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16th Arab Film Festival opens in LA

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by Alex Deleon for <filmfestivals.com> The sixteenth edition of the Arab Film Festival (which travels to five cities in California) opened here on Friday, October 19 with a festive reception at the Screen writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills. This is an intensive three day event which will screen as many films as can be squeezed into a long weekend. The opening night film was "Man Without a Cell Phone", a debut feature by Palestinian filmmaker Sameh Zoabi who has won various...

Helpmann Awards 2012: Sydney, Australia

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  Helpmann Awards 2012: Sydney, Australia   Australia's top female dramatic actors, Robyn Nevin and Cate Blanchett, won their categories in the national Helpmann Awards presented in Sydney last night, but unusually no single production dominated the ceremony.   While Nevin won for Belvoir St Theatre's Summer of the Seventeenth Doll and Blanchett for Sydney Theatre Company's Gross und Klein, the award for best play went to Ganesh Versus the Third Reich by the G...

Merrick Watts to co-host Radio Awards with Sharon Osbourne

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  Merrick Watts to co-host Radio Awards with Sharon Osbourne   News Media Update...   Triple M Network’s national radio host Merrick Watts is to co-host this year’s Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) with special international guest, Sharon Osbourne.   The well-known comedian, radio host and television presenter said he was honoured to be co-hosting with such an internationally well-known personality.  “I was thrilled to be ...

Amitabh Bachchan will be guest of honour at the 12th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, the iconic face of Indian cinema, will be the guest of honour at the 12th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival.   The 12th River to River Florence Indian Film Festival, the only festival in Italy entirely devoted to Indian cinema and directed by Selvaggia Velo, will take place at Cinema Odeon, in Florence, from 7th to 13th December, under the Patronage of the Embassy of India and the Italy-India association.   This is an extreme...

The jury members of The 9th Bahamas Film Fest

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  Bruno Chatelin Short Film Bruno Chatelin, HEC Business School alumni, began his marketing career in 1979 with large international Advertising Agencies: Publicis, DMM Masius and JWT, where he handled accounts such as Kellog’s Unilever, Colgate Palmolive, Mars Foods, Mastercard...  Former film distributor He started in 1985 working for Sony then UGC 20th Century FOX in France (Marketing Director and Managing Director) he has launched ...

Iranian Cinema brain drain continues with Bahman Ghobadi at Toronto

by Alex Deleon for <filmfestivals.com>  Bahman Ghobadi       RHINO SEASON is Ghobadi's first film since he fled Iran        The stars of Rhino Season (from left) Behrouz Vossoughi, Monica Bellucci, Bahman Ghobadi, Belcim Bilgin and Arash Labaf IRANIAN CINEMA BRAIN DRAIN CONTINUES With Bahman ...

FNC opens with La mise à l’aveugle (Small Blind) by Quebec director Simon Galiero

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41ST FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINÉMA   The Festival du nouveau cinéma is opening its 41st edition on October 10 with the world premiere of La mise à l’aveugle (Small Blind) by Quebec director Simon Galiero. Camille Rewinds by French actress/director Noémie Lvovsky will close the Festival on Saturday, October 20. La mise à l’aveugle (Small Blind), second feature by Simon Galiero (Nuages sur la ville), will mark the off...

Virginia Film Festival highlights

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The Virginia Film Festival announced today that it is adding five of the most highly-anticipated films of the season to its 25th Anniversary program, putting  the exclamation point on a remarkable collection of more than 120 films to be presented from November 1-4 in Charlottesville.   The Virginia Film Festival is presented by the University of Virginia and its College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.   VFF Director Jody Kielbasa announced that the David O. Russell...

First Time Fest will launch in NY

First Time Fest (FTF) – a celebration of first time filmmakers – is a new and unique film festival, event and opportunity taking place in New York City from March 1-March 4, 2013. Just as Quentin Tarantino had RESERVOIR DOGS, Orson Welles his CITIZEN KANE, Sam Mendes’ AMERICAN BEAUTY, Rob Reiner with THIS IS SPINAL TAP and John Huston had THE MALTESE FALCON as their first works, First Time Fest’s mission is to discover and present the next generation of great cinema by ...

