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Unseen Pleasures: My 20 Most Unmissable New Films of 2018

Below is a strictly personal, unapologetically idiosyncratic list of the twenty films I'm most looking forward to in 2018 and which have so far yet to be seen by any paying audiences. Among those seriously considered but ultimately excluded on the basis that they're more likely to be ready next year are Ad Astra (James Gray), Blessed Virgin (Paul Verhoeven), The Fire Next Time (Mati Diop), Late Spring (Michelangelo Frammartino), the particularly-dynamite-on-paper Martin Eden (Pietro Marcello), Mektoub, My Love: Canto Due (Abdellatif Kechiche) and Motorboats (Yuri Ancarani). I also reluctantly discarded a couple of highly tantalising projects whose status, at the time of writing, was frustratingly unclear, namely Tijuana Bible (Jean-Charles Hue) and the worryingly long-in-gestation You Can't Win (Robinson Devor). Omitted because they're made primarily for TV rather than cinemas: Martin Scorsese's The Irishman (Netflix) and Bruno Dumont's Coincoin and the Extra-Humans (Arté). Finally, Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir: Part I
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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Indie Films of 2018: #85. Paul Dano’s Wildlife

Wildlife

We’ve been charting his perfs well before the likes of Reichardt and PTA brought him in as a supporting character, Paul Dano who has given us the riches of Michael Cuesta’s L.I.E., Little Miss Sunshine and So Yong Kim’s For Ellen. Based on the novel by Richard Ford, Dano teamed with his partner Zoe Kazan to adapt the project, and production took place in the fall of 2016 in Montana and Oklahoma.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan and Ed Oxenbould take on the three-legged tale centering around 14-year-old Joe, who is the only child of Jeanette and Jerry—a housewife and a golf pro—in a small town in 1960s Montana. Nearby, an uncontrolled forest fire rages close to the Canadian border, and when Jerry loses his job—and his sense of purpose—he decides to join the cause of fighting the fire, leaving his wife and son to fend for themselves.
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Italy’s love affair with cinema cools as film fans turn to TV

Piracy and online distributors such as Netflix keep audiences in armchairs at home

From Paolo Sorrentino’s 2014 Oscar-winner The Great Beauty to Call Me By Your Name, the highly acclaimed gay love story directed by Luca Guadagnino, Italy still has a flair for making films that create a global buzz. But that doesn’t mean to say that Italians are such great fans of their homegrown productions – at least when it comes to taking themselves off to the cinema to watch them.

According to dismal data released by film associations Anec and Anica, box office sales for Italian films were down by over 46% compared with 2016, while takings fell by around 44%.

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New films showcased completely online at 2018 MyFrenchFilmFestival

French and Francophone films are set to be shown online as part of MyFrenchFilmFestival.

Available from 19 January to 19 February, the festival has been organised into six thematic sections with features and shorts offering a wide range of material. A mixture of new works playing alongside classic films such as Man Bites Dog and The Last Metro, the festival has built up a reputation for appealing to a fresh new audience.

There is a competitive element in the festival, with directors Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, Youth) and Julia Ducouranau (Raw) part of the filmmakers’s jury. There are also awards decided on by the press and the online viewing audience.

Here’s details of how the festival is shaping up.

What The F…Rench!?

Absurd and at times crazy situations featuring endearing heroes

Struggle for life, Antonin Peretjatko, Long feature in competition

Rock’n Roll, Guillaume Canet, Long feature in
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Fellini's "8 1/2" 55Th Anniversary Screenings

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Fellini’s 8½ Screenings In Los Angeles with Barbara Steele In Person at Royal Screening

By Todd Garbarini

Federico Fellini’s 1963 film 8½ (Otto e Mezzo) will be shown in special 55th anniversary screenings at three of Laemmle's theatres in Los Angeles. Starring Marcello Mastroianni, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee, Sandra Milo, and Barbara Steele, the film, lauded by Roger Ebert as the greatest film ever made about filmmaking and the winner of the Best Foreign Language Oscar for that year, runs 138 minutes and is being showcased on the big screen in a rare opportunity.

The film will be shown at the following locations:

Royal, 11523 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Phone: (310) 478-0401

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Please Note: Actor and film historian Douglas Dunning, longtime friend of actress Barbara Steele, announces that Barbara Steele is scheduled to appear in person for a Q & A prior to the screening at the Royal theatre.
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Former Focus executive Isabelle Stewart joins Protagonist (exclusive)

Stewart will lead on acquisitions and report to CEO Dave Bishop.

