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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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San Francisco International Film Festival Opens with Ted Hope and 'What Maisie Knew'

The Opening night film of the San Francisco International Film Festival, Scott McGehee and David Siegel's "What Maisie Knew," a contemporary version of the Henry James classic about a custody battle between Maisie's narcissistic and heedless parents (Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan) and Maisie's subsequent relationship with their new young partners (Alexander Skarsgard and Joanna Vanderham), played well to the crowd at the Castro Theatre.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 27, 2013 3:57 PM
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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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