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Shortly, Denmark’s big film event, Copenhagen International Film Festival 2006, kicks off. On the evening of Sunday 3 September the festival programme will be launched with free drinks and programme paper in four Copenhagen cinemas showing four different films.When the fun begins for real on 21 September, the focus will be on ten films, namely those competing for The Golden Swan, the festival’s prestigious statuette. The Swan has become the emblem of the Copenhagen International Film Festiva...

Essential Cinema: The Rules of the Game

When the New York Film Festival's salute to 50 Years of Janus Films begins on September 30th with the screening of a pristine 35mm film print of the Jean Renoir classic THE RULES OF THE GAME, it will begin a month-long celebration of 30 cinematic gems that can only be described as "essential cinema". Renoir's film, set in a French country estate on the eve of World War II, not only is illustrative of its particular time and place, but serves as a kind of coda for the instability and restlessne...

The inaugural Fullerton Film Festival launches

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The inaugural Fullerton Film Festival will take place August 3 through 6 in the heart of downtown Fullerton with screenings and programs scheduled at the Plummer Auditorium, the Wilshire Auditorium and Fullerton College. Fullerton’s first film festival is presented by the Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation (FHTF) which is currently restoring the Fox Fullerton theatre to its original 1920s glory. “The Film Festival is all about summer fun, said Jon Wagner, FHTF execut...

Once in a lifetime Matt Dillon's soccer docu opens Ischia Global Fest

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“ONCE IN A LIFETIME,” A SOCCER DOCUMENTARY NARRATED BY MATT DILLON, OPENS ISCHIA GLOBAL FEST 2006 ON TUESDAY, JULY 11; FIRST OF 43 FILMS TO BE SCREENED, INCLUDING 12 PREVIEWSThe incredible history of the New York Cosmos soccer team, narrated by Matt Dillon in the documentary by Paul Crowder, will inaugurate the 4th Ischia Global Film & Music Fest on Tuesday, July 11. The Cosmos of three decades ago assembled an international array of all-stars such as Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Johan Cruyff,...

Durban cannes do

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Film is my life... That sums up how I feel about the movies.I don't care much for the big budget blockbuster American films and don't see many of them. I live for the small films with small budgets where you still see people and hear stories about people. They also have no car chases and big explosions which I don't see as art.I discovered the Durban International Film Festival in 2005 by accident when I read on the Internet that they will be premiering Paradise Now and the two main actors and d...

Cinematic Feast for next Durban Fest

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The 27th Durban International Film Festival - 14 to 25 June 2006 A selection of the best in current world cinema, most of which are premiere showings on the continent, will be on offer during the 27th Durban International Film Festival which takes place from 14 to 25 June. An extensive programme of over 300 screenings at 25 different venues across the Durban district will be augmented by free workshops and seminars to inspire young filmmakers and stimulate the film industry in KwaZulu-Natal. Wit...

Ghent gives Lifetime Achievement Award to Agnes Varda

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During the 33rd Flanders International Film Festival-Ghent French filmmaker Agnes Varda will receive the Joseph Plateau Lifetime Achievement Award. As a tribute to Varda, the festival is putting together a retrospective of her film work. In cooperation with S.M.A.K. (the Ghent museum of contemporary art), two of her recent video installations will be shown.Agnes Varda is the leading lady of the French Nouvelle Vague movement that thrilled the European film audience in the sixties. With films as ...

Glimpses from the Closing Night at SFIFF

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If you think the only San Francisco love fest took place during the summer of 1967, think again. No one was wearing flowers in their hair at the Castro Theatre on the May 4th Closing Night of the San Francisco International Film Festival, but a special feeling was certainly in the air. Graham Leggat, the executive director of the San Francisco Film Society (SFFS), took the stage to applause and hoots and whistles, stating, “G’d evening, guys. No festival from Alaska to Argentina has done so...

