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New Locarno Chief Adds Genre Twist to Arthouse Mix

The Locarno Film Festival, long known as a safe haven for indie cinema, is taking a turn into genre territory while remaining true toits origins. “People know what the mission is for...

Amnesty Int’l Marks 60 Years of Coming to Filmmakers’ Defense

Since Amnesty Intl. was founded in 1961 there has been, sadly, no shortage of filmmakers who have been killed or persecuted because of their work. Sixty years on, that danger remains. In...

Panah Panahi Talks Jafar Panahi Legacy, Traveling From Iran to Cannes With His ‘Hit The Road’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Pahah Panahi — who is the son of Iranian master Jafar Panahi — has not had much trouble coming to the Cannes Film Festival from Iran, unlike his father, who is banned...

Nabil Ayouch Reflects on the Power of the Arts and ‘Casablanca Beats’

French-Moroccan director the Paris suburb of Sarcelles, which he says is “quite violent,” during the late ’70s and early ’80s when hip-hop was emerging in France. In the mid-’90s he moved to Casablanca, where...

‘Captains of Zaatari’ Director Ali El Arabi Set For New Soccer Doc About 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar (EXCLUSIVE)

Egyptian director and producer Ali El Arabi, who made a splash at virtual Sundance with doc “Captains of Zaatari,” about the soccer dreams of young Syrian refugees, is shooting another soccer-related project, this...

Director Francesca Comencini to Make Personal Film About Her Father, Italian Master Luigi Comencini (EXCLUSIVE)

Prolific Italian director Francesca Comencini (“Gomorrah,” the series “Django”) is set to make a personal feature film that will pay homage to her father Luigi Comencini, the Italian master who made Oscar-nominated...

Italy’s Minerva Pictures Boards Slasher ‘What The Waters Left Behind: Scars,’ Launches Sales at Cannes (EXCLUSIVE)

Italian genre outfit Minerva Pictures has teamed with New Zealand’s Black Mandala Films to co-produce and launch international pre-sales at Cannes on horror/slasher “What the Waters Left Behind: Scars,” to be co-directed...

Italy’s True Colours Takes Sales on Mario Martone’s Toni Servillo-Starrer ‘The King of Laughter’ (EXCLUSIVE)

True Colours has taken international sales on Italian auteur Mario Martone’s new film “The King of Laughter” (“Qui Rido Io”) starring Toni Servillo (“The Great Beauty”) as popular and prolific early 20th...

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