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Feb 09 2016

Oscar Luncheon

Yesterday the Academy held their annual Oscar luncheon for the nominees from 2015 cinema.Maybe we're all eager to move on to 2016 but all in good time.There's still 21 days of the 2015 film year given that it doesn't wrap up until the credits roll on Oscar night.

The luncheon is the event with the cheesy "class photo".So let's look at that and talk noteworthy moments and how we're all feeling at this pointafter the jump.

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Nov 20 2015

Mustang Interview: "There's not just one way of being a director or looking at the world."

France's Oscar submissionMustang(previously reviewed) focuses on five orphaned sisters going through adolescence in a Turkish village where hormones are considered to be the ultimate evil.Worried about their reputation,their grandmother decides the best way to care for them is by marrying them off as soon as possible,but the sisters have very little to say in the decisions made for them.They don't understand why hanging out with boys is wrong,or why they should be married to strangers.DirectorDeniz Gamze Ergüven,in her feature length debut,tells a revelatory tale of oppression,but for all the hardships on display in the film,she keeps the style playful and fresh,reminding one of what it feels like to be a teenager oblivious or careless of the darkness in the world.

Most impressive of all,is the director's work with the five actresses playing the sisters - Lale (Günes Sensoy),Sonay (Ilayda Akdogan),Nur (Doga Zeynep Doguslu),Ece (Elit Iscan) and Selma (Tugba Sunguroglu) - who through subtle touches make us believe these young women have always lived together,and have formed an indestructible bond.In a bold,wonderful moveMustangwas selected asFrance's Foreign Language Film submission for the Oscars亚博主页,and with the warm response it's received in festivals all over the world,it might make it all the way to the final five.I spoke to Deniz Gamze Ergüven and was not surprised to realize she's as smart,refreshing and sincere as her film.

Our interview is after the jump...

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Nov 12 2015

AFI Awards: Mustang,James White,and More...

Deniz & AliceThe Los Angeles AFI Festival,presented by Audi,ends tonight with the premiere of Paramount'sThe Big Shortwith it's all star (male) cast.But two women we're instant new fans of were the winners.First time feature directorDeniz Gamze Ergüvenand second time feature directorAlice Winocourboth had films in the fest (Mustang,which they cowrote and Ergüven directed,andDisorder,which was titledMarylandwhen it first debuted at Cannes,which Winocour wrote and directed.)Mustangopens in NY & LA a week from tomorrow.Disorderis due in March next year.They're both very much worth seeing so keep an eye on these two very talented women.I know we will.


Jury:  Inkoo Kang (TheWrap),Sheri Linden (The Hollywood Reporter,Los Angeles Times) and Nigel M.Smith (The Guardian).

New Auteurs Grand Jury Award:Land and Shade(César Augusto Acevedo)
The jury cited it's  "visual eloquence,formal rigor and emotional power"in painting a portrait of a rural family in Colombia and its observations about the explotation of the poor and environmental degradation

more prizes follow...

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