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Reports: Oscar-winning Japanese costume designer Wada dies

Nov. 21, 2021 03:20 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Emi Wada, the Japanese costume designer who won an Oscar for her work in Akira Kurosawa’s “Ran,” has died, Japanese media reports said Sunday. She was 84. Wada died Nov. 13, the reports said, citing unidentified family sources and not giving the cause...

Greek anti-vaxxers insult masked film festival attendees

Nov. 14, 2021 18:08 PM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greece’s premier film festival took an unexpected turn Sunday night when anti-vaxxers showed up outside the theater where the awards ceremony was about to begin and shouted obscenities at arriving moviegoers and festival personnel. Police...

French film wins top prize at Greece's top film festival

Nov. 14, 2021 17:40 PM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — The French movie “Petite Nature” (Softie), the story of a sensitive, gifted 10-year-old boy growing up in a rough neighborhood and taken under the wing of a new teacher, won the top Golden Alexander prize Sunday at the 62nd Thessaloniki International Film...

‘RBG’ filmmakers find a rich vein: Feminist love stories

Nov. 12, 2021 14:21 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The label “date movie” hasn’t traditionally been applied much to documentaries but filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen have twice now made non-fiction films of trailblazing female icons that also happen to be portraits of loving, supportive marriages. ...

Judi Dench, Ciarán Hinds savor their moments in 'Belfast'

Nov. 12, 2021 13:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kenneth Branagh put it directly to Judi Dench. “He said, ‘Will you play my grandmother?’” Dench recalls. “And I said yes.” In “Belfast,” Branagh reconstructs a poignant and pivotal moment from his childhood. The...

Tokyo festival features Yoshida's films of hope amid despair

Oct. 24, 2021 21:56 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Boxers, janitors, fishermen, the heroes of Keisuke Yoshida’s movies are Japanese society’s angst-filled losers, struggling against odds in a violent, imperfect, often-crazed world. The Japanese director and his three latest works are being featured at...

Africa's largest film festival kicks off in Burkina Faso

Oct. 16, 2021 07:28 AM EDT

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Africa's largest film festival kicks off Saturday in Burkina Faso amid both the COVID-19 pandemic and a growing jihadi insurgency in the West African nation that has killed thousands of people and displaced more than 1 million in recent years. ...

Audrey Diwan eager to bring Venice winner ‘Happening’ to US

Oct. 11, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

French filmmaker Audrey Diwan’s life changed forever when her sophomore film “Happening” won the top award at the Venice International Film Festival exactly one month ago. In the four weeks since, Diwan has picked up more prizes, secured a North American distributor in IFC Films and...

In 'The Rescue' a perilous underwater mission in focus

Oct. 07, 2021 11:22 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Richard Stanton, the elite British cave diver who helped lead the mission to save 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave in Thailand in 2018, isn’t much for movies. Stanton will without hesitation plunge into the murkiest of waters but he rarely sets foot...

Q&A: Julia Ducournau on bodies, cars and love in 'Titane'

Sep. 30, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Julia Ducournau was in town this week for the New York Film Festival premiere of her second feature, “Titane” a movie has already developed the reputation of being the year's wildest, most explosive movies. “Titane” has prompted walkouts and...