Thursday , September 20 2018


S. Korean director Kim looks to China – Filmmaker plans his first multimillion-dollar film

BUSAN, South Korea, Oct 5, (AP): For the past two decades, South Korean maverick filmmaker Kim Ki-duk’s low-budget movies have given him international acclaim, highly coveted awards and many controversies. Now, one of the most accomplished and critically acclaimed Asian directors is turning to China to make his first multimillion-dollar …

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‘Homeland’ lets audience identify with ‘enemy’ in Iraq war – Fahdel’s war movie feels like raw home video form

LOS ANGELES, Oct, 5, (RTRS): What would you do if the world’s most fearsome military presence threatened to invade where you live? How does one even begin to prepare for that kind of assault? In “Homeland (Iraq Year Zero),” Baghdad-situated filmmaker Abbas Fahdel offers world audiences an extraordinary opportunity to …

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Woman battles with family secrets in ‘Go Home’ – Chouaib invests in family intrigue

LOS ANGELES, Oct 5, (RTRS): “Go Home,” reads the angry grease-paint message scrawled on the wall of the now-ransacked villa Nada (Golshifteh Farahani) finds upon her return to the Lebanese village where she grew up. Alas, Nada can’t really go home, not now, not ever, in Jihane Chouaib’s slow and …

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Crime writer Mankell dies – Abrams dead

STOCKHOLM, Oct 5, (AP): Henning Mankell, the internationally renowned Swedish crime writer whose books about the gloomy, soul-searching police inspector Kurt Wallander enticed readers around the world, died early Monday, his publisher said. The hesitant figurehead of Scandinavian crime fiction, who last year revealed he had cancer, died in the …

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India’s full ‘Court’ press for elusive Oscar gold – Tamhane’s film depicts country’s labyrinthine legal system

LOS ANGELES, Oct 4, (RTRS): India has been sending submissions to Oscar’s foreign language category since 1957, but has scored only three nominations for “Mother India,” “Salaam Bombay” and “Lagaan” with none resulting in a win. This year’s submission, debutant Chaitanya Tamhane’s “Court,” an indictment of India’s labyrinthine legal system, …

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Tang looks for chemistry on set – Tamil-language ‘Radio Set’ a first for Busan

BUSAN, South Korea, Oct 4, (Agencies): Chinese actress Tang Wei is not obsessed about finding the right role for her future film project. For the “Lust, Caution” star, it is the people she works with on a film set and the chemistry with them that counts. Tang shot to international …

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Busan marks 20 yrs with top 100 films – Japan’s ‘Tokyo Story’ among best 5 all-time movies

BUSAN, South Korea, Oct 4, (AFP): Anew list of the best Asian films of all time was published this week, as the region’s increasingly vibrant cinema scene celebrated another bonanza in Busan. The 20th anniversary of the Busan International Film Festival, in South Korea, marked its milestone with a poll …

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Opening of Abu Dhabi’s Louvre postponed to ’16

ABU DHABI, Oct 4, (RTRS): The opening of Abu Dhabi’s branch of the iconic Louvre museum has been postponed until next year because building work still needs doing, a senior official said on Saturday, the latest delay to the high-profile project. The museum was originally scheduled to open in 2012 …

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‘Flag’ a tribute to Kurdish resilience

Scorsese’s ‘Audition’ premieres at Busan LOS ANGELES, Oct 3, (Agencies): The plight of children in wartime, often a central concern in the work of Bahman Ghobadi, comes once more to the fore in “A Flag Without a Country,” a moving if scattershot documentary portrait of two individuals — a singer …

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Jackson returns to channel late brother

Tamar Braxton brings more than good vocals to album NEW YORK, Oct 3, (AFP): It can’t be easy to be the kid sister of the King of Pop, but Janet Jackson pulled it off in the 1980s as she became a music legend in her own right. On her first …

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