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Trafficking Tale ‘Buoyancy’ Heads For North American Release at Kino Lorber

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Trafficking Tale ‘Buoyancy’ Heads For North American Release at Kino Lorber
Buoyancy,” the Australian-made story that has gathered momentum as a powerhouse depiction of human trafficking, is set to be released in North American theaters. Rights were acquired by specialty distributor Kino Lorber, which will give it a cinema opening in Spring 2020 ahead of video on demand and home video outings.

The rights sale was handled by Paris-based sales agent Charades.

The film portrays the desperate journey of two Cambodian teenagers who are unwittingly signed up to join Thailand’s commercial fishing fleet. There the labor is forced, and the trawlers only rarely return to port.

Buoyancy” had its premiere nearly a year ago as part of the Berlin film festival, and has since played at the Mumbai, Melbourne and Macao festivals. It has picked up multiple accolades including the best youth feature prize from the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

It was directed by documentary maker Rodd Rathjen as his first feature-length fiction film.
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Review: Nour - Turin 2019

Maurizio Zaccaro brings to the big screen an episode from the working life of Pietro Bartolo, the Lampedusa doctor who comes to the aid of migrants, in an important and highly affecting account. As two women scroll through their holiday photos at dawn aboard a boat, they hear cries that sound like they’re coming from people in the sea. Little by little, they make them out in the water. They’re immigrants whose boat has sunk in the Lampedusa waters, and it’s with this scene of contrast that Nour opens, the new film by Maurizio Zaccaro presented at the 37th Turin Film Festival within the Festa Mobile section. The director and winner of multiple David di Donatello awards has devoted this most recent work of his to Pietro Bartolo - the Lampedusa doctor made famous by Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire at Sea - recounting one particular episode from Bartolo’s role as coordinator.
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‘The Biggest Little Farm’ Leads Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations

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‘The Biggest Little Farm’ Leads Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations
John Chester’s “The Biggest Little Farm,” a film about a husband and wife trying to establish a small farm in Southern California, led all films in nominations for the fourth annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards, the Critics Choice Association announced on Monday.

The film received seven nominations in 16 categories, including Best Documentary Feature and Best Director. Todd Douglas Miller’s “Apollo 11,” which used 50-year-old footage to reconstruct the moon mission, received six, as did Peter Jackson’s “They Shall Not Grow Old,” which used enhanced 100-year-old footage to bring World War I to movie screens in special-event engagements.

Other films nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category are “American Factory,” “The Cave,” “Honeyland,” “The Kingmaker,” “Knock Down the House,” “Maiden” and “One Child Nation.” And because the Bfca has given up trying to draw a line between film and television docs, the HBO two-part series “Leaving Neverland” was
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Kino Lorber acquires Cannes Un Certain Regard prize-winner 'Beanpole' ahead of Tiff premiere (exclusive)

Kino Lorber acquires Cannes Un Certain Regard prize-winner 'Beanpole' ahead of Tiff premiere (exclusive)
Oscar-nominated producer Alexander Rodnyansky of Ar Content produced postwar drama.

In the run-up to the Canadian premiere in Tiff, Kino Lorber has acquired Us rights to Kantemir Balagov’s Cannes Un Certain Regard best director prize-winner and festival favourite Beanpole.

The postwar Leningrad-set drama just received its North American premiere in Telluride and screens in Tiff Contemporary World Cinema on Monday (9). After that it plays New York Film Festival and San Sebastian prior to a January 29, 2020, launch at New York’s Film Forum followed by nationwide rollout, and VOD and home video in spring.

Oscar-nominated producer Alexander Rodnyansky of Ar
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Zeitgeist Films, Kino Lorber team up on ‘Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project’ (exclusive)

Festival favourite to open in New York in November.

Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to Matt Wolf’s documentary and festival favourite Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project.

Andrew and Walter Kortschak of Los Angeles-based End Cue and Kyle Martin of Electric Chinoland developed and produced the documentary, which received its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival and went on to screen at AFI Docs and Hot Docs.

Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project centres on Marion Stokes, a radical recruited by the Communist Party, who became a wealthy reclusive archivist later in life and
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Euro Sales Exec Daniela Elstner Appointed Managing Director Of French Cinema Promotion Body UniFrance

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European sales veteran Daniela Elstner, head of Paris-based sales company Doc & Film international, has been appointed as the new managing director of French cinema promotion organization UniFrance.

