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Last Breath Beautiful

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Director: Kris Alin.
Can a philosopher's stone turn everything in life to gold? Can it become the elixir of life? And what is life? Is it a journey where one’s achievements are measured in terms of material prosperity or is it the attainment of a certain state that is best described as the inexhaustible sweetness of serenity that comes from cherishing what one has as opposed to vying for what others seem to have. The film Last Breath Beautiful delves into these complex but realistic issues that confront the urban middle class today where consumerist modes of thought and action are increasingly on the rise. As principal protagonist Prem Sengupta grapples with the conflict between his idealism and principles on the one hand and the dreams and aspirations of his vivacious wife Vibha on the other, a chance encounter puts a magic pendant in his hands. Said to have mystical powers, the pendant propels Prem from being a small time employee of a firm to a powerful industrialist whose every wish seems to come true. However, woven into the tapestry of this tale of apparent success is a dark underbelly. A world where both Prem and Vibha make choices that will push them down the slippery slope to imminent downfall. Over time, in the pursuit of wealth and pleasure, both Prem and Vibha lose their ethics, scruples and moral sensibilities. They are now increasingly enmeshed in a world where passion, lust, greed and a desire for revenge have turned into a combustible fuel that burns the characters’ very souls from within. Though the pendant has brought them great material benefits it seems to have come at a tremendous cost – the loss of simplicity and inner peace that makes life bearable. Unknown to the protagonist however, the pendant comes with a timeline. At the end of which the owner of the pendant is fated to die. On discovering this hitherto unknown fact, Prem returns the pendant to the powerful mystic to whom it originally belonged and prepares to face the end with calm equanimity having realized that wealth alone is worth very little in the absence of happiness. Featuring seasoned veterans Subrata Dutta and Indrani Halder in the lead roles, Last Breath Beautiful explores the stories of individual lives reflecting contemporary social attitudes, climaxing with the shattering of the human ego which finally paves the way for the emergence of a new man or the Essential Man. One either breaks down or breaks free. Here the protagonist breaks free and experiences the bliss of the moment, celebrating the last breath of his life as if he were savoring the enigma of life itself.

Israel Film Festival ready to open

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The 24th Israel Film Festival, the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States will open on Saturday, December 5, 2009 and continue through December 13 at the SVA Theater (333 W. 23rd St.).   Opening night will find celebrated actor Elliott Gould on hand to receive the 2009 IFF Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his tremendous achievements and body of work.  This Academy Award® Nominee has over 200 film and television credits to his name, and is easily re...

Focus on Denver Day 2

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Hunted by Night

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HUNTED BY NIGHT                             The story takes place in the Florida Everglades.  Three men are hunting when an airplane drops bails of drugs on the ground where they are hunting.  The men must decide whether to be law-abiding citizens and report the drugs or take the drugs and sell them for millions of dollars.  Various opportunities present themselves to the hunters for them to leave the drugs behind and make o...

History of the RIFF Cultural Association

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The RIFF Cultural Association was created in January of 2001, but has been a project of the association's founder and president, Fabrizio Ferrari, since early 1999. It was conceived with the intention to promote both Italian and international independent cinema.     2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 C...

More days, bigger audience, more diffusion... more Amal

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The 7th edition of Amal ended last Saturday 31st October in the Teatro Principal with a closing ceremony in which the winners were awarded. The event was the highlight of nine days of cinema, dialogue and tolerance in the heart of Santiago de Compostela. The winners, many institutional representatives, authorities, members of the jury, directors and the media came together to celebrate Amal and to enjoy the concert of the French-Algerian musician Fayçal Salhi.     In the seven ...

NJ Detective Harry Shortway Junior Dares Making A Run For Political Office in Vernon NJ Five vie for three Vernon seats (WARNING

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NJ Detective Harry Shortway Junior Dares Making A Run For Political Office in Vernon NJ Five vie for three Vernon seats (WARNING TO VOTERS)!!     By ROBERTA FUGATE rjfugate@njherald.com VERNON — Three Republicans and two Independents will compete for three seats on the Vernon Township Committee in Tuesday’s election. Republicans Harry Shortway and Michael Pier are ru...

