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Montreal honors Krsto Papić

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One of the most influential Croatian filmmakers of his generation, a member of the Yugoslav new wave of the 1960s and 1970s, Krsto Papić was born in 1933 and studied literature at the University of Zagreb before turning to the screen and a long, distinguished career producing and directing.His films were noticed early on, winning prizes at domestic and international festivals: THE KEY (1965) at the Pula Festival, gold medal at the Belgrade Festival for When My Knife Stabs You (1968), Oberh...

Head in the Clouds premieres in Montreal

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"Head in the Clouds", the highly-anticipatedromantic war drama from writer-director John Duigan starring Oscarwinner Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz and Stuart Townsend, will have itsworld premiere at the 28th Montréal World Film Festival, which runs fromAugust 26 through September 6."Head in the Clouds" is one of six new feature films added to the 245titles that the MWFF announced at its news conference August 10. Amongthe new films is the Italian "The Life I Wish For", by GiuseppePiccioni, o...

Montreal fest 2 weeks away.

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THE MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL OFFERS THE WORLD ON SCREENThe 2004 edition of the Montreal World Film Festival, its 28th, will take place August 26 to September 6. The programming includes the following sections: World Competition, Cinema of the Americas (Panorama Canada, United States, Latin America), Cinema of Europe, Cinema of Africa, Cinema of Asia, Cinema of Oceania, World Documentaries, Out of Competition, Tributes, the Student Film Festival, and Outdoor Screenings. This year, the festiva...

Claude Zidi will head Montreal jury

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CELEBRATED FRENCH DIRECTOR CLAUDE ZIDI HEADSJURY FOR 28TH MONTRÉAL WORLD FILM FESTIVALRenowned French director Claude Zidi will preside over the prestigious eight-member international jury for the Montreal World Film Festival, it was announced today by Festival Vice-President Danièle Cauchard and President Serge Losique.Noted American director Jerry Schatzberg, Czech animator Bretislav Pojar, Oscar-winning Montréal producer Denise Robert, Indian director Goutam Ghose, Mexican actress Diana ...

Adjani to be honored at Montreal

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SPECIAL GRAND PRIX DES AMÉRIQUES AND 5-FILM RETROSPECTIVETO HONOR ISABELLE ADJANI AT MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVALThe internationally renowned French star Isabelle Adjani will be honored with a Special Grand Prix des Amériques and a five-film retrospective at the 2004 Montréal World Film Festival, August 26 - September 6.The dazzling star of some 30 films will be presented with the Grand Prix at a tribute evening Friday, August 27, Festival President Serge Losique announced today.Five films t...

David Novek Director of communications for Montreal

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DAVID NOVEK NAMED DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONSFOR MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVALDavid Novek, one of the country's leading film and entertainment public relations specialists, has been named Director of Communications of the Montreal World Film Festival.Mr. Novek and his company, Novek Communications, have been involved with the festival since its very beginnings in 1977, being responsible for its communications and the press office for the first 13 years of its existence. In subsequent years, Mr. ...

Montreal opener announced: They were five

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"Elles étaient cinq" to open the Montreal World Film Festival"Elles étaient cinq" ("They Were Five") directed by Ghyslaine Côté will have its world première on opening night of the 2004 Montreal World Film Festival, it was announced today. Produced by Maxime Rémillard of Remstar Productions and Richard Lalonde of Forum Films, and distributed by Alliance Atlantis Vivafilm, Elles étaient cinq will open the MWFF's World Competition on August 26.Starring Jacynthe Lagüe, Julie Deslauriers, In...

Amarte Duele audience award at Chicago Latino

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The 20th Anniversary of the Chicago Latino Film Festival ended on Thursday, April 29th and the Audience Choice Winner, which is determined by moviegoers, is Amarte duele (Love Hurts), a film production from Mexico. Amarte duele (Love Hurts), directed by Fernando Sariñana, is a love story of two teenagers, Ulises and Renata. Their budding romance seems invincible, but their racial and social differences are facts their friends and family will not let them forget. The film touches on a topic th...

Peter Putka received an Emmy award

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Montreal native, Peter Putka received an Emmy award for a public service announcement for Imagine New York, a project of the Municipal Art Society of New York.The New York Emmy’s are local television’s most highly respected peer recognition award. The winning entries were announced at the 2004 New York Emmy Gala on March 28th at the Waldorf Astoria hotel.Featuring New York celebrities of the Creative Coalition - Kevin Bacon, Richard Belzer, Peter Boyle, Harvey Keitel, Bebe Neuwirth as well ...

Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film awards

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The 12th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film 2004 (1st – 6th April) has broken the attendance record of the last Festival: the organizers expect the number of visitors to total over 40,000. The evening events were completely sold out and even the repeat screenings of the competition programmes were all very full.500 films were screened at four venues (Alte Reithalle, Atelier im Bollwerk, Treffpunkt Rotebühlplatz and KOKI im Filmhaus) over the six days. At the centre of the world...

HD FEST travelling plans

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HDFEST 2004 World Tour which will take place in Australia, Los Angeles, Finland, Miami, London and New York, beginning May 21st in Sydney and concluding December 19th in New York. HDFEST is known as "the world's only high-definition film festival" as the event screens content created exclusively with high-definition technology. HDFEST material includes features, shorts, television programs, music videos, animations, documentaries and commercials; festival events also include a competition as we...

Stuggart gets animated early April

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12th Stuttgart International Festival of Animated FilmFrom 1st – 6th April 2004 Stuttgart will once again be the Mecca of animated film. The International Festival of Animated Film, which was founded in 1982, is now entering its twelfth year. With over 40,000 visitors, the world’s second largest festival for animated film is the most important event of its kindin Germany.Over 1,200 film entries means that a new record has been set compared with the last Festival (932 entries). Concentrated a...

