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Cannes Adds Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built,’ Sets Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’ as Closer

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Cannes Adds Lars von Trier’s ‘The House That Jack Built,’ Sets Terry Gilliam’s ‘Don Quixote’ as Closer
Danish director Lars von Trier is returning to the Cannes fold with his serial-killer drama “The House That Jack Built” after seven years of banishment from the festival, while Terry Gilliam’s long-gestating, problem-plagued “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” is set to close the event, organizers announced Thursday. Both films will screen out of competition.

Cannes also added two sophomore outings to the competition lineup – Yann Gonzalez’s “Knife + Heart” and Sergei Dvortsevoy’s “The Little One” – plus Palme d’Or winning filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “The Wild Pear Tree.” “Whitney,” Kevin Macdonald’s documentary on singer Whitney Houston, has been set as a Midnight Screening, as has HBO’s new adaptation of “Fahrenheit 451,” directed by Ramin Bahrani and starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon – the latest television project to screen at Cannes.

Artistic director Thierry Fremaux had hinted that von Trier would return to the
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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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Great Job, Internet!: Let’s remember San Francisco’s glorious history as the home of film noir

In the peak American film noir years from 1940 to 1960, an astonishing number of these movies took place in the scenic west coast city of San Francisco. Fandor’s new video, “Shadows In The Fog: Classic San Francisco Film Noir” points out that as many as 70 of these films were set in the city by the bay, including classics like John Huston’s version of the The Maltese Falcon, which kicked off the genre in 1941. Orson Welles followed in 1947 with The Lady From Shanghai, which featured scenes in the city’s famous aquarium and a suspenseful footrace through Chinatown.

That same year saw Humphrey Bogart’s return to San Fran to hide out after an escape from San Quentin in Dark Passage, highlighted by director Delmer Daves’ native knowledge of the city, as well as Robert Mitchum’s noir classic Out Of The Past. All of ...
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Cannes 2017: our chief critic's guide to the Competition line-up

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Cannes 2017: our chief critic's guide to the Competition line-up
Screen’s chief critic and reviews editor Fionnuala Halligan dissects this year’s Competition films.

Welcome to the “huge party” of Cannes 70. If the Official Selection this year is a “lab”, the formula isn’t quite complete - Thierry Fremaux announced 18 films which will compete for the Palme D’Or today, implying that three have yet to arrive (he also hinted that a glaring absence, that of a film from China for the second consecutive year, may yet be rectified; nothing was said however about the absence of a major Hollywood studio thus far).

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Cannes 2017: Official Selection in full

A total of 1,930 films viewed, the selection process running through to 3am: Cannes 70 will be a “meeting, a vision of the world, and a promise of a better life together”. No small ambition, but the line-up has been warmly greeted by cineastes. Clearly, it isn’t a same-old-names Cannes habitues Competition, although [link=nm
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Essence of Time: The Early Documentaries of Sergei Loznitsa

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Mubi's retrospective Film Is a Theorem: The Documentaries of Sergei Loznitsa is showing January 16 - March 15, 2017 in the United Kingdom and many other countries around the world.Landscape“Film is a theorem that has to arrive at a final point.”—Sergei Loznitsa It’s something of a critical cliché to say that a film or filmmaker is fixated on the notion of time; but there aren’t many contemporary filmmakers who fulfill that description as well as Belarus-born director Sergei Loznitsa. Although best known for his recent work—a trio of documentaries, Maidan (2014), The Event (2015) and Austerlitz (2016)—and a brief foray into fiction—My Joy (2010) and In the Fog (2012)—Loznitsa first started out with a string of documentary features and shorts, five of which are part of Mubi’s ongoing retrospective: “Film is a Theorem: The Documentaries of Sergei Loznitsa.” With a methodical, almost scientific rigor (indicative of Loznitsa’s
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2017: #9. Sergei Loznitsa’s A Gentle Creature

A Gentle Creature

Director: Sergei Loznitsa

Writer: Sergei Loznitsa

Having completed three documentaries, plus several documentary shorts since his 2012 sophomore narrative feature In the Fog, Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa has at last commenced with a third fiction project, A Gentle Creature, adapted from a short story by Fyodor Dostoevsky, the same story which previously inspired notable films by Robert Bresson (A Gentle Woman, 1969), Aleksandr Borisov (Krotkaya, 1960).

