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The Best Coming-of-Age Movies Ever Made — IndieWire Critics Survey

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The Best Coming-of-Age Movies Ever Made — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird,” what is the best coming-of-age movie ever made?

Siddhant Adlakha (@SidizenKane), Birth.Movies.Death.

While it may not fit the western paradigm of a traditional coming of age film (neither a high school setting nor teenage angst or confusion find themselves the focus), “Lion” holds the distinction of being a rare modern movie that gets to the root of key questions of dual identity, questions that will only become more prominent in the age of globalism. It’s the most extreme version of having your feet in two cultures; Saroo Brierley (Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel) finds himself
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Alfonso Cuarón on the Lumière Fest, ‘The Shape of Water,’ His Upcoming Film, and Mexico Earthquake Fundraising

Alfonso Cuarón on the Lumière Fest, ‘The Shape of Water,’ His Upcoming Film, and Mexico Earthquake Fundraising
For Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón, Lyon’s Lumière Film Festival is not only an event that celebrates cinema but also a relaxing opportunity to catch up with old friends without the stress of the film industry’s business.

“It’s beloved by filmmakers because it’s a cinephile festival,” Cuarón told Variety. “It’s not competitive. It’s a festival that celebrates cinema. It’s a festival of great films with great friends and amazing wine.”

The intimacy of the festival was evident at Saturday’s opening night ceremony and it’s something Cuarón seems to take to heart.

“It’s just one of those places in which you meet your old friends and you make new friends and everything is in the context of going to the movies to see great cinema in which there is a big respect for films the way that filmmakers intended.

He went on: “If it’s a digital film, it
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Diego Luna Faces Backlash From Fans for Agreeing to Work With Woody Allen

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Diego Luna Faces Backlash From Fans for Agreeing to Work With Woody Allen
In what’s becoming an ever-more frequent occurrence, Diego Luna is facing fan backlash from for agreeing to work with Woody Allen. The “Y tu mamá también” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” actor was recently announced as having joined the cast of Woody Allen’s next untitled movie alongside Selena Gomez and Elle Fanning, inspiring mixed feelings among his fans. Dylan Farrow, Allen’s adopted daughter, has accused the filmmaker of molesting her.

Read More:Kate Winslet Defends Her Decision to Work With Woody Allen on ‘Wonder Wheel,’ Says She Doesn’t Know ‘Whether Any of It Is True’

Kate Winslet was recently asked about working with the writer/director on “Wonder Wheel,” which is closing this year’s New York Film Festival. “I don’t know anything, really, and whether any of it is true or false,” she said. “Having thought it all through, you put
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The 8 Most Inventive, Informative, and Titillating Sex and Sexuality Podcasts

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The 8 Most Inventive, Informative, and Titillating Sex and Sexuality Podcasts
With a highly searchable subject matter, there are a plethora of podcasts exploring the great unknown of human sexuality. Just type “sex” into the Apple Store search bar, and a slew of eyebrow raising titles come up, like “Sex Talk With My Mom” to “The Manwhore Podcast.” But how is one to choose, with only so much time on the morning commute or treadmill? For every engaging, funny, and informative sex podcast out there, there are twice as many skippable duds. Which is why we’ve searched the audio waves to bring you the very best sex-talk the podcast world has to offer.

Ranging from the hilarious and outrageous to the nerdy and informative, with a lot of overlap in between, these eight podcasts represent a diverse array of perspectives. We prioritized entertainment value, non-judgmental approaches, and feminist perspectives to deliver an enjoyable crash course in human sexuality. From long-running
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Film Review: ‘I Dream in Another Language’

Film Review: ‘I Dream in Another Language’
At the outset of Mexican director Ernesto Contreras’ entrancing fourth feature, “I Dream in Another Language,” the fate of an indigenous language hangs in the balance: Only two living souls — once the closest of friends, now bitter rivals — still speak Zikril, which could easily die with them. Like certain species of rare butterflies, languages really do disappear, but the director (and his screenwriter brother, Carlos) pursue the metaphor further: In a world of globalization, endangered primitive languages represent different ways of seeing and understanding the world, perspectives that are lost when we fail to show sufficient curiosity in the generations and cultures that have come before.

