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‘The Red Turtle’ Director Michaël Dudok de Wit’s 10 Favorite Films

If one is looking to experience a dose of astonishing beauty, now in theaters in the Oscar-nominated animation The Red Turtle. A co-production with Studio Ghibli, Michaël Dudok de Wit’s first feature-length film is a humble, patient drama with an emotionally rich finale. To celebrate its theatrical release here in the U.S., we’re highlighting the director’s all-time favorite films, which he submitted to BFI‘s latest Sight & Sound poll. Featuring classics from Kubrick, Cimino, Kurosawa, and more, on the animation side, he makes sure to recognize a Miyazaki masterwork, along with a seminal Disney film.

“Just before the team arrived, Studio Ghibli called me and said, ‘We’ve been thinking about the list of words that are supposed to be spoken in the film and we think you should drop the dialogue entirely,'” the director told us, speaking about the production process of his film.
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Tiff 2016. Correspondences #7

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Dear Danny,Ah, puzzle films. Many of my most deeply moving cinematic memories—think of Resnais or Ruiz or Wong—have come from such works, where the intricacy and even obscurity of storytelling jostles and fuses with the frankness of emotions. La La Land has little use for puzzles, unless they’re part of the technical complications that go into the choreography of its slam-bang musical numbers. (Why have the introductory highway hoedown just unfold in one take, when you can also include Matrix-style camera swivels to capture bicycle pirouettes in mid-air?) No, Damien Chazelle’s goal in his follow-up to Whiplash is a boldly direct one: to flood the screen with charm, to bring down the house with joy. Walking into my screening after having had my fair share of dour and difficult festival entries, I could scarcely think of a nobler aim for cinema. Less than twenty minutes later,
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Argentina Movie Review

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Argentina Movie Review
Argentina Barakacine Producciones Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B+ Director: Carlos Saura Written by: Carlos Saura Cast: Liliana Herrero, Soledad Pastorutti, El Chaqueño Palaveci, Jairo, Luis Salinas Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 5/28/16 Opens: June 17, 2016 If you expect this look at the music and dance of Argentina to be a plethora of tangos, you’re mistaken, because Carlos Saura does not do clichés. The eighty-four year old Saura is one of Spain’s most prolific documentarians, having covered topics of Spanish interest including his 2010 “Flamenco, Flamenco,” which covers what I consider the world’s most passionate dance, and “Bodas de sangre, which is a great tragedy written by Federico [ Read More ]

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Exclusive Interview: Marlene Forte Talks Playing Celia on Fear The Walking Dead Season 2

The last two episodes of Fear The Walking Dead took viewers to the Abigail compound, a place run by Celia Flores, a woman who sees the apocalypse as a promising new phase of life. With Fear The Walking Dead now on break until August, Daily Dead had the absolute pleasure of speaking with Marlene Forte, the actress who plays Celia, about her actions in the Mid-Season 2 finale, her character’s understanding of Nick and compassion for Daniel, and the potential question mark surrounding Celia’s future. *Spoiler Warning*

Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today, and congratulations on your phenomenal performance as Celia on Fear The Walking Dead.

Marlene Forte: Thank you. It was a phenomenally written character. We don’t get too many of those for women on TV. It was a treat. It’s amazing to work with female producers like Gale Anne Hurd,
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The Eclipse Viewer – Episode 41 – Carlos Saura’s Flamenco Trilogy

This podcast focuses on Criterion’s Eclipse Series of DVDs. Hosts David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett give an overview of each box and offer their perspectives on the unique treasures they find inside. In this episode, David and Trevor discuss Eclipse Series 6: Carlos Saura’s Flamenco Trilogy.

About the films:

One of Spanish cinema’s great auteurs, Carlos Saura brought international audiences closer to the art of his country’s dance than any other filmmaker, before or since. In his Flamenco Trilogy—Blood Wedding, Carmen, and El amor brujo—Saura merged his passion for music with his exploration of national identity. All starring and choreographed by legendary dancer Antonio Gades, the films feature thrilling physicality and electrifying cinematography and editing—colorful paeans to bodies in motion as well as to cinema itself.

