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B-EST IFF, 4th edition

B-EST IFF, 14th–22nd April 2008 The 4th edition took place at Scala movie theater, with the opening film "Se, Jie" /"Lust, Caution" (Golden Lion, Venice 2007 and nominated at the Golden Globes 2008), directed by Ang Lee. The special guest of the 4th edition was the well-known Polish director Andrzej Zulawski, who presented his film "La Fidelite" (France, 2000), and afterwards answered the questions of the spectator public in a series of Q&A. Andrzej...

Ang Lee will preside over the jury of the Venice Film Festival.

Ang Lee is a two-time Golden Lion winner -- in 2005 for "Brokeback Mountain," and in 2007 for "Lust, Caution" -- Lee. Lee, who was born in Taiwan and trained at NYU Film School, is in post on the comedy "Taking Woodstock," based on the memoir about the leadup to the 1969 Woodstock concert by author Elliot Tiber. While fest organizers declined to confirm whether "Woodstock" -- slated by Focus Features for an Aug.14 U.S. release date -- will unspool at the Lido, a Venice bow in an out-of-competit...

NEWSLETTER N° 389: November 12, 2008

Check out the Festivals posters gallery on Dailies from Montreal Toronto San Sebastian London Cinemed   _____________________________________________________________________________________ LIVE FROM THE FORT LAUDERDALE FILM FESTIVAL Award Winners Announced At FLIFF Finale A Mahon On A Mission Film In Focus: FLING Eli Wallach Honored A...

49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival kicked off with the Wrestler

Faithful to its annual date with cinephiles, the 49th Thessaloniki Film Festival, Greece's grandest and most prestigious event for the 7th art, opens its doors on November the 14th, 2008, bringing about the transformation of the city of Thessaloniki to a youthful hive of life and creative association. Multi-awarded Belgian auteurs Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, heretical Japanese actor and director Takeshi Kitano, unconventional English director Terence Davies, internationally renowned and ...

Zagreb Film Festival Golden Pram and Golden Lion to Slovenia

Every country in the region of ex Yugoslavia today has its own characteristics, recognizable by its style and aesthetics. And each one appeals on a certain type of audience. But the things that all ex Yugoslavian films have in common are serious lack of finances and a past civil war as theme.   Jan Cvitkovič is an established film director from Slovenia, who already won Golden Lion Award in Venice on Mostra 2001 for his feature film, "Kruh i mliko". Cvitkovič’s film &quo...

The Wrestler to open Thessaloniki

49TH THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALATHENS, Greece: November 14-23, 2008THE WRESTLER - OPENING FILMDaren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler, winner of this year’s Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, will open the 49th TIFF on Friday, November 14th. An evocative drama that has justifiably been hailed as Mickey Rourke’s triumphant (and somewhat autobiographical) comeback to the big screen, The Wrestler will be presented in Thessaloniki by Evan Rachel Wood. The young actress, who has been...

Edgar Reitz is Jury President at Mannheim Heidelberg Fest

German film director Edgar Reitz will preside over the International Jury at the 57th Mannheim- Heidelberg Filmfestival 2008. The jury, consisting of Reitz („Heimat“), Alexander Bohr, editor at the German national TV station ZDF, Canadian film producer Paul Martin Hus, Russian Raissa Fomina, the owner of Intercinema, and Jaana Puskala, Head of Promotion at the Finnish Film Commission, will confer the main awards at the Grand Festival Finale on 16 November, among which are the Main Award of M...

Highlights on Manaki Brothers” in Bitola

The International Cinematographers Film Festival “Manaki Brothers” in Bitola is organized by the Macedonian Film Professionals Association (MFPA).Founded 21 May 1950, MFPA represents the interests of film professionals and film authors in our country. Besides looking after its members’ rights and interests, MFPA fosters the professional development and growth of film creativity in the Republic of Macedonia. The Association aims to strengthen Macedonian cinematography and to ensure its cont...

