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Robin Campillo’s ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Leads France’s 2017 Lumieres Nominations

Robin Campillo’s ‘Bpm (Beats Per Minute)’ Leads France’s 2017 Lumieres Nominations
Robin Campillo’s “Bpm (Beats Per Minute),” the French foreign-language Oscar candidate, is leading nominations at the Lumieres Awards, France’s equivalent of the Golden Globes.

“Bpm,” a sprawling and intense drama following French AIDS activists in 1980s Paris, will compete in six categories, including best film, director, actor (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart), male newcomer (Arnaud Valois), script (Campillo and Philippe Mangeot) and score (Arnaud Rebotini). Since winning Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize, “Bpm” has nabbed several prizes overseas, notably the New York, Los Angeles and Washington critics’ awards for best foreign-language film, as well as prizes at Chicago and San Sebastian film festivals.

Mathieu Amalric’s “Barbara,” which world premiered at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard, and Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s contemporary dramedy “C’est La Vie” each garnered four Lumieres nominations, while Albert Dupontel’s “Au revoir là-haut” and Alain Gomis’s “Felicité,” winner of Berlin’s Silver Bear, will each compete
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Has Blade Runner 2049's failure killed off the smart sci-fi blockbuster?

Despite fantastic reviews, Denis Villeneuve’s brainy, big-budget sequel has not made enough money to launch a new universe at the multiplex

• Warning: This article contains plot spoilers for Blade Runner 2049

If there was ever a movie to leave you wanting more, it is Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049. In a large part that’s because the Canadian film-maker chose to plunge so far down the futuristic rabbit hole without revealing enough of this mesmerising sci-fi wonderland’s darkest secrets. After almost three breathless hours of pulsating dystopian thrills, we are no closer to filling in many of the gaps in Ridley Scott’s original 1982 dystopian masterwork. Is Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard a replicant? What do the off-world colonies look like? Are androids the next stage in human evolution, or merely useful gifts for the 21st-century sociopath who has everything?

What’s more, we suddenly have dozens of new puzzles to solve.
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Film Review: ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Film Review: ‘Blade Runner 2049’
The world as we know it has nearly caught up to the one Ridley Scott imagined when he directed the 2019-set “Blade Runner,” and yet, for all the influence the dystopian cult favorite has had on other sci-fi movies, Scott’s vision of Los Angeles still looks as mind-blowingly futuristic now as it did in 1982. That may well explain why its sequel, the Denis Villeneuve-directed “Blade Runner 2049,” doesn’t feel the need to reinvent the world in which it takes place, but instead is free to delve deep into the existential concerns suggested by the earlier film, as screenwriters Hampton Fancher (who also co-wrote the original) and Michael Green raise evocative questions about human-android relations and the nuances that will one day be used to tell them apart.

Sure as it is to delight “Blade Runner” fans, this stunningly elegant follow-up doesn’t depend on having seen the original — and like 2010’s “Tron: Legacy,” may
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Insyriated review – claustrophobic drama from the heart of the Syrian war

This brutally tough but absorbing film is set in a Damascus apartment in which a family with a tragic secret have barricaded themselves

There is something almost unbearable in this film’s tension and claustrophobia, a brutally tough drama from writer-director Philippe Van Leeuw. The scene is a crowded apartment in the Syrian capital Damascus, in which a family is barricaded, effectively imprisoned by the civil war outside. Food and water are running out in this small space. Hiam Abbass plays Yazan, the stern matriarch who through sheer force of will is keeping things together. Her husband has gone for help; she must keep in line her two daughters and son, her elderly father-in-law and also a couple staying with them, who are planning an escape. Then something tragic happens that has to be kept secret from the rest of the family, known only to Yazan and her maidservant Delhani
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Movie Review – Insyriated (2017)

Insyriated, 2017.

Directed by Philippe Van Leeuw.

Starring Hiam Abbass, Mohsen Abbas, Juliette Navis, Diamand Abou Abboud, and Moustapha Al Kar.

Synopsis:

As war rages outside in Damascus, a mother struggles to keep her family safe inside their barricaded apartment. But it’s only a matter of time before what’s happening outside finds a way into their sanctuary.

When the television news bombards us with the gunfire and explosions of civil war, the effect on civilians can easily be forgotten. Philippe Van Leeuw’s Insyriated opens the door on one single family who find themselves under siege on all sides.