Elstner replaces Isabelle Giordano who is leaving at the end of July after six years. Her selection was approved unanimously by the organization’s executive committee. She is expected to step down from Doc & Film.

Meanwhile, UniFrance president Serge Toubiana has been unanimously re-elected for another two year term.

UniFrance plays an important role for French industry, especially at major festivals and markets. The organization oversees a number of events promoting French films and talent including Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in Paris; the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York, which is organized in tandem with the Film Society of Lincoln Center; and the French Film Festival in Yokohama, Japan.

Respected exec Elstner has been MD at doc specialist Doc & Film for
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Daniela Elstner Becomes Managing Director of UniFrance

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Daniela Elstner, one of France’s top sales executives, has been named managing director of UniFrance, the French film promotion body which is dedicated to fast-tracking the export of local films and talent pool.

Elstner’s nomination was proposed by UniFrance president Serge Toubiana, who was reelected last Thursday for a second two-year term, and approved unanimously by the organisation’s executive committee. Elstner is succeeding to French film journalist Isabelle Giordano who is officially leaving the org at the end of the month following a six-year tenure.

The German-born Elstner has been spearheading the Paris-based sales company Doc & Film International since 2008 as managing director and shareholder. Under her leadership, the outfit has represented films by Chantal Akerman, Jacques Doillon, Nicolas Philibert and Bruno Dumont, among other auteurs, in international markets. The company has also been handling politically- and socially-minded movies and documentaries such as Gianfranco Rosi’s “Fire at Sea
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Daniela Elstner appointed managing director of Unifrance

Daniela Elstner appointed managing director of Unifrance
Respected international sales veteran replaces outgoing Isabelle Giordano.

Sales veteran Daniela Elstner, best known as the head of Paris-based sales company Doc & Film International, has been appointed as the new managing director of French cinema promotional body Unifrance.

She replaces Isabelle Giordano who is leaving at the end of July after six years in the role.

The appointment was overseen by Unifrance president Serge Toubiana who was unanimously re-elected for another two-year term last week.

“I’m overjoyed that Daniela Elstner, a major figure in the export of French cinema, who is recognised throughout the profession for her knowledge
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‘Atlantics’ Review: Mati Diop’s Dazzling Ghost Story About the Refugee Crisis — Cannes

‘Atlantics’ Review: Mati Diop’s Dazzling Ghost Story About the Refugee Crisis — Cannes
Several recent movies have explored the refugee crisis as a deadly proposition, from the documentary “Fire at Sea” to “Mediterranean,” both of which focus on dramatic attempts to cross the ocean on rickety boats. The striking distinction of Mati Diop’s “Atlantics” is the way it magnifies the experiences of those left behind. Diop’s gorgeous, mesmerizing feature directorial debut focuses on the experiences of a young woman named Ada (Mama Sané) stuck in repressive circumstances on the coast of Dakar after her boyfriend vanishes en route to Spain. But it’s less fixated on his departure with other locals than its impact on Ada, and the community around her, as it contends with the eerie specter of the boys who went away.

An actress and filmmaker whose experimental shorts touch on similar themes, Diop’s first feature doesn’t always fit together from a narrative perspective, but it musters
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Oscars: Why the Gap Is Closing Between Foreign-Language and Documentary Categories

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Oscars: Why the Gap Is Closing Between Foreign-Language and Documentary Categories
For most of the 60-plus years in which foreign-language film and documentary feature have been competitive Oscar categories, they have had very little to do with each other: separate fields to honor the kinds of film that most Academy voters won’t consider for best picture, with no intersection between them. To this day, no film has ever been nominated for both awards.

In recent years, however, a few have come close, beginning with a 2008 landmark: Israel’s “Waltz With Bashir.” Ari Folman’s path-breaking animated Lebanon War memoir made history by becoming the first documentary ever nominated for foreign-language film; the documentary branch, however, ruled it ineligible due to its lack of a bi-coastal qualifying run. (The animation branch didn’t spring for it either.) One doc has cracked the foreign-language category since: Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh’s Khmer Rouge reflection “The Missing Picture,” in 2013. Unlike Folman’s film,
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From Spike Lee to Paul Greengrass, Oscar Contenders are Compelled to Recreate the Past and Reveal the Present

From Spike Lee to Paul Greengrass, Oscar Contenders are Compelled to Recreate the Past and Reveal the Present
For filmmakers who choose to look to the past to reveal who we are now, these are some challenging times. It’s easy to say that truth is stranger than fiction, but that’s not exactly true: With daily news feeds that can seem like an endless scrolling of inciting incidents, outrageous is the new normal. As a result, some of the best films of the season can be the ones that filmmakers wish they didn’t have to make.

