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Back to Byzantium: Turkish Delights at the 31st Instanbul Film Festival

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Whatever name you call it- Constantinople or Byzantium- or however you spell it    (Graham Greene's Orient Express-connected novel, also filmed, styled it Stamboul Train), modern Istanbul is unquestionably a world city, a beautiful bustling megalopolis, literally joining Asia to Europe, and the only capital that has a leg in two continents. A fascinating fusion of ancient, medieval, religious and secular architecture and cultures, cuisine and  and stylish contemporary design and fashion, w...

The jury of Montreal World in action

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Australian actress Greta Scacchi will preside over an international jury of film personalities from around the world. Her fellow jurists:  Véra Belmont, one of France's top producers, began her career as an actress but quickly sensed that her talent lay not in front of the camera but behind it. In 1966 she produced Paul Vecchiali's The Devil's Tricks and over four decades...

Oldenburg Film Festival honors Phedon Papamichael with a Retrospective

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Oldenburg Film Festival honors Award Winning Director and Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael with a Retrospective “I’d rather work on a good movie than a good-looking movie. I think if someone said ‘that was a good-looking movie’ I’d feel like I’d failed to do my job because they became conscious of it.” Phedan Papamichael   God Bless America This personal credo of one of modern cinemas greatest cinematographers resonates throughout his increasingly extraordinar...

Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy highlights

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 Finland’s largest film festival, the Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy, is organized for the 25th time from September 20th until 30th, 2012. The year of celebration brings along a quality programme consisting of more than 180 feature films and 80 short films. An exceptionally big part of the programme comprises of films screened in Finland exclusively at HIFF. The Opening Film of HIFF 2012 is the appraised BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD. The visual masterpiece...

The OFF DE CANNES team meeting spot at Carlton Bar

Ayden Ramin, Direcstar TV presentor, join the OFF DE CANNES team with SAS princess Esther Kamatari, from Boulogne-Billancourt Hotel de Ville, and Bruno Gaccio, Canal+. Ayden sign the golden book to support the event for films, music and fashion shows.

LETS BEGIN OFF DE CANNES 2012

During the OFF DE CANNES PARTY in ATRIUM BEACH, President Max Howard explains to Alain Zirah and Bruno Chatelin how he'll speak to the jury for the challenge.

FEST begins at 40!

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What makes a festival successful? Great films and great audiences, and Belgrade's 40th FEST had both in spades- indeed, the event was such a hit, it was extended by a day to accommodate a last-minute regional premiere for The Artist, fresh from its triumph at the Oscars in Hollywood(and in keeping with its immaculate organisation, there was even an advance press screening of the French 'surprise' gift to Belgrade's enormous audiences. For the event is centred in what must be one of...

Locarno Carte Blanche Award 2012

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Thanks to IMCINE, the Mexican Film Institute, and with the support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), the Festival del film Locarno's Carte Blanche – initiative that offers a showcase for a number of films in post-production from a given country, dedicated this year to Mexico ¬– has shown seven films, each introduced by its producer, to the various international sales agents and festival programmers who pa...

Ted Hope appointed Executive Director of San Francisco Film Society

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Ted Hope, one of the film industry’s most respected and prolific figures, has been named executive director of the San Francisco Film Society (SFFS), effective September 1, 2012. In a surprise move, the veteran film producer and one of the most influential individuals in independent film will embark upon a new chapter in his professional life, leaving New York City, where he produced independent films through his companies Good Machine, This is that corporation and Double Hope Films, t...

Twelve titles to compete in the “Horizontes Latinos” section at San Sebastian Festival

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  The "Horizontes Latinos" programmes at the 60th edition of the San Sebastian Festival includes the works of twelve filmmakers from Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia. A selection of films to have competed or been presented at important international festivals, but which have not yet been screened at a Spanish festival or commercially released in our country. The latest work by Carlos Reygadas, one of the best known Mexican filmmakers on the international...

Spike Lee winner of the Jaeger-LeCoultre 2012 award in Venice

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American filmmaker Spike Lee is the winner of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2012 award of the Venice International Film Festival   The Biennale di Venezia and Jaeger-LeCoultre announce that the great American director, screenwriter, actor and producer Spike Lee has been awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2012 award of the Venice International Film Festival, dedicated a personality who has brought great innovation to contemporary cinema.   The Direc...

Board Member updates: Volker Schlöndorff to give master class at MWFF

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Volker Schlöndorff to give master class at MWFF The noted German director, board member of the prestigious European Film Academy, Volker Schlöndorff, will give a master class at the upcoming Montreal World Film Festival it was announced. “Volker Schlöndorff is one of key members of the New German Cinema, that group of young filmmakers who, with talent, imagination and a daring choice of subjects, radically changed postwar German cinema,” said MWFF President Serge Losique. “...

