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'Olli Maki' triumphs at Finnish film awards

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'Olli Maki' triumphs at Finnish film awards
Boxing drama wins eight prizes including best film.

Period boxing drama The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Maki dominated the field at Friday’s Jussi Awards (Mar 24), Finland’s primary national film awards.

The film, which debuted at Cannes Film Festival 2016 in Un Certain Regard and was Finland’s submission in last year’s foreign language Oscar race, scooped half of the 16 awards on the night, including best picture.

It also took best director for Juho Kuosmanen, best actor for Jarkko Lahti, best supporting actress for Oona Airola, best editing for Jussi Rautaniemi, costume design for Sari Suominen, cinematography for J-p Passi, and make-up for Salla Yli-Luopa.

Elsewhere, drama The Mine won best screenplay for Pekko Pesonen and best supporting actor for Jani Volanen. Best actress went to Linnea Skog for Little Wing, and best documentary was presented to Katja Gauriloff’s Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest.

Best production design went to Santtu Toivola for Flowers
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'Heartstone' wins at Nordic Film Days

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'Heartstone' wins at Nordic Film Days
Heartstone and Norwegian film-makers win big in Lübeck; Austerlitz takes home Golden Dove at Leipzig.

Lübeck’s 58th Nordic Film Days (Nov 2-6) has become the latest successful stop for Icelandic filmmaker Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson’s Heartstone after premiering in the Venice Days in September and picking up three awards at Warsaw Film Festival last month.

Gudmundsson’s debut was awarded the €12,500 Ndr Film Prize by a jury including Swedish actress Inger Nilsson (who played the title role of Pippi Longstocking in the classic children’s films when she was nine years old), Munich-based producer Jörg Bundschuh (The Fencer) and film director Marc Brummund (Sanctuary), for a “feature film of special artistic quality”.

The intensely moving coming of age tale, which takes place over one summer at a remote fishing village in Iceland, is being handled by Berlin-based sales agent Films Boutique.

Three nods for Norway

Elsewhere, Norwegian filmmakers took home three awards from the largest Nordic
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'Heartstone' triumps at Nordic Film Days

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'Heartstone' triumps at Nordic Film Days
Heartstone and Norwegian film-makers win big in Lübeck; Austerlitz takes home Golden Dove at Leipzig.

Lübeck’s 58th Nordic Film Days (Nov 2-6) has become the latest successful stop for Icelandic filmmaker Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson’s Heartstone after premiering in the Venice Days in September and picking up three awards at Warsaw Film Festival last month.

Gudmundsson’s debut was awarded the €12,500 Ndr Film Prize by a jury including Swedish actress Inger Nilsson (who played the title role of Pippi Longstocking in the classic children’s films when she was nine years old), Munich-based producer Jörg Bundschuh (The Fencer) and film director Marc Brummund (Sanctuary), for a “feature film of special artistic quality”.

The intensely moving coming of age tale, which takes place over one summer at a remote fishing village in Iceland, is being handled by Berlin-based sales agent Films Boutique.

Three nods for Norway

Elsewhere, Norwegian filmmakers took home three awards from the largest Nordic
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Finns Figure How to Enter U.S. Market and Give Female Pitching Award

Now in its fourth year, the Finnish Film Affair, which runs Sept 22-24, has attracted a record number of 70 guests and top Us executives for a panel on how to develop films for the American market. New this year is the award for Best Pitch in the works-in-progress presentation worth 3000 Euros of international marketing funds. The Finnish Film Affair takes place as part of the Helsinki International Film Festival, a.k.a. Love & Anarchy.

With Jalmari Helander putting Finland on the map with "Big Game" starring Samuel L. Jackson and its international success, local filmmakers can find out more on how to tackle the U.S. market from leading U.S. experts, including Ryan Wickers (Director of Development of U.S. Production at EuropaCorp), Peter Trinh (Agent, International and Independent Film ICM), Robert Burke (Managing Director, TenOne Entertainment) and Sundance Film Festival senior programmer Hussain Currimbhoy. The panel’s moderator is La-based producer Gudrun Giddings (CEO & Producer at G4C Innovation).

Last year’s Finnish Film Affair projects that went on to international success were Pirjo Honkasalo’s "Concrete Night," which won the Spotlight Award from the American Society of Cinematographers this year, and Klaus Härö's "The Fencer," which is this year’s Oscar entry for Finland and sold is by the Little Film Company.

This year’s Works-in-Progress line-up of nineteen projects includes work by as many as six female directors: Katja Gauriloff ("Canned Dreams," Berlin 2012), Zaida Bergroth ("The Good Son," Tiff 2011), Selma Vilhunen (Academy Award-nominee for Best Short Film "Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?" 2014), and Elli Toivoniemi (producer of "Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?," now launching her directing career).

As Hiff executive director Sara Norberg comments, “It’s great to see former Finnish Film Affair titles doing so well. After three successful editions, the Finnish Film Affair has clearly established itself internationally as the place to discover new local talent. Our aim is to strengthen that local talent with our panels, the Project Development Clinic and now the new award for best pitch. At a time when the discussion about equal funding opportunities for female directors has become a hot topic, we are especially proud to be presenting so many female-driven projects.”

