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'12 Years A Slave' To Be Screened At Chicago International Film Fest Next Month (But Hurry...)

  • By Sergio
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  • September 17, 2013 6:18 PM
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Yes I know what you’re saying…what ANOTHER article about 12 Years A Slave?

Win A Pair Of Tickets To The 'Boardwalk Empire' Screening At The Urbanworld Film Festival!

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 17, 2013 10:50 AM
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The 2013 Urbanworld Film Festival (its 17th edition), presented by BET Networks, begins its run tomorrow, September (through the 22nd), although the festivals Opening Night film screens on September 19 at the SVA Theater in Chelsea (NYC) - David E. Talbert's Baggage Claim.

Third Annual Englewood International Film Festival In Chicago Set To Happen 10/24-27

  • By Sergio
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  • September 14, 2013 6:59 PM
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Chicago-based indie filmmaker Mark Harris is set to begin the 3rd annual Englewood International Film Festival next month in the city.

Larenz Tate Named Urbanworld Film Fest Ambassador + Tillman Jr's 'Mister & Pete' Will Close

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 13, 2013 11:56 AM
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Another jam-packed, exciting lineup scheduled for the Urbanworld Film Festival this year - its 17th edition. We've been highlighting films over the last 2 weeks or so, and will continue to do just that.

Preview: Brazil's 'Exercise of Chaos' (Single Father & 3 Daughters Deal w/ Nefarious Farm Foreman)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • September 12, 2013 1:30 PM
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Brazil's Exercise of Chaos (O Exercicio Do Caos), helmed by Frederico Machado, will premiere in the Director's First program at the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, which runs from September 26 through October 10.

TIFF 2013 Review: 'Belle' Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • September 11, 2013 12:40 PM
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See Line-up & Program at Harlem International Film Festival (Sept 11-15)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • September 11, 2013 10:11 AM
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For those of you in New York City, here's a look at the program and film slate for the 8th Annual Harlem International Film Festival, taking place September 11-15.

TIFF 2013 Review: Venezuela's 'Bad Hair' is A Bold, Gripping Drama

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • September 7, 2013 9:54 PM
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Mariana Rondon’s bold and intelligently perceptive film Bad Hair isn’t really about hair, whether it is straight or coarse; but about Junior (Samuel Lange), a boy who doesn’t fit society’s conventional mold within gender roles, especially not in the world of his already overwhelmed and weary mother, who suspects that her son – who has distinct tastes and flair - has begun to show signs of homosexuality. Junior’s desire and fixation to envision himself as a straight-haired singer is perhaps – to his mother’s unrelenting scorn - an escape from reality and the only thing he can really control in his unique world.

TIFF 2013 Interview: Mariana Rondon Talks Meaning of Her Film 'Bad Hair' (Premiering Today)

  • By Vanessa Martinez
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  • September 7, 2013 10:49 AM
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TIFF 2013 Review: René Sampaio's ‘Brazilian Western’

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • September 7, 2013 9:36 AM
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It’s called Brazilian Western, but director René Sampaio’s debut feature film could better be described as something of an amalgamation of genres. The movie, set in 1980s Brasilia and loosely based on a popular Brazilian folk song of the same name, tells the story of an outlaw named João (Fabrício Boliveira) who moves to the bustling city to start his life anew. At first, things seem to go well: his distant cousin Pablo (Cesar Troncoso), a local drug pin, graciously takes him in. But then, a drug delivery on behalf of his cousin goes horribly wrong, putting him on the bad side of not only the corrupt cops but also the crazy drug dealer Jeremias (Felipe Abib) who has them all in his pocket. So, here we have a period piece, something of a crime story, a narco movie reminiscent, narratively, of films like Scarface. It’s also a romance: on the run from the police, João meets Maria Lúcia (Isis Valverde), an architecture student and the daughter of a senator, who lives in the nice part of town, worlds away from the life that João has always known. And yet, they embark upon a perfect love affair, fueled by the excellent pot supply João helps his cousin grow and sell, until Maria Lúcia finds out he deals drugs and leaves him, while rival drug dealers and dirty cops finally exact revenge on him for encroaching on their turf.