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Miranda July and Victoria Mahoney Heading to the "February Festival"

Now we know why this announcement was put on hold. Seeing as both fests are back to back and one ends up supplying the other, Sundance John Cooper kindly obliged before annoucing the inclusion of Miranda July's The Future, a German-u.S co-production title that Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick is obviously pleased to include in his festival. After announcing that the Coen Brothers’ excellent True Grit would open the comp, here comes the first batch of 8 competition titles which include a Wim Wenders film we actually want to see, Turkish filmmaker Seyfi Teoman's Our Grand Despair and one filmmaker who we were sure was headed to Park City will instead receive a huge showcase in Berlin in Victoria Mahoney’s “Yelling to the Sky”. Here's the complete list of titles: “Bizim Büyük Çaresizligimiz” (Our Grand Despair); Turkey / Germany / Netherlands by Seyfi Teoman (Tatil Kitabi/Summer Book) with Ilker Aksum,
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Victoria Mahoney’s “Yelling To The Sky” Will Debut At Berlin International Film Festival

About a week after the Sundance Film Festival announced its complete lineup, the Berlin title with (the Berlin International Film Festival) just publicized the first batch of films that will be in competition at the festival, and, a film that I fully expected would debut at Sundance (but obviously will not) is one of Shadow And Act’s Filmmakers To Watch, Victoria Mahoney’s feature film debut, Yelling To The Sky – a film we’ve given mucho pixels to on this blog, which stars Zoë Kravitz, Gabourey Sidibe, Tim Blake Nelson, Antonique Smith, and many others.

So, congrats to Victoria and company! I’d even further say that a Berlin debut could be considered more prestigious than a Sundance birth. The competition is stiffer, and your film may get more international exposure. Victoria can count veteran Wim Wenders and Miranda July as some of her competition.

The Coen Brothers’ remake
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Berlinale Adds ‘Coriolanus’ To Competition

The 61st Berlin International Film Festival has announced the rest of the Competition line-up in addition to opening film True Grit (which is screening out of competition). They include Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut Coriolanus, co-starring Gerard Butler and Vanessa Redgrave, and Wim Wenders’ 3D dance film Pina. Bizim Büyük Çaresizliğimiz (Our Grand Despair) Turkey / Germany / Netherlands by Seyfi Teoman (Tatil Kitabi/Summer Book) with İlker Aksum, Fatih Al, Güneş Sayın, Baki Davrak, Taner Birsel, Mehmet Ali Nuroğlu World premiere Coriolanus UK – debut film by Ralph Fiennes with Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler, Vanessa Redgrave, Brian Cox, James Nesbitt World premiere / out of competition Lipstikka Israel/UK by Jonathan Sagall (Urban Feel) with Clara Khoury, Nataly Attiya, Moran Rosenblatt, Ziv Weiner World premiere Pina Germany/France - dance film in 3D by Wim Wenders (The American Friend, Buena Vista Social Club, The Million Dollar Hotel) with the ensemble of the Tanztheater Wuppertal
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The Edge of Heaven

Directed by Fatih Akin

Written by Fatih Akin

Starring: Nurgül Yeilçay, Baki Davrak, Tuncel Kurtiz, Hanna Schygulla, Patrycia Ziolkowska, Nursel Köse

Running time 122 min.

Language German and Turkish

The Edge of Heaven revolves around Turkey and Germany. The characters travel between these countries and so travel through their own lives. A recurring theme through the entire movie is death and how each protagonist in the movie reacts to it in their own way. The story travels at a slow pace without any quickening of heartbeats at any moment as it follows a smooth and calm flow through each character’s life.


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The Edge Of Heaven

Fatih Akin's 2003 feature Head-On was about a marriage of convenience, and his 2005 documentary Crossing The Bridge covered Istanbul's diverse music scene, but both were really about how the increasingly intermingled Turkish and German cultures try to heal their schisms through contrivance—whether by blending musical genres, finding loopholes in the law, or submitting to the will of the European Union. Now in The Edge Of Heaven, the writer-director returns to the idea of people trying to will their way to happiness. As the movie opens, elderly gambler Tuncel Kurtiz meets middle-aged prostitute and fellow Turk Nursel Köse in Bremen's red-light district, and offers to pay her to be his, exclusively. Köse agrees, then dies suddenly, leaving Kurtiz's son Baki Davrak to locate Köse's grown daughter Nurgül Yesilçay back in Istanbul. Davrak quits his job as a German professor and buys a German bookstore in Turkey, unaware that Yesilçay is.
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Opening This Week

  • IFC
By Neil Pedley

It's a battle of filmmaking titans this week, the kind of event that comes around once in a lifetime . Steven Spielberg and Uwe Boll will duke it out at the multiplexes. (Forgive us, but that might've been our only opportunity to ever get to put those two names in the same sentence.)

"The Children of Huang Shi"

Set during the Japanese occupation of China during the 1930s, this sweeping historical epic comes from Roger Spottiswoode, the director behind both "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot" and the narrative remake of "Shake Hands with the Devil." The first official co-production between Australia and China, the film tells the true story of Australian nurse (Radha Mitchell), who with the aid of a British journalist (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), escorts 60 orphaned children 700 miles through the Liu Pan Shan Mountains to evade Japanese secret police. "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" co-stars Michelle Yeoh
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Strand closes deal on Akin's Cannes picture

[/link] and Fatih Akin. The NYC-based indie/doc/foreign film distributor have picked up the Cannes selected/Germany's entry at the Oscars this year. The deal follows the comp's distribution deals of 2005 award-winner Head-On and the 2006 documentary film Crossing the Bridge: the Sound of Istanbul. While I managed to miss The Edge of Heaven at Cannes this year, word is that Akin is very much deserving of the screenplay award that was given to him by the Cannes jury.With a very good reception in Germany, the drama should be a tentpole release for the 08 calender year for the little in size distributor. Much like Head-On, the drama unfolds in Germany and Turkey and looks at the fragile lives of six people connect on emotional voyages toward forgiveness and reconciliation in Germany and Turkey ... Nejat (Baki Davrak) seems disapproving about his
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Germany's Foreign Oscar nom: The Edge of Heaven

[/link]) as theirBest Foreign Language entry for 07. Not being a big fan of the Fatih Akin's Head-On, I've managed to pass on the film's screenings at Cannes and Toronto - but fellow journalists have been big on the film. The tale links encounters, relationships and even death, the fragile lives of six people connect on emotional voyages toward forgiveness and reconciliation in Germany and Turkey ... Nejat (Baki Davrak) seems disapproving about his widower father Ali's (Tuncel Kurtiz) choice of prostitute Yeter (Nursel Kse) for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter's university studies. Yeter's sudden death distances father and son. Nejat travels to Istanbul to search for Yeter's daughter Ayten (Nurgl Yesilcay). Political activist Ayten has fled the Turkish police and is already in Germany.
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