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AMFAR 2012

Actress Kirsten Dunst appears at AMFAR 2012    photo by Vanessa McMahon 

AMFAR 2012

Actress Kirsten Dunst appears at AMFAR 2012

AMFAR 2012

'The Artist' director Michel Hazanavicius and his wife actress Berenice Bejo at AMFAR 2012

Addio, Virginia Dignam

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It was a gloriously sunny day but there was a capacity crowd in the East Chapel in Golders Green Crematorium, in north London, for the Celebration of your life, Virginia Dignam, sometime actress, published poetess, film reviewer on  The Morning Star, and long-serving hard-working Honorary Secretary of the UK Critics' Circle("a shrivel of critics" you used to call us, in your pert and often impertinent way).It would have been your 87th birthday, but you'd left us, after a sudden, sh...

Cannes Jury awarded Hanneke with Love and Palme d'Or for Amour

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Tonight, during the Closing Ceremony of this 65th Festival de Cannes, the official Jury presided over by Nanni Moretti revealed the award winners. Bérénice Bejo hosted Audrey Tautou and Adrien Brody on the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière to award the Palme d’or to the best film among the 22 in Competition.   Claude Miller’s Thérèse Desqueyroux starring Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche and Anaïs Demoustier, was screened at the end of the ceremony. ...

Annual Ischia Global Film & Music Festival 10th anniversary announcements from Cannes

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  The Ischia International Arts Academy along with American Express, BNL-Group, BNP PARIBAS and Planter's are proud to announce that the 10th Annual Ischia Global Film & Music Festival will take place from July 8th through the 15th on several of the most beautiful locations on Ischia, Italy's renowned green island resort (http://www.ischiaglobal.com/). The Festival will launch with the European premiere of Rob Reiner's latest movie, "The Magic of Belle Isle" starring Morgan Fr...

Ischia Film & Music Global Fest Presentation in Cannes

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    2012 ISCHIA GLOBAL FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL TO LAUNCH JULY 8th WITH THE EUROPEAN PREMIERE OF ROB REINER'S THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE'Reiner To Receive Ischia Lifetime Achievement AwardFest Lineup Includes The Italian Premiere of ‘Snow White and the Huntsman'And a 15-Minute World Premiere of  ‘Lovelace' Footage10th Edition of The Fest To Run From July 8th through the 15thCANNES, May 19, 2012 - The Ischia International Arts Academy along with American Express, BNL-Group, BNP ...

Un Certain Regard awards

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  Un Certain Regard 2012 presented 20 films directed by 26 directors hailing from 17 different countries. Four of the works were first films. Presided over by Tim ROTH (actor, director), the Jury was comprised of Leïla BEKHTI (actress), Sylvie PRAS (head of cinema - Centre Pompidou Paris, artistic director - La Rochelle Festival), Tonie MARSHALL (director, producer) and Luciano MONTEAGUDO (critic - Pagina/12 - Buenos Aires). “This was an extraordinarily strong group of fi...

BUFF BLOG (MAY 2012)

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The much maligned profile of Black British actresses has been well documented on this blog over the past 18 months and most recently in the London Evening Standard with the forthcoming feel-good flick ‘Fast Girls’ and the supposed significance of Leonora Crichlow playing the lead role in a British film. On such matters is primarily where Twitter comes into its own as a live news editor run by the public. It doesn’t take long before feedback is immediate and corrected (many thanks to @ECF...

Paper Boy by (Precious) Lee Daniels deals with social injustice

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For his third full-length movie, the director of the critically-acclaimed Precious (2008) has taken his inspiration from a psychological thriller written by journalist Pete Dexter. The Paperboy is above all a reflection on human behaviour. Before US director Lee Daniels finally brought it to the screen, the script of The Paperboy sat for a long time on Pedro Almodóvar’s bedside table. After the Spanish film-maker dropped the project, Lee Daniels picked it up and set out ...

2012 OBIE Awards Photo Coverage

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By: Maria Esteves – May 22, 2012 The 57th Annual 2012 Village Voice OBIE Awards honoring theatrical excellence and achievements in Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway commenced Monday, May 21, 8:00 pm at the legendary Webster Hall ballroom, New York. The ceremony featured performance by Joshua Henry and Sumayya Ali from ten-time Tony Award nominated Broadway musical The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, David Patrick Kelly from eleven-time Tony Award nominated Broadway ONCE, and Ethan Lipton &a...

THE AWARDS of the 16th Sofia International Film Festival

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The official programme of the 16th Sofia International Film Festival will end tonight with the gala screening of Borislav Kolev's documentary debut Stoichkov. The festival presented a total of 260 films from 52 countries from all over the world. Over 300 international guests came to Sofia, amongst them were directors, producers, festival directors as well as media and film experts. The Award Ceremony took place on the 17th of March in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Cu...

16th International Film Festival SOFIA FILM FESTIVAL

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SFF is organized by Art Fest under the patronage of the Sofia Municipality, in partnership with the Ministry of Culture, the National Film Centre and National Palace of Culture, with the support of the programs MEDIA and MEDIA Mundus of the European Commission, UNESCO – Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, national and foreign cultural institutes and sponsors. The main sponsor of the 16th edition of the festival is Jameson Irish Whiskey. The 16th Sofia Intern...

International coalition of three film Academies: EFA APSA and AACTA|AFI

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  The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) has announced the formation of an international coalition of three film Academies: the Asia Pacific Screen Academy (APSA), the European Film Academy (EFA), and the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA|AFI). Members from this foundation of academies will have the opportunity to share valuable experience, knowledge and collaborate on international projects. Academy members from the EFA and AACTA have been named as pa...

