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Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijόn

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Another interesting film festival destination in Europe would be of course Spain and since I am in the FIPRESCI Jury of Gijon International Festival right now I wouldn’t be allowed to talk about film selection just yet, then I would just stress out that Gijon International Film Festival 2012 www.gijonfilmfestival.com in spite of the recent difficulties due to a dismissed previous director of the festival and his petitioned support by Almodovar, Egoyan, Solonz etc… of a world cinema,...

Master Class at Cinema City

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Cinema City Festival 2012 gathers some of the most significant European names from the world of film, they are passing on valuable knowledge, experiences to a young Serbian filmmaker, but also to those already considered to be successful professionals. For the first time Serbia hosts board members of the prestigious European Film Academy, the most significant film institution in Europe along with numerous directors and producers. The third day of Cinema City went by very quickly, honorin...

Menagerie and a French Film

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National Selection of Serbian Film on Cinema City 2012 on a second day would be Zverinjak (Menagerie) directed by Serbian filmmmaker Marko Novaković: it is a drama that takes place at the beginning of nineties in a Serbian village near the banks of river Drina. It is a testimony to the historical and moral disintegration of a country situated in the middle separated from urban life and located in a region dominated by specific rules and relations between people. Roe, daughter of strain, the m...

Cinema City 2012

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The new edition of Cinema City International Film Festival 2012 officially starts Saturday, 16 of June with the projection of "La Conquete," by Xavier Durringer, witty story based on biography of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy. During the eight-days of festival it will be screened about 100 films most of which are premieres! The unique opportunity to see films from international festivals familiarize with the exotic, high-quality cinema from around the world,...

English Film on Kino Otok Isola

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If we are talking about British film shown on Kino Otok Isola, then we are talking about minor English films definitely worth mentioning. That would be Archipelago by Joana Hogg and Two Years at Sea by young film director Ben Rivers. But first thing first! Joanna Hogg is a woman, a friend of great late British film director Derek Jarman and a filmmaker coming from the middle higher class in England, which is very obvious in her films. This is the second one. So this is how her seco...

European Film Elite in Novi Sad

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Cinema City Festival will gather some of the most significant European names from the world of film. They will transfer valuable knowledge, experiences and contacts to young filmmakers, but also to those already considered to be successful professionals. For the first time our country will be the host to board members of the prestigious European Film Academy, the most significant film institution in Europe. Numerous directors and producers, such as Nik Powell, co-founder of Virgin Record...

Celebration on Kino Otok

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The Kino Otok festival in Slovenia, 1st of June brings a live meeting of filmmakers and visitors joined by film art, taking place in a relaxed hectic atmosphere characteristic of Isola Town; brought to living with an excellent selection of films and guests from all around the world. During the festival, Isola's picturesque old town center is transformed into a film island, where the entire film festival community gathers together with the locals to enjoy the screenings under the bright light s...

THE AWARDS of the 16th Sofia International Film Festival

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The official programme of the 16th Sofia International Film Festival will end tonight with the gala screening of Borislav Kolev's documentary debut Stoichkov. The festival presented a total of 260 films from 52 countries from all over the world. Over 300 international guests came to Sofia, amongst them were directors, producers, festival directors as well as media and film experts. The Award Ceremony took place on the 17th of March in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Cu...

The International Jury expects bold and original films from the International Competition

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Today the festival center Matti'D was invaded by the directors David Mackenzie, Dragomir Sholev, Jan Cvitković and the producer Marc Baschet from the International feature films jury. Mackenzie and Cvitković said that they expect to watch fresh films, which are typical for young filmmakers – not films with speciffic special effects, but films that are work in the reality they create, brave, honest and beautiful. Mark Baschet said he expects from the short films in the Jameson comp...

