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Review: Oscar-Nominated 'War Witch' Sees Trauma Through the Haunted Lens of Magical Realism

“War Witch,” Canada’s Oscar-nominated Foreign-Language entry, centers on a young African girl’s abduction into a rebel army, her escape, and the slow, painful process of liberating herself from the army’s traumatic, devastating reach. It is directed by French-Canadian Kim Nguyen, and is the second feature film in history to be shot in Kinshasa of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 28, 2013 1:50 PM
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Yes It's True: Spielberg Is Jury President of the 66th Festival de Cannes

Like Clint Eastwood before him, Steven Spielberg has agreed to be the president of the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. It's his first time. “My admiration for the steadfast mission of the Festival to champion the international language of movies is second to none," Spielberg stated. "The most prestigious of its kind, the festival has always established the motion picture as a cross cultural and generational medium.”
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 28, 2013 12:49 AM
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Mondo Announces New 'Game of Thrones' Poster Series and Gallery Event to Coincide with SXSW

The Alamo Drafthouse's boutique collectible artwork division Mondo has announced a "Game of Thrones" poster series and gallery event to coincide with the SXSW Film Festival (March 8-17) in Austin.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 25, 2013 12:40 PM
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New Directors/New Films Announces 2013 Lineup, From 'A Hijacking' to 'Upstream Color'

The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center announces the full lineup for their 42nd New Directors/New Films festival, running March 20 – 31 in New York. The festival focuses on emerging filmmakers, and will include 19 narrative features, six docs and 17 shorts from some 24 countries.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 22, 2013 2:22 PM
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POWFest Celebrates Sixth Edition with Penelope Spheeris, Spirit Nominee 'Breakfast with Curtis' and More

The Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (a.k.a. POWFest) announces highlights from its upcoming event, running March 7-10. The festival is celebrating its 6th year, and received a record number of submissions from women filmmakers across the world to compile almost 100 films...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 21, 2013 12:53 PM
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2013 TCM Classic Film Festival Announces First Round of In-Person Stars: Max von Sydow, Ann Blyth, Eva Marie Saint and More

The 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival is just over two months away, and is slowly unveiling its usual packed slate of classic stars set to make appearances. Included in this year's in-person lineup are Max von Sydow, Ann Blyth and Eva Marie Saint.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 20, 2013 1:26 PM
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Berlin Golden Bear Goes to 'Child's Pose,' David Gordon Green Gets Director

As the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival wound up, the Golden Bear went to Calin Peter Netzer's Romanian drama "Child's Pose," about a wealthy mother trying to extricate her imprisoned son. The Silver Bear for best director went to American director David Gordon Green for "Prince Avalanche," which debuted at Sundance.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 16, 2013 2:20 PM
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Belgium's 'Broken Circle Breakdown' Wins Europa Cinemas Label Prize at the Berlinale

Belgian film "The Broken Circle Breakdown" has won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Berlinale's Panorama section. It is directed by Felix van Groeningen, and centers on the stormy relationship between a bluegrass musician and a tattoo artist. Synopsis below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 15, 2013 12:33 PM
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SXSW 2013: 'The East' to Close Festival; Plus New Titles, Panels and Film Conference Lineup

Zal Batmanglij's "The East" will close the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. Fifteen new titles and additional panels are also announced, including conversations with Danny Boyle and Rob Zombie, Joss Whedon and his "Much Ado About Nothing" cast...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 13, 2013 3:17 PM
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The Hollywood Education of Ben Affleck, from 'Chasing Amy,' 'Armageddon' and 'Shakespeare' to his Second Act and 'Argo' [VIDEO]

Before accepting the Santa Barbara Modern Master Award from childhood pal Matt Damon, "Argo" helmer and star Ben Affleck, 40, with graceful help from master interviewer Leonard Maltin, showed his mettle as charming raconteur and ace impressionist. These skills have served "Argo" well in its surging race for Oscars.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 13, 2013 2:34 PM
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