Jafar Panahi: Cannes, French Authorities To Appeal Iran For Filmmaker’s Fest Presence

In a first for Jafar Panahi, the lauded Iranian filmmaker has a berth in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival with his latest work, Three Faces. What is not clear is if he will be allowed to travel to the Riviera for the honor. In 2010, Panahi was arrested by the Iranian authorities and banned from making films. He has continued to work, but is unable to leave Iran and still faces a prison sentence which has not been enforced. Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux said…

In a first for Jafar Panahi, the lauded Iranian filmmaker has a berth in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival with his latest work, Three Faces. What is not clear is if he will be allowed to travel to the Riviera for the honor. In 2010, Panahi was arrested by the Iranian authorities and banned from making films. He has continued to work, but is unable to leave Iran and still faces a prison sentence which has not been enforced. Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux said…

Music Box Nabs U.S. Rights To Well-Received Berlin Biopic ‘Becoming Astrid’ From TrustNordisk

Music Box Films has struck a deal with Scandi sales dynamo TrustNordisk for U.S. rights to Pernille Fischer Christensen’s Berlin biopic Becoming Astrid. The well-received drama charts the early years of renowned children’s author Astrid Lindgren who went on to write the best-selling Pippi Longstocking stories. The film zones in on one seminal event that shaped the Swedish writer’s life and how, despite the expectations of her time and religious upbringing, she decided to…

Music Box Films has struck a deal with Scandi sales dynamo TrustNordisk for U.S. rights to Pernille Fischer Christensen's Berlin biopic Becoming Astrid. The well-received drama charts the early years of renowned children's author Astrid Lindgren who went on to write the best-selling Pippi Longstocking stories. The film zones in on one seminal event that shaped the Swedish writer’s life and how, despite the expectations of her time and religious upbringing, she decided to…

Acclaimed Korean Director Kim Ki-Duk Accused Of Rape In Hard-Hitting Documentary

Acclaimed South Korean director Kim Ki-duk, whose films have played at Cannes, Berlin and Venice, has been accused of rape and sexual harassment. The harassment allegations were made by three actresses, speaking anonymously, during a #MeToo-themed documentary by the investigative journalism programme PD Notebook which aired last night on Korean TV.
Among accusers of the former Venice Golden Lion winner (Pieta, 2012) was one actress who expanded on a previously made claim…

Acclaimed South Korean director Kim Ki-duk, whose films have played at Cannes, Berlin and Venice, has been accused of rape and sexual harassment. The harassment allegations were made by three actresses, speaking anonymously, during a #MeToo-themed documentary by the investigative journalism programme PD Notebook which aired last night on Korean TV. Among accusers of the former Venice Golden Lion winner (Pieta, 2012) was one actress who expanded on a previously made claim…

Three Questions: A Conversation With This Year’s Best Foreign Language Film Nominees

Oscar’s five nominated directors in the Best Foreign Language Film race this year include one returnee to the category and four newcomers. They’re each seasoned filmmakers who’ve had their fair share of festival and awards success, and each has told a story that, despite years in the making, is somehow entirely relevant to today.
They’ve spent an awards season talking up their movies, and we wanted to find out what they’ve learned in the process as well as give them a…

Oscar's five nominated directors in the Best Foreign Language Film race this year include one returnee to the category and four newcomers. They're each seasoned filmmakers who've had their fair share of festival and awards success, and each has told a story that, despite years in the making, is somehow entirely relevant to today. They've spent an awards season talking up their movies, and we wanted to find out what they've learned in the process as well as give them a…

‘The Insult’ Director Ziad Doueiri Overcame Political Controversy To Take Oscar Nod For Best Foreign Language Film

“Of course, I was overjoyed. The first thing I did is I called my mom, because my mother actually was the legal consultant on the movie,” The Insult director Ziad Doueiri said recently, reflecting on his film’s nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. “When it happened, I started thinking about what we’ve been through—I did not look in the future. I looked back, actually, because we’d been through a little bit of a hard time with the authorities when the film was…

“Of course, I was overjoyed. The first thing I did is I called my mom, because my mother actually was the legal consultant on the movie,” The Insult director Ziad Doueiri said recently, reflecting on his film’s nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. “When it happened, I started thinking about what we've been through—I did not look in the future. I looked back, actually, because we'd been through a little bit of a hard time with the authorities when the film was…

Francis Lee Completes Transition To Other Side Of The Camera With His BAFTA-Nominated ‘God’s Own Country’

Francis Lee will be keeping an eye on the weather this weekend. At the moment, he’s snowed in at his home in Yorkshire, an event that is becoming all too regular lately. “This is, like, the eighth time we’ve been snowed in in two months,” he notes, “and it just gets really dull.” The snow almost caused him to miss the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) in December, where the film he directed, God’s Own Country, was one of the night’s biggest successes, taking home…

Francis Lee will be keeping an eye on the weather this weekend. At the moment, he's snowed in at his home in Yorkshire, an event that is becoming all too regular lately. "This is, like, the eighth time we've been snowed in in two months," he notes, "and it just gets really dull." The snow almost caused him to miss the British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) in December, where the film he directed, God's Own Country, was one of the night's biggest successes, taking home…

Fatih Akin Shares ‘In The Fade’ Golden Globe Win With Diane Kruger

After taking the Best Actress prize for Diane Kruger in Cannes last May, Fatih Akin‘s In The Fade scooped the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film tonight. This is the German director’s first win and beat out other Cannes favorites The Square and Loveless as well as Angelina Jolie’s First They Killed My Father and Sebastian Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman from Chile. Along with each of those (save Jolie’s film) the movie is shortlisted for a Foreign Language Oscar.
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After taking the Best Actress prize for Diane Kruger in Cannes last May, Fatih Akin's In The Fade scooped the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film tonight. This is the German director's first win and beat out other Cannes favorites The Square and Loveless as well as Angelina Jolie's First They Killed My Father and Sebastian Lelio's A Fantastic Woman from Chile. Along with each of those (save Jolie's film) the movie is shortlisted for a Foreign Language Oscar. In…