Tuesday, July 26, 2016

13th Venice Days Lineup

A few minutes ago Roberto Barzanti, President of the Venice Days Association, and Giorgio Gosetti, Artistic Director, announced the Giornate Degli Autori official selection at a press conference at Casa del Cinema in Rome.

This selection is strongly characterized - observes General Delegate Giorgio Gosetti - by the female creativity that flows through most of the films we've seen and most of those that have been chosen. It reflects the way that for years now, we've placed the female world - also through our work with creative partner Miu Miu on the ‘Women's Tales' project - at the center of our research. But it's also a strong sign of the vitality and rejuvenation of the art of film, which, by no coincidence, is confirmed in the exceptional number and quality of first and second works we believe in".

2016 Lux Film Prize Official Competition

The 2016 LUX Film Prize has selected the three films in its Official Competition.

The 10th-anniversary edition of the award will have Leyla Bouzid’s As I Open My Eyes (France/Tunisia/Belgium/United Arab Emirates), Claude Barras’ My Life as a Courgette (Switzerland/France) and Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann (Germany/Austria/Romania) as the final contenders.

Chairwoman of the Committee on Culture and Education Silvia Costa and Vice-President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani announced the titles in contention for the award today, at the Venice Days press conference.

Monday, July 25, 2016

31st Venice International Film Critics' Week Lineup

The week starts early with the release of the 2016 Settimana Internazionale della Critica lineup announcement for the section that will run from August 31 to September 10.

As we know la Settimana is an independent section of the Biennale exclusively dedicated to first-time directors' full-length films and every year screens seven (7) films in competition.

In this edition besides the seven films in competition there are two special events out of competition, the opening and the closing film. Will also list the seven Italian short films plus one special event -a short by none other than Marco Bellocchio- that make the selection of the SIC@SIC 2016 presented by Venice Critics' Week and Instituto Luce Cinecittà.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

#Venezia73 News 2

The calm before the storm is coming to an end next week when fest organizers announce #Venezia73 selection in the many sections of the 2016 festival and to seal the calm, today was the announcement of the juries.

There are some very pleasant news as during the festival we will be able to often see great European actresses like Nina Hoss and none other than Chiara Mastroianni plus the Golden Lion winner of last year is now part of the Venezia 73 jury. But before getting into the juries for Venezia 73, Orizzonti, Opera Prima and Venezia Classici, will do an update on some of the news that were released since the last news blog post.

Monday, July 18, 2016

4th Sebastiane Latino Award Winner

The Chilean film Rara, directed by Pepa San Martín, will receive the Sebastiane Latino Award at the coming edition of the San Sebastian Festival. The Award goes to the Latin American feature film released during the previous year to best defend the demands and values of lesbian, gay, transsexual and bisexual people.

The accolade also reflects the support lent to Latin American productions by the Sebastiane Award, now in its 17th edition, and the San Sebastian Festival.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

4th Sebastiane Latino Award Finalists

The coming edition of the San Sebastian Festival will include screening of the winner of the Sebastiane Latino Award, presented by the Basque gay, lesbian, transsexual and bisexual association, GEHITU.

The Award goes to the Latin American feature film released during the previous year to best defend the demands and values of lesbian, gay, transsexual and bisexual people.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

69th Festival del Film Locarno Lineup

Today Carlo Chatrian, Artistic Director of Locarno festival, announced the lineup with films that renew the tradition of an event devoted to cinematic discoveries. But most interesting is also the tribute to Abbas Kiarostami and Michael Cimino, both winners of Locarno awards.

Also today fest organizers announced some surprises and guests of Locarno69 and if you wish to read the official announcement go here, some of the news is the screening of The Girl with All the Gifts by Com McCarthy, Bill Pullman will receive the Execellence Award, David Linde will receive the Premio Raimondo Rezzonico, Alejandro Jodorowsky gets the Pardo d'Onore, Howard Shore the Vision Award, plus more.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

1st Exposition of World Academy of Cinema Trophies

A few months ago the Portuguese Academy of Cinema organized the first ever exposition of the trophies given by Cinema Academies in the World. The exposition was part of the celebration of the Portuguese Academy Fifth Anniversary and consisted of twenty-eight trophies, including infamous Oscar but also less known statues like, for example, the one from the Lithuanian academy.

