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Interview with Bahman Ghobadi at 53rd TIFF

                              photo by Vanessa McMahon   Interview with Bahman Ghobadi During the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi was honored for his great oeuvre of films. Five of his films- ‘A Time for Drunken Horses’, 2000; ‘Turtles Can Fly’, 2004; ‘Half Moon’, 2006; ‘No One Knows About Persian Cats’,...

Interview with Bahman Ghobadi at 53rd TIFF

                              photo by Vanessa McMahon   Interview with Bahman Ghobadi During the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi was honored for his great oeuvre of films. Five of his films- ‘A Time for Drunken Horses’, 2000; ‘Turtles Can Fly’, 2004; ‘Half Moon’, 2006; ‘No One Knows About Persian Cats’,...

Peter Straughan at BAFTA Screenwriters Lecture, BFI London, Sketch by Nesta 24/10/12

On screenwriting Peter says it's like swimming. "I can't sketch, I just paint it as I go", "with structure". Peter wrote the film "The Men Who Stare at Goats", staring George Clooney, he is a BAFTA award winner for his Screenplay adaptation of "Tinker,Tailor, Soldier Spy" which he co-wrote with Bridget O'Connor.

The Iran Job takes a slam dunk peek behind the Islamic curtain

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"THE IRAN JOB" screened at the Los Angeles Fesdtival The Los Angeles Film Festival (LAFF, June 14 - 24) is mounted and presented by FilmIndependent, an organization dedicated to the promotion of independent films by new and upcoming filmmakers and talent. The programs are not studded with the names of iconic directors or well known stars but are more oriented toward intruducing the talent of tomorrow. However, as a nod to the main industry the opening film was the latest by Wo...

This is mamie today, at the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival !

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LOS ANGELES JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL OPENS WITH TONY CURTIS DOC AND MAMIE VAN DOREN APPEARANCE  by Alex Deleon for http://www.filmfestivals.com/ The seventh edition of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (LAJFF) opened on May 4 at the plush Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills with a feature length documentary on  recently deceased Jewish actor Tony Curtis and a Gala reception at which another legendary youth idol and sex symbol of the fifties, Mamie Van Doren, was the...

2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Line-Up

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This year's Festival will screen a diverse slate of nearly 200 feature films, shorts, and music videos, representing more than 30 countries, along with signature programs such as the Filmmaker Retreat, Poolside Chats, Coffee Talks, Music Events and more. Check back May 15 for the complete Festival schedule! OPENING NIGHT:   To Rome With Love- (DIRECTOR/WRITER Woody Allen PRODUCERS Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum CAST Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz,...

ÉCU 2012 FILM FESTIVAL DAY ONE

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ÉCU 2012 FILM FESTIVAL DAY ONE It’s nearly half past six on the evening of the first day of the seventh European Independent Film Festival. Strains of smoky jazz, a snaking baritone sax line, filters through from the trio set up in the festival foyer, making its way to the little marquee where, even now,  film-makers are assembling for the welcome glass of wine or vitamin water. Amongst the group festival president, Scott Hillier, will later refer to as a “crazed bunch ...

'Just Talking' at 14th TDF, March 13th, 2012

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  photo still of 5 BROKEN CAMERAS (2011)   -14th TDF PRESS- The Just Talking session of the 14th TDF of Tuesday, March 13 hosted the directors Amalia Zepou & Lydia Carras (Dry Stone-wall, Support of the Aegean), Nikos Katsaounis & Nina Maria Paschalidou (Krisis), Guy Davidi (Five Broken Cameras), Magnus Gertten (Harbor of Hope), Eric Black & Frauke Sandig (Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth), Gaston Solnicki (Papirosen) and Margret Jonasdottir, producer of Last ...

2012 Tribeca Film Festival Announces Film Selections For Spotlight And Cinemania Sections And Special Screenings

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The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF), presented by American Express, today 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 11th edition of the Festival will take place from April 18 to April 29 in New York City. The Spotlight section screens 34 films, 22 narratives and 12 documentaries that demonstrate the breadth of films at the Tribeca Film Festival. Nineteen films in the selection wi...

GUILTY OF ROMANCE (2011) by Sono Shion, at Fantasporto 2012

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  One of the most eccentric films I have seen of late was the Japanese film GUILTY OF ROMANCE (恋の罪 Koi no Tsumi?, 2011) by auteur director Sono Shion. Reflecting the genre Japanese ‘pink cinema’, the film is about three women who find sexual freedom in unconventional ways through pink paint balloon tossing, prostitution and poetry. From the director of the films COLD FISH (2010) and HIMIZU (2011), Shion is not only a prolific director but one who shocks and pushes the envelope...

GUILTY OF ROMANCE (2011) by Sono Shion at Fantasporto 2012

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  One of the most eccentric films I have seen of late was the Japanese film GUILTY OF ROMANCE (恋の罪 Koi no Tsumi?, 2011) by auteur director Sono Shion. Reflecting the genre Japanese ‘pink cinema’, the film is about three women who find sexual freedom in unconventional ways through pink paint balloon tossing, prostitution and poetry. From the director of the films COLD FISH (2010) and HIMIZU (2011), Shion is not only a prolific director but one who shocks and pushes the envelope ...

Controversial Persian film package is follow up to Berlin 62

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by Alex Deleon On the heels of the 2012 Berlinale, forming a kind of coda to the busy week preceding, four unusual pictures from Iran were presented in this extra special Persian package, one each evening starting Sunday, at the Babylon Theater in Rosa Luxemburg Square.  The Babylon located just west of Alexander Platz in what used to be Communist East Berlin, is one of the oldest movie theaters in Berlin and is now a protected architectural monument. It is also one of the regular Be...

