The Broken Circle Breakdown

It’ll be a while yet before we find out which English-language films are up for the Oscars, but the Best Foreign Language Film category has already been narrowed down to nine contenders.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Scientists has just revealed its shortlist of nine foreign films which will be competing for five slots when the nominations are announced on January 16. Among the semifinalists are Wong Kar-wai’s The Grandmaster, the Mads Mikkelsen-starring The Hunt, and Belgium’s bluegrass romance The Broken Circle Breakdown (pictured above). Read the rest after the jump.

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Thomas Vinterberg is a name that more people should know, if only for his film Festen (The Celebration). That ’98 effort was the first film in the Dogme95 movement, and was at the leading edge of shooting serious theatrical efforts on video. Shot by Anthony Dod Mantle, who later became Danny Boyle’s regular cinematographer, the film is also arguably the birth of Boyle’s current style.

Vinterberg hasn’t exactly been quiet in the past decade (films such as Dear Wendy and Submarino have made waves on the festival circuit) and now he returns with The Hunt. The film played Cannes last year, where star Mads Mikkelsen (Pusher, Hannibal) won the Best Actor award for his portrayal of a divorced father who becomes the target of accusations of abuse and molestation.

The US is among the last global markets to get the film in a theatrical release, but we will get to see the film later this summer. Check out a great trailer below. Read More »

The primary lineup for the competition slate at the 2012 Cannes has been unveilend, and it is a very strong list of films. There are quite a few expected entries: David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis, Lee DanielsThe Paperboy, John Hillcoat‘s Lawless (formerly The Wettest County), and Andrew Dominik‘s Killing Them Softly (formerly Cogan’s Trade), and we already knew that Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom would open the festival.

But the international lineup is even more exciting, with films such as Rust & Bone from Jacques Audiard, Amour from Micheal Haneke, The Hunt from Thomas Vinterberg, and Mekong Hotel from 2010 Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul. As is occasionally the case with Cannes, this year’s lineup features many returning Cannes award winners; it’s a world-class program.

The downside to all of that is that Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master and Terrence Malick‘s as-yet untitled romance starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem didn’t show up in the list. There is some time for them to be added to the festival lineup in some measure, but (as expected) we’ll likely have to wait until this fall for The Master. As for the Malick movie… well, it’s Malick, so who knows?

You’ll find the lineup as it has been announced so far after the break. Read More »

Exclusive: Making Of Jake Scott’s The Hunt

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In April, Philips released their collaboration between five filmmakers from Ridley Scott Associates, called Parallel Lines. Scott’s commercial division RSA was asked to create a series of groundbreaking short films in a genre of their choice, using “the same unifying theme.” RSA directors submitted forty-five treatments and Philips selected five it believed were most ground-breaking: Jake Scott, Greg Fay, Johnny Hardstaff, Carl Erik Rinsch, and Hi-Sim.

Philips has provided us with an exclusive behind the scenes making of video for Jake Scott‘s mystical horror short titled The Hunt, which you can watch right now embedded after the jump. As you know, Scott guest blogged for /Film during Sundance, where his feature film Welcome to the Rileys premiered at the fest.

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