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DUSTIN HOFFMAN Special Donostia Award 60 Anniversary

This year’s San Sebastian Festival closed with a Special 60th Anniversary Donostia Award to Dustin Hoffman, a tribute to one of Hollywood’s greatest actors, winner of two Academy Awards and with a brilliant career behind him. Hoffman also was chosen to close the Festival with his directorial debut: Quartet, on which the actor steps behind the camera to direct a splendid cast headlining Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Sheridan Smith, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay, Tr...

Dustin Hoffman, Special Donostia Award 60 Anniversary

This year’s San Sebastian Festival closed with a Special 60th Anniversary Donostia Award to Dustin Hoffman, a tribute to one of Hollywood’s greatest actors, winner of two Academy Awards and with a brilliant career behind him. Hoffman also was chosen to close the Festival with his directorial debut: Quartet, on which the actor steps behind the camera to direct a splendid cast headlining Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Sheridan Smith, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay, ...

Dustin Hoffman, Special 60th Anniversary Donostia Award

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  Today we attended the official presentation of the 60th San Sebastian International Film Festival. Every day since the beginning of September we have been receiving news about films and film stars that will be attending the San Sebastian Film Festival on its 60th Anniversary due from 21-29 of September. Names like Richard Gere,Susan Sarandon,Oliver Stone,Tommy Lee Jones,John Travolta,Ewan MacGregor will be on the red carpet during the festival. Today jet anothe...

Venice Festival opens with Mira Nair's Reluctant Fundamentalist

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the new film directed by Mira Nair, will be the opening film at the 69th Venice International Film Festival (29 August – 8 September 2012), directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by la Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher and presented by Doha Film Institute. Based on the best-selling novel of the same title, translated into 25 languages, The Reluctant Fundamentalist is a...

The first screening of the Venice International Film Festival took place 80 years agao

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  Eighty years ago, on the 6th of August 1932 at the Lido di Venezia, on the terrace of the Hotel Excelsior, the first international film festival in the world – conceived and organized by the Biennale di Venezia – was inaugurated. At 9:15 PM, on a screen set up outdoors for the occasion, under sporadic rain showers, it began with a showing of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde by Rouben Mamoulian. The screening was followed by a grand ball in the Excelsior ballroom. “Stemming di...

EFA Board members Elected for 2012

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The President: Wim Wenders, Director, Germany Wim Wenders attended the Academy of Film & Television in Munich, worked as a film critic for various German publications, and was a founding member of Filmverlag der Autoren. In 1976 he set up his own production company, Road Movies, and, in 2002, Reverse Angle. Often hailed as one of the most important German directors on the international scene, Wenders has received various international awards, including the Golden Lion (TH...

Michael Mann will chair Venice's jury

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    Marina Abramovic, Laetitia Casta, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Ari Folman, Matteo Garrone, Ursula Meier, Samantha Morton, Pablo Trapero to form the Venezia 69 International Jury chaired by Michael Mann The selection has been made for the members of the International Jury for the Competition at the 69th Venice International Film Festival (29 August – 8 September 2012), with American director Michael Mann as president. The decision was made by the Boa...

Venice Festival to open with Mira Nair's Reluctant Fundamentalist

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the new film directed by Mira Nair, will be the opening film at the 69th Venice International Film Festival (29 August – 8 September 2012), directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by la Biennale di Venezia chaired by Paolo Baratta. The Reluctant Fundamentalist is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher and presented by Doha Film Institute. Based on the best-selling novel of the same title, translated into 25 languages, The Reluctant Fundamentalist  is a riv...

The Durban International Film Festival returns

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The Durban International Film Festival returns for its 33rd year to celebrate the magic of cinema in all its beauty and diversity. From the 19th to the 29th July, Durban will be illuminated by the glow of the silver screen, with over 290 screenings in 10 venues across the city. Alongside world-class cinema from across the globe, comprising 80 feature films, 40 documentaries and 45 short films, the festival offers a comprehensive workshop and seminar programme that facilitates the sharing...

Subversive Slovenian Film

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Following the latest Retrospective of Slovenian Film in March in Belgrade, Serbia, ever since the 70s, films coming from Slovenia were representatives of the Yugoslav black wave film or one way or another, film avant-garde. Slovenian cinematography was and still is today somehow, closely related to a Serbian cinematography, but without burden of present Serbian film-a post civil themes. Slovenian film today may be overburden with social questions of a coming liberal capitalism be...

Fantasporto Tribute to Robbe-Grillet, fantastic screenwriter of "Last Year in Marienbad,"

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EVOKING ALAIN ROBBE-GRILLET     To most cinema lovers Robbe-Grillet is best known for the fantastic screenplay of  "Last Year in Marienbad," directed by Alain Resnais and the winner of the Golden Lion in Venice. A story about the the paths of memory, the game of Marienbad has become one of the most interesting mathematical challenges that subverts the very idea of ​​the game since the first one to play is the one that always wins. The film caused an uproar...

