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'Roma' star's unlikely road from mountains of Mexico to Hollywood

Tlaxiaco - Yalitza Aparicio once was a newly qualified pre-school teacher living in a dusty mountain town in Mexico.

French court okays screening of film on priest's abuse of boy scouts

Paris - A French court Monday approved cinema screenings of an award-winning director's new film about the real-life story of a priest accused of sexually abusing boy scouts, even though the case has yet to come to trial.

Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, who played Hitler, dies at 77

Geneva - Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor who gave masterful performances as Adolf Hitler in "Downfall" and an angel seeking mortality in divided Berlin, died Saturday aged 77, his agent said.

Swiss actor Bruno Ganz dead at 77: agent

Berlin - Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor who gave a masterful performance as Adolf Hitler in "Downfall", has died aged 77, his agent said Saturday.

Berlin filmfest mourns actor Bruno Ganz ahead of awards night

Berlin - The Berlin film festival prepared for awards night Saturday with a gripping Chinese epic and an adventurous Israeli drama leading the favourites, as the industry mourned the death of beloved Swiss actor Bruno Ganz.

Chinese movies dodge censors to shine at Berlin filmfest

Berlin - A moving Chinese epic looking at the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, the one-child policy and forced abortion made it past censors to premiere at the Berlin film festival Thursday despite a widening crackdown.

Directors of Netflix Catalonia documentary return award

Barcelona - The directors of Netflix documentary "Two Catalonias" said Tuesday they had returned a German award because the involvement of Catalonia's former president Carles Puigdemont in the ceremony had "politicised" the "neutral" spirit of their work.

With despair and hope, Berlin film fest tackles climate change

Berlin - True to its nature as a socially conscious film festival, this month's Berlinale showcases a string of unflinching climate change documentaries raising the alarm about mankind's destructive behaviour while proposing some solutions.

Chinese film yanked from Berlin festival competition

Berlin - The Berlin film festival said Monday that a new movie by acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou had been pulled from the competition days before its scheduled world premiere.

British actor Albert Finney dies aged 82

London - Veteran British actor Albert Finney, who starred in films including "Murder on the Orient Express" and "Erin Brockovich", has died at the age of 82, a family spokesman said Friday.

Accused French priest tries to block film on child abuse scandal

Berlin - A priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys is trying to block the release of a film about a scandal that has rocked the French Catholic church and put one of its most senior cardinals in the dock.

Woody Allen sues Amazon for $68 mn for breach of contract

New York - Filmmaker Woody Allen has filed a $68 million suit against Amazon for breach of contract, accusing the streaming giant of canceling a film deal because of a "baseless" decades-old allegation that he sexually abused his daughter.

Binoche hails starring role for women as Berlin filmfest opens

Berlin - Europe's first major film festival of the year, the Berlinale, kicked off Thursday with jury president Juliette Binoche welcoming an unprecedented line-up of female directors.

Liam Neeson reveals hunting for 'black bastard' to kill

London - Veteran actor Liam Neeson revealed on Monday that he once walked the streets hunting for a "black bastard" to kill in retaliation for the rape of a friend.

Berlin filmfest turns focus on women, Netflix

Berlin - Women directors and the rise of streaming services will take the spotlight at the Berlin film festival starting Thursday, with a star-studded lineup making the case for big-screen diversity.

From Rings to Ringo: Peter Jackson helms Beatles documentary

Wellington - Acclaimed "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson announced Thursday he is working on a documentary detailing the making of The Beatles' classic album "Let It Be" 50 years ago.

French Oscar-winning composer Michel Legrand dies aged 86

Paris - Prolific French composer Michel Legrand, who won three Oscars and five Grammys during a career spanning more than half a century, died Saturday aged 86, his spokesman said.

'Stalinist Truman Show' claims it will change art forever

Paris - It is billed as a human "safari", the most controversial and potentially game-changing Russian cultural export since the Ballets Russes left the West shocked and awed 110 years ago.

Oscar nominations: all the fun facts

Los Angeles - The nominations for the 91st Oscars were announced Tuesday, with "Roma" and "The Favourite" leading the pack.But the statistical quirks that the annual event throws up can be as intriguing as tracking which movies get the most nods.

Oscar nominees in main categories

Los Angeles - Here are the nominees in key categories for the 91st Academy Awards, to be handed out on February 24 in Hollywood.

'Roma,' 'The Favourite' lead Oscars nominations with 10 each

Los Angeles - Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma," an ode to his childhood in 1970s Mexico City, and offbeat royal romp "The Favourite" on Tuesday topped the Oscar nominations with 10 each, as streaming giant Netflix earned its first-ever best picture nod.

'Green Book' wins PGA best film, boosting Oscar chances

Los Angeles - "Green Book" took home best film at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, boosting its chances at next month's Oscars after it picked up three wins at the Golden Globes.

First Thai cave rescue film due out on mission anniversary

Bangkok - A Thai-born director who took just weeks to shoot the first film about the dramatic cave rescue of the "Wild Boars" football team says his focus is on authenticity and the mission's "unsung" heroes, with book publishers and Hollywood studios jostling t...

El Chapo Guzman wanted to direct film of life story

New York - For years, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman worked on plans for a book and film about his life story that he wanted to direct himself, the Mexican drug lord's ex-right hand man testified Monday.

No theaters, no money: Haiti labors to keep cinema alive

Jacmel - In the Haitian port city of Jacmel, watching a film is something of a labor of love.

Review: 'Love Interrupted' is a brilliant short film by Cameron Denny Special

"Love Interrupted" is a short film written and directed by Cameron Denny. It is presented by 42 Films in association with Absinthe Productions.

Josh Brolin's daughter, Eden Brolin, talks 'Blood Bound' film Special

Actress Eden Brolin, the daughter of veteran actor Josh Brolin, chatted with Digital Journal about "Blood Bound," which is available On Demand on January 15 via Film Mode Entertainment.

Blistering barnacles! Tintin rides again... aged 90

Paris - Jumping jellyfish! Tintin may be 90 years old Thursday, but the boy hero is about to get himself into a whole new snake pit of scrapes.

'Bohemian Rhapsody' rocks Golden Globes with surprise coda

Los Angeles - "Bohemian Rhapsody" pulled a major upset at the close of the Golden Globes on Sunday, taking home the final two top prizes to put itself into the Oscars conversation along with "Green Book" and "Roma.

Stars sparkle on Golden Globes red carpet

Los Angeles - A year ago, the Golden Globes red carpet was a total blackout as Hollywood's A-listers drew attention to the problem of sexual harassment in entertainment and other industries.
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