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Wild Bunch pre-sells Sergei Loznitsa drama

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Wild Bunch pre-sells Sergei Loznitsa drama
Exclusive: Deals in Germany, Latin American, more for Austerlitz director’s next film; producers secure France deal.

Wild Bunch has concluded a string of pre-sales on Sergei Loznitsa’s new drama A Gentle Creature, which recently wrapped shoot in Eastern Europe and is set for a 2017 release.

The feature — loosely inspired by a Fyodor Dostoyevsky 1876 short story (which has already prompted films by Alexander Borisov, Robert Bresson, Mani Kaul and Raphael Nadjari) - charts the story of a woman who travels from the outskirts of Russia to a mysterious prison in order to find out what has happened to her incarcerated husband.

Grand Film, which previously bought the director’s documentaries Maidan and The Event, will release in Germany, Palmera International will distribute in Latin and Central America, Fabula in Turkey, Against Gravity in Poland, Seven in Greece, Alambique in Portugal, McF in former Yugoslavia, Vertigo in Hungary, Film Europe in Czech Republic and Encore for Airlines
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First Trailer for Sergei Loznitsa's Concentration Camp Doc 'Austerlitz'

"Follow me this way..." If you've followed the Cannes Film Festival in the last decade, you know the name Sergei Loznitsa - a Ukrainian filmmaker who has premiered numerous films at the festival in the past few years. His latest work is a documentary called Austerlitz, which examines the baffling yet common idea of visiting the grounds of former Nazi concentration camps. "One of the biggest mysteries of such places is the motive that induces thousands of people to spend their summer weekends in former concentration camps looking at ovens in a crematorium. To try to come to grips with this, I made this film," Loznitsa explains. This trailer is a very bleak introduction that instantly asks: why are these places so popular with tourists? Here's the festival trailer for Sergei Loznitsa's doc Austerlitz, direct from Tiff's YouTube: The new film from Sergei Loznitsa (Maidan, The Event, In the Fog
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Sergei Loznitsa begins 'A Gentle Creature' shoot

Sergei Loznitsa begins 'A Gentle Creature' shoot
Film loosely inspired by Dostoyevsky story to shoot in and around Latvian city of Daugavpils.

Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa will begin shooting his Fyodor Dostoyevsky-inspired feature A Gentle Creature in the Latvian city of Daugavpils this week, Paris-based producer Slot Machine announced on Monday.

The five-week shoot, which kicks-off on Tuesday (July 19), will take place mainly in and around Daugavpils, Latvia’s second largest city which lies in the southeast of the country on the border with Lithuania and Belarus. Some scenes will also be shot in Lithuania.

The feature — loosely inspired by Russian writer Dostoyevsky’s 1876 short story A Gentle Creature – revolves around a woman who travels to a prison in a remote region to find out what has happened to her incarcerated husband after a parcel she sent is returned without explanation.

“It’s a completely invented story: I invented it from start to finish. I was inspired by Dostoyevsky’s novella, which he himself
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Latvia celebrates centennial with $8.5m film fund

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A total of 16 features will receive funding from the country’s national film centre.Scroll down for full list of projects

Latvia is celebrating the country’s centennial in 2018 by funding a slate of 16 feature-length films.

With a total budget of $8.5m (€7.5m) from the National Film Centre of Latvia, an independent jury selected projects out of 31 submissions in a bid to highlight a wide range of filmmaking talent and genres from the country.

The selected projects - six features, two animation films, eight documentaries - go into production this year and will premiere in 2018.

National Film Centre director Dita Rietuma said: “Our aim was to select artistically high-quality films of diverse genres and significant for society by examining Latvia’s national identity and history.

“We are especially happy to note that the selection includes as many as nine female directors from various generations such as one of our leading directors Inara Kolmane (Billie), but also newcomers
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Cannes archives: Screen's Jury Grid 2012 - winners and losers

Cannes archives: Screen's Jury Grid 2012 - winners and losers
As Cannes approaches, Screen casts its eye back at the winners and losers of 2012 according to our jury of critics.

Screen International’s jury of international critics has long been a strong indicator as to what will take the top prizes at the Cannes Film Festival – and 2012 was no different.

Sharing the Jury Grid’s top spot in 2012 were Cristian Mungiu’s Romanian drama Beyond the Hills and Michael Haneke’s heart-breaking Amour.

