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10 YEARS OF KINO OTOK IZOLA

10th Anniversary of Kino Otok – Isola, a nice little cinema festival in Slovenia, this year specialised on non-competitive  character, which focuses on contemporary film production from third world cinematographies: Asian, South American, Middle East, Eastern European and African. Launched in 2004 in the small coastal town of Izola. The festival has collaborated with some international festivals such as Innsbruck film festival.  Film TIR brought to my attention right away as s...

Domination of Nymphomaniac and Filomena (Lasciviousness Primarily)

The year of film 2014 in Serbia passing slowly. There are couple more  important Serbian festivals to go by the end of this year. For now, the most dominant festival is the International Film Festival FEST 2014. This year's 42d International Film Festival FEST in Belgrade brought big names to Belgrade: Coogan, Stephen Frears, Ralph Fiennes, Frank Nero, Patrice Leconte , etc. . Glamour above all  the 42nd International Film Festival - FEST 2014 - this year introduced the achievem...

Fiennes Once More on FEST in Belgrade

Another International Film Festival FEST, 42th FEST started last night in Belgrade. The Festival was opened by Serbian film So hot was the cannon/ Top je bio vreo directed by Boban Skerlic. "I sincerely believe that art makes people better and that each step towards art constitutes a step towards improving oneself, which means that FEST is a gathering place of better people. In a society that is systemically dumbed down, where culture, science and education are being marginalized...

Gianfranco Rossi Opens 19th Auteur Film Festival

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Italian film director Gianfranco Rossi , this year's winner of the Golden Lion Awards for the best film of the Venice Film Festival Sacro Graal (Holly Grail) will open the 28th November 19 Auteur Film Festival in Belgrade, Serbia. Gianfranco Rossi explores Rome's Grande A the biggest urban highway in Italy in this intriguing documentary. According to this author, for him it doesn’t’ really matters weather the film is documentary or feature . The road around Rome is the mos...

Martyrs in Heavan and Hell

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Yes, a few words about Vatican and Rome! Ever since the prestigious attention for the shadowy life of monks or Roman Catholic clergy on Cannes Film Festival in 2010 there were not many films made today on the subject. I remember this film, it is about group of French Catholic monks who were martyred by the church (or better say sacrificed) in Africa, cause they were killed by Islamic fundamentalists in 1996. The film Des hommes et des dieux directed by French Xavier Beauvois won second highest h...

A triumph of Italian Film on Ljubljana’s LIFFE

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There is a slight triumph of Italian film on 24th Ljubljana International Film Festival LIFFE. A marvelous Miele directed by Valeria Golino got the the Kingfisher Award. A Visually stunning with great camera work, the angel of death Miele offers necessary drugs for the end, a smart and elegant suicide. The film directs toward very modern topic of today euthanasia.  The fellow Cannes Film Festival selection Miele, debut of Italian actress Valeria Golino screened in the Un Certain Regard...

Miele Wins THE KINGFISHER

At the final ceremony of Ljubljana International Film Festival LIFFe in Slovenia, Italian film director VALERIA GOLINO triumphs with all its perfection in Miele just as the Italian film triumph on the festival in general. THE KINGFISHER Best Director Award from the movie set of Perspectives Film Section of Ljubljana International Film Festival LIFFe selected by the international jury (Tiziana Finzi, Nejc Gazvoda and Lordan Zafranovic) goes to a film Miele directed by she- director Valeria Gol...

Ljubljana Lives On (Only Lovers Left Alive)

For the 24th time now, Ljubljana in Slovenia is having the International Film Festival LIFFE, starting tonight sixth of November and lasting until the 17th of this month. Hundreds of films will be shown in various cinemas in Ljubljana and Maribor. The festival is not focusing on awarding big prices, but on getting people into the cinemas. Nevertheless, the purpose of festival is putting the spotlight on new filmmakers. So the »Perspectives« Section competes for the Kingfish...

