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Vicente Aranda To Head Montreal FF Jury
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Known as the “Yiddish Mark Twain”, early 20th century author and fabulist Sholem Aleichem is probably best known today for his stories about Tevye, an impoverished milkman in Czarist Russia, which was adapted into the hit Broadway musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Now, a new documentary SHOLEM ALEICHEM:
Portrait Of A Madman | Film Festival Today
Dreamboat British actor Dominic Cooper (MAMMA MIA!, AN EDUCATION) steps up to leading man stature in THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE, a harrowing and unsettling portrait of the consequences of complete and corruptible power. The film tells the true and truly sickening story of Uday Hussein, the power-mad and sad
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Stephen King Fantasy Film Off Track (For Now) | Film Festival Today
Novelist Stephen King is in the news again this week with the surprise announcement that Universal Pictures has passed on the big screen adaptation of his popular novel series THE DARK TOWER, which was to be produced and directed by Oscar winner Ron Howard. The studio chose not to get involved in th
One World One Day | Film Festival Today
July 24th, 2010 was not a particularly extraordinary day on Planet Earth. Yes, there was a full moon, the World Cup championship had just ended and many parts of the globe were gripped in an oppressive heat wave. But it was a day marked more by ordinariness and the simple living out of lives than a
A Universal Message Of Hope | Film Festival Today
LIFE, ABOVE ALL, a gritty drama from South Africa, is about as far as one can get from a feel-good summer blockbuster. However, it is a testament to the quality of the film and the courage of its distributor Sony Pictures Classics to bring out this highly rewarding yet disturbing film at the height
New York: The Hebron Dilemma at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival | Film Festival Today
THIS IS MY LAND…HEBRON is among the most important films featured at the June 2011 New York Human Rights Watch Film Festival. It is an outstanding Italian-Israeli documentary coproduced by Giulia Amati and Stephen Natanson which has received many rewards since its release in 2010. The film presents
NEWFEST: A Meeting Of New York’s LGBT Clan | Film Festival Today
“Film festivals for the LGBT community are not just about cinema”, Lesli Klainberg, NewFest’s Executive Director commented in a phone interview. “They have always functioned as community building events where like-minded audiences can commune in the presence of filmmakers in a shared experience.” Th
Errol Morris’ Tabloid Tale | Film Festival Today
Oscar winning documentarian Errol Morris has had more than his share of interesting interview subjects in his 30 year plus career, but perhaps none is quite as gonzo as the one he captures in his new film TABLOID, which opens in limited release this week (and is available on most VOD platforms). The
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Graham Leggat Steps Down In San Francisco | Film Festival Today
News has come from the Bay Area that Graham Leggat, the widely admired and respected Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society has stepped down effective immediately due to his on-going health issue challenges. In his six-year tenure, Leggat brought an indomitable energy, considerable sav
Film Review: Incendies | Film Festival Today
When Nawal Marwan’s (Lubna Azabal) Will is read by notary and friend Jean Lebel (Remy Girard) – who employed her for 18 years – the bitterness of her twin children, Jeanne (Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin) and Simon (Maxim Gaudette), that they harbor toward their mother is evident.
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Indies Versus The Mega Blockbusters | Film Festival Today
It has never been a fair fight….particularly during the summer season. The Hollywood promotion machine is at its zenith in the summer period, still its most lucrative of the year. Like gold coins coming out of a slot machine, the studios release their biggest and most expensive films of the year (al
Film Review: Larry Crowne | Film Festival Today
I call it “The Sixth Sense Syndrome”. M. Night Shyamalan’s blockbuster 1999 film had a budget of $40 million and an estimated worldwide box office of $672,806,292. Nia Vardalos’s 2002 film, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, had a budget of $5 million and the worldwide gross was estimated at $368,744,044.
Tales Of A Celebrated Chimp | Film Festival Today
While there are those naysayvers who continue to deny the realities of evolution, the truth of the matter is that human beings are just one evolutionary rung up the ladder from the monkeys from which we evolved. In this sense, monkeys are our first cousins and perhaps in studying their behavior, we
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John Turturro’s Neapolitan Passion | Film Festival Today
As Americans (and by extension immigrants, no matter when our ancestors happened to come here), we seem perpetually fascinated by our roots. Perhaps by exploring where one comes from, one can get the sharpest sense of who one is and where one is going. This seems to be the driving spirit behind PASS
An Immigrant’s American Dream | Film Festival Today
As America moves strongly and steadily from being a country dominated by its white population to being an increasingly multi-cultural place (particularly with the explosive population growth and increased political influence of the Latino community), stories about immigrants (both legal and illegal)
Turning East: New York Asian Film Festival | Film Festival Today
On the heels of an announcement in last week’s New York Times that Asians and Asian-Americans make up nearly 25% of New York City’s population (a staggering explosion in the past 20 years), the currency of a film festival devoted to Asian cinema could not be timelier. Asian voices, from both outside
Hush Hush At The New York Times | Film Festival Today
At the most challenging time for daily newspapers in their entire history, the New York Times continues to be the nation’s newspaper of record. However, even at the venerable paper, news gathering and publishing are undergoing rapid transformations, and the New York Times has had to cut its staff to
Women’s Work In Rural Tibet | Film Festival Today
In rural Tibet, gathering 80 pounds of potable water 3 to 4 times a day is a backbreaking but necessary job. It is also considered women’s work. WATER, a new short film by Bari Pearlman, follows one such woman on this herculean task as she spends hours traveling to and from the local water source, f
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Film Feast In A Company Town | Film Festival Today
While it may seem counter-intuitive, Los Angeles is a notoriously difficult town to generate excitement for films. As a company town that lives, breathes and eats cinema, it has been, over the decades, rather indifferent to its own local film festivals. While L.A. professionals certainly love to tra
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Dancing An Irish Jig | Film Festival Today
Screen Media Films is releasing the Irish dance documentary JIG in limited release starting this week. The film, by former television director Sue Bourne who makes her feature documentary debut here, is definitely indebted to famed Irish dance entrepreneur Michael Flatley, whose RIVERDANCE has been
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