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Love is strange

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Love is strange indeed. How many words do we have for love? Day 3 at DIFF consisted of three films that have love as its central theme - admiration for a friend, revenge after the loss of a loved one and love by family and friends. How strange to be named Federico is Ettore Scola's tribute to his friend, Frederico Fellini. This documentary, part recreation and part original footage, shows how the master developed from cartoonist to deity. I expected a more dissecting portrait of the...

CommunicAsia-BroadcastAsia 2014 was a block-buster, VI

CommunicAsia-BroadcastAsia diary, Singapore, June 2014 --A revisit 12 years later, to a block-buster event Sony’s new camcorders and Ericsson’s 4K campaign Sony released two new cameras in the XDCAM series of cameras at Broadcast Asia, Singapore, last month. The PXW-160 and 180 both feature 3 1/3"full HD Exmor CMOS sensors. A 25x zoom (26mm-650mm 35mm equivalent) G lens and a world first electronic variable Neutral Density (ND) are two of the stand out features. Full HD...

Film in the cards at Durban's DIFF 2014

My psychic was right... I visited the psychic expo before my first film of the day and the tarot reader told me I'm very relaxed and happy. She was spot on. How can I not be? I'm in Durban at the country's top film event with a smorgasbord of art and independent films just waiting to be seen.  The 3 films on my menu are superb, albeit for very different reasons. The variety at DIFF this year is outstanding with films for all tastes. I kicked ...

10th Grossmann Festival awarded Heavenly Shift and honoured Djordje Kadijević

On Saturday, the 19th of July, the jubilee 10th edition of Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival came to a conclusion with a magnificent closing ceremony.   The following awards were given:   Honorary Vicious Cat, given to Serbian director Djordje Kadijević, author of numerous cinematic masterpieces, to celebrate his brilliant pioneering work in the field of fantastic film in Yugoslavia.   Vicious Cat award for best Best Feature Film was given to HEAVENLY SHIFT (Isteni...

Saturday at Grossmann Festival: The Day of the Vicious Cat

At today's Closing Ceremony we will reveal this year's award winners, but first there will be many film and wine adventures.   The final day of the 10th Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival is upon us, a day full of excitement and delights. The question of the day will be: who will receive the Vicious Cat? But let's go nice and slow. Already before noon the Main Square will host the Subculture Fair, offering new and second-hand records, CDs, DVDs, books,comics, movie po...

Let's be frank

Gone to far   Technical issues can be so frustrating. Last year's DIFF was dogged by technical issues as one of the main venues switched over to digital just before the festival. I tried to put that behind me. Come 2014, I flew to the surf city in a positive mood just to be slapped through the face with technical issues. My first day at the prime film fest in the southern hemisphere was, I'm sad to say, disappointing. Icehorse, the first fully improvised Dutch film, was suppos...

"Wish I Was Here": Zach Braff's Hothouse State

Wish I Was Here is Zach Braff's first movie since he came out with Garden State a decade ago. You might say the actor-turned-director-writer-producer has grown sentimental in his late 30s. With his new effort, Braff has been guileless -- or manipulative -- enough to wear his heart on his sleeve. He aligns himself with a branch of family comedy that admits bodily functions and ethnic flourishes as grist for laughs, yet readily veers into pathos.  Part sitcom, part indie drama...

GET ON UP? James Brown & Sir Mick Jagger, A Likely Pair for a Movie

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent What do Sir Mick Jagger and the late-great Mr. James Brown have in common? They both have Soul Power, and they are Super-Bad, and after the Aug. 1, 2014 release of the soul singer’s biographical film GET ON UP, quite a lot more. Firstly that the estate of James Brown approached Sir Mick to do the biopic, and second, as the lore goes, a fumbling 20-year-old Jagger once met the Man’s World singer and muffed it, an “awkward moment...

Austin International SHORT Film Festival | FINAL Call For Entries July 23

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Austin International SHORT Film Festival FINAL CALL FOR ENTRIES FINAL DEADLINE: Friday, July 23, 2014 Austin stands as one of the great cities for filmmakers and independent movie making in the U.S. Adding to this reputation, Austin can now boast a premiere international short film festival. The Austin Short Film Fest will showcase the best short films and its filmmakers from around the world September 10 - 11, 2014 at the The Moviehouse and Eatery complex in Austin, Texas. Submit online www...

PLANES: Fire and Rescue, Review

PLANES: Fire and Rescue/PLANES2 Dozens of talking, humanoid, attractive planes+hundreds of talking, humanoid vehicles of all cute shapes and sizes+lush landscapes+recurrent forest fires+zero human beings. That is the cast and locale of PLANES: Fire and Rescue, a Disneytoon production, directed by Bobs Gannaway, sequel to the 2013 PLANES, directed by Klay Hall. It is a 3D animated comedy, with morals galore and a handicapped hero who comes of age in the climax. You might recall the earlier ou...

Winners of the 2014 Edition "Europe around Europe"

  AWARDS OF THE 9th EDITION OF THE FESTIVAL    At the closing ceremony of the 9th edition of the festival of European arthouse films "Europe around Europe" at the cinema L’Entrepôt in Paris, April 13, 2014, the Jury including Krzysztof Zanussi, director and producer - President of the Jury Pierre-Henri Deleau, founder and director of festivals (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs)  Giacomo Battiato, director...

L Europe autour de l' Europe Festival calling for entry for 2015

  Film submission deadline: December 15, 2014   Subscription fee : free   Participation rules: 1) Production: 47 countries of the Council of Europe 2) Screening formats : 35mm, 16mm, DCP, Quicktime, BluRay, Beta SP, Digibeta, DVD 3) Screeners : DVD, BluRay or link with French or English subtitles   Address : Evropa Film Akt / Festival L’Europe autour de l’Europe 22 rue Deparcieux 75014 Paris, France   E-mail : leuropeautourdeleurope@gmail.com...

