Archive for July, 2013

Paramount returns to the indie sector

July 31st, 2013 - Graham Eley

Paramount has promoted Syrinthia Studer to Senior Vice President, Marketing and Acquisitions of its new Paramount Home Media Distribution.  It is an interesting move that represents Paramount’s return to a dedicated team covering the indie sector for the first time since disbanding Paramount Vantage five years ago.  The new division will scout films at leading festivals for release on VoD and other ancillary markets in conjunction with partners distributing theatrically.  An early venture sees it partnering with Exclusive Releasing on the day and date VOD and theatrical opening of Sundance title, ‘Adore’ (aka ‘Two Mothers’), starring Naomi Watts.silvitra generic namesilvitra online purchasesilvitra for salesilvitra costsilvitra costsilvitra pricesilvitra price

‘The Wolverine’ dominates internationally

July 29th, 2013 - Graham Eley

‘The Wolverine’ recovered ground internationally after a disappointing North America debut, claiming the No. 1 spot in all but one of the 101 territories where it opened.  The latest instalment of the X-Men franchise, with Hugh Jackman returning for the sixth time, grossed $87.2m over the weekend with Russia leading the way on a mighty $10.4m.  The film opened on 15,435 screens in total and half of its earnings came from the 3D market.

 

Universal’s ‘Fast & Furious 6’ sped passed the $500m international milestone after earning $24.3m on its China debut.  The action thriller has now registered an impressive 66 international No. 1’s but China was its final opening.  Overall, the film earned $25.6m during the weekend from the 34 markets where it remained active.

 

Another Universal release, ‘Despicable Me 2’, was running neck and neck with ‘Fast & Furious 6’ throughout the weekend and finished a mere $0.4m behind.  Its international tally now stands at $355.2m.silvitra generic namesilvitra online purchasesilvitra for salesilvitra costsilvitra costsilvitra pricesilvitra price

Like Someone in Love

July 29th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Jokes without endings, a city visible through reflections and elusive characters heading for a violent encounter that would not resolve itself until after the final metaphorical reel seem to be the stuff of an elaborate shaggy dog story or, at best, an outmoded post modern puzzle.  Add to that mistaken identities, vivid digital photography and an opening scene with an ambiguous conversation off-screen, it sounds even more passé.  But, just like the film’s characters, nothing is as it first seems, and far from being an exercise in cinematic extravagance, every narrative and stylistic decision serves a purpose and takes us on a journey to an unexpected destination.

 

This is Abbas Kiarostami’s second feature shot outside of his native Iran and forms a companion to his first, ‘Certified Copy’.  Keeping us on our toes, they unfold in opposite directions; the first moving from a conventional drama to a complex simulacrum that conceals the truth, and the latest stabilising interchangeable meanings, an unmasking of the film’s form, to reveal a reality beneath the obscure surface detail.  Both, more or less, take place over a 24 hour period, one seemingly proving Jean Baudrillard’s cultural theory, only for the other to drive a coach and horses through it.

 

Rin Takanashi plays Akiko, a sexy student supplementing her income as an escort working at a seedy bar.  This double life comes to a head one night when she juggles revising with the expectations of a grandmother on a flying visit and a dangerously paranoid boyfriend until her persistent pimp has other ideas.

 

It proves a precursor to one of Kiarostami’s trademark car journeys with the pimp sending her across town to an ageing client of purported importance.  She sits almost motionless in a cab catching up on a series of poignant voice messages that provide a commentary on her grandmother’s increasing despondency, losing hope of seeing Akiko but being careful not to show disapproval.  It invites obvious comparisons with the ‘Tokyo Story’ but, the variable light of the night cityscape reveals a very different reaction from that of the uncaring children in Yasujirō Ozu’s masterpiece, picking out Akiko’s anguish and guilt with an almost painterly eye.

 

A retired professor, Takashi, played by Tadashi Okuno, eagerly awaits her arrival in a modest apartment, noticeably out of keeping with the pimp’s build-up.  Uninterested in sex, he defies our expectations; taking on the role of surrogate grandfather, easing loneliness during his final years.

 

Takanashi and Okuno have a genuine chemistry, lending a warmth to an otherwise cynical social environment that exposes two generations in crisis.

 

Experienced Japanese cinematographer, Katsumi Yanagijima, best known for his work with Takeshi Kitano, complements Kiarostami’s artistic sensibility superbly.  Watch out for external shots that merge and layer transparent images that splinter Akiko and her surroundings, compounding the sense that everything is falling apart.silvitra generic namesilvitra online purchasesilvitra for salesilvitra costsilvitra costsilvitra pricesilvitra price

‘Blue Jasmine’ off to a flyer

July 29th, 2013 - Graham Eley

1. The Wolverine (Fox) Fox Int’l, $55m (NE)
2. The Conjuring (Warner Bros) WBPI $22.1m ($83.9m) (1)
3. Despicable Me 2 (Universal) UPI $16m ($306.4m) (2)
4. Turbo (Fox-DreamWorks Animation) Fox Int’l $13.3m ($55.8m) (3)
5. Grown Ups 2 (Sony) SPRI $11.5m ($101.7m) (4)

 

Woody Allen grabbed the headlines at the North America weekend box office when his latest comedy, ‘Blue Jasmine’, became only the sixth film in history to debut with a per-screen average in excess of $100,000.  Its final average of $102,128 is slightly higher than that achieved by Allen’s most commercially successfully film to date, ‘Midnight in Paris’.  Both films opened in six theatres.

 

There was also a strong performance from Ryan Coogler’s ‘Fruitvale Station’ upon expanding from 34 to 1,064 theatres.  The Sundance grand jury winner, which dramatises the build-up to the Oscar Grant police shooting, finished the three days on $4.6m in tenth position.

 

Meanwhile, high budget tentpoles continued to disappoint with James Mangold’s ‘The Wolverine’ grossing a lacklustre $55m during its debut weekend.  The sixth instalment of the X-Men franchise, with Hugh Jackman returning as Logan, finished the three days $30m below its predecessor’s launch notwithstanding an ‘A-’ CinemaScore from first night audiences.  Its No 1 spot was little compensation.

