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Forbidden filmmaking by Jennie Kermode

21 September 2017 10:04 AM, PDT

"I think the job of art is to raise questions and to put up a mirror for society" - Maysaloun Hamoud Photo: Anne Maniglier

It might seem like a modest subject for a film - three women sharing a flat, developing a strong friendship and helping each other to deal with life's challenges - but Maysaloun Hamoud's In Between has had a phenomenal impact on Palestinian society. Such has been the anger inspired by its frank portrayal of women's lives that a fatwa has been issued against the director. Maysaloun admits that it frightened her, but as far as the film was concerned, it gave it a massive publicity food. Now this thoughtful, intelligent drama is pulling in crowds not only at home but also overseas. It's about to open in UK cinemas. Maysaloun and I spoke on the phone about the impact is has had.

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- Jennie Kermode

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Visualising Voyeur by Anne-Katrin Titze

21 September 2017 5:24 AM, PDT

The Voyeur's Motel author Gay Talese, subject in Josh Koury and Myles Kane's documentary: "As a voyeur, you should be curious. And both of us are, the voyeur I dealt with in the book, and me, the narrator of the story." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

On the afternoon of the first day of New York Film Festival press screenings at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Gay Talese welcomed me into his home to discuss the evolution of Josh Koury and Myles Kane's highly anticipated Voyeur, which will have its world premiere next month in the Spotlight on Documentary programme.

In the first installment of my conversation with Gay, he explained the roles played by Susan Morrison and David Remnick of The New Yorker and the reaction when Gay's literary agent Lynn Nesbit showed his unpublished work The Voyeur's Motel to Grove/Atlantic president and publisher Morgan Entrekin. We spoke about Gerald Foos, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Linda Hamilton to return as Sarah Connor by Jennie Kermode - 2017-09-20 12:42:31

20 September 2017 4:42 AM, PDT

Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor

She gave us one of the defining film characters of the Eighties and paved the way for a revolution in how women were portrayed in action films. Now, 25 years after Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Linda Hamilton is to return as Sarah Connor.

Hamilton, Arnold Schwarzenegger and director James Cameron (who will now act as producer) will reunite for Terminator 6, a direct sequel to Judgement Day. Deadpool director Tim Miller will take the helm and the story will centre on new characters, but Cameron has stressed that Hamilton will be a physically active character, saying that if men in their fifties and sixties are still fighting bad guys in today's films then women should be too.

The film echoes the approach taken by Star Wars: Episode 7 - The Force Awakens, in which Carrie Fisher's Leia, though she doesn't get any action scenes, has become a military general and. »

- Jennie Kermode

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Document festival announces line-up by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-09-19 10:27:48

19 September 2017 2:27 AM, PDT

Gulȋstan, Land Of Roses The programme for the 15th edition of the Document film festival at Glasgow's Cca has been announced. It will open on October 19 with Gulȋstan, Land Of Roses, directed by Zaynê Akyol and run until October 22, closing with Egil Hakjold Larsen's 69 Minutes Of 86 Days.

This year's festival aims to shine a light on global censorship issues, with unseen films from the banned 11th Beijing Independent Film Festival included in the line-up.

Festival co-ordinator, Eileen Daily said, “In this, Document’s 15th year and a year of unpredicted and unprecedented turmoil (both ludicrous and terrifying), we see it as our duty to interrogate the headlines and give a platform to issues which are lost in the noise.

"We cannot just accept the world as it is presented to us. We are lucky enough in this year’s programme to have some of the boldest and most innovative documentaries of 2017, you. »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Bertrand Tavernier remembers Harry Dean Stanton by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-09-18 18:20:13

18 September 2017 10:20 AM, PDT

Death Watch director Bertrand Tavernier on Harry Dean Stanton: "He also had social graces and immediately knew how to talk, to Romy Schneider who immediately liked him."

Bertrand Tavernier's Death Watch (La Mort En Direct), based on the novel by David Compton with original music by Antoine Duhamel (Fernando Trueba's favourite composer), shot by Pierre-William Glenn in Scotland, stars Romy Schneider and Harvey Keitel with Max von Sydow and Harry Dean Stanton. The My Journey Through French Cinema (Voyage à Travers Le Cinéma Français) director shared his memory of the time he spent with Harry Dean, talking about John Huston (Stanton fresh off filming Huston's Wise Blood with Brad Dourif and Amy Wright), Romy Schneider's reaction to the man with "social graces", and Jack Nicholson's admiration for the great talent that Harry Dean Stanton possessed.

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- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri takes prize in Toronto by Amber Wilkinson - 2017-09-18 10:25:21

18 September 2017 2:25 AM, PDT

'McDormand is sensational as Mildred: hard to love, impossible to ignore and strangely disarming even with a Molotov cocktail in hand' Photo: Courtesy of Venice Film Festival Michael McDonagh's film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has taken home the audience award at Toronto Film Festival.

The film - which had its premiere in Venice - stars Frances McDormand as a grieving mother, who takes on the police over the unsolved murder of her daughter. The cast also includes Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage and John Hawkes.

Describing McDormand's performance, our reviewer wrote: '"McDormand is sensational as Mildred: hard to love, impossible to ignore and strangely disarming even with a Molotov cocktail in hand."

The runner-up was ice-skating biopic I, Tonya, directed by Craig Gillespie, which tells the story of the figure skater who received a lifetime ban for an attack on fellow athlete Nancy Kerrigan.

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- Amber Wilkinson

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