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Kamal, wearing jeans, a black leather jacket and a four days' beard, is peacefully walking in the street to send his baby to sleep. After a police check, he ends up accused of having stolen, his own child. An ordinary evening in France: suspicion and denial of justice, life under lock and key, behind the video surveillance camera.

Director of the Seville Festival, member of Moscow Jury

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Javier Martín-Domínguez, director of the Seville Festival, member of the official jury of the 33rd Moscow Film Festival.The Moscow International Film Festival has selected as a member of its official jury for this year the director, screenwriter and artistic director of the Seville European Film Festival, Javier Martín-Domínguez.Other members of the jury for the official section include the actress Geraldine Chaplin, the Israeli director Amos Gitai, the Hungarian director Karoly Makk and the...

Gdynia Film Festival Wraps for Another Year: “Essential Killing” Sweeps Top Prizes

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Here in Poland, the 2011 Gdynia Film Festival wrapped up on Saturday. Celebrating its 36th year, the festival showcases the best of Polish and eastern European cinema, featuring work by established and emerging film makers. “Essential Killing” received the Golden Lions first prize in this year's Main Competition. Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, the film tells the story of a young suspected insurgent (played by Vincent Gallo) who is captured in Afghanistan. After being transported...

Sylvia Kristel: I have no unfulfilled dream

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Sylvia Christel, photo by Studio Fo  Could you tell us about the storyline and especially your part in 2 Sunny Days? Did you know the director before? In 2 Sunny Days a small group of tourists get loose in the  mountains. I play a weird woman belonging to a sect, Christian Marain (82) played my Alzheimer stricken husband. But Maya Sansa and Bristol Pomeroy are the main characters and they play a couple in trouble. The film is about relationships. H...

Yves Marmion: I feel the good vibes around Sofia International Film Festival

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Yves MarmionYves Marmion is one of the leading European producers with titles such as Arizona Dream, The Apartment, I Loved You for So Long, among others in his biography. He is also the Chairman of the European Film Academy (EFA) and as such he came to Sofia during the 15th edition of Sofia International Film Festival along with his colleagues from the EFA’s managing board for one of their working meetings.   - Could you tell me how did your session go today? Are you able to di...

Kaunas International Film Festival launches cooperation with young film artists

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  Kaunas International Film Festival has become the official representative of the European network of film associations NISI MASA in Lithuania. The membership of the Lithuanian festival in this project will open up wide opportunities of international projects and festivals not only for young film artists and critics, but also for film students and other players of the film industry. “NISI MASA is a European network that involves and gives access for youth to the film industry. N...

Lars von Trier Admits to Being a Nazi, Understanding Hitler (Cannes 2011)

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Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg look on in disbelief as the "Melancholia" director shocks at Cannes press conference. Danish director Lars Von Trier pulled a Mel Gibson in Cannes Wednesday, giving a shocking and hilarious press conference for his new film Melancholia in which he admitted to being a Nazi, to understanding Hitler and speculated that his next movie could be The Final Solution. Von Trier has never been very P.C. and his Cannes press conferences alway...

Festivals organizers attending the panels and wine tasting FUTURE OF FESTIVAL MAY 15

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The festival will be represented in style with a crowd of 100  Cinando POFF POFF filmfestivals.com Vilnius International Film Festival  Vilnius International Film Festival  FESTIVAL PARIS CINEMA CentEast Market Warsaw  Toronto International Film Festival FEMI REGENSBURGER KURZFILMWOC...

On Independent European Cinema: An Exclusive Interview with ECU’s Scott Hillier

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  Project CineMaas presents an exclusive interview with Paris-based Scott Hillier, an Academy Award winning Australian filmmaker who founded ECU The European Independent Film Festival. Read on as he clarifies a wide array of issues, from the film festival’s evolution and his definition of independent European cinema to the judging process and his visions for the future.   The sixth ECU The European Independent Film Festival took place this year in Paris, Fra...

Milcho on MOTHERS at SIFF

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One day before arriving in Sofia, Bulgaria to speak to press about his latest film, MOTHERS, Goran Paskaljevic (above, left) awarded Milcho Manchevski (above, right) the Best Feature award from the 'Europe Out of Europe' section in Belgrade Film Festival March 06, 2011.    Director of newly released in festivals ‘Mothers', Milcho Manchevski explains his film to press in Sofia, Bulgaria at SIFF 2011. March 08, 2011. Because this press conference was given in Bulgarian and ...

Milcho on MOTHERS at SIFF

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One day before arriving in Sofia, Bulgaria to speak to press about his latest film, MOTHERS, Goran Paskaljevic awarded Milcho Manchevski the Best Feature award from the 'Europe Out of Europe' section in Belgrade Film Festival March 06, 2011.  Director of newly released in festivals ‘Mothers', Milcho Manchevski explains his film to press in Sofia, Bulgaria at SIFF 2011. March 08, 2011. Because this press conference was given in Bulgarian and his answers in English I have just be...

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...

Can Film Festivals Work Together?

