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Sarajevo film fest honours Turkish Palme d’Or winner

Moore’s Trump docu will release in September

SARAJEVO, Aug 11, (Agencies): Turkish director and Cannes Palme d’Or winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan on Friday received an outstanding contribution award at the opening of the Sarajevo Film Festival. “This is great honour for me, really, and I accept it with my heart,” the director said after receiving the “Heart of Sarajevo” award.

Ceylan scooped the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014 for his epic drama “Winter Sleep”.

His latest feature, “The Wild Pear Tree”, was also selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at Cannes.

The Sarajevo Film Festival, now in its 24th year, will also celebrate Ceylan’s talent as a stills photographer with a exhibition of his work in the Bosnian capital.

The festival kicked off on Friday night with an open-air screening of “Cold War” by Oscar winner Pawel Pawlikowski, who took home the prize for best director at this year’s Cannes festival.

Pawlikowski also won the best foreign language movie Oscar for “Ida” in 2015.


More than 200 films from 56 countries will be shown during the eight-day festival which highlights work from southeastern Europe.

This year’s Sarajevo jury will be led by renowned Iranian director Asghar Farhadi.

Established as an “act of resistance” during the 1992-1995 inter-ethnic war in Bosnia, the Sarajevo Film Festival regularly attracts big names. Past guests include Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Juliette Binoche, Jeremy Irons and John Cleese.

However, its main goal is to promote cinema from the region.

“We are happy that directors from southeast Europe choose the Sarajevo festival for the premier screening of their movies, therefore opening the doors to other big festivals,” its director Miro Purivatra said ahead of the festival.


NEW YORK: Michael Moore’s Donald Trump critique “Fahrenheit 11/9” will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before hitting theaters Sept 21.

Moore unveiled the first look at this latest documentary Thursday, releasing a trailer online . The title is an inversion of his 2004 George W. Bush documentary, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which became the highest grossing documentary ever with $222.4 million in worldwide box office. The date refers to when Trump was declared winner of the 2016 election: Nov 9.

In the trailer, Moore calls Trump “the last president of the United States”.

“Fahrenheit 11/9” was initially to be distributed by The Weinstein Co but will now be distributed by Tom Ortenberg’s newly launched Briarcliff Entertainment.

“Fahrenheit 11/9” will make its world premiere in Toronto on Sept 6.

LOS ANGELES: If only there were the popular category at the Oscars when “Transformers” or “Ted” were released.

“Maybe if they’d had the category before, we’d have won a couple of them,” Mark Wahlberg told Variety at the premiere of “Mile 22”. “We’ve had some really commercially successful films that we think certainly warranted that kind of notoriety.

“We make films that we want people to enjoy and if we get those kind of accolades, fantastic. If not, we make the movies for audiences to enjoy.”

Wahlberg was nominated for a supporting actor Oscar for his role in 2006’s “The Departed” and again in 2010 as a producer for “The Fighter”. STX’s action-thriller “Mile 22” is the 45th film on his acting resume.

“There are a lot of great films out there that happen to be very popular and haven’t been recognized that probably deserve the recognition,” Wahlberg said.

Ronda Rousey, who plays a cold-eyed CIA agent in “Mile 22”, admitted that the popular category appealed to her.

“I might have a shot,” the MMA star said with a laugh. “Finally, I’m in the running for an Academy Award. I’m gunning for the outstanding achievement in popular film. You heard it now. Vote for me.”

Rousey’s film credits include 2014’s “The Expendables 3”, 2015’s “Furious 7” and “Entourage”.

Australian actor Nikolai Nikolaeff, who plays a mysterious Russian operative, also said he was a fan.

“There are some amazing films that get overlooked,” he added. “There has to be some kind of pat on the back for overall awesomeness. ‘Star Wars’ is one. You wonder, how did they get overlooked? It’s almost like they’re too successful, so it’s really something to celebrate.”

“Mile 22” opens Aug 17.

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