Saturday, December 23, 2023

MeeraSahib Online: 74th Berlin International Film Festival will award...

MeeraSahib Online: 74th Berlin International Film Festival will award...: The 74th Berlin International Film Festival will award US-director, producer and screenwriter Martin Scorsese the Honorary Golden Bear for h...

74th Berlin International Film Festival will award the honorary Golden Bear to Martin Scorsese.





The 74th Berlin International Film Festival will award US-director, producer and screenwriter Martin Scorsese the Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement in an award ceremony at the Berlinale Palast on February 20, 2024.

“For anyone who considers cinema as the art of shaping a story in such a way that is both completely personal and universal, Martin Scorsese is an unmatched role model. His films have accompanied our history as spectators and human beings, his characters have lived and grown within us, his view of history and mankind has helped us to understand and question who we are and where we come from 

Killers of the Flower Moon, his latest film, is one of his greatest achievements. As Scorsese himself so eloquently has said, the film is an ‘offering that acknowledges the extent of the terror the Osage community experienced, and one that might also give some kind of solace’. It is a great pleasure to welcome once more a good friend of the festival and offer him our most prestigious prize of honour,“ says the Berlinale director duo Mariëtte Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian.

Since the 1970s, the Oscar-winning director has been one of the most influential filmmakers in the world of cinema. The directorial works of the Italian American with Sicilian roots alone comprise more than 70 films. Many of his works have written film history and the versatility of his oeuvre is unique. His best-known films include Taxi Driver (1975, Palme d'Or Cannes 1976), Raging Bull (1980, Berlinale Competition - Out of Competition 1981), After Hours (1985, Best Director at Cannes 1986), The Color of Money (1986), Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991, Berlinale Competition 1992), The Age of Innocence (1993), Casino (1995), Gangs of New York (2002, Berlinale Competition - Out of competition 2003 and Retrospective 2010), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006), Shine a Light (2008 Berlinale Opening Film), Shutter Island (2010, Berlinale Competition - Out of competition), Hugo (2011), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Silence (2016) and The Irishman (2019). Another presentation at the Berlinale was the work in progress Untitled New York Review of Books Documentary (2014), which was later launched by HBO as The 50 Year Argument.

His latest film, Apple Original Films’ Killers of the Flower Moon, was recently voted the best film of 2023 by the renowned US film association National Board of Review and has been named one of the top 10 films of the year by the American Film Institute, as well as No. 1 Best Film of 2023 by “The New York Times”, “The New Yorker” and The New York Film Critics Circle.

Martin Scorsese is also very committed to historical film heritage. With The Film Foundation, he supports the restoration and distribution of classic films.

The Berlinale associates Scorsese with presenting many of his films – including the spectacular concert film Shine a Light about the Rolling Stones, which opened the Berlinale 2008. In addition, some Berlinale Classics were supported by The Film Foundation and the world's first exhibition on the director was shown by the Deutsche Kinemathek from January to May 2013.




source: https://www.berlinale.de/en/festival/awards-and-juries/honorary-golden-bear.html


Thursday, December 7, 2023

MeeraSahib Online: 28th edition of the International Film Festival of...

MeeraSahib Online: 28th edition of the International Film Festival of...:   Opening Film Goodbye Julia 2023 Arabic ...

MeeraSahib Online: 28th edition of the International Film Festival of...

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28th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK)- Opening Film -Goodbye Julia

