Pro Tools
•Register a festival or a film
Submit film to festivals Promote for free or with Promo Packages

Filmfestivals.com + fest21.com merger

 

 

Enjoy here the best of both worlds: Portal with Film & Fest News and Social network for the festival community.  

Since 1995 we connect films to festivals and document the world of festivals worldwide.
We offer the most comprehensive festival directory of 6 000 festivals, browse festival blogs, film blogs...and promote yourself for free.

User login

Who's online

There are currently 0 users and 43 guests online.

ALEX FARBA


 

Alex Farba Deleon is a filmfestivals.com ambassador

MY FILM FESTIVAL REVIEWS


feed

Israeli film week in Budapest

user
by Alex Deleon What amounts to a mini-festival of Israeli films is being presented at the  venerable old PUSKIN MOZI (Pushkin Art Cinema) in Budapest. under the sponsorship of the Israeli Embassy here. Not the very latest films but rather an overview of some of the outstanding Israeli film landmarks of the past two decades.   Opening film: "FOOTNOTES" 2012 (Hearat Shulayim) A tale of father and son as Talmudic rivals. Director, Joseph Cedar. 103 minutes. Stars, Lior ...

California Armenians honor Aznavour with Hollywood star

AFP – French singing legend Charles Aznavour, one of the 20th century’s most prolific songwriters who remains active at 92, was honored Thursday with a Hollywood star presented by California’s Armenians. Aznavour, often dubbed France’s Frank Sinatra, said he was “deeply moved” by the recognition. The star is not on Hollywood Boulevard’s main Walk of Fame but was dedicated by the Armenian community on a nearby stretch of sidewalk. ...

Russian Jews at Molodist Kiev

RUSSIAN JEWS  (Russkie Evrei) is an Historical Document compiled and directed by Sergei Nurmamed and narrated  by Dmitriy Altschuler-Kurchati. Ukrainian premier, 2016, RT 86' Part of the Overflow crowd at Molodist screening of "Russian Jews"  Russian narrator Dmitriy Altschuler-Kurchati, fields questions after screening at Kinoteatr Kiev   Because the Jews have had such an impact on Ukrainian history -- both positive and negative, ...

Alex with Kyrgyz Director Mirlan Abdykalykov

With  Mirlan  Abdykalkov, director of the magnificent Kygyz film     SYTAK. (Heavenly Nomadic) ...

Alex with former Ukraine President at Molodist Opening

Amazing -- very first night in Kiev, at festival opening ceremony, I met Victor Yushchenko, former President of Ukraine! ~ 2005 -- 2010 Not bad for openers   ...

Kick off of the forty sixth edition of the Kyiv (Formerly Kiev) international film festival Molodist KIFF

MOLODIST 46, KIEV Int'l Film Festival KIFF By Alex Deleon-Pevney       The Scythian Deer is the Ukrainian equivalent of Hollywood's Oscar. The purpose of the festival is to promote young professional cinema,  hence the name "Molodist", which is Ukrainian for Youth.   The forty sixth edition of the Kyiv (Formerly Kiev) international film festival Molodist KIFF opened officially on Friday night, October 22 with an invitational VIP gatherin...

Wajda, the Iron Man of Polish Cinema leaves the scene at ninety

in Memoriam by Alex Deleon   I Must say that I was a little shocked to hear the news last night on Kossuth Radio, Budapest, of the passing of Andrzej Wajda, the Polish cinema  maestro. Not that it is surprising when a man of ninety finally cashes in his chips, but Wajda who just delivered his 47th feature film this year, "Afterimage" ('Powidoki', released in September 2016) was the kind of director you kind of expected to keep truckin' until a hundred. H...

Dum Laga Ke Haisha! ~ At Budapest Indian Film Week

REVIEW by ALEX DELEON Sponsored by the Indian Embassy the 2016 Budapest Indian Film Week offers a savvy selection of recent and not so recent landmarks of the Bollywood cinema. One film per night for seven straight nights, all films with new Hungarian subtitles The second film of the series was "Dum Laga Ke Haisha" which means something like "Give it all You've got!" ~ a major hit of 2015 both in India and in overseas NRI communities although it has no really big ...

