Friday, November 30, 2012
Sports Chosun held their 33rd 청룡영화상 (Blue Dragon Film Awards) tonight in Seoul, South Korea. The event was hosted by 유준상 (Yu Jun-Sang) and 김혜수 (Kim Hye-Soo).
The awards were spread around rather evenly. The top prize of Best Film went to 피에타 (Pieta) by 김기덕 (Kim Ki-Duk). It was also the Golden Lion winner this year at Venice. However, it was the film's only Blue Dragon award.
범죄와의 전쟁 : 나쁜놈들 전성시대 (Nameless Gangster) by 윤종빈 (Yun Jong-Bin) won three awards. Yun won Best Screenplay while 최민식 (Choi Min-Sik) won Best Actor. The film's third trophy was for Best Music. 범죄와의 전쟁 : 나쁜놈들 전성시대 (Nameless Gangster) had led with 11 nominations along with 광해:왕이 된 남자 (Masquerade) by 추창민 (Choo Chang-Min), which only claimed one prize for Art Direction.
은교 (Eungyo) also won three awards. 김고은 (Kim Ko-Eun) won Best New Actress to go with the film's wins for Cinematography and for Lighting.
The Festival continues to Thursday, December 6 at Cinéma du Parc, 3575, av. du Parc.
Over the past few years, Brazil has been climbing the heights to become the 5th biggest economy in the world. The rise has been such that it is currently preparing to host two of the most important international events: the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro.
The Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival weekend-long festival celebrating the best in contemporary Canadian horror filmmaking running. It runs until Sunday, December 2 at the Projection Booth East, 1035 Gerrard Steet East. The closing film will be Chris Alexander's Blood for Irina.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The 11 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:
2013 Sundance announces films in Spotlight, Park City at Midnight, New Frontier, Installations, Performances
Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the 2013 Sundance Film Festival out-of-competition sections Spotlight, Park City at Midnight and New Frontier, as well as the installations and performances to be featured in the Festival’s New Frontier venue. The Festival takes place January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “I couldn’t be more pleased to announce the films selected for these sections because they illustrate the tremendous creativity and vibrancy of the independent film community. Spotlight features our favorite films that have premiered at other festivals and the Park City at Midnight and New Frontier sections are comprised of films that are bound to shock, intoxicate, derange or dazzle. Expect the unexpected when you venture down the path of these cinematic sensations.”
The films are listed below in alphabetical order:
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Sundance Institute announced today the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and the out-of-competition NEXT <=> section of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.
Robert Redford, President & Founder of Sundance Institute said, “Every great film starts with an idea, and it is a testament to artists that they continually find new ideas, new stories, new points of view and new ways of sharing them, year after year. We look forward to hearing from these artists not just through their words and images onscreen but also through the larger dialogue they create with audiences at our Festival and beyond.”
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The films, both documentary and narrative, selected for our 2013 Festival have a particular immediacy and fearlessness to them showing us that independent film is as vibrant, creative and relevant as ever. Filmmakers are telling raw, powerful stories that are sure to create new energy in audiences and communities across the globe in the months to come.”
Topics discussed include tough moments, working with others, fears of failure, film vs. digital, temper tantrums, interaction with fans, and leaving the business.
Tarantino discusses cutting down his own work in the editing process. "When you're cutting it down, at that moment in time, before you watch it with an audience, you know it's too long, but you can't imagine taking anything out. So then you watch it with an audience, and then all of a sudden -- 'Oh, wow, that is kind of boring now!' or 'No, this is not as suspenseful by the time we got to it as it needs to be.' But you can only go so far in the Avid room on your own. At some point, you have to watch it with an audience. And then literally 15 minutes just come flying out, where before you couldn't imagine a minute leaving."
Every year, the Sommets du cinéma d’animation de Montréal presents the best animated films from Quebec, Canada and elsewhere. The program includes a selection of international titles, a solid line-up of student films directed by young artists representing the future of animation cinema, an overview of Canadian and Quebec production, retrospectives, and activities for young audiences. Part of the program is also presented in the city of Québec.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Nominees for Best Feature include Beasts of the Southern Wild, Bernie, Keep the Lights On, Moonrise Kingdom, and Silver Linings Playbook. Starlet was selected to receive the annual Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast.
