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Where did the Queens World Film Festival come from? For many years, we were volunteers with another festival, running their Youth Initiative providing filmmaking bootcamps to three local schools. The program was very successful with a growing reputation for excelence. Last year, in it's 7th year the festival had grown and more than 400 films entered. We were working very hard on the Youth Initiative when disaster hit. Two days prior to the festival's opening we found out that t...

Iran Outrage: Jafar Panahi Jailed

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  International reaction is building as news emerges from Iran that Jafar Panahi, one of that country's most internationally respected film artists, has been sentenced to a lengthy prison term. The Berlin International Film Festival is the first of many film institutions around the world to sharply condemn the harsh sentences handed down to the renowned Iranian director Jafar Panahi and his directing colleague Mohammed Rasulof. Accused of spreading “propaganda against the system”,...

INDIAN FILM REVIEWS, 2010

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        INDIAN FILM REVIEWS, 2010  -- COMPOSITE with RAAKH (1989)           ADDED NEW BOLLYWOOD BLOCKBUSTER TO PREMIER AT BERLIN 2010 by Alex deleon -- (reviewed below)  for www.filmfestivals.com   The much awaited new Indian film "My Name Is Khan" will be premiered at the 60th annual Berlin International Film Festival on Febuary 12, out of competition but very much in the limelight otherwise.  MNIK is easily the most anticpated Hindi film of the year as it topline...

DAINTY Korean Actress Revives Legacy of Her Maverick Film Director DAD, LEE Man-Hee 이만희

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Lee Hye-Young in Paris Cinémathèque Lobby Photos by Helen Dobrensky Dainty Korean Actress Revives Legacy of her Maverick Film Director Dad LEE Man-Hee 이만희   Slender, elegant Korean beauty, LEE Hye-Young, one of the country`s famous actresses, flew into Paris for a few days early June, from SEOUL, to present the exclusive and unprecendented tribute to her father LEE MAN HE, Korea`s unforgettable national cinematographer who disappeared at the too early age of...

Cannes Day 11

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In Competition The Exodus - Burnt By The Sun 2 by Nikita Mikhalkov 8.30 19.00 Synopsis 1941. Five years have passed since the destinies of General Kotov and his family were irrevocably changed. At the beginning of the war, Kotov miraculously escapes from the camp to which he was sentenced. Still formally a convict, he is eventually sent to a penalty battalion and goes to the front. On the battlefield, he fights the Germans mercilessly. After being gravely wounded, Kotov earns the rig...

In Competition: The Exodus - Burnt By The Sun 2 by Nikita Mikhalkov

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Synopsis 1941. Five years have passed since the destinies of General Kotov and his family were irrevocably changed. At the beginning of the war, Kotov miraculously escapes from the camp to which he was sentenced. Still formally a convict, he is eventually sent to a penalty battalion and goes to the front. On the battlefield, he fights the Germans mercilessly. After being gravely wounded, Kotov earns the right to transfer to a regular army unit but, believing his wife Maroussia and daughter ...

Jafar Panahi : Fipresci protest

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  Beginning of March, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi had been arrested by the police of his country. Over two months later, he's still in prison.   The International Federation of Film Critics FIPRESCI, a non-profit, apolitical organization consisting of members from 68 countries worldwide, strongly protests the arrest and unjust confinement of filmmaker Jafar Panahi. In the collective view of FIPRESCI, Panahi is not only an outstanding filmmaker - he has merited the FIPR...

Mexican Revolution Films of the 70s at Cine Las Americas

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Cine Las Americas and the Harry Ransom Center Present:Mexican Revolution Films of the 70s, May 6 - May 27, 2010 Cine Las Americas is pleased to announce the series "Mexican Revolution Films of 70s," co-presented with the Harry Ransom Center. This series will run from May 6 to May 27, as part of the year-round celebrations of the Bicentennial of the Mexican Independence and the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution. "Mexican Revolution Films of 70s" includes four feature films directed by some of...

