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Klaudia Reynicke: Super Heroines, Projects, ‘Love Me Tender’

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Klaudia Reynicke: Super Heroines, Projects, ‘Love Me Tender’
In “Mermaids,” a 2014 three-minute short from Lugano-based Klaudia Reynicke, some conventionally beautiful young women practice hand gestures before an underwater show where they’ll perform as mermaids. Older women cleaners look on.

Cut to the show, with a mermaid swimming across a tank. Then, after a cloud of bubbles, a second mermaid appears, performing underwater cartwheels, who looks like one of the far more fulsomely-bodied cleaners.

Reynicke’s second feature “Love Me Tender” world premiered at Locarno Aug. 9, and segues to Toronto’s Discovery section.

It’s a Swiss movie, produced out of its southern region of Ticino. But Reynicke was born in Peru, spent her early adulthood in Florida – where she retained to shoot “Mermaids” – studied at the New York Tisch School of Arts, has lived for the last eight years in Lugano, Italy.

Is she a rising star of Ticino Swiss filmmaking? Or a member of Peru’s burgeoning film-tv generation?
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Locarno: Tourmalet Films Preps ‘Siete Picos,’ Presents ‘Killing Crabs’

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Locarno: Tourmalet Films Preps ‘Siete Picos,’ Presents ‘Killing Crabs’
Madrid — A co-producer on Dutch comedy-thriller “El azul bajo sus pies” (“Beyond the Blue Bridge”), Spain’s Tourmalet Films is preparing its biggest feature yet, “Siete Picos,” as it introduces “Killing Crabs” at Locarno’s Match Me! co-production forum.

Launched in 2011, the Madrid and Tenerife-based independent film house Tourmalet broke through two years later co-producing of Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s noteworthy feature debut “Stockholm.”

Managed by Mayi Gutiérrez Cobo, Omar Razzak, Manuel Arango and Daniel Remón, Tourmalet has produced eight feature films and nine shorts, which have played in festivals such as Montreal, Málaga, Cartagena de Indias and Visions du Reel.

The company’s production model is evolving towards increasingly larger budget titles. It started producing short-films, then documentaries -the first, Razzak’s 2013 debut “Paradiso,” about the last porn cinema in Madrid, was an hybrid docu-fiction; followed by Samuel Alarcón’s “Oscuro y lucientes,” a docu feature about research into Francisco de Goya’s skull.
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Locarno: Summerside Picks Up ‘Love Me Tender’ (Exclusive)

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Rome-based Summerside Intl. has acquired international sales rights to Klaudia Reynicke’s “Love Me Tender.”

The second feature from Peru-born and Switzerland-based filmmaker will receive its world premiere at the Locarno Festival in its Filmmakers of the Present competition, which focuses on first and second features.

Summerside Intl. is the world sales agent, excluding and Lichtenstein and Switzerland. The film, also written by Reynicke, will be distributed in Switzerland by First Hand Films.

Love Me Tender” is produced by Tiziana Soudani, Muchela Pini and Gabriella De Gara at the Ticino-based Amka Films, founded by Soudani in 1988. Its credits include Alice Rohrwacher’s 2018 Cannes Festival best screenplay winner “Happy as Lazzaro” and 2014’s “The Wonders” which took a Cannes Grand Jury Prize, as well as Silvio Soldini’s “Bread and Tulips,” a big box office hit which swept nine David di Donatello awards.

Italian-language Swiss public broadcaster Rsi Radiotelevisione Svizzera co-produces.
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'The Other Story': Film Review

'The Other Story': Film Review
The increasing divide between the secular and ultra-religious in Israeli society would seem to provide the opportunity for compelling drama. Unfortunately, veteran director Avi Nesher (The Wonders, The Matchmaker) squanders that opportunity with his latest effort. Diluting its powerful themes with overcooked melodrama and unnecessarily distracting subplots, The Other Story would have benefited from a simpler, more direct approach. The film, a box office hit in its native country, is now receiving a theatrical release on our shores.

