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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...

Abu Dhabi’s Film Festival continues to release its program highlights

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The much-anticipated third edition of the Middle East International Film Festival today announced the sixteen selections to be screened out of competition in its World Cinema Showcase lineup. Peter Scarlet, the Festival’s Executive Director commented, “The lineup for World Cinema Showcase presents an impressive group of films, many of which have already earned recognition at other international film festivals around the world this past year.”MEIFF’s World Cinema Showcase offers a plethor...

NEWSLETTER N° 430: September 2, 2009

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..............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 430: September 2, 2009 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor of the site, Advertise on the sites. You can find us at twitter.com/fest21 and find Bruno Chatelin on facebook Add yor fest21.com RSS to your blogs! How to use FestivalExpress our new online submis...

Emir Kusturica at the first Romania International Film Festival

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The Ro-IFF (September 26 to October 4, 2009) presents a special Focus program for acclaimed Serbian director Emir Kusturica. Kusturica and his Non Smoking Orchestra will also open the festival with a concert on Saturday, September 26.The idea of Focus is to dedicate a program to the opera of a special personality in film. The films presented this year include OTAC NA SLUZBENOM PUTU (When Father Was Away on Business; 1985), DOM ZA VESANJE (Time of the Gypsies; 1988), ARIZONA DREAM (1993), UNDERGR...

Torino Fest new prize: THE 8½ AWARD

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On the occasion of the 27th Torino Film Festival, a new award has been created that takes its name from Fellini’s 8½. From its inception, the Festival, which supports and explores the newest independent cinema and most daring films currently being made, has continually honoured the grand masters of modern cinematography through retrospectives, tributes and publications. This year, in keeping with tradition, the Festival’s new director, Gianni Amelio, has created an award to acknowledge dire...

Spotlight On Polish Cinema

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Online Dailies Editor This year’s crop of contenders in the New Polish Films competition at the ERA New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland continue the unbroken chain of film artists who are acknowledged as world-class masters of their craft. This year’s   program is especially strong, with a forceful representation of emerging women talents. Malgorzala Szumowska brings a masterful directorial hand and an intellectual discipline ...

Spotlight On Polish Cinema at ERA New Horizons

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This year’s crop of contenders in the New Polish Films competition at the ERA New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland continue the unbroken chain of film artists who are acknowledged as world-class masters of their craft. This year’s program is especially strong, with a forceful representation of emerging women talents. Malgorzala Szumowska brings a masterful directorial hand and an intellectual discipline to her latest film “33 Scenes From Life”, which won the Spec...

Winterbottom’s Shining Star of Macedonian Sun

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Born in Skopje, Macedonia, Labina Mitevska studied in the faculty of Art and Archaeology at the University of Sts Cyril and Methodius, as well as at the European Film College in Denmark and the University of Arizona's Department of Art History. Ever since she has been chosen by European Film Promotion as one of Europe's sixteen "Shooting Stars" of 1998 at the 48th annual Berlin International Film Festival, she is marking her way up-and-coming actress for the future. Admitted to the Eur...

Winterbottom’s Shining Star of Macedonian Sun

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Born in Skopje, Macedonia, Labina Mitevska studied in the faculty of Art and Archaeology at the University of Sts Cyril and Methodius, as well as at the European Film College in Denmark and the University of Arizona's Department of Art History. Ever since she has been chosen by European Film Promotion as one of Europe's sixteen "Shooting Stars" of 1998 at the 48th annual Berlin International Film Festival, she is marking her way up-and-coming actress for the future. Admitted to the European Film...

The Jury from Karlovy Vary

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Grand JuryThe Grand Jury is presenting the Awards including the Grand Prix - Crystal Globe in the Official Selection - CompetitionClaudie Ossard, President of the Grand JuryThe career of this distinguished film producer and leading figure of French film began in advertising. As producer, she introduced the likes of Martin Scorsese and Emir Kusturica to the realm of advertising. In 1986 she gave her successful debut as a film producer with Jean-Jacques Beineix's Betty Blue, which brought her an O...

French producer Claudie Ossard will preside the Karlovy VaryThe Grand Jury

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The Grand Jury is presenting the Awards including the Grand Prix - Crystal Globe in the Official Selection - Competition Claudie Ossard, President of the Grand Jury The career of this distinguished film producer and leading figure of French film began in advertising. As producer, she introduced the likes of Martin Scorsese and Emir Kusturica to the realm of advertising. In 1986 she gave her successful debut as a film producer with Jean-Jacques Beineix's Betty Blue, which brought her an Oscar nom...

Lithuanian Film Festival

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Emir Kusturica is the president of the jury of AXX. AXX – 2005 is the first commercial film festival necessary not for only film professionals and fans , but for all people in Vilnius and other towns in Lithuania.

ZINEBI 50: Bilbao festival of nonfiction and tapa sized films

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The Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Film (ZINEBI) jubilates its 50th birthday November 23-29, making it one of the world’s oldest showcases of the seventh art. Who knew? A mere hour from San Sebastián—home to Spain’s premier fest--this year’s juried meet in the heart of Basque country drew 2,849 contenders from 85 countries for its coveted Mikeldi Award. Eighty of these survived Selection Committee scrutiny, which includes the criterion that films and video produc...

