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'Eighty Letters' at Cinedays, Skopje

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 EIGHTY LETTERS (2011) by Czech director Václav Kadrnka is a day in the life of European bureaucracy in 1987 Czechoslovakia. While the mother of a fourteen year-old boy runs around town from one office to another, signing this paper and that, the boy joins her and watches with intrigue this dizzying official system of communist Eastern Europe. In one scene, the boy must run to the post office to get a stamp that is missing on the papers, this being one of the highest action scenes in the f...

70 films in 10 days at Cinedays, Skopje, Macedonia!

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 I have just returned from CINEDAYS in Skopje, Macedonia where they impressively screened 70 films in just 10 days! The film event is now 10 years old, but as of the last 2 years it has started to hold a competition section for Balkan films, as well as press conferences and Q and A series with competition film directors. So, it looks like Cinedays, Skopje is changing face. Might it become an important international event in the near future and put Skopje more into the light for strategic fi...

'A TRIP' at 52nd TIFF

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A TRIP (2011) producer Ales Pavlin   The Slovenian film IZLET (A TRIP, 2011) by writer/director Nejc Gazvoda and producer Ales Pavlin most recently traveled to the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival (TIFF) and screened in competition at 'Cinedays' in Skopje, Macedonia. A TRIP's 'trip' will continue to Goa, India for the Goa Film Festival and then begin its tour in the USA. It is the first feature film (of what promises to be many) for both writer/director Nejc and producer Ales. ...

The 4th Eastern Neighbours Film Festival kicks off tomorrow

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  In only one day the 4th edition of the Eastern Neighbours Film Festival opens the curtain in Utrecht, the Netherlands. With a total of 31 films from 9 countries the festival introduces some of the latest films from East and South Eastern Europe, from countries that are not yet members of the European Union. Also rare and yet unseen material can be found among the selection. The festival runs from October 26 - 30, 2011.   Special guest at ENFF is European Shooting Star 2011 ...

The Turin horse awarded at Manaki Brothers

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  THE GOLDEN CAMERA 300 OF "MANAKI BROTHERS" IN THE HANDS OF FRED KELEMEN AND THE TURIN HORSE The awards of the 32nd "Manaki Brothers" were granted on the gala-evening in the Big Hall of the Centre of Culture in Bitola.   In the very full hall, the awards were given to the eminent guests-winners, most of them present in Btiola, as not so often until now.   The "Golden camera 300" went to The Turin horse from the cinem...

Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in Utrecht Line Up

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The 4th Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in Utrecht (NL) announces 2011 Line UpA total of 31 films from 9 countries are screened at this years edition of ENFF in Utrecht, Netherlands (October 26 - 30, 2011). The festival focuses on films from East and South Eastern Europe, from countries that are not yet members of the European Union. ENFF opens with the film DO NOT FORGET ME ISTANBUL. Six directors that have been successful in the international arena came together for this project under the art...

Fellowships available for research into South East European (SEE) countries

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Occasionally funding opportunities come by my desk which I like to post, in case anyone out there can take advantage of them. Here’s one.   The American Council of Learned Societies has launched a competition for fellowships for the academic year 2012. These are intended to fund research related to the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Montenegro, Estonia, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Ro...

The 4th Eastern Neighbours Film Festival in Utrecht (NL): A Spotlight on Turkey

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  The non-competitive festival ENFF features a unique program of rarities from East- and South East Europe - countries that are not yet members of the European Union. Recent films are presented alongside with classics that are hardly known outside of their country of production. Today the festival announces the first titles of the upcoming edition.   A major aim of ENFF is to connect local audiences with mentalities from people and places that are closer to us than we think....

Bruno Delbonnel wins the Special Award Golden Camera 300 at the ICFF Manaki Brothers

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  The French wizard cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel at the 32nd Manaki Brothers Festival in Skopje The International Cinematographers' Film Festival Manaki Brothers is proud to announce that the winner of the Special Award Golden Camera 300 for Outstanding Contribution to the World Film Art is Bruno DELBONNEL (A.F.C - Association française des directeurs de la photographie cinématographique, A.S.C. - American Society of Cinematographers) who comes to Macedonia directly from the...

