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The Return Of Roman Polanski

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  Word comes from Europe that the celebrated director Roman Polanski will be returning to Zurich, Switzerland this week to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Zurich Film Festival. This could have been a standard issue awards story except for the fact that Mr. Polanski’s trip to Zurich two years ago to pick up this same honor precipitated a one-year legal battle that led to months of house arrest and his possible extradition to the United States to face a prison term for fl...

HABEMUS PAPAM at TIFF

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WE HAVE A POPE (HABEMUS PAPAM, Italy, 2011)This year at Cannes Nanni Moretti’s latest film, HEBEMUS PAPAM, screened in competition. It later went to screen at the Sarajevo Film Festival in July and now this week it makes its North American premier at TIFF 2011.  The film is about a new pope (played by Michel Piccoli) who decides he cannot take the colossal responsibility of his new public role and ends up seeking psychological help to come to terms with his private past. In the morning b...

Call for Entries for the Ron Kovic Peace Award

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Submit your short, peace-themed film for the Ron Kovic Peace Award, which will be presented at the 2011 MY HERO International Short Film Festival.  The Peace Award, which includes a $1,000 cash prize, will go to the short film that best deals with the issue of peace. Ron Kovic has been an accomplished author, painter, and peace activist for more than 40 years.  A former Marine sergeant, Kovic volunteered for two tours of duty in the Vietnam War, during which he suffered inj...

Rome Film Fest to open with Besson's The Lady

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THE INTERNATIONAL ROME FILM FESTIVAL will run October 27 – November 4 2011    Luc Besson’s The Lady will open the sixth edition of the International Rome Film Festival, running this year from October 27 to November 4 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. The film, presented out of competition, recounts the political and personal odyssey of Aung San Suu Kyi (played by Michelle Yeoh), the Burmese pacifist and human rights activist who has militated against the dictatorship in her ...

Corrections regarding Claus Mueller's article about Cambodian Cinema

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In June 2010 I received the following email from New York based correspondent and Cambodian cinema afficianado Claus Mueller:   From: Claus Mueller <filmexchange@gmail.com> To: The CamboFest Team <info@cambofest.com> Subject: Re: combofest lite december 2010 Date: Sun, 27 Jun 2010 14:35:29 -0400   Hello JR In late April we communicated about  CamboFestLite.....Since I may be in Phnom Penh in December I am most interest...

Skepto International and Roma Independent Film Festivals

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Skepto International Film Festival 2012: Submissions opened! We are pleased to announce that the Skepto International Film Festival has opened submissions for its third edition! Skepto International Film Festival has a competitive nature and it is open to short movies with no limits as to their subject, style or production budget. It admits documentary and short films of all kinds, including musical videoclips, videoart, experimental short movies, spots, fake trailers, new media...

WE HAVE A POPE, 17TH SFF

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WE HAVE A POPE (HABEMUS PAPAM, Italy, 2011) This year at Cannes Nanni Moretti’s latest film, HEBEMUS PAPAM, screened in competition. Tonight on July 26th, 2011, the film will screen at the 17th Sarajevo Film Festival (SFF). Nanni Moretti arrived yesterday in Sarajevo to present his film.The film is about a new pope (played by Michel Piccoli) who decides he cannot take the colossal responsibility of his new public role and ends up seeking psychological help to come to terms with his private pas...

Taos Shortz FF Joins 48 Hour Filmapolooza! Call for Entries OPEN

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  Taos Shortz Film Fest The Call for Entries is now open for the 5th annual Taos Shortz Film Fest.  Come join the hottest shorts film fest in Northern New Mexico!    We are dedicated to featuring quality,juried short films from around the globe and we invite you to bring your adventure of creativity to our film fest. Accepting all genres: animation, comedy, fiction, dramatic fiction, documentary and experimental.   Take the opportunity to strut your ...