Oliver Stone and Kusturica live rap at Thessaloniki

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The unexpected duet of Stone and Kusturica at the No Smoking Band concert, held on Tuesday night at Warehouse C, following his press conference at the 49th Thessaloniki International Film Festival, thrilled the crowd of the event. The renowned film director went on stage and marked this unique concert. Faithful to its annual date with cinephiles, the 49th Thessaloniki Film Festival, Greece's grandest and most prestigious event for the 7th art, opened its doors on November the 14th, 2008, bring...

Films with a political or socially conscious pulse at DOCLISBOA

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“The Whole World Fits in Lisbon” is the rallying cry of Doclisboa’s sixth annual blitz of international documentaries that rains down on the Portuguese capital October 16-26. Rousing words indeed for Lisbon audiences who, still hungover from Portugal’s Age of Discovery, crave global stories that the inward-looking media tends to eschew.And that’s the big seduction of the country’s sole festival dedicated to nonfiction films. In its short trackrecord, Doclisboa has cultivated a public...

Cinema Under The Stars At Montreal FF

 Friday, August 29-----One of the treats of the Montreal World Film Festival are the free outdoor screenings on the Place des Arts of classic and recent European, American and Canadian films. Every evening, Cinema Under The Stars is presenting films on a huge screen with enormous speakers that beckon people to what is literally a cinema street party.This year's selection of films includes: CHARIOTS OF FIRE(United Kingdom 1981), the Oscar winning true story of British track athletes competing ...

NEWSLETTER N° 333: October 3, 2007

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FESTIVALS AGENDA SUBMISSION CALENDARS Festivals calling for your films... This week, this month...   _______________________________________________________________________________________ AWARDS THE AWARDS WATCH ON FEST21.COM Oscar and more ...

NEWSLETTER N° 332: September 26, 2007

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FESTIVALS AGENDA SUBMISSION CALENDARS Festivals calling for your films... This week, this month...   _______________________________________________________________________________________ AWARDS THE AWARDS WATCH ON FEST21.COM Oscar and more ...

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)...

Curtain up on Eurasia Film Fest in Kazakhstan

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CURTAIN UP ON 4th EURASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL The 4th Eurasia International Film Festival takes place in Almaty from the 23rd- 29th September. The Festival is backed by the Kazakh Ministry of Culture & Information and organised by Kazakhfilm, the state-run film company. The Festival – which forms a bridge between Eastern and Western culture - includes screenings of new Kazakh and Central Asian films, plus a wide variety of films made further afield. Among this year’s highlights are...

Coppola, Emir Kusturica to attend Antalya Film Festival

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Coppola, Emir Kusturica to attend Antalya Film Festival  The 44th edition of the Antalya Film Festival will host Francis Ford Coppola and Emir Kusturica as its “Honour Guest"s” within the 3rd International Eurasia Film Festival, the international section of the festival. Francis Ford Coppola will pay his first visit to a film festival held in Turkey, attending the Turkey premiere of his feature “Youth Without Youth” adapted from Mircea Eliade’s novel. Coppola’s return to...

Romanian Film Wins Cannes Palme D'Or

Sunday, May 27-------The Romanian film 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS AND 2 DAYS by director Cristian Mungiu (whose celebrated debut film THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU was cited by US film critics as one of the best of last year) has won the prestigious Palme D'Or at the 60th Cannes Film Festival. The film, which was picked up for US distribution by IFC First Take, is the first film from Romania so honored. The prizes in all categories were presented prior to the Closing Night screening of the Quebec fi...

"Promise Me This" by Emir Kusturica

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Two-time Palme d’Or winner for When Father was Away on Business in 1985 and Underground in 1995, Emir Kusturica is once again showing a film in the Official Competition entitled Promise Me This. The action takes place in the Serbian countryside and centers on the promises made by Tsane (Uros Milovanovic) to his aging grandfather (Aleksandar Bercek): go over the three hills into the nearest town and sell their cow at the market there. With the money, Tsane must buy a religious icon and then any...

Care for the Cannes program?

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Thierry Fremaux unveiled the Cannes Festival Official Selection in Paris on Thursday.21 competition titles are lined up including a very strong presence of  American films (5) and such longtime festival friends returning to cannes: Joel and Ethan Coen's, Quentin Tarantino's, Gus van Sant, Emir Kusturica, Wong Kar Wai.... Opening film:WONG Kar Wai MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS 1h51Fatih AKIN AUF DER ANDEREN SEITE 2h02Catherine BREILLAT UNE VIEILLE MAÎTRESSE 1h50Joel & Ethan COEN NO COUNT...

Coen brothers, Quentin, Emir, Gus, Wong Kar Wai, Moore... return for Cannes 60th

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Thierry Fremaux unveiled the Cannes Festival Official Selection in Paris on Thursday.21 competition titles are lined up including a very strong presence of American films (5) and such longtime festival friends returning to cannes: Joel and Ethan Coen's, Quentin Tarantino's, Gus van Sant, Emir Kusturica, Wong Kar Wai....The Coen brothers, Tarantino and Van Sant are all previous Palme d'Or winners, Emir won two awards from his past presentations. Good to see a german film in the lineup.Surprised ...

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