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Florence Pugh to Star in Adaptation of Psychological Thriller ‘The Wonder’

Florence Pugh is set to star in “The Wonder,” a big-screen adaptation of the suspenseful novel by Emma Donoghue.Set in the late 1850s, the story follows an English nurse who goes to a tiny village in Ireland to observe what some view as a medical anomaly and others consider a miracle: a young girl who […]

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Participant promotes Laura Kim to EVP marketing

Executive joined in 2014.Participant has promoted marketing and publicity veteran Laura Kim to EVP of marketing, effective immediately.Kim will assume broadened executive responsibilities with a focus on independent and international films and series combining with impact work. She continues to report to Participant’s president of worldwide marketing Christina Kounelias.She joined Participant as SVP of film […]

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Oscar Foreign Language Films Tap Into the Zeitgeist

Once upon a time, the quintessential foreign-language film submission was a sweeping epic or something to do with WWII. No longer. More challenging and topical pictures have been entered and ultimately rewarded. Think of last year’s Chilean winner, “A Fantastic Woman,” centered on a transgender character.Among this year’s submissions from 87 countries are at least […]

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‘Gloria Bell’ Trailer: Julianne Moore’s Acclaimed Performance Is One Thing to Look Forward to in 2019

Following the Oscar-winning success of “A Fantastic Woman” earlier this year, plus the acclaim he received for his English-language debut “Disobedience,” Chilean director Sebastián Lelio is set to return to theaters in the spring with a remake of his own movie. “Gloria Bell,” based on Lelio’s 2013 comedy-drama “Gloria,” stars Julianne Moore as a divorced […]

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Toronto Film Review: Julianne Moore in ‘Gloria Bell’

Sebastián Lelio’s “Gloria Bell” is the second film this year to end with the Laura Branigan song “Gloria” — the kind of high-energy empowerment anthem that re-casts its leading lady in a different light — the other being Netflix’s recent Gloria Allred docu “Seeing Allred.” Speaking of re-casting leading ladies… It also happens to be […]

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Sebastian Lelio’s ‘A Fantastic Woman’ Sweeps 5th Platino Awards

Riviera Maya, Mexico — As widely predicted, Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman” swept the 5th Platino Ibero-American Film Awards Sunday, held at the Xcaret Riviera Maya resort in Mexico.This is the second time Lelio has snagged the best picture Platino Award. His poignant drama about a divorcee, “Gloria,” won at the inaugural edition of the […]

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Forbidden Romance ‘Disobedience’ Soars at Specialty Box Office

Thanks to two stars named Rachel — Weisz and McAdams — “Disobedience” led a batch of new films from arthouse auteurs this weekend. This story of forbidden love in a London synagogue setting, like director Sebastián Lelio’s Oscar-winning “A Fantastic Woman,” deals with gay characters fighting for their right to love despite societal taboos. It […]

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GLAAD Media Awards: ‘This Is Us,’ ‘A Fantastic Woman’ Among Winners

The GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday night welcomed television stars such as the cast of This is Us and Brooklyn Nine-Nine and many of whom wearing blue “&” pins, all showing their support of acceptance and equality for women, Muslims, immigrants and the LGBTQ community.Film winners included A Fantastic Woman, named best feature in limited […]

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7th Iff Panama Opens with ‘A Fantastic Woman’

Panama City — On Thursday night, Panama City’s Teatro Balboa hosted the opening ceremony of the 7th Panama International Film Festival, screening the 2018 best foreign-language Oscar winner, Sebastián Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman” in the presence of the pic’s lead actress, Daniela Vega.This year’s edition has a record number of films and participating countries – […]

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