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ALEX FARBA


 

Alex Farba Deleon is a filmfestivals.com ambassador

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The Post by Spielberg in Bombay

  Spielberg, streep and hanks at promotional event Viewed at INOC Nariman Point cinemas, Bombay, Monday afternoon 15 January 2018.. Awesome and awe inspiring. Amazing  that Spielberg has been able to take an old newspaper story, now nearly fifty years old --and largely forgotten, and pumped it up into a thriller that feels like it happened last week. My major complaint is the title  POST. .It should have been called The Pentagon Papers!  -- not an innocuous one...

Kerala IFF 2017 Reviews

  by Alex Deleon <filmfestivals.com> The 22nd International Film Festival of Kerala, IFFK, held in the southmost Indian city of India, Trivandarum, from December 8th to 15th with its highly eclectic and discerning programming was   a treasure c...

The Year Ahead in Bollywood Titans to Face Off in January, Shah Rukh will become a dwarf and Akshay will be on the rag

by Alex Deleon   Local newspapers are loaded with reports on upcoming events in Bollywood as the year 2018 wheels into it...

Kerala 22 Review, HEART OF A DOG

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  22nd KERALA IFF reviews, Trivandarum Dec. 2017  by Alex Deleon, <filmfestivals.com>     Nayinte Hrudayam" (Heart of a Dog) 120',  -- a Malayalam language film not to be confused with the 2015 American film of the same name by Laurie Anderson -- cunningly directed by Sreekrishnan, is based on a surrealistic 1926 Russian novel by Mikhail Bulgakov that fits the category "impossible to film". ...

new Year's news from Bombay: Big star Bollywood film to be shot in Israel

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Alex C. Deleon, Bombay Bollywood A-list star Ranbir Kapoor, co-star Alia Bhatt and director Ayan Mukerji spent new years eve partying in Tel Aviv where they are getting ready to shoot the first Bollywood film ever to be made on location in Israel. Set in modern day India "Brahmasta" the first part of a planned trilogy revolves around wisdom and powers drawn from ancient Indian culture and will be shot in the old city of Jaffa, in Jerusalem, and parts of neighboring J...

New Year's in Bombay Day three, my button works

  by Alex Deleon 13:43 (Il y a 23 heures)             Resting at the Royal Bombay Yacht Club next to the fabulous Taj Mahal Hotel -- the...

India: The Padmavati controversy updates.

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Removing an offensive dotted Eye, by Alex Deleon, Pune, Maharashtra                       The big film news at the year end here in India is the ongoing controversy over the release of the new historical drama "Padmavati" by top senior director Sanjay Leela  Bhansali  starring top star Deepika Padukone in the title title role as a real queen of yore. The big joke (seriously) is that the film will get gover...

Yearend News from Bombay

The year 2018 in Bollywood has seen a dearth of box-office blockbuster and the industry has been counting on Salma Khan's latest, "Tiger Zinda Hai" (The tiger is still alive) a giant actioner co-starring his former girl friend Katrina Kaif.  This is the follow up to his megahit "Tiger Hai" of 2012 also costarring zoftic curvy Katrina who,  although only half Indian is the  leading sex symbol of the Bollywood.   The story this tim...

The Adventures of a Roving Film Festivaleer

ADVENTURES ON THE FILM FESTIVAL CIRCUIT by Alex Deleon (Herman Pevner) (filmfestivals.com) The very first film festival I ever attended was the San Francisco Festival of 1975. I had by then begun to publish articles about Japanese films in San Francisco and was invited by former festival director Albert Johnson, whom I knew from hanging out at the fabled Mediterraneum Caffe in Berkeley, and Albert used his influence to arrange a pass for me. To this day I must say it was one of...

Review from Kerala: THE BLACK JEW -- Karutha Joothan -- INDIA

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KERALA 2017 REPORTS   THE BLACK JEW -- Karutha Joothan -- INDIA       by Alex Chaim Deleon-Sinha             <filmfestivals.com>   Karutha Joothan (The Black Jew)  is a 2017 Malayalam film written, directed and produced by the National Award winning actor Salim Kumar in which Salim Kumar himself essays the lead character. A major new Indian from the Deep Dravidian South. Director, Scenario and leading role, Salim Kuma...

Alex and the smoking gun from Kerala Fest

ALEX Calling from Kerala Namaskor. Best film festival ever. Tops. Adipowli !!!! Awesome. The Best. Top Prize  film  Wajib, from Palestine, was Awesome But overall best film and Audience prize favorite was  "A mon age je me cache encore pour fumer " ... / At my age I still have to hide to smoke ... The film is a smoking gun in the face of Islamic oppression of women and is as only to be expected, banned in all Arab countries ~~ wallapalooza smackeroo  -...

Alex at the 22nd Kerala Film Festival

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My Top Seven from the festival were: 1. A mon âge je me cache toujours pour fumer -- ALGERIA 2.  Newton --HINDI 3. Two  Persons, Malayalam 4. Heart of a Dog --Malayalam 5.  Black Jew, Malayalam 6. The Butcher, The Whore, and the One-eyed Man,     Another Hungarian chef d'oeuvre from János Szász 7. WAJIB, Palestine Details on these films to follow later Alex, Trivandarum Nayinye Hrudayam,  (The Heart of Dog) Is a can...

