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Berlinale: Take 'Ajami' Director Scandar Copti's Workshop on Directing Actors

If you are attending the Berlinale, there's still time to register for Scandar Copti's two day workshop on directing actors. The intensive workshop, limited to 25 participants, takes place February 16-17 and will focus on Copti's method to elicit natural performances from actors.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 2, 2013 12:31 PM
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Rome Film Festival and Ennio Morricone Honor Quentin Tarantino with Lifetime Achievement Award

The seventh Rome Film Festival will honor Quentin Tarantino with a Lifetime Achievement Award on January 4, at a gala screening of "Django Unchained." Legendary composer Ennio Morricone ("Once Upon a Time in the West," "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly"), who wrote an original song for "Django," will present Tarantino with the award. That's one way to get the filmmaker to show up!
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 28, 2012 12:30 PM
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Portland Books 'Sapphires' as Opening Night Film for 36th Edition

The Portland International Film Festival, produced by the Northwest Film Center, announces its opening night film for its 36th edition. Wayne Blair's "The Sapphires," about an Aboriginal singing group and their manager (Chris O'Dowd), will open the festival on February 7...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 27, 2012 12:37 PM
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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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Jarecki Talks Political Campaign for Sundance Doc Winner 'The House I Live In' - Coming to Digital and VOD Platforms January 15

UPDATE: Eugene Jarecki's incisive and incendiary "The House I Live In" arrives on all digital and VOD platforms on January 15. FilmBuff is handling the release, following its theatrical run last October...
  • 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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