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Attendees excited by quality of projects at Haugesund’s works in progress event

The Eurimages Lab Award at Haugesund has gone to Norwegian director Guro Bruusgaard for Him.

Norwegian director Guro Bruusgaard has won the Eurimages Lab iAward at Haugesund for Him.

The award—which is only eligible for a select group of work-in-progress projects that are more experimental in form or content – comes with a grant worth $55,500.

Him looks at the roles of contemporary men in society through stories of a boy, a 30-year-old man and a 60-year old man during one day in Oslo. The jury said Him offered a “relevant discussion made in a witty, intelligent and compassionate style”. No sales company is attached yet.
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Bragason Brings ‘Woman at War’s’ Geirharosdottir to ‘The Garden’ (Exclusive)

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Bragason Brings ‘Woman at War’s’ Geirharosdottir to ‘The Garden’ (Exclusive)
Acclaimed actress Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, best known for “Woman at War,” is set to star in writer/director Ragnar Bragason’s dark comedy “The Garden.”

Currently in post-production and to be pitched at Haugesund’s New Nordic Films over Aug. 20-23, “The Garden” is Bragason’s sixth feature and his first one since the 2013 Toronto entry “Metalhead.”

“I did two plays in between and the TV series “Fangar” (“Prisoners” in English”),” said the director, known as well for his twin features “Children”/”Parents”, and the ‘Shift’ TV series. Based on Bragason’s own 2012 stage play “The Garden,” which ran for a year at the Reykjavik City Theatre to a sold-out crowd, the picture is a social realist satire set in Reykjavik in a large apartment block full of immigrants.

Sectarian Indiana Jónsdóttir lives off the public welfare state, and in her small private garden, tends to her award-winning laburnum tree. Johanna – her neighbor,
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Haugesund Unveils New Nordic Films Lineup

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The 25th New Nordic Films, unspooling Aug. 20-23 parallel to the Norwegian International Film Festival in Haugesund, will kick off with the critically-lauded “A White, White Day” by Hlynur Pálmason. The Icelandic drama which world premiered at Cannes’ Critics’ Week, is among 19 films set to screen, of which 13 are world market premieres such as Jesper W. Nielsen’s thriller “The Exception,” Venice Critics Week’s pick “Psychosia,”, Venice Days’ entry “Beware of Children”, Jens Jonsson’s “The Spy” and Jesper Ganslandt’s “438 Days”.

The hot Works in Progress session has 20 titles to be pitched to more than 300 attendees. Gauging this year’s crop, New Nordic Films’ managing director Gyda Velvin Myklebust underlines the large number of local films, genre-driven and reality-based stories, as well as the healthy gender balance -half the films are female directed. “There are many new female talents to watch out for,” says Myklebust, citing the
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The Best of Movie Poster of the Day: Part 21

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Above: Chinese poster for Spirited Away; artist: Zao Dao.The most popular poster to date on my Movie Poster of the Day Instagram, by a dragon’s length, with more than double the amount of likes of its closest contender, was this gorgeous Chinese poster (and its color variant which you can see here) for Miyazaki’s Spirited Away (2001), which apparently just got a Chinese theatrical release eighteen years after it was made. The posters were painted by the young Chinese comic book artist Zao Dao who you can, and should, read more about here.I was happy to see Renato Casaro’s prop poster for Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood’s film-within-the-film Kill Me Now Ringo, Said the Gringo—which I wrote about a couple of weeks ago—make such an impression, as well as another of my favorite Casaros painted forty years earlier, for Screamers, a.k.
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Description of Avengers: Endgame footage from CinemaCon revealed

Some new footage from Avengers: Endgame has debuted at CinemCon and you can read the description of what it contains here.

In the build-up to Avengers: Endgame‘s release at the end of April, fans are getting more and more hungry for a look at the film, beyond that which is provided in the trailers. And who can blame them? Endgame is set to be one of the biggest movie events in history.

Well, the good news is that some new footage of the film was shown at CinemaCon. ComicBook.com kindly provides the description of what was presented:

Captain Marvel is ready to leave the Avengers facility ‘to kill Thanos’ at the top of the clip. Black Widow wants to work as a team but Captain Marvel has a cocky attitude, claiming Thanos has never faced someone as powerful as her. Captain America realizes ‘up there’ is more her
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10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Jennifer Nettles, Ingrid Andress

10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Jennifer Nettles, Ingrid Andress
A cover of the Oscar-winning “Shallow,” a powerful anthem by one half of Sugarland and an uplifting message song by a nameless, faceless collective of Nashville artists help make up the tracks you need to hear this week.

