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20TH EDITION OF THE MAR DEL PLATA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALThe 20th edition of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival will be held on March 10 to 20. The AWARD will be the ASTOR for the second time, according to the name of one of the most famous people from the city. This year the film fest have a new logo (see image). It combines the blue colour of sea and a sea lion, two elements characteristics of the place.The film TURTLES CAN FLY by Bahman Ghobadi is set to open the film festival....

358 000 visitors to Rotterdam Festival

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34th International Film Festival RotterdamJanuary 26 - February 6, 2005Ghobadi's TURTLES CAN FLY grabs Tiscali Audience AwardThe International Film Festival Rotterdam 2005 concludes February 6, 2005 with a slightly increased attendance of 358.000 visits to its films, exhibitions, debates, talk shows and other festival events. The IFFR welcomed more (inter)national festival guests, reaching a number of 2,586. During the festival the Russian, Southeast Asian and Iraqi films and their filmmakers we...

VPRO Tiger awards granted to first or second filmmakers

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During the IFFR 2005 Awards Ceremony on Friday, February 4, 2005 in Concert and Congress Centre 'de Doelen' in Rotterdam, the winning films of the 34th International Film Festival Rotterdam were announced. The three VPRO Tiger Awards were granted to Nemmeno il Destino (Changing Destiny) by Daniele Gaglianone from Italy, El Ciero Gira (The Sky Turns) by Mercedes Alvarez from Spain and the Hubert Bals Fund supported 4 by Ilya Khrzhanovsky from Russia. VPRO Tiger Awards Fourteen films by first or s...

14 selected for Rotterdam's VPRO Tiger Awards

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Fourteen films selected for Rotterdam's VPRO Tiger Awards CompetitionThe International Film Festival Rotterdam has selected fourteen films for the VPRO Tiger Awards Competition of its 34th edition which will open next January 26. The Competition line up counts four world premieres, four international premieres and four European premieres. Three titles were supported by the IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund and one title was previously selected as CineMart Project. Three competition titles have been acquir...

Kinderfilmfest the Berlinale’s youth film competition

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Somewhere between a case of the butterflies and fourteen sucks In its second year, the Berlinale’s youth film competition 14plus is again heading for a great start with a fantastic programme. “The success of the new competition was awesome“, section head Thomas Hailer exclaimed, “and we’re eager to put all our energies into making this one even better.” As well as the Children’s Jury and the Youth Jury, the 28th Kinderfilmfest’s International Jury has also been appointed: Sayoko ...

London closes the curtain on most successful Fest yet

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CLOSES THE CURTAINS ON THE MOST SUCCESSFUL FESTIVAL YETTonight The Times bfi 48th London Film Festival closed the curtains on the most successful Festival yet with the international premiere of David O. Russell's existential comedy I ♥ Huckabees. Over the past 16 days and nights film-makers, journalists, industry professionals and the general public have flocked to London to attend Europe's largest and most prestigious public film festival. This year the Festival broke all previous records...

Montreal Festival of Nouveau Cinema program

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The 33rd: A galaxy of new lights and bright starsThe Montreal Festival of Nouveau Cinema will hold its 33rd edition from October 14 to 24. On this year’s menu: an impressive array of new voices and a fine group of established cinematic masters. These 208 works from 42 countries boldly reaffirm the Festival’s inclusive spirit: feature-length fiction and documentaries, short cuts, new-media installations and performances, and meetings for industry professionals. Canada’s oldest international...

Turtles can fly: San Sebastian winner's statement

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TURTLES CAN FLY won the GOLDEN SHELL FOR BEST FILM at San Sebastian.Bahman Ghobadi, (the director's) Statement.Three days after the collapse of Saddam, I went to Baghdad to show my film Songs of my motherland as it was being released. Just as the superpowers were sending heavy weaponry to Iraq, my purpose was, on a symbolic level, to contribute artistically to what was going on.With the small DV camera I was carrying, I shot for a few weeks what I had witnessed in Baghdad, as well as in the othe...

List of prizes at San Sebastian

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The International Jury of the 52nd DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL consisting of the members MARIO VARGAS LLOSA (President) YAMINA BENGUIGUI TOM DiCILLO MARTA ESTEBAN LAURA MORANTE EDUARDO SERRA DITO TSINTSADZE has decided to grant the following awards:JURY AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY toGuy Hibbert y Paul Greengrass OMAGH (UK-Ireland) JURY AWARD FOR BEST PHOTOGRAPHY toMarcel Zyskind. NINE SONGS (UK-USA) SILVER SHELL FOR BEST ACTOR toUlrich Thomsen BRODRE (BROTHERS) (Denmark) SIL...

San Sebastian delivers its Conchas

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Earlier we said: "If this one (Turtles Can Fly) doesn't take the big prize tomorrow, I for one, will be very much surprised". CUT TO: Saturday Night. September, 25 -- well: It did!Prizes. In the final sweepstakes "Turtles Can Fly", the odds-on favorite from Iran, did not disappoint and claimed the Concha De Oro (Golden Seashell) top prize for best film. Director Bahman Ghobadi dedicated his prize to the Kurdish people with a satisfied smile and an upheld fist. Other main prize winners ("Si...

San Sebastian: live from the fest closing week end

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Friday's competition program opened with “BOMBON, The Dog”, an Argentine film by Carlos Sorín who won a jury prize here two years ago with “Minimal stories”. This director works characteristically with non-professional actors who appear in his films under their real names. “Bom-Bon” is the name of a docile white mastiff who shares the lead with a gentle man from Patagonia by the name of Juan Villegas. Juan, after losing his job in a remote desert gas station, held for twenty ye...

San Sebastian: live from the fest closing week end

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Friday's competition program opened with “BOMBON, The Dog”, an Argentine film by Carlos Sorín who won a jury prize here two years ago with “Minimal stories”. This director works characteristically with non-professional actors who appear in his films under their real names. “Bom-Bon” is the name of a docile white mastiff who shares the lead with a gentle man from Patagonia by the name of Juan Villegas. Juan, after losing his job in a remote desert gas station, held for twenty ye...

San Sebastian: live from the fest closing week end

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Friday's competition program opened with “BOMBON, The Dog”, an Argentine film by Carlos Sorín who won a jury prize here two years ago with “Minimal stories”. This director works characteristically with non-professional actors who appear in his films under their real names. “Bom-Bon” is the name of a docile white mastiff who shares the lead with a gentle man from Patagonia by the name of Juan Villegas. Juan, after losing his job in a remote desert gas station, held for twenty years, ...

Stars Shine at Toronto’s 29th Film Festival

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Stars Shine at Toronto’s 29th International Film FestivalThe Toronto International Film Festival now in its 29th year, brings the biggest and brightest stars of Hollywood, the film industry and the world to this prestigious Film Festival. TIFF takes place from September 9th to the 18th and is known and the largest and best Film Festival worldwide. The list of visitors who will be on hand in Toronto will be meeting greeting and highlighting there newest films and projects to best promote the m...

Solid Line Up for Toronto fest

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Toronto festival (Sept. 9-18) has revealed its full line upGALA PRESENTATIONSWorld PremiereARSÈNE LUPIN (F)Jean-Paul Salomé, France / United Kingdom / Spain / Italy, 2004World PremiereBEING JULIA (F)István Szabó, Canada / United Kingdom / Hungary, 2004World PremiereBEYOND THE SEA (F)Kevin Spacey, United Kingdom / Germany, 2004North American PremiereCLEAN (F)Olivier Assayas, France / United Kingdom / Canada, 2004World PremiereDOWNFALL (F)Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2004World PremiereFIVE CH...

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