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Sylvester Stallone, Aka Rocky Balboa Aka John Rambo will be in Cannes to announce the forthcoming release of his brand new film Rambo V : Last Blood. The Festival will be honouring him on the 24th of May by screening a restored 4K print of Rambo : First Blood before which the star will share the first images of his new film. Sylvester Stallone wrote or co-wrote almost all his films and the journalist Didier Allouch, who is also the correspondent of Cannes Film Festival in Los Angeles will conduct a master class with Stallone, exploring his career as a writer and actor.

The festival will honour the veteran actor Alain Delon with an honorary Golden Palm on May 19. That morning, Samuel Blumenfeld, journalist at Le Monde will be in conversation with the legendary actor in a Master Class format.? Cannes film festival this year will also host master classes with?
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Rithy Panh named Cannes 2019 Caméra d’Or jury president

Rithy Panh named Cannes 2019 Caméra d’Or jury president
Cambodian director first appeared at the festival in 1994.

Cambodian director Rithy Panh will be president of the Caméra d’Or jury at next week’s Cannes Film Festival (May 14-25).

The filmmaker will be joined on the jury by director Alice Diop; director, author and critic Sandrine Marques; director of photography Benoît Delhomme; and president and director of post-production house Polyson Nicolas Naegelen. All four are from France.

The jury will award the Caméra d’Or prize at the May 25 closing ceremony, to one of 22 first features playing in the Official Selection, Directors’ Fortnight and Critics’ Week sections. Last year
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Rithy Panh to head Camera d’Or Jury by Richard Mowe - 2019-05-07 21:04:00

The Rice People director Rithy Panh heads back to the scene of his first triumph as president of the Caméra d’or jury Photo: Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival Cambodian director Rithy Panh will preside over this year’s Caméra d’Or Jury at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

Accompanied by a jury of industry professionals, he will award the prize among one of the 22 first works presented by the Official Selection, the Directors’ Fortnight and the Semaine de la Critique.

He said: "I’m so glad to come back to Cannes to preside over the Caméra d’Or Jury this year. I remember my first time in Competition at the Festival de Cannes in 1994 with my first feature The Rice People. I recall the pride, the faith, and the eagerness I felt during the making of the film.

"Shooting in Cambodia, which was just getting back to peace,
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Sbs licences documentary which commemorates Pol Pot victims

‘Wandering Souls’

Director-producer Aviva Ziegler’s feature documentary Wandering Souls will screen on Sbs and at Australian and international film festivals following the world premiere last week at the Cambodia International Film Festival.

The film follows the mounting of a stage production, Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia, which premiered in Melbourne in 2017. The work was created in memory of the two million Cambodians who died at the hands of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge.

Wandering Souls also tells first-hand survival stories of those involved in the creation of the play and of the determination of Cambodians to reclaim an artistic heritage that disappeared during the four years of the reign of terror. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the regime’s overthrow.

Commissioned by the not-for-profit organization Cambodian Living Arts, the play was a first-time collaboration between Cambodian film director Rithy Panh and the country’s premier composer, Dr.
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All the Asian Titles of the 21st Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

“Share information, raise awareness, call for action”

The Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, among the best documentary festivals of the European circuit, celebrates the art of documentary via a rich program of films, events and initiatives.

Tdf presents the International Competition for first or second feature documentaries, as well as the new Vr / Virtual Reality films Competition section. In addition, Tdf showcases various segments as well as the large annual Greek documentary production.

The festival’s industry section Agora Doc Market, a well-established meeting point of film professionals from all over the world presents the following sections: Docs in Progress, Edn Pitching Forum – Docs in Thessaloniki and Film Library. Last but not least, the Festival hosts a variety of parallel events -masterclasses, conversations, conferences and many more – attracting more than 80.000 spectators and visitors during its 10-day edition.

This year the 21st Thessaloniki Documentary Festival is to be held from the 1st to
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Through the Looking Glass: The Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020 – Picks #100 to #11

While we look forward to a plentiful 2019 as far as foreign cinema is concerned (of which we highlighted #300-151 and our countdown #150-1 to anticipate in the coming year), we broaden the horizon to examine projects which look to be ready to premiere sometime in 2020 (with Argentina looking to have major festival representation with six new highly anticipated projects listed below).

