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Film Review: ‘The Price’

Film Review: ‘The Price’
Immigration policy critics of late often seem to yearn for a nation in which everybody “talks American” and otherwise tries to conform as much as possible to a certain mainstream homogeneity, as if the goal of the melting pot society were to obliterate all original characteristics of its ingredients. Irked by others’ native tongues and ways, they seldom consider that assimilation isn’t easy — particularly the leaving-things-behind part.

The protagonist in “The Price” (which debuted on the festival circuit earlier this year as “Dara Ju”) is in many ways living the modern American Dream: He’s a young man from recent immigrant stock climbing up capitalism’s tallest ladder — the Manhattan financial sector. But the ascent seems to require he detach himself from the Nigerian emigre family whose needs he now finds embarrassing, and who won’t let him loose without a struggle.

Like that central figure, writer-director Anthony Onah is a Nigerian-born Harvard grad, and his accomplished
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I Love You Daddy Trailer Teams Louis C.K. and Chloe Moretz

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I Love You Daddy Trailer Teams Louis C.K. and Chloe Moretz
The Orchard has released the first trailer for I Love You Daddy, which marks comedian Louis C.K.'s first directorial outing in 16 years, since 2001's Pootie Tang. I Love You Daddy was shot in secret earlier this year, with fans first getting word of this project when it was announced as part of the lineup at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. Along with the trailer, The Orchard has released the first poster while setting the film for a limited release on November 17, before it expands nationwide on December 1.

Louis C.K.'s I Love You, Daddy is a bittersweet comedy about successful TV writer/producer Glen Topher (C.K.), who panics when his spoiled 17-year-old daughter China (Chloe Grace Moretz) starts spending time with 68-year-old Leslie Goodwin (John Malkovich), a legendary film director with a reputation for dating underage girls.

Hesitant to say no to his daughter, an action
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Orion Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn Films board 'The Price'

Film premiered in competition at SXSW under original title Dara Ju.

Orion Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films have secured North American rights to first-time filmmaker Anthony Onah’s drama The Price.

The story centres on a young Nigerian-American working on Wall Street who is forced to confront himself after his ambition leads him into morally dubious waters.

Aml Ameen, Lucy Griffiths, Bill Sage and Hope Olaide Wilson star alongside Michael Hyatt, Peter Vack, and Souléymane Sy Savané.

Onah also wrote the screenplay for The Price based on his short film Dara Ju. The film premiered in competition SXSW earlier this year.

Justin Begnaud, Kishori Rajan and Onah produced the film, while Tom Dolby, Susanne Filkins, Abdi Nazemian and Lynda Weinman served as executive producers.

Jennifer 8 Lee, Greg Brockman, Peter Hess Friedland, Aston Motes, and Daniel Davila also served as executive producers.

“We are very excited to be working on Anthony Onah’s feature debut. The Price is
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‘Dara Ju’ Review: Anthony Onah’s Debut Is a Vital But Unfocused Drama About Immigrant Identity in America

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The movies are becoming an increasingly vital source for stories about black life in America, but a film like “Dara Ju” is a valuable reminder that the medium is still just beginning to scratch the surface. Of course, white audiences, whom the western arts have conditioned to perceive race in largely monolithic terms, are the only ones who need reminding; the rest require only fair representation. Despite its clumsiness and its steadily increasing penchant for clichés, Anthony Onah’s debut feature has something to offer for both demographics. By respecting the specificity of a character who has seldom appeared on screen, its best moments provide a compellingly lucid testament to the idea that living in this country is a never-ending negotiation between who you are and who you might become. Some Americans have the luxury of ignoring that, of going through the motions on auto-pilot. Seyi Ogunde (Aml Ameen) is not one of those Americans.
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SXSW 2017 Bolsters Lineup With Baby Driver, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire And Much More

After drawing attention to the festival’s annual Gaming Awards, organizers behind the South by Southwest Film Festival have posted the full, comprehensive lineup, revealing that the likes of Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver and Free Fire, the riotous ensemble thriller from Ben Wheatley, are among those films that will screen for critics and attendees.

Per SXSW 2017‘s website, this year’s showcase will host “84 World Premieres, 11 North American Premieres, and 6 Us Premieres. First-time filmmakers account for 51 films, continuing our tradition of unearthing the emergent talent of tomorrow.” British auteur Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England) is a regular of the Texas festival, and will be rubbing shoulders with other favorites including Michael Winterbottom, Nacho Vigalondo, Michael Showalter.

SXSW 2017 begins on March 10th in Austin, Texas and you can get up to speed on everything the festival has to offer down below.

