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Budapest offers the Golden Reel at the 39th Hungarian Film Week

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The 39th Hungarian Film Week was officially opened yesterday in Budapest. Just to have a touch of Hollywood, the Hollywoodo Band played the music at the opening reception. This is the annual major film event in Hungary since 1969. The Week -- between January 29 – February 5 -- will present altogether 104 new works of which 18 full length features and 37 shorts and experimental films. In addition to the 33 documentaries 13 scientific and 3 creative - experimental documentaries will be showcase...

Maia Morgenstern presides the 39th Hungarian Film Week’s Jury

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Maia Morgenstern presides the 39th Hungarian Film Week’s JuryThe annual showcase of the newest Magyar production, the 39th Hungarian Film Week will be held from January 29 to February 5 2008 in Budapest. Following last years’ tradition, an international jury will decide about the feature film prizes. Maia Morgenstern will preside the jury including FIPRESCI general secretary Klaus Eder, film director Krisztina Goda, cinematographer János Kende and composer, theatre director István Márta.3...

Hungarian Film on the Rise...

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By Anita Falusi My father called me a few months ago to tell me “the big news,” the new Hungarian Studios are looking for talented and skilled film professionals. This is my time to leave the western world behind and finally go back home. Ten years ago, when I left Budapest, the only way someone could work in the film industry if they received their diploma from the College for Cinematic and Theater Arts or they had relatives in the field. The College accepted 16 people every three years fo...

The Film Financing Circle (FFC) in the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi

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The Film Financing Circle (FFC) is an integral program in the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi and takes place from October 15 – 17, 2007 at the Emirates Palace. The FFC today announced two-time Academy AwardÒ-winner Paul Haggis will teach a master writing class for 50 exceptionally talented filmmakers, that is sure to provide an engaging discussion about socially and politically astute filmmaking in the Middle East.  Haggis’ writing credits include Academy Aw...

The Film Financing Circle panels in Abu Dhabi

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The Film Financing Circle (FFC) is an integral program in the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi and takes place from October 15 – 17, 2007 at the Emirates Palace. The FFC today announced two-time Academy AwardÒ-winner Paul Haggis will teach a master writing class for 50 exceptionally talented filmmakers, that is sure to provide an engaging discussion about socially and politically astute filmmaking in the Middle East. Haggis’ writing credits include Academy Awa...

NESCAFE to Sponsor Warsaw Film Festival inside of Stalin's Wedding Cake

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NESCAFE is kind of a magic word in Poland where all during the gray Communist daze it meant "Real coffee from the West" at a time when anything from The West was labeled as "decadent" by the nauseating Red Regime. Since the "regime changes" of 1989 the Swiss Company has established itself bigtime in Poland with all kinds of other consumer items, not just coffee, and is now raising its corporate profile to new heights by sponsoring the Warsaw Film Festival, a festival that has been coming on lik...

LOCARNO 2005 -- FULL WELLES RETROSPECTIVE

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LOCARNO 2005 -- THE FULL REPORT 58th LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL FEATURES MOST COMPLETE ORSON WELLES RETRO EVER -- by Alex Deleon  --  (for <www.filmfestivals.com>) The 58th installment of the Locarno film festival at the Tippety-top of glorious Lago Maggiore in the Italian Speaking part of Switzerland (Ticino) got underway on Wednesday, August 3rd and will go on until August 13. Some 300 films of all kinds will be projected at numerous venues all over town, but the main event is the slate of...

Moliere closes out Seattle in a blaze of Glory

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The North American premiere of the grand French spectacle 'Moliere" closed out the 2007 edition of the Seattle International Film festival at the vast Cinerama Theater in what might aptly be described as "a blaze of glory". While the opening films have already been forgotten this one will undoubtedly go into wide US release and is a sure contender for many commendations come Oscar time, 2008. Billed as "The French answer to Shakespeare in Love" (which swept all kinds of Oscars not too msany yea...

HellBoy2 starts shooting in Hungarian studios

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Abba Gold TV SpotKorda Studios is proud to announce a significant milestone in Hungarian film with the wrap of the first week of filming on Universal’s HELLBOY 2, which began shooting last Friday morning, June 8th at the new state-of-the-art facilities. Its first major production, HELLBOY 2 shot in the new Twin Stages 2 and 3 on the Korda Studios lot just outside of Budapest. Sets constructed in Stages 1 and 4 also await cameras in the coming days.HELLBOY 2, the eagerly-anticipated sequel t...

