Winner of a top prize at this year's Cannes festival, the irresistibly charming debut feature from Juho Kuosmanen is a funny and forlorn comedy-drama inspired by the real-life showdown between Finnish boxer Olli Mäki and American champion Davey Moore in 1962 Helsinki.
Funny, forlorn, and irresistibly charming, Juho Kuosmanen's assured debut feature The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, which won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at this year's Cannes, is inspired by the true story of Finland's most successful boxer of the 1960s. Shot in black and white with scrupulous attention to period detail, the film centres on the prelude to Mäki's historic fight in Helsinki with American Davey Moore, the bantamweight champion of the world.
Almost painfully open and ingenuous, Olli (Jarkko Lahti) is a small-town boy who is just as happy baking bread as he is in the ring — and he's even happier when he's with Raija (Oona Airola), the level-headed beauty he finds himself falling for. Elis (Eero Milonoff ), Olli's manager, is the exact opposite of his fighter: a former boxer himself, Elis is a hyperbolic showman who promises the press corps a "spectacle never seen in Finland," a world-historic event worthy of the Americans. As Olli begins wilting under the pressure from the constant press scrums, his desperate attempts to lose weight, and his separation from Raija, Elis faces his own challenges from his wife (who effortlessly sees through his various hustles), his financial backers, and his American partners.
Full of trenchant commentary about the sports industry and, by extension, the entertainment industry — there's an amazing sequence at a post-bout cocktail party where it's quite clear that the two athletes are the least important people there — the film also wittily depicts a small nation's unease and excitement about its "debut" on the world stage. A rueful yet delightfully disarming ode to lost innocence, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki is also one of the most indelible romances you will see this year.
Sam Mendes, who served as this year's president of the jury, jested on the difficulty of job: "To paraphrase the great writer George Orwell, all movies are equal, but some movies are more equal than others." The filmmaker was asked afterwards if the jury discussed how the awards would affect the potential distribution of the films as a factor in their decisions. Mendes replied that the jury discussed only the merits of each film, but he did believe that an award from a big festival could help the longevity of a movie. "We're here to encourage people to come to the cinema and come to see original films," he said. "I hope some of the choices we've made will lead audiences to see these films," said Mendes, adding that he hoped that the jury's choices would open up distribution for some of the movies awarded.
The Venezia 73 Jury, chaired by Sam Mendes and comprised of Laurie Anderson, Gemma Arterton, Giancarlo De Cataldo, Nina Hoss, Chiara Mastroianni, Joshua Oppenheimer, Lorenzo Vigas and Zhao Wei having viewed all 20 films in competition, has decided as follows:
GOLDEN LION for Best Film to: ANG BABAENG HUMAYO (THE WOMAN WHO LEFT) by Lav Diaz (Philippines)
SILVER LION - GRAND JURY PRIZE to: NOCTURNAL ANIMALS by Tom Ford (USA)
SILVER LION - AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR ex-aequo to: Andrei Konchalovsky for the film PARADISE (Russian Federation, Germany) Amat Escalante for the film LA REGIÓN SALVAJE (THE UNTAMED) (Mexico, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland)
COPPA VOLPI for Best Actress: Emma Stone in the film LA LA LAND by Damien Chazelle (USA)
COPPA VOLPI for Best Actor: Oscar Martínez in the film EL CIUDADANO ILUSTRE by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat (Argentina, Spain)
AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY to: Noah Oppenheim for the film JACKIE by Pablo Larraín (UK)
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE to: THE BAD BATCH by Ana Lily Amirpour (USA)
MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD for Best Young Actress to: Paula Beer in the film FRANTZ by François Ozon (France, Germany)
LION OF THE FUTURE "LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS" VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM Lion of the Future – "Luigi De Laurentiis" Venice Award for a Debut Film Jury at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, chaired by Kim Rossi Stuart and comprised of Rosa Bosch, Brady Corbet, Pilar López de Ayala and Serge Toubiana, has decided to award: LION OF THE FUTURE "LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS" VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM to: Akher Wahed Fina (The Last of Us) by Ala Eddine Slim (Tunisia, Qatar, U.A.E., Lebanon)
VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM CRITICS WEEK as well as a prize of 100,000 USD, donated by Filmauro of Aurelio and Luigi De Laurentiis to be divided equally between director and producer.
