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‘Suleiman Mountain’ Wins Best Film at 2017 Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival



Elizaveta Stishova’s ‘Suleiman Mountain’ has been named Best Film at the first ever edition of the Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival.

The award which carries with it a 10,000 US dollar prize for the director’s next film was voted for by the ROBERTO ROSSELLINI JURY who explained their choice by explaining that the film was ‘made with great enthusiasm and with a real fascination for its incredible two women characters, with deep love for this young boy and all the characters and actors in this film. It’s worthy because of its true depth and emotion and mainly its deep belief in the power of cinema.’

The Best Director award went to Chloé Zhao for ‘The Rider’. The jury commented on their decision by stating that they ‘would like to praise her ability to really thoroughly observe the small details
of life. We can feel that she really respects life and loves life. The film is her second feature film and both her films tell the story of everyday life people in America. What we really praised is that although she is not an American, she is not a part of the culture, but she really gave us a very detailed authentic picture of their lives. It really shows her writing and directing ability’.

The full list of award winners and the juries can be found below.

Roberto Rossellini Jury
Best Film(10,000 US dollars for the director’s next film)
Suleiman Mountain directed by Elizaveta Stishova
(Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Poland)

Best Director(5000 US dollars for the director’s next film)
Chloé Zhao for The Rider (USA )

Vishal Bhardwaj (India – Film Director, Script Writer, Composer and Producer)
Liu Zhenyun (China – Writer and Script Writer)
Kaori Momoi (Japan – Actress and Director)
Aleksey German, Jr. (Russia – Director and Writer)
Arnaud Desplechin (France – Director and Cinemagrapher)
Xie Fei (China – Director and Professor)

Fei Mu Awards
(Selected from the Chinese-language films)

Best Film(RMB 30,000 for the director’s next film)
‘Angels Wear White’ (China), directed by Vivian Qu
Jury Comment:For the subtlety and strength of the directing, for the quality of acting, especially the non-professional actresses, for the intelligence in the way the film does address problems which have a Chinese specificity but are universal, and also for the various promises for a great career to come.

Best Director(RMB 30,000 for the director’s next film)
Liu Jian for Have a Nice Day (China)
Jury Comment:Taken from his own realistic experience, this movie has been very inspiring and creative for the language of animation. It has dealt with a very serious topic in a vivid
and humanistic way and it is very simple yet strong and subtle and sharp film and it is not only the original animation but also an inspiring script .It opens the horizon for film industry.

Anurag Kashyap (India – Director, Producer, Writer, Actor)
Song Fang (China – Director, Writer)
Ivy Ho (Hong Kong – Producer)
Shozo Ichiyama (Japan – Producer)
Lin Xudong (China – Painter, Editor and Film Critic)
Jean-Michel Frodon (France – Journalist, Film Critic and Writer)

(selected by a group of 55 audience members)

Best Film – Crouching Tigers: Elizaveta Stishova’s Suleiman Mountain

Best Film – Hidden Dragons: Ficarra & Picone’s L’Ora Legale (Italy)
Best Film – Galas: (ex aequo) Aida Begic’s Never Leave Me (Bosnia/Turkey)
Peng Xiaolian’s Please Remember Me (China)

Best Film – Best of Fest: Ana Urushadze’s Scary Mother (Georgia/Estonia)

Best Film – New Generation China: Peng Fei’s The Taste of Rice Flower (China)

Best Actor: Claes Bang in The Square (Sweden)

Best Actress: Feng Wenjuan in Please Remember Me (China)

Special Mention: actress Wen Qi in Angels Wear White (China)

(RMB 50,000 for the director’s next film)
The Pig Butcher, director Wang Yitong

Shen Yang (China – Producer)
Zhang Xianmin (China – Film Critic)
Mu Wei’er (China – Film Critic)


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Guillermo del Toro to Direct Stop Motion Pinocchio for Netflix



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Fresh off his Oscar win for “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro is set to make his animated feature film directing debut. Del Toro has received the green light from Netflix to film “Pinocchio,” a stop motion musical version of the classic children’s tale about a puppet who wants to be a real live boy. He will write and produce the film in addition to directing it.

