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Melbourne 2015 Review: SPEED SISTERS, A Slick And Slight Delight

Speed Sisters is a slick and entertaining documentary about a group of obsessed and undermined women who compete professionally in the West Bank rally race circuit. Providing a point of view that is strictly and politically feminine, the film surprisingly... More »
  

IN HER PLACE: Watch The Trailer For Kevin Hamedani's LAFF Selected Iranian Drama

To say that In Her Place represents a departure for director Kevin Hamedani ... well, departure is probably not a forceful enough word. For his latest effort, Hamedani - writer and director of Zombies Of Mass Destruction - teamed with... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Babak Anvari's UNDER THE SHADOW Wraps! Check The First Stills And Poster Art

It was just over a month ago that BAFTA nominated director Babak Anvari began the shoot on his Farsi language horror film Under The Shadow in Jordan, and with that shoot now complete Twitch is pleased to bring you the... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

6 DAYS: Jamie Bell, Mark Strong And Abbie Cornish Lead Cast On Next From DEAD LANDS Director

Deadline is reporting that Jamie Bell, Mark Strong and Abbie Cornish have been cast as leads in Toa Fraser's embassy siege thriller 6 Days. Fraser is re-teaming with his Dead Lands writer Glenn Standring and producer Matthew Metcalfe. XYZ Films... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Farsi Language Horror UNDER THE SHADOW Begins Shoot In Jordan

I read a lot of scripts. I mean a lot of scripts. Reading scripts has become a fundamental part of my working day since becoming a part of XYZ Films and let me tell you - most of them are... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Ari Folman Reveals His ANNE FRANK Animation Project

Earlier today, the Thompson On Hollywood site showed concept art and behind-the-scenes pictures from Ari Folman's as yet untitled animated "Anne Frank" project. And it definitely warrants a close look indeed. To say we're big fans of Ari Folman here... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

New Directors/New Films 2015: 10 Notable Selections From An Impressive Slate

As this year's edition of New Directors/New Films, co-programmed by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art, winds up (it closes tomorrow), the festival once again confirms its stellar reputation for introducing New Yorkers to... More »
  

NYC Happenings: First Time Fest 2015 Showcases And Supports New Talent In Its Third Edition

First Time Fest, which runs this year through March 9, is now in its third edition, and the festival continues its mission to support and spotlight first-time filmmakers with a competition (grand prize is distribution by Cinema Libre Studio), panels,... More »
  

ANOTHER WORLD: Check Out The Trailer For The Israeli Zombie Film

We've been keeping our eye on Israeli director Eitan Reuven and his zombie apocalypse film Another World for quite some time now and with the film now complete and through its festival run a new poster and theatrical trailer have... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Watch Mesmerizing Sci-Fi Short LAST OF YOU

Israeli filmmaker Dan Sachar has been a favorite around these parts since an early student film of his, When It Will Be Silent, came on our radar in 2009.Sachar's meditative, mystical short form works over the years have culminated with... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Hey Toronto! Win Tickets For A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

The Iranian-American festival hit A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is coming to the TIFF Bell Lightbox for the Winter Season program. It opens on the 23rd of January and will be brought to us by the fine people... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Iranian Martial Arts Star Ramin Sohrab Kicks His Way Through The MALEK Promo

What's that? An Iranian martial arts star seems like an unlikely sort of thing to you? Well, I'd wager very few people were wondering where the next Iranian vampire story would come from before A Girl Walks Home Alone At... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

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 »
By Andrew Mack   
  
 
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