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‘Benedetta’ Review: Paul Verhoeven’s Erotic Lesbian Nun Drama Won’t Reward Your Faith

You probably won’t be shocked to hear that Paul Verhoeven’s erotic drama about the relationship between two horny nuns in a 17th century Italian convent — a sacrilegious affair that became one of modern Western civilization’s earliest documented instances of lesbianism after a parish scrivener wrote about it in his diary with curiously exacting detail […]

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Vanessa Kirby and Katherine Waterston’s frontier romance: ‘She let me be more full-bodied’

The north-eastern US is not the only uncharted territory explored in the pair’s 19th-century period drama. They discuss becoming friends, learning how to act and sexism in showbizAfter the release this year of Ammonite, with Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan as 19th-century fossil hunters who fall in love in inclement weather, Saturday Night Live ran […]

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Why are historical figures presumed straight? Francis Lee on causing outrage with Ammonite

The Yorkshire director sparked a storm by portraying fossil-hunter Mary Anning as a lesbian. He explains why the film, which stars Kate Winslet as the lead, is his most personal yetThe love story Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet as the 19th-century fossil-hunter and palaeontologist Mary Anning, was chosen to close last year’s London film festival, but […]

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Neil Patrick Harris Says It’s ‘Sexy’ for Straight Actors to Play Gay Roles

The notion of straight actors playing gay roles has been a controversial topic in Hollywood in recent years, especially surrounding high-profile LGBTQ films like “Call Me By Your Name” or “Ammonite.” But Neil Patrick Harris, who is currently starring in Russell T. Davies’ AIDS drama miniseries “It’s a Sin” now on Channel 4, thinks that […]

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‘Ammonite’ Trailer: Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan Find Fossils (and Love) on the Beach

Maybe it’s because many of our traditional activities are still verboten due to the pandemic, but there’s a bit of a heightened thrill in seeing two movie characters engage in a forbidden romance right now. God’s Own Country director Francis Lee was able to entice two of the film industry’s best working actresses – Kate […]

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Ammonite to get Neon’s first PVoD release in US

AFM keynotes hear from Neon distribution head Elissa Federoff, Solstice Studios head Mark Gill.Neon will release Francis Lee’s awards contender Ammonite theatrically on Friday (November 13) in the US followed by the company’s first PVoD release on December 4.“This is our first PVoD release that we’ve done and we’re really excited about it,” said Neon […]

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Hybrid BFI London Film Festival achieves record attendances

Across online and physical events, the festival recorded 315,000 admissions.The BFI London Film Festival has announced record attendances for its 2020 edition, which combined physical and virtual screenings and events.Total attendance was 315,000 across the UK and internationally. In 2019, the festival achieved 178,000 London admissions, and 190,000 including screenings across the UK.Francis Lee’s Ammonite, […]

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Chloe Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ Selected to Open Denver Film Festival — Film News in Brief

Monday, Oct. 12 Denver Festival Schedules Drive-In ShowingsThe 43rd Denver Film Festival will open on Oct. 22 with a drive-in showing of Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland,” starring Frances McDormand, at the Red Rocks Park.The festival will be mostly virtual but will also hold drive-in showings of “Nine Days” as its Centerpiece title on Oct. 24 and […]

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New York LGBTQ Film Festival to Open With Francis Lee’s ‘Ammonite,’ Screen Alan Ball’s ‘Uncle Frank’

NewFest, New York’s LGBTQ film and media organization, has announced its program for the 32nd New York LGBTQ Film Festival. This year’s event will feature virtual events, as well as drive-in screenings at the Queens Drive-In at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.The festival will open on Oct. 16 with the New York City premiere of Francis […]

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