Feature films – Taking Sides http://taking-sides.com/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 08:35:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://taking-sides.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-26-120x120.png Feature films – Taking Sides http://taking-sides.com/ 32 32 Ajyal Film Festival selects 12 feature films for the 10th edition https://taking-sides.com/ajyal-film-festival-selects-12-feature-films-for-the-10th-edition/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 08:35:03 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/ajyal-film-festival-selects-12-feature-films-for-the-10th-edition/ Mohaq, Hilal and Bader are the three competition categories in which the 12 feature films and 26 short films will be screened for the Ajyal jury. Ajyal Film Festival has selected 12 feature films, including several award-winning works by eminent and emerging filmmakers, which will be evaluated by nearly 600 jurors. The 10th special edition […]]]>

Mohaq, Hilal and Bader are the three competition categories in which the 12 feature films and 26 short films will be screened for the Ajyal jury.

Ajyal Film Festival has selected 12 feature films, including several award-winning works by eminent and emerging filmmakers, which will be evaluated by nearly 600 jurors.

The 10th special edition of the Ajyal Film Festival will be held from October 1 to 8.

The selected films celebrate diversity and cover a wide range of themes – from coping with grief and mental health, to playful comedies about brotherly affection and how millennials are adjusting to the realities facing them. surround.

The feature films and a large selection of 26 short films will be screened for the Ajyal Jury in the three categories of the competition: Mohaq (jurors aged 8 to 12); Hilal (13 to 17 years old) and Bader (18 to 25 years old). They will watch the films, discuss with their peers around the world and evaluate them to select the winners of the festival.

Speaking about the shortlisted films, Fatma Hassan Alremaihi, Director General of the Doha Film Institute and Director of the festival, said: “Delivering inspiring stories of connection, optimism and human spirit to overcome ordeals with powerfully creative storytelling, this year’s feature selection seeks bold themes that resonate with young people around the world.

“Many of the films have young protagonists who successfully navigate the challenges around them in an increasingly complex world. The themes are handled with sensitivity and continue to convey messages of hope and positivity to inspire our young people to reflect , to make meaningful connections and to find a deeper understanding of the shared human experience.

Feature films in the Mohaq category include Dounia and the Princess of Aleppo (Canada, France/2022), by Marya Zarif and André Kadi; apple day (Iran, Turkey/2022), by Mahmoud Ghaffari; Big man (Netherlands, Germany/2022) by Camiel Schouwenaar; and Princess Dragon (France/2022) by Jean-Jacques Denis.

The screening of feature films in the Hilal category is After Yang (USA/2022) a sci-fi drama written, directed and edited by Kogonada; queen of comedy (Sweden/2021) by Sanna Lenken; The territory (Brazil, Denmark, USA/2022), by Alex Pritz; and acclaimed filmmaker Ali Asgari brings his second DFI-supported feature, Until tomorrow (Iran, France, Qatar/2022).

Feature films in the Bader category include Our brothers (France/2022) by Rachid Bouchareb; Kash Kash – Without feathers we cannot live (Lebanon, Germany/2022), by Lea Najjar; and My sister Liv (Australia, USA/2022), by Alan Hicks; and Hafreiat (Spain, Qatar, Jordan/2022) by Alex Sardà.

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Maynard James Keenan Announces Puscifer’s Two Meet-Gig Feature Films https://taking-sides.com/maynard-james-keenan-announces-puscifers-two-meet-gig-feature-films/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 16:41:01 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/maynard-james-keenan-announces-puscifers-two-meet-gig-feature-films/ Maynard James Keenan recently shared an Instagram post and announced that Puscifer would be celebrating Halloween with two live concert streams. The members of Puscifer have been keeping busy during the pandemic and embarking on new projects. They released two films, which offered home concert experiences that greatly satisfied their listeners. Movies captured live concerts […]]]>

Maynard James Keenan recently shared an Instagram post and announced that Puscifer would be celebrating Halloween with two live concert streams.

