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Golden Lion to Sanxia Haoren (Still Life) by Jia Zhang-Ke

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The Official Awards of the 63. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica The Venezia 63 Jury of the 63. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica, chaired by Catherine Deneuve and comprised of José Juan Bigas Luna, Paulo Branco, Cameron Crowe, Chulpan Khamatova, Park Chan-wook and Michele Placido, having viewed all twenty-two films in competition, has decided as follows: GOLDEN LION for Best Film: Sanxia Haoren (Still Life) by Jia Zhang-Ke Sanxia haoren was the surprise film in Competi...

Toronto Opens with The Journals of Knud Rasmussen

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Toronto Opens 2006 Festival with World Premiere of “The Journals of Knud Rasmussen”The largest and one of the most respected Film Festivals in the world will open its doors to the public with Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn's “The Journals of Knud Rasmussen". Their last film "Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner),” had won the Camera D'or in Cannes and then the prize for best Canadian film here in Toronto in 2001. Festival Co-Director Noah Cowan felt that this was one of the most important film...

David Lynch, Venice Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

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The Board of Directors of La Biennale di Venezia, presided by Davide Croff, has accepted the proposal by Director Marco Müller to award the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement to US director David Lynch at the 63.Venice International Film Festival, scheduled to take place on the Lido di Venezia from August 30th through September 9th 2006. The award will be presented to the director on September 6th, in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema, on the occasion of the screening of his new maste...

23rd Avignon Film Festival kicks off

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23rd Avignon Film FestivalTransatlantic Crossroads of Independent CinemaJune 22-25, 2006Now in its 23rd year, the Avignon Film Festival (known in France as “Rencontres Cinématographiques Euro-Américaines d’Avignon”) will launch its 2006 edition on Thursday, June 22, with John Turturro’s “Romance & Cigarettes” (starring Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Steve Buscemi, Christopher Walken, Mary Louise Parker and Elaine Stritch). Mr. Turturro will be one of the guests of ...

Tribeca Spotlight on War Docs and Animation

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The fifth annual Tribeca Film Festival wrapped here Sunday with a political and international selection of winners including three war themed films which took the top prizes. Tristan Bauers tale of a Falklands War soldier won the Founders award, while Deborah Scrantons Iraq-themed The War Tapes took the Best Documentary prize. The audience award went to Linda Hattendrfs “The Cats of Mirikitani” the tale of an American who lost family in the Hiroshima bombings.Figures show this years fest att...

Tribeca preview: animated New York with Bill Plympton

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One of the highlights of this springs Tribeca Film Festival is sure to be the Animated New York program curated by Bill Plympton. When people think of New York City’s filmmakers most are unaware of the thriving, diverse independent animation community .Plympton's illustrations and cartoons have been printed in The New York Times and The Village Voice , as well as the magazines Vogue , Rolling Stone , Vanity Fair , Penthouse , and National Lampoon . His political cartoon strip "Plympton", ...

Tribecca preview: animated New York with Bill Plympton

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One of the highlights of this springs Tribeca Film Festival is sure to be the Animated New York program curated by Bill Plympton. When people think of New York City’s filmmakers most are unaware of the thriving, diverse independent animation community .Plympton's illustrations and cartoons have been printed in The New York Times and The Village Voice , as well as the magazines Vogue , Rolling Stone , Vanity Fair , Penthouse , and National Lampoon . His political cartoon strip "Plympton", ...

Bahamas International Film Festival: Second Edition

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Bahamas International Film Festival: Second Edition; 8. – 12. December, 2005Readily accessed by the discount airline Jet Blue, the Bahamas International Film Festival on Paradise Island (Cinema in Paradise) is a new kid on the festival circuit and a most promising entry. Location is certainly important as the success of the US American Newport and Hampton International Film Festivals demonstrate, as is broad sponsorship. But artistic and professional skills are vital for the success of a new...

