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Jordan Raup’s Top 10 Films of 2017

A year of uncertainty–to put it lightly–at every waking moment, 2017 won’t be remembered fondly. Offering brief moments of solace, the best cinema of the year included both escapism and a glimpse of humanity that was undetectable when looking at headlines. It was also the rare year that didn’t ramp up in quality in latter months; in fact, only one film in my top 10 actually premiered in the fall, with a trio of others getting theatrical releases during that time.

It hurt to leave off Lady Bird, The Untamed, The Other Side of Hope, Ex Libris – The New York Public Library, and the year’s best blockbuster, Okja, but when all is said and done, here are the 15 films that most resonated with me this year. Along with the below feature, one can see a vague ranking of all ~150 films I’ve viewed here, as well as
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Criterion hints at 2018

Chris here. With the new year brings another instalment of our favorite cinematic visual puzzle: the Criterion Collection's animated hints at the films coming to their lineup this year! While the cat's already out of the bag that this year we will see Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides and Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man will get the cineaste luxury treatment, the always charming and coy drawing below provides some brain teasers of what else we might see. The more obvious guesses include Aki Karismäki's The Other Side of Hope and Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine - can you spot any other titles coming soon from Criterion?
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Joshua Reviews Aki Kaurismaki’s The Other Side Of Hope [Theatrical Review]

Sometimes, the best things in life are worth waiting for. 2017 has seen the return of filmmakers like Lucrecia Martel after 9 years since her previous feature film, and while he may not have made a film as awe-inspiring or formally groundbreaking as the stunning Zama, six years is much too long to wait for yet another winner from director Aki Kaurismaki.

Over half a decade since his brilliant 2011 film Le Havre, Kaurismaki has returned with arguably his most formally inventive and politically driven film to date. Entitled The Other Side Of Hope, the director introduces viewers to the pair of Khaled and Wikstrom, two men who couldn’t have led more different lives. Sherwan Haji stars as Khaled, a man hailing from Aleppo who is seeking asylum in Helsinki. He encounters Sakari Kuosmanen’s Wikstrom, a salesman who goes from leaving his wife to ostensibly winning a restaurant in a card game.
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All of the Films Joining FilmStruck’s Criterion Channel This December

Each month, the fine folks at FilmStruck and the Criterion Collection spend countless hours crafting their channels to highlight the many different types of films that they have in their streaming library. This December will feature an exciting assortment of films, as noted below.

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Friday, December 1

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World*: Criterion Collection Edition #692

Stanley Kramer followed his harrowing Oscar winner Judgment at Nuremberg with the most grandly harebrained movie ever made, a pileup of slapstick and borscht-belt-y one-liners about a group of strangers fighting tooth and nail over buried treasure. Performed by a nonpareil cast, including Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Spencer Tracy, Jonathan Winters, and a boatload of other playing-to-the-rafters comedy legends, Kramer’s wildly uncharacteristic film is an exhilarating epic of tomfoolery. Supplemental Features: an audio commentary featuring It’s a Mad,
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The Other Side Of Hope takes Fipresci prize by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-09-07 10:41:00

The Other Side Of Hope Fipresci, the International Federation of Film Critics has named Aki Kaurismäki's The Other Side of Hope (Toivon Tuolla Puolen) as the best film of the past year.

The Finnish director will receive the Fipresci Grand Prix 2017 during the opening ceremony of the San Sebastián International Film Festival on September 22.

The prize was voted on by hundreds of film critics around the world. It is the second time Kaurismäki has taken home the critics' highest accolade, after The Man Without A Past (Mies Vailla Menneisyyttä) was awarded the Grand Prix 2002.

The film was one of three finalists for the award, alongside Oscar-winner Moonlight, by Barry Jenkins, and Berlinale Golden Bear winner On Body And Soul (Testrol és Lélekrol) by Ildikó Enyedi. ...
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Sarajevo Film Festival kicks off 23rd edition

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Sarajevo Film Festival kicks off 23rd edition
The 23rd edition of the Sarajevo Film Festival kicked off last night with a screening of Aki Kaurismaki’s The Other Side Of Hope.

The event took place in two traditional festival locations: the city’s National Theatre, and 3,000-seat Raifeissen Bank Open Air cinema.

Attendees on the night included documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer – whose credits include the Oscar-nominated The Act Of Killing and The Look Of Silence – who is in Sarajevo for the duration of the festival to participate in the True Stories Market, part of the CineLink programme.

Also in attendance were members of the 2017 jury, including Edinburgh International Film Festival artistic director Mark Adams.
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New York Film Festival 2017 unveils full line-up

New York Film Festival 2017 unveils full line-up
25 films comprise the main slate of 55th edition set to run from September 28-October 15.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the 25 films for the main slate of the 55th New York Film Festival.

This year’s selection showcases films honoured at Cannes such as Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or-winner The Square, Robin Campillo’s Critics’ Prize winner Bpm, and Agnès Varda and Jr’s Faces Places.

From Berlin, Aki Kaurismäki’s Silver Bear winner The Other Side Of Hope and Agnieszka Holland’s Alfred Bauer Prize-winner Spoor mark the returns of two New York Film Festival veterans, while Luca Guadagnino makes his debut with Call Me By Your Name (pictured).

As previously announced, the opening night screening is Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, while Todd HaynesWonderstruck is the Centerpiece, and Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel will close the festival.

Nyff Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said: “Every year, I’m asked
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Nyff 2017 unveils full line-up

Nyff 2017 unveils full line-up
25 films comprise the main slate of 55th edition set to run from September 28-October 15.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced the 25 films for the main slate of the 55th New York Film Festival.

