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Academy to present Liv Ullmann with honorary award

Academy to present Liv Ullmann with honorary award
Samuel L. Jackson, Elaine May, Danny Glover also to be honoured.

Norwegian actor and director Liv Ullmann will receive an Honorary Award from the Academy at the 12th Governors Awards on January 15, 2022.

Ullmann worked with Swedish director Ingmar Bergman on The Passion Of Anna, Cries And Whispers, and Autumn Sonata, and earned best actress Oscar nominations for The Emigrants and Face To Face.

She made her directorial debut in 1992 with Sofie and later directed Faithless from a script by Bergman. The actor started her career in theatre in her native Norway, made her New York stage debut in 1975 in A Doll’s House,
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Academy to honour Liv Ullmann with honorary award

Academy to honour Liv Ullmann with honorary award
Samuel L. Jackson, Elaine May, Danny Glover also to be honoured.

Norwegian actor and director Liv Ullmann will receive an Honorary Award from the Academy at the 12th Governors Awards on January 15, 2022.

Ullmann worked with Swedish director Ingmar Bergman on The Passion Of Anna, Cries And Whispers, and Autumn Sonata, and earned best actress Oscar nominations for The Emigrants and Face To Face.

She made her directorial debut in 1992 with Sofie and later directed Faithless from a script by Bergman. The actor started her career in theatre in her native Norway, made her New York stage debut in 1975 in A Doll’s House,
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Governors Awards: Samuel L. Jackson, Danny Glover, Elaine May and Liv Ullmann Set for Honorary Oscars

Governors Awards: Samuel L. Jackson, Danny Glover, Elaine May and Liv Ullmann Set for Honorary Oscars
Samuel L. Jackson, Elaine May and Liv Ullmann will receive honorary Oscars this year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday. Danny Glover will also receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. The four Oscar statuettes will be presented at the Governors Awards ceremony on Jan. 15, 2022.

“We are thrilled to present this year’s Governors Awards to four honorees who have had a profound impact on both film and society,” Academy president David Rubin said in a statement. “Sam Jackson is a cultural icon whose dynamic work has resonated across genres and generations and audiences worldwide, while Elaine May’s bold, uncompromising approach to filmmaking, as a writer, director and actress, reverberates as loudly as ever with movie lovers. Liv Ullmann’s bravery and emotional transparency has gifted audiences with deeply affecting screen portrayals, and Danny Glover’s decades-long advocacy for justice and human rights reflects his dedication
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Samuel L. Jackson, Liv Ullmann, Elaine May, Danny Glover to Receive Oscars at 2022 Governors Awards

Samuel L. Jackson, Liv Ullmann, Elaine May, Danny Glover to Receive Oscars at 2022 Governors Awards
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday that its Board of Governors voted to present the annual Honorary Awards to Samuel L. Jackson, Elaine May, and Liv Ullmann. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will be given to Danny Glover. The four Oscar statuettes will be presented at the Academy’s 12th annual Governors Awards on Saturday, January 15, 2022, in Los Angeles.

Academy President David Rubin summed up the recipients’ impact, cinematic and otherwise, in the following statement: “Sam Jackson is a cultural icon whose dynamic work has resonated across genres and generations and audiences worldwide, while Elaine May’s bold, uncompromising approach to filmmaking, as a writer, director and actress, reverberates as loudly as ever with movie lovers.”

Rubin added, “Liv Ullmann’s bravery and emotional transparency has gifted audiences with deeply affecting screen portrayals, and Danny Glover’s decades-long advocacy for justice and human rights reflects his
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Danny Glover, Samuel L Jackson, Elaine May and Liv Ullmann to Get Honorary Oscars at Governor’s Awards

Danny Glover, Samuel L Jackson, Elaine May and Liv Ullmann to Get Honorary Oscars at Governor’s Awards
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors voted to present Honorary Oscars to Samuel L. Jackson, Elaine May and Liv Ullmann, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Danny Glover, the Academy announced on Thursday.

The four Honorary Oscars will be presented at the Academy’s 12th Governors Awards on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Los Angeles.

