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American Independents Compete For Jury Prize

 Friday, June 8--------Six American independent films are competing for a juried prize in the Independentes Americanos section of FESTROIA. The Festival has been a long supporter of American independent films and is one of the few in the world that showcases the work in a seperate section of its own and with a separate prize of its own. "America has always been a source of inspiration for world cinema", FESTROIA director Fernanda Silva explained. "We feel it is important to let ...

Christopher Plummer In An Oscar-Worthy Performance

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Friday, June 8-------On the (regrettably) long list of top-flight performers who (quite astonishingly) have never even been nominated for an Oscar, Christopher Plummer is certainly among the most neglected in this respect. Awards aside (and he has won his share), the veteran actor has a long list of film credits going back to the 1960s, which includes such classics as THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965), INSIDE DAISY CLOVER (1965), THE ROYAL HUNT OF THE SUN (1969), SOMEWHERE IN TIME (1980), MALCOLM X (19...

Films In Official Section Highlight Small Gems

Thursday, June 7-----The Official Section of FESTROIA: Festival Internacional de Cinema is dedicated to films from countries that produce fewer than 25 films per year. While these individual countries have more modest outputs, the films they produce are choice gems. Films from Scandanivia have always figured strongly in the Festroia lineup (and have won many top prizes here over the years). This year's representation from Scandinavia is equally impressive, with the Oscar-nominated Danish fil...

Christopher Lee To Receive Lifetime Achievement Dolphin Award

 Wednesday, June 6-----Even though he has acted in almost 300 films, ranging from comedies to westerns to sci-fi epics, it is hard to think of Christopher Lee and not instantly conjure up the image of Count Dracula stalking another victim for fresh blood. Lee, now aged 85 and a refined gentleman of the old school, appeared at a Press Conference today at Festroia, slighly scolding the press for typecasting him in the horror genre, which admittedly made his career some 50 years ago. "I tel...

Rediscovering German Cinema Classics

Wednesday, June 6------Film festivals are all about discovery......of newly emerging filmmakers or the latest films from acknowledged film masters. However, the best festivals also take a look backward, to celebrate the accomplishments of cinema giants long since past, and through this showcase bring to light "lost" films for a new generation of film lovers. Such is the case with Festroia's program of ten classic German feature films, a collaboration between the Festival and the G...

CHALK Mixes Documentary and Drama

Tuesday, June 5--------Even though the film was screening in Portugal, many thousands of miles from its setting in Austin, Texas, the audience was remarkably the same. "There is always a strong core of teachers who come to our screenings", director Mike Akel said of his film CHALK, one of six American independent films screening in competition here at Festroia. When polling the audience during his introductory remarks, to see how many teachers were in the audience of 250, nearly 30 p...

Meet the Festroia Official Jury

 Monday, June 4-------British actor Charles Dance (GOSFORD PARK) is the President of the Official Jury of the 23rd edition of FESTROIA: Festival Internacional de Cinema. Dance and his fellow Official Section jurors will determine the Dolphin Award prizes, which will be given out at a gala awards ceremony on Saturday, June 9. Dance is joined by Hungarian director Karoly Makk, Polish producer Joanna Kos Krauze, Finnish actress Maria Jarvenhelmi, Valladolid Film Festival director Juan Carlos Fr...

Festroia Is First CarbonoZero International Film Festival

Monday, June 4---------Festroia 2007 is the first CarbonoZero® international film festival. The environmental organization CarbonoZero will quantify the greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions produced by the festival’s activities, and will offset these emissions by the creation of an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) by a new indigenous forest area in Portugal, thus compensating its effect on the climate. Festivals are becoming more environmentally conscious of the energy consumption they...

