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Berlinale Forum 2012: Everyday Life and Fantasy

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Differing life plans, generational conflicts and the ambivalence of so-called progress are at the centre of numerous films in the 2012 Forum programme.       As such, Ann-Kristin Reyels' film Formentera follows a young couple on holiday who run into the '68 ideals of their parents' generation and come to realise the extent to which their own ideas about life diverge from one another. Sleepless Knights by Stefan Butzmühlen and Cristina Diz ...

locarno Open Doors 2012: francophone Sub-saharan Africa

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Following on from India in 2011, the next edition of Open Doors, the Festival del film Locarno’s co-production lab, will be devoted to francophone Sub-saharan Africa.With support from the Swiss Foreign Ministry’s Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Open Doors section, focusing on a different region every year, aims primarily to assist directors and producers from countries in the South and the East, where independent filmmaking is vulnerable. Application forms for Open Doors 2...

8th African Film Festival of Tarifa Awards

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8th African Film Festival of Tarifa (FCAT) awarded eight new African movies with awards endowed with 46 500 euros. The festival jury selected winners from more than 140 movies from 23 African countries.1. The award for the best feature-length movie (15 000 €) goes to “MICROPHONE” (Ahmad Abdalla, Egypt)2. The award for the best direction (10 000 €) goes to “A JAMA” (Daoud Aoulad-Syad, Morocco/France) 3. The award for the best actress (1 500 €) goes to DENISE NEWMAN for “SHIRLEY ...

The Cannes Jury members have been announced

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The Jury of the Competition, presided over by Robert De Niro (actor, director, producer) welcomes to its ranks: Martina GUSMAN (actress and producer, Argentina) Nansun SHI (producer, Hong Kong/China) Uma THURMAN (actress, scriptwriter, producer, USA) Linn ULLMANN (writer,literary critic, Norway) Olivier ASSAYAS (director, France) Jude LAW (actor, producer, UK) Mahamat Saleh HAROUN (director, Chad) Johnnie TO (director, producer, Hong Kong/China) Martina Gusman stud...

Tinsel & Tine's Quick Commentary on "Terri", "Living on Love Alone" and "Womb"

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Terri - Director, Azazel Jacobs / Featuring John C. Reilly Quick About: Terri, a low-keyed, pajama clad, kindhearted, over-sized kid (Jacob Wysocki) is coming of age in some woodsy middle America, expected to take care of his Alzheimer stricken Uncle and still get to school on time. Pleasing: The dark humor that always accompanies these types of slice of life, Indy dramas. More interesting than the relationship Terri develops with the school's Vice Principal (Reilly) is the...

Never Again?

Never Again? A close-up on the humanitarian crisis in Sudan, this documentary tries to decipher the civil war and its aftermath through interviews with survivors in displacement camps in Sudan and Chad as well as refugees, and activists in Europe and in Israel.

Never Again?

Never Again? A close-up on the humanitarian crisis in Sudan, this documentary tries to decipher the civil war and its aftermath through interviews with survivors in displacement camps in Sudan and Chad as well as refugees, and activists in Europe and in Israel.

DIFF 2010...AND THE WINNERS ARE...

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          Muhr Emirati First Prize BORED Director: Nayla Al Khaja United Arab Emirates Second Prize SABEEL Director: Khalid Al Mahmood United Arab Emirates Special Jury Prize HAMAMA Director: Nujoom Alghanem United Arab Emirates Special Mention WIND Director: Waleed Al Shehhi United Arab Emirates Muhr Arab - Feature Best Actress SIX, SEVEN, EIGH...

Rotterdam IFFR celebrates XL anniversary

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam is marking its fortieth year with a look back and forward, and in particular at the current state of affairs and the future. Under the motto 'XL', the festival’s anniversary programme will embrace home port Rotterdam by making use of forty locations, including the new LantarenVenster cinema. In addition, Frank Scheffer is making a documentary to mark forty years of IFFR; the festival is issuing an anniversary DVD boxed set and the festival website will...

Aspen Film announces the selections

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Aspen Film announces today the selections that will be screening at the 32nd annual Aspen Filmfest, a five-day feast of film and fall color that will be held September 29 - October 3, 2010. With an emphasis on independent productions from around the world and a uniquely intimate scale, the festival champions filmmaking at its finest for film lovers and filmmakers alike. Screenings will be held at the historic Wheeler Opera House in Aspen and at the Crystal Theatre in Carbondale, and tickets will...

London Film Festival program launch

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The programme for the 54th BFI London Film Festival, launched today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, showcases an array of highly anticipated films by both established and emerging talent from around the world. A particularly strong feature this year is the selection of British films including the previously announced Opening and Closing Night Galas. Over 16 days the festival will screen a total of 197 features and 112 shorts, including 11 World, 23 International and 33 European premieres, ma...

World Cinema Amsterdam: new film festival dedicated to world cinema

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World Cinema Amsterdam is a new film festival based in Amsterdam, combining the best independently produced films from Latin America, Asia and Africa in a single festival. From 12 to 22 August, more than 60 short and feature-length films will screen in the Rialto cinema and at free outdoor screenings on Marie Heinekenplein square. The festival opens on 12 August with the screening of Un homme qui crie, a moving father & son drama from Chad which this year won the Cannes Jury Prize and was nomina...

