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Highlights from Five Flavours Film Festival, Warsaw

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The sixth edition of Five Flavours Film Festival opens today, 24 October, in Warsaw's Muranow and Praha cinemas. The festival is the only film event in Poland focused primarily on Asian cinema. The seven-day programme involves six sections and thirty new features with two European premieres. Every year, Five Flavours brings a deeper insight into the cinematography of a selected country from South-East Asia. The sixth edition presents Focus: Malaysia which is one of the main sections of this ye...

Robert de Niro to be honored at The Santa Barbara International Film Festival'

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 Director, producer and Academy Award-winning actor ROBERT DE NIRO has been chosen to receive The Santa Barbara International Film Festival's seventh annual KIRK DOUGLAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FILM at a black-tie Gala dinner at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara on Saturday, December 8, 2012.  Mr. De Niro will accept this honor from Mr. Douglas in recognition of his exceptional career spanning over four and a half decades, leading up to this year’s highly ...

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 ...

AFI announces Bernardo Bertolucci as Guest Artistic Director

The American Film Institute (AFI) announced today that internationally acclaimed filmmaker and Academy Award®-winning director and screenwriter Bernardo Bertolucci will serve as its Guest Artistic Director at AFI FEST 2012 presented by Audi. Last year’s Guest Artistic Director was Pedro Almodóvar, and David Lynch, an alumnus of the AFI Conservatory, held the role in 2010. As Guest Artistic Director, Bertolucci has selected four feature films for his special sidebar program at...

'Tango Underpants', a hot Aussie short film!

                              Aussie director/producer Miranda Edmonds with 'Tango Underpants' at Cinefest OZ, 2012 Aussie director/producer Miranda Edmonds' (Impian Films) latest venture is a short film entitled: 'Tango Underpants' (2012); it first began to create a buzz in August at Cinefest OZ 2012, and continues to do so during its development and production. Here's what Miranda had to say about this...

'Tango Underpants', a hot Aussie short film!

                              Aussie director/producer Miranda Edmonds with 'Tango Underpants' at Cinefest OZ, 2012 Aussie director/producer Miranda Edmonds' (Impian Films) latest venture is a short film entitled: 'Tango Underpants' (2012); it first began to create a buzz in August at Cinefest OZ 2012, and continues to do so during its development and production. Here's what Miranda had to say about this...

DUSTIN HOFFMAN Special Donostia Award 60 Anniversary

This year’s San Sebastian Festival closed with a Special 60th Anniversary Donostia Award to Dustin Hoffman, a tribute to one of Hollywood’s greatest actors, winner of two Academy Awards and with a brilliant career behind him. Hoffman also was chosen to close the Festival with his directorial debut: Quartet, on which the actor steps behind the camera to direct a splendid cast headlining Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Sheridan Smith, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay, Tr...

Dustin Hoffman, Special Donostia Award 60 Anniversary

This year’s San Sebastian Festival closed with a Special 60th Anniversary Donostia Award to Dustin Hoffman, a tribute to one of Hollywood’s greatest actors, winner of two Academy Awards and with a brilliant career behind him. Hoffman also was chosen to close the Festival with his directorial debut: Quartet, on which the actor steps behind the camera to direct a splendid cast headlining Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Sheridan Smith, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay, ...

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). &...

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...

The TURNING (2013)

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THE TURNING (2013) During Cinefest-OZ, actor and patron to the festival David Wenham discussed his recent turn from acting to directing in the film ‘The Turning’, an adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same title, ‘The Turning’ by Australian novelist Tim Winton. The film will be produced by Australia’s award-winning director/producer Robert Connolly (Underground, 2012; Balibo, 2009) and will be an experimental venture of about 14 short films completely indepe...

Mario Andreacchio at Cinefest-OZ 2012

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Mario Andreacchio Many refer to Mario Andreacchio as the father of international co-production. Mario has been directing and producing for almost 30 years and has overseen the co-production of Australia with most European countries; most recently he has become an expert on co-production with China and the world. Mario regularly leads panels and discussions on co-productions with China and the world. With all eyes presently on China for its increase in wealth and opportunitie...

