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‘Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness’: Film Review

  • Variety
Imagine a high-ratings, high-stakes game show that trivializes a convict’s life-or-death fate for public consumption. As wild as it sounds, a version of this reality TV entertainment apparently really exists in modern-day Iran, where writer-director Massoud Bakhshi’s “Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness” is set, and where a wildly popular edition of it has been airing for nearly a decade. Using that as an inspiration, Bakhshi unfolds “Yalda” entirely within one such controversial televised program, while navigating concepts like male entitlement, social order and media exploitation with mixed results. Even though there are multifarious ideas here around penitence and forgiveness as linchpins of Islam, “Yalda” eventually neglects the darker avenues of these themes wrapped inside an eye-for-an-eye justice model, guided by a firm religious code.

It’s a shame, since “Yalda” gets off to an absorbing start with the story of Maryam (Sadaf Asgari), a vulnerable young woman on
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Oscars 2020: The Best Live-Action Shorts Nominees, Ranked From Worst to Best

Oscars 2020: The Best Live-Action Shorts Nominees, Ranked From Worst to Best
Look closely: thematic bonds link this year’s five Best Live-Action Short Film contenders, even if they don’t appear to be tightly connected. There are the usual “kids in peril” offerings, a pair of differently-bent projects about modern connection and voyeurism, and a timely examination of what happens after war has seemingly ended.

And yet, for all the myriad tones and narratives tucked inside this year’s five compelling nominees, each of them is run through with one prevailing emotion: hope. It’s hope in many forms, of course, but each of the nominees is built on an hope for something better, something bigger, something more.

Of course, those desires don’t always lead into the easiest of situations, and not every character actively participates in even considering the possibility of dreaming of more, but nonetheless, this year’s live action shorts open windows into worlds all deserving of that next step.
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‘The Guilty’ producer heads to Norwegian mountains for comedy ‘Men Of The Wild’ (exclusive)

  • ScreenDaily
TrustNordisk is handling international sales.

TrustNordisk will handle sales on Thomas Daneskov’s comedy Men of the Wild, produced by Lina Flint at Nordisk Film Spring, the outfit behind The Guilty.

Daneskov co-wrote the film with award-winning author Morten Pape.

The film started shooted in the mountains of Norway on October22 and will wrap on November 26.

Rasmus Bjerg and Zaki Youssef star in the comedy about a Danish man who runs away from his modern life to find himself in nature. But he finds himself on the run with an unlikely companion.

The cast also includes Sofie Grabol, Jonas Bergen Rahmanzadeh and Bjørn Sundquist.
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May el-Toukhy’s ‘Queen Of Hearts’ selected as Denmark’s Oscar 2020 entry

May el-Toukhy’s ‘Queen Of Hearts’ selected as Denmark’s Oscar 2020 entry
Trine Dyrholm stars as a woman who seduces her teenage stepson.

Danish filmmaker May el-Toukhy’s Sundance award-winner Queen Of Hearts has been chosen as Denmark’s entry to the best international film prize at the 2020 Academy Awards.

The film was selected by the Danish Academy Award Committee.

It launched at Sundance Film Festival in January, where it won the ‘world cinema – dramatic’ audience award.

Subsequent prizes have included three awards at Göteborg Film Festival, including the event’s $110,000 Dragon award for best Nordic film, one of the most lucrative film cash prizes in the industry.

Queen Of Hearts stars
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‘Out Stealing Horses’ Tops Norway’s 2019 Amanda Awards

  • Variety
‘Out Stealing Horses’ Tops Norway’s 2019 Amanda Awards
Haugesund, Norway — Hans Petter Moland’s sweeping literary adaptation “Out Stealing Horses” put in a dominant showing at Norway’s Amanda Awards on Saturday night, placing first with a collected five awards, including best Norwegian film.

Celebrating its 35th edition this year, the Norwegian industry’s top film prize helped kick off the Haugesund Film Festival and was broadcast live on national TV.

Moland’s generation-spanning outdoor drama very quickly took the lead at Saturday night’s ceremony, collecting additional awards for cinematography (Rasmus Videbæk), original music (Kaspar Kaae), best supporting actor (Bjørn Floberg), and best director.

