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NEWSLETTER N° 481: October 22, 2010

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Pusan International Film Festival wrapped after 9 days of journey.

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T The 15th Pusan International Film Festival comes to an end after 9 days of journey. Two South Korean productions won the major awards at Asia's top film festival Friday, lauded for their richly evocative reflections of modern Korean society. Park Jung-Bum's "The Journals of Musan" and Yoon Sung-Hyun's "Blea...

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

Daniel Iron and Ruba Nadda

  Daniel Iron and Ruba Nadda appear on the red carpet at Aruba IFF to premier their film Cairo Time starring Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig In Cairo on her own as she waits for her husband, Juliette finds herself caught in a whirlwind romance with his friend Tareq, a retired cop. As Tareq escorts Juliette around the city, they find themselves in the middle of a brief affair that ca

NEWSLETTER N° 440: November 12, 2009

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.............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 440: November 12, 2009 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites. How to use FestivalExpress our new online submission suite for festivals and filmmakers. THE NEXT FESTIVAL DAILIES ON FEST21.COM AFI Fest, Fort Lauderdale, Cairo Fest, Festival d'Arra...

Inaugural Chapman University │Pusan West │Filmmaker Showcase To Take Place November 20-22, 2009

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Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, recognized as one of the premiere film schools in the United States announced a groundbreaking partnership with South Korea's Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), Asia's largest film festival, to launch a first-of-its-kind filmmaker showcase that will bring select Korean films and filmmakers from PIFF to the U.S. The announcement was jointly made today by Dodge College Dean Bob Bassett and PIFF Director Lee Yong-Kwan.   ...

"The message" will close 14th Pusan

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Pusan International Film Festival runs October 8th - 16th, 2009 Pusan IFF will screen a total of 355 films from 70 countries (record number)143 World & International Premieres (record number)97 World Premieres (72 feature films, 25 short films)46 International Premieres (41 feature films, 5 short films)All New Currents and Fast Forward screenings are World & International Premieres.5 Post-production Fund projects and 11 AND Fund projects selected by the Asian CinemaFund (ACF) will be screening. ...

Pusan International Film Festival runs October 8th - 16th, 2009

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This year, the Pusan International Film Festival provides a wonderful opportunity to experience present and future Hong Kong cinema through the Special Program (Johnnie To: The Hood in the City) on the cinematic icon of Hong Kong, Johnnie TO. This program offers a close look at his vision, which combines classical elegance with modern sophistication, as well as the evolving aspect of romantic masculinity in his movies. Ten of TO's films will be shown in the program, which also includes a semin...

14th Pusan focuses on Johnnie To

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Pusan International Film Festival will run October 8th - 16th, 2009Special Programs in FocusThis year, the Pusan International Film Festival provides a wonderful opportunity to experience present and future Hong Kong cinema through the Special Program (Johnnie To: The Hood in the City) on the cinematic icon of Hong Kong, Johnnie TO. This program offers a close look at his vision, which combines classical elegance with modern sophistication, as well as the evolving aspect of romantic masculinity ...

14th Pusan focuses on Johnnie To

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Pusan International Film Festival will run October 8th - 16th, 2009Special Programs in FocusThis year, the Pusan International Film Festival provides a wonderful opportunity to experience present and future Hong Kong cinema through the Special Program (Johnnie To: The Hood in the City) on the cinematic icon of Hong Kong, Johnnie TO. This program offers a close look at his vision, which combines classical elegance with modern sophistication, as well as the evolving aspect of romantic masculinity ...

Peter Greenaway Arrives In Wroclaw

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Online Dailies Editor Peter Greenaway, one of the most important contemporary film stylists, arrived today as a guest of the ERA New Horizons International Film Festival. The director will attend the Polish premiere of his latest film REMBRANDT’S J’ACCUSE!, presented within the FILMS ABOUT ART International Competition on 26 and 27 July. The documentary meditation on the influences of Rembrandt on modern-day filmmaking had its world premiere at ...

EFP to travel to Pusan with an umbrella!

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EFP sets up extended umbrella office and supports filmmakers and sales companies from across Europe at PIFF (October 2 - 10, 2008) European films on the rise at South Korea's Pusan International Film Festival European Cinema is on the rise at the Pusan's International Film Festival (PIFF) which will be held from October 2 - 10, 2008. This year, PIFF is screening 85 European films - out of a total of 271 films from 64 countries - making an increase of one third compared to last year. With the sup...

European Film Promotion (EFP) confirms European funds

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European Film Promotion (EFP) is pleased to announce financial contributions by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union towards its events and activities in 2008. In its role as a pan-European promotional organisation, EFP has developed a strong partnership with the MEDIA Programme which has been an on-going supporter of EFP’s activities over the past ten years. Since the creation of EFP in 1997, the network has greatly increased its ability to effectively promote European films and their up...

Edward Yang To Be Honored At Pusan FF

 Tuesday, August 21---------Taiwanese director Edward Yang, who died earlier this summer in July of complications from colon cancer at the age of 59, will be honored at this year's Pusan International Film Festival. The ground-breaking film auteur who helped build Taiwan's new wave cinema of the 1980s, will be honored posthumously with the Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award. Along with Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Tsai Ming-Liang, Yang brought international recognition to Taiwanese cinema with a...

Pusan Film Festival Honors

 Tuesday, August 21---------The Pusan International Film Festival, which will take place in Pusan, South Korea from October 4 to 12, has become the largest and most respected film festival in Asia. Considered a kind of "Asian Sundance" because of its commitment to cutting-edge works by international auteurs, the Festival has announced a number of award tributes for its upcoming session.Taiwanese director Edward Yang, who helped build Taiwan's new wave cinema of the 1980s, will be...

EFP at the Pusan International Film Festival

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European Film Promotion brings a strong delegation to Pusan Celebrating the 10th edition of Asia’s leading Film Festival: Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF, 6 – 14 October 2005)With a delegation of 30 European actors, directors and producers from 13 different countries European Film Promotion (EFP) will be in South Korea in October to celebrate the 10th edition of the Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF, 6 – 14 October 2005). This diverse and talented group of young, up-and-comi...

Rotterdam Fest introduces changes & new sections

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam introduces, during its upcoming 34th edition (January 26 - February 6, 2005), three new programme sections that will replace the Main Programme Features and Hubert Bals Fund Harvest. Together, the new sections contain around hundred fiction features and documentaries. Selected as Film-maker in Focus, French cinéaste Benoit JACQUOT receives a Rotterdam tribute programme of part of his film and television oeuvre along with the screening of his recent feat...

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