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‘The Chambermaid’: Why Mexico’s Oscar Submission Is Much More Than This Year’s ‘Roma’

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‘The Chambermaid’: Why Mexico’s Oscar Submission Is Much More Than This Year’s ‘Roma’
Eight years ago, self-taught Mexican filmmaker Lila Avilés came across a photography book by visual artist Sophie Calle titled “Hotel.” It featured images of the garbage and objects guests left behind at a hotel in Venice, Italy. From these traces of absence, Avilés realized she could construct a profile of the person who once stayed there.

As Avilés considered the people who enter these private spaces, collect the remnants of their lives, and fix them up for the next occupant, these ingredients became the basis for a stage play — and that, in turn, gave way to the screenplay for her first feature, “The Chambermaid,” which she co-wrote with Juan Carlos Marquéz.

The captivating film is now Mexico’s Oscar contender in the newly renamed Best International Feature Film category, after premiering at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival followed by an extensive, globe-trekking festival run. Picked up by Kino Lorber, “The Chambermaid” opened in U.
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Iceland’s A White, White Day wins the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck - Festivals / Awards - Germany

Hlynur Pálmason’s second feature has claimed the competition’s main prize, while Rúnar Rúnarsson was the recipient of the prestigious Interfilm Church Prize for Echo. “The Ndr Film Prize jury honours a film that explores the despair of a great loss with almost playful ease. In unusual, precise scenes, the characters interact as equals, displaying enormous strength and comedic elements. This is brave filmmaking, bolstered by breathtakingly inventive skill and powerful imagery.” This was the jury statement accompanying the Ndr Film Prize at the Nordic Film Days in Lübeck, which was bestowed upon Hlynur Pálmason’s A White, White Day. The Nordic Film Days, held annually in November since 1956, is one of the few European festivals devoted entirely to presenting Nordic and Baltic films. Many directors whose features were presented in Lübeck have seen their careers skyrocket – names such as Bille August, Aki Kaurismäki and Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, among others.
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Austria, Croatia, Uruguay select Oscar 2020 international film entries

Austria, Croatia, Uruguay select Oscar 2020 international film entries
Which film will follow on from ‘Roma’ in winning the prize?

Submissions for the best international feature film award at the 2020 Academy Awards have started to come in, and Screen is keeping a running list of each film below.

This is the first year the award will be given under the new name of ‘best international feature film’, after a change in April from ‘foreign-language film’.

The eligibility rules remain the same: an international feature film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the Us with a predominantly non-English dialogue track and can include animated and documentary features.
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Hungary selects ‘Those Who Remained’ for Oscar 2020 international feature category

Hungary selects ‘Those Who Remained’ for Oscar 2020 international feature category
Which film will follow on from ‘Roma’ in winning the prize?

Submissions for the best international feature film award at the 2020 Academy Awards have started to come in, and Screen is keeping a running list of each film below.

This is the first year the award will be given under the new name of ‘best international feature film’, after a change in April from ‘foreign-language film’.

The eligibility rules remain the same: an international feature film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the Us with a predominantly non-English dialogue track and can include animated and documentary features.
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Netherlands, Finland pick Oscar 2020 international film entries

Netherlands, Finland pick Oscar 2020 international film entries
Which film will follow on from ‘Roma’ in winning the prize?

Submissions for the best international feature film award at the 2020 Academy Awards have started to come in, and Screen is keeping a running list of each film below.

This is the first year the award will be given under the new name of ‘best international feature film’, after a change in April from ‘foreign-language film’.

