10 live action short films in the running for 84th Academy Awards

10 live action short films in the running for 84th Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards®. One hundred seven pictures had originally qualified in the category. The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production company: “Je Pourrais Être Votre Grand-Mère (I Could Be Your Grandmother),” Bernard Tanguy, director-producer (Rézina Productions)“Love at First Sight,” Michael Davies, director and Sandra […]

Seth Rogen to host 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Seth Rogen to host 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Seth Rogen will serve as host for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The 27th annual awards ceremony will be held as a daytime luncheon in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica on Saturday, February 25, and the premiere broadcast will air later that evening at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on IFC. “Seth is one of the smartest and funniest actors today and we look forward to him making this one of the funniest […]

2012 Slamdance Film Festival Announces Films in Competition

2012 Slamdance Film Festival Announces Films in Competition

  The 2012 Slamdance Film Festival that runs concurrently with the 2012 Sundance Film Festival from January 20 to 26, in Park City, Utah, announced its lineup. The festival oft billed as “by filmmakers, for filmmakers” lineup includes 18 feature-length competition films, ten narratives and eight documentaries, most of them World Premieres. The complete Slamdance Feature Film Competition lineup: NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION PROGRAM, PRESENTED BY KODAK:BINDLESTIFFS – Director: Andrew Edison, Screenwriters: Andrew Edison, Luke Loftin. […]

African-American Film Critics Awards Laud Pariah, The Black Power Mixtape and Kinyarwanda

African-American Film Critics Awards Laud Pariah, The Black Power Mixtape and Kinyarwanda

The African-American Film Critics Awards were announced yesterday and The Tree of Life won the top award, best film of 2011. The Black Power Mixtape received the award for best documentary, Kinyarwanda won the award for best foreign film, and Pariah snagged the award for best independent film. Best Picture “The Tree of Life” Best DirectorSteve McQueen, “Shame” Lead ActorWoody Harrelson, “Rampart” Lead ActressViola Davis, “The Help” Best Supporting ActressOctavia Spencer, “The Help” Best Supporting […]

The Artist, Project Nim, 13 Assassins Are Winners at Las Vegas Film Critics Society’s Sierra Awards

The Artist, Project Nim, 13 Assassins Are Winners at Las Vegas Film Critics Society’s Sierra Awards

The Artist continues to dominate award season, this time taking the top wins at the Las Vegas Film Critics Society’s Sierra Awards. The Artist snagged many of the top awards include Best Picture, Best Actor. Project Nim took the prize for Best Documentary, and 13 Assassins received the award for Best Foreign Film. 2011 Sierra Award winners Best Picture“The Artist” Best ActorJean Dujardin, “The Artist” Best ActressMichelle Williams, “My Week with Marilyn” Best Supporting ActorAlbert […]

Hugo and The Artist Lead the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominations

Hugo and The Artist Lead the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominations

“Hugo” and “The Artist” lead the 17th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards with each receiving an impressive 11 nominations, one short of the record 12 nominations for “Black Swan” last year.  In addition to the 11 nominations for his film “Hugo,” Martin Scorsese also directed the Best Documentary Feature nominee “George Harrison: Living in the Material World.”

“The Help” and “Drive” earned 8 nominations each, and “The Descendants” and “War Horse” both garnered 7 nominations. ” “The Tree of Life,” “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” and “My Week With Marilyn” also scored multiple nominations.

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are bestowed annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA)to honor the finest in cinematic achievement. The BFCA is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 250 television, radio and online critics.

The winners will be announced at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 12, 2012.

