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Icelandic films previewed at Stockfish include next movie from 'Rams' producer

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Icelandic films previewed at Stockfish include next movie from 'Rams' producer
Seven projects presented at Reykjavik-based film festival.

Seven forthcoming Icelandic film and TV projects were previewed at last week’s Stockfish Film Festival as short works-in-progress presentations.

They included feature debuts from two Columbia University film school graduates, Isold Uggadottir and Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir; the fiction feature debut of documentarian Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon (produced by Oscar nominated Fridrik Thor Fridriksson); and the next film from Rams producer Grimar Jonsson.

The seven projects presented were:

And Breathe Normally

Dir Isold Uggadottir, prod Skuli Malmquest of Zik Zak Filmworks

Uggadottir makes her feature debut with this drama about “two very different women from different countries and continents – a border patrol officer at airport and a migrant.” Set in Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula, the story follows the women whose lives intersect briefly while they are trapped in unforeseen circumstances. The film is now finalizing sound and colour grading. Uggadottir met with African migrants living at a facility in [link
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Icelandic films previewed at Stockfish

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Icelandic films previewed at Stockfish
Seven projects presented at Reykjavik-based film festival.

Seven forthcoming Icelandic film and TV projects were previewed at last week’s Stockfish Film Festival as short works-in-progress presentations.

They included feature debuts from two Columbia University film school graduates, Isold Uggadottir and Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir; the fiction feature debut of documentarian Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon (produced by Oscar nominated Fridrik Thor Fridriksson); and the new film from Rams producer Grimar Jonsson.

The seven projects presented were:

And Breathe Normally

Dir Isold Uggadottir, prod Skuli Malmquest of Zik Zak Filmworks

Uggadottir makes her feature debut with this drama about “two very different women from different countries and continents – a border patrol officer at airport and a migrant.” Set in Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula, the story follows the women whose lives intersect briefly while they are trapped in unforeseen circumstances. The film is now finalizing sound and colour grading. Uggadottir met with African migrants living at a facility in [link
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New Icelandic films previewed at Stockfish

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New Icelandic films previewed at Stockfish
Seven projects presented at Reykjavik-based film festival.

Seven forthcoming Icelandic film and TV projects were previewed at last week’s Stockfish Film Festival as short works-in-progress presentations.

They included feature debuts from two Columbia University film school graduates, Isold Uggadottir and Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir; the fiction feature debut of documentarian Ari Alexander Ergis Magnússon (produced by Oscar nominated Fridrik Thor Fridriksson); and the new film from Rams producer Grimar Jonsson.

The seven projects presented were:

And Breathe Normally

Dir Isold Uggadottir, prod Skuli Malmquest of Zik Zak Filmworks

Uggadottir makes her feature debut with this drama about “two very different women from different countries and continents – a border patrol officer at airport and a migrant.” Set in Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula, the story follows the women whose lives intersect briefly while they are trapped in unforeseen circumstances. The film is now finalizing sound and colour grading. Uggadottir met with African migrants living at a facility in [link
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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival or in native Estonian — PÖFF — winners were announced…

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Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival or in native Estonian — PÖFF — winners were announced…
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival or in native Estonian — PÖFF — winners were announced in one of the largest and most distinctive film events in Northern Europe.

The festival is a long one from November 11 to 27, 2016 to accomodate the public and it embraces a cluster of events, accommodating three full-blown sub-festivals (Animated Dreams, Just Film, Sleepwalkers) as well as international industry events bringing together filmmakers from all over the world.

The festival includes two international competition programs (Main Competition and First Features Competition), a traditional film festival program with documentaries and feature films as well as programs for short films, retrospectives and film related special events (concerts, exhibitions, talks and more).

The winners of this year’s festival are:

Main Competition Jury Members: Uberto Pasolini, Steen Bille, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Laura Birn, Kang Soo-Yeon, William Goldstei

Grand Prix for the Best Film (Bronze wolf statuette and a grant of 10,000 Euros, equally
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Israel’s 'A Quiet Heart' triumphs at Tallinn Black Nights

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Israel’s 'A Quiet Heart' triumphs at Tallinn Black Nights
Iran’s Narges Abyar takes best director for Breath, Kadri Kõusaar’s Mother scoops best Estonian film.

Israeli feature A Quiet Heart has been awarded the grand prix for best film at this year’s Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (Nov 11-27).

