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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...

Picture Up, Roll Sound: Salute to John Williams’ 49 Noms, Movie Music’s 49 Best List & More

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent Last night LA Philharmonic opened the season with a Tribute to John Williams, featuring virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman and his greatest movie music moments from Indiana Jones to Star Wars, so this is a perfect time to examine the world of cinema’s renowned music composers.  While none can match the record-stealing 49 Oscar nominations of Williams, some credit should go to the amazing cast of characters (say 49, why not?) who have ...

SÓLSTAFIR + The Raven Flies Film and Music in ReykJavik

  SÓLSTAFIR + THE RAVEN FLIES FILM CONCERT Oct 1st 19:30 – SILURIAN   The Icelandic heavy-metal band Sólstafir perform their own compositions to accompany Icelandic cult Viking movie When The Raven Flies by director Hrafn Gunnlaugsson. The film celebrates its thirtieth anniversary this year. In the end of August Sólstafir released their new album Ótta and will be performing songs from the album combined with older music ...

Hot Tub Cinema in Reykjavík

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HOT TUB CINEMA KL. 17:00 – 20:00 - SUNDLAUG KÓPAVOGS SWIMMING POOL CHARGE For an evening, the hot tubs in two swimming pools in the greater Reykjavík area are turned into cinemas. Soak your skin, feast your eyes on a mixture of Icelandic and international shorts and listen to filmmakers and other commentators discuss their art and philosophies.   ...

One minute films by children and a variety of films screened today in RIFF

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  Today at RIFF there will be plenty of things going on at RIFF. The fesitival has gone off to a great start !  Over 120 cars turned up to our drive in cinema on Friday and a lot of buzz has been generated around our guest of honour, Ruben Östlund whose mastarclass yesterday was packed with people.  Today we would like to highlight the one -minute films by children shown at the Nordic house at 2 p.m...

Selection of films for your festival consideration

                                       Follow us on these other social networks                   Filmfestivals.com was established in 1995, over the years we became the premier link between film and festivals with 5000 festivals listed, over 22 000 festival organizers contacts in our database,  75 000 articles... We are ha...

What is ISIS? Legacy on Fire: Attorney Vincent Bugliosi Wants You to See His Documentary

by Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles Correspondent   We’ve seen the beheadings, most recently of the French hostage by ISIS, and now with planes in the air, the why’s, what’s and how’s seem moot in comparison to the spectacle of torture videos, brazen threats against the West, and general fear-mongering. But Vincent Bugliosi, whose documentary The Prosecution of an American President will be out on Oct. 7,  is not afraid to ask the tough questions. This is a ...

Leah Meyerhoff: Interview for I believe in Unicorns

Leah Meyerhoff whose first debut I believe in Unicorns received its International premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this June. is a New York based filmmaker. Her short films have won plenty awards and at various film festivals around the world. Her first feature film is a teenage love story between Divina, a girl who lives with her disabled single mother and Sterling, an older boy who takes her on an exciting and passionate journey to discover love and personal liberation.&nb...

RIFF presents the films in the New Visions category competing for the Golden Puffin

  RIFF presents the films in the New Visions category competing for the Golden Puffin Primary tabs   Twelve up and coming directors  present their first or second feature film and compete for our main prize, the Golden Puffin. These films, in the New Visions category at RIFF challenge cinematic conventions  and pave the road for tomorrow’s  cinema.     Villa Touma (Án lands, no country) Director: Suha Arraf   ...

Opening film at RIFF announced US film "Land Ho!"

  US film "Land Ho!" is the opening film at RIFF this year. It is is a tale of friendship and adventure that chronicles two older men attempting to recapture their youth while on a trip in Iceland. So far, Land Ho! has reviewed excellent reviews, garnering acclaim for its "feel-good nature" and "quirky comedy." The film is written by Martha Stephens and codirected with Aaron Katz.  "Land Ho!" originally made its debu...

The Captive by Atom Egoyan: Review

REVIEW: The captive by Atom Egoyan, Canada – 67e Festival De Cannes Competition The master of psychological thrillers Atom Egoyan returns to the Croisette with a rather stiffand mostly predictable story based on true events from his native Canada. The Captivetakes us to an undisturbed, rather boring small community living around theNiagara Falls. The idyllic atmosphere is smashed ina moment when the nine year oldCassandra disappears without any trace from the back seat of her father&rs...

Darker than midnight: Review

REVIEW:Darker than midnight (Piu buio di Mezzanotte)by Sebastiano Riso (Italy) – 67eFestival De Cannes / 53e Critic’s Week (La Semainede la Critique) Painfully tender and compassion-generating, Sebastiano Riso’s debutDarker than midnightpowerfully rips the emotional surface to reach thecore of sensitivity from its very first minute. The film depicts a short period in the early adolescence of Davide, a fourteen year old boywho is confronted with his sexuality for the firstti...

IFP Announces Its New Theatrical Platform “Screen Forward” and the First Five Films Opening Theatrically at the Made in NY Media

  by Erik Luers on September 18, 2014 Brooklyn, NY  (September 18, 2014) – The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced the first five projects to get weeklong theatrical runs at the state of the art Made In NY Media Center’s theater as part of the Screen Forward program. Starting October 17th, the program will give filmmakers in the process of self-distribution the unique opportunity to gain a much-coveted NYC theatrical week-run, with IFP...

