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Iranian director Ashgar Farhadi twice walked off with an Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category this decade, first in 2012 and again in 2016. Now the country is hoping for similar success from Narges Abyar, whose “Nafas” (Breath) is in the running. Abyar is primarily a writer, but the 2004 film “Turtles Can Fly” directed by compatriot Bahman Ghobadi inspired her to film her own books. “At the beginning I did everything purely instinctively, because I did not have any academic film training,” the 46-year-old says, expressing surprise at the success her films have enjoyed. “Nafas” is now…

Intrinsically shaped by multiculturalism, Canadian director Ann Marie Fleming has amassed a body of work grounded in her curiosity to learn about cultures geographically distant from her own, but directly linked through a similar artistic spirit. Set largely in Iran, Fleming’s debut feature Window Horses—which follows the more than 30 short films she’s made in the last three decades—is a delicately crafted and heartwarming ode to borderless connections between people via creativity, and a love letter to Iranian poetry. The film had its U.S. premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival back in February, in the midst of the shameful…

Few people have had an as varied career as Matthew Vaughn. Having started as a producer, Vaughn has gone on to direct numerous well-received films, including British crime thriller Layer Cake, fantasy adventure Stardust, controversial black comedy Kick-Ass, superhero blockbuster X-Men: First Class, and — of course — Kingsman: The Secret Service. However, one thing Vaughn has never tackled is a sequel — until now. Kingsman: The Golden Circle marks Vaughn’s first time returning to a franchise as director (he acted as producer on Kick-Ass 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past). So what drew him back to this project…

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. The film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from all across the…

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…

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