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Slamdance 2015 Awards Winners

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Last night at Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, the 21st edition of the Slamdance Film Festival came to a close with a packed house gathering for the awards ceremony.This festivals diverse slate of films yielded a palpable excitement in the room as festival founders and staff took the audience through each award with a lively and playful step. Nearly all big winners this year were women directors, which marks just how strong the female perspective is behind the camera in the indie world. First up, the inaugural Tangerine Entertainment Juice Fund award for best female directing went to Gabrielle Demeestere for her poignant and well observed feature debut Yosemite. The Grand Jury Prize Winner for Narrative Film went to Britni West and her enchanting...

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Sundance 2015 Review: The Bronze Is Comedy Gold

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This summer is sure to produce an onslaught of mindless trash disguised as comedy. Adam Sandler will make more cool millions, Paul Blart will potentially earn more undeserved revenue, and comedic celebrities who have shone in better films will be paired off with one another in disposable, asinine movies the world will forget almost as soon as they're released.Somewhere in the shuffle will be the far more understated opening of The Bronze, which director Bryan Buckley estimates will have its release some time in July. Those who choose to buy the ticket will be vastly rewarded for their choice. Simply put, The Bronze is uproariously funny. Penned by spouses Melissa and Winston Rauch and starring Melissa Rauch, The Bronze refreshingly recalls a golden age of...

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Shine Like A Diamond: Girlhood Director Céline Sciamma Interview

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With two very lovely coming of age films (Water Lilies and Tomboy) under her belt, Céline Sciamma charts a new, yet still familiar, territory with her most accomplished film to date, Girlhood. Unlike her previous films, Girlhood stars all black girls in 'da hood' suburban Paris and reflects their lives in astonishing detail and authenticity. As a big fan of both of her previous films, I was very eager to meet her, despite her plane being delayed (she was attending Sundance) because of a big snowstorm that never was here in New York, and talk about her new film which happens to be the first great film I've seen this new year.Twitch: How was Sundance?Céline Sciamma: It was great! I got stuck there because of...

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Review: Casa Amor: Exclusive For Ladies, But Really Just A Man's World

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Every so often, Korean cinema presents us with a new film, filled with the promise of titillating erotica. Invariably, these turn out to be rather chaste affairs and Casa Amor: Exclusive for Ladies (the original title of which is Working Girl, in English but spelt in Korean), proves to be no exception. However, stylish though it may be, this new work proves more egregious than most, as it hints at the freedom of female sexuality yet ultimately sinks into woefully patriarchal archetypes. Bo-hee is a successful career woman working as a marketing executive in a toy company. Consumed with her work, she keeps her doesn't have much time for her husband, particularly when it comes to his primal needs. Meanwhile, her free-spirited neighbour Nan-hee sells...

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All Aboard! Snowpiercer Sex Spoof Coming This Year

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The most well known Korean film of the last few years is coming back to screens, reimagined as an erotic parody. Bong Man-dae, the director of Cinderella (2006) and Playboy Bong (2013), though most well known as a purveyor of softcore erotica, is turning Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer into Rice Cake Soup Train (Ddeok-gook-yeol-cha, 떡국열차). That title's a bit of a mouthful (sorry, had to do it) but it makes more sense in Korean. If and when they decide this could target a foreign audience, I'm sure they'll come up with something better. The director is shooting a teaser today and tomorrow, which should be ready in time for the Lunar New Year (Seolnal), a major holiday when Koreans eat, you guessed it, rice cake soup....

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Osaka Asian Film Festival 2015 Opening And Closing Films Announced

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The Osaka Asian Film Festival, which runs from March 6th through to the 15th, has announced its opening and closing films as Asleep and Ode to My Father. Receiving its World Premier, Japan's own Asleep comes from Hoshikageno Waltz and Totemu: Song for Peace director director Wakagi Shingo. Based on a 1989 novel by cult writer Banana Yoshimoto, the book contains three stories narrated by young women affected by death or mourning who drift into waking dream-like situations. It stars Ando Sakura of Love Exposure and 100 Yen Love along with Kore'eda regular Iura Arata. Closing film Ode To My Father comes from Korea, it's directed by Yun Je-gyun and stars Jeong-min Hwang of Private Eye and The Unjust. The film is described as follows:"...the...

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Abbey Lee Added To Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon

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Abbey Lee, the Australian model turned actress, is in talks to join Nicolas Winding Refn's upcoming film The Neon Demon, according to Deadline. She will star with Elle Fanning, who joined the production not too long ago. In Neon Demon, she plays a cool ringleader that other girls want to follow. Envious, emotionally unstable and a tad delusional, she shows her true maniacal colors in the end. After first creeping Jesse out by sucking the blood out of her wound, she ends up killing and later eating Jesse to absorb her virginal youth and beauty.I do not know if Elle Fanning is Jesse or not. But does this sucking of blood from a wound only to later eat this person named Jesse make Abby Lee the demon? Time will...

