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Jobs for all by Anne-Katrin Titze

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Steve Jobs director Danny Boyle with Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Perla Haney-Jardine and Aaron Sorkin Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The evening before the memorial tribute to Albert Maysles and while Arnaud Desplechin, director of My Golden Days, was readying to give a talk at the Film Society of Lincoln Center Amphitheater, the Centerpiece Gala screening of Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs was about to take place, with Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Perla Haney-Jardine and Aaron Sorkin (who adapted Walter Isaacson's biography Steve Jobs) on stage at Alice Tully Hall.

Danny Boyle with New York Film Festival director Kent Jones Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

New York Film Festival director Kent Jones said he was proud to present the movie: "This is a completely fresh, surprising way of looking at the life of an extremely complex figure. And it's a very exciting one, »

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Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival highlights by Amber Wilkinson

3 October 2015 8:52 AM, PDT

Spanish Affair is the biggest box office hit in Spain. The second edition of the Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival launched last night with a screening of Las Sinsombrero at the city's Filmhouse - a documentary by Tania Balló celebrating a generation of 'forgotten' female Spanish filmmakers during the rule of General Franco. The film was followed by a discussion with the director. The festival runs until October 10 - here are some highlights to look out for.

Magical Girl - Winner of the Golden Shell at the 2014 San Sebastian Film Festival, this barbed black comedy sees director Carlos Vermut play around with genre in his three-pronged tale of a father whose daughter is terminally ill, a masochistic femme fatale and sinister teacher, all caught up in a web of blackmail. Unpredictable and mysterious, its darker moments may be a bit much for some viewers, but it begs to be watched more than once. »

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Experimental thinking by Anne-Katrin Titze

2 October 2015 11:21 AM, PDT

Experimenter director Michael Almereyda Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Michael Almereyda's thrilling Experimenter with Peter Sarsgaard as Stanley Milgram, Winona Ryder as his wife Sacha, Jim Gaffigan as the "Learner", "Teachers" including John Leguizamo and Tom Farrell, and Ned Eisenberg as social psychology pioneer Solomon Asch, is a storytelling experiment on its own.

Busy preparing his new film, starring Lois Smith and Jon Hamm, based on Jordan Harrison's Pulitzer Prize nominated play, Marjorie Prime, Michael met me at a café in the East Village to discuss Experimenter with a quick glance back at Sam Shepard directing The Late Henry Moss in Almereyda's This So-Called Disaster (starring Nick Nolte, Sean Penn, Woody Harrelson, Sheila Tousey and Cheech Marin), and a move forward to more Italo Calvino folktales.

Peter Sarsgaard as Stanley Milgram: "My admiration for him just deepened as I went."

Experimenter jumps straight into the obedience experiment, which over half a century later, »

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A tribute to Albert Maysles by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2015-10-01 15:27:57

1 October 2015 7:27 AM, PDT

Albert Maysles at the premiere of Simon Trevor's White Gold Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

On October 4, the morning before the world premiere of Steven Spielberg's Bridge Of Spies, starring Tom Hanks, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, Mark Rylance, Billy Magnussen and Eve Hewson (Bono and Ali's daughter), during the New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Maysles family will host a tribute to Albert Maysles.

Filmmakers Morgan Neville, Fabien Constant, Varon Bonicos and Guy Maddin, together with Gay Talese and Frédéric Boyer, sent a tribute when they heard the news about Albert's passing on March 5.

Iris Apfel at The Paris Theatre Iris premiere on Albert Maysles: "Oh, he was the greatest. I'm very lucky, very lucky." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The event at Alice Tully Hall will include a selection of clips from the career of the master documentarian and his brother David. In 2014, the »

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All about My Mother by Anne-Katrin Titze

30 September 2015 11:15 AM, PDT

Mia Madre director Nanni Moretti with Anne-Katrin Titze Photo: Lilia Blouin

Margherita Buy, Giulia Lazzarini, John Turturro, Beatrice Mancini, Enrico Ianniello and Nanni Moretti star in Mia Madre (My Mother), Moretti's multi-layered, personal and universal exploration into private emotions and public movie work.

Meeting the director for a morning conversation at the Regency Hotel on Park Avenue, not far from Central Park, we discussed how Wim Wenders' angels from Wings Of Desire fit in with Mia Madre, grammar turning into grandma and the work of mourning.

Nanni Moretti as Giovanni: "There is reality, there is the film inside the film and then there's dreams, memories, fantasies."

I had suggested screening We have A Pope (Habemus Papam), when Robert Zemeckis’s The Walk, the New York Film Festival's Opening Night Gala screening was moved a day due to the visit of Pope Francis and the Film Society of Lincoln Center »

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Stars come out for the New York Film Festival by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2015-09-28 22:47:37

28 September 2015 2:47 PM, PDT

Greta Gerwig will present Maggie's Plan with Julianne Moore, Ethan Hawke, Maya Rudolph, Travis Fimmel and Rebecca Miller Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Nanni Moretti, with John Turturro for Mia Madre, and The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos, Rachel Weisz and Ariane Labed will appear today, while Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson discuss The Forbidden Room on both nights.

Thomas Bidegain's take on John Ford’s The Searchers, Les Cowboys, and star Finnegan Oldfield plus Michel Gondry for Microbe & Gasoline (Microbe Et Gasoil) will appear later in the week. Jia Zhangke with Zhao Tao will present Mountains May Depart and Walter Salles for Jia Zhangke, A Guy from Fenyang.

Two documentaries with their subjects appearing - Robert Frank joins Laura Israel for Don't Blink: Robert Frank and Brian De Palma blow in with Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow for De Palma. Michael Moore for Where To Invade Next and My Golden Days »

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For a 1000 Lives: Be Human campaign backed by San Sebastian Film Festival by Jennie Kermode - 2015-09-28 11:27:03

28 September 2015 3:27 AM, PDT

For A 1000 Lives

San Sebastian International Film Festival director José Luis Rebordinos has announced the festival's backing for the For A Thousand Lives: Be Human campaign, which was launched September 2. The campaign calls for people fleeing war, terror, or political persecution to be provided with legal means of receiving protection from the EU. It calls on EU countries to work in solidarity, repealing the Dublin convention that says refugees mus seek asylum in the first country they reach, and ensure better distribution of those in need between different nations. The emphasis mus be on showing respect and giving people the chance to work, study and rebuild their lives, it argues.

The campaign already has the support of over 5,000 film industry professionals, including Brits Daniel Craig, Jonathan Pryce, Ken Loach and Mike Leigh. Other big names involved include Isabella Rossellini, Michael Haneke, Bertrand Tavernier, Agnieszka Holland, Thomas Vinterberg and Michel Hazanavicius. »

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