The International Press Academy will hold its awards dinner, recognizing film and TV in 31 categories, on Dec. 16.
Ten movies have been nominated as best motion picture by the International Press Academy, which announced nominees for its 17th annual Satellite Awards on Monday. The organization, composed of entertainment journalists for both domestic and foreign outlets, rounded up an electric group of films that includes Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Les Miserables, Skyfall, Moonrise Kingdom, The Sessions, Lincoln, Life of Pi and Zero Dark Thirty.
The Satellite Awards, which cover 31 film and TV categories, will be presented at a dinner Dec. 16 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Century City. The group also plans to announced further nominees for DVD and video games.
It previously had announced several special awards: Terence Stamp will be given the Mary Pickford Award for outstanding artistic contribution to the entertainment industry, Walter Murch will receive the Nikola Tesla Award for visionary achievement in filmmaking technology, Paul Williams will be given the Auteur Award, Bruce Davison is to receive the Honorary Satellite Award and young Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis will be given the group’s Newcomer Award.
Motion Picture, International Film
Amour, Sony Pictures Classics Austria
A Royal Affair, Magnolia Pictures Denmark
The Intouchables, The Weinstein Co. France
Our Children, Le Films Du Losange Belgium
Kon-Tiki, The Weinstein Co. Norway
Pieta, Drafthouse Films South Korea
Beyond the Hills, Sundance Selects Romania
War Witch, Tribeca Film Canada
Caesar Must Die, Adopt Film Italy
Starting with the 21st of September, 2012, the spectators from Vaslui (a town in Moldova region), will have the opportunity to see in avant-premiere, the most recent film of Cristian Mungiu. In Vaslui, the film will be screened at EuroCinema Silver Mall, from the 21st until the 27th of September; programmed screenings are at 5.15 P.M. and 8 P.M., except for the first show which is scheduled for 7 P.M., when the film crew will be attending the screening.
„Beyond the Hills”, written and directed by Cristian Mungiu, inspired by the non-fiction novels of Tatiana Niculescu Bran, has as starting point the real events that took place in Vaslui county.
In the same period of time, the film will have a screening in Câmpina, the city where most part of the filming was done and where an entire set was built up, including a monastery.
In Bucharest, the film will be screened for the first time during Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest festival, on the 25th of October.
By Will Tizard
PRAGUE — Romania has entered helmer Cristian Mungiu’s Cannes award winner Beyond the Hills into the race for foreign language Oscar.
The drama, based on a nonfiction novel by Tatiana Niculescu Bran, won screenplay for Mungiu while actress kudos was split between co-stars Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan at Cannes.
Story turns on a topical issue for the country, which has seen a generation of adults go abroad for jobs to support their families back home. It concerns a Romanian woman’s return from Germany to coax her friend to follow in her footsteps, placing her at odds with a local religious order.
Mungiu’s 2007 Cannes winner, 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days, was also submitted for an Oscar run, which the helmer credited with its later nomination for the Golden Globes, a first for Romania.
Critics have praised Beyond the Hills for its tight plotting and universal appeal and the helmer is credited with inspiring the pared-down, understated style of dozens of Romanian films made by admirers in the last five years.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the five nominees for best foreign film on Jan. 15. The 85th Academy Awards ceremony takes place Feb. 24.
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Beyond the Hills has been selected in the 56th edition of the London International Film Festival (10-21 October), the most impressive and long lasting festival in the United Kingdom to present every year, the most important film productions to be released in theatres and in various film festivals.
Beyond the Hills has been included in the „Journey” BFI section, which is dedicated to those films powerful enough to change the perspective over the world. Cristian Mungiu will be attending the screening to meet the public and the British press. At the begining of 2013, Artificial Eye, the same distributor of 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days, will be releasing the film in the United Kingdom. In May 2012, Beyond the Hills won the best screenplay award and the best actress award, shared by both actresses Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur – at the Cannes Film Festival.
