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Perspektive Deutsches Kino: The Albanian

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    The Albanian to play at Berlinale the The German Perspective category.   Filmmaker Johannes Naber has been the center of attention in his home town of Berlin this past month after winning the prestigious 'Ophuls Preis' for his film 'The Albanian'(2010)   Review of film: 'The Albanian' (2010) by German director Johannes Naber is making its rounds through festivals worldwide raising awareness to this gripping story about ...

Marisa Tomei to Host Academy's Sci-Tech Awards®

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Oscar®-winning actress Marisa Tomei will host the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical Awards on Saturday, February 12, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.  Tomei will present 11 awards to 23 individual recipients during the evening. Tomei won a Supporting Actress Academy Award® in 1992 for her performance in "My Cousin Vinny."  She has since received nominations in the category for her roles in "In the Bedroom" (2001) and ...

NEWSLETTER N° 494: January 28, 2011

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Season's greeting to all our friends on the festival circuit! I thank you for the warm and encouraging messages around my candidacy for President of uniFrance, Thanks for your support : results in the next newsletter!. Bruno Chatelin Support Bruno Chatelin running for President at uniFrance and discover his program  Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise with us  This weekly ...

Hello! How are you???

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  DONT MISS the Romanian hit everyone is talking about, Romania's first comedy film, 'Hello! How Are You?' (2010). This witty smart comedy held its North American premier at the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival to packed theaters and all around positive praise. Some might recall the film, 'You've Got Mail' (1998) by Nora Ephron while watching this one but there is a much deeper underlying message in this film with a story so rich it strikes home on an emotional le...

'The Way Back', from Dubai to Palm Springs

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It would seem that Peter Weir's latest film, 'The Way Back' (2010) is making its own journey and 'Way Back' from Weir's homeland in Australia to Dubai where it premiered in the Middle East last month and now to its North American premier at the Palm Springs International Film Festival 2011. It's certainly making its way across the globe. While it has received mixed reviews and an undecided audience opinion, it seems to be fighting its way beyond negative popular opinion in its ubiq...

Peter Weir at PSIFF

The legendary Peter Weir attended the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival for the promo of his latest epic film, 'The Way Back' (2010)... Here is left, and director of acclaimed documentary film 'Cameraman, Craig McCall, right.

Nuummioq PSIFF 2011

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Huge congrats to the filmmakers of the first Greenlandic film to receive critical acclaim. Directed by Otto Rosing & Torben Bech.  'Nuummioq' (2010) is the official Oscar entry for Greenland. Praised internationally for its sublime cinematography and its stellar award winning performance by Lars Rosing who received the FIPRESCI Award for Best Actor at the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival... “for his affecting portrayal of a young man facing death against the stark landscape o...

'HERMANO' at PSIFF 2011

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 This was the third film I saw on my first day at PSIFF 2011...I mean, I really did pick the best for the first day... Marcel Rasquin's film, 'Hermano' (2010) conjures up reminiscence to the Brazilian hit film, 'City of God' (2002), not because it is similar, but because it is THAT GOOD!  We start with a baby boy (Daniel) left to die in a dumpster. A mother picks the baby out of the dumpster and takes him home with her young son, Julio. Then we jump to years later when both boys- Daniel an...

PSIFF 2011 reviews

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  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 Gallo could pull off such a feat! He is compelling in his role as Taliban on the run and while intim...

Michael Douglas will receive Icon award tonight at Palm Springs Film Festival

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by Marla Lewin Michael Douglas will receive the icon award tonight at the Palm Springs Film Festival.  Then on Sunday he will attend the Golden Globes, where he is nominated for his role as Gordon Grekko, in Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps.  Oliver Stone was here on Saturday night to give an award to Carey Mulligan at the Awards Gala, she played Michaels' daughter in the film.  Palm Springs is the festival that keeps on giving.  Santa Barbara Film Festival gave a Michael a spe...

Michael Douglas will receive Icon award tonight at Palm Springs Film Festival

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Michael Douglas will receive the icon award tonight at the Palm Springs Film Festival. Then on Sunday he will attend the Golden Globes, where he is nominated for his role as Gordon Grekko, in Wall Street, Money Never Sleeps. Oliver Stone was here on Saturday night to give an award to Carey Mulligan at the Awards Gala, she played Michaels' daughter in the film. Palm Springs is the festival that keeps on giving. Santa Barbara Film Festival gave a Michael a special award some years ago and his ...

