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Interview with Aki Kaurismäki at 53rd TIFF

Aki Kaurismäki is best known for his oeuvre of films including: ‘Leningrad Cowboys Go America’ (1989), ‘The Man Without A Past’ (2002), which ran in competition at Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar in 2002, and his most recent film ‘Le Havre' (2011), which ran in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Recently, Aki Kaurismäki was honored for his life achievement at the 53rd Thessaloniki Film Festival. On the 6th November, ...

HOLY MOTORS (2012) at 53rd TIFF

HOLY MOTORS (2012) premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and most recently opened the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival   HOLY MOTORS: Is it gratuitous shock-value pomp or high surrealistic cinematic genius? You decide… A swarthy dwarfish (though not a dwarf) Parisian, ‘Monsieur Oscar’ (played by Denis Lavant), lives for the night like some kind of vampire or ancient fiend feeding off humanity’s basest Chthonic nature. By day he is a loving f...

Interview with Aki Kaurismäki at 53rd TIFF

Aki Kaurismäki is best known for his oeuvre of films including: ‘Leningrad Cowboys Go America’ (1989), ‘The Man Without A Past’ (2002), which ran in competition at Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar in 2002, and his most recent film ‘Le Havre' (2011), which ran in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Recently, Aki Kaurismäki was honored for his life achievement at the 53rd Thessaloniki Film Festival. On the 6th November, ...

53rd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL / 2 - 11 NOVEMBER 2012

                              -OFFICIAL 53rd TIFF PRESS RELEASE- 53rd TIFF: Opening Ceremony (11/3/2012) OPENING CEREMONY The curtain rose on the 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival on Friday, November 2, 2012 with a simple ceremony. The opening ceremony took place at the packed Olympion Theater, with the jazz and swing rhythms of the band Milky Lady & the Cookies and the lindy hop Jitter...

53rd THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL / 2 - 11 NOVEMBER 2012

  53rd TIFF LINE-UP, JURIES & PARALLEL EVENTS This year’s 53rd Thessaloniki International Film Festival kicked off this Friday, November 2nd.   INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION JURY: Thomas Elsaesser, Film theorist and academic, Germany, Jury President Laufrey Gudjonsdottir, Programmer, consultant, founding director of the Icelandic Film Center, Iceland Ole Christian Madsen, Director, Denmark Joao Pedro Rodrigues, Director, Portugal Thymios Bakatakis, Cinematographer, Greece...

Michael Haneke's "Amour", winner of the FIPRESCI Grand Prix

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The award will be presented at the opening gala of the 60th San Sebastian International Film Festival The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) awards its Grand Prix for Best Film of the Year to AMOUR, directed by Michael Haneke. The award is the result of votes cast by members of FIPRESCI, 225 critics worldwide, for any feature-length film premièred internationally during the previous year. The prize will be presented at the opening gala of the San Sebastian Festiv...

EFA Board members Elected for 2012

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The President: Wim Wenders, Director, Germany Wim Wenders attended the Academy of Film & Television in Munich, worked as a film critic for various German publications, and was a founding member of Filmverlag der Autoren. In 1976 he set up his own production company, Road Movies, and, in 2002, Reverse Angle. Often hailed as one of the most important German directors on the international scene, Wenders has received various international awards, including the Golden Lion (TH...

The Durban International Film Festival returns

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The Durban International Film Festival returns for its 33rd year to celebrate the magic of cinema in all its beauty and diversity. From the 19th to the 29th July, Durban will be illuminated by the glow of the silver screen, with over 290 screenings in 10 venues across the city. Alongside world-class cinema from across the globe, comprising 80 feature films, 40 documentaries and 45 short films, the festival offers a comprehensive workshop and seminar programme that facilitates the sharing...

Post Tenebras Lux "After the darkness, the light."

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  Post Tenebras Lux,  "After the darkness, the light." A title tailor-made for Carlos Reygadas, such is the designer's predilection for playing with light and contrasts. After Batailla en el cielo (2005) and Stellet Licht (Jury Prix 2007), the director and distributor is now back in Compeition. It is often said of Mexican Director Carlos Reygadas that he "works like an expressionist painter". From the world of painting he has taken the idea of framing, composition, ...

