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“Luis Gerard’s THE WAKE Got An Honorable Mention At Cleveland International Film Festival”

Luis Gerards THE WAKE Has Just Won First Runner Up At The Oscar qualifying Cleveland International Film Festival

The film stars Emmy winner Isaac Kragten (Luckiest Girl Alive), introduces Zander Colbeck-Bhola, Robert Fulton (Murdoch Mysteries) and two-time Gemini Award winner Patty Sullivan

 

THE WAKE shares the story of a young deaf boy Martin (played by Zander Colbeck-Bhola) who looks up to his older brother and follows him, even at times when he shouldn’t. Zander Colbeck-Bhola comes from a large deaf family. All the cast learnt sign language for this film.

 

A restless 15-year-old has spent his life surrounded by death, raised in his parents’ funeral business in “small town USA.” He views his alcoholic father as profiting from the dead. While a wake is held in his parents’ funeral home, he breaks into the deceased’s house, counting on it being empty. In his view, the dead no longer needs what he pockets. He recruits his deaf-mute younger brother to join him in his robberies, unaware of what the consequences may be.

 

Writer, director and producer Luis Gerard studied at the University of Puerto Rico where he began making films. His very first film QUE SERA was in the official selection of the prestigious Venice Film Festival and his second short ABSOLUTION was selected at The Sitges Film Festival. Branching into feature work, Gerard recently directed the second unit for HUSTLE a basketball drama starring Adam Sandler, produced by Netflix, and scheduled for release in June of 2022.

 

THE WAKE is Gerard’s third short film, a proof of concept for a feature film currently in development. Luis is currently preparing his first film WHERE ONLY THE DEVIL DARES, which he wrote and plans to go into production in 2022.

 

The stunning cinematography was created by Christopher Mably (Star Trek Discovery), who also serves as the film’s Executive Producer. Josias Tapia (She’s Gotta Have It) joins Mably as EP. THE WAKE was expertly crafted by Adam Schwartz and the beautiful music by Jay Wadley.

 

THE WAKE just won a Jury Award at the Thomas Edison Film Festival.

 

https://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2022/the-wake

By: Daniela

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IFFR & Göteborg Film Festival Screenings Information | Borrowed Time by dir. CHOY Ji

IFFR Goteborg Film Festival Screenings Information Borrowed Time by dir CHOY Ji

Borrowed Time was officially selected by two European film festivals —— the 53rd edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam Bright Future Section and the 47th edition of Göteborg Film Festival Ingmar Bergman Competition! 

 

The European Premiere of this film will be held at the 53rd edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Swedish Premiere of this film will be held at the 47th edition of Göteborg Film Festival.

Borrowed Time
China | 2023 | Drama | 93 min | Debut Feature
Director: CHOY Ji
Screenwriter: Yin WANG
Producer: Jinjin MO
Cinematography: Shuli HUANG, Chiheng LIANG
Starring: Dongping LIN, Sunny SUN, Eddy AU-YEUNG, Jie PAN, Tai-Bo

Festivals:
International Film Festival Rotterdam | Bright Future
Göteborg Film Festival | Ingmar Bergman Competition
Busan International Film Festival | New Currents Competition
Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival | Hidden Dragon Competition

IFFR Screenings Schedule
Public screening: 01-26, 20:00, Cinerama 3
Public screening: 01-28, 12:30, KINO 1
Public screening: 01-29, 15:00, LantarenVenster 3

Göteborg Film Festival Screenings Schedule
Public screening (Q & A) : 01-30, 19:45, Göta 1
Public screening (Q & A) : 01-31, 17:30, Göta 2
Public screening: 02-01, 10:15, Göta 1
Public screening: 02-04, 19:30, Hagabion 2

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Elaheh Nobakht, President of the Jury of the 6th Beirut Women Film Festival

Elaheh Nobakht President of the Jury of the 6th Beirut Women Film Festival 2

Mansour Jahani – The Iranian movie producer, Elaheh Nobakht, has been elected as the jury president of the competition category “Documentary and Animated Shorts” at the 6th round of Beirut International Women Film Festival, heralding “Women for Leadership” as the focal topic of the event held in Lebanon.

 

 

With her third attendance at the Berlin International Film Festival in the preceding month as producer of the documentary feature film “Dreams’ Gate” in the competition category “Generations”, Nobakht had also formerly contributed as a juror to international festivals such as Switzerland’s FIFOG, Italy’s Religion Today Film Festival, as well as MENA International Film Festival held in the Netherlands.

The feature-length documentary film “Dreams’ Gate” directed by Negin Ahmadi and produced by Elaheh Nobakht, will have its second international screening in the competition category of “Feature-Length Documentaries” at the 6th round of Beirut International Women Film Festival.

Following its trend of global screenings, “Dreams’ Gate” is slated to have the third international run at the 19th edition of Kosmorama International Film Festival that is held in Trondheim, Norway.

