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Pablo Berger returns with Paranormal Comedy ‘Abracadabra’

Taking advantage of a well-deserved holiday back at home in Madrid, the torrid Spanish summer invites to little else than finding refuge in a well air-conditioned cinema, catching up with the latest film releases, particularly those local or Latin American ones, which may find it difficult to get a theatrical release in the UK.

And no Hispanic title has been more awaited recently than Pablo Berger’s follow-up to his international festival breakout, ‘Blancanieves’. His new film, named after Steve Miller Band’s eighties classic ‘Abracadabra,’ takes a diametrically opposed turn from the stylish black and white and folkloric Spanish iconography, imbued in flamenco and bullfighting, that made of his take on the popular children’s’ tale such a success. Read the rest of this entry »

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2009 The Year In Movies: 2-Author, Author.


CHARLIE KAUFFMAN (Synecdoche, New York)

The Oscars are fairly accused of playing conservative. They don’t normally reward the adventurous and challenging, nor the works and directors who try and push the boundaries of the seventh art. That’s why many of the best films every year can be found outside the bandwidth of the Academy. With the independent sector shrinking, the hope for more rewarding filmmaking is in the hands of the so-called authors and their arthouse productions, and 2009 is full of well-established masters bringing their wit and wisdom to the big screen. Read the rest of this entry »

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