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Interviews

Little Children Press Conference New York Film Festival

Press Conference New York Film Festival for: LITTLE CHILDREN Series: The 44th New York Film Festival [Sept 29 - Oct 15 2006] Director: Todd Field , Country: USA, Release: 2006, Runtime: 136 First with In the Bedroom and now with his haunting, sensual adaptation of Tom Perrotta’s novel, Todd Field proves himself to be one of the most perceptive and provocative filmmakers on the American scene. The restless adults in this unnervingly sexy, faintly menacing, and coolly wise drama who look after their kids (in settings of deceptive innocence), turn out to be children themselves, all too apt to stray off the playground path in their hunger for love, sex, and a temporary freedom from responsibilities.

Mafioso Press Conference New York Film Festival

New York Film Festival Press Conference for: MAFIOSO Series: The 44th New York Film Festival [Sept 29 - Oct 15 2006] Director: Alberto Lattuada, Country: Italy, Release: 1962, Runtime: 99 A long-lost comic classic from the Golden Age of Italian cinema, lovingly restored to its original glory. The incomparable Alberto Sordi gives one of his finest performances as Antonio Badalamenti, a punctilious factory supervisor in Northern Italy who takes his blonde wife (Norma Bengell) and their two adorable children to meet his family in Sicily. As vast meals are consumed and suspicious looks exchanged, Antonio sinks back into the rhythms and customs familiar from childhood. But then local bigwig Don Vincenzo (Ugo Attanasio) and his “people

Woman on the Beach Press Conference New York Film Festival

Press conference for the New York Film Festival film: WOMAN ON THE BEACH Series: The 44th New York Film Festival [Sept 29 - Oct 15 2006] Director: Hong Sang-soo, Country: South Korea, Release: 2006, Runtime: 127 Even for those who already recognize Hong Sang-soo (Tale of Cinema NYFF ’05) as a filmmaker of great psychological sensitivity and refinement, his latest offering comes as an unexpected delight: It is the most sheerly enjoyable and satisfying film of his career. Chang-wook won (Seung-woo kim) is a film director trying to complete his script who stumbles into relationships with two women he meets at an off-season seaside resort. In the process, he lays bare the destructive patterns of his behavior and generates material for his new film.

The Queen : New York FF Press Conference

New York FF Press Conference for : THE QUEEN Series: The 44th New York Film Festival [Sept 29 - Oct 15 2006] Director: Stephen Frears , Country: United Kingdom, Release: 2006, Runtime: 103 Opening Night There will always be an England. But the England that poured out its grief and condolence at the shocking loss of Princess Diana in the waning summer of 1997 was a nation that had become unfamiliar to the monarch who, at the time of her ex-daughter-in-law’s tragedy, had held the British throne for 45 years: Here was a people mourning its princess, awaiting royal public acknowledgment of what Elizabeth II preferred to treat as a private family affair.

Interview with Festival Director Meira Blaustein

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Meira Blaustein Thurday, October 12----As the 7th annual Woodstock Film Festival kicks into gear this evening with the avant premiere of Douglas McGrath’s INFAMOUS, Festivals Editor Sandy Mandelberger sat down with Festival Director Meira Blaustein to get her thoughts on this year’s edition. Sandy Mandelberger (SM): What is new this year that you might be experimenting with? Meira Blaustein: Most of the new elements are more of the inner structure and perhaps not so visible. In terms of ...

Indie Film Nation Podcast #059 - 6th October 2006

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Industry News AFI Awards and IF Awards announce hosts David Lynch's creative secret revealed Rune - feature film to be released initially on iPod Portable Film Festival Wrap San Sebastian Film Festival News Fantastic Fest Winners Preview Stiges Film Festival (Spain) Mill Valley Film Festival (San Francisco, USA) Film Independent 2006 Filmmaker Fourm (Los Angelos, USA) 26th to 28th October...

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Fest21.com welcomes all festival organisers, movie pros, film fans and all festival goers from around the world to share fun, experience, information, pictures, videos and pod casts... Create your community, your own group, discuss and enhance your projects, promote them, distribute them, be on the Featured videoblog list... Open your own videoblog with free video storage. Festival Blogs, dailies, ambiance and panache. The Films showcased here will enjoy the privilege of close encounters with ...

Antalya’s Eurasia Film Market gets thumbs up

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Antalya’s Eurasia Film Market gets thumbs up ANTALYA, Turkey ~ The first film market ever held in Turkey ended yesterday in Antalya and was hailed as a success both by buyers and sellers, several of whom were clearly taken aback by the sheer professionalism of the organisers. A combined total of some 200 buyers and sellers from approximately 30 countries attended the inaugural Eurasia Film Festival which took place over four days during the week-long 43rd Golden Orange Eurasia Film Festival...

