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Honoring European Icon Bruno Ganz

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   Bruno Ganz in WINGS OF DESIRE (Wim Wenders) Veteran Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, best known for his role as Adolf Hitler in the biopic "The Downfall", will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at tonight's European Film Awards, to be held for the first time in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Ganz was born in Zürich to a Swiss mechanic father and a northern Italian mother. He knew from an early age that he wanted to be an actor and found his first success in live thea...

Florence Indian Film fest focuses on Ray and Aparna sen

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by ALEX DELEONfor www.filmfestivals.com Director/actress Aparna Sen, is the special guest at Florence The River to River (Arno to Ganges) festival of Indian films in Florence, Italy, is all set to fly from Dec. 3 to Dec. 10. This will be the tenth installment of this unique European showcase of Indian cinema, founded and fostered by Selvaggia Velo, herself a native of the Tuscan urb famous for its long art and architectural traditions, from Michelangelo to the fabulous cathedral known as the "D...

Deborah Hadfield on 'The Kindness of Strangers'

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                                  Deborah Hadfield is the proud debut director of her first feature film, the romantic road movie entitled, ‘The Kindness of Strangers' (2010). I spoke with Deborah recently about the making of her film and what it was like to shoot on location throughout three different countries in Europe...

Ronda International Festival, new addition in Spain

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Ronda International Festival, Political Cinema for the Twenty-First Century, was conceived in order to give a twist to cinema and politics, and to be an event aimed primarily at a young public, who are more adept at handling the new forms, codes and references used to decribe the real changes in the language and obligations of the citizens of this century.In this new festival our first major task is to encourage a lively three-way dialogue between the filmmakers, who will attend with their films...

26th Warsaw Film Festival - Summary

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The 26th Warsaw Film Festival ended on Sunday, 17 October 2010. “I feel great satisfaction after this year’s festival. Our programme included about twenty European and international premieres. More than a hundred filmmakers from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas visited us to present their films in person in Warsaw. We had waited for some of them for years, to mention Jan Sverak, double Oscar winner, or Alexei Uchitel, whose new film The Edge is Russia’s Oscar candidat...

26th Warsaw Film Festival - Summary

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The 26th Warsaw Film Festival ended on Sunday, 17 October 2010.“I feel great satisfaction after this year’s festival. Our programme included about twenty European and international premieres. More than a hundred filmmakers from Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas visited us to present their films in person in Warsaw. We had waited for some of them for years, to mention Jan Sverak, double Oscar winner, or Alexei Uchitel, whose new film The Edge is Russia’s Oscar candidate this...

Liam Neeson honored at Savannah Film Festival

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The 13th annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by SCAD, presented Liam Neeson with the Achievement in Cinema Award on November 2, 2010. SCAD President Paula Wallace presented the award to Neeson to a standing ovation from a standing-room-only audience."I'm humbled and embarrassed but it's lovely to be here at this extraordinary festival," said Neeson upon acceptance of his award. "I'm the luckiest man in the friggin' world." He dedicated the award to the crews he's worked with on his sets. "They...

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Guest of Honor of the first edition of the 4 +1 Film Festival

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The Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, winner of the Golden Palm at the last Cannes Film Festival and the Jose Luis Guarner Critics Award at Sitges with Uncle Boonmee who can Recall his Past Lives (2010) -which has also been proposed as a candidate for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film by Thailand -will be the Guest of Honor of the first edition of the 4+1 Film Festival FUNDACION MAPFRE. This event - which will be held simultaneously in Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Madrid and Sao Paulo...

NEWSLETTER N° 482: October 28, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 482: October 28, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter reaches 82 000 film profession...

The Stockholm International Film Festival unveils new Festival Program

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Today, October 26, the program for the 21st edition of the Stockholm International Film Festival will be revealed. Tomorrow, October 27 at 11 AM, the ticket sales begin online and at Kulturhuset. This year's festival program presents 180 films from more than 50 countries, 108 Nordic premiers, and 16 world premiers. We look forward 12 exciting days of quality film. - The Stockholm International Film Festival is the meeting point for next generation's film creators. Our 21st program is fully l...

Interview with Christian Friedel on 'The White Ribbon'

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Christian Friedel from 'The White Ribbon' (2009) Today I have the privilege to share with you a much anticipated interview for me...Christian Friedel from the award winning sensational film by director Michael Haneke, ‘The White Ribbon' (2009) (German: Das weiße Band, Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte), a dark story filmed in black and white about a German village in pre-World War I and the almost supernatural forces bubbling beneath the surface during this key time in German history. From...

Sunset in b-UAE-tiful Abu Dhabi

Wow! What a place for a film festival! This was a special festival aimed at the discussions and concerns on new world cinema and most importantly, new pan-Arabic cinema. When I arrived in Bahrain airport and passed through customs, the customs officer asked my reason for heading further for Abu Dhabi. I told him I was to attend the Abu Dhabi film festival for a conference on new Arabic cinema. He laughed in my fa

Oliver Assayas: Post-Punk Auteur

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  In CARLOS, the riveting and expansive 5 1/2-hour biopic of the charismatic 1970s terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, writer/director Olivier Assayas relies on a dizzying cinematic style that is also punctuated by the punk music that characterized the rebellion of the age in which he lived. Music and visuals are among the many pallettes that Assayas has used with great fidelity and skill throughout his diverse and diverting 25-year career. As an added panache to the theatrical release o...

