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Cinema Eye Awards Tabs RaMell Ross’s ‘Hale County This Morning’ For Top Honors

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RaMell Ross' debut feature, Hale County This Morning, This Evening, an intimate and cinematic portrait of black lives in Alabama, took the top award tonight at the 12th annual Cinema Eye Honors, winning Outstanding Nonfiction Feature. It was the second Cinema Eye Feature Honor in a row for producer Joslyn Barnes, who also produced last year's award winner, Strong Island. The 12th Annual Cinema Eye Honors were presented at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New… Read

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‘Late Afternoon’ Director Louise Bagnall Conjures Up Handmade, Watercolor World With Oscar-Contending Animated Short

After directing her first three short films, Louise Bagnall had overcome three specific sets of hurdles, and learned an important lesson. Going forward from that point, she explains, "I didn’t want to actually start a project until I knew what it was I wanted to make." Making this year's Oscar shortlist for Best Animated Short with her latest effort, Late Afternoon, Bagnall took this tack and completed one of her most personal works to date. From Irish animation studio Car… Read

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‘MFKZ’ Director Adapts His First Comic Book, Bringing Hard-Edged Dystopian Vision To The Screen

In crafting MFKZ, his first feature film, Guillaume 'Run' Renard adapted his first comic book for the screen, realizing how challenging feature directing is, and how difficult it can be to translate the essence of a work from one medium to another. Violent, timely and delightfully dark, the adult-oriented animated film follows Angelino, one of an endless number of deadbeats living in the dystopian Dark Meat City. Following a scooter accident, the character's life is… Read

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In Multi-Part Anime Series, Producer Hisaaki Takeuchi Takes On ‘The Laws Of The Universe’

As the producer of The Laws of the Universe—a series of anime features from Isamu ImakakeHisaaki Takeuchi has had grand ambitions. While Part 0 launched in 2015, Part I hit theaters this year, unfurling a mythology of the universe where humans and invading aliens strive to coexist. In creating this film series, Takeuchi and his team saw that they were filling a creative gap. While there are endless mythologies from various cultures representing the world in their own… Read

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Oscars: Few Surprises Reflected In Foreign Language Shortlist During “Exceptionally Strong” Season

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Perhaps the most surprising thing about the Academy's decision last week on the nine films it will advance to Oscar voting in the Best Foreign Language Film category is how few surprises there are. In contrast to recent years, the field largely reflected films the prognosticators saw coming. But that doesn't mean the ever-present whiff of controversy was missing, or that some folks' favorites weren't overlooked. In what was one of the richest rosters in recent memory, the… Read

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How ‘Roma’ Production Designer Eugenio Caballero Recreated The Corpus Christi Massacre

For production designer Eugenio Caballero, Alfonso Cuarón's Roma was a project unlike any he'd worked on before. Nothing could truly prepare him for this black-and-white epic, the director's most personal project to date, which he'd been thinking about for over 15 years. In the case of the Netflix original, Caballero was beholden not only to history, and his director's memories of a specific time and place, but also to the director's family, who could tell him very… Read

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‘Capernaum’ Composer Khaled Mouzanar Taps Into “Divine Curse” On Underground City – Exclusive Video

EXCLUSIVE: Three years ago, Lebanese composer Khaled Mouzanar set out on Capernaum, with no real idea where the film would take him. Directed by his wife, Nadine Labaki, the drama centers on Zain, a 12-year-old Lebanese boy serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime. Taking his own parents to court, the child sues them for their abuse and neglect. In the mind of this fiercely intelligent and angry young man, the very fact that he was brought into the unforgiving… Read

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Fresh Face: ‘Cold War’ Breakout Joanna Kulig Has Music Inside Her Soul

 WHO Joanna Kulig Age: 36 Hometown: Krynica-Zdrój, Lesser Poland, Poland  WHAT In Pawel Pawlikowski's Cold War, Kulig is Zula, a woman in post-war Poland who joins a folk music touring group. She begins a romance with conductor Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and the two form a passionate but volatile couple. The story spans time and countries as the pair begins to realize that although they should never be together, they can never be apart.  "I think Zula is like me, very… Read

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With ‘Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms,’ Producer Kenji Horikawa Stands Behind Talent Of Visionary Newcomer

After working with screenwriter Mari Okada for a number of years, producer Kenji Horikawa needed to learn to work with the artist in a different way, as she set out to make her directorial debut with Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms. An ambitious anime that conjures up a singular, fantastical world, the Oscar-shortlisted feature centers on Maquia, an immortal girl who takes a newborn baby boy out of dire circumstances, raising him as her own, and watching the… Read

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‘Cold War’ Cinematographer Lukasz Zal Brings High-Contrast Black And White To Emotionally Volatile Love Story

On Cold War, which marked his second collaboration with Pawel Pawlikowski, cinematographer Lukasz Zal built on his rapport with the Polish director to find an exciting new way of working. In his first-go round with the director, on 2013's Ida, Zal earned his first Oscar nomination, which resulted from a strange twist of fate. Hired as a camera operator on that lush period piece, Zal came to a major career moment when Pawlikowski's regular collaborator, Ryszard Lenczewski… Read

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With ‘Buñuel In The Labyrinth Of The Turtles’, Director Salvador Simó Delves Into Origins Of Iconic Filmmaker

With his latest feature, Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles, writer/director Salvador Simó dove into a pivotal moment in the life of one of his artistic heroes. Striving to demystify an icon who maintained a shroud of secrecy around himself, Simó opened up a complex character in Luis Buñuel—the Spanish filmmaker behind L'Age d'Or and Un Chien Andalou—examining one of his first directorial efforts focused on the mountainous Spanish region of Las Hurdes. Titled Land With… Read

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‘Funan’ Director Denis Do Portrays The Human Side Of The Khmer Rouge Regime, And The Devastation They Brought

With Funan, his feature film debut, Denis Do took on his family's remarkable history, coming to understand and connect with it in an entirely new way. Set in Cambodia in April of 1975, the animated drama examines a mother who has been torn from her 4-year-old son, struggling to endure the realities of life under the Khmer Rouge regime, while pursuing her lost child. Born in Paris and raised in three cultures—those of France, China and Cambodia—the director had little… Read