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Focus from AFI on THREE BLIND MICE: An actor-driven comedy

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THREE BLIND MICE 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 1st @ ArcLight Hollywood 10 7:10 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5th @ Mann Chinese 6 Australia’s THREE BLIND MICE resurrects an old-fashioned, actor-centric style of film with both energy and honesty. “I wanted to write a story about people, not politics,” says director Matthew Newton, “a film that examines and celebrates just three of the millions of men and women around the world who get up in the morning and risk thei...

Chicago International Film Festival Awards

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The 44th Chicago International Film Festival is proud to announce the award winning films from this year's competition.INTERNATIONAL FILM COMPETITIONThe Gold Hugo – Best Film is awarded to:Hunger (UK/Ireland), directed by Steve McQueen, for its’ outstanding visual and dramatic strength, telling an uncompromisingly disturbing story of the courage to fight for one’s belief.The Silver Hugo – Grand Jury Prize is awarded to:Tokyo Sonata (Japan/Netherlands/Hong Kong), directed by Kiyoshi Kuros...

The nominees for the British Independent Film Awards.

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The nominations and jury members for the eleventh annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs) were announced today, Tuesday 28 October at Soho House in London. The nominations this year reflect the up and coming and internationally renowned on and off screen talent and also demonstrate a strong multicultural presence.Elliot Grove, founder of Raindance and the British Independent Film Awards says: "The nominations reveal an unparalleled number of new and young film talent across the various ca...

Cornwall Film Festival Workshops

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Professional Development Events at Cornwall Film Festival 2008Friday 7th – Sunday 9th NovemberPrincess Pavilion and National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall Workshops Grace Productions Documentary WorkshopFriday 7th November 11:00 – 12:30, Education Room, National Maritime Museum (NMM) Interactive workshop hosted by Ray Tostevin, Creative Director of Grace Productions Award winning producer Ray Tostevin goes behind the scenes of his latest project, Charlotte: A Royal at War, which will ...

Spotlight On Directors At New York Film Festival

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Lucretia Martel (THE HEADLESS WOMAN)Matteo Garone (GOMORRAH)Clint Eastwood (The Changeling)Mike Leigh (Happy Go Lucky)Oliver Assayas (Summer Hours)Ari Folman (WALTZ WITH BASHIR)Benicio del Toro and Steven Soderbergh (CHE)Kiyoshi Kurosawa (TOKYO SONATA) ...

A European Cinema Feast At New York Film Festival

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  HUNGER (Steve McQueen, UK) Friday, October 10---------As it enters its final weekend, The New York Film Festival, which celebrated its 46th anniversary, has again been an extraordinary showcase of the pulse of contemporary European cinema.  Over almost five decades, the Festival has introduced and cemented the reputations in the United States of such iconic filmmakers as Michaelangelo Antonioni, Jean Luc Godard, John Schlesinger, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Pedro Almodovar,...

Poor weather and Weekend Highlights At The New York Film Festival

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I definitely do subscribe to the shitty weather theory for festival success. In short, the more dismal the weather, the better the attendance. And whether it was planned or not, this weekend's soggy, rather depressing weather has made people make a beeline for the screenings of the New York Film Festival in its first weekend. An added incentive is undoubtedly the use of the Ziegfield Theater as the Festival's main screening venue. New York City's largest single screen is being used this year as ...

Masoud Amralla Al Ali jury member of Durban International Film Festival

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Masoud Amralla Al Ali, Artistic Director of the Dubai International Film Festival, has been selected as a jury member in the upcoming Durban International Film Festival. The Durban International Film Festival will be held from 23 July - 3 August at Durban in South Africa. Under the banner Love Film, Hate Xenophobia, the festival will showcase over 200 films from nearly 95 countries. Opening the festival is the African Premiere of Ralph Ziman’s Jerusalema, a gritty gangster thriller set ...

Launching International Film Guide Inspiration Award

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A new Filmmaker Award has been announced that will be given to emerging filmmakers at a series of upcoming film festival events. The International Film Guide Inspiration Award, presented by Wallflower Press (www.wallflowerpress.co.uk), the largest independent film book publisher in the UK, and the Criterion Collection (www.criterion.com), the leading distributor of classic world cinema, is a unique prize of film books, reference guides and film DVDs designed to provide emerging filmmakers at the...

Weekend Highlights At The New York Film Festival

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HUNGER (Steve McQueen, UK)  Sunday, September 28--------I definitely do subscribe to the shitty weather theory for festival success. In short, the more dismal the weather, the better the attendance. And whether it was planned or not, this weekend's soggy, rather depressing weather has made people make a beeline for the screenings of the New York Film Festival in its first weekend. An added incentive is undoubtedly the use of the Ziegfield Theater as the Festival's main screen...

Rio de Janeiro Film Festival is ready for 15 days of celebration

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FESTIVAL DO RIORio de Janeiro Film FestivalSeptember 25 to October 9, 2008 Commencing this Thursday, September 25, the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, embarks on a 15 day celebration of cinema with the start of Festival do Rio, the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.In presenting over 350 films selected from 60 countries at over 30 different venues across Rio, Festival do Rio digs deep into a rich catalogue of world premieres, Brazil and Latin premieres and tributes and retrospectives ...

