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'12 Years A Slave': A turning point for US cinema?

The Oscar-nominated director of "12 Years a Slave" Steve McQueen says he doesn’t understand why Solomon Northup’s tale had never been told before. Now the world is getting to know it via his critically-lauded film. On this all-movie edition of Encore!, France 24’s film critic Lisa Nesselson and Catherine Nicholson discuss why the film is being seen as a turning point for American cinema's depiction of slavery – and whether comparisons to Quentin Tarantino’s "Django Unchained" are really fair.

Also on the show: Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki signs off his career with "The Wind Rises". We’re asking whether the plot - involving the inventor of a warplane that in real life proved deadly during World War Two - is really as controversial as some reviewers think. 

Here in France, we bring you news of the "Lumières” awards, which were handed out this week. We’re also asking just why James B. Harris’s “Some Call It Loving”, a 1973 film that replays “Sleeping Beauty” for the modern day, is getting a re-release in French cinemas.

By Catherine NICHOLSON

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2016-07-22 culture

The best of summer music festivals in France

Today we're taking a look at music festivals around France. From jazz in Vienne to rock and electro at Paris' Solidays, all music genres are covered. FRANCE 24's Aurore Dupuis...

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2016-07-21 culture

Giants of Cinema: Steven Spielberg recreates Roald Dahl's 'The BFG'

The multi award-winning director talks to FRANCE 24’s Genie Godula about bringing his high-tech talents to the quirky children's literature favourite, "The Big Friendly Giant"....

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2016-07-20 cinema

Film show: 'Elvis & Nixon', 'The BFG' and 'Fargo'

Fact is stranger than fiction, as film critic Lisa Nesselson tells us how "Elvis & Nixon" is more than an improbable title for a film. We also check out Steven Spielberg’s take...

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2016-07-14 culture

Avignon & Arles: The best of France's summer festivals

In this edition we take you to two cities in southern France, Avignon and Arles, both home to major arts festivals over the summer. This year, it's the 70th edition of the...

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2016-07-18 culture

Music show: Black Lives Matter, Alexis Taylor and FNAC Live

Musicians rally around "Black Lives Matter", taking the movement from the streets to social media. Beyoncé, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz have contributed to a video calling out...

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