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Berlin: ‘Honeyland’ Directors Prepping New Projects (Exclusive)

Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov, the Macedonian directors of the dual Oscar-nominated documentary “Honeyland,” are prepping several new projects, Variety has learned exclusively.The directing duo are looking to build on the success of their debut, a moving portrait of a lone beekeeper struggling to preserve a traditional way of life, which was nominated for Academy […]

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Oscars: How the Doc Branch Puts Women and International Stories Front and Centre (Column)

For female filmmakers in the industry, this year’s round of Oscar nominations – in which acclaimed female-helmed films such as “Hustlers” and “The Farewell” were shut out in place of male-directed Best Picture nominees predominantly centred on stories of white men – told a frustratingly familiar story. But in the Academy’s non-fiction branch, a different […]

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American Society of Cinematographers Gives Top Award to Roger Deakins, Again

“1917” cinematographer Roger Deakins has won the award for the best feature-film cinematography of 2019 at the American Society of Cinematographers Awards, which were handed out on Saturday night in Los Angeles.The win was Deakins’ fifth from the Asc, tying him with Emmanuel Lubezki for the most ever. It was also his third win in […]

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Historic ‘Honeyland’ Oscar Noms Prove Docs Shouldn’t Just Be Relegated to Doc Category

Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite” has been Neon’s crown jewel this Oscar season, but a second Neon release has emerged as a game-changer at the 2020 Academy Awards. That would be “Honeyland,” Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov’s acclaimed documentary about one of the last nomadic beekeepers in Macedonia. “Honeyland” has written itself into the Oscar history […]

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‘Maiden’ and ‘Apollo 11’ Lead Oscar Documentary Feature Shortlist

The sailing documentary “Maiden” and the chronicle of the first trip to the moon, “Apollo 11,” are among the 15 titles that made this year’s shortlist for the Oscars’ Best Documentary Feature race.The shortlist also included two films about Syria, “For Sama” and “The Cave”; the first film produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production […]

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‘Parasite,’ ‘Pain & Glory’ & ‘Les Miserables’ Make 2020 International Film Oscar Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 10 films that have made it to the next stage of voting for the 2020 International Film Academy Award. As expected, Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite,” Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory” and Ladj Ly’s “Les Miserables” made the list. They were joined by films such as […]

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Sundance 2020 Oscar Preview: Keep Your Eye on the Documentaries

While a few lauded Sundance Film Festival titles like “The Farewell” and “The Report” still seek 2020 awards attention, the 2019 narrative selection became more talent discovery than Oscar launchpad as heated buys like “Late Night” and “Brittany Runs a Marathon” fizzled at the box office. For the documentary section, however, it’s a different story.While […]

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‘Apollo 11,’ ‘Amazing Grace’ Make International Documentary Association Awards Short List

The Aretha Franklin documentary “Amazing Grace,” the moon-mission chronicle “Apollo 11” and the first film from Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, “American Factory,” have made the short list for the International Documentary Association’s 2019 Ida Documentary Awards, the Ida announced on Thursday.The announcement narrows the field to 30 feature films and 21 shorts that […]

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Indie Box Office: ‘The Farewell’ Hits Top 10 as Non-Fiction ‘Honeyland’ Builds Buzz

It was more of same at specialized theaters this weekend. Documentaries dominated the openings, led by buzzy “Honeyland” (Neon), while response continues strong for family movie “The Farewell” (A24). Lulu Wang’s Sundance narrative dramedy starring Awkwafina bucked the current documentary trend by landing among the weekend’s Top 10 grossers, even in limited release.Among the newbies, […]

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