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Sergei Loznitsa doc 'State Funeral' to depict "terrifying" days after Stalin's death (exclusive)

Sergei Loznitsa doc 'State Funeral' to depict
The Ukrainian director was talking at the goEast Festival in Germany.

Prolific Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa has revealed details of his new documentary film State Funeral, about the “grandiose, terrifying and grotesque” spectacle of the funeral of Joseph Stalin.

It will be the latest of Loznitsa’s montage films based on archive footage following Blockade, Revue, The Event and The Trial. He is readying it for completion later this year.

“I have been working with footage which was shot between March 5-8, 1953 for a film called The Great Farewell by directors including Sergei Gerasimov and Ilya Kopalin,” Loznitsa explained. “But
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Donbass: true lies from the Ukrainian frontline

Sergey Loznitsa’s absurdist satire of the Russian propaganda machine falls foul of a similar selective storytelling, writes former Moscow correspondent Shaun Walker

Donbass, unlike much of Ukrainian director Sergey Loznitsa’s previous work, is a feature film, not a documentary. But most scenes in the movie, which deals with the outbreak of war in the eponymous eastern region of Ukraine in 2014, ring sickeningly true.
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Kenneth Branagh’s ‘All Is True’ To Open Palm Springs Film Festival – Full Lineup

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Kenneth Branagh’s ‘All Is True’ To Open Palm Springs Film Festival – Full Lineup
Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare tale All Is True has been selected to open the Palm Springs Film Festival, which Friday unveiled its full lineup of films for the 30th edition that runs January 3-14. The fest also said that Bruce Bereford’s Ladies in Black will be the closing-night film, with the director and cast members expected to be in attendance.

In all, the fest will screen 223 films from 78 countries, and as usual will screen a slew of Oscar Foreign Language Film entries, this year numbering 43 of the 87 official submissions. Also on the docket: a 30-film retrospective of past fest selections, dubbed the Palm Springs Canon; special focuses on cinema from France, India and Mexico, and Jewish and queer cinema; and the new Ricky Jay Magic of Cinema Award, named for actor and magician Ricky Jay who died last month.

In addition to the film lineup, the opening awards gala
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Palm Springs International Film Festival 2019 Lineup: 223 Movies From 78 Countries

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Palm Springs International Film Festival 2019 Lineup: 223 Movies From 78 Countries
The Palm Springs International Film Festival has announced its 2019 lineup, and it’s prodigious: 223 films from 78 countries, four of them world premieres. Though well known for celebrating future Oscar nominees (and winners) each year, the festival also boasts a deceptively robust world-cinema slate; among the upcoming offerings are Jia Zhangke’s “Ash Is Purest White,” Sergey Loznitsa’s “Donbass,” Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra’s “Birds of Passage,” and Ryūsuke Hamaguchi’s “Asako I & II,” to name just a few.

A number of post-screening Q&As will also be held, including with “Black Klansman” author Ron Stallworth and “Support the Girls” star Regina Hall, in addition to a new section celebrating the best films to screen at Psiff throughout its first three decades.

World premieres:

Buck Run (USA), Director Nick Frangione

Carlos Almaraz Playing With Fire (USA), Directors Elsa Flores Almaraz, Richard Montoya (Schlesinger Documentary Competition)

The Last Color
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Natalie Portman’s ‘Vox Lux’ Competes for Stockholm Impact Award

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For the fourth year, the Stockholm Impact Award, which comes with a prize of SEK1 million and a trophy designed by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, will be handed to a film playing at the Stockholm Intl. Film Festival that “reflect our times.” This year the organizers are expanding the number of titles competing to eight to allow a wider range of films and filmmakers to be considered, the fest says.

The films selected are Brady Corbet’s Venice title ”Vox Lux,” starring Natalie Portman; Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra’s “Birds of Passage,” likely to be an Oscar contender; Sergey Loznitsa’s satire ”Donbass”; Beatrice Seigner’s social drama “Los Silencios,” applauded at Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes; Soheil Beraghi’s “Cold Sweat”; Natalia Meshchanninova’s “Core of the World”; Phuttiphong Aroonphengs ”Manta Ray”; and Richard Billingham personal documentary ”Ray & Liz.”

”[The award] is all about films that reflect our times through the perspective of visionary directors,
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Four More Foreign Film Oscar Submissions

by Nathaniel R

Four more official entries to the Foreign Language Film Oscar race.

