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English Film on Kino Otok Isola

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If we are talking about British film shown on Kino Otok Isola, then we are talking about minor English films definitely worth mentioning. That would be Archipelago by Joana Hogg and Two Years at Sea by young film director Ben Rivers. But first thing first! Joanna Hogg is a woman, a friend of great late British film director Derek Jarman and a filmmaker coming from the middle higher class in England, which is very obvious in her films. This is the second one. So this is how her seco...

Kenneth Branagh will Receive Honor at Sann Francisco Film Society Awards Night

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  Director Will Receive Honor at Film Society Awards Night at Warfield Theatre and Onstage Tribute at Castro Theatre San Francisco, CA -- The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Kenneth Branagh will be the recipient of the Founder's Directing Award at the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19 - May 3). The FDA will be presented to Branagh at Film Society Awards Night, Thursday, April 26 at the historic Warfield Theatre.   The Film Society and i...

With or without Me

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Director: Swann DUBUS / TRAN Phuong Thao.
Thi and Chung live in the gorgeous, rice-terraced mountains of Vietnam’s far northwest. Like many young men in this region on the main heroin route from Laos to China, they’re addicts, and they have HIV. Thi wants to kick his habit. Chung just wants to die. “With or Without Me ” is an intimate, tragicomic portrayal of two guys strung out at the edge of the map in a Communist country struggling with drug use, and of the wives, family, doctors and friends trying to pull them back from the brink.

54th San Francisco International Film Festival Will Present Founder's Directing Award to Oliver Stone

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Director Will Receive Honor at Film Society Awards Night at Bimbo’s 365 Club and Onstage Tribute at Sundance Kabuki CinemasThe San Francisco Film Society announced today that Oliver Stone will be the recipient of the Founder’s Directing Award at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21–May 5). The FDA will be presented to Stone at Film Society Awards Night, Thursday, April 28 at Bimbo’s 365 Club.The Film Society’s highly regarded Youth Education program wi...

Oliver Stone to receive Honor at San Francisco Film Society Awards Night

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  Director Will Receive Honor at Film Society Awards Night at Bimbo's 365 Club and Onstage Tribute at Sundance Kabuki Cinemas   San Francisco, CA -- The San Francisco Film Society announced today that Oliver Stone will be the recipient of the Founder's Directing Award at the 54th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 21 - May 5). The FDA will be presented to Stone at Film Society Awards Night, Thursday, April 28 at Bimbo's 365 Club.     ...

Bruno Ganz and John Sales’ visits confirmed for Mar del Plata

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25th Mar del Plata International Film Festival, that will take place from Saturday 13th to Sunday 21st November, confirmed the presence of Bruno Ganz and John Sayles, and the International Competition Jury.Bruno Ganz: angel and evil.An existentialist angel in Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders, 1978), or Adolf Hitler in his last hours in Downfall (Oliver Hirschbiegel, 2005): two roles that show the diversity of an actor of indelible image and which stayed in every movie-buff’s imagery. Two out of ma...

The Emotional, Sloppy, Manic World of the Safdie Brothers

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THE PLEASURE OF BEING ROBBED You've heard of the Warner brothers and the Baldwin brothers.....well, make way for the Safdie brothers, the directorial team of Benny and Josh Safdie, American indie's dynamic duo. The BAMcinématek located at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York has turned the asylum over to the inmates for the eclectic film series titled Emotional Sloppy Manic Cinema: Films Directed and Selected by Benny and Josh Safdie. The series, a collection of 19...

Francis Ford Coppola to be awarded at home at San Francisco

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Francis Ford Coppola will receive the Founder's Directing Award at the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23 - May 7). The Founder's Award will be presented to Coppola at Film Society Awards Night, the organization's glamorous black-tie fundraiser, Thursday, April 30 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.The Film Society's acclaimed Youth Education Program will be the beneficiary of the benefit gala honoring Coppola; Robert Redford, recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award for acting; ...

UK Director Mike Leigh To Be Honored In San Francisco

 Wednesday, March 19------Acclaimed UK director Mike Leigh will be honored with inaugural Founder's Directing Award at the 51st San Francisco International Film Festival (24 April-8 May). The Founder's Award will be presented to Leigh at the Film Society Awards Night, the annual benefit gala, on Thursday, 1 May at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.The Founder's Directing Award is presented each year to one of the masters of world cinema and is given in memory of Irving M. Levin, who founded the San ...

Directing Award at the San Francisco Fest for Mike Leigh

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The San Francisco Film Society announces that Mike Leigh will be presented with the inaugural Founder's Directing Award at the 51st San Francisco International Film Festival (April 24-May 8). The Founder's Award will be presented to Leigh at Film Society Awards Night, the annual benefit gala, on Thursday, May 1 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.The Founder's Directing Award is presented each year to one of the masters of world cinema and is given in memory of Irving M. Levin, who founded the San F...

