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Twilight portrait surprize winner at 52nd TIFF 2011

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TWILIGHT PORTRAIT   Sergei Borisov (Andrei) Olga Dykhovichnaya (Marina)  The proud winner of the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival Golden Alexander Award is the film that is taking the international festival world by storm this year, the Russian micro-budget indie film TWILIGHT PORTRAIT (2011) by newcomer Director/Writer/Producer Angelina Nikonova and Writer/Producer/Actress Olga Dykhovichnaya (Marina).   When I met Angelina and Olga at a dinner in Iceland, I had not...

European Stars flock to Berlin for European Film Awards

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When the 24th European Film Awards return to Berlin on 3 December, there will be an impressive line-up of European filmmakers presenting the individual awards, among them EFA Ambassadors Maria de Medeiros (Portugal), Moritz Bleibtreu (Germany) and Maciej Stuhr (Poland). They will be joined by German actresses Karoline Herfurth, Nina Hoss,  Sibel Kekilli, Alexandra Maria Lara and Heike Makatsch and their colleagues Zrinka Cvitesic (Croatia), Irène Jacob (Switzerland), Ludivine Sagnier and Syl...

TWILIGHT PORTRAIT: A Review!

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Olga Dykhovichnaya (Marina) Sergei Borisov (Andrei)This was indeed the welcome surprise of the Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) this year. Newcomer Director/Writer/Producer Angelina Nikonova and Writer/Producer/Actress Olga Dykhovichnaya (Marina) graced the festival with their presence in its final days to attend the Q and A screening of their film TWILIGHT PORTRAIT (‘Portret V Sumerkakh’, 2011) and the award ceremony at the end. Little did these passionate Russian Indie filmmak...

RIFF 2011 awards and coverage

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New Best Icelandic Short Film Award established to honor Thor Vilhjálmsson Record festival attendance nears 27,000 admissions RIFF 2012 September 27 – October 7    The Golden Egg Winner was "Auf wiedersehen papa" by Sandra Nedeleff: "An everyday drama that navigates from stone cold reality into a fairytale and back again, throwing in a few twists along the way. This is a beautiful and elegantly realized film, shot on location in Berlin and is only the ...

TWILIGHT PORTRAIT: A Review!

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Olga Dykhovichnaya (Marina) Sergei Borisov (Andrei)TWILIGHT PORTRAIT (2011) held its world premier at 68th La Biennale in Venice, North American premier at TIFF in Toronto, Nordic premier in Reykjavik at RIFF and now travels next to BFI London. This was indeed the welcome surprise of the Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) this year. Newcomer Director/Writer/Producer Angelina Nikonova and Writer/Producer/Actress Olga Dykhovichnaya (Marina) graced the festival with their presence in it...

TWILIGHT PORTRAIT: A Review!

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Olga Dykhovichnaya (Marina)  Sergei Borisov (Andrei)This was indeed the welcome surprise of the Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) this year. Newcomer Director/Writer/Producer Angelina Nikonova and Writer/Producer/Actress Olga Dykhovichnaya (Marina) graced the festival with their presence in its final days to attend the Q and A screening of their film TWILIGHT PORTRAIT (‘Portret V Sumerkakh’, 2011) and the award ceremony at the end. Little did these passionate Russian Indie filmm...

RIFF 2011 Awards

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RIFF 2011 Awards   New Best Icelandic Short Film Award established to honor Thor Vilhjálmsson Record festival attendance nears 27,000 admissions RIFF 2012 September 27 – October 7 "Auf wiedersehen papa". The Golden Egg Winner was "Auf wiedersehen papa" by Sandra Nedeleff: "An everyday drama that navigates from stone cold reality into a fairytale and back again, throwing in a few twists along the way. This is a beautifu...

EFA open votes for people's choice awards 2011

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  Every year, the EFA People’s Choice Award allows film fans across Europe to elect their favourite film. When the European Film Academy invites its members, Europe’s greatest film stars, directors, actors and actresses, to attend the European Film Awards, the People’s Choice Award sheds a spotlight on the people films are made for, the audience. This year’s vote has started – vote now and win the chance to join winners and nominees on the red carpet in Berlin! Winners in...