Birds of Passage -Colombia

This is from the director Ciro Guerra (who has a co-director this time) the man behind Colombia's only Oscar nominee and Tfe favorite Embrace of the Serpent.  The new film is a crime/family drama.

Opening in the Us in February. Orchard distributing Border -Sweden

Un Certain Regard winner at Cannes this year. It's based on a novella by the author of Let the Right One In (!) and is a reportedly strange tale of a woman with the ability to sense and smell how people feel.

Opening in the Us October 26th. Neon distributing. Donbass -Ukraine

From the acclaimed Sergey Loznitsa. This one is a cheerful tale (he said sarcastically given Loznitsa's filmography) about the degradation of Ukranian society in our post-truth world La Familia -Venezuela

A father son drama about a violent neighborhood.
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Aleksandr Mindadze to direct 'Parquet' for Dardenne brothers, Reason8 (exclusive)

The film follows three dancers who reunite 25 years after they split up.

Veteran Russian director and screenwriter Aleksandr Mindadze is plotting English-language drama Parquet.

The film is the story of three dancers, the creators of the tango à trois, who reunite for an encore performance 25 years after breaking up.

Mindadze’s credits include 2011 drama Innocent Saturday, which premiered in Berlin, and 2007 drama Soaring, which premiered in Venice. He has previously written the screenplays for Vadim Abdrashitov’s Plumbum, which was in competition in Venice in 1987, and Vadim Abdrashitov’s A Play For A Passenger, which won a Silver Bear in
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Cannes Adds ‘Whitney’ Doc, New Lars Von Trier & Gilliam’s ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’

Following the initial announcement of the official selection last week, its seems that the organisers of he 2017 Cannes Film Festival have left the big surprises ’til last. The festival will screen the new Lars Von Trier film, welcoming him back after effectively banning him from the festival a few years ago. Von Trier will see his film The House That Jack Built screen out of competition.

They will also screen the Kevin Macdonald documentary about Whitney Houston, Whitney as part of their midnight screening schedule, along with the Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon-led redo of Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451.

The other big news is that Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote Will pay at the festival. It will be the festival’s closing film and will screen on Saturday 19th February. It will then get a release in France on the same day.
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Cannes 2018: Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’ to Close Festival, Michael B. Jordan’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Sets Premiere

Cannes 2018: Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’ to Close Festival, Michael B. Jordan’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’ Sets Premiere
Terry Gilliam’s “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” is confirmed to world premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, nearly two decades after after the director first started developing the passion project. The fantasy movie, starring Jonathan Pryce and Adam Driver, will close the festival on May 19 after the awards ceremony. “Don Quixote” is being released theatrically in France the same day.

“Don Quixote” stars Pryce as a delusional older man who is convinced he is the real Don Quixote. After he confuses an advertising executive named Toby (Driver) for his squire, Sancho Panza, the two men set out on a journey that seduces Toby into Don Quixote’s illusionary world.

Gilliam first started work on “Don Quixote” back in 1998. The film was considered a question mark for Cannes as it was still facing a potential legal battle earlier this month. Producer Paulo Branco, who was attached to the film
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Cannes Adds Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built,' Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’

Cannes Adds Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built,' Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’
Terry Gilliam’s notoriously long-in-the-works “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” will close next month’s Cannes Film Festival, president Pierre Lescure announced Thursday.

In addition, festival organizers confirmed that Lars von Trier’s “The House That Jack Built,” a serial killer drama starring Matt Dillon and Uma Thurman, would screen out of competition.

On Tuesday, festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux had signaled that the Danish director would be welcomed back to the festival seven years after he was declared “persona non grata” at the festival for comments he made about Adolf Hitler.
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First Teaser for Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built,’ Among Cannes 2018 Lineup Additions

The complete Cannes 2018 lineup has now come into focus. After a number of announcements, the presumably final one has arrived and leading the pack is Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built (out of competition), Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s The Wild Pear Tree (in competition), and closing the festival is Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. Also added is Ramin Bahrani’s HBO film Fahrenheit 451 and Kevin Macdonald’s Whitney Houston documentary Whitney.

