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A SEPARATION, from 2011 Berlinale to 2012 Oscars!

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  A SEPARATION (Iran, 2011) by director Asghar Farhadi Nominated for an Oscar for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’, A SEPARATION has been stunning audiences since its open at the 2011 Berlinale last February. Most recently, it screened at the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF 2012). Bank employee Nader (played by Peyman Moadi) wants to stay in Iran but his wife Simin (Leila Hatami) wants to leave. A traditionalist stuck in the past and unable to leave his be...

A SEPARATION at PSIFF (nominated for Best Foreign Film!)

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  A SEPARATION (Iran, 2011) by director Asghar Farhadi Nominated for an Oscar for ‘Best Foreign Language Film’, A SEPARATION has been stunning audiences since its open at the 2011 Berlinale last February. Most recently, it screened at the 23rd Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF 2012). Bank employee Nader (played by Peyman Moadi) wants to stay in Iran but his wife Simin (Leila Hatami) wants to leave. A traditionalist stuck in the past and unable to leave his be...

Ratings of films shown at the 42nd. International Film Festival of India, Goa, 23 November-03 December, 2011

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Here's my IFFI 2011 'star'-cast: Features Consul of Bordeaux: *** Bullhead: *** Palawan Fate: **1/2 Elena: *** Nader and Simin, A Separation: **** Oranges and Sunshine: *** Restoration: ***1/2 Mill and the Cross: ***1/2 Volcano: *** Mother's Paradise: **1/2 Abu, Son of Adam: ***1/2 (seen at MAMI's MFF) Dance Town: ***1/2 The Dry Valley: **1/2 Joanna: *** My Australia: *** National Alley: ***1/2 House of Tolerance: ***1/2 The First Grader: **1/2 Koko and the Ghost: *** The K...

FAFF 17, It’s A Shame ...

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          Author Film Festival FAF 2011 opened Israeli film director Eran Kolirin whose film Replacement hits the direct competition program of festival this year and is known as the award-winning author of film couple years back The Band's Visit. Author Film Festival FAF in Belgrade, Serbia, 30-5th of December began with the film Shame directed the British director and visual artist Steve McQueen. McQueen’s film Shame awarded at the b...

Award-winners at the 32nd Durban International Film Festival

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The 32nd edition of the Durban International Film Festival, with principal funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, last night announced its award-winners, prior to the closing film. Winner of the Best Feature Film award, Nader and Simin, A Separation (Iran), directed by Asghar Farhadi, was lauded by the International Jury as a “masterpiece” with “astonishing performances from the ensemble cast”. The Best Feature Film award carries a cash prize of R50 000. ...

Durban Fest: From Nigeria to Iran

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Durban, 26 July: Day 2 The miserable weather is busy getting the better of me as I spent most of the day in bed. As I am in Durban for the film festival at great expense, I dragged myself out of bed for the night's delights. I planned to see Dog Sweat at 22:00, but decided to rather skip that. The two films that were shown tonight are both in competition and both are good - one is exceptional, in fact. It's good to see young African directors at the festival and Andrew Dosunmu...

It's raining films in Durban

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25 July: Day 1 The Weather Girls sing about it's raining men. In Durban it's raining wonderful films and the weather is miserable too in what is normally a balmy sub-tropical city. I have been planning my viewing schedule since the programme was released a month ago and it constantly changed as there is so much to see and the films are so varied and the must-see ones clash. I try to include the big festival winners - and they are all in Durban. I left the schedule 80% percent comp...

Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) FilmFund Panelists

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2011 FILM FUND PANELLISTS ANNOUNCED: XUE XIAOLU, TONY AYRES AND ANDREW PIKE   The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) and Motion Picture Association (MPA) have announced the continuation of the MPA APSA Academy Film Fund to support new films from Asia-Pacific and the panellists who will assess the entries for 2011. Xue Xiaolu and Tony Ayres will join the assessment panel for 2011 which will once again be Chaired by Ronin Films' Managing Director and member of APSA's 2009 International Jur...

Iranian Cinema, a tribute

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A tribute to Iranian cinema... From ‘Women Without Men' (2009) to ‘Nader And Simin, A Separation' (2011)   So, seeing how Iranian cinema continues to make leaps and bounds for World Cinema in general let me recall one of my favorite Iranian films of the past year...   ‘Women Without Men' by director Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari premiered at the 66th Venice Film Festival on 8 Sep 2009 at the Sala Grande but sadly, I had not yet had the chance to see i...

Nader and Simin -- a Separation, Iranian film on track of Golden Bear

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by Alex Deleon   As New York Yankees catcher/philospher, Yogi Berra, once put it. "It ain't over till it's over", but as the fest winds down, the smart  ninth day money is on the Iranian film Jodaeiye Nader az Simin ("Nader and Simin -- a Separation"). The Berlin festival is nothing if not political in tone, and this year the political emphasis has been on protesting against Iranian film censorship. However, this family drama is not overtly political in natu...

First positive impression from the Bustling European Film Market 2011

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An optimistic mood, numerous sales and a visible growth in the number of participants and films are the first positive conclusions that can be drawn from the European Film Market 2011 of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. EFM director Beki Probst announced, "We are very pleased with the outcome of the EFM 2011: more participants, more buyers, more films, more screenings and more market premieres - the international film business experienced an upswing in Berlin. It appears the ...

First positive impressions from the bustling EFM 2011

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An optimistic mood, numerous sales and a visible growth in the number of participants and films are the first positive conclusions that can be drawn from the European Film Market 2011 of the 61st Berlin International Film Festival.EFM director Beki Probst announced, "We are very pleased with the outcome of the EFM 2011: more participants, more buyers, more films, more screenings and more market premieres - the international film business experienced an upswing in Berlin. It appears the downward ...

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