“We are thrilled to present this year’s Governors Awards to four honorees who have had a profound impact on both film and society,” Academy president David Rubin said in a statement. “Sam Jackson is a cultural icon whose dynamic work has resonated across genres and generations and audiences worldwide, while Elaine May’s bold, uncompromising approach to filmmaking, as a writer, director and actress, reverberates as loudly as ever with movie lovers. Liv Ullmann’s bravery and emotional transparency has gifted audiences with deeply affecting screen portrayals, and Danny Glover
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‘Fauna’ Review: This Elliptical Mexican Film Is a Study in Identity and Performance

‘Fauna’ Review: This Elliptical Mexican Film Is a Study in Identity and Performance
“Fauna” is a curious proposition. On the surface, the ninth feature from Mexican-Canadian independent filmmaker Nicolás Pereda consists of a series of dialogue-driven scenes taking place in a remote Mexican village where an estranged brother and sister are visiting their parents. Yet such a description can’t quite capture the slippery nature of Pereda’s script, which slowly reveals itself as a clever study in performance and identity that mines its cringe comedy to poke fun at contemporary narconovelas and their grip on that country’s cultural imagination.

Highly intellectual in theory (the film debuted in the 2020 virtual Toronto Film Festival’s experimental Wavelengths section), “Fauna” is nevertheless a breezy, utterly beguiling affair, even as it switches gears midway through. At that point, Pereda gamely stages a new, nested narrative, one that reinvents the principal cast as playful film noir archetypes, further muddling the line between fact and fiction in the movie’s world.
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“Fiercely original, Tribhanga sees Kajol in one of her best performances” – Subhash K Jha Review

“Fiercely original, Tribhanga sees Kajol in one of her best performances” – Subhash K Jha Review
Tribhanga (Netflix)

Starring Kajol,Tanvi Azmi,Mithila Palkar,Kunaal Roy Kapur,Vaibhav Tatwawaadi

Written & Directed by Renuka Shahane

Just like life, Tribhanga is somewhat off-kilter, a little askew, at times uneven and even patchy. But the story of three generations of women from one family, spirited, unorthodox, unfettered, holds together, moles, warts and all. Tribhanga is a fiercely original film, though cinephiles would like to see distinct shades of Ingmar Bergman’s imperishable classic Autumn Sonata in Renuka Shahane’s striking debut film. But that, like much in life, is only an illusion.

The film’s scenes are ignited by the presence of Kajol. The fieriest actress on this side of Fearless Nadia and Geeta Bali, Kajol brings to Tribhanga a kind of unrehearsed ferocity that is at once intimidating, intriguing, and irresistible.

Strangely there aren’t that many confrontation scenes between mother Tanve Azmi and daughter Kajol. Maybe Ms.
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“Shakuntala Devi is one of the best bio-pics I’ve seen in Indian cinema “ A Subhash K Jha Review

“Shakuntala Devi is one of the best bio-pics I’ve seen in Indian cinema “ A  Subhash K Jha Review
Shakuntala Devi (Amazon Prime Video)

Starring Vidya Balan, Jisshu Sengupta, Shakuntala’s husband, Sanya Malhotra, Amit Sadh

Directed by Anu Menon

The best part of getting Vidya Balan to play the maths genius Shakuntala Devi is that that they both, the maths genius and the actresss, make their job look so easy. While Shakuntala Devi rattles off gigantic numbers (caterpillaring on screen a la Hidden Figures) to an open-mouthed audience all across the world, Vidya Balan’s performance will in all likelihood would have the same affect on an audience as the amazing story of the “human computer”.

Shakuntala Devi comes to us unadulterated, unapologetic and refreshingly free of cloying sentimentality. Well, almost. There are sequences towards the end of the nifty narrative where mother Vidya Balan and daughter Sania Malhotra where director Annu Menon could have pulled out all tops.

Luckily, the mood in this buoyant bio-pic is forever sunny,
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Ingmar Bergman movies: 25 greatest films ranked worst to best

Ingmar Bergman movies: 25 greatest films ranked worst to best
Ingmar Bergman would’ve celebrated his 102nd birthday on July 14, 2020. The Oscar-winning Swedish auteur helped bring international cinema into the American art houses with his stark, brooding dramas. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 25 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1918 in Uppsala, Sweden, Bergman started off as a screenwriter before moving into directing. His early hits “Summer with Monika” (1953), “Sawdust and Tinsel” (1953) and “Smiles of a Summer Night” (1955) helped make him a favorite amongst American audiences hungry for world cinema.

