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San Sebastian 54th Official Selection presentation

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OFFICIAL PRESENTATION OF THE 54TH SAN SEBASTIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALThis year’s Festival will pay homage to the career of fabulous creator Ernst Lubitsch, dedicating its thematic retrospective to emigration, a harsh reality of our time repeatedly appearing in other epochs and always energetically reflected by the cinema.At its presentation on 12th May, the Festival unveiled its 54th official poster in addition to the posters representing the different sections. A meeting with friends fr...

Boston Indie Film Festival 2006: Gritty, Noirish, and Fun

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The Boston Indie Film Festival 2006: Gritty, Noirish, and FunBy Julian PetersonThe 4th annual Independent Film Festival shuttered April 23 after six days of films, galas, and workshops. The Festival grows steadily each year as evidenced by the round the block lines at the Somerville Theater and an array of corporate sponsors. But the festival is refreshingly free of the corporate definition of "independent", which in other festivals have threatened a truly independent agenda. The hard work and...

Istanbul International Film Festival 25th anniversary wrap

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The 25th Istanbul International Film Festival celebrated its Silver Anniversary by hosting a bevy of French Stars (Jeanne Moreau, Gerard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve) and presenting a marathon review of world and, especially, Turkish cinema during the two and a half week run from April 1 to April 17. The fest opened on a slightly sour note when French superstar Alain Delon, invited to receive a life time award on opening night, pulled a No-Show for "very personal reasons". Actress Isabelle ...

Savannah Film Festival opens with Lumet homage

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The eighth annual Savannah Film Festival, hosted by the Savannah College of Art and Design Oct. 29-Nov. 5, presents films by studio, independent and student filmmakers as well as industry-led workshops and special guests from all aspects of the film industry. Venues for the festival include Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St., and Lucas Theatre, 32 Abercorn St., Red Gallery, 201 E. Broughton St., as well as a variety of other venues throughout the city.The festival kicks off with an opening n...

Sin City extended version at the inaugural Fantastic Fest

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The inaugural Fantastic Fest (Oct. 6-9, 2005) will present sneak previews of Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller’s SIN CITY: RECUT & EXTENDED; John Gulager’s Project Greenlight horror film FEAST as a work-in-progress; and Werner Herzog’s science-fiction fantasy THE WILD BLUE YONDER (Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, 2005 Venice Film Festival).SIN CITY: RECUT & EXTENDED expands the hit film into a trilogy of stand-alone stories, featuring new footage and extended scenes. (Fantastic Fest will be the firs...

Cinema Under the Stars screens classics at Montreal

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Classic films outdooor screenings at Montreal Festival from August 26 to September 5, 2005, showing at the Esplanade of the Place des Arts on Ste-Catherine Street.Thousands of film lovers and festival-goers each year enjoy watching films projected nightly on the giant outdoor screen. These films, box office hits, classics of the seventh art and films that have graced the Festival's screens in the past, are shown beginning at 8:30 p.m.For the duration of the Festival, every day at 2, 4 and 6 p.m....

Harry Kümel presides the12th Oldenburg Filmfestival

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Belgian director Harry Kümel will be president of the jury of the 12th Oldenburg International Filmfestival (September 7th to 11th 2005)For the second time four German independent-productions will be judged by an international jury. The five industry insiders will give the “German Independence Award – Best German Film” to the best nominee.Belgian HARRY KÜMEL is the president of this year’s jury. His first feature “Monsieur Hawarden” paid homage to Josef von Sternberg and brought hi...

Locarno video competition and more

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Video CompetitionThe Iranian entry “President Mir Qanbar” by Mohammed Shirvari is a most unusual documentary about a 74 year old man from a village in the Turkish speaking Azerbaijan region who mounts his own private campaign to run for president of Iran. He travels from village to village on a bicycle addressing whoever will listen with a portable megaphone and is accompanied by a deformed cripple riding a donkey cart. Being a poor villager himself he contends to be sensitive to the probl...

The Magnificent Welles at Locarno

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58th LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL FEATURES MOST COMPLETE ORSON WELLES RETRO EVER --by Alex Deleon The 58th installment of the Locarno film festival at the Tippety-top of glorious Lago Maggiore in the Italian Speaking part of Switzerland (Ticino) got underway on Wednesday, August 3rd and will go on until August 13. Some 300 films of all kinds will be projected at numerous venues all over town, but the main event is the slate of 18 features in competition for the spotted leopard awards, the jungle cat ...

Winners of the 2005 Tiburon Golden Reel Award

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Best Film: Nothing (photo) by: Stefan Sarazin (Germany)Best Director: David Grieco for Evilenko (Italy) Best Screenplay: Mike Bencivenga & Richard Levine for: Happy Hour (US)Best Cinematography: Jefferey Seckendorf for: Finding Home (US)Best Short: Shift by: Peter Keller (Germany)Best Documentary: The Forest for the Trees (US)Best Experimental Film: Notes from the Space Time Continuim (Canada)Best New Talent: Nicholas Robbins for Anathema (US)Best Animation: The Man Without a Head by: Juan Sola...

Tiburon ready to kick

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4th Annual Tiburon International Film Festival March 10-18, 2005Tiburon (California): At its 4th edition, the Tiburon International Film Festival will screen 270 films from over 60 countries, including four tributes: One to great Orson Welles (Citizen Kane) with F For Fake (Saturday, March 12, 2005 @ 07:30 PM) and a special program with his longtime cameraman, Gary Graver, who will show never seen film clips with lots of anecdotes (Saturday, March 12, 2005 at 2:40 pm). Second, to S...

Jonathan Nossiter for Mondovino showing in London Fest

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Across three continents, "MONDOVINO" weaves together the family succession sagas of billionaire Napa Valley power brokers, the rivalry of two aristocratic Florentine dynasties and the efforts of three generations of a Burgundian family fighting to preserve their few acres of land. But are all these struggles secondary to the exploits of a gleefully mischievious pirate from Bordeaux who spreads the gospel of modernity from Italy to New York to Argentina?Wine has been a symbol of Western civiliza...

Online critics awards: 6 to Lord of the Rings

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THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING wins BEST FILM in the 4th ANNUAL CINEMARATI AWARDS along with 5 other awardsTwo awards each to Kill Bill, Lost in Translation, and Raising Victor VargasCINEMARATI, the renowned organization of professional online film critics from across the globe, today named THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING as the Best Film of 2003 in the fourth annual Cinemarati Awards. Winners in 23 additional categories, recognizing the best cinematic efforts of las...

Nobody needs to know

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At this year’s AFI International Film Festival, the so-called“somebodies” like Charlize Theron, Jon Favreau and Sir Ben Kingsleywalked the red carpet while the "nobodies" flanked them famelessly onboth sides. A good image to keep in mind when talking about filmdirector Azazel Jacobs and his recent feature, Nobody Needs toKnow, which screened at the festival as the only US entry in itsInternational Feature Competition. The low-budget film illustrates howour culture can make ordinary people ...

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