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German director Caroline Link, who won the foreign-language film Oscar with “Nowhere in Africa,” is in Toronto with her latest film, “Exit Marrakech” (pictured). She feels at home at the festival, Link tells Variety.
“I have shown all my movies in Toronto, and I have the feeling that this is a place where they understand me, where they like and appreciate my work,” she says.
In his program notes, Toronto’s artistic director Cameron Bailey writes, “Like a fresher, contemporary Paul Bowles story, ‘Exit Marrakech’ offers a glimpse of what can happen when a Westerner is confronted with the radically unfamiliar.”
“What I’m really tired of are the cliched images we have of Morocco. It’s not always sweet, good smelling and lush. People are living in poverty. It’s dirty, it stinks. I wanted to make that visible. It has a kind of violence, brutality and danger to it, »
- Leo Barraclough
Turkish director Erdem Tepegöz’s social drama The Particle (Zerre) has won the Golden George for Best Film at the 35th Moscow International Film Festival (Miff).
The film’s lead actress, Jale Arikan, also picked up the Best Actress Silver George for her performance as Zeynep, trying to make ends meet in the dusty and dim atmosphere of abandoned apartments evacuated for clearance.
The International Jury under the presidency of Iranian film-maker Mohsen Makhmalbaf awarded the Silver George for Best Director to South Korea’s Jung Young-Heon for Lebanon Emotion (Le-Ba-Non Kam-Jeong).
The Special Jury award went to The Ravine Of Goodbye (Sayonara Keikoku) by Japan’s Tatsushi Omori.
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Below you will find our total coverage of the 2012 International Film Festival Rotterdam by Daniel Kasman.
Above: Jean-Claude Brisseau's La fille de nulle part.
Two as One as Many
Of Cinema, Pixels and Chinese Warfare
On Mary Helena Clark's Orpheus (Outtakes), Makino Takashi's 2012, and Johnnie To's Drug War
Graf Attack!: or The Possibility Space (The Cinema of Dominik Graf)
On Dominik Graf, including Die Katze (1988), Spieler (1990), Der Fahnder: Nachtwache (1990/1993], Die Sieger (1994), Denk ich an Deutschland - Das Wispern im Berg der Dinge (1997), München - Geheimnisse einer Stadt (2002), Der Felsen (2002), Die Freunde der Freunde (2002), Hotte im Paradies »
Rotterdam this year has offered one certifiable giant discovery in international cinema: German filmmaker Dominik Graf, revealed in a simultaneously introductory and interventionist retrospective programmed by Christoph Huber and Olaf Möller. An incredibly prolific filmmaker beginning in the late 1970s, Graf has interwoven his cinema into the fabric of the German television industry, producing a body of work ranging from television episodes, made-for-tv films, essay movies, documentaries, and a handful of films intended for the cinema.
Yet despite Graf's prodigious output of nearly sixty works, its primarily creation for national television has meant that it has been essentially unavailable to English-speaking audiences prior to Rotterdam's 17 film retrospective. The first film of his I saw was Komm mir nicht nach (Don't Follow Me Around) in the middle of the Dreileben trilogy in 2010, notably another for-television project, but one which had festival and theatrical ambitions beyond German living rooms, perhaps due »
- Daniel Kasman
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