BOY CULTURE: A Gay Film About Looking For Love (Not Sex)

 Sunday, June 3-------Now that gay coming-of-age films have become a (slight) cinematic cliche, what are the new areas that gay filmmakers want to explore as the community continues to evolve and become (somewhat) more mainstream. The answer in the excellent American indie film BOY CULTURE is love.....not as a substitute or an extension of sex, but as an adventure all its own. That is the provocative theme explored by director Q. Allan Brocka, who is attending the FESTROIA this week. His film i...

A Spanish Film Weekend

 Sunday, June 3-------Audiences and visitors to the FESTROIA: Festival Internacional de Cinema have been treated to a Spanish film weekend. Not only did the Festival open on Friday evening with the documentary film INVISIBLES followed by the historical epic ALATRISTE, there have been celebrations of Spanish cinema all weekend long. On Saturday, the Argentine/Spanish co-production EL CAMINO DE SAN DIEGO (The Road To San Diego, 2006), by director Carlos Sorin, screened to great audience acclaim a...

Wonderful Wilder

Saturday, June 2--------It seems inconcievable to me that the current generation of filmgoers (and possibly even most of the filmmakers) do not know who Billy Wilder was. Or is, for his style of filmmaking remains remarkably fresh and current. For myself, Wilder is one of the giants, who combined the pace of Hollywood filmmaking with the sophistication of his European roots. His movies remain decidedly adult and deal with human emotions that are still very much in style. For local audiences who ...

Festival Opening With A Spanish Twist

Friday, June 1-------The 23rd edition of FESTROIA: Festival Internacional de Cinema, Portugal's oldest and most prestigious event, opens this evening with back-to-back screenings of new films from Spain. The honor of a double Opening Night attraction from Portugal's neighbor (and frequent rival) is the Tribute To Spanish Cinema that is the centerpiece of this year's event. Over 20 Spanish films will be screened....most in the special Hommage section, but others interspersed in the ma...

23rd Festroia Is Dedicated To Mario Ventura

Thursday, May 31------The 23rd edition of Festroia: Festival Internacional de Cinema, which opens tomorrow evening in the seaside resort of Setubal, Portugal,  is dedicated to Festival founder Mario Ventura, who passed away last year. Ventura founded the Festival in 1985 after a celebrated career in both Portugal and Spain as a respected journalist and writer. He had published more than fifteen books, including short stories, novels and biographical works. The Public Library in Setubal, where t...

Tribeca FF Closes With World Premiere of THE GATES

Sunday, May 6------The Tribeca Film Festival came to a smashing close today with the final screenings of THE GATES, the world premiere HBO documentary on last year's public art phenomenon in New York's Central Park. The concept of artists/collaborators Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who have made a career of wrapping prominent public spaces (including the Pont Neuf in Paris, the Reichstag in Berlin and Biscayne Bay Islands in Miami), the project to create fabric-paneled gates in Central Park...

Cadillac Audience Award Winner Announced

Saturday, May 5--------The Cadillac Audience Award , voted on by Festival audiences, was announced this evening as the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival moves towards the finishing line. The Award winner is WE ARE TOGETHER (Thina Simunye),  a documentary film from the U.K. directed by Paul Taylor and produced by Paul Taylor and Teddy Liefer. The film tells the story of children in the South Africa Agape Orphanage, most of who have lost their loved ones to AIDS.  Told with compassion and grace, thi...

SUBURBAN GIRL To Screen Tonight

 Saturday, May 5-----One thing Festival organizers are always keen on saying is the following: "Due to popular demand and sold-out screenings, one last screening of FILM X has been added". While that could certainly apply to several Festival titles, one of the most sought-after has been SUBURBAN GIRL, the witty adaptation of Melissa Bank's best selling book, The Girls' Guide To Hunting and Fishing.Alec Baldwin (he of the telephone message rant) joins with Sarah Michelle Gellar...