Monica Bellucci and Bahman Gobhadi to present "Fasle Kargadan / Rhino Season"

  On Wednesday September 26th at 19:00, the Kursaal Auditorium will host the European premiere of Bahman Gobhadi´s film, Fasle Karagdan / Rhino Season. The director will attend the screening with the cast headliners Monica Bellucci, Behrouz Vossoughi and Belçim Bilgin. Bahman Gobhadi has won the Golden Shell on two occasions at the San Sebastian Festival, in 2004 with Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand / Turtles Can Fly and in 2006 with Niwemang / Half Moon. In 2007 Gobhadi was...

Fine

Director: The Heyl Brothers.
The talented Heyl Brothers take you on a romantic journey of hope and love. The life of the happy and positive official Dickie (Corstiaan Smorenburg) suddenly changes when he meets a local traffic warden (Babette Holtmann) and falls in love. Unfortunately she is not that charmed, leaving Dickie desperate for her attention. Many lives are affected on Dickie’s quest for love…but will he finally conquer her heart? Young, old, religious or atheist. Anyone who’s in for a laugh, a sucker for love, longs for togetherness, is brainwashed by Disney and loves a happy end! For all you pessimists, chronically depressed, worrywarts and gloomy souls: We can’t be held responsible for life changing events or any sudden occurrence of hope, view at your own risk… we can however recommend this movie.

THE LAND OF HOPE received the NETPAC Award

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    The 37th Toronto International Film Festival 2012 announced its award winners today. Sion Sono’s new film, THE LAND OF HOPE received the NETPAC Award.    New this year is the NETPAC Award for the Best First or Second Feature World or International Asian Film Premiere, as selected by a jury from the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema. Jury members include Laurice Guillen (Philippines), Shelly Kraicer (Toronto/Beijing) and Azize Tan (Istanbul). &...

The Acid Theatre

Director: The Heyl Brothers.
In this alternate reality of the ‘50’s we follow a little girl “Iza” (Lisa Eernisse) who after a horrifying incident with her father, wakes up in the afterlife. Here she meets strange creatures of the night, who take her to a party of darkness hosted by “Rinse”. Surrounded by terrifying creatures she feels utterly disrupted in her reality. Rinse notices this and shows her the alternate version of the party through the power of his music. Now Iza is in a blissful place, meeting all the wonderful creatures she once feared. But the journey is far from over. Iza needs to get home and only Rinse can show her the way… The Concept - Additional Information The Acid Theatre is a unique concept evolving from a meeting between a director and a music artist. The video and the song are created simultaneously by an extraordinary joint venture of two professionals, both specialized in their game. Challenged by their ability to adapt to one another the project was put to a whole new level of creativity. Another unique thing about this unique production is that it’s been fully financed by the artists. This gave them total creative freedom to apply the newest techniques in cinema production, like the custom developed E.D.I.© effect. Dubtek DuBTeK , a mix of “Dubstep” and “Tekno”, is a new futuristic and up-beat dance music. DuBTeK is on the rise to be the next big thing and “The Acid Theatre” shall be the messenger to deliver this prophecy to the devoted followers of dance music. EDI “Extreme Detail Image” is the new ultra high definition experience which will give your film the fullest and richest detail possible. The Acid Theatre© is the first film project in which E.D.I has been fully enabled.

The 37th Toronto International Film Festival announced its award recipients

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  The 37th Toronto International Film Festival announced its award recipients today at a reception at the Intercontinental Hotel Toronto. The Canadian awards below were selected by a jury comprised of producer and filmmaker Jody Shapiro, CPH PIX Festival Director Jacob Neiiendam, actor and filmmaker Valerie Buhagiar and director, writer and producer Patricia Rozema. THE CITY OF TORONTO + CANADA GOOSE AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN FEATURE FILM  The City of Toronto + Canada G...

The 24th annual Boston Jewish Film Festival

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The 24th annual Boston Jewish Film Festival will present 45 films from Nov. 7-19, ranging from an upbeat documentary about one of the world’s best known songs to edgy women’s films to an American classic hand-picked by a theatre giant to a shorts film competition to many exciting debuts from directors.   A worldwide selection of film from the U.S., Israel, Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, Nigeria, Russia and South Africa will screen at Greater Boston area theatres with panel dis...

16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards announcing recipients

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Judd Apatow 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Times, is pleased to announce that writer/director/producer Judd Apatow will be given the “Hollywood Comedy Award”; actor John Hawkes will receive the "Hollywood Breakout Performance Award"; actress Quvenzhane Wallis will receive the "New Hollywood Award"; cinematographer Wally Pfister, A.S.C. will receive the “Hollywood Cinematographer Award”; ...

