MATTERHORN by Diederik Ebbinge Wins Audience Award at 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam

MATTERHORN by Diederik Ebbinge Wins Audience Award at 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam

MATTERHORN by Diederik Ebbinge took the UPC Audience Award and Haifaa Al Mansour’s WADJDA was awarded with the Dioraphte Award for best Hubert Bals Fund-supported film at the 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam. Both awards come with 10,000 Euro prize money. MATTERHORN tells the tragicomical story of widower Fred (Ton Kas) who leads a lonely life after his wife passed away. His life takes an unexpected turn when a stranger (René van ’t Hof) calls at […]

Mira Fornay, Daniel Hoesl and Mohammad Shirvani Win Hivos Tiger Awards at 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam

Mira Fornay, Daniel Hoesl and Mohammad Shirvani Win Hivos Tiger Awards at 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam

My Dog Killer (Môj pes Killer) by Mira Fornay, Soldier Jane (Soldate Jeannette) by Daniel Hoesl, and Fat Shaker (Larzanandeye charbi) by Mohammad Shirvani were announced as the three-way winners of the Hivos Tiger Awards at the 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The directors win a prize of €15.000.

My Dog Killer (Môj pes Killer) by Mira Fornay (Slovakia/Czech Republic, 2013). An unflinching study of a troubled teen in small-town Slovakia, the film was praised by its jury for ‘showing a very strong subject from the inside’

Soldier Jane (Soldate Jeannette) by Daniel Hoesl (Austria, 2012). A provocative portrait of two women from different ends of the social spectrum, Hoesl’s debut feature was commended for it ‘strong imagery and visual power.’

Fat Shaker (Larzanandeye charbi) by Mohammad Shirvani (Iran, 2013). Shirvani’s drama about a stern patriarch was, the jury stated, ‘a fascinating story with superb characters.’

What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love (Indonesia, 2013) is the winner of NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) Award 2013.

The other winners of 2013 International Film Festival Rotterdam.

RIP:Former New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch, Star of KOCH Documentary

RIP:Former New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch, Star of KOCH Documentary

Sad new news to report today. Former New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch, star of the documentary, aptly titled Koch, opening today, died Friday morning at age 88. According to the NY Times, Mr. Koch’s spokesman, George Arzt, said the former mayor died at 2 a.m. from congestive heart failure. Mr. Koch who had experienced coronary and other medical problems since leaving office in 1989, was recently forced to miss the premiere of his documentary Koch.  Koch which […]

SXSW Announces 2013 Film Lineup of 109 Films

SXSW Announces 2013 Film Lineup of 109 Films

Awful Nice

The 2013 South by Southwest Film Festival scheduled to run March 8-16, 2013, announced the Film Features lineup of 109 films, including 69 world premieres, 14 North American and 5 U.S. Premieres. 

Highlights include Stephen Finnigan’s Hawking, Tim McCanlies’ When Angels Sing, Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, Dan Mazer’s I Give It A Year, John Sayles’ Go For Sisters, Jacob Vaughn’s Milo, Penny Lane’s Our Nixon, Daisy von Scherler Mayer’s Some Girl(s), Zak Knutson & Joey Figueroa’s MILIUS, Adam Rifkin’s Reality Show, Sini Anderson’s The Punk Singer, M. Blash’s The Wait, Bryan Poyser’s The Bounceback, Jeffrey Schwarz’s I Am Divine, and Michał Marczak’s Fuck for Forest.

Review: KOCH Documentary

Review: KOCH Documentary

In his first film, Neil Barsky chronicles the life of New York City’s 105th Mayor Ed Koch, known for asking his constituents “How am I doing?”  The documentary explores just how he was doing back then and gives a peak into his roller coaster like relationship with the city. Koch served three terms from 1978 to 1989, when the city was near bankruptcy and crime was on the rise. 

Opening with a look into his 1977 election, the film highlights the issues Koch faced after taking office such as; the 1980 transit strike, push-back from the gay community regarding the AIDS epidemic, his housing initiative, a corruption scandal and conflict with African Americans admist the Yusef Hawkins murder in 1989. 

Silver Linings Playbook Among Winners of 2nd Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards

Silver Linings Playbook Among Winners of 2nd Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards

The Sapphires

The 2nd Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards were dominated by The Sapphires, which won five of a possible six AACTA Awards: Best Cinematography (Warwick Thornton), Best Editing (Dany Cooper ASE), Best Production Design (Melinda Doring – who also won this Award last year for The Eye of the Storm), Best Costume Design (Tess Schofield) and Best Sound (Andrew Plain, Bry Jones, Pete Smith, Ben Osmo, John Simpson).

