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New York Film Festival: 50th Anniversary

          Backed by the largest film society in the US which has now more than 7000 members and Lincoln Center’s supportive management the New York Film festival has emerged as the most important US film festival.  Over the last 25 years under Richard Pena’s direction few if any compromises in the main selection and side bars were made. Pena shifted the festival’s Eurocentric orientation and introduced cinema from Asia, Latin America, and Eu...

The members of the Jury - FNC

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AWARDS AND JURY 2012 Sélection internationale Louve d’or presented by Quebecor  Best feature film in the International Sélection ($15,000 cash from Québecor) Prix d’interprétation Best actor or actress in a feature film in the International Sélection Prix de l’AQCC (Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma) Best feature in the International Sélection Prix de l’innovation - Daniel L...

Elias Demetriou: I had no ambition to leave my country, but in the end it left me”

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These are not Elias Demetriou’s words. They were said by one of the female characters in the film Fish N’Chips, with which the director participates in the International Competiion of the SIFF. But they are essential for the understanding of the entire film. The subject is very suitable for a comedy, but Demetriou chooses a completely different approach, creting a serious film, which in today’s multicultural situation in Europe poses a very important question: Who we are – t...

Will A German Film Grab a Bear?

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by Alex Deleon                             Winter Twilight in Arctic Hammerfest as German Guest Worker visits scene of wife’s Hit-and-Run accident in “Gnade” On Day Number 8 some German papers are touting the possibility of a German Golden bear. In a not overly compelling competition selection there have been several notable German entries. "Barbara" starr...

Panorama Dokumente Programme Nearing Completion with 19 Films

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As in past years, the documentary sector appears to be consistently stabile, politically engaged and in its diversity well equipped for the cinema. Moreover, it's a treasure trove for themes that inspire fictional films.   On February 10, 2012, in Cinestar7, the Panorama Dokumente will open with The Reluctant Revolutionary by British director Sean McAllister. The film is about a Yemenite tourist guide who slowly abandons his professional distance towards the political "spring&...

Focus on Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film

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The 54th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film began this Monday with a festive opening. In the sold-out CineStar movie theater State Minister of Culture Bernd Neumann, Saxon’s State Minister of Culture Prof. Sabine Schorlemer and festival director Claas Danielsen welcomed 750 guests from all over the world and made clear media-related and political demands in their speeches. From the very beginning Bernd Neumann emphasized the importance of the genre. “Documentar...

First International Uranium Film Festival invites you to Rio

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  1st INTERNATIONAL URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL RIO DE JANEIRO 2011  MAY 21st - 28th   Urânio em Movi(e)mento, the First International Uranium Film Festival invites you to Rio de Janeiro, May 21st to 28th 2011. The main locations of the festival are the two beautiful cultural centres Parque das Ruinas and Laurinda Santos Lobo in the famous quarter Santa Teresa. The festival team has now selected 15 feature documentaries and movies and 19 short films: 7 films from USA, Brazil 5, ...

First International Uranium Film Festival in Rio

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Urânio em Movi(e)mento, the First International Uranium Film Festival invites you to Rio de Janeiro, May 21st to 28th 2011. The main locations of the festival are the two beautiful cultural centres Parque das Ruinas and Laurinda Santos Lobo in the famous quarter Santa Teresa.The festival team has now selected 15 feature documentaries and movies and 19 short films: 7 films from USA, Brazil 5, Germany 5, Australia 4, France 3, Africa do Sul 2, Costa Rica 1, Sweden 1, Russia 1, India 1, Denmark 1,...

Honorary Golden Bear 2011

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 The Berlinale awards an Honorary Golden Bear to important film personalities. The award honors a particularly outstanding oeuvre or film career and is regularly given to the guest of honour of the Homage. Additional Honorary Golden Bears can be given independently of the Homage section. The Honorary Golden Bear is awarded during a festive ceremony usually followed by the screening of a film in the Berlinale Special programme. The Honorary Golden Bear is visually identical to the festival's hig...

