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BERLIN (Reuters) – A comedy depicting a movie director being protected by his family from a serial killer challenges stereotypes about Iran and Iranian women at the Berlin Film Festival, the director said on Wednesday. “There are strong women Pigin Iran and I chose to show them as opposed to conforming to this usual image that represents to you Iranian women as victims,” Iranian director Mani Haghighi said at a news conference after a screening of “Khook – Pig”. In the film, Hasan Kasmai, a filmmaker, starts to panic after being blacklisted and losing the actress he made a star…

The SoCal Film Festival is now the Huntington Beach Film Festival! The new name better represents this fest and helps promote the Huntington Beach to the visitors. Since 2005, the Huntington Beach Film Festival has been bringing the best of independent film to Southern California wonderful community. Set in the quintessential Southern California beach town, filmmakers, writers and passionate film-lovers from around the world have enjoyed all that Surf City USA has to offer. 2018 Huntington Beach Film Festival will run from February 22nd to February 24th. https://vimeo.com/256719560 The above is our video interview with  Alexandra Graham, the Programming Director of the Huntington…

BERLIN (Reuters) – Organizers of the Berlin International Film Festival on Wednesday declined a call to have movie stars walk a black, rather than red, carpet as a symbol of support for the campaign against sexual harassment in the industry. After January’s Golden Globes ceremony where people wore black on the red carpet to express solidarity with the movement, more than 21,000 people signed a petition calling for the carpet itself to change color at this year’s “Berlinale”. But one day before the festival opened, its director, Dieter Kosslick, said he understood the reasons for the campaign but had decided…

It’s fascinating to look back to “year one” of SFFLA. One wanted to think “build it and they will come.” But it was hard to know for sure—“Would they?” It was a new venture—a big commitment—and an exciting challenge. There were excellent films, big heavy boxes of film—yes, film—arriving with movies from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden from all over the world—some from Scandinavia, but other from a film festival in Egypt, Korea, Spain, Germany, and France. There were a few tense moments at LAX in customs. Print traffic was hardly an illustration of “Cinema without Borders.” We were…

Agnès Varda has been making movies for more than 60 years without any Oscars, so what would she need one for now? That’s the essence of the 89-year-old French filmmaker’s comments to the Associated Press about her dual nods from the Academy this year, one in the Best Documentary Feature category with her daughter Rosalie Varda and street artist JR for their film Faces Places, and one honorary Governors Award, which she received along with filmmaker Charles Burnett and actor Donald Sutherland last fall. And, well, it was nice—but nothing to base your self-esteem on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rKZcAiLHlY “There is nothing to be proud of, but happy,” she…

A gay conversion therapy drama and harrowing child slave rescue documentary topped the 2018 Sundance Film Festival Awards, held Saturday in Park City, Utah. Desiree Akhavan’s “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” took the Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. dramatic competition. It stars Chloe Grace Moretz as a young girl in ’90s who is caught kissing another female student and shipped off to conversion camp by her guardians. It costars Jennifer Ehle, Sasha Lane and John Gallagher Jr. Derek Doneen’s “Kailash” took the Grand Jury Prize in the U.S. Documentary competition. It follows the real-time rescue operation to free child…

‘White Rabbit,’ ‘Skate Kitchen,’ and ‘Shirkers’ are inventive female-driven stories of defiance and identity. Sundance Film Festival is often marked by movies that chart the struggle of individual expression. Three female-driven films in this year’s line up keep this tradition alive in portrayals of distinctive young women who strive to grow into their respective voices and form their very own, accepting friendship circles along the way. The stories told in Shirkers, White Rabbit and Skate Kitchen range from dark, mysterious accounts of personal history to hopeful and inspirational tales. What they have in common is defiant women leading their journey…

This year marks the 25th anniversary of this festival, established by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Rice Cinema. Screenings take place at both venues and at Asia Society Texas Center. Following the 2017 presentation of Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman, which went on to win the Academy Award for best foreign language film, this year’s selections include Breath, Iran’s submission for the 2018 awards. It is one of several narratives by and about young Iranian women, and, like Tehran Taboo, features the innovative use of animation. 24 Frames, the mesmerizing, experimental last film by the internationally celebrated Abbas Kiarostami…

The nominees for the Best film not in the English language at BAFTA 2018 was announced today. The five nominees are, Elle, First They Killed My Father, The Handmaiden, Loveless and The Salesman. Elle is a  psychological thriller film directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by David Birke, based on the novel Oh… by Philippe Djian. Djian’s novel was released in 2012 and received the Prix Interallié (National Literary Award).[4] The film stars Isabelle Huppert as a businesswoman who is raped in her home by a masked assailant and decides not to report it due to her past experience with police. https://youtu.be/H-iBBgcp7PY First They Killed…

The 19th Scandinavian Film Festival L.A. (SFFLA) will be on January 14, 15, 21 and 22. To learn more about the festival we had an interview with festival’s director and founder James Koenig. James Koenig is someone whose voice is heard in various arts arenas. He graduated from Northwestern University with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in voice continuing studies in Italy, Germany, and California. As a classical singer he has sung in opera and concert venues around the United States and in Europe. He also enjoys teaching, directing, and writing. He is the founder/director of the eighteen-year-old Scandinavian Film Festival…

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