MY FILM FESTIVALS IN 2006 -- A flitting birds eye view --

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1. ROTTERDAM -- FIRST TIME -- TIGER IN YOUR TANK (ERASMUS YOUTH HOSTEL, good GRASS available at local cafe)--started JAN. 20  -- First time ever there and dug the city.  See my full report elsewhere, In any case, it was a jolly good way to start out the festival year. And the Chinese year of the Hound as well. 2. BUDAPEST -- SZABO FLAP, NO SHOW FOR REX MILLER --TAXIDERMIA  BEGIN SZEMLE WED. FEB. 1 -- a pretty interesting szemle as these yearly Hungarian film weeks go, and lottsa good fo...

Prizes of the 38th Hungarian Film Week

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Prizes of the 38th Hungarian Film Week FEATURE FILMSMain Prize for Best “Author” Film: ISKA’S JOURNEY directed by CSABA BOLLÓKMain Prize for Best “Genre” Film: KONYEC directed by GÁBOR ROHONYIBest Director: JÁNOS SZÁSZ for OPIUM - DIARY OF A MADWOMANBest Cinematography: TIBOR MÁTHÉ for OPIUM - DIARY OF A MADWOMANBest First Film / SIMÓ SÁNDOR PRIZE: ÁRPÁD BOGDÁN for HAPPY NEW LIFEBest Production Design:GYÖRGY ÁRVAI, EDIT SZŰCS, JÁNOS BRECKL, GÁBOR MEDVIGY and ZOLTÁN...

Göteborg Ingmar Bergman to Present Award to Film Debutant

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The International Ingmar Bergman Debut Award is one that seeks to highlight new international filmmaking talents. The award will be presented for the first time at the Göteborg International Film Festival, which is to be held from January 26 – February 5, 2007. “The award is a way of encouraging young filmmakers to deal with really important issues at a time when the film industry has more and more assumed the shape and form of a butchery and fornication business!” says Ingmar Bergman. In...

38th Hungarian Film Week opens with Pál Sándor’s Noah’s Ark

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38th Hungarian Film Week opens with Pál Sándor’s Noah’s Ark The traditional showcase of the newest Hungarian film production, the 38th Hungarian Film Week will be held on January 30 – February 6, 2007, in Budapest. For the first time in the history of the festival, a selection committee decided about the feature competition line-up which includes 18 movies. Pál Sándor’s new feature, Noah’s Ark will open the 38th Hungarian Film Week on January 30 in Budapest. Pál Sándor (A Strang...

Hungarian Film Week opens with Pál Sándor’s Noah’s Ark

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Pál Sándor’s new feature, Noah’s Ark will open the 38th Hungarian Film Week on January 30 in Budapest. Pál Sándor (A Strange Role, Berlin: Silver Bear, 1977, Daniel Takes a Train, Cannes: FIPRESCI Prize, 1983) new movie is starring Dezső Garas and Ferenc Kállai, legendary actors of the Hungarian cinema.The 38th Hungarian Film Week, the traditional showcase of the Hungarian film production of the year offers a good opportunity to have an idea of the trends of the Magyar cinematograp...

15th Jewish Film Festival

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The 15th annual Portland Jewish Film FestivalThis year's films, while they express specific Jewish experiences, resonate beyond their cultural inspiration and speak to ideas, experiences and issues that confront our common humanity. We invite you to explore, discover and acknowledge as we do the generosity of our individual program sponsors and patrons, whose ongoing investments make the Festival possible.JAN 18 THUR 7 PMFAMILY LAWARGENTINA 2005DIRECTOR: DANIEL BURMANBurman's warm dramatic come...

The Northwest Film Center tribute to Janet Gaynor

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In the decade from 1927-1937 Janet Gaynor (1906-1984) emerged as one of Hollywood's great stars, immensely popular with the public for her portrayals as the sincere but spunky waif in a series of popular musicals, melodramas, and romantic comedies conceived especially for her at 20th Century Fox. Gaynor started out as an extra in silent pictures- Hal Roach comedy shorts as well as features-before earning her break with a small but crucial part in THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD (1926). A long-term contract ...