ORIZZONTI AWARDS The Orizzonti Jury of the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, chaired by Robert Guédiguian and composed of Jim Hoberman, Nelly Karim, Valentina Lodovini, Moon So-ri, José María (Chema) Prado and Chaitanya Tamhane after screening the 32 films in competition has decided to award: the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST FILM to:LIBERAMI by Federica Di Giacomo (Italy, France)
the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR to: Fien Troch for HOME (Belgium)
the SPECIAL ORIZZONTI JURY PRIZE to: KOCA DÜNYA (BIG BIG WORLD) by Reha Erdem (Turkey)
the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS to: Ruth Díazin the filmTARDE PARA LA IRA by Raúl Arévalo (Spain) the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR to: Nuno Lopes in the film SÃO JORGE by Marco Martins (Portugal, France)
the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY to: KU QIAN (BITTER MONEY) by Wang Bing (France, Hong Kong)
the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM to: LA VOZ PERDIDA by Marcelo Martinessi (Paraguay, Venezuela, Cuba)
the VENICE SHORT FILM NOMINATION FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2016 to: AMALIMBO by Juan Pablo Libossart (Sweden, Estonia)
VENICE CLASSICS AWARDS The Venice Classics Jury, chaired by Roberto Andò composed of 25 students of Cinema History, chosen in particular from the professors of 12 Italian Dams university programmes and from the Venice University of Ca' Foscari, has decided to award: the VENICE CLASSICS AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY ON CINEMA to: LE CONCOURS by Claire Simon (France)
the VENICE CLASSICS AWARD FOR BEST RESTORED FILM to: BREAK UP – L'UOMO DEI CINQUE PALLONI by Marco Ferreri (1963 and 1967, Italy, France) GOLDEN LION FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT 2016 to: JEAN-PAUL BELMONDO JERZY SKOLIMOWSKI JAEGER-LECOULTRE GLORY TO THE FILMMAKER AWARD 2016 to: Amir Naderi
PERSOL TRIBUTE TO VISIONARY TALENT AWARD 2016 to: Liev Schreiber
L'ORÉAL PARIS PER IL CINEMA AWARD to: Matilde Gioli
The 73rd Festival is scheduled to be held from 31 August to 10 September 2016. The Venice Film Festival or Venice International Film Festival (Italian: Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica della Biennale di Venezia, "International Exhibition of Cinematographic Art of the Venice Biennale"), founded in 1932, is the oldest film festival in the world and one of the "Big Three" film festivals alongside the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival. The film festival take place on the island of the Lido, Venice, Italy. Screenings take place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi and in other venues nearby. Since its inception the Film Festival has become the most prestigious international film festival in the world.
The film in the main competition are:
• Arrival - Denis Villenueve
• The Bad Batch - Ana Lily Amirpour
• The Besutiful Days of Aranjues - Wim Wenders
• Brimstone - Martin Koolhoven
• The Distinguished Citizen - Mariano Cohn and Gaston Dup
• El Cristo Ciego - Cristopher Murray
• Frants - Francois Ozon
• Jackie - Pablo Larrain
• LaLa Land - Damien Chazelle
• The Light Between Oceans - Derek Cianfrance
• Nocturals Animals - Tom Ford
• On the Milky Road - Emir Kusturica
• Paradise - Andrei Konchalovsky
• Piuma - Roan Johnson
• Questi giorni - Giuseppe Piccioni
• Spira Mirabilis - Massimo D'Anolfi and Maritn aParenti
• The Untamed - Amat Escalante
• Voyage of Time - Terrence Malick
• The Woman Who Left - Lav Diaz
• A Woman's Life - Stéphane Brizé
The 2016 edition, the fourth under Carlo Chatrian's Artistic Direction, came to a successful end, crowned with the Pardo d'oro to Godless, directed by Bulgarian filmmaker Ralitza Petrova. 279 films in less than two weeks, 16 shown in the open air on the Piazza Grande and 17 in the Concorso internazionale. Major guests this year provided unforgettable moments, such as the warm Piazza greetings by Mario Adorf and Stefania Sandrelli, the conversations with Harvey Keitel, Roger Corman, David Linde and Alejandro Jodorowsky, Howard Shore's Masterclass, Ken Loach's revolutionary zeal, Isabelle Huppert's recollections of Cimino and those of Ahmad of his father Abbas Kiarostami, Jane Birkin's generosity, and Bill Pullman's infectious congeniality. Carlo Chatrian, Artistic Director: "This, the sixty-ninth edition that is now almost over, gambled on a number of fronts. From a more adventurous program on the Piazza to the competitions that gave pride of place to young filmmakers. The positive response, from both audiences and critics alike, has encouraged us to continue with this approach. We want Locarno to be, as it has been over these eleven exciting days, a place to show films which place human beings, in all their multi-faceted dimensions, front and center, films that provoke both discussion and strong emotion; and at the same time, a meeting place for major artists who are able to deliver strong messages, and a warm and receptive audience. An audience that is as warm in its welcome to both the well-known Harvey Keitel as to his colleague from Bhutan, not as well-known, but just as able to move the 8,000 individuals on the Piazza with the sound of his voice." The audience attendance over the eleven days of Festival has been in line with the last years. "In operational terms, the outcomes are very positive. Attendances have been high, and in line with previous editions. Even some audacious choices, and the greater security measures undertaken, did not manage to dampen the enthusiasm of the general festival audience, professional delegates and the media for the evening screenings. A big thank you to all those who worked with us and our partners, whose commitment and support has made this 69th edition possible."
