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New York Indian Film Festival will open with DO DOONI CHAAR

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  The Indo-American Arts Council has announced the feature films that have been selected for the Opening Night, Centerpiece, and Closing Night spots for the highly anticipated New York Indian Film Festival which runs May 4 to May 8 in Manhattan.   Opening the 11th annual edition of the IAAC's popular film festival will be the North American premiere of Disney's critically acclaimed family comedy DO DOONI CHAAR starring the legendary husband-wife acting couple Rishi Kapoor and...

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN Wins National Board of Review Award

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And we're off.....the awards season has kicked off in high gear this past week, with the announcement of the Gotham Awards in New York, the nominations for the Film Independent Spirit Awards and now the National Board of Review, the first of the end-of-the-year critics groups to bestow prizes. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, Joel and Ethan Coen's nouveau Western, was named Best Film of the Year. The film also won a Best Adapted Screenplay prize for the Coens, as well as an award for Best Ensemble Cast, ...

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN Wins National Board of Review Award

 Wednesday, December 5--------And we're off.....the awards season has kicked off in high gear this past week, with the announcement of the Gotham Awards in New York, the nominations for the Film Independent Spirit Awards and now the National Board of Review, the first of the end-of-the-year critics groups to bestow prizes. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, Joel and Ethan Coen's nouveau Western, was named Best Film of the Year. The film also won a Best Adapted Screenplay prize for the Coens, as well as an...

River- to-river showcases indian films in Italy

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Selvaggia Velo, founder and guiding light of the River-to-River Review of Indian cinema in Italy, is a woman with a mission. Her mission is simply to bring the best of the copiously rich but sadly underseen cinema of the Indian sub-continent to European eyes. The setting of the festival is Florence (Firenze) Italy, and the name of the fest refers to the River Arno which flows through Florence, and simultaneously to the sacred River Ganges which is the main waterway of india. Given that India pr...

New York Times Arts and Leisure Weekend Begins On Friday

Tuesday, January 2----The New York Times Arts and Leisure Weekend, which begins this coming Friday, is fast becoming one of New York’s most anticipated cultural events of the new year. With a mix of discussions, panels, concert performances and other delights in the fields of theater, dance, film and music, the Weekend is bringing a post-Holidays lift to the Big Apple. The Arts and Leisure Weekend will present several film programs….a combination of screenings of some of the year’s most...

6th River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival

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The sixth River to River. Florence Indian Film Festival, under the direction of Selvaggia Velo, will take place in Florence, Italy, from December 8th to 14th 2006.Screenings will be at cinema Spazio Uno in Via del Sole n.10.The Festival is sponsored by the Cinema Department of the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture of Rome, the Regional Council of Tuscany, Provincia di Firenze, Quartiere 1, Banca Toscana, Apt, Hotel Roma, Instyle, India Tourism Office of Milan, Kuoni Tour Operator, Coop F...

9 days that shook the film world

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THE FIRST ROME FILM FIESTA, OCT. 13 – 21, 2OO6 The whole report day by day from day one. In less than a week, on the fateful FridayThe Thirteenth of the current month (October 13, 2OO6), the First International Film Festival ever held in Rome will open the gates of the Eternal City to a floodtide of media representatives, journalists, film professionals, actors, directors, film fans, and just plain curious stargazers of all stripes and colours. Whether this new festival turns out to be a blas...

Rome glorious sendoff: the cup is full

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The opening star salvos have now slacked off temporarily which allows more time to get around to the business of actually seeing some motion pictures. Howecver -- not to worry -- more Hollywood star power in the wings ready to give this festa a glorious sendoff in the final days. Robert de Niro will be here tomorrow to introduce a film from trobecam which enjoys a "special relation" with this fest, and it will be a "meet the public2 show rather than a press conference as such. The closing gala ...

Rome a publishing house double feature

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So much is happening here that the only way to keep track of events and films is this -- a free associational diary, plus a wing and a prayer. But let me preface it by noting that this is the most sensational film festival I have ever attended, period. SUNDAY: Two films and two remarkable press conferences. The day starts with a 9 AM press screening of Scorcese's "The Departed" in the big hall. This is followed by a meeting with the press with Scorcese and Di Caprio up on the stage, accompanie...

Toronto Opens with The Journals of Knud Rasmussen

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Toronto Opens 2006 Festival with World Premiere of “The Journals of Knud Rasmussen”The largest and one of the most respected Film Festivals in the world will open its doors to the public with Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn's “The Journals of Knud Rasmussen". Their last film "Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner),” had won the Camera D'or in Cannes and then the prize for best Canadian film here in Toronto in 2001. Festival Co-Director Noah Cowan felt that this was one of the most important film...

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