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Review: Moving, Lyrical 'Kauwboy' Could Ride an Oscar Dark Horse

“Kauwboy,” the Netherlands’ official Oscar entry and recent winner of the European Film Awards Fipresci prize, finds similarity in another 2012 Foreign-Language submission, Ursula Meier’s “Sister,” and last year’s enigmatic Cannes Grand Jury winner from the Dardenne brothers, “Kid with a Bike.” Each film centers on a neglected boy, with a sensitive eye to the fundamentally loving yet insufficiently responsible adults around him.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 6, 2012 7:36 AM
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Rachel Weisz Talks 'Deep Blue Sea,' Consuming Love [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO] UPDATE

Rachel Weisz is a terrific actress at the height of her beauty and power who is trying to push good roles up the hill, with varying results, from "The Whistleblower" to "Agoura."  (More mainstream thriller "Dream House" yielded husband Daniel Craig, but was not a critics' picture.) UPDATE: Now she has won Best Actress from the New York Film Critics Circle for her towering powrformance in "The Deep Bliue Sea."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 3, 2012 3:08 PM
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Iconic Images from French New Wave in Raymond Cauchetier's Photos De Cinéma Exhibit

Raymond Cauchetier's photographs of the French New Wave are treasures of the period. His photographs, from the sets of films such as Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless" (he was the official on-set photographer) and François Truffaut's "Jules et Jim" are iconic. Gorgeous exhibition collection Photos De Cinéma is on view at Santa Monica's Peter Fefferman Gallery until December 6.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 30, 2012 6:25 AM
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Magnolia Takes Tobias Lindholm's AFI Fest-Winner 'A Hijacking' Hostage for North America

Magnolia Pictures has picked up North American rights to Danish director Tobias Lindholm's second feature "A Highjacking." The film, which follows the complex fallout after a cargo ship is taken hostage by Somali pirates, has had a strong fest streak, including Venice, Toronto and AFI FEST, where it took home the Audience Award...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 15, 2012 2:45 PM
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Focus World Takes US Rights to Kormákur's 'The Deep,' Iceland's Foreign Language Oscar Submission

Focus World has taken US rights to "The Deep," Iceland's submission to the Foreign Oscar race, and plans a release within the first half of 2013.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 13, 2012 3:43 PM
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Export Company Roskino Brings Russia to AFM; Oscar Entry 'White Tiger' & Bestselling Adaptation 'Generation P,' Gravitas Hulu Package

Roskino, Russia's only state-run organization in charge of promoting and exporting Russian films internationally, has brought a selection of titles to this year's AFM (October 31 - November7). Roundup is below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • November 5, 2012 12:41 PM
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Ursula Meier's 'Sister' Chosen as Switzerland's Foreign Oscar Entry [Video Interview]

Ursula Meier's "Sister" has been chosen as Switzerland's entry into the Foreign Oscar race. The film opens October 5. Check out our story and interview below, originally published during the Los Angeles Film Festival.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 24, 2012 2:31 PM
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Documentary Community Calls for Release of Syrian Filmmaker Owra Nyrabia

A statement released by the International Documentary Association, signed by several major film organizations and filmmakers, is requesting the immediate release of Syrian filmmaker and festival director Owra Nyrabia...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 7, 2012 12:14 PM
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Exclusive First Look at Poster & Clip for Swedish WWII Epic 'Simon and the Oaks'

Check out our exclusive first look at the poster and a clip for Sweden's "Simon and the Oaks." Swedish director Lisa Ohlin's "Simon and the Oaks," based on Marianne Fredriksson's bestselling novel and recipient of thirteen nominations for Sweden's Guldbagge Awards, will hit US theaters on October 12...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 20, 2012 1:44 PM
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New Poster for Stop-Motion 'Toys in the Attic,' English-Language Version Stars Whitaker, Cusack & Elwes

Hannover House's English language version of stop-motion Czech film "Toys in the Attic" is heading to theaters September 7. The film, voiced by Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack and Cary Elwes, and directed by Jiri Barta, was the grand prize winner at the New York International Children's Film Festival. Check out the newly released poster and synopsis below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 31, 2012 4:27 PM
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