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NEVER TOO LATE by Ido Fluk wins „Regard d’or“ 2012

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  Israeli-born director Ido Fluk‘s film debut was an International Premiere at FIFF. Brazilian director Julia Murat won a total of four awards for her first full-length feature film HISTORIAS QUE SO EXISTEM QUANDO LEMBRADAS, including the highly endowed Talent Tape Award. The Egyptian film ASMAA by Amr Salama is the winner of this year’s Audience Award. The award ceremony took place in Fribourg last night.  NEVER TOO LATE, winner of the Grand Prize „Regard d’or“...

10 questions to Olivier Père: Locarno newly appointed Loacarno Artistic Director

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In an interview new artistic director Olivier Père outlines his vision of the Festival and ambitions for the future at Locarno. 1. How do you imagine "your" Locarno Festival? Locarno has a clear identity and a great tradition, since the early days it's been committed to discovering and revealing new filmmakers and new territories. That's an approach I've always been very keen on, too, and I intend to stick with it. Locarno is a major festival that gives a useful o...

Spotlight On Czech Cinema at FESTROIA

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor Each year, FESTROIA shines its spotlight on a different film producing country. This year, it is the turn of the Czech Republic, which has been at the forefront of international filmmaking since its celebrated heyday in the 1960s. One of its best known films of that era, CLOSELY WATCHED TRAINS by Jiri Menzel was screened here on Sunday evening, with the 76-year-old director in attendance. A gentle satire on Czech life du...

Finále Plzeň Festival of Czech Films

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You may not know Pilsen, but any beer connoisseur can guess from its name that the Czech town is a source of ferment. Pilsner Urquell calls it home, as does the annual festival of Czech films, Finále Plzeň, which runs April 19–25. The festival dates back to 1968, when the Communist Party allowed a “Spring” thaw. Finále Plzeň sought to acquaint Czechs with their own New Wave of films sweeping world festivals, but three years later packed itself on ice as Czech cinema ran afoul o...

NEWSLETTER N° 371: July 3, 2008

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Filmfestivals.com and Film Festival Locarno in partnership with CFC Media Lab, Telefilm Canada are proud to present Future of Cinema Salon Series at the Film Festival Locarno (August 7, 8 & 9) The Salon will include - The Premiere Panel on digital distribution in association with XDC - MingleTalk Future of distribution ...

Karlovy 2008 Remains Faithful to Tradition of Rewarding Unknowns

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A star studded jury confronted with a slate of second rate films in the international competition section (par for the course at Karlovy Vary because more important festivals gobble up the better films) had to sweat it out for five hours before arriving at their decisions on the main awards. The Grand jury composed of such luminaries as British actress Brenda Blethyn, Dutch star Johanna Ter Steege (The Vanishing), ace Hungarian-American camerman Vilmos Zsigmond, and presided over by Czech-Americ...

Ivan Passer will head Karlovy Vary Jury

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Writer and director Ivan Passer, one of the most respected representatives of the Czech new wave of the 1960s, will head up the International Grand Jury at the 43rd Karlovy Vary IFF. He cowrote and assistant directed Miloš Forman’s Loves of a Blonde and The Firemen’s Ball. Passer then debuted as a director with the short film A Boring Afternoon, following it up in 1965 with Intimate Lighting, one of the key Czech films of the era. After the Warsaw Pact invasion of 1968, Passer emigrated to ...

Final Days For New York Noir

 Friday, August 25------There are still a few days to catch the final  offerings in the NYC NOIR series that has been running at the Film Forum for the past few weeks. Dedicated to a depiction of New York as a place of grit, grays and ghosts, the series offers a tidy endgame of treats, a mix of classics and little known gems. With temperatures expected to hit the 90s in the final dog days of August, New York never looked quite so noir. But at least this NYC is air conditioned.REAR WINDOW (1954...

Thessaloniki: breathe cinema not oxygen

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"Michel Demopoulos has given the Festival a new vitality, opening it up to a young audience. During the Festival, in this town, you breathe not oxygen but cinema!" Bernardo Bertolucci Some history about the festival: First held in 1960 as a modest "Week of Greek Cinema", the Thessaloniki International Film Festival has become, 43 years later, an annual event focused on the discovery and promotion of new directors from all over the world; a true celebration of film. For t...
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