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The River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival opens 11th edition

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  The River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival hosts a focus on Nobel Prize-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore, with screenings and talks, plus films in competition and special sections.   The River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, directed by Selvaggia Velo, had its first edition in Florence in 2001 as the world's first festival entirely devoted to films from and about India: a mirror on the culture of an ever-growing, ever-changing subcontinent. ...

ÉCU launchs #twitscript!

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- GET INVOLVED HERE - On Monday 28th November ÉCU The European Independent Film Festival, Paris's premier showcase for independently financed shorts and features, will attempt to write - and produce - a short film entirely made up of contributions crowd sourced via the Twitter social network. With an opening scene setter provided by the festival, it is then up to their followers to provide all successive dialogue and actions, creating new scenes, introducing other characters, building up...

'BEHOLD THE LAMB'...LOL

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       film still from 'BEHOLD THE LAMB' (2011) The Irish film BEHOLD THE LAMB (2011) by writer/director John McIlduff walked away with the Golden Alexander for Best Screenplay at the 2011 Thessaloniki Film Festival (TIFF). As director John McIlduff had already departed the festival, the film’s producer Kevin Jackson accepted the award for him and carried it with him all night with it clasped tightly to his chest.Well, it seems that this black comedy ...

BEHOLD THE LAMB at 52nd TIFF

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              film still from 'BEHOLD THE LAMB' (2011)   The Irish film BEHOLD THE LAMB (2011) by writer/director John McIlduff walked away with the Golden Alexander for Best Screenplay at the 2011 Thessaloniki Film Festival (TIFF). As director John McIlduff had already departed the festival, the film’s producer Kevin Jackson accepted the award for him and carried it with him all night with it clasped t...

Hitflics.com Call For Entry Round Two of Tri-Annual Film Competition

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Hitflics.com is an online resource for filmmakers and film enthusiasts to screen, distribute, and market their material. The competition submission date beganNovember 15, 2011, the last day to submit isJanuary 12, 2012 Do not miss the chance to win cash Submit now. Online voting January 13 - 29, 2012 Complete the Entry Form and Upload your film Contact Info Website: http://www.hitflics.com/ Festival Office: 1200 East Putnam Av...

Danish Royal Couple Princess Mary And Prince Frederik In Sydney, Bondi Beach And Circular Quay, by Eva Rinaldi

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Danish Royal Couple Princess Mary And Prince Frederik In Sydney, Bondi Beach And Circular Quay, by Eva Rinaldi - 20th November 2011 The Danish Royal Couple, Princess Mary and her husband Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark have been greeted by a warm welcome at Bondi, by locals and royal followers, as they visited the famous Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell welcomed the royal coupl...

This year's winners at Stockholm International Film Festival

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After an incredibly strong line-up the jury has now made their decisions and present the winners of the 22:nd edition of Stockholm International Film Festival. The 7,3 kilogrammes heavy Bronze Horse for best film goes to a film with intelligent dialogue, brilliant photography and astounding performances from the actors - a perfectly painted portrait of a generation. This year's Bronze Horse for Best Film is awarded Oslo August 31 by Joachim Trier. This year's jury consists of direc...

Aleksandr Sokurov's FAUST at 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival News

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FAUST              film still of 'Faust' (2011)     Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov's FAUST (2011) held its world premier in Venice at the 68th Venice Film Festival this year taking the coveted Golden Lion prize for best picture. It then went on to screen its North American premier at TIFF in Toronto and has now continued its most recent festival round at the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival (TIF...

Twilight portrait surprize winner at 52nd TIFF 2011

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TWILIGHT PORTRAIT   Sergei Borisov (Andrei) Olga Dykhovichnaya (Marina)  The proud winner of the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival Golden Alexander Award is the film that is taking the international festival world by storm this year, the Russian micro-budget indie film TWILIGHT PORTRAIT (2011) by newcomer Director/Writer/Producer Angelina Nikonova and Writer/Producer/Actress Olga Dykhovichnaya (Marina).   When I met Angelina and Olga at a dinner in Iceland, I had not...