OFFline Film Festival in Ireland

Charming little festival launched by Bill O' Herlihy (Irish Film Board); based in the Georgian midlands town Birr in Ireland this year celebrates its 4th year running 9th of October-13th  of October www.offlinefilmfestival.com An exciting event for film lovers and filmmakers of a small community in a graceful wide streets and elegant buildings of Birr, right in the middle of the Ireland. The Festival shows Irish and international films in unusual places around the town; it contains feat...

Projections- All in One Room

The film Projections/Projekcije premiered on Pula Film Festival in August, drawed to my attention is a brand new film by Croatian film director Zrinko Ogresta. Primarily, text is written by a Croatian screenwriter Lada Kaštelan and contains spatial and temporal unity, with the element of some content. A camera kind of films these days are rare and are considered as an experimental films. And such films are actually one adopted from the theatre play. In addition, the script...

FIPRESCI Award to ILO ILO

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(Abstract):   Jameson Cinefest MISKOLC IFF 2013 FIPRESCI Jury, after hard work of 10 days awarded Singapour film ILO ILO (ILOILO) directed by the Singapore director Anthony Chen. This is Chen’s first feature film and it was selected for the Camera d’Or Award at prestigious 66th Cannes Film Festival. The film also reflects very well on the peak of the Asian financial crisis in the late 1997. It is the first Singapour drama, accepted in a manner, as an independent indie fea...

Closing of 10th Jameson Cinefest MISKOLC IFF 2013

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The 10th Miskolc International Film Festival that ended on Saturday held 17 features in the competition program, 8 features in the open eye program (3 Central European premieres), 5 film classics in the CineClassics program, a Sundance Channel selection, also Kechiche retrospective, workshops, American film Showcase, master classes, DunaDock program, conferences, an international film market, several meetings for professionals. The Grand Prize of the Festival, named after the Miskolc born A...

MISKOLC Takes the 10th Jameson Cinefest

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  A brand new 10th Jameson Cinefest MISKOLC IFF 2013 on the 12th of September held the Central European premiere of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's first film Don Jon (starring with young film director himself). The film festival in MISKOLC in Hungary  named after their patron and main sponsor Jameson Irish Whiskey represents young and careless working class boy Jon Martello, who objectifies everything in his life. He has fun, thinking only about sex, in a very common addict...

Yugoslav Black Wave on Kino Otok Isola

Kino Otok Isola brings the most prestigeous filmmakers from the territory of old Yugoslavia, this time two most prominent black wave old Yugoslav film presentors, Serbian Želimir Žilnik and Slovenian Karpo Godina. Godina and Žilnik presented  short film program on 35mm Odpor/Resistence with live discussion on persistance of film revolt by the program of Oberhausn Short Film Festival, the most renowed of its kind in the world: program of political documentaries as a view of the world a...

Athos at Kino Otok

Next to the excellent film program,  one of the exciting event at Kino Otok was the performance in the selection of the Slovenian prominent film author Jan Cvitkovič, called Athos. It is live performance directed and performed by Italian artists Cosimo Miorelli, Massimo Croce and Moreno Miorelli.  It is a journey in the remote atmospheres of Greek mountain Athos followed by words, images directly drawn, during the process and live sounds produced by authors. These three different arti...

Diego Star and Rabittland at Kino Otok Isola

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Another international day at the beautiful Slovenian Istra, Canadian Frédérick Pelletier presents  his debut film Diego Star at 9th Kino Otok Isola at the grande Manzioli Open-Air Cinema. Enchanting film about ethical dilemmas in the ethnically diverse environment. The management of a big cargo ship Diego Star makes a huge mistake, which causes ship’s falling apart and workers from III World countries are the one to blame. Especially the one who is right. Traoré i...