SARU LOCK

Director: Tetsu Maeda.
‘Saru’ is Yataro Sarumaru (Hayato Ichihara), a talented young locksmith from a lower-town commercial district. He is, however, a complete fool when it comes to women. One day a girl who calls herself ‘Mayumi’ (Manami Higa) asks him to open the safe at a sports club, claiming she has amnesia and has forgotten its combination. Inside the safe is a briefcase full of money stolen the day before from a local bank. Knowing nothing about it, he takes the briefcase and finds himself with yakuza gangsters in hot pursuit. He has sworn to protect Mayumi, but now it appears that the police are after him, too. Who is this woman, anyway? What’s going to happen to him?

PSIFF Daily, January 07, 2011

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        Last night, Thursday January 06, saw the open of the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival. Palm Springs mayor, Stephen Pougnet, the PSIFF chairman Harold Matzner and festival director Darryl Mac Donald opened with speeches thanking the volunteers who make the festival possible and the filmmakers of the 200 international films that will screen at the festival over the next 10 days from 70 countries.    Speech...

Director Nassim Abassi in Dubai

Interview with diector Nassim Abassi. His film 'Majid' was in competition at DIFF 2010   Nassim Abassi's 'Majid'                                   Nassim Abassi, the passionate Moroccan director who made The Winter Sun i

The Philosopher

Short film by director Abdulla Al Kaabi 'The Philosopher' (2010) starring Jean Reno screened with guest Jean Reno himself present before John Woo's 'Reign of Assassins' to a full audience.

The Philosopher

Short film by director Abdulla Al Kaabi 'The Philosopher' (2010) starring Jean Reno screened with guest Jean Reno himself present before John Woo's 'Reign of Assassins' to a full audience.   DIFF 2010

Georges Hachem speaks

Director Georges Hachem of award winning Lebanese film 'Stray Bullet' (2010) speaks about his film in Q and A before and after film. DIFF, 2010

Funny With A Dose of Acid: Blake Edwards

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  Blake Edwards, the American director whose comedic films were always presented with a dose of acid, passed away in his Los Angeles home yesterday. In a career of highs and lows, Edwards carved a particular niche as a funny man with a dark underside and a dramatist who sometimes injected humor into dark tales of desperation. His 1961 film BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, a huge success despite the smoothing out of the edges of its bohemian party girl Holy Gollightly, is a true classic of American...

Greek Film Attenberg wins Silver

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Cutting edge Greek film 'Attenberg' wins Silver Alexander at TIFF 2010  Attenberg (2010) Greek film by Athina Rachel Tsangari Summary: "Marina has grown up with her architect father in a small industrial community, almost cut off from the reality of the rest of the world. With the exception of her bizarre friendship with Bella and the companionship she shares with her ill father, Marina observes human behaviors from afar, almost with repugnance. Her guides in this world of humans are...

NEWSLETTER N° 488: December 11, 2010

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Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 82 000 film professionnals every week. _______________________________________  FESTIVAL NEWS FROM THE CIRCUIT Masterclass with Apichatpong Weerasethakul at Thessaloniki This year's winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival...

Dorota Kedzierzawska and Golden Alexander

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 Last night at TIFF 2010, Dorota Kedzierzawska was awarded the prestigious Golden Alexander award just before her screening of her film 'Time to Die' (2007).  "Dorota Kedzierzawska holds a place as one of the most original Polish filmmakers to emerge after the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. Unflinching in her commitment, she has quietly amassed an oeuvre that is cohesive and faithful to its worldview and its distinct visual aesthetics, largely created through her later colla...

Romain Gavras

Writer/director Romain Gavras at the Electra Palace in Thessaloniki after our interview on his film 'Our Day Will Come' (2010) which screened last night December 08 here in Thessaloniki. Romain's film opened to controversy in Toronto. He speaks about his road movie about 'going somewhere and yet nowhere' 

Films in competition at 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival on December 08, 2010

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 On December 08, 2010, the films screened for competition at Thessaloniki FF were:  1) Morgen (2010) is a Romania, France and Hungary co-produced film (2010) by director Marian Crisan. Summary: Nelu is a security guard at the supermarket in Salonta, a town on the Romanian-Hungarian border where illegal immigrants attempt to cross to Western Europe. Nelu’s passion is fishing in the mornings; after work, he returns home to his ill-tempered wife. One morning, while fishing, Nelu finds ...

Microphone - International Competition in 51st TIFF (Thessaloniki Film Festival)

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Egypt's exemplary avant-garde director Ahmad Abdalla's new film Micriphone (2010) runs in International Competition this year at the 51st Thessaloniki Film Festival.      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" (2010) which is touring festivals worldwide th...

Drei in 'Special Screenings'

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Tom Tykwer, Drei and Salonica 2010 In the 'Special Screenings' category at the 51st Salonica Film Festival 2010, Drei screened on December 7th and 8th to packed Greek audiences.  The new German film by celebrated director Tom Tykwer, Drei (2010), 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 crowd...

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