April 28, 1989 |
Clint Eastwood and Bille August took top honors Thursday as winners of the Orson Welles Awards at the AFI Film Festival. Eastwood won the best director, English language, award for "Bird," and August received the best director, non-English-language, award for "Pelle the Conqueror." Other winners: Christine Edzard for "Little Dorrit/Nobody's Fault" (best director, first film, English language); Claire Denis for "Chocolat" (best director, first film, non-English language); Philip Kaufman for "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (best film maker, English language)
June 26, 2009 |
"The Stoning of Soraya M." lives up to its title quite literally -- and rightly so, for it is important to understand just how cruel and drawn-out this ancient form of execution is and how prevalent it remains, not just in Iran, the film's setting, but in countries throughout the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa that follow Islamic Sharia law.
November 10, 1989 |
The Iran-themed "Veiled Threat" received a much-trumpeted "freedom of expression" award earlier this year, based solely on the fact that it had inspired an anonymous bomb threat. Now that it's finally being seen, chances are this low-budget, low-velocity, lowbrow action thriller won't be posing much of a threat at any other awards ceremony, or at the box office.
June 23, 2009 |
Shohreh Aghdashloo doesn't look like a fearless political firebrand. She arrived at a Studio City diner wearing an elegant suit, apologizing for being just three minutes late. But as Aghdashloo began talking about her latest film, "The Stoning of Soraya M." -- a compelling true story about an Iranian woman who was unjustly accused of infidelity by her husband and then stoned to death for the crime -- the outspoken Iranian expat emerged.
October 5, 2005 |
The United Nations, illegal immigration, the perilous mission of soldiers in Iraq, and the role of the Republican Party in the fight for civil rights are just a few of the topics that will get what organizers see as a long overdue airing Oct. 21-23 at the 2nd annual Liberty Film Festival. Highlights of this year's showcase for conservative and libertarian film include Ron Silver's "Broken Promises: The United Nations at 60"; "365 Boots on the Ground," Sgt.