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24th Israel Film Festival Special Panel with Israeli Filmmakers

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By Maria Esteves - January 9, 2010 The 24th Israel Film Festival (IFF) in New York presented by IsraFest Foundation was held at the SVA Theatre, New York, December 5-13, 2009. The festival founded in 1982 by Meir Fenigstein, IsraFest Foundation, Inc., is the largest showcase of Israeli films throughout the world that supports emerging and established filmmakers. This year's festival included ten feature films, ten documentaries, nine U.S. premieres, five East Coast premieres, four New Yo...

Tobruk

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Director: Václav Marhoul.
There is only a very thin line between heroism and cowardice. Courage is the will power, which no man has enough to spare. If used, it is soon exhausted. Courage is the capital, which we spend gradually. Thus, the last order may be the order to pay out the account drawing to zero. The deepest fear rises when a man is floundered by a current, all alone, having nothing to hold on and not being able to cope. This is the main topic and the artistic motto of this wartime psychological drama. North Africa, II. WW, Fall 1941. Jiri Pospichal, twenty years old, signs up as a volunteer in the Czechoslovak army. His naive ideas about heroism are rawly confronted with the hell of the African desert, complicated relationships in his unit and the ubiquitous threat of death. All this takes its cruel toll in the shape of his gradual loss of self respect and courage. He is full of self-confidence and patriotic ideals, yet at the same time is deeply frustrated by his father, whom he views as a collaborator. His closest companion is a Jewish soldier, Jan Lieberman, in many ways more mature. Their opposite, in turn, is Corporal Kohák, a former member of the French Foreign Legion, for whom warfare is above all a profession The psychological drama between these three characters, the differing attitudes and personalities of each of them, are, during the course of the story and most clearly in its dramatic climax, brought into confrontation with a clear and harsh test of the moral character of all. The plot of the film is freely based on the classic American novel “The Red Badge of Courage” by Stephen Crane, first published in New York in 1897.

The 2010 Buff New Year's Message (from Buff Enterprises)

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Film buffs will continue to be spoiled in 2010 as the awards season continues in full swing with the long awaited release of ‘Precious’ at the end of January. Produced by Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey, Precious (Based on the novel 'Push’ by Sapphire) is set in Harlem in 1987 and is the powerful and disturbing story of an obese teenage black girl whose life is a living hell. Pregnant for the second time by her father and bullied and abused both emotionally and physically by her mother, she ...

The Global Film Village: Roy E. Disney Dies at 79

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  Hollywood and the world mourns the loss of Roy E. Disney who during his time with the Company that his uncle and father founded has always strived to keep the legacy alive and build for the future.The following is the official Disney Company release. ROY E. DISNEY, KEY FIGURE IN REVITALIZING THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY AND DISNEY'S ANIMATION LEGACY, DIES AT AGE 79       (c) the Walt Disney Co.   MULTI-FACETED FORMER DISNEY VICE CHAIRMAN WAS A LE...

Jewish film scores to life for a one-time-only concert at the Atlanta Symphony Hall

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  In a first-ever collaboration, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival will partner with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to bring some of the most beloved Jewish film scores to life for a one-time-only concert on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at 8 p.m., at Atlanta Symphony Hall. The AJFF Gala Concert kicks off the 10th Annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, which runs Jan. 13-24, 2010.   The Jan. 4 concert, sponsored by Turner Classic Movies and Comcast, will be the first time a concert of ...

David Drummond joins BigPond® Adelaide Film Festival as General Manager

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BigPond Adelaide Film Festival (BAFF) is delighted to announce respected Scottish film identity, David Drummond as its new General Manager. David comes to BAFF with over ten year's film festival experience with the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) where he worked within both the programming and administration departments. Amongst his many achievements was the co- production of the ‘Mirrorball' music and street culture strand which since its introduction toured extensi...

A new Head at the European Documentary Network

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With the appointment of Cecilia Lidin as Head of EDN follows also a reorganisation of the EDN office and of the way EDN will be functioning. The daily running and strategic planning will be done in shared management between Lidin and EDN Network Manager Hanne Skjødt. Together they will be responsible for both the short and long term developments of EDN and will be referring to the EDN Executive Committee. Besides these changes at the EDN office Cecilia Lidin also plans to re-struct...

