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Indian Film Festival Opens With Pop Mob Drama 'Gangs of Wasseypur'

The astonishing Hindi actor Manoj Bajpayee has his best role in years in Anurag Kashyap's "Gangs Of Wasseypur," which is tonight's kick-off gala presentation at the 11th Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA). A five-hour epic mob drama in two parts depicting a decades-long intra-Muslim vendetta (Part II screens at the IFFLA tomorrow), "Gangs" is headlong, hand-held, violent entertainment. It manages to keep a dozen major characters and their agendas clear while rarely pausing to take a breath.
  • By David Chute
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  • April 9, 2013 10:49 PM
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Joss Whedon's 'Much Ado About Nothing' to Open 2013 Seattle International Film Festival

The 39th Seattle International Film Festival, running May 16 - June 9, will open with Joss Whedon's jazzy, pared-down adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." Whedon and the stars of the film, Alexis Denisof, Amy Ackler, Nathan Fillion and Clark Gregg, are confirmed to attend.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 9, 2013 12:03 PM
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Cannes Palme d'Or-Winner Jane Campion To Get Carrosse d'Or

New Zealand director Jane Campion, whose superb neo-noir "Top of the Lake" series is running on Sundance Channel, will receive the Carrosse d’or at Cannes this year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 5, 2013 2:25 PM
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Czech That International Film Festival Comes to UCLA Film & Television Archive

The "Czech That Film" International Film Festival, the second annual touring program of the best new films out of the Czech Republic, is coming to Los Angeles. The series is organized and curated by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and will be running May 10 - June 3 at the Hammer Museum's Billy Wilder Theater.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 5, 2013 1:55 PM
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Montclair Film Festival Announces 2013 Program, Includes 'In a World' and 'Frances Ha'

  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 4, 2013 8:54 PM
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Tribeca Film Institute Announces Four Projects to Receive $140K from Sloan Filmmaker Fund

The Tribeca Film Institute today announced the four projects that will receive financial and creative support from the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund. A total of $140,000 in funds will be awarded and recognized at this year's Tribeca Film Festival (April 17-28).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 4, 2013 2:00 PM
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Review: Antonio Campos Returns with Sexy, Disturbing 'Simon Killer,' Q & A

"Simon Killer" marks the second feature by Antonio Campos, who previously wrote and directed the Cannes Un Certain Regard selection "Afterschool" (2008). "Simon Killer" is an icy exercise in troubled masculinity, and a bold pronouncement of cinematic style that's as strong an American indie as any in recent memory. (See IFC's Kubrickian poster below, as well as highlights from Campos' AFI FEST Q&A last fall.)
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 4, 2013 11:45 AM
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'Midnight's Children,' 'Reluctant Fundamentalist' and Bollywood Come to Hollywood in 2013 Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles

The 11th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles is gearing up for its 2013 edition (April 9-14), and has a handful of special screenings decorating its lineup. Mira Nair's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," starring Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Shreiber and Keifer Sutherland, is part of the program, along with Anurag Kashyap's festival opener "Gangs of Wasseypur" and Deepa Mehta's Salman Rushdie adaptation and fest closer "Midnight's Children."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 3, 2013 2:50 PM
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San Francisco International Film Festival Complete Lineup Includes Julie Delpy with 'Before Midnight,' 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers,' A2E Lab

The arrival of the annual San Francisco International Film Festival (April 25 -- May 9, 2013) is like finding water in the desert -- and this in a supposedly sophisticated film-going city. At this year's press conference, the usual phrase "we're showing over 200 films from xyz countries" lacked the second quantifying number, but a quick count of the Country Index in the program book yields 50. (By far the largest number -- 68 -- come from the United States, but the lineup is international indeed.)
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 3, 2013 3:25 AM
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Tribeca Film Festival Announces Honorees for Disruptive Innovation Awards, Includes Twyla Tharp, Glenn Beck, Morgan Spurlock

Honorees have been announced for the Tribeca Film Festival's Disruptive Innovation Awards, which will honor innovative pioneers and game-changers across various disciplines and domains on April 26.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 2, 2013 2:00 PM
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