European Film Awards 2011 the selection of titles

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European Film Awards 2011 THE SELECTION ALMANYA – WILLKOMMEN IN DEUTSCHLAND ALMANYA Germany/Turkey, 101 min. DIRECTED BY: Yasemin Samdereli              WRITTEN BY: Yasemin Samdereli & Nesrin Samdereli PRODUCED BY: Andreas Richter, Ursula Woerner & Annie Brunner AMÉRICA AMERICA Portugal/Spain/Brazil/Russia, 111 min. DIRECTED BY: João Nuno Pinto WRITTEN BY: João Nuno Pinto, Luisa Costa Gomes & Melanie Dimantas PRODUCED BY: Pandora Da Cun...

The Master Spinotti is this year’s winner of Manaki Brothers main Award

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The winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award – the most prestigious festival Award was announced at today’s press conference on the occasion of the 32nd edition of the International Cinematographers’ Film Festival Manaki Brothers. D. Spinotti, A.S.C. (American Society of Cinematographers) is this year’s winner of the Golden Camera 300 at the oldest festival in the world dedicated to the directors of photography and cinematographers. Apart from the joint projects with M. Mann and B. Ratne...

17th annual SFF Awards

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photo from SFF official site: http://www.sff.ba/news/show/id/834 Sarajevo Film Festival Proudly Presents Award Winners 201117th SARAJEVO FILM FESTIVAL – OFFICIAL AWARDS COMPETITION PROGRAMME – FEATURE FILM Jury:Jury President:ARI FOLMAN, Director, Israel Jury members:ALBERTO BARBERA, Director of the National Museum of Cinema, ItalyZANA MARJANOVIĆ, Actress, Bosnia and Herzegovina MICHELE OHAYON, Director, producer, writer, USARIZVAN RADULESCU, Scriptwriter and direct...

MOTHERS at SFF 17!

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MOTHERS (2010) by director Milcho Manchevski will screen at the 17th Sarajevo International Film Festival (SFF) 2011. Here find a review of the award-winning film that saw its opening in Toronto at TIFF 2010 and continues to travel to festivals around the globe. MOTHERS, a rave review! Fiction, nonfiction, and everything else in between and without- this is the dizzying dialectic of Milcho Manchevski’s latest film MOTHERS (2010). MOTHERS is a feature film structured as a triptych of three part...

MOTHERS by Milcho Manchevski, Aruba review!

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MM on panel at SIFF 2011 MOTHERS (2010) by director Milcho Manchevski screened at the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) 2011. Here find a review of the award-winning film that saw its opening in Toronto at TIFF 2010, screened at Berlinale 2011, won the prize for best feature at Belgrade International Film Festival 2011 and thereafter traveled to Sofia (SIFF), Istanbul International Film Festival (IFF), Aruba (AIFF) and many others, continuing its international festival journey...

MOTHERS, Aruba review!

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MOTHERS (2010) by director Milcho Manchevski screened at the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) 2011. Here find a review of the award-winning film that saw its opening in Toronto at TIFF 2010, screened at Berlinale 2011, won the prize for best feature at Belgrade International Film Festival 2011 and thereafter traveled to Sofia (SIFF), Istanbul International Film Festival (IFF), Aruba (AIFF) and many others, continuing its international festival journey. MOTHERS, a rave review! ...

MOTHERS by Milcho Manchevski, Aruba review!

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MOTHERS (2010) by director Milcho Manchevski screened at the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) 2011. Here find a review of the award-winning film that saw its opening in Toronto at TIFF 2010 and continues to travel to festivals around the globe. MOTHERS, a rave review! Fiction, nonfiction, and everything else in between and without- this is the dizzying dialectic of Milcho Manchevski’s latest film MOTHERS (2010). MOTHERS is a feature film structured as a triptych of three par...

MOTHERS, Aruba review!