The eligibility rules remain the same: an international feature film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the Us with a predominantly non-English dialogue track and can include animated and documentary features.
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Inside the story by Anne-Katrin Titze

Valerio Mastandrea on Abel Ferrara: "An American frame by Abel is different from any other one. Because he moves people to feel cinema inside, you know." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At Open Roads: New Italian Cinema in New York, first-time director Valerio Mastandrea of Laughing (Ride), starring Chiara Martegiani, told me how he was influenced by Ettore Scola, Mario Monicelli and Aki Kaurismäki. Valerio talks about getting inside the story with the directors he has acted for, including Silvio Soldini's Garibaldi's Lovers (Il Comandante E La Cicogna) opposite Alba Rohrwacher, Marco Bellocchio's Sweet Dreams (Fai Bei Sogni), and Valeria Golino's Euphoria (Euforia) with Riccardo Scamarcio, Jasmine Trinca and Isabella Ferrari.

Valerio is Nico Naldini, confidant to Pier Paolo Pasolini, played by Willem Dafoe in Abel Ferrara's Pasolini.

Valerio Mastandrea on Abel Ferrara: "The way Abel looked at me who observed - that's the difference that he can
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The Best Movies New to Every Major Streaming Platform in August 2019

Netflix may get most of the attention, but it’s hardly a one-stop shop for cinephiles who are looking to stream essential classic and contemporary films. Each of the prominent streaming platforms — and there are more of them all the time — caters to its own niche of film obsessives.

From chilling horror fare on Shudder, to the boundless wonders of the Criterion Channel, and esoteric (but unmissable) festival hits on Film Movement Plus and Ovid.tv, IndieWire’s monthly guide will highlight the best of what’s coming to every major streaming site, with an eye towards exclusive titles that may help readers decide which of these services is right for them.

Here’s the best of the best for August 2019.

Amazon Prime

There are some big new movies coming to Amazon Prime this month, but most of these recent Hollywood titles will also be available to stream on Hulu and/or Netflix.
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Kaurismäki Brothers Take One for the Road as Their Bars Face Eviction

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It’s time for last orders at Corona, Dubrovnik and Kafe Mockba, as the legendary Helsinki complex, co-owned by Finland’s best known directors, will close down for good in June. After undergoing complete renovation, the building on Eerikinkatu will then be turned into a hotel.

The decision to serve eviction notices to one of Helsinki’s most beloved spots provoked a general outcry. Sadly, it is now final, with Andorra Culture and Entertainment Center – consisting of Corona Bar, Dubrovnik and Kafe Mockba, as well as movie theatre Kino Andorra – shutting down its long-serving doors already in June. “There was nothing to be done” – explains Nuppu Koivu, who has been working there for 17 years. Scoring a part of a waitress in Aki Kaurismäki Berlin Silver Bear-winner “The Other Side of Hope” somewhere along the way. “The owners of the building decided not to renew our contract, there will be a
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Terrence Malick, Corneliu Porumboiu films receive matching scores on Screen’s Cannes jury grid

Terrence Malick, Corneliu Porumboiu films receive matching scores on Screen’s Cannes jury grid
Both titles recorded an average of 2.5.

Corneliu Porumboiu’s The Whistlers and Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life are the latest titles to bed down on Screen’s Cannes 2019 jury grid, with both films receiving the same average of 2.5.

Porumboiu recorded consistent scores across his 10 marks, with four threes (good) and four twos (average) broken only by a four (excellent) from Meduza’s Anton Dolin and a one (poor) from Sight And Sound’s Nick James.

The Whistlers stars Vlad Ivanov as a corrupt cop who gets involved in a high-stakes heist, using the secret whistling language spoken on the Spanish island of La Gomera.
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Do You Speak Kaurismäki?

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Aki Kaurismäki. Photo courtesy of Janus Films.Watching an Aki Kaurismäki film can feel like dropping in on a world just out of step with our own. All the elements are there—the streets, the buildings, the people (and their docile dogs). But something is always off. A man’s desk is taken away while he’s still sitting at it to indicate he’s been laid off. A woman asks a pharmacist what rat poison does. “It kills,” the pharmacist says blankly. It’s as if the Finnish filmmaker is recreating a version of planet Earth with all the nuance removed. These highly orchestrated facsimiles should feel foreign, but their simplicity and dry humor instead allows for a familiarity to sink in. His universe is in fact far more relatable—and far more human—than meets the eye. Although he’s gained a reputation as a comically cynical auteur,
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NYC Weekend Watch: Claire Denis, Mike Leigh, Aki Kaurismäki & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Bam

The largest-ever Us retrospective of one of our greatest filmmakers is underway with “Claire Denis: Strange Desire.”

