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'The Intouchables' Wins Unprecedented Top Two Prizes at COL-COA

At the City of Lights, City of Angels (COL-COA) festival in LA, "The Intouchables" won the two top prizes, the COL-COA Audience Award and the Critics Special Prize. This two-honor coup is unprecedented in the festival's history.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 25, 2012 9:50 AM
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SFIFF 55 Update: From Jonathan Lethem to 'Oslo, August 21st,' 'Queen of Versailles,' 'The Sheik and I'

I’ve seen quite a few of SFIFF's State of the Cinema lectures, the tenth in fest's series of inviting a “prominent thinker to discuss the intersecting worlds of contemporary cinema, culture, and society.” Highlights that spring to mind include the erudite sound designer and film editor Walter Murch, complete with Power Point presentation; the irrepressible and charming director/animator/voice actor Brad Bird; and Tilda Swinton, easily the most stylishly attired and poetically, delightfully incoherent.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 25, 2012 6:00 AM
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CinemaCon 2012: Sen. Chris Dodd's Opening Remarks: 'A Time of Transformative Change'

This speech was given by Sen. Chris Dodd (Chairman and CEO, MPAA) on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at CinemaCon 2012 and is reprinted here with his permission...
  • By TOH!
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  • April 24, 2012 2:22 PM
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SFIFF Review: World Premiere of Terrorist-Savvy 'Informant'

"Informant" has timing on its side. The documentary by Jamie Meltzer, told mostly in the voice of Brandon Darby, is an activist’s journey from the post-Katrina ruins of New Orleans, to Venezuela and Colombia, and back the United States, where Darby sours on his former comrades and ends up working for the FBI.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 23, 2012 4:02 PM
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Cannes Critics' Week Celebrates First-Timers, Shuts Out Americans and Women from Competition

The Cannes Critics' Week will be packed will first-time filmmakers, save one...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 23, 2012 2:36 PM
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Los Angeles Film Festival Books Galas 'Seeking Friend for End of World,' 'Beasts of Southern Wild,' 'Middle of Nowhere'

Film Independent's 18th Los Angeles Film Festival, led by new Festival Director Stephanie Allain, has revealed three Gala Screenings for the 2012 Festival. Woody Allen's 'To Rome with Love," which just opened well in Italy, will open the fest on June 14.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 23, 2012 1:36 PM
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Premiere at Tribeca, Sell at Cannes – The Israeli Solution?

In Tribeca 2012 there are three Israeli features, considered by critics who saw them in pre-festival screenings to be among the best in Tribeca’s offerings this year. They are "Yossi," by Eytan Fox; "Room 514," a first film by Sharon Bar-Ziv, shot in one room; and "The Flat," Arnon Goldfinger's documentary.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 23, 2012 1:03 PM
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Tribeca Fest Review: 'Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story' Takes Us Back to 1960s South

“Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story” is a tragic tale about a black Mississippian who lost his life after television gave him 15 minutes of fame. The doc is also a micro-history of the dark days of the segregationist South, as seen through the life and death of a man who’s described as an accidental activist.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 23, 2012 12:51 PM
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Focus Forward Partners with Tribeca, LA Film Fest and Other Fests; Opens Filmmaker Challenge Submissions

Focus Forward is a global documentary initiative that looks at the human power of ideas and innovation through three-minute films that can educate and inspire. GE and CINELAN's Focus Forward is now accepting submissions for their $200,000 Filmmaker Challenge, in celebration of nine Focus Forward documentary shorts playing at Tribeca on April 25.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 23, 2012 12:27 PM
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Juliette Binoche Talks 'Elles,' Masturbation & her Upcoming Portrayal of Camille Claudel

If there’s one theme running through Juliette Binoche’s impressive and varied resume, it’s her desire to confound preconceived notions about the predominantly challenging women she portrays. That’s true of her latest film, "Elles," in which she plays a journalist and mother juggling domestic routines while toiling on an expose about prostitutes.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • April 23, 2012 12:04 PM
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