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Montreal unveils World Competition

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MONTREAL UNVEILS PROMISING WORLD COMPETITIONA new film by the team that brought us the stunning French documentary Microcosmos, Carlos Saura 's return to socially conscious cinema, and the latest from Aussie underrated actor Hugo Weaving are among the premieres that will highlight the competition of the Montreal World Film Festival.Away from the hype to which film festivals are increasingly succumbing, Montreal has developed a reputation for offering a platform to filmmakers whose work has not b...

Westcliffe Digital Film Fest for digital & independant

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NEXT WEEKEND - AUGUST 27-29 The Westcliffe Digital Film Festival – a Truly Guerilla Film Festival Featuring Truly Independent FilmsThe Westcliffe Digital Film Festival—a production of the Westcliffe Independent Film Association (WIFA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization—is a unique festival that showcases the newest filmmakers who self-finance their vision and create truly independent feature and short films on digital video. The festival will screen 17 DV films NEXT WEEKEND, Friday through...

LA Fest winners

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Ferenc Toth's Unknown Soldier, Joshua Marston's Maria Full of Grace, and Jonathan Caouette's Tarnation were among the winners Saturday night at the closing of the 10th annual Los Angeles Film Festival. Tarnation was created by director Cauoette on his Macintosh computer i - Movie program for a reported $293.00. Filmmakers Gus Van Sant and John Cameron Mitchell executive produced this charming biography. Tarnation, which centers on the troubled life of the director--who grew up gay with a schizo...

Tarantino: from Moscow, with love and kisses

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26th Moscow Festival opened June 18th with Kill Bill Volume2Worth a lively press conference.QUENTIN TARANTINO: “Thomas Edison invented the cine camera to shoot kisses and murders”The guests were in a good mood; they were smiling, joking and evidently inclined to let the cameramen do their job. Quentin, dressed in black, was sipping red wine while answering the questions.The Press conference was opened by its host, Pyotr Shepotinnik, who asked his first question: what did the American filmmak...

Uncovered the war on Iraq - political thunderbolt

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“A POLITICAL THUNDERBOLT”UNCOVERED: THE WAR ON IRAQScreeners available upon requestLOS ANGELES, CA – June 8, 2004 - Demand for the feature length documentaryUNCOVERED: THE WAR ON IRAQ has grown exponentially since its highly successful world premiere at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Worldwide distributor Cinema Libre International is fielding offers throughout Europe and Asia and the film has been requested by film festivals such as; Munich, London, Deauville, Venice, Stockholm and Locar...

The Corporation gets a warm welcome at Ecocinema

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The films screened at the 4th edition of Ecocinema International Environmental Film Festival in Rhodes (Greece) cover much more than the only preservation of nature we usually associate with ecology.One of the examples of this diversity is The Corporation by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbot from Canada, which deals with corporate responsibility. The multi-awarded documentary, already shown twice on television in Canada where it is the biggest-grossing domestic feature-length documentary ever, was ...

Cannes soft awards

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The Palme d'Or of this 57th edition of the Festival de Cannes was presented by Charlize Theron to Michael Moore for his film, Fahrenheit 9/11."I can't begin to express my appreciation and my gratitude to the jury, the Festival, to Gilles Jacob, Thierry Frémaux, Bob and Harvey at Miramax, to all of the crew who worked on the film. [...] I have a sneaking suspicion that what you have done here and the response from everyone at the festival, you will assure that the American people will see this f...

Cannes critics awards

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At the Cannes International Film Festival(France, May 12-23, 2004)The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI)awarded its prize to three films presented in different sections of the event.A. Prize for a film in the Official Selection (in and out of competition)"Fahrenheit 9/11" by  Michael Moore (USA, 2004)B. Prize for a film in "Un certain regard""Whisky" by Juan-Pablo Rebella and Pablo StollC. Prize for a film in the Parallel SectionsDirectors Fortnight, Critics Week)"Atash" (Thirs...

Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911 Wins Cannes Palme d'or

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As predicted, Michael Moore takes home the Palme d'or for 'Fahrenheit 911',"the temperature in which freedom burns", the first documentary film to win the highest award at Cannes since Jacques Costeau's 'Silent World' in 1956.Upon receiving the honor Moore exclaimed: "What have you done? I'm completely overwhelmed by this. Merci."The film is an unusual documentary with interviews, news clips and free lance journalism, that reports the news that doesn't get reported by major networks about the Bu...

Theron to present Palme d'or; other Cannes winners announced

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Tonite, the Palme d'or will be presented by actress Charlize Theron, who is here in Cannes for 'The Life and Times of Peter Sellers', by Stephen Hopkins. Theron plays Britt Eklund, the Swedish actress who was romantically involved with Sellers. Theron met Eklund for the first time on the Croisette and has been acclaimed for an excellent performance. Ashley Judd and Kevin Kline, the US actors of De-Lovely, the Festival's closing film will present the Grand prize. Cannes is not only about the Palm...

Michael Moore Tipped as Cannes Winner

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Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911 has been tipped as the Cannes Palme d'or Winner. The film which is a scrutinizing look at the Bush regime handling of events during 911 and the aftermath, has already won the FIPRESCI award for international journlaists. Moore who was in Cannes to present his film supposedly will add sections to the film after the premiere as events develop closer to election time for Bush....

Michael Moore Wins Palme d'or!

