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AFI FEST Reveals New Auteurs and Shorts Selections

AFI FEST 2013 has made an international selection of films for the New Auteurs and Shorts sections at this year’s festival (November 7 through 14).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2013 1:59 PM
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French Film Festival City of Lights, City of Angels Hits LA in April

The 18th annual City of Lights, City of Angels (COL*COA) returns to L.A. and the Directors Guild Theater in 2014. A Week of French film premieres will unspool from April 21-18.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 9, 2013 1:38 PM
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Israel Academy Picks 'Bethlehem' as Ophir Winner and Foreign Oscar Contender

The Israeli Academy has voted "Bethlehem," from rookie feature director Yuval Adler, its official entry to the foreign language Oscar, reports Yair Raveh. That's because it won six awards including Best Picture at the Ophir Awards Saturday (as well as Directing, Screenplay, Supporting Actor, Editing, Casting). It had earned 12 nominations.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 28, 2013 6:27 PM
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India Snubs Fest Hit 'The Lunchbox,' Submits 'The Good Road' for Oscar

I was rooting for India to submit Ritesh Batra’s Sony Pictures Classics pick-up "The Lunchbox," a warm Mumbai romance starring Irrfan Khan that cut a swath on the festival circuit from Cannes to Telluride and Toronto.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 21, 2013 3:08 PM
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Arthouse Audit: Sundance Hits 'Austenland,' 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' and 'Cutie & the Boxer' Open Soft

The ongoing success of several late-summer hits plus serious competition from "The Butler" this weekend contributed to the disappointing results for three new entries. Over July and August, four Sundance 2013 releases opened strongly with two breakouts: "The Way, Way Back" and "Fruitvale Station." But this weekend's three acclaimed Sundance hits stumbled at the August box office. The combined grosses of "Austenland," "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" and doc "Cutie and the Boxer" didn't even add up to the opening of "The Spectacular Now," and grossed only slightly better than last week's "In a World." This year the mid-August period isn't ready to join an expanded prime summer calendar.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 18, 2013 5:51 PM
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Exclusive Toronto Trailer Debut: Matsumoto's 'R100'

Watch the exclusive debut of the trailer for "R100," the Hitoshi Matsumoto film that will debut in the Midnight Madness section at September's Toronto International Film Festival. The films marks the fourth feature directed by Japan absurdist auteur and TV comedian Matsumoto.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 12, 2013 4:29 PM
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DVD Review: Pema Tseden's 'Old Dog,' a Powerful Political Allegory of Modern Tibet (TRAILER)

Forget Uggie. My favorite canine companion in recent cinema is the shaggy, steadfast nomad mastiff of Tibetan writer-director Pema Tseden's contemplative and ultimately wrenching "Old Dog" (2011), available today on DVD from Icarus Films Home Video/dGenerate Films Home Video Collection.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • July 30, 2013 2:40 PM
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John Woo's First Film in Four Years, 'The Crossing,' Begins Production in China

Wonderful news for fans of one the greatest directors ever of heartfelt male-bonding action movies: Director John Woo has begun production in China and Taiwan on "The Crossing," his first film since the completion four years ago of the astonishing historical epic "Red Cliff."
  • By David Chute
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  • July 8, 2013 3:55 PM
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Obit: Elias Querejeta Was Spain's Producer of Producers

The death of Elias Querejeta, “producer of producers” according to the leading lights of Spanish cinema, did not cause a Gandolfini-size wake in the world of film. But film lovers should note the accomplishments of a man who, as much as anyone, moved his country’s cinema into a post-Franco landscape –a state-of-the-cinema where the likes of Pedro Almodovar are even imaginable.
  • By John Anderson
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  • June 29, 2013 4:26 PM
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OBIT: Martial Master Lau Kar-leung (1936 - 2013) (TRAILER)

The pioneering martial arts choreographer and director Lau Kar-leung, who died this week at age 77, was a kung fu purist. Lau had a vivid imagination and great skill when it came to devising and staging fight sequences. In fact, Lau was a key figure in every phase of Hong Kong martial arts movie making.
  • By David Chute
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  • June 28, 2013 1:25 AM
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