Little Oscar Buzz At Toronto This Year

 Friday, September 12--------This year, Oscar didn't come to Toronto. Since the Academy Awards calendar was shortened in 2003, Toronto loomed large as the place to premiere Oscar contenders for the end-of-year awards season.In the past few years, films such as Atonement, No Country For Old Men and Last King of Scotland began their Oscar trajectories in Toronto.  Many of the Galas here, which have contained some past awards successes, have been poorly received (including The Burning Plain, T...

British Films Make A Mark In Toronto

Wednesday, September 10-----After a very quiet Cannes for the British film industry, there are 25 British films (a mix of shorts, documentaries and features) being presented in Toronto this week. The films range from the big-budget (Saul Dibb's The Duchess, starring Keira Knightley and Richard Eyre's tale of l'amour fou The Other Man, starring Liam Neeson, Laura Linney and Antonio Banderas) to the aggressively independent (including Slumdog Millionaire by Danny Boyle, Is There Anybody There? by ...

Toronto Film Festival Facts And Figures

Saturday, September 6-------The facts and figures of this year's  Toronto International Film Festival go something like this: 312 films from 64 countries, including 249 feature-length films, 76 per cent of which are world, international or North American premieres, and 61 of which are feature directorial debuts. Aside from close to 1500 international members of the press and the film industry, the Festival is also welcoming over 500 international stars and special guests on the red carpet. T...

Festival Update

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News from filmfestivals.comSarajevo Film Fest wrapped its 9 day long 14th editionOver 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 competition. Festival aims to support and promote cinema and authors in Southeast Europe and lately it attracts over 100,000 people. This year's festival welcome...

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 ...

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 competitio...

VIFF 2008 Preview

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The 27th annual Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) will be held from September 25 to October 10, 2008. VIFF is delighted to be able to bring to Vancouver many of the top prize-winners from the major world film festivals. Acclaimed earlier this year at Cannes were THREE MONKEYS (Turkey), for which Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Best Director award; IL DIVO, by Paolo Sorrentino, which won a Jury Prize; A CHRISTMAS TALE (France) by Arnaud Desplechin, which won a Special Prize; TULPAN (Russia/K...

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 ...

BERLIN JURY SHOOK BY DESERTIONS AS BIER AND BONNAIRE GO A.W.O.L - Part 2

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Gavras was here again in 2002 with the hard-hitting and under-rated  “Amen” which tells the story of papal collusion in the German mass murder of the Jews. The poster for that film, showing a cross and a Swastika intertwined, was even more controversial than the film itself. In short, Costa-Gavras is no stranger to this long-running festival.  An interesting sidelight on the this Grecian born director’s name: He was actually born in Greece in 1933 under the name of  Konstantinos Gavras,...

58TH BERLIN FESTIVAL OPENS WITH MICK, AND MARTY, AND PEN AND BEN ... - Part 2

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The big arrival yesterday, (Day 2) was Daniel Day-Lewis, here to plug his latest, the highly touted oil tycoon drama, “There Will Be Blood”. Today, Sunday, day number three, the conference hall was festooned with the appearance in the flesh of smouldering dark haired beauty, Penelope Cruz, the Spanish star being accompanied by hairless British actor Ben Kingsley, and Catalan femme director Isabel Coixet, representing the competition film “Elegy” in which Ben and Pen are the improbable fo...

Highlights of upcoming Durban International Film Fest

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Cinema in all its diversity will once again be celebrated at the 29th Durban International Film Festival which runs from 23 July to 3 August.Featuring more than 200 films from more than 95 countries, spread over more than 300 screenings at 26 venues across the city, the festival will bring together established masters of cinema and innovative new talents from around the world. Alongside the presentation of the some of the year’s finest films, the festival will run an extensive workshop and sem...

Ivan Passer will head Karlovy Vary Jury

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Writer and director Ivan Passer, one of the most respected representatives of the Czech new wave of the 1960s, will head up the International Grand Jury at the 43rd Karlovy Vary IFF. He cowrote and assistant directed Miloš Forman’s Loves of a Blonde and The Firemen’s Ball. Passer then debuted as a director with the short film A Boring Afternoon, following it up in 1965 with Intimate Lighting, one of the key Czech films of the era. After the Warsaw Pact invasion of 1968, Passer emigrated to ...

British Renaissance retrospective of the next Torino Film Festival

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Adding to two previously announced retrospectives the Torino Film Festival, which will be directed for the second consecutive year by Nanni Moretti, announced it will be featuring a third retrospective to be dedicated to the English cinema movement of the 1980s - the so-called “British Renaissance”. The two previously announced retrospectives are to be centred on two internationally acclaimed cinematic auteurs’ – Oscar® winner Roman Polanski and Jean-Pierre Melville, “the most America...

Sydney Film Festival raises its reward to $60,000

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There have been more red carpets than a Persian carpet showroom at the Sydney Film Festival this year. The festival ends its ‘red carpet marathon’ this evening with the Australian premiere of The Square, competing for a record $60,000 Sydney Film Prize with 11 other official competition films, each one graced with a red carpet gala for its opening night premiere. But Australia is no longer a classless society. The red carpet at Sydney Film Festival has two lanes – one for all the ticket-...

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