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Berlin Fest Review & Prize Round-up: 'A Royal Affair,' 'Tabu,' Thornton's 'Jayne Mansfield's Car'

Saturday the Berlin Film Festival dispensed its prizes, and the general mood pervading the air was that the docu-style feature “Caesar Must Die” by veteran Italian duo Paolo and Vittorio Taviani was a surprise Golden Bear winner in a weaker than usual Competition year.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • February 19, 2012 4:08 PM
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Berlin Review: 'Bel Ami' Stars Rob Pattinson as Sexy Seducer

It makes sense that Rob Pattinson would continue his attempts to broaden his fan base as the "Twilight" franchise nears its end. Starring in a new film adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s 1885 novel advances that project: Playing an unscrupulous ex-soldier who makes his way up the ladder of Parisian society by seducing wives of powerful men.
  • By David Gritten
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  • February 16, 2012 8:54 PM
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Santa Barbara Film Fest Screenwriters Panel: Personal Experience Informs Both Adaptations and Originals, from 'The Help' to 'Margin Call'

Per usual, this year's screenwriters delivered at my "It Starts with the Script" panel at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Both Writers Guild nominee Will Reiser ("50/50") and Indie Spirit nominee Mike Mills ("Beginners") were digging into their own lives for their often painful and self-revelatory fictionalized stories.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 16, 2012 7:08 AM
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SXSW Releases Full 2012 Festival Lineup

Unknown ObjectThe South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival today revealed the full lineup for its 2012 conference and festival, scheduled to open on March 9 with the premiere screening of Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's "The Cabin in the Woods," and run through March 17 in Austin, Texas.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • February 15, 2012 3:00 PM
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Sundance Institute's FILM FORWARD Lands in Arizona, February 27-March 1: 'Beginners,' 'On the Ice' & More

The Sundance Institute's FILM FORWARD: Advancing Cultural Dialogue initiative kicks off February 27 in Tucson and Sells, Arizona. Six films will screen: Ali Samadi Ahadi's "The Green Wave," Andrew Okpeaha MacLean's "On the Ice," Mike Mills' "Beginners," Jasmila Zbanic's "Grbavica," Linda Goldstein Knowlton's "Somewhere Between" and Benjamin Murray & Alysa Nahmias' "Unfinished Spaces." Three of the films' directors (Ahadi, Maclean, Mills) will attend and participate in Q & A's, workshops, discussions and meet-and-greets. Sundance's Keri Putnam hopes that "this collection of films and events sparks imaginations, inspires cross-cultural dialogue and opens up a real exchange of ideas and issues."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 14, 2012 2:49 PM
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Berlin Fest Reviews: From Period Opener 'Farewell My Queen' to Demented Nazis on the Moon

The Berlin Film Festival got off to a more than respectable start with “Farewell My Queen,” Benoit Jacquot’s smart, elegantly mounted costume drama about the court of Versailles as it’s about to be swept away by the French revolution.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • February 13, 2012 4:14 PM
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European Children's Film Association Selects 2012 Award Winner

The European Children’s Film Association (EFCA) has selected the Belgian family feature “A pas de Loup” (“On the Sly”) for the inaugural EFCA Award for Best European Children’s Film of the Year.
  • By Justin Lowe
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  • February 13, 2012 12:35 AM
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Exclusive First Look at Poster for Melissa Leo's 'Francine,' Premiering at Berlin

Melissa Leo's "Francine," from directors Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky, is premiering at the Berlin Film Festival February 13. Check out the new poster for the American-Canadian co-production...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 9, 2012 2:59 PM
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Berlin Fest Lineup: Thornton's 'Jayne Mansfield's Car' in Competition, Plus Jolie's 'In the Land of Blood and Honey,' Herzog's 'Death Row'

The lineup for the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival is in place, with Benoit Jacquot’s period drama “Farewell My Queen” kicking off proceedings on February 9 at the festival’s Berlinale Palast.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • February 8, 2012 1:15 PM
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'The Artist' Crew Hits Santa Barbara, Cinema Vanguard Awards, Fest Prize Winners

With seemingly unstoppable awards momentum behind Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Artist,” the film’s Oscar-nominated stars accepted the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s annual Cinema Vanguard Award Saturday, thrilling a near-capacity house at the elegant Arlington Theatre on Saturday.
  • By Justin Lowe
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  • February 5, 2012 10:00 PM
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