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    Top 10: The Best Foreign Language Films of 2019

    When Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” dominated the awards circuit in 2018, it represented a rare instance of non-English cinema taking the spotlight. But in a welcome turn of events, 2019 was arguably an even bigger year for foreign language films. Indeed, Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” has produced unprecedented crossover success for Korean cinema, looking to go even […] More

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    World Circuit: Europe’s Oscar Contenders Embrace the Globalization of Cinema

    Recently, the Academy announced a significant change to the voting process for Best International Feature. Rather than relying on a smaller committee of volunteers, the selection of the nominees is now open to the entire membership. This revamp of the category is just one of several adjustments made over the years to maintain the relevance […] More

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    World Circuit: Latin American Cinema Aims for an Oscar Three-Peat

    Looking back on the past decade of the Academy Awards, there is one regional cinema that clearly stands out for its unprecedented success. With Mexican filmmakers claiming an incredible five Best Director trophies and a slew of other nominations for Best Foreign Language Film (now known as Best International Feature Film), Latin American cinema is […] More

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    World Circuit: Historic African Films Chase Oscar Glory

    In the year 2019, you’d think we would have run out of “first ever” milestones as it relates to black and African cinema. But if this year’s crop of African Oscar selections is any indication, there is still much progress to be made. With a total of 9 films, this is the largest contingent of […] More

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    Interview: Jorunn Myklebust Syversen and Josefine Frida Discuss Religion and Power in ‘Disco’

    Premiering at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, Norwegian filmmaker Jorunn Myklebust Syversen’s sophomore feature “Disco” is a striking examination of a young woman’s journey of self-discovery within a cult-like Christian environment. Playing the lead role of Mirjam is Josefine Frida in a feature film debut which duly earned her recognition as part of the TIFF […] More

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    INTERVIEW: Guatemala’s Jayro Bustamante Discusses ‘La Llorona,’ Women, Racism in LatAm Cinema

    Earlier this month we attended the TIFF screening of and reviewed “La Llorona” (“The Weeping Woman”), the third feature length film by acclaimed Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante. The film, which we viewed as a topsy turvy re-imagining of an old Latin American film, powerfully showcases themes of motherhood, corruption, ethnic discrimination, and unaccounted-for crimes against […] More

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    World Circuit: CTFF Heralds “A New Day” for African and Caribbean Films

    While Toronto will be abuzz with the excitement of this month’s Toronto International Film Festival, there’s another September festival in town that is worth your attention. Founded in 2006 to promote emerging filmmakers from the Caribbean and the diaspora, the CaribbeanTales Film Festival celebrates its 14th edition under the theme “A New Day.” Playing from […] More

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    Analyzing the Controversy Over Mexico’s Proposal to Ban Dubbing Films

    WORLD CIRCUIT: ‘To Dub Or Not To Dub?’ that is the question. Or, at least, the question causing considerable debate in Mexican entertainment circles—with potential repercussions in Latin America and Hollywood. Two weeks ago, Mexico’s powerful film academy, the “AMACC” (initials for its Spanish name, “Mexican Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences”), proposed a […] More

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    EXCLUSIVE: ‘Platino Awards’ Become Academy Qualifying; ‘Roma’ Wins Audience Prize

    There was at least one surprise and one expected announcement on the second day of the 6th Platino Awards. The expected results came when the three audience awards of the year were announced. Two of them went to Mexico’s internationally popular ‘Roma.’ But more surprising was when the event organizers announced, with John Bailey in […] More

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    Spanish-Speaking World Gathers in Mexico to Fete Film at 6th Platino Awards – ‘ROMA’s’ Swan Song?

    If you thought the awards-season victory lap for “Roma” was over, think again. And if you think that all awards groups are dead set on tying their fates and calendars to the Academy’s, the 6th Platino Awards may have something to say. Founded in 2014 by two industry guilds, the “Premios Platino del Cine Iberoamericano” […] More

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