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    AFI Film Festival Review: ‘The Truth’ Solely Revolves Around Catherine Deneuve

    For as long as there has been theater, there’s been the trope of the prima donna actress. When done best, it either exaggerates the behavior to comic degree (see Dianne Weist in “Bullets Over Broadway”) or makes efforts to take their concerns seriously (see Juliette Binoche in “Clouds of Sils Maria”). As he showed in the Oscar-nominated film “Shoplifters,” […] More

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    Venice Film Festival: Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘The Truth’ Opens Festival with High Praise Reactions for Lead Actress Catherine Deneuve

    The fall movie season is in full swing as the 76th Venice Film Festival begins with Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s opening night French drama, “The Truth” at the Sala Grande. The film marks the Japanese filmmaker’s first trek into a different dialect in his feature film career, just fresh off last year’s Palme d’Or-winning film and official Oscar-nominated selection […] More

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    Awards Profile 2019: Hirokazu Koreeda’s ‘The Truth’ from IFC Films

    Welcome to the 2019 Awards Profile series, where we talk about films coming to a theater near you in the coming year (at least at this time of writing). The series analyzes the films and their awards season potential, most notably for the Academy Awards, based on the talents attached, filmmakers involved, and story and […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Shoplifters’ Is Guaranteed To Steal Your Heart

    AFI Film Festival (2018): No genre touches all my emotions quite like the “unconventional family that adopts a child” narrative. While squarely falling into that classification, “Shoplifters,” the latest film from Hirokazu Kore-eda, proves itself to be more adventurous. The notion of family gets redefined by this group of people, all relying on each other […] More

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    FOREIGN: Japan Officially Submits Palme d’Or Winner ‘Shoplifters’ Into the Race

    There are several foreign films that the world has its eyes on for the Oscar race. One of those films is undeniably “Shoplifters” for director Hirokazu Kore-eda. The feature attended the 2018 film festival, where it drew rave reviews. Shortly after, it took home some gold by capturing the Palme d’Or. The film from Japan has been heralded across […] More

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    71st Palme d’Or Goes to ‘Shoplifters’

    Yesterday afternoon, the 2018 Cannes Film Festival came to a conclusion, with their annual awards ceremony. Much speculation was centered on how the jury this year, led by Cate Blanchett, would choose to hand out the prizes. Would they try to make a political statement? Could they opt to highlight female/minority filmmakers in an expanded […] More