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Rotterdam 2016: The Bride review

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★★★☆☆ The bold and deeply felt symbolism of Federico García Lorca's famous matrimonial drama, Blood Wedding, makes it ripe for cinematic treatment. There are rich thematic veins to be opened in the writer's text and his beguiling visual motifs are screaming from the page to be fully realised on screen. Carlos Saura's flamenco effort Blood Wedding in 1981 is the most notably previous attempt to adapt the material and Paula Ortiz now has another crack of the whip in the form of the ravishingly beautiful and appealing, if somewhat unremarkable, La Novia - or The Bride.
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'Truman' crowned at Spain's Goya Awards

'Truman' crowned at Spain's Goya Awards
Dramedy takes five awards including Best Film, Best Directo and Best Actor; Isabel Coixet’s Nobody Wants The Night also scores prizes.

Truman, the sensitive buddy dramedy directed by Cesc Gay, was the big winner at the Spanish Film Academy’s Goyas on Saturday night [Feb 6] in Madrid.

The film, an Imposible Films, Truman Film Aie and Bd Cine production, took five big prizes home: Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay (which was written by Gay and long-time friend and co-writer Tomas Aragay) and Best Actor and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Ricardo Darin and Javier Camara, respectively.

Argentinian star Darin (The Secret In Their Eyes) and Camara (Talk To Her), one of Pedro Almodovar’s regulars, jointly won the Silver Shell for Best Actor at the San Sebastian Film Festival last September, where the film premiered to strong reviews.

Truman was one of the big favourites going into the Madrid ceremony. Its competitors
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Cesc Gay's 'Truman' crowned at Spain's Goya Awards

Cesc Gay's 'Truman' crowned at Spain's Goya Awards
Dramedy takes five awards including Best Film, Best Directo and Best Actor; Isabel Coixet’s Nobody Wants The Night also scores prizes.

Truman, the sensitive buddy dramedy directed by Cesc Gay, was the big winner at the Spanish Film Academy’s Goyas on Saturday night [Feb 6] in Madrid.

The film, an Imposible Films, Truman Film Aie and Bd Cine production, took five big prizes home: Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay (which was written by Gay and long-time friend and co-writer Tomas Aragay) and Best Actor and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Ricardo Darin and Javier Camara, respectively.

Argentinian star Darin (The Secret In Their Eyes) and Camara (Talk To Her), one of Pedro Almodovar’s regulars, jointly won the Silver Shell for Best Actor at the San Sebastian Film Festival last September, where the film premiered to strong reviews.

Truman was one of the big favourites going into the Madrid ceremony. Its competitors
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Rotterdam launches second Iffr Live

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Rotterdam launches second Iffr Live
The second edition of the festivals’ hugely ambitious, border crossing Iffr Live launched on Friday with a showing of Leyla Bound’s As I Open My Eyes in 46 screens across 17 countries.

“That’s only the cinema part,” explained project leader Melissa Van der Schoor. The film was also available online via Festival Scope.

After the screening, questions rained in via social media. They came in Serbian and Slovenian as well as English. There was a live musical performance from the actresses in the film.

Over the rest of the weekend, four further Iffr Live screenings are being held. There were two on Saturday: the world premiere of The Model by Mads Matthiessen and the international premiere of Préjudice,by Antoine Cuypers.

Today (Sunday) sees the event round off with La Novia, an adaptation of Federico García Lorca’s play Blood Wedding by Paula Ortiz, and Jonas Selberg Augustsén’s feature debut The Garbage Helicopter.

Van der Schoor
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Black Nights 2015 Review: The Bride, Love In The Ruins

Federico García Lorca's play Blood Wedding has been popular for over 80 years, for its level of drama akin to Greek tragedy, blood feuds between families, and one woman caught between two men she loves. In The Bride, Paula Ortiz more than successfully adapts the story for the screen, finding clever ways of taking Lorca's rich poetic words and setting them in a stark landscape, aided by stellar performances.The Bride (Inma Cuesta) awaits her wedding day to The Groom (Asier Etxeandia), but in the background lurks her former lover Leonardo (Alex García), whom she spurned because of his lack of security. There is a blood feud between The Groom and Leonardo's families, and her future mother-in-law (Luisa Gavasa) is uncertain of The Bride's loyalty. As...

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Colin Firth's son makes feature debut in British rom-com

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Exclusive: Filming wraps on Sasha Collington’s Love Type D.

Will Firth, son of The King’s Speech actor Colin Firth, is to make his film debut in British romantic comedy Love Type D.

The film, which has wrapped principal photography, also marks the feature debut of director Sasha Collington and stars Australian actress Maeve Dermody as a woman who finds she has “loser in love” gene.

