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Academy confirms 93 films submitted for international feature film category

Academy confirms 93 films submitted for international feature film category
Expanded shortlist of 10 films to be announced on December 16.

The Academy on Monday (7) confirmed that 93 countries have submitted films for consideration in the international feature film category for the 92nd Academy Awards.

Ghana, Nigeria and Uzbekistan are first-time entrants with Kwabena Gyansah’s Azali, Genevieve Nnaji’s Lionheart, and Umid Khamdamov’s Hot Bread, respectively.

Earlier this year, the Academy board voted to rename the category formerly known as foreign language film, and expand the shortlist from nine to 10 films.

The shortlist will be announced on December 16. Nominations for the 92nd Oscars will be unveiled on January 13, 2020, and the Oscars
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Oscars: Turkey Selects 'Commitment' for International Feature Film Category

Turkey has selected Baglılık Aslı (Commitment) by Berlinale winner Semih Kaplanoglu for the best international feature film category at the 2020 Oscars.

Commitment explores the challenges of being a woman and mother in the contemporary world, also providing reflection on women's relationship with their immediate surroundings.

After giving birth, Aslı (Kubra Kip) finds a young babysitter, Gülnihal (Ece Yüksel), who turns out to also have a baby. With the arrival of Gülnihal in her life, Aslı begins to confront secrets that she has been hiding even from herself.

Commitment is Kaplanoglu's seventh feature. He is ...
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‘Shoplifters’ Takes Top Prize at Asia Pacific Screen Awards

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‘Shoplifters’ Takes Top Prize at Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Japanese social drama “Shoplifters” was named best film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards on Thursday. Directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu, the film previously won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

“’Shoplifters’ turns an intimate story about an unusual family into a metaphorical social analysis that is relevant not only for Japan, but everywhere,” said “Leviathan” producer Alexander Rodnyansky, who headed the main prize jury.

The Jury Grand Prize, or second place award, went to “Burning,” by South Korea’s Lee Chang-dong. The best director prize went to Nadine Labaki for “Capernaum” (Lebanon).

The prizes were presented at a ceremony at the Exhibition & Convention Centre in Brisbane, Australia. Winners each receive a stunning glass ornament made by Brisbane artist Joanna Bone.

Those treading the red carpet included Mpa chief Charles Rivkin, popular Australian actor Jack Thompson, British filmmaker and educationalist David Puttnam, Singaporean director Anthony Chen,
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Apsa Expands Role in Film Funding With Sun Yat-Sen Award to Syria’s ‘Cave’

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The Asia Pacific Screen Awards are to increase their role in film funding through the establishment of a new film development prize worth $20,000.

The Apsa Academy Sun Yat-Sen Bo Ai Film Fund is launched as a venture between the awards body and the Sun Yat-Sen Cultural Foundation, a charitable organization founded by descendants of 20th century Chinese leader Sun Yat-sen.

The first recipient is “The Cave,” a treatment for a feature documentary about five women doctors who work in an underground hospital in war-torn Syria. The film is written and directed by Feras Fayyad. The announcement was made Thursday, during the Apsa ceremony in Brisbane Australia.

Selection of the winner was made by a committee involving producer and sales agent Alexandra Sun, festival selector Philip Cheah, and Apsa founding chairman Des Power. “(‘The Cave’) is a film that exudes compassion, the best of the human spirit at a time of the worst in human behavior,
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Off Set 2018 Tiff Portrait Series: Saf

Filmmaker Ali Vatansever arrived at Tiff (a Discovery programme selection) with his sophomore film — a feature that our Nicholas Bell suggested “should be classified as a moral fable of our times and yet there’s nothing fablelike about it.” In a backdrop of construction and featuring the collapse of more than just family homes, Turkish entry Saf sees a husband and wife team in thesps Erol Afsin and Saadet Isil Aksoy (she was featured in Semih Kaplanoglu’s Egg and Milk) driven to the brink of desperation. We had the opportunity to photograph the filmmaker and his two stars.…
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'Out Of Paradise' wins top prize at 2018 Shanghai Film Festival

The drama about a couple in need of a caesarean section then closed the event.

Swiss-Mongolian drama Out Of Paradise, directed by Batbayar Chogsom, won best film at the Golden Goblet Awards at this year’s Shanghai International Film Festival.

The film, which played as Siff’s closing film due to its win, follows a couple from the Mongolian steppes in need of a caesarean section who travel to Ulaanbaatar but don’t have enough money for the operation.

