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 Edie is a 2017 British drama film directed by Simon Hunter and written by Elizabeth O'Halloran. Discovered at the SBIFF not to be forgotten.

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Deborah Theaker, Gerald and 'the Unflappable'!

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I am delighted to finally post my long awaited interview of the talented, witty and busy (wow! Check out her credits!) TV and film actress Deborah Theaker. Read our informative and funny UCAP interview below.     ME: Hi Deborah. Thanks for being here. First, can you speak about how you got into acting? Was it something you always knew you wanted to do?     DEBORAH: I was always into movies and entertainment since I was kne...

Rio International Film Festival 2010 Awards

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The 12th annual Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, which comes to a close tomorrow night after a packed fifteen days of screenings and market events, held its Première Brasil awards this evening, Tuesday October 5, to bestow its Redentor trophy (sculpted on Rio’s famous Christ statue) on those new Brazilan films and documentaries considered the best by the official jury and public. The votes were cast on the films selected for competition in the festival’s flagship PremièreBrasil section which ...

The Dark Humor of Pablo Larrain

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  The Chilean director Pablo Larrain has become one of the true unique voices in contemporary Latin American cinema. In 2008, his ambitious debut TONY MANERO debuted at the New York Film Festival and became an international hit on the film festival circuit. Adopting the name of the lead character played by John Travolta in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, the film told a darkly comic tale of a serial killer in the turbulent 1970s who is obsessed with the musical film and enters a look-alike contes...

First Cinema Tropical Awards 2010 Celebrates Top Tens of the Decade

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By Maria Esteves – October 4, 2010The First Cinema Tropical Awards 2010 will commence on Friday, October 22, at the Times Center, New York. Cinema Tropical created by Carlos A. Gutiérrez and Monika Wagenberg, the awards are presented in partnership with Voces, Latino Heritage Network of The New York Times, IFC Center, Jorge Pinto Books, BOMB Magazine, and Americas Society. This year's awards honoring the ten best Latin American films of the decade (2000-2009) will showcase at the IFC Center,...

Wiesbaden Exground filmfest highlights

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Film fans from near and far should note down a date in their calendars: Between November 12 and November 21, 2010, exground filmfest in Wiesbaden – one of Germany‘s most important independent festivals – presents 220 highlights from the current range of independently produced short and feature films. These were selected from more than 2000 submissions from 89 countries, from Algeria to Zimbabwe. Among them are 8 world premieres, 3 international premieres, 8 Europe premieres, and 33 Germa...

The Dark Humor of Pablo Larrain

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The Chilean director Pablo Larrain has become one of the true unique voices in contemporary Latin American cinema. In 2008, his ambitious debut TONY MANERO debuted at the New York Film Festival and became an international hit on the film festival circuit. Adopting the name of the lead character played by John Travolta in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, the film told a darkly comic tale of a serial killer in the turbulent 1970s who is obsessed with the musical film and enters a look-alike contest to boot. ...

Montreal’s Festival du nouveau cinéma line up

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Montreal’s Festival du nouveau cinéma celebrates its 39th edition from October 13 to 24. Once again this year, the Festival will delight you with a spectacular lineup, more than ever in tune with real-life changes in the film landscape and new technologies. Features and shorts, fiction and documentary, animation, retrospectives, tributes, professional panels, outdoor interactive installations and events will be served up over 12 days, for all audiences. Over 295 films from 51 countries, inclu...

The Last Rites of Ransom Pride an Authentic Western

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The Last Rites of Ransom Pride, an Authentic Western film By Ron Gilbert When you enter a theater to watch a film, it should you really want it to be an experience. So best not to read the press kit or the other film festival reviews. because you do not want to prejudice your reactions to the film if possible. So I went to a late night screening at the Laemmle Sunset Five Theatres to see The Last Rites of Ransom Pride. From the opening shot of the film I knew that this was goi...

Reeling 2010: The Chicago G&L Film Festival

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Reeling 2010: The 29th Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film FestivalNovember 4 - 13Reeling 2010, the second-oldest lesbian and gay film festival in the world, opens its 29th year on November 4th, showcasing innovative gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender films from around the world. Reeling will take place at Landmark's Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark St.), the Festival's home base at Chicago Filmmakers (5243 N. Clark St.) and, for the first time in festival history, Instituto Cervan...

