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Eisenstein’s October with Edmund Meisel’s Original Score to premiere in Berlin

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Premiere of the Newly Restored Version of Eisenstein’s October with Edmund Meisel’s Original ScoreOn February 10, 2012, the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival will present the premiere of the reconstructed version of October (Oktjabr, USSR 1928, directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein) at the Friedrichstadt-Palast. Conducted by Frank Strobel, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra will perform the original score as composed by Edmund Meisel. The screening is a Berlinale Special presentation and p...

Interview with GABRIEL ACHIM, 52nd TIFF

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Director Gabriel Achim   When I met Romanian director Gabriel Achim, I asked him about his film and he said this: 'Well, if you like intellectual porn then you will like my film...' Well, what a pitch because I couldn’t wait to see it, and indeed ADALBERT'S DREAM (Visul Lui Adalbert, 2011) IS ‘Intellectual Porn’… Read below to get to first base. But to go all the way, you’ll have to see the film!   ME: why is it called ‘Adalb...

Interview with Romanian New Wave filmmaker GABRIEL ACHIM

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Director Gabriel Achim   When I met Romanian director Gabriel Achim, I asked him about his film and he said this: 'Well, if you like intellectual porn then you will like my film...' Well, what a pitch because I couldn’t wait to see it, and indeed ADALBERT'S DREAM (Visul Lui Adalbert, 2011) IS ‘Intellectual Porn’… Read below to get to first base. But to go all the way, you’ll have to see the film!   ME: why is it called ‘Adalb...

ADALBERT'S DREAM by Gabriel Achim

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ADALBERT'S DREAM by Romanian filmmaker Gabriel Achim  When I met Romanian director Gabriel Achim, we had just pruned together for hours in Iceland's famed Blue Lagoon thermal baths, so needless to say we were dehydrated, uber relaxed and giddy. I asked him why he was at RIFF and he explained, 'Well, I'm a Romanian director'. I told him I knew lots of great Romanian directors and then he, ever so humbly, assured me that he was the worst Romanian director that exists. I laughed and I think t...

ADALBERT'S DREAM by Romanian filmmaker Gabriel Achim

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 ADALBERT'S DREAM by Romanian filmmaker Gabriel Achim  When I met Romanian director Gabriel Achim, we had just pruned together for hours in Iceland's famed Blue Lagoon thermal baths, so needless to say we were dehydrated, uber relaxed and giddy. I asked him why he was at RIFF and he explained, 'Well, I'm a Romanian director'. I told him I knew lots of great Romanian directors and then he, ever so humbly, assured me that he was the worst Romanian director that exists. I laughed and I think ...

Fountainhead e-Letter, December 10 / January 11, Berlin/Germany

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FOUNTAINHEAD® TANZ THEATRE e - LETTER . Berlin/Germany December 2010 / January 2011 www.fountainhead-tanz-theatre.de www.blackinternationalcinema.de www.black-international-cinema.com Please send replies to / Bitte senden Sie Antworten an bicdance@aol.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------- CrossKultur 2010 Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Berlin/Germany Fountainhead Tanz Theatre / XXVI. Black International Cinema Berlin 2011 - ...

In Memoriam: Oscar Brown Jr.

PEOPLE, POLITICS AND ART "If it looks like bullshit and smells like bullshit, its probably bullshit!" - Oscar Brown Jr. Oscar Brown Jr., the man in the film, on and off screen

"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...

Where And What Is Zlin?

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  With less than 2 weeks to go until the 50th anniversary celebrations begin for the ZLIN FILM FESTIVAL, the first major film  event following CANNES, the question I am hearing from associates is: where and what is Zlin? Well, let me answer that with some relevant information on a city both historic and modern. Zlin is a city situated in the southeastern Moravian district of what is now the Czech Republic. The city is a natural metropolis, a city of statues, a university seat and ...

“The Sun Behind The Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom

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“The Sun Behind The Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom”Opens March 31st, 2010 at “Film Forum”Recently, at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, held this past January 5-18, 2010, screenings of Chinese features, “City of Life and Death” and “Quick, Quick, Slow”, were taken out of the film festival by the state-run China Film Group in order to protest the festival’s choice to show the “The Sun Behind The Clouds”, which takes on a unique Tibetan perspective on the...

"The Sun Behind The Clouds: Tibet's Struggle For Freedom" Interview with Directors: Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam

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“The Sun Behind The Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom”Opens March 31st, 2010 at “Film Forum”  Recently, at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, held this past January 5-18, 2010, screenings of Chinese features, “City ofLife and Death” and “Quick, Quick, Slow”, were taken out of the film festival by the state-run China Film Group in order to protest the festival’s choice to show the “The Sun Behind The Clouds”, which takes on  a unique Tibetan perspective on...

Karlovy Vary Marks 20 Years of Freedom

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Where were you when the Berlin Wall cracked? Two decades after Communism fell on its scythe in Eastern Europe, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is remembering in grand style. For its 44th edition (July 3-11), this Czech shindig looks back on "20 Years of Freedom" in a salute to the Velvet Revolution and other Warsaw Pact overthrows. Viewers of the world unite!  It's only fitting that Karlovy Var y would throw a Bloc party. One of the festival's hallmarks is its...