In a perverse twist, this lovely, festival-anointed art film (which won the world dramatic competition’s audience award at Sundance) opens the same day as “The Emoji Movie,” and though each film depicts the death of communication in its own fashion, only one could be described as a poetic elegy to
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Alfonso Cuarón Is the Best Director of the 21st Century, According to Metacritic — See the Top 25

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Alfonso Cuarón Is the Best Director of the 21st Century, According to Metacritic — See the Top 25
Using the proprietary powers of the Metascore, everyone’s favorite review aggregator (sorry, Rotten Tomatoes) has ranked the 25 best directors of the 21st century. The results were found by averaging the reviews of filmmakers who have released at least four movies since January 1, 2000, and thus represent more of a number crunch than a subjective list.

Read MoreThe 25 Best Documentaries of the 21st Century, from ‘Amy’ to ‘The Act of Killing

As the two lowest-ranked auteurs are tied with an average Metascore of 78.4, essentially anyone who’s released at least one movie that received middling reviews didn’t make the cut — meaning that everyone from Quentin Tarantino and Terrence Malick to Sofia Coppola and Wes Anderson won’t be found here.

Topping the list is Alfonso Cuarón, whose average score of 87.5 comes from four highly acclaimed movies: “Gravity” (96), “Y Tu Mamá También” (88), “Children of Men” (84), and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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Alfonso Cuarón’s Cannes Masterclass: Watch His Full 80-Minute Talk on Directing

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Alfonso Cuarón’s Cannes Masterclass: Watch His Full 80-Minute Talk on Directing
Alfonso Cuarón taught a packed-out masterclass at Cannes yesterday, where the Mexican filmmaker spoke about his beginnings in film, his friendship with Guillermo del Toro and directing “Gravity” and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” The conversation, led by French film critic Michel Ciment, was the second of two masterclasses offered at the festival, following the one given by Clint Eastwood last Sunday.

Read More: The 2017 IndieWire Cannes Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

The Academy Award winner spoke about how for him filmmaking started as just a means of survival. “I come from a middle-class family and I grew up at a time when the golden age of cinema was over in Mexico. Cinema was my survival instinct, I needed it. I wouldn’t recommend the path I took to anyone,” he said, according to the official Cannes site.

The writer-director also spoke
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Cannes: Alfonso Cuarón On Del Toro, ‘Chivo’ And Giving It All He’s Got

Cannes: Alfonso Cuarón On Del Toro, ‘Chivo’ And Giving It All He’s Got
In Cannes Wednesday. Alfonso Cuarón gave a Masterclass spanning his life and passions: Friendships and films, made in both Mexico and Hollywood.

As Cuarón gave the class, he said, proving humble throughout his interview with Michel Simon, that the “true masters” were elsewhere in the festival, hinting that he doesn’t count himself among them. He pointed out that his was “a journey filled with insecurities,” which he considers a catalyst for his friendship with fellow Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who Cuarón called a fellow “blue collar” filmmaker.

The two met making TV when del Toro complimented the Steven King story which Cuarón had based one of his pieces on, commenting that, “The story is so good, so why did your short suck so bad?” Although the words surprised Cuarón he says del Toro was right, and since then the two have been fast friends.

Born in a neighborhood
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Cannes: Telecinco Cinema Boards Gracia Querejeta’s Basque Country-Set Comedy ‘Crime Wave’ (Exclusive)

In one of Spain’s biggest box office bets for 2018, Telecinco Cinema, the film production arm of broadcaster Mediaset España, has boarded Basque Country-set, Maribel Verdú-starrer black comedy “Crime Wave.”

Directed by Gracia Querejeta (“15 Years in One Day”), film is scheduled to roll Oct.-Nov. in flagship locations in the Basque Country’s Bilbao and Biscay province. It is also produced by Bilbao’s Historias del Tío Luis and Santiago Segura’s Bowfinger International Pictures.

In “Crime Wave,” Verdú, whose credits include ”Pan’s Labyrinth,” “And Your Mother Too” and “Snow White,” plays a wealthy divorced housewife living in Bilbao’s Neguri suburb who finds out that her teenager son has killed his father. Trying to protect him against all odds, she will cause a riotous crime wave in the city.

Telecinco Cinema’s Ghislain Barrois and Alvaro Augustín, Bowfinger’s María Luisa Gutiérrez and Historias del Tío Luis
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‘Y Tu Mama Tambien’ Producer Jorge Vergara Boards ‘Bonded’ from Lucas Akoskin’s Aliwen Entertainment (Exclusive)

‘Y Tu Mama Tambien’ Producer Jorge Vergara Boards ‘Bonded’ from Lucas Akoskin’s Aliwen Entertainment (Exclusive)
Y Tu Mama tambien” producer Jorge Vergara, who co-founded Anhelo Prods. with Alfonso Cuaron, is boarding the drama “Bonded” from Aliwen Entertainment, the new Santa Monica-based shingle founded by Lucas Akoskin (“Nightingale,” “Captive,” “Desierto”) last year.

