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Interview with Pawo Choyning Dorji, Kelden Lhamo Gurung, Sherab Dorji and Ugyen Norbu Lhendup: “It’s a film that values yak poop, but in the end the story is about finding where you belong”

Pawo Choyning Dorji is a photographer, filmmaker and the author from Bhutan. His photos have been published in international magazines and newspapers including Life, Esquire, Vice and The Wall Street Journal, and his books of photography include “Seeing Sacred: Lights & Shadows Along the Journey” and “Sacred Paths” and “Light of the Moon: The Life & Legacy of Xuanzang of Tang”. He has been working for the Khyentse Labrang since 2006 and is married to Taiwanese actress, Stephanie Lai.

His first brush with cinema was as an assistant director for Khyentse Norbu’s “Vara: A Blessing” and then he went on producing Norbu’s “Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait”. “Lunana: a Yak in the Classroom” is his directorial debut and had its World Premiere in London.

Kelden Lhamo Gurung (as Saldon), Sherab Dorji (as Ugyen) and Ugyen Norbu Lhendup (as Michen) are the first-time actors starring in “Lunana: a Yak in the Classroom
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Nawazuddin’s and Tannishtha Chatterjee’s Roam Rome Mein premiered at Busan International Film Festival

Tanishtha Chatterjee’s directorial debut film, Roam Rome Mein starring multifaceted actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui had a world premiere on October 4th at the prestigious Busan Film Festival Festival.

Roam Rome Mein, a psychological drama, features Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the lead, the film also stars Tanishtha Chatterjee Valentina Corti, Isha Talwar, Francesco Apolloni, UrBano Barberini, Pamela Villoresi and Andrea Scarduzio in important roles.

Describing the film, Chatterjee said in an earlier interview, “It’s a feminist film with a male protagonist. I have been toying with the idea for a while. I wanted to go deep into the protagonist’s patriarchal psyche by putting him in a situation that is life changing. I thought let me traumatise a patriarch and shift something in him.”

Adding, “When we were shooting for Lion, Nawaz and I mutually expressed the thought of exploring avenues of working on a project together pertaining to a genre
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Dark Portals Rain Down on the U.S. in this First Trailer (Out Oct. 25th)

Portals is a sci-fi anthology, from a number of directors. Filmmakers involved in the segments include: Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project), Timo Tjahjanto (The Night Comes for Us), Gregg Hale (Lovely Molly) and Liam O'Donnell. Each director has focused their story on a blackout and around the appearance of a series of strange objects. Very much a thriller, this title will have its World Premiere tonight, in Los Angeles. A wider release will follow later this month. The trailer shows several black obelisks appearing across the city. Curious, characters interact with the black objects, with some sucked in and trapped. Chaos ensues as it becomes apparent that something malicious is operating these strange mirror-like boxes. After the World Premiere, Portals will have a wider screening on October 25th. On this second showing date, the film will be available across the United States, in cities like: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Detroit,
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Roam Rome Mein : A dream come true for Tannishtha Chatterjee!

Tanishtha Chatterjee?s directorial debut film, Roam Rome Mein starring multifaceted actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui had a world premiere yesterday at the prestigious Busan Film Festival and the actress turned director is elated and feeling blessed.

?This is a very special moment where I am showcasing the world premiere of my debut film Roam Rome Mein at a festival which I have always wanted to be a part of ?said the actress expressing her happiness.

Adding a little about her film she says, ?When we were shooting for Lion, Nawaz and I mutually expressed the thought of exploring avenues of working on a project together pertaining to a genre that the two us would enjoy watching as audience. That?s how Roam Rome Mein started ideating in my mind. Then Ravi Walia came on board as a producer and Ridhima Lulla from Eros loved the concept. And we made the film.
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Color Out Of Space: Rlje Films Lands U.S. Rights Ahead of World Premiere at Tiff

Rlje Films have acquired the U.S. rights for Richard Stanley's upcoming film, Color Out of Space, which will have its World Premiere here in Toronto on Saturday night.    Rlje Films are a pretty agressive purchaser of films for distribution and knowing their release pattern we hope for our U.S. readers there will be a theatrical release. At the very least they always have most digital platforms covered and usually have a physical release as well.    Rlje Films usually nab all North American rights which means this time around Color Out of Space is still open for Canada and Mexico. Sales are being negotiated by Xyz Films.    Rlje Films has acquired Us rights to the highly-anticipated horror/sci-fi Color Out Of Space in a...

