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‘Sámi Blood’ Tops 40th Goteborg Film Fest

‘Sámi Blood’ Tops 40th Goteborg Film Fest
Goteborg — Swedish helmer-writer Amanda Kernell’s debut feature “Sámi Blood” came away a big winner at the 40th Goteborg Film Festival, scoring the generously endowed (approx. $114,000) Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film.

“Sámi Blood” tells the story of a teenage Sámi girl, Elle Marja (Lene Cecilia Sparrok), who resolves to leave behind her Sámi identity and find a new life in Uppsala during the 1930s. The film, recently acquired for U.S. release by Synergistic Distribution, also claimed the Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award for DoP Sophia Olsson.

The Swedish premiere of “Sámi Blood” capped the fest’s special focus on Sámi filmmaking. Kernell, who is herself of Sámi heritage, will soon screen the film for Sámi elders in Lapland. The fest also world-preemed Kernell’s excellent 30-minute short “I Will Always Love You Conny” in a showcase of five new films funded by Moving Sweden’s micro-budget scheme.

The audience
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‘Borg/McEnroe,’ ‘The Square,’ ‘Darling’ Set For Goteborg’s Industry Days

‘Borg/McEnroe,’ ‘The Square,’ ‘Darling’ Set For Goteborg’s Industry Days
Janus Metz Pederson (“Armadillo”)’s “Borg vs McEnroe” with Shia Labeouf, and Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” with Elisabeth Moss are among the most anticipated Scandinavian work-in-progress titles set for the Nordic Film Market hosted during Goteborg Film Festival’s industry days.

Both films are part of the 18 work-in-progress features selected by Cia Edström, Goteborg’s head of industry, and her team.

“Borg vs McEnroe” stars up-and-comer Sverrir Gudnason (“Monica Z”) as Swedish player Bjorn Borg and Labeouf as John McEnroe. The film chronicles the 1980 Wimbledon final and sheds light on the two tennis stars’ complex relationship and rivalry.Tre Vanner and Sf Studios are producing, while Svensk handles international sales.

The Square,” meanwhile, is a satirical film turning on the creative director of a museum who is desperate to build some buzz around an upcoming exhibition and decides to hire a PR agency which has no boundaries. The film is produced by Plattform Produktion.
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Les Arcs’s Work-in-Progress Session Showcase ‘The Wildness,”In My Room,”Dovlatov,”Koko-di Koko-da’

Ulrich Köhler’s “In My Room,” Alexey German Jr’s “Dovlatov,” Johannes Nyholm’s Swedish comedy “Koko-di Koko-da” and Guerin Van Der Vorst’s “The Wildness” were among the 16 feature films presented at the Work-in Progress session at the French-Alps set Les Arcs European Film Festival.

Produced by Belgium’s Wrong Men and France’s ChevalDeuxTrois, “The Wildness” is a contemporary drama starring rising French actor Vincent Rottiers as a young man who gets indocrinated by radical Islamists.

Nyholm’s Swedish comedy “Koko-di Koko-da” marks the helmer’s follow up to “The Giant” which played at San Sebastian and Toronto. Dovlatov,” whose director German Jr previously directed “Under Electric Clouds” which won Berlin’s Silver Bear for outstanding contribution. Meanwhile, “In My Room” is directed by Köhler whose 2011 drama “Sleeping Sickness” won Berlin’s Silver Bear for best director.

Frederic Boyer, who is in charge of the Work-in-Progress session and
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‘The Danish Girl”s Tom Hooper To Receive Goteborg’s Honorary Dragon Award

‘The Danish Girl”s Tom Hooper To Receive Goteborg’s Honorary Dragon Award
Tom Hooper, whose latest film “The Danish Girl” has been nominated for four Oscars, will receive the Honorary Dragon Award at Göteborg Film Festival.

The Danish Girl” will have its Swedish premiere at the festival. The London-born helmer, who won an Oscar for “The King’s Speech” in 2010, will be present in Goteborg to receive the honorary prize.

As previously announced, Susanne Bier will receive the Nordic Honorary Dragon Award. As part of the tribute, Bier will host a masterclass and present two of her best-known movies: Oscar-winning “In a Better World” and “Freud Leaving Home.”

Goteborg will also showcase eight directorial debuts which will compete for the Ingmar Bergman award for best debut. The lineup of first films comprises Brady Corbet’s “The Childhood of a Leader,” Yaelle Kayam’s “Mountain” and Senem Tüzen’s “Motherland.”

