World Film Community Joins Hands In Support Of Shuttered Beijing Festival
Film festivals from New York to Sydney have signed a statement of support for the Beijing Independent Film Festival which was shut down by Chinese authorities over the weekend. Representatives of the Berlin, Rotterdam, New York, Sydney and Torino festivals are among the signatories, as… Read
Venice: ‘Act Of Killing’ Follow-Up ‘The Look Of Silence’ Makes Noise On The Lido (Video)
On Wednesday, Drafthouse Films and Participant Media said they had jointly acquired U.S. rights to The Look Of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer's documentary that is screening here at the Venice Film Festival in Competition. The film is a follow-up to his award-winning and Oscar-nominated The Act Of Killing. That film saw Indonesian death squad leaders re-enact assassinations they committed in anti-communist purges after the military coup of 1965. The new movie examines one… Read
Hot Trailer: Omar Sy As ‘Samba’ In ‘Intouchables’ Helmers’ Latest
Directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano reteamed with their Intouchables breakout star Omar Sy for the upcoming Samba. Their highly-anticipated follow-up to the $426M-grossing 2012 sensation (no pressure, guys) will have its world premiere in Toronto as a Gala presentation. Sy plays the eponymous character who migrated to France from Senegal 10 years prior. Ever since, he's been plugging away at various low-paying jobs and trying to secure proper work papers… Read
Oscar Contenders In Lineup As Telluride Film Festival Announces Schedule
The 41st Telluride Film Festival, which has become a harbinger of heavyweight Oscar contenders over the past few years, has announced its schedule for the fest – which opens Friday and runs through Labor Day — just as a charter planeload of industry festgoers departs LAX. Despite a well-publicized battle with the upcoming Toronto Film Festival over Oscar-buzzed movies, Telluride honchos Tom Luddy, Gary Meyer and Julie Huntsinger have some pretty impressive contenders in… Read
Protagonist Makes Key Hires; Kickstarts U.S. Production/Acquisition Activities
London-based Protagonist Pictures is restructuring as it stretches to fit increased ambitions. The company has had a strong year with Sundance and Berlin hits Frank and '71, and a number of films in the pipeline. Part of the ramp up includes key appointments just ahead of bringing three titles to Toronto. 3311 Productions' Eddie Vaisman is joining the company as head of production and acquisitions, U.S., kickstarting its U.S. business. He'll look to strengthen… Read
Venice: ‘Birdman’s Michael Keaton Is “OK With The Elephant In The Room”
Michael Keaton's character in raved-about Venice Film Festival opener and Competition entry Birdman and the actor himself share a common thread — they both gained enormous fame playing superheroes in the '90s. In the film, Keaton's Riggan Thompson is unable to escape his winged, spandex-clad alter ego who haunts, taunts and goads him incessantly. Keaton and director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu both feel everybody has their own sort of Birdman, but for Keaton it's not the… Read
Napa Valley Film Fest Says “The Show Must Go On” Despite Quakes, Sets Lineup
As aftershocks continue to rock California's wine country, the Napa Valley Film Festival unveiled its competition lineup today. "Our thoughts are with everyone in the Napa Valley who has suffered losses from the recent earthquake," said fest Co-Founder/Artistic Director Marc Lhormer of Sunday's temblor, the Bay Area's biggest in a quarter-century. "We are proud to be part of a community that rallies in support of each other in such a generous and big hearted way. As they… Read
Venice: ‘Birdman’ Soars To Raves In Seamless Festival Bow
Venice has done it again. Last year, Gravity blasted the lid off the festival as the opener and today Birdman, a film that's got a fair bit in common with that one, bowed to one of the best receptions I have ever experienced on the Lido. (It's even trending at No. 4 on Italian Twitter.) Applause, laughter and strong emotion emanated from attendees in the refurbed Sala Darsena this morning during the first press screening. Making my way out afterwards, I heard “bellissimo”… Read
Hot Venice Trailer: Viggo Mortensen In French-Language ‘Far From Men’
Ushering in the fall festival season, Venice kicks off on Wednesday with a lineup that's heavy on French titles. Among them, David Oelhoffen's Far From Men (Loin Des Hommes) will make its world premiere in Competition before heading to Toronto in a Special Presentation berth. Viggo Mortensen stars in the adaptation of a short story by Albert Camus. Set in 1954 Algeria, two very different men are thrown together by a world in turmoil and are forced to flee across the Atlas… Read
Napa Quake Shutters Theaters, Briefly Shuts Radio Stations
Sunday morning's 6.1 magnitude earthquake in the Napa Valley hit the wine industry hard, but local theaters and media outlets also took a hit.
The historic Uptown Theatre in downtown Napa, where Dana Carvey and Dave Mason are scheduled to perform next month, sustained damage during the quake but the extent is not yet known.
"We have some visible damage on the outside," Cynthia Yallop, the theater's executive director, told Deadline. "There are minor fissures in the… Read
Bart & Fleming: Fest Fight Pits Telluride V Toronto; TV News Overkill In Ferguson?
Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes on the movie business.
BART: Have you noticed, Mike, that the gamesmanship of pre-festival season is often more entertaining than the fest movies themselves? Toronto has slammed the door on distributors who were sneaking their films into Telluride, then billing Toronto screenings as World Premieres.
FLEMING: Labor… Read
China Shutters Beijing Indept. Film Fest; Police Seize Document & Detain Organizers
The Beijing Independent Film Festival was shut down by Chinese authorities Saturday and police did a search and seizure on the organizers offices and detained the artistic director Wang Hongwei and film critic and founder Li Xianting. The festival was in its 11th year and has gone through this before as China seeks to control the kind of content being shown inside its country. Li Xianting told the Associated Press who broke the story, “In the past few years when they… Read