The Locarno Film Festival drew to a close Saturday night in Switzerland with the top Pardo d’Oro prize going to Story Of My Death. The Spanish film is directed by Albert Serra and imagines the last days of Giacomo Casanova. American actress Brie Larson took the Best Actress prize for Short Term 12, Destin Cretton’s drama about a woman working at a foster care facility. The film also received a special mention. The jury prize went to Joaquim Pinto’s E Agora? Lembra-Me. Best Director was South Korea’s Hong Sang-soo for Our Suhni and Best Actor was Fernando Bacilio for Daniel and Diego Vega’s El Mudo. A complete list of winners follows:
Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘The Simpsons’ Getting the Lego Treatment; Locarno Fest Opens With ’2 Guns’ This Week
Woo-Hoo! ‘The Simpsons’ Lego Set Coming Next Year
Lego said Monday that it will launch its first set based on The Simpsons next year. A spokesman for the privately held Danish toymaker wouldn’t single out which characters will be Lego-ized, but he said the company hopes the set will “appeal to fans of the Simpsons family”. Fox’s The Simpsons, which starts its record 25th primetime season in the fall, joins such big-name Lego properties as Star Wars and The Hobbit.
Locarno Film Festival Kicks Off Wednesday With ’2 Guns’ International Premiere
The 66th Festival del film Locarno, the first edition with Carlo Chatrian as Artistic Director, begins Wednesday with the Piazza Grande Opening Ceremony. The evening will begin with the presentation of the official juries and preview extracts from films taking part in the Concorso internazionale. The Moët & Chandon Excellence Award then will be presented to Christopher Lee, followed by the international premiere of the Denzel Washington-Mark Wahlberg action-comedy 2 Guns — which topped the domestic box office this past weekend — introduced by director Baltasar Kormakur. The festival, which runs through August 17 in the Swiss city, will screen 250 films from 40-plus countries across 10 venues. Among the boldfaced names set to appear are Werner Herzog, Faye Dunaway, Jacqueline Bisset, Brie Larson and Moritz Bleibtreu. Special effects wizard Douglas Trumbull will …
Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Broadchurch’ Set For US; Locarno To Fete Douglas Trumbull; Sky Sports Offers Free Football; More
ITV’s UK Hit ‘Broadchurch’ Coming To BBC America In August
ITV’s hit contemporary drama Broadchurch is set to debut on BBC America at 10 PM August 7. The series, starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman, was created and written by Chris Chibnall. It’s set in a quiet seaside town following the shocking murder of a young boy and focuses on the impact the crime has on the community when everyone becomes a suspect. The most tweeted-about UK drama ever, the show had Britain rapt over its eight-episode run and set off a “Who shot J.R.?”-type frenzy as it progressed. Broadchurch is a Kudos and Imaginary Friends co-production that’s distributed by Shine International. ITV ordered a second season back in April.
Douglas Trumbull Receive Locarno Film Festival Honor
Director and special effects veteran Douglas Trumbull will receive the Locarno Film Festival’s first Vision Award — Electronic Studio. The new prize is designed to highlight and pay tribute to a professional whose creative work behind the scenes, as well as in their own right, has contributed to opening up new perspectives in film. The 66th edition of Locarno will screen films Trumbull worked on including Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life as well as his own Silent Running. Trumbull will also offer two masterclasses. The Locarno fest runs August 7-17.
Baltasar Kormákur‘s breakout film 101 Reykjavik debuted in competition at Locarno in 2000. The director returns to the fest this year with actioner 2 Guns. The Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg film will be released Stateside on August 2 and have its international premiere in Locarno on August 7. The story follows two undercover federal operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together. Universal is releasing domestically. French documentary On The Way To School closes the fest August 17.
