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Bangladesh’s Dhaka Film Festival

Dhaka Film Festival 16th Edition January 12–20th

The 16th Dhaka International Film Festival (Diff) will be held in Dhaka from 12 to 20 January 2018. The general theme of the festival is “Better Film, Better Audience, Better Society.”The Festival has been organized on a regular basis by Rainbow Film Society, which has been dedicated to the promotion of a healthy cine culture in Bangladesh and in celebrating the global mainstream in film and its social relevance since 1977.

Rainbow Film Society is one of the most active film entities in the film society movement of Bangladesh. Apart from holding regular film shows and film related seminars and workshops, Rainbow also brings out “The Celluloid”, one of the leading cinema periodicals from Bangladesh with an international audience.

The Diff is one of the most prestigious film events in Bangladesh and, to a great extent, has helped shape an increasingly healthy and positive national film culture.
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Mimosas review – Moroccan mountain trail movie maintains enigmatic air

Shot with non-professionals on location in the Atlas mountains, this dreamy, beautifully shot parable has been compared to Aguirre: The Wrath of God

Recently, British director Ben Rivers made a deeply strange Morocco-set movie, inspired by a Paul Bowles story, entitled The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers. It featured a director making a film with non-professionals on location – and for these shots Rivers used a real director and (as it were) real non-professionals making a real film: this film, in fact, from 35-year-old French-born director Oliver Laxe.

Mimosas is a challengingly static, dreamily mysterious and beautifully shot film about two disreputable Moroccan men who, as part of a caravan of travellers, accept the task of carrying the dead body of a holy man, the “Sheikh”, across the Atlas mountains to be buried in his home village. They receive help from a
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'The Lost City of Z' Review: Charlie Hunnam Hunts for His Heart of Darkness

'The Lost City of Z' Review: Charlie Hunnam Hunts for His Heart of Darkness
James Gray makes films like an explorer, digging for the details that define character and art. The Lost City of Z doesn't look like Gray's other movies. Little Odessa, The Yards, We Own the Night, Two Lovers and The Immigrant mostly investigated the corners of his native New York. The Lost City of Z, set in Ireland, England and the Amazonian jungle at the start of the 20th Century, takes the Russian-Jewish Gray out of his comfort zone. His skilled screenplay, adapted from the 2009 book by David Gann, tells the story of Col.
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Joshua Reviews Werner Herzog’s Salt And Fire [Theatrical Review]

Best known as a documentarian, especially to many younger filmgoers just now getting into the director’s catalog, the name Werner Herzog not only conjures up a very specific image of the man himself as well as his work crafting almost metaphysical style non-fiction masterworks. However, across his decades-spanning career, Herzog has also been the creative voice behind some of the most interesting and esoteric narrative fiction features of the last 40-plus years. Ranging from the descent into madness that is Aguire, The Wrath Of God to the unhinged Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans, Herzog has cemented himself as one of cinema’s great artists.

And yet, even the greatest artists make missteps.

One of two films from Herzog opening this weekend (the second being the career-worst Queen Of The Desert), Salt And Fire is a confounding mishmash of Herzogian man-vs-nature philosophizing and emotionally disconnected storytelling. The film
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Werner Herzog’s Salt And Fire – Review

Review by Stephen Tronicek

It seems Werner Herzog’s art persona exists in the realm of Werner Herzog, not in the realm of modern Hollywood. It’s almost as if the industry evolved around him, leaving him still chugging and fighting the auteurist good fight, churning out the same mind wrenching, thoughtful epics and strangely philosophical and human documentaries that defined his early career. When approaching a narrative feature of his, it’s important to consider this: Even his most acclaimed narrative works, such as Aguirre: The Wrath Of God or Nosferatu are slow building films that in their time were hailed as masterpieces (they still are today), but to the public today would probably hold stale in their sense of artful detachment, made great by their artistry, rather than their true grasp of the audience.Salt And Fire similarly doesn’t hold the audience in such a way, but
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Can Daniel Radcliffe Survive The Jungle?

Daniel Radcliffe has become an increasingly popular figure in indie cinema, his Harry Potter cachet allowing directors to secure funding for their weirdest pet projects. How else to explain last year’s excellent Swiss Army Man, in which his reanimated corpse farted its way through a movie that baffled and amused those brave enough to stump up for a ticket?