#100. Dona Gracia – Amos Gitai

#99. Rendezvous with Pol PotRithy Panh

#98. Admin – Olmo Omerzu

#97. In the Dusk – Sharunas Bartas

#96. Dodo – Panos H. Koutras

#95. Anybody Seen My Girl? 100 Letters to Seryozha – Angelina Nikonova

#94.…
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‘Roma’ and ‘Cold War’ Lead Oscars Best Foreign Language Film Shortlist

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‘Roma’ and ‘Cold War’ Lead Oscars Best Foreign Language Film Shortlist
The Academy unveiled the shortlists for nine different categories on Monday, including Best Foreign Language Film, Original Song, Original Score, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short, Live-Action Short, Animated Short, Visual Effects and Makeup & Hairstyling.

In the Best Foreign Language film category, nine films advanced from the eligible 87 films submitted from as many countries. Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” from Mexico, Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” from Poland and Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum” from Lebanon were on the Oscars shortlist and are all favorites to be nominated.

Also on the list, from Japan, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Palme d’Or winning film “Shoplifters” and Lee Chang-dong’s South Korean film “Burning,” which stars Steven Yeun. Rounding out the list were Colombia’s “Birds of Passage,” Denmark’s thriller “The Guilty,” Germany’s “Never Look Away,” and Kazakhstan’s “Ayka.”

Birds of Passage” was co-directed by Ciro Guerra, whose “Embrace of the Serpent” was nominated
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A Land Imagined wins best film at Singapore film festival

A Land Imagined wins best film at Singapore film festival
Win marks first time a Singapore film has taken best film since awards launched in 1991.

Yeo Siew Hua’s A Land Imagined was declared best film at the 29th Singapore International Film Festival (Sgiff), a historic first win for a Singapore film since the launch of the Silver Screen Awards in 1991.

Beating seven other Asian films such as Bi Gan’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Emir Baigazin’s The River, the Singapore-set drama, which revolves around the disappearance of a Chinese migrant construction worker at a land reclamation site, has been travelling and picking up awards since
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Singapore: Cambodia’s Rithy Panh Remains Tireless Campaigner

  • Variety
Singapore: Cambodia’s Rithy Panh Remains Tireless Campaigner
Cambodian master director Rithy Panh’s is not optimistic about the chances of his latest film “Graves Without A Name” doing well at the Oscars. It is Cambodia’s contender in the foreign language category.

“There is very little possibility. We have had screenings here and there, but the Oscar campaign costs more than my film. Most of the voters are from the U.S. and we don’t have the financial support to screen on the East coast and the West coast, and give people cocktails,” said Panh.

Panh has been a tireless cinematic chronicler of the genocide perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia in the 1970s. His 2013 film “The Missing Picture” scored an Oscar nomination. “First They Killed My Father,” produced by Panh and directed by Angelina Jolie, was Cambodia’s entry to the Oscars last year, but did not secure a nomination.

Panh says that though the current generation is post-Fascist,
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Sgiff: Singapore’s ‘A Land Imagined’ Wins Silver Screen Award

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Sgiff: Singapore’s ‘A Land Imagined’ Wins Silver Screen Award
Singaporean filmmaker, Yeo Siew Hua’s “A Land Imagined” added another award to its bulging kitty by winning best picture at the Singapore International Film Festival’s Asian feature film competition. It is the first time in the festival’s 29 editions that a Singaporean film has won the accolade.

A Land Imagined” is a noir film where an insomniac policeman investigates the disappearance of a Chinese migrant worker. The film premiered at Locarno, where it won three awards, including the Golden Leopard. It festival tour yielded further awards at El Gouna, Pingyao, QCinema, Valladolid and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

The jury, headed by Hong Kong filmmaker Stanley Kwan, said that the film “combined clear and original vision, strong storytelling, and technical achievement in addressing an increasingly important issue not only to Singapore but to the world”.