Sarasota comes into its own

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The 8th Sarasota Film Festival concluded this past weekend, with a flurry of parties, special events and an impressive roster of Hollywood names receiving career tributes. The Festival, which has been growing in reputation in the past few years, has really come into its own this year as a major destination for filmmakers and film buffs. Kudos to longtime Executive Director Jody Kielbasa, who has been able to attract high level sponsors, patrons and honorees to the event, and to Tom Hall, the Fes...

The Sarasota Film Festival Competition awards

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8th ANNUAL SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL March 31st – April 9th, 2006The Sarasota Film Festival Competition, Audience Awards and Filmmaker Honorees were announced at the annual black-tie Filmmakers’ Tribute Dinner hosted by the Longboat Key Club & Resort, the Official Resort of the Sarasota Film Festival, on Saturday evening, April 8th, 2006. The evening, which was introduced by Dinner Chair Mary Ann Robinson, Board President Neil McCurry, Festival Executive Director, Jody Kielbasa and Master of C...

Altman Joins Throng of Talented Honorees at Sarasota

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ROBERT ALTMAN And A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION To Be Saluted At the 8th Annual Sarasota Film Festival: March 31 – April 9, 2006Altman Joins Throng of Talented Honorees Including Werner Herzog, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Robert Towne, Paula Wagner Honorary Academy Award® recipient Robert Altman will be Saluted at the Sarasota Film Festival during the final weekend of the 8th annual event where his latest film, the Picturehouse release of Garrison Keillor’s A PRAIRIE HOME ...

The New York Asian Film Festival is back

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The New York Asian Film Festival is back. And it's five years old! Five years ago, the five of us in Subway Cinema had no film festival experience, no money, no connections - nothing but an intense love for Asian films and a large amount of stupidity that made us think we could put together a film festival focusing on the best contemporary Asian movies.Five years later we still have no money, we still have no connections, and we're still stupid. But somehow we've premiered movies from Suzuki Sei...

Sarandon and Robbins Masterclass at Mar del Plata

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Before leaving her hand prints in the Boulevard Marítimo´s path, the actress Susan Sarandon and her husband, the director Tim Robbins, answered the audience's most different interests and they talked with the actors present there. "Bush´s re-election was useful only for the comedy actors and the punk rockers", said the director.An Oscar in the bathroomThe master class was signed by the actress´ sense of humour and the not always proper audience participation, which packed Hermitage´s Versai...

Speed Interview with Dieter Kosslick, Busy Berlinale Chief

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Filmfestivals correspondant Claus Mueller sat down with Dieter Kosslick head of the Berlin festival for an open discussion on the festival changes. Claus Mueller What is the most important change compared to last year?Dieter Kosslick The most important change of course is that we finished out five year plan, including the change of the market, that is the move to the Martin Gropius Bau. That was a big move, and there is another little change, that we give the awards at the end of the festival on...

German shocker raises press and viewer hackles n Berlin

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On the eve of Valentine's day -- the day traditionally dedicated to pure and innocent love -- a new German film dedicated to the unadulterated portrayal of violent, sadistic, psychotic, serial rape, and to the proposition that such rapists are incurably deranged, sent shock waves through an audience composed of around 1,000 press reps in the grand festival hall, and evoked a bedlam of boos and catcalls. The title of the film (in competition this year) is "Die Freie Wille" (Free Will) and the dir...

Austin's South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Fest line up

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The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival is honored to announce the full lineup of features scheduled to be a part of the 2006 event in Austin, Texas, March 10-18. Among the highlights are Paul Weitz’s American Dreamz, starring Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid and Mandy Moore, concluding the festival, on March 18. The festival will open on March 10, with the North American Premiere of A Prairie Home Companion, directed by Robert Altman. The festival’s “Spotlight Premieres” section will inclu...

