Durban: ‘Kalushi’ Tells Tale of South African Freedom Fighter

Celebrated as a hero of the anti-apartheid struggle, the late South African freedom fighter Solomon “Kalushi” Mahlangu has life-sized statues adorning city squares and a soccer stadium named in his honor. It’s only now, though, that his story has been told on the big screen, thanks to the feature-film debut of Mandla Dube, whose biopic “Kalushi” was a hit this week at the Durban Intl. Film Festival.

Eight years in the making, the movie, which traces the short and revolutionary life of Mahlangu before his execution by the apartheid government at the age of 23, has already been hailed as a “hugely important film” by a leading South African film critic.

For Dube, who once mooted telling Mahlangu’s story in a four-part TV series, “Kalushi” offers a chance to pay tribute to one of the iconic heroes of the liberation struggle on the “large canvas” he deserves.

“I feel
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Sidewalk Stories | Blu-ray Review

Beautifully restored and available for the first time on Blu-ray courtesy of Kino Lorber’s distribution deal with Carlotta Us, the Cannes premiered 1989 directorial debut of American director Charles Lane, Sidewalk Stories, arrives for recapitulation into the cinematic zeitgeist. A black and white silent film that’s an homage, and somewhat mutated modernization of Chaplin’s classic film, The Kid (though it’s sound design would be more akin to Chaplin’s Modern Times), Lane’s heartfelt and endearing film plays like a time capsule love letter to the eternal city. At the same time, it represents a chapter in the enduring evolution of the representation of the homeless, a changing landscape often unnoticed, a detail written off as an unavoidable constant.

A homeless street artist (Charles Lane) lives off the meager sum he receives while drawing portraits, though he faces stiff competition from neighboring peers. One evening, he witness
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Third L.A. Turkish Film Festival Announces Line-up

The L.A. Turkish Film Festival will present films by six of Turkey’s leading directors at its third edition set to run from March 6th to 9th at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

The festival will kick off with Yozgat Blues by Mahmut Fazil Coskun and will include Q&As with the directors after each screening.

More than 25 filmmakers and actors will travel to this year’s Latff from Turkey, with most of their films making their North American and Us debuts.

The festival program will also host the annual shorts competition focusing on the work of ten up-and-coming filmmakers. The finalists are selected each year by film critic Elvis Mitchell, host of NPR’s “The Treatment.” The winner will be announced at a red-carpet awards gala on Sunday night.

The shorts competition jury is headed by celebrated director Reha Erdem, who directed My Only Sunshine (Gunesin Oglu). He will be joined by Michelle Satter, Founding Director of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, Saadet Aksoy, award-winning Turkish actress, Jacques Thelemaque, writer-director and president of the La Filmmakers Alliance, and Bill Dill, award-winning cinematographer and university professor.

On Thursday, March 6th at 7:30 pm will be Yozgat Blues from writer/director Mahmut Fazil Coskun . It is the story of two singers arriving in a provincial town looking for a break in their lives. The film won Best Director at the San Sebastian Festival (2013).

On Friday, March 7th at 7:30 pm will be Meryem (Meryem) from writer-director Atalay Tasdiken. It is about a small-town teenage-bride whose husband leaves and fails to come back, while another young man who was in love with her returns from military service, traumatized. It won the top at the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (2013).

On Saturday, March 8th at 2 pm will be Eye Am (Gozumun Nuru) directed by Hakki Kurtulus and Melik Saracoglu. It is a film based on Saracoglu’s life about a passionate young film student facing blindness, who has to wait to find out his fate after an operation. It won the best feature award at the Adana Golden Boll Film Festival (2013).

On Saturday, March 8th at 8 pm will be Thou Gild’st the Even (Sen Aydinlatirsin Geceyi) written and directed by Onur Ünlü, about the ordinary lives of the inhabitants of a small town with extraordinary powers. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival's Vanguard Section (2013) and received accolades at the Dubai International Film Festival, the Istanbul Film Festival and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

On Sunday, March 9th at 2 pm will be Cycle (Devir) directed by Dervis Zaim. It tells the story of shepherds preparing for an annual competition who face the loss of their traditional way of life. It was screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and won the Special Jury Award at the Istanbul Film Festival (2013).

On Sunday, March 9th at 4 pm will be Singing Women (Sarki Soyleyen Kadinlar) directed by Reha Erdem, about a group of women living on an island who find solace in singing as they face hardships. The film was nominated for the Grand Prix award at the Tokyo International Film Festival (2013).
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On The Rise '12: 5 Cinematographers Lighting Up Screens In Recent Years

Following our looks at actors, actresses, screenwriters and directors to watch in recent months, when the time came to put together a list of cinematographers (as we did two years ago), we went in with an open mind. But what was interesting is realizing, after the fact, that in an era where 35mm film is allegedly being phased out, that all five have done perhaps their most distinctive work on old-fashioned celluloid, rather than digital.

All have worked in digital of course, at least in the commercial world, and some have done hugely impressive work on new formats. But most of our five are fierce advocates for good 'ol 35mm, and it's another sign that the death knell shouldn't be rung for the old ways just yet. As long as there are talented DoPs like the ones below, and on the following pages, working closely with filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson,
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