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Inauguration of the Locarno's 65th edition

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The 65th edition of the Festival del film Locarno will open on Wednesday 1 August. At the traditional Welcome Cocktail - attended by Federal Councilor Alain Berset and by Mayor of the City of Locarno and Vice-President of the Festival Carla Speziali, as well as by representatives from cultural institutions and Swiss and Ticino politicians - President Marco Solari and Artistic Director Olivier Père will open this edition, in the presence of the numerous directors, actors and film pro...

Excellence Award Moët & Chandon for Gael García Bernal in Locarno

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The 65th edition of the Festival del film Locarno will take place 1-11 August, 2012. Mexican actor Gael García Bernal will be attending the 65th edition of the Festival del film Locarno to receive an Excellence Award Moët & Chandon. The award ceremony will be held on Wednesday 8 August at 21:30 on the Piazza Grande, before the screening of his latest film, Pablo Larraín’s No (2012). Gael García Bernal is the second actor, along with Charlotte Rampling, to receive this year...

The Durban International Film Festival returns

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The Durban International Film Festival returns for its 33rd year to celebrate the magic of cinema in all its beauty and diversity. From the 19th to the 29th July, Durban will be illuminated by the glow of the silver screen, with over 290 screenings in 10 venues across the city. Alongside world-class cinema from across the globe, comprising 80 feature films, 40 documentaries and 45 short films, the festival offers a comprehensive workshop and seminar programme that facilitates the sharing...

INSTITUTO MEXICANO DE CINEMATOGRAFIA at 65th Cannes Film Festival!

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  Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal at Cannes, 2012 CINETECA NACIONAL MEXICANO INSTITUTO MEXICANO DE CINEMATOGRAFIA at 65th Cannes Film Festival! Official Press Release: MEXICO’S NEW CINETECA NACIONAL UNVEILED FOR THE FIRST TIME TO THE INTERNATIONAL FILM INDUSTRY OFFERING NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR FILMMAKERS AND AUDIENCES CANNES – Sunday 20 May 2012. The restoration and redevelopment of Mexico’s Cineteca Nacional, the country’s state-owned archive and cinémath...

Brazilian filmmaker Carlos Diegues to chair the Jury for the Caméra d’or

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  After Bong Joon-Ho, Gael García Bernal, Roschdy Zem and Abbas Kiarostami, the demanding task of selecting the best new filmmaker this year falls to Carlos Diegues.   The Caméra d’or, launched in 1978, is awarded to the best first film presented in the Official Selection (Competition, Out of Competition and Un Certain Regard), La Semaine de la Critique or Directors' Fortnight – a total of 22 films in 2012.  He will be accompanied in...

Morelia International Film Festival wrapped

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The ninth edition of the Morelia International Film Festival drew to an end on October 25 after nine days of red carpets and fanfare. Notable guests such as Quentin Tarantino, Salma Hayek, and Gael Garcia Bernal made the trip to Morelia, a colonial city full of rich history and beautiful architecture in the state of Michoacan. Visitors also flocked to nearby Patzcuaro, which was named one of the 100 Historic World Treasure Cities by the United Nations. M...

EVEN THE RAIN at RIFF 2011

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EVEN THE RAIN (2011) screens at the 8th annual Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) 2011, where environmental concerns seem to underline this year's festival focus.   EVEN THE RAIN was directed by Iciar Bollaín and written by award winning screenwriter Paul Laverty. The film takes place in the village of Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 2000. The premise was to make an epic film about Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas. It is a fiction film in the style of a documentary about ...

Alejandro González Iñárritu will be feted with a Career Achievement Award at the 7th Zurich Film Festival

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  It was announced today that Academy Award® nominated director Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Amores Perros” “21 Grams” “Babel” “Biutiful”) will be feted with a Career Achievement Award at the 7th Zurich Film Festival (ZFF), taking place September 22 – October 2. The announcement was made by ZFF Directors Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht. Iñárritu will be on hand to receive ZFF’s coveted Golden Eye Award for his career achievements as a director, writer...

