CONTENTS Page 3 Editorial 4-7 Our Friend After receiving life-altering news, a couple finds unsuspected support from their best friend, who puts his own life on hold and moves into their family home, bringing an impact much greater and more profound than anyone could have imagined.
8-11 Preparations to Be Together For An Unknown Period of Time Marta, a forty-year-old neurosurgeon, falls in love. She leaves her shinin g American career behind and returns to Budapest to start a new life with the man, but the love of her life claims they have never met before.
12-17 BAFTA Longlist 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards A comprehensive list of the films in the Longlist for this years awards.
18-23 British Independent Film Award Winners 2020 Each year the British Independent Film Awards highlight and reward the Best.
24-27 FilmFest Follower – Berlin The 71st Berlin International Film Festival will include the main Berlinale Competition line-up as well sidebar sections.
28-29 Chinese Cinema Season The biggest online screening event that specialises in Chinese language films in the UK and Europe.
30 DVDS OF THE MONTH – The Assassin 31 DVDS OF THE MONTH – Everybody’s Fine 32 Poster
(Preparations to Be Together For An Unknown Period of Time)
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EDITORIAL Hello film lovers! Here we are at the 95th issue of our monthly online magazine. Our cover feature review is “Our Friend”, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite and starring, Jason Segal, Isabella Kai, Violet McGraw, Casey Affleck and Dakota Johnson. We all need friends in our lives, sometimes more than others and this film hammers home that message when Dane comes calling on his friend to help when his wife is terminally ill. The other feature reviewed is “Preparation to Be Together for An Unknown Period of Time”. As award seasons beckon, we look at the EE British Academy Film Awards Longlist and the British Independent Film Award Winners of 2020. FilmFest Follower visits the Berlin Film Festival and its scheduled programme. DVDS of the Month are THE ASSASSIN and EVERYBODY’S FINE
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OUR FRIEND Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite Starring: Jason Segal, Isabella Kai,Violent McGraw, Casey Affleck, Dakota Johnson I want to make sure that Matt gets back on his feet. - Dane After receiving life-altering news, a couple finds unexpected support from their best friend, who puts his own life on hold and moves into their family home, bringing an impact much greater and more profound than anyone could have imagined. “OUR FRIEND” opened the Toronto Film Festival in 2019. At first it seems a downer with the storyline of Nicole (Dakota Johnson) who has terminal cancer, and her husband Matt (Casey Affleck) struggling to endeavor to cope under continual stress of shock and sadness. But when their best friend Dane (Jason Segal) calls to help them in their time of need, they are emotionally appreciative. The story is based on an Esquire article written by journalist Matt. Dane moves into Matt and Nicole’s house, which also has their two young daughters living with them. One of the many heart-wrenching moments is when Matt sits outside on the porch keeping their daughters entertained and happy while inside a somber discussion is taking place. Then comes the time when Nicole and Matt must tell the girls that she is dying. The bounds of friendship are examined in numerous ways. Earlier years Matt worked as a journalist on a local newspaper, while Nicole was a theatre actress. Dane was seemingly in the friend zone. When he first met Matt, they soon became friends, particularly as Matt was habitually having fainting spells and Dane was there for him. He loved Matt and Nicole. Regarding Matt, he was inclined to be selfish, like when he decided to take the job of a war correspondent in Libya without telling Nicole. She took an interest in another man due to the fact her husband was rarely home. The selfless act Of Dane does not come without sacrifice including relationships with women that could lead to something. It is Jason Seagal who is the major influence in the movie that will bring tears with sadness and joy. In these pandemic times, it is fortunate to see a film that offers a message for us all: ‘Being There For Each Other’ 4
GABRIELLA COWPORTHWAITE: Producer & Director of OUR FRIEND. Previous work: BLACKFISH (2013) Documentary. Following the controversial captivity of killer whales and the dangers for both humans and whales. MEGAN LEAVEY (2017) Based on the true story of a young Marine corporal whose unique discipline and bond are military combat dog saving many lives during their deployment in Iraq. Starring: Kate Mara, Ramon Rodriquez, Tom Felton. I.S.S. (Currently Filming) When a world war event occurs on Earth, America, and Russia, both nations secretly contact their astronauts aboard I.S.S. and give them instructions to take control of the station by any means necessary. Starring: Chris Messina, Pilou Asbaek, Costa Ronin
Gabriella Cowporthwaite is fluent in Portuguese and panish.
JASON SEGAL: (Dane) His film breakthrough came in 2008 in FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, which he wrote and starred in. To deal with the recent break-up with his TV star girlfriend Sarah. Peter takes an Hawaiian vacation only to find that she has gone there as well with her new boyfriend. In 2011, Jason went on to write and star in THE MUPPETS. Career highlight: OUR FRIEND.
CASEY AFFLECK: (Matt) Brother of Ben Affleck, he has a highly credited filmography including GOOD WILL HUNTING, GONE BABY GONE, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, A GHOST STORY, THE OLD MAN & THE GUN, LIGHT OF MY LIFE, THE WORLD TO COME. OUR FRIEND. For MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, Casey won the Oscar for Best Actor, and the Golden Globe and the British Academy Award.
