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60 Years of San Sebastian International Film Festival

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This year the Festival will be celebrating its 60th consecutive edition with the same enthusiasm felt the day it first saw the light on September 21st 1953. Conceived as an International Film Week for the purpose of screening and marketing films, it was not long before the IFFPA granted it B status (non-competitive), thanks to the success of its first edition. A year later it was called the International Film Festival, and in 1955 the IFFPA recognized the festival as competitive, spec...

27th Midnight Sun Film Festival celebrates screen gems

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The 27th Midnight Sun Film Festival (13.-17.6.2012) will be graced by the presence of two female actors who began their career in the 1950s: Finland's only Hollywood star Taina Elg, and Ingmar Bergman's protégé Harriet Andersson. Of directors, together with their productions, the American cult movie maker Alan Rudoph, Hungarian Béla Tarr, whose quite personal films never fail to cause a stir, two Swedish talents of a younger generation - Ruben Östlund and Axel Petersén - and the Portugues...

Scorsese Returns to Lincoln Center Film Society

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Goodfella Martin Scorsese Returns to Lincoln Center Film Society's Walter Reade Theater  for an Intimate Night of  "Mean Streets" and  Q & A                 Rest assured: film director Martin Scorsese's legacy as perhaps the greatest living American director is secure. Seeing him in the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center's Film Society Tuesday was both a privilege for film fans, knowing that his passion for filmmaking is equally matched...

IST FEST OPENING

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On April 7, 2011, the IFF opened with...   • A “COMING OF AGE” STORY FOR ADULTS Limbo director Maria Sødahl and lead actress Line Verndal met their audience in Istanbul for the second time. Sødahl said the final act of Sonia in the film meant that she chose freedom. She said that the relationship between men and women are universal and that Limbo was a “coming of age story” for adults. • IN HOMELAND Syllas Tzoumerkas, the director of Homeland, which re...

The Jury of the 64th Cannes Film Festival will be headed by Robert de Niro

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The American actor, director and producer Robert De Niro will preside over the Jury of the 64th Festival de Cannes, running May 11th to 22th 2011. When he accepted the invitation, Robert De Niro said : « The Cannes Film Festival is a rare opportunity for me as it is one of the oldest and one of the best in the world. » A very true and nice compliment from Robert de Niro, himself a festival Director (founder of Tribeca). Robert de Niro is a long time friend of the festival with mul...

Robert De Niro will be President of the Jury of the 64th Festival de Cannes

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The American actor, director and producer Robert De Niro will be President of the Jury of the 64th Festival de Cannes, due to take place from May 11th to 22th 2011. When he accepted the invitation, Robert De Niro said : « The Cannes Film Festival is a rare opportunity for me as it is one of the oldest and one of the best in the world. » Inviting Robert De Niro as President of the Jury of Cannes, the organizers want to pay also tribute to the co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival whic...

POFF In Focus: North American Independents Competition

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   WHITE IRISH DRINKERS (John Gray, USA) For the third year, POFF: the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, the largest and most influential festival event in the Baltics region, is opening its arms to embrace American and Canadian independent films. Eleven recent gems from such prestigious film festivals such as Sundance, South By Southwest, Montreal and Toronto are being showcased in the North American Independents Competition. The prize includes a distribution deal in the B...

Documentary Focus At NYFF

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  With documentaries showing considerable muscle at the box office, the New York Film Festival is highlighting some documentary films that will be the subject of discussion for months to come. Opening in theaters later this week but featured first at the Festival is INSIDE JOB, a blistering look at the worldwide economic crisis and the secrets and lies that have brought free market capitalism to the brink of disaster. Tackling a very New York subject, the tension between developm...

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...

Connecticut Is Celebrity Country

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   Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman With the Connecticut Film Festival (www.ctfilmfest.com) launching on Tuesday, it is interesting to note the many film, television and artist celebrities who have once called or currently call Connecticut their home (those departed are also included, just to round out the list). With this kind of talent in droves, is it any wonder that Connecticut is celebrity country? Carol Alt, Greenwich Lauren Ambrose, New Haven Kevi...

