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Ava DuVernay Original Prison Documentary Set To Open The 54th New York Film Festival

19 July 2016 7:15 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th as the Opening Night selection of the 54th New York Film Festival (September 30 – October 16), making its world premiere at Alice Tully Hall. The 13th is the first-ever nonfiction work to open the festival, and will debut on Netflix and open in a limited theatrical run on October 7.

Chronicling the history of racial inequality in the United States, The 13th examines how our country has produced the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with the majority of those imprisoned being African-American. The title of DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing film refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution—“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States . . . ” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass incarceration and »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘The 13th’ Will Open the 2016 New York Film Festival

19 July 2016 6:06 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If the languid summer tentpole season has you down, fear not, as the promising fall slate is around the corner and today brings the first news of what we’ll see at the 2016 New York Film Festival. For the first time ever, a non-fiction film will open The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s festival: Ava DuVernay‘s The 13th. Her timely follow-up to Selma chronicles the history of racial inequality in the United States and will arrive on Netflix and in limited theaters shortly after its premiere at Nyff, on October 7.

“It is a true honor for me and my collaborators to premiere The 13th as the opening night selection of the New York Film Festival,” Ava DuVernay says. “This film was made as an answer to my own questions about how and why we have become the most incarcerated nation in the world, how and why we regard »

- Jordan Raup

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Bertloucci's "La Luna" (1979) Back In The Spotlight With New York Screening

26 April 2016 7:20 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

A rare 35mm revival screening of Bernardo Bertolucci's 1979 controversial drama La Luna, organized and hosted by Cinema Retro columnist David Savage and co-sponsored by Iconic Linx, brought near-sellout crowds to Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan last Monday night, April 25th, including the family of the late Jill Clayburgh (1944-2010) star of the film.

Organized both as a belated tribute to Clayburgh and an attempt, as described by Savage, to bring the neglected film back into popular and critical consciousness, the screening was a family affair for the beloved Clayburgh-Rabe family, bringing together Jill's husband, famed playwright David Rabe, their actress daughter Lily Rabe (star of the forthcoming "Miss Stevens") and their actor son Michael Rabe. Matthew Barry, Jill Clayburgh's co-star and son in the film, now 53 and a casting director, flew in from Los Angeles to attend the screening and panel discussion that followed, moderated by Savage. 

They were joined by David Rabe, »

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Match Factory Secures Sales for ‘Sicilian Ghost Story’

27 January 2016 12:01 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Germany’s The Match Factory has taken international sales on “Sicilian Ghost Story,” the non-conventional Mafia pic now in pre-production to be directed by hot Italian directorial duo Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza. Project is among winners of this year’s Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award. Billed as a Brothers Grimm meets Cosa Nostra pic, “Sicilian Ghost Story” is about a 13-year-old Sicilian girl named Luna who refuses to accept the sudden disappearance of Giuseppe, the young boy she loves, when he is kidnapped because he is the son of a Mafia boss.

Pic set to start shooting this fall, is being produced by Massimo Cristaldi in tandem with Indigo Film, the shingle behind Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty.” Gaul’s Mact Prods. and Jpg Films, and Match Factory, are co-producing.

Grassadonia and Piazza’s feature debut “Salvo,” an atmospheric Sicilian hit-man thriller, made a splash after launching from »

- Nick Vivarelli

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