Films Distribution is proud to announce
the 2014 Cannes Un Certain Regard official selection of BIRD PEOPLE by Pascale
including Best Film and Best Director
The film by Andreas Prochaska leads the pack with 9 nominations for:
- Best Film
- Best Director (Andreas Prochaska)
- Best Supporting Actor (Tobias Moretti)
- Best Cinematography (Thomas W. Kiennast)
- Best Production Design (Claus Rudolf Amler)
- Best Costume Design (Esther Amuser)
- Best Make-Up (Helene Lang, Roman Braunhofer)
- Best Score (Matthias Weber)
- Best Sound (Dietmar Zuson, Christof Ebhardt, Tschangis Chahrokh)
CinemAfrica festival jury 2014 (consisting of Marie Strauss, Dani Kouyaté, Mats Utas and Arthur Diakité) has unanimously nominated film Under The Starry Sky, directed by Dyana Gaye, this year's winner of CinemAfrica film award.The jury's citation reads as follows:"Under the Starry Skies is a beautiful film made by a woman, with a strong female presence. It's a film about migration, identity and the examination of our lives as we live it, wherever or however we are. It is a movie That needs to be told, needs to be seen Because it is a movie That is ahead of its time, and Provides a pattern for others to follow. "
For involving the viewer in the unsteady milieu inhabited by Parisian 'clochards' in an enchanting and unexpected way. Director Claus Drexel and cinematographer Sylvain Leser demonstrate a full stylistic control, filming their characters from a distance and vantage point that makes these homeless people stand out as individuals with dignity and wisdom.
Emir Baigazin's first feature Harmony Lessons received a special mention from the Critics' Jury at Discovery in Luxembourg.
After a Berlinale selection as the opening film of the Generation Kplus festival, 'Wolfy, the Incredible Secret' has won a César in France rewarding the Best Animated Feature of the year.
The film 'Suzanne' by Katell Quillévéré has also won a César Award at this year's ceremony, for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Adèle Haenel).
Inequality for all received the RELEVATE Impact Audience Award at Film Forum.
The Best International Film Award went to France’s EASTERN BOYS, directed by Robin Campillo and starring Olivier Rabourdin, Kirill Emelyanov and Daniil Vorobyov about a middle-aged Frenchman who solicits a young foreigner and finds himself entangled with a group of young Eastern European hustlers.Said Guettel, who judged along with Thelma Adams commented, “Eastern Boys doesn’t care what you think is right or wrong. It just unfolds through three beautifully intuitive performances, a fresh story of moral hazard and reward.”
Philippe Blasband and Anne Paulicevich were awarded Best Original Script Magritte and Véronique Sacrez won the Best Set Design Magritte at the 2014 Magritte du Cinéma Ceremony for the film Tango Libre
The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award
Director Emma Dante is the recipient of the Ingmar Bergman debutant award for her film A Street in Palermo (Via Castellana bandiera).
"An everyday incident grows into a matter of life and death when two mortally determined women fight for supremacy in a Sicilian neighbourhood. In Emma Dante's divine comedy, Hell is just around the corner.
Respect! for a superbly handled treatment of a story about human pettiness, in which a sense of place and timing are equally important."
The jury consists of Andrej Zvjagintsev, director, Russia, Claire Simon, director, France, and Jannike Åhlund, artistic director of the Bergman week
Including Best Actress and Best Writing.
The film by Katell Quillévéré receives 5 nominations: Best Actress (Sara Forestier), Supporting Actress (Adèle Haenel), Supporting Actor (François Damiens), Most Promising Actor (Paul Hamy), and Best Original Screenplay (Katell Quillévéré, Mariette Désert).
A Castle in Italy by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi also receives a nomination (Best Supporting Actress, Marisa Borini), as well as Wolfy - The Incredible Secret (Best Animated Film).
The winners will be announced at the 39th César Award Ceremony on February 28th.
Harmony Lessons received the 1st prize Jury award for Best European Long Feature and Under the Starry Sky got the Jury award for Best French Film and the Audience award for the Best French long feature.