SXSW Announces Premieres, 'Prairie Home' to be Opening Night Film

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The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference & Festival is happy to announce a preliminary list of premieres in the 2006 edition, scheduled for March 10-18 in Austin, Texas. This includes the North American Premiere of 'A Prairie Home Companion,' directed by Robert Altman from a screenplay by Garrison Keillor, as the festival's Opening Night Film."I can't think of a more perfect Opening Night Film than 'A Prairie Home Companion,'" says SXSW Film Festival Producer Matt Dentler. "Not only ...

Garbo's celebration at Scandinavian House in NY

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GRETA GARBO'S 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED WITH EXHIBITION & FILMS at Scandinavia House in New YorkExhibition: GARBO'S GARBOSOn view September 17 - November 12, 2005The exhibition Garbo's Garbos offers a glimpse into the public and private world of the most enigmatic of movie stars and the epitome of Hollywood glamour and style, Greta Garbo. Presented at Scandinavia House in conjunction with the films series Forever Garbo, the exhibition celebrates the centennial of the actress' birth on September...

Locarno Fest closes with awards and Nashville

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NASHVILLE CLOSES FEST AS AWARDS ARE ANNOUNCEDThe 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 concluded 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 in question being the symbol of this fabulous Alpine re...

Meet Emily Watson and Peter Medak (from Dubrovnik)

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Press conference with Emily Watson and Peter Medak on Dubrovnik International Film Festival 2005 Q&A with Emily Watson and Peter Medak“-Tell us your impressions of Dubrovnik”Emily Watson: “ Its completely stunning. Blows your mind away. It’s absolutely beautiful. We should make films here, its perfect. And the fact you have managed to do not have cars. It’s amazing, it’s really beautiful. ”“-About Dubrovnik impressions?”Peter Medak: “Just magical, absolutely! We just walked a...

Troia Film festival sets an ambitious slate

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TROIA FILM FESTIVAL SETS AN AMBITIOUS SLATEThe 21st edition of the Troia International Film Festival (Festroia), Portugal’s oldest and most adventurous film event devoted to international and independent cinema, kicked off on May 28 with a wide-ranging program, with particular nods to European and American Independent films.The Festival is based in the picturesque coastal town of Setúbal, about 90 minutes south of Lisbon. Troia is actually the name of the expansive beaches in the vicinity, an...

Little Kings closes Turks & Caicos Fest

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Selected for the festival’s Closing Night film is LITTLE KINGS, an edgy comedy from first-time director Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno of Newark, New Jersey. The movie concerns three brothers who can’t seem to make heads or tails of their women, or how to make them happy.“If Woody Allen were Italian-American and from the Garden State, he could have written this film,” says Williams. “It blends the humor and tragedy of real life in a way that’s reminiscent of Allen or Robert Altman. Keep a...

Imagine Festival kicks off: see it before you vote

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Just in Time for Election Day, Historic Grassroots TourTo Bring Acclaimed Documentaries To American CitiesBuilding on the extraordinary success of its massive citywide festival during the Republican National Convention, The Imagine Festival of Arts, Issues & Ideas today launched the Films To See Before You Vote Tour, which will bring a series of acclaimed, issue-oriented films to communities in key battleground states prior to Election Day.In an entirely new twist on traditional film distributio...

Vermont International Film Festival ready to splash

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The 15th Vermont International Film Festival will open October 13 - 18, 2004, to be held in downtown Burlington. The Vermont International Film Festival celebrates the independent spirit of films by providing a forum for stories dealing with issues of global concern. This year the Festival will present more than 70 films from around the world that will compete for the best film in three categories - War and Peace, Justice and Human Rights, and the Environment. Vermont filmmakers will be also...

Virginia Film Festival has a theme: Speed

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The 17th annual Virginia Film Festival is a four-day whirlwind program of screenings, performances, panels, and parties. Based at the University of Virginia and set to run from October 28-31, 2004, the Virginia Film Festival infuses the campus and community at large with its thematic presentations and special events. This year’s theme of SPEED will explore our accelerated culture of fast foods and quick cuts, as well as the history of racing and chasing in the movies. A remarkable lineup of gu...
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