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Cannes: ‘Rotterdam’ and ‘Berlin, I Love You’ Films to Shoot This Summer

Cannes: ‘Rotterdam’ and ‘Berlin, I Love You’ Films to Shoot This Summer
“Rotterdam, I Love You” and “Berlin, I Love You,” the latest two film in the Cities of Love franchise, will shoot this summer. Both aim to be ready for the major festivals in their home cities in early 2018.

Mike Figgis, Claire Denis, Pablo Trapero and John Maybury are among the international directors joining local Dutch filmmakers Martin Koolhoven, Paula van der Oest, Joost van Ginkel, Koen Mortier, new voices Barry Atsma and Shariff Nasr, and previously announced Atom Egoyan on the anthology film.

The production was announced at the Cannes Film Festival by producers Matt Jaems and Joeri Pruys. The film has 11 connected segments plus interstitial material and will start shooting July 18.

The Berlin film, shooting in June, involves Patrick Dempsey and Renee Zellweger making their directorial debuts alongside Massy Tadjedin, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, Shekhar Kapur, Tom Van Avermaet and Fernando Eimbcke, Til Schweiger, Dennis Gansel and Dani Levy.
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"I wanted to see real people" by Anne-Katrin Titze

Richard Gere (Norman Oppenheimer) with Lior Ashkenazi (Micha Eshel) at Lanvin: "It's almost like theater."

Star of Joseph Cedar's Footnote and Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer, Lior Ashkenazi, spoke with me on growing up seeing Kirk Douglas, Steve McQueen, and Paul Newman movies with his father, Burt Lancaster in Robert Siodmak's The Crimson Pirate being his first, shooting Eytan Fox's Walk On Water at Berlin's Tempelhof airport, meeting Son Of Saul director László Nemes at the Cannes Film Festival, and performing a silent scene with Richard Gere.

Lior's upcoming films include Julie Delpy's My Zoe (with Gemma Arterton, Richard Armitage, Daniel Brühl); Dragos Buliga's The Wanderers (Armand Assante); Eran Riklis's Refuge (Golshifteh Farahani, Neta Riskin), Samuel Maoz's Foxtrot (Sarah Adler), and José Padilha's Entebbe (Rosamund Pike, Brühl), where he portrays Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
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Palestinian Gay Film Festival Breaks Down Barriers

Palestinian Gay Film Festival Breaks Down Barriers
It was an Lgbt-themed film festival held outside the borders of Palestine, featuring a number of works by directors who were neither gay nor Palestinian. But the first-ever Kooz Queer fest, which had a modest bow earlier this month in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, made little ripples of history in its own right. The tiny three-day fest, established by grassroots org Aswat-Palestinian Gay Women, and held across a handful of Haifa coffee shops and art venues, opened up a dialogue about the overlaps of occupation and sexuality; and of the borders of individual identity in the context of an uncertain international existence.

The goal of the fest: to provide a platform for home-grown, gay-themed films at a time when most Lgbt Palestinians still feel a need to stay closeted.

Films made by, and about, gay Palestinians are few and far between. But the team at Aswat, inspired by
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Steve Tisch’s $10 Million Donation to Tel Aviv U. Elevates School

Steve Tisch’s $10 Million Donation to Tel Aviv U. Elevates School
Nyu, USC, UCLA — and now Tau.

Just like those well-regarded U.S. film schools, the Tel Aviv U. School of Film and Television has developed its own brand of excellence, with successful alumni such as Gideon Raff (“Homeland”), Hagai Levi (“The Affair”), Ari Folman (“Waltz With Bashir”) and Avi Nir (CEO of top shingle Keshet), all heavyweights of the Israeli film and television industry, and known for their crossover success into the American market.

And now Tel Aviv U. has something else that’s similar to its well-funded brethren — an endowment from a Holly-wood benefactor.

Last month, producer Steve Tisch (“Forrest Gump,” “The Equalizer”) donated $10 million to the school — funding that will completely transform the campus and, Tisch hopes, further position Israeli film and television projects in the international arena.

The gift wasn’t a spur-of-the-moment decision. Last year, Tisch traveled to Tel Aviv, having been invited to serve as
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Cinema Paradiso, Persepolis directors join Berlin, I Love You

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Cinema Paradiso, Persepolis directors join Berlin, I Love You
Directors of Oh Boy, Persepolis and Cinema Paradiso among those to join omnibus film; Ai Weiwei shooting remotely this weekend from Beijing.

Jan Ole Gerster (Oh Boy), Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), Giuseppe Tornatore (Cinema Pardiso) and Oren Moverman (The Messenger) are among the filmmakers attached to direct episodes for the Berlin I Love You omnibus film.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will shoot his eight-minute segment via distance directing from Beijing this weekend.

