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Locarno International Film Festival

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    LOCARNO REVIEW | "The Student" Announces Santiago Mitre as a South American Aaron Sorkin

    A speedy depiction of university politics and the spirited radicalism associated with them, "The Student" ("El estudiante") announces 31-year-old Argentinean filmmaker Santiago Mitre as a South American Aaron Sorkin. A screenwriter whose credits include Pablo Trapero's "Carancho" and "Leonera," Mitr...

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    LOCARNO REVIEW | "Policeman" Is Not Your Typical Israeli Movie

    Everyone seems lost in Nadav Lapid's "Policeman" ("Ha-shoter"), an unsettling story of brawny Israeli anti-terrorist officers and the equally clueless activists they're eventually tasked with hunting down. While blatantly topical, this is not a political film of the moment, but rather a calculated m...

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    LOCARNO REVIEW | "Hanaan" Suggests "The Wire" By Way of Robert Bresson

    If Robert Bresson directed an episode of "The Wire," it might look something like sad world of drug-fueled anger and broken dreams that dominate first-time director Ruslan Pak's "Hanaan." The Uzbeki filmmaker patiently studies one man's desire to escape his diaspora and find a utopian ideal that con...

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    "Monsieur Lazhar" Delivers a Moving Take on the Classroom Drama

    The classroom drama has become such a popular genre for social analysis that it can be boiled down to a few essential ingredients: Good-natured but internally conflicted instructor takes on intellectually capable but emotionally stunted class and figures out a way to tame them. "Monsieur L...

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    Abel Ferrara: Download Torrents of My Undistributed Movies

    [This interview was originally published during the 2011 Locarno Film Festival. Abel Ferrara's latest, "4:44 Last Day on Earth," comes out this Friday, via IFC Films] Abel Ferrara was in typical form this weekend at the Locarno Film Festival. Those familiar with the director ...

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    Locarno REVIEW | Despite Fix to Formula, Comic Misadventure "Headhunters" Recalls "The Fugitive"

    The heroes of great crime stories generally come equipped with extreme inferiority complexes. If there's a list ranking those wily characters, then Roger Brown, the daring art thief anti-hero of Morten Tyldum's widely enjoyable Norwegian action-comedy "Headhunters," belongs somewhere in the pantheon...

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    LOCARNO INTERVIEW | Joe Cornish on "Attack the Block" vs. "Cowboys and Aliens"

    Joe Cornish has been busy lately. In March, the British comedian-turned-filmmaker premiered his directorial debut, "Attack the Block," at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Sony Screen Gems released it last weekend in North America, but Cornish's work continues. This weekend, he journeyed to Loca...

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    Mia Hansen-Love's Smart "Goodbye First Love" Critiques the Clichés of Teen Romance

    Director Mia Hansen-Love is only 30 years old, but her three films already contain textures sharply attuned to the experiences of a long life. This may have something to do with her close kinship to Olivier Assayas, who cast her in "Late August, Early September" as well as "Les d...

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    Locarno Sets Slate For 64th Edition

    The Festival del film Locarno has set the full slate for its 64th edition, which takes place August 3-13, 2011 in Locarno, Switzerland. Major American titles like Jon Favreau's "Cowboys and Aliens," Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive," Kevin Smith's "Red State," J.J. Abrams' "Super 8" and Will Gluck's "F...

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    Film Movement Acquires French Romanctic Comedy "Queen of Hearts"

    Film Movement acquired North American distribution rights to the directorial debut of French actress Valerie Donzelli, the romantic comedy "Queen of Hearts."

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