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  Can film festivals work together? That was one of the provocative questions brought up on the first full day of the International Film Festival Summit, a "meeting of the minds" event that is bringing together leading film festival reps in Berlin today and tomorrow. The event is being held at the Berlin Hilton Hotel. "While I think that collaboration can always happen, the idea that film festivals will share their contacts, films or sponsors is rather utopian", ...

Film Forum: An Embrace of European Cinema

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  How fortunate are we film-crazy New Yorkers to have such a cinematic treasure as the Film Forum in our midst. The three-screen arthouse complex in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan has been an indispensable New York institution for over 40 years. As the only remaining independent not-for-profit arthouse theater (in a city that used to be pocketed with them), the Film Forum presents an enviable mix of the classic and the obscure, the heralded and the newly discovered. The le...

11 European films receive marketing support in Sundance

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11 European films have been confirmed by European Film Promotion's (EFP) members to receive Film Sales Support (FSS) at North America's prestigious Sundance Film Festival. FSS, which is EFP's support scheme for European sales agents, is entering year 8 in 2011. With the continuous financial support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, FSS has been influential in helping bring European cinema to audiences around the world, in particular to North and South America. To have been cho...

My Personal Top Ten List

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  Jesse Eisenberg in THE SOCIAL NETWORK  As a media junkie (guilty as charged), I cannot help but be inundated this time of the year with all manner of critics pontificating on their "top ten" favorites of the year in the worlds of film, theater, music, art, fashion, politics, etc. While in the past, anxious readers waited with breath that is baited for what the New York Times writers and other major critics singled out as the year's best cultural attractions, the in...

Essential Filmmaking: An Interview With Legendary Polish Director Jerzy Skolimowski

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Jerzy Skolimowski is a busy man these days. The Polish director's latest film Essential Killing made headlines this autumn when it won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, and the film's lead, Vincent Gallo, took the prize for best actor. The film was released in Poland in October, and audiences have been filling cinemas to see what is admittedly a unique film in terms of story and style. In the following interview, Mr. Skolimowski discusses the origins of the film, the funding ...

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...

Shooting Stars Light Up The Sky In Tallinn

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  Six current Shooting Stars, an exclusive club of up-and-coming European actors that  are selected annually by an international jury and introduced at the Berlin International Film Festival by the European Film Promotion organization, are making an appearance in films being shown this week at POFF, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival.   With a strong focus on European cinema both in and out of competition, the Festival is one of the places to catch current trends and ...

European award to Zeynep Özbatur

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Turkish producer receives Prix EURIMAGESThe winner of the fourth edition of the EUROPEAN CO-PRODUCTION AWARD - Prix EURIMAGES, an award acknowledging the decisive role of co-productions in the European film industry, was just announced at a lunch held in the framework of the “New Cinema Network” in Rome attended by a large number of professionals from the cinema industry and the press.This year’s prize will go to an outstanding producer who has always joined forces with European producing ...

Hommage To Nathalie Baye in New York

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What is it about French actresses, that they grow even more beautiful and, arguably, more talented with age. Jeanne Moreau and Catherine Deneuve are but two examples of this gorgeous gallic phenomenon, where their later roles take on even greater gravitas as the subtle lines of their face change, their voices lowers a register and their once all-too-fragile beauty slightly hardens and becomes as enduring as a Greek sculpture. But blood courses through their veins and passion, if not only...

Warsaw Film Festival Jury Interview

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The 26th Warsaw Film Festival runs from Friday, October 8 till Sunday, October 17, 2010.Robert Bodrog our Warsaw correspondant interviews Antonia Bird (award-winning British film director and BAFTA member), Francois da Silva (producer)and Mike Downey (producer and EFA board member), members of the jury for the 2010 Warsaw Film Festival's international competition, about the state of eastern European cinema, story telling and how filmmakers can reach a global audience. Antonia Bird, RB: Ms. Bird,...

Warsaw Film Festival Jury Interview

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 Tell Your Own StoriesRobert Bodrog interviews Antonia Bird, Francois da Silva and Mike Downey, members of the jury for the 2010 Warsaw Film Festival's international competition, about the state of eastern European cinema, story telling and how filmmakers can reach a global audience.RB: Ms. Bird, how did you come to be the chairperson of the jury this year? Do you have a connection to Warsaw?Antonia Bird: I can only guess. I was at the Sundance Filmmaker labs in Utah. You know, Robert Redford's...

NEWSLETTER N° 476: September 13, 2010

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 .............                                                                                                                                                          WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 476: September 13, 2010 THE SUMMER WRAP NEWSLETTER Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites.  Our newsletter...

European Directors In TIFF Spotlight

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 Manoel De Oliveira (Portugal) The Toronto International Film Festival has always had a love affair with European cinema and this year, in its 35th anniversary year, is no different. Nearly half of the films presented here this week are European or have European co-production partners. The European Film Promotion organization is assisting nearly 50 European sales companies with their presence here in order to assist the films in finding North American distribution here. More in ...

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