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Krakow’s film celebration underway!

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Today is the beginning of the 4th edition of Poland’s biggest independent film festival – OFF PLUS CAMERA. The program includes multiple meetings with the stars of cinema, workshops, discussion panels, new sections and contests.  Many movie personalities accepted our invitation: one of the most famous Hindu actors – Amitabh Bachchan, versatile Polish artist Lech Majewski, Australian director and screenwriter Peter Weir, Richard Jenkins, actor with an impressive filmography, as well as th...

Italian Cinema Bridges The Atlantic

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  PASSIONE (John Turturro, Italy) As the Venice International Film Festival enters its final weekend, the annual overlap between it and the Toronto International Film Festival, which opened this past Thursday, is most keenly felt. It is no secret that the two festivals are major rivals for world premieres and the attention of the world press. Venice's appeal is well, that's it is Venice...one of the world's most glamorous destinations. Toronto, a city that put the ugh in urban, is m...

47 European films receive EFP Film Sales Support for Toronto

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For the 6th year in a row, European Film Promotion (EFP) is assisting the marketing campaigns of European films through its Film Sales Support scheme (FSS) at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which runs September 9 - 19. Backed by the MEDIA Programme of the European Union, 25 different European sales agents and two production companies are benefitting from the financial help for the promotion of 47 films this year. With an annual programme of close on 120 European fil...

Venice FF Announces Competition Section

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   SOMEWHERE (Sofia Coppola) The world premieres are coming strong and fast for the Fall film season as the Venice Film Festival has announced a particularly stellar competition section. For North Americans not making the trip to the Lido, many of these films will receive their North American premieres at the Toronto Film Festival a week later in September (the two festivals actually overlap for a few days on the first weekend of September). Twenty-two films have been set to ...

Rome Fest Palmares New Cinema Network

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SIAE PRIZE FOR BEST ITALIAN PROJECT to:“RETURNING TO HAIFA” by Mohsen MellitiA human look into the suffering of exile on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The story of a Palestinian couple who, following the proclamation of the independent Jewish state of Israel in 1948, are forced to leave their home in the Palestinian town of Haifa. Tragically, during the confusion of the Israeli invasion the couple - Sayd and Safya - become separated from their five months old son, Khaldun.Mo...

The Toronto Torrent

 Tuesday, September 4---------The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North...

The Toronto Torrent

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The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North America" as the frenzy, fun and fero...

EFA 42 films competing for the European Film Awards

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42 films on the selection list for the European Film Awards 2007. In contrast to other years, none of the big film nations have more than three films on the list and with 26 countries represented, this year’s selection vividly illustrates the great diversity in European cinema.As you know, in the 20 countries with the most EFA members, these members have voted one national film directly into the selection list.To complete the list, a Selection Committee consisting of EFA Board members and invi...

A Showcase For European Cinema

Monday, February 5----While the Berlin Film Festival, which opens on Thursday evening, is certainly an international affair, it has traditionally been one of the important showcases for new European cinema. With a French film opening the prestigious Berlinale Competition section (LA VIE EN ROSE by Olivier Dahan) and top-flight French and UK films included this year (see earlier stories), the rest of Europe gets equal billing as the Festival presents mainly world premieres from some of Europe's ...

Rome 2006 Palmares

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The Popular Jury, made up of 50 members and presided over by Ettore Scola, has assigned the RomeFilmFest’s official awards to the following films: The award for Best Film goes to Izobrajaya Zhertvy / Playing the Victim by Kirill Serebrennikov. The RomeFilmFest – BNL Best Actress Award is for Ariane Ascaride in Le Voyage en Arménie / Armenia by Robert Guédiguian. The RomeFilmFest – Chamber of Commerce award for Best Actor Award goes to Giorgio Colangeli in L´ aria salata by Alessandro An...

Oscar European contenders for best foreign film

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– PortugalIn The Darkness of the Night by Canijo– SpainObaba by Armendáriz- ItalyPrivate by Saverio Costanzo – FinlandMother of Mine by Klaus - BelgiumL'Enfant by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne- HongrieFateless by Lajos– FranceJoyeux Noël by Christian Carion– PolandKomornik – Germany/AustriaHidden - Caché– NorwayKissed By Winter– SwedenZozo – DenmarkAdam’s Apples – SwitzerlandWinter without a fire ...

The Transilvania International Film Festival awards

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The Transilvania International Film Festival awarded it's winnersThe fourth edition of Transilvania International Film Festival (Cluj, 2005) awarded this year’s winners, at the Awards Gala which took place at Cluj National Theatre on the 4th of June 2005. TIFF Jury AwardsThe Transilvania Trophy (ex-aequo, 4000 euro) went to two films from the official Competition: the Russian movie 4 directed by Ilya Khrzanovski and Whisky (Uruguay, Argentina, Germany, Spain 2004), by Juan Pablo Rebello and Pa...

