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    SXSW Review: The Politics Of Sex In 'Weekend'

    Last year, Julio Medem’s “Room In Rome” was released. While there was a strong titillation factor implicit in the film’s erotic pairing of two would-be lesbians over the course of an extended lovemaking session, the film was an erotic but honest account of a wounded soul finding sanctuary in the arms of another. Sexuality faded into the background, and what was initially considered sensual was soon significantly weighty. The film, of course, never lost its flirt, its central healing occurring with a fourth-wall-breaking wink.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    San Diego Latino Film Festival

    As the 2010 Census has predicted, the Latino population has grown to over 30% in San Diego County and is the fast-growing population in U.S.. What better way to CELEBRATE & spotlight this new data & sweeping change in our Country, than at the 2011 San Diego Latino Film Festival in its 18th year. Lisa Franek joined the festival almost straight out of college and has been given such leeway by the San Diego Media Arts Center to create the festival as she sees it and has shaped it into an event that brings out the Latino community in a way that art house theaters showing similar Latino films envy. Plus she gets to travel to the best festivals. We met in San Sebastian, saw each other in Sundance (and the Art House Convergence preceeding it) and will soon see each other again and the closing night gala. Her bosses, Ethan van Thillo the Executive Director of the Media Arts Center, and Patric Stillman, Innovations and Programming Officer must be very enlightened.

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    In Theaters: 'Sucker Punch' Will Try To Beat Up On 'Wimpy Kid 2'

    Well if Zack Snyder didn't just win the Release Date Lottery?! His dark, twisted sexual fantasy "Sucker Punch" hits theaters this weekend, opening against... "Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2?" Don't count out the kid demo just yet though, especially with Snyder's debut foray into original material getting jabbed in the kidneys by critics all over the ring. Those are your two options for new releases at the box office though, so maybe you want to check out "Limitless," "Red Riding Hood," or "Battle LA"? No again? We understand. If you're looking for quality, look no further than your home entertainment center, as Todd Haynes' miniseries take on James M. Cain's "Mildred Pierce" starring Kate Winslet hits small screens this weekend as well. Of course there are always art house and foreign limited releases by filmmakers who deserve your support much more than the misguided Snyder (oh, how we weep for the potential we saw in "Dawn of the Dead").

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    movie review: Sucker Punch

    Director Zach Snyder recreated the look and feel of ancient Thermopylae, as pictured by visionary artist/writer Frank Miller, in 300 without ever leaving a soundstage, using the palette of CGI. Then he brought the stylized world of Watchmen to life on screen. Now he has directed and co-written a film that takes place in yet another artificial environment—but these characters are as synthetic as their colorful backdrop. I’ll resist all the puns the title invites and simply say that Sucker Punch is one strange movie.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Rights Roundup Winter Season: Sundance, Rotterdam, Berlin

    You can download and access Winter Rights Roundup (Deals done in Berlin, Rotterdam, Sundance) here. Ventana Sur is thrown in for good measure along with whatever else until we begin the 2011 Spring and Cannes Rights Roundup.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Cannes Fest Taps Kusturica as Jury President of Un Certain Regard

    The Festival de Cannes has tapped Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica to be president of the Un Certain Regard jury at the 64th festival which runs from 11 to 22 May. Each year Un Certain Regard, which runs alongside the official competition, showcases about twenty films from around the world. Cannes has awarded Kusturica two Palmes d’Or, in 1985 for his second film When Father Was Away on Business, and ten years later, for Underground. The Prix Un Certain Regard is given out on the closing weekend of the fest; last year it went to Hong Sang Soo for Ha Ha Ha.

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    SXSW Review: 'Bellflower' Shows Us A Vision Of The Apocalypse, Hipster-Style

    It’s always exciting to see new voices emerge from film festivals, and you can add one more to the SXSW heap with “Bellflower” writer/director/star Evan Glodell. In “Bellflower,” Glodell and Tyler Dawson play Woodrow and Aiden, two Texas hipsters who believe they stand at the edge of the known world. In bits and pieces, their response is to piss and laugh drunkenly into the abyss. Mostly, it is to prepare for the apocalypse.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Wednesday Must-See: Le Quattro volte

    A hybrid fable about the cosmic interconnectedness of all things and a document of rural daily existence, Italian director Michelangelo Frammartino’s beguiling Le Quattro volte (The Four Times) presents life as cycle and the earth as circuit, a feedback loop of matter and quiet splendor. Frammartino and his cinematographer, Andrea Locatelli, employ the static long shots and extended single takes used by so many contemporary makers of documentary-inflected, landscape-fixated fiction features, from Lisandro Alonso to Jia Zhangke, to tell a story of the transmigration of a soul from a man to a goat to a tree to a burlap sack of charcoal—the complete absence of dialogue also underscores the primacy of the visuals (and of voiceless living beings) in Le Quattro volte. The film’s events all take place in the Calabria region of Italy, marked by rolling hillsides and intact medieval villages, and once the home of the first famous vegetarian, Pythagoras, whose ideas about metempsychosis here find a well-modulated celluloid incarnation. Read Benjamin Mercer's review of Le Quattro volte.

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    First Look At Lars Ulrich As An Old Timey Documentarian In Nicole Kidman's 'Hemingway and Gellhorn'

    Filming is now underway on the HBO film "Hemingway and Gellhorn" starring Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen and they're got a top notch cast surrounding them including David Strathairn, Parker Posey, Rodrigo Santoro, Molly Parker, Santiago Cabrera, Peter Coyote, Saverio Guerra, Diane Baker, Tony Shalhoub and Lars Ulrich. Yes, that Lars Ulrich.

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    Contest Giveaway: 15 Double Passes For The Montreal Advance Screening Of 'I Saw The Devil'

    We have 15 double passes to the advance screening of "I Saw The Devil" on Wednesday, March 30th, at 7 PM at the AMC Forum in Montreal, Quebec.Shockingly violent and stunningly accomplished, "I Saw The Devil" transcends the police procedural, pushing the boundaries of extreme Asian cinema in ways that will surprise and thrill fans of the genre.

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