Palm Beach FF Goes Hawaiian

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  The Palm Beach International Film Festival, which begins this evening, is going Hawaiian with its Opening Night attraction of PRINCESS KA'IULANI, a historical drama about a real life heroine in the legacy of the Hawaiian Islands. The biopic stars Q'orianka Kilcher (the star of the Terrence Malick historical epic THE NEW WORLD) as a turn-of-the-century princess caught up in the last days of the Hawaiian monarchy. Set in 1888, the Kingdom of Hawaii is divided by a civil war. Prin...

One Week with Vamp POLA NEGRI

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From April 7th, 2010 and for the next week, Cinematheque Francaise will host a retro of Pola Negri films. The week of Pola Negri movies is part of an even longer three-month series entitled "Tournages: Berlin-Paris-Hollywood".  Pola's week will run April 7-12, 2010, and will feature the recent 2006 Pola Negri documentary and thirteen Pola Negri movies from Bestia (1915) to Tango Notturno (1937). Born Barbara Appolonia Chalupek in Janowa, Poland on December 31st, 189...

NEWSLETTER N° 456: March 10, 2010

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............. WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 456: March 10, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly La Géode : Concours du Film Hors Normes 3D relief ou IMAX April 1 - 18, 2010 - Inscription jusqu’au 30 mars 2010 La Géode commence l'année de ses 25 ans en beauté en organisant un Concours de réalisation audiovisuelle en 3D relief ou THD pour report sur IMAX™, afin de ...

2010 berlinale: JUD SUESS resurrected

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In German and Jewish themed film festivals the focus on the Third Reich and the Holocaust remains essential as expressed in the large number of features and documentaries screened on those topics. The New York Jewish Film Festival excelled earlier this year with documentaries like EINSATZGRUPPEN: THE DEATH BRIGADES (Michal Prazan) and FORGOTTEN TRANSPORTS: TO POLAND (Lukas Pribyl) or features like GRUBNER'S JOURNEY (Radu Gabrea) and PROTECTOR (Marek Najbrt). These films may differ in their cre...

European Film Academy protests against arrest of Iranian director Jafar Panahi

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The Board of the European Film Academy strongly protests against the arrest of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi and demands his immediate release. Jafar Panahi is an internationally recognised artist and his work has been honoured at the festivals in Berlin, Cannes and Venice. Before his arrest, Panahi was denied permission to leave Iran in order to attend the 60th Berlinale as an honorary guest. The Board of the European Film Academy encourages the EFA Members to join this prote...

My Name is Khan to premier at berlin

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The much awaited new Indian film "My Name Is Khan" will be premiered at the 60th annual Berlin International Film Festival on Febuary 12, out of competition but very much in the limelight otherwise. MNIK is easily the most anticpated Hindi film of the year as it toplines the most popular Bombay star of all, Shah Rukh Khan (SRK), 44, who has reigned as "The King of Bollywood" for some fifteen years, reunited on screen for the first time in eight years with extremely popular actress Kajol, 35, wi...

Sundance "The Festival" spoof mockumentary will be aired on Sundance Channel and inEurope and Asia

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As the world's film business converges on Park City for the Sundance Film Festival, Sundance Channel is bringing "The Festival" to Europe and Asia. The six-part mockumentary-a hilarious and all-too-realistic spoof of the film industry-will premiere on the globally distributed channel on January 21 as part of an exclusive week-long lineup celebrating all things Sundance.  "The Festival" stars Nicholas Wright (The Business) as Rufus Marquez, a wide-eyed, yo...

NJ Detective Harry Shortway Junior Dares Making A Run For Political Office in Vernon NJ Five vie for three Vernon seats (WARNING

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NJ Detective Harry Shortway Junior Dares Making A Run For Political Office in Vernon NJ Five vie for three Vernon seats (WARNING TO VOTERS)!!     By ROBERTA FUGATE rjfugate@njherald.com VERNON — Three Republicans and two Independents will compete for three seats on the Vernon Township Committee in Tuesday’s election. Republicans Harry Shortway and Michael Pier are ru...