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Actress Kalki Koechlin of new Indian film 'That Girl in Yellow Boots' (2010) Trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olIXduwbbKE    

Harrison Ford To Be Honored In Santa Barbara

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  Indiana Jones himself will be on the scene when the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will present its fifth annual Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film to legendary actor/producer Harrison Ford. The black-tie Gala, which serves as a fundraiser for the Festival will take place at the Four Seasons Biltmore in Santa Barbara on Friday, November 19. Ford, one of the planet's biggest stars for more than 3 decades, has made an astonishing 43 feature films, 12 of which hav...

Tokyo International Film Festival Spotlight on Bruce Lee

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By Liza Foreman This year, the TokyoInternational Film Festival (TIFF) will commemorate Bruce Lee, the king of Asianaction movies, with a showcase of Lee's movies as part of the festival'sWinds of Asia Middle-East section.This special tribute entitled"The 70th Anniversary: Bruce Lee to the Future", will screen the following films -Bruce Lee’s most successfulfilm "Enter the Dragon," and his last film, "Game of Death"(the version that was distributed in Japan in 19...

Christopher Lloyd is Back in 'Time, the Fourth Dimension'

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3D Entertainment Films is pleased to announce that three-time Emmy Award®-winner Christopher Lloyd will star in the Company's new IMAX theatre film, "Time, the Fourth Dimension" (working title). 3D Entertainment Films' Jean-Jacques Mantello ("Ocean World 3D", Jean-Michel Cousteau's 3D film trilogy) and Richard Gabai ("Insight", "Call of the Wild 3D", "Popstar") will co-direct. The film's theatrical release at IMAX 3D and IMAX 2D theatres is currently scheduled for spring 2012 and will be overse...

Majid

Read article on Nassim Abassi's new film 'Majid' here:   http://www.fest21.com/en/blog/vanessa_mcmahon/nassim_abassis_majid  

Letters to Daniel Baldock

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                                    Here's just a tiny wee staccato interview with... Daniel Baldock, the Italian acting sensation who appeared in the blockbuster hit Letters to Juliet (2010) is about to take the acting world by storm and stars in the upcoming Italian production, Bloody Sin (2011). ...

Fishing with Jonas Fisch

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  Today I am speaking with the passionate Jonas Fisch, the talented TV and Film actor recently featured in films like: Angels and Demons (2009), How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and That Side of A Shadow (2010).       ME: Can you talk a little bit about your voiceover role in How to Train Your Dragon (2010)?     JONAS: I feel there's no point talking about "How to train your Dragon" since it was a quick voice over for a Europ...

Tom Tykwer, Drei and Venezia 2010

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My last night in Venice for the 67th La Biennale Venice FIlm Festival was spent with the filmmakers of 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 crowded my brain and I was inspired, to say the least. Well, the point is ...

Julia Roberts will receive the Donostia Award on September 20

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Julia Roberts will receive the Donostia Award on September 20 Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, Richard Jenkins and director Ryan Marphy to present ''Eat Pray Love'' at the 58th San Sebastian Festival     Eat Pray Love will be presented in the Official Selection of the Festival, out-of-competition. Eat Pray Love takes its story from the bestseller of the same name by the author and journalist Elizabeth Gilbert. Recently divorced, Julia Roberts (Liz Gilbe...

Montreal Film In Focus: THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER

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The Montreal World Film Festival comes to a close this evening with the North American Premiere of THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER, the latest film from celebrated French director Bertrand Tavernier. The film will screen following the announcement of the Festival awards at the Theatre Maisonneuve, a spectacular concert hall that is the Festival’s most luxurious screening venue. The lavish historical epic is set in France in the mid sixteenth century, when the religious wars between Catholics and P...

Montreal Film In Focus: THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER

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  The Montreal World Film Festival comes to a close this evening with the North American Premiere of THE PRINCESS OF MONTPENSIER, the latest film from celebrated French director Bertrand Tavernier. The film will screen following the announcement of the Festival awards at the Theatre Maisonneuve, a spectacular concert hall that is the Festival’s most luxurious screening venue. The lavish historical epic is set in France in the mid sixteenth century, when the religious wars betwe...

Origjanski Zlatko, Anastasia and 'Before the Rain'

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Today, September 1, 2010, marks the opening of the Venice Film Festival 2010. Let me take you back to a film that won the Golden Lion sixteen years ago. I'll never forget the first time I saw the Macedonian film Before the Rain (1994), which was winner of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1994. Well, I have always believed that the soundtrack makes the film, like frosting makes the cake. One just cannot go without the other. And the melodious music from Before the Rain, that alway...

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