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...

EVEN THE RAIN, with Juan Carlos Aduviri

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EVEN THE RAIN (Spain, 2010) screens at Copenhagen Film Festival 2011.    EVEN THE RAIN was directed by Iciar Bollaín and written by award winning screenwriter Paul Laverty. The film takes place in the village of Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 2000. The premise was to make an epic film about Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas. It is a fiction film in the style of a documentary about this film crew and its director, Sebastián (Gael García Bernal), and his...

EVEN THE RAIN, with Juan Carlos Aduviri

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 EVEN THE RAIN was directed by Iciar Bollaín and written by award winning screenwriter Paul Laverty. The film takes place in the village of Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 2000. The premise was to make an epic film about Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas. It is a fiction film in the style of a documentary about this film crew and its director, Sebastián (Gael García Bernal), and his producer (Luis Tosar) as they attempt to show Columbus, exploiter of the indigenous people of Bolivia...

EVEN THE RAIN, with Juan Carlos Aduviri

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 EVEN THE RAIN was directed by Iciar Bollaín and written by award winning screenwriter Paul Laverty. The film takes place in the village of Cochabamba, Bolivia, in 2000. The premise was to make an epic film about Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas. It is a fiction film in the style of a documentary about this film crew and its director, Sebastián (Gael García Bernal), and his producer (Luis Tosar) as they attempt to show Columbus, exploiter of the indigenous people of Bolivia...

La Mirada Film Festival highlights

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  LA MIRADA FILM FESTIVAL 2011 CO-PROGRAMMED BY PEDRO ALMODÓVAR, GUEST CURATORS ANG LEE, ANTONIO BANDERAS, KEN LOACH AND GUILLERMO DEL TORO THURSDAY 14 APRIL to TUESDAY 26 April 2011 acmi (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) Federation Square, Melbourne Bookings: www.lamirada.org.au or  www.acmi.net.au/ticketing.htm, by phone 03 8663 2583 and at the ACMI Ticket Desk   The fabulous La Mirada Film Festival returns to the Australian C...

Berlinale Panorama 2011 with Renowned Directors, Three Films on India and Many New Discoveries

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Now that the programme is almost complete it can be said that in the aftermath of the financial crisis truly independent cinema is at an advantage. The themes of many first films are daring and hence inspiring, as seen in the work of Israeli filmmaker Michal Aviad who, set against the backdrop of the interminable Palestinian-Israeli conflict, has her protagonists work through traumas in Lo Roim Alaich (Invisible), or with French director Céline Sciamma whose Tomboy portrays the coming of age of...

'Jean Gentil' as Bronze Alexander

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Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas' film Jean Gentil (2010) is the story of a Haitian immigrant living in the Dominican Republic and his daily life as he struggles to survive alone in the world of hard work and increasing solitude. The film uses Cinema Novo/Neo Realism reminiscent style of on location shooting, hand held camera and a barrenness of stripped production makeover as its advantage to give increasing sense of the isolation, poverty and many times hopeless ...

'Jean Gentil' as Bronze Alexander

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Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas' film Jean Gentil (2010) is the story of a Haitian immigrant living in the Dominican Republic and his daily life as he struggles to survive alone in the world of hard work and increasing solitude. The film uses Cinema Novo/Neo Realism reminiscent style of on location shooting, hand held camera and a barrenness of stripped production as its advantage to give increasing sense of the isolation, poverty and many times hopeless feelings of the main c...

New discovery of Recent Spanish Cinema XVI in Hollywood

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By Ron Gilbert I must applaud Christopher Columbus who was commissioned by the Spanish Crown of Queen Isabella and discovered America in 1492. .Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo officially set foot in California is 1542 and for over 400 years we have had the pleasure of the influence of Spain. In the current film program of Recent Spanish Cinema XVI at the historic Egyptian Theatre Hollywood which is the home of the American Cinematheque we are again exploring the filmmaker talent from SpainWe are traveli...