It doesn’t look like the actor is in for an easier time of it in Greg McLean’s (Wolf Creek) survival horror film Jungle, which has just had its first trailer released. Based on the book by Yossi Ginsberg, which chronicles the author’s real-life survival story when he was stranded in the Amazon jungle for three weeks in 1981, the movie promises to be an intense thriller in which Radcliffe must contend with the might of Mother Nature.

At the opening of the trailer, backpacker Radcliffe is asked whether
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Berlinale 2017: The Lost City of Z Review

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Adapted from David Grann’s 2009 book of the same name, The Lost City of Z sees the welcome return of director James Gray (The Immigrant) in a highly ambitious project. The film is a semi-biographical account in the life of legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett and follows his adventures in the uncharted Amazonian territories. Gray – a director well versed in the glory days of British cinema – pays homage to the films he loves as he takes his audience on an unrelenting journey in search of what Fawcett called the “City of Z”, an ancient settlement deep in the heart of the Amazon.

Set in the early part of the 20th century and within the realm of a soon to be defunct British empire, the film stars Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy, Pacific Rim) as Major Percy Fawcett, a lowly army officer belittled by his superiors and in need
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Cannes: Werner Herzog to receive Directors' Fortnight Carrosse d’Or Award

Cannes: Werner Herzog to receive Directors' Fortnight Carrosse d’Or Award
French Film Directors Guild to fete German legend.

Werner Herzog will be honoured with the Carrosse d’Or (Golden Coach) award during Directors’ Fortnight, the section which runs parallel to the Cannes Film Festival (May 17-28).

The annual honorary prize is granted by the French film directors guild, Société des Réalisateurs de films (la Sfr).

In a letter to the director, the Sfr selection committee said the award will pay tribute to Herzog’s “relentless energy and great creativity, (his) ability to juggle formats, production norms and systems, and to blur the lines between fiction and documentary, feature films and television, reason and madness.”

They added: “We also pay homage to your leadership and your powerful capacity to pull in Hollywood stars as well as unknown people and amateurs, and to the way you impose your distinctive tone and vision, flouting moral conventions and political correctness.”

German-born Herzog has been a filmmaker since the early 1960s, and is
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Federico Fellini’s Roma

Federico Fellini’s best non-narrative feature is an intoxicating meta-travelogue, not just of the Eternal City but the director’s idea of Rome past and present. The masterful images alternate between nostalgic vulgarity and dreamy timelessness. Criterion’s disc is a new restoration.

Fellini’s Roma

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The Criterion Collection 848

1972 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 120 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date December 13, 2016 / 39.95

Starring Peter Gonzales, Fiona Florence, Pia De Doses, Renato Giovannoli, Dennis Christopher, Feodor Chaliapin Jr., Elliott Murphy, Anna Magnani, Gore Vidal, Federico Fellini.

Cinematography Giuseppe Rotunno

Film Editor Ruggero Mastroianni

Original Music Nino Rota

Written by Federico Fellini and Bernardino Zapponi

Produced by Turi Vasile

Directed by Federico Fellini

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Federico Fellini stopped making standard narrative pictures after 1960’s La dolce vita; from then on his films skewed toward various forms of experimentation and expressions of his own state of mind. Most did have a story to some degree,
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‘The Lost City Of Z’ Is A Beautifully Old-Fashioned Adventure — Nyff Review

‘The Lost City Of Z’ Is A Beautifully Old-Fashioned Adventure — Nyff Review
If not for the ineffably modern hollowness of Charlie Hunnam’s speaking voice, or the distinct rind of 21st century celebrity that still clings to co-star Robert Pattinson like the dying traces of yesterday’s cologne, someone could easily be fooled into thinking that “The Lost City of Z” was shot 40 years ago. In fact, that might be the greatest compliment a viewer could pay writer-director James Gray (“The Immigrant”), a man who seems increasingly determined to revive the glory days of our national cinema, when movies were pictures and auteurs were mavericks. Gray pulls from the past as liberally as Quentin Tarantino, but without the ego — he doesn’t try to process his influences through the slaughterhouse of his own fetishes, he simply wants to Make American Movies Great Again.

