Interview: Olatz López Garmendia Talks Patria o Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland or Death (Exclusive)

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Inspiration to revolt against a government that’s not serving its citizens’ needs can often be sparked from a few people who voice their opposition to their leaders’ rulings. As seen with the Cuban Revolution in the 1950s, a coup that was meant to bring more freedom to the people ultimately turned the country into the current Unitary Marxist–Leninist one-party state, which isn’t helping its citizens. Filmmaker Olatz López Garmendia’s new documentary, ‘Patria o Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland or Death,’ powerfully highlights how the country’s current dictatorship is guiding more people today to rebel against their oppressive leaders. ‘Patria o Muerte: Cuba, Fatherland or Death’ marks the documentary film directorial debut of [ Read More ]

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New York Film Festival Spotlight on Documentary selections announced by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2016-08-25 16:52:00

Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters and Life Itself director Steve James's latest, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, in the New York Film Festival Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Films by Steve James, Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens (on Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds), Errol Morris (on Elsa Dorfman), Bill Morrison, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Raoul Peck, Kasper Collin (on Lee Morgan), Sam Pollard, Aaron Brookner (on William Burroughs and Robert Wilson documentarian Howard Brookner), Olatz López Garmendia, Shimon Dotan, Mohamed Siam, Linda Saffire and Adam Schlesinger (on Wendy Whelan), Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker will shine in the New York Film Festival Spotlight on Documentary section.

Ava DuVernay’s documentary The 13th was announced earlier as the Opening Night Gala film, Gimme Danger's Jim Jarmusch appears in Brookner's Uncle Howard and Sacro Gra director Gianfranco Rosi has his latest Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare) screening in the Main Slate program.

Chaired by Festival Director Kent Jones,
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New York Film Festival Announces 2016 Documentary Lineup, Including New Films by Errol Morris and Steve James

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New York Film Festival Announces 2016 Documentary Lineup, Including New Films by Errol Morris and Steve James
The Film Society of Lincoln Center today announced the complete Spotlight on Documentary lineup for the 54th New York Film Festival, which begins on September 30 and ends on October 16. Among the more prominent selections are “Hoop Dreams” director Steve James’ “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” and Errol Morris’ “The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography,” among others; already announced titles for this year’s edition of Nyff, the 54th, include Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea,” Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” and Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women.” Find the full list of documentaries below.

Read More: Nyff Reveals Main Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Manchester By the Sea,’ ‘Paterson’ and ‘Personal Shopper’

“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” (Steve James)

“The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography” (Errol Morris)

“Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” (Alexis Bloom & Fisher Stevens)

The Cinema Travellers” (Shirley Abraham & Amit Madheshiya”)

“Dawson City: Frozen Times” (Bill Morrison)

“Hissen Habré,
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Julian Schnabel Engaged For Third Time

Julian Schnabel Engaged For Third Time
Julian Schnabel split from stunning "Miral" screenwriter Rula Jebreal only last spring, but it looks like the artist-director is engaged again. The New York Post reports that the 60-year-old "Diving Bell and the Butterfly" director has popped the question to 30-year-old Danish model May Anderson, who now works at Hole Gallery in New York. Anderson has also been featured as a model in Sports Illustrated, Playboy and Victoria's Secret.

Schnabel has been married twice before, to clothing designer Jacqueline Beaurang and Spanish actress Olatz López Garmendia. He has five children.
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Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies

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Brace yourselves. This list of the Top 100 Greatest Gay Movies is probably going to generate some howls of protest thanks to a rather major upset in the rankings. Frankly, one that surprised the hell out of us here at AfterElton.

But before we get to that, an introduction. A few weeks ago we asked AfterElton readers to submit up to ten of their favorite films by write-in vote. We conducted a similar poll several years ago, but a lot has happened culturally since then, and a number of worthy movies of gay interest have been released. We wanted to see how your list of favorites had changed.

