Xavier Dolan's latest won the top narrative prize at the Sarasota Film Festival, while the Sundance doc about late-term abortion took the nonfiction jury prize. Plus: Django Unchained returns to China; The Place Beyond the Pines expands solidly; and Vulture's 20 essential docs of the 21st century.
Penny Lane kicks off FilmLinc Daily's new weekly column spotlighting budding cinematic talent. Her inventive doc, which closes New Directors/New Films this weekend, offers a unique and intimate perspective on one of the most notorious politicians in American history.
Penny Lane's documentary on Richard Nixon and his close aides wins a big festival prize just before it's set to close New Directors/New Films. Also in today's FilmLinc Digest: MoMA unveils films for its annual German showcase and the Havana Film Festival NY and Buenos Aires Film Festival announce their lineups.
New Directors/New Films filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer's discusses The Act of Killing, an important and inventive documentary that dramatically tells the story of a 20th century genocide in Indonesia of which few around the world are aware.
The SXSW Film Conference & Festival concluded its major events Tuesday night with an emotional awards ceremony. Short Term 12 and William and the Windmill took the top narrative and documentary prizes in the juried categories.
Bess Kargman's ballet documentary will open the 15th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in Greece this Friday. Also in today's news round-up, details about the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival; Chinese artist Ai Weiwei plans an album release; and Brazil's It's All True doc film fest unveils lineup.