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NYFF: Cristian Mungiu On Social Control, Communism & Those Long Takes In 'Beyond The Hills'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • September 24, 2012 10:56 AM
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Though it took some time (and a stopover for an omnibus titled “Tales from the Golden Age”), Romanian auteur and Palm d’or recipient Cristian Mungiu has finally returned with a new full length film, “Beyond The Hills,” another penetrating, finespun narrative that took both Best Screenplay and Best Actress awards at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Here, the director starts off with a true story: Voichiţa (Cosmina Stratan) and Alina (Cristina Flutur) spent their childhood together in an orphanage before the two went their separate ways, the former becoming a nun in rural Romania and the other working odd-jobs in Germany. After years apart, the two decide to meet and it’s soon revealed, very subtly, that they had more than just a close friendship. But Voichiţa is supremely dedicated to her faith, and when she refuses a plan to leave the convent for Germany, Alina does all that she can to prove to her friend that her way of life is wrong.

NYFF: Noah Baumbach Explains Why 'Frances Ha' Is Like A Paul McCartney Record & More From The Cast

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • September 21, 2012 2:05 PM
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The Noah Baumbach Fanclub was likely pretty disheartened this year. "While We're Young" had casting rumors buzzing around it, but soon went quiet (to make matters worse, he states here that it likely won't go for awhile) and his pilot for Jonathan Franzen's "The Corrections" was ultimately not picked up by HBO.

NYFF: Marina Zenovich Talks About Her "Complicated" Relationship With Roman Polanski, Discusses Richard Pryor Doc

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 20, 2012 11:04 AM
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Few could have predicted the after-effects of Marina Zenovich’s “Roman Polanski: Wanted And Desired.” Analyzing the circuitous legal route of Roman Polanski’s trial and subsequent departure from the United States, the picture actually featured evidence allowing lawyers to re-open the case. Giving momentum to the legal proceedings, the case’s reawakening began a chain of events that led to Swiss authorities nabbing the filmmaker as he touched down for the Zurich Film Festival, beginning a new battle in the courts.

NYFF Review: Barry Levinson's 'The Bay' Is A Frightening Eco-Horror 'Jaws' Riff

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 19, 2012 6:07 PM
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Primarily known for his talky, small-scale comedic dramas, exemplified by his beloved "Diner," Vanity Fair recently made a compelling argument for this seminal Barry Levinson film influencing everything from "Seinfeld" and "Swingers" to Judd Apatow's comedy factory and feel-good Hollywood trifles like "The Natural." In light of this posit, this makes "The Bay," Levinson's new, highly squishy found footage horror movie more than just a career left turn; it's more like he veered onto oncoming traffic. The only thing more surprising than Levinson making "The Bay," though, is how effectively creepy it is.

Fall Movie Preview: 15 Films We've Already Seen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 28, 2012 11:55 AM
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There are certain advantages to working for a film website. Aside from all the fortune (translation: payment in expired Amazon vouchers), fame (translation: getting death threats on Twitter from "Wrath of the Titans" fans) and sex (translation: desperately awkward attempts at flirting during roundtable interviews), the main one is that sometimes you get to see films a little bit early.

Restored 'Heaven's Gate,' Director's Cut Of 'Little Shop Of Horrors' & More Added To NYFF Masterworks Slate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2012 4:51 PM
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It has been a pretty exciting year for restorations. Earlier this year, a new cut of Sergio Leone's "Once Upon A Time In America" screened at the Cannes Film Festival (but is currently headed back into the lab for more work), while in just a few days, Michael Cimino's infamous "Heaven's Gate" will unveil at the Venice Film Festival in a new director's cut and now, New York cinephiles will get their shot to see it on the big screen.

'The Paperboy,' 'The Shining' Doc 'Room 237' Plus Special Screening Of 'Lawrence Of Arabia' & More Added To NYFF

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2012 12:50 PM
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With TIFF capping off their lineup earlier today, their colleagues over at the New York Film Festival continue to roll out their slate, and a few more announcements have surfaced, so strap in.

'Amour,' 'Something In The Air,' 'Beyond The Hills' & More Added To New York Film Festival Slate

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2012 4:31 PM
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The New York Film Festival continues to impress as they unveiled their main slate this afternoon, adding to the recent announcements that Ang Lee's "Life Of Pi" would open the fest, Robert Zemeckis' "Flight" would close it,  and David Chase's "Not Fade Away" would serve as the Centerpiece selection. And if you weren't able to make it to Cannes this spring, and won't be in Venice or Toronto, boy do they ever have you covered.

New Images From David Chase's 'Not Fade Away,' The New York Film Festival Centerpiece Selection

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2012 6:12 PM
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With the New York Film Festival already landing Robert Zemeckis' "Flight" to close out the the fest, and Ang Lee's "Life Of Pi" to kick things off, they've added another big World Premiere to their lineup as the Centerpiece Selection: David Chase's "Not Fade Away."

Ang Lee's 'Life Of Pi' Will Make World Premiere & Open The 50th New York Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 13, 2012 2:56 PM
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With Robert Zemeckis' "Flight" starring Denzel Washington announced to close the proceedings last week, the New York Film Festival has gone ahead and unveiled what film will be kicking things off. And it's a doozy.

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