Speaking by Skype from his studio in Beijing, the world renowned artist explained that his contribution is “based on the experiences of a newcomer - my son Ai Lao - coming to Berlin [the six-year-old and his mother have been living there for the past six months] and the way we communicate these days through virtual digital reality”.

“I am not using the film to help myself,” he stressed. “It is more about people being apart, a similar condition for so many in the world because of wars, political or economic reasons. But they can still communicate through art, film
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NewFest 2014: Rubber, Leather, Hookers, and Cupcakes

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If you still have an affinity for books, there can be few more choice summer reads than Edmund White's 2005 autobiography, My Lives. Divided into nonlinear sections devoted to his relationships with his parents, his hustlers, and his female entanglements, there's also a chapter entitled "My Europe." Herein White notes how while in the Paris of the 1980s, he became aware that petite green beans are tastier than their larger cousins. He also recounts how the social theorist Michel Foucault, a pal of his, noted that while "'gay philosophy' and 'gay paintings' were meaningless notions...writing gay fiction was legitimate since it enabled us to imagine how gay men should live together."

Foucault apparently "felt that relationships between gay men were tenuous, undefined, still to be invented, and that gay fiction was the place where a vision of association could be worked out in concrete detail."

The same could be said of Lgbt cinema,
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Lior Ashkenazi: International Star You Need to Know

Lior Ashkenazi: International Star You Need to Know
Claim To Fame

When Israelis think of a sexy male star, chances are they are thinking of Lior Ashkenazi. At 43, he has been on the scene for only a decade, landing his breakthrough role in Dover Koshashvili’s 2001 “Late Marriage” (including a now-famous nine-minute sex scene), after paying his dues on the theater circuit. Eytan Fox’s 2004 “Walk on Water” came next, in which his role as a beautiful but broken Mossad agent secured Ashkenazi his monopoly on cinematic eros.

(From the pages of the April 16 issue of Variety.)

The Language(S) Of Lior

For “Late Marriage,” Ashkenazi had to speak Georgian, so he memorized his lines phonetically. In “Hello, Goodbye” with Gerard Depardieu, he did the same thing with French. Romance languages come easily: He was raised by Turkish immigrants who spoke to him in Ladino, the Spanish-Jewish dialect that flourished among Spanish Jews after the Inquisition.

Fully Committed
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Killer New Hitchcockian Poster for Big Bad Wolves

Big Bad Wolves will hit the market later this year. The crew behind the film just so happen to be the same talented individuals responsible for the 2010 surprise smash Rabies so expect a treasure here. The new poster alone conjures high hopes From the looks of this new poster which really is a cool piece of imagery that feels very Alfred Hitchcock Lior Ashkenazi (Walk on Water) Tzachi Grad (The Flood) Rotem Keinan (The Exchange) and Dov Glickman (Ultimatum) star.
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Gay Israelis vs. Unkosher Twin Witch-slayers

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Yossi

Eytan Fox's superb sequel to his award-winning love story, Yossi & Jagger (2002), has finally arrived. The original told of two Israeli soldiers situated on the Lebanese border, whose clandestine love affair was struggling to survive in a friendly yet homophobic atmosphere. Jagger, who was a little more out there, did his darnedest to loosen up Yossi (Ohad Knoller), begging him to quit the army and live with him in a more tolerant ambiance such as the one Tel Aviv could furnish. The rosy vision unsettled Yossi, but not for long. Jagger was killed in an ambush - - and buried as a brave heterosexual, at least in the eyes of his parents and his compatriots.

Now jump a decade ahead. Dr. Yossi Hoffman is a highly respected cardiologist, yet a lonely, slightly out-of-shape homosexual. A workaholic, he refuses to take vacations, and his free evenings are neatly eviscerated by TV shows with laugh tracks.
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Review: ‘Yossi’ is a Slow Burn Character Study That Sticks With You

A lovingly rendered slow burn of a character study, Yossi impresses its message upon viewers with a quiet fortitude. In this sequel to Yossi & Jagger, we find Yossi (Ohad Knoller), a 34-year old heart surgeon in Tel Aviv, still mourning the loss of Jagger, his lover from a decade prior. A former fellow officer in the Israeli Defense Force. More than both a little oversensitive and a little overweight, Yossi’s obsessive inability to break from his state of grief leads him to an unending cycle of malaise. Dalliances in outdated pornography, junk food binges, and Internet dating prove to be an unsurprisingly poor substitute for love. Unsure of how to navigate his psychical shortcomings in the dating sphere, he posts photos of his healthier, younger self so as not to scare off potential suitors on dating sites. As Yossi is Eytan Fox’s (The Bubble, Walk on Water) touching follow-up to the controversial Israeli film illustrating
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Popcorn Preview: Footnote

