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Polish Hits Boost Local B.O.

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Polish Hits Boost Local B.O.
Though Jan Komasa’s “Corpus Christi” was a dark horse in the best international feature film category at this year’s Academy Awards, it should have come as no surprise to see a Polish director walking the red carpet outside the Dolby Theatre on Feb. 9. “Corpus Christi” was the country’s third Oscar nomination in the past six years for what was formerly known as the foreign-language film, joining Paweł Pawlikowski’s 2019 nominee “Cold War” and Pawlikowski’s 2015 winner “Ida.”

If these are heady times for the Polish film industry, however, the international kudos only tell part of the story. Poland continued its torrid stretch at the box office in 2019, as Europe’s sixth-largest theatrical market broke records for the sixth year running, with total box office and admissions hitting all-time highs.

More tellingly, Polish films held their own against Hollywood mega-franchises, with four local productions appearing with the likes
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‘Corpus Christi’ Review: Poland’s Oscar Entry Explores the Rough Road of Redemption

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‘Corpus Christi’ Review: Poland’s Oscar Entry Explores the Rough Road of Redemption
Jan Komasa’s Oscar-nominated drama “Corpus Christi” is, like many films before it, built on lies. It’s the story of an ex-con, played by Bartosz Bielenia, who dreams of becoming a priest but cannot because of his criminal past. So instead, he impersonates a man of the cloth and becomes a pillar of a small-town community.

His unorthodox approach to holiness — half plagiarized from the priest at his correctional facility, half common-sense morality — has a positive impact on his flock, so one could find themselves asking, “What’s the harm?”

As an audience, we have perhaps become a little complacent about duplicity in fiction, where it seems like half of all relationships are built on whimsical lies. They usually collapse after the inevitable revelations, only to pick themselves up and go on again like nothing ever happened. And we are expected just to be Ok with that. In real life,
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Malou Reymann’s ‘A Perfectly Normal Family’ moves into Benelux (exclusive)

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The film, inspired by the director’s own life, is about a girl whose relationship with her father changes when he transitions from male to female.

New Europe Film Sales has sold Malou Reymann’s A Perfectly Normal Family to September Film in the Benelux.

Nordisk is releasing the film this week in Denmark, after it recently won the Big Screen Competition in Rotterdam. The film also played in the Nordic competition in Goteborg.

Other territories are in negotiations now.

A Perfectly Normal Family, inspired by the director’s own life, is about a girl whose relationship with her father
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Efm Preview & Hot Pics List: Film Biz Mulls Talent Drain And Next ‘Parasite’ In Berlin As Coronavirus Shadow Looms

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Efm Preview & Hot Pics List: Film Biz Mulls Talent Drain And Next ‘Parasite’ In Berlin As Coronavirus Shadow Looms
Following another streamer-dominated Sundance where deal-making soared beyond $120M, the onus at the European Film Market in Berlin is expected to shift back to a more traditional scene of single territory theatrical acquisitions, largely by European buyers. Scroll down for our list of hot market debuts.

The Efm, which officially gets underway tomorrow, doesn’t often boast the same riches as Cannes in terms of scaled, glamour projects, but this year’s selection of pre-sale titles reveals certain trends about the market.

Talent has been painfully hard to come by. The usual scramble for bankable names has been even more pronounced this year and a handful of the larger sellers have yet to announce new projects or are still in holding patterns regarding talent. In theory, the Efm’s later start date was meant to help packagers. But the distraction of awards season and the flood of talent to TV
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Post-Oscars, ‘Parasite’ Doubles Its Best Weekend Box Office

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Post-Oscars, ‘Parasite’ Doubles Its Best Weekend Box Office
As Neon basked in the afterglow of four Oscar wins including Best Picture for “Parasite,” the movie doubled its gross on its 19th weekend, by far its best showing. Universal’s Oscar-winner “1917” also stayed strong in even more theaters, grossing higher still.

