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San Sebastian retrospective: ''American Way of Death: American Film Noir 1990-2010''

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San Sebastian retrospective: ''American Way of Death: American Film Noir 1990-2010''   The retrospective dedicated to American film noir will open at the 59th edition of the Festival with TEXAS KILLING FIELDS, a film to compete in the Official Selection at Venice Festival. This gripping thriller proves that the genre is fighting trim: set in the Texas bayous, the tale tracks two detectives pitted against mysterious unsolved murders all occurring in a haunti...

FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD, SFF

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THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD (2011) screened at SFF 2011 in the Open Air cinema. Director Joshua Marston and his main cast Tristan Halilaj and Sindi Laçej appeared at the festival to attend press conferences, talent campus labs and Q and A's after screenings of their film. The very much talked about and gripping film, The Forgiveness of Blood, by American director and pioneering arthouse/foreign film advocate (director of Maria Full of Grace, 2004), opened at the 2011 Berlinale Film Festival. FORG...

Son of the Stars

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Director: Michelle Chen Miao.
Young mother ZhengZheng with her autistic son travels long way from North, looking for her missing husband. She finds no clue of her husband in DongGuan with tens of thousands of factories. Instead, she finds herself a job in a factory while leaving her son to the attention of a community home. Soon she gets promoted, moves into a high-rise apartment building and has a boyfriend. Everything seems going well until she tries to put her autistic son into the picture. She tries hard and finally she tries to get rid of the trouble-making boy. But life becomes much worse to her with the growing anxiety…

The Forgiveness of Blood at SFF 2011

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 THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD (2011) screened at SFF 2011 in the Open Air cinema. Director Joshua Marston and his main cast Tristan Halilaj and Sindi Laçej appeared at the festival to attend press conferences, talent campus labs and Q and A's after screenings of their film. The very much talked about and gripping film, The Forgiveness of Blood, by American director and pioneering arthouse/foreign film advocate (director of Maria Full of Grace, 2004), opened at the 2011 Berlinale Film Festival. FOR...

TWO EYES STARING, interview with ELBERT VAN STRIEN

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 photo still from film TWO EYES STARING (2010) At this year’s ‘Ground Zero’ for fantasy ‘funtastic’ film festival FANTASTIC ZAGREB, the frightful, fearsome, fanciful and freaking fantabulous film to open it with a big bang was the very much talked about new supernatural thriller TWO EYES STARING (2010) by the bold and brilliant Dutch director Elbert van Strien. And what a film to open with! If you have a taste for the paranormal and love a good ghost story, well this is one that will...

TWO EYES STARING, interview with ELBERT VAN STRIEN

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At this year’s ‘Ground Zero’ for fantasy ‘funtastic’ film festival FANTASTIC ZAGREB, the frightful, fearsome, fanciful and freaking fantabulous film to open it with a big bang was the very much talked about new supernatural thriller TWO EYES STARING (2010) by the bold and brilliant Dutch director Elbert van Strien. And what a film to open with! If you have a taste for the paranormal and love a good ghost story, well this is one that will keep you quivering long after you’ve seen the ...

Great Danes! From Cannes to Karlovy Vary!

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photo still from ROOM 304 (2011)Leave it to the Danish to shine (or plaster headlines whatever the case may be) when it comes to cinema. Few can compete with the films churning out of the Danish Film Institute and here goes another one! By director Birgitte Staermose this is the latest editing opus of editor extraordinaire Anne Osterud, the Danish editing genius that cut films like WORLDS APART (2008) and THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2009) now has her latest work at Karlovy Vary Internationa...

ROOM 304 at KARLOVY VARY, KVIFF

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photo still from ROOM 304 (2011)Leave it to the Danish to shine (or plaster headlines whatever the case may be) when it comes to cinema. Few can compete with the films churning out of the Danish Film Institute and here goes another one! By director Birgitte Staermose this is the latest editing opus of editor extraordinaire Anne Osterud, the Danish editing genius that cut films like WORLDS APART (2008) and THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (2009) now has her latest work at Karlovy Vary Internationa...

