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Bosnian film directors to call for government support

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Bosnian film directors to call for government support
Award-winning filmmaker Jasmila Zbanic hopes to see tax breaks introduced to encourage film production in the country.

At the Sarajevo Film Festival today (Aug 21), the Directors Guild of Bosnia and Herzegovina is to showcase more than a dozen projects in development and discuss the future of the region’s film industry with politicians.

The projects include new features from Oscar-winner Danis Tanovic (No Man’s Land), Palme d’Or winner Emir Kusturica (Underground) and Berlinale Golden Bear winner Jasmila Zbanic (Grbavica).

Sarajevo-born Zbanic will host today’s event with Tanovic and told ScreenDaily they hope to hear plans for the introduction of tax breaks for filmmaking in Bosnia.

“We are trying to persuade the government to return tax to people who are shooting here [in Bosnia] and invest in film,” she said.

“It is something Croatia a few years ago, generating incredible income, and something that Serbia did a few days ago.

“We are hoping
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #84. Catalin Mitulescu’s Rumeno


Director: Catalin Mitulescu // Writer: Catalin Mitulescu

2015 is shaping up to be a big year for several of Romania’s most noted auteurs, and among them is the more obscure Catalin Mitulescu, whose first two features The Way I Spent the End of the World (2006) and Loverboy (2011) both premiered at Cannes, though the latter film never received Us distribution. His latest, Rumeno, stars Alexandru Potocean of 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days and reunites him with Loverboy actress Ada Condeescu (who also starred in the Mitulescu produced If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle and Love Island). Deserving of equal acclaim as his peers, we’re hoping his third feature secures a wider audience. The film revolves around Radu, a young man who returns to his Romanian family after working for one year in Italy. He is warmly welcomed by his wife Monica and his small son, Luca, but both seem very different.
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5 ½ hour film dominates awards at Locarno

From What is Before, a 338-minute film by Filipino director Lav Diaz, has won the Golden Leopard, grand prize of the 67th Locarno Film Festival. The moody and atmospheric black-and-white film depicts rising levels of fear, violence and suspicion in a small village, reflecting the widespread impact of Ferdinand Marcos’ regime, which imposed martial law in the 1970s. The film also took three prizes from the festival’s independent juries, including the Fipresci award.

Pedro Costa won Best Director for Cavalo Dinheiro, another film of intense visual beauty, set in the former Portuguese colony of Cape Verde, off the coast of West Africa. The film examines collective memory through the figure of an elderly man who wanders through hospital corridors, abandoned streets and ruined factories, in limbo between past and present, and under the ominous surveillance of the military.

Best Actress went to Ariane Labed, who made her screen breakthrough
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Fidelio, l’odyssée d’Alice: At sea in search of love

A mechanic in the French navy, Alice (Ariane Labed) spends much of her life on board cargo ships. Her new boyfriend Félix, a Norwegian graphic novelist, waits patiently for her at home. She is called to serve on the Fidelio to replace a man who has died on board. Having taken over the dead man’s cabin, she peruses his belongings with curiosity, especially a diary which reveals his lifelong unluckiness in love. Meanwhile, Alice’s own love life becomes complicated when the ship’s captain turns out to be a lover from her student days.

If Fidelio were a Hollywood movie, Alice would never be able to forget that she is a woman, and most of the male crew would be against her, apart from one or two allies. Director Lucie Borleteau overturns our expectations of both male and female behaviour, however. Of course, as the only woman on board,
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The Official Lineup for the 67th Locarno Film Festival

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Above: Pedro Costa's Horse Money

The Locarno Film Festival has announced their lineup for the 67th edition, taking place this August between the 6th and 16th. It speaks for itself, but, um, wow...

"Every film festival, be it small or large, claims to offer, if not an account of the state of things, then an updated map of the art form and the world it seeks to represent. This cartography should show both the major routes and the byways, along with essential places to visit and those that are more unusual. The Festival del film Locarno is no exception to the rule, and I think that looking through the program you will be able to distinguish the route map for this edition." — Carlo Chatrian, Artistic Director

Above: Matías Piñeiro's The Princess of France

Concorso Internazionale (Official Competition)

A Blast (Syllas Tzoumerkas, Greece/Germany/Netherlands)

Alive (Jungbum Park, South Korea)

Horse Money (Pedro Costa,
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Locarno unveils 2014 line-up

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Locarno unveils 2014 line-up
13 of the 17 films competing for the Golden Leopard are world premieres; Juliette Binoche to receive Excellence Award.

Full details of the line-up for the 67th Locarno Film Festival, which runs August 6-16, were unveiled at a press conference in the Swiss capital Berne today.

13 of the 17 films competing for the Golden Leopard in the festival’s International Competition section are world premiers including Syllas Tzoumerkas’s A Blast [pictured], Jungbum Park’s Alive (South Korea), Paul Vecchiali’s White Nights On The Pier (France) and Yury Bykov’s The Fool (Russia). International premieres include Alex Ross Perry’s hotly antipated Us comedy Listen Up Philip starring Jason Schwartzman who is expected to attend.

The Piazza Grande line-up includes the international premieres of Eran RiklisDancing Arabs, Aaron Katz and Martha Stephens’ critically acclaimed Iceland set Land Ho! Which world premiered at Sundance, and Olivier AssayasClouds Of Sils Maria, which played in competition in Cannes. World premieres
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