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Watch: Trailer For Omnibus 'Words With Gods' With Segments By Guillermo Arriaga, Bahman Ghobadi, Emir Kusturica & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2014 2:47 PM
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Words With Gods
Last summer, you may remember hearing that Guillermo Arriaga, Bahman Ghobadi, Emir Kusturica and Hideo Nakata were teaming up for the religious-themed anthology film “Words With Gods.” Well, a year has nearly passed and the project is now in post-production, with the first trailer dropping today.

20 Great Debut Films From Female Directors

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 29, 2013 3:44 PM
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20 great Debut/female directors
One of the less reported stories of this August’s film schedule is that the month not only saw three films released that were directed by women, but they were in fact three feature debuts — Lake Bell’s “In A World” opened to a rapturous reception (including ours) on the 9th, Jerusha Hess’ “Austenland” bowed the following week, and this Friday Jill Solloway’s “Afternoon Delight” begins its run (our review is here). One swallow, or even three, may not make a summer, but these green shoots must certainly be promising for those in favor of changing the current female:male ratio in the film directing profession (which runs at 1 to 15.24 in the U.S. according to a Sundance Institute report) to a number that isn’t so outrageously out of whack that you have to keep double checking it. Yep, it’s 1:15.24.

Tarsem To Direct Sci-Fi Thriller 'The Panopticon,' Mira Nair To Helm 'Bengali Detective'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 9, 2013 5:51 PM
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Even with three of his films experiencing less-than-stellar critical reception, the majestic images and decent box office of Tarsem Singh's work have still allowed the “Mirror, Mirror” director a bevy of upcoming projects. His “Marco Polo” biopic is currently in the pre-production stages, and while Tarsem is set to next helm the Ryan Reynolds sci-fi drama “Selfless,” he's just been announced to stay within the same high-concept wheelhouse in the immediate future.

Review: Mira Nair's 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' A Heavy-Handed Look At A Post 9/11 World

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 23, 2013 7:00 PM
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Opening last year’s Venice Film Festival, Mira Nair’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” is an intriguing prospect. The film, an adaptation of the best-selling and acclaimed novel by Mohsin Hamed, had been under the radars of most until its selection, and aside from Kate Hudson, is mostly lacking in the starry names that normally attract attention to a festival. Fans of Nair (whose superb “Monsoon Wedding” won the Golden Lion in Venice in 2001) have been hoping for a return to form after her last film “Amelia,” disappointed. Was the film’s presence in such a prestigious slot a sign that she might have delivered? Unfortunately, despite a very fine central performance from ever-rising British actor Riz Ahmed (“Four Lions,” “Trishna”), not so much.

Watch: Spike Lee, Mira Nair & Steven Soderbergh Talk 'The Battle of Algiers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2012 3:24 PM
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So, not down with Black Friday (or Grey Thursday, the newest holiday shopping evil)? Want to avoid the crowds at the mulitplex and malls? And want a recommendation for something to watch at home? Well, if you've never seen Gillo Pontecorvo's masterful and hugely influential 1966 film "The Battle Of Algiers," here's a quick clip with three filmmakers telling you why you need to check it out.

Venice Review: Mira Nair's 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' A Heavy-Handed Look At A Post 9/11 World

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 29, 2012 7:31 AM
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Opening films at festivals are always worth approaching with a little caution. Normally given out-of-competition slots, it’s often a signal that the films have been selected to bring some starry names, and the attention that goes with them to the red carpet, or to make some kind of mission statement, with the more prestigious pictures being saved up for the main competition. But generally speaking, Venice has had a good run in the last few years for their opening night film: “Atonement,” “Burn After Reading,” “Black Swan” and “The Ides Of March” all picked up varying degrees of praise, with Giuseppe Tornatore’s “Baaria” the only one of late that failed to get much of an international following.

First Look At Riz Ahmed & Kate Hudson In Mira Nair's 'The Relucatant Fundamentalist,' Film Aiming For Venice Premiere

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • April 2, 2012 8:41 AM
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While Mira Nair has enjoyed some success over the years for her films, acclaim has usually tended to gather around films set in her native India rather than her more mainstream efforts. "Vanity Fair," "Amelia," and even her segment in "New York, I Love You" have all, to one extent or another, fallen flat. Her next feature may be an adaptation of Mohsin Hamid's (mostly) New York-set novel "The Reluctant Fundamentalist", but we're really pretty intrigued to see how this one will play out.

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