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European Film Awards Winners: Italian Oscar Entry 'The Great Beauty' Takes Home Four (Livestream Video)

The 26th European Film Awards have completed in Berlin (livestream here). Two foreign Oscar submissions took home awards: Italy's "The Great Beauty" led the field, collecting four prizes, for Best Film, Director (Paolo Sorrentino), Actor (Toni Servillo) and Editor (Cristiano Travaglioli). Veerle Baetens took home Best Actress for "The Broken Circle Breakdown," Belgium's Oscar entry.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 7, 2013 2:58 PM
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Thomas Vinterberg Directs Mads Mikkelsen in Danish Oscar Entry 'The Hunt' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

"Suddenly this kind, lovely civilized man becomes this uncivilized creature," says "The Hunt" director Thomas Vinterberg.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 2, 2013 4:38 PM
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Singapore Oscar Entry 'Ilo Ilo' Nabs Four Golden Horse Awards

"Ilo Ilo," the Singapore submission for the Best Foreign Language Oscar, just added new awards kudos to its collection of wins. The film took home the Caméra D’Or for best first feature (writer-director Anthony Chen) at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival (it played in Directors Fortnight), Best First Feature at the London Film Festival, Best Feature Film and the FIPRESCI Prize at Molodist in Kiev, Best Director at Mumbai Film Festival, among others.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 23, 2013 2:58 PM
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'Broken Circle Breakdown' Leads European Film Award Nominations

One of the frontrunners for the foreign film Oscar is Belgian entry "Broken Circle Breakdown," which was a breakout hit in Belgium before it won the audience award at Berlin last February. The improbable bluegrass musical romance went on to delight global festival audiences, winning best screenplay at Tribeca. Now the Felix van Groeningen film leads the field with five nominations for the 26th European Film Awards.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 9, 2013 12:19 PM
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'Applause' Comes to DVD, Knockout Star Paprika Steen Talks Backstage Alcoholism Drama, Denmark vs. America (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Denmark's 2010 festival hit and Oscar submission "Applause" is finally coming out on DVD via Kino Lorber on November 26. Directed by rookie Martin Pieter Zandvliet, "Applause" features a must-see incendiary performance by Paprika Steen as Thea, a recovering alcoholic stage actress playing Martha in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" just as she's trying to repair her damaged relationship with her family. TOH sat down with the Danish star for a flip cam interview, below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 28, 2013 3:44 PM
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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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