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VIVAN LAS ANTIPODAS! (2011) –(LONG LIVE THE ANTIPODES!)

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            Victor Kossakovsky’s VIVAN LAS ANTIPODAS! (2011) –(LONG LIVE THE ANTIPODES!) premiered this year at the 68th Venice Film Festival and most recently screened to audiences at the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival. It is for me one of the most memorable documentaries since Ron Fricke’s BARAKA (1992), similar in form as a type of guided meditation which takes us ar...

VIVAN LAS ANTIPODAS! (2011) –(LONG LIVE THE ANTIPODES!)

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            Victor Kossakovsky’s VIVAN LAS ANTIPODAS! (2011) –(LONG LIVE THE ANTIPODES!) premiered this year at the 68th Venice Film Festival and most recently screened to audiences at the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival. It is for me one of the most memorable documentaries since Ron Fricke’s BARAKA (1992), similar in form as a type of guided meditation which takes us a...

'I'm Carolyn Parker': An interview with actress Kyrah Julian

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Not long after the debut of Jonathan Demme’s latest film, I’M CAROLYN PARKER: THE GOOD, THE MAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (2011), at the 68th Venice Film Festival, I interviewed Carolyn Parker’s daughter Kyrah Julian, who stars in the documentary and who attended Venice with Demme. Kyrah has been working with Demme since he started the documentary in 2006. Demme met the strong and outspoken Carolyn Parker in 2006 when she complained to the New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin about the neglect of the Nin...

'I'm Carolyn Parker': An interview with actress Kyrah Julian

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Actress Kyrah Julian and producer Lindsay Jaeger Not long after the debut of Jonathan Demme’s latest film, I’M CAROLYN PARKER: THE GOOD, THE MAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (2011), at the 68th Venice Film Festival, I interviewed Carolyn Parker’s daughter Kyrah Julian, who stars in the documentary and who attended Venice with Demme. Kyrah has been working with Demme since he started the documentary in 2006. Demme met the strong and outspoken Carolyn Parker in 2006 when she complained to the New Orle...

Thessaloniki Wrap dailies

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52nd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ran November 4 -13, 2011.Our festival ambassador vanessa Mcmahon reporting from the festival shared her diaries with our audience.LOVERBOY at 52nd TIFF Interview with Daniel MitulescuLOVERBOY (2011) is the newest film by the Mitulescu brothers, Catalin and Daniel. LOVERBOY opened at Cannes 2011 in ‘Un Certain Regard’ and has screened in competition in several festivals since, including Sarajevo at the 17th Sarajevo Film Festival where the stunnin...

Aleksandr Sokurov's FAUST at 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival News

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FAUST              film still of 'Faust' (2011)     Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov's FAUST (2011) held its world premier in Venice at the 68th Venice Film Festival this year taking the coveted Golden Lion prize for best picture. It then went on to screen its North American premier at TIFF in Toronto and has now continued its most recent festival round at the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival (TIF...

THE INVADER, an interview with director Nicolas Provost

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At the 68th Venice Film Festival, Belgian director Nicolas Provost held his world premier for his first feature film THE INVADER (2011). He immediately after traveled to Toronto for TIFF 2011 where he held his North American premier and where we held our interview. THE INVADER is an intense and arresting arthouse dramatic thriller about an African immigrant, AMADOU (played hauntingly by actor Isaka Sawadogo) who travels to Belgium for a new and hopefully better life. While finding himself at ...

THE INVADER, an interview with director Nicolas Provost

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At the 68th Venice Film Festival, Belgian director Nicolas Provost held his world premier for his first feature film THE INVADER (2011). He immediately after traveled to Toronto for TIFF 2011 where he held his North American premier and where we held our interview. THE INVADER is an intense and arresting arthouse dramatic thriller about an African immigrant, AMADOU (played hauntingly by actor Isaka Sawadogo) who travels to Belgium for a new and hopefully better life. While finding himself at lon...

The Invader at Venice, 68

At the 68th Venice Film Festival, Belgian director Nicolas Provost held his world premier for his first feature film THE INVADER (2011). He immediately after traveled to Toronto for TIFF 2011 where he held his North American premier and where we held our interview.cast of The Invader photo by Vanessa McMahon

The Invader at Venice, 68

At the 68th Venice Film Festival, Belgian director Nicolas Provost held his world premier for his first feature film THE INVADER (2011). He immediately after traveled to Toronto for TIFF 2011 where he held his North American premier and where we held our interview.left to right- Actor Isaka Sawadogo (Amadou), Director Nicolas Provost, Actress Stefania Rocca photo by Vanessa McMahon

The Invader at Venice, 68

At the 68th Venice Film Festival, Belgian director Nicolas Provost held his world premier for his first feature film THE INVADER (2011). He immediately after traveled to Toronto for TIFF 2011 where he held his North American premier and where we held our interview.left to right- Actor Isaka Sawadogo (Amadou), Director Nicolas Provost photo by Vanessa McMahon

The Invader at Venice, 68

At the 68th Venice Film Festival, Belgian director Nicolas Provost held his world premier for his first feature film THE INVADER (2011). He immediately after traveled to Toronto for TIFF 2011 where he held his North American premier and where we held our interview.Director Nicolas Provost, Actress Stefania Rocca photo by Vanessa McMahon