In late August this year, Beyond the Hills won the best film award at Vukovar Film Festival, prize that included a support for the film distribution in Croatia.
In Romania, the film will have it’s avant-premiere in Vaslui, on the 21st of September. Beyond the Hills is inspired by the non-fiction novels of Tatiana Niculescu Bran, having as starting point the real events that took place in that region.
Concomitantly, the film will have a screening in Câmpina, the city where the most part of the filming took place.
In Bucharest, the film will be screened for the first time during Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest festival, on the 25th of October.
Beyond the Hills is the Romanian candidate for next year`s Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film.
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Cristian Mungiu’s films will have several screenings in Brussels, from the 1st till the 30th of October, during a retrospective initiated by the famous film-makers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. The event is organised by Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique and by Lumière Films distributor, with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute.
During this retrospective, which will take place in the Flagey building, the Belgian public will have the opportunity to watch the feature films Occident (2005), 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days, awarded with Golden Palm at Cannes in 2007, Tales from the Golden Age (2009) and the short films The hand of Paulișta (1998), Zapping (2001) and Turkey Girl (2005).
On this occasion, Beyond the Hills, the most recent production written and directed by Cristian Mungiu, inspired by the non-fiction novels of Tatiana Niculescu Bran, will have a special screening on the16th of October. The film won the best screenplay award and the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival this year, prize which was shared by both leading actresses, and it is the Romanian candidate for next year`s Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film. Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne – the co-producers of the film, will join the event together with Cristian Mungiu and actresses Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur. On the 15th of October, Beyond the Hills will also be screened at the Ghent Film Festival.
Cristian Mungiu retrospective takes place one month before the official premiere of Beyond the Hills in Benelux. The film will have its release in the Belgium and Luxembourg theatres on the 21st of November and one day later in the Netherlands, and it is distributed by Lumière Films.
Having Les Films du Fleuve as co-producers, Beyond the Hills is the first Romanian film production to be thus supported by the famous – Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne – two of the most influential filmmakers of our time, and two of the few film directors which were twice awarded at the Cannes Film Festival with the supreme distinction of Palme d’Or: in 1999 for Rosetta and in 2005 for L’Enfant. In 2011 they received Le Grand Prix in Cannes for Le gamin au velo.
Beyond the Hills already has sales agents in over 30 countries including France, United Kingdom and the United States.
In Romania, the film will have it’s avant-premiere in Vaslui and Câmpina, starting with the 21st of September while in Bucharest, the film will be screened for the first time during Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest festival, on the25th of October.
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Cristian Mungiu’s Beyond the Hills is one of the 32 films that comprise the Main Slate lineup for the 50th New York Film Festival. The film is just one of a group of the most buzzed about films from Cannes heading to the New York Film Festival this fall, according to the NYFF official website.
It also includes includes Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner Amour starring veteran French actors Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva, Noemie Lvovsky’s French film Camille Rewinds (Camille redouble), Critics Week Grand Prize winner Here and There by Spanish director Antonio Mendez Esparza (Aquí y Allá), famed French filmmaker Leos Carax’ Holy Motors, Iranian Abbas Kiarostami’s Like Someone In Love, Chilean Pablo Larrain’s Director’s Fortnight prizewinner No, and Alain Resnais’ You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.
Films from other top European festivals will be at NYFF. Among them are Berlinale Golden Bear winner Caesar Must Die (Cesare deve morire) directed by Paolo Taviani & Vittorio Taviani as well as Miguel Gomes’ Tabu from Berlin. Christian Petzold’s Barbara, also from Berlin where the filmmaker won the Best Director prize is on tap as well.
„The films making up the main slate of this year’s NYFF have in common a general quality of fearlessness that unites otherwise very disparate works. These are films that go all the way, works willing to take the risk or chance that by doing so they may be bringing audiences to places they might rather not go”, said Richard Peña, Film Society’s Program Director and head of the selection committee for the 25h time in 2012.