And in Los Angeles, Silver Linings Playbook was the big winner at the AACTA International Awards, winning Best Film; Best Direction for David O. Russell; and Best Lead Actress for Jennifer Lawrence.

The offbeat comic drama sees Lawrence playing a reckless young widow who befriends a bipolar schoolteacher (Bradley Cooper) who is obsessing about his ex-wife. Rounding out the film’s stellar cast are Robert De Niro,Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker.

Winners of the AACTA Awards:

Miami International Film Festival Reveals its 30th Edition Film Lineup

Miami International Film Festival Reveals its 30th Edition Film Lineup

Twenty Feet from Stardom

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) announced the films selected to screen during its 30th edition which runs March 1 -10, 2013. Premiering at this year’s Festival will be 117 feature films and 12 short films from 41 countries.

This is the first year in MIFF’s history that the Festival will open and close with documentary features. The Festival will open with RADiUS-TWC’s Twenty Feet from Stardom directed by Morgan Neville and close with Venus and Serena directed by Maiken Baird & Michelle Major. 

The Festival will honor two “remarkable” directors with Career Achievement Tributes: Swedish writer-director Lasse Hallström (My Life as a Dog, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) and Spanish producer, writer, and Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque, Chico & Rita). The Festival will screen the directors’ latest works including The Hypnotist (Hyponotisören) by Hallström and The Artist and the Model (El Artista y La Modelo) by Trueba. The Artist and the Model received 13 Goya nominations this year, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Miami International Film Festival’s 30th edition lineup:

River Phoenix’s Final Film Dark Blood Makes North American Premiere at 2013 Miami International Film Festival

River Phoenix’s Final Film Dark Blood Makes North American Premiere at 2013 Miami International Film Festival

River Phoenix’s final film, Dark Blood, directed by George Sluizer, co-starring Jonathan Pryce and Judy Davis will have its North American premiere at the upcoming Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) .  Twenty years after its making, the film will be shown for the first time in North America at the 30th Anniversary edition of the Miami International Film Festival (March 1-10, 2013).  

Dark Blood was 80% complete when River Phoenix passed away in 1993 and the uncompleted film disappeared into a vault.  In 1999 Sluizer heard that the footage was going to be burned to make space and with less than 48 hours notice, he saved the film, engineering efforts to get the entire film moved to The Netherlands.  The footage then sat for more than ten years until last year when Sluizer set about finishing the film.   The film finally premiered overseas to a standing ovation in the fall of 2012 at the Dutch Film Festival.  

Daniel Day-Lewis, Anne Hathaway Among Winners of the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Daniel Day-Lewis, Anne Hathaway Among Winners of the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 27: Adam Shulman (L) and actress Anne Hathaway (R) attend the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

SAG-AFTRA presented its coveted Actor® statuette for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2012 at the “19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®” held Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. 

Honored with individual awards were Daniel Day-Lewis, Anne Hathaway, Tommy Lee Jones and Jennifer Lawrence for performances in motion pictures and Alec Baldwin, Bryan Cranston, Kevin Costner, Claire Danes, Tina Fey and Julianne Moore for performances in television. 

The complete list of recipients of the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® follows:

Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Tops 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards

Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Tops 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards

Ryan Coogler, Director of Fruitvale

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival announced the feature film winners at an Awards Ceremony, hosted by Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Saturday night in Park City, Utah. Fruitvale directed and written by Ryan Coogler was the big winner of the festival, winning both the U.S. Grand Jury Prize – Dramatic and Audience Award – U.S. Dramatic. The film is the true story of Oscar, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family and strangers on the last day of 2008

The complete list of 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards:

Searching For Sugar Man Among 2013 Producers Guild of America Awards

Searching For Sugar Man Among 2013 Producers Guild of America Awards

Searching For Sugar Man

The Producers Guild of America announced its 24th annual film, television, and digital award winners last night and Searching For Sugar Man won the Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures. In Searching For Sugar Man, two South African music lovers embark on a mission to uncover the fate of an obscure, 1970s-era U.S. rocker whose debut album became a surprise hit in their home country, and uncover a shocking secret along the way. 

Harvey and Bob Weinstein were also honored at the award ceremony with the Milestone Award from Robert De Niro, Quentin Tarantino, and Robert Rodriguez. 

