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Honouring Japan at the 41ST FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINÉMA

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HONOURING JAPAN AT THE 41ST FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINÉMA   Pop trade and culture of the avant-garde. This year, the Festival du nouveau cinéma is honouring Japan. Operation seduction, post Fukushima and other disasters, far from the media stereotypes of a culture and a country that have always fascinated the West. It is the ideal opportunity for public and journalists alike to reflect on a film industry that is among the most important, dynamic and influential in the worl...

Hong Kong producer Nansun Shi to head APSA 2011 International Jury

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BANGKOK ~ Nansun Shi, one of the region’s most highly regarded film producers, was announced today as President of the 2011 International Jury of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). Ms Shi will be joined on the Jury by Cameron Bailey, Co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival, Japanese director and actress Kaori Momoi, Israeli director Samuel Maoz, and the Executive Chairman of the China Film Producers Association, Ming Zhenjiang. During a career spanning th...

Nansun Shi announced as President of the 2011 International Jury of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards

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  HONG KONG PRODUCER NANSUN SHI TO HEAD 2011 APSA INTERNATIONAL JURY   Nansun Shi, APSA International Jury President 2011. Photo courtesy of Teo Keng Beng. Nansun Shi, one of the region's most highly regarded film producers, was announced today as President of the 2011 International Jury of the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA). Ms Shi will be joined on the Jury by Cameron Bailey, Co-director...

Istanbul Film Festival opens tomorrow celebrates 30 year anniversary

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BANGKOK ~ The 30th Istanbul Film Festival will take place during April 2-17. With approximately 150, 000 participants last year Istanbul Film Festival is again the biggest cinema event of Turkey and once again offers rich content. Some 230 films in 21 sections will be shown in the festival. A  wide-ranging programme composed of special retrospectives exclusive to the 30th year includes new films premiered in January at Sundance and in February at Berlin, Golden Tulip International and Na...

Cannes Palme d'or winners since 1939

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1939 Union Pacific by Cecil B. DeMille United States 1946 Torment (Hets) by Alf Sjöberg Sweden The Lost Weekend by Billy Wilder United States The Red Meadows (De røde enge) by Bodil Ipsen and Lau Lauritzen Jr. Denmark Brief Encounter by David Lean United Kingdom Portrait of Maria (María Candelaria (Xochimilco) by Emilio Fernández Mexico Neecha Nagar (नीचा नगर) by Chetan Anand India The Turning Point (Великий перелом, Velikiy p...

THE PROLIFIC CAREER OF NAGISA OSHIMA

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 The past few years has seen a steady revival of interest in classic Japanese cinema of the 1950s and 1960s, with a stream of retrospectives and the issues of DVD packages devoted to the works of such films masters as Yasujiro Ozu, Kenzi Mizoguchi and Shohei Imamura. The latest Japanese director to get the revival treatment is Nagisa Oshima, widely considered a major force in world cinema for his provocative films of the 1960s and 1970s. A national tour of Oshima’s work has opened at the Bro...

Japanese Classics And Contemporary Titles At Montreal

Sunday, August 31-------The Montreal World Film Festival is saluting the fine work done by the Kawakita Memorial Film Institute, a Japanese organization that promotes both classic and contemporary Japanese films, by showcasing three classic Japanese films here. The Film Institute was founded by Madame Kashiko Kawakita to promote Japanese cinema abroad. The Institute's mission in the past 35 years has been to collect and protect films and other items of film heritage and to make them available to...

PREVIEW OF THE 56TH SAN SEBASTIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Director Mario Monicelli and Japanese film noir will play the lead in two of the Festival retrospectives. The work of Italian maestro Mario Monicelli and the specific treatment dedicated to film noir by Japanese cinema throughout its history will play the leading part in this year’s edition of San Sebastian Festival, to take place from 18-27 September. CLASSIC RETROSPECTIVE: MARIO MONICELLIComedy was one of the most important genres in the Italian cinema of the 1950s and 60s. Outstanding among...

Kaori Momoi sera l'Invitée d’honneur et la présidente des festivités de Kinotayo

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Invitée d’honneur et présidente des festivités la talentueuse et originale Kaori Momoi, qu’on a pu voir récemment dans Mémoires d’une geisha (2005) de Rob Marshall et Le Soleil (2005) d’Alexandre Sokourov. Mais elle est aussi l’actrice de grands réalisateurs du cinéma japonais passé et présent avec parmi eux : Akira Kurosawa, Shohei Imamura, Takashi Miike,Shunji Iwai,… Pour Kinotayo, elle présentera cette année son premier film en tant que réalisatrice de Facesof a fig t...

In Memoriam: Film Greats Take Their Last Curtain Calls

Monday, January 1, 2007------While a lot of ink (or bytes) will be spent on the films and performers who will win accolades in the busy awards season to come (from the Golden Globes through the Independent Spirit Awards to the Oscar extravaganza), it seems appropriate, on this first day of the New Year, to take a moment to list the celebrated actors, directors, producers and other film professionals who took their final curtain calls in 2006. We remember them all, and how wonderful that their ...

Punto de Vista will show the Best Japanese documentary films

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Punto de Vista will show the Best Japanese documentary films of the last sixty yearsUnder the title The Cinema of a Thousand Years, this season unites a selection of Japanese non-fiction masterpieces in an attempt at reconstructing the country's little-known filmography by screening some of its fundamental components from 1939 to 2004. It is set to be the first retrospective of this subject at a Spanish film festival.The season mainly focuses on films produced since the World War, but does also ...

Emir Kusturica walks them up again

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In Competition with "Life is a Miracle" Emir Kusturica makes another come back to Jacob's land. Let us cross some fingers that he will get similar luck with his latest film after his previous palms.Life is a Miracle (Zivot Je Cudo) marks the return of Emir Kusturica in Cannes, one of the rare directors – along with Francis Ford Coppola, Bille August and Shohei Imamura – to have been bestowed two Palme d'Or awards: the first one in 1985 for When Father Was Away on Business and again 10 years ...

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