 

Last weekend’s surprise package, ‘The Conjuring’, came in second with an excellent hold.  Avoiding the genre’s usual second week fall, James Wan’s low budget horror earned $22m, being a drop of just 46%.silvitra generic namesilvitra online purchasesilvitra for salesilvitra costsilvitra costsilvitra pricesilvitra price

Todd Haynes and Christian Bale may reunite

July 29th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Todd Haynes has offered Christian Bale the lead role in ‘Act Of God’, which would reunite the pair after previous collaborations on ‘Velvet Goldmine’ and ‘I’m Not There’.  Bale would play a Kansas resident, who leads a campaign against the authorities for their handling of a tornado crisis.  As always with Haynes, there will be multiple points of interest with the plot serving as a pretext for exploring mid-west conservatism.  There is no news yet on whether this will be his next theatrical feature.silvitra generic namesilvitra online purchasesilvitra for salesilvitra costsilvitra costsilvitra pricesilvitra price

Ben Foster to play Lance Armstrong

July 29th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Ben Foster will play the lead in Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong biopic, which should start shooting later this year.  Experienced screenwriter, John Hodge, best known for his collaboration with Danny Boyle on ‘Trainspotting’ and ‘Trance’, will provide the script.  The news follows hot on the heels of SPC acquiring worldwide rights to Alex Gibney’s documentary portrait, covering the cyclist’s last four years.silvitra generic namesilvitra online purchasesilvitra for salesilvitra costsilvitra costsilvitra pricesilvitra price

‘The Wolverine’ dominates on North American opening but falls short of expectations

July 28th, 2013 - Graham Eley

James Mangold’s ‘The Wolverine’, the sixth instalment of the X-Men film franchise, grossed an average $21m during its North American opening on Friday and late Thursday.  Hugh Jackman returns as Logan in the first of Fox’s Marvel movies to have a 3D release and it received an ‘A-‘ CinemaScore from first night audiences.  The strong word of mouth should take it to $55m by Sunday night but that is still $30m less than the debut weekend of the film’s predecessor, ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’.  It opened in a market high 3,924 theatres with 3,063 having 3D.

 

Last weekend’s No. 1, ‘The Conjuring’, earned a further $7.3m during an excellent second Friday hold.  The horror genre is susceptible to large falls but James Wan’s low budget surprise package should finish the three days around $22m, being a drop of just 46%.

 

Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’, starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Sally Hawkins, made a flying start in the speciality market.  It averaged an outstanding $29,332 from six theatres, which beats the opening of ‘Midnight in Paris’, Allen’s most commercially successful film to date.

 

And there was an eye catching performance from ‘Fruitvale Station’, Ryan Coogler’s dramatisation of the build-up to the Oscar Grant police shooting.  The Sundance grand jury winner grossed $1.4m, having expanded from 34 to 1,064 theatres, and it is on pace to take $4.2m over the weekend.silvitra generic namesilvitra online purchasesilvitra for salesilvitra costsilvitra costsilvitra pricesilvitra price

US release for ‘How I Live Now’

July 27th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Magnolia has acquired US distribution rights to Kevin Macdonald’s big screen adaptation of Meg Rosoff’s acclaimed novel ‘How I Live Now’, starring Saoirse Ronan and Tom Holland.  An apocalyptic tale set in England has war breaking out unexpectedly during an idyllic summer for one American girl.  It should arrive in US theatres this autumn.cytotec for sale cytotec otc cytotec que es cytotec indication cytotec 200mg cytotec gastritis cytotec tablets

Forster leads Zurich jury

July 27th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Marc Forster (‘World War Z’, ‘Quantum of Solace’)  will head the international feature jury at this year’s Zurich Film Festival, which runs between Sep 26 – Oct 6.  He is one of three filmmakers on the jury along with Andrew Dominik (‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’, ‘Killing Them Softly’) and Thomas Imbach (‘Day Is Done’, ‘Well Done’).  Producers Stacy Sher (Django Unchained, ‘Contagion’) and Guneet Monga (‘Shaitan’) complete the list.cytotec for sale cytotec otc cytotec que es cytotec indication cytotec 200mg cytotec gastritis cytotec tablets

No surprises with Venice line-up

July 25th, 2013 - Graham Eley

This week’s earlier announcement of films receiving their first screenings at Toronto significantly reduced the potential field for those in Venice’s Golden Lion line-up, which is only open to world premieres.  When Venice’s announcement followed today, it was never going to raise too many eyebrows but the more high-profile selections include latest films from Kelly Reichardt (‘Night Moves’), Errol Morris (‘The Unknown Known’) and Terry Gilliam (‘The Zero Theorem’).  Last year’s winner, Ki-duk Kim, returns with ‘Moebius’, which screens out of competition.

 

Line-up:

 

IN COMPETITION

 

Ana Arabia, Amos Gitai (Isr-Fra)
Child of God, James Franco (US)
Joe, David Gordon Green (US)
Kaze Tachinu, Hayao Miyazaki (Jap)
L’intrepido, Gianni Amelio (Italy)
La Jalousie, Philippe Garrel (Fra)
Miss Violence, Alexandros Avranas (Greece)
Night Moves, Kelly Reichardt (US)
Parkland, Peter Landesman (US)
Philomena, Stephen Frears (UK)
The Police Officer’s Wife, Philip Groning (Ger)
The Rooftops, Merzak Allouache (Alg-Fra)
Sacro Gra, Gianfranco Rosi (It)
Stray Dogs, Ming-liang Tsai (Chi-Fra)
Tom a la Ferme, Xavier Dolan (Can-Fra)
Tracks, John Curran (UK-Aus)
Under the Skin, Jonathan Glazer (UK-US)
The Unknown Known, Errol Morris (US)
Via Castellana Bandiera, Emma Dante (It-Switz-Fra)
The Zero Theorem, Terry Gilliam (UK-US)

 

OUT OF COMPETITION

 

Space Pirate Captain Harlock, Shinji Aramaki (Jap)
Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón (US)
Moebius, Ki-duk Kim (S Kor)
Locke, Steven Knight (UK)
Unforgiven, Sang-il Lee (Jan)
Wolf Creek 2, Greg McLean (Aus)
Home From Home – Chronicle of a Vision, Edgar Reitz (Ger)
Gondola, Paul Rudish, Aaron Springer, Clay Morrow (US)
The Canyons, Paul Schrader (US)
Che strano chiamarsi Federico Scola racconta Fellini, Ettore Scola (It)
Walesa. Man of Hope, Andrzej Wajda and Ewa Brodzka (Pol)

 

OUT OF COMPETITION: DOCUMENTARIES

 

Summer 82 When Zappa Came to Sicily, Salvo Cuccia (It-US)
Pine Ridge, Anna Eborn (Den)
The Armstrong Lie, Alex Gibney (US)
Redemption, Miguel Gomes (Port-Fra-Ger-It)
Ukraina is not Brothel, Kitty Green (Aus)
Con il fiato sospeso, Costanza Quatriglio (It)
Amazonia, Thierry Ragobert (Fra-Bra)
La voce di Berlinguer, Mario Sesti, Teho Teardo (It)
‘Til Madness Do Us Apart, Bing Wang (HK-Chi-Fra-Jap)
At Berkeley, Frederick Wiseman (US)

 

HORIZONS

 

Je m’appelle Hmmm…, Agnès B. (Fra)
Little Brother, Serik Aprymov (Kaz)
Il terzo tempo, Enrico Maria Artale (It)
Eastern Boys, Robin Campillo (Fra)
Palo Alto, Gia Coppola (US)
Ruin, Amiel Courtin-Wilson, Michael Cody (Aus)
Fish & Cat, Shahram Mokri (Iran)
We are the Best!, Lukas Moodysson (Swe-Den)
Wolfschildren, Rick Ostermann (Ger)
La vida después, David Pablos (Mex)
Algunas Chicas, Santiago Palavecino (Arg)
Medeas, Andrea Pallaoro (US-It)
Still Life, Uberto Pasolini (UK)
Piccola Patria, Piccola Patria (It)
La prima neve, Andrea Serge (It)
Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, Sono Sion (Jap)
The Sacrament, Ti West (US)