Jimmie Allen & Abbey Anderson, “Shallow”

A Star Is Born‘s show-stealing power ballad won big at this year’s Oscars, taking home a trophy for Best Original Song. On this cover, country upstarts Jimmie Allen and Abby Anderson revamp the Lady Gaga/Bradley Cooper original with vocal acrobatics and country-pop polish, turning
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Now Casting: ‘Harriet’ Starring Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom Jr. Holding Open Call + 3 More Gigs

Don’t miss any of the great gigs available across the country today! The upcoming biopic “Harriet,” starring Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom Jr., is holding an open casting call in Virginia for speaking and background roles. Plus, another feature is casting a lead role, an app video needs leads, and a fragrance is seeking models of all backgrounds and body shapes. “Harriet,” Open Call“Harriet,” a biopic about Harriet Tubman starring Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom Jr., is now holding an open casting call for people with interesting, expressive faces that fit naturally into the Civil War time period. Talent, aged 1 and older, is wanted for background and speaking roles in the film. The casting call will be held on Sept. 15 in Richmond, Virginia. Filming will begin on Oct. 8. Some pay will be provided. Apply here! “The Garden”Casting is underway for “The Garden,” a feature film about a
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Kino!2018 Festival of German Films kicks off its 5th year in NYC from April 6th-12th

At an exciting move uptown to its new venue The Landmark at 57 West, Kino! is back and ready to deliver exciting new German films to New York audiences this April.After more than 30 years at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the festival branched out into an independent film festival beginning in 2014. Now in its 5th year, Kino!2018 will continue to showcase the vast diversity within contemporary German cinema with a range of compelling, cutting-edge and acclaimed films. This year’s Kino!2018 will be held at the festival’s new venue and NYC’s newest arthouse cinema, the Landmark Theatres at 57th Street (657 W. 57th Street @ 12th Ave), from April 6th — 12th.Kino!2018 will present a stellar selection of nine feature-length German films including: In Times Of Fading Light (NY premiere), When Paul Came Over The Sea (North American premiere), Casting (East Coast premiere), The Final Journey (NY premiere), Bar
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First trailer for Berlin title 'The Interpreter' with 'Toni Erdmann' star Peter Simonischek (exclusive)

Simonschek plays the son of a former Nazi officer.

The first trailer for The Interpreter starring Peter Simonischek has been released exclusively to Screen International ahead of the film’s premiere in the Berlinale Special section on Friday 23.

Simonischek, who won the 2016 European Film Award for Best European Actor for Toni Erdmann, plays Georg, a retiree living in Vienna who is visited by Ali, an interpreter looking for the Nazi officer who may have killed his parents in Slovakia. The two men find a common interest, and begin a journey across Slovakia to find surviving witnesses of the wartime tragedy.

Ali is played by renowned Czech actor and director Jiří Menzel, who won the Academy Award for best foreign language film in 1968 for his film Closely Watched Trains

The film is directed by Slovakian Martin Šulík who made Gypsy, the Slovak Republic’s entry to the Academy Awards in 2011. He also won two Czech Lions for directing
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Three Movies About Love

Three Movies About Love
Three great movies, all about love — and not only about love — will be entering the theatrical arena soon and if you are craving some love, you want to see these.credit: The Odyssey Online

Frantz” directed by Francois Ozon. U.S. Release March 24 by Music Box. International sales by Films Distribution.

About to be released March 24 by Music Box, “Frantz” premiered in Venice and Toronto Film Festivals this last fall. Boyd van Hoeij’s review in The Hollywood Reporter is the recommended review for those who like to read reviews in advance. He describes “Frantz” as “a richly imagined and superbly assembled period piece”. The L.A. Goethe Institute had a sneak preview and I was among the lucky who got to see it there.

Frantz” by Francois Ozon

Inspired by Ernst Lubitsch’s “Broken Lullaby”, in German and French, B&W and in color “Frantz” not just a surprise,
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Sundance ’17: It’s a Wrap!

Sundance ’17: It’s a Wrap!
Sundance is over and the prizes are won. People have dispersed to their homes and the realities that await them there.

This was a Sundance like no other I can remember, and I have attended every single one since 1986! The cold was extreme; and the political engagement and disgust was extreme. Not only did we have the Inauguration the first day, but the Women’s March the second day had probably 6,000 people marching and on that day the first of many deplorable executive orders (this one against women of the world and their control over their own bodies) began flying off the desk of our current president, who has continued to issue at least one every day, each one more despicable than the previous. Politics and women took center stage.

Chelsea Handler leads the women’s march in Park City, Utah. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

The Sundance slant
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The Gospel According to St Derek: watch Tilda Swinton in the exclusive premiere of a documentary about Derek Jarman

Over three decades from the 70s to the 90s, Derek Jarman had carved out a reputation as Britain's leading experimental film-maker, an artist-poet of the screen who gave us films such as Sebastiane, Caravaggio and The Garden. This year marks the 20th anniversary of his death in 1994, and we are pleased to present an exclusive first showing of Andy Kimpton-Nye's new documentary about Jarman and his art, featuring Tilda Swinton, Peter Tatchell and Tariq Ali among others

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Director and Actress Duos: The Best, Overlooked, and Underrated

Riffing on Terek Puckett’s terrific list of director/actor collaborations, I wanted to look at some of those equally impressive leading ladies who served as muses for their directors. I strived to look for collaborations that may not have been as obviously canonical, but whose effects on cinema were no less compelling. Categorizing a film’s lead is potentially tricky, but one of the criteria I always use is Anthony Hopkins’s performance in Silence of the Lambs, a film in which he is considered a lead but appears only briefly; his character is an integral part of the story.

