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The best European film festivals to visit in 2016 and what to take when you go

There are hundreds of film festivals out there and hardly a weekend goes by without a city announcing one of its very own. Whether you’re thinking of heading to your first film festival or you’ve dipped you toes in the water already, we’ve put together a list of the five best European film festivals to visit next year, as well as a guide as to what you should take along with you.

European film festivals

Cannes

Probably the most well-known European film festival, Cannes occurs every May and runs for two weeks. The most coveted prize is the Palm d’Or and big winners have included Francis Ford Coppola and Quentin Tarantino.

Venice

Known as the oldest film festival, Venice runs in late August or September every year. Past winners of the prestigious Golden Lion include Mike Lee and Darren Aronofsky.

Berlin

The final of the big three European film festivals,
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Oscars: Academy receives 124 documentary submissions

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Oscars: Academy receives 124 documentary submissions
Titles include Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary, Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next and Matthew Heineman’s Cartel Land.

Among those in consideration for the 88th Academy Awards are Cartel Land, He Named Me Malala, Amy, Janis: Little Girl Blue, Sherpa, Where To Invade Next, Winter On Fire, Wolfpack, Meet The Patels and A Sinner In Mecca.

Several of the submissions have not yet had their Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases.

A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December.

The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on January 14 2016 and the ceremony takes place on February 28 2016 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood .

The submitted features in alphabetical order are:

Above And Beyond

All Things Must Pass

Amy

The Armor Of Light

Ballet 422

Batkid Begins

Becoming Bulletproof

Being Evel

Beltracchi – The Art Of Forgery

Best Of Enemies

The Black Panthers: Vanguard Of The Revolution

Bolshoi Babylon

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Academy receives 124 documentary submissions

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Academy receives 124 documentary submissions
Among those in consideration for the 88th Academy Awards are Cartel Land, He Named Me Malala, Amy, Janie: Little Girl Blue, Sherpa, Where To Invade Next, Winter On Fire, Wolfpack, Meet The Patels and A Sinner In Mecca.Several of the submissions have not yet had their Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases.A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December.The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on January 14 2016 and the ceremony takes place on

Among those in consideration for the 88th Academy Awards are Cartel Land, He Named Me Malala, Amy, Janie: Little Girl Blue, Sherpa, Where To Invade Next, Winter On Fire, Wolfpack, Meet The Patels and A Sinner In Mecca.

Several of the submissions have not yet had their Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases.

A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December.

The 88th Academy Awards nominations will be announced on January 14 2016 and the ceremony takes place on
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Amy, He Named Me Malala, Lambert & Stamp Among 124 Documentary Features Submitted For 88th Oscars

One hundred twenty-four features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 88th Academy Awards.

Last year’s winner was Citizenfour (Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy and Dirk Wilutzky)

The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

Above and Beyond

“All Things Must Pass”

Amy

The Armor of Light

Ballet 422

Batkid Begins

Becoming Bulletproof

Being Evel

“Beltracchi – The Art of Forgery”

Best of Enemies

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

“Bolshoi Babylon”

Brand: A Second Coming

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story

Call Me Lucky

Cartel Land

Censored Voices

“Champs”

“CodeGirl”

Coming Home

Dark Horse

“Deli Man”

Dior and I

“The Diplomat”

“(Dis)Honesty – The Truth about Lies”

“Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll”

“Dreamcatcher”

“dream/killer”

“Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon”

“Eating Happiness”

“Every Last Child”

“Evidence of Harm”

Farewell to Hollywood
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Mesmerizing ‘Song from the Forest’ follows one man’s quest for harmony

Song from the Forest

Written & Directed by Michael Obert

Germany | USA | Central African Republic, 2013

From harmony comes peace. Michael Obert’s luminous documentary, Song from the Forest, is a celebration of one man’s harmony that resonates from the heart of the jungle. At the same time, there’s an undeniable melancholy lacing every frame. The result is a deceptively complicated film that captures the inscrutable beauty of finding one’s place in the world and the economic realities of preserving it.