GODLESS by Ralitza Petrova, Bulgaria/Denmark/France Premio speciale della giuria (Special Jury Prize)
INIMI CICATRIZATE (Scarred Hearts) by Radu Jude, Romania/Germany
Pardo per la miglior regia (Best direction)
JOÃO PEDRO RODRIGUES for O ORNITÓLOGO, Portugal/France/Brazil
Pardo per la miglior interpretazione femminile (Best actress) IRENA IVANOVA for GODLESS by Ralitza Petrova, Bulgaria/Denmark/France
Pardo per la miglior interpretazione maschile (Best actor) ANDRZEJ SEWERYN for OSTATNIA RODZINA (The Last Family) by Jan P. Matuszyński, Poland
Special Mention MISTER UNIVERSO by Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel, Austria/Italy Concorso Cineasti del presente Pardo d'oro Cineasti del presente –
Premio Nescens EL AUGE DEL HUMANO by Eduardo Williams, Argentina/Brazil/Portugal
Premio speciale della giuria Ciné+ Cineasti del presente (Special Jury Prize) THE CHALLENGE by Yuri Ancarani, Italy/France/Switzerland
Premio per il miglior regista emergente (Prize for the best emerging director) MARIKO TETSUYA for DESTRUCTION BABIES, Japan Special Mention VIEJO CALAVERA by Kiro Russo, Bolivia/Qatar
Swatch First Feature Award (Prize for Best First Feature) EL FUTURO PERFECTO by Nele Wohlatz, Argentina
Swatch Art Peace Hotel Award MAUD ALPI for GORGE CŒUR VENTRE, France Special Mention EL AUGE DEL HUMANO by Eduardo Williams, Argentina/Brazil/Portugal
Pardi di domani Concorso internazionale ( Pardi of tomorrow International Prize )
Pardino d'oro per il miglior cortometraggio internazionale (Best short film) – Premio SRG SSR
L'IMMENSE RETOUR (ROMANCE) by Manon Coubia, Belgium/France
Pardino d'argento SRG SSR per il Concorso internazionale
CILAOS by Camilo Restrepo, France Locarno
Nomination for the European Film Awards – Premio Pianifica
L'IMMENSE RETOUR (ROMANCE) by Manon Coubia, Belgium/France
Premio Film und Video Untertitelung VALPARAISO by Carlo Sironi, Italy Special Mention NON CASTUS by Andrea Castillo, Chile
Concorso nazionale ( National Prize )
Pardino d'oro per il miglior cortometraggio svizzero – Premio Swiss Life
DIE BRÜCKE ÜBER DEN FLUSS by Jadwiga Kowalska, Switzerland
Pardino d'argento Swiss Life per il Concorso nazionale
GENESIS by Lucien Monot, Switzerland
Best Swiss Newcomer Award
LA SÈVE by Manon Goupil,
Switzerland Prix du Public UBS
I, DANIEL BLAKE by Ken Loach, United Kingdom/France/Belgium
Variety Piazza Grande Award
MOKA by Frédéric Mermoud, France/Switzerland
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Wanda is the majority-owner of AMC Entertainment Holdings, the second-largest movie theater chain in North America, and buy the London-based Odeon & UCI Cinema Group.
This operation adds 242 theaters and 2,236 screens in Europe ( including the UK, Spain, Italy and Germany) in a deal valued at about 920 million pounds (US$1.2 billion).
The sale makes AMC/Wanda/Odeon the world's largest cinema circuit, with 627 sites and 7,600 screens. T
he group as a whole controls around 9,300 screens worldwide, well ahead of Regal Entertainment's 7,300 screens.
AMC/Wanda is still in talks to acquire Carmike Cinemas, and committed on its side, but the sale has been put at ‘considerable risk' by a disagreement over share price with some of Carmike's shareholders.