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Tribeca 2019 Will Close With Danny Boyle’s ‘Yesterday,’ Adds ‘Apocalypse Now’ Restoration and More

Tribeca 2019 Will Close With Danny Boyle’s ‘Yesterday,’ Adds ‘Apocalypse Now’ Restoration and More
The 2019 Tribeca Film Festival has announced a number of additions to this year’s lineup, including its Closing Night title, a Trey Anastasio-centric documentary, and new films and new details in a particularly stacked Anniversaries section. This year’s festival will close with the world premiere of Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s “Yesterday,” which imagines a world in which everyone — save for one budding musician — suddenly forgets about The Beatles. Universal Pictures will release the film later this summer. As was previously announced, the festival will open at New York’s iconic Apollo Theater with the world premiere of Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams’ documentary, “The Apollo” from HBO Documentary Films.

The festival has also announced that it will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” as a Gala presentation at the Beacon Theatre. For the first time ever, audiences will see “Apocalypse Now: Final Cut,
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Iconic Actress Zeenat Aman to attend prestigious UK Asian Film Festival Opening Gala

The world’s longest running South Asian film festival outside of India, the UK Asian Film Festival begins on March 27th and runs through May 4th. At a time of significant change, UK Asian Film Festival marks its 21st anniversary with a curated slate of films inspired by the theme of Revolution. Historically known as Tongues on Fire and then London Asian Film Festival, the festival is also synonymous with championing South Asian feminist films and supporting pioneering, female artists and auteurs.

Honouring Revolution through the vehicle of South Asian Cinema, UK Asian Film Festival looks at the #MeToo movement gathering momentum in the Indian and Pakistani film industries and the decriminalisation of homosexuality and the repeal of Section 377 in India last year.

Festival Director, Dr Pushpinder Chowdhry MBE says, “This year’s festival will present pertinent stories of the ordinary person told through films that address global challenges of our time.
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Saban Films Acquires North American Rights to Richard Bates Jr.’s Tone-deaf

Ahead of its premiere at SXSW later this month, Saban Films announced that they've acquired North American rights to Tone-Deaf, from Excision, Suburban Gothic, and Trash Fire director Richard Bates Jr.

Los Angeles – Saban Films announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Richard Bates Jr.’s horror thriller Tone-Deaf. The film stars Robert Patrick and Amanda Crew, and is produced by Circle of Confusion’s Lawrence Mattis, Brad Mendelsohn and Matt Smith, and Best Medicine ProductionsBrion Hambel and Paul Jensen. Tone-Deaf will make its World Premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.

Tone-Deaf follows millennial Olive (Crew) who, after losing her job and imploding her latest dysfunctional relationship, leaves the city for a weekend of peace in the country, only to discover the shockingly dark underbelly of rural America. She rents an eccentric, ornate country house from Harvey (Patrick), an old-fashioned widower who's struggling to hide his psychopathic tendencies.
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The program and opening film of the Osaka Asian Film Festival have been announced

Osaka Asian Film Festival 2019 will open with the world premiere of Suzuki Takuji’s “Randen: The Comings and Goings on a Kyoto Tram”

The Osaka Asian Film Festival today announced that the Japanese film “Randen: The Comings and Goings on a Kyoto Tram”(嵐電), directed by Suzuki Takuji, starring Iura Arata and Onishi Ayaka, will open the 14th edition of the festival. The film will have its World Premiere on Friday, March 8 at Hankyu Umeda Hall.

“Randen: The Comings and Goings on a Kyoto Tram” is the latest film by director Suzuki Takuji, starring Iura Arata from “After Life”(ワンダフルライフ), Oaff 2015 Opening Film “Asleep“(白河夜船), and” Dare to Stop Us“(止められる か、俺たちを), and the promising young actress Onishi Ayaka from “Made In Japan”(Made In Japan〜こらッ!〜),

“Narratage”(ナラタージュ), and “The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotine”(菊とギロチン).

