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Turkish-Bosnian-Herzegovinan film “Anatolia” is a big hit at AFI Film Festival

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  For those of you lucky enough to catch “Once Upon A Time in Anatolia” at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles this week, this was a beautiful film – beautifully shot, well acted – that left you pondering the film long after it was over. It unspooled gently, letting you seep into the high, windy, seer landscape and the lives thrown together by an investigation: the prosecutor, the doctor, the chief of police, and many others, being led about the countryside by a handcu...

Wim Wenders’ “Pina” and Luc Besson’s “The Lady” score big at AFI

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These two films got big audience responses last week at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles.   “Pina,” a 3-D documentary about the legendary German choreographer Pina Bausch, starts with her re-envisioning of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” as a thrilling discovery of female sexuality. The film jumps—you cannot gently segue away from “Rite”—into other dances she choreographed, along with brief interviews with her dancers. When Wenders voices that this is no...

Don’t Miss the South East European Films at AFI in Los Angeles

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Here's another great opportunity to see films from South East Europe in Los Angeles. And it's free! Today (and later this week too) you can see two SEE films at the AFI Film Festival: -- Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Turkey/Bosnia) is Turkey’s official submission for the Foreign Language Oscar, today at 1:30pm at the Egyptian, and Nov. 10 at 3:45pm at the Chinese. Details: http://ticketing.afi.com/eng/detail.aspx?ID=8196  -- The Forgiveness of Blood (USA/Albania/Denmark/Italy)...

AFI FilmFestival in full swing in Los Angeles

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Hello folks! I’m back from a couple trips out of town (family stuff, without my computer) so I could not blog for a while. But now that I’m back in town, I can catch the second half of the AFI Festival in Los Angeles, which runs through Nov. 10. Screenings are free! – though of course you still need a ticket, available at http://www.afi.com/AFIFEST/.   For more on AFI, check out today’s article in the LA Times, “Finding Passion for Film,” featuring an interview with...

Fifty Is The New Thirty

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If one subscribes to the hype that 50 is the new 30, then a Pandora’s box of complications, mixed signals and confused messages arise. These are some of the themes explored in the insightful comedy ABOUT FIFTY (formerly titled FIFTY-NOTHING) which opened the 2011 edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival on Friday evening. The resonant film is a modern comedy that explores the simple truth that it’s never too late to start over again. Even at age 50. The action centers on tw...

AFI Film Festival hits Los Angeles on Nov.3rd and eats its 25th edition cake too!

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Time to spill the well-kept secrets: I'm a Frenchie in Hollywood! and you know you belong to the city, when you take your first shot of coffee in the morning with the "trades" - lingo for Hollywood Reporter, Variety, The Wrap and likes. Lately, that reading has been pretty gloomy. Cuts and drastic economic measures have prevailed, and muffled the jolly tunes of the industry. So much so that another industry is soaring as a side-effect of the "depression"...Therapists! Therefore, when the opportu...

AFI Film Festival hits Los Angeles on Nov.3rd and eats its 25th edition cake too!

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Time to spill the well-kept secrets: I'm a Frenchie in Hollywood! and you know you belong to the city, when you take your first shot of coffee in the morning with the "trades" - lingo for Hollywood Reporter, Variety, The Wrap and likes. Lately, that reading has been pretty gloomy. Cuts and drastic economic measures have prevailed, and muffled the jolly tunes of the industry. So much so that another industry is soaring as a side-effect of the "depression"...Therapists!...

Fifty Is The New Thirty

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  If one subscribes to the hype that 50 is the new 30, then a Pandora’s box of complications, mixed signals and confused messages arise. These are some of the themes explored in the insightful comedy ABOUT FIFTY (formerly titled FIFTY-NOTHING) which opened the 2011 edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival on Friday evening. The resonant film is a modern comedy that explores the simple truth that it’s never too late to start over again. Even at age 50. The action cen...

The Global Film Village: Pierre Rissient: the silent connoisseur, and maker of stars, speaks out about the film “SILENT ARMY”

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by Marla Lewin Photo credit Jerry Schatzberg The French filmmaker Pierre Rissient appears in Todd McCarthy's documentary 'Pierre Rissient: Man of Cinema.' Pierre Rissient was originally a publicist. He has gone on to produce and direct films. He is most known for his auteur discoveries, and he has shared with me, his joy most recently, about spending time at a film festival in Lyon, France, where he has so many fond memories from his youth. It was there that he supporte...

Pierre Rissient: the silent connoisseur, and maker of stars, speaks out about the film “SILENT ARMY”

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The Global Film Village: Pierre Rissient: the silent connoisseur, and maker of stars, speaks out about the film “SILENT ARMY”by Marla Lewin Photo credit Jerry Schatzberg The French filmmaker Pierre Rissient appears in Todd McCarthy's documentary 'Pierre Rissient: Man of Cinema.' Pierre Rissient was originally a publicist. He has gone on to produce and direct films. He is most known for his auteur discoveries, and he has shared with me, his joy most recently, about spending time at a film fes...