The competition lineup also further expands, with Yann Gonzalez’s Vanessa Paradis-led drama Knife + Heart and Kazakh Sergey Dvortsevoy’s Ayka joining the group. Un Certain Regard adds Alejandro Fadel’s Muere, Monstruo, Muere, Renée Nader Messora and João Salaviza’s The Dead And The Others, and Sergey Loznitsa’s Donbass.

Ahead of the festival, kicking off in a few weeks, check out the first teaser for the new
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Cannes adds Lars von Trier latest, 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote', 'Whitney' doc

Cannes adds Lars von Trier latest, 'The Man Who Killed Don Quixote', 'Whitney' doc
Ceylan, Dvortsevoy and Gonzalez films added to competition.

The Cannes Film Festival has announced several additions to its 2018 line-up, including the new Lars von Trier project, Terry Gilliam’s long-awaited The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and three new competition films.

Competition

Firstly Yann Gonzalez makes his competition debut with Un Couteau Dans Le Cœur (Knife + Heart) starring Vanessa Paradis

So does director Sergey Dvortsevoy with Ayka. His Tulpan won the Prize Un Certain Regard in 2008.

Nuri Bilge Ceylan, winner of the Palme d’or 2014 for Winter Sleep, returns with Ahlat Agaci (The Wild Pear Tree / Le Poirier Sauvage).

The
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Cannes Adds Lars Von Trier, Whitney Houston Doc, Michael B. Jordan Sci-Fi, Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’, More

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Things just got very exciting. Cannes has made some eye-catching additions to its 2018 lineup including Lars von Trier’s The House That Jack Built, Kevin Macdonald’s Whitney Houston doc Whitney, Terry Gilliam’s long-gestating The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and Fahrenheit 451 by Ramin Bahrani.

Competition additions include Un Couteau Dans Le Cœur (Knife + Heart) by French filmmaker Yann Gonzalez and starring Vanessa Paradis and Ayka by Kazakh Sergey Dvortsevoy, director of Tulpan and winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize in 2008. The duo join an already healthy group of Competition debutants. As previously expected, also joining the Competition is Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Ahlat Agaci (The Wild Pear Tree / Le Poirier sauvage). Arthouse heavyweight Ceylon won the Palme d’or in 2014 for Winter Sleep. The Competition looks to be complete now and will comprise 21 films, only three of which come from women filmmakers.

The only
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'Rampage' storms to top of UK box office

'Rampage' storms to top of UK box office
Action film starring Dwayne Johnson dethrones Peter Rabbit with £3.1m debut.

Today’s Gbp to Usd conversion rate - 1.43

RankFilm / DistributorWeekend Gross (Fri-Sun)Running TotalWeek 1 Rampage (Warner Bros) £3.1m £4.1m 1 2 Peter Rabbit (Sony) £2m £38.1m 5 3 A Quiet Place (Paramount) £1.9m £6.4m 2 4 Ready Player One (Warner Bros) £1.2m £14.5m 3 5 Truth Or Dare (Universal) £922,664 £922,664 1 Warner Bros

Rampage, the latest Dwayne Johnson star vehicle, stormed to the top of the UK box office this weekend with a three-day debut of £3.1m from 559 sites, an average of £5,617. The video-game adaptation has grossed £4.1m, including previews on Wednesday and Thursday.

That figure is roughly equitable
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Palme d’Or-nominated A Gentle Creature gets a UK trailer

Arrow films has unveiled a trailer for acclaimed director Sergei Loznitsa’s (In the Fog) Palme d’Or-nominated A Gentle Creature ahead of its UK release this April. Check it out here…

A Gentle Creature follows a woman who lives alone on the outskirts of a village in Russia, one day she receives a parcel she sent to her incarcerated husband, marked ‘return to sender’. Shocked and confused, the woman has no choice but to travel to the prison in a remote region of the country, in search of an explanation. There begins the story of a battle against this impenetrable fortress, the prison where the forces of social evil are constantly at work. Braving violence and humiliation, in the face of all opposition, our protagonist embarks on a blind quest for justice.

A Gentle Creature is released in UK cinemas on April 13th.

The post Palme d’Or-nominated A Gentle Creature
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Full Line-up Announced for 41st Annual Portland International Film Festival

Earlier today the folks at the Northwest Film Center announced the full line-up for this year’s Portland International Film Festival, and have published a Pdf for all to read online. The printed copies will be making their way around town this week.

