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Third annual Minghella Film Festival

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   Third annual Minghella Film Festival, hosted by the family of the Oscar® winning director Anthony Minghella, opens on Friday 11 March with a gala preview of The Eagle (UK release: 25 March), the latest feature from acclaimed director Kevin Macdonald (State of Play, The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void) which was produced by Anthony Minghella's close friend, Duncan Kenworthy (Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral).   Opening night celebrati...

Berlin Buzz 2

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  International film festivals are here in force at the Berlinale to not only scout for new films but also to make announcements on upcoming special projects. Here are a few that have made the headlines here in Berlin.      BEIJING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES Beijing, the Chinese capital, now will have its own film event with the launching of the 1st Beijing International Film Festival, set for April 23-28, 2011. The Festival organization took an office at the M...

GENOVA FILM FESTIVAL

At its 14th edition this year, the Festival presents a rich program of events, previews, encounters with the artists and over 130 films on schedule. It promotes and supports young or new artists' production, and its aim is to closely study the Italian and international cinema trends; to do so, it presents short-film and documentary-film competitions, international reviews and exhibitions, Italian cinema detailed elaborations, encounters and cinema lessons.   

True soul of this Festival, the Concorso Nazionale per Cortometraggi e Documentari (literally, National Short Film and Documentary Film Competition) every year is glad to present a selection of the best Italian short and documentary-film production, chosen among over 500 competing films.

One sections is focused on international cinema: Oltre il Confine (literally, Beyond Boundaries) will deal with Cinema from the Kosova Country this year.

Trento will host the festival of challenges.

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ON THE WAY TOWARDS ANOTHER TRENTOFILMFESTIVAL From 28 April to 8 May 2011 Trento will host the festival of challenges. "How monotonous the face of the earth would be without the mountains" said Immanuel Kant. And how boring would the panorama of Italian cinema be without the TrentoFilmfestival, the oldest international festival of mountain films that on 31 January will begin its climb towards the 59th year.   "Don't look for a scaffolding to climb in the...

Pupi Avati next chairman of Capri Hollywood

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Acclaimed Italian film director Pupi Avati (Incantato, Giovanna’s Father) has been named Chairman of the 15th edition of “CAPRI, HOLLYWOOD 2010 - THE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL” it has been announced by Pascal Vicedomini, producer of the highly respected gathering that celebrates cinematic art and the “made in Italy” cultural trademark. This year’s festival will take place December 27th through January 2nd 2011 at various locations on the Isle of Capri, Italy.The festival is jointl...

Italian Cinema Bridges The Atlantic

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  PASSIONE (John Turturro, Italy) As the Venice International Film Festival enters its final weekend, the annual overlap between it and the Toronto International Film Festival, which opened this past Thursday, is most keenly felt. It is no secret that the two festivals are major rivals for world premieres and the attention of the world press. Venice's appeal is well, that's it is Venice...one of the world's most glamorous destinations. Toronto, a city that put the ugh in urban, is m...

An Italian Diva In Montreal

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  The word diva is often used these days to denote bad behavior and outsized arrogance but in its original incarnation, it was coined to described someone whose artistic gifts were, in fact, divine….a gift from God. So, it is with this original interpretation that I acknowledge the presence at the Montreal World Film Festival of a true cinematic diva, the Italian actress Stefania Sandrelli.   Sandrelli has been part of the cinema firmament for over 60 years. As with her...

Last Night (Keira Knightley and Eva Mendes) next Rome opener

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Massy Tadjedin’s Last Night, starring Keira Knightley, a romantic tale of sexual attraction, betrayal, and jealousy, will open the next International Rome Film Festival, running from October 28 to November 5, 2010, at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. Directed by Iranian-American Massy Tadjedin, with a star-studded cast featuring Keira Knightley, Eva Mendes, Sam Worthington, and Guillaume Canet, the film is set to kick off the competition section of the Official Selection. Another hotly-await...

