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Berlin Begins To Howl

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One of the anticipated titles having its International Premiere at the Berlinale today is HOWL, one of the hits of last month's Sundance Film Festival. More than 50 years after its initial publication, the tone poem HOWL is still a shocking bit of humanism, a cry for tolerance and a yell for individual self-expression. The poem's author, the beat poet Allen Ginsberg, remained a controversial figure his entire life. The impact of this envelope-pushing literary classic and the bohemian ph...

NEWSLETTER N° 450: January 27, 2010

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.............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 450: January 27, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites. Our newsletter reaches 77 000 film professionnals every week. COMING SOON THE NEXT FESTIVAL DAILIES ON FEST21.COM We follow 4 000 festivals for you. Stay tuned for Sundance, Berlin.... ___________________________________________________...

Tim Burton Jury President for the 63rd Festival de Cannes

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American film director Tim Burton is to be Jury President for the 63rd Festival de Cannes, which takes place from May 12th to 23rd 2010. Upon accepting the invitation from Gilles Jacob and Thierry Frémaux, Tim Burton declared: "After spending my early life watching triple features and 48-hour horror movie marathons, I’m finally ready for this.  It’s a great honour and I look forward, with my fellow jurors, to watching some great films from around the world.  When you think of Cann...

Sundance Begins With A Howl

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More than 50 years after its initial publication, the tone poem HOWL is still a shocking bit of humanism, a cry for tolerance and a yell for individual self-expression. The poem's author, the beat poet Allen Ginsberg, remained a controversial figure his entire life. The impact of this envelope-pushing literary classic and the bohemian philosopher who was its inspiration make for an appropriate opening night for this year's Sundance Film Festival, the mecca of independent and international cinema...

Tim Burton is to be Jury President for Cannes

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American film director Tim Burton is to be Jury President for the 63rd Festival de Cannes, which takes place from May 12th to 23rd 2010.Upon accepting the invitation from Gilles Jacob and Thierry Frémaux, Tim Burton declared: "After spending my early life watching triple features and 48-hour horror movie marathons, I’m finally ready for this. It’s a great honour and I look forward, with my fellow jurors, to watching some great films from around the world. When you think of Cannes you thin...

Sundance Begins With A Howl

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  More than 50 years after its initial publication, the tone poem HOWL is still a shocking bit of humanism, a cry for tolerance and a yell for individual self-expression. The poem's author, the beat poet Allen Ginsberg, remained a controversial figure his entire life. The impact of this envelope-pushing literary classic and the bohemian philosopher who was its inspiration make for an appropriate opening night for this year's Sundance Film Festival, the mecca of independent a...

A world in pieces

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A world in pieces: the films of the 40th Berlinale Forum In its 40th year, the Berlinale Forum features a selection of films that capture the mood of the times in a sensitive way. Rarely have there been, in feature films and documentaries alike, as many people caught in insolvable conflicts, faced with essential decisions or staring into the abyss as in this year’s selection of films.   Domestic filmmaking makes its presence felt in the programme in a manner exciting, varied and surprising...

A world in pieces: The films to be shown in the 40th Forum as part of the official programme of the 60th Berlinale

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In its 40th year, the Berlinale Forum features a selection of films that capture the mood of the times in a sensitive way. Rarely have there been, in feature films and documentaries alike, as many people caught in insolvable conflicts, faced with essential decisions or staring into the abyss as in this year's selection of films.   Domestic filmmaking makes its presence felt in the programme in a manner exciting, varied and surprising in its strength. In Orly, Angela Schan...

Ramon Rojas - Sueños de Chozas

Director: Maria Rosa Andreotti.
“I should be given the title of Summa Cum Laude bum”, states Ramon Rojas to camera in the first minutes of this documentary portrait shot in the streets of Buenos Aires by visual artist Maria Rosa Andreotti. Musician, street poet, bum by own choice, anarchist, Rojas is one of those urban characters so marginal to the system that is virtually invisible to a majority of society. “Ramón Rojas – Sueños de chozas” [“Ramón Rojas – Dreams of huts”] looks at the experience and outlook of a man whose culture is his haven and his value of survival. The documentary looks into Ramón’s paradoxes as well as at the decisions to which one may be driven, almost to the limit of losing the most intimate thing we have – the right to privacy, to fantasy and hence, to individual freedom, for all of which a home or a refuge is absolutely necessary. Re-discovered by Andreotti’s camera, Rojas is featured as an essential part of the current social and economic Argentine landscape.