TIFF Deal on UK release of Matteo Garonne’s Cannes Grand Prix winner REALITY

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Independent Distribution have struck a deal with Fandango Portobello to co-release Matteo Garonne’s Cannes Grand Prix winner REALITY in the UK, which screens tonight as part of the official selection at The Toronto International Film Festival.  Luc Roeg, CEO of Independent made the announcement today.  The deal was negotiated between Roeg and Janine Gold of Fandango Portobello. Leading the project will be newly appointed Heads of Distribution, Sarah Townsend and Stef...

Dustin Hoffman, Special 60th Anniversary Donostia Award

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  Today we attended the official presentation of the 60th San Sebastian International Film Festival. Every day since the beginning of September we have been receiving news about films and film stars that will be attending the San Sebastian Film Festival on its 60th Anniversary due from 21-29 of September. Names like Richard Gere,Susan Sarandon,Oliver Stone,Tommy Lee Jones,John Travolta,Ewan MacGregor will be on the red carpet during the festival. Today jet anothe...

Audience award to Claude Gagnon's Karaka

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KARAKARA Looking to embark on a spiritual journey, Pierre Masson, a 61-year-old retired Quebec university professor, ends up making a short, unsettling trip around Okinawa with Junko, a 40-year-old runaway wife. The unprepared intellectual would rather not get involved with this unlikely and passionate lover, especially in an unfamiliar and disorienting cultural context. The confused, unwilling sexagenarian decides nevertheless to follow his destiny, unsure of where it (she?…) wil...

Masterclass with Frank Darabont ...and more at the Zurich Film Festival

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The Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) announced today the revered group of industry professionals that will headline the Festival’s signature Master Class series. 2012 ZFF Master Class instructors include: ●          Three-time Academy Award® nominated writer, producer and director Frank Darabont ("The Green Mile,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Walking Dead”) ●          Two-time Academy Award® nominated producer Michael Shamberg (“Pulp Fiction...

Danny Huston and his nephew Jack at the MWFF for Two Jacks

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American film star Danny Huston and his nephew Jack will attend the Montreal World Film Festival for the premiere of Two Jacks directed by Bernard Rose. They will be accompanied by the film's producer Julia Verdin. In 2011 at the MWFF Huston won best actor for his role in Eran Riklis' Playoff. “I really enjoyed the Festival last year and I'm happy to be returning with Two Jacks,” said Huston.  “One of the great dynasties of American cinema, the Hustons have given us great films f...

Dick Van Dyke Honored With 2012 SAG Life Achievement Award

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Dick Van Dyke, beloved actor, singer, dancer, writer and comedian, will receive SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor – the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Van Dyke will be presented the performers union’s most prestigious accolade, given annually to an actor who fosters the “finest ideals of the acting profession,” at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which premieres live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET, ...

One Day After Peace

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Director: Erez Laufer & Miri Laufer.
Can the means used to resolve the conflict in South Africa be applied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? As someone who experienced both conflicts firsthand, Robi Damelin wonders about this. Born in South Africa during the apartheid era, she later lost her son, who was serving with the Israeli Army reserve in the Occupied Territories. At first she attempted to initiate a dialogue with the Palestinian who killed her child. When her overtures were rejected, she embarked on a journey back to South Africa to learn more about the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee in overcoming years of enmity. Robi’s thought-provoking journey leads from a place of deep personal pain to a belief that a better future is possible.

The Dark Knight Rises review

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The Dark Knight Rises Starring:  Christian Bale,Michael Caine,Tom Hardy,Gary Oldman,Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson,Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple, Matthew Modine, Cillian Murphy,Tom Conti Director: Christopher Nolan Don't be fooled by posters proclaiming the end of the caped crusader  in Christopher Nolan's  third (and concluding?) chapter of his Batman trilogy which began with BatMan Begins (2005) followed by The Dark Knight ( 2008) It coul...

FAST PACED ESPIONAGE ACTIONER :THE BOURNE LEGACY

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  The Bourne Legacy Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Oscar Isaac, Stacy Keach, Albert Finney, Scott Glenn, David Strathairn, Joan Allen Director: Tony Gilroy Fast-paced and emotionally nuanced, Tony (“Michael Clayton,” “Duplicity”) Gilroy's powerfully staged spy thriller-actioner  has little in common with Eric Van Lustbader 's 2004 novel The Bourne Legacy, fourth in the series created by Robert Ludlum. Lustbader shared an agent with Ludlum, and  rein...

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