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Catering to the interests of international quality arthouse cinema and all aspects relating to distribution, promotion and networking at www.digitfilms.com. Catch up on pictoral reports of events in exotic places and neorealistic works on www.cinepobre.netfirms.com. Contact Helen at helentheresa@gmail.com
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J.P. HUCHON Bullish About FIFE Paris Environmental Film Festival

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FIFE     It was a proud President of the FIFE International Environmental Film Festival of Paris, who stepped on to the stage of the Conseil de Paris, near the Pagode Cinema Babylone to announce the closing night ceremony of the 37th event. President of the Regional Council of Île-de-France : Since 1998 and reelected in 2004 and 2010 for a third term, Jean Paul Huchon traced a short history of the festival, created in 1982 and organized by the French Min...

ŚOLIDARNOSC = It is ALREADY 30 Years ~ KINOPOLSKA Polish Film Festival in PARIS

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Yikes, can it already be 30 years since Lech Walesa successfully led the Polish freedom movement, Solidarnosc, against the repressive Communist Regime and paved the way to liberty in the other Central and Eastern European satellite countries* This year’s edition of the KINOPOLSKA festival paid tribute the 30th anniversary of the historic Solidarity movement.        The  KINOPOLSKA Festival  promotes contemporary Polish cinema, and this year,  celebrated the ...

Jane GOODALL's Journey over 57 Years for Environment

         " I can't believe it's been over 50 years since I first stepped foot in GOMBI," explained Dr. Jane GOODALL in introduction at the PAGODE CINEMA, in Paris,  of German Director, Lorenz KNAUER`s new autobiographical film of the British paleontologist " JANE`s JOURNEY", at a special screening of the Paris Environmental Film Festival, end November 2010. Still a sprightly world traveller over 70, she spends 300 days of the year criss-crossing the globe, lect...

THE EYE AND THE STAR: " I was JOHNNY HALLYDAY's Photographer"

Johnny Hallyday: Photo Alain Robert      All photos by Alain ROBERT : ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Alain ROBERT comes from a genuine Parisian family implanted in the Quartier Latin. His father who was an artisan specialized in photography, gave him his first camera when he was twelve.. During 40 years, ROBERT  worked with equipment and supplies for photo and media services as well as for conservation departments of large...

European Avant-Première of "TROPICO de SANGRE" marks Important Achievements in Eradication of Violence Towards Women

Helen Dobrensky saw the the avant Première of the dramatic film TROPICO de SANGRE, illustrating the life and death of the three Mirabal sisters, on November 4th at UNESCO. In 1999, the United Nations established the day of November 25th, as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women to commemorate the murder of the three Mirabal sisters. Ms. Dedé Mirabal still lives in the same household they all grew up. She has been responsible for keeping their le...

RAINS OF BLOOD : THE FATE OF DOMINICAN REPUBLIC`s MIRABAL SISTERS

Tribute to Mirabal sisters:Photo by Alain ROBERT RAINS OF BLOOD : The Fate of Dominican Republic`s MIRABAL Sisters PATRIA, MINERVA, MARIA TERESA : How did three graceful sisters in their twenties, from a good family, happy housewives and moms, end up savageously bludgeoned and strangled to death, and dumped down a ravine in the idyllic countryside of this tiny Caribbean country, the Dominican Republic, in a mock car accident, some fifty years ago on November 25th, 1960 ...

CLOSING OF KINOTOK : VINCERE

kinotok         VincereVi As Closing Night film, before the awarding of the single "Audience Award", To Win or VINCERE by Marco Bellocchio, will be shown in the open-air theatre by the Palazzo in ISOLA. The controversial subject of the film is Benito Mussolini and the period of Fascism. But with a special approach since the director relates the Dictator's relationship to his first wife Ida Dalser and the voraceously ambitious  Italian husband who sacrificed her, havi...

ISOLA KINOTOK reaches Day 4

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GOOD OL' PORT ISOLA: Day 3 KINOTOK

          The Anchorage by Swede Anders Edstrom and and American CW Winter, is a sort of minimalist half installation/ half-documentary about primitive Swedish life in the woods. With a Bergmanian pace, it follows Ulla, Anders' real-life mother, as she conducts her daily life on a wild island on the Stockholm archipelago. We see her taking quick dips in the buff in the ocean, reading, catching and cleaning fish and mooning about in her wooden ecological abode. Her mon...

