Jafar Panahi: Cannes, French Authorities To Appeal Iran For Filmmaker’s Fest Presence
In a first for Jafar Panahi, the lauded Iranian filmmaker has a berth in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival with his latest work, Three Faces. What is not clear is if he will be allowed to travel to the Riviera for the honor. In 2010, Panahi was arrested by the Iranian authorities and banned from making films. He has continued to work, but is unable to leave Iran and still faces a prison sentence which has not been enforced. Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux said… Read
Music Box Nabs U.S. Rights To Well-Received Berlin Biopic ‘Becoming Astrid’ From TrustNordisk
Music Box Films has struck a deal with Scandi sales dynamo TrustNordisk for U.S. rights to Pernille Fischer Christensen's Berlin biopic Becoming Astrid. The well-received drama charts the early years of renowned children's author Astrid Lindgren, who went on to write the best-selling Pippi Longstocking stories. The film zones in on one seminal event that shaped the Swedish writer’s life and how, despite the expectations of her time and religious upbringing, she decided to… Read
Acclaimed Korean Director Kim Ki-Duk Accused Of Rape In Hard-Hitting Documentary
Acclaimed South Korean director Kim Ki-duk, whose films have played at Cannes, Berlin and Venice, has been accused of rape and sexual harassment. The harassment allegations were made by three actresses, speaking anonymously, during a #MeToo-themed documentary by the investigative journalism programme PD Notebook which aired last night on Korean TV.
Among accusers of the former Venice Golden Lion winner (Pieta, 2012) was one actress who expanded on a previously made claim… Read
Three Questions: A Conversation With This Year’s Best Foreign Language Film Nominees
Oscar's five nominated directors in the Best Foreign Language Film race this year include one returnee to the category and four newcomers. They're each seasoned filmmakers who've had their fair share of festival and awards success, and each has told a story that, despite years in the making, is somehow entirely relevant to today.
They've spent an awards season talking up their movies, and we wanted to find out what they've learned in the process as well as give them a… Read
‘The Insult’ Director Ziad Doueiri Overcame Political Controversy To Take Oscar Nod For Best Foreign Language Film
“Of course, I was overjoyed. The first thing I did is I called my mom, because my mother actually was the legal consultant on the movie,” The Insult director Ziad Doueiri said recently, reflecting on his film’s nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. “When it happened, I started thinking about what we've been through—I did not look in the future. I looked back, actually, because we'd been through a little bit of a hard time with the authorities when the film was… Read
Francis Lee Completes Transition To Other Side Of The Camera With His BAFTA-Nominated ‘God’s Own Country’
Francis Lee will be keeping an eye on the weather this weekend. At the moment, he's snowed in at his home in Yorkshire, an event that is becoming all too regular lately. "This is, like, the eighth time we've been snowed in in two months," he notes, "and it just gets really dull." The snow almost caused him to miss the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) in December, where the film he directed, God's Own Country, was one of the night's biggest successes, taking home… Read
Fatih Akin Shares ‘In The Fade’ Golden Globe Win With Diane Kruger
After taking the Best Actress prize for Diane Kruger in Cannes last May, Fatih Akin's In The Fade scooped the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film tonight. This is the German director's first win and beat out other Cannes favorites The Square and Loveless as well as Angelina Jolie's First They Killed My Father and Sebastian Lelio's A Fantastic Woman from Chile. Along with each of those (save Jolie's film) the movie is shortlisted for a Foreign Language Oscar.
How ‘The Girl Without Hands’ Director Sébastien Laudenbach Completed His “One-Man Movie”
Not all fairy tales have happy endings, or are happy in any sense. This year, the case in point for that assertion would be Sébastien Laudenbach’s The Girl Without Hands, an adaptation of a Brothers Grimm yarn which, like the shortlisted Birdboy: The Forgotten Children, dwells in darkness.
An ambitious solo passion project that would test its director on every level, Laudenbach’s “one-man movie” tells the story of a miller’s daughter who is sold to the devil, eventually… Read
Oscars: Foreign Language Film Shortlist Cuts Field To Nine; France’s ‘BPM’ Snubbed
Whittling through 92 submissions, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its shortlist of nine titles to advance in the Best Foreign Language Film category this year. The final five Oscar nominations in the race will be announced along with the rest of the categories on January 23. As ever, the shortlist comes with its own share of surprises, including a snub for a lauded French film the second year running.
The group advancing to the next stage… Read
Oscars 2018: Weighing The Early Best Foreign Language Film Race
The Best Foreign Language Film race has again set a new record, with entries this year hailing from 92 countries. Amongst the contenders are a host of high-profile helmers—and one Netflix-backed picture directed by a bonafide global celebrity.
The Phase One and Executive Committees can be unpredictable. Last year's shortlist created an uproar when it shockingly omitted Paul Verhoeven's French film Elle. The thriller won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film with… Read
‘The Wound’ Director John Trengove On Challenging South African Traditions
“Right at the beginning, it was a conversation about making a queer South African film. We felt that this was something we wanted to do that nobody else was doing, but specifically, I think what was important to us was to bring together a story about same-sex desire within a traditional African context,” director John Trengove says of the genesis of his South African Oscar entry, The Wound.
Following a recent Awardsline screening of the film, Trengove appeared with star Ni… Read
‘Birdshot’ Director Mikhail Red On Spotlighting “Beauty In The Philippines”
“In the Philippines, you have very low-budget films, so most films tend to be a certain style. Either you see cinema verité or very contemplative [filmmaking],” Birdshot director Mikhail Red told Deadline’s Dominic Patten after an Awardsline screening of the film, reflecting on the Filipino Oscar entry this year, which is more stylistically heightened by comparison.
“Making Birdshot, I wanted a Western set in the Philippines, so it had to have this more dynamic approach… Read