Narrative Feature Competition

A Bad Idea Gone Wrong
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Film Review: ‘Keep the Lights On’ Plays Like Memory of Doomed Relationship

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Chicago – Ira Sachs’ intimate “Keep the Lights On” is about the intersection of love and addiction and how the two can rarely exist in the same relationship. It is reportedly at least semi-autobiographical and the film undeniably has the feeling of memory, both in its emotional honesty and its episodic nature. It is a film in which we see snapshots of a long-term love affair that seems doomed from the start. The raw truth of much of it is strong enough to make the sometimes frustrating structure forgivable.

Rating: 3.5/5.0

One man meets another for a casual sex encounter, after which the closeted of the two says, “I have a girlfriend, by the way. So, don’t get your hope up.” It probably should have ended there. But it doesn’t. Erik (Thure Lindhardt) is a documentary filmmaker who seems to lack a lot of focus in his life, something his
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Contest: Machine Gun Preacher (2011) Blu-ray: Gerard Butler

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Machine Gun Preacher Contest Giveaway Sweepstakes. This Machine Gun Preacher Blu-ray contest, giveaway, sweepstakes illustrates Machine Gun Preacher‘s release on DVD and Blu-ray on June 5, 2012. Marc Forster‘s Machine Gun Preacher stars Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Kathy Baker, Madeline Carroll, and Michael Shannon, Souleymane Sy Savane, Inga R. Wilson, Justin Michael Brandt,Brett Wagner, Corey Large, Judy Stepanian, Richard Goteri, Peter Carey, and Barbara Coven. Machine Gun Preacher‘ plot synopsis: “Machine Gun Preacher is the inspirational true [...]

Continue reading: Contest: Machine Gun Preacher (2011) Blu-ray: Gerard Butler
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Exclusive: Machine Gun Preacher Marc Forster Blu-ray Featurette

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Exclusive: Machine Gun Preacher Marc Forster Blu-ray Featurette
Machine Gun Preacher is the inspirational true story of Sam Childers (Gerard Butler), a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children in East Africa. The explosive, real-life tale of a man who has rescued over a thousand orphans from starvation, disease, and enslavement, Machine Gun Preacher is directed by Marc Forster (World War Z ) and also stars Michelle Monaghan, Kathy Baker, Madeline Carroll, Academy Award nominated Michael Shannon, and Souleymane Sy Savane.

We have an exclusive featurette the Machine Gun Preacher Blu-ray, in stores today, June 5th, which finds Marc Forster revealing how he got involved in this captivating project. Watch as the story of Sam Childers goes from the page to the big screen.

Machine Gun Preacher - Exclusive Featurette

Machine Gun Preacher Blu-ray is available in stores now.

Machine Gun Preacher was released September 23rd,
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Machine Gun Preacher Blu-ray and DVD Debut June 5th

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Machine Gun Preacher Blu-ray and DVD Debut June 5th
Gerard Butler (300) delivers a blazing performance as Sam Childers, the impassioned biker and ex-criminal turned crusader in Machine Gun Preacher from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. From Golden Globe nominated director Marc Forster (Monster's Ball), Machine Gun Preacher is the moving true-life story of discovery and redemption as Sam Childers takes up the fights for the children of East Africa and their freedom from Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army (Lra).

An Official Selection at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival and featuring the Grammy and Golden Globe nominated song "The Keeper" by Chris Cornell, Machine Gun Preacher is complete with special features and commentary on the must-own Blu-ray and DVD on June 5th.

Machine Gun Preacher is the inspirational true story of Childers (Butler), a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children in East Africa.
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Machine Gun Preacher Hitting On Blu-Ray And DVD June 5th

A solid film that unfortunately didn’t win over most critics (but fared substantially better with audiences), Machine Gun Preacher is coming your way on June 5th. Though the full list of bonuses isn’t available, it promises and commentary track, and depending on who delivers, that may turn out as interesting as the feature itself. Mark your calendars.

Gerard Butler Stars In The True Story Of One Man’S Mission To Save The Children From Joseph Kony’S Lord’S Resistance Army

Meet the Real Sam Childers, Founder of the Angels of East Africa, On Blu-ray and DVD June 5th

Gerard Butler (300) delivers a blazing performance as Sam Childers, the impassioned biker and ex-criminal turned crusader in Machine Gun Preacher from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. From Golden Globe® nominated director Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball), Machine Gun Preacher is the moving true-life story of discovery and redemption as
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Winners Announced for 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards, The Artist Takes Home Big Prize

Film Independent, the non-profit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out top honors to The Artist, The Descendants and Margin Call at this afternoon’s 27th Film Independent Spirit Awards. My Week With Marilyn, Beginners, 50/50, A Separation and The Interrupters also received awards at the ceremony, held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.

