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  • ‘Wife’ and ‘Widow’ Win Kolkata Festival

    ‘Wife’ and ‘Widow’ Win Kolkata Festival Prizes  

    Ash Mayfair’s Vietnamese film “The Third Wife” won best film at the 24th Kolkata international film festival’s international competition on Saturday. Mayfair’s debut feature previously won awards at Toronto, San Sebastian and Chicago. Mayfair was present to collect her award, presented by actress Tabu (“Life of Pi”) and filmmaker Shoojit Sircar. Kolkata’s international competition is known [...]

  • Los Reyes

    IDFA Film Review: 'Los Reyes'

    In late 1965, Gay Talese set out to profile Frank Sinatra for Esquire magazine. Sinatra refused to be interviewed but allowed the writer to hang around, observing, which he did for three months, racking up almost $5,000 in expenses. In the end, Talese penned what became one of the most memorable celebrity profiles ever written, [...]

  • ‘Shadow,’ ‘Elephant’ and Politics Dominate at

    ‘Shadow,’ ‘Elephant’ Take Top Honors at Politically-Tinged Golden Horse Awards

    The atmosphere on stage at the Golden Horse film awards ceremony in Taiwan on Saturday was politically-tinged. But the destination of the top prizes, at the event usually considered as the most prestigious for Chinese-language cinema, was largely predictable. Powerful period drama, “Shadow” was the numerical winner, taking home four prizes, including best director for [...]

  • Awkwafina, Moon So-ri, 'Bethany Hamilton' Take

    Awkwafina, Moon So-ri, 'Bethany Hamilton' Take Hawaii Festival Prizes

    Breakout acting star Awkwafina was on hand Saturday in Honolulu to receive the Halekulani Maverick Award from the Hawaii International Film Festival. The actress, writer and rapper this year starred in “Ocean’s 8” and “Crazy Rich Asians.” Japanese actor, Takumi Saito was also given a maverick award after his feature directing debut “Blank 13.” Leading [...]

  • Oscars: Is 'Vice' Star Christian Bale

    Oscars: Christian Bale Leaps Into the Lead Actor Race With Adam McKay's Sobering 'Vice'

    ’Tis the season for latter-year revelations. With Adam McKay’s new film “Vice,” a follow-up to his 2015 Oscar winner “The Big Short,” a major one has landed, though it’s hardly a surprise: Christian Bale might be in line to receive his second Academy Award to date, for his uncanny portrayal of former Vice President Dick [...]

  • PETERLOO

    'Peterloo' DP Dick Pope on the Making of a Massacre

    Cinematographer Dick Pope has collaborated with iconic director Mike Leigh for over two decades and set out to apply their unique approach to filming to the story of the 1819 British massacre of demonstrators known to history as Peterloo. A study of workers, factory owners, the clergy and the crown, whose conflicting interests build to [...]

  • Alfonso Cuaron Roma Variety Cover Story

    Alfonso Cuaron Thrived on Chaos When He Shot His Own Memories for ‘Roma’

    Alfonso Cuaron, who won an Oscar for directing 2013’s “Gravity,” is back in the awards conversation again this year with a very different kind of film, “Roma,” a clearly autobiographical tale that follows the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 70s. “Roma” is notable for its uncompromising art-house esthetics, its [...]

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