Black Sheep

Director: Humberto Hinojosa.
José and Kumbia work as sheepherds at Leandro’s ranch. They’re sick of his bad treatment and their own helplessness. So they come up with a plan to change their future: steal the herd and sell it at the Mexican- American border. But Leandro’s son Jeronimo is always at their heels, and will do anything to get them. He knows that the loss of a single sheep will cost a shepherd his job. Their plan come under greatest threat when José´s first love, María, comes back between Jeronimo and José...

LIMINAL still alive after 2 years on circuit!

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I'm amazed and delighted that my short LIMINAL continues to get selected and receive awards since its debut in October, 2008 in Cancun, Mexico. It screened recently at the Toronto Independent FF and will have screenings at the upcoming Flint FF and Great Lakes International FF. This Saturday, the US Embassy in Uruguay is accepting four awards at the Award Ceremony at Punta del Este FF sponsored by Annual Program Without Frontiers, in the categories of: Best Direction; Best Fiction; Best Actres...

Mexico: International Film Festival of Guanajuato (formerly Expresion en Corto)

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Considered the largest film festival in Mexico the Expresion en Corto Short Film Festival run annually since 1997 has morphed this year into the International Film Festival of Guanajuato. Held from July 22 – August 2, the festival has further expanded drawing more visitors and adding more programs in spite of economic constraints. According to the latest figures, an audience of close to 90 000 attended this primarily publicly funded festival which received about 2500 submissions from more than...

Somewhere by Sofia Coppola takes Golden Lion in Venice

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The 67th Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, ran 1st to 11th September 2010 at Venice Lido.5 International Juries assigned the official awards of the Festival 2010.The Venezia 67 Jury, chaired by Quentin Tarantino and comprised of Guillermo Arriaga, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Arnaud Desplechin, Danny Elfman, Luca Guadagnino, Gabriele Salvatores, having viewed all twenty-four films in competition, has decided as follows: GOLDEN LION for Best Film:SOMEWHERE by Sofi...

Telluride 37 draws to a close

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Today marks the close of the 37th Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve. Two surprise “Sneak Previews” joined the previously announced list of twenty-four feature films that played in the Festival’s main program; thirteen documentaries in the Backlot program; twenty-five new short films; and six revivals selected by Guest Director Michael Ondaatje. Telluride Film Festival’s celebration of art and film, set amongst the beauty of the Rockies, opened Friday, Septe...

47 European films receive EFP Film Sales Support for Toronto

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For the 6th year in a row, European Film Promotion (EFP) is assisting the marketing campaigns of European films through its Film Sales Support scheme (FSS) at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which runs September 9 - 19. Backed by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, 25 different European sales agents and two production companies are benefitting from the financial help for the promotion of 47 films this year. With an annual programme of close on 120 European fil...

Telluride Film Festival opens today, program just revealed

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Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve, is proud to announce its 2010 Festival program. Twenty-four new feature films presented by their creators in the Festival’s main program; six programs curated by 2010 Festival Guest Director Michael Ondaatje; twenty-five new short films; plus thirteen documentaries screening in the Backlot program. Celebrating works from over twenty countries, Telluride Film Festival opens today, Friday, September 3 and runs through Monday, Sep...

IFF Bratislava presents All at the beach!

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Aside from its competition sections IFF Bratislava each year presents three focus sections. One of them is All at the beach! dedicated to films connected to the ocean the beach and the unique aura these places create. The section will include one program conceived of eight European shorts and nine feature films (most of them never screened in Slovakia):Agua fría de mar, Paz Fabrega - Costa Rica, 2010Alamar, Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio - Mexico, 2009Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi (A Scene at the Sea)...

Call for Entires - Accolade Competition - November 19th, 2010

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Deadline: November 19th, 2010 Now in its eighth year, top-tier, international awards competition, The Accolade, announces its Call for Entries for filmmakers, television producers and videographers. Download entry form at www.accoladecompetition.org. The Accolade is unique; it is an awards competition, not a traditional film festival. Awards go to those filmmakers, television producers and videographers who produce fresh, standout entertainment, animation and compelling docum...

The Invocation is provocative

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Emmanuel Itier provokes in  “The Invocation” by Ron Gilbert Emmanuel and I sat down in his suite at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood to discuss his journey. I have known him for over 20 years and after seeing his film, The Invocation, I discovered what I didn’t know about him. So we let the fur fly on this interview and there were no holds barred.  RGEmmanuel I just want you to know that since we are very close friends you can let me know about anything that you do not want me to pu...

