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Garcia Bernal and Larrain Just Say 'No' EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Oscar-shortlisted "No," a hit on the festival circuit, comes from Chilean director Pablo Larraín and Mexican producer-star Gael García Bernal, who collaborated on a novel recreation of the 1988 ousting of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet after 15 years of oppression. Sony Pictures Classics acquired all North American rights.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2012 12:26 PM
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Palm Springs Announces Complete Lineup: 'Blancanieves' and 'Unfinished Song' to Bookend Festival, Plus Eight of the Foreign Oscar Shortlist

The complete lineup for the 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is announced. The festival runs Janaury 3-13, and will be bookended by Spain's Oscar submission "Blancanieves," a silent adaptation of Snow White, and closing-night entry "Unfinished Song"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 20, 2012 1:35 PM
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Sundance Film Festival Reveals 2013 Jury Members, Including Ex-Fox Chairman Tom Rothman, Filmmaker Ed Burns

The Sundance Institute has revealed 19 members of five juries awarding prizes at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The Short Film Awards will be presented on January 22 at Park City’s Jupiter Bowl, while the feature film awards will be given out at a ceremony on January 26. Returning to his indie roots is ex-Fox chairman Tom Rothman, who joins Edward Burns on the dramatic jury. Rothman discovered the indie writer-actor-director at Sundance 1995 with "The Brothers McMullen."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 19, 2012 3:27 PM
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Wong Kar Wai's 'The Grandmaster' Will Open the Berlinale After Debuting in China on January 8

The Berlin International Film Festival will open with the international premiere of Wong Kar Wai's long-delayed "The Grandmaster" on February 7. The world premiere of The Grandmaster will be celebrated on January 8, 2013 in China, and the film will open at cinemas in numerous countries including Germany in spring 2013.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 19, 2012 12:46 PM
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Dubai Diary Four: 'Wadjda,' 'Hanyut,' "Television'

A gluttonous day of five movies, one after another: first, a press screening of “Wadjda," touted as the first movie shot in Saudi Arabia, as well as being helmed by a woman, is about a ten-year-old girl who wants a bike, a common-enough desire, but not permitted within the strictures of her society. She sets out to earn the money for the bike herself, weaving bracelets for sale (the bracelets themselves not to be worn at her traditional school), and entering a Koran competition in order to win the prize money.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • December 16, 2012 4:29 PM
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Berlin International Film Fest's 2013 Shooting Stars Include Young Talent from 'Royal Affair,' 'Lore,' 'Purge'

European Film Promotion has announced the 10 young European actors selected as the 2013 Shooting Stars at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, running February 7-17. A jury of international industry professionals chose the talent, which includes Mikkel Boe Følsgaard from Danish Oscar entry "A Royal Affair," Laura Birn from Finnish Oscar entry "Purge," and Saskia Rosendahl from Cate Shortland's "Lore." Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 15, 2012 4:10 PM
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Dubai Fest: Michael Apted on Arab Docs, Women in Film, '7 Up' Series,' & Why 'Skyfall' Isn't a Bond Film

It seems a tad peculiar to find Michael Apted at the 9th Dubai International Film Festival, but here he is, heading up the jury for the Muhr Arab Documentary section and collecting a Lifetime Achievement Award. He also took part in a panel on non-fiction vs. fiction filmmaking, a natural fit for the prolific British filmmaker who has spent much of his career flitting between the two. "56 Up," the latest installment in his "Up" documentary series picking up on the lives of several British children at seven-year intervals, was broadcast in the UK earlier this year. Apted has 16 documentaries to watch in Dubai but did find time to chat on a terrace at the swanky Al Qasr hotel in the Madinat Jumeirah resort.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • December 15, 2012 4:06 PM
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Dubai Festival Diary 3: 'New Arab Films' Panel, 'Wadjda,' 'Detroit Unleaded,' 'Chaos Disorder'

There are only two screening slots scheduled for today, both in the evening, so in the afternoon I attend one of the industry panels that are part of the buzzing Film Market. This one is entitled “New Arab Films: A Story of Success,” although after listening to a broad spectrum of views, it seems that the panel could also have been entitled: “As William Goldman famously said, Nobody knows anything.”
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • December 14, 2012 11:25 AM
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Dubai International Film Festival: Arab Films Panel Hails 'Wadjda,' Laments Obstacles to Arab Film Success in North America

It was only shot last spring and premiered at Telluride and Venice a few months later, but already Haifaa al-Mansour's "Wadjda" is being hailed as a beacon for successful Middle Eastern filmmaking and a role model for other regional films and filmmakers. It dominated the discussion at New Arab Films: A Story Of Success panel at the 9th Dubai International Film Festival, where the film is having its Middle Eastern premiere.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • December 14, 2012 6:20 AM
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Dubai Festival Day Two: Disappointing 3-D 'Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away,' Must-Sees 'Me and You' and 'Here and There'

After an unsuitably lavish breakfast, I catch a Mall of the Emirates-bound shuttle by the skin of my teeth and scuttle through the Mall --which looks just like a mall, only bigger, to paraphrase the well-known joke of what the unimpressed woman said to the flasher – arriving at the theater screening “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away” in 3-D, just before it starts. I’m underwhelmed. After Werner Herzog’s amazing 3-D “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” exploring the 20,000-year-old paintings in the Chauvet caves of southern France, and Wim Wenders’ glorious 3-D “Pina,” featuring the dances of Pina Bausch, it seemed that 3-D had claimed its place as a valid art form. The presence of James Cameron as an executive producer of “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away,” also seemed to indicate seriousness.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • December 14, 2012 1:08 AM
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