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Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt and Cast of Young Adult to be honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival

Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt and Cast of Young Adult to be honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival

The film Young Adult will be honored with the Vanguard Award, for its outstanding creative ensemble, at the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF).  Cast members from the film including Charlize Theron and Patton Oswalt, director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody will attend to accept the award.  The Festival runs January 5-16. This is the second Vanguard Award for Cody and Reitman, who first received the honor in 2008 for Juno. Reitman recently […]

Sundance Film Festival to travel to 9 cities

Sundance Film Festival to travel to 9 cities

  The Sundance Institute announced the films from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival that will screen in independent theaters in nine different cities around the country as part of Sundance Film Festival USA. On January 26, the second Thursday of the Sundance Film Festival, nine filmmakers will each travel from Utah to one of the following cities: Ann Arbor, MI; Boston, MA; Brooklyn, NY; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Nashville, TN; Orlando, FL; San Francisco, CA; […]

Santa Barbara International Film Festival to honor Martin Scorsese with American Riviera Award

Santa Barbara International Film Festival to honor Martin Scorsese with American Riviera Award

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor Academy Award®-winning director, screenwriter, producer and film historian Martin Scorsese with the American Riviera Award, marking the first time the award has been bestowed on a director. Scorsese, whose latest films, Hugo and the HBO documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World were released to critical acclaim this fall, will be honored on Monday, January 30 at the Arlington Theatre for the Fest’s 27th edition, which […]

21st New York Jewish Film Festival Announces Schedule, Runs Jan 11 thru 26, 2012

21st New York Jewish Film Festival Announces Schedule, Runs Jan 11 thru 26, 2012

The 21st annual New York Jewish Film Festival will run at the Film Society’s Walter Reade Theater and Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, Jan. 11-26, 2012. The festival’s 35 features and shorts from 11 countries – 28 screening in their world, U.S. or New York premieres – provide a diverse global perspective on the Jewish experience. Many film screenings will be followed by filmmakers and special guests in onstage discussions.

The festival opens on Wednesday, January 11, with the New York premiere of Guy Nattiv’s “Mabul (The Flood).”  Yoni, almost 13 and smart but physically underdeveloped, faces bullying by classmates, parents who barely say a word to each other, and a 17-year-old autistic brother who returns home from an institution right before Yoni’s bar mitzvah.  Buried secrets come to light, and Yoni’s bar mitzvah Torah portion – Noah and the flood – becomes a metaphor for the family’s fragile and frozen existence.  Nominated for six Ophir Awards (Israeli Academy Awards), “Mabul” features unforgettable performances by Ronit Elkabetz, Tzahi Grad and Michael Moshonov.

The closing night film, the world premiere of Caroline Laskow and Ian Rosenberg’s “Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort,” focuses on the last surviving Jewish resort in the Catskills, in its heyday one of the legendary “Borscht Belt” hotels.  These resorts were not only a Jewish vacation paradise, they also had significant influence on enter­tainment, stand-up comedy and sports. This enjoyable documentary features a young Wilt Chamberlain play­ing ball and working as a bellhop at Kutsher’s, Freddie Roman’s classic comedy routine, ice skating instructor Olga Duffy hopping up on the Zamboni, and an abundance of hearty kosher feasts.

Four other documentaries receive their world premieres.  Jonathan Gruber and Ari Daniel Pinchot’s “Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story” presents a moving portrait of  Jonathan “Yoni” Netanyahu, who was killed at the age of 30 leading Israeli special forces in the 1976 hostage rescue mission at the Entebbe Airport in Uganda. Yoni’s life is explored through his own poetry, prose, and letters.  The film also includes rarely seen footage of the Entebbe raid itself, as covered by journalism legend Walter Cronkite, home movies, and interviews with such figures as Yoni’s brother, Benjamin Netanyahu.  Avishai Yeganyahu Mekonen and Shari Rothfarb Mekonen’s “400 Miles to Freedom” documents the 1984 escape from Ethiopia to Israel of the Beta Israel, a secluded 2,500-year-old community of observant Jews in the northern Ethiopian mountains.  Co-director Avishai Mekonen breaks his silence about the kidnapping he endured as a ten-year-old child in Sudan during the community’s exodus.  Joel Katz explores what it means to be white in America through the story of his own family across generations in “White: A Memoir in Color.”  Katz’s father’s role as a white professor at Howard University, a traditionally black college, during the civil rights era comes to bear on his and his wife’s decision to adopt a mixed-race child.  Sam Ball’s fascinating portrait, “Joann Sfar Draws from Memory,” details the life of graphic novelist and filmmaker Joann Sfar, author of the popular The Rabbi’s Cat series and director of the recent film, Serge Gainsbourg (Vie Héroïque), as he visits favorite Parisian neighborhood spots, and muses on his artistic process and the influence of his Algerian and East European family heritage.

