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17. Filmfest Hamburg: films in the focus of "Vibrant Metropolises"

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From 24th September to 3rd October 2009 the 17th Filmfest Hamburg focuses in on films treating the topic of "Vibrant Metropolises". Claus Friede, the curator of the Focus' section, says that the selection of 12 international feature and documentary films presents: "metropolises of extreme contrasts. The films contain social criticism, deal with radical strategies of survival, and depict breathless hypermodernity alongside urban traditions that have developed over centuries." Festival Director Al...

CHAMELEON

Director: Krisztina GODA.

 

Gábor is an office cleaner. Wearing overalls and a baseball hat, he seems insignificant. Working on the night shift, Gábor rarely has any contact with his employers, yet he learns everything about them by thoroughly analyzing their garbage. Since he is almost invisible, nobody suspects that Gábor is, in fact, a con man who carefully chooses his victims by the trash they leave behind. His targets are mostly disillusioned, lonely women. In a few months he destroys all their romantic illusions by taking all their savings. Having an unusually high IQ and an ability to assume various personalities, Gábor is an expert in manipulation. When he gets a job at a psychologist's office, Gábor meets Hanna, an injured dancer who happens to be the daughter of a millionaire. Insecure and vulnerable, Hanna seems to be the perfect victim. Gábor pretends to be a doctor who can cure her body and her soul, an irresistible offer for a desperate woman. Everything goes according to plan until Gábor falls in love with Hanna and has to make a hard decision between her and the money.

The Jury from Karlovy Vary

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Grand JuryThe Grand Jury is presenting the Awards including the Grand Prix - Crystal Globe in the Official Selection - CompetitionClaudie Ossard, President of the Grand JuryThe career of this distinguished film producer and leading figure of French film began in advertising. As producer, she introduced the likes of Martin Scorsese and Emir Kusturica to the realm of advertising. In 1986 she gave her successful debut as a film producer with Jean-Jacques Beineix's Betty Blue, which brought her an O...

French producer Claudie Ossard will preside the Karlovy VaryThe Grand Jury

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The Grand Jury is presenting the Awards including the Grand Prix - Crystal Globe in the Official Selection - Competition Claudie Ossard, President of the Grand Jury The career of this distinguished film producer and leading figure of French film began in advertising. As producer, she introduced the likes of Martin Scorsese and Emir Kusturica to the realm of advertising. In 1986 she gave her successful debut as a film producer with Jean-Jacques Beineix's Betty Blue, which brought her an Oscar nom...

Seattle International Film Festival has concluded

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The 35th Seattle International Film Festival has concluded with the announcement of juried SIFF 2009 Competition Awards and Golden Space Needle Audience Awards, bringing to a close the largest and most highly attended film festival in the United States. Over the last 25 days, SIFF presented 203 narrative features, 11 archival features, 54 documentary features, and 124 short films from 62 countries, including 31 World Premieres (10 features, 21 shorts), 45 North American Premieres (36 features, 9...

NYIIFVF Award Winner Gianmarco Galassi Briefly Talks about Italian Cinema & Meeting Abel Ferrara

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NYIIFVF Award Winner Gianmarco Galassi Briefly Talks about Italian Cinema & Meeting Abel Ferrara By Anoo Cottoor <br> IFQ: Tell me how you got started in your career as a filmmaker. <br>Gianmarco Galassi: I've always loved cinema since I was a child. I started studying acting at school, but then I understood that I wanted to make movies. I said to myself, “Let’s try, I want to do it, nothing is impossible.” And I started to shoot my short movi...

Peter Scarlet to Host World Cinema Series "Cinemondo" on Link TV

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Link TV has announced the line-up for the fourth season of "Cinemondo," the nationally broadcast world cinema series hosted and co-curated by renowned festival programmer Peter Scarlet, who was recently appointed to the post of Executive Director of the Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF) in Abu Dhabi. The new season features U.S. television premieres of an outstanding international line-up of independent films from Israel, Mexico, Russia and Turkey, and the first U.S. broa...