DJ Spooky Remixes Controversial Silent Epic

 Saturday, May 5------Paul D. Miller (better known in hip-hop circles as DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid) re-works, re-makes, and re-interprets  one of America's most controversial films, the D.W. Griffith-directed silent epic BIRTH OF A NATION. The film, which charts the rise of the Ku Klux Klan after the Civil War, has been controversial since its release in 1916.....for showing the Klan as defenders of the white race and Anglo-Saxon civilization and portraying the newly freed black slave...

Tribeca FF Announces Its 2007 Winners

Friday, May 4-------The 6th annual Tribeca Film Festival, announced its jury awards at a gala dinner last evening at Jing Fong restaurant in New York's fabled Chinatown. The World Competition winners were chosen from 18 narrative and 16 documentary features from 25 countries. Two awards were also given to honor New York films, which were chosen from 14 narrative and eight documentary features.  Of the 62 short films in competition, awards were given for best narrative, best documentary an...

Actors Behind The Camera

 Thursday, May 3--------Sometimes a Festival, certainly one that has the scope of the Tribeca Film Festival, comes out with unexpected themes that have not necessarily been planned or anticipated. Such a mini-trend in this year's program are films that are directed by people who are mainly known for their acting work. Following in the footsteps of Robert Redford, Kevin Costner, Mel Gibson, Penny Marshall, Al Pacino, Sydney Pollock, Paul Mazursky and many, many others, actors are finding ...

Tribeca Sports Saturday

Thursday, May 3-----As part of the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Festival, which has presenting 12 feature premieres this week on films with sports subjects, the Festival is hosting Tribeca Sports Saturday on May 5th. The family-friendly event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in downtown Manhattan, and is free and open to the public. Families and kids will have the opportunity to participate in interactive athletic experiences including a BMX Bike Jump from ESPN, an NBA Pavilion, represent...

The Power of the Individual

Thursday, May 3------The power of the individual to right wrongs, bring up issues and to literally move a society a few steps further is a message that one cannot hear enough these days. Such is the amazing story of Pakistani human rights activist Mukhtaran Mai, who drew on her own pain and abuse to become a positive symbol for the fair treatment of women (and all human beings). Her amazing story is recounted in SHAME, a documentary film by Mohammed Naqvi, that had its New York Premiere last eve...

LUCKY YOU Premieres At Tribeca FF

Wednesday, May 2-----The Tribeca Film Festival hosted the World Premiere of the romantic drama LUCKY YOU, directed by Curtis Hanson, last night in advance of its theatrical opening on Friday. The film, a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, stars Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Robert Duvall and Debra Messing. The crowds were large as one of the more anticipated red carpet arrivals of the Festival unfurled under a beautiful and (finally) warm Spring eve...

Music And Movies At Tribeca/ASCAP Music Lounge

    Tuesday, May 1---------The 2007 Tribeca/ASCAP Music Lounge opens today with a glittering array of music industry veterans and up-and-coming stars in a mix of music and movies that is unique to this sprawling event. Musical festivities take place at the Canal Room through Friday, May 4th. The Lounge is produced by ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the trade organization that protects the rights and collects the royalty fees for members of th...

Spidey Spins His Web At Tribeca FF

Tuesday, May 1-----America's favorite superhero is back. ...The Tribeca Film Festival and Columbia Pictures have joined together to usher in the latest chapter in the life, loves and adventures of Peter Parker (also known as Spider-Man) with a marathon of midnight screenings leading up to the premiere of SPIDER-MAN 3 on Friday. Night owls and Spidey die-hards can catch the original SPIDER-MAN, starring Toby McGuire, Kirsten Dunst and Willem Dafoe, tonight at midnight at the Clearview Chelse...

Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards

Monday, April 30------The Tribeca Film Institute today announced the winners of the fourth Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards.  Tribeca All Access (TAA) is a program designed to help foster relationships between film industry executives and filmmakers from traditionally underrepresented communities. At ceremonies held over the weekend at the Tribeca Film Center, the following winners were announced:NARRATIVE SECTION PRIZE: Ben Rekhi for his current screenplay WASTE, which tells the st...
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