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Sundance Film Festival juries announced

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The 2008 Sundance Film Festival announced today the members of the six juries awarding prizes at the Festival, which runs January 17-27, 2008 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The juries collectively are comprised of twenty-four individuals from the global film community, each of whom brings unique perspective and range of experience. Award-winning directors, screenwriters, actors and cinematographers in the Competition categories will be announced on the evening of January...

Thessaloniki day 4 with Costa-Gavras

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Monday started out with a talk by Costa-Gavras, who was a surprise visitor at the all-day conference of Film Archivists and European Cinemateques. In private Mr. Gavras told me that he has a new film project in the works to be entitled "The Eden of the West" (not to be confused with "East of Eden"). This will probably turn out to be a Greek-French co-production (as was his 1971 masterpeice "Z") and will deal with "current social problems".At eleven AM the "master class" of hot Mexican director ...

18 films compete for the Horizontes Award at San Sebastian

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Eighteen films from different Latin American countries will compete in the Horizontes Selection at the San Sebastian Film Festival, to take place from 20-29th September. This showcase of movies made throughout the year in Latin America consists of films not released in Spain, some of which have won awards at international festivals, such as El asaltante, Baixio Das Bestas, A casa de Alice, Párpados azules and La sangre iluminada. Eleven of these titles come from Films in Progress.Films include...

A Late Summer Fling With French Cinema

 Monday, August 20---------Next to the United States, France (a country about 25% the population) has the world's most prolific and dynamic film industry. And luckily, the interest in French cinema has remained consistently strong, with a new crop of directors, writers and actors making impressions on ever-increasing audiences. For those of us who proudly call themselves "francophones" (like myself),  this is very good news. Still, the number of French feature films and documen...

Stephen Frears & Visconti to be honored in Ischia

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Luchino Visconti will be remembered on July 13th by British director Stephen Frears during the annual gala of the Global Film & Music Fest, in the bay of the Colombaia, the legendary Milanese director’s Ischia residence. Italian Minister of Culture Francesco Rutelli will honor 65-year-old Frears, who has received two Oscar nominations and is president of the jury at Cannes 2007. On the eve of the Global Fest’s debut, Minister Rutelli sent the following message: “Ischia Global is an imp...

Ischia Global Fest is the world event of the summer says Paul Haggis

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“Italy is my favorite country and the Ischia Global Fest is the world event of the summer: a perfect combination of content and quality of life. I am happy to be the chairman and to have worked with Pascal Vicedomini in order to make this edition even richer and to promote your country throughout the world through the medium of film. With Oliver Stone, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Hilary Swank, Ben Kingsley, Laura Dern, Sheryl Crow, Gustavo Santaolalla, Andrea Bocelli, and many other friend...

"Ischia Global Fest is the world event of the summer" says Paul Haggis

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“Italy is my favorite country and the Ischia Global Fest is the world event of the summer: a perfect combination of content and quality of life. I am happy to be the chairman and to have worked with Pascal Vicedomini in order to make this edition even richer and to promote your country throughout the world through the medium of film. With Oliver Stone, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Hilary Swank, Ben Kingsley, Laura Dern, Sheryl Crow, Gustavo Santaolalla, Andrea Bocelli, and many other friend...

July 10 honor to Pavarotti at Ischia fest

The International Art Academy of Ischia has given tenor Luciano Pavarotti the Ischia Music Legend Award as the “greatest tenor of all times.” The news was made known in an announcement by Tony Renis, vice-president of the Academy as well as its world ambassador. “In a particularly happy moment for our work,” says Tony Renis, “on the eve of the fifth Global Film & Music Fest, with the arrival in Ischia of musical superstars such as David Foster, Gustavo Santaolalla and Luis Ba...