The central storyline involves the impending marriage between two young people in Jerusalem who have both abandoned their hedonistic lives to embrace Orthodox Judaism: Shahar ...
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Film Review: ‘The Other Story’

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Film Review: ‘The Other Story’
Family disputes and conspiracies take center stage in “The Other Story,” veteran helmer Avi Nesher’s lively drama exploring a hot button issue: the divide between Israel’s secular Jews and the ultra-Orthodox. The fluid narrative plays out against the backdrop of a Jerusalem riven by multiple conflicts as two dysfunctional families separately arrive at an understanding of what is important in life and are ultimately able to dial back their desire to deal in inflexible absolutes. Like Nesher’s other features of the past decade this smartly cast and smoothly directed drama involves an investigation. It’s a neat script ploy that allows loyalties to shift, revelations to surface and hidden agendas to appear, while keeping the action pacey and the audience guessing. After breaking box office records in Israel, Nesher’s entertaining 18th film will start its theatrical rollout on both coasts through Strand Releasing.

Actually, “The Other Story” boasts multiple investigations.
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Official Trailer for Rebellious Women Film 'The Other Story' from Israel

"Why are we interfering in her life?" Strand Releasing has debuted an official trailer for an Israeli familial drama titled The Other Story, the latest from veteran Israeli filmmaker Avi Nesher. Strand describes it: "Strong female protagonists have been the mainstay of many Avi Nesher films. In The Other Story, two rebellious young women – one fleeing the chaos of secular hedonism for the disciplined comforts of faith; the other desperate to transcend her oppressive religious upbringing for sexual and spiritual freedom – cross paths unexpectedly in Jerusalem, to startling consequences." The film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Starring Sasson Gabai, Joy Rieger, Yuval Segal, Maya Dagan, & Maayan Bloom. View below. Here's the official Us trailer (+ poster) for Avi Nesher's The Other Story, direct from Strand's YouTube: Two rebellious young Israeli women – one who is fleeing the chaos of secular hedonism ...
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Cannes unveils high-calibre gender-balanced Competition jury

Cannes unveils high-calibre gender-balanced Competition jury
Rich pedigree of Cannes regulars, prize-winners among panel.

A prestigious gender-balanced group of jurors will join previously announced president Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu on the Cannes Film Festival’s Competition jury.

Joining Iñárritu on the panel are filmmakers Paweł Pawlikowski, Yorgos Lanthimos, Kelly Reichardt (Us), Alice Rohrwacher, and Robin Campillo (France), as well as actor Elle Fanning (Us), actor-director Maimouna N’Diaye (Burkina Faso), and graphic novel author and director Enki Bilal (France).

Pawlikowski’s Cold War screened in Competition last year when it earned the best director prize, and went on to receive foreign language and directing Oscar nods earlier this year.
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Cannes: Elle Fanning, Kelly Reichardt Join Competition Jury

Cannes: Elle Fanning, Kelly Reichardt Join Competition Jury
Elle Fanning and Certain Women director Kelly Reichardt are set to join the competition jury, presided over by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. 

A handful of Cannes prize-winning filmmakers are also on the panel, including Italian director Alice Rohrwacher, who took the best screenplay prize for Happy as Lazaro last year and the Jury Prize for The Wonders in 2014, and French helmer Robin Campillo, who won the grand prize for 120 Bpm in 2017.

Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski, who won the best director prize for Cold War at Cannes last year and went on to be ...
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Film director Alice Rohrwacher: “Making images is a form of faith'

The Italian film-maker’s third movie, Happy As Lazzaro, is being hailed as visionary. Here she discusses her childhood in rural Umbria and why her work is always political

As a child, Italian film-maker Alice Rohrwacher would accompany her parents on road journeys, often at night, transporting the produce of the family beekeeping business. Whenever they arrived somewhere, she would sit in the dark and wonder where she was. “I’d have to work it out from what I could hear, not from what I could see, so I’d listen to the place and the information would enter my mind – and then I’d open my eyes.” That, she says, is why her three feature films all start at night, to put her viewer in the same position. “You have to imagine a world, and then compare the world you imagine with the world outside.”

The universe of Alice
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Qumra 2019: Alice Rohrwacher says Italy has suffered "genocide" of culture

Qumra 2019: Alice Rohrwacher says Italy has suffered
Cannes prizewinner was talking ahead of her masterclass in Qumra.

Italian director Alice Rohrwacher has described what she called the “genocide” of culture in Italy during the Silvio Berlusconi era and how even the most talented filmmakers now struggle as a result to establish a connection with their audiences.

“Right now, we are paying [for] this genocide,” said Rohrwacher, talking to Screen ahead of her masterclass at the Doha Film Institute’s talent development programme Qumra in Qatar this week.