DAKOTA JOHNSON (Nicole) Daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. Tippi Hedren is Dakota’s maternal grandmother. Highlights in her filmography THE SOCIAL NETWORK, CYMBELINE, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, OUR FRIEND.
Matt Teague (Casey Affleck) & Dane Faucheuxin (Jason Segel) in Our Friend
Matt Teague (Casey Affleck) & Nicole Teague (Dakota Johnson) in Our Friend 6
Nicole Teague (Dakota Johnson) in Our Friend
Nicole Teague (Dakota Johnson) in Our Friend
PREPARATIONS TO BE TO GETHER FOR AN UNKNOWN PERIOD OF TIME Directed by Lili Horvat Starring: Natassa Stark, Viktor Bodo, Benett Vilmanyio Official submission of Hungary for the Best International Feature Film category of the 93rd Academy Awards from Hungary for 2021. Marta, a forty-year-old neurosurgeon falls in love. She leaves her shining American career behind and returns to Budapest to start a new with the man. But the love of her life claims they have never met before. Both are neurosurgeons and are attending a conference. Before they leave, they make a promise to meet again two months later in Budapest. Marta is really convinced that Janus is the man for her – the man of her dreams. Their meeting place is earmarked to be at Liberty Bridge, one of her favorite city landmarks. But Janus does not show up. And as they never exchanged numbers, Marta tracks him down at the hospital where he works, and he unexpectedly ends up in her operating room. The film tends to be more concerned with stirring emotions than moving the storyline along and does slow the narrative along a bit, but outside of that director Lili Horvat knows that she has a story worth telling and the ambiance of a hospital to tell it that is so strong that often or not you feel you are one of the medical team, particularly in the operating theatre and close imagery of the surgical procedures. Furthermore, if you do see this film in a cinema during the current COVID 19, and patrons would need to be distanced from each other and to be wearing a face covering…then its happening…it won’t be CGI. You may think that the film sounds too morbid to be entertaining, but there are moments of lightheartedness. A sequence when Marta follows Janus into a taxi cab to watch each other. When they get out, they play a kind of mimetic, where they imitate each other’s walking on opposite sides of the sidewalk until Janus suddenly disappears into the ether. Another sequence, Marta attends Janus’s Book Launch, just to hear him speak. The scene brilliantly captures the ethos of Lili Horvat’s film. Janus tells his audience that his book on neuroscience will inhabit literature shelves in America before Janus goes on to describe 8
something is rooted in tangible objects and visible actions as brain surgery in the most poetic ways. During the Q & A session, he even uses metaphor to explain to the audience the hard decisions involved during brain surgery. An artery might need to sacrificed so that the frontal lobe can be saved. “The brain is like a city, with various neighborhoods,” Janus says, “By blowing up an ugly hotel,” Janus says, “I save a castle.” He then looks down at Marta and it is though he is confessing something.
Lili Horvat: Director: Prior to ‘Preparations’ Lili Horvat was known for “Wednesday’s Child”, which she wrote and directed and won Karlovy Vary’s East of West Prize. It was a coming of-age story. How can someone who grew up without a mother become one herself?
Natassa Stark: Leading actress in ‘Preparations’ as Marta. Natassa is currently filming a romantic, comedy, drama, “Vaszelytes Lehet a Tagyi
Vikto Bodo: The most successful of the cast of ‘Preparations’ outside of this movie has been Vikto Bodo as we will see if we examine one of his movies, “Overnight”. Twenty four hours from the life of a Hungarian stockbroker. Bono played Peter, a successful stockbroker in Budapest. One day, two events turned the world upside down and confront Peter with the shattered of his life, his way of living and Peter starts to question everything. It is a time for a change.
Márta (Natasa Stork) In Preparations To Be Together For An Unknown Period Of Time
Márta (Natasa Stork) In Preparations To Be Together For An Unknown Period Of Time
János (Viktor Bodó) & Márta (Natasa Stork) In Preparations To Be Together For An Unknown Period Of Time
Márta (Natasa Stork) In Preparations To Be Together For An Unknown Period Of Time
BAFTA Longlist 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards BEST FILM 15 films go through to the Round Two of voting, and five will be nominated. This is the only category voted for by all film voting members in all voting rounds. 244 films were submitted for consideration.
Another Round Da 5 Bloods The Dig The Father Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Mank The Mauritanian News of the World
Nomadland One Night In Miami... Promising Young Woman Soul Sound of Metal The Trial of the Chicago 7 The White Tiger
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM 20 films will go through to Round Two of voting. The top five films from the opt-in chapter vote in Round One automatically receive a nomination. The next ranking 15 films will be considered by a jury, who will vote for five nominations. 10 films will be nominated in this category. In Round Three, the general voting membership will select the winner in this category. 74 films were submitted for consideration, all of which passed the BFI Diversity Standards.
Ammonite Calm With Horses County Lines The Courier David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet The Dig Emma. The Father Herself His House
Limbo The Mauritanian Misbehaviour Mogul Mowgli Promising Young Woman Radioactive Rebecca Rocks Saint Maud Supernova
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER 12 films have been longlisted, and five will be nominated. The longlist, nominees and winner in this category are voted on by a jury. 49 films were submitted for consideration.
