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Petr Vaclav’s ‘We Are Never Alone’ Is A Disjointed Dramedy That Never Quite Comes Together [Tiff Review]

16 September 2016 10:19 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“I think I’m in love with you,” a middle-aged woman (Lenka Vlasakova) confesses to a thuggish strip-club bouncer (Zdenek Godla). The confession is startling, to say the least, because these two characters don’t really know each other. The bouncer occasionally comes in to buy cigarettes at the convenience store where the woman works, leading the woman to track him down to make her true feelings known.

Read More: ‘Yourself And Yours’ Is A Charming Entry For Newcomers To Hong Sang-Soo [Tiff Review]

This is just one absurd moment in Petr Vaclav’s depressing Czech dramedy “We Are Never Alone.” More a series of occasionally funny, but always bleak, vignettes than a cohesive narrative, “We Are Never Alone” is reminiscent of Wayne Wang’s 1995 indie “Smoke,” about the lives of several characters connected to each other via a neighborhood cigar store.

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Harvey Keitel Set for Lifetime Achievement Award at Locarno Film Festival

1 August 2016 7:06 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — Actor Harvey Keitel is to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Locarno Film Festival in recognition of the way he represents “the various animating spirits of that indie cinema we hold so dear,” artistic director Carlo Chatrian said in a statement Monday.

The U.S. actor and producer will be making the trek to the prominent Swiss event dedicated to cutting-edge cinema for a tribute that will include an open-air screening of Wayne Wang’s “Smoke,” in which Keitel makes a memorable speech out of Paul Auster’s “Auggie Wren’s Christmas Story,” the inspiration for the film. “Smoke” will screen Aug. 6 on Locarno’s 8,000-seat Piazza Grande. The pic won the fest’s audience award in 1995. Keitel will hold an onstage conversation on Aug. 7.

Keitel, who debuted playing a tough guy from New York’s Little Italy in Martin Scorsese’s first feature, “Who’s That Knocking »

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Harvey Keitel to receive Locarno honour

1 August 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Pulp Fiction and Youth star will attend a festival screening of his 1995 film Smoke.

This year’s Locarno Film Festival (August 3-13) will honour Us actor Harvey Keitel with a Lifetime Achievement Award during a ceremony at the Piazza Grande on August 6.

The actor, who was Oscar-nominated for his role in 1991’s Bugsy, is most regarded for performances including in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets and more recently Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth,

The festival will hold a screening of Wayne Wang’s Smoke, in which Keitel stars, on August 7. The actor will then participate in an in conversation event with the attending audience.

Carlo Chatrian, Locarno’s artistic director, said: “Harvey Keitel has recounted an America that is both violent and vulnerable, self-ironizing and committed. Among his many, many collaborations I cannot but recall those with Scorsese and Tarantino, as a bridge between two modes of approaching film.

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First Details On Forest Whitaker's Rogue One Character?

29 January 2016 5:33 AM, PST | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Though we've gotten a glimpse of our team of Rebel heroes, specific details on all of the characters in Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story still remain shrouded in mystery - and we arguably know least about whoever Forest Whitaker (The Crying Game, Smoke, The Last King Of Scotland) is playing, as the actor has yet to speak to the media about his role. But now, thanks to Making Star Wars, we might just have our first few details on his character. "It appears he has one leg and uses a cane as a crutch to walk. Earlier reports made it seem like he might have one leg but the clarification on the topic is a “robot leg.” He appears to be a veteran of some battles, but it isn’t clear if he lost his leg fighting in The Clone Wars or against the Empire. Based »

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James Schamus’ Directorial Debut ‘Indignation’ to Play in Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama

14 January 2016 7:02 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Berlin Film Festival section Panorama has added further films to its lineup, which will include “Indignation,” the directorial debut of producer James Schamus. Panorama also revealed that a Special Teddy Award, which celebrates gay and lesbian filmmaking, will be awarded to Christine Vachon, one of the producers of “Carol.”

The Panorama Special program will open on Feb. 12 with Daniel Burman’s “El rey del Once” (The Tenth Man), and the previously announced “War on Everyone” by John Michael McDonagh. “El rey del Once,” the festival said, is “a sensitive tale that bursts with vitality, a loving portrait of multi-layered life in Once, the Jewish quarter of Buenos Aires.” Burman’s debut film, “A Chrysanthemum Bursts in Cinco Esquinas,” opened the main program of Panorama in 1998, and his 2004 film “Lost Embrace” won two Silver Bears in Berlin.

Indignation,” which is based on Philip Roth’s novel, centers on a young »

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Berlin 2016: Panorama titles added to line-up

14 January 2016 5:26 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus… Carol producer Christine Vachon to receive special Teddy Award.Scroll down for full list of new additions

Berlin Film Festival (Feb 11-21) has announced that its Panorama Special strand will open on Feb 12 with Daniel Burman’s The Tenth Man (El rey del once) and the previously announced War on Everyone by John Michael McDonagh.

Argentinian director Burman opened the main programme of Panorama in 1988 with his debut A Chrysanthemum Bursts in Cinco Esquinas (Un crisantemo estalla en cinco esquinas). After presenting further works in Panorama and Competition, including Lost Embrace (El abrazo partido) which won two Silver Bears in 2004, Burman is to return with a portrait of multi-layered life in Once, the Jewish quarter of Buenos Aires.

Another Argentinian film in the Panorama is Maximiliano Schonfeld’s The Black Frost (La helada negra). In his second film, Schonfeld uses elegiac images to explore a world disconnected from time, where ancestors »

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