are you crying? by Katia Lewcowicz will be the closing film of the selection.

The Special Session will include screening of Walk Away Renee by Jonathan Caouette (Etats-Unis/France/Belgique) and My Little Princess by Eva Ionesco (France).

Founded in 1962 by the Union of French Film Critics, the Critics Week is the oldest of the Cannes festival sidebars. Each year, a panel of international critics selects around a dozen shorts and features from first and second-time filmmakers to compete in this section.

This year, the event will take place from May12-20, 2011.

The complete lineup:

Feature films

Las Acacias by Giorgelli Pablo (Argentina / Spain)

Hail by Konstantin Bojanov (Bulgaria / France)

17 girls by Delphine Coulin, Coulin Muriel (France)

Sauna on
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European Film Awards Complete Short Film Nominees

The final nominee has been announced for the 2009 European Film Awards. Valéry Rosier’s “Bonne Nuit” (Good Night) was named at the Drama Shorts Film Festival in Greece. The short film initiative is organised by the European Film Academy in co-operation with a series of film festivals throughout Europe. At each of these festivals, an independent jury presents one of the European short films in competition with a nomination in the …
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