Ben Kingsley and Giuseppe Tornatore to be honored at Ischia fest

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The great British actor Sir Ben Kingsley and Giuseppe Tornatore, the world’s best-loved Italian director, (both already Oscar winners), will receive the Ischia Legend Award 2007, a special prize given to the protagonists of world cinema by the International Art Academy of Ischia. The award will be presented on Saturday July 11th and 14th at the Regina Isabella hotel during the gala evening organized by the Campania Region on the occasion of the fifth edition of the Ischia Global Film & Mus...

First titles forThe Thessaloniki International Film Festival

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The Thessaloniki International Film Festival announces the first titles selected to participate in its 48th edition. In the International Competition section, catering to first or second features by emerging filmmakers and programmed by Festival Director Despina Mouzaki, three films have been selected for their originality and impressive command of the cinematic language. In Año Uña, director Jonás Cuarón -the 26-year old son of Alfonso Cuarón- merges stills photography with the moving imag...

Hilary Swank to attend Ischia Festival

Hilary Swank, the two-time Oscar winner american actress will be guest of the fifth edition of the Ischia Global Fest. The talented protagonist of cult films like Boys Don't Cry and Million Dollar Baby will receive the Legend Award by Regione Campania on July 11 in the town of Lacco Ameno. After celebrating the fact that she received star number 2325 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hilary Swank will arrive on the "Green Island" during a break from her many commitments on the set as ...

Alejandro González Iñárritu to attend the ”Social Cinema Forum”

Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu, director of Babel, (a film defined by critics as “the manifesto of globalized culture” and seven-time Oscar candidate in 2007) is the star of the ”Social Cinema Forum” which will take place at Ischia’s Regina Isabella Hotel from July 10th to the 15th during the fifth Global Film & Music Fest (www.ischiaglobal.com). The festival will also feature producer like Lawrence Bender (winner of the 2007 Oscar for the docu-film An Inconvenient...

Honoring Steve Buscemi In Sarasota

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FARGOWednesday, April 18----Actor/director Steve Buscemi, one of indie film's luminaries, will be honored with the World Cinema Award at the Sarasota Film Festival  this evening at a special World Cinema Celebration block party in downtown Sarasota.  Buscemi, best known for his turns in FARGO and RESERVOIR DOGS, is in town for a series of special event appearnaces. Last night, Buscemi displayed his considerable charisma at the sold-out  A Conversation With....At The Historic Asolo T...

Steve Buscemi, will be honored at the Sarasota Film Festival

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Actor/director Steve Buscemi, one of indie film's luminaries, will be honored with the World Cinema Award at the Sarasota Film Festival, which begins this evening in the Florida Gulf Coast resort city. Buscemi, best known for his turns in FARGO and RESERVOIR DOGS, will attend the Festival for two special event evenings.On Tuesday, April 17th, Buscemi wil participate in the Festival's A Conversation With....At The Historic Asolo Theater, an opportunity for audiences to savor the anecdotes and rem...

Steve Buscemi To Receive World Cinema Award at Sarasota Film Festival

Friday, April 13----Actor/director Steve Buscemi, one of indie film's luminaries, will be honored with the World Cinema Award at the Sarasota Film Festival, which begins this evening in the Florida Gulf Coast resort city. Buscemi, best known for his turns in FARGO and RESERVOIR DOGS, will attend the Festival for two special event evenings.On Tuesday, April 17th, Buscemi wil participate in the Festival's A Conversation With....At The Historic Asolo Theater, an opportunity for audiences...

9th Annual Sarasota Film Festival highlights & line up

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9th Annual Sarasota Film FestivalApril 13 – 22, 2007Among the many great filmmakers and special guests expected in for the Festival are Edward Norton, Brian Koppelman, Norman Jewison, Joe Pantoliano, Marcia Gay Harden, Chad Lowe, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jonathan Sehring, Tom Bernard, Mark Urman, Jon Gerrans, Marshall Persinger, Elias Koteas, Kim Raver, Dagmara Dominczyk, Patrick Wilson, David Call, Anna Chlumsky, Zoe Cassavetes, Michael Badalucco, Juha Wuolijoki, Dr. Edgar Mitchell, David Singt...

