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  A DANGEROUS METHOD (David Cronenberg, Canada)  The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) enters its middle stretch this week, offering attending buyers, critics and film lovers a dizzying feast of film treats. Planning what to see is a definite must, since even at 5 films per day (my personal max), there are many that are missed. While here, one must adapt a strategy and raison d’etre……do you attend the highly buzzed titles in the largest cinemas (the ones by name dire...

44 french films at the London Film Festival

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The 55th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express is delighted to announce that this year's programme includes 44 films from France. This is part of a worldwide selection of 204 feature films and 110 shorts from more than 54 countries. The 55th BFI London Film Festival runs from October 12 - October 27.France FEATURES: 17 GIRLS (17 FILLES): Dir. Delphine Coulin and Muriel Coulin A CAT IN PARIS (UNE VIE DE CHAT): Dir. Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup FelicioliAMERICANO: Dir. Mathie...

38th Telluride Film Festival draws to a close

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Telluride Film Festival (September 2-5, 2011), presented by the National Film Preserve, draws to a close today following a spectacular weekend of diverse programming, surprise screenings and special guests.   Telluride Film Festival screened twenty-eight new feature films in its main program, six film revivals selected by Guest Director Caetano Veloso, nine Backlot programs, nine classics and restorations, 30 shorts and student films, and hosted nine seminars and conversations between...

The Telluride Film Festival final line up

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Telluride Film Festival (September 2-5, 2011), presented by the National Film Preserve, announces its program for the 38th Telluride Film Festival. Featuring diverse programming from around the globe, TFF once again sets the stage for some of the year’s most highly anticipated films.   TFF opens its 38th year with over twenty-five new feature films plus special artist tributes, Guest Director programs selected by Caetano Veloso, Backlot programs, classics and restorations, shorts, studen...

MILDRED PIERCE at 68th Venice Film Festival

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  The first part of the HBO TV series MILDRED PIERCE (2011) screened in the Sala Grande today in Venice during the 68th Venice Film Festival, out of competition. Based on the novel of the same name by writer James M. Cain, director Todd Haynes directs its second adaptation after the 1945 version which starred Joan Crawford. Todd Haynes' adaptation has been nominated for several Emmy Awards (still pending), despite the bland reception from critics that the 1945 film noir version was bette...

Toronto Film Festival Takes Shape

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For most of the planet, the official end of summer does not come until the autumn equinox on September 21. However, for people in the film industry, the Fall season begins in only a few weeks, with the beginning of the autumn film festival cycle. Kicking off (startingly early this year) in Montreal on August 18 with the Montreal World Film Festival and then dashing across the pond to the Venice Film Festival, which begins on August 28, and then back across to the Toronto Film Festival, ...

A SERBIAN FILM... BEFORE... with Aleksandar Radivojevic

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   I first learned of A SERBIAN FILM (2010) when a distributor friend of mine (who shall remain anonymous) told me about it at this year’s Berlinale 2011. He animatedly described to me what he deemed ‘the worst and most disgusting horrific film’ he had ever seen and had been so repulsed by the film he had shredded the DVD immediately after watching it. ‘Wow!’ I thought. ‘Do tell me more’. So, he described to me what all of those who have seen the film refer to as ‘the ba...

A SERBIAN FILM... BEFORE... with Aleksandar Radivojevic

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  I first learned of A SERBIAN FILM (2010) when a distributor friend of mine (who shall remain anonymous) told me about it at this year’s Berlinale 2011. He animatedly described to me what he deemed ‘the worst and most disgusting horrific film’ he had ever seen and had been so repulsed by the film he had shredded the DVD immediately after watching it. ‘Wow!’ I thought. ‘Do tell me more’. So, he described to me what all of those who have seen the film refer to as ‘the baby scene...

The Cannes Jury members have been announced

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The Jury of the Competition, presided over by Robert De Niro (actor, director, producer) welcomes to its ranks: Martina GUSMAN (actress and producer, Argentina) Nansun SHI (producer, Hong Kong/China) Uma THURMAN (actress, scriptwriter, producer, USA) Linn ULLMANN (writer,literary critic, Norway) Olivier ASSAYAS (director, France) Jude LAW (actor, producer, UK) Mahamat Saleh HAROUN (director, Chad) Johnnie TO (director, producer, Hong Kong/China) Martina Gusman stud...

ISTANBUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (IFF)

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• MIRANDA RICHARDSON WAS IN ISTANBUL Accomplished actress Miranda Richardson was in Istanbul for the screening of Nigel Cole’s latest film Made in Dagenham and she met her fans and viewers at Akbank Sanat after the screening of the film in which Richardson portrays female cabinet minister Barbara Castle, who at the end of the 1960s paved the way for the Equal Pay Act in the UK. Richardson said Castle was a very passionate and strong woman, adding, “I never had the chance to meet h...

ScreenSingapore Making a Buzz at Film Markets around the World with heavyweight industry ambassadors

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  Richard J. Fox Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Entertainment International A highly respected member of the international film community, Richard Fox serves as Executive Vice President, International, Warner Bros Entertainment. A 35-year company veteran, he works closely with Warner Bros.' senior management to develop opportunities emerging from the company's international growth to expand newly acquired business...

Recap and facts on Vancouver VIFF fest

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The 29th annual Vancouver International Film Festival concluded its 16-day run on Friday, October 15. The winners of four juried awards, including new awards for Best Canadian Actress and Best Canadian Actor, and five audience awards were announced prior to the screening; two other juried awards were announced previously. This release has been amended to include the two new awards announced by the Canadian Images jury.Statistics for the 2010 VIFF : Attendance: 148,000 Films: 373** 23...

VIFF 2010 award winners announced

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The 29th annual Vancouver International Film Festival concluded its 16-day run today with the closing gala screening the French film THE ILLUSIONIST (L'illusioniste), directed by Sylvain Chomet, in the Visa Screening Room at the Empire Granville 7 Cinemas. The winners of two juried awards and five audience awards were announced prior to the screening; two other juried awards were announced previously. More award details and the attendance tally will be released next week. JURIED AWARDS ET Canad...

Vancouver VIFF 2010 award winners announced

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The 29th annual Vancouver International Film Festival concluded its 16-day run today with the closing gala screening the French film THE ILLUSIONIST (L'illusioniste), directed by Sylvain Chomet, in the Visa Screening Room at the Empire Granville 7 Cinemas. The winners of two juried awards and five audience awards were announced prior to the screening; two other juried awards were announced previously. More award details and the attendance tally will be released next week. JURIED AWARDS ET Canad...

Sergio Castellitto will head the Jury of the Rome Festival

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  Actor-director Sergio Castellitto will head the International Jury of the International Rome Film Festival (28th October - 5th November 2010), it was announced today by the Festival's President Gian Luigi Rondi. The other members of the Jury will be: Italian journalist and writer Natalia Aspesi, winner of the Pietro Bianchi Award for film criticism; director Ulu Grosbard (United States - Belgium), who has directed feature films such as Falling in Love with Meryl Streep and True Confession...

Holly Hunter President of the Stockholm Jury 2010

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Holly Hunter, one of the bravest and most nuanced actresses in American film, will be President of the Jury this year. The jury will choose the winner of the world’s literary heaviest film award, the 7.3 kilo Bronze Horse, from the directors in Stockholm XXI Competition. Holly Hunter will also participate in a Face2Face with the festival audience.“I am honored to be serving as this year’s jury president at the Stockholm International Film Festival. I’m especially excited that this year...

Lynn Redgrave's Boldest Interview: Looking Back on Her Career (1943 -2010)

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Lynn Redgrave Gets Personalby quendrith johnsonWhen Lynn Redgrave materializes for her interview, we're both shocked to find out that three consecutive Los Angeles-area eateries are closed because it is just after 3 pm, the apparent post-lunch witching hour. Who would miss a chance to be in the company of Lynn Redgrave, two-time Oscar® nominated actor (Gods and Monsters, 1998, Georgy Girl, 1966), Tony winner, author of the outstanding one-woman show "Shakepeare for My Father," sister ...

