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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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‘Burning,’ ‘Zama’ lead 16th International Cinephile Society (ICS) Awards nominations

BurningZama The 16th ICS Awards saw two international films dominate the nominations with 9 apiece. In Zama, Lucrecia Martel’s magnificent critique of Spanish colonialism, Crown official Don Diego de Zama (Daniel Giménez Cacho) is wasting his life in perpetual longing and cruel condescension while the Native rhythms of 18th-century Paraguay ebb and flow beneath his oblivious stare. His tale begins with …

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10 Best Films of 2018

Don’t let anyone tell you that <insert film year here> was ‘not a good year’ for movies. Every year is a good year if you’re willing to step outside your comfort zone a little bit but even better, when you have a year like 2018 that saw studios really step it up with stellar populist fare like A Star Is …

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Women Film Critics Circle nominations

Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?Nicole Kidman in Destroyer The Women Film Critics Circle, an association of 80 women film critics and scholars from around the country and internationally, have revealed their 2018 nominations in film for movies for, by and about women.  While the group has categories for men, like Best Actor, the group primarily shines a …

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‘First Reformed,’ ‘Eighth Grade,’ ‘We the Animals’ earn Film Independent Spirit Awards noms

Ethan Hawke in First Reformed (A24)Elsie Fisher in Eighth Grade (A24) Jeremiah Zagar’s ‘We the Animals’ surprises with five mentions including the Someone to Watch award Everything was gucci for A24 this morning with the announcement of the 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards as two of their films, First Reformed and Eighth Grade, made off with four nominations apiece including …

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Golden Globes: 80 Films Eligible for Foreign Language Film

The last two years saw the Foreign Language Film Globe winner not nominated for the Oscar 80 films from 49 countries have qualified to be nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for the Foreign Language Film category at the 76th Golden Globe Awards.  The Golden Globes do things differently than the Oscars; primarily, they allow more than one …

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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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