The Australian Dream Being A Human Person Calm with Horses His House Limbo 12
Moffie Mogul Mowgli Rare Beasts The Reason I Jump Rocks Saint Maud White Riot
FILM NOT IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE 15 films will progress to Round Two of voting, and five will be nominated. This category is voted for in all three Rounds by an opt-in Chapter. 56 films were submitted for consideration.
Another Round Bacurau Collective Dear Comrades! I'm No Longer Here (Ya No Estoy Aqui) Les Misérables The Life Ahead
The Truffle Hunters Minari The Mole Agent New Order The Painter and the Thief Quo Vadis, Aida? System Crasher The Traitor
DOCUMENTARY 15 films will progress to Round Two of voting and five will be nominated. This category is voted for in all three Rounds by an opt -in Chapter. 77 films were submitted for consideration.
All In: The Fight For Democracy Athlete A Beastie Boys Story Becoming Billie Collective Crip Camp David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet
Dick Johnson is Dead The Dissident I Am Greta MLK/FBI My Octopus Teacher The Social Dilemma The Truffle Hunters
ANIMATED FILM Six films will progress to Round Two of voting, and three will be nominated. This category is voted for in all three Rounds by an opt-in Chapter. 13 films were submitted for consideration.
The Croods: A New Age Onward Over the Moon
Soul The Willoughbys Wolfwalkers
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY 15 films will progress to Round Two, and five will be nominated. Round One is a chapter vote, Round Two is a chapter vote (nominations) and in Round Three, the general voting membership will select the winner. 104 films were submitted for consideration.
Ammonite Another Round The Assistant Da 5 Bloods The Forty-Year-Old Version Judas and the Black Messiah Mank Minari
Never Rarely Sometimes Always Promising Young Woman Rocks Saint Maud Soul Sound of Metal The Trial of the Chicago 7
DIRECTOR 20 films will progress to Round Two of voting, and six will be nominated. Round One is a chapter vote, Round Two is voted on by a jury (nominations) and Round Three is voted on by the general membership (winner). To determine this longlist, in Round One, the directing chapter voted; the top eight female and top eight male directed films were automatically longlisted. The remaining 2 female and 2 male directors were voted for by a Longlisting jury, who have considered the next 10 ranking female and male directed films. A jury will vote for the six nominations. In Round Three, the general voting membership will select the winner. 226 films were submitted for consideration.
Another Round The Assistant Babyteeth The Dig The Father The Forty-Year-Old Version Mank The Mauritanian Minari My Octopus Teacher
News of the World Nomadland One Night In Miami... Promising Young Woman Quo Vadis, Aida? Rocks Saint Maud Tenet The Trial of the Chicago 7 The White Tiger
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY 15 films will progress to Round Two, and five will be nominated. Round One is a chapter vote, Round Two is a chapter vote (nominations) and in Round Three, the general voting membership will select the winner. 61 films were submitted for consideration.
Babyteeth Borat Subsequent Moviefilm The Dig Emma. The Father Hillbilly Elegy I'm Thinking of Ending Things The Invisible Man
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom The Mauritanian News of the World Nomadland One Night In Miami... Pieces of a Woman The White Tiger
LEADING ACTRESS 15 performances will progress to Round Two of voting, and six will be nominated. To determine this longlist, in Round One the acting chapter voted; the top 12 were automatically longlisted. The remaining three places have been voted on by the Longlisting jury, who have considered the next 10 placed performances from the chapter vote. Round Two is voted on by a jury who will vote for the six nominations. In Round Three, the general voting membership will select the winner in this category. 126 performances were submitted
Amy Adams Hillbilly Elegy Bukky Bakray Rocks Radha Blank The Forty-Year-Old Version Jessie Buckley I'm Thinking of Ending Things Morfydd Clark Saint Maud Viola Davis Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Julia Garner The Assistant
Vanessa Kirby Pieces of a Woman Sophia Loren The Life Ahead Frances McDormand Nomadland Carey Mulligan Promising Young Woman Wunmi Mosaku His House Kate Winslet Ammonite Alfre Woodard Clemency Zendaya Malcolm & Marie
LEADING ACTOR 15 performances will progress to Round Two of voting, and six will be nominated. To determine this longlist, in Round One the acting chapter voted; the top 12 were automatically longlisted. The remaining three places have been voted on by the Longlisting jury, who have considered the next 10 placed performances from the chapter vote. Round Two is voted on by a jury who will vote for the six nominations. In Round Three, the general voting membership will select the winner in this category. 122 performances were submitted for consideration. Riz Ahmed Sound of Metal Kingsley Ben-Adir One Night In Miami... Chadwick Boseman Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Ralph Fiennes The Dig Adarsh Gourav The White Tiger Tom Hanks News of the World Anthony Hopkins The Father
Cosmo Jarvis Calm With Horses Delroy Lindo Da 5 Bloods Mads Mikkelsen Another Round Gary Oldman Mank Tahar Rahim The Mauritanian LaKeith Stanfield Judas and the Black Messiah John David Washington Malcolm & Marie Steven Yeun Minari
SUPPORTING ACTRESS 15 performances will progress to Round Two of voting, and six will be nominated. To determine this longlist, in Round One the acting chapter voted; the top 12 were automatically longlisted. The remaining three places have been voted on by the Longlisting jury, who have considered the next 10 placed performances from the chapter vote. Round Two is voted on by a jury who will vote for the six nominations. In Round Three, the general voting membership will select the winner in this category. 234 performances were submitted for consideration. Jennifer Ehle Saint Maud Niamh Algar Calm With Horses Dominique Fishback Judas and the Kosar Ali Rocks Black Messiah Maria Bakalova Borat Subsequent Jodie Foster The Mauritanian Moviefilm Ashley Madekwe County Lines Ellen Burstyn Pieces of a Woman Priyanka Chopra Jonas The White Tiger Amanda Seyfried Mank Saoirse Ronan Ammonite Glenn Close Hillbilly Elegy Yuh-Jung Youn Minari Olivia Colman The Father Helena Zengel News of the World
