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“CARE,” a poignant tribute to the workers of home-based care

A growing number of elderly prefer to while away the days at home
Directed by Deirdre Fishel
Produced by Tony Heriza

A man stricken with Parkinson's disease tries to shift from a chair to his wheelchair; even with his wife and stay-in caretaker assisting, he falls, his eyes filled with terror. A man with emphysema, who can only use one his lungs, wheezes, in a high-pitched croak, that he desperately needs one of his many anxiety meds. A ninety-two year-old woman with dementia—whose Costa Rican caretaker found ... more >

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Illeana Douglas, Renaissance Woman

Born from, making, and preserving film history

Self-actualization is her. Not only has Illeana Douglas become one of the most recognized faces in film but she’s run the creative decathlon as writer, director and producer, recently becoming a movie host and best-selling author and collaborating with distributor Kino Lorber on a multi-disc series of female filmmakers from the beginning of the twentieth century, a vibrant tribute to the women ... more >

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INTERVIEW | Talking with Derrick Borte of “London Town”

He tells us about guerilla filmmaking and the art of The Clash
Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Daniel Huttlestone
Directed by Derrick Borte

Joe Strummer was a mensch. That's one thing the makers of "London Town," which opened Friday in New York and Los Angeles, want you to know about the late frontman of The Clash. Set in 1979 in working-class London, the film, directed by Derrick Borte ("The Joneses") and written by Matt Brown, Sonya Gildea and Kirsten Sheridan ("In America"), is a coming-of-age story laced with the political ... more >

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Kiarostami, twenty years ago | INTERVIEW

Abbas Kiarostami passed away on July 4th, 2016. He was 76.

Kiarostami, that filmmaker who spoke in a sweet and elegant voice and made the slow films that have, for long, been part of the pantheon, died nearly two weeks ago. Remembering an article that was published about twenty years ago I dug through an old box and found a Chanteh, a lit quarterly published in the D.C. area that was about Iranians. A special issue on Iranian cinema came out in spring of ... more >

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LOCARNO | Roger Corman named guest of honor

He launched the careers of Robert de Niro and Charles Bronson

PRESS RELEASE - Roger Corman will be paid tribute during the 69th edition of the Festival del film Locarno via screenings of two of his films. Guest of honor at the Filmmakers Academy, the training project for young directors, Corman has long been considered a cult filmmaker who helped change the way films are conceived, produced and directed. As director and screenwriter he made a long series ... more >

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KEN LOACH wins Palme D’Or

"American Honey," "Forushande" and "Personal Shopper" nab prizes, too

CANNES FESTIVAL - Film critics and festival jurors: two divergent forces that make the weather for the eleven days that the festival lasts. And yet, there's hardly any consensus between the two, with nary an exception. Last night, "I, Daniel Blake" won the Palme D'Or. I'll venture that this is the film both jurors and press met each other halfway on. With last night's win Loach joins that small ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL | All about Nicholas’s mother

Undercover mothering
"The Neon Demon" is in the running for a Palme D'Or this year

The press conference for the new Nicholas Winding Refn film “The Neon Demon” was held this morning here at the Palais, following a smashing premiere screening last night (the film was fantastic, take my word for it). One of my friends, Gatien Monloyer, is one of the cameramen who have a permanent spot at the back of the room on the audiovisual bridge. Over lunch today he explains that, the ... more >