Best International Film Oscar nominee Turkey, Mehmet Ada Öztekin directed to his starring starring İynemli Bulut Aras’ 7. It was the movie called ‘Miracle in the Ward

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At the meeting held today by the Selection Committee, 23 films that applied to the Cinema Power Union were evaluated.

Directed by Mehmet Ada Öztekin, ‘7. Miracle in the ward ‘of Turkey founded by film was determined as the Best International Film Oscar nominations.

Culture and Tourism Ministry General Directorate of Cinema with a selection committee consisting of 16 people from the professional organization representatives in the field of cinema, 93’ünc Academy Awards (Oscar) nominated for Best International Film Department has set Turkey.

At the meeting held today by the Selection Committee, 23 films that applied to the Cinema Power Union were evaluated.

Directed by Mehmet Ada Öztekin, ‘7. Miracle in the ward ‘of Turkey founded by film was determined as the Best International Film Oscar nominations.

‘7. Miracle in the Ward ‘

Turkey’s Oscar-nominated film that broaches the subject of the daughter of a father seeking justice with the same mental age.

In the movie, a little girl dies in the Aegean town in 1983. The deceased little girl is the daughter of the martial law commander and the responsible for her death is “Memo”, a 7-year-old daughter who lives with her grandmother.

Nobody believes him, even though Memo explains that he is not guilty. While the relatives of Memo, who was sentenced to death, struggle for justice, the only thing Memo and his daughter Ova want is to be together.

Will Memo be able to escape the death penalty by a miracle?

Directed by Mehmet Ada Öztekin, the film features actors such as Aras Bulut İynemli, Nisa Sofiya Aksongur, Celile Toyon, İlker Aksum, Mesut Akusta, Deniz Baysal, and Yurdaer Okur.

source:media.cm

“Wolfwalkers” Is A Stunningly Animated Family Tale

Animation comes in all shapes and sizes. From independent features and shorts to the family blockbusters that littered theaters, back when going to the movies was a thing. We even had the occasional raunchy animated comedy. What we don’t have a ton of, at least recently, is animated works where the visuals truly take center stage. Enter Wolfwalkers, the effort from Apple Original Films (as well as GKIDS) that hopes to break into the Oscar race. Given the weak year, as well as how elegantly done this feature is, and the streaming service is poised to score an Academy Award citation. Releasing this week, it’s something the whole family can enjoy, even if the youngest of viewers may not be as enthralled as others will be.

The film is an animated adventure, set within a magical version of Ireland. This is the official synopsis: “In a time of superstition and magic, a young apprentice hunter, Robyn Goodfellowe, journeys to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last wolf pack. While exploring the forbidden lands outside the city walls, Robyn befriends a free-spirited girl, Mebh, a member of a mysterious tribe rumored to have the ability to transform into wolves by night. As they search for Mebh’s missing mother, Robyn uncovers a secret that draws her further into the enchanted world of the WOLFWALKERS and risks turning into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy.” Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart co-direct, while also co-writing the screenplay with Jerrica Cleland and Will Collins. Bruno Coulais composes the score, with the voice work including the likes of Sean Bean, Honor Kneafsey, Simon McBurney, Eva Whittaker, and more.

This is a stunningly animated flick, which goes without saying, considering its pedigree. Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart are talented filmmakers, directing this impeccably and co-writing a mature script with the aforementioned Cleland and Collins. The voice work is strong, the world is well realized, and the events occur with a narrative heft. This isn’t paper thin entertainment, to be sure. At the same time, it’s incredibly easy to fall under the spell of this movie, especially in terms of the animation. Moore and Stewart are supremely confident storytellers, so it’s no surprise that the story flows as it does. One can argue that it runs a little longer than it needs to, but when it’s so nice to look at, that’s not really too huge of an issue, overall.

Wolfwalkers only really suffers due to a sluggish pace (and the 100+ minute running time) that could try the patience of younger viewers. Aside from that, it’s largely a success, one that will probably translate into a healthy awards season haul. The Oscars will likely nominate it in Best Animated Feature, and depending on how Soul is received, it has a fighting change of pulling off the upset win. There are voters who especially like this type of animation, so keep any eye out on how that race evolves once the year comes to an end. If it’s a battle to the end between those two, we’ll be the winners, regardless of the ultimate victor in the category.

This week, animation fans would do well to check out Wolfwalkers. Especially if you are normally a GKIDS fan and/or were into The Secret of Kells over a decade ago, this traffics in largely the same kind of territory. Again, the smallest of viewers might be put off by some of the content, or outright bored, but kids with some attention span should be won over by the animation. It goes without saying that adults will be, and that largely is where the perceived audience is. Give the film a look and see what you think…

‘Extra Sauce’ to be screened at German filmfest.