Call for entry: Busho festival

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September 1 - 5, 2010 Call For Entries Deadline: Deadline: May 1, 2010 Download the Entry Form OFFICIAL CONTACTS FESTIVAL DIRECTOR: GÁBELI TAMÁS PRESS OFFICE: KÖLLO KILLA ACCREDITATION: BENKO ORSI   Website: www.busho.hu Videoblog on fest21 Gombolyag Foundation 1141-Budapest, Szugló u. 83., Hungary e-mail: busho@busho.hu Tel/fax: +36/1-422-10-83 Mobile: +36/70-313-58-77 About BuSho BuSho (Budapest Short) was established in the autumn of ...

Cut It Short!: Blog with filmmaker Q&As

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Cut It Short!: Tuesday 8th December 2009 Cut It Short! was an superb short film benefit night for The Strawberry Shorts Film Festival 2010. It ran on Tuesday the 8th of December 2009 at The Boathouse and was packed with a selection of short films from the last few years of our Best New Local Filmmaker competition. It was also packed with the filmmakers whose films we screened. Throughout the night we had Q&A sessions with the filmmakers in between the screening. They give a real ...

Diversions

Director: Helga Landauer.
The 20th Century begins. Carefree people roam from one attraction to another, laughing, flirting, renting boats and carriages, betting, smoking, playing with sand, changing clothes, flirting. As they circle around seashore parks and streets, they look for more diversions. They are seeking for ways to distract themselves from the fact that the war is about to start, that the summer is coming to an end, that they are long dead

2009 New York International Film & Art Festival Closing Night Red Carpet Arrivals

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By Maria Esteves - December 4, 2009 The 2009 New York International Film & Art Festival (NYIFAF09) presented by Independent Film Group and Independent Film Quarterly were held at the Village East Cinemas, New York, October 22 -29, 2009. NYIFAF annually present international independent films from emerging and established filmmakers, international art show, exhibits, seminars, special events, and after parties.  NYIFAF09 Closing Night premiere red carpet arrivals included festival founder...

NEWSLETTER N° 440: November 12, 2009

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.............WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 440: November 12, 2009 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Contact the Editor, Advertise on the sites. How to use FestivalExpress our new online submission suite for festivals and filmmakers. THE NEXT FESTIVAL DAILIES ON FEST21.COM AFI Fest, Fort Lauderdale, Cairo Fest, Festival d'Arra...

CICFF Announces 2009 Award Winners

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The 2009 Best of Fest Award Julian Fellowes, From Time to Time (UK, 2009) The Poetry Foundation Poetry Prize Filmmaker - Andreas Mendritzki, Poet - Loma Crozier, Fear of Snakes (Canada, 2009) The Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Prize Best Film or Video by an Emerging Director Mary Ann Kellogg, Abuelo (USA, 2009) The Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Prize Best Child-Produced Film or Video Shiropa Purna, Our Boat is Our...

Winners Wow Audience At Chicago International Children's Film Festival Closing Night

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    The 26th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival congratulates the winners of more than 30 awards presented at the CICFF's American Airlines Closing Nights Awards Presentation on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at Columbia College's Film Row Cinema. Charles Malik Whitfield (Notorious, The Temptations, Behind Enemy Lines) hosted the event.  More than 80 filmmakers from around the world came to watch the most acclaimed films ...

AFI PROJECT: 20/20

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Marking its fourth year, AFI PROJECT: 20/20 is an American Film Institute international initiative designed to enhance cultural exchange and understanding, by bringing together filmmakers and their films from the US and abroad. AFI PROJECT: 20/20 represents an unprecedented cultural diplomacy effort that is supported by the U.S.'s cultural agencies--the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS...

Chicago International Children's Film Festival awards

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The 26th Annual Chicago International Children's Film Festival congratulates the winners of more than 30 awards presented at the CICFF's American Airlines Closing Night Awards Presentation on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at Columbia College's Film Row Cinema. Charles Malik Whitfield (Notorious, The Temptations, Behind Enemy Lines) hosted the event. More than 80 filmmakers from around the world came to watch the most acclaimed films of the CICFF and celebrate ten days of master classes, discussions,...

Indian "Orson Welles" honored at New York Fest

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Time was when Indian film was synonymous with a single name --Satyajit Ray. The famous Bengali director, generally recognized as a major world class cinema auteur, made 28 films between 1955 (Pather Panchali) and 1991, most of which were religiously shown in the west, primarily for the benefit of a tiny coterie of esoterically inclined foreign language film buffs, while the works of numerous other Indian directors, some far more interesting than Ray, were studiously ignored. This lamentable dis...

