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Romanian Director Corneliu Porumboiu Comes to Cannes With His Biggest Project Yet

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Romanian Director Corneliu Porumboiu Comes to Cannes With His Biggest Project Yet
Saturday night marks the first time that Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu will climb the steps of Cannes’ Grand Théâtre Lumière to premiere a film in competition. But for a director who’s called himself a “child” of the world’s glitziest film festival, the butterflies are familiar.

“Every time I’m coming to Cannes, I have this type of emotions,” he said. “This time, I think that they’re a little bit more.”

Porumboiu arrives this year with his latest feature, “The Whistlers,” a noir-inspired movie about a Bucharest police inspector who gets entangled in a high-stakes heist that takes him to the Spanish island of La Gomera. The film stars Romanian leading man Vlad Ivanov, whose recent credits include Cristian Mungiu’s Cannes player “Graduation” and Laszlo Nemes’ “Sunset.”

Porumboiu’s inaugural visit to the Croisette came in 2004, when his short film “A Trip to the City” won the Cinéfondation second prize.
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Innocent and ominous by Anne-Katrin Titze

László Nemes‬ (looking at Martin Scorsese) on the stiff collar worn by Írisz in Sunset, costumes by Györgyi Szakács: "And it goes down with the film." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Sunset (Napszállta) is cinema at its astute and enchanting finest. Max Ophüls and Jean Renoir may come to mind and the scene in the shoe department of Romanze in Moll, Helmut Käutner's take on Guy De Maupassant. In a similar mode to the way László Nemes chained us to the back of the neck of Géza Röhrig's Saul Ausländer in his groundbreaking, Oscar-winning Son Of Saul (also shot by Mátyás Erdély), he attaches us firmly to his Sunset heroine Írisz Leiter (Juli Jakab), a young woman who returns, after years of apprenticeship in Trieste, to her native Budapest in hopes of working as a milliner at the famous Leiter department store her deceased parents used to own.

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mk2 Scores Major Deals Across Its Efm Slate (Exclusive)

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mk2 films has scored major sales across its slate, including on Céline Sciamma’s female-driven period drama “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” an 18th century-set drama that is expected to premiere in Cannes. Other sales standouts on mK2’s slate include “Arab Blues,” “Varda by Agnes” and “The Whistlers.”

Portrait of a Lady on Fire” marks Sciamma’s fourth feature after the critically acclaimed “Girlhood,” “Tomboy” and “Water Lilies.” mk2 unveiled first footage from the new movie in Berlin at the European Film Market, and sealed deals for the U.K. (Curzon Artificial Eye), Spain (Karma Films), Benelux (Cinéart), and Sweden (Folkets Bio).

Produced by Lilies Films, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” stars Adèle Haenel (“Bpm”) as Heloise, a reluctant bride-to-be who has just left the convent, and follows her relationship with Marianne (Noémie Merlant), a painter who has been commissioned to do her wedding portrait. Intimacy and
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Cristian Mungiu on Next Projects as Director, Producer

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Cristian Mungiu on Next Projects as Director, Producer
Building on the attention and opportunities that arrived following his 2007 Palme d’Or for “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” Cristian Mungiu has transformed himself into a quiet force in the European film industry.

A ubiquitous presence on the festival circuit, the Romanian director has won prizes for his follow-up films “Beyond the Hills” and “Graduation,” served on juries at the Cannes and Marrakech film festivals, and acted as guest director for the TorinoFilmLab earlier this year.

Back in Marrakech for a career spanning masterclass, the filmmaker sat down with Variety to discuss his recent career developments and his upcoming projects.

What could you tell about your next feature film?

It’s the story of my grandmother, and it will be a larger-scale film than anything I’ve done so far. It’s a war film set in the past, so the production needs a bit more time. I originally had written it as a book,
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Wide House Unveils Flurry of Deals on Idfa Players (Exclusive)

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Paris-based sales company Wide House has sealed a flurry of deals for two titles playing this week at Amsterdam’s Idfa documentary festival: Ruth Beckermann’s “The Waldheim Waltz,” Austria’s candidate for the 2019 Oscars, and Marcus Lindeen’s “The Raft.”

World premiering at February’s Berlinale, where it won the Glashutte Award for best documentary, “The Waldheim Waltz” focuses on the Nazi war-crimes scandal surrounding Kurt Waldheim, the former U.N. secretary general, who was president of Austria from 1986 to 1992.