Jan Cvitković about “Archeo”: “I wanted to make a film, not a coated story”

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Undoubtedly one of the most distinctive and original directors in Slovenian cinema, Jan Cvitković, is an old friend of SIFF. Among the many international festival awards that his films Bread and Milk and Gravehopping gatnered, is No Man’s Land in the Balkan competition at the SIFF. This year Jan Cvitković comes to the festival as a mem¬ber of the International Jury as well as with his new movie Archeo. Archeo (produced by Jozko Rutar, who also arrives for the 16th edition o...

16th International Film Festival SOFIA FILM FESTIVAL

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SFF is organized by Art Fest under the patronage of the Sofia Municipality, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, the National Film Centre and National Palace of Culture, with the support of the programs MEDIA and MEDIA Mundus of the European Commission, UNESCO – Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, national and foreign cultural institutes and sponsors. The main sponsor of the 16th edition of the festival is Jameson Irish Whiskey. The 16th Sofia Intern...

The Men Who Fell to Earth

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Just like Ziggy Stardust in an alien theory based pop concept-starring Bowie 30 years ago (in The Men Who Fell to Earth) the Slovenian film director Jan Cvitkovič in his latest film Arheo (Archeo) talks about party of 3(man, woman and a child) who has fallen from the sky to the Earth. And he is using a powerful close ups, the images to instrument his very own private film concept. However, this is no The Men Who Fell to Earth pop concept by Nicholas Roeg and Slovenian film director Cvit...

Subversive Slovenian Film

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Following the latest Retrospective of Slovenian Film in March in Belgrade, Serbia, ever since the 70s, films coming from Slovenia were representatives of the Yugoslav black wave film or one way or another, film avant-garde. Slovenian cinematography was and still is today somehow, closely related to a Serbian cinematography, but without burden of present Serbian film-a post civil themes. Slovenian film today may be overburden with social questions of a coming liberal capitalism be...

Contract With the Devil

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Tucaković reconstructs his story, yet not much as it is known, as chapter of Ray Nicholas´ life.   The film is quite diverse and eclectic: there are poetic sequences that evoke old Nicholas’ movies, which is in general more or less cinematic poetics. Central subject is the arrival of Ray in Belgrade at the beginning of 60s, and the ambition of Yougoslav communist leader Dražević to make his own communist Hollywood and get hold of Oscar Award for the film done by Nicholas....

Cvitkovič on Berlin Festival 2012

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The screening of the latest feature film Archeo, by acknowledged slovenian film maker Jan Cvitkovič, will be held in Cinemax 15 in Berlin on 14th of February 2012 at 14.30. Archeo is a voyage of three people and one planet. A voyage towards each other, a voyage into to the core fo things. Arhceo is a prayer. Film Archeo is last year's winner at 14th Slovenian film Festival, besides he won the awards for Best director and Best photography. Jan Cvitkovič about a film: ...

The producer Jozko Rutar: "Silent Sonata" is a war film without soldiers

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Jozko RutarBulgarian cinephiles know well the name of Jozko Rutar, the producer of Silent Sonata (A.K.A. Circus Fantasticus) from another cult Slovenian film, Jan Cvitkovic’ Gravehopping (2005). Director Janez Burger’s Silent Sonata is unique piece of cinema art, a kaleidoscope of reminiscent images, reminding of Fellini’s aesthetic, of Tarkovski to a certain degree and even to Hodorovski. It is a film essay on war and survival; a film with no dialogue, but not a silent movi...

Zagreb Film Festival Golden Pram and Golden Lion to Slovenia

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Every country in the region of ex Yugoslavia today has its own characteristics, recognizable by its style and aesthetics. And each one appeals on a certain type of audience. But the things that all ex Yugoslavian films have in common are serious lack of finances and a past civil war as theme.   Jan Cvitkovič is an established film director from Slovenia, who already won Golden Lion Award in Venice on Mostra 2001 for his feature film, "Kruh i mliko". Cvitkovič’s film &quo...

