87th Academy Awards Foreign Language Submission post will be updated constantly with info when each country announces their selection. Up-to-today there are 83 submissions to Oscars 2015. Today, October 10: Moldova, Malta, Iraq, Indonesia, Azerbaijan and Ethiopia submissions.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

2014 Independent Film Awards

This year will do the same as last year with only listing the winners of the three Indie Awards, two in US and one in UK. We start today with the Gotham nominations and post will become final on February 15 with the Spirit Award winners.

2014 British Independent Film Awards
Nominations: November 3rd, 2014
Awards Ceremony: December 7th, 2014
Official Site here.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

87th Academy Awards Documentary Short Subject Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that the field of Documentary Short Subject contenders for the 87th Academy Awards has been narrowed to eight (8) films, of which three to five will earn a nomination. Voters from the Academy’s Documentary Branch viewed this year’s 58 eligible entries and selected the following eight.

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, Ellen Goosenberg Kent, USA, 47 min
Joanna, Aneta Kopacz, Poland, 45 min
Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace, Jeff Dupre, USA, France and China, 38 min
The Lion's Mouth Opens, Lucy Walker, USA, 15 min
Nasza klątwa (Our Curse), Tomasz Śliwiński, Poland, 28 min
One Child, Zijian Mu, USA and China, 40 min
La Parka (The Reaper), Gabriel Serra Argüello, Mexico, 29 min
White Earth, Christian Jensen, USA, 20 min

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2015 Oscar Foreign Language Film Submissions Facts - Update 1

Update: We already know that there were a record 83 submissions to Oscars foreign language film category as AMPAS published the list with six more countries that didn't made public announcements until after AMPAS list appeared. I'm almost sure that Academy administrative personnel HAVE NOT seen the 83 movies, much less Academy members, so in the next few months we can get some news about disqualified films due to reasons related to not fulfilling the rules (too much English, not enough film ownership from country that submitted, not locally screened before deadline or screened less than 7 days, etc).

Monday, October 13, 2014

27th European Film Awards: European Discovery - Prix FIPRESCI Nominations

The European Film Academy congratulates the nominees for the EUROPEAN DISCOVERY 2014 – Prix FIPRESCI, an award presented annually as part of the European Film Awards to a young and upcoming director for a first full-length feature film.

This year’s nominations were determined by a committee comprised of EFA Board Members Ilann Girard (France) and Dagmar Jacobsen (Germany), EFA Members Paul Negoescu (Romania) and José Luis Cienfuegos (Spain), as well as Krzysztof Kwiatkowski (Poland), Marco Spagnoli (Italy) and Neil Young (UK) as representatives of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics.

Monday, October 06, 2014

27th European Film Awards - Short Film Nominations

The European Film Academy and EFA Productions are proud to present this year's short film nominations. At each of the 15 participating film festivals, an independent jury presented one European short film in competition with a nomination in the short film category of the European Film Awards.

These are the Nominations.

დინოლა Dinola, Mariam Khatchvani, Georgia, 14' - fiction, Grimstad Short Film Nominee
Fal (Wall), Simon Szabó, Hungary, 11' - fiction, Tampere Short Film Nominee
Hätäkutsu (Emergency Calls), Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen, Finland, 15' - documentary, Sarajevo Short Film Nominee

Saturday, September 27, 2014

62nd San Sebastian International Film Festival Award Winners

This year edition was a "bit" gray for me. Started with a "bit" boring opening ceremony with lots of film clips showing that I was already aware of the "interesting" films, so I lost interest. Sigh. But well, today is the closing ceremony and yes, will try to watch it live to find the award winners or at least learn them via twitter.

The awards ceremony started a "bit" late and was rushed at moments. Nevertheless I am really glad that Paprika Steen was honored for her performance in Bille August latest movie. Have the spontaneous impression that this year there are many awards for Spain cinema, which is great- and hope that the quality of Spanish films to come has improve ... we'll find out sooner than later.  Sigh.

Monday, September 22, 2014

27th European Film Awards - Animated Feature Film Nominations

The European Film Academy proudly announces the three nominations in the category European Animated Feature Film 2014

A committee consisting of EFA Board Members Marek Rozenbaum, producer (Israel) and Roberto Cicutto, producer (Italy), as well as Doris Cleven (Director Anima, Belgium), Wolfgang Spindler (journalist, Euronews, France) and Caroline Cor (production analyst, feature films department, CNC, France), all three of them representatives of Cartoon the European Association of Animation Film, decided on the following nominations:

Jack et la mécanique du coeur (Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart), Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla, France and Belgium
A 19th-century drama about a man whose heart was replaced with a clock when he was born.

Minuscule - La vallée des fourmis perdues (Minuscule: Valley of the Lost Ants), Thomas Szabo and Hélène Giraud, France and Belgium
In a peaceful forest, the remains of a picnic trigger a ruthless war between rival ant colonies, obsessed with gaining control of the same prize: a box of sugar cubes!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

27th European Film Awards - Long List

During a press conference in Riga, European Capital of Culture 2014 where this year’s 27th European Film Awards will take place, the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announced the titles of the 50 films on this year’s selection list, the list of films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards! With 31 European countries represented, the list once again illustrates the great diversity in European cinema.