Thieves by Law Steals Kudos at Tribeca

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"Was it dangerous to make a documentary about the Russian mob?" Alexander Gentelev was asked after his Thieves by Law premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival (April 22 to May 2, 2010). "We will find out after the protagonists see the movie," he deadpanned. The heroes Gentelev was referring to are three retired godfathers of Russia’s underworld who muse about their colorful exploits on camera. As he explained, "A lot of criminal kingpins were willing to mout...

Tribeca Film Festival - Here Come the Neighborhoods

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"Modoki" is the Japanese word for "similar, yet different." Take for example the Tribeca Film Festival (April 21 to May 2, 2010), and October's New York Film Festival. Both are Manhattan cinema extravaganzas — whose overlaps end there. Populist Tribeca plays teriyaki to artsy NYFF's sashimi.    Nearly four decades the Lincoln Center event's junior, Tribeca was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff as a goad to downtown development in th...

Jeremy Thomas grew up in movie royalty, but he was a rebel and went out on his own... read his keynote

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Dawn Hudson opened the Film Independent Filmmaker Forum at the DGA by stating that, "the objective of this weekend is to build a community of filmmakers and to inspire". She then introduced Jeremy Thomas who delivered the event's keynote address. Dawn said "He grew up in movie royalty, but he was a rebel and went out on his own". Jeremy Thomas said "I was very lucky. I left school at 17 to make movies. I crossed paths with people like Ken Loach, Julian Temple, Nic...

The Global Film Village: Jeremy Thomas delivers Keynote at Film Independent Filmmaker Forum

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by Marla Lewin Dawn Hudson opened the Film Independent Filmmaker Forum at the DGA by stating that, “the objective of this weekend is to build a community of filmmakers and to inspire”. She then introduced Jeremy Thomas who delivered the event’s keynote address. Dawn said “He grew up in movie royalty, but he was a rebel and went out on his own”. Jeremy Thomas said “I was very lucky. I left school at 17 to make movies.  I crossed paths with people like Ken Loach, Julian Temp...

Jeremy Thomas delivers Keynote at Film Independent Filmmaker Forum

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Dawn Hudson opened the Film Independent Filmmaker Forum at the DGA by stating that, “the objective of this weekend is to build a community of filmmakers and to inspire”. She then introduced Jeremy Thomas who delivered the event’s keynote address. Dawn said “He grew up in movie royalty, but he was a rebel and went out on his own”. Jeremy Thomas said “I was very lucky. I left school at 17 to make movies. I crossed paths with people like Ken Loach, Julian Temple, Nicholas Roeg, and Ste...

Cinema tout dooh new competition at Cinema Tous Ecrans

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For the first time presented within the frame of the 15th edition of the festival Cinéma Tous Ecrans, 2-8 November 2009, Cinéma Tout DOOH is a competiton for short and silent films dedicated to the DOOH (Digital Out Of home). The competion is free and open to all and has as a goal to screen in competition artistic films of max. 20 seconds created specificially for this new medium.The selected films will be broadcast during 3 weeeks on Neo Advertising’s network of screens ( more than 2'000 th...

Northern Lights: New Canadian Cinema at ERA

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Wroclaw, Poland-----Canada’s reputation often is overwhelmed by the sheer size and influence of its neighbor to the south. While Canadians may seem interchangeable with Americans to outsiders, the differences are particularly clear in the Canadian film industry, where active governmental subsidy systems have nurtured the careers of such film artists as David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Norman Jewison, Robert Lepage, and Guy Maddin, who is getting a career retrospective here. Kino Kanady: Cinema ...

Northern Lights: New Canadian Cinema

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   by Sandy Mandelberger, Online Dailies Editor  Wroclaw, Poland-----Canada’s reputation often is overwhelmed by the sheer size and influence of its neighbor to the south. While Canadians may seem interchangeable with Americans to outsiders, the differences are particularly clear in the Canadian film industry, where active governmental subsidy systems have nurtured the careers of such film artists as David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Norman Jewison, Robert Lepage, and Guy Maddin,...

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