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Vote begins for the European Film Academy's People's Choice Award

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The European Film Academy invites you to vote in the PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD 2012 for your favourite European film and win a trip for two people to the European Film Awards in Malta! NOMINATED ARE: THE ARTIST written & directed by Michel Hazanavicius with Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, James Cromwell, John Goodman BARBARA written & directed by Christian Petzold with Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock, Jasna Fritzi Bauer, Christina Hecke THE BEST E...

review: A HEARTWARMING TALE OF LIFE & FRIENDSHIP : THE INTOUCHABLES

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A HEARTWARMING TALE OF LIFE & FRIENDSHIP THE INTOUCHABLES Starring François Cluzet, Omar Sy,Anne Le Ny, Audrey Fleurot, Clotilde Mollet, Alba Gaïa Bellugi, Cyril Mendy Directed & written by Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano There's a comic scene in this  French film  about a  true life cross-racial,intercultural friendship where Abdel “Driss” Yasmin  (Omar Sy) the cocky live-in caretaker of  Philippe  Pozzo di Borgo, a wealthy quadriplegic, says Rimsky Korsakov'...

Intouchable the surprise hit comedy is breaking all records in France

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The third week of Intouchable by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano is stronger than the opening week. It takes first position among 2011 film, and beats Harry Potter 7 (second part) and Rien à déclarer. The comedy continues to grow and break all records in the french market. Intouchable cumes, after its third week end, at 7 271 771 admissions, ahead of Harry Potter et les reliques de la mort- part 2, (6,5 M admissions) and should very soon become the first film in the y...

Looking back on Tokyo fest 2011, year of the quake

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    LOOKING BACK ON TOKYO INTL FILM FESTIVAL, 2011 ~THE YEAR OF THE QUAKE ~    by Alex Deleon Not to forget that this was the year of the Great March 11 Earthquake cum nuclear disaster and "Tsunami" Tidal Wave that washed away whole cities up north, the 24th Tokyo Intl Film festival was a somewhat restrained affair with the lingering effect of the disaster in evidence in various forms, toning down the overall climate of festivity. Right outside the entrance to the main towe...

A look back on Tokyo fest 2011

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~THE YEAR OF THE QUAKE ~by Alex DeleonNot to forget that this was the year of the Great March 11 Earthquake cum nuclear disaster and "Tsunami" Tidal Wave that washed away whole cities up north, the 24th Tokyo Intl Film festival was a somewhat restrained affair with the lingering effect of the disaster in evidence in various forms, toning down the overall climate of festivity. Right outside the entrance to the main tower housing the festival offices was a green collection booth where passers by w...

EFA open votes for people's choice awards 2011

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  Every year, the EFA People’s Choice Award allows film fans across Europe to elect their favourite film. When the European Film Academy invites its members, Europe’s greatest film stars, directors, actors and actresses, to attend the European Film Awards, the People’s Choice Award sheds a spotlight on the people films are made for, the audience. This year’s vote has started – vote now and win the chance to join winners and nominees on the red carpet in Berlin! Winners in...

Intouchables to close San Sebastian Film Festival

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The 59th edition of San Sebastian Festival will close with the world premiere screening of Intouchables (Untouchable), written and directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache. Intouchables will be screened out-of-competition following the Festival closing gala on September 24th.  Intouchables is a witty comedy on the unexpected friendship arising between two people with nothing in common and very different ways of understanding life: a millionaire left tetraplegic after an accident ...

The French Revolution Continues In London

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  One can see that the French Revolution never really ended in the 18th century…..it continues into our own, in terms of style, fashion and the arts. French film is continually re-inventing itself and finding new ways of expression in a 100-year-old art form. At this year’s London Film Festival, a section appropriately entitled French Revolutions showcases some of the cinematic trend-setters of the year.   With the obvious exception of the American and the ...

The French Revolution Continues In London

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One can see that the French Revolution never really ended in the 18th century…..it continues into our own, in terms of style, fashion and the arts. French film is continually re-inventing itself and finding new ways of expression in a 100-year-old art form. At this year’s London Film Festival, a section appropriately entitled French Revolutions showcases some of the cinematic trend-setters of the year. With the obvious exception of the American and the British, the French have been one of th...

AmericanFilmMarket heavy load

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The 31st American Film Market (AFM) AmericanFilmMarket.com from Nov. 3-10 will screen 409 motion pictures, including 49 world premieres and 287 market premieres, for thousands of film buyers and industry professionals from 70-plus countries. Jonathan Wolf, AFM Managing Director and Executive Vice President of the Independent Film & Television Alliance, made the announcement today.Films making their world premieres include Age of Heroes starring Sean Bean, Danny Dyer, Izabella Miko and James D'Ar...

A French Accent At TIFF

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  French filmmakers, film stars and business professionals are everywhere here at the Toronto International Film Festival, giving this year's a definite French accent. This is a long-running love story, with this city's film buffs in l'amour fou with French cinema, during TIFF and throughout the year. The Gala Presentations at the Festival, arguably the most prestigious section, boasts four French titles: LAST NIGHT, a US/French co-production by debut helmer Massy Tadjedin, with a st...

New York's Love Affair With French Cinema

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  New Yorkers are in love again, l'amour fou as they say, with French cinema. Not only has the film "Un Prophete" emerged as one of the big international hits of the year (a much deserved Oscar nominee that should have won the prize) but the current program of new Gallic titles that is the 15th Rendez-Vous with French Cinema offers francophiles (count me in) some boundless treats. The Rendez-Vous, a favorite New York rite of spring, is presented by the Film Society of Li...

