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‘Son of Saul’ Director László Nemes to Start Shooting ‘Sunset’ (Exclusive)

‘Son of Saul’ Director László Nemes to Start Shooting ‘Sunset’ (Exclusive)
László Nemes, the Hungarian director whose feature debut, “Son of Saul,” won the Cannes Grand Jury Prize in 2015 and a foreign-language Oscar in 2016, is about to start shooting a new film set in pre-World War I Europe, with newcomer Juli Jakab.

Sunset” is set in 1913, when Budapest was considered to be at the heart of Europe. The drama follows 20-year-old Irisz Leiter, who arrives in the Hungarian capital after spending her younger years in an orphanage, hoping to work as a milliner in the legendary hat store that belonged to her late parents. She is suddenly confronted with her past and starts searching for answers about her family before stumbling upon dark secrets.

Sunset” re-teams Nemes with “Son of Saul’s” producers Gabor Sipos and Gabor Rajna at Hungarian banner Laokoon Filmgroup, his two co-writers Clara Royer and Matthieu Taponier, and Paris-based Films Distribution, which is co-producing and handling worldwide sales on the film.
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First Plot Details & Image For ‘Son Of Saul’ Director László Nemes’s ‘Sunset,’ Film Aiming For Cannes 2018

First Plot Details & Image For ‘Son Of Saul’ Director László Nemes’s ‘Sunset,’ Film Aiming For Cannes 2018
Few directorial debuts in recent years have had the impact of László Nemes’ “Son Of Saul.” The Hungarian director, a former assistant to Bela Tarr, broke out two years ago with the wrenching Holocaust drama, and its assured, ambitious direction made it a rare film from a first-timer in the Official Selection at Cannes in 2015. It went on to win the Grand Prix at the festival there, before taking the Best Foreign Language prize at the Oscars last year, instantly making Nemes a major international filmmaker.

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Laszlo Nemes to Reteam With Films Distribution on Sophomore Movie ‘Sunset’ (Exclusive)

Laszlo Nemes to Reteam With Films Distribution on Sophomore Movie ‘Sunset’ (Exclusive)
Paris-based Films Distribution is set to reteam with Laszlo Nemes, the director of Cannes’ grand jury prize and Oscar-winning “Son of Saul,” on his sophomore film, “Sunset.”

Films Distribution, which sold Nemes’ harrowing Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” worldwide to major distributors, including in North America to Sony Pictures Classics, is back on board to co-produce “Sunset” on top of handling international sales.

A coming-of-age drama set in 1910 Budapest, “Sunset” tells the tale of a girl who matures into a strong and fearless young woman. While the plot remains under wraps, Nicolas Brigaud-Robert said the project was highly promising since its plot will essentially revolve around a woman’s journey and will deliver a portrait of the rapidly-changing, cosmopolitan city of Budapest right before the outbreak of World War I.

Set to shoot in 2017, “Sunset” will reteam Nemes with “Son of Saul’s” cinematographer Mátyás Erdély, and producers Gábor Sipos
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Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight Of Cups’ Bows OK, But Open Road Takes ‘Spotlight’ – Specialty Box Office

Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight Of Cups’ Bows OK, But Open Road Takes ‘Spotlight’ – Specialty Box Office
Cashing in on the Oscar spoils, Open Road took Spotlight out to its widest reach since opening in November. The Best Picture winner did a pretty good job in more than 1,200 theaters grossing $1.83M. Sony Classics added 29 locations for its Best Foreign Picture winner Son Of Saul. And among openers, Broad Green Pictures bowed Terrence Malick's latest film, Knight Of Cups with Christian Bale and a long list of stars. The film had the weekend's second best per theater…
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‘Son of Saul’ Wins Hungary’s Second Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film

‘Son of Saul’ Wins Hungary’s Second Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film
The visceral Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” has won the Oscar for best foreign language film at the 88th Academy Awards — the second Oscar winner for Hungary.

“Even in the darkest hours, there might be a voice within us that allows us to remain human,” a deeply moved László Nemes said in his acceptance. “That is the hope of this film.”

“Son of Saul,” co-written by Nemes and Clara Royer, is set in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. It stars Géza Röhrig as a member of the prisoner detail forced to aid with the disposal of gas chamber victims.

