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Doc NYC 2016: early bird highlights by Anne-Katrin Titze

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The Suskind family of Life, Animated Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Last year's Doc NYC had ten films in its Short List program make the Oscar Best Documentary shortlist, including Oscar winner Amy, Asif Kapadia's Amy Winehouse doc, and nominees Matthew Heineman's Cartel Land; Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look Of Silence; Nina Simone in Liz Garbus's What Happened, Miss Simone? and Evgeny Afineevsky's Winter On Fire: Ukraine's Fight For Freedom.

Liz Garbus, Morgan Neville and Asif Kapadia Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon's Best Of Enemies; Alex Gibney's Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief; Davis Guggenheim's He Named Me Malala; Kirby Dick's The Hunting Ground, and Michael Moore's Where To Invade Next round out the list.

Barbara Kopple's Miss Sharon Jones!; Gianfranco Rosi's Fire At Sea (Fuocoammare); Life, Animated by Roger Ross Williams from the Short List, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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The visitor by Anne-Katrin Titze

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Sandra Hüller with Toni Erdmann director/writer Maren Ade Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Maren Ade has teamed up again with costume designer Gitti Fuchs and editor Heike Parplies of her The Forest For The Trees (Der Wald Vor Lauter Bäumen) and Everyone Else (Alle Anderen) to bring us Germany's Oscar submission Toni Erdmann, starring Sandra Hüller and Peter Simonischek.

Rainer Maria Rilke, Andy Kaufman's Tony Clifton, meerkats (not from Ang Lee's Life Of Pi), Frauke Finsterwalder's Finsterworld, vintage Yves Saint Laurent, and corporate madness came up in my conversation with Maren Ade and Sandra Hüller.

Kent Jones with Maren Ade, Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

With a supporting cast including Viktorija Malektorovych, Hadewych Minis, Lucy Russell, Michael Wittenborn, Ingrid Bisu, Thomas Loibl, and Trystan Pütter, Ade gives her characters a chance to rediscover themselves in song and skin-deep encounters of the third or fourth or fifth kind. »

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UK film events this Halloween by Jennie Kermode

24 October 2016 6:55 AM, PDT


What's on in this world of film this Halloween? Terracotta is reaching out to the home viewing market, offering two scary DVDs for £6.66, and Sky will be premiering its remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but if you'd rather get out and about, here's a look at what's happening around the UK.


31st - Halloween Scare Fest: Beetlejuice and The Shining at the Underdog Film Club. 31st - Demon and The Shining at The Belmont.


27th - Theatre Of Blood at the Strand Arts Centre. 28th - In The Mouth Of Madness at the Strand Arts Centre. 30th - The Backwoods Halloween Horror Marathon: Coraline, Tucker & Dale Vs Evil, Evil Dead 2, Cabin In The Woods and The Wicker Man in the Black Box.



29th - Halloween at The Mac. 30th - Blade at The Artix in Bromsgrove.

In addition to this, there's the Hallowscream. »

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Mysterious island by Anne-Katrin Titze

24 October 2016 6:00 AM, PDT

Gianfranco Rosi with Anne-Katrin Titze after the screening of Fire At Sea: "The only intuition I had at the beginning was to find a little boy as a point of view." Photo: Emilie Spiegel

In 2014, Gianfranco Rosi presented Sacro Gra, his nonjudgmental gaze that lands on bodies that matter at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He returned this year for the New York Film Festival with his Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear winner, Fire At Sea (Fuocoammare), a masterpiece not only of documentary filmmaking but of timely and abiding storytelling.

Gianfranco Rosi on Samuele Pucillo: "He was eleven when I met him. He is like an old Woody Allen."

Rosi's early films Boatman, Below Sea Level and El Sicario, Room 164 will be screened at a BAMcinématek retrospective along with Italy's Foreign Language Film Oscar submission Fire at Sea, which will also screen at Doc NYC next month.

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Balcony wins double Iris Prize by Amber Wilkinson - 2016-10-24 08:11:34

24 October 2016 12:11 AM, PDT

Balcony won the Iris Prize and British Short Award Toby Fell-Holden enjoyed a double celebration last week, taking home the Iris Prize 2016 as well as the Best British award for his short film Balcony.

It was the first time in the prize's 10-year history that it was won by a UK filmmaker. The £30,000 prize will allow Toby to make a new short film in Wales, becoming the ninth Iris production.

Jury chair Cheryl Dunye said: “We felt that the director crafted a powerful film where not a single moment of its 17 minutes was wasted. The lead performance by Charlotte Beaumont was particularly outstanding as she took us on an internal transformation that left us speechless”.

“The film explored myriad social justice issues not only relevant to Lgbt filmmaking but also with those that intersect with race, class, and gender issues in both the UK and the world today”.

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