The Invader at Venice, 68

At the 68th Venice Film Festival, Belgian director Nicolas Provost held his world premier for his first feature film THE INVADER (2011). He immediately after traveled to Toronto for TIFF 2011 where he held his North American premier and where we held our interview.Actor Isaka Sawadogo (Amadou) photo by Vanessa McMahon

The Invader at Venice, 68

At the 68th Venice Film Festival, Belgian director Nicolas Provost held his world premier for his first feature film THE INVADER (2011). He immediately after traveled to Toronto for TIFF 2011 where he held his North American premier and where we held our interview.Director Nicolas Provost photo by Vanessa McMahon

The Invader at Venice, 68

At the 68th Venice Film Festival, Belgian director Nicolas Provost held his world premier for his first feature film THE INVADER (2011). Actress Stefania Rocca photo by Vanessa McMahon

The Invader at Venice, 68

At the 68th Venice Film Festival, Belgian director Nicolas Provost held his world premier for his first feature film THE INVADER (2011). He immediately after traveled to Toronto for TIFF 2011 where he held his North American premier and where we held our interview. left to right- Actor Isaka Sawadogo (Amadou), Director Nicolas Provost, Actress Stefania Rocca   photo by Vanessa McMahon

THE INVADER, an interview with director Nicolas Provost

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 At the 68th Venice Film Festival, Belgian director Nicolas Provost held his world premier for his first feature film THE INVADER (2011). He immediately after traveled to Toronto for TIFF 2011 where he held his North American premier and where we held our interview.THE INVADER is an intense and arresting arthouse dramatic thriller about an African immigrant, AMADOU (played hauntingly by actor Isaka Sawadogo) who travels to Belgium for a new and hopefully better life. While finding himself ...

The Orator at 68th Venice Film Festival

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  “O Le Tulafale” (The Orator, 2011) is the first film to come out of Samoa and was shot on Upolu in Samoa. It premiered in the 'Orizzonti' section at the 68th Venice Film Festival.   "Saili (Fiaula Sanote), an unassuming villager and taro farmer, lives happily with his beautiful wife Vaaiga and her teenage daughter Litia. Their existence, whilst happy and peaceful; is unconventional. Vaaiga has been banished from her ancestral village for many years. Saili faces ...

Sokurov's FAUST, RIFF review!

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film still of 'Faust' (2011) Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov's FAUST (2011) held its world premier in Venice at the 68th Venice Film Festival this year taking the coveted Golden Lion prize for best picture. It then went on to screen its North American premier at TIFF in Toronto and has now continued its round to Iceland at the Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF). Based on the German myth of the same name, this unusual masterpiece film proves that it is not star power ...

Sokurov's FAUST, a new look at an old myth

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film still of 'Faust' (2011)Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov's FAUST (2011) held its world premier in Venice at the 68th Venice Film Festival this year taking the coveted Golden Lion prize for best picture. It then went on to screen its North American premier at TIFF in Toronto and has now continued its round to Iceland at the Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF). Based on the German myth of the same name, this unusual masterpiece film proves that it is not star power names of actors...

Sokurov's FAUST, a new look at an old myth.

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film still of 'Faust' (2011)Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov's FAUST (2011) held its world premier in Venice at the 68th Venice Film Festival this year taking the coveted Golden Lion prize for best picture. It then went on to screen its North American premier at TIFF in Toronto and has now continued its round to Iceland at the Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF). Based on the German myth of the same name, this unusual masterpiece film proves that it is not star power names of actors...

Sokurov's FAUST, a new take on an old myth

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 film still of 'Faust' (2011)Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov's FAUST (2011) held its world premier in Venice at the 68th Venice Film Festival this year taking the coveted Golden Lion prize for best picture. It then went on to screen its North American premier at TIFF in Toronto and has now continued its round to Iceland at the Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF).  Based on the German myth of the same name, this unusual masterpiece film proves that it is not star power names of act...

The Awards of the 68th Venice Film Festival

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VENEZIA 68  Golden Lion for Best Film  Faust by Aleksander Sokurov (Russia) Silver Lion for Best Director  Shangjun CAI for the film Ren Shan Ren Hai (People Mountain People Sea) (China - Hong Kong)   Special Jury Prize  Terraferma by Emanuele Crialese (Italy)   Coppa Volpi for Best Actor  Michael Fassbender in the film Shame by Steve McQueen (United Kingdom)   Coppa Volpi for Best Actress  Deanie Yip in the film Tao jie (A Simple Life) by Ann Hui (China - ...

MILDRED PIERCE at 68th Venice Film Festival

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  The first part of the HBO TV series MILDRED PIERCE (2011) screened in the Sala Grande today in Venice during the 68th Venice Film Festival, out of competition. Based on the novel of the same name by writer James M. Cain, director Todd Haynes directs its second adaptation after the 1945 version which starred Joan Crawford. Todd Haynes' adaptation has been nominated for several Emmy Awards (still pending), despite the bland reception from critics that the 1945 film noir version was bette...

The festival directors introduce the 68th Venice Film Festival's Highlights

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La Biennale President: Paolo Baratta and the festival artisitic Director Marco Muller introduce the festival's highlights. ...

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