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The Return of the Osian's Cinefan Festival of Indian, Asian & Arab Cinema

Resurrection of an Important Festival, after 3 years   Lekha Shankar, in N.Delhi The Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival of Indian, Asian and Arab Cinema, one of the pioneering festivals for Asian cinema, founded by the dynamic Aruna Vasudev, made  a come-back after three years, to New Delhi, India, pleasing the many film buffs  in the country. After all, this is the Indian capital city’s only film festival, at a time when nearly every city in the country, ...

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...

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...

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...

Cinergia 2011 jury members voting for best European debut and the Munk competition

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JURY COMPETITION FOR THE BEST EUROPEAN DEBUT headed by Krzysztof Zanussi       Krzysztof Zanussi - jury president. He was born in Warsaw in 1939. In 1960 he started studying the film direction at the Lodz Film School. Since 1966 he has directed many documentaries, features for cinema and TV, in Poland and abroad. He is also stage and opera director. From 1974 to 1981 vice-chairman of the Polish Filmmakers Association. From 1979 chief manager and director of Tor Film Stu...

San Sebastian retrospective: ''American Way of Death: American Film Noir 1990-2010''

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San Sebastian retrospective: ''American Way of Death: American Film Noir 1990-2010''   The retrospective dedicated to American film noir will open at the 59th edition of the Festival with TEXAS KILLING FIELDS, a film to compete in the Official Selection at Venice Festival. This gripping thriller proves that the genre is fighting trim: set in the Texas bayous, the tale tracks two detectives pitted against mysterious unsolved murders all occurring in a haunti...

Tarantino Vs The World

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Well, it looks like Tarantino's decision to award his ex-girlfriend and other best friends some of the big awards at this years Venice festival has caused an even bigger controversy than 'I'm Still Here'... I mentioned yesterday the odd co-incidence of the Coppola and Tarantino connection but looks like the Italian press are not happy, and worse still Venice staff have used the old 'no comment' get out of jail card when asked to comment on the situation. Obviously, it does look very ...

Films competing at san Sebastian

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Directors Naomi Kawase, Bent Hamer, Peter Mullan and Victoria Galardi will compete for the first time at San Sebastian Festival alongside John Sayles, Raúl Ruiz and Daoud Aoulad-Syad, all repeat contenders for the Golden Shell.The Japanese moviemaker Naomi Kawase will present Genpin. Kawase won the Caméra d’Or at Cannes with Moe no Suzako (1997) and was the first woman to win the Special Jury Prize in Cannes in 2007 for Mogari no More (The Mourning Forest). The British director, screenwriter...

Official Selection - John Sayles, Naomi Kawase, Bent Hamer, Raúl Ruiz and Peter Mullan

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John Sayles, Naomi Kawase, Bent Hamer, Raúl Ruiz and Peter Mullan in the Official Selection Directors Naomi Kawase, Bent Hamer, Peter Mullan and Victoria Galardi will compete for the first time at San Sebastian Festival alongside John Sayles, Raúl Ruiz and Daoud Aoulad-Syad, all repeat contenders for the Golden Shell. The Japanese moviemaker Naomi Kawase will present Genpin. Kawase won the Caméra d’Or at Cannes with Moe no Suzako (1997) and was the first woman to win the...

THE LAST DAYS OF EMMA BLANK winsVenice Europa Cinemas Label

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Alex van Warmerdam's THE LAST DAYS OF EMMA BLANK (De Laatste Dagen van Emma Blank) a Dutch/Belgian co-production, has been awarded the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Giornate degli Autori/Venice Days section of the Venice Film Festival, it was announced today by a jury of four Europa Cinemas exhibitors - the sixth year the Label has been awarded in the section.   THE LAST DAYS OF EMMA BLANK will now receive the support of the Europa Cinemas exhibitors who commit ...

Zagreb Film Festival Golden Pram and Golden Lion to Slovenia

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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...

San Sebastian homage to Philippe Garrel

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The 55th San Sebastian International Film Festival, to take place from 20-29 September, will present a retrospective of work by the French director, Philippe Garrel. One of the most independent figures on the French movie scene, direct descendent of the nouvelle vague, but also of Robert Bresson and Jean Eustache, Philippe Garrel has woven a career started in 1964 ranging from isolationist cinema to portraying important fragments of recent history, while reflecting on couples, drugs and the maki...