Still from “Randen: The Comings and Goings on a Kyoto Tram”

Randen is
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Curtains Raise on Trailer for ‘Nightmare Cinema’ Anthology

Curtains Raise on Trailer for ‘Nightmare Cinema’ Anthology
A new trailer has been discovered for the horror anthology Nightmare Cinema, which features shorts from five genre directors: Mick Garris (Critters 2, Sleepwalkers, “The Shining” miniseries), Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling, Piranha, The Hole), David Slade (30 Days of Night), Ryuhei Kitamura (Downrange, Versus) and Alejandro Brugues (Juan of the Dead). Meagan reviewed the film out of the World Premiere and explained that it attempts to revive “Masters […]
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Trailer for 'The Disappearance of My Mother' Doc Playing at Sundance

"The real me isn't photographable." With the 2019 Sundance Film Festival now underway, we're proud to debut an official promo trailer for the documentary The Disappearance of My Mother. From Italian filmmaker Beniamino Barrese, the film will receive its World Premiere at Sundance on Friday, January 25th in the World Cinema Documentary Competition section. The film is about a once-iconic Italian fashion model who now strives to escape the world of images and disappear for good, but her son's determination to make a final film about her sparks an unexpected collaboration and confrontation with the camera's gaze. Described by Sundance as a "radical documentary born out of a series of confrontations between a mother eager to set herself free and a son desperate to use the medium of film to keep her close." This looks like a fascinating, emotional film that examines society's obsession with beauty in a more intimate, personal way.
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First Look at Bill Skarsgård and Maika Monroe in ‘Villains’ [SXSW]

First Look at Bill Skarsgård and Maika Monroe in ‘Villains’ [SXSW]
Yet another genre film set to World Premiere at the forthcoming SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas this March is Dan Berk and Robert Olsen‘s darkly comedic thriller Villains. Bloody Disgusting has the first look at stars Bill Skarsgård (who starred as Pennywise in It) and Maika Monroe (It Follows, The Guest) who play amateur criminals who, after breaking into a suburban home, stumble upon a […]
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Harpoon: Yellow Veil Acquires World Sales, Release New Teaser

Upstart sales company Yellow Veil Pictures have acquired the worldwide sales right for the Canadian dark comedy Harpoon from director Rob Grant (Alive and Knuckleball). Directed and written by Grant, Harpoon is about to have its World Premiere at the esteemed Internation Film Festival Rotterdam at the end of the month. Perhaps our own Ard Vijn will be able to catch the flick during his time at the festival. Yellow Veil have released a quick tease(r) in light of their announcement. You will find it below. NY/La-based arthouse genre sales company Yellow Veil Pictures has acquired world sales rights on Harpoon from director Rob Grant and producers Michael Peterson, Kurtis David Harder (What Keeps...

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Interview with Cédric Jouarie: “Going into the film business and expecting not to meet rejection is like stepping on a boxing ring and expecting not to get punched in the face”

Director Cédric Jouarie started out as a film critic and journalist for French television. Soon he also worked on short films experimenting with various genres, but also touching upon topics such as drug addiction and the loss of a child. He continued his work after he had moved to Taiwan in 2012, directing short films and short documentaries.

His first feature, “The Very Last Day”, is a very personal project to him. Inspired by his own experiences, this blend of psychological thriller and drama has been largely financed by Jouarie himself as well as through a crowdfunding campaign on Seed & Spark. The work and its director have received awards at the Ragff 2018 in Venice.

We speak with him about his experiences directing “The Very Last Day”, his inspirations as a filmmaker and his future projects.

Congratulations on receiving the awards for best director and best drama at Ragff 2018 in Venice. How
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Berlin adds Agnieszka Holland, Agnès Varda, Chiwetel Ejiofor titles

Berlin adds Agnieszka Holland, Agnès Varda, Chiwetel Ejiofor titles
Agnieszka Holland’s Mr Jones to premiere in Berlin’s Competition.

The 69th Berlin International Film Festival has bolstered its Competition and Berlinale Special line-ups with the addition of further titles.

A total of 11 films have been added to the Competition programme, including Agnieszka Holland’s Mr Jones (previously Gareth Jones), starring James Norton, and a documentary by Agnès Varda titled Varda By Agnès, which will play Out of Competition.

