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Inaugural Aruba reveals line up for upcoming film feast at Dutch Caribbean island

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ARUBA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL UNVEILS OFFICIAL 2010 LINEUP Richard Gere starrer “Hachiko” and Duplass Brothers’ “Cyrus” To Bookend The Festival As the Opening and Closing Night Films Thelma Schoonmaker and Patricia Clarkson Among the Notable Guests To Join Richard Gere and Guillermo Arriaga in AIFF’s Signature “In Conversation With” Series Aruba – May 20, 2010 – Program details for the inaugural Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF), which takes place June 4-11, 2010, ...

German Films in the US since 1979 ...

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Among the top foreign language features shown in the United States from 1979 through 2009 which grossed $1,3 billion dollars, German productions ranked seventh behind France, Taiwan, China, Italy, Mexico, and Spain with a total of $49 million. Only five German features generated more than $5 million in the US: DOWNFALL, NOWHERE IN AFRICA, RUN LOLA RUN, LIVES OF OTHERS, and the commercially most successful one, DAS BOOT, a 1982 release, which scored $11.5 million. It may very well be that ...

55th Village Voice OBIE Awards

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By: Maria Esteves – May 22, 2010 The 55th Annual 2010 Village Voice OBIE Awards honoring Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theater exceptional achievements of 2009-2010, co-hosted by Tony Award winners Michael Cerveris and Anika Noni Rose (2001 OBIE Award winner, Eli's Comin') were held at the historical Webster Hall ballroom, New York, Monday, May 17, 8:00 pm. This year’s award presenters were J. Smith Cameron, Viola Davis, Marin Ireland, Linda Lavin, Hamish Linklater, Sam Rockwell, ...

Brisbane HRAFF just around the corner

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With Brisbane HRAFF just around the corner we thought it would be a good opportunity to send out a program update.GUEST SPEAKERSHRAFF is pleased to announce that Peter Kennedy - spiritual leader of St Mary's-in-exile, will introduce the inspirational film Pray the Devil Back to Hell at the Visy Theatre, Sunday 30 May 6.30pm. Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles the remarkable story of thousands of Liberian women of different faith who came together to stage a silent protest to end a bloody civ...

Politics + Hollywood = Poliwood

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  It is a powerful mathematical equation: Politics + Hollywood = Poliwood. In his latest film, Oscar winning director and Connecticut resident Barry Levinson (RAIN MAN) surveys the close dance between the celebrity culture of the film capital and the political halls of power in Washington. The film is the Closing Night attraction for this year's Connecticut Film Festival on Saturday evening at 730pm at the historic Palace Theater, preceded by the announcement of the Festival's awards in ...

The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 53rd San Francisco International Film

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The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 - May 6) with 293 screenings of 181 films from 46 countries, with 188 filmmakers and 104 industry guests from 23 countries in attendance and more than 75,000 filmgoers. The Festival sold out 92 screenings during its 15-day run, including five sellouts of the 1,400-seat Castro Theatre (An Evening with Roger Ebert & Friends, An Evening with Robert Duvall, world premiere of All About Evil, 20...

British Actress Jodie Whittaker Coming To Zlin

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  British actress Jodie Whittaker is the first of many international guests to be announced who will be coming to the Zlin Film Festival in the Czech Republic later this month to help fete the Festival on its 50th anniverary. Whittaker has previously been seen at the Zlin Film Festival before, albeit only on the big screen. Two years ago, the Festival screened the screen comedy ST. TRINIAN'S in its Competition Section. This year, Whittaker appears in two films screening at the ...

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) nomination council

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  The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) today announced members of the 2010 APSA Nominations Council, comprising international film industry experts from eight countries drawn from high profile academic institutions, film festivals and film organisations across Asia-Pacific. The 2010 Council chaired by Professor Hong-Joon Kim (Republic of Korea) includes two new members: producer/ director Nan Achnas (Indonesia) and producer/author Peggy Chiao (Taiwan). Entries open toda...