Mother Of All Babes screens at Montreal

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Mother Of All Babes screens as part of the Montreal 22nd International Festival of Films on Art 2004.Mother Of All Babes the ultimate documentary on the life and work of Jane Birkin Produced and directed by Gabrielle Crawford "In 1996 I was asked to Paris to photograph my friend Jane Birkin. I have been a friend of Jane since the 60's. We met through the film The Knack, in which Jane had a small part, and involved both our future husbands. The concert was to me an innovative masterpiece. I went ...

A Denys Arcand Q&A.: foreign film invasion.

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Foreign Films – and Denys Arcand -- Invade HollywoodThough fewer and fewer foreign films flicker on America’s screens every year, foreign films – and foreigners -- enjoyed a strong showing at Sunday night’s Academy awards. Nominations went to Brazilian’s City of God, New Zealand’s Whale Rider, France’s The Triplets of Belleville and Germany’s Die Rote Jacke, to name a few. Not one of these films walked away with the gold Sunday night, but plenty of New Zealander from the Lord of ...

Weaving, de Heer present the old man who read love stories

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HUGO WEAVING JOINS ROLF DE HEER ON STAGE AT POPCORN TAXIJoin two of Australia's most accomplished filmmakers for a sneak preview of THE OLD MAN WHO READ LOVE STORIES, which stars RICHARD DREYFUSS, HUGO WEAVING (THE MATRIX, LORD OF THE RINGS, PROOF, BABE, THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA - QUEEN OF THE DESERT) and TIMOTHY SPALL. The preview screening will be followed by a special, Popcorn Taxi style, on stage conversation and audience Q&A with ROLF DE HEER and HUGO WEAVING led by film journalist MI...

Santa Barbara <i>ambiance</i>

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Santa Barbara -- Meni's latest CGI short “Terra” screened here the opening weekend of The Santa Barbara International Film Festival's short film program. This, the 19th year of this Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences accredited festival, featured the most talked about writers and directors of the year along with an eclectic international film program. Director Aristomenis (Meni) Tsirbas joined over 80 filmmakers who presented their work in this scenic retreat just 90 miles north of ...

Flanders’ indigenous box office bonanza in 2003

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The truly gigantic success at the local box office of Erik Van Looy’s De zaak Alzheimer (The Alzheimer Case) and Jan Verheyen’s Team Spirit II, in combination with indigenous arthouse hits such as Tom Barman’s Any Way the Wind Blows and the Oscar-nominated French-Flemish-Canadian-UK co-production Les triplettes de Belleville (Belleville Rendezvous/The Triplets of Belleville) resulted in a quadrupling of admissions for Flemish films last year. A total of well over 1 million Flemish and Br...

Victoria opens festivals to film lovers

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The 2004 Victoria Independent Film & Video Festival opened to an enthusiastic crowd with WILBUR WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF. This UK/Denmark film has been a hit on the festival circuit and Executive Director Kathy Kay knew she picked a winner for the filmgoers of Victoria Island. Now in it’s 10th year this Annual Festival officially kicks off the 10 day Festival in the beautiful setting of British Columbia, Canada. WILBER WANTS TO KILL HIMSELF tells the story of two brothers Wilbur and Harbour and...

The Santa Barbara full program

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Opening NightValentin2002 Argentina/The Netherlands 79 min 35mm Dir Alejandro AgrestiArgentina's Foreign Language Film Academy® submission. After the bitter separation of his parents and living with his eccentric grandmother, the life of a young boy begins to change in sweetly unanticipated ways when he opens up to the last in a long line of potential stepmothers. Director and cast to attend.Fri 1/30, 7:00pm GRAClosing NightReckoning, The2003 UK 110 min 35mm Dir Paul McGuigan This murder myst...

Adjani host of next Montreal fest

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The 2004 Montreal World Film Festival will pay tribute to French and international film star Isabelle Adjani, it was announced today by MWFF president Serge Losique."For us and for cinephiles worldwide, Isabelle Adjani is an extraordinary artist, an actress who is equally at home in transforming herself into her films' profound and exceptional characters or playing seemingly light roles with an expert touch," declared Mr. Losique. "The range and passion of her work has earned her advance members...

Figgis Cold Creek River

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Cold Creek Manor" was born when screenwriter and executive producer Richard Jefferies was writing "Tron 2.0" for Walt Disney Pictures. Over dinner with the studio's top creative executives one night, Jefferies mentioned an idea that he had been toying with for several years. It was a thriller about a family that moves from the city to the country, where they buy a great old fixer-upper house. But their dream turns into a nightmare when the home's former owner shows up and a mystery unravels. ...

Osama the circuit favorite

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Part of Nantes Festival des trois Continents official selection (out of competition),Osama has won on the festival circuit on many occasions (Montreal top prize, London...) Osama an Afghan movie by director Siddiq Barmak takes place at the beginning of the period of the Taliban take over, Afghan women were not allowed to come out into the streets unless accompanied by man or boy. Women who had no sons or who had lost their husbands, demonstrated for the right to work, to have a place in the new...

AFI Has Lights, Camera, Stars and Action

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AFI American Film Institute 2003 Festival is playing to appreciative audience this week in Los Angeles, California. The Festival opened with the U.S. Premiere of Nigel Cole's CALENDAR GIRLS. Nigel walked the red carpet to celebrate the start of AFI FEST 2003 and the stars of the film were there as well to add to the glamour. Kevin Costner was a crowd favorite as he swaggered down the red carpet while wearing pale snakeskin cowboy boots and jeans. This past weekend at the Roosevelt Hotel, they ...
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