Foreign watch: UK enters ‘Afghan Star,’ ‘Reykjavik’ remake

Posted by · 7:07 am · October 7th, 2009

Two interesting news tidbits relating to the Best Foreign Language Film race surfaced yesterday, the first of which is the United Kingdom’s bold, wholly unexpected decision to submit Havana Marking’s acclaimed documentary “Afghan Star” as their entry. The news is surprising for a number of reasons. It’s the first time the UK has submitted a […]

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Gothams tap Bigelow, Portman, Tucci, Bevan/Fellner for career tributes

Posted by · 2:02 pm · September 24th, 2009

The Independent Film Project has announced this year’s Career Tribute recipients for the 19th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards. The feted will be: Kathryn Bigelow, whose film “The Hurt Locker” is on a steady awards season course; Natalie Portman, who is said to give a pretty solid performance in Jim Sheridan’s upcoming “Brothers”; and Stanley […]

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‘Let the Right One In’ director Alfredson goes British

Posted by · 4:52 pm · July 9th, 2009

Is a John Le CarrĂ© adaptation now some kind of rite of passage for lauded foreign directors crossing over to English-speaking audiences? Okay, I’m stretching. Still, it’s interesting that a few years after Fernando Meirelles made the switch with his take on Le CarrĂ©’s “The Constant Gardener,” we now have “Let the Right One In” […]

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Critics sink ‘Boat’

Posted by · 6:58 am · March 31st, 2009

I mentioned last week that I had reservations about Richard Curtis’s new comedy “The Boat That Rocked,” which opens here in the UK on Friday. Every inch of the film’s marketing thus far (and there’s been a lot of it) gives me the impression of a talented team trying aggressively hard to have fun, but […]

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Wright returns to Britain

Posted by · 8:01 am · March 12th, 2009

We have yet to see how Joe Wright’s first foray into contemporary American cinema turned out, though the demotion of “The Soloist” from prime 2008 awards-bait to quiet 2009 spring release has had the sceptics whispering for some time now. Perhaps unsurprisingly, then, Wright’s next project will find the “Atonement” helmer in the more familiar […]

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