Palestine Selects Annemarie Jacir’s “Wajib” for Foreign-Language Oscar Pick

“Wajib”: Tiff Annemarie Jacir has been chosen to represent Palestine for the third time at the Academy Awards. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jacir’s latest film, “Wajib,” is now a contender in ...

Gaya Jiji's 'Belle de Jour'-inspired 'My Favourite Fabric' begins shoot

Gaya Jiji's 'Belle de Jour'-inspired 'My Favourite Fabric' begins shoot Manal Issa stars as woman who embarks on journey of self-discovery in brothel in revolutionary Damascus. Syrian filmmaker Gaya Jiji’s long-gestated drama My Favourite Fabric, about a young woman’s ...

Gaya Jiji's 'Belle du Jour'-inspired 'My Favourite Fabric' begins shoot

Gaya Jiji's 'Belle du Jour'-inspired 'My Favourite Fabric' begins shoot Manal Issa stars as woman who embarks on journey of self-discovery in brothel in revolutionary Damascus. Syrian filmmaker Gaya Jiji’s long-gestated drama My Favourite Fabric, about a young woman’s ...

Nejjar, Breish and Arraf secure Doha Film Institute grants

Nejjar, Breish and Arraf secure Doha Film Institute grants Qatar’s Doha Film Institute (Dfi) backs 32 projects in autumn funding round. Moroccan filmmaker Narjiss Nejjar (Cry No More), Lebanon’s Bassem Breish and Palestinian director Suha Arraf (Villa Touma, ...

Israeli artists sound alarm over growing censorship

Israeli artists sound alarm over growing censorship According to local filmmakers, the recent suppression of documentary Beyond The Fear is just one episode in a quickening erosion of artistic freedom in Israel. As Nanni Moretti’s Mia Madre began to ...

Premieres galore at Sydney Film Festival

Neil Armfield.s Holding the Man, Simon Stone.s The Daughter, Jeremy Sims. Last Cab to Darwin and Jen Peedom.s feature doc Sherpa will have their world premieres at the Sydney Film Festival. The ...

‘McFarland USA’ To Close Santa Barbara Film Festival: Full Lineup

‘McFarland USA’ To Close Santa Barbara Film Festival: Full Lineup The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled its 2015 line-up which includes films representing 54 countries, 23 world premieres and 53 U.S. premieres. The U.S. premiere of Niki Caro’s ...

'McFarland, USA' will close out 30th annual Santa Barbara Film Festival

'McFarland, USA' will close out 30th annual Santa Barbara Film Festival A self-acknowledged "showcase for Academy Award frontrunners," the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is often overlooked for the actual films that earn it festival status. An amalgamation of ...

Zero Motivation | Review #2

Band of Girls: Lavie’s Acerbic, Confident Debut Exacerbated ennui is explored to comedic effect in Tayla Lavie’s striking directorial debut, Zero Motivation, which explores life on an Israeli ...

Italian comedy wins in Reykjavik

Italian comedy wins in Reykjavik I Can Quit Whenever I Want wins the Golden Puffin; Shawn Christensen’s Before I Disappear gets special jury mention. Italian comedy I Can Quit Whenever I Want (Smetto quando voglio) has won the ...

Reykjavik unveils competition line-up

Reykjavik unveils competition line-up Titles include Shawn Christensen’s Before I Disappear and Suha Arraf’s Villa Touma [pictured]; guests include Mike Leigh and Ruben Ostlund. The Reykjavik International Film Festival (Sept 25 - Oct 5) ...

Villa Touma director surprised by controversy

Villa Touma director surprised by controversy Few films in Venice this year have arrived trailing as much controversy in their their wake as Palestinian-Israeli filmmaker Suha Arraf’s new feature Villa Touma, which screens in Venice Critics Week. ...

Villa Touma director surpised by controversy

Villa Touma director surpised by controversy Few films in Venice this year have arrived trailing as much controversy in their their wake as Palestinian-Israeli filmmaker Suha Arraf’s new feature Villa Touma (which screens in Venice Critics ...

Toronto Film Festival completes lineup

The lineups for the Mavericks, Discovery, and Tiff Kids parts of the Toronto Film Festival were announced, wrapping up a series of lineup announcements for the Toronto International Film Festival. ...

Palme d’Or Winner, Studio Ghibli Pair, “St. Vincent” & “Song of the Sea” Among Tiff’s Final Wave Items

Bill Murray is coming to Toronto folks. Actually, the film he stars in (Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent) is having its official World Premiere launch at the jaw-dropping 285 feature film 2014 Tiff ...

Tiff 2014: 'St. Vincent', Francos 'Fury', Cannes Palme d'Or Winner and New Ghibli Added to Lineup

The 2014 Toronto Film Festival lineup got a lot stronger this morning by adding several new titles to the Special Presentations, Masters, Documentaries, Vanguard and Contemporary World Cinema ...

Toronto unveils Discovery, Mavericks

Toronto unveils Discovery, Mavericks Bill Murray starrer St. Vincent will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival as part of this week’s wave of programming that includes Discovery. The Discovery section includes the ...

The Suha Arraf Affair

Katriel Schory, executive director of the Israel Film Fund sent this: "Dear Friend, One of the three major newspapers in Israel, "Haaretz" newspaper, decided to dedicate its weekend edition's ...

Israel demands money back from ‘Palestine’ film

Israel demands money back from ‘Palestine’ film Suha Arraf’s Villa Touma, selected for Venice Critics’ Week, received $400,000 from the Israel Film Fund but has been classified as Palestinian by the director. The Israeli government has demanded ...

Venice 2014. Lineup

The Venice International Film Festival is in the process announcing the lineup for its 71st edition. Here's what we know so far: Competition The Cut (Fatih Akin) A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting ...

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