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Sandra Ng Rings In The Lunar New Year In Saucy 12 Golden Ducks Trailer

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Hong Kong's leading comedienne Sandra Ng re-teams with Golden Chicken writer-turned-director Matt Chow for the Lunar New Year comedy 12 Golden Ducks. Money and gold are always associated with this auspicious festival, while duck is Cantonese slang for male prostitute (just as chicken is for their female colleagues). So, it's business as usual, with Ng again setting her sights on the city's industrious and entrepreneurial sex industry, only this time Sandra is one of the boys. Just check out her golden abs in the poster below!Featuring an all-star cast including Louis Koo, Nicholas Tse, Simon Yam, Joey Yung, Chrissie Chau, Anthony Wong, Zhao Wei and pretty much everyone else currently working in Hong Kong, 12 Golden Ducks opens on 19 February and is a surefire...

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Review: Kevin Costner's Black Or White Is Anything But

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Dances with Wolves. Field of Dreams. JFK. And now, Black or White. That's how Kevin Costner, who not only stars in, but financed this highly approachable light drama about contemporary race relations, is pitching the film. In his varied and overall successful career, Costner has pitched a number of things, mostly baseballs. But, as age has no doubt forced him to hang up the bat and mitt, the venerable actor has seen fit to seize upon his established white-bread, leading man persona, and go out on a limb... to play a grandfather. (!)  Eloise (Jillian Estell), his young granddaughter who's at constant risk of adorable-overload, is a bi-racial little girl whom Costner's character Elliot, and his wife, have been raising her whole life. It's been a...

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Slamdance 2015 Review: Yosemite Beautifully Captures The Fearful Majesty Of Boyhood

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What is it about childhood that makes us adults so wary of who we once were? Perhaps it is that great fear of the unknown, a shadow, a whisper of adulthood that scares us as children into submission of these impending years. Perhaps it is remembering how we felt depleted before it began, when we were seemingly asked by no one and everyone, alike, to just stop being children because you have to grow up. We all remember that desire to just let us be. Let us be whatever it is that children are without those adult agendas. Gabrielle Demeestere's pivots such feelings, such moods, intangible and strange and so wonderfully potent with her feature debut Yosemite. Set in the fall of 1985 in the...

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Slamdance 2015 Review: Yosemite Beautifully Captures The Fearful Majesty Of Boyhood

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What is it about childhood that makes us adults so wary of who we once were? Perhaps it is that great fear of the unknown, a shadow, a whisper of adulthood that scares us as children into submission of these impending years. Perhaps it is remembering how we felt depleted before it began, when we were seemingly asked by no one and everyone, alike, to just stop being children because you have to grow up. We all remember that desire to just let us be. Let us be whatever it is that children are without those adult agendas. Gabrielle Demeestere's pivots such feelings, such moods, intangible and strange and so wonderfully potent with her feature debut Yosemite. Set in the fall of 1985 in the...

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New Amira And Sam Trailer Sparkles, Plus Military Date Night Offer

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In a new trailer for Amira and Sam, Martin Starr and Dina Shihabi sparkle as a very unexpected romantic couple. Here's the official synopsis: Rousing, smart, and sweet, Amira and Sam is a confident feature debut from writer-director Sean Mullin, and follows Sam (Martin Starr, Freaks & Geeks, Silicon Valley), an army veteran adapting back to civilian life after a lengthy tour overseas. Upon reuniting with his unit's former Iraqi translator in New York City, he meets Amira (newcomer Dina Shihabi), his war buddy's niece; suspicious of soldiers, she wants nothing to do with him. However, when Amira runs into immigration trouble, Sam offers to keep her safe at his apartment. After a rocky start, their unlikely friendship starts to blossom into something more. Meanwhile,...

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Dallas Gets Its Own South Asian Film Festival

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Texas is not just for cowboys anymore. The first Dallas-Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival (Dfw Saff) is coming next month. Described as the "first-ever festival of South Asian independent cinema in North Texas," the event will be held at the Angelika Film Center in Plano (Shops at Legacy) from Friday, February 27 to Sunday, March 1. The festival will present 14 shorts, documentaries, and narrative features, kicking off with Mahesh Pailoor's Brahmin Bulls, a father-son drama that stars Mary Steenburgen, Justin Bartha, Sendhil Ramamurthy (TV's Heroes) and Indian veteran actor Roshan Seth. The centerpiece presentation will be sex-traffic drama Sold, starring Gillian Anderson and David Arquette, produced by Emma Thompson and directed by Jeffrey D. Brown. Closing things out will be the world premiere...

