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58TH BERLIN FESTIVAL OPENS WITH MICK, AND MARTY, AND PEN AND BEN ... - Part 3

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Films by famous directors in the over-seventy five category include “Kabei – Our Mother” by Japanese old master Yamada Yoji (third time in Berlin with a competition film), and the Polish non-competition entry “Katyn” by 80 year old  director Andrzej Wajda who has been a familiar figure in Berlin over the years and was warded a Life Work career Golden Bear here three years ago.  The Katyn film dealing with the mass murder of Polish Prisoners of war in WWII by the Russians which was...

58th Berlin Festival Opens with Mick, and Marty, and Pen and Ben

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2008 is not only the 58th edition of this major European film festival, all old, but it is also the ninth anniversary of the move from West Berlin to Potsdamer Platz in the actual physical center of the new undivided Berlin. The present location, now an ultra-modern stand of new architecture including the space age SONY Center, a film museum, many upscale restaurants and two sets of state-of-the-art cinema multiplexes among its many attractions, was once a No-Man’s-Land hugging the sinister ...

Miami Festival program includes 23 documentary features:

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In recent years, the documentary film has taken flight in terms of commercial interest. At the heart of this trend, the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), remains one of the premiere festivals for celebrating non-fiction filmmaking from around the world, as recently announced in their 2007 program. “We are always compelled by the art of storytelling in the documentary form,” said Festival Director Nicole Guillemet. “Non-fiction filmmaking borr...

Jewish Comedy Takes most German Film Prizes

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"Alles auf Zucker" (Go for Zucker: An Unorthodox Comedy), the first Jewish comedy made in Germany since World War II, won "Lola" awards for best film, best director and best actor, as well as top honors for screenwriting, costume and music.The film, which cost just 1.5 million euros has been a surprise box office hit, beat the blockbuster "Der Untergang" (Downfall), about Hitler's final days, which went home empty-handed."I just beat Hitler!...It's just great that a little Communist guy of Jewis...

Gus Van Sant's newest release Last Days opens PT festival

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GUS VAN SANT'S LAST DAYS OPENS PROVINCETOWN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 15The Provincetown International Film Festival, scheduled for June 15-19, enters into its seventh year with another stellar line-up of films and highlights. This year's program includes fifty-five new features (28 narratives and 27 documentaries), with 10 countries represented. Opening Selection is the East Coast premiere of director Gus Van Sant's newest release Last Days unveiled at Cannes (slated for theatrical rele...

The 2nd Swiss American Film Festival in NY

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The 2nd Swiss American Film Festival: Friday, November 5th through Thursday, November 11th – U.S. and NY premieres of over 50 Swiss and U.S. films, and several Special Events.The SWISS AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL (SwissAm) proudly returns to New York for seven days of screenings, seminars and parties, bringing together American and Swiss Independent filmmakers with a selection of 30 Swiss and 24 U.S films.In addition to screenings in three categories (Focus, Panorama, Shorts), SwissAm will present ...

Over 50 Swiss and US films at swiss ameican fest

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The SWISS AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL (SwissAm) proudly returns to New York for seven days of screenings, seminars and parties bringing together American and Swiss Independent filmmakers with a selection of 30 Swiss and 24 US films.In addition to screenings in three categories (Focus, Panorama, Shorts), SwissAm will present a retrospective of the work of renowned Swiss essay filmmaker Peter Liechti. SIGNERS KOFFER (1995), LUCKY JACK (2003) and NAMIBIA CROSSINGS (2004) will be shown in New York for th...

Berlinale Special: a new section

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The International Film Festival has created a new series in its Official Programme: the Berlinale Special. In it the latest works of great filmmakers will be screened as well as reshowings of important film works, and productions related to the Festival’s special focuses or to particularly explosive political topics.This year’s series includes three reshowings, the most recent films of master directors Peter Greenaway and Ermanno Olmi, two productions examining the political past, and three ...

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