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Shangai Film Fest awards and ambiance

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Shanghai, once called the Paris of the East, is rapidly becoming one of the major cultural and financial destinations in the world.  The Shanghai International Film  Festival, sponsored by Jaeger Le Coultre , watch maker extraordinaire,  wrapped its 15th edition Sunday night with a bang and a Closing night ceremony featuring a Broadway like production number. Chinese Superstar Chow Yun Fat received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Martial Arts legend Jackie Chan.   I...

4 of Dreyer's greatest works are currently being prepared for DCI-compliant digital cinema screenings by Europe's Finest

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Digitisation brings diversity to the movies - Dreyer's classics now at Europe's Finest   Carl Theodor Dreyer is besides Fritz Lang and Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau considered to be one of the masters and visionaries of the silent film era. In collaboration with the Danish Film Institute four of Dreyer's greatest works are currently being prepared for DCI-compliant digital cinema screenings by Europe's Finest and will shortly be ready to be booked.   The films O...

Jerzy Skolimowski president of the Jury at Off Plus Camera

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World famous Polish filmmaker will be the president of the “Making Way” competition, with the prize of $100.000.Jerzy Skolimowski, the recent victor of the Polish Film Academy Awards the Eagles 2011 for “Essential Killing” is the president of the Jury in the Main Competition “Making Way” of the International Festival of Independent Cinema.“Since the beginnings of the Off Plus Camera film festival, our main goal was to make the president of the main Jury a Pole. Until now, the post ...

John Cassavetes director inspired by On the Bowery, a film

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On the Bowery, a film that inspired director John Cassavetes By Ron Gilbert This Oscar nominated film was considered very controversial when it was released but today we are fortunate to see the restored version in addition to a commentary on the making of On The Bowery by Michael Rogosin the son of the director. In 1956  the year  this film was made ,Dwight Eisenhower was president, Reverend  Martin Luther King  was heavily involved in racial integration in the South, Fidel...

John Cassavetes director inspired by On the Bowery,

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John Cassavetes director inspired by On the Bowery, a film On the Bowery, a film that inspired director John Cassavetes By Ron Gilbert This Oscar nominated film was considered very controversial when it was released but today we are fortunate to see the restored version in addition to a commentary on the making of On The Bowery by Michael Rogosin the son of the director. In 1956 the year this film was made ,Dwight Eisenhower was president, Reverend Martin Luther King was heavily involved in ...

Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards

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  AARP The Magazine to Recognize Film Icon Robert Redford With Lifetime Achievement Award at Its 10th Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards in Los Angeles, Feb. 7th It's awards season and AARP The Magazine has once again picked the best films for the older audience with its annual Movies for Grownups® Awards. Robert Redford is the recipient of the Movies for Grownups Lifetime Achievement Award and Tom Hooper's The King's Speech nabbed this year's top honor for overall "Bes...

Film music city Ghent will present a unique concert in Tallinn

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Film music city Ghent will present a unique concert in Tallinn on 2 December On 2 December 2010 the Ghent Film Festival will present in cooperation with the city of Ghent, the province of East Flanders, the Flemish Community and Fluxys a concert in Tallinn featuring film music by Gabriel Yared, Shigeru Umebayashi and Arvo Pärt. The concert will take place on the eve of the European Film Awards in the Estonian capital, which is also the European Capital of Culture 2011 and a twin town of Ghent. ...

Dawn of Darkness

Director: Maks Naporowski.
An ancient evil once threatened the lands of Aronmar, engulfing the world in darkness and nearly destroying all life. In a last effort to save their realm a group of warriors banded together to fight the Darkness. They were said to have found the source of magic, a mystical "Light" that flows through the veins of the land and gives life to all. These warriors became the powerful order known as the "Aegis of Light" and with the powers granted by the Light they were able to stop the Darkness from spreading. Peace and harmony returned to the lands and with time, like all things, the memories of the Darkness withered away. With no signs of danger or of the Aegis warriors, the stories became myths, myths became legends and the Ancient Evil was forgotten. A thousand years have now passed and the Evil has returned, spreading and destroying everything in its path. The lands of Aronmar are once again being consumed by Darkness. Two powerful warriors arrive to witness the destruction of an Elven village. Kara, an Elven warrior, who a thousand years ago used to call this burning town her home, along with a human Paladin knight, Dryden. The two may very well be the last of the powerful order of the "Aegis of Light". Can they stop this ancient evil and it’s minions as they did once before? Can the Aegis save Aronmar or will the Ancient Evil consume all on this Dawn of Darkness ...

