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Joburg Film Festival Celebrates 30 Years of South African Democracy With Spotlight on ‘Inspiring’ Local Storytellers

variety.com Following on the heels of a successful post-pandemic reboot one year ago, the Joburg Film Festival kicks off its sixth edition on Feb. 27, with the glitzy capital of South…

‘Robot Dreams’ Director Pablo Berger On Stepping Out Of His Comfort Zone To Create A “Dialogue-Free” Animated Film With A Touching Story With A Funky Beat

deadline.com Director Pablo Berger never thought he’d earn his first Oscar nomination for an animated feature, mostly because he never thought he’d direct animation. That is, until one…

Cesar Awards: ‘Anatomy of a Fall’ Named Best Picture

hollywoodreporter.com The 49th Cesar Awards, France’s top film honors, have been handed out in Paris, with Justine Triet‘s Oscar contender Anatomy of a Fall emerging as the big winner. The French…

Cesar Award Winners 2024 (Updating Live)

variety.com The frontrunners for this year’s 49th Cesar Awards are Justine Triet’s Palme d’Or winner “Anatomy of a Fall” and Thomas Cailley’s supernatural drama “The Animal Kingdom”…

This Year, the Berlin Film Festival Sparkles

nytimes.com In February, when the Berlin International Film Festival takes place, the German capital is reliably what meteorologists term “bloody cold.” The overriding fashion aesthetic…

Matteo Garrone On The Right “To Look For A Better Life” As His Oscar Nominated ‘Io Capitano’ Kicks Off U.S. Theatrical Run

deadline.com Italy’s Best International Feature Oscar-nominated Io Capitano starts its U.S. run today in ten market on 21 screens, a bit wider than usual for Cohen Media Group but with…

The 25 best movies on Netflix right now

polygon.com Your time is precious, and your options are endless. The good news: We watch it all so you don’t have to. Polygon’s What to Watch highlights the best, the funniest, the…

The Partnership: ‘Anatomy Of A Fall’ Director Justine Triet And Star Sandra Huller On Reuniting For Their Award-Winning Film, A Scary Sleepover And A Possible…

deadline.com Palme d’Ors don’t grow on trees, so it’s small wonder that the world has fallen for Justine Triet’s Anatomy of a Fall, and the outstanding lead performance of Sandra Hüller,…

Martin Scorsese, George Lucas Team With Film Heritage Foundation to Restore Indian Classic ‘Ghatashraddha’ (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and the Film Heritage Foundation (FHF) have partnered to restore Girish Kasaravalli‘s seminal Indian film “Ghatashraddha” (“The Ritual,” 1977).…

International Insider: London TV Screenings; Berlin Winds Down; Fremantle Returns To Spending Splurge

deadline.com Good afternoon Insiders, Max Goldbart here steering you away from Berlin and towards London for the Screenings. Please do read on, and sign up here. Heading to the capital:…

Berlin Blues: How Can The Berlin Film Festival Be Revitalized?

deadline.com Martin Scorsese was at the Berlinale this week for the first time in a decade. His presence to collect an honorary Golden Bear was a reminder of the festival’s glories of…

Mubi Buys Berlinale Highlight ‘Dahomey’ by Mati Diop for North America, U.K., Germany and More Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com Mubi has bought “Dahomey,” a highlight of this year’s Berlinale competition and directed by Cannes prizewinner Mati Diop (“Atlantics”), for North America, Latin America,…

Renate Reinsve on Going From ‘The Worst Person in The World’ to Sharing the Screen With Sebastian Stan and Gael García Bernal

hollywoodreporter.com If Renate Reinsve hadn’t been offered the lead in Joachim Trier’s 2021 feature The Worst Person in the World, she was planning to quit acting and become a carpenter. After…

‘It Happened in Hollywood’ Podcast: 5 Secrets of ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ As Drag Classic Turns 30

hollywoodreporter.com The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert premiered to a rapturous, midnight-screening reception at Cannes on May 15, 1994. The tart, feel-good comedy follows a trio…

How Hollywood Strikes Affected This Year’s Oscar Race

variety.com Throughout the history of the Academy Awards, there are plenty of external historical events that have influenced when, how and why a lucky winner is chosen. When future…

