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Brody Morelia Diary Day 4: 'Augustine,' 'Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen,' 'Halley' & 'Gespenter'

The day starts with “Augustine,” by young French director Alice Winocour, part of the films selected for Morelia by Cannes’ Critic’s Week. (Two previous films co-written by Winocour, “Ordinary People,” directed by Vladimir Persed, and “Home,” by Ursula Meier, showed in Cannes at Critic’s Week.) It’s the kind of serious-but-sexy movie that the French do so well:
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • November 13, 2012 12:13 PM
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New Directors/New Films 2013 Open For Submissions; Welcomes Programmers Koehler & Siegel

The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center announce the 42nd edition of New Directors/New Films. The festival, which runs March 20-31 and is now accepting submissions, welcomes two new programmers: Robert Koehler (FSLC’s Director of Year-Round Programming) and Joshua Siegel (Associate Curator at MoMA).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 12, 2012 5:29 PM
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Brody Morelia Diary Three; Prix Jean Vigo Shorts, Gabriel Figueroa, 'ABC Africa,' 'Post Tenebras Lux'

Even with the problems of the digital age –during Morelia I’ve watched digitized films freeze, or computerized subtitles fail to launch – I must say that the few times I’ve seen actual film copies projected here at Morelia, I’ve been shocked by the worn copies, full of scratches and dirt, and indifferent attempts at focusing by projectionists.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • November 12, 2012 3:14 PM
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Brody Morelia Diary 2.5: Bunuel's 'Daughter of Deceit,' 'Magnificent Obsession,' 'Beyond the Walls'

“Daughter of Deceit” turns out to be unlike any other Buñuel film I’ve ever seen. Its melodramatic story of a man betrayed by his unfaithful wife who punishes her by giving away their baby, and then turning into a brutal nightclub owner who almost kills his unknown daughter’s husband -- before everything is briskly resolved happily and tied up with a bow -- is told with none of his trademark irony.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • November 11, 2012 11:48 PM
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EXCLUSIVE CLIP & Interview with 'Starlet' Director Sean Baker on Keeping it Vérité with Dree Hemingway

Sean Baker's second feature, "Prince of Broadway," a micro-budget vérité film shot in New York City's wholesale fashion district, won a slew of festival awards after its debut at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2008 (winning Best Narrative Feature) and landed on many Best of 2010 lists...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 9, 2012 2:04 PM
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AFI FEST Audience & Jury Awards Announced; 'A Royal Affair,' 'Nairobi Half Life,' 'A Hijacking' & More

AFI FEST 2012, which concluded yesterday, has unveiled the recipients of this year's Audience and Jury Awards. Winners include Nicolaj Arcel's Danish Oscar entry "A Royal Affair," starring Mads Mikkelsen, and David Tosh Gitonga's Kenyan Oscar entry "Nairobi Half Life." Full list below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 9, 2012 11:55 AM
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DOC NYC Kicks Off with 'Artifact' & 'Venus and Serena'; High-Profile Oscar Hopefuls

DOC NYC, in its third year, runs November 8-15 and kicks off with two opening night films, "Artifact" and "Venus and Serena," which premiered amidst controversy at TIFF. Director Bartholomew Cubbins' "Artifact," making its US premiere, follows Jared Leto's band Thirty Seconds to Mars, while Maiken Baird and Michelle Major "Venus and Serena" grants audiences unprecedented access into the lives of the tennis world's famous Williams' sisters.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 7, 2012 3:37 PM
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Brody Morelia Diary Day Two: Assayas Talks 'Carlos,' Gets Tour

Public screenings start at the civilized hour of 11 AM at the Morelia Film Festival, where on day two I was going to check out actress-director Sandrine Bonnaire’s “J’enrage de son absence” (“Maddened by His Absence”). But ubiquitous film festival consultant Denis DeLaRoca came over to tell me that Olivier Assayas, who hadn’t been expected to attend the festival, had flown in from Los Angeles the day before and was just about to give an unannounced Master Class right across the street in the Teatro Jose Ruben Romero.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • November 7, 2012 2:28 PM
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Blanchett Heads Dubai Fest Filmmaker Award Jury; Awards $100K to Arabian Peninsula Filmmaker Projects

Cate Blanchett will head the jury for the IWC Shaffhausen International Filmmaker Award at the Dubai International Film Festival (December 9-16). The shortlist for the award includes four feature-length projects from established or up-and-coming filmmakers in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 6, 2012 12:30 PM
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Brody Morelia Diary Day 1: Discovering Mur Oti, Binoche and Ramirez's 'A Coeur Ouvert'

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride was calm compared to the one I took from the Berkeley Hills to Oakland – and thence to the San Francisco Airport – once I realized that the e-ticket itinerary I’d printed out that afternoon was not for the Sunday night redeye flight I’d requested, but Saturday night – i.e., three hours hence. And I was not yet packed. And had arranged for a ride 24 hours later. And had never done quite such a stupid thing before. At least, not when it comes to travel.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • November 6, 2012 12:15 PM
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