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First look at Xavier Dolan’s Mommy

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Thanks to Paddy at ScreenOnScreen for catching the first clip from Mommy, after the cut.

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Philippe Lacôte Run is Magical Realism in a Time of Crisis

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One of the more memorable films here at the Cannes film fest will have to be French/Ivory Coast director Philippe Lacôte’s Run, about a man living on the Ivory Coast who finds himself on the run from many situations and complicated relationships. He runs when things get problematic and his name is also Run. That shouldn’t be too surprising, given the poetic nature of the writing here, which shifts freely…

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Women Filmmakers & Racial Politcs Dominate 2014 “Rendez-vous Avec French Cinema”

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by Stephen Holt When it seems like Hollywood is never going to budge from its male-dominated ways of doing things, from the making of films to the giving out of Oscars, the annual “Rendevous avec French Cinema” which just wrapped its’ 19th edition in NYC, presented many fascinating films by women directors this year. In fact, more than ever before. I counted ten, nearly half of the two dozen films…

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First Year for “Honor System” on Foreign Language

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It’s pretty crazy that voters will now treat foreign films as they treat every other category – the honor system. They’re moving in the wrong direction, I figure. The hard part is getting the voters to see all of the movies.  The only good thing about the Oscars was that voters had to see all five films before voting in Foreign and in Doc.  Either way, Anne Thompson believes the…

Asghar Farhadi and The Past

Asghar Farhadi and The Past

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Two years ago, A Separation took Asghar Farhadi from being an acclaimed filmmaker in his native Iran, to a renowned figure in global cinema. The film won dozens of awards worldwide, including the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, in addition to Farhadi being nominated for Best Original Screenplay. Farhadi’s latest film, The Past, came roaring out of the gate at Cannes this year where it won two awards. It…

Foreign Language Short List

Foreign Language Short List

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Belgium, “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Felix van Groeningen, director; Bosnia and Herzegovina, “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker,” Danis Tanovic, director; Cambodia, “The Missing Picture,” Rithy Panh, director; Denmark, “The Hunt,” Thomas Vinterberg, director; Germany, “Two Lives,” Georg Maas, director; Hong Kong, “The Grandmaster,” Wong Kar-wai, director; Hungary, “The Notebook,” Janos Szasz, director; Italy, “The Great Beauty,” Paolo Sorrentino, director; Palestine, “Omar,” Hany Abu-Assad, director.  

Czech Republic swaps entry for Oscar consideration

Czech Republic swaps entry for Oscar consideration

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The Academy has vetted the list of submissions for Best Foreign Language Film and found a couple of titles that it deems ineligible. Variety reports: The most notable rejection was director Agnieszka Holland’s “Burning Bush,” which was submitted by the Czech Republic but disallowed because it was made for and premiered on HBO Europe. The Czech Republic was allowed to submit a replacement film, “The Don Juans.”

76 Countries in Competition For 2013 Foreign Language Film Oscar

76 Countries in Competition For 2013 Foreign Language Film Oscar

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The 2013 submissions are: Afghanistan, “Wajma – An Afghan Love Story,” Barmak Akram, director; Albania, “Agon,” Robert Budina, director; Argentina, “The German Doctor,” Lucía Puenzo, director; Australia, “The Rocket,” Kim Mordaunt, director; Austria, “The Wall,” Julian Pölsler, director; Azerbaijan, “Steppe Man,” Shamil Aliyev, director; Bangladesh, “Television,” Mostofa Sarwar Farooki, director; Belgium, “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Felix van Groeningen, director; Bosnia and Herzegovina, “An Episode in the Life of an Iron…

Amat Escalante’s Heli is Mexico’s Oscar hopeful

Amat Escalante’s Heli is Mexico’s Oscar hopeful

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Amat Escalante‘s ultraviolent crime-thriller romance involving a cop, a kid and a cartel won the director prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Now Mexico has submitted the controversial love story as its candidate for Oscar’s Best Foreign Language film. “The film is a fiction. It’s about characters, a family that is destroyed by the violence and attempts to rebuild. Mexico’s drg wars is just the context,” Escalante told…

White Lies is New Zealand’s Oscar entry

White Lies is New Zealand’s Oscar entry

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(Press release) WELLINGTON – Saturday 7 September 2013. WHITE LIES (TUAKIRI HUNA), the New Zealand Film Commission funded Maori language feature film written and directed by Dana Rotberg, has been submitted as the official New Zealand entry for consideration for Best Foreign Language film for the 86th Academy Awards. WHITE LIES is from the award-winning producer of the Oscar® nominated Whale Rider John Barnett, and written and directed by Dana…