16th International Film Festival SOFIA FILM FESTIVAL

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SFF is organized by Art Fest under the patronage of the Sofia Municipality, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, the National Film Centre and National Palace of Culture, with the support of the programs MEDIA and MEDIA Mundus of the European Commission, UNESCO – Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, national and foreign cultural institutes and sponsors. The main sponsor of the 16th edition of the festival is Jameson Irish Whiskey. The 16th Sofia Intern...

27th Midnight Sun Film Festival celebrates screen gems

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The 27th Midnight Sun Film Festival (13.-17.6.2012) will be graced by the presence of two female actors who began their career in the 1950s: Finland's only Hollywood star Taina Elg, and Ingmar Bergman's protégé Harriet Andersson. Of directors, together with their productions, the American cult movie maker Alan Rudoph, Hungarian Béla Tarr, whose quite personal films never fail to cause a stir, two Swedish talents of a younger generation - Ruben Östlund and Axel Petersén - and the Portugues...

Bedouin Wins

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The Best Film Award Statuete on FEST 2012 the International Film Festival in Belgrade goes to a Russian film Bedouin (Bedouin) by Igor Voloshin for "directing and mastery of composition, as well as skills in working with actors and telling tales of the modern mother until ready to go, out of love for his daughter to die, leading from her native Kiev to St. Petersburg and then to the Jordanian desert. "   Jury Special Mention goes to the Croatian film Spots (Fleke) directed by Aldo...

Le Havre - liberté and égalité

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Veteran French actor André Wilms, guest of the International Film Festival FEST 2012 in Belgrade has delighted journalists and Belgrade audience with his vital, remarkable and high-spirited energy. The star of, must be over 50 films by now, including Le Havre, the Cannes FIPRESCI Prize winner directed by Finish film director Aki Kaurismäki sounds as he’s getting tired of acting (Le Havre won FIPRESCI Award on International Film Festival FEST 2012 as well).     ...

Monsieur Lazhar wins Audience Award in Rotterdam

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The UPC Audience Award of the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012 goes to Philippe Falardeau’s MONSIEUR LAZHAR (Canada, 2011). The award comes with prize money of 10,000 Euro.The Dioraphte Award (also 10,000 Euro) for the highest-scoring film in the audience poll among the seventeen festival films made with support from the Hubert Bals Fund was won by GOODBYE by Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof.IFFR 2012 counted 274,000 visits to films, exhibitions, performances and events. The first...

“How much does your building weigh, Mr. Foster?” awarded the Silver Audience Award 2011 at Kaunas International Film Festival

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The viewers of Kaunas International Film Festival 2011 selected their favourite film –“How much does your building weigh, Mr. Foster?” by two Spanish directors Norbert López Amado and Carlos Carcaso. In second place was Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki film “Le Havre” followed by the Italian work “Ten winters” in the third place. The public also noted and enjoyed the award winning “A Separation” by Asghar Farhadi from Iran (Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival...

International Film Festival Rotterdam attracts filmmakers from around the globe

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  The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) welcomes some 2,500 professional guests this year. Filmmakers expected to attend include Michel Gondry, Wang Xiaoshuai, Lucas Belvaux, Miike Takashi, Mohammad Rasoulof, Tsukamoto Shinya, Aki Kaurismäki, Andrea Arnold, Steve McQueen, Julió Bressane, Kobayashi Masahiro, Eric Khoo, Bouli Lanners, Ruben Östlund and Garin Nugroho as well as some 250 other filmmakers. Actors expected to attend include Sophie Quinton and ...

