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Interview with Chris D'Arienzo on his film Barry Munday

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Chris D'Arienzo was unable to make it to the first AIFF but his film was and indeed proved a hit among viewers. After the festival, I contacted my talented writer friend and asked him if he'd answer a few questions for me about the experience of making his first feature film. Ironically, I had asked to interview him 3 months before the festival for a research project I was doing for University of London but he was too busy so I wrote about David Lynch instead. Chris m...

Another day, another red carpet in Aruba

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You gotta love a little glam. "Bring it, girl!" my friend told me, as I raced to Aruba.  And the festival team 'brought it' too. So many red carpets, it turned the little island of Aruba into a little slice of Cannes on the Caribbean.        My editor, a seasoned carpet walker at Cannes, showed his sophistication by casually commenting on opening night in his suave French accent "yes it is a very good red carpet, it is so comfortable to walk o...

Adventures in ARRRRUUUUBBAAA!!

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The party didn't stop at the red carpet... From a week of whacky island adventures off the road in Aruba, to cocktail parties till late - it was hard to get much reviewing done, I was having too much fun. I quickly had to master the art of speaking eloquently about international cinema whilst balancing a plate of hors doevres and a glass of Moet in one hand, and a designer handbag in the other- and they don't teach you that in film school. A simple slideshow of sun and cinema, Aruba styl...

NEWSLETTER N° 468: june 16, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 468: june 16, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 79 000 film professionnals e...

Adventures in ARRRRUUUUBBAAA!!

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The party didn't stop at the red carpet... From a week of whacky island adventures off the road in Aruba, to cocktail parties till late - it was hard to get much reviewing done, I was having too much fun. I quickly had to master the art of speaking eloquently about international cinema whilst balancing a plate of hors doevres and a glass of Moet in one hand, and a designer handbag in the other- and they don't teach you that in film school. A simple slideshow of sun and cinema, Aruba style:...

Another day, another red carpet in Aruba

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You gotta love a little glam. "Bring it, girl!" my friend told me, as I raced to Aruba.  And the festival team 'brought it' too. So many red carpets, it turned the little island of Aruba into a little slice of Cannes on the Caribbean.         Bruno Chatelin, a seasoned carpet walker at Cannes, showed his sophistication by casually commenting on opening night in his suave French accent "yes it is a very good red carpet, it is so comfortable ...

Thelma Schoonmaker on Martin Scorsese

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Thelma Schoonmaker on Martin Scorsese: interview                                                       Three time Academy Award winner for editing Thelma Schoonmaker in an up-close-and-personal interview about w...

Cairo Time on Aruba Time

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Cairo Time: Red Carpet   Cairo Time's director Ruba Nadda, producer Daniel Iron and lead actress Patricia Clarkson arrived in Aruba in the midst of the first AIFF to the site of masked Aruban dancers and the bottoms up of Moet Champagne glasses. Not a bad night entrance to this tropical island and no doubt a stark contrast to the location where there film is entirely set, in Cairo Egypt. When I asked Patricia what it was like to film in Cairo, she smiled and shook her ...

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...

cinema on the beach...wawwww!

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AIFF: cinema on the beach This is one of the first sights upon arriving in Aruba for the first ever Aruba International Film Festival. Can anyone ask for more? Beaches all day and great cinema by night and/or both all at once? That is what the AIFF offered on opening night with Richard Gere and guests... a Cinema de Plage Aruba style. Wawwww! ...

NEWSLETTER N° 467: june 11, 2010

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2 Degrees of Separation

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A few fun trivial facts you may not know, from reliable sources that may remain anonymous; The Aruba Hyatt's most difficult guest is Elton John. He's a regular visitor and likes to walk around naked, even when answering the door for room service. He usually commands that his Hyatt attendees are only men, and has a long list of requirements, from 50 odd kinds of vitamins to be lined up in strict alphabetical order, to a lifetime supply of pickles. Richard Gere, on the other hand, ...

2 Degrees of Separation from Richard Gere, in Aruba

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  A few fun trivial facts you may not know, from reliable sources that may remain anonymous; The Aruba Hyatt's most difficult guest is Elton John. He's a regular visitor and likes to walk around naked, even when answering the door for room service. He usually commands that his Hyatt attendees are only men, and has a long list of requirements, from 50 odd kinds of vitamins to be lined up in strict alphabetical order, to a lifetime supply of pickles.   Richard Gere, on th...

