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25 underrated political dramas

Rebecca Clough Jan 20, 2017

As America gets its new President, we look at some excellent political drama films that may have slipped under your radar...

Political dramas can be entertaining, informative and even educational, opening up debates and offering new points of view. (When experiencing a year of tumultuous change like the one we’ve just had, they can also be a comforting reminder that, no matter what your situation, it could always be worse...) With the full whack of corruption, war, and conspiracy, here are 25 political dramas which deserve to be better known.

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When teenager Mohamed (Tewfik Jallab) is shot by police, his friends want revenge, but he has a better idea: peaceful protest. Marching from Marseille to Paris, they band together with quite an assortment of characters along the way.
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Antalya Film Festival: ‘The Sun’s Eclipse’ Shows Life Under Coups

Antalya Film Festival: ‘The Sun’s Eclipse’ Shows Life Under Coups
Holding the festival is an incredibly difficult task especially after the recent attempted military coup in Turkey. The West cannot lose Turkey, a modern and western nation which is also Islamic and is the literal bridge between the West and the East. The Antalya Film Festival feels it is imperative to show that life still goes on after the coup, and the creative and recreative power of entertainment leads the show.Military Coup Blocks Bridge Over the Bosphorus — bbc.co.ukInspired by the failed July 15th coup, films about life under coups suggest what might have happened had the July attempt succeeded. The Sun’s Eclipse program is a powerful testament to the importance of democracy and human rights, and includes films from Turkey, Brazil, USA, Chile, Argentina.

We in the west often regard Turkey more as Eastern than Western…understanding why leads us to recognize the power of our
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Antalya: Festival Stays Strong in Face of Turkey’s Political Turmoil

Antalya: Festival Stays Strong in Face of Turkey’s Political Turmoil
Over the years, the Antalya Film Festival, now in it 53rd edition, has successfully ridden any waves generated by Turkey’s political turbulence. Still, staging the event, which runs Oct. 16-23, just three months after an attempted coup had no precedence.

What happened July 15 in Turkey “was a really, really weird situation,” says the fest’s artistic director Elif Dagdeviren, “and it was all very traumatic for all of us.”

Antalya is not the country’s first big film event to take place after the failed coup attempt.

It follows the Adana Film Festival held in Turkey’s southeastern city of Adana in September. This year, due to the country’s security concerns, few foreign guests attended Adana, though the fest drew a large local crowd. And earlier this year, the Istanbul Film Festival took place one week after a March suicide bombing in the city’s central Beyoglu district.
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The 25 most underrated film scores of the 1990s

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The sensational, overlooked film scores from the years 1990 to 1999 that really are well worth digging out...

The movies went through tumultuous and exciting changes in the nineties. Quentin Tarantino exploded onto the scene with Reservoir Dogs, Generation X gave rise to slacker marvels like Clerks, and blockbusters like The Matrix put the awe back into special effects.

However, the 90s was also a sensational decade for film music, gifting us classics including the likes of Jurassic Park, Titanic, Total Recall, Braveheart and countless others. But the sheer quality of these soundtrack treasures shouldn’t overshadow those undervalued hidden gems that demonstrate the extraordinary range and versatility of our finest film composers, ones that may have passed you by. So here’s our selection of those incredible works: ranging from the earworming to the unsettling, the melodic to the chaotic, these are the scores that simply demand your attention.
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‘Boyhood’ Stars Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke to Receive Award at Santa Barbara Film Fest

‘Boyhood’ Stars Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke to Receive Award at Santa Barbara Film Fest
Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke have been honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s 2015 American Riviera Award, marking the first time the distinction has been awarded to two honorees. The tribute will take place on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Arlington Theatre.

“To honor Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke with the American Riviera Award is an immense privilege for Sbiff,” said Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling. “Both have careers filled with significant achievements both on and off camera including their roles in Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ — which features some of the most unique performances of the year in a project they worked on for over a dozen years — and proves that they’re artists that continue to evolve and inspire us.”

The American Riviera Award is given to actors and directors who have had a strong influence on American cinema, with previous honorees including Robert Redford (2014), Quentin Tarantino (2013), Martin Scorsese
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Venice to honour Frances McDormand

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Venice to honour Frances McDormand
Us actress best known for her work in Coen Brothers’ movies including Fargo to receive talent award.

