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Podcast: Fyc Summer & Fruitvale Station

10 August 2013 7:01 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Season Something. Episode 2

A second consecutive week with Nathaniel, Nick, Joe and Katey ... can you believe it? (But, pssst, we recorded this one at the same time as last week's Blue Jasmine convo. As you listen Nathaniel is heading out of town for his first gay wedding, Bride & Bride division)

This week's headlining film topic is the divisive response to Fruitvale Station (previously reviewed) and whether or not it can bear the burden of its hype on "Oscar"'s march towards Oscar. We also weigh in on whether Octavia Spencer and Michael B Jordan deserve nominations for their work. But it's not all Fruitvale. We find ways to throw Short Term 12, World War Z, Blancanieves, and The Heat, into the conversation and a few old movies, text messages, and documentaries make cameos too  -- you know we like to keep it loose and rangey.  

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Wild Bunch, Memento Lead France’s Locarno Charge

8 August 2013 12:12 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Locarno — Who said the French took the whole of August off?

Led by sales cos Wild Bunch and Memento Films Intl., broadcast net Arte France and promo org Unifrance, a huge cavalcade of French companies and institutions is beginning to descend on Switzerland’s Locarno Fest, which kicked off Wednesday.

Three Wild Bunch-sold movies play in major slots.

The Swiss lakeside resort confab closes Aug. 17, as already announced, with Wild Bunch-sold “On the Way To School,” from France’s Pascal Plisson, which screens in Locarno’s spectacular open air Piazza Grande.

Wild Bunch has also acquired international sales rights to two titles that world premiere in International Competition: “When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism,” from Romania’s Corneliu Porumboiu (“Police, Adjective”) ; and Guillaume Brac’s relationship dramedy “Tonnerre,” the feature debut of a cineaste who broke out with his theatrically-distributed Cesar-nommed medium-feature “Un Monde sans femmes” which »

- John Hopewell

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Locarno Film Festival’s New Topper Carlo Chatrian Raises the Stakes

6 August 2013 1:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New Locarno artistic director Carlo Chatrian hasn’t reinvented the wheel, but it’s clear he’s keen on adding luster to the Swiss event with a promisingly diverse lineup for its 66th edition, which sees a greater number of established auteurs unspooling alongside newcomers and crowdpleasers.

Chatrian, 41, has replaced Olivier Pere, a former chief of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. During his three-year stint, Pere revamped the indie event, making it leaner and positioning it as a solid launchpad for edgy arthouse pics.

Taking his cue from his predecessor, the Locarno topper has recruited more known names for the competition, among them prolific South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo, France’s Claire Simon and Brazilian cult veteran Julio Bressane. Concurrently, he’s raising the Piazza Grande profi le, starting with Denzel Washington/Mark Wahlberg vehicle “2 Guns,” which will open the fest Aug. 7 at the 8,000-seat outdoor Piazza Grande with the pic »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Locarno FF: Interview with Carlo Chatrian

2 August 2013 10:30 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

I recently sat down with Carlo Chatrian, newly appointed artistic director of the Locarno International Film Festival at his office which is only blocks away from the strikingly picturesque Piazza Grande where the outdoor screen and 8,000 seats are now being set up. We discussed his new position, his vision for the Festival, the American films that will be screened in and out of competition, and some of the many highlights and events that begin on August 7 and run for eleven days.

Of his new role as artistic director of the Festival, Chatrian states: “It was an honor and pleasure to take this position.  It is a new adventure for me.”

Chatrian’s passion for filmmakers, cinema and its history is zealously conveyed whether talking about the Festival’s tributes to Christopher Lee, Anna Karina, Faye Dunaway, Sergio Castellitto, Otar Iosseliani, Jacqueline Bisset, Margaret Ménégoz and Douglas Trumbull -- to the Pardi di domani (Leopards of tomorrow) a competitive section that will screen shorts and medium-length films by young independent auteurs or film school students, who have not yet directed a feature -- to the films screened on the Piazza Grande -- to the Festival’s sidebar Histoire(s) du cinéma.