Svod rights have been bought by Filmin in Spain and Turn Key Films for Scandinavia and Italy.

Distribution rights were acquired respectively by Menemsha Films in North America -in an already announced deal-, Elf Pictures in Hungary and Tricontinental in former-Yugoslavia territories.

In Switzerland, pubcaster Rsi took Italian-language rights; Israeli broadcasting rights went to Channel 8 and Kan.

“Waldheim” receives its Dutch premiere Thursday Nov. 22 as part of Master
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Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter V’ and Kanye’s ‘Yandhi’ Mark the End of an Era

Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter V’ and Kanye’s ‘Yandhi’ Mark the End of an Era
Kanye West’s third studio album, Graduation, sold 957,000 copies in its first week in 2007. A year later, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III sold over a million. Two albums, two generational talents, both reaching their commercial pinnacles — these were coronations, and an era of rap at its peak. Now, a tumultuous decade later, it feels like that era is ending.

At their best, Wayne and Kanye deconstructed the rapper into two distinct, iconoclastic archetypes. Wayne was a rapper’s rapper who lived only to make music — the more head-spinning the
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Chance the Rapper’s ‘Good Ass Job’ Post Revives Kanye West Collab Speculation

Chance the Rapper’s ‘Good Ass Job’ Post Revives Kanye West Collab Speculation
On Sunday, Chance The Rapper posted a simple message on Instagram: “Good Ass Job,” in big block letters on a pink background. For longtime Kanye West fans, the three words have special and nostalgic significance, as the rapper has long promised to use the phrase as the title for his fourth album. In a 2003 MTV News interview, the Chicago rapper stated, “my third album is going to be called Graduation. And the fourth is Good-Ass Job.”

The title was never used. West’s fourth album, recorded in the wake
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Jim Broadbent Joins Judi Dench in Lionsgate's 'Six Minutes to Midnight'

Jim Broadbent Joins Judi Dench in Lionsgate's 'Six Minutes to Midnight'
Oscar winner Jim Broadbent has joined Judi Dench and Eddie Izzard in the 1930s-set thriller Six Minutes to Midnight.

The film, which has now begun production in the U.K., also stars Carla Juri (Blade Runner 2049, Someone Like Me), James D’Arcy (Dunkirk, Cloud Atlas) and Jones (Submergence, Set Fire to the Stars), with additional castmembers Maria Dragus (Graduation, Mary Queen of Scots), Tijan Marei (Ellas Baby, 4 Blocks) and Franziska Brandmeier (Am Tag die Sterne, Das Parfum).

Directed by Andy Goddard (Downton Abbey) and written by Celyn Jones (Keepers, Set Fire to the Stars), Izzard and Goddard, Six Minutes to Midnight is based on ...
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Judi Dench and Eddie Izzard reunite for Six Minutes to Midnight

Academy Award® winner Dame Judi Dench and Emmy Award® winner Eddie Izzard are to reunite on Andy Goodard’s Six Minutes to Midnight.

Dench and Izzard have previously acted together as mother and son in Victoria and Abdul. This new production, which has just commenced principal photograph with filming taking place over 6 weeks in various locations across Wales, is based on true events.

The film is set in the Summer of 1939. Thomas Miller (Eddie Izzard) has taken a last minute and controversial role teaching English to the daughters of high-ranking Nazis at the Augusta-Victoria College, Bexhill-on-Sea – a finishing school on the south coast of England. Despite the storm clouds forming across Europe, the girls continue to learn deportment, Shakespeare, fitness and how to be a faithful member of Hitler’s League of German Girls.

Under the watchful eye of their headmistress Miss Rocholl (Judi Dench), and her devout assistant Ilse
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Donald Glover: ‘Atlanta’ Season 3 Will Have ‘Realest,’ ‘Most Enjoyable’ Episodes

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Donald Glover: ‘Atlanta’ Season 3 Will Have ‘Realest,’ ‘Most Enjoyable’ Episodes
Donald Glover was met with applause after assuring the audience at the Saban Media Center on Friday that the upcoming third season of “Atlanta” would be their television equivalent of Kanye West’s Grammy award-winning third album, “Graduation.”

“This will be our most accessible, but also the realest and honest version of it, and I think the most enjoyable,” Glover said.

