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London Film Festival Awards Night: 'Rust and Bone' Wins Best Film, Americans Burton, Gibney and Zeitlin Collect Prizes

The BFI London Film Festival announced its prize-winners tonight at a dinner ceremony in Banqueting House, Whitehall, a neo-classical architectural gem that was the site of the 1649 execution of Charles I, the art-loving British king who commissioned the magnificent Rubens paintings adorning the ceilings before losing his head on a scaffold out front.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • October 20, 2012 11:24 PM
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Review: Prieto Remakes Refn's 'Pusher'

Luis Prieto’s remake of "Pusher" is of interest because Nicolas Winding Refn's original offers such promising source material. But even with Refn's blessing, Prieto makes plenty of his own mistakes, delivering a stylish but perfunctory copy of his predecessor.
  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 20, 2012 3:24 PM
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Hawaii Int'l Film Festival, Part Two: Wisdom from Women Making Movies; Honorees Yue Sai-Kan and Koji Yakusho

Following Part One of our Hawaii International Film Festival coverage, we turn to the fest's China Night gala honoring Yue Sai-Kan, the Women Make Movies panel and Career Achievement Award recipient Koji Yakusho's take on the state of Japanese cinema. It's all below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 18, 2012 4:52 PM
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Mill Valley Film Fest Highlights: 'Life of Pi,' 'Central Park Five,' 'In Another Country,' 'The Sessions,' 'Strutter,' "Rent-a-Cat,' 'Starlet,' 'Quartet'

Despite the fact that it’s located less than an hour from my house in Berkeley, I have never actually attended the Mill Valley Film Festival in a serious fashion. But this year the Festival seemed unusually festive. Perhaps this was occasioned by its 35th anniversary. Perhaps because film festivals are increasingly becoming the default method of distribution in an era when art houses are diminishing.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • October 17, 2012 8:44 PM
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First Round of Panels Announced for SXSW 2013; Introducing Startup Alley, Come & Capture Film Factory

SXSW has released the first round of panels for its 2013 edition. The festival will be celebrating 20 years this March 8-16 in Austin, Texas. Along with the panels, workshops and Digital Domain sessions, two new Conference tracks are launching:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 17, 2012 2:59 PM
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'Silver Linings Playbook' Star De Niro Gets Into Oscar Race with a Push from Santa Barbara

Robert De Niro may land his first Oscar nomination in 20 years for his moving supporting turn as Bradley Cooper's father in David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook." De Niro has won two Oscars (for the second "Godfather" film and "Raging Bull") but he has not been nominated since Martin Scorsese's "Cape Fear." 
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 16, 2012 7:56 PM
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Mill Valley Film Festival Wraps Its Oscar-Track Film Run

The Mill Valley Film Festival has concluded its 11-day pursuit of Bay Area Academy members. The festival began with the US premiere of "Silver Linings Playbook," with director David O. Russell and star Bradley Cooper appearing for a Q& A; the film won yet another Audience Award, as did closer "Life of Pi," with Ang Lee on hand.
  • By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange
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  • October 16, 2012 2:41 PM
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Hawaii Film Festival, Part One: 'Shanghai Calling' Breakout Daniel Henney, Music Movie 'The Sapphires,' Doc 'Call Me Kuchu'

It's a challenge to cover the Hawaii International Film Festival's 32nd year of cinema in paradise if you adore sand and surf as well as dark movie theaters. As I write poolside at the luxurious Halekulani Hotel, I'm covering a mere smattering of the 219 films screened at the festival this year (October 11-21).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 15, 2012 7:01 PM
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AFI Fest 2012 Announces World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Shorts -- 'Amour,' 'Pieta,' 'Beyond the Hills' & More

AFI Fest (November 1-8) has announced the final portion of its lineup, including World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight and Short Film programs. 12 Foreign-Language Oscar entries are in the mix, most notably Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or winner "Amour," Kim Ki-duk's Golden Lion winner "Pieta," Denmark's Berlin prize-winner "A Royal Affair" and Cristian Mungiu's "Beyond the Hills," which scored a shared best actress prize in Cannes.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 15, 2012 1:18 PM
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First Look: NYFF Portraits of Scorsese, Kiarostami, Gerwig, Baumbach and More

Check out these NYFF still portraits of Martin Scorsese, Abbas Kiarostami, Greta Gerwig and other artists who attended the fest by New York-based filmmaker Jamie Stuart.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 15, 2012 12:36 PM
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