Thai Cinema Night at Cannes

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Thai Cinema Night took off on day three of the Cannes Film Festival.  A special screening of Mekong Hotel, the latest film of the 2010 Palme d'Or recipient Apichatpong Weerasethakul preceded the event. In the audience of the Salle de Soixante was French veteran film director Agnes Varda.  The film touches on the theme of reincarnation of his previous film LUNG BOONMEE RALUEK CHAT (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives). Another of his films featured at Cannes was Tropical Malady (...

Thai Cinema Night at Cannes

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Thai Cinema Night took off on day three of the Cannes Film Festival.  A special screening of Mekong Hotel, the latest film of the 2010 Palme d'Or recipient Apichatpong Weerasethakul preceded the event. In the audience of the Salle de Soixante was French veteran film director Agnes Varda.  The film touches on the theme of reincarnation of his previous film LUNG BOONMEE RALUEK CHAT (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives). Another of his films featured at Cannes was Tropical Malady (2004...

10th Annual Ischia Global Film & Music Festival will take place from July 8th through the 15th

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The Ischia International Arts Academy along with American Express, BNL-Group, BNP PARIBAS and Planter’s are proud to announce that the 10th Annual Ischia Global Film & Music Festival will take place from July 8th through the 15th on several of the most beautiful locations on Ischia, Italy’s renowned green island resort (www.ischiaglobal.com). The Festival will launch with the European premiere of Rob Reiner’s latest movie, “The Magic of Belle Isle” starring Morgan Freeman and Vir...

Paul Haggis, Oscar Winner writer and director to co host Ischia Global presentation Saturday (May 19th) at 11:15am

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Multi Oscar®-winning American screenwriter and film director Paul Haggis (Crash, 2004) will co-host the official presentation of the 2012 Ischia Global Film & Music Fest in Cannes Saturday (May 19th) at 11:15am at the International Village's Italian Pavilion. Joining him will be Italian iconic movie producer Marina Cicogna, Rumanian supermodel and actress Madalina Ghenea, producers Avi Lerner (Nu Image), Nicolas Chartier (Voltage Pictures), and Fulvio Lucisano (IIF) along with Fes...

The 37th Gdynia Film Festival has officially ended with Awards

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37. GDYNIA FILM FESTIVAL. POLISH FILM FESTIVAL IN POLAND (7th – 12th of May) ANNOUNCED ITS AWARDS.   The 37th Gdynia Film Festival has officially ended. At the Closing Ceremony the “Golden Lions” Prize was granted to Agnieszka Holland for the film In Darkness. Other award winners included among others Marcin Krzyształowicz, awarded with the “Silver Lions” Prize for Manhunt, Agnieszka Grochowska and Robert Więckiewicz, awarded for the best actress and actor in a leading role in...

The winners of the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film 2012 have been chosen

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The Woodstock of Animated Film   on its 30th birthday, the Stuttgart Festival of Animated Film has found its place at the centre of the city and the hearts of the local population. "On the one hand the Festival has become one of the most important meeting places for international animated film whilst on the other, it has brought life and international flair to Stuttgart's front room," said Ulrich Wegenast, Artistic Managing Director of the Film- und Medienfestival gGmbH, which has...

LAJewish Film Festival -- Curtis to Curtiz and Roth on Roth

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with a footnote on Woody Allen by Alex Deleon for <www.filmfestivals.con>   This year's ninth edition of the Los Angeles Jewish Film festival with the cooperation of the widely read Jewish Journal Weekly was better organized than in previous years and had an unusually strong selection of films.  Films are, of course, chosen on the basis of having some connection with Jewishness, director, subject matter, or whatever, and are aimed at a primarily Jewish audience, which can be pretty...

Awarded Films at the First Imphal International Short Film Festival 2012

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The winning short films were: BEST FILM: NISAPTHAM BEST DOCUMENTARY: PAHELA BOISHAKHI SPECIAL MENTION (BEST FILM ON NATIONAL INTEGRATION): LOC …a playground BEST DIRECTOR: AINHOA MENENDEZ for FABRICA DE MUNESCAS (Dolls Factory) BEST ACTOR: JACOB C. ONTHIRICKEN For SABDAREKHA BEST ACTRESS: SYLWIA JUSZCZAK for VANISHING BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: SASWATA CHATTER...

SYLWIA JUSZCZAK awarded Best Actress at the First Imphal International short Film Festival

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The first edition of Imphal International Short Film Festival (IISFF), held from April 15-18th, 2012, at Rupmahal Theatre concludes with the screening of 15 International films and 29 Regional films. However, 18 short films in Hindi category are not available for public screening due to ban on screening of Hindi films by the Manipur based insurgent groups. The festival that concluded last evening (April 18) ended with “The Bare Foot Leader” from Iran before culminating into the ...

Fernando Solanas will receive a 2012 Ischia Legend Award

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Retrospective of Solanas’ Work To Be Presented as Part of Festival’s Salute To Argentina Famed Argentine film director, screenwriter and politician Fernando Solanas will receive a “2012 Ischia Legend Award” in recognition of his lifetime of outstanding contributions to the cinema of Argentina during the 2012 Ischia Global Film & Music Fest to be held from July 8th to 15th on the isle which is located off the coast of Naples. The announcement was made here today by actor ...

Off de Cannes Jury members

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President of the Jury Max HOWARD :  American producer    Other jury members include: Guillaume IVERNEL : french director  Eric JEAN : french producer and designer       Marion LEHMAN : Costume decorator Julien COURBEY : french actor  Alfons ALT : Photograph  Aissatou THIAM :  french actress Emeric BERCO : Radio animator Claudio LEMMI : Comedian ...
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