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Hirokazu Kore-eda’s 10 Favorite Films

13 March 2017 2:22 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

One of the year’s most affecting, humanistic films, Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s After the Storm, will arrive in the U.S. this week (our rave review from Cannes), so for the occasion, we’re looking at the director’s favorite films. Submitted by the Japanese director for the latest Sight & Sound poll, it’s perhaps the most varied list we’ve seen thus far — at least next to Mia Hansen-Løve‘s favorites.

Although the filmmaker is often compared to Yasujiro Ozu (none of his films are mentioned below), Hirokazu Kore-eda told The Guardian, “I of course take it as a compliment. I try to say thank you. But I think that my work is more like Mikio Naruse — and Ken Loach.” One will find his favorites from both of those directors on the list, as well as Jacques Demy‘s most-praised film, along with lesser-seen works from Hou Hsiao-hsien, »

- Jordan Raup

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Diversity Strong Among Oscar Foreign-Language Selection

7 February 2017 8:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With diversity breaking out all over the Oscars this year, it seems right that it should spill into the foreign-language race. Although, as always, heavily weighted toward European productions (“A Man Called Ove” from Sweden, “Land of Mine” from Denmark, “Toni Erdmann” from Germany), the final list of five also encompasses west Asia (“The Salesman” from Iran) and the frequently overlooked Polynesian world (“Tanna” from Australia, named for the island in the Vanuatu archipelago where it was shot).

With a lusty U.S. box office take of over $3 million, “A Man Called Ove,” directed and written by Swedish veteran Hannes Holm from novelist Fredrik Bakman’s global bestseller, probably qualifies as the biggest crowd-pleaser among the contenders. Told from the Pov of Ove (top Swedish star Rolf Lassgård), an imperiously grouchy widower forcibly retired from his factory job, the whimsical fable spins a narrative that has a secret story lying inside like an Easter egg. »

- Robert Koehler

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Top 10 performances directed by Martin Scorsese

4 January 2017 8:30 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Top 10 performances directed by Martin ScorseseTop 10 performances directed by Martin ScorseseShane McNeil1/4/2017 11:30:00 Am

On January 6th 2017, Martin Scorsese's passion project Silence finally hits the big screen.

Based on the Japanese novel by Shûsaku Endô, Silence tells the story of two Jesuit priests who face torture and persecution after traveling to Japan to find their mentor and spread the word of Catholicism. It's bound to be a heavy handed film, and with Scorsese directing, we wouldn't be wrong to expect another masterpiece from the legendary filmmaker.

Here he directs stars Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson, the three of which look to be Oscar contenders for their performances. While none of them have been nominated by the Golden Globes or the Screen Actors Guild, there's a good chance the very late in the year release of Silence (it plays just in time in New York and Los »

- Shane McNeil

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