SUPPORTING ACTOR 15 performances will progress to Round Two of voting, and six will be nominated. To determine this longlist, in Round One the acting chapter voted; the top 12 were automatically longlisted. The remaining three places have been voted on by the Longlisting jury, who have considered the next 10 placed performances from the chapter vote. Round Two is voted on by a jury who will vote for the six nominations. In Round Three, the general voting membership will select the winner in this category. 298 performances were submitted for consideration. Chadwick Boseman Da 5 Bloods Bo Burnham Promising Young Woman Sacha Baron Cohen The Trial of the Chicago 7 Benedict Cumberbatch The Mauritanian Daniel Kaluuya Judas and the Black Messiah Barry Keoghan Calm With Horses Alan Kim Minari Frank Langella The Trial of the Chicago 7
Leslie Odom Jr. One Night In Miami... Clarke Peters Da 5 Bloods Eddie Redmayne The Trial of the Chicago 7 Mark Rylance The Trial of the Chicago 7 Paul Raci Sound of Metal David Strathairn Nomadland Stanley Tucci Supernova
CASTING 15 films will progress to Round Two of voting, and five will be nominated. Round One is a chapter vote, Round Two is voted on by a jury (nominations) and in Round Three, the general voting membership will select the winner. 112 films were submitted in this category. Casting Statements, written by the Casting Directors about the casting process, are provided by the entrants and shared with the jury in Round Two and published on BAFTA View. Babyteeth Calm With Horses Da 5 Bloods Judas and the Black Messiah Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Mank Minari The Mauritanian
One Night In Miami... Pieces of a Woman Promising Young Woman Rocks Saint Maud Sound of Metal The Trial of the Chicago 7
CINEMATOGRAPHY 15 films will progress to Round Two, and five will be nominated. Round One is a chapter vote, Round Two is a chapter vote (nominations) and in Round Three, the general voting membership will select the winner. 183 films were submitted for consideration. Ammonite The Dig Greyhound Judas and the Black Messiah Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Mank The Mauritanian The Midnight Sky
News of the World Nomadland Rebecca Saint Maud Tenet The Trial of the Chicago 7 The White Tiger
COSTUME DESIGN 15 films will progress to Round Two, and five will be nominated. Round One is a chapter vote, Round Two is a chapter vote (nominations) and in Round Three, the general voting membership will select the winner. 133 films were submitted for consideration. Ammonite The Dig Emma. Hillbilly Elegy Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Mank Misbehaviour Mulan
News of the World Promising Young Woman Radioactive Rebecca The Secret Garden The Trial of the Chicago 7 The United States Vs. Billie Holiday
EDITING 15 films will progress to Round Two, and five will be nominated. Round One is a chapter vote, Round Two is a chapter vote (nominations) and in Round Three, the general voting membership will select the winner. 203 films were submitted for consideration. Another Round Da 5 Bloods The Father Judas and the Black Messiah Mank The Mauritanian News of the World
Nomadland Promising Young Woman Rocks Saint Maud Sound of Metal Tenet The Trial of the Chicago 7 The White Tiger
ORIGINAL SCORE 15 films will progress to Round Two, and five will be nominated. Round One is a chapter vote, Round Two is a chapter vote (nominations) and in Round Three, the general voting membership will select the winner. 133 films were submitted for consideration. Music cue sheets are provided by the entrants and published on BAFTA View for the music chapter in Rounds One and Two, and for all voting members in Round Three. Ammonite Da 5 Bloods David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet Hillbilly Elegy The Little Things Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Mank
The Midnight Sky Minari News of the World Promising Young Woman Saint Maud Soul Tenet The Trial of the Chicago 7
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS 15 films will progress to Round Two, and five will be nominated. Round One is a chapter vote, Round Two is a chapter vote (nominations) and in Round Three, the general voting membership will select the winner. 55 films were submitted for consideration. Entrants can submit a supporting Statement and a show-reel of the SVFX work (up to five minutes in duration); this will be published on BAFTA View for the chapter in Round Two and general voting members in Round Three. The One and Only Ivan Pinocchio The Secret Garden Sonic The Hedgehog Soul Tenet Wonder Woman 1984
Da 5 Bloods Greyhound The Invisible Man Mank The Midnight Sky Mulan News of the World The Old Guard
PRODUCTION DESIGN 15 films will progress to Round Two, and five will be nominated. Round One is a chapter vote, Round Two is a chapter vote (nominations) and in Round Three, the general voting membership will select the winner. 146 films were submitted for consideration. Ammonite The Dig Emma. The Father Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Mank The Midnight Sky
News of the World Promising Young Woman Radioactive Rebecca The Secret Garden Tenet The Trial of the Chicago 7 Wonder Woman 1984
SOUND 15 films will progress to Round Two, and five will be nominated. Round One is a chapter vote, Round Two is a chapter vote (nominations) and in Round Three, the general voting membership will select the winner. 170 films were submitted for consideration. Promising Young Woman Greyhound Saint Maud The Invisible Man Soul Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Sound of Metal Mank Tenet The Mauritanian The Trial of the Chicago 7 The Midnight Sky Wonder Woman 1984 News of the World Nomadland
BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARD WINNERS 2020 Each year the British reward the Best, most filmmakers in the UK. celebrate and promote winners.
