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Each year, David Erlich, senior film critic at Indiewire gets out his computer and spends hours cutting together a video tribute to his favorite films of previous twelve months. You might not agree with the pics, but the celebration of the year in cine…

Back in 2009, one of the most notable names to appear on the world film scene was Samuel Maoz. The then-47-year-old filmmaker, a former documentarian, made his feature debut with “Lebanon,” a gripping war drama set entirely within a tank during the 198…

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced that a record 92 countries submitted entries for Foreign Language Film category consideration this year. Notable first time participants include Haiti, Honduras, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Senegal and Syria. After Trump’s announcement of a Muslim Ban last January steered the Academy into voting for Iran’s “The Salesman” over Germany’s “Toni Erdmann,” this year’s FLF race is considered a wide open race with no true frontrunner as of yet. Continue reading Record 92 Countries Submit Foreign Language Film Entries for 90th Oscars at The Playlist.

We haven’t yet reviewed “Foxtrot,” but by all accounts, it was one of the highlights of a Venice Film Festival that was full of highlights. The second film – and the first in eight years –  from Israeli director Samuel Maoz (who helmed the gripping set-entirely-within-a-tank-drama “Lebanon”), won rave reviews from the Lido, and again at Telluride, and again at TIFF. And it topped off a successful festival run by winning the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize (essentially second place) from Annette Bening’s Venice jury. Continue reading Israeli Culture Minister Attacks Israeli Venice Prize Winner ‘Foxtrot,’ Watch The First Clips at The Playlist.

It was probably inevitable, but at this point it’s a smart bet that the 2018 Best Picture winner didn’t screen at the 44th Telluride Film Festival. I mean, sure, it’s still possible, and without question the annual Labor Day cinephile extravaganza featured at least two Best Picture nominees: “The Shape of Water” and “Darkest Hour.” But no one left the Colorado town believing either were locks to win Oscar’s top prize. Continue reading Fox Searchlight Dominates Telluride As ‘Shape Of Water’ And ‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Make Oscar Pitches at The Playlist.