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Beijing film festival unveils line-up for 2021 physical edition

Gong Li heads the jury of the international competition, which also includes Nadine Labaki, Renny Harlin and Leste Chen.Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff), which is scheduled to take place in a physical format next month (August 14-21), has unveiled the line-up for its international competition section, the Tiantan Awards.The 15-title selection includes Russian co-production Conference, […]

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Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch and Creative Impact Awards Delves into Art of Moviemaking

Usually held in person at the Palm Springs Film Festival, Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch and the Creative Impact Awards were hosted virtually this year.The panel, moderated by chief film critic Peter DeBruge, included directors Prano Bailey-Bond (“Censor”), Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. (“Wild Indian”), Nia DaCosta (“Candyman”), Siân Heder (“Coda”), Philippe Lacôte (“Night of the […]

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This Week In Trailers: My Darling Supermarket, Night of the Kings, Meltdown, The Head, Amend: The Fight for America

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week, […]

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‘Night of the Kings’ Review: Visually Stunning Fantasy, By Way of a Western African Prison

Male hierarchies inside prison walls are well-trod ground, from “Brute Force” and “Birdman of Alcatraz,” to “Papillon,” “Midnight Express,” and “The Shawshank Redemption.” But rarely is an entry as visually rapturous as West African filmmaker Philippe Lacôte’s “Night of the Kings,” which takes place inside the bowels of the infamous La MacA prison in Abidjan, […]

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