The members of Puscifer have been keeping busy during the pandemic and embarking on new projects. They released two films, which offered home concert experiences that greatly satisfied their listeners. Movies captured live concerts from “The Hall of Feathered Serpents” and “Existential Reckoning: Live at Arcosanti”.

The rockers make a plan for it Halloween to complete the collection. They will celebrate Halloween with two concert-encounter feature films: “V is for Versatile: A Puscifer Concert Film” with music from the era “V is for Vagina” and “Parole Violator: A Puscifer Concert Film” with “Conditions of My Parole”. The films will be available to stream between October 28 and November 1.

Upcoming films will include revivals of ‘V is for vagina’ from 2007 and “Conditions of my parole” from 2011. They will also feature behind-the-scenes moments and spectacular performances, and the band have invited their fans to join them in the studio as they re-record their 2007 and 2011 releases.

Maynard James Keenan announced the films in the caption of his recent Instagram post with a trailer:

“Join Puscifer as they kick off Halloween 2022 on October 28 with the release of not one, but two meet-and-greet concert feature films: “V is for Versatile: A Puscifer Concert Film Featuring the Music of the V is for…the era’ and ‘Parole Violator: A Puscifer Concert Film Featuring the Terms of My Parole.’

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The films will premiere on October 28 at 12:00 p.m. PDT/3:00 p.m. EDT/8:00 p.m. UK/9:00 p.m. EU and remain on demand until November 1 at 6:00 a.m. EDT. Tickets and limited edition merchandise, exclusive to attendees, are available now on the official Puscifer website. Early bird tickets are on sale until October 21.

Tickets for the Halloween event can be purchased from the band’s official website. Additionally, limited-edition merchandise will be sold on the same website as part of the event. The group will also be busy in October and will perform in the United States throughout the month.

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Movie Day at the Montevideo Millennium Theater to showcase films about memory loss https://taking-sides.com/movie-day-at-the-montevideo-millennium-theater-to-showcase-films-about-memory-loss/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 15:02:49 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/movie-day-at-the-montevideo-millennium-theater-to-showcase-films-about-memory-loss/ Download the full screening poster GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — A special free movie day at the Millennium Theater in Montevideo will feature two films about memory loss on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. The first film to screen is “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory”, a 2014 film, at to be followed by “Birkey’s […]]]>

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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — A special free movie day at the Millennium Theater in Montevideo will feature two films about memory loss on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. The first film to screen is “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory”, a 2014 film, at to be followed by “Birkey’s Brain,” a new story from Pioneer PBS featuring Dr. Tom Birkey and his wife Doris’ journey with Alzheimer’s disease. The screenings will take place at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Gretchen Reeves by calling (320) 226-1313.

“Alive Inside” explores diseases that impair neurological function, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and tells the stories of patients and their experiences with music therapy. The film won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

“Birkey’s Brain” was produced at the suggestion of Dr. Birkey after attending an event sponsored by the Montevideo Area Memory Loss Network (MAMLN). Birkey is a longtime family physician who has served Montevideo for over 50 years.

“Dr. Birkey wanted to eliminate the social stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s disease,” explained Amanda Anderson, Producer of Pioneer PBS Compass. as we discussed what was happening as they were going through the early stages of the disease,” she added.

“Birkey’s Brain” also features interviews with Gretchen Reeves, supervising speech pathologist at CCM Health in Montevideo, who talks about the networks and services available to help families in need of memory care.

Dr. Birkey and Doris will be on hand at the event to answer questions during the post-movie discussions. The event is sponsored by MAMLN, The Millennium Theater and Pioneer PBS.


About Pioneer PBS

Founded in 1966, Pioneer PBS is an award-winning, viewer-supported television station dedicated to sharing the region’s local stories with the world. For more information, visit www.pioneer.org.