Tune in to IFC tonight at 10:00 pm Et/Pt to catch all the action at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards, with actor, writer and producer Seth Rogen hosting. Highlights include: John Waters as the Voice of God, musical performances by My Morning Jacket and K’Naan.

The Spirit Awards was the first event to exclusively honor independent film, and over the past 27 years, has become the premier awards show for the independent film community, celebrating films made by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. Artists
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LIVEstyle And Fulcrum Group Announce .Axe Hair Media Lounge and Groom Room and Supper Club. At The 2012 Sundance Film Festival

LIVEstyle And Fulcrum Group Announce .Axe Hair Media Lounge and Groom Room and Supper Club. At The 2012 Sundance Film Festival

New York-based entertainment agency LIVEstyle Entertainment, in partnership with Connecticut-basedFulcrum Group, is preparing to launch the 9th year and 37th major festival installation of its signature multi-day branded entertainment programs, the LIVEstyle Film Lounge, The Supper Club and Axe® Hair Media Lounge & Groom Room, located at 628 Park Ave in Park City, Utah. The venue and integrated programs will be an anchor destination for filmmakers, celebrities, global film and consumer media outlets, world-class chefs, independent and major studios and producers. Through this platform, sponsors Axe Hair; Issey Miyake.s new men.s fragrance L’Eau d’Issey Pour Homme Sport; Monster Energy Beverages; AriZona Beverages; hipswag.com; outdoor athletic products company Thule; IndieFlix.com; Pook Toque and official Festival sponsor Stella Artois will come face-to-face with the principal industry influencers, media,
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Teaser For Sundance Competition Drama ‘Keep the Lights On’

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We shared the first stills last year, but now we have the first teaser for an promising upcoming Sundance in-competition drama Keep the Lights On. From director Ira Sachs (Married Life) the film stars Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Souleymane Sy Savane, Paprika Steen and is an “an autobiographically inspired story of a passionate long-term relationship between two men driven by addiction and secrets but bound by love and hopefulness.”

THR has the trailer below, along with an extended interview with the director who says, “I hope that people feel like they’ve gone through the journey of a long, deep, complex, troubled, rich, passionate relationship — that’s all I’m setting out to do.” Judging from this emotionally stirring teaser he is on the right track to succeed. I have yet to see last year’s indie hit Weekend, but this seems to cover similar territory with cross-over in style,
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[First Look] Diane Kruger and Lea Seydoux In Berlinale Opener ‘Farewell, My Queen’

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Following up the initial announcement of titles, the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival revealed it will open with the period drama Les Adieux à la reine (Farewell My Queen) today. From director Benoît Jacquot, the drama stars Inglourious Basterds lead Diane Kruger, as well as Léa Seydoux who broke-out in Midnight in Paris and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol this year. Based on, Chantal Thomas’ novel we have the first stills of the film (from Lumiere via The Playlist) that follows the “first few days of the French Revolution from the perspective of the servants at Versailles.”

Kruger, who plays Marie Antoinette here, has only appeared in one big film following her post-Basterds role with Unknown, but I look forward to her future work, especially with this film. I thought Seydoux was great as an action villain in Ghotocol and excited to see her career rise. Check out the stills below,
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Berlinale 2012. First Round of Panorama Titles

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The Berlinale's announced today that 20 films are now lined up for its Panorama program. All in all, around 50 titles will make up the main program, Panorama Special and Panorama Dokumente.

10+10 by Hou Hsiao-hsien, Wang Toon, Wu Nien-Jen, Sylvia Chang, Chen Guo-Fu, Wei Te-Sheng, Chung Meng-Hung, Chang Tso-Chi, Arvin Chen, Yang Ya-Che and others, Taiwan — see a full report from the Taipei Film Commission: "Funded by the Golden Horse Film Festival and the Republic of China Centenary Foundation, 10+10 [is] a movie comprised of 20 short films by 10 renowned and 10 emerging Taiwanese filmmakers."

Death For Sale by Faouzi Bensaïdi, France

With Fehd Benchemsi, Fouad Labiad, Mouhcine Malzi, Imane Elmechrafi, Faouzi Bensaïdi

Die Wand (The Wall) by Julian Roman Pölsler, Austria/Germany

With Martina Gedeck — Synopsis from The Match Factory: "(1.) The wall is a highly unusual exploration of solitude and survival. (2.) It is the story of a woman who is separated from the
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Love Story set in Kashmir to compete at Sundance 2012

“Valley of Saints”, a love story set in Kashmir is all set to compete for the top award in the World Dramatics category of Sundance Film Festival 2012. The film, directed by an American filmmaker Musa Sayeed, had earlier won Film Independent and Sloan Foundation Producer’s Grant for the same films.