The EFA Ambassadors

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  Moritz Bleibtreu actor, Germany One of the best-known German faces in international cinema, Moritz Bleibtreu first shot to international attention as Manni in Tom Tykwer’s RUN LOLA RUN (1998). He was nominated in 2001 for the EFA People’s Choice Award for THE EXPERIMENT by Oliver Hirschbiegel and is now nominated for European Actor for his role as Andreas Baader in THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX by Uli Edel. ...

EFA Board members Elected for 2012

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The President: Wim Wenders, Director, Germany Wim Wenders attended the Academy of Film & Television in Munich, worked as a film critic for various German publications, and was a founding member of Filmverlag der Autoren. In 1976 he set up his own production company, Road Movies, and, in 2002, Reverse Angle. Often hailed as one of the most important German directors on the international scene, Wenders has received various international awards, including the Golden Lion (TH...

Volker Schlöndorff to give master class at MWFF

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The noted German director, board member of the prestigious European Film Academy, Volker Schlöndorff, will give a master class at the upcoming Montreal World Film Festival it was announced. “Volker Schlöndorff is one of key members of the New German Cinema, that group of young filmmakers who, with talent, imagination and a daring choice of subjects, radically changed postwar German cinema,” said MWFF President Serge Losique. “It is a great privilege to be hosting his master...

Luciano TOVOLI received LIFETIME ACHIEVMENT GOLDEN CAMERA 300 at this year’s 33rd ICFF Manaki Brot

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Italian Luciano TOVOLI is the winner of the prestigious award LIFETIME ACHIEVMENT GOLDEN CAMERA 300 at this year’s 33rd ICFF Manaki Brothers – Bitola. The international Cinematographers Film Festival Manaki Brothers - Bitola and Vip operator, the official festival partner, this year award one of the greatest cinematographers of the Italian and world cinematography – Luciano TOVOLI, whose exceptionally fruitful opus rightfully places him among the members of the Club of Greats of the Man...

Best of Cannes: video part 2

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Gosta Oelstrom - Anne Sophie Tremel - Sophia Rahmoun ...

Hot docs at Diff

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My fifth and last day at the cinematic wonderland that is DIFF consisted of three documentaries. The films are very diverse - two were made by Western filmmakers and the third one is by an Iranian who was stopped from filming his latest film and this doccie was smuggled out of Iran on a flash drive hidden in a cake! I kicked off my day with Semisweet: Life in chocolate that focuses on 4 different stories about chocolate - the top chocolatier in France, a spiritual couple's chocolates fro...

Carte Blanche 2012: Focus on Mexico © Festival del film Locarno

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The Festival del film Locarno's Carte Blanche offers a showcase for a number of films in post-production, from a different country in Asia, Africa, Latin America or South-East Europe. This year, Carte Blanche is dedicated to Mexico. The initiative is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). Thanks to IMCINE, the Mexican Film Institute, seven films in post-production have been chosen for the sophomore edition...

Controversial video of Michael Moore on Canada

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This video we shot from Michael Moore's press conference in Cannes 2007 has generated other  a 1000 comments, amazing how Michael generates such controversy on each film. We love it, I hope you do too. ...

Karlovy Vary 2012, echoes and encores, with a Certain Geriatric Regard!

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Besides the customary unveiling of new and upcoming talent from far and wide which is the hallmark of this festival,  Karlovy 2012 provided such an extensive look at film history that these selections alone could have constituted an entire festival on their own.  Among digitally restored new prints of landmark old films were Fellini's "La Strada, 1954, which among other things made burly actor Anthony Quinn into an arthouse icon, and Miloš Forman's "Fireman's Ball" (1967) the...

A whole new world at DIFF

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Film allows you to see the world without leaving your seat. My third day at DIFF took me from Lisbon to a farm in Africa, the Deep South, the Philippines and Paris. Dark clouds rolled into Durban yesterday, but the sun always shines at the movies (thank you A-Ha). My first film was the wonderful black and white Portuguese film, Tabu. The competition film is filled with nostalgia. It is set in modern-day Lisbon and in 1930s colonial Africa. It is a wonderful love story remi...

The good, the bad and the ugly

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Day 2 of DIFF was a day of extremes. It was wonderful to see all the film fans studying their guides - some of the guides visibly well-read. I watched three films today and they are very diverse. Chicken with plums (Poulet aux prunes) premiered at Venice. It is a beautiful love story of a musician, played by Mathieu Amalric of The Diving Belle and the butterfly fame, who can't get over the loss of his violin and he decides to rather die. It sounds like a depressing film but it is in...

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