The film premiered to strong notices at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, where cinematographer Rasmus Videbæk won the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution. In his Berlinale review, Variety critic Guy Lodge called the Amanda winner a “loving adaptation” and credited the film’s “lush visual storytelling against its characters’ desolate interiors.
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Neuchâtel festival to explore how games, transmedia and VFX are transforming filmmaking

The Niff Extended programme of the Swiss festival is attracting high-level international guests.

Nifff Extended, the section of Swiss festival Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (Nifff) probing the future of cinema, launches today with a wide-ranging programme exploring how games, transmedia and VFX are helping to change storytelling in feature filmmaking.

The programme is becoming the main industry focus of the festival, attracting high-level guests and featuring premieres and cutting- edge debates.

“The Neuchâtel festival has the name ‘film festival’ because it is a historical brand but we really have broadened our vision of what we show and what we discuss,
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Neuchâtel festival to explore how games, transmedia and VFX are transforming film-making

The Niff Extended programme of the Swiss festival is attracting high-level international guests.

Nifff Extended, the section of Swiss festival Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (Nifff) probing the future of cinema, launches today with a wide-ranging programme exploring how games, transmedia and VFX are helping to change storytelling in feature filmmaking.

The programme is becoming the main industry focus of the festival, attracting high-level guests and featuring premieres and cutting- edge debates.

“The Neuchâtel festival has the name ‘film festival’ because it is a historical brand but we really have broadened our vision of what we show and what we discuss,
See full article at ScreenDaily »

Neuchâtel festival to epxlore how games, transmedia and VFX are transforming film-making

Neuchâtel festival to epxlore how games, transmedia and VFX are transforming film-making
The Niff Extended programme of the Swiss festival is attracting high-level international guests.

Niff Extended, the section of Swiss festival Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival probing the future of cinema, launches today with a wide-ranging programme exploring how games, transmedia and VFX are helping to change storytelling in feature filmmaking.

The programme is ecoming the main industry focus of the festival, attracting high- level guests and featuring premieres and cutting- edge debates.

“The Neuchâtel festival has the name ‘film festival’ because it is a historical brand but we really have broadened our vision of what we show and what we discuss,
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‘The Rain’ Renewed For Third & Final Season By Netflix

  • Deadline
Netflix has renewed Danish Original drama series The Rain for a third and final season.

The internet network announced the news Wednesday on Twitter.

In The Rain, the world as we know it has ended. Six years after a brutal virus carried by the rain wipes out almost all humans in Scandinavia, two Danish siblings emerge from the safety of their bunker to find all remnants of civilization gone. Soon they join a group of young survivors and together set out on a danger-filled quest through an abandoned Scandinavia, searching for any sign of life.

Set free from their collective past and societal rules, the group has the freedom to be who they want to be. In their struggle for survival, they discover that even in a post-apocalyptic world there’s still love, jealousy, and many of the coming of age dilemmas they thought they’d left behind with the
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Netflix Renews ‘The Rain’ for Third and Final Season

  • The Wrap
Netflix Renews ‘The Rain’ for Third and Final Season
Danish post-apocalyptic web series “The Rain” has been renewed for a third and final season on Netflix.

“Survival Squad: We’ll see you in 2020 for the third and final season,” the official Twitter account for the series tweeted Tuesday.

Netflix’s official description of the show reads: “The world as we know it has ended. Six years after a brutal virus carried by the rain wipes out almost all humans in Scandinavia, two Danish siblings emerge from the safety of their bunker to find all remnants of civilization gone. Soon they join a group of young survivors and together set out on a danger-filled quest through an abandoned Scandinavia, searching for any sign of life. Set free from their collective past and societal rules, the group has the freedom to be who they want to be. In their struggle for survival, they discover that even in a post-apocalyptic world there’s still love,
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Bo Report: Post-Oscars bump for ‘Green Book’ as ‘Greta’ tanks

Green Book.’