2 Degrees of Separation from Richard Gere, in Aruba

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A few fun trivial facts you may not know, from reliable sources that may remain anonymous; The Aruba Hyatt's most difficult guest is Elton John. He's a regular visitor and likes to walk around naked, even when answering the door for room service. He usually commands that his Hyatt attendees are only men, and has a long list of requirements, from 50 odd kinds of vitamins to be lined up in strict alphabetical order, to a lifetime supply of pickles. Richard Gere, on the other hand, (a guest at the...

Opening night of first AIFF

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On 04 June 2010, Richard Gere appeared at the first Aruba Film Festival to accept an award of the Golden Aruba Award, the first ever given by the minister of tourism of Aruba Otmar Oduber and the festival organizer Claudio Massenza. It was given for Gere's lifetime achievements as true screen legend as well as humanitarian activist. Audiences were moved by Gere's eloquent acceptance speech as he praised Aruba for having put such a festival together.  It was Gere's first time to Aruba...

Griffin Dunne had the world premiere of his short Veronica in Aruba

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Griffin Dunne will have the world premiere of his short Veronica in ArubaAcademy Award® nominated actor and filmmaker Griffin Dunne ("After Hours," "40 Days and 40 Nights," "Game 6," "Johnny Dangerously") will present the world premiere of his short comedy titled "Veronica" at the Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) today - Sunday, June 6 - at 6:30pm at Paseo Herencia (screening room 2). The surprise announcement was made today by AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza. Dunne's short is pa...

Jeep tour around Aruba island with friends from the festival

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The jeeps departed from the lobby of the HYATT REGENCY HOTEL at a very early 8:00AM- This proved rather difficult a challenge for some of us (Vanessa?) we had all celebrated rather late the brillant opening of the festival and  a very warm party by the beach. This Jeep Safari, the island's most popular attraction, is the only way to access the Natural Pool and its refreshing, crystal-clear waters. We got to drive them taking turn for a wild fun!     &...

Aruba inaugural ready to open the red carpet with Richard Gere

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AIFF first edition is ready to unfold. The 9 hours flight from Amsterdam was surprisingly smooth, great legs room, food, good selection of inboard entertainment.                                   I arrived in time to discover the  festival settings under the sun. Very nice hotel on the island's best beach (p...

The Golden Aruba Award to be offerered to filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci

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  The Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) announced today that legendary, Academy Award® winning filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor, Last Tango in Paris, The Conformist, The Dreamers) will be bestowed with The Golden Aruba Award for outstanding achievement in film at the inaugural Film Festival, taking place June 4-11, 2010. The announcement was made by AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza.Serving as the Festival's most prestigious symbol of r...

Aruba A to Z: The complete detailed Aruba Line up

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OFFICIAL 2010 PROGRAM   3 Idiots Year: 2009 Country: India Language: Hindi Genre: Comedy with music Directed by: Rajkumar Hirani Written by: Abhijat Joshi and Rajkumar Hirani based on a novel by Chetan Bhagat Cast: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani   About the Film:   The story, told in intermittent flashbacks, involves the exploits of three friends pursuing an Engineering Degree. Two of them are re...

The Golden Aruba Award to be offerered to filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci

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  The Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) announced today that legendary, Academy Award® winning filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci (The Last Emperor, Last Tango in Paris, The Conformist, The Dreamers) will be bestowed with The Golden Aruba Award for outstanding achievement in film at the inaugural Film Festival, taking place June 4-11, 2010. The announcement was made by AIFF Artistic Director Claudio Masenza. Serving as the Festival's most prestigious symbol of recognition, t...

AIFF reveals initiatives to help promote environmental preservation in Aruba

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  Looking to play an active role in preserving and protecting the beautiful ecosystem that defines the beautiful island nation of Aruba, The Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) announced plans to implement pro-environmental practices throughout the festival to minimize the ecological footprint of the week-long event (June 4-11, 2010). AIFF has launched several initiatives to help promote environmental preservation. These include:   Partnership with Aruba's Arikok Park: ...

Giuseppe Cioccarelli, executive producer, presents the Aruba Festival

Giuseppe Cioccarelli is a veteran Line Producer with over 20 years of experience. He started his career in Italy in 1986 at FilmMaster, the biggest commercial production company in Italy. In 1990 he started to freelance as a Line Producer for some of the most successful commercial filmmakers in the world, among them Tarsem, Steve Rogers, Michael Bay, Peter Thwaites, Lenard Dorfman, Giuseppe Tornatore, John Hushenurst ...

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