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    Oscar Watch: Austria's La Pivellina by Tizza Cavi and Rainer Frimmel

    La Pivellina is almost the sort of film which could win at least one of the five nominations for the Academy Award Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. It's about a child and a family living in the exotic though poor circumstances of circus performers. A beautifully authentic and touching film, it is clearly a favorite of festivals where it premiered in Cannes' Directors Fortnight in 2009 and thoroughly covered the festival circuit including Karlovy Vary, Toronto Vancouver, Palm Springs, Berlin, New Directors and has won the requisite awards. Represented internationally by Films Distribution, and by First Run in U.S., it has sold widely to Brazil, Argentina, Italy, France, Belgium, Switzeland. My guess is it will not be nominated. The reason I think this will not win the nomination is that it is too realistic and the Academy prefers more polished production values which do not show too much grit or realism. Granted there are so many knock out films this year (my picks are Of Gods and Men, Biutiful, Incendies, In a Better World, and fighting for 5th place are Life Above All, When We Leave, Undertow, Hermano, Aftershock, Carancho, Illegal.) Watch the trailer:

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  • The Playlist
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    Details & Release Date For Sonic Youth's Score For French Thriller 'Simon Werner A Disparu'

    'Schizophrenia' Curiously Missing From Upcoming Release'One of the highlights of this year's Cannes Film Festival, and a film that has undeservedly been ignored by distributors on this side of the ocean, was Fabrice Gobert's directorial debut "Simon Werner A Disaparu" (aka "Lights Out"). The film is a clever drama masquerading as a murder mystery following a group of teenagers chronicling events leading up to the disappearance of the titular character via flashback. We called the film "an insight to the tenuous and intangible qualities of those late sex-obsessed teenage years" with comparisons drawn to Rian Johnson's "Brick," with both films using a high school setting as a backdrop for a genre exercise and to explore the often strange teenage social dynamics.

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    First Look At Luc Besson's Aung San Suu Kyi Biopic 'The Lady'; David Thewlis Joins Cast

    Film Is Being Made Without Aung San Suu Kyi's PermissionAung San Suu Kyi has become an icon for democratic freedom. After spending fifteen years under house arrest in Burma after leading the National League for Democracy in an election victory of the ruling military junta in 1990, her struggle gained international attention and last month, she was finally released from house arrest. That's a pretty simple summary for a battle that over the years has mobilized student groups, human rights advocates and more as they leaned on Burma (and any corporations doing business with the nation) to do the right thing and recognize the injustice being perpetrated on Suu Kyi. So it's not a complete surprise that her story is being prepped for the big screen.

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    I Just Had Sex

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    Review: 'Little Fockers' Is That Lump of Coal You (Apparently) Asked For

    A blatant cash grab from studio logos to closing credits, “Little Fockers” takes the money-making formula of "Meet the Parents" and "Meet the Fockers" and adds adorable kids, Jessica Alba, and glorified cameos from Harvey Keitel and Laura Dern into the mix. Families will flock to the holiday release with gusto, but it’s up for debate whether 100 minutes with the Focker and Byrnes families is worse than quality time with your own dysfunctional clan. Sure, there are a few laughs, but we’re not talking minor discomfort on the level with your aunt having spinach casserole stuck in her teeth and blithely smiling for the camera. “Little Fockers” is roughly as pleasant as enduring a rum-and-whiskey-fueled shouting match over the merits of the healthcare bill.

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    Ken & Barbie Plan Dream Vacation In New 'Toy Story' Short

    On the one hand, Pixar is easily the best animation studio currently running in Hollywood but on the other hand, we can barely muster fake enthusiasm for "Cars 2," the souped up sequel to the 2006 (merchandising) hit. However, when "Toy Story 3" director Lee Unkrich announced last summer that "Toy Story" characters would continue to live in a series of shorts with the first one landing in front of "Cars 2," suddenly we had a reason to be somewhat excited for the forthcoming sequel. Now, story artist Floyd Numan has stoked those flames of anticipation slightly revealing on Twitter that he has seen the new short, and while he doesn't seem to be aware of where it will land, it's a pretty safe bet this will be the one unspooling next summer.

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    Duncan Jones Juggling Two Projects As Potential Follow Up To 'Source Code'

    'Blade Runner'-Inspired Berlin-Set Project 'Mute' One Of The Two, No Longer Attached To 'Escape From The Deep'With his sophomore effort "Source Code" starring Jake Gyllenhaal set as the opening night film at SXSW before hitting theaters on April 15th, Duncan Jones is evidently wasting no time, already putting the pieces together for his next feature film.

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    Creatures From The Depths Of Hell: McG & Breck Eisner Competing For Director's Chair On 'Ouija'

    Spirit, Please Come Forward And Cancel This Movie When it was announced that the second Hasbro property after the gates, following Peter Berg's actioner "Battleship," would be "Ouija," based on the board game that's been succesfully freaking out teenagers for decades, most, including us, assumed it would be some kind of teen horror flick -- after all, the likes of "Drag Me To Hell" and "Long Time Dead" have used the system as a conceit within the horror genre. But Universal have given the film a key tentpole slot, on November 9th, 2012, and we began to suspect that the film might be aiming at more quadrants than simply horror fans. And indeed, that seems to be the case.

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    Gus Van Sant's 'Restless' Headed To Cannes By Way Of Sony Pictures Classics?

    After being surprisingly pulled from a planned January 28th release late last month, it sounds like there's already movement happening behind the scenes of Gus Van Sant's quirky teenage romancer "Restless" which stars Henry Hopper, son of Dennis, and Mia Wasikowska.

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  • Caryn James
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    What the Coens Said About "True Grit"

    By sheer luck – or bad planning turned good – the screening of True Grit I was invited to was followed by a Q&A with Joel and Ethan Coen and Hailee Steinfeld, the 14-year old whose screen presence rivals Jeff Bridges’ and Matt Damon’s. No photos were allowed at the screening (it was mostly for Producers Guild and BAFTA members), so trust me: without her braids an old-West costume, Steinfeld looked like the poised, glossy-haired young woman she is.

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