“At the moment [genocide] arrives, people don’t realise,” she said. ”They ask themselves how this was possible and why they did nothing.
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New Trailer & Poster For Cannes Fave ‘Happy As Lazzaro’

Ahead of its debut in cinemas next month, Modern Films has landed the new trailer and poster for Happy As Lazzaro, the festival fave which first debuted at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

This was one of those films that I did not expect to light, but when I caught it at last year’s Cannes, I absolutely fell in love with it. You can read my review here, and find out more about the modern Italian fable below.

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The cast includes newcomers Adriano Tardiolo and Luca Chikovani alongside Agnese Graziani (The Wonders) and Alba Rohrwacher.

The film is a tale of a meeting between Lazzaro (Adriano Tardiolo), a young peasant so good that he is often mistaken for simple-minded, and Tancredi (Luca Chikovani), a young nobleman cursed by his imagination. Life in their isolated pastoral village Inviolata is dominated by the terrible Marchesa Alfonsina de Luna,
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The Conversation: 2019 Cannes Film Festival Predictions

For several reasons, the 71st edition of the Cannes Film Festival was something of a slight progression, if at least for the number of newcomers invited into the competition, a distinction usually left to a coterie of European and American men whose reputations, often born from this platform, allow them unfettered, perennial access. Three women who had not previously been known as French actresses were invited to the competition in 2018, including the returning Alice Rohrwacher (who took home the Grand Jury prize in 2014 for The Wonders). Joining Eva Husson and Nadine Labaki were Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Sergey Dvortsevoy, Yann Gonzalez, Kirill Serebrennikov, David Robert Mitchell and Abu Bakr Shawky for their first time competing.…
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Eugenio Caballero and Alice Rohrwacher Join Doha Film Institute’s Qumra Lineup

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The Doha Film Institute has added Oscar-winning production designer Eugenio Caballero and Italian director Alice Rohrwacher to the lineup of top talents who will hold master classes and act as mentors during its Qumra event which blends creative workshop and festival elements.

They join previously announced prominent directors Agnès Varda, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Pawel Pawlikowski as Qumra 2019 Masters. Caballero won an Oscar for “Pan’s Labyrinth,” and is nominated this year for Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma.” Rohrwacher has won prizes in Cannes with “The Wonders” and “Happy as Lazzaro.”

Caballero will be the first production designer to attend the event.

Qumra, which is an Arab word believed to be the origin of the word “camera,” is dedicated to supporting and shepherding first and second works by Arab directors. The mentors, through one-on-one meetings and master classes, will nurture the talent attached to 36 projects from 19 countries that are in development or post-production.
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Alice Rohrwacher Set to Direct Two Episodes of Ferrante Adaptation ‘The Story of a New Name’ (Exclusive)

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Alice Rohrwacher Set to Direct Two Episodes of Ferrante Adaptation ‘The Story of a New Name’ (Exclusive)
Italian director Alice Rohrwacher (“Happy as Lazzaro”) will direct two of the eight episodes of Rai and HBO’s Elena Ferrante adaptation “The Story of a New Name,” the second season of “My Brilliant Friend,” according to sources.

A representative for Wildside, the show’s production company, had no comment.

Director Saverio Costanzo, who handled all eight episodes of “My Brilliant Friend,” and was chosen by Ferrante to direct the adaptation, will now be sharing directing duties on the show’s followup with Rohrwacher. “The Story of a New Name” will mark the first time Rohrwacher directs a TV series. Prior to “Lazzaro,” which won the best screenplay last year in Cannes, Rohrwacher made a splash on the Croisette in 2014 with “The Wonders,” which took the fest’s Jury Grand Prize.

“The Story of a New Name” continues the story about two friends growing up in post-war Italy. It sees protagonists Lila and Elena,
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‘Daughter of Mine’ Trailer: Summer in Sardinia Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

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Strand Releasing has unveiled the trailer for “Daughter of Mine,” Laura Bispuri’s follow-up to her debut feature “Sworn Virgin.” The filmmaker’s sophomore effort finds her reteaming with Alba Rohrwacher, sister of director Alice, for another story about a young woman in a difficult situation. Watch the trailer below.

Here’s the premise: “10-year-old Vittoria’s summer will be one of two mothers to challenge, to hate, to love and to forgive. Shy Vittoria has a close relationship with her loving good mother Tina. But their quiet Sardinian life will be upset when the young girl discovers that local party girl Angelica is her birth mother. When Angelica is forced to move away because of financial troubles, she asks to become acquainted with Vittoria. Tina agrees, comforted by the idea that the woman will soon be leaving town. Searching for something deep and inexplicable, Vittoria and Angelica spend more
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‘Other People,’ ‘Rascal’ Win Les Arcs Festival’s Arte Kino Prize

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‘Other People,’ ‘Rascal’ Win Les Arcs Festival’s Arte Kino Prize
Aleksandra Terpinska’s “Other People” and Peter Dourountzis’s “Rascal” won the inaugural Arte Kino International Prize at the 10th edition of Les Arcs Film Festival’s Co-Production Village.

