'Slumdog' star back on the red carpet

The indian actress Freida Pinto and Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal attend the premiere of Miral at the 54th British Film Institute London Film Festival at the Vue West End cinema last night. Pinto, 26, who made her name in the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire, plays the lead in Jebreal's autobiographical story of an orphaned Palestinian girl's experiences of the first Arab-Israeli war. Ian Gavan/Getty Images

Miral, Venice Film Festival

American artist-turned film-maker Julian Schnabel follows up on his intimate and claustrophobic The Diving Bell and the Butterly (about a stroke victim) with a full-blown epic looking at the Palestinian struggle from 1948 until the mid-1990s. Miral is plodding at times, choppily edited and unevenly performed. It has very little of the aesthetic polish of Schnabel's earlier work and the director is bound to be accused by his critics of political naivete. However, it's also a courageous and groundbreaking film. There aren't any other movies that spring to mind from Oscar-nominated directors that look at post-war Middle Eastern history from the point of view of Palestinian women.

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Mike Leigh film in running for Palme D'Or

British director Mike Leigh's new film, Another Year, is in the running for the Cannes Film Festival's top prize the Palme d'Or, it was announced today.

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Online millionaires: DVD rental company to list in London

Lovefilm, the online DVD rental company that is doing a roaring trade with titles such as Slumdog Millionaire, is mulling a stock exchange listing. its chief executive, Simon Calver, has hired an adviser, believed to be investment bank Jefferies, to assess strategic options.

DVD: Slumdog Millionaire

An Oscar-winning smash with no stars and half its dialogue in a foreign language, Slumdog Millionaire is the fairy tale of an uneducated teenager (Dev Patel) from Mumbai's slums who knows the answers on an episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire because they all relate to incidents in his own tempestuous past. The one-question-one-flashback structure gets repetitive, but Danny Boyle's whirling direction keep you watching until the feel-good finale.

DVD: Slumdog Millionaire (15)

If you've not heard of Danny Boyle's vibrant journey through Mumbai's slums courtesy of brothers Jamal and Salim Malik (a variety of Indian and British actors playing them as they age) then you've been living on another planet.

Bollywood feels so lucky to have Kylie (for £100,000 a day)

Australian singer joins growing number of Western stars who are heading to Mumbai to make movies

Britain’s night in a million as Slumdog sweeps Oscars

It almost went straight to DVD, but Danny Boyle’s rags-to-riches tale of the Mumbai slums ended triumphantly with eight Oscars. And finally, Kate Winslet won too

Leading article: A night of vindication for the British film industry

But it will need support if this success is to be maintained

The rise and rise of Slumdog Millionaire

The eight Oscars for British movie hit Slumdog Millionaire, the rags-to-riches tale set in Mumbai, caps an unstoppable run through award ceremonies this year.

Full roll call of Oscar winners

Here is a complete list of winners at the 81st Academy Awards.

Kapoor hails a breakthrough for Indian film-making

Anil Kapoor, a star of the Oscar-nominated Slumdog Millionaire, said that if previous Indian films have had difficulty making a breakthrough in the West, that could in part reflect a lingering racism among Western audiences.

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