Client Eastwood' s Sully

by ALEX DELEON, <filmfestivals.com>   Clint Eastwood's latest offering "SULLY" has been doing slam-bang box-office business in the USA since it is a well done Near Disaster film, and in a dark year of police shootings, other shootings, train crashes, and an  upcoming election featuring candidates both of whom are likely to bring the entire nation to the brink of disaster, provides a ray of hope and something to feel good about --namely, the saving of 155 p...

Operation Chromite, War Blockbuster hits N°1 Box Office in Korea

"Operation Chromite" Directed by  Lee Jae-Han. Viewed in Koreatown, Los Angeles, Starring Liam  Neeson as General Douglas MacArthur and Jung-Jae Lee as the leader of a nearly suicidal undercover mission behind North Korean lines at the peak of the Korean War.  Operation Chromite  --(original Korean title, 인천상륙작전; 仁川上陸作戰;Incheon Sangnyuk Jae-jeon) is a 2016 South Korean  war drama blockbuster directed by "John H."...

TRUMBO or "Darkness at Noon" in Hollywood

By Alex Deleon I caught TRUMBO yesterday on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to L.A. and found it so fascinating that I watched it three times in a row on this 12 hour global traverse -- and it just got better with each viewing. Somehow this major Hollywood film about Hollywood fell through the cracks in 2015 and didn't get the recognition it deserves.  To the average film goer the name Dalton Trumbo may not ring many bells but to those interested in Hollywood history  and engag&e...

The restored films of Venezia Classici will be an enticing sidebar at Venice 2016

The restored films of Venezia Classici will be an enticing sidebar at Venice 2016 alone worth a trip to the LIdo this year. Alex Deleone <filmfestivals.com>   director Roberto Andò to chair the Jury composed of cinema students restored films and documentaries in world premiere screenings Italian director Roberto Andò (The Confessions, Long Live Freedom, The Prince’s Manuscript) will chair the Jury of Cinema History Students whi...

Bisset on the Orient Express at The Golden Apricot film festival in Yerevan

by Alex Deleon   British actress Jacqueline Bissett, 72,  was the special guest this year at the 13th Golden Apricot film festival in Yerevan and three of her early films were screened.   Viewed here as part of the Jacqueline Bissett tribute, "Murder on the Orient Express" (Sidney Lumet, 1974) is so bad it looks like a dress rehearsal for a film that never got made. If the Agatha Christie novel had suspense and snappy dialogue Lumet's film has neither. No susp...

Awards of the thirteenth edition of the Yerevan Golden Apricot Film Festival

13th YEREVAN GOLDEN APRICOT FILM FESTIVAL GAIFF       By Alex Deleon     The thirteenth edition of the Yerevan Golden Apricot Film Festival (GAIFF) concluded officially on Saturday July 17 with a gala awards ceremony in the massive Moskva Kinotheater on Charles Aznavour Plaza and a screening of "The Unknown Girl", the latest offering from, the Dardenne brothers, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, of Belgium. Major Awards International Feature competitio...

YEREVAN Film Festival 2016

user
YEREVAN Film Festival 2016 My arrival here in Yerevan for the Film Festival coincided with the  events in Nice which have sent the world into shock when a Franco-Arab truck driver plowed into the crowd celebrating Bastille day on the beachfront promenade in the Riviera city. This news, almost immediately followed by the news of a coup attempt by the army in Turkey has dominated the Tv waves ever since. Initial body count, 84 people killed in Nice,  180 or more killed in Turkey. Hundr...

RIP Michael Cimino, Oleva sholem...

ODD that the back-to-back obituaries in all the Italian papers yesterday were Elie Wiesel and Michael Cimino, the auteur of "Deerhunter" ... Followed by the débâcle of "Gates of Hell" that brought both his career and that of the studio United Artists down to bankruptcy and ignominous ruin. (Check it out in the Inkwire )--- I vaguely remember seeing "Heaven's Gate" when it came out and not thinking much of it except for the appearance in an A...

Cinema Ritrovato a Bologna- by Alex Deleon

user
CINEMA RITROVATO A BOLOGNA News background By Deleon-Pevner   Against the background of this fabulous week of cinema rediscoveries in Bologna, the following major NEWS Items: The big news, of course, BREXIT, the spectacular British exit from the E.U. overshadows all other current news stories. The Passing of the famous Italian star with the English name, Bud Spencer, big news in all Italian papers. No news elsewhere Islamic attack in Dacca, Bangladesh  -- seven italians among ...

