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Karlovy Vary Film Festival reveals 2019 winners

Winners include Bulgarian-Greek comedy ‘The Father’ and Jan-Ole Gerster’s ‘Lara’.Bulgarian-Greek comedy The Father won the Grand Prix – Crystal Globe at the 54th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (June 28 – July 6), which closed yesterday with its annual awards ceremony.Scroll down for full list of winnersDirected by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, The Father […]

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‘Atlantics’: Netflix’s Aggressive Africa Push Continues With Acquisition of Cannes Grand Prix Winner

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to French-Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop’s feature debut, the award winning “Atlantics,” which premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it was awarded the Grand Prix.The film’s Cannes premiere earned Diop, niece of the late, great Senegalese cinema pioneer Djibril Diop Mambéty, a spot in the history books: she became […]

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Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite Wins Cannes Palme d’Or; Mati Diop’s Atlantics Picks Up Grand Prix

South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s dark social satire/thriller Parasite won the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or. It’s the first time a Korean director has won the award, and jury president Alejandro González Iñárritu said the jury was unanimous. First-time French-Senegalese feature filmmaker Mati Diop — the actress known for roles in Claire […]

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Jonas Mekas, Influential Experimental Filmmaker, Dies at 96

Jonas Mekas, the Lithuania-born filmmaker who started Film Culture magazine and the organization that became New York’s Anthology Film Archives, died Wednesday. He was 96.Anthology Film Archives wrote on Instagram, “He will be greatly missed but his light shines on.”He made works such as 1962’s “Guns of the Trees” and 1964’s “The Brig,” which won […]

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Cannes: Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Shoplifters’ Wins Palme d’Or

A quiet, selfie-less Cannes film festival came to a close Saturday night with fireworks as Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters took home the Palme d’Or, while Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman landed the runner-up Grand Prix award.Japanese helmer Hirokazu’s film revolves around a family of small-time crooks who take in a child they find on the street. Lee’s film, […]

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Astro, Celestial Tiger Pick up Awards Winning Films for Se Asia

Cinestaan International Sales has sold rights Shubhashish Bhutiani’s “Hotel Salvation” to pay-tv group Astro for 12 South East Asian territories including Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines. The film had previously been licensed to some 30 other territories including the U.K., U.S., Germany, France, Spain and Italy.The film premiered at Venice in 2016, […]

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Vittorio Taviani, Palme d’Or and Golden Bear Winner, Dies at 88

Vittorio Taviani, who along with his brother Paolo formed one of the world’s premier filmmaking duos, has died at age 88. His daughter confirmed the Palme d’Or, Golden Bear, and Golden Lion winner’s passing after a long illness. Beloved in their native Italy for decades and celebrated at film festivals the world over, the Taviani […]

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