Alexander Payne at 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival

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Alexander Payne at TIFF 2011 TIFF PRESS RELEASE!52nd TIFF: Alexander Payne Press Conference (11/5/2011)ALEXANDER PAYNE PRESS CONFERENCE On Saturday, November 5th, a Press Conference was given by the Greek-American director Alexander Payne during the 52nd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, at Warehouse C. Present were the Festival’s Director, Dimitri Eipides and Mr. Payne’s director of photography Phedon Papamichael, also a Greek-American. Alexander Payne’s new film The Descendants ...

Interview with Flow Affair Filmmaker Wolfgang Busch

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By Maria Esteves – November 11, 2011 Art from the heart, Wolfgang Busch (WB) is producer, editor, promoter, director, and Award-winning documentarian who began his career as DJ and sound engineer. WB has promoted music artists at legendary NYC nightclubs, is board member, technical director, and volunteer coordinator to many organizations. He has received countless awards in many disciplines. In 1990, Busch television show “New York New Rock” aired weekly on Manhattan Neighborhood Netw...

Dolly Parton Press Conference In Sydney, By Eva Rinaldi

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Dolly Parton Press Conference In Sydney, by Eva Rinaldi - 10th May 2011 Country music legend Dolly Parton has hit Australian soil (as has her now famous bus)... bringing traffic and turning heads in Perth, Sydney, and everywhere else she goes. The Better Day world tour has hit Australia and today Dolly put on a wonderful press conference in Sydney at the beautiful InterContinental Hotel. Dolly was so warm and accommodating to media, a...

Dolly Parton and her bus coming to Sydney

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  Wednesday, November 9, 2011 Dolly Parton and her bus coming to Sydney, by Eva Rinaldi I'm pleased to report that country music legend Dolly Parton has hit Australian soil (as has her now famous bus)... first stop Perth. The Better Day world tour, just off a bit of trouble with Australian Customs officials is now on the road, Australian style. The bus is understood to be safe at the Burswood Dome, and is in fine shape to tour t...

Interview with ÉCU alumni Yonathan Levy (director of "Das Kind" ÉCU's 2010 Film of the festival)

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  Yonathan Levy is a rising Israeli/French filmmaker who won ÉCU 2010′s Film of the Festival (Europe’s Best Independent Film 2010) with his touching film, Das Kind. ÉCU caught up with him at a recent screening of his film at La Mémorial de la Shoah here in Paris. 1. How did it feel to win ÉCU 2010’s Best Film award in Paris? I felt very honored to get the award, and at the same time very surprised as it was the World Premiere of “Das Kind”. ...

From Woodside to Ireland and Back: Aidan Bishop at The Craic Comedy

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as the days get darker and shorter, don’t let those winter blues get you down! Prescription: an evening in the hip 116 Macdougal on Saturday November 7th, that brings together a showcase of Irish comedy talent from across the Atlantic and NYC, as the second annual Craic Comedy Festival returns, with headliner Aidan Bishop!Fans, friends and followers of The Craic Festival had their fix of the best of Irish short films and music with Mark Geary’s stellar performance at 54 Varick Street at last...

The River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival preview

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  The River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival hosts a focus on Nobel Prize-winning poet Rabindranath Tagore, with screenings and talks, plus films in competition and special sections.   The River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, directed by Selvaggia Velo, had its first edition in Florence in 2001 as the world's first festival entirely devoted to films from and about India: a mirror on the culture of an ever-growing, ever-changing subcontinent. Now in...

VOLCANO (ELDFJALL, Iceland, 2011)

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 Few films can boast such raw and gritty realism as VOLCANO (ELDFJALL, Iceland, 2011). While the film is set in its native Iceland, it is a far cry from the expansive Nordic Eden we have been exposed to after Eastwood's FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS (2006) and TOMB RAIDER (2001), with VOLCANO exposing the more tangible truth of everyday life in Iceland of a fisherman (Hannes) and his wife and the driest peak in their lives, where everything they once knew is about to erupt and explode into an even tough...

