A coming-of-age tale, “Fortuna” follows 14-year-old Ethiopian girl Fortuna (Kidist Siyum), who has had no news of her parents since she crossed the Mediterranean Sea and together with other refugees, is given shelter for the winter in a Swiss Catholic monastery where she falls in love with a young man. While she waits for her fate to be decided by the Swiss authorities, Fortuna finds out she is pregnant. The choice she will have make will give great concern within the religious community and will challenge their concept of Christian charity.
“Fortuna” marks Rouaux’s sophomore outing, following “Left Foot Right Foot,” which won awards at Palm Springs and Namur. Roaux said he wrote the film based on testimonies with young migrants who didn’t have their parents around
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While 53 of the 89 Best Picture champs to date include an Oscar-winning performance, 36 of them (40%) did not win any acting awards. And among those three dozen winners are four of the eight films — “The Hurt Locker” (2009), “Argo” (2012), “Birdman” (2015) and “Spotlight” (2016) — decided by preferential ballot under the newly expanded slate of Best Picture nominees.
Surprisingly, an even dozen of the Best Picture winners did not even reap any acting nominations. That is welcome news for “Arrival,” which does not number an acting bid among its eight nominations. However, four of those films
Matt Smith of “The Crown” has been been cast as Charles Manson in the independent feature “Charlie Says” with “American Psycho” director Mary Harron attached.
Suki Waterhouse has been cast as Mary Brunner, an early Manson follower, alongside Hannah Murray, Odessa Young, Marianne Rendon, Carla Gugino, Kaylie Carter and Merritt Wever in the drama, which is set to shoot in Los Angeles in the spring and will be introduced to buyers in Berlin later this month.
“Charlie Says” will focus on the three young women (Murray, Young and Rendon) who were sentenced to death following the 1969 murders that were ordered by Manson. After California abolished the death penalty, their sentences were commuted to life in prison. The film will follow their transformations as they face the reality of their crimes
Blue Fox Entertainment will launch world sales in Berlin on Jo, The Medicine Runner starring Matt Dillon, Jim Caviezel and Ryan Potter.
Blue Fox’s domestic distribution arm will mount a Us theatrical release later this year on the feature, financed by Public House Films and through the Hawaiian public-private Gvs Accelerator.
Jo, The Medicine Runner takes place against the backdrop of the segregated coffee fields of Hawaii as a young man transcends the boundaries of race and class in pursuit of a forbidden love.
The feature shot entirely on location in Hawaii and at Kona-based Honua Studios. David L. Cunningham directed from a screenplay he co-wrote with Christian Parkes, and produced with Edwin Marshall. Aaron Kevin Armstrong and Reap Thomas Hume served as executive producers with Mike Leahy.
Todd Slater brokered the deal on behalf of Blue Fox Entertainment with UTA’s Jon Levy and Grace Royer on behalf
“When the legend becomes fact, print the legend,” is an often-quoted line from John Ford’s “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.” And if director Walter Hill had stuck to that idea, his “Wild Bill” (1995) would be a great movie, instead of a near miss. Unfortunately, he mixed legend with pure hogwash and the result is a confusing hodgepodge of scenes connected only by the fact that James Butler Hickok (Jeff Bridges) hated it when somebody messed with his hat.
You know a director intends to make a “serious” western when he starts the film out by showing the central character’s funeral. “Wild Bill” begins not only with a funeral, but a funeral shot in high-contrast, grainy black and white. In fact the film keeps switching from color to black and white for numerous flash back scenes, depicting “events” from Bill’s early life, some of which are complete fiction.
It only makes sense, then, that any number of great filmmakers have been honored in this category without ever winning Best Director or Picture: Quentin Tarantino, Sofia Coppola, Spike Jonze. These wordsmiths are worth celebrating, and these are the best — and worst — of them since 2000.
17. “Crash” (2005)
It likely comes as little surprise that Paul Haggis’ surprise Best Picture winner takes last place on this list,
Producers from 11 nations claim they are “shocked and upset” by “the brazen display of toxic masculinity” they witnessed at an event hosted last month by Zentropa, the Danish production company founded by Peter Aalbæk Jensen and Lars von Trier. Their concerns, detailed in a November 28 statement, are connected to a producers workshop that occurred last month at Film City, Zentropa’s headquarters in Copenhagen. The October 26 workshop happened after singer and actress Björk alleged that von Trier had sexually harassed her while directing their Oscar-nominated 2000 film “Dancer in the Dark,” and before nine women shared with the newspaper Politiken similar experiences they’d endured at Zentropa.
