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Festival of German Cinema in Budapest

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2nd Festival of German Cinema in Budapest from 21 – 24 September 2006 The winner of the Tiscali Audience Award and the Lion’s Award in Rotterdam 2006 EDEN will open the 2nd Festival of German Cinema in Budapest on 21 September 2006. The director Michael Hofmann will be there to present his film to the Hungarian audience and the press. Other films in the program include: REQUIEM by Hans-Christian Schmid, THE RED COCKATOO (DER ROTE KAKADU) by Dominik Graf, TOUGH ENOUGH (KNALLHART) by Detlev Bu...

Festival of German Cinema in Budapest

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2nd Festival of German Cinema in Budapest from 21 – 24 September 2006 The winner of the Tiscali Audience Award and the Lion’s Award in Rotterdam 2006 EDEN will open the 2nd Festival of German Cinema in Budapest on 21 September 2006. The director Michael Hofmann will be there to present his film to the Hungarian audience and the press. Other films in the program include: REQUIEM by Hans-Christian Schmid, THE RED COCKATOO (DER ROTE KAKADU) by Dominik Graf, TOUGH ENOUGH (KNALLHART) by Detlev Bu...

Furtive Chinese entry grabs Golden Lion while Mueller scoffs at resignation rumors

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The surprise winner of the Golden Lion (Grand Prix for Best Film) was the untouted Chinese entry "Sanxia Haoren" (Still Life) by youthful director Jia Zhang-ke, immediately styled "a perplexing verdict" by dean of Italian film critics, Tullio Kezich. The general reaction to the jury's off-the-wall decision was something like "they must be kidding!" Although residing in the competition section, the pic was projected mostly at late night red-eye screenings, when most of the press had either packe...

Copenhagen International Film Festival jury

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Shortly, Denmark’s big film event, Copenhagen International Film Festival 2006, kicks off. On the evening of Sunday 3 September the festival programme will be launched with free drinks and programme paper in four Copenhagen cinemas showing four different films.When the fun begins for real on 21 September, the focus will be on ten films, namely those competing for The Golden Swan, the festival’s prestigious statuette. The Swan has become the emblem of the Copenhagen International Film Festiva...

Sherrybaby Wins Crystal Globe at Karlovy Vary

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KARLOVY PRIZES ANNOUNCED: AND THE WINNERS WERE ...GRAND PRIX -- CRYSTAL GLOBE (20,000 USD CASH!)Surprisingly, to the American independent film "Sherrybaby" the feature debut of Laurie Collyer, 2005. Former drug addict Sherry (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is released from prison where she did time for robbery, and so on ... Considering that all the other main competition pictures were darkhorses as well, maybe this award is not so surprising. Too bad this festival doesn't have bookies and pari-mutuel bet...

23rd Avignon Film Festival kicks off

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23rd Avignon Film FestivalTransatlantic Crossroads of Independent CinemaJune 22-25, 2006Now in its 23rd year, the Avignon Film Festival (known in France as “Rencontres Cinématographiques Euro-Américaines d’Avignon”) will launch its 2006 edition on Thursday, June 22, with John Turturro’s “Romance & Cigarettes” (starring Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Steve Buscemi, Christopher Walken, Mary Louise Parker and Elaine Stritch). Mr. Turturro will be one of the guests of ...

Lord of the Testes at Karlovy Vary 2006

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This year the Karlovy Vary IFF programme offers an exclusive presentation of an artist pushing the boundaries of the cinematographic world: MATTHEW BARNEY (*1967), deemed the most prominent artist in the US today. His world renown was won by the five-part Cremaster cycle– a symbolic stream of superlative imagery bearing on myth, sex, death, America, biology, architecture and more. In addition to this grandiose project, the festival plans to host the film Drawing Restraint 9 (2005), created by ...

An overview of Turkish cinema at Istanbul Film Fest

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The 25th installment of the Istanbul Film Festival provided a golden opportunity to gain an overview of Turkish cinema, both of current and more or less "classic" vintage. A grand total of 37 Turkish films were shown in four distinct categories. The national competition consisting of nine films from the past year; Award winning Turkish films of the past 25 years; a three film tribute to master filmmaker Erden Kiral, and one feature length documentary. Although singleton Turkish films such as "Bo...