Eye of the Sun

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Director: Ibrahim El Batout.
From once being the capital of Egypt during the Pharaonic era and a sacred location marked by the visit of Jesus and the Virgin Mary, Ein Shams has become one of Cairo’s poorest and most neglected neighbourhoods. Through the eyes of Shams, an eleven year old girl inhabitant of this neighbourhood, the film captures the sadness and magic that envelops everyday life in Egypt. In a series of heart-rending events, the diverse characters of the film showcase the intricacies of Egypt’s political system and social structure, and give a glimpse into the grievances of the Middle East region and the complex relationships of its nations.

Cairo International Film Festival For Children

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Egypt`s cinema`s influence on the Arabs is as profound as that of the American cinema on the rest of the world.

Cairo International Film Festival

A non-specialised competitive `A` category event, Cairo Festival’s object is to spread artistic taste, promote better understanding among the world community and to be a progress report on development in art and in the world film industry.

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

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The 11th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century (March 13 – 22, 2009) will present approximately 200 documentaries in the event’s flagship OLYMPION and PAVLOS ZANNAS theatres at the festival headquarters in Aristotelous square. Additional screening venues JOHN CASSAVETES, STAVROS TORNES, FRIDA LIAPPA and TONIA MARKETAKI are located at the Thessaloniki pier, within walking distance from the Festival headquarters, the guests’ hotels and the International Doc Market....

Nashwa Al Ruwaini MEIFF Director to participate as juror in the 2009 International Digital Emmy® Awards

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Arab media personality and Executive Director of the Middle East International Film Festival, Nashwa Al Ruwaini, has been invited to participate as a juror in the category of non-fiction for the 2009 International Digital Emmy® Awards (IDEA). This is the fourth year that The International Academy of Television Arts and Science host the awards which will recognize excellence in content created and designed for viewer interaction and/or delivery on a digital platform. Three Emmy® ...

Nashwa Al Ruwaini to participate as juror in the 2009 International Digital Emmy® Awards

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Arab media personality and Executive Director of the Middle East International Film Festival, Nashwa Al Ruwaini, has been invited to participate as a juror in the category of non-fiction for the 2009 International Digital Emmy® Awards (IDEA). This is the fourth year that The International Academy of Television Arts and Science host the awards which will recognize excellence in content created and designed for viewer interaction and/or delivery on a digital platform. Three Emmy® Awards for Digi...

Nashwa Al Ruwaini aims to tackle Arab stereotypes

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Nashwa Al Ruwaini aims to tackle Arab stereotypes through initiatives launched during MEIFF 2008Nashwa Al Ruwaini, recently returned from Los Angeles after launching MOST at the Paley Center for Media, aims to tackle Arab stereotypes in the Western media through several initiatives launched during the second Middle East International Film Festival. Among them is MOST, short for Muslims on Screen and Television, which aims to shed light on the image of Muslims in the Arab World, especially in the...

Thoughts on 2008 Dubai International Film Festival.

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Held from December 11th-18th in Dubai’s luxurious Madinat Jemeirah’s conference center embedded in an upscale tourist resort with screening in other venues, the Dubai film festival is racing to be number one in the region. Catering to about 750 official participants who attended as guests and numerous other professionals, the program featured 181 films from 66 countries. More than 20 well attended industry events and panels were held ranging from marketing and distribution issues to cas...

Qatar Museum Authority and Tribeca launch Film Festival in Doha

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Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), the organization dedicated to developing the cultural resources of this Arabian Gulf state as a platform for international dialogue and understanding, has announced a groundbreaking agreement with New York’s world-renowned Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), to launch a world-class international film festival, Tribeca Film Festival Doha. The first festival will take place November 10 – 14, 2009 and be presented at Doha’s celebrated new Museum of Islamic Art and in ...

Ogresta – Behind the Glass- No Typical Croatian Film

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On the territory of Balkan, in countries of ex Yugoslavia, it is beyond the doubt a miracle to see film that deals on every day subject of a contemporary life we all are living in. One Croatian film director does that really well. I’m talking about film director and professor of Drama Academy in Zagreb Zrinko Ogresta. He deals with no past civil war; no Balkan politics toward rest of the world, no war crimes, no people trafficking, but ordinary people and ordinary life, on such manner that any...

