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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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2014-09-19 culture

Author Kiran Desai on early success and the Booker Prize

Booker Prize winner Kiran Desai talks to Clovis Casali about the third novel she's currently working on. Born in India, she's spent most of her life in the United States and...

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2014-09-18 contemporary art

The Biennale des Antiquaires: Where Miro meets million-dollar jewellery and antiques

It’s been called a destination of pleasure. For more than half a century visitors have been coming to Paris' Grand Palais for the grandest and most spectacular of all art and...

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2014-09-17 cinema

Encore's Film Show: Spies, doppelgangers and gay rights activists

Lisa Nesselson and Eve Jackson discuss the week's big cinema releases, including Philip Seymour Hoffman's last starring role in "A Most Wanted Man", the "Sin City" sequel and...

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2014-09-16 culture

Margaret Atwood: A Prophetic Writer in Paris

Over the past 50 years, her body of work has established her as not just a great writer, but as a sort of prophet forecasting tomorrow's world. She wrote about the female body in...

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2014-09-15 Apple

U2's Free Album Annoys Some Fans

In Encore's weekly music show we're talking about the "dramatic step forward in music distribution" as U2 release their new album for free on iTunes. We also have the round up of...

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