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Opening Film

Goodbye Julia

2023 Arabic
Sudan, Sweden, Germany, Saudi Arabia, France, Egypt
Directors: Mohamed Kordofani
Director's bio
Mohamed Kordofani is a Sudanese filmmaker whose short film Nyerkuk won the Black Elephant Award for Best Sudanese Film, NAAS Award for Best Arab Film at the Carthage Film Festival, Jury Award at the Oran International Arab Film Festival, and Arnone-Belavite Pellegrini Award at the FCAAA in Milan. His second short Kejers Prison was screened during the Sudanese revolution at the sit-in square in front of thousands of protesters, and his documentary A Tour in Love Republic was the first pro-revolution film to be broadcast on Sudan’s national TV. His latest work was the film This Sudan, which was commissioned by Sudan’s former prime minister Abdallah Hamadok to promote Sudan’s potential for investment.
Synopsis
Wracked by guilt after covering up a murder, Mona, a northern Sudanese retired singer in a tense marriage, tries to make amends by taking in the deceased’s southern Sudanese widow, Julia, and her son, Daniel, into her home. Unable to confess her transgressions to Julia, Mona decides to leave the past behind and adjust to a new status quo, unaware that the country’s turmoil may find its way into her home and put her face to face with her sins.
Details of Cast
Eiman Yousif, Siran Riak, Nazar Gomaa, Ger Duany, Stephanos James Peter
Details of Crew
(DoP) Pierre de Villiers (Editor) Heba Othman (Music) Mazin Hamid (Sound Design) Rana Eid
Producer Details
Amjad Abu Alala
Writer Details
Mohamed Kordofani

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023

28th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), Competion section

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International Competition

Sermon to the Birds / Quşlara Xütbə

2023 Azari
Azerbaijan, Mexico, Switzerland
Directors: Hilal Baydarov
Director's bio
Hilal Baydarov is a writer/director from Baku, Azerbaijan. During his high school years, he won the national championships in mathematics twice in 2004 and 2005. In 2011, he led the Azerbaijani team at the informatics olympiad. After a master in computer sciences, he studied at the Sarajevo Film Academy under Béla Tarr before going on to make his trilogy of documentaries set in Katech Azerbaijan: WHEN THE PERSIMMONS GREW (2019) which won the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Documentary at the Sarajevo and the Interreligious Award and Special Jury Mention at Visions du réel; MOTHER AND SON (2019) premiered in the main competition at IDFA and NAILS IN MY BRAIN (2020) at Cinema du réel. After that, he made IN BETWEEN DYING (2020) premiered in the Venice Main Competition, and CRANE LANTERN (2021) in TOKYO IFF. Then, he started to work on the WAR TALES trilogy and the first film SERMON TO THE FISH (2022) premiered in the Locarno Competition and the second film SERMON TO THE BIRDS (2023) premiered in Tokyo IFF.
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Synopsis
Davud and Sura are under siege and waiting for the Hunter to save them. Davud and Sura follow a dream and go to the top of the mountain to marry and encounter the Hunter. Davud, Sura, and Hunter see each other in different lives.
Details of Cast
Huseyn Nasirov (Leading Actor - Hunter), Rana Asgarovs (Leading Actress - Sura), Orkhan Iskandarli (Leading Actor - Davud)
Details of Crew
Hilal Baydarov (Cinematographer), Hilal Baydarov (Editor), Thomas Becka (Sound Designer )
Producer Details
Hilal Baydarov
Writer Details
Hilal Baydarov

 

28th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), Competion section

 

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International Competition

ACHILLES / ACHILLES

2023 Persian, Azerbaijani
Iran, Germany, France
Directors: Farhad Delaram
Director's bio
Farhad Delaram is an award-winning writer and director who was born in Iran, in 1988. He graduated from the University of Tehran with a master’s degree in cinema and has directed nine independent short films. His short, TATTOO won the Crystal Bear award at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) and screened in the Generation 14plus section. TATTOO has screened in over 90 film festivals across the globe picking up numerous awards along the way and is part of the Criterion Collection. ACHILLES is his Delaram’s first feature length film and will have its World Premiere at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival before screening at the 71st San Sebastian Film Festival.
Synopsis
"A former filmmaker, now employed as a nighttime medical worker, helps a political prisoner escape her jail-like existence. Together they travel through Iran, connecting with local citizens experiencing similar problems while trying to keep one step ahed of the government authorities looking to recapture the pair."
Details of Cast
Mirsaeed Molavian, Behdokht Valian, Neda Aghighi, Roya Afshar, Reza Amouzad, Firouz Agheli
Details of Crew
Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah (Cinematography), Sasan Khoshniat (Film Editing), Pouria Akhavan (Art Director), Mehrdad Jafari Raad (Music)
Producer Details
Saeed Shahsavari, Frieda Oberlin, Johannes Suhm, Caroline Nataf
Writer Details
Farhad Delaram

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28th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK), Competion section

 

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The Snowstorm

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International Competition

The Snowstorm / Boran

2022 Kazakh
Kazakhstan
Directors: Sabit Kurmanbekov
Director's bio
Born 1960 in Kazakhstan, Sabit Kurmanbekov graduated from VGIK (State University of Cinema in Moscow). He worked as a production designer for many film and TV productions. In 2000, he directed the documentary, The Last Stop of Nomads. He also made the short film The Highway in 2006. Turmoil is his feature film debut as a director.