KINOTOK ISOLA CINEMA : Video na plaži : Day 2

           Yousry Nasrallah Screening outside, on the second evening of KINOTOK was Egyptian film director, Yousry Nasrallah's seventh feature, SCHEHERAZADE, TELL ME A STORY, a film about women for women, by the socially conscious director, a Copt, born in 1952.   This contemporary portrayal of politics and female issues in today's CAIRO stars the glamorous and utterly modern Hebba (Mona Zakki) as the speaker of a SUN TV show that opines on cases of corruption in Egypt. She...

KINOTOK Isola CINEMA Festival : a Festival for film friends off the beaten track

   ISOLA: Port in Slovenia From: Helen Dobrensky DAY ONE : Kino Otok, Slovenia Outstanding films of developing countries, cinephiles and friends gathered together again, September 8th, 2010, on the Adriatic Coast, for the KINOTOK Isola Cinema Festival - a laid-back feast of cinema off the beaten track in SLOVENIA.        This charming Mediterranean town, until year 1796, was a former part of the Republic of Venice, across the Bay...

W.C. FIELD's only grandaughter talks about his REAL persona on Leonard Lopate show

My dear friend, Dr. Harriet Fields, a Social Affairs Officer for the government in Washington, has long dedicated herself in restoring the 'grumpy' image of her grandfather, W.C. FIELDS, who she says was a "very sweet and generous person". Enjoy the recent National Public Radio (NPR) interview recorded and broadcast last month in New York. http://www.wcfields.com/news/17-news/36-the-leonard-lopate-show.html. The W.C. Fields Exhibit is going beautifully. Now through August 21 at the Ne...

SHOOTING IN CHILE

Raul Ruiz Despite the recent earthquake, the government of Chile is going ahead with plans for development in the cinema, tourism and cultural sector. Having invested in hundreds of thousands of Euros to boost the ideal setting of Chile for film production for overseas filmmakers, the campaign is now bearing fruition with the ongoing lensing of the ultimate James Bond movie QUANTUM FOR SOLACE, set in that country. For the last 20 years Chile has been considered one of the st...

Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase

Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase     OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT TO INTERNATIONAL FORUM: CARIBBEAN FILM MARKET & OTHER EXHIBITION ALTERNATIVES.  Caribbean film makers and producers, exhibitors and distribution companies’ representatives from Caribbean zone, Latin America, the Unites States of America, Africa and Europe; to the executives of Public and Private Television companies, the National Film Committees, and to the Caribbean Cultural Aut...

A DAY IN TEHRAN huge success June 13th at the Cinémathèque Française

Shirin Ebadi   DIALOGUE WITH SHIRIN EBADI 2003 Noble Prize Winner, Shirin Ebadi, Iranian lawyer and human rights advocate talked with famous screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière at the DAY IN TEHRAN event, organized, June 13th, in Paris, France on the grounds of the Cinémathèque Française. Shirin Ebadi is one of the very first female judges in Iran. Her constant and unfailing efforts in fostering  Human Rights for the weak and needy, in particular, women's rights, ch...

DAINTY Korean Actress Revives Legacy of Her Maverick Film Director DAD, LEE Man-Hee 이만희

Lee Hye-Young in Paris Cinémathèque Lobby Photos by Helen Dobrensky Dainty Korean Actress Revives Legacy of her Maverick Film Director Dad LEE Man-Hee 이만희   Slender, elegant Korean beauty, LEE Hye-Young, one of the country`s famous actresses, flew into Paris for a few days early June, from SEOUL, to present the exclusive and unprecendented tribute to her father LEE MAN HE, Korea`s unforgettable national cinematographer who disappeared at the too early age of...

JORDAN at CANNES

The presence of the Hachemite Kingdom of Jordan was embodied at the Cannes 2010 Film Festival.   Representing the Royal Film Commision of Jordan at the Jordanian Pavillion at Village International, Nada Doumani, Communications and Culture Manager and Linda Mutawi, Production Services Manager, recalled the top spots for film destinations. The American film in competition FAIR GAME and Oscar winner The Hurt Locker, both were shot in the Kingdom, attesting to the suitability and ...

