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7 Filmmakers Deeply Influenced by Luis Buñuel

24 March 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel died in 1983, but his films continue to inspire many filmmakers today, including Woody Allen and David O. Russell. New York’s Metrograph theater is presenting a series of the surrealist filmmaker’s work from March 30 to April 6 entitled “Buñuel in France” that will feature five of his films. Buñuel directed 35 movies between 1929 and 1977.

Read More: Watch: Was Luis Buñuel a Fetishist? A Video Essay

Here are seven filmmakers who have listed a Buñuel film in their top 10 movies of all time.

Woody Allen

Allen’s favorite Buñuel film is 1972’s “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie,” the famous comedy about six middle-class people attempting to have a meal together. Allen wore his inspiration on his shirt sleeve in his 2011 fantasty-comedy “Midnight in Paris,” casting the actor Adrien De Van to play Buñuel in a scene also featuring the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí (Adrien Brody) and visual »

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Portuguese Cinema Records Record Presence at 2017 Berlinale

11 February 2017 10:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With nine Portuguese films – including five co-productions – selected for the Berlinale, the country will have a record presence at the Berlin Film Festival in 2017.

This comes at a pivotal time for the Portuguese film industry: A  new film law is about to be enacted which has provoked controversy and debate amongst Portuguese producers in relation to the main focus of Portuguese film production. Should it be films aimed at the international circuit? Or films targeted primarily at the domestic box office? Or a middle way between the two?

One of the main bones of contention is the process for selecting juries, which until now has been carried out by the Portuguese Film Institute (Ica). The new law proposes it should be made by the Specialized Section for Film and Audiovisual (Seca) of the National Council of Culture.

This issue has divided the country’s film associations.  In the lead-up to the 2017 Berlinale, »

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