Tribeca FF Films Come To You

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Economic blues got you counting your pennies? Volcanic ash delaying your flight to New York? Can't get motivated to get dressed and come downtown? Afraid to be seen in public? Well, if you are a cinema lover and cannot quite overcome your own neuroses or spewing volcanos to attend this year's Tribeca Film Festival, don't despair.....the Festival is now coming to you. Tribeca Film, supported by founding partner American Express, has acquired the rights to distribute 12 independent films ...

updates from Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival 2010

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Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival 2010 to showcase talented cinematographers and entice film lovers to a cinematic spree in West Cork.  The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival 2010, which will again take place in Schull, West Cork, from 27-30th May this year, promises to be an endorsement of real talent, with over 135 films submitted to date.    The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival is an independent festival, dedicated to bringing together established and first-...

87 films premieres from 30 countries at Documenta 10

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In its 7th year, DOCUMENTA MADRID continues its commitment to quality in its Competitive sections, which for the second consecutive year will be making their premieres in Spain. Of the 1153 documentaries submitted to competition, 87 have been selected. By category, there will be: 38 films in the Original Documentary Film Competition (18 full-length and 20 short films); 22 in the Documentary Competition and 27 in the National Competition (11 full-length and 16 short films). The 87 movies from 30 ...

Edinburgh Film Festival will open with Chomet's magical animated feature film The illusionist

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The Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) announced today that Sylvain Chomet's magical animated feature film THE ILLUSIONIST will be the Opening Gala at this year's Festival, which runs from 16 - 27 June 2010. Released in the UK by Warner Bros. Pictures UK on behalf of Pathe, THE ILLUSIONIST is directed, adapted and designed by Academy Award® nominee Sylvain Chomet (THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE / BELLEVILLE RENDEZVOUS), from the original script by comedy genius and French cinema l...

Freakonomics selected to close Tribeca

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  The Tribeca Film Festival today announced that "Freakonomics" will serve as the closing gala of the Festival on April 30.  The Festival will also host a gala premiere of "Letters to Juliet" on April 25 and a special presentation of "My Own Love Song."  The 9th annual Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) will run from April 21 to May 2, 2010.   From the innovative documentary filmmakers behind "Super Size Me," "Enron: The Smartest Guys i...

French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in New York will honor Vera Belmont and her work

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Cinema According to Véra Belmont featuring special screenings with Véra Belmont and Jackie Raynal April 6 - April 27, 2010 FIAF · Florence Gould Hall 55 East 59th Street, NYC This April, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York's premiere French cultural center, will celebrate France's "Grande Dame" of cinema for the last 45 years with a new CinémaTuesdays series entitled, Cinema According to Véra Belmont. The series will examine the prolific artist's...

Live! Ammunition! Pitching Competition and After Party

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Master of Ceremonies: Elliot Grove Venue: TBA Date: October 2010 (exact date to be announced) Duration: Evening Time: 6:30 - 9pm Price: $10.00 This is it! Your chance to pitch your movie idea directly to a panel of top Canadian film executives. These are the people who matter. They are the people who buy scripts - they are the people who decide what will be made and what won't. Your chance to pitch your movie idea to the people who can get it in cinemas in this intense emotional...

The Global Film Village: Academy Slaps Hurt Locker Producer his invitations have been withdrawn

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   based on a Getty Images photoby Marla LewinThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that Nicolas Chartier, has been denied attendance at the 82nd Academy Awards® as a penalty for violating Academy campaigning standards. If “The Hurt Locker” becomes the latest recipient of the Best Picture award at Sunday’s ceremonies, only three of the picture’s producers will be present for the celebration. The fourth of the film’s credited producers credentials...

