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More Films in the Berlinale Special 2012

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As part of the Festival’s official programme, the Berlinale Special 2012 will be presenting recent works by contemporary filmmakers, film portraits of outstanding personalities, extraordinary formats and restored cinema masterpieces. In addition to the six films already announced (see press releases from Dec. 19, 2011, and Jan. 9, 2012), twelve more titles have been confirmed for this year’s Berlinale Special programme.In 2012 talks will be hosted following the screenings of a number of Berl...

German Films Previews: German Exporters report strong business in Hamburg

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The 11th German Films Previews in Hamburg was once again a business success for German film exporters. 17 screenings at the 2011 Event (July 10 – 13) were presented in Hamburg’s Dammtor Cinema. The 11 attending German film sales companies again reported strong business with finalized deals and ongoing negotiations resulting from the Previews.  The annual showcase of current and upcoming films organized by German Films in association with the German Film Exporters Association (VDFE) ...

The Garden wins A&E Short Filmmakers Award in the NSI Online Short Film Festival

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Mohawk language film Tsi Tkahehtayen (The Garden) wins A&E Short Filmmakers Award in the NSI Online Short Film Festival Winnipeg, MB – Mohawk language film Tsi Tkahehtayen (The Garden) is the latest winner of the $2,500 A&E Short Filmmakers Award in the NSI Online Short Film Festival. In Tsi Tkahehtayen three women, who desire things of the most primal nature, go to a mystical gardener for help but don't quite get what they bargained for. Tsi Tkahehtayen was written and d...

Impatient waiting will end at the Festival

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  Impatient waiting will end at the Festival Ingenious directors are heading for Flying Broom again this year to halt the impatient waiting of the festival followers.  Doris Dörrie, Margarethe von Trotta, Iciar Bollain, Tahmineh Milani, Dorota Kędzierzawska and Marta Meszaros will meet film lovers with the best examples of their own cinemas on 5-12 May at 14th Flying Broom International Women's Film Festival. Flying Broom will present to its followers a week fu...

International Voices At FLIFF

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  WOMEN WITHOUT MEN (Shirin Neshat, Iran)  At the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, bringing international cinema to the attention of local audiences is a major priority. Since most of the films presented will never find traditional theatrical distribution, their showings are FLIFF are (unfortunately) a rare occurrence and maybe the only opportunity for a film to be seen on the big screen. The lack of ...

Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival Returns for 4th Year, September 10–13, 2009

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Take an exquisite New England island, add fantastic films, parties, and invite lovers of both, and voila: it’s the Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival! Established in 2006, the festival’s annual theme is “Other Places,” and is reflected in this year’s slate. “We hope,” says festival director Richard Paradise, “everyone will be challenged to think broadly—about how huge the world of film is—and deeply, about the universal concerns and desires that unite us.” ...

Portland International Film Festival’s Audience Awards

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The 32nd Portland International Film Festival’s Audience Awards The 31,000 audience members at this year’s 32nd Portland International Film Festival have selected their favorite films from among the 78 feature and 36 shorts screened February 6-22. Tying for first place for Best Feature Award are Toa Frazer’s DEAN SPANLEY (New Zealand) and Dorie Dörrie’s CHERRY BLOSSOMS (Germany). Two films also tied for the Best Documentary Award—Festival guest Jennifer Grausman’s film PRESSURE COO...

German Film Critics Prizes Unveiled At Berlinale

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  JERICHOW, the story of a love triangle gone bad, has won the prize for best film by the German Film Critics Association. Directed by Christian Petzold, the film, which premiered this past summer at the Venice Film Festival, stars Benno Furmann, Nina Hoss and Hilmi Solzer. In this tale of lies and deception. German actress Karoline Herfurth won the Best Actress award for her portrayal of a girl dealing with her brother’s suicide in Oscar winning director Caroline Link’s A YEAR AGO I...

