Thursday , October 18 2018


Kuwait’s first film on Iraq invasion to make local debut – Berlin fest offers dark vision of E. European ‘drift’

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 21, (AFP): Kuwaiti cinemas on Thursday will launch public screenings of “Swarm of Doves”, the Gulf state’s first feature-length film about the 1990 invasion of the Gulf state by Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. The film is “inspired by true events” that occurred during the seven-month occupation, producer Sheikha …

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‘Devil’ is Diaz’s Lav Lav Land’ – Filipino filmmaker makes his first musical

When news surfaced that Lav Diaz’s latest film was a self-billed “rock opera” titled “Season of the Devil,” you’d have been forgiven for thinking the prolific Filipino maximalist had made a drastic departure into proggy 1970s Ken Russell territory. As it turns out, Diaz’s definitions of both “rock” and “opera” …

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Jason, Rachel anchor lively ‘Game’ – Danny Boyle high on list to direct Bond 25

A murder mystery party goes sideways when violent kidnappers arrive before the fake ones in “Game Night ,” which seems on the page to be like all the other disappointing action-comedies of late. You know the kind, where ordinary, upper middle class-ish suburbanites get thrown into some wacky underworld or genre …

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‘Three Billboards’ tops BAFTAS – Women make waves at UK film awards

LONDON, Feb 19, (Agencies): Ferocious female-led tragicomedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the big winner Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards in London, where women demanding an end to harassment, abuse and inequality dominated the ceremony. Martin McDonagh’s film about a bereaved mother seeking justice won five trophies …

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Black-clad stars in show of force against ‘abuse’ – ‘Time’s Up’ on harassment

LONDON, Feb 19, (Agencies): Women’s rights activists walked the red carpet with some of British cinema’s biggest female stars at the BAFTA film awards on Sunday, the latest salvo in a campaign against sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. “The Death of Stalin” star Andrea Riseborough was accompanied by Phyll …

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‘Daughter of Mine’ shows every mother is a person first – Film explores oppositional ideas of motherhood

It has been a little while since the heyday of the Italian island melodrama, since Anna Magnani shaded her eyes from the glare over a darkly sparkling sea, or Ingrid Bergman staggered her stony way up Stromboli. But even back then it would have been rare to come across such …

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Russian film set in Soviet era highlights continuing tensions – Bac Films nabs Turkish drama ‘Passed by Censor’

BERLIN, Feb 18, (RTRS): Russia always seems to be on the brink of war and conditions there now are much like they were in the 1970s, when people worried that an international conflict would break out and largely sided with the government, the director of a new movie set in …

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‘Waldheim Waltz’ a dry history lesson – Magnolia acquires rights to ‘Alain Ducasse’ docu

With Austria currently the only West European nation since World War II governed by the far right, it’s time (heck, it’s long past time) that someone of Ruth Beckermann’s intelligence made a film investigating the country’s odious collective whitewashing of its Nazi-era past. In her incisive documentary “The Waldheim Waltz,” …

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‘Red Sparrow’ elegantly tense thriller – Lawrence portrays Russian spy

In pumped-up espionage potboilers like “Salt” or “Atomic Blonde,” Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron have gone through the motions of imitating male action stars at their most kick-ass grandiose. They’re slickly “empowered” women, yet it’s hard to distinguish that power from the thriller-video decadence of 21st-century action filmmaking. In the …

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‘Damsel’ stars say movies ready for new gender roles – Wasikowska’s character represents new take on old-fashioned Western heroine

BERLIN, Feb 17, (AFP): Hollywood stars Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska said the current reckoning with power abuses in the entertainment industry has opened a door to new movies that subvert traditional gender roles, as they presented the feminist Western “Damsel” Friday at the Berlin film festival. Pattinson, the “Twilight” …

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