“Sometimes, the political landscape develops in a positive way and sometimes the political landscape develops in a negative way,” said Joel Edgerton, actor-writer-director of “Boy Erased,” based on Garrard Conly’s memoir. It’s the 2004 Bush-era story of a gay teenager (Lucas Hedges) who is outed to his Baptist preacher father and his mother (Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman) and sent to conversion therapy lockup, where the lead counselor (Edgerton
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From Spike Lee to Paul Greengrass, Oscar Contenders are Compelled to Recreate the Past and Reveal the Present

  • Indiewire
From Spike Lee to Paul Greengrass, Oscar Contenders are Compelled to Recreate the Past and Reveal the Present
For filmmakers who choose to look to the past to reveal who we are now, these are some challenging times. It’s easy to say that truth is stranger than fiction, but that’s not exactly true: With daily news feeds that can seem like an endless scrolling of inciting incidents, outrageous is the new normal. As a result, some of the best films of the season can be the ones that filmmakers wish they didn’t have to make.

“Sometimes, the political landscape develops in a positive way and sometimes the political landscape develops in a negative way,” said Joel Edgerton, actor-writer-director of “Boy Erased,” based on Garrard Conly’s memoir. It’s the 2004 Bush-era story of a gay teenager (Lucas Hedges) who is outed to his Baptist preacher father and his mother (Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman) and sent to conversion therapy lockup, where the lead counselor (Edgerton
See full article at Indiewire »

Paul Greengrass: Why I Needed to Make ’22 July’

Paul Greengrass: Why I Needed to Make ’22 July’
Paul Greengrass was stuck. It was early 2016, and he’d been exploring a possible project about the migration of refugees coming through Lampedusa, the Italian island that had become a landing point for many seeking asylum in Europe — as well as the site of numerous incidents involving sinking boats and mass deaths. (For a good overview of what was happening there, check out the documentary Fire at Sea.) Something, however, did not feel right. “I just had the sense that this was a small part of a bigger picture,” the director says,
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Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards nominations: ‘Free Solo’ leads with 6, ‘Minding the Gap’ picks up 5

Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards nominations: ‘Free Solo’ leads with 6, ‘Minding the Gap’ picks up 5
Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi‘s “Free Solo” leads the third annual Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards with six bids, including Best Documentary and Best Director. Also nabbing nominations in those two top categories is Bing Liu‘s “Minding the Gap,” which is also in the running for Best First Time Director, as well as “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” “Dark Money,” “Hitler’s Hollywood,” and “Three Identical Strangers.” In all 10 films were nominated for the top prize at these awards bestowed by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. (Bfca). The other four are “Crime + Punishment,” “Hal,” “Rbg,” and “Wild Wild Country.”

Last year the Bfca nominated 16 films for this award, three of which –“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” “Faces Places,” and “Strong Island” — went on to contend at the Oscars. And in 2016 the Bfca shared its Best Documentary winner (“O.J.: Made in America”) with the Academy
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Cannes: Les Films d’Ici Boards ‘Blue Mountain,’ Chile’s Joy Penroz’s Debut (Exclusive)

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Paris-based Les Films d’Ici has boarded the ecological fantasy tale “Montaña Azul” (“Blue Mountain”), the feature debut of Chilean filmmaker Joy Penroz.

Les Films d’Ici will be French co-producer. Penroz is writing and will directs and produces the project, also set up at Chilean outfit Raki Films. Sébastien Onomo will co-produce “Blue Mountain” on behalf of Les Films D’Ici.

Well-know for titles such as Golden Globe award winning animated feature “Waltz with Bashir,” Les Films d’Ici’s more recent credits encompass Gianfranco Rossi’s Oscar-nominated 2016 Berlinale Golden Bear winner “Fire at Sea,” and Denis Do’s upcoming 2018 Annecy player “Funan.”

The French company is currently promoting “Blue Mountain” at Cannes, working on an international cast with the aim of filming in Chile in 2019.

An international family and young audience targeted film, “Blue Mountain” takes place in a mountain hamlet in Southern Chile, where an ancient Mapuche curses the young Pehuencura,
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Gianfranco Rosi talks documentary challenges, upcoming projects

Gianfranco Rosi talks documentary challenges, upcoming projects
Italian documentarian was giving a masterclass at Qumra.