Further titles added include a new Netflix film by Isabel Coixet, titled Elisa & Marcela, and Yuval Adler’s The Operative, starring Diane Kruger and Martin Freeman; the latter will premiere out of competition.
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A Simple Pledge Leads to Unbelievable Horror in this Trailer

Tagline: "Few Get In. None Get Out." Pledge is an upcoming horror film. Set to be released through IFC's Midnight label, the film focuses on three friends and their unifying dream to enter an elite fraternity. They could never expect what lies in store for them. From director Daniel Robbins (Uncaged), Pledge stars: Zachery Byrd, Phillip Andre Botello, Aaron Dalla Villan and lots of others. This title had its World Premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival (Montreal), earlier this year. Now, a trailer and release details are available for this torture porn styled thriller. The story involves a group of misfits. Ethan (Botello), David (Zack Weiner) and Justin (Byrd) hope they can leave their losing streak behind, by finding acceptance in college. Their desperation leads to a bad choice as they are lured into a fraternity, run by psychopaths. After they are loosened up with alcohol and parties, the
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Heavy Metal Magazine Documentary in the Works (Exclusive)

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Fox Digital Studio, Heavy Metal Media and 4th Row Films are in development on a documentary feature film about the sci-fi fantasy magazine Heavy Metal with director Douglas Tirola attached.

Tirola has directed six feature documentaries including A&E IndieFilms’ “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead” about the story of the National Lampoon, and “Brewmaster,” which had its World Premiere at SXSW and is being released by The Orchard. Tirola has produced over a dozen films, most recently the 2018 Sundance film “Bisbee ‘17.”

The influence and culture surrounding Heavy Metal magazine helped popularize high art comics fans when it premiered in 1977 as a publisher of science fiction, fantasy and horror illustrations from around the world. In 1981, the animation from the magazine was used to create the Ivan Reitman film “Heavy Metal,” and its prominence helped create the music genre phrase “heavy metal.” It’s also been cited as an inspiration for filmmakers including Ridley Scott,
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World Premiere Interviews: Mortal Engines – Robert Sheehan, Hera Hilmar, Jihae, Hugo Weaving & more

Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines has a huge fan base across the world and is the perfect setting for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit man Peter Jackson and his team to create an action filled VFX blockbuster. The film has its World Premiere in London this evening and we were on the red carpet.

Attending from the film were Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Hugo Weaving, Leila George, Jihae, Stephen Lang as well as Producer/screenwriter Peter Jackson, Co-producer/screenwriter Philippa Boyens and Director Christian Rivers.

Hera Hilmar talked about the honour of getting to play Hester Shaw as such a strong female character and praised the rounded nuanced character she is on the page and screen, as well as noting the scar which as a physical disfigurement in a leading heroine is rare in Hollywood.

Jihae (Anna Fang) talks about the theme of freedom and the various real
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Slamdance Unveils Feature And Documentary Film Competition Slate

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Slamdance has revealed their narrative and documentary feature film competition lineup for their 2019 festival. The fest takes place January 25-31, 2019 in Park City.

This year marks the 25th year of the festival and includes 11 narrative features and 9 documentaries throwing their hats in the ring for the competition. The fest will also include 10 World, 4 North American, and 4 U.S. premieres. All competition films were selected by a team of Slamdance alumni and are feature length directorial debuts with budgets of less than $1 million Usd, and without Us distribution.

Slamdance will also welcome back the Russo Fellowship — a $25,000 prize launched in 2018 by celebrated festival alumni Anthony Russo and Joe Russo to provide a deserving filmmaker with mentorship from the Russo duo.

In addition, the festival will introduce the new Breakouts section, which features non-first-time-feature directors who demonstrate a determined vision
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Slamdance 2019 Competition Lineup Revealed, Including 10 World Premiere Titles

The Slamdance Film Festival has announced the lineups for its 2019 Narrative and Documentary Feature Film Competition programs. The festival, which takes place annually in Park City, Utah, is celebrating its 25th anniversary next year. In addition to the narrative and documentary features in competition, Slamdance has also announced the lineup for its inaugural Breakouts Section.

Featured films playing at Slamdance are all directorial debuts made for less than $1 million and without U.S. distribution. The films were selected for the 2019 festival by a team of Slamdance alumni. Films in both categories are eligible for the Audience Award and Spirit of Slamdance Award, the latter of which is voted upon by filmmakers at the festival.

“When it comes to discovering talent, Slamdance has consistently shown that its artist led community can do it themselves,” said Slamdance Co-founder and President, Peter Baxter. “In a milestone year, our competition lineup symbolizes this ongoing endeavor.
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