Three Academy Awards including best film and for supporting actor Mahershala Ali gave Green Book a sizable bounce in Australian cinemas last weekend while the best actor Oscar for Rami Malek has helped prolong Bohemian Rhapsody’s marathon run.

In other respects it was another bleak trading session as family adventure A Dog’s Way Home had a mediocre opening, well ahead of the other wide new releases, English heist caper King of Thieves and gory thriller Greta.

Flying the Nest, an animated family film which follows a young bird who sets off on a journey through a harsh and unrelenting winter in order to reunite with his true love, had minimal impact as an alternate content release.

Cinemas are marking time until the arrival this Thursday of Disney/Marvel’s Captain Marvel. The top 20 titles collectively generated $9.7 million, 6 per cent down on the previous weekend according to Numero.
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New to Streaming: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,’ ‘To Sleep with Anger,’ ‘O.G.,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Chiwetel Ejiofor)

The phrase “important film” covers all manner of cinematic sins. If a narrative speaks to a specific issue or disenfranchisement, it can make critique a little complicated. Thankfully, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind plays more like entertainment than education while teaching its viewer something all the same. Written and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, adapted from the book by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, the film’s set in Wimbe, a village in the Southeast African country of Malawi. It concerns the life of a family trying their best to survive both extreme weather and a government that will offer no help.
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Film Review: ‘2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action’
The Academy skewed dark in its choice of live-action shorts this year, selecting four films to slit your wrists by — each one featuring child endangerment in a different form — and a fifth, about a diabetic on her death bed, that finds a glimmer of uplift at the other end of life. If that sounds like a complaint, think again: All too often, the Academy falls for either lightweight comedic shorts or over-earnest social-issue dramas, whereas this lot consists of several genuinely well-tooled micro-thrillers. It’s just a lot to stomach in a single, two-hour sitting.

The theatrical program opens with Spanish director Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Goya-winning “Madre,” which begins with a slow pan of an empty beach — meaningless at first, but setting the stage for a parental nightmare that plays out entirely in the audience’s imagination. Like Gustav Möller’s nail-biting Danish feature “The Guilty,” this short conjures an
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Win The Guilty on DVD

  • HeyUGuys
To mark the release of The Guilty on 25th February we’ve been given a copy to give away on DVD.

Alarm dispatcher and former police officer, Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren), answers an emergency call from a kidnapped woman. When the call is suddenly disconnected, the search for the woman and her kidnapper begins. With the phone as his only tool, Asger enters a race against time to save the endangered woman. But soon he realizes that he is dealing with a crime that is far bigger than he first thought.

Please note: This competition is open to UK residents only

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Open to UK residents only The competition will close 4th March 2019 at 23.59 GMT The winner will be picked at random from entries received No cash alternative is available To coincide with Gdpr regulations, competition entry information will not be stored once the competition
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2019 Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts, Ranked: Frontrunners Confront Difficult Themes

2019 Oscar Nominated Live-Action Shorts, Ranked: Frontrunners Confront Difficult Themes
While most movies in the Oscar race generate attention for months, the short film contenders generally don’t receive much notice until they’re nominated. However, the live-action shorts often deserve as much attention as the higher-profile contenders, in part because they’re so different from the rest of the pack.

The 2019 nominees are a perfect example: The five contenders hail from four countries, and tackle a range of heavy subject matters, from racism to repressed sexuality. Collectively, they speak to the clash of innocence with troubled times, as the majority of the shorts deal with children in dark situations. And while the Best Director category is loaded with veterans ranging from Spike Lee to Alfonso Cuarón, the filmmakers nominated in the Short Film (Live Action) category are largely newcomers from around the world.

Many of the winners in this category often go on to craft memorable features, from Andrea Arnold to Martin McDonagh.
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Danish Cinema Hitting on All Cylinders at Home and Abroad

  • Variety
Danish Cinema Hitting on All Cylinders at Home and Abroad
The Danish film industry is on a roll this year with berths secured at major festivals besides the Berlinale where Lone Scherfig’s “The Kindness of Strangers” landed the opening slot, just as Susanne Bier’s Sandra Bullock starrer “Bird Box” is breaking records on Netflix and first-timer Gustav Möller’s “The Guilty” made the foreign-language Oscar shortlist.

