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French Embassy New York Party for Restored "Les Enfants du Paradis"/ Gary Lucas plays Coffin Joe at SXSW!!

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Gary Lucas Plays Coffin Joe SXSW posterWhat a great party last night at the French Embassy here in NYC for the restoration of Marcel Carne's seminal "Les Enfants du Paradis"! One of my favorite films, possibly the best film of all time--and a new restored print wll soon be available on DVD through Criterion and is about to commence a 3 week run at the Film Forum here.   As usual, the crowd at these parties was exceptionally glittery--hung out with my old friend Dr. Ann...

Heather Graham honored with the Bahamas Career Achievement Award

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The Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) announced today that actress Heather Graham (Boogie Nights, Drugstore Cowboy, Austin Powers) will be honored with the prestigious Career Achievement Award at this year's Film Festival, taking place December 1-4 in Nassau.   The Career Achievement Tribute ceremony featuring Graham will take place at the Atlantis Theater on the evening of Friday, December 2nd. Jeffrey Lyons, host of the TV show "Lyons Den", will be mo...

Oliver Stone was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Savannah Fest

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  Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning writer/director Oliver Stone ("Platoon," "Wall Street") was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th annual Savannah Film Festival on Thursday, Nov. 3. Hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, Stone dedicated his award to native Savannahian and well-known publicist Bobby Zarem, whom he has known for more than 30 years. "The memory of my achievement lies in Savannah, a city Bobby loves s...

Savannah Film Festival honors Ellen Barkin and Ray Liotta during opening weekend

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The Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, honored actress Ellen Barkin ("The Big Easy," "Ocean's Thirteen") and actor Ray Liotta ("Goodfellas," "Hannibal") with Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Awards during the opening weekend of the 14th annual event, which kicked off Saturday, Oct. 29 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 5, in historic Savannah, Ga. Barkin received the honor prior to the screening of her inde...

Savannah Film Festival Honors Ellen Barkin and Ray Liotta During Opening Weekend

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The Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design, honored actress Ellen Barkin ("The Big Easy," "Ocean's Thirteen") and actor Ray Liotta ("Goodfellas," "Hannibal") with Outstanding Achievement in Cinema Awards during the opening weekend of the 14th annual event, which kicked off Saturday, Oct. 29 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 5, in historic Savannah, Ga.Barkin received the honor prior to the screening of her independent film, "Another Happy Day," which centers on a ...

Oliver Stone will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at next Savannah fest

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Oliver Stone ("Platoon," "Wall Street") will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award along with Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-nominated, Emmy Award-winning actress Lily Tomlin ("9 to 5," "All of Me") at the 14th annual Savannah Film Festival. The festival, which will take place Oct. 29 to Nov. 5, will also honor Golden Globe-nominated, Emmy and Tony award-winning actress Ellen Barkin ("The Big Easy," "Ocean's Thirteen") with an...

54TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WILL PRESENT KANBAR SCREENWRITING AWARD TO FRANK PIERSON

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 Screenwriter/Director Will Receive Honor at Film Society Awards Night and an Onstage Tribute Featuring Dog Day Afternoon   San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Frank Pierson will be the recipient of the Kanbar Award for excellence in screenwriting at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5). The Kanbar Award, which acknowledges the crucial importance of a script in the production of an exceptional film, will b...

French Film Surprises For Film Critics Prizes

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  While most of the films that are being showered with awards by the various film critics and guild organizations in the end-of-the-year awards season are a mix of Hollywood and American independent films, a few European films (most notably from France) are seizing some of the awards thunder. When the National Society of Film Critics made their awards announcements earlier this week, a few French films and talents were prominent. Although THE HURT LOCKER was the overwhelming winner ...

Rio de Janerio International Film Festival announces 2009 Line Up

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FESTIVAL DO RIO 2009 : 24 September to 8 October, 2009 Across 15 days, commencing September 24, the city of Rio de Janeiro once again becomes the official capital of cinema. Festival do Rio, the Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, will present more than 300 films from more than 60 countries, shown in around 40 locations, distributed between cinemas and sites around Rio.  This year's programme will include for the first time public events staged in 10 of the city's squares. Festival do...

Doccies at DIFF

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Of the forty-three documentaries in this year's DIFF, twenty-one are from or in co-production with South Africa , and eight are from or in co-production with African countries. Politics and history feature prominently. Iseta - Beyond the Roadblock covers the return to Rwanda of the filmmaker who shot the only known footage of killings during the Rwanda genocide, remarkable considering that over a million people were murdered. Zola Maseko explores ancient African civilization in The Manuscripts ...

Documentaries At The Crossroads

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor As SILVERDOCS, the nation's most prominent documentary film festival, begins to hit its stride, it is worth mentioning that the documentary film has not had the charmed life at the box office as we saw earlier in the decade. While not every film can hope to reach the stratosphere of FAHRENHEIT 911 (which had a record-shattering $120 million international box office gross in 2004), the recent crop of documentaries coming to theaters ...

