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Sundance Film Festival 2022 brings in renewed hopes for movies, both that challenge and comfort
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Sundance Film Festival 2022 brings in renewed hopes for movies, both that challenge and comfort

The best thing about Sundance Film Festival is that I do not have to choose. The 2022 line-up includes movies that reflect the miserable realities of contemporary life or movies that conjure alternative realities.

Bollywood of the Wild Wild West days was superb, but I wouldn't want to go back there: Anupama Chopra
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Bollywood of the Wild Wild West days was superb, but I wouldn't want to go back there: Anupama Chopra

Anupama Chopra's new book A Place In My Heart is a capsule of her evolution along with the film industry she reports on — from a cub reporter in the Bollywood of the "Wild Wild West" days to "marrying into the mob," all the while building three major film organisations.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Gangubai Kathiawadi going to Berlinale: Never felt this enthusiasm since Devdas went to Cannes
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Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Gangubai Kathiawadi going to Berlinale: Never felt this enthusiasm since Devdas went to Cannes

"I don’t know why our mainstream films are not sent to international film festivals. Gangubai Kathiawadi is a celebration of mainstream cinema. It is dark yet flamboyant. It is my most restrained work to date," says Sanjay Leela Bhansali.

Indie films making waves at global film festivals is often a sign of them subscribing to the Western idea of 'India'
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Indie films making waves at global film festivals is often a sign of them subscribing to the Western idea of 'India'

The thing about film festivals is that those who judge films from a variety of countries are basically strangers to the realities of that country, aware of them only through narratives already in the media space.

Johnny Depp opens up on cancel culture: Not one of you is safe
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Johnny Depp opens up on cancel culture: Not one of you is safe

“It takes one sentence, then there’s no more ground, the carpet has been pulled,” Johnny Depp said at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, where he was honoured, without mentioning the legal battle against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Streaming dominates Venice Film Festival with Dune, The Power of the Dog
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Streaming dominates Venice Film Festival with Dune, The Power of the Dog

"Culturally, it's really important for streaming services to help nourish the cinema experience," says Benedict Cumberbatch, whose Netflix film The Power of the Dog premieres at Venice Film Festival.

Cannes Film Festival 2021: Notes on returning to live screenings and the red carpet, with lurking thoughts of saliva tests
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Cannes Film Festival 2021: Notes on returning to live screenings and the red carpet, with lurking thoughts of saliva tests

"The applause for the opening film Annette seemed to crack the auditorium open even before the screening began, a telltale sign of an emotional audience who have missed watching anything on big screen far too long."

Tribeca to hold in-person 2021 edition in June with outdoor screenings across New York, say organisers
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Tribeca to hold in-person 2021 edition in June with outdoor screenings across New York, say organisers

The 12-day film festival will kick off on 9 June and will use a travelling 40-foot HD screen to showcase movies in several outdoor venues.

Sundance 2021 winners: Questlove's docu Summer of Soul, indie drama CODA snag top honours
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Sundance 2021 winners: Questlove's docu Summer of Soul, indie drama CODA snag top honours

CODA, about a teenage girl struggling to support her deaf family, also won the top Sundance audience award, and prizes for directing and ensemble cast.

2020 and the pandemic has taught us that digital is here to stay, writes MAMI Artistic Director Smriti Kiran
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2020 and the pandemic has taught us that digital is here to stay, writes MAMI Artistic Director Smriti Kiran

"This period has taught us that even though the theatre and on-ground experience is unmatchable, our digital arm is here to stay."

Notes from attending a 'digital' film festival: Wider audience and hope for sustenance of cinema
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Notes from attending a 'digital' film festival: Wider audience and hope for sustenance of cinema

This year marked my seventh New York Film Festival (NYFF), but it was the first one I attended from 8,000 miles away.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Hong Kong International Film Festival cancelled in light of surge in cases
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Hong Kong International Film Festival cancelled in light of surge in cases

The Hong Kong International Film Festival was supposed to take place in the second half of August.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival to be held online from 22 to 30 July
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival to be held online from 22 to 30 July

The 11th edition of Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival will be held virtually with a slate of 157 films sourced from 42 countries.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Tamil filmmaker opens grocery store; Tokyo performance group puts up drive-in horror shows
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Tamil filmmaker opens grocery store; Tokyo performance group puts up drive-in horror shows

Meanwhile, Disney has cancelled Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 4K version re-release in the UK in light of increasing coronavirus cases.

Rima Das on seeking inspiration from nature during lockdown, and the North East stigma attached to coronavirus
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Rima Das on seeking inspiration from nature during lockdown, and the North East stigma attached to coronavirus

Rima Das talks about how the lockdown is helping nature heal, and how the cancellation of film festivals will serve as a setback to independent cinema.

Coronavirus Outbreak: MAMI, Cannes, major film festivals unite for 10-day global virtual movie event
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Coronavirus Outbreak: MAMI, Cannes, major film festivals unite for 10-day global virtual movie event

Tribeca Enterprises, the company behind the Tribeca Film Festival, and YouTube announced the online festival Monday. Other festivals will also contribute curated programming, including the Sundance Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival and those in Berlin, Tokyo and New York.

Sundance Film Festival sets 2020 lineup with Taylor Swift documentary, Tesla, Downhill, The Last Thing He Wanted
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Sundance Film Festival sets 2020 lineup with Taylor Swift documentary, Tesla, Downhill, The Last Thing He Wanted

The coming Sundance Film Festival follows a 2019 festival that saw big-pocketed streaming services set off an avalanche of high-priced acquisitions, some of which notably fizzled at the box office

IFFI 2019 highlights: Amitabh, Rajinikanth felicitated; Particles, Jallikattu win big at 50th edition of festival
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IFFI 2019 highlights: Amitabh, Rajinikanth felicitated; Particles, Jallikattu win big at 50th edition of festival

A special stamp was launched to commemorate 50 years of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), Goa.

Jio MAMI's Smriti Kiran builds a gargantuan homegrown film festival, while chasing her love for cinema
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Jio MAMI's Smriti Kiran builds a gargantuan homegrown film festival, while chasing her love for cinema

Smriti Kiran talks about reviving MAMI four years ago when it was on the verge of winding up, and how she put together the slate for the edition this year.

José movie review: Li Cheng tells a simple story with heart and a generous amount of craft
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José movie review: Li Cheng tells a simple story with heart and a generous amount of craft

Director Li Cheng's José is a quiet, peaceful, unobtrusive observation of its protagonist, which played at the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, in the Narrative Features category.