First International Day at Kino Otok Isola Pays Tribute to a History

The first international day pays  tribute to Silvan Furlan, and it is the way how Kino Otok joins the 60th anniversary of one of the first supporters of the festival. The The first international screening day of 9th Kino Otok Isola, the 6th of June brought to light a wonderful story from the history of European Cinematography, with a documentary directed by Silvan Furlan, founder of Slovenian Cinematheque, a film journalist, filmmaker and screenwriter from Slovenia, Deklica s Furnikulami/...

Kino Otok Isola 2013

The 3 -  9 June 2013 is once again come to life in Isola at International Film Festival Kino Otok - Isola Cinema.Young authors will present their works under a starry sky at Isola Beach Lighthouse - on display will be a wide selection of independent productions, always exploring the wealth of expressive possibilities the medium of film as well as a bold and innovative way of showing your posture to society and the world around you.The subjects of films are open, free, connecting to demoli...

Spanish Film in Belgrade

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Cervantes Institute and the Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Serbia  organized 23 – 28 of May now traditional, 6th Contemporary Spanish Film Festival called Spanish meter 2013 - Anything is possible. The festival  opened the film  Group 7/Grupo 7, directed by Alberto Rodriguez and closed the film No/No by Chilean director Pablo Laraine. The festival premiered  ten films from the 2011 and 2012. During the five-day festival showed films  directed by renowned filmmakers f...

ALBERT AND HIS WAY

Documentary film Albert's Way directed by Serbian filmmaker Predrag Bambic will be screened at  ASC - American Society of Cinematographers,  www.theasc.com  located in Hollywood at North Orange Drive, between Hollywood Boulevard and Franklin Avenue  according to Frederic Goodich, a secretary of ASC  and director for the international collaboration.  American Society of Cinematographers is a non-profit association dedicated to  the art of filmmaking. Ever si...

Autoluminescent-No Sinister Intentions on BELDOCS

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A documentary Autoluminescent: Rowland S.Howard  directed by Richard Lowenstein and Lynn-Maree Milburn is a music documentary that   holds upon remarkable interviews with Rowland S. Howard, who speaks intelligently about self-awareness and the life before Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds became a big band. A documentary is actually about the singer/songwriter Rowland S. Howard who was overshadowed by Cave in Berlin, and questions basically whether it is a good shado...

BELDOCS – The Documentary Film Festival

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  BELDOCS- The Documentary Film Festival 2013 in Belgrade, Serbia is a festival with greater aesthetic criteria and shocking individual world of a great film, although the shock impact of the audience wouldn’t be an aesthetic category. BELDOCS Festival tries to change attitude about the film itself, in a term of the significance and importance of a top class documentary. One of the greatest of this festival was a retrospective of filmmaker Chris Marker, one of the greatest documenta...

The Belgrade Festival of Documentary and Short Film

Belgrade RESET Among many but pretty important Eastern European film festival in the region, when it comes to animation and short film, is The Belgrade Festival of Documentary and Short Film, this year celebrating its 60th anniversary. The festival presented 83 films international and Serbian, in the competition for the awards in four categories: documentary, short feature, animated and experimental film. When it comes to a Serbian productions of film there are 3 student’s productions; ...

Interview with Stathis Athanasiou

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  So we sat and we drunk coffee. And it was nice. And here it is an exclusive interview with Greek film director Stathis Athanasiou...   -First featurefilm ¨DOS…a love story in reverse¨ got 2 awards in the New York International Independent Film Festival, how was the New York experience? It was an amazing experience, since it was my first time in NY and it was my first festival with a feature film. I had done 14 shorts before and knew the short film circuit,...

Greek But Not Angelopoluos

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  Greek Film But Not Angelopoluos   It is hard to talk about the Greek film without bringing up Theo Angelopoluos. But here is a wonderful Greek director , and a European film director (trained doctors as well) that makes a European film, Stathis Athanasiou. Stathis directed an interesting feature  ¨DOS” that  won  2 awards the Best International Feature Film Award and Audience Award for Best International Feature Film at the New York International Independ...
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