Al Gore whenChange becomes Charge

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When Change becomes Charge, interview from Cannes. Al Gore was invited to Cannes for the premiere of An Inconvenient Truth, his documentary about climate change. “I know this about politics. The political system has one thing in common with the climate system: it too, is non-linear. It can appear to change only gradually. But it can cross a tipping point, beyond which it moves dramatically, ...

Marion Hänsel gives Variety Cinema Militans Interview

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Marion Hänsel gives the Variety Cinema Militans Interview as part of the Holland Film Meeting during the 26th Netherlands Film Festival. On Saturday 30 September at 17:30, the filmmaker will get into conversation with Variety's Katja Hofmann about her vision on the future of cinema. The fixed theme of this section, 'the position and viability of cinema in the present age', is an adaptation of the theme of Dutch film theoretician Menno ter Braak's essay 'Cinema Militans' (1926). Directly after...

Interview with Festival Co-Director Richard Paradise

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Wednesday, September 6----With little over one week to go before the launch of the Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival, FEST21.COM's Festivals Editor Sandy Mandelberger sat down with Richard Paradise, the Festival's Co-Director (along with Nevette Previd), to discuss his goals and hopes for this year's inaugural event. Sandy Mandelberger: There are so many film festivals already on the calendar, and September is a particularly business month...what was your inspiration to launch an e...

Jim Jarmusch's Dialogue with Martin Scorsese

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Thursday, June 15----It doesn't get much better than this....legendary film director Martin Scorsese being honored for his documentary film career, in a rare on-stage dialogue with independent auteur Jim Jarmusch. That was the scenario this evening, as Scorsese was honored at the SILVERDOCS 2006 Guggenheim Symposium, named in honor of four-time Academy Award winning documentarian, and Washington DC resident, Charles Guggenheim. Scorsese is one of the few Hollywood directors who has moved from...

Interview with Barry Stringfellow, Screenwriter of ONE LAST THING

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Saturday, June 10---When screenwriter Barry Stringfellow was pitching his original screenplay of a teenage boy dying of cancer whose final wish is a date with a blonde supermodel, he was repeatedly asked how to much the film more "upbeat". Well cancer is never very upbeat, but, as Virginia Woolf famously said, "a character needs to die so that the other characters can value life". That is the sentiment and the message of Stringfellow's alternately moving and hilarious ONE LAST THING, directed b...

Interview With Ido Mizrahy, Director of THINGS THAT HANG FROM TREES

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Saturday, June 10----An Israeli director for a Southern Gothic story set in 1960s Florida may seem like an odd choice, but for Ido Mizrahy, the director of the American Independent film THINGS THAT HANG FROM TREES, his foreigness allowed him to bring subtle observations to this story of small town life. The film, which is screening in the American Independents Competition here, is written and based on the autobiographical novella of Aaron Louis Tordini. Tordini grew up in St. Augustine, Florid...

Interview with Ali Selim, Director of SWEET LAND

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Thursday, June 8---Ali Selim is a softspoken man from Minnesota with an expressive face and an obvious passion for filmmaking. His first film, SWEET LAND, which is the only American film included in the First Works competition at the Troia International Film Festival, has the scope, integrity and humanity of a John Ford epic. The film captures the limitless landscapes of the Minnesota plains in the period just after World War I, when immigrants from Scandinavia began to exert their cultural h...

Interview With Anthony Ng, Director of 212

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Tuesday, June 6---New York filmmakers always have the added advantage of shooting in a city that is in itself a major character in their films. No matter the genre, or even the time period, shooting on the New York streets offers an ambience that is instantly recognizable to a world audience (and sorry, cannot be faked on the too-clean streets of Toronto, Chicago or, God forbid, Los Angeles). Anthony Ng, born and raised in Hong Kong, went to the famed New York University Film School, and ins...

Interview With Anthony Ng, Director of "212"

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Tuesday, June 6---New York filmmakers always have the added advantage of shooting in a city that is in itself a major character in their films. No matter the genre, or even the time period, shooting on the New York streets offers an ambience that is instantly recognizable to a world audience (and sorry, cannot be faked on the too-clean streets of Toronto, Chicago or, God forbid, Los Angeles). Anthony Ng, born and raised in Hong Kong, went to the famed New York University Film School, and ins...

Interview With Jeff Lipsky, Director of "Flannel Pajamas"

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Monday, June 5----One of the more anticipated programs at the TROIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is its annual competition for American Independent films. The Festival, over the past 22 years, has been an important showcase for films made outside the Hollywood studio system. This year, six worthy films are competing for the award. The first of them kicks off the section this evening. FLANNEL PAJAMAS, which had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, is unique in two important ways. It...

American Politics With A French Twist

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It is should be news to no one that the Americans and the French are still locked in their love/hate relationship. We Americans do love the French culture and its emphasis on beauty, refinement and good taste. The French do love our the American can-do attitude and our pioneering spirit. But since 9/11, our different geopolitics has driven a wedge into that relationship that has pushed us both into separate corners. Perhaps that is the reason why so many American films that are openly critical ...
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