It’s a particularly good time because different types of local productions are performing well both at home, where the domestic share of total admissions was a strong 29% in 2018, and in the international arena, which is seeing a new generation of Danish directors coming to the fore.

Last year there were 26 homegrown titles released in Denmark that sold 3.8 million tickets total, up from 2.5 million tickets in 2017, when the national market share was 20%.

Aside from new works by known names such as Christoffer Boe, whose high-profile crimer “The Purity of Vengeance” topped the 2018 chart,
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European Shooting Stars: 10 Up-and-Coming Performers

  • Variety
European Shooting Stars, a Europe-wide initiative to draw attention to up-and-coming performers coordinated by European Film Promotion, has launched many young actors into the international film scene. From Feb. 8-11, the 10 actors selected for the 2019 edition will participate in profile-raising workshops, as well as meetings with producers and casting directors, all designed to foster their professional networks. In addition, a roundtable will present three casting case studies: Anja Philip for “The Guilty,” Magdalena Szwarcbart for “Cold War” and Avy Kaufmann will discuss working with European co-productions.
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Sundance 2019 Awards Live Stream: How to Watch the Ceremony Online

  • Indiewire
Sundance 2019 Awards Live Stream: How to Watch the Ceremony Online
Another year, another Sundance. This year’s edition of the festival was unusual from its first few moments, with Robert Redford leaving the Day One Press Conference early and suggesting he might take a reduced role at future installments; from there, we’ve seen movies like “Late Night” sell for $13 million and protestors demonstrating the Michael Jackson documentary “Leaving Neverland” (even if far fewer showed up than expected).

All that’s left now is the annual awards ceremony, which you can live stream below.

Awards will be given out by both juries and the audience itself. Among those serving jury duty this time around are previous winner Desiree Akhavan, Damien Chazelle, Tessa Thompson, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Jane Campion, Véréna Paravel, and Corey Stoll. Two of last year’s big winners were Akhavan’s “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” which won the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, and World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award winner “The Guilty,
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BBC Buys Berlin-Bound ‘Follow the Money’ 3, as U.S. Link TV Takes Seasons 1, 2 (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Goteborg, Sweden — The BBC has boarded Dr Sales’ “Follow the Money” 3, now bound for Berlinale Series, as Link TV has acquired Seasons 1 and 2 for the U.S.

Season 3 of the Danish crime series “Follow the Money” (“Bedrag”) was acquired ahead of its international premiere at the Berlinale Series by the BBC for the U.K./Ireland, Npb for the Netherlands, Rtp for Portugal and Prava for former Yugoslavia, all on board the first two seasons.

Other territories closed on Seasons 1 and 2 of the series include France (France Televisions) and the U.S. (Link TV). The deals were announced by Maiken Maigaard, sales and acquisition director at Dr Sales.

Season 3 of “Follow the Money,” created and penned by Jeppe Gjervig Gram (“Borgen”),will arrive in Berlin with a trail of rave reviews from the Danish media, following its launch on the Danish public broadcaster in early January.

Described as
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Home-Grown Hits Drive 2018 Nordic Box Office

  • Variety
Last year, Danish, Icelandic and Norwegian films triumphed with local audiences, fueling general attendance. In Sweden, local fare also upped their share of an overall sluggish market, while Finland had a quieter year after a record 2017. Everywhere “Mamma Mia-Here We Go Again” was number one except in Denmark where local films were back in favor.

Denmark

After two years of slide, Danish films were back in favour with local crowds, and boosted general admissions to 13 million (up 4.6%) and box office to Dkk 1.1 billion ($173 million). With 3.8 million admissions (up 34.2% from 2017), representing Dkk 290.9 million ($44.5 million) in revenue, local titles claimed a 29% market share, the success target just set in new Danish Film Agreement for 2019-2023.

“In a country like Denmark with a relatively small feature film production [21 films in 2018], the box office will inevitably vary from one year to the next,” commented Claus Ladegaard, CEO at the Danish Film Institute. The latter welcomed the
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