THE TURNING (2013)

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THE TURNING (2013) During Cinefest-OZ, actor and patron to the festival David Wenham discussed his recent turn from acting to directing in the film ‘The Turning’, an adaptation of the bestselling novel of the same title, ‘The Turning’ by Australian novelist Tim Winton. The film will be produced by Australia’s award-winning director/producer Robert Connolly (Underground, 2012; Balibo, 2009) and will be an experimental venture of about 14 short films completely indepe...

JAN DARA- One more Version of Famous Thai Erotic Tale

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‘JAN DARA’-  Steamiest  Version of  Famous Thai Erotic Tale       I'm just back from the premiere of the steamiest  version of  possibly  the steamiest (and cruellest) novel in Thai literature  'Jan Dara' . The story of  a  sex-crazed house where a father despises his son and  sexually lures every woman he encounters, of older women who seduce young boys, of  maids who beckon virgin-masters, and  servants who violate virgin mistresses.  This is not a ...

Oliver Stone Special Donostia/San Sebastian fest 60th anniversary Award

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  Oliver Stone's latest film, Savages, will enjoy its premiere at the 60th edition of the San Sebastian Festival. The North American director will receive a Special Award in tribute to his career bestowed by the San Sebastian Festival on the occasion of its 60th anniversary. Oliver Stone (New York, 1946) is today one of the most emblematic makers of modern American film thanks to his treatment of red-hot social and political topics and his powerful visual style. Stone started in ...

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, ...

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...

Fantasia International Film Festival wrap up

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A RAGING SUCCESS ACROSS THE BOARD FOR FANTASIA’S SWEET 16th EDITION + FINAL PRIZES ANNOUNCED   The 16th edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival has just come to an end, and our team is celebrating the resounding success of this year’s edition. With over 109,000 spectators and industry attendees, this year saw record crowds flock to the event—up 7,000 people over last year. We would like to express our deep gratitude to the 150 directors, actors, screenwriters and producers w...

SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK: Lena Dunham

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This week we’re spotlighting Lena Dunham, a New York filmmaker who has made her debut into mainstream cinema with her indie comedy “Tiny Furniture”. (Image of Lena Dunham in the TV series “Girls”) Lena Dunham seems to be the girl that everyone is talking about at the minute. She has recently released the critically acclaimed series “Girls”, which has hit the roof in popularity and gained fans worldwide.  The show is about a group of twenty-something year old girls wh...

Seymour Cassel lends his name to new festival award at the Oldenburg Film Festival

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Independent icon Seymour Cassel lends his name to new festival award.    There is hardly an actor who better embodies the passion and love for independent cinema than American performer Seymour Cassel. For more than 50 years he has been working in front of the camera and is revered for his work with John Cassavetes while being THE face of independent cinema. Sam Peckinpah, Don Siege, Kenn Russell and Alender Rockwell or Wes Anderson have used his luminous qualities. For his performan...

Board Member updates: Volker Schlöndorff to give master class at MWFF

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Volker Schlöndorff to give master class at MWFF The noted German director, board member of the prestigious European Film Academy, Volker Schlöndorff, will give a master class at the upcoming Montreal World Film Festival it was announced. “Volker Schlöndorff is one of key members of the New German Cinema, that group of young filmmakers who, with talent, imagination and a daring choice of subjects, radically changed postwar German cinema,” said MWFF President Serge Losique. “...

Volker Schlöndorff to give master class at MWFF

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The noted German director, board member of the prestigious European Film Academy, Volker Schlöndorff, will give a master class at the upcoming Montreal World Film Festival it was announced. “Volker Schlöndorff is one of key members of the New German Cinema, that group of young filmmakers who, with talent, imagination and a daring choice of subjects, radically changed postwar German cinema,” said MWFF President Serge Losique. “It is a great privilege to be hosting his master...

Karlovy Vary 2012, echoes and encores, with a Certain Geriatric Regard!

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Besides the customary unveiling of new and upcoming talent from far and wide which is the hallmark of this festival,  Karlovy 2012 provided such an extensive look at film history that these selections alone could have constituted an entire festival on their own.  Among digitally restored new prints of landmark old films were Fellini's "La Strada, 1954, which among other things made burly actor Anthony Quinn into an arthouse icon, and Miloš Forman's "Fireman's Ball" (1967) the...

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