Independent Film Awards innovative and creative They encourage emerging British films. Here are
highlight and filmmaking, and talent and the award
BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM Calm with Horses
Nick Rowland / Joe Murtagh / Daniel Emmerson
Sarah Gavron / Theresa Ikoko / Claire Wilson / Faye Ward / Ameenah Ayub Allen
The Father Florian Zeller / Christopher Hampton / David Parfitt / JeanLouis Livi / Philippe Carcassonne
Saint Maud Rose Glass / Oliver Kassman / Andrea Cornwell
His House Remi Weekes / Martin Gentles / Edward King / Roy Lee / Aidan Elliott / Arnon Milchan
BEST SCREENPLAY SPONSORED BY BBC FILM
Florian Zeller / Christopher Hampton
Theresa Ikoko / Claire Wilson
Mogul Mowgli Bassam Tariq / Riz Ahmed
BEST DIRECTOR Nick Rowland Calm With Horses
Florian Zeller The Father
Sarah Gavron, Associate Director Anu Henriques Rocks
Rose Glass Saint Maud
BEST BRITISH SHORT SUPPORTED BY BFI NETWORK Filipiñana
Rafael Manuel / Naomi Pacifique
John Ogunmuyiwa / Emily Everdee
The Forgotten C
Molly Manning Walker / Jessi Gutch Sophie Littman / Tom Wood
The Long Goodbye Aneil Karia / Riz Ahmed Gardner
BEST ACTOR Cosmo Jarvis
Calm With Horses
Sopé Dìrísù His House
BEST ACTRESS Clare Dunne
Andrea Riseborough Luxor
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Barry Keoghan
Calm With Horses
D’angelou Osei Kissiedu
Merab Ninidze The Courier
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS Niamh Algar
Calm With Horses
Fiona Shaw Kindred
MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER Niamh Algar
Calm With Horses
Frankie Box Perfect 10
THE RAINDANCE DISCOVERY AWARD JUSTINE
JAMIE PATTERSON / JEFF MURPHY / JASON RUSH / SARAH DREW / JULIUS BELTRAME
EVA RILEY / JACOB THOMAS / BERTRAND FAIVRE / VALENTINA BRAZZINI
ROSE: A LOVE STORY
JENNIFER SHERIDAN / APRIL KELLEY / RENE VAN PANNEVIS / KEFI CHADWICK / SARA HUXLEY / MATT STOKOE / ROB JENNIFER ERIKSSON / JESSIE MANGUM TAYLOR / SOPHIE RUNDLE
ONE MAN AND HIS SHOES YEMI BAMIRO / WILL THORNE
THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD (DEBUT DIRECTOR) SPONSORED BY KODAK & PINEWOOD NICK ROWLAND
CALM WITH HORSES
REMI WEEKES HIS HOUSE
DEBUT SCREENWRITER SPONSORED BY FILM4 JOE MURTAGH CALM WITH HORSES
THERESA IKOKO / CLAIRE WILSON
ALSO WRITTEN BY BASSAM TARIQ MOGUL MOWGLI
BEST DOCUMENTARY THE AUSTRALIAN DREAM
DANIEL GORDON / STAN GRANT / SARAH THOMSON / NICK BATZIAS / VIRGINIA WHITWELL / JOHN BATTSEK
IAN BONHÔTE / PETER ETTEDGUI / GREG NUGENT / JOHN BATTSEK / TATYANA MCFADDEN
BEING A HUMAN PERSON
FRED SCOTT / MIKE BRETT / STEVE JAMISON / JO JO ELLISON
RUBIKA SHAH / ED GIBBS
THE REASON I JUMP JERRY ROTHWELL / JEREMY DEAR / STEVIE LEE / AL MORROW
BREAKTHROUGH PRODUCER DANIEL EMMERSON
CALM WITH HORSES
ALSO PRODUCED BY ANGUS LAMONT
EDWARD KING / MARTIN GENTLES
ALSO PRODUCED BY AIDAN ELLIOTT, ROY LEE, ARNON MILCHAN
ALSO PRODUCED BY ANDREA CORNWELL SAINT MAUD
ALSO PRODUCED BY EMILY GOTTO, SAMUEL ZIMMERMAN HOST
BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM SPONSORED BY CHAMPAGNE TAITTINGER BABYTEETH
SHANNON MURPHY / RITA KALNEJAIS / ALEX WHITE
CHLOÉ ZHAO / FRANCES MCDORMAND / PETER SPEARS / MOLLYE ASHER / DAN JANVEY
LES MISÉRABLES LADJ LY / GIORDANO GEDERLINI / ALEXIS MANENTI / TOUFIK AYADI / CHRISTOPHE BARRAL
NEVER RARELY SOMETIMES ALWAYS
NOTTURNO GIANFRANCO ROSI / DONATELLA PALERMO / PAOLO DEL BROCCO / SERGE LALOU / CAMILLE LAEMLÉ / ORWA NYRABIA / EVA-MARIA WEERTS
ELIZA HITTMAN / ADELE ROMANSKI / SARA MURPHY
BEST CASTING SPONSORED BY CASTING SOCIETY OF AMERICA & SPOTLIGHT SHAHEEN BAIG
CALM WITH HORSES
DAN JACKSON LIMBO
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY SPONSORED BY DIRTY LOOKS JO WILLEMS
ANNIKA SUMMERSON MOGUL MOWGLI
BEST COSTUME DESIGN MICHAEL O’CONNOR
THE SECRET GARDEN
RUKA JOHNSON ROCKS
BEST EDITING SPONSORED BY INTERMISSION FILM
BRENNA RANGOTT HOST
BEST MAKE-UP & HAIR DESIGN IVANA PRIMORAC
SHARON A. MARTIN
JILL SWEENEY MISBEHAVIOUR
BEST MUSIC SPONSORED BY UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP CONNIE FARR / EMILIE LEVIENAISE-FARROUCH
ROQUE BAÑOS HIS HOUSE
ADAM JANOTA BZOWSKI
NAINITA DESAI THE REASON I JUMP
BEST SOUND SUPPORTED BY HALO POST ADRIAN BELL / GLENN NICK RYAN / BEN BAIRD / FREEMANTLE / FRANK KRUSE / SARA DE OLIVEIRA LIMA BRENDAN NICHOLSON / THE REASON I JUMP RICHARD PRYKE PAUL DAVIES / SIMON HIS HOUSE FARMER / ANDREW STIRK CALUM SAMPLE SAINT MAUD HOST
PAUL DAVIES / ROBERT FARR / NIGEL ALBERMANICHE / IAN MORGAN MOGUL MOWGLI