Neon also ruled the roost with another potential crossover film, Valentine’s Day weekend entry “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.” Céline Sciamma’s period bodice-ripper, which returned to theaters after a one-week Oscar qualifying multi-city run, showed significant success in most locations, not only core specialized, but also more mainstream theaters.

Otherwise, weekend results continue mixed. Searchlight released marriage story “Downhill” wide to less than enthusiastic response, while Bleecker Street went limited with a modest reaction to their serious romantic drama “Ordinary Love.” This was a weekend to spotlight films about couples, but Valentine’s Day didn’t deliver any significant boost.

The other standout opener
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Oscars 2020: The Complete Winners List

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Oscars 2020: The Complete Winners List
In a stunning upset, Bong Joon Ho’s black comedy “Parasite” almost swept the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday night, making history along the way.

Parasite” became the first foreign-language film to win best picture. Its victories in the international feature film, director and original screenplay categories were also a first for a South Korean movie. The film only lost in two categories: film editing and production design. Taika Waititi nabbed adapted screenplay for “Jojo Rabbit.”

Parasite” beat out Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story,” Todd Phillips’ “Joker” — which had led nominations with 11 — Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Sam Mendes’ “1917,” James Mangold’s “Ford v Ferrari,” Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit” and Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” for the top prize.

Meanwhile, Renée Zellweger (“Judy”), Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”), Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”) and Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) continued their
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Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite Wins Best Picture at the 2020 Academy Awards

The Bong Hive has greatly expanded. The 2020 Academy Awards have now concluded, with Parasite winning Best Picture, making history as the first foreign-language film to win the award, while Bong Joon Ho also earned Best Director.

On the acting side, the expected winners all took home statues, while Parasite and Jojo Rabbit picked up screenplay awards. Parasite also earned Best International Film and American Factory grabbed Best Documentary.

Unfortunately, The Irishman went home empty-handed though the love for Martin Scorsese was felt throughout the night, particularly in Bong Joon Ho’s Best Director speech, which can be seen below.

See the winners below in bold.

Best Picture

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

1917

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Parasite

Best Director

Martin Scorsese, The Irishman

Todd Phillips, Joker

Sam Mendes, 1917

Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Bong Joon Ho, Parasite

Best Actor

Antonio Banderas,
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‘Parasite’s Bong Joon Ho Is “Bloody Ready To Drink” Until Morning After Oscar Win For Best International Feature

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‘Parasite’s Bong Joon Ho Is “Bloody Ready To Drink” Until Morning After Oscar Win For Best International Feature
Updated with video: After making history earlier this evening as the first South Korean movie ever to win an Oscar with its Original Screenplay triumph, Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite has scooped the Best International Feature Film Academy Award. The prize, in what was previously known as the Foreign Language Oscar category, comes as no surprise given the trajectory Bong and Parasite have been on since taking the Palme d’Or in Cannes last May (also a first for a Korean pic).

Black comedy thriller Parasite and its director have been major darlings for awards bodies, guilds and festivals over the past several months. Upon the International Feature Oscar win tonight, Bong received a standing ovation. He has also helped raise the profile of a robust Korean industry that boasts talented filmmakers and astute audiences. In Korea, where it’s currently about midday on Monday, Parasite is trending atop Twitter.
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Parasite Wins Best International Film at 2020 Oscars: 'I'm Ready to Drink Tonight,' Says Director

Parasite Wins Best International Film at 2020 Oscars: 'I'm Ready to Drink Tonight,' Says Director
And the winner is… Parasite!

The South Korean film took home the award for Best International Feature Film on Sunday at the 92nd annual Academy Awards, beating out Corpus Christi, Honeyland, Les Misérables and Pain and Glory.

It was the first film from South Korea ever to be nominated, let alone win the prize.

Director Bong Joon Ho, who also penned the film’s screenplay, took the stage at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California to accept the award.