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According to the statement, 70 producers from the international film community attended the workshop, where they were greeted by Zentropa’s female producers,
Matt Dillon was almost Butch.
Originally Quentin Tarantino conceived of the "palooka" pugilist played by Bruce Willis as a younger up and coming boxer. He envisioned Matt Dillon in the role. But after the actor reportedly took too long to decide,
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The House That Jack Built tells the story of “the highly intelligent Jack over a span of 12 years and introduces the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork.”
Joining Dillon in the cast of the film are Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Ed Speleers, Sofie Grabol, Riley Keough and Yu Ji-tae. It is slated for release next year.
“Angels,” which exposes the corruption of Chinese police as they cover up for a government official involved in the sexual assault of two twelve-year-old girls, world premiered in September at the Venice Film where it was the only competition entry by a female director. Pic, which has also played in Toronto and London, will be opening the Singapore Film Festival in November.
Qu was on hand in Antalya to receive the top prize and also to accept the nod for actress Wen Qi (pictured) who plays a morally torn cleaner in a love motel who becomes enmeshed in the investigation.
Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof’s “A Man of Integrity,” about corruption and injustice in Iranian society, also scored
– The Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (Btja) have announced that Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris as the recipient of the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award. Morris will receive his award at the second annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards gala event, set to take place on Thursday, November 2 at Bric in Brooklyn, New York, hosted by Penn Jillette.
Journalist and author Kathryn Schulz will present the Critics’ Choice Lifetime Achievement Award to Morris. Damien Echols will present the previously announced Critics’ Choice Impact Award to filmmaker Joe Berlinger. Additional award presenters include: Clive Davis, Matt Dillon, Gilbert Gottfried, Barbara Kopple, Lawrence O’Donnell, Linda Perry, and Fisher Stevens, Diane Warren, among others.
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Netflix will release Morris’ newest offering,
Co-produced by Dillon’s Pregon Films, Fisher Stevens’ Insurgent Media, Radical Media, Jonathan Gray and Mexican producers Viento del Norte Cine and Paloma Negra, “Fellove” is Dillon’s second directing gig after his 2002 Cambodian-set drama “City of Ghosts,” which he also co-wrote.
Dillon, a fervent collector of Latin Music from the 1920s-50s, and Cuban music in particular, had been developing the documentary about Cuban scat musician Francisco Fellove for quite a number of years. In it he pays tribute to a little-known group of Cuban musicians like Fellove who greatly influenced Mexican music. It delves into the Cuban musical genre dubbed “filin” (feeling) that created a strong bond between Mexico, Cuba and the U.S.
“I met [Dillon] in Spain in 2009 through our mutual friends Barry Gifford and Ray Loriga. That same day
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“The House That Jack Built” stars Matt Dillon as the titular murderer.
Starring Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman, Bruno Ganz, Riley Keough, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Ed Speleers, and Sofia Grabol, the film spans 12 years and will be split into “five incidents” (aka the murders) and then the “digressions” in between, as Jack attempts to create the “ultimate artwork” in his vocation.
”I don’t find anything especially interesting about serial killers,” Lars von Trier tells Screen Daily. ”It’s more the women. For some strange reason all the women I have been with have been crazy about serial killers. That might have something to do with me. Also I thought I could fool people to go into the cinema.
Loco Films will be introducing “Bingo” to buyers at next week’s American Film Market.
Written by Luiz Bolognesi, whose screenwriting credits include 2017 Berlin Panorama hit “Just Like My Parents,” “Bingo” also represents Brazil in 2018’s foreign-language Oscar race. It is inspired by the true-life story of Arlindo Barreto, who played Bozo the Clown on Brazilian TV giant Globo in the early ‘80, helping to convert the program into a ratings and tamest behemoth which at one point lasted 10 hours.
Bursting with period pop aesthetics and energy, “Bingo” charts the ascent to stardom of Augusto, a TV clown
In addition to stepping in for Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon on the long-running CBS Western, Bates doubled for the actor on the TV series McClain's Law and How the West Was Won (on which Bates also served as stunt coordinator) and in the TV movies Red River and The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory.
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Crowe, however, wanted his audience to grow up with him, so for his follow-up movie, he turned his attention to twentysomethings.
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