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First highlights of the 18th Oldenburg Film Festival announced

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Oldenburg Film Festival is proud to announce the first films of this year’s program. The great outsiders of Hollywood are joined by the most talked about talents of the independent scene    The festival offers German premieres of two true American cinema icons for the 2011 edition. John Carpenter makes a remarkable comeback with his latest horror-thriller “The Ward” and cult-director Monte Hellman will present his neo-noir thriller “Road to Nowhere”. Carpenter was a master of the...

Toronto Film Festival Takes Shape

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For most of the planet, the official end of summer does not come until the autumn equinox on September 21. However, for people in the film industry, the Fall season begins in only a few weeks, with the beginning of the autumn film festival cycle. Kicking off (startingly early this year) in Montreal on August 18 with the Montreal World Film Festival and then dashing across the pond to the Venice Film Festival, which begins on August 28, and then back across to the Toronto Film Festival, ...

12th Annual Golden Trailer Awards

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Nominations for the 12th ANNUAL GOLDEN TRAILER AWARDS ® were released this morning. Highlights include the Summer 2011 Blockbuster category dominated by trailers for three Stephen Spielberg productions—“Cowboys and Aliens,” “Super 8” and “Transformers:Dark of the Moon”—up against “Pirates of the Caribbean 4”; the reels for the hits “Black Swan” vying for Best Thriller, “Hangover Part II” and “Bad Teacher” for Best Comedy, or “The Tillman Story” for Best Doc...

Cannes 2011: Palme d'Or race begins to come into focus

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  Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin. Courtesy of IMDb. It's never too early to begin handicapping the Palme d'Or race.  The film-festival world's most prestigious prize captures the attention of attendees in Cannes the way the New Hampshire primary mesmerizes political pundits -- it's hashed out and obsessed over for every possible shade of meaning -- and provides a film festival with a certain level of suspense. With the competition now one-third underwa...

Stars descend on French Riviera for Cannes film festival's opening

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The Croisette boulevard on May 10, 2011 in Cannes, on the eve of the opening ceremony of the 64th International Cannes Film Festival AFP/Fred Dufour by Robert MacPherson The 64th edition of the Cannes film festival gets underway on Wednesday with up-and-coming directors and Hollywood A-listers rubbing shoulders at the world's biggest cinema gathering. Woody Allen's latest romantic comedy "Midnight in Paris" opens the 11-day event on the French R...

Célébration des 20 ans du programme MEDIA de la Commission européenne

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L'EUROPE CELEBRE LES 20 ANS DU PROGRAMME MEDIA  LUNDI 16 MAI 2011 - 64e FESTIVAL DE CANNES Parce qu'il présente chaque année des films prestigieux, témoins de la créativité du cinéma mondial et notamment des cinéastes européens, la Commission européenne s'est toujours attachée à célébrer son amour pour le cinéma à l'occasion du plus prestigieux des festivals.    C'est donc tout naturellement au cœur du 64e festival d...

Cannes Film Festival Announces Its Competition Lineup

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  At a press conference held in Paris yesterday, the Cannes Film Festival unveiled the powerhouse lineup for its 64th edition to be held May 11 to 21 in the French Riviera resort town. The list of films playing in the Main Competition section is by a mix of established veterans and strong newcomers. Among the major auteurs represented are such established arthouse names as Pedro Almodovar, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Bruno Dumont, Terrence Malick and Lars Von Trier.   America...

New Directors/New Films: 40 Years of Discovery

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  New Directors/New Films, the program of film discoveries co-presented by New York's  Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, has been a strong launching pad for debut directors over the past four decades. In its 40 years, the event has introduced such leading international cinema auteurs as Chantal Akerman, Pedro Almodóvar, Guillermo Del Toro, Agnieszka Holland, Wong Kar Wai, George Miller and Christopher Nolan, as well as such important American film talen...

La Mirada Film Festival highlights

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  LA MIRADA FILM FESTIVAL 2011 CO-PROGRAMMED BY PEDRO ALMODÓVAR, GUEST CURATORS ANG LEE, ANTONIO BANDERAS, KEN LOACH AND GUILLERMO DEL TORO THURSDAY 14 APRIL to TUESDAY 26 April 2011 acmi (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) Federation Square, Melbourne Bookings: www.lamirada.org.au or  www.acmi.net.au/ticketing.htm, by phone 03 8663 2583 and at the ACMI Ticket Desk   The fabulous La Mirada Film Festival returns to the Australian C...

Off Plus Camera will host the FIPRESCI award!

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Off Plus Camera Film Festival is constantly expanding its horizons and working hard on many novelties. This 4th year of the festival, The International Federation of Film Critics will award its prestigious accolade - FIPRESCI.  The International Federation of Film Critics ( Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique) is an association of professional film critics from all over the world. The Federation took shape in Paris on June 6th 1930. The main aim of the association is to...

Submissions Open: IV Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival 2011, Saint Petersburg Russia.

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Russia’s only lesbian and gay film festival Side by Side is preparing for the fourth annual October festival in Saint Petersburg.  The third Side by Side LGBT Film Festival, which ran from the 15 – 23 October, 2011, was a complete success being held for the very first time freely and openly at various mainstream venues across the city. Events throughout the week were highly attended and on most occasions demand exceeded the availability of seating there being standing room only. In the regi...

Spanish Cinema Conquers New York

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  Returning for its 18th edition, the popular series Spanish Cinema Now is currently being presented at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, one of New York's film treasures. First presented in 1992, the series has followed the renaissance of Spanish filmmaking over the past two decades. Inspired by the international successes of such filmmakers as Pedro Almodovar, the Spanish industry is producing a record number of films which are finding favor on theatrical screens and at film festiv...