Its a small world (Asian Cinema) It's Day 3 at AFI

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IT'S A SMALL WORLD (Asian Cinema)BY JUSTINA WALFORD from AFI dailies As a second generation Japanese-American, I spent much of my youth sitting next to my mother and pretending I could understand her Japanese soap operas and melodramatic samurai serials. What my mother and I laugh about to this day is how I "get" Japanese film and TV more than she does. I will guffaw at SMAP's sketch comedy when I don't understand a word and I will cry over an emotional monologue in a tearjerker Tokyo ...

Rialto Cinema Classics At MoMA

Monday, July 23-------You may think you know the film that many major film critics chose as the best of last year. But in reality, with little fanfare or certainly Oscar buzz, the film that garnered the most uniform praise from top film scribes was a French thriller, shot in 1959 and set in occupied France during World War II by a director who has been six feet under for more than three decades. That film, ARMY OF SHADOWS, directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, was an astonishingly gritty and involvi...

San Sebastian homage to Philippe Garrel

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The 55th San Sebastian International Film Festival, to take place from 20-29 September, will present a retrospective of work by the French director, Philippe Garrel. One of the most independent figures on the French movie scene, direct descendent of the nouvelle vague, but also of Robert Bresson and Jean Eustache, Philippe Garrel has woven a career started in 1964 ranging from isolationist cinema to portraying important fragments of recent history, while reflecting on couples, drugs and the maki...

Independent Film Festival of Barcelona L'Alternativa

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11th Independent Film Festival of BarcelonaL’Alternativa 200412th - 20th November 2004The Independent Film Festival of Barcelona, L’Alternativa, has reached its eleventh edition. It has continued to grow, mature and create a personality for itself, whilst simultaneously making friends all over the world. The challenge now is to build on these strong roots amongst a loyal public (over 30,000 people came to L’Alternativa in 2002 and 2003), the professional sector and the international indepe...

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...

Speed is the Theme at Virgina Fest, get ready for it

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THE 17TH ANNUAL VIRGINIA FILM FESTIVAL PREVIEWS 2004 PROGRAMCultural Theme of “SPEED” Provides Adrenaline Rush for Film Enthusiasts October 28th –October 31st Festival Guests Include Directors Paul Schrader, Nicole Kassell, and David Gordon Green; Artist Sharon Lockhart, Musician Jim White and “Speed” LevitchFestival Director Richard Herskowitz released today the 17th annual Virginia Film Festival’s four-day whirlwind program of screenings, performances, panels, and parties. Based ...

Solid Line Up for Toronto fest

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Toronto festival (Sept. 9-18) has revealed its full line upGALA PRESENTATIONSWorld PremiereARSÈNE LUPIN (F)Jean-Paul Salomé, France / United Kingdom / Spain / Italy, 2004World PremiereBEING JULIA (F)István Szabó, Canada / United Kingdom / Hungary, 2004World PremiereBEYOND THE SEA (F)Kevin Spacey, United Kingdom / Germany, 2004North American PremiereCLEAN (F)Olivier Assayas, France / United Kingdom / Canada, 2004World PremiereDOWNFALL (F)Oliver Hirschbiegel, Germany, 2004World PremiereFIVE CH...

Alan Parker heads Moscow Jury

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Moscow festival jury members:MAIN COMPETITIONAlan PARKER — Chairman, director (United Kingdom) Jerzy STUHR — actor, director (Poland) Boris AKUNIN — author (Russia) Armen MEDVEDEV — film critic, film producer (Russia) Barbara SUKOWA — actress (Germany) Humbert BALSAN — film producer (France) COMPETITION PERSPECTIVESAlexei UCHITEL — Chairman, director, producer (Russia) Diana DUMBRAVA — actress (Romania) Stefan LAUDYN — festival director (Pola...

Milos Forman honored at SFIFF this April

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MILOS FORMAN TO BE RECIPIENT OF FILM SOCIETY DIRECTING AWARD AT 47th SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALDirector, Producer, Writer in San Francisco April 22Milos Forman will receive the Film Society Award for Lifetime Achievement in Directing at the 47th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 15–29). The Award will be presented to Forman by Danny DeVito on Thursday, April 22, 2004 at Film Society Awards Night at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco. The San Francisco Film Society wi...

BFI Sutherland trophy shortlists announced

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SUTHERLAND TROPHY SHORTLIST ANNOUNCEDA shortlist of three titles in competition for the British Film Institute (bfi) Sutherland Trophy was announced today (4 November), selected by a jury representing the film and entertainment worlds.The shortlist, chosen from twelve nominated titles, comprises No Rest for the Brave, a dreamlike coming-of-age odyssey from French director Alain Guiraudie; Osama, the first feature from post-Taliban Afghanistan directed by Siddiq Barmak; and Reconstruction, an exp...
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