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Iranien

Living together in harmony, that’s the motif of the documentary IRANIAN

A France/Switzerland/Iran production
105 mins

Mehran Tamadon is a Paris-based filmmaker who's spent most of his life outside of Iran. And yet, his skills as a host says “Iranian” as is revealed in his new film, entitled "Iranian" which is coming out next week in France and found no distribution in the U.S. nor gained any traction with festivals here. In this documentary film a kind of summit on Islam and society is held at a house in ... more >

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MIKE NICHOLS dead at 83

He was born in Berlin, Germany
Diane Sawyer was his wife

Mike Nichols, auteur of "The Graduate," has passed away. He was 83. Nichols was a German-born American film and theatre director, producer, actor and comedian. He began his career in the fifties with the improv troupe the Compass Players, predecessor of the Second City in Chicago and as one half of the comedy duo Nichols & May, along with Elaine May. In 1968 Nichols won an Academy Award for ... more >

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PREVIEW | ZERO MOTIVATION

Directed by Talya Lavie
[Israel, 2014, 100 mins]

If I had to guess I'd say Israelis have a love-hate relationship with military service, which is mandatory in their country for everyone and which lasts two years. In fact, it's probably a hate-hate thing. Winner of six of the equivalent of the Oscars in Israel and winner of the Best Narrative Feature Award at the Tribeca Film Festival ”Zero motivation” is a sharply observed, sometimes dark and ... more >

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SHORT TAKE | The salt of the earth

Film will qualify next month for an Academy Award
Released by Sony Pictures Classics
Opening March 27, 2015

For the last forty years the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been traveling through the continents in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history: international conflicts, starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of wild fauna and flora, and of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge ... more >

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NEW POSTER released for “Drug Lord”

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In "Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty" BAFTA- and Emmy award-winning director Angus Macqueen and Guillermo Galdos, producers Simon Chinn ("Searching for Sugar Man") and Andrew Mackenzie-Betty ("Thriller In Manila") lead us on a journey to find the leader of the biggest drug cartel in Mexico's history. To some, he is a revolutionary hero and a latter-day Robin Hood, the powerful peasant campesino who ... more >

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ALMODOVAR-PRODUCED “White Tales” getting wide acclaim at festivals

Produced by Corner Producciones
Distributed by SONY PICTURES CLASSICS

A lack of equality and the demands of the world we live in cause many people stress and, sometimes, depression. Some of these people, however, will blow up. This new dark, funny, twisted and compelling film from Argentina called "Wild Tales" is a movie about those people. Vulnerable in the face of a reality that shifts and suddenly turns unpredictable, the characters of "Wild Tales" cross the thin ... more >

GONE GIRL, from left: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, 2014. ph: Merrick Morton/TM & copyright ©20th

GONE GIRL beset by technical goofs

Film was co-produced by Reese Witherspoon
Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike
Directed by David Fincher

It would be ungracious to deny that David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” lengthy as it is, whizzes past, keeping us highly entertained throughout. I haven’t read the book on which it is based so I don’t know if the structural change that has apparently caused an uproar is for the better or not. Anyway, both book and screenplay are by the same author so she’s entitled to doing what she wants with ... more >