NEWSLETTER N° 470: july 2, 2010

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The Global Film Village: Wading Through the Results of Climate Change

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  by Marc Halperin We had lunch last Saturday with Michael Nash the director of Climate Refugees which has a free screening today at the LA film festival. The film focuses on Bangladesh, Chad, China, Kenya, Tuvalu, and the USA and promises to be a riveting 89 minutes. “Climate Refugees” is a term few people outside the U.S. military and U.N. circles are familiar with until now. This illuminating documentary takes the next step after An Inconvenient Truth and examines...

Un homme qui crie... contre quoi ?

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 A Screaming Man... but against what? The cast and crew of the film from Chad discuss the meaning behind the title.   ...

Haroun discusses war and responsibility at Un Homme Qui Crie press conference Sunday

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Mahamet-Saleh Haroun and the cast of Un homme qui crie brought a sense of quiet pride and solemnity to the press conference following the In Competition film's screening Sunday morning. Director Haroun discussed the tension and danger involved in the making of his film set in modern-day Chad. Un homme qui crie follows the story of a father and son, while also shedding light on the current tumultuous state of Chad as well as many other countries in Black Africa. Haroun explained that he learned ...

Mahamat Saleh Haroun, director of Un Homme Qui Crie

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                  Un Homme Qui Crie, or The Screaming Man, by Mahamat Saleh Haroun press conference was held Sunday afternoon. The director was accompanied by  actors Emile Abossolo M’bo, Youssouf Djaoro, Diouc Koma and editor Marie-Hélène Dozo. Extraits. Below are a few extracts of the conference.   The impact of conflicts on the film: Mahamat Saleh-Haroun: Last week, there were still confrontatio...

Nine Hubert Bals Fund and CineMart linked films in Cannes 2010

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Continuing its strong presence in Cannes, the International Film Festival Rotterdam has nine films linked to the Hubert Bals Fund and CineMart in Cannes festival sections: five titles are selected in Competition, two in Un Certain Regard and another two in Directors’ Fortnight (see full list below)   Palme d’Or contenders UNCLE BOONMEE by Apichatpong Weerasethakul and MY JOY by Sergei Loznitsa were supported in script stage by the IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund; Loznitsa later launched his p...

Dubai to feature 3 new sections and a film market

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The 2008 edition of the Dubai International Film Festival features 12 programmes that will showcase cinema of all genres from all over the world.Selected films will be placed in the appropriate programme by DIFF management in consultation with the filmmaker. While DIFF welcomes international submissions, it should be noted that the non-Arab section of the festival is limited to only 60 films and presently does not include short films.The Cultural BridgeThe Cultural Bridge programme is one of the...

Salisbury International Arts Festival focuses on African films

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Salisbury International Arts Festival (23 May – 8 June 2008) will exclusively feature African films this year, showcasing a mixture of ground breaking, classic and new releases. Most will be accompanied by introductions and Q&A’s with film makers and discussion groups led by the Festivals film programmer Patrick Bliss.Highlights include rare screenings of the critically acclaimed African classics Yeelen and Black Girl, both of which will be introduced by one of the country's leading experts ...

Salisbury International Arts Festival

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Salisbury International Arts Festival (23 May – 8 June 2008) will exclusively feature African films this year, showcasing a mixture of ground breaking, classic and new releases. Most will be accompanied by introductions and Q&A’s with film makers and discussion groups led by the Festivals film programmer Patrick Bliss.Highlights include rare screenings of the critically acclaimed African classics Yeelen and Black Girl, both of which will be introduced by one of the country's leading experts ...

Los Angeles Film Festival full line up

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Film Independent announced the full program line-up for the 2007 Los Angeles Film Festival (Thursday, June 21 – Sunday, July 1), including the Opening Night and Closing Night films.As previously announced, Academy Award®-winning actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood will receive this year’s Spirit of Independence Award on Thursday, June 28 at a special event sponsored by Target. Tony Bennett, who is the focus of a new documentary for which Clint Eastwood serves as executive producer, will pre...

Furtive Chinese entry grabs Golden Lion while Mueller scoffs at resignation rumors

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The surprise winner of the Golden Lion (Grand Prix for Best Film) was the untouted Chinese entry "Sanxia Haoren" (Still Life) by youthful director Jia Zhang-ke, immediately styled "a perplexing verdict" by dean of Italian film critics, Tullio Kezich. The general reaction to the jury's off-the-wall decision was something like "they must be kidding!" Although residing in the competition section, the pic was projected mostly at late night red-eye screenings, when most of the press had either packe...

Toronto Opens with The Journals of Knud Rasmussen

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Toronto Opens 2006 Festival with World Premiere of “The Journals of Knud Rasmussen”The largest and one of the most respected Film Festivals in the world will open its doors to the public with Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn's “The Journals of Knud Rasmussen". Their last film "Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner),” had won the Camera D'or in Cannes and then the prize for best Canadian film here in Toronto in 2001. Festival Co-Director Noah Cowan felt that this was one of the most important film...

Cinemart projects awarded at the Rotterdam market closing

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34th International Film Festival Rotterdam26 January - 6 February 2005During the CineMart 2005 Closing Night Party, Wednesday February 2, 2005 in the Rotterdam 'Schiecentrale', the first Arte France Cinema Awards went to CineMart 2005 Projects FIVE WORLDS and DARATT (DRY SEASON) and the fifth Prince Claus Fund Film Grant was awarded to CineMart 2005 Project HAMACA PARAGUAYA.Forty-seven film projects have been selected for the 22nd CineMart, the first and largest co-production market worldwide, h...

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