Sonthar Gyal’s Tibetan drama Ala Changso picked up Siff’s Jury Grand Prix and the best screenplay award. Best director
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David Permut, Naomi Kawase Join Shanghai Festival Jury

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David Permut, Naomi Kawase Join Shanghai Festival Jury
U.S. producer David Permut and Japanese director Naomi Kawase have joined the jury for the upcoming Shanghai International Film Festival. The jury is to be headed by Chinese director and actor Jiang Wen.

Others joining the jury, which decides the festival’s Golden Goblety (Jin Jue) Awards, include Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi, Turkish director-producer Semih Kaplanoglu, mainland Chinese actress Qin Hailu and Taiwan actor Chang Chen, who was recently on the jury in Cannes.

The festival boasts other connections with Cannes too. The Cannes Film Market party was this year sponsored by Siff. And Shanghai organizers claim to be stepping up co-operation with other major festivals around the world, led by Cannes.

The appointment of Jiang and the announcement of a “Sissi trilogy” to celebrate the 80th birthday of the late Romy Schneider, was announced in March. Others in the Classics section include 4K restored versions of several titles directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
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Match Factory scores first deals on Semih Kaplanoglu’s 'Grain'

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Match Factory scores first deals on Semih Kaplanoglu’s 'Grain'
Exclusive: Post-apocalyptic drama premieres at Sarajevo Film Festival.

Semih Kaplanoglu’s Grain, which premieres at Sarajevo Film Festival today (Aug 12), has scored its first deals for sales agent The Match Factory.

The film has sold to McF Megacom Film (Former Yugoslaviaa) and Ama Films (Greece). France’s Sophie Dulac, also a co-producer on the title, will distribute in France.

Grainis Kaplanoglu’s first feature since 2010 drama Honey, which won Berlin Film Festival’s top prize and was nominated for three prizes at the European Film Awards.

His new film is a dystopian story set in a world where a genetic crisis leads to massive crop failure.

Read: Semih Kaplanoglu talks post-apocalyptic drama ‘Grain
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Sarajevo Film Festival reveals 2017 competition titles

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Sarajevo Film Festival reveals 2017 competition titles
Golden Bear winner Semih Kaplanoglu to present new feature.

The 23rd Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 11-18) has unveiled its competition line-up.

Three world premieres and four regional premieres will compete for the festival’s top prize, the Heart of Sarajevo.

Golden Bear-winning director Semih Kaplanoğlu will compete with his latest feature Grain, which has its world premiere in Sarajevo. The film is his first feature since 2010 drama Honey, which won Berlin Film Festival’s top prize and was nominated for three prizes at the European Film Awards.

His new film is a dystopian story set in a world where a genetic crisis leads to massive crop failure. The Match Factory is handling sales.

Also having world premieres in Sarajevo are two debut features: Emanuel Pârvu’s Romanian feature Meda Or The Not So Bright Side Of Things and Gentian Koçi’s Albanian-Greek feature Daybreak.

Among the regional premieres are Rezo Gigineishvili’s Hostages, which premiered
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Fajr International Film Festival Tehran 35th Anniversary this April

Fajr International Film Festival Tehran 35th Anniversary this April
Following the Persian New Year of Nowruz * arrive the eight days of the festival where the last works of great filmmakers such as Andrzej Wajda, Cristian Mongiu, Dardenne brothers, Denis Tanovic, Francois Ozon, Sion Sono, Agnieszka Holland, Aki Kaurismaki, Terrence Malick, Ken Loach and three Iranian Masters of Cinema will screen along with several special sidebars.

For the first time in Fajr International Film Festival, Shadow of Horror Midnight Screenings will host six horror films screening, every night at 11:30 pm in a program designed to entice an unaccustomed Iranian audience’s attention to this genre. Five of the features are from South Korea, Japan, Russia, Poland and Mexico. The sixth, an Iranian feature will have its International Premiere.

At least 68 students from 32 countries as well as 52 students from Iran are to take part in the inspiring, educational film making workshops of the 2017 Fajr. The program is called “Darol Fonoun
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Antalya Film Festival Winners

53rd Antalya International Film Festival in Turkey Announces Winners of its Golden Orange Award“Clair-Obscur” by Turkish director Yeşim Ustaoğlu wins International Competition for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress. In the National Competition, it wins Best Actress while “Blue Bicycle” wins for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. “My Father’s Wings” Wins Audience Award for Best Film and National Competition Awards for Best First Feature, Best Actor and the Dr. Avni Tolunay Special Jury Award for Sound Design.