“The nominations this year represent an astonishingly strong group of artists both in front of and behind the camera,” said Film Independent Co-president Josh Welsh. “At Film Independent, we nurture artist-driven filmmaking all year long and I can’t imagine a more fitting or worthy group of films to celebrate here today.”
Monday, November 26, 2012
Best Feature went to Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, winning against competition from Bernie, The Loneliest Planet, The Master and Middle of Nowhere.
Director Benh Zeitlin won the Breakthrough Director Award for Beasts of the Southern Wild. He also picked up the inaugural Bingham Ray Award, named in honour of the indie film executive and distributor.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
The winner for Best Feature Film was The Hunger Games by Gary Ross. The huge summer hit was based on the young adult novel by Suzanne Collins. It won out against Arthur Christmas by Sarah Smith, Hugo by Martin Scorsese, and The Muppets by James Bobin.
The BAFTA Kids' Vote: Top Ten list was topped by The Smurfs followed by Johnny English Reborn and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
The night's big winner was 神探亨特張 (Beijing Blues) by 高群書 (Gao Qun Shu). The crime drama told through the perspective of low-level plainclothes detective won Best Feature Film, as well as Best Cinematography and Best Film Editing.
奪命金 (Life Without Principle) by 杜琪峯 (Johnnie To) also picked up three prizes. It won for Best Director, Best Leading Actor 劉青雲 (Sean Lau Ching Wan) and Best Original Screenplay. The Tarantino-esque drama depicts the lives of several people struggling after the recent economic crash.
浮城謎事 (Mystery) by 婁燁 (Lou Ye) and 女朋友。男朋友 (Gf * Bf) by 楊雅喆 (Yang Ya Che) both led the nominations with seven, and won two each. 浮城謎事 (Mystery) won Best New Performer for 齊溪 (Qi Xi) and Best Film Score. 女朋友。男朋友 (Gf * Bf) won Best Leading Actress for 桂綸鎂 (Gwei Lun-Mei) and the Audience Award.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Alan Berliner picked up the VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary (€ 12,500) for First Cousin Once Removed, a portrait of his uncle during the latter stages of his life, which were marked by Alzheimer’s disease. According to the jury, Alan Berliner employs intelligence, inventiveness and a poetic sensibility to create a film that uses the onset on Alzheimer's to make a beautiful, moving and artistic statement about the intersection of personal history and memory.
The distinguished speakers were Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River), Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Shame), Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, The Young Victoria, Downton Abbey), Scott Frank (Out of Sight, Minority Report) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Debt). Except for Morgan, they have all been Oscar-nominees. Helgeland and Fellowes are both winners.
The audio for all five lectures is provided below. The transcripts are provided where available.
The International Jury also gave a High Commendation in the category of Best Feature Film to Bumchoiwaui Junjaeng (Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time) from Republic of Korea.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
top 10 films of the year by Cahier cu Cinema.
The official closing night film will be Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean by Matthew Mishory. Additional highlights of the program include Bye Bye Blondie by Virginie Despentes, Hors les murs by David Lambert, Bullhead by Michaël R. Roskam, and My Brother the Devil by Sally El Hosaini.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Do you have a bold idea for the big screen? Do you have the chops to make it for $1 million?
The CineCoup Film Accelerator is a disruptive new model for filmmakers to develop, market and finance their feature films. Filmmaking teams apply to CineCoup with a two-minute trailer. They advance through a gamified selection funnel that’s designed to package their projects and build audience support on the CineCoup social web platform. The Top 10 projects will be optioned for development and one will be selected for up to $1 million (CDN) in production financing and guaranteed release in Cineplex theatres in Fall 2013.
This year's other finalists were Csak a szél (Just the Wind) by Bence Fliegauf (Hungary, Germany, France) and Tabu by Miguel Gomes (Portugal, Germany, France, Brazil).
This year, for the first time since the Lux Prize was created in 2007, Parliament held "LUX Film Days" during which it screened the three finalist films in all member states, enabling thousands of citizens to see these European cinema productions.
65th Cannes Film Festival.
The list includes two films by Abel Ferrara. 4:44 Last Day on Earth tied for 4th place with 다른 나라에서 (In Another Country) and Take Shelter, while Go Go Tales followed in seventh spot. The latter film played at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival before languishing without distribution.
