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TFF2015 | WE ARE YOUNG, WE ARE STRONG

Currently showing at the 2015 Tribeca Festival

On August 24, 1992 the German city of Rostock was slammed by a wave of xenophobic riots which culminated in the burning of a residential building housing over 120 Vietnamese immigrants. Known as “The Night of Fire,” it was a defining moment in post-reunification German history. 23 years later, Burhan Qurbani reconstructs the events of that terrible night with his film We Are Young. We Are Strong. ... more >

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ASIF KAPADIA’S AMY, TODD HAYNES, GUS VAN SANT … CANNES SELECTION UNVEILED!

This year’s Cannes Selection was announced this week during a press conference held here in Paris and in fact features a less american-centric selection of films than in years past. That’s not to say Cannes's programmers haven't indulged a little of their flair for filmmakers representative of the commercially-viable but frankly-independent fringe "made in USA": two of our best filmmakers alive ... more >

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FILM BY A FRENCHWOMAN FILMMAKER TO OPEN THE CANNES FESTIVAL

For the first time in its history a female director will open the Cannes Festival. "La Tête haute," ("head held up high" in the original French) a film by a Frenchwoman, Emmanuelle Bercot, will open the 68th edition of the Cannes Festival, according to the press release received just moments ago from the festival's press office. "La Tête haute" is a coming-of-age story about a juvenile ... more >

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ROSS KATZ’S ADULT BEGINNERS comes out at the end of the month

I'm sorry, but any movie with Nick Kroll in it gets instant props where I'm concerned: the guy's hilarious, and probably won't disappoint in the upcoming Ross Katz-directed film ADULT BEGINNERS, slated for release in theaters, on-demand and iTunes on April 24th. Kroll plays a hipstrepreneur who crashes and burns on the eve of his company’s big launch. With his life in disarray he leaves Gotham to ... more >

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CANNES FESTIVAL TO OPEN WITH GEORGE MILLER’S MAD MAX SEQUEL

Can't blame the coolest and most important film festival in the world for wanting to launch with a crackle and a bang. The festival in question is Cannes (but of course) and the so-called bang will be emanating from the George Miller-directed MAD MAX, FURY ROAD, which opens fest out of competition, as per the local protocol. Film was shot in Namibia and stars Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron and ... more >

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FILM SCHOOL SHORTS site showcases the best in student film

The major league of film schools isn't a brick-and-mortar institution. It's an online platform where the best in student-made short filmmaking is put to the test and everyone is invited to watch, comment and share. About three years ago San Francisco-based public TV & radio station KQED came into some money and got into the student-made short film racket, with an aim to connect student ... more >

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MANOEL DE OLIVEIRA, CINEMA’S GREAT CHEFE, PASSES ON AT AGE 106

The Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira died Thursday at the age of 106, as was announced by the producer Luis Urbano. Manoel de Oliveira was the world's oldest still-working filmmaker. Since the release of his first film in 1931 during the silent film era he shot more than fifty feature films and documentaries. His last three films were released between 2009 and 2012, “O Estranho Caso de ... more >