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Locarno Open Doors: Partho Sen-Gupta’s Sunrise

6 August 2011 12:13 AM, PDT | DearCinema.com | See recent DearCinema.com news »

Locarno Open Doors will be held alongside the 64th Locarno International Film Festival from August 6-9, 2011. Open Doors 2011 that focuses on India has selected 12 projects for its co-production lab. Partho Sen-Gupta’s Sunrise (Arunoday) is one of them. Partho has been collecting funds for Sunrise through crowd-funding. In the fourth in the series, DearCinema brings to you details about the filmmaker and the project, in the words of the filmmaker:

Sunrise tells the universal story of the loss of a child, of parental grief. The protagonist, Joshi, distressed by the disappearance of his little daughter, takes us into his dreams, nightmares and memories. He errs in the streets of Mumbai chasing an elusive figure that steals the children. The film approaches the taboo subject of child trafficking and abuse.

The film has non-linear narration and will be shot with a very small unit on Hdslr cameras fitted with Cine prime lenses. »

- Partho Sengupta

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Josephine Baker, Abbas Kiarostami, The Band's Visit, The Battle Of Algiers: Arabs & Muslims on TCM

28 July 2011 7:20 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers On July 22, 76 people were killed at a couple of terrorist attacks in Norway. Immediately, Arab/Muslim groups were suspected/accused of the mass murder. Imagine the shock and horror of those clamoring for the expulsion of the Muslim Menace from Europe when the death and mayhem turned out to be the carefully planned acts of a white European nationalist, Anders Behring Breivik, a self-proclaimed "Crusader" for "Christendom." That Muslims were initially labeled as the perpetrators of the Norway attacks should come as no surprise to anyone, as, however unfairly, in the minds of millions Islam has become synonymous with terror. Coincidentally, this month of July Turner Classic Movies has been presenting various portrayals — usually stereotypes — of Arabs and Muslims in English-language (mostly Hollywood) movies. As the series comes to a close tonight, TCM is showing five international productions featuring Arabs, Muslims, and, huh, »

- Andre Soares

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New Images from The Courier Starring Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Mickey Rourke

11 May 2011 1:49 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The first images from the action thriller The Courier have gone online.  Directed by Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now), the film stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan as a mob courier who descends into the criminal underworld to find a notorious crime boss who can't be found. Hit the jump to check out the images.  The Courier also stars Mickey Rourke, Josie Ho (Exiled) and Til Schweiger (Inglourious Basterds). Click over to Quiet Earth for more images from The Courier. Here's the official synopsis for The Courier, which is also via Quiet Earth: A million bucks, just to deliver a briefcase… The catch is delivering it to a killer as elusive as a nightmare and so feared the entire Underworld trembles at the mention of his name. But The Courier (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is no ordinary carrier. In a business that asks no questions he’s the best there is, and with the »

- Matt Goldberg

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[Now Streaming] Your ‘Sucker Punch,’ ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid,’ ‘Miral’ and ‘Potiche’ Alternatives

24 March 2011 4:06 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Coming Friday to theaters is a mind-bending action flick, a kid-friendly comedy, a politically fraught biopic, and a family comedy out of France. As such, our list of correlating Instant Watches is full of action, laughs, and stars galore!

Sucker Punch

Zack Snyder returns to ass-kicking with this twisted tale of an institutionalized girl who retreats into an alternate reality, where she can become her own savior.

Pack your weekend with action and heroines with these pulse-pounding flicks:

Aliens: Collector’s Edition (1986) This gritty follow-up to Alien centers on Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the badass who inspired many imitators and a two more sequels. While each of the Alien movies is worth a watch, this one scored Weaver an Oscar nod. Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, and Bill Paxton co-star; James Cameron directs.

The Fifth Element (1997) The heroine of Luc Besson’s candy-colored sci-fi adventure isn’t just »

- Kristy Puchko

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Tipped for Cannes: Tawfik Abu-Wael's Tanathor

21 March 2011 9:15 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Tawfik Abu-Wael is a 35 year-old Arab-Israeli filmmaker who appears to be set for a second splash in Cannes. Born and raised in the northern town of Um El Fahm, at an early age, he went against his family wishes, and moved to Tel Aviv, where he studied the art of filmmaking. In 2004 his feature debut Atash-Thirst received heavy critical praise and it won the Fipresci award in Cannes that year. Domestically, it won an Ophir Award (Israeli Oscar) for Best Cinematography and another award for Best Israeli Feature at the Jerusalem Film Festival. Atash-Thirst was a highly stylized story of an Arab family living in a secluded location, struggling with a lack of running water. The film opened a window to the lives of Arabs in Israel, not often depicted on the screen by their own sons. In the seven years since his debut, Abu-Wael has been painstakingly raising funds for his second feature. »

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Eytan Fox Returning to Yossi and Jagger

2 March 2011 9:15 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It seemed like director Eytan Fox disappeared from the public eye, but this year he's planning a comeback. 20 years ago his short film After made a name for him as someone who put homosexuality at the center of his works. He moved on to direct a few other features and TV series, his breakthrough came a decade later, with Yossi and Jagger, a 65 min TV film that broke out from the little screen to be shown at movie theaters locally and internationally. His follow-up was the hugely successful Walk on Water, and after that came 2007's The Bubble, which was a local commercial success, but became a punching bag for most of the critics. Almost four years later, Fox is back: earlier this year it was announced that a Mamma-Mia type TV series he directed was re-cut into a feature length film, and sold to distribution in the U.S. »

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the oh-yes! DVD of the week: ‘The Promise’

1 March 2011 11:00 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

This harrowing television drama, from the U.K.’s Channel 4, is a provocative look at the state of the modern Middle East that will shock as many people as it will enthrall, merely by dint of its reasoned look at Israel and its treatment of the Palestinians: Claire Foy (Little Dorrit) and Christian Cooke (Cemetery Junction) lead an international cast, including Itay Tiran (Lebanon), Haaz Sleiman (The Visitor), Ali Sulaiman (Paradise Now) and Perdita Weeks (Lost in Austen), in Peter Kosminsky's new four-part drama serial. Just as 18-year-old Londoner Erin (Foy) sets off to spend summer in Israel with her best friend, Eliza (Weeks), she unearths an old diary belonging to her seriously ill grandfather, Len (Cooke). Intrigued by the life of this old man she barely knows, she takes the diary with her, and is stunned to learn of his part in the post-wwii British peace-keeping force in what was then Palestine. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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New Trailer for Channel 4 Drama – The Promise

3 February 2011 2:30 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Here’s the trailer for brand new Channel 4 drama called, The Promise which will be on a TV near you this Sunday 6th February.

The show stars Claire Foy and Christian Cooke in Peter Kosminsky’s four-part drama serial. 18-year-old Erin sets out on an emotional journey when she retraces her grandfather’s footsteps.

Synopsis: Written by BAFTA award-winning Director Peter Kosminsky (Warriors and The Government Inspector), The Promise is an inspiring depiction of political injustice experienced in modern day Israel and the old state of Palestine in the Second World War.

Claire Foy (Little Dorrit) and Christian Cooke (Cemetery Junction) lead an international cast, including Itay Tiran (Lebanon), Haaz Sleiman (The Visitor), Ali Sulaiman (Paradise Now) and Perdita Weeks (Lost in Austen), in Peter Kosminsky’s new four-part drama serial, released on DVD and Blu-ray on 28th February.

Just as 18-year-old Londoner Erin (Foy) sets off to spend »

- David Sztypuljak

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