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Faces Places and The 2017 Muriel Awards

“Art should surprise us.” – worker at a salt processing plant upon leaving his shift and discovering a giant photographed mural of his coworkers adorning a wall outside the facility, in Faces Places

If Faces Places, the latest documentary from French Nouvelle Vague legend (some call her the Grandmother of the French New Wave) Agnès Varda, has anything up its sleeve, it is the capacity to surprise. The film, known in its native language as Visages Villages, was made in collaboration with the Parisian street artist/photographer Jr, took prizes for Best Documentary from the Cannes Film Festival as well as just about every American film critics association, and it is in serious contention two weeks from now to walk away with an Oscar. Varda, at 89, is already the oldest Oscar nominee in the history of AMPAS, and she might end up being the oldest winner too– not that she, as
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The Beaches Of Agnes, A Portrait Of Maurice Sendak: Contemporary Documentaries Screening

Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze's Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak and Agnès Varda's Les plages d'Agnès / The Beaches of Agnès (above) will be screened as the next installment in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 29th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, November 3, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission to all screenings in the series is free. The documentary short Tell Them Anything You Want: A Portrait of Maurice Sendak chronicles the life and career of children’s writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are. Co-director Lance Bangs will be present to take questions from the audience following the screening. The widely acclaimed The Beaches of Agnès is veteran filmmaker Agnès Varda's unusual look at her own life, including a peek at the films of her late husband Jacques Demy.
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The Top Ten Foreign Language Films of the Aughts

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When Dustin "Cinnamon" Rowles assigned me to produce a canon of the top ten foreign language films of the aughts, I felt incredibly intimidated. When Dustin assured me that I was the critic for the job, as I had probably seen the most foreign films out of the entire staff, my anxiety only deepened. I admit that I watch a lot of foreign language flicks, thanks to Netflix, the American Cinematheque's wonderful programming, and owning a region-free DVD player. However, when I spoke to my cinema and media studies classmates and colleagues, I quickly began to realize that I had still missed a torrent of films that could have made this list (Caché, Downfall, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days, Maria Full of Grace, and Werckmeister Harmonies to name a few). Moreover, to consolidate all the films I had seen over the past decade from all the non-English speaking countries around the world was,
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Academy Announces 2010 Oscar Feature Documentary Short List

Academy Announces 2010 Oscar Feature Documentary Short List
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the 15 films in the Documentary Feature category that will advance in the voting process for the 82nd Academy Awards. Eighty-nine pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 15 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company: The Beaches of Agnes, Agnes Varda, director (Cine-Tamaris) Burma VJ, Anders Østergaard, director (Magic Hour Films) The Cove, Louie Psihoyos, director (Oceanic Preservation Society) Every Little Step, James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo, directors (Endgame Entertainment) Facing Ali, Pete McCormack, director (Network Films Inc.) Food, Inc., Robert Kenner, director (Robert Kenner Films) Garbage Dreams, Mai Iskander, director (Iskander Films, Inc.) Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders, Mark N. Hopkins, director (Red Floor Pictures LLC) The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, directors (Kovno Communications) Mugabe and the White African,
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15 docs make Oscar cut

15 docs make Oscar cut
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has shortlisted 15 films that will advance in the race for the documentary feature category, culled down from 89 films that originally qualified.

  The titles include the work of veteran French director Agnes Varda, "The Beaches of Agnes"; "Every Little Step," James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo's doc about the making of a revival of "A Chorus Line"; Robert Kenner's expose of the food industry, "Food Inc."; and Matt Tyrnauer's fashion doc "Valentino, the Last Emperor."

Not listed were such prominent titles as Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" and James Toback's "Tyson."

The 15 films are:

-- "The Beaches of Agnes," Agnes Varda, director (Cine-Tamaris)

-- "Burma VJ," Anders Østergaard, director (Magic Hour Films)

-- "The Cove," Louie Psihoyos, director (Oceanic Preservation Society)

-- "Every Little Step," James D. Stern and Adam Del Deo, directors (Endgame Entertainment)

-- "Facing Ali,
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