This year’s selection showcases films honoured at Cannes such as Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or-winner The Square, Robin Campillo’s Critics’ Prize winner Bpm, and Agnès Varda and Jr’s Faces Places.

From Berlin, Aki Kaurismäki’s Silver Bear winner The Other Side Of Hope and Agnieszka Holland’s Alfred Bauer Prize-winner Spoor mark the returns of two New York Film Festival veterans, while Luca Guadagnino makes his debut with Call Me By Your Name (pictured).

As previously announced, the opening night screening is Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, while Todd HaynesWonderstruck is the Centerpiece, and Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel will close the festival.

Nyff Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones said: “Every year, I’m asked
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Nyff Announces 2017 Main Slate, Including ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ and More

Nyff Announces 2017 Main Slate, Including ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘The Florida Project,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ and More
It’s beginning to look a lot like fall festival season. On the heels of announcements from Tiff and Venice, the 55th edition of the New York Film Festival has unveiled its Main Slate, including a number of returning faces, emerging talents, and some of the most anticipated films from the festival circuit this year.

This year’s Main Slate showcases a number of films honored at Cannes including Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or–winner “The Square,” Robin Campillo’s “Bpm,” and Agnès Varda & Jr’s “Faces Places.” Other Cannes standouts, including “The Rider” and “The Florida Project,” will also screen at Nyff.

Read MoreTIFF Reveals First Slate of 2017 Titles, Including ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Downsizing,’ and ‘Call Me By Your Name

Elsewhere, Aki Kaurismäki’s Silver Bear–winner “The Other Side of Hope” and Agnieszka Holland’s Alfred Bauer Prize–winner “Spoor” come to Nyff after Berlin bows.
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Nyff 2017 Main Slate Includes ‘Call Me By Your Name,’ ‘Zama,’ ‘Lady Bird,’ and More

Following their gala selections of Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, Todd HaynesWonderstruck, and Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel, the New York Film Festival have now unveiled their full Main Slate. Their picks include Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name, Lucrecia Martel’s Zama, Greta Gerwig’s debut Lady Bird, as well as the Palme d’Or-winning The Square and more favorites from Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, and Sundance.

“Every year, I’m asked about the themes in our Main Slate line-up, and every year I say the same thing: we choose the best films we see, and the common themes and preoccupations arise only after the fact,” Nyff Director and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones says. “As I look at this slate of beautiful work, I could just make a series of simple observations: that these films come from all over the globe; that there is a
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New York Film Festival 2017 Slate Dominated by Amazon, Netflix (Full List)

New York Film Festival 2017 Slate Dominated by Amazon, Netflix (Full List)
The New York Film Festival has announced the full list of films on its tightly curated main slate — and the roster shows just how quickly streaming services have become major players in the film industry, with all three of the previously announced gala screenings — Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying,” Todd HaynesWonderstruck” and Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel” — distributed by Amazon, and two more slate additions — Noah Baumbach’s ensemble comedy “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” and Dee Rees’ period drama “Mudbound” — coming from Netflix.

Also among the the 25 titles on the lineup are festival-circuit favorites including Robin Campillo’s AIDS drama “Bpm,” Luca Guadagnino’s romance “Call Me by Your Name” and Sean Baker’s childhood drama “The Florida Project.”

Presented annually by Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Nyff has over the years garnered a reputation for rigorous programming choices slanted toward international and often challenging work, although
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The Berlin International Film Festival and the European Film Market, Part 3

The Berlin International Film Festival and the European Film Market, Part 3
Closing Night, Remarks, WinnersInternational Jury: Olafur Eliasson, Artist (Iceland); Dora Bouchoucha Fourate, Producer (Tunisia), Julia Jentsch, Actress (Germany); Maggie Gyllenhaal, Actress, Producer (U.S.); Paul Verhoeven — Jury President — Director, Screenwriter (The Netherlands); Wang Quan’an, Director, Screenwriter (People’s Republic of China); Diego Luna, Actor, Director (Mexico)

A new tradition of sharing a “coup de champagne” on Closing Night of the Berlinale seems to be in the making with Ben and Stephanie Gibson and us. Last year we found ourselves together at the Hyatt for pre-Closing Night Drinks; this year we shared a coup at the Berlinale Palast before the crowd arrived.

Closing Night Before the Crowds Arrive

Ben, btw, is the director of dffb, the German Film School in Berlin. Read more in my previous blog here. He and his wife Stephanie could make a great TV series with the stories of their families. Once the crowd took over,
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Berlin sets competition, adds Amazon and BBC drama premieres

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Berlin sets competition, adds Amazon and BBC drama premieres
Stanley Tucci, Catherine Deneuve dramas join competition; TV dramas and Oleg Sentsov doc set to get world premiere.

The Berlin International Film Festival has finalised its competition and Berlinale Special strands.

Joining the festival in Out Of Competition berths are Stanley Tucci-directed Final Portrait and Catherine Deneuve drama Sage Femme.

James Gray’s The Lost City Of Z will have its interntional premiere while documentary The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov will have its world premiere.

Among TV world premieres are Amazon’s Patriot and BBC One’s SS-gb.

In total, 18 of the 24 films selected for Competitionwill be competing for the Golden and the Silver Bears. 22 of the films will have their world premieres at the festival.

For the third time, Berlinale Special Series will present a selection of TV series in the official programme. Six German and international productions will have their world premieres at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele this year
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