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Interview with 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...

68th 'Biennale' Venice Film Festival kick off!

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 Last night at the opening of the 68th Venice Film Festival (La Biennale) George Clooney's latest film, THE IDES OF MARCH (2011) premiered. The film is about the ideals of politics clashing with the real world of dirty politics based on the play by writer Beau Willimon. Cast members Evan Rachel Wood, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Marisa Tomei joined George Clooney on the red carpet for the world premier of their film.written by Vanessa McMahon  From Biennale press... 68t...

Biography of filmmaker Milcho Manchevski, in focus at Aruba 2nd AIFF

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Milcho Manchevski a film director and screenwriter from Macedonia.wrote and directed the feature films "Before the Rain" (1994), "Dust'" (2001), "Shadows" (2007) and "Mothers" (2011).   "Before the Rain" (1994) won an Academy-Award nomination and thirty awards, including Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice, Independent Spirit, FIPRESCI, UNESCO, best film of the year in Argentina, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, and other awards in Austr...

The Life of Fish in Aruba!

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This year at the open of the 2nd annual Aruba Film Festival (AIFF), one of the films to kick off the festival was the acclaimed Goya award winning film THE LIFE OF FISH (Chile, 2011) by the brilliant director Matias Bize. This was Chile’s 2011 Oscar Entry film and since its world premier in at Venice Film Festival I have seen the film several times now and it remains my favorite indie film of the year. Matias Bize's 'LA VIDA DE LOS PECES' (The Life of Fish) is so minimalist and yet such a hear...

The best in mountain cinema will be on show at the TrentoFilmfestival 2011

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  A RANGE OF 128 MOUNTAIN FILMS This year, the world's oldest mountain film festival features highly anticipated debuts from across Europe and Italy. Werner Herzog is involved in two films, directing "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" and writing "Happy People, a Year in the Taiga". The latter will be competing for the honours with "180° South" by director Chris Mallory and "Alpi" by photographer Armin Linke. The screening of the 128 participan...

Discover the trailer for Lars von Trier's MELANCHOLIA

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  Melancholia from Zentropa on Vimeo. The trailer for Lars von Trier's MELANCHOLIA is launched online today and available to view at www.melancholiathemovie.com. A beautiful movie about the end of the world. MELANCHOLIA is written and directed by von Trier and produced by Meta Louise Foldager and Louise Vesth for Zentropa Entertainments27. Artificial Eye will release in the UK on July 1. ...

Nippon Connection 2011 – Festival Program completed

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11th Japanese Film Festival in FrankfurtApril 27 – May 1, 2011The program for the eleventh Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection in Frankfurt is complete. In the 150th year of “German-Japanese Friendship“, the biggest festival for Japanese film worldwide will present an overview of film making in the Land of the Rising Sun, from April 27 to May 1, 2011, featuring many international premieres. More than 100 of the latest film productions from Japan will be shown in the NIPPON CINEMA and ...

11 East and Central European films compete in Vilnius international film festival's competition programme

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The competition programme "New Europe - New Names" at the Vilnius International Film Festival "Kino Pavasaris" has selected a formidable collection of Eastern and Central European films. The audience is invited to 11 thrilling, refreshing brand new films thoroughly selected by an international jury. These particular foreign films are all contenders in the line to become the highlights of the festival. They have already proved their potential at Cannes, Venice, Berl...

Emir Kusturica will be president of the Un Certain Regard jury

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The Serbian film-maker Emir Kusturica will be president of the Un Certain Regard jury at the 64th Festival de Cannes, from 11th to 22nd May 2011.                           Every year, Un Certain Regard, at the very heart of Official Selection, alongside the Competition, presents around twenty films characterised by the originality of their ideas as well as their a...

Aruba Film Fest heast up for second year

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  Building on the success of the inaugural Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) last June, which attracted stars and films from around the world and entertained thousands over the course of a week, it has been confirmed that the island nation of Aruba will host a second edition of the AIFF this June (June 10-16). Initial details surrounding the 2011 Film Festival were unveiled today at a press conference by AIFF Founders and Producers Giuseppe Cioccarelli and Jonathan Vieira. Acto...

Berlinale invites Jafar Panahi to Join the International Jury 2011

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Before beginning his movie career, Jafar Panahi made a number of short films and documentaries for Iranian television and worked as assistant director. Panahi’s features have won many awards at international festivals: his directorial debut, Badkonake sefid (The White Balloon, 1995 Camera d’or in Cannes), was followed by Ayneh (The Mirror, 1997 Golden Leopard in Locarno), Dayereh (The Circle, 2000 Golden Lion in Venice), Talaye sorkh (Crimson Gold, 2003 Prix du Jury - Un Certain Regard in Ca...

Film Bazaar India

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‘Film Bazaar India - 10’ the annual film market hosted by NFDC to be held from 23rd - 26th Nov at Marriott Resort, Goa Mumbai, November 2010: National Film Development Corporation Ltd. (NFDC) gears-up for its annual film networking event ‘Film Bazaar India - 10.’ The film market is designed to address the current needs of filmmakers. The idea behind Film Bazaar is to provide a proficient stage for prospective buyers & sellers of film rights from India & abroad. ...