Karlovy Vary Marks 20 Years of Freedom

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Where were you when the Berlin Wall cracked? Two decades after Communism fell on its scythe in Eastern Europe, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is remembering in grand style. For its 44th edition (July 3-11), this Czech shindig looks back on “20 Years of Freedom” in a salute to the Velvet Revolution and other Warsaw Pact overthrows. Viewers of the world unite! It’s only fitting that Karlovy Vary would throw a Bloc party. One of the festival’s hallmarks is its “East of the W...

Finále Plzeň Festival of Czech Films

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You may not know Pilsen, but any beer connoisseur can guess from its name that the Czech town is a source of ferment. Pilsner Urquell calls it home, as does the annual festival of Czech films, Finále Plzeň, which runs April 19–25. The festival dates back to 1968, when the Communist Party allowed a “Spring” thaw. Finále Plzeň sought to acquaint Czechs with their own New Wave of films sweeping world festivals, but three years later packed itself on ice as Czech cinema ran afoul o...

The Life and Times of Big Mike Craft (Meyer Lansky's Last Enforcer)

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I have joined www.fest21.com today inorder to get my projects to the screen. I will tell my story in short form over the next few weeks, hoping to get some help. I am the last executive enforcer for a major syndicate Boss left. I have had to wait until all my partners were dead and my own beloved mother to pass inorder to tell the facts. I look forward to all your input and request help. I should be a household word by now for I had the contracts to kill Fidel Castro and Pierre Trudeau, plus e...

A Man Who Speaks His Mind: Garry Kasparov at IDFA

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  Saturday, November 22-----Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov is due in town today to attend the screening of In The Holy Fire Of Revolution, Masha Novikova’s film about the daily harassment of opposition political leaders in Putin’s Russia.   Kasparov was a major international chess champion who won every possible award in the game over a career that spanned nearly 20 years. However, his post-chess campaign for human rights has made him one of Russia's...

A Man Who Speaks His Mind: Garry Kasparov at IDFA

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Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov is due in town today to attend the screening of In The Holy Fire Of Revolution, Masha Novikova’s film about the daily harassment of opposition political leaders in Putin’s Russia. Kasparov was a major international chess champion who won every possible award in the game over a career that spanned nearly 20 years. However, his post-chess campaign for human rights has made him one of Russia's most controversial figures. He joined the Communist Party...

Bulgarian Film Festival, New York

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Held for three consecutive weekends through April 19th at the centrally located Scandinavia House on New York’s Park Avenue, the festival will be known henceforth as the Tishman International New York Bulgarian Film Festival. Tishman International Companies is a multi-billion real estate company that is building the Sofia Airport Center, a $350 million business complex. Tishman serving as the principal sponsor of the fest confirms the larger role transnational corporations play now in the inte...

Returning To Romanian Roots

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In the world of cinema, there is always a “new wave” occurring in a country or region or even genre. No question, in 2007/2008, that new wave is centered in the country of Romania, which has flexed its muscles on the international stage with a series of lauded films. At last year’s Cannes Film Festival, the Romanian abortion drama 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS by Cristian Mingui was the surprise winner of the Palme d’Or, the Festival’s highest honor. Another Romanian film 12:08 OF BUCHA...

Returning To Romanian Roots

 Tuesday, April 22----In the world of cinema, there is always a “new wave” occurring in a country or region or even genre. No question, in 2007/2008, that new wave is centered in the country of Romania, which has flexed its muscles on the international stage with a series of lauded films. At last year’s Cannes Film Festival, the Romanian abortion drama 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS by Cristian Mingui was the surprise winner of the Palme d’Or, the Festival’s highest honor. Another Roman...

Jules Dassin: An Artist In Exile

Friday, April 4-----Jules Dassin, an American director, screenwriter and actor who found success making movies in Europe after he was blacklisted in the United States because of his ties to the Communist Party, died Monday in Athens, where he had lived since the 1970s. He was 96. Mr. Dassin is most widely remembered for films he made after he fled Hollywood in the 1950s, including NEVER ON SUNDAY (1960) with the Greek actress Melina Mercouri, whom he later married; TOPKAPI (1964), with Ms. Merco...

Jules Dassin passed away in Athens at 96

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Jules Dassin, an American director, screenwriter and actor who found success making movies in Europe after he was blacklisted in the United States because of his ties to the Communist Party, died Monday in Athens, where he had lived since the 1970s. He was 96. Mr. Dassin is most widely remembered for films he made after he fled Hollywood in the 1950s, including NEVER ON SUNDAY (1960) with the Greek actress Melina Mercouri, whom he later married; TOPKAPI (1964), with Ms. Mercouri, Peter Ustinov a...

India opts for regional cinema from south to represent it at IFFI

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GOA, India, Nov 23: An India fast gaining on technical skills, but still struggling to get the rest of the globe to take note of its sometimes-hard-to-understand cinema has chosen films from the Malayalam and Bengali languages to represent the country.Two regional-language films from the south-west state of Kerala, and the eastern state of West Bengal will be the official entries at the Asian African and Latin American Competition of the 38th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) that got ...

The Cinemas of East Asia program at Vancouver Fest

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Festival Director Alan Franey and programmer Tony Rayns today announced that the 25th annual Vancouver International Film Festival will feature a total of 39 features, three mid-length films and 35 shorts in the Festival's cornerstone Dragons & Tigers: The Cinemas of East Asia program. Again presented this year thanks to the generous support of Brad Birarda of Research Capital, the Dragons & Tigers program is one of the preeminent showcases of East Asian films in the world. The series will featu...
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