 

HORIZONS: SHORT FILMS

 

Quello che resta, Valeria Allievi (It)
Death for a Unicorn, Riccardo Bernasconi, Francesca Reverdito (Switz)
Kush, Shubhashish Bhutiani (Ind)
Toutes les belles choses, Cécile Bicler (Fra)
Un pensiero kalašnikov, Giorgio Bosisio (It-UK)
Aningaaq, Jonas Cuarón (US)
Blanco, Ignacio Gatica (Arg)
The Audition, Michael Haussman (It)
Houses with Small Windows, Bülent Öztürk (Bel)
La Gallina, Manel Raga (Spa)
Minesh, Shalin Sirkar (S Afr-Ger-Den)
Stagnant Water, Wang Xiaowei (Chi)
Cold Snap, Leo Woodhead (NZ)
Blacone, Lendita Zeqiraj (Kos)
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Paul Greengrass revives Aaron Sorkin’s script

July 24th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Paul Greengrass (‘United 93’, ‘The Bourne Supremacy’) is to direct DreamWorks’ much-delayed ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’, based on Aaron Sorkin’s script.  Sorkin, who originally wrote it before ‘The Social Network’, dramatises the trial of activists, controversially arrested for protesting at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.  Steven Spielberg was the first director on board but withdrew after the 2007 writers’ strike disrupted his schedule.cytotec for sale cytotec otc cytotec que es cytotec indication cytotec 200mg cytotec gastritis cytotec tablets

‘The Fifth Estate’ opens Toronto

July 23rd, 2013 - Graham Eley

Bill Condon’s Wikileaks drama, ‘The Fifth Estate’, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, will open the 38th Toronto International Film Festival.  New features from Steve McQueen (’12 Years a Slave’) and Jason Reitman (‘Labor Day’) are amongst the high profile world premieres receiving special presentations.  And there is a North American premiere for Abdellatif Kechiche’s Cannes winner, ‘Blue is the Warmest Colour’ (aka ‘Adèle: Chapters 1 & 2’).

 

Line-up (so far):

 

GALAS

 

American Dreams in China
Peter Ho-Sun Chan (Hong Kong/China) NAP

 

The Art of the Steal
Jonathan Sobol (Canada) WP

 

August: Osage County
John Wells (US) WP

 

Cold Eyes
Cho Ui-seok and Kim Byung-seo (South Korea) NAP

 

The Fifth Estate
Bill Condon (US) WP

 

The Grand Seduction
Don McKellar (Canada) WP

 

Kill Your Darlings
John Krokidas (US) IP

 

Life of Crime
Daniel Schechter (US) WP

 

The Love Punch
Joel Hopkins (France) WP

 

The Lunchbox
Ritesh Batra (India/France/Germany) NAP

 

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Justin Chadwick (South Africa) WP

 

Parkland
Peter Landesman (US) NAP

 

The Railway Man
Jonathan Teplitzky (Australia/UK) WP

 

The Right Kind of Wrong
Jeremiah Chechik (Canada) WP

 

Rush
Ron Howard (UK/Germany) IP

 

Shuddh Desi Romance
Maneesh Sharma (India) CP

 

Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon
Mike Myers (US) WP

 

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

 

12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen (US) WP

 

All Is By My Side
John Ridley (UK) WP

 

Attila Marcel
Sylvain Chomet (France) WP

 

Bad Words
Jason Bateman (US) WP

 

Belle
Amma Asante (UK) WP

 

Adèle: Chapters 1 & 2
Abdellatif Kechiche (France) NAP

 

Burning Bush
Agnieszka Holland (Czech Republic) NAP

 

Can a Song Save Your Life?
John Carney (US) WP

 

Cannibal (Caníbal)
Manuel Martín Cuenca (Spain/Romania/Russia/France) WP

 

Dallas Buyers Club
Jean-Marc Vallée (US) WP

 

Devil’s Knot
Atom Egoyan (US) WP

 

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her
Ned Benson (US)

 

Dom Hemingway
Richard Shepard (UK) WP

 

Don Jon
Joseph Gordon-Levitt (US) CP

 

The Double
Richard Ayoade (UK) WP

 

Enough Said
Nicole Holofcener (US) WP

 

Exit Marrakech
Caroline Link (Germany) IP

 

Felony
Matthew Saville (Australia) WP

 

For Those Who Can Tell No Tales
Jasmila Žbanić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) WP

 

Gloria
Sebastián Lelio (Chile/Spain) NAP

 

Going Away (Il est parti dimanche)
Nicole Garcia (France) WP

 

Gravity
Alfonso Cuarón (US-UK) NAP

 

The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)
Paolo Sorrentino (Italy) NAP

 

Half of a Yellow Sun
Biyi Bandele (Nigeria/UK) WP

 

Hateship Loveship
Liza Johnson (US) WP

 

Ida
Pawel Pawlikowski (Poland) WP

 

L’intrepido
Gianni Amelio (Italy) NAP

 

The Invisible Woman
Ralph Fiennes (UK) WP

 

Joe
David Gordon Green (US) NAP

 

Labor Day
Jason Reitman (US) WP

 

Like Father, Like Son
Hirokazu Kore-eda (Japan) NAP

 

Man of Tai Chi
Keanu Reeves (US/China) NAP

 

MARY Queen of Scots
Thomas Imbach (France/Switzerland) NAP

 

Mystery Road
Ivan Sen (Australia) IP

 

Night Moves
Kelly Reichardt (US) NAP

 

Omar
Hany Abu-Assad (Palestine) NAP

 

One Chance
David Frankel (US) WP

 

Only Lovers Left Alive
Jim Jarmusch (US) NAP

 

The Past (Le Passé)
Asghar Farhadi (France/Italy) NAP

 

Philomena
Stephen Frears (UK) NAP

 

Pioneer (Pionér)
Erik Skjoldbjærg (Norway/Germany/Sweden/France/Finland) IP

 

Prisoners
Denis Villeneuve (US) WP

 

Quai d’Orsay
Bertrand Tavernier (France) WP

 

REAL
Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Japan) NAP

 

Starred Up
David Mackenzie (UK) WP

 

Third Person
Paul Haggis (Belgium) WP

 

Those Happy Years (Anni Felici)
Daniele Luchetti (Italy) WP

 

Tracks
John Curran (UK/Australia) NAP

 

Under the Skin
Jonathan Glazer (US-UK) NAP

 

Violette
Martin Provost (France/Belgium) WP

 

Visitors
Godfrey Reggio (US) WP

 