“Thanks to the Academy for this incredible honor,” Nemes said at the start of his speech. “Thank you to Sony Pictures Classics, Tom Bernard, Michael Barker for supporting us. Thanks to Hungary for funding this film. I want to share this with Geza Rohrig, my main actor, and
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Movie Review: Son of Saul

There are two types of films that allow or force the viewer to be entirely consumed by what they are watching and simply experience what is happening on screen. The first, and most obvious, type is the formulaic action film or comedy; the types of films that require very little, if any, effort to watch. The second type, however, is so immersive that you simply cannot think, despite the plethora of ideas raised by whatever unfolds. László Nemes’ Son of Saul (Saul fia) is a prime example of the latter.

Throughout the film, we (literally) follow Saul (Géza Röhrig), a Hungarian prisoner in Auschwitz who is forced to work in the gas chambers as a Sonderkommando. When he discovers the still-alive body of a boy whom he believes to be his son, he goes on a sort of haunting Odyssey throughout the camp looking for a rabbi to perform the proper burial for the boy.
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Keeping it honest by Anne-Katrin Titze

Géza Röhrig: "This is kind of when my childhood was over." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

László Nemes' trenchant Son Of Saul (Saul Fia), co-written with Clara Royer, cinematography by Mátyás Erdély, sound design Tamás Zányi and an unforgettably unsettling performance by Géza Röhrig as Saul Ausländer, clothed by Edit Szücs, today received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Deniz Gamze Ergüven's Mustang, Naji Abu Nowar's Theeb, Ciro Guerra's Embrace Of The Serpent and Tobias Lindholm's A War were also honoured.

Son Of Saul director László Nemes at the New York Film Festival Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Slavoj Žižek, Roberto Benigni's Life Is Beautiful, Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List impacting Stanley Kubrick's The Aryan Papers, what Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds has in common with The Sound Of Music, the profound impact of a visit to Auschwitz at age 17, the fragility of civilisation,
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Arthouse Audit: Oscar Frontrunner 'Son of Saul' Debuts as Sole New Specialty Non-VOD Entry

Arthouse Audit: Oscar Frontrunner 'Son of Saul' Debuts as Sole New Specialty Non-VOD Entry
Son of Saul, the Hungarian Cannes prize-winner and critically heralded Holocaust film began what is likely to be a multi-month run, calibrated in hopes of winning the Foreign Language Oscar (Sony Pictures Classics are almost always in the running with a film or two) as well as to maximize grossing potential. It had a decent if not spectacular start. while it's unlikely that box office behemoth "Star Wars: Force Awakens" impacts a small specialty film like this, the timing is still not optimal for such a dark and serious film. Its adult audience should be around in the weeks ahead, however, and Spc is going to make sure they will be aware of it. We aren't quite done with the new releases. Apart from qualifying runs, 45 Years (IFC) and Anomalisa (Paramount) open for the specialized market, while "The Revenant" (20th Century Fox) opens platform runs and, a bit wider, the
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The people in the photographs by Anne-Katrin Titze

Géza Röhrig with Anne-Katrin Titze at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas for the opening of Son of Saul (Saul fia), directed by László Nemes Photo: Aimee Morris

Earlier this month, László Nemes introduced me to Géza Röhrig at a brunch in honour of Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs, written by Aaron Sorkin, starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen and Jeff Daniels. We spoke about Claude Lanzmann, the unfortunate timing of Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List for Stanley Kubrick's The Aryan Papers, critiquing Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and Roberto Benigni's Life Is Beautiful, Slavoj Žižek in The Pervert's Guide To Ideology on Robert Wise's The Sound Of Music and a whisper from Albert Camus to Elie Wiesel.

Géza explained why Robert De Niro or Jack Nicholson would not have had an advantage over him playing Saul Ausländer. The Mirroring Evil: Nazi Imagery/Recent Art exhibit in New York
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When the signs and the stories are gone by Anne-Katrin Titze

Son Of Saul director László Nemes: "We wanted to convey something that goes against the perception through films, that it is a mixture of organisation and chaos." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Son Of Saul (Saul Fia), this year's Grand Prix du Jury winner at the Cannes Film Festival, will première in New York tonight at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, featuring a post screening discussion with Géza Röhrig (Saul), moderated by Anne-Katrin Titze, following the 6:00pm show.

When László Nemes was in New York, he discussed with me his work with cinematographer Mátyás Erdély and the garments by Edit Szücs, the stature of Claude Lanzmann, looking at the natural elements in Auschwitz, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Stanley Kubrick's abandoned Holocaust film, Kristina Söderbaum and what's up next for the Son Of Saul director.

