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  HELEN MIRREN RECEIVES EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA AWARD "A very meaningful honour," says the British actress (picture: Giles Keyte) The European Film Academy takes great pleasure in presenting Dame Helen Mirren with the honorary award EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA 2012 for her outstanding body of work. “It was discovering the immense diversity of European filmmaking that gave me an enduring love and respect for the art form,” stated Helen Mirr...

The Global Film Village: Last Station Opens Palm Springs Film Festival 2010 Interviews

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by Marla Lewin Left to Right: Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren Photo taken by Stephan Rabold, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics I am at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and got to spend opening night interviewing the creative team responsible for this year’s opening night film. I had already seen The Last Station back in November in Los Angeles for the Tribute to Christopher Plummer so this was a wonderful opportunity to meet with these talented people...

NEWSLETTER N° 447: January 6, 2010

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.............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 447: January 6, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites. Our newsletter reaches 77 000 film professionnals every week. COMING SOON THE NEXT FESTIVAL DAILIES ON FEST21.COM We follow 4 000 festivals for you. Stay tuned. _____________________________________________________ FESTIVAL...

Writer/Director Michael Hoffman discusses his latest film The Last Station

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Writer/director Michael Hoffman has made a diverse bunch of movies, from the quirky comedy Soapdish to the romantic comedy One Fine Day to his take on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Now he has tackled the final days of Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station, based on the novel by Jay Parini. It took Hoffman nearly two decades for the stars to align on the picture, which was originally to star Meryl Streep as Sofya Tolstoy and Anthony Hopkins as the Russian novelist during his final days w...

The Global Film Village: The Last Station opens and The Lightkeepers Closes PSIFF


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by Marla LewinThis January marks the 21st anniversary year of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). Today Festival Director Darryl Macdonald announced the program and said, "Our film line-up this year is a strong reflection of the current zeitgeist in world cinema. Sixty-seven first-time feature film directors will screen this year, representing a surge of new filmmaking talent on the world stage. In addition, we'll showcase a vintage crop of new works by established master...

The Global Film Village: 25TH FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

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by Marla LewinFilm Independent announced nominations this morning for the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards.  Nominees for Best Feature include (500) Days Of Summer, Amreeka, Precious, Sin Nombre and The Last Station.  Taraji P. Henson and Matt Dillon also announced finalists for the Acura Someone to Watch Award, the Truer Than Fiction Award, and the Piaget Producers Award. A Serious Man was selected for the Robert Altman Award, which is given to one film’s director, casting director and ...

NEWSLETTER N° 440: November 12, 2009

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.............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 440: November 12, 2009 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites. How to use FestivalExpress our new online submission suite for festivals and filmmakers. THE NEXT FESTIVAL DAILIES ON FEST21.COM AFI Fest, Fort Lauderdale, Cairo Fest, Festival d'Arra...

The Global Film Village: Christopher Plummer, Canadian born and one of the world’s great actors

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by Marla Lewin Christopher Plummer as Dr. Parnassus Photo taken by Liam Daniel, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics Christopher Plummer not only stars as a mystic who sells his soul to the devil in Terry GIlliam’s Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus,but he plays Leo Tolstoy in the Last Station by Michael Hoffman.  He has also just finished his memoirs called “In Spite of Himself”.   Scott Foundas from the LA weekly, had just read the book, and was prepared to ...

Christopher Plummer, Canadian born and one of the world’s great actors

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by Marla LewinChristopher Plummer as Dr. Parnassus Photo taken by Liam Daniel, Courtesy of Sony Pictures ClassicsChristopher Plummer not only stars as a mystic who sells his soul to the devil in Terry GIlliam’s Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus,but he plays Leo Tolstoy in the Last Station by Michael Hoffman. He has also just finished his memoirs called “In Spite of Himself”. Scott Foundas from the LA weekly, had just read the book, and was prepared to question the actor for the tribute. P...

Complete AFI Festival Lineup Announced

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AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi today announced the complete lineup of films for the 23rd edition of the Festival, including the Closing Night Gala, Centerpiece Screening, Tributes and Special Presentations.The complete program line-up for AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi is as follows:GALAS/TRIBUTESFANTASTIC MR. FOX (Opening Night Gala, North American Premiere) Cast: George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen ...

AFM Nov. 4-11 will screen 445 motion pictures...

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The 30th American Film Market (AFM) Nov. 4-11 will screen 445 motion pictures in 27 languages, including 73 world premieres and 311 market premieres, to 8,000-plus film buyers and industry professionals from more than 70 countries. Jonathan Wolf, AFM Managing Director and Executive Vice President of the Independent Film & Television Alliance, made the announcement today.Films making their world and/or market premieres include Get Low, starring Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Robert Duvall (K5 Inte...

Telluride Film Festival comes to a close

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Today marks the close of the 36th Telluride Film Festival, presented by the National Film Preserve. Twenty-four feature films played in the Festival’s main program, not including three Sneak Previews added throughout the four-day event. Telluride Film Festival’s celebration of art and film, set amongst the beauty of the Rockies, opened Friday, September 4 and closed today, September 7, 2009. The following unannounced Sneak Previews screened at the 36th Telluride Film Festival:UP IN THE AIR ...

Telluride in action (September 4-7, 2009)

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Telluride Film Festival (September 4-7, 2009), presented by the National Film Preserve is proud to announce its 2009 Festival program. Twenty-four new feature films will play in the Festival's main program; eleven revivals including six programmed by 2009 Festival Guest Director Alexander Payne; twenty-nine short films; and ten documentaries will screen in the Backlot program.  Celebrating works from over twenty-five countries, Telluride Film Festival opens Friday, September 4 and runs throug...

Telluride Film Festival preview

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Telluride Film Festival (September 4-7, 2009), presented by the National Film Preserve is proud to announce its 2009 Festival program. Twenty-four new feature films will play in the Festival’s main program; eleven revivals including six programmed by 2009 Festival Guest Director Alexander Payne; twenty-nine short films; and ten documentaries will screen in the Backlot program. Celebrating works from over twenty-five countries, Telluride Film Festival opens Friday, September 4 and runs through...

Bi coastal celebration of Queer cinema

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June is Gay Pride Month, and among the many celebrations are film festivals that showcase the new and provocative works of gay and lesbian film talents. Beginning this past weekend, two prominent film festivals dedicated to this niche opened nearly simultaneously in two of the most celebrated gay enclaves in the US: San Francisco, the California home of gay culture and queer politics, and Provincetown, the idyllic seaside resort on the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. With its premieres, filmmake...

Gus Van Sant's newest release Last Days opens PT festival

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GUS VAN SANT'S LAST DAYS OPENS PROVINCETOWN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 15The Provincetown International Film Festival, scheduled for June 15-19, enters into its seventh year with another stellar line-up of films and highlights. This year's program includes fifty-five new features (28 narratives and 27 documentaries), with 10 countries represented. Opening Selection is the East Coast premiere of director Gus Van Sant's newest release Last Days unveiled at Cannes (slated for theatrical rele...

Sundance announces its program mostly fresh & indie

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Sundance Institute presents the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, an exhibition of work that showcases the best of independent cinema. Each year the programming staff views thousands of submissions to select the most exciting and innovative works for the Festival.The Sundance Institute announced the lineup of films for the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. The films listed below make up the Independent Feature Film Competition, inaugural World Cinema Competition, Premieres, Park City at Midnight, American...
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