Sarajevo Film Fest wrapped its 9 day long 14th edition

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Bosnia-Herzegovina the 14th Sarajevo Film Festival started 15th of August with a screening of Aida Begic's debut feature "Snow," film about life in a village in postwar Bosnia, movie that was honored in May on a Cannes competition. Over nine days, the Sarajevo festival — born in a sandbag-protected basement during the Bosnian war — showed 174 movies from 40 countries. The Sarajevo Film Festival was first time launched near the end of the war and grew into the biggest regional film ...

Lincoln Center presents At the Crossroads: Slovenian Cinema

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Presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in collaboration with the Slovenian Film Fund.Walter Reade TheaterJuly 16 - 22At the Crossroads: Slovenian Cinema - more than a dozen classic and contemporary films that chart Slovenian cinema’s uplifting success story will be presented in a weeklong retrospective by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in collaboration with the Slovenian Film Fund at the Walter Reade Theater July 16-22, 2008. Director Marko Nabersnik and author, film writer, and ...

Finding Slovenian Cinema On The International Film Map

 Friday, July 11-----What most American do not know about the country of Slovenia could easily fill the mileage that separates the two countries. Well, with the idea that film can be an informative and illuminating guide to other cultures, New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Slovenian Film Fund will be presenting a program of classic and contemporary Slovenian films from July 16 to 22. So ladies and gents, it’s time to brush up on your Slovene savvy.Let’s start with some basic...

Troia Film Festival Announces Its Awards

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Sunday, June 11....At a gala Awards Ceremony at the Forum Luisa Todi last night, the 22nd edition of the Troia International Film Festival came to a conclusion with the announcement of Fetival Awards in a number of competitiom categproes. An analysis of the films and the awards will follow, but here is the list of award winners. FESTROIA – FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINEMA SPECIAL AWARDS AUDIENCE AWARD To the film THE WEDDING PARTY, by Dominique Deruddere (Belgium/Germany) PRIZE MAN AND HIS...

From Cannes To Seattle: International Cinema Continues To Shine

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While the Cannes Film Festival may be over, the Festival season continues apace. Over 5000 miles away from the Croisette, another event is showcasing the best of international cinema. The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is celebrating its 32nd anniversary with its most ambitious program yet. The Festival opened on May 25th with the West Coast premiere of THE ILLUSIONIST, a historical thriller set in 1900 Vienna. The film, directed by Neil Burger, stars Edward Norton as a mysterious ma...

Ten films from seven countries in competition at Cottbus

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The 15th FilmFestival Cottbus ­- Festival of East European Cinema will open in the Cottbus Staatstheater on 8th November with Susanne Irina Zacharias' feature film debut „Hallesche Kometen" („Halle Comets”). The father-son story set in Halle/Saale was produced as part of the „Ostwind“ series, a joint programme workshop administered by RBB and ZDF/Das kleine Fernsehspiel. The winner of the Film Prize of the Saarland Prime-Minister at this year's Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival in Saarb...

53 rd San Sebastian opened with several bangs

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The Donostia-San Sebastian film festival on the incredibly picturesque North Spanish coast, ("NAZIOARTEKO ZINEMALDIA" in the exotic Basque language of the region), has opened heavily "front loaded" as the saying goes these days, which means that many of the big guns, films with high prize potential, have already been fired off in the first few days. The festival opener was, appropriately, "Obaba", one of the most eagerly awaited Spanish films of the year based on a Basque language best seller b...

24 New directors contenders at San Sebastian

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Twenty-four films from eighteen countries will compete at the 53rd San Sebastián International Film Festival (Sept 15-24) for the Altadis-New Directors Award, sponsored by Altadis and carrying a cash prize of €90,000 (approx. US$95,000). Five of these movies will be screened in the Official Selection and the other nineteen in Zabaltegi-New Directors. ALTADIS-NEW DIRECTORS AWARDZABALTEGIAGUA CON SAL (SALTED WATER), Pedro Pérez Rosado, SpainIn this, his second film, the director of Cuentos de ...
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