He hit his stride in 1957 with a pair of noteworthy titles: “Wild Strawberries” and “The Seventh Seal.” Both films dealt with the absence of God and the inevitability of mortality — the former concerning an aging professor (Victor Sjostrom) coming to terms with his life, the latter focusing on a medieval knight (Max von Sydow
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The Soviet Saga Rambles On: "Dau. Nora Mother"

The Soviet Saga Rambles On:
Dau, the 700-hour behemoth of a cinema project, directed by Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, Jekaterina Oertel and Ilya Permyakov, caused quite a stir when two of its films premiered this year at Berlinale. The six-hour Dau. Degeneration and the four-hour Dau. Natasha both featured an extensive cast of mostly non-professional yet intensely watchable, often heartbreakingly convincing actors. Most of the project had been shot on the 42,000-square-feet set in Ukraine, which created an isolated, immersive atmosphere. With panache, some debauchery and plenty chugged vodka, the films inducted viewers into the universe of an isolated, top-secret Soviet research institute, where science and reason succumb to ruthless might and political machinations.In contrast to the sprawling Degeneration, and in line with the more intimate Natasha, the latest feature of the project to be released, Dau. Nora Mother, is modest. At just under one hour and thirty minutes, it feels slight, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
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‘The Truth’ Film Review: Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche Grapple With Honesty and Each Other

‘The Truth’ Film Review: Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche Grapple With Honesty and Each Other
In the latest film from Hirokazu Kore-eda (director of the 2018 Palme d’Or winner “Shoplifters”), Catherine Deneuve plays a legendary French film star who has just published a memoir titled, like this movie, “The Truth.” It’s a promise that her book comes nowhere near fulfilling; as for Kore-eda’s first film made outside his native Japan, it’s a fascinating exploration of the fallibility of memory and of how the truths we tell ourselves so frequently outweigh an empirical certainty.

Deneuve’s Fabienne falls into the great screen tradition of actresses capable of great emotion on stage or screen but less so off. (Think Bette Davis’ Margo Channing in “All About Eve” or Gena Rowlands’ Myrtle Gordon in “Opening Night.”) She also shares some DNA with Ingrid Bergman’s musician in “Autumn Sonata” or Shirley MacLaine’s movie star in “Postcards From the Edge” — have we acknowledged how much
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Ingmar Bergman movies: 25 greatest films, ranked worst to best, including ‘Cries and Whispers,’ ‘The Seventh Seal,’ ‘Persona’

Ingmar Bergman movies: 25 greatest films, ranked worst to best, including ‘Cries and Whispers,’ ‘The Seventh Seal,’ ‘Persona’
Ingmar Bergman would’ve celebrated his 101st birthday on July 14, 2019. The Oscar-winning Swedish auteur helped bring international cinema into the American art houses with his stark, brooding dramas. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 25 of his greatest films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1918 in Uppsala, Sweden, Bergman started off as a screenwriter before moving into directing. His early hits “Summer with Monika” (1953), “Sawdust and Tinsel” (1953) and “Smiles of a Summer Night” (1955) helped make him a favorite amongst American audiences hungry for world cinema.

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He hit his stride in 1957 with a pair of noteworthy titles: “Wild Strawberries” and “The Seventh Seal.” Both films dealt with the absence of God and the inevitability of mortality — the former concerning an aging professor (Victor Sjostrom) coming to terms with his life,
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Tallinn inaugurates Lifetime Achievement Award by Amber Wilkinson - 2018-11-08 13:39:26

Liv Ullmann in Autumn Sonata Photo: Courtesy of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has announced it is inaugurating a Lifetime Achievement Award with Norwegian actress and director Liv Ullmann as it's first recipient.

The 79-year-old star, who is also a Un Children's Fund goodwill ambassador, forged her early career as an associate of Ingmar Bergman - starring in 10 of his films during the Sixties and Seventies. She was nominated for twice nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars - for Jan Troell's The Emigrants, for which she won a Golden Globe, and Bergman's Face To Face. She also received two BAFTA nominations - for Face To Face and Scenes From A Marriage.

Ullmann made the move into directing in 1992, with Sophie, selected that year as Denmark's candidate for the Foreign Language Oscar.

In tribute to her collaboration with Bergman and in celebration of what
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Bergman Centennial: In "Shame" Love is a Battlefield

Any passing visitor who’s toiled amongst the weeds of Ingmar Bergman’s vast garden of emotional entanglements will surely recognize the same familiar seeds of chaos, conflict, and spiritual carnage sown between the damned pistel and stamen of whichever variety of lovers feature into a particular film – but in Shame (1968), his scabbed and battered masterwork of wartime wreckage, the Swedish auteur lays fire to the roses. Incendiary combat between dueling psyches in intimate locations fuels much of his filmography – the mother-daughter melee of Autumn Sonata and frosty schoolhouse rejection in Winter Light immediately jump to mind – but Shame ignites a maximalist fuse within its scope that quite literally drops a bomb on the long-suffering couple at the broken heart of its story. By contrasting the domestic drama of Eva and Jan Rosenberg’s (Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow) decomposing marriage against a backdrop of military destruction and societal decay,
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The Criterion Collection Announces 39-Film Ingmar Bergman Box Set

Tomorrow is the centenary of the birth of one of cinema’s greatest directors, Ingmar Bergman, and to celebrate, The Criterion Collection has announced of their most expansive releases ever. This November, they will release Ingmar Bergman’s Cinema, a 39-film box set comprising nearly all of his work, including 18 films never before released by Criterion. Curated akin to a film festival, the set features Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Films, with many double features in between. The set also features 11 introductions and over five hours of interviews with the director himself, six making-of documentaries, a 248-page book, and much more.