‘Black Tea’ Review: Abderrahmane Sissako’s Cross-Cultural Love Story is a Disappointingly Weak Brew

variety.com Tea can be an energizer or a sedative. “Black Tea,” the first film in a decade from veteran Mauritanian auteur Abderrahmane Sissako, sips exclusively from the latter end of…

Sandra Hüller, Uneasy in the Spotlight

nytimes.com After Sandra Hüller learned that two movies she stars in — “Anatomy of a Fall” and “The Zone of Interest” — had been selected for the competition at last year’s Cannes Film…

Radhika Jones Looks Back on a 30-Year VF Tradition

vanityfair.com We don’t take the celebration part for granted. Since last year’s Oscars, it’s been an excellent stretch at the movies, starting with Anatomy of a Fall’s Palme d’Or at…

Lily Gladstone on Her Breakthrough Year: “I’ve Got Almost 600 Unread Texts Right Now”

vanityfair.com Hollywood loves a near-miss story, and Lily Gladstone’s is already moving into the pantheon. Living with her parents north of Seattle during the toughest days of the…

Bong Joon-Ho’s ‘Mickey 17’ Won’t Open Until January 2025

deadline.com Warner Bros has dated Mickey 17 for Jan. 31, 2025 — a very odd date for a highly anticipated follow-up from Oscar and Cannes Palme d’Or winning Parasite filmmaker Bong…

How ‘Robot Dreams’ Nabbed a Surprise Oscar Nomination for Director Pablo Berger

thewrap.com One of the biggest — and, quite honestly, best — surprises on Oscar nomination morning was “Robot Dreams” nabbing a Best Animated Feature nomination over much buzzier, more…

After Making Oscar History, Sandra Hüller Already Sees Her Life Changing

vanityfair.com It’s rare for any actor to lead two films that go on to garner best-picture nominations at the Oscars—and it’s fully unprecedented for both of those films to be…

TikTok Announces Third Annual TikTok Short Film Competition

socialmediatoday.com TikTok has announced that it’s hosting its third annual #TikTokShortFilm competition this year, as part of its broader partnership with the Cannes Film Festival, providing…

‘Zone of Interest’ Producer Says Filming at Auschwitz Took a Toll

thewrap.com Jonathan Glazer’s “The Zone of Interest,” only the fourth film in the 24-year feature career of the British director of “Sexy Beast,” “Birth” and “Under the Skin,” is in…

Berlin: Taiwan’s ‘Shambhala,’ ‘Sleep With Your Eyes Open’ Producers Join Forces for Film, TV Venture

variety.com Two Taiwan-based production companies with features in this week’s Berlin Film Festival have joined forces to launch new venture, Long Hu Bao × An Attitude. Taiwan’s Yi Tiao…

Latido Films, ‘Ane’ Director David Perez Sanudo Clinch Two-Picture Deal (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com In a coup for the Madrid-based sales agency, Latido Films has cliched a two picture deal with David Pérez Sañudo whose debut feature, “Ane,” repped by Latido, swept three…

Remembering ‘One-Eyed Jacks’ and ‘Macario’ Actress Pina Pellicer 60 Years After Her Death

variety.com Just as she emerged as one of the brightest lights of Latin American cinema, actor Pina Pellicer died by her own hand 60 years ago. Only 30, she had in a short time…

Jodie Whittaker-Backed $31,000 Short Film Fund Sets Jury Including Whittaker’s Former ‘Doctor Who’ Co-Star

deadline.com The jury for the Jodie Whittaker-backed £25,000 ($31,000) Empower Film Fund for female and non-binary filmmakers has been set. Whittaker’s former Doctor Who co-star Mandip…

Ahead Of His Berlinale Honor, Martin Scorsese Talks Career Collaborations, Film Festivals & The Future Of Cinema: “It Will Be Quite A Bit Tougher, But Cinema…

deadline.com Martin Scorsese is returning to the Berlin Film Festival tomorrow for the first time in a decade. The cinema legend, currently on the awards circuit with latest epic Killers…

European Orgs Could Step Up Ukrainian Biz Support as Filmmakers and Supporters Point to Funding Gaps

variety.com European film agencies, festivals and organizations could do more to support Ukrainian filmmakers, the head of Germany’s state film promotion body, German Films, says.…