Fifteen films competing for IFFR's Tiger Awards 2012

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Fifteen films have been selected for IFFR's Tiger Awards Competition 2012. The complete lineup, comprising first or second feature films concurring for three equal Hivos Tiger Awards of each 15,000 euro, includes eight world premieres. Five competing films have received support from Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund.The Rotterdam Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films 2012 comprises twenty-one films, ranging in length from five to fifty-six minutes. Nine short films in competition will see their ...

Size Matters

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Human nature is one of those things that everybody talks about but no one can define. Human behavior is a product both of our innate human nature and of our individual experience and surrounding environment or culture.  Our preference for certain type or a size is an evolved psychological mechanism, it is something that we do not consciously choose; but it may feel as such a good subject to talk about. Do you know the situation at crowded movie in theatre, at the beginning of screening, wh...

FAFF 17, It’s A Shame ...

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          Author Film Festival FAF 2011 opened Israeli film director Eran Kolirin whose film Replacement hits the direct competition program of festival this year and is known as the award-winning author of film couple years back The Band's Visit. Author Film Festival FAF in Belgrade, Serbia, 30-5th of December began with the film Shame directed the British director and visual artist Steve McQueen. McQueen’s film Shame awarded at the b...

Mike Leigh: Jury President of the Berlinale 2012

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British film director Mike Leigh will be the Jury President of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. Over the course of his nearly 40-year film career, Mike Leigh has distinguished himself as one of the most outstanding filmmakers of auteur cinema and protagonists of New British Cinema. His approach includes giving actors much leeway to improvise in order to develop their characters. Leigh portrays British society in a bluntly realistic but humorous style. His films have received countles...

China's Zhang Yimou to Receive 2011 Asia Pacific Screen FIAPF Award

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The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and FIAPF-International Federation of Film Producers Associations announced today that Chinese film producer and director Zhang Yimou will be the 2011 recipient of the FIAPF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film in the Asia-Pacific region. The honour will be awarded at the fifth annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards ceremony on Australia's Gold Coast on November 24. One of the world's most acclaimed filmmakers, Zhang Yimou's films have open...

Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi to head APSA 2011 International Jury

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BANGKOK ~ Nansun Shi, one of the region’s most highly regarded film producers, was announced today as President of the 2011 International Jury of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). Ms Shi will be joined on the Jury by Cameron Bailey, Co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival, Japanese director and actress Kaori Momoi, Israeli director Samuel Maoz, and the Executive Chairman of the China Film Producers Association, Ming Zhenjiang. During a career spanning th...

Nansun Shi announced as President of the 2011 International Jury of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards

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  HONG KONG PRODUCER NANSUN SHI TO HEAD 2011 APSA INTERNATIONAL JURY   Nansun Shi, APSA International Jury President 2011. Photo courtesy of Teo Keng Beng. Nansun Shi, one of the region's most highly regarded film producers, was announced today as President of the 2011 International Jury of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). Ms Shi will be joined on the Jury by Cameron Bailey, Co-director...

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...

Interview with former Golden Lion winner Milcho Manchevski

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To commemorate one of the world's oldest and most respected festivals during this 68th Venice International Film Festival, I present you with an in-depth interview with one of the prestigious Golden Lion winners for Best Director, Milcho Manchevski, who won the award in 1994 for his epic masterpiece BEFORE THE RAIN (1994). This interview has a story. We began it in the gardens of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Aruba during the 2nd annual AIFF in June, continued in Sarajevo during the 17th annual S...

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...

Bruno Delbonnel wins the Special Award Golden Camera 300 at the ICFF Manaki Brothers

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  The French wizard cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel at the 32nd Manaki Brothers Festival in Skopje The International Cinematographers' Film Festival Manaki Brothers is proud to announce that the winner of the Special Award Golden Camera 300 for Outstanding Contribution to the World Film Art is Bruno DELBONNEL (A.F.C - Association française des directeurs de la photographie cinématographique, A.S.C. - American Society of Cinematographers) who comes to Macedonia directly from the...

Milcho Manchevski Interview at 17th SFF

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  To commemorate one of the world's oldest and most respected festivals during this 68th Venice International Film Festival, I present you with an in-depth interview with one of the prestigious Golden Lion winners for Best Director, Milcho Manchevski, who won the award in 1994 for his epic masterpiece BEFORE THE RAIN (1994). This interview has a story. We began it in the gardens of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Aruba during the 2nd annual AIFF in June, continued in Sarajevo during the 17th annual...
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