Glover and his co-writer and brother, Stephen, were tight-lipped about details about the recently announced third season, but Stephen said the show’s writers are eager to get started.

“We can do almost anything,” he added.

On the red carpet for the “Atlanta” Fyc, Stephen Glover told Variety he wasn’t concerned about the chances of FX renewing the show.

“Just talking to the heads [of FX], they were really positive about it. and even though it hadn’t been announced yet, I felt good about it,” he said. “So when it did get announced,
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Jeonju 2018 Review: Graduation Scores Top Marks for Its Young Director and Star

Making films is hard anywhere, but in Korea, where so many youths dream of entering what is a successful yet relatively small industry, it's a particularly tricky proposition. Thus it comes as little surprise that so many debut features focus on the hardships of making films. Korean film festivals have provided a platform to many of these works over the years, including Lee Byoung-heon's Cheer Up, Mr. Lee, Park Joon-bum's Director's Cut and Baek Jae-ho's We Will Be Ok. Jeonju featured another one this year, but Graduation, from the 23-year-old Hui Ji-ye, offers a unique and refreshing view on the subject, despising hewing to many similar themes. Hae-rang is preparing to graduate from her production design class with just one term left to complete at...

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Pamela Adlon (‘Better Things’): ‘I honestly never had ambitions to direct’ before taking on entire 2nd season [Exclusive Video Interview]

Pamela Adlon (‘Better Things’): ‘I honestly never had ambitions to direct’ before taking on entire 2nd season [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I honestly never had ambitions to direct,” admits Pamela Adlon, the co-creator, writer and star of FX’s “Better Things.” But when she took on the task of directing every episode of the comedy’s second season, Adlon expresses a certain degree of surprise as to how much she loved it. As Adlon reveals in our exclusive video interview (watch the video above), “It’s not about being in control. It’s about this one singular vision. That I was able to execute my season that way, it was a dream.”

SEEEmmys 2018 exclusive: FX categories for ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Versace,’ ‘The Americans,’ ‘Better Things’ and more

As a director for the entire season, Adlon says that it was “massively important” to her that everyone on her set “felt respected and taken care of.” Adlon credits her experience working with Tracey Ullman for giving her a model for how to make a set run both happily and efficiently.
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The Chicago Connection: All About Kanye West's Ties to His Native City

The Chicago Connection: All About Kanye West's Ties to His Native City
Chicago will always be Kanye West‘s baby.

On Friday, the “Famous” rapper and his wife Kim Kardashian West, 37, revealed via her app and website that they’d named their newborn daughter Chicago, but many fans have been wondering why? Their third-born child’s name proudly pays homage to the city where Kanye, 40, grew up and pursued his dreams.

Chicago West.

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 19, 2018

Despite being born in Atlanta, Georgia, Kanye has long shared that growing up in the city of Chicago, Illinois, deeply influenced his life. After
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Graduation – Review

(l-r) Dr. Romeo Aldea (Adrian Titieni) talks to his daughter Eliza (Maria Dragus), director Cristian Mungiu’s drama Graduation. Courtesy of Sundance Selects ©

Romanian director Cristian Mungiu grabbed international attention and the Palme d’Or with his 2007 pregnancy drama Four Months, Three Weeks, And Two Days. That harrowing film presented a tour through Romanian creaky bureaucracy and a murky underworld of bribes and corruption in a story built on a controversial topic. In the director’s latest film Graduation, the subject is less heated, but it also explores the difficulties of life in Romania.

Graduation (“Bacalaureat”) centers on a doctor trying to ensure his straight-a student daughter’s best chance at a college scholarship in England, while showing the challenges and complexities of life in Romania. The subject is more universal – the desire of parents for the child to do well – but also paints a bleak picture of Romania life.
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Graduation Movie Review

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Graduation Movie Review
Graduation (Bacalaureat) Sundance Selects Director: Christian Mungiu Written by: Christian Mungiu Cast: Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, Lia Bugnar, Malina Manovici, Vlad Ivanov, Gelu Colceag Screened at: Dolby24, NYC, 3/15/17 Opens: April 7, 2017 If Christian Mungiu believes that corruption in government and dysfunction in society are unique to Romania, he is wrong. If he believes […]

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Cristian Mungiu: ‘We were called the sacrifice generation – and so were our parents'

He grew up in post-communist Romania and his films capture the fears of a society emerging from Soviet rule. Cristian Mungiu talks freedom, corruption and parenthood

Slight of stature and soft of voice, Cristian Mungiu is an unlikely leader of a cinematic revolution. But ever since his second film, the harrowing abortion drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, won the Palme d’Or at Cannes film festival in 2007, Mungiu has become the best-known director, and de facto leader, of a group of film-makers who emerged a decade ago from post-communist eastern Europe – and most particularly, the new wave that exploded from Romania, the country that experienced the toughest transition from Soviet domination in the late 1980s.