Scott’s June Festival Update

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With a lot of Europe preparing itself for a nice long summer break we seem to have stepped up a gear and had an incredibly busy month here at ÉCU this month – and the cool thing is that there appears to be no end in sight as we head down various roads and avenues at warp speed! Last week I was joined at the London Film Academy by Lousia Mayman (director of ÉCU 2010’s Best Student Film) for an ÉCU 2011 presentation and the screening of Lousisa’s film, The Highest Low. I...

"Film is Lasagne" - rich metaphors from three Italian auteurs at the New York Documentary Film Festi

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Documentary filmmakers can be very serious. It is a serious art. The Italian Consul-General of New York, Francesco Talo, aptly describes the Festival dei Popoli's New York Documentary Film Festival as "recognising social problems through documentary expression". But the most magical moments and memorable quotes of the festival were so refreshingly funny that I nearly fell off my chair. Like the best of Italian cinema, the three distinguished Italian directors featured in tribute at the festival ...

"Film is Lasagne" - rich metaphors from three Italian auteurs

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Documentary filmmakers can be very serious. It is a serious art. The Italian Consul-General of New York, Francesco Talo, aptly describes the Festival dei Popoli's New York Documentary Film Festival as "recognising social problems through documentary expression". But the most magical moments and memorable quotes of the festival were so refreshingly funny that I nearly fell off my chair.  Like the best of Italian cinema, the three distinguished Italian directors featured in tribu...

History of the RIFF Cultural Association

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The RIFF Cultural Association was created in January of 2001, but has been a project of the association's founder and president, Fabrizio Ferrari, since early 1999. It was conceived with the intention to promote both Italian and international independent cinema.     2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 C...

Maremetraggio festival will bring in Podgorica (Montenegro), from 8th to 10th november, a selection of italian films and shorts

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The Embassy of Italy, together with Friuli Venezia Giulia Region and the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro announce a three days  Italian cinema event in Podgorica. Podgorica (Montenegro) will be the site of a three days Italian cinema event. From 8th to 10th november Podgorica will host a number of contemporary Italian movies which will be accompanied by open meetings with actors and directors, as well as conferences and food tastings to make Montenegro's public know the beauty of the terr...

European Cinema Shines At FLIFF

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  Penelope Cruz in BROKEN EMBRACES (Spain)  European cinema has always had a strong presence at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. This year is no exception as FLIFF showcases a strong collection of films from a mix of emerging and established European film talents.   Most of the European films are situated in the World Cinema section, which is not exclusively but overwhelmingly dominated by European titles. AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK, UK direct...

Testimonials from Rome Business Street / New Cinema Network

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723 accreditated professionals took part in the five-day-long Roman film market, The Business Street | Mercato Internazionale del Film, which opened on Thursday, October 15 in Via Veneto. Market venues included the Terrace at the Hotel Bernini Bristol; the Spazio Cinema at the Hotel Majestic, where conferences were held; the Casa del Cinema, the Levi'sҭov, and the Green House at the Auditorium.The Business Street is growing, with an increase in the number of countries represented and a 16%...

European Cinema Shines At FLIFF

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European cinema has always had a strong presence at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. This year is no exception as FLIFF showcases a strong collection of films from a mix of emerging and established European film talents. Most of the European films are situated in the World Cinema section, which is not exclusively but overwhelmingly dominated by European titles. AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK, UK director Richard Laxton’s biopic on gay icon and wit Quentin Crisp, focuses on the rac...

HBO Films Directors Dialogues At NYFF

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The New York Film Festival provides extraordinary access to some of world cinema's most interesting film talents via the HBO Films Directors Dialogue Series. Among those who are participating (all of whom have films in the festival proper): MARCO BELLOCCHIO With a career that spans the heyday of 60s Italian art cinema (Fists in the Pocket, China is Near) to religion (My Mother’s Smile, NYFF 2002) to political drama (Good Morning, Night, NYFF 2003 and this year’s Vincere), Marco B...

