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Louisiana International Film Festival Continues with Industry Expo, Strong Documentaries, 'I Am Divine' (TRAILER)

The days' screenings: it's doc day! "Life According to Sam" showed at Sundance and is to be broadcast on HBO in the fall . The second doc is Jeff Kaufman's lively, densely-populated "The Savoy King," which debuted at the New York Film Festival. The third is "I Am Divine," by accomplished documentarian Jeffrey Schwarz, who previously directed HBO's "Vito." If you're a Divine fan, this movie is right up your alley -- I am one, and yet I was totally ignorant of her disco career. If the John Waters star is unknown to you, you'll be a fan after you see the movie.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 26, 2013 3:13 PM
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Tribeca Review: Anti-Biodoc Delves into the Austere World of Michael Haneke: "true beauty is accuracy" (TRAILER)

You'll get only small fragments of Michael Haneke's biography in "Michael H., Profession Director." Yet you will see how Haneke works. And you'll get a strong dose of how actors feel about the man who forces them to force audiences to confront terrifying emotions.
  • By David D'Arcy
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  • April 26, 2013 1:02 PM
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Cannes Adds New Films by Jim Jarmusch and Claude Lanzmann to Official Selection

Cannes artistic director Thierry Frémaux has added several highly anticipated films to the festival's official lineup. Fest regular Jim Jarmusch's vampire love story "Only Lovers Left Alive" -- starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska -- has been added to the main competition selection. Jarmusch's breakout film "Stranger than Paradise" won the Camera d'Or in 1984.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 26, 2013 12:49 PM
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Tribeca Film Festival Awards 'The Rocket' and 'The Kill Team' with Top Honors (TRAILERS)

Thursday night, the 12th Annual Tribeca Film Festival announced recipients of its world narrative and documentary prizes. Narrative competition jurors Bryce Dallas-Howard, Blythe Danner, Paul Haggis, Kenneth Lonergan and Jessica Winter selected "The Rocket," about a family uprooted to Laos, for best narrative feature, awarding the prize to Australian director Kim Mordaunt. The young Sitthiphon Disamoe also took best actor for "The Rocket."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 26, 2013 11:57 AM
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Tribeca Review: 'Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic' Leaves Out Insight

It is perplexing to understand how a documentary about someone as funny, alive, honest, edgy, and brilliant as Richard Pryor can fall so flat. Marina Zenovich’s documentary on the comedian, "Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic," premiering at Tribeca, testifies to the comedian's humor and brilliantly dark view of the world around him. But "Omit the Logic" doesn’t show the audience anything new or insightful about him.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 25, 2013 1:39 AM
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First Louisiana International Film Festival Opens With 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' and Star Merry Clayton

I thought I was the canary in the coal mine, attending the First Louisiana International Film Festival, a first for Baton Rouge and for me: I've never before attended a film festival's inaugural iteration. But it turned out to be a fabulous four days, with more movies, parties, and panel discussions than one girl could humanly attend. Not to mention crawfish.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 24, 2013 6:14 PM
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Cannes Directors' Fortnight Lineup Unveiled, Includes New Films by Alejandro Jodorowsky

"Holy Mountain" director Alejandro Jodorowsky will reemerge after over twenty years' absence to present his latest film "The Dance of Reality" on the Croisette at this year's Cannes Directors' Fortnight. The famed Chilean-French surrealist filmmaker hasn't directed a feature since 1990's "The Rainbow Thief."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 23, 2013 11:49 AM
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Cannes Unveils Critics' Week Lineup Including Lowery's 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' Adds Guest of Honor Kim Novak

In Cannes news, the 52nd International Critics' Week sidebar has announced its official selection of seven international films in competition as well as three special screenings. One of the special screenings includes David Lowery's Sundance hit "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," which stars Casey Affleck as a prison escapee who sets out to reunite with his wife (Rooney Mara). In other news on the Croisette, Hollywood icon Kim Novak will be the Cannes Fest's guest of honor this year, appearing with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's newly restored "Vertigo" as part of the Cannes Classics series.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 22, 2013 12:57 PM
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As Boston Filming Halts on 'American Hustle,' L.A. Film Fest Names David O. Russell as Guest Director, Spirit of Independence Award Winner

The Los Angeles Film Festival (June 13-23) has announced that Oscar-nominated and Film Independent Spirit Award-winning director David O. Russell will serve as the 2013 fest's guest director. He will also be the recipient of the Spirit of Independence award, which recognizes an individual for his or her commitment to artistic independence in film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 19, 2013 2:21 PM
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Tribeca Review: 'Raw Herring' Is Miraculous Exercise in Single-Shot Cinema

Any cinematographer worth his salt is probably already aware of “Raw Herring,” which may not sound appetizing to everyone (with onions? serve ‘em up …) but is a miraculous exercise in the art of the camera. It may also serve as a breath of fresh air to audiences fed up with the sterile artifice of so much CGI-driven cinema.
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 19, 2013 1:29 PM
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