Music plays a large role in four Festival films.  In Eytan Fox’s drama “Mary Lou,” receiving its New York premiere, a young man searching for his glamorous mother, years after she mysteriously disappears, learns about love with the help of the Tel Aviv gay community and Israeli pop music while performing as a drag queen.  A cross between the television series Glee and the musical Mama Mia, by way of La Cage aux Folles, Mary Lou garnered the equivalent of the Israeli Emmy Award for best mini-series.  Gili Gaon’s “Iraq ‘N’ Roll,” also a New York premiere, reveals the story of Salah al-Kuwaiti and his brother Daud, highly acclaimed Jewish musicians in 1930s Iraq considered the creators of modern Iraqi music; and details the efforts of Salah’s grandson, popular Israeli rock musician Dudu Tassa, to remix the old tunes for contemporary listeners.  Danny Gold and Matthew Asner’s “100 Voices: A Journey Home” is a compelling and uplifting documentary that looks at Jewish culture in Poland, past and present, through a unique focus: 100 cantors from around the world who come together for concerts at the Warsaw Opera House and the Nozyk Synagogue.  Richard Oswald’s 1933 musical, “My Song Goes Round the World,” showcases the talents of the great tenor Joseph Schmidt (1904-1942), known as the Jewish Caruso, telling the tale of a talented singer who faces challenges in his career and love life because he is less than five feet tall.

The New York premiere of “Shoah: The Unseen Interviews” offers a rare opportunity to see powerful unused footage from three interviews filmed for Claude Lanzmann’s landmark documentary Shoah – Abraham Bomba, who was a barber in Treblinka; Peter Bergson, who struggled to publicize Nazi crimes against the Jews; and the deeply affecting Ruth Elias.  Following the January 15 screening, Raye Farr, director of the Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will discuss the painstaking process of preserving the 16mm film and editing these segments for viewing.

A restored version of the archival film, “Breaking Home Ties,” directed by Frank N. Seltzer and George K. Rowlands, will receive its United States premiere.  Long thought lost, this 1922 drama about a Jew who flees pre-revolutionary Russia for America, is a gem of the silent era, presented in a new restoration by the National Center for Jewish Film, with piano accompaniment by Donald Sosin.

Three dramatic works receive their United States premieres.  Adrian Panek’s dazzling period drama, “Daas,” explores the  influence of 18th-century false messiah Jacob Frank.  The film presents a tale of intrigue and conspiracy, showing Frank’s influence as seen through the lives of a Viennese lawyer investigating him as a threat to the Austrian Empire, and a Jewish former disciple seeking justice.   Branko Ivanda’s “Lea and Darija” tells the story of Lea Deutsch, known as the Croatian Shirley Temple, and her friend and dancing partner Darija Gasteiger, talented and exuberant 13-year-old girls who were great stars in Zagreb before World War II.  Nazi persecution of Jews and, later, German nationals’ flight from communists test their friendship.  In Thierry Binisti’s “A Bottle in the Gaza Sea,” a 17-year-old Frenchwoman living in Jerusalem writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and Palestinians, and has her brother throw it into the sea near Gaza.  A few weeks later, she receives a response from a mysterious young Palestinian named Naïm. This engrossing and hopeful drama starring Hiam Abbas is based on the award-winning novel by Valérie Zenatti.

The documentary, “The Silent Historian,” receiving its United States premiere, explores the life of director Simonka de Jong’s grandfather, the Dutch historian Loe de Jong, known for his research on the history of the Netherlands during World War II. After his death, the family made a discovery – Loe had concealed personal documents about his twin brother Sally, who didn’t survive the war.  Why did Loe never give these letters to Sally’s children, who spent their lives looking for information about the family that was broken apart by the war?

