Category: Festivals

Jeonju Film Festival Sets 10 Films for Competition – Global Bulletin

JEONJU JAUNT Korea’s second largest generalist film event the Jeonju International Film Festival has set eight fiction films by first or second-time feature directors, for its main competition. They are “Cu Li Never Cries,” by Pham Ngoc Lan; “Junkyard Dog,” by Jean-Baptiste Durand, “La Palisiada,” by Philip Sotnychenko; “My Endless Numbered Days,” by Shaun Neo; […] Go to Source

Marco Mueller Appointed Director of Italy’s Taormina Film Festival, Former London Fest Chief Sandra Hebron on Selection Committee

Marco Mueller has been appointed artistic director of Italy’s Taormina Film Festival, which will have a top notch selection committee comprising British film curator and former London fest chief Sandra Hebron and former Cannes Directors’ Fortnight boss Edouard Waintrop. As anticipated by Variety, Mueller, who over the past decades has headed both the Venice and Rome […] Go to Source

Cannes Boss Thierry Fremaux on Courting ‘Megalopolis,’ Missing Out on ‘Dune 2’ and How Hollywood Strikes Will Impact 2024 Fest...

With one week to go before the press conference unveiling the 77th Cannes Film Festival Official Selection, director Thierry Fremaux is pledging to remain zen — despite wrestling with submission delays, reverberations of Hollywood’s double strikes and high expectations after last year’s edition unveiled Oscar winners “The Zone of Interest” and “Anatomy of a Fall.” This […] Go to Source

Marco Mueller Expected to Head Italy’s Upcoming Taormina Film Festival (EXCLUSIVE)

Veteran film festivals curator and chief Marco Mueller, who over the past decades has headed both the Venice and Rome fests – among several other events – is back in Italy where he is expected to be appointed artistic director of Sicily’s storied but troubled Taormina Film Festival. According to several sources Mueller, who in […] Go to Source

Busan Postpones Appointment of Festival Director, Sets Pak Dosin in Deputy Role

The Busan International Film Festival has postponed the appointment of a permanent festival director. A new leader may be appointed after this year’s edition in October. Pak Dosin, a former senior programmer, has been appointed as co-deputy director in a dual-leadership structure, alongside co-deputy director Kang Seung-ah. That means that this year’s festival will be […] Go to Source

Columbia Pictures Centennial to Be Celebrated by Sony and Locarno Film Festival With ‘Lady With the Torch’ Retrospective

Switzerland’s Locarno Film Festival is set to celebrate the centennial of Columbia Pictures with a retrospective featuring classic titles spawned by the Hollywood studio between the dawn of sound and the late 1950s. The Locarno retro, titled “The Lady With the Torch –– The Centenary of Columbia Pictures,” is being curated by Ehsan Khoshbakht, co-director […] Go to Source

Landing at Series Mania, UFA Fiction’s ‘Disko 76’ Tells Local Story With International Potential, Classic Dance Floor Hits

Spinning audiences back to the mid-1970s, UFA Fiction’s latest period series “Disko 76” is set in a pivotal time in the industrial heartland of West Germany as a new American pop music craze takes over the airwaves and dance floors.   The six-part series, which premiered at the recent Berlinale Series Market, continues its international […] Go to Source

‘Immortals’ Review: Thoughtful Doc Treats Young Iraqi Revolutionaries Not as Subjects So Much as Artistic Collaborators

Revolutions bring hope for a better life and strength in community. “Immortals,” a documentary about young Iraqi activists, deals with the aftermath of 2019’s October Protest Movement. What happens when the promise of a better life has been hijacked by insidious political forces? An insightful look into the social and political fabric of modern Iraq, […] Go to Source

Onir, Director of BFI Flare Selection ‘Pine Cone,’ Talks LGBTQ Cinema in India: ‘The Queer Gaze Is Missing’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Onir, one of a handful of out and proud Indian filmmakers, is speaking out about the current scenario for LGBTQ filmmakers in the country. “There are a lot of non-Indian queer films and series available on streaming and also a lot of queer short films and reel videos being made across the country. Having said […] Go to Source

Doha Film Institute’s Qumra Workshop to Kick Off With Toni Collette, Claire Denis, Atom Egoyan Among Masters and Project Mentors

The Doha Film Institute’s unique Qumra incubator kicks off Friday with six days of master classes, labs and mentoring sessions and some 200 industry professionals – including programmers from Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin and many other major festivals – expected to make the trek to the Qatari capital. Qumra, which is an Arab word believed […] Go to Source

Movistar Plus+ Nabs ‘The Tattooist of Auschwitz’ for Spain (EXCLUSIVE)

Spain’s Movistar Plus+, the pay TV/SVOD service of telco giant Telefónica, has picked up the Sky and Peacock original series “The Tattooist of Auschwitz,” starring Harvey Keitel and based on the bestselling novel by Heather Morris. The six-part limited series is one of the key draws on the sales slate of All3Media International, which hosts […] Go to Source

Showcasing Stress-Filled Reality of Emergency Medicine, Gritty Hospital Drama ‘KRANK Berlin’ Strives for Authenticity (EXCLUSIVE)

While medical dramas have long been a favorite staple on German TV, a new series helmed by Alex Schaad, director of the award-winning fantasy romance “Skin Deep,” and penned by British writer Samuel Jefferson looks set to give the genre a bold, modern take. “KRANK Berlin” is an eight-part series that follows a young team […] Go to Source

