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The Narrow Red Line

System Administrator Saturday May 4, 2019

Director: Farzad Khoshdast
Iran, 2019, 90 mins

The Narrow Red Line by young director Farzad Khoshdast, was one of the eleven Iranian films competing for the Netpac Award at the Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran this year. The selection included features, documentaries, docu dramas and one animation. In his docu drama, Khoshdast draws us into the world of the penitentiary to show us the young men incarcerated for crimes such as theft, adultery, kidnapping, assault, buggery and murder, and their confessions.

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Immortal Film Review

System Administrator Tuesday October 4, 2016
29-year-old Iranian director Hadi Mohaghegh whose second film has already gathered several awards (in Busan 2015, among others) is clearly a filmmaker to watch – and so is his director of photography, Rozbeh Raiga. Together they have created a stunning and extraordinary film which deserves all the attention it can get.
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SAMIRA MAKHMALBAF’S BLACKBOARDS

System Administrator Tuesday June 7, 2016
If war is crazy, then the most passionate efforts to resist war must be equally crazy. This is perhaps the premise of Samira Makhmalbaf’s Blackboards (2000), a metaphorical fable of a people (Iranian Kurds) locked inside a warzone (symbolised by the rugged mountains) they live in, and seemingly unable to break free of the trap.
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KENJI MIZOGUCHI’S SANSHO THE BAILIFF

System Administrator Wednesday May 18, 2016
Based on Mori Ogai’s novel that drew from a popular Buddhist folk tale orally transmitted, most likely, by itinerant beggars in medieval times, the novel tempered the cruelty of the original tale. In his version, Mizoguchi’s film adds a political realism to the tale in explaining the disgraced governor’s role of opposing the military government, by not allowing his peasant people to be recruited for the army.
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REVIEW: Thithi by Raam Reddy (India, 120 min, 2015)

System Administrator Friday February 12, 2016

Who can escape fate? And even if one tried, does fate not always catch up in the end? The inter-generational wheel of life is what concerns Raam Reddy's debut feature, Thithi. It's a family's karmic wheel.

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NETPAC Award Winners at 3rd Qcinema International Film Festival, Oct 22-31 2015

Monica Wednesday November 4, 2015
The films 'Sleepless' and 'The Crescent Rising' won the Best Film and Best Documentary NETPAC Awards at the 3rd Qcinema International Film Festival, Oct 22-31 2015, Quezon City, Philippines.
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Space is the Place: 10 Questions with Garin Nugroho

System Administrator Wednesday October 21, 2015
Garin's curiosity about people and how they behaved was a hallmark of his cinema. He often spent weeks or months in a film location just for research and observation. How else could he depict the sexual undercurrent between the elderly gamelan maestro and his young dance protégé in And the Moon Dances? It was a tradition known only to the initiated.
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The Road is Everyone’s Road - Interview with Lebanese filmmaker Rana Salem

System Administrator Monday July 6, 2015

As part of 37th Moscow International Film Festival I spoke to the young Lebanese filmmaker Rana Salem whose first feature film, The Road (“El-Tariq”), premiered in the competition section of the festival and was honoured with the FIPRESCI Award. We discussed life as reflected in her films.
Sharofat Arabova: You make your films on women, but they tend to be unhappy...

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Indie Filmmaker Creates Local Film Fund in Indonesia : Interview

System Administrator Tuesday May 12, 2015
 Being invited as a NETPAC jury member for the 32nd Busan International Short Film Festival (BISFF, Apr 24-28 2015) was the first time during my 10-year short-filmmaking career, to attend a specialised short film festival. In addition, after working for 10 years in the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (JAFF, Indonesia), it was the first time that I witnessed a film festival joining NETPAC and instituting its award. Now I could experience another festival having the same spirit as JAFF (when we joined), to support the development of Asian cinema and actively highlight Asian filmmakers. Finally, I must express my pride for the three Indonesian films in selection; Myrna Paramita’s Cleaning the Fish, Sidi Saleh’s Maryam and Sinung Winahyoko’s The Taste of Fences.
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Incubating Film Studios in Film Schools

Aditya Tuesday November 4, 2014
In the last 20 years, film funding has stood itself on its head. This was perhaps inevitable, as very few film studio systems remained active. Thus, it fell on the shoulders of individuals to raise their own funding in every which way they could. Philip Cheah discusses how Korean film schools have changed the funding system and refreshed the studio system.
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Obituary

Jocelyne Saab (30th Apr, 1948 - 7th Jan. 2019) Jocelyne Jocelyne Saab, widely considered one of the most important contemporary Arab filmmakers, passed away after a brave and difficult battle with cancer on 7 January. Although death had long been hovering, many of us in contact only through texting or phoning, were taken by surprise, as the usual season's greetings had been exchanged with no hint that this beloved member of our film community would leave us within a week. Read More...