Venice Awards

     Biennale Cinema  65th Venice Film Festival  Official Venezia 65 Awards   Venice, 6th September 2008The Venezia 65 Jury, chaired by Wim Wenders and comprised of  Juriy Arabov, Valeria Golino, Douglas Gordon, Lucrecia Martel, John Landis, and Johnnie To, having viewed all twenty-one films in competition, has decided as follows: GOLDEN LION for Best Film:The Wrestler by Darren Aronofsky (USA) SILVER LION for Best Director to:Aleksey German Jr. for Bumažnyj Soldat (P...

65th Venice Film Festival Official Venezia 65 Awards

The Venezia 65 Jury, chaired by Wim Wenders and comprised of Juriy Arabov, Valeria Golino, Douglas Gordon, Lucrecia Martel, John Landis, and Johnnie To, having viewed all twenty-one films in competition, has decided as follows: GOLDEN LION for Best Film:The Wrestler by Darren Aronofsky (USA) SILVER LION for Best Director to:Aleksey German Jr. for Bumažnyj Soldat (Paper Soldier) (Russia)SPECIAL JURY PRIZE to:Teza by Haile Gerima (Ethiopia, Germany, France)COPPA VOLPI for Best Actor:Silvio Orlan...

The Berlin Buzz Begins

Wednesday, February 6---------As thousands of film professionals and cinemaphiles descended onto the German capital today, the buzz for this year's Berlinale is just beginning. Films in competition and the adjoining sections are already creating some must-see momentum, one day before the Festival officially opens tomorrow evening (with Martin Scorsese and the Rolling Stones on tap, no less). Attention is also being paid to the jury, which this year is headed by filmmaker Constantin Costa-Gavr...

Berlin Film Festival Begins Announcements

 Friday, December 7---------The Berlin Film Festival, which will be held in February 2008, has begun to make announcements that are just now beginning to shape the flavour of one of the world's most important film showcases. News comes from the press office that Constantin Costa-Gavras, the celebrated Greek-born director of such films as Z and MISSING, will head the Competition Jury. The director, known for his ouevre of political and social message films, has won virtually every major film pri...

London Film Festival unveils line up

The Times BFI 51st London Film Festival’s full programme, announced today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, includes 184 features and 133 shorts as well as a host of screen talks, masterclasses and live events. Opening the Festival on Thursday 17 October is the UK premiere of David Cronenberg’s EASTERN PROMISES with Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts and Vincent Cassel, whilst Wes Anderson closes the Festival on November 1 with the UK premiere of THE DARJEELING LIMITED, starring Jason Schwartzma...

Russian Film Festival to launch in London end September

The first Russian Film Festival in London will start on 27 September 2007 at the Apollo West End, Piccadilly Circus. It is organised by Academia Rossica, London, with support from the British Council, Russian Ministry of Culture and the Russian Embassy in London. It will be a high profile cultural event. Showcasing inspiring and provocative award-winning work from a host of internationally established young Russian filmmakers, it will provide a long-awaited opportunity for British audiences to v...

Ang lee wins gold again at Venice awards

The 64th Venice Film Festival came to an end on Saturday 8 September. The awards ceremony took place, along with the Golden Lion of the 75th Anniversary presented to Bernardo Bertolucci, in the Sala Grande at the Palazzo del Cinema. The Golden Lion for Best Film goes to Se, Jie (Lust, Caution) by Ang Lee; the Silver Lion for Best Director goes to Brian De Palma for Redacted; the Special Jury Prize goes to La Graine et le mulet by Abdellatif Kechiche and I’m not There by Todd Haynes. The Volpi ...

64th Venice International Film Festival

The 64th edition of the Venice Film Festival runs August 29th to September 8th, 2007, directed by Marco Müller. The aim of the Festival is to encourage the awareness and the promotion of all the various aspects of international cinema as art, entertainment and industry, in a spirit of freedom and tolerance. The line-up of the Festival includes the following sections: Venezia 64-In Competition, Venezia 64-Out of Competition, Orizzonti, Corto Cortissimo, and Secret History of Italian Cinema 4. A...

