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New Films By James Franco, Paul Verhoeven, Peter Greenaway & Mike Figgis Added To The Rome Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 23, 2012 11:54 AM
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Even though Rome Film Festival head Marco Mueller had been promising two surprise additions to his line-up -- strongly hinting toward Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" being one of them -- we're not sure any of these latest additions qualify as left field shockers. But for cinema buffs, they do promise an interesting time as they gear up for a week long run or so of movies.

Aki Kaurismaki's 'Le Havre' The First Of A Trilogy, Director Plans Future Entries In Spain & Germany

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2011 5:48 PM
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While "The Artist" is currently the foreign film/arthouse darling, with Oscar in its sights and audiences lining up to see it, we do hope Aki Kaurismaki's beautiful and brilliant "Le Havre" doesn't get lost in the chatter this fall. The film premiered at Cannes to largely positive reviews and is now in the mix for some awards heat as it has been selected as Finland's official entry for the Foreign Language Film category. However, it looks like Kaurismaki is just getting started on the themes he introduced in "Le Havre" as it's merely the first in a planned trilogy.

Janus Films Takes U.S. Rights To Aki Kaurismaki's Cannes Crowd Pleaser 'Le Havre'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 28, 2011 2:26 AM
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While Sundance Selects Grabs Nanni Moretti's 'Habemus Papum'One of the more puzzling outcomes of the Cannes Film Festival has been the failure of Aki Kaurismaki's "Le Havre," which was second only to "The Artist" as far as crowd-pleasing hits on the Croisette go, to land a distributor. Sure, Kaurismaki's never exactly been a cross-over director in the U.S, but his latest, a hilarious, touching look at illegal immigration, picked up outstanding reviews and audience reactions -- we called it a "pure delight."

Cannes Review: 'Le Havre' Another Hilarious, Humane & Moving Film From Aki Kaurismaki

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 17, 2011 11:51 AM
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The issue of illegal immigration certainly isn't a new one to the film world, but rarely has it been captured with as much humanity, heart and humor as in Aki Kaurismaki's "Le Havre." A political film that eschews politicking, a comedy with a serious point, and imbued with a deep, emotional core, the latest from the Finnish director received hearty applause from the critics at Cannes and now matches "The Artist" for the biggest, most rousing crowd-pleaser of the festival.

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