Walesa. Man of Hope. (Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei.)
Andrzej Wajda (Poland) NAP

 

We are the Best! (Vi är bäst!)
Lukas Moodysson (Sweden) NAP

 

Le Week-End
Roger Michell (UK) WP

 

You Are Here
Matthew Weiner (US) WP
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Imogen Poots comes aboard Peter Bogdanovich’s latest feature

July 23rd, 2013 - Graham Eley

A last minute casting change sees Imogen Poots replace Brie Larson as co-lead of Peter Bogdanovich’s comeback film, ‘Squirrel To The Nuts’.  The screwball comedy has Owen Wilson playing a married theatre director, who cannot resist the charms of Poots’ character, a former prostitute-turned-actress.  Two of America’s leading directors, Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach, have joined forces to produce.cytotec for sale cytotec otc cytotec que es cytotec indication cytotec 200mg cytotec gastritis cytotec tablets

Shun Li And The Poet

July 23rd, 2013 - Graham Eley

Andrea Segre draws on his documentary roots in this keenly observed tale of an unlikely friendship, set in a Venetian lagoon fishing port where age-old rituals, suspicions and prejudices hold sway and there isn’t a tourist in sight.

 

This is a damp and misty place, where the locals don’t bat an eyelid when rising canal waters overflow the banks and trickle into the shops and bars at high tide.  The sea’s gentle ripples provide the beat for the pace of life in these parts but the mood is not calm.  There is a permanent undercurrent here, a restlessness, and we sense that the community has to fight a different tide, a long term decline in Italy’s fishing industry.

 

Jia Zhangke regular and spouse, Zhao Tao, won a David di Donatello best actress award for her performance playing Shun Li of the film’s title.  Li works as a barmaid in the ‘scoundrels café’ repaying a debt on the never-never to Triad styled gangsters and lives for the day that she can reunite with her young son left behind.  She looks on with a mild amusement as her regulars pass the time of day with a predictable banter that occasionally takes a darker turn.

 

Experienced Croatian actor, Rade Serbedzija (‘Before the Rain’), plays Bepi, a grizzled fisherman with a knack for rhymes, who migrated from the former Yugoslavia 35 years earlier.  He is an honorary ‘local’, attending the café everyday and seeing out his final years philosophically.

 

Engaging performances from Tao and Serbedzija tease out a tender platonic friendship between two outsiders on the inside that promises more until it threatens the cultural sensibilities of both the Chinese and Italians.  They are kindred spirits, transcending time and place, and with similarities that extend well beyond having backstories in uncompromising Communist regimes.  It is a very personal story, which, at one and the same time, has much to say about displacement, integration and dogmatic societal resistance born out of fear.

 

Segre strikes a nice balance, adopting strategies from slow cinema that find the lyrical in the quotidian, but increasing the tempo a tad in line with the dramatic possibilities.  It is unfortunate that he did not quite see it through to the end where an unnecessarily rushed climax brings together threads that should have remained undone.  That said, what came before was top drawer and raises high expectations for Segre’s next foray into the dramatic.cytotec for sale cytotec otc cytotec que es cytotec indication cytotec 200mg cytotec gastritis cytotec tablets

Spike Lee turns to Kickstarter

July 22nd, 2013 - Graham Eley

Disheartened with the studio system’s increasingly conservative funding policy, recycling old material through sequels, prequels and remakes, Spike Lee has turned to the crowd funding website, ‘Kickstarter’, for raising $1.25m towards his next feature.  In an interesting move, Lee has not provided a film title or synopsis; relying, instead, on his reputation for successfully handling the kind of challenging themes that have found the mainstream running scared.  Ironically, the news arrives during a week that another two high budget openers, ‘Turbo’ and ‘R.I.P.D’, have disappointed at the North American box office.cytotec for sale cytotec otc cytotec que es cytotec indication cytotec 200mg cytotec gastritis cytotec tablets

‘Pacific Rim’ wins close battle

July 22nd, 2013 - Graham Eley

‘Pacific Rim’ narrowly defeated ‘Despicable Me 2’ to claim the No. 1 position at the international box office after missing out last weekend.

 

Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi adventure grossed another $35.3m over the three days, taking its international running tally to $110.9m.  Russia was the film’s most successful territory where it returned $4.1m during a second weekend hold.

 

A weekend haul of $34.9m was enough to take ‘Despicable Me 2’ over the $300m milestone and overtake the international overall total of the original.  The family sequel remained active in 50 territories.

 

The North America surprise hit, ‘The Conjuring’, began its international campaign quietly, arriving in just three territories for an early $3.4m.cytotec for sale cytotec otc cytotec que es cytotec indication cytotec 200mg cytotec gastritis cytotec tablets

James Wan’s low budget horror flick destroys expensive rivals

July 22nd, 2013 - Graham Eley

1. The Conjuring (Warner Bros) WBPI $41.5m (NE)
2. Despicable Me 2 (Universal) UPI $25.1m ($276.2m) (1)
3. Turbo (Fox-DreamWorks Animation) Fox Int’l $21.5m ($31.2m) (NE)
4. Grown Ups 2 (Sony) SPRI $20m ($79.5m) (2)
5. Red 2 (Lionsgate-Summit) Lionsgate Int’l $18.5m (NE)

 

‘The Conjuring’ exceeded all expectations at the North American box office with an outstanding $41.5m debut during a weekend that witnessed two more high budget failures.  ‘Saw’ director, James Wan, working with a modest $13m budget, set a new record for an opening of an original R-rated horror film.

 

DreamWorks’ ‘Turbo’ disappointed within the overcrowded summer tentpole market, grossing $21.5m over the three days.  It takes the snail racer animation to an early $31.2m since opening last Wednesday.

 

‘R.I.P.D’, starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds, faired even worse with a disastrous $12.8m opening weekend and finished in seventh place.  Universal made the ghost cop action comedy for $130m.

 

The weekend’s other wide release, ‘Red 2’, earned $18.5m at the lower end of market expectations.  Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker and Helen Mirren all returned from the original.

 

‘Despicable Me 2’ and ‘Grown Ups 2’ both enjoyed strong holds of $25.1m and $20m respectively.cytotec for sale cytotec otc cytotec que es cytotec indication cytotec 200mg cytotec gastritis cytotec tablets

Arbitration ruling could settle ‘The Butler’ dispute

July 21st, 2013 - Graham Eley

The MPAA’s Title Registration Bureau’s latest arbitration ruling has opened the door for a compromise to the very public dispute between TWC and Warners over the title of Lee Daniels’ next feature.  TWC has consistently marketed the film as ‘The Butler’ notwithstanding that Warners already hold the rights to the title from registering a long forgotten 1916 short of the same name.  The latest ruling allows for a variation of the title but TWC will have to pay a $25,000 per day fine since July 2 for contravening the rules.  It seems that TWC will accept the decision and name the film ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ so as to build on the momentum from previous marketing.  The film will take a sideways look at significant social and political changes in postwar America from the viewpoint of White House butler, Cecil Gaines, who served eight presidents.yasmin antibabypille online kaufen yasmine galenorn reading ordercost of yasmin birth control price of yasminorder yasmin pill online yasmin birth control generic nameyasmin birth control price walmart

Low budget ‘The Conjuring’ leaves tentpoles standing

July 20th, 2013 - Graham Eley

‘The Conjuring’ took market analysts by surprise, grossing an outstanding $17m during an overcrowded Friday at the North American box office for new releases.  The modestly budgeted latest feature from ‘Saw’ director, James Wan, received an ‘A-‘ CinemaScore, and, after allowing for the usual front loading of horror films, it should still finish the weekend around the $40m mark.