Levan Akin Discusses Panorama Opener ‘Crossing,’ Connecting With Audiences, Loving Anne Rice

Georgian-Swedish director Levan Akin is again winning over audiences with his latest film, “Crossing,” which opened the Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama section. The touching drama is about retired teacher Lia (Mzia Arabuli), who sets off with a young companion, Achi (Lucas Kankava), on a journey from the Georgian city of Batumi to Turkey, where she […] Go to Source

Lena Dunham on Her ‘Incredibly Resonant’ Holocaust Drama ‘Treasure’ and Recent ‘Girls’ Renaissance: ‘Not Something I Expected’

When Lena Dunham first read the script for Julia von Heinz’s “Treasure,” it hit home. The “Girls” creator’s grandmother had just died at 96, and Dunham found herself thinking a lot about her heritage. “Treasure,” based on the 1999 novel “Too Many Men” by Lily Brett, follows Ruth (Dunham), a journalist who travels to Poland […] Go to Source

Lupita Nyong’o on Berlinale Disinviting Far-Right Politicians From Opening Ceremony: ‘I’m Glad I Don’t Have to Be in That Position’

During a press conference on Thursday, Berlinale jury president Lupita Nyong’o responded to the festival inviting and then disinviting politicians from far-right group AfD to its opening ceremony. “I’m a foreigner here. I don’t know the ins and outs of the political situation here,” Nyong’o said in response to a question asking if she would […] Go to Source

Rotterdam Winner Toshihiko Tanaka Talks ‘Rei’ Follow Up ‘Shumari,’ Upcoming Project About Multiverse: ‘My Goal Is the Palme d’Or’ (EXCLUSIVE)

International Film Festival Rotterdam winner and debuting director Toshihiko Tanaka is set to follow “Rei” with “Shumari,” once again set in Japan’s Hokkaido. “Over there, you can find the largest artificial lake in the country. It’s man-made, but it still beautifully harmonizes with the surrounding nature, creating a stunning landscape. It will be a suspenseful […] Go to Source

Storm Clouds Over the Lido? As Italy Turns to the Right, the Future of Venice Artistic Director Alberto Barbera Hangs...

For Italian conductor Beatrice Venezi, 2024 kicked off on a decidedly sour note.  On New Year’s Eve the baton-wielding Venezi, a friend of right-wing Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, was heckled at the Opéra de Nice by French anti-fascist protesters as she took to the podium.  The incident reflected tensions rippling through European entertainment industry circles […] Go to Source

Lupita Nyong’o Joined by Christian Petzold, Ann Hui on Berlinale International Jury

The international jury at the 74th Berlin Film Festival, led by Lupita Nyong’o, will include filmmakers Christian Petzold (Germany) and Ann Hui (Hong Kong, China). The international jury members also include actor-producer-director Brady Corbet (U.S.), filmmaker Albert Serra (Spain), actor-director Jasmine Trinca (Italy) and writer Oksana Zabuzhko (Ukraine). They will decide who will win the […] Go to Source

Berlinale Calls for Iranian Authorities to Allow ‘My Favourite Cake’ Directors to Travel to Festival: ‘Shocked and Dismayed’

The Berlinale has issued a statement calling for Iranian authorities to allow “My Favourite Cake” directors Maryam Moghaddam and Behtash Sanaeeha to travel to this year’s film festival. “My Favourite Cake” is set to premiere in competition at the festival, which starts on Feb. 15. Since the announcement, Moghaddam and Sanaeeha have been banned from […] Go to Source

Mohannad Al-Bakri, Chief of Jordanian Film Commission That Hosted ‘Dune 2,’ to Be Fêted During Berlin Film Festival

Jordanian Royal Film Commission managing director Mohannad Al-Bakri will be fêted during the Berlin Film Festival by the Arab Cinema Center with its Arab Cinema Personality of the Year Award. The award honors prominent industry figures who have “helped elevate the Arab film industry in the eyes of the international filmmaking community as a whole,” […] Go to Source

The 16 Best Movies of the 2024 Sundance Film Festival

For all the challenges the world of independent film now faces (the rise of streaming, the still-stubborn comeback of theatrical, the ongoing ocean of content that can swallow up…anything), the measure of the Sundance Film Festival begins with a simple and enduring metric: How good were the movies? At Sundance 2024, the festival’s 40th year, […] Go to Source

Thom Yorke Scores Drama ‘Trust’ From Director Daniele Luchetti, Who Says ‘We Were Constantly Searching for Something a Bit Off’...

Thom Yorke has composed the soundtrack for Italian director Daniele Luchetti’s relationship drama “Trust,” which will soon launch in competition from the Rotterdam Film Festival. Yorke’s work with Luchetti on “Trust” marks the second feature fully scored by the Radiohead and the Smile frontman since working on Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 “Suspiria” remake. The following year, in […] Go to Source

Omar Sy-Starring ‘The Strangers’ Case,’ Kurosawa Kiyoshi’s ‘Chime’ Added to Berlinale Special Section

“Chime,” a mid-length movie by leading Japanese director Kurosawa Kiyoshi, is among three late additions to the Berlin Film Festival’s Berlinale Special section. The two others are “August My Heaven,” another mid-length picture form Japan, directed by Kudo Riho, and “The Strangers’ Case,” a full-length feature directed by Brandt Andersen which will play as a […] Go to Source