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Articles from August 2014

A Blast
Dir: Syllas Tzoumerkas. Greece-Germany-Netherlands. 2014. 83minsSet against the volatile backdrop of the collapse of the Greek economy, Syllas Tzoumerkas' freewheeling and full-on drama is a shrill expression of anger, driven forcefully and with a certain...
Greenaway Plans Second Eisenstein Film
Peter Greenaway is to return to the legendary Russian film director Sergey Eisenstein for a second feature, The Eisenstein Handshakes, this time to be located in Switzerland, after the Mexican-set Eisenstein in Guanajato.Greenaway was in Locarno's neighbouring...
Hopefuls Wins Locarno's Carte Blanche
Cash prize will help complete Ives Rosenfeld's debut feature about young friends who dream of being footballers.Hopefuls (Aspirantes) has won a cash award of CHF10,000 ($11,000) at Carte Blanche, the Locarno Film Festival's initiative to showcase films...
Jersey Shore Massacre
Dir: Paul Tarnopol. US. 2014. 88minsJersey Shore Massacre is very much your classic B-Movie - 'B' as in blood, beach and bouncing breasts...the key elements in the genre - that actually delivers a lot more gory violence than one night be expecting from...
Locarno's Open Doors Names Winners
I Am Not a Witch and The Train of Salt and Sugar both pick up two prizes each at the Locarno Film Festival's co-production lab.Grants have been awarded today at the Locarno Film Festival's Open Doors Co-production Lab (Aug 9-12), this year dedicated...
Locarno's Step in Presents Ideas for Multi-Platform World
Roundtable industry discussions yield ideas such as a global database of film availability and pan-European VOD technical standards.Locarno's Step In initiative went global this year, welcoming 50 industry participants from not only Europe but all over...
Main Street Sets Nov 7 West Release
Main Street Films will theatrically release Christian Schwochow's spy drama and German foreign-language Oscar submission West in the US on November 7. The film takes place during the Berlin Wall era and the release commemorates the 25th anniversary of...
Men Who Save the World
Dir/scr Liew Seng Tat. Malaysia-Netherlands-Germany-France. 2014. 93minsAt first look Liew Seng Tat's beautifully shot film Men Who Save The World (Lelaki Harapan Dunia) looks as if will have all the whimsical qualities to pique international interest...
Relativity Forms Diversity Division
Producer Matt Alvarez has been brought in as evp of production and president of Relativity Studios' new division.Alvarez will develop Relativity Studios' slate with a focus on projects by diverse filmmakers. He commences work this month.The new venture...
Roman Polanski Cancels Locarno Visit
Roman Polanski has cancelled his visit to the Locarno Film Festival following opposition from some local politicians and media.The director of Chinatown and The Pianist, who was due to receive a special award and give a masterclass at the festival, issued...
SMI Shares Plunge on Acquisition News
Shares of Hong Kong-listed SMI Culture Group plunged more than 50% during trading yesterday, after the company announced a share consolidation and rights issue to fund the acquisition of Beijing-based production company Grand Astute.SMI Culture's shares...
To Life
Dir: Jean-Jacques Zilbermann. France. 2014. 104minsIs the world ready for 'Auschwitz-les-Bains'? The answer to this question may very well determine the future of Jean-Jacques Zilbermann's lightweight comedy To Life (À la vie) inspired to a great extent...
Toronto Launches Short Cuts International
New work from Claire Denis takes its place in the inaugural Short Cuts International line-up at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4-14).Scroll down for full listA total of 36 shorts from filmmakers representing 29 countries will screen in...
Toronto to Debut Maggie, Boychoir
The Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin zombie drama Maggie, Dustin Hoffman drama Boychoir, Kristen Wiig comedy Welcome To Me and Sophie Barthes' Madame Bovary have landed world premieres, TIFF gala and special presentation slots.Also in line to...
Toronto Unveils CWC, City to City
Toronto film festival organisers have programmed features from 42 countries in the Contemporary World Cinema (CWC) programme and unveiled eight South Korean selections in the City To City.CWC features latest work by Jessica Hausner, Rolf de Heer, Christian...
Tributes to Robin Williams
President Obama led tributes to comedian, actor and Oscar-winner Robin Williams who has died aged 63.President Obama: "Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan, and everything in between....
UK TV Readies Robin Williams Films
UK broadcasters have begun changing their schedules to celebrate the work of Robin Williams, the US actor and comedian who has died at the age of 63.Sky's director of entertainment channels Stuart Murphy said he and colleagues had spent the morning discussing...
Why Telluride Can't Exist in a Bubble
Toronto changes its Telluride policy on world premieres, in a smart move that reflects the digital age we live in.The third wave of programming announced today by Toronto's movers and shakers contains a sack-load of anticipated world premieres for the...
Williams: Asphyxia Due to Hanging
Local California police said on Tuesday (12) that the 63-year-old actor and comedian died on Monday after appearing to have hanged himself in his bedroom.Lt Keith Boyd of Marin County Sheriff's Office told a press conference that preliminary cause of...
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