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Cannes Review: Alice Rohrwacher’s ‘Lazzaro Felice’ is one of the fest’s best

The first hour of Alice Rohrwacher’s third feature Lazzaro Felice (Happy as Lazzaro) are as languidly paced as a film could be. The denizens of an Italian estate called Inviolata where farmers (well, sharecroppers) cultivate tobacco for their cruel baroness the Marquise Alfonsino de Luna, nicknamed the ‘Queen of Cigarettes. She sits in a penthouse while her workers toil on the plantation …

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2019 Oscars: The State of the Foreign Language Film Oscar Race – Part 2

Venice and Telluride have just begun. Toronto has announced its lineup and starts in less than a week.  That means another installment of AwardsWatch’s The State of the Foreign Language Oscar Race is due and I am joined again by AW foreign correspondent Mina Takla. As of right now we have 14 official submissions for Oscar consideration including Cannes and Berlin …

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‘Destroyer,’ ‘Widows’ highlight 62nd BFI London Film Festival

Widows, the new film from Academy Award winner Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), will open the 62nd BFI London Film Festival, and the official competition lineup, which includes Karyn Kusama’s Destroyer and Alice Rohrwacher’s Cannes-winning Happy as Lazzaro, has been announced. The Best Film Award recognizes inspiring, inventive and distinctive filmmaking and this year’s line-up showcases the enormous depth …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (August)

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features) Spike Lee Still On Top Spike Lee remains at #1 with BlacKkKlansman, which just opened in theaters last weekend. It’s one of only two films in my top 10 this month that’s even been seen yet. The reviews are in for BlacKkKlansman and they’re overwhelmingly positive with many calling it the director’s best work to date. …

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Cannes Film Festival Sets 2019 Date

The Cannes Film Festival announced on their Twitter feed today the dates for the 72nd : May 14-25th, 2019. This moves the festival back to its more regular schedule of previous years. This last summer saw the festival with an earlier bow, May 8, and on a Tuesday. The new dates will keep the Tuesday start and Saturday finish. “The festival …

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2019 Oscars: The State of the Foreign Language Film Oscar race

The Foreign Language Film Oscar is fully underway with the Berlin and Cannes Film Festivals already providing us with a wealth of contenders and plenty to talk about. I chatted with AwardsWatch’s foreign correspondent Mina Takla on what the state of the race is right now. EA: We’re at the halfway point of the year and we just got the …

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Academy Invites Record 928 New Members

Quvenzhané Wallis, Chloé Zhao, Justin Simien, Timothée Chalamet among the Academy’s invites AMPAS, the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, has invited a record 928 new members to their ranks, more than any single year in their history. This follows two years of extraordinary growth (774 in 2017 and 683 in 2016 – compared to 322 in 2015) in the Academy’s …

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2019 Oscar Predictions: BEST DIRECTOR (June) – Spike Lee rebounds; Bradley Cooper’s ‘Star’ rises

Just as in Best Picture, Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman from Focus Features) rebounds and lands back in the top spot for June. Lee’s move pushes last month’s #1 Steve McQueen (20th Century Fox’s Widows) down to #4. Oscar winners Adam McKay (Annapurna’s Backseat), Damien Chazelle (Universal’s First Man) and Barry Jenkins (Annapurna’s If Beale Street Could Talk) stay put in their …

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