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Within a neurodivergent world by Anne-Katrin Titze

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Sarah (Samantha Elisofon) is charmed by David (Brandon Polansky) in Rachel Israel's disarming and engagingly outspoken debut feature Keep The Change

Rachel Israel's Keep The Change, a Tribeca Film Festival highlight, deftly brings us into the challenges a couple has with building face-to-face personal relationships. Before the Tribeca World Premiere, Rachel and I discussed the connection to director Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes, At Any Price) and producer Summer Shelton (Sara Colangelo's Little Accidents and Jim Strouse's People Places Things), Adam and Eve-ing with production designer Alina Smirnova (Brian Oakes' Jim: The James Foley Story), casting Brandon Polansky, Samantha Elisofon, Will Deaver, and Nicky Gottlieb, consulting with Drama Therapist Heidi Landis, the Grimms' Frog King, and wanting Keep The Change to be "centered, contained within a neurodivergent world".

Rachel Israel: "I'm working on an adaptation of Jane Austen's Persuasion." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

David (Polansky), new to a »

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Critics offer top picks for Cannes by Richard Mowe - 2017-04-21 13:11:17

21 April 2017 5:11 AM, PDT

First animation in Critics’ Week: Teheran Taboo Photo: Critics’ Week

After all the other programme revelations for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the French film critics finally have revealed today (21 April) in Paris their selection for Critics’ Week (La Semaine de la Critique) which opens with a Mafia romance drama, Sicilian Ghost Story, from the directorial partnership of Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza.

Critics’ Week director Charles Tesson Photo: Aurélie Lamachère

The duo have a track record with Critics’ Week, having won the top prize for a hit-man thriller Salvo.

Artistic director Charles Tesson announced that the closing title is a Sundance hit, Brigsby Bear, a kidnap comedy directed by Kyle Mooney from Saturday Night Live with cast including Mark Hamill, Claire Danes, Greg Kinnear and Andy Samberg.

Seven features by first or second time directors will compete for the Nespresso Prize while ten shorts are in competition for the Leica Cine Discovery prize. »

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Tribeca Film Festival Artists Awards participants announced by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-04-21 12:48:13

21 April 2017 4:48 AM, PDT

John Giorno's God Is Manmade for the Albert Maysles New Documentary Director honoree Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The roster of nine contemporary artists participating in the Tribeca Film Festival Artists Awards program, sponsored by Chanel, are Walton Ford, John Giorno seen in Aaron Brookner's Uncle Howard, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Jorge Pardo, Rh Quaytman, Sterling Ruby (Frédéric Tcheng's Dior And I), Aurel Schmidt, Ryan Sullivan, Stephen Hannock and Tara Subkoff's #Horror executive producer Urs Fischer.

Matthew Barney, Francesco Clemente, Julian Schnabel (seen in Pappi Corsicato’s Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait at the festival) Chuck Close, Eric Fischl, Nan Goldin, April Gornik, Jeff Koons, David Salle, Cindy Sherman and Kiki Smith were some of the past contributors to Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal's Artists Awards initiative.

Urs Fischer's boomboomboom, 2016, The Transit of Venus (Melanie) for the Audience Award: Documentary Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

This year's artworks for »

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Binoche and Depardieu open Cannes Quinzaine by Richard Mowe - 2017-04-20 12:32:51

20 April 2017 4:32 AM, PDT

Danielle Macdonald in Patti Cake$ - straight out of Jersey comes Patricia Dombrowski, aka Killa P, aka Patti Cake$, an aspiring rapper fighting through a world of strip malls and strip clubs on an unlikely quest for glory. Photo: Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival Directors' Fortnight artistic director Eduoard Waintrop Photo: Quinzaine The Cannes Directors’ Fortnight selection will open with a starry comedy Un Beau Soleil Intérieur with Juliette Binoche and Gérard Depardieu, which marks a change of tone for director Claire Denis, known for hard hitting dramas such as Beau Travail and Chocolat.

The section’s artistic director Edouard Waintrop made no apology for the choice, noting that he applauded directors who dared to change direction and that laughter in these dark times would provide a tonic. The film has been adapted from Roland Barthes' A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments, which is said to deconstruct the language of love. »

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Tribeca Film Festival early bird highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

18 April 2017 7:29 AM, PDT

Oren Moverman's Time Out of Mind and The Dinner star Richard Gere Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Tribeca Film Festival will open this Wednesday, April 19, with the World Premiere of Clive Davis: The Soundtrack Of Our Lives at Radio City Music Hall, followed by performances with Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, and Earth, Wind & Fire. A transformative Cate Blanchett in Julian Rosefeldt's Manifesto; Sandy Chronopoulos's exposé on Zac Posen, featuring Lola Kirke, André Leon Talley, Stella Schnabel, Paz de la Huerta, Claire Danes and Naomi Campbell in House of Z; Richard Gere (Joseph Cedar's Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer), Laura Linney, Steve Coogan and Rebecca Hall in Oren Moverman's The Dinner; Rachel Israel's Keep The Change with Brandon Polansky and Samantha Elisofon are four of this year's feature highlights.

An episode spoofing Spike Jonze and Viceland with Emmy Harrington »

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Beatriz At Dinner to open Sundance: London by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-04-18 11:23:59

18 April 2017 3:23 AM, PDT

Salma Hayek, Connie Britton and Chloe Sevigny in Beatriz At Dinner - Beatriz, an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner. Doug Strutt is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same. Photo: Lacey Terrell Sundance Institute has announced that Sundance Film Festival: London will open on June 1 at Picturehouse Central with the European premiere of Beatriz At Dinner.

The satire, directed by Miguel Arteta and written by Mike White, stars Salma Hayek as a new age sort who finds herself inadvertently sharing a meal with her rich employer, locking horns with her real estate developer husband Don Strutt (John Lithgow) along the way.

John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, said: “We look forward to launching our fifth festival »

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Asking for it by Anne-Katrin Titze

17 April 2017 10:48 AM, PDT

Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back director Maura Axelrod at the Quad Cinema Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

On the morning before the reopening of the Quad Cinema in New York, where two impressive features - Terence Davies' A Quiet Passion and Katell Quillévéré's Heal The Living (Réparer Les Vivants) - are now screening, Maura Axelrod, the director of Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back, met with me at Foragers in Chelsea to give some insight on her relationship to Cattelan's work and how their friendship developed.

We touched on a number of his artworks, Him in Agnès Varda's film Ydessa, the Bears and etc., Michelangelo Frammartino's post-Alberi Pinocchio project, Disney and America, Gianfranco Rosi's Sacro Gra Cattelan moment, and wanting "the works to just appear as they do in the world" in her film.

Maurizio Cattelan's All: "And when I heard what he was doing at the Guggenheim, »

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