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Hallo Durban

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My annual pilgrimage to the Durban International Film Festival kicked off on 20 July. I went straight to the media briefing at the Blue Waters Hotel where I chatted to Oliver Hermanus and Deon Lotz, director and star of last year's Beauty. This year Hermanus is part of the international jury and Lotz can be seen in the much anticipated Sleeper's Wake, which is having its world premiere in Durban. Lotz also told me that the film has been accepted for Toronto! I saw two film...

Two Sofia Meetings' films win at Karlovy Vary

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Sofia's Last Ambulance is on a winning spree! Last night Iliyan Metev's film was awarded with Best Documentary Award for a title over 30 min. long at Karlovy Vary IFF. After receiving Canal 4's special Visionary award from the Critics' Week at Cannes, Sofia's Last Ambulance triumphed in the Documentary Competition at the Czech festival. Iliyan Metev's film is another successful Sofia Meetings' project and is selected next for the Sarajevo IFF. Another film that was presented duri...

Excellence Award Moët & Chandon to Charlotte Rampling

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  Charlotte Rampling © Courtesy of I, Anna 2012. Photographer Kerry Brown. The Festival del film Locarno will present an Excellence Award Moët & Chandon to the English actress Charlotte Rampling. The award ceremony will take place on the Locarno Festival’s opening night on Wednesday 1 August on the Piazza Grande. The following day the public will have the opportunity to participate in a conversation with Charlotte Rampling. To mark the occasion the Festival del film Locarno will...

Carax rides supreme in Karlovy Vary with Holly Motors in a trio of depressants

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KVIFF CAPSULE REVIEWS by Alex Deleon   The competition film “Zabic Bobra" (To Kill a Beaver) by Polish director Jan Jakub Kolski is a grisly psychological drama that tries to show what it is like inside the head of a returning professional soldier who cannot readjust to everyday life. Kolski, 56, has been described as a master of Polish “magical realism” and is certainly one of the few directors of his generation who can be called an auteur. At his press conference Kolski said ...

The Durban International Film Festival returns

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The Durban International Film Festival returns for its 33rd year to celebrate the magic of cinema in all its beauty and diversity. From the 19th to the 29th July, Durban will be illuminated by the glow of the silver screen, with over 290 screenings in 10 venues across the city. Alongside world-class cinema from across the globe, comprising 80 feature films, 40 documentaries and 45 short films, the festival offers a comprehensive workshop and seminar programme that facilitates the sharing...

The 11th New York Asian Film Festival launches this week

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    The New York Asian Film Festival (June 29 - July 15) returns !   The opening night film is Pang Ho-cheung’s astonishingly filthy, extremely hilarious VULGARIA, a movie about making movies, shot in just 12 days, all about gangsters named Brother Tyrannosaur, sleazy lawyers, the sex film industry, and men who love donkeys a little too much. The Hollywood Reporter calls it a “...laugh-out-loud, aptly titled comedy.” Pang himself, Hong Kong's hottest young director, will be a gues...

Apichatpong Weerasethakul will preside the Jury for the Locarno competition

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Thai director, screenwriter, producer and videomaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul will be Jury President for the Concorso internazionale (International competition) at the 65th Festival del film Locarno.   © Chaisiri Jiwarangsan Born in 1970, Apichatpong Weerasethakul holds a degree in Architecture from Khon Kaen University and a Master of Fine Arts in filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Apichatpong Weerasethakul has come to be recognized as one of the most original v...

REALITY (2012), official selection at Cannes

Press conference of the Italian film REALITY (2012), official selection at Cannes. Matteo GARRONE - Director  photo by Vanessa McMahon 

REALITY (2012), official selection at Cannes

Press conference of the Italian film REALITY (2012), official selection at Cannes. Matteo GARRONE - Director  photo by Vanessa McMahon 

REALITY (2012), official selection at Cannes

Press conference of the Italian film REALITY (2012), official selection at Cannes    photo by Vanessa McMahon 

REALITY (2012), official selection at Cannes

Press conference of the Italian film REALITY (2012), official selection at Cannes    photo by Vanessa McMahon 

REALITY (2012), official selection at Cannes

Press conference of the Italian film REALITY (2012), official selection at Cannes    photo by Vanessa McMahon 

REALITY (2012), official selection at Cannes

Press conference of the Italian film REALITY (2012), official selection at Cannes    photo by Vanessa McMahon 

Los Angeles Film Festival 2012 with Woody Allen

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On the opening day of the The Los Angeles Film Festival, the day was filled with excitement  with fans packing the streets and watching the parade and honoring the Stanley Cup champions. The LA Kings but movie fans were looking forward to Oscar winner Woody Allen appearing and presenting his romantic new film”To Rome with Love”. So love was in the air all over downtown Los Angeles with smiling faces , the red carpet and the film fans and lovers of Hollywood. The LAFF direc...