12 movies from 12 countries will compete for the Best Film Award in the 4+1 Film Festival

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The singular 4+1 Film Festival MAPPFRE FOUNDATION- that will be held simultaneously in Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Ciudad de México, Madrid and São Paulo from November 11th to the 14th of 2010- will have 12 movies from 12 countries in its first edition’s competitive section. Prestigious filmmakers such as Gus Van Sant, Jane Campion or Agnes Varda and new top directors as Filipino Raya Marin, Cambodian Rithy Pann or Argentinean Pablo Agüero, among others, will be competing for the B...

4+1 Film Festival competitive line up

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12 movies from 12 countries will compete for the Best Film Award in the 4+1 Film Festival Madrid, October 11 2010The singular FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE 4+1 FILM FESTIVAL- that will be held simultaneously in Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Ciudad de México, Madrid and São Pablo from November 11th to the 14th of 2010- will have 12 movies from 12 countries in its first edition’s competitive section. Prestigious filmmakers such as Gus Van Sant, Jane Campion or Agnès Varda and new top directors as Filipino Raya ...

New 4+1 Film Festival revealed during San Sebastian

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  This morning the first edition of the 4+1 Film Festival MAPFRE FOUNDATION was presented in the San Sebastian Film Festival.   The new festival wil show Art House Cinema simultaneously in five iberoamerican cities This morning, within the framework of the San Sebastián Film Festival, the Managing Director of the MAPFRE FOUNDATION Culture Institute Pablo Jimenez Burillo has presented  the first edition of the 4+1 Film Festival MAPFRE FOUNDATION. The idea behind ...

New 4+1 Film Festival Mapfre Foundation revealed during San Sebastian

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4+1 Film Festival MAPFRE FOUNDATION will show Art House Cinema simultaneously in five iberoamerican cities This morning, within the framework of the San Sebastián Film Festival, the Managing Director of the MAPFRE FOUNDATION Culture Institute Pablo Jimenez Burillo has presented the first edition of the 4+1 Film Festival MAPFRE FOUNDATION. The idea behind this international event, which will be celebrated for the first time on November 11th through the 14th of 2010, consists in bringing back so...

47 European films receive EFP Film Sales Support for Toronto

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For the 6th year in a row, European Film Promotion (EFP) is assisting the marketing campaigns of European films through its Film Sales Support scheme (FSS) at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which runs September 9 - 19. Backed by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, 25 different European sales agents and two production companies are benefitting from the financial help for the promotion of 47 films this year. With an annual programme of close on 120 European fil...

Horizontes Award

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Eleven latin american films to contend for the Horizontes Award 'Abel', opera prima from Diego Luna produced by Gael García Bernal, will open Horizontes Latinos Eleven movies from different Latin American countries will contend for the Horizontes Award and its 35,000 Euros at the 58th San Sebastian Festival. At this event, the Horizontes Latinos section showcases a selection of the most interesting and innovating Latin American films made over the last twelve months, wit...

Newport Beach Festival will close with Letters to Juliet

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Ranked by Portfolio.com as America's richest city, Newport Beach, Calif., can afford to throw a serious party. Newport Beach Film Festival is known to do just that, and even its Web site touts it as a "leading lifestyle" event. So revelers and cinemaphiles are primed for another Orange County-class fiesta this April 22 to 29. Despite lingering economic challenges, NBFF Executive Director and CEO Gregg Schwenk hopes to build on last year's record attendance of 51,000 strong. Run a...

Newport Beach to show more than 400 films from some 50 countries

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Ranked by Portfolio.com as America's richest city, Newport Beach, Calif., can afford to throw a serious party. Newport Beach Film Festival is known to do just that, and even its Web site touts it as a "leading lifestyle" event. So revelers and cinemaphiles are primed for another Orange County-class fiesta this April 22 to 29.Despite lingering economic challenges, NBFF Executive Director and CEO Gregg Schwenk hopes to build on last year's record attendance of 51,000 strong. Run almost entirely by...

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