Complete list of 2013 Producers Guild Of America Award Winners

Kentaro Hagiwara Wins 2013 Sundance/NHK International Filmmaker Award

Kentaro Hagiwara Wins 2013 Sundance/NHK International Filmmaker Award

  Kentaro Hagiwara, director of the upcoming film, Spectacled Tiger is the winner of the 2013 Sundance/NHK International Filmmaker Award. The award was presented at a private ceremony at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Spectacled Tiger, co-written by Kyohta Fujimoto, is a romantic, coming-of-age film about a high school trivia quiz wunderkind, Taiga Suzuki, who lives in a world where things are only black or white, correct or incorrect. But when Taiga finds […]

Audience And Grand Jury Prizes Announced For 2013 Slamdance Film Festival, The Dirties Wins Top Prize

Audience And Grand Jury Prizes Announced For 2013 Slamdance Film Festival, The Dirties Wins Top Prize

The Dirties

The 19th Annual Slamdance Film Festival announced the feature film and short film recipients of this year’s awards in the Audience, Grand Jury, and the Sponsored Award Categories.  MY NAME IS FAITH by Jason Banker, Jorge Torres-Torres, Tiffany Sudela-Junker received the Audience Award for Feature Documentary, and HANK AND ASHA by James E. Duff received the Audience Award for Feature Narrative. The Grand Jury Sparky Award for Feature Narrative went toTHE DIRTIES by Matt Johnson, while BIBLE QUIZ by Nicole Teeny won the Grand Jury Sparky Award for Feature Documentary.

The complete list of winners of 2013 Slamdance Film Festival

Camille Rewinds Dominates Nominations for 2013 César Awards

Camille Rewinds Dominates Nominations for 2013 César Awards

Camille Rewinds

The nominations for the César Awards, France’s equivalent to the Oscar, were announced and the French comedy, drama “Camille Rewinds” aka “Camille Redoubles” dominated with 13 nominations.  Actress/director Noémie Lvovsky’s “ebullient twist on the comedy of remarriage transposes Frances Ford Coppola’s Peggy Sue Got Married to present day France, which means that when the titular Camille—who’s in the throes of  divorcing her husband of 25 years—passes out drunk, she wakes up as a high school senior in the mid-1980s.”| NYFF

Oscar nominee “Amour” and historical drama “Farewell My Queen,” received nine nominations, while “Rust and Bone” and “Holy Motors” each received eight nods. 

The César Awards will be announced at the awards ceremony in Paris on February 22, 2013.

The full list of nominees:

Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess Wins 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance Film Festival

Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess Wins 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at Sundance Film Festival

Computer Chess, directed and written by Andrew Bujalski, has been awarded the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize and will receive a $20,000 cash award by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Now in its tenth year, the Prize is selected by a jury of film and science professionals and presented to outstanding feature films focusing on science or technology as a theme, or depicting a scientist, engineer or mathematician as a major character.

Computer Chess is an existential comedy about the brilliant men who taught machines to play chess – back when the machines seemed clumsy and we seemed smart. The cast includes Patrick Riester, Myles Paige, James Curry, Robin Schwartz, Gerald Peary and Wiley Wiggins. The jury presented the award to the film for its “off-beat and formalistically adventurous exploration of questions of artificial intelligence and human connections, unfolding during an early computer chess tournament.”

Neighbouring Sounds, The Lifeguard Top 3rd Annual Cinema Tropical Awards

Neighbouring Sounds, The Lifeguard Top 3rd Annual Cinema Tropical Awards

Neighbouring Sounds (O som ao redor)

The winners of the 3rd Annual Cinema Tropical Awards were announced last week in New York City. The Brazilian film, Neighbouring Sounds (O som ao redor) took the top prize for Best Feature Film. A thrilling debut from a breakout talent, Neighboring Sounds delves into the lives of a group of prosperous middle-class families residing on a quiet street in Recife, close to a low-income neighborhood. The private security firm hired to police the street becomes the catalyst for an exploration of the neighbors’ discontents and anxieties—their feelings exacerbated by the palpable unease of a society that remains unreconciled to its troubled past and present inequities. 

The Lifeguard (El Salvavidas) from Chile, was awarded the prize for Best Documentary. In the film, Mauricio, a lifeguard on a Chilean beach, considers himself to be a model of efficiency and professionalism. His colleagues, however, think otherwise, and speculate on why he never goes into the water. Maite Alberdi’s visually gorgeous feature documentary debut has the intensity of a short story; beginning as a quirky character study of lifeguards and beachgoers, it becomes something altogether darker and more shocking when events take a dramatic turn.| EIFF.

The complete list of winners

HBO Grabs TV Rights for Pussy Riot Documentary from 2013 Sundance Film Festival

HBO Grabs TV Rights for Pussy Riot Documentary from 2013 Sundance Film Festival

HBO Documentary Films has snapped up the U.S. television rights for the documentary “Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer” which had its world premiere Friday night to a sold out crowd at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, the film is expected to premiere on the HBO channel at a future date. “Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer” tells the incredible story of three young women: Nadia, Masha and Katia.   As members of the […]

Gravitas Ventures to Release 3 Films From 2013 Slamdance Film Festival

Gravitas Ventures to Release 3 Films From 2013 Slamdance Film Festival

The Bitter Buddha, Steven Feinartz

Gravitas Ventures will release three “raucous Slamdance films” from 2013 Slamdance Film Festival in the next three months: Steven Feinartz’s documentary The Bitter Buddha, Michael Urie’s comedy He’s Way More Famous Than You and Peter Baxter’s documentary Wild In The Streets. 