A Story of Headhunters from INDIA shown at the Cannes Festival SHORT FILM CORNER

THE LAST OF THE TATTOOED HEAD HUNTERS THE KONYAK TRIBES OF NAGALAND, INDIAEvery year, I selected an interesting short film screening at the Cannes Festival's expanding SHORT FILM CORNER section and was lucky to hit upon a charming couple from India - she, VIKEYENO ZAO, the Director and he - INDRAJIT NARAYAN DEV, Producer and Director of Photography of the film,who made the trip over to promote their work inspite of the volcano ash hinderance. IN the photo below, taken by Indrajit, both ...

COMPOSER RENZO ROSSELLINI RECEIVES Achievement AWARD AT CANNES 2010 from his compatriots

              Honoured at the Cannes Festival Italian beachfront Pavillion, by the leading film industry pros in attendance, Renzo Rossellini, the Italian composer was awarded a special Trophy for his life contribution to Italian cinematography. Born in 1941, Renzo Rossellini first collaborated with his father Roberto as an assistant Director and later as his producer until 1977. Then he founded and served as chairma...

Italian whodunit GIDE in LOVE Reveals Dark Secret 50 years after

True Story Italian Whodunit GIDE IN LOVE Reveals Dark Secret 50 years after 50 years after the disappearance of a young Sicilian boy purported to be French writer Andre Gide`s last love, Danielle Russo, a young journalist on the editorial staff of the Paris literary magazine Nouvelle Revue Littéraire, is sent to Sicily in 2000, to the elegant resort town of Taormina and finds herself embroiled in a complex labyrinth of shocking "truths" involving the literary set vacationing a...

Basak and Ahmet back at Cannes TURKISH FILM Pavillion

BASAK EMRE: BASAK EMRE TURKISH STAND AT THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL After a one-year hiatus, Basak Emre and Dr. Ahmet Boyacıoğlu are back, manning the elegant pavillion nestled on the Cannes beachfront commisioned by Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism and organized by the the Ankara Cinema Association that encases the Turkish stand touting Turkey`s film, during Cannes Film Festival, 12-23 May 2010. Although no Turkish films feature in the...

UDINE FAREAST Film Festival wrap for 2010

UDINE Teatro Giovani: Photo : Helen Dobrensky     23rd April/1st May 2010 - Teatro Nuovo “Giovanni da Udine” and Visionario FAR EAST FILM 12 50 thousand spectators: a record-breaker for the twelfth edition! The Korean masterpiece Castaway On The Moon triumphs at the Audience Awards 2010! In the spotlight is also Japan, with Accidental Kidnapper, and Indonesia, with The Dreamer. UDINE – A time of success for Far East ...

UDINE . In the heart of SAN DANIELE and Modern Living technology of CASA ZERO ENERGY

In the heart of San Daniele Next, we go to the Prosciutto Morgantic rustic showroom in San Daniele.   The Morgante family and the Friuli region have been part of the history of the company since before the first half of the 19th century when it all started with Luigi, a trader in Tarcento (Ud). His son Cesare later opened a butcher’s shop and his grandson Olvino learned the art of meat processing. The industrial structure of the company, based in the lowlands of Friuli, in ...

FESTIVAL TALK : Around the FAREAST UDINE event

TOURISM AT THE DISCOVERY OF THE LOCAL ECONOMY of UDINE What lies beyond the hallowed halls of the 12th Fareast Film Festival in Udine, Northern Italy ? In an attempt to introduce the Friuli Venezia Giulia region to foreigners visiting from far away and  open the doors of their factories and show rooms  to learn about the culture and tradition of the region, CONFINDUSTRIA UDINE organised a trip to 3 flagship sites on the outskirts of the city. The purpose was to allow enterpreuneur...

Meet the PROS at FAREAST UDINE Festival = FREDERIC AMBROISINE, expert on ASIAN Cinema

 Fred and LUNG KONG at Udine FAREAST Film Festival 2010 One of the most, if not THE most ubiquitous photojournalists covering the 12th edition of FAREAST UDINE Film Festival is without a doubt,  Frederic AMBROISINE. Referring to himself as an expert on ASIAN Cinema and acquisitions consultant, you can count on seeing Frederic on a daily basis, early in the morning, wherever the action is, at the CINEMA GIOVANI, Visionario, and at ALL the press conferences. Usually stationed in ...
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