Film festivals

This undated photo provided by 2020 UNDERDOG FILM PARTNERS shows film director Masaharu Take at the movie set of Underdog. Take's films have always focused on painful stories about Japan’s "under-class," people who are often overlooked in a nation stereotyped as monolithically well-to-do. “Underdog” opens the Tokyo International Film Festival, which starts Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. (2020 UNDERDOG FILM PARTNERS via AP)
October 28, 2020 - 1:47 am
TOKYO (AP) — Masaharu Take’s films have always focused on painful stories about Japan's “under-class,” people who are often overlooked in a nation stereotyped as monolithically well-to-do. The heroes of his latest work, “Underdog,” couldn’t be more beaten down, stoically hardworking yet hopelessly...
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Pope Francis, center, makes the sign of the cross during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco,” which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
October 21, 2020 - 4:36 pm
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis became the first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions in comments for a documentary that premiered Wednesday, sparking cheers from gay Catholics and demands for clarification from conservatives, given the Vatican’s official teaching on the issue. The papal thumbs-up...
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FILE - Steve McQueen arrives at The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Breakfast in Los Angeles on Dec. 5, 2018. In a movie year mostly lacking big, ambitious releases, McQueen’s “Small Axe” anthology is an unqualified main event. While many other filmmakers are on hold, the “12 Years a Slave” director has raced to finish not one but five new films. The movies, spanning 1968 to 1985, are each individual stories of the West Indian community in London. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
October 02, 2020 - 11:27 am
NEW YORK (AP) — In a movie year mostly lacking big, ambitious releases, Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe” anthology is an unqualified main event. While many other filmmakers are on hold, the “12 Years a Slave” director has raced to finish not one but five new films. The movies, spanning 1968 to 1985, are...
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September 30, 2020 - 7:41 am
BERLIN (AP) — A study has concluded that the founding director of the Berlin International Film Festival made a “not insignificant” contribution to the German film system under Nazi rule and later covered up his role, festival organizers said Wednesday. Alfred Bauer led the “Berlinale” from 1951 to...
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US actor and film director Viggo Mortensen, smiles after receiving the Donostia Award for his contribution to the cinema during the 68th San Sebastian Film Festival, in San Sebastian, northern Spain, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
September 27, 2020 - 4:47 am
SAN SEBASTIÁN, Spain (AP) — Georgian writer-director Dea Kulumbegashvili’s first feature film “Beginning” triumphed at Spain’s San Sebastian International Film Festival, scooping up four of its top prizes including best film and best director. The story about a community of Jehovah’s Witnesses in a...
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Chloe Zhao attends the Telluride from Los Angeles drive-in screening of "Nomadland" on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
September 16, 2020 - 8:03 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — What’s it like to be an international film festival sensation without hardly leaving your home? Like most things during the pandemic, it’s surreal. Except for trips to the editing room, director Chloe Zhao has mostly stayed at the Ojai, California, home she shares with three...
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Disney's Marketing Director for Italy, Davide Romani, center, holds the Golden Lion Best Film award for "Nomadland", at the closing ceremony of 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival, in Venice, Italy, Saturday Sept. 12, 2020. Director Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland,” a recession-era road trip drama starring Frances McDormand, has won the Golden Lion for best film at the Venice Film Festival, held against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic. (Gian Mattia D'Alberto/LaPresse via AP)
September 12, 2020 - 3:33 pm
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Chloe Zhao’s “Nomadland,” a recession-era road trip drama starring Frances McDormand, won the Golden Lion for best film Saturday at a slimmed-down Venice Film Festival, which was held against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic. Zhao and McDormand appeared by video from...
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Director Ann Hui holds her Golden Lion award for Lifetime Achievement during the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.(Piergiorgio Pirrone /LaPresse via AP)
September 09, 2020 - 9:04 am
VENICE, Italy (AP) — Hong Kong director Ann Hui paid tribute to her home city as she received a lifetime achievement award from the Venice International Film Festival. The acclaimed director said she wanted to “revert this honor back to Hong Kong,” the city where she grew up. “It has given me an...
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Director Roderick MacKay poses for portrait photographs for the film 'The Furnace' during the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. MacKay had to get government approval to leave Australia and will spend a total of a month in quarantine because of coronavirus precautions but says it's a small price to pay to bring his first feature film to Venice. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
September 05, 2020 - 8:00 am
VENICE (AP) — Roderick MacKay had to get government approval to leave Australia, spent two weeks in preventive coronavirus quarantine in Rome and will be locked up in a hotel back in Australia for another two weeks upon his return. But the 33-year-old director says it’s a small price to pay to get...
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Director Pedro Almodovar, right, and actress Tilda Swinton pose on the red carpet of the movie 'The human voice' during the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival at the Venice Lido, Italy, Thursday, Sep. 3, 2020. The Venice Film Festival goes from Sept. 2 through Sept. 12. Italy was among the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, and the festival will serve as a celebration of its re-opening and a sign that the film world, largely on pause since March, is coming back as well. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
September 04, 2020 - 4:12 am
VENICE (AP) — Spanish director Pedro Almodovar has joined a chorus of voices at the Venice Film Festival urging the reopening of movie theaters and a return to cinema normality after coronavirus lockdowns, saying films are meant to be seen on the big screen, not at home. Directors and actors alike...
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