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Critical Divide heads for the Panama Film Festival

3 Apr

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Christopher Pickard of Critical Divide will be attending the International Film Festival of Panama that runs from 9 to 15 April 2015 and contributing to the Variety e-dailies.

It is the fourth edition of the festival and IFF Panama will screen more than sixty films that have been presented and recognized with awards at prestigious festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, Sundance and San Sebastian among others. IFF Panama will also offer national, regional and world premieres of films from the Central American region.

The festival is mainly located in the capital’s Casco Viejo (Old City), an area that along with the iconic Panama Canal has been boosting the country’s tourist industry.

 

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Variety reports on Critical Divide’s activities at Festival do Rio

18 Oct

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Critical Divide’s Chris Pickard, a veteran not only of Brazil but also of the Rio Fest and RioMarket, has unveiled a bevy of Brazil-based projects under the banner of The Sound of Brazil.

Pickard, who was responsible for the original idea and for co-producing Julien Temple’s “Rio 50 Degrees,” which has screened at the Festival, told Variety he aimed to have most of the slate ready to air in 2016, the year of the Rio Olympics and Paralympic Games. He is hopeful some may even be ready for 2015, when Rio celebrates its 450th anniversary.

The season of music documentaries and performance films is being developed with the BBC in the U.K., and other international broadcast partners. Films look to build on the growing cultural partnership that started to develop between Brazil and the U.K., and especially Rio and London, during the 2012 London Olympics.

With the ever-closer cultures of Brazil, the U.K. and Europe in mind, a first project comprises a three-part series looking at the evolution of musical culture – and dance- in Brazil from the arrival of the first missionaries to the very latest sounds and musical talent. For the U.K. and certain international markets the programs will be presented by Katie Derham, the face of classical music at the BBC as well for the BBC Proms. Derham, like Pickard, has long-standing family ties with Brazil.

Partnering Derham and Pickard in developing the season are James Joseph of Creedence Productions , a highly respected and well-connected music and entertainment lawyer whose management company, with offices in London and Los Angeles, looks after Nina Simone, Cleveland Watkiss, Cassandra Wilson and Julian Joseph, amongst others, and Mark Barrett, ex-head of Classical Music at BBC Worldwide Music and previously Classical Manager Europe at Sony Music Entertainment.

A number of Joseph’s clients have toured Brazil and worked with Brazilian artists in Brazil as well as in the U.S. and Europe. He has also filmed programs and projects in Brazil with Fernando Meirelles and O2 Filmes.

One of those larger projects, which Joseph expects to have wide international appeal, is a special “homecoming” concert in Rio de Janeiro for musician Sergio Mendes. It would include many leading international and Brazilian names that have collaborated with him over the years, including talent featured on the soundtracks of Fox’s animated films “Rio”. There will also be a full standalone documentary about Mendes who was the artist who took Brazilian music global in the 1960s, and is often better known internationally than in his own country and city.

“We hope to stage the concert in 2015 as part of Rio’s 450th anniversary celebrations and then have the programe and documentary ready to broadcast in 2016 which will be the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sergio Mendes, plus Brasil’ 66 by Herb Alpert,” Pickard explained.

Also on the slate is a program about Brazilian baroque music with Harry Christophers and a Brazil Sixteen; a look at the club scene in Rio, São Paulo and Salvador its sounds in “Brazil: Shaken and Stirred…with a Twist of Hackney”; and a docu exploring how musical talent is fostered in Brazil: “From Tin Cans to Strings.”

The most ambitious part of the slate turns, however, on a program series is a series that will introduce and showcase Rio’s Carnival parade by parachuting six major international names into the city’s iconic event to mirror certain elements of the parade.

Pickard first developed the project with the late Gus Dudgeon, Elton John’s producer for many years, who realized there was no accessible TV title to capture a larger audience and explain what actually happens in artistic terms with the parade. As Dudgeon noted, Carnival is more spectacular than any rock show he had seen, even Elton’s.

“I have been involved with carnival for over 30 years – so I have form in this department,” Pickard says.

“It is now a question of getting our final ducks in a row before more details can be unveiled as it requires a somewhat complex relationship of working not only with the Mayor’s office in Rio, but also the League of Samba Schools and TV Globo that so brilliantly film the parade to broadcast live over two nights to Brazil.