“Films belong to a wider history,” Chatrian further emphasizes when discussing Histoire(s) du cinéma, (a reference to Jean-Luc Godard’s masterpiece).  Dedicated to the history of cinema, “this section embodies the identity of the Festival.”  These offerings include newly restored prints of rare and important works in film history; (for the George Cukor retrospective an international preview of a remastered 3D version of The Wizard of Oz), documentaries about actors and filmmakers the Festival is honoring, as well as works presented by the Cinémathèque Suisse as part of Swiss Cinema rediscovered.

Chatrian’s Vision

“When you compose a competition you have to work with new films; it’s important to combine various aspects into a wider program. One of the things that is really important in Locarno, here, maybe more than other film festivals, are the films belonging in dialogue with past films to new. To look at cinema in a new way.”

Chatrian describes his vision of the Festival “as a mosaic, composing the puzzle of the story of cinema.” He adds:  “Diversity is important.” This diversity is further explored in Chatrian’s Director’s statement in which he writes:

In line with the Festival’s tradition and our own wish to break down barriers, we have tried to establish a dialogue between historic and contemporary cinema, between independent and mainstream productions, documentary and fiction, experimental and essay forms. The only categorical imperative was to work with diversity, take it to extremes, to the point where contradictions emerge. Behind the organization of this year’s Festival lies a concept fed by opposites: not with any intention of molding them into a single line of thought, but rather welcoming them as the different souls that make up cinema and the world.

Reflected in this year’s programs are the connections to past films and how these works are linked to each other, and at times come full circle.  Chatrian cites the examples of the Festival’s posthumous tribute to Portuguese director Paulo Rocha, whose films were launched at the Locarno Film Festival fifty years ago -- to the tribute to Anna Karina, “not only a great actress who worked with Godard and George Cukor, there is that connection to Rocha’s films in the Portugal New Wave and Anna Karina’s relationship to the French New Wave.”

Chatrian continues: “It’s like a web that makes different connections. Another example: Joaqim Pinto, Portuguese director of the film in competition, Eagora?? Lembra-Me? (What Now? Remind Me) was just a child when he went on set when Paulo Rocha was shooting his second feature.”

New American Films at the Festival

The five films coming from the United States include SXSW Grand Jury winner Short Term 12 by Destin Cretton and The Dirties directed by Matthew Johnson, which Chatrian describes as “a challenging work of editing. A film within a film. The main characters are supposed to shoot a film, but at the same time they are being bullied by a group of other students because of their identity.  The film is funny; sometimes a tribute to Ed Wood, but it also conveys a sort of criticism of the world of school.”

Dedicated to emerging international directors and devoted to first and second features, Chatrian comments on the Concorso Cineasti del presente – (Filmmakers of the Present) “Some of these films raise a lot of questions rather than give answers. They are not straight forward; they are more art-house.”

Chatrian describes Forty Years From Yesterday directed by first-time feature directors Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck: “Works with lengths of shots; it’s deeply emotive.  It tries to convey something that is difficult; grief, and empathy between camera and character.”

“Two films that challenge cinematic form are Manakamana and The Unity of all Things.”  The feature documentary Manakamana is synopsized by its directors Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez:  High above a jungle in Nepal, pilgrims make an ancient journey by cable car to worship Manakamana. Chatrian calls it “a contemplative film with powerful sequences of long takes.” On the first feature The Unity of all Things directed by Alex Carver and Daniel Schmidt, Chatrian states: “A very experimental film based on a big subject, a tough subject -- the idea of time; it has a metaphysical point of view.”

The science fiction film Dignity, directed by James Fotopoulos, is described by Chatrian, “like a 1960s trip” and remarks on this film’s connection to Douglas Trumbull, the special effects artist and director, who will receive Locarno’s Festival First Vision Award. “It is a nice tribute to Trumbull and how it relates to his work on 2001: A Space Odyssey and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and as the director of Silent Running.”

