Friday, October 29, 2010

“Movie "Kill Octopus Paul" takes look at soccer betting - Reuters India” plus 2 more

“Movie "Kill Octopus Paul" takes look at soccer betting - Reuters India” plus 2 more


Movie "Kill Octopus Paul" takes look at soccer betting - Reuters India

Posted: 29 Oct 2010 02:09 AM PDT

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Paul the octopus is seen before entering the 'England 2018 World Cup bid box' in the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany, in this undated handout photograph received in London on August 20, 2010. REUTERS/Sea Life Centre/Pitch/Handout

Paul the octopus is seen before entering the 'England 2018 World Cup bid box' in the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany, in this undated handout photograph received in London on August 20, 2010.

Credit: Reuters/Sea Life Centre/Pitch/Handout

BEIJING | Fri Oct 29, 2010 2:45pm IST

BEIJING (Reuters Life!) - Shortly after the passing of the world's beloved eight-legged soccer soothsayer, a Chinese film called "Kill Octopus Paul" is challenging the truth behind the oracle octopus who correctly predicted World Cup results.

Director Xiao Jiang's fictional thriller follows a group of Chinese soccer enthusiasts who travel to South Africa to uncover an international betting cartel conspiracy.

The plot twists and turns as viewers find out that the legend of Paul, the visionary mollusk, was fabricated and manipulated to aid a match-fixing scheme and international betting ring.

"I really like soccer and I love the World Cup. But I know the World Cup had a lot of people betting on it," said Xiao, after a media preview in Beijing on Thursday.

"So when I started to think about making this movie, I wanted to film about people who because of betting encountered some sticky situations."

English-born Paul made headlines across the globe after he correctly forecast how Germany would fare in seven matches, before his oracular abilities were challenged ahead of the final between Spain and the Netherlands. He picked Spain, the winner.

Before each game, two containers of food were placed in Paul's tank, each one adorned with the flag of the teams that were about to compete. The container Paul chose first was seen as his pick.

While Xiao said she did not believe in Paul's soothsaying abilities herself, his fame was key in gaining greater global interest for the World Cup.

"As far as I know, a record of Paul choosing 8 for 8 correctly does not exist. And an octopus cannot be as intelligent as a human being," she added. "So this is a perfect plan, and this plan has fooled people all over the world. This is because people all over the world really like Paul because Paul is very cute."

Paul died of natural causes this week at the Oberhausen Aquarium.

The movie will be released on November 30.

(Writing by Phyllis Xu and Elaine Lies; editing by Paul Casciato)

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Russian Arctic drama wins best movie title - Asian Age

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 09:23 PM PDT

Russian psychological drama set in a meteorological station in the Arctic Circle, How I Ended This Summer, has been awarded the best film award at the London Film Festival.
The film directed by Alexei Popogrebsky "is a visceral psychological drama set in the immersive landscape of the windswept Arctic," according to Patricia Clarkson, the chair of the jury, which included Indian director Shekhar Kapur, actor Gabriel Byrne, and Sandy Powell.
Praising the director, the chair of the jury Patricia Clarkson said, "Alexei Popogrebsky has combined stunning cinematography with painterly attention to production detail and drawn intense and subtle performances from actors Grigory Dobrygin and Sergei Puskepalis.
The film turns the hunter-versus-hunted narrative on its head to provoke powerful questions about life and death, resilience and human compassion."
First-time director Clio Barnard won two awards at the festival for her film The Arbor, based on the life and legacy of late playwright Andrea Dunbar.
Barnard was named best British newcomer for her film and was also honoured with The Sutherland Award, which is awarded to the director of the most original and imaginative feature debut at the festival.
"Clio Barnard's genre-busting film The Arbor is innovative, eloquent and emotionally resonant. This film, which touched all of us, both challenges conventional film-making and at the same time engages with real lives.
A stunning debut," award juror Tony Grisoni said.
British director Danny Boyle, who won direction Oscar for his film Slumdog Millionaire, was honoured with the BFI Fellowship, the highest accolade that the British Film Institute bestows, for his outstanding contribution to film culture.
Danny Boyle was presented with the award by director Stephen Daldry.
The current film festival will close on Thursday with Boyle's latest film 127 Hours on Thursday.

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Conviction’ one guilty pleasure of a movie​ (video) - New Haven Register

Posted: 28 Oct 2010 11:39 PM PDT

Ron Batzdorff/Fox Searchlight, Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell in "Conviction."

The great ones get you, tell you their story, with just a look.

The opening shot of "Conviction" has Oscar winner Hilary Swank lock eyes with the splendid Sam Rockwell. Just a couple of seconds of emotional screen foreshadowing and we know their story and can even guess their history.

He's in the joint. She's trying to get him out. They're siblings.