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Review: Hourly Husband, A Low-Brow Comedy About Midlife Relationships

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The Czech comedy Hourly Husband, a feature debut by Tomáš Svoboda, who comes from a theatre environment, falls into the niche of easy-going comedies designed after a rather folksy blueprint. Hourly Husband addresses the very particular issues of a very particular socio-demographic group, pouring obstacles of mundane life, such as financial problems, unemployment and family schism, into a narrative zoomed in on relationships. It's all presented in an unsophisticated and straightforward manner, turning into a mindless giddy adventure with its morality carefully closeted. Honza (David Novotný), an average Joe, takes care of a community swimming pool where he and his three buddies indulge in testosterone-releasing activity: water polo. Their ritual is soon disrupted by a hygienist marching in and shutting the pool down. Awkwardly enough, Honza rigidly...

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Rotterdam 2015 Review: As The Gods Will Leaves You Gasping For More

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(Putting the Fear of God into someone was never taken as literally as here...) Miike Takashi must, by now, be the most experienced director in the world in several genres, especially if those genres are vaguely defined as "gory and batshit crazy". Which, on paper, actually makes him a perfect fit for directing an adaptation of the manga "Kamisama no Iutoori", aka. As the Gods Will. That film is now being screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and while it is nowhere near Miike's best, it is a very entertaining slice of "gory and batshit crazy" indeed. The plot is weird but straightforward: in schools all over the world, classes are magically locked, and the high school students within are put through brutal selection...

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Teaser For French Fantasy Cassandra Promises Great Things

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I've long been of the opinion that sword and sorcery type films are the absolute hardest to get right. Slip on the tone or the look just the tiniest little bit and things can go off the rails so very, very easily and that balance is even more difficult to maintain when working on an independent or short film budget, where the dollars are often simply not there for the required art direction and costuming work.None of this appears to be a problem for writer-director Guy-Roger Duvert and the talented team behind Cassandra. A short film meant to serve as lead-in for a full length period set fantasy feature the teaser for this one gives away very little in terms of story but it certainly...

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Chasuke's Journey: Check The First Images From Sabu's Berlin-Selected Latest

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Prolific Japanese director Sabu teams up with Kitano Takeshi's Office Kitano for his latest effort, an adaptation of his own novel Ten No Chasuke - known simply in English as Chasuke's Journey.In the afterlife, busy playwrights are writing scenarios for living human beings. What they write controls everyone's destiny. Celestial tea server Chasuke constantly serves them to keep them going at their endless task. He can't stop himself from eavesdropping on the writing process, and he is especially interested in the story of a young woman, Yuri. A careless remark changes Yuri's destiny to a fatal car accident later today. Only Chasuke can rescue her by returning to the physical world and stopping her fate. Some playwrights have promised him surprise help from their protagonists...

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John Wick Directors In Talks For Cowboy Ninja Viking Flick

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Well howdy, konichiwa and ves heill! John Wick was arguably one of the best action flicks in 2014 and that was thanks to the hard work of stuntmen turned directing duo of Chad Stahelski and David Leitch. According to a report over at Variety they are in talks with Universal about taking the helm of their adaptation of A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo's comic book Cowboy Ninja Viking. In the original comic book the story follows a man, Duncan, who suffers from multiple personality disorder and is put into a government program to be turned into an agent called a Triplet. Duncan channels the skills of a cowboy, a ninja and a viking. In the comic book the program dissolves and Duncan is sent after the other...

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The Tribe Director Readies New Film Luxembourg

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The world's longest running co-production market, Cinemart, is always one of the most interesting parts of theInternational Film Festival in Rotterdam.  This year is not an exception with colourful batch of promising projects lined up including experimental filmmaker Khavn de la Cruz' new project Only the Dead Have Seen the End of War and Greek director Syllas Tzoumerkas, who after premiering his second feature A Blast last year has already started working on new project The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea. One of the main conditions to be eligible for Rotterdam´s co-production market is having 25% of the finances secured and obviously the final draft of the script ready.Ukrainian filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, the man behind wünder-film of 2014, The Tribe, was in official selection...

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Bite Size: New Doc Brings Hope In Fight Against Childhood Obesity

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The new documentary Bite Size is raising awareness about the childhood obesity epidemic in America. The film releases on March 10th and we have a trailer to share with you.America's battle against childhood obesity is an issue too big for many to fully comprehend. With 1 in 3 children overweight, the epidemic is sweeping our nation at an unforgiving rate. But in spite of these odds, Bite Size showcases the stories of four inspiring kids from diverse backgrounds who are fighting for their health one day at a time. Proving that it's not just about the number on a scale, what really matters is learning what keeps you active and makes you happy.Corbin Billings' documentary Bite Size followed two boys, Davion and Moy, and two...

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