“Bonded” marks the return to film producing of Vergara who last backed the 2004 crime drama “The Assassination of Richard Nixon.”

Shooting this fall in Guadalajara, Mexico City and Los Angeles, “Bonded” is based on true events about the sweatshops of Los Angeles. Casting is underway for the mostly English-language drama about a Mexican teenager whose dreams of becoming a soccer star are disrupted when his mother dies. He’s smuggled across the border with the promise of a better life but is instead sold to a sweatshop in downtown La.

With a budget projected for under $5 million, “Bonded” is the directorial debut of producer-scribe Mohit Ramchandani. Project was previously set up at Irish Dreamtime,
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Exclusive: Cary Fukunaga Talks ‘Y Tu Mamá También,’ ‘The Wedding Banquet’ & More For Tribeca Shortlist

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There are plenty of streaming services that give you a lot content, but leave you to weed through and find the gems. However, Tribeca Shortlist does things differently. Each month, the subscription movie service from Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises brings selections curated by actors, producers, writers, directors and others to the platform, which they then talk about on the service. It’s like getting a playlist from your favorite filmmakers and stars, and this month Cary Fukunaga (“Sin Nombre,” “Jane Eyre,” “Beasts Of No Nation,” “True Detective“) shares some of his favorites.

Continue reading Exclusive: Cary Fukunaga Talks ‘Y Tu Mamá También,’ ‘The Wedding Banquet’ & More For Tribeca Shortlist at The Playlist.
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Emmanuel Lubezki Didn’t Shoot Alfonso Cuarón’s New Movie, but This Rising Cinematographer Did — Watch

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Now that Alfonso Cuarón has wrapped production on “Roma,” the Film Stage has put together a helpful primer on the film’s cinematographer. Emmanuel Lubezki had previously served as Dp on each of the director’s films save for “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”; their most recent collaboration, “Gravity,” earned them both Academy Awards. Now that Galo Olivares is stepping up, take a moment acquaint yourself with his prior work.

Read More: Alfonso Cuarón is Done Filming ‘Roma,’ Says It’s The Movie He ‘Always Dreamed of’ Making

Cuarón shot “Roma” along with Olivares, who’s worked on a number of productions in Mexico over the last several years: “La Rabia de Clara,” “Australia,” “Hear Me Lord.”. “Returning to my country with this specific project was something very personal, because we made a film set in the ’70s, with many elements and experiences of my childhood,” said Cuarón of “Roma,
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Alfonso Cuarón wraps shooting on new film 'Roma'

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Director reveals title and plot details of his upcoming Mexico-set film.

Alfonso Cuarón revealed at a press conference in Mexico City on Tuesday (14 March) that he has finished shooting his new film Roma.

The project saw the director return to his native Mexico for a 1970s-set drama about a year in the life of a middle-class family.

According to The Associated Press, Cuarón said the success of his previous film Gravity enabled him to make this personal project back in his homeland.

“Movies are like a cereal box - at the bottom there is the promise of a toy,” he told reporters.

Gravity was that cereal box and I got that little toy, which usually leads to a bigger film with more production, with more stars. But I decided to return to Mexico City to make this movie with the resources I had always dreamed about.”

He added: “I can live abroad, but my head
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Arik Reviews Felipe Cazals’ Canoa: A Shameful Memory [Criterion Collection Blu-ray review]

One of my great joys, as a fan of world cinema, is when I start watching a film that I have no expectations for, and am completely blown away. I immediately want to recommend it to anyone I know that might also enjoy it. It feels like I found a secret, even if it’s only new to me. This film fits completely into this category. I know very little about the history of Mexican cinema, and Latin American films are hardly well represented in the collection. To learn a little bit more was such a treat, and just whets my appetite for more of the great films from this era.

