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Wong Kar-Wai Says Young Filmmakers Are "Less Competitive"

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Wong Kar-Wai said the opening up of the Chinese film market is providing immense opportunity for young directors, but cautioned those coming up against being complacent, as competition will be fierce in the future.

Wong — who was honored with the headlining prize at the Lumiere Film Festival, headed by Cannes fest director Theirry Fremaux — made the comments while discussing the business in Hong Kong and China.

Wong, born just before the Cultural Revolution in China, was raised in Hong Kong and came of age as a filmmaker in the 1980s and 1990s. He compared the current climate in China »

- Rhonda Richford

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'Strangled' ('A martfui rem'): Film Review | London 2017

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A sexually depraved killer is preying on female factory workers in Strangled, a stylishly grim period thriller from Hungarian writer-director Arpad Sopsits. Inspired by real events, this terse murder mystery comes with an extra layer of political subtext, as it takes place during a sensitive period of Cold War history soon after relations between Budapest and Moscow were permanently scarred by the brutal crushing of the 1956 Hungarian uprising.

But even without the political history lesson, this solidly crafted true-crime story works just fine as a noir-ish police procedural with a punchy rhythm and a bracingly sour worldview. Already a prize-winning »

- Stephen Dalton

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Zehao Gao's 'To Kill a Watermelon' Wins Grand Prix at Warsaw Film Festival

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Sha Gua (To Kill a Watermelon), from Chinese director Zehao Gao, was awarded the Grand Prix of the 33rd Warsaw International Film Festival, which drew to a close in the Polish capital on Oct. 21.

Also among the winners were French director Joan Chemla with the best director's award for Si tu voyais son coeur (If You Saw His Heart).

The special jury award went to Allen Dizon and Angelie Sanoy, the stars of Bomba (The Bomb) by Philippine director Ralston Gonzales Jover.

The special mention was awarded to the Slovenian/Croatian co-production Rudar (The Miner), directed by Hanna »

- Vladimir Kozlov

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'Coco': Film Review

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Dia de los Muertos, the multi-day Mexican-originated holiday honoring dead family members and friends, proves to have a remarkably revitalizing effect on Pixar, as evidenced by the truly resplendent Coco.

Not only does the Disney outfit’s 19th feature, co-directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina, emerge as Pixar’s most original effort since Inside Out, it’s also among its most emotionally resonant, touching on themes of belonging common to Finding Dory and the Unkrich-directed Toy Story 3.

Delivering a universal message about family bonds while adhering to folkloric traditions free of the watering down or whitewashing that have often typified Americanized »

- Michael Rechtshaffen

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Wong Kar-Wai Feted at Thierry Fremaux's Lyon Lumiere Festival

22 hours ago

The audience at the Lumiere festival was in the mood for love, with Cannes topper Thierry Fremaux, directors Olivier Assayas and Bertrand Tavernier and actress Isabelle Adjani celebrating director Wong Kar-Wai in a lavish ceremony Friday night in Lyon.

The ceremony was marked by emotional speeches — Assayas (who is divorced from In the Mood for Love star Maggie Cheung) called Wong “a grand poet of cinema” — and raucous routines.

Zhang Ziyi sent a video message, telling her The Grandmaster director that he “should get awards everyday.”

His longtime cinematographer Christopher Doyle also took to the stage in a funny, »

- Rhonda Richford

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How to Finish Your Book When Robert Downey Jr. Already Wants to Be in the Movie (Guest Column)

23 hours ago

I clambered to the top of the rock outcropping overlooking The Pond in Central Park, with its commanding views of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, to take the call from Robert Downey Jr.’s production company. I wasn’t trying for anything cinematic that May evening in 2015, nor was my perch intended as some kind of metaphor for a rapid ascent to Hollywood-writer status. I just couldn’t make it back to my office in time, and the rock was an oasis where I could think clearly.

Or at least try to. Team Downey had a few days earlier optioned Chasing Phil, my »

- David Howard

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'Transparent's' Jeffrey Tambor to Be Honored at Israel Film Festival

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Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor will be honored with the 2017 Iff Achievement in Television Award at the 31st Israel Film Festival’s opening night gala, which will be held Nov. 5 at the Steve Tisch Cinema Center at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.

The fest will present its 2017 Iff Cinematic Achievement Award to Israeli film star Lior Ashkenazi, winner of this year’s Israeli Academy Ophir Award as best actor for his work in Foxtrot.

The fest’s opening night film is Yariv Mozer’s documentary Ben-Gurion, Epilogue, winner of this year’s Ophir Award for best documentary, and will screen following the award »

- Gregg Kilday

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'Where's the Money': Film Review

20 October 2017 5:26 PM, PDT

A light comedy that dabbles in racial commentary but pulls in too many directions simultaneously, Scott Zabielski's Where's the Money puts a Vine celebrity in the lead and finds that mastery of a six-second video format is no predictor of big-screen success. Andrew "King Bach" Bachelor is amiable but hardly star material here, playing a young man whose hunt for buried treasure forces him to infiltrate a college fraternity. Commercial prospects are slim, but helped by a supporting cast including Method Man, Terry Crews, and others.

Bachelor plays Del, a South Central slacker who runs a small gym with his »

- John DeFore

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How to Fix Hollywood's Toxic Gender Exclusion Problem (Guest Column)

20 October 2017 5:26 PM, PDT

Rachel Feldman, a director, screenwriter, and activist, is the former chair of the DGA Women’s Steering Committee and has taught directing at The USC School of Cinematic Arts. 

Hollywood’s female filmmakers are hoping that the current spate of scandal exposures will challenge other entrenched sexist toxicities. Employment exclusion based on gender discrimination is certainly not sexual abuse, but it is cruel, torturous, and an oppression that asserts power over women and strips them of their dignity. It’s also illegal. Sexual harassment and gender discrimination are difficult to pin down and when called out — often denied. We can »

- Rachel Feldman

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AFI Fest to Pay Tribute to Errol Morris

20 October 2017 5:02 PM, PDT

Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris will be honored with a tribute at the upcoming AFI Fest, following a screening of his latest project Wormwood.

The American Film Institute’s annual festival also announced today that three centerpiece gala screenings have been slated for Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, James Franco’s The Disaster Artist and Scott Cooper’s Hostiles.

The gala screenings will take place at the Tcl Chinese Theatre while the Morris tribute will be hold at the Egyptian Theatre on Nov. 11.

Wormwood is a six-part Netflix original about one man’s 60-year quest to discover the circumstances around his »

- Gregg Kilday

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