The drama receives a prize of €10,000, which is shared between director Eitan Anner (Love & Dance) and producer Gal Greenspan, who made the film under his banner Green Productions.

The Jerusalem-set film follows a secular young woman who seeks refuge from her life as a concert pianist. Star Ania Bukstein took the best actress prize.

A jury comprised of Uberto Pasolini, Steen Bille, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Laura Birn, Kang Soo–Youn and William Goldstein issued a statement saying that the film was “an inspiring journey towards hope and courage”.

The event’s best director prize went to Iran’s Narges Abyar for her feature Breath, which tells the story of a family living in Iran in
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Iceland sends 'Sparrows' to Oscar race

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Iceland sends 'Sparrows' to Oscar race
Rúnar Rúnarsson‘s drama premiered at last year‘s San Sebastian.

Members of Iceland’s Film and TV Academy have selected Rúnar Rúnarsson‘s Sparrows as its candidate for the 2017 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

The drama, about a 16-year-old boy whose big city lifestyle is disrupted when he is sent to live with his father in a small fishing village, premiered at San Sebastian Film Festival in 2015, winning the event‘s main prize, the Golden Shell.

The Iceland-Denmark-Croatia co-production was also nominated for 12 Edda Awards, Iceland‘s primary film awards.

Director Rúnarsson was previously Oscar-nominated in 2008 for his short film The Last Farm. His feature debut Volcano played at Cannes Film Festival‘s Directors‘ Fortnight in 2011.

Last year, Iceland submitted Grímur Hákonarson’s Rams to the Oscars, though the film did not receive a nomination.

Iceland has previously had one Oscar-nominated film in the Best Foreign Language category, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson‘s Children Of Nature in 1992.
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Truenorth lines up English-language projects

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The company has added Oskar Jonasson’s The Malaga Prisoner and Michael G Kehoe’s Keflavik to its production slate.

Iceland’s Truenorth continues to expand its own production slate with two new English-language projects, directed by Oskar Jonasson [pictured] and Us-based Michael G Kehoe.

The Malaga Prisoner is a comedy thriller about two Icelandic police officers who go to Malaga to pick up a petty thief. Jonasson wrote the script with crime author Arnaldur Indridason. The pair previously collaborated on hit Reykjavik-Rotterdam.

The film, to shoot in Magala, Spain in August 2017, is mostly in the English language with some dialogue in Icelandic and Spanish. Truenorth is talking to potential Spanish co-producers for what is believed to be the first Iceland-Spain film collaboration. The film is budgeted at up to $5m.

Keflavik, budgeted at up to $3m, is about an alien life force discovered in an abandoned Nato base in Iceland, which an international
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Icelandic, U.S. Producers Team on English-Language Skein ‘The Last Vikings’

Paris — Iceland’s Truenorth is set to produce “The Last Vikings,” an English-language TV drama based on Einar Karason’s medieval saga “The Sturlunga Clan Trilogy.”

Truenorth, the Icelandic production servicing shingle which worked on “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Prometheus,” is producing the series with Fridrik Thor Fridriksson and La-based producer Grant Hill, who previously produced “The Tree of Life” and exec produced “The Matrix Revolutions.”

The producers are currently negotiating a deal with a U.S. streaming platform, Fridriksson told Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

“The Sturlunga clan was the godfather of the 13th century, the most powerful Viking clan, fighting to take control the country,” said Truenorth’s head of production Kristinn Thordarson, who also pointed out Karason collaborated with Fridriksson on “Devil’s Island,””Falcons” and “White Whales.”

“Our ambition is to use the Working Title model, to build on our long-standing relationships with Us producers
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‘Rams”s Grimur Hakonarson Opens Up About Foreign-Language Oscar Snub

‘Rams”s Grimur Hakonarson Opens Up About Foreign-Language Oscar Snub
While in Goteborg to present Cannes’ Un-Certain-Regard-winner “Rams,” Icelandic helmer Grimur Hakonarson talked to Variety about the disappointment of not making it into the final foreign-language Oscar list.

“There had been many reports indicating that ‘Rams’ was strongly tipped for a foreign-language nomination so we were surprised that we didn’t make the cut,” said Hakonarson.

“Each year, a number of movies that are presented to be strong contenders don’t make it; last year, Ruben Ostlund was one of them and it’s a strange experience to be in that place today. But maybe they just didn’t like the film that much” added the director.

