| Dec 12, 2013
| 2:53 PM
Films from Denmark, France, Iran, Italy and Japan are nominated for the Golden Globes foreign-language film award. "The Hunt," "Blue Is the Warmest Color," "The Past," "The Great Beauty" and "The Wind Rises" will compete for the prize, to be announced...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 10:30 AM
Abdellatif Kechiche's romance drama "Blue Is The Warmest Color" ("La vie d'Adele") won the Louis Delluc prize, a prestigious French film award voted on by 14 top critics.
"Blue" beat out such strong contenders as Albert Dupontel's dark comedy "Nine-Month...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Asghar Farhadi's "A Separation" not only won the foreign-language Oscar, it was also the rare foreign-language film to break through to a nomination in a more mainstream category, earning a nod for original screenplay. After also picking up multiple other...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 10:26 AM
There are all kinds of film festivals and almost every one hands out some sort of award.
But even with virtually every major city on the planet now hosting a trophy-dispensing movie gathering, there's still just one honor that truly matters: the People'...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 11:25 AM
A record 76 movies will vie for the 2014 foreign-language Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday, and the race looks to be wide open. Yet even as the narrowing-down to five final nominees has barely begun, the seemingly...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 6:27 AM
This column is not about the 49th Chicago International Film Festival. We'll be writing about that Sunday, and then again next week, closer to Thursday's opening night.
But here's an interesting fact regarding this year's festival: Not a single...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 10:49 AM
Opening Oct. 10 with a title yet to be announced, the 49th Chicago International Film Festival features a laundry list of proven festival favorites, including Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," starring Bruce Dern; the Coen brothers' latest, "Inside Llewyn...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 8:30 AM
Quentin Tarantino -- Variety's 2013 Home Entertainment Hall of Fame honoree -- could be a poster boy for the home-entertainment industry. After all, it's well-known that the Oscar winner and key influencer of industry trends began his film career at the...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 5:45 AM
— In "Blue Is the Warmest Color," Adèle Exarchopoulos plays a French student who has an intensely passionate, excruciatingly painful relationship with an older woman (Léa Seydoux). Making the film, she says, was much the same.
"He changed my life,...
| Nov 16, 2013
| 9:00 AM
June Squibb was in a bit of shock when she first saw her performance as the tart-tongued wife of Bruce Dern's character in Alexander Payne's "Nebraska."
Squibb had encountered women like the controlling, outspoken Kate growing up in a small town in...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 8:30 AM
Hot on the heels of the success of 2012's "The End," Hicham Lasri weaves another post-war tale with apocalyptic undertones in "They Are the Dogs." The sophomore feature comes to its home fest of Marrakech after making the festival rounds at Cannes,...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 11:05 AM
Although Wednesday night's celebration of music from the Coen brothers' upcoming movie "Inside Llewyn Davis" lacked the onstage star power of a New York Film Festival-pegged benefit event (no Patti Smith, Jack White, Marcus Mumford or Joan Baez), it...