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Parasite, a South Korean black comedy thriller film directed by Bong Joon-ho won four Oscars tonight: Best Original Screenplay, Best International Film, Best Director and Best Film. This is the first time in history of the Academy Awards that an international films wins four Oscars. https://vimeo.com/390415260 Bong Joon-ho, director of Parasite, also co-wrote the screenplay with Han Jin-won. It stars Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Cho Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-shik, and Park So-dam, and follows the members of a poor household who scheme to become employed by a wealthy family by infiltrating the household and posing as unrelated, highly qualified individuals. The film…

ShortsTV, the pioneering platform dedicated to short entertainment (www.shorts.tv), working with Magnolia Pictures, will open “THE 2020 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS on more than 500 screens across the United States on January 31, 2020, marking the 15th year of the release. THE 2020 OSCARS NOMINATED SHORT FILMS that will showcase the Live Action, Animation and Documentary short-film nominees’ compilation. Today, January 29, ShortsTV™ had a special screening of  THE 2020 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS at the IFC Center in New York City and in select markets, and then roll out across the US and Europe on January 31. https://vimeo.com/372889013 This…

Golden Glbes has announced the nominees for the Best Foreign Language Films: The Farewell, Les Misérables, Pain and Glory,  Parasite and Portrait of a Lady on Fire. International films also received nominations in other categorize: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Awkwafina, The Farewell Best Director – Motion Picture: Bong Joon-ho, Parasite Best Screenplay – Motion Picture: Bong Joon-ho and Jin Won Han, Parasite https://youtu.be/kgJT_9IGqsA The Farewell USA – Directed by Lulu Wang Sad but not surprising, again a film made…

Omer Ben-Shachar‘s insightful film Tree #3 focuses on an immigrant child who takes drastic measures to be noticed in a school play. This film won the 2019 Student Academy Award, the Audience Award for Best Student Short Film at Palm Springs International ShortFest 2019 and it was nominated for Best Comedy at the Student Emmys/College Television Awards 2019. Tree #3 won the Jury Award for Best Student Short and The Audience Award for Best Opening Night Film at NFFTY. Here is the podcast of our interview with Omer Ben-Shachar, Director of Tree #3: https://soundcloud.com/user-222526075/tree-3?in=user-222526075/sets/cwb-podcast Writer-Director Omer Ben-Shachar was born and raised in…

American-Iranian actor Payman Maadi will be awarded the 2019 Stockholm Achievement Award for his unique quality of reaching through the screen, past prejudices and over borders. Maadi will accept the Bronze Horse at the Nordic premiere and red-carpet screening of his film Just 6.5 (2019) during the Stockholm International Film Festival.The film is competing for the prestigious Stockholm Impact Award. The festival said that this years’ achievement award went to Maadi for his ‘world-class role performances that have enriched great cinema.’ ‘With his powerful and insightful role interpretations, he opens a door for the audience to go beyond the big…

Shahab Hosseini, the star of Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning movies “A Separation” and “The Salesman”, will lead the cast in Finnish-Iranian director Hamy Ramezan’s new project “Oasis of Now”, Screen Daily announced on Thursday. “Oasis of Now” follows a family seeking asylum in Finland, and won the best project award at the Finnish Film Affair, which ended on Thursday. Hosseini was named best actor for his role in “The Salesman” at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. He is also scheduled to portray Shams-i Tabrizi, the wandering sage who later became the mentor of Rumi in the 13th century CE, in…

The 23rd edition of the COLCOA French Film Festival, “A week of French Film and Series Premieres in Hollywood,” will take place from September 23rd – 28th, 2019 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles. The Franco-American Cultural Fund announced that “for the first time in 23 years the showcase dedicated to French Films and Series in Hollywood will move from April to the end of September and be part of the inauguration of the new DGA theater complex.” Achieving a 2018 attendance level of 23,000 people, the festival takes its place as one the most celebrated and…

MUBI in September streams films and curated series from both emerging talent and acclaimed directors from across the globe. MUBI continues its ongoing commitment to exclusive new releases in this month, with Oscar-nominated Agnieszka Holland’s haunting Spoor and Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof’s allegory of authoritarianism A Man of Integrity — both featured in the “Luminaries” strand. MUBI also charts the career of Roland Klick – a contemporary of Werner Herzog and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, whose deft exploration of genre makes for an adventurous viewing experience – and the films of Martín Rejtman, whose debut feature Rapado is credited with launching…

Oscar-winning actress Sophia Loren is back in front of the camera for her first feature film in a decade, ‘The Life Ahead’, costarring the Iranian actor Babak Karimi. ‘The Life Ahead’, directed by Loren’s son Edoardo Ponti, is an adaptation of Romain Gary’s novel ‘La vie devant soi’. The movie is a story of family and friendship that has political undertones, in which Loren plays ‘Madame Rosa’, a Holocaust survivor who forges a bond with a 12-year-old Senegalese immigrant boy named Momo. It is Karimi’s first international presence in a foreign movie set to be released in March 2020. Besides…

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