Géza Röhrig as Saul Ausländer: "These are marked people."

Anne-Katrin Titze: Fairly late in the film, you
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Crazy Oscars Foreign Language Race Nears Judgment Day

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Crazy Oscars Foreign Language Race Nears Judgment Day
The Oscars race for the Best Foreign Language Film of 2015 had more activity, more frenzy, more screenings and Q&As and parties and campaigning than ever before. And now that the category’s general-committee voters have seen and voted on all 80 entries, and the executive committee is waiting to meet to determine the final entries on the nine-film shortlist, we’re just about at the same place we were when the contenders were announced in October: With one or maybe two slam dunks and a lot of question marks. First-time director Laszlo Nemes’ Son of Saul, which premiered in the main competition at.
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Top 25 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Contenders

Fascinating is the best way to describe the process by which the final five nominated for the Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film are selected. Each year dozens of countries send their Oscar hopeful to Hollywood for AMPAS to consider. This work should, at least in theory, be the best representation of the national cinematic achievements of that year. This usually makes for a crowded field of storytelling marvels.

Since each country, via its national film academy or a special cultural committee, can only submit one candidate, there are always “snubs” even at the selections stage. These often happens because a film doesn’t meet the requirements or simply because the selecting body didn’t regard them as highly. While there are numerous detractors regarding AMPAS rule of only one entry per country, in a sense this helps level the playfield given that smaller territories might have very choices in comparison to European powerhouses. The other perspective argues that because of this process sometimes the real standouts don’t get a chance to compete.

Once a film becomes the official entry the next, and most arduous step, is to get into the 9-film shortlist. Six of them are chosen by popular within the AMPAS’ Foreign Language Film committee and the other three by an executed committee. These nine finalists are then watched by 30 randomly selected members from different Academy branches over one weekend. This is where the five nominees are chosen. This year 80 accepted submissions (noting that Afghanistan’s entry was disqualified) are vying for the trophy, and that means that 75 of the world’s best films will have to cherish the exposure given by process.

Nevertheless, making the shortlist is more than a commendable feat itself. This list will be revealed next week, and though there are always unexpected surprises, there are of course a few favorites and films that have garnered lots of positive attention throughout the season. After watching over three quarters out of the colossal list of entries in contention I’d like to share my observations on the 25 films that seem like the strongest bets to make the coveted shortlist and eventually become Academy Award nominees. Granted, other films could easily sneak in if they manage to impress the right people, but I feel confident that most of those that will advance will come from the least below.


"The Clan" (El Clan)

Dir. Pablo Trapero

Isa: Film Factory Entertainment

U.S. Distribution: Fox International

Trapero’s sordid crime drama based on the real life story of the Puccio family, which became national news when authorities discovered they were behind a series of kidnapping and murders, is a compelling work that uses Argentina’s historical context as backdrop. . Almodovar’s El Deseo, the company behind the Oscar-nominated “Wild Tales”, produced the film.

Read More: 'The Clan Wins' Audience Award At Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival’s Gems


"Goodnight Mommy" (Ich seh, ich seh)

Dirs. Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz

Isa: Films Distribution

U.S. Distribution: Radius-twc

One of the most daring selections is also one the most acclaimed horror films of the year. This art house chiller confronts a pair of mischievous twin boys with their convalescent mother who recently underwent a facial surgery. The thematic and aesthetic elegance that co-directors Severin Fiala and Veronika Franz employed elevates “Goodnight Mommy” beyond the usual gruesome fare.


"The Brand New Testament" (Le tout nouveau testament)

Dir. Jaco Van Dormael

Isa: Le Pacte

U.S. Distribution: None Yet

This fantastical take on religion is yet another unique vision from director Jaco Van Dormael, the filmmaker behind such films as “Mr. Nobody.” With a humorous tone, “The Brand New Testament” explores what would happen if God himself lived in a regular apartment in Brussels pretending to be a mortal and finding pleasure in the little things that annoy human life - all of which are orchestrated by him.


"The Second Mother" (Que Horas Ela Volta?)

