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World Cinema Amsterdam: new film festival dedicated to world cinema

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World Cinema Amsterdam is a new film festival based in Amsterdam, combining the best independently produced films from Latin America, Asia and Africa in a single festival. From 12 to 22 August, more than 60 short and feature-length films will screen in the Rialto cinema and at free outdoor screenings on Marie Heinekenplein square. The festival opens on 12 August with the screening of Un homme qui crie, a moving father & son drama from Chad which this year won the Cannes Jury Prize and was nomina...

Interview with Guillermo Arriaga in Aruba Hyatt

Early life Arriaga was born in Mexico City and spent his childhood in one of the most violent sectors of the metropolis. At the age of 13, he lost the sense of smell after a brutal street fight that would later serve as inspiration for some of his work.

NEWSLETTER N° 466: may 24, 2010

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.............                                                      WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 466: may 24, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly The Future of Cinema Salon in Cannes gave a toast to Future of Festivals Filmfestivals.com and Xomo gathered 100 festival directors attending Cannes for a wine tasting reception. Our Cannes...

Interview with Javier Bardem and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu/ "Biutiful" at Cannes 2010

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Javier Bardem and Alejandro Gonzelez Inarritu/ "Biutiful" at Cannes 2010   Move over Jeff Bridges, here comes Javier Bardem's jaw dropping performance as a father/husband, who is involved in a life of corruption and dis-ease, is diagnosed with cancer and given a limited time to get his affairs in order, yet continues to demonstrate strength as he continues on with his responsibilities of daily life. From the director of "Babel', and "Amores Perros", "Biuti...

Interview with Javier Bardem and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu/ "Biutiful" at Cannes 2010 (Article in English and Spanish)

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Javier Bardem and Alejandro Gonzelez Inarritu/ "Biutiful" at Cannes 2010“Biutiful” Move over Jeff Bridges, here comes Javier Bardem’s jaw dropping performance as a father/husband, who is involved in a life of corruption and dis-ease, is diagnosed with cancer and given a limited time to get his affairs in order, yet continues to demonstrate strength as he continues on with his responsibilities of daily life. From the director of “Babel’, and “Amores Perros”, “Biutiful...

Biutiful meets extreme reviews, both positive and negative

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu presented his film Biutiful Monday at the Cannes Film Festival. Reviews are falling on both ends of the spectrum, with critics and viewers feeling very strongly about it in either direction.Viewers exiting the screening yesterday were unanimously positive. Several viewers claimed they were so moved that they were truly incapable of discussing it at the moment. One spectator said, "I can't talk about it. I'm still in the movie." While another claimed, "A...

Biutiful, An Essay On Privacy - Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

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                                         Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is in unknown territory this year. The director presented his in-competition film, Biutiful, Monday at the Cannes Film Festival (Grand Theatre Lumiere 8:30 AM, 3:00 PM, 7:00 PM). This is Inarritu's first film without his usual screen writer, Guillermo...

Cannes Day 6

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Official Selection Biutiful by Alejandro González Iñárritu 8.30 15.00 19.00 Outrage by Takeshi Kitano 12.00 22.30   Un Certain Regard Socialisme de Jean-Luc Godard 11.15 16.30 Carancho de Pablo Trapero 14.00 22.00 Synopsis: In Argentina, more than eight thousand people die every year in road accidents at a daily average of twenty-two. More than a hundred and twenty thousand are injured. Only...

The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 53rd San Francisco International Film

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The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 22 - May 6) with 293 screenings of 181 films from 46 countries, with 188 filmmakers and 104 industry guests from 23 countries in attendance and more than 75,000 filmgoers. The Festival sold out 92 screenings during its 15-day run, including five sellouts of the 1,400-seat Castro Theatre (An Evening with Roger Ebert & Friends, An Evening with Robert Duvall, world premiere of All About Evil, 20...

Producer Ted Hope Honored At Woodstock FF

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Award-winning producer Ted Hope, one of the most respected independent producers in the film industry, will be honored with the honorary Trailblazer Award at the 10th Anniversary edition of the Woodstock Film Festival, which opened today. Hope is a true indie pioneer who has shepherded dozens of American indie films over the past three decades. He will be honored at the WFF Gala Awards Ceremony on Saturday night, October 3rd. Hope enjoys a reputation as an unparalleled spotter o...

Chloe, by Atom Egoyan, will open the San Sebastian competition

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The Canadian director Atom Egoyan will open the competition at the San Sebastian Film Festival with his film Chloe, starring Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and Amanda Seyfried. Egoyan, one of the great renovators of modern film language with movies like Exotica (1994), The Sweet Hereafter (1987) or Ararat (2002), will compete for the first time at San Sebastian.Another outstanding name in contemporary cinema, Rodrigo García, will close the Festival with the North American film Mother and Child, st...

Interview with Carlos Cuaron, Film Director "Rudo y Cursi"

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Carlos Cuaron: WRITER AND DIRECTOR of "Rudo y Cursi, and WRITER of "Y tu mama tambien""In the poorest places are where you will find your diamond in the rough.  The moment of truth comes for everyone."SA:  How does it feel to be part of the Mexican New Wave Cinema?CC:  "Am I?  Oh, okay.  Well, it's cool.  You know it's cool to be that.   I don't know, I'm just a filmmaker, you know I  just make films. I did't know I was part of that."SA: "Rudo y Cu...

Interview with Carlos Cuaron

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Carlos Cuaron: WRITER AND DIRECTOR of "Rudo y Cursi, and WRITER of "Y tu mama tambien""In the poorest places are where you will find your diamond in the rough. The moment of truth comes for everyone."SA: How does it feel to be part of the Mexican New Wave Cinema?CC: "Am I? Oh, okay. Well, it's cool. You know it's cool to be that. I don't know, I'm just a filmmaker, you know I just make films. I did't know I was part of that."SA: "Rudo y Cursi" is the first film from "Cha Cha Cha". Cha C...

