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Interview with Vahid Vakilifar at 53rd TIFF

Interview with Vahid Vakilifar at 53rd TIFF. Persian filmmaker Vahid Vakilifar’s latest feature ‘Taboor’ (2012) ran in competition at the 53rd Thessaloniki Film Festival. This is his second feature; his first was ‘Gesher’ in 2010. As producer, screenwriter and director of ‘Taboor’, Vahid won a First Special Mention Award at TIFF. I interviewed him at the Electra Palace, Thessaloniki. Here is what he had to say.   ME: What does ‘Taboor&rsq...

Interview with Vahid Vakilifar at 53rd TIFF.

Interview with Vahid Vakilifar at 53rd TIFF. Persian filmmaker Vahid Vakilifar’s latest feature ‘Taboor’ (2012) ran in competition at the 53rd Thessaloniki Film Festival. This is his second feature; his first was ‘Gesher’ in 2010. As producer, screenwriter and director of ‘Taboor’, Vahid won a First Special Mention Award at TIFF. I interviewed him at the Electra Palace, Thessaloniki. Here is what he had to say.   ME: What does ‘Taboor&rsq...

Emergency statement from filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi…

                              Emergency statement from filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi… “My younger brother, Behrouz Ghobadi, disappeared more than two weeks ago, and I have learned he has been detained by Iranian authorities and accused of acting against national security. My family and I are certain he is innocent and incapable of such actions. We are extremely concerned about his well-being and ...

Interview with Bahman Ghobadi at 53rd TIFF

                              photo by Vanessa McMahon   Interview with Bahman Ghobadi During the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi was honored for his great oeuvre of films. Five of his films- ‘A Time for Drunken Horses’, 2000; ‘Turtles Can Fly’, 2004; ‘Half Moon’, 2006; ‘No One Knows About Persian Cats’,...

Interview with Bahman Ghobadi at 53rd TIFF

                              photo by Vanessa McMahon   Interview with Bahman Ghobadi During the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi was honored for his great oeuvre of films. Five of his films- ‘A Time for Drunken Horses’, 2000; ‘Turtles Can Fly’, 2004; ‘Half Moon’, 2006; ‘No One Knows About Persian Cats’,...

Iranian Cinema brain drain continues with Bahman Ghobadi at Toronto

by Alex Deleon for <filmfestivals.com>  Bahman Ghobadi       RHINO SEASON is Ghobadi's first film since he fled Iran        The stars of Rhino Season (from left) Behrouz Vossoughi, Monica Bellucci, Bahman Ghobadi, Belcim Bilgin and Arash Labaf IRANIAN CINEMA BRAIN DRAIN CONTINUES With Bahman ...

2012 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Film Selections For Spotlight And Cinemania Sections And Special Screenings

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The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express, today announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight and Cinemania sections, as well as Special Screenings and the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival lineup. The 11th edition of the Festival will take place from April 18 to April 29 in New York City. The Spotlight section screens 34 films, 22 narratives and 12 documentaries that demonstrate the breadth of films at the Tribeca Film Festival. Nineteen films in the selection wi...

The World Cinema at 23rd Ankara Film Festival

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23rd Ankara International Film Festival, supported by Ministry of Culture and Tourism and organized by The World Mass Media Research Foundation announced today the films screening in this year’s World Cinema Categories. World Cinema showcases the most anticipated and prize-winning international films of the year. Jean-Marc Vallée’s (Director of the CRAYZ) latest film Café de Flore, visually breathtaking 'Three and a Half / Seh o nim’, 2011 San Sebastian Film Festival ‘Best Film...

The 59th Sydney Film Festival is coming… Soon!

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Across 12 days and nights, the 59th Sydney Film Festival brings the CBD to life with screenings of over 150 films, red carpet galas, talks and forums; plus some very special, soon-to-be-announced, events and international guests. From 6-17 June, Sydney Film Festival will showcase the best in cinema from across Australia and around the world, including features, documentaries, short films, retrospectives, restorations, animation and more. The Sydney Film Festival programming ...

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...

FAFF 17, It’s A Shame ...

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          Author Film Festival FAF 2011 opened Israeli film director Eran Kolirin whose film Replacement hits the direct competition program of festival this year and is known as the award-winning author of film couple years back The Band's Visit. Author Film Festival FAF in Belgrade, Serbia, 30-5th of December began with the film Shame directed the British director and visual artist Steve McQueen. McQueen’s film Shame awarded at the b...

MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd will deliver keynote at Asia Pacific Screen Awards

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Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) delivered the keynote address at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), 2011 held today. Senator Dodd addressed an audience of diplomats, state government ministers, APSA filmmakers, and business leaders at Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia. Introducing Senator Dodd, US Ambassador to Australia Jeffrey Bleich, said: "Commercial achievement is a worthy objective, but what fi...