Extra Sauce’ is about Hans, a mediocre heartbroken actor, who is greeted by an Angel of Death after attempting to take his life an hour before his play’s premiere. A sarcastic dark humor conversation begins as Hans tries to convince the Angel that he should be brought back to the world of the living while the Angel enjoys delicious cheeseburgers and lemonade and gives the actor relationship advice.

After winning best screenplay and best actor awards at Canberra Short Film Festival in Australia, as well as receiving an honorary mention for ‘Best Short – Comedy’ at Queen Palm International Film Festival, ‘Extra Sauce’ will now take part at the 22nd edition of the Sarasota Film Festival in the US.

Festival des Deutschen Kinos, also known as FILMZ – Festival of German Cinema, has been presenting current, German-language productions from Germany, Austria and Switzerland every year since 2001.

This year’s edition of the festival will be held from November 4-15.

Iranian short film ‘Retributive Minds’ wins at NYC shorts

The festival was held on October 24-25 in Manhattan.

The film that had its world premiere at the American festival is about a man who returns to his home country expecting to grieve his sister’s death but instead finds himself struggling to reconcile his ideologies.

Ahmad Saatchian and Farid Sajjadi Hosseini play the lead roles. Ali Valiani, Ali Ashmand, Azadeh Khorshid Doust, Kourosh Shahouneh, Hossein Touhidian, and Iman Haj Azimian are also in the cast.

Mehrtash Mohit is an independent Iranian-Canadian filmmaker based in Toronto. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Iran where he directed a few short fiction and experimental films. Mehrtash moved to Canada in 2011 to follow his passion in an academic environment.

He finished an 18 months-long film production diploma at Toronto Film School where he created a strong portfolio in directing documentaries. After this diploma, he pursued his M.F.A in Film Production at York University.

Mehrtash directing credits include the films, Perspective (nominated in multiple Iranian film festivals), Trees Between Us (nominated for the best avant-garde film in Scandinavian film Festival), More Vivid than Sculpture (nominated for best film in Looking for China film Festival),  Fariba (screened at many festivals including, Images International film festivals) and other short films that have traveled the film festival circuits around the globe.

The New York City Short Film Festival (NYC Shorts) is an international competitive short film festival created by filmmakers and dedicated to the short form. This year’s festival was the 16th edition of the event.

‘Badger’ to be screened at Hamilton Film Festival in Canada

Badger’ is about a woman called Soodeh Sharifzadegan who is involved with a difficult challenge in her private life, while she is close to her second marriage.

Vishka Asayesh, Hassan Ma’ajouni, Mehraveh Sharifi Nia, and Gohar Kheirandish are among the cast members of the film.

The film has also taken part at the 23rd Shanghai International Film Festival in China. It will also vie at the 5th Annual Macedonian Film Festival.

Recently, ‘Badger’ won the Best Narrative film award at at the 27th edition of Austin Film Festival in US, the best foreign film award at the Berkeley Video & Film Festival in the US, as well as the best movie award at the 6th BangkokThai International Film Festival in Thailand.

The 15th annual Hamilton Film Festival is Hamilton’s largest and longest running film festivals with roots that go back 20 years. The festival started on November 7 and will be finished on November 15, 2020.

Miss Mississippi Asya Branch Crowned Miss USA 2020

Fifty-one women from across the nation competed for the honor of Miss USA 2020 on Monday night. Find out who will follow reigning champ Cheslie Kryst below

She’s beauty and she’s grace, and she’s your new Miss United States!

Miss Mississippi Asya Branch was crowned Miss USA 2020 during tonight’s beauty pageant, which aired live on FYI from the iconic Graceland estate in Memphis, Tenn.

Fifty-one women from across the nation competed for the honor, but the judges ultimately singled out Asya for her ambition, poise and winning attitude. Miss Idaho Kim Layne was named first runner-up, followed by Miss Oklahoma Mariah Jane Davis.

Reigning champ Cheslie Kryst crowned her successor in a made-for-TV moment complete with plenty of tears and a Mouawad-designed crown decked out in diamonds, rubies, blue sapphires and tanzanite.

Asya wowed viewers with her thoughtful answer to a question about what must be done to unite our deeply divided nation.

“I think this is an issue of trust,” the 22-year-old shared. “We’ve lost trust in the systems that seem to keep our country running, from the media to business to our government. And it’s all about restoring that trust and coming together and working together to heal and trust in these systems. If want to continue to be the greatest nation we’re going to have to set a better example.”

source:hollywoodlife.com

‘The Wasteland’ to vie at Singapore Intl. FilmFest.