Five other dramas receive New York premieres.  In Katia Lewkowicz’s romantic comedy, “Bachelor Days Are Over,” a young man (Benjamin Biolay) prepares for his wedding, and copes with his fiancée, who has seemingly flown the coop. Faced with a charming chanteuse, demands from family, and workers renovating his apartment, he is forced to decide between marriage or passionate love, family past or marital future.  Ronit Elkabetz delivers a stunning performance in Michal Aviad’s “Invisible,” about two women, both victims of the same serial rapist 20 years earlier, forging a friendship that empowers them to face their disturbing past and to seek justice.  Ami Drozd’s “My Australia” portrays two brothers in a poor neighborhood in 1960s Lódz, Poland.  Members of a gang with a strong anti-Semitic bent, they are stunned to discover that though raised as Catholics, they are in fact Jews.  Telling the younger brother they are going to Australia, the land of his fantasies, the family boards a ship to Israel.  Inspired by actual events, Anna Justice’s “Remembrance” depicts a remarkable love story that blossomed in a Nazi concentration camp in 1944 Poland, only to end when the lovers are forcibly separated after the war, each convinced that the other has died.  More than 30 years later in New York City, the woman believes she has seen her lover interviewed on television and begins to search for him again.  Joseph Madmony’s sensitive drama “Restoration” depicts a Tel Aviv man struggling to keep his antique restoration business afloat. Featuring outstanding performances by Sasson Gabai and Sarah Adler, the film was nominated for 11 Ophir Awards (Israeli Academy Awards), and won the Dramatic Screenwriting Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Also receiving New York premieres are: Stephen Fischler and Joel Sucher’s “Dressing America: Tales from the Garment Center,” focusing on the post-World War II heyday of the garment district in Manhattan and the Jewish immigrant roots of the industry; Duki Dror’s “Incessant Visions: Letters from an Architect,” a meditation about architect Erich Mendelsohn, based on his letters and a memoir by his wife Louise, who helped him become the busiest architect in Germany after World War I; and Michal Tkaczynski’s “The Moon Is Jewish” telling the story of a Warsaw skinhead who discovers he has Jewish ancestry and undergoes a complete spiritual and physical transformation to become an Orthodox Jew.

Judy Lieff’s “Deaf Jam,” receiving its New York City premiere, explores the beauty and power of American Sign Language (ASL) poetry through the story of deaf teen Aneta Brodski’s bold journey into the spoken word poetry slam scene.  In a remarkable twist of fate, Aneta – an Israeli immigrant living in New York – meets and then collaborates with Tahani, a hearing Palestinian slam poet.

Other documentaries in the Festival include: Yasmine Novak’s “Lost Love Diaries,” a combination detective story and love saga in which a woman confronts the past when after 65 years she reads a diary sent to her by her first love on the day of her wedding to another man; “My Father Evgeni,” a moving portrait of filmmaker Andrei Zagdansky’s father, who was editor-in-chief of the Kiev Popular Science Film Studio; “The Queen Has No Crown,” Tomer Heymann’s poignant meditation on family and loss, using home movies as well as more recent footage shot over the past decade to navigate the intimate lives of five brothers and their mother; and Ronit Kertsner’s “Torn,” the remarkable journey of  an ordained Polish Catholic priest who discovers that he was born to Jewish parents, and, unable to renounce either identity, finds himself rejected by both religions and the state of Israel.