In addition, Wanda has built the world's largest film production studio in China and acquired Legendary Entertainment, a US producer of blockbuster features, as well as assets in big data, entertainment marketing and gaming distribution.
Legacy Entertainment is the production outfit behind movies like Jurassic World and the Dark Knight Batman Trilogy. The company is positioning itself to be the world's leading entertainment group across the value chain.
Jaclyn Jose won best actress in the recently concluded Cannes Film Festival in France for playing the titular character in Brillante Ma. Mendoza's gritty drama "Ma' Rosa." She has become the first Filipino to win the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance in "Ma' Rosa".
"Ma' Rosa" is about a mother of four who owns a small convenience store in a poor neighborhood of Manila.
To make ends meet, Rosa and her husband resell small amounts of illegal drugs on the side. When they get arrested, she and her children become desperate and are ready to do anything to buy her freedom from corrupt police.
Jose told the Inquirer that the most challenging part of the film was Mendoza's instruction "not to act." "I couldn't even wear makeup," Jose recalled. "Dante (Mendoza's nickname) wanted our performance to be as natural as possible." She also told that "Ma' Rosa" is a story that the world needs to know because it shows "how Filipino families cope and survive in spite of poverty.
U.N.I.C. (Union Internationale des Cinemàs) has launched his annual event in which movie theaters and multiplexes owners so as professionals and productors in the entertainment fields, from all around the world, have thought about how to maintain their existing customers and ideally add new ones in an increasingly competitive entertainment environment.
Attending at the "CineEurope Focus Sessions" on the Trade Show, hearing the most exibitors and having a look at the trend it seems that the efforts which permit an increase in average ticket prices and box office revenues are:
-Big Movies spreaded throughout the year and not just only concentrated around holidays dates;
-Superior Guest Experiences with luxurious lobbies, bigger reclining seats and personal food services;
-Immersive Sound System is the newest innovation field where renomated firms are discovering the best for the audience;
-Laser Illumination System that can be used to offer a better movie brightness so as lifetime cost effective solutions;
-Event Cinema and Game Playing is what consumers are now looking for and new start-up firms are trying to offfer;
-Social Media and Mobile Services and other digital platforms have become an increasingly powerful way of engaging and attract cinema audience.
Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi won best screenplay award for "The Salesman" and thriumph at Munich Film Festival, too. The CineMasters Selection jury said the French-Iranian film was "contemporary and yet universal and, most importantly, an opening to the future. A story that was both thrilling and full of surprises." The jury congratulated the filmmaker on presenting "an alternative to the predominant masculine approach of attempting to solve problems with violence and revenge."
Among many other awards, he has received a Golden Globe Award , a Golden Bear and an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for his movie A Separation at the 2012 Academy Awards. Asghar Farhadi's ‘The Salesman' Triumphs at Munich Film Festival "With the large global distribution of this film Farhadi gave a great visibility to Iranian cinema, that in fact started long before him," Agnes Devictor, a professor at the Sorbonne in Paris specializing in Iranian cinema.
Speaking after the Cannes premiere of "The Salesman," Farhadi explained that after it was announced last year that he would segue from "The Past" to shooting a film in Spain, he got "nostalgic" and changed plans. "I wanted to work in my country, I wanted to go back home," he said. "Despite all the existing difficulties, I get great pleasure and I am most satisfied from shooting films in my country," he added. The Cannes awards, however, were followed by scrutiny and criticism from the Iranian media. The Islamic Republic newspaper, without addressing Farhadi by name, also brought out an old accusation against Iranian directors who win prizes abroad by accusing him of portraying a dark side of Iran.
The article accused Farhadi of seeking overseas prizes and criticized him for never thinking of making Iranians happy.
The female lead in "The Salesman," Taraneh Alidoosti, also became entangled in a controversy during the same news conference after her bare arm revealed a feminist tattoo. Hard-line media criticized the actress, accusing her of being pro-choice.
After the media storm, Alidoosti responded on Twitter, "Keep calm and YES I'm a feminist."
Personal Shopper is a 2016 French psychological thriller film written and directed by Olivier Assayas. At Cannes, Assayas shared the Best Director Award with Cristian Mungiu. The photography begans on 27 October 2015 in Paris, France before moving to Prague, London and Oman. At the official premiere, the film had a four and a half minute standing ovation. ASSAYAS by the final press conference: "Directing a film is a collective endeavour. I feel I've created a group that is being awarded the prize; a whole family with whom I developed a cinematographic language."