| Nov 16, 2013
| 6:00 AM
With a calendar date falling just as studios are desperately trying to secure some awards-season traction for their Oscar hopefuls, the AFI Fest has no trouble booking its share of glamorous galas and high-profile events. This year's festival, which...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 10:57 AM
The academy's deadline for foreign-language film submissions is Tuesday, Oct. 1, and though this is a category that has often stymied common sense and gone against the critical consensus, it's safe to say that Sony Pictures Classics has an excellent...
| May 26, 2013
| 4:35 PM
CANNES, France — The hometown favorite won big time at the Festival de Cannes on Sunday night as France's "Blue Is the Warmest Color" walked off with the Palme d'Or.
In a highly unusual step, jury president Steven Spielberg announced that the...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 7:00 AM
A man adrift at sea. A woman adrift in space. And a young girl all by herself in the desert.
If there's a theme at this weekend's Telluride Film Festival, it's that solo travel may have its benefits but also carries more than a few risks.
| Sep 6, 2013
| 6:00 AM
The production lost two days to sandstorms. The crew faced a last-minute scramble when the nervous owner of a mall changed his mind about allowing filming there. Some days locals chased the cameras away; other days they brought platters of lamb and rice...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 6:00 AM
TEHRAN — A spat over the possible reopening of a shuttered film institute is pitting Iran's culture overseers against an alliance of moviemakers and cinema buffs emboldened by the victory of moderate Hassan Rouhani in June's presidential balloting....
| May 24, 2013
A mother and daughter anxiously scan the aisles of an Israeli supermarket. They're not looking for fresh produce but rather a clandestine glimpse of a young man a matchmaker has proposed as a potential husband for the daughter. The mother's eye is...
| May 17, 2013
| 5:45 PM
CANNES, France — "Stories come to me," says Asghar Farhadi, his sharp eyes focused, intense. "This one came to me, and I decided to follow it."
It sounds straightforward, simple even, but nothing about the filmmaker's latest work, "The Past," fits...
| May 15, 2013
| 5:00 AM
— Invariably, the Cannes Film Festival chooses a striking image for its official annual poster. But the 2013 version can be seen as a particularly apt metaphor for the dual nature of the world's most essential cinema event.
| Jan 5, 2012
| 4:37 PM
"A Separation": Don't wait too long to see "A Separation," an exceptional film from Iran. If you care enough about foreign language films to have heard about this particular gem, don't hold back until all your friends have told you how good it is and...
| Feb 27, 2012
| 4:41 PM
It was a film that met with mixed feelings in Iran when it first came out. Was the domestic drama “A Separation” playing to the West by showing a darker side of Iran? But Tehran wasn’t immune from Oscar mania when the film entered the...