As we await for its November 20 release, check out an overview from Criterion below, as well as the box art, the trailer, and the full list of films, in curated order. One can also see much more about each release and the special features on the official site.

With the
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Ingmar Bergman’s Centennial: A Time to Celebrate Joy of Filmmaking

Ingmar Bergman’s Centennial: A Time to Celebrate Joy of Filmmaking
July 14 marks the 100th birthday of writer-director Ingmar Bergman, whom Variety declared on Nov. 24, 1954, to be “Sweden’s top director.” Within three years, Bergman went beyond that: He was recognized as one of the top filmmakers in the entire world, thanks to the 1957 duo of “The Seventh Seal” and “Wild Strawberries.” A year later, Carl Dymling, president of Sweden’s leading production unit Svensk Filmindustri, told Variety that “Seventh Seal” marked a new era in moviemaking: “Bergman uses the film much as an author does his book. As a rule, one can’t afford to be too explicit about one’s own feelings in making a picture. But Bergman does it.” The director made global stars of Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow and inspired young filmmakers around the world for decades with his tales of existential crisis, the tenderness and brutality between individuals, and the pleasures and insanity of sex.
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Criterion Collection: Eclipse #46 – Ingrid Bergman’s Swedish Years | DVD Review

If her status as one of the most prominent fixtures of the Criterion Collection had been in contention before, Ingrid Bergman’s presence is now unrivalled as a star constellation within the lucrative label’s esteemed archives. Criterion has slowly amassed an impressive allotment of Bergman’s filmography, beginning with its early releases of her famed Hitchcock titles, an exiled stint with Jean Renoir, her late-career collaboration with Ingmar Bergman and a marvelous box-set of a trilogy she infamously embarked upon with Roberto Rossellini following their highly publicized and scandalous affair (Stromboli; Europa…
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How Often Do Foreign-Language Films Score Screenwriting Oscar Nominations Or Wins?

Toni Erdmann’ (Courtesy: Tiff)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

It’s not too often that foreign-language films get recognized for anything at the Oscars beyond the best foreign-language film category — but it does happen. And, believe it or not, it happens more for best original screenplay and best adapted screenplay than many other categories. A prime example of that is Toni Erdmann, Germany’s submission this year that is proving to be a cross-category threat, which could score a nomination — or a win — for its writing.

The story of Toni Erdmann — which has a solid Rotten Tomatoes score of 91% — follows a father who is trying to reconnect with his adult daughter after the death of his dog. It sounds simple enough but, of course, the two couldn’t be more unalike. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 and where it won the Fipresci Prize. Since then, it
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Haugesund: Liv Ullmann to retire from directing

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Haugesund: Liv Ullmann to retire from directing
Norwegian actress and filmmaker announces end to directing on panel with fellow filmmakers Pernilla August and Iram Haq.

Norwegian actress and filmmaker Liv Ullmann, the two-time Oscar nominee and director of films including Cannes competition title Faithless, has announced that she doesn’t plan to direct again.

Ullmann made the announcement during a talk today at Haugesund’s Norwegian International Film Festival.

“I don’t want to direct anymore,” she said during the festival’s annual public talk, The Amanda Conversation.

“I want to use my strength to act in a film - there I can use it with a sensitive director, and write. I took that decision right now,” the 77-year-old veteran said with a smile.

As an actress, she is hoping to work with Anthony Hopkins in 2017 on an as yet unannounced film. The duo previously worked together on 1977 feature A Bridge Too Far.

Challenges

This year’s Amanda Conversation was between Ullmann, whose most recent
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10 Great Performances from Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman’s oeuvre contains few performances that aren’t of note. Such is her power that, if a tear rolls down her cheek, you feel it. The release of Stig Björkman‘s new documentary Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words has prompted us to look back through the great actress’s filmography.

In our search for the essential Bergman roles, the performances which cemented her as a legend of cinema, there’s certainly a number of dazzling and iconic pictures to search through. Acclaimed examples such as Elena and Her Men, Joan of Arc, and Anastasia — the lattermost of which earned her a second Academy Award — narrowly and tragically found their way off the list.

Before checking out Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, take a trip with us back through the career of one of the greatest talents to ever grace the silver screen. Enjoy the
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