Seattle International Film Festival claims largest festival in the US reveals line up of 600 screenings

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SIFF is proud to announce the lineup for the 36th Seattle International Film Festival, the largest and most highly attended event of its kind in the United States. Running a full 25 days, SIFF will present 189 narrative features, 54 documentary features, 13 archival films, and 150 short films from 67 countries, including 25 World Premieres (12 features, 13 shorts), 36 North American Premieres (24 features, 12 shorts), and 12 US Premieres (6 features, 6 shorts). SIFF 2010 runs from May 20...

Leo Hurwitz and the New York School of Documentary Film Storm Anthology Film Archives

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For many Americans, "terrorism" is an anthropological term meaning dark foreigners. They might be surprised to learn that it was how a U.S. Senate committee once described corporate America's tactics to crush labor unions.   Social documentarian Leo Hurwitz reenacted findings from that official body — the La Follette Senate Civil Liberties Committee — in his 1942 feature film, Native Land. The hybrid documentary raised the specter of fascism and called exploited workers to action....

The Global Film Village: Christopher Plummer, Canadian born and one of the world’s great actors

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by Marla Lewin Christopher Plummer as Dr. Parnassus Photo taken by Liam Daniel, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics Christopher Plummer not only stars as a mystic who sells his soul to the devil in Terry GIlliam’s Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus,but he plays Leo Tolstoy in the Last Station by Michael Hoffman.  He has also just finished his memoirs called “In Spite of Himself”.   Scott Foundas from the LA weekly, had just read the book, and was prepared to ...

Christopher Plummer, Canadian born and one of the world’s great actors

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by Marla LewinChristopher Plummer as Dr. Parnassus Photo taken by Liam Daniel, Courtesy of Sony Pictures ClassicsChristopher Plummer not only stars as a mystic who sells his soul to the devil in Terry GIlliam’s Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus,but he plays Leo Tolstoy in the Last Station by Michael Hoffman. He has also just finished his memoirs called “In Spite of Himself”. Scott Foundas from the LA weekly, had just read the book, and was prepared to question the actor for the tribute. P...

Torino Film Festival full line up

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the 27th Torino Film Festival Torino Grand Prix Starting this year, the Torino Film Festival presents Torino Grand Prix, an award which is given each year to filmmakers who, from the surfacing of the nouvelles vagues on, have helped renew the film language, create new aesthetic models and communicate the new trends that are the basis of the most interesting works of contemporary cinema. This year, the prize will be given to Emir Kusturica, for the inventiveness o...

Cairo International Film Festival 2009 to be best ever

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THE CAIRO International Film Festival (CIFF) celebrates its 33rd edition this year from November 10 to November 20. In its long history of successes, last year's triumph would be a hard act to follow. Never before had the festival attracted so many international stars. But the organizers say that this year promises to equal and perhaps even surpass last year's event. The CIFF 2009 enjoys the fine backdrop of 100 years of a distinguished film history. It is undoubtedly the oldest a...

Bogle on Kazan

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Donald Bogle:  Most notable Black Historian, NYU and University of Pennsylvania film professor, and author,  speaks about world reknown film and theatre director Elia Kazan.  During Kazan's career, he won three Academy Awards, four Golden Globes, and five Tony awards. His most notable films: "Gentleman's Agreement", "On the Waterfront", "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn", "East of Eden", and "A Streetcar Named Desire".Donald Bogle:  Author:  "&...

Bogle on Kazan

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Donald Bogle: Most notable Black Historian, NYU and University of Pennsylvania film professor, and author, speaks about world reknown film and theatre director Elia Kazan. During Kazan's career, he won three Academy Awards, four Golden Globes, and five Tony awards. His most notable films: "Gentleman's Agreement", "On the Waterfront", "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn", "East of Eden", and "A Streetcar Named Desire".Donald Bogle: Author: ""Toms, Coons, Mulattoes, Mammies and Bucks: An Interpretative...