The film’s opening birdsong rapidly gives way to the sounds of war: they’re not far away but, judging from the reaction of the chain-smoking grandfather, they’re a constant in his life and show no signs of abating. He’s just one of the last family still living in one particular apartment block.
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Fashion Label Miu Miu Back at Venice With Two New Women’s Tales

Fashion and film have long intersected when it comes to glitz and glamour. But the Miu Miu Women’s Tales series of shorts, which is an integral component of the Venice Days section at the Venice Film Festival, gives the Prada Group-owned fashion label a different role in the movie world: it discovers and empowers women directors.

Launched in 2012, Women’s Tales has now spawned 14 works written and directed by women exploring the feminine universe, all fully financed and produced by Prada. They are all loosely inspired by Miu Miu clothes and accessories, but with no obligation for these products to be shown on the screen.

It started like this: “One day I got a call from Miu Miu,” says producer Max Brun. “They said: ‘We’d like to do a short by a woman director because we want to explore women’s creativity through young female directors’ lenses…which embodies the brand’s attention to women
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Arab Cinema in Cannes

Two new film festivals in the Arab world — and not in the Gulf States region where Kuwait had its first festival last month — have announced their first editions. Jordan and Egypt, along with the first ever Arab Critics Awards casts a new light onto just what Arab cinema is.

What began several years ago in the recently oil-rich Gulf nations of Dubai, Abu-Dhabi and Qatar who first brought the notion of Arab cinema to the western world with expensive receptions (including a camel one year at the Toronto Film Festival) and ultra fancy festivals (Abu Dhabi has since bowed out of its Tribeca Ff partnership and pulled back on all but its film fund) has now come to a more balanced sharing of Arabic cinema as a multi-culturally wealthy medium.

With the growth of Cairo-based Mad Solutions which started as a public relations agency for Arab-content cinema and expanded into
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'I Still Hide to Smoke': Film Review

'I Still Hide to Smoke': Film Review
A Turkish bath becomes the setting for a series of steamy, provocative and violently political confrontations between women of all ages, shapes and sizes in I Still Hide to Smoke, an intriguingly polemical first feature from Algerian writer-director Rayhana.

Featuring an all-female cast headed up by Israeli-Palestinian actress Hiam Abbas (Lemon Tree, The Visitor), this stagy production was adapted from Rayhana’s 2009 play, using a single location and time setting to explore the situation of women under the Islamist regime that took hold of Algeria in the early 1990s. Controversial and caustic, if a bit heavy-handed in places, the modest...
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Film Movement takes Berlin winner 'In Syria'

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Film Movement takes Berlin winner 'In Syria'
Exclusive: Hiam Abbass leads Berlin Panorama winner.

New York distributor Film Movement has acquired Us rights to Belgian director Philippe Van Leeuw’s Berlin Panorama Audience Award-winner In Syria.

Films Boutique represents international rights to the film formerly known as Insyriated and screens it in Cannes tomorrow (May 18) and on Monday (May 22).

Israeli-Palestinian actor Hiam Abbass plays a mother of three who turns her home into a safe house for family and neighbours as Syria’s civil war rages outside.

As bombs fall in the street, snipers turn nearby courtyards into death traps and burglars loot hard-won belongings, maintaining a routine indoors becomes a matter of life and death over the course of one day.

The cast includes Diamand Bou Abboud and Juliette Navis.

Film Movement celebrates its 15th anniversary this year and president Michael E. Rosenberg is in Cannes to scout for acquisitions. The company plans a theatrical release this winter.

In Syria is a powerful
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New Blade Runner 2049 Trailer!

A full trailer for Denis Villeneuve's (Arrival, Enemy) Blade Runner 2049 has landed and it's a visual marvel.

Blade Runner 2049 stars Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Dave Bautista, Ana de Armas, David Dastmalchian, Hiam Abbass, Jared Leto and Robin Wright.

Synopsis:

Thirty years after the events of the first film, a new Blade Runner, Lapd Officer K (Ryan Gosling), unearths a long buried secret that has the potential to plunge what’s left of society into chaos. K’s discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former Lapd Blade Runner who has been mi [Continued ...]
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Curzon swoops on Colin Farrell-Nicole Kidman drama

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Curzon swoops on Colin Farrell-Nicole Kidman drama
Exclusive: Pre-buys include Abdellatif Kechiche’s next film after Blue Is The Warmest Colour.

