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    This Weekend: Strong Indies Abound with 'Mother of George,' 'Wadjda,' 'Blue Caprice' and 'Harry Dean Stanton' Doc

    As TIFF moves into its closing weekend, a number of strongly reviewed indie films hit theaters. Four titles -- "Mother of George," "Wadjda," "Blue Caprice" and "Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction" -- are sitting with impressive Tomatometer scores of over 90%.

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    Review: Saudi Arabian Film 'Wadjda' Is A Phenomenal Debut From An Exciting New Talent

    The cinematic revolution in the Middle East over the last few decades, led principally by a generation of Iranian filmmakers who've flourished creatively despite restrictions placed on them by the regime, hasn't necessarily carried over to every region. Saudi Arabia, for instance, is hardly known fo...

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    Talking 'Wadjda' Firsts: Film Shot Entirely in Saudia Arabia, and By a Woman (TRAILER)

    When Haifaa Al Mansour made a short film several years ago with her brother and sister, and it was accepted at a regional film competition in Abu Dhabi, she didn't know she was taking on the title of Saudi Arabia’s first woman filmmaker. In the fall of 2012, she went to the Venice International Film...

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    10 Films To See In September

    We’ve entered September, the point where the films aren’t bombastic enough for summer (but not outright crap reserved for August), and don’t have the longevity or clout to be remembered come Oscar time. Ten movies made the cut, along with a swath of honorable mentions, so September might be a good t...

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    Watch: U.S. Trailer & Clip For Saudi Arabian Festival Favorite 'Wadjda'

    The most rewarding movies are the ones that take you into an unfamiliar world, with rich characters and a unique story. And the upcoming "Wadjda" not only does that, but it brings a big heart to go with it, and at the center of it all, a dynamic lead performance by the young and thoroughly charming ...

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    Saudi Arabia's First Woman Director Haifaa Al Mansour Named Jury President of Debut Film Award at Venice Film Festival

    Haifaa Al Mansour, Saudi Arabia's first woman filmmaker whose debut feature "Wadjda" has been a hit on the festival circuit since last fall, has been named President of the International Jury for the "Luigi De Laurentiis" Venice Award for a Debut Film at the 70th Venice International Film Festival, ...

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    Trailer Watch - Wadjda - Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour

    We've written about Haifaa Al-Mansour's Wadjda before and finally the first trailer for the film has been released. Al-Mansour is the first woman to direct and write a film in Saudi Arabia.

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    Put On Your Must Watch List: Trailer For Saudi Arabia's First Ever Female-Directed Film 'Wadjda'

    Feeling beaten down and obliterated by the blitzkrieg of summer movies? Well, just remember it's just a couple of months left and we're back to movies that don't involve toys, brands and franchises. And one you should definitely put on your radar is Haifaa Al-Mansour's "Wadjda." Not only is it the f...

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    NYFF Wrap: The 4 Best Films, Plus Our Complete Coverage Of The Festival

    There are many reasons we like the New York Film Festival, held by the Film Society of Lincoln Center annually for the past 50 years, but among them is that, as most of our contributors are based in NYC, the whole thing is pretty much in our back garden. But even beyond that, it's always been one of...

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    LFF Review: Saudi Arabian Film 'Wadjda' Is A Phenomenal Debut From An Exciting New Talent

    The cinematic revolution in the Middle East over the last few of decades, led principally by a generation of Iranian filmmakers who've flourished creatively despite restrictions placed on them by the regime, hasn't necessarily carried over to every region. Saudi Arabia, for instance, is hardly known...

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