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Lia Fietz is a festival contributor for filmfestivals.com, she is covering the New York film scene and other key festivals around the world (Berlinale, Cannes ...)

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Dispatches From NYWIFT 18th Annual Designing Women Awards Honoring Women Costume Designers, Makeup artists and Hair Stylists

The New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) had it’s 18th annual Designing Women awards gala on Tuesday, June 6 at the NYU School of Law in New York City.  Co-presented by Variety, the event recognized and celebrated extraordinary women behind-the-scenes, renowned make-up artists, hair stylists and costume designers for their achievements, talent and vision in the entertainment industry. NYWIFT has supported and empowered women working in the show business for almost 40 year...

The Verdict Screening @ Kino!2017 with actress Martina Gedeck

Interactive television courtroom drama "The Verdict", an adaptation of a play by best-selling author Ferdinand von Schirach, asks the viewers to decide the fate of Major Koch, who ordered to shoot down a civilian plane taken over by terrorists on a suicide mission. Is the defendant guilty of first-degree homicide of the 164 passengers on board? Is Major Koch guilty or should he walk free? "The Verdict" screened at the Sunchine theatres in New York, part of the Kino!2017 fe...

"Fog in August" Film Conversation with Producer Ulrich Limmer @ Kino!2017

"Fog in August" is the first feature film to address one of the greatest taboos of German history – the Nazis' euthanasia program during the Third Reich. Based on Robert Domes' 2008 historical novel, the film centers on the fate of 13-year-old Ernst Lossa who is committed to a mental hospital in 1942 because of his origins in a family of travelers. He soon discovers the truth behind the hospital's façade and sabotages its euthanasia program to help his new-fo...

FOCUS ON FRENCH CINEMA CT and NYC

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Now in its 13th year, Focus on French Cinema (FFC) returns to Connecticut and Manhattan with an avant-garde French cinema, a week long festival of films March/27 - April/2. Take a journey of French cinema with an exciting line-up of over 20 films premiering in the US from the AVON theatre in Stamford to Manhattan and then back to Greenwich. Focus on French Cinema’s selection showcases various genres that represent the many strengths of French and francophone cinema; from popul...

"Lies We Tell" Film Review - staring Gabriel Byrne

Bradford International Film Associates Ltd. brings it’s debut feature "Lies We Tell', written and directed by first-time filmmaker Mitu Misra, with a well-known, outstanding cast: Gabriel Byrne, Harvey Keitel, Mark Addy, Sibylla Deen, Jan Uddin and Om Puri. 'Lies We Tell' is the story of Donald (Gabriel Byrne), a trusted driver, that after his billionaire boss Demi (Harvey Keitel) dies, is forced to destroy any evidence of his boss’s mistress, Amber. Things cha...

Iranian Film “Baher, Her mind” premieres internationally in Cannes Festival

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Since 2004, the Cannes Film Festival has been a landscape in giving access to a wide selection of international short films, at their SFC (Short Film Corner). This year is no exception and a short film that caught our eyes was “Baher, Her Mind”. Writer Reza Tafakor brings us the journey of a young Iranian woman, after she falls suspicious of her husband’s potential affair with another woman. Seeking the truth, Baher sinks into this delusional state of mind, where im...

“Bilal” - Legend of an Arabic Hero Animated Feature Film Review

Dubai’s debut animated feature tells the captivating tale of Bilal, a young boy forced into slavery, but who dreams of throwing off his chains and becoming a great warrior. “Bilal” will receive the Animation That Matters award in Cannes May 18 and had it’s market premiere at the 69th Festival de Cannes yesterday, May 14, 2016. The film is based on the life of the historical figure Bilal Ibn Rabah, an African slave who became one of the early followers of the Prophet M...

Filmmaker Interview: Naji Abu Nowar (Theeb)

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  One of the most exceptional films that premiered in Venice last year, Theeb is a classic adventure, transporting us back in time through the eyes of a young Bedouin boy. Set in 1916, while war rages in the Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother Theeb (“Wolf”) in a traditional Bedouin community that is isolated by the vast, unforgiving desert. The brothers’ quiet existence is suddenly interrupted when a British Army officer and his guide ask Hussein to escor...

Interview: Ryan Reynolds (Actor - Self/Less)

Self//less explores the consequences of taking a life to live forever. In this provocative psychological science fiction thriller, an extremely wealthy man (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley) dying from cancer undergoes a radical medical procedure that transfers his consciousness into the body of a healthy young man (Ryan Reynolds).    The process is offered to Damian by Albright (Matthew Goode), the brilliant head of a secret organization that caters to the wealthy. ...

30th Annual Artios Awards Ceremony spotlight

The Casting Society of America (CSA) 30th annual Artios Awards took place on January 22nd, 2015, for outstanding achievement in casting. CSA "turned 30 on two coasts which means next year she’ll be uncastable", humored Michael Urie, New York host at the 42West—formerly XL Nightclub. On the West Coast, the ceremony honoring film, television, and theater’s most notable casting directors in Los Angeles, was hosted by Patton Oswalt. Michael Urie NYC Host Billy Magn...

Interview with Najwa Najja for EYES OF A THIEF representing Palestine at the official Foreign Film Oscars

Based on true events, Eyes of a Thief directed by Najwa Najjar, follows the journey of a mysterious man at the height of the Palestinian Uprising, in 2002. After Tarek is being treated by local nuns, who help him escape, he's soon arrested by Israeli soldiers. Ten years later, he is released from prison and returns to his town, a place transformed by drastic changes. He sets off to find his daughter Nur. As secrets are uncovered, light is shed on the stifling nature of contemporary Palestini...