Interview with Film Producer, Jon Kilik

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Sharon Abella met with Jon Kilik, producer of Babel...Q- As a film producer you have worked on a myriad of projects working most closely with famous Directors, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and Julian Schnabel. Tell us how you met and what it is/was like working with each one.A- "I met Spike Lee through a mutual friend in 1988. He had just made one film, "She's Gotta Have It". He was looking for a producer to work with on a new script. The project was "Do The Right Thing...

Film Independent's Directors Close-Up: Conversations on the Art of Filmmaking

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Dawn Hudson, Executive Director of Film Independent, announced today the ninth annual Directors Close-Up: Conversations on the Art of Filmmaking, formerly known as the Director Series, which will be held February 4 – March 11, 2009 at The Landmark - West Los Angeles. Attendees will have access to some of the most innovative names in independent filmmaking, with Mary Sweeney (“The Straight Story,” “Mulholland Drive”), David Lynch’s long time creative collaborator, serving as moderato...

Gustavo Santaolalla Masterclass (11/21/2008)

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GUSTAVO SANTAOLALLA MASTERCLASS     Gustavo Santaolalla, the renowned Argentinian composer who has been twice awarded with the Oscar for Best Music, spoke about the way he approaches film musically, about his life and about the way he went into the music industry, during the masterclass he gave on Friday November 21st, at the John Cassavetes theatre. TIFF director Despina Mouzaki introduced Gustavo Santaolalla to the public saying he is the most important ...

International Short Film Festival Berlin Focus on Mexico

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The 24th International Short Film Festival Berlin mounts a cinematic expedition to the tradition rich film scenes of Mexico and the autonomous Basque Region. The programme features award winning cortos by up and coming young filmmakers, world renowned directors and actors as well as a selection of the best Basque short film productions from the past ten years.No fewer than five programmes are dedicated to Mexico’s outstanding short film output: Directors such as Guillermo Del Toro and Alejandr...

Newsletter 323, July 10th 2007

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FESTIVALS AGENDA SUBMISSION CALENDARS Festivals calling for your films... This week, this month...   _______________________________________________________________________________________ Ischia Global Fest Dailies from Bruno Chatelin Stephen Frears & Visconti ...

Red Hot: Mexican Films In Miami

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This year, the Miami International Film Festival is putting a special spotlight on new Mexican films. Not only is this industry’s cinema among the most influential in the world right now, but this year’s MIFF ABROAD program, sponsored by American Airlines, will bring a group of US film industry professionals to network with their Mexican colleagues in August of this year. MIFF ABROAD is an industry exchange program linking film professionals from around the world with Latin America, hosting...

Red Hot: Mexican Films In Miami

 Tuesday, March 4-------This year, the Miami International Film Festival is putting a special spotlight on new Mexican films. Not only is this industry’s cinema among the most influential in the world right now, but this year’s MIFF ABROAD program, sponsored by American Airlines, will bring a group of US film industry professionals to network with their Mexican colleagues in August of this year.  MIFF ABROAD is an industry exchange program linking film professionals from around the world w...

Film Independent announces 8th Director Series

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Dawn Hudson, Executive Director of Film Independent, announced today the eighth-annual Director Series will be held February 20 – March 26, 2008 at The Landmark West Los Angeles, giving attendees access to some of the most innovative names in independent filmmaking. Oscar® nominated writer José Rivera (“The Motorcycle Diaries”) will serve as moderator for the first time.“The Director Series is a unique event which provides film lovers with a rare opportunity to hear and learn from toda...

...and Sean Penn as next President of the Cannes Jury

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Sean Penn, American actor and director, is named President of the Jury of the 61st Festival de Cannes, due to take place from May 14 - 25, 2008. "In the last few years - Penn declared, upon accepting the invitation extended by Gilles Jacob and Thierry Frémaux - it seems there has been a rejuvenation of cinema building worldwide; increasingly thoughtful, provocative, moving, and imaginative films by talented filmmakers: that a new generation of filmmaking may have begun. The Cannes Film Festival...

History of Oscar winners and nominees for best film

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Winners and nominees In the lists below, the winner of the award for each year is shown first, followed by the other nominees. Except for the early years (when the Academy used a non-calendar year), the year shown is the one in which the film first premiered in Los Angeles County, California; normally this is also the year of first release, but it may be the year after first release (as with Casablanca and, if the film-festival premiere is considered, Crash). This is the year before the ceremony...

Palm Springs Festival will honor Sean Penn

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The 19th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will honor Academy Award winner Sean Penn with the Director of the Year Award for his latest film Into the Wild at the Festival’s annual Awards Gala on Saturday, January 5, 2008. Past director honorees include Alejandro González Iñárritu for Babel, Anthony Minghella for Cold Mountain, Alexander Payne for Sideways and Ang Lee for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.Festival chairman Earl Greenburg said, “Into the Wild is a magnif...

A Conversation With Naomi Watts at the London Film Festival

 Thursday, October 18----------Naomi Watts, whose film career is suddenly on fire, will appear as a special guest at the TCM Screen Talk tomorrow evening at the London Film Festival. Watts was one of the stars at last night's Opening Night Gala screening of EASTERN PROMISES, the new film from Canadian auteur David Cronenberg, which stars her opposite Viggo Mortenson and Vincent Cassel. The prolific actress also toplines the English-language remake of Austrian director Michael Haneke's FUNNY G...
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