The Invocation is very provocative

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"Emmanuel Itier provokes in  “The Invocation” by Ron Gilbert Emmanuel and I satdown in his suite at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood to discuss his journey. I have known him for over 20 yearsand after seeing his film, The Invocation, I discovered what I didn’t knowabout him. So we let the fur fly on this interview and there were no holdsbarred.  RGEmmanuel I just wantyou to know that since we are very close friends you can let me know aboutanything that you do not want me to pu...

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...

Horizontes Award

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Eleven latin american films to contend for the Horizontes Award 'Abel', opera prima from Diego Luna produced by Gael García Bernal, will open Horizontes Latinos Eleven movies from different Latin American countries will contend for the Horizontes Award and its 35,000 Euros at the 58th San Sebastian Festival. At this event, the Horizontes Latinos section showcases a selection of the most interesting and innovating Latin American films made over the last twelve months, wit...

"The New York International Latino Film Festival", July 27 to August 1, 2010

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Bienvenido to "The 11th Annual New York International Latino Film Festival", presented by HBO!  Get out of the hot sun and into a cool theater by supporting international filmmakers who will be showcasing dozens of films at SVA and Chelsea Cinemas from July 27 to August 1st.  While "The Dry Land" starring America Ferrara and Wilmer Valderrama will open the NYILFF this Tuesday, July 27,  films entitled "Accountable" to "Yanindara" and over 100 others...

Another Planet

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Director: Ferenc Moldovanyi.
“Expanding upon themes he explored in Children: Kosovo 2000 (SDFF 24), Ferenc Moldoványi’s latest documentary is at once hypnotically beautiful and acutely disturbing. Shot over a two-year period in four countries on four continents—Ecuador (South America), Mexico (North America), Democratic Republic of Congo (Africa), and Cambodia (Asia)—Another Planet unfolds as a cinematic tone poem in the tradition of Koyaanisqatsi, exposing the unequal distribution of wealth around the world as a major humanitarian crisis. Framed by pastoral sequences in which a Tarahumara shaman imparts a dream of paradise on earth, the film moves quickly and seamlessly between the lives of seven children inextricably linked by their shocking and tragic experiences of daily exploitation and abuse. We meet lonely, aimless urchins, barely eking out a living on the streets. We see child laborers toiling in brick factories, garbage dumps, and brothels, only to be beaten when business is down. And perhaps most harrowing of all, we get to know the child soldiers of Congo as they are turned into killing machines. Throughout this journey, Moldoványi’s unwavering vision reminds us of the eternal coexistence of beauty and horror all over the world. Informed by the haunting cinematography of Tibor Máthé as well as Tibor Szemzö’s ethereal soundtrack, Another Planet crosses cultural boundaries to forge a commentary on the human condition as damning as it is open-ended.” 31st Starz Denver International Film Festival Official Catalogue "This globe-spanning film hits hard on many levels—visually, intellectually, emotionally. Beautifully shot in Ecuador, Mexico, Africa and Asia, Moldoványi’s film presents images that sparkle in the eye even as they punch you in the heart. Moldoványi introduces us to children in Cambodia, Ecuador, Mexico and the Democratic Republic of Congo, each of whom is struggling to survive. Working long hours, often in dangerous and dirty conditions, these children show us a side of existence that many have never seen or even imagined. While many in the US hold childhood as a special and protected time of nurtured innocence, this film reminds us all that for many children life is a brutal and precarious game of survival. With subjects that include children scavenging dumps for recyclables, child soldiers and child sex workers, this film offers a sympathetic and unblinking eye. The children themselves are our strongest storytellers, and they open up to Moldoványi’s camera to give us their own perspective. Their frankness astonishes as they talk matter-of-factly about their jobs and the consequences of not earning. The children either are at the mercy of adults—often the parents who force them to work and beat them when they don’t earn enough—or have been abandoned by adults altogether. While the film is not a gentle journey, it imagines a better world, a greater one. The filmmaker relies on your humanity and empathy to be moved by these children, while never directly suggesting a call to action. This film offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore another planet, a trip definitely worth taking." SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival

Greg Marcks on Echelon Conspiracy!

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  Director Greg Marcks speaks about his nail-biting international thriller Echelon Conspiracy (2009), starring Shane West, Ed Burns, Martin Sheen, Ving Rhames and Jonathan Pryce. Plus, he relates his humorous experience with David Lynch on the set of Inland Empire (2006).   ME: First of all, I saw your Ernest Hemingway quote: 'Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.' Love it! So, Greg! Your film features a...

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