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54th San Francisco International Film Festival wrapped

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The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 - May 5) with 265 screenings of 193 films from 48 countries, which were attended by 278 filmmakers and industry guests from 22 countries around the globe. "I had a hell of a good time!" exclaimed Frank Pierson, recipient of this year's Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting. "I enjoyed the informality of spirit and the professionalism of execution of the who...

"movies under the stars", Rooftop Docs in London

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  A new company called HDoutdoor is redefining "movies under the stars", by taking the hi-def experience outdoors. And they're starting out big, by being chosen as AV production partner for the Rooftop Docs series at this year's Hot Docs festival, taking place May 4th, 5th, and 6th on the roof of London Tap House in Toronto. Hot Docs is North America's largest documentary festival.   HDoutdoor will turn any outdoor space - park, schoolyard, golf course, parking lot,...

Robert De Niro: The Downtown Don

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  It has been quite a year for veteran actor Robert De Niro. In January, he was honored at the Golden Globes with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Currently, his brainchild and labor of love, the Tribeca Film Festival, is celebrating its 10th anniversary as one of New York’s most provocative film and culture showcases. Next month, De Niro heads to the south of France as President of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival. After more than 50 years in the business and a film career that spans ...

The Cannes Jury members have been announced

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The Jury of the Competition, presided over by Robert De Niro (actor, director, producer) welcomes to its ranks: Martina GUSMAN (actress and producer, Argentina) Nansun SHI (producer, Hong Kong/China) Uma THURMAN (actress, scriptwriter, producer, USA) Linn ULLMANN (writer,literary critic, Norway) Olivier ASSAYAS (director, France) Jude LAW (actor, producer, UK) Mahamat Saleh HAROUN (director, Chad) Johnnie TO (director, producer, Hong Kong/China) Martina Gusman stud...

Cinefest 2011 Quick Film Reviews

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Cinefest 2011 (Other Stuff I Saw) First a little T & T biz -  I'd like to thank two new followers for following:  Stephen Nottingham and Dr. Blood's Video Vault.  Thanks guys, also looking for likes on facebook too! Tinsel & Tine was featured on two sites this month   Restauranteers.com & The Blogstress Network. The exposure is great and between Cinefest press pass and PFS giving me the opportunity to interview Mo...

Sidney Lumet: One Of The Greats

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  We lost one of the greats this past week. Sidney Lumet, a national treasure and the quintessential New York filmmaker (sorry, Woody Allen) died last week at the age of 86. In a career that spanned over 50 years in both live television and the big screen, Lumet was nominated for the Best Director Oscar four times and has left an indelible filmography of titles that are distinguished by their social relevancy and strong caliber of acting. Lumet’s most famous films were shot in and were ...

Exporting Raymond w/ Guest Appearance by Phil Rosenthal

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Cinefest 2011 produced by Philadelphia Cinema Alliance under the Artistic Direction of Josh Goldbloom, opened last evening with two films, Exporting Raymond and The Catechism Cataclysm.  I had ever intention of seeing both films; I'd heard good things about Cataclysm and it also was to have a post Q & A with the filmmaker and the cast.  However, I was on such a helium high from cackling uncontrollably throughout this comedic documentary chronicling Phil Rosenthal's misadventu...

NEWSLETTER N° 504: April 9, 2011

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          NEWSLETTER N° 504: April 9, 2011 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly  Cannes sponsoring and advertising options on call. Email us Become a sponsor of the iPhone application Bundle offer Movin...

Vegas Cine Fest FILM FESTIVAL ROLLS OUT THE RED CARPET AT THE TROPICANA HOTEL AND CASINO

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Mountainfilm 2011 Special Guests Include:

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  Baffin Babes There are no babes like the Baffin Babes. Vera, Emma, Inge and Kristin- four Scandinavian girls who tackled a burly 1,200-km ski trip across Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic in 2009-will talk about the challenges of their expedition, including sleeping in a tent in 40 below with polar bears as their closest neighbors. Wade Davis Wade Davis is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. He holds degrees in anthropology and biology and a Ph.D...

All there is to DISCOVER!

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Innovative directorial visions, forerunning scripts, unconventional ways of presenting reality and all-stars cast. In the DISCOVERIES section we will present the newest projects of widely known filmmakers as well as the unknown beginners in the cinema industry. We discover the titles of directors from France, US, UK and Chile.   “Stone”, dir.John Curran     The majority of the films in the section has been awarded and appreciated at film...

Catherine Deneuve in Potiche

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  Potiche, a film which entertains everyone By Ron Gilbert Catherine Deneuve is the French equivalent of our Elizabeth Taylor. She is an ageless beauty whom I first saw back in my college days in “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”. Then of course the film,” Belle du Jour” a few years later. She still seduces us with a screen presence which has your eyes glued to the screen in her new film. A star who doesn’t complain about not getting the roles like American actres...

Controlled Burn

"Controlled Burn" is an official selection of ÉCU 2011. When Olivia Browning's husband, Hugh, is ravaged by Alzheimer's Disease, she must make a decisive choice regarding his right to die... Check out the teaser! "Controlled Burn" est une selection officielle à ÉCU 2011. Lorsque le mari d'Olivia Browning, Hugh, est ravagé par la maladie d'Alzheimer, elle doit faire un choix décisif en ce qui ...

A tribute to Serge Gainsbourg at Sacramento Festival

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The Sacramento French Film Festival , Record Club & The Verge Gallery Presents A Tribute To Serge Gainsbourg! @ The Verge Gallery - Saturday, April 2nd - 8PM   2011 marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of French Icon Serge Gainsbourg (he died of a heart attack on March 2, 1991). Singer-songwriter, director, actor, photographer, provocateur, iconoclast, father of actress-singer Charlotte Gainsbourg, husband of actress-singer Jane Birkin, lover of French icon Brigitte Ba...

