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Leonor Teles is the youngest director ever to win the Golden Bear

Portuguese Leonor Teles is the youngest director ever to win the Golden Bear for best short film at the Berlinale. A double achievement, since Batrachian's Ballad is her first film outside film school. Batrachian's Ballad charmed the Jury of the International Short Film Competition at the Berlinale, which awarded it the grand prize, and also the public - the ovations at the sold out theaters leave no room for doubt. A film produced by Uma pedra no sapato/Filipa Reis/João Mill...

Short Film Winners Berlinale 2016

  Golden Bear for Best Short Film Balada de um Batráquio(Batrachian's Ballad) by Leonor Teles Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film) A Man Returned by Mahdi Fleifel Audi Short Film Award Jin zhi xia mao  (Anchorage Prohibited) by Chiang Wei Liang Berlin Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards 2016 © Mahdi Fleif...

A Dragon Arrives | Video Highlights Press Conference | Berlinale 2016

An orange Chevrolet Impala drives across a cemetery towards an abandoned shipwreck in the middle of a desert landscape. It is the 22nd of January, 1965. The day before, the Iranian prime minister was shot dead in front of the parliament building. Inside the wreck, a banished political prisoner has hung himself. The walls are covered in diary entries, literary quotes and strange symbols. Can they help Police Inspector Babak Hafizi in his investigations? Will they shed any light on why there is ...

Saint Amour | Video Highlights Press Conference | Berlinale 2016

Highlights Press Conference SAINT AMOUR by Benoît Delepine & Gustave Kervern at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.  Benoît Delépine (Director, Scriptwriter, Producer)  For Bruno, the agricultural show in Paris marks the high point of his year since it means he can go on a wine tasting tour through France’s wine-growing regions and drink his way from one stand to the next without even leaving the exhibition hall. His father Jean apparentl...

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Berlinale Talents 2016: A Tribute to Talent in Today’s World of Film

On Thursday evening, February 18, the 14th edition of Berlinale Talents came to a successful close with the master class of Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney. During the six-day event, 300 film creatives and over 150 internationally renowned experts turned the HAU Hebbel am Ufer into a hub for networking, intercultural exchange and discussing the latest trends in film.  Alex Gibney   Under its theme “The Nature of Relations”, Berlinale Talents explored the inne...

POWER | Debate #2 | Woche der Kritik 2016

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Berlin Critics' Week | Friday, February 12th | http://wochederkritik.de In the face of political power and its violence, digital imagery is in an asymmetric position. It does, however, challenge power relations within cinema. To what aim and how? Debate guests: Fadi Abdelnour (Artistic Director of Alfilm Film Festival), Heba Amin (Artist/filmmaker), Jay Weissberg (Variety film critic and Artistic Director of Pordenone Silent Film Festival). Moderator: Joseph Fahim (Woche der K...

AURA | Video Debate #1 | Woche der Kritik 2016

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Berlin Critics' Week | Thursday, February 11th | wochederkritik.de Film adds to the lives of bodies, uses their aura, turns them into myths. Whether and how these myths can be controlled, is both a political and an aesthetic question. Debate guests: Zahra Vargas (Director, La fin d'Homère), Pablo Agüero (Director of Eva doesn't sleep), Pamela Biénzobas (Film critic, Revista de cine MABUSE), Richard Brody (Movies editor, The New Yorker), Kiva Reardon (Foun...

Filmed interview with director Anthony Hickox at the 66. Berlinale for Exodus to Shanghai

Exodus to Shanghai had it’s market premiere at the Deutsche Film und Fernsehakademie, 66. Berlinale on Friday, February 12. Based on true events, Exodus to Shanghai is a love story of West loves East, Jews and Chinese united with violins, interrupted by the Nazi invasion of Austria in 1938. Even Hitler is not powerful enough to break the love. When Hitler invades Austria in 1938, Jews must make an Exodus from Vienna. Only the Chinese Consul of Vienna, Dr. Fen...

German actor Markus von Lingen on video at the 66. Berlinale for Exodus to Shanghai:

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After the successful screening of Exodus to Shanghai at the 66. Berlinale,  the cast attended  the FashonTV After Party at THE PEARL in Berlin. German actor Markus von Lingen, plays Hermann Deutsch, a sadistic evil mastermind elected as the leader of Führer Museum project to recuperate all paintings, especially that of ‘Prinz’ painted by Hitler himself of his first German shepherd and true love. With his companion Kurt, he terrorizes a...

Anthony Hickox, Alexander Nguyen interviewed on camera for Exodus to Shanghai

Inspired by true events, Exodus to Shanghai tells the story of two brave lovers on the eve of the Nazi invasion in 1938 Austria. Joining forces with Dr Ho, the Chinese consul who helped thousands of Jews flee Vienna, they make their way to the Orient Express and the promise of safe passage to China. With the help of music, martial arts and wisdom, they save thousands of Jews as they make their Exodus to Shanghai. A few minutes before the photocall in Berlin Filmfestivals.com was interv...

Festivals Programmers gathered during Berlinale with the Exodus to Shanghai Team

The Traditionnal winetasting reception by filmfestivals.com co hosted with Michel Adam Films and Animaze Montreal International Animation Film Festival took place at Michel Adam Offices celebrating Exodus to Shanghai successfull engagement in the Market.   With Markus von Lingen and Elif Dagdeviren, (Antalya International Film Festival) and many more festival directors from Moscow, Sundance, Geneva, Glasgow, Milano, Halifax, Montreal...     A success...

