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AFI Mid-Fest Report: On the Red Carpet with 'On the Road' and 'Silver Linings'; 'The Hunt,' 'Hitchcock,' 'Our Children' & 'War Witch' Reviews

We're in the thick of AFI Fest, with too many films to see and not enough time. TOH's Anne Thompson reviews opening night film "Hitchcock" here, Matt Mueller reviews "Holy Motors," Beth Hanna tackles the devastating Belgian Oscar entry "Our Children," and I checked out "Silver Linings Playbook," "On the Road," "War Witch" and "The Hunt." Part One of our AFI Fest coverage is here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 5, 2012 3:59 PM
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Rome Film Festival Lures Younger Generation with Day of 'Breaking Dawn' Part 2 and 'Beautiful Creatures'

The Alice Nella Cita independent section of the Rome Film Festival unveils one of its most anticipated highlights of the fest: "The End of the Saga, and the Beginning of Another," a day dedicated to fans awaiting the final "Twilight" installment, and the launch of potential new young adult fantasy franchise "Beautiful Creatures."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 1, 2012 2:42 PM
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SFFS French Cinema Now 2012: 'Camille Rewinds,''Sister,' 'Louise Wimmer'

The San Francisco Film Society steps up to a radically reduced reality of foreign film distribution by programming a number of focused mini-fests, including Hong Kong Cinema, Taiwan Film Days, and the upcoming New Italian Cinema. While contemplating the ten-film line-up of French Cinema Now, I asked myself how many French films I’d seen in the past year locally, in general release, outside of film festivals.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • October 31, 2012 5:45 PM
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AFI FEST 2012: The World's Best Cinema - From 'Hitchcock' to 'Rust and Bone,' Foreign Oscar Hopefuls & AFM

While the American Film Market takes Santa Monica, the 26th annual AFI Fest brings diverse cinematic life to Hollywood Thursday night with the world premiere of "Hitchcock." The Sacha Gervasi film starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson is one of only two world premieres at the festival, and the second has technically already had a "secret screening" at the New York Film Festival: Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln."
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • October 31, 2012 4:23 PM
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Rome Film Festival Adds Two Out of Competition Titles; Jury Includes Nichols, Bekmambetov & Hatami

The Rome Film Festival (November 9-17) announces its jury members for the 2012 edition of the festival, including writer-director Jeff Nichols ("Take Shelter," "Mud"), director Timur Bekmambetov ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer") and Iranian actress Leila Hatami (2012's Foreign-Language Oscar winner "A Separation")...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 31, 2012 2:02 PM
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'Silver Linings Playbook' Wins Again at Austin Film Festival; 'Junk,' 'Spinning Plates' & 'Rising from Ashes' Also Recognized

One more feather in the awards cap for David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook": The Austin Film Festival, which ran October 18-25, announces the film as winner of its Marquee Feature Audience Award.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 30, 2012 12:05 PM
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Baja Film Festival Announces Lineup for Inaugural Edition, Celebrating Mexican and International Cinema

The inaugural edition of the Baja International Film Festival has lined up eighty films. The fest, which will run November 14-17 in Los Cabos, Mexico, will feature five international feature premieres, five Mexican features, seven Special Presentation screenings and much more. Awards and cash prizes will be given for Best International Feature, Mexican Feature, Int'l Doc, Mexican Doc, Int'l Short and Mexican Short at a ceremony on the closing day.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 26, 2012 11:59 AM
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Cinema Eye Honors Nominees Announced November 2 at AFI Fest

Nominations for the 6th annual Cinema Eye Honors will be announced November 2 at an AFI Fest reception at the Roosevelt Hotel. Honoring nonfiction filmmaking, the Cinema Eye Honors will announce ten feature film nominees as well as Outstanding Short Film.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 23, 2012 3:30 PM
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Rome Film Festival Cinema XXI Lineup: World Premieres from Kaurismäki, Erice, Verhoeven; Shorts by Weerasethakul, Franco

The Rome Film Festival (November 9-17) unveils its complete lineup, including the world premiere of opening night selection "Centro Historico," an anthology by international auteurs Aki Kaurismaki, Pedro Costa, Victor Erice and Manuel de Oliveira.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 23, 2012 2:34 PM
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EXCLUSIVE: Santa Barbara Film Fest Issues Call for Entries for Second Annual Acquisitions Weekend

Santa Barbara International Film Festival executive director Roger Durling is making a Call for Entries for the fest's second annual Acquisitions Program. The weekend event providing buyers with direct access to showcased films debuted last year and resulted in a number of distribution deals...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 23, 2012 2:05 PM
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