Source: Protagonist Pictures

Isabelle Stewart

Protagonist Pictures has appointed Isabelle Stewart as head of acquisitions with immediate effect.

Reporting to CEO Dave Bishop, Stewart will oversee acquisitions and attend major festivals and markets for the company.

Stewart joins Protagonist from Focus Features, where she was director of acquisitions and production and worked on titles including Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete and Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro.

Prior to her post at Focus, she held acquisitions roles at Universal Pictures International Productions and Studiocanal.

In 2017, she joined Protagonist’s director of international sales George Hamilton as one of Screen’s Future Leaders in sales and acquisitions.

Protagonist’s current slate includes Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, William Oldroyd’s debut feature Lady Macbeth, and Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country, all three of which
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‘Rock ’N Roll,’ ‘Ava,’ ‘Into the Forest’ Compete at 2018 MyFrenchFilmFestival

‘Rock ’N Roll,’ ‘Ava,’ ‘Into the Forest’ Compete at 2018 MyFrenchFilmFestival
Paris — Guillaume Canet’s mid-life crisis faux documentary “Rock ’N Roll,” Léa Mysius’ “Ava,” a coming-of-age drama-thriller, and Gilles Marchand’s eiree family psycho-thriller “Into the Forest” are among 10 features competing at the 8th MyFrenchFilmFestival.

This year’s edition runs online from Jan. 19 through Feb. 19.

Launched in 2011 by French film promotion org UniFrance to target a primarily young millennial audience – more than half Mfff’s viewers are under 40 – Mfff focuses primarily on emerging directorial talent from France: There is also a large emphasis on short films from almost inevitably little or unknown young directors.

That said, the most common characteristic of the movies presented Tuesday morning in Paris by UniFrance president Serge Toubiana and managing director Isabelle Giordano is their robust diversity.

“We want to show young French cinema in all its diversity,” said Simon Helloco, Mfff co-director with Quentin Deleau.

MyFrenchFilmFestival is screening to an ever-wider audience. earning 560,000 film views in 2015, but 6.4 million in 2016 and 6.7 million
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The thing about evil by Anne-Katrin Titze

Roberto Andò on Connie Nielsen's character Claire: "I based her on someone like J.K. Rowling but also on others who have become hugely wealthy through their writing" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At his hotel on Central Park South, director Roberto Andò discussed with me the connections to Alfred Hitchcock's I Confess and Torn Curtain in his latest film, which character was inspired by Jk Rowling, the majestic location where he filmed, and how "evil serves no purpose."

The Confessions (Le Confessioni), co-written by Angelo Pasquini, shot by Maurizio Calvesi, and starring Toni Servillo (Paolo Sorrentino's Oscar-winning The Great Beauty and Andò's Viva La Libertà) has an exceptional ensemble cast including Connie Nielsen (Patty Jenkins's Wonder Woman), Marie-Josée Croze (John Michael McDonagh's Calvary), Daniel Auteuil (Michael Haneke's Caché), Moritz Bleibtreu (Tom Tykwer's Run Lola Run), Lambert Wilson (Jérôme Salle's L'Odyssée), Pierfrancesco Favino (Roger Michell
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2018: #22. Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro

Loro

Paolo Sorrentino has quickly become one of the most notable Italian auteurs over the past decade. Competing six times at Cannes (he won the Jury Prize for Il Divo in 2008 and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury for his 2011 English language debut This Must Be the Place), his 2013 title The Great Beauty (read review) translated into a win for Best Foreign Language film at the Oscars, which led to the high-profile English language follow-up in 2015’s Youth (read review) and the well-received HBO mini-series “The Young Pope” in 2016.

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HBO’s ’Game of Thrones’ and Anti-Netflix Strategy Ruled 2017; Here’s What’s Ahead for 2018

HBO is pondering a post-“Game of Thrones” universe, but it’s been here before. Of course, the TV landscape is a lot more competitive than it was when “The Sopranos” ended a decade ago and left the network hunting for a new hit. But HBO is also much bigger than it was in 2007, with a deeper bench of content and a thriving digital service. That’s why HBO still at the top of its game, despite being beset on all sides by an ever-increasing TV landscape that includes some serious competition from streaming platforms.