Uncommonly sumptuous, patient and textured for a movie with such little emotional heat or staying power, “The Lost City of Z
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‘Lo and Behold’ Exclusive Promo: Werner Herzog Dives Into The Heart of The Internet

‘Lo and Behold’ Exclusive Promo: Werner Herzog Dives Into The Heart of The Internet
The Internet is all around us, connecting humans with each other and providing the world with more information than ever before, but what is its existential impact? How has it changed our worldviews? Director Werner Herzog chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches in his new documentary “Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World.” Containing interviews with such luminaries as Bob Kahn, Elon Musk, and Sebastian Thrun, Herzog explores the digital landscape with his trademark curiosity and sparks a number of provocative conversations about how the online world has immeasurably transformed our real world, from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and even our personal relationships. Watch an exclusive promo for the film below.

Read More: Sundance Review: Werner Herzog’s ‘Lo and Behold’ Will Make You Experience the Internet in New Ways

Werner Herzog is one of the more acclaimed film directors of the 20th century.
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Werner Herzog: Ecstatic Fictions - A Feature Film Retrospective

Werner Herzog: Ecstatic Fictions, a retrospective dedicated to Werner Herzog's fiction filmmaking, will be running on Mubi in the United States from May 28 - July 29, 2016.My Best Fiend: A metaphor for...something "It’s a great metaphor,” Werner Herzog declares proudly towards the end of My Best Fiend, his autobiographical reflection on fifteen years of cinematic collaboration with actor Klaus Kinski. The metaphor in question is visual. Herzog and film set photographer Beat Presser are looking at a black and white photo hanging in Presser’s apartment. It’s a striking tableau and gripping enough that it would become the poster image for Herzog's 1982 collaboration with Kinski, Fitzcarraldo. The titular character stands in the foreground, yet with his back to the camera. His emotions are unavailable, but he is undoubtedly preoccupied with the 300 ton steamboat high above him at an impossible 90 degree angle, as it disappears up
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Across The Croisette: A Brief History of the Directors' Fortnight

Last year, the three-part, six-hours-and-twenty-two minutes long epic Arabian Nights by Portuguese director Miguel Gomes rejected a slot in the Cannes Film Festival’s second-rung Un Certain Regard section, opting instead to be premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs ), taking place in the same French Riviera city at the same time. Why wasn’t Arabian Nights in Cannes’ official competition? Gomes’ previous film, Tabu, won two prizes at the Berlin International Film Festival, finished 2nd Sight & Sound’s and Cinema Scope’s polls of the best films of 2012, 10th in the Village Voice’s, and 11th in both Film Comment’s and Indiewire’s; he was exactly the kind of rising art-house star who should have been competing in the most prominent part of the official festival. But organizers balked at the idea of offering such a lengthy film a slot in competition where two or three others could be chosen,
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Berlinale 2016. In Search of El Dorado

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An Outpost of Progress“Shadow,” said he,“Where can it be –This land of Eldorado?” —Edgar Allan Poe, “Eldorado”, 1849While critics mine film festivals for hidden or sometimes unattainable gems, a parallel quest for an El Dorado can be seen as a thematic undercurrent within the larger focus of the Berlin International Film Festival’s Forum section on migration. This quest is especially apparent in the gold mines of the Peruvian Andes in Salomé Lamas’ Eldorado Xxi and the jade mines of northern Myanmar in Midi Z’s City of Jade. Set in the same war-torn region as the latter film, Wang Bing’s Ta'ang follows people from the eponymous minority group seeking safer shelter across the Chinese border. In An Outpost of Progress and competition film Letters from War, the Portuguese filmmakers Hugo Vieira da Silva and Ivo M. Ferreira deal explicitly with the colonial connotations of the notion of El Dorado.
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In praise of filmmakers that go out on a limb

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Filmmakers go to incredible lengths to tell stories. Here‘s why movies like Apocalypse Now and The Revenant deserve our praise...

“We were in the jungle. We had too much money. We had too much equipment. And little by little, we went insane” - Francis Ford Coppola

You wouldn’t necessarily have wanted to be a member of the cast or crew on the set of Apocalypse Now, but you can’t argue with the results. Director Francis Ford Coppola intended to spend five months in the Philippines shooting his Vietnam war epic; instead, he was stuck there for a year, caught in a quagmire of illnesses (lead actor Martin Sheen suffered a heart attack), typhoons and a rapidly-expanding budget.

