February 5, 2013 |
BERLIN - Corrupt institutions, gay priests, nuclear contamination, economic hardship, environmental catastrophe, lack of health insurance and obesity - the Berlin International Film Festival kicks off Thursday with a slate of serious-minded movies whose themes are sobering, even for an event with a reputation for intense fare. The main competition section presents 24 films navigating weighty stories set across a diversity of landscapes, from South Korea to Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and even Arizona.
March 21, 2012 |
Unlike Cannes or Sundance, whose film festivals and their constellation of stars overtake their host cities, nothing overtakes the bristling bustle of Hong Kong, not even the 36th annual Hong Kong International Film Festival, which opens here Wednesday. At the festival headquarters Tuesday in the Hong Kong Cultural Center in Kowloon, film fans grabbed festival programs and queued up for tickets – even as about 500 school kids shuttled into the complex for an orchestral program.
May 16, 2011 |
Outside it is late Saturday night, just before midnight on La Croisette. Men in tuxedos, drunks in stinking T-shirts, women in evening gowns, bewildered tourists, hunched-over beggars with outstretched hands, Africans selling hats, all of humanity teems on the Cannes Film Festival's central artery. Inside the Plage Blanche, a posh private beach club with tight security just off La Croisette, a spot where it is quiet enough to hear the waves break, an intimate party is beginning for "Footnote," Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar's exceptional new film.
April 10, 2011 |
Taking place on the edges of Baltimore, in neighborhoods at once rural and urban, leafy and developed, "Putty Hill" unfolds to become an absorbing look at loss, a portrait of grief and the emotional heft of carrying on in the face of fresh absence. Family and friends assemble for the funeral of one of their own who died from a drug overdose, and as they go about their routines many are asked interview-style questions from off-screen by the film's director, Matt Porterfield. Though this may sound like the stuff of a documentary, "Putty Hill" is a work of fiction, albeit one that, in the words of producer Jordan Mintzer, is "a story invented for the screen but true to life.
February 19, 2011 |
As the Berlin International Film Festival kicked off last week, the upheaval in Egypt was on everyone's lips here in the German capital. But it was the bitter aftermath of Iran's 2009 populist uprising that truly infused this year's Berlinale. The festival jury, headed by Italian actress Isabella Rossellini, was to include Iranian director Jafar Panahiwho won the festival's Silver Bear in 2006 for his film "Offside," about a group of women trying to sneak into a forbidden soccer game.
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September 10, 2010 |
Clive Donner, who was part of the British new wave of directors in the 1960s with films such as "What's New Pussycat?" and "Nothing But the Best," has died. He was 84. Donner, who had Alzheimer's disease, died Tuesday in London, according to British news reports. A former film editor who began directing in the late 1950s, Donner gained notice with "The Caretaker" (later re-titled "The Guest"), a 1963 drama that Harold Pinter adapted from his own play about the interactions between two brothers and a tramp who is brought home by one of the brothers.