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Interviews

THERE BE DRAGONS, an interview with Nunez

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INTERVIEW WITH IGNACIO NUNEZAt the 64th Cannes, one of the most talked about films on the market was the legendary film director Roland Joffe's latest film, THERE BE DRAGONS (2011). I sat with producer Ignacio Nunez at the Hotel Martinez for our one-on-one interview about this highly anticipated multi-cultural epic film. ME: Can you tell us about the film and how difficult this three-year highly ambitious indie film project was to get off the ground?NUNEZ: Roland Joffe wrote and directed the fil...

Cannes Market...A success for 2011?

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p>64th Cannes Market : Cannes, 2011 Cannes Market2011...Was it a success? This year's Cannes (2011), I had the opportunity to interview Scott Martin of ARCHSTONE DISTRIBUTION and we spoke about the 64th Cannes Film Festival, their sales company and the results of this year's market in general. It's no secret that since the economic recession of the past few years as well as various changes in modes of distribution outlets, recent market sales have taken a hardhit. However, the mood ...

HEARAT SHULAYIM (FOOTNOTE), Joseph and Shlomo speak.

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PRESS CONFERENCE at 64th Cannes Film Festival for: HEARAT SHULAYIM (FOOTNOTE, Israel, 2011) By director Joseph Cedar…   SUMMARY: “The story of a great rivalry between a father and son, both eccentric professors in the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The son has an addictive dependency on the embrace and accolades that the establishment provides, while his father is a stubborn purist with a fear and profound revulsion for what the establishment stands fo...

HEARAT SHULAYIM (FOOTNOTE), Joseph and Shlomo speak.

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  PRESS CONFERENCE at 64th Cannes Film Festival for: HEARAT SHULAYIM (FOOTNOTE, Israel, 2011) By director Joseph Cedar… SUMMARY: “The story of a great rivalry between a father and son, both eccentric professors in the Talmud department of Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The son has an addictive dependency on the embrace and accolades that the establishment provides, while his father is a stubborn purist with a fear and profound revulsion for what the establishment stands for, ye...

THERE BE DRAGONS, an interview with Nunez

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INTERVIEW WITH IGNACIO NUNEZ At the 64th Cannes, one of the most talked about films on the market was the legendary film director Roland Joffe's latest film, THERE BE DRAGONS (2011). I sat with producer Ignacio Nunez at the Hotel Martinez for our one-on-one interview about this highly anticipated multi-cultural epic film. ME: Can you tell us about the film and how difficult this three-year highly ambitious indie film project was to get off the ground? NUNEZ: Roland Joffe ...

Cannes Market...A success for 2011?

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64th Cannes Market : Cannes, 2011 Cannes Market2011...Was it a success? This year's Cannes (2011), I had the opportunity to interview Scott Martin of ARCHSTONE DISTRIBUTION and we spoke about the 64th Cannes Film Festival, their sales company and the results of this year's market in general. It's no secret that since the economic recession of the past few years as well as various changes in modes of distribution outlets, recent market sales have taken a hardhit. However, the mo...

Ovanes Torosyan: I can feel a movement in Bulgarian cinema

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Ovanes TorosyanOvanes Torosyan plays one of the two leads in Konstantin Bojanov’s Ave, which was selected in the competition programme of the Critics Week at Cannes. The film’s premiere within the framework of one of the world’s most renowned festivals is today. Ave started as a project at the 6th edition of Sofia Meetings.   Ovanes has not seen the film yet and he shares his experiences only from the production process. - What attracted you to the film? I was in m...

Boyka Velkova: "The Island" is an example of quality Bulgarian cinema

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Boyka VelkovaKamen Kalev's The Island was screened for the first time last night at Cannes during the programme Directors Fortnight (Quinzaine des realizateurs). Let us wish that the film has a long a successful life on top world festivals and in full cinema halls. Below is our interview with Boyka Velkova, one of the main actresses in Kalev'a second feature, which started as project during Sofia Meetings. - What is your role in The Island and what exactly enticed you to take part...

