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At the Seville European Film Festival the European Film Academy and EFA Productions announced the nominations for the 21st European Film Awards. The 1,800 EFA Members will now vote for the winners which will be presented during the Awards Ceremony on 6 December in Copenhagen. Nominated are: EUROPEAN FILM 2008IL DIVO, Italywritten and directed by Paolo Sorrentinoproduced by Indigofilm, Lucky Red, Parco Film, Babe Films, StudioCanal,Arte France CinémaENTRE LES MURS (The Class), Francedirected by ...

New York Film Festival 2008 notes Sept. 26 – Oct. 12

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Like other festivals, the Lincoln Center Film Society’s 46th New York Film Festival experienced a steady increase in films submitted amounting to about 1500 productions this year, far below the 8500 which the Sundance program coordinator Zakheim is quoted as having received for the 2008 edition, even less than the 1600 productions send now to the four year old Dubai festival. Yet the importance of the NYFF and of the 2008 main selection of 28 titles is not measured by competitive numbers, rat...

London Festival Enjoys audience and industry records

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The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival rounded off its most successful year to date with the European premiere of Danny Boyle’s SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE. This year’s Festival hosted 191 feature films and 109 short films from 43 countries including a record 15 world premieres. There were 398 screenings and 537 visiting international filmmakers, a record 1096 industry professionals, and the highest ever audience attendance. High-profile international filmmakers and actors attended their film’s s...

Stockholm Fest full line up

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The program for the 19th Stockholm International Film Festival is revealed. On-line ticket sales begin today. The Stockholm film festival is devoted to promoting up-and-coming debutantes, but also presents a world-class selection of established directors. The festival boasts over 170 films from 40 countries."This year´s program keeps up the momentum. Out of the 175 films at the festival a third are made by first time directors. This is where the exciting directors are introduced," says Festival...

Vancouver International Film Festival hands out 11 awards

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The 27th annual Vancouver International Film Festival concluded its 16-day run today with the closing gala screening of Laurent Cantet's film THE CLASS (Entre les murs) in the Visa Screening Room at the Empire Granville 7 Cinemas. The Closing Gala was presented by Desjardins Financial Security.The winners of five juried awards and five audience awards were announced prior to the screening; a sixth juried award was announced previously. More award details and the attendance tally will be released...

Montreal's Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

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Montreal's Festival du Nouveau Cinéma presents its 37th annual event October 8 to 19. With nearly 250 films in every conceivable format, several North American and world premieres, and one of the most enjoyable festival experiences anywhere, the FNC is more accessible than ever. Films from some sixty countries including shorts and feature-length films, documentary and fiction, animation, retrospectives, tributes, exhibits, industry meetings and special events 11 full days to satisfy the most di...

Helsinki International Film Festival introduced a competition

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The 21. Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy launched a competition after operating for 20 years as a non-competitive festival. The Finnkino Prize is a nation-wide distribution contract, given to one of the ten nominees. The winner of the first Finnkino Prize is the Jordanian film Captain Abu Raed (dir. Aman Matalqa).The audience competition for the Finnkino Prize is arranged in co-operation with Finnkino, the biggest distribution company in Finland. The audience voted for their...

French Films Highlight New York Film Festival

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The Class (Entres Les Murs)   Friday, September 26-----The New York Film Festival, one of the oldest and most prestigious showcases of international cinema in the US, opens this evening with the US Premiere of the Cannes Palme d'Or winner, The Class by director Laurent Cantet. The film, a neo-realistic look at the crumbling standards of the French educational system, is one of several French films and co-productions that are highlighted at...

French Films Highlight New York Film Festival

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Friday, September 26--------The New York Film Festival, one of the oldest and most prestigious showcases of international cinema in the US, opens this evening with the US Premiere of the Cannes Palme d'Or winner, The Class by director Laurent Cantet. The film, a neo-realistic look at the crumbling standards of the French educational system, is one of several French films and co-productions that are highlighted at the two-week long event. France is represented in the festival’s...

NEWSLETTER N° 367: jUNE 4, 2008

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DAILIES ON FEST21.COM CANNES : THE FULL COVERAGE BOSTON: VIDEO COVERAGE Day by day from Boston International film Festival ___________________________________________________________________________________ AWARDS THE AWARDS WATCH ON FEST21.COM Oscar and more Eldorad...

NEWSLETTER N° 366: May 28, 2008

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Filmfestivals.com and CFC Media Lab, Telefilm Canada in partnership with The Hollywood Reporter, Moving Pictures, Film & Festivals Magazine and Cineuropa.org are proud to present another installment of our Future of Cinema Salon Series at the Cannes Film Festival. This year 3rd installation of the Salon includes included - The Blockbuster Pane...

New York Film Festival will open with Cannes winner: The Class-

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The 46th New York Film Festival (NYFF) will be held at the Walter Reade Theater, Friday, September 26 - Sunday, October 12, 2008. The festival presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, annually showcases the best in American and International cinema. This year's Opening Night, Centerpiece, and Closing Night Premiere films are THE CLASS (Entre les murs), directed by Laurent Cantet, The Ziegfeld Theater/Avery Fisher Hall, Friday, September 26; CHANGELING, directed by Clint Eastwood, The Zi...