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15 feature films in the running for the Golden Rose Trophy https://taking-sides.com/15-feature-films-in-the-running-for-the-golden-rose-trophy/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 10:21:57 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/15-feature-films-in-the-running-for-the-golden-rose-trophy/ 09/20/2022 – The 40th anniversary special edition of the Bulgarian gathering presents three additional feature films in competition compared to last year Mother by Zornitsa Sophia Fifteen feature films (three more than last year’s edition) are about to compete for the Rose d’Or Trophy in competition at the 40th Golden Rose Film Festival. Five more […]]]>

– The 40th anniversary special edition of the Bulgarian gathering presents three additional feature films in competition compared to last year

Mother by Zornitsa Sophia

Fifteen feature films (three more than last year’s edition) are about to compete for the Rose d’Or Trophy in competition at the 40th Golden Rose Film Festival. Five more recent feature films will be featured in the non-competitive Open Horizons sidebar along with eight short films, while another 16 short films will lock horns for the Best Bulgarian Short Film award. The anniversary edition of the gathering will take place from September 23-29 at its usual location in the seaside town of Varna.

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The program also includes minority co-productions, such as the opening film, how i learned to fly by the Serbian director Radiovjoe Andric, supported on the Bulgarian side by the production companies Doli Media Studio and Art Fest. The latter is directed by the founder of the Sofia Film Festival Stefan Kitanovwho also co-produced Darkness [+see also:
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through his other company, RFF International, which will be screened in the competition programme. The wind seeker and As far as I can walk [+see also:
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also have a Bulgarian minority stake, represented by the Chouchkov brothers.

Two films among the competition titles are aimed at children, and they are both first feature films: Bulgarian ship sinks in rough seas by Gergana Zmiicharova and Petrinel Gocheva well-known duo in the theater world, and The Tesla Affair by Andrei Hadjivasilev. Three more debuts will face off in the main competition: Borimir Ilkov-Bonoit is Anna, Petya Yossifovait is Giri and Orlin Milchevit is The art of falling. The latter two are also coming-of-age stories, just like the popular actor Valery Yordanovthe second directorial effort, Shakespeare as a street dog.

After last year’s main prize was awarded to a popular genre film, it can be said that there is an increased presence of audience-oriented titles in the competition program this year. Niki Iliev present Meeting 2the second part of its local box office success Meeting [+see also:
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while after the historical biopic about politician and banker Atanas Burov, The rest Ithe ashes, Georgy Kostov is back with the financial thriller Speculators. Lachezar Avramov will show his black comedy yellow oleanderwhich already had its theatrical premiere earlier this year, and Todor Matsanov take part in the containment film To block, described by the team as a “dark romantic comedy-drama”. The rest of the films in competition are Viktor Bojinovsecond feature film, Escapefollowing its success Heights/The Liberators [+see also:
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based on a historical novel; Ivan Panevromantic drama Out of season; Zornitsa Sophiait is Mother, who is Bulgaria’s hopeful for this year’s Oscars; and veteran coxswain Ivan Pavlovit is Spring Equinoxbased on a screenplay by the famous late filmmaker Krasimir Krumov-Greek.

The jury is chaired by the Bulgarian film historian, producer and distributor Alexander Donevand also features a specialist in Croatian cinema Ana Grgicscreenwriter and researcher in Bulgarian art Ilko Ganevas well as filmmakers Blerta Basholi (Kosovo) and Maya Vitkova-Kosev (Bulgaria).

In addition to the in-depth press conferences, which will often turn into in-depth discussions, two other conferences are planned: one on women in Bulgarian cinema and a conversation on cinema in the digital age, in which representatives of streaming platforms will participate. in Bulgaria.

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BIAF announces 11 feature films in competition https://taking-sides.com/biaf-announces-11-feature-films-in-competition/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 19:15:59 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/biaf-announces-11-feature-films-in-competition/ The 2022 Bucheon International Animation Festival (biaf.or.kr) has lined up 11 animated features for this year’s competition, once again expanding the category that has grown year on year. BIAF2022 will be held from October 21 to 25 in the South Korean city. This year’s selections come from several continents, with Japan and France being the […]]]>

The 2022 Bucheon International Animation Festival (biaf.or.kr) has lined up 11 animated features for this year’s competition, once again expanding the category that has grown year on year. BIAF2022 will be held from October 21 to 25 in the South Korean city.