Interestingly, the Palme d'Or winner this past year Amour by Michael Haneke is nowhere to be found on the list. Also absent are any Hollywood studio films such as last year's inclusion of Super 8.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Come out to see the latest works from the 2012 Playwrights Unit, playwright-in-residence Rosa Laborde, RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwrights' Competition Winner Tracey Power and the English premiere of the latest work by French-Canadian playwright Marcel-Romain Thériault.
Play Reading Week runs from November 20 to 25, 2012 in Tarragon's Near Studio.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Presented by SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada – the SOCAN Awards Gala recognizes the accomplishments of Canadian songwriters in Pop/Rock, Dance, Urban, Country, Jazz, Folk/Roots, Classical, Film & Television, and International categories. SOCAN members such as Dean Brody, Alyssa Reid, Alex Cuba, Hedley's Jacob Hoggard, Fefe Dobson, David Myles, Mychael Danna and Bob Ezrin, were in attendance to receive their awards. Performers at the show included electro-pop group Dragonette; pop tunesmith Hawksley Workman, who led a tribute with Royal Wood and Serena Ryder to honour Bruce Cockburn; indie-rock trio Young Rival; and urban star Danny Fernandes.
All have been Oscar nominees and Field, Weisz, Hunt and Cotillard are previous winners. Topics that they discuss include their fears, fame, fighting for roles, bad auditions and working with nightmare directors.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Canadian heartthrob Justin Bieber was the night's big winner taking all three awards for which he was nominated. He won the top prize of Artist of the Year, as well as Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock and Favorite Album – Pop/Rock for Believe.
The only other multiple award-winner was Nicki Minaj, who along with Rihanna led the field with 4 nominations. Minaj won for Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop and Favorite Alvum – Rap/Hip-Hop for Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.
Rihanna's sole win was for Favorite Album – Soul/R&B on the strength of her album Talk That Talk.
Zam Salim's debut feature Up There was the top winner, taking both of its nominations for Best Feature Film and Best Director. Developed from his own short film, the dark comedy is about two people in the afterlife on a bureaucratic assignment but misplace a soul that they must then find.
The Angels’ Share by Ken Loach also won two awards from its leading four nominations. Paul Laverty won for Best Writer, while Paul Brannigan won Best Actor/Actress beating out his co-star Siobhan Reilly.
BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM
Presented by Greenground, the award for best international short went to Dusty Night by Ali Hazara. The film looks at the lives of street sweepers in an Afghan village; it is a harsh essay on the human condition. The jury praised the film for “opening viewers to the unknown, without shouting, without getting lost in explanation.”
The jury also awarded a special mention to River Rites by Ben Russell.
BEST INTERNATIONAL MEDIUM-LENGTH FILM
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Both received nominations for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. 광해:왕이 된 남자 (Masquerade) picked up acting nominations for Actor 이병헌 (Lee Byung-Hun) and Supporting Actor 장광 (Jang Gwang), while 범죄와의 전쟁 : 나쁜놈들 전성시대 (Nameless Gangster) received nods for Actors 최민식 (Choi Min-Sik) and 하정우 (Ha Jung-Woo), Supporting Actor 곽도원 (Kwak Do-Won) and New Actor 김성균 (Kim Sung-Kyun).
Tickets are only $30 and the first 400 people attending will receive a $50 DVD prize pack from Mongrel Media. So not only are attendees supporting a great arts organization but getting a great evening and a lot of bang for their buck.
The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener, and Mark Ivanir. They play a renowned string quartet that is thrown into disarray when a member receives a troubling diagnosis, and long-simmering tensions rise to the surface.
Friday, November 16, 2012
The Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes won Album of the Year and Best Long Form Music Video for Juanes MTV Unplugged.
Trumpeter and pianist Arturo Sandoval picked up three awards. He won Best Tango Album for Tango Como Yo Te Siento, and Best Latin Jazz Album and Best Engineered Album for Dear Diz (Every Day I Think of You).
Double award-winners included Don Omar, Carla Morrison, El Cuarteto de Nos, Milly Quezada, and Juan Luis Guerra. Luis Guerra's two awards give him a total of 19 over the years and he has matched the record of Calle 13.
