Archives for June 2007

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MICHAEL MOORE’S SICKO

What would you do after watching a Michael Moore movie? If you are like me, you will probably walk out of the theatre feeling angry and, later, you’ll chat about it with an uncle who’ll listen sympathetically and then share his own war stories about the U.S. health care system. Whether about the General Motors factory closings (Roger & Me) or gun culture (Bowling for Columbine) the issues Moore ... more >

DRAMA / MEX (NARANJO)

Remember the sandy beaches of Acapulco? It's been a long time since American tourists have been seen in this Mexican resort town, now a shadow of its former self where bands of teenagers roam to the far edges of their youth. Shot by young mexican director Gerardo Naranjo and produced by Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, Drama/Mex (IFC First Take) takes place in one day--not a memorable day but ... more >

A MIGHTY HEART

(BY ALI NADERZAD) A Mighty Heart, the new Michael Winterbottom film which stars Angelina Jolie and was co-produced by husband Brad Pitt is given its theatrical release today. Heart recalls the hours, days and weeks that Marianne Pearl (Angelina Jolie) spent after her husband’s disappearance, Wall Street reporter Daniel Pearl (Dan Futterman). Pearl’s meeting with an Islamic fundamentalist group’s ... more >

PEOPLE TO WATCH: CELLULOID DREAMS’ PANAHI

By ALI NADERZAD - June 24, 2007Who are the new faces of foreign film dealing? Does your mind conjure images of bronzed, celibate bachelors driving used Porsches? If you happen to run into Hengameh Panahi on the rue Turgot (in Paris) where her company Celluloid Dreams is located, you'll notice that she does not look the part. A little on the shy side, Panahi is exclusively a behind-the-scenes ... more >

SENEGAL MOURNS: OUSMANE SEMBENE

By ALI NADERZAD - June 16, 2007Ousmane Sembene, the father of Senegalese cinema and one of the most important writers of Sub-Saharan Africa, died this past weekend in Dakar after a long-term struggle with disease. He was 84. His film Moolaade (2004) won people's hearts in Cannes and earned the Un Certain Regard Award. Moolaade is about a group of young women facing female circumcision--a barbaric ... more >

Surviving the Cannes Festival – A Primer

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