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"The message" will close 14th Pusan

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Pusan International Film Festival runs October 8th - 16th, 2009 Pusan IFF will screen a total of 355 films from 70 countries (record number)143 World & International Premieres (record number)97 World Premieres (72 feature films, 25 short films)46 International Premieres (41 feature films, 5 short films)All New Currents and Fast Forward screenings are World & International Premieres.5 Post-production Fund projects and 11 AND Fund projects selected by the Asian CinemaFund (ACF) will be screening. ...

"The message" by CHEN Kuo-fu will close 14th Pusan

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Set in 1942, the Chinese government is a puppet of imperialistic Japan. A string of high Chinese officials are assassinated. Japan's intelligence agency tries to find out the mole inside the intelligence agency by sending a false telegraph. Five suspects are caught reading the telegraph and then are sent to a closed fortress. To little avail, interrogators torture them to confess. The chief officer of the agency and the five suspects start to lose patience and sanity. Self-sacrifice f...

18 wins VIFF Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema

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The Vancouver International Film Festival is pleased to announce that EIGHTEEN directed by JANG Kun-Jae of South Korea has won the 16th annual Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema and a cash prize of $10,000. The winner was announced prior to the Dragons & Tigers Award Gala screening of Gama No Abura’s TOAD’S OIL in the Granville 7 Visa Screening Room today. Donors Brad Birarda and Robert Sali generously sponsor the award.The distinguished jury was comprised of Mr. Johnny Ray HUSTON, arts...

Jury members for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards

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Eminent Chinese director, screenwriter and producer, Huang Jianxin, will head the International Jury for the third annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). He will be joined by Australian playwright and screenwriter David Williamson, Iranian filmmaker Tahmineh Milāni, Indian playwright, screenwriter and director Feroz Abbas Khan and Korean writer/director Gina Kim. The International Jury will determine winners in the 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards to be announced in a ceremony on Australia'...

From Rotterdam to Sundance Vancouver International Film Festival

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A couple of years ago, the Vancouver International Film Festival (October 1 – 16, 2009) used to be one of the best film festivals, not just in North America, but in the world. This is a very strong claim and it is not just the usual rhetoric exaggeration of the film critic. But this is no longer the case. It is still a very good film festival, but, alas, it has lost the bold and unconventional flavour that used to make it absolutely exceptional. The reason why the Vancouver International Film ...

Asia Pacific Screen Awards Jury members

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Eminent Chinese director, screenwriter and producer, Huang Jianxin, will head the International Jury for the third annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). He will be joined by Australian playwright and screenwriter David Williamson, Iranian filmmaker Tahmineh Milāni, Indian playwright, screenwriter and director Feroz Abbas Khan and Korean writer/director Gina Kim. The International Jury will determine winners in the 2009 Asia Pacific Screen Awards to be announced in a ceremony on Australi...

JIYAN

Director: Jano Rosebiani.
Five years following the infamous chemical and biological bombing of Halabja, Diyari, a Kurdish/ American good Samaritan, returns to his homeland to build an orphanage in what is left of Halabja. He meets Jiyan, a ten-year old orphan and a survivor of the chemical attack, doomed to live with a burn scar covering most of her right cheek.. A strong bond between the two ensues and later he names his orphanage after her. During the course of his stay in Halabja, Diyari meets a colorful bunch of townsfolk, many of whom remain physically and/or psychologically marked with the effects of the chemical agents. Among them is Jiyan's only living relative, Shérco, a twelve-year old who has also lost his family to the poison gas. While Shérco dreams of marrying her one day, Jiyan dreams of seeing flowers, a picture of which she finds on the back of a magazine. In addition to building the orphanage, Diyari brings a spark of hope and happiness to Shérco's and Jiyan's lives. However, this affair is short lived. As he leaves, the two orphans turn back to their lonely shells with very little light to look forward to - a familiar state of mind echoing throughout Halabja. Diyari departs with a promise to return, but now leaving a tearful Jiyan at the place where he first meet her - on a swing under a lonely tree on a small lonely hill.