7 films competing for the Grand Prix of CinEast film festival, Luxembourg

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    The complete programme as well as the films in competition at the 7th edition of CinEast (www.cineast.lu) - the Central and Eastern European Film Festival in Luxembourg – have been published today. Held from 9 to 26 October 2014 in a dozen venues in Luxembourg and other towns, the CinEast film festival will present around 100 screenings of 56 features and about 40 short films from 18 post-communist countries, as well as many accompanying events.   The films included...

Cambodian Supernatural drama, FREEDOM DEAL: "a strong, interesting story with good characters and excellent acting" - Hiway 61

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 The striking Cambodian supernatural historical drama, 'FREEDOM DEAL: The Story of Lucky', set in 1970 as the Vietnam War expanded across the border during Nixon's controversial 'Cambodian Incursion (a military operation that launched waves of protest from Kent State to Berkeley, USA), continues to generate interest across the USA and beyond: "a strong, interesting story with good characters and excellent acting, and the supernatural element was bizarre but just rig...

Reza Mirkarimi’s ‘‘TODAY’’, a TIFF premiere, will represent Iran for Oscar Race

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Reza Mirkarimi’s  ‘‘TODAY’’, which had its International premiere at TIFF/Toronto International Film Festival 2014, has been selected to represent Iran in the foreign-language Oscar race. The film’s selection was announced this Sunday by Iran’s Oscar selection committee.   The award-winning Iranian director Reza Mirkarimi was born in 1967 in Tehran. His first feature, ‘The Child and The Soldier’ won several awards including the ...

François Ozon returns to San Sebastian with a New Girl Friend

Two women, childhood friends. The two marry and one has a baby. Shortly afterwards, the mother falls seriously ill and makes her friend promise that she will take care of the baby and her husband. When she dies, the friend decides to visit the father and the baby, but a tremendous surprise awaits her.

The New Girlfriend - le nouvelle amie - PREMIERE TIFF 2014 - Controversy in France…encore?

At TIFF I attended the premiere screening of The New Girlfriend by director François Ozon starring Romain Duris and Anais Demoustier. A Canada-France co-production, the performances were extraordinary played with a particular sensitivity and poignancy. The story is a bit convoluted as a  bereaved cross-dresser husband is accidentally discovered "en costume" by his equally devastated dead wife's married best friend (confusing already isn't it?). Both mour...

TIFF 2014 PREMIERE VIDEO: François Ozon’s 'The New Girlfriend' (Un nouvelle amie) An Anticipated Controversy in France

At TIFF I attended the premiere screening of The New Girlfriend by director François Ozon starring Romain Duris and Anais Demoustier. A Canada-France co-production, the performances were extraordinary played with a particular sensitivity and poignancy. The story is a bit convoluted as a  bereaved cross-dresser husband is accidentally discovered "en costume" by his equally devastated dead wife's married best friend (confusing already isn't it?). Both mour...

BANG, BANG BABY Best 1st feature at TIFF 14

Video by Leopoldo Soto In the fictional Canadian town of Lonely Arms in 1963, sweet and prim high-schooler Stepphy (Jane Levy) devotedly cares for her alcoholic father (Peter Stormare), tends to his auto-service shop, and, like most girls her age, adores heartthrob singer Bobby Shore. Having long dreamt of getting out of Lonely Arms and making it in the music biz, Stepphy seems one step closer when she is accepted into the American Ingénue Singing Competition in Manhattan — until...

BEATS OF THE ANTONOV Best World Doc at TIFF 14

  The separation of Sudan into two sovereign states has not prevented the longest civil war in the African continent from raging on to this day. The inhabitants of the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountain regions, having fought for the independence of South Sudan, continue to fight for their cultural, ethnic, social, and economic rights. With Beats of the Antonov, director Hajooj Kuka provides an inspiring account of how cultural heritage and creative traditions can defy the indignity of displace...

Margarita, with a Straw Kalki Koechlin / Trailer

Here’s the trailer of Margarita with a Straw, starring Kalki Koechlin. This is an intensely personal film dealing with a topic that hardly any movies have met on - sexuality and disability. This is a tale about a young rebellious woman who embarks on a breathtaking journey of self-discovery.   Awards ceremony Trailer ...

CINEFEST MISKOLC Report #3 Filmclips and mini reviews

CINEFEST MISKOLC REPORT #3 FILMCLIPS AND MINI REVIEWS  By Alex Deleon, <filmfestivals.com>       As the week winds down the hits (and misses) keep coming. GIBRALTAR: French Canadian directed by Frenchman Julien Leclerq (b. 1979) is a drug smuggling thriller set on the teeny British owned isle of Gibraltar, which Separates  Spain from North Africa. The Craggy Rock of Gibraltar is probably the world's most recognizable mountain landmark next to Sugar L...

More Revelations at Miskolc From Slovenia and Estonia with Love

  Rebellious students come to class all wearing masks of the face of a classmate who committed suicide in Roc Bicek's  "Class Enemy" By Alex Deleon  <filmfestivals.com>   If one of the basic purposes of a film festival is to discover and reveal new talent from small countries then Jameson Miskolc is doing a truly remarkable job. Apart from four discoveries mentioned yesterday even more powerful new films have surfaced since -- from smaller countries...
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