African Diaspora Film Festival to open November 28th , 2008

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      Gospel Hill will open the 16th Annual African Diaspora Film Festival to be held in six venues in Manhattan from November 28 to December 14, 2008. The directorial debut of Giancarlo Esposito, this year’s ADFF Opening Night film will be one of 50 New York City premieres among 86 titles representing 40 countries. In this romantic drama with a stellar cast that includes Danny Glover, Angela Bassett, Samuel L. Jackson, Julia Stiles, Adam...

Animation from Egypt & Africa

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The History of African Animation By Mohamed Ghazala African animation started about 70 years ago in Egypt and was founded by the Frenkel brothers. It’s interesting to note that the first pioneers of animation in Africa were not professional artists or animators; they were just a group of Jewish carpenters who immigrated to Egypt from Russia in search of freedom and work. They achieved the unexpected; the first African animated cartoon was created. Despite problems...

image+nation, Canadas oldest and largest LGBT film festival turns 21

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image+nation, Canadas oldest and largest LGBT film festival, will celebrate 21 years of cultural [r_evolution] and vibrant queer cinema when its 21st edition unspools in Montreal from November 20 to 30. What a core group of relentlessly devoted LGBT community organizers, artists and academics established a generation ago has grown from a modest if valiant annual happening into an internationally renowned film festival with a strong loyal following and an always impressive lineup. Cinephiles of a...

Euro Arab Film Festival AMAL 08 full line up

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INTRODUCTION.Since the first edition in 2003, The International Euro Arab Film Festival AMAL keeps the same values, the hope (Amal) of showing to the Western world the reality of Arab world through cinema as a symbol of a universal language. This Festival is organized by Araguaney Foundation. This Foundation is a non-profit-organization with cultural aims. The Foundation pretends to achieve a union between the Arab culture and the Western culture; in addition, it gives support to creators and ar...

In memory of Youssef Chahine, from Venice

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The 65th Venice International Film Festival is dedicated to Youssef Chahine. In remembrance of the great film maker, his masterpiece Bab el hadid (Cairo Station, 1958) –which stars Chahine himself– will be shown at midnight in the Sala Grande on Sunday August 31st. “He loved the cairote studio system, but chose instead to get the cinema of the Arab world off to a new start, leading it in a different direction and taking all the risks on his own shoulders – even moving over the other sid...

Thessaloniki Spotlight on Middle East

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The main Spotlight of the 49th edition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival centers on the current cinema of the Middle East. The Middle Eastern region, tantamount to political, religious and social struggles, lies in close geographical proximity to Greece and possesses vital contemporary political significance. It exhibits a cinematic diversity that creates portraits of many distinct histories, identities and conflicts and it is now more than ever revealing its issues and sentiments ...

Egyptian director Youssef Chahine, dies at 82

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Chahine was born into a Christian Egyptian family, a Greek mother and a father of Lebanese descent in Alexandria, Egypt,[2][3] on January 25, 1926.[1] Chahine began his education at a frères' school and continued his studies at the Victoria College. After one year at Alexandria University, he moved to the United States to study acting at the Pasadena Playhouse.Starting as a directorAfter returning to Egypt, he turned his attention to directing. Cinematographer Alvise Orfanelli helped Chahine in...

Sacramento Film Fest to welcome Samir Guesmi

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Samir Guesmi, director of C'est dimanche ! (It's Sunday!- 30 min) to be presented on Opening Night, Friday 18th - 8:30pm, prior to OSS 117: Le Caire nid d'espions (OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies). He will be available for interviews Thursday July 16th & Friday July 17th. We are proud to announce that French director Samir Guesmi will attend the first weekend of the 7th Sacramento French Film Festival. will attend the Sacramento French Film Festival. In addition to being a film director, Samir Gues...

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