Rome: RIFF Awardsn Independent Cinema on the Move

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From the 7th to the 14th April 2006 at the Embassy Cinema, via Stoppani 7 - RomeThe RIFF (Roma Independent Film Festival), supported by Rome’s Municipal Department of Cultural Policies, is glad to invite you to its 5th edition. The festival will display a selection (among the over 1,000 works sent from 70 countries) of 75 FILMS including features, shorts and documentaries. Several Italian and foreign premieres are among the features: the world premiere Il Segreto di Rahil (Rahil’s Secret) ...

Roma Independent Film Festival reveals its program

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The RIFF (Roma Independent Film Festival), supported by Rome’s Municipal Department of Cultural Policies, will officially open its 5th edition on 7 April. The event will close on 14 April. RIFF is becoming more and more internationally oriented: the 2006 edition is especially focussed on independent film-making, characterised once again by its strong interest in ‘beyond borders’ cinema. Indeed, the programme features 5 film reviews dedicated to as many countries (Norway, Canada, Spain, F...

Magyar film revue: from the ridiculous to the sublime

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New Hungarian features on view here range from the utterly ridiculous to the utterly sublime. At the ridiculous extreme is "TAXIDERMIA" by "Hukkle" director Pálfi György, while on the sublime side of the spectrum is the ethereally sensuous "The Bird Saviour, Clouds and Wind", by first time director István "Taikyo" Szaladják."Taxidermia" doesn't have much to do with the art of taxidermy (although a taxidermist does make a brief appearance toward the end), but everything to do with force feedi...

Budapest Fest sets record in spite of bomb scare

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BUDAPEST FEST SETS RECORD IN SPITE OF BOMB SCAREby Alex Deleon, BudapestFebruary 12, 2OO6With ticket sales now counted and statistics compiled, it turns out that the 37th Hungarian Film Review (Magyar Film Szemle) in Budapest set a new paid attendance record in spite of the fact that an entire evening of screenings had to be canceled because of a bomb threat. The phoned in threat turned out to be a false alarm, probably the act of a twisted mind rather than a Moslem terrorist cell, however, with...

Budapest prizes Taxidermia triumphs but Szabo is left holding the bag

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And the winner was -- (don't hold your breath, just your noses) -- TAXIDERMIA! -- And not just the Grand Prize, named as "Best" Film from a field of 24 features by a jury including foreigners for the very first time -- but four other prizes, to wit: two best supporting roles, both male and female, best "visual design", and ex-aequo with "White Palm", the foreign critics Gene Moskovitz award.The best director award went, deservedly, to young Hajdu Szabolcs for "White Palm", best actor to Sándor...

Szabo flap flusters first-nighters in Budapest

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The opening night of the Hungarian film week at the Budapest Congress centre turned out to be more of a political than a cinematic event. "Rokoknok" (Relatives), the eagerly awaited new film by Hungary's leading filmmaker, Istvan Szabo -- his first Hungarian language film since 1992 -- was scheduled to open the festivities, but just a few days prior to the opening an article appeared in a prestigious literary magazine casting serious doubts upon director Szabo's past political integrity. To put ...

Hungarian Film Week opens with István Szabó’s Relatives

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The traditional showcase of the Hungarian film production of the year, the 37th edition of the Hungarian Film Week will be held in Budapest between January 31 – February 7, 2005. This year nearly 120 foreign professionals accepted the invitation from Magyar Filmunió to the Hungarian Film Week that plays an outstanding part in the international promotion of Hungarian films. The foreign critics’ Gene Moskowitz Award will be handed over at the final ceremony on 7th February.The traditional sho...

Chicago warming up with spicy line up

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41st Chicago International Film Festival: October 6-20, 2005 An overview of the film line up.Film titles reveal a sexy edge with bits of romance, kiss, addictions, sex addictions, housewarming, The Courage to Love in the Buried Forest at Bee Season and a hidden blade to finish with 2 aurora...Addictions and SubtractionIn Addictions and Subtractions (Columbia/Spain), director Victor Gaviria probes a hot-topic issue that few Latin American filmmakers dare to explore: drugs. This is the stunning ch...

The Netherlands Film Festival showcases its industry

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István Szabó will deliver the 15th Variety Cinema Militans Lecture in conclusion of the Holland Film Meeting at the 25th Netherlands Film Festival. On October 2nd, the Hungarian filmmaker will share his vision on the future of cinema in Ottone in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The fixed theme of the Lecture, 'the position and viability of cinema in the present age', is an adaptation of the theme of Dutch film critic and writer Menno ter Braak's essay 'Cinema Militans' (1926). István Szabó was bor...