Both films scored 3.3 out of 4 and Amour went away with the festival’s coveted Palme d’Or.

Amour was Haneke’s second film to win the Cannes top prize, after 2009’s chilling pre-war drama The White Ribbon.

Beyond the Hills also performed strongly, winning awards for best screenplay and best actress for its two leading ladies Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan. Director Mungiu has another shot at the Palme d’Or this year with Graduation (Bacalaureat).

Tie-breaker

It was a year for ties, with
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Berlin winner 'United States Of Love' sold to UK, France

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Exclusive: New Europe Film Sales also secures deals for Italy and Brazil.

Polish drama United States Of Love (Zjednoczone stany miłości) has been snapped up by four major territories following its world premiere in Competition at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won director/writer Tomasz Wasilewski the Silver Bear for best script.

Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales outlet New Europe Film Sales has sold the film to the UK (Matchbox), France (Sophie Dulac Distribution), Italy (Cinema Slr) and Brazil (Imovision).

This adds to previous deals secured for Spain (Golem), Greece (Strada), Ex-Yugoslava (McS), Benelux (Contact), Sweden (Triart), Portugal (Films4You), South Korea (Brandon Young Ent.), Turkey (Bir), Switzerland (Xenix), Bulgaria (Bulgaria Film Vision) and Taiwan (Flash Forward).

Set in Poland in 1990 – the country’s first year of freedom following the fall of communism - the film tells a story of four women of different ages, who decide it is time to change their lives.

It marks the
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Berlin Competition title 'United States Of Love' scores sales

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Exclusive: New Europe Film Sales secures hat-trick of deals for Polish Competition title.

Polish drama United States Of Love has secured a hat-trick of deals ahead of its world premiere in Competition at the Berlin Film Festival on Friday (Feb 18).

Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales outlet New Europe Film Sales has sold the film to Greece (Strada), Spain (Golem) and ex-Yugoslavia (McF).

Naszewski confirmed there were further offers on the table from UK, France, Switzerland, Benelux.

Set in Poland in 1990 – the country’s first year of freedom following the fall of communism - the film tells a story of four women of different ages, who decide it is time to change their lives.

It marks the third feature of director Tomasz Wasilewski after In A Bedroom (2012) and Floating Skyscrapers (2013). The latter received its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival and won the East of the West debut competition at Karlovy Vary.

The director
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Sergei Loznitsa reveals details of WWII projects

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Sergei Loznitsa reveals details of WWII projects
Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa, at International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr), has revealed details of his new projects.

Loznitsa is at work on Austerlitz, a new feature doc looking at museums in former concentration camps. The film is partly inspired by the Wg Sebald book of the same name. Loznitsa has been shooting in several former camps.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian director’s new dramatic feature, to shoot in Latvia, is A Gentle Creature. Dostoevsky-Inspired, this is the story of a woman desperately trying to discover news of her imprisoned husband.

It has previously been reported that Arte, Slot Machine, Looks Film & TV are all aboard the project. To make the film, Loznitsa has filmed in Dachau, Bergen-Belsen, Ravensbrück, Sachsenhausen, and Mittelbau-Dora

Loznitsa also has another Second World War-themed feature in development, following on from his 2012 feature In The Fog, which screened in competition at Cannes.

The new feature will look back at the horrendous events in Kiev during
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New Europe acquires Berlinale Competition title ‘United States of Love’

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Exclusive: Polish drama directed by Floating Skyscapers filmmaker Tomasz Wasilewski.

United States of Love, a Polish drama that has been selected to play in Competition at the Berlinale (Feb 11-21), has been acquired by Jan Naszewski’s Warsaw-based sales outlet New Europe Film Sales

Set in Poland in 1990 – the country’s first year of freedom following the fall of communism - the film tells a story of four women of different ages, who decide it is time to change their lives.

It marks the third feature of director Tomasz Wasilewski after In The Bedroom (2012) and Floating Skyscrapers (2013). The latter received its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival and won the East of the West debut competition at Karlovy Vary.

The director of photography is is Oleg Mutu, known for his work on In the Fog, In Bloom and 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days.

United States of Love is a Polish-Swedish co-production of Manana, Commonground Pictures
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BFI launches Svod service BFI Player+

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BFI launches Svod service BFI Player+
Around 300 titles avaialble at launch; Mark Kermode to offer weekly pick.

