Toronto Film Review: ‘The Final Year’

For most of the 90 days director Greg Barker and his crew followed President Barack Obama’s foreign policy team for “The Final Year,” they surely believed they were making a documentary about the merits of diplomatic engagement, which led to hard-won achievements like the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris climate accord, and the normalization of… … Read moreToronto Film Review: ‘The Final Year’

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Venice Film Review: ‘Outrage Coda’

There are approximately 10120 board configurations possible in the game of chess. And with his previous two films in the “Outrage” series, it felt a little like Takeshi Kitano was going to take us through them all. Recasting corrupt cops, corporate-style gangster middlemen, bosses and lowlifes as bishops, knights, kings and pawns, and moving their… … Read moreVenice Film Review: ‘Outrage Coda’

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‘A Ghost Story,’ ‘Menashe,’ ‘The Rider’ Win Prizes at 43rd Deauville American Film Festival

David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story” was the big winner of the 43rd Deauville American Film Festival, scooping three awards, including the Revelation prize, the Critics prize and the Special Jury Special (shared with Joshua Z. Weinstein’s “Menashe”). Chloé Zhao’s “The Rider,” which world premiered at Cannes’s Directors Fortnight and was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics,… … Read more‘A Ghost Story,’ ‘Menashe,’ ‘The Rider’ Win Prizes at 43rd Deauville American Film Festival

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Thriving European Banner Films Distribution Rebrands Into Playtime, Expands Scope (EXCLUSIVE)

Twenty-year old international sales outfit Films Distribution, whose recent hits include Robin Campillo’s Cannes Grand Jury winner “BPM (Beats Per Minute)” and Laszlo Nemes’ Oscar-winning “Son of Saul,” is rebranding itself with a new name, Playtime, reflecting its expanded scope and reach. The company, which is at Toronto with four films including two Platform players… … Read moreThriving European Banner Films Distribution Rebrands Into Playtime, Expands Scope (EXCLUSIVE)

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