The criteria for this article is as follows: The director & actor team must have worked together at least 3 times with the actor in a major role in each feature film, resulting in a minimum of 2 must-see films.

One of the primary trends for the frequency of collaboration is the
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Critics’ Circle Centenary Celebration Events Announced!

The Critics’ Circle, the UK’s only professional association of critics of drama, music, film, dance, and visual arts and the oldest organisation of its kind anywhere in the world, celebrates its centenary this year with high profile events open to the media and public audiences. We’ve got the official announcement over the events, and talks happening for their 100-year celebrations!

27 April – 11am to 4pm: Victoria and Albert Museum (free event in the Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre) presents ‘The Art of Criticism’, a public event hosted by two of the UK’s most popular broadcasters, Paul Gambaccini and Mariella Frostrup. ‘The Art of Criticism’ promises to be a day of lively discussion and debate with questions and answers flowing freely between the audience and the day’s guest panels about what makes a critic, what the job entails, what its significance is in the world of music, dance,
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From Derek Jarman to Captain Scott: the soundtracks of Simon Fisher Turner

Simon Fisher Turner was an actor, a punk rocker and a pop singer before he found his true calling as a composer of experimental soundtracks

He has had a 40-year career spanning music and film. But for millions, Simon Fisher Turner is an artist encountered only unconsciously, via a BBC 1 channel ident. His soundtrack of piano and voice accompanying a helicopter flying over the sea to land on Bishop's Rock lighthouse has featured heavily in the broadcaster's schedule since 2008. Yet if its ubiquity seems to taunt the relative obscurity of the composer, the aquatic element, at least, seems to be in keeping with his tastes. "I love being by the sea and around water," says Turner, who was brought up in Cornwall by an archaeologist mother and submariner father. It was while away with Hms Otter that Captain Turner bought his son a tape recorder and started a fascination with field recordings that still abides.
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[Video] Tilda Swinton on Her Multilingual Turn in I Am Love

With its languorous, European pacing and slow-burn Hitcockian suspense, I Am Love—an emotional thriller set among an haute-bourgeois Milan dynasty—feels like a filmic throwback, a combination of Suspicion and The Garden of the Finzi-Contini, yet creates a claustrophobic world uniquely its own. The film marks director Luca Guadagnino’s third collaboration with Tilda Swinton, who plays an Italian-speaking Russian émigrée. Speaking with our west coast editor, Krista Smith, the Oscar winner asks when "melodrama" became such a bad word.
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Jack Birkett obituary

Vibrant dancer, singer and actor – a leading light of the Lindsay Kemp Company and striking presence in films by Derek Jarman

Jack Birkett, who has died aged 75, was a performer with the Lindsay Kemp Company, whose stylised theatrical language permitted him to blend ferocity with camp comedy, tragedy with menace, and lyricism with grotesqueness. The company's emotionally intense fusion of dance, theatre, mime and spectacle took Jack around the world on a wave of popularity from the 1960s to the 1980s.

In 1966 Jack began to lose his sight. Through painstaking determination, he mentally charted many stages and backstages and despite the cuts and bruises from mishaps, he refused to ever be tentative in his roles. After he had become entirely blind, he grew more extreme in his performances and his persona. His change of name to The Incredible Orlando mirrored this transformation.

Jack was born into a working-class family in Leeds.
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This Week's Reviews

Your Reel Talk reviews have arrived just in time for the start of the weekend. “Star Trek” may be the talk of the town but do Alison and Jeffrey think it’s worthy of all the hype? They also review a handful of limited releases including ”Rudo y Cursi,” “Outrage,” “Julia,” “Little Ashes” and, this week’s Websclusive, “The Garden.” You can also enjoy Jeffrey’s entire interviews with Zachary Quinto and Tilda Swinton.

After you figure out which film you’ll see this weekend, visit us on Twitter and tell us about it! Just click here.
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The Garden Theatre Presents Orlando Theatre Project's I Do, I Do 4/3 - 4/19

The Garden Theatre presents the Orlando Theatre Project production of I Do, I Do from April 3-19, 2009, at the Garden Theatre (160 West Plant Street). This touching musical follows a couple through 50 years of marriage. Renowned actors David Kelley and Laura Hodos portray the husband and wife duo. Hodos was recently nominated for a Carbonell Award for her performance in She Loves Me at the Caldwell Theatre Company in Boca Raton. With story and lyrics written by the infamous Tom Jones, there is no better director than Tom Jones? wife Janet Watson. She has choreographed several incarnations of I Do, I Do off-Broadway.
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