Other pics running for the Ingmar Bergman kudo include Pietro Marcello’s “Lost and Beautiful,
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‘The Yard’ to kick off 450 films in Goteborg

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Notable world premieres include Mads Matthiesen’s Teddy Bear follow-up The Model and Avalon director Axel Petersén’s Under the Pyramid.

Måns Månsson’s The Yard will open the 2016 Goteborg Film Festival (Jan 29 - Feb 8), which will screen some 450 films from 84 countries.

The film, which will have its world premiere at the Swedish festival’s Jan 29 opening, is adapted from Kristian Lundberg’s autobiographical novel about moving from cultural work to becoming a day laborer in Malmo harbour. Anders Mossling stars.

The festival’s closing film will be Henrik Ruben Genz’s Satisfaction 1720, Erlend Loe has written the manuscript for the film, about the post-war exploits of the “rock star of his day”, Vice-Admiral Tordenskjold.

Goteborg, the largest film festival in the Nordics and running for 11 days, is devoting special programmes to Italian cinema, Nigeria’s Nollywood and a new section on TV drama.

The eight films competing for the Dragon Award for Best Nordic film (which
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Bryan Ferry: Live In Lyon

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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 24, 2013

Price: DVD $14.98, Blu-ray $24.98

Studio: Eagle Rock

Bryan Ferry is a slave to love in Live In Lyon.

Bryan Ferry: Live In Lyon captures the iconic singer/musician/songwriter in a live performance from his worldwide Olympia tour, filmed on July 25, 2011 at the ancient Roman amphitheatre in Lyon, France as part of the Nuits de Fourviere Festival.

Live In Lyon features tracks spanning Ferry’s 40-year career, including classic Roxy Music songs, solo hits and his renowned interpretations of classic songs. Such songs as “Slave To Love,” “Oh Yeah!,” “Let’s Stick Together,” “Love Is The Drug,” “Don’t Stop The Dance,” “Avalon,” “Like A Hurricane,” “Sign Of The Times,” “If There Is Something,” “Jealous Guy,” and “My Only Love” are all delivered with the style and panache that is uniquely Ferry.

As a bonus feature, the DVD and Blu-ray also includes “The Making Of Olympia,
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Cannes: Efp Unveils line-up for Producers On The Move 2013

European Film Promotion has special programs highlighting talent in Berlin (Shooting Stars), a Producer Lab in Toronto, 10 Directors to Watch at Karlovy Vary, European Directors at Busan and a great networking party at Afm. For 14 years Efp has hosted Producers on the Move in Cannes. This year 29 producers from 29 different European countries will take part in the event from 18 to 21 May, 2013. The Republic of Kosovo* and Montenegro will both be represented for the first time this year with a producer. These are the producers who set the ball rolling on projects, forge coalitions and conjure up a film out of an idea. Film producers are increasingly looking past their national borders. In order to facilitate an exchange with similarly ambitious colleagues from other European countries and showcase their range of achievements, European Film Promotion (Efp) offers a platform for networking to carefully selected producers. 12 of the 29 producers are women ♀.

Looking back at the 2012 edition of Producers on the Move, almost all of the producers are still in contact with one another to follow up on ideas. 17 from last year's 25 participants (68%) are already working on 15 co-productions.

The group of former participants includes such internationally known and award-winning producers as Ada Solomon from Romania (Child's Pose), Bettina Brokemper from Germany (Bal), Louise Vesth from Denmark (Melancholia) and Siniša Juričić from Croatia (Sofia’s Last Ambulance).

Scheduled during the Cannes International Film Festival, the program provides its participants with an additional visibility they get at this melting pot for filmmakers, sales agents, financiers and the international media. Producers On The Move's schedule with pitching sessions, one-on-one speed-dating meetings and various opportunities to build up business relationships and to exchange knowledge enables the selected filmmakers to return home with advanced film projects and, sometimes, with a co-production deal. At the Producers' Lunch, they can, moreover, get in contact with participants from previous years.

The participants have already realized joint European film projects which were noticed on the international radar, but they still are on their way to becoming international players. Many of them produced feature films as well as documentaries, and some are additionally active in the field of animation films.

For the fourth time, Efp will be cooperating for Producers On The Move with the pan-European co-production fund Eurimages.

