Sean Penn, Michael Moore and Oliver Stone all had kind words for the former president of Venezuela, who died Tuesday; Israel Film Festival to honor first woman to head a major movie studio at Opening Night gala; plus news from the Brussels and First Time Film Fests.
Critic, programmer, and former NYFF Selection Committee member Dennis Lim has been named the new Director of Cinematheque Programming for the Film Society of Lincoln Center. He's stepping in to replace Robert Koehler.
Closed Curtain co-director Kamboziya Partovi and actress Maryam Moghadam traveled to the Berlin Film Festival for the World Premiere of their film, which won a Silver Bear for filmmaker Jafar Panahi. Now, like Panahi, both face restrictions back home.
The latest from David O. Russell beat out indie darling Beasts of the Southern Wild to take home four awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Female Lead (Jennifer Lawrence). Other major awards went to John Hawkes and Helen Hunt for The Sessions, Amour, and The Invisible War.
Films shot and set in Miami will be feted in the Miami International Film Festival's Florida Focus and other sections, including Sundance documentary competition feature Blackfish and the world premiere of Eenie Meenie Miney Moe
Kathryn Bigelow's controversial film has received multiple Oscar nominations and grossed over $102 million at the worldwide box office, but the film has been seen by virtually nobody in Parkistan.
Host Seth MacFarlane and actress Kristin Chenoweth will perform a "must see" number after the Best Picture award presentation, plus Oscar-nominated War Witch actress is headed to the awards from Congo, Christian Bale is headed to "Everest," and the European Film Awards are headed to Riga, all in today's FilmLinc Digest.
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.
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."