Saturday, September 20, 2014

Seven films selected for Malayalam cinema today section of 19th IFFK

Seven films viz Names unknown (Dr Biju),Jalaamsham (M.P.Sukumaran Nair),Alif(N.K.Muhammad Koya),Sixfeet high(Sanalkumar Sasidharan) ,Calton Towers (Salil Lal Ahammed) 1983 (Abrid Shine)and Njaan (Ranjith) were selected in the Malayalam Cinema Today category of the   19th edition of  the International Film Festival of Kerala  which would be be held from 12th to 19th December 2014 at Thiruvanamthapuram ,Kerala.

Zahir and Unto Dusk - two Malayalam Films selected for 19th IFFK Competition Section

Two malayalam films ,Zahir Directed by Sidhartha Siva  and Unto Dusk  by Sajin Babu , have been  selected for the competition section of 19th International Film Festival of Kerala. Films from Asian,African,and Latin American countries are being finalized  .19th IFFK to be held from 12th to 19th December 2014 at Thiruvanamthapuram ,Kerala

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Richard Linklater's Boyhood to receive the FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2014 – Best Film of the Year

Richard Linklater's 12­year project Boyhood was chosen the best film of the past year by the members of the International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI. Michael Haneke, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jafar Panahi, Pedro Almodóvar, Jean-Luc Godard, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, among others who received this coveted award of film critics.The poll for the FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2014 – Best Film of the Year gathered votes from 553 members throughout the world. In a first phase, participants nominated any feature ­length films that had had their world premiere no earlier than July 1, 2013. This led to a final round between the four finalists: Boyhood, by Richard Linklater, Ida, by Pawel Pawlikowski, The Grand Budapest Hotel, by Wes Anderson, and Kis Uykusu (Winter Sleep) by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Boyhood arrived in a comfortable first place. Boyhood will have a special screening at the San Sebastián Film Festival on Friday 19, where the FIPRESCI Grand Prix has been presented from the start. 
Boyhood follows the life of Mason (Ellar Coltrane) from ages 6 to 18, accompanying his personal and family conflicts and everyday questions as he grows up. With a faithful cast and crew, the film was shot over a period of twelve years, thus allowing the characters and also the actors, especially young lead Coltrane, to evolve before the spectator's gaze during 165 minutes. Mason's family is interpreted by a deeply touching Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and newcomer Lorelei Linklater as the annoying older sister.

Critics Prize(FIPRESCI Prize ) in Venice Film Festival goes to "The Look of Silence" by Joshua Oppenheimer and "No One's Child" by Vuk Ršumovic

At the Venice Film Festival (Italy, August 27 – September 6, 2014), two films have been awarded the FIPRESCI Prize: 
— "The Look of Silence" by Joshua Oppenheimer (Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, Norway, UK, 2014), presented in the International Competition;  
— "No One's Child" by Vuk Ršumovic (Serbia, 2014), shown in the Critics Week.  
Jury members were Derek Malcolm, Great Britain  ("The London Evening Standard"), Eva Peydró, Spain ( "El Hype"), Jon Asp, Sweden ("Aftonbladet"), Blagoja Kunovski, Macedonia ("MRTV"), Chiara Tognolotti, Italy ("Rifrazioni"), Sergio Di Giorgi, Italy (cinecriticaweb)