The following producers were selected by Efp member organizations from their respective countries:


Anton Iffland Stettner, Need Productions

i.e. Home by Ursula Meier

selected by Wallonie Bruxelles Image


Konstantin Bojanov, Argentum Lux Films

i.e. Avé by Konstantin Bojanov

selected by the Bulgarian National Film Centre


Zdenka Gold, ♀ Spiritus Movens Production

i.e. A Stranger by Bobo Jelčić

selected by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre

Czech Republic

Viktor Tauš, Fog’n’Desire Films

i.e. House by Zuzana Liová

selected by the Czech Film Center


Mikael Chr. Rieks, Nordisk Film Production

i.e. A Funny Man by Martin Zandvliet

selected by The Danish Film Institute


Kiur Aarma, Traumfabrik

i.e. Disco & Atomic War by Jaak Kilmi & Kiur Aarma

selected by Baltic Films


Jussi Rantamäki, Aamu Filmcompany

i.e. The Painting Sellers by Juho Kuosmanen

selected by the Finnish Film Foundation


Mathieu Robinet, Révérence

i.e. Love is in the Air by Alexandre Castagnetti

selected by Unifrance films


Zaza Rusadze, Zazarfilm

i.e. A Fold in my Blanket by Zaza Rusadze

selected by the Georgian National Film Center


Jochen Laube, teamWorx Ludwigsburg

i.e. Five Years by Stefan Schaller

selected by German Films


Giorgos Karnavas, Heretic

i.e. Boy Eating The Bird’s Food by Ektoras Lygizos

selected by the Greek Film Centre


Andrea Taschler, ♀ Mirage Film Studio

i.e. Bibliothèque Pascal by Szabolcs Hajdu

selected by Magyar Filmunió / Hungarian National Film Fund


Thorkell Hardarson, Markell Productions

i.e. Feathered Cocaine by Thorkell Hardarson & Örn Marinó Arnarson

selected by the Icelandic Fim Centre


Conor Barry, Sp Films

i.e. Love Eternal by Brendan Muldowney

selected by the Irish Film Board


Viola Prestieri, Buena Onda

i.e. The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino

selected by Istituto Luce Cinecittà

Republic of Kosovo*

Valon Jakupaj, Gegnia Film

i.e. Adventures of Santa Clause by Valon Jakupaj

selected by the Kosova Cinematography Center


Gilles Chanial, Red Lion

i.e. Le goût des myrtilles by Thomas de Thier

selected by Film Fund Luxembourg

Fyr of Macedonia

Labina Mitevska, ♀ Sisters and Brother Mitevski Production

i.e. The Woman Who Brushed Off Her Tears by Teona Mitevska

selected by Macedonian Film Fund


Sehad Čekić, Cut-Up Production

i.e. The Ascent by Neminja Becanovic

selected by the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro

The Netherlands

Marleen Slot, ♀ Viking Film

i.e. Zurich by Sacha Polak

selected by Eye International / Netherlands


Hans-Jørgen Osnes, Motlys

i.e. Oslo, August 31st by Joachim Trier

selected by the Norwegian Film Institute


Agnieszka Kurzydło, ♀ MD 4

i.e. In The Name Of by Małgośka Szumowska ♀

selected by the Polish Film Institute


João Matos, Terratreme filmes

i.e. Lacrau by João Vladimiro

selected by Ica I.P. / Portugal


Anca Puiu, ♀ Mandragora

i.e. Rocker by Marian Crisan

selected by the Romanian Film Promotion

Slovak Republic

Mira Fornay, ♀ Mirafox

i.e. My Dog Killer by Mira Fornay

selected by Slovak Film Institute


María Zamora, ♀ Avalon P.C.

i.e. Todos están muertos by Beatriz Sanchis ♀

selected by Icaa / Spain


Erika Wasserman, ♀ Idyll

i.e. Avalon by Axel Petersén

selected by the Swedish Film Institute


Joëlle Bertossa, ♀ Close Up Film

i.e. Body by Halima Ouardiri

selected by Swiss Films

United Kingdom

Andrea Cornwell, ♀ Lobo Films Ltd

i.e. The Last Days On Mars by Ruairi Robinson

selected by the British Council
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Berlin Film Festival 2012: 'Avalon'

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★★★★★ Avalon (2011), directed by Axel Petersén, maintains Swedish cinema's reputation for outstanding films with a captivating thriller starring Swedish comedian and buddy of Mick Jagger, Johannes Brost. Set in the wealthy town of Båstad on the Swedish coastline, the story follows club promoter Janne (Brost), a man who has never really grown up. Along with his sister and best friend, he plans to open the exclusive Avalon club but their plans go awry when Janne is involved in a car accident resulting in a young Polish man's death.