Rotterdam Fest line up

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For its 38th edition, the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2009 will present 43 world premieres as well as 35 international and 34 European premieres of feature length films. A strong year for Eastern European film is led by ROOM AND A HALF, a fictional biopic about poet Joseph Brodsky by Andrey Khrzhanovsky; MORPHIA, Alexei Balabanov’s latest film, based on a M. Bulgakov adaptation by the late Sergei Bodrov Jr. and acclaimed Armenian director Harutyun Khachatryan’s BORDER. Throughout t...

14th Berlin and Beyond Film Festival in San Francisco 2009

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With the generous support of German Films and The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture & the Media (BKM), the Goethe-Institut in San Francisco will be hosting “Berlin and Beyond” for the 14th time from January 15-21, 2009 at the Castro Theatre.The week-long event will show the most successful films of the past year in the presence of numerous directors, actors and film experts. Berlin and Beyond 2009 kicks off with Doris Doerrie’s CHERRY BLOSSOMS - HANAMI (KIRSCHBLUETEN - HANAMI), a...

Going to make a film with a heart in the middle

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Going to make a film with a heart in the middle   By Anna Pook   With the European Independent Film Festival on the horizon, my thoughts turn to 2008’s indie big-hitters and what it takes to win those coveted festival prizes. What connects this year’s winners such as James Marsh’s documentary Man on Wire, which charts Philippe Petit’s death-defying tightrope walk between the twin towers in 1974 (Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at...

Festival of German Films in London opens this week

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A YEAR AGO IN WINTER (IM WINTER EIN JAHR) opens the 11th Festival of German Films in London (28.11. – 4.12.2008)The past eleven years has seen German Films offering the London public an overview of filmmaking in Germany each year in the run-up to Christmas at the Curzon Soho Cinema. This year also boasts a wide-ranging selection of new German feature films, documentaries and shorts on show. The festival will open with the new film by Caroline Link A YEAR AGO IN WINTER (IM WINTER EIN JAHR) in t...

EFA Award nominees announced

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At the Seville European Film Festival the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announced the nominations for the 21st European Film Awards. The 1,800 EFA Members will now vote for the winners which will be presented during the Awards Ceremony on 6 December in Copenhagen. Nominated are: EUROPEAN FILM 2008IL DIVO, Italywritten and directed by Paolo Sorrentinoproduced by Indigofilm, Lucky Red, Parco Film, Babe Films, StudioCanal,Arte France CinémaENTRE LES MURS (The Class), Francedirected by ...

Fourth Festival of German Films in Tokyo successful!

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After three successful years the Festival of German Films was held in Tokyo (31.10. – 3.11.2008) with resounding success in its new framework. The long-standing partnership with the Goethe Institut was continued, with the Wald 9 Cinema joining as a new partner this year. The opening film KRABAT was personally introduced to the audience by the director Marco Kreuzpaintner, actor Robert Stadlober and producer Uli Putz. NORTH FACE (NORDWAND) by Philipp Stoelzl, HANAMI - CHERRY BLOSSOMS (HANAMI ...

Emily Atef (The Stranger in me) wins Grand Prix in Sao Paulo

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Last Thursday saw the 32nd Sao Paulo International Film Festival come to an end with a double success for THE STRANGER IN ME (DAS FREMDE IN MIR). Director Emily Atef won the prize for the „Best Film", and the prize for „Best Actress" went to Susanne Wolff. Wim Wenders, the festival's guest of honour, was presented with the „Humanity Award".German films were not only in large numbers in the competition, but also in the festival's other sections. Altogether, the festival showed 29 German fil...

Festival of German Films in Tokyo

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The 4th Festival of German Films in Tokyo will be presented with a familiar partner, the Goethe Institut in Japan, and further German and Japanese partners. The festival is being held within a new framework this year and will have a stronger presence in Tokyo's film landscape.On October 31, the festival will be opened by KRABAT by Marco Kreuzpaintner. The director Marco Kreuzpaintner, actor Robert Stadlober and producer Uli Putz will be there in person to introduce the film to the audience.Other...

