12/02/2015 Box Office
Clearstream Affair opened yesterday, and is the #1 French movie in Paris.
The academy granted a special prize to honor director Celine Sciamma for Girlhood, which had been nominated in the best film, director and actress categories.
World Cinema Dramatic Competition
The Summer of Sangaile brings back the Directing Award from the World Cinema Dramatic competition at this year's Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The Lithuanian film will premiere in Europe at the Berlinale Panorama selection on February 7 (8pm, CinemaxX 7).
Including Best Director and Most Promising Actress
Girlhood is nominated in 4 different categories: Best Director (Céline Sciamma), Most Promising Actress (main actress Karidja Touré), Best Music (Para One), Best Sound (Pierre André, Daniel Sobrino). The film, which premiered at Cannes in the Directors' Fortnight competition is currently out in the US.
Including Best Film and Best Director
Eastern Boys is nominated in 3 different categories for this year's César Awards: Best Film, Best Director (Robin Campillo) and Most Promising Actor (Kirill Emelyanov). Winners will be announced on February 20.
Including Best First Film and Most Promising Actor
May Allah Bless France! by Abd Al Malik, and featuring Marc Zinga as Regis/Abd Al Malik, will be present at the 2015 César Award Ceremony with nominations in two categories: Best First Feature and Most Promising Actor (Marc Zinga). The film will screen at the Berlin EFM on February 6 (1:30 PM, CineStar 5).
Films Distribution picks-up Italian box
“An Italian Name”. This
laugh-out-loud comedy directed by Francesca Archibugi, stars Alessandro Gassman and Micaela Ramazzotti and is adapted from French international hit “Le Prénom”
(What's in a Name?). The Italian comedy released last week grossed $1.2 million on its
first weekend, the movie will premiere in Berlin
at EFM on February 5 (4:50 PM,
CinemaxX 5) & February 8 (4:45
PM, Cinestar 1).
"A poetic surprise from Lithuania. A haunting, hypnotically shot story about a young woman in love with flying and another teenage girl who encourages her passion." - LA Times
"It's a delightful film with stimulating visuals" - Slug Magazine
"Kavaïté has a gift for lyrical sensuality" - Mike D'Angelo
"An uplifting (literally!) romantic drama" - Michael Arbeiter
"Alanté Kavaïté levels a far more honest eye upon the girls' lovemaking than Abdellatif Kéchiche's animalistic male gaze ... Gorgeous photography filled with beauty and symbolism; strong sound design and score; lead performances impress; honest till the end" - Rob Hunter
"Appealingly simple, poetically conceived teen coming-of-age tale" - The Hollywood Reporter
"It's remarkable, even hours after seeing the picture, how many images Kavaïté is able to compose that stick in your head" - Gregory Ellwood, Hitflix
After Sundance, The Summer of Sangailé will be part of the 2015 Panorama Section at Berlin International Film Festival.
13/01/2015 Awards, In Production
The Man From Oran is nominated for Best french-speaking film.
Tokyo Fiancée is nominated in 3 categories: Best actress for Pauline Etienne, Best cinematography, Best costumes.
Not My Type is nominated for Best director (Lucas Belvaux), Best actress (Emilie Duquenne), Best film, Best screenplay, Best sound, Best supporting actress, and Best original score.
Scouting for Zebras is nominated for Best film and Best actor for Benoit Poelvoorde.
Including Best Picture & Best Director
Magical Girl by Carlos Vermut is nominated in 7 different Goya Awards categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay (Carlos Vermut), Best Leading Actress (Barbara Lennie), Best Leading Actor (Luis Bermejo), Best Supporting Actor (Jose Sacristan), Best New Actor (Israel Elejalde). Results will be announced on February 7.
The Clearstream Affair by Vincent Garenq The Man From Oran by Lyes Salem Tokyo Fiancée by Stefan Liberski Young Tiger by Cyprien Vial 40-Love by Stéphane Demoustier May Allah Bless France! by Abd Al Malik On the Edge of the World by Claus Drexel
"Housebound is breathtakingly hilarious, authentically scary, narratively unpredictable and stylistically confident, so much so that to give any details away in any fashion would spoil the experience; even the poster art for the film carries an excellent misdirect, which makes the final product all the more valuable. But if you like your horror with comedy, Housebound is perfection, delivering hard and brilliantly conceived laughs while still having enough straight-faced and respectful scares to please even the most humorless horror fans." - Ken W. Hanley
The Grand Prix du Jury has been given to The Man From Oran at the
Mediterranean Film Festival which has just taken place in Brussels
between the 12th and the 15th of December.
As the jury expressed with its own words: "In a very subtle manner, Lyes Salem has found the way to raise the problem of betrayed revolutionary values; it's not enough to create a revolution, it is a must to build it up afterwards".
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Gett, the Trial of Vivane Amsalem will be among the five Best Foreign Language Film nominees at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards (January 11, 2015). The nominees were officially announced this morning in L.A. The film directed by Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz, and distributed by Music Box in the US, is also Israel’s official foreign-language Oscar submission.