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‘Amy’ and ‘Senna’ Director Asif Kapadia Captures War in Trailer for ‘Ali & Nino’

15 November 2016 11:17 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Best known for his acclaimed, hit documentaries Amy and Senna (at least here in the United States), director Asif Kapadia actually began his career with narrative dramas. He returned to his roots this year at Sundance with Ali & Nino, a sweeping period epic set in around World War I. Picked up by IFC Films for a release this week, the first trailer has now arrived.

We said in our review, “There is nary a film genre more tried and true than the war-time romance. From Casablanca to Doctor Zhivago to The English Patient, the structure allows for a micro conflict injected into a macro scenario. From a script by Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liasons, Atonement), adapted from the novel under the pseudonym Kurban Said, and directed by Asif Kapadia (SennaAmy), Ali and Nino strives for the status of epic but falls considerably short.”

Starring María Valverde, Mandy Patinkin, Adam Bakri, »

- Jordan Raup

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Watch: Jafar Panahi Pays Tribute to Abbas Kiarostami in 20-Minute Short Film

7 November 2016 10:41 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

For whatever differences they may have had later in life, Jafar Panahi has displayed nothing immense grief over Abbas Kiarostami‘s recent passing. It’s initially strange to think that Instagram would be our primary source for these expressions, but ask yourself this: what format better fits a disenfranchised artist hoping to communicate with the world? It’s to our fortune that he’s expanded the response by producing his first (or first-seen) real follow-up to last year’s Taxi. Roughly titled Where Are You, Jafar Panahi?, it follows the filmmaker and Iranian director Majid Barzegar on a 20-minute drive to Kiarostami’s grave, during which time “the two friends speak appropriately of cinema, but also censorship and festivals, police power and ideology.”

From the significance of its concept — as both a continuation-of-sorts of Taxi‘s central conceit and an enactment of Kiarostami’s beloved car dialogues — to a tender »

- Nick Newman

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