Film music city Ghent will present a unique concert in Tallinn

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Film music city Ghent will present a unique concert in Tallinn on 2 December On 2 December 2010 the Ghent Film Festival will present in cooperation with the city of Ghent, the province of East Flanders, the Flemish Community and Fluxys a concert in Tallinn featuring film music by Gabriel Yared, Shigeru Umebayashi and Arvo Pärt. The concert will take place on the eve of the European Film Awards in the Estonian capital, which is also the European Capital of Culture 2011 and a twin town of Ghent. ...

III International Side by Side Film Festival Starts!

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Russia’s only Lesbian and Gay film festival Side by Side kicked off at 19.30 on 15 October 2010 at cinema multiplex Varshavsky Express in St. Petersburg.The packed house and festive atmosphere in the cinema hall was both a joy and a surprise for the participants and organizers of Russia’s first and only LGBT film festival. As Manny de Guerre, festival founder, noted for the first time in three years since the founding of the festival this was the most the most celebratory-like opening of the...

Side by Side LGBT Film Festival coming soon

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Side by Side LGBT Film Festival, Russia gains backing of Pedro Almodovar, Gus Van Sant and Ken Loach. Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival which will be held from 15 – 23 October, 2010 in Saint Petersburg, Russia has garnered the support of key figures from world cinema including Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, American director Gus Van Sant and British filmmaker Ken Loach. Underlining the festivals significance Ken Loach noted its importance in its contribution to the fight again...

Polanski's "The Ghost Writer" Fipresci Best Film of the Year

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Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer is Best Film of the Year, according to the members of the International Federation of Film Critics – FIPRESCI who voted for the Grand Prix 2010. The 296 film critics from throughout the world that took part in the poll expressed their preference among the feature-length films premièred during the previous year (after July 1, 2009), according this distinct sign of critical acclaim to The Ghost Writer. Leading actress Olivia Williams will receive the FIPRESCI ...

Vote online for the European Film Academy People’s Choice Award

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The People's Choice Award allows film fans across Europe to elect their favourite film and win a trip to the European Film Awards Ceremony. Every year, when the European Film Academy invites its members, Europe's greatest film stars, directors, producers, cinematographers, screenwriters, designers, nominees and winners, to attend the European Film Awards, the People's Choice Award sheds a spotlight on the people films are made for - the audience. Winners in the past have included films ...

European Film Academy Opens Vote for People’s Choice Award

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The People’s Choice Award allows film fans across Europe to elect their favourite film and win a trip to the European Film Awards Ceremony. Every year, when the European Film Academy invites its members, Europe’s greatest film stars, directors, producers, cinematographers, screenwriters, designers, nominees and winners, to attend the European Film Awards, the People’s Choice Award sheds a spotlight on the people films are made for - the audience.Winners in the past have included films like...

Biutiful, An Essay On Privacy - Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

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                                         Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is in unknown territory this year. The director presented his in-competition film, Biutiful, Monday at the Cannes Film Festival (Grand Theatre Lumiere 8:30 AM, 3:00 PM, 7:00 PM). This is Inarritu's first film without his usual screen writer, Guillermo...

The 15th annual Vilnius international film festival "Kino pavasaris" will help you rediscover film

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Spring has sprung and Kino pavasaris" (or Cinema spring) is fast approaching. This year the motto of the Festival is "Reborn at the Cinema" and from March 18 to April 2 you are all invited to rediscover the magical world of film.                             2010 marks the 15th anniversary of the Festival an...

And the winner is CELDA 211 !!!!!

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Last night in Madrid we attended the Goya 2010 Gala where Celda 211 the prison drama film directed by Daniel Monzón became the greatest winner with 8 awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress. (see the winners list below)The night´s fight was against, Alejandro Amenábar´s Agora who ended up with 7 Goyas but most of them in technical categories. No big surprises with the winners but there were a couple. One is that Oscar winner and nominee Pen...

Polanski In Switzerland, his Film In Berlin

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In what has to be one of the most bizarre red carpet scenarios in many a moon, the Berlinale is bracing for the buzz storm surrounding the world premiere of THE GHOST WRITER, the latest film from director Roman Polanski. And while the stars of the film, Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan will officiously walk the red carpet at the Berlinale Palast this evening, the film's celebrated director remains under house arrest in his ski villa in Switzerland. Of course, this is not the first time that a fi...

Polanski In Switzerland, His Film In Berlin

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  In what has to be one of the most bizarre red carpet scenarios in many a moon, the Berlinale is bracing for the buzz storm surrounding the world premiere of THE GHOST WRITER, the latest film from director Roman Polanski. And while the stars of the film, Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan will officiously walk the red carpet at the Berlinale Palast this evening, the film's celebrated director remains under house arrest in his ski villa in Switzerland. Of course, this is not t...

The nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2010

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The official nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2010                           BEST FILM AVATAR - James Cameron, Jon Landau AN EDUCATION - Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey THE HURT LOCKER - Nominees TBC PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE - Lee D...

Play it again

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For the 60th anniversary of the Berlin International Film Festival, the Retrospective takes a look back at the long history of the festival with a programme curated by David Thomson. Retrospective section head Rainer Rother explains why the respected film critic was his favourite candidate for the job, what fascinated him about Thomson's selection of films and how cinema has become freer and richer over the years. Janus Dissing Rathke in Niels Arden Oplev's Drømmen: this year's...
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