Pham Thu Hang won best director for her feature documentary “The Future Cries Beneath Our Soil,
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Academy Voters’ Recognition for Asian Films Scarce

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Academy Voters’ Recognition for Asian Films Scarce
No matter how much you loved “Crazy Rich Asians” — that glittering Singapore-set spin on the princess movie, which charmed audiences to the tune of nearly a quarter of a billion dollars earlier this year — don’t be surprised when the Academy fails to give it a single above-the-line Oscar nomination. When that happens, it will no doubt inspire a dozen or more outraged editorials, as #OscarsSoWhite critics bemoan the lack of Asian talent among this year’s nominees.

Why wait? The time for such think pieces is now, especially since Hollywood’s tendency to snub Asian talent is hardly limited to studio projects. Just compare the history of Oscar’s foreign-language category to that of world cinema overall, where the influence of such Asian masters as John Woo, Wong Kar-wai, Jia Zhangke and Edward Yang has been ignored over the years. And if the organization doesn’t wake up and realize the bias,
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Oscars: A Guide to the 2018 Foreign-Language Entries Accepted by the Academy

  • Variety
Among the 87 entries this year, down five from 2017’s whopping 92, there are more documentaries than ever, plus two African countries submitting for the first time: Malawi and Niger. Here’s a guide to the films, including logline, sales, and production contact.

Afghanistan

“Rona, Azim’s Mother”

Director: Jamshid Mahmoudi

Logline: A touching drama set in the milieu of Afghan immigrants in Iran who lack full citizens’ rights, with laborer Azim struggling to care for his mother.

Key Cast: Mohsen Tanabandeh, Fatemeh Hosseini

Intl. Sales: Noori Pictures

Algeria

“Until the End of Time”

Director: Yasmine Chouikh

Logline: An elderly grave digger and a 60-something widow meet in the cemetery of Sidi Boulekbour and develop feelings for one another.

Key Cast: Djillali Boudjemaa, Djamila Arres

Intl. Sales: MakingOf Film

Argentina

“El Ángel”

Director: Luis Ortega

Logline: A portrait of the infamous teenage serial killer “The Angel of Death,” who took Argentina by
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Oscars: Why the Gap Is Closing Between Foreign-Language and Documentary Categories

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Oscars: Why the Gap Is Closing Between Foreign-Language and Documentary Categories
For most of the 60-plus years in which foreign-language film and documentary feature have been competitive Oscar categories, they have had very little to do with each other: separate fields to honor the kinds of film that most Academy voters won’t consider for best picture, with no intersection between them. To this day, no film has ever been nominated for both awards.

In recent years, however, a few have come close, beginning with a 2008 landmark: Israel’s “Waltz With Bashir.” Ari Folman’s path-breaking animated Lebanon War memoir made history by becoming the first documentary ever nominated for foreign-language film; the documentary branch, however, ruled it ineligible due to its lack of a bi-coastal qualifying run. (The animation branch didn’t spring for it either.) One doc has cracked the foreign-language category since: Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh’s Khmer Rouge reflection “The Missing Picture,” in 2013. Unlike Folman’s film,
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Why Asia Could Be a Dark Horse in Oscar’s Foreign-Language Race

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Why Asia Could Be a Dark Horse in Oscar’s Foreign-Language Race
The early money might be on Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” (Mexico) and Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” (Poland), but Asia appears to have a real shot at the Oscar foreign-language category, with a mixture of heavy-hitters and dark horses from an eclectic line-up.

The continent’s frontrunner is easily Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Palme d’Or winner “Shoplifters.” The film follows a family of petty thieves and the repercussions that ensue after they take in a waif. Moving, eloquent, and with an emphasis on the family unit, this is a film that could sway even the most cynical. The film will also benefit from its Magnolia Pictures’ release in the U.S.

From South Korea, Lee Chang-dong’s “Burning,” winner of the Fipresci Prize at Cannes, is mesmerising. Beginning as a frustrated youth drama, it gradually moves into missing-person thriller territory, culminating in a cathartic finale. The film is
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Singapore Film Festival to Focus on Asian Diversity

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Singapore Film Festival to Focus on Asian Diversity
Award-winning dramas, “A Land Imagined,” and “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” are among the Asian films selected for competition at next month’s Singapore International Film Festival.

Also competing for the Silver Screen Award are Indian director Rima Das’ “Bulbul Can Sing” and Sri Lankan Suba Sivakumaran’s “House of My Fathers.” The eight-title competition is open to films by directors making their first, second or third feature.

