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Cannes

A Night at the Opera

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I go back quite a way with Gaius Caligula....having studied his crazed life and inevitable death when I was  a Classics Scholar at Balliol, and read his first 'biog'in Latin, what more natural  than that ,during  my third excursion to cover Cannes (for BBC radio and other media), I should have been invited by Andre Previn's movie-exec brother to attend the   very secret and first presentation in the world of the full-length, unexpurgated  film version of Caligula.It was an off-Marke...

Addio, Virginia Dignam

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It was a gloriously sunny day but there was a capacity crowd in the East Chapel in Golders Green Crematorium, in north London, for the Celebration of your life, Virginia Dignam, sometime actress, published poetess, film reviewer on  The Morning Star, and long-serving hard-working Honorary Secretary of the UK Critics' Circle("a shrivel of critics" you used to call us, in your pert and often impertinent way).It would have been your 87th birthday, but you'd left us, after a sudden, sh...

Cannes Jury awarded Hanneke with Love and Palme d'Or for Amour

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Tonight, during the Closing Ceremony of this 65th Festival de Cannes, the official Jury presided over by Nanni Moretti revealed the award winners. Bérénice Bejo hosted Audrey Tautou and Adrien Brody on the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière to award the Palme d’or to the best film among the 22 in Competition.   Claude Miller’s Thérèse Desqueyroux starring Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche and Anaïs Demoustier, was screened at the end of the ceremony. ...

The 15th Cinéfondation award winners revealed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and his Jury

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   The Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury headed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and including Arsinée Khanjian, Karim Aïnouz, Emmanuel Carrère and Yu Lik-Wai, has awarded the 2012 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films. The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 15 student films, chosen out of nearly 1 700 entries coming from 320 film schools around the world.     First Prize: ...

Annual Ischia Global Film & Music Festival 10th anniversary announcements from Cannes

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  The Ischia International Arts Academy along with American Express, BNL-Group, BNP PARIBAS and Planter's are proud to announce that the 10th Annual Ischia Global Film & Music Festival will take place from July 8th through the 15th on several of the most beautiful locations on Ischia, Italy's renowned green island resort (http://www.ischiaglobal.com/). The Festival will launch with the European premiere of Rob Reiner's latest movie, "The Magic of Belle Isle" starring Morgan Fr...

Ischia Film & Music Global Fest Presentation in Cannes

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    2012 ISCHIA GLOBAL FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL TO LAUNCH JULY 8th WITH THE EUROPEAN PREMIERE OF ROB REINER'S THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE'Reiner To Receive Ischia Lifetime Achievement AwardFest Lineup Includes The Italian Premiere of ‘Snow White and the Huntsman'And a 15-Minute World Premiere of  ‘Lovelace' Footage10th Edition of The Fest To Run From July 8th through the 15thCANNES, May 19, 2012 - The Ischia International Arts Academy along with American Express, BNL-Group, BNP ...

Taisia Igumentseva was awarded with the First Cinefondation Prize and €15,000

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RUSSIA’S ‘ROAD TO’ WINS CINEFONDATION AWARD AT 65TH CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL   Managing Director of ROSKINO Catherine Mtsitouridze announced today that the Russian film director Taisia Igumentseva was awarded with the First Cinefondation Prize and €15,000 during the 65th Cannes Film Festival for the short feature film Road To, which she made with the help of the All-Russian State University of Cinema VGIK and Alexey Uchitel’s film studio Rock Films, was supported b...

The Critics' Prizes of Cannes 2012

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The jury composed of film critics presented three prizes. Prize, Official Competition: In the Fog (V tumane) by Sergei Loznitsa. Prize, "Un Certain Regard": Beasts Of The Southern Wild by Benh Zeitlin. Prize, parallel sections: Hold Back (Rengaine) by Rachid Djaïdani (presented in the Directors' Fortnight). Jury members were: Borislav Andjelic, Serbia, president Isabelle Danel, France  Rita di Santo, UK Paola Casella, Italy Ronald Rovers, Netherla...

Russia's "Road To" wins Cinefoundation award

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Jean-Pierre Dardenne who headed the Cinnefoundation and Short Films Jury RUSSIA’S ‘ROAD TO’ WINS CINEFONDATION AWARD AT 65TH CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL  Young Russian Filmmaker Taisia Igumentseva wins E15,000 Managing Director of ROSKINO Catherine Mtsitouridze announced today that the Russian film director Taisia Igumentseva was awarded with the First Cinefondation Prize and €15,000 during the 65th Cannes Film Festival for the ...

Jeff Nichols presents his latest film MUD in competition

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Jeff Nichols © RR It has taken Jeff Nichols just two films to build up a repertoire which many are comparing to that of Terrence Malick. Following on from Shotgun Stories (2007), the director of the much-acclaimed Take Shelter (2011) returns to his native Arkansas with Mud. Stuck on an island in the Mississippi, a mysterious fugitive sets out to find the love of his life with the help of two young boys.   The same closeness to nature, family and tradition...

Amour and Beyond the Hills top critics fave list at Cannes, by Moira Sullivan

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  From the clear blue waves from the Mediterranean washing up on the shore, to a new film by Jackie Chan, and nearly non-stop fireworks every few days, the city of Cannes is nothing less than spectacular in ushering in 12 days of cinema magic at the 65th Cannes Film Festival. This is an inferno of media, fans, celebrities and press. Churches stay open at night, street singers set up stages, and red carpets are out everywhere. Hundreds of people ascend "les steppes"...