Jones on Truffaut on Hitchcock

JONES ON TRUFFAUT ON HITCHCOCK  Another Marvelous Documentary in a Tent in the North Woods  ~~ By Alex Deleon  <film festivals.com>    The Greatest Story Hitchcock Ever Told    HITCHCOCK/Truffaut; Document, UK. 2015. director Kent Jones. 78 minutes. Viewed on Saturday afternoon in the little tent.  Chilly with mosquitoes biting. Makes you want to read and devour  the book ASAP.  Fantastic film. Great shots of Hitchcock film p...

Kaisa's Enchanted Forest" (Kuun Metsän Kaisa) Opens Midnight Sun Festival in far north Finland

Kaisa's Enchanted Forest" (Kuun Metsän Kaisa) Opens Midnight Sun Festival in far north Finland with a Magical Mystery Tour through Lappish folklore         Alex Deleon <filmfestivals.com       "Kaisa's Enchanted Forest" 2016, Finnish Biographical documentary, consisting of crisp b/w archival footage mixed with contemporary color footage and magical special effects.  RT 84 minutes that seem eternal in th...

Two Towering Bio Docs, Von Bagh and Brando Scintillate under the Midnight Sun

By Alex Deleon The Midnight Sun Film Festival w (known in Finland as Sodankylän elokuvajuhlat) as founded in 1986 by Finnish filmmakers, e.g. the Kaurismäki brothers, and the Municipality of Sodankylä. The village of Sodankylä is located in the heart of Finnish Lapland, some 120 kilometers above the Arctic Circle, where the sun doesn´t set at all in the summertime. The Lappish nature and the nightless night provide the Midnight Sun Film Festival a setting no other fe...

BERGAMO, Day Five, Three Jancso's and one Plisetskaya

By Alex Deleon, <filmfestivals.com>   25 films so far ... Not counting. Shorts! Bergamo, Wed. day 5: Five films. Three Jancsos. one dismal Anna Karina, and one magnificent doc on Soviet Ballerina Maya Plisetskaya. 9:30 Jancsó,  Magyar Rapszódia. Part I of Trilogy.   1978, RT. 103' Parabola Liturgica surrealista, rievoca eventi della secondo decennio del XX secolo.Transformo spirituale di istvan Zsadani. Inspirata alla figura storico di Endre B...

Storm of protest over casting for new Nina Simone film labeled "reverse racism" by actress Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana -vs- Nina Simone By Alex Delon <filmfestivals.com> Actress Zoe Saldana  who will be interpreting the late Jazz legend Nina Simone on screen in a new biopic to be released in April has been attacked by members of the black community as "being too light skinned" for the role. Her basic response is "see the film before you start judging me". The 36 year old star of "Avatar" and "Star Trek" plays pianist, singer and activist...

Direct Contact with film personalities are a Hallmark of the Bergamo Film Meetings.

user
Alex Deleon, <filmfestivals.com> Downtown Bergamo, a city with heart   One if the really good things about Bergamo, which justifies calling it a Film MEETING rather than a film festival, is the fact that many directors or historic film personalities are invited to meet the public unpretentiously in  a tent set up for this purpose just outside of the main projection auditorium. This is carried out in a kind of press conference format with festival moderators and interpreters a...

Two meetings with Anna Karina festival Trophy Guest on tap.

Alex Deleon, <filmfestivals.com>   The main event of the day was a  champagne fueled Press conference with iconic Nouvelle Vague actress Anna Karina. Her once mellifluous voice now has a slight senior citizen tinge to it but her Danish flair is still there. Maybe the early freshness is History but she is still a Legend in her own time and has fascinating tales to tell -- and not only about Godard. Asked why her marriage to him floundered she said that he was hard to live with...

Jancso reassessed at Bergamo

The 34th Bergamo Film Meeting closed out an eleven day run on a rainy Sunday, March 13, with two Jancsò classics, "The Roundup" and "Red and White" to wind up a nearly full retrosoective of the great Hungarian director's fearure films and many of his shorter works as well. Miklos Jancsó passed away in Budapest on January 31, 2014 at the age of 92.   JANCSO at his peak could  have played Olivier's Hamlet ...   The Round-Up, 196...
gersbach.net