International Film Festival Rotterdam attracts filmmakers from around the globe

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) welcomes some 2,500 professional guests this year. Filmmakers expected to attend include Michel Gondry, Wang Xiaoshuai, Lucas Belvaux, Miike Takashi, Mohammad Rasoulof, Tsukamoto Shinya, Aki Kaurismäki, Andrea Arnold, Steve McQueen, Julió Bressane, Kobayashi Masahiro, Eric Khoo, Bouli Lanners, Ruben Östlund and Garin Nugroho as well as some 250 other filmmakers. Actors expected to attend include Sophie Quinton and Nicole Garcia, for their role...

Festival winners for 23rd Palm Springs international Film Festival

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Starbuck Receives Mercedes-Benz Audience Award Best Narrative Feature; The Girls in the Band and Wish Me Away Tie for Audience Award Best Doc Feature; The Turin Horse Receives FIPRESCI Award; The House Receives New Voices/New Visions Award; The Tiniest Place Receives The John Schlesinger Award   The 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announced this year’s award winners at a glamourous luncheon at Spencer’s Restaurant on Sunday, January 15, 20...

Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards

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The 23rd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) announced this year’s award winners at a luncheon at Spencer’s Restaurant on Sunday, January 15, 2012. The Festival, held from January 5-16, 2012, screened 188 films from 73 countries, including 40 of the 63 foreign language entries for this year’s Academy Awards®. Palm Springs ’ increasingly popular Festival continues to expand its diverse programming of quality independent and foreign films, setting the stage for the yea...

The Lucky 13th Edition of the LA Scandinavian Film Festival

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by Ron Gilbert Now it in its thirteenth year this Film Festival .offers a Scandinavian Cinema combined with a Smorgasbord treat starting on January 7, 8, 14, 15 at Writers Guild Theater (135 S. Doheny/at Wilshire) in Beverly Hills. I have been very fortunate to be in attendance at this film festival and have chosen this fest instead of Palms Springs and Sundance on my weekends. The five Nordic Oscar submissions plus additional current feature films, shorts, and documentaries...

New films by renowned filmmakers in IFFR’s Spectrum

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In its main section Spectrum, the International Film Festival Rotterdam screens films by experienced directors and maestros of artistic and experimental cinema. In total, Spectrum is made up of seventy-two features and documentaries from thirty-two countries, among which six films supported by IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund. The full Spectrum title list is available here.Sixteen of the Spectrum films will be world premières, including those by Pat Holden (UK); Daniel Rosenfeld (Argentina); Garin Nug...

Plus Camerimage announces lineup

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The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography PLUS CAMERIMAGE, has announced the entries screening in its main competition as well as the films competing in the Feature Length Documentary, Short Documentary, Polish Films, Music Videos, Student Etudes, Directors’ Debuts and Cinematographers’ Debut categories. The festival’s prestigious Golden Frog, Silver Frog and Bronze Frog awards will be bestowed upon main competition titles representing the year’s greatest achievements ...

Nominations for the 24th European Film Awards

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  The 24th European Film Awards with the presentation of the winners - streamed live on http://www.europeanfilmawards.eu/ - will take place in Berlin on 3 December.     EFA Nominations 2011 The nominations for the 24th European Film Awards were just announced at the Seville European Film Festival on Saturday, 5 November. nominated are: EUROPEAN FILM 2011: ...

Stockholm International Film Festival begins!

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Finally the time has come for a twelve days film fest to light up the winter darkness. Stockholm presents 16 Red Carpet screenings at the premiere theatre Skandia, most of the screenings will have actors or directors present. Miranda July joins us on Skype and we also present Wong Kar Wai's favourite photographer Christopher Doyle. Between November 9 - 20 the festival will show 173 films from 44 countries, and welcome  directors, actors and film lovers from all over the world. &nb...

Malatya Film Festival Highlights the Best Films of the Year

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2nd Malatya International Film Festival, held from 18th to 24th November 2011, will be screening a special selection of impeccable movies under the title of ‘Panorama’.  Including the Dardenne Brother’s  ‘THE KID WITH A BIKE’ which shared the ‘Grand Jury Prix’ with Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s ‘ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA’ at Cannes this year, the Festival will also be showcasing the critically acclaimed other samples of the World Cinema.   With the support of the Malaty...
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