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HEARTSTONE wins Queer Lion Award in Venice

screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-8-10-23-amHeartstone, Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson’s debut feature, won the Queer Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival. Heartstone was one of ten films from all of the sections of the festival that were eligible for the award. The film also came in second in the voting for Best Film in the Venice Days section.

The Queer Lion Award is awarded to the best film with homosexual and queer culture themes. Regarding their choice of Heartstone for the award, the jury wrote, “For the exquisite touch in showing the coming of age of two young friends and analyzing the acceptance of homosexual feelings and passions. For the strong and valid representation of the inner conflict that separates and then re-unites the two main characters, set against a natural environment as breathtaking as it can be hard and cruel.”

The Queer Lion was awarded this year for the tenth time. Former winners include A Single Man by Tom Ford, Philomena by Stephen Frears and The Danish Girl by Tom Hooper.

Heartstone was one of 11 films invited to participate at Venice Days, where it had its world premiere. This was the first time that an Icelandic film has been selected for Venice Days, a competitive and autonomous section at the Venice Film Festival.

Heartstone now continues its festival run. Next up are the Toronto International Film Festival, the Busan International Film Festival, the Warsaw Film Festival and the Chicago International Film Festival.

About the film

Heartstone is set in a remote fishing village in Iceland. Teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend. When summer ends and the harsh nature of Iceland reclaims its rightful place, it’s time for the boys to leave the playground and face the acrimony of adulthood.

Heartstone was written and directed by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson. In the last few years, Gudmundsson has garnered considerable notice for his award-winning short films, most notably Whale Valley. Among Whale Valley’s 45 international awards is a special mention in the main competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Heartstone was produced by Anton Máni Svansson and Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson for Join Motion Pictures and Lise Orheim Stender and Jesper Morthorst for the Danish production company SF Studios Production. The film was shot by the Norwegian cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen, edited by the Danes Anne Østerud and Janus Billeskov Jansen, and the score was composed by the Dane Kristian Eidnes Andersen. International sales will be handled by the Berlin-based Films Boutique. The film was made with support from the Icelandic Film Centre and the Danish Film Institute.

Heartstone stars the promising young actors Baldur Einarsson, Blaer Hinriksson, Diljá Valsdóttir, Katla Njálsdóttir, Jónína Thórdís Karlsdóttir, Rán Ragnarsdóttir, Daníel Hans Erlendsson, Theodór Pálsson and Sveinn Sigurbjörnsson. The young cast is ably supported by veterans Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir, Sveinn Ólafur Gunnarsson, Nanna Kristín Magnúsdóttir, Søren Malling and Gunnar Jónsson.

(Source: http://www.icelandicfilmcentre.is)

Watch: Trailer for Venice Film Festival’s ‘Quit Staring at my Plate’ Bows (EXCLUSIVE)

Posted by Larry Gleeson

From Variety
Leo Barraclough, Senior International Correspondent

Variety has been given exclusive access to the trailer for “Quit Staring at my Plate,” which plays at the Venice Film Festival in the Venice Days section. World sales are being handled by New Europe Film Sales.

Croatian director Hana Jusic’s debut feature centers on Marijana, whose dominant father falls seriously ill and she takes over his role as the head of the family, taking care of her irresponsible mother and mentally disabled older brother. “The new power constellation allows her to explore her sexuality and her inner strength and gives her a taste of freedom,” according to a statement.

The film introduces the actress Mia Petricevic making her screen debut, alongside Zlatko Buric (“Pusher,” 2012).

Produced by Kinorama’s Ankica Juric Tilic (“The High Sun”), in co-production with Beofilm (“Teddy Bear”), the film was developed in Torino Film Lab and presented in the 2015 Les Arcs Co-Production Village works in progress section.

New Europe Film Sales’ line-up includes “The Last Family” (best actor award in Locarno), Toronto-bound “Zoology” (Special Jury Prize in Karlovy Vary), “One Week and a Day” (55th Cannes Critics’ Week – Gan Distribution Prize), “United States of Love” (Silver Bear, 66th Berlinale) and 66th Berlinale Panorama Fipresci winner “Aloys.”


