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Wall Street closing Zurich

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Premiered in the German language version, Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” starring Michael Douglas, will be screened as the Zurich Film Festival’s Closing Night Film on Sunday evening, October 3, 2010. Michael Douglas will receive the Golden Icon Award for his life’s work prior to the screening. His school day friend Danny DeVito will accept the award for Douglas, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. In addition to Danny DeVito, “Wall Street” Director Oliver S...

Film Finance Forum at Zurich Film Festival

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Zurich Film Festival: The First Ever Film Finance Forum in Switzerland Theme: Financing in the Film Industry Winston|Baker will present the inaugural Film Finance Forum Zurich within the framework of the Zurich Film Festival on September 25, 2010. Leading experts from the film industry and the world of finance are invited to Zurich’s Hotel Dolder Grand to participate in a day of discussions on the theme of film financing and to explore the influence of current economic trends on the internatio...

The Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Icon Award goes to Michael Douglas

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School day friend Danny DeVito to accept the award on behalf of Michael Douglas US-American actor and producer Michael Douglas will receive the Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Icon Award for his life’s work. Douglas had already agreed to collect the award in Zurich before he received the news that he had cancer. The award will now be collected on his behalf at the festival’s October 3 Closing Night by his school day friend, companion and fellow actor Danny DeVito. Michael Douglas stands alon...

Zurich Film Fest will honor Milos Forman

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Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) will present multiple Oscar® winner Milos Forman (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,” “Amadeus”) with the Festival’s prestigious Golden Eye Award for his life work as a director. The announcement was made today by ZFF Directors Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht. Milos Forman is regarded as one of the most boundary pushing filmmakers of our time and will receive the “Golden Eye” for his life’s work as a director on Saturday, October 2nd within the fram...

NEWSLETTER N° 472: july 21, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 472: july 21, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 81 000 film professionnals e...

Is It Just Me?

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  This is talented actor Nicholas Downs. I asked him to tell me about his new film Is It Just Me? (2010) which is winning awards at film festivals nationwide and internationally.  NICHOLAS: Blaine (Nicholas Downs) is a typical young gay man looking for love...without much success. Enter Xander (David Loren), the man of his dreams. After meeting in an online chat room, they quickly fall for each other and start a virtual relationship. Before long, they decide to meet face-...

Roman Polanski Released

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  Following a legal battle that began almost a year ago at the Zurich Airport en route to the Zurich Film Festival, Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski has been released from legal limbo that has kept him under house arrest in Switzerland, and will most likely be back in France by later this week. Switzerland announced earlier today that it will not extradite Roman Polanski to the United States, where the film director faces charges of unlawful sex with a minor over thre...

Roman Polanski Is Released

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  Following a legal battle that began almost a year ago at the Zurich Airport en route to the Zurich Film Festival, Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski has been released from legal limbo that has kept him under house arrest in Switzerland, and will most likely be back in France by later this week. Switzerland announced earlier today that it will not extradite Roman Polanski to the United States, where the film director faces charges of unlawful sex with a minor over three decad...

Arubaaaaaa, its a a wrap, braaaaavo

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In an economy where long-running festivals are struggling, the Aruba International Film Festival had a solid inaugural run. "For the first year, I think it's a success," says one of the festival's founders, Guiseppe Cioccarelli. Bruno chatelin added " We, at filmfestivals.com, know of 4000 festivals in our directory, adding a new one is a challenge we always like to salute, but doing so, taking the risk to launch an event with such great ambit...

Aruba wrapped a success inaugural edition

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In an economy where long-running festivals are struggling, the Aruba International Film Festival had a solid inaugural run. "For the first year, I think it's a success," says one of the festival's founders, Guiseppe Cioccarelli.The new festival on this Caribbean island (17 miles north of Venezuela, part of the lesser Antilles) was the brainchild of Giuseppe Cioccarelli, a veteran line producer who moved to Aruba three years ago, and Jonathan Vieira, a local music and TV producer. (The pair run A...

The Illustrated Art of Peter Sis In Zlin

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  In preparation for the launch of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Zlin Film Festival, which officially opens on Sunday, May 30th, the Festival organization is displaying an art exhibit by one of its most famous native sons, Peter Sis, the Czech-born author, illustrator and filmmaker. To be technical, Sis was born in Brno, which is less than 50 miles away, but Zlin has many right to claim him as one of their own. As the major film event devoted to children and young adul...

"Keep Surfing" By Bjorn Richie Lob : Interview with actor/surfer Quirin Rohleder

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“Keep Surfing”   This German documentary, directed and produced by Bjorn Richie Lob, demonstrates how you “don’t need an ocean to surf”, and how “you can surf a wave forever”. Travel to Munich, Germany, on the “Eisbach River”, just past the bridge near the “Haus der Kunst” art museum, where the man-made river and tributary to the Isar River, forms a standing wave about one meter high.  Surfers have placed a piece of wood in a certain direction in the water to help shape ...

