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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.

Luxor African Film Festival Call For Submissions

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 6, 2013 12:40 PM
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For its 3rd edition which will take place from March 16 to 24, 2014, in Luxor, Egypt, the Luxor African Film Festival is looking for African films made in 2013. Rules and regulations: - Submitted Film should be an African production, by an African director with a plot in Africa or related to Africa.

22 Feature Films Of The African Diaspora To See At The Toronto International Film Festival

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 5, 2013 11:29 AM
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A repost, considering the festival begins today!

Trailer - Hollywood Insider Movie ‘An American In Hollywood’

  • By Sergio
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  • September 4, 2013 8:41 PM
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Here’s your first look at the trailer for the comedy/drama An American in Hollywood, which (hopefully) tells a story about what it’s really like in Hollyweird.

Rio de Janeiro International Film Fest Unveils Loaded Première Brazil 2013 Lineup

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 4, 2013 12:15 PM
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I'll be scrubbing through the list for titles to highlight in individual posts, but in the meantime, check out the full list of films selected for Premiere Brazil 2013 below.

'The Empire Project' (Unintended Consequences Of Dutch Colonialism) At NYFF Convergence

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • August 29, 2013 10:39 AM
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A project that I've been tracking for about a year now, will be making its World Premiere at the New York Film Festival, as part of its NYFF Convergence sidebar, which will run on Saturday, September 28 through Monday, September 30.