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'Melancholia' Wins Best Film At European Film Awards; Ties 'The King's Speech' For Most Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2011 8:03 PM
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While it has pretty much zero influence on the awards season stateside, the European Film Awards, which are essentially the Euro version of the Oscars, presented their winners tonight and it looks like Lars Von Trier's brief moment as a pariah is over.

In Theaters: 'Hop' Will Try To Deprogram 'Source Code' & Scare Away 'Insidious'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • April 1, 2011 5:51 AM
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TGIF! With a crop of new releases we are finally, FINALLY released from our bonds requiring us to flagellate poor "Sucker Punch" to death. Why were you a failure, "Sucker Punch"? Was it the marketing/storytelling/CGI/demographics/Zack Snyder?! Do we have to worry about "Superman"/girls/original source material??? We may never know. Moving on! We've got a new futuristic sci-fi, based-on-an-original-script, helmed-by-a-hot-new-piece-of-director-ass film to fret over! That's right, it's "Source Code" from Duncan Jones! In the other corner, we've got the ace-in-the-hole, aimed squarely at the kid demographic, "Hop," and quivering outside the wide release ring is horror thriller "Insidious" from "Saw"-originator James Wan. It's gonna be an interesting box office report this week!

Interview: Susanne Bier Bemoans Violent Society And Modern Parenting For 'In A Better World'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 30, 2011 11:15 AM
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In one unattainable and colossally perfect universe, "Dogtooth" won the best Foreign Oscar statue. Our current universe is admittedly less deranged than that, with the Academy generally awarding whichever non-U.S. movie hits all the cliché buttons and shies away from originality. Thankfully, the 2010 winner "In A Better World" breaks their usual reductive routine. Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier's (the Academy Award nominated "After the Wedding," "Things We Lost In The Fire") latest focuses on a friendship between two troubled boys and is told in a distant, completely unnerving way. Sure, it doesn't feature a woman being repeatedly beaten with a VHS tape of "Rocky" -- which, spoiler, happens in Yorgos Lanthimos' "Dogtooth" -- but you can't always get what you want.

Review: Oscar Winner 'In A Better World' Morally Complex, Well Made, But Not Quite Transformative

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • March 30, 2011 4:19 AM
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When you see Susanne Bier’s “In a Better World” and people ask you if you had a good time at the movies, the answer will most certainly be “no.” Like Bier’s other work (notably “Brothers,” “Open Hearts,” “Things We Lost in the Fire” and “After the Wedding”), this 2010 Danish Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film is a serious, emotional drama about how tragedy simultaneously unites and divides us. There’s little enjoyment or entertainment to be had--and there isn’t meant to be--but Bier has crafted another solid film, and it’s easy to see why “In a Better World” won the votes of the mind-numbingly traditional Academy Award voters, particularly against the jaw-dropping Greek oddity “Dogtooth.”

International Panel, Iñárritu, Bier, Guadagnino & More Discuss Truth And Nationality In Filmmaking

  • By Leah Zak
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  • February 8, 2011 2:42 AM
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Foreign Oscar Nominees Talk Their Process And How They Avoid The (Melo)drama We recently had the opportunity to sit in on a panel at the American Cinematheque with some of the best foreign film nominees at last month's Golden Globes (and 2 that have gone on to become Oscar nominees): Luca Guadagnino, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Susanne Bier and Aleksei Uchitel (Radu Mihaileanu, director of "The Concert" was still on a plane coming in from France). Moderating the panel was Screen International Editor, Mike Goodridge, who led a fascinating discussion that in the end, came to about 2 hours. While we haven't recreated every word for you here, we have a few choice moments that captured the theme of the afternoon: working outside of one's cultural comfort zone, and finding the truth in that storytelling.

Watch: Trailer For Golden Globe Winner & Oscar Nominee 'In A Better World'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2011 6:28 AM
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Sony Pictures Classics must be feeling pretty good -- they've got two out of the five Oscar nominees for Best Foreign Film, Denis Villeneuve's "Incendies" and Susanne Bier's "In a Better World," and they are anxious to get the word out. A trailer for the former dropped earlier this week, and now have a new look at Bier's pic that recently won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

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