The 6th edition of Beirut International Women Film Festival is presided over by Sam Lahoud, Beirut Film Society president, and will feature works of filmmakers coming from various countries under several categories, namely “Feature-Length Fiction Films”, “Feature-Length Documentaries”, “Documentary and Animated Shorts”, “Short Dance Films”, as well as specialized summits held from 5-11 March, 2023, in Beirut, Lebanon.

Photo: Mansour Jahani

For more details: https://beirutwomenfilmfestival.com/

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French Film Festival UK

French Film Festival UK

The 30th anniversary edition of the pioneering festival launches next week from 2 November to 15 December across the UK and at home in partnership with Curzon

Special guests include Charlotte Gainsbourg and Blandine Lenoir, in a festival focused on female talent, as well as veteran director Patrice Leconte

 

Screening across the nations, the event is the only francophone film festival in the UK and showcases a glittering, stimulating, and at times challenging array of films in cinemas and online via Curzon’s streaming platform, Curzon at Home.

Beginning in 1992 in Glasgow and Edinburgh, the Festival has grown exponentially in scope and stature, retaining its passion for exciting new cinematic voices.

This year’s Opening Gala is director Eric Gravel’s propulsive new drama Full Time(À Plein Temps) starring actor Laure Calamy (Call My Agent) who plays young mother Julie, battling a national transit strike to get to a potentially life-changing job interview. Eric Gravel will introduce the film in London ahead of its wider release through Parkland in February 2023.

Also attending the Festival is Charlotte Gainsbourg who will introduce, and take part in a Q&A at the screening of Mikhaël Hers’s stunning drama The Passengers of the Night (Les Passagers de la nuit). Charlotte’s documentary Jane by Charlotte, an intimate portrait of her mother Jane Birkin, will also be shown as part of the Festival.

In honour of acting royalty Jean Louis Trintignant, who passed away in June, there will be a Tribute screening of Claude Lelouche’s The Best Years of a Life(Les Plus Belles Années d’une Vie). 

There will be special screenings of Final Cut (Coupez)which opened the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Filmmaker Patrice Leconte will present the UK premiere of Maigret starring Gérard Depardieu as novelist George Simenon’s iconic detective in Edinburgh and London. Filmmaker Blandine Lenoir will also present her feminist drama Angry Annie.

Belgian directors Yves Hint and Jean Libon’s will introduce their whodunit mockumentary A Fistful of Fries (Poulet Frites).  

The burgeoning Festival’s Schools and Learning programmes which attracted a total of 75 schools and reached over 5000 students in 2021, is set to break records this year. The programme involves screenings in cinemas and free shows in the classroom.

The Femmes First strand shines a spotlight on a century of French and francophone women filmmakers, and films focused around contemporary women’s issues.. The strand includes short films by pioneer Alice Guy-Blaché, widely considered the first narrative filmmaker back in the 1890s. Charlotte Gainsbourgturns the camera on her mother Jane Birkin in Jane by Charlotte – an intimate portrait. Also featured two winners from the Cannes 2022: Rodeo by Lola Quivoron and Moroccan director Maryam Touzani’s The Blue Caftan.

Panorama features new and recent works by acclaimed filmmakers,including François OzonArnaud Desplechin, Fred Cavayé, Quentin Dupieux andJean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne. 

Among the Classics titles is Children of Paradise acclaimed “the greatest French film of all time”. Harking back to the Festival’s origins, Isabelle Huppert stars as Madame Bovary shown at the first Festival in 1992.

Extras showcases recent films audiences may have missed. Discovery celebrates first and second-time directors. More new talents feature in the Shorts programme.

The following new and recent titles will also be available to stream via Curzon at Home: 

Paris 13th District (Dir. Jacques Audiard)

Casablanca Beats (Dir. Nabil Ayouch)

Between Two Worlds (Dir. Emmanuel Carrère)

Everything Went Fine (Dir. François Ozon)

Both Sides of the Blade (Dir. Éric Gautier)

Richard Mowe, co-founder and director: “For three decades the French Film Festival UK has been on a journey to explore the richness and diversity of Francophone cinema and to expand cultural horizons. Post-Brexit the event’s sense of purpose in bringing together our French-speaking neighbours from Europe and beyond has become even more acute and essential. The organisers pay tribute to our audiences, sponsors and funders as well as passionate and committed individuals, who every year ensure the festival comes to vibrant life, not only in November and December but also influencing film events throughout the year. Vive le cinéma!”

Allan Hunter, a former co-founder of the French Film Festival UK has said: 

“The first French Film Festival UK was held in 1992 in Glasgow and Edinburgh as a Festival without barriers showcasing commercial success and arthouse promise, big titles and fresh discoveries. Focusing on short films and education work a younger generation was encouraged to broaden their horizons and try something different. The core values of the Festival remain the same now – a grand and glorious celebration of French and francophone cinema in all its rich variety and guises. Here’s to the next 30 years.”

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