Handled by Cohen Media Group in the U.S., “Rams” is a tragicomedy about two brothers who who haven’t spoken to each other in 40 years and live side by side in a remote Icelandic farming valley, tending to their sheep stock and
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Antalya Prepares for its 52nd Festival Despite Growing Political Tensions

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Turkey’s longest-running film festival will host its 52nd edition of the Antalya International Film Festival this year from November 29 – December 6 in the culture capital on the Turkish Riviera. This year’s festival dates were adapted to accommodate the G20 Summit that took place in Antalya on November 15 &16.

Festival Director Elif Dağdeviren is returning for a second time to run the event, under the auspice of the Mayor of Antalya Metropolitan Municipality’s Menderes Türel. Iaff whose sponsors include Turkish Airlines attracted over 40,000 guests last year and brings together renowned international and national film industry leaders and artistic talent to this historic city on the Mediterranean.

This year’s festivities offer a strong line-up focusing on socially conscious fare and strong female stories from women filmmakers from across the globe. The program will also present insightful panel discussions, film forums as well as national and international competition sections vying for the Euro €50,000 Grand Prize Jury Award for Best International Film; and Try 100,000 (Turkish Lira) to the Best National Feature Film. Icelandic Film Corporation’s Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, who earned a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination for his film “Children of Nature,” will preside over the International Jury. Fridriksson is also well-known internationally for his co-production partnerships with Lars von Triers’ Zentropa and Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope. Turkish filmmaker Ömer Vargı, who revitalized Turkish cinema in the 1990’s with his blockbuster films Şerif Gören’s “Amerikalı” and Yavuz Turgul’s “Eşkiya” (“The Bandit”) is President of the National Feature Film Jury.

“This has been a particularly challenging year to secure these new dates but it is more important that the festival go ahead and provide a platform for the artist to be heard,” Festival Director Elif Dağdeviren commented. “In these difficult times, it is essential filmmakers have an opportunity to present universal stories, discerning human narratives, behind-the-scene accounts to share their unique experiences to bring about a greater understanding to so many complex issues prevalent in the world today.”

Mayor Türel returns to his post after an absence of 4 years to pick up the reins of the festival and retain his bold step to offer a diversity of content to address global perspectives at Iaff and to claim its rightful place as a part of the world film festival circuit. In announcing the new dates for the 52 nd festival Türel stated, “In a time where we are going through a difficult period globally, we wish the breath of the arts will allow us to rise again and sound of music and the light of cinema will illuminate the darkness. We extend our gratitude to all lovers of the arts who contributed towards this cause.”
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Icelandic Helmers Make Mark on World Cinema

Icelandic Helmers Make Mark on World Cinema
As a lucky group of Reykjavik fest attendees earlier this month consumed a special eight-course tasting menu at the city’s upscale Hotel Borg courtesy of head chef Anita Ingolfsdottir, while watching globe-trotting docu “Foodies,” word broke that Icelandic helmer Runar Runarsson’s “Sparrows” had nabbed top prize at Spain’s San Sebastian fest. The news provided further confirmation, if any was needed, that Icelandic helmers are enjoying a banner year.

In September, Icelandic helmer Baltasar Kormakur’s Hollywood pic “Everest” debuted to strong reviews and box office while his Icelandic TV skein “Trapped,” an atmospheric policier, sold stateside to the Weinstein Co. Meanwhile, after a well-received premiere in Berlin, Dagur Kari’s appealing dramedy “Virgin Mountain” took best feature, screenplay and actor kudos at the Tribeca fest. Perhaps most promising of all, Grimur Hakonarson’s touching humanist drama “Rams,” above, captured Cannes’ Un Certain Regard Award as well as prizes in the Hamptons,
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Denmark, Iceland dominate Lübeck Nordic competition

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Denmark, Iceland dominate Lübeck Nordic competition
The German festival will screen Grimur Hákonarson’s Rams, Tobias Lindholm’s A War and Klaus Harö’s The Fencer in its 2015 programme.

Denmark and Iceland dominate the main competition line-up at Germany’s 57th Nordic Film Days Lübeck, which will open on November 4 with Icelandic director Grimur Hákonarson’s Rams.

Speaking about the choice of opening film, featival director Linde Fröhlich described Rams as “a human drama filled with empathy for the protagonists as well as odd situations and comic moments, all set in a spectacular landscape.”

