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Iran’s first Oscar submission directed by woman causes stir

TEHRAN, Iran: A movie about a young girl whose fantasy world helps her escape the hard realities of growing up in the countryside near Tehran in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution is Iran’s first-ever submission for the Academy Awards’ foreign film directed by a woman, reported AP. But not everyone is celebrating. The…

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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s website gets hacked

KARACHI: Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s website was hacked on Tuesday, according to a message that was displayed on it.  Things are certainly not going well for Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. After she was called out on social media for having a doctor fired for sending her sister a friend request, Sharmeen’s website was hacked by a person…

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Pakistani film among 92 best foreign language submissions for Oscar

Los Angeles: A record 92 countries have submitted films for the best foreign-language Oscar to be handed out at the Academy Awards in March. Pakistani film “Saawan” is also in the race. “Saawan” is a suspense drama film directed by Farhan Alam and produced and written by Mashood Qadri. The film is based on a…

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Video: Pakistani film nominated for Oscar award

“My Pure Land”, a Pakistani biopic based on the life of Nazo Dharejo – who fought valiantly against land grabbers and feudals – has been nominated for an Oscar award.

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Pakistani-British filmmaker’s My Pure Land chosen by Britain for Oscar

NEWS DESK: Sarmad Masud’s debut film, My Pure Land, has been chosen as Britain’s submission for the foreign-language Oscar race, reported Variety. My Pure Land tells the true story of a mother and her two daughters in rural Pakistan who were forced to defend their land from a militia of 200 bandits. Its submission marks…

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Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy appointed Consul General of Norway in Karachi

KARACHI: Pakistan’s first Oscar winning documentary maker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy has been appointed Consul General of Norway in Karachi. According to reports, she will be taking over the position from Muhammad Moonis who will be retiring after 38 years as the consul general of Norway in Karachi. The handover took place at a reception at…

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Oscar-winning ‘Silence of the Lambs’ director dies

Jonathan Demme, Oscar-winning director of “The Silence of the Lambs” who also led Tom Hanks to his first Oscar in “Philadelphia,” died Wednesday in New York, his publicist said. He was 73. Demme remains best known for the 1991 horror-thriller, starring Anthony Hopkins as serial killer Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster as FBI agent Clarice…

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US State Department tweets, then deletes congratulations for Iran Oscar win

The U.S. State Department on Monday issued and then deleted a congratulatory message for an Oscar win by a prominent Iranian director who criticized President Donald Trump’s travel ban as “inhumane.” The State Department’s official Persian-language Twitter account, @USAdarFarsi, tweeted congratulations to the Iranian people and Asghar Farhadi, director of “The Salesman,” after the movie…

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Film on Syria’s White Helmets wins Oscar

A film about Syria’s White Helmets — rescuers who risk their lives to help save civilians caught in the country’s devastating war — took home the Oscar for best documentary short on Sunday. The Netflix-produced film, called simply “The White Helmets,” was directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, and bested another short about the Syrian conflict,…

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Hacksaw Ridge has all that an Oscar Needs to name the Best Movie of the year

By: Naumann Ansaari Like successful yesteryear predictions about the best movie of the Oscar, Spotlight, I would like to predict the best movie of the 89th Oscar Award. As far as the film nominations of the 89th Oscars are concerned, I would like to mention two of them. Let’s have a look on the first…

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Afghan refugee saga vies for top prize at Busan festival

BUSAN, South Korea: A gripping drama depicting the harrowing plight of Afghan refugees is targeting Oscars history as it vies for the top prize at Asia’s premier film festival this week. Director Navid Mahmoudi was told shortly before making the trip to the 21st Busan International Film Festival in South Korea that his debut film…

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Cruz, Bardem team up again for film about Pablo Escobar

MADRID: Oscar-winning Spanish actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem will begin shooting a movie about Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar next month, the married couple’s first film together since 2008. “Escobar”, a Spanish-Bulgarian joint project to be filmed in Colombia, will go into production on October 24 with Bardem playing Escobar and Cruz playing his…

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Sony Pictures and China’s Wanda enter film partnership

BEIJING: Chinese conglomerate Wanda announced plans Friday to invest in movies produced by Sony Pictures under an agreement that moves the company closer to its goal of becoming a major Hollywood player. Owned by one of the country’s richest men, billionaire Wang Jianlin, Wanda is seeking to shift its focus from property to services and…

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Sharmeen pays tribute to Easter blast victims

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s first Academy award winner, director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, has paid tribute to victims of the Easter bombing in the eastern city of Lahore with a short film posted to her Facebook page. The 1.5-minute film titled “An Ode to Lahore, the Beautiful City” opens with a shot of the famous Badshahi mosque before showing…

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DiCaprio visits Indonesian jungle to support environmentalists

JAKARTA:  Oscar-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio has visited the Indonesian jungle to help protect a biodiverse area from deforestation. Fresh from clinching his long-awaited first Oscar last month, DiCaprio spent the weekend in the Leuser ecosystem, on Indonesia’s main western island of Sumatra. The actor, an ardent supporter of environmental causes, was pictured accompanied by local environmentalists…

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The Revenue: Pakistani tax official celebrates DiCaprio Oscar win

MUZAFFARABAD: A Pakistani civil servant who never let go of hope Leonardo DiCaprio might win an Oscar became a social media star after his memo ordering a tea break for staff celebrating the actor’s long-awaited victory went viral. Rizwan Ahmed, Assistant Commissioner of the Inland Revenue department in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, told AFP Tuesday…

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A look into Oscar winning “Girl in the River”

“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” directed by Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has won Oscar award for best documentary short. The film follows 19-year-old Saba, a survivor of an attempted ‘honor killing’ who was beaten, shot and thrown into a river after she ran off to marry a man.

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PM congratulates Sharmeen on Oscar

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister nawaz Sharif Monday congratulated Ms Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy on winning the Oscar’s Award for the second time for her documentary “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”. Lauding the efforts of Ms Sharmeen, the Prime Minister said that there was no place for killing in the name of honour in…

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‘That is the power of film’

HOLLYWOOD: A documentary about a Pakistani girl shot in the face by her own family won an Oscar on Sunday, after helping persuade the government to fight so-called “honor killings.” “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” won the Academy Award for best documentary short at the star-studded ceremony in Hollywood. The Oscar…

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‘Spotlight’ wins Oscar for best picture

LOS ANGELES: “Spotlight,” the movie that recreates the Boston Globe’s probe of sex abuse in the Catholic Church, won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, the highest honor in the film industry. The film, which took years to research, follows the journalists who in 2002 revealed that church officials had routinely covered up reports…

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DiCaprio wins best actor Oscar for ‘The Revenant’

LOS ANGELES: Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar on Sunday for his leading role in revenge movie “The Revenant.” DiCaprio, 41, had been nominated four times previously for an Oscar over a career spanning 25 years. But he was favorite to finally take home the best actor Academy Award this year for his grueling portrayal…

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