"The Hurt Locker" was supposed to alleviate the pain. When the film was named best picture at the 2010 Academy Awards and Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to triumph as best director, Hollywood finally appeared ready to integrate the boys' club. It didn't happen. Since that milestone, not a single woman has been Oscar-nominated for best director. Of the 250 highest-grossing movies of 2014, just 17 were helmed by females. This year doesn't look any more promising. Only Elizabeth Banks' "Pitch Perfect 2" and Sam Taylor-Johnson's "Fifty Shades of Grey" have cracked the top 25 — and don't expect either to generate many red-carpet invites during awards season. "After 'Hurt Locker' did women become complacent?" said actress and filmmaker Illeana Douglas, who explores that topic and more in "Trailblazing Women," TCM's monthlong tribute to female directors. "We may have thought we arrived and then blinked. Now we're back to being marginalized." It isn't the first time a … [Read more...] about Illeana Douglas helps shine spotlight on female directors in TCM film festival
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The 7th annual edition of the Oak Cliff Film Festival has announced its lineup and the programming for this event continues to be some of the most adventurous and interesting of any film fests in the Southwest. Hosted at the historic Texas Theatre in the Oak Cliff neighborhood in south Dallas, OCFF strives to not only bring some of the biggest festival hits to the DFW area, but also programs plenty of amazing and unique cinema experiences to enhance the magic for filmgoers and 2018 is no exception. Opening with Joan Jett documentary, Bad Reputation, OCFF has some of the most punk rock programming in the country and follows that through with repertory screenings like Penelope Spheeris' legendary punk western, Dudes. Also on the docket are festival hits like Issa Lopez's Tigers are not Afraid, Rungano Nyoni's I am not a Witch, and many others. Whether intentional or not, OCFF has an incredible lineup of films by women directors and the documentary section even includes Half the Picture, … [Read more...] about Oak Cliff Film Festival 2018: Feature Film Lineup Announced! Live Scores, TIGERS, & BAD REPUTATION, Oh My!
Amateurs, the second feature film from Swedish director Gabriela Pichler (Eat Sleep Die), has won the Dragon Award for best Nordic film at this year's Goteborg Film Festival.The prize comes with a cash bursary of 1 million Swedish Krona, around $125,000, making the Dragon Award one of the world's most lucrative film honors.Amateurs is the story of a small Swedish community that, in an effort to attract a big German discount supermarket to bring in jobs, asks local youths to produce films praising their community. But the films do not turn out as planned. The Goteborg jury praised Amateurs for its “vibrant, nuanced and intelligent portrait of a small town in contemporary Sweden, which embraces different generations, backgrounds and mediums.”Iram Haq's What Will People Say, about a Pakistani girl living a double life in Norway, received a special mention from the jury. The drama, however, won over Goteborg audiences, picking up the this year's audience price for Best Nordic … [Read more...] about Gabriela Pichler’s ‘Amateurs’ Wins Goteborg Film Festival
The Berlin Film Festival’s Panorama line-up will feature a total of 47 films from 40 countries, with 37 world premieres and 16 directorial debuts.20 films will be screened in the scope of Panorama Dokumente, while 27 fiction features are shown in Panorama Special as well as the main programme.Wolfgang Fischer’s Styx will open Panorama Special on February 16 at Zoo Palast. Nearly dialogue-free, the film tells the story of a female doctor on a sailing holiday gone unexpectedly sour somewhere between Europe and Africa. The main programme will open on the evening before with the previously announced feature River’s Edge.A Czech production opens Panorama Dokumente. Jan Gebert’s Až přijde válka (When the War Comes) treats the global trend of a rising political nationalism using the example of the young Slovak paramilitary organisation Slovenski Branci. Meanwhile, Árpád Bogdán’s feature film Genezis (Genesis) takes up the series of … [Read more...] about Berlin Film Festival adds ‘Yardie’, Pedro Almodovar-produced ‘The Silence Of Others’
The Goteborg Film Festival (Jan 26-Feb 5) has unveiled its 2018 of 399 films from 78 countries.Gabriela Pilcher’s Amateurs will open the festival and also compete for the lucrative Dragon Award for best Nordic film (full list of competition titles below).Pilcher, who previously directed festival hit Eat Sleep Die, presents the world premiere of her second feature, which is about a small town in Sweden that hopes to revive its economic activity by bringing in a German discount supermarket. The supermarket brand asks local teenagers to make films about their hometown, but the films don’t turn out as expected.The festival’s new prize, the Dragon Award for best international film, will be fought over by 20 international films that will be voted on by the festival audience for a $6,000 (SEK 50,000) prize.Films competing are:Disobedience by Sebastián LelioThe Death of Stalin by Armando IannucciAngels Wear White by Vivian QuWestern by Valeska GrisebachNico, 1988 by … [Read more...] about Goteborg Film Festival unveils full line-up