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ESSENTIAL KILLING at CPHPIX

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ESSENTIAL KILLING (Poland, 2010) screens at Copenhagen International Film Festival In 'Essential Killing' (2010) actor Vincent Gallo plays Mohammed, a Taliban from Afghanistan on the run from American soldiers through the mountains of Poland after slaughtering three American soldiers to bits. While I would not say this film is bad nor good, I would definitely say that it is very worth the time as it is certainly a film not soon to be forgotten. Who would of thought Gall...

MICROPHONE in Copenhagen

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Egypt's exemplary avant-garde director Ahmad Abdalla's new film Micriphone (2010) was featured at this year's CPHPIX in Copenhagen.      Below is the latest from the makers of Microphone:    Almost the same bunch of independent film makers and fighters against the local commercial loud scene...  creators of "Heliopolis" (2009) made "Microphone" which had its world premiere at Toronto Film Festival tiff10! ...

DREI in Copenhagen

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  DREI (2010), the new German film by celebrated director Tom Tykwer screened in Copenhegen at the international film festival 2011. The story of a threesome that is a twosome in three ways. Dining with Tykwer and speaking to him after seeing the film, all I could say was: 'Wow!'. Images of ancient androgynous symbols together with remembrances of breakthrough concepts by Jung crowded my brain and I was inspired, to say the least. I explained to Tom how I loved that the fi...

Gothic thriller concludes Noir Festival in Hollywood

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  by Alex Deleon The 13th annual Film Noir festival concluded its edgy three week run at the hallowed Egyptian Theater in Hollywood on April 20, with the stomach churning identity theft thriller, "My Name is Julia Ross", (Columbia, 1945) starring Nina Foch in a memorable role as a kidnapped-for-murder blonde in an eerie Gothic mansion on the cliffs over the sea in Cornwall, U.K. While this is really more of a Gothic murder mystery than a pure noir, contract director Joseph...

Gothic Thriller concludes Noir City, Hollywood

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GOTHIC THRILLER CONCLUDES NOIR CITY, HOLLYWOOD, 2011by Alex Deleon The 13th annual Film Noir festival concluded its edgy three week run at the hallowed Egyptian Theater in Hollywood on April 20, with the stomach churning identity theft thriller, "My Name is Julia Ross", (Columbia, 1945) starring Nina Foch in a memorable role as a kidnapped-for-murder blonde in an eerie Gothic mansion on the cliffs over the sea in Cornwall, U.K. While this is really more of a Gothic murder mystery than a pure noi...

Tribeca Jury announced

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The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), today announced its jurors – a diverse and talented group of 38 individuals, including award-winning filmmakers and screenwriters, celebrated actors, respected journalists and media pioneers. They will be divided among the six competitive Festival categories and will announce the winning films, filmmakers and actors in those categories at the TFF Awards Night ceremony on April 28 hosted by Gideon Yago, which will be streamed live on TribecaFilm.com. The 2011 Fe...

Tinsel & Tine's Quick Commentary on "Terri", "Living on Love Alone" and "Womb"

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Terri - Director, Azazel Jacobs / Featuring John C. Reilly Quick About: Terri, a low-keyed, pajama clad, kindhearted, over-sized kid (Jacob Wysocki) is coming of age in some woodsy middle America, expected to take care of his Alzheimer stricken Uncle and still get to school on time. Pleasing: The dark humor that always accompanies these types of slice of life, Indy dramas. More interesting than the relationship Terri develops with the school's Vice Principal (Reilly) is the...

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Director: Aden Shillito.
A school boy struggles to expose the suspicious behavior of the one-eyed caretaker at his primary school, only to find that life is vastly more complex than he could ever have imagined. When Nick Atley sees his school caretaker at the school after hours his suspicion is aroused - what is the man up to? In his efforts to discover the truth the boy goes have the quiet boy of his class to being the subject of concern given his odd behaviour. Faced being disbelieved at every turn, the boy steals a key and by night accesses the school cellar where the caretaker works, finding both an alien presence and the involvement of other school staff. While the invaders plans are thwarted, their exposure is concealed and Nick is left to wonder if he might not have imagined everything he has seen after all.