Denmark is represented in the Feature Film Competition with five titles, including Tobias Lindholm’s A War - Denmark’s submission for the Foreign Language Oscar - Martin Peter Zandvliet’s Land Of Mine, Chrisitina Rosendahl’s The Idealist and Frederikke Aspöck’s Rosita.

Three Icelandic titles have been selected: Rúnar Rúnarsson’s coming of age drama Sparrows, made as a co-production with Denmark and Croatia, and Dágur Kari
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Fridriksson plots Icelandic crime story 'The Black Cliffs'

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Fridriksson plots Icelandic crime story 'The Black Cliffs'
Exclusive: Icelandic filmmaking veteran Fridrik Thor Fridriksson has revealed his next feature will be an adaptation of Gunar Gunarsson’s The Black Cliffs.

The 1928 novel, which has been an international bestseller, was a favourite of Ernest Hemingway. The story is inspired by a true crime in 1802 in remote Iceland.

The plot follows two couples who live on an isolated farm. When one of the husbands disappears, and the wife of the other dies, the survivors are arrested and tried for murder.

The project, which is set on the remote West Coast of Iceland, will reunite him with his Angels Of The Universe actor Ingvar Sigurðsson (Jar City, Of Horses and Men). The female lead has yet-to-be announced.

“I love crime stories,” Oscar nominee Fridriksson told Screen. “This story is really how much you are willing to sacrifice for love.”

He has a further six scripts ready for future productions and is also awaiting financing on True North
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Iceland Sends ‘Rams’ to Vie For Foreign Language Oscar Nom

Iceland Sends ‘Rams’ to Vie For Foreign Language Oscar Nom
Paris– Cannes’ Un Certain Regard winner “Rams” has been selected by the Icelandic Film and TV Academy to compete for a Foreign-language Oscar nomination.

Directed and written by Grímur Hákonarson, “Rams” is produced by Grímar Jónsson for Netop Films and co-produced by Ditte Milsted and Jacob Jarek for Profile Pictures.

A tragicomedy, “Rams” tells the story of two brothers who who haven’t spoken to each other in 40 years and live side by side in a remote Icelandic farming valley, tending to their sheep stock and prized rams who are considered one of the country’s best. When the entire valley comes under threat because of a lethal sheep disease the brothers are forced together to save what’s dearest to them – their sheep.

New Europe Film Sales has sold the film to over 40 territories including the U.S. with Cohen Media Group. Most releases are being scheduled between November and February.
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Toronto film festival 2015: full line-up

Films set to show at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), updated as announcements are made in the run up to the event.

Tiff will open on September 10 with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts.

Tiff 40

Key: Wp = world premiere; Nap = North American premiere; IP = international premiere; Cp = Canadian premiere.

GALASBeeba Boys (Canada), Deepa Mehta, WPDemolition, Jean-Marc Vallée WPDisorder (Maryland) (France-Belgium), Alice Winocour NAPThe Dressmaker (Aus), Jocelyn Moorhouse, WPEye In The Sky (UK), Gavin Hood WPForsaken (Canada), Jon Cassar, WPFreeheld (Us), Peter Sollett, WPHyena Road (Canada), Paul Gross, WPLolo (France), Julie Delpy, NAPLegend (UK), Brian Helgeland, IPMan Down (Us), Dito Montiel NAPThe Man Who Knew Infinity (UK), Matt Brown, WPThe Martian (Us), Ridley Scott, WPMiss You Already (UK), Catherine Hardwicke WPMississippi Grind (Us), Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden CPMr. Right (Us), Paco Cabezas WPThe Program (UK), Stephen Frears, WPRemember (Canada), Atom Egoyan, NAPSeptembers Of Shiraz (Us), Wayne Blair, WPStonewall ([link
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Efp reveals Busan 2015 line-up

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Efp reveals Busan 2015 line-up
European Film Promotion (Efp) has unveiled the list of titles it will support at this year’s Busan International Film Festival (Oct 1-10) in South Korea.

It marks the 18th year that Efp has supported cultural exchange between European filmmakers and Korean audiences as well as helping European films find their way onto Asia’s screens.

Efp’s programme, Opening Doors, is backed by the Creative Europe – Media Programme of the European Union and participating Efp member organisations.