HBO Films Directors Dialogues At NYFF

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The New York Film Festival provides extraordinary access to some of world cinema's most interesting film talents via the HBO Films Directors Dialogue Series. Among those who are participating (all of whom have films in the festival proper): MARCO BELLOCCHIO With a career that spans the heyday of 60s Italian art cinema (Fists in the Pocket, China is Near) to religion (My Mother’s Smile, NYFF 2002) to political drama (Good Morning, Night, NYFF 2003 and this year’s Vincere), Marco Bellocchio ha...

Io Isabella, a festival dedicated to female directress and creative documentary

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  5th INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF THE FEMININE WEEK AND THE CREATIVE DOCUMMENTARY Io Isabella, the first female cinema festival of the south of Italy and the second most important documentary festival of all the country, celebrates its first fifth years of life. During almost a week and till the 10th of august 2009 the public will enjoy of the highest quality cinema in one of the most beautiful places of the south of Italy: Maratea, region of Basilicata. The sportive port, surroun...

Io Isabella, the first female cinema festival of the south of Italy

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5th INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF THE FEMININE WEEK AND THE CREATIVE DOCUMMENTARYIo Isabella, the first female cinema festival of the south of Italy and the second most important documentary festival of all the country, celebrates its first fifth years of life.During almost a week and till the 10th of august 2009 the public will enjoy of the highest quality cinema in one of the most beautiful places of the south of Italy: Maratea, region of Basilicata. The sportive port, surrounded by typical and southe...

Major producers to attend Ischia Global fest

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Major producers to attend Ischia Global fest (July 12-19) for the Second Global Summit ® Production: Harvey Weinstein, Mark Canton, Ryan Kavanaugh, Samuel Hadida, Avi Lerner will be confronted with Italians Aurelio De Laurentiis, Gianni Nunnari, Fulvio Lucisano, Giampaolo Letta, Paolo Del Brocco about the new opportunity 'of the film industry in Italy. The summit supported by BNL Paribas, which will be held July 17 at Queen Isabella of Lacco Ameno is being heralded as an exceptional opportunity...

Christoph Waltz joins list of talent attending Ischia Global

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Christoph Waltz, Best actor in Cannes for ‘Inglourious Basterds' by Quentin Tarantino will attend the seventh Ischia Global Film & Music Fest, the summer event film world, which opens Sunday in Ischia 12 July with three Music superstars Sting, Andrea Bocelli and Zucchero. On their side the actresses Jacqueline Bisset and Elsa Pataki, directors Paul Haggis, Marc Forster, Francesca Archibugi and Dario Argento, the set designers Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo, producers, Riccardo T...

Christoph Waltz joins list of talent attending Ischia Global

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Christoph Waltz, Best actor in Cannes for ‘Inglourious Basterds' by Quentin Tarantino will attend the seventh Ischia Global Film & Music Fest, the summer event film world, which opens Sunday in Ischia 12 July with three Music superstars Sting, Andrea Bocelli and Zucchero. On their side the actresses Jacqueline Bisset and Elsa Pataki, directors Paul Haggis, Marc Forster, Francesca Archibugi and Dario Argento, the set designers Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo, producers, Riccardo Tozzi a...

Major producers to attend Ischia Global fest

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Major producers to attend Ischia Global fest (July 12-19) for the Second Global Summit ® Production: Harvey Weinstein, Mark Canton, Ryan Kavanaugh, Samuel Hadida, Avi Lerner will be confronted with Italians Aurelio De Laurentiis, Gianni Nunnari, Fulvio Lucisano, Giampaolo Letta, Paolo Del Brocco about the new opportunity 'of the film industry in Italy. The summit supported by BNL Paribas, which will be held July 17 at Queen Isabella of Lacco Ameno is being heralded as an exceptional opportunity...

Ischia Global Film & Music Fest 2009 delivers another stellar line up

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(Within the project Italy Worldwide, the most popular SummerFilm & Music Event in the World) July 12th - 19th: These are the dates of the Summer rendez vous for the Italian film & music community, populated by the leaders of the entertainment and communications businesses, and the most celebrated luminaries on the global stage. Since 2003, this has been a popular event with Movie and TV personalities. The event is sponsored in part by the Italian Ministry of Culture and by the Campa...
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