Tribeca Spotlight and Cinemania sections announced

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The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), announced its feature film selections in the Spotlight and Cinemania sections, as well as Special Screenings and the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival lineup. The 10th edition of the Festival will take place from April 20 to May 1 in lower Manhattan.   "Now that the majority of the program has been announced I believe you will see the rich variety and quality of the films and talent that we are presenting at Tribeca this year," s...

SXSW reveals line up and gets ready for kick off

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SXSW FILM ANNOUNCES 2011 FEATURES LINEUP The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is thrilled to announce the features lineup for this year's Festival, March 11 - 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas. The 2011 lineup continues the SXSW tradition of tapping into the cultural zeitgeist, highlighting emerging talent and breakthrough performances and supporting first-time filmmakers.  "This is the most exciting moment for us. After a fantastic festival of discove...

First Annual Scandinavian On Demand Film Festival to Debut To North American VOD Audiences On May 1st

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 eurocinemaPartners with Nordisk Film & TV Fond and Diva.AG To Roll Out The Red Carpet ForFirst Ever On Demand Film FestivalFirst Annual Scandinavian On Demand Film Festival To Debut To North AmericanVOD Audiences On May 1st Miami,  March 3, 2011 - On Demand movie channel eurocinema (eurocinema.com)has joined forces with Nordisk Film & TV Fond (nordiskfilmogtvfond.com) andDiva.AG to create the first ever On Demand film festival, The First AnnualScandinavian On Demand Film Festival, set...

LA Italia Film Fest

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Opening Night of Los Angeles Italia 2011 by Ron Gilbert The party has started with Italian friends and family for a celebration which on this occasion is the Los Angeles Italia Film Fashion and Art Festival. The festival director Pascal Vicedomini who is from Southern Italy really has a knack for combining Hollywood and Italy and today was the day to reminisce about the Legendary Oscar winning producer Dino De Laurentiis and honoring him in a way that was well deserved. The...

Berlin Film In Focus : a separation Golden Bear Winner

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Berlin Film In Focus: NADER AND SIMIN, A SEPERATION The Iranian film NADER AND SIMIN, A SEPERATION (terrible title, that) was the big winner at the 61st edition of the Berlinale, winning the Golden Bear as Best Film and Best Actor and Best Actress Silver Bears for its ensemble cast of men and women. The film, directed by Asghar Farhadi, who won a Silver Bear as Best Dierctor in 2009 for DARBAREYE, will certainly be one of the most talked about international films of the year. With the current a...

Ecumenical prize in Berlin to Familiar Grounds, en terrains connus

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  PRIZE OF THE ECUMENICAL JURY - Forum section FAMILIAR GROUNDS (En terrains connus) a film by Stéphane Lafleur (Canada) "This film is structurally original in showing how "accidents" can alter human relationships.  It is innovative in drawing warm and human comic moments out of an alienated world where relationships are fragile. Its dialogue is sparse and well-controlled, and the soundtrack integrates very effectively with the film's visual imagery....

Berlin Film In Focus: NADER AND SIMIN, A SEPERATION

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  The Iranian film NADER AND SIMIN, A SEPERATION (terrible title, that) was the big winner at the 61st edition of the Berlinale, winning the Golden Bear as Best Film and Best Actor and Best Actress Silver Bears for its ensemble cast of men and women. The film, directed by Asghar Farhadi, who won a Silver Bear as Best Dierctor in 2009 for DARBAREYE, will certainly be one of the most talked about international films of the year. With the current attention of the world on the emerging democ...

Nader and Simin -- a Separation, Iranian film on track of Golden Bear

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by Alex Deleon   As New York Yankees catcher/philospher, Yogi Berra, once put it. "It ain't over till it's over", but as the fest winds down, the smart  ninth day money is on the Iranian film Jodaeiye Nader az Simin ("Nader and Simin -- a Separation"). The Berlin festival is nothing if not political in tone, and this year the political emphasis has been on protesting against Iranian film censorship. However, this family drama is not overtly political in natu...

'Duel' gives Chekhov piece its overdue due

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I wanted to share my "coup de coeur" around my discovery of this brillant film produced by Donald Rosenfeld who brought us 4 masterpieces from James Ivory, including his best "Remains of the Day". This is another delicate and smart story adapted from Anton Chekhov's novella THE DUEL. Absolutely superb performances, brillantly shot by Dover Kosashvili. I was about to write a lavish review when I found this one, by Michael Phillips, a Chicago Tribune Movie critic. I cannot...

Berlin Buzz 3

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    BERLINALE IN 3D  On Sunday, the Berlinale was host to three back-to-back 3D films that demonstrated that the technology is not only good for computer animation and big budget sci-fi. In TALES OF THE NIGHT, French animator Michel Ocelot provides a shadow-puppet retelling of famous fairy tales, much in the manner of the films of famed 1930s storyteller Lotte Reininger. The film mixes classic silhouette animation with strong colorful backgrounds to amazing effect. In PI...

Berlin Buzz 1

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  EUROPEAN FILM MARKET OPENS WITH HIGH HOPES The European Film Market, the professional parallel event to the Berlin Film Festival, opened yesterday with anticipation of a busy buying session that signal the reemergence of the market after three disasterous years of economic recession. Market registration has increased by 15% from last year and offices are filled to capacity at the Martin Gropius Bau, the Market’s main venue, and the Marriot Hotel. Unofficial offices have also been s...

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