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From lead roles in Hollywood to the stages of Paris, Greta Scacchi’s acting career has taken her around the world. But the 57-year-old is particularly fond of the cinema of Italy, where she was born. I think that, as in many countries in the world, Italy is in a period of change,” Scacchi told RN Drive. “There’s been a struggle with economic pressures and with the pressures of informal immigration. “Because of the shifting identity of Italy, and the difficulties that people are suffering there, the cinema is beginning to produce a kind of new neo-realism that’s as gritty and real…

Loving Vincent is a unique and beautiful animated film about the Life and art of Vincent van Gogh. We had the opportunity to have a video interview with Co-director of the film Dorota Kobiela. https://vimeo.com/234551496 LOVING VINCENT is the world’s first fully painted feature film. Written & directed by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman, produced by Poland’s BreakThru Films & UK’s Trademark Films.LOVING VINCENT is the world’s first fully painted feature film. Written & directed by Dorota Kobiela & Hugh Welchman, produced by Poland’s BreakThru Films & UK’s Trademark Films. The film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to…

Rahman Oladigbolu, based in Boston, U.S., is a writer and filmmaker best known in the continent for winning the Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) 2015, for Best Film by An African Living Abroad with his debut In America. His second feature, Theory Conflict, was nominated for the 2016 edition of AMAA. He recently secured the approval to adapt Chimamanda Adichie’s poem ‘A Private Experience’ into a movie. The script is ready and Oladigbolu will soon hit location, funds permitting. He spoke with FLORENCE UTOR about the project, his experience as an African filmmaker living in the U.S. What have you…

While the Trump era in America has enraged and galvanized feminists here, there’s a women’s liberation movement in India that is still struggling for the most basic rights and freedoms. Of course, India is a very different nation and it has far more misogynistic traditions, patriarchal prejudices and an inert legal system to overcome. The marked prevalence of violence against women there is appalling. Thankfully, there is a tradition of Indian feminism that is now getting a spark by a slate of new films this year, including, “Anaarkali of Aarah,” about a female singer who exacts revenge after being abused,…

Overreaching, particularly following success, can be the kiss of death for sales and distribution companies. German arthouse kingpin The Match Factory has avoided this fate by making an art of building and understanding its audience. Founded in 2006 by former Bavaria Film Group executive Michael Weber and Pandora Film’s Reinhard Brundig and Karl Baumgartner, the Cologne-based sales outfit has built an enviable roster of regular collaborators such as directors Aki Kaurismaki, Fatih Akin and Christian Petzold. The company has handled a steady stream of festival winners over the past decade including Palme d’Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past…

Victory’s House conveys a known fact, new nations are rarely born in peace… India, 1947: Lord Mountbatten (Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville) is dispatched, along with his wife Edwina (Gillian Anderson), to New Delhi to oversee the country’s transition from British rule to independence. Taking his place in the resplendent mansion known as the Viceroy’s House, Mountbatten arrives hopeful for a peaceful transference of power. But ending centuries of colonial rule in a country divided by deep religious and cultural differences proves no easy undertaking, setting off a seismic struggle that threatens to tear India apart. With sumptuous period detail, director Gurinder…

Slovenian filmmaker Damjan Kozole won the Eurimages Co-production Development Award, worth €20,000, at the Sarajevo Film Festival’s CineLink for his new project Half-Sister (see the news), a story of two estranged sisters who are, after 25 years of barely seeing each other, forced by circumstances to share an apartment. Cineuropa spoke to Kozole about his project, the award, how the production landscape in Europe has been changing over the last 20 years, and what kind of trends in filmmaking he sees as being positive. Cineuropa: In your films, you often take family ties or relationships between friends as a starting…

Iranian film star Leila Hatami was at West Vancouver’s Kay Meek Centre on Saturday, Aug. 12 at 4 p.m. for a screening of Dariush Mehrjui’s 1996 feature, Leila, in which Hatami made her film debut opposite her future husband, Ali Mosaffa. Hatami is one of Iranian cinema’s most iconic actors. Her 2011 film, A Separation, directed by Asghar Farhadi, won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Picture, as well as the Hollywood Golden Globe, Berlin Golden Bear and French César for Best Picture. Hatami also won Best Actress honors at the Berlin Film Fest for her role in the film.…

COLUMBUS is a beautiful film, directed by Written and Directed by Kogonada. We will have a review of  COLUMBUS very soon, but to introduce this great work of art, we share an interview that has been done with the director. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9N2kCHp_HE When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana – a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops,…

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