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Film: Footnote (2011) Cast includes: Lior Ashkenazi (Walk on Water), Shlomo Bar-Abe (Witness in the War Zone) Writer/Director: Joseph Cedar (Beaufort) Genre: Comedy | Drama | Satire (103 minutes) Hebrew with subtitles It's the "most difficult day in Professor Eliezer Shkolnik's life." Today his son, Professor Uriel Shkolnik, is being inducted into Israel's National Academy. It's obviously a family of academic over-achievers, who inhabit a world of scholars, measuring their self-worth by the academic organizations they've been invited to join, the prizes they've won and the scholarly works they've published. So why is it such a difficult day for Eliezer Shkolnik? Well, "there are a few things worth knowing about Shkolnik (father)." On the brink of publishing the findings of 30 years worth of Talmudic research, his efforts were undermined and rendered worthless by that scoundrel, Grossman. Today, all Shkolnik (father) can boast is an obscure footnote citing him in someone else's research paper.
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Foreign Film Finalists: "A Separation" Sheds Many of Its Chief Rivals

With just six days until Oscar nominations, the Academy has released the finalist list for Best Foreign Language Film. Iran's wondrous A Separation (see my top ten list) might just go all the way. While it's true that most pundits are already predicting just that, I've been more cautious. Masterpieces are often tripped up in this category by more heartwarming or traditonally baity mass-appeal films in the final heat. The biggest surprise here might be the omission of Lebanon's 'can't we all get along' musical Where Do We Go Now? which some pundits, including myself, had suspected might be a real threat given its populist pull. It won the People's Choice at Toronto which generally bodes well for Oscar traction. Not this time.

Poland's "In Darkness" is "A Separation"'s chief rival now; it's a Holocaust drama.

The Finalist List

Belgium (5 noms) "Bullhead" Michael R. Roskam Canada (5 noms | 1 win) "Monsieur Lazhar
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Sonic Generations: Achievements Announced

Sega’s Sonic Generations arrives on shelves in just under a week, and we now have an (admittedly unconfirmed) list of achievements that give some indication of what players can expect from the gameplay experience.

Needless to say, what follows is pretty Spoiler Heavy! Read on only if you’re happy with that, but don’t go blaming us if you read something you didn’t want to…

The Opening Act (10G)

Race through the first stage.

All Stages Cleared! (50G)

Clear Sonic Generations.

Greased Lightning (10G)

Clear Green Hill Act 1 within one minute.

Bright Star (15G)

Get Rank S in an Act.

Shooting Star (20G)

Get Rank S in three Acts.

Blazing Meteor (30G)

Get Rank S in seven Acts.

Blue Comet (40G)

Get Rank S in twelve Acts.

Big Bang (50G)

Get Rank S in all Acts.

Trickstar (10G)

Pull off a seven or more trick combo or
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Cannes: Sony Classics Acquires Competition Title 'Footnote'

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New York (May 13, 2011) -- Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired all North American and Latin American rights to Joseph Cedar’s Footnote from WestEnd Films. The film is a contender for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival Palme D’Or. Cedar’s last film Beaufort was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in 2008. Footnote follows a great rivalry between a father and his son, their need for each other and their need for respect and recognition in the world. The film stars Shlomo Bar Aba and Lior Ashkenazi, and was produced by David Mandill (Beaufort, Campfire) and United King (Lebanon, Walk On Water). “Sony Pictures Classics represents the best in world cinema,” explained WestEnd chairman and co-founder Sharon Harel. “They are the perfect home for this wonderful film and very special director.” “When we met Joseph Cedar a few years ago, we knew he was a director of extraordinary talent.
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Non-European Productions Bypassed at Cannes 2011: Malick, Kawase, Miike, Leigh, Cedar Exceptions

Brad Pitt in Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life (top); Naomi Kawase's Hanazu no tsuki (bottom) As usual, the Cannes Film Festival's Official Competition film line-up is overwhelmingly centered on European (co)productions: British, French, Austrian, Italian, Spanish, Danish. The five "outsiders" hail from Israel, Australia, the United States, and Japan. In other words, barring one American entry, the Americas were completely ignored this year, and so were Africa, most of Asia, and — barring Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Turkish-Bosnian Once Upon a Time in Anatolia — what used to be known as "Eastern Europe." (Remember, Bosnia-Herzegovina was part of Yugoslavia.) The non-European entries are listed below: Joseph Cedar's Footnote (Israel), a father-son drama set at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with Walk on Water's Lior Ashkenazi; Newcomer Julia Leigh's Australian mix of mystery, sex, and fantasy Sleeping Beauty, starring Sucker Punch's Emily Browning (who replaced
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Tipped for Cannes: Tawfik Abu-Wael's Tanathor

