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TEHRAN – “Knockout” by Iranian director Gholamreza Ramezani will go on screen at 75 theaters of the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) across the country on July 15, the IIDCYA announced on Wednesday.  The film is about a smart student Mohammad, who is the target of bullying by another student, […]

Created by Natalia Bushnik and Robin Luckwaldt. Directed by Luckwaldt. Until June 1 at The Assembly Theatre, 1479 Queen St. W. A few big names in film lately have explored the connection to dance and horror (most notably Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 remake of Suspiria) and it’s easy to see why: fear and repulsion rise […]

CANNES, FRANCE—Zombies, killer hippies, a rock god and Rambo. Welcome to the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, which is going Hollywood in a big way for its 72nd edition on the French Rivieria. Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.  (Andrew Cooper / via Cannes Film Festival) Iggy Pop in Jim Jarmusch’s […]

TEHRAN – Iranian filmmaker Hadi Afarideh’s documentary “Iranian Pets Club” will have its premiere at the 13th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Ethnocineca in Austria on May 24. Afarideh is scheduled to attend a Q&A session during the festival, which will take place in Vienna from May 23 to 29.   “Iranian Pet Club” […]

TEHRAN – A lineup of eight movies from Azerbaijani filmmakers will be reviewed at the 9th Varesh Short Film Festival, the organizers announced on Monday. The lineup includes “Chovkan”, a documentary film by Rafig Guliyev, “Heritage” by Fariz Ahmedov, and “Baku in the Mirror of Time” by Natalia Zavoznenko. Also included are “Trace of Gula” […]

The early-morning reveal Thursday of the official selection for the 72nd Cannes Film Festival should have been subtitled “Waiting for Tarantino.” Artistic director Thierry Frémaux and Cannes president Pierre Lescure had plenty of film goodies to announce for the fest’s competitive and non-competitive programs, the latter including the world premiere of the Dexter Fletcher’s Rocketman, […]

What is the power of pop? It’s a question indie filmmakers have pondered of late, in Brady Corbet’s portentous Vox Lux, and now, Max Minghella’s directorial debut, Teen Spirit, starring Elle Fanning. But where Corbet’s take on pop was frustratingly ambivalent, it’s obvious Minghella deeply loves and respects the emotional clout of a good pop […]

TEHRAN – The Niavaran Artistic Creations Foundation in Tehran plans to hold a session on Thursday to review works by Italian film composer Ennio Morricone.  He is considered the world’s greatest living film composer. Since 1946, Morricone has composed over 400 scores for cinema and television, as well as over 100 classical works.  His filmography […]

“They rape us, we kill them.” That was the motto adopted by the real-life group of Yazidi women in Iraq who decided to hunt down their captors — and who inspired French director Eva Husson to dramatize them in her film Girls of the Sun, opening Friday in Toronto at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. French […]

PASADENA, CALIF.—Actress Lily Collins believes in fate. Although she doesn’t exactly put it that way, she says when she was just starting out at 16, she made a vow. “I decided to make the conscious decision that when I’m told ‘no,’ it’s ‘No, not right now,’ ” she says. “I just made a commitment to […]