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The first screening of the Venice International Film Festival took place 80 years agao

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  Eighty years ago, on the 6th of August 1932 at the Lido di Venezia, on the terrace of the Hotel Excelsior, the first international film festival in the world – conceived and organized by the Biennale di Venezia – was inaugurated. At 9:15 PM, on a screen set up outdoors for the occasion, under sporadic rain showers, it began with a showing of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde by Rouben Mamoulian. The screening was followed by a grand ball in the Excelsior ballroom. “Stemming di...

The Telluride Film Festival final line up

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Telluride Film Festival (September 2-5, 2011), presented by the National Film Preserve, announces its program for the 38th Telluride Film Festival. Featuring diverse programming from around the globe, TFF once again sets the stage for some of the year’s most highly anticipated films.   TFF opens its 38th year with over twenty-five new feature films plus special artist tributes, Guest Director programs selected by Caetano Veloso, Backlot programs, classics and restorations, shorts, studen...

Gary Lucas Plays "Sounds of the Surreal"--accompanying 3 classic silent surrealist films with his original solo guitar scores

Director: Fernand Leger, Rene Clair, and Ladislaw Starewicz.
"The Guitarist of 1000 Ideas" (NY Times) Gary Lucas accompanies three silent surrealist classics with his original solo guitar scores live. Films include Rene Clair's "Entr'acte" (1924), Fernand Leger's "Ballet Mecanique" (1924), and Ladislaw Starewicz's "The Cameraman's Revenge" (1912). More details at http://garylucas.com/www/surr

The Sacramento French Film Festival presents An Italian Straw Hat as a Cinema Concert

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  Coming up on January 29th & 30th at the Crest Theatre - The Sacramento French Film Festival presents a Cinema Concert featuring a silent comedy & live music performed by the Sacramento Philharmonic. The Sacramento French Film Festival presents a one-of-a-kind event: the North-American premiere of An Italian Straw Hat (Un Chapeau de paille d'Italie, 1928), one of the most famous and funny French silent film by acclaimed director René Clair, with new musical score. Music wi...

Oliver Assayas: Post-Punk Auteur

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  In CARLOS, the riveting and expansive 5 1/2-hour biopic of the charismatic 1970s terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, writer/director Olivier Assayas relies on a dizzying cinematic style that is also punctuated by the punk music that characterized the rebellion of the age in which he lived. Music and visuals are among the many pallettes that Assayas has used with great fidelity and skill throughout his diverse and diverting 25-year career. As an added panache to the theatrical release o...

Montreal FF Competition Jury

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  Billie August  Norwegian director Billie August (the winner of two Cannes Palme d'or prizes for the PELLE THE CONQUEROR in 1987 and THE BEST INTENTIONS in 1992) is the President of the Jury at this year's Montreal World Film Festival (running from August 26 to September 6). The famed director and his jury colleagues will determine the Grand Prix des Ameriques, the  Festival's most prestigious award, as well as winners for Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Be...

MAUD LINDER'S ARTISTIC QUEST FOR A FATHER SHE NEVER KNEW

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This film is shown in dual homage to the great Max Linder himself, and to the maker of the film, his daughter Maud Linder, this year’s Jean Mitry Award honoree. On 31 October 1925 Linder, not quite 42 years old, and his 20-year-old wife died in a Paris hotel, in an apparent suicide pact. They left behind their 16-month-old baby, who was taken away by her mother’s family, and raised in ignorance of her father’s identity. Not until she was about 20 did Maud Linder learn who her father was, a...

East European Forum Record number of applications

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Forum and Ex Oriente Film 3rd workshop - October 27 - 30, 2009 East European Forum - public pitching session - October 31 – Nov 1, 2009The Institute of Documentary Film will make this year's selection of East European Forum participants out of a record number of applications. Eighty-two projects from more than 20 countries are applying for participation. However, only the authors of eight to ten most promising projects will be chosen by the international committee and given an opportunity to p...

Cinema Francais At The Tribeca Film Festival

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New York City has had a love affair with French film for more than 75 years. From the silent film era to today’s Gallic gems, French films are consistently the highest audience attractions and the non-English cinema most represented in the Big Apple. The Tribeca Film Festival, which began its first day of screenings today, adds to this “Francophile” tendency with the premiere of several films a la francais. Five dramatic features dot the Festival’s various film strands. In the World Narr...

Cinema Francais At The Tribeca Film Festival

 Friday, April 25-----New York City has had a love affair with French film for more than 75 years. From the silent film era to today’s Gallic gems, French films are consistently the highest audience attractions and the non-English cinema most represented in the Big Apple. The Tribeca Film Festival, which began its first day of screenings today, adds to this “Francophile” tendency with the premiere of several films a la francais. Five dramatic features dot the Festival’s various film st...

Everything you need to know on next Tribeac

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In its third and final feature film announcement, the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express, today released the line-up for its Spotlight, Showcase and Restored/Rediscovered sections along with its Special Events for the seventh annual Festival. The Festival will take place April 23 – May 4, 2008 in Lower Manhattan. “Our Spotlight section presents a group of films already acquired for U.S. distribution but not yet released, including hotly-anticipated new titles by Jos...

CURTAIN UP for 2007 GIORNATE DE CINEMA MUTO, now in TEATRO VERDI, PORDENONE

LE GIORNATE DEL CINEMA MUTO XXVI EDIZIONE Pordenone, Teatro Verdi, 6-13 October 2007 RETROSPECTIVE on the other WEIMAR Cinema and RENÉ CLAIR,  GRIFFITH Project,  the icon LOUISE BROOKS,  GISH Sisters, STAREWITCH Animation and JOHN CANEMAKER mark the return of this prestigious international event to the Northern Italian city of PORDENONE. 

Times BFI London Film Festival Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Celebration

Excitement is building in London, one of the world's great film cities, as details are being revealed for the upcoming Times BFI London Film Festival, which celebrates its milestone 50th anniversary this year. While the Festival doesn't have its official launch until October 18th, the celebrations have already begun this summer, with an ambitious screening of films from the Festival's first 50 years. The National Film Theater, the cinematheque treasure run by the British Film Institute, wh...

Excitement Building As London Film Festival Turns 50

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Thursday, August 10---Excitement is building in London, one of the world's great film cities, as details are being revealed for the upcoming Times BFI London Film Festival, which celebrates its milestone 50th anniversary this year. The celebrations have begun this summer, with an ambitious screening of films that were featured in the very first London Film Festival, back in 1957. The National Film Theater, the cinematheque treasure run by the British Film Institute, which also presents the a...
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