Filmmaker as Journeyman – Werner Herzog

Another connection to the United States is from European director, Werner Herzog, (this year’s honoree of the Pardo d’onore Swisscom) who is now living in the states.  The Festival will present the world premiere of the four episodes that comprise Herzog’s new mini-series Death Row II, which documents four more cases from death row prisons in Texas. Chatrian says of this work: “a precise look at the American justice system and the American people.”

For cinephiles the world over, the Locarno International Film Festival offers a wide range of work from the past and present, and inspiration for the future of cinema around the globe.

The Locarno International Film Festival runs from August 7-17, 2013.  For more information visit:

About Susan Kouguell

Award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, Susan Kouguell teaches screenwriting and film at Tufts University and presents international seminars.  Author of Savvy Characters Sell Screenplays! and The Savvy Screenwriter, she is chairperson of Su-City Pictures East, LLC, a consulting company founded in 1990 where she works with over 1,000 writers, filmmakers, and executives worldwide.


- Susan Kouguell

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July. It's a Wrap.

31 July 2013 5:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Despite the absolutely sweltering heat in July this summer in New York City I've survived to see another month. It's a miracle. The blog is Made in Air Conditioning. So let's book back on the monthwith highlights in case you melted through them. 

Personalize Your DVD Collection - Meet Nick's guest room

Women Who Deserve an Honorary Oscar - Team Experience gives AMPAS some suggestions since they invariably choose men for the honor

Shot in Chicago - Tim selects the movies that best represent the Windy City 

Cory Monteith (Rip) - Glee loses one of its originals

Goodbye Bunheads - Andrew eulogizes the unique ballet charmer, gone from the TV landscape too soon 

The Halfway Mark - best of the year January to June

Cinematic Swimwear - Tfe launches its first clothing line. Which swimsuit did you buy?

Posterized: Almodóvar - His 19 films. How many have you seen?

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Destin Cretton Short Term 12 adds movie poster 3 with Brie Larson John Gallagher Jr. and Kaitlyn Dever

23 July 2013 12:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Check out the latest poster for the Destin Cretton-written-and-directed Short Term 12, starring Brie Larson, John Gallagher and Jr. Kaitlyn Dever. The film is a tour de force when it comes to its’ acting and stars Brie Larson (Spectacular Now) and John Gallagher Jr (Newsroom) in a story about a young foster-care supervisor who looks after troubled teens while struggling with demons from her past. Short Term 12 opens in theaters from August 23rd and informed by Cretton's own experience working with foster kids. Also in the cast of the film are Stepanie Beatriz, Rami Malek, Alex Calloway, Kevin Hernandez, Lydia De Veaux, Keith Stanfield and Frantz Turner. »

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We've got a new poster for the remarkable 'Short Term 12'

22 July 2013 12:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

We've got plenty more Comic-Con coverage today coming your way, as well as a review of one of this summer's biggest geek events, but before we get into any of that, I want to direct your attention to one of the best movies of 2013 for a few minutes. "Short Term 12" was a film I almost skipped at this year's SXSW festival because when I glanced at the title on the schedule, I assumed it was a shorts program. No offense to anyone who makes short films, because I certainly think it's a valid form and an important training ground »

- Drew McWeeny

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Locarno Film Festival Lineup

21 July 2013 12:30 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

I have been invited to Locarno this year and am looking forward to going once more.

It is an amazing locale at the Swiss tip of Italy's Lago Maggiore.  While the town sure looks old Italian to me people there tend to speak German.

Very charming.  Their grand outdoor theater in a big piazza is rare in our film world and quite magnificent.  I look forward to the films and seeing old friends.

Just announced the 20-film competition lineup features 18 world premieres and represents 16 countries, while the Piazza Grande selections run from big budget to art house films.

The Locarno Film Festival, in its first edition under the new artistic director Carlo Chatrian, on Wednesday revealed an eclectic and international lineup.

The 8,000-seat Piazza Grande, the largest silver screen in Europe and Locarno’s signature venue, this year illustrates the mixed genres Locarno traditionally features, with a lineup that includes Quentin Dupieux’s crime comedy Wrong Cops, with a cast that includes celebrity goth Marilyn Manson.