In the 20 countries with the most EFA Members, these members have voted one national film directly into the selection list. To complete the list, a Selection Committee consisting of EFA Board Members and invited experts Mark Adams (UK), Marit Kapla (Sweden), Stefan Kitanov (Bulgaria), Paz Lázaro (Spain), Christophe Leparc (France) and Elma Tataragic (Bosnia & Herzegovina) has included further films.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

87th Academy Awards Foreign Language Film Submissions

October 10th, 2014

Yesterday the Academy published the list with a record eighty-three films submitted for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category with Malta, Mauritania, Panama and Kosovo being first-time entrants.

According to AMPAS news the published list are still submissions which somehow makes me wonder IF all will be accepted as seems that there are a few films that have a foreign language but also English and IF English is spoken above the acceptable quota, film will be disqualified. Perhaps soon we will learn if there will be or not films with too much English spoken.

Friday, September 05, 2014

71st Venice Film Festival Award Winners

The ceremony is over and the live streaming finished when Roy Andersson went out to the red carpet section to receive people's cheers and photographers craziness. As soon as Rai TV uploads the award ceremony video will embed it at the end of the post.

As far as I was able to read allover the net, not many were expecting Roy Andersson's film to win the Golden Lion as many were expecting The Look of Silence to win to have for the first time two documentaries winning in a row (last year Golden Lion is a documentary). But I'm very glad the Golden Lion went to the third installment of a trilogy that will have a fourth film (lol - is true) and can't wait to watch the 3rd and 4th installments. Sigh. Know Andersson's movies are VERY special and surely an acquired taste but if you love Scandinavian dead pan/coldish/slow-ish fantastic films, then I know you will enjoy Andersson's films.

8th Queer Lion Award Winner

Yesterday the jury for the 2014 Queer Lion Award bestows the award for Best Film with Homosexual Issues and Queer Culture to Les nuits d'été, directed by Mario Fanfani, presented at the 11th edition of Venice Days.

Jury Statement
The pursuit of one's own identity is always a revolutionary act! It is so for the main character, when donning women's clothing while maintaining his bourgeois beliefs; it is so for his wife, through her emancipation and pacifistic ideals; and it is so for all the other characters, each of them in their own personal way, in a queer movie that manages to mix tradition and transgression in a very elegant manner.

Monday, September 01, 2014

2014 European Film Academy People's Choice Award

Today EFA announced the six (6) films that will compete for the 2014 People's Choice Awards and consequently opened the voting process that allows film fans across Europe to elect their favorite film. This year when you vote you will enter to win the chance to join the 27th European Film Awards Ceremony in Riga, Latvia on Saturday December 13, 2014.

To all my European readers strongly suggest you vote for your favorite film. Even when nominees include some extraordinary films, my vote undoubtedly goes to absolutely fantastic and very complete cinematic experience: Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski.

To Vote go Official Site here.

Friday, August 29, 2014

41st Telluride Film Festival Program Guide

As every year the tiny mountain village of Telluride in Colorado "triples" in size with what I consider the best film festival in North America and all the very lucky cinema enthusiasts that are able to attend as they were able to grab a ticket before the always weeks ahead of opening day sold out sign.

This year the fest program us with many excellent movies (the best are from 2014 Cannes) plus several tributes and special events; but to my surprise the 2014 Cannes Palme d'Or winner is not in their program and unless becomes a "sneak preview" North-Americans will have not be able to watch Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan at the fest.

The 2014 Program Guide

Thursday, August 21, 2014

2014 Cinema Biennale Check #8 - From Asia to Venice

The last Cinema Biennale Check installment is about directors born in the East and Far East.

Xiaoshuai Wang

Born on May 1966 in Shanghai, China. A gifted painter that attended Beijing's Central Art Academy Middle School and upon graduation relinquish his painting career to enroll in the Beijing Film Academy in the Department of Directing. After graduation and 2 years as an assistant at Fujian Film Studios he returns penniless to Beijing only to make his first film in 1993, The Days, with the incredible budget of US$10,000.00.

He belongs to what is known as the Sixth Generation of Chinese filmmakers or the "Urban Generation" of directors. Perhaps he's better-known for his amazing 2001 Berlinale Jury Grand Prix Silver Bear winner Beijing Bicycle, his also amazing 2005 Cannes Jury Prize winner Shanghai Dreams and his 2010 Cannes in competition for the Palme d'Or Chongqing Blues; but his filmography extends beyond these three films with films like In Love We Trust, Drifters and many more. Occasionally has worked as an actor and most remarkable in Jia Zhangke's The World and Lou Ye's Weekend Lover.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

2014 Cinema Biennale Check #7 - Directors Born Elsewhere

There are some directors in Venezia 71 competition that were born in one country but are working in another country with films that do not have any money from their country of birth. One is in my opinion a very accomplished documentary filmmaker that last year rose to international fame, the second is a well-known director and the third is better-known for his mainstream movies.

Joshua Oppenheimer

Born in September, 1974 in Austin, Texas. Studied filmmaking at Harvard and University of the Arts London. Oppenheimer was born in USA but he lives and works in Europe, mainly London and Denmark. He has done short and documentaries but was his multiple award winner first feature-length documentary The Act of Killing that introduced him to world audiences.

His second feature-length documentary, The Look of Silence is another take into the Indonesian genocide this time told by a family that survived and dare to confront the men who killed one of the family members. It is the only documentary in competition for the Golden Lion.

The Act of Killing was extremely hard to watch but you're so mesmerized that you're unable to stop watching;  Oppenheimer mentioned in some interviews that The Look of Silence has different style, but I believe that no matter the style film will be also hard to watch, will capture your undivided attention and wont release you until well after you finish watching.  Yes I will watch but know that have to be in a very good mood to withstand what I am going to see.

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