In 2017, HBO continued to dominate in ratings and awards, putting its faith in delivering quality shows that have household name recognition as well as critical appeal. In 2018, “Game of Thrones” will likely be on hiatus, but the pay cabler has plenty of fare to fill the void until the final season of George R.R. Martin
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‘The Path’ Season 3 Trailer: Aaron Paul Feels Conflicted About Leading a Cult That’s ‘Bigger and Stronger’ Than Ever

‘The Path’ Season 3 Trailer: Aaron Paul Feels Conflicted About Leading a Cult That’s ‘Bigger and Stronger’ Than Ever
Aaron Paul is the new President Meyer. Wait. No. That’s not right — “Veep” is an HBO show. But Paul is a leader in the new trailer for “The Path.” And he’s young. A young, religious leader… oh! He’s the new pope! Huzzah, Paolo Sorrentino’s sequel season has finally been revealed! No, wait, that’s another HBO series, and Paul is a cult leader, not a Catholic leader. He’s in the Meyerism cult! Yes, that’s right. Now we’re rolling.

Read More:‘The Path’ Season 3: Freida Pinto Joins the Cast as Hulu Gears Up for a Big 2018

Oh, but wait. It’s not a cult. That’s an important detail to remember from Season 1. Way back when Eddie Lang, Aaron Paul’s lifelong disciple of the Meyerist movement, was struggling with his faith, he famously snapped at a nurse who whispered, “I think he’s in that cult,
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The Best Twists, Shocking Moments, and Outrageous Scenes of 2017 TV, Ranked

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The Best Twists, Shocking Moments, and Outrageous Scenes of 2017 TV, Ranked
The best spoilers, twists, and surprises are different experiences on television than any other medium. Some are payoffs years in the making. Others rely on deft serialized storytelling to deliver maximum impact. Still more count on the intimate relationship between viewers and characters.

And yet some twists barely need any time at all. On the list below, there are moments fans have been waiting for since the first episode, as well as scenes pulled directly from the first episode. Some surprises are good for just the one episode in which they’re unveiled. You never know when something big is going to happen on TV, nor do you know how that twist might affect the future.

Read More:The Top 10 TV Shows of 2017

Twists are a big risk so they should be respected accordingly. Because they can irreparably ruin a show or make it come alive, it takes skill and foresight
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Europe’s Oscar Films Span Spectrum From Serious to Comedies

Europe’s Oscar Films Span Spectrum From Serious to Comedies
“World cinema” may be the official remit of the foreign-language film category, but it’s fair to say Oscar has travelled some parts of the globe more thoroughly than others. However much the voting system is tweaked to expand the branch’s horizons, the award retains a reputation for Eurocentricity: in its 61 years of competitive existence, it has gone to a European production 51 times.

It’s not an inexplicable bias, of course, when you weigh up the number of developed national film industries among continents — after all, European countries account for well over a third of this year’s 92 foreign-language submissions, dwarfing the combined number of entries from Africa, for example. Either way, it’s a dominance that is likely to continue this year, with Europe holding a number of the most hotly fancied contenders in what remains a wide-open race.

Unsurprisingly, France holds the record for scoring the most nominations in the category’s history, with 37. It
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Rome Film Fest: David Lynch Remembers Federico Fellini

Rome Film Fest: David Lynch Remembers Federico Fellini
Fresh off of the success of his Twin Peaks revival, David Lynch will be honored with the Rome Film Fest's Lifetime Achievement Award on Nov. 4 at its 12th edition. Director Paolo Sorrentino will present him with the award onstage, while Lynch will be feted with a special dinner gala at the Accademia di Francia afterward.

Romans are already lining up to see the American maestro. Lynch will meet with festival attendees at a special sold-out "close encounter," where he'll discuss some of his previous films, as well as a few of his own top titles. 

Lynch is no stranger to...
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Rai Com Sales Chief Mattia Oddone Joins New Italian Production Company Propaganda Italia (Exclusive)

Rai Com Sales Chief Mattia Oddone Joins New Italian Production Company Propaganda Italia (Exclusive)
Cannes — The head of international sales at Italy’s prominent Rai Com company, Mattia Oddone, has stepped down to become managing director of Propaganda Italia, a new Italian production company which has a slate of film and TV projects for the international market in various stages.

These include an ambitious revenge crimer toplining Italian A-lister Toni Servillo (“The Great Beauty”).

Propaganda Italia was set up in 2014 as a separately operated spin off of the Italian subsidiary of global entertainment marketing firm Propaganda Gem by Italian media exec Marina Marzotto who has also served as CEO of Italian distributor Moviemax.

Besides his managerial role Oddone is boarding Propaganda Italia as an investor in the company.