He added: “This program, I can promise, will help open the eyes of the world to what an astonishing and creative event the parade is. Our stars are also going to have a lot of fun along the way and they will be the catalyst to build a large global TV audience.”

If Pickard and the team can get everything to align, they will look to film during carnival 2016 and have the edited shows ready for broadcast prior to the Rio Olympics that open on Aug 5 2016.

Pickard held meetings related to the project while at the Rio Festival.

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Festival do Rio dailies edited by Critical Divide

12 Oct

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Festival do Rio sets its dates for 2013

20 Apr

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Festival do Rio, Rio de Janeiro’s international film festival, will take place between Thursday 26 September and Thursday, 10 October in 2013. It will be the festival’s 15th anniversary.

The festival will screen around 400 films from more than 60 countries at 30 venues spread across Rio de Janeiro.

Brazilian films and Première Brasil, which has as its festival home the historic Odeon Petrobras (photo) in downtown Rio de Janeiro, are the beating heart of Festival do Rio, and the festival is rightfully acknowledged as the best annual global showcase of contemporary Brazilian film.

Première Brasil is the only competitive section of Festival do Rio with jury awards to be presented on Thursday 10 October. Three highly prized audience awards will also be bestowed on the best Brazilian feature film, best documentary and best short film.

You can follow the festival on Twitter @RioFilmFest

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Cannes Festival Lineup 2013

18 Apr

2013 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP

 OPENING FILM

  • “The Great Gatsby” (Baz Luhrmann)

 COMPETITION

  • “Behind the Candelabra” (Steven Soderbergh)
  • “Borgman” (Alex van Warmerdam)
  • “The Great Beauty” [La Grande Bellezza] (Paolo Sorrentino)
  •  “Grigris” (Mahamet Saleh-Haroun)
  •  “Heli” (Amat Escalante)
  • “The Immigrant” (James Gray)
  • “Inside Llewyn Davis” (Joel and Ethan Coen)
  • “Jusat 17” [Jeune et jolie] (Francois Ozon)
  • “Jimmy P.” (Un Indien des Plaines) (Arnaud Desplechin)
  • “La Vie d’Adele” (Abdellatif Kechiche)
  • “Like Father, Like Son” [Soshite Chichi Ni Naru] (Hirokazu Kore-eda)
  • “Michael Kohlhaas” (Arnaud Despallieres)
  •  “Nebraska” (Alexander Payne)
  • “Only God Forgives” (Nicolas Winding Refn)
  • “The Past” (Le Passé) (Asghar Farhadi)
  • “Straw Shield” [Wara No Tate] (Takashi Miike)
  • “A Touch of Sin” (Jia Zhangke)
  • “Un chateau en Italie” (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi)
  • “Venus in Fur” [La Venua a la Fourrure] (Roman Polanski)

OUT OF COMPETITION 

  • “All Is Lost” (J.C. Chandor)
  • “Blood Ties” (Guillaume Canet)

UN CERTAIN REGARD

Opening Film : “The Bling Ring” (Sofia Coppola)

  • “Anonymous” (Mohammad Rasoulof)
  • “The Bastards” (Les Salauds) (Claire Denis)
  • “Bends” (Flora Lau)
  • “Death March” (Adolfo Alix Jr.)
  • “Fruitvale” (Ryan Coogler)
  • “Grand Central” (Rebecca Zlotowski)
  • “La Jaula de Oro” (Diego Quemada-Diez)
  • “L’image manquante” (Rithy Panh)
  • “L’inconnu du lac” (Alain Guiraudie)
  • “Miele” (Valeria Golino)
  • “Norte, hangganan ng kasaysayan” (Lav Diaz)
  • “Omar” (Hany Abu-Assad)
  • “Sarah prefere la course” (Chloe Robichaud)


MIDNIGHT SCREENINGS

  • “Blind Detective” (Johnnie To)
  • “Monsoon Shootout” (Amit Kumar)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

  • “Bite the Dust” (Taisia Igumentseva)
  • Bombay Talkies” (Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar)
  • “Max Rose” (Daniel Noah)
  • “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” (Stephen Frears)
  • “Seduced and Abandoned” (James Toback)
  • “Stop the Pounding Heart” (Roberto Minervini)
  • “Week End of a Champion” (Roman Polanski)


