The Cannes Film Festival has announced that Olivier Assayas's Carlos will be presented Out of Competition, while Carlos Diegues's 5x Favela joins the lineup of this year's edition in the Special Screening section. You'll find info for both films on the updated Cannes lineup entry.
Semaine de la Critique, or Critics' Week, experienced a leak today, but the official announcement of the lineup is due shortly; Quinzaine des réalisateurs — Directors' Fortnight — announces tomorrow.
The Tribeca Film Festival opens on Wednesday, but here at The Auteurs, we've already begun showing highlights from past editions — for free in most territories. We're beginning with Vers Mathilde, a documentary on France's foremost contemporary choreographer by Claire Denis; My Marlon and Brando, for which director Huseyin Karabey won Tribeca's Best New Narrative Filmmaker award; 4, Ilya Khrjanovsky's Tiger Award-winning debut film; and Matthias Glasner's hard-hitting The Free Will, for which Jürgen Vogel won best actor awards at Tribeca and Chicago.
For previews of this year's edition, turn to Bilge Ebiri and Logan Hill (New York) and Stephen Holden (New York Times).
"Ebertfest 2010 will be streaming live from April 21 to 25. That will include the morning panels at the University of Illinois and the Q&A sessions after screenings at the Virginia theater." Roger Ebert's got links and details.
Nippon Connection, Frankfurt's celebrated festival of new Japanese cinema, wrapped this weekend and Chris MaGee's been posting a steady stream of reviews.
Sarasota and Dallas also came to a close this weekend and presented their rounds of awards.
IN OTHER NEWS
Selections from the Spring 2010 issue of Filmmaker are now online, including Jason Guerrasio's conversation with Alex Gibney about Casino Jack and the United States of Money, Scott Macauley's talks with Laura Poitras about The Oath and Alicia Van Couvering's interview with production designer Jack Fisk, who's worked with David Lynch (Mulholland Dr, The Straight Story), Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood) and Terrence Malick (Badlands, Days of Heaven, The Thin Red Line and the highly anticipated Tree of Life). Van Couvering also talks with Sara Pollack, the entertainment marketing manager at YouTube, about the company's distribution model. And finally for now, commentary from Mike S Ryan: "[U]ncompromising, quality work that exists outside the mainstream has only ever been profitable for a few."
"Period martial arts drama Bodyguards and Assassins cleaned up at last night's Hong Kong Film Awards, taking home 8 of the rather oversized statuettes, including Best Film, Best Director for Teddy Chen, Best Score, Best Cinematography and Best Action Choreography," reports James Marsh for Twitch.
Iranian filmmaker and journalist Mohammad Nourizad has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison, "convicted on charges of spreading propaganda against the clerical establishment and insulting the country's leaders," reports the AP. "Nourizad was arrested in November after writing a protest letter to the country's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urging him to apologize to the nation for the bloody crackdown on the opposition movement after the disputed June presidential elections." Khordaad 88 has published the court's sentence and Iranian.com's Nazy Kaviani has more background on the charges as well as links to Nourizad's letters, a telephone interview conducted in September, just one month before his arrest, and a clip of the director at work on his latest documentary.
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