The Northwest Film Center is proud to reveal the 41st Portland International Film Festival (Piff 41) lineup. This year’s Festival begins on Thursday, February 15th and runs through Thursday, March 1st. Our Opening Night selection is the new comedy The Death of Stalin from writer/director Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). The film, adapted from the graphic novel by Fabien Nury, stars Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko, Jason Isaacs, and Michael Palin. The Death of Stalin will screen simultaneously on Opening Night at the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum (1219 Sw Park Ave) and on two screens at Regal Fox Tower 10 (846 Sw Park Ave).

Check
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Berlin 2018 Adds New Films By Hong Sang-Soo, Sergei Loznitsa, Corneliu Poromboiu, Josephine Decker & More

We’re gonna need to load up on more brain food, because with Sundance kicking off today, we can barely keep track of what’s unspooling in Park City. Now, to add on top of that, the folks at the Berlin International Film Festival have unveiled a staggering 44 new films as part of their Forum lineup, 35 of which are World Premieres.

The section mixes features with avant garde, experimental works, essays, long-term observations, and political reportage, making it one of the more eclectic categories in Berlin.

Continue reading Berlin 2018 Adds New Films By Hong Sang-Soo, Sergei Loznitsa, Corneliu Poromboiu, Josephine Decker & More at The Playlist.
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The Best Undistributed Films of 2017

Every year, new films premiere at festivals around the world with the hopes of obtaining distribution so they can be seen by general audiences. Of course, not every film ends up with that fate: some don’t get accepted to festivals, others screen at smaller festivals with less publicity, and even the ones that do end up premiering at a major fest aren’t guaranteed a deal. This results in great films falling through the cracks, ignored and/or forgotten because of their perceived profitability rather than their quality.

Here are ten films from 2017 that (to the best of my knowledge) have yet to find a Us distributor, films that will hopefully get the chance to be viewed by general audiences sooner rather than later, if at all.

Angels Wear White (Vivian Qu)

Vivian Qu’s Angels Wear White is a film about women, or more specifically the way women
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European Film Awards: ‘The Square’ Wins Big in Near-Sweep at the Continent’s Most Prestigious Awards Ceremony

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European Film Awards: ‘The Square’ Wins Big in Near-Sweep at the Continent’s Most Prestigious Awards Ceremony
The Square” was the big winner at the European Film Awards, taking nearly every top prize: Best Film, Director, Actor, Screenwriter, even Best Comedy for good measure. It continues a very good year for Ruben Östlund’s art-world satire, which won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and is considered a likely nominee for the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film.

Also represented were “On Body and Soul,” which won the Golden Bear at Berlinale and earned Alexandra Borbely the Best Actress award, and “Communion,” which took the Documentary prize.

This year’s ceremony, the 30th, took place in Berlin. Avail yourself of the winner list below.

Read More:2017 European Film Awards Nominations: ‘The Square,’ ‘Bpm,’ ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer,’ and More Lead the Way Best European Film

“Bpm (Beats per Minute),” (Robin Campillo, France)

Loveless,” (Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia, Belgium, Germany, France)

On Body and Soul,” (Ildiko Enyedi,
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2017 European Film Awards Nominations: ‘The Square,’ ‘Bpm,’ ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer,’ and More Lead the Way

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2017 European Film Awards Nominations: ‘The Square,’ ‘Bpm,’ ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer,’ and More Lead the Way
The European Film Awards nominations have been released, with a number of festival favorites landing high-profile nods. Among them are “The Square” and “Bpm,” which were both nominated for Best European Film, and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” which missed out on the top category but was recognized in the Director, Actor, and Screenwriter fields.

Read More:‘The Square’ Director Ruben Östlund Wants to Push Cultural Boundaries, But Won’t Read Any Scripts With Killing

This year’s ceremony, the 30th, takes place in Berlin on December 9. Here are all the nominees:

Best European Film

“Bpm (Beats per Minute),” (Robin Campillo, France)

Loveless,” (Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia, Belgium, Germany, France)

“On Body and Soul,” (Ildiko Enyedi, Hungary)

The Other Side of Hope,” (Aki Kaurismaki, Finland, Germany)

The Square,” (Ruben Ostlund, Sweden, Germany, France, Denmark)

Best European Director

Ildiko Enyedi, (“On Body and Soul”)

Aki Kaurismaki, (“The Other Side of Hope”)

Yorgos Lanthimos,
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