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BERLINALE 2015 EVENT: Quantum Entanglement and the James Franco Epic

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 02.20.2015 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

The quantum wave cresting for the past two years in Berlin collapsed in the EVENT that was the 65th Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin.

The Berlinale Diaries: Woman Power, the Eyes of a Thief Have It and Darren Aronofsky

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.15.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

This year's Berlinale is certainly woman-centric. There are exceptional leading ladies commanding the red carpet as Juliette Binoche did on opening night, in her tuxedo-inspired white gown and fresh make up.

The Berlinale Diaries: Jafar Panahi's Taxi, Breathe Umphefumlo and the True Meaning of Democracy

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.09.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I'll admit it can take just one film to usually convince me to come to a film festival. In the case of this year's Berlinale, it was Jafar Panahi's Taxi. I knew I wanted to sit in that bursting at the seams press screening, first thing in the morning, to watch it. And, as is usually the case with my cinematic instinct, I was right.

The Berlinale Diaries: Opening Night and Why Cinema Can Heal the World

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.08.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I'm all for films, as Jafar Panahi says in his latest Taxi, showing here in Berlinale: "All films are worth watching; it just depends on your taste." But perhaps I wish, deep down inside, as a human being, that our collective taste was just more about peace and love. Without so much blood, so many guns.

'Manuscripts Don't Burn'

Amnesty International | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Amnesty International

By Steven W. Hawkins, Executive Director, Amnesty International USA and Gregory Nava, Writer-Director, Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts an...

'The Shawati' Interviews': Wadjda Filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 03.10.2014 | Arts
E. Nina Rothe

"It is easy to be pessimistic, and to feel like a victim, but we need films that inspire us to go out and change things for the better. We have plenty of tragedy in real life in this part of the world; we don't need films to reinforce an already pervasive sense of despair."

'Iranian Society Has Shown That Art Can Be An Investment'

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 07.12.2013 | Arts

TEHRAN, Iran -- Some arrived in Porsches or BMWs, which were whisked away by valet parking attendants. The hotel lobby was awash with the celebrated a...

Iranian Filmmaker Banned From His Own Country Attends Cannes

AP | Posted 07.23.2013 | Entertainment

CANNES, France — Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof, whose movies are banned in his country and who has been sentenced to jail by the Islamic r...

The Weimar Touch: (R)evolution in Berlin

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 04.28.2013 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

The 63rd International Filmfestspiele Berlin delivered the marriage of the personal/universal with flashes of outright genius in films of remarkable emotional depth, variety and originality.

Banned Iranian Filmmaker Debuts New Movie

AP | GEIR MOULSON | Posted 04.14.2013 | Entertainment

BERLIN — A new movie from dissident Iranian director Jafar Panahi, which defies a ban on filmmaking and reflects his frustration at being unable...

Iran in 2013: More of the Same

Chris DeVito | Posted 02.26.2013 | World
Chris DeVito

Here is something we know about the coming year: It is going to be crucial for the future of Iran, the region and American interests in the Middle East. In assessing what the Iranian regime's behavior will be in the near future, the best guide is how it has behaved in the past.

This Holiday Season, What Happens When All of Our Cultural Memories Go Digital?

Govindini Murty | Posted 02.23.2013 | Technology
Govindini Murty

As you celebrate this holiday season, be sure to save your digital memories by printing them out or backing them up. And beyond that, do everything you can to speak out for internet freedom.

What's the Matter With Montebourg

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 02.19.2013 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

I am the first to be convinced that globalization is no panacea. I have said, and will say again, the situation it has created calls for new regulations.

A Nobel Prize, a Delegation, a Mixed Message

Chris DeVito | Posted 11.06.2012 | World
Chris DeVito

There is good reason to honor the EU for its most lasting accomplishment: a continent at peace. Bravo to the Nobel committee for its choice. But the EU is sending mixed messages Iran, a country as much a threat today to international peace as any.

Lucas Kavner

Syrian Filmmaker Disappears

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucas Kavner | Posted 09.05.2012 | Arts

To get his latest film into the hands of Cannes Film Festival organizers in time for its 2011 screening, the acclaimed Iranian auteur Jafar Panahi had...

CENSORED

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 06.27.2012 | Home

Last week, we ran a post about Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour, who was barred from leaving Iran for being a conscientious objector, but still ...

Cinema As Diplomacy, Pt. 1: Oscar/Globe-Winner Asghar Farhadi Screening Series In NYC!

Michael Vazquez | Posted 05.12.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

At the New York Film Festival, three instant classics of engagé cinema -- one from Egypt and two from Iran (including BFF Oscar-winner A Separation) -- quite stunningly took on the weight of history.

Iranian Cinema: Acclaimed Abroad, Under Siege at Home

Hadi Ghaemi | Posted 04.30.2012 | World
Hadi Ghaemi

It was momentous that an Iranian artist reflected the voice of so many Iranians at a venue as important as the Oscars, where millions of people watched his speech.

'This Is Not A Film' Is A Powerful, Clever Expression Of Freedom

AP | By CHRISTY LEMIRE | Posted 02.28.2012 | Home

-- Everything about "This Is Not a Film" is cleverly deceptive, from the title that's so self-deprecating, it sounds like a shrug to its long, first ...

This Is Not A Film: Just Jafar Panahi, his iPhone and the Truth

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.28.2012 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

To say that the 75-minute documentary radically changed my viewpoint on some modern-day dogmas would be an understatement and all the while managing to make me laugh, cry and relish in the wonder of Panahi's world

Doomsday Cinema, Part 2: Oscar-Nom The Turin Horse, Final Week in New York (VIDEO)

Michael Vazquez | Posted 04.22.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Vazquez

If the end of the world or your final film? is when you say what you really mean, perhaps with The Turin Horse, Béla Tarr is giving the last laugh to the Gypsies of his state-seized debut film (shot at age 16) and delivering a stone-cold classic.

The Cinema of Liberty: The Top 10 Pro-Freedom Films of 2011

Govindini Murty | Posted 03.01.2012 | Home
Govindini Murty

It is greatly worthwhile to celebrate the notable movies of 2011 that took the risk of advocating for democratic freedom, the political principle that makes so much film artistry possible.

Film Originally Smuggled To Cannes In A Cake Gets U.S. Rights

The Huffington Post | Gazelle Emami | Posted 11.14.2011 | Home

"This Is Not a Film" will be making its way to the U.S. and U.K., despite the fact that it was never supposed to exist, much less leave Iran. Confused...

TIFF 2011: The Tunisian Brando, Ewan McGregor in Yemen and Ryan Gosling

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 11.01.2011 | Home
E. Nina Rothe

In cinematic circles, it is said that the Toronto International Film Festival is second only to Cannes. But in terms of numbers of films presented, industry connections and stars attending, I would say it's too close to call.

Aamir Khan on His Fans, Jafar Panahi and the Mahabharata

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

When I got up to bid Khan adieu, he insisted "have a seat, I would like to ask you a couple of questions. Do you have the time?" Of course I did, for the greatest star in the firmament of Indian cinema!