Berlinale will Honor Armin Mueller-Stahl with Golden Bear

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German actor and artist Armin Mueller-Stahl will be awarded an Honorary Golden Bear at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. “Today Armin Mueller-Stahl is celebrating his 80th birthday. We wish him the very best and are delighted we’ll be awarding this extraordinary artist the Honorary Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement in February,” says Festival Director Dieter Kosslick. Armin Mueller-Stahl is one of Germany’s biggest stars of international renown. Winner of numerous awards, h...

11th LA Polish Fest conects with Hollywood

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by Alex Deleon The Los Angeles film festival calendar is so crowded that three of them have currently been running in overlapping juxtaposition. The LA Indian film festival and the LA Polish film festival both started on the same day, April 20, but the Indian one only lasted six days leaving another six days to catch up with the second half of the Polish action. There is also an Asian festival going on simultaneously in Koreatown, but since it is physically impossible to be everywhere at once, ...

East Silver titles throughout the world

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East Silver is not only a specialised market focused on central and eastern European countries, but also helps to promote high quality documentary films from those regions throughout the world. For that two unique tools were designed that runs during the year, East Silver Caravan and East Silver TV Focus. Caravan represents the best from the current East Silver Market catalogue. Special selection of films is submitted to various documentary film festivals for programme pre-selectio...

19th Annual 2010 New York Jewish Film Festival Official Lineup

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By Maria Esteves - January 10, 2010 The 19th Annual 2010 New York Jewish Film Festival (NYJFF10) commences January 13-28, 2010, at the Walter Reade Theater. The festival presented by The Jewish Museum and The Film Society of Lincoln Center, annually showcase world cinema that investigates, records, and celebrates the Jewish experience. This year's festival lineup includes over 20 features, documentaries, and shorts, along with panel discussions, gala receptions, and special events (Opening ...

Hanna Schygulla and Wolfgang Kohlhaase to receive honorary Golden Bears at 60th Berlinale

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Homage Berlinale 2010: Hanna Schygulla and Wolfgang Kohlhaase to Receive Honorary Golden Bears for Their Lifetime Achievements In 2010, the festival's 60th anniversary, the Berlinale is dedicating its Homage to two film artists who have decisively shaped post-war German cinema in different ways. "Hanna Schygulla and Wolfgang Kohlhaase both stand for renewal and departure - in West and East Germany. Hanna Schygulla's name is inseparably connected with Rainer Werner Fassbinder's ...

Berlin will pay tribute to Hanna Schygulla and Wolfgang Kohlhaase

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Homage Berlinale 2010: Hanna Schygulla and Wolfgang Kohlhaase to Receive Honorary Golden Bears for Their Lifetime AchievementsIn 2010, the festival’s 60th anniversary, the Berlinale is dedicating its Homage to two film artists who have decisively shaped post-war German cinema in different ways. “Hanna Schygulla and Wolfgang Kohlhaase both stand for renewal and departure – in West and East Germany. Hanna Schygulla’s name is inseparably connected with Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s films. Wo...

Berlin awards winner since 1952

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1952 One Summer of Happiness (Hon dansade en sommar) by Arne Mattsson Sweden 1953 The Wages of Fear (Le salaire de la peur) by Henri-Georges Clouzot France/Italy 1954 Hobson's Choice by David Lean United Kingdom 1955 The Rats (Die Ratten) by Robert Siodmak Federal Republic of Germany 1956 Invitation to the Dance by Gene Kelly United States 1957 12 Angry Men by Sidney Lumet United States 1958 Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället) by Ingmar Bergman Sweden 1959 ...

The Tucson Film & Music Festival (TFMF) kicks off today

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  The Tucson Film & Music Festival (TFMF) kicks off today -- Thursday, October 8 -- with the Southwest premiere of  "Till You're Told to Stop," the story of singer-songwriter James Blunt's extraordinary rise to fame. Q&A with director Ruth Somalo will follow the screening, which takes place "under the stars" outdoors at La Placita Village, 110 S. Church Ave. in the heart of downtown.   Friday, October 9 marks the Opening Night of the fest, with th...

