FrightFest To Screen CANNON FODDER the First Israeli Zombie Film

Israel takes one bloodthirsty step further into genre filmmaking, with the FrightFest announcement that the festival will feature not only one Israeli film, but two.The first one is the much talked about thriller Big Bad Wolves by Aharon Keshales and... More »
  

Review: THE ATTACK, A Sobering, Piercing Drama

The complicated situation in Israel, with its uneasy peace and frequent bursts of non-peace between Jews and Arabs, has given rise to numerous compelling stories, and will no doubt continue to do so for as long as there is conflict... More »
  

Watch The English Subtitled Trailer For Israeli Thriller BIG BAD WOLVES

Israeli directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado created quite the international stir with their debut film Rabies a couple years back, the genre world embracing the first ever Israeli slasher wholeheartedly. And so when the duo returned with dark thriller... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2013 Returns to NYC With An Impressive Slate of Provocative Films From Around the Globe

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, now in its 24th edition, returns to New York from June 13 through 23 with 20 films, 18 documentaries and 2 fiction films, with screenings at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the... More »
  

Patrick Stewart Returns To The Big Screen In The Trailer For HUNTING ELEPHANTS

You might have noticed that it's been a very long while since we've seen Patrick Stewart's presence on the big screen. It's been several years in fact, during which his voice did most of the acting, from video games and... More »
  

Cannes 2013 Review: Asghar Farhadi's THE PAST Is An Intense, Mesmerizing Excavation Of Secrets And Lies

Those who saw Asghar Farhadi's previous film A Separation already know that though the Iranian filmmaker specializes in two-plus hour family dramas, his movies are as intense and absorbing as any thriller out there. Like the aforementioned film, The Past... More »
  

Cannes 2013: Quinzaine Organizers Denounce Iranian Filmmaker

A bit of controversy over at the Directors' Fortnight sidebar (or Quinzaine des r√©alisateurs) yesterday when Iranian director Alireza Khatami made some pretty scathing remarks for the stage about the Taiwanese film Taipei Factory. As filmbiz.asia reports: Khatami said that... More »
  

More Letters! More Death! Iglesia, Sono, Natali And More Anchor THE ABCs OF DEATH 2!

Are you ready for a second lesson in mortality? Because word is out today that horror anthology The ABCs Of Death is getting a sequel and the initial lineup includes some big names from all around the world with a... More »
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MSPIFF 2013 Review: THESE BIRDS WALK Delivers Emotional Behind-The-Scenes Realism

Striking a poetic cord, These Birds Walk finds a symbiotic naturalism between those filming, newcomers Omar Mullick and Bassam Tariq, and those being filmed, the unwanted children of Pakistan. Pakistan, more than any other country, feels like an innocent bystander... More »
  

Hey Australia! Win The Original Homeland With PRISONERS OF WAR Series One!

Thanks to Madman Entertainment, Twitch has 5 copies of series one of the Israeli drama that inspired Showtime's mega hit Homeland.Prisoners of War begins with the return of three soldiers who had been in captivity for 17 years. Two of... More »
  

Tribeca 2013 Review: Who's Afraid Of The BIG BAD WOLVES?

Editor's Note: some would consider this review a spoiler, as it discusses the ending, although doesn't reveal what happens.There were audible groans as the credits rolled on the pre-festival screening of Big Bad Wolves. Without giving anything away, I imagine... More »
  

Exclusive Video: Sally El Hosaini Talks About Her Film MY BROTHER THE DEVIL

Sally El Hosaini's Sundance 2012 feature My Brother the Devil has been playing in New York and will expand to Los Angeles this weekend via Paladin. The powerful film tells the story of two brothers of Egyptian decent, navigating... More »
  

First Shots From RABIES Duo's BIG BAD WOLVES

It was just yesterday that Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado's sophomore feature Big Bad Wolves - the follow up to acclaimed Israeli horror Rabies - was announced as a world premiere at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival. And today we... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

The Directors Of RABIES Introduce Their BIG BAD WOLVES

Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado turned a lot of heads back in 2010 with the release of Rabies, a film billed as the first ever Israeli slasher. Rabies premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it won raves before going... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Afghanistan TV Goes Indie in SXSW Selected THE NETWORK

Soon to debut at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, The Network documents the creation of the first independent television network in Afghanistan. Eva Orner, an award-winning Australian producer, makes her directorial debut with the documentary. The festival describes... More »
  

Review: LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE Casts A Mysterious, Unsettling Spell In Tokyo

Like Someone in Love, the gorgeous, deeply mysterious and unsettling new film by Abbas Kiarostami, continues his return to narrative filmmaking, which began with Certified Copy, the Italy-set feature that marked his first outside his native Iran. Kiarostami's latest, which... More »
  

Watch This: Dan Sachar's Sci-Fi Short OVERTURE

We here at Twitch are fans of Israeli filmmaker Dan Sachar. Big fans. Speaking for myself, his last effort Overture was the best overall short film I saw in 2011, and truth be told it's up there for shorts in... More »
  

Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2012: Wrap Up, Highlights and Impressions

The 4th Doha Tribeca Film Festival wrapped up proceedings on Saturday night, bringing to an end an enthralling eight day celebration of World Cinema, including an impressive selection of films from the MENA (Middle East & North Africa) region, and... More »
  

DTFF 2012: THE REPENTANT, HORSES OF GOD and THE LEBANESE ROCKET SOCIETY Win Top Awards

Last night, the winners of the Arab Film Competition and the Audience Awards were announced at the 4th Doha Tribeca Film Festival, with a total of ten different awards up for grabs, in Feature, Short Film and Documentary categories.Merzak Allouache's... More »
  

Review: HABIBI Is An Earnest If Familiar Love Story

Susan Youssef's first feature Habibi is an earnest if not entirely impressive tale of forbidden love set in Israeli-occupied Palestine. While the film does stir and touch at appropriate moments, the threads of a tried-and-true narrative ultimately fail to come... More »
  
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