European Cinema Shines At FLIFF

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  Penelope Cruz in BROKEN EMBRACES (Spain)  European cinema has always had a strong presence at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. This year is no exception as FLIFF showcases a strong collection of films from a mix of emerging and established European film talents.   Most of the European films are situated in the World Cinema section, which is not exclusively but overwhelmingly dominated by European titles. AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK, UK direct...

European Cinema Shines At FLIFF

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European cinema has always had a strong presence at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. This year is no exception as FLIFF showcases a strong collection of films from a mix of emerging and established European film talents. Most of the European films are situated in the World Cinema section, which is not exclusively but overwhelmingly dominated by European titles. AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK, UK director Richard Laxton’s biopic on gay icon and wit Quentin Crisp, focuses on the rac...

Europe's Finest - the first Digital Cinema Distribution Platform

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Europe's Finest takes over film package from Celluloid Dreams for digital distribution As of now the Cologne digital cinema distribution platform Europe's Finest is offering nine festival successes from the current slate of Celluloid Dreams in DCI-conform standard for direct booking for European digital cinemas. Among them are films such as BETTER THINGS, DEAD IN 3 DAYS, KILL DADDY GOODNIGHT, LET'S MAKE MONEY, WEDDING DIRECTOR, WHEN A MAN COMES HOME, and WHITE NIGHT WEDDING. All films wer...

A new film sector institute in the Netherlands

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  As of January 1, 2010, The Filmmuseum, Holland Film, the Netherlands Institute for Film Education, and the Filmbank will pool their resources and form a new organization. The merger of these associate institutes will result in an umbrella body for Dutch film culture, known for now as the Netherlands Film Sector Institute. The establishment of the Netherlands Film Sector Institute is the result of Education, Culture, and Sport Minister Ronald Plasterk's insistence that the secto...

Zoe Elton, Mill Valley Head of Programming Tells All

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I got to sit down with Zoe Elton, Director of Programming at The Mill Valley Film Festival 3 days before the close of this year's fest. She's been with the Festival since it's inception 32 years ago, when she sort of fell into the position at random. Previously she worked in England as a theatre director and writer. Check out our conversation below to see what she has to say about the video art community in the 80s, how documentary has changed, it feeling like a "vintage year" for film, and o...

Zoe Elton, Mill Valley Head of Programming Tells All

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I got to sit down with Zoe Elton, Director of Programming at The Mill Valley Film Festival 3 days before the close of this year's fest.  She's been with the Festival since it's inception 32 years ago, when she sort of fell into the position at random.  Previously she worked in England as a theatre director and writer.  Check out our conversation below to see what she has to say about the video art community in the 80s, how documentary has changed, it feeling like a "vintage year" fo...

The Redwood City International Latino Film Festival

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Continuing with the tradition of offering the best in Latino cinema, Redwood City and the Latino Leadership Council are excited to be the sole hosts of the Redwood City International Latino Film Festival. For the fourth year in a row, the Festival brings three evenings of incredible, award-winning international Latino films and a fabulous gala kick-off event. The Redwood City International Latino Film Festival offers the best features, shorts, and documentaries from Latin America, Spain, and Lat...

The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival PREVIEW

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The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) announced today it will open with a special screening of director Mira Nair's “Amelia,” a thrilling account of legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart starring two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank and Golden Globe® winner Richard Gere. Organizers also revealed the 32 films that will comprise the rest of the Festival’s film slate. 12 of the films have roots in the Middle East and the balance is a diverse selection of acclaimed title...

The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival PREVIEW

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The inaugural Doha Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) announced today it will open with a special screening of director Mira Nair's “Amelia,” a thrilling account of legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart starring two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank and Golden Globe® winner Richard Gere. Organizers also revealed the 32 films that will comprise the rest of the Festival’s film slate. 12 of the films have roots in the Middle East and the balance is a diverse selection of acclaimed title...

