Column | Oct 25, 2014 | 6:50 AM
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Story | Oct 25, 2014 | 4:53 PMLOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - It wouldn't be strictly accurate to say that "The Maias: Scenes from Romantic Life" requires viewers to watch paint dry, but there's certainly a lot of it at rest in Joao Botelho's boldly stylized Portuguese costumer. Favoring undisguised matte backdrops and an arch performance style to counter the florid melodrama of Eca de Queiroz's 19th-century source novel, this highbrow soap opera of star-crossed passion, economic downfall and other aristocratic mysteries of Lisbon has visual intrigue to spare, but a distinct case of emotional torpor limits it to festival-curiosity status. To be filed -- if not necessarily ranked -- between comparable works by Raul Ruiz and Eric Rohmer, Botelho's film opened on Sept. 11 in its home country and has since played the Rio and Rome fests.
Story | Oct 25, 2014 | 10:30 AM
MEXICO CITY - "Carmin Tropical," Rigoberto Perezcano's exploration into gender, family and violence, took the top prize for best fiction feature at the Morelia International Film Festival on Friday evening. It beat out Alonso Ruizpalacio's "Güeros,"...
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