First up debuting in select theatres on February 15, 2013 and on VOD on February 19th is The Bitter Buddha, Steven Feinartz’s perceptive look at alt-comic genius Eddie Pepitone. Though often revered as a “comic’s comic”, Eddie Pepitone is a man at war with himself. And he has the scars to prove it. The Bitter Buddha takes the viewer backstage in the alternative comedy scene to reveal one of its most undervalued treasures. This portrait of a comedian looks at Pepitone’s off beat humor and lifestyle as he battles the world around him. Stand-up comedy, original animation and interviews with Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis and others provide insight into this beloved career comedian known as ”the guitarist that all the other guitarists go to see.”

CBS Films to Release Toy’s House from 2013 Sundance Film Festival

CBS Films to Release Toy’s House from 2013 Sundance Film Festival

CBS Films has grabbbed the coming-of-age comedy film TOY’S HOUSE, that premiered on Saturday at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. TOY’S HOUSE, directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, from a screenplay by Chris Galletta,stars Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Alison Brie, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Erin Moriarty, Marc Evan Jackson, Thomas Middleditch and Tony Hale. TOY’S HOUSE follows three teenage boys (Robinson, Basso and Arias) as they head into the wilderness with a […]

2013 Berlin International Film Festival Announces Opening Films for Generation Programs

2013 Berlin International Film Festival Announces Opening Films for Generation Programs

The Generation 14plus competition at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, will open with the world premiere of the Turkish entry Jîn by Reha Erdem (Kosmos, Berlinale 2010).   The director and his leading actress, Deniz Hasgüler, who plays a young fighter caught between the fronts in Turkey’s Kurdish regions, will be in attendance. The Dutch-Belgian co-production Nono, Het Zigzag Kind (The Zigzag Kid) by Vincent Bal will kick off the competition of Generation Kplus. Isabella Rossellini and Burghart Klaussner (Das weisse Band) are […]

2013 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Jury Awards, Polish Film The Whistle Wins Tops Prize

2013 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Jury Awards, Polish Film The Whistle Wins Tops Prize

The Whistle

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival presented the awards for the jury prizes and honorable mentions in short filmmaking at a ceremony in Park City, Utah.

The Short Film Grand Jury Prize was awarded to The Whistle / Poland (Director: Grzegorz Zariczny) — Marcin, a lowest-leagues football referee who lives in a small town near Krakow, dreams of better times. At his mother’s urging, he decides to change his life and find himself a girlfriend and a better job.

The Short Film Jury Award: U.S. Fiction was presented to Whiplash / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Damien Chazelle) — An aspiring drummer enters an elite conservatory’s top jazz orchestra.

Other Short Film Awards include

Four directors from India, Italy-US, Brazil and UK-Germany Win 2013 2013 Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Awards

Four directors from India, Italy-US, Brazil and UK-Germany Win 2013 2013 Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Awards

Sarthak Dasgupta, THE MUSIC TEACHER from India; Jonas Carpignano, A CHJANA from Italy-US; Aly Muritiba, THE MAN WHO KILLED MY BELOVED DEAD from Brazil; and Vendela Vida & Eva Weber, LET THE NORTHERN LIGHTS ERASE YOUR NAME from UK-Germany-US were announced yesterday as the winning directors and projects of the 2013 Sundance Institute | Mahindra Global Filmmaking Awards. Each of the four winning filmmakers will receive a cash award of $10,000 in addition to other prizes.

The awards were presented at a private ceremony at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, U.S.A., by Rohit Khattar.

The winners of the 2013 Sundance Institute/Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award are:

Magnolia Pictures Picks Up Prince Avalanche for US Release After 2013 Sundance Film Festival Premiere

Magnolia Pictures Picks Up Prince Avalanche for US Release After 2013 Sundance Film Festival Premiere

Magnolia Pictures has picked up the film PRINCE AVALANCHE after its Sunday premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The new film from writer/director David Gordon Green, PRINCE AVALANCHE stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. Loosely adapted from an Icelandic film called Either Way, PRINCE AVALANCHE is described as an offbeat comedy about two men played by Rudd and Hirsch, painting traffic lines on a desolate country highway that’s been ravaged by wildfire. Against this dramatic […]