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Omer Pasha-Christ Arriving [Damascus World Edition] 1

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Omer Pasha-Christ Arriving [Damascus World Edition] 1 http://youtu.be/U9xJL5o8NNI   ...

MISS LOVELY (2012) in Un Certain Regard at 65th Cannes. An Interview.

  India’s alternative film MISS LOVELY (2012) screened at the 65th Cannes Film Festival in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ official selection. The film’s director Ashim Ahluwalia with actors Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Anil George and Niharika Singh attended screenings and held interviews. Read interview below with MISS LOVELY cast members Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Anil George: ME: Was it difficult to land this role or had the director written it for you? Nawazuddin: I did a movie...

‘BAAD EL MAWKEAA’ (‘AFTER THE BATTLE’, 2012)

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Andrei Konchalovsky, directs the The Runaway Train, Cannes Classics 2012

I can see the film many times, and like to watch the faces of the people watching. In a runaway train it is very important to burn the bridges behind you.

'LA PLAYA D.C.' at 65th Cannes Film Festival

   The Columbian, Brazilian and French co-production film ‘LA PLAYA D.C.’ (2012) by Columbian director Juan Andrés Arango held its world premier last week in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section of the 65th Cannes Film Festival. I held an interview with Juan the day after his first screening, which had been successfully met with ardent applause.     ME: You have a new movie from Columbia called: LA PLAYA (2012) that has just opened here at Cannes. Can you t...

‘LA PLAYA D.C.’ (2012) by Columbian director Juan Andrés ARANGO

   The Columbian, Brazilian and French co-production film ‘LA PLAYA D.C.’ (2012) by Columbian director Juan Andrés ARANGO held its world premier last week in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section of the 65th Cannes Film Festival. I held an interview with Juan the day after his first screening, which had been successfully met with ardent applause.     ME: You have a new movie from Columbia called: LA PLAYA (2012) that has just opened here at Cannes. Can you t...

'LA PLAYA D.C.' at 65th Cannes Film Festival

On the Palme d'Or terrace after interview with Columbian director Juan Andrés ARANGO of 'LA PLAYA D.C.' (2012) at 65th Cannes Film Festival. photo by Vanessa McMahon

LAFF Media Coverage

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The latest commercial for LAFF can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJg225C5Usw&feature=g-upl. And eginning Thursday, May 31, you can see local media coverage of LAFF at http://lancasteronline.com/ . ...

Free ebook: ‘Independent Filmmaking in the Developing World’

Launch of the free downloadable ebook, 'The Making of a Feature Film in the Developing World'      Viewer & Download Link => http://tinyurl.com/indie-filmmaking-ebook Discussing the process of developing and producing an independent feature film in a developing country environment, this ebook examines the Cambodian based independent feature, 'Freedom Deal' as a case study.  Written by the film's co-producer & writer-director, ...

"Three Sisters and Andrey" paved the way for my career

Sebastian Leutner creates animated worlds, which combine reality and fiction. 34 y.o. VFX producer from German Pixomondo received an Oscar for his work on Martin Scorsese’s Hugo in 2012. In 2008 Sebastian Leutner co-produced Boris Despodov and Andrey Paounov’s German-Bulgarian co-production Three Sisters and Andrey. The animation won many awards, including Jameson Award for Best Bulgarian Short at Sofia International Film Festival in 2009. Leutner is also among the co-producers o...

Elias Demetriou: I had no ambition to leave my country, but in the end it left me”

These are not Elias Demetriou’s words. They were said by one of the female characters in the film Fish N’Chips, with which the director participates in the International Competiion of the SIFF. But they are essential for the understanding of the entire film. The subject is very suitable for a comedy, but Demetriou chooses a completely different approach, creting a serious film, which in today’s multicultural situation in Europe poses a very important question: Who we are – t...

Danis Tanovic – the family man who can’t forget the war

During the meeting with the audience after the screening of his film Baggage in the Cinema House, Danis Tanovic said that he’s actually quite a joyful person and loves to laugh. But in our conversation he was quite serious and said that certain things make him quite pessimistic. Going back through his films, it is easy to spot the humor in all of them, but it usually serves to lighten up a very dark situation, and to help you through it. Perhaps, the more seriously you look towards...

Steven Lewis Simpson: “Everywhere is home”

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Roaring Fire Film Production (http://roaringfirefilm.com/) is an international feature film, television and documentary production and development company. Their films have been distributed globally including Germany, China, USA, UK, Spain, Benelux, Portugal, Russia, Thailand, Canada, Indonesia, Greece, Africa and the Middle East. The owner of the production company is film maker Steven Lewis Simpson. He is a from Scotland – a free thinker, intelligent, constantly traveling with ...

The Co-Production Prize choose Sofia to expand its workshops for young Eastern European filmmakers

Karin SchyleThis year the Robert Bosch Stiftung carried out a training for short and documentary projects with a focus on Black Sea and Caucasus during Sofia Meetings. Three teams (director and producer) from the Caucasian countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, three teams from the Black Sea countries Moldova, Romania, Ukraine and further four teams from Bulgaria were invited to participate in it. The event was organized in cooperation with the partners of Тhe Co-Production Prize o...