This year’s selections come from several continents, with Japan and France being the most represented, each with three films produced or co-produced in these countries.

BIAF2022 Feature Film Competition

Little Nicolas – Happy as can be

Little Nicolas – Happy as can be
Amandine Fredon, Benjamin Massoubre | France/Luxembourg
Somewhere between Montmartre and Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Jean-Jacques Sempé and René Goscinny lean over a large white sheet of paper and bring to life a mischievous and endearing boy, Little Nicolas. From games and fights in the schoolyard to summer camp pranks and camaraderie, Nicolas enjoyed a joyful and fulfilling childhood. (Trailer)

The deer king
The deer king

The deer king
Masashi Ando & Masayuki Miyaji | Japan
In the in the aftermath of a brutal war, ex-soldier Van toils in a mine controlled by the empire in power. One day, her lonely existence is turned upside down when a pack of wild dogs carrying a fatal and incurable disease attacks, leaving only Van and a young girl named Yuna as survivors. Finally free, the couple seeks a simple existence in the campaign but are pursued by nefarious forces. Wanting to protect Yuna at all costs, Van must find out the true cause of the the plague ravages the kingdom and its possible remedy. (Read more | Trailer)

Dozens of Nords
Dozens of Nords

Dozens of Nords
Koji Yamamura | Japan/France
Dozens of Nords is the feature debut of Yamamura, an Oscar-nominated independent animator and picture book author. The film is a hand-drawn journey that proves the beauty of motion as the director seeks to reclaim fragmented memories in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake.Trailer)

My love affair with marriage
My love affair with marriage

My love affair with marriage
Sign Baumane | Latvia/United States/Luxembourg
From an early age, songs and fairy tales convince Zelma that Love will solve all her problems as long as she lives up to society’s expectations of how a girl should act. But as she gets older, something is wrong with this conception of love: the more she tries to conform, the more her body resists. A story of female inner rebellion. (Read more | Trailer)

Mother land
Mother land

Mother land
Jaebeom Park | South Korea
A precocious girl, Krisha is a descendant of the Yates, the nomadic tribe of the tundra. To save her sick mother, she listens to the words of a shaman and goes to the confines of this frozen world in search of a red bear; but a Russian army captain and a notorious hunter are also on the creature’s trail. (Trailer)

Nayola
Nayola

Nayola
Jose Miguel Ribeiro | Portugal/Belgium/Netherlands/France
Nayola follows three generations of women’s experiences, affected by the civil war in Angola. The former Portuguese colony won freedom in 1975, but only after a brutal 25-year conflict fueled by the Cold War. At the height of the war, Nayola goes in search of her missing husband. Decades later, she still hasn’t returned and her daughter has become a rebellious teenager and subversive rapper, causing her grandmother to fear police reprisals. (Trailer)

No dogs or Italians allowed
No dogs or Italians allowed

No dogs or Italians allowed
Alain Ughetto | France/Switzerland/Italy/Belgium/Portugal
In the early 20th century, a young man named Luigi leaves his home in Ughettera, Italy, crossing the Alps to France where he falls in love and starts a new family. Ughetto creates this authentic piece of family tradition with his own hands, bringing his grandfather’s story to life. (Trailer)

Quantum Cowboys
Quantum Cowboys

Quantum Cowboys
Geoff Marslet | UNITED STATES.
Quantum Cowboys posits that all humans and animals have their own universes based on their own memories and history. In 1870s Arizona, hapless cowboys Frank and Bruno hit the road with a wise girl named Lind to find a mysterious musician. As they encounter diverse people across small towns, bars, and deserts, images of each individual universe revolving through time and space merge into existential chaos.

