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    The Arbor - Directed by Clio Barnard

    Clio Barnard takes the documentary form and stands it on its head with The Arbor a look at playwright Andrea Dunbar and her family. Dunbar grew up a working class kid on an estate in Bradford, England. She was able to take her experiences of her life write a play while in her teens which was prod...

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    Interview with Paula van der Oest, Director of Black Butterflies (Repost)

    Black Butterflies is the tumultuous life story of South African poet Ingrid Jonker who struggled desperately to gain the love of the men in her life. Her father (played by Rutger Hauer) was an official in the apartheid government who censored work like Ingrid’s and felt she was an embarrassment to him. The two of them disagreed on politics and she could never get past the fact that he was never going to agree with and support her work. She also seemed to fall in love with inappropriate men and the love of her life novelist Jack Cope (Liam Cunningham) served as a father figure/lover, and while they loved each other deeply Ingrid ha...

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    Tribeca 2011: Turn me on, goddamit - directed by Jannicke Systad Jacobsen

    While watching the delightful Norwegian film Turn me on, goddamit I couldn't help but think back to another recent and unexpected delight - Easy A. Alma (Helen Bergsholm) is a 15-year-old stuck in a dead end Norwegian town. There is nothing for kids to do except go to school and deal with their raging hormones. Alma gets herself off by spending a lot of time chatting on a phone sex line, so much that she and the operator -- Sven -- are on a first name basis. Alma in no uncertain terms fully admits to her mother when confronted with the enormous phone bill that she is just plain horny. Of course it was in Norwegian, but it was stated plai...

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    Interview with Carice Van Houten, Star of Black Butterflies

    I was able to interview Carice in Amsterdam as she prepared to head to the US for the world premiere of Black Butterflies tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival. Just a brief synopsis: (contains spoiler elements of the story)

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    Cinema Verite directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini Airs Tonight on HBO

    Film is about the first reality TV show and stars Diane Lane as Pat Loud. So I guess we can blame the death of civilization on PBS (how ironic) since they were the ones who aired An American Family and created the reality TV genre.

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    Nanette Burstein to Direct Nicole Holofcener Script

    The news from the Hollywood Reporter is that Nanette Burstein (Going the Distance) will direct Unforgiving World a remake of a French film with a script written by writer/director Nicole Holofcener for Focus Features.

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    Interview with Paula Van Der Oest, Director of Black Butterflies

    Black Butterflies will premiere on April 23rd at the Tribeca Film Festival. Also check out this interview with the film's star Carice van Houten.

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    Cannes Directors Fortnight 2011: The Women

    Here are the films directed by women from the 2011 Cannes Directors Fortnight. Out of a total of 21 films, seven are directed by women. That's 33%. Not too shabby. (Descriptions from IndieWIRE)

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    HBO To Screen Many Docs by Women This Summer

    HBO announced their summer documentary lineup and there are many great looking women directed films -- two from Liz Garbus -- and others including one about Gloria Steinem directed by men. The 11 week series begins June 6.

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    Guest Post: Zeina Durra and Elodie Bouchez The Imperalists Are Still Alive! By Melissa Silvestri

    From the opening shot of artist Asya (Elodie Bouchez) naked save for a machine gun and a hijab on her head, one can tell that The Imperialists Are Still Alive!, written and directed by Zeina Durra, is looking to flip the victim image of Muslim women on its head with a subtle sense of humor and observation. The Imperialists Are Still Alive! tracks moments in the life of Asya, an artist of mixed Middle Eastern background who lives a rock’n’roll lifestyle in NYC with a hip crowd while keeping tabs on the missing whereabouts of her friend in Lebanon. She lives her life day to day, and Durra keeps the films fresh and fun by never making Asya a sel...

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