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Maren Ade’s ‘Toni Erdmann’ Sweeps 29th European Film Awards

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Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann’ swept five awards, including film, director and screenwriter at the 29th European Film Awards during a ceremony held in Wroclaw, Poland. “Toni Erdmann” also won best actress for Sandra Hüller and best actor for Peter Simonischek. Ade, who dedicated her screenwriting prize to her father, won best director over Ken Loach,… Read more »

Off Broadway Review: ‘The Wolves’

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The opening scene of Sarah DeLappe’s exhilarating play “The Wolves,” which depicts the tough, tender and complicated lives of nine members of a girl’s high school indoor soccer team, is a wall of overlapping jabber. As the team warms up for their game, they chatter about sex, menstrual periods, the Khmer Rouge, their parents, snake-handling,… Read more »

Doha Film Institute Recruits Farhadi, Dumont, Panh, as Qumra Masters

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi (“A Separation”) (pictured), French auteur Bruno Dumont (“Slack Bay”), and Cambodian-born documentary filmmaker Rithy Panh (“Exile”) are the first recruited masters for the Doha Film Institute’s 2017 Qumra event which blends creative workshop and festival elements. “I think it’s great for us to have this diversity,”… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Office Christmas Party’ Tops ‘Moana’ on Friday With $6.6 Million

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“Office Christmas Party” is a winner on Friday during a sleepy box office weekend after earning $6.6 million at 3,210 locations, on its way to a $17 million opening weekend. “Moana,” now in its third week for Disney, took in $4.1 million at 3,875 locations. Despite coming in second to “Christmas Party” on Friday, the… Read more »

French-Tunisian Auteur Raja Amari on Sensual Drama ‘Foreign Body’

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In a certain sense, French-Tunisian director-writer Raja Amari creates feminist thrillers, even if she may not choose to describe them that way. In her debut feature “Red Satin” (2002), a respectable widow spies on her daugher and then defies convention to become a belly dancer. The dark fairy tale “Buried Secrets” (2009) investigates the effects… Read more »

IFFAM: Chinese ‘Hide and Seek’ Remake Competes in Macao

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The Chinese-language remake of 2013 Korean thriller “Hide and Seek” screened for an overseas audience for the first time at the International Film Festival and Awards Macao on Saturday. Produced by Village Roadshow Pictures Asia, the local production arm of Village Roadshow group, the film is directed by Golden Horse winner Liu Jie (“Courthouse on… Read more »

Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande Bring in the Holidays at Jingle Ball in New York City

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Thousands of screaming fans at Madison Square Garden on Friday night — who never seemed to tire of wailing louder and louder for each consecutive artist — were treated to a snapshot of the current state of popular music at Z100’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball. Before the show on the red carpet, celebrities including Chris Rock,… Read more »

16th Marrakech Film Festival Wraps With a Reinforced World Cinema Imprint

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MARRAKECH, Morocco — The 16th Marrakech film fest wraps today, Saturday, with the closing ceremony featuring Fatih Akin’s “Goodbye Berlin” and announcement of the films that will win the Golden Star for best film and the best actor and best actress. This year’s edition had a very strong world cinema imprint, highly influenced by the… Read more »

Paul Verhoeven on ‘Elle’ Star Isabelle Huppert, Producer Said Ben Said & Future Projects

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Paul Verhoeven has become an unwavering fan of Isabelle Huppert, the star of his critically-acclaimed film “Elle” which reps France in the foreign-language Oscar race. “Several times during the shoot she became explosive and did things that were not in the script because she was so deep in character. In normal times, I would have… Read more »

Marrakech Pays Tribute to Isabelle Adjani

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MARRAKECH, Morocco — On its penultimate night, the 16th Marrakech Film Festival paid tribute to acclaimed French actress Isabelle Adjani, the only person to have ever one five best actress prizes at France’s Cesar Awards. She has also been nominated for an Academy Award on two occasions, for François Truffaut’s “The Story of Adele H.”… Read more »