Cottbus kicks off with early sorbian classic

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"Chosebuz" is the traditional name of the city of Cottbus in the local Sorbian (Wendish) language, a minority Slavic tongue which is now unfortunately on the verge of extinction, but the culture of which survives in various forms in this border region of East Germany. The Cottbus Film Festival, now in its 16th edition was established in 1991 in order to promote the films of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. This is one international film festival (as opposed to single country film we...

Cottbus / Chosebuz Fest kicks off with early Sorbian silent classic

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"Chosebuz" is the traditional name of the city of Cottbus in the local Sorbian (Wendish) language, a minority Slavic tongue which is now unfortunately on the verge of extinction, but the culture of which survives in various forms in this border region of East Germany. The Cottbus Film Festival, now in its 16th edition was established in 1991 in order to promote the films of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. This is one international film festival (as opposed to single country film we...

The Prestige Tesla's magic, Bowie's mystique

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After the little liked and little seen Canadian drama, Mr Rice’s Secret, in 2000, David Bowie makes a stylish return to movies as brilliant Serb-born scientist Nikola Tesla – the only character based on a real historical figure in Christopher Nolan’s new film, The Prestige. Tesla’s life and work are every bit as magical as the film’s subject matter, reports Andrew L. Urban, and Bowie gives him a profound mystique.The first time you see him on screen, there is a moment of hesitation; yo...

9 days that shook the film world

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THE FIRST ROME FILM FIESTA, OCT. 13 – 21, 2OO6 The whole report day by day from day one. In less than a week, on the fateful FridayThe Thirteenth of the current month (October 13, 2OO6), the First International Film Festival ever held in Rome will open the gates of the Eternal City to a floodtide of media representatives, journalists, film professionals, actors, directors, film fans, and just plain curious stargazers of all stripes and colours. Whether this new festival turns out to be a blas...

Romangeles : looking back and taking stock

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Looking back at the just completed first Rome Film Festival and Fiesta combined one thing that can be said is that not only was it not a "flop", but it probably exceeded most people's wildest expectations. There was no lack of nay-sayers around the edges trying to disparage the event by accusing it of catering to the lowest common denominator, or slavishly bowing to Hollywood --(one paper called it "Romangeles") -- but the bottom line is that everybody had a good time, interest in cinema was gi...

Preview of coming distractions: Rome 2006

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In less than seven days, on the fateful Friday The Thirteenth of the current month (October 13, 2OO6), the First International Film Festival ever held in Rome will open the gates of the Eternal City to a floodtide of media representatives, journalists, film professionals, actors, directors, film fans, and just plain curious stargazers of all stripes and colours. Whether this new festival turns out to be a blast or a bust, or something in between, it is already the most eagerly anticipated event ...

UK-based production house Film & Music Entertainment

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UK-based production house Film and Music Entertainment head towards completion of 2006 slate worth a total of $32 million, as well as 2007 as Border Post bows in Competition in San Sebastian. Downey and Taylor confirm shareholding in Shotgun Pictures.London/San Sebastian: Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) is in the last stages of post production on a 2006 slate of six pictures, and despite gloomy prospects for the UK independent sector, announce a robust line up for their 2007/2008 roster. The...

Moreau Presides at 54th San Sebastián Fest

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“Help Wanted: Mature, well-known movie actresses to preside over juries at major film festivals. Temporary work, well paid, five-star hotel accommodations with many extras and fringe benefits. French or English speaking preferred. Under sixty need not apply”.While I did not actually see this ad anywhere except in my mind’s eye, this seems to be the year in which such a theoretical ad might have been circulated in the cinema “trade papers”.. With legendary French actress Jeanne Morea...

Antalya aiming high with US$3 million budget: Interview with the director

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The Antalya Film Festival went international last year for the first time in its 42-year history. Now in its second year under new management by TURSAK, the festival has the potential to become one of Europe’s major annual cinematic events. TURSAK chairman, Mr Engin Yigitgil talked to filmfestivals.com in an exclusive interview on Wednesday 20 September with Jeremmy Colson.YOUR FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE IN A FINE MEDITERRANEAN CITY RESORT. CAN IT BECOME ANOTHER CANNES? It is not possible to make ...

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