2009 CMJ Film Festival Closing Night Audience Awards

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By Maria Esteves - November 27, 2009  The 29th Annual CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival 2009 (CMJ09), Closing Night Audience Awards preceded the Premiere of THE MESSENGER, written and directed by Oren Moverman, held at the Chelsea Clearview Cinema, New York, Friday, October 23, 7:30 P.M. The award acknowledges the best in music films and emerging directors. Since 1978, CMJ Network, Inc., founded by Robert K. Haber promotes the best in new music through interactive media, live eve...

CMJ Film Festival Closing Night Audience Awards

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The 29th Annual CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival 2009 (CMJ09), Closing Night Audience Awards preceded the Premiere of THE MESSENGER, written and directed by Oren Moverman, held at the Chelsea Clearview Cinema, New York, Friday, October 23, 7:30 P.M. The award acknowledges the best in music films and emerging directors. Since 1978, CMJ Network, Inc., founded by Robert K. Haber promotes the best in new music through interactive media, live events, and print. CMJ annually presents Music Marathon ...

Boston Jewish Film Festival favorites

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The audience at this year's 21st annual Boston Jewish Film Festival has voted its favorites. In total, the Festival screened 40 films from 15 countries. The Festival's audience voted in two categories, Best Feature Fiction and Best Documentary Feature.Award-winners are as follows:- Best Feature Fiction: Eli & Ben (Eli v'Ben) (Israel, 2008, 89 min., 35mm) had its Massachusetts Premiere in this year's Festival. In Ori Ravid's engrossing debut feature film, Walk on Water's Lior Ashkenazi plays Ben,...

2009 Lineup, party info, tix now on sale!

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2009 NEW YORK CITY HORROR FILM FESTIVAL FEATURED FILM  SELECTION ANNOUNCED! Featuring a truly International Variety of Films Programs Include over 50 feature & short Horror and Sci-Fi films, panels, and parties!  Full Lineup, trailers, schedule, and tickets available at www.NYCHorrorfest.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (November 11th 2009, New York City)  The 2009 New York City Horror Film Festival (NYCHFF) today announced their 2009 feature film lineup that includes over fifty fea...

Interview with New York Film Festival Program Director Richard Pena

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Interview with New York Film Festival Program Director Richard Pena By Maria Esteves - October 26, 2009 Dedicated to the loving memory of Florence Perlow Shientag (September 9, 1908 - October 7, 2009)As Lincoln Center celebrates it's 50th Anniversary (October 15, 2009 - January 16, 2010), Richard Pena (RP) program director and chairman of the selection committee at The Film Society of Lincoln Center presents Italian Neorealism and the Birth of Modern Cinema at the Walter Reade Theater, October 3...

first selections from International Film Festival Rotterdam

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39th International Film Festival Rotterdam January 27 – February 7, 2010 Ben Russell’s LET EACH ONE GO WHERE HE MAY, Anocha Suwichakornpong’s MUNDANE HISTORY and Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio’s TO THE SEA have been selected in the VPRO Tiger Awards Competition 2010. The Tiger Awards Jury 2010 will include Argentinean filmmaker Lucrecia Martel, French actress Jeanne Balibar and Singapore International Film Festival director Philip Cheah. A further two jury members will be announced later. The 39...

Interview with New York Film Festival Program Director Richard Pena

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By Maria Esteves - October 26, 2009Dedicated to the loving memory of Florence Perlow Shientag (September 9, 1908 - October 7, 2009)As Lincoln Center celebrates it's 50th Anniversary (October 15, 2009 - January 16, 2010), Richard Pena (RP) program director and chairman of the selection committee at The Film Society of Lincoln Center presents Italian Neorealism and the Birth of Modern Cinema at the Walter Reade Theater, October 30 - November 24, 2009. Pena discovered his love of film early in l...

The 18th Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival

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The Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival is a traditional festival for Chinese filmmakers, organized by the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles and China Film Association. The annual festival is held in one of China's large or medium-sized cities each year and usually lasts for five days. Awarded to publicly showed films in the year, the Golden Rooster Awards consist of Best Film, Best Documentary, Best Science and Education Film, Best Cartoon, Best Traditiona...

