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San Francisco International Film Festival Begins with 'Twenty Feet from Stardom,' 'Populaire,' 'The Artist and the Model'

The first screening of the first full day of the San Francisco International Film Festival begins, with Fernando Trueba's "The Artist and the Model," and "Twenty Feet from Stardom."
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 30, 2013 12:49 PM
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Cannes Announces Complete Camera d'Or and Un Certain Regard Juries, Agnes Varda and Thomas Vinterberg at the Helm

In Cannes news, juries have been rounded out for the Un Certain Regard sidebar as well as the Camera d'Or, with Thomas Vinterberg and Agnes Varda at the helm respectively.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 30, 2013 12:14 PM
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LISTEN: Steven Soderbergh on 'What's Killing Cinema,' A Fungible Algorithm (PODCAST)

No State of Cinema address at the SFIFF has been as hotly anticipated as this year's by Steven Soderbergh. (Listen to our podcast recording below.) This is not only because he's a prolific and beloved auteur that has worked in every genre and budget, but because he recently announced his retirement from filmmaking, in order to spend more time painting, making collages, writing books, directing a new play by Scott Burns about Columbine, as well as a stage version of "Cleopatra," and exploring other avenues of creativity.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 29, 2013 3:11 PM
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Hot Docs: Technological Revolution, 'Total Disruption,' Stolen Privacy

“Isn’t it ironic that I’m having all these technical problems when I’m supposed to be talking about technology?” director Ondi Timoner asked a very patient (for awhile) Hot Docs audience Monday. Well, yeah, but it’s hardly the only irony that’s been on display here in Toronto.
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 29, 2013 2:20 PM
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Cannes Classics Lineup Revealed; Bertolucci in 3-D, Films by Hitchcock, Cocteau, Resnais, Wilder (CLIPS)

Cannes Classics, the festival's sidebar that screens new restorations of canonical films, has announced its lineup of twenty features films and three documentaries.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 29, 2013 2:07 PM
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'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Director David Lowery to Host Maryland Film Festival Opening Night

Now in its 15th year, the Maryland Film Festival (May 8-12) announced today that "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" director David Lowery will host the opening night in Baltimore, which is devoted to short films.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 29, 2013 1:10 PM
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'The Rocket' and 'Bridegroom' Take Heineken Audience Awards at Tribeca

The 12th annual Tribeca Film Festival announced the recipients of the Heineken Audience Awards Saturday night. Kim Mordaunt's 'The Rocket,' which has already won two prizes at Tribeca, was the audience favorite for narrative film while "Bridegroom," directed by Linda Bloodworth Thomason, won for documentary.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 29, 2013 11:50 AM
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Hot Docs Wrap: Canadian International Film Festival Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Winnows World's Best Docs

Like a lot of people, the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival (official name) is "trying to figure out who we are," according to program director Charlotte Cook: In other, trying to figure out where they’re going to go, now that the fest has hit its 20th year -- a convenient moment to reassess, if not necessarily change your whole MO. Which the festival certainly is not about to do.
  • By John Anderson
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  • April 28, 2013 2:47 PM
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Tribeca: Eastwood and Aronofsky Talk First Takes and Failing on Your Own Terms at World Premiere of 'Eastwood Directs' (VIDEO)

In a scene from 1995's "The Bridges of Madison County," Meryl Streep's farmwife gazes over one of the bridges as Clint Eastwood, playing a lanky photographer passing through, catches her off guard with a candid snapshot. He's delighted that he has captured her in a natural moment. One of many sequences highlighted in "Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story," it underscores what the director is always chasing.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 27, 2013 9:12 PM
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TCM Classic Film Festival Is Four Day Feast of the Familiar, 'I Know Where I'm Going' (TRAILERS)

This is no festival for newbies. The audience for the 4th edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival is completely at home at the Chinese, watching their favorite films on the big screen. These filmgoers have planned their vacations around this (expensive) festival and know what they like. Unlike other fests, this one is not so much for discoveries as for re-visits.
  • By Joan Cohen
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  • April 27, 2013 4:27 PM
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