 

It was another difficult Friday for high-budget openers following disappointing performances from ‘Pacific Rim’, ‘The Lone Ranger’ and ‘White House Down’ during recent weeks.  DreamWorks Animation’s ‘Turbo’ earned another $6.5m on Friday taking its total to a poor $16m since Wednesday’s launch, and the 3D snail adventure will finish the five days on approximately $29m should family audiences turn out on Saturday and Sunday.  Universal had an even worse time of it, with the ghost cop thriller, ‘R.I.P.D’, only returning $4.7m on Friday for a likely weekend tally of $12.5m.

 

The weekend’s other wide release, ‘Red 2’, grossed a modest $6.3m and seems set to finish the three days $3m short of its predecessor’s debut of $21m.  It can, at least, point to a decent ‘B+’ CinemaScore for possible word of mouth momentum moving forward.

 

Last weekend’s No. 1, ‘Despicable Me 2’, added a further $7.4m on Friday and will finish Sunday in second place on $24m.

 

And Sony’s ‘Grown Ups 2’, had an excellent $6.4m hold during its second Friday in play, setting up a close contest with ‘Turbo’ for the No. 3 spot.yasmin antibabypille online kaufen yasmine galenorn reading ordercost of yasmin birth control price of yasminorder yasmin pill online yasmin birth control generic nameyasmin birth control price walmart

Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan reunite in ‘X PLUS Y’

July 18th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Sally Hawkins and Eddie Marsan, who starred together in Mike Leigh’s ‘Happy Go Lucky’ five years ago, have come aboard Morgan Matthews’ keenly awaited comedy , ‘X PLUS Y’.  Asa Butterfield (‘Hugo’) leads the cast playing a young maths genius coming to terms with the illogical first feelings of love.  It is Matthews’ debut dramatic feature after a distinguished career making TV documentaries, including ‘Scenes from a Teenage Killing’, which picked up the audience award at Sheffield Doc/Fest.yasmin antibabypille online kaufen yasmine galenorn reading ordercost of yasmin birth control price of yasminorder yasmin pill online yasmin birth control generic nameyasmin birth control price walmart

Sala Web returns to Venice

July 18th, 2013 - Graham Eley

The Venice International Film Festival will continue with the online theatre, Sala Web, which it introduced at last year’s edition.  Each of the selected films will receive online screenings within a 24 hour period, starting at 21.00 (local time) on the day of their festival appearance.  The line-up will focus on films included within the Orizzonti (Horizons) section.yasmin antibabypille online kaufen yasmine galenorn reading ordercost of yasmin birth control price of yasminorder yasmin pill online yasmin birth control generic nameyasmin birth control price walmart

Joanna Hogg’s new film heading for Locarno

July 18th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Joanna Hogg’s third feature, ‘Exhibition’, starring guitarist Viv Albertine and YBA artist, Liam Gillick, will premiere at the Locarno Film Festival.  It is potentially Hogg’s most experimental film so far, focusing on a couple’s psychological associations with a house that they plan to leave.   Hogg’s debut film, ‘Unrelated’, picked-up a FIPRESCI prize at the London Film Festival.yasmin antibabypille online kaufen yasmine galenorn reading ordercost of yasmin birth control price of yasminorder yasmin pill online yasmin birth control generic nameyasmin birth control price walmart

‘Pacific Rim’ gives ‘Despicable Me 2’ a run for its money

July 15th, 2013 - Graham Eley

‘Pacific Rim’ missed out on the No.1 spot at the international weekend box office after a close contest with ‘Despicable Me 2’ but went some way to making amends for an uninspiring performance upon its North America debut.  Guillermo del Toro’s space adventure grossed a very respectable $53m over the three days from 38 international markets with South Korea leading the way with an eye-catching $9.6m.  It opens in France and Germany next weekend before arriving in the potentially lucrative China at the end of the month.

 

‘Despicable Me 2’ retained the top position by a narrow $2.5m margin but did so after being active in twelve more markets than ‘Pacific Rim’.  The family sequel, which has already returned an impressive $243.2m internationally, is close to passing the total earnings of its predecessor ($293m) after only two weekends in play. The film’s worldwide tally, after factoring in North America, currently stands at $472.4m.yasmin antibabypille online kaufen yasmine galenorn reading ordercost of yasmin birth control price of yasminorder yasmin pill online yasmin birth control generic nameyasmin birth control price walmart

David Cronenberg’s ‘Maps To The Stars’ enters production

July 15th, 2013 - Graham Eley

David Cronenberg has commenced shooting on his next feature, ‘Maps To The Stars’, a no holds barred deconstruction of Hollywood’s dark side.  Mia Wasikowska, who plays a psychotic sister of a child star, leads a stellar cast, including, amongst others, Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson.  Co-financers, eOne, will distribute worldwide.yasmin antibabypille online kaufen yasmine galenorn reading ordercost of yasmin birth control price of yasminorder yasmin pill online yasmin birth control generic nameyasmin birth control price walmart

‘Pacific Rim’ falters on its North American opening

July 15th, 2013 - Graham Eley

1. Despicable Me 2 (Universal) UPI $44.8m ($229.2m) (1)
2. Grown Ups 2 (Sony) SPRI $42.5m (NE)
3. Pacific Rim (Warner Bros) WBPI $38.3m (NE)
4. The Heat (Fox) Fox Int’l $14m ($112.4m) (3)
5. The Lone Ranger (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $11.1m ($71.1m) (2)

 

Guillermo del Toro’s space adventure, ‘Pacific Rim’, became another victim of the summer’s overcrowded tentpole market, grossing a lukewarm $38.3m on its North American debut.  It was broadly in line with market expectations after analysts had already scaled down predictions during the build up to the film’s release.  Not even a first night ‘A-’ CinemaScore could generate enough interest outside the core ‘fanboy’ audience and the del Toro faithful.

 

‘Despicable Me 2′ remained top of pile, after grossing a further $44.8m during its second weekend in play.  The Universal/Illumination Entertainment collaboration now stands at an excellent $229.2m domestically.

 

The weekend’s other wide release, ‘Grown Ups 2’, fell away slightly after leading the pack on Friday with a $16.5m debut.  The Adam Sandler comedy, nevertheless, still finished the three days on a strong $42.5m to take second place.