Israel Fest film slate

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Enriching the American vision of Israeli life and culture through the powerful medium of film, the Israel Film Festival has definitively become the largest showcase of Israeli films in the United States. 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of this much acclaimed Israeli showcase that celebrates a quarter-century of Israeli cinema in the United States, and today the film festival announced its most dynamic program since its founding. Encompassing over 30 titles, including award winning features, do...

Mahler on the Couch is a Class Act

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The latest offering from highly respected German independent filmmaker Percy Adlon, a glossy, heady, off-beat biopic about the famous turn of the century Viennese composer Gustav Mahler, his tumultuous affair and stormy marriage with Alma Schindler, a woman twenty years younger, and his presumed (but undoubtedly fictitious) couch sessions with Sigmund Freud to sort out his emotional problems, was definitely the class film of the Los Angeles Film Festival. This was a world Premiere scoop leverage...

Mahler on the Couch is a Class Act

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The latest offering from highly respected German independent filmmaker Percy Adlon, a glossy, heady, off-beat biopic about the famous turn of the century Viennese composer Gustav Mahler, his tumultuous affair and stormy marriage with Alma Schindler, a woman twenty years younger, and his presumed (but undoubtedly fictitious) couch sessions with Sigmund Freud to sort out his emotional problems, was definitely the class film of the Los Angeles Film Festival. This was a world Premiere scoop leverage...

German Films in the US since 1979 ...

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Among the top foreign language features shown in the United States from 1979 through 2009 which grossed $1,3 billion dollars, German productions ranked seventh behind France, Taiwan, China, Italy, Mexico, and Spain with a total of $49 million. Only five German features generated more than $5 million in the US: DOWNFALL, NOWHERE IN AFRICA, RUN LOLA RUN, LIVES OF OTHERS, and the commercially most successful one, DAS BOOT, a 1982 release, which scored $11.5 million. It may very well be that ...

Nashville Film Festival Is Music to the Eyes

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The Nashville Film Festival turned 40 last year, and while "41" doesn't cut the same dash, the South's oldest film festival should keep crowds plenty fortified over its eight days. Running April 15-22 at Regal Green Hills Cinemas, NaFF 2010 has a lineup of 230 films. Adrien Grenier Naturally, music themes bloom brightly among these. Titles in the popular "Music Films/Music City" competition include several non-fiction films. There's The Bass Player, N...

Jewish film scores to life for a one-time-only concert at the Atlanta Symphony Hall

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  In a first-ever collaboration, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival will partner with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to bring some of the most beloved Jewish film scores to life for a one-time-only concert on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at 8 p.m., at Atlanta Symphony Hall. The AJFF Gala Concert kicks off the 10th Annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, which runs Jan. 13-24, 2010.   The Jan. 4 concert, sponsored by Turner Classic Movies and Comcast, will be the first time a concert of ...

Atlanta Jewish Fest brings film scores to life

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In a first-ever collaboration, the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival will partner with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to bring some of the most beloved Jewish film scores to life for a one-time-only concert on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at 8 p.m., at Atlanta Symphony Hall. The AJFF Gala Concert kicks off the 10th Annual Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, which runs Jan. 13-24, 2010. The Jan. 4 concert, sponsored by Turner Classic Movies and Comcast, will be the first time a concert of Jewish-themed film scores...

Honoring Documentary Royalty At Silverdocs

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 by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies EditorIn a theater full of documentary filmmakers and film lovers, the appearance of an eminence grise the likes of Albert Maysles is the equivalent of having a member of documentary royalty in your midst. Maysles, along with his late brother David, was responsible for some of the most iconic documentaries of the past fifty years and has served as a mentor to hundreds of filmmakers.Albert Maysles is widely recognized as a pioneer of “direct cinema” a...

The 6th International Documentary Film Festival of Madrid will be held from May 1 through 10

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DOCUMENTA 09 will be feature the premiere of the main international films Madrid February 17, -‘09    The festival has broken a record in the number of films participating, with a total of 1078 coming from more countries than in previous years For the first time, all the films participating in the Competitive Sections will make their premiere in Spain. The famous soundtrack composer Michael Nyman will be the feature at the inauguration of the Festival o...

Documenta Madrid received massive international submissions

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May 1st to the 10th will be the dates for the 6th International Documentary Film Festival DOCUMENTA MADRID 09, organized by the City of Madrid. As its main new feature, all the films participating in the competitive sections of the festival will be making their premiere in Spain. The calling of this year's DOCUMENTA is to show a selection of international films as a true reflection of the social, cultural, economic, artistic and environmental realities in today's world. DOCUMENTA MADRID has grow...

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