Browsing: World Cinema Reports

Iranian film director and writer Amir Naderi’s[1] rise to prominence has not only provided him with the recognition that his powerful cinema richly deserves, but it has also helped shed light for world audiences on an almost ‘closed society.’ His success has helped open new frontiers for other Iranian film-makers inside and outside of Iran. Naderi is one of the major Iranian film-makers whose work and contributions (along with a few others)[2] to Iranian cinema in the 1970s created the magnificent fundamental basis that blossomed and flourished in the 1980s and has established itself in the 1990s as one of…

A film shot in Christchurch by celebrated Iranian director Reza Dormishian will debut at a Brazilian film festival this month. Dormishian made his fourth film, which is set in the aftermath of the 2011 Canterbury earthquakes, during his time in Christchurch in late 2015. He was in Christchurch as part of the Vincent Ward Prize, a University of Canterbury scholarship for visionary film directors. The scholarship was awarded to the director at the Shanghai International Film Festival for his social realist film I’m Not Angry. The film is called White Chairs and is the story of love between two young…

The Maryland Film Festival and PNC Bank are paying homage to Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting the Latin American Visionary Cinema series. Screenings began on Sept. 16 and will continue through Oct. 15. The series includes screenings of 12 films from filmmakers across the Latin American community. These films span an array of genres and represent 10 countries. Many of them are also films that were not widely distributed in theaters across the U.S., so this series was an opportunity for audiences to view films that they may not have had access to otherwise. The series includes four films by…

Agnes Varda, the 89-year-old Belgian-born filmmaking legend, emerges from her hotel room having dressed up for an evening event at Lincoln Center. She holds out the large silver heart-shaped medallion strung around her neck. “I have a big heart,” she says with a smil A truer thing has never been said. Since her 1962 New Wave breakthrough, the real-time masterwork “Cléo From 5 to 7,” and running up until her latest, the richly ennobling road trip documentary “Faces Places,” Varda’s much-distinguished career has been defined by a soul-searching warmth, an abiding, compassionate curiosity, and a deep desire, above all, to…

Art and Experience Cinematic Group in collaboration with the Brazil Embassy will show seven Brazilian short films, documentaries, and narrative feature films for a week in Tehran, Isfahan and Shiraz. According to the website of Art and Experience Cinema (aecinema.ir) the Brazilian Film Week will be inaugurated on October 7 in the presence of the Brazilian ambassador, Rodrigo de Azeredo Santos, and acclaimed Brazilian director, Roberto Berliner at the Iranian Artists Forum (IAF) and run through October 13. Berliner, together with Iranian director Shahram Mokri, will also hold workshops on filmmaking in Brazil and joint production during the week in…

The feature film ‘Yeva,’ written and directed by Iranian-Armenian filmmaker Anahid Abad, 55, is currently showing in cinemas in Armenia. The film is about a young woman named Yeva who escapes her influential in-laws with her daughter Nareh, after her husband’s tragic death and takes refuge in one of the villages in the disputed enclave of Karabakh, Armenia. Yeva is in the movie halls from Sunday in Armenia. Funded by Iranian cinema producer Taqi Aliqolizadeh, the film is a joint 2017 production between the two countries. It participated in the 41st edition of the Montreal World Film Festival (August 24-September…

FNE and Europa Distribution are launching a new chapter in our Distributor of the Month section. In the coming months we will talk with European distributors about their lineup, their best marketing campaigns developed for different windows and what advice they would give to a new distributor. This month we speak with Jakub Mróz, the president of Tongariro Releasing, the first distribution company in Poland specialised in LGBT cinema (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender). Tongariro Releasing was established in 2010. Its VOD service, outfilm.pl, contains more than 200 films and its laboratory provides services for other distributors. FNE: How would you describe…

The UCLA Film and Television Archive returns the golden age of Spanish language cinema back to Main Street. The Getty Center’s second iteration of the arts initiative “Pacific Standard Time” spotlights the Latin American creative space in Los Angeles, titled “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.” UCLA’s Film and Television Archive teamed up with the Getty to create a lineup of approximately 40 Spanish-language films hailing from different Spanish-speaking countries including Mexico, Argentina and Cuba for the exhibition. The archive restored and rediscovered around 40 Spanish language films, some considered lost or irrelevant, from the golden age of films – the 1930s…

As more countries select their official foreign language Oscar entries, many of which screened during the fall film festivals, several well-regarded titles are moving their way into top contention. The final submission deadline is October 2. As many as 90 films could wind up vying for the initial shortlist of 9, and final five nominations. It’s no surprise that Sweden selected Ruben Östlund’s hilarious Palme d’Or-winner “The Square” (October 27, Magnolia Pictures), an art-world satire shot in majority Swedish with some English from stars Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, and Dominic West, thus giving Östlund another shot after “Force Majeure” was a surprise…

Director Danish Renzu, who comes from Kashmir, in a collaborative project with a fellow Kashmiri pandit, Sunayana Kachroo, tells the story of Neela, a half widow, whose husband disappears after being picked up by armed forces in the dark of night from their home in Srinagar in 1999. Returning to Kashmir after a decade and taking inspiration from the life of activist Parveena Ahangar, Renzu creates the character of Neela. Before embarking on his passion of filmmaking, Renzu studied electrical engineering from the University of California and then worked for a short period of time at the telecom industry. Driven…

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