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Deadline London: "Bethlehem" Oscar Pick

Foreign Language Oscar: Israel Submits ‘Bethlehem’; Palestine Goes With ‘Omar’

By NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor | Sunday, 29 September 2013 13:17 UK   Tags: Oscars

Among the last to do so ahead of the October 1st submission deadline, Israel and Palestine have designated their respective entries for the Foreign Language Oscar race. Israel has selected BethlehemYuval Adler‘s debut feature that he co-wrote with Ali Waked. The movie premiered in Venicebefore heading to Telluride and Toronto. Over the weekend, it scooped six Ophir Awards — Israel’s Oscar equivalent — including BestFeature and Best Director. The film takes place largely in Jerusalem and the West Bank and focuses on an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant, the younger brother of a sought-after militant. Adopt Films acquired Bethlehem for the U.S. last week. Israel last had an Oscar nomination with Joseph Cedar’s 2011 pic Footnote, but has never won in the category.

 

Village Voice Review: Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction


Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction
Suits Its Subject to a 'T'

The New York Times "Critics Pick" Review

MOVIE REVIEW
Revealing a Subject Who Holds Back

‘Harry Dean Stanton’ Looks at the Actor’s Life

NYT Critics' Pick

 

Global Showbiz Briefs: Adopt Acquires ‘Priest’s Children’

DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD: By NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor | Wednesday, 4 September 2013 06:00 UK
Adopt Acquires Hit Croatian Comedy

Adopt Films has taken all U.S. rights to Croatian comedy The Priest’s Children. The Vinko Brešan-directed movie premiered at Karlovy Vary and has become the 3rd highest-grossing Croatian film in the country since it achieved independence in the 1990s. A pastiche about the slightly unethical fashion in which an idealistic young priest addresses the declining birth rate among his flock on a magically beautiful Crotian island is reminiscent of 1983’s Scotland-set Local Hero. It stars Krešimir Mikić, Zdenko Botic, Nikša Butijer, Drazen Kuhn and Marija Škaričič. Producer is Ivan Maloča for Interfilm Produkcija and Zillion Film. It was written (and scored) by Mate Matišić, based on his play. Adopt acquired the film from Paris-based Wide Management.

“WHAT’S IN A FACE?” – Review of “Harry Dean Stanton – Partly Fiction”

by  on Jun.24, 2013, under DocumentariesFestivalsLos Angeles Film FestivalMovie Reviews

The face of actor Harry Dean Stanton; his biographical documentary, "PARTLY FICTION", played at the LA Film Festival.

Written by guest writer Tom Beaver

It isn’t often that film actors unearth countless stories within the story they appear by just making an entrance. It’s an inexplicable gift to possess a face that the camera lusts after with Dionysian abandon. The camera wants the actor as opposed to the actor wanting the camera.

Most dynamic performers display their gifts (think Klaus Kinski, Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, etc.) by playing to the camera.  And although commanding the camera is a definite and sometimes effective skill there is much to be said for actors who understand the power of silence and their own mug.

 

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Foreign Language Oscar: Israel Submits ‘Bethlehem’; Palestine Goes With ‘Omar’

By NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor | Sunday, 29 September 2013 13:17 UK   Tags: Oscars

Among the last to do so ahead of the October 1st submission deadline, Israel and Palestine have designated their respective entries for the Foreign Language Oscar race. Israel has selected BethlehemYuval Adler‘s debut feature that he co-wrote with Ali Waked. The movie premiered in Venicebefore heading to Telluride and Toronto. Over the weekend, it scooped six Ophir Awards — Israel’s Oscar equivalent — including BestFeature and Best Director. The film takes place largely in Jerusalem and the West Bank and focuses on an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant, the younger brother of a sought-after militant. Adopt Films acquired Bethlehem for the U.S. last week. Israel last had an Oscar nomination with Joseph Cedar’s 2011 pic Footnote, but has never won in the category.

The Palestinian Ministry of Culture said Sunday afternoon that is is sending Omar to the Academy as its representative this year. Hany Abu-Assad’s film debuted inCannes in the Un Certain Regard section where it picked up the Jury Prize. The political thriller is also an impossible love story that employs themes of trust and betrayal on the West Bank. Palestine does not submit a film to the Oscars each year and Omar is notable for being the first feature to be completed independently, with 95% percent of the budget contributed by private Palestinian investors. Its North American debut was as an Official Selection in Toronto. It will also screen at the New York Film Festival, the BFI London Film Festival and the Dubai International Film Festival. Abu-Assad’sParadise Now was nominated for an Oscar in 2005.
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