TWO EYES STARING on Fantastic Zagreb!

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  photo still from film TWO EYES STARING (2010) The film opened the first annual Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival on July 02, 2011. The film is Dutch and already has a remake option in place by actress Charlize Theron. Read Hollywood Reporter clip below:   22 September 2010 5:00 AM, PDT | HollywoodReporter.com | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news » London -- Oscar winner Charlize Theron has proffered a Dutch wink to remake rights to writer/director Elbe...

From Cannes 2011 Film Market... Birgit Gudjonsdottir and 'Our Grand Despair'

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 On April 17th, during the closing ceremony of the 30th Istanbul Film Festival (IFF), the award for the best DOP went to Birgit Gudjonsdottir for her work in the Turkish film, OUR GRAND DESPAIR (2011). Recently, I conducted an interview with the award-winning and highly accomplished DOP. Aside from working on widely known films such as THE BOURNE SUPREMACY (2004) and GOODBYE LENIN! (2003), she has worked as DOP on a number of documentaries, most recently including IN THE BEGINNING THERE WAS...

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Director: Csaba Bene Perlenberg.
A debt-ridden man takes advantage of his aging mothers Alzheimers to borrow money she doesn´t remember lending him. But how far is the man prepared to go before his conscience eats away at him? Who are we when the people we love the most, forget who we are?

Habana Eva, interview with Prakriti Maduro

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  Radiant Venezuelan actress Prakriti Maduro appeared at the second annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) for the screening of the Venezuelan/Cuban film HABANA EVA (2010). The morning after seeing the film, I spoke at length with Prakriti about her film with its many layers and her active acting career in general. We met at the Hyatt Grand, Aruba overlooking the stunning Edenic beaches below. ME: So, how are you today? Are you enjoying the Aruba Film Festival? PRA: ...

Habana Eva, interview with Prakriti Maduro

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 Radiant Venezuelan actress Prakriti Maduro appeared at the second annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) for the screening of the Venezuelan/Cuban film HABANA EVA (2010). The morning after seeing the film, I spoke at length with Prakriti about her film with its many layers and her active acting career in general. We met at the Hyatt Grand, Aruba overlooking the stunning Edenic beaches below. ME: So, how are you today? Are you enjoying the Aruba Film Festival? PRA: Yes, I love it...

Interview with Aruban Director Aaron Hose at AIFF 2011

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Aaron Hose at AIFF 2011 Last year one of the films to premier at the inaugural Aruba International Film Festival was Aruba native director Aaron Hose’s award-winning documentary film VOICES IN THE CLOUDS (2010). This year Hose acted as director of the Caribbean Spotlight Series (CSS) for the 2nd annual AIFF. When I asked Aaron what that was like he said, ‘it was a great learning experience that I hope to repeat next year’. Aaron’s film VOICES IN THE CLOUDS is a poignant...

AIFF Interview with Aaron Hose

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Aaron Hose at AIFF 2011 Last year one of the films to premier at the inaugural Aruba International Film Festival was Aruba native director Aaron Hose’s award-winning documentary film VOICES IN THE CLOUDS (2010). This year Hose acted as director of the Caribbean Spotlight Series (CSS) for the 2nd annual AIFF. When I asked Aaron what that was like he said, ‘it was a great learning experience that I hope to repeat next year’. Aaron’s film VOICES IN THE CLOUDS is a poignant l...

Interview with CURTIS '50 CENT' JACKSON in Aruba!

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Interview with 50 Cent in Aruba at AIFF INTERVIEW WITH 50 CENT AT AIFF. On June 15th, 2011 I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson at the Hyatt Grand Hotel in Aruba during the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival. ’50 Cent’ and I spoke about his music career and his highly anticipated acting role in the soon to be released film THINGS FALL APART (2011) by director Mario Van Peebles. ’50 Cent’ stars in the film and also worked as producer. ...