Now, almost 30 years after the revolution that led to 1,100 deaths and ended with the overthrow of Nicolae Ceaușescu, Mungiu has a new film in cinemas, only his third since that breakthrough a decade ago. Called Bacalaureat,
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Throwing the stone by Anne-Katrin Titze

Cristian Mungiu on Cannes Artistic Director Thierry Frémaux: "The only thing he has doubts about is that it's too clear who throws the stone."

Scenes of delicate opacity haunt Graduation (Bacalaureat). At a police lineup, one of the suspects of an assault is hidden from our view by the back of the head of Eliza, the victim (Maria-Victoria Dragus). From a bus, her father Romeo (Adrian Titieni) sees someone and follows that specter into the night and crosses over to a neighborhood soaked in sounds of invisible people and dogs. In a scene of real horror, Eliza's boyfriend Marius (Rares Andrici) shows himself willing to go a step further.

Maria-Victoria Dragus as Romeo's daughter Eliza

Cristian Mungiu is a Cannes Film Festival favourite - Palme d'Or win for 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days; Best Screenplay for Beyond The Hills and Best Actress honors to Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan, and
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New Us Trailer for Cristian Mungiu's Film 'Graduation' from Romania

"A father will do anything to save his daughter's future." Sundance Selects + IFC Films have debuted the official Us trailer for a film titled Graduation, made by acclaimed Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu. Mungiu won the Palme d'Or at Cannes a few years ago for 4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days, and this new film also premiered in competition at Cannes last year. Graduation (or Bacalaureat in Romanian) is about a father and his daughter, who is just about to graduate and go to a university in the UK. But an attack against her jeopardizes everything. It's a complex film about compromises and the implications of the parent's role. The cast includes Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, Rares Andrici, Lia Bugnar, Malina Manovici and Vlad Ivanov. This received fairly positive reviews at Cannes, but it's not better than Mungiu's other films. Here's the new official Us trailer (+ poster) for Cristian Mungiu's Graduation, direct
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Glasgow Film Festival early bird highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

James Baldwin is voiced by Samuel L Jackson in Raoul Peck's Oscar nominated I Am Not Your Negro Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Kleber Mendonça Filho's Aquarius, starring Sônia Braga; Adrian Titieni and Maria-Victoria Dragus in Cristian Mungiu's Graduation (Bacalaureat); A Quiet Passion, directed by Terence Davies with Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson, and Raoul Peck's extraordinary documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, based on James Baldwin's 30 pages of notes for a book project titled Remember This House, which takes us on an American journey with the writings of Baldwin, are four highlights of this year's Glasgow Film Festival.

Graduation (Bacalaureat)


Who throws the first stone in Cristian Mungiu's latest Romanian tale is a mystery - the first of many. Romeo (Adrian Titieni), a doctor in the hospital of a provincial town wishes nothing more urgently than for his daughter Eliza (Maria-Victoria Dragus) to be
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Graduation (Bacalaureat) director Cristian Mungiu: "Everything in the film has a real level and a real explanation." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The director of Beyond The Hills, starring Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan, and Cannes Palme d'Or winner for 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days, explored his latest film with me when we met for a conversation at the 54th New York Film Festival. Graduation (Bacalaureat), co-produced by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, had its World Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival where he shared Best Director honors with Olivier Assayas.

Romeo (Adrian Titieni), a doctor in the hospital of a provincial town wishes nothing more urgently than for his daughter Eliza (Maria-Victoria Dragus) to be awarded a scholarship to Cambridge so that she can leave for "civilised" England. All Eliza has to do, is pass the graduation exams with her usual, excellent grades.

Marius (Rares Andrici), Eliza (Maria-Victoria Dragus) and Romeo
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