IFFBoston 2010: Wednesday (Opening), Thursday, Friday

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The Independent Film Festival Boston kicked off their 2010 festivities by honoring Kevin Kline with the IFFBoston 2010 Career Achievement Award and screening his new film, The Extra Man.  This unusual comedy pairs Kline with Paul Dano in an unlikely mentor/mentee relationship.  Supported by Katie Homes, John C. Reilly, and Patti D’Arbanville, these seemingly unlikable characters navigate New York City, the written word, and women in a way that turns out to be completely charming.  The Q&...

The Gregory Peck Commemorative Stamp

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Actors Laura Dern, Morgan Freeman and singer Natalie Maines will join host Sharon Stone in honoring Oscar®-winner Gregory Peck (1916 - 2003) at the First Day of Issue ceremony for the Gregory Peck Commemorative Stamp.  Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, the ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.  Admission is free. The stamp is the 17th in...

13th Film Noir Festival in Hollywood

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The 13th Annual Film Noir festival, known affectionately as "Noir City", arrived at its usual venue, the fabled Egyptian theater on Hollywood Boulevard, on April 1st, settling in for a three week run until April 20. Here dedicated Noir fans and many merely curious drop-ins will be treated to a series of established classics of the genre and rarely seen new discoveries in a viewer friendly "double feature" format -- just like the old days -- two distinctive black and white features from Hollywoo...

Roger Christian and Ellen Chenoweth will lead the workshops at OFF PLUS CAMERA!

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During our festival, the world cinema stars will conduct the film workshops. Roger Christian, an FX expert in the most famous sci-fi productions will focus on the creative and technical aspects of the job of an art director. Ellen Chenoweth will advise on how to successfully carry out the castings.  Roger Christian is an Oscar winner for Best Art Direction - Set Decoration for George Lucas' “Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope” (1977), where he was responsible for the Jedi lightsabers a...

Sofia International Film Festival 2011

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At the 15th Sofia International Film festival (SIFF), ESSENTIAL KILLING (Poland, 2010) screened to an international audience. In 'Essential Killing' (2010) actor Vincent Gallo plays Mohammed, a Taliban from Afghanistan on the run from American soldiers through the mountains of Poland after slaughtering three American soldiers to bits. While I would not say this film is bad nor good, I would definitely say that it is very worth the time as it is certainly a film not soon to be f...

MOTHERS at SIFF 2011

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'Mothers', Milcho Sound like a RHCP album??? :-)   Well, it's not. No, this is the latest film by celebrated Macedonian filmmaker Milcho Manchevski (Before the Rain, 1994). This week he spoke in a press conference at the 2011 Sofia International Film Festival after just winning an award in Belgrade days before for his new film 'Mothers' (2010), which premiered at the 2011 Berlinale.   I havent seen the film yet but there is a fantastic in depth article o...

Milcho Manchevski on panel at SIFF

Macedonian filmmaker Milcho Manchevski (Before the Rain, 1994) speaks at press conference in 2011 Sofia International Film Festival about his new film 'Mothers' (2010), which premiered at the 2011 Berlinale. film summary: Two nine-year-old girls report a flasher to the police even though they never saw him. Three filmmakers meet the only residents of a deserted village - an elderly brother and sister

Milcho Manchevski on panel at SIFF

Macedonian filmmaker Milcho Manchevski (Before the Rain, 1994) speaks at press conference at 2011 Sofia International Film Festival about his new film 'Mothers' (2010), which premiered at the 2011 Berlinale. film summary: Two nine-year-old girls report a flasher to the police even though they never saw him. Three filmmakers meet the only residents of a deserted village - an elderly brother and sister

Sofia International Film Festival 2011

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    Sofia, Bulgaria hosts its 15th International Film Festival this year on the dates 4-13th March 2011. One of the most important film festivals on the festival map, it features not only top international films but Eastern European and Bulgarian national cinema as well. Various industry professionals from the international cinema world will attend to support and/or present their films in competition at the festival.  The SIFF 2011 festival officially opened o...