The synopsis of ‘The Wasteland’ reads, “A remote brick manufacture factory produces bricks in an ancient way. Many families with different ethnicities work in the factory and the boss seems to hold the key to solving their problems. Forty-year-old Lotfollah, who has been born on-site, is the factory supervisor and acts as go-between for the workers and the boss. Boss Lotfollah has gathered all the workers in front of his office. He wants to talk to them about the shutdown of the factory. All matters now to Lotfollah is to keep Sarvar unharmed, the woman he has been in love with for a long time.”

The cast includes Ali Bagheri, Farrokh Nemati, Mehdi Nassaj, Majid Farhang, and Mahdieh Nassaj.

Recently, ‘The Wasteland’ grabbed the FIPRESCI award handed out by the Independent Federation of Film Critics on sideline of the 77th Venice International Film Festival in Italy.

It has also taken part in the 65th edition of Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain.

The Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) is the largest and longest-running film event in Singapore. Founded in 1987 by Geoffrey Malone and L. Leland Whitney, the Festival focuses on showcasing international films and providing a global platform for the best of Singapore cinema. With its focus on groundbreaking Asian cinema, this prestigious event is known for its dynamic programming and commitment to the development of a vibrant local film culture.

Always at the forefront of independent filmmaking, SGIFF continues to be a platform for both established and aspiring filmmakers to showcase their films to an audience of local and international film buffs.

Mel Gibson as a gun-toting Santa Claus? ‘Fatman’ trailer asks why not

If we’ve learned one lesson lately, it’s that 2020 is going to 2020. So the recently released trailer for the movie “Fatman,” featuring two-time Oscar winner Mel Gibson as a gun-toting Santa Claus, should really not come as that much of a shock. And yet one really can’t be ready for actually laying eyes on such a thing.

Released by Saban Films, the movie is scheduled to open where theaters are open on Nov. 13 before launching on-demand and on digital platforms Nov. 17

Written and directed by Ian Nelms and Eshom Nelms, who previously made the gritty thriller “Small Town Crime,” the film stars Gibson as a Chris Cringle who has fallen on hard times, despondent over his diminished standing in the world. He reluctantly allows the U.S. military to hire him for his “services.” At the same time, a 12-year-old boy upset over getting only a lump of coal for Christmas hires a hitman (Walton Goggins of “The Righteous Gemstones” and “The Hateful Eight”) to enact revenge. There are also elves involved. Oscar nominee Marianne Jean-Baptiste plays Gibson’s wife.

The gleefully outrageous trailer drew much startled attention online, such as a message posted by Claire McNear, staff writer for The Ringer, that declared, “Have watched this trailer 15 times and still cannot believe it’s real.”

When the project was first announced in May 2019 as part of the Cannes film market, it had David Gordon Green, Danny McBride and Jody Hill attached as executive producers via their Rough House production label. Their names and the production company do not appear in the credit block for the final film.

That initial announcement also drew the attention of Green’s “Pineapple Express” star Seth Rogen, who declared “Ho-ho-holocaust denier” on a Twitter post that now has more than 204,000 likes

The “Fatman” trailer opens with a voice-over of Gibson saying, “I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I’ve lost my influence.” We all know, Mel, we all know

source:latimes.com

‘Branded’ goes to Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival

The synopsis of ‘Branded’ reads, “Hafiz decides to cross the Afghanistan’s border to save his wife and young daughter

The cast includes Ghasem Alizadeh, Akbar Akbarzadeh, Nabi Mousavi, Darya Tajik.

‘Branded’ has also taken part at the 32nd edition of Girona Film Festival in Spain.

The Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival ( JAFF ) is a premier Asian film festival in Indonesia focusing on the development of Asian cinema. This festival not only contributes to introducing Asian cinema to a wider public in Indonesia, but it also provides a space for the intersection of many sectors such as arts, culture, and tourism.

Since its inception, JAFF has worked closely with NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema), a worldwide organization of 30 member countries. Each year, JAFF presents several awards to the best films in Asia such as Golden Hanoman Award, Silver Hanoman Award, NETPAC Award, Blencong Award and Geber Award to express the deepest appreciation

‘Angels Do Not Die’ wins at Bulgarian Film Festival

The short film “Angels Do Not Die” directed by Alireza Biglari won the Best Short Film Award at the 16th Early Bird Festival in Bulgaria.

In an online interview with festival members, Biglari dedicated his work to those who are trying to save human lives in Iran and around the world.

Early Bird International Student Film Festival is the biggest Bulgarian forum dedicated to supporting the creation of student short films. For more than fifteen years the Festival is fully devoted to helping young filmmakers to reach their audience.

The main goal of the Festival is not only to provide the audience an opportunity to meet closely with art, ideology, and aesthetics of young filmmakers but also to give a platform for the participating students to exchange experience and ideas. Early Bird includes also a special educational module, which provides additional training through Master classes and workshops by distinguished professionals in different spheres