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The Iran Job takes a slam dunk peek behind the Islamic curtain

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"THE IRAN JOB" screened at the Los Angeles Fesdtival The Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF, June 14 - 24) is mounted and presented by FilmIndependent, an organization dedicated to the promotion of independent films by new and upcoming filmmakers and talent. The programs are not studded with the names of iconic directors or well known stars but are more oriented toward intruducing the talent of tomorrow. However, as a nod to the main industry the opening film was the latest by Wo...

31. Istanbul Film Festival Daily: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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    YESTERDAY AT THE FESTIVAL • MORE EXTENSIVE PROGRAMMES FROM THE FESTIVAL EVERYDAY!!! Festival audience had another tiresome but enjoyable day. It was a day full of presentations and events! • PRESS MEETING WITH THE JURY National Competition Jury met with the press yesterday at 10.00, and afterwards the International Competition Jury was before the press at 11.00. During the press meeting with the moderator Azize Tan, Istanbul Film Festival director, questions w...

31. Istanbul Film Festival Daily: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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    YESTERDAY AT THE FESTIVAL(09.04.2012) • A FULL WEEK AGAIN!!! Second week of the festival presents a programme even more intense than the first day. • STREET DOGS FROM THE DIRECTOR WITH GOLDEN PALM Who remembers the street dogs exterminated in 1910 for the sake of modernisation? How is the life for street dogs today and how will it be in the future? Director Serge Avédikian looks for an answer to that question... Dogs Story was at 11.00 at Fitaş 1 with the pa...

31. Istanbul Film Festival Daily: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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YESTERDAY AT THE FESTIVAL (08.04.2012) • WE HAD A LONG AND JOYFUL SUNDAY A gleeful Sunday with the festival continuing full-force and screenings becoming even more attractive with the participation of the directors. Besides a panel discussion and a film chat, directors met with their audiences again. • GAININGS OF THE JOURNEY WITH AVÉ Story of the relationship between 17-year-old Avé and alienated art student Kamen starting with a hitchhike and continuing with lies was ...

An outstanding Jury for the 26th edition of FIFF

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 The FIFF is delighted to unveil the names of the five personalities who will make up the International Jury, which will award the Regard d’Or – the Grand Prix du Festival International de Films de Fribourg. The Jurors are Iranian filmmaker Sepideh Farsi, Bangladeshi director Golam Rabbany Biplob, French film critic and producer Jacky Goldberg, Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof and Swiss musician and composer Franz Treichler.  The winner will be chosen amongst twelve films from non-Europ...

Controversial Persian film package is follow up to Berlin 62

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by Alex Deleon On the heels of the 2012 Berlinale, forming a kind of coda to the busy week preceding, four unusual pictures from Iran were presented in this extra special Persian package, one each evening starting Sunday, at the Babylon Theater in Rosa Luxemburg Square.  The Babylon located just west of Alexander Platz in what used to be Communist East Berlin, is one of the oldest movie theaters in Berlin and is now a protected architectural monument. It is also one of the regular Be...

MV International Film Festival wrappped

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Up & Away! Attendance Climbs at 6th Annual MV International Film Festival; New Film Center Is Next ProjectSeptember 20, 2011 (Vineyard Haven, MA)-It's a wrap! The sixth annual Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival, organized and executed by the all-volunteer Martha's Vineyard Film Society, packed over 30 films from 6 continents into 4 vibrant days. "The festival grows each year," says Society founder and Festival director Richard Paradise. "We're still counting but we sold an estimated 3...

Helsinki International Film Festival 2011 gala films confirmed

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  The 24th annual Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy takes place from September 15th to 25th, 2011. The opening and closing films, the Love & Anarchy Gala film and the Finnish Film Gala selection have all been confirmed to the festival programme.   Pedro Almodóvar’s THE SKIN I LIVE IN is the opening film of HIFF – Love & Anarchy. The Spanish director’s new thriller stuns with its extraordinary visuals and music. The striking...

May 31st Special Screenings Event

Tuesday night, May 31st, ÉCU hosted its first of our year-round Special Screenings Event in Paris for two films that won awards at the 2011 festival; Paths of Hate, winner of Best Animation, featuring two combat fighters at war with each other; and Salam Rugby, winner of Best Non European Independent Documentary, following the first women rugby class ever organized in Tehran. The evening event which ran from 20h to 23h was held in the eclectic "Café Coutume," ...

A Tale of Two Cannes Sensations

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Lars Von Trier       Jafar Panahi  The 64th edition of the Cannes Film Festival is now history, but two standout personalities on opposite poles of the spectrum have defined this year as one of the most unusual in memory. In one corner, we have the Danish filmmaker provocateur Lars Von Trier whose verbal missteps about Nazism at his press conference led...

One World 2011 winners

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The 13th One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival presented awards to this year's winners Thursday night. The Best Film Award went to the Spanish doc 108 by Renate Costa. Jerzy Sladkowski's Vodka Factory earned the Grand Jury Special Mention. Filmmaker Ali Samadi Ahadi received the Best Director Award, along with the Vaclav Havel Jury Special Award. 18.03.2011 / festival news, for viewers, awards, czech docs, east european docs, East Silver author: jak print | ...