Announcing its full, 104-title, lineup on Tuesday, the festival unveiled gala slots for “Dear Ex,” by Taiwanese directing pair Mag Hsu and Hsu Chih-yen, and “The Third Wife.” “Ex,” about a jilted widow who must make peace with her late husband’s lover, debuted to acclaim at the Taipei festival in summer and is prominently positioned at the upcoming Golden Horse Awards, where it is nominated for eight prizes. “Wife” is a hot first film by Vietnamese filmmaker Ash Mayfair. It
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Singapore Film Festival unveils 2018 line-up

The Silver Screen Awards will have four films by women filmmakers in competition.

The 29th Singapore International Film Festival (Sgiff) announced its full line-up today, with 103 films from 44 countries, and the launch of a new Sgiff Film Fund.

The new funding scheme aims to nurture up-and-coming Southeast Asian filmmakers through two grants. The Tan Ean Kiam Foundation – Sgiff Southeast Asian - Documentary Grant will support four mid-length or feature projects annually, with a cash amount of S$25,000 each, while the Sgiff South East Asian – Short Film Grant will support two short films annually, with a cash amount of S$4,000 and
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87 films will contend for Best Foreign Language Feature this year

Yesterday afternoon, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced which movies will be competing to win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Feature. This first long list marks an important benchmark in the season. Yes, we can actually begin narrowing things down. To be fair, this is a category that doesn’t get the attention of Best Picture or Best Actor/Best Actress, but it’s still a big deal. The Academy has narrowed things down to 87 films, just shy of the record set last year. That many countries submitting movies for Oscar consideration is wonderful, especially since I’ve seen a handful of these and they’re largely excellent. The only notable exclusion was that Italy did not choose Happy as Lazarro to be their selection, despite the backing of Martin Scorsese and Netflix. That country opted for Dogman from Matteo Garrone, instead. Aside from that, it
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Full list of 2019 foreign language Oscar submissions revealed

First-time submissions come from Malawi and Niger as Austrlia and New Zealand join the list.

Eighty-seven countries have submitted films for this year’s foreign language film Oscar, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has revealed - a drop from the record 92 that submitted last year.

Countries submitting films in the category for the first time include Malawi - which has entered Shemu Joyah’s The Road to Sunrise - and Niger, whose submission is Rahmatou Keïta’s The Wedding Ring.

Submissions that had not previously been confirmed include Australian entry Jirga, from director Benjamin Gilmour, and New Zealand contender Yellow Is Forbidden,
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‘Jirga’ is Australia’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

‘Jirga’

Benjamin Gilmour’s Afghanistan-set drama Jirga will carry Australia’s hopes of being nominated for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

The international recognition as Australia’s official submission follows the film’s international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and winning the $100,000 best film prize, Australia’s richest, at CinfestOZ.

Produced and distributed by John Maynard, the film stars Sam Smith as a former Australian soldier who returns to Afghanistan seeking forgiveness and puts his life in the hands of the village justice system – the Jirga.

There are 87 countries vying for the prize, including first-time entrants Malawi and Niger and high-profile contenders such as Mexico’s Roma and Poland’s Cold War, both of which are hoping to break out of the foreign race and earn nominations for best picture, best director and more.

Gilmour said: “We are thrilled about the honour of representing Australia.
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Cambodia’s Anti-Archive Film Initiative Boosts Local Helmers

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Cambodian filmmaking collective Anti-Archive’s Echoes of Tomorrow initiative debuted in Busan’s Wide Angle shorts competition with the world premiere of Danech San’s “A Million Years.” Echoes of Tomorrow provides an opportunity to three first-time filmmakers to direct a short each.

“The film is not really like a story. My intention is to really talk about inner feelings,” San told Variety. “A Million Years” follows a woman taking a break in a riverside restaurant who talks about her past experiences with her server. The other two shorts, “Garden,” by Sreylin Meas, and “Intersection,” by Kanitha Tith, will be completed by the end of the year.

Anti-Archive was founded in 2014 by Davy Chou, Kavich Neang and Steve Chen, with Park Sungho joining in 2016. The collective has had considerable success around the world. “Dream Land” (2015), directed by Chen, was selected for the Locarno Film Festival; Chou’s “Diamond Island” was
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