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Venice Film Festival 2013 Review: 'Tracks,' Starring Mia Wasikowska

On the heels of Venice's opening-night film "Gravity" comes another dramatic tale of female isolation and empowerment in one of the most inhospitable environments imaginable. Adapted from Robyn Davidson's memoir of the same name, "Tracks" is a vastly engaging chronicle of the author's 1700-mile journey across the Australian Outback in 1977 with her dog Diggity, four ornery camels and infinite clouds of dust, beginning in Alice Springs and ending at the Indian Ocean.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • August 29, 2013 9:35 AM
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Zeitgeist Films Acquires Murder Mystery Doc 'The Galapagos Affair' Ahead of Telluride Premiere

In a preemptive move, Zeitgeist Films has picked up all US rights to the murder mystery documentary "The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden" ahead of its premiere at Telluride this week. Directed by Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine, the film centers on a 1930s unsolved murder mystery in the Galapagos islands.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 28, 2013 5:28 PM
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Telluride Film Festival Unveils 40th Anniversary Lineup; Includes 'Gravity,' 'Labor Day,' 'The Invisible Woman,' Cannes Entries and More

The Telluride Film Festival has announced the official program selections of its 40th edition. Included in the lineup are Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," Jason Reitman's "Labor Day," Ralph Fiennes' "The Invisible Woman," John Curran's "Tracks" and Jonathan Glazer's "Under the Skin." Full lineup below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • August 28, 2013 11:24 AM
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Best of the Week: Ben Affleck Is Batman, This Year's NC-17 Film, Ranking Best Picture Contenders and More

The top stories of the week from TOH!
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  • August 24, 2013 4:05 PM
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Ranking the Top 15 Best Picture Oscar Contenders Before the Fall Festivals

I was happy to give MovieCityNews webmaster David Poland my top 15 picks for the Best Picture Field. I didn't have to rank them, and while I haven't seen most of them, I could certainly take a stab at where the For Your Consideration ads are likely to go. So now he's assembled a ranking of the Top 15 based on his 15 Gurus. I am in perfect sync on the top six films.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 23, 2013 3:25 PM
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TIFF 2013 Trailers: Miyazaki's 'The Wind Rises' with English Subtitles, Michell's 'Le Week-End' UPDATED

As TIFF 2013 approaches, running September 5 through 15, we're compiling an ongoing group of trailers for the buzzy titles set to screen at the fest. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 23, 2013 2:48 PM
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New York Film Festival Main Slate of 35 Features Adds Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 'Real' UPDATED

UPDATE: NYFF has added Japanese helmer Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Real" to its main slate of films. This is the director's first feature since 2008's "Tokyo Sonata."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 23, 2013 12:32 PM
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Sundance Selects Picks Up Claire Denis' NYFF Selection 'Bastards'

Sundance Selects/IFC Films is acquiring US rights to Claire Denis’ 'Bastards,' which debuted at Cannes in Un Certain Regard and will play the Toronto and New York film festivals.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 22, 2013 3:32 PM
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NYFF Honors Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes with Gala Tributes (VIDEO)

The New York Film Festival has announced that Cate Blanchett and Ralph Fiennes will be the honorees of this year's gala tributes at the fest, which runs from September 27 through October 13. Blanchett's tribute will be held on October 2, and Fiennes' on October 9, along with a screening of his new film, "The Invisible Woman," a main slate selection in the lineup.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 22, 2013 1:27 PM
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Deja Jew: 33rd San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

And for years I've considered the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival to be one of the best-programmed film events of the year. It suits my stereotype of the warm, haimishe Jewish grandma, setting a lavish buffet and urging you to try just a little more. It has a great track record in getting filmmakers to attend, insuring interesting introductions and lively q-and-a's after screenings. (More than one filmmaker noted the audience's proclivity to shout out opinions and corrections.)
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • August 20, 2013 8:19 PM
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