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Phillip Bergson


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Film Critic, UK,Invited Member  of  The UK Critics' Circle

FIPRESCI abd the European Film Academy.

Visiting Lecturer, Prague Film School.

 

Winner of the  "Student Journalist of the Year" competition in the UK weekly New Statesman, as a Classics Scholar Phillip Bergson then founded the Oxford Film Festival and, on graduating, was selected by "The Sunday Times" as a 'New Critic' and in the same week began broadcasting on film for many BBC Radio programmes. A contributor to the "Times Literary Supplement", "TES",The Spectator,film critic on "The Sunday Standard", "Screen International",Variety, "Film Bulletin", "Film a Doba" inter alia, and on the FilmFestJOURNAL in Berlin and Screen Dailies at Cannes,he also worked for the "European Script Fund", has scripted shorts and features (that have been produced and released) and, fluent in eight-and-a-half languages, currently programmes and advises several international film festivals and is.Casting Consultant on several international features. At the National  Museum of Photography, Film and Television, in his native Yorkshire, he created the "Eurovisions" project, to promote classic and contemporary European cinema,which was inaugurated at the Cine Lumiere in London by His Excellency the President of Iceland.

Presenter and Programmer,London Turkish Film Week, December 2018

Co=programmer, 2nd London Turkish Film Week, April 2019

Artistic Director, 3rd London Turkish Film Week, planned for 1-7 June 2020.

As a FIPRESCI Jury Member

and a member of  International Juries at

Thessaloniki, Europa Cinema (Rimini), Munich Documentary, Manaki Brothers,Cine Jove (Valencia),Chicago, TIFF-ODA


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Midsummer Nights' Dreams in Spain

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No rain in Spain

A land of movies and famed  for its film festivals (encouraged by Franco in the past to entertain and perhaps  district his citizens) Spain seemed recently to have come off the boil somewhat, after the merry madness of the Movida in Madrid, orchestrated by  Pedro Almodovar as the new Dolce Vita of  the 1980s and1990s. The boom of Madrid European Capital of Culture, the Olympics in a transformed Barcelona, and the last great  Expo of the century in southerly  Sevilla led inevitably to financial disaster in the Millennium. But the country is valiantly fighting back and if there is not yet a new movida there is certainly movement in Spain again, in society, the arts, and the cinema, and in the realm of festivals. Let me offer some thoughts on my recent, first footing at the 41.Festival Internacional de Teatro Clasico de Almagro which furnished ample material for cineastes, casting directors and a peerless paradigm for organisers of film and all manner of festivals.And in the torrid but dry heats of a 32 degree Centigrade summer.

Phillip Bergson

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