Perlimps
Perlimps

Perlimps
Ale Abreu | Brazil
Much like Abreu’s previous works, such as The boy and the world (2013), Perlimps recreates on screen a magical appearance with beautiful colors and the stylized illustration of the film’s Enchanted Forest setting, where Claé and Bruô, secret agents of the enemy Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon, must overcome their differences and unite their forces to find the ‘Perlimps’ and save their land. (Read more | Trailer)

Silver bird and rainbow fish
Silver bird and rainbow fish

Silver bird and rainbow fish
Lei Lei | China/USA/Netherlands
The chaotic story of the Chinese family is told in a bold visual world of propaganda imagery, surreal collages and pop-art animation, traveling between dream and reality. The loss and struggle are told in five chapters from the perspective of young Jiaqi, much like going through a photo album. (Trailer)

The tunnel to summer, the farewell exit
The tunnel to summer, the farewell exit

The tunnel to summer, the farewell exit
Tomohisa Taguchi | Japan
Kaoru Tono has heard a rumor: the laws of space and time mean nothing to the Urashima tunnel. If you find it, as you walk, you will find your heart’s desire on the other side…in exchange for years of your own life. Determined to bring back his deceased younger sister, Kaoru finds the passage. But when he returns to explore it, he discovers that he has been followed by the mysterious new girl in his class, Azu. Based on the sci-fi/romance light novel by Mei Hachimoku and illustrated by Kukka. (Trailer)

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“It would be such a privilege and such an honor” – MOViN 92.5 https://taking-sides.com/it-would-be-such-a-privilege-and-such-an-honor-movin-92-5/ Mon, 12 Sep 2022 11:13:58 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/it-would-be-such-a-privilege-and-such-an-honor-movin-92-5/ VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images Taylor Swift appears to be courting a Best Short Film Oscar nomination for Very good. But from what she told attendees at the Toronto Film Festival this weekend, one day she might also be in the running for a Best Picture trophy. According Variety, in a moderated talk at the […]]]>

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Taylor Swift appears to be courting a Best Short Film Oscar nomination for Very good. But from what she told attendees at the Toronto Film Festival this weekend, one day she might also be in the running for a Best Picture trophy.

According Variety, in a moderated talk at the festival, Taylor said of directing, “I think I’m at a place now where the next baby step isn’t a baby step.” It would be committing to making a film.

“I feel like I would absolutely love the right opportunity to come along because I absolutely, absolutely love telling stories that way,” she added, saying it would be “such a privilege and an honor”. [to direct a feature film].”

Taylor added that she sees herself directing “human stories about human emotion”, noting that she can’t imagine ever “filming an action sequence”.

Referring to the plot of Very goodshe joked, “I don’t always see myself telling stories about extreme, guttural heartaches at your most formative age that weaken you emotionally for years and then you have to develop the scar tissue to keep going. your life and limp head to your typewriter and write a novel about it I think I did that.

As for that infamous “scarf” – first mentioned in the lyrics of the song ‘All Too Well,’ and now a focal point of the film – Taylor said: “Basically, the scarf is a metaphor…And I think when I say it’s a metaphor, I’ll just stop.

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Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy Weighs in on New Star Wars Feature Films https://taking-sides.com/lucasfilms-kathleen-kennedy-weighs-in-on-new-star-wars-feature-films/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 14:36:56 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/lucasfilms-kathleen-kennedy-weighs-in-on-new-star-wars-feature-films/ The big show, D23, is looming on the horizon. And while fan events like this and Comic-Con are major milestones for studios to announce massive projects in development, unfortunately for Star Wars fans, there may not be has any news on the film front. Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy is believed to be holding off on […]]]>

The big show, D23, is looming on the horizon. And while fan events like this and Comic-Con are major milestones for studios to announce massive projects in development, unfortunately for Star Wars fans, there may not be has any news on the film front. Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy is believed to be holding off on greenlighting any upcoming Star Wars movies.

Comic Resources reports that a reliable source, Puck columnist Matt Belloni, recently published a newsletter in which he reveals Kennedy won’t be announcing anything more than Disney+ content related to the Star Wars franchise. This news follows Rian Johnson’s recent claims that his planned trilogy is not completely dead, in which he said: “I stayed near Kathleen [Kennedy], and we often get together and talk about it. It’s just, at this point, a matter of timing and when it might happen. It would break my heart if I was done if I couldn’t get back to that sandbox at some point.