The award was given by Remi Burah, who runs Arte France Cinéma and launched in 2016 ArteKino Festival, a European online festival in partnership with the digital service Festival Scope. Each “Other People” and “Rascal” will receive 2000 Euros.

Mixing comedy, drama and musical, “Other People” tells the story of a man who lives with his mum and teenage sister who starts a romance with Iwona, a woman in her early 40’s who cannot cope with her marriage. “Other People” was selected as part of this year’s focus on Poland. Terpinska’s last short “The Best Fireworks Ever” premiered at Cannes’s Critics’ Week and won two awards.

Meanwhile, “Rascal” in a French-language thriller following a charming young man who arrives in
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Review: Alice Rohrwacher's "Happy as Lazzaro" Is a Tale As Old As Time

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To the religious sceptic, a lot of miracles read smoother as metaphors: the bread not literal flesh, the wine not blood. What remains is the impulse to spin meaning, wherever it can be found, into comforting forms. In Alice Rohrwacher’s films, motifs of faith and folklore thread brief magic into working class lives. Her characters summon the immaterial to sensuous effect: a young girl cups a ray of sunlight in a dark barn, pooled warmth held against her mouth as if to drink; after a day of unpaid labor, weary workers blow wind at the turned back of a young marquis, the force of their defiance ferried by a mouth-made breeze. These innocuous transformations are reprieve from a hostile world, where the furtive movements of a changing nation are set against pockets of defiant time. In Corpo Celeste (2011), a young girl watches the Catholic church yoke its flagging customs
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Les Arcs’s Co-Production Village Kicks Off 10th Edition

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Marylise Dumont’s “Black Dog,” Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen’s “Ashes and Snow” and “Each of Us” are among the 20 projects which will be pitched at the 10th edition of Les Arcs Film Festival’s Co-Production Village.

The Co-Production Village will run alongside the festival which will be presided by Ruben Ostlund, the Swedish helmer of Palme d’Or-winning and Oscar-nominated “The Square,” and will open on Dec. 15 with Louis Garrel’s “A Faithful Man.” The movie will compete along with nine films selected by Frederic Boyer, the artistic director of both Les Arcs and Tribeca festivals.

Besides Ostlund, a flurry of high-profile European filmmakers, industry figures and talent are expected to attend the festival, notably Laetitia Casta (“A Faitful Man”), Alex Lutz (“Guy”), Lukas Dhont (“Girl”), Charlotte Le Bon (“The Promise”), Jeremie Renier (“Double Lover”), Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (“Les estivants”), Romain Duris (“Heartbreaker”), Camille Cottin (“Call My Agent!), and Thomas Vinterberg
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New Us Trailer for Alice Rohrwacher's Italian Fable 'Happy as Lazzaro'

"I'm calling about a missing boy." Netflix has released a new Us trailer for the film Happy as Lazzaro, originally titled Lazzaro felice, the latest film by acclaimed Italian filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher. This trailer celebrates the release of the film on Netflix today, for those who would like to catch this acclaimed, shot-on-film fable. It first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this summer, highly regarded as one of the best of the festival, despite not winning any awards. The film is about a boy named Lazzaro who works as a farming peasant on a tobacco farm in Italy. About halfway through, the film jumps in time to the modern day where he ends up in a city searching for his friends and family. Adriano Tardiolo stars as Lazzaro, along with Luca Chikovani, Agnese Graziani, Alba Rohrwacher, Sergi López, Natalino Balasso, Tommaso Ragno, and Nicoletta Braschi. This Us trailer is
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‘Happy as Lazzaro’ Review: Holy Fools and Fairy Tales, Italian Style

The men and women, boys and girls crowd into the kitchen of a small house, laughing and teasing and drinking. One of the young workers who plow the fields of a tobacco farm, on the Lazio region estate where these rural laborers live, has just serenaded his true love; the young woman’s sisters tease the suitor from the window. Then they let the inebriated singers into the household, all chaos and clutter and loud celebrating. Even the dimmest of the bunch — well, not dim, but certainly the most naive — of the group,
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