TEQUILA, interview with Sergio Sanchez Suarez

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 While in Aruba during the 2nd annual Aruba Film Festival, I spoke with Mexican director Sergio Sanchez Suarez about his romantic nostalgic Mexican film TEQUILA (2011) which held its international world premier the previous night in Aruba's Paseo Herencia Theater. Here is what he had to say about TEQUILA. ME: Hi Sergio. How are you? Can you start by telling us a bit about your film TEQUILA?SERGIO: Well, it’s a love story about a guy who gets deeply in love with a woman he can't have ...

Interview with Daniela Schmidt

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Daniela Schmidt on TEQUILA I interviewed the stately and sultry actress Daniela Schmidt, star of the Mexican film TEQUILA, ‘a story of a passion’ while at the Aruba Film Festival. Our interview was held the day after the film’s world premier which took place in the Paseo Herencia where the filmmakers watched the film for the first time with audiences. Here is what Daniela had to say about this very hot-blooded ill-fated love story.ME: Can you start by telling us something about your role ...

Interview with CURTIS '50 CENT' JACKSON in Aruba!

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Interview with 50 Cent in Aruba at AIFF INTERVIEW WITH 50 CENT AT AIFF.On June 15th, 2011 I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson at the Hyatt Grand Hotel in Aruba during the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival. ’50 Cent’ and I spoke about his music career and his highly anticipated acting role in the soon to be released film THINGS FALL APART (2011) by director Mario Van Peebles. ’50 Cent’ stars in the film and also worked as producer. ME: Hi ...

Sergio Sanchez Suarez, interview on Tequila

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 While in Aruba during the 2nd annual Aruba Film Festival, I spoke with Mexican director Sergio Sanchez Suarez about his romantic nostalgic Mexican film TEQUILA (2011) which held its international world premier the previous night in Aruba's Paseo Herencia Theater. Here is what he had to say about TEQUILA. ME: Hi Sergio. How are you? Can you start by telling us a bit about your film TEQUILA?SERGIO: Well, it’s a love story about a guy who gets deeply in love with a woman he can't have...

Daniela Schmidt on TEQUILA

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Daniela Schmidt on TEQUILA  I interviewed the stately and sultry actress Daniela Schmidt, star of the Mexican film TEQUILA, ‘a story of a passion’ while at the Aruba Film Festival. Our interview was held the day after the film’s world premier which took place in the Paseo Herencia where the filmmakers watched the film for the first time with audiences. Here is what Daniela had to say about this very hot-blooded ill-fated love story.ME: Can you start by telling us something about your rol...

Nessuno Mi Puo Giudicare, interview with Paola Cortellesi

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Interview with actresses Paola Cortellesi and Lucia Ocone from the film NESSUNO MI PUO GIUDICARE (2011) by director Massimiliano Bruno. While in Aruba, their film had its international premier and we held an interview on the 5th floor of the Hyatt hotel during the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF). ME: Can you first speak a little about your film, NESSUNO MI PUO GIUDICARE (2011)? PAOLA: This is a comedy but it’s also quite a serious subject too about a desperate woman w...

Nessuno Mi Puo Giudicare, interview with Paola Cortellesi

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 Interview with actresses Paola Cortellesi and Lucia Ocone from the film NESSUNO MI PUO GIUDICARE (2011) by director Massimiliano Bruno. While in Aruba, their film had its international premier and we held an interview on the 5th floor of the Hyatt hotel during the 2nd annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF). ME: Can you first speak a little about your film, NESSUNO MI PUO GIUDICARE (2011)? PAOLA: This is a comedy but it’s also quite a serious subject too about a desperate woman ...

NEWSLETTER N° 513: june 18, 2011

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Biography of filmmaker Milcho Manchevski, in focus at Aruba 2nd AIFF

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Milcho Manchevski a film director and screenwriter from Macedonia.wrote and directed the feature films "Before the Rain" (1994), "Dust'" (2001), "Shadows" (2007) and "Mothers" (2011).   "Before the Rain" (1994) won an Academy-Award nomination and thirty awards, including Golden Lion for Best Film in Venice, Independent Spirit, FIPRESCI, UNESCO, best film of the year in Argentina, Italy, Sweden, Turkey, and other awards in Austr...

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