 

The overall box office remains in good shape, with the top twelve films grossing 35% more than the corresponding session last year.yasmin antibabypille online kaufen yasmine galenorn reading ordercost of yasmin birth control price of yasminorder yasmin pill online yasmin birth control generic nameyasmin birth control price walmart

Something in the Air (Après Mai)

July 14th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Olivier Assayas’ semi-autobiographical feature returns to early 70’s Paris where politicised teenagers passionately confront police and the arch-conservative ruling class, but idealism has run its course and the students splinter into different factions searching for an elusive new reality.

 

Both the original French title, ‘Après Mai’ (‘After May’), and the more lyrical English alternative, ‘Something in the Air’, reference different threads of Assayas’ sincere take on this transitional period caught between the May 68 riots, which so nearly toppled Charles de Gaulle’s presidency and the French Fifth Republic, and an uncertain future where students still have the power to cause civil unrest but don’t know what to do with it.

 

Clement Metayer plays Gilles, a promising artist, who, along with classmates, wholeheartedly embraces left-wing radicalism, taking to the streets with violent intent, graffiti-ing his school complex and blowing up a stationary car but out of harm’s way.  Assayas and outstanding cinematographer, Eric Gautier (‘The Motorcycle Diaries’, ‘A Christmas Tale’ and ‘Wild Grass’) create a genuine tension, adopting the students’ PoV at close quarters and inevitably moving to the point when it all backfires.

 

Two binary opposites provide the love interest; firstly, Laure (Carole Combes), a hippie-dippy type too spaced out for political consciousness and, then, Christine (Lola Créton), burning with a revolutionary fire that often blinds her to the truth.  They both fall under the influence of older men, leaving Gilles on the sidelines as the narrative embraces wider coming-of-age themes, which just about avoid becoming trite.

 

An interesting moment has Gilles taking a Brechtian/Godardian stance on a documentary glorifying revolutionary heroism, slating it for employing a classical/Soviet Social Realist style.  Gilles – the young Assayas – calls for a more radical form, embodying the revolution as part of the film’s fabric; something, of course, that is present by its absence, in a ‘Cahiers du cinéma’ sort of way, in the older Assayas’ filmmaking.

 

This look at a celebrated time, which still entices Assayas’ generation, contains nothing particularly new – how could it? – but it is stylish and well acted and never comes across as over indulgent.yasmin antibabypille online kaufen yasmine galenorn reading ordercost of yasmin birth control price of yasminorder yasmin pill online yasmin birth control generic nameyasmin birth control price walmart

Irish Film Board backs John Crowley’s next project

July 14th, 2013 - Graham Eley

John Crowley’s fifth feature, ‘Brooklyn’, is amongst the latest projects to receive a funding award from the Irish Film Board.  Based on Colm Toibin’s novel of the same name, with Nick Hornby providing the script, the split-loyalties tale has a young Irish girl having to choose between a life in New York and her family back home.  Crowley’s recently completed crime drama, ‘Closed Circuit’, starring Rebecca Hall, Eric Bana and Ciarán Hinds, starts its global roll-out on August 28.yasmin antibabypille online kaufen yasmine galenorn reading ordercost of yasmin birth control price of yasminorder yasmin pill online yasmin birth control generic nameyasmin birth control price walmart

Del Toro’s fantasy adventure disappoints on its North American debut

July 14th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Guillermo del Toro’s high-budget ‘Pacific Rim’ fell short of market expectations at the North American box office, grossing $14.6m on its Friday (and late Thursday) debut.  The fantasy adventure, which has picked up Golden Trailer nominations for best blockbuster trailer and poster, received an encouraging first night audience ‘A-‘ CinemaScore.  This welcome boost to word of mouth is still likely to leave it $2m short of the predicted $40m weekend return.

 

Meanwhile, ‘Grown Ups 2’ defied the critics on its Friday debut, earning a strong $16.5m in first place.  Audiences awarded the Adam Sandler comedy vehicle a ‘B’ CinemaScore and it is on course to finish the three days on $46m.

 

Last weekend’s No. 1, ‘Despicable Me 2’, which broke the record for an animated film’s highest ever North American five-day opening, came in third with $13m.  The Universal/Illumination Entertainment collaboration will benefit from strong family audiences over Saturday and Sunday, driving it to approximately $44m.buy domperidone canadawhere can i buy motilium in ukbuy motilium 10buy motilium 10mgcheap domperidonebuy motilium online canadabuy motilium tablets

‘Youth’ takes top prize in Jerusalem

July 13th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Tom Shoval’s debut feature, ‘Youth’, was the big winner at the 30th Jerusalem Film Festival, picking up three major awards.  Former New York Film Festival organiser, Richard Pena, headed the jury, which awarded it best film, actor (shared by the film’s leads, David and Eitan Cunio) and editor (the veteran Sundance winner, Joelle Alexis).  Dealing with topical themes, the film is a tale of two brothers who carry out a rash kidnapping to avoid their family facing economic crisis and separation.buy domperidone canadawhere can i buy motilium in ukbuy motilium 10buy motilium 10mgcheap domperidonebuy motilium online canadabuy motilium tablets

Affleck joins Fincher on bestseller adaptation

July 12th, 2013 - Graham Eley

In a mouthwatering prospect, Ben Affleck will star in David Fincher’s next feature, ‘Gone Girl’, with the production getting under way later this year.  Fincher is adapting Gillian Flynn’s controversial bestseller of the same name and seems particularly well suited to this psychological thriller set in a marriage gone horribly wrong.  Affleck’s next directing project, the Prohibition-era crime drama, ‘Live By Night’, is currently in pre-production.buy domperidone canadawhere can i buy motilium in ukbuy motilium 10buy motilium 10mgcheap domperidonebuy motilium online canadabuy motilium tablets

Haifaa Al Mansour chairs Venice jury

July 11th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Saudi Arabian filmmaker, Haifaa Al Mansour, will chair the international jury for best debut film at this year’s Venice International Film Festival, which runs between 28th August and 7th September 2013.  The award is open to any film screening in the main or sidebar competitions and carries a $100,000 cash prize.  Al Mansour, Saudi Arabia’s first woman filmmaker, won three awards (CinemAvvenire, C.I.C.A.E and Interfilm) at Venice 2012 for her own debut feature, ‘Wadjda’.buy domperidone canadawhere can i buy motilium in ukbuy motilium 10buy motilium 10mgcheap domperidonebuy motilium online canadabuy motilium tablets

Act of Killing, The

July 8th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Alma Har’el’s ‘Bombay Beach’ moved away from the increasingly tired documentary ‘talking heads’ format and encouraged its offbeat subjects to express themselves through dance.  Joshua Oppenheimer goes one stage further during his astonishing experimental film/documentary, ‘The Act of Killing’, giving executioners cart blanche to film their own reenactments of the anti-communist purge within 1960’s Indonesia.  What follows is a jaw dropping unique inside track on genocide at ground level and its legacy, with the ‘act’ of the film’s title taking on a smart ‘performance/deed’ double meaning, referencing the killers acting on screen and carrying out the killings in the past.

