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Catherine Breillat

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    TIFF 13- Dispatch 1: Mid-Life Women in Crisis

    This is my third Toronto Film Festival and I am starting to understand how to manage it. It is an endurance test. You need to go whole hog one day and then back off a little the next in order to make it a whole week. Also it takes a while to put into words what you are seeing.

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    2013 BFI London Film Festival Unveils Full Lineup

    The programme for the 2013 BFI London Film Festival has been announced to great fanfare in Leicester Square. When it comes to women filmmakers, the news is as usual a bit scarce, but there are a few gems and intriguing inclusions.

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    Toronto Unleashes Final Wave of Programming, Includes Claire Denis, Jia Zhangke, Catherine Breillat and More

    The Toronto International Film Festival unleashed its final wave of programming announcements this morning. The final count of films is totaling 288 features and 78 shorts, representing 70 countries from around the globe. The fest is boasting 146 world premieres.

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    The Women Directed Films at 2013 New York Film Festival

    The New York Film Festival announced their 2013 main lineup. New films from Catherine Breillat, Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland are in the line up.

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    On Set With Catherine Breillat: “I never really invent anything”

    Even at age 64, Catherine Breillat remains one of French cinema’s true enfants terribles. Her latest project, “Abus de faiblesse,” is an autobiographical film about her complex relationship with French conman Christophe Rocancourt. Isabelle Huppert stars as Maude, Breillat’s ...

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    Guest Review: The Sleeping Beauty - directed by Catherine Breillat by Emilie Spiegel

    There was no way I wasn’t going to love Catherine Breillat’s latest film, The Sleeping Beauty (La belle endormie). It covers all my bases: female-centric (check), arty and lusciously imagined (check), and of course, French. I love everything I’ve ever seen from Breillat, and her current offering fits in nicely within her oeuvre of sex-positive feminist provocation (with a particular fascination towards youth and adolescence). Her works maintain a poignant paradox that so many films about young people cannot manage; the young heroine in the Breillat imaginary is naïve, yet wise, curious, yet stubborn, innocent, yet awakened. In the case of Th...

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