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Venice vs. Cannes vs. Berlin vs. Oscars vs. More: Comparing the Great Festivals

With The Shape of Water‘s historic win of becoming the first film to win both the Venice Film Festival’s top honor, the Golden Lion, and Best Picture at the Oscars, it seems this can be a good opportunity for the general public to know more about international film festivals.  90 more words


Berlin Film Review: 'What Walaa Wants'

A bullheaded teenage girl growing up in the concrete sprawl of the Balata Refugee Camp in Nablus trains to become a police officer with the Palestinian Security Forces in Canadian director Christy Garland’s “What Walaa Wants.” Shot over five years, from the time Walaa Khaled Fawzy Tanji’s mother Latifa is released from an Israeli prison, to the moment the mature young woman is working her first job, the documentary is a classic slice-of-life coming-of-age story in which audiences trace Walaa’s trajectory from troublemaker to focused adult. 500 more words


Berlin Film Review: 'Ex-Shaman'

Anthropologist-turned-filmmaker Luiz Bolognesi elegantly straddles the line between documentary and fiction in “Ex-Shaman,” a beautifully composed look at a member of Brazil’s Pater Surui tribe whose training as a shaman has ostensibly made him redundant. 633 more words


Berlin Film Review: 'The Trial'

It was always clear to anyone paying attention that the 2016 impeachment of Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was a diversionary tactic to cover up rampant corruption from across the aisle. 715 more words


Music Box Films Picks Up U.S. Rights to 'Becoming Astrid'

Music Box Films has acquired U.S. rights to Pernille Fischer Christensen’s “Becoming Astrid” from TrustNordisk.

The film, which had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, chronicles the young life of world renowned children’s author Astrid Lindgren, and sheds light on the events and influences that shaped her to become a successful writer, the creator of child heroine Pippi Longstocking. 147 more words


Music Box Nabs U.S. Rights To Well-Received Berlin Biopic 'Becoming Astrid' From TrustNordisk

Music Box Films has struck a deal with Scandi sales dynamo TrustNordisk for U.S. rights to Pernille Fischer Christensen’s Berlin biopic Becoming Astrid. The well-received drama charts the early years of renowned children’s author Astrid Lindgren, who went on to write the best-selling Pippi Longstocking stories. 236 more words

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Berlin Film Review: 'Garbage'

For laugh-out-loud bad line of the year, it will be hard to top “I’m garbage. And garbage knows its place.” Were it spoken with an iota of camp, then much could be forgiven, but “Garbage” is tiresome torture porn disguised as a femme-empowering revenge thriller, convinced it’s saying deep things about contemporary Indian society. 609 more words