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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...

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...

EFP presents ten European films and talent to Russian audiences at WESTWIND in Moscow

Following a successful kick-off in 2013, European Film Promotion (EFP) will host the second edition of WESTWIND - a European Film Showcase in Moscow from 15 to 19 October, 2014. The public screenings will be introduced by the films' directors or talent at Moscow's centrally located  Formula Kino Horizont cinema. WESTWIND is supported by the MEDIA Programme (2007 - 2013) of the European Union and the participating member organisations. ...

The Good Lie (U.S.) from director Philippe Falardeau to OPEN FNC 14

    THE GOOD LIE, BY PHILIPPE FALARDEAU WILL KICK OFF THE FESTIVAL ON OCTOBER 8 The much-anticipated The Good Lie (U.S.) from director Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar, FNC 2011 closing film; Congorama, FNC 2006 opening film) will mark the opening of the 43rd edition on Wednesday, October 8, at the Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts. The director’s first American feature follows refugees of Sudan’s civil war, universally kn...

Blockbusters at the slots - Movie-based slot machines

The ad I took after the T2 success in France (Bruno Chatelin) Movies and casinos have a special relationship. On one hand, there are all those movies with casinos as their environment - think Indecent Proposal, Honeymoon in Vegas - or their topic - the most famous being Martin Scorsese's Casino, with Robert De Niro in the leading role.   The relationship goes both ways, though. For one, casinos have movies to thank for a good share of their popularity. Popular charac...

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...
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