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Bright Leaves and The Edge of Heavn

Bright Leaves and The Edge of Heavn

It’s time to pack my bags and make my way to the Greensboro airport, as I leave Winston-Salem and the RiverRun International Film Festival. I also just realized that this was my last trip under the banner of SXSW. My SXSW job has taken me around the globe, and my SXSW travel duties come to a conclusion here in North Carolina. I’m writing a proper wrap-up for Variety.com, which I will link to when it goes live. I would like to say that the best film I saw was Faith Akin’s The Edge of Heaven, a fantastic German film that I kept missing at festival stops since Cannes last year. Akin’s latest work (which recently swept the Lola Awards in Germany) is a tangled but tender look at the way death and family affect our lives. Strand Releasing will open the film in America, starting May 21. See it, trust me. Okay, so, here are some photos from a fun four days in Winston-Salem:

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(The marquee outside the theaters at the North Carolina School of the Arts, alma mater of David Gordon Green, Aaron Katz, Craig Zobel, Nate Meyer, and many more.)

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(Helen Hood Sheer, director of the documentary Jump!, enjoys a sunny day as some jumpers have fun and promote her film.)

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(Actress Pam Grier took part in an onstage interview during RiverRun, discussing her upbringing and her popular work in films such as Coffy and Jackie Brown.)

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(At a Saturday evening party in Winston-Salem, the Danish Film Institute’s Alexandra Kida chats with modern noir master John Dahl, and RiverRun executive director Andrew Rodgers.)

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(Renowned film journalist Peter Brunette was a joy to hang out with on Saturday night. Brunette recently started a gig with The Hollywood Reporter, and has been teaching at Winston-Salem’s Wake Forest University for four years.)

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(Israeli filmmaker Nadav Schirman, left, was in attendance with his award-winning documentary, The Champagne Spy. He was at RiverRun with Oded Gur-Arie, right, one the subjects of the film. Schirman’s doc won the Israeli Academy Award last September. The doc won a special jury prize for editing at RiverRun.)

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(Denver Film Festival head Britta Erickson, left, has a drink with British filmmaker Gareth Lewis who was in town for the U.S. Premiere of his feature, The Baker. The dark comedy also won the festival’s Narrative Feature Audience Award.)

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