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Programmers for the ninth annual Milwaukee Film Festival have chosen 297 features, shorts and documentaries that combine life and art to illustrate how powerful the medium can be in the hands of master filmmakers. Building awareness of what film is capable of has been the festival’s purpose since its inception. A story em-pathetically and effectively told has the power to entertain and also change people’s thoughts and move them to action, according to Jonathan Jackson. He’s the artistic and executive director of Milwaukee Film, the nonprofit organization that runs the festival. It is the festival team’s job to screen hard-to-find…

This year marks the 36th for the Vancouver International Film Festival, and in 2017 it features 365 films from more than 70 countries. That’s a lot of screen time. From Hollywood heavyweights to indie darlings to foreign fare that can shake up your world view VIFF is a veritable cinematic candy store. With so much programming though a first glance at the schedule can be a bit overwhelming. For rookie attendees homework is highly recommended. Get your hands on a festival program (various locations in Vancouver and online) and treat it as your bible.  Have a plan and be open…

The Chicago International Film Festival announced the lineup Monday for next month’s 53rd annual fest, running October 12–26. Among the high-profile fall films on the slate is Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Lady Bird, starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf; the latter is being touted as a potential Oscar nominee. Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy The Shape of Water, featuring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer and Michael Shannon, will be the closing night presentation, with Shannon in attendance. The Chadwick Boseman–starring biopic Marshall was previously announced as the opening-night film, with Boseman, co-star Josh Gad and director Reginald Hudlin expected to attend. Other…

Egyptian movie “A day for Women” has won the Grand Competition at the African Film Festival in Khouribga, Morocco. Director Kamel Wagih Abouzekri and actress/producer Elham Shaheen received the Ousmane Sembene award at the end of the 20th edition of the film festival in Morocco. The award comes days after filmmakers Shaheen, Nelly Karim and Nahed Al-Sibai won Best Actors’ Awards from the Kazan International Film Festival in the Russian Federation of Tatarstan. The film traces the stories of women from various social backgrounds who gather on Sundays to swim at a new pool that opened in their neighborhood.  Fourteen movies competed in…

Alen Drljević’s debut feature Men Don’t Cry / Muškarci ne plačuwas screened in the competition of the 20th Slovenian Film Festival in Portorož (12-16 September 2017). This brilliantly directed drama, which explores how we can only forgive others once we have forgiven ourselves, has been chosen as the official candidate from Bosnia and Herzegovina for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences nomination 2017 in the Best Foreign Language Film category. When two decades after the war a group of war veterans gathers in a remote mountain hotel to undergo therapy, harmony can hardly be expected. Each inconsiderate word, each seemingly angry…

It’s only on its second year, but the “Asian Next Wave” competition of the annual QCinema Film Festival is becoming an important segment of the event. It highlights up-and-coming Asian filmmakers with less than three features to their name. Much like its debut last year, only six feature films make up the “Asian Next Wave” segment. Unlike last year, there are no Filipino movies included this year, which is happening from Oct 19-28. Below are the six movies: 1. Dragonfly Eyes The debut movie of Chinese artist Xu Bing, Dragonfly Eyes uses actual surveillance-camera recordings to show the story of…

Auteur films by famed cinema names and established contemporary directors will attract audiences to this year’s Batumi International Art-House Film Festival (BIAFF) to Georgia’s Black Sea coast starting this Sunday. Opening with George Ovashvili’s latest feature Khibula, the festival will go on to screen around 80 works by directors from 30 countries. The program will feature 10 films in the Feature Films Competition section, with nine works in the Documentary Films Competition section and 25 selections for the Short Films Competition. Beside the three major sections, the event will showcase the Masters Collection section dedicated to films by celebrated directors including Andrey Zvyagintsev…

The Maumee Film Festival, a chance for Toledo area filmmakers to show their skills behind the camera, is hosted at the Maumee Indoor Theater, Saturday, Sept. 23. This year’s panel of judges, who personally watch and rank the submitted films, includes Katie Holmes, her sister Tamera Fretti and Maumee native and actor Robert Knepper, best known for his role on the FOX series Prison Break. The third annual festival includes a short film challenge, an open genre competition where films of 12 minutes or less compete for cash prizes, as well as the Project-4 Challenge, where filmmakers get four days…

Moviegoers attend the Duhok International Film Festival over the weekend in the Kurdistan Region. Photos: By author DUHOK, Kurdistan Region — Inspired by hope for a safer future, the fifth Duhok International Film Festival (IFF) is starting to gain international recognition, while aiming to improve the cinema community locally and worldwide. “At the beginning, especially, it was difficult to convince foreign film makers that this area is a safe area, not just a place for political conflicts, war and the things that the mainstream media usually talk about,” said Program Manager Bina Qeredaxi of the week-long event that stretches from…

Eminem has ventured back into the world of film, and he may have another hit on his hands. Bodied is an Eminem-produced satire that tells the story of a white graduate student who uses battle rap as a thesis subject and becomes obsessed with the competitive culture. The film, directed by music director Joseph Kahn, features cameos from Calum Worthy, Charlamagne Tha God, Jackie Long, and various King of the Dot, URL and FreshCoast battle rappers like Dizaster, Loaded Lux and Dumbfounded. The two-hour film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival Thursday (September 7) and was a huge hit, packing…

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