The Project Development Clinic will feature ten projects by first and second-time filmmakers. Confirmed guests include sales companies, distributors and programmers from Europe and North America: Fortissimo, Urban Distribution, Picture Tree International, Dogwoof, Trust Nordisk, Cinemavault, Nonstop Entertainment, Sundance, and SXSW.

For more information and the full line-up of films screenings visit Here.
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Finnish Film Affair to introduce pitch award

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Finnish Film Affair to introduce pitch award
Line-up revealed for fourth edition.

The Finnish Film Affair (Sept 22-24) has attracted a record number of 70 guests for its fourth edition and top Us executives for a panel on how to develop films for the American market.

New this year is the award for Best Pitch in the works-in-progress presentation worth $3,300 (€3,000) in international marketing funds.

The Finnish Film Affair takes place as part of the Helsinki International Film Festival (aka Love & Anarchy).

Local filmmakers will be invited to find out more on how to tackle the American market from Us execs including Ryan Wickers, director of development of Us production at EuropaCorp; Peter Trinh, agent, international and independent film at ICM; Robert Burke, MD of TenOne Entertainment; and Sundance Film Festival senior programmer Hussain Currimbhoy.

The panel’s moderator is La-based producer Gudrun Giddings, CEO and producer at G4C Innovation.

Projects

Projects at last year’s Finnish Film Affair projects that found international success were Pirjo
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Blogomatic3000 at the 2012 London Film Festival Awards

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As the 56th London Film Festival neared its close, the awards ceremony kicked off with our man London Film Fanatiq in the house for Blogomatic3000. The red carpet saw many representatives of this year’s nominees greet the crowds and discuss their work with the press. Several jury members, including Tom Hiddleston and Olivia Colman also came out to pay tribute to the talent behind some of the festival’s finest features.

Check out all the red carpet pictures from the event and a full list of winners below:

Best Film Award

Rust and Bone, Jacques Audiard, France/Belgium After Lucia, Michel Franco, Mexico End of Watch, David Ayer, USA Everyday, Michael Winterbottom, UK Fill The Void, Rama Burshtein, Israel Ginger and Rosa, Sally Potter, UK In the House, François Ozon, France It Was The Son, Daniele Ciprì, Italy/France Lore, Cate Shortland, Germany/Australia/UK Midnight’s Children, Deepa Mehta,
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The Winners Announced for the 56th BFI London Film Festival 2012

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The capital has been the home of some of the biggest names and films in the industry over the past ten days, and with the festival finally coming to a close tomorrow, the results are in for the official competition categories.

Sir David Hare, Tom Hiddleston, David Yates, Sebastian Faulks, Olivia Colman, Kazuo Ishiguru, and many more prominent names presided over the various Juries, and with so much talent this year, I don’t envy what must have been very difficult decisions.

Also being honoured this year are Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter, both of whom have been presented with the BFI Fellowship, the highest honour from the film institute. The former brought his latest feature, Frankenweenie, to the festival for its opening night, whilst the latter stars in Mike Newell’s Great Expectations, bookending the festival nicely as the Closing Night Film.

With the festival now coming to an end tomorrow,
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London Film Festival 2012: Canned Dreams Review

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

When we tuck into a can of food, we probably don’t think much about its production and how it came to wind up on our plate, but Katja Gauriloff’s probing documentary dares us to, juxtaposing the testimonials of those working on various aspects of the production line with the end result of their work.

The stories of the people we meet throughout run the full spectrum of human emotion. Among the most harrowing of accounts is a woman in Brazil working on tin collection duty, who has had to give most of her 12 children away to fight off poverty, while death and starvation has claimed others. She appears full of regret, and ekes out the most meagre and perfunctory of lives at this mine. Elsewhere, a Danish pig farmer laments his never having had a girlfriend, while a co-worker notes her preference of animals to people.

Sir David Hare, Tom Hiddleston, David Yates & Olivia Colman lead BFI Lff 2012 Juries

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The BFI London Film Festival officially opened last night with the UK premiere of Tim Burton’s latest feature, Frankenweenie, a black and white stop-motion film destined to become something of a cult classic.

With the festival now underway, the juries for the separate categories in competition have been announced, with Sir David Hare, Tom Hiddleston, David Yates, and Olivia Colman leading an impressive line-up to judge the contenders.

Also celebrated at this year’s festival will be Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter, both of whom are being presented with the BFI’s highest honour, the BFI Fellowship.

You can read the full list of jurors in the official announcement below, but here’s a run-down of the main categories and the films in competition.