Vancouver Focus on New American Indies and Eastern Europe

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The VIFF Turns its Focus to New American Indies and Eastern Europe The Vancouver International Film Festival today announced two areas of regional focus within the Festival’s program for its 24th annual edition, which will take place September 29 to October 14th at ten venues, including the VIFF’s own brand new Vancity Theatre in downtown Vancouver. American Independence focuses on the best of the new indie scene, while The New World presents a selection of compelling narratives and incisive...

Sydney Fest: film feast fires up patrons

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SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2005 – MID-FEST REPORTJune 10-25Remarkable docus and edgy thrillers, combined with unique events like an Evening with Lisa Gerrard and topical, edgy forum sessions, are giving patrons a positive time at this year’s Sydney Film Festival, which wraps this Saturday (June 25) with the inaugural Urban Cinefile Audience Awards presentation and the sold out screening of the eye popping Closing Night Film, Howl’s Moving Castle. As film composer Martin Armiger pointed out in hi...

Peacekeepers One World Fest opener

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"THE PEACEKEEPERS",WINNER OF THE VACLAV HAVEL SPECIAL AWARD,OPENED THE 7TH EDITION OF ONE WORLD The Opening Ceremony of the 7th Annual One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival took place on Wednesday, April 27th, 2005 in the large auditorium of Prague's Municipal Library. Within the framework of the opening evening, Paul Cowan´s documentary "The Peacekeepers" will be awarded with the Václav Havel Special Award. From the beginning of the One World festival, Václav Havel...

New directors, new films: a global view

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NEW DIRECTORS, NEW FILMS: A GLOBAL VIEWThe 34th edition of New Directors/New Films, one of New York’s film highlights, opened this past weekend, another sign of a long delayed Spring for a city that has suffered through one of its coldest winters in fifty years. Anticipation is high among the city’s intrepid film adventurers, not only for the films themselves, but for their (partial) presentation at the expensively refurbished Museum of Modern Art (which just opened in November after a sixty...

Fateless new entry in the Berlinale Competition

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The 55th Berlin International Film Festival is pleased to announce that the Hungarian-German-British co-production Fateless will screen in this year’s Competition. The film is based on Hungarian Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertész’s book of the same title, which depicts the Holocaust from the perspective of an adolescent boy. Kertész also wrote the screenplay for Fateless. Renowned cinematographer Lájos Koltai’s (Oscar nomination for Malena) directorial debut portrays the fate of Budapest...

Miami International Film Festival Announces Program

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The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), announced today the full schedule of films for the 22nd annual Festival to be held February 4-13, 2005.118 Films—87 Features and 31 Shorts—from 47 Countries Highlight 2005 FestivalIncluding 7 World Premieres, 15 International, North American& U.S. Premieres, and 33 East Coast PremieresUnveiled today for the 2005 program were 118 films from 47 countries, including 7 World Premieres, 15 International, North Am...

Kontroll making waves from AFI

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KONTROLL: a Hungarian film takes you through a trip when your job becomes your reality“Can’t make waves if you don’t have any water.” Ticket inspector upon the staff going to a psychiatrist Hungary, 2004, 106 min, Color, 35 MMIn Hungarian with English subtitlesDIR/SCR: Nimrod Antal, PROD: Tamas Hutlassa, DP: Gyula Pados, ED: Istvan Kiraly, MUS: NEOCast: Cast: Sandor Badar, Eszter Balla, Csanyi, Gyorgy Cserhalmi, Eniko Eszenyi, Lajos Kovacs, Janos Kulka, Zsolt Laszlo, Bence Matyassy...

Fantasy Filmfest German tour

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Fantasy Filmfest July 21 - August 18 via Sasha Soren/Arte Six Boom-sha-la-la-la, it's the magickal horror/fantasy tour. Starting out in Munich, and cutting a creepy swathe through Stuttgart, Cologne and Frankfurt, to a final weeklong blow-out in Berlin, the Fantasy Filmfest dishes everything from haute horreur to gore-n-splatter.The festival kicks off with black comedy/fantasy "Kontroll". The film centers on a group of ticket inspectors and a killer having a field day on the Budapest metro.Also ...

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