Cucalorus Film Festival released its official schedule of films and events

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Cucalorus Film Festival released its official schedule of films and events this week from their headquarters at Jengo's Playhouse in downtown Wilmington. The festival screens over 150 films from 23 different countries. Last minute additions include the Norwegian comedy Turn Me On Dammit!, which won best screenplay award at the Tribeca Film Festival. Cucalorus director Dan Brawley commented, "Cucalorus always uncovers a few gems from the festival circuit ...

Between the Comic and the Tragic: An Interview With Director Kenji Yamauchi

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In his feature film debut “Being Mitsuko” which had its world premiere on October 13 at the Warsaw Film Festival, Japanese director Kenji Yamauchi walks a fine genre line between the comic and the tragic. And it works. Imbued with a strong dose of black humor and absurdist elements, Yamauchi has crafted an intricate narrative that revolves around the lives of Mitsuko and Emi Shinozaki, two 20-something sisters living in their family house in suburban Tokyo.  But there is hardly...

VOLCANO at RIFF 2011

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  Few films can boast such raw and gritty realism as VOLCANO (ELDFJALL, Iceland, 2011). While the film is set in its native Iceland, it is a far cry from the expansive Nordic Eden we have been exposed to after Eastwood's FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS (2006) and TOMB RAIDER (2001), with VOLCANO exposing the more tangible truth of everyday life in Iceland of a fisherman (Hannes) and his wife and the driest peak in their lives, where everything they once knew is about to erupt and explode into an ev...

Taking Bulgarian Cinema on the Road: An Interview With Director Konstantin Bojanov

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Walking around New York, London or Paris, if you offered someone 100 dollars, pounds or euros to name just one Bulgarian film or director, you'd likely still have the money in your pocket after an hour of trying. Of course, this fact has nothing to do with a lack of productivity or talent in contemporary Bulgarian cinema.And with “Avé”, the feature film debut by director Konstantin Bojanov, Bulgarian cinema's profile is likely to be raised higher, as audiences discover a deeply personal and...

Conclusion of the Slovenian Film Retrospective in Los Angeles

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The last week of the Slovenian Film Retrospective at the Hammer Museum in September was as memorable as the first, which I wrote about in two previous blog posts.   I was unfortunately not able to see the next two films in the series, Dance in the Rain, an enigmatic love story that (to quote the program) “masterfully weighs whether life’s plateaus are cause for disillusion or hope,” and Sand Castle, a “tour-de-force of absurdist, physical comedy [that] subtly ...

TWILIGHT PORTRAIT: A Review!

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Olga Dykhovichnaya (Marina) Sergei Borisov (Andrei)This was indeed the welcome surprise of the Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) this year. Newcomer Director/Writer/Producer Angelina Nikonova and Writer/Producer/Actress Olga Dykhovichnaya (Marina) graced the festival with their presence in its final days to attend the Q and A screening of their film TWILIGHT PORTRAIT (‘Portret V Sumerkakh’, 2011) and the award ceremony at the end. Little did these passionate Russian Indie filmmak...

The Turin Horse Q and A with Bela Tarr at RIFF

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still from the film THE TURIN HORSE (2011) THE TURIN HORSE (2011), the last film by celebrated Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr, screened in Reykjavik tonight at the 8th Reykjavik Film Festival (RIFF). The film is 2 ½ hours long but despite its hard subject matter and rough arthouse style, it holds onto its full audience from beginning to end. At the end of the screening the master filmmaker himself attended a Q and A for inquiring indie film buffs. This is a difficult film to work through and wh...

TWILIGHT PORTRAIT: A Review!

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Olga Dykhovichnaya (Marina) Sergei Borisov (Andrei)TWILIGHT PORTRAIT (2011) held its world premier at 68th La Biennale in Venice, North American premier at TIFF in Toronto, Nordic premier in Reykjavik at RIFF and now travels next to BFI London. This was indeed the welcome surprise of the Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) this year. Newcomer Director/Writer/Producer Angelina Nikonova and Writer/Producer/Actress Olga Dykhovichnaya (Marina) graced the festival with their presence in it...

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