Newport International Film Fest ready to open

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The 2009 NEWPORT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL will take place June 3-7 in beautiful Newport, Rhode Island. This year’s Festival will present five days and nights of screenings of over 90 U.S. and international feature, documentary and short films; Rhode Island focus, narrative, documentary and audience award competitions; filmmaker panels; events; a free screening in beautiful Ballard Park; the presentation of the prestigious Claiborne Pell Award; and those fabulous Newport parties. There wil...

Wisconsin Film Festival

In its 13th year, the Wisconsin Film Festival (Madison, Wisconsin, USA | 30 March-3 April, 2011) presents a broad range of independent American and world cinema (feature, documentary, experimental, shorts), restorations and revivals, and locally made pictures from Wisconsin filmmakers. The festival plays in ten theaters, all within walking distance, in the heart of the state's capital city. The 2010 festival screened 192 films and had an attendance of 34,539 in five days. The full 2010 film guide, including work by Bong Joon-ho, Michel Gondry, Jan Hrebejk, Ken Loach, Mary Sweeney, Radu Jude, Liu Jiayin, Gianni Di Gregorio, James Marsh, Jessica Hausner, Henrik Ruben Ganz, Maren Ade, Xavier Dolan, Corneliu Porumboiu, Karen Shakhnazarov, Bradley Rust Gray, Sarah Watts, Lixin Fan, Michael Mann, Bert I. Gordon, George Kuchar, Sergio Leone, Ladislas Starewitch, Jules Dassin, John Frankenheimer, and Elia Kazan, is available here: <http://2010.wifilmfest.org/films/>

Eli Wallach Honored At Fort Lauderdale Film Festival

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  Eli Wallach in THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Friday, November 7--------The venerable actor Eli Wallach, a raconteur at 93 years young, was honored last evening at the Cinema Paradiso following the rare screening of the 1950s cause celebre BABY DOLL, which was the actor's debut film. The event, sponsored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, also included a tribute to Wallach's leading lady (on the stage, screen and in real life), actress Anne Jackson. Both were at the...

FLIFF Screens Classic "Indecent Film" From the 1950s

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  Wednesday, November 5------It may seem tame to today's audiences but in 1955 when director Elia Kazan was making the Southern gothic classic BABY DOLL, it was a cause celebre. The film, which was banned by the Catholic Legion of Decency and was the subject of church boycotts (priests told their parishioners that if they saw the film that their souls would be damned for all eternity), became one of the most notorious films of the repressive Eisenhower Years.   Wel...

Jazz Beats At MoMA Film Program

 Friday, May 23-----If you are a lover of film (guilty) and also a lover of jazz (guilty again), then you are destined for movie and musical heaven at the on-going film series Jazz Score at the Museum of Modern Art. Starting last month, this unique retrospective will showcase 50 feature films and a selection of shorts that meld the power of jazz and the moving image.The series celebrates well-known and obscure jazz scores composed for films from the 1950s to the present, with a particular emph...

Richard Widmark: Salute To A Sneer

 Thursday, March 27--------No one quite mastered the sneer as did actor Richard Widmark, who died Monday at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut at the age of 93. That sneer and a high-pitched giggling laugh is what shot him the stardom in 1947, when he played the psychopathic killer Tommy Udo in the gangster film KISS OF DEATH. Nothing in the movies before or since can compare with the scene in that film when Widmark tied up an old woman in a wheelchair with a cord ripped from a lamp and shoved he...

Interview with Istanbul Festival Director Azize Tan

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On April 5th, the 27th iteration of the International Istanbul Film Festival runs kicks off its 15-day run, screening 200 feature films in 20 categories. Festival-goers seeking alternatives to the flickering dark will find a robust program of seminars, workshops, concerts, exhibitions and parties. The Festival culminates on April 20th with the coveted Golden Tulip Award for the International Competition, juried by an elite force of cinema professionals led by cinematographer Michael Ballhaus. Fe...
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