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Utah group objects to Sundance Film Festival

A conservative Utah group believes the Sundance Film Festival’s lineup featuring ‘obscene’ movies is at odds with Utah’s culture of family values, and wants the state to pull its financial backing.

The Sutherland Institute says the state shouldn’t back a festival that features films about porn stars and women having affairs with one another’s adult sons. He’s referring to a pair of movies featuring well-known Hollywood actresses: Lovelace starring Amanda Seyfried, and Two Mothers starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright. Lovelace is rated R. Two Mothers is not yet rated.

The festival kicks off Thursday in Park City, Utah.

The Salt Lake City-based institute isn’t saying Sundance should leave Utah — but rather that the state should pull its financial backing, said Derek Monson, Sutherland Institute’s director of public policy. READ FULL STORY

Jafar Panahi: A terrific filmmaker is in prison, not at Cannes where he belongs

jafar-panahiImage Credit: Marc Grimwade/WireImage.comAs the Cannes Film Festival unspools over the next 10 days, one prestigious juror won’t have access to his rightful seat: Iranian director Jafar Panahi has been imprisoned in Tehran’s Evin prison since March for his political views. A supporter of Iran’s Green Movement and opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Panahi has criticized the outcome of last year’s disputed presidential election, in which Mahmoud Ahmadinejad returned to power.  Protests and declarations of support have been issued by international critics’ groups, French government ministers, the Cannes Film Festival organizers, fellow Iranian filmmakers, and a power-packed American contingent of directors including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Oliver Stone. But so far, organized outcry hasn’t worked to free one independent-minded 49-year-old artist who makes movies admired around the world.

What can you or I do? I recommend we vote with our Netflix queue, and enjoy the power of Panahi’s eye for the intersection of realism and politically profound, deadpan absurdity. A quick study of the Netflix inventory suggests that his charming first feature, The White Balloon (1995), about the small, engrossing adventures of a little girl who wants to buy a goldfish, isn’t available. (Let me know if you learn otherwise.) But check out The Mirror (1997), which messes with the boundaries between character and reality; or the unflinching portrait of women penned in by society in The Circle (2000); or the saga of a pizza-delivery man on a motorbike trying to make his way around Tehran in Crimson Gold (2003). READ FULL STORY

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