NEWSLETTER N° 432: September 16, 2009

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..............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 432: September 16, 2009 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. You can find us at twitter.com/fest21 and find Bruno Chatelin on facebook Add yor fest21.com RSS to your blogs! How to use FestivalExpress our new online submi...

Nine movies in Bangkok's BIFF 2009 competition

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THERE are nine movies in the main competition of the Bangkok International Film Festival 2009: Across the River (Iran); Adrift (Vietnam); Altiplano (Belgium); Breathless (South Korea); Everyone Else (Germany); Huacho (Chile/ France/ Germany); I Killed My Mother (Canada); Inland (Algeria / France), and The Search (China).   Across the River, by the prolific US-based Iranian director Abbas A. Motlagh, has barely been shown outside Iran, but is bound to attract attention here. In ...

Nine movies in Bangkok's BIFF 2009 competition

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THERE are nine movies in the main competition of the Bangkok International Film Festival 2009: Across the River (Iran); Adrift (Vietnam); Altiplano (Belgium); Breathless (South Korea); Everyone Else (Germany); Huacho (Chile/ France/ Germany); I Killed My Mother (Canada); Inland (Algeria / France), and The Search (China). Across the River, by the prolific US-based Iranian director Abbas A. Motlagh, has barely been shown outside Iran, but is bound to attract attention here. In the wake of a majo...

Rotterdam’s 39th edition to focus on African cinema

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam announces a first major focus of its 39th edition: ‘Where is Africa?’ This most extensive program devoted to independent African filmmaking at any Western film festival in recent years includes new short and feature length films, live performances, historical films, storyteller's cinema, debates and a series of commissioned films by non-African filmmakers. The 39th IFFR takes places from 27 January up to 7 February 2010. The focus on African cinema, ...

NEWSLETTER N° 430: September 2, 2009

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..............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 430: September 2, 2009 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. You can find us at twitter.com/fest21 and find Bruno Chatelin on facebook Add yor fest21.com RSS to your blogs! How to use FestivalExpress our new online submis...

Check Zurich Film Festival entire festival program

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5th Zurich Film Festival: September 24 – October 4, 2009Thursday, September 10, 2009Thirty Films in Three Competitions, Ten World Premieres and Celebrated GuestsThe 5th Zurich Film Festival has announced further film highlights, introduced the three competition juries and presented the entire festival program.Festival directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri and curators of the Competition Program Christine von Fragstein and Nikolaj Nikitin, announced the Competition and the Out of Compet...

North American Independents Competition at FESTROIA

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  LYMELIFE (Derek Martini, USA) by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor Eight celebrated American and Canadian feature films by emerging filmmakers that were first showcased at such prestigious film events as Sundance, Tribeca, Rotterdam and Toronto, will compete in the North American Independents Competition of the 25th edition of FESTROIA: The Troia International Film Festival. The Festival, the oldest and largest in Portugal, runs from September 4 to 13 in the coas...

International Film Festival Rotterdam previews

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A diverse harvest of new films supported by the Hubert Bals Fund or presented at CineMart, has been invited to the Venice, Toronto and San Sebastian film festivals. In Venice, BETWEEN TWO WORLDS by Vimukthi Jayasundara, LEBANON by Samuel Maoz and WOMEN WITHOUT MEN by Shirin Neshat compete for the Golden Lion. In San Sebastian, Pelin Esmer is in Official Competition and competes for the New Directors Award with her fiction film 10 TO 11. At the Toronto International Film Festival, a total of ten ...

Filmfest Hamburg to line up 142 films from 42 countries

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A selection of outstanding films from all over the world will once again be presented as German, European or world premieres in Hamburg from 24th September to 3rd October 2009. Following the announcement of the film selections for New Zealand Deluxe, young Turkish cinema and the Focus "Vibrant Metropolises", the 17th Filmfest Hamburg now discloses further programme highlights. 142 films from 42 countries have been confirmed. Characterized by its broad spectrum of films from high-quality cinema t...