Karl Spoerri (Zurich Fest Artistic Director) comments his festival and the Polanski hiatus

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I had the opportunity to interview Karl Spoerri Artistic Director of Zurich Film Festival a few days before the festival was over. Polanski's arrest  suddenly put the festival in the spotlight. It clearly was wrong unwanted publicity...but still publicity. This being said, my first question to Karl BC: What are you most proud of in the 2009 edition of Zurich festival? RS: A brilliant competition (30 films in 3 competitions) so beautiful, and the reaction in the audience wonde...

Interview with Karl Spoerri Artistic Director of Zurich Film Festival

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I had the opportunity to interview Karl Spoerri Artistic Director of Zurich Film Festival a few days before the festival was over.Polanski’s arrest suddenly put the festival in the spotlight. It clearly was wrong unwanted publicity…but still publicity.This being said, my first question to KarlBC: What are you most proud of in the 2009 edition of Zurich festival?RS: A brilliant competition (30 films in 3 competitions) so beautiful, and the reaction in the audience wonderful, all directors in...

Hola Mexico Film Festival 2009 highlights

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Hola Mexico Film Festival 2009 Film List• 9 contemporary feature films• 2 Documentaries• 2 Sexy/Comedias• 2 Family Films• 9 short films presented by IMCINE• 5 JULIO BRACHO films A TRIBUTE TO MEXICOOPENING NIGHT FILM:SIN NOMBREDIR. CARY FUKUNAGA (MEXICO/USA 2009, 96MIN, 35MM)SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLESCAST: EDGAR FLORES, DIANA GARCIA, PAULINA GAITAN AND TENOCH HUERTAMaking its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, Sin Nombre is an epic dramatic thriller from award-winn...

Zurich Film Festival ends with awards

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5th Zurich Film Festival: September 24 – October 4, 2009Sunday, October 4, 2009The three prize winners of the Zurich Film Festival’s “International Feature Film”, “German-Language Feature Film” and “International Documentary Film” competition categories have been announced: The Russian contribution Wolfy by Vasilij Sigarev won the International Feature Film Competition, the best German-Language Feature Film award went to 66/67 – Fairplay is over by Carsten Ludwig and Jan-Christ...

Roman Polanski could be extradited to U.S.

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  Roman Polanski is weighing his legal options after his arrest Saturday at the Zurich Airport. If he agrees to allow extradition, he could be sent to the U.S. within a few days. If he fights the order, it could take several months for the case to get through Swiss courts. Ever since being charged in 1977 for having sex with a 13-year-old girl, Polanski has lived in Paris and has avoi...

Polanski busted before his Zurich Fest homage

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The Zurich Film Festival received an unexpected international focus in the media when the news of Polanski's arrest became public. Polanski Le Locataire The tenant Roman Polanski was arrested september 27th by Swiss police in connection with a 32-year-old sex case at the request of U.S. authorities as the director arrived in the country to...

Polanski busted before his Zurich Fest homage

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The Zurich Film Festival received an unexpected international focus in the media when the news of Polanski arrest became public.Roman Polanski was arrested september 26th by Swiss police on his arrival at the Zurich airport in connection with a 32-year-old sex case at the request of U.S. authorities as the director arrived in the country to receive his award at the Zurich Film Festival. French minister of culture Frederic Mitterand, declared "There is a face of USA that we love, but today Americ...

Interview with French Film Director, Phillipe Seclier/"An American Journey"/Photographer Robert Frank

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"An American Journey: Revisiting Robert Frank's 'The Americans'": Opens at "The Film Forum" on Wednesday, September 30.  SA: Question:  "Robert Frank is thought of as one of the greatest living masters of photography.  How did you decide to make a film about him?"Phillipe Seclier: Answer: "It's a long story.  I traveled to the USA in 1984, and learned a lot about American culture, theater, movies, paintings and American photography.  In 2005, I was lookin...

Interview with French Film Director, Phillipe Seclier

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Interview with French Film Director, Phillipe Seclier/"An American Journey"/Photographer Robert Frank"An American Journey: Revisiting Robert Frank's 'The Americans'": Opens at "The Film Forum" on Wednesday, September 30. SA: Question: "Robert Frank is thought of as one of the greatest living masters of photography. How did you decide to make a film about him?"Phillipe Seclier: Answer: "It's a long story. I traveled to the USA in 1984, and learned a lot about American culture, theater, movies...

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