Alain Resnais’ last film, Aimer, boire et chanter (Life of Riley), will close the 38th Montreal World Film Festival

Alain Resnais’ last film, Aimer, boire et chanter (Life of Riley), will receive its North American premiere to close the 38th Montreal World Film Festival on September 1, it was announced by Festival president Serge Losique and director-general Danièle Cauchard. Resnais began his career in the late 1950s and consolidated his early reputation with Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959), Last Year at Marienbad (1961), and Muriel (1963), all of wh...

Salaud, on t'aime, (We Love You, You Bastard) by Lelouch will open the 38th edition of Montreal

  Salaud, on t’aime, (We Love You, You Bastard) the latest film by celebrated French director Claude Lelouch, will open the 38th edition of the Montreal World Film Festival on August 21, it was announced by the MWFF’s president Serge Losique and director-general Danièle Cauchard. “I am faithful to this great festival and I am very happy to return to Montreal to show Salaud, on t’aime,” declared Lelouch. “The Montreal World Film Fest...

French composer Francis Lai receives World Soundtrack Lifetime Achievement Award at Film Fest Gent

  Following the 41st Film Fest Gent’s focus on France, the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to French composer Francis Lai at the 14th World Soundtrack Awards. Francis Lai (born in 1932 in Nice) became world famous with A man and a woman (1966) his first score for a film by Claude Lelouch, for whom he would compose over thirty scores the next four decades. The Oscar winning film A man and a woman launched the career of Lelouch and made Lai a celebrated French f...

10 short films compete for Best of British Award

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Pinewood Studios Group confirm prize worth £14,000 for new LGBT short film award Jury of 5 to be chaired by Judith Noble from Arts University Bournemouth English football fans in the 90’s, passion and desire between two women in a sleepy English coastal village and a new member of staff in a Scottish call centre for the deaf who gets embroiled in a lovers tiff are just some of the stories tackled by the finalists for a new LGBT short film award.   Organisers of the Iris Priz...

Fantasia VIPS Guest List - Brings the BEST of Genre Film to Montreal!

This year Fantasia continues its tradition of inviting the best and brightest genre filmmakers from around the world to the city of Montreal. The festival is proud to host more than 76 directors, producers and actors coming to Fantasia to premiere their films at the festival’s 18th edition. Fantasia will welcome filmmakers from all over the globe, from countries ranging from Brunei, Japan, and South Korea, to France and the Netherlands. With this year marking the 3r...

A Week in Festivals. Newsletter 649 - Filmfestivals.com

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Fantasia Opens in Montreal! Industry Events Co-Production Market

  Project submissions are now closed for 2014 Frontières @ Fantasia. The Fantasia International Film Festival, in Montreal, was attracting an ever-increasing number of film professionals since its foundation in 1996. In 2011, for its 15th edition, the festival decided to devote a specific week-end to welcome members of the industry, making it the first unofficial edition of the Fantasia Industry Rendez-Vous, which resulted in a great increase in attendance. In 2012, the...

Friday at Grossmann Festival: Djordje Kadijević Master Class Today

Friday at Grossmann will be in the sign of Djordje Kadijević Master Class, taking place at 20:00h at the Main Square. It will be hosted by Dejan Ognjanović. Master Class will be followed by a screening of Kadijević's cult 1973 film She-Butterfly, the first Yugoslavian horror. She-Butterfly was screened as a part of Tales of Mystery and Imagination series, and it stirred up controversy upon its first broadcasting due to literally scaring one viewer to death. At this year's Grossmann ...

“Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory”

    Starts on Friday, July 18, 2014 at the Landmark Sunshine Theater in New York City, and on 80 screens throughout the United States. Producer, Regina Scully, refers to “Alive Inside” as “the little film that could.” The film demonstrates how music connects, heals, and restores lives. “Alive Inside” starts out with the founder of Music and Memory, Dan Cohen, interviewing a 90 year old woman sitting in a wheelchair explaining how...

Filming Shakespeare

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Filming Shakespeare is an annual film festival that Misfit produces in partnership with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The King of Shakespeare himself, Sir Kenneth Branagh, is the patron of this film festival which is now in its second year. If you’re a filmmaker and you are making, or have made, a short film that in some way relates to William Shakespeare and his works or his life, please submit through the form over at Filming Shakespeare before August 1...

Yerevan Film Festival Enters Second Decade

YEREVAN GOLDEN APRICOT FILM FESTIVAL, 2014 ~ «Ոսկե Ծիրան» Միջազգային Կինոփառատոն>   By Alex DELONIAN, Yerevan     The eleventh annual installment of the Yerevan International Film Festival opened last night with a grandiose red carpet invitational gala at the cavernous Yerevan opera house preceded by a screening of a digitally restored print of the legendary 1968 film “The Color of Pomegranates” by legendary Ar...

Locarno pays tribute to Jean-Pierre Léaud

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  Pardo alla carriera to Jean-Pierre Léaud EN © DR The 67th edition of the Festival del film Locarno will pay tribute to the French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud in awarding him a Pardo alla carriera, career award. In honor of Jean-Pierre Léaud the Festival will screen 4 films spanning his career: Masculine-Feminine (Masculin Fémin, 1966) by Jean-Luc God...

Begin Again, Review

Begin Again Almost all the characters in Begin Again are losers, and in the end…sublime love prevails…no spoilers here! The film has an Adults Only rating in India, which seems a bit harsh. Some mutes, some beeps, a couple of more snips (a couple are noticed as jerks on screen) and it should have managed a UA (persons below 18 allowed if accompanied by adults). The latest film from Irish writer-director John Carney (Once), Begin Again is a musical (as  about the music rec...
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