CLOSING FILM

  • “Zulu” (Jerome Salle)

Backstage at Festival do Rio 2012 with Critical Divide

28 Oct

 

Revolution and Football in Rio de Janeiro: The Film

17 May

German Production House 2 Pilots partners on Film and Music Entertainment’s (F&ME) Brazilian Co-Production Children of the Revolution: This is Rio

TV Zero Pacts with F&ME on Streetkids United II – Brazil 2014

Cologne-based production outfit 2Pilots has boarded Julien Temple’s music documentary feature Children of the Revolution: This is Rio, which begins shooting later this year in Rio de Janeiro. Producers Arne Ludwig and Joerg Siepmann will bring a key part of the final financing to complement the existing funding from RioFilme, world sales company Ealing Metro International, and anticipated support from a number of the official Rio based audiovisual production and promotional funds.

The documentary will look at the musical, social, political, and cultural revolutions that have taken place in Rio since the late 1960s to today; a period in which Brazil has gone from being an oppressive military dictatorship to one of the most open and vibrant democracies on the planet. With Rio and Brazil counting down to hosting two of the world’s largest and most prestigious high profile events, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic games, the timing of the project is apposite.

Ludwig has also brought on board German distributor Rapid Eye Movies to release the film theatrically in Germany and is in an ‘advanced stage of negotiations with German broadcasters.’

“We are excited to be working with Fame and especially with a famous genius like Julien Temple,” says 2Pilots’ Arne Ludwig. “The tropicalismo, the history, the vibrant rhythm of Rio, will really shorten the wait until the next World Cup.”

The film, which is fully prepped and ready to go, will now start shooting in September after Temple has finished the release schedule on his London Olympic feature, BabyLon/don. Temple has already been scouting in Rio where he met and talked with Seu Jorge, Lenine, Nelson Motta, Roberto Medina, Kassin + Berna, Sanny Pitbull and B Negao, among figures from the current music scene, as well as getting reacquainted with old friends from the time he shot with the Sex Pistols and Mick Jagger in Rio. The screenplay has been developed by Temple, Helen Beltrame and Critical Divide’s Christopher Pickard.

Children of the Revolution: This is Rio is being co-produced in Brazil by Roberto Berliner and Rodrigo Letier of TV Zero. Founded in 1991, the company is one of Brazil’s most successful and dynamic production houses that in 2011 was responsible for Bruna Surfistinha that sold over 2 million admissions and grossed over US$10 million at the Brazilian box office.

TV Zero Joins F&ME for Streetkids United

TV Zero has also just joined F&ME’s Streetkids United II. The follow up to the hugely successful 2011 Berlinale Official Selection Generation film Streetkids United. The second film – in what is to become a series – will be made by Film and Music Entertainment to coincide with the second Street Child World Cup that is being organized by the Amos Trust and the ABC Trust prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

“In 2014 Rio de Janeiro will play host to the second Street Child World Cup and look to build on the success of the inaugural tournament that took place in Durban prior to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa,” explains F&ME’s Sam Taylor. “The 2014 event will bring teams of street children together from 20 countries to compete and to make their voices heard. As with the first Streekids United film – our goal is to tell the story of the children and the event – and through it draw the world’s attention to the terrible plight of street children across the globe, and the fact that these children are somebody.”

The 2014 Street Child World Cup will be hosted by the Action for Brazil’s Children’s Trust, a UK registered NGO and charity that is dedicated to helping street children and the most vulnerable young people in Brazil. The charity’s patrons include Pelé, Jimmy Page, Brian May, Fernando Meirelles, Jeremy Irons and Juliette Lewis.

“We are currently in the market with TV Zero for the right Brazilian director for the project. To get right to the heart of the issue we want a director that will become fully entrenched and deeply involved in the lives of the street child community in Rio,” says producer Mike Downey. “About the only challenge we won’t have is finding a Brazilian director with an interest and knowledge of football. It is a national passion, and a passion with everyone at TV Zero.”

The plight of Brazil’s street children has alread been touched upon in a number of Brazil’s most well known films including Hector Babenco’s Pixote, Fernando Meirelles City of God, and Jose Padilha’s Elite Squad.