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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…

Big World Pictures presents the US theatrical release of “I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS”, a film by Radu Jude. Named Best Feature at the 2018 Karlovy Vary International Film festival; official selection at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, and Romania’s official selection for the 2019 Academy Awards (Best Foreign Language Film), “I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS” will open at IFC Center in New York on July 19 and at Laemmle Monica in Los Angeles on July 26. Other cities will follow. “I do not care…

Burbank, CA – June 4th, 2018: Today, Cinema Without Borders announced jury members  for GoE Bridging The Borders Award at  the 2019 Palm Springs International ShortFest Film Festival and Market. The Bridging The Borders Award at the 2019 Palm ShortFest will be given to the most successful film in bringing the people of our world closer together. GoE Bridging The Borders Award  is presented by Cinema Borders and award sponsored and prize provided by GoEnergistics. The winner of Bridging the Borders Award will receive a cash prize of $2500. Palm Springs ShortFest award ceremony will be held on June 23th at Palm…

Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho scooped the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or tonight with Parasite, a powerful dramedy about the collision of two families from very different classes. This is Bong’s first major prize in Cannes and was not a surprise given the great reception and momentum it enjoyed on the ground. In his remarks onstage tonight inside the Lumière, he noted to the French audience that one of his inspirations has been Claude Chabrol. The prizes overall followed expectations, although there were no gongs for Quentin Tarantino’s roundly lauded Once Upon A Time In Hollywood – perhaps noting how this year’s jury went for…

While the best of international cinema graces the famed Croisette next week, MUBI will present an impressive selection of 12 films from the festival’s illustrious past — one for every day of this year’s program. The stacked line-up includes Palme d’Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Cristi Puiu’s Romanian New Wave masterwork The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu, the beloved Amores Perros from none other than this year’s jury president Alejandro González Iñárritu, and career bests from last year’s Cannes heavyweights — Lars von Trier (The House That Jack Built), Nadine Labaki (Capernaum), and Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters). Plus…

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