 

These are killers without shame, enjoying a mind boggling celebrity status within a nation basking in the inglorious actions of this earlier generation.  How can we now account for extras and bystanders collectively bursting out laughing, sometimes uncontrollably, when the killers reenact horrific scenes, setting fire to houses before slaughtering their fleeing victims?  What kind of society honours a ruthless sociopath, who recollects with pride his ‘heaven on earth’ raping a 14-year old girl?  And where else could we find a young chat show host smiling, smirking and joking her way through an interview with an infamous killer, milking the situation for all it’s worth, winding-up the audience into a complete frenzy?

 

But things don’t go to plan for the interviewee, Anwar Congo, who dominates the killers’ film within the film.  Something of a film buff and former vigilante, personally responsible for massacring at least a thousand communists, he begins with a disturbing noddy’s guide to wire decapitations, before re-staging his executions in increasingly elaborate Hollywood style gangster set pieces.  The arrival of other executioners becomes an excuse for remembering the old days, a reunion party where they all set about outdoing each other with horror stories from the past.  And then, almost imperceptibly, things start to change; the filming triggers a reaction within Congo, a sensation that had already found its way into his dreams, the unmistakeable first pangs of a terrible guilt.

 

It brings a new intensity to Congo’s reenactments, increasingly resembling a surrealist exercise in burrowing deep into his psyche.  Extraordinary scenes have Congo playing the victim when it becomes apparent that he is incapable of understanding their pain in any other way.  These give way to recreations of his ghastly nightmares, with the victims unleashing a shocking blood curdling cannibalistic revenge.  Attempts at countering/rationalising this terror – a bizarre musical sequence with the victims’ ghosts offering thanks for an early trip to heaven – fail hopelessly.  ‘I cannot do this anymore, Josh’, Congo confesses and we leave him in the same place – the scene of his crimes – where he was so relaxed at the film’s beginning but now has him retching for what appears to be an eternity in his hell on earth.

 

This is a film that mutates into something that Oppenheimer could not have anticipated when embarking on the project.  It bears witness to a vicious sadist receiving the worst kind of comeuppance; being unable to live with himself.  And, in so doing, Oppenheimer has made/orchestrated/found a work of the greatest significance that testifies to film’s capacity for discovering new compelling means of capturing ‘truth’ i.e. great art.buy domperidone canadawhere can i buy motilium in ukbuy motilium 10buy motilium 10mgcheap domperidonebuy motilium online canadabuy motilium tablets

Despicable Me 2 has record breaking debut

July 8th, 2013 - Graham Eley

1. Despicable Me 2 (Universal) UPI $82.5m ($142.1m) (NE)
2. The Lone Ranger (Buena Vista) WDSMPI $29.4m ($48.9m) (NE)
3. The Heat (Fox) Fox Int’l $25m ($86.4m) (2)
4. Monsters University (Buena Vista/Pixar) WDSMPI $19.6m ($216.1m) (1)
5. World War Z (Paramount) PPI $18.2m ($158.8m) (3)

 

Despicable Me 2 toppled Toy Story 3’s record for an animated film’s highest ever five-day opening at the North America box office, grossing a whopping $142.1m over the extended Independence Day weekend.  The Universal/Illumination Entertainment collaboration massively exceeded expectations, finishing the weekend $32m higher than market forecasts.

 

The long weekend’s other wide release, The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, could only muster a disastrous $48.9m over the five days.  Gore Verbinski’s big screen TV adaptation now seems to have little hope of recovering its $225m production and marketing costs.

 

Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s festival hit, The Way, Way Back, starring Steve Carell and Toni Collette, made its mark on the speciality market, grossing an outstanding $30,263 per-screen average.  Fox Searchlight acquired the comedy drama after its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

 

Next weekend sees the arrival of Guillermo del Toro’s sci-fi adventure, Pacific Rim, and Dennis Dugan’s comedy sequel, Grown Ups 2.buy domperidone canadawhere can i buy motilium in ukbuy motilium 10buy motilium 10mgcheap domperidonebuy motilium online canadabuy motilium tablets

Del Toro/Kaufman collaborate on ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’

July 8th, 2013 - Graham Eley

An intriguing collaboration sees Charlie Kaufman coming aboard Guillermo del Toro’s big screen version of Kurt Vonnegut’s classic anti-war novel, ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’, to write the script.  The book’s erratic time shifts, which have discouraged others from adapting it in the past, attracted the more adventurous Kaufman, who received an Academy Award for writing ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’.  It will form part of the four film deal that del Toro signed with Universal five years ago.buy domperidone canadawhere can i buy motilium in ukbuy motilium 10buy motilium 10mgcheap domperidonebuy motilium online canadabuy motilium tablets

‘Despicable Me 2’ conquers international markets

July 8th, 2013 - Graham Eley

‘Despicable Me 2’ expanded from 7 to 45 markets at the international weekend box office and grossed a strong $88.8m from 6,849 venues.  The family sequel secured the No. 1 position at all but four of the territories, with Mexico being the most successful on $15.8m. After factoring in North America’s expanded Independence Day weekend, it returned an all-conquering $293.2m worldwide.

 

Last weekend’s No. 1, ‘World War Z’ continued its impressive run, earning a further $45.2m to cross the $200m mark internationally.  The Zombie pandemic thriller, which has defied its well documented production nightmares, remains active in 54 territories, with France leading the way on $7.8m.buy domperidone canadawhere can i buy motilium in ukbuy motilium 10buy motilium 10mgcheap domperidonebuy motilium online canadabuy motilium tablets

Second World War drama takes Karlovy Vary’s Crystal Globe

July 7th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has awarded its Grand Prix Crystal Globe to János Szász’s sixth feature, ‘The Notebook’ (‘Le grand cahier’).  The Hungarian filmmaker adapted Agota Kristof’s renowned novel of the same name and portrays two young twins fighting for survival during the Second World War.  Oliver Stone was on hand to present the award.

 

Ben Wheatley’s genre defying Civil War horror, ‘A Field In England’, starring Michael Smiley and Julian Barratt, picked up the Special Jury Prize.  The award could not be more timely with the film currently enjoying an adventurous roll-out in the UK, including a free TV screening to generate word of mouth.

 

Karlovy Vary regular, Jan Hřebejk, received the best director’s prize for his allegorical wedding drama, ‘Honeymoon’ (‘Líbánky’), starring Anna Geislerová (‘Zelary’, ‘The Idiot Returns’).  Hřebejk bagged a special jury prize at Karlovy Vary for ‘Beauty in Trouble’ seven years ago.

 

Tomasz Wasilewski’s self-proclaimed first Polish LGBT feature, ‘Floating Skyscrapers’, won the East of the West competition.  His debut film, ‘In the Bedroom’ made a Karlovy Vary appearance last year.