Keri Putnam appointed as the Sundance Institute's new Executive Director

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Robert Redford, Founder and President of Sundance Institute, and Wally Weisman, Chairman of the Board, today announced the appointment of Keri Putnam as the Institute's new Executive Director. "In the spirit of moving forward with new ideas and a fresh approach in the environment that surrounds us, Keri's appointment reflects the new direction in which Sundance Institute is headed," Redford said. Putnam, who recently served as President of Production for Miramax Films, the Wa...

And the winner is CELDA 211 !!!!!

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Last night in Madrid we attended the Goya 2010 Gala where Celda 211 the prison drama film directed by Daniel Monzón became the greatest winner with 8 awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress. (see the winners list below)The night´s fight was against, Alejandro Amenábar´s Agora who ended up with 7 Goyas but most of them in technical categories. No big surprises with the winners but there were a couple. One is that Oscar winner and nominee Pen...

AVATAR and THE HURT LOCKER Lead the 82nd Academy Awards Nominations

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By Maria Esteves - February 2, 2010 The 82nd Academy Awards nominations were announced by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) President Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway, on Tuesday, February 2, 2010. AVATAR, directed by James Cameron and THE HURT LOCKER, directed by Kathryn Bigelow (Cameron's ex-wife) picked up nine Oscar nominations including best picture and best director. The 82nd Academy Awards ceremony presented by AMPAS for outstanding film achieve...

Oscar nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards Announced

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by Marla Lewin Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar® nominee Anne Hathaway took the stage at a 5:38 a.m. PT this morning, live news conference to announce the nominees in 10 of the 24 categories. Nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards Best motion picture of the year Avatar(20th Century Fox), A Lightstorm Entertainment Production, James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers The Blind Side (Warner Bros.), An Alcon Entertai...

The Global Film Village: Nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards Announced

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by Marla LewinAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2008 Oscar® nominee Anne Hathaway took the stage at a 5:38 a.m. PT this morning, live news conference to announce the nominees in 10 of the 24 categories.Nominations for the 82nd Academy AwardsBest motion picture of the yearAvatar(20th Century Fox), A Lightstorm Entertainment Production, James Cameron and Jon Landau, ProducersThe Blind Side (Warner Bros.), An Alcon Entertainment Production, Nominees to be determ...

Oscar Snubs and Surprises

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    Yes, we all expected AVATAR and THE HURT LOCKER to have good showings for this morning's Oscar nomination announcements (they are both tied at 9 nominations each) and we were not surprised when the names George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep were intoned at the 5:30am ceremony in Los Angeles. And yes, even the six nods for PRECIOUS (including well-deserved nominations for Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, director Lee Daniels and screenwriter Geoffrey Flet...

The Kids Are All Right Premieres at Sundance Film Festival to Rave Reviews

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Director Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2010 to very positive reviews, resulting in one of the festival's most visible bidding war. Rumored suitors included Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics, The Weinstein Company, and Summit Entertainment; however, Focus Features (the specialty film unit of Universal Pictures) confirmed on Thursday that they had picked up distribution rights for the United States, the United Kingdom, South...

A road to the GOYAS – Best Film Nominees

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Los Goyas,Spanish equivalent to the OSCAR or BAFTA were created in 1987.Let´s get to know the Film Nominees a bit better.CELDA 211 – 16 nominations Prison drama directed by Daniel Monzón Plot : Juan Oliver wants to make a good impression at his new job as a prison officer and reports to work a day early, leaving his pregnant wife, Elena, at home. His destiny is forever changed by this fateful decision, as during his tour of the prison, an accident occurs that knocks him unconscio...

Official Reception for the Goya Nominees

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Today in Madrid nominees to the Spanish 24th Academy Awards,known as Goyas, got together for the traditional Family Photo. Alex de la Iglesia,President of the Academia de Las Artes y Las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España and Ignacio Gonzales,Vicepresident of Comunidad de Madrid hosted the event. In words of the President we could hear the joy of their job wich was received with lots of applauses. Among guests we could see the cast of Celda 211,with 16 nominations,a big representa...

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