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ALEX FARBA


 

Alex Farba Deleon is a filmfestivals.com ambassador

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Hollywood NOIR Festival Number 19

    by Alex Deleon Filmfestivals.com   Noir means Black in French, and Film Noir is the appelation invented by French film critics to describe the kinds of low budget dark but sprightly B crime melodramas churned out by the Hollywoid studios in the forties and early fifties. They were basically made to appeal to a lower middlebrow clientele as a kind of pulp fiction on celluloid. However, the craftsmen who worked on them were experts in their field and many of these...

LA LA LAND, perpetrated by Daniel Chazelle Reviewed by Alex Deleon

  Assessment ~Pa-thet-ic.   The new Hollywood musical with the intriguing title "La-La-Land one of the most talked about motion pictures  in recent years with two of Hollywood's most attractive and popular younger generation stars, Ryan Gosling  and Emma Stone, can best be summed up in a single three syllable word ~~.  PA-THET--IC! -- Gosling, in spite of a name that makes one think of chopped goose liver, is indeed quite handsome in the&nb...

BEST and WORST of 2016 by Alex Deleon

BEST and WORST of 2016 by Alex Deleon for <filmfestivals.com>   "Jackie" with Natalie Portman as Jackie Kennedy should get the best actress Oscar of 2017.   2016 was a banner year for outstanding films from around the world -- but let me point out that this is not a list of films that first appeared in this calendar year, but rather of films that I saw for the first time this year -- even if they were from previous years.  Such as festival rev...

Budapest Israeli Film Week wrap

BUDAPEST ISRAELI FILM WEEK, WRAP  By Alex Cousy Deleon   There were altogether some fourteen films programed in this overview of recent Israeli films, however due to overlapping scheduling at the Puskin Art Mozi it was not possible to get to them all. One or two that looked particularly enticing were missed. What films were seen indicate that the Israeli film industry is thriving, loaded with talent, entering into many co-productions to expand productivity, and forging full steam ...

Budapest Israeli Film Week "A Matter of Size" Another off-the-wall subject handled with care

By Alex Deleon <filmfestivals.com>  "A Matter of Size" (Hebrew title, "Sipur Gadol" = 'A BIG Story'), 2009, 90 min., color This is basically a feel-good love story about two people, Herzl and Zehava, who don't feel very good about themselves because they are exceptionally fat, but eventually find ways of coming to terms with their obesity.  This could be called a gimmick film --the gimmick being Jewish Sumo wrestlers in Israel -- a pretty wi...

War for the Planet of the Apes Official Trailer revealed by 20th Century FOX

I love the voice over in that Trailer !, looks strong. In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each...

The Congress Crazy "Israeli" film at Budapest Israeli film week

THE CONGRESS -- FINAL VERSION   by ALEX DE LEON <filmfestivals.com> Summary: Amazing! Will have special reverberations for Veteran Acid trippers   Nota bene This is an email review:  Dear Milgro, just saw an incredible half animation film at the Budapest Israeli film week that I need to tell a film savvy person like yourself, about -- while it is still fresh in my mind. Name of Film "...

Budapest Israeli Film Festival sleeper Peace after Marriage

 PEACE AFTER MARRIAGE, I saw this tonight and was blown away --totally unexpected fantastic film!   European title, "Only in New York" Directed and starring Ghazi Albuliwi Ghazi Albuliwi New York comedian director of Palestinian background   A sexually frustrated Palestinian-American, Arafat, still living with his traditional Muslim parents at age thirty and addicted to porno joins a Sex Addicts Anonymous therapy group and is befriended by a guy w...

Bethlehem at the Budapest Israeli Film Week,

  Budapest Israeli Film Week, by Alex Deleon BETHLEHEM, An Israeli Agent and His teenage Palestinian Informant Bethlehem (hebrew: ‫בית לחם‬‎‎) is a 2013 Israeli drama directed by first time helmer Yuval Adler. It was screened at the Venice Days section of the 2013 Venice Film Festival where it won the top prize. Bethlehem takes place during the Al-Aqsa second Intifada around 2004 and tells the story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service of...