“I want the Piazza Grande selection to feature a sampling of what the festival has to offer in its various sections and tributes, and I think we made a big step in this direction,” said Chatrian, a veteran festival programmer and author who took over direction of the lakeside festival after the unexpected departure of Olivier Pere last year.

Mr. Morgan’s Last Love, a drama from Sandra Nettelbeck that stars Michael Cain as a retired professor who finds a connection with a young Parisian woman.

We’re the Millers, a comedy from Rawson Marshall Thurber with a cast that includes Jennifer Aniston and Ed Helms.

Also scheduled to screen in the picturesque Piazza Grande: 1981 classic Rich and Famous, part of the festival’s retrospective dedicated to director George Cukor (the film's star, Jacqueline Bisset, will be in Locarno to introduce the film)

Werner Herzog’s great Fitzcarraldo, the director’s 1982 biopic about Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald that will screen as part of the festival’s homage to Herzog, who will be honored with a lifetime achievement prize. 

The Piazza Grande will also feature an Italian film -- La Variabile Umana (The Human Factor), the feature film debut from acclaimed documentary maker Bruno Oliviero -- for the first time in six years.

The festival previously announced that much-heralded blockbuster 2 Guns, from Baltasar Kormákur -- which stars Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg -- would open the festival August 7.

The competition lineup, which includes 18 world premieres and two international premieres, is nearly as varied as the selection showing in the Piazza Grande. 

Among the highlights: E Agora? Lembra-me (What Now? Remind Me) from Portugal’s Joaquim Pinto, the director’s touching and vibrant telling of his battle with HIV.

Albert Serra's Historia de la Meva Mort (Story of My Death), which had been tabbed by the European press as a likely Cannes selection.

Real, the first film from Japan’s Kiyoshi Kurosawa in five years.

U Ri Sunhi (Our Sunhi) by South Kore's acclaimed Sangsoo Hong.

Sangue (Blood) from Italy’s Pippo Delbono, which explores Italy’s Red Brigade insurgency. 

Short Term 12, a remake of a 2008 short (both directed by Destin Cretton), is the only U.S. film screening in competition.

“There’s an intriguing mix of young director and first time works with more experienced talent in the competition lineup,” Chatrian said. “I’m eager to see how the public will react to these films we’ve chosen.”  

Piazza Grande selections:2 Guns by Baltasar Kormákur (United States)Vijay and I by Sam Garbarski (Belgium/Luxembourg/Germany)La Variabile Umana (The Human Factor) by Bruno Oliviero (Italy) Wrong Cops by Quentin Dupieux (United States)We’re the Millers by Rawson Marshall Thurber (United States)The Keeper of Lost Causes by Mikkel Nørgaard (Denmark/Germany/Sweden)Les Grandes Ondes (Longwave) by Lionel Baier (Switzerland/France/Portugal) Rich and Famous by George Cukor (United States)Gabrielle by Louise Archambault (Canada)L’Experience Blocher by Jean-Stéphane Bron (Switzerland/France)Gloria by Sebastián Lelio (Chile) Mr. Morgan’s Last Love by Sandra Nettelbeck (Germany/Belgium)Blue Ruin by Jeremy Saulnier (United States)About Time by Richard Curtis (United Kingdom)Fitzcarraldo by Werner Herzog (Germany/Peru) Sur le Chemin de l’École by Pascal Plisson (France) International competition lineup:Când se lasă seara peste Bucureşti sau metabolism (When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism) by Corneliu Porumboiu (Romania) E Agora? Lembra-me (What Now? Remind Me) by Joaquim Pinto (Portugal)Educacão Sentimental (Sentimental Education) by Júlio Bressane (Brazil)El Mudo by Daniel and Diego Vega (Peru/France/Mexico) Exhibition by Joanna Hogg (United Kingdom)Feuchtgebiete by David Wnendt (Germany)Gare du Nord by Claire Simon (France/Canada)Historia de la Meva Mort (Story of My Death) by Albert Serra (Spain/France) L’Étrange Couleur des Larmes de Ton Corps (The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears) by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani (Belgium/France/Luxembourg)Mary, Queen of Scots by Thomas Imbach (Switzerland/France) Pays Barbare by Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi (France)Real by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Japan)Sangue (Blood) by Pippo Delbono (Italy/Switzerland)Short Term 12 by Destin Cretton (United States) Shu Jia Zuo (A Time in Quchi) by Tso chi Chang (Taiwan)Tableau Noir (Black Board) by Yves Yersin (Switzerland)Tomogui (Backwater) by Shinji Aoyama (Japan)Tonnerre by Guillaume Brac (France) U Ri Sunhi (Our Sunhi) by Sangsoo Hong (South Korea)Une Autre Vie by Emmanuel Mouret (France)