Des nouvelles de la planète Mars News from planet Mars |Video Highlights Press Conference | Berlinale 2016

Highlights Press Conference DES NOUVELLES DE LA PLANETE MARS (NEWS FROM PLANET MARS) by Dominik Moll at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.  7 Philippe Mars wants to please everyone. He wants to be a good father, a friendly ex-husband, a helpful colleague and an understanding brother. Unfortunately, his little world goes out of its planned orbit. His son becomes a hardcore vegetarian, his daughter a compulsive swot, whilst his sister exhibits giant paintings of their naked pare...

Berlin Critics' Week Farewell to Andrzej Zulawski: Love, a form of insanity

On early Wednesday, February 17th Andrzej Żuławski, a defining voice of contemporary world cinema, passed away. Shortly after the Berlin Critics’ Week had presented his last film COSMOS in attendance of his producer Paulo Branco. We mourn the death of the artist and will project his last film once more, on Sunday, February 21 at noon in the Hackesche Höfe cinema Berlin. We would love to welcome you there and celebrate his work with you.     Love, a form of insanity to...

Oscar Nominated Producers Tell All in Santa Barbara

The panels at the Santa Barbara International Film Fest include talent and crew from some of the year's best movies and they're always one of my favorite parts of the festival. This year's Movers and Shakers Panel included: Finola Dwyer of Brooklyn, Steve Golin of Spotlight, Ed Guiney of Room, Jeremy Kleiner of The Big Short, and Mary Parent of The Revenant.  Here are some takeaways: Weather Problems:While filming The Revenant in Canada...

DFFB wine Reception honoring Ben Gibson its new director

Ben Gibson, Director of schools, Bodo Knapheide, Head of Studies and Edith Forster, Head of Administration A wine reception was held on the top floor of DFFB in front of industry, students and staff of Berlin’s German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in honour of newly appointed Director Ben Gibson? former director of the London Film School (LFS), he was also the founder of Making Waves program . He is the first non german to hold this position.   ...

Kids Rock Fall/Winter 2016 Runway Show

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By Maria Esteves – February 17, 2016 The 5th bi-annual KIDS ROCK! Fall/Winter 2016 runway show was held at Skylight Moynihan Station, New York, Thursday, February 11, 2016. Presented by Haddad Brands, Rookie USA Presents KIDS ROCK! collection showcased the best in American children sportswear from top brands. From Levi’s slim denim jeans (510, 511), leggings and graphic tees; to Converse Chuck Taylor all-star canvas/leather sneakers, rubber rain boots, knit woven full-zip hoodie...

Elliott Gould To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award From Sedona International Film Festival

Elliott Gould, the versatile actor known for his roles in the movie M*A*S*H, his Oscar-nominated performance in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, and more recently, his portrayal of old-time con artist Reuben Tishkoff in the trilogy Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen, will receive the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 22nd annual Sedona International Film Festival.             Gould will be pre...

OMAR SHARIF IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD: A new book published by Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) at its fifth edition

    Within the framework of the final preparations for the fifth edition of the Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF) taking place from the 17th to 23rd of March, 2016, festival director Azza Elhusseiny, revealed that the book entitled OMAR SHARIF IN THE EYES OF THE WORLD will be released during the festival days as a tribute to the memor...

Michael Moore cancels his trip to Berlin

The documentary filmmaker is recovering from pneumonia and had to cancel his trip to Berlinale. He shared the following statement. "It is with regret that Michael Moore has had to cancel his trip to the Berlin International Film Festival. Michael had been greatly looking forward to attending the Berlinale and presenting the European Premiere of Where To Invade Next, and would like to extend his continued thanks to his fans for their ongoing support of the project." Where To I...

Chang Jiang Tu | Video Highlights Press Conference | Berlinale 2016

Highlights Press Conference CHANG JIANG TU (CROSSCURRENT) by Chao Yang at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.  Yang Chao (Director, Scriptwriter) Gao Chun, a young captain, steers his cargo boat up the Yangtze river. His father has recently died and, according to his beliefs, his son is now responsible for liberating his soul. At the same time, Gao Chun is looking for the love of his life. But all the women he meets in all the different ports are the same person: a magical ...

Video Interview of Marcos Prado director of CURUMIM | Berlinale 2016

Marco ‘Curumim’ Archer’s life changed abruptly when police at Jakarta airport seize 13.5 kilogrammes of cocaine hidden in his hang-glider. At first he managed to escape, hiding out in Indonesia for sixteen days before being arrested and sentenced to death. Eleven years later, on 17 January 2015, he was executed for drug dealing. Using a hidden camera, Marco recorded his daily life in prison and asked director Marcos Prado to help him make this documentary. Interviews with f...

Anthony Hickox, Alexander Nguyen on Exodus to Shanghai

Inspired by true events, Exodus to Shanghai tells the story of two brave lovers on the eve of the Nazi invasion in 1938 Austria. Joining forces with Dr Ho, the Chinese consul who helped thousands of Jews flee Vienna, they make their way to the Orient Express and the promise of safe passage to China. With the help of music, martial arts and wisdom, they save thousands of Jews as they make their Exodus to Shanghai. A few minutes before the photocall in Berlin Filmfestivals.com was interviewing...

Red Carpet time for European Shooting Stars

(From left to right):  Kacey Mottet Klein (Switzerland), Martha Canga Antonio (Belgium), María Valverde (Spain), Sara Serraiocco (Italy), Lou de Laâge (France), Daphné Patakia (Greece), Dieter Kosslick, Reinout Scholten van Aschat (The Netherlands), Tihana Lazović (Croatia), Jella Haase(Germany), Atli Óskar Fjalarsson (Iceland) and Richard Shen (CEO TESIRO) Awards...
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