In his speech, Bong referenced the Academy’s decision to change the name of the category to Best International Feature
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‘Parasite’ Becomes First South Korean Movie to Win Best International Film Oscar

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‘Parasite’ Becomes First South Korean Movie to Win Best International Film Oscar
Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” won the best international film prize at the 92nd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday night, making history as the first South Korean film to do so.

The thriller was nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture, and was already the first South Korean feature to be nominated for best international film. “Parasite” made history earlier in the night when it won the best original screenplay Oscar — becoming not only the first South Korean film to win an Oscar, but marking a relatively rare win for a foreign-language screenplay. Bong Joon Ho wrote the script with Jin Won Han.

“I’m so happy to be its first recipient under the new name,” Bong said about the renamed category, previously titled best foreign-language film. “I applaud and support the new direction that this change symbolizes. All our loving crew members and cast members are here with us.
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‘Parasite’ Wins Best International Feature, Surprising No One [Oscars 2020]

If there was ever a lock at this year’s Oscars, it was likely the fact that Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” was going to win the Best International Feature at the awards ceremony. But then it didn’t happen…kidding. It definitely happened.

As almost everyone expected, Director Bong secured an Oscar win for his latest film “Parasite,” besting his category contemporaries, including “Corpus Christi,” “Honeyland,” “Les Misérables,” and “Pain and Glory.” If there was any chance that an upset might occur, it would have been for Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory.” That film received incredible acclaim, and at least around these parts, has fans that feel that it’s a better film than “Parasite.” Alas, tonight was all about Bong’s film.

Continue reading ‘Parasite’ Wins Best International Feature, Surprising No One [Oscars 2020] at The Playlist.
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Oscars 2020: How to Stream and Watch Online

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Awards season officially comes to a close on Oscar Sunday.

The 92nd Academy Awards will be held at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Feb. 9 and air live on ABC at 5 p.m. Pt/8 p.m. Et. Red carpet coverage will begin at 3:30 p.m. Pt/6:30 p.m. Et. Viewers will be able to live-stream the awards show on abc.com or on the ABC app via DirecTV Now, Hulu, PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV.

The ceremony, which is going hostless again, will include appearances from this year’s nominees, as well as presenters Salma Hayek, Brie Larson, James Corden, Regina King, Lin-Manuel Miranda and more. Additionally, the show will feature performances from Cynthia Erivo, Idina Menzel, Elton John, Chrissy Metz, Randy Newman and five-time Grammy winner Billie Eilish.

A special tribute for Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna is scheduled to take place during the ceremony. The pair,
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Oscars 2020: Roger Deakins / ‘1917’ wins for best cinematography

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Oscars 2020: Roger Deakins / ‘1917’ wins for best cinematography
Joker’ leads nominations with 11; ‘The Irishman’, ’Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’, ‘1917’ have 10 each.

Roger Deakins has won the best cinematography Oscar for 1917, while Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland picked up the editing Academy Award for Ford v Ferrari.

Earlier in the ceremony Donald Sylvester won for sound editing Oscar for Ford v Ferrari and noted the film was probably one of the last to be made by Fox. won for sound mixing

Laura Dern won the best supporting actress Oscar for Marriage Story, after Brad Pitt won the first award of the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday (9) for supporting
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Oscars 2020: ‘Toy Story 4’ named best animation

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Oscars 2020: ‘Toy Story 4’ named best animation
Joker’ leads nominations with 11; ‘The Irishman’, ’Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’, ‘1917’ have 10 each.

Toy Story 4 has been named best animation at the 92nd Academy Awards on Sunday (9), and Hair Love won for best short animation.

The first award of Sunday night (9) went to Brad Pitt for Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood.

Janelle Monáe kicked off the ceremony with a song-and-dance routine, telling the Dolby Theatre mid-song, “We celebrate all the women who directed phenomenal films and I’m so happy to stand here as a black, queer artist telling stories.”