Oscar-Nominated ‘Timbuktu’ Director Abderrahmane Sissako on Being ‘Free to Dream’ in Berlin Competition Romantic Drama ‘Black Tea’

variety.com Oscar nominee Abderrahmane Sissako (“Timbuktu”) returns to the screen for the first time in nearly a decade with his latest feature, “Black Tea,” a lushly lensed romantic…

Isabelle Huppert on Her Unique Partnership With ‘A Traveler’s Needs’ Director, Korea’s Hong Sang-soo: ‘I Hope It Goes on Forever’

variety.com France’s Isabelle Huppert, one of the leading actors of her age, has crafted a unique relationship with Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo. Hong’s “A Traveler’s Needs,” which…

Jia Zhangke Epic, ‘We Shall Be All’ to Be Sold by France’s MK2 (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com French shingle MK2 will handle international sales on “We Shall Be All,” a new epic from Jia Zhangke, China’s pre-eminent indie film director. Announced last year, the film…

BAFTAs: Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Boy And The Heron’ Breaks Hollywood’s Hold On Animation Category

deadline.com The animated category seemed at first glance to be wide open, with Hayao Miyazaki’s critically acclaimed film The Boy and The Heron leading the pack by only the tiniest of…

BAFTA Film Awards Winners Announced

deadline.com Refresh for latest…: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has rolled out the red carpet for its annual BAFTA Film Awards here at London’s Royal Festival Hall. The…

‘Dahomey’ Review: Mati Diop Tracks the Return of African Royal Treasures Plundered by French Colonists in Powerful Consideration of Reparations

hollywoodreporter.com With her mesmerizing 2019 debut feature, the lyrical Senegalese ghost story Atlantics, as well as the nonfiction project that preceded it, A Thousand Suns, Mati Diop jumped…

Olivier Assayas on Fears His Pandemic Movie ‘Suspended Time’ Would ‘Come Off as Bizarre’ and Refusing the ‘Hollywood System’ (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com Olivier Assayas, the celebrated French director of “Clouds of Sils Maria” and “Irma Vep,” is making his Berlinale competition debut this year with “Suspended Time,” his most…

Mati Diop On Her Berlin Title ‘Dahomey’ Switching From Fiction To Documentary And Why France Must Do More To Return Looted Colonial-Era Art

deadline.com “The first shape I had in mind for this film was fiction,” filmmaker Mati Diop told a Berlin Film Festival presser this morning when quizzed on the structure of her…

Greek Filmmaker Yorgos Zois, Director of Berlinale Encounters Premiere ‘Arcadia,’ Developing Mystery-Drama Series ‘Play’ (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com Greek filmmaker Yorgos Zois, who’s set to bow his sophomore feature, “Arcadia,” in the competitive Encounters strand of the Berlin Film Festival Feb. 18, is developing his…

Alia Bhatt, Richie Mehta, QC Entertainment Prime Video Series ‘Poacher’ Poised for Global Franchise Expansion (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com The Amazon original is produced by QC Entertainment, led by partners Sean McKittrick, Raymond Mansfield and Edward H. Hamm Jr., who backed Jordan Peele’s Oscar-winning “Get…

Berlin Legend Andreas Dresen: The Versatile German Arthouse Master on Nazis, the Stasi and Currywurst

hollywoodreporter.com “I was on the jury one year, And it was clear I was the local guy among all these big names,” he recalls. “Now the festival had a vegan menu already then, and at the awards…

Cillian Murphy, Bradley Cooper and More Oscar-Nominated Actors Discuss Playing Conflicted Characters

variety.com There is a pivotal scene in Greta Gerwig’s dust-pink “Barbie” that has come to define the Oscar-nominated movie — a disarmingly truthful monologue that is not delivered by…

s Contenders Film: The Nominees Kicks Off Today Spotlighting Cross-Section Of Movies In The Oscar Picture

deadline.com As we race to the Oscar finish line, it has certainly been a year to remember. The movie business all but shook off the last vestiges of the Covid era with the phenomenon…

Berlin: The Enduring Power of ‘The Deer Hunter’

hollywoodreporter.com A year after giving best picture to a comedy, the Academy punched everyone in the face. The Deer Hunter is so viscerally effective and crushing, it’s nearly impossible to…

