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    AFI: Roundup of the Women-Directed Foreign Language Oscar Entries

    This year's Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film will be chosen from a field of 76 entries, with each feature submitted to the Academy by its respective country. Sixteen of these submissions, or just over 20%, are directed or co-directed by women.

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    ‘Nothing Bad Can Happen,' ‘The Selfish Giant,' & 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place’ Take Top Honors At AFI Fest 2013

    Another straight week of Hollywood and international films has wrapped up in Los Angeles, as AFI Fest 2013 drew to a close yesterday and announced its slate of juried and audience prizes. The selection this year had its share of Oscar-season glamour—“Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mit...

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    Female Filmmakers Sweep Half of AFI Awards

    Women directors received half of the awards presented at the closing of the American Film Institute Film Festival in Los Angeles yesterday. British filmmaker Clio Barnard, whose first narrative feature, 'The Selfish Giant,' has been collecting accolades this award season, won two of the AFI's twel...

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    AFI Women Directors: Meet Stephanie Martin

    Born in Sao Paulo and raised mostly in Buenos Aires, Stephanie discovered her passion for film while at Wellesley College where she studied French and Political Science.

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    AFI Women Directors: Meet Patrice Toye

    Patrice Toye was born in 1967 and studied film in Brussels. She has made several short films, documentaries and television programs. In 1995, she wrote the feature Tin Soldier with the support of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. Her first feature, Rosie (1998), won several awards on the festival circui...

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    AFI Film Fest Review: ‘Lone Survivor’ Starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster & Emile Hirsch

    Your average rock, tree, or branch will never appear harmless after “Lone Survivor.” With its depiction of warfare in Afghanistan moved to the unlikely setting of evergreens and jagged cliffs, the most horrific moments of director Peter Berg’s drama come from a body in free fall—and its eventual lan...

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    AFI Women Directors: Meet Karlyn Michelson

    Karlyn Michelson is an Emmy Award-winning multimedia producer and video journalist. (AFI)

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    Watch: New Clip From 'Nebraska' Plus AFI Fest Bruce Dern Tribute Reel Introduced By Quentin Tarantino

    The journey that started this past spring at the Cannes Film Festival capped off with an appearance last night at AFI Film Festival as Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" gears up to start rolling out in theaters soon. And in both the south of France and in sunny California, it was Bruce Dern who was the c...

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    AFI Women Directors: Meet Jillian Mayer

    Jillian Mayer steeps her artistic practice in the verisimilitude of a generation that came of age in the 1980s. Her video works have been premiered at galleries and museums internationally and film festivals such as SXSW and Sundance.

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    AFI: David O. Russell Talks Immediacy Of Film, Says 'I Heart Huckabees' Is His Least Favorite Movie & More

    With his films “The Fighter” and “Silver Linings Playbook” elating audiences the past two years at AFI Fest in Los Angeles on their way to Oscar gold, director David O. Russell is without a doubt in stellar standing with the festival and its many attendees. That consistency to quality—especially in ...

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