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  • Film Review: 'Kebab & Horoscope'

    A former kebab-shop employee and an out-of-work horoscope writer declare themselves marketing experts and are hired to help a carpet emporium without customers in the droll shaggy-dog story "Kebab & Horoscope." This colorfully stylized debut feature from Polish helmer Grzegorz Jaroszuk, known for his prize-winning shorts including "Frozen Stories," displays a distinctive brand of eccentric humanism that draws inspiration from the works of Aki Kaurismaki, Roy Andersson and Petr Zelenka, among others. Even though the slender material occasionally feels padded, its delightful moments of inspired silliness will make it a breath of fresh air for festival programmers.
  • European Filmmakers Write to Putin about Ukrainian Director

    LONDON -- Some of Europe's top filmmakers -- Pedro Almodovar, Ken Loach, Aki Kaurismaki and Mike Leigh, among them -- have called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to clarify the status of detained Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov. In a letter sent...

    Cannes Film Review: 'The Owners'

    Three orphaned siblings fight a corrupt bureaucracy in order to keep a roof over their heads in "The Owners," the small but scrappy third feature from prize-winning Kazakh writer-director Adilkhan Yerzhanov ("Realtor.") A remake of sorts of his previous...

    Berlin: Karl Baumgartner to Receive Berlinale Camera

    LONDON -- The Berlin Film Festival will award the Berlinale Camera to Karl "Baumi" Baumgartner, one of Germany's leading producers and independent distributors. The award is presented to folk in the film biz to whom the fest feels particularly indebted...

    Cannes Film Review: 'Tu dors Nicole'

    A 20-something Quebecoise has some growing up to do in "Tu dors Nicole," a sweetly absurd, wryly comic third feature from French-Canadian helmer Stephane Lafleur ("Continental, a Film Without Guns"). Vibrantly shot in textured black-and-white 35mm, this...