- Peter Belsito

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San Francisco Film Society Announces Eight Finalists for Hearst Screenwriting Grant

19 July 2013 9:39 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The San Francisco Film Society has announced the eight finalists for its fifth annual Hearst Screenwriting Grant. The $15,000 grant will be awarded to a screenwriter who has been practicing for five years, and who has previously written a minimum of one feature screenplay. The 2013 finalists include Destin Cretton ("Short Term 12"); and Eliza Hittman and Jeremy Teicher, both of whom were recently named as Filmmaker Magazine's "25 Faces of Independent Cinema." The winner will be announced in mid-September.2013 Sffs / Hearst Screenwriting Grant Finalists:Eliza Hittman — ASkye, a teenage girl living in rural Pennsylvania, catches a Greyhound bus on a secret journey to New York City to do something for which she might never be forgiven. Hittman’s previous work includes It Felt Like Love (2013). For more information visit Tariq Tapa — The Best That Tomorrow Will BringA recently homeless widow drives cross-country on a parade float, hoping to meet the grandson she. »

- Beth Hanna

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Candelabra to open Deauville

19 July 2013 4:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Director Steven Soderbergh to give cinema lesson. Producer Gale Anne Hurd to be feted by festival.

The Deauville American Festival has announced the line-up of its 39th edition running August 30 to September 8.

Jim Mickle’s cannibal picture We Are What We Are, Matt Creed’s debut feature Lily,about a young woman re-evaluating her life following cancer, and Destin Cretton’s children’s home drama Short Term 12 are among the 12 titles screening in competition.

Roughly half the competing pictures are looking for French distribution including Drake Doremus’ family drama Breath In, represented by Qed Film Sales, and Lily, which is handled by producers Up the River Films and Verisimiltude.

As in previous years, the festival hosted on the northern coast of France is laying on a dedicated screening space – the Deauville American Film Corner – for film professionals.

Steven Soderbergh’s critically acclaimed Liberace bio-pic Behind The Candelabra, which yesterday picked up 15 Emmy nominations, will open the »

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Candelabra to open Deauville 2013

19 July 2013 4:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Director Steven Soderbergh to give cinema lesson. Producer Gale Anne Hurd to be feted by festival.

The Deauville American Festival has announced the line-up of its 39th edition running August 30 to September 8.

Jim Mickle’s cannibal picture We Are What We Are, Matt Creed’s debut feature Lily,about a young woman re-evaluating her life following cancer, and Destin Cretton’s children’s home drama Short Term 12 are among the 12 titles screening in competition.

Roughly half the competing pictures are looking for French distribution including Drake Doremus’ family drama Breath In, represented by Qed Film Sales, and Lily, which is handled by producers Up the River Films and Verisimiltude.

As in previous years, the festival hosted on the northern coast of France is laying on a dedicated screening space – the Deauville American Film Corner – for film professionals.

Steven Soderbergh’s critically acclaimed Liberace bio-pic Behind The Candelabra, which yesterday picked up 15 Emmy nominations, will open the »

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Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Behind the Candelabra’ Opens Deauville Fest

19 July 2013 3:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Steven Soderbergh’s “Behind the Candelabra” is set to kick off the Deauville American Film Festival on Aug. 30.

Deauville’s special screenings include Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” Roland Emmerich’s “White House Down,” Naomi Foner’s “Very Good Girls” and David Gordon Green’s “Joe,” Ron Howard’s “Rush,” Mark Steven Johnson’s “Killing Season” and Quentin Dupieux’s “Wrong Cops.”

