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How could I have missed a beautiful film like Nine Lives by Rodrigo Garcia, a film about nine women, in nine episode, happening in real time. How could I have known so little about this great filmmaker? If Rodrigo Garcia was French, now his amazing films were all over the film clubs and film critics would have compete to adiring and analysing them. I am going to write about each one of Rodrigo Garcia very soon and we help you to find them and watch them.  I owe this to myself for my ignorance and not knowing his body of amazing films.…

Advocate- (Israel/Canada/Switzerland) is documentary feature film  directed by Rachel Leah Jones & Philippe Bellaiche – This intimate and moving documentary spotlights fiercely optimistic and compassionate human rights attorney Lea Tsemel as she continues her lifelong mission of defending the defenseless, despite the torrent of backlash she receives for being an Israeli lawyer seeking justice for Palestinians accused of terrorism. Advocate was in Academy Awards Shortlist for Feature Documentary Oscar and it also won GoE Bridging The Borders Award at 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival. To learn more about making of Advocate we had a phone interview with  Rachel Leah Jones…

HAIR LOVE, nominated for the Short Animated Film Oscar and directed by Matthew A. Cherry, Everett Downing Jr. and Bruce W. Smith, is a heartfelt animated short film that centers around the relationship between an African-American father, his daughter Zuri, and the most daunting task a father could ever come across – doing his daughter’s hair for the first time. We had the opportunity to interview Bruce W. Smith, one of the HAIR LOVE directors on camera: https://vimeo.com/389876500 Directors: MATTHEW A. CHERRY – In 2007, after retiring from the NFL, Matthew A. Cherry moved to Los Angeles, and switched gears to begin work…

Sister, nominated for the Animated Short Film Oscar, is about a man thinks back to his childhood memories of growing up with an annoying little sister in China in the 1990s. What would his life have been like if things had gone differently? We had to interview Siqi Song , director of the Sister on camera: https://vimeo.com/389543939 Siqi Song is a Chinese writer & director currently based in Los Angeles. Her work has been recognized internationally by Sundance, SXSW, BAFTA, and ASIFA-Hollywood. Song graduated from California Institute of the Arts with an MFA in Experimental Animation, since then she has worked on…

Two South American films were awarded at the 31st annual edition of the Palm Springs International Film Festival: The Peruvian film Song Without a Name / Canción sin nombre by Melina León received the New Voices/New Visions Award and the Colombian film Monos by Alejandro Landes was the winner of the Ibero-American Award. Additionally, the Mexican film Workforce / Mano de obra, the debut feature by David Zonana, received a Special Mention in the Ibero-American competition. We interviewed Melina León after receiving her award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival: https://vimeo.com/385577044 Set in 1988, in a Peru wracked by political…

Hell on The Border, Written and directed by Wes Miller, stars David Gyasi (“Interstellar,” “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” “Cloud Atlas,” “The Dark Knight Rises”) and co-stars Frank Grillo (“The Grey,” “Black and Blue,” “Captain America”), Ron Perlman (“Hand of God,” “Hellboy,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Beauty and the Beast”), Jaqueline Fleming (“The Quad,” “The Walking Dead,” “NCIS: New Orleans”) and Vernon Davis (“Baywatch,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “The League”). We had the opportunity of interviewing Wes Miller for a podcast about making of Hell on the Border: https://soundcloud.com/user-222526075/hellonborder Hell on the Border is a western thriller set in 1875 and based on the true story…

Inspired by the 2005 riots in Paris, LES MISÉRABLES – directed by Ladj Ly – follows Stéphane (Damien Bonnard), a recent transplant to the impoverished suburb of Montfermeil, as he joins the local anti-crime squad. Working alongside his unscrupulous colleagues Chris (Alexis Manenti) and Gwada (Djebril Zonga), Stéphane struggles to maintain order amidst the mounting tensions between local gangs. When an arrest turns unexpectedly violent, the three officers must reckon with the aftermath and keep the neighborhood from spiraling out of control. LES MISÉRABLES is France’s selection for the Best International Film Award for the 2020 Academy Awards. https://youtu.be/YFfdlLW9Rwg Bijan Tehrani:…

Mali is Croatia’s selection for the Best International Film Award at 2020 Academy Awards directed by  Antonio Nuić. To learn more about Mali, we had an interview with Antonio Nuić for a podcast: https://soundcloud.com/user-222526075/an-interview-with-antonio-nuic?in=user-222526075/sets/cwb-podcast Mali is the story of Franjo, his son and his circle of friends. After spending four years in prison, Franjo hasn’t changed. He was, and still is, a drug dealer. His wife is dying, and her parents want to make him look as an incompetent parent in order to take away the custody over his son, Mali. However, Mali loves his father, and wants to live with him.…

Incitement, is Israel’s selection for Best International Film Oscar. In September 1993, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin announces the Oslo Accords, which aim to achieve a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians after decades of violence. Yigal Amir, a law student and a devoted Orthodox Jew, cannot believe that his country’s leader will cede territory that he and many others believe is rightfully — by the word of God — theirs. As the prospect of a peaceful compromise approaches, Amir turns from a hot-headed political activist to a dangerous extremist. Consumed by anger and delusions of grandeur, he recruits fighters…

Those Who Remained, Hungarian Official Entry  for the Best International Feature Film 2020 Academy Awards tells the story of Aldo and Klara. Having survived the camps. 42-year old Aldo lives a solitary life as a doctor in Budapest. 16-year old Klara lives reluctantly with her great-aunt, holding on to hope that her father and mother will return. She meets Aldo, and soon the two of them find something in each other that has long been absent in their lives. As they grow closer and closer, the joy in both of their lives slowly returns. But as the Soviet Empire rises to…

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