New Film Noir from Hungary is a Groundbreaker and a Head Turner

by Alex Deleon      <filmfestivals.com> BUDAPEST NOIR is a murder mystery set in the German influenced Budapest of 1936 with Antisemitism on the rise. Superbly directed, acted, and beautifully lensed by master cinematographer Elemér Ragály.  This is by far the Best Hungarian film of the year in what has been a very good year for Magyar cinema generally. In terms of genre the very first film of its kind from this country and an eye opener...

Budapest Classic Marathon "To Be or Not to Be " Lubitsch, 1942

"To Be or Not To Be", Lubitsch, 1942. by Alex Deleon This film came out at the height of German conquest in Europe when it looked like Germany under Hitler was well on the way to winning the war and conquering the world. It was a very dark comedy designed to buck up people's spirits at a very dark time by poking fun at the Hitler regime and showing that they were not as invincible as they seemed to be. (In a far different vein than Chaplin's Great Dictator tw...

Moszkva Tér 2001 ~ Hungarian rebels without a cause

Highlights of Films seen at Festival of Restored Classics, Budapest  by Alex Deleon   Moszkva Tér 2001 ~ Hungarian rebels without a cause Moszkva Tér, (Moscow Square) is the busiest transportation hub on the Buda side of the Danube. Since the fall of Communism it has been renamed Széll Kálmán tér but the Communist era name by which it is still referred to by many people is a kind of latent symbol of the forty years of Coldwar Com...

Filmarchivum 60, The Budapest Classics Marathon A Fully Packed Long Weekend

        By Alex Delon-Oroszlányi   Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the establishment of the Hungarian Film Archive an important part of whose work is the restoration of classic films, forty two digitally restored films from here and abroad were screened in a three day marathon from Friday Nov. 4 through Sunday Nov. 6, at the stately old Corvina Mozi, itself a landmark of cinema architecture. Among the...

Weinsteingate

The Weinstein Revelations: I'm shocked -- shocked -- to find that sexual harassment has been going on around there  ...   ...

Film reviews from Budapest Bollywood Film Week 2017

By Alex Deleon Deepika Padukone as Mastani in "Bijirao-Mastani" This was the prestige opening film of the Budapest Bollywood Film Week.   Sanjay Leela Bhansali, known as the author of grand-scale, epic motion pictures, has adapted the love story of two historical figures to make Bajirao Mastani, his biggest film yet. The story is set in the early 1700s in Rajasthan and the hero, Bajirao, the Peshwa (Governor) of the Maratha Empire, is regarded as one of the most prominent w...

MY Venice Festival Highlights

MY VENICE 74 HIGHLIGHTS         Alex Deleon  Annette Bening jury president was regal at the closing ceremony In a sense everybody sees a different festival depending on choices made and the vicissitudes of the daily agenda. My festival started out slowly but picked up steam toward the end.  Arriving late I missed a number of films I wanted to see and didn't see any of the eventual winners, however I did ...

Hollywood has Dominated Venice 74

  by Alex Deleon   The 2017 Venice Film Festival was so overwhelmingly dominated by Hollywood films and personalities that it was to all intents and purposes an American festival that happened to be taking place in Italy.  First of all the career awards.  Tandem career Lions were presented to senior Hollywood icons, Robert Redford (81) and one time First Lady of Protest Jane Fonda (79) on the second night of the fest. Both still looking good in spite of their de...

My Venice Highlights

Venice Highlights by Alex Deleon MY VENICE HIGHLIGHTS         Alex Deleon      Annette Bening jury president was regal at the closing ceremony In a sense everybody sees a different festival depending on choices made and the fallout of the daily agenda. My festival started out slowly but picked up steam tooward the end.  Arriving late I missed many the films I wanted to see and didn't s...

George Clooney has outdone himself with SUBURBICON

George Clooney has outdone himself with SUBURBICON, a superb satire of middle American suburbia in 1959. Actor Matt Damon and director George Clooney are all smiles at Venice 74   George Clooney has outdone himself with a superb satire of middle American suburbia in 1959.  But there are résonances of relevance to the America of today as well. Matt Damon, all but unrecognizable except for the nose, disappears into the skin of a pudgy middle class middle Amer...

North by Northwest, Hitchcock, 1959

Action and suspense: A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies.   Asking which is the best Hitchcock is something like asking which is the best Beethoven symphony, but if pressed to the wall I would call  NBNW Hitchcock's Ninth (and Psycho, his Fifth). The coolest of Grant and the hottest of Marie Saint is simply the coolest film ever made from every angle you can think of. Few people would contend that Cary Grant...

Golden Apricot Awards, Yerevan 2017

by Alex Deleon   Winning film director Sanal Kumar Sasidharan expressing his surprise and gratitude as Jury president High Hudson looks on   The Awards accorded by the International jury at Yerevan 2017 proved once again that festival prizes like Hollywood Oscars are next to meaningless. A Gold plated jury consisting of emminent filmmakers  such as Hugh Hudson of England, Aniko Enyedi of Hungary, and Ciro Guerra of Columbia, named a piece of cinematic trash, the In...
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