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Vilnius: Visions du Réel Express Bridges Switzerland and Lithuania Via Audrius Stonys

    As I was leaving Vilnius and its film festival, I ventured into FilmBox LT, the Vilnius Airport movie theatre, and I was transported directly to the Visions du Réel Film Festival in Nyon, Switzerland. There, an impressive and comprehensive retrospective of Audrius Stonys’ work was held, from his first film, "Open the Door to Him Who Comes" (1989), to the most recent, "Gates of the Lamb" (2014). Indeed, with this event, Lithuania was one of the festival&rsquo…

Vilnius Film Festival: Polish and Lithuanian Coproductions

    Although they are neighboring countries, Poland and Lithuania have not had much cooperation in the field of cinema until recent years. The first initiative to boost cinematic relations between the two countries comes in the form of a journey for producers from both countries on a sailing boat last year. In fact, the Lithuanian Film Centre together with the Polish Film Institute and Film Commission Poland, established quite a unique project – an expeditionary worksh…

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Cannes 2016 in Competition: “The Wailing” Opens in U.S. June 3

From the acclaimed director Na Hong-Jin and starring Hwang Jung-Min, Chun Woo-Hee and Kwak Do-Won, this film was in Cannes Film Festival where critics praised it. Over six years in the making, this is the follow-up to the globally acclaimed “The Yellow Sea” And “The Chaser” and is his third film to premiere at the Festival de Cannes. It smashed box office records upon its debut in South Korea (20th Century Fox distributed it there and coproduced with Side Mirror o…

SydneysBuzz - Cannes Emerging Talent

Halfway through the Cannes Film Festival, the buzz is about “Jackie”, now in post-production, an account of the days of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the immediate aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963, directed by Pablo Larraín whose Directors’ Fortnight contender “Neruda” is receiving raves here. Another hot Directors’ Fortnight film “Mean Dreams” with Bill Paxton is praised by one important film buyer as “M…

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The Marché du Film and Cinando Award Best Seller Pitches at Cannes

This Cannes, the Marché du Film and Cinando handed out their first-ever prize: the Cinando Best Seller Award. Thirteen sales agents from all horizons were invited to participate in a pitching contest that took place on May 17th at the Marché du Film. Selected pitchers were given details of a real project, “Codename Madeleine”, inspired by historical events, from an original idea by Pan Nalin, its director. They then had 48 hours to prepare a 5-minute pitch that…

Cannes Film Festival Awards 2016

As we mounted the stairs of the Red Carpet for the last time, the Closing Night Awards for the Cannes International Film Festival were announced by the Jury President, George Miller, Director of “Mad Max: Fury Road”. The eight additional members, four women and four men -- Arnaud Desplechin, Kirsten Dunst, Valeria Golino, Mads Mikkelsen, László Nemes , Vanessa Paradis, Katayoon Shahabi and Donald Sutherland presented the awards. Surprise of the evening…

Panamanian - Venezuelan Feature Hands of Stone Pays Tribute to Robert De Niro in Cannes

  On Monday, May, 16th, the Festival de Cannes welcomed Robert De Niro in the Grand Theatre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals for a unique and special screening in Official Selection of "Hands of Stone" by Venezuelan director Jonathan Jakubowicz. The movie is about Panamanian boxer Roberto Duràn (Edgar Ramírez) and his manager and coach Ray Arcel (Robert De Niro) who takes him to the highest worldwide successes of the ring in the '70s and '80s, including le…

RB's Stage 32 News, Notes, Discussions and Other Fun Stuff (May 13, 2016)

Greetings from the Cannes Film Festival! Deep in the planning for our panels, parties and meetups, not to mention a full slate of meetings on the agenda, so no big opening this week. But, fear not! I’ve still collected a wide and varied list of news and information for you to enjoy this weekend. As always, I welcome discussion and debate on any of the content below in the Comments section! Bonjour! RB

Tribeca Film Festival: A Conversation with Acclaimed Writer/Director Andrea Arnold

At the Tribeca Talks series at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, filmmaker Ira Sachs ("Love is Strange") interviewed U.K. writer and director Andrea Arnold about writing, filmmaking, and surrendering.   Andrea Arnold   In 2005 Arnold’s short film, Wasp, earned an Academy Award. She also received two BAFTA awards and two jury prizes at Cannes, as well as a multitude of festival accolades for her films, "Milk," "Dog," "Red Road," "Fish Tank" and "Wuthering Heights." On te…

Filmmakers Head to Mountains of Utah for Month of Hands-On Project Development

Advisors, Actors and Crew Include Robert Redford, Catherine Hardwicke, Kasi Lemmons, Ira Sachs Sundance Institute has selected eight first-time filmmakers for its signature Directors Lab, which helped launch the careers of award-winning filmmakers Cary Fukunaga, Dee Rees, Marielle Heller, Benh Zeitlin and Quentin Tarantino. Taking place May 30-June 23 in the mountains of Sundance Resort in Utah, the annual Lab supports the next wave of independent filmmakers exploring new ideas and shap…

The American Pavilion Announces Programming at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival

Acclaimed actors, filmmakers, movie executives, and journalists will be among those featured during the upcoming “Industry In Focus” Series and “In Conversation” programming at The American Pavilion at the 2016 Cannes International Film Festival, it was announced by Julie Sisk, Founder and Director of The American Pavilion. The American Pavilion’s discussions and one-on-one in conversations take place in the Roger Ebert Conference Center and are open to all…

The 2016 Docaviv International Documentary Film Festival May 19-28, Tel Aviv

As the main topic of this year’s festival, Docaviv will feature a select group of thought-provoking films about a world that is changing with the collapse of physical and social boundaries, growing economic disparities, the waves of refugees and immigrants, civil wars, international terrorism, and the ultimate undoing of social solidarity.   Opening night film, "Babylon Dreamers"   Within the framework of this theme the program does not only include documentaries ab…

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