BEST EFFECTS PEDRO SABROSA / STEFANO PEPIN HIS HOUSE
SCOTT MACINTYRE / BARIŞ KARELI / KRISTYAN MALLETT SAINT MAUD
AGNES ASPLUND / MARTIN MALMQVIST UNDERGODS
FILMFEST FOLLOWER BERLIN 2021 Berlinale is delaying its annual event from February to March in the wake of the pandemic. The Berlin International Film Festival has set its full slate for the upcoming 2021 edition. Berlinale usually follows Sundance with a February festival, but the pandemic has forced organizers to develop a new festival format for 2021. The 71st Berlin International Film Festival will include the main Berlinale Competition line-up as well sidebar sections.
Here is the full line-up of Competition Titles: “Albatross”(Drift Away) France Directed by Xavier Beauvois “Babardeala cu buclucsau porno balmac”(Bad Luck Banging) Romania/ Luxemborg/Croatia/Czech Republic Directed by Radu Jude “Fabian oder Der Gang vor die Hunde”(Fabian -Going to the Dogs) Germany Directed by Dominik Graf “Ballad of a White Cow” Iran/France Directed by Behtash Sanaeeha, Maryam Moghaddam “Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy” Japan Directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi “Mr Bachmann and His Class” Germany Directed by Maria Speth “I’m Your Man” Germany Directed by Maria Schrader “Co-Pilot” Germany/France Directed by Anne Zohra Berrached “A Balance” Japan Directed by Yujiro Harumoto “Instructions for Survival” Germany Directed by Yana Ugrekhelidze “Jesus Egon Christ” Germany Directed by David Vaida, Sasa Vajda “Keep Moving” Germany Directed by Salar Ghazi “The Seed” Germany Directed by Mia Maariel Meyer “When a farm goes aflame” Germany Directed Jide Tom Akinleminu “Wood and Water” Germany/France Directed by Jonas Bak “Kelti” Serbia Directed by Milica Tomovic “Human Factors” Germany/Italy/Denmark Directed by Ronny Trocker
“Miguel’s War” Lebanon/Germany/Spain Directed by Eliane Raheb “All Eyes Off Me” Israel Directed by Hadas Ben Aroya “The World After Us” France Directed by Louda Ben Salah-Cazanas “Night Raiders” Canada/New Zealand Directed Danis Goulet “North By Current” USA Directed by Angelo Madsen Minax “Brother’s Keeper” Turkey/Romania Directed Ferit Karahan “Souad” Egypt/Tunisia/Germany Directed by Ayten Amin “Ted K” USA Directed by Tony Stone “Moon, 66 Questions” Greece/France Directed by Jacqueline Lentzou “We” France Directed by Alice Diop “Rock Bottom Riser” USA Directed by Fern Silva “The Scary of Sixty-First” USA Directed by Dasha Nekrasova “Taste” Vietnam/Singapore/France/Thailand/Germany/Taiwan Directed by Le Bao “Censor” United Kingdom Directed by Prano Bailey-Bond “Death of a Virgin and the Sin of not Living” Lebanon Directed by George Peter Barbari “Dirty Feathers” USA/Mexico Directed by Carlos Alfonso Corral “Genderation” Germany Directed by Monika Trent “Jack’s Ride” Portugal Directed by Susana Nobre “What Will Summer Bring” Argentina Directed by Ignacio Ceroi “A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces” USA Directed by Shengze Zhu “The Good Woman of Sichuan” Canada Directed by Sabrina Zhao “Ste. Anne” Canada Directed by Rhayne Vermette “Taming the Garden” Switzerland/Germany/Georgia Directed by Salome Jashi “The Luminous View” Italy/Spain Directed by Fabrizio Ferraro “Best Sellers” Canada/USA Directed by Lina Roessler www.moviesbymills.com
“Courage” Germany Directed by Aliaksei Paluyan “French Exit” Canada/Ireland Directed by Azazel Jacobs “Je Suis Karl” Germany/Czech Republic Directed by Christi Schwochow “Language Lessons” U.S. Directed by Natale Morales “Next Door” Germany Directed by Daniel Bruhl “Petite Maman” France Directed by Celine Sciamma “What Do We Do When We Look at the Sky” Germany/Georgia Directed by Alexandre Koberidze “Forest – I See You Everywhere” Hungary Directed by Bence Fliegauf “Natural Light” Hungary/Latvia/France/Germany Directed by Denes Nagy “A Cop Movie” Mexico Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios
