One hundred eighty-eight films films from 81 countries including 51 premieres highlight the lineup for the 31st annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, which kicks off January 2 with a star-studded gala that has become a must-stop during awards season for Oscar hopefuls. The festival, which runs through January 13, also is known for showcasing a large number of submissions in the Motion Picture Academy’s International Film (formerly Foreign Language) competition and will feature 51 of those entries. The opening-night film on January 3 is the Italian farce An Almost Ordinary Summer, while the closer is director Peter Cattaneo’s heartwarming dramedy Military Wives in which Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan and Jason Flemyng lead a superb ensemble cast. The film had its world premiere at September’s Toronto International Film Festival and became an instant crowd-pleaser. Bleecker Street releases it in 2020. Related … [Read more...] about Palm Springs Film Festival Sets Lineup; ‘An Almost Ordinary Summer’ & ‘Military Wives’ Are Opening- And Closing-Night Movies
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The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has named Vanja Kaludjercic as its next festival director, following the news earlier this year that Bero Beyer will leave after the 49th edition to head the Netherlands Film Fund. Kaludjercic joins from streaming platform MUBI where she was director of acquisitions. She has also worked at Les Arcs European Film Festival, Sarajevo Film Festival, and also IFFR previously, where she ran the talks and masterclasses programme between 2016 and 2018. She will shadow Beyer at the upcoming festival, which runs January 22 to February 2, before taking over formally in February ahead of the 50th anniversary edition in 2021. She will work alongside managing director Marjan van der Haar, … [Read more...] about International Film Festival Rotterdam Hires Vanja Kaludjercic As Director
The fourth edition of the Asian festival also honored Australia's Oscar entry 'Buoyancy' while 'Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains' won best Chinese feature. Bong Joon Ho's Parasite added yet another trophy to its ever expanding haul this awards season picking up the Asian Blockbuster Film prize at the 4th International Film Festival and Awards Macau (IFFAM) on Tuesday night. In a taped message, Bong thanked the organizers for the award and said, "I have never directed a blockbuster film. To be honest, I'm not too familiar with the word 'blockbuster'." He added that "when I think about why you're giving me the award named 'blockbuster' it might not be referring to the general American term of blockbuster... but it means to be loved not only by Asian audiences but by a worldwide audience. I would assume this award is for Parasite as a blockbuster in the audience's mind, not in box office gross."Parasite producer Sin-ae Kwak. IFFAM's international competition category saw Give Me Liberty … [Read more...] about ‘Parasite’, ‘Give Me Liberty’ Among Winners at Macao Film Festival Awards
It looks like Warner Bros. might be taking Todd Phillips' Joker to the Venice Film Festival. Sources close to the studio say the Venice launch might kick off the fall awards season. Joaquin Phoenix is no stranger to the festival and has appeared many times over the years, including last year for The Sisters Brothers. Phoenix took home the Best Actor Volpi Cup in 2012 at the festival for his role in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master. Could Joker end up taking home some awards at the festival and later at the Academy Awards? Warner Bros. has already revealed they are sitting this year's San Diego Comic-Con out, so the Venice Film Festival launch for Joker makes sense. With that being said, the move could be to give the upcoming movie on the Clown Prince of Crime a better standing when it comes to how the project is marketed. The first trailer plays out like an homage to Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver and King Of Comedy, which are both a far cry from the normal superhero movies out … [Read more...] about Joker Possibly Heading to Venice Film Festival, Is It an Oscars Contender?
EXCLUSIVE: XYZ Films has acquired international sales rights to Code 8, the sci-fi thriller in the works and being toplined by cousins Stephen and Robbie Amell. The pair starred in Jeff Chan’s short film of the same name and launched an Indiegogo campaign last year to adapt it into a feature; it raised more than $1.7 million. A May shooting start in Toronto now is being eyed, and XYZ is selling the title at the European Film Market underway this week in Berlin. Chan will direct and produce under his Colony Pictures banner, with the Amells, screenwriter Chris Pare, Thick Water Entertainment and Resolute Films’ Lee Kim executive producing. The short film is set in a world where 4% of the population is born with some type of supernatural ability, but instead of being billionaires or superheroes, most “specials” face discrimination and live in poverty. The story follows a man (Robbie Amell, The Flash) struggling to pay for his mother’s medical … [Read more...] about Robbie & Stephen Amell’s Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Code 8’ Ramps Up With XYZ Films Deal – Berlin