A day at Berlinale: portraits

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Feb 14, 2011 Competition - Coriolanus: The actress on her way to the Photo Call. Competition - Coriolanus: The actor at the Photo Call. Competition - Coriolanus: The director and actor at the Photo Call. Competition - Coriolanus: The director and actor being photographed by his fans in front of the Berlinale Palast. European Shooting Stars: The talents in the Berlinale Palast. Competition - Coriolanus: The actress in the Berlinale Palast. Festival Impressions: The festiva...

2011 My Sundance film festival

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This is an overview of my 2011 Sundance experience  For Europeans, heading to a remote mining town now ski resort and festival headquarters in Park City, Utah, tucked away in the Wasatch mountains outside of Salt Lake City, it's no simple journey. It entails careful planning several months in advance, serious budgetary calculation to secure a bed in those expensive shared- condos, and blocking extra time to your return schedule as flipping time zones wrecks havoc with your metabolism a...

Berlin 61 Kicks Off with True Grit

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If  John Wayne is up there watching from the Great Beyond in the Sky over Berlin, he must be truly gritting his teeth to see a younger Good Ole Boy, name o' Jeff Bridges, reaping the kudos and leading the pack into Potsdamer Platz on opening night, while wearing the same black eye-patch Wayne did in the original version of this gritty All-American western. Of course, Big John did pick up an Oscar for his turn as Rooster Cogburn, the alcoholic, one-eyed, straight-shooting lawman, back in 1969...

Interfilm Berlin winners announced

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The Winners are International Competition Berlin - Brandenburg Kurzfilmpreis Bester Film /Berlin - Brandenburg Short Award Best FilmA LOST AND FOUND BOX OF HUMAN SENSATIONRegie: Martin Wallner, Stefan LeuchtenbergBester Spielfilm / Best FictionI LOVE LUCIRegie: Colin KennedySpezial Mentions:LAHAROG DVORAH / To kill a BumblebeeRegie: Tal Granit, Sharon MaymonBeste Animation / Best AnimationVILIAMRegie: Veronika OvertovaSpezial Mentions:BALATAR AZ ABRHAYE KHAKESTARY / Above the grey cloudsRegie: S...

Panahi Film To World Premiere In Venice

Venice Days (Giornate degli Autori), a special section of the upcoming 67th edition of the Venice Film Festival, will host the World Premiere of Iranian director Jafar Panahi's latest work, The Accordion. The film, produced by ART for The World as part of the new film project "THEN AND NOW, Beyond Borders and Differences" based on article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is a short film that stresses the rights of "freedom of thought, conscience an...

East Silver titles throughout the world

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East Silver is not only a specialised market focused on central and eastern European countries, but also helps to promote high quality documentary films from those regions throughout the world. For that two unique tools were designed that runs during the year, East Silver Caravan and East Silver TV Focus. Caravan represents the best from the current East Silver Market catalogue. Special selection of films is submitted to various documentary film festivals for programme pre-selectio...

Rencontre avec Marc Wolfensberg, réalisateur de « la cité du Pétrole » (Oil Rocks-City about the sea)

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 Suisse de nationalité, cet homme de 38 ans, père de quatre enfants, au large sourire, est avant tout un journaliste et tiens à le rester pour pouvoir initier ses documentaires. Il a couvert l'actualité en ex Union Soviétique et au Moyen Orientpour plusieurs médias francophones, dirigé le bureau de l'agence de presse américaine Bloomberg à Téhéran de 2005 à 2007. Pour son premier documentaire, il nous emmène là où personne n'a jamais été autorisé à aller, sur la plus grande p...

Rencontre avec Marc Wolfensberg, réalisateur de « la cité du Pétrole » (Oil Rocks-City about the sea)

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  Suisse de nationalité, cet homme de 38 ans, père de quatre enfants, au large sourire, est avant tout un journaliste et tiens à le rester pour pouvoir initier ses documentaires. Il a couvert l'actualité en ex Union Soviétique et au Moyen Orientpour plusieurs médias francophones, dirigé le bureau de l'agence de presse américaine Bloomberg à Téhéran de 2005 à 2007. Pour son premier documentaire, il nous emmène là où personne n'a jamais été autorisé à aller, sur la plus...

Bahman Ghobadi: Heart Of Courage

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  In this awards season, where the industry unveils prizes for some of the world's wealthiest and most pampered celebrities, can we not find a small prize for a filmmaker with almost unimaginable courage? I am referring to Bahman Ghobadi, the Iraqi filmmaker who has been forced to leave his native country because of a crackdown by the government over "unauthorized" filmmakers. As another example of its repressive agenda, the Iraqi government made a Christmas Day announce...

Eurasia Competition at Tallinn FF

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  ENTER THE VOID (Gaspar Noe, France)  The main event here at POFF, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, which is entering its final weekend, is the Eurasia International Competition, a mix of 21 films hailing from Europe and Asia. The films on view have been acclaimed at other film festivals on the circuit and are making their Eastern European or Baltic Premieres at the event. As a whole, this is an astonishing survey of current trends in world cinema. European titles ...

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...

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...

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...

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