NB: Due to the current COVID 19 situation, the Berlin International Film Festival has developed a new festival format for 2021. The 71st Berlinale will kick off with the INDUSTRY EVENT on March 1-5 2021 with the film industry platform European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and the World Cinema Fund in online form with both opening their digital platforms to the general public as well as industry guests. From June 9 – 20, 2021 the Berlinale will invite the audience to the SUMMER SPECIAL with numerous film presentations in Berlin at both indoor and outdoor cinemas. Germany has produced some great filmmakers but none greater than Wim Wenders who came to prominence in 1974 with “Alice In The Cities”. It was one of the major films of the New German Cinema. The film was partly shot in in the United States. It’s storyline concerned a journalist with writer’s block who becomes a guardian of eight-year-old Alice (Yella Rottlander) when her mother leaves the girl with him briefly at an American airport, only never to return. Back in Germany, an unlikely friendship develops between the two as they embark on a journey to find Alice’s grandmother. Through Rudger Vogler’s portrayal of the embittered writer, Wenders presents a stark but witty account of the changing face of Europe, the onset of global consumerism and the influences of American pop culture. A decade later, Wim impressed film critics and cinema audiences with a must-see masterpiece “Paris, Texas”, a haunting tale of loss, redemption and the lies that bind families together. Travis Henderson (Harry Dean Stanton)walks out of the desert after four years to the amazement of his brother Walt (Dean Stockwell)and reunited with Hunter, his seven-year-old son. 26
Travis decides that they should search for his ex-wife, played by Nastassia Kinski, so that they can be a family once again. “Paris, Texas” won the Palme d’Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival and the Best Director prize at BAFTA in 1985. The film is rightfully regarded as one of the artistic triumphs of contemporary world cinema. And what of Wim Wenders feeling about Berlin. “I lived in America for four years and I came back to rediscover this country of mine through the city of Berlin which was my favourite place in Germany and started to have that desire to make a film about the city to show itself and all its facets that was years before the Wall fell. None at that time thought we’d see that Wall come down. It was still a very peculiar island of the city. There is nothing like it, at the same time I thought; make a film about the Germany in my heart. Whatever connected to the language, to the history. So, when I looked to America and then to poets and reading at least a poem a day and these poems were populated, so to speak, by angels, and they reverberated in the city in a strange way and saw these figures, not just in cemeteries, but all over the place and I was around the city and trying to find a story to express how I felt about this city. And I was looking for characters. I thought of mailmen, firemen, people who get around, so we could see many facets of the city. I made lots of notes and I wrote ‘guardian angels, question mark’ as a vague possibility. I don’t even know where it came from. And those were the characters I’d been looking for and then an idea popped up that they might even be able to listen to our thoughts, which would allow me to use interior voices and stuff and talk about things that normally people would not talk about, that they would only think about. Angels could be everywhere. They could cross through walls. They could of course cross through the wall. They could be omnipresent and could have this complete overview of the city and I start to think, how can you make a movie with angels as your heroes. They should be invisible, which was a great tool, cinematically”. The final result was of course Wim Wender’s masterpiece –
“Wings of Desire” Starring: Bruno Ganz, Peter Falk, Peter Handke, Solveig Dommartin, Otto Sander
CHINESE CINEMA SEASON 12th Feb — 12th May 2021
An online Film Festival It will be the biggest online screening event that specialises in Chinese language films in the UK and Europe. The season will showcase Chinese language films, never seen before in the UK and highlight overlooked gems to cinema lovers in the UK AND Ireland. Over 50 films will be on offer over the course of the season, giving the opportunity for audiences to access the best of Chinese cinema, and enriching the diversity of films available on VOD. The season will be divided into themed sections and mini retrospectives, with the aims of recontextualising titles, enriching UK lockdown life, and presenting Chinses culture in a fresh way with new perspectives. Ultimately, the season is a love letter to Chinese Cinema.