Steve Martin and Chris Rock come on
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10 Films to See in February

After wrapping up our Sundance Film Festival coverage, it’s time to look towards the month in movies. While Berlinale will kick off in a few weeks and Oscar season is in full force (for just one more week), February’s offerings feature some of our festival favorites from last year, a certain highly-anticipated sequel, a hopefully inventive twist on a classic monster movie, and more.

Check out our picks below, followed by honorable mentions.

10. Corpus Christi (Jan Komasa; Feb. 19)

Considered one of the surprise Oscar nominations this year, we found a lot to like in Jan Komasa’s Corpus Christi back at its Venice premiere. Jared Mobarak said in our review, “Based in part on real events, this twenty-year-old is about to be released from his detention center on parole. He’ll go to a reclusive town to work at a sawmill and maybe even build a decent life if he stays clean,
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The Best International Feature Race: ‘Parasite’, ‘Pain And Glory’ & Some Surprises

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The Best International Feature Race: ‘Parasite’, ‘Pain And Glory’ & Some Surprises
The final five titles nominated for the newly named International Feature Film Oscar category included some surprises when they were announced in January. Chief among the latter is Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, an awards season darling that has continued to cement its position as a leading candidate for this particular race, while also increasingly moving into serious contention for some other categories.

The blackly comic thriller about the members of a poor family who scheme to work in a wealthy household by posing as unrelated, highly-qualified help, is only the sixth movie to land Best Picture and International Film (formerly Foreign Language) nods, and the first Korean film to do so. It is the 11th non-English language film ever nominated for Best Picture.

What makes the feat even more impressive is that Korea has such a rich homegrown industry, bursting with talent and very sophisticated audiences. It’s surprising
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‘Corpus Christi’ Movie Review: Poland’s Oscar Submission Stuns

The nominees for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film are consistently some of the year’s best movies, and 2019 was no exception. The obvious standout is the Korean master Parasite, which has held American audiences captive since its release late last year. As with Roma two years ago, the absolute brilliance of Parasite has the […]

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Oscar Foreign-lingo Films Play Awards Bingo

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Oscar Foreign-lingo Films Play Awards Bingo
After the Palme d’Or, the Golden Globes and a slew of critics’ gongs, it is highly likely that helmer-writer Bong Joon Ho’s masterful, multilevel black comedy “Parasite” will achieve the triple crown of prestige kudos by nabbing the international feature Oscar. Surprisingly, it is the first South Korean film to be nominated in this category, although last year’s “Burning,” helmed by Lee Chang-dong, made the December shortlist.

More uncertain is whether “Parasite” will score in the five other categories in which it is nominated: best motion picture of the year, directing, editing (by Yang Jinmo), achievement in production design and original screenplay. These additional nominations mark a record haul of commendations for a non-English language title.

The film has been a hit for distributor Neon in the U.S., and is the highest-grossing foreign-language title ever released, grossing more than $25 million so far. Indeed, it has been
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​Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer And A Spy’ tops César nominations

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​Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer And A Spy’ tops César nominations
France’s César Academy members’ support for Polanski’s film unswayed by rape allegations.

France’s Academy of Cinema Arts and Sciences unveiled the nominations for the 45th edition of the César awards at its traditional news conference at Fouquet’s restaurant in Paris on Wednesday morning.

Roman Polanski’s historic drama An Officer And A Spy – about the infamous 19th Century Alfred Dreyfus affair - topped the list with nominations in 12 categories, including best film and best director.

The French release of the film, which won the grand jury prize at the Venice Film Festival last September, was hit
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International Film Festival Rotterdam Review – Corpus Christi (2019)

Corpus Christi, 2019. Directed by Jan Komasa. Starring Bartosz Bielenia, Aleksandra Konieczna, Eliza Rycembel, Tomasz Zietek, Leszek Lichota and Zdzislaw Wardejn. Synopsis: After being released from juvenile prison, Daniel poses as a priest in a small village who needs him just as much as he needs them. Few films strive to deal with the enormity […]

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