According to Variety, The film will be set in Italy during the 1930’s, a particularly fraught historical moment and a time when fascism was on the rise and Benito Mussolini was consolidating control of the country. Production on “Pinocchio” will begin this fall. Del Toro previously set “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth” against a totalitarian backdrop, although he placed those stories in Franco’s Spain.

“No art form has influenced my life and my work more than animation and no single character in history has had as deep of a personal connection to me as Pinocchio,” said del Toro in a statement. “In our story, Pinocchio is an innocent soul with an uncaring father who gets lost in a world he cannot comprehend. He embarks on an extraordinary journey that leaves him with a deep understanding of his father and the real world. I’ve wanted to make this movie for as long as I can remember.”

Del Toro previously collaborated with Netflix on its Emmy award-winning television series “Trollhunters,” the first installment of the DreamWorks’ Tales of Arcadia trilogy. The next chapter, “3Below,” is set to debut on in December and it will be followed by “Wizards” in 2019. He created the upcoming Netflix horror anthology series, “Guillermo del Toro Presents 10 After Midnight.” Del Toro’s other credits include “Crimson Peak” and “Pan’s Labyrinth.”

The project comes as Netflix is investing heavily in children’s entertainment — a move that will be increasingly important as Disney prepares to launch its own streaming service. To that end, the company has backed the likes of “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” along with upcoming series such as “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” and “Gabby’s Dollhouse.”

Del Toro will collaborate on “Pinocchio” with the Jim Henson Company, the company behind “The Dark Crystal” and ShadowMachine, the creator of “Bojack Horseman.” Lisa Henson, ShadowMachine’s Alex Bulkley, Corey Campodonico, and Gary Ungar of Exile Entertainment will produce the film. Blanca Lista will co-produce it.

Patrick McHale (“Over The Garden Wall”) will co-write the script, and Mark Gustafson (“Fantastic Mr. Fox”) will co-direct the movie. Guy Davis will serve as co-production designer and the film’s puppets will be built by Mackinnon and Saunders, the team behind “Corpse Bride.”

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Aquaman Director Teases Two Of The Film’s Creatures, And Gosh They Look Silly



So, Aquaman is a film that’s coming out. It feels like, as a culture, the general cinema-going public still hasn’t quite acclimated to the idea that an Aquaman film is just two months away. Like, y’know, a film about Aquaman. Aquaman.

One person looking to change that general perception is director James Wan, who shared new glimpses at some of the film’s mounted ocean creatures and… oh good lord, just look at them.

Click through to get an even-higher resolution look at what’s to come, but as you can see there’s a saddle-mounted hammerhead shark, and a tylosaurus (a sort-of prehistoric crocodile). Yeah.

Aquaman is due out on the 14th of December, rated 12A, and stars Jason Momoa as the titular rightful ruler of Atlantis. As the film’s PR campaign ramps up, WB released a five-minute extended trailer just a few weeks ago, which you can check out here.

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Halloween Scores Series-Best Opening, As Venom Crosses $450m Worldwide



Jamie Lee Curtis’ rebootquel Halloween scored a domestic opening of $77.5 million this weekend, after an impressive $27.2M Saturday. Not only does that easily make it the best US opening for John Carpenter’s four-decade old franchise, but it also solidifies it as the second-best opening ever for the month of October behind Sony’s Venom, which netted $80.2M just a few weeks ago.

Speaking of Venom, the critically-derided, audience-adored antihero flick starring Tom Hardy took another $18 million in the US this week, and a further $32 million internationally, taking the film’s global total to a staggering $460.2 million – for perspective, that’s bottom-end MCU money, beating out titles like Thor ($449.3m), Captain America: The First Avenger ($370.6m) and The Incredible Hulk ($263.4m), and gaining on films like Ant-Man ($519.3m) and the original Iron Man ($585.2m). Venom is still yet to open in China and Japan.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros.’ smash-hit musical drama A Star Is Born is still raking in the dough. Star/director Bradley Cooper’s feature, which has garnered a big push in ticket sales from the successful stunt-casting of Lady Gaga as the secondary lead, brought its tally up to $201 million internationally this week, and looks set to continue hanging on at the box office despite fierce October competition.

All three films are in UK cinemas now, with Venom and A Star Is Born both rated 15, and Halloween rather expectedly rated 18.

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