Hola Mexico Film Festival 2009 highlights

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Hola Mexico Film Festival 2009 Film List• 9 contemporary feature films• 2 Documentaries• 2 Sexy/Comedias• 2 Family Films• 9 short films presented by IMCINE• 5 JULIO BRACHO films A TRIBUTE TO MEXICOOPENING NIGHT FILM:SIN NOMBREDIR. CARY FUKUNAGA (MEXICO/USA 2009, 96MIN, 35MM)SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLESCAST: EDGAR FLORES, DIANA GARCIA, PAULINA GAITAN AND TENOCH HUERTAMaking its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, Sin Nombre is an epic dramatic thriller from award-winn...

Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival Unveils its 2009 Lineup

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The 13th Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) will present the best of Latino filmmaking from October 11-16 at the Mann Chinese 6 Cinemas in Hollywood.Opening with Pedro Almodóvar's Broken Embraces, LALIFF's cinematic journey will continue with award-winning and sure to please films from emerging and established filmmakers from around the world including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Spain, United States, México, Panamá, Peru, Puerto Rico, Japan and ...

Bill Mechanic: don't ignore the warning signs!

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Bill Mechanic, President/CEO of Pandemonium LLC and former Chairman/CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, (my boss when I was running Fox distribution in France)delivered the keynote speech at the annual Independent Film & Television Alliance Production Conference in Santa Monica. here below is a transcript ofhis keynotesHe addressed the current state and the future of the independent film business and offered a number of observations about his experiences at FOX and Disney."I was asked to address yo...

Bill Mechanic: don't ignore the warning signs!

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Bill Mechanic, President/CEO of Pandemonium LLC and former Chairman/CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, (my boss when I was running Fox distribution in France) delivered the keynote speech at the annual Independent Film & Television Alliance Production Conference in Santa Monica. here below is a transcript of his keynotes. He addressed the current state and the future of the independent film business and offered a number of observations about his experiences at FOX and Disney. ...

NSWCFF Highlights the Napa Film Program

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The 23rd Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival continues Sept 24th – 27th in select venues in select venues in downtown Napa. See nearly 50 films taking you to many different countries! Tickets are available along with a complete NSWCFF program schedule online at www.winecountryfilmfest.com, by phone at 707.935.3456 or at the venue the day of show. Program is subject to change. There are no refunds. Attend "Films Al Fresco™" at Napa Valley Expo! The festival presents features, documentari...

NEWSLETTER N° 433: September 23, 2009

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..............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 433: September 23, 2009 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. You can find us at twitter.com/fest21 and find Bruno Chatelin on facebook Add yor fest21.com RSS to your blogs! How to use FestivalExpress our new online submi...

Urbanworld Film Festival to present Law Abiding Citizen

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Urbanworld is the leading showcase for urban, ethnic, and multicultural cinema. One of the world's largest competitive film festivals, Urbanworld's mission is to redefine and enhance the roles of multicultural constituents in contemporary cinema. Over the past 12 years, the festival has presented over 700 features, shorts and documentaries, with annual attendance reaching 15,000.This year, Law Abiding Citizena special premiere of Overture Films “Law Abiding Citizen” starring Jamie Foxx, Gera...

San Sebastian : Today's Films (Saturday 19)

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 Today is Saturday, September 18th... the second day of the San Sebastian-Donostia Film Festival. Here's what's being screened today...   Official Selection Chloe Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried star in a Canadian film that follows a woman who hires a girl to tempt her husband to see if he is cheating. El Baile de la Victoria In Chile, a young man looking to take revenge on a famous bank heister crosses paths with a mysterious ballerina. ...

San Sebastian : Today's Films (Friday 18)

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Today is Friday, September 18th... the first day of the San Sebastian-Donostia Film Festival. Here's what's being screened today... Official Selection Chloe Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried star in a Canadian film that follows a woman who hires a girl to tempt her husband to see if he is cheating. Zabaltegi Inglourious Basterds Quentin Tarantino's film stars Brad Pitt as the leader of a group of Jewish-American men performing acts of retribution on Nazi's during...

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