Venice Days Section Unveils Diverse Lineup Launching 18 World Premieres

Post by Larry Gleeson

From Variety

By Nick Vivarelli, International Correspondent

The Venice Film Festival’s independently run Venice Days section, modeled on the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, has unveiled its lineup of 21 titles in the official selection, comprising the world premiere of “Ma,” by New York-based filmmaker-performer Celia Rowlson-Hall, and new works by known names including Spanish veteran Carlos Saura, Chile’s Matias Bize, and Italy’s Vincenzo Marra, alongside first-time and emerging directors.

All told, Venice Days topper Giorgio Gosetti has secured 18 world preems spanning a wide range of genres and formats, including a previously announced short by influential French auteur Agnes Varda. Her “Les Tres Boutons” is sponsored by Prada women’s-only label Miu Miu as part of its partnership with Venice Days on “The Miu Miu Women’s Tales” series of shorts.

This year’s rich section will open with first-time Spanish director Dani de la Torre’s car-chase thrilller “Retribution,” in competition, and close with Geoffrey Rush-starrer “The Daughter,” the feature film debut of noted Australia stage director Simon Stone, based on his adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s “The Wild Duck,” out-of-competition.

Standouts in the 10-title Venice Days competition include Matias Bize’s “The Memory of Water” (pictured), a drama about a young couple trying to rekindle their relationship after the death of their 4-year-old son, which segues from his well-received “In Bed” and “The Life of Fish”; Vincenzo Marra’s fourth feature “La Prima Luce,” which stars Italo A-lister Riccardo Scamarcio as an Italian lawyer tracking down his young son in Chile after an acrimonious divorce; Australian director Michael Rowe’s intergenerational love drama “Early Winter”; and Tunisian director Leyla Bouzid’s “As I Open My Eyes,” set against the backdrop of the Arab Spring as it relates to pop music.

Carlos Saura will be on the Lido with “Argentina,” a documentary about tango which continues his exploration of the essence of popular dance and song in both fiction and docus, which has yielded films such as “Blood Wedding,” “Carmen,” “Fados” and “Flamenco, Flamenco.”

Celia Rowlson Hall’s “Ma,” which is a modern-day vision of Mother Mary’s pilgrimage through the eyes of Ma (played by Rowlson-Hall), is also bowing as a special event. It’s being presented by Venice Days in tandem with the Tribeca fest, during which her feature film debut first screened as an advance work-in-progress.

Turkish Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk is expected on the Lido for the world bow of British director Grant Gee’s “Innocence of Memories,” based on Pamuk’s acclaimed book “The Museum Of Innocence.” This film is also screening as a special event.

French director Laurent Cantet will preside over the jury that will award the Venice Days Award worth Euros 20,000 ($21,000) to the top competition title. Competition entries will also vie for the section’s audience award, while all first works are eligible for Venice’s Luigi De Laurentiis nod for best first work across all the Venice fest sections.

The 11th edition of Venice Days will run September 2-12.


“Retribution,” Dani de la Torre (Spain) Opener in-competition


“The Memory of Water,” Matias Bize (Chile)

“As I Open My Eyes,” Leyla Bouzid (France, Tunisia, Belgium)

“Long Live The Bride,” Ascanio Celestini (Italy, France, Belgium)

“Arianna,” Carlo Lavagna (Italy)

“First Light,” Vincenzo Marra (Italy)

“Underground Fragrance,” Pengfei (China)

“Klezner,” Piotr Chrzan (Poland)

“Island City,” Ruchika Oberoi (India)

“Early Winter,” Michael Rowe (Australia/Canada)

WOMEN’S TALES PROJECT (Shorts) in collaboration with Prada’s Miu Miu Label

“De Jess,” Alice Rohrwacher, (Italy)

“Les Tres Boutons,” Agnes Varda (France, Italy)


“Milano 2015,” Elio, Roberto Bolle, Silvio Soldini, Walter Veltroni, Cristiana Capotondi, Giorgio Diritti (Italy)

“Bangland,” Lorenzo Berghella (Italy)

“Harry’s Bar,” Carlotta Cerquetti

“Innocence of Memories – Orhan Pamuk’s Museum and Istanbul,” Grant Gee (U.K., Ireland, Italy)

“Il Paese Dove Glia Alberi Volano, Eugenio Barda e i Giorno Dell’Odin,” Davide Barletti and Jacopo Quadri (Italy)

“Viva Ingrid!,” Alessandro Rossellini (Italy)

“Ma,” Celia-Rowlson Hall (U.S.)

