"The Iranian Shrek and the American Kiarostami do not represent, in their new homes, what they represent in the film worlds where they originated," writes Brian T Edwards in one of the texts available in full from The Believer's new 2010 Film Issue. "In fact, the American Kiarostami is just as American as the Farsi-dubbed Shrek is Iranian. In each location, they become convenient foreign elements against which domestic film production can more clearly distinguish itself as domestic."
It's a rich read, in which we meet "the Henri Langlois of Iran," attend a party and note a distinction made by Mohsen Makhmalbaf which often goes overlooked in the West, and it happens to appear on the day that the Tribeca Film Festival has announced that it will open on April 21 with the world premiere of Shrek Forever After.
The Spring 2010 issue of Otherzine is online and features, among other pieces, tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE on the historicization of the avant-garde, JM Magrini on Artaud the film theorist, Ken Hollings on the return of the future and Marshall McLuhan and Jack Stevenson's interview with Mike Kuchar.
Not Coming to a Theater Near You launches a two-week-long series on Stanley Kubrick: "In this feature, our aim is not to once again dance around this monolith like so many awestruck apes, but to pry it open slightly, the better to discern its contours and occasional fractures."
Meantime, The Bioscope has been digging up treasure: "That post on the appearance online of the George Eastman House journal Image made me think that it would be useful to have a round-up of those silent film journals that are available on the Web."
"After a final week of prize-giving, the season's pre-Oscar awards rituals came to a close Sunday night," notes Anne Thompson. "There's nothing left but the big show itself March 7."
A quick rundown: The American Society of Cinematographers presented its top award to Christian Berger for his work on Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon and, as Peter Knegt reports for indieWIRE, "The ASC Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Caleb Deschanel by his daughters Zooey and Emily Deschanel and the ASC International Award went to Chris Menges." Click Peter's name for more.
Back to Anne Thompson: "[T]he Costume Designers Guild gave out its three top awards to Sandy Powell of The Young Victoria for period film (here's her flip-cam interview), who also won the BAFTA and is up for the Oscar, plus Crazy Heart for contemporary film and The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus for fantasy film."
The Cinema Audio Society has honored The Hurt Locker while the Visual Effects Society has gone for Avatar.
Meantime, the "French film industry lined up behind Jacques Audiard's A Prophet on Saturday night, honouring the gripping prison drama with nine Césars, including best film, best director and best actor for its young star Tahar Rahim," reports Chai Hong Lim for the Guardian.
The countdown for the 2009 Muriel Awards concluded over the weekend as well and Inglourious Basterds has come out on top.
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