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The Search For (Some, Any) News on Cannes......

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During my current experiment of trying to "do" Cannes while not actually being there (in others words, virtually if not physically), it is quite astonishing to me that so little actual coverage is available to the average American consumer. Yes, we did catch a glimpse of Tom Hanks on the red carpet, and read much speculation about the fate of THE DA VINCI CODE, but it seems that anything that is not part of the tyranny of celebrity gossip finds scant space in American newspapers or television s...

Did Cannes Kill The Code?

With the worldwide simultaneous release today of THE DA VINCI CODE across the globe, a question lingers in the air: Did Cannes kill The Code? Or more specificially, did the buildup and hype surrounding the Cannes opening create such a high expectation that the film will suffer from disappointed critics and viewers? While the mass hysteria over THE DA VINCI CODE has passed into memory in Cannes with all the subtlety of a hangover after too much champagne, the industry waits with bated breath th...

Doing the Cannes Cannes.....from 5000 Miles Away

For several personal reasons, I am not attending the Cannes Film Festival this year, a sojourn that I have taken more than 15 times in the last 20 years. So, here I sit nearly 5000 miles and six time zones away, remembering previous Croisette crawls and still feeling the rumblings of an event like no other in the film business. I remember the long, meandering walks along the famously crowded Croisette, the flop sweat of rushing from one meeting to another interview, the exasperation of negotia...

Miami International Film Festival Awards

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The 23rd edition of the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) reached its climax last evening, with the awarding of the Knight Grand Jury Prizes and other honors at the Festival’s Gala Awards Ceremony, held at the historic Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation contributed $75,000 (of a total grant of $250,000) to create the Knight Grand Jury Prizes for this year’s Festival, which includes a cash award of $25,000 for winners in t...

it's a wrapin Miami....until next year's Festival

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Ten days of movie magic came to its inevitable end, as the 23rd edition of the Miami International Film Festival had its final day of screenings yesterday. But this landmark year ended on a high note, with a mix of superb films that saved the best for last.Several of Saturday night’s winners at the Miami International Film Festival Awards Ceremony had their final public screenings on Sunday, giving Miami audiences a last chance to see these Festival gems. ACCUSED, co-winner of the Knight Grand...

It's women directors' moment to shine in the Miami sunshine.........

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SPOTLIGHT ON WOMEN DIRECTORSThe Directors Guild of America reports that less than 10% of its membership are women. In the history of the Academy Awards, only three women have ever been nominated for Best Director (Lina Wertmuller, Jane Campion and Sofia Coppola). While women head major studios and are prolific producers, there still is a “glass ceiling” regarding women directors. But at the Miami International Film Festival....it's a woman's world, and male journalists like myself just have ...

Award winners announced in Miami

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AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN MIAMIThe 23rd edition of the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) reached its climax last evening, with the awarding of the Knight Grand Jury Prizes and other honors at the Festival’s Gala Awards Ceremony, held at the historic Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation contributed $75,000 (of a total grant of $250,000) to create the Knight Grand Jury Prizes for this year’s Festival, which includes a cash a...

Slamdance Award Winners

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The Slamdance Film Festival came to a close on Friday evening with the announcement of the Sparky Awards at the edgy nighclub Suede. Winners were announced in over 20 categories. Over $200,000 in prizes were awarded. Following the ceremony, revelers partied into the wee hours with celebrity DJ's Swamp, C-Minus and Tito Plenty ramping up the techno music.SLAMDANCE AWARD WINNERSGrand Jury Award for Best Narrative FeatureWE GO WAY BACK (Lynn Shelton)A sly and tender depiction of one young woman's j...

Kirby Dick on his latest film This Film Is Not Yet Rated

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Industry Editor Sandy Mandelberger sat down with veteran documentary filmmaker Kirby Dick, whose lastest film, THIS FILM IS NOT YET RATED, is one of the most talked about at the Festival. The film is an eye-opening investigation into the secret works of the Motion Picture Association of America, the official ratings board for films that are released in theaters. THIS FILM IS NOT RATED features spectacular (and sometimes spectacularly funny) interviews with such prestigious filmmakers as John Wat...

Miami International Festival announces Line Up

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The Miami International Film Festival, now in its 23rd edition, announced its official program, along with other announcements, at a packed news conference on the campus of the Festival’s patron, Miami Dade College.The Festival, which has grown in reputation as a major showcase for American independent and international films, with an accent on Spanish-language cinema, will open on March 3rd with the world premiere of HEARTLIFT (Lifting de Corazon), Argentine director Eliseo Subiela’s delici...

American Indies tango in Buenos Aires

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AMERICAN INDIES TANGO IN BUENOS AIRESBy Sandy Mandelberger, Special Events EditorThe 7th edition of the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema (BAFICI) is in full swing, and among the 300 plus films is a heady mix of American independent talents. Known as the Sundance of South America, the Festival is devoted to showcasing quirky, individualistic cinema from Europe, Asia, Latin America and, increasingly, the US.While the focus on indie cinema makes the Sundance reference an e...

New York love affair with Europe

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In a remarkably crowded end-of-year film season, New York film audiences are buzzing about the excitement being created by European films, which have been on abundant display in theaters across town. In short, New York loves European cinema.Of course, this is no new story. The films of pioneers Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Francois Truffaut and Luis Bunuel first took root with New York film critics and film buffs. The Festival’s major film festivals always feature a strong contingent of f...

Toronto final awards

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Although it does not have an official Competition or Jury as do fellow festivals in Venice, Cannes, Berlin or Sundance, winners at the Toronto International Film Festival are bellwethers of some of the important films that will come to cinemas and to other film events around the world.After presenting nearly 350 films from sixty countries over the past ten days, the 29th edition of the Festival wrapped yesterday with its annual Awards Brunch, held at the swanky Four Seasons Hotel. Wi...