Fatih Akin to take Masterclass at 41st IFFI, Goa (India)

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German director Fatih Akin will be the major attraction at the Film Bazaar 2010, the market section of the 41st International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa (Nov 22-Dec2, 2010). He will participate in the Masterclass programme of the market that is organized by the Government of India agency, the National Film Development Corporation Ltd (NFDC) This the 4th time that NFDC is organizing the Film Bazaar at the highly-popular beachfront tourist destination that became the permanen...

ARONOFSKY AND LIBATIQUE AT PLUS CAMERIMAGE. "BLACK SWAN" TO OPEN THE FESTIVAL

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The Plus Camerimage Film Festival is proud to announce the 2010 Plus Camerimage Cinematographer - Director Duo Award will be awarded to cinematographer Matthew Libatique and director Darren Aronofsky. Aronofsky's latest feature Black Swan, which premiered at Venice Film Festival this year, marks the fourth feature film on which the pair has collaborated. Past films include π, Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain. Black Swan will open the Plus Camerimage Festival 2010, and both filmma...

Plus Camerimage 2010 Honorary Award to Jerzy Skolimowski

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JERZY SKOLIMOWSKI - LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TO POLISH DIRECTOR WITH UNIQUE VISUAL SENSITIVITY 18th Edition of PLUS CAMERIMAGE Film Festival will commence on 27th November 2010. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award to Polish Director With Unique Visual Sensitivity will be presented to internationally acclaimed filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski. The renown director, scriptwriter and producer will be a honorary guest of the Festival. The organizers will also present a retrospective review o...

Actress Daryl Hannah at the IFF Brother's Manaki

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Daryl Hannah at the IFF Brother's Manaki - recipient of the Special Golden Camera 300 for outstanding contribution to the world cinema art. At today's press conference, ICFF Brother's Manaki and Vip operator with great honour and pleasure announced the jury of the "Brothers Manaki Film Festival" (16-22.10.2010, Bitola), and over 150 outstanding guests from the world cinema, of whom many were awarded at various film festivals from A-category, and the guest list includes the excep...

Tilda Swinton and guest

One of my all time favorite actresses, Miss Tilda Swinton appearing at Venice Film Festival 2010 on the way into theater to see 'Venus Noire' (2010)

Rio de Janeiro Film Festival

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Sofia Coppola’s Venice Golden Lion winner Somewhere, Jerzy Skolimowski’s Venice Jury Prize winning Essential Killing (which also received the Best Actor award for Vincent Gallo); Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix and Best Director winners Xavier Beauvois’ Of Gods and Men and Mathieu Almaric’s Tournée, the Latin America premieres of Andrucha Waddington’s Toronto and Venice selected Lope and Ben Affleck’s The Town; actors Bill Pullman, Charlotte Rampling, Irène Jacob, and Michael Mads...

Cast of Japanese film 13 Assassins in Venice

This was director Takashi Miike (left) and his actors walking into premier screening of '13 Assassins' at Venice Film Festival 2010   I sat right in front of QT, Guillermo Arriaga and Tilda Swinton watching this film. Miike surely makes the audience go 'hmmmm!' Intense film!

Tom Tykwer, Drei and Venezia 2010

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My last night in Venice for the 67th La Biennale Venice FIlm Festival was spent with the filmmakers of the new German film by celebrated director Tom Tykwer, Drei (2010), the story of a threesome that is a twosome in three ways. Dining with Tykwer and speaking to him after seeing the film, all I could say was: 'Wow!'. Images of ancient androgynous symbols together with remembrances of breakthrough concepts by Jung crowded my brain and I was inspired, to say the least. Well, the point is ...

Venice Film Festival and Opening Night

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Natalie Portman in Black Swan (2010) Fabulous BBC news report on opening night at La Biennale 2010 with reporter Kaleem Aftab.  SEE REPORT HERE: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11161596     STAY TUNED with much more, upcoming interviews from filmmakers and more Venice Film Festival news in the next few days!     Posted by Vanessa McMahon September 04, 2010 ...

Asheville Film to Premiere at Venice Film Festival

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    "Road to Nowhere," the independent motion picture filmed last year in Western North Carolina, will premiere at the prestigious Venice Film Festival in Italy, which is scheduled September 1-11. The film is one of 19 selected to represent the United States, along with others by such notable directors as Martin Scorsese, Sofia Coppola, Ben Affleck and the late Dennis Hopper. "Road to Nowhere" was directed by indie film guru Monte Hellman, and wr...

‘Black Swan’ all set to open Venice Film Festival

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  AP Final preparations are underway on the eve of the opening of the 67th edition of the International Venice Film Festival. 'Black Swan’, a dark thriller set against the backdrop of the world of ballet, was set later Wednesday to open the Venice Film Festival, the world’s oldest cinema competition which this year marks its 67th edition. Starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel and Winona Ryder, Black Swan is one of 24 films vying for the festival’s...

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