20/01/2014 Acquisitions, Press
Planting its flag in the mid-ground between high-brow arthouse and popcorn fare - positioning increasing favored by top-echelon sales agents in France - Paris-based Films Distribution has acquired worldwide sales rights to 'Not My Type', 'Scouting For Zebras' and Berlin animation player'Wolfy, the Incredible Secret'.Accompanied by other new acquisitions - femme drama Weekends in Normandy and Emanuel Naccache's espionage comedy 'Kidon' - plus screenings of the now complete 'The Crocodiles of Botswanga' helmed by Fabrice Eboue and Lionel Steketee, and 'Vandal' (both presented in promo reels at the AFM), the new pick-ups form part of one of the biggest sales slates of market premieres presented by any sales agent at the 16th Unifrance Rendez-vous With French Cinema.
The Missing Picture by Rithy Panh is nominated in the Foreign Language Film category for the 86th Academy Awards®
Cheap Thrills has received the award in the category of original screenplay at Fancine, the fantastic film festival of Malaga.
The Missing Picture by Rithy Panh advances in the Oscar® Race for Best Foreign Language Film. The film has been shortlisted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in a selection of 9 films. The final 5 nominees for Best Foreign Language Film will be announced on January 16, 2014.
Vandal, the first film of Hélier Cisterne received the prestigious Louis Delluc award for Best Film.
Vandal, recently appreciated in competition in Turin, focuses on a teenager (brilliantly played by Zinedine Benchenine)
delving into the universe of "street art", and graffiti in particular. When he
received his prize, the young director recalled “the long struggle to make this
film, with an amazing producer, Justin Taurand (ed. Producer on the Move 2011 of
the European Film Promotion), who fought for years.”
Six Acts won a Special Mention for Best Actress at Just Film Festival / Talinn Black Nights.
The Jury gave the Special Jury Prize to Director Emir BAIGAZIN for Harmony Lessons” for "its talented vision that takes us into a male world through a metaphor where harmony of politics and cultures combine to create a systematic violent society".
My sweet pepper land and Harmony lessons got both a Special Mention for Achievement in Directing at the Asian Pacific Screen Award in Brisbane.
My sweet pepper land was also awarded with Best Performance by an Actress for Golshifteh Farahani.
Suzanne got the award for Best Film in the International section, and The Missing Picture Best Documentary.
Harmony Lessons gets the Special Prize Of The Jury - Joao Bénard da Costa at 2013 Estoril Film Festival
At the 33rd Amiens International Film Festival, the Grand Prix was given to Harmony Lessons by Kazakh director Emir Baigazin (coproduced by France and Germany), which also won a Best Actor Award (Timour Aidarbekov).
SALVO WINS the FIPRESCI PRIZE of the International Jury in Ljubljana festival in Slovenia.
Salvo got the award of for Best Debut at the Cinergia European film forum in Lodz this friday.
Emir Baigazin is nominated for Achivement in Directing for his film Harmony Lessons at the Asia Screen Awards 2013
My Sweet Pepperland (Iraqi Kurdistan, France,
Germany) – nominated for Achievement in Directing (Hiner Saleem) and
Best Performance by an Actress (Golshifteh Farahani)
Harmony Lessons won the main prize of the festival from the New Filmmakers Competition section at São Paulo IFF
The Special Jury Award - Silver Alexander goes to Suzanne along with the Best Actress Award for Sara Forestier and the Artistic Achievement Award For Outstanding Achievement as a Supporting actor for François Damiens.
My Sweet Pepper Land by Hiner Saleem receives the Inverness Film Festival Audience award.
The Missing Picture is part of the 3 feature films in competition in the Documentary section of the European Film Awards 2013
A word from the Jury (Lars Blumers, Francine Brücher, Anna Juliana Jaenner):
"We admire Claus Drexel's courage for giving a voice to Paris' homeless people whose existence is commonly ignored. The contrast between the beauty of the shooting and those individual destinies gives the only documentary in competition a cinematographic dimension"
A word from the Jury :
" We give Solveig Anspach our Prize for her film Queen Of Montreuil. The subtle balance between humor and seriousness, the extravagant personalities depicted with sympathy and its positive story make the film a real feel good movie. In addition, we were impressed by the director's ability to make a sad situation lighter using a keen sense of humor."