HOMAGE to SOTIGUI KOUYATÉ

The Burkina Faso native comedian and actor Sotigui Kouyaté (July 19, 1936 – April 17, 2010) was given homage at FESPACO 2011 for his contribution to film. He was the father of Burkina Faso film director Dani Kouyaté. In 1966 Sotigui had founded a theater company with 25 people. He also wrote plays, his first being The Crocodile’s Lament. He appeared in over a dozen films, his last role being in the film 'Lon

'Mothers', Milcho

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Sound like a RHCP album??? :-) Well, it's not. No, this is the latest film by celebrated Macedonian filmmaker Milcho Manchevski (Before the Rain, 1994). This week he spoke in a press conference at the 2011 Belgrade International Film Festival about his new film 'Mothers' (2010), which premiered at the 2011 Berlinale. I havent seen the film yet but there is a fantastic in depth article on 'Mothers' below: "MOTHERS begins with fiction, indeed with the fabrication of a lie, mov...

Belgrade Film Festival 2011

'Mothers' (2010) Line Producer/Production Manager Milan Stojanovic speaks speaks at press conference in 2011 Belgrade International Film Festival about Macedonian filmmaker Milcho Manchevski's (Before the Rain, 1994) latest film 'Mothers' (2010), which premiered at the 2011 Berlinale. film summary: Two nine-year-old girls report a flasher to the police even though they never saw him. Three filmmakers meet

Belgrade Film Festival 2011

Macedonian filmmaker Milcho Manchevski (Before the Rain, 1994) speaks at press conference in 2011 Belgrade International Film Festival about his new film 'Mothers' (2010), which premiered at the 2011 Berlinale. film summary: Two nine-year-old girls report a flasher to the police even though they never saw him. Three filmmakers meet the only residents of a deserted village - an elderly brother and sister who

Belgrade Film Festival 2011

Macedonian filmmaker Milcho Manchevski (Before the Rain, 1994) speaks at press conference in 2011 Belgrade International Film Festival about his new film 'Mothers' (2010), which premiered at the 2011 Berlinale.   film summary: Two nine-year-old girls report a flasher to the police even though they never saw him. Three filmmakers meet the only residents of a deserted village - an elderly brother and sist

Brooklyn Welcomes A Screen Goddess

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  Brooklyn…..get ready for some true glamour. Catherine Deneuve, the grande dame of French cinema will receive a career retrospective starting on Friday, March 4 at the BAMcinématek, Brooklyn’s leading art house cinema. In the month-long tribute, 25 films from the great actress’ varied career over five decades will be showcased. The program is co-presented by Unifrance,  in collaboration with Music Box Films, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and Institut Français. BAM...

New Italian Cinema

The San Francisco Film Society, New Italian Cinema Events of Florence, Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco present New Italian Cinema, November 14–21 at Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema. The eight-day festival is dedicated to bringing Italy’s newest directors and films to Bay Area audiences and celebrating the country’s rich cinematic tradition. The 2010 edition opens with Ferzan Ozpetek’s humorous drama Loose Cannons and a three-film retrospective of this talented and prolific auteur’s work, and closes with Paolo Virzì’s moving new film The First Beautiful Thing. The core program of New Italian Cinema features seven recent films by breakthrough filmmakers vying for the City of Florence Award.

Films and Patrons for Movie Theatres at "Berlinale goes Kiez"

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  The Berlinale will again be unrolling its Flying Red Carpet at selected neighbourhood cinemas in 2011. With this series, it wants to express its thanks to Berlin's movie fans and to those who put together the programmes of these cinemas. "Berlinale goes Kiez" was launched last year for the Festival's 60th anniversary and proved to be an absolute favourite among Berliners.   Once again the Berlinale wants to support this passion for the cinema: On seven...

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