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MOTHERS (2010) by director Milcho Manchevski screened at the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) 2011. Here find a review of the award-winning film that saw its opening in Toronto at TIFF 2010 and continues to travel to festivals around the globe. MOTHERS, a rave review! Fiction, nonfiction, and everything else in between and without- this is the dizzying dialectic of Milcho Manchevski’s latest film MOTHERS (2010). MOTHERS is a feature film structured as a triptych of three pa...

NEWSLETTER N° 513: june 18, 2011

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7 .............                                                                                                                                                          NEWSLETTER N° 513: june 18, 2011 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly  Contact the Editor to Advertise with us  This weekly newsletter reache...

Biography of filmmaker Milcho Manchevski, in focus at Aruba 2nd AIFF

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Milcho Manchevski a film director and screenwriter from Macedonia.wrote and directed the feature films "Before the Rain" (1994), "Dust'" (2001), "Shadows" (2007) and "Mothers" (2011).   "Before the Rain" (1994) won an Academy-Award nomination and thirty awards, including Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice, Independent Spirit, FIPRESCI, UNESCO, best film of the year in Argentina, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, and other awards in Austr...

“Some Other Stories” about motherhood, presented in Sofia by the Slovenian producer Dunja Klemenc

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Dunja Klemenc Some Other Stories is a co-production between Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Ireland. Each of the five segments in the film has been shot by a team from one of the ex Yugoslavia countries. The common theme is that of motherhood and all the five stories place their protagonist in extreme situations where they ask themselves what does it take to be a mother, to give life… especially in a world that is far from hospitable. The stories, the a...

AS IF I AM NOT THERE, interview with Juanita Wilson

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Interview with director Juanita Wilson   Director Juanita Wilson won the Film Award of the Council of Europe (FACE), presented in scope of Human Rights in Cinema competition with her film AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Ireland, Bosnia, 2010). I interviewed with Juanita Wilson at the Marmara Taksim Hotel in Taksim Square on the 20th floor with a stunning view of Istanbul surrounding us. Juanita spoke passionately about her film that has now traveled around the world and which has e...

Interview with director Juanita Wilson

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Director Juanita Wilson won the Film Award of the Council of Europe (FACE), presented in scope of Human Rights in Cinema competition with her film AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Ireland, Bosnia, 2010). I interviewed with Juanita Wilson at the Marmara Taksim Hotel in Taksim Square on the 20th floor with a stunning view of Istanbul surrounding us. Juanita spoke passionately about her film that has now traveled around the world and which has even provoked change in Bosnia to recognize rape as a war crime fo...

AS IF I AM NOT THERE, INTERVIEW

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    Interview with director Juanita Wilson   Director Juanita Wilson won the Film Award of the Council of Europe (FACE), presented in scope of Human Rights in Cinema competition with her film AS IF I AM NOT THERE (Ireland, Bosnia, 2010). I interviewed with Juanita Wilson at the Marmara Taksim Hotel in Taksim Square on the 20th floor with a stunning view of Istanbul surrounding us. Juanita spoke passionately about her film that has now traveled around ...

For the 16th time Lithuania greets the spring with the International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris

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For the 16th time Lithuania greets the spring with the International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris. This year is no exception, but rather a colourful addition to the history of the festival. From the 17th to the 31st of March a fresh gust of films will storm the cinemas promising real emotion without cliches and predictable happy endings. The need for great films is growing with every year, recognising this we will bring more than 130 new films, including the screamers of 2010, to the cinemas of ...

Milcho on MOTHERS at SIFF

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One day before arriving in Sofia, Bulgaria to speak to press about his latest film, MOTHERS, Goran Paskaljevic (above, left) awarded Milcho Manchevski (above, right) the Best Feature award from the 'Europe Out of Europe' section in Belgrade Film Festival March 06, 2011.    Director of newly released in festivals ‘Mothers', Milcho Manchevski explains his film to press in Sofia, Bulgaria at SIFF 2011. March 08, 2011. Because this press conference was given in Bulgarian and ...

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