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Nader and Simin – Iran May Not Have WMD, But It Sure has Dysfunctional Families
Iran is no longer in the headlines. But in Berlin, where an Iranian member of the jury who’s now in prison was represented by an empty chair, the Iranian film Nader and Simin: A Separation, by Asghar Farhadi, won the Golden Bear. Acting awards were given to the male and female leads in this drama about a family that tumbles into crisis.
David D’Arcy, back from the Berlinale, talks about Nader and Simin, one of the encouraging signs at the festival.
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It wasn’t the best Berlinale, but it should have been better. Beginning with opener True Grit, there were stars -– Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore and company in Margin Call, the latest financial saga, straight from Sundance Film Festival; and Ralph Fiennes directed himself and a corps of military-clad fighters in Coriolanus, one of Shakespeare’s most difficult plays to stage, much less to film. (Fiennes and company shot it in Belgrade, Bosnia.)
There was also controversy, and it wasn’t limited to the griping of critics. The Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi was set to be on the jury, but he’s been in jail in Iran, where he’s now officially banned from making films. The ban seems a bit superfluous, since Panahi is locked up. The Berlinale kept his name on the jury list, and kept an empty chair to signal his absence.
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Once upon a time, long, long ago, there was one world-class resort in Mexico that everyone had heard of -- Acapulco, Mexico.
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The 5th annual Romanian Film Festival at NYC's Tribeca Cinemas concluded on Sunday, December 5th, 2010. This year hosts The Romanian Cultural Institute and curator Mihai Chirilov added the moniker “A New Beginning,” in appreciation of the recent success of what has been dubbed the “Romanian New Wave.” This year, Cristi Puiu, arguably the one who started it all with his 2006 debut The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, returned with his second feature Aurora which premiered earlier this year at the New York Film Festival to resoundingly positive reviews. Also returning from NYFF are Radu Montean’s Tuesday After Christmas (opening May 25 at Film Forum) and Andrei Ujica’s The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu, which opened the festival.
Read more: Romanian Film Festival Reviewed
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