Archives for February 2012


Jayne Mansfield’s Car

From this year's Berlinale

Billy Bob Thornton’s Jayne Mansfield’s Car is the director’s return to the big screen since 1999’s All the Pretty Horses, adapted from the Cormack McCarthy novel. Thornton said he was delighted to be back to directing his own material. He has chosen a quirky tragi-comedy set in the American south in the 1960s that is a double portrait of two families, one American, the other British. It has ... more >

This is not a film

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THIS IS NOT A FILM to open in New York

A filmmaker under house arrest reflects

Renowned Iranian director Jafar Panahi (The Circle, and one of my all-time favorite, Offside) received a six-year prison sentence and a twenty-year ban from making movies due to his open support of the opposition party in Iran's 2009 elections. In this surprising documentary, which was secretly shot on an iPhone and a digital camera by Panahi's close friend Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and smuggled into ... more >

PREVIEW – West of Memphis

Who were the Memphis 3?

A new documentary written and directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver us From Evil) West of Memphis tells the little-explained story behind a much-debated arrest of three young members of a small rural Arkansas community and the fight for the truth which ensued. Starting with a probing look into the investigation of the 1993 murders of three eight year-old boys ... more >


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BERLINALE | The winners are announced

Two Italian brothers take home the top prize

Viva Italia! Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s Cesare deve morire (Caesar Must Die) has become the first Italian film in over two decades to carry the Golden Bear, top prize of the Berlin Film Festival. In last night’s award ceremony, the eight-member international jury, headed by British-director Mike Leigh and featuring actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Charlotte Gainsbourg, awarded the Taviani’s ... more >

IMAGES from the Berlinale

The latest pictorial from Berlin (Javier Bardem, Madds Mikkelsen and festival director Dieter Kosslick) ... more >