Dir. Anna Muylaert

Isa: The Match Factory

U.S. Distribution: Oscilloscope Pictures

Anna Muylaert’s crowd-pleasing, yet thematically complex gem delves into the intricacies of class in Brazilian society through the eyes of an endearing live-in maid. Regina Casé, in an Oscar-worthy performance, becomes Val, a diligent and humble housekeeper that has worked with the same wealthy family in Sao Paulo for many years and who only questions her role within this environment when her strange daughter comes to visit.

Read More: Anna Muylaert on Why the Protagonist of 'The Second Mother' is a Super Hero


"Felix & Meira"

Dir. Maxime Giroux

Isa: Urban Distribution International

U.S. Distribution: Oscilloscope Laboratories

A clandestine romance and the yoke of religion are at the center of Maxime Giroux’s delicate debut feature. Meira (Hadas Yaron is a Hasidic woman who feels trapped by the expectations and limitations imposed her, but when she meets Felix (Martin Dubreuil), a secular man who is equally lost, her vision of the world widens.

Rea More: 'Felix and Meira' Director Maxime Giroux on Understanding Hasidim and Quebecois Isolation


"The Club" (El Club)

Dir. Pablo Larraín

Isa: Funny Balloons

U.S. Distribution: Music Box Films

Larrain's latest work follows a group of priests and nuns who live in an isolated beachside town after committing a score of heinous crimes. Though they have the church's protection, there are people out there who are not willing to let impunity prevail. Magnificently written and acted, this dark and piercing drama ranks up there with the director’s best work


"Embrace of the Serpent" (El Abrazo de la Serpiente)

Dir. Ciro Guerra

Isa: Films Boutique

U.S. Distribution: Oscilloscope Laboratories

Strikingly beautiful and laced with poetic mysticism, Ciro Guerra’s most accomplished work to date follows the journey of two European explores at particular times in history as they are guided through the Amazon by Karamakate, an imposing local shaman man who is wary of their intentions.

Czech Republic

"Home Care" (Domácí péce)

Dir. Slávek Horák

Isa: M-Appeal

U.S. Distribution: None Yet

This very low-key dramedy from first-time director Slávek Horák about a a middle-aged home care nurse, who not only has to look after her patients but also her own family, hasn’t had as much exposure as other films on this list; however, the quality of the performances and the nuanced screenplay have resonated with those who have seen it.


"A War" (Krigen)

Dir. Tobias Lindholm

Isa: Studiocanal

U.S. Distribution: Magnolia Pictures

Director Tobias Lindholm follow up to “A Hijacking,” blends gritty action with a courtroom drama in a searing study on guilt and the collateral damage of armed conflicts from the point of view of conflicted family man and company commander Claus M. Pedersen (Pilou Asbæk). Subtle observations and intricate moral complexity are once again Lindholm's greatest strengths.



Dir. Elmo Nüganen

Isa: Eyewell Ab

U.S. Distribution: None Yet

After earning its first-ever Academy Award nomination earlier this year, the Eastern European country returns to the race with an impressive historical epic about Estonian soldiers fighting on different sides against their own. The film was directed, who starred in the Oscar-nominated “Tangerines.”


"The Fencer" (Miekkailija)

Dir. Klaus Härö

Isa: The Little Film Company

U.S. Distribution: None Yet

Finnish filmmaker Klaus Härö takes on an Estonian story about a professional fencer who becomes a physical education teacher in his homeland after leaving Russia to escape the Kgb. This classically executed and elegant period drama offers uplifting moments, romance, and exquisite cinematography.



Dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Isa: Kinology

U.S. Distribution: Cohen Media Group

Through traditional gender roles and expectations in Turkish society, adults attempt to tame the blossoming womanhood in Deniz Gamze Ergüven's five teenage protagonists. Delicately shot and cast to perfection, this peculiar coming-of-ager is an empowering breath of fresh air that honors freedom and femininity in equal measures.

Read More: 'Mustang' Director Deniz Gamze Ergüven on Femininity in Cinema and French Multiculturalism


"Labyrinth of Lies" (Im Labyrinth des Schweigens)

Dir. Giulio Ricciarelli

Isa: Beta Cinema

U.S. Distribution: Sony Pictures Classics

In the aftermath of WWII German authorities and the majority of the population refused to acknowledge the magnitude of their involvement in the Holocaust until a driven young prosecutor begins uncovering the truth. Ricciarelli film is a compelling historical drama with a fantastic lead performance by Alexander Fehling at its core.