This will be followed by a screening of ヴィヨンの妻 〜桜桃とタンポポ〜 (Villon's Wife) by 根岸吉太郎 (Kichitaro Negishi). Tomorrow's screenings will be 風が強く吹いている (Feel the Wind) by 大森寿美男 (Sumio Omori), and ハッピーフライト (Happy Flight) by やぐち ふみやす (Shinobu Yaguchi).
Please note that limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations. Please arrive at least thirty minutes before showtime.
This will be followed by a screening of the films made during the 69 Hour Film Challenge last weekend, where film makers were given 69 hours to create a funny short film about sex. Participants are given a secret list of ten items, and were required to have at least three of the items in the film.
The list of items was the following:
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Joss Whedon's The Avengers led with thirteen nominations – five for the film and another eight for the actors. Robert Downey, Jr. received three on his own for Favorite Movie Actor, Favorite Action Movie Star and Favorite Movie Superhero. Scarlett Johansson was a three-time nominee for Favorite Movie Actress, Favorite Face of Heroism and Favorite On-Screen Chemistry with Jeremy Renner. Chris Hemsworth also picked up three nominations, but two were for his role of Thor in The Avengers, while the third was for acting in Snow White and the Huntsman.
The other nominees for Favorite Movie were The Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games and Snow White and the Huntsman. Emma Stone picked up three nominations for her role in The Amazing Spider-Man as did Jennifer Lawrence for starring in The Hunger Games.
The closing night film on Sunday night will be Big Boys Gone Bananas! It chronicles the filmmaker Fredrick Gertten's ordeal of being bullied by the company Dole when he began screening his earlier documentary Bananas!
The screenings also include the still relevant You Don't Like the Truth - Four Days Inside Guantanamo, which looks at the imprisonment and torture of Omar Khadr. It raises many questions and throws his confession into doubt because of the torture and the very real threat that he'd spend the rest of his life in those conditions otherwise.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The award for Best Screenplay was presented by Academy Award-winner David Seidler to Lynne Ramsay and Rory Stewart Kinnear for We Need to Talk About Kevin. It won against Paddy Considine for Tyrannosaur and Paul Laverty for Even the Rain. Danny King and Dexter Fletcher won Best First Feature Film for Wild Bill.
Interesting subjects discussed include adapting real-life events; politics; death; getting started; and the writing process. Haneke speaks of his dislike of the Hitler drama Downfall and Spielberg's Schindler's List, and making entertainment from dark historical events in general. He said, "the mere idea of trying to create suspense out of the question of whether the showerhead gas is going to come on is unspeakable."
“We congratulate the outstanding recipients of this year’s DGA Student Film Awards,” said DGA President Taylor Hackford. “The Guild recognizes and honors these young men and women directors who have shown exceptional talent and promise, and we hope that the attention brought by the DGA Student Film Awards will serve to both highlight their work and provide inspiration for the next generation of diverse talent in the entertainment industry.”
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Other films screening over the next two weeks include Germany's Halt auf freier Strecke (Stopped on Track) by Andreas Dresen, the Czech Republic's Pouta (Walking Too Fast) by Radim Špaček, Sonny Boy by Maria Peters, and Medalia de onoare (Medal of Honour) by Peter Călin Netzer. The Swedish film En enkel till Antibes (A One-Way Ticket to Antibes) by Richard Hobert will screen with the director in attendance, as will the Maltese short film Small, Stupid and Insignificant by Valerie Buhagiar.
Celebrating Canada’s rich cultural diversity through a variety of showcases and venues, Mundial Montreal hosts some of the most sought-after programmers and tastemakers to participate in ground-breaking networking events, panels and meetings. This year Mundial Montreal increases its programming up to 33 artists, in 10 different venues, and over 100 delegates from both Canada and beyond.
Monday, November 12, 2012
The Reel Asian Best Canadian Film or Video Award was presented to Romeo Candido's Prison Dancer, about the unique Filipino phenomenon of dance routines by prison inmates. Best Feature went to Kim Kyung-mook's Stateless Things about a North Korean migrant worker and young gay prostitute. Montreal animator Jonathan Ng claimed the Animasian Award for Requiem for Romance.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
It was a huge night for EMA newcomer Taylor Swift. In her debut appearance at the international music extravaganza, she not only closed the show with ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ but took home three awards, tying longtime EMA fave Justin Bieber with three: Best Live, Best Look, and Best Female.