ISRAELI FILM WEEK, 2 -- A Diversity of Themes

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"Yossi and Jagger", 2002, military based drama and  same sex love story.  Dir. Eytan  Fox, with Ohad Knoller (Yossi)and Yehuda Levi (Jagger) RT. 67 minutes Nobody can accuse the Israeli cinema of a lack of diversity. If the yesterday's opening film dealt with the uniquely Israel topic of Talmudic research, the second film of the week takes up the more universal topic of erotic love between men -- but set at a frontline military outpost where machoism in the fa...

Israeli film week in Budapest

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by Alex Deleon What amounts to a mini-festival of Israeli films is being presented at the  venerable old PUSKIN MOZI (Pushkin Art Cinema) in Budapest. under the sponsorship of the Israeli Embassy here. Not the very latest films but rather an overview of some of the outstanding Israeli film landmarks of the past two decades.   Opening film: "FOOTNOTES" 2012 (Hearat Shulayim) A tale of father and son as Talmudic rivals. Director, Joseph Cedar. 103 minutes. Stars, Lior ...

California Armenians honor Aznavour with Hollywood star

AFP – French singing legend Charles Aznavour, one of the 20th century’s most prolific songwriters who remains active at 92, was honored Thursday with a Hollywood star presented by California’s Armenians. Aznavour, often dubbed France’s Frank Sinatra, said he was “deeply moved” by the recognition. The star is not on Hollywood Boulevard’s main Walk of Fame but was dedicated by the Armenian community on a nearby stretch of sidewalk. ...

Russian Jews at Molodist Kiev

RUSSIAN JEWS  (Russkie Evrei) is an Historical Document compiled and directed by Sergei Nurmamed and narrated  by Dmitriy Altschuler-Kurchati. Ukrainian premier, 2016, RT 86' Part of the Overflow crowd at Molodist screening of "Russian Jews"  Russian narrator Dmitriy Altschuler-Kurchati, fields questions after screening at Kinoteatr Kiev   Because the Jews have had such an impact on Ukrainian history -- both positive and negative, ...

Alex with Kyrgyz Director Mirlan Abdykalykov

With  Mirlan  Abdykalkov, director of the magnificent Kygyz film     SYTAK. (Heavenly Nomadic) ...

Alex with former Ukraine President at Molodist Opening

Amazing -- very first night in Kiev, at festival opening ceremony, I met Victor Yushchenko, former President of Ukraine! ~ 2005 -- 2010 Not bad for openers   ...

Kick off of the forty sixth edition of the Kyiv (Formerly Kiev) international film festival Molodist KIFF

MOLODIST 46, KIEV Int'l Film Festival KIFF By Alex Deleon-Pevney       The Scythian Deer is the Ukrainian equivalent of Hollywood's Oscar. The purpose of the festival is to promote young professional cinema,  hence the name "Molodist", which is Ukrainian for Youth.   The forty sixth edition of the Kyiv (Formerly Kiev) international film festival Molodist KIFF opened officially on Friday night, October 22 with an invitational VIP gatherin...

Wajda, the Iron Man of Polish Cinema leaves the scene at ninety

in Memoriam by Alex Deleon   I Must say that I was a little shocked to hear the news last night on Kossuth Radio, Budapest, of the passing of Andrzej Wajda, the Polish cinema  maestro. Not that it is surprising when a man of ninety finally cashes in his chips, but Wajda who just delivered his 47th feature film this year, "Afterimage" ('Powidoki', released in September 2016) was the kind of director you kind of expected to keep truckin' until a hundred. H...