If you're a blog regular reader, you will know more awards than those listed but believe this effort should be emulated by Academies from larger cinema as is a great idea for those that enjoy the auto-celebration of cinema.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

#Venezia73 News

In a couple of weeks we will learn the complete 2016 Venice Film Festival lineup, as on July 28 at 11am Rome time the press conference will be held with Alberto Barbera and Paolo Baratta in attendance.

As news have already started to pour let's review what has been released up to today. We already know who is this year's host, the main competition Jury President, the poster, a section that has become official, the opening film, two Presidents of a Jury and a TV show that will premiere its two first episodes.  What follows is all the available info for each of the released news.

The New Poster of the 73rd Venice Film Festival

Not a fan of previous fest posters but this year the poster calls my attention as the visuals talk to me (not happened in the past) and yes, found poster very-minimalist and clean. Very Good.

What follows is a copy and paste from the official site with the rationale behind the creation of the poster designed by Studio Graph.X in Milan, based on Simone Massi's drawings.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

69th Festival de Cannes Award Winners

Today is the day! Will do a post with links to the Closing Ceremony and will update winners as they're announced.

Will write about winners and the closing ceremony later.  Now will watch the winners photocall, press conference and more...

As the first Cannes awards were given yesterday, decided to start this post that will be in progress until after the festival awards ceremony that seems will be on Sunday as tomorrow, Saturday May 21, there are two in competition films that will have their premiere.

So here are the awards that were announced yesterday and will update post with as soon as the awards are announced today.

#Cannes2016 Closing Ceremony

Check the live streaming of the Red Carpet

2016 Queer Palm Award Winners

Yesterday organizers had their award ceremony and closed a quiet year with not much activities, low social media coverage, low media coverage (it increased for the awards), the official website not working, some info in the partners sites, and some info in the facebook page. Hope that organizers collect themselves and prepare better for next year, hopefully with partners that help them to consolidate the award.

The winner of the feature film is a documentary about Thérèse Clerc directed by Sébastien Lifshitz, who hast top documentary credentials in my book as his 2013 Bambi is mesmerizing. Here is Les Vies de Thérèse synopsis from la Quinzaine official site.

Thérèse Clerc is one of the great figures of militantism. From the struggle to legalize abortion to the fight for equal rights of men and women and the battle for gay rights, she’s been on the front lines of all of them. She has just learned that she has an incurable disease and has decided to take a last look back over her life, a tender and lucid look at the battles and the love that went with them.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

2nd L’Œil d’Or Documentary Award Winners

Today at noon organizers had the award ceremony at the Salon des Ambassadeurs in the Palais des Festivals and the second documentary annual award went to Eryk Rocha from Brazil with his documentary feature Cinema Novo. Also Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya from India with their film Cinema Travelers collected a Special Mention.

To read news at official site go here or check the photos and the announcements at La Scam twitter account here.

Winners are in *BLUE.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

55th Semaine de la Critique Awards Winners

Will not deny that I'm completely surprised that La Semaine de la Critique decided to do their closing ceremony today, Thursday, May 19 as usually the ceremony is Friday before the festival closes.

As a matter of fact went back to the schedule and (lol) yes, the closing ceremony was scheduled for today at 20:45 local time.

There are three awards given by the jury and another three given by the event partners, so here there are the six awards that were announced a few minutes ago via twitter.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

69th Festival de Cannes Official Selection Lineup - Final

On May 16 fest organizers announced the last film in the Official Selection and this is the official reason to add the film so late, while the fest is running full force.

The Festival de Cannes has decided to add another film as a Special Screening: Peshmerga by Bernard-Henri Lévy.

This film, which we have just discovered, offers a close-up look at the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. With just a small team in tow, the director traveled 1,000 km along the Iraqi frontier, from south to north, filming war situations, landscapes and the faces of men and women rarely seen in the wider world.

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