“Argentina,” Carlos Saura (Argentina, Spain, France)

*Featured photo courtesy of Venice Days


Debut films competing for the Lion of the Future“Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award

Debut films competing for the Lion of the Future
“Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film

Christopher MURRAY, El Cristo ciego (The Blind Christ) (Chile, France) (Venezia 73)
Raúl ARÉVALO, Tarde para la ira (The Fury of a Patient Man) (Spain) (Orizzonti)
ISHIKAWA Kei, Gukoroku (Japan) (Orizzonti)
Karl LEMIEUX, Maudite Poutine (Canada) (Orizzonti)
Gastón SOLNICKI, Kékszakállú (Argentina) (Orizzonti)
Ronny TROCKER, Die Einsiedler (The Eremites) (Germany, Austria) (Orizzonti)
Michele VANNUCCI, Il più grande sogno (I was a Dreamer) (Italy) (Orizzonti)
Nicholas VERSO, Boys in the Trees (Australia) (Orizzonti)

Vincent BIRON, Prank (Canada) (SIC)
Irene DIONISIO, Le ultime cose (The Last Things) (Italy, Switzerland, France) (SIC)
Keywan KARIMI, Drum (France, Iran) (SIC)
Bradley LIEW, Singing in Graveyards (Malaysia, Philippines) (SIC)
Juan Sebastián MESA, Los Nadie (The Nobodies) (Colombia) (SIC)
Jérôme REYBAUD, Jours de France (Four Days in France) (France) (SIC)
Ala Eddine SLIM, Akher Wahed Fina (The Last of Us) (Tunisia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon) (SIC)

Marco DANIELI, La ragazza del mondo (Italy) (Venice Days)
Ivan D. GAONA, Pariente (Guilty Men) (Colombia) (Venice Days)
Guðmundur Arnar GUÐMUNDSSON, Hjartasteinn (Heartstone) (Iceland, Denmark) (Venice Days)
Hana JUŠIĆ, Ne gledaj mi u pijat (Quit Staring at My Plate) (Croatia, Denmark) (Venice Days)
Amanda KERNELL, Sameblod (Sami Blood) (Sweden, Denmark, Norway) (Venice Days)
Valérie MULLER, Angelin PRELJOCAJ, Polina, danser sa vie (France) (Venice Days)
Ben YOUNG, Hounds of Love, (Australia) (Venice Days)

The Biennale Cinema 2016 will run Aug. 31 to Sept. 10

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‘Pamilya Ordinaryo’ leads all winners at Cinemalaya 2016 – Venice up next

Post by Larry Gleeson

By Edwin P. Sallan

Eduardo Roy, Jr.’s “Pamilya Ordinaryo” won five major awards to lead all winners in the 12th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival awards night Sunday at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

A family drama involving two teenage pickpockets in Manila who suddenly became parents to a child that would later be stolen from them, “Pamilya Ordinaryo” won Best Full Length Feature Film, the NETPAC Award for Best Full Length Feature, Best Director, Best Editing for Carlo Francisco Manatad, and Best Actress for newcomer Hasmine Killip.

Killip’s victory is considered a major upset as she was up against a tough field that included Judy Ann Santos of “Kusina” and Nora Aunor of “Tuos,” who were considered the frontrunners in this particular category.

Killip, who lives in London with her British husband,was not present to receive her award. She later posted on Instagram, “Am i Dreaming? Really? Am i the Best Actress? Still can’t believe!!! I wish i was there. But thank you to nanay sarah brakensiek for reading my speech and to my Best direktor Eduardo roy jr.”

“Pamilya Ordinaryo” is set to compete in the Venice Days section of the prestigious Venice International Film Festival which will run alongside the main festival from August 31 to September 10. It has also been invited to the Dhaka International Film Festival in January 2017.

*Featured photo by by Bernard Testa/InterAksyon)

(Source: http://www.interaksyon.com)