Filmfest Hamburg to line up 142 films from 42 countries

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A selection of outstanding films from all over the world will once again be presented as German, European or world premieres in Hamburg from 24th September to 3rd October 2009. Following the announcement of the film selections for New Zealand Deluxe, young Turkish cinema and the Focus "Vibrant Metropolises", the 17th Filmfest Hamburg now discloses further programme highlights. 142 films from 42 countries have been confirmed. Characterized by its broad spectrum of films from high-quality cinema t...

Filmfest Hamburg to line up 142 films from 42 countries

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A selection of outstanding films from all over the world will once again be presented as German, European or world premieres in Hamburg from 24th September to 3rd October 2009. Following the announcement of the film selections for New Zealand Deluxe, young Turkish cinema and the Focus "Vibrant Metropolises", the 17th Filmfest Hamburg now discloses further programme highlights. 142 films from 42 countries have been confirmed. Characterized by its broad spectrum of films from high-quality cinema t...

Award-winners at the 30th Durban International Film Festival

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The landmark 30th edition of the Durban International Film Festival announced that the winner of the Best Feature Film award is No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti (Taiwan). Directed by Leon Dai, it was lauded by the International Jury as a “film that surprises and charms at the same time.” “It is a real story with the feel of a melodrama. It is new and original but creates the impression that it was already in your heart for a long time.” The Best Feature Film award carries a cash prize of R30 000. C...

Contemplating Krzysztof Zanussi

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Online Dailies Editor  One cannot contemplate the accomplishments of Polish cinema without acknowledging the singular contribution of Krzysztof Zanussi, who is the subject of a retrospective tribute at the ERA New Horizons International Film Festival, taking place in Wroclaw, Poland this week. Not only will the master director’s best-known films be screened, but the Festival programmers have unearthed early short films and television works that have not been seen i...

Contemplating Krzysztof Zanussi

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Dailies Editor One cannot contemplate the accomplishments of Polish cinema without acknowledging the singular contribution of Krzysztof Zanussi, who is the subject of a retrospective tribute at the ERA New Horizons International Film Festival, taking place in Wroclaw, Poland this week. Not only will the master director’s best-known films be screened, but the Festival programmers have unearthed early short films and television works that have not been seen in decades. Zanussi was born in Wars...

Death of Yasmin Ahmad

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YASMIN AHMAD 1958 - 2009Renowned Malaysian director Yasmin Ahmad just passed away. The TIFF had the honor to have Yasmin Ahmad as a guest, when she attended the 48th Thessaloniki International Film Festival for a Tribute to her work and served as member of the International Jury, alongside Jiri Menzel, Fred Roos, Lucrecia Martel, Michael Fitzgerald, Nae Caranfil and Olga Broumas. Ahmad started making features after a successful career in advertising that spanned a period of 25 years. This enabl...

Papal Brokendance

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Director: Marie Losier.
Music video Papal Breakdance by PTV3-Genesis P-Orridge With Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and many friends. A campy music video in the style of a scopitone from the early 1960s, with the wonderful cast of 10 boys in sexy red singlets and girls in red tutus, all dancing with joy with Genesis P-Orridge in a boxing ring…all the ingredients for a slap stick boxing match in music.

Tony Conrad, DreaMinimalist

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Director: Marie Losier.
The latest in Marie Losier’s ongoing series of film portraits of avant-garde directors (George and Mike Kuchar, Guy Maddin, Richard Foreman), DreaMinimalist offers an insightful and hilarious encounter with Conrad as he sings, dances and remembers his youth and his association with Jack Smith.

Verhoeven and Rodrigez lined up at the Rutger Hauer Filmfactory

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The Rutger Hauer Filmfactory in Rotterdam (18-28 June) announces the line-up of internationally acclaimed coaches and guest lecturers for its upcoming third edition. Top directors PAUL VERHOEVEN and ROBERT RODRIGUEZ will be teaching virtual master classes via Skype. The internationally acclaimed Polish writer/director/artist LECH MAJEWSKI (BASQUIAT, THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS) and the Peruvian director CLAUDIA LLOSA (Golden Bear for LA TETA ASUSTADA) have signed on to coach aspiring director...
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