Firth plays John, an intern at the office where main character Frankie (Dermody) works. Firth, 25, attended London’s East 15 acting school appeared in several productions including King Lear and Robin Hood before appearing on stage at London’s Tristan Bates theatre in Mike Alfreds’ Blood Wedding, by Federico Lorca, where he played the Moon.

Love Type D co-stars Oliver Farnworth, who has appeared in ITV drama Mr. Selfridge and soap Coronation Street; Rory Stroud, best known for his role in EastEnders; and Elin Phillips, who starred
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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical extends in London

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, London

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical has had its London run extended, and will now play in the capital’s West End until 26 November 2016.

Over 350,000 new tickets have been released for the show, which will have new cast members join the production in November. Cassidy Janson will play the title role in the musical from 30th November, while Diane Keen will appear as Genie Klein, King’s mother. Alan Morrissey will continue as King’s husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin as well as Lorna Want as song-writer Cynthia Weil, Ian McIntosh as song-writer Barry Mann and Gary Trainor as music publisher and producer Don Kirshner.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical is the untold story of her journey from school girl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil,
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Fortissimo Films Acquires International Sales Rights to San Sebastian World Premiere 'The Bride'

Read More: Fortissimo Films Acquires Global Sales to China's 'Mountain Cry' Fortissimo Films has acquired international sales rights to Paula Ortiz's epic tragedy "The Bride," which will have its world premiere in the Zabaltegi section of the 63rd San Sebastian International Film Festival. The films is based on the play "Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding)" from Spanish author Federico García Lorca. The official synopsis reads: "'The Bride' tells the tragic story of an illicit love triangle that is fueled by passion, yet ultimately doomed for disaster. The film follows the story of The Bride (Inma Cuesta), who marries The Groom (Asier Etxeandia) despite her growing desire for Leonardo (Alex García). Unable to ignore their unbreakable bond any longer, The Bride abandons her new husband and escapes into the forest with her true love. Upon discovering his wife’s disappearance, The Groom furiously pursues the lovers seeking a violent...
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Fortissimo acquires San Seb title 'The Bride'

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Fortissimo acquires San Seb title 'The Bride'
Sales of Paula Ortiz’s drama to begin at Venice.

Fortissimo Films has acquired international sales rights to Paula Ortiz’s epic tragedy The Bride (La Novia).

The film, which will receive its world premiere in the Zabaltegi Section of the 63rd San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept 18-26), is based on the play Bodas de Sangre (Blood Wedding) from Spanish author Federico García Lorca.

It tells the tragic story of an illicit love triangle fueled by passion and doomed for disaster, and stars Inma Cuesta (Blancanieves).

It centres on The Bride(Cuesta) who marries The Groom (Asier Etxeandia) despite her growing desire for Leonardo (Álex García).

Unable to ignore their unbreakable bond any longer, The Bride abandons her new husband and escapes into the forest with her true love Leonardo. Upon discovering his wife’s disappearance, The Groom furiously pursues the lovers seeking a violent revenge.

The film is produced by Get in the Picture Productions
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Dara – telling the story of the heirs to the Mughal Empire, opens at the National Theatre

Dara, adapted by Tanya Ronder from Shahid Nadeem’s play, originally performed by Ajoka Theatre, Pakistan, opens in the Lyttelton Theatre on 27 January, directed by Nadia Fall. The cast is Esh Alladi, Nathalie Armin, Rudi Dharmalingam, Emilio Doorgasingh, Vincent Ebrahim, Mariam Haque, Indira Joshi, Scott Karim, Nicholas Khan, Ranjit Krishnamma, Anjli Mohindra, Simon Nagra, Ronak Patani, Prasanna Puwanarajah, Anneika Rose, Chook Sibtain, Gurjeet Singh, Liya Tassisa, Zubin Varla, Anjana Vasan, Gary Wood and Sargon Yelda. Dara will be designed by Katrina Lindsay with lighting by Neil Austin, music by Niraj Chag, sound design by Carolyn Downing, movement by Liam Steel and fight direction by Kate Waters.