There were rumors that Lost’s Damon Lindelof would have directed a movie in the Star Wars universe. And even though it was recently announced, Thor: Love and Thunder Director Taika Waititi’s Star Wars project is still in the planning stage. “I still write. I’m still coming up with ideas and directing it and just wanted to make sure it felt like a Star Wars movie. Taika explains.

The purported reasoning behind Kennedy’s decision is to prevent missteps she believes she has made in the past. When it was announced that there would be a Han Solo spin-off directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, Kennedy finally relieved them of the film and brought in Ron Howard after she was dissatisfied with what she had seen. Additionally, it was announced that Patty Jenkins would be directing a Thieves Squadron movie that failed to materialize. And Colin Trevorrow was once expected to put a cap on the Skywalker saga, which was jettisoned in favor of the return of JJ Abrams.

Belloni reports that, right now, Kennedy just isn’t comfortable announcing a project until she knows it will go ahead.

What do you think? Do you prefer just seeing Disney+ shows?

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Here’s what you need to know about feature films at the Viva Texas Film Festival | Reserved for subscribers https://taking-sides.com/heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-feature-films-at-the-viva-texas-film-festival-reserved-for-subscribers/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 14:00:00 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-feature-films-at-the-viva-texas-film-festival-reserved-for-subscribers/ Of the 14 films and two series of shorts at the Viva Texas Film Festival, several were produced by local filmmakers at Crossroads. ‘Americana’ A film by Joshua Schultz, “Americana” tackles the subject of sex trafficking in a vast desert land. The film stars Schultz, Roby Modine, Travis Mills, Hayley Reinhart, Kristina Wayborn, Reneen Pedro, […]]]>

Of the 14 films and two series of shorts at the Viva Texas Film Festival, several were produced by local filmmakers at Crossroads.

‘Americana’

A film by Joshua Schultz, “Americana” tackles the subject of sex trafficking in a vast desert land. The film stars Schultz, Roby Modine, Travis Mills, Hayley Reinhart, Kristina Wayborn, Reneen Pedro, Zack Sudfield, Kara Sudfield and Ty Quiamboa.

‘Dos Estaciones’

In this film by Juan Pablo Gonzalez, Maria Garcia tries to save her tequila factory after natural disasters have damaged the local business. Garcia is played by Teresa Sanchez.

“Our Father, the Devil”

See this film on September 17 at 1:15 p.m. at the Welder Center

Awarded at the Tribeca Film Festival 2022, “Our father, the devil”, follows a chef, Marie Cissé, who works in a retirement home in France. The arrival of a priest from her hometown prompts Marie to recall a troubling episode from her past.

“An awesome action movie”

Brothers Leonel and Roberto Rangel make their first movie while their mother travels out of town to care for an ailing family member. Lacking money, the brothers kidnap an actor and force him to play a role in their film. The actor tries to escape in front of the camera. The film stars Hector Soberon, Gerardo Sandoval and Julian Montemayor.

“What We Leave Behind”

After taking one last bus ride to visit family in El Paso, 89-year-old Julian is building a house next to his current home in hopes that his family will one day become neighbors to him. “What We Leave Behind” is directed by Iliana Sosa.

“Medicine and Miracles”

This documentary chronicles the experience of a child with cancer, her family and her doctor’s mission to keep her alive.

Leo Bertucci is a member of the Report for America body that covers energy and the environment for the Victoria Advocate.

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Daw winners conclude production of four feature films in Saudi Arabia https://taking-sides.com/daw-winners-conclude-production-of-four-feature-films-in-saudi-arabia/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 13:11:17 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/daw-winners-conclude-production-of-four-feature-films-in-saudi-arabia/ Daw Film Competition, an initiative of the Saudi Film Commission, aims to support and empower emerging Saudi film talent and grow the Kingdom’s booming film industry. The Saudi Film Commission (SFC) has announced that four winning feature film projects from its Daw film competition have completed production. The Daw Film Competition, launched in 2019 by […]]]>

Daw Film Competition, an initiative of the Saudi Film Commission, aims to support and empower emerging Saudi film talent and grow the Kingdom’s booming film industry.