Museum of the Moving Image

Three Mike Leigh masterworks screen this weekend.

La meilleur cochon, Miss Piggy, gets her highlight reel on Saturday.

Metrograph

Hopefully with a shower close at hand, the Harmony Korine retrospective continues, while
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John Carpenter to receive Cannes Directors' Fortnight's Carrosse d'Or award

John Carpenter to receive Cannes Directors' Fortnight's Carrosse d'Or award
The board of the rebellious parallel section praised the Halloween director’s mastery of the horror genre.

France’s directors’ guild the Société des Réalisateurs de Film (Srf) has announced it will honour John Carpenter with its Carrosse d’Or award on the opening night of its 51st Cannes Directors’ Fortnight on May 15.

The board of the rebellious parallel section praised the Halloween director’s mastery of the horror genre, publishing an extract of the invitation letter it had sent to the filmmaker.

“Each of your films enhances the irresistible delight of staging. In each of them, the work on space,
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‘O Beautiful Night’: First Trailer For Berlin Film Festival Comedy From ‘Toni Erdmann’ Team — Efm

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‘O Beautiful Night’: First Trailer For Berlin Film Festival Comedy From ‘Toni Erdmann’ Team — Efm
Exclusive: Here’s an intriguing first trailer for Berlin Film Festival comedy-drama O Beautiful Night, which is produced by Toni Erdmann and Western outfit Komplizen Film and sold at the Efm by key European arthouse firm The Match Factory.

Xaver Böhm’s fun-looking feature debut, whose trailer has hints of Jim Jarmusch and Aki Kaurismäki, follows angsty character Juri. Although he’s young, Juri lives in constant fear of dying. Nightly panic attacks for him are routine, but one night he meets a dark figure who claims to be Death incarnate. So begins a bizarro Faustian trip together through the night, during which Juri meets Nina and falls in love with her. But come dawn, one of them must die. Böhm scripts the German-language pic with Ariana Berndl.

Starring are Noah Saavedra (Egon Schiele: Death and the Maiden), Marko Mandic and Vanessa Loibl. Producers are Toni Erdmann writer-director Maren Ade
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Film Review: ‘St. Bernard Syndicate’

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Film Review: ‘St. Bernard Syndicate’
John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan may have received major award nominations this season for their fine work in “Stan & Ollie,” but there’s arguably a superior Laurel & Hardy tribute act to be found in the droll Danish comedy “St. Bernard Syndicate.” As a pair of bumbling losers who turn an already dubious business proposal — breeding and hawking St. Bernard puppies for the Chinese market — into a shambolically fine mess, actors Frederik Cilius and Rasmus Bruun have a passive-aggressive, oil-and-water chemistry that somehow recalls the bantering vintage duo as if stranded in a Dogme 95 comedy of embarrassment. A wily left turn into narrative filmmaking for celebrated docmaker Mads Brügger (“The Red Chapel”), “St. Bernard Syndicate” deftly extends the dry satirical streak of his non-fiction work into a more heightened vein of farce; rarefied cult status awaits.

Receiving a limited run in U.S. theaters around the same time as
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Seven countries announce foreign language Oscar entries, including Croatia, Norway, Singapore

Seven countries announce foreign language Oscar entries, including Croatia, Norway, Singapore
Screen’s regularly updated list of foreign language Oscar submissions.

Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards are not until Tuesday January 22, but the first submissions for best foreign-language film are now being announced.

Last year saw a record 92 submissions for the award, which were narrowed down to a shortlist of nine. This was cut to five nominees, with Sebastián Lelio’s transgender drama A Fantastic Woman ultimately taking home the gold statue.