Dum Laga Ke Haisha! ~ At Budapest Indian Film Week

REVIEW by ALEX DELEON Sponsored by the Indian Embassy the 2016 Budapest Indian Film Week offers a savvy selection of recent and not so recent landmarks of the Bollywood cinema. One film per night for seven straight nights, all films with new Hungarian subtitles The second film of the series was "Dum Laga Ke Haisha" which means something like "Give it all You've got!" ~ a major hit of 2015 both in India and in overseas NRI communities although it has no really big ...

Client Eastwood' s Sully

by ALEX DELEON, <filmfestivals.com>   Clint Eastwood's latest offering "SULLY" has been doing slam-bang box-office business in the USA since it is a well done Near Disaster film, and in a dark year of police shootings, other shootings, train crashes, and an  upcoming election featuring candidates both of whom are likely to bring the entire nation to the brink of disaster, provides a ray of hope and something to feel good about --namely, the saving of 155 p...

Operation Chromite, War Blockbuster hits N°1 Box Office in Korea

"Operation Chromite" Directed by  Lee Jae-Han. Viewed in Koreatown, Los Angeles, Starring Liam  Neeson as General Douglas MacArthur and Jung-Jae Lee as the leader of a nearly suicidal undercover mission behind North Korean lines at the peak of the Korean War.  Operation Chromite  --(original Korean title, 인천상륙작전; 仁川上陸作戰;Incheon Sangnyuk Jae-jeon) is a 2016 South Korean  war drama blockbuster directed by "John H."...

TRUMBO or "Darkness at Noon" in Hollywood

By Alex Deleon I caught TRUMBO yesterday on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to L.A. and found it so fascinating that I watched it three times in a row on this 12 hour global traverse -- and it just got better with each viewing. Somehow this major Hollywood film about Hollywood fell through the cracks in 2015 and didn't get the recognition it deserves.  To the average film goer the name Dalton Trumbo may not ring many bells but to those interested in Hollywood history  and engag&e...

The restored films of Venezia Classici will be an enticing sidebar at Venice 2016

The restored films of Venezia Classici will be an enticing sidebar at Venice 2016 alone worth a trip to the LIdo this year. Alex Deleone <filmfestivals.com>   director Roberto Andò to chair the Jury composed of cinema students restored films and documentaries in world premiere screenings Italian director Roberto Andò (The Confessions, Long Live Freedom, The Prince’s Manuscript) will chair the Jury of Cinema History Students whi...

Bisset on the Orient Express at The Golden Apricot film festival in Yerevan

by Alex Deleon   British actress Jacqueline Bissett, 72,  was the special guest this year at the 13th Golden Apricot film festival in Yerevan and three of her early films were screened.   Viewed here as part of the Jacqueline Bissett tribute, "Murder on the Orient Express" (Sidney Lumet, 1974) is so bad it looks like a dress rehearsal for a film that never got made. If the Agatha Christie novel had suspense and snappy dialogue Lumet's film has neither. No susp...

Awards of the thirteenth edition of the Yerevan Golden Apricot Film Festival

13th YEREVAN GOLDEN APRICOT FILM FESTIVAL GAIFF       By Alex Deleon     The thirteenth edition of the Yerevan Golden Apricot Film Festival (GAIFF) concluded officially on Saturday July 17 with a gala awards ceremony in the massive Moskva Kinotheater on Charles Aznavour Plaza and a screening of "The Unknown Girl", the latest offering from, the Dardenne brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, of Belgium. Major Awards International Feature competitio...

YEREVAN Film Festival 2016

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YEREVAN Film Festival 2016 My arrival here in Yerevan for the Film Festival coincided with the  events in Nice which have sent the world into shock when a Franco-Arab truck driver plowed into the crowd celebrating Bastille day on the beachfront promenade in the Riviera city. This news, almost immediately followed by the news of a coup attempt by the army in Turkey has dominated the Tv waves ever since. Initial body count, 84 people killed in Nice,  180 or more killed in Turkey. Hundr...
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