Curzon Artificial Eye has secured UK rights a trio of high-profile art-house titles in the shape of Yorgos Lanthimos’s anticipated drama The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, Abdellatif Kechiche’s follow up to Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Mektoub is Mektoub, and Berlin winner Insyriated.

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer reunites director Lanthimos with The Lobster star Colin Farrell who plays Steven, a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart and the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

Co-starring are Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone and former Screen Stars Of Tomorrow Barry Keoghan and Raffey Cassidy.

The pre-buy was negotiated with Gabrielle Stewart at HanWay and was completed in partnership with Madman Australia, in what is a first collaboration between the two companies. The latter
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Curzon swoops on hot trio including Colin Farrell-Nicole Kidman drama 'Deer'

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Curzon swoops on hot trio including Colin Farrell-Nicole Kidman drama 'Deer'
Exclusive: Pre-buys include Abdellatif Kechiche’s next film after Blue Is The Warmest Colour.

Curzon Artificial Eye has secured UK rights a trio of high-profile art-house titles in the shape of Yorgos Lanthimos’s anticipated drama The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, Abdellatif Kechiche’s follow up to Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Mektoub is Mektoub, and Berlin winner Insyriated.

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer reunites director Lanthimos with The Lobster star Colin Farrell who plays Steven, a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart and the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

Co-starring are Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone and former Screen Stars Of Tomorrow Barry Keoghan and Raffey Cassidy.

The pre-buy was negotiated with Gabrielle Stewart at HanWay and was completed in partnership with Madman Australia, in what is a first collaboration between the two companies. The latter
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Curzon swoops on hot trio including Colin Farrell-Nicole Kidman drama

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Curzon swoops on hot trio including Colin Farrell-Nicole Kidman drama
Exclusive: Pre-buys include Abdellatif Kechiche’s next film after Blue Is The Warmest Colour.

Curzon Artificial Eye has secured UK rights a trio of high-profile art-house titles in the shape of Yorgos Lanthimos’s anticipated drama The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, Abdellatif Kechiche’s follow up to Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Mektoub is Mektoub, and Berlin winner Insyriated.

The Killing Of A Sacred Deer reunites director Lanthimos with The Lobster star Colin Farrell who plays Steven, a charismatic surgeon forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart and the behaviour of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

Co-starring are Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone and former Screen Stars Of Tomorrow Barry Keoghan and Raffey Cassidy.

The pre-buy was negotiated with Gabrielle Stewart at HanWay and was completed in partnership with Madman Australia, in what is a first collaboration between the two companies. The latter
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'Insyriated' wins Europa Cinemas Label in Berlin

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'Insyriated' wins Europa Cinemas Label in Berlin
Syria-set drama set to benefit from European exhibition support.

Philippe van Leeuw’s Insyriated has won the Europa Cinemas Label as the best European film in the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival.

The Syria-set drama stars Hiam Abbas as a woman trapped with her family in their Damacus apartment as the city suffers from the conflict raging outside.

Screen’s review described the film as “tense and nerve-shredding”.

Insyriated will now benefit from promotional support from Europa Cinemas, which will offer a financial incentive to encourage cinemas in the network to include the film in their programme schedules.

This is the 13th time the label has been awarded. It was voted on by a jury of four exhibitors from the Europa Cinemas network. They were: Alice Black (Dundee Contemporary Arts, UK); Pierre-Alexandre Moreau (Cinémas Studio, France); Monica Naldi (Cinema Beltrade Italy); an Feliks Wagner (Neues Off Kino, Germany).

The
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Berlin: industry defiant in face of potential travel ban

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Berlin: industry defiant in face of potential travel ban
“Trump will only make American society poorer,” Insyriated actress Hiam Abbass told Screen.

Industry executives at Berlin Film Festival are still on high alert should Us president Donald Trump get his way and impose a new travel ban.

Even though a federal appeals court has upheld a block on the Us president’s original embargo on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, Trump has intimated a revised executive order could be in the offing.

The recent ban, although only in place for days, had a meaningful impact on the film world.

Asghar Farhadi, Iranian director of Oscar nominee The Salesman has already said he will boycott the awards.

According to Screen sources, Iranian-Italian filmmaker Fariborz Kamkari was recently unable to attend the Santa Barbara International Festival with documentary Water And Sugar: Carlo Di Palma, The Colours Of Life due to the previous ban.

Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass, who stars in Syrian-set Panorama war-drama Insyriated, was damning
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Berlin Film Review: ‘Insyriated’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Insyriated’
A mother of three tries to protect her family and houseguests in her blockaded Damascus apartment in “Insyriated,” one of those of-the-moment dramas whose powerful theme outstrips the director’s ability to realize something beyond melodrama. Set entirely in a few rooms over the course of one day as skirmishes rage and ebb around them, the film is designed as an intense ensemble piece in which the mother’s single-minded determination to ensure the safety of her charges is severely tested by outside forces. Philippe Van Leeuw’s direction (he’s better known as a cinematographer) is more fluid than his dialogue, and there’s a crudeness to certain scenes that takes the viewer out of the horror exactly when we’re meant to feel it most. The sense of suffocation remains, however, and given the subject’s topicality, “Insyriated” will likely see scattered play, especially at human-rights showcases.

Morning
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Palestinian Actress Hiam Abbbas On ‘Insyriated’ and Why The First Victims of Trump Travel Ban Are Americans

Palestinian Actress Hiam Abbbas On ‘Insyriated’ and Why The First Victims of Trump Travel Ban Are Americans
Paris-based Palestinian actress and director Hiam Abbas is one of the few Arab talents who stars regularly in American movies. She has worked with Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Tom McCarthy, and Jim Jarmusch, among others, and will appear in the upcoming Denis Villeneuve-directed “Blade Runner 2049.”

In “Insyriated,” an Aleppo-set chamber drama by French director Philippe Van Leeuw — which world premieres Feb. 11 at the Berlin Film Festival — Abbas plays a Syrian mother of three trying very hard to keep her family life intact while the civil war rages outside. She spoke to Variety about her hopes that the film can help elicit greater empathy with the Syrian people and how the biggest victim of the Trump travel ban are actually Americans.

What drew you to this project?

I felt an obligation of sorts to say yes to this film. The script was beautifully written, but aside from that it
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Berlin: first trailer for Syria drama 'Insyriated'

Berlin: first trailer for Syria drama 'Insyriated'
Exclusive: Film premieres in Berlin’s Panorama strand on Sunday (Feb 11).

Screen can reveal the first trailer for Insyriated, a tense drama set during the Syrian civil war.

Watch the trailer below or on mobile click Here.

The film is premiering in the Panorama strand at the 2017 Berlin film festival on Sunday (Feb 11)

It was directed by Philippe Van Leeuw. Films Boutique are handling international sales.

The story revolves around a mother of three (Hiam Abbass) who is trapped inside her flat in war-torn Aleppo. She tries to keep her family and friends safe as her home is threatened by bombs, snipers and burglars.

The cast also includes Diamand Abou Abboud, Juliette Navis, Mohsen Abbas and Moustapha Al Kar.

Kmbo are distributing in france, with O’Brother Distribution handling Belgium.

Guillaume Malandrin and Serge Zeitoun produced for Altitude100 Production & Liaison Cinématographique, in coproduction with Minds Meet, Versus Production, Voo et Be tv and Né à Beyrouth Films.
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Succession: Adam McKay Series Ordered by HBO

Adam McKay and Will Ferrell are venturing into dramatic territory. According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO has ordered a new TV series from the producers titled Succession.From Peep Show writer Jesse Armstrong, the family drama will star "Brian Cox as the patriarch of a family-owned media empire." The cast also includes Kieran Culkin, Jeremy Strong, Sarah Snook, Alan Ruck, Nicholas Braun, Matthew Macfadyen, Hiam Abbas, Rob Yang, Parker Sawyers, and Peter Friedman.Read More…
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Will Ferrell-Adam McKay Political Drama ‘Succession’ Ordered by HBO

HBO has given a 10-episode series order to “Succession,” a political drama from executive producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.

The series is described as the saga of the Roys, a fictional American global-media family that is not only rich and powerful but also powerfully dysfunctional. It will explore family loyalty, international business, and the perils of power in the 21st century.

Jesse Armstrong will serve as showrunner, writer, and executive producer on the series, with McKay directing the pilot, which HBO ordered last year. Additional executive producers are Kevin Messick, Frank Rich, and Ilene S. Landress.

Succession” stars Brian Cox as Logan Roy, the tough, powerful, and aging patriarch of the Roy family and head of a family-controlled international media conglomerate; Jeremy Strong as Kendall Roy, eldest son from Logan’s second marriage, currently a division president at the family firm and the heir apparent; Kieran Culkin as Roman Roy, Logan
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