Canadian heartthrob Justin Bieber won for Best Pop and Best Male as well as scoring Best World Stage. He couldn’t be at Frankfurt’s Festhalle in person, but appeared via video link to express his gratitude and excitement.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Bunohan was the big winner of the night. It claimed the prize for Best Film, against competition from Songlap, Ombak Rindu, Libas and 7 Petala Cinta. In addition, Bunohan won for Best Screenplay. It is Malaysia's entry to the Academy Awards for consideration as Best Foreign Language Film.
Songlap by Fariza Azlina and Effendee Mazlan picked up more awards, however, with three. It won for Best Director, Best Actor (Shaheizy Sam) and Best Supporting Actor (Syafie Naswip).
Ombak Rindu took the acting prizes on the women's side, with Best Actress going to Maya Karin and Best Supporting Actress to Lisa Surihani.
The two floors of the 4001 Berri space will be animated by the festival partners and artists as part of an open house exhibition, Risky Business. There will be a launch of a special double issue of the electronic periodical .dpi, featuring a one-time-only print component at the occasion of the anniversary of The HTMlles. The evening also includes Oboro's Sound Saloon featuring Alexis O'Hara, art performances at the GIV, a projection/installation in CQAM’s window, and 360 degree photos by Time Code and Orangium. Finally, there will be a performance The Ultimate Company – Dominations, risques, profits by Franco-Belgian artist Valérie Cordy
COMMFEST is a "cultural showcase of issue-oriented cinema, offers a unique platform in today's media-explosive world for filmmakers young and old, emerging or seasoned, to engage in a dialogue of social issues and cultural exchange through the powerful language of film. Exhibiting filmmakers and invitations to all COMMFFEST events including the filmmakers' brunch. The year's best films will be honored with the prestigious Making A Difference (MADA) Award. Submit your film today."
Friday, November 9, 2012
The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:
For those who may not know about the upcoming film Hitchcock, it is about Alfred Hitchcock’s arduous endeavor to produce one of his most iconic film’s Psycho (1960). CINSSU loves Hitchcock and thought this would be a great opportunity to present a sneak preview for this upcoming film. Before we show Hitchcock though, we thought it would be an excellent idea to present the film that inspired it: Psycho.
the Netherlands' Best Foreign Film submission to the 2013 Academy Awards. It will be preceded by a wine and cheese reception at the TIFF Lounge.
The festival will close with Matthew Lillard's Sundance festival hit Fat Kid Rules the World. All of the screenings will take place with the filmmaker in attendance and/or mental health professionals/commentators. The films are a springboard for discussion to further understand ourselves and mental health issues.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
A seminal film in Hong Kong film history, A Better Tomorrow witnessed the birth of John Woo as “action-auteur”, revitalizing the action-crime genre through a hyper-stylization of violence that drew as much from Peckinpah, as it did modern dance and traditional Chinese martial arts. While the film is deeply interested in local themes, reflecting on the nostalgia and temporality of pre-handover Hong Kong, it’s stylization of violence has witnessed global repercussions, identifiable in the works of western directors like Tarantino, the Wachowskis and Luc Besson.
They discuss a wide range of topics including politics, fame and life-changing advice. One particularly interesting exchange occurs when they discuss the issue of actresses, particularly those over the age of 40. Denzel Washington's daughter is studying to be an actress and he told her "You're black, you're a woman, and you're dark-skinned at that. So you have to be a triple/quadruple threat. You gotta learn how to act. You gotta learn how to dance, sing, move onstage." He went on to tell her, "Look at Viola Davis. That's who you want to be. Forget about the little pretty girls; if you're relying on that, when you hit 40, you're out the door. You better have some chops."
Other films screened over the next several days include Vihir (The Well), Stanley Ka Dabba, and the documentary Big in Bollywood – From a Hollywood Zero to a Bollywood Hero. The festival closes with a screening of 3 Idiots by Rajkumar Irani.
All films are screened with English or French subtitles.