THE WAY HE LOOKS Interview with director Daniel Ribeiro & actor Gilherme Lobo

Hoje eu quero voltar sozinho (The Way He Looks) is a film focusing on the awakening of the sexuality of a blind teenager. Country of Origin: Brazil Running Time: 96 minutes Genre: Drama Official Brazilian Entry Foreign Language Film 87th Academy Awards Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize and Teddy Award, Berlin International Film Festival Winner, Audience Award, Frameline Film Festival Winner, Audience Award, Outfest Winner, Audience Award for Best Feature, NewFest The Way he Looks is...

Interview with Paula van der Oest: Director of ACCUSED - Dutch film Candidate for Oscar’s Foreign-Language Nomination

  Accused directed by Paula van der Oest - is a film based on the true story of Lucia de Berk, an intense drama about the biggest failure of the legal justice system in Dutch history. After one of so many inexplicable baby death’s where Nurse Lucia (40) was once again present, the children’s hospital alerts the police. Assistant District Attorney Judith (28), driven by ambition and genuinely outraged, puts a lot of efforts in the investigation and considers Lucia guilty. The...

The Supreme Price: Documentary Empowering Women in Nigeria

After the worldwide attention of the kidnapping of girls in Nigeria, this documentary brings awareness of the women's challenges the country endures. The Supreme Price documentary explores the evolution of the Pro-Democracy Movement in Nigeria and efforts to increase the participation of women in leadership roles. Director Joana Lipper follows Hafsat Abiola, daughter of elected Nigeria's President, M.K.O Abiola and Kudirat Abiola. After the annulment of her father's presidential...

"Two Days, One Night" Film Premiere at the 52nd New York Film Festival

Synopsis: In the working class drama action is key, “Two Days, One Night,” Marion Cotillard’s character, Sandra, has one weekend to go door to door to her co-workers’ homes and try to convince them to have Friday’s vote overturned. Sandra works at a factory that makes solar panels. On Friday, her co-workers voted to have her laid off, as each employee would receive a 1,000 Euro bonus if she were let go. This upcoming Monday, they will have a re-count and if sh...

NewFest 2014: The NY LGBT Film festival July 24-29

NewFest opened July 24th with presentation of Future Beach by Brazilian director Karim Aïnouz, about a lifeguard who falls in love with a German tourist in the aftermath of a tragedy. Wonderful tribute to admired queer filmmaker Ira Sachs, who is this year's recipient of the 3rd Annual NewFest visionary award. "Cinema is a place of freedom" said Sachs during his acceptance speech prior to the opening night film-"What I have learned over the last 25 years is that queer ...

Aloft official selection at the Berlinale 2014

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Peruvian director Claudia Llosa returns to the Berlinale film festival, after winning the golden bear 5 years ago for “Milk of Sorrow”. This time with international cast Jennifer Connelly (Oscar winner for “A beautiful Mind”), Mélanie Laurent (French actress, Shoshanna in “Inglorious Bastards) and Cillian Murphy (the Scarecrow in “the dark knight rises”). A co-production of Canada, France and Spain. Story about mysticism meets responsibility. Jen...

"The Ghosts in Our Machine" - bringing invisible animal abuse into perspective

Oscar qualifying documentary "The Ghosts in Our Machine" is about the human mistreatment towards animals, through the lens of the animal activist and photographer Jo-Anne McArthur. The journey of a year around the globe, including the USA, Canada and Europe, follows Jo-Anne's photography, looking animals in the eye, approaching their personalities and individuality. Very compelling film, bringing to the surface the misuse of these beings in science experiments, food, e...

"Thérèse Desqueyroux" - Unhappy married woman in the 1920's

    Prod.: France, 2012 Dir: Claude Miller Starting: Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche, Anais Demoustier, Stanley Weber Runtime: 110 mins   Last film of Director Claude Miller (who passed away in April of 2011, during production), "Thérèse Desqueyroux" is based on the book of nobel prize  Author: François Mauria. First turned into film in 1962, (played by Emmanuelle Riva, this year's oscar nominee actress for "Amour"), is...

festiwelt presented 1. LANGE NACHT DER FILMFESTIVALS in Berlin

Saturday, August 17 2013 @ Ostkreuz / Berlin 80 Films, live bands, Djs outdoors & Indoors Great sunny day in Berlin to attend the well organized event in the upcoming neighborhood, Ostkreuz. For almost 12 hours straight, doors opened at 3 pm to view films and listen to music, in a very artistic environment. From short films to full length features, representing countries and cultures worldwide, the festival had a lot to offer. For more information visit: h...

"InContact" - Voyeurism meets Exhibitionism

Feature Film written & directed by Israeli-born filmmaker Ann Oren Starring: Silya Nymoen, Anna Gutto and Noel Allain Total Running Time: 84 minutes Played in Berlin @ the Attic Cinema, Homebase Festival Future screenings: Underground Film Festival, in Dun Laogahire Ireland     "InContact" explores the obsession of social media in people's lives, the benefits (everyone has the ability to perform), and it's cons (obsession and disconnection with reality...

Winner of the Best Feature International Human Rights Award at the Artivist Film Festival, Los Angeles, December 1 - 4th 2010

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About: Artivist Film Festival 1 -4 th of December Nobel Festival dedicated to human rights, animals and environment issues through film. Best feature international human rights award went to the Portuguese filmmaker Mário Patrocinio for his film "Complexo Alemão - Universo Paralelo. At first the film reminded me of the Fernando Meirelles movie "City of God" for portraying the slums of Brazil. Soon after you acknowledge it's original content. Basically the st...
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