NEWSLETTER N° 439: November 5, 2009

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..............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 439: November 5, 2009 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. You can find us at twitter.com/fest21 and find Bruno Chatelin on facebook Add your fest21.com RSS to your blogs! How to use FestivalExpress our new online submis...

The Global Film Village: A Halloween Interview with Joe Dante just before his Premiere of THE HOLE at AFI Film Festival

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  by Marla Lewin It's Halloween, and our treat tonight is speaking with Joe Dante, who will be walking the red carpet in a few hours for the US premiere of his new film, The Hole at the AFI film festival.  Some of the stars of the movie, will be there as well.  There are actors he has worked with before.  I asked Marc Halperin to help me with the interview, as he distributed Joes' film The Howling while at Embassy Pictures in the glory days of 80's Horror films.   ...

A Halloween Interview with Joe Dante just before his Premiere of THE HOLE at AFI Film Festival

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It's Halloween, and our treat tonight is speaking with Joe Dante, who will be walking the red carpet in a few hours for the US premiere of his new film, The Hole at the AFI film festival. Some of the stars of the movie, will be there as well. There are actors he has worked with before. I asked Marc Halperin to help me with the interview, as he distributed Joes' film The Howling while at Embassy Pictures in the glory days of 80's Horror films. MARLA: So how was it winning best the 3D Film a...

The Global Film Village: Interview with AFI Film Festival Artistic Director & Festival Programmer Robert Koehler

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by Marla LewinI spent almost an hour with Robert Koehler who has gone from a top movie critic for Variety, to Artistic Director, Programmer of the AFI Film Festival and he gave me a look inside how he approached putting together this years festival and where it is going.Marla: Congratulations,  Robert, this is your second year programming the festival, How different is it from being a critic? How is it going? Robert: I was at the Los Angeles Times, and started in 94 writing for Variety, w...

Interview with AFI Film Festival Artistic Director

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The Global Film Village: Interview with AFI Film Festival Artistic Director & Festival Program Robert KoehlerI spent almost an hour with Robert Koehler who has gone from a top movie critic for Variety, to Artistic Director, Programmer of the AFI Film Festival and he gave me a look inside how he approached putting together this years festival and where it is going.Marla: Congratulations, Robert, this is your second year programming the festival, How different is it from being a critic? How is it...

Interview with Program Director for AFI

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Interview (Part 1) with Nancy Collet, Driector, Programming, AFI FestWe were fortunate enough to have an opportunity to interview Nancy Collet, programming director for the AFI film festival. She has been with the festival for 10 years and is originally from Manhattan. In 2006, AFI Fest is celebrating its 20th year as a program of the American Film Institute. The festival grew out of Filmex, which premiered "The Last Picture Show" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. An exThe move to the Arclight happe...

Interview with Program Director for AFI

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Interview With Nancy Collet, Director, Programming, AFI Fest Rita M. Johnson We were fortunate enough to have an opportunity to interview Nancy Collet, programming director for the AFI film festival. She has been with the festival for 10 years and is originally from Manhattan. In 2006, AFI Fest is celebrating its 20th year as a program of the American Film Institute. The festival grew out of Filmex, which premiered "The Last Picture Show" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. An ex The move to the...

AFM 2006 Gets Going

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By Liza Foreman Los Angeles – Although the main business here is film, the 27th American Film Market (AFM) managed to produce plenty of records Wednesday. 435 companies from 36 countries are exhibiting this year, with 592 films screening: that’s up from 534 titles last year. All in all, the number of films screening has increased by 50 per cent over the past three years. The figures represent all-time highs for the annual film market, which runs 1 – 8th November 2006. Part of the growth mu...

AFM 2006 Gets Going

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Although the main business here is film, the 27th American Film Market (AFM) managed to produce plenty of records Wednesday.435 companies from 36 countries are exhibiting this year, with 592 films screening: that’s up from 534 titles last year. All in all, the number of films screening has increased by 50 per cent over the past three years. The figures represent all-time highs for the annual film market, which runs 1 – 8th November 2006.Part of the growth must be attributed to the demise of ...

AFI/AFM Launches in Los Angeles

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Tonight, the AFI Film Festival kicks off with the U.S. Premiere of "Bobby", written and directed by Emilio Estevez. The film, produced by Dan Grodnik, Gary Michael Walters and Sir Anthony Hopkins, includes an all star cast consisting of Harry Belafonte, Emilio Estevez, Laurence Fishburne, Heather Graham, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan, William H. Macy, Demi Moore, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater, Sharon Stone, and Elijah Wood. "Bobby" was...

American Film Market - AFM Set To Break Records

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American Film Market the Cannes of the US is growing each year and in 2005 they are set to with an impressive up coming market. With a record number of exhibitors, 410 are scheduled to participate this November 2nd to the 9th. For AFM thisgrowth will make this years the largest market in the event's history. Exhibitors will come from 33 countries and with this news the Le Merigot Hotel will now host exhibitors to accommodate the influx of attendance. Le Merigot Hotel is located next door to the...
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