MELBOURNE, THE BOY AND THE WORLD Win at Cairo 2014

The Iranian film Melbourne was awarded the Golden Pyramid for Best Picture at the Cairo International Film Festival this past Tuesday. I was lucky enough to attend the festival for this first time this year; besides having an excellent programming... More »
  

Cairo 2014 Review: MELBOURNE, An Intense Domestic Suspense

One of the most gripping films I've seen in ages, Nima Javidi's fiction feature debut Melbourne just won the Golden Pyramid for Best Film at the Cairo International Film Festival, and deservedly so. It proves that you don't need an... More »
  

Cairo 2014 Review: DECOR, A Modern Meta-Twist on the 'Woman's Picture'

Maha and her husband Sherif are talented set designers, who have been hired to work on their first commercial film (as oppose to the independent, art house films they usually prefer). On the first day of shooting, when Maha is... More »
  

Cairo 2014 Review: SILVERED WATER, SYRIA SELF PORTRAIT Will Break Your Heart

We often see fleeting images of war and its victims, or brief scenes of torture on the news, but these are often presented in a sensational way, or sometimes sanitized, or more than often, ignored if they are happening in... More »
  

Cairo 2014 Review: THE CUT, A Good Epic Journey

With the exception of Atom Egoyan's Ararat, the Armenian Genocide has not had much attention in Western cinema. German-Turkish filmmaker Fatih Akin, whose previous films have often looked at issues of the marginalized, transnational cultures and violence, attempts to tackle... More »
  

Cairo 2014 Review: THEEB Doesn't Quite Live Up to its Promise

Stories of war or violent conflict can often seem more acute and terrifying through the eyes of a child, especially if it is only from the periphery, when the child knows less than the audience. Theeb, Jordanian director Naji Abu's... More »
  

Busan 2014 Review: The Wonderfully Surreal SELF-MADE Has More Than A Few Screws Loose

Shita Geffen's Self-Made could be the strangest film I have ever seen. Part black-comedy, part surreal drama, and all feminist parable, the film follows two very different women as they inexplicably swap identities.This is vastly complicated by the locations... More »
  

Crowdfund This: The Short Film PRINCE ALI Will Embrace Cultural Perspective

The dramatic short film Prince Ali would mark quite the departure of style from what we would expect of director Kevin Hamedani and screenplay writer Max Borenstein. Hamedani wrote and directed the horror flick Zombies of Mass Destruction. Borenstein wrote Godzilla.... More »
  

Opening: THE GREEN PRINCE Documents A Moral Quagmire

The documentary The Green Prince tells the story of a unique connection between two men. Mosab Hassan Yousef is the son of one of the founders of the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Arrested at the age of 17, he was... More »
  

Watch A New Teaser For Israeli Action / SciFi ANOTHER WORLD

Eitan Reuven's Israeli scifi / action film Another World is off to a strong start on its international festival run, picking up the Best Picture prize at the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival and with the film gearing up... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Watch The U.S. Trailer For Palme d'Or Winner WINTER SLEEP

Equally hailed and disregarded for a plethora of reasons that could probably fill its near 3 and a half hour running time, Nuri Belge Ceylan, Turkey's preeminent filmmaker on the international stage, nonetheless walked away from this year's Cannes with... More »
  

Review: THE CONGRESS, Ambitious And Mostly Successful

Loosely based on the sci-fi musings of Stanislav Lem, Ari Folman follows up his Oscar-nominated Waltz With Bashir with this ambitious and mostly successful exploration of celebrity, cinema and the subconscious. One of the biggest criticisms of Cinema, and Hollywood... More »
  

Utopia: The Tel-Aviv International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film Announces First Titles

Presenting a marvelous banquet of fantastic titles with their first announcement, Utopia: The Tel-Aviv International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film has, in the proverbial sense, something for everyone -- as long as you have good taste in genre... More »
  

Legendary Producer Menahem Golan Has Died

Menaham Golan, a legendary filmmaker, has died at the age of 85, according to Haaretz. Golan began his career as a writer, producer, and director in the early 1960s, in partnership with his cousin Yoram Globus, but despite an Academy Award... More »
  

Elle Fanning To Play Mary Shelley In Film By WADJDA Director Haifaa al-Mansour

Nineteenth-century author Mary Shelley wrote her novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus, when she was 19 (just let that sink in for a minute.) The subject of countless adaptations and recreations, it is one of the two things for which she... More »
  

Crowdfund This! Political Drama BEFORE THE SPRING

What's fantastic about exploring the bevy of crowd-sourced film projects out there is just the sheer variety of the work that is being proposed. It is, in many ways, quite invigorating. Of course, quality and content is a concern when... More »
  

Cannes 2014 Review: SELF MADE, Funny, Savage, And Smart

Shira Geffen made a splash in 2007 with her debut Jellyfish, a film she co-directed with her husband, writer Etgar Keret. This time Geffen is going solo, and though she may not have many credits on her resume, her confidence... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

New Directors/New Films 2014 Offers Promising New Talents and Unique Visions From Across the Globe

The 43rd edition of New Directors/New Films, screening at The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art through March 30, once again offers a strong slate of distinctive, emerging voices from around the globe. Click through... More »
  

Interview: Hany Abu-Assad Talks OMAR And The Purity Of Cinema

Hany Abu-Assad's Omar, a political thriller and a love story set in the Occupied Territories, is Palestine's official entry for this year's Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. This is Abu-Assad's second nomination in that category since Paradise Now... More »
  

Rotterdam 2014: What The Audience Liked Best

(Forget the snobby arthouse critics... see what the PAYING people thought!) Last week saw the end of the 2014 edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Prizes were awarded, parties given... and the final audience ratings were added to the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  
 
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