The film is based on a true story, and all the details of that story are revealed in the first minute of the film, so there are no spoilers here. In 1968, two weeks before the Tlatelolco massacre of student protesters in Mexico City,
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Alfonso Cuarón is Done Filming ‘Roma,’ Says It’s The Movie He ‘Always Dreamed of’ Making

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Alfonso Cuarón is Done Filming ‘Roma,’ Says It’s The Movie He ‘Always Dreamed of’ Making
Alfonso Cuarón is back! The filmmaker has remained relatively quiet since winning Best Director at the Oscars three years ago for “Gravity,” but at a press conference (via Filmeweb) in Mexico earlier today, he confirmed he has finished production on his next movie, a family drama titled “Roma.” This is the first time the title has been revealed.

Read More: How Alfonso Cuarón and Emmanuel Lubezki Faked Their Way Through Film School

News broke last September that Cuarón would be directing a new movie set in Mexico, his first since “Y Tu Mamá También” made him a star on the international film circuit. At the time, the only details around the project were that it would be set in the 1970s and follow the year in the life of a middle-class family. The director is remaining tight-lipped on plot details for now, but he did reveal just how important it
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Nightwing: 5 Actors Who Could Take On The Role Of Dick Grayson

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Yesterday, we learned that there will be a live action Nightwing film that will be directed by Chris McKay! So who is Chris McKay and why is this huge news? Outside of Robot Chicken, Morel Orel (funny if you remember the '80ish Sunday morning Christian show), and -- wait -- that is about it, right? So what has he done? Oh yeah. The Lego Batman Movie. He was able to combine all of the "negative & dark" elements of Batman and make him into a character that you originally love to hate, but finally are totally on-board with. Many are saying that The Lego Batman is the best Batman ever featured on the big screen, including Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

At this point with all the back and forth of Affleck and the possibility of The Batman movie, I do not care what I hear, until I see a trailer.
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17 of Hollywood’s Top Cinematographers You Should Be Following on Instagram

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By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

One of the jobs that the general public doesn’t pay that much attention to — but probably should — is that of the cinematographer. If you think a film looks gorgeous and you’re able to get swept away by what you’re seeing on the screen, that’s all thanks to this man or woman’s work behind the scenes. Turns out, though, you can even see these folks showcase their talent on social media.

Since the role of cinematographer is often referred to as the director of photography — shortened to Dp or Dop — it only makes sense that we hone in Instagram as that’s one popular online platform dedicated specifically to photos. Let’s take a look at 16 of the cinematographers who are utilizing Instagram to showcase more of their work and giving us a glimpse of
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Berlin reveals jury, homage, Berlinale Camera recipients

Berlin reveals jury, homage, Berlinale Camera recipients
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Diego Luna amongst those to join jury president Paul Verhoeven.

The 67th Berlin Film Festival has revealed its jury, homage subject and Golden Camera recipients.

Joining jury president, Paul Verhoeven, will be actors Maggie Gyllenhaal, Diego Luna, and Julia Jentsch, producer Dora Bouchoucha Fourati, artist Olafur Eliasson and director-screenwriter Wang Quan’an.

Eighteen films are vying in this year’s competition for the Golden Bear. The winners will be announced at the Berlinale Palast on February 18.

Robocop director Verhoeven is currently flying high off the success of Golden Globe-winning drama Elle.

Gyllenhaal is best known for her Oscar-nominated role in Crazy Heart, breakthrough performances in Donnie Darko and Secretary, The Dark Knight and TV series The Honourable Woman, for which she garnered a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy nomination.

Luna, co-star of Alfonso Cuarón’s Y Tu Mamá También, has played at the Berlinale in titles including Milk (dir: Gus van Sant, Berlinale
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Berlin 2017: Full international jury announced

The full international jury for this year’s Berlin Film Festival has been announced.

It was previously announced that Paul Verhoeven would head up the jury this year, and now the organizers have released the rest of the jury to judge the films in-competition. They are producer Dora Bouchoucha Fourati (Tunisia), artist Olafur Eliasson (Iceland), actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (USA), actress Julia Jentsch (Germany), actor and director Diego Luna (Mexico), and director and screenwriter Wang Quan’an (People’s Republic of China).

This year’s Berlinale, the Berlin Film Festical, kicks off in Germany on February 9th through to the 19th. Keep it Thn for full coverage.

Paul Verhoeven, Jury President, Director, Screenwriter (The Netherlands)

The Dutch director and screenwriter Paul Verhoeven began his directing career in 1969 with the successful Dutch television series Floris. After his feature film debut Business is Business in 1971, came the erotic thriller Turkish Delight in 1973, a
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