Godard, Greenaway, Pêra Film to Close Cannes Critics Week

Godard, Greenaway, Pêra Film to Close Critics Week
3X3D by Jean-Luc Godard, Peter Greenaway and Edgar Pêra will close out Cannes Critics Week. The presentation, which is actually made up of three short films, "explores 3-D and its evolution in the world of cinema," according to the festival. "In Just in Time, Peter Greenaway takes an in-depth look at the superposition of images. With The Three Disasters, Jean-Luc Godard sketches what could well be a Histoire(s) du Cinéma in 3D, the premise of his next feature film. Edgar Pêra concludes the triptych with Cinesapiens, another, more playful history of cinema." The 52nd Critics Week closes Thursday May 23.

Harrison Ford to Receive San Francisco International Film Festival Honors
Ford will receive the Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting May 7th at the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival. The San Francisco Film Society and its year-round exhibition, education and Filmmaker360 programs will be the beneficiary of the event. As previously announced, Philip Kaufman will receive the festival's Directing Award, while Eric Roth will receive the Kanbar Screenwriting Award, while Ray Dolby will be the recipient of the George Gund III Award.

Colin Firth Eyes Lead in Woody Allen's Next Film
Firth is in talks to star as the male lead opposite Emma Stone, who has joined the untitled feature that will shoot in the south of France. Deadline reports.

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me Heads to Theaters
Chiemi Karasawa's documentary about actress/performer Elaine Stritch will hit theaters in North America. The 2013 Tribeca Film Festival debut, spotlights Broadway legend Elaine Stritch the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner is showcased both on and off stage via rare archival footage and intimate cinema vérité. By turns bold, hilarious and moving, the film’s journey connects Stritch’s present to her past, and an inspiring portrait of a one-of-a-kind survivor emerges.  In stolen moments from her corner room at New York’s Carlyle Hotel and on breaks from her tour and work, candid reflections about her life are punctuated with photographs from her personal collection and words from friends (including Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane, Cherry Jones, Tina Fey, James Gandolfini, Alec Baldwin and John Turturro). A theatrical release date is still TBD by the film's distributor, Sundance Selects. Stritch recently sat down for an interview with FilmLinc Daily at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Doha & Tribeca End Partnership
The Doha Film Institute and Tribeca Enterprises have severed their partnership, which began in 2008, launching the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in November 2009. The pact lasted for four festivals. The Doha Film Institute said it will unveil plans for a new format for its festival during the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. Said Tribeca Enterprises in a statement: "After four years of successful cultural partnership, the festival has grown immensely and reflects our mutual vision for an event to promote cultural understanding and community through film and education. We are proud of everything DFI and Tribeca have achieved together, and we wish DFI the very best as they move forward with their festival and year-round initiatives." Screen Daily reports.

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