Read More: Dir. Giulio Ricciarelli and Star Alexander Fehling on the Historical Relevance of 'Labyrinth of Lies' and Germany's Open Wound



Dir. Jayro Bustamante

Isa: Film Factory Entertainment

U.S. Distribution: Kino Lorber

Bustamante’s Silver Bear-winning ethereal masterpiece in indigenous language is an intimate look at the lives of the country’s Mayan population. Told through the eyes of a teenage girl destined to an arranged marriage, this marvelously photographed film speaks of tradition, modernity, mysticism, male chauvinism, and cultural isolation.

Read More: 'Ixcanul' Director Jayro Bustamante on the Strength of Mayan Women and Guatemala's Indigenous Majority


"Son of Saul" (Saul fia)

Dir. László Nemes

Isa: Films Distribution

U.S. Distribution: Sony Pictures Classics

By far the most incredible debut of the year and one of the best films about the Holocaust ever made, this year’s Grand Prix winner takes the viewer inside the Nazi killing machine from the perspective of the Sonderkommando, a group of Jewish men chosen to carry out all horrific manual labor within the gas chambers. Immersive and devastating, Nemes' stunner is a powerful cinematic statement.


"Rams" (Hrútar)

Dir. Grímur Hákonarson

Isa: New Europe Film Sales

U.S. Distribution: Cohen Media Group

A humorous look at brotherhood and pastoral life, this Un Certain Regard-winning dark comedy pays homage to the importance of sheep in the Icelandic cultural identity. When a disease wipes out the entire town’s flock, two estrange siblings, who haven’t spoken to each other in decades, are forced to collaborate in order to save their livelihood.



Dir. Paddy Breathnach

Isa: Mongrel International

U.S. Distribution: Magnolia Pictures

Jesus, a young gay man in Havana, only finds relief from his daily struggles when he transforms into a drag performer in front of an eager audience, but when his macho father returns after decades away his dreams are jeopardized. This Irish production set in Cuba is a delightful work that thrives on authenticity and emotionally layered performances.

Read More:'Viva' Director Paddy Breathnach on Making an Irish Film in Cuba and Visceral Transformation


"Theeb" (ذيب)

Dir. Naji Abu Nowar

Isa: Fortissimo Films

U.S. Distribution: Film Movement

Adapting the sensibilities of classic Westerns into a uniquely Middle Eastern setting, this period piece touches on the complicated relationship between the region and the colonial powers via the experiences of a young Bedouin boy who embarks on a mission across the desert. Top-notch filmmaking that twists conventions to depict a singular worldview.


"600 Miles" (600 Millas)

Dir. Gabriel Ripstein

Isa: Ndm

U.S. Distribution: Pantelion Films

By focusing on two characters from opposite sides of the border, Gabriel Ripstein’s debut Starring Tim Roth delves into the U.S/Mexico conflictive, yet unavoidable codependency and share responsibility in the fight against organized crime. Guns are at the center of this realist tale in which everyone’s morality is tinged with shades of grey.

The Netherlands

"The Paradise Suite"

Dir. Joost van Ginkel

Isa: Media Luna New Films

U.S. Distribution: None Yet

In this profound multi-narrative film the tumultuous stories of characters from diverse latitudes collide in Amsterdam in unexpected and heartbreaking ways. An Eastern European girl dragged into prostitution, an African man desperate to stay afloat, a war criminal in disguise, a woman seeking revenge, and famous musician and his son struggling to connect, all, in their own way, looking fro redemption.


"The Wave" (Bølgen)

Dir. Roar Uthaug

Isa: TrustNordisk

U.S. Distribution: Magnolia Pictures

Besides its spectacular, Hollywood-worthy visual effects, what sets this Scandinavian disaster movie apart from less sophisticated American efforts is its interesting character development. While the chaos and destruction on screen is an exhilarating feast, the human aspect is never forgotten and it’s crucial to the Norwegian specificity of the plot.



Dir. Radu Jude

Isa: Beta Cinema

U.S. Distribution: Big World Pictures

Thematically fascinating and visually impeccable, this black-and-white historical adventure set in the early 19th century solidifies Romanian cinema as one of the most exciting and innovative currents in Europe. Radu Jude’s film centers on the mostly unknown history of Gypsy slavery and how this shaped Romanian society by using a tragicomic tone and timeless aesthetics.


