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Vivid Memories from my days in Cannes launching Boyz'n The Hood

I had the immense privilege to run the marketing at Sony when i received (early 1991) a video tape from f Boyz'n The Hood with the suggestion to submit it to Cannes. To our great surprise, Gilles Jacob invited the film  (first feature by young John Singleton) into "Un Certain Regard". I started a campaign which remains one of my best prides in marketing several hundreds of films over the years for Sony, Fox and UGC. I asked Anne Lara our publicist to identify one journali...

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            Do not heistate to contact me with questions, I will be happy to brainstorm with you. We are the leading network for film and festivals, established in 1995, with 380 000 unique visitors every month, a subscribers base of 161 000 registered users. Furthermore my experience in marketing film (200 film launched wordwide) can be of some assistance. Check the online store for Pro Services for the Film Festival Community. Promote your Fe...

The Rat Pack vs. Clooney & Co - Ocean's Eleven

Sometimes I feel Hollywood has run out of original ideas. In these last few years a good proportion of the movies released were re-makes of forgotten classics. I know, it's easier to make success with a story that has already been well received by the audiences... but please, be a bit more original!   Maybe the best example of Hollywood's re-making tendencies is the case of Ocean's Eleven - a 1960 crime comedy with the Rat Pack in the title roles (Frank Sinatra, ...

PARADISE LOST the full Press Conference

An American surfer (Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games) meets the girl of his dreams — but gets a brutal (sur)reality check when he meets her uncle, Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Benicio del Toro). More than twenty years after his death in 1993, Pablo Escobar's impact on Colombia is still impossible to measure. His cocaine trafficking empire made him one of the wealthiest criminals in history, and he was responsible for the deaths of thousands. Yet the Robin H...

Escobar ar TIFF14

Dir. Andrea di Stefano, Josh, abd Claudia Traisac, duribg Q.A. Jish An American surfer (Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games) meets the girl of his dreams — but gets a brutal (sur)reality check when he meets her uncle, Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Benicio del Toro). More than twenty years after his death in 1993, Pablo Escobar's impact on Colombia is still impossible to measure. His cocaine trafficking empire made him one of the wealthiest criminals in history, and he was res...

92 Year Old Dancing Ice Cream Lady @ eOne PArty - The Real Star at TIFF 2014 - Watch the TWO videos HERE!

Living it up at eOne party with my new idol the 92 year old dancing ice cream lady - Here I am with film director Albert Fernandez with a film at TIFF! who helped make these festivities bright and lots of fun!   ...

Mario Martone presentation of Leopardi Il giovane favoloso at TIFF 14

CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA | ITALY | MARIO MARTONE | 137 MINUTES Leopardi Il giovane favoloso Giacomo Leopardi is perhaps, next to Dante, Italy's most famous poet. Known also as an essayist, philosopher, and philologist, Leopardi came from an aristocratic family and lived a protected life, initially under the tutelage of his father, whose immense library provided much of the stimulation for the young man's learning and future development.   V...

TIFF Interview with Xenia Grubstein (Antipode Sales) for Konchalovsky's "Postman's White Nights"

XENIA GRUBSTEIN distributor of Andrei Konchalovsky's  "The Postman's White Nights" showing at TIFF and recently awarded with Silver Lion, in Venice 2014 for best director. "The Postman's White Nights" is set in a lakeside village in the Russian countryside and follows the lives of local people whose main contact with the outside world is a postman. All actors in the film are non-professionals and casting took a year, sometimes filme...

Victoria Film Festival Programmer Donovan Aikman Looking for New Films @ TIFF 2014

Laurie Gordon Interviews Donovan Aikman - Programmer for The Victoria Film Festival for FilmFestivals.com reporting at Toronto International Film Festival Filmed at TIFF industry HQ's - Hyatt Hotel on King St West. What new cinema is heading to Victoria Film Fest for 2015? No cat out of the movie magic bag just yet!       ...

Venice 71 -- a Whimsical Tally and a Disappointing Pasolini

By Alessandro De Leone <filmfestivals.com>   The awards closing out Venice 71 were whimsical to say the least --  to avoid more (im)pertinent terms such as absurd and ridiculous. Of course, these awards are decided upon by juries composed of cinema professionals who tend to have esoteric values widely divergent from normal standards of good taste or pedestrian logic. The Golden Lion for best film in competition, for instance, went to a Swedish entry from veteran director R...

TIFF 14 watch the trailers Mashup

5 hours of trailers cut down to 3 minutes with an attitude. Don't have time to watch nearly 5 hours of trailers in our Festival Trailer playlist? Watch this! If you do have time, take a look at them all here. Thank you TIFF, nice work. ...

The Look of Silence A documentary on a convincing Festival Path through Venice, TIFF, NY...

  THE LOOK OF SILENCE Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer Produced by Signe Byrge Sørensen (Final Cut for Real, Denmark)   Through Joshua Oppenheimer’s work filming perpetrators of the Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered and the identity of the men who killed him. The youngest brother is determined to...