SXSW reveals line up and gets ready for kick off

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SXSW FILM ANNOUNCES 2011 FEATURES LINEUP The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival is thrilled to announce the features lineup for this year's Festival, March 11 - 19, 2011 in Austin, Texas. The 2011 lineup continues the SXSW tradition of tapping into the cultural zeitgeist, highlighting emerging talent and breakthrough performances and supporting first-time filmmakers.  "This is the most exciting moment for us. After a fantastic festival of discove...

Thessaloniki International Film Festival spotlights

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51st THESSALONIKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALDecember 3 - 12, 2010Three diverse and distinctive directors are being celebrated this year in the 51st edition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival:Polish filmmaker Dorota Kedzierzawska and Danish director Susanne Bier, who will both attend the Festival to present and discuss their films, and the late Werner Schröter. DOROTA KEDZIERZAWSKA SPOTLIGHTDorota Kędzierzawska was born in 1957 in the Polish city of Łódż, home to th...

Locarno FF: The Leopard In August

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DEEP IN THE WOODS (Benoit Jacquot, France) While most of Europe is on vacation and the film business is enjoying a brief pause in its frenetic pace, the action is strong and the movies are fierce at the Locarno Film Festival, the esteemed film event taking place this week in the beautiiful mountain city in southern Switzerland. The Festival, celebrating its 63rd year as one of the world's oldest and most respected, is the first for newly installed Artistic Director Olivier P...

Berlinale Co-Production Market 2010

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Berlinale Co-Production Market 2010 to Help Find Partners for 37 Selected Film Projects – and Delighted with Competition Invitation The seventh Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 14-16, 2010) will bring the producers and directors of 37 selected film projects from 22 countries together with 450 potential co-production and financial partners.   For each of these projects, the Berlinale Co-Production Market’s team will arrange numerous thirty-minute one-on-one meetings with intereste...

Tribeca Film Festival line up announced

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The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by American Express, the founding sponsor of the Festival, today announced its remaining out-of-competition feature film selections in the Encounters, Spotlight, Showcase, Restored/Rediscovered and Midnight sections. The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival will take place from April 22 to May 3, 2009 in lower Manhattan and will feature not only film screenings, but also an array of free community events designed to share the Festival experience with as many New Y...

A Constellation of German Stars Attend Berlinale Opening

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With the world premiere of the star-studded action thriller The International by Tom Tykwer, the 59th Berlin International Film Festival will open tomorrow, February 5, 2009 in the presence of the director and the actors Clive Owen, Ulrich Thomsen and Armin Mueller-Stahl. Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick will open the Festival together with Minister of State and Commissioner for Cultural and Media Affairs Bernd Neumann and Jury President Tilda Swinton. The event will be broadcast li...

A Dazzling Opening Night for the Berlinale 2009

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With the world premiere of the star-studded action thriller "The International" by ace German director Tom Tykwer (of "Lola Runs" fame), the 59th Berlin International Film Festival opens this evening, Febsuary 5,  in the presence of the director and the actors Clive Owen, Ulrich Thomsen and Armin Mueller-Stahl. Festival Director Dieter Kosslick will ring the curtain up in conjunction with Jury President, Scottish actress Tilda Swinton. The event will be telecast liv...

A Dazzling Opening Night for the Berlinale 2009

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With the world premiere of the star-studded action thriller "The International" by ace German director Tom Tykwer (of "Lola Runs" fame), the 59th Berlin International Film Festival opens this evening, Febsuary 5, in the presence of the director and the actors Clive Owen, Ulrich Thomsen and Armin Mueller-Stahl. Festival Director Dieter Kosslick will ring the curtain up in conjunction with Jury President, Scottish actress Tilda Swinton. The event will be telecast live hosted by popular TV present...

World Premiere of Tom Tykwer's thriller The International to open Berlinale 2009

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The 59th Berlin International Film Festival will open on February 5, 2009 with the world premiere of the British-German co-prodution The International. Directed by Tom Tykwer (Perfume, Run, Lola Run) and featuring a star-studded cast, the action thriller traces the criminal business transactions that finance war and terror.   The leading roles are played by Clive Owen (Inside Man, Closer) and Naomi Watts (King Kong, 21 Grams). Armin Mueller-Stahl (Die Budd...

