Best known for his anti-war masterpiece Trial on the Road (1971), which was banned in the USSR for over 15 years, and Khrustyalov, My Car! (1987), which divided audiences at Cannes, the largely unsung master succumbed to illness just before the completion of his decades-in-the-making new film.
Filmmakers and industry are set to flock to Columbia, MO for the True/False Film Festival, which opens in at the end of the month. Favorites from Sundance and Toronto are among this year's offerings.
An Iranian official took aim at the Berlin International Film Festival for giving a prize to dissident filmmaker Jafar Panahi's Closed Curtain at the events recent awards ceremony. The film screened at the festival "illegally."
Wong Kar-Wai's latest and Karzan Kader's Bekas will bookend Switzerland's Fribourg Film Festival, Spain's Goya Awards are being criticized for being "overtly political," while Kevin Smith says Clerks III will come out as a book before heading to the big screen.
Mid-week at the Berlinale, dissident Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi defied his 20-year filmmaking ban (again) with the premiere of Closed Curtain, while French actress Juliette Binoche battled an incarceration of her own as persecuted sculptress Camille Claudel.
Oscilloscope buys Sundance doc After Tiller, Paul Schrader's The Canyons goes to IFC and comes to Film Society, and ND/NF alum Gimme the Loot gets some love from director Jonathan Demme in today's FilmLinc Digest!