On the trails of the glaciers

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Director: Massimiliano Sbrolla.
A hundred years after the climbing and scientific expedition of Duke of the Abruzzi to the Baltoro glacier in Karakorum, a team of scientists and photographers, lead by photographer and alpinist Fabiano Ventura, is following in his footsteps with the aim of carrying out an accurate analysis of the climate change effects and to compile for the first time a visual record of the transformations that have taken place in the Baltoro glacier during the last century. By comparing Vittorio Sella’s and Massimo Terzano’s photographs with those of Fabiano Ventura , as well as through data collection on field and laboratory analysis, the purpose of the mission is to highlight the environmental and glacier changes that have taken place over the last century in the most sensitive and relevant system, that is cryosphere. At present, it is widely recognized at scientific as well as at public level that glaciers represent a reliable indicator of the global climate and environmental changes that our planet is experiencing.

A REASONABLE COMPROMISE

Director: Sanjib Dey.
Helpless retired surgeon, Dr. Joshi, approaches Dr. Sukhant, a renowned psychologist & author, to get rid of a ghost. The ghost when alive was a victim of breast cancer. Despite her reluctance, the surgeon had to perform mastectomy on her to lend her with few more years of life. Now her ghost perpetually appears at the surgeon's lab, to make him feel her incompleteness. Vulnerable Dr. Joshi 's only hope, psychologist Dr. Sukhant too fails to unravel the mystery. What happens next is a .....

New Festival Partnership: CinemadaMare Film Festival

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Italian ÉCU is proud to announce our latest festival partner CinemadaMare, based out of Rome, Italy. Below are some facts and figures about the festival! The “CinemadaMare” film festival was started in 2003, but eight years of exciting work have earned it a number of distinctions. 1. “CinemadaMare” is the biggest gathering of young filmmakers coming from all over the world. Last year the festival hosted 100 attendees hailing from 47 countries. 2. 162 films h...

Cinema and Young People – ÉCU Film Festival Presentation in Italy

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Saturday, June 18th, 2011, the evening event “Reality Bites” was held at the Sentieri Selvaggi School in Rome, Italy. The event is held annually, and features live music and opportunities for producers and directors to share stories about their production experiences. The event also serves as a chance to close and celebrate a didactic year, meanwhile introducing future projects to come. Useful meetings are offered for students who are curious and wish to know more about the production of i...

Nessuno Mi Puo Giudicare, interview with Paola Cortellesi

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Interview with actresses Paola Cortellesi and Lucia Ocone from the film NESSUNO MI PUO GIUDICARE (2011) by director Massimiliano Bruno. While in Aruba, their film had its international premier and we held an interview on the 5th floor of the Hyatt hotel during the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF). ME: Can you first speak a little about your film, NESSUNO MI PUO GIUDICARE (2011)? PAOLA: This is a comedy but it’s also quite a serious subject too about a desperate woman w...

Paola Cortellesi and Lucia Ocone

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Paola Cortellesi and Lucia Ocone On the second night of Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) 2011, it was Italian Night on the red carpet and the actresses from the Italian comedy hit NESSUNO MI PUO GIUDICARE (2011) were there to present their film. I asked the radiant actress Paola Cortellesi some questions on the carpet.  ME: Is your film a comedy? And how do you feel about Italy now with a public that mostly wants just to see comedies?PAOLA: Yes. Well, this year in particular was a v...

Nessuno Mi Puo Giudicare, interview with Paola Cortellesi

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 Interview with actresses Paola Cortellesi and Lucia Ocone from the film NESSUNO MI PUO GIUDICARE (2011) by director Massimiliano Bruno. While in Aruba, their film had its international premier and we held an interview on the 5th floor of the Hyatt hotel during the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF). ME: Can you first speak a little about your film, NESSUNO MI PUO GIUDICARE (2011)? PAOLA: This is a comedy but it’s also quite a serious subject too about a desperate woman ...

