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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...

Women win top awards at San Sebastian film festival

Sep. 25, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AP) — Female actors and filmmakers swept the top awards at the San Sebastian film festival on Saturday, with the Golden Shell for the best film going to “Blue Moon" ("Crai Nou”) by Romanian director Alina Grigore. American actress and producer...

Coen premieres a stark 'Macbeth,' with Denzel and McDormand

Sep. 24, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Joel Coen, in his first solo outing as a filmmaker, premiered a strikingly stark, black-and-white adaptation of Shakespeare's “Macbeth," with Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, at the New York Film Festival on Friday. ...

A blurred movie year comes into focus at New York Film Fest

Sep. 23, 2021 16:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A movie year of fits-and-starts, delays and reversals has sometimes been difficult to track. Knowing just where and how a new movie premieres has become a sport of its own. Even for those closely following new films, it's been a sometimes exhilarating, sometimes befuddling...

'Notting Hill,' 'The Duke' director Roger Michell dies at 65

Sep. 23, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Roger Michell, the British stage, television and film director whose movies include the indelibly popular romcom “Notting Hill,” has died, his family said Thursday. He was 65. Michell’s family said in a statement that he died on Wednesday. They...

Johnny Depp: 'Not one of you' is safe with 'cancel culture'

Sep. 22, 2021 16:57 PM EDT

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AP) — Taking center stage in a prestigious Spanish film festival to receive a top career award, actor Johnny Depp presented himself as a victim of the "cancel culture" that, he said, has spread across the cinema industry. Depp was addressing...