Sir David Hare leads the jury for the Best Film Award, for which the following are competing:

After Lucia, Michel Franco, Mexico End of Watch,
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56th BFI London Film Festival – Schedule Announcement

The programme for the 56th BFI London Film Festival launched yesterday under the new creative leadership of BFI’s Head of Exhibition and Festival Director, Clare Stewart, bringing a rich and diverse programme of international films and events from both established and upcoming talent over a 12 day celebration of cinema. The Festival will screen a total of 225 fiction and documentary features, including 14 World Premieres, 15 International Premieres and 34 European Premieres. There will also be screenings of 111 live action and animated shorts. A stellar line-up of directors, cast and crew are expected to take part in career interviews, master classes, and other special events. The 56th BFI London Film Festival will run from 10-21 October 2012. This year sees the introduction of several changes to the Festival’s format. Now taking place over 12 days, the Festival expands further from its traditional Leicester Square cinemas – Odeon West End, Vue West End, Odeon Leicester Square
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56th BFI London Film Festival – Line-up announced

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Announced yesterday, the programme for the 56th BFI London Film Festival brings a rich and diverse programme of international films and events from both established and upcoming talent over a 12 day celebration of cinema. The Festival will screen a total of 225 fiction and documentary features, including 14 World Premieres, 15 International Premieres and 34 European Premieres. There will also be screenings of 111 live action and animated shorts. A stellar line-up of directors, cast and crew are expected to take part in career interviews, master classes, and other special events.

This year sees the introduction of several changes to the Festival’s format. Now taking place over 12 days, the Festival expands further from its traditional Leicester Square cinemas – Odeon West End, Vue West End, Odeon Leicester Square and Empire – and the BFI Southbank to include four additional new venues – Hackney Picturehouse, Renoir, Everyman Screen on the Green and Rich Mix, which join existing London venues the Ica,
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‘Argo’ & More Added To BFI London Line-Up, Plus Watch First TV Spot For Ben Affleck’s Thriller

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One of the clear victors emerging out of Telluride was Ben Affleck‘s The Town follow-up, the political hostage thriller Argo. Featuring a great ensemble including Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin and John Goodman, the film received top-notch reviews for its mix of thrillers and comedy and now we’ve got word it’ll be showing at another prestigious festival.

BFI London Film Festival announced their promising line-up today, which includes Argo, as well as Michael Haneke‘s Amour, Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths, Michael Winterbottom’s Everyday, Sally Potter’s Ginger and Rosa, Jacques Audiard’s Rust and Bone and much more. Check out the complete line-up below, as well as WB’s first TV spot for Argo.

London, Wednesday 5 September: The programme for the 56th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express launched today under the new creative leadership of BFI’s Head of Exhibition and Festival Director,
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Full Line-Up Announced For The 56th BFI London Film Festival

I’ve just literally walked out, not in disgust I must add, of the official press launch of the 56th BFI London Film Festival at the Odeon In Leicester Square in London.

Immediate stand outs are Ben Affleck’s Argo, Bill Murray’s Oscar tempting drama Hyde Park On Hudson, Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet, Sightseers, The Sessions, The Sapphires and Robot And Frank, starring Frank Langella, all of which will debut at the festival.

I’m still trying to process the amount of films thrown at us, and indeed while I do that, here’s the full release.

London, Wednesday 5 September: The programme for the 56th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express launched today under the new creative leadership of BFI’s Head of Exhibition and Festival Director, Clare Stewart, bringing a rich and diverse programme of international films and events from both established and
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56th London Film Festival 2012 Lineup Announced

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The line-up to the 56th London Film Festival has just been announced and you can see the list of movies coming to the greatest city in the world below. We already knew that Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and Mike Newell’s Great Expectations would open and close the festival respectively but now we have the rest of the movies coming to London Town.

Let us know your thoughts on the line-up below in our comments section.

The Festival itself runs from October 10th to October 21st and we’ll be doing our best to bring you reviews from as many films as we possibly can!

London, Wednesday 5 September: The programme for the 56th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express launched today under the new creative leadership of BFI’s Head of Exhibition and Festival Director, Clare Stewart, bringing a rich and diverse programme of international films and
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Berlinale 2012: Preview – Open the doors for the bears

The festival circus of Germany‘s big A-film festival is little less then a week away and it‘s been four days since the whole programme of this year‘s Berlinale was released. With almost 400 films the list of title‘s comprises of about as many films as the studio system blasted out annually during its golden age. For ten days Berlin‘s movie theatres will host films from around the globe, and since it is an absolute impossibility to get a grip on everything that will be shown I‘ve decided to be more than happy if by the end of the festival I‘ve gotten the gist of this list.

While some might welcome the sudden start of winter in Berlin I am already dreading the freezing cold while waiting in line at the accreditation’s counter only to find out that the films I‘ve carefully selected to watch are already out.
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Berlinale 2012. Forum Expanded + Culinary Cinema

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Back in December, we got our first look at Forum Expanded, a program of exhibitions, performances and other works that don't necessarily entail lowering the lights and peering straight ahead at the big white screen. So we already know that we'll be seeing new work by Luke Fowler, Harun Farocki and many others. The first of today's announcements from the Berlinale (February 9 through 19) fills in the details.

The addition, for example, of whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir (image above) by Eve Sussman/Rufus Corporation, "a film edited live in real time which shows a man under surveillance in a fictional East European city," solidifies the impression that Forum Expanded is a rough equivalent of Toronto's Future Projections program and Sundance's New Frontier since, by the time it rolls into Berlin, it'll already have been presented by both.

Other notable additions since December's announcement: Luc Moullet's "uncompleted project about two thieves (mother and daughter
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