The 53rd International Antalya Film Festival, co-hosted by the Mayor of Antalya Metropolitan Municipality and Festival President, Menderes Türel, and Elif Dağdeviren, the Festival’s Director, is a festival which is weathering the storms hitting Turkey. Just months after an attempted government coup, Turkey is a country increasingly involved in the long war in neighboring Syria; it has been the target of several recent terrorist attacks which scare
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Sarajevo: 18 projects head to Co-Production Market

Projects previously presented at the market include Laszlo Nemes’s Oscar-winning Son Of Saul.

The 14th CineLink Co-Production Market (Aug 18-20), the backbone of Sarajevo Film Festival’s industry section, will this year present 15 projects from South-East Europe, and three guest projects from Qatar and Mexico.

CineLink boasts an impressive track record. An average of 60% of the projects that have taken part at the market in the last 13 years went all the way from development to production.

The most recent success is Laszlo Nemes’ Son Of Saul which won the Grand Prix at Cannes 2015 and Oscar for Best Foreign Language Films.

Other titles developed at the market include two winners of Venice’s Lion of the Future: White Shadow by Noaz Deshe, and Mold by Ali Aydin; two Berlinale Silver Bear winners: Harmony Lessons by Emir Baigazin and If I Want To Whistle, I Whistle by Florin Serban; and Semih Kaplanoglu’s 2010 Golden Bear winner Honey.

The
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Time Machine: Rare Woman Foreign Film Oscar Winner Bier on the Red Carpet Long Before Directing Cooper-Lawrence Duo

Susanne Bier Oscar winner 'In a Better World' director Susanne Bier Susanne Bier, whose In a Better World won the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, is seen above on the 83rd Academy Awards' Red Carpet, just outside the Kodak Theatre. The other 2011 Oscar nominees in the Best Foreign Language Film category were: Rachid Bouchareb's Outside the Law / Hors-la-loi (Algeria). Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful (Mexico). Yorgos Lanthimos' Dogtooth (Greece). Denis Villeneuve's Incendies (Canada). As in previous years, several international favorites were left out of the 2011 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar competition. Among these were the following: Xavier Beauvois' French Academy César winner Of Gods and Men / Des hommes et des dieux (France). Semih Kaplanoglu's 2010 Berlin Film Festival winner Bal / Honey (Turkey). Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 2010 Cannes Film Festival winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives / Loong Boonmee raleuk chat (Thailand). Prior to In a Better World,
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Istanbul Meetings winners revealed

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New projects by Karabey, Aydogan, Sakaoglu among award winners at Istanbul Meetings

New film projects by Hüseyin Karabey, Zekeriya Aydoğan, and Sinem Sakaoğlu were among the award winners at the 10th edition of Meetings on the Bridge (April 15-16) during the Istanbul Film Festival.

Four awards were given to projects presented as part of this year’s Film Project Development Workshop and were decided by an international jury comprising of such leading industry figures as Meinolf Zurhorst (Zdf), Sergio Garcia De Leaniz (Eurimages), Gabrielle Dumon (Le Bureau Films), Giovanni Robbiano (Mediterranean Film Institute/Mfi) and Khalil Benkirane (Doha Film Institute).

The $ 10,000 Meetings On The Bridge Award went to German-born director Tarik Aktaş’ Dead Horse Nebula - about a sequence of incidents taking place around a small village -, while the € 10,000 Cnc Award was given to The Death of Father and Son by Zekeriya Aydoğan, a period drama set in the Kurdish society.

Aydoğan’s latest
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Vyer Films expands monthly roster

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The streaming start-up has added a trio of titles to its July line-up.

Antonio Naharro and Álvaro Pastor’s Spanish rom-com Me, Too (Yo, También), Veiko Õunpuu’s Estonian dark comedy The Temptation Of St. Tony (Püha Tõnu) and Semih Kaplanoglu’s Turkish drama Egg (Yumurta) will be available to stream on the company’s website.

The expanded schedule doubles Vyer’s previous release rate of one title every other week and the newly introduced titles will be available on July 8.

Going forward films will become available on the first day of each month.

“Our focus at Vyer Films is not simply putting films out into the digital space, but connecting audiences to those films,” said Vyer Films founder and CEO K C McLeod.

“We understand that that not every story will immediately appeal to every viewer and so we wanted to give our audience the opportunity to treat every month at Vyer Films like an art
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German producers join Ataman project

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Detailfilm reunites with director Kutlug Ataman following their collaboration on The Lamb.