A flood of European films in Toronto

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It may not be a record, but 120 European films in the Toronto Film Festival certainly represents the largest contingent of any one film community at this very international event. The films are included in every section of the Festival, from the highly commercial Gala Screenings to the obscure Midnight Madness offerings.The Festival is presenting the latest works from such acknowledged film masters as Jean Luc Godard (with Notre Musique, a poetic meditation on modern life and anxiety), Pedro Alm...

Toronto biz buzz 2

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DEALS, DEALS AND MORE DEALSAs the Toronto Film Festival enters its final weekend, distribution deals for the coveted North American market have been secured on a number of key film titles.Focus Features, the specialty distribution division of Universal Pictures, secured North American, Scandinavian and Australian rights for the UK film My Summer of Love, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. The film, which screened in Toronto in the Contemporary World Cinema section, tells the story of a summer encoun...

Toronto film buzz 1

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TORONTO BIZ BUZZ 1SONY PICTURES CLASSICS HAS A RECORD TORONTOThe first few days of the Toronto International Film Festival has seen a spurt of buying for US distributor Sony Pictures Classics. The company already has a record six films screening in Toronto, including Festival opener Being Julia (directed by Istvan Szabo), Pedro Almodovar’s Bad Education, Zhang Jimou’s House of Flying Daggers, John Duigan’s Head In The Clouds, and Al Pacino-starrer The Merchant of Venice, has announced som...

Canadian films shine on their home turff at TIFF

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With over 350 films being screened and over 2000 industry professionals in attendance, the Toronto International Film Festival is a crowded but important launching pad for the best new films from Canada’s prolific film industry.In the past, all Canadian films were relegated to the Perspective Canada section, which provided a strong promotional platform but also was criticized by many in the Canadian film industry as a kind of “film ghetto”. This year, the Festival has decided to “desegre...

The Syrian Bride top winner from Montreal Fest

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THE SYRIAN BRIDE IS TOP WINNER AT MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVALThe Syrian Bride, an Israeli-French-German co-production, was the big winner at the Montreal World Film Festival, which concludes today after a 12 day run of more than 300 feature films from around the world.The Syrian Bride was awarded the Grand Prix des Ameriques, the Festival’s highest honor, as well as receiving the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize, the Ecumenical Prize and the Air Canada People’s Choice Award.The film, di...

Monreal world fest: a citadel of film culture

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MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL : A CITADEL OF FILM CULTUREThe 28th edition of the Montreal World Film Festival is in full swing, with a heady mix of traditional arthouse films and innovative new voices giving this event its well-deserved reputation as the most European in style and substance of all of Canada’s film events.Perhaps it is its Francophone culture or its identity as a city of tradition (in direct contrast with the go-go atmosphere of its neighbor Toronto) but this Festival is definit...

Tribeca awards to The Green Hat

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TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2004The third edition of New York’s newest film cultural event, the Tribeca Film Festival, came to a star-studded finale this weekend as a host of celebrities honored the winners of top Festival awards at a gala ceremony and party in lower Manhattan. THE GREEN HAT, a film exploring its characters struggles to transcend traditional definitions of love in the new China, won two awards for Best Narrative Film and Best New Filmmaker for first-time Chinese director Liu Sen Dou...

Think Pink: Miami G&L Fest

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THINK PINK: THE MIAMI GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2004Miami, a city of vibrant pastel colors, was showing off its pink as it celebrated the 6th edition of the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (April 23-May 2). The event brought out Miami’s colorful and diverse gay community (and friends) to a showcase of films from the US and overseas, with a special caliente dash of the best of gay and lesbian Latin films.Programmed by Carol Coombes, formerly of the London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, ...

Florida Film Fest: lucky thirteen

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The Florida Film Festival, which celebrated its 13th anniversary at a Gala Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening, 13 March, has secured its position as one of the best run and most popular regional festivals in the US. With an eclectic mix of films, devoted audiences and a large turnout of filmmakers, the Festival is giving Sundance a run for its money as a showcase of American Independent Cinema.The Festival, which presented almost 150 films in the film boom town of Orlando, Florida and its envir...

Miami Film Fest:: Treasures in the Dark

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MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL: TREASURES IN THE DARK (WHILE THE SUN IS SHINING) "The sun is still shining", a visiting filmmaker groaned. "Will anyone come to sit in the dark and see my film?" The answer was a resounding YES, as the Miami Film Festival wrapped its most successful session in years this past weekend. Re-energized by the leadership of former Sundance topper Nicole Guillemet, the Festival clearly has tapped into a winning formula of international premieres, American independent films and an i...

Miami Film Fest:: Treasures in the Dark

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MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL: TREASURES IN THE DARK (WHILE THE SUN IS SHINING) "The sun is still shining", a visiting filmmaker groaned. "Will anyone come to sit in the dark and see my film?" The answer was a resounding YES, as the Miami Film Festival wrapped its most successful session in years this past weekend. Re-energized by the leadership of former Sundance topper Nicole Guillemet, the Festival clearly has tapped into a winning formula of international premieres, American independent films and an i...

Bahamas Fest opens with latest J. Sayles film

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JOHN SAYLES AND PALM PICTURES WILL RECEIVE VISION IN FILM AWARDS AT GALA CEREMONIESTHE BAHAMAS ONE WORLD FILM FESTIVAL, taking place from November 13 – 17 in Nassau/Paradise Island, The Bahamas, will host the Americas Premieres (first showing in the Caribbean, Central and South America) of 35 Feature Films and 20 shorts from a dozen countries at its inaugural event.The Festival opens on November 13 with CASA DE LOS BABYS by director John Sayles. Sayles will receive a Vision In Film Award for C...

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