Berlinale Perspektive Deutsches Kino Selection

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On the Edge of an AbyssPerspektive Deutsches Kino: Programme Selection FinalizedOn the edge of an abyss, things are always particularly exciting. Especially when it comes to movies. And it is exactly in this situation that many of the protagonists find themselves in the six entries selected to complete the programme of twelve films in this year’s Perspektive Deutsches Kino.In Dorfpunks, Lars Jessen’s adaptation of Rocko Schamoni’s cult novel of the same name, some punks have moved of their...

Armin Mueller Stahl inKarlovy Vary

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Actor Armin Mueller-Stahl will be guest at the 43rd Karlovy Vary IFF. Then on July 6th the Karlovy Vary Art Gallery will host a gala opening of his paintings, at which time the actor will accept Prize of the town Karlovy Vary.The well-known actor is returning to the Karlovy Vary festival after 11 years: in 1997 he was a guest at the 32nd KVIFF. Some may even remember a visit the young artist made to the festival in 1962.An internationally renowned actor and director, Armin Mueller-Stahl (b. 193...

Ulrich Plenzdorf: East German Scenarist

 Thursday, August 16--------For almost 50 years, the film industry in the former East Germany was one of the most profitable and prolific in European cinema. However, because of political considerations and trade embargoes, few of those films ever got seen in the West. A result is an almost total familiarity with the films and the auteurs, who worked under an oppressive and meddling regime, and yet who still found an "individual voice" for their films. One of those voices was stilled ...

The Lives of others review

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SYNOPSIS:In 1984 the German Democratic Republic (GDR) maintains power via the ubiquitous surveillance operated by the Stasi, the State Secret Police, and their vast network of informers. Their goal is to know everything about the lives of its citizens. Captain Gerd Wiesler (Ulrich Muhe) is assigned by his boss Grubitz (Ulrich Tuker) to set up surveillance of famous playwright Georg Dreyman (Sebastian Koch), who lives with celebrity actress Christa-Maria Sieland (Martina Gedeck). Dreyman is one o...

The Golden Age of Documentaries

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Friday, February 16----Much has been written about the "golden age of documentaries" that we suddenly and fortunately are currently immersed in. Perhaps it is a response to a violent and confusing world to which we are looking to bring knowledge, healing and understanding. Aside from aesthetic considerations, the documentary has also proven to be a highly profitable item for distributors, with such films as FAHRENHEIT 911, MARCH OF THE PENGUINS and this year's AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH...

Starz Denver Film FestIival Awards

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In 10 exciting days, the 29th Starz Denver Film Festival played host to over 180 filmmakers and 38,881 movie goers (up from 36,812 in 2005) and reports 119 sold out screenings. Films ranged in length from 1 minute - A PAINFUL GLIMPSE INTO MY WRITING PROCESS (IN LESS THAN 60 SECONDS) to 142 minutes - LIVES OF OTHERS. SDFF29 featured 194 titles from 29 countries, and 15 premieres (2 world premieres, 5 North American premieres and 8 US premieres). Best Feature: LIVES OF OTHERS directed by Florian H...

Cottbus kicks off with early sorbian classic

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"Chosebuz" is the traditional name of the city of Cottbus in the local Sorbian (Wendish) language, a minority Slavic tongue which is now unfortunately on the verge of extinction, but the culture of which survives in various forms in this border region of East Germany. The Cottbus Film Festival, now in its 16th edition was established in 1991 in order to promote the films of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. This is one international film festival (as opposed to single country film we...

Cottbus / Chosebuz Fest kicks off with early Sorbian silent classic

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"Chosebuz" is the traditional name of the city of Cottbus in the local Sorbian (Wendish) language, a minority Slavic tongue which is now unfortunately on the verge of extinction, but the culture of which survives in various forms in this border region of East Germany. The Cottbus Film Festival, now in its 16th edition was established in 1991 in order to promote the films of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. This is one international film festival (as opposed to single country film we...
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