Screen’s interview with Mark Johnson, chair of the Academy’s foreign-language film committee, explains the shortlisting process from submission to voting.

Submitted films must be released theatrically
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'Phantom Thread' wins Fipresci Grand Prix

'Phantom Thread' wins Fipresci Grand Prix
The other finalists were Three Billboards, Cold War and Zama.

Phantom Thread has been voted best film by the International Federation of Film Critics (Fipresci), with director Paul Thomas Anderson set to collect the Grand Prix at the San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 21-29).

The vote was decided by 473 critics from all over the world, who chose the winner from films that premiered after July 1 2017.

The other three finalists were Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri by Martin McDonagh, Cold War by Pawel Pawlikowski – which won best director in Cannes - and Zama by Lucrecia Martel.

It will be the third
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Traverse City Film Festival 2018 Lineup: Michael Moore Brings ‘Rbg,’ ‘Support the Girls,’ and More to Michigan

Traverse City Film Festival 2018 Lineup: Michael Moore Brings ‘Rbg,’ ‘Support the Girls,’ and More to Michigan
The Traverse City Film Festival is celebrating its 14th year in 2018 by bringing together some of the year’s best indies and documentaries, plus classics from Jonathan Demme, Hal Ashby, and more. The Michigan-set festival, backed by Michael Moore, is being run in 2018 by directors Susan Fisher and Meg Weichman, who have worked on the festival for nearly a decade and have been at the helm since December.

Tickets for this year’s edition will go on sale to the public on Saturday, July 21 (click here for the official festival website). Friends of the Film Festival will be able to get early access to tickets with advance sales starting Sunday, July 15.

The full lineup for the 2018 Traverse City Film Festival is below.

Opening Night: “Rbg

Centerpiece: “Hearts Beat Loud

Closing Night: “Burden

Open Space

“Stop Making Sense,” Jonathan Demme

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” Jake Kasdan

Coco,” Lee Unkrich

Black Panther,
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New to Streaming: ‘Isle of Dogs,’ ‘Gemini,’ ‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘The Endless,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Endless (Aaron Moorhead & Justin Benson)

To resolve is to settle, finding the determination to do something rather than simply wait for something to happen to you. A resolution isn’t therefore a firm ending. On the contrary, it serves to provide beginnings. That decision has the potential to set you onto a path towards freedom either from the danger of outside forces or the complacency rendering you immobile within.
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Blu-ray Review: The Other Side Of Hope Explored via Criterion

Refugees travel lightly, but we can unpack this: What is “the other side of hope,” anyway? Some say it’s despair; others more cynically say it’s truth. But what they mean with those answers are “opposite,” which is not necessarily the same as “the other side.” The latest production from Finland’s greatest auteur, Aki Kaurismäki, is being singled as one of his best. It bears the thoughtful title, “The Other Side of Hope” (Toivon Tuolla Puolen). As the second part of a self-prescribed “Immigration Trilogy,” Kaurismäki isn’t so much interested in wallowing in despair of the contemporary immigrant experience, as difficult as that experience all too often is. Rather, the filmmaker takes us, tonally speaking, around to the backside of the issue: the dingy, once-ignored...

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Blu-ray Review: The Other Side Of Hope Explored via Criterion

Refugees travel lightly, but we can unpack this: What is “the other side of hope,” anyway? Some say it’s despair; others more cynically say it’s truth. But what they mean with those answers are “opposite,” which is not necessarily the same as “the other side.” The latest production from Finland’s greatest auteur, Aki Kaurismäki, is being singled as one of his best. It bears the thoughtful title, “The Other Side of Hope” (Toivon Tuolla Puolen). As the second part of a self-prescribed “Immigration Trilogy,” Kaurismäki isn’t so much interested in wallowing in despair of the contemporary immigrant experience, as difficult as that experience all too often is. Rather, the filmmaker takes us, tonally speaking, around to the backside of the issue: the dingy, once-ignored...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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