A trio of Hollywood stars Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”), John Travolta (“Killing Season”) and Nicolas Cage (“Joe”)  will be celebrated at the fest, along with American vet producer Gale Anne Hurd, whose career spans over 30 years and include such cult pics as “Terminator,” “Aliens” and “The Incredible Hulk,” as well as acclaimed AMC drama skein “The Walking Dead.”

A posthumous homage will be given in the memory of multi-hyphenate entertainer Danny Kaye.

Other high-profile guests include Soderbergh, who will be in Deauville to present  ”Candelabra” and will also give a masterclass, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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2013 Locarno Film Festival Lineup Includes Kurosawa, Hong, Herzog and More

17 July 2013 2:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

The lineup for the 66th Locarno Film Festival has been announced, and once again, the program highlights a diverse slate of world cinema from both known directors and new independent talent. The international competition includes 18 world premieres, including Our Sunhi, the latest from Hong Sangsoo, who I could have sworn already made two other movie this year. It also includes the international premieres of SXSW Awards darling Short Term 12 and Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Real. In the out of competition spotlight, the festival will host an outdoor screening of the Mark Wahlberg/Denzel Washington shoot-em-up 2 Guns, and will also screen the Berlin Festival hit Gloria and Jeremy Saulnier's genre knock-out Blue Ruin. As a bonus, there are tribute screenings to George Cukor and Werner Herzog. Check out the...

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Locarno International Film Festival Unveils Lineup, Kicks Off August 7

17 July 2013 9:23 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The 66th Locarno International Film Festival, kicking off August 7, has unveiled its lineup. Included in the fest's selections are Richard Curtis' time-travel romantic comedy "About Time," starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson; Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur's ("The Deep") "2 Guns," starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg; and the world premiere of South Korean filmmaker Hong Sangsoo's "Our Sunhi." The competition lineup has a strong Asian presence, with Kiyoshi Kurosawa's ('Tokyo Sonata") sci-fi entry "Real," and former Hou Hsaio-hsien assistant Chang Tso-chi's coming-of-age tale "A Time in Quchi." Us entries include SXSW hit "Short Term 12," starring Brie Larsen as a foster care worker battling her own demons, also in competition; and Matt Johnson's excellent "The Dirties," which played Slamdance earlier this year, and looks at the violent ramifications of school bullying, will be repping in the Cineastes of the Present section. The festival's full lineup is here. »

- Beth Hanna

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Sarajevo names doc, Kinoscope titles

17 July 2013 6:06 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sarajevo Film Festival’s documentary competition will include seven world premieres. Non-competitive sidebar Kinoscope will feature 17 films.Scroll down for full lists

The documentary competition at the the 19th Sarajevo Film Festival is to include 20 shorts and features, with seven world premieres and four international debuts.

World premieres include Escape by Serbian director Srdjan Keča, whose previous film Mirage won the Best Central and East European Documentary Award at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival and Best Short Documentary award at London Short Film Festival; and A Slave by Bosnia’s Pjer Žalica, best known for fiction films Fuse and Days And Hours.

International premieres include Marta Popivoda’s Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body, which screened in Berlinale’s Forum Expanded section; and Here… I Mean There by Laura Capatana-Juller, winner of the Romanian Days Award For Feature Film at the Transylvania International Film Festival.

Among regional premieres, there are three »

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Locarno unveils ‘diverse’ line-up

17 July 2013 5:05 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A total of 18 world premieres feature in the main Competition line-up of this year’s Locarno Film Festival.Scroll down for full lists

The programme for the 66th Locarno Film Festival has been unveiled and was compiled with “diversity” in mind, according to new artistic director Carlo Chatrian.

“The only categorical imperative was to work with diversity, take it to extremes,” said Chatrian.

“For years, the festival’s policy has been to position its mission of discovery within a programme that includes mainstream cinema, but only of the kind that, despite its high production values, is not just pure spectacle, the kind that doesn’t see entertainment and intelligence as incompatible.”

