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Touch of Sin, Still Life win at Adff

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Touch of Sin, Still Life win at Adff
Actor prizes go to Dame Judi Dench and Jesse Eisenberg; Enough Said, starring the late James Gandolfini, wins audience award.Scroll down for full list of winners

The 7th Abu Dhabi Film Festival handed out its Black Pearl awards at a closing ceremony tonight (Oct 31), including cash prizes amounting to around $700,000.

The Black Pearl for Narrative Feature, worth $100,000, went to A Touch of Sin (Tian zhu ding) directed by Jia Zhangke.

The film, which played in competition at Cannes where it won the best screenplay award, revolves around four threads set in vastly different geographical and social milieus across modern-day China and features random acts of violence.

The Narrative jury, presided over by two-time Oscar nominated actress Jacki Weaver, gave the special jury award ($50,000) to Hiner Saleem’s My Sweet Pepper Land, centred on a law man in a small town on the border of Iran, Iraq and Turkey.

In addition, Dame Judi Dench won best
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Life Of Crime opens Abu Dhabi

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The full line up has been unveiled for the 7th edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Daniel Schechter’s Life Of Crime will open the 7th edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, which runs Oct 24- Nov 2.

13 Arab feature films (seven of which are world premieres) will compete across different sections of the festival, including Rani Massalha’s Giraffada and Nejib Belkhadi’s Bastardo in the New Horizons Competition, Ahmed Abdallah’s Rags And Tatters and Hicham Ayouch’s Fevers in the Narrative Feature Competition, and Sherief Elkatsha’s Cairo Drive and Mohammad Soueid’s The Boy From Aleppo in the Documentary Feature Competition.

Tobe Hooper’s UAE horror Djin will screen in the festival’s Showcase section.

Films competing in the Narrative Feature Competition include Jun Robles Lana’s Barber’s Tales, Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, Danis Tanovic’s An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker, Jasmila Zbanic’s [link
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Life Of Crime to open Abu Dhabi Film Festival

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The full line up has been unveiled for the 7th edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Daniel Schechter’s Life Of Crime will open the 7th edition of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, which runs Oct 24- Nov 2.

13 Arab feature films (seven of which are world premieres) will compete across different sections of the festival, including Rani Massalha’s Giraffada and Nejib Belkhadi’s Bastardo in the New Horizons Competition, Ahmed Abdallah’s Rags And Tatters and Hicham Ayouch’s Fevers in the Narrative Feature Competition, and Sherief Elkatsha’s Cairo Drive and Mohammad Soueid’s The Boy From Aleppo in the Documentary Feature Competition.

Tobe Hooper’s UAE horror Djin will screen in the festival’s Showcase section.

Films competing in the Narrative Feature Competition include Jun Robles Lana’s Barber’s Tales, Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, Danis Tanovic’s An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker, Jasmila Zbanic’s [link
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My Stolen Revolution Movie Review

Title: My Stolen Revolution Director: Nahid Persson Sarvestani Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning “Argo” opened up some eyes to the Iranian Revolution, which — largely owing to American support for the overthrown Shah — never really seemed to receive a full and honest treatment in the United States press, and certainly hasn’t since relations between the two nations have calcified in distrust. Even nastier scabs are ripped off, however, in the emotional documentary “My Stolen Revolution,” which tells the story of a group of female dissidents tortured under the Islamic regime. Her memories sparked by the recent “Arab Spring” protests in Iran, director Nahid Persson Sarvestani — a stalwart Communist Party intellectual [ Read More ]

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‘The Way, Way Back’ to Close Los Angeles Film Festival

‘The Way, Way Back’ to Close Los Angeles Film Festival
The Los Angeles Film Festival has tapped Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’s “The Way, Way Back” as the closing night film on June 23.

The coming-of-age story stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, Annasophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph and Liam James. Fox Searchlight, which acquired the comedy at Sundance, is releasing “The Way, Way Back” on July 5.

The festival, now in its 19th year, also announced Wednesday gala screenings for Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station” from the Weinstein Co. and the North American premiere of Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives” from Radius-twc. James Ponsoldt’s “The Spectacular Now,” David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, ” Ava DuVernay’s “Venus Vs.” and Lake Bell’s “In a World …” will also screen as part of the summer showcase series.

The festival had previously announced that Pedro Almodovar’s “I’m So Excited!” will be its opening-night selection on June 13.

The festival,
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Tonight's TV highlights

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Lost Land of the Tiger | The End of God? | Excluded | This is England '86 | Drop Dead Diva | True Stories: The Queen of Persia

Lost Land Of The Tiger

9pm, BBC1

Tigers are in trouble. The global population has been reduced by 95% over the last century – in less than a decade, they could become extinct. Big cat biologist Dr Alan Rabinowitz thinks their final hope lies with the tiger population in Bhutan in the Himalayas, but no one knows whether the big cats here are thriving or in decline – the kingdom is usually shut off to outsiders. So a crack team made up of a naturalist, scientist, camera operators and tracker dog has been assembled to go into the jungles and mountains to find evidence of the tigers. Part two is on tomorrow. Ms

The End Of God? – A Horizon Guide To Science And Religion

9pm, BBC4

With Stephen Hawking
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Tine Klint launches LevelK sales outfit

Cologne, Germany -- Tine Klint, former sales exec at Scandi giant Nordisk Film and TrustNordisk, is setting off on her own with a new world sales company.

Called LevelK, the new label will have its market bow in Berlin in February with a Scandi-heavy slate that includes family drama "Vegas" from Norwegian director Gunnar Vikene ("The Lost Treasure of the Knights Templar") and the documentary "Prostitution-Behind the Veil" from Iranian-Swedish director Nahid Persson.

Klint is the sole owner of the company and said she expects to build up a 50-strong catalog of titles by the end of 2010. Buyers will be able to screen LevelK titles on Klint's secure website: www.levelk.de.
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The Queen and I (Drottningen och jag)

The Queen and I (Drottningen och jag)

Directed by: Nahid Persson

Cast: Empress Farah, Nahid Persson

Running Time: 1 hr 30 mins

Rating: Unrated

Release Date: August 28, 2009

Plot: Nahid Persson fled her native Iran after making a documentary that the government felt was anti-Islamic. Now she wants to make a film about another Iranian refugee, the former Empress Farah. The two women offer different views on living in exile from a beloved country.

Who’s It For? Anyone who’s interest was piqued by the recent unrest in the Iranian elections. The film offers some really interesting perspective on Iran.

Expectations: I was intrigued by the write up, ever since reading Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis and seeing the film of the same name I’ve been interested in the events of the Iranian Revolution.

Scorecard (0-10)

Actors:

Empress Farah as herself: Initially I wasn’t sure I was going to like Farah.
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