Hiner Saleem's My Sweet Pepper Land wins The Special Jury Award at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2013
The Silver Q Hugo Film Award goes to It's All So Quiet for telling a specifically gay and yet broadly relatable story of desire, frustration, and independence, and for letting this tale unfold in a particular, beautifully evoked time and place.
The Gold Hugo for Best Film goes to My Sweet Pepper Land (Iraq/France/Germany), a refreshing film that uses different genres in an original way to deal with important issues
The NETPAC Jury members: Magdalena Bartczak (Poland), Yelena Larionova (Kazakhstan), Andreas Ungerböck (Austria) gave the award for the best Asian film to:
HARMONY LESSONS / UROKI GARMONII, dir. Emir Baigazin (Kazakhstan)
For the depiction of a highly sensitive subject matter expressed in a striking visual manner, for its perfect casting and its amazing feeling of mise-en-scene.
The International Jury of Ghent film festival gave special mention to:
THE MISSING PICTURE
directed by Rithy Panh – France – Cambodia 2013 –
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Motivation of the jury: “This is a striking combination of tableaux with
clay figurines and archive images which blend into an important and original
directed by Emir Baigazin – Poland – Kazakhstan – Germany
– France, 2013
Motivation of the jury: “Harmony Lessons features a clear and simple way
Best Kurdish Film, Best Kurdish Script and Best Kurdish Actress Awards go to My Sweet Pepper Land at Festival Duhok 2013
"The jury has decided to award a special mention
in the category “Best Kurdish Feature Film”. This promising debut tells
an important story about topical issues concerning the clash between
traditional and modern values."
"The award for Best Kurdish Script goes to a
film which we think will attract a broad audience with its surprisingly
good storytelling in a cinematic way. The screenplay allowed the
filmmakers to shoot an entertaining film with interesting characters,
important topics, action, pace and a touch of irony.
According to the
jury, the two scriptwriters created the most well developed script of
all the fiction films in the competition. They skillfully transformed
the story into a complete film on paper.
We are happy to give the Best Kurdish Script award to Hiner Saleem & Antoine Lacomblez for MY SWEET PEPPER LAND."
Cupcakes was won the Best Feature Award at 2013 Iris Prize
Vandal, the first film of Hélier Cisterne, has premiered in Belgium (the film is a French and Belgian co-production).
It received the award from the Junior Jury.
Nanouk Leopold's fifth feature, It's All So Quiet was nominated for 5 awards at Dutch FF:
Best Film, Best Production Design, Best Director of Photography, Best Editing, Best Supporting Role Wim Opbrouck.
The Ophir Awards, presented by the Israeli Academy of Film and Television tok place in Haifa at the end of September. The award for Best Actress went to Sivan Levy for her performance in “Six
Acts,” about the issues of consent that arise when a teenage girl tries to
improve her social status at her new high school using her sexuality. "In this
film, I learned how easy it can be sometimes for us to go along to get along,
and where we should set our boundaries," Levy said during her acceptance speech.
Eastern boys and A Street in Palermo were both awarded at the 70th Venice film festival
Elena Cotta received the COPPA VOLPI for Best Actress for her performance in A street in Palermo by Emma Dante.
Eastern Boys was awarded as Best Film in the Orizzonti section.
Domestic Life by Isabelle Czajka received the Valois of Best Director.
Sara Forestier received the Valois for Best Actress for her performance in Suzanne.
It's all so quiet wins the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding International Dramatic Feature Film, sponsored by The Los Angeles Athletic Club, at Outfest 2013
Rithy Panh's Missing Picture wins the Ostrovsky Award for Best
Documentary in "Spirit of Freedom," at 30th Jerusalem Film Festival 2013
Art Film Fest's grand prize, the Blue Angel for Best Film, went to Harmony Lessons from Kazakh director Emir Baigazin.