"Flowers" (Loreak)

Dirs. Jon Garaño & Jose Mari Goenaga

Isa: Film Factory Entertainment

U.S. Distribution: Music Box Films

The country’s firs Basque-language entry is a soft-spoken drama that juxtaposes the grieving processes of three women after the tragic death of man that touched their lives directly and indirectly. Unpretentious in its concept, yet unexpectedly philosophical, the power of the narrative lies on the actresses that flourish and decay in varying degrees throughout the film.


"A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence" (En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron)

Dir. Roy Andersson

Isa: Coproduction Office (Paris)

U.S. Distribution: Magnolia Pictures

As brilliant as anything Andersson has ever created, the final chapter in his trilogy about the absurdity of what it means to be human is one of the most unconventional cinematic experiences in recent memory. Without the constraints of la traditional plot, this nonlinear treasure uses clever vignettes to talk about death, humor, and the mundane things that define our existence.

Read More: 7 Reasons Why Roy Andersson's Latest Film is a Must-See Philosophical Wonder


"The Assassin" (聶隱娘)

Dir. Hsiao-hsien Hou

Isa: Wild Bunch

U.S. Distribution: Well Go USA Entertainment

Armed with breathtaking cinematography, lavish costumes and production design, and an ancient legend about betrayal and retribution, master Hsiao-hsien Hou obliterates our expectations and delivers a one-of-a-kind martial arts epic that’s more concerned with sensory transcendence than narrative clarity, but is no less of an enthralling experience because of it.
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Nyfcc Awards Have Boosted Academy Award Chances for 'Carol,' Stewart and 'Saul'

New York Film Critics Awards: Best Film winner 'Carol' with Cate Blanchett. 2015 New York Film Critics Awards have enlivened Oscar race Catching up with previously announced awards season winners that will likely influence the 2016 Oscar nominations. Early this month, the New York Film Critics Circle announced their Best of 2015 picks, somewhat unexpectedly boosting the chances of Todd Haynes' lesbian romantic drama Carol, Clouds of Sils Maria actress Kristen Stewart, and László Nemes' Holocaust drama Son of Saul. Below is a brief commentary about each of these Nyfcc choices. 'Carol' Directed by Todd Haynes, starring two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (The Aviator, Blue Jasmine) and Oscar nominee Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and adapted by Phyllis Nagy from Patricia Highsmith's 1952 novel The Price of Salt,[1] Carol won a total of four New York Film Critics awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay,
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Still breathing by Anne-Katrin Titze

Son Of Saul (Saul Fia) director László Nemes with Anne-Katrin Titze Photo: Sophie Gluck

Claude Lanzmann's The Patagonian Hare, Shoah and The Last Of The Unjust, working with cinematographer Mátyás Erdély, the clothing choices of Edit Szücs, Stanley Kubrick's influence from Barry Lyndon to The Shining, the chaos of language and sound design by Tamás Zányi, were among the insights culled from my conversation with László Nemes on the making of his extraordinary, uncompromising film, Son Of Saul (Saul Fia), co-written with Clara Royer and starring Géza Röhrig.

Danny Boyle with Géza Röhrig and László Nemes at the brunch for Steve Jobs Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

I caught up with the director in New York a couple of weeks before the Us theatrical release and ran into him and Géza during the brunch for Danny Boyle's unorthodox take on Steve Jobs with Aaron Sorkin and Jeff Daniels, organized by Peggy Siegal,
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New York Film Critics Circle Winners (In Progress)

New York Film Critics Circle Winners (In Progress)
Members of the New York Film Critics Circle are voting on year-end superlatives this morning. Full list of winners as they are announced and running commentary below.

Best First Film: “Son of Saul

As mentioned in a recent column, László Nemes’ Cannes prize winner is one of a number of films that could use a boost by critics in the race to achieve a higher profile.

Best Foreign Film: “Timbuktu

Last year’s foreign Oscar submission from Mauritania prevents Nemes’ film from racking up two wins at the start. Very interesting…

Best Supporting Actress: Kristen Stewart (“Clouds of Sils Maria”)

When Stewart won the César Award in this category last year for her performance in Olivier Assayas’ 2014 Cannes entry, one couldn’t help but wonder if she could survive the year and stand out in this year’s race. That possibility faded, but the New York crowd just added some more gas to the tank.
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Yes, That Dazzling Boxing Sequence in ‘Creed’ Really Was One Shot

Yes, That Dazzling Boxing Sequence in ‘Creed’ Really Was One Shot
Extended single takes — or “oners,” as they’re often called — are fairly popular as of late. An exciting sequence in an episode from the first season of “True Detective” had people buzzing in early 2014. Last year’s best picture Oscar winner, “Birdman,” was photographed and edited to appear like one shot, while the year before, “Gravity” dazzled with its CG-assisted single takes. (Emmanuel Lubezki won the best cinematography Oscar for both.)