Fantasporto homage to Karen Shakhnazarov

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A LEGEND OF RUSSIAN CINEMA IN FANTAS 2012   Karen Shakhnazarov   One of today’s most important Russian filmmakers is honoured at the 32nd edition of Fantasporto. The screenwriter, producer and director Karen Shakhnazarov is also thedirector of Russia's largest movie studio - Mosfilm. In 2010 he was awarded in Fantasporto for the film "Ward Number 6", which shows us how easy it is to become what we most fear. Now, the Porto Internationa...

Fantasporto 2012 to honor Karen Shakhnazarov, Russian legen

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Karen Shakhnazarov One of today’s most important Russian filmmakers is honoured at the 32nd edition of Fantasporto. The screenwriter, producer and director Karen Shakhnazarov is also the director of Russia's largest movie studio - Mosfilm. In 2010 he was awarded in Fantasporto for the film "Ward Number 6", which shows us how easy it is to become what we most fear. Now, the Porto International Film Festival pays Shakhnazarov a due homage presen...

Getting ready for the red carpet

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A gala night like the Goyas,Oscars,Baftas,Cesars, etc... is not only about cinema but also a lot of fashion is involve.  The film stars want to look as good as possible in the red carpet. That is why La Academia has opened in Madrid a showroom where nominees and presenters can go and follow suggestions from Goya Awards stylist, Vicente Ruiz. In this showroom well-known Spanish fashion firms collaborate to get our actresses to shine under the spotlight. "E...

VIFF line-up of canadian films

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MEDIA RELEASE September 7, 2011 -------------------------------------------------------------------VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALSeptember 29 - October 14, 2011 VIFF line-up showcases 80+ Canadian filmsCanadian Images Program includes 24BC productions VIFF is one of the biggest annual showcases of Canadian film in the world, with a special emphasis on BC films. Close to one-quarter of the festival's more than 360 films this year are home-grown. Canadian films are shown within several pro...

Out of the Darkness: Paraguayan National Cinema

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Français German Spanish By Rose Stokes Three words to describe Paraguayan national cinema? “Work in progress,” says Luis Aguirre, writer and director of Universo Servilleta/Napkin Universe (2010) and he makes a good point. Paraguay’s national cinematic output has been, up until very recently, virtually non existent. This can be attributed to many factors, the most obvious of which is the creative stranglehold suffered by the country at the hands of ...

Habana Eva, interview with Prakriti Maduro

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  Radiant Venezuelan actress Prakriti Maduro appeared at the second annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) for the screening of the Venezuelan/Cuban film HABANA EVA (2010). The morning after seeing the film, I spoke at length with Prakriti about her film with its many layers and her active acting career in general. We met at the Hyatt Grand, Aruba overlooking the stunning Edenic beaches below. ME: So, how are you today? Are you enjoying the Aruba Film Festival? PRA: ...

Habana Eva, interview with Prakriti Maduro

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 Radiant Venezuelan actress Prakriti Maduro appeared at the second annual Aruba International Film Festival (AIFF) for the screening of the Venezuelan/Cuban film HABANA EVA (2010). The morning after seeing the film, I spoke at length with Prakriti about her film with its many layers and her active acting career in general. We met at the Hyatt Grand, Aruba overlooking the stunning Edenic beaches below. ME: So, how are you today? Are you enjoying the Aruba Film Festival? PRA: Yes, I love it...

Winners of the Caribbean spotlight

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CARIBBEAN SPOTLIGHT SERIES AWARD CEREMONY AND PARTY MONDAY, JUNE 12th Children of God, winner of the Caribbean spotlight (Location: Gold Coast) Winners of the Aruba International Film Festival’s Caribbean Spotlight Series (CSS) Competition were announced on Tuesday night at a special Festival event held at Gold Coast Aruba. Encouraged by tremendous local support last year, AIFF expanded its popular "Spotlight" series this year, which was created to showcases movies ...

The 3rd Annual Hola Mexico Film Festival goes live

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The 3rd Annual Hola Mexico Film Festival will be taking place on May 19 – 25, 2011 at a new venue, The Montalban Theatre in Hollywood, Which over the course of the festival will be transformed into Temple of Mexican cinema. This year the festival has made great changes to give you a better experience.This 2011, Hola Mexico Film Festival is proud to present the US Premiere of the film Acorazado during opening night. A film by Alvaro Curel, Acorazado follows Silverio a Mexican taxi driver, who ...

Victor Ruano

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Victor Ruano by Sombra -There are four elements that make up the foundation of my memories and of my present, that is to say, of me. They gave birth to and laced themselves through all the situations that mold my life. Two of them arrived at the same time, while I was still a child: my mother's garden and my father's library. I remember the first one deeply, like a cloudy horizon. A forest of roses, with stems that reached to the sky. And the second one, lumin...

El Cadáver Exquisito

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El Cadáver Exquisito by Sombra There are four elements that make up the foundation of my memories and of my present, that is to say, of me. They gave birth to and laced themselves through all the situations that mold my life. Two of them arrived at the same time, while I was still a child: my mother’s garden and my father’s library. I remember the first one deeply; like a cloudy horizon: a forest of roses, with stems that reached to the sky… and the secon...

Art Or Exploitation? You Decide

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  OK......let me set up the scene. You and your slacker roommate are living in a cheap rent apartment in one of San Francisco's less tony neighborhoods. One night, you hear an argument of torrential rage coming from behind the paper-thin walls from the apartment next door. Night after night, you are captivated by the hilarious and insidious darkness of the epithets being thrown from one person to the other, and then the bright idea strikes you.......record the madhouse melee for your fr...

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...
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