Los Angeles Film Festival 2012 with Woody Allen

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On the opening day of the The Los Angeles Film Festival  , the day was filled with excitement  with fans packing the streets and watching the parade and honoring the Stanley Cup champions .The LA Kings but movie fans were looking forward to Oscar winner Woody Allen appearing and presenting his romantic new film”To Rome with Love”.So love was in the air all over downtown Los Angeles with smiling faces , the red carpet and the film fans and lovers of Hollywood. The LAFF directors were very s...

Los Angeles Film Festival 2012 with Woody Allen

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On the opening day of the The Los Angeles Film Festival , the day was filled with excitement with fans packing the streets and watching the parade and honoring the Stanley Cup champions .The LA Kings but movie fans were looking forward to Oscar winner Woody Allen appearing and presenting his romantic new film”To Rome with Love”.So love was in the air all over downtown Los Angeles with smiling faces , the red carpet and the film fans and lovers of Hollywood. The LAFF directors were very sma...

Everything's Coming Up Docs!

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Suddenly this summer documentary festivals seem to be mushrooming across England.On the eve of Cannes I attended a crowded croissants and coffees Launch for the Sheffield DocFest, in the smart offices of the The Guardian newspaper in Kings Place, on the fast-developing side of the Kings Cross railway station.It was a very professional presentation by the Festival Board and programmers with many clips of selected entries, and ample footage of previous festivals which seem to have filled t...

A Touch of Glamour at Cinema City

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Cinema City festival marked the previous day to the last seat filled with screenings, films especially the local cinema! The attention of students and young filmmakers are particularly preoccupied with the two competition selection Up to 10,000 bucks section for low budget films and Educons Hungry Days. Their art and charisma, especially director Dresen left a very positive impression and charmed the audience of the Festival. Beside the film program in recent days visitors enjoye...

Master Class at Cinema City

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Cinema City Festival 2012 gathers some of the most significant European names from the world of film, they are passing on valuable knowledge, experiences to a young Serbian filmmaker, but also to those already considered to be successful professionals. For the first time Serbia hosts board members of the prestigious European Film Academy, the most significant film institution in Europe along with numerous directors and producers. The third day of Cinema City went by very quickly, honorin...

My next festival trip: Novi Sad, Serbia i will give a mastercass on festivals and take part to EFA Board Meeting

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Novi Sad is a city with an urban story, remarkable cultural tradition and a place where many cultural projects and manifestations came into being. A dynamic and young city, it grows ambitiously towards high European standards while creating new cultural symbols. The liveliness of the city greatly depends on numerous festival manifestations that take place over the year and attract tourists from the region and the world. Through its volume, ambitions and popularity, certainly the m...

Jeremy Irons speaks about 'TRASHED' (2012) at 65th Cannes!

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  On May 21st, 2012 at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, docu-director Candida Brady and Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons presented their film ‘TRASHED’ (2012) in the Salle Bunuel theater to press. The film is about the horrific state of plastic and garbage, the ever looming and impossible to ignore eco-crises of our planet, which is being consumed by its own waste. Q and A with Jeremy Irons. Q: Where does your desire to make this environmental documentary come from? ...

Jeremy Irons speaks about 'TRASHED' (2012) at 65th Cannes!

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  On May 21st, 2012 at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, docu-director Candida Brady and Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons presented their film ‘TRASHED’ (2012) in the Salle Bunuel theater to press. The film is about the horrific state of plastic and garbage, the ever looming and impossible to ignore eco-crises of our planet, which is being consumed by its own waste.   Q and A with Jeremy Irons.   Q: Where does your desire to make this environmental ...

Bruno Chatelin Keynote at W3C

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The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international community where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop open standards to ensure the long-term growth of the Web. I was recently asked to give a  30 minutes keynote about the links between Web and Cinema. The presentation took place in Nice the day before the opening of Cannes, I called it "Web and Cinema friends or foes" W3C President Tim Berners-Lee was...

Off de Cannes event

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At the end of April 2012,  Nosce te ipsum (Know Thyself, in Latin) was projected in preview in La Jetée's projection room (headquarters of Sauve-Qui-Peut le Court Métrage, the organization which makes possible Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival) in front of 140 people who welcomed it benevolently. A month later, the film was projected on Carlton Beach during the Off de Cannes event, Cannes, France. The jury, chaired by Max Howard (producer of The Lion King), gave us ...

INSTITUTO MEXICANO DE CINEMATOGRAFIA at 65th Cannes Film Festival!

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  Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal at Cannes, 2012 CINETECA NACIONAL MEXICANO INSTITUTO MEXICANO DE CINEMATOGRAFIA at 65th Cannes Film Festival! Official Press Release: MEXICO’S NEW CINETECA NACIONAL UNVEILED FOR THE FIRST TIME TO THE INTERNATIONAL FILM INDUSTRY OFFERING NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR FILMMAKERS AND AUDIENCES CANNES – Sunday 20 May 2012. The restoration and redevelopment of Mexico’s Cineteca Nacional, the country’s state-owned archive and cinémath...
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