The British Film Institute (BFI) has unveiled a subscription video-on-demand service titled BFI Player+, which has launched today.

From launch, BFI Player+ will cost £4.99 a month have around 300 titles available to stream, with titles ranging from Sergei M. Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin (1925) to David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers (1988) and Sergei Loznitsa’s In The Fog (2012).

Films are grouped around genres, directors and collections such as British Classics, Horror, Indie, Documentaries, Family, Award-Winning, Unavailable on DVD and Experimenta.

In addition, critic Mark Kermode will select a key title from the BFI Player+ collections every week, beginning with an introduction to Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger, which features a specially-created score composed Nitin Sawhney in 2012.

Edward Humphrey, digital director at the BFI said: “We bring a unique approach to subscription services: expertly curated cinema that takes audiences on a journey through the very best of film, from its early
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Venice & Tiff Trailer: Sergei Loznitsa's Found Footage Documentary 'The Event'

Arthouse heads and world cinema buffs likely know the name Sergei Loznitsa for films like "My Joy" and "In The Fog," but even they are likely having trouble keeping up with the director's prolific output. Last year he delivered the documentary "Maidan," and this year he's back with another, albeit one with a bit of a twist. Read More: Watch: Trailer For Sergei Loznitsa's Cannes Documentary About Ukrainian Protests 'Maidan' "The Event" finds Loznitsa using archival material to put together a found footage documentary about an attempted coup d'etat in Russia in August 1991. The trailer looks like a stirring assemblage of video, and a fascinating snapshot of a historical moment. Here's the full synopsis:  In August 1991, a failed coup d'état in Moscow by a group of communist reactionaries expedited the demise of the ailing Soviet Union. As the hammer and sickle that flew over the Kremlin was
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Daily | Loznitsa, Frears, Greene

In Reverse Shot, Michael Pattison writes about the 18 films Sergei Loznitsa has made since 1996: "In his three best-known films"—My Joy (2010), In the Fog (2012) and Maidan (2014)—"he shows himself to be—all at once—an artist, a documentarian, an ethnographer, a historian, and a storyteller." Also in today's roundup: David Bordwell on Jean-Luc Godard, Burt Lancaster and Bill Forsyth; Howard Hampton on Stephen Frears's My Beautiful Laundrette; Jonathan Rosenbaum on Carl Dreyer’s Gertrud; James Slaymaker on Robert Greene; Patrick Z. McGavin's interview with Christian Petzold and Nina Hoss; plus Jacques Rivette's interview with Jean Renoir and more. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Loznitsa, Frears, Greene

In Reverse Shot, Michael Pattison writes about the 18 films Sergei Loznitsa has made since 1996: "In his three best-known films"—My Joy (2010), In the Fog (2012) and Maidan (2014)—"he shows himself to be—all at once—an artist, a documentarian, an ethnographer, a historian, and a storyteller." Also in today's roundup: David Bordwell on Jean-Luc Godard, Burt Lancaster and Bill Forsyth; Howard Hampton on Stephen Frears's My Beautiful Laundrette; Jonathan Rosenbaum on Carl Dreyer’s Gertrud; James Slaymaker on Robert Greene; Patrick Z. McGavin's interview with Christian Petzold and Nina Hoss; plus Jacques Rivette's interview with Jean Renoir and more. » - David Hudson
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Karlovy Vary: top Euro, Asian directors to present favourites

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Karlovy Vary: top Euro, Asian directors to present favourites
Six selected directors include Michaël R. Roskam [pictured], Kim Ki-duk and Sion Sono.

Six international directors who share a history with the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 3-11) are to present one of their favourite films at the 50th edition of the festival in the Czech spa town.

The special section, titled Six Close Encounters, will include contributions from directors Mark Cousins, Kim Ki-duk, Sergei Loznitsa, Luis Miñarro, Michael R. Roskam and Sion Sono.

Each will select and personally present a favourite film that played a fundamental role in defining their own styles on filmmaking.

“It is extremely important to us that we maintain long-term relationships with filmmakers whose work we follow continuously, often from the beginning of their careers, which in many cases were launched at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival,” says Kviff artistic director Karel Och.

Mark Cousins: A Moment of Innocence (Nun va Goldoon, 1996), Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Kim Ki-duk:
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