Capri, Hollywood Film Festival complete line up

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Once Again (and for the 10th time) the beautiful island of Capri will host the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival: a great annual celebration of international cinema, to TAKE PLACE from December 27, 2005, to January 2, 2006. The Director General announced that this tenth anniversary edition of the event will be produced with the sponsorship of the Ministry of the Cultural Assets, the Campania Region and the Chamber of Commerce of Naples, with major contributions from RAI Trade, Cinecittà Holding,...

Walk the Line, Johny Cash hit musical to preview in Capri

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Walk the Line, the new hit musical film about the life of American country singing legend Johnny Cash, will be previewed in Italy at the Capri, Hollywood – Kimbo Coffee International Film Festival December 27-31, 2005 on the Isle of Capri. James Mangold’s film and Joaquin Phoenix, who plays Cash, are leading candidates for Oscar recognition early next year.The festival will feature the presentation of three 2005 Capri Music Awards to:American director Taylor Hackford for Ray, his film biogr...

Bahamas International Film Fest to open with Broken Flowers

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The second annual Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) will debut two major Hollywood films. Opening night, December 8, 2005 will feature Jim Jarmusch’s “Broken Flowers”, and the final night of the festival, December 11, 2005, will feature Richard Sheppard’s “The Matador”. The Bahamas International Film Festival will be held at The Atlantis Hotel on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.The opening film, “Broken Flowers”, is a heartfelt story of how perennial bachelor Don Johnst...

Second Bahamas film Festival will honor Spike Lee

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World renowned award winning director, Spike Lee, will receive the Career Achievement Award when he is honored by the Second Annual Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), December 8-11, 2005. The award will honor his innovative style as a result of his major impact on the frontiers of cinematic artistry. The tribute will include a public dialogue in an actor’s studio style presentation that will be moderated by a distinguished film critic, journalist, producer– as well as a montage of ...

Meet the Annual Zoom In Awards Jury members

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The Second Annual Zoom In Awards announces the members of its jury for.The Second Annual Zoom In Awards honors the largely unrecognized below-the-line talent whose contributions to film and television are defining the future of Digital Production. The jury will be selecting the best work from each of the following categories: Editing; Cinematography; and Graphics & FX. Winners and Finalists will be invited to The Zoom In Awards Cocktail Party in February, 2006, where they will have the opportuni...

Ben Gazzara hommage at San Sebastian

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Ben Gazzara is honored with Donostia Prize at 53th San Sebastian Festival.Raised in New York skid rows, Biagio Gazzara, known as Ben since childhood, grew up dreaming of becoming an actor. The son of a Sicilian immigrant, he soon drew attention for his brilliant and contained sobriety during his classes with Erwin Piscator and in his courses at the Actors’ Studio.Gazzara made such a firm start to his acting in Broadway that his first stage appearance (Calder Willingham’s End as a Man) landed...

Venice Fest in Full Swing

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Out of competition films: Final Fantasy VII, Advent Children, Tsui Harks Seven Swords (Qi jian), the opening film , and The Art of Love, Mine Ha Ha by John Irvin set the Venezia 62 in motion August 31. Tsui Hark explained why he has made another martial arts film. Because ‘the stories are still compelling’. Seven Swords is concerned with the origins of martial arts in 1600 China when peasants wanted to defend themselves from rogue bandits. Both Charlie Young and Honglei Sun evoke the stro...

Worldfest visiting filmmakers

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38th WORLDFEST-HOUSTON BRINGS FILMMAKERS TO TOWN! "One of this year's visiting filmmakers may be next year's Hollywood success story." Kathleen Haney, WorldFest Artistic and Program Director," FORGET SUNDANCE! WorldFest is one of the best conceived festival productions on the planet!" Craig Outhier, film critic, Phoenix press; Tempe Times. Upon Accepting his Remi Award in 1984, Ridley Scott said "WorldFest is in the business of validating excellence!" The 38th Annual WorldFest-Houston Internatio...

WorldFest-Houston to screen 150 true independent films

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The 38th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival continues its fully dedicated Independent Film screening format for the upcoming April 22 - May 1, 2005 unspooling. WorldFest will screen 49 feature film premieres, with an exclusive emphasis on American and International Independent feature films and with a continuing annual spotlight on 100 award-winning short films and documentary films. 50 New Indie Features and 104 Award-Winning Shorts!WorldFest Artistic and Program Director, Kat...