Arnaud Desplechin wil open French Cinema Now in SF

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The San Francisco Film Society, in association with the French-American Cultural Society, the French Consulate of San Francisco and Unifrance USA, presents French Cinema Now (October 8 - 12, Landmark's Clay Theatre, 2261 Fillmore at Clay), an inaugural festival dedicated to celebrating the best in contemporary French cinema. The latest expansion in the Film Society's year-round programming, this new addition to the fall schedule focuses on bringing the most significant new work from one of the w...

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...

European Film Awards - The Selection has 44 titles

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 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2008in alphabetical order (please note that articles (a, the/le, la/el, il, etc) are ignored)3 DIAS (Before the Fall), Spaindirected by Francisco Javier Gutierrezwritten by Juan Velarde & F. Javier Gutierrezproduced by Maestranza Films, Green Moon Prod., PentagramaSynopsis: What would you do if the world was going to end in 72 hours? What would your neighbours, your family, the whole world do? The Secretary General of the Council of Nations has announced that a giganti...

Hot from Europe nominees for EFA

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The selection list for the European Film Awards 2008 has been announced and includes 44 titles. Once again, with 27 countries represented this year, the selection vividly illustrates the great diversity in European cinema.In the 20 countries with the most EFA members, these members have voted one national film directly into the selection list (marked with a *). To complete the list, a Selection Committee consisting of EFA Board Members and invited experts Gunnar Bergdahl (Sweden), Stefan Kitanov...

Fisco's French Cinema Now to close with The Class (cannes winner)

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The San Francisco Film Society, in association with the French-American Cultural Society, the French Consulate of San Francisco and Unifrance USA, presents French Cinema Now (October 8 - 12, Landmark's Clay Theatre), a five-day festival dedicated to celebrating the best in contemporary French cinema. This new addition to the Film Society's fall programming debuts in style with Arnaud Desplechin in attendance to introduce his latest on October 8, and Laurent Cantet's Cannes Palme d'Or winner clos...

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...

46th New York Film Festival Opens Friday, September 26, 2008

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By Maria Esteves - August 14, 2008  The  46th New York Film Festival (NYFF) will be held at the Walter Reade Theater, Friday, September 26 - Sunday, October 12, 2008. The festival presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, annually showcases the best in American and International cinema. This year's Opening Night, Centerpiece, and Closing Night Premiere films are THE CLASS (Entre les murs), directed by Laurent Cantet, The Ziegfeld Theater/Avery Fisher Hall, Friday, September 26; CHA...

Athens Film Fest will feature two competition sections

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14th ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALOpening Nights Conn-XSeptember 17 – 28, 2008The long, scorching summer stretches punishingly ahead. But waiting for the first cool breezes of September is sweeter when you can look forward to the good things to come. And, rest assured, they are coming - the 14th Athens International Film Festival – Opening Nights Conn-X is just around the corner! You know the dates and you know the venues: so meet us again from September 17 - 28 for the ultimate cinemat...

Cannes Palme d'Or Winner To Open New York Film Festival

 by Sandy Mandelberger, Film New York Editor Friday, July 18-------The winner of this year’s Cannes Film Festival’s most prestigious award, the Palme d’Or, will open the 46th edition of the New York Film Festival (NYFF), one of the most important film showcases in North America.The Class (Entres Les Murs), a gritty but very human story of the dysfunctional French education system, won the top prize at Cannes for its director Laurent Cantet. Three of Cantet's four features have played in ...

Cannes Winner "the class" by Laurent Cantet

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The film: The Class, the third French film to be presented in Competition for the Palme d’Or, marks director Laurent Cantet's first journey to Cannes. Cantet, director of such socially aware films as Human Resources and Time Out, pursues similar issues with his adaptation of the autobiographical novel by François Bégaudeau, a young French teacher in a tough junior high school. Determined to instruct without breaking his students' spirits, he refuses to coddle them, confronting them with thei...

And the Palme d'Or goes to Laurent Cantet

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And the Palme d'Or goes to Laurent Cantet (Entre les murs) At long last a French Palm much awaited for the past 21 years (last to receive 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 Grand Théâtre Lumière to award the Palme d’or to the best film among th...

La Palme d'Or 2008 pour Laurent CANTET

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  Palme d'Or : "Entre les murs" de Laurent CantetL'acteur Robert De Niro a décerné au réalisateur français Laurent CANTET la Palme d'Or de cette 61ème édition du Festival de Cannes pour Entre les murs.PrésentationRéalisé par : Laurent CANTET Pays : FRANCE Année : 2008 Durée : 128 minutes Prix : Palme d'Or, 2008Equipe techniqueLaurent CANTET - Réalisation Laurent CANTET - Scénario et dialogues Jean-Pierre LAFORCE - Son Agnès RAVEZ - Son François BEGAUDEAU - Scénario et ...

Winner of Cannes Competition: "The Class" by Laurent Cantet

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Laurent Cantet Entre les Murs - The classThe film:The Class, the third French film to be presented in Competition for the Palme d’Or, marks director Laurent Cantet's first journey to Cannes. Cantet, director of such socially aware films as Human Resources and Time Out, pursues similar issues with his adaptation of the autobiographical novel by François Bégaudeau, a young French teacher in a tough junior high school. Determined to instruct without breaking his students' spirits, he refuses to...

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