The New York Jewish Film Festival, Jan. 11-26, 2012

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IFC Films to release gothic film The Moth Diaries

IFC Films to release gothic film The Moth Diaries

IFC Films will release the gothic film The Moth Diaries from American Psycho director Mary Harron, based on the novel by Rachel Klein which stars Lily Cole, Sarah Gadon, Sarah Bolger, and Scott Speedman. The Moth Diaries played earlier this year at the 2011 Toronto and Venice International Film Festivals. Adolescence is and always will be a time of intense emotional confusion, especially if you spend it in a closed environment. That’s the case with […]

Take Shelter Tops Detroit Film Critics Society 2011 awards with 6 nominations

Take Shelter Tops Detroit Film Critics Society 2011 awards with 6 nominations

Jeff Nichols’ “Take Shelter” bested the The Artist and lead the Detroit Film Critics Society 2011 awards with six nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for Jeff Nichols, and acting nominations for Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. “The Artist” followed closely with five nominations and “The Help” with four. Detroit Film Critics Society 2011 awards nominations: Best Picture“The Artist”“The Descendants”“Hugo”“Take Shelter”“The Tree of Life Best DirectorMichel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”Jeff Nichols, […]

‘The Artist’ Leads Houston Film Critics Awards with 7 Nominations

‘The Artist’ Leads Houston Film Critics Awards with 7 Nominations

Elite Squad The Enemy Within

‘The Artist’ lead the Houston Film Critics awards with 7 nominations including Best Picture, Best Foreign Film, Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius and Best Actor for Jean Dujardin.Other nominees for Best Picture of 2011 include “The Descendants,” “Drive,” “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “The Help,” “Midnight in Paris,” “Take Shelter,” “The Tree of Life,” “War Horse,” and “Win Win”

“Buck,” “Cave of Forgotten Dreams,” “The Elephant in the Room,” “Project Nim,” and “Undefeated” were all nominated for Best Documentary; and in addition to “The Artist,” “Elite Squad: The Enemy Within,” “I Saw the Devil,” “The Skin I Live In,” and “13 Assassins” were nominated for Best Foreign Film.

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The Artist Tops Nominations for 2011 St Louis Film Critics

The Artist Tops Nominations for 2011 St Louis Film Critics

The St. Louis Film Critics association announced its nominees for 2011 film awards. The Artist received the most nominations including Best Film, Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius, Best Actor for Jean Dujardinand Best Supporting Actor for John Goodman. We Need To Talk About Kevin, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Win Win, Beginners, and Tucker and Dale vs Evil were nominated for Best Art-House or Festival Film, one of the few lists that honor independent films. Being […]

Indiana Film Journalists Association Pick The Artist as Best Film and Project Nim as Best Doc of 2011

Indiana Film Journalists Association Pick The Artist as Best Film and Project Nim as Best Doc of 2011

The Indiana Film Journalists Association also loved The Artist, naming the the film the Best Picture of 2011, and Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius.  Project Nim was named Best Documentary and The Skin I Live In, Best Foreign Language Film. Indiana Film Journalists Association Awards of 2011 Best Picture: The Artist [Runner-up: The Descendants]Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) [Runner-up: Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life)]Best Actor: Paul Giamatti (Win Win) [Runner-up: Ralph Fiennes (Coriolanus)]Best […]

Boston Society of Film Critics Picks The Artist as Best Film of 2011, Project Nim Wins Best Doc

Boston Society of Film Critics Picks The Artist as Best Film of 2011, Project Nim Wins Best Doc

The Boston Society of Film Critics also picked The Artist as the best film of 2011, but named the Project Nim as best documentary and Incendies as best foreign language film. Sean Durkin of Marcy May Marlene was awarded best new filmmaker. 2011 Boston Society of Film Critic Winners Best Picture  –  The ArtistBest Actor –  Brad Pitt for MoneyballBest Actress – Michelle Williams for My Week with MarilynBest Supporting Actor –  Albert Brooks for […]

New York Film Critics Online Awards, The Artist Wins Best Film

New York Film Critics Online Awards, The Artist Wins Best Film

The New York Film Critics Online named The Artist as the best film of 2011, and also awarded is director Michel Hazanavicius as best director and the film for its use of music. Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams snagged the best documentary award and The Iranian film A Separation which is emerging as the foreign film to beat, received the nod for best foreign language film of 2011. Joe Cornish, received the award for […]