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As predicted, Michael Moore takes home the Palme d'or for 'Fahrenheit 911',"the temperature in which freedom burns", the first documentary film to win the highest award at Cannes since Jacques Costeau's 'Silent World' in 1956.Upon receiving the honor Moore exclaimed: "What have you done? I'm completely overwhelmed by this. Merci."The film is an unusual documentary with interviews, news clips and free lance journalism, that reports the news that doesn't get reported by major networks about the Bu...

On the Road to the Palmarès

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With two days away to the Palmarès, and two films left to screen, here is the official selection which has commanded the press attention for over a week - with comments by the directors. No one can ever predict what a jury with a chemistry of its own will decide. We have some ideas though from the day one press conference: Benoît Poelvoorde is going to take revenge on the films because he's never won an award (prompted by Bob Hope and Billy Crystal). Tilda Swinton and Quentin Tarantino will po...

Michael Moore Press conference

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Michael Moore was in Cannes to present Fahrenheit 9/11 and held a press conference with Variety at the American Pavillion...

Fahrenheit 9/11

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FAHRENHEIT 9/11 directed by Michael MOORETwo years after his Cannes 55th Anniversary Prix for Bowling For Columbine, Michael Moore is back on the Croisette with Fahrenheit 9/11, screening in competition. The documentary opens with the contested presidential election in the year 2000, and moves on to 9/11 exposing relations between the Bush and the Bin Laden families, how the American leaders have instilled an overriding climate of false fear, the witch hunt spirit of the Patriot Act, the armed f...

It's Politics!

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Politics is the theme of the day at Cannes May 17. Young Austrian Hans Weingartner --brings German film up to speed with 'The Edukators'. "Many young people yearn for radical political change, but there's a real lack of new suggestions," says Hans Weingartner. "We live in a society that's so individualistic that the idea of group action has become impossible, or nearly. 'The Edukators' tells a story of resistance – a story of poetic resistance." Sean Penn was on hand for 'The Assassination of ...

Official Selection

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2046 directed by WONG Kar-wai (CHINA)CLEAN directed by Olivier ASSAYAS (FRANCE) CONSEQUENCES OF LOVE directed by Paolo SORRENTINO (ITALY)EXILS directed by Tony GATLIF (FRANCE) FAHRENHEIT 911directed by Michael MOORE (USA) GHOST IN THE SHELL 2: INNOCENCE directed by OSHII Mamoru (JAPAN) LIFE IS A MIRACLE directed by Emir KUSTURICA(BOSNIA)LOOK AT ME directed by Agnès JAOUI (FRANCE) MONDOVINO directed by Jonathan NOSSITER (USA / ARGENTINA / ITALY/ FRANCE)NOBODY KNOWS directed by K...

San Sebastian will use an outdoor screen to seat 3000

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52nd SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEW17-25 September 2004The Festival made the official presentation of its 52nd year at its traditional meeting with friends from the press and the world of culture on Friday 7 May, during which it announced some of its proposals for the forthcoming month of September and revealed the posters representing the different sections.The official poster emerged in tribute to the centenary of a person whom, although principally connected to the world of painting, act...

Transilvania International Film Festival program

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Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) - Third edition Romanian Film Promotion is organizing between May 28th – June 6th 2004, in Cluj-Napoca, The Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF), the only film festival in Romania solely intended for feature-films.City of Cluj is the main cultural centre of Transilvania and is located within an area known for its past, as part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire and which has a great tourism potential. Cluj is an old town, has a long aca...

Full Frame docu fest awards

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The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival wrapped up its seventh year with record attendance resulting in sixteen sold-out screenings and events. The number of passes issued this year was 1520 compared to last year's 1000. Tickets also exceeded last year's totals. By Saturday evening, 12,495 tickets had been issued; at that point last year the festival had issued 11,670. As of Sunday's Award Barbecue, tickets issued climbed to 13,278 and, with the balance of Sunday's afternoon and evening scree...

Sundance Hollywood and Politics In Park City

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Sundance Hollywood and Politics In Park City 2004 is a Presidential Election year and the players are out across the country jocking for position.  With the major media eyes here in Park City for the Sundance Film Festival, many of the candidates are making the rounds.  Al Gore is one most visible, visiting shops along Main St, viewing films and meeting everyone form Hollywood elite or regular filmgoers.  Gores presence added a buzz throughout the ...

Marcel Ophuls honored at full Frame docu fest in april

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FULL FRAME DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL TO HONOR MARCEL OPHULS AT THIS YEARS FESTIVAL, APRIL 1 – 4, 2004 HBO’s film Elaine Stritch at Liberty, based on Elaine Stritch’s Tony Award-Winning One-Woman Broadway Show, to have its World Premiere; Stritch will join Ophuls, Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Harry Shearer and others as special guests Elaine Stritch at Liberty, HBO’s documentary film on Elaine Stritch’s one-woman Broadway show will open this year’s Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The...

Bush in 30 seconds ad contest by MOBY, Soros...

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Bush in 30 Seconds, is an ad contest that’s intended to bring new talent and new messages into the world of mainstream political advertising. The contest is aimed at selecting the ad that best explains what this President and his policies are really about -- in only 30 seconds. The Bush in 30 Seconds ad contest has been developed and run by a small team of people: Laura Dawn, David Fenton, Moby, Eli Pariser, Lee Solomon, and Jonathan Soros. They've come together because they believe that by ta...
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