Market Support for 39 European films at Toronto

Miss Julie by Liv Ullmann is receiving FSS at Toronto  The Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF), remains the flagship festival of European Film Promotion’s (EFP) Film Sales Support (FSS) scheme which is backed by the MEDIA Programme (2007 – 2013) of the European Union since 2004. 28 associated sales companies from eight European countries receive financial backing to market their films...

Spanish pre-selection to the Oscars

                     The Spanish Academy announced this morning the three movies that have passed the first cut on the road to the Oscars®. Carlos Marques-Marcet’s “10.000 KM” Daniel Monzon’s “El Niño” and David Trueba’s “Living Is Easy With Eyes Closed” are the films selected by the members of the Academia among films produced in Spain between 01/10/2013 and 30/09/2014. Spa...

World Premiere of Documentary Feature Film STATES OF GRACE at 37th Mill Valley Film Festival

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"'States of Grace' transcends the story of one woman's injury and recovery. A beautifully honest movie that neither pities nor panders, it made me revisit what is essential about being human." -BJ Miller, MD, Executive Director, Zen Hospice Project "'States of Grace' is a deeply moving documentary. A must-see for anyone who has had to deal with issues of survival, recovery, and loss." -Kaethe Weingarten, PhD, Founder and Director, The Witnessing Pr...

Gentlemen to open Stockholm International Film Festival 2014

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  The long anticipated adaptation of Klas Östergren’s novel Gentlemen, directed by Mikael Marcimain, will be opening this year’s Stockholm International Film Festival. The film is a contestant in the prestigious “Stockholm XXV Competition” section, and is nominated for the 7,3 kilo (15 lbs) “best film” Bronze Horse Award.  The cast features David Dencik, David Fukamachi Regnfors, Ruth Vega Fernandez and Sverrir Gudnason. Gentlemen is direct...

SAVAGE CINEMA confirms filmmakers, athletes and talents in attendance and announces a program of unmissable extracurricular acti

  Bruce Brown, forefather of the narrated lifestyle documentaries, confirms its exceptional presence for the “On Any Sunday – The Next Chapter” world premiere Images in high resolution  Once again, SAVAGE CINEMA will leap out from the screens and into the host city, San Sebastian. A diverse range of directors, athletes and talents will support our 2nd edition with their presence during the week, while a host of extracurricular activities will take place bringing ...

Eleven Spanish films make up the Made in Spain section of the San Sebastian Festival

    Images in high resolution  The San Sebastian Festival will present in its Made in Spain section some of the best Spanish productions of the year. The titles programmed for the 62nd edition of the San Sebastian Festival are:   10.000 Km (Long Distance) Carlos Marques-Marcet (Spain) Winning film of four awards at the Málaga Festival, including Best Film. Alexandra and Sergi are a couple from Barcelona who are ...

Fourteen titles compete in Horizontes Latinos at the 62nd edition of the San Sebastian Festival

    Images in high resolution  Yet another year the San Sebastian Festival will showcase the best Latin American productions of the year. The programme of the Horizontes Latinos section at the 62nd edition includes fourteen productions from Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia. Films that have competed or been presented at important international festivals, but which have not yet been seen at a Spanish festival or commercially released in our country. T...

The 13th International Film Students Meeting will take place 23rd-26th September at the 62nd edition of the San Sebastian Festiv

    Images in high resolution  Yet another year the San Sebastian Festival and Tabakalera-International Centre for Contemporary Culture present the International Film Students Meeting, an event seeking to shed light on the work of students from film schools across the world. The pre-selection of works for this 13th Meeting saw the participation of 169 short films from 79 schools in 29 countries: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Rep...

Nineteen titles to be presented in the Zabaltegi section of the San Sebastian Festival

  "Tigers" by Danis Tanovic will round off the official competition "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" enters the Pearls section Images in high resolution  The 62nd edition of the San Sebastian Festival will include, in its Zabaltegi section, a varied selection of some of the most interesting proposals from this year's film scene: feature films, documentaries, short films and a television series. The section will include the Spanish premieres of the l...

"Samba", by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, closing film of the San Sebastian Festival

    Images in high resolution  The film Samba by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano will have its European premiere at the San Sebastian Festival as closing film of its 62nd edition on September 27. A Contracorriente Films will release in our country one of the most eagerly awaited French productions of the year. Samba is the first film from the directors of Intouchables (Untouchable) since it became a worldwide phenomenon: more than 19 million spectators in France, more ...

Six films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala and Peru will be presented in Films in Progress 26

  Films in Progress 26 will run in San Sebastian on September 22, 23 and 24 as part of the 62nd edition of the Festival, to coincide with the III Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum Images in high resolution  This year a total of 121 films from 25 countries were received: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Switzerland, U...
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