Holy Motors: Review by Moira Sullivan

                                            Holy Motors, a film presented in the official selection yesterday at Cannes, is probably in a class of its own and has caused a lot of discussion.  It does need to be discussed, however, and maybe it is the ...

Paper Boy by (Precious) Lee Daniels deals with social injustice

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For his third full-length movie, the director of the critically-acclaimed Precious (2008) has taken his inspiration from a psychological thriller written by journalist Pete Dexter. The Paperboy is above all a reflection on human behaviour. Before US director Lee Daniels finally brought it to the screen, the script of The Paperboy sat for a long time on Pedro Almodóvar’s bedside table. After the Spanish film-maker dropped the project, Lee Daniels picked it up and set out ...

Movie magic in Cannes

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Since I can remember, I have been in love with the magic of the big screen – the magic of movies.   I love how characters come to life on the screen, how their hopes become my hopes, how their happily ever-ever-afters make me feel like such a thing might really be attainable.  I love the high stakes, the excitement, the magic.  That’s what brought me to Cannes.  That is, I believe, what is at the root of why most of us are here working during the film festival.  Many filmmake...

The hommage to Brazil, party fireworks and bubbles

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This year the Festival de Cannes celebrates Brazil as its “special guest country”. Following on from Egypt in 2011, it is the second year in a row that the Festival has shone the spotlight on a great filmmaking nation. The quality of Brazil’s output is clearly on display with four films in Official Selection, plus On the Road by Walter Salles in Competition. A Música segundo Tom Jobim by Nelson Pereira dos Santos, co-directed with Tom Jobim’s granddaughter Dora Jobim, ...

Cannes' Haiti benefit event touches home

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                                  The Carnival in Cannes benefit event on May 18th was presented by Giorgio Armani in support of Sean Penn's J/P HRO, Paul Haggis' Artists for Peace and Justice and Petra Nemcova's Happy Heart's Fund for their united and extraordinary work in Haiti. "Carnival in Cannes" , a  c...

Review of official selection film "Lawless"

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    I saw "Lawless" last night at La Licorne theatre in Cannes La Boca. Directed by John Hillcoat, "Lawless" is an official selection film in the Cannes Film Festival. While the film was captivating and kept you turning your head in fear, and disgust, throughout, it left you feeling little for it and thinking nothing of it. Lawless is based on the Bondurant brothers, who lived in Franklin Country, Virginia during the Depression. The Bondurant...

Off de Cannes

Off de Cannes Short film contes, new talents emerging Party time and awards today and tomorrow

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T   The very rich agenda for the BEFORE Party looks like great fun. Join us for an evening at Atrium beach on the Croisettestarting from 6pm with a press conference, jury members and exclusive guests in attendance, featuring screening, showcasen=, fashion show and many surprises on hand. Filmfestivals.com is a partner of the Contest for short films under 3 minutes. ...

Haiti Carnival in Cannes

Haiti Carnival in Cannes Benefitting J/P HRO, Artists for Peace and Justice & Happy Hearts Fund Presented By Armani CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: (L-R) Actor Sean Penn, model Petra Nemcova and director Paul Haggis attend the Haiti Carnival in Cannes Benefitting J/P HRO, Artists for Peace and Justice & Happy Hearts Fund Presented By Armani during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2012 in Cannes, Fr

Carnaval Haiti

Haiti Carnival in Cannes Benefitting J/P HRO, Artists for Peace and Justice & Happy Hearts Fund Presented By Armani CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 18: Petra Nemcova, actor Paul Haggis and Sean Penn speak onstage at the Haiti Carnival in Cannes Benefitting J/P HRO, Artists for Peace and Justice & Happy Hearts Fund Presented By Armani during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2012 in C

Haiti: Carnival in Cannes

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    The Festival de Cannes celebrated Haiti: Carnival in Cannes Friday night, a benefit event presented by Giorgio Armani in support of Sean Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO), Paul Haggis’ Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) and Petra Nemcova’s Happy Heart’s Fund (HHF), for their united and extraordinary work in Haiti. The charities’ unity reflects their collective belief that more can be ac...

Artisan Festival International World Peace Initiative at the 65th Cannes Film Festival

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Artisan Festival International: World Peace Initiative begins festivities May 16th - 27th this year at Festival de Cannes with tastemaker events, private villa parties, Croisette Galas, and film screenings. The World Cinema Festival is proud to annouce our Official Selections for Cannes:   Forget Paris by Christopher Presswell FABLE (90m, USA) by Maria Restivo Upside Down/ Khalti Doka Varti Paay (80m,India) by Ajay Singh Khaled (90m, USA) by Kervans Barthelem ...

Mira Staleva: “Jamie King will present the platform for online distribution VODO”

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How did “Sofia Meetings” exact­ly help in the production of movies of young Bulgarian filmmakers and in finding partners? It helped in establishing contacts with extremely helpful and experienced people, with sharing of the experiences of these people by raising the level of writing the screenplays, screenwriting development, the basics of the regula­tion mechanisms for doing co-produc­tions. It turned into a know-how on how to do the things and how they happen. Which a...
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