Juan Torres: “I am someone that can`t stop moving.”

If I ask your friends to describe you, what would they say? They would say that I am someone that can`t stop moving. Combined with my cinema profession in Madrid I play also on a latin music band in Paris. The result: last week in Guadalajara, now in Sofia (laughing), and next week going to Paris for a concert there. So my friends also usually say that they can never see me. What qualities do you feel a successful artist should have? I think, and I hope there is not a...

Mira Staleva: “Jamie King will present the platform for online distribution VODO”

How did “Sofia Meetings” exact­ly help in the production of movies of young Bulgarian filmmakers and in finding partners? It helped in establishing contacts with extremely helpful and experienced people, with sharing of the experiences of these people by raising the level of writing the screenplays, screenwriting development, the basics of the regula­tion mechanisms for doing co-produc­tions. It turned into a know-how on how to do the things and how they happen. Which a...

Simon Davidson: “To shoot during the night is very difficult ...”

Mr. Davidson, how did the story of "The Odds" appear actually? Everything started from an article I read several years ago – about 17-year high school students in Singapore, infatuated with illegal betting (in their case: for the games of NBA) and about the problems one of the boys encountered thanks to his addicition... But the story is also connected with my own teenage years, when I was 17 or maybe even 16. I myself come from a small town in Western part of Canad...

Jordan Todorov: “The most successful Bulgarian in Hollywood, we’ve never heard of”

Let’s start with that – what do actually Stephen Aposolof’s “dirty movies” mean? Once this type of movies that Apostolof has made, were called “dirty movies” – that is to be distinguished from pornography, which precisely in those years (early ‘70s) invaded the American cinema. Somehow all these films enliven the atmosphere – such were the times: the 60s, experiments with various drugs, rock music... This was a free time and this type of erotic films, called s...

Eran Kolirin: “My filmis permeated by a sense of insecurity”

Let’s start with your character, Oded, who at one point began to question his everyday life... One of the things I love the most about cinema is that sometimes the most mundane things, if you stare at them long enough, start to look unusual. If we look deep enough at a regular chair, for example, at some point it startsto seem like something completely unknown... If we start gazing at things, in a moment we begin to ask questions: “What is a car?” – “A big box with four...

The International Jury expects bold and original films from the International Competition

Today the festival center Matti'D was invaded by the directors David Mackenzie, Dragomir Sholev, Jan Cvitković and the producer Marc Baschet from the International feature films jury. Mackenzie and Cvitković said that they expect to watch fresh films, which are typical for young filmmakers – not films with speciffic special effects, but films that are work in the reality they create, brave, honest and beautiful. Mark Baschet said he expects from the short films in the Jameson comp...

Jan Cvitković about “Archeo”: “I wanted to make a film, not a coated story”

Undoubtedly one of the most distinctive and original directors in Slovenian cinema, Jan Cvitković, is an old friend of SIFF. Among the many international festival awards that his films Bread and Milk and Gravehopping gatnered, is No Man’s Land in the Balkan competition at the SIFF. This year Jan Cvitković comes to the festival as a mem¬ber of the International Jury as well as with his new movie Archeo. Archeo (produced by Jozko Rutar, who also arrives for the 16th edition o...

Victor Ginzburg: “I want to change the world and therefore I make films”

Undoubtedly the most discussed film in the Russian independent cinema over the past year, Generation P, is one of those Clockwork Oranges, which have influence both on intelligent and critical audience, and on the mass audience. Of course, many purists and utter pedants concerning the Pelevin’s novels denied it immediately. The same happens, probably, with all more daring films, based on the works of cult authors. Anyway, the most important thing is that Ginzburg has made a success...

Stefan Kitanov: “The Festival is 16, I feel a teenager”

After 15 successful editions of the Sofia International Film Festival, what more can surprise the viewers and loyal moviegoers? Stefan Kitanov: Contrary to the economic stagnation, we remain true to ourselves –over-ambitious and responsible in the selection of movie titles and guests. The viewers will be surprised by the huge choice of quality films and numerous guests of the festival, including “Oscar” winners and the most prestigious film awards. There is no turning bac...

Camerado SE Asia: New UK Co-Producer & Tax Deductions for 1970 Vietnam War-Era 'Freedom Deal'

Hello Friends, Colleagues, and Supporters from Camerado producer Jason Rosette and the 'Freedom Deal' Feature Film Team in Cambodia: We are happy to share two New Important Developments regarding our SE Asian Vietnam War-era feature drama, 'Freedom Deal' (www.freedomdealmovie.com), taking place in Cambodia during Nixon's 1970 Cambodia incursion. 1) We now welcome onboard a talented, UK-based co-producer for the project, Alec Cheschi; Alec worked with us a few years ago when he ...
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