Venice Film Festival To Honor Bernardo Bertolucci

 Thursday, August 23--------The Venice International Film Festival has announced that it will honor the filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci with a special achievement award. Bertolucci will receive the 75th Anniversary Golden Lion at the Festival, which opens next week. One of the seminal filmmaker auteurs of the last 50 years, Bernardo Bertolucci was born in the Italian city of Parma. He was the second son of his father, a poet and art historian. Bertolucci began writing at the age of fifteen, and...

First Russian Film festival to launch in London

Russian Film Festival in London 27 September – 3 October 2007: at the Apollo West EndAcademia Rossica, in collaboration with the Russian Ministry of Culture, is delighted to present the first ever Russian Film Festival to be held in the UK.With support from the Russian Embassy in London, the festival will be taking place from the 27th September until 3rd October 2007 at London’s renowned Apollo West End cinema.The Press Preview will be held on 11th September at the Apollo West End.The Russia...

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival awards

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival is pleased to announce the selection of film finalists for its 2007 competition. Over twenty Judges representing the Festival’s Board of Directors chose from 400 films entered into some 700 categories, an approximate 25% increase in submissions. Final judging will take place immediately prior to the Festival and will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner Thursday, October 4th. All films entered into competition are eligible for the (Best of...

The Feminist Cinema of Margarethe Von Trotta

Saturday, March 3-----The Miami International Film Festival has traditionally been a supportive environment for female directors. This year, the Festival is showcasing more than 40 films from women directors from all over the world, including several highly anticipated films from acknowledged film veterans. One such pioneer is the German director Margarethe von Trotta, whose newest film I AM THE OTHER WOMAN (Ich Bin Die Andere) screens this evening as a Gusman Premiere at the Festival's prem...

Venice Wraps with una bella spaghettata in lieu of Lynch

The "Spettacoli" (entertainment) sections of the Italian dailies on Mondy (September 11...) all carried detailed commentaries -- mostly recriminations -- regarding the distribution of awards and other aspects of the festival which wrapped on Saturday. To start with, hardly anyone stuck around for the "Gala Closing Film", Pavel Lounguine’s „The Island -- but cut out quickly and headed for the closing bash at the Excelsior down the road. Pavel may be a fairly big name in Russia but he’s n...

Golden Lion to Sanxia Haoren (Still Life) by Jia Zhang-Ke

The Official Awards of the 63. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica The Venezia 63 Jury of the 63. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica, chaired by Catherine Deneuve and comprised of José Juan Bigas Luna, Paulo Branco, Cameron Crowe, Chulpan Khamatova, Park Chan-wook and Michele Placido, having viewed all twenty-two films in competition, has decided as follows: GOLDEN LION for Best Film: Sanxia Haoren (Still Life) by Jia Zhang-Ke Sanxia haoren was the surprise film in Competi...

Golden Lion to Sanxia Haoren (Still Life) by Jia Zhang-Ke

The Official Awards of the 63. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte CinematograficaThe Venezia 63 Jury of the 63. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica, chaired by Catherine Deneuve and comprised of José Juan Bigas Luna, Paulo Branco, Cameron Crowe, Chulpan Khamatova, Park Chan-wook and Michele Placido, having viewed all twenty-two films in competition, has decided as follows:GOLDEN LION for Best Film:Sanxia Haoren (Still Life) by Jia Zhang-KeSanxia haoren was the surprise film in Competition at...

Venice "Mother of all Film Festivals" activity day by day

With a couple of hours still left to go until the official kick-off of this "Mother of all Film Festivals" activity is feverish along the short stretch of the Lido known as Viale Marconi, the actual location of this oldest of all world film festivals --Now that was rather a mouthful, calling for a bit of elucidation. The first Venice film festival took place way back in 1932 when the Fascist government under Benito Mussolini, taking a page from Lenin, realized that film was a powerful propaganda...

Venice, some leading contenders, including The Queen

The breadth and scope of this festival, the name directors, top stars and prestige films it attracts, all clearly mark it as a five star top drawer event, one of the three or four most important way stations on the annual international film festival circuit. But aside from big names and prestige Hollywood products Venice is also known for its focus on lesser-known auteur directors and for its awarding of prizes to films and performances of high artistic merit. It was here in Venice, for examp...