We also wanted to expand our list to 100 from the top 50 we had done previously. We figured there were finally enough quality gay films to justify the expansion. And we wanted to break out gay documentaries onto their own list (You'll find the
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Schnabel 'Splits From Jebreal'

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Schnabel 'Splits From Jebreal'
Director Julian Schnabel has ended his tumultuous relationship with longtime girlfriend Rula Jebreal, according to U.S. reports.

The filmmaker started dating the journalist after leaving his second wife Olatz Lopez Garmendia four years ago, but their rocky romance hit the headlines several times after they were spotted arguing in public.

Schnabel apologised to staff at NBC studios in New York in March, after the pair had a bust-up before a TV show to promote their movie Miral, which Jebreal wrote.

And the relationship reportedly failed to recover - they split in June, according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.

A source tells the publication, "He ended it before the (art festival) Venice Biennale in June. Things became very difficult working on the movie together and promoting it together."

For Rula Jebreal and Julian Schnabel, Miral Is a Labor of Love

Freida Pinto stars in Julian Schnabel’s Miral. Courtesy of the Weinstein Company. Julian Schnabel’s new film, Miral, screens tonight at the United Nations General Assembly Hall. The film is adapted from the semi-autobiographical debut novel of Italian-Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal, published in 2003. It follows an Arab girl growing up in a Jerusalem orphanage during the violence of the 1987 Palestinian uprising. Schnabel first met Jebreal at a party in 2007, when Schnabel was still married to his second wife, Olatz Lopez Garmendia. He was so impressed with the book (and its stunning author) that he was inspired to make the film. Schnabel and Jebreal promptly fell in love, and now live together at Palazzo Chupi, Schnabel’s famed pink-stucco Italo-condo in New York’s West Village. It’s a family affair—Jebreal’s 14-year-old daughter, Miral, for whom the book is named—lives with them, and Schnabel’s daughter Stella
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Artist Always Looking For Different Colors

Thanksgiving. We talk menus. As to a turkey, I'm talking Julian Schnabel. As to a cooked goose, I'm again talking Julian Schnabel. If you're not in a big hurry, I will lead you through this slowly:

In 1980 at the Leo Castelli art gallery, Julian, 30, and already a famous artist, met fashion designer Jacqueline Beaurang. They married. They made three children. In 1986, painter/sculptor Julian met Elite model Olatz Lopez Garmendia in a restaurant. They made two children. He got divorced. He married Olatz. Comes now 2008. Next up, a Palestinian author named Rula Jebreal,
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Schnabel Caught Up In Affair Rumours

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Schnabel Caught Up In Affair Rumours
A representative for director Julian Schnabel has failed to put an end to rumours the star's marriage is in trouble, despite reports he is romancing Palestinian author Rula Jebreal.

According to reports, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly filmmaker and his second wife Olatz López Garmendia have not been seen in public together since February, when they attended the Vanity Fair post-Oscar party.

And the New York Post's gossip column Page Six is now speculating over allegations that Schnabel and Jebreal are romantically involved, after working together on turning her book Miral into a film.

Schnabel, who announced his involvement in the project earlier this year, was reportedly spotted holding hands with Jebreal last week (ends29Aug08) while in Israel to scout locations for the movie. They were then reportedly seen heading to Schnabel's luxury home in the Middle Eastern country.

Another source tells the publication that Garmendia - the mother of two of Schnabel's children - is "despondent and distraught" over the claims.

Schnabel's spokesperson has confirmed the movie is in the works, but has refused to comment on the nature of the director's relationship with Jebreal, or the status of his marriage.

Tiff: Schnabel and Company Strike A Warm Pose

Artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel demonstrated his talents as we snapped this photo last night at the Toronto International Film Festival. While iPOP captured (left to right) Marie-Josee Croze, Olatz Lopez Garmendia, and Emmanuelle Seigner -- the women from from his new film "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" -- Schnabel playfully took charge to direct the shoot, insisting on more and more shots until he himself popped in
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