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Elle Fanning & Alice Englert in Ginger & Rosa

Elle Fanning & Alice Englert in Ginger & Rosa

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Directed by Sally Potter. Who’s Alice Englert? She’s Jane Campion’s daughter. Nice to hear The Dave Brubeck Quartet. London, 1962. Two teenage girls – Ginger and Rosa — are inseparable; they play truant together, discuss religion, politics and hairstyles, and dream of lives bigger than their mothers’ frustrated domesticity. But, as the Cold War meets the sexual revolution, and the threat of nuclear holocaust escalates, the lifelong friendship of the…

New trailer for Cloud Atlas

New trailer for Cloud Atlas

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London Film Festival Announces Full Lineup

London Film Festival Announces Full Lineup

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London, Wednesday 5 September: The programme for the 56th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express launched today under the new creative leadership of BFI’s Head of Exhibition and Festival Director, Clare Stewart, bringing a rich and diverse programme of international films and events from both established and upcoming talent over a 12 day celebration of cinema. The Festival will screen a total of 225 fiction and documentary…

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Last Day in Telluride — So Hard to Leave

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The sun decided to come out as the Telluride Film Fest was coming to a close. “Monday’s not a real day,” Jeff Wells told me via Twitter. But I had no choice. Monday was a real day to me because I wanted to see whatever movies I could see in the time I had left. The great thing about the last day of the film fest is that the crowds…

Telluride Review: Ben Affleck’s Argo

Telluride Review: Ben Affleck’s Argo

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Not much is known about the Argo mission in the late ’70s to free American hostages in Iran. And what little was known up till now gave credit to Canada for their release. In fact, it’s referred to in pop-history vernacular as the Canadian Caper. If you grew up in Canada you would have felt enormous national pride that day and if you were American, you never would have known…

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Telluride Film Festival Day 3

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The rain continued its moody descent upon Telluride village, ebbing and flowing at its own discretion. The festival can’t stop for the rain, nor can we whine about having no sunshine because that would be unseemly. Telluride looks the way it does because of the rain. Nonetheless, it made for a somewhat less celebratory mood. My morning started out with a trip up the gondola for an early screening of…

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Telluride Film Festival Day Two

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Time slips away faster than you think, especially when all you want to do is sleep and watch the sky change. A 9am screening means getting up and out as early as you can, especially when you’re going to The Nugget, the teeny tiny theater on the main drag in Telluride. If you don’t get there early you will not get a seat. If you want to get coffee at…

Telluride Film Festival Day One

Telluride Film Festival Day One

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When you commit to the Telluride Film Festival you do so not knowing what films will play here. That’s sort of like marrying someone without sleeping with them first. You commit and that is all. This is my second year covering the fest, and the thing that pulls me back here isn’t really the films at all. There is some kind of magic in the place that can’t really be…

Telluride 2012 trailer: The Act of Killing

Telluride 2012 trailer: The Act of Killing

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Some trailers don’t need accompanying synopsis or explanation. This isn’t one of those. Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary about Indonesian Death Squads will screen in Toronto as well, and the TIFF site is where I found the best observations about the bizarre proceedings. “I have not come across a documentary as powerful, surreal, and frightening in a decade,” wrote Werner Herzog after seeing an early preview of The Act of Killing, and…

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2012 Telluride Lineup Announced

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THE ACT OF KILLING (d. Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark, 2012) AMOUR (d. Michael Haneke, Austria, 2012) AT ANY PRICE (d. Ramin Bahrani, U.S., 2012) THE ATTACK (d. Ziad Doueiri, Lebanon-France, 2012) BARBARA (d. Christian Petzold, Germany, 2012) THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE (d. Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon, U.S., 2012) EVERYDAY (d. Michael Winterbottom, U.K., 2012) FRANCES HA (d. Noah Baumbach, U.S., 2012) THE GATEKEEPERS (d. Dror Moreh, Israel, 2012) GINGER…