THE OTHER BANK wins the "Regard d'Or" at the FIFF 2010

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Main awards all go to first films This Saturday evening, Georgian director George Ovashvili received the CHF 30.000 prize from the hands of jury president Hanna Schygulla. THE OTHER BANK also won the Audience Award. The prestigious "Talent Tape Award" worth CHF 23.000 in non-cash benefit was handed to Iranian director Nader T. Homayoun for his film TEHROUN. The Special Jury Award was presented to the Mexican contribution NORTEADO by Rigoberto Perezcano....

Fribourg International Film Festival (FIFF) will feature Russia

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From 13 to 20 March 2010, the 24th edition of the Fribourg International Film Festival (FIFF) offers Swiss audiences hitherto unknown pearls from Asia, Latin America, Africa, as well as from Europe. The appearance of contemporary Russian cinema is one of the highlights of this year's festival. The first elements of the programme were revealed today. Twelve features and documentaries have been selected for the international competition. Six parallel sections totalling 60 films and a forum with ...

SUPER COW

Director: Lucienne Lanaz.
La vache, die Kuh, the cow, fermer la porte, die Türe zu, close the door. You certainly have never seen cows that way before.

The Global Film Village: The Last Station opens and The Lightkeepers Closes PSIFF


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by Marla LewinThis January marks the 21st anniversary year of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). Today Festival Director Darryl Macdonald announced the program and said, "Our film line-up this year is a strong reflection of the current zeitgeist in world cinema. Sixty-seven first-time feature film directors will screen this year, representing a surge of new filmmaking talent on the world stage. In addition, we'll showcase a vintage crop of new works by established master...

Roland Reber-Retrospective at the 40th International Film Festival of India

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The „International Film Festival of India", which is held between the  23rd of november till 3rd of december 2009 in Goa will show for its 40th anniversary a retrospective of director and author Roland Reber: All six movies of wtp international GmbH (director: Roland Reber) will be shown: the room (Das Zimmer; psycho-thriller, 2001) Pentamagica (satiric comedy, 2003) The Dark Side of our inner Space (drama, 2003) 24/7 ...

Karl Spoerri (Zurich Fest Artistic Director) comments his festival and the Polanski hiatus

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I had the opportunity to interview Karl Spoerri Artistic Director of Zurich Film Festival a few days before the festival was over. Polanski's arrest  suddenly put the festival in the spotlight. It clearly was wrong unwanted publicity...but still publicity. This being said, my first question to Karl BC: What are you most proud of in the 2009 edition of Zurich festival? RS: A brilliant competition (30 films in 3 competitions) so beautiful, and the reaction in the audience wonde...

Interview with Karl Spoerri Artistic Director of Zurich Film Festival

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I had the opportunity to interview Karl Spoerri Artistic Director of Zurich Film Festival a few days before the festival was over.Polanski’s arrest suddenly put the festival in the spotlight. It clearly was wrong unwanted publicity…but still publicity.This being said, my first question to KarlBC: What are you most proud of in the 2009 edition of Zurich festival?RS: A brilliant competition (30 films in 3 competitions) so beautiful, and the reaction in the audience wonderful, all directors in...

Zurich Festival wraps eventful Festival with awards

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Best International Feature Film Presided over by actress Debra Winger, the jury of the International Feature Film Competition awarded its Golden Eye to the Russian drama Wolfy by Vasilij Sigarev. In this competition category curated by Nikolaj Nikitin, the jury chose the film for "its haunting and single-minded vision, extraordinary lead performance and imaginative use of cinematic language". Best International Dokumentary Film The International Documenta...

Zurich Film Festival ends with awards

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5th Zurich Film Festival: September 24 – October 4, 2009Sunday, October 4, 2009The three prize winners of the Zurich Film Festival’s “International Feature Film”, “German-Language Feature Film” and “International Documentary Film” competition categories have been announced: The Russian contribution Wolfy by Vasilij Sigarev won the International Feature Film Competition, the best German-Language Feature Film award went to 66/67 – Fairplay is over by Carsten Ludwig and Jan-Christ...

Song for Argyris: A Brave Piece of Work by Stefan Haupt

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THE August screening in Bangkok of Stefan Haupt's "A Song for Argyris" is still on my mind, even though a month has gone by and I have seen more than 20 movies since. Haupt is of Swiss-German extraction which makes this documentary all the more extraordinary, because it tells the true story of terrible atrocities committed by the Nazis during their occupation of Greece in WWII. Haupt lives in Zurich and wasn't in Bangkok for the screening, but he is on record as ack...

Zurich Festival in the spotlight

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The 5th Zurich Film Festival will take place at the cinemas corso and Arthouse Le Paris from September 24 until October 4, 2009. A public festival for those who have already seen it all. The Zurich Film Festival will screen more than 60 Swiss and international film premieres in the International Feature Film Competition, the International Documentary Film Competition, the German Language Film Competition, the Out of Competition and New World View Argentina series. Entering just its fifth year,...

NEWSLETTER N° 434: September 30, 2009

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..............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 434: September 30, 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...

Roman Polanski could be extradited to U.S.

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  Roman Polanski is weighing his legal options after his arrest Saturday at the Zurich Airport. If he agrees to allow extradition, he could be sent to the U.S. within a few days. If he fights the order, it could take several months for the case to get through Swiss courts. Ever since being charged in 1977 for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, Polanski has lived in Paris and has avoi...
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