AFI Picks it Top Films of 2011

AFI Picks it Top Films of 2011

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced the official selections of AFI AWARDS 2011 – its top 10 films and TV programs of 2011 – that records the year’s most outstanding achievements in film, television and other forms of the moving image arts. Surprisingly no indie films or documentaries made the list, but although foreign films were not eligible, the AFI did specially honor The Artist and The Harry Potter Series with AFI Special Awards. AFI […]

San Francisco Film Critics Circle Picks its Top Films of 2011, Gives Special Citation to The Mill and the Cross

San Francisco Film Critics Circle Picks its Top Films of 2011, Gives Special Citation to The Mill and the Cross

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle really went for the “The Tree of Life” naming it the Best Picture of 2011, its director Terrence Malick as Best Director and its lenser Emmanuel Lubezki as Best Cinematographer.

“Certified Copy,” Abbas Kiarostami’s thought-provoking, emotionally wrenching examination of relationships, art, and existence received the award for Best Foreign Language Film ; with Best Documentary nod given to “Tabloid,” Errol Morris’ unique take on a stranger-than-fiction tale that must be seen to be disbelieved.

A Special Citation for under-appreciated independent cinema singled out “The Mill and the Cross”—Lech Majewski’s distinctly original exploration of the inspiration for and creation of a Breugel painting—as an under-the-radar title deserving of attention.

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Bill Morrison’s Spark of Being and George Clooney’s Descendants Win Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

Bill Morrison’s Spark of Being and George Clooney’s Descendants Win Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards

“The Descendants” starring George Clooney as a father in Hawaii trying to take care of his daughters after his wife falls into an accident-induced coma, was named this year’s best film by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.  The family drama, The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt was named runner-up best film, and its director Terrence Malick received the award for best director of the year. Bill Morrison received the Doublas Edwards Independent/Experimental Award […]

Cook County, Impressive Debut Film from Director David Pomes

Cook County, Impressive Debut Film from Director David Pomes

Cook County is a new independent film from first time writer/director David Pomes exploring a specific family and community in rural east Texas, reflecting an entire culture and drug world in America. The film presents the narrative through the eyes of Abe (Ryan Donowho), a teenager living with his meth-cooking and smoking uncle, Bump (Anson Mount). Abe goes day to day simply surviving with his dangerous caretaker, and  trying to protect his young cousin Deandra […]

First 10 Films Announced for 2012 Miami International Film Festival

First 10 Films Announced for 2012 Miami International Film Festival

The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) announced the line-up of ten Ibero-American premieres  that will compete for $45,000  in jury prizes at its 29th annual event, March 2 – 11, 2012.

The lineup includes four International/North American premieres and two U.S. premieres, including new films from acclaimed veteran directors Carlos Sorin, David Trueba and Andrés Wood.

“As of today, only one of the films in the competition has U.S. distribution secured – Strand Releasing will be releasing Bonsai later in 2012,” noted MIFF’s executive director Jaie Laplante.  “It is our hope that U.S. buyers attending the Festival will discover many more riches– and see through our MIFF audiences how U.S. audiences respond to these amazing films.”

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Putin’s Kiss to be released in US by Kino Lorber

Putin’s Kiss to be released in US by Kino Lorber

“Putin’s Kiss” a film by Lise Birk Pedersen, was acquired by Kino Lorber at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), where it had its world premiere in the IDFA Feature Documentary competition.  It will be released theatrically after its North American premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (in the World Cinema Documentary competition). “Putin’s Kiss” portrays contemporary life in Russia through the coming-of-age story of Masha, a middle-class, 19-year-old Russian girl and a member […]

15 Films Considered for Oscar for Visual Effects

15 Films Considered for Oscar for Visual Effects

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 15 films have been selected for consideration for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 84th Academy Awards®. The films are listed below in alphabetical order: “Captain America: The First Avenger”“Cowboys & Aliens”“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”“Hugo”“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”“Real Steel”“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”“Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”“Sucker Punch”“Super 8”“Thor”“Transformers: Dark of […]