XYZ Films Nabs Iranian Drama ‘Tatami’ From ‘Golda’ Director Guy Nattiv and Zar Amir Ebrahimi

hollywoodreporter.com Tatami, the groundbreaking Iranian drama co-directed by Oscar winner Guy Nattiv (Golda) and Cannes best actress winner Zar Amir Ebrahimi, has been picked up by XYZ Films for…

Filmax Secures Cesc Gay’s ‘My Friend Eva’ (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com Filmax has taken global distribution rights for “My Friend Eva,” the latest from Spanish director Cesc Gay. Set against the backdrops of Barcelona and Rome, this romantic…

Meet the Rising Designers Who Dress Taylor Swift, Lily Gladstone and Jennifer Lopez

hollywoodreporter.com From left: Abby Elliott at the 2024 Golden Globes and Nicole Scherzinger in Cannes in Khya Studios; Lily Gladstone and Jayme Lawson in Maison Sara Chraibi; Alexa Chung and…

Alpha Violet Boards Uruguayan Drama ‘Don’t You Let Me Go’ Following Sundance Wins For Slate Titles ‘Sujo’ & ‘In The Land Of Brothers’

deadline.com Alpha Violet has acquired world sales rights for Uruguayan filmmaking duo Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge’s new drama Don’t You Let Me Go, exploring themes of friendship and…

Spanish Sales Sector Hones Priorities

variety.com Going into Berlin’s European Film Market, Spain’s biggest sales agents are under no illusion just how tough international markets have become. “Paradoxically, in one of the…

The Controversial Movie Roger Ebert Named The Worst In Cannes History

looper.com Learn More The Controversial Movie Roger Ebert Named The Worst In Cannes History The Cannes Film Festival may be one of the world's most prestigious celebrations of cinema,…

Berlin Shooting Star: ‘Poor Things’ Actress Suzy Bemba Always Had a Plan B

hollywoodreporter.com It was never Suzy Bemba’s plan to become a professional actress. This year’s European Shooting Star from France had dabbled in performance — “10 years of ballet, maybe six…

‘It Was So Important to Make This Film Here,’ Says Jonathan Glazer at Auschwitz Screening of ‘The Zone of Interest’

variety.com Jonathan Glazer returned to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, where he shot elements of his Holocaust drama ‘The Zone of Interest,’ on Feb. 15 for the Polish…

Fremantle Taking ‘Love Is Blind’-esque Danish Format ‘Sense Of Attraction’ To London TV Screenings

deadline.com Fremantle is taking a Love is Blind–esque Danish format to the London TV Screenings in which singletons try to find love using just sight and sound. Fremantle label Strong…

Virginie Efira Drama ‘All To Play For’ Seals Canada, Latam & Euro Deals For France TV Distribution

deadline.com France TV Distribution has posted new deals for French director Delphine Deloget’s custody battle drama All To Play For (Rien à perdre) starring Virgine Efira. The drama has…

‘Niki’ About French-American Artist Niki de Saint-Phalle, Sells to Major Territories (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com Pulsar Content has closed major deals on “Niki,” a biopic of French-American artist Niki de Saint-Phalle. “Niki” marks the feature debut of popular French actor Céline…

Jim Sheridan Inks With Latido on ‘Re-creation,’ Starring Vicky Krieps (EXCLUSIVE)

variety.com Upscale crossover sales agent Latido Films has acquired international sales rights to “Re-creation,” directed by legendary Irish filmmaker Jim Sheridan, whose “In the Name…

Germany’s DCM Takes Stake in Wim Wenders’ Road Movies

hollywoodreporter.com Berlin-based producer/distributor DCM has taken a sake in Wim Wenders‘ production company Road Movies, creating an “equal, strong partnership” between the two firms, Wenders…

Charles Melton Says He’s ‘Happy’ After ‘Relaxing and Processing’ in Hawaii Following ‘May December’ Journey

variety.com Charles Melton’s awards campaign for his breakout role in “May December” started in May when the Todd Haynes drama co-starring Julianne Moore and Natalie Portman premiered…

TCM Classic Film Festival to Open With ‘Pulp Fiction’

hollywoodreporter.com Now’s the perfect time to cue up Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell.” A 30th anniversary, 35mm screening of Pulp Fiction — complete with an appearance by John Travolta — will…

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