Synopsis
The end of the 80s of the last century, Kazakhstan. A young guy urgently leaves for a neighboring village during a snowstorm. Lost on the road, he finds a house. During the conversation with the owners of the house, he realizes that he crossed the border of China.
Details of Cast
Magzhan Turys, Katai Dauli, Ornbassar Tazabekov, Wang Peng
Details of Crew
Zhenis Ekpyn, Yessen Aitmukhamet (Cinematographer)
Producer Details
YerbolBoranshy
Writer Details
Sabit Kurmanbekov, YerbolBoranshy

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28th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK),2023-Competition Section

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 International Competition

EVIL DOES NOT EXIST / Aku wa Sonzai Shinai

2023 Japanese
Japan
Directors: Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Director's bio
Ryusuke Hamaguchi was born in Japan in 1978. In 2008, Passion, his master’s degree graduate work from Tokyo University of Arts, was selected at the San Sebastián International Film Festival and Tokyo Filmex. In 2015, his award-winning film Happy Hour premiered at the 68th Locarno International Film Festival. In 2021, Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy won the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the 71st Berlinale. At the 74th edition of Cannes, Drive My Car won the Screenplay Prize and three independent prizes, including FIPRESCI. The following year it received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and won the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.
Synopsis
Takumi and his daughter Hana live in Mizubiki Village, close to Tokyo. Like generations before them, they live a modest life according to the cycles and order of nature. One day, the village inhabitants become aware of a plan to build a glamping site near Takumi’s house; offering city residents a comfortable ‘escape’ to nature. When company representatives from Tokyo arrive in the village to hold a meeting, it becomes clear that the project will have a negative impact on the local water supply
Details of Cast
Hitoshi Omika, Ryo Nishikawa, Ryuji Kosaka, Ayaka Shibutani, Hazuki Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Miura
Details of Crew
Yoshio Kitagawa (Cinematographer), Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, Azusa Yamazaki (Editor), Masato Nunobe (Production Designer), Eiko Ishibashi (Music), Izumi Matsuno (Sound), Tetsuya Shiraishi (Visual Effects)
Producer Details
Satoshi Takata
Writer Details
Ryūsuke Hamaguchi

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28th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK),2023- Competition Section

 

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International Competition

Family / Family

2023 Malayalam
India
Directors: Don Palathara
Director's bio
Don Palathara is a film director, screenwriter, and documentary filmmaker from Kerala, India. Known for working on small budgets, his films are expositions of local Kerala culture and studies on the human nature. Palathara's films have gained accolades at several international film festivals, including Moscow International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam and International Film Festival of Kerala. Filmography: Shavam (2014) Vith (2017) 1956 Madhyathiruvithamkoor (2019) Everything Is Cinema (2021) Santhoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam(2021) Family (2023)
Synopsis
Sony, a Catholic man in his late twenties from rural central Kerala, comes across as a do-gooder and a well-wisher at first glance. However, lurking behind his public persona is a different character. Even as some of his family members become aware of his deeds, they are silenced by the system, which mindfully and actively protects men, their delinquencies, and their secrets. The family thus becomes a sturdy closet, where skeletons of the past are kept unknown and unseen by the world outside.
Details of Cast
Nilja K Baby (Leading Actress - Neethu), Vinay Forrt (Leading Actor - Sony), Divya Prabha (Leading Actress - Rani), Abhija Shivakala (Supporting Actress - Jaya)
Details of Crew
Jaleel Badusha (Cinematographer/DP), Adarsh Joseph (Sound Recordist), Basil CJ (Music)
Producer Details
Newton Cinema
Writer Details
Sherin Catherine, Don Palathara

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