Henning Kamm, who will represent Germany at Cannes next month as its Producer on the Move, and business partner Fabian Gasmia at Hamburg-based Detailfilm are to reunite with Turkish filmmaker Kutlug Ataman for his next feature project.

Kamm and Gasmia were co-producers on Ataman’s last feature film The Lamb (Kuzu), which had its world premiere at the Berlinale’s Panorama last February and won the Cicae Art Cinema Award.

Detailfilm will now serve as the co-producer on Ataman’s Hilil, Feza And Other Planets, which received support from the German-Turkish Co-Production Co-Development Fund at this month’s Meetings on the Bridge co-production market in Istanbul.

Moreover, Berlin-based producer Titus Kreyenberg of Unafilm confirmed to ScreenDaily at this week’s Visions du Réel documentary festival in Nyon that the Co-Development Fund had also awarded funding to Jessica Krummacher’s feature debut, Birth Of Purple
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German producers board Ataman project

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Detailfilm reunites with director Kutlug Ataman following their collaboration on The Lamb.

Henning Kamm, who will represent Germany at Cannes next month as its Producer on the Move, and business partner Fabian Gasmia at Hamburg-based Detailfilm are to reunite with Turkish filmmaker Kutlug Ataman for his next feature project.

Kamm and Gasmia were co-producers on Ataman’s last feature film The Lamb (Kuzu), which had its world premiere at the Berlinale’s Panorama last February and won the Cicae Art Cinema Award.

Detailfilm will now serve as the co-producer on Ataman’s Hilil, Feza And Other Planets, which received support from the German-Turkish Co-Production Co-Development Fund at this month’s Meetings on the Bridge co-production market in Istanbul.

Moreover, Berlin-based producer Titus Kreyenberg of Unafilm confirmed to ScreenDaily at this week’s Visions du Réel documentary festival in Nyon that the Co-Development Fund had also awarded funding to Jessica Krummacher’s feature debut, Birth Of Purple
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Hooligan film barred over "human rights" issues

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Anton Bormatov’s social drama Kicking In taken out of competition over “human rights” issues.

Russian football hooligan film Kicking In (Okolofutbola) was excluded from consideration by the jury of the the Saint-Petersburg International Film Festival (Spiff), it has emerged.

The second edition of the festival ended last night [Sept 22] with the declaration from jury president Sergei Bodrov.

The international jury refused to consider Anton Bormatov’s social drama based on real events in the world of football hooligans because of the authors’ position which was “not in line with modern European humanistic values and human rights”.

The festival had organised a sidebar - “Section 22 frames” - dedicated to films about football and one commentator asked why Bormatov’s film hadn’t been shown here. The film was produced by the Saint-Petersburg-based producer Sergei Selyanov of Ctb, who was in Moscow at the same time for the film’s premiere in the October cinema.

Kicking In will
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Hooligan film barred over "human rights"

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Anton Bormatov’s social drama Kicking In taken out of competition over “human rights” issues.

Russian football hooligan film Kicking In (Okolofutbola) was excluded from consideration by the jury of the the Saint-Petersburg International Film Festival (Spiff), it has emerged.

The second edition of the festival ended last night [Sept 22] with the declaration from jury president Sergei Bodrov.

The international jury refused to consider Anton Bormatov’s social drama based on real events in the world of football hooligans because of the authors’ position which was “not in line with modern European humanistic values and human rights”.

The festival had organised a sidebar - “Section 22 frames” - dedicated to films about football and one commentator asked why Bormatov’s film hadn’t been shown here. The film was produced by the Saint-Petersburg-based producer Sergei Selyanov of Ctb, who was in Moscow at the same time for the film’s premiere in the October cinema.

Kicking In will
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Mira Nair to head International Jury at 23rd Message to Man Film Festival in Russia

Mira Nair to head International Jury at 23rd Message to Man Film Festival in Russia
Indian filmmaker Mira Nair will head the International Jury of the 23rd Message to Man Film Festival to be held from September 21 – 28, 2013 in St. Petersberg, Russia.

The Jury comprises of Turkish screenwriter, director and producer Semih Kaplanoglu; the founder of Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France, Georges Bollon; American film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum; German director and producer Niko von Glasow, and Russian director Timofei Zhalnin.

The festival will host about 200 films, including 50 premieres. The festival also organises meetings with directors, master classes and video performances. As the name suggests, Message to Man, the festival refers to the Bible and reflects the essence of faith, hope, love, grace and compassion. The Festival is supported by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Russian Federation, St. Petersburg City Government and the Committee for Culture of St. Petersburg.

Mira Nair was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Indian government in 2012. Her films Salaam Bombay!
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