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New additions to the Directors section

Every few years we take a good long look at our Directors section and think, "Who else can we cram on to these shelves?"  After months of suggestions and spirited debate amongst the staff, we're ready to announce the latest additions: OLIVIER ASSAYAS--His filmography includes Irma Vep (1996), Late August, Early September (1998), the "Quartier des Enfants Rouges" segment of Paris, Je T'Aime (2006) and the recently Criterionized Summer Hours (2008). CHRISTOPHER NOLAN--We can't get you the Oscar nomination you so richly deserve, Mr. Nolan, but we can give your body of work its own section here in our store. In addition to Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Mr. Nolan is the director of such films as Following (1998), Memento (2000), and of course, Inception (2010). JAFAR PANAHI--In March of 2010, police raided the Iranian filmmaker's home while he was eating dinner with family and friends. He was arrested for unspecified crimes and was later charged with making films that incited opposition to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government, sparking an outcry from the international film community. In December, Panahi was sentenced to six years in prison and banned from making another film for the next 20 years. This year, the Cannes Film Festival will honor him with a lifetime achievement award for his work, which includes such films as The White Balloon (1995) and Offiside (2007). OUSMANE SEMBENE--I've been a fan of the man often called the father of African cinema since I saw Black Girl (1966) in college, but have hesitated to recommend him for a director's section since his available-on-video movies made up the majority of our already-small Senegal section.  If you're unfamiliar with his work, I recommend you start with 2004's Moolaade, his last feature film before his death in 2007. KAR-LEUNG LAU (aka Liu Chia-liang)--Among the Chinese director's impressive filmography are two Wu-Tang Clan-approved martial arts classics:  The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978) and Eight Diagram Pole Fighter (1984). HIROKAZU KORE-EDA-- This Japanese writer/director's work includes Maborosi (1995),  After Life (1998), and the brand new Criterion Still Walking (2008). APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL--Our colleague Paige expressed her love for Tropical Malady (2005) in Episode V of The Scarecrow Podcast. The Thai director other work includes Mysterious Object at Noon (2000), Syndromes and a Century (2006), and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010), which we have on a Code 3 DVD import. ANDRZEJ ZULAWSKI-- Zulawski started his career as an assistant to Andrzej Wajda (Ashes and Diamonds) and went on to create critically acclaimed art house fare such as L'important c'est d'aimer (The Most Important Thing: Love, 1975) and La femme publique (The Public Woman, 1984). He also replaces Fred Zinnemann as the alphabetically last director in the section.
(All of the trailers for Zulawski's films I could find online either had too little English and/or too much nudity to post here.) To make room for the Directors Section Class of 2011, we had to trim a few folks from the roster. We bid a fond & respectful farewell to the following: CHARLES BURNETT (Killer of Sheep), MARLEEN GORRIS (Antonia's Line), MARC LEVIN (Slam), VICTOR NUNEZ (Ulee's Gold), ALEXANDER PAYNE (Sideways), MICHAEL REEVES (The Sorcerers), MICHELE SOAVI (Dellamorte Dellamore aka Cemetery Man), and RONNY YU (Bride of Chucky)  You'll now find their films under the appropriate genres, where we're hoping they'll find a wider audience.
(Now located in the Comedy section)
We've added and subtracted auteurs here and there over the years (like Michel Gondry) but if memory serves, the last time we did a mass add like this was in August of 2006. Here's the post. In other new section news, we now have a HARRY POTTER section. You'll find it right inside the door to the Psychotronic room. It's on the right hand side above the Planet of the Apes and Star Wars sections. The HP section includes all the films currently available on a home video format plus various unauthorized docs and versions that include Brad Neely's Wizard People, Dear Reader narration. Of course, there's still a copy of Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban in Alfonso Cuaron's section.
We welcome your thoughts on these selections and subtractions and who you think should be included or excluded from our next round of directors. Let us know what you think in the comments or here in the store.

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