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Berlinale 2012. Forum Lineup

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Die Lage (Condition)

For many, myself included, this is the Berlinale lineup we anticipate most each year: "The 42nd Berlinale Forum will be showing 38 films in its main program, including 26 world premieres and 8 international premieres." There'll be special screenings, too, which we'll be hearing about later, but for now, the main program with synopses from the festival:

Al Juma Al Akheira (The Last Friday) by Yahya Alabdallah, Jordan/United Arab Emirates - International Premiere. "Taxi driver Yousef is forced to bring some order into his failed existence. This lovingly photographed film casts a laconic and occasionally humorous gaze on daily life in the Jordanian capital Amman."

Ang Babae sa Septic Tank (The Woman in the Septic Tank) by Marlon N Rivera, the Philippines. "In this biting satire, three young filmmakers do everything in their power to obtain international fame. They are all too aware of foreign audiences' expectations of Philippine cinema: prostitution,
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The Toronto International Film Festival 2011 Award Winners

As the Tiff came to an end yesterday, all of the award winners were announced in the official press release. The annual event, which was founded in 1976, concluded after ten days of celebration. This cornucopia of filmic pleasures included a diverse range of screenings; from Hollywood blockbusters to homegrown and international efforts.

Gareth Evan’s The Raid (Iko Uwais, Doni Alamsyah, and Yayan Ruhian) scooped up the People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award. The release of the high-octane martial arts thriller is highly anticipated, and looks as though it will not disappoint.

Here is the full list of winners:

The 36th Toronto International Film Festival announced its award recipients at a reception at the Four Seasons Hotel today.

All three Canadian awards below were selected by a jury of film professionals. The feature film jury consists of actor Liane Balaban The short film jury members are Sundance programmer Jon Korn
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Toronto 2011. What they're saying about the award-winners

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Toronto 2011. What they're saying about the award-winners
"A largely non-competitive festival, Toronto gives out very few awards," notes Twitch editor Todd Brown, "the most prominent of which are the People's Choice picks, three awards given based on audience ratings of the films with one each awarded to the Midnight Madness section, the Real to Reel documentary section and the overall festival at large." And as an executive producer on The Raid, his congratulations to the film's team for winning the People's Choice Award for Midnight Madness are particularly jubilant. The runners-up are Adam Wingard's You're Next and Bobcat Goldthwait's God Bless America, and roundups on both are on the way, but first:

"Audiences will be scrambling to find enough compound adjectives to describe Gareth Huw Evans hard-driving, butt-kicking, pulse-pounding, bone-crunching, skull-smashing, blood-curdling martial arts siege movie, The Raid," writes David Rooney in the Hollywood Reporter. "Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions grabbed Us rights prior to Toronto
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Lebanese Drama ‘Where Do We Go Now?’ & Indonesian Actioner ‘The Raid’ Among Tiff 2011 Award Winners

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As I sit here in the Toronto airport waiting for my flight back to New York City, Tiff has announced their winners of the 2011 fest. The top prize, recently given to films that would go on to win Best Picture including The King’s Speech and Slumdog Millionaire, has gone to something unexpected. In my ten days and almost 40 screenings attended, I didn’t hear a single person mention it.

The Cadillac People’s Choice Award, voted on by fest audience was the drama Where Do We Go Now?, directed by Nadine Labaki. The official synopsis reads, “set against the backdrop of a war-torn country, [the film] tells the heartwarming tale of a group of women’s determination to protect their isolated, mine-encircled community from the pervasive and divisive outside forces that threaten to destroy it from within.” I supposed we can look for it in the Best Foreign Oscar race. Runners
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Toronto 2011 Awards: Where Do We Go Now?, Avalon, The First Man