The Saudi Film Commission (SFC) has announced that four winning feature film projects from its Daw film competition have completed production.

The Daw Film Competition, launched in 2019 by the Saudi Film Commission, aims to support and empower emerging Saudi film talent and grow the Kingdom’s booming film industry.

Movies – In the sand, written and directed by Moe Alatawi; crow song, realized by Mohammad Alsalman; Norah, written and directed by Tawfik Alzaidi; and Derat Ajdadi, directed by Danya Alhmrani – filming wrapped in August.

Abdullah Al-Eyaf, CEO of the Saudi Film Commission, said, “We launched the Daw Film Competition to discover new local talent and enable creative storytelling. Talent development is of strategic importance to our industry and is essential to achieving our goals. The competition aims to share authentic Saudi stories and films with the rest of the world, helping us to create a thriving film industry in Saudi Arabia. We are proud of these four filmmakers and look forward to creating more quality productions in the future.

The historical drama In the sand, which marks Moe Alatawi’s directorial debut, is inspired by the true story of a 23-year-old tobacconist who is ambushed by robbers in the desert, leaving him with only a dagger. Demonstrating the Kingdom’s local film production capabilities, the film features an all-Saudi cast with 70% of the film crew originally from Saudi Arabia.

The film, slated for release later this year, is produced by Reem Alatawi and Riyadh-based Alsarid Films, and is the first local production to shoot in the unique landscapes of NEOM.

norawritten and directed by Tawfik Alzaidi, is produced by Black Sugar Pictures and Nebras Films in partnership with established producers Paul Miller and Sharif Majali. Set in Saudi Arabia in the 90s, the film follows a relationship of artistic discovery between a young woman and a local artist. Tawfik’s directorial debut was shot in the extraordinary destination of AlUla, an area of ​​outstanding natural and cultural significance featuring some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. The all-Saudi cast features popular talent Yagoub Alfarhan and marks the first film role for 16-year-old Maria Bahrawi.

Mohamed Alsalman’s film crow song is a comedy film shot in the capital Riyadh and produced by Ahmed Mousa and Telfaz 11. The film follows the main character Nasar, who does not feel supported and encouraged by his father, and his infatuation with a beautiful mysterious girl at the hotel in which he works. Confiding in his charismatic, bossy, and headstrong best friend Abu Sagr, he convinces Nasar that the best way to win her heart is to write a song for her.

Derat Ajdadi is a poignant documentary, centered on the journey of life with an intellectual disability, directed by Danya Alhmrani and produced by Dania Nassif. Shot in Jeddah, the film portrays six mentally handicapped Saudis and follows them for a year in their lives. Their personal journeys are woven from interviews with their families, as they discuss the fears, joys and triumphs of living with a loved one with an intellectual disability. The film takes this opportunity to shine a light on the stories of this underrepresented segment of society.

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All Feature Films Directed By Anurag Kashyap Ranked According To IMDb https://taking-sides.com/all-feature-films-directed-by-anurag-kashyap-ranked-according-to-imdb/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 07:24:51 +0000 https://taking-sides.com/all-feature-films-directed-by-anurag-kashyap-ranked-according-to-imdb/ If there’s one director in Bollywood who has mastered the art of depicting violence, crime and thrill, it’s Anurag Kashyap. His films are unconventional, but also realistic. Leave it to Kashyap to have his audience glued to their seats while watching the bloodiest scenes. Throughout his filmography, he has worked as a producer, screenwriter, director […]]]>

If there’s one director in Bollywood who has mastered the art of depicting violence, crime and thrill, it’s Anurag Kashyap. His films are unconventional, but also realistic. Leave it to Kashyap to have his audience glued to their seats while watching the bloodiest scenes. Throughout his filmography, he has worked as a producer, screenwriter, director and even actor.

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But Kashyap is unrivaled as a feature filmmaker in his genre. Here are all feature films directed by Anurag Kashyap ranked according to IMDb.