When Louis Sarno heard the beguiling music of a Pygmy tribe playing on his radio in 1985, he couldn’t possibly imagine that it would change his life forever. With only a few hundred dollars, a tape recorder, and a one-way ticket, Sarno journey deep into the rain forest to find the music that had so thoroughly possessed him. He encountered the Bayaka; a Congo River tribe that existed in almost perfect isolation.
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Song From the Forest Shows What Happens When You Take a Boy Out of the Rainforest

Song From the Forest Shows What Happens When You Take a Boy Out of the Rainforest
There are moments in Song From the Forest where the documentary's core narrative comes close to inducing groans: A white American travels to a rainforest in central Africa and finds a people (in this case, the Bayaka pygmies) whose pure culture and simple life connect him with the best part of himself, revealing to him the superficiality of his own culture. The traveler is Louis Sarno, who has devoted himself to the Bayaka for over 25 years. He's married to a Bayaka woman, and they have a thirteen-year-old son, Samedi. Sarno's one-of-a-kind recordings of traditional Bayaka music document a culture that has already lost much to modernity, which pains him. Song is filled with great beauty and moments of everyday life that show that director Michael Obert ha...
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Review: In 'Song From the Forest,' Louis Sarno Joins a Pygmy Tribe, Starts a Family and Returns to New York

Review: In 'Song From the Forest,' Louis Sarno Joins a Pygmy Tribe, Starts a Family and Returns to New York
The saga of Louis Sarno has never been a secret. In the 1980s, American writer and musicologist visited the remote Bayaka Pygmy clan in the Central African Republic to record their unique music; with time, he settled among them, married a member of the tribe and started a family. In 1993, he published a memoir of his experiences, followed by an album collecting the Bayaka's earthy acoustic melodies in 1996; in 2010, Lavina Currier's feature-length "Oka!" fictionalized Sarno's journey with Kris Marshall cast as an embellished version of Sarno. But the true record of his unique tale finally comes together in "Song From the Forest," documentarian Michael Obert's perceptive and utterly gorgeous look at Sarno's life today and his experience returning to his old haunts in New York. Through an elegant juxtaposition of jungle and city life, "Song From the Forest" (which takes its name from Sarno's book) not only shows what
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Watch: Follow the Trail of Music in Exclusive 'Songs From the Forest' Trailer

Watch: Follow the Trail of Music in Exclusive 'Songs From the Forest' Trailer
Read More: Gorgeous 'Song From the Forest' Tracks How Louis Sarno Joined a Pygmy Tribe, Started a Family and Returned to New York U.S. born ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno once heard a song on NPR radio that stuck with him. He followed this music to the Central African rain forest -- and never returned. Indiewire has the exclusive trailer for director Michael Obert's "Song From the Forest," which tracks Sarno's amazing journey from the rainforest, where he met a Bayaki tribe woman and had a child, and back to New York more than 20 years later.  "Song From the Forest" opens on April 10 in New York and April 17 in Los Angeles. Expansion to additional cities is to follow.
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Song from the Forest | 2014 SXSW Review

Obert Plays A Polyrhythmic Requiem of Cultural Sovereignty

Director Michael Obert’s Vpro Idfa Award winning, SXSW imported Song from the Forest meditatively chronicles the aloof livelihood of Louis Sarno, an American whose interest in the exotic musical stylings of the Central African Bayaka Pygmy tribes led him away from his disheartening city dwelling to a permanent life of hunting, gathering, ethnographic field recording and eventually, fatherhood, and in doing, the vibrant songs of celebration once captured in moments of profound communal exuberance begin to seem more like tragically transitional requiems mourning the loss of an irreplaceable culture on the outs. Sarno himself and the traditional ways of the Bayaka lifestyle are beginning to fade, his health and spirits waning as globalization encroaches upon the forest he’s called home for the last 25 years. Embraced by the native community as one of their own, he remains an alien interloper of sorts,
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