Filmmaking takes a turn on the darkside

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As an entertainment freelance journalist, I have attended more than my share of lectures on filmmaking and the entertainment industry, however none have ever left such a riveting impression as the lecture I attended at the 10th Annual Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. Founded in 1996 by Edward James Olmos and Marlene Dermer, The Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) is an annual preeminent film event that showcases the world’s best Latino filmmakers, attracting ...

Oscar night made Marty happy with 4

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Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 were presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®. Marty Scorcese is the big winner of the nigt with 4 Oscars for The Departed: Best film; best directing, editing and screenplay.             Performance by an actor in a leading role >Forest Whitaker in “The Last King of Scotland” (Fox Searchlight)    &...

Oscar Awards made Marty happy with 4

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Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2006 were presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®. Marty Scorcese is the big winner of the nigt with 4 Oscars for The Departed: Best film; best directing, editing and screenplay.Performance by an actor in a leading role >Forest Whitaker in “The Last King of Scotland” (Fox Searchlight) Leonardo DiCaprio in “Blood Diamond” (Warner Bros.) Ryan Gosling in “Half Nelson” (THINKFil...

Emmanuel Lebezki Wins Top Cinematography Honor

 Wednesday, February 21----At the American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards, held Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, the top award for Best Cinematography in a Feature Film was won by Emmanuel Lubezki for his stellar work on the futuristic thriller CHILDREN OF MEN. Lubezki, who is also nominated for an Oscar for the film, won top honors at the BAFTA Awards last week in the same category.Comedian Tim Allen presented the award to Lubezki.  He thanked the film...

Emmanuel Lebezki Wins Top Cinematography Honor

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Thursday, February 21----At the American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards, held Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, the top award for Best Cinematography in a Feature Film was won by Emmanuel Lubezki for his stellar work on the futuristic thriller CHILDREN OF MEN. Lubezki, who is also nominated for an Oscar for the film, won top honors at the BAFTA Awards last week n the same category.Comedian Tim Allen presented the award to Lubezki.  He thanked the film's ...

Mirren is Queen of BAFTA

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This year's Orange British Academy Film Awards were held on Sunday 11 February 2007 at the Royal Opera House in London. The full list of nominees is below.FILM: THE QUEEN - Andy Harries/Christine Langan/Tracey Seaward nominees:BABEL - Alejandro González Iñárritu/Jon Kilik/Steve GolinTHE DEPARTED - Brad Pitt/Brad Grey/Graham KingTHE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND - Andrea Calderwood/Lisa Bryer/Charles SteelLITTLE MISS SUNSHINE - Albert Berger/David T Friendly/Ron YerxaTHE ALEXANDER KORDA AWARD for the ...

New director for Goteborg festival will be Marit Kapla

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When the 30th Göteborg International Film Festival counted its last day a new sales record was beaten again. This year 122 400 tickets were sold for 700 screenings of 450 films from 68 different countries. 27 000 member ship cards were sold. This means that the festival manifests its strong position on the hight level reached last year – and even increases ticket sales with 6400 and memberships with 2000. At the closing press conference festival director Jannike Åhlund announced that the suc...

IndieWire Critics Poll Names Romanian Drama As Best of the Year

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Friday, December 29-----In a last farewell nod to the best films of the past year, respected film website IndieWire has announced the results of its first annual Critics Poll. The Romanian drama THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU, an emotionally devastating meditation on the thin line between life and death, was the top choice of a group of 100 leading North American film critics. The film, the second feature of director Cristi Puiu, won the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, wa...

New York's Biggest Film Party Hands Out Its Awards

Friday, December 1-----The Gotham Awards, held in a former luxury cruise line docking pier on the Hudson River, has become New York's biggest film party. Now in its 16th year, it has established a reputation and a following among the indie film world, particularly filmmakers, executives and talent that call New York home. It has reorganized in the past year (after splitting with the former IFP West, which presents the Independent Spirit Awards in Los Angeles over Oscar weekend), putting great...

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