“Valley of Saints” is about a Kashmiri boatman Gulzar, who plans to run away from the war and poverty surrounding his village in Kashmir with his best friend, but a beautiful young woman researching the dying lake leads him to contemplate a different future. Sundance Film Festival announced its competition line up on November 30, 2011. Here is the complete lineup:- U.S. Dramatic Competition The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films.

Beasts of the Southern Wild / U.S.A. (Director: Benh Zeitlin, Screenwriters: Benh Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar) — Waters gonna rise up, wild animals gonna rerun from the grave, and
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[First Look] Sundance Dramas ‘Filly Brown,’ ‘Keep the Lights On’ and ‘Middle of Nowhere’

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There is a strong chance you are like me and haven’t heard of a single one of these films. Sundance 2012 announced their competition line-up and we have a first look at a trio of dramas. Could these be the next Take Shelter or Martha Marcy May Marlene? Check them out below and we’ll let you know when we hit Park City in January.

First up, above and below, is a hip-hop-drive drama Filly Brown from directors Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos. Starring Lou Diamond Phillips, Gina Rodriguez, Jenni Rivera and Edward James Olmos, it follows a “mexican girl who rises to fame and consciousness as she copes with the incarceration of her mother through music.”

Next up we have a drama titled Keep the Lights On, from director Ira Sachs (Married Life). Starring Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Souleymane Sy Savane and Paprika Steen, it is
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Sundance Film Festival 2012: Competition Films: For Ellen, Luv

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For Ellen, Luv, and the other competition films have been announced for the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The Sundance Film Festival is “a film festival that takes place annually in the state of Utah, in the United States. It is the largest independent cinema festival in the United States…the festival is the premier showcase for new work from American and international independent filmmakers.” For the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, “110 feature-length films were selected, representing 31 countries and 44 first-time filmmakers, including 26 in competition. These films were selected from 4,042 feature-length film submissions composed of 2,059 U.S. and 1,983 international feature-length films. 88 films at the Festival will be world premieres.”

The 2012 Sundance Film Festival will run from January 19, 2011 to January 29, 2011 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

The full listing of the competition films in the 2011 Sundance Film Festival are below.

U.S. Dramatic Competition

The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films.
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Sundance 2012 Movies: The First Time, Keep The Lights On/U.S. Dramatic Competition

Brittany Anderson, Dylan O'Brien, The First Time U.S. Dramatic Competition (Part I) The world premieres of 16 American narrative feature films. Beasts of the Southern Wild / U.S.A. (Director: Benh Zeitlin, Screenwriters: Benh Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar) — Waters gonna rise up, wild animals gonna rerun from the grave, and everything south of the levee is goin’ under, in this tale of a six year old named Hushpuppy, who lives with her daddy at the edge of the world. Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry. The Comedy / U.S.A. (Director: Rick Alverson, Screenwriters: Rick Alverson, Robert Donne, Colm O'Leary) — Indifferent even to the prospects of inheriting his father's estate, Swanson whiles away his days with a group of aging Brooklyn hipsters, engaging in small acts of recreational cruelty and pacified boredom. Cast: Tim Heidecker, Eric Wareheim, Kate Lyn Sheil, Alexia Rassmusen, Gregg Turkington. The End of Love / U.S.A. (Director
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Sundance 2012: First Images from Keep The Lights On, Safety Not Guaranteed, About The Pink Sky, The Last Elvis

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With the announcement of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in-competition line-up comes a few hundred new images from the movies. After the jump you'll find synopses and the first images for Keep the Lights On (starring Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson), Safety Not Guaranteed (starring Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass), About the Pink Sky (starring Ai Ikeda), and The Last Elvis (starring John McInerny as an Elvis impersonator). The 2012 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 19–29th. Click here for all Sundance coverage, including images from the other films in the line-up. Keep the Lights On Keep the Lights On / U.S.A. (Director: Ira Sachs, Screenwriters: Ira Sachs, Mauricio Zacharias) — An autobiographically inspired story of a passionate long-term relationship between two men driven by addiction and secrets but bound by love and hopefulness. Cast: Thure Lindhardt, Zachary Booth, Julianne Nicholson, Souleymane Sy Savane, Paprika Steen. Safety Not Guaranteed Safety Not Guaranteed / U.
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