Video Verse

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  I'm a poet interested in the interface between cinema and spoken word, using video and animation, and have been creating short films with this concept. I grew up near Boston and have always loved movies and thought visually. I'm also the author of three books of poetry, the most recent of which, Primitive Mood, won the 2009 T.S. Eliot Prize (U.S.) from Truman State University Press, and has just been published.   Contact Information:   ...

Ulalume

Director: Nestore Buonafede.
A night journey, Edgar, the poet, in company with Psyche, his soul, through spectral and shadowy landscapes. The two characters, after stopping at a forest, peopled with archetypal figures and horrific, and then, with a mysterious lake, come near a stately avenue, flanked by monumental cypress trees, which pass through. When, at dawn, come the end of the avenue, a distant star flooded them with a light arcane and mysterious, attracting to itself Edgar, as the sirens did with Ulysses. That magical star, intoxicating and wonderful, retain, however, in itself, a terrible trap, from which, Psyche try in vain to save him, trying desperately to dissuade him to continue the journey, and begged him to come back until I still time. Edgar, though, as if hypnotized, and that irresistible attraction, pushes inexorably forward, dragging with it the recalcitrant Psyche. But in a short time, that light, warm and welcoming, changes color, becoming cold and distant. That light, almost greenish, awakens in him doubts and uncertainties, making him shiver. Shortly thereafter, a tomb bar their way, and knowledge, so long lovingly hidden, emerges in the light of consciousness, making it more conscious, but at the same time more fragile. That monumental tomb, located on the edge of his mind, it holds a terrible secret, knowledge of which destroy him. The past, buried in the deepest recesses of his soul, returned slowly to the surface; Psyche, distraught, tells him who is buried in there: Ulalume, his beloved, lost Ulalume. Ulalume is not, however, she believed that he, his adored young bride, but she who gave him life, and has fed and bred among the miasma of illness and death, until, at only 2 years, has seen her die in agony. Ulalume is his mother Elizabeth, who died of tuberculosis after repeated hemoptysis, as well as Virginia died of tuberculosis his beloved wife. The memory, then, stands out vividly in front of him, and death, that silently and secretly, had accompanied him throughout his life, he shows, finally, in all its horror, and spreads her black cloak inside him. Psyche, the vital soul, which so long supported him, is no longer necessary, and, weeping, leaves him, alone and desolate, in the arms of the woman, who soon he will claim the body also.

Raindance Awards announced

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Raindance Film Festival has just announced the juried awards at this years, 17th edition.The Jury has spoken, and offered their congratulations to all the filmmakers for outstanding work. Cosing winners was extremely difficult.To recognise the outstanding achievements of the filmmakers showcased at the 17th Raindance Film Festival in 2009, a number of jury prizes will be awarded. The winners have been announced before the screening of the Closing Night Film on Sunday 11 October.BEST UK FEATURE**...

Discovering The World of Indian film artist Guru Dutt

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With the continued appeal of Bollywood and last year’s Oscar win by SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, the history of Indian cinema is en vogue. This year as part of its Masterworks section, the New York Film Festival is offering the first compete New York retrospective of the works of Indian film artist Guru Dutt. Born in 1925, Dutt was an Indian film director, producer and actor, who is often credited with ushering in the golden era of Hindi cinema. He made quintessential 1950s and 1960s classics such ...

Discovering The World of Guru Dutt

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   Guru Dutt in PYAASA (1957) With the continued  appeal of Bollywood and last year’s Oscar win by SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, the history of Indian cinema is en vogue. This year as part of its Masterworks section, the New York Film Festival is offering the first compete New York retrospective of the works of Indian film artist Guru Dutt.   Born in 1925, Dutt was an Indian film director, producer and actor, who is often credited with ushering in the golden era of...

Checking The Pulse of European Cinema

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  Penelope Cruz in BROKEN EMBRACES (Spain)  The New York Film Festival, which enters its final weekend today, has presented a program with a large emphasis on European cinema. With a strong showing of films from Portugal (http://www.fest21.com/en/blog/filmnewyork/a_peek_at_portugese_cinema_at_nyff) and France (http://www.fest21.com/en/blog/filmnewyork/the_french_invasion_of_new_york), the Festival finds that contemporary European cinema from other nations not only has...

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