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Berlinale-Selected John Skoog Tops Goteborg’s Startsladden with ‘Reduit (Redoubt)’

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GOTEBORG — John Skoog’s “Reduit (Redoubt)” has won the 12th Goteborg Festival’s Startsladden, one of the world’s largest short film prizes, carrying a nearly Sk500,000 ($64,000) prize in cash, film equipment and services. A hauntingly beautiful film about a man who once erected a fortress in the countryside, “Reduit” (Redoubt)” was one of eight titles… Read more »

Sundance Film Review: ‘Last Days in the Desert’

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A filmmaker known primarily for his perceptive melodramas about women, from “Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her ” to “Mother and Child,” now turns his attention to a primal tale of fathers and sons — including the Son of Man himself — in “Last Days in the Desert,” a quietly captivating and remarkably… Read more »

Sundance: Fox Searchlight Closes Deal on ‘Me and Earl’

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Fox Searchlight has closed to pick up “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” Variety has learned. It’s easy to understand the studio’s enthusiasm. The dramedy about a high school student who is basically strong-armed into befriending a classmate with cancer earned a standing ovation when it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday. In a laudatory… Read more »

Korea Box Office: ‘Gangnam Blues,’ ‘Big Hero 6’ Finally Topple ‘Ode’

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SEOUL — “Ode to My Father,” which had sat on top of the Korean box office for the past six weeks, was finally toppled. But newcomers “Gangnam Blues” and “Big Hero 6” were almost neck and neck over the Jan. 19—25 January. “Gangnam Blues,” a local noir action movie written and directed by Yoo Ha,… Read more »

SAG Awards 2015: The Biggest Snubs and Surprises

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The SAG Awards are often seen as a good indicator of who will win the Oscars — actors make up the biggest part of the Academy voting body — but the biggest surprises at the ceremony were in the TV categories, including Netflix cleaning up and “Modern Family” finally getting snubbed. Still, Eddie Redmayne, along… Read more »