Anna Sissons To Run New Distribution Division For Pulse
Production outfit Pulse is launching an in-house distribution arm with Anna Sissons appointed film distribution manager. The new division aims to create a dynamic distribution pipeline by exploiting social media and leveraging brand partnerships, as well as staging events around film releases. Sissons was formerly outreach coordinator at Dogwoof. Pulse CEO Thomas Benski calls this a “strategic move to take control of the promotion and distribution of the slate of fan and event-based projects that Pulse has been producing for the last few years. These films require a different type of release strategy and we feel more suited to fully leverage those audiences.” The first film to be released under the new banner will be Shut Up And Play The Hits. A full slate will be announced in the fall. The company has offices in New York, LA, Paris and London and is planning further international expansion.
Fremantle Is Launch Partner For HBO Nordic
FremantleMedia Enterprises will supply content to HBO Nordic, the paybox’s channel that launched last week. Among the titles to go out will be drama Hit And Miss starring Chloe Sevigny; Lisa Kudrow’s Web Therapy and two factual series from Morgan Spurlock, A Day In The Life, which looks into the lives of such personalities as Richard Branson and Will.i.Am and New Brittania, which dissects the eccentricities of British culture.
Frank Darabont, Michael Shamberg, Pietro Scalia Set For Zurich Master Classes
The Zurich Film Festival today announced this year’s headliners for its Master Class series. Instructors will include writer-director Frank Darabont (The Green Mile, The Walking Dead); producer Michael Shamberg (Pulp Fiction, Erin Brockovich); editor Pietro Scalia (Gladiator, Black Hawk Down), producer Greg Shapiro (The Hurt Locker), screenwriter Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, About Elly); director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House, Easy Money), director Benh Zeitlin (Beasts Of The Southern Wild) and UTA’s David Flynn. Additionally producer Jerry Weintraub (the Ocean’s Eleven series, among others) will lead a session as well as receive a career achievement award. Espinosa, Shamberg and Scalia also will be on the fest’s fiction jury of which Darabont will serve as president. Richard Gere will receive the fest’s Golden Icon award and John Travolta will be honored with the Golden Eye award at the opening night screening of Oliver Stone’s Savages. Fest runs September 20-30.
Italy’s Eagle Acquires Venice Opener ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’
Eagle Pictures has snapped up Italian rights to director Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist ahead of its world premiere Wednesday at the Venice Film Festival. K5 International is handling international sales. The movie is also screening at Toronto on September 8th. Based on the novel by Mohsin Hamid, it stars Kate Hudson and Riz Ahmed (Four Lions, Trishna) plus Kiefer Sutherland, Liev Schreiber, Martin Donovan and Om …
French director Jean-Claude Brisseau’s ultra-low-budget drama La Fille de Nulle Part (The Girl From Nowhere) earned the coveted Golden Leopard juried prize at the 65th annual Locarno Film Festival today in Switzerland. Brisseau shot the film, which has not yet found a distributor, in his Paris apartment for well under $100,000.
The special jury prize went to American Bob Byington’s Somebody Up There Likes Me, and Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland’s World War II drama Lore earned the public vote after its screening in the Piazza Grande. American Joel Potrykus won best first feature and best emerging director for his feature about a struggling comedian, Ape.
The full list of winners follows:
After a 13-year absence, French helmer Leos Carax returned to the Cannes competition in May with his well-received Holy Motors. Indomina then acquired the film for the US. It stars Denis Lavant, Eva Mendes and Kylie Minogue. Now, Carax is being honored at Locarno. The Pardo d’Onore award has gone to “a master of contemporary cinema” for the past 24 years. Marking the honor, the festival will screen Carax’s repertoire of five features that includes Holy Motors, 1984′s Boy Meets Girl, 1986′s Bad Blood, 1991′s The Lovers On The Bridge and 1999′s Pola X. Portmanteau work, Tokyo!, to which Carax contributed a segment, will also run. Previous Pardo d’Onore recipients include Bernardo Bertolucci, Ken Loach, Jean-Luc Godard, Abbas Kiarostami, Aleksandr Sokurov, Hou Hsiao-hsien, William Friedkin and Abel Ferrara. The 65th edition of the Locarno Film Festival runs from Aug 1-11.