Apocalypse Now’s nightmarish shoot was captured for posterity in the documentary Heart Of Darkness, largely shot by Coppola’s daughter Eleanor and eventually released in 1991. What
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Watch: Werner Herzog Narrates Trailer for His Sundance Doc 'Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World'

Watch: Werner Herzog Narrates Trailer for His Sundance Doc 'Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World'
With that unmistakable voice—and archival footage from the dawn of the Internet age—Werner Herzog introduces the first trailer for his Sundance world premiere documentary "Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World." Of course, for the longtime investigator of human frailties in both fiction ("Aguirre, The Wrath of God," "Fitzcarraldo") and nonfiction ("Grizzly Man," "Into the Abyss"), this is not only a tale of possibilities. It's one of grave responsibilities, too. Read More: "Sundance Adds New Films by Werner Herzog, Kenneth Lonergan, Kelly Reichardt, and Others to 2016 Slate" With his familiar blend of interviews with iconoclastic figures and his own deeply philosophical commentary, Herzog continues to explore both the dark and bright sides of our need to connect, and of our periodic failure to do so. "Lo and Behold" is the filmmaker's first documentary feature since 2011's "Into the...
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200 Greatest Horror Films (90-81)

Special mention: Häxan

Directed by Benjamin Christensen

Denmark / Sweden, 1922

Genre: Documentary

Häxan (a.k.a The Witches or Witchcraft Through The Ages) is a 1922 silent documentary about the history of witchcraft, told in a variety of styles, from illustrated slideshows to dramatized reenactments of alleged real-life events. Written and directed by Benjamin Christensen, and based partly on Christensen’s study of the Malleus Maleficarum, Häxan is a fine examination of how superstition and the misunderstanding of mental illness could lead to the hysteria of the witch-hunts. At the time, it was the most expensive Scandinavian film ever made, costing nearly 2 million Swedish krona. Although it won acclaim in Denmark and Sweden, the film was banned in the United States and heavily censored in other countries for what were considered, at that time, graphic depictions of torture, nudity, and sexual perversion. Depending on which version you’re watching, the commentary is
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Meetings with Mitchum

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Between 1970 and 1975—and the ages of 53 and 58—Robert Mitchum made six films. The beginning of the decade found him in Ireland taking on the role of schoolteacher Charles Shaughnessey in David Lean’s epic Ryan’s Daughter (1970) and five years later he was starring as Philip Marlowe in Raymond Chandler adaptation Farewell My Lovely (1975). In between, he made the father-son melodrama Going Home (1971), an eccentric western called The Wrath of God (1972) and two crime dramas made back-to-back in 1973 and 1974. While they have a couple of other elements in common besides Mitchum—actor Richard Jordan, composer Dave GrusinThe Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973) and The Yakuza (1974) are poles apart in terms of tone. Broadly speaking, the first is low-key, downbeat and domestic, the second is glossy and globetrottingly exotic.

The Friends of Eddie Coyle is based on the debut novel by George V. Higgins, a lawyer and former Assistant Attorney General
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‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Trailer: The Wrath of God Is Coming

‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Trailer: The Wrath of God Is Coming
The first trailers for Ridley Scott‘s new film Exodus: Gods and Kings spent a lot of time on the familiar relationship between Moses (Christian Bale) and Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), in order to let us know that this isn’t just another retelling of the story of Exodus as it has been told on the screen before. […]

The post ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Trailer: The Wrath of God Is Coming appeared first on /Film.
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See Reddit users’ favorite movie from each year

Throughout the summer, an admin on the r/movies subreddit has been leading Reddit users in a poll of the best movies from every year for the last 100 years called 100 Years of Yearly Cinema. The poll concluded three days ago, and the list of every movie from 1914 to 2013 has been published today.

Users were asked to nominate films from a given year and up-vote their favorite nominees. The full list includes the outright winner along with the first two runners-up from each year. The list is mostly a predictable assortment of IMDb favorites and certified classics, but a few surprise gems have also risen to the top of the crust, including the early experimental documentary Man With a Movie Camera in 1929, Abel Gance’s J’Accuse! in 1919, the Fred Astaire film Top Hat over Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in 1935, and Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing over John Ford’s
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