Italian filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi is renowned in documentary circles for the immersive and lengthy processes behind his work which can result in him living months, and often years, in the place or with the community he wants to capture on film.

He spent more than a year on the Italian island of Lampedusa in preparation for his Oscar-nominated, Berlinale Golden Bear-winning work Fire At Sea, juxtaposing the dramatic arrival of refugees on its shores with the routine lives of the locals.

He shot his 2008 work Below Sea Level – revolving around a community
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True Colours adds Valeria Golino's 'Euphoria' ahead of Efm (exclusive)

Golino’s second feature shows the difficult relationship between two brothers.

At the eve of the Efm, Italian world sales company True Colours adds Valeria Golino’s new film Euphoria to its slate.

Produced by Ht Film and Indigo Film, who are partnering again after the success of Sergio Castellitto’s Fortunata, together with Rai Cinema (Fire At Sea, Daughter Of Mine), Euphoria will be distributed in Italy by 01 in 2018.

The film is currently in post-production after finishing its 8 weeks of shooting in December.

Euphoria’s cast includes Riccardo Scamarcio (Them, John Wick 2) and Valerio Mastandrea (Perfect Strangers, The Place) as the two brothers, as well as Un Certain Regard Best Actress Jasmine Trinca (Fortunata, Honey) in a supporting role.

The film tells the story of the difficult relationship between two brothers with opposite characters. It is written by Valeria Golino, Francesca Marciano (Me And You, [link
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Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York to close by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-12-19 19:43:04

Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York to close next month Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Dan and Toby Talbot, longtime operators and programmers (since 1981) of the six-screen Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, located on Broadway and 62nd Street near Lincoln Center plan to end their run on January 21, 2018 when the lease runs out.

The Measure Of A Man poster at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

Over the past two years I had the pleasure to do opening night post-screening discussions at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas with Géza Röhrig, star of the Oscar-winning Best Foreign Language Film Son Of Saul, directed by László Nemes; with Atom Egoyan for his film Remember, starring Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau; with Gianfranco Rosi on his Oscar-nominated documentary Fire At Sea (Fuocoammare); with Vincent Lindon, star of Stéphane Brizé‘s The Measure Of A Man (La Loi Du Marché), and with Stig Björkman and Pia Lindström on his New...
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Doc NYC 2017: Early bird highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

Jr's Faces Places (Visages villages) co-director Agnès Varda at her Blum & Poe exhibition Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Last year's Doc NYC Short List programme had the five Documentary Feature Oscar nominees - Ava DuVernay's 13th; Roger Ross Williams's Life, Animated; Raoul Peck's I Am Not Your Negro; Gianfranco Rosi's Fire At Sea (Fuocoammare), and the 89th Academy Award winner, Oj: Made In America, directed by Ezra Edelman.

Brett Morgen's Jane Goodall documentary Jane with a score by Philip Glass; Ceyda Torun's KEDi, and Agnès Varda and Jr's Cannes Film Festival Golden Eye Award winner Faces Places (culminating in a visit to Jean-Luc Godard's front door) from the Doc NYC Short List selections and Blue Velvet Revisited (featuring David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Laura Dern, Jack Nance), directed by Peter Braatz (who was second unit on...
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Making music storytelling by Anne-Katrin Titze

Kinan Azmeh: "When I was a little kid, I was the young clarinetist from Damascus." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At the Grand Central Terminal multi-sensory Interactive Experience inside Vanderbilt Hall for Morgan Neville's The Music Of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma And The Silk Road Ensemble, Kinan Azmeh spoke with me on his work at refugee centres, being the "young clarinetist from Damascus", storytelling, and what home means to him.

Last year, Kinan was unable to perform at Lotus Club with Cristina Pato, Kojiro Umezaki, Colin Jacobsen, Shane Shanahan, Joseph Gramley, Evan Ziporyn, Johnny Gandelsman, Sandeep Das, Abigail Washburn, Logan Coale, Nicholas Cords, and Yo-Yo Ma because he was premiering the film at a refugee camp in Jordan. I brought up Gianfranco Rosi's Oscar nominated Fire At Sea (Fuocoammare) on the Lampedusa refugee crisis during our conversation.

A Music Of Strangers multi-sensory Interactive Experience with Anne-Katrin Titze Photo: Anne-Katrin
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