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Jessica Kiang’s Favorite Films Of 2012

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • January 4, 2013 1:56 PM
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Step into my limousine and let’s drive around in the dead of night trying to find the corpses of 2012’s best films, shall we? Our journey will take us to the cornfields of Kansas, to tiny New England islands and to an explosion in a restaurant in Tel Aviv. We will talk to murderers and movie directors, we will celebrate friendship in Barcelona and suffer despair in the Phillippine jungle; we will get punched in the supermarket and mourn Phil Coulson. And then, just as we are sipping Fernet Branca in an Italian café, mercifully the apocalypse will arrive from below and that will be that.

Michael Haneke's 'Amour' Dominates European Film Awards

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 3, 2012 10:44 AM
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As we head into December, we head deeper into awards season and that means accolades bestowed upon films deemed worthy. Over the weekend, the European Film Awards were handed out with Michael Haneke’s “Amour” leading the night with wins in the four major categories: best film, director, actor (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and actress (Emmanuelle Riva).

Watch: 2 Clips From Thomas Vinterberg's Tense 'The Hunt'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2012 3:36 PM
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The Hunt
Though it won't be hitting screens on this side of the ocean until next year, we can say with certainty there will probably be few films in 2013 that will get under your skin as deeply as Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt." The director's lauded return to form won Mads Mikkelsen an award at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance, and indeed, he's great. But the raw drama is one that is definitely a tough watch.
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10 Highlights Of The BFI London Film Festival Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 4, 2012 11:00 AM
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The early months of fall are pretty much stacked with film festivals. From the end of August, when Venice and Telluride kick off the season, to the prestigious and star-studded selections at Toronto and New York in September and October, to the increasingly important AFI and Rome film festivals, globe-trotting cinephiles could happily go back to back from the late summer pretty much up to Christmas hopping from one festival to another.

'Amour,' 'At Any Price,' Rust & Bone,' 'Hyde Park On Hudson,' 'Frances Ha' & More Lead Telluride Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2012 2:06 PM
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Looks like we were a dismal 1 for 5 on our Telluride wishlist/prediction piece, but no matter as there is still a lot to get excited about. The folks out in Colorado have unveiled their slate with the festival kicking off tomorrow, and it's a great mix of premieres and gems from Venice and Cannes.

Karlovy Vary Film Fest Review: Thomas Vinterberg's 'The Hunt' Will Come After You And Not Let Go

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 5, 2012 2:05 PM
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Like many directors who make a big splash with an early feature, Thomas Vinterberg did not have an easy time of it thereafter. And while we don’t particularly understand the critical opprobrium heaped on, for example, “Dear Wendy,” a film this writer admires, it’s clear that he has not fully lived up to the potential on display in his landmark 1998 film, “The Celebration.” After all, that film not only launched his career into the arthouse stratosphere, it launched a whole movement, and has arguably never been bettered as the definitive iteration of what Dogme should and could be.

Magnolia Pictures Find Thomas Vinterberg’s Cannes Entry ‘The Hunt,’ Sundance Selects/IFC Films Pick Up Tribeca Hit ‘Una Noche’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 1, 2012 11:27 AM
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Fourteen years after he helped launch the Dogme 95 movement with his family drama “The Celebration,” director Thomas Vinterberg returned to Cannes this past month with his latest film, “The Hunt.” As the Croisette is wont to do, reactions were immensely divided, with some calling the film a masterpiece of near-unbearable dread, while others found the film a manipulative soap opera. Luckily for the filmmakers though, those in distribution kept a keen eye, and have now tapped the film for a future US release.

Michael Haneke's 'Amour' Wins Palme d'Or At Cannes; Cristian Mungiu's 'Beyond The Hills' Other Big Winner At Fest

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2012 2:11 PM
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On rainy evening in the south of France, Nanni Moretti and rest of the Cannes Film Festival jury gathered at the Lumiere theater for a star-studded ceremony to hand out the awards for this year's fest. And there were some big surprises in store.

'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' & 'In The Fog' Win FIPRESCI Prizes At Cannes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 26, 2012 3:23 PM
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More prizes are being handed out this evening in Cannes as the festival winds down for another year. With Tim Roth and his jury handing out the plaudits for Un Certain Regard, FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics, have handed out their honors for the fest.

First Images & 3 Clips From Thomas Vinterberg's 'The Hunt' Starring Mads Mikkelsen

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 10, 2012 9:16 AM
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One of the biggest surprises in the Cannes lineup was the return of Dogme 95 co-founder and Lars von Trier cohort Thomas Vinterberg. Not only because his partner-in-crime was handed a persona non grata last year, but also because the helmer has more or less failed to live up to his first Dogme work, "Festen," despite high-profile efforts such as "It's All About Love" starring Joaquin Phoenix, Sean Penn and Claire Danes. But Vinterberg's new film indeed looks promising.

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