 

And the documentary prize went to Vitaly Manskiy’s ‘Pipeline’ (‘Truba’).  The experienced Ukrainian filmmaker explores the improvised daily routines of those living along the 2,800 mile Trans-Siberian gas pipeline.

 

Winners:

 

OFFICIAL SELECTION – COMPETITION

 

GRAND PRIX – CRYSTAL GLOBE

Notebook (Le grand cahier)

Directed by: János Szász

Hungary, Germany, Austria, France, 2013

 

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

A Field in England

Directed by: Ben Wheatley

United Kingdom, 2013

 

BEST DIRECTOR AWARD

Jan Hřebejk

Honeymoon (Líbánky)

Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2013

 

BEST ACTRESS AWARD

Amy Morton, Louisa Krause, Emily Meade, Margo Martindale

Bluebird

Directed by: Lance Edmands

USA, Sweden, 2012

 

BEST ACTOR AWARD

Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

XL

Directed by: Marteinn Þórsson

Iceland, 2013

 

SPECIAL MENTION

Papusza

Directed by: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze

Poland, 2013

 

EAST OF THE WEST – FILMS IN COMPETITION

 

EAST OF THE WEST AWARD

Floating Skyscrapers

Directed by: Tomasz Wasilewski

Poland, 2013

 

SPECIAL MENTION

Miracle (‘Zázrak’)

Directed by: Juraj Lehotský

Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, 2013

 

DOCUMENTARY FILMS IN COMPETITION

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM OVER 30 MINUTES LONG

Pipeline (Truba)

Directed by: Vitaly Manskiy

Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, 2013

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM UNDER 30 MINUTES LONG

Beach Boy

Directed by: Emil Langballe

United Kingdom, 2013

 

SPECIAL MENTION

The Manor

Directed by: Shawney Cohen

Canada, 2013

 

FORUM OF INDEPENDENTS

 

INDEPENDENT CAMERA AWARD

Things the Way They Are (Las cosas como son)

Directed by: Fernando Lavanderos

Chile, 2012

 

AUDIENCE AWARD

 

Revival

Directed by: Alice Nellis

Czech Republic, 2013

 

CRYSTAL GLOBE FOR OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC CONTRIBUTION TO WORLD CINEMA

 

Theodor Pištěk, Czech Republic

Oliver Stone, USA

John Travolta, USA
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‘Despicable Me 2’ on pace for $136m extended domestic weekend

July 6th, 2013 - Graham Eley

‘Despicable Me 2’ grossed a further $30m at Friday’s North American box office, taking its running total to an outstanding $89.5m since Wednesday’s release.  The animation sequel is currently on course for $136m over the extended ‘Independence Day’ holiday weekend, being $26m above market expectations.

 

The long weekend’s other major release, ‘The Lone Ranger’, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, continued to disappoint after grossing a lacklustre $19.5m during its first two days.  The Disney TV adaptation could only add $10.6m on Friday and seems set to finish the five days on $45m.

 

‘The Heat’ came in third with a strong $8.6m during its second weekend in play and it is likely to hold up better than ‘The Lone Ranger’ over Saturday and Sunday.  It leapfrogged last weekend’s No. 1, ‘Monsters University’, which grossed an additional $7.1m in fourth spot.buy domperidone canadawhere can i buy motilium in ukbuy motilium 10buy motilium 10mgcheap domperidonebuy motilium online canadabuy motilium tablets

Lee Daniels’ letter plea fails

July 6th, 2013 - Graham Eley

Lee Daniels’ emotional plea in a letter to the new Warner Bros’ CEO, Kevin Tsujihara, over the title of the director’s forthcoming feature has fallen on deaf ears.  Warner Bros’ lawyers have emphatically restated their client’s right to protect the name of the long forgotten 1916 short, ‘The Butler’, which remains TRB listed.  Daniels was intending to use the same name for his film based on the real life White House butler, Eugene Allen, who served eight presidents, but a MPAA ruling found in favour of Warners.  The film’s distributor, The Weinstein Company, intends to appeal, claiming that the ruling was a restraint of trade and against public policy.silvitra costocost of silvitracost of silvitraBuy silvitra tabletssilvitra tabletsBuy silvitra canadaBuy silvitra tablets

UK Government slashes BFI’s budget

July 6th, 2013 - Graham Eley

The UK Government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport has slashed the British Film Institute’s 2015/16 resource grant-in-aid budget by 10%, a cut that is twice the reduction than for each of the other arts.  Culture Secretary, Maria Miller, requires a decrease in administrative costs but the new budget is likely to have an impact on front-line services.  The BFI will still have additional funding of £0.5m for the development of its online archive ‘BFI player’ platform, and £0.8m for urgent maintenance.silvitra costocost of silvitracost of silvitraBuy silvitra tabletssilvitra tabletsBuy silvitra canadaBuy silvitra tablets

Me And You (Io E Te)

July 3rd, 2013 - Graham Eley

Bernardo Bertolucci’s first film for a decade doesn’t sound promising; a return to the retro theme of teenage angst told with a ‘new wave’ spirit that hints at his early work, which, along with Pier Paolo Pasolini, once shaped much of Italian cinema’s contribution towards a cinematic revolution but now arrives from a different age fifty years down the road.

 

But, what at first sight might seem like Bertolucci trying to recapture his youth, proves deceptive.  This is Bertolucci, the knowing observer, more reflective and less cynical in his mature years, bringing a tenderness and intimacy to his portrayal of two damaged outsiders in present day suburban Italy, which, against the odds, feels surprisingly real.

 

Bertolucci struck gold with newcomer, Jacopo Olmo Antinori, whose piercing eyes have something of the same dangerous edgy quality that made Malcolm McDowell such compelling viewing in Lindsay Anderson’s coming of age masterpiece, ‘If’.  He plays a teenager, Lorenzo, who should be on a school skiing trip, but, instead, hides away in a dilapidated basement apartment beneath the family home.  Possessing a youthful naturalness, Antinori effortlessly captures his character’s self-absorbed pursuit of total isolation, pushing geeky traits well beyond usual limits but, at the same time, leaving enough cracks for a warmer side to emerge.

 

Tea Falco, in her first major big screen role, picked up a best actress David di Donatello nomination – one of six that came the film’s way – for her portrayal of Lorenzo’s heroin addict half-sister, Olivia.  Avoiding the usual tiresome clichés, Falco gives a compelling performance of cold turkey torture, nailing the physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms without overdoing it.

 

Niccolò Ammaniti adapted his own novel of the same name to provide the script, but this is very much a Bertolucci film, leaving his familiar auteur fingerprints all over every scene.  And he has given us an engaging two-hander where Lorenzo and Olivia get to know each other and themselves for the first time, providing some hope moving forward, but in keeping with ‘The 400 Blows’ (‘Les Quatre Cents Coups’) tradition/convention, it is not a given.silvitra costocost of silvitracost of silvitraBuy silvitra tabletssilvitra tabletsBuy silvitra canadaBuy silvitra tablets