World Cinema

Venice-Set French Thriller

You cannot get much better than having the city of Venice as your backdrop. Add to that the cinematic prowess of a French legend, and discriminating audiences have one of the best arthouse films of the moment. UNFORGIVEABLE, the latest … Continue reading

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Euro Docs Dominate

The flowering of European documentaries is in clear evidence at this year’s AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival. With what have been strong local funding support and the financial involvement of state-run television, documentarians have been able to take advantage of … Continue reading

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A Child Soldier’s Fate

Using documentary style technique but with a biting and controversial script, Canadian writer/director Kim Nguyen has created an astonishing account of a girl soldier struggling to survive in a conflict-torn central African state in WAR WITCH (originally titled REBELLE), which … Continue reading

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Open Roads To Italian Cinema

With the first summer breezes hitting New York, thoughts turn to Italy, and the annual Open Roads: New Italian Cinema series at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Since its debut in 2001, the mini-festival has become an important showcase … Continue reading

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Reality Show Dreams

While there remain strong differences in the world, a common theme in these economically challenging times is the dream of simple people who, stuck in their difficult circumstances, dream of a way out. And yet, if you have no discernible … Continue reading

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Miller Film To Close Cannes

The last film of Claude Miller, the veteran French filmmaker who died last month, will have its premiere as the closing night film of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.  The film, an adaptation of the novel Thérèse Desqueyroux by Francois … Continue reading

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Tribeca Hosts World Cinema

The 2012 Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), which runs from April 18 to 29 at various locations in New York City, is still an event in the process of defining itself. The hiring several months ago of former Cannes Directors Fortnight … Continue reading

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Woody Targets Copenhagen

Woody Allen could be looking to continue his tour of great European capitals, a critically acclaimed and financially successful late phase in his astonishing film career. The Oscar-winning director, who just won an award last month for his original screenplay … Continue reading

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Locarno Focus On Mexico

It is still several months away, but the industry is taking notice of the announcement that the Locarno Film Festival, one of Europe’s most prestigious film events, is dedicating its Carte Blanche series to Mexico this summer. This unique annual … Continue reading

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Polish Enfant Terrible

Dubbed the enfant terrible of Polish cinema, Andrzej Zulawski is one of the most controversial and polarizing filmmakers in the world. His work is not as well known in the United States as that of Kieslowski, Polanski, Holland and other … Continue reading

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