New French Film Festival launches ‘In French with English Subtitles'

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                                                        http://www.infrenchwithenglishsubtitles.org/ Feast your eyes on the latest successes from the French box office. Launched in the presence of the great French actor Vincent Perez amongst others, and followed by a gourmet buffet catered by the Maitres Cuisiniers de France, this prestigious French cinematographic weekend event will take place on December 4th, 5th and 6th...

Take a french break at Sacramento French Film Festival

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8th Sacramento French Film Festival  : June 19-21 & 27-28, 2009 - Crest Theatre www.SacramentoFrenchFilmFestival.org TAKE A FRENCH VACATION WITHOUT LEAVING SACRAMENTO !!! With the Sacramento French Film Festival you can walk around the French capital (PARIS, on Opening night) and relax in a campground on the Atlantic coast (CAMPING). You can travel to a fantasy world (BEAUTY and the BEAST) and uncover the grim current reality of illegal immigration (WELCOME, on closing night). ...

In competition: "In The Beginning" by Xavier Giannoli

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About the film: The third French film in the running for the Palme d’Or, In the Beginning, is the occastion for Xavier Giannoli to return to Cannes, three years after the in-Competition screening of The Singer and eleven years after his 15-minute L’Interview was awarded the Short Film Palme d'Or. Giannoli's latest feature is a drama set in Northern France, and it is based on a real-life event. A small-time swindler defrauds an entire region into thinking he is a sta...

America's Summer European Hits

 by Sandy Mandelberger, Coming Attractions Editor While it is never simple to release a foreign language film in a market dominated by Hollywood, a few European films have managed to become critical and public hits as America moves into its final days of summer before next weekend’s Labor Day. While such films as The Dark Night, Iron Man and the latest installment of the Indiana Jones series have dominated both domestic and international box office, a certain late summer has emerged among s...

Colcoa to open with Land of Shtis French BO sensation

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The Franco American Cultural Fund today announced the line-up for the12th Annual City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA) film festival that will run from April 14-20. The festival will feature 48 films, including 27 features, 20 shorts and a World Premiere of a restored masterpiece. Acclaimed French comedy « Welcome to the Land of Shtis, » which is shattering all box office records in France, will have its North American premiere at COL•COA on opening night, April 14, 2008. The new Dany...

City of Lights, City of Angels will line up 20 premieres

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40 new films, including 20 features (all premieres) and 20 new shorts, will be shown at the 11th Annual City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA). Acclaimed Berlin Film Festival opening film, “La Vie En Rose,” writer-director Olivier Dahan’s masterful biopic of Edith Piaf, starring Marion Cotillard and Gérard Depardieu, will open the showcase on Monday, April 16, 2007. Picturehouse will release the film on June 8th in New York and Los Angeles. The U.S. Premiere of “Michou D’Auber”...

Today's News: Thursday May 25

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Premiers Today at the Palais both "Days of Glory" and "The Family Friend" debut in the Lumiere Theatre. Salvador's Star Un Certain Regard film "Salvador" features Daniel Bruhl. He is the son of a Spanish mother and a German father. The role was the actors biggest career challenge. He had to learn how to speak Catalan. But Salvador is ot Bruhls first film here in Cannes. He stared in "The Edukatos" in competition in 2004 lastyear was in out of competition "Joyeux Noel". Bruhl just finished sh...

Todays News: Wednesday 24 May

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Premiers Today in the Lumiere Theater Marie Antoinette and The Right of the Weakest premier. $970m To Media The European Union's Media Programme has banked $970 million dollars from the years 2007-2013. The money will be spread through the media and entertainment industry. The percentages of the fund will be used for training (7%), developing(20%), distribution (55%), promotion (9%), and pilot projects (4%). This budget is a huge increase since the last budget of $659m from 2001-2006. Jury ...

Todays News: Tuesday May 23

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Premiers "Babel" and "Flanders" premier tonight at the Festival in the Lumiere Theater. Ledger to Play Dylan Heath Ledger and wife Michelle Williams have joined the star studded cast of Dylan biopic "Im Not There." Other cast members include Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere, Christian Bale and Ben Winshaw. The film is said to be a sure fire contender for next years film festival. The film is directed by Tod Haynes and the soundtrack will include songs by The White Stripes, PJ Harvey, and REMs Mic...

Todays News: Monday May 22

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Premiers "Lights in the Dusks", "The Caimen", and "X-Men: The Last Stand" premiere today in the Lumiere Theatre of the Palais. Creativity in Question It is the midpoint of the festival and the artistry of some of the films are in question. Critics argue that there is little creative representation. "The Da Vinci Code" and "Southland Tales" were seen as disapontments. Others are rooting for "Volver", "Red Road", and "Ten Canoes" which have been said to save the artistry of the Festival. Go ...

Festival News, Sunday May 21

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Premiers Tonight both "Over the Hedge" and "Southland Tales" Premier in the Lu,iere theatre here in the Palais. Dreamgirls Launches Here in Cannes Yesterday a preview of "Dreamgirls" featuring Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles, and Eddie Murphy was held in the Martinez. The films overseas success was in question due the musical nature with black stars. The film is said to be quite smart and not what you'd expect. The launch was a hit, and the worldwide premier is eagerly awaiting. "Summer Palace"...
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