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Nechama Rivlin, wife of Israeli president Reuven Rivlin, says she is pleased that the controversial Israeli film “Foxtrot” will be screened in France, saying she thought the movie “was full of compassion.” Rivlin’s comments came during an interview on Wednesday with Asaf Liberman on Kan 88 radio, in response to a decision by the Foreign Ministry to boycott the opening ceremony of the Israeli film festival in Paris because of the film, which was directed by Samuel Maoz. “If we are talking about movies, then I want to speak about the film ‘Foxtrot.’ I watched it and liked it a lot,” said…

Controversial government practices are preventing several filmmakers behind an Oscar-nominated title from attending the Academy Awards. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the producer (Kareem Abeed) and subject (White Helmets founder Mahmoud Al-Hattar) of Feras Fayyad’s Last Men in Aleppo — the first Syrian-produced and -directed title to be recognized by the Academy — will not attend the March 4 ceremony. They claim Syrian officials refused to expedite their travel visa process — made more complicated by President Donald Trump’s recently-implemented travel ban — as their film competes for the best documentary feature Academy Award. The film chronicles the real-life recovery missions…

The annual Fajr Film Festival (FFF) came to an end on Sunday at Tehran’s Milad Tower after presenting awards to the best of cinematic productions in the past year. The event was attended by Iran’s First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri, Culture Minister Abbas Salehi, Director of the 36th Fajr Film Festival Ebrahim Darougheh-Zadeh and Director of Cinema Organization of Iran Mohammad-Mahdi Heidarian. The full list of winners are: Best Film Crystal Simorgh was granted to ‘The Lost Strait’ by Saeed Malekan. The other nominees for the award were ‘Bomb: A Love Story’, ‘In the Levant Time’, ‘The Woodpecker’, ‘Underwater Cypress’,…

The Indy’s Gordon Glasgow is in Germany for the fest and will be providing regular coverage. Here’s the lay of the land. And it’s as if not enough photographs have been taken, red carpets walked, cocktail parties thrown. The film industry’s capacity to celebrate itself cannot be underestimated. So it goes that the 68th Berlin Film Festival, one of international cinema’s marquee events, will begin Thursday, Feb. 15. I’ll be in Berlin providing regular coverage of the festival’s films, press conferences, events, atmosphere and so on. This year’s jury is led by acclaimed West-German filmmaker Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run,…

Burbank, Ca — February 8, 2018 — At Cinema Without Borders, we are thrilled to announce Go Energistics as the new sponsor of our Bridging The Borders Award.  The humanistic goals of GoE executives, their broad vision of how people of our world should come together, and their understanding of how the art of filmmaking bridges over invisible borders makes them the perfect match for the Bridging The Borders Award. The Bridging The Borders Award, sponsored by Go Energistics, will be offered at the Palm Springs ShortFest International Film Festival, The Southeast European Film Festival – Los Angeles, The Polish…

Istanbul Modern Cinema is presenting the fifth installment of “Rendezvous with Directors,” a program hosting a series of meetings featuring directors who stand out for their artistic identities and unique approaches in Turkey’s contemporary film culture. This year’s guest of the series is Ümit Ünal, a director who initially entered the world of cinema through Yeşilçam and wrote screenplays of renowned films that left their mark on the 1980s. Among Ünal’s prominent screenplays from the time are “My Aunt” (Teyzem, 1986) directed by Halit Refiğ, which once won the grand prize of the Milliyet Newspaper Screenplay Competition, Atıf Yılmaz’s “My…

It seems like a periodic ritual now, in this age. Any film that becomes popular or celebrated beyond a certain point invites ‘think pieces’ from the contrarians or even worse, allegations of plagiarism. La La Land was accused of upholding white supremacy stereotypes… right after it earned a record 14 nominations at last year’s Oscars. Closer home, Amit Masurkar’s Newton after earning unanimous acclaim and becoming India’s official entry to the Oscars, was accused of copying an Iranian film Secret Ballot. Even though the producer of the Iranian film himself dismissed any similarities between the two films. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=XFYWazblaUA And now, it’s Guillermo del Toro’s The…

Academy Awards announced the nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film Award: A Fantastic Woman (Chile), The Insult (Lebanon), Loveless (Russia), Body and Soul (Hungary) and The Square (Sweden). Good news is that The Insult, Winner of Cinema Without Borders’ Bridging The Borders Award is among the nominees. The big disappointment is that In The Fade,a masterpiece by Fatih Akin is missing from the list of nominees. Chile, A Fantastic Woman , Director: Sebastián Lelio A Fantastic Woman (Spanish: Una mujer fantástica) is a 2017 Chilean drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio. It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear in the main competition section of…

On Sunday March 11th at 4 PM at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust there will be a film screening and discussion with Director Philippe Mora with his film, Monsieur Mayonnaise, chronicling Philippe’s father’s clandestine role in the French Resistance during World War II and his mother’s miraculous escape en route to Auschwitz. Monsieur Mayonnaise is an artist’s epic adventure into his Jewish family’s Resistance to Nazi oppression, revealing an incredible secret past. French Australian artist and Award winning film-maker, Philippe Mora, adopts a Film Noir persona to tell his family’s story. He also packs his paints and easel, as…

January 7th, 2018 – Tonight In the Fade from Germany, directed by Fatih Akin, won the Best Foreign language Film Award. https://vimeo.com/250059059 In the Fade (German: Aus dem Nichts) is a 2017 German drama film directed by Fatih Akin. It was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or in the main competition section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. At Cannes, Diane Kruger won the Best Actress award. It was selected as the German entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards. The film is named after a song by the American rock band Queens of…

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