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Articles from December 2014

André Singer, Night Will Fall
André Singer talks to Melanie Goodfellow about his powerful Holocaust documentary, Night Will Fall, which has a groundbreaking broadcast launch on January 27.London-based film-maker André Singer spent the best part of two years studying gruesome images...
Anthony Chen Launches Giraffe Pictures
The Ilo Ilo director's company will produce one or two films per year.Singaporean director Anthony Chen, who won last year's Cannes Camera d'Or with his debut feature Ilo Ilo, is launching a film company called Giraffe Pictures today in Singapore. Chen...
Arab Broadcasters Call for Local Genre Movies
Two of the Middle East's biggest broadcasters called on Arab filmmakers to start making more genre movies at a Dubai Film Market (DFM) seminar on Thursday (Dec 11)."We are looking for good quality Arab movies but what we have in the market are commercial...
Artful Ambition
One of the most inspiring talks at the VFX + Animation Summit Dublin was from Paul Young, one of the founders of Cartoon Saloon.The Kilkenny-based animation company, founded in 1999 by Young and Tomm Moore, is best known for its 2010 Oscar nominee, The...
Bennett Miller & Jon Kilik, Foxcatcher
Director Bennett Miller and producer Jon Kilik reveal why Foxcatcher - their murderous story of class, power and brotherly love - was so many years in the making. Jeremy Kay reports.When Foxcatcher dropped out of its much-anticipated world premiere at...
Boushahri Wins IWC Filmmaker Award
Kuwaiti filmmaker Abdullah Boushahri won the $100,000 IWC Filmmaker Award for his feature project The Water at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) on Thursday night. Boushahri received with award from actress Emily Blunt, who sat on the jury...
Claire Aguilar Joins Sheffield Doc/Fest
EXCLUSIVE: Sheffield Doc/Fest has appointed Claire Aguilar as director of programming and industry engagement.The newly created hybrid role will see Aguilar taking over from former director of programming Hussain Currimbhoy - who stepped down after seven...
Dubai Film Festival Opens with a Bang
This year's Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) got underway with two lavish parties - the opening at Madinat Jumeirah and the IWC Filmmaker Award gala dinner at the One&Only Royal Mirage on the following night.There are the films...and then...
Fadel Almheiri, Abood Kandaishan
Emirati filmmaker Fadel Almheiri explains to Melanie Goodfellow how nostalgia for a bygone way of life in the UAE inspired his tragicomic Abood Kandaishan.Emirati director Fadel Almheiri's Abood Kandaishan revolves around a social misfit who has been...
Gianluca Chakra, Front Row Filmed Entertainment
Middle East distributor Gianluca Chakra talks about the local penchant for action and horror movies, how he is pinning his hopes on iTunes and why Oscar-tipped Boyhood will not be released theatrically in the region.Gianluca Chakra, managing partner...
Globes Nods Champion 'Indie' Cinema
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has struck a blow for so-called independent cinema while uncharacteristically cocking a snoot at a quartet of major studio contenders.My bet is that come January 15 the Academy's choices will broadly mimic the...
Hisham Zaman, Letter to the King
Oslo-based Hisham Zaman tells Liz Shackleton how he managed to pull together his second feature, Letter To The King, while developing his debut Before Snowfall, and how he won the Dragon award at Goteborg film festival two years in a row.A Norwegian...
Mother, Modris Big Winners at New Riga Festival
New Riga Meetings platform welcomes projects including two projects by Finnish film-maker Aku Louhimies.Janis Nords' second feature Mother I Love You and Juris Kursietis' debut Modris were the big winners at the ¨Great Christopher¨ (¨Lielais Kristaps¨)...
MPA APSA Fund Awards $25,000
Jafar Panahi [pictured] among the recipients.The 2014 MPA Academy Film Fund has announced its four grants of $25,000 during the 8th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards ceremony in Brisbane.The selected projects are:CORRIDORS OF POWER (documentary feature)Dror...
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Dir: Shawn Levy. US. 2014. 97minsThe third Night At The Museum movie throws a handful of new characters, a London setting, upgraded effects and a heavily worked father-son theme into the mix that made the first two entries in the Ben Stiller-led franchise...
Orange Wednesdays to End in 2015
Cinemas understood to be close to an alternative deal with a different company; comparethemarket.com among suitors.Mobile company EE is to end long-running 2 for 1 cinema deal Orange Wednesdays in February 2015 after the company and cinemas could not...
Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice
Inherent Vice director Paul Thomas Anderson talks to Andreas Wiseman about ego, fear and the real Joaquin Phoenix.When it came to adapting novelist Thomas Pynchon for the big screen, Paul Thomas Anderson would not be denied."I wanted to be the man to...
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Writer-director Richard Linklater was surprised by how emotional he found shooting Boyhood, his ballad of family life. Jeremy Kay reports."I've never made a movie over two hours. It was kind of wonderful and very odd to do," says Richard Linklater, the...
Steven Knight, Locke
Writer-director Steven Knight tells Adam Woodard about a unique on-screen and off-screen journey with Locke, the Tom Hardy drama shot over just eight nights.Locke, writer-director Steven Knight's latest drama, tells the story of Ivan Locke (played by...
The Hunt for Best Picture
The best picture nominations race is on the final lap. Jeremy Kay analyses the contenders.As awards season hurtles towards the January 8 Oscar nominations voting deadline, several elements in one of the widest Best Picture races in years are coming into...
The Interview
Dirs: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg. US. 2014. 112minsIt may - or may not - have been the cause of a North Korean hack of Sony's computer systems, but when it comes down to it The Interview is just another dose of good-natured frat boy comedy from James...
The Sony Hacking Crisis: Timeline
The day after Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal issues an apology for the content of leaked emails, Screen charts the timeline of events in the hacking crisis.Monday, 24 NovemberIt is revealed that Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has been subject to hacking....
The Spark of Life
Director Bryn Higgins and star Agyness Deyn bring a unique young woman to life in British drama Electricity.Electricity isn't a movie about epilepsy. It's about a headstrong young woman on an important life journey, who happens to have epilepsy - we...
Ventana Sur: LatAm Spreads Its Wings
In the six years Ventana Sur has been running, the Buenos Aires market has become an essential platform for making global connections with Latin America. This year's edition had plenty to offer, says Jeremy Kay.Ventana Sur's sixth edition confirmed the...
VFX: In Service of the Story
At the second VFX + Animation Summit Dublin, international experts and growing local companies gathered to talk about issues such as global competition, tight schedules and training needs. Wendy Mitchell reports.As Ireland's VFX and animation industries...
VOX Takes Pan-Arab Rights to Dolphins
EXCLUSIVE: Dubai-based Vox Cinemas is in final negotiations to acquire pan-Arab rights to Emirati director Waleed Al Shehhi's Dolphins ahead of its premiere at DIFF on Friday.Shot against the backdrop of the Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah, the film follows...
Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, the Salt of the Earth
Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado tell Elbert Wyche how they had to beat their own egos on documentary The Salt of the Earth.The Salt of the Earth examines the life and work of the renowned Brazilian photographer and environmentalist Sebastiao...
Xavier Dolan, Mommy
At the age of 25, Xavier Dolan has already made five features. He tells John Hazelton why Mommy is illustrative of the kind of storytelling he's most interested in and why he finds the female psyche so compelling.After writing and directing five features...
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