Oscar Noms. Hacksaw Ridge Review. Mel Gibson makes a vigorous directorial return



“War starts when lies ends”

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By Sandra M. Ríos U. (@sandritamrios)

Mel Gibson after some shy appearances as actor after his scandals with alcohol, his bad character and an unfortunate antisemitic statements about 10 years ago, has made his directorial return with a portentous movie, Hacksaw Ridge.

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Oscar Noms. Mel Gibson is reconciled with audience thanks to Hacksaw Ridge



Recent Mel Gibson’s film brings conscientious objector to the theme, a legal remedy for respect the fundamental right of not oblige to do any activity that is against moral, philosophical, political or religious convictions.

In Hacksaw Ridge we meet the story of Desmond Doss, a Second World War combatant who enlisted in the U.S. Army with the deep conviction of help to his country without taking up and shooting one single arm.

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Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar will be President of the Jury at Cannes 2017



Most prominent figure from Spanish Cinema Pedro Almodóvar will be the next President of the Jury at the 70th Cannes Film Festival.

 

This is the first time Almodóvar will preside this event, but in the past, he was jury member in 1992, when the president was the actor Gérad Depardieu.

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Pearl, a virtual reality and 360 degree short film by Google is an Oscar Nominee



This is the first time a virtual reality short film is nominated at the Oscar Awards.

 

In 2013, Google released Spotlight Stories, an incredible initiative to stimulate the development of new fiction narratives under 360º recording technique and all possibilities it offers to move audience from passive to active.

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Latin American Feature Films at 2017 Sundance Film Festival



Today starts a new edition of Sundance Film Festival with a catalogue that includes 118 productions. This year four Latin American feature films will be present in Utah.

These Latin American productions has been selected on World Dramatic Competition, a category that includes emerging filmmaking talents worldwide with “fresh perspectives and inventive styles” according explains the same film festival.

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Elle, I’m not your Negro and The Handmaiden are part of Gems at Cartagena Film Festival



Gems section in this edition includes 12 films from the most recent and exquisite cinema worldwide. Elle, I’m not your Negro and The Handmaiden make part of the most select of this international industry in 2016.

This way, Gems Section is one of the most relevant official competitions at the film festival whose organization has said about selection that “the films will dazzle the audience with their exceptional artistic merit and the clarity with which they examine history, tradition and contemporary society”.

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The Salesman (Asghar Farhadi) Review – A great intriguing drama about justice and revenge



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By Sandra M. Ríos (@sandritamrios)

Asghar Farhadi is back in Oscar Awards with his latest movie “The Salesman” that has been selected to represent Iran in the category Best Film of Non-English Language. Film will be nominated probably. The Salesman has gotten 17 nominations and has won 8 prizes, among them Best Foreign Film at the Satellite Awards that are given by the International Press Academy.

If there is a director able to show a dilemma and includes all the possible sharp edges this person is Iranian Farhadi. The Salesman is another effective drama that puzzles us.

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Well-known Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul will receive a Tribute from FICCI



The 57th Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival (FICCI) that will take place from 1st to 6th of March 2017 has just confirmed the presence of the well-known director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the greatest exponent from Thai Cinema this moment.

FICCI 2017 will pay a special tribute to this Asian Master where it will be exhibited seven features films, three shorts, an installation and will give a master class.

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Why La La Land is such as transcendent movie. A Film Review



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By Sandra M. Ríos (@sandritmarios)

La La Land, the second film by director Damien Sayre Chazelle (31), continues conquering the world. After Golden Globes ceremony collects 70 awards and 162 nominations from different film festivals, associations and film academies.

In the same way that Whiplash, La La Land was written by the same Chazelle in an attempt to show his relation with arts and his context, something that keeps a relation with his two last movies. “They both deal with something that’s really personal to me: how you balance life and art, how you balance reality and dreams and also, specifically, how you balance your relationship with other people. With La La Land, I wanted to tell that story using music, song and dance. I think the musical as a genre is a great vehicle for expressing that balancing act between dreams and reality”. 

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As if!

— Clueless, 1995