European Film Awards - The Selection has 44 titles

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 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2008in alphabetical order (please note that articles (a, the/le, la/el, il, etc) are ignored)3 DIAS (Before the Fall), Spaindirected by Francisco Javier Gutierrezwritten by Juan Velarde & F. Javier Gutierrezproduced by Maestranza Films, Green Moon Prod., PentagramaSynopsis: What would you do if the world was going to end in 72 hours? What would your neighbours, your family, the whole world do? The Secretary General of the Council of Nations has announced that a giganti...

Hot from Europe nominees for EFA

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The selection list for the European Film Awards 2008 has been announced and includes 44 titles. Once again, with 27 countries represented this year, the selection vividly illustrates the great diversity in European cinema.In the 20 countries with the most EFA members, these members have voted one national film directly into the selection list (marked with a *). To complete the list, a Selection Committee consisting of EFA Board Members and invited experts Gunnar Bergdahl (Sweden), Stefan Kitanov...

German Film Week in Bangalore in 2008

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Together with German Films, the Goethe Institut is organising a German Film Week for the first time from 8 - 14 August, 2008 in the famous Lavanya Cinema of the Indian metropolis of Bangalore. The program will open on 8 August with REQUIEM by Hans-Christian Schmid. DISTANT LIGHTS (LICHTER) by the same director will also be shown in the program. Other films screening are: THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (AUF DER ANDEREN SEITE) and HEAD-ON (GEGEN DIE WAND) by Fatih Akin, THE EDUKATORS (DIE FETTEN JAHRE SIND V...

Highlights of upcoming Durban International Film Fest

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Cinema in all its diversity will once again be celebrated at the 29th Durban International Film Festival which runs from 23 July to 3 August.Featuring more than 200 films from more than 95 countries, spread over more than 300 screenings at 26 venues across the city, the festival will bring together established masters of cinema and innovative new talents from around the world. Alongside the presentation of the some of the year’s finest films, the festival will run an extensive workshop and sem...

NEWSLETTER N° 352: February 20, 2008

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AWARDS THE AWARDS WATCH ON FEST21.COM Oscar and more Big Sky Documentary Festival Announces Award Winners LA Pan African Film & Art Fest winners independent juries prizes during the Berlinale winners of the 2008 CINE Special Jury Awards Teddy Queer Film Award Winners Adrienne Shelly Wins ASA's Discover Screenwriting Award ...

German Film Award Nominations 2008

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The German Film Academy announced today the nominations for 15 categories of the 2008 German Films Awards (LOLA). The award ceremony takes place on April 25th in Berlin. The following films are nominated: Best Feature FilmAND ALONG COME TOURISTS produced by 23/5 Filmproduktion, directed by Robert ThalheimON THE EDGE OF HEAVEN produced by corazón international, directed by Fatih AkinCHERRY BLOSSOMS produced by Olga Film, directed by Doris DörrieSHOPPEN produced by ralf westhoff filmproduktion,...

German Film Award Nominations 2008

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The German Film Academy announced today the nominations for 15 categories of the 2008 German Films Awards (LOLA). The award ceremony takes place on April 25th in Berlin. The following films are nominated:Best Feature FilmAND ALONG COME TOURISTS produced by 23/5 Filmproduktion, directed by Robert ThalheimON THE EDGE OF HEAVEN produced by corazón international, directed by Fatih AkinCHERRY BLOSSOMS produced by Olga Film, directed by Doris DörrieSHOPPEN produced by ralf westhoff filmproduktion, D...

Berlinale Film In Focus: Cherry Blossoms

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When a German film has its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, it can be both a source of local pride or a target for local critics. One of the truisms on the international film festival circuit is that oftentimes local filmmakers are appreciated more outside of their home country.....and in their native land, are sometimes the brunt of criticism that is both pointed and relentless. So far, the film CHERRY BLOSSOMS, one of two German productions competing for the Golden Bear at this year...

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