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Films in the running for the Palme d’Or at Cannes

CANNES: From the tale of a mysterious beast to a migrant who finds he can levitate after being shot on a border fence, these are the 19 movies competing in the main competition at this week’s Cannes film festival which gets under way on May 17: –  Wonderstruck – Todd Haynes in back in period…

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Showtime for stars as Cannes film festival kicks off

CANNES: The Cannes film festival kicks off its 70th birthday edition on Wednesday with A-listers including Nicole Kidman, Clint Eastwood and Will Smith jetting in for the 12-day movie marathon. The gathering on the southern French coast, where 19 films will be vying for the coveted Palme d’Or top prize and hundreds more will be…

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Cannes spotlights New York as indie cinema powerhouse

NEW YORK: New York directors Noah Baumbach and the Safdie brothers, who have films in the running for this year’s Palme d’Or in Cannes, spotlight the vitality of independent cinema in America’s cultural capital. Thousands of miles from the bright lights of Hollywood, New York has for decades been an inspiration for greats in US…

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Daring Nicole Kidman is the queen of Cannes

PARIS: Nicole Kidman is the undisputed queen of the Cannes film festival which opens Wednesday in the French Riviera resort, starring in three of its most eagerly awaited films. The Australian actress is in two in the running for its top prize, the Palme d’Or, and plays a fashion and music maven in “How to…

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Palestinian film festival opens in Gaza

GAZA: The Gaza Strip’s film festival opened on Friday with artists and audience walking along a red carpet laid on a floor built from the rubble of homes destroyed in wars with Israel.

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Main line-up at 67th Berlin film festival

BERLIN: The 67th Berlinale, Europe’s first major film festival of the year, opens Thursday with 24 international productions screening in the main showcase. Eighteen pictures will vie for the Golden Bear top prize at the event which runs from February 9 to 19, with a jury led by Hollywood director Paul Verhoeven (“Basic Instinct”, “Elle”)…

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Hottest tickets at the Berlin film festival

BERLIN: The Berlin film festival, one of Europe’s top cinema showcases, gets under way Thursday, bringing a parade of stars to its famed red carpet. Nearly 400 movies will be screened during the 11-day gathering. Here’s a preview of highlights from the Berlinale, now in its 67th year, that are already generating a buzz. –…

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First-ever Pakistan Film Festival opens at UN

UNITED NATIONS: The first-ever Pakistan Film Festival kicked off Friday night with a largely-attended red carpet reception at UN Headquarters in New York in the presence of some of the biggest Pakistani stars, ambassadors accredited to the UN, community members, media and movie buffs. UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, who was the chief guest, congratulated…

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First-ever Pakistan Film Festival to begin in New York today

NEW YORK: The first-ever Pakistan Film Festival organized by the Pakistan Mission to the United Nations will start at New York on Saturday, 03 December. Different top-rated Pakistani films will be screened at the two-day festival. UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson will be the chief at the opening day of the event.  – APP

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Pakistan to host first ever Film Festival in New York in December

NEW YORK: The two-day first-ever Film Festival outside Pakistan screening top-rated Pakistani movies will be held in New York from 3rd of next month. The Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations is organizing it. The Festival is part of the continuing effort by Pakistan’s UN Mission, led by Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, to project…

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Indian film festival drops Pakistani movie after threat

MUMBAI: An Indian film festival dropped a Pakistani drama from its programme Monday after protesters threatened to disrupt the screening — the latest movie to fall foul of heightened tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours. Organisers of the MAMI Mumbai Film Festival said they would not show the 1959 classic “Jago Hua Savera” (“The Day Shall…

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Toronto film festival looks back at US politics

TORONTO: The race for the Oscars intensifies this week at the Toronto film festival, where a spotlight will be shined on American politics, youth radicalization, racism, feminism and alien arrivals. Nearly 400 feature and short films from 83 countries will be screened at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival, the largest such even in North…

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De Niro compares ‘totally nuts’ Trump to Taxi Driver

SARAJEVO: US actor Robert de Niro on Saturday compared Donald Trump to the mentally unstable character he played in the iconic 1976 film “Taxi Driver”, calling the Republican nominee “totally nuts”. The Oscar-winning veteran star made the comments at the Sarajevo Film Festival, which opened Friday with a screening of the Martin Scorsese classic, digitally…

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Sigourney Weaver to be honoured at San Sebastian festival

MADRID: US actress Sigourney Weaver, who burst to fame as Ellen Ripley in the Alien saga, will be handed a lifetime achievement award at the Spanish-speaking world’s leading film festival. The Donostia award — named after the Basque word for San Sebastian, north east Spain, where the international festival takes place — has been given…

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New ‘cross-media’ film explores millennial angst

LOS ANGELES: Millennials are often labeled the “Peter Pan” generation, the kids who refuse to grow up. It’s a theme gaining attention at the Los Angeles Film Festival this week, with the world premiere of “Heis,” a cross-media project by French director Anais Volpe. Using innovative filmmaking techniques “Heis” follows a 25-year-old artist, Pia, who…

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Finnish boxing film wins Cannes sidebar prize

CANNES: A black-and-white film about a real-life Finnish boxer, “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki”, won the top prize of the “Un Certain Regard” section of the Cannes film festival Saturday. The first feature by director Juho Kuosmanen tells the story of the build-up to a world featherweight championship title match in…

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Mendoza spotlights Manila family’s poverty in film ‘Ma Rosa’

  CANNES: Against the glamorous backdrop of the French Mediterranean resort of Cannes, prolific Filipino director Brillante Mendoza’s latest offering at the world’s biggest film festival is an exploration into the difficult living conditions of a poor family in Manila. “Ma’ Rosa,” which premiered this week at the Cannes Film Festival, tells the story of…

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Brazil stars at Cannes stage pro-Dilma protest on red carpet

CANNES: Brazilian director Kleber Mendonca Filho and the team who worked on his new movie “Aquarius” staged a protest at the Cannes film festival Tuesday in support of unseated Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff. The actors held up sheets of paper with the slogans “Stop the coup in Brazil”, “Brazil is not a democracy anymore” and…

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Virtual Reality puts viewer in the movie at Cannes

CANNES: What if you could both watch a film and be a character in it: perhaps an animated bunny fighting off inept aliens or a humanoid robot struggling with its identity? Virtual Reality (VR) — which is revolutionising everything from gaming to surgery and porn — is doing this so successfully that it secured a…

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‘Star Wars’ villain joins forces with indie hero at Cannes

CANNES: “Star Wars” villain Adam Driver said Monday his biggest challenge in starring in Jim Jarmusch’s Cannes contender was just to “not get in the way” of the independent cinema legend’s eccentric vision. Driver is the “Girls” television actor whose career went intergalactic playing Kylo Ren in the 2015 blockbuster “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”…

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Cannes hotel deploys hawks to keep gulls away

CANNES: The last thing rich and famous visitors to Cannes want is a cheeky seagull swooping in to nibble their peanuts or steal their steak. So the Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez has deployed a team of trained hawks to chase away opportunistic gulls who may be hovering a little too close to its outdoor…

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