World Premiere of Tom Tykwer’s thriller The International to open Berlinale 2009

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The 59th Berlin International Film Festival will open on February 5, 2009 with the world premiere of the British-German co-prodution The International. Directed by Tom Tykwer (Perfume, Run, Lola Run) and featuring a star-studded cast, the action thriller traces the criminal business transactions that finance war and terror. The leading roles are played by Clive Owen (Inside Man, Closer) and Naomi Watts (King Kong, 21 Grams). Armin Mueller-Stahl (Die Buddenbrooks, Illuminati), Brian F. O’Byrne ...

Filmfest Hamburg ends its journey through 134 film worlds

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Last night the 16th Filmfest Hamburg came to ist close with the German premiere of the Belgian-French road movie “Eldorado” in the presence of director Bouli Lanners.The 16th Filmfest Hamburg opened with the mountaineering drama “North Face”. The German premiere was attended by director Philipp Stölzl, lead actress Johanna Wokalek and the two actors Simon Schwarz and Georg Friedrich. This year’s Douglas-Sirk-Award was presented to the director Atom Egoyan. The renowned award is presen...

The San Sebastian red carpet will be fuchsia and crowded

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Antonio Banderas, Richard Eyre, Woody Allen, Javier Bardem and Rebecca Hall will be walking along it on the opening dayThe carpet that the stars at the forthcoming San Sebastián Festival will be walking along will be fuchsia, which is the predominant colour this year in the Festival’s image.The fuchsia carpet is 90 metres long in the route it follows along the Paseo de la Zurriola leading up to the door of the Kursaal, and 40 metres long outside the Victoria Eugenia.The team that has made th...

Additions to Official Selection at San Sebastian Festival

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Acclaimed directors Daniel Burman, Christophe Honoré, Kim Ki-duk and Jaime Rosales feature among the Official Selection competitors at the coming San Sebastian Film Festival. They will be accompanied by one of the creators of Dogme 95 movement, Kristian Levring, the North American Courtney Hunt and the Palestinian Rashid Masharawi. These are the first confirmed names of contenders for the Golden Shell and other awards bestowed at the 56th San Sebastian Film Festival, to take place from 18-27 Se...

Honoring An Oscar Nominee

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  Sunday, March 5-----Today sees the Festival premiere of one of the five films nominated for this year's Best Foreign Language Oscar. AFTER THE WEDDING, the latest film from respected Danish director Susanne Bier, is the only one of the five nominated films that has yet to open commercially in theaters. In the run-up to its theatrical run next month, the Miami International Film Festival screens the film tonight, bringing the exceptional storytelling talent of this pioneering director to S...

European Film Awards 2005 - The Nominations

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The European Film Academy has announced the nominations for the European Film Awards of 2005 (to be presented in Berlin, on December 3). European FilmBrodre (Brothers) by Susanne BierCaché (Hidden) my Michael HanekeDon't Come Knocking by Wim WendersL'Enfant (The Child) by Jean-Pierre & Luc DardenneMy Summer of Love by Pawel PawlikowskiSophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage (Sophie Scholl, The Final Days) by Marc Rothemund European DirectorSusanne Bier for Brodre (Brothers)Roberto Faenza for Alla luc...

San Sebastian delivers its Conchas

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Earlier we said: "If this one (Turtles Can Fly) doesn't take the big prize tomorrow, I for one, will be very much surprised". CUT TO: Saturday Night. September, 25 -- well: It did!Prizes. In the final sweepstakes "Turtles Can Fly", the odds-on favorite from Iran, did not disappoint and claimed the Concha De Oro (Golden Seashell) top prize for best film. Director Bahman Ghobadi dedicated his prize to the Kurdish people with a satisfied smile and an upheld fist. Other main prize winners ("Si...

Toronto film buzz 1

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TORONTO BIZ BUZZ 1SONY PICTURES CLASSICS HAS A RECORD TORONTOThe first few days of the Toronto International Film Festival has seen a spurt of buying for US distributor Sony Pictures Classics. The company already has a record six films screening in Toronto, including Festival opener Being Julia (directed by Istvan Szabo), Pedro Almodovar’s Bad Education, Zhang Jimou’s House of Flying Daggers, John Duigan’s Head In The Clouds, and Al Pacino-starrer The Merchant of Venice, has announced som...

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