Interview with Sean Stone and his journey to Iran

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Oliver Stone has done a fabulous job rearing his son, Princeton graduate, Sean Stone. Sean's wings have been strengthening as he has been working, interning, and meeting world leaders along side of his brilliant filmmaker father, and is demonstrating to the world that he, too, can soar. With a recent journey to Iran, with film as the primary focus, and his first feature film, "Graystone", nearing completion, this 26 year old has seen and done things most of us only read about.Q: SHARON ABELLA:...

Highlights on San Francisco-4th Annual Iranian Film Festival

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The 4th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco, an annual cultural event showcasing the independent feature and short films made by or about the Iranians from around the world, will present an outstanding program this year with a never seen before discovery of a documentary produced by British broadcaster Sir David Frost called Crossroads of Civilization which was made in 1976 but never seen before, and the IFF will have its world premiere for the first time. The film tells the history o...

Berwick-upon-Tweed Film & Media Arts Festival highlights

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Once Upon a Time: Friday 23 – Sunday 25 September... The 7th Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival is set to return, to celebrate the art of film over one action-packed weekend, Friday 23rd - Sunday 25th Sep. Using Berwick-upon-Tweed as a unique backdrop, and The Maltings Theatre & Cinema as a hub, the Festival invites you to join the adventure in various locations across the town, with new venues including Café Curio on Bridge Street and the recently restored Dewar’s Lane ...

4th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco

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San Francisco: The 4th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco, an annual cultural event showcasing the independent feature and short films made by or about the Iranians from around the world, will present an outstanding program this year with a never seen before discovery of a documentary produced by British broadcaster Sir David Frost called Crossroads of Civilization which was made in 1976 but never seen before, and the IFF will have its world premiere for the first time. The film te...

The Bind

Director: Michael Chrisoulakis.
Carmen, a corporate lawyer, is recovering from a horrific car accident. Housebound, she's determined to return to work -- but the more she tries to regain control of her life and put the past behind her, the more something in the house wants her to re-live that fateful event.

Documenting life

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28 July: Day 4 Day 4 was filled with very serious movies and a light-hearted Canadian doccie that had its first screening outside North America. I loved St Henri, the 26th of August, maybe its because of my journalistic background as we're always trying to find these little stories in the community - the hairstylist, the boxer, the shopkeeper. It's candy to the soul. This Montreal suburb, although it seems ghetto-like, has wonderful characters and the 14 filmmakers did a fine job to f...

LAFF 2011 Winners, But Also-Rans Were Great Too & Katie Holmes

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EXTRA: Yes, Katie Holmes did show up to raves (without Tom Cruise in tow or Suri) for Closing night of 2011 LAFF. She looked great, ps. What might be best remembered from the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival is the endearing pairing of Shirley MacLaine and Jack Black in a lovefest on their panel, but then again, Ryan Gosling breaking the screaming hot barrier in Nicolas Winding Refn's DRIVE also stands out. Then there is John C. Reilly's new movie TERRI, which is just cool because he is in it. Als...

LAFF 2011 Winners, But Also-Rans Were Great Too & Katie Holmes

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By Quendrith Johnson, Los Angeles CorrespondentEXTRA: Yes, Katie Holmes did show up to raves (without Tom Cruise in tow or Suri) for Closing night of 2011 LAFF. She looked great, ps. What might be best remembered from the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival is the endearing pairing of Shirley MacLaine and Jack Black in a lovefest on their panel, but then again, Ryan Gosling breaking the screaming hot barrier in Nicolas Winding Refn's DRIVE also stands out. Then there is John C. Reilly's new mov...

Winners Announced for 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival

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Today the Los Angeles Film Festival, presented by the Los Angeles Times and supported by L.A. LIVE, announced the jury and audience award winners for the 2011 Festival at the Awards Brunch, sponsored and hosted by CHAYA Downtown for the second year, and sponsored by Dove® Hair Care. Allison Janney and John C. Reilly were on hand to present the awards. The Los Angeles Film Festival ran from Thursday, June 16 to Sunday, June 26 in downtown Los Angeles. "David, Doug and the team continue to raise ...

A Separation wins at the Sydney Film Festival

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A Separation wins the Sydney Film Prize at the 2011 Sydney Film FestivalSydney Film Festival Jury President, Chen Kaige announced A Separation as thewinner of the 2011 Sydney Film Prize at the Official Competition Awards lunch today at the Wharf Restaurant. The $AUD60,000 Sydney Film Prize is the largest of its kind for film in Australia. The Official Competition and the Sydney Film Prize is sponsored by iShares and a Dinosaur Designs trophy is also presented to the winning film.Chen Kaige, spea...

Teclópolis

Director: Javier Mrad.
Once upon a time. Old magazines gently dance in the wind. A super-8 camera crawls over a wooden table while an old carpet flows in and out. Suddenly, a mouse. Then, a whole civilization running towards its inevitable destiny. Plastic waste has reached the point where not even the most distant beaches are safe.

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," ...
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