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Gfi announces Global Lens 2013 lineup, includes “Shyamal Uncle Turns Off the Lights”

15 November 2012 8:38 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Suman Ghosh’s Shyamal Uncle Turns Off The Lights, which was picked up by Global Film Initiative (Gfi) at Busan Film Festival recently, will be part of  Global Lens 2013 film series. A total of ten award winning films have been chosen in the line up for the tenth edition of the film series.

The Global Lens will run from 10th to 24th January, 2013 and will be followed by a year long tour to more than fifty cities in the United States and Canada.

Shyamal Uncle Turns Off The Lights, produced by Arindam Ghosh, is the story of an eighty year old pensioner who wants the street lights switched off during the day to save waste. The film premiered at the Busan International Film Festival and was screened at the Mumbai Film Festival 2012.

The Global Lens film series was launched in 2003 to support the distribution of unique and critically acclaimed cinematic works from around the world, »

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Film News: ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Added to 48th Chicago International Film Festival

30 September 2012 10:09 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – The 48th Annual Chicago International Film Festival has announced four new additions to this year’s schedule, including David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook.” The comedic drama has garnered immense praise on the festival circuit and is currently one of the top Oscar contenders. It will screen at 7pm Wednesday, October 24 at the AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois St.

Bradley Cooper stars as a troubled man fresh out of an institution who moves back in with his parents (played by Robert De Niro and Jackie Weaver) and ends up forming an unlikely bond with a similarly quirky young woman (Jennifer Lawrence of “Winter’s Bone” and “Hunger Games” fame). Russell’s prolific career has ranged from ensemble comedies (“Flirting with Disaster,” “I Heart Huckabees”), war blockbusters (“Three Kings”) and sports dramas (“The Fighter”), all linked by the common thread of dysfunctional human relationships, often of the familial variety. »

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Toronto International Film Festival 2012 Lineup

22 August 2012 3:59 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Ernie Gehr's Auto-Collider Xv.

The vast bulk of Tiff's 2012 has been announced and listed here, below. We'll be updating the lineup with the previous films announced, as well as updating links to specific films for more information on them in the coming days. Of particular note is that the Wavelengths and Visions programs have been combined to create what is undoubtedly the most interesting section of the festival. Stay tuned, too, for our own on the ground coverage of Tiff.


A Royal Affair (Nikolai Arcel, Demark/Sweden/Czech Republic/Germany)

Argo (Ben Affleck, USA)

The Company You Keep (Robert Redford, USA)

Dangerous Liaisons (Hur Jin-ho, China)

Emperor (Peter Webber, Japan/USA)

English Vinglish (Gauri Shinde, India)

Free Angela & All Political Prisoners (Shola Lynch)

Great Expectations (Mike Newell, UK)

Hyde Park on Hudson (Roger Michell, UK)

Inescapable (Ruba Nadda, Canada)

Jayne Mansfield's Car (Billy Bob Thorton, USA/Russia)

Looper (Rian Johnson, »

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Final Tiff 2012 Line-Up Includes New Films From Haneke, Kiarostami, Bertolucci, Assayas, Mungiu & More

21 August 2012 7:28 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

After a string of announcements, it looks like the Toronto International Film Festival have locked down their line-up and it’s looking like a fantastic slate. Much of the additions today come in the form of previous Cannes premieres, including Michael Haneke‘s Amour (review), Cristian Mungiu‘s Beyond the Hills (review), Abbas Kiarostami‘s Like Someone in Love (review), Bernardo Bertolucci‘s Me and You (review),  Hong Sang-soo‘s In Another Country and the Venice premiere Olivier Assayas‘ Something in the Air. Most notably missing is Leos Carax‘s Holy Motors, but we do get a new Michael Winterbottom film titled Everyday. Out of the Discovery section, the biggest film seems to be The Brass Teapot,  and indie drama starring Juno Temple and Michael Angarano and one can check out all the additions below.


Amour Michael Haneke, Austria/France/Germany North American Premiere Screen legends Jean-Louis Trintignant and »

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Top 20 Alternative Picks for Cannes 2012: Darezhan Omirbayev’s Student

15 May 2012 9:15 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

StudentDarezhan Omirbayev

Buzz: Really, anytime there’s a new Kazakh film it’s reason to pay attention; the country doesn’t produce that much, and when they do it tends to be pretty damn noteworthy. The last significant film from Kazakhstan (no, it wasn’t Borat) came four years ago in the form of Tulpan. A year earlier, Darezhan Omirbayev’s previous film Chouga placed on Cahier du cinema’s top ten of 2010 (it played in Un Certain Regard in 2007, but this is the year it finally got released in France). So it’s pretty easy to see why project is being unveiled with a relatively unprecedented level of momentum for the under-appreciated filmmaker.

The Gist: Said to be “a modern retelling of Dostoyevsky’s epic novel Crime and Punishment set against the backdrop of contemporary Kazakhstan.” For those unfamiliar with the seminal novel or have yet to see »

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