They have plans for three feature films in the Euros 3-5 million range over the next three years and also a bigger Euros 15-20 million project for which they have acquired the script, which is still being kept under wraps, for which they
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Nyff 2017: Mindhunter (Episodes 1-2), Good Streamable Chronological Narrative Content

The first two episodes of Netflix’s Mindhunter, directed by David Fincher, are slightly stylistically diluted but still distinctively his. Fincher also directed the last two episodes of the ten-episode first season, which has already been renewed for a second prior to dropping this Friday — whether I make it to his bookending episodes I have no idea, but fans should at least take a look at this starting point. “Peak TV,” or at least the limited-run series, has increasingly accommodated one director who wants to do it all: this year has seen airings of Paolo Sorrentino’s The Young Pope, Jean-Marc Vallée’s Big Little […]
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Rome Film Festival Lineup Packed With Crowd-Pleasers

Rome Film Festival Lineup Packed With Crowd-Pleasers
Rome – The Rome Film Festival has announced a lineup full of crowd-pleasers, many out of Hollywood, that span a wide range of genres. The fest’s 12th edition opens with Scott Cooper’s brutal Western, “Hostiles.”

Though world premieres are scarce, they include Japanese director Junji Shimizu’s manga pic “Mazinger Z Infinity” (pictured), produced by Toei Animation to mark the 45th anniversary of the “Mazinger” franchise, which has a global following. Its creator, manga artist Go Nagai, will be on hand.

The closer will be the world premiere of Italian title “The Place” by Paolo Genovese, whose “Perfect Strangers” was a mega-hit at the home box office and has sold widely around the world.

Sandwiched in between are lots of Hollywood awards-season hopefuls, including Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya,” Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying,” Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky,” and Netflix’s “Mudbound” by Dee Rees.

Other
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Jonas Carpignano’s ‘A Ciambra’ Is Italy’s Oscar Contender

Jonas Carpignano’s ‘A Ciambra’ Is Italy’s Oscar Contender
Italy has selected Jonas Carpignano’s slice-of-life drama “A Ciambra,” set in a Romani community in southern Italy, as its candidate for the foreign-language Oscar.

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, “A Ciambra” stars Pio Amato as a 14-year-old growing up in a Romani community in Calabria. The coming-of-age drama has been described as a companion piece to “Mediterranea,” Carpignano’s debut feature which played at Cannes Critics’ Week in 2015. Amato played a secondary character in “Mediterranea.”

A Ciambra,” which harks back to Italy’s neo-realist cinematic heritage, launched from this year’s Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight, where it won the Europa Cinemas Label Award. It will be released in North America by Sundance Selects.

The film was produced by Stayblack Productions, Rt Features, Sikelia Productions, Rai Cinema, in association with Dcm, Haut et Court, Film i Vast and Filmgate Films.

Italy last won a foreign-language Academy Award in 2014 with Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty,” which
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Warner Bros. Signs First-Look Deal With French Company Marvelous Productions (Exclusive)

Paris – Warner Bros. has signed a first-look deal with Marvelous Productions, the Paris-based outfit launched at Cannes by former top-level execs at Pathé, Romain Le Grand and Vivien Aslanian and producer Marco Pacchioni.

Under the pact, Warner Bros. will have the opportunity to board any French-language project produced or co-produced by Marvelous Productions. The agreement underscores the Hollywood studio’s aim to increase its footprint in local production with strong partners.

“We have a deep respect for the talent and professionalism of the founders of Marvelous Productions, and we are convinced of their ability to deliver quality films that have a wide appeal,” said Iris Knobloch, president of Warner Bros. France.

Over the last few years, Warners Bros. has backed several French movies, most notably Michel Hazanavicius’s Oscar-winning film “The Artist” (pictured).

Le Grand and Aslanian were at the helm of Pathé for 19 years before exiting in 2016. Together, they produced and distributed many franchise-based French comedies
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Harry Dean Stanton, ‘Big Love,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies at 91

Harry Dean Stanton, ‘Big Love,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies at 91
Harry Dean Stanton, the actor with a gaunt, bedraggled look who labored in virtual obscurity for decades until a series of roles increased his visibility, including his breakthrough in Wim Wenders’ “Paris, Texas,” died of natural causes Friday in Los Angeles. He was 91.

The actor was also known for his roles in “Twin Peaks,” “Big Love,” “Pretty in Pink” and “Repo Man.”

He had a high-profile role as manipulative cult leader Roman Grant on HBO polygamy drama “Big Love,” which ran from 2006-11, and recently appeared as Carl Rodd in the “Twin Peaks” revival on Showtime.

His most recent film, “Lucky,” about an atheist who comes to terms with his own mortality, is set to be released by Magnolia on Sept. 29.
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