SHANGHAI ANIMATION STUDIO RETRO will showcase 10 Chinese animation classics dated from 1950s to the present. All films have recently been remastered to the highest quality and will appear in the UK for the very first time. SAPS is the oldest and the most respected animation studio in China. While animation fans in the West are more familiar with Japan’s Studio Glibli, it in fact owes its inspiration to Chinese animation tradition. The master filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki visited the Shanghai studio in 1984, before he set up his own a year later. Throughout the years, many in China have invited the master to deliver classes, but he always refused, saying “I don’t have anything to teach you, you have the best studio in Shanghai. It is I that have to learn from this Shanghai studio.” FISHING CHILD (1959, 30mins) UK Premiere WHERE IS MAMA? (1960, 15mins) UK Premiere MONEY KING: HAVOC IN HEAVEN (1961, 92mins) UK Premiere OF ORIGINAL VERSION THE COWBOY FLUTE (1963, 15mins) UK Premiere
GOLDEN CONCH (1963, 35mins) UK Premiere NE ZHA CONQUERS THE DRAGON KING (1979, 65mins) UK Premiere OF ORIGINAL VERSION THE STORY OF MR NANGUO (1981,18mins) UK Premiere FEELING FROM MOUNTAIN AND WATER (1988,20mins) UK Premiere LOTUS LANTERN (1999,85mins) UK Premiere
BLACK CAT DETECTIVE/MR BLACK (2010,76mins) UK Premiere 28
APPROACHING REALITY DOUBLE HAPPINESS LIMITED A YANGTZE LANDSCAPE BAZZAR JUMPERS DAUGHTER OF SHANGHAI
DOMESTIC HITS SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD YOUTH THE CAPTAIN
DISCUSSION PANELS International Reception of Chinese Language Films by Post-Millenials British East/Southeast Asian Women in Film and TV
Tradition and Innovation in Chinese Animation The Colour of the Sky After Rain: An Evening with Lady Tessa Keswick – A rare appearance to China and its culture. There will be five further discussion panels in the latter half of the season: “Film data and Policy Between the UK & China” (5th March). NB: People can sign up for access at www.chinesefilm.uk. More films will be added every week, but they have not been announced yet. One director who is expected to have a film added is Chloe Zhao who directed one of the hottest favourites to win awards and that is of course NOMADLAND. Chloe’s first feature was in 2015, “Songs My Brother’s Taught Me”. Storyline: With an older brother in jail and living with their single mother on Pine Ridge Reservation, Johnny and his sister Jachuan’s lives develop new challenges when their absentee father suddenly dies. The lost prompts Johnny to strike out for Los Angeles, but it would mean leaving behind his beloved sister. 2017 was the year of Chloe’s second feature: “The Rider”. After suffering a near fatal head injury, Brady Blackburn undertakes a search for new identity and what? Three years later Chloe made “Nomadland” and that film has taken her to now be recognized as a major film director on the international scene. The biggest scoop that the Chinese Cinema Season could spring is to add to its programme is to screen Chloe Zhao’s latest film “The Eternals”, which though is in post-production, but it could be ready. The story is about the saga of the Eternals, a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations. The film stars Salma Hayek and Angina Jolie. Now, that would really be the ultimate scoop.
DVD of the Month THE ASSASSIN Directed by Hsiao-Hsien Hou Staring: Qi Shu, Chen Chang, Yun Zhou 9th century China. A 10-year-old general’s daughter, Nie Yinniang (Qi Shu)is handed over to a nun who initiates her into the martial arts, transforming her into and exceptional assassin, charged with eliminating cruel and corrupt local governors. One day, having failed a task, she’s sent back by her mistress to the land of her birth, with orders to kill the man to whom she was betrothed - a cousin who now leads the largest independent military region in North China. After 13 years in exile, the young woman must confront her parents, her memories and her long-repressed feelings. A slave to the orders of her mistress, Nie Yinniang must choose: sacrifice the man she loves or break forever with the sacred way of the righteous assassins.
Behind the Scenes: Nie Yinniang The Actress: No Rehearsals The Fights Between Masters A Time Machine to the Tang Dynasty
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DVD of the Month EVERYBODY’S FINE Directed by Giuseppe Tornatore Staring: Marcello Mastroianni, Michèle Morgan, Valeria Cavalli Matteo(Marcello Mastroianni) is a retired Sicilian and a father of five children, all of whom live on the mainland and hold responsible jobs. He decides to surprise each with a visit to know how they live. The film is a veritable travelogue across contemporary Italy, as Matteo journeys to Naples, Rome, Florence, Milan, and Turin to search for each of his sons.
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