Tawfik Abu-Wael is a 35 year-old Arab-Israeli filmmaker who appears to be set for a second splash in Cannes. Born and raised in the northern town of Um El Fahm, at an early age, he went against his family wishes, and moved to Tel Aviv, where he studied the art of filmmaking. In 2004 his feature debut Atash-Thirst received heavy critical praise and it won the Fipresci award in Cannes that year. Domestically, it won an Ophir Award (Israeli Oscar) for Best Cinematography and another award for Best Israeli Feature at the Jerusalem Film Festival. Atash-Thirst was a highly stylized story of an Arab family living in a secluded location, struggling with a lack of running water. The film opened a window to the lives of Arabs in Israel, not often depicted on the screen by their own sons. In the seven years since his debut, Abu-Wael has been painstakingly raising funds for his second feature.
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Eytan Fox Returning to Yossi and Jagger

It seemed like director Eytan Fox disappeared from the public eye, but this year he's planning a comeback. 20 years ago his short film After made a name for him as someone who put homosexuality at the center of his works. He moved on to direct a few other features and TV series, his breakthrough came a decade later, with Yossi and Jagger, a 65 min TV film that broke out from the little screen to be shown at movie theaters locally and internationally. His follow-up was the hugely successful Walk on Water, and after that came 2007's The Bubble, which was a local commercial success, but became a punching bag for most of the critics. Almost four years later, Fox is back: earlier this year it was announced that a Mamma-Mia type TV series he directed was re-cut into a feature length film, and sold to distribution in the U.S.
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In Pictures: 'Arrivals at Forever21 Walk on Water Fashion Show'

Maria Helena Vianna attending the Forever21 Walk on Water Fashion Show in New York City.Photo copyright by Charles Norfleet / PR Photos. Kayla Michel and Bre Sylvia attending the Forever21 Walk on Water Fashion Show in New York City.Photo copyright by Charles Norfleet / PR Photos. Maria Helena Vianna attending the Forever21 Walk on Water Fashion Show in New York City.Photo copyright by Charles Norfleet / PR Photos. Bianca Bell and Michele Bell attending the Forever21 Walk on Water Fashion Show in New York City.Photo copyright by Charles Norfleet / PR Photos. 06/07/2010 - Brandon Miree - Forever21 Walk on Water Fashion Show - Arrivals - Frying Pan, 205 12th Avenue at West 26th Street, Pier
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GLAAD rounds up nominees

GLAAD rounds up nominees
Brokeback Mountain, Capote, The Family Stone, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and Rent will all compete in the category of outstanding wide-release film at the 17th annual GLAAD Media Awards. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced its list of 113 nominees in 25 categories, along with 45 Spanish-language nominees in 45 categories, Monday at the Sundance Film Festival. For outstanding film in limited release, the group cited Beautiful Boxer, Mysterious Skin, Saving Face, Transamerica and Walk on Water. In TV, GLADD nominated Commander in Chief, The L Word, Queer as Folk, Six Feet Under and South of Nowhere as outstanding drama series. In the comedy class, it selected the series Out of Practice, Shameless and Will & Grace.

Roadside falls in 'Love' with Muccino film

Roadside falls in 'Love' with Muccino film
NEW YORK -- Howard Cohen and Eric d'Arbeloff's indie film banner, Roadside Attractions, has acquired North American rights to Italian helmer Gabriele Muccino's Remember Me, My Love, a family drama toplining Monica Bellucci. The burgeoning Roadside has been active since its October launch, having previously grabbed rights to the Sundance standout Super Size Me and Israeli import Walk on Water, both with Samuel Goldwyn Films. Love, a bittersweet tale about the lives and loves of a modern Italian family whose individual aspirations threaten to pull them apart, screened at the Toronto and Sundance festivals last year and racked up more than $12 million in its homeland release. Said d'Arbeloff: "We were big fans of Gabriele's last film, The Last Kiss, and are very excited to release ('Love'). It's gorgeous, sexy, modern and very Italian." Roadside is a partner in the IDP distribution label, and Love is slated to hit theaters in the summer. A former UTA vet, Cohen was involved in the packaging and selling of more than 50 films, including Girl With a Pearl Earring, Igby Goes Down and The Banger Sisters. D'Arbeloff's producing credits include Lovely & Amazing. The Love deal was brokered for Roadside by Cohen and attorney Ben Feldman of Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz and Weinstein. The film was repped by sales agent the Works.

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