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Tilda Swinton at Black Pearl Awards, ADFF 2011 -photo by Vanessa McMahon ADFF PRESS ANNOUNCES WINNER OF THE BLACK PEARL AWARDS FOR ADFF 2011 ADFF Announces 2011 Black Pearl Awards for Feature Films Jim Poe On Friday night, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival announced the winners of the 2011 Black Pearl Awards for feature-length films. Chicken with Plums, the acclaimed romantic fantasia set in pre-revolutionary Iran from French artists and filmmakers Marjane Satrapi and Vince...

Black Pearl Awards at Abu Dhabi Film Festival 2011

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Tilda Swinton at Black Pearl Awards, ADFF 2011 -photo by Vanessa McMahon ADFF PRESS ANNOUNCES WINNER OF THE BLACK PEARL AWARDS FOR ADFF 2011 ADFF Announces 2011 Black Pearl Awards for Feature FilmsJim Poe 21.10.2011 - On Friday night, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival announced the winners of the 2011 Black Pearl Awards for feature-length films. Chicken with Plums, the acclaimed romantic fantasia set in pre-revolutionary Iran from French artists and filmmakers Marjane Satrapi a...

Palm Springs International ShortFest lines up 331

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It’s not always about length... enjoy some quality shorts this summer! The 2011 Palm Springs International ShortFest, Short Film Festival & Film Market announced today its roster of 331 films, selected from more than 3,000 worldwide entries. Now in its 17th year, ShortFest will showcase 64 World Premieres, 58 North American Premieres and 25 U.S. Premieres. The selection of films for screening and competition features star-studded casts and award-winning films from 50 countries around the wo...

London Film Festival program launch

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The programme for the 54th BFI London Film Festival, launched today by Artistic Director Sandra Hebron, showcases an array of highly anticipated films by both established and emerging talent from around the world. A particularly strong feature this year is the selection of British films including the previously announced Opening and Closing Night Galas. Over 16 days the festival will screen a total of 197 features and 112 shorts, including 11 World, 23 International and 33 European premieres, ma...

The Anti-Blockbuster: European Films On American Screens

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Film New York Editor Summer is the traditional time at movie multiplexes for blockbuster films from the Hollywood studios that tend to focus more on explosions and special effects than effective storylines. While there is no denying the box office clout of such films as TRANSFORMERS, TERMINATOR SALVATION and WOLVERINE, there are some less deafening art films that are also being released on American screens. Call it counter-programming, a strategy of offering a breather ...

Aging Hollywood divas hit Berlinale red carpet

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It was "Michelle Ma Belle" on the Berlin front pages this morning announcing the arrival on day six of still fairly pretty, 49 year old Hollywood star, Michelle Pfeiffer, here to rep her competition film "Chéri" in which she plays an aging coutrtesan (French euphemism for "high class hooker") in hopeless love with a much younger debauché -- French for "degenerate profligate", of masculin gender. The classy period piece set in "Belle Epoche" France (the period from the turn of the century to W...

Competition of Berlinale is now Complete with 26 films

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Twenty six films will be presented in the Competition programme of the 59th Berlin International Film Festival, 18 of which will compete for the Golden and Silver Bears in the Berlinale Palast. The official programme will be complemented by the Berlinale Special. Of the 18 films in competition, 14 are world premieres, and there are 17 world premieres in the complete Competition programme. Eighteen countries are represented.To this year’s Berlinale Special 15 films have been invited, 10 of whi...

Ischia Global Film & Music Fest wraps

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Directors John Landis, Lina Wertmuller, double-Oscar winner Paul Haggis and Christian De Sica, and the extraordinary actress Naomi Watts ("21 Grams" and the film "King Kong") were among the featured cinema leaders at the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest, produced by Pascal Vicedomini and held at the Regina Isabella on the island of Ischia July 11-16. Wertmuller, Landis and Haggis were honored by the Ischia International Academy of Art (President Giancarlo Carriero). They joined at the Kimbo Cine...

Palm Springs announces festival winners

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The 17th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival came to a successful close on Sunday, January 15, 2006. The Festival, which ran from January 5-16, 2006, screened 232 films from 71 countries, including 84 premieres and 49 of the 54 foreign entries for this year’s Academy Awards. Palm Springs’ increasingly popular Festival continues to expand its diverse programming of quality independent and foreign films, setting the stage for this year’s film festival circuit.“We were overwhe...

BIFA British Independent Awardsnominees announced

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8th Annual BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS (BIFA)A trio of films dominate the 2005 British Independent Film Award (BIFA) nominations announced today, Tuesday 25 October.The BIFAs, now regarded as the kick-off of to the awards season which culminates in the BAFTA and Academy Awards in Spring 2006, will be presented on Wednesday 30 November at Hammersmith Palais. Stephen Frears' Mrs Henderson Presents, debut director Laurence Dunmore's The Libertine, and Brazilian director Fernando Mereilles' The ...

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