Jeanne Moreau Presides over San Sebastian Jury

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The French actress Jeanne Moreau is one of the few performing artists who both epitomize and transcend their eras by the originality of their work.Jeanne Moreau was born in Paris on January 25, 1928. Her father, Anatole Désiré Moreau, was the proprietor of a Montmartre bistro. Her mother, Kathleen Sarah Buckley, left Lancashire, England, at the age of seventeen to dance at the Folies-Bergère. After honing her craft as a principal member of the Comédie-Française and the Théâtre National Po...

41st Chicago Festival in action with 100 feature films

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The Chicago International Film Festival, the oldest competitive international film festival in North America, will raise the curtain on its 41st edition on October 6, then run through October 20 at Chicago theaters. Film fans will be able to choose from 100 feature films and 42 short films from 34 countries.The 2005 Festival will include three world premieres (The Trouble with Dee Dee, Feast and The Unseen), 11 North American Premieres and 34 U.S. premieres. “Our lineup truly offers something...

Venice line up of films in competition

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Venice Festival competition August 31 September 10An international competition comprising of 20 feature films in 35mm and digital HD format Pupi AVATI La seconda notte di nozze Italy 103’Antonio Albanese, Katia Ricciarelli, Neri Marcorè João BOTELHO O Fatalista Portugal/France 99’Rogério Samora, André Gomes, Rita BlancoLaurent CANTET Vers le sud France/Canada 105’Charlotte Rampling, Karen Young, Louise PortalPatrice CHÉREAU Gabrielle France/Italy 90’Isabelle Huppert, Pascal Greggor...

3 Iron wins the Fipresci Best Film of the Year

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Grand Prix for Best Film of the Year to "3-Iron" by Kim Ki-dukThe international recognition granted at the Donostia-San Sebastian Film Festival by FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) with its Grand Prix for Best Film of the Year clearly underlines the importance of this award, now in its seventh year. 300 members of the Federation from all over the world have cast their votes for a film released between August 2004 and July 2005. The prize, created to back the most audacious, ori...

Venice Festival in Full Swing

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The first prominent names to arrive at the 61st Venice International Film Festival were Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg to help kick off their out of competition opening film The Terminal. Fans and press bent over the Lido lagoon to catch a glimpse of Spielberg and Hanks boating in by water taxi to Hotel Exelsior's private dock.The 61st Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica met with the press corps the same day at Hotel Excelsior. On hand were president of the jury - director John Boorma...

New Directors at San Sebastian

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Eighteen movies (three in the Official Section and fifteen in Zabaltegi-New Directors) will compete at the 52nd San Sebastian International Film Festival for the Altadis-New Directors Award, sponsored by Altadis and carrying Euro 90,000 (approx US$95,000).Seventeen countries feature in this selection offering an overview of films with very little in common. Two Argentine movies and another from Colombia represent Latin American cinema. Europe is present with titles from Switzerland, Italy, Germa...

The Boys from County Clare to open Karlovy Vary

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PROGRAMME FOR THE 39TH KARLOVY VARY IFF 2004The Karlovy Vary IFF is the most important international film festival in Central and Eastern Europe and the only A-grade festival in the Czech Republic. Its A-grade status (a “non-specialised festival with a feature film competition”) ranks the Karlovy Vary IFF among a group of prestigious festivals which e.g. also includes Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Tokyo. The conception of the festival, screening over 200 new films from all over the world for t...

7 Leo nominations for a canadian short

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Seven Leo Award Nominations"Do Not Disturb" 10min / Canada / Color A film about intervention. Directed by A. Jonathan Benny, Produced by Isabelle Longnus for Inter-Muses Productions. Starring Ian Tracey, Mitra Loraz and Farsad Etesami. "Do Not Disturb" has been nominated for seven leo awards including: Best Picture , producer Isabelle Longnus A. Jonathan Benny received four nominations for: Best DirectionBest CinematographyBest EditingBest Screenwriting The film also received two nominatio...

Marco Müller appointed as Venice Festival chief.

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Marco Müller has been appointed director of the Venice Film Festival. The new Administration Board of the Venice Biennale headed by newly appointed President Davide Croff took the decision on its first meeting on Thursday, March 4. Marco Müller takes over from Moritz de Hadeln, who had directed the festival for the last two years, and whom the Board thanked "for his contribution to consolidate the event". Marco Müller has been appointed for a period of four years. Marco Müller, born 1953 in ...

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