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL BUCKS ECONOMIC TRENDS TO SET NEW RECORDS FOR REVENUE AND ATTENDANCE

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Longest-Running Film Festival in the Americas Enjoys a Spectacular 52nd Year with Superb Programming, Numerous Special Guests and Many Memorable Sold-out Events The San Francisco Film Society wrapped its 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23-May 7) with 272 screenings of 151 films from 55 countries, with 144 filmmakers and 54 industry guests from 25 countries in attendance, with an estimated 82,000 filmgoers. Over its packed 15 days the Festival set new record highs for att...

Sarasota Film Festival highlights

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The 11th Annual Regal Entertainment Group SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL will get underway on Friday evening March 27, 2009 and run through Sunday, April 5, 2009. The Festival will be presented at Sarasota’s Hollywood 20 Cinemas with Opening Night at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Closing Night Tribute at the Sarasota Opera House, screenings and conversations at the Historic Asolo, and other area venues. This year’s Festival will present over 160 narrative, documentary and short films from t...

15 world premieres at next London Film Festival

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The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival runs from 15 October – 30 October. The programme, announced today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, includes a record number of world and international premieres with a total of 189 features and 108 shorts screening alongside a stellar line-up of special events and expected guests.Opening Night film, Ron Howard’s FROST/NIXON, is one of the Festival’s 15 world premieres and the Closing Night Gala is the European premiere of Danny Boyle’s SLUMDOG M...

Viennale 2008 line up preview

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At the time of this press briefing, the major part of our extensive study and program selection for the Viennale 2008has been concluded, and thus we can give you a general overview of the orientation and direction of this year’sfestival.What stands out in the choice of films for the Viennale 2008 is the wide spectrum of the program, covering agreat diversity of cinematography and cinematic countries of origin. As compared to last year, Latin-American cinema,to name but one example, has clearly...

And the Palme d'Or goes to Laurent Cantet (entre les murs)

      At long last The Palm d'Or goes to a local film Betweens the wall: a French Palm much awaited for the past 21 years (The last helmer to receive some gold in the Palais was Maurice Pialat in 1987 for "Under the Sun of Satan" - Sous le soleil de Satan.)The official Jury of this 61st Fesival de Cannes, présided over by Sean Penn, revealed this evening the Prize winners during the closing Ceremony. Édouard Baer hosted Robert de Niro on the stage of the...

Cannes unveils 61st edition line up may 13-25

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The festival will once again offer a mix of veteran filmmakers returning to Cannes, along with a few VIP star studded red carpet events and the fresh blood and energy of newcomers.Soderbergh, Kusturica, Wenders, Dardenne and many more previous award winners are competing for Golden Palm again.Highly anticipated Indiana Jones, Woody Allen and Kung Fu Panda willbear Hollywood Flag high on the steps.54 feature films were selected among 1792 from 96 countries (up 11% over last year, 23 over 2 years)...

Launching the Remake Film Market in Monaco

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Under the High Patronage of H.S.H Prince Albert IITHE LAUNCHING OF THE REMAKE FILM MARKETThe Cinema & Literature International Forum’s primary goal is to intensify the contacts and the networking between the professionals from the Literary and Comics, Cinema and Television worlds.On the occasion of its fifth anniversary, the Forum officially launches the new and world’s first Remake Film Market.The Remake Film Market will run concurrently with the Literary Adaptation Market, which brings tog...

Oh say can you see by the Normandy light?

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While somewhat of a departure from the glamorous star-studded fest of yesteryear, the 2005 Deauville Film Festival brought a series of independent films to the Normandy coast in celebration of American cinema. Religion, the banality of daily life and hardship in the ghetto were among the more popular subjects explored by the directors who came to sunny Deauville to present their labors of love. Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown, Paul Haggis' Crash and Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride were among the m...

Newport International Film Festival all set for next week

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The 2005 Newport International Film Festival, the 8th Annual event, will get underway Tuesday, June 7th – 12th, 2005, and run for six glorious days and nights of entertaining films, informative symposiums, and, of course, those glamorous Newport parties. The Festival atmosphere is relaxed, yet filled with all the enchantment, energy, and excitement of Hollywood. The Newport International Film Festival draws filmmakers and celebrities from around the world. This year the festival will honor wri...

Newport International Film Festival highlights

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The 2005 Newport International Film Festival, the 8th Annual event, will get underway Tuesday, June 7th – 12th, 2005, and run for six days and nights of entertaining films, informative symposiums, and, of course, those glamorous Newport parties. The Festival atmosphere is relaxed, yet filled with all the enchantment, energy, and excitement of Hollywood. This year the festival will honor writer/director/actor/musician Michael McKean with the annual Claiborne Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement....

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