As previously announced, the Swiss festival will open at the open-air Piazza Grande on August 7 with the international premiere of 2 Guns, the action film starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington as cops, directed by Baltasar Kormakur (The Deep).

Other films to screen at the 8,000 seater venue include »

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Locarno Unveils High-Profile Lineup

17 July 2013 3:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — The 66th Locarno Film Festival has unveiled a promisingly diverse lineup, comprising a greater number of established international auteurs, along with newcomers, and also crowdpleasers such as Richard Curtis-helmed time-travel romcom “About Time,” from Universal, for its first edition under new artistic topper Carlo Chatrian.

As previously announced, the Swiss shindig will kick off August 7 with the international launch of Baltasar Kormakur’s buddy cop actioner “2 Guns,” unspooling August 7 on the fest’s 8,000-seat outdoor Piazza Grande venue with the Icelandic helmer in tow. Sony is handling most international territories.

“I am very happy about the positive response we’ve had from the majors this year,” said Chatrian, whose first move, once installed, was to fly to L.A.

That said, the venerable fest dedicated to quality cinema and discoveries, has not lost its edge, and Chatrian is making “diversity of the mix my mantra.”

Other titles unspooling »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Oscars 2013: Will Reality-Based Films Take Over the Best Picture Race?

10 July 2013 11:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A lot of folks are preparing movies to be launched in the next six months, convinced that their films have strong Oscar potential. In many cases, these dreams are sweet delusions. So the word “reality” doesn’t usually enter the kudos conversation.

But that’s the key word this year: Pics based on real-life events constitute a whopping one-third of Academy Award hopefuls that will open in the second half of the year. Those 17 films are more than double the number of fact-based pics from last year.

The volume may seem surprising, until you realize that such pics have been Oscar fodder since the 1929 “Disraeli” and gained recent momentum thanks to titles like “The King’s Speech” and “Argo.” And with film development increasingly a headache, real events are appealing because they have a built-in story arc.

Photos: Oscars’ 2013 Midseason Contenders

The July-December period offers other intriguing numbers. George Clooney, »

- Timothy M. Gray

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Exclusive: Alternate Poster For Festival Fave 'Short Term 12' Starring Brie Larson

8 July 2013 11:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Writer/director Destin Cretton's second feature, "Short Term 12," has taken the festival circuit by storm since its debut at South by Southwest this spring, where it scooped up the Grand Jury and Audience Award for Narrative Feature. Since then, it's also won the Audience Award at the 2013 La Film Festival, and recently premiered in New York at the Bam Cinemafest. Cinedigm will be releasing the film in theaters on August 23rd, and today, we have an alternate poster to the one that debuted several weeks ago. This one features a block-cut illustration of Brie Larson's character, Grace, comforting her troubled charge, Jayden (Kaitlyn Dever), at the short-term foster care facility where she works. And yes, that's both an indieWIRE quote and a Playlist quote on the poster. Our review from SXSW says the film, "expresses its serious subject matter in a fresh and authentic manner, never relying »

- Katie Walsh

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Nantucket Film Festival's Top Honors Go To 'Short Term 12,' 'Life According to Sam' and 'Fruitvale Station'

1 July 2013 8:29 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 18th annual Nantucket Film Festival, which focuses on excellence in screenwriting, announced the festival winners today, in addition to the winners of its competitions for best screenplay for film and television. The prestigious Showtime Tony Cox award for best emerging screenwriter went to Destin Daniel Cretton for "Short Term 12." The audience award went to "Life According to Sam," from directors Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine. The Vimeo award for Best Writer/Director went to Ryan Coogler for "Fruitvale Station." The full winners list follows: Showtime Tony Cox Award for Best Screenwriting in a Feature Film -- Destin Daniel Cretton ("Short Term 12") Showtime Tony Cox Award for Best Screenwriting in a Short Film -- Goran Dukic ("What Do We Have in Our Pockets?") Audience Award for Best Feature -- "Life According to Sam" (directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine) Audience Award for Best Short Film -- »

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