Peña was joined on the selection committee this year by “Village Voice” contributor Melissa Anderson, Film Society Associate Program Director Scott Foundas, “The Hollywood Reporter” Chief Film Critic Todd McCarthy, and the newly-appointed Amy Taubin, a contributing editor at “Film Comment” and “Sight” and “Sound” magazines.
Ang Lee’s Life of Pi will open the festival on Friday, September 28 while David Chase’s Not Fade Away is in the Centerpiece slot on Saturday, October 6 and Robert Zemeckis’ Flight will close the 50th NYFF on Sunday, October 14.
Beyond the Hills, directed by Cristian Mungiu, is included in the official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival (6 – 16 September), the most important event of the kind in North America. The film has been included in the Masters section – dedicated to the most celebrated filmmakers of the moment -, along with other feature film directors such as Michael Haneke (Amour, Palme d’Or winner in 2012), Abbas Kiarostami, Kim Ki-duk, Bernardo Bertolucci, Michael Winterbottom and Olivier Assayas.
Toronto, the world film business centre, presents more than 300 films each year and the Masters section includes only 14 titles. For the last three editions, the number of spectators and of film industry proffesionals to part at the festival, has reached more than 260.000.
The other prestigious festival in which Cristian Mungiu’s third feature film is selected, is that of the New York Film Festival (28 September – 14 October). The 50th edition of the event, organised by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, gathered 32 film productions, many of them already awarded in festivals. Beyond the Hills will have its screening along with Amour, Michael Haneke’s latest film, Like Someone in Love, by Abbas Kiarostami, Après mai, by Olivier Assayas, Barbara, Christian Petzold’s film, winner of a Silver Bear in Berlin and Tabu, directed by Miguel Gomes, who also won in Berlin an Alfred Bauer Award and FIPRESCI Prize.
One month later, the film will have its premiere in Los Angeles, during AFI Fest (1–8 November), the festival organised by the prestigious American Film Institute.
Following the 65th edition of Cannes Film Festival awards for best screenplay and best actress prize, shared by both actresses – Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur – Beyond the Hills has been selected and invited in over 25 festivals around the world, being already screened at first class festivals such as those of Sarajevo, Moscova and Karlovy Vary.
Beyond the Hills is written and directed by Cristian Mungiu, inspired by the non-fiction novels of Tatiana Niculescu-Bran. The cinematography is signed by Oleg Mutu, the main cast includes actresses Cosmina Stratan (Voichiţa) and Cristina Flutur (Alina), both at their debut in film, and actors Valeriu Andriuţă (Father) and Dana Tapalagă (Mother Superior).
The film tells the story of two girls who grew up together and who meet again after a few years of separation. Alina returns from Germany to take Voichiţa with her, the only friend from her childhood to whom she’s still very attached. Voichiţa however, found her path in faith, the nuns she lives among at the monastery replaced the family she’s never had. Alina fights with all her powers to reclaim Voichiţa’s affection, making everyone around her wonder where the force that animates her so comes from.
Beyond the Hills is a Mobra Films production and is co-produced by Why Not Productions (France), Les Films du Fleuve (Belgium), France 3 Cinema and Mandragora Movies (Romania). The film is made with the support of National Centre of Cinematography, of Eurimages and of Centre National du Cinema et de l’Image Animée (France), and with the participation of Canal+, France Télévisions, Ciné+ and Wild Bunch (France).
International sales – Wild Bunch.
The film already has sales agents in over 30 countries.
The public from Serbia is offered the opportunity to see Beyond the Hills, during the European Film Festival of Palić (14 – 20 July). The film was included in the Official Selection together with other 14 titles
After Cannes and Karlovy Vary, Beyond the Hills went to Sarajevo (6 – 14 July). Actresses Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur, awarded at Cannes for best female performance, were present at the projection held in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital, and met with the public during an Q&A session that followed the screening.