Us actress Frances McDormand is to be awarded the Persol Tribute to Visionary Talent Award 2014 at the 71st Venice International Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sep 6).

The prolific actress is best known for her collaborations with the Coen Brothers in films including Fargo, Raising Arizona, Burn After Reading and her first ever film role, Blood Simple.

McDormand will receive the honour on Sept 1 in the Sala Grande (Palazzo del Cinema) and will be followed by the out of competition screening of Olive Kitteridge directed by Lisa Cholodenko.

The four-part HBO miniseries adaptation of the eponymous Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Elizabeth Strout co-stars Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray, John Gallagher Jr. and Zoe Kazan.

The Playtone / As Is production will debut on HBO in the Us in November and is executive produced by McDormand alongide Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks and [link
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Cannes Honcho Thierry Fremaux Is Hollywood’s Inside Man

Cannes Honcho Thierry Fremaux Is Hollywood’s Inside Man
When Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” raises the curtain on the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, it will serve, among other things, as an indication that the love affair between the festival and Hollywood is alive and well — much more than the last time Luhrmann opened Cannes, 12 years ago, with “Moulin Rouge.” Back then, relations between Cannes and Tinseltown had hit something of a low, with few studio films of the late ’90s making the trek to the Croisette (“Beyond Rangoon,” anyone?). When he joined Cannes in 2001, festival director Thierry Fremaux was immediately tasked by fest president Gilles Jacob with a peacemaking mission to the West Coast, and the decade since has been one of the richest for le cinema Americain on the Riviera — even if the biggest Cannes-launched Oscar winner of recent years was a French production: “The Artist.”

As opening night draws near, I asked Fremaux to reflect on
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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

Into the Abyss; The Lady; Patience (After Sebald); The Story of Film: An Odyssey

At a key moment in Into the Abyss (2011, Revolver, 12), a quietly metaphysical inquiry into the awful realities of senseless murder and state-sanctioned execution, an off-camera Werner Herzog asks an apparently self-possessed prison chaplain to "tell me about an encounter with a squirrel".

The question, delivered with Herzog's trademark deadpan Bavarian drawl, seems to come from nowhere and to bear little relation to the ongoing discussion about the last hours of condemned inmates facing death by lethal injection. Yet as always with Herzog, there is an insightful intuition at work behind the apparent absurdity of his approach and a moment later the formerly guarded reverend (whose duties on death row await him even as he speaks) is in tears, talking of the sanctity and preciousness of life, however great or small, and apparently confronting the "ecstatic truth
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Aung San Suu Kyi biopic The Lady is underground hit in Burma

The Luc Besson film has no scheduled release in Burma, but pirated DVDs have been available for months

They move in crowds, thrusting handfuls of bills into sellers' hands before slipping their purchases stealthily into their bags. With its poor sound quality and shaky videography, this is one DVD that would not normally merit such secrecy – or popularity – on the streets of Rangoon.

But these are not normal circumstances, and this is not a normal film. The Lady, Luc Besson's long-awaited biopic of the Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has no scheduled release in Burma and is likely to be banned by the military-backed civilian government.

The buyers are undeterred and eager to know more about 66-year-old "Auntie Suu", as she is known here, who, after 15 years of house arrest, will contest a parliamentary seat with her opposition party National League of Democracy in April's byelections.

Aung San Suu Kyi
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SXSW 2010: Review of Monsters

Year: 2009

Director: Gareth Edwards

Writers: Gareth Edwards

IMDb: link

Trailer: link

Review by: rochefort

Rating: 5 out of 10

"Six years ago, Nasa discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear there and half of Mexico was quarantined as an Infected Zone. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain 'the creatures'..."

That's the juicy and just-cryptic-enough setup for "Monsters", English director Gareth Edwards' story about a down-on-his-luck American photojournalist named Andrew (Scoot McNairy) who is tasked by his boss to escort the boss' daughter Samantha (Whitney Able) out of Mexico, back to the U.S. border and presumed safety.

The advance word (more like hopeful speculation, really) was that this would be the "Mexican 'District 9'", but "Monsters" is a much more modest and subdued affair,
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