And this hasn’t been limited to American cinema, of course. Sebastian Schipper’s “Victoria” took things a step farther than “Birdman” by actually capturing the entirety of the film in one uninterrupted, unassisted take, while László Nemes’ Cannes prize winner “Son of Saul” tells a harrowing Holocaust story with a series of extended takes, unique in that they are all focused on the face of actor Géza Röhrig.

If you saw “Creed” over the weekend, you witnessed another
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Full AFI Festival Lineup And Schedule Unveiled

The American Film Institute announced today the films that will screen in the World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight, Shorts and Cinema’s Legacy programs at AFI Fest 2015 presented by Audi.

AFI Fest will take place November 5 – 12, 2015, in the heart of Hollywood. Screenings, Galas and events will be held at the historic Tcl Chinese Theatre, the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres, Dolby Theatre, the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, the El Capitan Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt.

World Cinema showcases the most acclaimed international films of the year; Breakthrough highlights true discoveries of the programming process; Midnight selections will grip audiences with terror; and Cinema’s Legacy highlights classic movies and films about cinema. World Cinema and Breakthrough selections are among the films eligible for Audience Awards. Shorts selections are eligible for the Grand Jury Prize, which qualifies the winner for Academy Award®consideration. This year’s Shorts jury features filmmaker Janicza Bravo,
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AFI Fest Completes Lineup, Includes 10 Foreign-Language Oscar Contenders

The American Film Institute has completed its AFI Fest lineup: 127 films from 45 countries will screen from Nov. 5 to 12.

The festival includes 38 films directed/co-directed by women, 17 documentaries and 10 official foreign-language Oscar contenders, including Argentina’s entry “The Clan,” Hungary’s “Son of Saul” and Romania’s “Aferim!” along with Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Dheepan.” The screenings and events will take place at the Tcl Chinese Theatre, Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres, Dolby Theatre, Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, El Capitan Theatre and Hollywood Roosevelt.

AFI has already announced a trio of world premieres: the opening night film, Angelina Pitt Jolie’s “By the Sea,” on Nov. 5; the Will Smith drama “Concussion” on Nov. 10; and the closing night film, Adam McKay’s “The Big Short” on Nov. 12. It’s also scheduled galas for Michael Moore’s documentary “Where to Invade Next” on Nov. 7 and the Chilean miners drama “The 33” on Nov.
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Son of Saul Movie Review

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Son of Saul Movie Review
Son Of Saul (Saul Fia) Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for CompuServe ShowBiz. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: László Nemes Written by: Clara Royer, László Nemes Cast: Gézá Röhrig, Levente Monar, Urs Rechn, Tood Charmont, Sándor Zsotér, Marcin Czarnik, Jerzy Walczak Screened at: Sony, NYC, 9/30/15 Opens: December 18, 2015 As you watch László Nemes’s “Son of Saul” with its realistic mélange of Hungarian, German and Yiddish dialogue, you might become even more enraged at the pronouncements of former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. When Ahmadinejad assured us that the Holocaust was merely an invention to garner sympathy for the desire for a home in the Jews’ [ Read More ]

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Chantal Akerman special events announced by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2015-10-09 13:29:01

Chantal Akerman By Chantal Akerman

In memory of Chantal Akerman, the New York Film Festival has scheduled two free screenings of her films for today, October 9. Chantal Akerman By Chantal Akerman and Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles join the World Premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Junun, Laurie Anderson’s Heart Of A Dog, Jake Paltrow and Noah Baumbach's De Palma, and László Nemes’s Son Of Saul (Saul Fia), the Film Comment Presents selection in the Special Events program.

Son of Saul (Saul Fia) director László Nemes with Géza Röhrig (Saul) Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Je Tu Il Elle (I, You, He, She), Saute Ma Ville and Jeanne Dielman will be screened in November at the Museum of Modern Art in the 13th annual edition of To Save and Project, curated by Josh Siegel and Dave Kehr.

Josh wrote me: "One thing too often overlooked, and well worth mentioning,
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