Florida Festival season in high gear

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With most of the United States in the grip of a devastatingly cold winter, more than a few eyes (and hearts) turn to Florida, the sunshine state, which is having an intensely active “high season”. As much as the sun and the beach are major attractions, this is also the kick-off to the Florida film festival season.Two of Florida’s most interesting film events are happening this week. The Sarasota Film Festival, now in its seventh year, opened this past weekend, with an ambitious slate of pr...

Sarasota Fest will help you leave the daily hum-drum of life

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The Regal Entertainment Group7th Annual Sarasota Film FestivalJanuary 28 – February 6, 2005It’s time to leave the daily hum-drum of life and enter the world of flickering lights, fantasy dreams, tall tales, romance, reel life, fabulous parties, rock ‘n roll, educational journeys and so much more as the 7th Annual SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL gets underway. The 10-day event will take place in the Gulf Coast resort city of Sarasota, Florida January 28 thru February 6, 2005. The Regal Entertainme...

Miami International Film Festival Announces Program

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The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), announced today the full schedule of films for the 22nd annual Festival to be held February 4-13, 2005.118 Films—87 Features and 31 Shorts—from 47 Countries Highlight 2005 FestivalIncluding 7 World Premieres, 15 International, North American& U.S. Premieres, and 33 East Coast PremieresUnveiled today for the 2005 program were 118 films from 47 countries, including 7 World Premieres, 15 International, North Am...

Bahamas impressive and eclectic line up

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FIRST ANNUAL BAHAMAS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINE-UP The first annual Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) rolls out December 9-12, 2004. Over four days, BIFF will play host to a combination of industry professionals, filmmakers, celebrity guests, visitors and the local community. The Festival will present more than 75 films in a wide range of special sections: an International Competition, a selection of cinema’s “New Visions,” a World Cinema showcase, a Caribbean S...

Montreal Festival of Nouveau Cinema program

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The 33rd: A galaxy of new lights and bright starsThe Montreal Festival of Nouveau Cinema will hold its 33rd edition from October 14 to 24. On this year’s menu: an impressive array of new voices and a fine group of established cinematic masters. These 208 works from 42 countries boldly reaffirm the Festival’s inclusive spirit: feature-length fiction and documentaries, short cuts, new-media installations and performances, and meetings for industry professionals. Canada’s oldest international...

Toronto treats: what's on your plate

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Gala Presentations showcase high-profile premieres and films that appeal to a mainstream audience, all presented in the luxurious Roy Thomson Hall. Galas include a mix of Canadian, American, and international films. BEING JULIA, BEYOND THE SEA, FIVE CHILDREN AND IT, I Ì HUCKABEES, and STAGE BEAUTY are some of the films included in the programme this year.Detailed list:Arsène Lupin Jean-Paul Salomé Being Julia István Szabó Beyond the Sea Kevin Spacey Clean Olivier Assayas Downfall Oliver Hir...

The 'New' Venice Film Festival

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The 61st Venice International Film Festival has long been an “A” festival of world renown. This year an anti-globalization manifestation on the first day raised the question of how Venice may more and more be bowing to Hollywood glamour and celebrities by staging world premieres to market films outside the US. Many of these films do better in the global box office as proof. The manifestation was designed to blow the horn about the presence of Hollywood movie headliners with top stars as majo...

Film Fair at Venice

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Several films in Venice are turning heads on days 4 and 5. Agnes und seine Brüder(Agnes and His Brothers) by Oskar Roehler (Germany) is a kitchy tale of three brothers who grew up with an alcoholic pedophile. The grown children make messes of their relationships--or lack of them. Hans-Jorg (Herbert Knaupt)is a sex addicted librarian and Werner(Moritz Bleibtreu) - a rageaholic politician that ignores his wife and kids. The most tender of the three - Agnes (Martin Weiss) as had a sex change and i...

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