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'The Descendants,' 'Shame,' 'The Artist' Head Full Line Up For 55th BFI London Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 7, 2011 1:01 AM
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'The Ides Of March,' 'We Need To Talk About Kevin,' 'Carnage,' 'Wuthering Heights' & More Also IncludedWe're really getting into the thick of festival season by now. Telluride is long departed, things are winding down in Venice (we're here for another 24 hours, but it's starting to look like a ghost town), and The Playlist team head off to Toronto this afternoon. But there's plenty more on the way in the months to come. Only this morning, AFI Fest revealed that it would open with the premiere of Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," and shortly afterwards, the full line-up for the 55th BFI London Film Festival has been announced.

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: 'Habemus Papam' An Unlikely Dramedy About Finding Faith, But Losing Yourself

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2011 2:36 AM
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Early word on Nanni Moretti's "Habemus Papam" was that it was more or less in the vein of "The King's Speech." Well, perhaps in broad strokes, but unlike Tom Hooper's wildly overrated Oscar-winner, Moretti finds more depth, complex emotion and goes for a much braver, uneasy ending for his film. "Habemus Papam" is less about a newly elected Pope overcoming his fears to serve the church, but more about the expectations we put on these figures and in its own quiet way, it questions -- without condemning -- the Vatican's staunch rules that keep much of the higher cardinals and officials out of reach from the everyday world.

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