22nd Tokyo International Film Festival

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The 22nd Tokyo International Film Festival, held from October 17 (Sat) until October 25 (Sun), 2009, has played an integral role in Japan's film industry and cultural scene since its establishment in 1985. TIFF aspires to be recognized as one of the four major film festivals in the world - in the same league as Cannes, Venice and Berlin, which now stand at the summit of the more than 2,600 international film celebrations. "Films don't necessarily have to portray the era, however,...

The Prix Eurimages at the European Film Awards

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The winners of the third edition of the Prix Eurimages, an award acknowledging the decisive role of co-productions in the European film industry, were announced on Saturday at a lunch held in the framework of the “New Cinema Network” in Rome attended by a large number of professionals from the cinema industry.This year’s prize will go to two outstanding producers who have combined their efforts to develop and promote European cinema: Diana Elbaum and Jani Thiltges – two major names in in...

Elefest Festival in Elephant and Castle

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Elefest is returning to Elephant and Castle next weekend, with an exceptional line up of talent, films and workshops – proving the area is one of London’s leading creative hubs. Most people do not know the origin of Elephant and Castle: in older times when 17th century brits heard for the first time "l'Infante de Castille" they thought they had understood it all as "Elephant and Castle"Highlights for 2009 include screenings in the world’s first solar powered cinema, a unique mobile phone f...

Bollywood director Yash Chopra to be honored at Pusan festvial

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As an indication of the ever increasing outreach of Bollywood, one of the most famous practitioners and directors of this special Indian brand of film, Yash Chopra, 76, will be honored at the upcoming 14th annual Pusan IFF in South Korea, where he will  be named "Asian filmaker of the year".  An Asian (Indian) cinema night will be held in Chopra's honor. Since his directorial debut in 1959 with a film called "Dhool ka Phool" (Blossoms in the dust) Chopra has dir...

Bollywood director Yash Chopra to be honored at Pusan festvial

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As an indication of the ever increasing outreach of Bollywood, one of the most famous practitioners and directors of this special Indian brand of film, Yash Chopra, 76, will be honored at the upcoming 14th annual Pusan IFF in South Korea, where he will be named "Asian filmaker of the year". An Asian (Indian) cinema night will be held in Chopra's honor. Since his directorial debut in 1959 with a film called "Dhool ka Phool" (Blossoms in the dust) Chopra has directed a total of 21 features, whic...

Check Zurich Film Festival entire festival program

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5th Zurich Film Festival: September 24 – October 4, 2009Thursday, September 10, 2009Thirty Films in Three Competitions, Ten World Premieres and Celebrated GuestsThe 5th Zurich Film Festival has announced further film highlights, introduced the three competition juries and presented the entire festival program.Festival directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri and curators of the Competition Program Christine von Fragstein and Nikolaj Nikitin, announced the Competition and the Out of Compet...

2009 Tallgrass Film Festival to Light Up Broadway

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Wichita Association for the Motion Picture Arts (WAMPA) announced highlights of the 7th annual Tallgrass Film Festival , which will take place at locations in and around downtown Wichita, Oct. 23-25, 2009. This year’s festival will showcase two of the city’s downtown districts. The “Historic District” will feature screenings and events at venues including The Orpheum, Wichita Scottish Rite Temple, and Bank of America. The “River District” will feature screenings at Century II and the...

"A Perfect Getaway" offers a perfect ($100,000)promo trip to Hawai

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Mika Kaurismäki Is Coming to Motovun Film Festival!

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Mika Kaurismäki, a renowned Finnish film director and a member of the famous Kaurismäki family of filmmakers, is coming to Motovun Film Festival! Mika Kaurismäki is also the older brother of the world famous Finnish filmmaker Aki. In the first decade of their work, the Kaurismäki brothers marked the new era of Finnish cinema with their joint projects. Their joint works accounted for almost one third of Finnish film production of the time! Although Mika Kaurismäki started worki...

Mika Kaurismäki Is Coming to Motovun Film Festival!

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Mika Kaurismäki, a renowned Finnish film director and a member of the famous Kaurismäki family of filmmakers, is coming to Motovun Film Festival! Mika Kaurismäki is also the older brother of the world famous Finnish filmmaker Aki. In the first decade of their work, the Kaurismäki brothers marked the new era of Finnish cinema with their joint projects. Their joint works accounted for almost one third of Finnish film production of the time! Although Mika Kaurismäki started working on film by...
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