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Sometimes a filmmaker has to look a long time before finding a project that’s the right fit. And then he often has to wait an even longer time just to get it green-lit and off the ground. But every so often, the perfect project just falls in a filmmaker’s lap. Ready to go. That’s how Neil Burger (The Illusionist, Limitless) found himself attached to Divergent. More »
The first Russian production in IMAX 3D, Stalingrad depicts a pivotal battle against German forces during World War II. More »
A wish-fulfillment for those seeking adult content in its literal sense, as well as for feminist complainers, Le Week-End is one of its director’s three movies about grown-up relationships, with strong, even against-the-grain female roles. More »
Harold Ramis, one of the most influential writer-directors of modern movie comedy, died on Monday morning, Feb. 24, at the age of 69. FJI pays tribute with this career Q&A conducted in 2009 by Frank Lovece. More »
Middle East showdown: Yuval Adler’s ‘Bethlehem’ explores tense bond between Israeli agent and Palestinian informer
Less is more in Bethlehem, Israeli filmmaker Yuval Adler’s slick debut feature about an Israeli secret service agent and his teen Palestinian informer and the animosities that envelop them. More »
As much inspiration as snow was in the wintry air at the just-wrapped Fourth Annual Athena Film Festival at Manhattan’s prestigious Barnard College. More »
Film Journal International joins this week's Beatle celebrations with a look back at our 2000 interview with Richard Lester, director of the 1964 Beatles movie classic A Hard Day's Night. More »
From the Archives: When Tom met Oscar...Movie industry veteran Sherak begins reign as Academy President
Film Journal International pays tribute to the late movie industry executive Tom Sherak with a look back at our 2009 interview as he began his presidency of the Motion Picture Academy More »
Last October, Hany Abu-Assad attended the New York Film Festival press screening of his latest movie, Omar, Palestine’s entry for the Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar. More »
On the tiny, yellow face of it, building an entire cartoon feature around Lego—those colorful plastic bricks and smiling mini-figures that have been a staple of childhood bedrooms and playrooms since the mid-20th century—seems like an absurd proposition. More »
As any artist knows, inspiration can spring from the unlikeliest of places. For example, the idea for Sony Pictures Classics’ acclaimed art-world documentary Tim's Vermeer emerged during a simple dinner conversation between magician Penn Jillette and his longtime friend—and the subject of the film—computer engineer Tim Jenison, founder of the software company NewTek. More »
French writer-director Alain Guiraudie’s upcoming Stranger by the Lake, a hit at last fall’s New York Film Festival where the film’s explicit footage fueled considerable chatter, is a seductive pile-up of unknowns—not the kind that frustrate, but that intrigue and captivate. More »
It was entirely possible to get the bends at the 79th Annual New York Film Critics Circle Awards gala, held Jan. 6 at the Edison Hotel Ballroom on West 46th Street in Manhattan. The extreme high, and low, of the evening occurred almost simultaneously. More »
Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha didn’t walk into his meet-and-greet with MGM expecting to emerge as the director of a rebooted RoboCop, the 1987 Paul Verhoeven hit that spawned an unlikely but lucrative franchise in the late ’80s and early ’90s. More »
Some directors might be reluctant to take on the long-running franchise based on Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels. But when Sir Kenneth Branagh read the script for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, he jumped at the opportunity to direct what he calls "a great page-turner." More »
Teen sleuth Veronica Mars returns in a good-natured movie that feels like one elaborate, protracted TV episode. More »
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