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Nadine Labaki, Where Do We Go Now? Cadillac People's Choice Award Nadine Labaki for Where Do We Go Now? Cadillac People's Choice Midnight Madness Award Gareth Evans for The Raid Cadillac People's Choice Documentary Award Jon Shenk for The Island President   The International Federation of Film Critics Awards Prize Discovery Axel Petersén for Avalon The International Federation of Film Critics Awards Prize Special Presentation Gianni Amelio for The First Man   Canadian Awards City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian Feature Philippe Falardeau for Monsieur Lazhar Skyy Vodka Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film Nathan Morlando for Edwin Boyd Award for Best Canadian Short Film Ian Harnarine for Doubles with Slight Pepper Where Do We Go Now? photo: Tiff
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And the Toronto International Film Festival Winners are…

HollywoodNews.com: And this year’s winners of the Toronto International Film Festival are:

Cadillac People’s Choice Awards

As voted by Festival attendees:

Cadillac People’s Choice Award

Nadine Labaki for Where Do We Go Now?

Cadillac People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award

Gareth Evans for The Raid

Cadillac People’s Choice Documentary Award

Jon Shenk for The Island President

Canadian Awards

As voted by the Canadian Film Jury

City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian Feature

Philppe Falardeau for Monsieur Lazhar

Skyy Vodka Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film Nathan Morlando for Edwin Boyd

Award for Best Canadian Short Film

Ian Harnarine for Doubles With Slight Pepper

The International Film Critics’ Awards

The International Federation of Film Critics Awards Prize Discovery

Axel Petersén for Avalon

The International Federation of Film Critics Awards Prize Special Presentation

Gianni Amelio for The First Man

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Toronto 2011. Discovery Lineup

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The Toronto International Film Festival has lined up 25 features for its Discovery program. All the descriptions that follow are from the festival. Additional notes and more are on the way.

Pablo Giorgelli's Las Acacias. A truck driver has been charged with transporting a woman on the long journey from Paraguay's border to the city of Buenos Aires. He is totally unprepared for the extra passenger that will accompany them, the woman's infant daughter Jacinta, whose penetrating gaze eventually disarms his gruff exterior. Subtle and poignant, Giorgelli's 2011 Camera D'Or winner is a movingly beautiful road movie highlighted by stunning performances. (See the Cannes roundup.)

Tomás Lunák's Alois Nebel. Stories from the past and present converge at a small railway in Billy Potok, a tiny village on the Czech-Polish border. The local dispatcher, Alois Nebel, is a loner who prefers old timetables to people and has hallucinations of trains passing
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Tiff 2011 Finalizes Line-Up With New Films From Gus Van Sant, Dardennes and More

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After four separate announcements (here, here, here and here), the Toronto International Film Festival has rounded out their official line-up with the final slate. The big films from their Masters line-up includes Cannes favorites Le Havre, The Kid with the Bike, Once Upon A Time in Anatolia and Restless. We also getting the Sundance hit Pariah. Check out the last round of films below and head over here to see the entire schedule.


Almayer’s Folly (La Folie Almayer) Chantal Akerman, Belgium/France

North American Premiere

Somewhere in South-East Asia, in a little lost village on a wide and turbulent river, a European man clings to his pipe dreams out of love for his daughter. Working freely from Joseph Conrad’s debut novel, Akerman tells the story of a trader in 1950s Malaysia whose dreams of a Western life for his Malay daughter slowly lead to destruction. A quest for the absolute,
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2011 Tiff: Debuts from Pablo Giorgelli, Haofeng Xu, Susan Youssef, Ruslan Pak, Tomas Lunak, Ryan O'Nan Included in Discovery Programme

Tiff's Discovery section is loaded with 25 features including World Premiere items in Dain Said's Bunohan, Ngoc Dang Vu's Lost in Paradise, Sebastián Brahm's Roman's Circuit, Emmanuelle Millet's Twiggy and Avalon from Swedish helmer Axel Petersén. Among the noteworthy mentions that are headed to Venice, they've got a must-see pair in Tomáš Lunák's Alois Nebel (see image above), Susan Youssef's Habibi, while I'll be keeping an eye out for Locarno preemed Ruslan Pak's Hanaan. From Cannes Directors' Fortnight section they've nabbed Karl Markovics' Breathing, Rúnar Rúnarsson's Volcano, Rebecca Daly's The Other Side of Sleep and they've got the Camera D'Or winner Las Acacias which played in the Critics' Week. An item that I thought was headed to Sundance but will instead show in Toronto is Ryan O'Nan's The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best and speaking of Sundance... Focus Features will use Tiff to showcase Dee Rees's Pariah.
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