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Articles from February 2014

20,000 Days on Earth
Dirs:Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard. UK. 2013. 95minsNick Cave says he isn't interested in things that he understands. Yet this distillation of the man himself - reflective and sensitive, and inventive - tells you much about an artist's understanding of...
EFP Shooting Stars 2014
Sarah Cooper talks to the ten actors to be showcased at this year's Berlinale.George MacKay (UK)What inspired you to become an actor?My strongest memory of being awed by a film was when I watched Gladiator for the first time, it was one of the first...
Epic among 12 to Win Irish Backing
EXCLUSIVE: Latest Irish Film Board funding round includes $1.23m ([euro]900,000) for 13th century epic.New projects from Whit Stillman and Brendan Muldowney are among 12 projects to receive production backing from the Irish Film Board in its latest round...
FilmNation Strikes Faliro House Deal
Two-yeard deal for development fund will cover four to eight projects annually.FilmNation Entertainment and Faliro House Productions, backed by Greek film financier and producer Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, have struck a two-year development fund deal,...
Fortissimo Back with Borgman Director
EXCLUSIVE: Fortissimo takes world rights to survival thriller that pits a writer against a hitman who gets more than he bargained for.Fortissimo Films has acquired worldwide rights, outside Benelux and Scandinavia, to writer/director Alex van Warmerdam's...
Grandmaster, Snowpiercer Lead AFA Noms
Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster scooped the most nominations for this year's Asian Film Awards with 11 nods, followed by Bong Joon Ho's Snowpiercer with five.Nominations for The Grandmaster included best film, best director, best actor (Tony Leung Chiu-wai),...
'Home' Wins Top German Critics Award
Edgar Reitz's Home From Home [pictured] wins best film, while Katrin Gebbe's Cannes 2013 title Tore Tanzt wins best debut.Edgar Reitz's Home From Home (Die andere Heimat) and newcomer Katrin Gebbe's Nothing Bad Can Happen (Tore Tanzt) were the big winners...
In the Courtyard
Dir: Pierre Salvadori. France 2013. 97minsThe communal courtyard has been a prime venue for French comedy at least since the heyday of Jean Renoir. But it's no longer quite where the action is, judging by In the Courtyard, an uneasy tragicomic vehicle...
Les Arcs Picks 2014 Guest Country
Ireland is to be the country of honour country at the Les Arcs European Film Festival later this year.The sixth edition of the festival, set against a backdrop of the Fench Alps, is to be held this year from Dec 13-20.The event will be held in partnership...
Match Factory Acquires Remainder
EXCLUSIVE: Thriller directed by Omer Fast acquired for international sales by The Match Factory.The Match Factory has boarded international sales on Remainder, visual artist Omer Fast's thriller now in pre-production.Soda Pictures will distribute in...
Norio Tsurata Lines Up Cursed Diary
EXCLUSIVE: Premonition director's next project stars Death Note's Erika Toda [pictured].Geneon Entertainment and Capture The Flag Films have announced a Japan-France co-production on Premonition director Norio Tsuruta's upcoming The Cursed Diary.Currently...
Oliviers Mini-Series in Works
EXCLUSIVE: Mini-series about famed film couple to be executive produced by Olivier's son.Legendary film couple Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh are the subject of a new TV mini-series, which is being executive produced by Laurence Olivier's son Tarquin...
Praia Do Futuro
Dir: Karim Aïnouz. Brazil-Germany. 2013. 106minsBikes, beaches and an exile's saudade - Portuguese for the blues - combine to laconic but potent effect in Brazilian-German gay relationship drama Praia do Futuro. Low on dialogue, high on gorgeously moody...
Someone You Love
Dir: Pernille Fischer Christensen. Denmark. 2014. 95minsIn Someone You Love (En Du Elsker), Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt plays a reclusive Danish singer-songwriter living in Los Angeles who returns home to record an album but becomes unwillingly embroiled...
Stratos
Dir: Yannis Economides. Greece-Germany-Cyprus. 2014. 137minsA film noir with a strong social under-current running all through it, Yannis Economides' new film Stratos (To mikro psari) urgently tries to play his own acerbic comments on the present state...
The Circle
Dir: Stefan Haupt. Switzerland. 2014. 102minsSwitzerland's intolerance of its own gay population comes under scrutiny as The Circle explores a scandal of the 1950s, recreating the atmosphere of that time and revisiting a moment when Swiss propriety showed...
The Two Faces of January
Dir/scr: Hossein Amini. UK-US-France. 2013. 96minsThe award-winning writer Hossein Amini (The Wings Of Desire, Drive) makes his directorial debut with a taut, elegant adaptation of the lesser-known 1964 Patricia Highsmith novel, The Two Faces Of January....
Three Festivals Team to Reboot AFAs
Three major Asian film festivals - Hong Kong, Busan and Tokyo - are joining forces to relaunch the Asian Film Awards in a bid to increase the pan-Asian influence of the annual event.The Asian Film Awards (AFA) Academy has been established to organise...
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