1. black friday – 8.4

The film follows the 1993 serial bombings in Mumbai. It is based on Hussain Zaidi’s book – Black Friday: The True Story of the Mumbai Bombings. The movie has stellar performances from Kay Kay Menon, Gajraj Rao, and even Imitiaz Ali.
Anurag Kashyap's Black Friday
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2. Wasseypur Gangs – 8.2

Released in two parts, Wasseypur Gangs is a cult classic. It gave us memorable characters such as Sardar Khan, Faizal Khan, Perpendicular and others. Based on the coal mafia of Dhanbad, the film revolves around power, politics and revenge in three families.

Wasseypur Gangs
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3. Gulaal – 8

The film takes place against the backdrop of student politics at a university. Things take another turn when the college’s general secretary witnesses deception, homicide, and crime.

Gulaal (2009)
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4. Mukkabaaz – 8

This film is not just any sports film. Through Shravan Singh and Bhagwan Das Mishra, the film depicts the reality of corruption, nepotism and caste that come to the fore when politics and sport intertwine.
Mukkabaaz (2018)
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5. Dev. D – 7.9

This film is Anurag Kashyap’s version of the famous Bengali novel – Devdas. The film takes you through the point of view of the three characters in three parts. Dev finds solace in drugs after his childhood sweetheart Paro breaks up with him. He comes across Chanda, a sex worker, and falls in love with her.

Abhay Deol in DevD
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6. Ugly – 7.9

On the background of the disappearance of a minor, Ugly shows a mirror of society where human emotions constantly clash, giving rise to jealousy and selfishness. The film took a serious issue and portrayed it in a distinctive way. (Fun fact: Alia Bhat has a cameo in the film.)
Rahul Bhat in Ugly (2013)
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seven. No smoking – 7.3

The abstract storyline of this movie led everyone to have a different interpretation and that’s what makes this movie a good watch. Other than its name, the movie has nothing to do with smoking. But beneath the surface, the film is so much more. It is filled with symbolism and imagery.
John Abraham in No Smoking
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8. Raman Raghav 2.0 – 7.3

In eight chapters, the film revolves around Raghav (a corrupt cop) and Raman (a real serial killer active in Mumbai in the 1960s). The movie is unlike any other cop chase movie. The film is dark, scary and even makes the audience feel uncomfortable in certain scenes.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Raman Raghav 2.0
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9. Hanuman’s Return – 7.2

Possibly the most anti-Anurag Kashyap film Anurag Kashyap has ever made. This film is an animated film for children. However, it is one of the few kid-friendly animated films that Bollywood has ever produced.

Hanuman's Return
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ten. Manmarziyaan- 6.9

Far from the world of drugs and crime, Anurag Kashyap dives into the world of love stories and reveals a complex love triangle. Rumi and Vicky are in love. She tries to convince her parents to let her marry Vicky, only for him to get cold feet. Rumi’s parents marry her off to Robbie but she cheats on him. Later, she realizes that Robbie was the “husband material” she wanted.

Taapsee Pannu to Manmarziyaan
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11. That girl in the yellow boots – 6.6

A British woman travels to Mumbai to find her father because of a letter he wrote her. The story revolves around the woman’s quest to find her father while trying to survive in the city without a work permit.

Kalki Koechlin in That Girl in the Yellow Boots
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12. Muffled – 5.7

The film takes place against the backdrop of the demonetization of banknotes in 2016. A bank teller is tasked with paying the debts of her unemployed husband. One day, she finds an unlimited source of money that chokes her cooking pipeline and things change for her.

Smothered: Paisa Bolta Hai (2020)
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13. Bombay Velvet – 5.5

The film is based on historian Gyan Prakash’s book – Mumbai Fables. In the early 1950s, an ordinary man enters the world of crime to get a head start on his ambitions. But crime becomes deadly when faced with challenges.

Ranbir Kapoor in Bombay Velvet (2015)
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14. Dobaara – 2.8

A kind of time travel movie, Dobaara is an official remake of a Spanish film – Mirage. A woman saves a boy who witnessed death in a thunderstorm 25 years ago. They connected through a TV in the present.

Dobaaraa (2022)
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