A total of 13 mostly young European film artists will travel to Busan with the support of Efp to present their titles at the Asian film showcase.

Several of the films have already been recognised this year on the film festival circuit.

Babai, the feature debut of Kosovo-born, Germany-based filmmaker Visar Morina won best director at Karlovy Vary in July. The film tells a father-and-son-story of unwanted economic migrants.

Adriano Valerio’s debut film, Banat, about
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Producers Lab Toronto unveils 2015 line-up

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Producers Lab Toronto unveils 2015 line-up
The UK’s Hanan Kattan, Germany’s Peter Rommel and Canada’s Chantelle Kadyschuk are among those selected for this year’s Producers Lab Toronto (Plt).

The 24 producers from Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will participate in the sixth edition of the networking platform, which will run Sept 9-12 during the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20).

Plt is targeted at producers who have had previous experience in working on international co-productions and now have projects in the pipeline that could be interesting for the international market.

European producers

The ten European producers were selected by European Film Promotion’s member organisations from previous participants of its Cannes-based initiative Producers on the Move.

Together with her partner Shamim Sarif, Hanan Kattan has a presence in the UK and Canada with their Enlightenment Group of companies. Hattan produced Sarif’s three features, including Despite The Falling Snow, starring Charles Dance and Rebecca Ferguson, as well as
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Two Aussie docs to compete in Toronto

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Jennifer Peedom.s Sherpa and Gillian Armstrong.s Women He.s Undressed will screen at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival next month.

They are among 26 titles selected for the Tiff Docs section of the fest, which runs from September 10 to 20, enhancing Australia.s profile at the event where Jocelyn Moorhouse.s The Dressmaker will have its world premiere in Gala Presentations and Simon Stone.s The Daughter will have its North American premiere in Special Presentations.

Produced by Bridget Ikin and John Smithson, Peedom.s film chronicles how Sherpas united in grief and anger to reclaim Mount Everest after an icefall killed 15 of their members on Mount Everest.. It will open in Australia in February, co-distributed by John Maynard's Footprint Films and Transmission.

It will be the international premiere of Armstrong.s doc which profiles Australian costume designer Orry-Kelly, who won three Academy Awards.

Among the world premieres
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Tiff 2015 adds to their Documentary and Vanguard lineup

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The Toronto International Film Festival’s prominence on the festival circuit has only grown over the years, with films from numerous different fields having gone on to critical and commercial acclaim. Among the festival’s different categories are Tiff Docs and Vanguard. Tiff Docs allows documentaries to get their own spotlight at the festival, giving acclaimed documentarians such as Michael Moore and Frederick Wiseman a platform for their films. The Vanguard section, on the other hand, showcases films that aren’t easily categorisable into a specific genre. With the Canadian Films lineup announcement having revealed the first set of films playing in each group, Tiff today revealed more of the lineup in each section. The list of newly announced films, with their official synopses, is as follows.

Tiff Docs

Amazing Grace, directed by Sydney Pollack, making its International Premiere

Sydney Pollack’s film of Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace.’ Filmed
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Toronto 2015 line-up

Films set to show at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), updated as announcements are made in the run up to the event.

Tiff will open on September 10 with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts.

Tiff 40

Key: Wp = world premiere; Nap = North American premiere; IP = international premiere; Cp = Canadian premiere.

GALASBeeba Boys (Canada), Deepa Mehta, WPDemolition, Jean-Marc Vallée WPThe Dressmaker (Aus), Jocelyn Moorhouse, WPEye In The Sky (UK), Gavin Hood WPForsaken (Canada), Jon Cassar, WPFreeheld (Us), Peter Sollett, WPHyena Road (Canada), Paul Gross, WPLolo (France), Julie Delpy, NAPLegend (UK), Brian Helgeland, IPThe Man Who Knew Infinity (UK), Matt Brown, WPThe Martian (Us), Ridley Scott, WPThe Program (UK), Stephen Frears, WPRemember (Canada), Atom Egoyan, NAPSeptembers Of Shiraz (Us), Wayne Blair, WPStonewall (Us), Roland Emmerich, Wpspecial PRESENTATIONSAnomalisa (Us), Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, CPBeasts of No Nation (Ghana), Cary Fukunaga, CPBlack Mass (Us), Scott Cooper, CPBorn To Be Blue (Canada-uk), Robert Budreau WPBrooklyn (UK-Ireland-Canada), John
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