June Newsletter

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Français Spanish Hello fans, members, and those addicted to ÉCU! Don’t worry, the June Newsletter has arrived, so take a seat and enjoy this monthly update. As you know, ÉCU organized a special screening at Café Coutume in Paris and it was successful. ÉCU screened two films that won awards at the 2011 festival – Paths of Hate and Salam Rugby. Guests really enjoyed the films and there were some great discussions over drinks after the screening. Missed the ...

Paolo Cortellesi in Aruba!

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Paola Cortellesi and Lucia Ocone  On the second night of Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) 2011, it was Italian Night on the red carpet and the actresses from the Italian comedy hit NESSUNO MI PUO GIUDICARE (2011) were there to present their film. I asked the radiant actress Paola Cortellesi some questions on the carpet.   ME: Is your film a comedy? And how do you feel about Italy now with a public that mostly wants just to see comedies? PAOLA: Yes. Well, this...

NEWSLETTER N° 513: june 18, 2011

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Sentieri Selvaggi "Reality Bites" Party

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If you will be in Rome Saturday, June 18th, consider attending the “Reality Bites” party for live music and stories of production experiences! Located at the Sentiere Selvaggi school. More details on our website! http://bit.ly/krXFOz Français Italian REALITY BITES NEW BUSINESS MODELS, CREATIVITY, COMMUNICATION AND YOUNG PEOPLE SHARING CINEMA Saturday June 18th 2011 @ 6.30 pm at Sentieri Selvaggi School: via Carlo Botta 19, Roma FREE ENTRY A pa...

"A.L.I.C.E." to have its Italian premiere in Rome!

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"A.L.I.C.E." will have its Italian premiere at CinemAvvenire Film Festival in Rome from June 24-July 2, 2011. This is the 17th festival acceptance for "A.L.I.C.E.". For more infomation on the film, please visit: http://www.dawnwestlake.com/dawnwestlake/rondecana/films/alice/index.html World sales of "A.L.I.C.E." are handled by Ouat Media of Toronto. Please contact Fred Joubaud: fred.joubaud@ouatmedia.com  ...

NEWSLETTER N° 512: june 8, 2011

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HABEMUS PAPAM, a Roman Review

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WE HAVE A POPE (HABEMUS PAPAM, Italy, 2011) This year at Cannes Nanni Moretti’s latest film, HEBEMUS PAPAM, screened in competition. The film is about a new pope (played by Michel Piccoli) who decides he cannot take the colossal responsibility of his new public role and ends up seeking psychological help to come to terms with his private past. In the morning before the film’s world premier at the Cannes press conference, a circus of press swarmed around the adored Italian director. While I d...

HABEMUS PAPAM, a Roman Review

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WE HAVE A POPE (HABEMUS PAPAM, Italy, 2011) This year at Cannes Nanni Moretti’s latest film, HEBEMUS PAPAM, screened in competition. The film is about a new pope (played by Michel Piccoli) who decides he cannot take the colossal responsibility of his new public role and ends up seeking psychological help to come to terms with his private past. In the morning before the film’s world premier at the Cannes press conference, a circus of press swarmed around the adored Italian director. While I d...

THE TREE OF LIFE, a humble review!

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 THE TREE OF LIFE (2011), a humble review!Ok, there have been a lot of write-ups about this Palme d’Or winner but having attended the premier and having witnessed firsthand the reaction of audiences, I felt I should write a little piece of my own. The theater was certainly filled up with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars- Jude Law, Uma Thurman and Robert DeNiro (all members of this year’s jury), Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Chastain, and even Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossda...

THE TREE OF LIFE, a humble review!

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 THE TREE OF LIFE (2011), a humble review!Ok, there have been a lot of write-ups about this Palme d’Or winner but having attended the premier and having witnessed firsthand the reaction of audiences, I felt I should write a little piece of my own. The theater was certainly filled up with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars- Jude Law, Uma Thurman and Robert DeNiro (all members of this year’s jury), Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Chastain, and even Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossda...

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