My Sweet Pepper Land by Hiner Saleem wins the Youth Award at Cabourg Film Festival - Romantic Days 2013
Emir Baigazin's astounding debut feature Harmony
Lessons set the bar for all the films that the Narrative Jury watched
before and after. On one level, it's the simple tale of a bullied Muslim
boy in rural Kazakhstan. But as no single child's life is ever as
simple as adults believe, from the moment we meet the dark-eyed, pimply
hero chasing down a family sheep to slaughter with his aging babushka,
to his ultimate act of vengeance in his struggle for survival, his
confrontation with bullies at his local school spirals into a larger
tale of societal dominance and submission. Power relations based on
intimidation and violence flow from boy to sheep, alpha boy to beta,
local police to accused criminals, and ultimately an entire society
defined by a hierarchy of male bullying male. Visually exact,
transparently acted by a mostly juvenile cast, and quietly terrifying,
this Kazakhstan/Germany/France co-production is a hard-won lesson in how
brutal life can be that is told with spellbinding assurance by a
visionary young talent.
Nanouk Leopold for It's all so quiet and Emir
Baigazin for Harmony lessons have both received the awards for Best
Director, the Bildrausch Ring.
The Missing Picture by Cambodian director Rithy Panh won the Certain Regard Prize at the 66th Cannes Film Festival.
Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza's "Salvo"
topped the Cannes Film Festival's 52nd Critics' Week, taking its Grand
Prix and the France 4 Discovery Award.
QUEEN OF MONTREUIL by Solveig Anspach won
FIPRESCI award at 16th Flying Broom International Women's Film Festival.
FIPRESCI jury members Ceyda Asar (Turkey), Magali Van Reeth (France)
and Mima Simic (Crotia) announced the award at the Closing Ceremony
Harmony Lessons received the Special Jury Mention at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Boven is het stil (It's All so Quiet)" won the 28th Torino GLBT Film Festival's feature film competition.
The film Citadel by Ciaràn Foy ((Ireland, UK, 2012) has won the MovieZone Imagine Award 2013. This was announced by the MovieZone Imagine Jury, the youngsters jury of EYE and the Imagine Film Festival during the Award Ceremony on April 17th. MovieZone Jury gives young people the opportunity to fully experience a film festival and to present their opinions on film. The MovieZone Imagine Jury consisted of five members members between the age of 16 and 19: Maxime Pottuit, Sam ten Thij, Margot van Helvert, Janneke Angeneind and Maarten Valstar. At Imagine Film Festival they have seen films, met directors and press and enjoyed symposia. They finally selected the winner out of the ten festival films that were up for consideration. The jury also nominated the films Trance (Danny Boyle, UK, 2012) and Warm Bodies(Jonathan Levine, USA, 2013).
THE DEAD AND THE LIVING was awarded the "Premio Cineuropa" at the Festival del Cinema Europeo In Lecce/Italy
Nanouk Leopold's It's All So Quiet was nominated for 5 awards at the Dutch FF:
Best Film, Best Production Design, Best Director of Photography, Best Editing, Best Supporting Role Wim Opbrouck.
Cheap thrills takes an award again for the 2nd US festival it participates to.This time it is the Director's choice award at the Boston Underground festival.
This year the SXSW audience decided to give the prize to the film Cheap Thrills following its world premiere at Midnighters.Cheap Thrills tells the story of a new father facing eviction whose life is turned upside down when he meets a wealthy couple who offer a path to a better life...but at a price. The film is directed by E.L. Katz and stars Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, and Sara Paxton.
War Witch swept away nearly all competition at the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards broadcast gala Sunday night, with the searing child soldier drama capturing best picture and nine other trophies.Best Motion Picture, Achievement in Direction, Actress in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Art Direction/Production Design, Cinematography, Editing, Overall Sound, Sound Editing, Original Screenplay.