Rousy Chanev: Kamen Kalev is a very open person and therefore all the actors invaded with their ideas

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Rousy Chanev and Kamen KalevThe Island will be screened today at Theatre Croisette in Hotel Marriot at 14 and 22h as part of the "Directors Fortnight" programme. Rousy Chanev, one of the film's Bulgarian main actors, gave an online interview for the Sofia International Film Festival  website. - What is your role in The Island and what attracted you to the project in the first place? It was the summer of 2005, Kamen Kalev wanted to shoot his first film, he had a final s...

Thure Lindhardt: Bulgarian filmmakers are not quite aware yet of how good they really are

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Thure LindhartKamen Kalev’s second feature The Island, which tells the story of a young couple heading to a remote island in the Black Sea where their relationship is questioned, was invited to the Directors Fortnight section of the 64 Cannes International Film Festival, where it will be screened on May 16.    The film was first pitched as a project during Sofia Meetings’04. The cast includes the French model and actress Laetitia Casta, the Danish actor Thure Lindhart and their Bulg...

Dragomir Sholev: “Bulgarian cinema is permanently in the condition of missed possibilities”

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Dragomir Sholev– Have you already seen any of the competitive films and what can you say about them? Thank you for that question. I feel great. I’m very careful not to catch the flu. – It is not your first participation in the competition programme of the Sofia International Film Festival – you have previously won awards for your short films. What has changed in the Festival since you won the Jameson Short Film Award for Before Life, After Death? I am very proud that ...

Gabrielle Brunnenmeyer: There is a young generation of film-makers in Bulgaria who has a lot to tell

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Gabrielle BrunnenmeyerHaving worked as a journalist and film critic, Gabriele Brunnenmeyer was in charge of the MEDIA Antenna Berlin-Brandenburg, acting as an artistic adviser for MEDIA training initiative Moonstone International in regard to Eastern and Central Europe and organising workshops for directors and screenwriters in Germany. Her main activity in the last 10 years was the development of the East-West-Coproduction Market Connecting Cottbus at the Cottbus Film Festival which she was r...

Claudia Cardinale: An actor lives many different lives

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Claudia CardinaleIn the past couple of years you haven’t been appearing on the big screen that often, perhaps you don’t have offers for the more interesting roles that you want? Claudia Cardinale: That’s not true; I have been involved in various productions in recent years, mainly by younger directors. Last year I worked in Tunisia, which was the backdrop for Mehdi Ben Attia’s film Le fil, Istanbul (Signora Enrica) and then in New York for Joy de V. by a student of Werner Herzog. ...

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson: "“Long winters in Iceland predispose to creative work"

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Fridrik Thor FridrikssonThe Chairman of the International Jury Fridrik Thor Fridriksson is a phenomenal storyteller – not only in his films but also in an informal chat. On the day of the first show of his film Mamma Gogo at Sofia International Film Festival, we managed to have a  ‘walk and talk’ at high speed through his works, which have enriched the history of the cinema with masterpieces like Devil’s Island,  Cold Fever and the  well-known in Bulgaria Angels of the Universe, Nic...

Andrzej Zulawski: Good cinema does not walk on the ground

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Andrzej Zulawski- You shot your last film in 2000. What replaced cinema in your career? I have written 25 books and I have directed 13 films, so as you can see literature occupies most of my time. Ten years ago I went through a dramatic period in my personal life and Hemingway once said something I believe in too, “If it was a real love you’ll never fully recover from it.” A lot of things happened at once – personal problems which forced me to give up several projects in France an...

Goran Paskaljevic with a special screening at the 15th Sofia International Film Festival

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Goran PaskalevicPerhaps the most original Serbian director today is in Sofia for the meeting of the Bord of the European Film Academy. As a member of EFA Goran Paskaljevic took part in Sofia Meetings and he also found a time in his hectic schedule to talk with me about his last five films from Balkan Cabaret (1998) onwards. SIFF’s audiences are familiar with all of them. When I end working on a certain film I immediately start working on a new one. Balkan Cabaret (1998) is a film about...
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