Private Fipresci winner at San Francisco

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FIPRESCI Prize: PRIVATE (Saverio Costanzo, Italy, 2004)Jury Statement – Marcelo Janot, Henry Sheehan and Zlatko Vidackovic We found that PRIVATE combined creative ingenuity and passion in ways that would be unusual for a seasoned director, never mind for someone making a debut feature. Saverio Costanzo has created a dramatic situation that could easily have lent itself to sloganeering: A self-confident and educated Palestinian family suddenly finds its house occupied by an Israeli army platoon...

San Francisco Festival Awards

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48TH SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS AT GOLDEN GATE AWARDS CEREMONY SKYY PRIZE – FIRST NARRATIVE FEATUREME AND YOU AND EVERYONE WE KNOW (USA), Miranda July, directorAWARDED $10,000 FIPRESCI PRIZEPRIVATE (Italy), Saverio Costanzo, director GOLDEN GATE AWARD – DOCUMENTARY FEATURECZECH DREAM (Czech Republic), Vít Klusák and Filip Remunda, directorsAWARDED $5,000 cash prize and Production Suite courtesy of Apple GOLDEN GATE AWARD – BAY AREA DOCUMENTARY FEAT...

San Francisco closed with 77 000 in attendance

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The 48th San Francisco International Film Festival concluded with a screening of the wickedly satirical Hollywood noir, THE DYING GAUL, directed by Craig Lucas and starring Patricia Clarkson, Campbell Scott and Peter Sarsgaard. For 15 days, thousands of filmgoers, filmmakers and film industry representatives attended screenings of 185 films from 48 countries in San Francisco, Berkeley and Palo Alto. Attendance, compared to the 47th Festival, rose 5% to 77,000.The SKYY Prize, established in 1997 ...

IndieLisboa 2005 winners

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Here is the winners list of this year's edition of IndieLisboa 2005.Best feature filmTHE FOREST FOR THE TREES, by Maren Ade (Germany)Special mention to an actorTONI SERVILLO, in LE CONSEGUENZE DELL'AMORE, by Paolo Sorrentino (Italy)Best Short FilmUNDRESSING MY MOTHER, by Ken Wardrop (United Kingdom)Special mention to a short featureEVERYTHING WAS LIFE, by Ellie Land (United Kingdom)Tóbis Prize for Best Portuguese Feature FilmADRIANA, by Margarida GilAIP/ FUJIFILM Prize for Best Cinematography i...

Europeans win big at Buenos Aires

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The 7th edition of the Buenos Aires Festival Intenacional De Cine Independiente (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema) ended this past weekend with the announcement of awards in various competition areas.European films had a remarkably strong showing, winning most of the major categories. The Festival hosted nearly 100 films from Europe, making up nearly a third of the overall program. In addition, European Film Promotion, the organization that represents the film promotion ...

Independent film Tango in Buenos Aires

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INDEPENDENT FILM TANGO IN BUENOS AIRESBuenos Aires---Establishing a reputation as the Sundance of South America, the Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema is now in full swing, with an ambitious program of international discoveries and thoughtful retrospectives. But this is not the Sundance of glamour, glitz and goody bags. The Festival is more like the Sundance of ten years ago....a more intimate, less glossy affair where the film faithful come to uncover new talents and abs...

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...

Toronto Discovery Line-Up Announced

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This year's Discovery line-up at the 29th Toronto International Film Festival® presents 28 features from 23 countries, all of which are either world, international, or North American premieres. This year's line-up includes the highly anticipated OFF BEAT, from Hendrik Hölzemann, Lori Silverbush and Michael Skolnik's ON THE OUTS, Pete Travis' OMAGH, and Xiao Jiang's ELECTRIC SHADOWS. Launched in 1996, Discovery presents films by gifted and innovative first or second feature filmmakers. Last yea...

Private wins the Golden Leopard

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INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONThe Official Jury of the 57th Locarno International Film Festival:Olivier Assayas, Director, FranceRené Burri, Photographer, SwitzerlandTilde Corsi, Producer, ItalyUdo Kier, Actor, GermanyDavid Robinson, Critic and film historian, UKSabiha Sumar, Director, PakistanYu Lik-wai, Director, ChinaThe jury has unanimously awarded the:GOLDEN LEOPARD, Grand Prize of the City and Region of Locarno (90,000 SF to beshared equally between the director and the producer) for the best ...

Locarno International Competition

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INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONA journey of exploration through countries, continents, epochs, states of mind,approaches to filmmaking, ideologies, conflicts, realities: the LocarnoInternational Competition will be taking festivalgoers on the whole trip. FromFrance to Vietnam, from Kazakhstan to Belgium, from South Africa to India,from the USA to Japan, the program was selected from hundreds of entries.We chose the titles which had most to say about the tumultuous upheaval ofthe world today – and th...

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