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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 originally made its debu...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...

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...

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