1659. Mughal India. The imperial court, a place of opulence and excess; music, drugs, eunuchs and harems. Two brothers, whose mother’s death inspired the Taj Mahal, are heirs to this Muslim empire. Now they fight ferociously for succession. Dara, the crown prince, has the
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The Rapturous Flamenco Flamenco Offers Just What It Promises

The magnificent dance film Flamenco Flamenco begins, as it must, with a lady in red. Scarlet red, the dress clings to the impossibly lithe body of Sara Baras, Spain's preeminent female dancer, who stretches her long arms to the sky, and then, with a slight hitch of that dress and an inward smile, begins tapping her thick high heels against the floor, hard and fast, and then faster still, in a rhythm that is, all at once, the sound of power and sex and hope.

Flamenco, whose roots date back to 18th-century Spain, embodies life's core themes, so it's no wonder 82-year-old writer-director Carlos Saura can't get it out of his system. Of his 40 films, 10 have been designed around flamenco music and dance, including the musical dramas Blood Wedding (1981) and the O...
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DEADtime TV: Week of 8/17/14

Hey DEADheads, I’m Ryne from The Moon is a Dead World with another week of horror television. It’s late this week (again) because I got married the past weekend, so I’ve been pretty busy getting things ready and going on a mini-honeymoon. We’ll try to catch up soon, but here’s all of your favorite stuff. Shawn’s got True Blood and Falling Skies, Kevin‘s got Under the Dome, Teen Wolf, and The Strain, and I’ve got the rest.

The Last Ship: “Trials” - Sunday, August 17 at 9 Pm

Maybe it was the wine I was drinking last night, but The Last Ship seemed to work very well in this episode of “Trials.” There’s no crazy political stance that the show takes; there’s no over-the-top villain to rely on. The episode is simply about six members of the crew opting to test Dr.
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The theatrical life of Derek Jarman

Derek Jarman is remembered as an innovative film-maker and artist but his stage work is key to his career – even his own residence was a performance

Derek Jarman wandered into theatre, as he did into much of his creative life. The stage design department at the Slade School of Art in 1963 was casually structured, and, for the era, an uncloseted zone of gaiety. He'd previously slapped a distemper brush on scenes for Lorca's Blood Wedding and other plays put on by fellow students at King's College, London. He had not seen much theatre, as movies – even concerts – came cheaper; the first production that really excited him was Peter Brook's short and gory staging of Antonin Artaud's Spurt of Blood in the RSC's 1964 Theatre of Cruelty season.

Jarman put a lot of effort into his design course, outlining a surreal play, The Billboard Promised Land (a mashup of The Wizard of Oz
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Bww TV Exclusive: Meet the Company of The Phantom Of The Opera Tour- Jacquelynne Fontaine and Frank Viveros

BroadwayWorld just met the cast and you can check out an exclusive interview with Jacquelynne Fontaine and Frank Viveros, who play Carlotta Guidicelli and Ubaldo Piangi, belowJacquelynne's regional credits include The Student Prince Kathie, Pittsburgh Clo, A Little Night Music Charlotte, Indiana Rep Theater, The Sound of Music Elsa, North Shore Music Theater, A Room With A View Ragazza, The Old Globe. Opera La Traviata Violetta, Tacoma Opera and Rogue Opera, The King amp IAnna, Opera North, Le Nozze di Figaro Susanna, Rogue Opera, Don Giovanni Donna Elvira, Tuscia Opera, Italy, Die Zauberflote Pamina, Tuscia Opera, Italy. In Southern California Don Giovanni Donna Anna, Summer and Smoke Alma, Idomeneo Ilia, Candide Cunegonde,Antigone Antigone, Blood Wedding The Bride, A View From the BridgeCatherine.Frank originated the roles of Bloat The Blowfish in Disney's Finding Nemo The Musical, and Iron Chef in off-Broadway's Yellow Brick Road. Favorites includeCaroline, or Change BusDryer,
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Rufus Norris takes National Theatre role

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Rufus Norris takes National Theatre role
The director of Broken will suceed Nicholas Hytner from April 2015.

The National Theatre has appointed Rufus Norris to succeed Nicholas Hytner as director of the National Theatre with effect from April 2015.

John Makinson, Chairman of the National Theatre, said: “In setting out to find a new Director for the National Theatre, the Board looked for an individual with a creative reputation that would command the respect and support of British theatre, and with the generosity of spirit that has characterised Nick Hytner’s period as Director. Rufus Norris has both those qualities in abundance. He is an exciting choice, someone who will build on the National Theatre’s present reputation as one of the most admired and innovative performing arts organisations in the world. We are fortunate that he has chosen to join us.

“I should like to thank all my Board colleagues, and in particular my fellow members of the Succession Committee, for the energy
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